Kendra opened her eyes and blinked turning her face away from the light above her. Was she in heaven already?
The light was so bright the nearly blinded her. She winced. The pain was still there. Didn’t they teach her in church then that when one was in heaven there was no pain? Then why the hell was she feeling like she had used her entire body to battle with a truck? Then she turned to the faint noise she heard at her right ear and saw someone in a white dress. A lady whose back was turned as if she was busy with something and Kendra couldn’t see her face. She tried to move but she discovered that there was something in her hand. Then it occurred to her. She wasn’t in heaven after all. D–n it! Why was it taking God too long to take her life? She recalled what had happened last night. She knew she ran out of the mansion with Connor calling her to stop and once. No…he wasn’t calling her, he was ordering her to stop. But how her weak legs had carried her that far to the express, she was still at a loss. A car had stopped and that was all she could remember. She blinked. She also heard voices calling into her to come back but it wasn’t Connor’s. It sounded familiar and there was only one person with that kind of strong-willed voice…. Alex. She wasn’t sure if she had been dreaming it but she heard the voice in echoes loud and bold calling her name to come back. The lady turned and looked at her, then she smiled. Was it her or did she have a striking resemblance with Alex? She wasn’t the nurse because she was dressed in a very fancy outfit. She looked almost like Kendra’s age mate.
And she was beautiful.
“Hello. You’re finally awake. Thank God.”. She said and sat on the seat next to the bed. Kendra looked around the ward. It was a.very big, private ward.
” How long have I been here?”
The lady shrugged, still smiling.
“Just last night and this morning. How do you feel?”
“Like I was run over by a truck.”
She chuckled and nodded. “You did look like you were run over by a truck when you were brought in here last night.”
Kendra looked at her. “Who brought me here?”
She said holding her breath hoping it wasn’t Connor as usual. “Oh, my brother did. He said he saw you on the way and you almost died because you passed out. I’ll call the doctor and tell him you’re awake.”
She made to leave and Kendra called her back.
“Wait…who is your brother?”
“Alex? You don’t know him? He said he knows you.”
Alex was the one who had stopped for her?
“And you are..?”
“Monalisa. Or Lisa whichever suits you best.”
She said and turned and left the room. Kendra tried to turn on her back and winced. Wrong idea…she felt like she had lain on needles on the bed then she remembered she had been beaten badly there. This wasn’t the hospital she usually went to but she didn’t k ow the owner of this one. She sighed and tried to get comfortable. The bed was comfortable enough but her body and arms gave her great discomfort. The door opened and she expected to see the doctor but Alex walked in instead.
When Lisa had told him that Kendra was awake he made a mental sign of the cross and sighed in relief. He hadn’t been able to rest easy with the way she had slumped in his arms last night. He thought he had lost her. In fact, he had nearly lost her when he found out that her pulse was weak and rushed into the car on a full-speed, calling the hospital to get ready for him. But she was almost gone but he time he got there and they were trying to revive her. For the first time in his life since his mother had nearly lost her life, Alex had never been this scared of losing anyone else. He had thought that she had somehow gotten into an accident with her husband on their way from the mall last night but it wasn’t until he had undressed her, he saw the marks on her light skin. They weren’t hard to notice. The marks from various beatings. Her husband had been hitting her. He thought as much with the way he acted last night and the way she acted with him, that the was something going on that even Aliyah didn’t know of.
What kind of a man would raise his hands and beat his wife to the point of death?! The thought of having her beaten by that beast made his blood boil. He could never raise a hand on a woman regardless of who she is and what she is.
He stepped in and she looked at him. This was a beautiful lady who a devil-like her husband was trying to damage. She was still staring at him and she lowered her gaze as if she was ashamed. Of what, he thought. With his hands folded against his chest, he sat on the edge of the bed and looked at her for a while.
“Hello, KendHe.” He said.
“How are you feeling today?”
She sighed and nodded. “I’m fine. Just a little ache here and there.”
She gave him a weak smile.
That was number two.
Then the smile left again as fast as it came.
“Do you remember what happened to you last night?”
She looked at him and stared as if she was trying to remember. “I…had an accident.”
Lies! “An accident.” He repeated. “What kind of accident?”
He knew the truth but he wanted her to admit and trust him to say it to him.
“A…car..” What the hell? He lowered his gaze. “I see.” He said.
Kendra didn’t know what else to tell him. She felt that he would believe whatever she told him since he wasn’t the doctor anyway. He wouldn’t know the truth. But when he lowered his gaze and murmured, she looked up at him. He knew she was lying. But how would he know that?
“There were marks on your body, Kendra.”
He said after a few seconds of silence between them. She swallowed hard. She didn’t need to be told. She could still feel the plasters at her back and on her cheek.
“It was an accident.” She said. “Thank you for bringing me here, Alex. I’ll pay the bills.”
She heard him chuckle and shake his head.
“You always have a way of paying for everything, don’t you?”
She looked up at him. What the hell did he mean by that?
There was a knock on the door and a tall and pretty looking nurse walked in.
“I’m sorry, doctor. Its time for the surgery.”
She said and Kendra looked confused. Who was she referring to? She saw Alex nod.
“Is everything set?” He asked.
“Yes, sir.” She said. “Give me a few minutes.”
She nodded and slipped out the same way she had slipped in. He stood up and looked at her as if he was going to say something but was hesitating. Then he turned and left the ward. Kendra was still shocked at this new revelation. He was the doctor? Was he also the one who had attended to her? She remembered his voice calling her to come back. It was him!
And she had just lied shamelessly about an accident!…
To Be Continued…
The original story Chinoso Charles.
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