MY MISSING RIB
Final Episode (Episode 31)
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
“Why did you hurt her feelings?” Stella broke the silence without looking at Steve as both sat beside the swimming pool.
“Who are you talking about?” Steve looked at her. Then Stella raised her face up.
“Celestina” she replied.
“Celestina and i have come a long way” Steve began. “We’ve been close friends also a family friend. But she wants me to do what i can’t do”
“What could that be?” Stella asked.
“She wants to take the friendship to another level which i rejected thereby hurting her feelings”
“Why did you reject?”
“Because i don’t love her”
“I don’t know. I don’t have any feelings for her”
“Who then do you love?” Stella stared at him in the eyes. The question raised Steve’s heartbeat causing him to stare into her eyes too.
“It’s you i love” he replied. “It has always been you, no one else. I feel like a part of me is missing without seeing you” he began to slide her hair gently. “It’s you i have feelings for, Stella Zeno” he concluded.
Stella remained speechless, she couldn’t move or shake her body. Only her eyeball kept roaming to and fro looking into Steve’s eyes.
“Do you love me too? Do you feel the same thing for me?” Steve asked touching her cheeks then Stella nodded her head positively feeling her heartbeat. Steve smiled and gradually began to kiss her. At that moment, Adam saw them through the window.
“Wait!” Stella quit the kiss. “Hope you know there is a problem”
“What about them?”
“They want Celestina for you. Don’t you think this relationship won’t work?”
“It will, I’ll convince them. There is nothing to worry about, okay?” Stella nodded her head positively and both kissed again.
Adam met Mr Stanley inside his room. He sat down quietly on the cushion shaking his legs.
“Fire on the mountain”
Mr Stanley stared at him for a while. “You sound strange”
“Master, the philosophy of naturalism has proved itself true as i told you”
“Your son Steve has found a wife and there is no two ways about it”
“Who could that be?”
“It’s Stella” Adam replied.
“Never!” Mr Stanley exclaimed then Adam opened his eyes widely. “Don’t you know those twins are not from Nigeria. Nobody even knows who their families are” he added.
Adam stood up. “Master, that doesn’t matter. What matters is that the law of nature is taking place”
“It matters to me!” Mr Stanley stood up. “How did you even know about this?” he asked.
“I saw both of them last night in a juxtapose manner” Adam replied then Mr Stanley walked out angrily.
Steve was sitting in the resting room discussing with his father when Celestina came in. She walked straight to the place and greeted them humbly before going into the house.
“Son, you have to tell me the woman who is after your heart” Mr Stanley began.
“Dad, why are you in a hurry to know”
“Because I’m in a hurry to carry my grandchildren”
Steve smiled shaking his legs. “It’s Stella, dad” he replied. When he didn’t see a sign of joy in his father’s face, he stopped smiling.
“Son, i don’t think that girl is good for you and this family”
“But why dad?”
“Do you know her family background or history? You don’t know where she came from or know any of her people”
“Dad, we will all know that gradually”
“No, son, i think is time to send them back to their country”
“No, Dad, i made a promise to their father”
“I have spoken” Mr Stanley walked out.
Inside the house, Celestina met the twins in the kitchen.
“Good day, Celestina” They greeted but she didn’t reply. Even the maid became surprise.
“Who among you is Stella?” Celestina turned but none indicated. “Whosoever you are, listen, i don’t want to see you close to Steve in any way” she instructed and turned back again.
All stood in the parlour as Mr Stanley stared at the ceiling with his hands folded behind him. One could see Stella and Thelma with their bags ready to leave. On the other hand, Celestina stood close to Steve, and a big envelope could be seen on the table.
“Stella!” Mr Stanley began. “Take the envelope, everything you need: account full of money, visa, etc is there. I have also instructed those who will take your father’s cops back to South Africa for a proper burial. Have a nice journey”
“Dad please” Steve pleaded.
“I have spoken!” the father exclaimed. However, Stella had been shedding tears as she gradually picked the envelope. She glanced at Steve for the last time and went away.
Justice took Faith to a bigger apartment he just rented with AC in it. “Now, this is conducive” he said.
“No, it’s MORE conducive” Faith replied with a smile as she admired the house in a way she turned her back on Justice. As she turned around, she saw Justice kneeling with a ring.
“Please, marry me, Faith” he said.
Faith took him up and said with a smile, “Yes, i will marry you”. They hugged happily.
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