The Governor’s Daughter: 39, 40
The Governor’s Daughter
Vivian’s side of the story continues from the previous episode
‘’well it’s too late for that. I already told Clara everything you did. I told her the whole story this
morning via phone’’ I bravely said to Charles, bringing up my eyes to check his reaction but he still
remained calm. All he did was just to shrug and breathe deeply.
‘’I still need my own version of the story on tape. I don’t care if you have already told Clara
everything or not’’ he insisted, shocking me with his words.
‘’so are you willing to go on with my request or are you willing to sacrifice your new boyfriend over
nothing?’’ he asked while I swallowed hard, not exactly knowing what else to say or do.
‘’you should know I always have my way in everything. Even if you sacrifice him for your selfish
reason I will still get another way of caging you. So don’t waste my time. Are you going on with my
request or not?’’ he demanded with a raised tone.
‘’you are a monster’’ I breathed with disgust.
‘’come on dear, life itself is a monster. Good people die every day while bad people live for long,
so what say you?’’ he demanded once again. I hesitantly nodded. I could tell he was more than
willing to let my boyfriend hang over his selfish ambition.
‘’fine you just made the right choice. Now bring out your phones’’ he suddenly demanded, licking
his lips and surprising me further.
‘’what do you need my phones for?. You think I’m recording our conversation or what?’’ I asked
‘’no my dear, you won’t dare try that. Just bring out your phones’’ he demanded again, leaving me
with no choice than to oblige. He took the phones from me, checked them out before handing
them back to me.
‘’now turn on the recorder and read out what I wrote on this paper’’ he requested as he pulled out
a sheet of paper which he gave to me. I instantly froze as I read the contents.
‘’oh you thought I didn’t have my own version of the story written down?. Come on read it out
loud’’’ he demanded. I nervously turned on the recorder of the two phones and did as he
‘’I’m making this record in case anything happens to me again. Val tried to kill me in his house
because I wanted to expose his secrets. He was having an affair with Clara and I at the same time
and none of us knew.
When I found out the truth it was already too late and he tried killing me
when I confronted him. Luckily I survived by fighting back and stabbing him with the same knife he
used on me before losing consciousness. How did I pull it off?, it was nothing but a miracle. That
last move saved my life and now I’m back in Nigeria to put him in jail where he belongs. I’m still
scared he might make another move to end my life’’ I read painfully while Charles listened and
‘’nice work’’ he giggled as took back my phones, saved the recording and transferred a copy to his
‘’Vivian I’m really sorry that our relationship got this sour. I never wanted all this to happen. It’s all
Clara’s fault. I’m equally ashamed of what I have become and I really don’t know how to
compensate you for trying to take your life in the first place. I will make a wire transfer of 1.5million
naira to your account later today. Don’t ask me how I got your account number. Anyway I know the
money isn’t worth your life and I’m very sorry for everything. However don’t try anything funny.
need not to tell you that I can make your whole family sleep in jail. You also know that I have
people watching you. There is a restaurant down the street. Just go there and wait for your friends
to be released. ‘’ he said softly. I shook my head, eyed him and alighted from his car.
Of course I felt very bad. I never expected the turnout of events. I never knew he was capable of
going that far with me.
I hated myself. I hated myself. I hated myself.
Exactly three hours later, Chinedu called me on phone, sounding very excited.
‘’my love how did you pull this off?. My brother and I have been released and the case dropped. I
was told my girlfriend pulled strings for me. Where are you?’’ he asked happily while tears of joy
melted my eyes. I heaved a sigh of relief. Their freedom came with a very heavy price.
‘’I’m just across the street my dear’’ I managed to answer.
There wasn’t any doubt Charles had every corner blocked and well secured. He had everything
already thought out and planned. I realized that fateful day that I wasn’t going to be able to take
him down on my own.
I needed help. I needed Val’s help. I needed Clara’s trust. I needed the
support of Clara’s family. Of course I knew getting the needed support from Clara’s family was
going to be very hard because to them Charles was nothing but an angel. I wasn’t going to let the
issue die like that. I had a duty to protect my cousin from getting into a very dangerous marriage.
But then my life was equally on the line. Charles could easily have had me killed after getting the
recording but instead he paid in money into my account, something that looked very fishy.
dude was smart, very smart.
I really had a very sleepless night thinking over everything and early the next morning, I dressed
up in readiness to travel down to the east to be with Clara. I couldn’t travel the previous day as
planned because of issues that came up and I wasn’t going to let any other thing delay me further.
I also was a bit nervous over seeing Clara once again because even though she sounded cool the
few times we spoke on phone I felt our closeness wasn’t going to be like old times because of
what she must have heard about me and val.
Yes I had a lot of issues to settle with her and I
equally knew I was embarking on a very dangerous mission because any slip of tongue could get
Charles unleashing his terror on me.
But first thing first I had to call Val. I needed his help and if possible the help of the whole
department of state services. Charles wasn’t a danger to me alone but to the governor’s daughter
and everyone. Yes it could stand as a matter of national security because the dude was a time
bomb waiting to explode with his connections in every sector of the government.
‘’Val we need to talk and it’s very urgent’’ I muttered as soon as Val picked my call.
To be continued……
Can you guess what Vivian is up to??
The Governor’s Daughter
Vivian’s side of the story continues from the last scene of the previous episode
‘’hmmm Vivian how are you?, where are you?’’ Val asked with a slightly raised tone as soon as he ‘’you sound surprised huh?, I can’t believe you never bothered to check on how I was faring?’’ I
‘’you won’t understand. Seriously’’ he breathed while I scoffed.
‘’it doesn’t matter. I’m calling for another reason.
I need to see you this evening. I will be at All
Seasons hotel later today for something very urgent, let’s meet there. It’s more about your life and
future. I’m still in Lagos though but I will be taking the next available flight down to south east’’ I
muttered very quickly.
‘’fine I will be expecting your call when you arrive’’ he replied. I smiled, hung up and called Clara.
‘’hey dear how far?’’ I greeted as soon as she picked my call.
‘’I’m just there jare’’ she replied in Pidgin English.
‘’I will be arriving town this evening, but won’t be coming to the house, instead I will lodge at a
hotel because of some issues that came up. I will invite you over when I arrive there. Hope it won’t
be a problem to you?’’ I asked
‘’no of course not but I hope all is fine?’’ she replied and asked with a worried tone.
‘’yes just be patient till I get to town’’ I added, hung up and breathed deeply. The stage was now
set for my next line of action and I needed no one to warn me on being very cautious. It was a big
risk I was about taking and it could either end well or badly for me.
‘’dear Lord I hope I’m doing the right thing this time?’’ I prayed.
By 5:45pm that same evening I was already settled in one of the best rooms ‘’All seasons hotel’’
could offer. The comfort of the room however couldn’t stop me from being nervous and a bit
scared as I waited for Val and Clara to arrive. It really was the first time we were about being
together in a long while and I knew things could get messy. I equally was unaware of the
relationship Val was currently enjoying with Clara who was now about getting married to Charles. I
had a lot of questions in my head that needed answers. I equally had my own story to tell.
Yes the get-together was definitely going to open up many secrets and truths. I couldn’t help but
weigh my options over and over again.
I knew going against Charles’s directive could backfire on
me in a very explosive manner. It equally was the only way I could redeem myself and save Clara
and Val from impending doom. I had a lot to lose; I equally had a lot to gain by going through with
my plans. My prayer was just for it to go very successfully because it really was taking a whole lot
of courage on my part to get on with.
Val was the first to walk into my room and just like I expected he looked very suspicious and
curious over my motive. He perhaps thought I was all out to seduce him. I couldn’t help but laugh
in my mind.
‘’thank God you are finally here. What will you take?’’ I asked, trying to make him feel relaxed. He
shrugged and breathed deeply.
‘’Vivian I’m not here to take anything but first to apologize over everything that happened in my
house the last time we met. It has been in my mind to apologize all these while but I haven’t been
myself. Yes I survived Charles brutal attack but I have never been the same ever since.
suspended from work, I lost Clara, I don’t even know if I lost my mind as well. I have been in the
village ever since, trying to start all over with life. I’m glad you are okay’’ he softly apologized,
shocking me with his words. Yes his apology wasn’t supposed to touch me because I deserved
one from him but I was moved by it because I wasn’t really expecting it that minute. However
before I could say something, a knock landed on the door. Clara showed up.
Clara’s presence changed everything. Her presence brought in tension and heat to the room. Val
looked very disturbed and surprised to see her and she equally looked very unhappy to see Val.
‘’what the hell are you up to Vivian. Why invite me here? You want me to see you guys together or
what?. I already know everything, there is no need’’ Clara breathed angrily, forcing me to reach
forward and grab her hand.
‘’it’s not what you think my dear. Yes I liked Val. I still do like him but we never had an affair. We
were never together. We never went far from being friends. The night I was attacked, I was just in
his house to thank him for rescuing you and equally give him the food I got from the house.
that because I knew what he was passing through that moment but unfortunately someone else
had something planned for us. Charles surprised us, using the surprise to his advantage to
overpower Val and i. we were brutally stabbed by him. We were stabbed by your fiancée’’ I
breathed with all my energy. Clara instantly colored up while Val slowly sat down. There was
uneven quietness in the room as my words sank in.
‘’but that’s not the main reason I invited you guys here. I’m in a deep terrible mess right now.
Charles set up my new boyfriend yesterday and forced me into making a confession indicting Val.
I was forced to confess on tape that Val stabbed me. I had to do his bidding in order to free the
innocent guy who just got to the country for my sake. I don’t know what he plans doing with the
tape. I was warned not to talk to you Clara and I beg you to act as if I told you nothing until we get
enough evidence to jail him’’ I added breathlessly..
‘’this is just too much. I don’t know why I believe all you just said. It sounds like a cooked up tale.
Can Charles really be this cruel?’’ Clara breathed, sitting on the floor with a look of despair.
‘’I know I know but we have to work together to nail him. We have to set our differences and
You can’t marry Charles. That dude can murder you anytime he wants. He’s not
a human being. I used to be on his side until I learnt my lesson the hard way’’ I begged Clara who
shook her head, covering her face with her palms. There wasn’t any doubt the information was too
much for her and I was taking a big risk by revealing everything. I looked at Val for him to say
something but he looked a bit uninterested.
‘’I don’t think I have any role to play here. Clara is no longer my problem. I’m equally on
suspension. The best you guys can do is to find a way to secretly tell the state director of my
department your story and plans. He’s a good man and will handle it well. I have to go now’’ he
simply said and stood up while Clara looked up at him with eyes filled with tears and disdain.
‘’I came to your house. I begged you to tell me the truth but you were willing to sacrifice my
happiness in order to have the last laugh. What kind of guy are you Val?’’ she asked while Val
looked away. She surprisingly stood up with great energy, walked up to him and landed two hot
slaps on his face, shocking me with her action.
Instead of retaliating, Val tried to hold her still, a struggle ensued and in the process the two love
birds ended up on my bed breathing heavily. I couldn’t help but wonder that moment what would
have happened supposing I wasn’t in the room with them. There wasn’t any doubt their hormones
were raging like wild fire.
love song plays in the background
‘’ meanwhile unknown to them, Vivian’s phone which was tucked under a pillow had been ringing
endlessly. Perhaps the tension in the room, coupled with the low ring volume of the phone made it
impossible to be heard. And yes the caller was no other person than Charles ’’
Do you think Charles was dumb to let Vivian live to tell her story?
To be continued…