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Story: PASSWORD Season 2Ep7


password Season 2Ep7

©Aaron Ansah-Agyeman

Kofi sighed and turned on his side, and then he gave a startled cry when he saw that the man called Malboro had been standing by the side of the bed. Kofi stood up quickly and looked at the man, who suddenly t----t out his right hand and smiled broadly.

“Hiya!” he said in a strong voice. “I’m Malboro. Welcome to madness. We’re all mad here.”
Tentatively Kofi reached out and shook the man’s hand.
“I’m Kofi,” he said carefully. “Glad to meet you.”

Malboro withdrew his hand and went back to sit on his bed and resumed watching television.
Kofi watched them for a while, and then his stomach rumbled, and he wished Nii would bring dinner soon.

He fell back on the bed and turned his back to the others.

He might have dozed off, because when his eyes opened again with a start, he found Malboro standing near the bed again and looking at him intently.

Kofi sat up slowly and looked at him questioningly.

The man suddenly t----t out his hand again.

“Hiya, I’m Malboro. Welcome to madness. We’re all mad here.”
Kofi looked at him with his anger brewing up.

“Really? You wanna play that bullshit game with me?” he asked angrily.

Malboro looked at him with something close to puzzlement.
“Hiya, I’m Malboro. Welcome to madness. We’re all mad here!”
“What’s the matter with you?” Kofi asked crossly. “We just introduced ourselves a few minutes ago.”

“Hiya, I don’t know you. I’m Malboro. Welcome to madness. We’re all mad here.”

“Just go away, man,” Kofi said irritably.

And that was when Malboro began to scream shrilly, fiercely, at the top of his voice!
Veins stood out on his neck, and his arms were straight at his sides as he employed all his breath in the scream.

And then it finally dawned on Kofi as he remembered what Nii had told him about Malboro!
Nii had said Malboro couldn’t keep a memory for more than thirty minutes.

Kofi tried to calm him down, but the man screamed even more.
To make matters worse Pilot joined in, and the two of them began a screaming frenzy that really shook up Kofi.

He was standing there, unable to do a thing, when Captain came off the wall with roar. He jumped on one bed, and then he launched himself like a rocket, head first, at Kofi.

Startled and suddenly scared, Kofi swerved, and Captain fell on the bed with a sickening thud.

“Ow!” he cried, got to his feet and raised his right leg. “Some people are trying to use my leg for kako.”

Kofi could barely hear him because of the screams of the other two, and he backed away slowly as Captain put his leg down and jumped on Kofi’s bed now. He took two steps and launched himself at Kofi again, head first, and again Kofi swerved him, and Captain fell again, striking the floor with his head.

“Ow, my head!” he moaned.
He stood up again and raised his leg.

Pilot stopped screaming and watched Captain.

“Some people are using my leg for kako,” Captain said.

“Kako kako kako kako kako kako!” Pilot said, and kept repeating it in a high-pitched voice.

Captain now ran to the end of the room and bowed his head like a ram and spread his arms wide.

Evidently both Malboro and Pilot knew this gesture because they both stopped making screaming noises and climbed on their beds, looking at Captain with glints of horror on their faces.

Before Kofi knew what was happening Captain came at him with top speed, his head lowered, seeking to ram Kofi in the belly. Kofi took quick steps back, and his back came up against the wall. He knew that if he swerved the head butt captain’s skull would smack into the wall, and he might break his neck.

He just couldn’t swerve Captain now; he had to allow the man to head-butt him.

“Oh, God!” Kofi whispered with sudden horror. “Oh, God, Oh, Lord!”

He tried to steel himself for the strike and catch Captain’s head to reduce the impact, but it was no use. Captain’s head thudded into him viciously, straight into his stomach, smashing him into the wall and driving all the air from his body.

Kofi dropped to his hands and knees as the most terrible of pains passed through him.

“Goooooooaaaal!” all the three inmates shouted as they pointed at Kofi’s crumpled form.

Captain was standing still now with a huge grin on his face, preening.

Kofi looked at him through dazed eyes, and suddenly he was suffused with irrational fury.
What was happening to him?
Why was everything going so badly for him?

Why should he suffer so much?
With a roar of anger, he came off the ground and, screaming, rammed his shoulder into Captain’s belly, sending the both of them down in a rolling mass of limbs.

“Goooooooaaaal!” Malboro and Pilot screamed.

Captain was lying on his back, grabbing his stomach as Kofi got to his feet. Captain’s face was filled with fear as he looked up at Kofi.
“You fool!” Captain groaned. “Why did you do that? Are you a goat? Why did you hit my belly with your head? You fool!”

Kofi was filled with instant remorse, and he forgot his pain immediately.

He reached out a hand to Captain.
“I’m sorry, man,” he said remorsefully. “I didn’t mean to hurt you.”

Malboro jumped from the bed and approached Kofi, smiling and stretching out his hand.

“Hiya, I’m Malboro. Welcome to madness. We’re all mad here!”
Kofi took his hand and shook it resignedly.

“Pleased to meet you, Boro,” he said tiredly.

Malboro pushed Kofi in the chest hard, his face suffused with sudden anger.

“Me, Borrow?” he asked crossly. “Borrow what? What do you have that I’ll borrow, you koobi!”

Kofi held out his hands placatingly.

“Sorry, sorry, pal!” he said resignedly. “I meant to say Malboro!”

Malboro looked at him with sudden surprise.

“Hey, you know my name!” he said with a happy smile. “How did you know my name?"

Kofi was silent. He didn’t know what to say because he wanted them to calm down, and it seemed anything he did or said led to something else.

“Hey, you dog pile, I’m talking to you!” Malboro said angrily. “Won’t you answer me?”

Kofi shook his head numbly.
“I’ve forgotten what you asked,” he said lamely.

Malboro’s face clouded for a moment.

“Oh,” he said at last. “I don’t remember too. Hey! Who’re are you? Did you just join us? Hiya, I’m Malboro. Welcome to madness. We’re all mad here!”
Kofi took the man’s outstretched hand and shook it without saying a word.

Just then, luckily, the door suddenly opened and the incredibly beautiful nurse Maa Abena Nyantie came in.
She held Malboro’s hand and guided him to his bed, speaking softly, and after a moment the man nodded and smiled, and sat down on his bed obediently.
Next the nurse helped Captain to his feet.

“That new man, nurse, he’s mad,” Captain said. “Do you know he’s mad? If you go near him, he becomes a goat. He turns into a he-goat, aponkye kwasi attah, and he butts your stomach! I was just standing there and he hit my stomach with his head! Such a rough goat!”
Maa Abena chuckled but said nothing. She got Captain to lie down on his bed, and finally she attended to Pilot and had him on his bed too.
Pilot lay on his bed and looked at Maa Abena.
“I can hear soldiers in my head,” Pilot said in a serious voice. “They march on horses like krika krika krika krika krika krika!”
“Those are not soldiers,” Captain said from across the room. “They are Hari Krishna ants. They will chew your brains until they march out of your ears and nose and eyes. I had Hari Krishna ants some time ago going kribo kribo kribo kribo in my head.”
“You fool!” Pilot shouted. “Yours is kribo kribo kribo kribo and mine is krika krika krika krika krika! They can’t both be made by the same things!”
“Oh, okay!” Captain said with a serious, wise face. “That must be your mother urinating in your head krika krika krika krika with her big hole!”
And this infuriated Pilot so much that he sat up straight in bed and looked at the Captain with chagrin.
“And yours is your father doing puupuu in your head with his big anus, aboa bi ba!” he said angrily.
Malboro got out of bed swiftly and walked purposely forward with his hand out and a smile on his face.
“Oh, God, no!” Kofi said wearily. “Oh, God, not again! Aaaba! Awurade, why?”
Malboro was walking toward Kofi.
“Hiya, I’m Malboro! Welcome to madness. We’re all mad here!”
And that was when Kofi began to laugh.
He laughed so hard that tears came to his eyes, and he sat on the floor howling with laughter. Malboro also sat on the floor, and he suddenly began to imitate everything that Kofi was doing, which filled Kofi with even more laughter, so much so that he could not breathe as he became locked in a laughing fit.
He was laughing, but his mind was horrified!
He was behaving just like them!

He knew that if help didn’t come soon, he would go insane inside the Adada Asylum.


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