…,… MOTHER and I run to where she was lying helplessly on the ground, we carried her in a taxi and rushed to the nearest hospital, she was very unconscious it was emergency. The doctors and nurses quickly attended to her, she was there for hours, and was not improving,we didn’t know how to reach members of her family as that was the first time we were seeing her, mother and paid the deposit before the doctors could administer treatment on her.
It was 7 p.m. and we knew her parents would be wondering her where about, so we decided to go through her bag, to see if we could find anything that would be a lead to reaching her family. Opening her bag, I saw that she had a phone which was on silent, she had missed many calls, I took the phone to view who the callers were, it was her dad, she had missed his calls 23 times, her father would have been worried why she wasn’t home from school at that time I guess, so mother and I decided that will return his call, we called back via her phone.
Hello sir, hello hello, mirabel,where are you I’m at your school and why haven’t you been picking your calls. Hello sir this isn’t mirabelle, I am christabel, christabel who are you and why are you with my daughter’s phone?, Sir I’m afraid your daughter was involved in an accident, she’s currently at God’s hand hospital receiving treatment in the emergency Ward, what? the man shouted my baby hospitalised emergency Ward. I am coming I’m coming immediately…
About 30 minutes later, a man walked in sweating profusely, mirabel he kept shouting, I knew immediately that this must be the girl’s father, good day sir I was the one that called you, how are you my dear, where is my daughter, please calm down sir, she’s well taken care of mother said, she’d be fine Goodday madam ,I am Raphael, Mirabel’s father.the doctor came out,mother rushed to where he was, doctor how is she?,oh don’t worry mam,your daughter will be okay,calm down, she’s out of danger now,you can see her.we all rushed in.
Thank you ma,and you my little friend,he shook me,tanks alot.no problem sir,we are glad we could help,mother said.you live around,he asked,oh no sir,I live close to your child’s school,I am the owner of Bella’s Foods and catering services at the junction of your child’s school,oh ,oh,no wonder you face seems familiar, thank you very much madam Bella,he said,oh no I am sarah,my princess here is the Bella, Christabel actually.ohhh nice meeting you my little friend Christabel,hmmm Christabel and my daughter is Mirabel interesting,we all laughed.
Sir ,we shall be on our way, Mimi,please get well soon,mother said.thank you ma, would you come tomorrow to see me, of course we shall,mother said.Mimi,bye, please be strong.thank you very much madam Sarah,her father offered to drop us at the shop…
Thank you once again madam,I am grateful,he deeped his hands in his pocket,and brought the deposit mother paid,oh no sir no problem,no no no,I would only be at peace with myself,na be comfortable around you if you accept this, please,mother took the money since he insisted,as a matter of fact he doubled it.they also exchanged phone no,to keep in touch with mimi.when we got home that evening,before we slept,mother placed a call to mr Raphael to check up on Mimi,she was happy we called,and she reminded us to come visit her the next day.
The next day, after we had close from the shop,we went to the hospital,it was past 5,I thought you weren’t coming again,Mimi said,we promised we shall,and we always keep our promises, because a promise is a promise,i said.i sat on her bed, holding her hands,how are Mimi,mother asked,am fine thank you mam, thanks for coming,Mr Raphael said,she has been eagerly waiting for both of you,she had thought you weren’t coming again,,,oh no,we decided to just come after the close of the shop,so we go home from here.okay, that’s nice too..
Get well soon Mimi,so you could go home,I said,okay Bella,I shall,only if you promise to come visit me at home,,,okay ,I promise,I said, remember a promise is a promise,she said,I laughed,I know,and I always keep my promises.
Okay let me go and drop you,Mr Raphael said,oh no sir,you mustn’t drop us ,we are fine,mother said,no no,it’s fine,please allow me,he insisted.as we came out to the hospital entrance,we saw someone been rushed in,in the pool of his own blood, looking closely,it was Uncle Clement….
….I was shocked,and looking at mom,she was too,uncle Clement???,what could have happened to him,mother and I were wondering and it was written all over us,uncle Raphael noticed that we were starring at the man that was rushed in,do you know him,Mr Raphael asked mom,oh yes we do,she replied,oh are you going yet or you are waiting because of this new case,no no,mother said,we are going.
Okay then let’s go he said.
Soon we arrived home, thank you very much sir, Mom told Mr Raphael, please take care of Mimi,I said,oh certainly I shall,he said, bye.
We went in,but mother was still restless, trying to know what would have happened to uncle Clement,I was thinking about the whole thing too,mother you would have allowed us stayed back at the hospital,at least to know what happened to uncle Clement, I said. yes my daughter,no matter what he’s someone we know,we should have stayed and check up on him,we shall be going back there first thing in the morning,mother said…
The next day,as early as 6am we had arrived at the hospital,we asked a nurse about Uncle Clement’s room,we were directed to it,he was looking very pale and weak,his head had been bandaged,he was very surprised to see us.Sarah, Christabel,hot tears flowing from his eyes.I remembered all he made mother and I go through,I was beginning to get angry at him,when I heard his voice say to me, Christabel, please forgive me dear child,I was so mean to you ,your little heart took too much of the bitterness in me,I am so sorry dear child,,,,he said.
Did I just hear that, uncle Clement asking for forgiveness,I had a little joy in my heart.
Sarah,the biggest mistake I made in my entire life was to have sent you out of my house and life.my life has never been thesame since you left,I am so sorry ,I only wish I could turn back the hands of time,I honestly wish I didn’t,you were a blessing to my life,God gave you to me even though I didn’t deserve a woman like you,(mother was already in tears,I know she would have been reminiscing about the past with uncle Clement),you didn’t give up on me,yet in my foolishness I still sent you out,I ammmmm,it’s okay Clement,mother cut in,you can safe the apologies for later,what are you doing here,I mean what happened to you,were you involved in an accident?.
If it were an accident,it would have been better,he was In tears,I left an angel like you only to take in a devil.when I sent you out,I remarried,and marrying Cynthia was nothing but having a curse on my very self.she is fire,we had a little argument yesterday,and she hit my head with a rod,if not for the neighbors that rushed me here it would have been a different story,she didn’t even make an attempt to help me,I have met with the devil agent in person,he was in so much pain,I could only but imagine the amount of pain he was passing through in the hands of his current wife…
Hmmmmm,it’s such a pity,mother said,we have our lives to live and our choices to make,you have made yours and unfortunately you have to live with it,it’s such a pity.i actually thought you were involved in an accident,I was worried for you yesterday,but now that I know it’s from your wife,I am afraid I can’t say anything, because she’s your wife,just be strong,take care Clement,mom took me by the hand,and we went out of the room.getting out,mother cried,she cried profusely,I believe it was a way to ease the tension in her heart and to wash every pain she was feeling away.
We went to Mimi’s wards,and she and her father were suprised to have seen us so early in the morning, goodmorning madam Sarah,Mr Raphael greeted mom,good morning sir,mother responded,you guys came very early he said,yes we did,we actually came to see the man from yesterday I told you we know,,ohhhh,how is he,he asked, he’s still on treatment,tanks for your concern, mother asked.
The doctor says I shall be discharged today in few hours,,will you go with me home,Mimi asked me and mom,well I would if mom allows me,I said,madam Sarah pleasesssss,,,okay mother said.
In few hours indeed Mimi was discharged,we followed them home,my God this family is blessed I had said in my heart,their home is a mansion,going in,I saw a beautifully hung family portrait of Mimi,her dad,and a beautiful lady whom I presumed to be her mom,I only but wished I had a complete family like that…