I left Richard’s office dazed. I should be
celebrating my pregnancy but how do you cope
when what you love the most is in danger of being
yanked away from you. I was trying to piece up an
explanation for what I had just seen but none of
the conclusions I arrived at made sense. Only one
thing seemed logical and could be a possibility. I
was just a few steps away from Richard’s office
when I saw Prisca approaching me with a
questioning look but the look seemed to disappear
when she saw my countenance.
“How did it go?” she asked. Before she could catch
her breath, I pulled her into Richard’s office,
closing the door firmly behind us. We sat down
without a word and I gave her Richard’s phone. She
looked at the phone for a while, and then looked at
“I don’t understand this. When did this happen?”
she asked, confronting me directly.
I stood up and paced the room slowly, trying to
gather my thoughts together. “The time I bumped
into Kelvin should be a week ago. No, wait. It was
yesterday”, I said. I expected that the
misunderstanding between Richard and I had
reached a week, thinking about all the numerous
things which had happened but the reality is that,
it is just a day old. I had checked the day the
message was sent and saw that it was the previous
Prisca was waiting for me to continue. “What were
you doing with Kelvin, Bell? You don’t still have
feelings for him, do you?”
My head jerked in her direction. “Definitely not.
Whatever I felt for him died the day I saw him
with that harlot. Most times I wonder if my
feelings for him was actually love because I can
truly say I love Richard and what I feel for Richard
is nothing compared to what I felt for Kelvin.”
“OK” she breathed. “Then tell me what actually
happened because I don’t see myself hugging Frank
if I see him today.” Frank was her boyfriend; the
one who almost raped her.
“I was on my way home earlier than usual yesterday
because I felt terribly weak when I had a flat tire.
It was so surprising because I just changed my
tires barely a week ago. I couldn’t get a mechanic
so I set about doing it myself. All of a sudden,
Kelvin showed up. He did not leave until I allowed
him fix the tires. I was about entering my car
when he suddenly blocked me, causing me to bump
into him. All he said was that he wanted us to
have a drink together and familiarize with each
other. I declined, explaining that I am a married
woman and so on. I left him there and DID NOT hug
him” I concluded.
Prisca thought for a while. “My guess is that
someone took a picture of you guys when you
bumped into him”.
“I have thought of that but what I don’t know is
who would have done it. Did Richard put someone on
my trail?” I thought aloud.
“I would not say that. I would say that Kelvin
asked someone to do that for one singular reason;
the same reason that brought him to your office
today” she said standing up.
“What? He was here? When?” I queried, surprised
“some hours ago. I guess you were on the hospital
bed then. He got what he hadn’t expected though;
Richard met him there and asked men to bundle
him out” she replied.
I was becoming more confused by the minute.
Richard had received this message yesterday but did
not say anything about it. I remembered his
countenance yester night and knew that he must
have seen it. He also saw Kelvin today but did not
mention it. Why on earth would he do that?
Loretta paced the waiting room holding her head in
her hands. Apart from the several abortions which
she had done, she hasn’t literally killed anyone
before. She still couldn’t replay the scenario. How
did she get herself into this mess? Her tears
flowed ceaselessly. She had called James Branson
and informed him because she didn’t know what to
do and she needed someone here to hold her hands
and tell her it would be alright.
She saw Richard pass in a hurry towards the
emergency department and her heart skipped a
beat. What would he do if he found out after
treating the guy that she was the one who put the
guy in that condition? It would just make their
relationship more complicated, hence, destroying
any hope of re-union between them. More tears
flowed unhindered as her heart ached.
“Loretta” she heard James call behind her. She
turned and threw herself in James’ hands, needing
all the support she could get. James just held on
to her, his heart beating faster than normal,
whispering words of encouragements. His eyes
snapped up just in time to see Richard head in the
direction of his office, furiously, through the glass
barrier. Loretta also saw this and left his arms
“he must have found out that I brought him and
refused to treat him” she exclaimed, holding her
head fiercely. James could not see that happening.
Richard would not hold someone’s life ransom just
because of Loretta; Richard is not like that. Maybe
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Richard is angry about something else, besides, he
wasn’t even sure Richard would be the one to
attend to the guy in question. He has so many
doctors in his hospital. Guessing is not an option,
though. He did not like seeing Loretta so
distressed, no matter what she had done to him.
“I would talk to him” he said, walking in the
direction of Richard’s office. Loretta followed
briskly. He tried dissuading her but she was hell
bent on begging Richard herself.
Richard marched into the office and I was startled,
Prisca also. He should not be back by now, I
thought. He had left barely ten minutes ago, and
knowing how long such emergency cases could be,
only one thing could have happened.
I rushed to him as he sat on the couch. “What is
wrong honey? Is the patient Ok?” I asked hoping
that whoever it was is not dead. Richard just fixed
a permanent glare on his face and I could not
understand anything again. Just then, the door
opened and my father-in-law came in, accompanied
by the last person Richard wanted to see – his
mother. He was up in an instant.
“Is the devil bent on making what ought to be my
happiest day very miserable? What are you doing
here?” he asked, glaring at his mum.
I held his hand. “C’mon Richy-” I was saying
“Don’t touch me” he yelled at me and I shrieked.
He has never done that. I was hurt down to my
bones. I detest people yelling at me, it reminds me
of one person: Mr Badmus, before he changed.
“Son” Mr. Branson started. “Could you please put
this behind you and save the dying patient Richard?
He was hit by Loretta and she is freaking out now.
Please son, he had nothing to do with what your
mum did, don’t let him pay for it” he concluded.
Richard glared at his mum for a while, and then
faced me. “You are right dad. He has nothing to do
with my problem with mum but he has something
to do with my crumbling family. The guy that was
hit is Kelvin”
“What?” Prisca and I yelled. I jumped out of my
seat in an instant. “What is going on here Richard?
You are leaving him to die because he is my Ex?” I
could not believe it.
He shook his head. “No. I am not leaving him to
die. The other doctors are with him but I cannot
save someone who just threatened to bring us down
some hours ago. I also got the message where you
were with him, holding him affectionately. What
do you think I would feel”?
Loretta left the place she had been since she came
in and knelt down before anybody could stop her.
“Please Richard, save the guy. I don’t know what
you have with him but please don’t let him die,
please. You may decide not to forgive me for what
I did to you but please save him.” She said in tears
even though everyone tried to get her up. Prisca
and I finally got her to her feet.
I looked at Richard more closely and I could see
him fighting a battle within himself. He was
distressed and I could understand his reluctance. I
carefully asked everyone to excuse both of us and
within seconds, we were alone. I didn’t even know
how to deal with things now that we were alone. I
just stared at him.
Ronke smashed her phone on the floor in
frustration. All their chances were now destroyed.
She had told Oyin to keep things cool but she
wouldn’t listen. They had sent the message earlier
than planned. She had specifically told Oyin that
they would have to change the position and
atmosphere in the picture they had taken of Kelvin
and Belina before sending it to Richard but Oyin was
too damn impatient. If they had edited the image
with computer; thanks to the highly developed
technology; they would have been able to put Belina
and Kelvin in a compromising position, probably
naked, kissing or something a bit stronger than a
mere hug. Now Belina is pregnant. She hissed and
poured herself another glass of drink.
If Oyin had been patient enough, she might have
even gotten Richard to doubt the paternity of the
child. But now, that is totally out of the question.
She had placed a lot of hopes on the success of
“I am not going to rest for nothing. If Oyin can’t
get money from that guy for me, she would have to
get it anywhere else if she wants to keep her
secret” she said to herself. Maybe it is time for
Prisca had left Loretta and Mr Branson immediately
she left Belina and Richard alone. She saw that
‘harlot doctor’ enter an office which she assumed
was hers. she felt an instant urge and desire to
confront her and that is what she would do, she
thought. she got to the office and luckily for her,
no one was there. she was about to knock when she
heard the lady in the office talk to someone on the
phone. she would not have bothered if she hadn’t
heard Belina’s name in the conversation.
“The plan is ruined” she heard her say. “That
Belina of a woman is pregnant”… “How am i
supposed to know that?”… silence followed.
Prisca did not know the full detail of what must
have happened between Richard and Belina but one
thing was definitely sure, she would find out what
this woman have been up to.
She entered the office like a predator. Oyinade
looked back, not knowing who had entered but on
seeing her, she seemed to know who she is –
“You know what Missy? i think we need to have a
little chat” Prisca said, sitting down comfortably
and crossing her legs.