DEATH WISH (Episode 17)

 

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Jake who had been strolling along the bedroom corridor whistling suddenly stopped when the trail of blood flowed past his feet… He turned…
It was coming from his parents’ room.
He didn’t need to open the door as it was already open, wide enough for him to see…

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He saw a man and then a woman…
He recognized her immediately…
His step sister… Maya…
There was a look of shock on her face as she stared at something on the floor…
His eyes traveled in that direction and that’s when he saw it…
His brother…
Andrew…lay on the floor surrounded by his blood as it continued to ooze out of his wound…
He looked up again and caught sight of his mother, pointing a gun at Maya…
His eyes widened, almost bulging out of its sockets.
He might be fourteen but he was old enough to understand the scene unraveling before him…
Suddenly he turned and ran… In any direction, his legs could carry him..

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Maya continued to stare in uttermost shock, her feet glued to the ground as her eyes refused to blink….
Andrew was laying on the ground lifeless, blood pooling near her feet.
He was the first to get hit by Margaret’s bullet as soon as they barged into the room…

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Margaret continued to point the gun at Maya as her gaze rested on her son…
He was probably dead…
She had killed him….
She didn’t mean for things to escalate this way…. She just wanted to get rid of her husband and leave with her children……
Her mind was wandering about, probably out of the universe and she didn’t notice when Adrian got behind her and turned on the oxygen tank….
She stared at her son one more time and then suddenly flared up….
Anger taking up her entire senses.
“You…. You killed my son!!!! You killed him!!!”
Maya blinked..

Margaret’s accusations shaking her out of her reverie…
She scrunched up her nose in disgust…
“You’re delusional Margaret…. Delusional!!!!” She spat and turned to run out ignoring the gun that was pointed to her…
She had to get a doctor..
Maybe her step brother will be saved… Just maybe…..
Before she could take another step, a shot was fired…
She froze..

“Take another step and I will blow your brains out” Margaret warned and turned to Adrian who was trying to still Mr. Robinson’s heartbeat by pumping both hands on his chest…
“Get away from him before I kill you too”
“What’s your problem Margaret? You managed to throw me out of the house…. What do you want? Aren’t you happy that you got married to my father? What’s your problem?!”
“Shut up young woman… Shut up!!! Your stupid father dumped me for your stupid mother!!!” She screamed scratching her head with her free hand…
Maya frowned “don’t insult my mother’s memory… Don’t!!!!”

“Memory? Who told you your mother is dead? Huh? She’s alive and kicking and she’s coming for me… I know it… She’s coming for me” she was beginning to act hysterical now, scratching her head vigorously
She was definitely mad, crazy…..
Maya could see that..
She had been the one to identify her mother’s body in the morgue after she was reported dead…
She had seen it..
So how was it possible that she was still alive…
She stared at Margaret….
She was scratching herself now with the tip of the gun.

She frowned..
“You’re crazy Margaret…. A crazy stepmother and a murderous wife!”
“And you’re a bastard .. The bastard of a crazy bitch!” She laughed…

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Adrain looked at both women..
It was obvious Margaret was trying to provoke Maya…
He had to do something..
From where he stood, he could easily grab Margaret from behind or betterstill kick the gun out of her hand….

He eyed her…
She was scratching herself hard now, her skin becoming red…
He waited… For an opportunity..
She was distracted now….
Suddenly he moved and made to kick the gun out of her grasp…
Adrian frowned.. His legs were still in the same spot…
He tried to move but his legs seemed to be glued to the tiled floor…
What was happening…
Why couldn’t he move?
His brain was a complete mess as he tried endlessly to move just so he could save the love of his life, his woman, his Maya…

“Give up already Adrian” a strong, thick baritone voice boomed access to the room..
He seemed to be the only one who heard it because he was the only one that turned…
That voice….

Adrian turned… His eyes met him..
Standing at the other side of the room, shinning in all his glory..
Adrian sighed in relief
“Thank God you’re here Lord Greene.. Help me out… I can’t move…. What’s happening?” He whispered, not wanting Maya to hear him.. It was obvious he was the only one who could see and hear Lord Greene…

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Lord Greene didn’t reply.. Instead, he stood, smiling.
After a moment, he spoke up, his voice heard by only Adrian
“Remember what I told you when you made your death wish?”
Without waiting for a reply, he snapped his fingers and an image appeared on the wall of the room…

Adrian turned and watched…
It was the day he had died back in Angola and was taken by Lord Greene into the land of the unknown…..
He watched…
“Hmm.. You know I just can’t take you back to earth. There’s a huge price you will have to pay. A huge price”
Adrian nodded enthusiastically….

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Lord Greene snapped his fingers and the image disappeared
He continued “I told you there’s a huge price you will have to pay but like the obnoxious, careless person that you were you accepted without thinking about what price I meant”
“I’ve changed and you know it.. I’m responsible now…”
Lord Greene nodded “True.. And I have fulfilled your wish. You found true love so it’s time for my payment”
Adrian’s eyes widened in confusion.
“You didn’t think I will let you reside in someone else’s body without consequences did you?”
“What do you want?”
“What you cherish the most”
And then he disappeared…

Before Adrian could register his last words, a sudden weight lifted off him and his feet moved. During that same moment, a gun went off, a shot was fired..
He turned just in time to see Maya fall to the floor with both hands on her tummy as blood seeped through her fingers and soaking her floral dress…..
His heart missed double beats…..
“Maya!!!!!” He screamed and ran to her side……

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Margaret turned her attention to her husband who was now breathing normally now but still unconscious…
She cocked her head to the side and stared at him…
She shrugged and turned again then knelt beside Andrew…
“Hey, baby… Mama is here… We’re going to run away.. You, Jake and I…. Mama loves you baby” she smiled as she rubbed blood on his pale face…..
Then she hugged him to herself and began to rock him back and forth…
She began to sing, rubbing her blood stained palms on her face scratching her cheeks in the process….

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Maya coughed as she looked up at Adrian…
She smiled at him.
“Thank you Adrian… For giving me so much love… I learnt how to live because of you…. You made me feel special, beautiful…” She choked on her words as blood sprouted, trailing down the sides of her mouth…..
“Shhh… Don’t say a word please.. I… I will go get help…” He made to get up when two men in security uniform followed by three policemen and Jake rushed in…

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Jake rushed towards his brother who had turned completely pale..
“Brother wake up please… I did what you told me to… See?” Jake cried as he showed him the phone in his hand.

Apparently, before Andrew had left to go see Maya at the hospital, he had told Jake to dial a particular number incase something bad happened…
As if he had everything planned out, as soon as Jake ran out of the house, he dialed the number and soon, a police van arrived in the mansion…..

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Margaret looked up at her youngest son.. She smiled
“Hey, son.. Come.. Come join us…. You will go with us right?” She pointed the gun at him and he shrieked…
“See.. I had four bullets.. One for your father the other for you and your brother and the last for me.. We will live happily ever after.. Come son… Come”
“Don’t shoot ma’am…. Surrender yourself please….” One of the men spoke up…
He could clearly see she was going crazy and a wrong move on his part will cost more innocent lives…
Margaret looked up at them and frowned…
Policemen….
Her eyes darted to them and then her son…

“You came to arrest me? I’m not going to jail okay.. I’m not!!!” She stood on her feet, dropping Andrew’s limp body
“Drop the gun.. We won’t hurt you… We just want to talk”
“No? stay away.” She tugged at her hair pulling it harshly..
Her skin and face was now red due to so much scratching….
“You won’t arrest me… You won’t!! Never!!!! See.. I told you.. She came for me.. Beatrice!! Stay away. Stay away…..” She screamed hysterically pointing to the wall as if talking to someone….
She frowned and then laughed… She frowned again before fear took over her countenance as she stared at the wall…
“Don’t come any closer Beatrice please…. I said stay away!!!” She screamed backing away……

Everyone stared in confusion as she spoke to no one in particular…
“Mom” Jake moved to his mother.
“I will die before you get to me Beatrice.”
and before anyone could utter another word, she brought the gun to her temple and pulled the trigger…
The gun went off…
Blood splashed all over little Jake’s face and shirt while some splashed against the wall…
Margaret fell to the floor with a thud, her eyes widely open, a gaping hole at the top of her right ear where the bullet had hit….
Jake stood unblinking, his mother’s blood trickling down his face and then he hit the floor as he gave up into unconsciousness

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TEN HOURS LATER AT THE HOSPITAL…

Elena walked into the waiting area with four cups of coffee…
Adrian looked away as his friends took one cup each from her.
“Have something Adrian?” she told him
“I don’t want it”
“Don’t be stubborn Adrian please” Frank spoke up but he ignored..
Elena sighed and took a seat near him…
“I know how much my friend means to you… But she needs you to be strong.. For her… I don’t think Maya would like to see you in this condition… Just a sip please” she held out the last cup for him

“Please Adrian” Derrick chipped in..
Adrian sighed in defeat as he took the cup from Elena…
“Adrian Kapala?”
Adrian turned sharply at the mention if his name…
A female doctor walked towards them..
“That’s me”
“The patient is awake.. She’s been asking for you”
“How’s she doctor?” Elena asked
“She’s stable now”
“And the boy? Jake Robinson”
“He’s in shock.. And he will need therapy to help him overcome his shock” she sighed
“Come with me Mr. Kapala”
Adrian dropped the cup and followed the doctor…

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Adrian sat on the chair near the bed and took Maya’s hand in his, kissing her knuckles…
As if feeling his presence, she opened her eyes and stared at him…
“Hey” she whispered
Adrian brushed a lock of hair away from her cheeks…
“Hey, love… I’m here” he whispered back..
She smiled weakly
“I know…. What happened? My dad? My brothers.. Margaret”
“Your dad is being taken care of.. We’ll talk about the rest later okay?” He kissed her knuckles again..

“I want to further my education Adrian”
“And you will baby.. Once you get better, we will go buy forms from any school of your choice okay?”
“I love you Adrian”
He smiled “I love you more”
Silence…
“Maya? Baby…”
Silence….
Suddenly, the electrocardiogram began to blink giving off warning sounds…
He stared at the machine…
Her heart rate was dropping, going flat…
“Maya!!!!!” He screamed in fright, pressing the emergency button like a mad man…

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Then he felt that presence again.
He turned to find Lord Greene standing behind him, his expression unreadable.
Before Adrian could speak, he spoke up “I told you Adrian.. I will take what you cherish the most as my price”
Suddenly realising what he had meant earlier, he choked, his eyes getting watery, tears threatening to spill….
He turned and continued to press the emergency button….
“No one is going to come Adrian” lord Greene uttered
“F*ck you!!!! Screw you!!! To hell with your stupid wish!!!! Take me instead!! Take my life!!”

Lord Greene frowned “language Adrian!!!!.. And I do not go back on wishes made… it’s too late”
The machine was blinking now and Adrian stared helplessly as he watched life ebbing out of the love if his life….
Her lips and eyes were pale now….
He stared at the machine…
The line that read her heartbeat was flat now…
His eyes widened as the pain and shock crippled him as he slumped on the bed hugging Maya’s still form..

“When you make a decision, think of the pro’s and con’s before you act on it. I’m sorry but a life for a life” was all lord Greene said before he vanished…
“Maya baby… Wake up!!! Baby!!! Beautiful!! Love!! Get up please!!!! Maya!!!! Don’t do this please! You promised never to leave me!!!! Maya baby please!” He sobbed uncontrollably as he held on tightly to her rigid form…
“Maya!!!!!!!!” He screamed as the doctor rushed in, trying to pull him away from her…he pushed the doctor away harshly and hugged her…
“Don’t do this. You’re my first love.. Baby!! Maya!!! Please!!”

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TO BE CONTINUED…

Be careful what you wish for…
Before you make a decision, be it temporary or permanent, think it through before you act on it because every decision comes with its consequences…
ONE more episode to go!! And I’m so excited…..
With love… Ellen.

DEATH WISH (Episode 16)

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