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MARRIED TO A STRANGER 25: Health and Marriage

Dr. O.

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continued from episode 24
Knock! Knock! Knock!
“Who’s there?” Aunty Fanny shouted, “it’s me Lara!” she replied from behind the door, “wow! You’re here already?” Aunty Fanny screamed from behind the door, Lola had only sent the email earlier that morning after she had identified the body and confirmed it to be Jeff’s, Aunty Fanny had hoped Lara would have seen it at least by the end of the day at the latest and arrived by the next day, she was surprised she had arrived by evening that same day. She wasn’t sure whether to be happy about her immediate arrival or sad as she hadn’t thought of how she was going to break the news to Lola yet.
“How did you get here so fast?” She asked when she opened the door, “Nice to see you too, Aunty” Lara replied sarcastically, “I was really hoping I’d get a welcome hug and not a welcome interrogation” she replied, giving Aunty Fanny a hug, “oh!common!” aren’t I giving you one now?” Aunty Fanny replied patting Lara’s back, “I just didn’t expect you’d get here so soon.”
“It’s approximately a 5 hour flight down here Aunty” Lara replied, “I was just about to leave my hotel room for a meeting when I got Lola’s mail, it came in at the perfect time; if it had come in a few minutes later, I may not have seen it until evening when I returned to use the wifi at the hotel” Lara explained, “so you rushed down here immediately?” Aunty Fanny asked, “of course! I paid a fortune to adjust my ticket date just to be on the next flight down here. Lola’s mail sounded really urgent so this better not be a prank” she said looking suspiciously at Aunty Fanny, she couldn’t understand why she was still being questioned by the door when she should be sitting down having a cup of coffee or something.
Aunty Fanny on the other hand wasn’t prepared to break the news, she was caught unawares by Lara’s arrival, she didn’t realise she had kept her for so long at the door asking irrelevant questions until Lola joined them, “you’re here?” Lola said looking surprised and rushing towards the door to welcome her, “I didn’t think you’d make it so soon” she said helping with Lara’s luggage, “what is up with you two?” Lara asked, she was tired of having to explain herself, “Kenya is not Australia, you know?” she said rolling her eyes, “stop sounding like that” Lola said giving her a playful punch, “we just weren’t expecting you so soon.”
“Would you care for something to eat?” She offered, “something to eat?” Lara asked looking confused, “I didn’t go through the stress of changing my tickets just to be here this evening to eat something, I could’ve done that at my hotel in Kenya” she replied sarcastically, “where’s Jeff? Lola said he was here” she said, “Why are you keeping him here instead of taking him to see a doctor?”, “ehm!” Lola stammered, “we thought it’d be best for him…actually, we didn’t have enough money to take him to the hospital” she lied, “but you knew I would come, you should still have taken him” Lara shouted, “I won’t forgive any of you if anything happens to him” she said running upstairs to the guest room where she thought Jeff would be.
“Where is she going?” Aunty Fanny asked looking at Lola, “we better let her know now, we can’t afford to keep beating around the bush”
“Lara we need to talk” Lola called out chasing behind her, “where’s Jeff?” she asked, when she busted into the guests room to see Jojo sleeping soundly on the bed instead of Jeff who she had hoped to see, “that’s what I was trying to tell you” Lola replied, Aunty Fanny joined them just in time.
“Please let’s go outside, I’d hate to wake Jojo up” Lola said dragging Lara out of the room and shutting the door gently behind them, “Lara we need to talk” Aunty Fanny said, “About what?” Lara asked, come over here and sit” she replied motioning to Lola to sit down on the chair in the corridor, “I really don’t feel like sitting. Can somebody tell me what is going on here?” Lara replied getting impatient, “You’re going to have to calm down” Aunty Fanny replied pushing her gently to sit, “Jeff’s not here” she began, “okaay! So where is he?” Lara asked looking worried, Neither Lola nor Aunty Fanny answered, “where is Jeff?” Lara asked again, “he was found dead this morning at an uncompleted building” Aunty Fanny replied, “he was murdered yesterday.”
“Is this a joke?” Lara asked looking confused,”what do you mean he was murdered? How?”
“We’re as shocked as you are?” Aunty Fanny replied, “no, I’m not shocked, I’m confused” Lara replied, “what you said doesn’t make any sense”
“What Aunty is saying is real Lara, I saw his body myself” Lola added, “you need to be strong” she said squeezing her by the shoulders.
“Nooo” Lara screamed, “it’s not true. This can’t be happening. Jeff is not dead” she wailed…

 

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The next morning, Lara asked Aunty Fanny if she could be given the address to the place where Jeff’s body was currently being held, “I want to see his body” she said to Aunty Fanny, “I need to be sure he’s truly the one” Lara replied, “his body is still with the coroners” Aunty Lara replied, “they are investigating his death. I will call one of the inspectors to take you there.”
Later that morning, Lara was finally taken to see Jeff’s body, “this is the corpse” the inspector said pointing, “please accept my condolences”, “stop referring to him as a corpse” Lara screamed, “it’s disrespectful!” She said breaking down in tears when she recognised that it was truly Jeff lying stone cold dead.
“I know who did this to him, I saw it coming” She suddenly blurted out, “are you saying you have an idea who might have done this to your husband?” the inspector asked, “yes” Lara replied, “there is only one person who could’ve done this to him”
“Who do you suspect?” the inspector questioned further, “I suspect it’s my sister, Lola” she replied…

 

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Dr.O is a graduate of the University of Szeged in Hungary who is on a mission to reduce the mortality rate in our society by creating awareness about preventable and non-preventable diseases and empowering people with the necessary knowledge and information they need to take charge of their health. checkwithdoctoro.com was co-founded by her as a means to fulfilling this mission. She is an MDCN (Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) and Hungarian Medical Chamber certified doctor. When she is not busy looking for ways to make a difference in her environment, you can find her trying out new recipes in the kitchen or touring the world.