Belina(Tender Beauty) Episode 27

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He was shocked at first but he later asked, “What do u mean, I am not a half-cast”. I smiled victoriously & said,

“I know but u still have foreign blood in u. It is either ur mum is a half-cast or ur dad is. I don’t see u having this colour of eyes without a foreign blood”, I said knowing from his reaction that my judgement was right. He looked amazed as he said,

“Well, my biological mother is a half-cast”. I wanted to follow that statement but I knew that it is best to know little of him for my own good. “Don’t think I did not observe ur subject swap, & u are good at it”, he said & laughed slightly,

“Christ,u are d–n observant & thoughtful”. I gave myself a pat on d back & smiled back feeling at ease with him, then I remembered that I was at work.

“Ok, I guess u came to see me d other time for something important but u were unfortunate enough to come at d wrong time”, I said

“Oh, it is nothing serious, I just wanted to pay u a surprise visit”, he said smiling.

I wondered how he knew my office but did not ask him & I made a mental note to ask my secretary later

“Alright, I would be back & be sure I won’t accept d excuse u gave me earlier”, he said & left. I breathed a free air immediately he left but I also missed him instantly.

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The police men arrived at Tolu’s house in a casual car but with uniformed police men in it. Inspector Sule & d guy with d evidence finally got out of d car. The guy took out his phone & dialed a number.

“Ore, bawo ni nowww?”….

“I dey your house, I just wan follow some people groove go one joint but I tell them say make them stop for ur house. We dey ur house now, u go follow?” silence followed, then he smiled,

“I trust u my guy, u now dey dull my spirit, I swear, we dey wait o”, he said and hung up. The inspector had got d hint so he told his men to stay hidden around d gate of the building & d car they brought. The tattered looking guy sat down on the bonnet of d car with inspector sule who was busy taking note of every move. He had learned to trust no one so he was monitoring d guy beside him also

Within minutes, Tolu was out of d gate & upon sighting his friend on d car’s bonnet, he walked towards him. One over- eager police man forgot their initial plan & walked behind Tolu, gun in hand. The ever alert Tolu noticed d silent steps of someone & within d twinkle of an eye, removed d pocket knife that was always with him, stopped immediately & threw his hand backwards, & sliced d stomach of his assailant like someone who was ready to do operation.

The police man fell immediately clutching his stomach & wailing. Tolu did not see d other police men so b4 he knew what was happening, he had been rounded up with close to five guns aimed at his skull. His hands were forced behind him & they were roughly handcuffed & he was pushed into d car like a cow ready to be slaughtered.

The terribly injured police officer was also put in d car & they zoomed off without delay.

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I attended to only one patient & next thing I knew, it was time to go home. As I was about leaving, I remembered that I had planned to ask my secretary something about Richard & I wanted to call her via d intercom but decided otherwise. I cleared my table & I checked to be sure that everything was inside my bag & I found Richard’s hankie. It had a lingering smell of him which made it look as if he was there personally.

I dropped d hankie in my bag, cleared my things, said a little prayer of thanks to God & left my office. I noticed Joke also preparing to leave

“Hey Joke”, I said

“Miss Belina,u are already leaving abi”, she asked

“uhn,I have told u that after working hours, I am Belina, for God’s sake, we are almost d same age”, I said already hating all d ‘miss’ bullshit. She smiled & said,

“sorry for letting that guy into ur office, I did not know he would upset u”

“oh, 4get that. I want to ask u something. How did Mr Richard know my office? Is he a regular face?” I asked

Her eyes widened for some seconds, she quickly covered it & my professional instinct told me that a lie would follow.

“I… I don’t know but he is a regular face here” I wanted to just smile but I laughed my heart out & Joke knew that I caught her lie for what it is.

“C’mon now Joke,u can’t fool me. Tell me d truth & I won’t tell him or get angry”, I said truthfully. She sighed & lowered her voice in conspiracy,

“I am not surprised that u don’t know him for who he really is cos I also did not know for like a month since I came here but listen, that man is Mr Richard Branson, d owner of Best Results Hospital” I blanched & almost passed out at d revelation.

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To be continued