After smiling at the receptionist, he went
straight to his hotel room, exhausted.
He was glad he was done with all the
meetings and going back to Lagos to see
his daughter was the next thing in mind.
Maria had been discharged, athough he
wasnt around. He was glad she survived it.
What would he had done if she had died.
Apart from Maria he had no one, except of
course Ximena. That mexican lady had
stuck to him like a chewing gum for
sometime now.
She was all about getting back together
with him. And getting him to sleep with
her. But he wasnt interested.
Even most times when she came to his
room totally naked, he didnt feel aroused.
She had been flirting with his openly for a
Most times, she would sit opposite him,
then open her legs wide enough for him to
see, and she was mostly pantieless.
He was glad that finally Maria was back, at
least she wont be able to openly flirt with
him in the presence of his daughter.
Just as he dropped his briefcase on top of
the bed, then proceeded to take of his
shoes. His phone rang.
It was officer Ekaite.
‘…..good day Ekaite’
‘……what?! Didnt i mention that she should
be always well fed?’
‘…….she’s crying my baby for crying out
loud. If anything bad happens to her, i will
hold you responsible’
‘……..where is she now?’
‘……is she alright? Has her mother visited
her again?’
‘……make sure she is well attended to, i
dont want anything bad to happen to my
unborn child. Did they say anything
concerning the baby?’
‘……Send me your account details. I will
sending you enough money, i want her to
be well fed and very comfortable. At least,
until she delivers’
‘……thanks for the information. I really
appreciate it. Bye’
He hung up.
He threw his phone back on the bed and
sighed. Alice collapsed again. He wondered
what on earth was wrong with Alice. The
other day she fought with her mother
forgetting she was pregnant.
And today, she had refused to eat and had
collapsed. Doesnt she realise she was
putting herself in danger?
Then he pinched himself, he wasnt the
least concerned about her. He was
concerned about his child. He wants his
child to be healthy. Left for him, he wouldnt
care if she fights everyone who comes her
way or refuse to eat for years.
Infact, she deserved death. But for his
He reached for his phone and looked at the
screen saver. It was Alice’s smiling
beautiful face looking at him with those
beautiful brown eyes of her.
He shook his head.
He missed her, he couldnt deny that fact.
And the fact that he had been able to stop
himself from visiting her in the hospital
everyday was by the grace of God.

Maria felt pity and guilt surge through her
when she saw the sorry state of Alice. She
was looking miserable, the once chuby
Alice was now skinny and her eyes were
There was no doubt that she was really
suffering in that hell hole of a prison.
Despite the fact that she was happy she
was here, she couldnt help but feel sorry
Would she ever want to suffer like this? For
nothing? When she was innocent? And
pregnant? For the man she loves?
She didnt know if she made the right
decision by telling her dad that it was Alice
who shot her when it was Gilbert. She didnt
know anymore.
This innocent woman was suffering for
nothing. The place stung. She couldnt even
dream of spending an hour locked up here
not to talk of three weeks.
When Alice looked at her with those pitiful
eyes of hers, she vowed to be nicer to her.
At least, since she was locked up here, she
would just try to be nice.
The pitiful look on Alice’s eyes soon turned
to that of hatred.
‘what are you doing here?’ Alice asked
angrily ‘go away, i dont want to see you,
Maria smiled a little ‘i brought you food’
‘i’d rather die of hunger than take anything
from you. If you had the guts to lie that i
was the one who shot you whereas i was
not, then you can do anything. You can
poison me’
‘i wont poison you, you are carrying my
younger brother and sister in there’ Maria
said so softly and politely, Alice almost
‘whats with the poiteness huh? I thought
you were nothing but a rude spoily brat!’
Maria sighed ‘Alice, stop acting all bitchy. I
am here for peace. I didnt come to see you.
I’m here for my unborn sibling’
‘get out, get out now before i strangle you
with my bare hands’
It was no threat, Maria could see it in her
‘Alice, maybe if you are nicer to me, i might
just say the truth’
Alice moved towards her furiously, landed
three slaps on her cheeks, pushed her to
the ground and sat on top her, feeding her
blows and slaps.

To be continued


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