DADDY’S GIRL (Episode 26)

 

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He stared at his friend refusing to believe what his eyes were seeing… He blinked thrice and stepped forward to take a closer look, maybe the darkness that had begun to engulf the bushes were making him hallucinate.
“Another step forward and I will blow their brains off” Mark warned, cocking his gun…
Was he dreaming? Was he hallucinating? Was this the same introvert and fragile man he had befriended back in school? The same one he had helped pay his fees after he learned his parents had abandoned him??? No…
He shook his head refusing to accept reality…

“Mark!! Thank God you found my child… My princess… Come to me Fi, I’m sorry I scolded you. Daddy is sorry… Uncle Mark won’t hurt you… Come princess” he knelt on one knee and stretched out his arms, waiting for her to run into them, to hug her tightly and never let her go again…
“Do you think I’m here to save someone? You are so naïve, Arnold
… You have always been… ”
“What are you talking about? Why are you doing this?”
“Why? You have the audacity to ask me why???” He snarled and continued “my mother, that woman, she abandoned me and went ahead to marry your father… I was just a boy then..”

“What????” Alex and Arnold exclaimed
“Yes!!! When I grew up, I had searched for her everywhere and when I finally found her, she and her husband, your father, refused to give me my share of the property before they had that accident!!!!! I did all I could, begged them, threatened them but they refused… Instead, they willed everything to you!!!”
“You….you’re my…my..half brother?… B….but you were dead!!!. Mom told me!!!”
“Shut the hell up!! I didn’t die… But she refused to search for me after that day!!!!!”

“Listen, we can sort this out Mark please. Let them go” he pleaded stepping closer…
“No!!!!!” He fired the gun and Arnold ducked missing the bullet by a few inches… “You have always had everything I wanted… From my mother’s love to the money to women!!!!! Abigail!!! I Loved her dearly, but she chose you over me so I had to make her disappear… I chopped her into pieces and buried her… No one ever came to know… And then Amanda came along!! Sweet sweet Amanda!! Beautiful Amanda… We were good friends, I loved her too you know but after I introduced you to her, she chose you over me again!!! So I had to silence her too”

“What? No… This can’t be true!! It’s a lie… Amanda died because she had suffered complications after childbirth. You didn’t kill her!!!!” He shouted, shaking, tears clouding his vision…..
Mark laughed “And won’t you like to know who pushed her down the stairs while you were out of town huh? I tried to get her to elope with me but no!! She chose you over me again for the thousandth time… She should have died that day!!!!” He snarled
Arnold was angry now, his blood was boiling… It was him all along ….. The one he considered his friend…

‘I will kill you mark!!! I will kill you!!!!” He yelled and lunged forward to grab him when he pointed the gun at him and fired…
“No!!!” Helena screamed and lunged herself forward as the bullet hit her shoulder… She screamed in pain and fell…
“Helena!!! No!! No!! What have you done you monster!!!!!” Arnold cried out, as he gathered her in his arms… Brian the rest of the team lunged forward…
“Another step and this little bitch dies” he grabs Fiona who was crying uncontrollably and points the gun to her head.

“Let her go, Mark!!! Don’t you dare lay a finger on her!” Alex stepped forward.
“Oh yeah, I forgot.. As usual, you followed him here like the loyal dog that you are…..”
“Why Mark!!! Why? I never hurt you in any way… I loved you like a brother… Why??? Why did you have to kill Abigail!! It’s because of you that my wife left me!! She suffered complications because you pushed her down that stairs!! You moron!!!!!”
“Not just that pretty boy… Let’s just say I helped her die faster… You see, I drugged her drip while she was unconscious and no one noticed, not even you because you’re a gullible fool!!!!”

Arnold stared at him, shaking with anger as he clenched his fists…
He stared down at Helena who seemed to be still awake. He eased her to the ground and stood up, walking towards Mark with steady steps…
“I said don’t move!!!” Mark threatened but he continued walking towards him without taking his eyes off the gun that was pointed to his daughter’s head.
“I will shoot!! Don’t come any closer!!” He yelled stepping back as Arnold got closer…
“Don’t do anything stupid Mr. Bempong!!! Please!!” Detective Randolph cautioned but he paid no heed, anger had blinded him that very moment.

“I will shoot Arnold!!! Stay away!!” He yelled and cocked the gun as Fiona screamed…
Within a split second, Arnold lunged forward and kicked the gun away from his hands with his right leg…
“I will kill you!!! For every single person, you have taken away from me!!” Arnold hit him across the face and he fell, pushing Fiona to the ground along with him… He jumped on Mark and began to punch him in the face furiously…
“I will kill you!!! I swear!!!! You killed my wife, Fiona’s mother… Pig!!! Disgusting moron!!!! You filthy animal!! I was dining with the devil all along. You pervert!!!! Dimwit!!!!” He spat angrily as he continued hitting him, blood from Mark’s mouth and nose covering his fists.

“Let him go?!” Randolph lifted him away from Mark who continuously coughed out blood…
“Thank you!!” Mark muttered as Randolph helped him up…
“You welcome Buddy!!”
“What the hell!!!!!” Brian muttered as he stared at the two exchanging pleasantries… He frowned and stepped forward to handcuff him when he was stopped by Randolph…
“Don’t you dare touch him!!!”
They all stared at him, mouth agape, confused…

“He’s a cold-blooded criminal detective!! We need to take him to the authorities!!!” Christian, Arnold’s second bodyguard yelled.
“No one touches him!!” Randolph insisted pointing a gun at them while Mark stood behind him smiling ruefully… They stared at them wide-eyed, as realization dawned on them… Randolph was actually Mark’s accomplice. They had been working with the enemy all that while…

“Detective you? You’re his accomplice? God!!!” Brian exclaimed in shock
“Sorry guys. I’ve got nothing against you but I was just doing my job”
“And dear brother, your stupid house help was being nosy and poking her nose where it didn’t belong so I had to silence her… And well Musa, was just some precautions I took…… And trust me, I don’t regret anything because you took everything away from me!!! You were always the perfect one… The son our mother chose over me. The one who gets all the ladies drooling over him and rushing to his feet to lick them. And the ones that I loved dearly, they chose you over me again and again including Helena dammit!!!!!

You had assured me you felt nothing for her but that night, I saw you two busily having sex!!!!! You have always taken what’s supposed to be mine, my mother, the inheritance, the women, the fame, everything!!!!! So in return, I had to take away every loved one of yours one by one You have no idea how good it felt to see you cry and break down like a little child…….. I’m not done with you, Helena!!! You fooled me, and I will make sure you pay!!” He spat and turned.

“Let’s go Randolph” he ordered and they both disappeared deeper into the woods…..
“Luckily I had called for back up. They are probably surrounding the whole place… Let’s go!!” Brian told Christian as they ran after Mark and Randolph…….
“Helena are you alright?” Arnold asked turning. She winced as she sat up, leaning on a rock
‘Yes, it was just a scratch” she smiled.

Arnold sighed and walked over to where Fiona lay, wiping the tears that dropped from his eyes. He hadn’t realized he was crying as he watched his supposed best friend and half brother talk about him with so much hatred and disdain. Was it his fault that Mark was unsuccessful? Was it his fault that the women preferred him? Was it his fault that Amanda chose him?
He sighed and squatted, patting Fiona…

Strange enough, ever since she had fallen down she hadn’t stirred or said a word.
“Fiona my love daddy is here… Fiona?” He called softly but she still didn’t stir.
“Fiona dear” he called again and lifted her off the ground. He touched her hair and rubbed it lovingly. Then he felt something wet on his hands… He looked down at his hand and stared in horror….. He looked behind her and saw blood spilled on the rock where she had hit her head when she fell…

“Fiona wake up!! Don’t do this to me, please… Fi, please wake up… Open your eyes!! No… No… God no!! My little girl. Fi, wake up!!!” He screamed hugging her tightly to him as he cried painfully…
“Princess wake up, please!!! Fi, open your eyes!! Talk to me!!! I need an ambulance!!!!! Stop staring and get your ass out of here!!!” He yelled at the guard that was left behind……

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“Shit!!!! We’re surrounded!” Randolph exclaimed as they heard sirens nearby…
“What do we do?” Randolph asked panting heavily as he wiped his forehead with the back of his hand
Mark smirked “escape of course”
“But how? They are getting close. We won’t be able to make it out alive. We should surrender”
“Surely you’re gonna surrender but not me” Mark stated and without giving Randolph a chance to think or speak, he grabbed him in a way that he stood behind him with his hands around Randolph’s neck…

“What are you doing?” He exclaimed in terror.
“Shut up!!” He instructed and began to move backward as he saw several men in uniform emerging from the bushes.
“Sorry buddy but I got to do this” Mark stated and began to shoot in different directions moving backward with Randolph’s body pressed to his in the form of a shield. As the men began to shoot at Mark, he made sure to keep Randolph pressed to him as he moved thereby, receiving the bullets… Randolph yelped and groaned as the bullets hit him in different parts of his body, blood gushing out of every wound the bullets were causing…..
Getting to a safe distance, he released his grip on Randolph’s now lifeless body and dropped him.

“Well, you didn’t expect me to save Both you and I right? Oh well, thanks for all the help but you are of no use to me anymore… Fare thee well” he muttered staring at the dead body for few seconds before dashing further into the woods……
As for Helena and Arnold, he was going to come back for them, no doubt… He would rather die harming them than to stay in hiding while they rejoiced! He thought angrily as he continued running.

DADDY’S GIRL (Episode 25)

TO BE CONTINUED…

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