THE ALERT

THE ALERT – By Raphaelmary Chukwudi

It was an unusually sunny Monday morning. Unusual in the sense that the weather was extremely hotter than it should be on a normal morning. The sun blazed with such intensity that it seems it was bleeding out its rage on the earth for the two days the rain fell consistently without a single shine from the sun.

Leo sat idly in the living room, earnestly waiting for the notification of a credit alert from guaranty trust bank. He had fed on crumbs during the weekend and had waited faithfully and agonizingly for this Monday like he was waiting for the second coming of Jesus Christ.

His debtors had come harassing him in the house the previous week and he had promised to settle them the following week as he relied fully without any doubt on the money his elder brother had promised him.

His landlord had even jokingly reminded him of the expiration of his rent but he had aggressively asked him to repeat his journey the next week to collect his full rent plus extras as he boasted of his millionaire brother.

He watched the I DO series being displayed on his DSTV satellite with no interest as his whole mind and attention were on the phone casually placed on the cupboard in the kitchen adjacent the sitting room in anticipation of the bank alert. Even when Zoya his favorite character was pushed off the cliff by Tanveer the antagonist, he never moved nor showed concern as he uses to do because he was occupied in his mind counting and recounting the many things he was going to do with the money.

Storried The Alert

Then the phone rang.

In his haste and excitement, he knocked off the stool he placed his legs on and ran speedily towards the kitchen to grab the phone before unseen ghosts and his village people gets it before him as if the phone was going to issue out the money instantly.

The rocking stool later fell on the ground, bringing down with it the television set as it fell directly on it.

But Leo never got to the phone.

As he ran towards the kitchen, he slipped on the water he had earlier poured on the floor which he didn’t mop up as he was restless and unable to do anything because of the alert.

His leg unintentionally kicked the cupboard as he fell and the cupboard, together with its contents-pots, stoves, cutlery, utensils, the phone etc came crashing down on Leo.

In an attempt to pull himself up, he unknowingly grabs tight unto a rope, not a rope but the electric iron which he had used earlier and didn’t turn off due to his “alert fever”.

The red-hot iron, furious for the disturbance of its balance, angrily fell from its resting place, lost its inertia and designed his face in red-hot patches.

He shrieked, convulsed and jerked on the floor as he couldn’t lift himself up due to the weight of the cupboard pressing down on him.

During the course of his convulsion, he managed to pull down the kitchen curtains on himself and in his blindness, smashed his head severally on the floor.

Salvation came to him when Bartholomew one of his debtors came for his money and had seen the house in disarray.

Poor Leo was seen unconscious under the cupboard, rapped jaggedly in the kitchen’s curtain with a red face.

He was later taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed of several broken bones and many other injuries.

By the way, the misleading text wasn’t even the alert but a reminder from one of his debtors.

The alert came on a tumultuous rainy Friday afternoon after the accident in the hospital during the course of the administration of his third drip. Tumultuous in the sense that the irregular splashing pattern of the heavy rainfall thwarted the regular dripping rhythm of the drip creating a disorderliness of sort, a counteraction in the hospital.

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THE ALERT

By Raphaelmary Chukwudi

It was an unusually sunny Monday morning. Unusual in the sense that the weather was extremely hotter than it should be on a normal morning. The sun blazed with such intensity that it seems it was bleeding out its rage on the earth for the two days the rain fell consistently without a single shine from the sun.

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