BELINA (Tender Beauty) SEASON 1 Episodes 27, 28 & 29

BY NISSI ADEOLA

*****EPISODE 27*****

He was shocked at first but he later asked, “What do u mean, I am not a half-cast”.
I smiled victoriously and said, “I know but you still have foreign blood in you. It is either your mum is a half-cast or your dad is.
I don’t see you having this colour of eyes without a foreign blood”,
I said knowing from his reaction that my judgement was right.
He looked amazed as he said,
“Well, my biological mother is a half-cast”.
I wanted to follow that statement but I knew that it is best to know little of him for my
own good.
“Don’t think I did not observe your subject swap, and you are good at it”, he said and laughed slightly,
“Christ, you are d–n observant and thoughtful”.
I gave myself a pat on d back and smiled back feeling at ease with him, then I remembered that I was at work.
“Ok, I guess you came to see me the other time for something important but you were
unfortunate enough to come at the wrong time”, I said
“Oh, it is nothing serious, I just
wanted to pay you a surprise visit”, he said smiling.
I wondered how he knew my office but did not ask him & I made a mental note to ask my
secretary later
“Alright, I would be back and be sure I won’t accept d excuse you gave me earlier”, he said and left.
I breathed a free air immediately he left but I also missed him instantly.
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The police men arrived at Tolu’s house in a casual car but with uniformed police men in it.
Inspector Sule and the guy with the evidence finally got out of the car. The guy took out his phone and dialed a number.
“Ore, bawo ni nowww?”….“I dey your house house, I just wan follow some people
groove go one joint but I tell them say make them stop for your house. We dey your house
now, you go follow?” silence followed, then he smiled, “I trust
You my guy, you know dey dull my spirit, I swear, we dey wait o”, he said and hung up.
The inspector had got the hint so he told his men to stay hidden around the
gate of the building and the car they brought.
The tattered looking guy sat down on bonnet of the car with inspector sule who was busy taking note of every move.
He had learned to trust no one so he was monitoring the guy beside him also
Within minutes, Tolu was out of the gate and upon sighting his friend on the car’s bonnet, he walked towards him. One over-
eager police man forgot their initial plan and walked behind Tolu, gun in hand. The ever alert
Tolu noticed d silent steps of someone and within the twinkle of an eye, removed d pocket knife that was always with him,
stopped immediately and threw his hand backwards, and sliced the stomach of his assailant like someone who was ready to do
operation. The police man fell immediately clutching his stomach and wailing. Tolu did not see the other police men so before he knew what was happening, he had been
rounded up with close to five guns aimed at his skull.
His hands were forced behind him and they were roughly handcuffed and he
was pushed into the car like a cow ready to be slaughtered.
The terribly injured police officer was also put in the car and they zoomed off without delay.
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I attended to only one patient and next thing I knew, it was time to go home. As I was about leaving, I remembered that I had
planned to ask my secretary something about Richard and I wanted to call her via the
intercom but decided otherwise.
I cleared my table and I checked to be sure that everything was inside my bag and I found
Richard’s hankie. It had a lingering smell of him which made it look as if he was there
personally. I dropped the hankie in my bag, cleared my things, said a little prayer of thanks to God and left my office.
I noticed Joke also preparing to leave
“Hey Joke”, I said
“Miss Belina,u are already leaving abi”, she asked
“uhn, I have told you that after working hours, I am Belina, for
God’s sake, we are almost the same age”, I said already hating all the ‘miss’ bullshit.
She smiled and said, “sorry for letting that guy into your office, I did not know he would upset you”
“Oh, forget that. I want to ask you something. How did Mr Richard know my office? Is he a regular face?” I asked
Her eyes widened for some seconds, she quickly covered it and my professional instinct told me that a lie would follow. “I… I don’t know but he is a regular face here”
I wanted to just just smile but I laughed my heart out and Joke knew that I caught her lie for what it is. “C’mon now Joke, you can’t fool me. Tell me d truth and I won’t tell him or get
angry”, I said truthfully.
She sighed and lowered her voice in conspiracy, “I am not surprised that you don’t know him for who he really is cos I also did not know for like a month since I came here but listen, that man is Mr Richard
Branson, the owner of Best Results Hospital”
I blanched and almost passed out at the revelation.

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