Falling for innocence
BY JULIET AMEH
“Who the heck is this!” the lone masked man screamed at me while pointing his gun at Peter. Its been two hours and I am here with the stupid money. I just want Hannah to be safe. would have come alone but Peter, my brother who is also a police detective wanted to come along to protect me. I wasn’t able to persuade him otherwise so here we are. Thankfully, he agreed to wear his civilian clothes.
“I am his driver. He doesn’t know many places so I had to drive him here” Peter answered me. I looked at the masked criminal and have the urge to pummel his face but I restrained myself.
“where is she?” I asked
“where is my money?” I threw the bag containing the money on the floor and he walked to it.
“it’s so obvious that he is a novice.” peter whispered to me.
“Stay behind me. As soon as Sophia gets to us, I’ll handle this little miscreant” he continued.
“Hannah” I whispered
“her name is Hannah. Why don’t you like her?” I can’t help but ask. The both of them never did get along.”now is not a time to argue about your little girlfriend. Just do as I’ve said”
“but how will you capture him?”
“just stay behind me,” he said and I reluctantly moved behind him. I can’t believe my younger brother is now giving me orders.
“What are guys whispering about?” the masked idiot ask.
“where is the girl?” Peter ask while blatantly ignoring his question. The masked man opened a small door by our left and Hannah runs out. She looks fine.
“baby!” she runs into my arms and I hugged her so tight.
“Am so sorry love. You must have been so scared. Please tell me you are-” a gunshot sound stopped me short. I turned to see the masked man groaning while holding his bloody hand. Peter must have shot the gun out of his hand because his gun is nowhere to be seen. Peter is still pointing his gun at him.
“no!” Hannah screamed and she starts running toward the masked man.
“Babe, calm down. What are you doing?” I ran after her to try to grab her as I saw the masked man retrieve a small gun from his pocket. What happened next will change me forever. The masked man fired a shot and I covered Hannah with my body and closed my eyes ready for the pain but I didn’t feel the impact of the bullet.
I felt warm blood on me but no pain. I opened my eyes slowly and watched my brother hit the floor but not before he fired two shots into the chest of the masked man.” no!” as I heard Hannah scream but am too numb to even utter a word. Hannah ran from behind me and I watched as she runs to the masked man’s side.”Justin! Open your eyes Justin!.” she sobs while shaking the limp man. She frantically took the mask off his face and I gasped when I saw who was beneath the mask. Hannah’s brother. I can’t process this now. What the f**k is going on.
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“Jake” my brother sputter beside me and I snapped out of my daze. I dragged my shocked body to his side and grabbed his hand.
“Shh. Save your strength. I’ll call an ambulance.” I said as I brought my phone out and dialled.
“y-our gir-lfri–end is aaa bit-ch” he sputters again and he goes limp in my arm. I looked from my limp brother to my fiancé who is mourning the death of my brother’s murderer.
“You did this!” I yelled and lunge for her.
“Am sorry. Am sorry” she kept repeating like a lunatic. I grabbed her hair and dragged her to my brother’s body.
“look at what you did. I loved you. Hell, I loved you more than my life and this is what I get? I thought you were different but it turned out, you are worse than the rest” I screamed in her face.
She just sat on the floor and cried. I felt no sympathy for her. In fact, I feel nothing. The ambulance came and the two bodies were taken away. I don’t follow my brother’s body. No, I ignored the police who wanted to question me and drove straight to the nearest bar.
I am sitting here alone, drinking away my sorrow when a slim no scratch that. An emaciated-looking girl walked up to me.
“you are Jake right?” She asked. Another fan who wants something from me. I just looked at her or tried to look at one of her because I am seeing about six of her in the state I am now.
“I can see you need company. Come on, I can help you” she said and caressed my arm with her clawlike fake nails. Disgusting.
“Don’t you dare touch me again. Do you want to help me? Then come on” I say and dragged her harshly to the dirty bar’s toilet. She kept giggling thereby making my headache worse but I tuned her voice out. I crushed her lips in a bruising kiss and I tasted blood which brought me back to that room, with my brother’s blood on me while I save a woman. The woman continued kissing me and I pushed her off me.” my brother needs me” I whispered and ran off. I need to get to the hospital ASAP.
Peter didn’t come out of the operating room alive. The doctor said the bullet was too close to his heart. As for Hannah, I haven’t seen her since the incident. Her brother died and I saw that as enough punishment for her pretending her kidnap. The police couldn’t arrest her because according to them, she didn’t commit any crime and there was no proof that she plotted all this with her brother.
Well, I don’t care. All I know is I killed my brother because of love. Hahahaha. What is love? An illusion stupid people create to do stupid things. Love isn’t real and I had to send my younger brother to his grave to know this.