BELINA (Tender Beauty) SEASON 1
He smiled and became professional within the twinkle of an eye. He handed over the
employment letter since I hadn’t taken it yet, “My secretary would show you to your office in the next floor. This floor is strictly for physical treatments and the next
floor is for physical therapies,counseling and psychological aids. You would be incharge of the psychological aids
department and you would be visiting the therapy department every Wednesday to have
sessions with d depressed patients. You are to attend to one
patient at a time and you are also to maintain a strictly professional
affair with your patients. You would only work Mondays to Friday and you are to resume work by 8 am and close 5pm.
You have a personal secretary to yourself and also have a large
working area to aid your work.
Your salary is already written in your employment letter, I can’t tell you ‘cos I don’t know what is there. All these things and others
I have not mentioned are in your staff brochure which is already in your office.” He said finally
pausing. I smiled and voiced my appreciation but as I was about to stand up, he stopped me.
“Wait, I know you have just arrived but you already have one patient. My secretary would give you his file which explains his
case and the time for his sessions daily”.
He pressed a number in d intercom and his
secretary came in in a flash. He explained everything she needed
to do to her and when he was through, I stood up and he shook my hands,
“Welcome to Best Results Hospital”
“Thank you sir”, I said and followed the secretary.
Tunji’s parents sat in a room that was definitely too large to be a sitting room but that was what it was. They both had facial expressions which shouldn’t naturally be seen on the faces of important state personalities that
they were. The entire room was almost filled with body guards
who seemed to be created with stony faces. Mr James picked up his phone to call the
commissioner of police for the umpteenth time since Saturday.
He picked immediately.
“Your excellency sir” “how far?” he asked
“sir, the investigation is still ongoing sir”, he replied with his heart in his mouth.
“Listen to me carefully, I would be coming there tomorrow and
if I don’t see the bastard that murdered my son, you would be in serious trouble, do you
“ye… yes sir”
“good”, Mr James said and hung up.
He stood up and started pacing angrily. His wife could still not get a hold of herself as she sobbed uncontrollably. They had informed their girls who were abroad, Tola and Tinuke, they were on their way home. “If
someone thinks he can kill my only son and go scot free with it then he must be out of his
mind”. Mr. James said as he paced the length of the ridiculously long but tastily furnished room. He remembered the phone conversation he had with his son d very day he was killed and recollected him talking
about traveling out. He called the commissioner immediately and told him to find out all he can
from the workers in Tunji’s house. He had a strong feeling that d trip has something to do with d murder of his only son.
Richard entered his father’s house in a hurry. His father was
one of the few people he cared about the most in d world and he did not want anything to happen to him. His father had re-
married after their relocation to Nigeria and despite all he heard about step mothers, she was d best person he knew. She had
given birth to two girls and a boy.
He saw his dad seating in the reception and he greeted him.
“Good morning dad”, he said as he went to meet him. They exchanged a warm hug cos it had been a long time they saw
each other and they were not just father and son, they were friends.
After a few minutes of catching up between father and son, Richard’s father said,
“there is someone here that wants to see you, that’s why I called you” Curious, he asked,
“who?” Instead of answering, his dad led him to the main sitting room and
he stood rooted to the ground as he stared at the woman who had
abandoned him many years ago, his mother.
I entered my office and was impressed the more. Everything about the hospital was just
excellent but I kept a straight exterior not expressing my amazement. Tony’s secretary had done a good job of showing me
around but left my secretary with the job of showing my into my
office, showing me my working environment and other things.
I inspected everywhere with my eyes appreciatively as my secretary ranted on about things I already
knew. After some minutes, I was
alone and I looked everywhere not believing that I was actually seated in my own office. I closed
my eyes several times and opened it to be sure I was not dreaming. When I was sure that
everything was real, I knelt down and for close to 20mins, I just appreciated God for my life. I knew it could only be God cos everything had happened so fast that I still could not believe it was real. I stood up and opened d patient’s file with me.
I scanned through it
reading the case file. The patient’s name is Deji and he had just lost his memory due to a fatal car crash. His wealthy family had demanded for 2hrs everyday in order to speed up his recovery.
To be continued…