THE SMILE OF TERROR
Cathy was very excited about going
home. Kate too was happy.
The one year had seemed longer than
it was supposed to be.
The last days had been hectic, their
final exams were harder than the mid
year exams,but that mattered less,everyone was happy that finally
they could be with their families.
Tom had done his farewells the
previous night but he still went that
morning to see her off.
She board a bus that was leaving at 07 am.
Cathy sat by the window wondering
what her mother had kept for her.
She had told her that there was a
hidden wardrobe in her bedroom
which was in the wall. It had been designed by both her parents for
keeping secret documents and
Cathy’s mother told her that she was
old enough to read some of the
secrets of the family. Cathy was nervous as well as
anxious. She felt she knew
everything about the family, were
there some secrets? Or maybe they
were just ordinary books and diaries
and papers. After greeting her mother, she would
go and look at the secret wardrobe in
the house,she had planned
She had called her mother that
morning bt her phone was off. She
had promised to pick her from the station, she couldn’t wait to see her
daughter as much as Cathy couldn’t
wait to see her .
She thought about Alfred and Jane,
how happy she would be when she
finally meets them, she had called them earlier and they had not
sounded as happy but she knew how
happy they were inside.
She knew they pretended not to be
overly excited by her coming
meanwhile they were as happy as she was.
After 8 hours of bumps ,the bus
finally reached its destination.
Everyone got off and Cathy moved
her luggage to a shelter where they
sold tickets and begun zooming the crowd to locate her mother. She
looked from every direction but her
mother was nowhere to be seen.
After sometime, she decided to book
a taxi to take her home,her temper
was rising, why would her mother promise to pick her and then later
switch off the phone.
Just then ,two police officers in
uniform approached her. She
watched them move towards her
talking to each other. “Are you here to arrest me for
standing here for too long ?” She
asked as they stopped where she
“No miss” said one of them with a
grin “We just want you to accompany us
to your house”
“Is anything the matter?”
The two policemen exchanged looks
and shook their heads. The first
thought that crossed her mind was that the police had discovered the
secret wardrobe and had found the
secrets which made them put her
mother in a cell
“Do you know where mum is” she
asked but they didn’t respond. ‘well whatever,as long as am getting
a free ride and if mum is fine then we
are cool ‘ she thought to herself but
that didnt drive the fear out of her,
alot of crazy thoughts crossed her
mind. They drove silently to her house.
She couldn’t believe her eyes, the
house was surrounded with a yellow
“What’s happening here?” She said
opening the door of the car but the doors were locked
“Can you unlock the doors” she
“Miss there is some information that
we would like you to know and some
that we want to get from you ” answered the police officer who was
“What for? What’s this ,what’s
happening? Where is my mother”
“When was the last time you talked
to her?” He asked ignoring her questions
“Just tell me where my mother is ”
“If you don’t want to speak then we
are afraid we can’t tell you the state
in which your mother is” “Is she ill”
But the police officer didn’t answer.
“Alright I spoke to her last
night,since then her phone has been
off” she said
“What were you talking About” he asked
Cathy blinked a million times in a
minute, they had talked in details
about the secret wardrobe and there
is no way she was going to disclose
its existence “Well just what a mother would talk
about with her daughter” she said
“Don’t lie and just say the truth”
“Alright, she was telling me about
how much she loves me”
“Does she always tell you that?” “Yes she does but yesterday she
emphasized so much on it”
The police officers sighed.
“Well maybe that can explain it, we
couldn’t find any clue”
“What clue?” She asked “why don’t you just say what it is instead of
keeping me in suspense like this?”
“Well we are sorry to tell you this,but
the case is still under investigation.
Your mother was found dead this
morning, most likely it was death by poison. Its either she took the poison
or someone else did put in her food”
Cathy’s head was spinning very fast
and she was caught in a whirlwind
and she was swirling so fast,
eventually she couldn’t see anything and everything went blank. Everything
became dark and she could feel her
heart gradually stop beating.
Alfred was aware of Cathy’s coming
but she had not called him and yet it
was almost getting dark. She had not responded to any of his calls or
messages and he begun to be filled
with fear, what if she had finally
found out the truth about him and
Jane and had decided to do away
with him without even waiting for his explanation?
He decided to go to her house and
he was told by the police that she
had been admitted in the hospital but
no visitor was allowed to visit her.
Alfred felt a relief but he was annoyed by the fact that Cathy had
lost her mother but he was not
allowed to go and console her.
Cathy woke up in the middle of the
night, she squinted and she saw a
police woman sitting by her side. She smiled when she saw her awake.
“Where am I” she asked looking
around the room
“Hospital” she told her
“Doing what” she asked
“Well you were brought here after collapsing”
“I did? Why? And where is my mom?”
Upon saying that,the earlier events
flooded her head and she
remembered what the police officers
had told her “Is it true? Is she really dead? My
The police woman looked at her
sorrowfully and immediately she was
caught in a whirlwind again and she
collapsed again. She went to call a nurse.
The whole night Alfred could think of
nothing but Cathy. He still loved her
so much and he couldn’t imagine the
betrayal look she would wear when
she would find out about Jane. The following morning he went to the
hospital and he found Cathy in the
“Baby” he said holding her hand
“Honey” she answered lazily tears
coming from the corners of her eyes “Don’t cry,am here for you” he said
and she smiled.
Later in the evening,she was
discharged and allowed to go home.
There were quite alot of people in
black,most of which she didn’t know, maybe her mother’s workmates.
A few who knew her greeted her and
the others looked at her
sympathetically giving their
“She was almost going crazy” said one woman
“She was drowning in her sorrows
until they consumed her completely”
“She didn’t think about her
daughter,did she” “She is selfish”
All these were said in whispers
,Cathy could pick a few words from
their comments and she felt a sword
cut through her heart. How could
they say such things about her mother
“Take me to your house” she told
“I think you should be here, all these
people are here to comfort you” he
said “No they are not,are you taking me or
At Alfred’s house,he made a cup of
hot coffee for her and she wept and
cried and he consoled her.
She slept in his arms and he could feel her pain. He watched her fall
asleep after giving her a goodnight
“You are all I have now” she told him
She was so pretty even in sleep. She
had not changed much, the eye brows were curved the same way,
her cheeks chubby as always and
her hair thick. Her skin very spotless
and he seemed not tired of touching
“My wife to be” he said and she shifted in her sleep. He kissed her
on the forehead.
She woke up in the middle of the
night wrapped in his arms.
“I missed this so much” she said and
he looked at her with a smile “You are not sleeping?” She asked
“How could I when I had not finished
watching my girl whom I haven’t
seen in a long time”
They talked about how they missed
each other and how they had patiently waited for each other.
“Nothing should ever come between
us, please promise me that you will
never leave me nomatter what. Am
nothing without you baby and my life
would be so miserable without you. If anything comes in between us,lets
stand together and stick to each
other” he said
“You know I love you sweety, and I
can’t allow anything come in-
between us. Even If you say you don’t want me anymore, I won’t let
go” she answered and Alfred felt very
happy and relieved. He was going to
fight for the love of his life.
The mourning period was over and
Jane had visited Cathy a few times. It was confirmed at the hospital that
Cathy’s mother had been poisoned.
The police had looked for any
information that could help identify
who had poisoned her but there was
none. The murderer must have had been very smart in killing her.
Cathy could not think of anyone that
would murder her mother. The pain
became so intense knowing that her
mother’s murder was somewhere
celebrating. Alfred, was her strong arm.
Alfred took her to places just to make
her forget about her late mother, but
memories of her always crept in her
head in the night. Alfred always
accompanied her. They had been given a festive two week break at
work and he dedicated his time to
being with Cathy.
Jane went to visit her again a week
after the burial. It was then that Cathy
noticed that she was pregnant. “My oh my, what am I seeing
here,am I becoming an aunt already”
she teased running her hand on
“Seems so” said Jane
“Wow so stanely is fertile after all,finally he broke the no sex policy,
you had to make him break it didn’t
you? And when is the wedding if I
may ask, the child needs to be raised
by both parents”
“Well that’s true but this is not Stanely’s child” she said
“What? Did you guys break up? Don’t
tell me it’s because of the policy”
“Ofcoures not” she said in a more
serious tone. “The father is someone
you know very well. You will know him at the right time and we are
getting married. Our parents have
already arranged everything” she said
“Eeeeew look at you friend,am so
happy for you” she said hugging her
“you are always followed by good luck, you are already working and
now you are about to have a child
and then get married. You are lucky
girl” she said to which Jane said
When she had left for home, she went to her mother’s bedroom in
search of the secret wardrobe. She
removed the wall curtains but there
was no single sign of a wardrobe.
She searched through the wall and
there was nothing. She sat on the bed frustrated,the
secret wardrobe could help answer
the many questions that had
developed in her head. She searched
and moved every little thing on the
wall but there was no sign of a wardrobe. She gave up and decided
that her mother had given her wrong
directions and a wrong room.
She did a quick search of the walls
of the house but there was nothing
Alfred came to visit her in the evening and she told him about
Jane’s pregnancy and preparations to
“Does she look happy about getting
married?” Asked Alfred
“Yeah I think so but then there was some elements of superiority and
pride as she told me about it.
Anyways she is pregnant and we
expect mood swings in that state”
“Any idea who is marrying her,? Am dying to know who the owner of the
pregnancy is” she said
“Well baby,am sure she will tell you
at the right time,just as she told you”
A week later the preparations for
Christmas celebrations begun. Alfred was committed somewhere so he
failed to spend the night at her
She decided to clean her mother’s
bedroom. She swept the room and
mopped the floor and fixed her clothes neatly. She dusted the wall
and there was a slight pale patch
near the bed.
She tried to remove it and there it
was, the wall seperated into two and
there was the wardrobe. She quickly opened it ,there wasnt as many
things as she had hoped. There was
just an old looking book with
supposedly some missing pages in
it. At the bottom of the wardrobe was
a small book. She picked it and went through the pages.
She stood still with he book in her
hands. The title on the first page
” the truth about what happened at
the hotel” the next one read;
“the truth about your father’s death”
the other one read;
“the truth about Melody’s death”
And the other:
“the truth about my death” Cathy held the diary in her hands
It was her mother’s ‘s handwriting
Each title bore a date in the right
corner of the page.
Cathy got the book and closed the wardrobe. She touched the patched
wall and he wardrobe disappeared.
She rushed to her bedroom and
switched off her phone.
She didn’t want any disturbances,
she wanted to find out the truth about everything. Her questions
could maybe be answered in the
To Be Continued