DADDY’S GIRL (Episode 28)

 

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She tried to move when she felt strong arms around her… She opened her eyes slightly and could see her mother, Amanda in a long white flowing gown standing at the door smiling at her. She closed her eyes and opened them again but Amanda was no longer in sight… She winced slightly as she felt a sharp pain at the back of her head…
“Mummy!!” She whispered and coughed…

“Fiona??? Oh my God!! Fi, it is really you… Oh, God… Thank you, Lord!!” Arnold exclaimed amidst tears…
“Mummy!” She whispered again
“What’s wrong honey? Are you okay?” He asked pulling away and staring into her pale face…
“I saw mummy” She pointed to the door where Amanda stood a minute ago…
“What? But..” He trailed off when the doctor stepped forward…
“Sir please step aside”
“No, but…” He protested not wanting to leave her side
“Sir please” the doctor bent over and checked her heartbeat with his stethoscope. It was beating… Strange!! He could swear several minutes ago it wasn’t beating at all… He shook his head in bewilderment and placed the mask back over her nose and she immediately fell asleep.

“I can’t believe this..” He muttered to himself as he walked out leaving Arnold who sat on the edge of the bed planting numerous kisses on her hands.
“Thank you God for bringing her back to me..I’m never letting you out of my sight Fiona…never”
Alex stood still with his mouth still opened as he stared at the sleeping Fiona… If he never believed in God and in miracles, then today he had become a full believer…

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Helena sat up in bed wincing in pain as she adjusted the sling on her arm.
Where’s Arnold? She thought out loud… She had been awake for hours yet he hadn’t come to see her… Sometimes, he was extra nice with her and other times it seemed like he didn’t really care… She sighed… How she missed him!!!..
Suddenly her phone rang…
“Hello dad” she pressed the phone to her ear
“Where are you, Helena? You didn’t come home yesterday… What’s going on?” She could feel the desperation in his voice…

“I’m fine dad… My battery died down and something came up so I had to stay and take care of a friend” she lied
“I know you very well Helena and there’s one thing you never learned how to do… And that’s telling lies… I will be waiting for a better, convincing explanation here at home..” He replied and hung up.
“How do I tell him I was kidnapped?” She wondered and sighed when someone barged into the room…

“Helena get up!! Now!!” The female voice screamed upon entering the room
“Sally? You? What happened? Why is your face swollen?” She questioned
“No time for questions.. Get up we need to leave now. He’s coming!! I saw him!!”
“Who???”
“Me baby!!” A male voice answered… They turned to see a man in a police uniform standing behind them, smirking… He removed the fake mustache over his lips and shoved it into his pocket.

“Smart girl. Guess you are the only one who recognized me… I like that..” He paused and turned to Helena whose face had gone pale “and to you my dear… Did you honestly think I would forget how you fooled me making me think you were over Arnold?…. That was the worst trick you could play on me and you will pay dearly… I swear” he sneered and walked to the hospital bed where she sat and grabbed her other arm…

“Let her go you moron!!” Sally yelled and grabbed a flower vase to hit him but he turned sharply and knocked her to the floor… Turning his attention back to his victim, he gagged her mouth and dragged her to the window where he began pulling out the Louvre blades. He was going to escape with her through the window. When he was done, he brought out a pocket knife to cut the net when suddenly he felt a sharp pain in his head… The knife slipped from his hands as he held his head and groaned in pain.

“Not again!” He whispered as the pain surged through his entire body……
For several months, he had been having constant acute pains in his head. At times it would get worse that either his vision would get blurry or he would have difficulty in speaking for some hours.he would sometimes fall into unconsciousness and wake up in a different environment but his will to seek revenge was greater than his will to seek medical care…

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Before he could think of what next to do, there was a loud bang on the door as it was being forcefully kicked open……
“Did you honestly think we didn’t notice you? You are not as smart as I thought you were” he heard Arnold say….. He wanted to move and throw the knife at him to kill his miserable self once and for all but strangely enough, his legs weren’t supporting him….it felt like his entire body had been glued to the floor….. He tried to speak but his mouth wouldn’t move… He tried moving his hands and then viola!!!!, his right hand moved….. A smirk played on his lips as he reached behind his jeans for his gun… There were four of them….if there was anyone he was going to kill, then Arnold would probably be the first… As for the two policemen and Arnold’s loyal dog, he would think of that later……

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Helena watched him pull out the gun from his back pocket…
“Arnold!!” She tried to get his attention but her screams were muffled due to the cloth he had tied over her mouth… Looking around, she spotted the louver blades he had pulled out of the window. She grabbed it and without a second thought, smashed his head with it as the blades broke into several tiny pieces scattered on the ground…….
“You bastard!!” Arnold screamed when he saw the gun fall from his hands and made for him, hitting him continuously with all his might.

“You are a curse Mark!! A curse!! A black cloud hovering over my life!!! I hope you rot in jail!!” He continued hitting him refusing to see that Mark wasn’t reacting to his punches nor moving…..
“Sir you should stop!! We would take it from here” the policemen pulled Arnold aside who was panting heavily, his eyes red from crying so much….. They handcuffed Mark and proceeded to walk him out but he didn’t move an inch… His legs were rooted to the ground…
“Why isn’t he moving?” Alex asked stepping forward.
“Because this piece of garbage is pretending can’t you see!!!!” Arnold shouted wiping his brow with his hand…

“No Arnold… Look carefully… His eyes are open alright but he isn’t blinking… Look!…..” Alex paused and lifted Mark’s right hand into the air and dropped it… He watched as his hands dropped to his side like a piece of paper…..
“Did you see that?..” He paused and poked Mark’s chest with a finger and they watched in surprise as he fell to the ground without any restrictions, his eyes still wide open…..
“What’s going on? Why is he like this?” Helena spoke up after pulling the cloth away from her mouth…
“I’m going to inform the doctor” Alex walked out

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THREE HOURS LATER.
“Tell us, doctor, is he pretending or what?” Arnold rushed to meet the doctor who was approaching them … He sighed…
“Answer me!!”
Silence…
“Tell me, doctor!!”
“I don’t know how you will take this but ermm well Mr. Mark is brain dead”
They all exchanged glances and turned back to the doctor.
“Meaning?”
“Well, he’s been having this prolonged severe headaches for quite some time now without seeking proper medical care…”

“Does it have anything to do with the blow I gave him on the head?” Helena cut in
“Sort off. The blow he got on his head only acted as a stepping stone to his present condition…”
“Speak English doctor!! You’re confusing us” Arnold probed in frustration.
He sighed “what I mean is he has been having this brain tumor for quite a long time now and now there’s nothing we can do about it .. To make matters worse, there’s has been a severe hemorrhage in his brain…meaning there has been an internal bleeding in his brains damaging all the cells hereby causing him to be brain dead… More like a living dead… That’s why he wasn’t moving, talking or blinking because all these are controlled by the brain… Every single part of human action is controlled by the brain be it, talking, singing, walking, laughing, eating, etc and in his case, his brain is totally dead… Yes, his heart is still beating but his Brain is dead… If he had sought medical care earlier when he started having those headaches, he would have probably been saved but now I’m afraid nothing can be done”

“You mean to say, his heart is beating perfectly fine but his brain isn’t working?” Alex asked…
“Yes. Literally, he is dead but what makes the difference is that his heart is beating and in such cases, there’s only one option”
“What?”
“To take him off the life support machine and induce his heart to stop beating so he can die because his condition has no cure… He’s going to remain in a coma for the rest of his life because like I said, the brain that controls a person every move including sleeping and waking up is completely dead so now the decision is yours to make.. Shall we go ahead?”

“I can’t believe this!!” Arnold exclaimed.. Mark might be the cruelest person on earth and he should be happy that he was being punished for all the murders he committed but somehow he felt pained. Probably because no human deserved such death or because he was still his half brother…
“Karma is real Arnold and he’s being paid in his own coin…” Alex stated rolling his eyes, clearly unperturbed.
“Can I see him before you go ahead?” Arnold asked
“Sure… Follow me”

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“I really wish you could have repented for all you did before dying mark… I really wish” Arnold whispered as he sat by the bed, watching Mark who had several tubes attached to his body…
“he deserves it. I hope he rots in hell!” Alex spat…
“Alexander, please!!! You should at least forgive him…… Sally, Helena, you too” he turned to the ladies who glanced at each other before nodding.
“We forgive you, Mark”
“Alex?”
“Fine… I forgive him” he rolled his eyes…

“Where do I sign?” Arnold asked as the doctor handed him some papers to sign…
After signing, they watched in silence as the doctor injected a substance into Mark. His body jerked for a few seconds and then he went still. He was dead. The doctor switched off the machines and pulled off the tubes from his body before covering his entirely with the bed sheet…..
“It’s over” Arnold whispered

DADDY’S GIRL (Episode 27)

TO BE CONTINUED…..

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