Clara the state Governor's Daughter
Val’s side of the story continues from the
‘’ I don’t know where he is. You don’t
find the devil, the devil finds you’’ Charles
breathed, spitting out blood as he
struggled to stand on his feet. His reply
got me angry, yes very angry. Of course I
knew he was trying to play smart.
‘’how many men were there? What did
you see?’’ I asked.
‘’ I saw nothing. When my car took the
hit I was knocked out and when I
regained consciousness you showed up.
I saw nothing and you have to let me go
check out myself. You can see my men
and I are in bad shape’’ he muttered
quickly, looking around nervously. More
police patrol units showed up that
moment to take over the scene.
‘’you are coming with us to our office.
You have a lot to answer my friend and
you are going nowhere’’ I replied with a
smile as I nodded to my two colleagues
who quickly bundled him into our
waiting truck while he struggled to free
‘’this is not the end Val. You are abusing
my rights and you will pay. Trust me’’ he
I breathed deeply as I listened to his
ranting. I sure knew there was a big
battle ahead. I felt finding Clara would
never be easy and could bring up a lot of
hidden secrets or even more bloodshed.
————————————————— June Bridals black and red prom dress
Clara’s side of the story continues
I opened my eyes to find myself in a
moving vehicle; I instantly tried to sit up
but discovered that I was tightly tied up.
Just that moment one of my captors
drew close, smiled and placed a wet
piece of cloth over my nose. I lost
consciousness once again.
I slowly opened my eyes once more to
find myself in a neatly furnished room. I
wasn’t tied up this time and I couldn’t
really tell how long I was out. I slowly sat
up, feeling slight headache as the events
of the day played back in my head
bringing up tears in my eyes. Deep
down I hoped that it was Charles that
kidnapped me again but then I knew he
had no hand in it this time.
‘’dear lord what is happening?, why are
all these bad things happening to me?
What have I done?’’ I sobbed as I
wondered what my fate would be in the
hands of my captors. I couldn’t think
straight. I just didn’t know what to
expect. Of course I was terribly terrified.
Minutes later, an old man with white
beards walked into the room with a
middle aged lady who was dressed like
a nurse. The old man limped in one leg
and carried a walking stick to aid his
movement. He looked about sixty five
years old or so.
I drew back with fear as I saw the two
adults approached me.
‘’what do you want from me?’’ I
screamed with all the energy I had left.
The old man smiled
‘’finally I meet the adopted daughter of
Imo state governor’’ he chuckled while
my heart pounded furiously as I
wondered the meaning of his words.
‘’I could be your biological father you
know?’’ he added, licking his lips as he
‘’oh forgive my manners, you can call me
Mr. Patrick but everyone calls me
Donpatric, the most ruthless business
man in the east’’ he introduced himself
while I eyed him.
‘’dinner comes up at 7pm which is just
few minutes away. Roselyn will check
you out and help you to prepare’’ he
added, nodded politely and headed out,
leaving the nurse alone with me.
‘’please what’s happening? Why am I
here?’’ I nervously cried, Roselyn drew
close and sat on my bed.
‘’Madam I advice you stop crying and
accept your fate here. Be nice to
Donpatric so that your stay here will be
okay. There is nowhere you are leaving
this fortress without his approval. I
advice you calm down madam’’ she
Few minutes later, I was led to the
sitting room where I reluctantly joined
Donpatric at the table.
‘’why am I here?’’ I bravely asked, as the
housekeeper served my food.
‘’relax my dear; you know my castle has
been very lonely and uneventful for quite
some time now and it’s really a privilege
having you around. These days I hardly
go out. I’m confined in this house and
that’s life. I have evaded the authorities
for thirty five years and yes that’s quite a
feat. Tomorrow morning we can go
horse riding, hope you like horses?’’ he
replied and asked, avoiding my question.
‘’please why am I here?’’ I asked once
‘’when your fiancée came running to me,
wanting to be a man, wanting to prove
himself to his rich fat father, I took him
in. I nurtured him. I made him a man. I
made him very rich but one thing I
asked him not to do in order not to
implicate everyone in the family, he
refused and went against the rules. Yes
you are here my dear because of Charles
and you are going to be here a long,
long time. Your boyfriend is very
ambitious. So brace yourself my dear’’ he
finally answered with a smile while my
heart froze as his words played over and
over in my head.
‘’I know you have questions. I know you
need answers to everything your
parents has been hiding from you?. Just
act like a good girl and I will act like your
father okay?. Now eat your food’’ he
commanded while I nervously stared at
the food before me. Yes I wasn’t happy
leaving for Paris with Charles but then I
would have preferred being in Paris
than being held captive by a strange
man who claimed to know all.
To be continued...