JUST FOR LOVE�
� Azeemah Salami?
“Cut! Cut! Cut!” Director Dee shouted and everyone in set stood in total silence.
I breathed in and glanced at Harriet,my manager.
I was acting my role perfectly,why did director Dee have to cut!.
I looked at the male lead,Thack Holcomb,he’s one of the Hollywood biggest star.
“Thack, Mil. We need more action in this play,I’m not getting the action i want” Director Dee shouted.
“Really?” I sighed.
Like,how else do i put in more action,he should say that to Thack who’s so full of himself.
Of course,i know he’s indirectly referring to Thack but he couldn’t reprimand him alone for the fear that he might walk away from the set.
“Five minutes Break” Director Dee said and walked away.
Harriet led me to a corner of the rented room,where i took my seat.
She passed me a bottle of chilled water which i quickly gulped down.
I dabbed my face with my handkerchief.
“My script” I said to her.
She passed it to me and i started going through it, acting it alone.
“Everyone get back on set” Director Dee said walking back into the room with a glass cup of juice in hand.
I handed my script back to Harriet and adjusted my pink skimpy gown and walked to the center of the room where Thack is also standing.
We stood facing each other.
He had this annoying side grin that always made me wanna hit him.
He act like he’s the most handsome being on earth,as far as I’m concerned. I’ve never seen a guy as handsome as my dad even if in his late fifties.
“Action” director Dee said and we started.
The first role was to slap thack on the face and i didn’t hesitate in doing that.
The slap echoed the room and almost everyone gasped.
We could have used a sound to represent the slap but director Dee likes everything looking real,he said the viewers need to see my hand print on thack’s cheeks and i even made use of that opportunity.
I’ve wanted to hit Thack.
We continued anyway…
I let down fake tears..”Joel why would you do this to me,why would you cheat on me just few days after our engagement”
He’s still holding his cheeks..I the slap stung him and he’s surely gonna get back at me after the play.
“Lena,I’m sorry. I never wished to, forget it let’s move on ” He said and knelt in front of me holding my hand.
I jerked my hand from him and turned to walk away,but he swirled me back and i landed on his chest.. everything was according to our roles but I’m not sure if my heart beating fast is among my role.
He lifted me up in his arms and started carrying me to the bedroom.
And then,our number one role was complete.
“Perfect! Camera cut!” Director Dee said.
Thack dropped me Immediately the camera stopped and i landed on my butt.
“A reward for your stinging slap” He smirked and walked away.
Harriet rushed to me and helped me up.
“Mil,do you want to sue him?” She asked.
“No,just let him go” I said trying to suppress my anger.
“Everyone go prepare for your second role” D. Dee said.
I found myself barging to Thack who was sitting on a special chair, studying his script with his body guards hovering around him.
One of the stopped me from getting to him.
“Hey,you insane!” Harriet shouted at the bodyguard and made to hit him but i stopped her.
Harriet is not just any lady,she’s a trained fighter and I’m certain none of the body guards here could beat her skills.
Dad got her for me when i refused to allow bodyguards follow me everywhere i go.
I gat couples of bodyguard at Mexico,more huge than this pieces of chicken.
Thack glanced up and saw me,that annoying smile appeared and my stomach rumbled.
“Milana Sydney,you are supposed to be studying your script” He said.
“Says a ruthless chicken who revenge on ladies” I said and was satisfied when his smile turned to a frown.
He grabbed one cigarette from the pack and lighted it,he drew in the smoke and puffed it out.
I held myself from coughing, it’ll make me look weak but i couldn’t resist the cough.
I coughed twice.
“Smokers are liable to die Young,you think that’s a joke?” I asked,he didn’t respond.
“I won’t care if you die young thought,but think of the damage this thing is doing to your system” I said and walked away with Harriet.
I can’t stand the smell of that thing.
“Get me an orange juice” I said to Harriet as i sat down.
She dropped my script and quickly went to get the orange juice.
I looked back at Thack and was surprised he had dropped the cigarette,our eyes met and i felt disappointed when he picked the cigarette and continued smoking.
“Anel! Don’t you ever disturb me about Bryan Shaw’s art again!” Liam yelled at me which brought tears to my eyes.
We were all watching a movie in the living room when i decided to bring up Bryan Shaw’s art,i really want it.
I didn’t know he’s gonna yell at me and this is the first time he did that.
I tried holding up my tears but i couldn’t.
I glanced at granny,mum and Ana,no one was saying anything.
I stood up and slipped my feet into my footwear before walking towards the stairs.
“Anel” Mum called after me.
I ignored her calls and climbed the stairs to my room,and then locked myself in.
I sat on the bed and cried .
I don’t know if it’s because Liam yelled at me or i want Bryan Shaw’s painting badly.
“Anel” I heard Ana’s small voice through the door.
“Ana, leave” I cried.
“Sorry, don’t cry anymore again okay..dad is also feeling remorse, granny scolded him already” She said.
I opened my eyes and realized they felt a little bit heavy.
I had cried to sleep.
I sat up and shifted to the window side.
I picked the vase of flower and inhaled the sweet fragrance.
First gift i ever collected from outsiders.
I don’t like the way I’m loosening up so fast,i just don’t like it.
I don’t smile nor laugh in the presence of people except my family.
“Anel” I heard through the door.
“Huh?” I asked.
“Your dad is here” She said.
“Tell him to leave!” I said angrily.
He didn’t call me for the past two days.
“He’s also hearing you” She said and then i know that dad is beside her.
“Princess” He called and my anger melted but i still retained my long face even though he wasn’t seeing me.
“Dad just leave” I said and dropped the flower vase back beside the window.
I stood up.
“Won’t you hear me out” he said.
“I don’t want to hear you out,just leave dad..I’m not in the mood for dialogue” I said and walked stealthily to the door.
I peeped into the key hole and saw him standing by the door with Ana,Mum,Liam and granny.
He’s looking worried and more handsome in his black T-shirt and blue jeans.
I wonder where Claire is … Is she still in his house?
They must have done a lot of naughty things.
I stealthily walked back to the bed,i cleared my throat;
“Well..I’m going to the bathroom,you can stay there all day,i don’t care just like you didn’t care about me and couldn’t call me for two days” I said and walked to the bathroom slamming the door shut.
I walked to the sink and turned on the faucet.
I rinsed my face thoroughly to clear any sign of tears.
I sighed as i glanced at my reflection in the mirror.
The tear-streaks are gone but my eyes still remained puffy.
I turned off the faucet and wiped my face with a towel.
I walked back to my room and thought they’ve all gone,not until i heard persistent knocks.
“All of you should just leave,i wanna be alone..I’m fine” I said.
“I’m gonna get you a piece Bryan Shaw’s art” I heard dad said.
My eyes widened and in few seconds i was unlocking the door.
I opened it and they all stared at me,my gaze stopped at Liam’s face.
“Anel,ask for any other thing,i promise to do it for you” He said.
“What’s wrong with asking for a piece of art?” I asked,still pissed at him for making me cry.
“Okay..I’ll get you another piece of art but not from Bryan Shaw gallery” He said.
“Then don’t get me any” I said.
“Anel,try to understand…” Mum was saying.
“Is there anything you guys are not telling me?” I asked and they all shook their heads including Ana who made me wanna laugh.
“Then why dont you wanna get me a piece of his art?” I asked.
They said nothing.
“Is Bryan Shaw a ghost as people rumored?” I asked.
“No” Dad said.
“Dad you said you’d get a piece of his art for me and that was the reason i unlocked the door” I said.
“Yeah..I said that but I’m sorry…”
“Everyone of you should leave,i wanna be alone” I said and shut the door on their faces,i bolted it and walked back to the bed.
It’s fine …..
“Dad,you think i should give her?” I asked staring at psycho’s in another drawing i made of her.
We were in the studio room..
“No, don’t give her yet,you wait for when she’ll loosen up and start talking to people.
“She won’t…but i promise to make her.” I said proudly like I’ve accomplished the task already.
It’s gonna be a tough one.
“That’s good,make sure you make her loosen up and then you present it to her” He said and i saw that hint of sadness in his eyes again but he was quick to wave it off.
I noticed his gaze is focused in a direction.
I traced it and my eyes landed on a painting of a beautiful teenager.
Dad adores the painting more than anything else.
“Dad” I called.
He turned to me and i can see his eyes unshed with tears,he’s trying not to make them fall.
“Who is that girl in the painting?” I asked.
“Mara” he said slowly.
This is the first time dad told me the teen’s name.
I was not expecting an answer cause this is not the first time I’m asking dad about the painting,he always ignore my question and move to another thing but i guess he’s in the mood to talk today.
“Is she your sister?” I asked.
“My best friend” He said.
“Really? Where’s she?” I asked.
He stood up and walked out of the studio room and i know he’s going to cry.
I walked closer to the artwork and studied it closely.
She’s a real beauty and her smile reminded me of psycho’s but what could be wrong with Dad?
He cries and look gloomy all the time.
Could it be the girl broke his heart,but he said they are just friends.
I turned slightly when i heard dad’s phone ring.
I walked to his chair and picked it up.
I thought of going to give Dad but he might not want to be disturbed and i don’t want to see him cry cause i know that’s what he’s doing right now.
The phone rang again and i had a second thought.
I let out my tears immediately i walked out of the studio room.
I headed to my private bedroom to wallow in my sorrow.
I sat on the bed…
It’s been years and i never saw Mara again.
I don’t know where she was buried.
I didn’t give her my last respect.
I could remember vividly how we all stared at Mara’s corpse on the hospital bed,her baby crying beside her.
We were all shocked and no one moved,Reiya shook Mara in tears but she didn’t respond and we know she’s gone.
Everyone cried non-stop till night.
None of us went out of the ward,we only stared at the lifeless Mara.
Everyone of them except Laura sent me piercing gaze.
I’m responsible for Mara’s death.
I walked out of the hospital in guilt and headed home with my plans in mind.
No one was home,i walked into the kitchen and grabbed a knife.
I didn’t hesitate before stabbing myself in the stomach.
I opened my eyes on a hospital bed with my stomach hurting badly.
I saw Mum and Dad beside me.
“OMG he’s awake!” Mum said happily.
Dad sighed and rushed out,to call the doctor i guess.
“What am i doing here?” I asked slowly.
“Bryan you stabbed yourself because of Mara’s death” She said.
My heart sprung up as i remembered everything that happened.
“Mum,is Mara truly gone?” I asked.
She nodded sadly and tears rushed to my eyes.
I cried … “I caused her death”
“You didn’t, don’t blame yourself.. Mara is gone and there’s nothing that can change that..you almost gave me heart attack..i thought you weren’t gonna wake up,this is the third day you’re in the hospital without blinking your eyes” She said.
“Third day? Where’s Mara? Has she been buried?” I asked hoping not.
“Her corpse was taken away by her family yesterday and i don’t know if she has been buried or not” Mum said.
“I’m going to their house” I said and sat up ignoring the pains in my stomach.
I saw my hand was connected to a drip.
I jerked it off and mum gasped.
“Gracious! Bryan,what the hell is wrong with you?” She yelled.
I started getting up from the bed.
Mum pulled me back but i struggled with her, making my stomach hurt and bleed.
“Doctor! Darling where are you!” Mum shouted.
The door opened and Dad and the doctor walked in,they rushed towards us when they saw what was happening.
“Doctor do something,he’s insisting on going to Mara’s house” Mum said in what i read as fear.
Her hold on me was released a bit and i quickly stood up and started rushing out of the ward.
Dad drew me back and pinned me to the bed.
I couldn’t struggle with him cause he’s way stronger than me.
I cried and shouted instead.
?Nurse Juliana, bring me the sedative injection” The doctor said into the landline placed in my ward.
The door opened few seconds later.
I didn’t know who came in,tears already blinded my eyes and i couldn’t escape from Dad’s grip.
I felt a sharp object pierce into my arm and just like magic..
I fell asleep..
?A week later?
I escaped from the hospital without getting discharged heading to Mara’s house in a cab.
I alighted and dropped the few dollar bills i stole from Dad’s pocket.
I knocked the gate..there was no answer.
I knocked severally,my hand was starting to get bruised.
I knocked on and on but there was no answer.
I collapsed when i heard they already relocated..
?End of flashback?
I rinsed my face in the sink and returned back to the bedroom.
I combed the whole city of Paris but didn’t find them including Kelly.
I went to Kelly’s house but i was told he didn’t wanna see me.
I resigned to fate and started living my life,i broke up with Laura and then went to college where i studied art.
I graduated as a loner,i don’t talk to anyone..
Mara’s death really affected me.
I planned on remaining a bachelor until i met Laura again after three years.
Our undeniable feelings clicked and i ended up getting married to her.
I didn’t stop feeling guilty about Mara’s death.
I heard a knock on the door.
“Come in Dan” I said.
He walked in with my phone ringing in his hand.
“Who is it?” I asked.
“Kelly” he said.
“Kelly?” I sprang up and grabbed the phone from his hand.
I received the call.
?Kel..” I was saying but got interrupted.
?I didn’t call you to exchange greetings..
His voice has gotten masculine..that’s expected.
?Well…long time Kelly” I said.
?What have you done to my daughter!” He yelled to my surprise.
? Your daughter? What’s wrong?
?Have you enchanted her like you did to Mara!” He said.
My stomach rumbled in anger.
?You’ve gone nuts!” I said.
?Why did she keep wanting a piece of your artwork when there are many other artist far better than you.
?I didn’t realise you’re still dumb after all these freaking years” I said.
?Sonofabitch!” He swore.
?Get off this call” I said menacingly.
?Killer!” He yelled and disconnected the call.
I smashed my phone on the wall in anger.