The Coffin Maker Episode 47

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When Kwaku Mike turned, a doctor was signalling him to help the female nurses with an emergency case that had been brought to the hospital. Because he didn’t want to raise any alarm or suspicion he joined the female nurses to rush the accident victim to the theatre.

The pace at which they were rushing the accident victim to the theatre brought pain to the thigh of Kwaku Mike. One of the nurses was gazing at Kwaku Mike as they were pushing the accident victim to the theatre and it got him very uncomfortable so he bent his head down to avoid any embarrassment.

When they got to the elevator which would take them to the second floor where the theatre was, he told the female nurses to continue since he was on his way to do something when he was called to assist them. Before he turned to leave one of the nurses asked what his name was because she had never seen his face at the hospital before.

Nurse 1: Excuse me my brother, please what is your name and which ward are you in because I haven’t seen your face here in this hospital before?

Michael Ansah

(looks at the name tag on the nurse’s chest and answers her) Hehehe Abena Boaduwaa today you’re saying you don’t know me, erh? Don’t worry. Send the accident victim to the operation room first, I will wait for you at the cafeteria when the morning shift staff come and swap with us, then you can ask me all the questions you want to know.

Nurse 2

What about me, Mr Fine boy?

Michael Ansah

Ah, you can also join us, pretty lady.

Nurse 1

Please ooo, three is a crowd wai, today is for only the two of us, you can have your turn next time.

Michael Ansah

Hahaha, you ladies are very funny. The elevator is ready for you.

Since we are all in this hospital together we will bump into each other most often so don’t worry at all. Now get going before we lose the patient.

As the elevator shut and Kwaku Mike turned to leave he saw some people walking into the hospital and immediately, he recognized the faces of the people who had just entered the hospital. Kwaku Mike became so scared at the sight of the men that he missed a few steps, an action which made him feel pain in his thigh immediately.

A female nurse came close to him to ask if he was feeling well and he replied that he was okay, but a little dizzy because of the stress he had been through taking care of patients at the ward he was assigned to.

He decided to hang around the hospital corridor whiles he was planning a better escape and he felt a bit scared as he recounted the previous day’s events.

The leader of the bad guys went to the reception desk and was talking to the nurse there, so Kwaku Mike decided to take the chance and utilise the opportunity to escape, but something prompted him to wait a little and eavesdrop on the conversation that took place between Scorpion and the nurse.

Scorpion

Hello young lady, my name is Detective Daniel Acheampong and with me over there are my colleagues from the Criminal Investigation Department of the Police Headquarters. We are searching for a young man with gun wounds who was brought here early this morning. We want to take down his statement so we can gather more evidence to help us expedite an investigation we are doing.

Nurse

Hold on sir while I check through the hospital system.

Scorpion

Kindly speed it up, because the more time we waste the greater our chances of losing the culprits behind this crime.

Nurse

(after some minutes) Mmmmm sir, I can’t seem to find any such information on my computer but please go to the first floor, there is another desk there where they record emergency cases, it could be that the person you are searching for came here with an emergency case so his records will be taken up there.

Scorpion

Ah thanks very much for your assistance, but kindly keep this a secret between us. We wouldn’t like this news to get into the public domain for now.

Nurse

You don’t have a problem at all sir.

Scorpion

You are such a darling, he said with a smile. I will come and take your contact later so we go for a date only if you are not married and dating.

Nurse

I’m very single sir and willing to mingle so don’t worry.

Scorpion

Mmmm, duty first then, pleasure will follow later. You will hear from me soon.

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Scorpion goes to his boys and tells them to stay alert and watch out for anything funny. He also orders them to stand at vantage points so that a move can be made should their suspect come in sight. He tries to move to the first floor with a few guys and as they were moving he bumps into Kwaku Mike who was hiding his face from scorpion’s boys and fell.

Scorpion

My friend you better watch where you going.

Michael Ansah

(playing smart)

I’m very sorry sir, I’m just tired due to the busy nature of my schedule last night.

Scorpion

Don’t complain because this is what you chose to do and that is the reason why you are paid.

Michael Ansah

You are very right sir and I’m sorry for bumping into you. I will be careful with my steps next time.

Scorpion

Don’t worry my brother, let me help you up to your feet. We all should be our brother’s keeper.

Michael Ansah

Oh thank you, sir, you are really a gentleman and I’m grateful for your kind gesture.

Kwaku Mike takes some steps away from Scorpion and moves to the exit of the hospital but he is called back by Scorpion again.

Scorpion

Excuse me, my brother, you made mention earlier on that this place was very busy last night. I am a detective from the police headquarters. My boys and I are searching for a young guy with a gunshot injury who was brought here last night or early in the morning.

Michael Ansah

(looks at left and right then whispers in a low tone) Mmmm sir this thing you are asking me is confidential because when people come here with such problems or injuries it is kept very confidential, but such people are kept at the last floor of the building. Since you are a police officer, I believe when you get there, the doctors on duty there will open up to you but we the nurses will give excuses and stories saying we don’t know anything or even have information of such people.

Scorpion

Woow, you are such a gentleman, kindly take this as a token for your assistance. (tries to push two 50cedis note into Kwaku Mike’s hands)

Michael Ansah

Oh sir, I can’t take this, it will look like I’m taking a bribe for the information I gave you.

Scorpion

Oh don’t say that my brother, I will feel offended if you don’t accept this small token from me. You don’t know how helpful your information is to me. This small token is coming from my heart, please accept it with an open heart and mind.

Michael Ansah

Well if you say so. I will take it but my mind is making me feel like I’m taking bribe from you and I’m not exactly enthused at all.

Scorpion

Don’t feel that way because it is between the two of us, let me rush upstairs because time is against us. I will use the staircase instead of the elevator.

Michael Ansah

Okay sir, and thanks very much for the small token you gave me, I’m more than grateful.

Scorpion signals his boys and they rush upstairs using the staircase. Kwaku Mike now walks majestically to the exit but before he walks out, one of Scorpion’s boys turned around and gave Kwaku Mike a look which nearly made him lose his steps and reveal his true identity. Kwaku Mike finally walked out from the hospital building and walked across the hospital compound and out the gate.

When he got to the roadside, there was no taxi coming his way so he could board. Scorpion and his boys got to the last floor of the hospital building and they rushed into the first ward. They were surprised to come across pregnant women who were waiting to be sent to the labour ward when they start feeling signs of the baby’s coming.

They moved to the room opposite the one they first entered and it was filled with newborn babies. Scorpion looks at the faces of his boys and signals them to move out. As they moved out and got to the corridor of that floor someone called them from behind.

Brigadier Adu-Tettey and wife were driving to the hospital at top speed when he got a signal on his dashboard. He parked the car at the edge of the street when he saw vapour coming out from the bonnet and he got down to check what the problem was. He opened the bonnet and realised that his car was overheating so he called his men to take a U-turn and pick them up because none of the cars they tried to stop slowed down to listen to them.

TBC