The Governor’s Daughter: 29, 30
CLARA (The Governor’s Daughter)
Val’s side of the story continues at the same time Charles knelt down to propose to Clara
I suddenly woke up from a seemingly terrible nightmare, springing up with great energy as if I was
being pursued by a vampire while agent Jenifer who was surprisingly sitting by my side held me
back strongly. I stared at her with surprise before taking a calm look round me. I instantly noticed
that I was in a hospital.
‘’what happened?’’ I stammered as I felt a sharp pain in my head.
‘’thank God you are awake. I will have to inform the nurses on duty. You have been out since
Monday and today is Saturday’’ she said with a smile, stood up and left the room.
I fell back on my bed as everything that happened on Monday slowly flashed back in my head. I
couldn’t believe I survived Charles’s brutal attack. It was a miracle. I had a lot to tell Jenifer, I had
a lot to learn from her concerning Vivian. But unfortunately as my memory returned, so did the
pain I felt all over me increase. It soon became too much to bear.
I strongly fought it back as I waited for Jenifer to return, equally wondering at the same time if
Vivian actually survived the onslaught or not. I couldn’t help but play back in my head how she
was brutally stabbed while I did nothing to save her. .
Agent Jennifer and two nurses soon came in.
‘’how are you feeling Mr. Val?’’ one of the nurses asked.
‘’I feel pains all over me’’ I answered as the second nurse arranged a needle and syringe which
she expertly used on me.
‘’how is Vivian?’’ I managed to ask Jennifer.
‘’she’s fine’’ she replied with a faint smile.
‘’that b.astard tried to kill us. Charles attacked Vivian and I in my house. I need to kill that b.astard’’
I muttered drowsily as the drugs injected on me took over my body. I was soon asleep once again
and I really had no time to neither see the expression on Jenifer nor know if she believed me or
not. Of course I knew the more time wasted to get Charles could make him bolder and more
Clara’s side of the story continues
‘’will you marry me Clara?’’ Charles asked again as sweat instantly drenched his entire body. I
never noticed I already spent enough time to give my response. The whole hall was just dead
quiet. I couldn’t help but wonder what was going through everyone’s mind. I hated Charles for
what he was doing to me. There was supposed to be an agreement between us before pulling
such stunt. No matter how surprising a lady might look when being prosped to, it’s never entirely
surprising to her the way she makes it to appear to be because one way or the other she must
have made plans with her man but in my own case there was no such plans hence my pure
surprise and confusion. We weren’t even dating for Christ sake and I knew turning him down
would turn a whole lot of friends against me. He just used the perfect opportunity to try pinning me
I understood what he was doing. I understood the desperation and fear in him. I saw no
clear way out of it all. Accepting him would make everyone happy but how about me?.
‘’please will you marry me?’’ he asked once again, this time around it looked as if he was almost
close to tears. The fear in his eyes was so revealing. I knew he wouldn’t be able to live with the
embarrassment if I turned him down in such a place. I pitied him. My heart kind of melted.
want him to be the victim of a public disgrace. I had to save his pride even if it was going to cost
me a whole lot. I forced out a smile and was surprised to see tears form in my eyes. I knew it
wasn’t tears of joy. I believe it was tears of confusion or something else. I was under pressure to
accept him and I did.
‘’’yes yes I will marry you’’ I finally breathed while claps and shouts filled the air as Charles heaved
a sigh of relief, drew close, softly entered the ring on my finger, kissed and hugged me.
‘’thank you Clara for making me a man, thank you for not disgracing me’’ he breathed.
‘’we need to talk’’ I whispered back. Of course we had a lot to talk. We had a lot to sort out.
‘’Is Charles really for real or am I actually following a path that would turn to misery and pain?’’ I
asked myself. Yes as a lady I had this double feeling I couldn’t explain.
To be continued….
CLARA (The Governor’s Daughter)
Clara’s side of the story continues
My phone was soon bombarded with calls and text messages as we headed home, giving me no
chance to discuss things Charles. It was just as if some of my friends who weren’t at the wedding
ceremony all got the news of my engagement in a flash. I really was in a very precarious situation.
I was very much confused over how to follow things up. Charles on his own part kept smiling like
someone who won a jackpot. We got back to his house without discussing a thing.
However as I settled on my bed to think things through, he walked in and sat on the bed.
‘’how do you feel my dear?’’ he asked calmly.
‘’I feel awful. You used me Charles. You took advantage of my trust and forgiveness’’ I replied with
a raised tone.
‘’’but I only proposed to you before all our friends for you to see that I’m genuinely in love with you,
For you to see that I very much want to be with you, For you to see my seriousness. Come on my
dear, don’t tell me I did wrong again. Wasn’t it a good surprise?’’ he asked with an innocent tone. I
sat up on the bed, pulled out the ring and offered back to him.
‘’I don’t need your ring Charles. Not now, not yet’’ I said simply, shocking him with my words.
‘’I beg of you Clara?, what is this madness?’’ he breathed, drawing backwards.
‘’I don’t want to be engaged with you yet. I only accepted your proposal in order not to hurt your
ego; I did it to help you save face. I didn’t want to embarrass you before everyone’’ I muttered.
‘’then kindly keep the ring and still pretend that all is still fine. I can give you all the time in the
world to make up your mind. I really see no reason why you are having a double mind all of a sudden. Every other girl would be happy to marry me but you are so unbelievable. This isn’t fair to
me at all. This is supposed to me my happiest day’’ he sulked, trying hard to play the victim.
‘’I don’t care what you say or feel. Just take back your ring or I will throw it away’’ I threatened. He
softly took the ring, stood up and left the room without another word. I fell back on my bed and
cried. Of course I couldn’t say if I did the right thing or not.
Early the next day, we headed back to the east in a cold mood. Of course after all that happened
the previous day, I was so eager to head home because I knew the more I stayed with him the
more uncomfortable I would be.
I couldn’t sleep the previous night and very early in the morning I had dressed up and walked up to
his room to tell him that I was leaving. At first he appeared confused but when he noticed that I
was very determined to leave on my own he had no option than to offer to take me home.
He silently drove, saying nothing to me while I busied myself with my thoughts. I had a lot to think
and so his silence never got to me. When we eventually got home around 7:10pm, I simply
muttered a quick ‘’thank you’’ to him and headed to my room without turning back.
At exactly 10pm, that same evening, mum surprised me by walking into my room. It was
something she rarely did and I couldn’t even remember the last time she came into my room.
She softly sat on my bed, breathed deeply and placed her hand on my body.
‘’how do you feel my dear?’’ she asked
‘’I feel awful mum’’ I confessed.
‘’Charles told me everything and I understand how you feel but you should please act like an adult
and stop behaving like a baby. You already accepted him publicly and as far as I know he is yet to
do anything that would lead to a change of mind’’ she added softly. I sat up and faced her.
‘’I only accepted his proposal because I didn’t want to embarrass him’’ I defended weakly.
‘’I know but what good will it be for his image, for people to hear that you broke up with him the
same evening you accepted him before everyone. It’s still the same as rejecting him publicly?. As
far as I know you don’t have any other strong suitor you have feelings for. So take back your ring
and act like an adult. You are engaged to him doesn’t mean that you are married to him. Wear his
ring and still take your time to make a good decision. For now you are blinded by the past.
You can still call it off in the end when have a good reason. You once told me that love is never enough. So calm down, and act like a woman. You already accepted him before the whole world.
So take back your ring’’ she said strongly, leaving me with no choice than to obey and hesitantly
take back Charles’s ring she brought along. I wore it and looked down. She drew close and
‘’when I married your father, I liked him, I was a bit fond of him but was never in love with him.
I had other admirers who were more fashionable, handsome and presentable than him but I chose
him because I saw he had a good future and ambition more than the rest. Now here I’m a
governor’s wife and an envy of many women. So my dear, I totally agreed with you when you said
love is never enough. You have my spirit and I know you are wise. Charles has all it takes to go far
in life and you guys already have a history together’’ she added convincingly, caging my feelings
with her subtle words.
_Val’s side of the story continues at that same moment
(Val is seen talking to agent Jennifer who listens with great interest)_
‘’so that was how Charles brutally stabbed Vivian and i that fateful evening and all I just told is
exactly how it happened and the threats he made. Right now I’m scared of Clara’s safety and I
know my story is hard to believe but I’m also disappointed that you guys didn’t investigate properly
before concluding that Vivian and I had a fight and I stabbed her.
I’m a trained agent and
supposing I wanted Vivian killed, it wouldn’t have been messy as it is’’’ I summarized convincingly
while Jennifer nodded.
‘’I believe you Val but for now you should lay low and wait to heal first. By then the department
must have made a decision on your case. I believe by that time Vivian must have recovered as
well and once she returns to the country, her words will be enough to nail Charles’’ she breathed
softly while I returned her gaze with great gratitude. She really sacrificed a lot to keep my mum
and i company all the time I was down. There was no doubt she believed in me.
To be continued…..