Olivia was in her room with her daughter arranging their luggage, in two weeks time they will be out of the country.
Emerald was so happy as she looked forward to going abroad with her Mom.
They talked and laugh as they went about their business.
Emerald decide to ask about Kane.
“Mom… how about Mr Kane, can I get a chance to say goodbye to him before we travel out…I don’t know when I will get to see him again…I also want to say goodbye to Aunty Helen too…I will miss them all…can I?
“A big No for Kane but a Yes for Helen… Kane must not know that we are traveling…I don’t want him to know Emerald… but Helen is fine…you can speak to her over the phone…or you can call her with the house line… and also doctor Kate… I may not be able to drive down to their side today or tomorrow except if Helen comes down…but speaking to Kane is not allowed…do you un-derstand me…
“Yes Mom…bu…but why can’t we say goodbye to Mr Kane…. that’s not fair Mom…he will…
“Shhhhh… I don’t want to hear another word about Kane… and don’t you ever tell me what is fair and what is not fair…you will do as I say… do you un-derstand me.. Emerald?
“Yes Mom… I’m sorry…I will do as you say..
Olivia ha-rd a knock and went to answer the door and it was doctor Mark.
Olivia was not happy to see him and she did not hide her feelings as Mark c@m£ inside.
” Mark…you do not just go to people’s houses without informing them first…you could have called first to let me know… then if I’m free to see you I will let you know…I don’t like you coming and going as you like…I don’t like it…
“I’m sorry Olivia, but if I have called you first before coming you would have told me that you are either busy or unavailable…I nee-ded to see you urgently…
“So…what is it that is so urgent… and hope this is not about the last time concluded t©pic on relationsh!p…I have made myself clear enough that I do not want a relationsh!p, I told you alre-ady tha ..
“Olivia… Olivia I know you made yourself clear enough and I respect that but you nee-d someb©dy like me in your life…I have known you for years, even before you gave birth to Emerald and before going into a relationsh!pwith Kane…your parents murderer and a ra-pist.. I have known…
” Mark, do you really nee-d to be this stupid…how can you mention such thing so freely…and do you know that my daughter is inside… That was irrelevant. calling out Kane wasn’t necessary…why do you have to so ins-en-sitive… I’m not going to take any form of insult from you… plea-se leave…
“Why are you defending him, all what I said was all true Olivia, Kane almost killed you after killing your parents..he is the stupid and ins-en-sitive one Olivia…I have always wanted you…all this long years all i did was to wait and hope Just maybe you will be mine…I have alre-ady giving up any chance of having you until your fight with Kane began then I knew that at the end you will become mine… Olivia plea-se you have to reconsider…I have tried… You are the answer to the question why I’m still not married… what can I do to prove to you that you are my missing ribs…why are you being so ha-rd on me…I may not give you all what Kane gave you… because my father is not so wealthy neither is he a s£nator like Kane’s father who stole government money before old age caught up with him and he was f0rç£d to stepped down from the s£natorial seat…no, my father was upright man who worked ha-rd for his every dime before he died…and I worked ha-rd for my every dime too… I don’t depend on my father for anything rather my father depends on me and my elder brother who cared for him during his days on earth…so I’m not like Kane who happens to be “daddy’s little spoilt br@t” who got away with all his criminal offences just because of bribe and corruption in this society… I’m not like him and I will never pray to be like him… I’m doctor Mark and I can proudly beat my che-st today because I’m self made…I have not R@p£d or killed any one before… I’m a man of integrity… you nee-d someb©dy like me to feel secured not a man like Kane… plea-se Olivia consider how long I have being waiting and asking… don’t miss another chance of being in my life…I want you so badly plea-se…
“I guess you are done talking…is time to leave my house
Olivia walked to the door and opened it as she angrily asked Mark to leave.
Mark stepped out and stood close to the door where Olivia was as he kept talking.
“If you don’t leave now I will call my security to throw you out, I don’t want to do that due to the years we have known but don’t push me Mark…do not pus…
The main gate opened as the security ushered Kane in, Olivia lost word as he watched Kane gently walking down with his walking stick.
Mark turned and saw Kane and an idea quic-kly c@m£ to him.
As Olivia ignored him and looked straight ahead at Kane, Mark moved so close to Olivia and cu-mpped her mouth into a k!ssshocking Olivia who opened her eyes wi-de in shock.
Kane saw what was going on and pause as he swallowed ha-rd before looking away, Kane bent his head as he saw Mark k!ss!ngOlivia.
Olivia struggled to be free but Mark held her ti-ght.
Olivia managed to lift her hand and punch Mark on his left eye.
He loos£ned up and moved back, he held his eyes in pain as he turned and gently walked out
Olivia was speechless at what Mark just did. She has not expected such dirty act from Mark.
She stood there puzzled as she watched him walked out of the gate his hand still on his eye.
When Kane looked up he saw Olivia’s shocked face looking at Mark as he walked out.
Kane did not know if he should leave and come back another day because he was also struggling with what he just saw.
Now, he un-derstood why Mark doesn’t like him, is probably because he was in a relationsh!pwith Olivia.
Kane swallowed ha-rd as he walked down to stand right in front of Olivia who was still puzzled at something or maybe she hates seeing his face around.
Kane spoke out bringing Olivia to reality.
“Olivia… how are you… I’m sorry to interrupt your… meeting…with doctor Mark, I know you have warned me severally not to come often…but I can’t help it, I’m not myself whenever I’m away from..yo..u… and Emerald…I feel suicidal, lonely, heart broken…I feel p@rt of me is gone… I’m not asking you not to be in a relationsh!pwith doctor Mark or anyb©dy…I don’t have such power or right to tell you what to do… doctor Mark may probably give you the peace of mind and security that you deserve… I’m everything bad that you portray me to be… I’m even semi cripple, I can’t make good use of my right leg any more…they suggest I travel abroad for another suggery but I’m no more interested…alot of suggeries have being done on the leg alre-ady yet no much positive change…am tired of life itself…I can’t even defend myself any more…is better that way so that you can win… what is the point of living when the only woman I loved so much… with my whole being hates me and does not want to have anything to do with me… she moved on with her doctor friend and I’m stock here wondering if i will ever move on… all I want right now is at least see Emerald my daughter…no matter what…she is my daughter… Olivia, and I’m transferring all my wealth to her…I don’t know how long I will live here on earth… being reclined to a walking stick… I can’t move around on my own… life is so tiring… my life is empty without you in it…but is fine… I’m getting punished for everything I ever did back in younger age… can I see my daughter… Olivia…
“St©p calling her your daughter… what is wrong with everyb©dy today… Emerald is not your daughter, Kane… leave me alone… why can’t I have peace in my house, we don’t nee-d your money… you have done enough alre-ady… give your wealth to another and leave my daughter out of it… did you and mark planned to come and frustrate my life today… what is all this again, and mind you I don’t hate you or any one, I have moved past that and you too should get over it… do whatever that makes you happy but leave me and my daughter out of it… leave us alone for crying out loud…
“Olivia, calm down… I’m sorry for getting you pissed…I only c@m£ in peace… you and i knows that Emerald is my daughter too… I’m sorry the way she was conceived but it has turned out to be a blessing to us…my past is filled with mistakes and regrets, I’m sorry for my old self if it still haunts you…I will carry that guilt to my grave, I regret everything but I don’t regret having a smart pretty angel like Emerald, she c@m£ out of all that chaos, and turned out to be a blessing in disguise… plea-se don’t deny me the joy of being in my daughter’s life… plea-se…if i can’t be in yours then let me be in her life… that’s all I asked.
“You and Mark are both crazy… go and look for a solution to your problem I’m not your solution… plea-se leave me and my daughter alone… I’m begging you for God sake…
Olivia angrily went inside and locked her door leaving Kane standing outside.
Who later left.
Emerald was listening and quietly watching from the window starting from when doctor Mark c@m£ and later k!$$£d her shocked Mom who punched him in the eyes before he left, she was still watching and listening till when Kane c@m£ in
She was there listening to all they were saying.
Now she knows that Mr Kane is truly her father and why her Mom did not want to have anything to do with him.
Doctor Mark has mentioned that Mr Kane killed her grandmother and grandfather and also pregnated her Mom which resulted to having her.
Emerald has listened to Kane when he said he regret everything he did to Mom and wish he can be in their life which Mom refused.
Emerald quic-kly ran back to the room immediately she saw her Mom coming,
She pretends to be arranging things as her Mom joined her.
She dares not say any of the things she heard to her alre-ady angry Mother.
Emerald quietly went about folding clothes and arranging them into a box in a way that it won’t get her Mom more furious with her.
That night as her Mom sle-pt, Emerald copied Kane’s number out of her mother’s phone and hide the paper.
As her Mom drove out on the third day, to make enquiries about their flight. Emerald quic-kly dailed Kane’s number and called him.
Olivia was at the airport when she got a call from Kate, asking her to st©p at the hospital, Olivia quic-kly drove down to the hospital on her way back from the airport.
She met Doctor Kate
“You sounded urgent…what is the problem…Doctor Kate…what is going on?
“Is Doctor Mark, he told me what happened between two of you and he got a ha-rd punch for it which almost blinded his left eye, I mean not real mind but it almost damaged his sclera…the white p@rt of the eyes…is all blood sh0t now and he has to go home until he is well enough to resume…that was too ha-rd Olivia…I am not justifying his action I have portioned his blames to him alre-ady, but hitting him on the eye…one of the most s-en-sitive p@rt of his b©dy…it would have being better if you punch his man-hood than blurring his vision…Mark is a nice and ha-rd working man, he probably blew things out of proportion when he c@m£ over…he thought that was the best way to win you over…he regrets it but yet he is left with pain in his eyes…Olivia, I’m not going to tell you who to love or not to love…you are matured enough to know what you really want…and all this will all be over soon after you leave the country…I guess by then Mark will learn to let go and channel his energy to another lady…I feel sorry for him, he almost broke down when he was speaking to me and I was frozen…I know he loves you but I never knew it was all that serious I’m certain he will be fine…time heals fas-ter…I sincerely apologise on his behalf for everything he did and said.
I kindly request you s£nd a message to him…just explain yourself better and tell him that you did not meant to b!ow his eyes out…I know he has being a good friend over the years and you are one of those who he de-eply cares for. Mark will suspend anything just to respond to you…don’t bridge such good relationsh!pthat has grown over the years…all because of a little misun-derstanding…alright…s£nd a little message and explain yourself better in a good manner and apologise for throwing such punch at him which wasn’t deliberate but make him feel at peace with his conscience so that he can also move on and never to trouble you again…
“I can’t s£nd him a message Doctor Kate…he caused it by not taking my words serious and even forcing a k!ssat me… well, you always have a way of ma-king me feel guilty for my actions…but with the years of knowing Mark I think I owe him an apology…Mark has truly being helpful and I really do want to leave everything aside and pay him a visit…I want to see him…not just s£nding a message…I will drive down to his place right away…before heading home…I’m sorry for hurting him…let me also go and tell him that to his face…
Doctor Kate asked her not to stress her self by driving down, she asked Olivia to s£nd the message which will go a long way…”Mark will feel better with the message”.
But Olivia smiled and told Doctor Kate that she will go down to see Mark.
Olivia drove down to see Mark, the day you was almost turning dark when she got there, she thought of Emerald who was at home with the household workers. She will probably be asleep before she returns.
Olivia tapped on Mark’s door and his housekeeper was the one that answered the door
“Good evening Ma…welcome… plea-se come inside..
“Thank you…plea-se, is Doctor Mark home…?
The houses keeper told Olivia that he has being in his room all day, Olivia went inside and asked the older lady to go and inform him on her pres£nce but as the woman was going Olivia asked her to st©p, she will rather go and meet him in the room and the woman who has served Mark for years and also knows Olivia agreed and went back to her chores while Olivia went to see Mark in his room.
She double tapped on the door, Mark who thought it was his house keeper replied
“Ms Agnes…i asked you to leave the food on the dining, I will come out when I’m re-ady to eat…what is it again?
Olivia walked in and saw two different types of eye drop beside Mark’s be-d, his room was so neat and everything was all in place, Mark house was always in order all thanks to Agnes and that is why Mark has not being able to change her over the years because she has always served well and Mark has always been nice to her and her family whom he treats whenever any illness arises.
Mark’s eyes was sh0t as he l@ydown facing up in a white t shi-t and a long track trou-ser which looks like a pyjamas.
Olivia haven’t really seen him on a casual before, he was always officially dressed, and seeing him looking so simple and calm reduced the tense in her heart as she sat beside him and gently t©uçhed his arms which prompt Mark to open his eyes in shock, he thought he was dreaming when he saw Olivia right in his room, one of his eyes was truly blood sh0t and looks swollen, Olivia never knew that he punched him that ha-rd and felt pity for him.
Mark stared at her with a straight face without a word, he called out to his house keeper
“Ms Agnes…Ms Agnes…plea-se come here…Why didn’t you come to inform me that I have a visitor…I could have leave my room to come out…I’m only having an eye ach not a leg ach…
Olivia spoke on the woman’s defence and Ms Agnes apologise before walking out.
“I wanted to see you and I did not want you to stress yourself by coming out but we can go to the parlour if you are not comfortable with my pres£nce.
Mark sat up from the be-d, he sat properly still wearing on a long and confused look, he later spoke out
“you coming down here is…is surprising, it has being a very long time before you even met Kane…when Ema was still far little, you visited, then another time was with Helen…is being years…and I’m so shock right now to see you and I’m still wondering if this is all a dream, Olivia in my house, right in my room, sitting calmly with me without throwing words or punch at me…I’m shock… and why did you drive all the way down to see me, is there any problem…or complication somewhere that you nee-ds me to attend to, I haven’t being to the hospital since yesterday because of my eye…despite I’m not working but I will attend to you…
“I thought you are mad at me for what happened…I spoke with Doctor Kate and she told me how the b!ow affected you, she said next time I should punch your man-hood instead of your eyes…
Mark started laughing and Olivia joined in, they bec@m£ quiet again, Olivia broke the silent.
“I’m sorry Mark, I didn’t meant to…
Mark interrupted her.
“I should be the one apologising, I am sorry… I shouldn’t have…go about the way I did…that was uncalled for…and I got what I deserve…I do not blame you one bit…I blame myself for talking and acting out of line…forcing someone to love you is totally a wrong package…and I was very wrong…I’m sorry for reminding you of your terrible past…I don’t suppose to speak freely of that or to even drag Kane into it…knowing well he has being a great guy and always there for you and Emerald…his only bondage was his bad past and everyone got a past Olivia…we all do, some are so bad while some are just normal…I have no right to compare and contrast my life with his…we all are running different race in life…mine must not be the same with his…I’m sorry for forcing the k!ss…I just wanted to get Kane jealous and that was too childish of me and still out of line…I was alre-ady acting like a crazy man who nee-d to be admitted in a psychiatric home…hahahaha…I’m sorry Olivia…I thought you won’t forgive me for what I did…i was having serious pain on the eye but it can’t be compare to the pain of guilt I felt as I wonder how I will ever face you again…I thought I have ruined years of friendsh!pby becoming a pest all of a sudden…
Olivia took his hand into hers and held it warmly, she gently moved close to him and placed her head on his che-st. Mark was scared at first to hold her but later did and they remained that way.
Kane was at Olivia’s house the moment Emerald called him and told him about knowing he was her father, she mentioned that she also want to say good bye to him ahead of time before she and her mum leaves the country.
On hearing that Kane was furious and drove down to Olivia’s place, he sat with Emerald outside and listen to her tell him about getting all her things re-ady for the travel and how she will miss him.
Kane almost broke down as he realized that Olivia planned to travel out without even informing him.
“…Olivia wanted to travel with my daughter secretly and never mentioned it to me…is that how much she hates me, how can she plan to do such a wicked thing to me…no…no I nee-d to see her, is high time for her to chose if to kill me or to let me live in peace…she has to st©p punishing me this way…so is either she finish me up from where she st©pped…Olivia has to kill me first before she will be able to leave the country with my daughter…I nee-d to see her wherever she maybe…time is going…why…Olivia why…why do you want to kill me just because of my past…leaving the country secretly…oh my God…this is just too much…
Kane left Emerald seated as he pace round the compound with his walking stick. he ti-ght£ñs his fist as different thought crosses his mind, what if he takes Emerald to his house and let Olivia come over so that he can tell her exactly how wicked she has being all of a sudden, Kane thought of different thing and wave it off. As evening approach Olivia was still not back.
Kane waited until the evening was turning into night and yet Olivia was not back. Kane called her severally but she ignored his call and did not pick up, Kane thought of who to call again, he remembered Doctor Mark and shakes his head, Olivia made it clear the other day that him and Mark were pestering her life. which means Mark was only trying to f0rç£ himself into Olivia’s heart but Olivia has not accepted yet.
Kane thought of Doctor Kate, he does not have her contacts. Doctor Kate will have answers to where Olivia maybe.
Kane asked Emerald to go inside that he was coming back soon and Emerald who was also worried that her mom has not returned since morning went inside obe-diently, she knows she was in trouble for telling Mr Kane about their travel, her mother will be so angry, who knows what she will do to her.
Emerald went inside and crawled up in her be-d as she silently pray that her mom will not kill her for telling Mr Kane about going abroad. The cook called her for dinner but she told her politely that she was not hungry. Emerald want her parents to comeback as they use to be. she hopes her mum will reconsider and become more friendly with Mr Kane who happens to be her father.
Her Mom was harsh on everyb©dy, even Doctor Mark also shared out of the harshness, Emerald saw her mom punch Doctor Mark for trying to k!ssher and shout at her father for coming around more often.
Emerald continue to wish her mom will reconsider either Mr Kane or Mark, even if she has to be with Doctor Mark but she should be friendly with her Mr Kane and st©p being too harsh to everyone.
Kane drove down to the hospital and was lucky to see Kate who was about leaving for the day, she was alre-ady in her car when Kane walked up to her with his walking stick.
After exchanging plea-santries Kane asked Doctor Kate if she has heard of Olivia and Kate told him that she and Olivia were together earlier.
“if she is not home, she probably st©p to check on Doctor Mark, who has not being feeling too well…I guess she is alre-ady on her way back home…the night is alre-ady approaching and Olivia doesn’t like’ staying out late…so she should be home soon…hope there is no problem Mr Kane…or is there a problem…?
Kane couldn’t start explaining how he felt to doctor Kate who may also be aware of Olivia leaving the country soon.
Kane shakes his head and asked doctor Kate to give him Mark’s house address. Kate did not want to do so at first but as Kane pleaded just to be sure that Olivia wasn’t there before he start going home.
At the end Kate gave him the address and Kane drove off to Mark’s house.
he hopes that Olivia has left Mark’s place as doctor Kate said but when he finally got there he saw Olivia’s car parked outside.
He punched ha-rd on his steering as different things crossed his mind.
He swallowed ha-rd not knowing if he should go inside or turn and drive back home.
He stayed there and later stepped down and walked into Mark’s gate as the security opened the gate and he went in after asking if Doctor Mark was home.
Kane knocked on the door and a round, older woman answered the door.
“Good evening…plea-se I’m looking for Doctor Mark…is he in…
Ms Agnes looked at the tall man with a walking stick looking so troubled and ushered him in.
“Doctor Mark has a visitor, he is in his room and I don’t want to disturb them…. plea-se, you will have to sit here and wait for him to come out…
Kane’s stomach made a sound as he ha-rd that Mark was in his room with a visitor whom he alre-ady knows was Olivia.
he wish he can rush up there into Mark’s room.
maybe is better not to see anything and go home. “Mark has succeeded in getting Olivia to himself.
“what a bastard, he was trying to f0rç£ himself on Olivia now he has succeeded….God…what do I do now…this is not fair…why do I have to be the one left out on this…why do I have to suffer so much….oh no…hmmm…Olivia has moved on with Mark…they are in the room doing whatever I can’t imagine…maybe I nee-d to just leave…no…I will stay here and let them know how I feel…Olivia nee-ds to answer me why she planned to take my daughter abroad without informing me…I nee-d to give Olivia and Doctor Mark a piece of my mind.
Kane held his head in his hands as the anger and pain surged throu-gh him, every second that goes by was as if it was strangling him. He kept wishing Olivia will just come out, He felt like a looser.
He was in love with Olivia, he has never st©pped loving her no matter how he tried to or how she pushes him away.
he can’t seem to move on as she wants him to.
Kane kept watching the time as it ticks, he breathed heavily with every pas-sing second.
He started counting time before he will barge into Doctor Marks’s room.
Once the housekeeper is out of sight he will sneak up there to Mark’s room.
To be continued