BELINA (Tender Beauty) Episodes 15, 16 & 17

BY NISSI ADEOLA

EPISODE 15

I stared at the TV in shock as the newscaster relayed the story of a murder. I sat shivering
in my seat, not really hearing what was
being said. Prisca’s parents initially did not know who was being referred to and they just
reacted to the news the way every normal person would.
Prisca who was by my side on the two seater couch hugged me
tenderly and when her parents looked at us, they remembered
where they had heard that name and Prisca’s dad became angry.
“So this is the bastard that have been making your life miserable?” he asked and stared at Tunji’s picture again on the television.
“He d–n right
deserves what he got so don’t u dare cry if you love yourself” he said glaring at me.
I didn’t intend on crying and even if I did, tears seemed to desert my eyes. I should be
happy that I would finally have a little bit of peace but I just could
not smile. I pitied Tunji and wished he hadn’t ended his life like that. I had a strong convinction that if my dad had not made him believe that he could have me, he would not
have pursued me this long. I remembered that it had been only 2days ago when I saw him and he looked so full of life.
The might and ability of God now amazed me tremendously as he
could wipe out anything and anyone with a second. Prisca’s mother scolded her husband for being too harsh on me and even
though he wished that Tunji would get a special department
in hell, his eyes said he wished he could kill him himself.


Richard sat in his office not looking very happy. Tony had told him about Deji’s memory
loss and how he only
remembered d traumatic accident and his heart reached out to him. He knew that that
state was far better than death and even though Deji had lost his memory, he still gave thanks to God. He promised himself to do
all that he can to see that Deji recovers his memory.
Deji’s parents including Adewale and some friends came to d hospital and Richard had explained the situation to them.
He noticed that they were not happy with his loss of memory but were glad all the same thanking him for his help.
Although Deji should be around 24 to 25 years by his scrutiny, his parents fussed over him like a newly born baby while he just looked at them confused.
He went into the bathroom to wash his hands and when he saw his reflection in the toilet
mirror, he noticed that he looked drawn and stressed so made a mental note to have a vacation sometime soon.
He left his office and went into Deji’s room to
check on him and saw his parents with him. Deji looked at him upon arrival and smiled at
him. After greeting the parents, he looked at Deji, smiled back and asked, “How is the good
patient doing today?”
“I am feeling much better Doctor Richard” Deji said still smiling.
“You can call me Richard”, Richard said feeling a little bit awkward having a young guy
like him call him so formally.
He wouldn’t have felt awkward if he had not taken Deji’s case personal.
Deji smiled the more and asked,
“When would I recover my memory doctor?
I feel awkward when I see people I don’t
remember treat me with so much familiarity”.
Richard nodded sympathetically
and said, “Very soon.
A psychologist would be here to check on you on Monday and I think in a very short while, you
would recall even the day you were born”.
Deji laughed at the joke and asked another thing, “Can I at least stand up and walk about a
bit?
I feel like I have been lying on this bed since the day I was born”.
Richard laughed slightly was about to talk when Deji’s mother
said, “no, u are not standing up from this bed yet o, ma koba mi iwo omo yi”, she said aggressively.
“He can stand up and have the nurses push him around in a wheel chair for a few minutes”,
Richard said softly even though Deji’s mother did not buy d idea. After convincing her that it is a good idea, he left and on the way, told nurse Titi to carry out the assignment
Tony had taken and evening off to rest at home and prepare for
service the next day and Richard also felt he should do the same
thing. He was glad that Tony had convinced the Human Resource
Department to employ Belina even though he knew she could have been easily employed without his interference, she is exceedingly brilliant.
Even though he still haven’t seen her he had seen her credentials and test papers have acknowledged that she must be a genius.
He knew that she was going through a tough time by what Tony told him the other day and
he was glad that she would be working there. He sat down in his office anticipating her arrival on Monday and how it would help Deji’s memory.


Sunday passed without any unusual event only that I did not attend my church and I had to
attend prisca’s church.
The church was a very big church and the service was so enjoyable but I was not used to being a bench warmer. Prisca is a part of
the dancers in the church so she did not seat with us. I forgot totally about Tunji and my past
intentionally pushing it behind it knowing fully well that when you dwells on his past and problems you remain stagnant.

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