The Bodyguard – Episode 19
By Tisa Phiri
I looked around me, some machines connected to me. I felt my whole body numb as I tried to move.
” what’s happening to me?” my inner voice asked.
I was still struggling when I head a feminine voice.
“stay stiil sir” she calmly whispered. I turned to look at her..
“who are you and where am I?” I asked still wondering what was going on.
“Am Doctor Mwamba, you are in a hospital” she answered with a smile.
“glad to have you back Mr..” she added..
“you have been out for a while.”
“What do you mean I have been out?” I questions further.
She sighed moving close to where I was
“well Sir , someone brought you in 2 months ago. You were barely alive, your body had burns and wounds. You were involved in a road accident a few meters away from Chingola town. I have been working on you ever since” she explained
“no one ever came to claim you nor visit you, we have no idea who you are or any your family members.”
Her statement clicked, I didn’t know who I was either. I infact didn’t even rememeber the accident she was talking about.
“Sir” she called me out when I was
” can you tell me your name?” she asked.
“What?” I responded looking sharply at her. I tried to think but nothing, the only thing I could remember was the things I saw some minutes before I started talking to her.
“I don’t know Doctor” I told her honestly.
” it’s okey ” she comforted.
” try to remember anything about yourself then.” she said holding a file in her hand..
I looked up the ceiling trying so had to remember but it was blank. it was like I never existed before.
“am sorry Doctor, I don’t remeber a thing my memory is blank.” I told her after my effort to retrieve a thing from my memory failed.
“it’s okey. don’t push it. it’s normal for people with cases like yours. God willing you will recover your memory soon. Meantime, let’s get you checked and see how much damage the accident has caused to your brain and body”
After a series of tests I was told I had amnesia, that it was quite serious and would probably take time to recover my memory. I felt defeated, I felt like I had an obligation to someone, my inner self told me I had to protect and defend someone who’s life was in danger but I couldn’t remember who it was or where that person was.
2 weeks later… I felt better, with the strong medications to rub on my skin burns I got my skin smooth again and Doctor Mwaba offered me a place at her home. she told me her husband agreed they would help me. I had no option at the time so I agreed.
We drove to her home on 7 th street nchanga area. The family was so welcoming. Dr Mwaba had two kids, a 15 year old son and a girl aged 13. Her husband, a dark skinned short man spoke calmly and welcomed me to their home.
“We heard what happened to you and we are really sorry, just stay calm and feel free here. am sure you will be okey soon and will get back to your family.. ” he assured me.
“Thank you” i told him honestly.
I was led to the dinning table at dinner that evening. My heart felt at peace but the strange feeling of wanting to know who i was was still so strong.
I was stattled as Dr Mwaba’s daughter Maya called me..
“hey uncle! So what do I call you since you don’t know your name ?” she asked as we all laughed..
“Well, what do you think?” I asked her smiling.
“Mmm let’s see” she said closing her eyes.
“I think I will call you uncle Will!” she shouted..
I let a laugh,
“why Will?” I asked her.
“Well, because I love Will Smith and you have a body like his” she shrugged as we all laughed loudly
“Will, it is Maya” I told her and she smiled proudly.
A week passed and I still couldn’t remember a thing. I had slept one day and I dreamed of being in some kind of jungle running dressed in a camouflaged combat. I told Dr Mwaba and she explained that maybe I was in some kind of army before. she insisted I took it slow..
“maybe the dreams will lead us some where.” Whe affirmed.
She handed me a small paper.
” We found this in your damaged trousers the time someone brought you to the hospital I don’t know if it can help.”
I unfolded the paper with hope. An address was written down for some plot within chingola.
“I have no idea what this address is or who stays there” I told her shaking my head.
“But I can go their this afternoon if you can help me find the place.”
“That’s a good idea” she agreed with me.
“my son will show you the area, let’s just hope something comes up from that” she added as she left the room I was given..
I changed into some black sneakers, a grey t-shirt and a black cargo pant. I looked at myself and remembered Maya teasing me that i looked like Will Smith and they all had been using the name. I had watched a few movies with her and I liked the action of the guy. I was even getting used to call myself Will too.
I smiled and wished I really knew who I trully was. I looked at the small pieace of paper again and left to join Mwamba, Dr Mwaba’s son outside.
“let’s go uncle, I will drive” he shouted the moment I stepped out.
“am coming too!” the smiling Maya called from behind joining us.
“I want to help you too” she looked at me when the brother told her to stay back.
“It’s okay angel, Let’s go.” I shrugged casually. Mwamba frowned furious
“come on guys lets just go already” I told them as i sat in the passenger seat.
The Bodyguard – Episode 20
By Tisa Phiri
We were driving for some minutes around the area called River side, they were a lot of newly built houses and flats.
“Guys stay here, I will walk around from here” I told Mwamba and Maya. I had noted the address in my head so I checked the plot numbers as I walked between some houses.
My heart raced as I saw the house I was looking for, it was a three by three flat, well built and In a wall fence. I looked around trying to asmilate if at all i had been to that place..
“could it be my home?” I thought to myself as I waited for a slim lady who I found washing some clothes outside. I had asked her about anyone I could talk to and she told me she was new and asked me to wait as she went to call the land owner.
An elderly woman came out of the first flat. Greeting her , I introduced myself as Will. The look on her face told me she had no idea who i was.
“Sorry to disturb you mam, I was looking for someone from this place I told her, not sure who but I had this address in my clothes. I lost my memory a couple of months ago. I was hoping someone here knew who I am” I explained..
“Oh sorry my son” she said calmly.
“I have no idea who you are but maybe my son does ” she added.. “he’s the owner of these flats but he’s out for a few days, try coming by in two days time he should be back. otherwise, the tenants here are all new. like less than two months it can’t be that you are known here” she explained.
She gave me her line that I could
call in case of anything. I thanked her for being helpful and walked out to join Mwamba and the sister.
A week later… I decided to visit the house again. I went after 18 and as I walked in the gate I saw a man almost my age but an inch shorter. He looked at me and to my surprise started running out. I walked quickly towards him but he increased speed as he got out of the gate.
Something told me to follow him, it seemed I had found somebody who knew who I was. He ran faster past the other houses and I chased him of course not to scare him but to try find out why he ran. something wasn’t in place I thought as I ran towards him.
I was faster than him so he panicked and I saw him make a turn to an unfinished building. I pretended I didn’t see him and let him enter to hide.
Slowly I hid behind the block as I waited patiently for him to come out. 5 minutes passed and I saw him peep in both directions. I quickly stepped out and grabbed him by the shirt, he tried to escape but I held him tight, pulled him back in the building and to my surprise I felt rage he was trying to escape.
some inner instict warned me something was up with him.
He shivered as I sat him down pushing him in the corner, eyed at me sternly..
“so you are still alive you bas***d !” he cursed.
” leave me alone already I have nothing to do with you.”
“Well Mr man, it seems you know more than you are actually telling me” I sighed looking at him. He almost stood to ran and with lots of force I pushed him hard back to the wall making him moan with pain as he held the spot his head hit to the wall.
“Start talking or I will hurt you right now.” He bow down his head in silence and I squat before him , held his head up with my hand making him face me. For some reason the guy was scared of me, which gave me more reason to want to probe him further and get some information out of him..
“Speak now you idiot!” I snapped.
I felt like I had done that before, but couldn’t remember where or who I was interrogating.
“You are just a good for nothing bodyguard who is after that spoiled step sister of mine!” he shouted..
“Sister?” I asked shocked.
He raised his eyes in surprise. It was like he was surprised I showed ignorance of the sister he had mentioned.
“Look man” he added..
” I don’t know how you figured it out but like I told you last time this is none of your business. Just leave me alone already. I told you I was having funny in Solwezi last time and that’s it. I didn’t have anything to do with the person you were looking for.” He mumbled.
His diversion of the story confused me even more but before I could ask further he grabed the opportunity and ran past me. I tried to go after him but a car stopped in front of him, some other guys called his name.
“Hurry George jump in!”
The guy jumped into the car and as I got closer, it started off leaving dust in my face. I kicked the ground in rage. I felt so pissed I hit my palm with the other hand.
By the time I got back to the car I borrowed from where I was being kept, they were long gone.
As I drove back home I felt a strong head ach. I packed besides the road as the sharp pain ran through my head. I closed my eyes and held my head as flash images of me killing and burning some houses came to my mind. The flashes repeated ending with a flash of me being chased in the bush.
I stayed in that spot for half an hour and after feeling better I drove back to my now new home.
“Am afraid Dr” I told the doctor Mwamba.
” The way I felt around that man was something else and the flashes in my memory. Maybe am not a good person in real life, maybe am dangerous and a killer” I told her honestly.
she wrote down something as I explained it.
“Well, It could be that those are some flashes from your memory but can just be some imaginations as a result of your inner fears we cannot be sure of one thing” she told me..
“Not to worry though am here to help you through all this” she comforted..
“How I wish that guy said something more to give us a hint about you.” She drowned sadly.
“Yeah” I agreed sitting up the chair I was sitting on
” he knows who I am and I could tell he hates me. He said something about his step sister, then he mentioned Solwezi but am confused. I can’t connect the dots. I feel powerless right now, it’s like I fall from no where my memory is so blank.”
“It’s ok Will, let’s take one day at a time. remmber you can’t allow yourself to stress your brain, try to stay calm, besides, I don’t think you are a bad person Will” she added..
“maybe you just went through a rough patch in life but you are not a bad person.”
I smiled as she walked out.
“Thank you, you and your family are trully good to me and I appreciate it. I don’t know how I will ever repay you for your kindness.”
Before she left I stopped her
” sorry Dr, but do you know anything about the person who brought me to the hospital?” I asked her..
“not really but tomorrow i can get you their details from the hospital records.”
“I would appreciate mam, maybe he can tell me more about the accident. I would want to know if someone else was with me that time and if they survived the accident and maybe what really happened”
“Sure” she nodded leaving….
Maya came with a home work
book for maths the following day “help me solve these questions Uncle Will” she said handing me the book. To my own surprise I looked at the questions and knew exactly what to do. I ran her through and explained some equations. her mother watched from the other room and she came close.
“Wow, it seems you are good with numbers’” she commended.
” I gues so’” I smiled back..
Later that evening the family had left to go for some family dinner. I decided to remain home instead.
They had been gone for hours it was almost 23 hours. Then I heard some foot steps outside. I peeped through the window and saw two guys holding guns, they were slowly walking to the back door.
Quitely I bend down to the ground and crawled in their direction. using the kitchen window which didn’t have burglar bars I climbed out. I saw the guy break loose the back door and then entered the house.
“What the hell!” I screamed inside my head.
“I have to act first they are probably thieves” I thought to myself..
I watched the first guy go in and before the second one followed him I ran to him and knocked him off with my hands by twisting his neck, he fall back down and as the other guy turned to my direction i pulled the gun from the hands of the one I had put out, shooting it right through his head. He fall down dead instantly.
Just then the Family drove in and they all came running to the house after the gun shot.
Maya screamed as she saw the dead body on the floor. I was not even shaken, it was like i was an expert on killing and a gun didnt scare me, I knew how to hold and aim perfectly.
They called the police after I explained what happened.
I was taken to the cells that same night. Doctor’s husband explained that it was standard procedure since I just killed someone. They all assured me that all will be well.
Maya and Mwamba waved at me as i was driven to the police. The girl was still crying and I felt sad. I had come to love the kids so much they made me feel like I was really their uncle.
To be continued
The bodyguard Episode 19 & 20
The Bodyguard – Episode 19