BEHIND THE MASK episode 1

​JONES KWESI TAGBOR
The writer of Jones Series presents to you another intriguing and captivating story.
       Title: BEHIND THE MASK
             Episode 1
Flashback
“…. Oh my God! how could I have allowed myself to rub buttoms with the porcupine? Nevertheless, it is said that it’s only a fool whose testicles are stepped on twice. How could some humans be so heartless and cruel to their fellow humans? You present and project yourself as an angel of God sent from above whiles you just cover yourself with a sheep’s cloth and wear the heart of a wolf. Hmm, some people just have wickedness ingrained in their veins. “I sat with a bleeding heart under the tree in front of the  house thinking aloud. I just saw myself to be fooled and falsely accused  of messing myself up. In no time, the clouds began to gather. They did so quickly that one would have thought they were under the spell of an esoteric being. It was accompanied by heavy winds so I decided to go into the room. I dashed into my bedroom and lied on my bed feeling very frustrated and devastated. Little did I know that I would fall asleep in a few minutes. I saw myself in a forest doing ‘only God knows’, when this hungry young antelope spotted me from afar and rushed my way. I never knew I could win an Olympic Marathon race until this moment when my speed increased faster than the antelope. Looking at things, there was no one around to help so I made up my mind to stop and fight it.  “Hey, hey,  Johnny! What is the problem with you?, wake-up. Why? Is the world crashing on you? ”

Xorsenyo, my colleague from work came into the room to check on me. 

With some terrible fear and panic, I woke up. “Xorse, it’s you. When did you enter into the room?  Charley, it wasn’t easy oo,  I was having some bad dream.  But answer me, how did you enter?”

“You left the door open and besides that, I overhead you shouting for help when I entered the hall so I decided to come into the bedroom to see what was going on probably, Sis Enyonam is canning you so that I can plead on your behalf. Haha. Look at you, ‘ you dey here dey dream‘ “. he explained. “Charley, I was dreaming about some  antelope chasing me in a thick forest. Let’s leave that for now.  How was work today?”, I asked. “Where is your wife, Enyonam?, and why has everything changed in your room like this?”, Xorsenyo asked.
Me: Xorsenyo, hmm, I went to marry a wolf which was  nicely dressed and packaged in a sheep’s clothing. If you care to know, I’ve sent her away to wherever she came from. 



Xorsenyo: You did what! Has the antelope in your dream finally gotten hold of you and  affected your reasoning level? What did I just hear you rattle like that? 
Me: Man, you heard me loud and clear. I’ve sacked her, if that would make comprehension easy for you. She is just a gold digger. I don’t know why her parents didn’t name her Golder.
Xorsenyo: Hey!, my friend watch your tongue . Have you forgotten my lady’s  name is Golder? But What has come over you? After that expensive and ceremonious wedding which is not yet a year old?, or have you forgotten so soon that you proclaimed in public that for better for worse, and till death do you apart? 

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Me: For better for worse my foot. So I should allow my head to be chopped off before I know the chains are tightening my neck, is that what you are insinuating?  My friend I need to be a man. Look, that lady who claimed her name is Enyonam is not real. All these while she was just hiding her true identity behind a mask.
Xorsenyo: Seriously I’m lost and surprised to be hearing this from a whole you, our love doctor. So was that why you didn’t come to work today? You, let’s put work aside and tell me what exactly went on. 
Me: Hmm. My man, I’m not in any good mood to narrate anything to you now. I’m just not myself. I wish you could  give me some time to be alone and relax my muscles. I will tell you everything after work tomorrow. But I believe manager was not very furious at me for  not coming to work today?
Xorsenyo: Forget about that man. I just don’t know what type of human being he is. He always suspects people for doing nothing. Can you imagine that he misplaced the internal memo given to him personally and blaming me for that?  Charley put yourself together. I will come back later in the evening to check on you. But you better go back for your wife oo. I don’t agree to what you are telling me. 



Many of us are allured by the notion that effortless relationships exist. Whether it been happily ever after marriage, or friendship that last forever, or parent/child bond which supersede the need to believe and understand each other, we’d all like to believe that our most intimate relationships are unconditional and strong enough to withstand whatever may come. 
There is this popular saying that, love is blind. Well, that can be true if we enter into such relationships with all our heart leaving our brains behind. We can only see what the future holds for us if we should exercise a little bit of patience to study each other, taking into consideration, the other person’s personality trait and comparing its compatibility to our own personality trait and strike the level of harmony between the two. With that, we will be able to determine the future of the relationship from it’s budding stages as we rule out unnecessary disagreements and unhealthy suspicions.

BEHIND THE MASK

Out of experience and with issues of relationship, I will want to share my history with you so you can be well informed before what happened to me, happens to any of you.
Many of us hide behind the mask of lust and give impressions that do not match who we really are. I wish I can turn back the clock to have a new beginning. Anyway, at some point in our lives, most of us need to face the fact that relationship requires effort to keep it strong and positive and even wonderful. We need to understand our own personality trait and that of our partner to achieve this goal. 
You can call me John but my friends prefer calling me Johnny. Am only 32 years of age and works as an Internal Auditor.  I do ponder over this question, “Is man by nature, good or evil?”. Yeah! this is because I’ve come to the realization that, as human as we are, we are very unpredictable. Well, the good book in Isaiah 45:7 says, “I form the light and create the darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the lord do all these things.”
Follow me to the next episode let me walk you through how it all started and why I’m very bitter  within myself. 

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​BITTER LOVE (PART 22)

One of the doctors watching them from the receptionist stand walked over to them as they struggled to drag Annie with them.
Doctor: “Hello please?” he said politely, smiling as they turned to face him.
Paul: “Hello! What can we do for you?” he asked still trying to calm Annie down.
Doctor: “Can I ask you guys a question please?”
Dickson: “Sure, go on”
Doctor: “Who is that little boy to you?”
Ralph: “Hmmmmm! We don’t know him, we were just driving by when we saw people gathered. That was when our baby asked us to stop the car, she kinda rescued him from getting killed” he explained proudly.
Doctor: “Your daughter should be given an award for such a brave act. And I overheard her saying she wants to stay with the boy? She’s got a really large heart I must say”
Ralph: “Yeah thank you!” he replied eager to get away from the conversation so they could go home.
Doctor: “May I suggest she stays? She and the young lady here, I will personally take care of them. They can even stay at my place tonight and tomorrow and if you stay around, I will drive them home myself. The way I am looking at things now, this girl might fall sick if you forcibly take her home like this.
Paul: “We are sorry to decline doctor. She is too young to really know what she wants. Thanks for your suggestion anyway. We will get going now, thank you” he said and they all turned to leave, he noticed that Annie was quiet all of a sudden, he checked and realised she had fallen asleep in his arms and heaved a sigh of relief. They drove back to Ibadan in silence with each of their minds occupied with thoughts of the young boy and the state they met him in. it was really pathetic.
He sat thinking about where he could find Sammy. He still nursed doubts in his heart about his wife. He knew he had to find out the truth but how he could do that was something he wasn’t sure about. He remembered he hadn’t read news that day and he had forgotten to get newspaper from the vendor, he decided to check online. He visited Jahmycahn Michael Mwangi’s facebook wall and the first thing he saw was JUNGLE JUSTICE: AN INNOCENT BOY ALMOST LYNCHED BY AN ANGRY MOB. The title seemed catchy so he decided to read it cursing the adults who would want to set an young boy ablaze just because of some cheap commodity. His network was slow so he tried again by reloading it. It came on at last and the pictures he saw almost took his breath away. Laying on the floor was his son, covered in blood, unrecognizable because of his swollen and bleeding face. He dropped his phone and stood up, unable to continue reading the news any further. ”Oh my son! My son!!” he kept muttering breathlessly. He thought he was going to have a heart attack because of how much pain he was feeling in his heart. “All these is my fault, I drove you out of the house… where exactly are you?” he remembered the post could give him information about his whereabouts and went over to his phone, picked it up and proceeded with his reading again. He saw the picture of the brave beautiful girl who had saved his Sammy. They were pictured with her rocking Sammy’s head on her lap and looking menacingly at one of the men carrying out the nefarious act.
He finally got the address of the hospital where Sammy was admitted at, without thinking, he ran for his car and zoomed off. Ophelia ran out when she heard the sound of his car leaving the compound and wondered what could be wrong this time. She saw his phone on the table with the post he just read still on the screen, scooped it up and scanned through it. She staggered back when she saw Sammy in the pool of his own blood. Her hands began to shake while her palms sweated profusely. She quickly dropped it, took her car keys and went after her husband.
On getting to the hospital, he was directed to the doctor in charge of his son’s case.
Richard: “Good evening, I am the father of the boy who was brought in some hours back. The one in the ER” He introduced himself.
Doctor: “I know whom you are, the receptionist already called to inform me of your presence” he said as they shook hands.
Richard: “Oh good! So how is my son? Will he be okay?”
Doctor: “Of course he will be okay. He sustained multiple injuries though, three broken ribs, mild concussion of the brain and some fractures here and there. But let’s thank God that girl stood up for him when she did, by now his charred corpse would have been what you’d be picking from the road now with people looking at you as the father of a thief”
Richard: “Hmmmm glory be to God. Does that mean my son is not in danger anymore? I mean he will recover?”
Doctor: “Of course he will recover faster than you think.  You should find a way to thank the parents of that girl. They even paid your son’s hospital bills and the girl? She was so taken to your son that she didn’t want to leave”
Richard: “I must see that girl of course, I read about it all online and I must say I am really impressed. Her parents must really be proud of her. Please when next they come, tell them I want to see them, they should give me a call” he said handing his card to him.
Doctor: “Okay they will hear. And don’t worry, your son will be fine”
Richard: “But can I see him now?”
Doctor: “Of course! If you can’t see him then who can? I will take you there. Come with me please?” he said leading the way.
Richard: “Thanks a lot” he said as they walked along the long corridor leading to the Emergency Room.
He was taken aback when he saw his son. He was plastered from head to toe. POP was used to support one of his legs. He fell on his knees and just stayed there with his heard down like a gallant soldier who fell in battle.
Doctor: “Are you okay?” he said holding him gently by the shoulder.
Richard; “I am not okay doctor. You see that boy lying over there? I am the reason he is there. He told me something grievous someone is dong to him and I refused to believe him. I even punished him for calling me a coward when I knew within me that he was really saying the truth. Now he is lying here almost maimed while his mother is lying cold and stiff in the ground, all my fault”
Doctor: “I will advise you to just pray for him to get better soon so you can apologize to him. That is the best way and hope the person that did that grievous something has been reprimanded? Don’t let him or her go scot free”
Richard: “She will not. I will reveal her dirty secrets to the whole world, I will ruin her life for ruining my family” he said bitterly.
Doctor: “It’s okay, go talk to your son now, he seems to be awake. I will get going though, I am having another appointment in five minutes’ time.” he checked his time, patted Richard’s shoulder and started walking out.
Ophelia hid herself behind the door till the doctor had disappeared out of sight. She quickly sneaked away from the ER and fled from the hospital.
Ever since they got back from Abeokuta, Annie refused to talk to anyone. She became sullen and withdrawn overnight.  The cries of the boy kept ringing in her head, his agonized gaze as he looked up at her. She felt like she could almost feel all the hurts he had passed through in his short life on earth. She wanted to go back there so much but there was no one to take her, which saddened her so much.
Paul: “Annie, we are going to see that boy on tomorrow which is Saturday. Will you like to go with us?” he said that morning as they were preparing for work while prepared for school. Read more stories at richardayiteycom.wordpress.com 
Annie: “Yeeeees! She said jumping up excitedly. “let’s get him plenty gifts, I will give him all my toys even Elsa”
Paul: “You like him that much?”
Annie: “Yes I like him very much, he looks as if he is my brother”
Paul: “Really? Brother from another planet heart right?” he teased her.
Ralph: “Looks like someone is back. Welcome back baby, we missed you” he said pecking her on the cheek with the foamy teeth paste in his mouth.
Annie: “Uhnnn! 1st daddy, you are dirty” she said using her towel to clean her cheek.
At the hospital, The POP on his leg had been removed while some of the bandages still remained. He kept thinking about the girl who had saved him. She looked exactly the same age as his Annie, for this one fact, he wanted to see her so much. As he was thinking, he heard shuffling of legs outside, he looked sideways and there she was, sanding right there grinning gleefully.
Annie: “Oh my God! You look better friend. Thank God He answered my prayers” she said walking towards him slowly afraid that if she walked fast, she will find out that it’s all a dream anyway.
Sammy: “So you’ve been praying for me?” he said sitting up.
Annie: “Of course!  Meet my three dads. This 1st dad, 2nd dad and 3rddad” he said pointing at them one after the other.
Sammy: “1st dad, 2nd dad, 3rd dad? Are those their names? How is it that you have three dad? What of your mum?” he asked after he had nodded greeting to the three dudes standing like her body guard.
Annie: “They refused to tell me where she is. What about you? But what is your name? I don’t even know your name”
Sammy: “My name is Samson but everybody calls me Sammy. What about you?”
Annie: “My name is Annie…”
Sammy: “Annie…?” his eyes almost popped out of their bruised sockets.
…WATCH OUT FOR PART 23

​There are 4 types of men in this world. And I will explain it like this. A must read..

Four men go walking through the forest. Half way through their voyage they come across a beautiful flower. It was rare, petals soft and pink, dew dripped from the stem and leaves, and the wind blew the most fragrant smell from it.
The first man went to pick the flower. As he reached down a Bee flew by and told the men the importance of this flower. 
“This flower isn’t a ordinary flower. You must take care and nourish the flower or it will welt. When the flower welts you must pass it along to another man, because the flower will not grow  in care of those who have wronged it”
The group of men listened to the Bee and promised they would care for it.
After the Bee flew away the men discussed who should keep the flower.
The first man, hollered for the flower. ” I want this flower and I will not leave with out it. Either you let me have it, or I will fight for it” 
The men fought for it and the first man won.
He went home with the flower, and laid it on a window seal in front of the sun.
He ignored the flower for days, the petals welted and it grew thirsty for water.
Until one day the second man dropped by to deliver his friend some sweets.
He saw the neglected flower and exclaimed to his friend.
“You neglect this beautiful flower, you do not deserve it. Let me have it”
The first man responded
“have it! I only truly wanted it, because you guys where so in love with it”
The second guy took it home and got the first couple of weeks he watered it, sung to it, and nourished it. 
Then he grew bored and started to ignore it also.
The flower started to welt again. Until the third man noticed it dying on the window seal and stole the flower. The second man never noticed the flower gone because of the severity of his neglect.
The third man sat it on his window seal, with every intent to nourish it. But he realized that he had no water, and his house sat in the shadows. He lacked all the tools to take care of the flower. And after time the flower started to Welt again.
The fourth man came buy to return a book he borrowed to

His friend, and noticed the dying plant.
He exclaimed to his friend “let me take the flower, you have failed it”
His friend responded “take it, I love the flower but I lack the tools and knowledge to care of it properly”
The fourth man took it home, and planted it to the ground. He watered the flower, talked to the flower, and picked the weeds as they grew near it. The flower healed and regained the beauty it began with. It then blew seeds in the wind and gave the man a entire garden. That all his friends envied and grew jealous of.
There are men who will only want you because others do.
There are men who will want you but have no interest on investing time in you and caring you for the long run.
There are men who have every intent on loving you, but lack the guidance and knowledge to love you.
Then there are men who will love you, nourish you, help you grow, protect you from the people who are the weeds in your life, and create a beautiful world to surround you with. 
Be careful of the men you choose.
Notice how the fourth man did not display the flower in a Window seal as a trophy. But planted it into the ground so it can be comfortable and grow.