LASTING MEMORY. Episode 20.
The house was quiet, empty and lonely for Olivia. She was processing her own legal firm which made her to drive out every morning and come back in the evening. It helped her greatly as she got involve with other barristers, human right attorneys, Councillors, judges and many others in her field of study and also outside.
Helen came back with Emerald and the house became warm again, they talked deep into the night and Helen have to stay over till the following day before leaving.
Olivia drove out with her daughter for a sight seeing and mini shopping. She asked her driver to stay back that she want to drive herself and have a mother and daughter moment with Emerald.
Emerald was filled with question as she sat excitedly beside her mother who look straight ahead as she kept driving, she was happy to be back to her mom
“Mom, you said you had an accident which made you to have a hair cut…was that the reason you asked me to go live with Aunty Helen?
“Yes Emerald…you wouldn’t want to see me broken and crying like a baby when an injection was entrust to my butt…
“hahahaha…injections can be painful on the butt…hmmm…but is so sad mom….that must have hurt so much…I’m sorry mom, you shouldn’t have sent me away with Aunty Helen…I would have love to take care of you by myself because I want to become a strong doctor like Doctor Kate…I guess is uncle Kane, doctor Kate and doctor Mark that took care of you while you are at the hospital…and when are we visiting uncle Kane…or maybe you can call him so that he can join us…that will be so cool…just as before…
“Well, Kane won’t be joining us any more, I want you to understand that because is a fact…Emerald, you may not get to go hanging out, merry go round, shopping, eatery or any fun fair with Kane because things have changed and is not as it use to be before, Kane and I got involve in an accident…it affected my head and I have to shave off the hair and it also affected his leg… he may not be able to walk well because of that…we were both hurt from what happened and we are taking time to heal up…I feel sad about it but is my decision sweetheart….and I will feel more hurt if I see him again that was more reason I asked him to stay away so that he can also heal…so is me and you right now and forever…and mummy will give you only the best…do you understand me…?
“Yes mom, I understand. Please don’t get mad at me but we can sometimes check on uncle Kane to know how he is fairing and also his leg injury…he is a nice man mom but if you say no I won’t insist…whatever you say is the best…all that matters is that I’m home and we have forever to spend together…I was dying to come home, Aunty Helen told me that you had a little accident and you were being treated in the hospital…I cried and wanted to come home but she assured me that you will be fine, she asked me to pray constantly for you and I did everyday, morning, afternoon and also night until I was able to speak over the phone with you… but I really wanted to come home…and I’m so happy to be home with you…
Olivia gently squeezed her shoulder with a smile before saying
“Thank you for praying for me…God must have hard your prayers and quicken my healing…let’s go and have some fun honey because mom miss you more than you can imagine…we will go on merry go round, shopping, sight seeing and we will take loads of pictures…hope you have your mini cannon camera…
“Yes mom…is in my back pack…I’m so happy to be home…hurrayyyyyy…hahahaha….
Emerald laughed out as Olivia joined her as she continues to drive.
Kane drove down again to see Olivia who wasn’t home at that moment but met Emerald who ran and hugged Kane immediately after opening the door. Kane shouted excitedly on seeing Emerald, he held onto his daughter as he put his walking stick aside and held her with his two hands…
“Look who is back from the princess island, my one and only Ema…I have missed you pumpkin…you are growing like fertilized vegetable…look at how big you are…what have they being feeding you….
Emerald laugh as she loosened up from Kane, she couldn’t hide her excitement on seeing Kane, Kane picked up his walking stick instead of going inside he stepped back and sat on the outside step while Emerald joined him.
“You are growing so fast Ema, soon you will be taller than your mom, I remember back then when you were doing horse ride on my back but if we do horse ride now that you are this big… you will break my back bone… hahahaha…time flies so fast…I never knew you are back…where have you being to…growing like a fertilized Vegetable…
“hahahaha…all thank to mum, she is feeding me well and is not fertilized vegetable but organic veggie…I was out with Aunt Helen and i miss you too uncle Kane…mum told me about the accident…that you hurt your leg and may not be able to walk straight for a long time…I’m so sorry about that…she feels sad about it too…I also feel sad but I’m happy to see you…mom is not around …she went to her chamber….but you can come in and wait for her instead of sitting out here…I really don’t know if she will be happy about inviting you into the house…and I don’t want her to be sad or hurt because she said she will feel bad if she see’s you and I guess she is worried because of your bad leg …or maybe is better we just stay out here for the moment until she returns…I can get drink and food out here for you…and let’s hope mum will be happy to see you too like I am…
“I’m happy to see you again Ema…I have missed you…so your mom has a chamber now…that so cool. Your mum is so determined and hardworking…I never knew she has gotten a chamber already. I didn’t want to get her angry that was why I stayed away for sometimes…because she is trying to recover from the accident that happened to both of us…I could have gotten your favourites snacks, pizza, strawberry ice cream…your best flavour, and a whole lot of other things for you if I knew that you were home. And I will soon be going in other not to get your mom hurt…she will have a long day after work and may not like you sitting out here with me…so I may get to see you soon if she approves…I don’t want to get you into trouble or get myself into trouble too…like a disobedient children…hahahahaha…
Kane stayed for a little while before leaving. And after few hours Olivia drove back home and Emerald who was afraid that her mom will be angry or maybe hurt if she tells her about Kane earlier visit, did not say anything immediately to her until Olivia was relaxed for the night. She went in and apologetically told her mum that “Uncle Kane came around earlier today but he did not come inside the house, he just stayed a little while outside and left because he doesn’t want you to be angry for coming in your absence and I don’t want you to be mad at me…I saw his leg…he walks with the support of a walking stick…I feel sad for him but he left because he doesn’t want you to be mad and I don’t want you to be mom…please… “Emerald said while standing in front of her mom with a pleading look.
Olivia was not angry as she smile and told her daughter that it was okay. They lay together on the bed and watch some comedy show.
Olivia quickly slept off and Emerald covered her up with a blanket, turn off the television before going back to her room.
Olivia employed attorneys in her firm, they foresee things on her behalf while she handles the big case as she was growing to become a renowned Barrister and human right activist.
She opened other businesses and have people manage it for her.
Mark came around and tries to talk to Olivia about getting into a relationship with him since she was no more with Kane but Olivia told him she was building her life and does not want a relationship.
Mark left again as he plans to give Olivia time to think about what he told her.
Kane also came around and begged Olivia if he can come around more often for Emerald sake but Olivia also rejected such an idea.
She told Kane to stay away more often for the sake of her happiness and Kane agreed.
Olivia started processing travelling papers for she and Emerald. As she plans to move out of the country so that she can breathe in fresh air.
Kane and Mark where choking her with their constant plead for a relationship and she really need to get out of the country for some months or few years to be able move on and they will also move on.
Mark was planning to come back again for Olivia, he thought within himself that such period of time was a good opportunity for him to win Olivia’s heart since she has ended things with Kane. He will keep trying until Olivia consider him and give him a chance into her life.
“Kane will be so pained if Olivia end up with me but I don’t care, he messed up his chance with her now is my turn to finally have her after a long pursuit”. Mark thought within himself.
Neither Kane or Mark knew of Olivia’s plans to travel out of the country. Olivia wanted it that way but she informed Doctor Kate and her best friend Helen.
Some days later, before Olivia start parking her bags as her papers and that of Emerald were all ready for them fly out of the country, Doctor Kate invited her out on women’s date. She and Helen inclusive.
They all went out for a movie and sit out as they all talked like old friends and laugh away all their sorrow and Helen has to give the breaking news of looking forward to becoming a mother soon.
She was few weeks pregnant and it was confirmed by Doctor Kate.
They were all happy as they talk, cry, laugh and kept talking until it was time to head back home.
They hugged each other before driving off to their different homes.
LASTING MEMORY. Episode 21.
Olivia was in her room with her daughter arranging their luggage, in two weeks time they will be out of the country.
Emerald was so happy as she looked forward to going abroad with her Mom.
They talked and laugh as they went about their business.
Emerald decide to ask about Kane.
“Mom… how about Mr Kane, can I get a chance to say goodbye to him before we travel out…I don’t know when I will get to see him again…I also want to say goodbye to Aunty Helen too…I will miss them all…can I?
“A big No for Kane but a Yes for Helen… Kane must not know that we are traveling…I don’t want him to know Emerald… but Helen is fine…you can speak to her over the phone…or you can call her with the house line… and also doctor Kate… I may not be able to drive down to their side today or tomorrow except if Helen comes down…but speaking to Kane is not allowed…do you understand me…
“Yes Mom…bu…but why can’t we say goodbye to Mr Kane…. that’s not fair Mom…he will…
“Shhhhh… I don’t want to hear another word about Kane… and don’t you ever tell me what is fair and what is not fair…you will do as I say… do you understand me.. Emerald?
“Yes Mom… I’m sorry…I will do as you say..
Olivia hard a knock and went to answer the door and it was doctor Mark.
Olivia was not happy to see him and she did not hide her feelings as Mark came inside.
” Mark…you do not just go to people’s houses without informing them first…you could have called first to let me know… then if I’m free to see you I will let you know…I don’t like you coming and going as you like…I don’t like it…
“I’m sorry Olivia, but if I have called you first before coming you would have told me that you are either busy or unavailable…I needed to see you urgently…
“Olivia… Olivia I know you made yourself clear enough and I respect that but you need somebody like me in your life…I have known you for years, even before you gave birth to Emerald and before going into a relationship with Kane…your parents murderer and a rapist.. I have known…
” Mark, do you really need to be this stupid…how can you mention such thing so freely…and do you know that my daughter is inside… That was irrelevant. calling out Kane wasn’t necessary…why do you have to so insensitive… I’m not going to take any form of insult from you… please leave…
“Why are you defending him, all what I said was all true Olivia, Kane almost killed you after killing your parents..he is the stupid and insensitive one Olivia…I have always wanted you…all this long years all i did was to wait and hope Just maybe you will be mine…I have already giving up any chance of having you until your fight with Kane began then I knew that at the end you will become mine… Olivia please you have to reconsider…I have tried… You are the answer to the question why I’m still not married… what can I do to prove to you that you are my missing ribs…why are you being so hard on me…I may not give you all what Kane gave you… because my father is not so wealthy neither is he a senator like Kane’s father who stole government money before old age caught up with him and he was forced to stepped down from the senatorial seat…no, my father was upright man who worked hard for his every dime before he died…and I worked hard for my every dime too… I don’t depend on my father for anything rather my father depends on me and my elder brother who cared for him during his days on earth…so I’m not like Kane who happens to be “daddy’s little spoilt brat” who got away with all his criminal offences just because of bribe and corruption in this society… I’m not like him and I will never pray to be like him… I’m doctor Mark and I can proudly beat my chest today because I’m self made…I have not raped or killed any one before… I’m a man of integrity… you need somebody like me to feel secured not a man like Kane… please Olivia consider how long I have being waiting and asking… don’t miss another chance of being in my life…I want you so badly please…
“I guess you are done talking…is time to leave my house
Olivia walked to the door and opened it as she angrily asked Mark to leave.
Mark stepped out and stood close to the door where Olivia was as he kept talking.
“If you don’t leave now I will call my security to throw you out, I don’t want to do that due to the years we have known but don’t push me Mark…do not pus…
The main gate opened as the security ushered Kane in, Olivia lost word as he watched Kane gently walking down with his walking stick.
Mark turned and saw Kane and an idea quickly came to him.
As Olivia ignored him and looked straight ahead at Kane, Mark moved so close to Olivia and cupped her mouth into a kiss shocking Olivia who opened her eyes wide in shock.
Kane saw what was going on and pause as he swallowed hard before looking away, Kane bent his head as he saw Mark kissing Olivia.
Olivia struggled to be free but Mark held her tight.
Olivia managed to lift her hand and punch Mark on his left eye.
He loosened up and moved back, he held his eyes in pain as he turned and gently walked out
Olivia was speechless at what Mark just did. She has not expected such dirty act from Mark.
She stood there puzzled as she watched him walked out of the gate his hand still on his eye.
When Kane looked up he saw Olivia’s shocked face looking at Mark as he walked out.
Kane did not know if he should leave and come back another day because he was also struggling with what he just saw.
Now, he understood why Mark doesn’t like him, is probably because he was in a relationship with Olivia.
Kane swallowed hard as he walked down to stand right in front of Olivia who was still puzzled at something or maybe she hates seeing his face around.
Kane spoke out bringing Olivia to reality.
“Olivia… how are you… I’m sorry to interrupt your… meeting…with doctor Mark, I know you have warned me severally not to come often…but I can’t help it, I’m not myself whenever I’m away from..yo..u… and Emerald…I feel suicidal, lonely, heart broken…I feel part of me is gone… I’m not asking you not to be in a relationship with doctor Mark or anybody…I don’t have such power or right to tell you what to do… doctor Mark may probably give you the peace of mind and security that you deserve… I’m everything bad that you portray me to be… I’m even semi cripple, I can’t make good use of my right leg any more…they suggest I travel abroad for another suggery but I’m no more interested…alot of suggeries have being done on the leg already yet no much positive change…am tired of life itself…I can’t even defend myself any more…is better that way so that you can win… what is the point of living when the only woman I loved so much… with my whole being hates me and does not want to have anything to do with me… she moved on with her doctor friend and I’m stock here wondering if i will ever move on… all I want right now is at least see Emerald my daughter…no matter what…she is my daughter… Olivia, and I’m transferring all my wealth to her…I don’t know how long I will live here on earth… being reclined to a walking stick… I can’t move around on my own… life is so tiring… my life is empty without you in it…but is fine… I’m getting punished for everything I ever did back in younger age… can I see my daughter… Olivia…
“Stop calling her your daughter… what is wrong with everybody today… Emerald is not your daughter, Kane… leave me alone… why can’t I have peace in my house, we don’t need your money… you have done enough already… give your wealth to another and leave my daughter out of it… did you and mark planned to come and frustrate my life today… what is all this again, and mind you I don’t hate you or any one, I have moved past that and you too should get over it… do whatever that makes you happy but leave me and my daughter out of it… leave us alone for crying out loud…
“Olivia, calm down… I’m sorry for getting you pissed…I only came in peace… you and i knows that Emerald is my daughter too… I’m sorry the way she was conceived but it has turned out to be a blessing to us…my past is filled with mistakes and regrets, I’m sorry for my old self if it still haunts you…I will carry that guilt to my grave, I regret everything but I don’t regret having a smart pretty angel like Emerald, she came out of all that chaos, and turned out to be a blessing in disguise… please don’t deny me the joy of being in my daughter’s life… please…if i can’t be in yours then let me be in her life… that’s all I asked.
“You and Mark are both crazy… go and look for a solution to your problem I’m not your solution… please leave me and my daughter alone… I’m begging you for God sake…
Olivia angrily went inside and locked her door leaving Kane standing outside.
Who later left.
Emerald was listening and quietly watching from the window starting from when doctor Mark came and later kissed her shocked Mom who punched him in the eyes before he left, she was still watching and listening till when Kane came in
She was there listening to all they were saying.
Now she knows that Mr Kane is truly her father and why her Mom did not want to have anything to do with him.
Doctor Mark has mentioned that Mr Kane killed her grandmother and grandfather and also pregnated her Mom which resulted to having her.
Emerald has listened to Kane when he said he regret everything he did to Mom and wish he can be in their life which Mom refused.
Emerald quickly ran back to the room immediately she saw her Mom coming,
She pretends to be arranging things as her Mom joined her.
She dares not say any of the things she heard to her already angry Mother.
Emerald quietly went about folding clothes and arranging them into a box in a way that it won’t get her Mom more furious with her.
That night as her Mom slept, Emerald copied Kane’s number out of her mother’s phone and hide the paper.
As her Mom drove out on the third day, to make enquiries about their flight. Emerald quickly dailed Kane’s number and called him.
LASTING MEMORY. Episode 22.
Olivia was at the airport when she got a call from Kate, asking her to stop at the hospital, Olivia quickly drove down to the hospital on her way back from the airport.
She met Doctor Kate
“You sounded urgent…what is the problem…Doctor Kate…what is going on?
“Is Doctor Mark, he told me what happened between two of you and he got a hard punch for it which almost blinded his left eye, I mean not real mind but it almost damaged his sclera…the white part of the eyes…is all blood shot now and he has to go home until he is well enough to resume…that was too hard Olivia…I am not justifying his action I have portioned his blames to him already, but hitting him on the eye…one of the most sensitive part of his body…it would have being better if you punch his manhood than blurring his vision…Mark is a nice and hardworking man, he probably blew things out of proportion when he came over…he thought that was the best way to win you over…he regrets it but yet he is left with pain in his eyes…Olivia, I’m not going to tell you who to love or not to love…you are matured enough to know what you really want…and all this will all be over soon after you leave the country…I guess by then Mark will learn to let go and channel his energy to another lady…I feel sorry for him, he almost broke down when he was speaking to me and I was frozen…I know he loves you but I never knew it was all that serious I’m certain he will be fine…time heals faster…I sincerely apologise on his behalf for everything he did and said. I kindly request you send a message to him…just explain yourself better and tell him that you did not meant to blow his eyes out…I know he has being a good friend over the years and you are one of those who he deeply cares for. Mark will suspend anything just to respond to you…don’t bridge such good relationship that has grown over the years…all because of a little misunderstanding…alright…send a little message and explain yourself better in a good manner and apologise for throwing such punch at him which wasn’t deliberate but make him feel at peace with his conscience so that he can also move on and never to trouble you again…
“I can’t send him a message Doctor Kate…he caused it by not taking my words serious and even forcing a kiss at me… well, you always have a way of making me feel guilty for my actions…but with the years of knowing Mark I think I owe him an apology…Mark has truly being helpful and I really do want to leave everything aside and pay him a visit…I want to see him…not just sending a message…I will drive down to his place right away…before heading home…I’m sorry for hurting him…let me also go and tell him that to his face…
Doctor Kate asked her not to stress her self by driving down, she asked Olivia to send the message which will go a long way…”Mark will feel better with the message”.
But Olivia smiled and told Doctor Kate that she will go down to see Mark.
Olivia drove down to see Mark, the day you was almost turning dark when she got there, she thought of Emerald who was at home with the household workers. She will probably be asleep before she returns.
Olivia tapped on Mark’s door and his housekeeper was the one that answered the door
“Good evening Ma…welcome… please come inside..
“Thank you…please, is Doctor Mark home…?
The houses keeper told Olivia that he has being in his room all day, Olivia went inside and asked the older lady to go and inform him on her presence but as the woman was going Olivia asked her to stop, she will rather go and meet him in the room and the woman who has served Mark for years and also knows Olivia agreed and went back to her chores while Olivia went to see Mark in his room.
She double tapped on the door, Mark who thought it was his house keeper replied
“Ms Agnes…i asked you to leave the food on the dining, I will come out when I’m ready to eat…what is it again?
Olivia walked in and saw two different types of eye drop beside Mark’s bed, his room was so neat and everything was all in place, Mark house was always in order all thanks to Agnes and that is why Mark has not being able to change her over the years because she has always served well and Mark has always been nice to her and her family whom he treats whenever any illness arises.
Mark’s eyes was shot as he lay down facing up in a white t shirt and a long track trouser which looks like a pyjamas.
Olivia haven’t really seen him on a casual before, he was always officially dressed, and seeing him looking so simple and calm reduced the tense in her heart as she sat beside him and gently touched his arms which prompt Mark to open his eyes in shock, he thought he was dreaming when he saw Olivia right in his room, one of his eyes was truly blood shot and looks swollen, Olivia never knew that he punched him that hard and felt pity for him.
Mark stared at her with a straight face without a word, he called out to his house keeper
“Ms Agnes…Ms Agnes…please come here…Why didn’t you come to inform me that I have a visitor…I could have leave my room to come out…I’m only having an eye ach not a leg ach…
Olivia spoke on the woman’s defence and Ms Agnes apologise before walking out.
“I wanted to see you and I did not want you to stress yourself by coming out but we can go to the parlour if you are not comfortable with my presence.
Mark sat up from the bed, he sat properly still wearing on a long and confused look, he later spoke out
“you coming down here is…is surprising, it has being a very long time before you even met Kane…when Ema was still far little, you visited, then another time was with Helen…is being years…and I’m so shock right now to see you and I’m still wondering if this is all a dream, Olivia in my house, right in my room, sitting calmly with me without throwing words or punch at me…I’m shock… and why did you drive all the way down to see me, is there any problem…or complication somewhere that you needs me to attend to, I haven’t being to the hospital since yesterday because of my eye…despite I’m not working but I will attend to you…
“I thought you are mad at me for what happened…I spoke with Doctor Kate and she told me how the blow affected you, she said next time I should punch your manhood instead of your eyes…
Mark started laughing and Olivia joined in, they became quiet again, Olivia broke the silent.
“I’m sorry Mark, I didn’t meant to…
Mark interrupted her.
“I should be the one apologising, I am sorry… I shouldn’t have…go about the way I did…that was uncalled for…and I got what I deserve…I do not blame you one bit…I blame myself for talking and acting out of line…forcing someone to love you is totally a wrong package…and I was very wrong…I’m sorry for reminding you of your terrible past…I don’t suppose to speak freely of that or to even drag Kane into it…knowing well he has being a great guy and always there for you and Emerald…his only bondage was his bad past and everyone got a past Olivia…we all do, some are so bad while some are just normal…I have no right to compare and contrast my life with his…we all are running different race in life…mine must not be the same with his…I’m sorry for forcing the kiss…I just wanted to get Kane jealous and that was too childish of me and still out of line…I was already acting like a crazy man who need to be admitted in a psychiatric home…hahahaha…I’m sorry Olivia…I thought you won’t forgive me for what I did…i was having serious pain on the eye but it can’t be compare to the pain of guilt I felt as I wonder how I will ever face you again…I thought I have ruined years of friendship by becoming a pest all of a sudden…
Olivia took his hand into hers and held it warmly, she gently moved close to him and placed her head on his chest. Mark was scared at first to hold her but later did and they remained that way.
Kane was at Olivia’s house the moment Emerald called him and told him about knowing he was her father, she mentioned that she also want to say good bye to him ahead of time before she and her mum leaves the country.
On hearing that Kane was furious and drove down to Olivia’s place, he sat with Emerald outside and listen to her tell him about getting all her things ready for the travel and how she will miss him.
Kane almost broke down as he realized that Olivia planned to travel out without even informing him.
“…Olivia wanted to travel with my daughter secretly and never mentioned it to me…is that how much she hates me, how can she plan to do such a wicked thing to me…no…no I need to see her, is high time for her to chose if to kill me or to let me live in peace…she has to stop punishing me this way…so is either she finish me up from where she stopped…Olivia has to kill me first before she will be able to leave the country with my daughter…I need to see her wherever she maybe…time is going…why…Olivia why…why do you want to kill me just because of my past…leaving the country secretly…oh my God…this is just too much…
Kane left Emerald seated as he pace round the compound with his walking stick. he tightens his fist as different thought crosses his mind, what if he takes Emerald to his house and let Olivia come over so that he can tell her exactly how wicked she has being all of a sudden, Kane thought of different thing and wave it off. As evening approach Olivia was still not back.
Kane waited until the evening was turning into night and yet Olivia was not back. Kane called her severally but she ignored his call and did not pick up, Kane thought of who to call again, he remembered Doctor Mark and shakes his head, Olivia made it clear the other day that him and Mark were pestering her life. which means Mark was only trying to force himself into Olivia’s heart but Olivia has not accepted yet.
Kane thought of Doctor Kate, he does not have her contacts. Doctor Kate will have answers to where Olivia maybe.
Kane asked Emerald to go inside that he was coming back soon and Emerald who was also worried that her mom has not returned since morning went inside obediently, she knows she was in trouble for telling Mr Kane about their travel, her mother will be so angry, who knows what she will do to her.
Emerald went inside and crawled up in her bed as she silently pray that her mom will not kill her for telling Mr Kane about going abroad. The cook called her for dinner but she told her politely that she was not hungry. Emerald want her parents to comeback as they use to be. she hopes her mum will reconsider and become more friendly with Mr Kane who happens to be her father.
Her Mom was harsh on everybody, even Doctor Mark also shared out of the harshness, Emerald saw her mom punch Doctor Mark for trying to kiss her and shout at her father for coming around more often.
Emerald continue to wish her mom will reconsider either Mr Kane or Mark, even if she has to be with Doctor Mark but she should be friendly with her Mr Kane and stop being too harsh to everyone.
Kane drove down to the hospital and was lucky to see Kate who was about leaving for the day, she was already in her car when Kane walked up to her with his walking stick.
After exchanging pleasantries Kane asked Doctor Kate if she has heard of Olivia and Kate told him that she and Olivia were together earlier.
“if she is not home, she probably stop to check on Doctor Mark, who has not being feeling too well…I guess she is already on her way back home…the night is already approaching and Olivia doesn’t like’ staying out late…so she should be home soon…hope there is no problem Mr Kane…or is there a problem…?
Kane couldn’t start explaining how he felt to doctor Kate who may also be aware of Olivia leaving the country soon.
Kane shakes his head and asked doctor Kate to give him Mark’s house address. Kate did not want to do so at first but as Kane pleaded just to be sure that Olivia wasn’t there before he start going home.
At the end Kate gave him the address and Kane drove off to Mark’s house.
he hopes that Olivia has left Mark’s place as doctor Kate said but when he finally got there he saw Olivia’s car parked outside.
He punched hard on his steering as different things crossed his mind.
He swallowed hard not knowing if he should go inside or turn and drive back home.
He stayed there and later stepped down and walked into Mark’s gate as the security opened the gate and he went in after asking if Doctor Mark was home.
Kane knocked on the door and a round, older woman answered the door.
“Good evening…please I’m looking for Doctor Mark…is he in…
Ms Agnes looked at the tall man with a walking stick looking so troubled and ushered him in.
“Doctor Mark has a visitor, he is in his room and I don’t want to disturb them…. please, you will have to sit here and wait for him to come out…
Kane’s stomach made a sound as he hard that Mark was in his room with a visitor whom he already knows was Olivia.
he wish he can rush up there into Mark’s room.
maybe is better not to see anything and go home. “Mark has succeeded in getting Olivia to himself.
“what a bastard, he was trying to force himself on Olivia now he has succeeded….God…what do I do now…this is not fair…why do I have to be the one left out on this…why do I have to suffer so much….oh no…hmmm…Olivia has moved on with Mark…they are in the room doing whatever I can’t imagine…maybe I need to just leave…no…I will stay here and let them know how I feel…Olivia needs to answer me why she planned to take my daughter abroad without informing me…I need to give Olivia and Doctor Mark a piece of my mind.
Kane held his head in his hands as the anger and pain surged through him, every second that goes by was as if it was strangling him. He kept wishing Olivia will just come out, He felt like a looser.
He was in love with Olivia, he has never stopped loving her no matter how he tried to or how she pushes him away.
he can’t seem to move on as she wants him to.
Kane kept watching the time as it ticks, he breathed heavily with every passing second.
He started counting time before he will barge into Doctor Marks’s room.
Once the housekeeper is out of sight he will sneak up there to Mark’s room.
LASTING MEMORY. Episode 23.
“What can I offer you sir, while you wait for Doctor to come and attend to you…
Kane waved his hand at the woman without looking up at her, Agnes went to the kitchen and after sometime she came out and Kane was not in the parlor again. she looked round the house but the man was not anywhere around.
Agnes wondered where the man she just left in the sitting room could be, after sometime she went outside to the gate and asked the security if he saw the man that came in with a walking stick.
The security replied her that the man just left and drove off in his car.
Agnes returned back to the house as she wondered why the man will leave in a hurry without seeing Doctor which was the main reason why he came at first.
Olivia sat beside the bed as she listen to Mark about how he has always dream of being a doctor and finally he is one.
Olivia checked the time and stood up.
“all the stories are all wonderful, your childhood was awesome except for your Mom passing so early…well, we are a bit related with that…I’m glad to know you more than just my “doctor friend” you are a nice person and you deserve somebody that will truly love you…i value our friendship and that was the main reason I drove down here to make amend what was torn…and to explain myself in a very clear way…we can’t be together…I know I have said that already…if I end up with you it will be out of pity and not love…I see you as a great friend but I have not being able to develop mutual feeling for you…Kane was the only one I have loved so deeply until I discovered that he was the Kaka I have dreaded all this years, sometimes I wish i have never found out…maybe by now we will be married and happy together…and at same time I’m glad that I found out…. to avoid future crisis…I’m sorry Mark that I can’t love you the way you deserve…and I don’t want to imprison my emotions just to please you…
“you don’t need to be sorry Olivia…rather I’m grateful for your boldness and clarity on this…I don’t want to be loved out of pity…no…that will be too dangerous and emotional disaster… Thank you for coming…I feel so free now than before…and thank you for listening to all my boring tale…you were calm all through…and never interrupted me…that makes me feel special…I just wish you can come once in a while…I will never pest you over a relationship…I respect you and I respect your wishes…we can just be cool friends…even after you probably get married or I find someone and settle down with…I will remain your “doctor Friend” and maybe a family friend too…
“Thank you for your understanding Mark…I also wish to be there when you will find that special someone to settle down with, she will certainly be a lucky one and I pray your paths will cross soon. I will be leaving the country soon… me and Emerald are set to travel out…and by next week we will be flying out…I didn’t want to tell you before but I feel is necessary now that we understand ourselves better…
Mark pause for a while as Olivia face the door, he stood up and join her as they walk to the door.
“wow…wow…I just don’t know what to say Olivia…I guess is for the best…leaving the country….wow…hope I’m not the one pushing you away to another country with my constant trouble on relationship….
“No…no…that is what I want…I just want to breathe in fresh air outside here…we can always speak over the phone…I will be one of the happiest people if I get the news of your settling down with a good and kind woman just as you are…
“Thank you for everything…you are making me to feel teary like a little boy…uhmmm…but is all good…I will miss you but we can always comunicate over the phone and I will certainly inform you when I get that special woman…you will be the first to know…
Olivia hugged him and when they loosened up, they were both teary as Olivia pecked his cheeks before going down.
Ms Agnes came out to inform Doctor Mark of a visitor that came earlier but later left. She described the person as a man on a walking stick. Mark and Olivia knew that it was Kane.
They wondered what Kane came for and couldn’t wait. Olivia waved Mark goodbye as she crosses the gate and drove off.
Kane has planned taking Emerald to his house but she refused to go with him because her mom with not be happy if she does that and she doesn’t want to get into more trouble with her and also the security will not allow him to take her out without her mom’s knowledge.
Kane has no choice than to sit outside and wait for Olivia and after sometime she drove in.
Olivia wasn’t surprise to see Kane sitting in front of her door step, she approached him. Before she could even get close Kane began to rage, calling Olivia names. He was so angry with her thinking Olivia slept with Mark but she never did.
“you are so wicked Olivia…so d–n wicked…it would have being better if you have killed me when you had that gun than to spare me and continue taunting me every day…you have broken me into pieces and I wish I was dead than to watch you do all this to me…you chose Doctor Mark because he is a perfect man and has no terrible past…and you hate me and never stop hating me because I had a past…Mark is a perfect man to you and you were at his place and he made love to you…I guess his caresses and loving making is far better than mine…and you are happy now right…he got what he has always wanted isn’t it…Olivia you are so heartless…what kind of woman are you…your hatred for me burn like a flame…all because of my past…you abandoned me on our wedding day…and totally tore my world apart…you wanted to kill me in revenge for your parents death…now you are planning to take my only hope away. Emerald…is also my daughter…despite everything she is still part of me…you were planning to going to abroad with my daughter….i won’t be able to see her again until I breath my last…aren’t you so heartless…tearing me apart and kicking me out of your life with everything you got…Kaka was my heartless past but he never deliberately killed your parents…he only caused their death and has suffered too much already for all his sin…far more than those who went to prison…what else do you want me to do…I can say sorry everyday of my life just to prove to you that am truly sorry…but even if I say sorry everyday you will still not be satisfied and will keep hurting me… I was at Mark’s place earlier and both of you were up there in his stupid room banging each oth…
Olivia angrily slapped him before he will complete the word, Kane held his cheek and stare at her, he tightens his fist while breathing hard. Olivia stood right in front of him boiling even more. They stood that way without word as Olivia breathed down moved back.
“I don’t have time for you Kane…I’m going to bed…you need to leave when you are done raging…
As she tries to cross Kane held her hand from walking past him and quickly loosened up.
He battles with the emotion building in his chest, Olivia walked inside her house, leaving him alone outside. She checked on Emerald who wasn’t really aside but pretend to be.
Emerald has not being able to sleep but she pretend to be asleep as her mom checked up on her. Olivia covered her properly, kissed her forehead before leaving.
Emerald thought within her. “If mom could do all that it means she wasn’t so mad at me as i have expected… i will find out if she is angry me by morning.
Olivia changed to her nightie, she looked outside and saw Kane still sitting outside there her front step.
She breathed as she put on a long robe before going outside and quietly sat beside Kane who still did not say anything.
They stayed quiet before he spoke out still without looking at Olivia
“I am not a bad person but my past man was…I am Kane and will never be Kaka…you are fighting and hating the wrong man…maybe it was better if I have died with others or locked in prison than to watch you do all this to me…it would have being better if everything was different…I regret not listening to my father in the beginning of my youth, I would have focused on building a career than becoming Kaka…ever since you walked out of my life…I die slowly everyday…and just knowing you were with Mark in his room…I almost had a heart attack just realizing that you will never be mine…I couldn’t imagine what was happening between you and Doctor Mark…it was almost snuffing life out of me…leaving the country with Emerald was another thing I don’t know if I will survive…
“Kane, I know I don’t owe you or anybody about what I do with my life but I do want to let you know that nothing happened between me and Doctor Mark…it was more of talk and then a goodbye…I can’t be with Mark because I have never being able to love him the way he deserve…and you don’t have any right to trail me to Mark’s house…that was so stupid of you…what were you thinking driving down to Doctor Mark’s house… Kane? when I said I have forgiven you I meant it that way. stop taking our conversations back to unforgivness or how bad I am…forgiving someone doesn’t mean you must be in the person’s life…we had a wonderful memorable time together…and I needed to move on so do you…it doesn’t make me unforgiven or a bad person. I know the kind of person I am…I may chose to accept you and we continue our love affair and I end up hurting more than I have ever being or end up hurting you…you are the only man I have ever loved…and still love…I can’t move past that but I won’t move back into your life because I will end up hating you everyday…being a distance away makes me still retain the love we once share…I don’t want to loose it all and I am not denying your presence in Emerald’s life…she is equally your daughter and you have being a great father to her…she will be the only thread that brings us together…moving out of the country was the best thing for me to do right now…everything here is suffocating me…you especially…I need to breath a new air outside here and we will definitely return…I have business running here and my chamber will be calling me home…I have alot I want to do in the future…and is all going to be in this country…I’m sorry for striking you…you have to stop nagging like a pregnant woman and keep your emotions in check… don’t cycle your life around me Kane. I only hate your past man that tore us apart and not you…we will always have something connecting us no matter where we are or whoever we end up with in the future….learn to start loving yourself…you still have a life, so start over again…don’t say you can’t do it without me…try doing it…if you love me then start living your own life and do not cycle your living around my existence. when i leave this country I want to hear of your outings…I want to hear of your dates…and all the thing you are doing for fun…I will also send back mine to you…I know Emerald will make sure of that….i don’t know how to love another ever since….and I don’t want to…I just want to focus on my life and become the woman I always want to be…and I will be happy wherever I am that you are living the best of your life. Don’t allow me, or your past man or even your leg to be an excuse of living your dream…don’t let anything to keep you in bondage forever Kane…Alright?
Kane quietly nodded, Olivia went into his arm and Kane held her and they remained that way until Olivia slept off in his arm.
Kane could have carried her inside the house but he can’t seem to do without his walking stick, if he tries it him and Olivia may clash on the ground, so he just allowed her to sleep quietly. But as the time ticks 2.am in his watch and he was also feeling sleepy he gently woke Olivia to go inside and she asked him to come in and pass the night and he did.
As he lay on the cushion in the living room, Olivia bent over and kissed his fore head before going to her room to sleep.
Kane slept so soundly more than he has slept in a long while.
FINAL EPISODE OF LASTING MEMORY.
Olivia Was amazed as her friends went with her and Emerald to the airport to wave them goodbye.
Kane was there, Mark, Doctor Kate and also Helen, she and Emerald hugged everyone. Her friends waited until the plane took off.
Olivia settled in immediately as they arrived. All she did with Emerald in the first month was to tour and visit places and in the second month she got busy with activities.
Emerald started high school while Olivia engaged herself with more studies and works part time in other not to be bored.
Months flew into a year. she never fails to call her people back home and they also calls her.
Mark gave an exciting report of going out with a nice lady, Helen brought the news of giving birth to a baby boy, and she with her husband were both excited to welcome their bundle of joy after a long wait.
Olivia was so happy for them, she spoke with Kate almost every week.
Kane calls too and Olivia allows him to speak with Emerald.
Emerald and her father spends time talking over the phone whenever she is free.
Emerald rushed up to Olivia one day as she was making dinner, the phone she was using to do video call was in her hand as she showed it to her mother
“Mom…Mom…look…look, Mr Kane…he is walking without his stick…look…isn’t that amazing…
Olivia took the phone and saw Kane practising on how to walk without his sticks.
Olivia smile, she left the kitchen with the phone and asked Emerald to continue with the dinner
“Kane, I’m so proud of you…I told you that you are stronger than what you reduced yourself to…
“thank you Olivia…I was getting so comfortable in those sticks that I didn’t want to do without it…maybe because I love the self pity that comes with it but no more pity…I have to take charge…just as you have always wanted…you said it will make you happy if I start living my own life…well, I’m doing that…I have not being able to go on a date yet…I don’t know if I will ever be able to do that but I’m ready to give every other thing a try, I’m doing so many things right now…I went to play tennis with Wilson, and we planed going to the basket ball cot by weekend…I need to start living….i was loosing myself but no more…maybe someday I will be able to go on a date with a nice, loving woman like you are…thank you for always bringing out the best in me…I’m sending some money again to Emerald by next week…I know you don’t want to accept any gift of any kind from me, you made that clear already but the money I send is for Emerald’s tuition fee…please don’t ask me to stop…and hope you are living your best life over there…
“Sure, I am and i’m happy to know that you are living your life Kane…take good care of yourself…bye.
A year turned into two and then three, Mark got married and had a daughter Olivia was sending all her kind wishes to him, right on his first date to when he proposed to the lady and to their wedding and also when she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and Mark couldn’t keep calm, he was so happy.
Olivia tried to keep the friendship alive and even sometime speak with Doctor Mark’s wife over the phone, she was always excited to speak to Olivia after hearing so much about her.
Olivia also cried with Helen when she had a miscarriage on her second child and she never fail to encourage and pray with her.
After another year Helen became pregnant again and excitedly shared the news with Olivia who also jubilate with her.
Olivia was happy for everyone living the best of their lives as she was trying to also live her own best too, meeting new people and making friends. She try not to get into anything intimate with any of her male friends, both white and black, she kept it casual with every one.
She also had friends who were lawyers and barristers, they form a click and hook up most weekends.
Emerald has a phone which enables Kane to speak to her anytime he wants, Olivia was happy that she left the country as she began to perceive things differently. she will never forget her parents because they lives on in her heart everyday, she can never forget the circumstances behind their death, but she has totally and deeply forgiven those behind it. Most especially Kane.
Olivia was home one day expecting her friends who were coming to say goodbye to her as she planes to leave the country soon. When the door bell rang, Emerald rushed happily to the door to answer it.
Some of Olivia’s friends came in, one came with her daughter who happens to be Emerald’s close friend.
They came with pizza, drinks and different gifts for Olivia. They all ate while watching one of their favourite shows.
Olivia informed them that she will be traveling back to her country, is almost four years since she left, she wants to go and foresee things, becoming a barrister is to help her country to fight crime and unlawful judgements against humanity and she can’t achieve all that in another man’s country.
She has a chamber which she asked her learned colleague to be using in her absence.
now, she needs to go back home and take over things but Emerald will stay behind until she is done with school.
Olivia’s new friends wished her well and most of them wanted Emerald to come over to their house and live with them but Emerald said she will rather visit than living with them.
She told everyone that she will be fine staying alone maybe with her friend Tessie. The neighbourhood was calm, nice people lives all around and her close friend will be staying with her so she has nothing to fear or worry.
At the end they all agreed to be checking up on Emerald.
Olivia got her daughter and her friends waving her good bye that morning as she flew off back to her country.
Olivia came back home and used the first week to visit all her friends, Helen, Mark and his family and also doctor Kate.
She tried not to ask of Kane, as she concluded within her that he must have moved on with another woman which was all she has wanted him to do but she wonder why she wasn’t so happy imagining Kane with another woman but Olivia tried to accept that.
She got busy with work and continue to speak with her daughter over the phone and sometime speak to her friends too.
She was in her chamber when her secretary came to inform her that a man was looking for her and as the man came in it happens to be Kane, he was not using his walking stick.
With a close look one can still tell that he has an injury from the way he walks but it wasn’t so obvious. Kane has grown few white hairs around his bears.
He was well dressed in a white striped shirt, a brown chinos trouser, a suede black shoe with a matching belt. As he walked into Olivia’s office with a very attractive smile, she looked at him as if she has never seen him before in her life.
Olivia was speechless as she stood and stare at Kane who was beaming with a gentle man smile, she wanted to say something and Kane stretched his hand out, haunting her to pause.
“my name is Kane and I’m please to meet you ma’m…can we just pretend and act like this is the first time we are meeting… just pretend by introducing yourself…I do want to know you…if you don’t mind…
Olivia laughed out at Kane’s attitude, he was acting all official with her while robbing his bears with the other hand, and she was loving every bit of it. She pretend and stretched her hands to him.
“I’m Barrister Olivia, and I am please to meet you sir…ooh. C’mon Kane, what happened to you…you look so different…I must confess that you look more handsome now than before and why are you pulling at your bears…is that a new style now… but I’m loving this new Kane…
Kane blushed as Olivia came around her table and they both embraced and went on talking like old friends as if nothing ever happened.
Kane kept it cool and listened to Olivia as they both talked excitedly.
Few days later, Emerald called and sounded so happy over the phone.
“Mom, I’m so happy for you…wow…this is so exciting….
“Happy for me, what happened…is there anything going on that I don’t know…
“Mom, stop pretending….Mr Kane, my Dad… well, he told me that two of you are getting back together…and going on a date this weekend, that is the greatest news of all time…I feel so excited Mom, my heart wants to burst out with happiness…you traveling down and breathing in new fresh air has done a lot of good for you and for him too…
“well, don’t conclude yet…we are just getting on as friends…and he wants me to go on our suppose first date with him this weekend…is not really bad, your Dad… has kind of change…acting like a gentle man…and all porch…so, I’m going on a few date with him to see how it goes…don’t get too excited about it… is just a date not a wedding…just focus on your studies…
“is all the same to me…I am happy for both of you Mom…at least for giving love another try…no matter what comes out of it…I am still so proud of you and I’m focusing on my studies to make you and Dad proud…I will make you a proud Mom…because you deserve it and you also deserve some good happiness…best of luck Mom…and don’t fail to give me gist of how it all went…I know is all gonna be fun…make sure you have fun…
And Olivia and Kane went on her suppose first date with Kane and it was all fun. Kane dropped her off before driving back to his place.
He knows slow and steady wins the race, he wasn’t going to rush anything with Olivia, he will allow her to take her time in making any decision.
But in everything he was living his life more than he has ever did, and he will make sure he gives Olivia a thousand reasons to smile and turns her lemon into a lemonade.
Olivia stared at the mirror with a smile across her face, as she spoke to her daughter over the phone, giving her every gist on how the suppose date went.
Emerald was over excited as she listen to her Mother speak with happiness in her voice.
It was her prayer that her Mom give Mr Kane another chance into her life and not allow the past to hold their love captive and she was happy that they are beginning to live and be happy again with each other.
Her father speaks greatly of her Mom and her Mom is not exceptional and she looks forward to another date with Kane.
Olivia opened her drawer, and brought out her parent’s picture, she kissed the picture and held it in front of her.
“you and Mom will continue to live in my heart, I’m a barrister now, I have found purpose and rejected love and happiness just because of where it was coming from, but I do want to embrace life to the fullest now because I know you two want me to be happy and I will not allow the darkness of the past to hold me captive…I will not live in bondage to the enemy of my mind…I want to be free, loved and happy…and that is what I will do…Emerald is making me proud everyday…she is turning into a smart and intelligent young girl and I can’t be less proud of her…I will be going on another date with Kane…we are taking it slowly and everyday at a time…and I love it that way…everyone deserve to be happy irrespective of the past…and I feel within me that you and Mom are both smiling down from heaven and nodding in agreement to this…this is how my own fate found me, I have run from it for so long but not again…I am embracing it and living my best life with the wonderful people that God has blessed me with…
And on the next weekend, Kane drove down earlier and waited for Olivia to be through with her dressing, he helped her to zip up her dress, caressed her neck before kissing it.
He lead her in his arm to the car, and drove her off to another fun filled evening.
We all hope that their yesterday will remain where it belongs. As they both starts their life again today, we silently pray that their tomorrow’s sun shine will be brighter, filled with colorful rainbow.
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