Beautiful Mask - Episode 24
"Shit Caroline! Simon was at Kelvin's house and he saw me coming out.
I am supposed to be in America so he was so shocked. I couldn't think
of a lie so I just ran away" Beatrice rambles as soon as I answer her
"Beatrice, I was the one on the phone. when he saw you, I was talking
to him, pretending to be You. on video call!."
"Oh no Caroline. no wonder he looks so shocked to see me. He just kept
looking at his screen then at me. I thought his drunkenness was the
cause of the wandering eyes"
"wait, he was drunk?. you left him drunk!" I shout down the line.
"calm down Caro. I called a cab to take him home. I am not that heartless."
"Thank you Beatrice. I hope he is fine"
"I think he knows something. he was screaming about making Kelvin pay.
Caroline I don't think we have time anymore. have you gotten the
number I asked you to get?"
"no. kelvin doesn't just leave his phone with me you know."
"Caroline, you need to grow some balls and think of a way to get him
to leave his phone. okay?"
"alright. What do we do about simon?." I ask
"you are always about Simon. There is nothing we can do but hope he
thinks he was hallucinating due to his drunkenness. Caroline, we have
to get kelvin behind bars before he does something drastic to Simon"
"okay. I can do this. for Simon."
"of course you can. gotta go. don't forget to stay safe. love you little sis"
"love you too little sis." I say and laugh.
"Are we still arguing over who is older?" she asks laughing.
"until I get prove that you are older." I say and end the call.
I know I shouldn't have answered Simon's video call, but I just wanted
to see his face again. Stupid, I know. Now we have to push our plans
forward. Simon confronting kelvin would just make kelvin change his
plans and get rid of Simon himself. My final radiation scar removal
session is tomorrow so I have to get that number today before we start
preparing to go back to Nigeria. A plan start forming in my head as I
dial Kelvin's number.
"Hello" kelvin's voice resonate through the phone. I remain silent for
two seconds then start sobbing.
"Caroline, are you OK?"
"kelvin, am sorry for calling bu-t I can't help it. I feel so alone.
This news about my death affected me more than I thought."
"its fine Caroline"
"its stupid but am scared. Maybe I should call the police and report
Simon so this would be over with. or I can call Simon and plead with
him to leave me alone" I sob out.
"what?! Caroline, don't do anything stupid. am coming over." he says
and I smile inwardly.
"But-" I say but he cuts me off.
"I mean it Caroline. just wait for me. I am coming"
"alright. please be fast, I don't know what I might do if I am alone
for too long right now." I say.
"I'll be there soon" he says and ends the call.
I can't help it. I burst in laughter as soon as I make sure the call
is over. He must think I am a stupid hormonal woman. wow! even I am
astounded by my acting. He must be on his way now so I better get the
plan underway. I hope it works. I know I am well out of my depths
here. I breathe in a deep sigh then ring the nurse. A white nurse
walks in and I smile. she is just the nurse, I want to see. As usual,
she has too much eye make up on.
"nurse Sandra, I just wanted to borrow your mascara. you see, my
boyfriend is on his way coming and I want to umm look pretty. can you
help me please." I ask
"I knew that cutie was your boyfriend. don't worry, I'll get you my
whole make up kit. I always carry it with me. let me go get it"she
says excitedly and turn to go.
"umm wait, just mascara OK?"
"we aren't the same complexion so I don't think it would match" I add
when she looks at me like am weird. she must be wondering why I only
"Oh. why didn't I think of that. OK just mascara. be back in a sec" she
sings the last part and sashay out of my room.
"Caroline, where are you?" kelvin asks as soon as he enters my room. I
am standing in a corner so he doesn't see me at first.
"Over here"I say and I see his shoulder sag with relief.
"are you okay? did you call Simon or the police?" he asks. I am looking
out the window and kelvin walks to me. He grabs my shoulder and turn
me towards him. I launch myself into his arms, wrapping my hands
around his waist and cry fake tears.
"I can't believe I am dead. when I am here. alive. this is just too
much kelvin. I don't know if I am the right person for this. The pain
of removing my scar is so intense. I feel like I am no longer me. this
is too much." I ramble on and kelvin just hold me awkwardly. I notice
the bulge in his front pocket and guess its his phone. As he holds me
I slip the phone slowly out of his pocket. Thankfully, his trousers
are not tight so he doesn't notice. I drop his phone on the ground
noiselessly then pull away from him.
"I'm so sorry kelvin. I just needed to let go for awhile." I say then
"its fi--" he goes to say but I cut him off.
"Oh my G. look what I did to your shirt. I got my mascara on you. I so
sorry" I say
"Its fine. I'll get it out when I get to the hotel" he says.
"You have to get it out now. This mascara doesn't wash out once it
gets dry. Why don't you hurry to the rest room just around the corner
and get it out"
"no need for th-
"i insist. go on. I promise to not do anything stupid. Now, go get
that stain out" I say and push him out of the room.
As soon as I close the door, I pick the phone off the ground and
turn it on. shit! The phone is locked. of course he would have a
security code why didn't I think of that?. what could it be? I try his
number which doesn't work. okay, think Caroline, what would kelvin
use? I can't think of anything. Kelvin would be back soon. after
trying different random numbers, I decide to try 0000. I know it can't
possible be it but you can't blame me for trying. Surprisingly, his
phone clicks Open. wow. I quickly go to contacts and search for
bullet. I don't find it. He must have saved it with something else.
"Caroline, did i leave my phone h--. what are you doing with my
phone?!" kelvin startle me and the phone falls off my hands.
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