The Bodyguard Reloaded – Episode 1
© Tisa Phiri
“My love please take it easy” Ackim held me as he led me to the hospital ward were I was to give birth from. He had booked me at the mine hospital under high cost.
I took in quick breaths as we moved slowly. My Labour had started that Morning. I was pregnant with twins and Ackim was always there spoiling me and doing everything for me. He was the best man ever and I always stayed happy.
Everything seemed okay now that George was given a long jail s£ntence. He was to be in jail for over 40 years and that would really be a long time for us to live in peace. The only challenge was the fact that his mother was not convicted , according to the police there was no evidence that showed she was working with her son.
“Uuuuuh !” I screamed holding Ackim’s hand with a firm grip. The Doctor told me I had a few hours to go and I was dying with the pains. Gladly my Ackim was there through it all.
Hours later, l gave birth to our boys and l felt so happy and complete, despite what I had to go through to bring them to the world.
I lay down and smilled as I watched Ackim closer to the boys talking and smilling at then.
“Helo ! Little ones! Am your dad the luckiest man in the world ” he talked to them with a smile as he looked at me.
I shook my head,
“so now you won’t give me my attention because of those two huh?” I teased making a face at him. He moved back to me and bent down to klzz my l!ps.
“you my love are the very part of me , how could I forget you so soon” he sighed rubbing his nose on mine.
“You just amaze me Paula and now you have made me a father. What else can I ask for ?” He whispered klzzing me again.
“Careful soldier” I smiled at him.
” I just gave birth remember ?” I giggled loudly
“You can’t get all fussy with me now.”
“Well It wouldn’t hurt to try” he laughed pushing back my hair.
” I can’t wait for all those weeks for you to heal” he smiled teasingly..
Just then dad and Ackim’s mom walked in smiling.
” Wow beautiful boys” Ackim’s mother smilled as she held one of the twins. she walked around the ward smiling and admiring the babies one after the other.
Two months later…
I was feeling stronger and taking care of the twins wasn’t easy. Having Ackim around though really made everything seem so easy. He helped almost with anything , his mother found us a good nanny after she left us a month after the twins were born.
Ackim was also working with the businesses he was in charge of. Dad had given him charge of the lodges across copperbelt and he was almost everywhere working.
We had moved in together even before we got married and now the plans of our wedding had commenced.
I was excited to see my friend Serah. She came all the way from Australia to attend my wedding. I felt disappointed with her when she told me she had invited my ex boyfriend to come over.
” He needed to see this,” she told me after I reprimanded her.
“Listen girlfried we all know you want to get married to your guy out of maybe guilty of wanting to pay him back for protecting you , but come on Paula” she said with a smile.
” just come to think of it. What does he even have for you and your kids , he’s just a worker.”
I stood upset at her words honestly .
“Listen my friend if you came all the way from Australia just to mock my man then you better leave before the wedding” I snapped furious.
“How many times have I told you I love Ackim. He’s my life and I can’t and will never leave him for anyone , so please never should I hear such nons£nse from you” I shouted walking out..
I bumped into Ackim as I went outside.
“What’s wrong my love ?” he asked , his calm face looking at me. “Am fine babe” I smiled weakly , “just stressed out with the preparations” I lied looking away.
“No love l know you ,whats wrong please tell me, you seem upset and I need to know why” he said holding me by the waist and klzzing my neck. I klzzed his l!ps and he held me tight.
“Don’t worry babe am fine. Really I am, especially now that you are this close” I @ssured him..
“Well am not” he teased , grabbing me back as I tried to leave his side. “I need you so bad” he whispered in my ears .
“Oh no Ackim ” l pushed him , “remember our agreement is not making love till our wedding day” I reminded him and he made a sad face.
I looked back and saw Serah peep through the window.
“On second thoughts” I smiled holding Ackim by the neck , “another klzz wouldn’t hurt” I said klzzing him again. I opened my eyes just to see Serah push back the curtain as she disappeared. I was proud of my man and I wanted her to see that.
Days went by and the day of our wedding came. We had a wonderful event and the ceremony was perfect. My ex who insisted on attending also came.
That the evening the twins where brought at the reception for the night celebrations.
They looked perfect dressed in white. We lifted them and danced as people cheered happily. My heart was at peace and I was happy , nothing else mattered at that moment but the people I was with , my husband and our cute children.I looked at Ackim and he smiled back at me.
“I love you!” he screamed drawing everyone’s attention. I saw Serah shift in her seat, obviously jealous.
Shaking my heard i smiled as Ackim walked towards me. We both placed the boys back in their pushers and went to the middle of the stage dancing. The night was perfect.
Minutes later I saw George’s mother stand by the entrance and my heart raced.
“Babe look” I whispered pointing at her as I patted Ackim’s shoulder .
“What the hell!” he sighed leting my hand go.
” Wait here!” he signalled following her as she disappeared back in the p@ssage.
I looked back where we left our babies and I noticed they weren’t there. I looked around the room and nothing, my blood rushed through my veins I started panicking..
“What’s wrong?” dad asked coming to me as I walked around the people dancing on the stage. “Dad the boys are gone” l whispered tears forming in my eyes. I saw Ackim walk back and I ran to him immediately.
“Babe were is that woman ?”
“she’s gone” Ackim responded..
“Oh no , she took the kids Ackim” I told him and he rushed out without hesitation.
” Stay put!” he shouted as he left through the door.
“Oh my God , daddy what’s that woman after this time?” I asked crying as dad walked me to a private room.
” calm down Paula” he comforted me.
” We will find the twins.”
The Bodyguard Reloaded – Episode 2
© Tisa Phiri
I ran outside my heart pumping . I felt the anger in my veins bulging and making my fists shake , I stood in the middle of the road and looked on both sides there was nothing . No sign of that evil woman .
I knew somehow that was bound to happen , only that I didn’t anticipate that Chikola the mother to George would go for our kids . She had met me one day after her son was imprisoned .
You ! She shouted at me as I walked in the streets of Chingola . I had gone to check on some businesses there one Wednesday morning .
I stopped and looked behind just to see her walk to me , do you think I will rest and watch you live in peace after you caused the down fall of my only son ? She scolded me .
Excuse me mam , your son deserved what he got l responded , besides if you wanted a better life for him you could have done a good job when raising him , it’s evident you failed .
She raised her hand to slap me but I held it up high .
Listen to me woman , leave me and Paula alone . Don’t dare me , l will do anything for her and anyone who comes against her will answer to me .
We will see, she snapped as she walked away .
I didn’t tell Paula bcoz I didn’t want to worry her but I had been alert all along . When I realised months went by and it was quite I had come to think that maybe she was now at ease and had come to terms with everything , well I was wrong . Now that I was achieving what I had hoped for since I fall in love with Paula. I made her my wife and I felt complete with her and my two sons , I named them Paul and kim , we had to name them from both our names Paul from Paula and Kim from Ackim .
Running back to the event venue I found Paula sobbing her father comforting her . I felt my heart pain seeing her devasted , I had to stay calm for her .
Come here love, I held her. Am going to find our kids , I whispered to her klzzing her forehead .
You have to Ackim , she cried , please don’t let anything happen to our babies.
The wedding was sumarised and after everyone was dispersed I saw a white guy walk towards us as we walked to the car .
Congratulations , he told us looking at Paula in particular . Thank you , I answered still holding my wife . Well , am happy for you guys , he added and walked away . I saw Paula frown but I didn’t ask anything.I didn’t want to start asking questions about some stranger guy when we already have pressure of loosing our boys .
She sat on the bed at our home her face down . What does she want from us babe ? It’s not my fault that my father had a child outside marriage , what am I supposed to do ? These people are just being paranoid , she complained .
I won’t let anything happen to our kids my love l comforted sitting next to her. Am sorry our day has been spoiled , we were supposed to be enjoying this moment this time , I added holding her neck , come on give me a smile I whispered klzzing her.Did I tell you that you look extra s£×y tonight ?
She shook her head smilling , no you didn’t she responded in a low tone .
Well you do and if It was some other day I could be enjoying you right now but I have to go my love , let me find our kids and then I will come back to finish this I said klzzing her again .
She nodded her head and I hugged her for a minute before leaving .
Hello ! I spoke up as the person I was calling answered the call .
It’s Ackim am coming your way there’s an emmergence I announced . I heard a sleepy voice sigh and he said , okey sir see you soon then .
I cut the line and increased the speed of the car as I drove across the city all the way to the army base .
I was reinnstated under special ops department when I reported back the year before , I was working as an under cover in the intelligent unit . My work was to carry out special operations for the government . I couldn’t refuse coz once one was in the system there was no backing out .
I had not told Paula yet because I knew the danger of my operations , I needed more time to tell her what was going on .
From the operations I was well paid and had put some money into the shares under Lusaka stock exchange , as it was I had a good chunk of wealthy . I somehow felt bad I couldn’t tell my wife yet but the excuse was because our relationship wasn’t legal . And the force was against revealing such details to partners we weren’t married to. Now that it was time for me to reveal my secret my plan was defeated and I somehow had to involve the force to help me find my children .
I called two of my friends who I knew I could trust . They both lived within the base but not a lot of people knew they were part of the intelligence unit . I had worked with them on several occasions and I knew they were the best to summon to help me solve a personal matter .
I came to halt in front of the gate to the Mess were I was meeting my friends, intelligent officers . I needed help ASAP , my kids were barely 3 months old and letting them out there for a day would be a big risk for them .
I steped out of the car and went to the corner in the officer’s mess . Sighing , I raised my hand to call out to the man at the bar . I showed him my Id and the man saluted , good evening Sir , he shouted . At ease soldier I called out putting back my Id , am waiting for other guys let me have two shots of the strongest wine you have here , I ordered .
Yes sir, he saluted and left to the counter .
I removed the Jacket remaining with the pale pink shirt I wore inside . I was still in my wedding suit feeling uncomfortable . lf it were up to me I would have worn casual clothes , Paula and her matron had to convince me to wear a suit and I hated it .
I unbuttoned the first 3 buttons of the shirt and relaxed as I grabbed the gl@ss of wine which was placed before me . I took it all at once and closed my eyes as the wine burnt my gullet .
Jim walked in wearing a thin black coat . He greeted sitting down . What’s up ? He asked placing his phone on the table , I thought you were supposed to be enjoying your wedding night this time , he said looking at his watch .
Yeah I should but unfortunately some irritating person just kidnapped my boys at the reception , l told him looking straight at him .
Oh sh*t ! Jim cursed sitting back his back on the chair .
Chama , another guy I was meeting walked in as I breifed Jim . He was the guy good with comminuication issues. Give him a computer and he would trace anyone using a phone line and a few details such as NRC and any personal details.
I pointed at a seat nearby and he pulled it towards us sitting his back bend .
So guys like I said I have to find my kids before dawn , l won’t let that woman play me for a fool again , l can bet she’s not working alone it’s obvious she isn’t that sharp to carry out such an action , I added as the guys nodded .
let’s get to it now then Chama started , give me anything about this person I have my computer in the car.
As Chama went to get the computer I wrote down the details I knew for Chikola , I managed to grab her phone number from the records at the time she signed her details at the prison before George was imprisoned .
As Chama started connecting his computer Jim and I planned our next move .
I pray to God my kids are alive I swear am s£nding her and whoever is helping her straight to hell I snapped .
She made some last call from central town, Chama announced . I think you guys can start from there and l will brief you as you drive to town centre with the rest of the details .
Great , thanx guys I owe you both , I told them grabbing my jacket . Let’s go Jim .
To be continued
The bodyguard 2 Episode 1 & 2
The Bodyguard Reloaded – Episode 1