Sitting on the bed, Catherine read the translations of the coded information earlier gotten from Dr Richard’s computer. “Hi Dr Richard, deal breached! trust lost! attack awaiting! sender; Clinton. She wondered why Mr Clinton would send such a message to Dr Richard, and what deal they had. Bent on finding out the truth, she thought of a way to penetrate Mr Clinton.
Catherine made up her mind to pay Clinton a special visit. She thought: “I will buy him champagne, and pretend to celebrate my family’s reunion with him, I would dress quite beautifully, look charming and be very lovely with everything I do in there. I will make him consume enough wine to make him tipsy, so that in his subconsciousness, he will disclose the information I need, when I probe him”. While still in deep thought, her telephone rang; her brother was on the other end, with the news of Gertrude’s involvement in plane crash. She dropped the phone with a pitiable look, feeling sorry for her father’s mistress. An hour later, she had reached Mr Clinton’s house and was about knocking at the door when she had Dr Richard’s voice in the background. She decided to listen attentively. “The baby is sound and safe, it is not in my personality to hurt an innocent baby, you are the one who had breached the trust, not the baby. Pay me the agreed amount, and I will not reveal your secrets”. “I have no secrets Clinton, all of the recordings you possessed were destroyed a month ago”. You have no idea how much of your secrets I know with concrete evidence, kindly pay me, and I will let you have the baby, and seal my lips”. At that point, Dr Richard pulled out a pistol from his coat, the door was pushed open with three policemen arresting Mr Clinton and Dr Richard.
Catherine travelled to Norway to see Prince Douglas. The young man was ignorant of the circumstances surrounding his birth and Parenthood. Catherine, whose mission was to inform the uninformed and fight for justice, revealed to the Prince all he needed to know about himself. Since Gertrude was late, he would pay a visit to her family and get United with them. His foster parents, together with Dr Richard, Dr Alphonsus, and Mr Clinton were charged to court, and prosecuted for child trafficking.
Back to America, Catherine played the audio recordings in her room; it was a record of the conversation between Dr Richard and Dr Alphonsus, his business partner. Their conversation centred on Douglas, the Prince of Norway. His Noble parents had made a secret arrangement to have him as their son many years ago. Dr Richard and Dr Alphonsus made their dream come through. The executed plan remained buried until Catherine came into the scene. The recording she played in her room revealed the real identity of Douglas. In their discussion, Dr Richard and his partner reminded themselves of the evil act they took part in twenty-eight years ago, as they drank and celebrated their acquisition of a fortune in the last business which took place the same they attended the conference. At the delivery of Gertrude of her baby, the secret child traffickers paid her off as she disappeared, and her son was handed over to the nobles who had paid hugely as agreed. Catherine decided not to disclose it to the FBI as was instructed.
Catherine reported to Mr Clinton, her group head, pretending to be with no information as she concealed the little she had. That night, Mr Clinton left his laptop on top of the couch where the group sat to rest. He was the only one who had access to it, unknowingly to him that Catherine had watched him closely while he accessed it. She frantically copied the information she needed to her flashdrive, and left just immediately, so that no one noticed her presence. She had hardly trusted Clinton because of his somewhat dubious nature. The information she gathered revealed that Dr Richard was hunted, not by the FBI, but by Clinton himself; the reason, she could not unravel. Catherine finally decided to play the game her own way; she would pretend to work for the FBI to remain safe, while she works for Dr Richard so as to get all the information she needed.
In the evening of Wednesday, the busiest day at All Hallows Hospital, a group of masked armed men, broke into the hospital with a volley of shots. Nurses, caregivers and hospital attendants running from the scene, collided, Catherine ran quickly into Dr Richard’s office with a little boy whose mother had abandoned while running for her life. One of the armed men, rushed into the delivery room, and out again into the the general room, with a newborn in his arm. Dr Richard was nowhere to be found until the chaos ceased. Later, that same day, Catherine hacked into Dr Richard’s personal computer. The data she found were in volumes, but she was unable to decode them. In order not to be suspected by Dr Richard, she decided to stay down and not question the incidence that took place that day. She stealthily did her investigations.
How are you? I hope you are awesome. I know you’ll be filled with joy as you read this letter. I longed to write you a long time ago, but was waiting for the most favourable day, and this is the day.
First, I want to thank you inexhaustibly for the good job you did for me indirectly. Your son, Francis, possesses strong qualities of an ideal husband; he is faithful, hardworking, articulating, patient,funny, firm, lovable, prayerful and kind. From him, I learnt that you are a staunch disciplinarian; in fact, he has told me the tale of how you made him recite a bible passage daily when he was just 5, how you made him learn to go to bed at 9pm, and habitually wake up at 5am when he was just 6. I also learnt that he made his first meal at 8, which you intentionally made him do. I also, got to know that you thrice taught him to say ‘no’ when need be, and ‘yes’ when need be when he was just 7, and thereafter, you tested and confirmed he had learnt that. Francis learnt how to take care of his younger sister when he was just 7, during when you reminded him of one of his favourite Bible verses; ‘to love one another as Jesus loves him’.
He made me understand that his funny charisma was as a result of your reminding him that all work and no play, makes Francis a boring comedian. Moreover, what amazed me the most on hearing it, was the ingenious method you used in teaching him faithfulness when he was just 12; how you severally prepared varieties of delicious pots of soup, stocked in the fridge but conditioned him to eat just one variety and leave the rest for the visitors. I learnt you equally taught him never to ignore lending a hand when he could and should.
Sweet mother-in-law, all these you had put into my husband so many years ago, some you have forgotten, some you remember, but all, my Francis remembers and still practises till the time of writing this letter. He told me that one thing he loves you the most for was your struggle in showing him the way to a good marriage; (TAIA), The Answer Is Above. He jokingly said it took him a millennium to understand that acronym, lol.
Ma’am, you have not only produced a complete husband for me, but also, you have produced a complete father to our children, your grandchildren, thus; your legacy, I will follow, so that the trend becomes generational.
I admire you a lot Mama Francis, you are an embodiment of strength, wisdom and class, you are a great mother. I bless the day you heard the cry of my Francis, I bless that labour you experienced on the 7th day of June, 1988, at about 11:50pm. I love your son, I love you too mum.
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Catherine was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Washington, D.C., United States, in 1990. She was a smart fellow with dexterity which made her the perfect applicant for the job. She came from a broken home; her mother was Indian, and her father; American. She had her primary education in Gran Hermao Academy, her college was in India, after which she returned to America to join the paramilitary. She lived her life longing to enjoy the privileges enjoyed by the rich, as she was from a working class family. She enjoyed watching the travelogue a lot because, it gave her the hope of taking part in such adventure. Her mother died of leukaemia, that was two years after her husband, Catherine’s father, divorced her to marry Gertrude, the unknown mistress. Catherine had three brothers, whose upbringing was so messed up owing to their parents’ continual rival, provocation and separation. Their mother’s death even made things worse for them.
The lucky Catherine was on her first assignment at All Hallows Hospital and Maternity. Information reaching the agency, revealed that this hospital, had records of child trafficking and displacement, and had taken up the task of doing a thorough investigation, and pinning the culprits down with judgement and punishment. In order to achieve this, Catherine, who was a very young lady with diverse personalities, had to get into the deepest secret of All Hallows so as to get evidence. She was to do a clean job with a lot of tape recordings and video clips; she had been well equipped for this. The first step to getting the information the agency needed was to be an insider; she had to work for the owner of the hospital.
It took about six months to complete the plan; first of all, she applied for the secretarial position when the opening was made, then, waited for an interview invite. She was interviewed with five other applicants, but her smartness, versatility, and outspokenness, gave her the job. She knew she was going to enjoy the job, but she didn’t fail to forget that, she was on a course also.
The first day at All Hallows was quite interesting to her. She sat next to Dr Richard, the prime suspect. His hospital had been in existence for over twenty five years, but with so much evil underneath it’s ground. Catherine’s job description went beyond sitting and typing, it’s part of her duty to be all around her boss, more of his personal assistant. She graced the round table with an aura of confidence; that’s exactly who Dr Richard needed; “with time, I would be introducing her to the real business”, sure she’d be trusted”, he thought.
Her first trip to London was amazing. It was a conference with the Medical Board of Directors. Though she got caught with fun after the conference in the Royal Castle, she didn’t fail to record the secret conversation between Dr Richard and Dr Alphonsus, his business partner. The most amazing part of the trip to her was the time she had with the prince of Norway, who was on a tour in the Castle. “Hi!”, The prince greeted, beaming with smile as he came closer to Catherine, with his right hand stretched out. “It’s quite snowy here, lady, would you mind lending me your coat?” “That will be exactly inconsiderate of you Mr, asking the weaker sex for her coat in the midst of ‘cold’ icefalls”. “Weren’t you taught to be considerate, huh?” She asked with winks. “Yes! I’m considerate young lady! Just your coat and you’ll be warm”, the prince responded sharply. “Ok, let’s see how it goes”. He took the coat from her cold hands and threw it to the sky. “Come here”, he said, and he quickly lifted her from the ground, and pressed her in his bosom. “You look quite confident,may I know you?”. “I’m Jenna Jose, an accountant and tourist”. “I’m Douglas, an economist and tourist too”, the duke reciprocated the introduction. (The two sat by the fireplace inside the Castle where the prince had brought Catherine into during the whole period). They talked and chatted, with each of them being careful enough not to reveal his/her real identity.