I tried to pull myself up but felt my whole body numb, I was chained to a bed with my legs tied up. My hands were spread on the sides chained to some metal pillar. I looked up and noticed I was in an open room, the center of the room with nothing else inside, the lighting was a little bit too much it blinded my sight for a couple of minutes.
I was lots in my own mind trying to ascertain what was going on, when I heard some steps approaching me. I had not heard the door open so I assumed whoever was coming to towards me was already in the room, probably watching my every move.
“Finally you are up” a familiar voice spoke up making me struggle to lift my head as to take a good look at who had me. He stood there on me smiling widely his white moustache moving up and down as he smiled obviously amused with what I was going though at the moment.
“What do you want, it’s evident you don’t want me dead” I snapped looking at him
“Hm. I like you son in law, in fact at some point I respected you so much, you are a good soldier, no, you are more than that” he smiled rubbing his hands on my tied writs I felt my skin crawl with anger, I wished I was let loose for a while so I could give him another mark, I could see the one I left on his neck a few hours back was still fresh with a strip of blood clotting right on top.
“If I was to be set free from here for a second, am sure the first thing I would do is slit your neck completely this time and send you to hell” I scoffed shaking my restricted body.
“Like I was saying,” he ignored my comment
“I almost made you my hero, I mean, you have done your share of good things Ackim, you protected me and my daughter, you fought tooth and nail for us, you evidently loved my daughter of which I regret to tell you from now on you will never set your eyes on her ”
His last statement struck me I moved again my heart racing.
“What ae you talking about?” I asked looking at him my head a bit lifted up. He smiled before pulling off his phone, he played back the video clip on it.
“Daddy, what are you telling me right now?” I saw Paula crying he tears running down her chin.
“am sorry my daughter, I know how much you loved each other, but the man was a soldier, he never wanted to back down and so he has sacrificed his life for this country, am sorry but Ackim is dead, see his body lying dead there” he told her showing a pic of me laying on the ground.
“no, no, it cannot be true, how can he die just like that, no dad, I know he is alive please stop lying to me” she sobbed I could see so much pain in her eyes.
“Ackim is not dead dad, he cannot die without saying anything to me or his kids, no!” she screamed as her father told her a faked story of how I died in the line of duty.
“What have you done? I struggled to get free my eyes tearing. I could not believe he just made his own daughter go through the pain of thinking I was dead.
“I have fixed my daughter for good, yeah I know she is hurting but she will get over it, people always move on my dear, so to her you are dead and forgotten” he smiled and walked away leaving me screaming and panting in anger.
“What do you want with me you fool?” I yelled loudly but he walked on without paying attention to me.
“Well, am giving you an hour, think about it then am coming to get an answer” he smiled.
“Think about what?” I asked him seeing him from the corner of my eyes.
“Oh I almost forgot” he shook his head stepping forward a little bit.
“You are on a mission, this time you are going to take down that Steve and whoever is working with. You are the best person for the job since he trusts you, he will not see us coming. Kill that son of a b**** and get the recordings back, in short, you have been chosen to erase all this drama once and for all” he smiled.
“You must be going mad, I can see your hunger for power is making you have hallucinations” I shouted on top of my voice. He smiled again walking closer to me and touching my forehead I felt useless as I could not do anything to him at the moment.
“you will get over it Ackim, don’t worry, I know the way to get to you, so do as I say or your sister and poor mother will be the first to pay for your sins before I kill your children” he chuckled
“I will kill you first before you touch them” I screamed angrily.
“do you dare me Ackim?” he shook his head clicking his tongue as he walked away from me and before I could say a thing he had disappeared and the door shut back with a loud bang I heard the locks click and it was silent all over again.
I cried, I rarely cried but at the moment I felt so desperate and cornered, with my wife lied to about my death by her own father, my family was now in great danger and I was chained to some bed with no way out. My mind struggled to a few hours back when I was defeated.
We had arrived in Solwezi and I let Mr. Benson get out of the car first, he instructed me to carry his brief case and I followed him inside my head faced to the ground hidden in a ballet to avoid recognition.
“Take that to my room soldier” he had ordered as I stood there trying to hear what he was discussing on phone.
“Yes sir!” I responded and walked away.
I slowly sneaked in his office and started searching around for anything that would give me more information about what he was doing. My heart was racing as I continuously watched the door to see if anyone was coming my way.
“Hm, what the hell are you doing Benson?” I asked myself looking at drawn maps in a file marked with red ink. There were some parts in the western part and north western parts of the country, the other papers where showing some figures. And other information written down. Quickly I captured them using my phone and saved then on my google account in case I was caught, I knew they would be secure in case I lost my phone.
I sat on his computer and tried to open some documents but he had secured it with a password, sighing I tried to figure out the password, I typed in Paula`s name but it declined, her birthday it declined then I remembered Paula telling me about her mother.
“My father loved my mother, she has been dead for years now but he still embraces her like she is still alive” she had told me as we lay down in our bed one night.
“But love, how can you tell, I mean he might not have married again yet but he might have some woman you know” I shrugged rubbing her back.
“Monica was my father`s only love, he has her all over his files, he uses her names for the passwords and many other small details, that is not letting go” she laughed softly.
“Well” I had smiled, “ I wish to be remembered like that too” I kissed her and she smiled holding me close.
“Yes that is it” I whispered to myself looking back at the key board. I pushed back the thoughts of Paula and went to type in the password and it accept,
“bingo” I smiled and the first document I opened had a list of names and contact details, I didn’t have time to see who was on the list but I could feel it in me something was on that list and I quickly connected my phone saving the document. I was just finishing saving it in my phone as well as sent it to my mail when the door sprang open and there was Mr. Benson his eyes fuming in anger.
“I should have known” he clapped his hands moving aside allowing five men to walk in ready to take me down.
“s***!” I yelled in my mind.
In a few seconds I was engaged fighting the men, I managed to take them all down and Benson tried to grab a gun from his study table but I was fast throwing a flicker knife I had in my hands at him cutting his neck he held it in pain. I ran out but the entire building was surrounded in seconds, I was trapped, I tried to fight my way out but I was not strong enough to take down the entire group, they hit me hard all at once and I fall down struggling to get up. The last time I could remember was some guy rushing with some metal item and hitting my head I blacked out.
So here I was waking up in chains and getting the news I was to betray Steve.
“I have to get out of here” I looked around unfortunately there was no sign of anything I could use to set myself free. I felt powerless and I cursed inwardly.
“oh God, this is bad” I whispered to myself trying to get loose but it was all in vain, I was just draining myself of the little energy I had left in my body, so I lay back defeated and hoped for someone to rescue me or some kind of miracle.
“Hang on Ackim, hang on” I told myself looking up the white ceiling.
To be continued…