Marco told Barrister Leonard what had happened and he was annoyed.
“Marco my boy!I’m really sorry about the incident but thank God you are alive.
I really wonder what is happening in this country. The government should do their best to checkmate the proliferation of illegal arms in every nooks and crannies in this country.
A country where militants,terroists,herdmen,farmers and even children now have access to illegal arms. People now prefer to spend millions to purchase arms than to render arms to the poor beggers on the street.A country where bandits or cultists can just launch an attack on any police station andcart away with their arms and ammunitions. The prolifertion of illegal arms might aggravate if government fails to do something it,he lamented.
“Any luck with the search ?”
“We have a lead,we believe the dissappearence of your father is obviously connected to her first lover. Her name is Rita and she is from the East. So I have sent CIDs over to her village for investigation. If the information is true then we have to celebrate.”
“We need to think positive because Rita loved your father very much and I doubt the genuity of that letter that was received by your aunty. According to our investigation,your father has been transferring money from his bank account using using an online banking platform.“
“Yes Marco,there`s a possiblity that the Founder and CEO of KIMSOFT is still alive. However, make sure you keep all what we have discuss here as a secret.”he warned .
“What about knowledge fox?” He asked.
“I have hide it at a safe location,”he said
“Very good,you are a smart boy.” He applauded.
“Make sure you trust no one,” he warned.
“Always call me anytime you need anything.”
“Have a nice day.”
“Goodbye sir,” he left the office and he went straight to his place of work.Marco ran and leaped into the air. He was happy that his father might be alive to deliver him from the hands of Miss Charity and his grandpa.
He got to his place of work very late.
Mr.Ola who was the manager of that branch was very angry with him.he threatened to fire Marco if such happens again.Mr.Ola was perturbed about the business. He wanted a changed,he wanted more profit and an increase in his pay check. He had always dreamt of travelling to London with his wife for a christmas vacation before he was sacked from his previous job.
One the other hand,Marco wanted recognition and promotion too. He was tired of doing routine jobs. He wanted to explore something new and mindblowing. He looked over the counter to ensure no other sales representatives were seeing him.
He brought out his apple laptop from the bag and he began to explore knowledge fox. Knowledge fox offered him an advice on how to increase sales. At first,Marco was indecisive because he does not want to fail.if he fails,then he will loose his job. However, he later summoned courage to visit his manager`s office.
“Good day sir,”greeted Marco.
“How are you?”
“I’m particularly perturbed about the low sales and I have come here with a plan to increase the rate of buyers and thereby maximising profits.”
“Ah−ah−ah−ah,” laughed Mr.Ola.
“What plan do you have kid?” He mocked.
Marco brought out a scrambled piece of paper and showed it to him.Mr.Ola fixed his eyes on it for some minutes.
“Whoa! This is awesome,”he said.
“Wonderful!How come I never thought of this?”
“We have to implement this ASAP,”he said and he congratulated Marco.
“If this works out,I promise to spoil you with cash.” He bragged.
“Good work Marco. Henceforth,you are now one of the senior sale representatives.”
Marco went back home happily that day. Soon,he wouldn’t have to worry about what to eat or how to get money to buy another guitar.
Throughout that week,sales at Explicit shopping mall tripled. The formular was really working likea magic.Customers were flocking in and out. The figures they made was very high and it reflected at the head quarter of Explicit Shopping Mall.
The new owner of Explicit shopping mall and the general manager decided to pay a courtsey visit to the branch at Ibadan.
They decided to make the event colourful and they hosted their visitors like kings and queenns. There was enough to eat and drink.Marco had invited Elizabeth to the welcoming party. Both of them were seated at the front of the hall. Assorted drinks of all types,fried rice,salad,chicken,chicken pepper soup and fried meat were surplus. After eating, drinking and dancing. It was now time for the visitors to give their speech and vote of thanks.
They spoke eloquently and thanked Mr.Ola for his hard work.They charged other staffs,to imbibe the spirit of hard work and persistency.
The woman,who was the new owner of the shopping malls narrated how she started life in a little way. According to her,she started selling bags of cement for a friend. However today,she owned chains of supermarket,grocery stores and warehouses. She recently bought all four branches of Explicit Shopping Mall.
They audience began to cheer her name.
“Madam Explicit!Madam Explicit!” The crowed cheered.
She brought out an envelope containing the sum of 500,000 naira(five hundred thousand) and a first class flight ticket to Dubai. She called Mr.Ola from the crowd and handed it over to him. There was a deafening sound of applause. She called out other deserving and hardworking staffs and gave them promotions.
Marco swallowed hard,he wasn’treceiving any recognition despite the fact that he was the brain behind the success of the whole story. He felt very bad that Mr.Ola failed to introduce him to Madam Explicit. To add more salt to injury,Mr.Ola didn’t even bother to give him a little share from the money that he received as gift.
He approached Mr.Ola but he pretended as if he was a nobody.Marco felt bitter watching another man steal his glory. Another man was being celebrated while he who was supposed to be celebrated was among the spectators.
This was the baddest night ever. He went home before closure without even bringing Elizabeth along with him. He lied to her that he wanted to visit the toilet.he walked home alone with an immense feeling of rage and bitterness.
“They didn’t recognise me because I’m a school drop−out,”he bemoaned.
He arrived home and took his shower.meanwhile Elizabeth was still sitting inside the hall. She became uncomfortable because Marco had stayed too long in the toilet. She got up and walked through the hallway to the toilet. She knocked gently on the door but nobody answered. She pushed the door open and saw no one.
Suddenly someone embraced her from behind. It was Madam Explicit.
“Hmm! This perfume smells farmiliar,”she said
“Guess who?”Said Madam Explicit.
“Mum,you are the one.” She shouted
“Oh!darling I missed you very much.”
“Mum,you have changed a lot.”
“Yes darling,thank you.”
“Where is Marco?”Madam Explicitasked.
“I couldn’t find him in the toilet,”she responded.
“Make sure you play your games well,”she warned.
“You called me that you had the knowledge fox with you,”she whispered.
“Yes I did.”
“Where is it?” She asked in a low tone.
“I’m sorry,Marcois very smart. I lost it”
“What is wrong with you, Nneka?(for that was her real name)you better act fast so you can return back to your normal life.”
“I can`t do this anymore mum,”she complained.
“Marco saved my life and I do not want to pay him with evil,”she said.
“What! Have you gone bananas?”
“Your mission was just to make him trust you,so he can hand the knowledge fox over to you.”
“Mum,you have obtained good amount of money from Mr.Femi. I think is time you free him for his family`s sake.” She begged.
“Are you crazy? Have you forgotten how I suffered to raise you alone? Even if you have forgotten. I knowyou won`t forget how I begged for our dialy bread from the streets.” Madam Explicit fired.
“Mummy,but we must to manage with the little investment you have now.”She advised.
“Manage my foot!”She obejcted.
“you have always talkedabout how you suffered to raise me alone but where is my father?” she asked.
“Enough!Nneka you have from this nighttill tomorrow morning to recover the flashdrive that contained knowledge fox and bring it to me or I will use brute force on Marco.” Elizabeth was surprised,how her mother had changed lately. How greed had eaten into herdeeply.
She deeped her hands into her bag and brought out some money. She counted it and handed it over to her daughter,but she refused to accept it.
“Come on! You know I’m trying to make this money to give you a better life and a better education,” she said.
“This is our only chance to come out of poverty forever.”She added.
Elizabeth was speechless and she stared at the tiled floor.
“Please be safe for me and promise me you won`t fall in love with Marco.”She cautioned.
“Why mum?”She asked.
“It is forbidden…”
“What is forbidden?” Elizabeth queried.
“Nevermind! I mean at your age is not allowed to go close to any male. Stayaway from him,”she warned.
“Alright mum,I will,” she affirmed.
She left for her hotel while Elizabeth went home.
Elizabeth was unable to sleep that night.she was worried about the safety of Marco.it was late already,she cant go out alone to Marco`s house.