THE SMILE OF TERROR
“I will require all of you to come with
us at the police station for a statement” said one of the police
“Uhmm Ben can’t we just give it
here” said Alfred his arms still
wrapping Cathy where they had sat
“We don’t want to attract people’s attention and we don’t want this to
go public for her reputation” he
They agreed that the police officers
would go with the man while the rest
went back home. They took Cathy home. Cathy’s mother who was a
nurse had gone for a one week
workshop in another town. And being
the only child, she was alone, home.
Jane warmed some water for her
bathe and went home. Cathy had stopped her from preparing food
because she wasn’t hungry.
Minutes later Alfred stood to leave
“I’m going but if you need anything
just call me” he told her, stretching her hand and kissing it.
“No you can’t go” she said bluntly
“you both can’t leave me alone here.
I’m terrified, please don’t go” she
He stood for a moment, forcing his mind to think fast. How would he
manage to control himself if he
agreed to spend a night with the
woman whom he was so much in
love with. What if he misbehaved and
did something stupid? , he would push her away and remain with no
chance to be with her at all. But what
if it was an opportunity? ”
He turned to look at her and said”
I’m sorry Catherine but I have to go,
there is something I must go to work on” he said hoping desperately that
his judgement was right.
He opened the door and left. His
mother had taught him that the best
thing to do when tempted is to run
away, that way you can’t do what you would regret later.
“Its the right thing” he kept telling
himself hoping to convince himself
Minutes later there was a knock at
Cathy jumped from the sofa, deciding whether to move to the door or to
hide in her bedroom.
“Who is there” she asked from a
“Alfred. Its me Alfred” he answered.
Cathy was sure her heart laughed out loud while her lips simply smiled.
She opened the door half way and
there was Alfred .
“Did you forget anything? ” she asked
“No I will be with you until you sleep.
that was one heck of a horrible evening. ” he said waiting anxiously
to be ushered in.
“So what are your hobbies” asked
Alfred trying to break the silence that
was becoming awkward after sitting
in the sofa. They talked about everything, the
weather, politics, education and their
thrilling childhood experiencesthrilling childhood experiences. It so
happened that they were both
foolhardy but stubborn children.
Eventually Cathy fell asleep and he carried her to the bedroom. Her
house was a two bedroomed but it
was very much up to standard. It had
everything inside that a house
He put her on the bed and started watching her. She looked so pretty
even in her sleep. Her big eye lids,
an extended forehead, pointed nose
and wet lips , opposite of his which
were usually dry, overlooking the
swollen face. He ran his hand through her hair and
kissed her on the cheek. He wanted
to move his lips on to her mouth but
the inner voice loudly told him to
stop and he stopped.
He went back to the living room and fell in a sofa.
Minutes later, there was a tap on his
“Mum? Is that you? ” he asked as he
stirred in his sleep.
“Wake up” she smiled. He struggled to open his eyes and
when he finally did he almost died of
It wasn’t his mother but Cathy. He
quickly sat up.
“Cathy you are supposed to be sleeping what are yu doing here in
the middle of the night? ”
To Be Continued