DADDY’S GIRL (Episode 24)

 

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She sat in front of the dressing mirror, wiggling her wrists admiring the bracelet he had given her the previous night and smiling. It was definitely beautiful.
She frowned when her phone rang.
Who could it be so early in the morning??
She checked the screen and she frowned deepened.
“An unknown number?”

She hissed and rejected the call, shoving it into her handbag as she stood up and walked out of her room…
“Goodbye dad” she waved
“Where are you going to dressing like that? Aren’t you going to school today?” Mr. Sampson queried
“No, dad. I have asked for an off. I will tell you when I get back”
“Just be careful”
“Sure. Bye” she waved and scurried out…

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He was jolted awake when he heard noises downstairs. Rubbing his eyes, he sat up on the bed and yawned, stretching his body… He looked at the picture that lay beside him on the bed and he smiled sadly.
He had spent almost the entire night in Fiona’s room, going through her things, talking to himself and staring at her picture for hours on end until he fell asleep in her room…..

As the noises grew louder, he stood up and walked downstairs and into the compound…
His bodyguards were refusing the entry of a woman…
He walked closer…
“Helena?”
“Thank God, Arnold. They just won’t let me in” she sighed eyeing the men angrily.
“Let her in. Didn’t you see her with me yesterday?”
“Sorry, sir. We are just looking out for you” Brian, the tallest amongst them answered
He scoffed and led her inside…

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“Am I too early or you woke up late?” She asked as she sat down.
“I barely slept last night”
“I can see that”
“Wait for me in the study. Make yourself comfortable. I will freshen up so we can leave to the station”
“Sure”.
She watched him climb the stairs before proceeding into the study…

In the study, she looked around, admiring the collection of books he had stacked on the shelves. As she looked around, a folded paper caught her attention. She pulled it out from between one of the books and opened it…
It was a drawing of his late wife, Amanda…
Arnold was not just an architect who designed buildings, he was good at drawing also. No wonder Fiona always drew effortlessly.

Helena smiled and tucked the paper back into the book…
As she turned, she hit a book and it fell together with a phone…
Curious, she picked it up and switched it on…
The battery was already very low…
“put the phone down,” her subconsciousness told her but curiosity got the better of her and besides she was bored…
She quickly went through the phone checking the gallery, messages, videos and then she chanced upon it…

She pressed play and the video was blank. Nothing but voices, no visuals…
She rolled her eyes and made to pause it when someone came into view. It was Arnold’s late wife, Amanda.
Her hair was disheveled and she seemed to be quarreling with someone.
“You’re a monster!! An inhuman!!!” She screamed and a man in a hood slapped her.

“Shut the hell up Amanda!!!” The man commanded.
Helena was confused as she watched it but then the man in the hood came into view and she gasped in shock as she recognized him.
“Let me go!! You’re hurting me” Amanda cried out and then the video ended…..
As she sat down, contemplating what to do, she had a call. She hissed and rejected it.

“Should I tell Arnold? Does he already know about the video?” She was wondering when her phone rang again… Same anonymous number…..
She hissed again and answered
“Who are you and why do you keep calling?”
“Hello my Beautiful Helena” the male voice came and fear gripped her.

“Who are you and what do you want?”
“I don’t like beating about the bush so let me go straight to the point. I have a girl with me. Err what do you call her, Fiona, yes? Yes, Fiona. She’s with me and in exchange for her, I want you. Woe unto you if you dare tell anyone where you are going. Shut your mouth, and come to the address I will text you else, her dead body will be deposited in front of Arnold’s house by noon got it… And in case you decide to play smart, let me give you a quick review. Your younger sister Emilia, is in the Radford University, level 200, studying pharmacy and your father, David Sampson is alone at home at this moment. I hope this information will help you make a better decision because I do not make empty threats beautiful”

“W..who…are y…y…you?” She stammered
“Your admirer. Just come here quietly. Your family will be safe, Fiona will be safe and everyone will be happy. I will be waiting…” He hung up and she stared blankly into space…

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He rubbed his jaw, smiling, as he hung up and placed the phone on the counter and turned to the girl whom he had tied to the chair…..
“Hmm thanks for the information sweetie” he smiled ruefully as he bent down and removed the cloth from her mouth…
“I have told you what you want. Pls, let me go. Please” she begged
“Awwww I wish I could but no… What’s your name again?”

She remained quiet, sobbing uncontrollably
“I said what’s your name?” He yelled gripping her neck
“S…..Sa…Sa…Sally Benson” she choked
“Oh yeah. Sally. You will stay until your friend comes. You make a wrong move, you die” he released her neck and covered her mouth again and walked out whistling…

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MINUTES LATER…
He strolled into the small building carrying Fiona over his shoulders with her hands and legs tied…
He dropped her unto the floor as she sobbed
“See? I brought you a companion. I’m expecting an important visitor so I need some privacy. Keep each other company okay?” He laughed and walked out locking the door as Fiona and Sally stared at each crying silently praying someone finds them…

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He stood at the entrance watching her staring at the screen of her cell phone, looking pale as if she had just seen a ghost. He had arrived barely a minute ago, enough time to hear the conversation she was having on the phone. She looked fine minutes ago, but the phone call had made her turn pale with fright.

“Helena?”
She quickly hid both phones in her bag and wiped her face.
“Y..y..yes?”
“Are you okay? Who was that on the phone? You look pale” he walked closer and touched her face.
“N..no. No one. I’m fine. I.. Have to go” she stammered
“Where are you going to? Does it have something to do with the call? Who called?”
“No one. I’m fine… I. .. Will be back” she answered and runs out as fast as her legs could carry her ignoring Arnold’s voice calling her.

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“Hello, detective? Please come to my house. Helena just got a strange call and she ran out like something was after her….. OK sure… Bye” Arnold hung up and slumped into his chair, burying his head in both palms…

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AN HOUR LATER……
“What do you mean you can’t locate her?” Arnold asked bewildered as detective Randolph and his colleague sat opposite him in his study staring blankly at the laptop before them.
“I don’t understand” Randolph muttered
“But I recall giving the bracelet to her like you asked” he stated recalling the conversation they had the previous night…

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Arnold followed the detective back into the police station while Helena and the guards waited outside… He watched in confusion as he reached into his suitcase and brought out a beautiful encrusted diamond bracelet and a watch and gave it to him…
“Why are you giving me this detective?”
“Give it your female friend and make sure she puts it on.”

Arnold frowned” why can’t you give it to herself if you like her that much” he was already feeling jealous
“Hey calm down. It’s not what you think okay. This is not just an ordinary necklace, there’s an inbuilt tracking device, for protection. I figured everyone around you needs protection including you. So give it to her and keep the watch for yourself” he explained
“Is Helena in danger too?”
“It doesn’t hurt to take precautions”
“Thank you detective” he stated and walked out to meet Helena…

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“Yes I know but I don’t get it. Unless, wherever she is right now, is a secluded place and its almost impossible to get signals in such places..” Randolph answered shaking him out of his reverie
“Try harder. Try to get a signal, please. We have to find her and my daughter. God knows what condition Fiona might be in now. Please try detective please’ he begged to fold his hands
“calm down Mr. Bempong. We have already sent some of our men to search for her…..” He answered, made a quick call and fixed his eyes back on the laptop trying to get a signal……

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Helena clutched her handbag to her chest tightly as she walked through the woods in fear. From the way the sun was scorching, it was probably noon already and she still hadn’t found the damn cottage…..
Suddenly, her phone rang.
Wiping the sweat off her face with the back of her hand, she swallowed hard and picked up…

“I’m glad you made the right decision beautiful. It’s easy as ABC, you comply, I don’t hurt anyone… Now take six steps forward and stand still… Don’t move” he instructed and hung up.
She did as told and waited, fear creeping up her fragile heart…
She turned and took a step back when she heard footsteps behind her ….. She immediately fell when she felt a hard blow on her head…
“I told you not to move” she heard the voice say just before she closed her eyes and everything went dark…

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“We got a signal!!!!” Detective Randolph exclaimed when he saw the small dot on the screen, blinking… It was moving…….
He zoomed it closer and gasped…
“She’s nowhere near this city… We have to move… Now!!” He instructed and rushed out with his men, Arnold trailing behind…

DADDY’S GIRL (Episode 23)

TO BE CONTINUED……

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