‘Mark…’ Helen called weakly as she returned from the doctor’s office.
‘Mum? What did the doctor say? Is dad going to be alright’? he rose to his feet.
‘He’ll be fine, he just needs some time’ Helen sighed with relief. The doctor assured her that he would be fine, but he would be unconscious for some days as the accident affected his nervous system.
‘I’m glad mum’ Mark sq££zed her hands.
‘Me too’ Helen replied. She was really glad she hadn’t lost her husband, that wasn’t what she’d planned, the boys failed her and she was going to deal with them for hurting her husband, they had failed to adhere to her instructions.
Earlier that day, she’d contacted some assassins and sent them a picture of Nelson, the plan was for them to follow their car, then block them and get Nelson out of the car instead of crashing into the vehicle.
Nelson couldn’t live, he knew too much about her family and that was very dangerous for their reputation.
I was restless, I prayed to God to save the pastor, if the man died then my days in the mansion were numbered because Helen would send me out that very same day. It wasn’t easy being fatherless, it was a great burden to bear.
I had already prepared lunch and cleaned up everywhere, so I had nothing doing and was a bit bored.
I still wondered about Mark and Grace, those two must have really been close, but why did she suddenly pack up and leave, it wasn’t right and that ignited my curiosity.
Was Mark a bad lover? I shook my head, he seemed like a caring and romantic type of guy.
A smile played on my lips as I realized the obvious reason of her mysterious departure: Helen must’ve been the reason.
She must have found out about their affair and must have become very mean to the poor girl, that was the most likely reason.
‘Or what if she was pregnant and he denied it’? I spoke aloud.
I rose to my feet and fetched her album once again, I needed to watch those pictures, maybe they could help me find my answers.
‘House of secrets’ I repeated the words of the note I’d found days back.
I dropped the note aside and kept watching the pictures, it’s either Grace was a very good writer or she was crazy, the mansion I lived in was owned by a man of God and there were no dirty and dark secrets.
‘Who do we have here’? I found another picture of her smiling with a handsome young man, they seemed well acquainted with each other. I couldn’t discard the picture that easily, I noticed something about it, she wore the necklace I found in the garden, and on the picture was written : ‘ROMEO’, had she been cheating on Mark? What if he found out and killed her? I went wild with ideas.
‘Open this goddamn door and bring me my food’ the banging on my door brought me to reality, Rose had woken up.
‘Okay, I’m coming’ I slid out of bed, Mark had not told her about their father’s accident, maybe that piece of news could humble her a bit, she was so arrogant, I wondered briefly how Grace coped.
‘Where’s my brother’? she asked dryly and settled on a chair.
‘He went out’ I replied and offered her a plate of jollof rice.
‘To’? she raised her brows.
‘I don’t know’ I answered.
‘How would you know? Dummy’ Rose fetched her buzzing phone.
‘Hello darling, it’s been such a long time, Romeo’ she paused and gulped some water.
‘Yes baby, how are you and the family’? he asked.
‘Fine, you forgot about me’ she sounded sad.
‘Well, I remember you now, you kept pushing me out of your life, saying your family wouldn’t approve of us, I still want you Rose’ he said.
‘Well, that was then, my family don’t hold the aces no more, we should see soon’ she replied cheerfully and brought the call to an end.
‘What are you looking at dummy’? she sneered at me and I scurried out of the kitchen.
She’d call the man ‘Romeo’, that reminded me of the inscription on Grace’s photo with the handsome guy, could they be a connection?
‘I need more’ she called me back.
She thought about Romeo briefly, she had turned him and many guys down because of her father, but he no longer cared about her, he no longer loved her like his own, so she had to find new outlets to release her inbuilt desires.
She had met Romeo in Church, her father’s church to be précised, he introduced himself as a Blogger and writer, what drew her to him was his cuteness, Romeo was a very hot guy but he was very broke, but he had not worshipped there for a very long time.
Thankfully, the pastor had two drivers working for him, himself and some middle aged man, the other car had been badly damaged, so the church driver had brought a Sienna to transport them back to the house.
‘Good afternoon boss’ he hailed the man.
‘Nelson, I’m happy you’re all alive, God is in control’ the man said.
‘Yes he is’ Nelson replied and walked some meters away from the car, he needed to warn the blogger.
‘Hello? Am I speaking to the owner of Hot gossips blog’? he waited patiently for an answer.
‘Yes, my name is Kachi Romeo, can I help you’? the blogger asked.
‘Hey listen up, I don’t know what game you’re up to, but I don’t have any information to sell, just back off, even if there was something to tell, I don’t snitch’ Nelson scowled.
‘Slow down, Mr Nelson is it?’ the blogger asked.
‘How did you know my name you freak, are you stalking me now? I’m calling the police on you and your stupid blog’ Nelson threatened.
‘Well before you do, I’d like you to know the fact that I know something about you, a big dark secret and if I’ve got proof, if I leak it, you’ll lose your job even your life, so just listen to me first, I don’t want to coerce you into working with me, we could be partners, we could work this out real fine’ the blogger explained rather confidently.
‘Are you blackmailing me or what? What do you know about me and why do you want this family so bad’? Nelson asked, heat crept up his neck as he tried to recall all the bad things he’d ever done.
‘I know you’re sleeping with the pastor’s wife’ he replied coolly and Nelson froze where he stood.
‘Hello? Mr Nelson? I need you to trust me, I promise your secret is safe with me but to gain your trust, I must show you something first’ he continued.
‘What do you want to show me’? there was so much fear and panic in Nelson’s voice, what if the blogger had a video clip of him and Helen?
‘Someone made attempt on your life today but the wrong person was injured, I want to show you this person’ the blogger said.
‘You’re crazy, what are you talking about? I don’t even have enemies’ Nelson rubbed his chin.
‘Everyone has enemies, you slept with yours’ he replied and the line went dead.
‘Nelson’ a shrill voice cried out his name and jerked his from the sea of his disturbing thoughts.
‘Madam’? he swirled and faced Helen and Mark.
‘We have to go’ she ordered and slipped into the car with her son.
‘Okay then’ he replied and join the rest in the car. So many things ran through his mind, first, how did the Hot Gossips blogger get to know about his affair with Helen? The news crippled him, she was going to kill him if she ever found out about it, she would blame him for tarnishing her image.
‘So mum, now dad is down, who’s going to handle his appointments’? Mark asked.
‘Not to worry, that’s why I’m his personal assistant, and we’re holding a powerful tarry night this week, we have to keep members on their toes for God’ Helen sighed.
‘Nice one mum’ Mark replied and was surprised to hear his mother sound so spiritual.
‘Your father would be fine, everything would be fine and soon we’ll live our normal lives’ she rubbed his hands.
‘Yes mum’ Mark replied.
She had this feeling Nelson was up to something, Mark and her had stepped out of the hospital and met him on a call. She’d read his features as he spoke to whoever, something wasn’t right, that gave her courage to plan for his death another time, what if he told the world about their affair?
That wasn’t what troubled her, it was her carelessness, letting him bury the decaying hand they’d found in Grace’s room that bothered her, what if he had plans of blackmailing her, how stupid she’d been.
‘Are you okay mum’? Mark noticed she was frowning.
‘Sure, I am’ she replied and took one last glance at Nelson.
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