Belina (Tender Beauty) Episode 33

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Tony drove like a mad man to d hospital. They got there safely much to Tony’s relief & ran into d hospital in top speed. They saw Prisca first & while tony stayed behind to find out what happened, Richard proceeded into d room Belina was taken to & found her on d bed already being attended to by d 3rd doctor in d hospital. He noticed d cut on her head & knew that though d cut looked deep, it could not do any damage to her brain & he heaved a sigh of relief.

He touched her neck & discovered that it was very hot & was taken aback. He knew that she definitely could not have developed that degree of temperature by just hitting her head so he thought it best to find out what really happened to her. When Doctor Deolu discovered that he was a little bit intimate with d new psychologist in his actions, he did not allow him to treat her despite all that Richard said.

Richard waited & monitored d doctor until he was sure that d doctor had done all that needs to be done so he kissed Belina’s forehead & left d room. He got to where Tony, Prisca & Prisca’s parents were in d waiting room & started seeking explanation.

Tony, after calming him down, led him towards his office in order to give him d explanation he needs but they hadn’t taken three steps when Richard’s gaze fell on someone & he stopped immediately.

“Is that not Belina’s father?” he asked.

“Yes… No… I mean,u don’t understand” Tony was saying but Richard was beyond hearing as he matched towards Mr Badmus & would have blown d life out of him if Mr Jegas & Tony hadn’t held him back & d hospital workers around d scene were wide eyed but Richard did not give a d–n.

Tony dragged Richard to his office and after they both calmed down, he explained everything that Belina had encountered to him and Richard became bitter. He thought about what Belina had passed through & his heart ached to kiss her hard until all d hurt she felt had seeped out of her.

They both sat down silently for some minutes & was joined by Prisca who was very tired. Tony saw d strain in her eyes & begged her to sleep but she refused. Richard also supported Tony & with two formidable forces like they were, she had to succumb. She slept on d long couch in d office while tony stayed there watching at her sleep like a baby.

Richard left d office for Belina’s room to check on her. He sat beside her & buried his hands in her rich black hair; the hair he had so wished to feel against his fingers for close to 2weeks now. He had tactfully warded off d people in d waiting room in order to be alone with her & also for her to have enough time to herself b4 seeing those heart breaking people.

His eyes started closing after some minutes & he opened them reluctantly but when it became evident that he needed a good sleep, he made for his office where he slept with one eye closed.

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Prisca opened her eyes after a very enjoyable sleep & she stretched lazily. Working as a banker had made her wake up early, no matter the time she slept. It took her a while to remember where she was & why she was there & when she did, she jerked up to leave the office but a text message which entered Belina’s phone distracted her.

She picked up d phone & since Belina does not hide anything from her, she scrolled through d phone. She left d messages unread for belina to do justice to them herself & saw 43 missed calls. The missed calls came from Tony, Richard, Wole & Brenda. She knew them all; wole being one of Belina’s friends who had invited her to the concert she went for & Brenda was the girl that Belina would be mentoring.

She saw d amount of times that Richard & tony had called & smiled to herself. She remembered the day that Tony had proposed to her & her smile grew wider, it was such a glorious day. She stood up & went out of d office, moving towards Belina’s room but as she went, she saw her mother & father sitting separately so she decided to play her card as d peace maker.

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Richard jumped up from d couch with a start & discovered it was already 6:30am. He hurried off to d bathroom in his office there to wash his face before going to check on Belina. Immediately he stepped out of d bathroom, he heard a knock & was startled cos Tony does not knock b4 entering. He asked whoever it was to come in & in came Tonia. He stood rock still but instead of being afraid, he was prepared to bind her with d Holy Ghost fire if she would not leave him alone.

His talk with Tony made him realize that he would be losing d love of his life if he did not get over Tonia.

“Tonia, pls leave me alone. My life has been miserable enough with u enveloping my senses. Pls go back to d land of d dead “, he pleaded. Tonia moved closer,

“Richard, I am not dead. I did not die then, pls understand. Feel my hands, my legs, everything so that u would know that I am real”, she said. Richard said a silent prayer in his heart & reached out to touch her & was very surprised that his hands held real flesh & not just air.

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To be continued