Friday, March 13, 2015

Masked Truth- Part 2

After nine exhausting hours in the labor room, Daniel finally heard his daughter cry. Before he could even take a look at her, the nurses quickly took the child away from the room.

“Whe-where… where are they taking her to?” He asked the doctor, rattled.

“Mr. Daniel, your baby will be placed in the intensive care unit seeing that she came four months earlier than normal. We will try our best to keep her alive. Right now, just take care of your wife and pray for the best.” The doctor’s voice slowly began to fade away. Daniel could only hear one sound, the sound of his heart beating violently. What if she doesn’t survive? His gaze drifted to his wife who was lying helplessly on the hospital bed. What have I done?

Mr. Daniel’s, are you still with me? Mr. Dan…”

“Yes doctor.” He said, bringing himself back to his senses. Swallowing the saliva that had built up, he said, “Please doctor, “ He looked over at his wife for the second time and continued. “Please, do all you can do to save my daughter. I have the money, just do all you can.” He couldn’t lose his child too, knowing he’d already lost his wife. He just couldn’t lose the two most important people in his life in one day.

“Daniel… Daniel is that you?” Oluchi whispered. She’d gone through a great ordeal with birthing their child. Her voice was as light as the wind. Rushing over to her side, Daniel knelt in front of her.

“Please forgive me Oluchi. Please, I will change. Please, just forgive me. I... I know I have been cruel and stupid and…”

“What are you talking about?” Oluchi asked, sitting up.

“I know I have hurt you in ways I can’t even imagine, but I promise if you give me, give us one more chance, I’ll make it up to you and the baby.”

“Daniel, what the hell are you talking about? Is our baby okay?” She asked worriedly.

“Babe just listen to me, just hold my hands.” he pulled her hands forward, squeezing them into his palms. He began planting kisses on her fingers. “I promise from today, all will be well with us.”

Oluchi felt out of place. She didn’t quite understand why her husband was behaving this way so she asked, “Can someone please tell me what’s going on here? Daniel, why are you creating a scene? Where is the baby?” She released her hands from his palms and hugged her stomach tightly. Scared as she felt nothing in her once rounded tummy, she jerked upright. “Daniel, where is our baby?”

“d-the baby is fine, but I need you to tell me you’ve forgiven me.” Looking at him puzzled, she asked, “For what?”

Stuttering, Daniel answered. "For… for everything!” He almost yelled.

“Daniel, you're scaring me honey. What are you talking about? When is my mother coming?” She stretched her neck above her husband as if waiting for someone to walk through the door.

“Your mother?” Daniel asked, discombobulated.

“Yes. When is she coming? Haven’t you told her I’ve put to birth?”

“Baby, your mother… your mother died two years ago. What… what...”

“Excuse me!” She hissed, eyes fixed on her husband in disgust. “What sort of nonsense is that, Daniel? How can you speak about my mother in such a way? Please, ‘biko,’ get her on the phone for me.” Oluchi ventured to stand up but the sharp pain she felt in her midsection knocked her back to a sitting position on the bed.

“Oluchi. What day is it?” Daniel asked, as he slowly rose from his kneeling position.

“Umm,” She paused. Her eye balls did a left and right rerun as she examined the room she was in. “Umm…Well, I don’t know.” Fretfully, Daniel asked. “What do you mean you don’t know? What year is this Oluchi?”

“Why are we playing jeopardy? Why… Why the questions?” Looking at her husband's baffled facial expression, she sensed he wasn’t going to drop the questions so she answered. “Well, if you must know, it’s 2013. I’m not stupid. But really, is our baby okay? Have you seen her? Does she... does she look like me?” Her cheeks turned into a rosy color as she blushed.

Daniel slowly began backing away from her. She wasn’t making any sense. Why would she say it was 2013 when it was in fact 2015? Something is not right. He rushed out of the room to look for the doctor who had attend to him before.

Left alone inside the room, Oluchi began fixing her hair. She didn’t know what the fuss was all about. She was sure it was definitely 2013 because last year, they were celebrating Daniel’s graduation from the university. She remembered how excited he was when she told him about the pregnancy. She too couldn’t contain her excitement when she found out she was pregnant. Now, she couldn’t wait to see her baby. She’d pictured how her baby would look in her arms. She was ready to jump into motherhood. But why was Daniel acting all jumpy and grumpy? Wasn’t he excited about the baby anymore?  And what did he do that he’d pleaded with me to forgive?

Within a short amount of time, Daniel joined her in the room. This time, a doctor was by his side. “Ma’am, how are you? I’m just going to run a quick check up on you if that’s fine by you?” Oluchi's doctor asked as he came forward. She frowned, nodding in correspondence.

“I asked her what year it was because she asked about her dead—“

“Was that why you called the doctor? Maybe I forgot what day it was for a minute, but that…”

“It’s okay Mr. Daniel, just let me do my job.” The doctor replied. He held Oluchi’s palm in his in a calming manner and asked, “Do you remember having a beautiful baby girl?” Oluchi’s face which once wore a frown soften as she answered, “Who could forget such experience? But doctor, where is my baby? I haven’t…”

The doctor gave her a reassuring nod. “Your daughter is doing very well. After this checkup, I will ask one of the nurses to take you to her.” Oluchi’s mouth quickly formed into a full smile.

“But before then, your husband came to me about a complaint. Like I said before, I’ll just ask you a few questions.” Oluchi nodded in agreement once again.

The doctor looked back at Daniel who was hovering over them anxiously before he went ahead. Drawing his pen out of his pocket, the doctor asked. “First, can you please tell me your name?”

A second of hesitation passed before she spoke. “Daniella.” Oluchi answered confidently.

Staring at her husband’s now bewildered eyes, she repeated convincingly, this time with a startling smirk. She said, “My name is Daniella.” 


  1. Once again, an interesting read and you keep building the suspense. I guess this is what good writers are made of. Thank you Ms. Otebele..

    1. @Adebanji Thanks for stopping by. I'm still learner and can only get better. These comments are helping in the process. Thanks again.

  2. Okay,now this Suspense is killing me... Peace i'm really anxious.. Post the continuation as soon as you can o

    1. hehehehehe @Bunmi can you hear my evil laugh? lol... I will be selfish okay.. I wont write today at all. Till tomorrow. Try and survive. pray for me too! Happy Sunday!

  3. Hi peace,u directed me to this story and i must say i am enjoying it.but huri up with the other parts.dont let suspense kill me o.ok?well done.u will definitely go places.

    1. YAY!! I hope you have read the newer episodes?

  4. It seems u are even hunting me. Okadabooks just sent me a notification for love and monsters as monday read.haha.dont u want me to be productive today. I rebuke u.i am still lying down on the bed reading masked truth.note to self-stand up.this girl will ruin

    1. lol.. don't mind me oo. Yes please notify your friends who love to read. Love and monsters is on Okadabook for just 300 naira...

      I'm typing as fast as I can now. The next episode will be posted soooonest!

  5. Wow....I've found a new hobby....I am so hooked....why did it take me so long to discover this...keep up the good work...

    1. Hey Tolani. The best part about your comment was when you said you have found a new hobby. I loved it!! Yes, reading can be an enjoyable hobby too. I'll be looking out for more of your comments on my blog. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Stumbled upon ur blog on IG and am glad I did, d stories are superb!

    1. Hello Oyinda! I'm glad you found us here. Thanks for stopping by. Do come back hun.

  7. Na wa ...what happened to her memory??


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