“Help me!”
The words were uttered softly but with desperation as Jessica
ran away from the man chasing her.
He was to be her killer.
The cloud grew darker and as lightening flashed, the storm
increased. The rain poured down from the sky heavily like gun
fires coming from the barrel of a pistol.
Wearing a black jacket, a black jean, and a black mask,
covering his face, preventing Jessica from knowing who he
was. He held a dagger on his right hand point forward and
running after Jessica.
His mission was to kill her and leave no evidence behind-not
even a clue. He couldn’t afford to miss this opportunity, he had
been paid already. The money could be used for a lot of things,
to buy a car, a house, have a mistress…….. So many things.
He just had to kill her.
The storm made it impossible for anyone to hear the cries of
Jessica couldn’t let anyone kill her that way, she wanted to
escape. Death was her enemy. She wa scared to die. Just one
wish. . . . .
If only that was possible-To meet face to face with death and
fight it with her fists.
The footsteps of her supposed to be killer distracted her
thoughts. She ran faster as she could. She’d never ran that way
her entire life.
Silently she prayed someone would come for her rescue.
No one did, for all where in their houses already in bed but if
not. . .warming themselves up and getting ready for bed.
Suddenly, she saw a caravan not too far from where she was.
She turned back and her pursuer was at least 20 feet from
where she was. She hurriedly ran towards the caravan and his
besides it.
She had to wait and rest and regain her strength. She lay on the
floor breathlessly.
There gazing at the sky, the cloud darker than she had ever
seen before. Was the cloud already mourning her? She thought
scared to move or even say a word.
Her mind went back to how the day was spent, a wonderful day.
How could it just end on a sour note?
**** **** **** **** ****
Gring, gring, the telecome rang almost the fifth time. Jessica
had been in the bathroom. As she was out, she went to answer
the call.
“Hi, Jess, where have you been?”, came a sweet soft voice over
the phone.
“Having my bath.”
“Oh, well, lets do lunch today.”
“You sure?”
“Hmm, yeah. At the Italian restaurant.”
“You wanna do Italian?”
“Okay. By 2, right?”
Jessica dropped the telecom. As she headed for her wardrobe
to dress up, it rang again.
“S–t!” cursed Jessica.
“Miss Jack?” called a female voice.
“Oh, yes, Maureen”, replied Jessica.
“There’s an emergency.”
“How serious is it?”
“Not bad, but we need professionals like you.”
“Isn’t Richmond there?”
“No ma’am.”
“I’ll be there in a jiffy”
Her day had been ruined!
Can’t another doc do the job? Jessica thought.
She had planned to do shopping with her mother who was her
number one best friend. After that, do lunch with Shirley her
best friend, spend the remaining day with her family.
Of course, she had taken permission from the hospital head to
be away for two weeks precisley. Why is she needed now? She
couldn’t discern why she was called because other doctors
were on duty.
Opening the wardrobe, she took out a blue jean pants, white
sleeveless top and blue heels.
Hurriedly, she dressed up.
“Mum, good morning”, Jessica called out to her mum.
“Are you ready now for shopping?” asked a woman who was
fair in complexion with brown eyes and pink lips probably in her
early fifties.
“Can’t. Hospital needs me”
“What! Thought you took permission from the head.”
“I did, just got a call now, I think its pretty serious.”
“Okay, be careful.”
“I’ll be.”
Jessica dashed out of the house, grabbing her keys. The car
was a toyota camry, dark blue in colour. She got it from her
parents as a suprise gift when she graduated from the
A day she would never forget!
**** **** **** ****
“We’re glad you could make it”, Maureen said to Jessica
immediately as she walked into the hospital building.
“Its nothing, I came as fast as I could.”
The drive from the house to the hospital was 20minutes or less.
The ride had been smooth and cool. Her only worry was that her
day with her mum was cancelled.
It took a very long period of time to keep that day aside for her
mum and now. . . .
“I’m sorry, Jess,” Maureen called out, breaking into her
thoughts. “I promise I’ll make it up to you.”
“Thank you, Maureen.”
**** **** **** ****
“Kisses to you my beauty”, Shirley blew kisses to Jessica as
she walked towards her at the Italian restaurant.
“Hi Shirley. How are you?”, asked Jessica smiling.
“Cool, you?”
“Is that all?”
“Yes, were you expecting something else?”
“Of course!”
“Which is . . . .?”
“An apology, you are 45minutes late!”
“I’m sorry.”
“Tis okay.” Shirley smiled.
The waiter went to them. Dressed in cargo pants, blue in colour
and a long sleeve shirt with a patterned waist coat ot vest to
He took their orders, left and returned quickly. Both were served by
the waiter and they started munching and cruching the food before
“How did your day go?” Jessica asked with her eyes roving around
the restaurant. She’s been there only once or twice and a lot of
things had changed.
New tables, chairs, curtains. The waiters and waitresses dessing
looked so funny to her. She couldn’t help it.
“. . . . . . .new clients and so on”, Shirley was saying. “But I
managed to run away, just for our lunch.”
“How sweet of you”, Jessica managed to say coming back to her
“I performed 3 surgeries, that explains why I came late.”
“Wow! Well, how are things after dad’s death?”
“Dominic, my cousin and I have been made heirs to dad’s
“What! I thought that should be only you?”
“Well, his dad’s late and my dad promised him on his deathbed.”
“Oops!” Jessica exclaimed, covering her mouth. “Shouldn’t have
said that.”
“Supposed to be a secret.”
“Well, you can count on me.”
Two tables away from Jessica and Shirley, sat a man wearing a
black shirt and jeans. He watched Jessica and Shirley. It seems he
was sent to spy on Jessica.
As Jessica said: “Dominic, my cousin and I have been made heirs
to dad’s business”, his eyes narrowed toward her to make sure it
was Jessica who made that comment.
Taking out his phone, he dialled a number.
“What’s up?” asked a deep male voice.
“She said it, that Dominic and herself are heirs.”
“Kill her!”
**** **** **** ****
“That was a wonderful evening!” exclaimed Shirley laughing.
“You enjoyed it!”
“Yeah! Your brother Charles is so funny and Dominic, so
“You are falling in love?”
“Of course not!”
“She’s lively and sweet, you’re fortunate to have her.”
“That’s nice.”
“I’ll be going now.”
“Good night.”
“Sleep tight.”
**** **** ****
Jessica moved back to where her car was parked. As she moved,
she heard some footsteps behind her. At first, she thought it was
her imagination, suddenly the footsteps sounded close to her.
She turned and behold!
A man wearing a mask and holding a dagger pointing at her was in
front of her. She was face to face with death!
**** **** **** ****
Staring at the clouds once more, Jessica leaned herself to the
Soon enough, she heard the footsteps of the man chasing her.
Quickly, she thought of what to do. Her eyes caught a heavy metal,
it was as long as her legs.
She picked it up, stoop up and held the metal, her grip on it was
tight, close to her chest. She held it up stretching forth her hands
with the metal on them. She had to fight back!
Her dad had once taught her karate. Now was the time to display
what she had learned, to show that she never took for granted her
***** ***** **** ****
“Charles!” screamed Mrs Beauty Jack.
“Mum, what’s the matter?”
“Jessica’s not home yet!”
“We better look for her!”
“Mum, calm down. I’ll call Shirley and Dominic and Richmond.”
“What if she’s not with them?” Mrs Beauty askd with tears
streaming down her cheeks.
“I’ll call 911, just relax.”
**** **** **** ****
The man’s footsteps became quicker and faster. Jessica tightned
her grip on the metal.
He came face to face with her.
Immediately, she struck him with the metal. He fell down, bleeding,
he managed to get up. As he did, Jessica kicked him between his
legs. He yelped in pain, fell again. She stepped on his head with
her heels. He sustained serious injuries and was bleeding. He
groaned in pain.
She ran back to where her car was parked as fast as she could.
She got in and drove home whimpering.
…..to be continued.


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