LASTING MEMORY Episode 1.
Kane rubbed his hand all over the surface of the short gun, he gently placed it to his mouth as if he was trying to kiss it, he return it to his laps and tied up his shoe lace just as the other three gang were dressing up.
He check the gun again and smile, he drop the tip of the cigarette in his hand before stepping on it. Two of his gangs noticed and began to laugh and Kane laughed too before saying
“You won’t understand the joy and fulfillment I have just having this precious thing in my hand, just one hit and my victim is gone, no mercy…one hit
The two other gangs began to hail him…
“Kaka the kaka…area destroyer, the giant scorpion himself…the thorn in human flesh, money bag…the creative master…
Kane smile while dancing to their praises, as they were still singing the main gang leader came in, puffing out weed smoke from his mouth.
“Hope we are all ready, few minute from now it will be twelve mid night, and we move at exactly 12:30am. Just as usual, I need to make sure the road is clear and quiet, python you will mount the gate, Razor blade you will stand by the door to make sure no escape route, grass cutter you will stand close to the car and give signal when necessary, don’t give a wrong signal because tonight operation is going to be fire for fire, this man is freaking rich, and the dollar is right in his house as I speak, grass cutter once you jump in through the fence… you will unlock the gate for us… me with Kaka will come inside through the gate, we have to be careful with those barb wire, I have explain it to you all on how to move…I don’t need any mistake at all…me and Kaka the scorpion we will go inside together, get what we went there for and vamoose, no shooting until you are attacked first and if the man tries to prove stubborn, then he is a gunner, he will go down in defeat… you know how much is involve Kaka…don’t mess it up, that was why I got you a sound gun which I call baby boy, I just want everything to be accurate, I know your father has money Kaka and all this money we have here is nothing to you compare to your father’s wealth but…
“Tiger..Tiger my main man… wait, sorry to interrupt you…but I don’t depend on my father’s money…he said he will never buy me my dream car until I start doing well and stop my arrogant behavior, my father is mad…he is a mad old man, he thinks I depend on his stupid money…no way, I want to make my own money and show it to his face that his money is worthless, I will buy my dream car, the latest model and drive right into one of those his fine Lexus jeeps in his garage, I will crash it and dare him to do his worst…I am Kaka the scorpion…area destroyer, I am the giant scorpion…no one dares me…not even my father…after tonight operation, the next hit will be at my father’s house…we will drain half of that money he think he has…I will give you all information when the time comes, I need to go home within that time and check around on how our movement will be…but tonight with this baby boy in my hand…hahaha.. One correct hit and my victim is gone…no mercy…my head is full…please pass me some more weed there…let me smoke the final for tonight trip…
They started hailing Kane again as their leader ask them to hurry up, they did their normal notorious cheer before checking to make sure everything is in order.
Olivia brought down the food from the fire, she called her mother
“Mom, the food is ready should I dish out for you and Dad or you want to eat with me today…
Olivia’s mother came to meet her in their small kitchen, and began to say something to Olivia quietly
“Olivia just dish for both of us, your father said he is not hungry…something seem to be troubling him…
“what could that be mom, work, my school fees or is it your health issue that is troubling him, i know I just newly gained an admission and he spent so much to make sure I get in there, being in the university and also your health challenges now which I now will pass just with time…is never easy, I understand Dad and I feel his pain, his pay is little compare to all the expenses, is not fair on him to be…
Olivia’s father came into the kitchen and they suddenly pause, he walked to his wife and gently squeezed her shoulder, he smile at Olivia before saying
“the two girls in my life are beginning to gossip with my name…isn’t that surprising, my two sweet girls, my lovely wife and my precious daughter, the two most important people I have in this world…please what is my offence and I will amend my ways…I live for two of you and all I want is to do all I can to put a smile on this beautiful faces here…
“Dad, we are just worried about you…something seem to be troubling you…you mean everything to us just as we mean to you…what could be eating at you…
“Nothing my daughter, i…I am fine…or maybe I am not…but I can’t place it…something maybe troubling me but is neither my work or anything I can think off, you are not the problem, Olivia… you are my biggest blessing, and I am not worried about your mother’s health because I know she will be alright soon, is just typhoid which was not noticed on time and it got into her blood, her health is bouncing back and her beautiful color is gradually returning again…hmmm. I just don’t know what is wrong with me this past two days but I will be fine…okay? none of you should worry over me please…face your studies Olivia and do well in school, become a lawyer as you have always dreamt to be…make your mother and i proud…alright…?
“I will dad, I promise…I will. Thank you for being a great dad and I will do all I can never to disappoint you and mom…
Kane drove down that night with his gang to their victim’s house, they parked at a distance before proceeding to the gate, all of them with their facial mask, which shows only their eyes, nose and mouth. they plan to scale the fence, they have already study the compound from outside and know how to jump in to avoid the barb wires that was used to round the fence.
The one they called Grass cuter stood with his gun close to where they parked their car, Python mounted outside the gate, Razor blade was going in so that he can stand by the door of the house, while Kane and Tiger will go inside the main house.
Their victim is a wealthy man, who live with his family, information just got to them that the man who just return from abroad brought back dollar in boxes, which he intend to take to the bank once the weekend is over so the gang decided to strike during the weekend.
Razor blade was the first to jumped into the gate carefully, he went to the big gate and tried to unlock it but found out it was locked with a code, Tiger must have forgotten to notice that the gate is coded. The gang leader after waiting for Razor to unlock the gate but no result he urged Kane to scale the fence and jump in with him so they proceed to the fence, tiger carefully scale the fence avoiding the barb wires before jumping, when Kane manage to get to the top of the fence, he was about to jump in when he saw two giant dogs gently coming behind tiger and Razor, and they did not know because they were waiting for him to jump down before they proceed.
Kane wanted to scream but realized that it will be getting them into trouble, so held his mouth as Tiger and Razor urge him to be fast and jump down, just then they hard a terrifying sound and quickly turn and before they could shoot the two giant dog jumped on them, their scream went high into the air as the beast started tearing them apart…Kane began to shoot at the animals, out of the four bullets in his gun, he missed one, one mistakenly hit his gang leader who was battling with the dog then another bullet hit one of the dog before the police siren started blazing from afar. He had only one bullet left inside the gun.
The owner of the house has already called the police and they were rushing down.
Kane tried to jump down but the barb wire tore his skin, and cut part of his face, he fell from the high fence and broke his legs
The other gang were trying to escape but police caught grass cutter, Kane manage to escape with python, they were being pursued by the police and they ran into a small house by the third street, the police who did not see where they ran into went to another street to search for them with their torch light and gun
As Kane and his partner in crime ran into the small house they started threatening to shoot anybody that shout or makes noise.
The house they broke into was Olivia’s house. She was asleep in her room when she hard the heavy sound which made her to sit up quickly, it sound like somebody just broke down their door, she started hearing voices and threats, followed by her father’s pleads.
Olivia rushed out to know what was happening and saw that the two men has mask on, the other taller man has a cut on his left cheek and blood has s—-d up his facial mask, and he also have a deep cut on his hand and he was leaping in one leg, she tried to scream and the man with the deep cut pointed gun at her, her parents held onto each other shaking in fear and Olivia father was saying with a whisper
“Please we don’t have money, we are poor family, struggling with life, search the whole house we don’t have anything in this house please have mercy…don’t hurt us…please I beg you don’t hurt my only child…take it out on me but spare her…please I am begging you on my knees sir… I beg you in God’s name…have mercy…have mercy…
Python slapped him and asked him to keep quiet while Kane went over to Olivia who was shaking and moving back.
He forcefully grabbed her and she screamed again, he hit her hard and she fell to the ground, he unbutton his belt and pounce on her like a prey, he tore her dress before going down into her, she cried but couldn’t get away from the beast on top of her, and just then Olivia’s father rushed at Kane and threw a chair at him which made him to cry out in pain, he fell off from Olivia who has passed out and her nightie ruined in blood, Kane’s gun fell off from his hand as Olivia’s father hit him and as Olivia’s father tried to grab the gun Python shot him with his own gun, he shot him again and the man fell in his on pull of blood.
“Kaka we need to leave here now… he is dead and the gun noise will attract the police…let’s leave now…there’s no more bullet in my gun…
“Where’s my gun…you killed him…python…his dead…you shouldn’t have shot him…
“he could have killed you if I wasn’t here, you should be thanking me for saving you sorry ass…the plan was to take a shelter and leave here why do you have to rape the poor girl…they are not part of the plans, this is not part of the plan Kaka…if things goes wrong now…your wealthy father is ready to spend all he have to save you but I got no wealthy parents and that’s why I’m doing this…it was risky, I have known someday luck will run out of me but I did not care all that matters is to make the money and enjoy myself to the full now all our plans has failed…tiger, grass cuter and Razor are out there…dead or alive I can’t tell, we manage to escape the least you could have done is to stay cool here and not hurt this poor family, now you made me to kill an innocent man who tried to save his daughter…you are a bastered…with all this injuries on your body and danger around us you still have the appetite for a woman…because you know you may get away with anything…Kaka now look…the man’s wife has passed out from the shock and that girl has fainted after the father was shot…if she survive she will be left with nobody, her mother may also die because she was already gone before I gun down her husband…you really messed up the plan…big time…you messed up…
“shut up…are you feeling sympathy for them…oh you are feeling sorry for people you don’t even know…let me remind you that sympathy is not part of this job…that girl was too sweet to be resisted, the moment she entered I went all hot…and stop all this petty talk it doesn’t suit you, you did what you were suppose to do by killing the man because I would have done the same for you if I was in your shoe…we need to have each other’s back…that’s the game…we will get out of here…please don’t start with that your emotion talk…it doesn’t suit you and that’s not who you are…you are python…stop acting like a cockroach that can be easily smashed…let’s find away and get out of here..i still have one bullet left in my gun…we will use it wisely to attack if there’s anything…
As they left Kane felt a pack of pain clouding his heart, he felt so guilty but was trying not to show it. No matter how he tried to wave it off the pain was still there, he wanted to go back and see if he can save the man or his wife, most important the beautiful girl he just hurt.
Kane felt like a beast as he tried to escape with his friend.
LASTING MEMORY Episode 2.
The fine male doctor smiled at her again as usual and she returned the smile before proceeding down the corridor, she wonder why the young man always smiling anytime he sees her but never bother to say a word, she was already getting irritated with the constant smile.
She opened the door and entered, everything was becoming a ritual for her. This was not her first or her second doctor’s appointment so she was use to the routine.
Doctor Kate exclaim happily on seeing her walked in
“Look who we got here…our beautiful Miss Olivia…how are you doing today…
“I’m doing better than I was yesterday…I keep improving everyday…
“yes, you should…not just for yourself but also for your unborn child…you will finally meet her few weeks from now…aren’t you excited about it…
“I am…of curse I am excited doctor… Looking forward to having her…hmmm…do you think I will make a great mom to her…
“You will be a fantastic mother…don’t worry you will forget all your worries, pain and lost when you finally hold her in your arms…
“I feel relief…I’m glad to hear that…sometimes I have clouding thoughts…terrible things cycles my mind and I just need a little assurance…just to be sure that I know what I’m doing, I don’t want to think of the frightening past, which still threatens my sanity…you know doctor…things like having a baby without father, a product of rape, lost both parents same day and…and I could have flushed it out when I found out that I was pregnant… I felt it was a bad omen, it was evil to carry such child but I couldn’t get myself doing it…I tried to take my own life severally but I just couldn’t until I was introduced to you and your counselling sections has helped me greatly, ever since you started counselling me I have not have thoughts of suicides but I still have fears of the past…and terrible dreams…I think of my dear mom and dad everyday that passes by…I miss them… i could have being in school now pursuing my dreams and working hard to make my parents proud but here I am, a school drop out…carrying pregnancy by an unknown man…isn’t that so sad…is really sad doctor…I am not doing too well in letting go of the past but I’m pushing…I am working hard in finding purpose in life again…
“ you are doing so well my darling…and I am so proud of you…your late parents will be also proud of you too because if you have hurt yourself there won’t be you today…they want you to be happy and I know someday your dream will come true….it was a tragedy to have lost both parents same day, it look like your dreams was going to be cut short but don’t let it happen, when life gives you a hundred reasons to cry tell life you got a thousand and one reasons to laugh…you are wining and let nothing stop you Olivia…this child you carry maybe a product of a bad and evil man who only came to kill and to destroy but when you push her forth she will be a new beginning for you…and new sunrise…do you understand me…don’t ever throw a bad man sin on her shoulder rather love her as you will love your life…and in that way…the past will let go of you…life threw a lemon at you turn it into a lemonade or a lemon pie…hahahaha…yes…i love that smile on your face, you are a beautiful young woman and even your pregnancy can not hide that fact, a man can still walk up to you and say…”hello lady, you look so hot and classic, beauty is understatement when it comes to you, I don’t have words to describe you but I like you a whole lot, do you mind if I have your contact or we hook up sometimes…oh forget about the big tummy thing, it look more of a fine fashion than what it really appears, so what do you say to my kind humble request…
Olivia burst out laughing at Doctor Kate who was putting up some manly attitude as she tries to cheer her up, they both fell into a serious laughter.
Doctor Kate was always having words to say to her, things that keep her going, she was married with two kids, a counselor and a great mother, who takes great pleasure in talking to young women in an unfortunate situations and she was good with what she does.
Olivia likes her a lot and never miss any appointment with her, in that way she has being able to meet other women who needed counseling, and she had a close friend who she met in Doctor Kate counselling class, Helen came from a broken home, she lived with her mother and step father who abused her severally, when she found the courage and told her mother about it she was surprise that her mother did not believe her, instead she was more protective of her abusive husband than her own daughter.
Helen’s mother threaten to throw her out if she ever tells anybody about what her step father was doing to her.
When Helen couldn’t take it anymore, she ran away from the house and her mother never bothers to look for her.
She was suicidal, she wanted to take her own life, she was found on the day she put a rope to her neck and tries to hang herself but was seen on time and rush to the hospital where Doctor Kate met her.
Her step father had a ghastly accident a year later and died and Helen’s mother started searching for her daughter everywhere and when she found her, the woman pleaded for her to return home, it took time and with Doctor Kate’s encouraging word for Helen to return back and started living with her mother again, she got a job and now she is taking care of herself and her mother.
Helen was Olivia’s close friend, who comes around whenever she is not at work.
After Doctor Kate was done speaking with Olivia, she did her normal check up on her and book her for her next visit, which Olivia looked forward to
As she was leaving she met the male doctor again who never stop smiling at her anytime she comes around.
This time around Doctor Mark decided to summon courage and talk to Olivia
“Hello Miss or Mrs…pardon me…. I guess you have being seeing me but may not know my name…Mark is my name and I am kind of curios about something…forgive my manners…I am not always like this..is just that we can not be smiling at ourselves every time you comes around without a proper introduction…so I decided to do that today…but I do want to make sure that I am not trespassing my boundaries, I mean no harm just trying to be a friend…I have checked your ring finger and I did not see a wedding band and all the while you do come here no man comes along with you…except that your slim friend…I hard you mention her name one time…Helen. And I also know your name Olivia…I hard Doctor Kate call you that…I’m sorry for this long speech but I just want to know you better…hope you don’t mind…please…
“I’m glad you finally summon courage and speak out…I was already getting uncomfortable with your continues stare and cheerful attitude…it looks suspicious and was getting irritating too…I’m not married and yes my name is Olivia…and I do come around with my friend, Helen. is nice to know you are not a psycho finally…Doctor Mark. lastly I am not interested in male friends…I don’t feel comfortable around them, so don’t try to get closer than this please because I may end up hating when I suppose to be liking you, male friends doesn’t work for me so please respect that…but we can remain hello and smiling friends as usual…
They both laugh and Mark said
“There’s no problem Olivia, I totally respect your wish and I will stay off…Please, here is my complementary card…just in case of any emergency and you can’t reach Doctor Kate immediately…you can always call me…
Olivia smile before collecting the card, she went home and try to open her small kiosk where she sell beverages, recharge cards and few other things to keep herself going.
Later that evening Helen stopped by on her way from work
“I got you some fruits, doctor Kate said you should eat enough fruits to avoid constipation….hahaha…that baby needs a very healthy environment to form properly…don’t go and suffocate her with wastage that needs to be passed out…
“Your biology teacher need to be arrested, she thought you wrongly… upside down. the only correct thing you got here is that I needed fruits…that’s all…thank you for always supplying me with enough, my baby is safe in the womb and waste are kept far different from where babies are formed…by the way how was today’s work…
“fine…just as usual, how was your appointment with doctor Kate…and also did you meet the fine man with a cute smile…he is always smiling…and he seem to like you not minding your condition…you are cute babe, and this pregnancy looks good on you…you seem to be slaying with it… isn’t that fantastic..
“don’t flatter me…you know how much I hate that…but Doctor Kate said something like that today and the smiling doctor…we finally met today…you won’t believe it…he said his name was Mark and he gave me his card to call for any emergency…but I warned him to stay away from me because I do not want him to get hurt…I am trying to concentrate on this child, I don’t need men for now and maybe that’s the way it will be, men destroyed my family and almost succeeded in destroying my life…I’m struggling to let go but doctor Kate said it will take time but eventually I will pull through but for now I don’t need doctor Mark…he looks at me in a way I don’t feel comfortable in…
“You don’t meant it…I said it…I knew he likes you and was too shy to admit it…Olivia, you need to loosen up and make friends, not every man is a killer and a rapist, my step dad was a rapist, he messed up my life for three years but I still know there are good men out there who are better than the terrible men this generation raised. wait… did Mark ask you other personal questions…
Olivia and Helen talked into the evening before Helen left.
Olivia was certain of one thing she will revenge her parents death is she ever come across the evil man that unleashed terror and took everything she had but she knows coming across him will never be possible because she did not even get to see their faces because of the mask, the man that raped her had an injury on his face and arm and before she passed out she hard his friend call him “Kaka”. Kaka doesn’t ring a bell to her, is a nick name and not a common name.
She just want to move past everything that happened that night but whoever “Kaka” maybe will not go free. Her revenge is the only thing that will give her peace of mind and even if she did not meet Kaka or whoever he is she will certainly hold onto her inner anger and pain which push her forward everyday to be better and make her father and mother proud as she has wanted to do.
Few weeks later Olivia gave birth to a baby girl whom she named Emerald, she was so happy as she held her baby girl, Doctor Kate was right, she forgot the trouble, pain and shame behind her conception and embraced the beautiful being. She was turning her bitter lemon into a sweet Lemonade as Doctor Kate has said.
Kane drove around the neighborhood, is being two years since his father sent him out of the country after he got into a police case and he was almost locked up. his friend python was caught and locked up in prison, the rest of the gang are dead, his father have to send him out of the country and he stayed there for two and half year before returning.
He still remembered the family him and python attacked, the image of the young girl never leaves his memory, she was so slender and beautiful, no day passed without remembering how terrible he was. He raped an innocent girl and his friend python shot the man as he tried to shoot him. All he wanted to do was to save his daughter but the evil in him over took his whole being, his past still hurt him everyday.
He deserved to be dead or locked up just as all the gang members got their share but his father saved him by flying him out of the country until the chaos died down. his inner man still hunt him everyday.
He can’t right his wrongs or undo what has being done but he is ready to live right and throw off his old ways, he has quit smoking and other bad habits. He was trying to concentrate in the present and take over the father’s company as he has always wanted him to do. His father is becoming more proud of him everyday than he has ever being.
Today he was driving around this long quiet street, he planned to check out one of his father’s old properties which he wanted to renovate and turn into a big supermarket. The old building was in his name and his father has said he should do anything he likes with it.
as he was speaking with his father’s estate surveyor over the phone he ran out of airtime, Kane tried to buy from his bank but the network was bad in that area.
He asked around where he can get a recharge card and he was directed to a kiosk which was not too far from where he parked.
He drove down to the kiosk, whined down his glass and saw that the small kiok owner was a beautiful young lady with a little girl about two to three years, she was plaiting the little girl’s hair.
She quickly stood up to answer him and after paying for the card he bought, he decided to drop extra money for her which she rejected but as he insisted she collected the money.
she thanked him with a sweet smile that got to his heart.
He wanted to stay and just stare at the young lady with her beautiful daughter but decided to drive on, since he has business in this area he will always stop by and say hello to her.
He silently prayed that she wasn’t married although he did not see any wedding band but he still wish she wasn’t.
He will visit the area more often because of the young lady with a cute smile which was taking over his mind.
Olivia returned to her daughter’s hair with a deep smile, she was happy to have extra cash which she will gather tomorrow with her little savings and register Emerald in the kindergarten class which wasn’t too far from her street.
If she can’t attain her dream of being a lawyer she will make sure Emerald will.
The man was staring at her as if she was a goddess and she was use to such attentions but there was something different about him.
she wish to see him again to thank him for his kindness.
If all men were so nice like him her parents will still be alive and she will be rounding up with her law school by now.
Olivia thought within herself as she continued with her daughter’s hair.
LASTING MEMORY. Episode 3.
Olivia paid up all the necessary fee for her daughter, she has being saving up for this day and was glad that Emerald was starting school, beginners class where she will learn nursery rhymes and numbers and two to three letter words and Emerald will get to meet other children and associate with them.
Helen bought school bag, lunch box and a pack of long socks for Emerald who was so excited to start school and couldn’t wait for the day to break so that she can carry her lovely pink lunch box which contains her food flask and water bottle, her school bag has a princess Barbie on it and she slept that night hanging it on her back, it was after she was deeply asleep that Olivia removed the school bag from her and put it aside
The little girl was so happy as she and her mother matched to school the following morning, some other kids were crying but she was so excited especial having a new fine school stuffs from her mommy and from Aunt Helen.
Olivia smiled back home, she opened her kiosk and set up her wares, she wrote down the things running out of stock, she will buy more goods with the remaining money with her and stock up her kiosk because now that Emerald has started school she will have to make sure that she pays up her school fees whenever the time is due.
She smiled within herself as she went about her daily routine she will go back later in the day to go and pick her daughter from school.
Olivia opened her kiosk and sighed as she displayed her wares, she really need to restock quick. Now that Emerald has started school she will also get ready for the school fees and whatever fee that needs to be paid, her expenses will go higher than before which was well expected.
She will go to the market tomorrow after dropping Emerald in school and buy more things to add the her goods, she will do all she can to make sure that her daughter never lacks anything.
Helen stop by the next day as Olivia was leaving for the market, Olivia was surprise to see her that early morning.
“Helen, what happen you did not go to work today…hope everything is alright…what of mumsy…?
“mum is fine, I told you that i was made the supervisor at work, so I have a day off to rest within the week which starts today while my colleague takes over…we are only two supervisors there now. The work load is becoming too much it comes with my new post as the supervisor but I can always scale through because the salary mouth watery and Francis has being so encouraging too. I just made breakfast for mum and ran out so that I can join you this morning and take Ema to school, Francis traveled you know he I always on the road whenever duty calls, I miss him anytime he is away…that is by the way, Ema…my baby is now a big girl, she goes to school…. But babe, see the way you just panic…must there always be a bad news…don’t always have negative thoughts is not a good thing…I am beginning to talk like doctor Kate…where’s Ema…
“I have taking her to school already…I’m on my way out to the market…my shop is looking so dry and scanty so I need to restock…thank you Helen for getting Emerald school stuffs, she is so excited and even slept with her new school bag…I told you and is so funny anytime i think of it…
“You shouldn’t be thanking me…Ema is part of my responsibility too, we will both join hands and train her into a proud, fearless and beautiful lady. Not the scared little mouse my mother made out of me while growing up and i couldn’t do anything when I was taking advantage off…let me follow you to the market since today is my free day…after today it will be till weekend again before I will be free to come around…
“if you go with me we will waste time… talking non stop…so stay back…open the Kiosk and sell everything before I return, there is not enough recharge card, I will call my supplier to bring some…when he comes please pay him with this money…and sell everything before I return, don’t steal my wafer biscuits…I know you like wafers…you are allowed to eat only one…anything more than that will be stealing…
They both laugh as Olivia left for the market and Helen opened the kiosk and displayed wares just as Olivia does, she swept the shop and when the recharge card man came on his bike, she paid him with the money Olivia gave her.
Helen sold things for students going to school that morning, she also sold other things since she knows almost all the prices
A fine car stop in front of the kiosk and Helen rushed out to answer the man who seem speechless at first
He was a fine man who smells of wealth, and with a closer look Helen saw that he had a scar on his cheek which wasn’t too obvious, he smiled at Helen after she greeted him cheerfully.
“Sir what do you want to buy…
“uhhh…mmm..oh…do…you…have card…recharge card….
Helen quickly answered asking him which type and how much he wanted, he bought all the card of one particular network and paid double for it, Helen was grateful but the man did not drive off instead he relaxed back while trying to load his phone with the card. Helen waited hoping he will buy another thing
Kane was surprise to see another person in the kiosk, he has expected to see the same lady with a little daughter, the lady who’s smile and beauty has kept him sleepless for days, he drove down here just to see her but was surprise to meet another cheerful slim lady, who even after selling the cards to him still stood with an attractive smile waiting just in case he decides to buy another thing. Even the card he bought he has no need of it at the moment because he bought enough from his bank last night.
But it feels good to buy from this kiosk and see those happy smiles. It was more because of the beautiful lady he met the last time who made him to drive all the way down all in preteens of checking out the old house.
Kane couldn’t hold back the question that was almost choking him so he voiced out
“I met a lady here the last time…with a little girl…was she helping you out or you are helping her out…are you related to her…please…what’s your name…
“Helen, and Olivia is my friend…I’m helping her out…she is not around at the moment…
“ooohkay…Helen, hope you don’t mind if I ask you this….is your friend married…I saw her with a baby girl…is that her daughter….but couldn’t get to ask her…can you tell me more about her…
“She is not married…and yes, the baby girl is her daughter…and this is her little shop…her small beginning which we pray will birth something bigger in the future, I’m only helping her because she is not around at the moment, Olivia is a kind loving soul and she is also so friendly so you can ask her any other question whenever you see her…I can’t say more than this to you sir…
“I deeply appreciate all you have said already, Helen. thank you and I will definitely come around next time and with time get to know all about her…pardon me for not introducing myself earlier…my name is Kane…thank you ones again….
Kane drove off and Helen waved happily as she watch him drive away.
When Olivia came back Helen was so eager to tell her about Kane
“…he said his name was Kane, he drives a silver highlander jeep…he did not come down from the car but I can tell that he is a tall man, he will pass for a bouncer in a club but he look too posh…and he is a fine man who smells off wealth…he asked about you, he was so interested in getting to know you, he wanted to know if you are married, if Ema was your daughter and I told him few things but nothing deep, I told him to ask you himself whenever he comes around next time and he promise to do that….he bought enough recharge card and paid double..
“Oh wait…I know who you are talking about…he was here some days ago and also bought card from me after which he gave me extra cash…I was shock at his generosity…at first I didn’t want to collect the money from a common stranger but he insisted and me…deep down I know I needed that money so I took it…I was even looking out for him to say my thanks again…there was something about him…I can’t place it…he looks at me and sent chill down my spin…
“oooh ooh…you are already liking him…see the way you talk about him….babe…this is good….you are finally having interest in a man…different men has being coming to you but you never pick interest in them, doctor Mark tried all he could but you never opened the door of your heart to him, good looking and rich hot bachelors are always fighting over you but you shut them all off and scare them all away, my case is different because Francis is everything I want in a man, he loves me and I’m sure of that now and I don’t intend to leave him again, he has being there for me and I really do want to end up with him just as he also want but my dear friend Olivia is stuck and no man has succeeded in conquering her world but I think that will be changing soon…. see the way you talk about Kane…he must have charmed you with his loving charm…he seem so nice and friendly too…
They talked, laugh while going around arranging the things Olivia brought back from the market, and she later left Helen to pick Emerald from school.
Kane came another day and met Olivia, he stepped down from his car with three bags in hand filled with different gifts for Olivia and Emerald, he gave them to a surprised Olivia who thanked him, Olivia saw that he was indeed tall and a well body built, Helen was right, Kane can pass for a bouncer in a club with his stature, and with a closer look she could see that he has a little scar on one side of his cheek.
Kane comes around more often bringing different things to Olivia and gradually Olivia began to like him and looked forward to his visit which was becoming often and on
Kane will always come down from his car and sit with Olivia outside her Kiosk which was well restocked by now, they will sit, talk and laugh.
Kane told her of what he planned to do with the old building his father gave him. He told Olivia almost everything about himself but he tried as much as possible to skip his deadly bitter past which he hates to remember.
Kane took Olivia out one weekend, while Helen watched Emerald in the kiosk.
He drove her around, from the movies to the mall, when he finally came to drop her off he decided to ask Olivia about Emerald’s father which he has always wanted to ask but was waiting for Olivia to bring it up but she never did. Olivia never say anything deep about herself just the normal usual things which he already know
Kane was deeply in love with Olivia and Olivia was beginning to love him gradually but never opens up.
“Emerald’s father must have being a foolish man to have abandoned you, which man in his right mind will leave a precious jewel like you…I guess he left you for another woman or you left him for some personal reasons… he is so senseless not to have loved, cared and protects you and Emerald like you both deserve…is fine if you don’t want to talk about him…I can see even raising his topic brings sadness to your face…I’m so sorry Olivia…I don’t want you to be sad…but that man is so cursed…he is not man enough…I’m sorry but I feel this anger in me for such men who does not know what they want and can’t take up responsibilities of their actions and that seem to be the kind of man who will abandoned you when he should be by your side every second, loving and supporting you through life. He hurt you… I know Olivia, I can feel that he hurt you, such a man does not deserve to be in your life, maybe God pushed him out for my good…all I want to do is to make you forget about how sorrow feels like…I love to watch you smile…laugh…it makes me happy…you don’t owe me an explanation over your past but I do want to be right here in your present and even into the future if you will let me in…you took my breath away from the first day I set my eyes on you…I have not being able to think straight ever since…you occupy every part of me Olivia… I am not like the useless man who abandoned you when you need him most…I am not talking just like every other man out there because I know you must have hard things like this…but I’m different…I want you to go back to school, pursue your dreams and become who you want to be, you are bigger than that small Kiosk, there is too much greatness in you which you can’t throw off, I’m ready to do everything to get you where you want to be Olivia, this is not a flatter and is never because I want something from you this is my own way of proving that I really do care about you in every way, and I will deposit enough money in your account to help you run through your career, even if we don’t see again tomorrow or something bad happens to me…which I don’t pray for but in that way you will still be able to forge ahead…for you and for Emerald…I do want to prove this to you and even more if you will let me, I am not like every man coming to promise heaven and earth to you, no, I’m Kane, I am not perfect but am ready to make your good life wishes come to past …please Olivia…I want to be a father to Emerald, give you the love and care that you deserve and more…I’m not forcing you to accept me…I just want you to always know that I really do care deeply about you and…I love you…so much…
Olivia was quiet, she was already falling for Kane but doesn’t know why she was holding back. after many years she found a man she likes so much and who worships her like a goddess, she want to tell him of her past, her parents death, about the evil man who took everything from her but out of the dump and destruction Emerald her precious daughter emerged, she has held so much hate for the man who hurt her so much, tore her apart, everything she holds dearly that evil man destroyed it and the only thing she have of the man is “kaka” which never makes any sense. She will hunt the man down and destroy him if she ever in her life time come across him, no matter who he was she will not spare him one bit, he must feel the pain and emptiness that she has felt after her whole world fell apart.
Kane was indeed a good man, Olivia thought to herself. “If all men were like Kane the world will be a better place, he is an angel in human form.
Olivia decided to open up a little to Kane
“Emerald’s father never existed…I was raped by an unknown gun man…who destroyed my world…i…I don’t want to talk about it please…not now…not today or anytime soon…I hate to remember what the past took from me, my daughter is all that matters to me…and you are a good man Kane you are not like the evil man that took away my joy…
Kane drew Oliver into his arms, as he tried to console her aching heart.
his own heart began to beat so loud into his ear drum, “did Olivia just mentioned that a gun man raped her…”could it be that…no…no…is not…it can’t never be…oh my God what if…uuuhhh oh no…I’m going crazy….i need to leave or she will see my discomfort…
Kane wanted Olivia to remain in his arms but he was getting all hot as different thoughts began to hunt him the moment Olivia mentioned a gun man, fear griped him.
“Olivia can’t be the same young beautiful girl his past man tore apart, he may not have fully seen the girl’s face because it was little dark in the room but she was slender and so young and innocent.
Kane was uncomfortable as he dropped Olivia off bid her good night before driving away with speed to a very quiet place to break down and cry over his past sin.
Olivia did not go into details about her past pain but he prayed so hard that night begging God not to let what he fear most to come true, because Olivia may never forgive him and he does not want to ever see her sad or unhappy.
He prayed so much in the comfort of his room and did not even come out for two days.
LASTING MEMORY. Episode 4 & 5.
“I have plans for tomorrow I won’t be able to see you…
“What kind of plan is that…can I be included in the plans? Please…
“Come on Kane…is nothing big just that I will be taking Emerald to a birthday party…a friend of mine invited us for his nephew’s birthday party…is tomorrow
“Okay… so I can I take you there and maybe bring you back. If you don’t mind…
“Ooh…well, my friend will be coming to take us and he said he will also bring us back…let me not stress you over that…
Kane eventually agreed although he wanted to go with Olivia but he decided not to push further.
Mark came the following day and picked Olivia and her daughter to the venue.
After they settled in Emerald was so eager to go and a bouncing castle with other kids.
Olivia watched as Marked guide Emerald to join other kids, she was so excited as she play with everyone even with the celebrant.
Mark introduced Olivia to his elder brother and the wife, they were happy to meet her.
Olivia sat with other parents as children kept on performing in the background, she kept a close eye on her daughter who was flowing with every game and was too excited to tag along.
Mark came to sit beside Olivia.
“she is so lively…and very active…I’m talking about Ema…despite she has not seen any of the kids here before…. look at how she is associating with everyone with that attractive smile on her face…you are a lucky mother…well I know the sugar drinks and cakes will make her super active too…
Olivia still focusing on the kids laughed out, Mark was sitting so close to her that she can perceive his fine cologne, he smells so nice. He was a little different form his brother, his elder brother was taller than him but wears same smile as Mark.
Mark said he took after his father in everything while his brother was more of his mother.
After the party was almost over Olivia informed Mark that she will be going, so Mark quickly told his brother’s wife who parked different gift parks for Emerald who was already tired from the whole play, Olivia thanked her and the husband before leaving with Mark
Emerald slept off in the car as Mark drove them home.
When he stopped in front of there house, Olivia thanked him.
“Thank you Mark…aside Emerald having so much fun I also had fun myself, your nephew is so cute…your brother and his wife make a lovely couple…our pumpkin is already asleep…she must be so tired from jumping up and down and participating in almost all the games…thank you…we will like to go inside now…
“Olivia…please wait…I really do not want to press you on this again after you made it clear the last time…which has being years but…I wish we could get to hang out and talk more…I’m just trying to press my luck buttons…maybe…just maybe you will consider me this time…please…
“I have a man in my life Mark…and he is everything I want, I love him… I am occupied already…so please don’t press your luck buttons…it won’t work out…I’m sorry…
Mark was pained and felt heart broken but he accepted his fate and bid Olivia good night.
Kane called that night to ask how the birthday party went and Olivia filled him in excitedly.
Helen came on one of her off days to spend time with Olivia
“Francis asked me to marry him…this is the second time he is asking me to marry him Olivia…
“And… what did you say…you should be happy settling down with the man you truly love, you don’t sound so happy about it…I know for sure that Francis loves you…you have tried to push him away severally instead he kept fighting to win you over and never gave up until you finally agreed to date him and now…he want you to be part of him forever…what is holding you back…I thought you said that you love him?
“I do, I really do love him but sometime I have fear…fear of the past affecting my future and the way I look at men generally…and he is not exceptional…don’t get me wrong…Francis is a sweet hardworking man…he is never like the beast of a man that molested me for years…no…not all all…but I just don’t know how marriage will be like for me…I may end up using my past to judge him…and many other innocent men out there….i…I told him he shouldn’t rush me…I wasn’t ready for marriage and he told me he will wait until I’m ready…I just don’t understand him…anytime I try to make him leave instead he will give me more reason to love him the more…moving along and forgetting the past does not work like magic Olivia…I still think of the past and it hurt…so hurt like yesterday…sometime I want to hate my mother and watch her suffer for neglecting me when I needed her the most and doctor Kate’s words will come echoing to my head…”do yourself a favor and forgive your mother” she say when I forgive I was actually doing myself a favor…I see her points but is hard…my mother was so dependent of my step dad…feeding and upkeep, she thought without him she will die and that was why she never wanted anything that will affect her food chain…even if is me, she shut me up and threatens me never to speak up and after my step dad died she found out that she can actually live without him and she is now looking up to me everyday for her upkeep…what if I was dead. What if I succeeded in killing myself back then…I act all cool as if I got no worries but I still look back to those years of torture and no defense, those cold night, while my mother pretend to be asleep and the beast craw into my room and molest me, I cry and lay awake with fear and trembling every night, I was giving drugs to drink every weeks just to flush out any unwanted pregnancy, I didn’t know what the drugs was for until I grew up and realize what it really was…what if they succeeded in damaging my womb, but I’m glad that such did not happen just that I needed to treat somethings back then which Doctor Kate helped me through and I am fully okay, but what if all the bad things of life have happened to me because of my mother’s carelessness and the beast of a man who was not satisfy with my mother and decided to add daughter to the list, Olivia you are a strong woman…you have move past what hurt you, blessed with Emerald and Kane who loves you dearly…I envy your courage but I have not found your kind of strength yet for myself… when I think I have move on, when I think I have overcome all obstacle…then it will come rushing up to my present like a flood…
“Helen…listen to me…you will be fine…I assure you that…let go of those bitter emotions…and like doctor Kate usually say when life gives you a hundred reasons to cry…show life that you got a thousand reasons to laugh…and when a lemon is being stoned at you…turn it into a lemonade or a lemon pie…make good out of the bad and recklessness of life…you will be fine…go ahead with Francis…he will help you heal totally…and do not paint another man’s sin to his face…he deserve better than that. I thank God everyday for Kane…I’m so grateful to him, look at me now…I’m back to school…pursing my dreams…dreams that I thought will never be possible…he is helping me in every way possible….Kaka was the devil that destroy my family…and I’m glad he is either dead or rotting away somewhere…if Kaka ever comes like an angel to me in the dream I will find a gun a shoot him dead, I don’t know how to forgive a man filled with so much evil…I don’t want to even forgive such a man…but my peace of mind is that he is far away from me…I will never see him…so I move on with the man of my dream and I have no regret. Kane is God’s gift to me and Emerald also…go ahead and accept Francis proposal….so that Emerald can be your little bridesmaid….or flower girl…she will be so happy if you pick her to be part of the train…you will make a beautiful bride, and of curse I will be by your side cheering you up…you will make a wonderful wife to Francis and sweet mother to your future kids…trust me on this…make good thing out the trouble life threw at you…you will excel…I’m here for you…always….
They talk into the evening before Helen later left
Kane took Olivia to a new and well furnished apartment, he got her a fine portable car for her running around, Emerald has to change school to one of the best schools in town.
On Olivia’s birthday, Kane decided to surprise her further by opening a big supermarket like he has wanted to do with one of his property which wasn’t so far from Olivia’s former place of resident.
He put Olivia as the owner of the property, surprising her with it during her birthday which was the day he officially opened it.
He called it OLIVEM Supermarket, which was a combination of Olivia and her daughter’s name together.
Olivia was so shock when she was blind folded and guide to the place, when her eyes was open and she saw the big place with it signs she almost fainted out of shock, it was so unbelievable and she refuse to accept it
“Kane…this is just too much…have you thought of what your father was going to say about it all…I…is too much…I can’t accept this…you have done a lot already…you have done enough and…this is too much…Kane…I can’t…
“Please…accept it Olivia…don’t say no…I have always wanted to move your kiosk to a bigger dream…I told you that you are far bigger than that kiosk…my father gave me this building…he put my name to it that I should do whatever I wanted with the property and I decided to create a beautiful thing out of it for you…is all yours…the property name and everything in there….i have restock it to the brim…just for you to sign some document as the sore owner and it will be all yours…I thought of the name to use for the supermarket I have to combine your name with Emma’s to bring about Olivem…please accept it and don’t say no to this if you truly loves me…I told you before that I wanted us to settle down soon but you said you will have to finish your school first before thinking of marriage and I am not rushing you Olivia, I love you everyday…you are like the air that I breath….no matter how long it takes I will be here for you…whenever you are ready for us to make our relationship official…tie the knot and live as God as instituted…I will be the happiest man but until then just accept this token…is deeply from my heart and every paper is in your name…is only your signature that we are waiting for and everything will become officially yours…please Olivia…shhhh….please don’t say no Olivia…please…
That was how Olivia became a big supermarket owner.
Helen later accepted Francis wedding proposal and the date was later fixed for them
Emerald was the little bridesmaid and she was so happy to walk down with Helen, Olivia was her chief bridesmaid and it was a happy day for everyone, Helen’s mother was so glad as she watch her daughter get married to Francis the man who never gave up on her, doctor Kate was there, Mark too came as he was invited, Kane was seated among the audience with a smile as his eyes was focused on Olivia all through out.
Mark wish he was the one getting married to Olivia, he was looking at Olivia who was so filled with smile as she helped her best friend Helen, a blushing bride, who was so beautiful in her wedding dress.
Mark was already aware of Olivia relationship with Kane, the son of a wealthy senator. Their relationship was not hidden to the public eye after he opened one of the biggest supermarkets for her
He hard that the man even put the property in her name and got her a car and he is the one responsible for her school.
He knows he may not have done everything as the said Kane was doing for Olivia but he would have made sure that Olivia will be happy for the rest of her life, going back to further her studies, buying her car that he would have done, but opening a big supermarket as OLIVEM, which was the talk of town that was a very big project, he will not have promise such a big thing but he would have tried to open a mini mart if she so desired.
but then he wasn’t going to compete with anyone, not with Kane, who was obviously so wealthy than him, spending his father’s money but he has to work for every dime that he spend, some people were born with a silver spoon while others have to earn it.
He can’t stress himself over competing to win Olivia heart because Olivia never wanted him, he was the one trying to see if anything can work out but it never did.
He wish Olivia nothing but happiness and if she ever invite him for her wedding he will be glad to attend and buy one of the best gifts for her because she deserves it
After sometime Mark stood up and congratulate Helen and her husband like everyone was doing, Olivia smiled at him and thanked him for coming, she introduced him to Kane and they shook warmly before Mark later drove off with a clear mind and planning to see if he can get serious with someone else and start his own family, everyone was moving on except him, maybe is really time for him to also move on