Richard sat down forcefully & his chair squealed from his harsh approach. He could not fathom what was
actually going on. He had been in perfect harmony with Belina, barely four days ago & now, they were not even seeing eye to eye.
The side of Belina he saw today is a part he had never seen before. He almost could not recognize her.
He hadn’t had a cause to question her faithfulness until he got that weird message. He had been able to dismiss it, only for that son of a b—h to show up in her office today, looking so calm & sure that he would be given audience. It would have been manageable if the doubt was on his side only but hearing Belina’s words made it obvious that she also had doubts. A pile
developed in his throat as he remembered the words she spoke out of anger & spite. He opened the weird
message again, resisting the urge to delete it.
He had taken his time to study
Belina. Her earlier action
hurt terribly but he knew she must be hurting terribly. He couldn’t see her
behaving that way just
because of a mere hug. She had seen him hug so many people without acting up.
Now, there’s the girl she had mentioned. Who the hell could that be? He pondered.
The door opened. He didn’t know if the person had forgotten the courtesy of a
knock or if he simply did
not hear it.
“Is everything alright sir?”
he recognized d voice as
Oyinade’s. What does she want now? He wondered.
“Yes. Leave” he said as
gently as possible, raising his head; his face blank.
“But sir,u look..” she was saying when Richard’s glare made her memory go blank
“I said, leave” he said loud enough to be heard by a deaf man & Oyin
vanished from sight within seconds. He did not feel sorry for yelling at her. She is part of the reasons why he is having problems.
Prisca left Belina at the
entrance of Richard’s office after much persuasion. She hadn’t heard d cause of
their discord cos they
had been too busy
jubilating. The jubilation of being an expectant mother had taken over the dull moment. Belina’s face had
transformed from the sad angry one to a joyous one within the space of seconds. She had jumped out of the bed instantly,jumping up & down like a little kid at the sight if a
wrapped gift. Doctor Felix had to calm her down,reminding her of her condition. Prisca had held on to Belina, very happy that God had finally answered their prayers at last.
After a while she had
carefully explained how
wrong Belina was to have
talked to Richard the way
she did earlier in their
happiest moment. The fact that Richard already knew she is pregnant was Prisca’s basis for argument. She
refused to hear any of
Belina’s attempts at
justifying her actions. She told her that she would hear of it after she had made peace with Richard.
Prisca called Tony excitedly to inform him
“Hello honey” she said &
turned on motion suddenly due to over-excitement,bumping into someone. Her
phone left her grasp, falling into ruins on the floor.
The lady she bumped into was busy ranting her need for a glasses; she was obviously very angry even though it was not her phone that was smashed.
She busied herself with
picking up her phone but
looked up just in time to catch a glimpse of d
person she bumped into
before she left. The face she saw looked familiar but she
couldn’t place it. She looked like a doctor with the way she was dressed but
something was odd about it. She tried desperately to recollect exactly where she
had seen that face & after a few seconds, she opened her mouth slightly in remembrance, wondering what that lady could be doing in BRH.
THREE WEEKS AGO
Prisca had left the boutique to meet a long lost college friend in Da Queens Hotel.
Patience, her friend, had
immediately after their time in college & had called unexpectedly, announcing her arrival in Nigeria. Prisca had left to meet her excitedly in the hotel she was lodged in order to get
re-acquainted with her.
She arrived at Da Queens Hotel, had a long chit chat with her friend & they were both on their way out
when they saw two ladies.
Patience had seen them
first & whistled silently.
Prisca was also taken aback when she saw the ladies.
They were almost unclad.
One of them wore a bum short knicker which stood
the risk of tearing due to her large bums with a tube top. The other, which was d most bizarre of them, wore a micro-mini skirt which almost could not do
justice to covering her extra large bums; she had on a see-me-through top which
exposed the largest part of her double sized b-obs.
They looked financially
comfortable & Prisca
could only imagine them in one profession –
Patience said she thought that was only done in America & other white countries & Prisca had agreed with her.
Prisca opened her mouth,not really understanding
what that harlot was doing in BRP. And in a doctor’s uniform? Belina should be able to explain something.
I stood outside Richard’s office seconds after Prisca left, not really sure I should go in. I pressed the door knob &went in. Richard’s head was
on d table, I had no idea if he was sleeping or
thinking. Seeing him still
made my heart beat
quicken. I coughed slightly & his head shot up.
“I should not have behaved the way I did; I am sorry”. I
blurted looking directly at him. He just looked at me,not believing a word I said.
He stood up slowly &
came over to stand in front of me. I could see what other women saw in him: he has a presence which
beats others. His gaze can make a woman’s knees turn to jelly.
He took my hand without a word & led me to the long couch in his office. He gently pushed me to a sitting position, looking into my eyes intermittently.
“How are u feeling now?”
his gentle question made me feel small due to d way I had behaved. The reason for my anger faded out of my memory as I looked into his blue eyes.
“Why did u not tell me we were expecting a baby?” I asked instead of answering him with tears gathering in my eyes.
He smiled genuinely.
“You did not allow me to, baby”
he said. I noticed a tear drop almost escaping
his eyes & I was instantly overtaken by emotions. This is not what I want. We need
to settle our issues.
“How can I allow u
“Shhhh…”he said, silencing me with his finger against my lips.
“Let me just hold u now, sweet. C’mon” he
said, pulling me into his
arm. All I wanted to say fled as his hands enclosed around me. His fast & steady heartbeat pounded
in my ear as I placed my head on his chest. We remained in this position for a very long time.
“You remember the first time I k-ssed u? The very first time I held u in my arms as I feasted on ur sweet honeyed lips?” he
asked as he car-ssed my lips with his thumb, making me go crazy with desire.
How could I not remember such an unforgettable
experience? “It was then I vowed not to ever have anything to do with another woman s€×ually till
death do us part. You
represent everything I have ever wanted in a woman.
You should trust me honey.
Better than u are doing
now”. He pulled back to
gaze into my eyes. The
disappointment that was evident in his voice & face tore at my heart & being.
I was confused; totally
confused. I did not know what to do or say so I did what I had been wishing he would do.
I k-ssed him hard on his
lips, trying to erase the pain I saw. He held me gently but closely & k-ssed me hungrily, taking full control.
I held on to him as we
basked in each others’
hands. The k-ssing grew fierce as his mouth strayed from mine & his hands
brought goose bumps to my body. Something else would have happened right there, if we hadn’t been
interrupted by an insistent knock on the office door.
Richard disengaged from me slowly & reluctantly,irritated that we were being disturbed. I smiled.
The reaction of what we started was evident on him;
on us both.
I stood up & pulled
Richard out of the couch, I sat on the office chair,adjustingmy tussled hair while Richard crossed over
to his seat asking his
secretary to come in.
Richard’s secretary came in & gave a report of a patient who was rushed into the hospital. Two doctors were already with the patient but they were
presence because the
patient has internal
bleeding & might require
Richard’s skills if he stood a chance of survival. This made Richard jump out of
his seat. He k-ssed me,
asked me to take care of myself & was out in a flash.
I smiled, feeling a bit better even though we still had a lot of things to settle. I picked up Richard’s phone & took it out of standby.
The first image that
propped up nearly made my eyes pop out of their sockets. It was a picture of Kelvin & I in what seemed like… a hug?
I left Richard’s office dazed.
I should be celebrating my pregnancy but how do u cope when what u love the most is in danger of being yanked away from u. 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 & 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 & I gave her Richard’s
phone. She looked at the phone for a while, & then looked at me.
“I don’t understand this.
When did this happen?” she asked.
I stood up & 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 & 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.
“What were u doing with Kelvin, Bell?
u don’t still have feelings for him, do u?
My head jerked in her
“Definitely not. Whatever I felt for him died d day I saw him with that harlot. Most times I wonder if my feelings for him was actually love cos I can truly say I love Richard & what I feel for Richard is nothing compared to what I felt for Kelvin
“OK” she breathed. Then tell me what actually happened cos 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 cos I felt terribly weak when I had a flat tire. 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 &
familiarize with each other.
I declined. I left him there & DID NOT hug him” I concluded.
Prisca thought for a while.
“My guess is that someone took a picture of u guys when u 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 ur office today”
“What? He was here?
When?” I queried, surprised & alarmed.
“some hours ago. I guess u were on the hospital bed then. He got what he hadn’t expected though;
Richard met him there &
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
countenance yester night & 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 & informed him cos she didn’t know what to do & she needed someone here to hold her hands & tell her it would be alright.
She saw Richard pass in a hurry towards the
emergency department & 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 & 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 d direction of his office,
furiously, through the glass barrier. Loretta also saw this & left his arms instantly.
“he must have found out that I brought him &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 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 & I was startled,Priscaalso. He should not be back by now, I thought.
He had left barely ten
minutes ago,& 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 d patient Ok?” I asked hoping that whoever
it was is not dead. Richard just fixed a permanent glare on his face & I could not
understand anything again.
Just then,the door opened & 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 u 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 & 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
“Son” Mr. Branson started
“Could u please put this
behind u & save the
dying patient Richard? He was hit by Loretta & she is freaking out now. Pls son, he had nothing to do with what ur mum did, don’t let him pay for it”
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 d–n 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 unclad, k-ssing 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 this thing.
“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 some blackmail.
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 – Belina’s sister.
“You know what Missy? i
think we need to have a little chat” Prisca said, sitting down comfortably and crossing her legs
That Wednesday seemed to
be the longest day of my
life. Everything had
happened all at once. I
hadn’t spent one minute
with Richard when he left. I
knew he wouldn’t let a man
die, no matter what the
person had done. I hadn’t
said anything when he
picked up his stethoscope
and headed out. I had said
the only thing that came to
‘I love you
Richard, no one else but
you’. He had nodded and
left without turning back.
I placed my hand on my
belly, feeling the life
growing in me. I smiled and
maybe the baby wanted to
confirm his presence
because I had an instant
urge to throw up. I ran to
Richard’s office toilet and
emptied my tummy. I
started feeling dizzy and
I lay on the couch, feeling
slightly light-headed. It
didn’t take long before I
slipped into the wonderful
comfort of sleep, forgetting
all the troubles around me.
Prisca watched closely as
uncomfortably from one
foot to the other. She knew
that the lady before her
hadn’t seen her in the hotel
when she was dressed like
a w—e. She also hadn’t
looked at her face when
they bumped into each
other. She had been too
furious to even spare her a
glance. Prisca wondered
what her function was in
the hospital as she sat
intimidating the young lady
with her presence.
“How can I help you
ma’am?” Oyinade asked,
gathering her shattered
confidence. She had heard
many things about the
woman who sat on the
chair, facing her. Her beauty
has been a subject of public
debate, just like Belina; and
having her sit in her office
should be a pleasure.
other thing had been
though: the fact that Prisca
ought to be a detective. She
could draw out the truth
from you with only a glance.
She shared almost the same
personality with Belina. One
thing is different though:
Belina could pretend that
she possessed no emotions
at all but you can play on
her emotions easily. You
only need to touch a
vulnerable part of her;
Richard to be precise, and
you have her in your grasp.
Prisca, on the other hand,
knows how to keep
emotions at bay and see
beyond the facial façade of
her opponent. She can be
very dangerous if she sets
out to be.
“Why don’t you sit down,
you look like you might fall
over anytime now” Prisca
said with a pleasant smile
playing on her face. Oyinade
wanted to pursue that
statement but decided
against it. She sat down on
her chair with charisma
which made Prisca laugh
out, leaving Oyinade
confused. Prisca sat the tag
on her suit.
“Oyinade right?” she asked
and Oyin nodded.
am sure you know who I
am but if not, I am Prisca
Williams. I would go
straight to the point and I
hope you would not waste
my time. What is your
mission in the hospital?”
Oyinade was taken aback.
don’t know what you are
talking about” she said
Prisca smiled, stood up and
“Nice try dear.
You know? it is not often
that I get to see harlots
occupying the post of a
doctor in a hospital as big
and highly org-nized as
BRH; care to tell me what
you are really doing here?”
Oyinade shot up.
insulting me ma’am?” she
asked angrily, her veins
coming to view.
“For once, I
thought you were totally
incapable of anger. To
answer your question, no. I
was merely asking a
question, but it seems I
struck a nerve, so tell me:
are you a harlot?”
Oyinade was practically
foaming. “I am afraid I
would have to ask you to
leave ma’am. I would not
have you insult me in my
office” she growled.
Prisca got up again and
made for the door.
for cooperating with me
dear. The conversation you
had on the phone is so
inspiring. I am sure you
would like to explain to
your boss, why you hate his
wife so much” she said,
holding the doorknob.
“I… I d…
“Oh… don’t stammer my
dear; it is not good for your
vocal cords. And don’t
worry, I am sure you would
understand when I play the
recording I have with me to
the hearing of your boss. I
have your voice recorded
dear, so it is not your word
against mine” Prisca said in
one breath, not for once,
taking away the pleasant
infuriating smile she had
Oyinade was lost. She
couldn’t believe everything
was falling apart in one day.
She hadn’t even got one day
of complete victory.
“Please ma, I mean her no
harm. Please believe me”.
She said in a hurry,
stopping Prisca from
“You want me to believe
you? Ok” she said, going
back to sit. She checked her
“I have just ten
minutes. Spill it now and
think twice about lying to
me. Trust me; I have got a
⬅️ PREVIOUS episode