DADDY’S GIRL (Episode 27)

 

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“What the hell are you being paid for?” Arnold shouted as he pounced angrily on the doctor grabbing his collar. His face wet with tears…
“Sir please calm down. We are doing our possible best” the stout middle-aged doctor assured
“To hell with your sweet words. You were trained to save lives so I expect you to get yourself in there and save my daughters life. I do not want to hear any nonsense. Got it?” He screamed…

“Sir I…”
“Just cut the talks and get in there!! Now!!! Do not come back without good news because I’m not leaving here without my child!!!”
The doctor sighed in frustration and walked back into the theatre…
Arnold slumped into the chair at the reception and buried his face in his palms, shedding silent tears…

Alexander who had been watching his friend shout at almost everyone he came in contact with took a seat beside him and patted his shoulders…
“Arnold she’s going to be fine. Relax” he said finding it hard to believe his own words…
He had seen how Fiona’s blood had soaked her father’s shirt turning it from a plain white to red.. Her petite body was almost lifeless…

“I’m scared, Alexander… I don’t want to lose my girl… I’ve been so unfair to her ever since her birth… And now that I want to make things right, she’s gradually slipping out of my hands and I feel helpless…” He sobbed…
Alex sighed and patted him, words failing him.
The last time he had seen Arnold so broken and dejected was seven years ago when Amanda died and seeing him now in this state, he wished he could help soothe his disturbed soul. But then again, if only wishes were horses, he would be riding thousands of them by now…

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The three bodyguards and two armed men walked into the premises of the hospital alongside a young woman who had bruises on her face and bloodshot swollen eyes… They walked over to where Arnold and Alex were seated, each in their own thoughts…
“Sir?” Brian called out..
“What?” He snapped without looking up at them.
“We found this woman tied up in an outhouse near a cottage while we were running after detective Randolph and Mark”
They both lifted their heads abruptly as their eyes widened in shock.

“Sally? Oh my God!! Did Mark do this to you?” Alex rushed to her and gathered her in his arms, running his fingers through her messy hair…
“Yes,” she whispered…
“That bastard!! Where’s he? Take me to him now!!”
“Sir he got away. We only found detective Randolph’s dead body” Christian chipped in..
“What? Did he get away? You’re all useless!!!! How could you let him get away? How could you!!! Huh!!!” Arnold shouted getting up from his seat caring less about the people staring at him as they passed by.

“He almost killed Helena. He murdered several people and my child is fighting for her life in there and you let him get away? How interesting!!!” He added.
“Sir we are sorry. We promise to fish him out and pin him down” Brian apologized
“Don’t sorry me!!!” Arnold snapped and walked out…..

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10:00 AM
“How is she now doctor? Can I see her?” Arnold asked immediately he saw the doctor approaching him.
He sighed “her condition is pretty bad. There’s swelling in her head and her condition isn’t stable either. I really can’t tell if she’s going to survive this or not”
Arnold eyed the doctor for a few seconds before speaking up “I want to see her. Now” he wasn’t going to stand there and listen to the doctor’s negative talks.
“Room 25 in the children’s ward”
Without another word, he walked past him towards the ward with Alex behind him…

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“Hey princess” Arnold whispered as he sat near the hospital bed on which Fiona lay motionless… His eyes scrutinized her entire body, watching keenly at the several tubes attached to her body, a drip connected to her veins, a bandage around her head and an oxygen mask over her nose and mouth… He sniffed as he let his fingers brush her face lightly.
“Wake up my love. So I can love you like I was supposed to.. I promise never to let you out of my sight. I will be a better father I promise but please wake up… Open your eyes, my love”.

“Arnold..” Alex stepped away from the door but he was shushed…
“Let me talk to her…” He paused and turned again to face Fiona “Remember all those times you used to come running into my room because you were scared of the dark and I would push you away? Remember how I never asked you about school or homework? I’m sorry for all that honey… I’m sorry… And I swear, I promise to be a very sweet and charming father… I would take you on tours every weekend, play with you and even sing you lullabies…with my horrible voice…” He paused, laughed and wiped a tear with the back of his hand and continued.

“I will take you to Disneyland and I’m sure you would love it. We would have so much fun. I will teach you how to draw just like me and I…..” He trailed off when the ECG began blinking loudly, the lines indicating her heartbeat slowly going flat… Arnold stood up abruptly and pressed the red button near the bed and soon, the doctor alongside two nurses rushed attending to her immediately… He brought out his stethoscope and checked her… He felt her pulse and sighed…

“Bring me the defibrillator” He shouted at the nurses who scurried out hurriedly and rushed back in seconds later.. The doctor collected it and slid his hand into each part of the defibrillator”
“Charge!!!! 120!!” He yelled and the nurses plucked it in… He rubbed both metallic ends together and pressed it to Fiona’s chest.
Arnold watched in horror as his daughter’s body jerked upwards, the impact of the machine lifting her upper part off the bed and then back…

“140, charge!!!” The doctor screamed again and pressed it to her chest again, once, twice, thrice but the line on the ECG went completely flat….. He sighed in frustration and pressed the defibrillator onto her chest, again and again, all to no avail. He dropped it and turned to face Arnold who was staring at him with a murderous look…
“Sir… I…I am very sorry… We… We lost her”.
Arnold stared at him and smiled
“what did you just say?”
“Sir we lost her. I’m sorry” he repeated and Arnold turned to look at Fiona to find one of the nurses attempting to cover her entire body with a sheet after removing all the tubes connected to her.

“I swear to God if you dare cover my child I will rip out your intestines and stick them into your brainless head!! Who the hell told you my baby is dead huh??” He snapped angrily and bent over Fiona’s body
“My love wake up… !!” He sat on the bed and gathered her in his arms as he rocked her to and fro.
“You can’t do this to me… Not you too, please!!! Dear Lord bring her back to me… I know I haven’t prayed for some time now but please bring my child back to me… I need a miracle… Wake up Fiona please!!” He sobbed looking up into the ceiling……

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She stopped when she came across two narrow paths before her….. Confused, she stared from her left to her right and stopped abruptly when she spotted a beautiful fair skinned woman with black long flowing hair staring at her from a distance. She was smiling at her and she took the right path towards the woman…
She stood staring at the woman for a few seconds trying to recall where she had seen her… Then it clicked. It was the same woman from the picture in her father’s house. She smiled broadly and run towards her screaming “mama!!”

The woman’s smiled broadened as she spread her arms waiting for her to run into them but then she frowned almost immediately.
“No… Stop!” She screamed and the girl stopped.
“Don’t come close dear… This place isn’t for you.. Go back” she cautioned…
The girl looked around and all she could see were beautiful flowers of different shapes and colors and colorful butterflies perching on the flowers as the birds chipped melodiously.

“But mommy. This place is nice… I want to stay” she pouted…
The woman smiled sadly
“Me too honey but not yet. Just look there..” She paused and pointed at an endless mirror on her left side…
“Your father needs you. Go back, my dear… It isn’t yet time for you”
Fiona glanced into the mirror and saw her father holding onto her body, shaking her and crying…..

“Go back sweetie” she urged…
Fiona looked from her father to her mother and then back.
“No… Sometimes he is good and sometimes he is very bad” she frowned…
“Your father is a very good man honey… Don’t say that.. Go back. I promise to always be by your side. Go now, honey”
“Promise?”
“Promise..” The woman confirmed smiling and watched her daughter turn slowly and walk away towards an endless cloudy path before disappearing into thin air…

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“Fiona wake up, please!!!! Dear Lord bring her back to me, please!!! Please, Lord!!!” Arnold cried hysterically as he occasionally breathed into Fiona’s mouth and pumped her chest vigorously…
Alex and the doctor stepped forward trying to stop him.
“Arnold stop hurting yourself please” Alex begged, tears trickling down his own cheeks…
“Stay away!!!!” He hit their hands away and continued breathing into his daughter’s mouth…

“Wake up!!! Fiona don’t do this to me… I won’t allow you to go. I said I’m sorry for being cruel to you. Accept my apologies and wake up, please!!! God, I need a miracle, please!!! Please Lord” He gathered her in his arms and rocked her to and fro caressing her face and crying, then suddenly he felt her move slightly…..

She coughed slightly and whispered “mummy!”
The nurses staggered back in shock as the doctor stared with his jaw dropped…
“Oh my God!!!” He exclaimed with his eyes still fixed on the person he had declared dead a few minutes ago, move her fingers and whisper……
“God!!” He exclaimed again…

DADDY’S GIRL (Episode 26)

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

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