The Governor’s Daughter: 26, 27, 28
CLARA (The Governor’s Daughter)
Clara’s side of the story continues
I was so happy to be free, so happy to breathe in fresh air again. I couldn’t believe the events of
the past few days were actually real. It was just like an action movie or should I say an action
I couldn’t believe Charles actually kidnapped me just to force me into loving him. Yes talking about Charles, the desperation I saw in his eyes and the way he forcefully wanted my love
looked more of an ambition and not real love. I knew our families had a lot to gain from our union
but I felt he and his family had a whole lot more to gain from it. It was all about power, wealth and
politics. Yes he even hinted on it when he was ranting like a mad man.
But then it equally was so sad and disappointing to know that my father drew back his interest and
anger when he learned that it was Charles who kidnapped me. He instantly stopped talking tough
and only assured me that he was going to talk to Charles’s father.
He never said anything about
throwing the boy in jail or taking a more decisive action. It was just as if dad was more interested
in saving his political career than caring for my feelings. Nevertheless I slept peacefully, so happy
to be home and so happy that Val and I were now in the same page. It was so wonderful seeing
him break into the room to free me and it equally was so amazing running with him as we fled the
Even though we failed to make it out of the house without outside help all that mattered to me was
how he stood by my side against all odds. He put his life on the line for me. He was just the man. I
dreamt about it over and over with a smile on my face.
I woke up the next day, yearning to see my val. We never really had the opportunity to talk much
the previous day because I was instantly whisked away and brought home while he headed to his
workplace to sort things out with his colleagues.
I nervously dialed his number but he failed to
answer. I tried his line two more times before a lady answered his call.
‘’hello I’m agent Jenifer. You are Clara the governor’s daughter right?’’ she introduced herself and
asked while a thousand and one thoughts instantly filled my head.
‘’yes I’m, how about Val?’’ I asked.
‘’I’m sorry he won’t be able to talk to you at the moment. I’m coming over to the mansion to talk to
you. Just wait for me’’ she replied and hung up, leaving me a bit worried.
Precisely an hour later, agent Jenifer walked into my room with a smile.
‘’how was your night?’’ she asked.
‘’I’m fine but I guess Charles hasn’t been arrested yet?’’ I asked. She breathed deeply and
‘’yes he hasn’t been arrested yet but I’m also sorry to tell you that your dad wants us to drop the
case. I don’t know the reason for his decision and I don’t just know what to say about it’’ she
informed me while I dropped my eyes. Of course the news never came as a surprise to me.
‘’anyway you have nothing to worry about. A female police officer plus a team of armed policemen
will be assigned to guard you every minute of the day. So don’t be scared’’ she added with a
‘’I’m not scared of Charles but how about Val?’’ I asked breathlessly. She kept quiet for few
‘’Val won’t be working here anymore’’ she muttered.
‘’but why?, I want him. He’s a good agent. I need no one else but him’’ I protested.
‘’how close are you with him?’’ she suddenly asked.
‘’we are very close. So close for him to risk his life for me’’ I fired quickly.
‘’there is nothing spectacular in what he did my dear. Every other agent would have done the
same for you. By the way how close is he with your cousin miss Vivian?’’ she asked. I stared at
I couldn’t help but wonder where the question was heading to.
‘’they are friends. She actually met him before me. She equally was the person that revealed to
me that Val wasn’t an agent when she discovered something about us’’ I breathed, stopping the
instant I noticed that I said much more than I was asked.
‘’what did she discover?’’ she asked curiously.
‘’it’s something private. Why should I tell you?’’ I answered weakly.
‘’because it could help in an ongoing investigation’’ she answered while I stared at her in disbelief.
‘’you see your cousin Vivian was found badly stabbed in Val’s apartment yesterday evening. Val
was equally found stabbed. There wasn’t any sign of break in or forced entry in the apartment and
we are about coming to the conclusion that perhaps Vivian went over to his house to spend the
night or something similar and they ended up fighting and stabbing each other. It’s just a mere
speculation for now though ‘’ she softly informed me as I gasped for breath. Many thoughts flowed
into my head.
Of course the previous day, I barely had returned home when Vivian who was supposed to keep
me company came in to tell me that she was going to a friend’s birthday party. I never bothered to
ask her much because I was dead tired.
But with Jenifer’s revelation, It all started flowing back to my head. No wonder Vivian bluntly told
me everything about Val that led us into quarreling. She never revealed Val’s identity to save me;
rather she did it for us to break up. She did it for herself. She was trying to save her relationship
I instantly felt used.
‘’oh my god’’ I breathed with great pain.
‘’so what exactly did she discover that made her reveal Val’s true identity to you?’’ Jenifer softly
demanded, breaking into my thoughts.
‘’she told me everything about Val after I told her we were having an affair’’ I confessed with tears
which filled my eyes. Jenifer drew back and shrugged.
‘’with the look of things its obvious agent Val was having an affair with both of you. I’m afraid to
say that he is in a very big trouble right now, that is if he makes it out alive because his wounds
are very deep and serious’’ she added with a frown while I took my pillow and covered my face
with shame as I wept bitterly.
I regretted ever coming back to Nigeria.
To be continued…
CLARA (The Governor’s Daughter)
Clara’s side of the story continues
Agent Jenifer soon left me all alone to myself. I spent all day crying and thinking over my life. I
couldn’t eat. I couldn’t do anything. I felt bad and betrayed. I really didn’t know whether to pray for
my cousin and Val to survive or to wish them death.
Around 3:30pm, Charles surprisingly sneaked into my room with flowers. I stared at him with
disbelief, wondering how he was able to make it to my room. For some seconds I was at lost on
how to react because he was the last person I expected to see. He calmly drew forward and knelt
‘’my love, my princess I guess you must have heard what happened to your cousin?’’ he asked
softly. I couldn’t say anything to him, instead I looked away. I couldn’t believe he was actually in
my room to talk about Vivian after what he did to me. Yes a part of me felt he came to mock meo ver Val but then he dropped the flowers on my bed and reached for my hand, making me stare at him one more time. I instantly noticed he had a grave look and his hand shook as our eyes met.
He looked genuinely worried for me but then the events of the past few days were too heavy to
ignore and they came flashing back into my head in full force.
‘’I came to apologize over using the wrong approach on you my dear. I was only desperate and
acted out of desperation and frustration. There wasn’t any other way to get you to be with me, to
get you to see the truth. I knew all along that Val wasn’t real. You have been away from the
country too long to know how things happen over here. I found out very late that he was taking
advantage of you and Vivian at the same time and I knew you would never believe me considering
our relationship. I had to find a way to get you away from him. Yes I knew I took the wrong
approach and I’m here to apologize and atone for the pains I caused you and your family. I will do
anything to have your trust back. Our families have come a long way. I believe It’s better you trust
the devil you know than the devil you don’t.
My only mistake was kidnapping you instead of
fighting like a man. Please forget all the silly words I said back then. I didn’t know what got over
me. I was plain silly. Yes I’m ready to go to jail over it but please I beg of you, forgive me’’ he
begged solemnly, leaving me extremely indecisive as he sobbed before me. I had never seen that
part of him before.
Of course I was touched.
‘’’ My head is very much filled up right now. I can’t think properly but please stop kneeling for me’’ I
‘’will you then accept my flowers?’’ he begged seriously. I breathed deeply and took them.
‘’we are cool with each other Charles but I’m not promising anything yet. Moreover you wounded
and humiliated me. You almost raped me. I need to come to terms with everything. I need to
confront Val and Vivian as well. I need to tell them how I feel about their betrayal’’ I breathed with
‘’my dear, I really don’t think that will be possible. According to what I heard, your Val isn’t going to
make it. He lost quite a lot of blood and he has been unconscious since the previous evening. And
as for Vivian, arrangements are being made to get her out of the country for treatment. I think India
or so’’ he revealed while I breathed deeply and shrugged.
‘’how much do you know about Val?, were you aware all along that he’s a federal agent?’’ I asked
curiously, watching his reaction but unfortunately he gave out nothing. He appeared so cool, not
revealing his feelings.
‘’let’s stop talking about that i.diot. I beg of you. I’m happy God has vindicated me” he softly
muttered, holding my hands while I closed my eyes
_7:38pm, The governor’s lodge,
Scene : Dining room,
: Clara’s side of the story continues_
I went over to the dining room to have dinner with my family. It really was the first time in weeks I
was having dinner together with mum and dad. It equally was an opportunity to discuss some
family issues. Of course Charles left me a bit confused and indecisive with his apology and all he
told me earlier in the day.
He finally left, promising to show up around 7pm to talk to my parents and apologize to them as
I was just so vulnerable like a young girl experiencing heartbreak for the first time.
The news of my
cousin’s romance with Val totally shattered me. I needed someone to lean on and it was as if
Charles was just making good use of the opportunity to show a new part of him to me.
On getting to the dining room, dad instantly stood up and hugged me.
‘’my dear, you can’t believe how happy I’m to have you right here. Charles went too far with his
games and I’m really sorry for not doing anything about it. I’m so ashamed of myself’’ he breathed
with a painful voice.
‘’its okay dad, what matters the most is that I’m right here with you’’ I replied while mum nodded
with a smile. Charles walked in on us that moment as if he had been around, hiding in a corner all
along. He approached us and knelt before everyone..
‘’I’m so sorry for taking advantage of your goodwill. I’m so sorry for destroying my family’s
My father is no longer talking to me and he already threatened to disinherit me unless I
make up with you sir. Please take me back like a prodigal son returning home to his family. I only
did what I did out of love and desperation. I promise never to bother Clara ever again’’. He begged
with eyes filled with tears. He looked so genuine, so real and so convincing. I never knew when I
drew forward and got him to his feet, not minding that he was addressing my father.
‘’dad, mum, you guys should forgive him. Sometimes we do silly things out of love and what he did
isn’t an exception. Yes I now know love is never enough to make a relationship work, what matters
most is understanding’’ I breathed, shocking my parents with my words. Even Charles was so
surprised with all I said. He couldn’t believe himself.
‘’are you saying that you now understand Charles and he also understands you?’’ mum asked with
great curiously, unable to hide the excitement in her head. I couldn’t reply her question but deep down I answered her in my heart.
Yes all that matter is ‘understanding’, Real unpolluted love only happens in movies.
Meanwhile Val is seen helplessly lying unconscious in the emergency unit of a government
hospital. A middle aged doctor, a team of student doctors and four nurses are seen working
tirelessly on him as the clock hanging above them ticks away. Val’s mother can be heard crying so
painful at the waiting room.
To be continued….
CLARA (The Governor’s Daughter)
12pm, the next day Flintheirz governor’s mansion
(Clara is seen sitting calmly at the balcony in front of her room reading a newspaper, Charles joins
her carrying a bottle of wine and two glass cups)
Clara’s side of the story continues
‘’Deji will be getting married on Saturday, hope you will be attending?’’ Charles asked curiously as
he offered me a glass of wine. I shrugged and shook my head.
‘’Deji?, which Deji?’’ I asked, pretending not to recognize the person he was talking about.
‘’come on are you joking or serious?’’ he asked with disbelief while I smiled. Deji was the first son
of former deputy governor of Oyo state (3rd republic). He equally was one of Charles’s most loyal
friends. However I never had any idea he was getting married.
‘’well he never told me and I don’t think I will be attending’’ I answered.
‘’he sent your invitation through me. The wedding is on Saturday at Abuja. At least you will use the
opportunity to meet old friends you haven’t seen for ages’’ he pressed on with a smile. I breathed
deeply as I gave him a long look.
Oh yes I already forgave him over the stunt he pulled on me the previous week but I couldn’t get
myself to forget it. I was still very much uncomfortable with him and no matter how hard I tried to
force myself into feeling very secure with him I just couldn’t.
‘’we will leave for Abuja on Friday and spend the night at my place. On Saturday we leave for the
wedding. Once the wedding is over you can decide how long you wish to stay in the city. My job
will be to guard and serve you’’ he added pleasantly to impress me. I forced out a smile that never
reached my heart.
‘’Charles you very much know that what you did to me the previous week will never leave my
memory. I still find it very difficult to be free with you’’ I bluntly told him while he nodded, drew
close and reached for my hand.
‘’of course my dear I know. And I will do everything possible to make you trust me again’’ he
promised quickly. I breathed deeply.
‘’okay fine, I will attend the wedding with you. I haven’t attended any high profile occasion since I
arrived the country’’ I accepted with a smile. His eyes beamed with joy.
By 10am Friday , Charles walked into the lodge expecting to see me well dressed up and ready for
the journey ahead. But instead he saw me in sitting room, busy with my phone. I expected him to
get angry but Instead of getting angry, he drew close and knelt by my side.
‘’what’s wrong my dear?, you haven’t been picking my calls since 7am and you are equally not
dressed up. Don’t tell me you are not going again?’’ he asked breathlessly. I couldn’t help but
notice how tensed up he was. Of course he was trying hard to control his real feelings.
‘’I’m still indecisive. I don’t know if I will be going again’’ I muttered looking away like a spoilt child.
‘’come on my dear. I know you don’t feel safe with me but I promise I will never misbehave. I went
through a lot of pains arranging for the helicopter that will take us to Abuja. Please consider my
feelings as well. I already told Deji and his bride that I will be coming with you. You cant change
your mind at the last minute’’ he begged desperately.
‘’okay fine but where will I be spending the night?. I don’t want to share the same room with you
and I know it will be rude, leaving you to sleep over at my family house once we get to Abuja’’ I
‘’you will spend the night in my place but you have nothing to fear. I won’t be very much around
because today is equally Deji’s bachelor’s Night and I will spend most of the evening at the party’’’
he answered quickly.
‘’so that means I will be all alone and lonely in your house?’’ I asked, putting him in a tight position
with the question. He swallowed hard.
‘’come on why are you being so uptight. It isn’t fair’’ he cried. I laughed, got up and headed to my
room to dress up.
The trip to Abuja in a helicopter was another wonderful experience. It was my second time of flying
in a helicopter and my first time of going on a long trip in it. Charles was all caring and nice. He
was all out to impress me and yes I enjoyed every moment.
When we got to his house later in the day, he never tried anything silly with me, instead kept a
respectable distance. He just wanted me to see that he was a changed person. Yes deep down I
appreciated everything but to be sincere to myself I wasn’t in love with him and I never promised
All I did before my parents when he apologized for his wrong deeds was to forgive and accept him
back as a friend with the hopes of perhaps getting serious with him in future. But with the way I
was seeing my feelings I still had my doubts over how my future with him would turn out. There
was no denying my parents were encouraging the relationship just like his parents were and yes it
would be good for business and for everyone. That equally was the main reason I was trying hard
to be free with him but still I never get turned on nor felt any sexual urge whenever I was with him.
Yes I knew love no longer mattered these days but at least a little of it was all I wanted to feel for
Saturday, Deji’s wedding
Deji’s wedding was a one in town society wedding that had almost all the personalities in Nigeria
attending, From politicians to academia’s, business moguls and expatriates. It was just like an
annual get together of the upper class. Almost all my friends were in attendance and yes none of
us concentrated very much on the ceremony because of gossips and stories we had to share. It
really was wonderful and I was so happy to be there.
The M.C, who was no other person than basketmouth the comedian, did what he was good at by
making the second ceremony (reception) as lively as ever.
The event dragged on till around 6:30pm when the M.C, finally announced to everyone’s
amazement that he will be in charge of another wedding coming up in few months.
‘’should I reveal the couple?’’ he asked in his usual funny manner, leaving a chorus of yes on
everyone’s lips. He then asked the Dj to play him a song.
I laughed heartily as I watched the M.C, dance towards my table, not suspecting a thing.
suddenly he stopped at the table I shared with Charles and three other friends, cracked a joke and
handed over the microphone to Charles while the hall went silent as everyone watched. At that
moment I understood what was about happening and my heart froze.
Charles softly took the microphone, pulled out a diamond ring and went on his knees before me.
‘’will you marry me Clara?’’ he asked in front of everyone. Our friends, family, the media, everyone
that mattered were all there.
I felt angry, shocked and speechless. Rejecting him was close to impossible. It would be a huge
To be continued…