Richard looked at Tony for some seconds & later said, “I think about her everyday, I mean Belina. She is constantly in my head. The problem is that I never felt that way with Tonia. I loved her but it does not compare at all to what I now feel for Belina”.
“well then,u better look for a way to drive this problem away cos if u let this damsel slip off ur fingers, I would agree that u are truly crazy”, Tony said with a smile. Richard sighed & relaxed fully on d chair. Tony looked at him with concern, he hadn’t seen his friend this way b4.
“What if he was not hallucinating & Tonia is not actually dead?
We all stared at Prisca’s father who was seated with his mouth agape, gawping at my Ex-dad. I looked at him and he gradually grew from a friend and a friend’s father to a monster. Everyone’s eyes were on him and finally after more than 15 mins of silence and tension, i heard Prisca’s mum talk.
“What is going on here Francis?” she asked her husband.
“I d… dont know”, he said frozen to the spot then turned to my ex- dad, “what is her name?” he asked. I did not give him a chance to reply when i said,
“Linda, her name was Linda Terresa then”. He gasped and looked like he would faint soon and i got my answer. I stood up slowly because my legs could not just carry me but i ensured that i was on my feet because the seat could no longer contain me; my tears were coming in torrents.
“So you are my f… father” i said shaking terribly. The entire room was in chaos and virtually everyone was standing except Mr Jegas.
“You did not answer my question Francis… I said, do you have anything to do with all these?” she asked charging forward towards her husband. He opened his mouth to say,
‘i am sorry’ but did not get to complete the statement because she got to him and started pummeling him and my former dad’s efforts to seperate them was almost fruitless. I stood like a stick as i looked on as events unfolded before me. Everything was blurry because of my drenched eyes and i was shaking like a leaf on water.
I felt prisca’s presence behind me and noticed that she hadn’t spoken at all throughout the drama but i couldn’t care less. Prisca’s mum was shouting because she was deeply hurt and her dear husband did not have the audacity to tell her to calm down.
“Aaahhh Francis, after all i have been through with you, you did this to me…Oh God… So you can keep this kind of secret of maybe 25 years from me. So because i gave birth to four boys, you went outside to look for a girl thinking i would not have one right? You are heartless. How many more are out there ehn? How many?” She continued ranting and Prisca for the first time moved from her position and went to hold her mother tenderly and that was when i noticed that she was in tears. They cried together and i later found my voice.
“So you are my dad. You have been criticizing my dad saying he hired people to kidnap his own daughter not knowing that you are far worse. You are a murderer, you never wanted me and you made my mum suffer. Thank God my dad picked her up if not, i don’t know what would have become of us. I would never forgive you. Never” i said and gathered the strenght i could and walked into Prisca’s room but not before i saw the tears in Prisca’s father’s eyes.
i entered Prisca’s bedroom and knelt by the bed with my head on the bed crying profusely. I was shaking all over and felt it within me that i would fall sick soon. I wanted to leave the house but my legs refused to give my legs the priviledge of rest so i forcefully pushed one leg up, i fell down and hit my head on something very sharply. The next thing that i encountered was darkness and time was forgotten as i entered into a state of unconsciousness.
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Richard turned and tossed on the bed but could not sleep, Tony also could not sleep because he had been dialing Prisca’s phone & she hadn’t picked. Richard left the bed and moved to the sitting room to join Tony. He had also become worried because he knew that they always chat at night endlessly & for Belina not to pick her call also means that something was wrong somewhere.
He sat down beside Tony & d atmosphere was very silent and his hand frantically pressed his phone. Richard offered words to calm him down but d words did not calm he himself much less
Tony’s phone started ringing & he picked immediately.
“Oh baby, thank God. I have almost died here”,he was saying already on his feet hearing a sigh of relief
“Please Tony, we need ur help, get Richard. Belina is terribly hurt & we are taking her to d hospital now”. Prisca said
“what?,we are coming, pls be careful honey”, he said & hung up
“What is going on?” Richard asked even b4 Tony hung up. His worry had now reached its peak
“It is Belina, she… i don’t know what is wrong. She has been taken to d hospital”, he said grabbing his coat & shoes.
“Jesus…” Richard said & ran into d room to pick his car keys even though Tony’s car was available.
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To be continued