“BREAKING NEWS: Heavily pregnant woman murdered in cold blood at her residence this morning” the newspaper headline read as Chris drove by the vendors on his way to work. “Poor woman who would do such a terrible thing?” he thought remembering his younger sister who was heavily pregnant herself, she was his favorite sibling and he was looking forward to being an uncle again, he couldn’t bear the thought of anyone doing that to her.
“I hope the animals who did this are caught” he said immediately brushing the entire thought off his mind.
“Some policemen are here to see you Sir” his Secretary said when he arrived his office, “Police?” He asked looking puzzled, “what for?”, “I don’t know Sir, they’ve been waiting for you for over an hour, I think it must be important ” she replied, “then why didn’t you call to tell me earlier? ” he asked in annoyance, “send them into my office ” he said storming off. “Good day Sirs, how can I be of help to you?” He said offering them seats, “are you Mr. Chris Brown? ” one of the Police men asked when he had sat down, “yes I am” he replied “Is there a problem?”, “I’m afraid so” the police man replied “your Sister Sharon, was murdered yesterday at her residence” he said, “Are you sure I’m the one you’re looking for?” He stammered, “I visited my sister last night and she and the baby were doing fine” , “we know that” the police man replied, “that’s why we’re here.
Her maid told us you were there to visit last night” the police man replied, “we were told we would find you here so we thought it wise to inform you personally and arrange an appointment for further questioning as investigations are ongoing”, “this is absurd” he said shaking his head “Please accept our condolences ” the other police man said patting his back as they got up to leave. Still in a state of denial, he picked his phone to dial Sharon’s husband, Bobby “Did you hear any news about Sharon?” He asked immediately he picked, “unfortunately I did” he replied in a sad tone “As you know, I was away in Ibadan for an important business meeting,I had to rush back immediately.” “I can’t believe she’s dead “Chris replied “neither can I” he said with his eyes burning with anger “neither can I.”
The scene of the murder had been sealed off by the police as investigations were ongoing, Chris had noticed a couple of times when he went to visit that the maid was acting strange, she always looked very frightened like she had something to hide. His thoughts were interrupted by screams from his 4year old niece “get away from me you little twat” Bobby shouted chasing her out of his room with a belt in his hand “STOP” Chris shouted jumping up to stop him before the belt hit her a second time, “dada beat me” she said crying as she ran to Chris holding unto his leg for dear life as she hid behind him “why are you hitting her?” Chris shouted, “Go to hell” Bobby spat slamming his bedroom door behind him.
“This is strange, Bobby has never laid a finger on his daughter. Sharon’s death must be really taking its toll on him” he thought. Just then, there was a knock on the door, It was the police, Chris opened the door letting them in “some policemen are here” he called out to Bobby who joined them shortly in the living room. “Any news about my wife’s killers?” Bobby asked anxiously, “yes Sir, as a matter of fact we know exactly who the murderer is” the policeman replied, “that’s great ” Chris interrupted, “they must be made to suffer a miserable death for killing my sister”, “Please officers, take me to them right away, I need to know why they did what they did, I’ve been having sleepless nights since she died” Bobby said bursting into tears.”I know who killed Madam Sharon” the maid suddenly blurted out, everyone in the room turned to face her in shock. “It’s not who you think it is, I was right here when it happened and I watched helplessly as Madam was stabbed to death” she said crying, “so why didn’t you stop the killer?” The police man asked, “I was scared” she replied, “I hid for my dear life”, “who killed her?” The policeman questioned, “the killer is not on the run like the newspapers reported, he’s right here with us” she said trembling ….