“I need you to come with me, please.” Sade pleaded with Collins. “I know how awkward and weird things would be at the hospital if I am with my dad alone.” She continued. “At least do this for Túnmi. I am sure she’d appreciate you being there to support her.” Collins froze. This was something Sade would have said on a normal day knowing he was Túnmi’s friend, but there was something off about it. Maybe it was just the guilt. He tried to relax, but he couldn’t. He was bothered by this particular visit to the hospital for one particular reason. “Okay, okay…let me just grab my face cap then.” He snickered. “You always win anyway.”
The ride to the hospital was eerily quiet. Túnmikẹ sat at the back, hoping their father would not reveal by any chance, that she had visited him frequently in the past, or that she had been with him the day their mother had passed. The old man could be very loquacious. Collins tried to calm himself down as he drove. He too secretly hoped their father would not recognize him, even though he had been to his house with Túnmikẹ just once. Sade sat in front beside him hoping to God that things won’t go wrong. “That reminds me…” Túnmikẹ said breaking the silence, “how do you think Kunle knew about our dad being a doctor?” Sade shrugged “Does it really matter? I think we should focus on getting back home in one piece” Túnmikẹ agreed before swallowing the hard lump in her throat.
“It’s been over two hours since Túnmikẹ went in to see the cardiologist. What is taking so long.”
“Here she comes.” Collins said. Sade breathed a sigh of relief when she caught sight of Túnmikẹ heading their way. She had seen the doctor say something brief to Túnmikẹ before heading away to another wing with the cardiologist.
“Well, what did he say?” Sade asked impatiently.
“He wanted to have a quick word with the cardiologist. He said he would be with us soon.” Túnmikẹ looked around. “Still no sign of dad yet?”
“Yeah.” Sade noticed Túnmikẹ’s disappointment. She was surprised. Why did Túnmi expect so much from the man who abandoned us years ago? She thought. “I’m going to get us something to drink, you must be exhausted.” She gave her sister a shoulder rub. “Collins, do you want anything?”
“Oh, no I’m good.” He answered briefly. He felt awkward to be left alone with Túnmi. “Why don’t I come with you?”
“No, I am good. Thanks.”
It was when Sade was coming back that she heard the loud angry voice yell. “You bastard!” then a loud crash followed. She became frightened. ‘Oh no, no, no, no.’ she kept saying as she ran to the source of the crash. Memories of the past she had buried and long forgotten began to resurrect. On getting to the source of the crash, what she saw took her by surprise. She had expected to see her father yelling at Túnmi, or maybe even Collins. But he was yelling at the doctor?
Collins was trying to hold him back from hitting the doctor any further, boy was he failing. The doctor’s nose was bleeding and a nasty bruise was beginning to form on his left eye. There was a metal tray on the floor with shattered glass that the nurses were trying to clear before it harmed anyone. He tried to hide behind one of the nurses before running away.
Sade ran towards Túnmikẹ “What was that about? what happened?” she asked.
“I have no idea.” She began to narrate what had happened to her sister. “The doctor came around looking for you so we could all go and talk, and then dad came in. As soon as dad locked eyes with the doctor, he gave him a mighty blow on his face. The doctor crashed into the nurse that was holding that metal tray before falling flat on the ground.”
“Is that your doctor?! That unfortunate being?!” Dúrójaiye charged at the girls. They jumped in fear and started to stammer. He saw how they had jolted and immediately felt bad. He didn’t mean to frighten them. The anger in his eyes began to clear bit by bit as he looked at his frightened girls. He realized the gravity of the scene he had just caused and felt embarrassed. ‘That unfortunate doctor!’ he thought. He strode towards the exit of the hospital, making a promise to himself to withdraw that doctor’s medical license. Such an unethical person did not deserve to work in an ethical profession like this.
The sisters were confused. Sade especially. She felt like the doctor knew what his crime was. Right before he ran off, he stole a glance at her and she could see the guilt written all over his face. He knew he was a guilty man. But guilty of what crime? She didn’t know, but she was surely going to find out.
<to be continued.
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