Broken – Part 2

My eyes fluttered open and I was shocked to find myself in so much pain. I couldn’t trace the source of the pain. I looked around and I realized I was in a hospital and then it came rushing back to me. The last thing I remembered was falling to the ground after my argument with Chigozie.

My mother was sitting in a corner and as soon as she noticed I was awake, she sprang to her feet.
“Thank God, my child is alive”! She exclaimed rushing over to my side.

I wanted to speak but my throat hurt, I managed to whisper the most important word in my vocabulary at the time.
“Water”. I said to my mother.

“Ok. Are you hungry, do you want food or fruits”? She asked coming closer to inspect me.
“Water”. I managed to croak again.

“Give the girl water, and stop hovering…let her get some air”. It was my father who spoke. I wanted to look in his direction but the pain won’t allow me move my neck.

He came over to my side, and dislodged my mother from the edge of the bed. “Adesewa, I know you are confused right now but you are in the hospital because after that miscreant attempted to abduct you and you tried to escape, you were hit by a young man on a power bike. I know you are in a lot of pain right now but the doctor says you will be as good as new in a few days.” My father said.

I had so many questions to ask, especially why my father had insinuated that Chigozie had abducted me, but I couldn’t utter anymore words. My throat was really hurting now, maybe because instead of getting the water I had asked for, my mother was having a heated argument with someone down the hall. I could hear her voice even though she wasn’t in the room. She came barging in a few minutes later with the water I had requested for in her hand.

“Who were you exchanging words with again”? My father asked in a sarcastic tone.
“Can you imagine, someone came here claiming that she is that Chigozie boy’s sister and that she wants to know why her brother was arrested for an accident he didn’t cause. After almost paralyzing my daughter, his family has the effrontery to come here to cause trouble”. My mother was breathing hard and she was obviously very upset.

“Give her the water. Let me go and handle this”. My father said as he left the room.
My mother helped me sit up and used a pillow to prop up my back, then she gave me some water to drink. I instantly felt better.
“Mummy, why did you allow daddy get Chigozie arrested? You and Tunji saw me get into his car, the security guards saw me get into his car by myself. How could you accuse of him of trying to abduct me”? I asked with as much energy as I could muster.

“Do we know what happened when you were with him? He said you were trying to get out of his car when the bike hit you but what he failed to explain is why you were trying to get out of his car in the middle of the road? We assumed it was because he was taking you somewhere against your will and you tried to escape”. She explained.

“But mummy you know that’s not what happened. We were parked by the side of the road, he told me he was relocating to Port Harcourt, I got angry and opened the door without checking to see if the road was clear and I got hit by a bike. It was an accident and you all know it!” I explained.
“See, your father is very angry about this whole thing. I don’t want to get involved. My only concern now is for you to get better before your wedding. Tunji and his family have accepted our apology and decided to carry on with the wedding”. My mother informed me with a wide smile on her face.

I couldn’t believe that my parents had apologized to Tunji and his family behind my back! I wasn’t even sorry for what I had done, yet they had apologized on my behalf. I was very angry but I knew I had to stoop to conquer. “There would only be a wedding, if you ensure that daddy has Chigozie released today”. I said.

We weren’t aware that my dad had walked back into the room until he responded to my ultimatum “Then you would have to decide if you want to continue being a member of this family or not”. He said I was suddenly very thirsty again.

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