Yvonne allowed the phone drop from her hand and clatter to the ground. She sat down heavily on the couch and held her head in her hands.
“Femi, why did you come to me if you didn’t really want me?“
“Why didn’t you go to Mira if you wanted her all along. Why hurt me in this way”
The thoughts whirled in her mind like a tornado, she was too stunned to say a word, and the pain she was feeling, was indescribable.
“Who did I offend, why is life dealing me blows at every turn” she thought, and then she screamed.
“Oh God, why have you forsaken me?” she cried. She flung herself on the bed and cried her heart out.
Yvonne: “Mother, if you were here, perhaps this wouldn’t feel so bad. But you are gone and I am all alone in this wicked world” she said aloud, her words reverberating off the walls of the room.
Then she thought of her impending court case, in her heart she wished that she would get the ultimate punishment, so that she would leave the world, for she was too tired to live anymore. If someone like Femi whom she thought she shared a bond with, could betray her this way, then she had no faith in humans or living.
Mathias, on his way to the airport stopped by his friend’s hospital and dropped the hair sample he had gotten from Yvonne. He told his friend that he needed to know, if he was the father of the owner of the hair sample, and he needed it expediently. From the hospital, his driver took him to the airport where he would board a plane to Port-Harcourt.
When he had seen the number that Yvonne gave him, it had taken him only a moment to realize that it was the same Femi, who was more of his mentee than a friend. He had gotten angry vibes from Yvonne when she was giving him the number, so he had gone to the internet to do his findings. He found out that the world was smaller than people thought, for the girl, whom he suspected to be his child, was engaged to his mentee, Femi. He also found out about the naked pictures and he knew he had a long talk to have with his friend, Femi.
As Mathias sat in the waiting area, he dialed Femi’s number, the latter picked up on the first ring.
Femi: “Hello sir Matt, I have been meaning to call you since I found out you are now in charge of my fiancé’s case” he said
Mathias: “Did you say fiancé? Then what do I call the girl they call Mira?” he asked, he couldn’t control the anger in his voice, for he already felt protective towards Yvonne.
Femi: “Mira, unfortunately is my fiancé now. Sir Matt, I messed up big time. I don’t even know what is going on, this is beyond me”
Mathias: “We will have a long talk when I come, I don’t know how you are getting married to Mira because, I know even before I met Yvonne that you always loved her. You will need to fight to win her back” he admonished.
Femi: “Mira is pregnant, she says I must marry her if I want to see my child. There is no other way”
Mathias: “Pregnant?” he asked, befuddled by this new piece of information, “Well, if you went and knocked up a lady, you surely knew what you were doing, and don’t deserve Yvonne. I will see you soon, Yvonne wants her part in Coveteur sold” he said and hung up the phone. He shook his head sadly, thinking that Femi would have made a fine son-in-law, if he had not messed up.
“Don’t get ahead of yourself man, You still don’t know if she is your daughter” a voice said inside of him.
“All passengers in the flight to Port-Harcourt, Boeing 746, please go to the boarding area” he heard the automated voice say over the P.A system. Mathias grabbed his duffel bag and walked to the boarding area, oblivious of a man that watched him, and spoke into a phone.
Somewhere in the Zuma rock, the seat of power, the president received a phone call. His face was grave as he pressed the receiver and put on the scrambler to remove anyone trying to listen in on the call.
President: “Is it confirmed that he is on board?” he asked and listened to the caller on the other end reply in the affirmative. The president removed his eye glasses, and rubbed his eyes wearily, it was a hard decision he was about to make, one that if found out, would not only end his presidency, but put him in front of the United Nations for crimes against humanity. But it was worth it, the end goal was worth it, or was it? He was not sure anymore.
President: “The operation is a go” he said and hung up immediately.
In another part of Zuma rock, a top security comptroller relayed a message to his agents, he said “Operation is a go, proceed as planned and leave no evidence”
Yvonne was listening to the news on television; these days she stayed glued to the television, hoping that by providence they would tell her that the real culprit had been found. Of course her news was on television, it was all anyone talked about these days. She also heard that the ruling party was in disarray as they were trying to run another primaries to get a candidate for the forth coming elections.
“Truly, whoever planned this, did it at the nick of time. The person hit them where it hurt the most” She thought, and clenched her fists when she thought of the person who had destroyed her own life to achieve their sinister goals. Who could be so wicked, to use my birthday party as an arena for political tug of war? She pondered, her mind had already gone away from the news she was watching, to the events that had ruined her life, and broken all her dreams.
Yvonne: “Life sha, vanity upon vanity. All my degrees, money, cars, wardrobe is not going to save me from the executioner’s guillotine, or even follow me to the life beyond. Chai!” she soliloquized as a single drop of tear dropped from her eyes.
She quickly whisked it away, she had promised herself that she wouldn’t cry anymore, it was past time for crying, it was time to set her house in order. She thought of the stocks of Coveteur that she was going to sell, it would bring her nothing less than 300 million naira, Coveteur was that big. Yvonne also knew what she wanted to be done, she had already discussed with Mathias that part would raise up a foundation that would fight for innocent victims of the justice system, and part would go into building a shopping mall, with state-of-the art equipments, that would be sold for free to women, as a way of alleviating poverty and empowering women. She hoped that God would have mercy on her and allow her into heaven.
The mention of Mathias’ name pulled her from her musings, her eyes moved to the television, where a plane crash was being announced as breaking news. She stood up abruptly as she listened. They were saying that the Boeing 746 flying from Abuja to Port-Harcourt had crashed. The names on the manifest were being read and Mathias’ was among the names.
Yvonne: “No! no, no, this is not true. Who did I offend oh” she cried, pulling her hairs out, it was like she had gone mad. Mathias was the only friend she had, since she was charged for the Bonny Island massacre, and now he was gone. She wailed so loud that even heaven wept with her, as it began to rain outside.
It was a gloomy day in Nigeria, as the 100 passengers flying to Port-Harcourt were declared dead, with no survivors.
Mira sat down in a couch and held her head in her arms. What her father’s documents had revealed, chilled her to the bones; it had given life a whole new perspective. How was it possible that her father could do this? It was his child for God sake! Was she to be grateful that he had chosen her. What kind of man would take his own child to the orphanage home, just because he didn’t have the means to cater for twins.
She raised her head and looked out into space, her twin brother was somewhere in the world, and she was going to look for him. First she would start from the orphanage home where her father had taken him to. She wondered if she would ever see her twin brother again, and if she did, what he would be like.
Question: So Mira has a brother somewhere, who could it be, could it be someone in her life? Also, what would the DNA test reveal, would Mathias turn out to be Yvonne’s father? Is he really dead? So many questions, what do you think?
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