Marco-The Great Guitarist:Episode Eight
KNOWLEDGE FOX SAVED A LIFE
On Saturday morning, a young man well dressed in suit, about the age of 40 years entered into their sitting. Everyone was seated in the sitting room including domestic Staffs and KIMSOFT employees. It was Barrister Leonard,a private attorney to Marco`s father and a close friend. Barrister Leonard addressed the family and staffs:
“Death they say is inevitable end,he began. Nevertheless,Femi will always be remembered in our hearts. That is why as humans,we must endeavour to make sure our ways tallies with the will of God.
However,I’m not a priest,neither am I here to add more salt to injury or to reopen already buried memories.I’m here to do what the deceased wanted me to do according to his will. I came here to read the will of the founder and CEO of KIMSOFT. It is a good thing we are all present here today.”
Mr.Ade and Aunty Charity were now nervous as they can not wait to claim their own share of their late son and brother’s property.
“As we all know that Marco isnot the only child of late Mr.Femi.”
Marco had two step-sisters called Emily and Diana. They live with their grandparents. Femi’s late wife had these children who presently live in Europe.
Therefore I won`t be able to read the will in their absence.”Barrister Leonard declared.
“Arrant nonsense,”sparked Miss Charity.
“Read our own part of the will and let us know the boundary of our inheritance,”said Mr.Ade(Femi`s father).Marco was gazing at the scenario.An argument ensued.
“Barrister Leonard,please go ahead and read the will to avoid troubles and blackmail.” One of the highly dedicated and respected employee of KIMSOFT INC said.
“Frankly speaking,I would have love to read it now, so that I can go home and take a nap but there is a problem.
“What problem again?”Miss Charity queired in a harsh tone.
“Mr.Femi impreganted an Igbo woman before he travelled to Holland for his education.”Barrister Leonard announced.
“What!”shouted Miss charity and her father.
“They both lost contact,but I think the woman and the child is still alive.Be that as it may,that child is the first heir of Mr.Femi and he or she must be present here.”Barrister Leonard declared.
They were all dumbfolded as they walked away from the sittng room one after the other starting from Mr.Ade and followed by Miss Charity.
“I will mobilised a search team,they will search for the child and the mother. Have a nice day.” He said to the staffs of KIMSOFT and then he exited the living room with his black briefcase.
Immediately the lawyer left,there was a knock at the door. It was Elizabeth who came to visit.
“Jeez!I’m amazed to see you so early,”Marco interjected.
“Really! I couldn’t sleep all night,”she said.
“Why?”Marco asked with great curiosity.
“I was thinking about you. I felt bad about what is happening around you since you lost your father,”she sympathized.
“You do not have to worry your self about me,I will be fine.
“Can we take a walk to the river and do some dancing reharsals over there?”Marco suggested.
Marco went upstairs,he changed into a sport outfit and took his laptop with him.Marco was about to put Elizabeth into another test to know if he can really trust her. His plan was to pretend that he was drowning inside the river. He wanted to see howElizabeth would react,if maybe she would allow him to die in the river inorder for her to be the only benefactor of the money that would be derive from selling knowledge fox.Marco was a good swimmer,he can hold his breath for long in the water.
As they were going through the bushy paths,they only heard the chirpings of birds. If they had known that someone dangerous was trailing them,they would have been prepared for the battle.
They got to the river bank and stood on one of the rocks.Elizabeth began to change to a dancing outfit when something fell out of her bag and hit the rock.
“Whoa! Why haven’t you look for a safe place to hide the flashdrive?Marco queried.
“When I got home yesterday,I was too busy cooking for my aunt and doing my homework so I forgot to remove it from my bag. I am sorry,”she apologised.
“You`re playing with an asset worth billions of naira,please keep it safe.”He warned.
“Absolutely! I must keep it safe when I get home,”she reassured.
“Alright don’t just stand there ballerina,let us do some go-go dance.”Marco said humorously.
She wingled her toes and stretched out her legs wide apart. Meanwhile Marco jumped into the water and droplets of water splashed on her.
“Join me,”commanded Marco
“I don’t know how to swim,”she declined.
Suddenly someone grabbed her shoulder from behind and pushed her into the river. It was Owen,Marco`s friend. He was holding a pistol gun.
“What the hell are you doing? She can`t swim,”shouted Marco.
Marco wanted to save her but Owen threatened to pull the trigger if he does.
“Come out of that water! White goat,”he commanded
Marco quietly came out of the water with a grimace on his face.
“You can’t even save your baby now, white bastard.” He mocked Marco.
“Now I’m going to give you the shame and humiliation you allowed me pass through by giving me a virus infested flashdrive.but before then,where is the original flashdrive?” He asked with great hostility.
Marco was terrified and he began to shiver.
“Don’t do this dude,we are best of friends.”Marco appealed.
“Shut the fuck up! Now for the last time where is it?”
“The original flashdrive is over there,”said Marco.
“Where?” Owen queried.
“The flashdrive is inside Elizabeth’s bag.”
“Hmm! Lover boy,you prefer to give the original to a woman and you gave me the one with virus. Ah−ah−ah,”he laughed out loud.
He went over to Elizabeth’s bag and he emptied all the content of the bag on the sandy ground. He smiled as took the flashdrive with him.
“Thanks for making me rich,”he said
“And don’t even bother to look for me with the police because my buyers are already on stand-by.
I just have to give them and collect the cash and get the hell out of this country.
Cheerio my friend,”he said and he ran away.
Marco immediately dived into the river and he began to search for Elizabeth inside the river. Atlast he finally got her but she was unconcious as he brought her out of the water. She was lifeless because was starved of oxygen.Marco was confuse and remorseful.
He began to shed tears.
“Somebody help me,he shouted but no one was close by the river.
He remembered about theknowledge fox that was inisde original flashdrive . He ran towards where he kept his bag and brought his PC out of the bag. He booted the PC and he quickly ran knowledge fox program but it was responding slowly.
“Come on!Come on!Argh!battery low oh dam it!
Grr!I’m going to get back at that bastard if anything happens to Elizabeth,”he swore.
Finally the live query interface popped up. He quickly typed his question using the keyborad on the PC.knowledge fox expert gave him an advice concerning the incident on ground. The expert advised him to carryout a mouth to mouth inhalation and chest compression on the Rita. Marco pinched her nose,pumped some air into her mouth and pressed her chest with his two hands.