BENT NOT BROKEN (FINAL EPISODE)
After the cops did their job, my dad dressed up my wounds and put me to bed. But I had a lot of questions. How can a dead person just show up alive?
“I know you have a lot of questions darling, and I’m definitely going to give you an answer. But first, you need to rest.” My father said and put me to sleep. That happened to be the best sleep in a long time. It was more than peaceful. When I finally woke up, I went to the sitting room and saw my siblings sitting beside dad. It was like grace had finally lain upon us. He gave me a reassuring smile that things were fine and I just stood there crying. I hugged him and didn’t feel like letting him go but I just needed to get answers first.
“People are not always going to be who they seem to be. I learnt that the hard way. After your mother died and I remarried, things were okay for a while until I noticed your step-mum was in it for the money. She promised to always take care of you like her own, but I soon realized her love for you wasn’t genuine. She was always searching for a way to lay her hands on my money and when I refused, she just got so angry. I realized I had to do something and so I made my will. I was going to the lawyer’s office one day to give him a proposal when I saw your step-mum coming out of his office. They were together and they seemed really cosy. I didn’t need a soothsayer to tell me there was something terribly wrong. I made sure they didn’t see me and went back home. I knew I couldn’t leave the will with him, so I went to get it back from him with the excuse that I needed to make some review. That was when I hid it in that frame. He kept calling me for it and I kept telling him I wasn’t done with it. He seemed more curious than a lawyer should be and I knew I couldn’t trust him.” He paused for a while and I was just eager for him to continue.
“We were home one night eating dinner when some men came in and attacked us. They weren’t interested in stealing anything, they were just after me. I got shot and your step-mum thought I was dead. She disposed my body herself. I woke up months later in a hospital and they told me I had been in a coma for too long.”
With tears in my eyes, I asked “Why didn’t you reach out when you got well again?”
“Because my darling, up to last week, I was working on regaining my memories. I didn’t mean to leave you. I’m just glad things didn’t get worse. And about your aunt, I have no idea what she was thinking. Personally, I think she’s just after the money.”
“Mum let him rape me dad, we went through a lot here. It’s been hell.” My tears were flowing uncontrollably. It was a tear of joy and grief at the same time. “I’m just glad all this is over.”
“I know I can’t take back the grief all these caused you, but there will be justice. And, no one is going to hurt you again.” My dad hugged me and we both wept. I still had some questions for him like stories about my real mother, where the other family members are and so much more but right now, I just want to bask in the embrace of my father’s love.
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Fast forward to the present, I can only just smile and embrace the new joy I’ve found. I gained admission into one of the most prestigious schools to study Law. Maybe because of what I went through or maybe for some other reasons, I knew I just wanted to bring the bad people to justice. My step mum and boyfriend were basking in the stench of prison walls. My aunt got a lenient punishment. My siblings and I were happy once more and my dad found peace. Times were hard, things were difficult, and crying became part of my routine but now, not anymore.
A lot of people go through trying moments, moments even worse than mine. Losing up is not the next thing, I almost did and maybe I would have but I thank God his grace found me quickly. For this reason, this Princess is happy and fulfilled.