The Governor’s Daughter: 33, 34
The Governor’s Daughter
Val’s side of the story continues from the last scene of the previous episode
‘’can we go inside and talk?’’ Charles asked calmly as if we were nothing but friends. I scoffed and
shook my head.
‘’say whatever you came here for and disappear before I lose my temper’’ I replied with a slightly
raised tone while he laughed.
‘’you see the difference between us?. I think before I act while you act before you think. Anyway
let’s keep that aside. I’m here to reach a compromise with you’’ he muttered calmly. I stared at him
‘’Clara and I will be getting married very soon and I wish to clear my conscience. I want to settle
you handsomely so as for you not to cause problems for me again. I do know you have a pending
case with the people you work for and I have the connection to make it all go away. I’m equally
ready to pay you off with a reasonable amount. All you have to do is simply to forget everything
about Clara and move on with your life’’ he offered softly while I laughed coldly. He words just
appeared like a slap on my face but I controlled the anger in me.
‘’and what if I still chose to refuse your offer?’’ I asked curiously. He shrugged.
‘’that means you are putting your life and your family in danger. I already told you I think before I
act. You have no idea what I’m capable of doing and it will be so disgusting for a young man like
you to die over a woman in this present century. Anyway Clara sent me to check how you are
faring. She really wants to talk to you. What should I tell her?’’ he concluded and asked, drawing
out more suspicion from me. Deep down I felt he was trying to rope me into one of his games.
I knew if Clara actually wanted to see or talk to me, he would be the last person she would send.
‘’get out from my house. Get out’’ I screamed, not caring about anything as I violently pushed him
‘’I’m leaving, but think over my proposal. I will check back for your feedback’’ he muttered and left
calmly while I bit my lips in great anger. I really felt like going after him and finishing him off but I
knew it was only going to get me in jail. I needed nothing but a tactical approach to deal with him
but first I had to keep aside my pride and call Clara. I felt it was good I talked to her.
I rushed to my bedroom, grabbed my phone and called Clara.
‘’hey Clara it’s me’’ I breathed as soon as she picked my call.
‘’my God, Val!’’ she screamed over the phone. I couldn’t help but notice the excitement in her
voice which made me wonder why she was yet to call me if she really was this excited to hear
‘’we need to talk’’ I breathed.
Vivian’s side of the story continues
(Vivian is seen fully awake as a young black doctor attends to her. Her eyes equally were
surprisingly filled up with tears)
‘’so how are you my dear?. My name is Chinedu, I’m the doctor in charge of your recovery’’ the
young handsome doctor said to me in a very affectionate tone as he checked me up. I stared at
him, not exactly knowing what to say. I was extremely happy to be alive, happy to testify over
God’s miracle. It was a lucky escape from death. I couldn’t believe that bast.rd tried to kill me.
I really thought we were friends. I thought we were on the same side but no he turned against me
with the slightest opportunity he got.
‘’where am i?’’ I managed to ask with a soft voice, knowing full well that I was in a hospital.
‘’you are in a hospital my dear. You are in Indian’’ the doctor answered quickly, smiling deeply.
‘’but you are a Nigerian?, your name sounds like…’’ I asked like a little kid.
‘’yes I’m a Nigerian but I work here’’ he replied with a smile, softly feeling my pulse.
‘’you made a magnificent recovery dear. You were in a very terrible state when you were brought
in here but with the look of things, you will leave this hospital within a month’’ he added
reassuringly as more tears dropped from my eyes. I couldn’t help but play back in my head the
terrible incidence that happened in Val’s house. How I was badly stabbed and left for dead. I knew
Val wouldn’t survive it because he really was the main target of Charles’s brutality..
The young doctor soon observed the tears flowing down my eyes, leaned forward and wiped the
tears softly. I blushed. I really haven’t been this close to a man for long. The last time I was this
close was when I was with Val and it led to nothing but calamity. But the doctor before me looked
kind and caring. I couldn’t help but feel a tingling sensation
‘’I almost lost my life because of a man. I was in a place I wasn’t supposed to be and the worst of it
all is that I almost died for nothing, for someone that never cared for me.
That’s the worst feeling
one can ever have’’ I confessed, very much surprised with my outburst. I never knew what made
me open up to him so easily.
‘’we all have a story to tell my dear. Without a story, without challenges our life would be so
meaningless. You can’t believe I left Nigeria just to escape the humiliation and scorn of a failed
relationship. Just try your best and recover quickly, I promise to tell you my story once you are
very strong’’ he promised in Igbo language, bringing out a smile from my face with his words.
I lifted my eyes to meet his gaze once again. I liked what I saw, but slowly the light in my eyes died
down as I realized that it could also be the way he played with other patients. He was a doctor and
his duty was to treat patients both emotionally and physically.
‘’why the sudden frown my dear?’’ he suddenly asked.
‘’I need to get well as soon as possible. I need to know the situation of things at home. My sister
could also be in greater danger. Charles must pay even if it’s the last thing I do’’ I breathed with all
my strength while the doctor smiled and caressed my shoulder.
Sure I was ready to make Charles pay.
To be continued…
The Governor’s Daughter
Val’s side of the story continues from the previous episode
‘’how do we see?, can I come over to the house?’’ I eagerly asked Clara.
‘’no don’t, I don’t think the security guys will let you in. just go to a less crowded restaurant and
send me the address.
I will be there within few minutes’’ she quickly replied.
‘’okay then, that’s cool by me’’ I breathed with a quick smile and hung up.
Few minutes later I left the house in search of a less crowded restaurant. Luckily due to the time of
the day it was very easy to find a less crowded cozy restaurant.
I got a table near the window,
ordered a fruit juice, relaxed and sent the address to Clara. Yes I was equally nervous like
someone on a first date. I couldn’t help but remember the things I shared with her in the past. I just
wished I had the power to turn back the hands of time, to correct my mistakes.
Exactly thirty minutes later, Clara slowly walked into the restaurant. My heart pounded very fast as soon as I spotted her. She looked more beautiful and radiant than she used to be.
any doubt she was living well. I quickly waved at her, gaining her attention. She smiled and walked
up to my table.
‘’good day val. You really don’t look like someone who just escaped death. You are one lucky guy’’
she said with a smile. I blushed, fighting hard to calm down my feelings. Seeing her that moment
gave me a kind of funny urge.
I felt like kissing her right there and then.
Yes I really missed her very much but due to the situation of our relationship I held back my
feelings. Moreover she never cared to look for me.
‘’what will you take?’’ I asked as I waved at the waiter.
‘’I will take the same thing you are taking’’ she replied quickly.
‘’did you leave the mansion all alone?’’ I asked curiously.
‘’no I was assigned new security team after the kidnap thing Charles pulled off. My security team is
outside waiting for me’’ she replied quickly.
‘’I’m not really happy with you but anyway firstly I’m here to talk to you about Charles’’ I quickly
breathed while she frowned.
‘’I didn’t come all the way here to listen to any crap you have on Charles. I came to confirm some
things from you as well. Yes the issue has been bugging my mind for the past few weeks.
about your relationship with my sister Vivian which you very much hid from me the way you hid
your identity. Vivian was with you the night you were attacked. What was she doing in your
apartment?’’ she quickly asked, leaving her furious eyes on me. To be candid I was expecting
such questions from her but I never expected the energy and manner she threw them at me. I was
‘’she brought me food and was about leaving when Charles showed up and attacked us’’ I
answered innocently but she never believed me. She scoffed and shook her head.
‘’Charles attacked you huh?. Come on Val you and I know that Charles isn’t that strong or silly to
attack you on his own’’ she hissed.
‘’I can tolerate every other thing apart from being taken for a fool. Come to think of it, When did
Vivian turn to your cook?, to bring food for you by that hour. You can’t deny you guys were having
Tell me Val, what else am I yet to know about you? What did I do to deserve this
deception and lies?’’ she softly asked with a deeply colored face.
There wasn’t any doubt she was totally pained. There wasn’t any doubt she never believed any
word I said. There wasn’t any doubt she was disappointed in me. I felt like grabbing her and
forcing her to believe in me but we were in a public place and there wasn’t much I could do.
‘’from day one you lied to me. The only good memory about you I now have is the memory of how
you risked everything to save me when I was kidnapped but still I know you did it just to save your
job and not really to save my life. After I learnt what happened to you and Vivian, a lot of questions
popped into my head. It’s all good. You said Charles stabbed a trained agent like you and equally
stabbed Vivian at the same time?, what else do you have on him because I’m going to marry
him?’’ she asked with a mockery voice as she stood up..
I swallowed hard as I watched her stand
up to leave. She already made a bad judgment and I totally was at lost on how to convince her.
She was very much blinded with rage and merely showed up to conclude things she had in mind
‘’I don’t have to tell you that Charles is a master planner. He planned your kidnap and still got
away with it after turning the whole town upside down.
I know I no longer have a stake in your life
but please marry anyone but Charles. You don’t know what he’s capable of doing. He came to see
me today’’ I managed to chip in. she simply shook her head, sighed and left the restaurant without
bothering to listen to me anymore.
Deep down I felt sorry for her. She had every reason not to trust me.
Clara’s side of the story continues
Yes at first I was very much excited to meet Val but then he gave no remorse, no regrets, or
apology over the things I confronted him with which were definitely the truth. Instead he only came
up with more lies, he only tried to bring in Charles to the picture. Yes of course I knew Charles was
no saint but he wasn’t the kind of guy who would get his hands dirty in such a way. Charles was a
bit scared of Val and the last thing I knew he would do was going to his place to stab both Val and
Vivian on his own.
Definitely it was a badly concocted fairly tale from Val to probably make me
stay away from Charles but unfortunately he only got me angrier.
On getting back to the house, I was told mum was looking for me. I quickly headed to her room.
‘’where went you my dear, you don’t look okay’’ mum asked curiously.
‘’I’m okay mum. I just went out to see a friend’’ I answered quickly.
‘’your cousin Vivian is fast recovering. I just spoke with her doctor’’ she informed me softly while I
‘’good for her, but you guys are not showing any interest to investigate what actually happened in
that guy’s house’’ I added thoughtfully. She breathed deeply.
‘’for now we can do nothing till Vivian returns, but I’m also confused over the whole story. When
Mr. Val was your security guy Charles had this fear that he was having an affair with you but it now
appears like the guy was really having an affair with Vivian instead. Is there anything else I need to
know?’’ she asked while I kept quiet, saying nothing.
Of course supposing she was very close and
attentive as a mother perhaps she wouldn’t have asked the question and I would have confided in
her with a whole lot of things but she was so busy playing the governor’s wife that she knew little
about what was going on under her nose. Though everything that happened back then was fully
not her fault.
‘’Charles really wants to wed you as soon as possible and you have a decision to make.
allow you have your way you could take forever to give your consent. So I beg of you if there is
anything I need to know?, you better talk now and if you have nothing to say I will then ask
Charles to start up with the traditional marriage rites as soon as he can’’ she pushed on seriously
while I looked at her with great disbelief, too stunned to say a word.
To be continued..