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Captive Heart: Hearts In Peril (Episode 36)

Posted by on September 24, 2016.

At the hospital, Helen lay in bed, breathing steadily- her chest rose and fell under a green blanket. A tube snaked from her arm and up to an intravenous fluid bag, which dripped something clear into her veins. The windows were shut but the room was bright enough, lit by a softly glowing white bulb set in the ceiling. The door to a small bathroom was slightly ajar and a covered jug of water and plastic cups waited on a small cupboard beside the bed, in the event that she woke up and was thirsty. The only sounds in the cool room were the hum of the air conditioner, and the faint noise coming from outside the door as hospital staff and other people walked past.

There was a gentle knock on the door and after a short wait, it creaked open. The bodyguard stationed in a chair outside the room peeked in on the still-sleeping Helen, then turned to the woman beside him.

“I guess you can go in and wait for her to wake up. She won’t mind a familiar face.”

The woman nodded and walked into the room, careful not to let her shoes tap too loudly on the tiled floor. She pulled up a chair by the side of the bed and lowered herself into it, leaning forward to look at Helen.

The bodyguard closed the door and settled back into his seat, opening a newspaper and continuing from where he had been reading. Inside the room, eyes travelled over Helen’s supine body.

In the bed, Helen shifted restlessly in her sleep but her eyes remained closed. It was almost as though she could feel the heat of the eyes watching her. If she had been awake, she would have been even more uncomfortable. The eyes watching her were definitely far from friendly.

Trouble had come to Helen again.

*******

Lionel was relieved that no one had to force Bernard to confess to his crimes. After a small hesitation, he had begun to sing like a canary.

“It’s true, I was part of a plan to kidnap you when you returned from the United States.” He said to Lionel, his face filled with shame. “But it was simply greed, Lionel. I owe some bad people a lot of money and I swear I didn’t plan to harm you.”

Lionel hissed impatiently. “So, I’m supposed to believe that after everything that has happened? Incredible. What about Helen? How did she get involved in this?” He remembered Bukola’s accusation and added reluctantly, “Is she in any way part of this crazy plan?”

Bernard shook his head. “No, she’s not part of it. And it wouldn’t have concerned her at all until I realized Miss Bassey may have overheard me talking about it because she was acting like she suspected something. I decided to send her a threatening text message. It was just to scare her o. I’m not a killer.”

Lionel leaned back in his seat, relieved Helen had been cleared because he had been worried that the Inspector may have taken Bukola’s accusations of Helen seriously.

“You say you’re not a killer, but someone is dead.” The Inspector said, watching Bernard closely. “Did you kill Mr Kelechi Dike?”

Bernard shook his head wildly, and dropped to his knees, raising his hands over his head. “I swear to God, I didn’t kill anybody sir! I will confess everything, but my hands are not stained with anybody’s blood. That’s why I came here on my own. My own life is in danger.”

“Then talk. How was Mr Dike involved in this?”

Lionel listened, mouth open as Bernard confessed that he had blackmailed Kelechi Dike into bankrolling the kidnapping plot. Apparently, while Lionel was out of the country, Kelechi had been siphoning funds from the Consulting Firm and Bernard had found out. So he had coerced Kelechi into providing money for hiring thugs who would kidnap Lionel on his return.

“But I swear we did not plan to hurt you.” Bernard insisted. “Mr Dike would have used his share to replace the money he stole, and I planned to use my share to pay my debts. That’s all. No one would have hurt you.”

“So you’re saying you’re the brains behind this operation?” the Inspector scoffed, running his gaze mockingly over the kneeling man. “You planned all this?”

“Yes sir. I mean, no sir.” Bernard stuttered. “My friend and i did, sir.”

“Your friend?” Lionel asked.

“Yes, but i don’t know the person.” Bernard said, wiping sweat from his forehead with his arm.

“My friend, you’re not making sense!” one of the standing policemen barked. “You know, you don’t know… better talk before I shoot you in the leg now!”

“Better talk o. This my colleague here likes shooting criminals.” The other policeman added.

Lionel looked at the policemen, wondering if they were serious or this was the Nigerian version of the bad cop-good cop routine.

“I swear I don’t know her sir!” Bernard blurted, cringing. “She only agreed to communicate through the phone. And she disguises her voice. I swear I don’t know her! But the last time we chatted, she told me she had sent men after Helen and she was sending men after me, that’s why I ran…”

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In the hospital room, the woman stood up from her seat and gingerly pulled out the pillow beneath Helen’s head, careful not to wake her. She paused to listen for the bodyguard outside, and then satisfied he wasn’t coming in, gently pressed the pillow over Helen’s face…

To Be Continue By 4pm

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14 Responses

  1. U deserve an award for dis captivatin.story…

    by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2016 at 4:43 am

  2. superb, so interesting

    by go agba oye on Sep 24, 2016 at 7:04 am

  3. Jesus! hope she would nt kill her sha!

    by Bolaji on Sep 24, 2016 at 9:05 am

  4. THIS STORY IS GETTING INTEREST.KEEP IT UP

    by DAMMY on Sep 24, 2016 at 10:33 am

  5. bukola must be the brain behind all this

    by jindu on Sep 24, 2016 at 10:35 am

  6. Bukola is surely involved in all the plan

    by kola on Sep 24, 2016 at 11:28 am

  7. BUKOLA WILL BE D LADY BERNARD IS TALKING ABOUT

    by MHIZ-FATTYB on Sep 24, 2016 at 11:46 am

  8. AGBA OYE THANKS for this story what i dont understand is the two days gap you always give ,pls the writer of second chance should let his own long like this

    by ISAIAH on Sep 24, 2016 at 11:53 am

  9. do not killed this enocent girl oooo bokola

    by ezekiel on Sep 24, 2016 at 1:40 pm

  10. Suspence ooo more!!

    by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2016 at 2:25 pm

  11. in fact, this story is breath taking…..can’t wait

    by nnajiofor on Sep 24, 2016 at 5:05 pm

  12. U really deserve an award author!

    by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2016 at 8:57 pm

  13. Wow,Bukola Is The Mistress Behind This

    by VICIK on Sep 24, 2016 at 11:51 pm

  14. Nice

    by Sodo on Sep 26, 2016 at 11:29 pm

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