MARRIED TO MR RIGHT Episode 2 by Jackie
He wore his clothes and rushed out to the living room. He sat down to wear his shoes when his wife who was busy reading the papers asked
“where are you going all dressed up?”
“I’m off to the bank to get a loan for a new business that I’m about to put up?” he said excitedly not noticing the perplexed look on her face
“A loan? and how do you intend to pay back? you and I know that there’s no such money in this house and you’re thinking of getting a loan?” she snapped
“I’m sure it’s gonna work out don’t worry”
“of course I’m going to worry. Ben has no job to support the family and Ciara can’t even pay up with the little cents she make. so what if something goes wrong? who are you gonna lean on?” she asked again feeling irritated
“you trust me don’t you?” he asked searching her eyes for an answer but she glared at him
“trust? let’s not go there right now. because I don’t and even if I did, whatever you’re planning to do with that money won’t work alright” she said in anger and walked out on him. he stared at the door until she got inside.
He sighed and made his way to the bank for his business.
He took a cab and drove off to the bank.
On their way there, the brake on the car failed and he noticed the driver struggling with the car until it eventually hit another car on the road causing an accident.
She was busy dusting the house when the landline rang. she ignored and continued but the ringing became persistent that she had no choice but to finally pick up
“Hello are you Mrs Smith?” the voice said from the other end of the line.
“I’m calling from the hospital. your husband was involved in a fatal accident and was just admitted” the voice said
Her heart dropped and her voice hitched at the mention of the word accident.
“W… what accident… which hospital” she asked her voice almost breaking down
“I’ll be right there” she said putting the phone down. she quickly wore her slippers and was about to leave when Ben approached.
“Mom where are you going? why are you so jumpy?
“your dad was in an accident and has been admitted to the hospital.” she said breaking down
“I have to go now. call Ciara and tell her to come to Hilltop Hospital right now” she said before rushing out.
“I finished reviewing this paper and I’ve finished working on them” I say handing them over to Darren
“wow you’re fast. good work Ciara” he compliments me
“thanks Darren” I say.
I noticed something vibrating in my bag so I opened it to look and saw my phone ringing.
I checked the caller Id only to realize that it was my brother
“now what do they want?” I thought to myself and cut the call.
“I’ll get back to work now” I say to Darren and walk to my little office.
I sat down and went through some documents and just then it rang again.
I cut it again and continued working.
I wonder what they want now. when I’m with them, they won’t let me be and when I’m alone still the same thing.
the ringing continues and I reluctantly pick it up.
“Hello?” I say
“Ciara. is that you?”
“Yes it’s me. what do you want Ben?”
“Ciara dad is in the hospital” he tells me
I quickly stood up
“what did you say?”
“he was involved in an accident and he’s in critical condition right now.
you have to get down here”
“OK OK Which hospital?”
“Hilltop hospital” he said before the line went dead
what will I do now?
“Darren I have to go.” I say putting my stuff into my bag hurriedly.
“where are you going? is everything alright?”
“I can’t talk right now but I promise I’ll tell you later. bye” I say before finally rushing out
I took a cab from work and drove straight to the hospital.
I just hope I’m not too late.
when I got to the hospital, I saw mom and my brother seated in the waiting room.
the expression on their faces was completely different.
mom looked pale, her eyes were red and damp.
my brother sat down next to her consoling her.
“Ciara?” he called immediately his eyes met mine
“where is dad? how is he?” I asked
“no clue. the doctor hasn’t told us anything yet. I guess we should wait” he said and I shook my head slowly.
I was trying to fight back the tears that were already forming from the corner of my eyes.
I fell to the chair and wept bitterly.
this cannot be happening right now.
Some minutes later, we were told that the doctor would like to see us and we walked into the office to meet him.
“have a, seat” he, said and gestured for us to sit which we did
“how is he doctor?” mom said crying her eyes out
“well he’s in a critical condition. He was hurt pretty bad and sustained some internal injuries. we would have to schedule a quick operation as soon possible” he, said adjusting his glasses
“operation?’ I ask. I looked at mom and back at the doctor. where are we going to get enough money for an operation?
” isn’t there any other way?” I ask not knowing why I did
“I’m afraid no. it’s either you go with the operation before it’s too late. I’ll leave you to decide. the choice is yours” he said and walked out of the office.
I covered my face with my palm
what are we going to do now.
“you are the cause of everything happening to us right now?” mom said as she shook me violently.
“What did I do mom?”
“ever since you came into our lives. bad things had always happened. We were doing alright until you showed up. Ben lost his job and now this” she said hitting me hard on the cheeks
I whimpered “I’m sorry mom”
“don’t you dare call me mom” she snapped “I am not your mother. you are bad luck from the very first day I took you in to live with you”
“took me in?” I ask not sure of what I heard
didn’t you know already. we are not your parents.
I guess you always brought bad luck to your parents and that’s why they left you on the streets to rot ” she said without any form of remorse. I was already crying my eyes out.
I felt numb. it came like a shock. like a big blow. so the people I actually called my parents are not really my parents. I was adopted? no wonder they don’t like me? no wonder they hate the mere sight of me. I’ve always tried to impress them thinking it was a mere phase that would one day be over but sadly, it was worse than that. I felt betrayed and it hurts so bad.
“now how are we going to find enough money for an operation? another debt. should I spend the rest of my life paying off debts?” she said tears streaming down her cheeks.
“I’ll find a way mom” I say amidst sobs
“just get out from my sight” she yelled “I said get out”
I quickly took to my heels and rushed out of the building.
I was confused. I had no one to turn to. where would I go?
who would help me now?
I walked for some minutes and finally settled on a bench under a, tree in the park.
I sat down lost in my thoughts, not realising that It had already began to rain and I was getting drenched.
this is more than I can handle.
my whole life had been a lie. The ones I call my parents. everything was an illusion. it was actually one big lie…
I closed my eyes as the tears trickled down my cheeks…
MARRIED TO MR RIGHT Episode 3 by Jackie
I quickly glanced at my watch. it was almost eight at night. I can’t believe that I seated here till this time. it’s already late.
I quickly stood up and made my way home.
I got a cab and drove home.
immediately I arrived, I walked straight to the kitchen to make dinner. I have to get mom some food to eat cause I’m sure she’s very hungry.
I didn’t bother taking off my clothes so I set to work.
the door opened slightly
“Ciara” my aunt called. I turned to look at her and continued chopping the vegetables.
I can’t believe that she was at home all this while and never bothered to cook anything.
she didn’t even visit the hospital to check how dad is doing. some aunt she is.
“Where is mom and Ben. they just ran out of the house and refused to tell me anything” she pulled a chair and sat down
“Maybe if you tried calling your husband then you would know where they are right now” I said. she’s just so irritating. I can’t stand the mere sight of her.
“just tell me where they are. I’m worried” she tells me
I sighed placing my hand on the kitchen counter and turned to face her.
“please aunt I’m tired as it is. but if you really want to know where they are then I suggest you call Ben or Better still visit hilltop hospital” I say and continued cooking.
she glared at me and finally picked up her phone to make a phone call.
After some minutes of talking on the phone, she turned to me and said
“how could you not tell me that dad was just admitted into the hospital”
“you didn’t seem like you cared about any of that. you couldn’t even Cook dinner to help me out. I wonder what my brother saw in you that prompted him to get married” I say tucking my hair behind my ears angrily
“what?” she scoffed “Hey you should be watchful about the things you say to me alright. after all you don’t belong in this family.” she said and that moment I felt a sharp pain run through my heart.
“just an orphaned girl picked up in the streets and you think Ben is your brother. he doesn’t look anything like you so stop having illusions that Ben is your brother cause he’s not. no one in this family is related to you. you are nothing more than a slave. just to serve and clean up. Low life” she said and walked away.
I held on to the counter. my legs were already wobbly.
How can she say something like that about me.
The tears trickled down my cheeks but I wiped them out and continued making dinner.
No one will ever like me no matter how hard i try so it’s best if I stop trying.
After cooking, I dished some out for my aunt and packed the rest for mom and Ben.
I quickly rushed into my room to change my outfit, after which I made my way to the clinic.
All through the drive there, I was only thinking about how to get enough money for the surgery. cause my savings for five years won’t be enough for an operation.
I arrived and quickly rushed to meet mom.
she glared immediately she saw, me and threw her face to the other side.
“Mom I brought dinner” I say and that’s when Ben noticed my presence in the room. he was too busy sulking to realize that I was already here.
“Ciara you brought us food. how thoughtful of you.” he said grabbing the food from my hands.
“We haven’t eaten since noon” he opened the lid and took a bite “Wow. delicious. good work” he said as he continued eating
I placed the food on mom’s thighs but she kept it down.
“please mom. just eat something” I beg. “you’ll get sick”
“Ciara’s right mom” Ben said but he gave him a glare and he stopped talking.
“I will eat. I’m just not hungry. leave it on the floor” she tells me and I nod.
“what about you? have you had your dinner?” he asks me
“I have” I lied. I don’t want them to start disturbing to eat and besides I’m not really hungry.
“how is dad now?’ I ask hoping for a miracle
” He’s inside. the doctor wants a deposit before he begins the surgery on dad. and right we don’t know where to get that money from ” Ben tells me and I notice mom tearing up again.
“we could get a loan from the bank” I suggest
“how do you intend to pay back. it’s not that easy Ciara” he said.
I sat down on the chair and shut my eyes.
I glanced at my watch. it was almost midnight. I can’t go home now so i wrapped my shawl around my shoulder.
After eating, I watched mom and Ben talking and I felt so left out. I felt so alone. like I didn’t belong.
I kept on staring at them until I finally fell asleep.
The cold from the hospital was unbearable. I felt like I would die the next minute.
I felt someone cover me with something. I quickly opened my eyes to see mom going back to her chair.
“thank you mom” I muttered and I’m sure she heard it. I finally closed my eyes to get some shut eye.
I was awakened by the sunlight that penetrated through the building and hit my face. I yawn and stretched myself before opening up my eyes.
Mom and Ben were already up.
“Morning Mom” I greeted but she didn’t reply
“Hey Ciara” Ben called me and I gave a faint smile.
“Have you spoken to the doctor” I ask
“yes. Dad would be moved out if we don’t make a move soon” he tells me
“I’ll… I’ll try to think of something” I say and quickly rushed out of the hospital to the house.
I had my bath and wore my clothes before heading to work. I need to talk to Darren. he’s the only friend I have and maybe he would be able to help.
I arrived and threw the door open. I was told he was in a meeting so I had to wait.
finally, he was out. I quickly rushed to meet him.
“Darren” I call breaking down all of a sudden “I need your help”
“Ciara are you okay” he said holding my arm. “have a seat” he walked to a chair and we sat down.
“what’s wrong? why are you crying? is everything okay?”
“I… well… dad is in the hospital. he got into an accident” I said and I notice his jaw drop
“how is he now? is he alright?” he asks me but I shook my head
“he’s not. The doctor said he sustained some internal injuries and has to be operated. but the thing is, I don’t have enough money for that so I was hoping if you could help me” I said and turned to look at him.
he kept silent like someone who was lost in his thoughts or something. he was really my last hope.
“I would really love to help you Ciara. believe me I would but I don’t have that kind of money at my disposal” he said and I felt like my whole world just came to an end.
“What will I do now?” I sniffed “I can’t loose my father right now. he’s all I’ve got. there has to be a way”
“Actually there is” he tells me and I sat up wiping my tears
“Have you heard of Brian’s home for charity. they offer help to most commoners so if you can talk to them or their son I’m sure they could be of assistance” he tells me.
A ray of hope. somehow it’s worth a try and I can’t give that up. I have to see him.
“Where is it?”
“I’ll text you the address”
“thank you Darren. I was positive you would help me” I hugged him and he returned it.
I quickly pulled away and walked out to the place he said.
he texted me the address and I took a cab there.
I arrived and stepped down.
OMG this place is massive, people actually live here?” I said to myself and walked in.
I first I felt a little intimidated about my outfit but I never cared less. my dad’s health is all I could think of right now.
“Hello” I said to a man standing behind a counter and he gave me a look then stared at me.
“how can I help you?” he asked
“I was told to come here. I’m looking for Brian Salter”
“Boss asked you to come here? are you one of his side chicks or girlfriends? he asked in a disgusted manner
I shook my head ” no I’m not anyone’s girlfriend. I was told to come here cause someone said that he would help me ” I said feeling irritated. who does he think he is to ask me that.
“he’s not in at the moment. he’s a busy guy so you’ll have to wait” he told me and gestured me to sit which I did.
I felt pretty embarrassed cause everyone was staring at me. at least I managed a good shower. for a moment there, I thought I would die cause they couldn’t stop looking.
I sat down for some minutes probably forty five minutes before I was told that he was back. he quickly took his phone and passed a message across and I’m sure he agreed cause I was told to see him.
Someone escorted me to his office and I stood outside. should I knock or just go in. he already knows I’m coming but what if he gets angry. I really need the money and I don’t want to do anything to upset him.
I finally decided to knock.
“come in” he said in response to my knocking.
“I gently pushed the door knob and walked inside. he sat down backing me so I didn’t see his face.
is he some kind of demon that doesn’t like people seeing his face or what?
” Hello I’m Ciara ” I said
“how can I help you?” he said still backing me
“I was told to come here. I need your help” I say. my voice shaking.
“oh really. how can I be of help Ciara?” he said and just then turned around to face me.
My heart skipped a beat when I saw his face.
“So we meet again?” he said placing his hand on his chin.
“you’re Brian?” I ask
Holy crap, what have I gotten myself into now?….
MARRIED TO MR RIGHT
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