DADDY’S GIRL (Episode 23)
“What nonsense!!!” Arnold yelled at the policemen behind the counter. They had been at the police station for almost two hours and they had been repeating the sentence he dreaded to hear time and again
“We will have to wait for twenty-four hours after which she will be declared officially missing. Then we will take it from there”
“Arnold calm down please,” Helena told him.
“Don’t tell me to calm down!!! Would you sit idle and wait for twenty-four hours before setting out to look for her if you were in my shoes huh? For Pete’s sake, she’s just a seven-year-old child, where could she possibly go? Or you assuming she has sneaked out of the house to go meet her beloved boyfriend against her father’s wish? Huh? Because that might be a logical excuse to wait for twenty-four damn hours. Or perhaps, she went to visit her grandmother somewhere or she went clubbing with some friends right?!!!!” He yelled speaking every word in a sarcastic manner…
“Sir we understand your plight but please try to be patient” one police officer spoke up
“Patient? My little girl has gone missing for several hours now. I demand to speak with detective Randolph now!!!”
“I said now!!!!” He yelled hitting his fist on the counter…
The police officer sighed and made a quick call.
“He will be with you shortly sir. Please wait”
Arnold sat up and began pacing the length of the room. Twenty minutes had gone by and Randolph had still not shown up. He was running out of patience…
“Good day, Mr. Bempong” Randolph greeted as he walked in..
“There’s nothing good about the day detective. Can we leave now to search for her?” He asked impatiently
“Be patient… When was the last time you saw her?”
“Around 7:00 am. Precisely almost nine hours. And the security guard you had recommended told me he found the main gate left ajar. We need to do something”
“Sir as you can see the sun is already setting. It will be night time soon and I suggest we wait till morning. Moreover, I need to assign more guards to you”
“No way detective. I have never liked having bodyguards on my trail 24/7.” He frowned
“It’s for your safety. We will talk more tomorrow sir”
“I’m not leaving detective. How do you expect me to sleep knowing my child is in danger. No way!!”
“Arnold, please. He’s right. Let’s go” Helena chipped in
“But…..” He started to protest but gave up when he realized they were right. All he could do was wait…
He rolled his eyes when he saw three dark well-built men with huge biceps and wearing dark shades following them out. He scoffed… Typical bodyguards…
“Mr. Bempong can I have a word with you?” Randolph spoke up as they exited
“Sure.” He turned to Helena “I will be back”
He followed Randolph back inside as she stood by his car waiting.
She blinked twice and sat up on the bed…
“Daddy” she called out but there was no response. She looked around and realized that was not her home, nothing seemed familiar around her. Jumping down from the bed, she made for the door and turned the knob in an attempt to unlock it but her attempts were futile.
“I’m in love with the shape of you!!…. Dear lord, I love this song!!!… Push and pull like a magnet… Last night…..” He stopped when he saw her. A smile broke across his face…
“What do we have here?? Daddy’s girl is trying to escape? Too bad” he shook his head walking towards her with a plate of burnt scrambled eggs and bread with a cup of tea…
“Sit and eat the girl. You are gonna need the energy.”
She stared at the burnt eggs and frowned.
“I won’t eat!!” She yelled pushing the plate away.
“Well guess what Fiona? You don’t have a choice. You either eat or sleep” he pushes the plate towards her
“No!!!! I want to go home!!! I won’t eat!!”
He frowned “Don’t act stubborn girl. Eat now!!”
“No!!!” She pushed the plate onto the floor, the food and tea spilling on the floor as the plate crushed into pieces…
He stared at the broken plate and cup and frowned… Then he smiled, rubbing his beard
“Hmmm, I like that!! You are feisty … Proud, just like your father. But guess what princess, being feisty won’t help so I’m gonna go in there and sleep. I don’t have time for your ranting.”
“Daddy!!!!! Daddy!!!” She began to scream running to the door and banging it, tears flowing down her cheeks.
“Shut up girl!!!” He warned but she continued banging on the door…
“I said shut up!!” He yelled and pulled her back, poured more chloroform onto the handkerchief he had used earlier and pressed it to her nose…
“Shut up you little devil!!!”
She struggled with him for a few seconds and the medicine took its effect on her as she let go and went limp, slumping into unconsciousness…
“That’s what you get when you act stubborn…” He muttered and left her on the bed…
Tomorrow, plan B will be in full motion, he thought to himself grinning widely.
“I will take my leave now. Take care” she said and turned to walk away
“Do you really have to go?” He asked leaning against the huge metal gate.
She turned to face him and smiled “yes. But I’ll see you tomorrow. Get some rest. Goodnight”
I love you! He thought. He wanted so badly to tell her but instead, he settled for “thank you and goodnight”
“Ermm….” He paused and reached into his pocket, bringing out a diamond bracelet that sparkled in the dark.
“Its a gift”
“For me?” She stared unbelievably
“Please accept it. It’s my way of saying thank you and sorry for being a jerk”
She sighed and stretched out her left hand for him and he helped her wear it.
“It’s beautiful” she whispered admiring it
“Not as beautiful as you”
She smiled and stepped forward, leaning into him as she stood tiptoed and planted a kiss on his cheeks.
“Thank you. See you tomorrow Bye” she whispered into his ears and walked away to flag a taxi…
He watched the taxi driver out of sight before pushing the gate open and stepping inside, smiling to himself, his bodyguards following him…
He yawned and stretched as he sat up on the sofa.
“What a pleasurable night” he smiled and walked towards the small kitchen… He looked around, wondering what to prepare.
“Eggs, spaghetti, noodles…” He muttered staring at the ingredients before him.
What could he possibly cook out of these?
He shrugged. Well, he didn’t bring her to feed her like some princess.
“Hmmm.. Noodles will do!!” He exclaimed and lit up the fire, placed a pot of water on it and waited for it starts to boil. He broke the noodles and put them in the water, whistling…
“Wakey wakey!!! Rise and shine” he sang carrying a plate of noodles and fried eggs to the bed where she lay, still unconscious.
He placed the food down and took a glass of water, sprinkled it on her face till she jolted out of her unconscious state…
Rubbing her eyes, she sat up almost immediately coiling herself in one corner…
“Eat up girl. I’ve got no time for your whining.I’m going out and by the time I get back and this food is still here, trust me you will stay hungry. And pray your dearest father does everything I ask else I won’t hesitate to silence you like the rest.” He instructed and walked out of the small cottage and locked it…..
She looked around the room, there was no place from where she could escape… The windows were so tiny that they could only occupy three short louver blades. There was no way she could escape through it…
She turned her attention to the food before her and frowned, deciding not to eat but then she changed her mind when her stomach grumbled loudly. She hadn’t eaten anything for the whole of yesterday…
Resigning to her fate, she pushed the food closer and scooped it with a spoon and ate…
It was tasteless but then at that moment, she had no choice.
“I miss you, Daddy. Please come for me. I promise I won’t ever run away again” she sniffed fighting back the tears that were threatening to fall…..
TO BE CONTINUED…