Befriending A Ghost – Episode 23

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Declan Davies
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It has been two weeks since the attempted murder of Sasha and Sadly, she was still in coma…I could vividly remember loosing my mind on that fateful day and only became calm when the doctor assured me that she will be alright, I stood in front of the mirror when I was done dressing and sighed in frustration, I was looking so pale and the puff bags underneath my eyes was enough to show that I haven’t been getting enough sleep …

Well! It is just a matter of time knowing for sure that I will be fine as soon as Sasha wakes … Picking up my phone and car keys from the table , I headed down the stairs and as expected, I met my mom humming a song as she set the table for breakfast . That has been her way ever since Daphne case was re opened and taken to court.

Good morning mum! I greeted, She turned to face me and then frowned

You didn’t sleep again right? She queried and I sighed softly

Is this because of Sasha? She asked and without waiting for my response, she continued. only one night you spent away from her and you are looking so worst . Fine! I know how much you love her and to tell you the truth, I love her also but do you think she will be happy to see you like this when she wakes ? She asked , seizing me up. I sighed deeply

I know mom but it is not just easy for me …. I mean how do you expect me to sleep when Sasha is laying so helplessly on the hospital bed . I retorted, She stared at me for a while and then smiled sadly

I understand baby , come let us have breakfast . She said softly but I shook my head

I will pass!

And do you think I will allow you! And if I may ask, where are you going to this early hour of the morning? She continued with an eye roll and I was forced to laugh……..

Today is Daphne final hearing or have you forgotten? I reminded and she shook her head

Of course I haven’t , I mean why would I forget! but the hearing is gonna be by 10:00am … you know what just tell me you are going over to the hospital and I will understand you . She said with a wink ….

And since you know, why did you ask about it? I asked teasingly and she gave me a playful glare. I leaned over to peck her lightly on the cheek and then rushed out of the house

I will join you at the court room so we can both head to the hospital together. She shouted after me

Alright mom. I answered with a louder voice…..Opening the door to my car , I got in and drove off heading to the hospital…I have to see my Sasha first before any other thing, one night away from her and I was already missing her ……

Dang it! She completely stole my heart…….

On getting to the hospital, I drove into the big compound and parked out in the car lot ….And as usual, there were few reporters lurking around. Just like me , they were all waiting for the

“heroine ” to wake…
I smiled lightly
I think it is time for you to get up Sasha……
opening the car door , I alighted, locked it and then headed straight to her ward ignoring the reporters who looked like they wanted to eat me raw with questions… They were all curious to know why Sasha chose to reinvestigate a case that was sealed as a sucide and I certainly couldn’t tell them that Daphne ghost urged her to or else I will look like a crazy fool.

Entering her ward , kamara rushed to hug me ….
She was there in the room with her parent …I smiled lightly as I ruffled her hair

Declan! Sasha moved her feet not quite long . She informed with a large grin and excitedly I walked past her to the huge bed …I peered Into Sasha whitish face and then leaned over to peck her lightly…

Good morning baby! I greeted softly and her dad cleared his throat…

Morning Declan! he greeted first and my face flushed with embarrassment, I slowly shifted my gaze to him and then to his wife

Erm pardon my manners, Good morning sir! Good morning ma! I greeted

Good morning Dec! her mom responded and as for her dad, he just nodded slowly

Actually we were about to take our leave, I need to go prepare breakfast while my husband need to rush down to pick some stuff at the office so we were both hoping you will stay with Sasha and Kamara till we are back . her mum said, caressing Sasha face ….glancing at my wristwatch, I heaved a sigh

I really wish to ma but my sister final hearing will take place in the next 30 minutes. I explained and her face fell

But I will back as soon as possible, I will also be spending the night here . I quickly added and she smiled slowly…

Thanks Dec, I really don’t know what we could have done without you… having said that , she stood up along with her husband and leaned over to peck Kamara before they both walked out of the room… I watched them go and then sat down beside Sasha on the bed ….

Baby! It is me Declan, ain’t you missing me! ain’t you missing our stupid fights and play! I paused to wipe off the tears from my eyes before I continued;

I know you are and that is way I am beseeching you to wake up ..A lot of things happened which you need to see for yourself , Racheal, her father and the chief of police are all behind bars and today will determine their fate ,Sinclair was promoted to the level of the chief of police but he politely declined the offer saying he prefers to be a detective, Cory is so worried about you that she comes to see you everyday after class but I figure she won’t be able to come today because she is the main witness of today, Kamara refused to leave your side saying she would go home when her sister wakes and as for …. your best friend Daphne I am very sure she hasn’t left your side either….

can my sister really see Daphne? Kamara asked, blowing her noses Into a small towel and I slowly shifted my gaze to her

Did she tell you anything? I asked but she shook her head negatively

But I have caught her once mentioning Daphne when talking to herself. She explained and I nodded slowly….

So can you please answer my … she tried to say but I cut in not wanting to hear her question

I need to go now. I said , glancing at my wristwatch..

Make sure you look after your sister! I took few steps to the door and then stopped. Please Daphne make sure you look after them . I said, glancing at Kamara who shot me a weird gaze and then left the room ……

Despite the speed, I got to the court house about an hour late to find it so crowdy… Jeez! It was like the whole town came out to fight for Daphne and Sasha Justice…

I looked around before opening the car door , there were huge banner of Daphne and the “heroine” of the day everywhere….The shouts of “We want Justice for Daphne Davies and Sasha Alfredo filled the whole air”

Alighting from the car , I shot the door then pushed and squeezed my way in and got in just in time to hear the judge read the final verdict, I quickly sat on at the back row

” Having listening to both defendant , I have finally made a say .he paused to stare at the chief of police before he continued

Mr Micheal , you have not only proved how stupid you are but you have also show how unfit you are for this job so by the power vested on me , i sentence you to 20 years imprisonment.

Mr Hampton, for siding with your “sick child “without even making a move to help treat her , you are sentenced to 40 years imprisonment with hard labour…

Kelvin Marcus, for being an accomplice to Racheal , you are sentenced to five years with hard labour

Racheal Hampton. he called and the whole court became so noisy

Order! Order! The court clerk shouted and everywhere soon became silent …

I don’t know if I should call you a human or a beast , you killed your class mate , you turned your friend into a sex object and made her live in fear , you attempted to kill Sasha Alfred who is still in coma and to make it worst , you did all of this without remorse… I won’t judge you base on your test result which says you are suffering from a “mental disorder” but I will judge you on the fact that you enjoyed doing what you did, so Miss Racheal Hampton by the power vested on me , I sentenced you to 50 years imprisonment in the psychiatric home and even when you are better , you will be moved to the Jail to continue from where you stop…

No! No! No! Racheal screamed like a mad woman like she is and the whole court booed and jeered her …,

And as for Cory Abel , after going through this case , I see no stain on you so therefore you are discharged and acquitted …

Thank God! I muttered, sighing in relief, The judge looked around the court and then continued…..

I want to use this medium to appreciate Sasha Alfredo and Declan Davies and I really hope they end up being detectives. he said and the roar of laughter filled the air …

having listened to the final judgement , I stood up and was about leaving the court room when I felt a hand around me and without turning to look, I knew it was mom , her cologne gave her away ….

Mum! I called , turning to face her and I saw the tears rolling down her eyes

You and Sasha both did it! She said slowly and I smiled lightly, wiping off the tears from her eyes..,Just then , my phone beeped signifying a test message, I brought it out and it was from Sasha, I clicked on it and read it

“This is Kamara, Sasha just opened her eyes…..

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Sasha Alfredo
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Having felt a tiny hand wrapped around me, I opened my eyes slowly to see Kamara sleeping peacefully beside me …I smiled lightly, I looked around the room and saw Daphne standing beside me with her eyes closed …Is she sleeping? No ghost don’t sleep…..

Daphne! I called weakly and her eyes flung opened, She stared at me for some moment and then she screamed loudly making me to chuckle softly…I guess the chuckled disrupted Kamara sleep because she immediately jolted up from sleep, And on seeing me, she went pale as if she has just seen a ghost and then she screamed more loudly than Daphne….And before I could say anything, she picked up a phone which is obviously mine from the table and then ran out of the room in a huff …..

Crazy girl! I muttered, I tried to sit up but the pain from my head was so unbearable

Arrrrrgh! I groaned as I fell back to the bed…..

Easy Sasha! Please don’t stress yourself. Daphne pleaded with a worried look written all over her face and I nodded slowly

Where am I? Where is everyone? I asked with an arched eyebrow

Your parent went to fix some stuff while Declan went over to the court house!

Court! I repeated and she nodded, I was about to ask more questions when the memory of what happened flowed into my head….Racheal tried to kill me and Sinclair along with Declan was on time to save me …

But wait a minute! How Long have I been sleeping? I asked

Hmmmh two weeks. She answered and I widened my eyes in shock

Two weeks!  Then what about Racheal? Did the evidence get her? I asked , fixing my gaze on the television remote

Of course, the whole town now sees you as a hero. She said she with a light smile and I nodded absentmindedly, my mind was on the remote …I stretched my hands to pick it but on hearing Daphne cry, I stopped
I shifted my gaze to her…
What is wrong? I asked worriedly and she exhaled deeply.

Sasha my time is up! She blurted out as more tears flowed out …I stared at her confusedly.

What time?

She smiled lightly, you see Sasha my greatest fear was leaving before you wake but seeing you now , I can say I am the happiest lady in the whole world

What the hell are you talking about? I half yelled and she blinked her eyes twice

I have to go back to where I come from, I can already hear them calling me, she explained and I huffed

Are you trying to say that you are gonna leave me ? I asked to be sure but she shook her head

I am not going to leave you. She said softly and  my heart raced faster

You will always be in my heart . She quickly added and I just stared on at her wondering what in god’s name she  was trying to say….,

Thank you for everything Sasha , thank you for BEFRIENDING me despite me being A GHOST, thank you for being a good sister to me ,thank you for being that friend I never had when I was alive and most importantly thank you for believing in me… I tried to say something but no word came out…

I love you Sasha and if I had my way , I will stay with you forever… I shook my head vigorously

No Daphne you can’t do this , you can’t leave me all alone, I need you , can’t you see you are my best friend? I said trying to reason with her … She was quiet for a moment  and then was about to say something when the door flung opened and Declan , his mom and Kamara walked in… Seeing Declan made me cry the more  and he stood transfixed for a while before he rushed to hug me tightly ,careful not to touch where I was hurting.

I missed you Sasha! I really miss you! he said in whispers but I was just too gobsmacked to say anything….

Is Daphne really leaving me? I thought within……
Pulling out of the hug , he stared into my face

How are you? Does it still hurt? Are you alright? he asked in a rush but I shook my head negatively

Daphne! I called in whispers and he gave me a puzzled look

What happened to her? he asked , caressing my face, Without saying anything, I shifted my gaze to Daphne  who had been crying all through

Are you really going to leave me? Are you really going to leave your family? I asked , trying to convince her and she nodded slowly

Tell my mum I love her so much! Tell Declan he is the coolest brother ever! Tell Cory I have long forgiven her! She paused to stare at me for a while before she continued

I love you Sasha , I really do!

And in a flash , the golden necklace on my neck  cut into two and my vision became kinda blurry…

No it can’t be! No it can’t be! I screamed loudly

I tried to get off the bed but Declan held me down so tightly …

Get your act together, people are watching you . he said in whispers and that was when I realised a doctor and two nurses were also in the room

But What is my own? Do I really care? No, I just want to see my Daphne ….

Daphne! Daphne! Daphne! Daphne! I kept on screaming like a mad woman and the doctor rushed to keep my calm….

I kicked and struggled not minding the injury on my head but was soon overpowered by the drugs the doctor injected into me….:

Don’t leave me also Declan! I said softly before drifting off to sleep …
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Daphne Davies
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Daphne your time is up! Daphne your time is up! I kept on hearing the voice in my head but I waved it off …

Sasha  was still in coma and I could not just leave my best friend like that …

was getting so weak but  I never for once left Sasha side . I was hoping and at the same time praying that Sasha will wake before the “messengers of the underworld ” severe our ties by breaking the golden necklace and to my relief, it worked exactly the way I wished…..::

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Opening my eyes, I found myself in a familiar surrounding , The under world! I walked up , no I wasn’t walking, I was floating … I floated  all the way to  a woman on white  sitting in front of a huge gate …

Daphne Davies! She called without looking at me and I stared at her in surprise. how did she know I was in front of her! how did she even know my name! The last time I checked I was a lone spirit without a name …And as if reading my mind, she said

We were all watching you from here and it may interest you to know that we know who you were ever since but we just wanted you to right your wrong yourself  so  congratulations Daphne.She explained and her voice sounded like an echo

Do you want me to erase all your memories as a ghost? She suddenly asked with the same echo voice but I shook my head

Hell no! I blurted out and she chuckled softly
I knew you wouldn’t but I just wanted to asked…..

She marked up something in a book and then for the first time, she raised her head to look at me …

“Welcome to The “Good land”. She said and the huge gate opened on its own

Should I go in there? I asked to be sure and she nodded slowly……

Walking through the huge gate , I kept on walking and was at the same time looking around…..

Where is this place? I wondered, Everywhere was covered in gold and all the houses were so tall and beautiful, it was like a paradise…

Just then, I saw two girls of my age playing with some golden flowers and was about to go join them when I heard a familiar voice call me, I quickly turned in the direction and my heart skipped at who I saw ….. Dad ! I pinched myself to be sure I was not dreaming and i wasn’t …

Dad! I called loudly and then rushed to hug him, I was expecting my hands to go through him as always but it didn’t, we hugged each other so tightly….

I have been waiting so long for you Princess. he said in whispers and I pulled out of the hug …..::

Did you know I was coming? Where even is this place? I asked , looking around and he smiled… And without answering my question, he held my hands as we took an opposite direction….

So tell me is your mum and Declan alright? he asked and I nodded sheepishly…:

And guess what! I found  a special friend who happens to be Declan girlfriend.i told my dad who just smiled,

Looking back , I have come to realise that Friendship is not about who you have known for the longest ,it is about who walked in your life , said ” I am here for you ” and proved it ……though I might not be beside you Sasha but you will forever remain in my heart……….

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Cory Abel
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After signing lot of documents, I was set to leave the courthouse with my mum when the cute police detective hmmm what is his name again? … Sin yes Sinclair  walked up to us……,,

Good afternoon ma! he greeted my mum

Good morning! how are you doing? My mom asked and he smiled lightly

I am doing very well ma. he answered and then faced me .

I listened to all what you went through in the court and I must  admit that you are one hell of a courageous lady …

Thanks . I said in appreciation

So I was thinking of continuing from where Mr Hampton stopped. he said and I widened my eyes in surprise….

Continue! Stop! What are you talking about? I asked confusedly and he chuckled nervously

Actually Declan talked to me about your plight and I promised to help you attain your dreams….
I shifted my gaze to my mom

Mum! Did you hear that! He said he will assist me attain my dreams. I squealed in delight and my mom shot Sinclair a grateful look

Thanks so much. She appreciated

It is nothing ma. he assured and then shifted his gaze to me

So Cory if you don’t mind I will love to have your digit. he said and without thinking, I jumped and hugged him

Thanks so much! Thanks so much!

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Declan Davies
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Sitting on the bed, I brushed off the hair off Sasha face as I watched her sleep… It was already past 21pm and i was alone with her in the room …

My mom left after I answered all of her questions about Daphne and to my surprise, she believed everything I told her ….And as for Kamara , she was a little bit scared and to the surprise of her parent, when they came over to drop dinner , she pleaded to go with them…

Such a Funny girl!

Even as she slept, Sasha still held to the broken necklace and when I tried to take it from her , she clutched unto it tightly as if her life depended on it …

She must be really hurting! But she needs to understand that Daphne cannot remain by her side forever…My phone suddenly rang, and on checking the caller , it was Cory, I received it

hello Dec! She greeted first

hi Cory! I responded dryly

What of Sasha? how is she? I heard, is she already awake?. She said in a rush

Of course she is. I answered

Okay! I will come check on her tomorrow, I have good news to share with both of you . She informed and I smiled lightly already knowing the “good news”…

Alright Cory! I said and ended the call…….

What did she say?  Sasha asked  and I turned in her direction to see her eyes wide opened…..

When did you wake? I asked softly

Not quite long . She answered and I exclaimed softly, She looked around the room and sighed

Is Daphne really gone? She asked and I kept mute

This is so frustrating! She remarked, biting her lips …

Do you want to sit up? I asked softly and she nodded, Holding her by the waist , I helped her to sit up

Thanks! She said , staring at the broken necklace….

Can it still be fixed? she asked and I nodded

Good! I want to fix it and return it back to….. she tried to say but I butted in

And why will you do that? It belongs to you now

Oh! Can I really keep it? She asked to be sure and without answering her , I moved closer to her and made her lean on my chest …

I love you so much Sasha and I promise never to leave your side . I assured and she stared into my face ….

Awww! Awww! my boyfriend is trying to be romantic. She said teasingly and I smiled

Or do you want me to go back to my cold ways? I asked with an eye roll and she huffed

Hell no! I prefer the romantic you.she said as she stared at my lips ….I chuckled softly know what she wanted

And with my hands wrapped tightly around her , I kissed her deeply and hard

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TBC