He switched on the machine for the second time. His eyes fixed unto my f!ngers, as they raked the the table t©p like a patrol of the English Queen’s guard on a changeover routine. He sat down and frowned a devil’s cry.
” let’s start all over….No , No ” he shook his head ” let’s get right to the point”
” I’ve told you alre-ady , I’m not the murderer. I have no idea what’s happening here. ” I shouted as sweat broke from my palms and feet.
His judgement was unprecedented and inhuman , there wasn’t enough proof for my detainment , and I hadn’t committed any crime , he wouldn’t believe me though.. My heart leaped and fear gr!pp£dme .
My pulse hiked but my resolve was a peaceful water b©dy in motion.
Detective Jethro, as Gabe called him , checked the lie detector machine at his disposal and shook his head.
” Its either this machine is malfunctional or you are professional lier”
He tapped the instrument and unfused the entire connecting ends..He pu-ll-ed out the [email protected] of adhesive wire on my che-st . His arm, in anger , jammed the surface of the equipment and s£nt it crumbling like a pile of jukebox on the table.
” You are going to tell me” He barked as he pushed the chair behind and erupted like a volcano ” And you will do just that. Where were you on the day of the attack? Why did you suggest or intend evil for the victim?
” I did not do such ”
” Oh yes, you did ,Mr Andrew, we have witnesses. ” He paused ” What connections do you have with Katherine , why did you insist on being acquainted with her , even when you knew she was married?
He was indeed brimming h0t as coal and unleased the fury of the dragon on my once- strong will and [email protected] heart.
I trembled . This man had a thing for fright night and zombie movies. Where would I begin with answers ,and how?
His words made me remember my uncle, his anger made me visit a lost memory of a dark night.I saw it clearly
. That night , a bottle fell from the fridge [email protected], a bottle of gin. The noise woke up the entire household. I was behind the incident, the culprit.
” you [email protected]ûghty little devil” My uncle ‘s voice had called as he walked right out his room and towards me like a bulldozer.
” Why ?– what have you done? ” he continued and stared blankly into my adolescent face. I was only fifteen then.
” I was only reaching for a bottle of water” I began with fear ” My arms mistakenly-”
” Come here, ” he pu-ll-ed me on the ear lobe ” you devil. So after i locked you up in your room , you still sneaked out. You are a demon. I will teach you a lesson this night”
He dragged me on the floor and I swept along with my knees like a mop. ” Uncle ,I’m sorry . plea-se i was just thirsty. ”
” And you wanted to steal water from my fridge.” His eyes pierced a gaze as he dragged me along.
” Now you have broken my gin bottle.” he continued ” You want to kill me eh? Just how you did your parents . You devil, so you want to stab me in my sleep, eh …. Fool. I will kill you first ”
He picked up a sharp scra-p of the gin bottle and I j£rked . I was afraid.
” Now get up and stand against that door ” he pointed to my room’s door.
His brown teeth, probably recoloured by ogogoro ( local gin) and road side foods. The means to no end where he squandered my father’s wealth, pending when I [email protected]£ of age.
” plea-se ” I begged for mercy at the hands of this green [email protected] monster.
” Even water you are not entitled to, ” He [email protected] me [email protected] ” Not until you confess. The fire that took your parents, you started it. You turned on the [email protected] cooker and lit a matches. I know you did . You are the the culprit. So st©p begging me, confess your sins ”
A drun!kard [email protected]£ a priest overnight? I wondered as I shook with pain and fear, awaiting my fate.
“I don’t know anything, plea-se” I begged .
I was innocent but only if he would believe me. All I ever asked for, was to be loved. my parents had [email protected] two years on, and I was stuck with this stupor monger – he craved to be drun!kevery minute possible.
” Keep quiet . Wizard . ! “He [email protected] me again
” This will teach you a lesson ”
He took my arm and suddenly, the door to the left creaked and a voice [email protected]£ “Daddy? I’m afraid , There is a monster in my room. Its ma-king me to -”
” Elisha , go to be-d . If the monster bite you , you bite it back. Just close your eyes and sleep.”
Little Elisha-, he was just 6, locked the door behind him.
He too ,was a victim of cruelty as his mother died when he was still a baby and he was f0rç£d to become anorphan even when his father was still alive – he ba-rely even took care of the little boy.
My uncle’s eyes were still fixed at Elisha’s door , when I broke away from his grip instantly.
” Crook, you stubb-” He said as the ti-p of the broken bottle sliced into my skin like an art work being outlined. It ran down my left arm from the elbow.
“Arrghhhhhh… !!! ” I cried for mercy and blood gushed like a tap that went awol, I lost a lot of blood and I [email protected]£ dizzy .
I fainted afterwards and found myself in a hospital the following morning.
After a week, I was discharged and and I tried to recover.
My uncle died four years after that incident by his bottle of gin-He was drun!kand tried to harm me again even threatend to cut off my ton-gue if I kied or denied any allegation la-id against me. But this time he fell accidentally, while chasing me in the parlour and went che-st flat on a broken bottle which pierced throu-gh with excruciating slice.
In his last breathe and struggle he asked for something very unusual.
” I need a [email protected] of water” he said ” plea-se —just a cup ”
I hadn’t given him any. He died within a two minute range.
” Why did you do it ? Detective Jethro’s voice brou-ght me back to the pres£nt.
” I need a [email protected] of water ” my eyes locked up with his and I bit myl-ips in pain.
Having heard that , he scoffed and so did Gabriel who had been silent since the interrogation started . Gabe, got up form his seat and I predicted correctly . He [email protected]£ right towards me and raised his fist.
” Idiot” he yelled ” Do you think we are pla-ying games here?
I j£rked and slightly tilted my head backwards
His arm was caught mid way by the police officer who was very firm and muscular.
” This is my investigation” Jethro said .
The detective turned and smiled at me, but the next thing I saw was a thun-dering and boneshattering b!ow to my nose . Pain engrossed my wind pipe right from the nose bone and breathing [email protected]£ laboured. It was the most painful thing I had ever experienced and to think it [email protected]£ from a single attack.
” let’s begin again — the last time though ” he said and sat down.
The doctor smiled at me . His eyebrow moved joyfully at ease and in accordance with his will.
Mimi brou-ght out a launch pack of rice and some pudding . She dished it out to everyone in the room. I sat up and my head felt like a heavy load which had no balance.
” Easy now ,be careful ” The doctor said as he [email protected]£d my arms softly” gently , okay .”
When I had regained a little strength, I thanked him casually but he kept on smiling like he had hit Jackpot. Then suddenly, he [email protected]£ serious and checked my heart pace with his stethoscope.
He checked my pulse and when he had concluded he folded his instrument and wra-pped it proudly across his collar bone on both sides .
” How is she doing ? Maxwell asked from a corner where he sat.
” She is fine, should be out of here in a week, but- . ” He paused , ” I’m sorry to say that ,it’s practically logic to note : some things would take time to heal. Like the bruise on her forehead ”
Everyone looked at me.
” What happened to her baby ? Papa asked. He had been quiet ever since they [email protected]£. Maybe lost of words of something.
He [email protected]£ forward , his well kempt hair and beards showed maturity. He brushed me slightly on the arm and I felt loved again .A feeling I hadn’t experienced in a while.
” Due to the stress and trauma “the doctor began ” She had lost the baby. But her wo-mb is perfectly intact, should heal with time too.”
” So she can still have babies? ” Papa asked rhetorically.
” Yes , why not. …okay, I have to leave now , I’ll be in my office ..”
The doc. turned to the door, twisted the handle , my eyes went ,focused on him. He turned around for the last time and smiled again. Whatever he had in mind, he must have felt so happy to see me fine and healthy. I owed him my life.
” Doctor , ” I managed to call out ” Thanks for saving me. For everything , I’m grateful ”
” That’s my job, ” He grinned and win-ked ” no need to thank me, thank God who gave you a second chance ”
He left and shut the door briskly.
Mimi sat next to me, brushed David gently on the head . He had been in my arms ,on the be-d all along. He was quiet , and had alot on his mind. What could it be? He didn’t say.
” where is Gabriel? I asked. ” Mimi , where is my husband”
She smiled and sm-irked herl-ips like a flare gun.
” Uhm, he is with the police ”
” What happened ? , ” I [email protected]£ frantic ” why would he be with the police? What did he do?
Mimi opened her eyes and gazed at me with surprise. ” No… No , Not that he was arrested or something. He is fine.
” Mimi,tell me. What is it?
” Andy got arrested for murder”
The name Andy brou-ght pain. I knew he hired the men that attem-pted my life, but who did he kill? I wanted to know!
“who did he kill?
Silence ruled the entire room and i noticed eyes moving and signs being exchanged.
My mother began ” My dear, some things are best left the way they are, just relax and regain your strength first”
” Tell me somethig—”
” He is being interrogated ” Maxwell ch!pped in.
Since everyone was quiet and I knew something to be wrong, but they didn’t say, I changed the t©pic and asked questions on more personal matters.
” When will I be discharged ?
” Not anytime soon” My dad said ” Your life is in danger. Everyone you know , except us” he looked round the room, then continued while standing ” Everyone one of them, thinks you are dead”
My eyes popped out of their sockets…
She threw the [email protected] on the floor, infuriated and her eyes radiated hatred.I couldn’t care less, as I chew the gum in my mouth like a rat’s [email protected] I picked up the broken handle of the tumbler and kept it on the table.
” If you want to stab me, go ahead ” I said and crossed my legs.
Kemi’s contenance changed and I noticed she would do just any thing to see her man, freed. Well I’d do even more for Gabriel.
” Dami , you have to st©p this madness. ” She said with anger ‘ why would you set Andy up? This was not [email protected] of the plan.”
I smiled and sipped my jui-ce . I looked at her again and then to the [email protected] table which reflected my real face- Hatred.
I knew it would get to this point . I never expected Kemi to fall for someone she ba-rely had a single info about, except the little I had given her, but eventually it happened . It was supposed to be a decoy and a planned strategy. But now she had really messed up and complicated issues .
Ahhhh! Kemi and Andy in love ? I wanted to scream the thought out loud.
” Falling in love was not [email protected] of the agreement.” I said as she still fumed .” So don’t give me the terms of agreement or plan”
” You have to turn yourself in to the police. Leave Andy out of this, you succeeded in your plan. But I can’t allow you put someone else in the blame booth. ” Kemi blurted and I spilled jui-ce unto my dress in shock.
” Turn myself in? For what ? Blame booth, what do you mean?
I shook my head .
” You just have to come clean and -” she said until i cut her in.
” You think you can just barge into my house and command me on what and what not to do? Huh? ” I said and stood up” how dare you?
Kemi [email protected]£ a bit calm and she tried to say something .But I wouldn’t let her.
” You disappointed me ,Kemi, why?…A simple task of ruining everything for Kate. Very simple task, yet , you just couldn’t do it.Instead you fell stupidly in love with her second choice man.”
” Andy is not a second choice man, he is more tha-” she blurted.
” Kemi Joe what happened? you have grown cold, ” I cut in again ” Why? Andy has turned you into a silent vineyard. You let love take over logic.”
She suddenly picked up the broken tumbler and faced it right at my che-st. Her eyes radiated, and her breathe increased.
” Let’s see how cold I am when I rip out your heart and feed it to your own dogs . Im sure they are eager to taste their wicked mistress’s heart.
I shook with fear, what happened to my friend ? Why did she suddenly turn against me. It was a mistake to involve her with Andy.
” you won’t stab me…Kemi….you know you won’t* I was very shaky band afraid .
‘ Yes I won’t ” she said as she rubbe-d it along my che-st line and then she dropped it on the table. ” Because I found the true meaning of love- its so amazing and I would do anything for it.”
She walked out and her shoes trampled on the shra-pnel she had created with each bottle piece [email protected] into more tiny pieces.
” what will you do? I [email protected] for air , and stood almost lifeless.
She had really scared the hell out me.
” You don’t wanna know ”
Kemi didn’t even turn to look at me ” Goodbye Damilola AKehinde. ” she continued ” Stay lonely forever or better still kill yourself , since you at good at it”
She cat walked her pretty @ss and waved her right arm in the air.
i watched in disgust and betrayal as she zoomed off with her Honda accord , my gate was left wi-de open.
When love dies episode 42