The sound was beyond deafening. I fell from my seat out of intense fear. I could hear voices and shuffling of feet. “I’m alive?” I thought
I tried opening one eye and it complied. Surprised, I tried opening the second one too and I could see what was going on around me. The guys seemed to be arguing about something I didn’t care to know about. My joy was cut short immediately my brain processed why I was alive. It meant only one thing, the love of my life was the ‘chosen’ one.
I wanted to get up and move over to him but they were still in the room and their argument was becoming really intense. One of them came close to check if I was alive.
I heard him say,”She’s breathing, I think the shock knocked her out.”
“Cut her loose.” I heard the commanding voice I had come to hate with everything within me.
The stupid servant obeyed and released me immediately. I kicked him with all the strength I had in me and I was rewarded with a warning gunshot to my arm.
“Elliot, your brother’s… oh! Pardon me. Your late brother’s fiancée is a strong willed woman. Good bye my man. Don’t worry, your family will soon be here, I sent for help through your phones. I’ll miss hunting you down. We’ll meet in hell soon bro, I know that for a fact…” Those were the last words I heard before darkness offered me the comfort I sought.
A couple of hours later
“Damn! I can’t believe this is happening aunt Liz.” I almost screamed once again as I paced the hospital waiting room like a man waiting for his wife to deliver their first child. Unfortunately, I was pacing for worse reasons. I had not been myself since I received a strange text from Mille about her being in serious danger. I drove there with Rachel, only to meet Aunt Charis and Gloria at the gate. She claimed to have received the same message. The security guy wasn’t there which was indeed strange. When Mille took me there some weeks back, she told me that there was always a security guy there at all hours.
When we got in, the sight that greeted us was a horrible one. Elliot was struggling to move and bleeding all over. Mille lay unconscious on the floor while Jathniel was tied securely to a chair, head hung down and blood stains on his chest. Taking them to the cars was one hell of a task because I was surrounded by females but I succeeded at last.
Jathniel was confirmed dead on arrival. Mille and Elliot were undergoing surgery to remove the bullets. They had lost a lot of blood and we knew their lives were hanging in a balance. The whole family was at the hospital. Aunt Charis had been wailing since we brought them in, Gloria was sobbing silently. I couldn’t blame her, she just lot a son and she wasn’t sure if the other was going to survive. Aunt Liz sat beside Uncle Liam with her eyes red and puffy from crying. Rachel just sat motionless, staring into thin air. Kara was trying her best not to shed tears as she sat with Tristan and Jane.
I was the only one who couldn’t sit anymore. It felt like I was going to lose my senses. Even if Mille survived, I don’t know how she was going to bear the fact that Niel was gone. I could recall how she almost crashed when mum died. It took months to make her alright. This time, the grief would shatter her completely.
“Jason, come and sit.” Aunt Liz called out to me.
“I’m not sure I know how to sit anymore aunt. I’m fine like this.”
She stood up from where she was seated and came to me, “Jason, if Mille was here, I’m sure she would want you to stop pacing like this and relax yourself a bit.”
I turned to face her. Her eyes were stained with tears yet she never stopped being so motherly and caring. Tears stung my eyes too as I bent a little to hug her. She sobbed quietly against my chest. Those tears broke my heart more than it had already been broken. The tears of a mother, she had been a strong pillar for Mille and I over the past years. This incident had sent a knife right through her heart and with each tear that ran down her face, I felt the pain more.
“Liz! What’s going on?” Dad barged into the waiting room. “I’m sorry, I was with some patients.”
“Oh Brian.” She left me and went straight into his arms. He looked at me with a million questions in his eyes but I turned away.
“Won’t someone tell me what’s going on here?” He half yelled.
From the corner of my eye, I saw Uncle Liam rise from his seat and walked towards them. He, dad and aunt moved to the window side and began talking in hushed tones. When they stopped talking, I turned to see what happened. Dad’s face had turned pale and he lowered himself gently to a nearby seat. I could tell he was extremely shocked. I mean who would have believed that something like this could happen? Some hours ago, Mille and Jathniel were all smiles for their traditional marriage rites and now, the poor guy was gone.
A doctor came walking briskly towards us. “Doctor, what’s going on?” I asked.
“They both need blood transfusion right now especially the male patient. This is Mille’s family clinic so I know that Jason can donate for his sister or Liz. As for the male…”
“I’m his sister, doctor.” Gloria cut in.
“That’s much better because the supply of blood in the blood bank is limited this evening so we’ll just run a series of tests.”
“I’m sure we’re compatible doc. He has donated blood to me before.”
“Even then, we still need the tests. If you would please follow me.” He turned to leave while Gloria and I followed. I was sure my heartbeat could be heard from miles away. All I could do was wait while these doctors worked their magic.
“Mummy, why is ‘gramma’ crying and Jane’s ‘gramma’ too?” Tristan asked.
“Baby, aunt Jam Jam and Uncle Elliot aren’t feeling well so grandma and Jane’s grandma are really worried about them.”
“Jane sorry.” He waved a hand at her.
“Sorry too.” Jane waved back. “I saw when Uncle Jason brought all of them out of one house that grandma took me to.”
I gasped. This little girl had to witness such a horrible sight.
“There was no one to stay with her at home so they had to carry her along.” Rachel answered the question tugging at my mind.
I nodded in response. I brought out my phone from my pocket and played a movie for both of them to watch so I could have a chance to speak with Rachel.
“Rachel, I’m really really scared.”
“Everyone here is scared but I think I’m the one with the greatest fear.” She replied.
“I wish I could cry but I need to be strong because of Tristan and even Jane.”
“I know right? It’s terrible and the bad part is that we cannot tell what happened unless they tell us.”
“Yeah. I hate that this has to happen to Mille. She doesn’t deserve any of these. Everyone knows how nice and simple she is.” I sighed.
“Believe me, I thought this kind of tragedy only happens in movies.”
“It is here right before us Rachel. Please watch the kids for me, I cannot hold my tears again.” I got up and left for the restroom.