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Written By Lola hikmat…

Dare couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the reason for his sleepless nights for a year now. The lady that had him waking up in the middle of the night aching.
“Yes” he replied before Stella can talk.
“What a small world” he directed at her
Stella kept her gaze to the floor, battling with different emotions. What should she do, how should she explain to Lola, how will she face him.
“Are you alright” Lola asked her.
That jolted her to life
“Yes” she replied.
“Let us move” Lola said cheerfully
She knew something was amiss and that her friend was disturbed she decided not to question her.
“Where did you guys meet” she couldn’t help but ask.
“In Paris ” her brother replied
” OK that should be a year ago” 
“Yes” her brother replied
Stella was extremely quite throughout the whole journey. She just couldn’t understand why life is treating her this way. How can he be her best friend’s older brother she kept wondering. Of all
“we are home” Lola declared.
It was a happy re- union for the family and everyone was obviously happy.
“Mom I have to go now ma “Stella announced
” But dear you just arrived here ” Lola’s mom replied.
“I need to deliver a message for my Dad”she said.
” How is he by the way ” Lola’s father inquired
“He is fine sir” she hastily replied, and called out to Lola to let her know she is on her way .
“Okay, should I drop you?” she asked
“No I will find my way”
“I will see her to the gate” Dare suddenly announced.
“No you don’t have to, you need to rest from such a long trip”. she quickly said
” I insist”
She quietly let him lead her out of the house.
“So? he said
“so what?”
“Why did you leave that morning” he asked once they were outside
“I don’t owe you an explanation” she replied
“Yes, you do and by God I am going to get it from you” he threatened.
“What will you do force words out of my mouth”
“Yes I that is what it takes”
“well I guess I have to go now”
” I will come for you”
Stella left the house with a very heavy heart .Her phone rang and she picked.
“Is this Stella George” the caller asked
“Yes, how may I help you” she inquired.
“Your dad was rushed here after he collapsed from heart failure” he is presently at the city hospital.”
“What!!! I will be there right away” please lord protect him. She prayed.

Stella got to the hospital quickly, but she was directed to wait for the doctor that was attending to him. It seems like ages to her and she had various thought crossing her mind. She kept praying to God to please spare her father he is the only one she has, her mother died when she was 10 years of age. It was her father that has been in charge of her upbringing. Though a very busy man he had always been both a father and a mother. She needs him now more than ever.
The doctor came and told her to follow him to his office. She was told he had heart arrest and collapsed he was lucky to have been brought there on time. He has to spend 1 week in the hospital under proper medical attention, then they can decide when he is fit to leave.
After she left the doctor’s office in tears she checked on her father and found him sleeping. She sat beside him and watched over him for hours. Around 6 pm she decided to put a call through to Lola
“Hello girlfriend” Lola answered
“Hi, I called to inform you that dad is in the hospital”
“what is wrong with him ” she asked
“Nothing much, everything is under control now, just want you to know. I will be absent from the fashion house for some time”
“Have you eaten” Lola asked
“No, I have been pretty occupied”
“Which hospital are you right now, I will join you right away” Lola said.
“City hospital”
“Okay ” Lola said.
Lola arrived 30 minutes later with a food flask and a change of clothe for her.
“I brought you these figure you won’t leave his side” she said
“Thanks”
“How is he now”
“He is stable now”
“That is good”
“Please don’t get yourself too worried, he is going to be fine”
“Thanks”
Lola stayed with her for 2hours then bade her goodbye.
She prayed throughout that night and made sure the press was kept out of the hospital premises.

To Be Continued…

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