The DNA Test (episode 4)
Puzzles are quite difficult to crack and that was the present situation of Ace’s life. Finally, the DNA Test results were out and had been communicated to the desperate man that hadn’t slept well in a couple of days as he anticipated the results. However, the only awkward thing about the whole report was the confusion in what the doctor communicated.
“Sir I’m sorry, I didn’t get you well. You said the test results were Negative so how come your last sentence?” Ace nervously inquired. It was then that it dawned on the doctor that there was a slip of tongue so he immediately corrected himself. “Oh, slip of tongue please; I meant to say that the result came out Positive so congratulations, the child is truly yours, no reason to panic” the doctor said.
Oh what a thing of joy! At last, Ace could finally breath in and out properly. “Oh thank God” he gently whispered to himself with a faint smile on his face. At that moment, it felt as though a huge burden had been lifted from his body. Finally, he was assured that his wife ‘Belinda’ had been faithful all along and never cheated. However, at this point there were so many unanswered questions as to why that DNA Test came out Positive and not actually Negative.
Wait a minute, isn’t Junior a switched child that was mistakenly exchanged at birth with Belinda’s true son ‘David’? Is it just me or is something extremely fishy and confusing about the whole situation? How on earth did the DNA result come out Positive expect Ace was truly the father to Junior? How can he be the father to junior when the little boy isn’t the true son of Belinda? Oh My! At this point there were so many unsolved puzzle that definitely needed to be cracked.
After speaking to the doctor for a while, Ace was however asked to come to the hospital for a final check up and to also see the results with his own eyes; just to be totally sure of the report the doctor told him. They ended the call shortly afterwards and Ace first made a quick stop at the office before heading to the hospital to see the doctor.
At around passed 3pm, Ace arrived at the hospital and went straight to the doctor’s office. “Good day doc” he politely greeted as he took his seat. They exchanged pleasantries before finally settling down.
It was a short visit to the hospital because Ace didn’t waste much time there. He did the necessary test and collected the hard copy of the DNA result before heading out. As he drove back home that evening, smiles filled his face but also, he felt as though he had betrayed Belinda.
The thought of Belinda ever finding out what had happened sent chills down Ace’s spine. He knew for sure that it would bring so much drama and misunderstanding in his home so he had to dispose the hard copy results, but due to the fact that it was already getting late, he couldn’t park the car to dispose it on the road side so he squeezed the paper and put it into his trouser front pocket; with the hopes of disposing it immediately he gets home.
If only Ace could sense the problems ahead due to that single action of conducting a DNA Test, then he wouldn’t have done it at all. How funny, yet unfortunate that he used his own hands to expose himself of a dirty secret he had been hiding from his wife for several years. It was apparent that he had awoken a sleeping dog. Karma they say ‘never misses it’s target’ and at this point, all we can do is concur to that fact. It was clear that there were so many skeletons inside his cupboard. Everything that has been hidden was about to come to full blown light. All we can do is keep our fingers crossed and see how things play out.
That day, Ace arrived home very late due to traffic. Immediately his car drove in, his son ran towards him. “Daddy daddy, come and see what mummy bought for me” Junior said. The excited little boy held his dad’s hand and gently dragged him inside the house. Due to that unexpected distraction, Ace wasn’t able to carry on with his initial plan of disposing the test result, so it was still in his pocket.
Junior was super hyped that evening and kept showing his dad one thing or the other. After over 30 minutes of being distracted by the little boy, Ace finally regained his freedom but Belinda was now in his space. “Baby your food will soon get cold, sit and eat” she calmly said as she dished out the food into their plates in the dinning table. Without having any option, he tiredly sat down and they all ate together as one family.
As they ate, Belinda talked about one thing or the other till she successfully got Ace engrossed into the conversation. They talked for over an hour before he went to take a shower.
It was a stressful day for Ace and all he needed to do at that moment was to dive into the bed and sleep off. He removed his clothes and took his bath but forgot to remove the squeezed paper from his pocket. After bathing, he sluggishly kept the clothes inside the wardrobe and changed into a clean one, then climbed the bed afterwards.
As Ace slept like a tired man that just returned from war, the dress that contained details that was capable of destroying his marriage was carelessly lying inside the wardrobe. It came to his consciousness once in a while that the DNA Test result was still inside his trouser but he was too tired to do anything about it. At that moment, he felt there was no way his wife would search his trouser at that time of the day. The fact that it was late at night made him a bit assured that his secret was safe where it was for that night. It’s quite unfortunate that Ace wasn’t prepared for what was about to hit him.
It turns out that Belinda joined her husband in bed and they slept peacefully beside each other. The next morning, she woke up early because she had to go to the office earlier than usual that day. As Belinda tried out different outfits to wear, she immediately spotted the cloth her husband wore the previous day in their closet. “Ewwww babe, how many times am I going to tell you this, no dirty clothes inside the wardrobe” she tiredly said as she lifted the dress up.
At the time this was happening, Ace was still fast asleep and wasn’t conscious of what was happening. With no response from him, Belinda folded the dress and wanted to put them into the dirty clothes basket when she felt a paper like texture inside the clothes. “Money?” she puzzled as she excitedly searched to see what she was feeling with her hands. After about a minute later of searching, she removed her hand from the pocket and it was a piece of paper.
On seeing the paper instead of money, Belinda was slightly disappointed. She reluctantly unwrapped it to see if it was an important information that didn’t need to be disposed. Immediately she unwrapped the paper and took one glance at it, her heart dropped drastically.
Have you ever wanted to believe a lie just to feel a bit better because you were scared of accepting the Truth? Do you know what heart break truly means and how it feels like? If you do then you might be able to understand how Belinda was feeling at that moment as she shockingly read through every word that was written on the DNA Test result she was holding.
As Belinda stood there looking devastated, Ace sluggishly turned towards her direction from the bed. Immediately he set his eyes oh his wife holding a piece of paper, he almost collapsed. The fact that she looked shocked, confirmed his fears that the paper that was in her hands were the DNA Test result. “I am Finished!” he gently muttered.
Before Ace could utter a word to his shocked wife, few tears dropped from her eyes. She looked towards him and he could see the disappointment and betrayal she was feeling. It was beaming in her eyes and countenance.
There was pin drop silence as both parties looked dumbfounded. After about 5 minutes of looking lost, Belinda looked at Ace with teary eyes and soberly asked; “Why? Why did you do this? Is this what you have reduced me to? A DNA Test? What for? Oh Wow!”
As tension filled the atmosphere, Ace took a deep breath and shamefully said; “It’s not what you think babe, I swear I can explain”.
Belinda gave him a piercing look and said; “There’s nothing to explain, I must do my own test and you will pay for it since there’s enough money to spend. Save your breath!”
End of episode 4 😉
Stay tuned tomorrow to see what happened next.
Written by Sonia Okehie