It was just a day like no other, a beautiful Saturday morning. It was a special day. It was the day my best friend was tying the knot. We have always shared everything together since we were kids. We have done all the possible things male friends could do at every stage of life. Now, it was time for one of us to walk down the aisle. We had always said that we would be each other’s best man. So as agreed, I was the best man, and I could not wait to see my friend say I do with the love of his life. Little did I know what was waiting for me that day.
Everything was going well, until, the unexpected happened. I heard gunshots outside, and before long, I heard someone enter the house. My brother had gone out to buy something and forgot to lock the door on his way out. One of the thugs came to hide in my house. At this moment, my heart skipped a bit.
As I stood there speechless, different thoughts were going through my mind. ”Was he going to kill me? It was at this moment that I decided to talk to my Maker, pleading for my life. “Get on your knees?” He said. I was shaking like a leaf just praying that he does not do anything to hurt me. He must not have eaten for days because he went straight to the fridge and took any food he could lay his hands on. I kept staring at him and wondering why someone who looked so decent would do something like that. Such a young man getting involved in the life of crime is something I was trying to come to terms with.
He came and sat down on and sat on the sofa with the gun in his hand. Out of nowhere, as if to break the silence, he started the conversation. I was not going to say anything given the circumstances. “You know this is not the kind of life I wanted to live,” he said looking at the gun on his hand. “I always wanted to be a banker. I went to college but could not find a job even after searching for over five years”. All, this time I was just thinking about the incidence, it was like I was dreaming. The last thing I could have imagined to happen this day is to have policemen outside my house and a thug inside my house. If someone would have told me my day will start this way, I won’t have believed him even in a million years.
Here I was preparing to go to my friend’s wedding, and suddenly I was now the hostage. I could not believe it. These are things I have only been watching on television. Now it was all happening right in my house. The place was crowded. The policemen kept saying “give yourself up.” It was at this moment that I started to talk to him just trying to convince him to surrender. I told him if he got arrested, he would go to jail for some years and then be free to live his life. It was not a simple thing to do, but eventually, he gave in. He took me as a hostage and opened the door. Never in my life, had I thought that a moment like this would happen to me. The whole incidence left me with more questions than answers. After going through education, with all those sacrifices that come with it, years later you end up with no job to show for it. I was grateful for everything I had. I thank God that I was able to get out of the situation safe and sound, but the incidence left a mark.