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Their stunned eyes captured Temidayo. Adebiyi sneaked out of the room. The emotions overwhelmed the blood flowing through the bodies of the family of Bankole’s. Tiwa rose up with tears flowing from her eyes. Her brother hiked towards her and embraced her tightly. He was crying like a newborn baby. Mr. Banks stood on his weak feet, ashamed and delighted to have his son in his presence once again. He didn’t know how to expressed how he felt, but he was indeed a happy man. Mrs. Bankole was weeping tears of unexplained joy. No words could explain how thrilled she was. The stream of elation rushed inside her. What Adebiyi did was a thing never, ever to forget.
Tiwa cried in his left shoulder. “Why did you leave me?”
“I am very sorry my baby. I am truly sorry and I am asking for your forgiveness.”
She looked at his face and wiped off her tears. “I have forgiven you a long time ago and I should be the one to apologize for focusing on myself instead of offering you the support you deserve before you left.”
He cleaned away his tears. “I know and I understand. I am proud of you.” Temidayo went over to meet his mother and hugged her on the bed. “I miss you.” he began to cry again and she joined him too.
“I am happy to see you my son,” she said gently.
“Please forgive me.”
“I have done that a long time ago. I love you very much.”
“I love you too mom.” He said and released himself from her. He looked at the direction of his father and walked towards him.
Mr. Bankole extended his hand but Temidayo chose to grab him closely and hugged him.
“I miss you dad.”
The tears fighting hard to flush from his eyes finally poured down his cheeks. “I am asking for your forgiveness my son. I love you just the way you are.”
“I forgive you and thank you for loving me.” He turned to Tiwa. “I am proud to call you my sister. You have really done well for yourself.” Mr. Bankole moved to hold his wife’s left hand.
“What are you talking about?” She asked in a surprised tone.
“You think I don’t know you’re quite popular.”
“I thought you are always busy to focus on other things.”
“I might neglect other things but never my family.” He took his wallet from his pocket and opened it. He brought out a page from a newspaper he wrapped. He handed it over to her and she opened it. It was about her and her photo was on the cover.
She smiled widely. “You know about this?”
“Of course,” Temidayo said. “You think and act smartly. You chose the right profession.”
“And you did too. Music is meant for you.”
“Thank you.” he sighed and looked at his parents. “I know I have been away and I couldn’t stay back when Mr. Adebiyi told me about mother’s illness. It was childish of me to have never called any of you while I was away and I am taking a break from music to spend time with all of you.”
“Death can take me away.” Mrs. Bankole said. “I will die a happy woman. I have fulfilled my mission on earth.”
“You’re not going to die!” Tiwa uttered and started to cry. Temidayo tried to console her but he couldn’t stop her. He had to go inform Adebiyi to take her back to her room.
“This is not the end of the world.” Adebiyi said to her after petting Tiwa and placing her back on her bed.
“Are you saying I should accept she is going to die?”
“That is not what I am saying.” he said to her sympathetically. “We are praying for her and anything good can still happen. We are not going to give up. I have tried my best to persuade the doctor to agree so that she can fly abroad but he said she is still very weak for that. Please be happy and wear a cheerful face. It’s not the end of the world. It hurts me that despite everything I am trying to do, I am unable to make you smile.”
She sniffed her nose and shook her head. She touched his arm. “You always put a smile on my face whenever I am with you. You should know I am lucky to have you. I love you Adebiyi and I am grateful for bringing my brother back to us.”
“Don’t thank me. I am sure he would have come back.”
“But you brought him at the right time.” She heaved a sigh. “I just don’t know how I will be able to handle it when she is gone….” She covered her face as cried again. “I don’t want her to die! I want her to be there for me. She is still young! Why is this happening to her?”
“I don’t have answers but prayers. We will continue to pray for her health.” Adebiyi gestured towards her. “I will always be there for you whenever you need me.”
Tiwa peered into his eyes. “Thank you my love. I wanted to locate Temidayo but I could not come up with a better idea. How did you do it?”
“I think you should rest.”
“No, I want to know now.”
“Samson informed me what you wanted to do,” he explained. “I thought of it and called his sister. I told her she should invite him for an interview and talk about his album and also about how he got the inspiration to write his new song.”
“You mean Sade?”
“Yes. You told me it was your mother’s name. Anyways, he agreed. He came and I was there to tell him of what was going on with you and your mom.”
She continued to gaze into him without uttering a single word.
“Are you not going to tell me I am world’s best.” he joked.
She laughed. “I can’t believe you made me laugh! If I had said anything, I would have cried.”
“That tells me you need to sleep.”
"Or we could make love." She said staring at him lustfully.
Adebiyi laughed. "It has crossed my mind but I don't want to break your fragile bones. You're still healing my love."
Tiwa smiled and rested her head on the pillow. “If you say so. I should sleep now. Will you stay with me?”
Adebiyi grinned and kissed her lips. “I will watch you sleep but I have to go check on your mother first.”
“It’s nothing.” He kissed her again, this time very deeply.
Damon received the location of the hospital from his informant. He drove to a clothing store and bought a suit to look presentable and friendly to the nurses and doctors. He tucked a pistol behind his waist. It was meant to threaten Tiwa and not to kill her. He wanted her to follow him and anytime he saw Adebiyi, he would shoot him in his head.
He arrived at the health center and approached the two nurses he saw at the reception.
“My name is Temi and I am here to see my sister.”
“Is she a patient here?” the male nurse asked him.
Damon frowned and thought it was a useless question. He noticed other patients waiting to see a doctor and if he showed his gun to intimidate the nurses, it would create a scene. He didn’t want that. “Yes.”
“What is your sister’s name?”
“Her name is Tiwa Bankole.”
“Oh! The agent.” He smiled.
“Yes.” he offered a forged smile.
“I am sorry but she has been transferred into another hospital.”
“What!!” he exclaimed in shock. “What do you mean by that?!
The female nurse explained. “Miss. Tiwa requested for a transfer sir.”
He tried to act calm. “I really need to see her. Do you know the hospital she was transferred to?”
The male nurse tapped the other nurse on her lap and spoke. “We have no idea. It is only the doctor that attended to her that can tell you that.”
“Can I see him?”
“He is unavailable until next two weeks.”
Damon stamped his fist on the desk. His eyes were red. He would have shot them but it was of no use, they were simply doing their job, he thought. He left to his car and placed a call. The caller answered.
“How could you give me a wrong information you this fool?” Damon asked angrily.
“Watch your tongue!” the male voice stated. “I gave you the right address.”
“Yes but she has been transferred.”
“I didn’t know!”
“How would you know when you don’t know how to do your job diligently?!”
“You are insane! You are beginning to upset me and the more you will continue to do that, I might cut off our deal!”
“You will do no such thing! Find out where Tiwa was taken to in five hours or I will rat you out!”
“Is that a threat?”
Damon ended the call without replying.
“I really want to thank you for bringing my son back to us.” Mr. Bamidele said to Adebiyi. “I am indebted to you.”
“It’s nothing sir and remember I still have to pay the balance of the money I owe you and Tiwa.”
“You should know Tiwa won’t accept it and I don’t need it too. Keep your money and I am sure you need it for important things.” His phone beeped, he told Adebiyi to hold while he received the call. “Hello agent Chigozie.”
“How are you sir?”
“I am okay and how is everything going on at the office?”
“Great. I called to ask about Tiwa’s health. Is she better now?”
“Yes. Thanks for asking.”
“We will surely find time and see her at the hospital. We still have the address.”
“Oh, by the way, you have a wrong address. Give me a sec.” He put the call on hold and spoke to Adebiyi. “What is the name of this hospital and the address? I want to give an employee of mine.”
“I don’t think that is a good idea. It’s best if Tiwa receive visitors after the doc discharge her. She is still going through a lot with her mother’s unfortunate illness.”
“I think you’re right.” He said and spoke to Chigozie. “Tiwa is not available for visitation. You will see her when she is fit and ready.”
“There is not but. I will call later and my regards to the others.” he ended the call and looked at Adebiyi. “Thank you for everything.” They shook hands.
Adebiyi prayed for Mrs. Bankole before going back to watch Tiwa sleep. After a while, the doctor in charge came. Adebiyi had to leave. He called Popoola to meet him at another hospital, he had to see someone there. Popoola met him at the location and they had to wait for the doctor checking on the patient they wanted to see.
After thirty minutes, the doc gave them the permission to see her.
“How are you doing?” Adebiyi asked her.
Joyce stared at him with anger in her eyes. She was handcuffed to the handle of the bed. “Not fine. They still treat me like a criminal!”
“I am glad you are awake and I agree with them, you’re a criminal.”
“Get out of my room!”
“You still have the nerve to be rude?” Popoola asked her in a surprised tone. “Instead of you to be sorry for what you did.”
“I didn’t kill anyone!”
“But you involved yourself in devilish act. You conspired with your late boss and the heart-taker.”
Her eyes widened. “Is Mr. Monday dead?”
“Asante killed him.” Adebiyi replied.
“That’s a lie! They are supposed to be best friends!”
“Well, he’s dead. I came to see how you are doing. I hope you are ready to change. Tiwa still believe you can be a better person.”
“It’s because of her my boss is dead.” she exploded into tears. “I want her to die!!”
Both of them looked at each other shocked and back at her.
“I thought I could help you,” Adebiyi said. “But I can’t. You’re not willing to change and I wish you good luck in prison and I am certain, it’s with hard labor.” He stared at Popoola. “Let’s go.”
Joyce stopped crying and called them back. “I…I am willing to change. I don’t want to end up in a cell.”
Adebiyi turned his back to face her. “I can no longer help you. You deserve where you are going to.”
“I hate you too! I wish you and Tiwa burn in hell!”
Adebiyi and Popoola ran out of the room.
The following day, Tiwa and Temidayo went over to check on their mom. She was awake and happy to see them. Tiwa was the first person that spoke to her. “Mum, there is something Temi told me and he has a surprise for you.”
Her eyes brightened. “Really?”
“Yes mother.” Temidayo said. “Tiwa told me two of you heard about the woman that claimed I impregnated her. Well, it’s a big lie but I have been in a serious relationship for a while. She’s a nice person and I believe you will like her.”
“Yes.” He left and went outside. He came back with a fair complexion woman. She was average in height and beautiful. She was holding the hand of a boy. Temidayo introduced them. “This is my fiancée and our three years old son.”
“I have a grandchild?”
She opened her arms for the woman and the boy. They hugged her and tears of joy rained down their faces. Mr. Bankole was given the news when he came and he was exhilarated and fulfilled.
“You cannot tell me what to do. It has to be my decision.” The judge in charge of the Heart-taker’s case told Adebiyi in his office. He was a sixty-year-old man with a slim stature. they were having a short meeting.
“I am not telling you what to do. I’m only advising you.” Adebiyi said.
“A life imprisonment is also good deal.”
“He killed innocent girls! Do you want him to live and always remember what he did? He will surely be happy despite living in a prison!”
“I have not come to a conclusion on his sentence.”
“I know but I want you to think about how he tortured those girls. They could have been your daughters, sisters or friends. Think about them when you look at his face in court. My girlfriend was kidnapped too and don’t forget that. He does not deserve mercy or a light sentence. It will hurt the families of the victims. They are the ones that deserve justice!”
“I know Mr. Gold.” Judge Gabriel said. “I know what to do.”
Later in the evening, Adebiyi drove to the hospital to see Tiwa. He bought some fruits and they ate together. Tiwa informed him the good news.
“I will see Temidayo later. I am very happy for your family.”
"I am an aunt!"
He grinned. "That's good to hear. Where is your brother now?"
“He should be with my mom,” she said in a happy tone. “I think I am better now. I want to leave this place.”
“The doctor will decide that. Are your legs still paining you?”
“No.” she said, as her mouth was jam-packed with pineapple.
“You better don’t choke.” He said playfully and kissed her cheek. He stood up. “I’m coming, let me check on….”
The door suddenly opened. A male nurse requested his attention. Adebiyi left with him and he saw Mr. Bankole and Temidayo sitting on the floor weeping hard.
“Please don’t tell me she is dead?” Adebiyi said anxiously. He looked over at the room and saw a nurse covering Mrs. Bankole with a white cloth.
“What’s going on?” a female nervous voice asked.
He turned his back and saw Tiwa standing.
Adebiyi was weak. He had no strength to hide how he felt. He burst into tears. “I am sorry my love.”
Tiwa screamed. She saw two nurses taking her mom away, she ran to meet them, to hold her mother one more time and cry like never before.
To be continued….. on Sunday... Plz