“Why? I went through all these troubles just for you. I couldn’t bear the stories of the dirty toilet you kept talking about or how your roommates mess your bed.” Lanet said.
“Who is Mariam?” Hussiana asked.
“Is that why you suddenly changed towards me?” Lanet asked.
“Who is Mariam?” Hussiana repeated, this time in a firm voice.
“She was my best friend just like you.” Lanet said.
“Was? What happened to her?” Hussaina asked.
“So they did not tell you the story? Those gossiper roommates of yours who wouldn’t mind their business.” Lanet said with venom.
“Mariam died in an unfortunate accident. Our house was set ablaze because she wouldn’t listen to me. I told her that candle lights were not the best and she should always use the generator, but she was too lazy to turn it on. For some obscure reason, she preferred candles. I wasn’t home when it happened, and I was too late to save her. She must have fallen asleep face down and couldn’t smell the house burning. I blame myself to date. So they were right to blame me too.” Lanet sobbed.
Hussaina sighed. It was a sigh of relief.
“Why didn’t you tell me about this? I want us to trust each other. They said you were not a nice person, but you are.” Hussaina said.
She hugged Lanet tightly and whispered.
“We would move in together and we would make this place beautiful.”
Lanet was satisfied, she needed to move quickly before Hussaina’s roommates will discourage Hussaina.
“Why not stay at mine tonight, at least let’s see if we are compatible roommates before we move to the new house?” She said.
“Not tonight. I promised Amaka that I would assist her.” Hussaina said.
“Forget it, you don’t need to do anyone any favours, you won’t be needing them again.” Lanet said.
“I keep to my words. I can’t.” Hussaina said firmly.
Lanet wasn’t willing to push further, she didn’t want to break the already fragile trust she had managed to re-establish.
“I will stay with you tonight.” Lanet said.
“My bed is too small for both of us. Let’s see tomorrow. I have to call my parents and let them know I am moving off-campus. ” Hussaina said with a note of finality.
“You fell for her lies again.” Aisha spat.
“Mariam was my cousin who was unfortunate enough to know Lanet, they were close and all my warnings fell on deaf ears until she ended up dead. Murdered in cold blood.” Aisha continued.
“Her body was hurriedly burnt to hide the scars, during the autopsy we discovered that she was strangled. But no one could link it to Lanet because she had an alibi- Henry who was hooked on her like a puppy swore that they spent the night together in his room. People saw her came in the night and also saw her left in the morning.” Aisha said
“Don’t move in with her.” Amaka said.
“Why?” Hussaina asked.
“Isn’t it obvious? She wants your father’s money.” Jumoke said.
“She said you girls will say all these things. Have you not enjoyed enough from me? Don’t I take care of you girls and remember that time I sponsored everyone to Dubai. So you want to enjoy alone? She is my real friend and a real friend want the other’s comfort.” Hussaina said.
They were silent.
“Just know that I told you so. Lanet is bad and manipulative. She is using you.” Aisha said.
“That’s enough.” Jumoke interupted Aisha.
“The fact that you buy us things is because you are generous, we didn’t force you to, we also did not emotionally blackmail you like Lanet.” Amaka said.
They moved into the off-campus house. It was far off from the campus but Lanet somehow convinced Hussaina that it was the best environment to live in.
Hussaina’s dad bought her an SUV and also visited the house. He met Lanet and was taken in by her beauty. He paid all the bills and gave them excessive money.
Then he became a frequent visitor. Visiting whenever Hussaina had lectures, sometimes he snuck in and out of the house and it became a game for him. Lanet was good in bed. She satisfied his sexual fantasies and he kept coming back for more.
“I need you to buy us a house. It should be a secret house where both of us could meet so that you don’t need to sneak in and out.” Lanet said while stroking the hair on his chest.
Alhaji thought for a moment and agreed.
“It’s a good idea. I am also tired of this hide and seek game.”
So he bought Lanet a semi-detached duplex where they continued their rendezvous.
“You hardly spend any time in this house? Who is the new man in your life?” Hussaina asked a Lanet who had hurriedly entered the house. She had been waiting for her for two days now. She wanted to tell her stuffs.
“No one you know.” Lanet responded casually.
“You don’t tell me those stories anymore, you don’t gist with me. We don’t have dinner together. I thought the reason we moved in was to forge a stronger bond.” Hussaina said.
“You are too needy. It is pitiable. Get a life.” Lanet said.
“You are mean.” Hussaina said in between sobs.
“Don’t say that just because I am not a lesbian like you.” Lanet said.
“Les what?” Hussaina’s mouth was ajar. She was couldn’t finish her sentence.
“Do you have a boyfriend? Any male lover? How many friends do you have?” That’s right. I guessed as much for a long time but it’s clear now. You are a lesbian and I am not.” Lanet said in a wicked tone.
“I am not a lesbian. Just because I am an introvert that does not make me a lesbian.” Hussaina said.
At that moment, Lanet’s phone rang, Hussaina peeped, she saw her dad’s number. She snatched the phone from the desk.
“Why is my dad calling you?” She screamed.
“I don’t know. Why not ask him.” Lanet shrugged.
Hussaina picked the call.
“Hello sweetie pie, did you miss my dick?” Alhaji said
“Daddy!” Hussaina screamed in dismay.
“Crap!” Alhaji swore.
“Hussaina what are you doing with this phone?” He said
“Daddy, daddy, daddy, ha! Ah! Mommy will hear of this.” Hussaina sobbed.
Lanet grabbed her phone in a forceful way knocking Hussaina to the floor.
“Alhaji, I am sorry, she became a nuisance to me.” Lanet said.
“Why did you allow her pick my call, you have killed me and if I go down, you would go down too.” Alhaji said.
Hussaina rushed to her room and locked the door. She tried her mom’s number but it was switched off. She called Amaka it was also switched off. Infact each number she tried was switched off.
She began fiddling with her settings. She noticed her network connection was off. She sighed.
She also noticed that all numbers of her contact had been blocked. Oh! So that’s what Lanet was busy doing. She couldn’t access the contacts when she unblocked it. The numbers had been changed, at least a digit or two was missing.
“Alhaji, I am pregnant and it’s a boy. Remember how you said you always wanted a son. I am carrying your son and I will carry many more children for you.” Lanet said.
“Why didn’t you say this before? Ok Let us handle this situation carefully. I am coming down.” He said.
“Nafiu get the jet ready.” He said to his PA.
Lanet had gotten Alhaji exactly where she wanted him.
“Will you send the N10million?” She asked him sweetly.
“Yes! Yes!” Let me do it right away.” Alhaji said.
“Thank you Alhaji. You are the best.” Lanet said.
“Don’t do anything until I come. Let me handle this my way.” Alhaji said.
The kayamata really worked wonders. She couldn’t believe she had amassed so much money from Alhaji.
Hussaina after all was a good investment but it was time for her to leave her life for good.
“Hussaina open this door, I am carrying your baby brother. We are family.” Lanet said.
“Get out you mean and evil bitch.” Hussiana screamed.
“I asked nicely once and I won’t stand here and listen to your tantrums.” Lanet said
Hussaina heard the lock of her door opened.
“Did you think I will not have access to any and every part of this house?” Lanet asked. Her eyes were devoid of emotions. The house was deserted and it was nightfall.
Lanet held a can filled with liquid and a lighter on the other hand.
Hussaina rushed at her. They both fell on the ground.
There was an explosion. In their struggle, the content of the can had spilt, it was petrol and the lighter had also gone off.
“No! No! No! No!” Lanet shouted.
Hussaina looked at the Lanet’s grave, it read “She was survived by family, friends.” She shook her head, if only they knew how evil she was. Maybe the world just doesn’t care.
Then she remembered the words of her roommates “I told you so.”
“I told you so.” Mariam’s spirit said to her.
“Indeed. See where it has gotten me.” Hussaina’s spirit laughed.