There were humming sounds and repeated beeping around me when my eye lids finally parted, and my eyes gradually adjusted to the white room in which I found myself.I could feel the scales fall off my eyes and I could make out the faces of aunt Steph, Nkem, and Brother Phillip staring above me.
“He’s awake !”, I heard a female voice say and a lady in white pinafor came to adjust the I.V on my wrist.That was when it dawned on me….I was in a hospital.I looked to my left to see the beeping EKG machine and gradually the previous events began to fall into place…The Chase…The Struggle for Survival…and the bright light. Instantly I felt a pang of headache.
The door swung open and a doctor (who coincidentally became my CMD in the future as I graduated as a doctor under him) walked in with my father and Adaora following behind.My father looked so perplexed seeing me in that state.I will never forget the look on his face till this day.Beyond my expectations, Adaora came to seat close to my head as her soft Buttocks nudged my right cheek (it felt good though).
The doctor checked my vitals and confirmed I was improving, then looked at me,”Young man you’re very lucky”, he said,”You were almost at the risk of a cardiac arrest, so your brain had to shut down for you to survive”. I could now feel the sharp pain in chest.It was all because I had run beyond my limit, stressing my heart muscles.Then the doctor continued, “….though you sustained a deep cut at your back”. That was when I stirred and felt another pain behind me.Yes it was cut (which is still visible on my back till date). The guy who had attacked me during the ambush, succeeded in making a first strike, but in my zeal to survive, I had out witted him.
“Just take your rest”, the doctor said before calling my father aside, and they whispered those doctor-patient mumbo jumbo as my father turned at intervals to stare at me while listening to the doctor.After which the doctor left.
“The police will be here in no time to question you”, aunt Stephen said.And Nkem added,”They had actually saved you last night”, she told me.She also let me know the cops had told them everything and the manner inwhich they had found me.The beams of the vehicle from the previous night was from a police Hilux truck assigned by the state government to secure the campus.They were actually the ones I had accosted before I passed out.Thank goodness they hadn’t taken a shot the moment they cocked their rifles.I was still in deep thougts when my father came up to me.
“What were you doing with an axe?” he asked.The question had come from a soft spot in his heart, owing to the manner with which he asked it.That seemed to tongue-tie me and I felt like a prodigal son.I meant to open my mouth but no words came out, and tears rolled down my eyes.Then the nurse came into our midst,”Just let him be for now, please”, she stated gesturing my father to a chair,”He still needs to rest”, she added as Nkem cuddled my head.Soon I drifted into a deep slumber amidst the mummuring of the people around me as aunt Steph chatted with her elder brother, my father.
I awoke groggily in the evening to find only Adaora seated beside me in a ward.I had been transferred from the ICU to the new room.
“How’re you feeling now?” she asked tenderly.I only nodded in response.
“Where is everyone?” I asked.
“Gone home”, she replied.”Don’t worry i’m here for you” and I shot her an awkward look.She was suddenly becoming nice, judging from recent events between us.She seemed to read my mind and smiled wryly,”I know you’re surprised”, she purred.We were still chatting when a nurse came in bearing a paper folded in her palm, and walked towards me.
“The police is here to see you mister”, she said, stuffing the paper into my hand and walked away.I instantly opened the piece which had no name written on it but I could identify the hand writing.It was a message from Kemi which read:
“I HEARD WHAT HAPPENED, BUT CAN’T
COME TO SEE YOU FOR FEAR OF BEING
FOLLOWED. DESMOND IS ON MY TRAIL
AND I THINK HE SUSPECTS SOMETHING
FISHY.THEY WON’T STOP TILL THEY GET
YOU.BUT I HAVE A WAY OUT.YOU CAN
COMMUNICATE WITH ME VIA SAME
PROCESS, VIA SAME NURSE.AND AS FOR
FRANK, BE CAREFUL WITH HIM FROM
NOW ON.I DON’T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND
With that, I ruffled the paper, chewed it into shreds before throwing it into the waste bin.
“I guess it’s more trouble”, Adaora said.
“Never mind”, I replied looking away as my mind pondered on Kemi’s last sentence concerning Frank, my best friend.Why had she sounded that way about him? What had she found out? What was Frank up to?….
To Be Continued…