DADDY’S GIRL (Episode 17)
“What nonsense!!!!! How can this be?” Exclaimed the furious Arnold.
“This is getting out of hand. The killer is doing everything he can to cover all his tracks. But not to worry Mr. Bempong, there’ll be security sent here to protect you. But I’ll advise you to be very vigilant and extra careful because whoever is behind these atrocities, is much closer than you think. Be vigilant”
“Thank you, detective,” Arnold said as the detective walked out…
“What happened to the princess?” Fiona asked
Arnold was sitting by Fiona on the bed, cuddling her and telling her a bed time story he had formed in his mind, to make her relax and happy. He took her tiny hands in his and squeezed it, wondering what to say…
Helena who had been sitting on the bed along with them laughed and answered
“Well the princess was very brave, so she used her magic to wake all the people of the kingdom up!!”
She stared at Helena and then her father for a second
“So can I use my magic to wake nanny Grace up too?”
“Errr yes yes… Of course… Why not?” She answered exchanging glances with Arnold as she smiled ……
“Hold on…” Arnold reached into his pocket and brought out a spray bottle.
“You see this??” He asked and she nodded…
“Its called a pepper spray… There’s plenty of pepper inside. When anyone apart from me, teacher helena and the doctor comes in, press this place and spray it into their eyes and then shout and call me okay??”
“Pepper spray? Arnold, are you kidding?” Helena giggled
“Well, you never know. The killer might come here to try and put fear into her so she wouldn’t say a word. I’m taking precautions” he turned to Fiona
“Did you understand?”
“Yes. When a person comes in and he looks like a monster, I will spray it into their eyes” she answered
“Good. Don’t get scared fiona. Now get some sleep”
“You won’t leave me right?”
“No princess. Never again” he kissed her forehead and cuddled her till she slept….. He eased her onto the bed and covered her.
“You must be hungry, shall we go to the cafeteria?” Arnold asked getting up
Arnold and Helena reached the cafeteria to find Alex chatting with a girl who wouldn’t stop laughing and giggling… Arnold shook his head, even in a hospital he still never failed to chase and flirt with girls…
“What are you staring at?” Helena asked when she realized his attention was somewhere else. She looked in the same direction and saw her best friend seated with Alex. She had come with her early that morning and thought she had probably gone home.
“Sally? I thought she went home already” she muttered to herself walking towards them.
“She’s the same person you came in with this morning right?” Arnold followed
“Yes. My best friend”
“Christ!!” Arnold exclaimed and walked past her to their table.
“Hello there Alex. Where’s Mark”
“I don’t know. The last time I saw him was last night or… I dont remember” he shrugged and returned to his chatting
“How will you remember when you are busy smooching another girl”
“Shu….. Don’t spoil my fun… Go!!”
“Look here ma’am, this man is a legalized woman eater. I mean a womanizer. Don’t fall for his charms and good looks. Run for your life” Arnold turned to Sally ignoring Alex
“Hey, dude! What’s your problem. Don’t spoil my reputation”
“Oh yeah? Don’t mess with her because she’s Helena’s best friend”
“Oh, I get it now. This has to do with your favorite teacher right? You like her don’t you?”
Arnold scoffed “you’re crazy Alex”
He turned to walk away, pulling Helena away from Sally to sit on a different table.
He smiled watching them from a distance as they talked and laughed at the cafeteria.
He adjusted his overall and placed the stethoscope around his neck and put on his gloves.
“I sure look like a doctor now don’t I?” He chuckled and buttoned the overall as he walked towards Fiona’s ward. He stopped when he noticed two police officers guarding the door
“Shit!” He swore and turned away figuring out his next step.
He needed to get inside but before that, he needed to distract the policemen. He needed to see for himself if Fiona had seen his face, if no then cool but if she did, then he would have to silence her… He turned again to see them seated on a chair eating. Soon, one of them stood up to get water from the water dispenser while the other munched hungrily on his food
Slowly, he walked past him and entered the ward closing it behind him.
Turning, he walked slowly and steadily as he fixed his gaze on Fiona who was fast asleep.
“Such a pretty child. If only Amanda had paid heed to me. If only…… You would have been my princess and I would have treated you as such not like how your loser of a father treats you” he frowned “Come to think of it. There’s a possibility that you are my child”
He grinned caressing her cheeks roughly in a bid to wake her up…
Fiona could hear his voice, that same voice from the night of her nanny’s death. His voice seemed closer and she could feel a hand caressing her cheeks in a rough manner…
She stirred and opened her eyes
“Daddy I…” She gasped in shock, her body beginning to tremble as she recognized him. He was smiling ruefully at her…
She nervously looked around the room but there was no one else besides her…
“Hello, there princess!” He moved closer and she moved back till her back touched the bed post.
Judging from the fear he saw in her eyes and how she was trembling, he knew right away that she had recognized him. And it was going to prove dangerous if she dared opened her mouth to reveal his identity…..
He reached for his pocket and brought out a needle…
“Well, what’s the easiest way to sleep forever than this huh!! Come here, princess. Its time for your medicine” he moved closer, testing the needle.
Fiona knew he was no doctor. Her doctor had come to give her medicines already and he was probably a monster……
Suddenly she recalled the pepper spray her father had given her.
“Don’t get scared” Arnold had told her… She swallowed hard and reached under the bed cover, moving her hands around searching for the bottle… When she found it and grasped it, searching for the place her father had asked her to press…
He had already gotten close to her now, getting ready to inject her. He removed the drip from her hands.
“It won’t hurt princess.”
Fiona closed her eyes in fear then opened it, swallowed hard and removed her hand from under the blanket and without a second thought, she sprayed the pepper into his eyes as hard as her strength could permit without stopping.
“Shit!!! You little bastard!!! arghhhh” he screamed as the pepper immersed into his eyes, making it impossible to see.
“Arrrrgh stop praying that thing. I’m gona kill you!!” He yelled but she wasn’t stopping anytime soon… She was going to empty the bottle into his eyes……
“……and then shout and call me okay?” She recalled her father’s voice say.
“Daddy!!!!! Daddy!!!!!!!” She screamed frantically as she continued spraying while he tried shielding his eyes groaning in pain…
As they sat facing each other, he couldn’t help but stare into her as she sipped her coffee, tucking her hair being her ear every now and then.. He couldn’t help it but watch her every move. He was fascinated by her beauty and her personality. She was the only one apart from his friends who had rubbed shoulders with him and put him in his place when he was being arrogant… He recalled their first meeting at the hospital and how she had made him talk to her politely using “please”. He chuckled at the memory, rubbing his chest absentmindedly.
“Nothing. Just a silly thought……” He paused and added “You’re really pretty Helena. Very beautiful”
“Hmmm.. Is it just I or you are trying to be like your friend over there whom you claim is a womanizer” she pointed towards Alex and Sally who were still laughing over God knows what.
“Hell no!. I’m no woman eater” he scoffed
“I like your laughter. It’s soothing”
“You’re flirting Arnold” she replied smiling.
“Daddy!!!!!” Came to the scream interrupting them
“Fiona?? Fiona!!!” Arnold shrieked running towards the direction of the ward. Alex, Helena, and Sally followed …
“Where the hell are the security guards arghhhh” he yelled when he couldn’t find the guards behind the door. He rushed inside and before Arnold could fix his gaze on anything, a man pushed him out of the way running out…
“He’s getting away!! Alex get him!!” He screamed and run after him, snatching the gun that was tucked near the belt of the policeman who was wiping his mouth unaware of the commotion…
“No Arnold. Don’t shoot… Arnold!!” Alex runs after him but he paid no heed.
“He made a wrong move by attacking my girl!!! I won’t spare him!! Its either he dies or I die!!!” Arnold screamed over his shoulders, not losing sight of the man who was limping, struggling to see where he was going to due to the pepper…
Arnold pulled the trigger and fired at the man twice while running behind him.
The man turned briefly and then fired at Arnold.
“Arnold!!” Alex screamed…
TO BE CONTINUED…