Belina the Tender beauty Episode 14
Everyone seemed to have had a very long day
because everyone got home late. I had prepared
white rice and beans before they arrived. I saw
meat and fish in the fridge and I used it to
prepare stew with the already defrozen pepper.
Prisca arrived first and then mum followed by dad
later and they were all happy that I had made
dinner and they told me that. Everyone felt tired
one way or another and I did not have the heart to
bring my own problems to bug them again, besides,
they had already done enough for me and I did not
want to overstep my bounds.
“Belina”, Mr Jegas called
I turned round, “sir?” I answered.
“you have been quiet for quite a while now, is
anything the problem?” he asked looking worried.
Mum was busy in the room and Prisca had gone to
take her bath, if my guess is right, she would be
busy chatting with Tony now on phone so there had
been nobody to keep my mouth running.
“No sir, I… I am fyn” I answered.
He stared at me for some seconds and finally said,
“I don’t buy that, come”
I stood reluctantly, went to meet him and sat
beside him on the couch.
“Now tell me, did anything happen at work? Talk to
me”, he said giving me audience.
I sighed remembering my day at work but said,
“nothing bad happened at work sir”.
“so what is the problem?” he asked.
“it is my… my dad. He has been released and –”
“Released?” he said and stared at the TV probably
wondering why he had not listened to today’s
news, I had wondered the same earlier. “how
“He was actually innocent sir, the real murderer
was caught” His eye brows raised in surprise. “but
that is not the problem. He called me just as I got
home seeking forgiveness and wanting to know
where I am”, I said.
“He what? Haaa, people have no shame. So what did
you tell him? That you would be going back there?”
he asked not even giving me the chance to answer
it one at a time.
“No sir, how could i? I told him never to call me
again”, I said.
“I wish I could strangle him for what he did to
you”, he said as he jumped up angrily.
“Strangle who?” this came from Prisca’s mother
and she had a worried look on her face. Before I
knew it, Prisca was already in the sitting room
looking puzzled and I knew I was the topic once
again and sighed internally.
“Can you imagine? Belina’s father is already out of
prison because they found out that he really did
not commit the murder and he had the guts to call
Belina asking for forgiveness”, Mr. Jegas said
looking like he was about to search my father out
and beat the living daylight out of him.
They were both quiet but their facial expressions
were not palatable. I quickly lightened up the
situation. “It is not really a big deal, I told him
that I don’t want to see him again and I meant
it”, I said.
Prisca looked white suddenly, “hey, someone called
me today and asked of Belina and I said you were
at work, before I could ask who it was, he had
hung up. What if that was your father. He could
trace you here”, she said and while we were still
processing that, we heard a knock at the door. We
were all puzzled cos no one should have been able
to get to the door without us opening the gate. We
were so scared and so we all went to the door even
though dad told us to stay behind. We opened the
door and speaking of the devil, we all stared at the
plastered face of my dad.
Richard turned around on the bed thinking about
the one person that had stuck to his head like a
virus. Try as he may, he hadn’t been able to purge
her out of his brain. He thought about what she
had been through and found it hard to believe that
someone could go through all that and still be able
to carry herself with dignity like nothing had
happened. He admired her courage and
determination to bring the best out of her life and
still found it amusing that she could look
exceptionally pretty even when she was going
through hell. He had felt at ease with her so much
that he felt a part of her instantly.
He started comparing her with Tonia, and mentally
kicked himself out of it. He wondered just how she
had been able to spot that he had a foreign blood
in his veins and praised her the more. Just then,
he heard a knock and he was still wondering who
could be visiting at 10pm when he opened the door.
A scream from him followed, “No you are dead”, he
yelled trying to close the door.
Tonia opened the door back, “I am not dead,
Richard”, she said.
“No… you, you are. You are dead. Oh my God, I am
going crazy”, he yelled holding his head.
“No Richard, touch my hand and see that I am
real”, Tonia said stretching forth her hand.
“no, you died three years ago, pls go, go, go…” he
said and forcefully closed the door and locked it
instantly. He immediately ran into the bedroom
shaking all over.
“What the hell do you think you are doing in my
house?” Mr jegas yelled at my father immediately
he set his eyes on him. “Sorry for bothering you
sir, I just must see Belina today”, my dad said
without jittering. “Well you would be sorry if you
don’t leave now. How did you get past my gate by
the way? Did you jump it?” “Of course not, I met
it open so I just entered”, he replied stiffly.
Prisca’s dad laughed slightly, “mr man, you better
get the hell out of my house before I call the cops
to arrest you for trespassing”, he said glaring at
him. “Darling, wait”, prisca’s mum was saying
putting her hands on her husband’s shoulders.
“Stay out of this Lizzy”, he shot back at her.
Prisca and I who had been standing silently were
both taken aback when we heard him call his wife
by her first name and by that we knew that his
temper had risen to a dangerous degree.
Mrs jegas was not put back, she went to stand
between the two men at war facing her husband.
He stared at her angrily for some seconds and just
like magic, he started relaxing then she said,
“come on, he is her father. Allow him”.
He glared at my father then allowed him in. I kept
my face carefully blank showing neither happiness
nor anger at the sight of him and said, “what do
you want sir?”
“I need you to listen to me and when I am done,
you can decide whether you would forgive me or
not”, he said pleading with his eyes.
Prisca held my hand tenderly and nodded. I led him
to the couch and even though he did not like the
public discussion, that was what I offered him.
“Belina”, he began, “I know that you are angry and
you have the right to be. I am very sorry for
everything I have done to you and for making your
life miserable but life hasn’t been fair to me
either and I thought about taking it out on you
and your mother. My mother did not have time for
me when I was young cos she always traveled from
one place to the other. You are aware that I was
from a very rich family so she had more than
enough money to spend on trips and shopping all
over the world. My dad though very busy, still
spent time with me and gave me one of his
companies to manage after my university education
but the day that changed the course of my life
was the day I lost my dad. We were in the car
together including the driver when we got involved
in a car accident and he died including the driver. I
survived but I was later told by the doctor after
some years that due to the car accident, I would
not be able to have children with any woman
again”. He paused
I had kept my face carefully straight but internally
I felt for him. I knew what it was like to lose a
loved one and when I lost my mum, I almost felt
like dying but when he mentioned the part of not
being able to give birth, my head jerked up.
“But you had me right?” I asked becoming more
alarmed by the second.
“No, I am not your father”, he dropped.
“What? Everybody exclaimed excluding me who was
practically in a trance. I could not begin to process
the fact that I had spent my entirely life in a lie.
My face fell and all the blood in my body virtually
drained away as I sat there frozen like a statue.
He explained how he had met my mum on the
staircase after she had left the room of the guy
who impregnated her. “she had been an orphan and
had been very determined not to have anything to
do with a poor guy so that her children would not
suffer the same way she did. The rich man had
promised to take care of her but when she became
pregnant and refused to abort it, he had sent her
out telling her that he had a wife he loves very
much. I took her home and after explaining my
predicament, I promised to take care of her if her
child bears my surname. I also made her promise
not to tell her child what had transpired between
us but after you were born, the fact that you were
not my biological child never eluded my mind and I
started maltreating you. When things became sour
and bitter after some years and we had to move to
the mainland, I blamed you and your mother for my
misfortune. I am sorry”, he ended.
My eyes could not see properly again because of the
tears it held, prisca held me comfortingly and all
the tears came down like a mighty river. I placed
my head between my hands and wept then after
what seemed like forever, I looked at my dad or
actually Ex-dad and said, “I have only one question
for you sir. Do you know who my father is?”
His facial expression was grim and I felt sorry for
him but I was past caring about all that, my heart
was shattered. “I don’t know him physically but I
know his name. Your mum told me when I wanted
to look for him and deal with him but I never saw
him. His name is Mr Francis Jegas”, he dropped and
everyone in the room yelled one thing or the other
as we all turned to the only person with that name.
Richard sat on the floor still shivering vehemently.
He still heard the persistent knock on the door and
he used his hands to block his ears. After about
ten minutes, he did not hear the knock but he left
his hands where they were. He started counting
backwards from 100 to 1 and he did that five times
but was not able to calm down. He prayed for what
seemed like hours but it was actually minutes and
he was able to calm down a bit. He stood up on
shaky legs, picked up his phone and dialed tony.
On the other side, tony was exceedingly worried. He
had dialed Prisca’s number times without number
and she had not picked. He dialed Belina’s number
also and met the same result but when he saw
Richard’s call, he knew something must definitely
be wrong with this night.
“Hello Richard, is everything alright?” he asked
immediately. “No, nothing is alright tony, I am
going crazy”, Richard responded. “What do you
mean by that?” he asked “Tony, I just saw Tonia. I
saw her. She knocked the door, and I opened and
saw her. I was not sleeping Tony”, he said
becoming angry again. “Ehn, I am coming now, just
be calm ok?” he said and without waiting for reply,
he hung up.
Approximately thirty minutes after Richard called
Tony, Richard heard a knock on his door and his
heart started racing. “Tony, is that you?” he asked
“Yes, open up man”, Tony responded and the door
was pened immediately. Unconsciously, Richard
scanned the entrance to be sure no one was lurking
around and seeing no ghost, he shut the door and
“What is going on?” Tony asked. “I don’t know. I
feel sick. I need a psychiatrist cos I think I am
going crazy”, Richard responded sitting down
forcefully. Tony sighed, “I think Tonia is taking
too much space in your head Richy. You need to get
over this guilt you feel, I have no doubt that is
why you have been dreaming about her. You need to
see Belina, she should be able to help you”, he said
seriously. “Oh, don’t mention Belina again. She has
been taking too much of my thoughts, maybe that
is why Tonia came in person today to remind me
that I made a promise to her to always think about
her”. Tony looked sharply, “when was that?” “On
her death bed Tony, maybe she knew that she
would die so she asked me to always think about
her when she is gone. I did and also said that no
one would take her place in my heart. I only wish I
saw her when she died”. Richard said trying to
ward off the pain he felt at that remembrance”.
“I see, so someone else has taken her place,
right?” Tony asked
Richard looked at Tony for some seconds and later
said, “I think about her everyday, I mean Belina.
She is constantly in my head. The problem is that I
never felt that way with Tonia. I loved her but it
does not compare at all to what I now feel for
“Well then, you better look for a way to drive this
problem away because if you let this damsel slip
off your fingers, I would agree that you are truly
crazy”, Tony said with a smile.
Richard sighed and relaxed fully on the chair. Tony
looked at him with concern, he hadn’t seen his
friend this way before. Something flashed through
his mind which he quickly dismissed, “What if he
was not hallucinating and Tonia is not actually
Everything was silent and i am sure that even a pin
would make the loudest noice if it mistakingly
slipped from its place but even the furnitures were
holding their breath as we all stared at Prisca’s
father. After what seemed like eternity, i heard a
strangled voice which brought me out of the
cocoon which i found myself. “Explain what I am
hearing Francis. What is this man talking about?”
she asked silently. He did not seem to hear at first
and he looked far worse than an over-cooked
vegetable. “I… I don’t know what he is saying.
What is the woman’s name?” he asked facing my
dad, i mean Ex-dad. I did not even give him the
chance to answer. “Linda Terresa. Her name was
Linda Terresa when she was young, she told me. You
don’t know her right?” I said already on my feet
and i did not know when i stood up. My legs
threatened to give way beneath me when i saw his
face turn white like someone who was face to face
with the firing squad.
Prisca’s mum flew up as if she was stung and
yelled, “Francis… aaaahhhh….. what is this? You
better opened that mouth of yours and start
explaining ooo. So, you have been sleeping with
women right under my nose ehn? Aaaaahh, God
would judge you” she said, weeping profusely now.
I did not have any strength left in me and Prisca
just stood also gawping like someone from another
planet. Mr Badmus opened his mouth and said, “i
am sor-” He did not get to finish his statement
before his wife pounced on him like a dog would
attack a bone after ten days of hunger.
I did not even move an inch, i just stared blankly
and was only there bodily, i was actually in another
realm. My life was just like a broken plate and the
more i put the pieces together, the more stupid it
The tears just flowed without hinderance and i felt
so useless. i heard the words of Prisca’s mum who
was in tears, behaving like a crazy person as if
from a far distance.
We all stared at Prisca’s father who was seated
with his mouth agape, gawping at my Ex-dad. I
looked at him and he gradually grew from a friend
and a friend’s father to a monster. Everyone’s eyes
were on him and finally after more than 15 mins of
silence and tension, i heard Prisca’s mum talk.
“What is going on here Francis?” she asked her
husband. “I d… dont know”, he said frozen to the
spot then turned to my ex-dad, “what is her
name?” he asked. I did not give him a chance to
reply when i said, “Linda, her name was Linda
Terresa then”. He gasped and looked like he would
faint soon and i got my answer. I stood up slowly
because my legs could not just carry me but i
ensured that i was on my feet because the seat
could no longer contain me; my tears were coming
in torrents. “So you are my f… father” i said
shaking terribly. The entire room was in chaos and
virtually everyone was standing except Mr Jegas.
“You did not answer my question Francis… I said,
do you have anything to do with all these?” she
asked charging forward towards her husband. He
opened his mouth to say, ‘i am sorry’ but did not
get to complete the statement because she got to
him and started pummeling him and my former
dad’s efforts to seperate them was almost futile.
I stood like a stick as i looked on as events
unfolded before me. Everything was blurry because
of my drenched eyes and i was shaking like a leaf
on water. I felt prisca’s presence behind me and
noticed that she hadn’t spoken at all throughout
the drama but i couldn’t care less. Prisca’s mum
was shouting because she was deeply hurt and her
dear husband did not have the audacity to tell her
to calm down.
“Aaahhh Francis, after all i have been through with
you, you did this to me…Oh God… So you can keep
this kind of secret of maybe 25 years from me. So
because i gave birth to four boys, you outside to
look for a girl thinking i would not have one right?
You are heartless. How many more are out there
ehn? How many?” She continued ranting and Prisca
for the first time moved from her position and
went to hold her mother tenderly and that was
when i noticed that she was in tears. They cried
together and i later found my voice.
“So you are my dad. You have been criticizing my
dad saying he hired people to kidnap his own
daughter not knowing that you are far worse. You
are a murderer, you never wanted me and you made
my mum suffer. Thank God my dad picked her up if
not, i don’t know what would have become of us. I
would never forgive you. Never” i said and gathered
the strenght i could and walked into Prisca’s room
but not before i saw the tears in Prisca’s father’s
i entered Prisca’s bedroom and knelt by the bed
with my head on the bed crying profusely. I was
shaking all over and felt it within me that i would
fall sick soon. The thoughts of what my mother
had gone through in life and how my father had
wanted me dead bugged me and i cried until i had
no strength in me.
I wanted to leave the house but my legs refused to
give my legs the priviledge of rest so i forcefully
pushed one leg up, i fell down and hit my head on
something very sharply. The next thing that i
encountered was darkness and time was forgotten
as i entered into a state of unconsciousness.
Richard turned and tossed on the bed but could not
sleep, Tony also could not sleep because he had
been dialing Prisca’s phone and she hadn’t picked.
Richard left the bed and moved to the sitting room
to join Tony. He had also become worried because
he knew that they always chat at night endlessly
and for Belina not to pick her call also means that
something was wrong somewhere. Tony had wanted
to go over to their house to be sure that there was
noting wrong but Richard had held him back
because of the time. It was already 1pm and sleep
seemed to have departed the world.
Richard was worried that the problem might be
with Belina because he remembered the events of
the previous day and was worried that guy might go
after her later.
He did not want to review the pain he had felt
when he saw her tears the previous day, he had
wanted to squeeze the life out of that guy for
making her feel that way.
He sat down beside Tony and the atmosphere was
very silent and his hand frantically pressed his
phone. Richard offered words to calm him down but
the words did not calm he himself much less Tony’s
phone started ringing and he picked immediately.
“Oh baby, thank God. I have almost died her”, we
was saying already on his feet hearing a sigh of
relief “Please Tony, we need your help, get Richard.
Belina is terribly hurt and we are taking her to the
her to the hospital now”. Prisca said over the
receiver. “what?, we are coming, please be careful
honey”, he said and hung up. “What is going on?”
Richard asked even before Tony hung up. His worry
had now reached its peak.
“It is Belina, she… i don’t know what is wrong.
She has been taken to the hospital”, he said
grabbing his coat and shoes. “Jesus…” Richard said
and ran into the room to pick his car keys even
though Tony’s car was available.