Belina the Tender beauty Episode 8
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I woke up few minutes to 7 and I was glad that I
was not feeling much pain. I knew was up already
and it would be awkward if I walked in on her and
her parents so I just waited for her. I knelt down
by the bed and thanked God so much for everything
he did for me. I thought about my kidnap, and I
could not believe I was actually here.
After the lengthy prayer, I went to the bathroom
to take my bath. Thank God that I had struggled
to wash my gown yesterday despite my aching body
cos I didn’t like putting on other people’s clothes
no matter the closeness. I had worn Prisca’s
nightie yesterday but that was different. As I
showered, I noticed that my feet were still sore
but I paid them no heed.
I came out of the bathroom and spotted prisca’s
cream. Since I didn’t have any permanent cream, I
used hers without worry and put on my blue gown,
thanks to the light material it was, it was already
dry. I took my bag and started going through its
contents for the first time since I carried it. I was
surprised when I saw the envelope that I was given
in the concert first. I opened it and when I
counted the money, it summed up to 20, 000 Naira.
I was happy that at least, I would have money for
some clothes. I can’t resume work on Monday with
my gown, I thought with a smile. I searched the
bag and met everything intact, including my purse,
ATM card and others.
Prisca came in and was surprised to find me awake.
“woow, I thought you would still be asleep, I would
if I had gone through what you did”, she said with
a smile. I smiled and leaned on the bed
dramatically, “I could go back to sleep if you want,
I don’t mind being pampered”, I said feigning
tiredness although I felt a little bit weak. She
laughed, “who would pamper you? Abeg stand up
joor, lets go and eat”. “What of mumcy?” I asked
“Dad and mum are both waiting for you at the
dining. I explained everything to them and if I
hadn’t insisted otherwise, mum would be here now,
although, they were not happy that I sneaked out
of the house”, she said winking at me.
I smiled and got up from the bed, held her by the
waist and playfully pushed her towards the door,
“well, lets go then, I could eat an elephant”.
Tunji arrived at Boruwa lane and looked around
happily making sure that he was not being
followed. He got to the footpath and stopped his
car. He locked his car and went through the
footpath on foot. When he was about getting to
the building, he looked back to be totally sure he
was not being followed before he entered the
building. When he entered the building, it was
totally quiet and he thought they might be
upstairs since it was a one story building. After
checking all the rooms downstairs, he climbed the
stairs and upon arrival, he still did not see anyone.
He was not finding it funny so he took out his
phone and called Tolu. “Oga mi, good morning, I am
already on my way to-“ tolu started saying. “shut
up now”, he ordered, “I am at the location now and
I cant find anyone. Are you playing games with
me?” he said yelling. Tolu was taken aback, “NO… I
dare not…. Pls let me call the guys maybe they had
to change location for some reasons”, he said.
“hurry up, I am losing my patience”, he said and
Richard was surprised to find out that he had
actually fallen asleep yesterday. He had gone back
to Deji’s room and found him sleeping soundly and
the sleep seemed to be contagious that he went
back to his office and slept like a baby.
His office was a very big one which included a
toilet and bathroom so he went in, had his bath
and wore another cloth which he had brought from
home. He wore his suit and made for Tony’s office
to give him the goodnews and find out the outcome
of his outing yesterday. As he was going he saw
Adewale coming towards him and was happy.
“Good morning doctor Richard”, Adewale said. “Good
morning Adewale, it is good to see you looking
fresh”, Richard said stretching forth his hand for a
handshake. “Deji’s parents just left this place so I
decided to see you to know how he is faring”, he
said. Richard smiled at Adewale and said, “you can
relax now, he is out of coma”.
Adewale jumped on Richard and he almost fell
down. “I am sorry” he said leaving the doctor
alone. “thank Yo Lord” he said and faced Richard,
“Thank you doctor, i… I am so greatful”. Richard
laughed, “Thank God not me, I only did my job, God
heals”, he said placing his hands on Dewale’s
shoulders. “I would go and inform the parents”, he
said and before Richard could stop him, he was out
of the hospital. Richard smiled and went into
Tunji walked from one end of the building to the
other, matching furiously. Just when everything
seemed to be working, those idiots had blundered
it. He looked at the time, it was almost time for
his flight to take off and he was still here waiting
for the fools that that Tolu of a boy sent to get
Belina. After calling Tolu, he had searched the
entire vicinity again but hadn’t seen anyone or
anything except a nylon of beverages and things
like that. Did i tell them that i want to drink tea?
He left the building because the bushy area was
beginning to scare him so he headed towards his
car. He met Tolu, Spanner and Sparrow coming
midway coming towards him and his anger
multiplied when he did not see Belina with them.
He charged forward and tried to calm his nerves
because those guys may be dangerous and it would
be one against three. “Where is Belina”, he asked
through clenched teeth. Spanner opened his mouth,
“i… she… ehm…”, he stopped as Tunji moved
towards him, sizing him up like he was an ant. He
was short so he had to look up to Tunji but that
was a mistake because as soon as he looked up,
Tunji sent him crashing into a nearby bush.
Tunji moved to Sparrow and asked him the same
question, “Where is Belina” Sparrow looked very
strong and rugged so Tunji knew that he had to be
careful with him no matter the answer. “Oga, we
do wetin we ask you to do o, but that girl be
winch, we no even know as she leave our front and
the next thing we see be say, we dey pursue her
and before we open our eyes, close am, she don
enter motor”, he said and then pointed at his leg,
“see, see my leg… the motor almost killed me” he
Tunji wished he had a gun to shoot him dead
instantly, but instead, he faced Tolu. “What is the
meaning of this now? what kind of rubbish is this?
i should be at the airport now, ehn…” “i am sorry,
Tunji, i didn’t know that these idiots would spoil
things this way”, Tolu said Tunji glared at him. i
want to see Belina today, did you hear me? Today.
If you don’t have belina with you, make sure you
have my money” he said and pushed Sparrow into
the bush as he made for his car.
Mr Badmus got to the airport much earlier than he
ought to and he sat down in his car waiting for
Tunji. he put on the radio in his car and for the
first time in a long while, he danced to the music
which was being played in the radio.
After he had waited for one hour and hadn’t seen
Tunji and Belina, he called Tunji’s line. He did not
pick the first time so he called the second time,
already getting worried.
Tunji picked the phone and he heard “Hello…”
“Hello, Tunji. I have been at the airport for over an
hour now and i have not seen you, what is up?” he
asked hoping that nothing had gone wrong. “Oh pls,
spare me all that. That miserable daughter of yours
is nowhere to be found”, he replied. Shocked, he
screamed, “WHAT?” “Pls, don’t deceive me, are you
telling me that you know nothing about this”,
Tunji asked shouting angrily. “Ahn, Tunji…” “Don’t
ahn tunji me. if you don’t produce your daughter
today, be ready to return all the money i have been
giving you since this matter started. I have been
recording it and I have given you nothing less than
180, 000 Naira. Don’t joke with me o, failure to
produce any of the two, i would get you arrested.
You should know, without me telling you that i
mean what i just said and i have enough power to
back me up”, Tunji said and before Mr Badmus could
say anything, he hung up.
Mr Badmus opened his mouth in shock, looking
I entered the dining room along side prisca and
immediately Mrs Jegas, Prisca’s mother, saw me,
she jumped from her seat and came to hold me
tenderly. She had been almost like a second mother
to me ever since she knew me as her daughter’s
friend. Her husband was also in the same vein
although he covered his own; men’s characteristics.
She was also so emotional so i was not surprised
when i saw her face swimming with tears. The
little display of affection made me feel sick cos it
made me remember what it had been like with my
mother. My mother was not one who was perfect,
infact, she was one of the most imperfect people
on earth but i loved her all the same.
I quickly cleared some air by saying, “mum, it is
not a big deal… or maybe it is but i am fine”. “No
you look tired baby, come and sit down”, she said
and moved me to a seat and quickly stuffed my
plate with food. Mr Jegas, prisca’s father who
could not hide his anger later said as we ate, “How
can a man do this to his own daughter? He must be
dealt with” He looked at me and said, “You can
stay here for as long as you want and anything you
need, you can count on us”.
I muttered my sincere appreciation and went to hug
them lovingly. I sat down on my sit and i looked at
Prisca who was smiling at me. I sighed internally
and i thanked God for giving me a place i could call