Mended Hearts – Episode 23
© Jennifer Godwin
James shouted at the driver again telling him to hurry up, they should be at the seaport before the ladies leave, he looked out of the window and wondered if they were close to the seaport already, he closed his eyes and made another short prayer, since he became a police officer he had never handled any case as tough as that particular one.
“We are there sir” the driver said interrupting him.
“Okay, this is 6:38am, we drove all night” James said getting down from the car, he looked ahead of him and saw the seaport a bit far away from where they stood, he had told the driver to stop few drives away from the seaport.
“We will leave the hilux vans here with the drivers and the doctors, then we will continue on foot, everybody get your guns ready” James commanded each and everyone of them.
They marched towards the seaport in unison, everywhere was calm and quite, James suspected that something was amiss, there were three ships waiting at the seaport already and yet there was no sign of any living soul. they also saw a big truck parked by the side, that must be where the ladies were kept, he thought, he moved closed to the truck and peered inside through an opening on the body, the truck was filled to the brim with ladies of different size, he shook his head in pity and signaled to one of the force men with him, he brought the acid and poured it on the key lock of the truck and it melted the metal as though it was plastic. they heard a gunshot and James saw the officer standing beside him fall flat on the ground, he turned back immediately and saw a group of young men equipped to the teeth, he recognised one person among them, and that was Terror.
“Everybody take cover” he shouted running to the back of the truck.
gunshots disturbed the peaceful and quite environment, James and his men shot from their hideouts, while Terror and his men shot from their hideouts too.
“Gabriel can you call Jeremy and tell him to get in touch with the special response squad here in calabar, they should get here as fast as possible” James said breathing heavily.
“Oh no James, I left my phone in the car, what do we do?” Gabriel asked getting scared.
“We will fight them then” he said aiming at one of their opponents.
“Alright bro, let’s do it then” Gabriel said joining James. they shot sporadically at their opponents and many of them fell down dead, just when they thought that there was less of them, another group emerged from one of the ships, James immediately understood what was going on, they were all in the ships all those times and waited for them to come.
“They are multiplying bro, we need reinforcement.” Gabriel shouted over the sound of gunshots.
“I don’t know what to do bro” James said, he didn’t notice the gun been aimed at him from the back, the bullet caught him on his back making him shout out loud.
“James” Gabriel shouted running towards him.
“It’s okay bro, finish off the fight, I guess this is where I say goodbye” James said wiping his tears.
“Come on don’t say anything stupid, listen to me, help will come and we will leave here alive, have some faith bro” Gabriel said shaking him.
“Am getting weak Gabriel, just fight on and leave me here” he said.
they heard gunshots from another set of people, within a twinkle of an eye, Terror and his men were all lying down dead.
the men jogged to where James, Gabriel and the other force men were. James and Gabriel were surprised at who must have sent them.
“I know that you are surprised or probably scared, but don’t be, we are mobile policemen and Mr Williams sent us” one them said.
“Mr Williams?” Gabriel asked surprised.
“Yes, he sent us, go bring the ladies out, we need to get going” he said turning to one of his men.
“Mr Will..iams” James coughed. “He fi…na..lly join..ed for..ces with us, I can no..w die a ha…ppy de..ath” he concluded closing his eyes with a smile on his lips.
“Jameeesss. noooo” Gabriel shouted shaking him as if stopping him from closing his eyes. “James please don’t die, remember your parents, they are waiting for you, you have fought so hard for this case won’t you live to get the deserved award? are you going to leave me all alone? please wake up don’t do this” he said weeping sorrowfully.
“James?” a feminine voice sounded from behind.
“Wake up bro Anny is here, the lady you love is here, please open your eyes” he said forgetting that Anny was not supposed to be there at that moment.
“James please, am here, please don’t leave me, I know you love me James and I love you too, we need to get married and have children, we can’t do it while you are lying dead.” she chuckled sorrowfully as hot tears dropped fully on James’ body.
“He is dead, we need to take his body to the car so that we will go home, we are done transferring the ladies to the hilux vans we came with” one of the force men said as he made to carry James.
Just as he carried James in his hands, a tear dropped down Anny’s face and touched James’ forehead, he sneezed and called out a name, Anny’s name.
“He just sneezed, he called my name, he is not yet dead” she pointed at James.
“I wan…t to live, I wa..nt. to.. li..ve, please take me to the hos…pital” he said painfully with his eyes still closed as tears fell down from his closed eyes.
“Let’s take him to the car, we came with a doctor and a first aid box, we will use that till we get to the nearest hospital” Gabriel said helping the man in carrying James to the car.
Mara had gone over to Stephanie’s house so as to cheer up a bit, she spitted out for the umpteenth time that day, the pregnancy was really telling on her, she stopped by a shop to buy Tom-Tom, she needed to tell Kenny about her pregnancy so that he would speed up with the wedding preparations, she looked at the address sent to her by Stephanie to see if she was at the right place, she wished she was Stephanie that left her parents house to live alone, but her own father wouldn’t hear of it. she dialed her best friend’s number and she picked on the first ring.
“Hello steph, am at the address you sent to me, come outside” she spoke into the receiver.
It wasn’t long before she came out and they entered into the compound. Mara looked around, the place was really nice, a one bedroom apartment with the living room furnished to a standard. three sofas, a 24 inches plasma television set, and a deep freezer adorned the living room, Mara wondered if she would move into her husband’s house with all those properties.
“Steph, what will you do to all these properties when you get married?” she voiced her thoughts out.
“I will move in with them of course, it wouldn’t hurt to have a double of all those things at home” she answered moving towards the fridge.
“Okay ooo, but as a spinster, having all these properties in your house is not really advisable, it might chase suitors away” she answered sipping her juice.
“Let’s forget your lectures Mara, tell me, what is happening in your life?, how is everyone taking the news of the genotype?” she asked crossing her legs.
“We are getting married without the support of my in-laws, at least my mom is in support of the marriage and moreover Kenny had gone to see mom Agness at the prison to ask for her blessings, and am pregnant with Kenny’s baby” she replied smiling down at her tummy.
“Wait, you are pregnant already?, what are your parents saying about it?” she asked widening her eyes in shock.
“Yes steph, am pregnant and don’t even talk about my father, the man practically insulted me” she said gulping her juice all at a time.
“Let me refill your glass for you” Stephanie said taking her glass cup from her, she took it to the fridge and refilled it again.
“I cooked your favourite food dear bestie, let me dish it out for you” she said going into the kitchen.
“Now tell me doctor, why did you lie about the genotype test we had here?, it is better you start talking because I have found out that you lied to us” Kenny shouted angrily at the doctor.
“Calm down Mr Williams, I didn’t do anything, what I gave to you was the original result” the doctor said fiddling with his pen.
“Do I look like a fool?, am I a kid?, if you don’t tell me what I need to know now I will get you arrested, don’t toy with me” he held him by the collar of his shirt.
“I have already told you the truth, I gave you the original result” he said still maintaining his stand.
“Alright then, we will see to that” he said dialing a number on his phone, ” hello inspector, please come to the Stronghold hospital, I have a criminal in place of a doctor here, come as fast as possible” he said eyeing the doctor.
“Oh no, you don’t have to involve the police in this matter, it is just something we will settle here and now, please keep your phone and sit down” he said now getting scared.
“Okay, am seated, start talking now” Kenny said realising that he had been standing all the time he was there.
“Am sorry Mr Williams, she gave me money to do it, I couldn’t reject the money when am not even sure of getting that money within 6 months” he closed his eyes.
“Am not interested in how much the person gave to you, or if you would get the money within a year, just tell me who the person is” he eyed the doctor angrily.
“It is your fiance’s best friend, she offered me a whooping amount of money”
“You are still lying to me Mr, which best friend are you talking about?” he asked sitting up.
“Miss Stephanie Eze, she doesn’t want the both of you to get married, your fiance told her about the genotype test you wanted to do, so she came before you and made a deal with me, am sorry” he concluded.
“I don’t believe this at all, why would she not want us to get married, we did nothing to her”
“she bought Tylenol from me, tell your fiance not to visit her or she shouldn’t eat anything at all when she visits, that drug I mentioned is deadly and it kills” he said.
“Oh no, I spoke with Amarachi earlier today and she told me that she was going to her house, I need to call her right away, no, am going to the house in fact” he shouted rushing out of the doctor’s office.
To be continued