Had I Known

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Michael sat on the edge of his large, king-sized bed, resting one of his cheeks on his outward-faced left palm and in his right hand was contained a neatly enframed photograph of a man, a woman and a little child, smiles on all of their faces.
As he sat there, alone, his breathing gently resonating with the rise of fall of the leaves bent by wind outside, all that kept him conscious was the heavy rain splattering across his stained bedroom glass window. He was deep in thought, and the area of thought he speculated in was nothing of a stretch – he was thinking about the happenings of the past day.
What if he had stopped to help her? He thought.

Wouldn’t she still be alive at this particular moment?. Her death would forever be a stain on my conscience, wouldn’t it?. All these thoughts swirled round in the head of Mike as he tried to convince himself that he was not totally wrong, but everytime he did, his conscience failed him woefully. Had I known, he thought.

Mike was speeding straight through Highway III. He had lost all sense of security and was just pumping more gas into the car, propelling it forward and forcing the speedometer to swing from a lower number to another higher one. He passed multiple speed limits but couldn’t care less as there was no officer standing attention at the speed zones. In another minute, he had reached the main road connecting his Abeokuta town to Ibadan City, and heaved a sigh of relief as he joined the normal traffic. He was ecstatic about finally meeting the chairman of his company, who was a Dutch, and requested to see him. This might mean a promotion for him. He was really happy.

Just minutes into his commuting of the town, he saw an accident which had occurred by the roadside. He glanced over his side to view what was happening and saw that the car swerved into a ditch. One of the people gathered around waved down his car with a white handkerchief, signaling for help, but Michael couldn’t care less. He wasn’t heartless, but for now, he had to make that appointment. He left the area where the screams and wails of woe rent the air and turned into the adjacent street, which led to the GRA where the Dutch lives.

[Five hours later]
Michael was standing facing one man and another woman in the spacious lobby of the hospital. The time was 8:26p.m. The woman was Jane, his wife, and the man a doctor. Beads of sweat was gathered round Mike’s head as he swallowed every bit of information the doctor divulged slowly.
“She suffered internal bleeding. A lot of it. If she had been brought here just a little bit earlier, we might have been able to save her. But I’m sorry sir, we tried our best”, the doctor said.
Michael then remembered the accident he saw on his way to the chairman’s place. It was his daughter who was in the car, with other passengers, returning from her school at Osun to Abeokuta. If only he had stopped to help her. If only. Maybe she wouldn’t have died now.

And that was his only daughter.

Cut away from him at the age of nineteen, still in her bloom. And he knew so well he couldn’t have children anymore due to a condition he had been diagnosed for. His wife was here before him, sobbing. What should he tell her? The truth?. All these thoughts overwhelmed Michael so much that he collapsed, right there, on the hospital floor..

Thanks for reading. Hope you loved the piece. Thanks, again.


12 thoughts on “Had I Known

    Mr Ech! said:
    March 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM



    herreeate said:
    March 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Awwwww!nice piece, really got to me 😦


      Larry McExx responded:
      March 7, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Sad, right? I know. Thanks for reading.


    wunmi said:
    March 7, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    So painful but he still needs 2 say d truth


      Larry McExx responded:
      March 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      You think? That’s a pretty tough choice on his part. Its really up to him. Thanks for reading.


    Horluwarsheun said:
    March 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Dat serves him right, but it’s so painful, he killed his daughter because of his selfish interest,Dis serves as a lesson to others dat they should learn how to help, No matter Wat. It helps to save just like the way it helped in a Korean film titled ‘The Good Doctor ‘


      Larry McExx responded:
      March 7, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Really, that’s the twist. Had he known. Thanks for reading.


    Anonymous said:
    March 7, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    This is the best I’ve read so far. Good work on the suspense. Great work in general. Love it.


      Larry McExx responded:
      March 7, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      Thanks a lot. (I’ll love to know who’s behind the great comment, though)


    ayinlawale said:
    March 8, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    what an epic writeup, nice one bro


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