MY MISSING RIB
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
Mrs Henry smiled after Faith nodded her head positively. She stood up and headed towards the door without saying anything, then Faith became surprise. “Mother!” she called.
The mother gradually turned still smiling, she looked at her in a way that says: ANYTHING?
“Well, won’t you say something?” Faith asked.
“What do you want me to say? You’ve said it all” the mother replied.
“I just admitted that i love Justice and you..”
“My daughter, that explains it all” the mother interrupted.
“But what about Celestina?”
“Talk to her, you’re of age. I will also do that” the mother went out while Faith remained woozy.
Stella was in a small kitchen washing plates when Rose came back with a bag of food stuffs. She didn’t notice her presence until Rose tapped her.
“Hey! What are you thinking?” Rose kept the beg.
“My dear, don’t mind me” Stella smiled.
“You are thinking about Steve again. I know you love him”
“I’m so worried on how my family was just wiped out. I wonder who could do this to us” Stella continued washing while Rose stared at her sadly.
“I have always told you to stop worrying about it. God will take over the vengeance” Rose consoled her while she remained silent.
“Though, i can’t help but to think about Steve every minutes too” Stella said with a smile and glanced at Rose who suddenly started smiling too.
“You see, that shows that you love him”
“I think i do”
“That’s my girl! But does he know that you love him?”
“No” Stella shrugged.
“Well, i pray he loves you too”
“I know wherever he is with my sister now, he must be making an effort to find me” Stella concluded.
On the other hand at Mr Stanley’s resident, Steve stood in a resting room outside the compound. He just finished calling the police for the search of Stella. He couldn’t just stop thinking about her. As he meditated silently, Celestina came from behind. “Steve?” she called.
Steve gently turned then looked at her. “Celestina…”
“You look so worried” Celestina interrupted and held his two hands looking at him in the eyes. “Baby, what is wrong? Talk to me”
“I’m okay” Steve replied.
“No, you’re not okay!” both walked to a seat and sat down…
On the same building, Thelma walked out from her room looking like an angel in a long gown. Immediately she came out, Mrs Stanley walked down the staircase wearing an expensive gown too. Both glanced at each other.
“Good evening, ma’am”
“Good evening, Stella”
“Hum.. ma’am? Can i talk to you?”
Mrs Stanley stared at her for a moment and completely walked down from the staircase into the sittingroom. She sat down and said, “Come my daughter, take a seat. I hope there is no problem”
“Ma’am, i lied to Steve about my identity” Thelma fearfully sat down.
“I don’t understand”
“Ma’am, my name is not Stella but Thelma”
“How? I still don’t understand” Mrs Stanley adjusted closer…
Celestina put her hand across Steve’s shoulder and said, “Since you came back you’ve not even noticed my presence”
“Why, what is it? Is it because of Stella?” Celestina interrupted and Steve stared at her surprisingly.
“How do you know that name?” he asked.
“Thelma has a twin sister called Stella. Though i don’t know where she is, but it’s obviously the reason why you’re so sad” Celestina added.
Steve became speechless looking at her. He couldn’t just say anything anymore.
“Steve?” Celestina continued with a low romantic voice. “Is there anything wrong with me? Ever since we have been together, haven’t you notice that i love you? I love you, Steve” she concluded waiting for him to reply..
Thelma, on the other hand had told Mrs Stanley everything and she became surprise.
“So you’re a twin!” Mrs Stanley said.
“Yes, ma’am” Thelma replied.
“But why did you lie to my son that you’re Stella?”
“I.. i.. is because.. hum.. I can’t tell ma’am. That’s why i want you to help me plead to Steve to forgive me” Thelma stammered.
Mrs Stanley exhaled deeply and said, “I sense problem” she stood up and walked outside.
“Steve say something, or don’t you love me?” Celestina was still persuasive. As Steve wanted to respond, Mrs Stanley arrived.
“Please, my dear Celestina, i want to speak with my son alone”
“Is okay, ma’am” Celestina replied and stood up smiling. She went inside the sittingroom and found Thelma sitting on the cushion.
“Please, may i know your name?” Thelma asked her.
“I’m Celestina” she replied and walked upstairs.
Steve had already spoken to his mum about the same thing Thelma told her, and the father was next to hear it. However, Celestina had gone back home. As she was removing her shoes, Faith walked in and stood at the door.
“Faith, why are you staring at me like that?” Celestina turned.
“I want to tell you something” Faith totally walked in and sat on the bed.
“About what?” Celestina also sat down.
“It’s about Justice” Faith replied..”
To Be Continued……………
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