The Last Kiss is live…
THE LAST KISS
The police station is crowded when Curtis arrives with the two officers.
There seem to be an argument of sorts going on.
Curtis is led into a small room with only a table and two chairs.
He deduces that is the questioning room from what he has seen in movies.
He looks around him and wonders how his name got mixed up in a rape case.
And he is sure it is a question of mistaken identity and he will be out as soon as it is established they picked up the wrong guy.
He is sweating already.
The room has no windows; it only has a rusty ceiling fan that seems to be spreading heat instead of air.
A well-built police officer in sunglasses enters the room and closes the door behind him.
He pulls the chair facing Curtis and sits down without greeting.
“Curtis Owusu-Mensah, that is your name, right?”
“Yes, it sure is!”
“Well, we received a complaint by a Cynthia Osei. You wouldn’t happen to know anybody by that name, would you?”
“I do know a Cynthia Osei but I’m not sure if we are talking about the same person here.”[stextbox id=”alert” caption=”WARNING”]Exlusive Content to aaron-ansah-agyeman.com Do not copy or share on any other site. Do not share on any WhatsApp, Facebook or Social Media page. ONLY SHARE THE LINKS TO THE STORY[/stextbox]
“Well, according to the statement, you dated her some time back and due to a misunderstanding, you broke off with her. She said she was hurt but moved on. She says your paths crossed again a couple of months ago and you begged her for a comeback.
Because she had always been in love with you, she accepted with you promising that you would leave your current wife and marry her. She said you travelled with her to the north recently and when she was vulnerable, you raped her. It says here that she cried and begged but you did not heed her cry or pleas. What do you have to say to this?”
Curtis is fuming with rage.
He understands everything now. Cynthia has done her worse and has lied through her teeth all in a bid to destroy him.
“I will say that is a big lie. Everything in there is nothing but a fallacy.”
“And why would she make up something like that? There’s a doctor’s report here that suggests forced canal knowledge.”
“And you believe her and the fake doctor, don’t you? Don’t you see what is going on here? She just wants to ruin me because I refused to have sex with her. You can’t process this to court with such lies. She is lying and should not be taken serious.”
“And can you prove that she is lying? We work with evidence, and what we have here suggests that someone has entered her forcibly and she says it was you. If you know otherwise, then you have to prove it.”
“Can I talk to my lawyer?”
“Why do you need to talk to a lawyer, have you done something wrong?”
“I need advice, besides you just asked me to prove my innocence, or?”
“Don’t try to be smart with me, mister. You think you are very shrewd, don’t you? I hate it when people like you make it look like the police don’t know their work. It is only the court that sits on cases, hears them and then give a verdict.
I’m only trying to see if this case has to progress to another level. If you have anything contrary to what she stated in her report, just say so. You don’t need a lawyer present to tell the truth, do you?”
The policeman gets to his feet and picks up the file he had placed on the table when he entered.
“Let me know when you are ready to tell your side of the story. You are not leaving here until you do so. Rape charges are severe crimes and I can’t guarantee you would even leave this place today. If I were you, I’ll come clean and see what can be done.”[stextbox id=”black” caption=”GRAB YOUR COMPLETE COPY”]
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The officer opens the door to leave.
Curtis realizes the problem is much bigger than he had thought.
“Wait Officer. Like I said, Cynthia is lying.”
“Why don’t you tell me everything you know then.”
Curtis sighs and pleads with the police man to stay.
“Two weeks ago, the company I work with was opening a branch in Tamale and since all the shareholders would be present, our AGM and other Board meetings were scheduled around the same time. The Executive Assistant, as usual took care of the bookings and other logistics pertaining to the trip.
It was when we were airborne that I saw Cynthia on the plane. I brushed it off as a mere coincidence. I went straight to the Conference place for a meeting when we arrived. When I finally got to my hotel, it was quite late but there was a note at the desk for me from her. It simply said ‘I love you’ so I threw it in the trash when I got to my room and went to bed.
The next morning, I was seated alone at breakfast when she walked to my table and sat down with her breakfast. That was when I suspected some foul play. I still didn’t complain, I didn’t have to because the hotel was a public place and anyone had the right to be there. I was busy with meetings and other errands so I didn’t see much of her.
A day before my return to Accra, I think I dozed off and woke up to see her almost naked in my room. She tried to seduce me but I didn’t give in. She became agitated when things didn’t go her way and warned me that she would scream rape if I didn’t do what she wanted. And then she started crying when I pushed her off rather rashly and that was when I realized she wasn’t leaving until she got what she wanted.”
“So, you did it and now she’s crying rape?”
“No, nothing happened between us. I tricked her into opening the door since she locked it and hid the key when she came in. So I went downstairs on the pretext that I wanted some liquor. I went to the security desk and asked them to get her out of my room. She was very furious when she saw that I played her. I guess that’s why she is doing this.”
“But you koraa why you fool like that? She offered her VG on a silver platter and you rejected it? Why should you do something that lame, huh? Do you know how some of us suffer aaah before we get one sef chop? You fool pass. Now, ebi you dey there! Look at the mess you’ve been tugged in.”
Curtis just looks at the police man in wonder.
Why is he making it look like he isn’t right in the head when the only thing he did was live up to his vows to Alicia.
“Look, I’m supposed to lock you up until the matter goes to court, that is if it ever gets that far. But the evidence she provided is a little weak and I need to refer it to a prosecutor to see if he can do anything with it. My advice is to look for a good lawyer and a lot of money as bail. They will try and tell you there is no bail for rape cases but your lawyer, if he is good can get it for you. Now you can call your lawyer.”
The policeman hands him his phone and waits.
Curtis calls Alicia.
She tells him she is on her way with Jude Albert Asomaning, Curtis’ Sixth Form mate who has made it in the law profession.
The policeman takes the phone and walks out of the room.[stextbox id=”grey” caption=”BE OUR FRIEND“]
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Curtis is crushed.
How on earth is he going to prove nothing happened in the first place?
Why is Cynthia doing this?
The answer is obvious but he is finding it hard to believe someone who claims loves him can actually bear false witness about him even to the extent of securing a fake doctor’s report to complement the lie.
It is a lesson for him anyway.
Right now, what is important is to get out of the police station and see how things go.
Alicia and Jude Albert are ushered in shortly afterwards.
Curtis and Alicia hug tightly, then he shakes hands with Jude.
Jude gives the only seat left to Alicia and places his suitcase on the table.
He takes out a notepad.
“Alicia, can you wait outside a few minutes. I need to talk to Curtis one on one.”
“That won’t be necessary, Jude Albert. I’ve done nothing wrong, I’ve nothing to hide. Alicia stays please!”
Jude Albert looks a little worried. He needs Curtis to tell him the truth and he is sure that will not happen if Alicia stays.
Curtis senses his anxiety and reassures him that he has nothing to hide.
He briefs them on what exactly happened whiles Jude Albert takes notes.
“I’m really sorry, Alicia. I should have told you the very moment you picked me from the airport. I’m truly sorry.”
“Oh no, you don’t have to be sorry. I’m sure it was what you wanted to tell me about at the resort. In any case, I know you won’t be capable of something like that. Let’s now concentrate on getting you out of here.”
Jude asks a few more questions and then leave to talk to the officer in charge.
He presents an argument for bail and after what seem like a century, the officer agrees but sets the bail money a bit high.
Jude communicates the way forward to Curtis and Alicia when he gets back to the questioning room.
Jude Albert mentions that they could enlist an agent to write a surety bond for Curtis but the problem he has with it is that it will take time and Curtis might be detained until the bond is ready. He also mentions that the premium paid for the surety bond is non-refundable.
He states that he prefers the cash bail since that is refundable if Curtis makes all the Court or requested appearances.
The problem now is finding the money.
Alicia mentions that she has some savings, so does Curtis.
Jude Albert offers to foot the rest of the bail money.
He also agrees to pay the entire thing as an advance so Curtis and Alicia will transfer their portion to his account later in the day.
A police officer escorts them to the charge office where Curtis is made to write his statement and briefed on the do’s and don’ts whiles on bail.
Curtis, flanked by his adorable wife and friend, leaves the police station, grateful he did not spend the night in a police cell.
Curtis, herded by Alicia on his left and his good friend Jude Albert on the right, steps out of the police station in gratitude.
The feel of fresh air on his face really makes his day.
He has always taken his freedom for granted until now.
He feels a little sticky from the sweat, unease and the stress he had just been exposed to.
Then he puts his left arm around Alicia’s waist and draws her closer as they walk towards the car park.
Half way to their destination, they come face to face with Kobby and Omar.
Curtis and Alicia exchange startled looks since none of them mentioned anything to them.
“We came as soon as we heard!” Kobby states.
“And may I know how you heard?” Curtis counters, unable to hide his disappointment he feels in his childhood friends.
Omar drops his gaze and says nothing.
Kobby is speechless too for a while.
Kobby appeals to Curtis not to be so hostile towards them since they still cared.
“I’m truly sorry you have to go through this. You are a good guy and I want to say it here and now that I will never do or take part in anything to harm you or embarrass you.”
Curtis introduces them to Jude Albert who is also interested in how they got to know where to find Curtis.
“Your best friend has just been charged with rape by one Cynthia… “
“Rape? That’s absurd?” Kobby cuts in, unable to hide his shock.
He looks over at Omar who is still having difficulty hiding his guilt.
“Omar, did you know that was why Curtis is here? I asked you a billion times but you indicated that you didn’t have a clue. You are closer to Cynthia. Did you know about this?”
Omar is still silent.
“Look, if you know anything that can help Curtis out of this mess, now is the time to tell. We are looking at a sentence of not less than ten years in prison if he is convicted. We need all the evidence we can get,” Jude Albert says passionately.
Kobby casts fervent glances at Omar who has bowed his head as if he is admitting a wrong doing.
When Omar realizes all eyes are on him he tries to divert attention from himself.
“It’s all your fault, Alicia. It’s your fault Curtis is in this mess. You should have just left him when you found out you were…. “
“Cut out that crap right this minute, Omar. I won’t let you disrespect my wife. I’m really getting tired of your stupidity and meddling.”
“Oh really? My stupidity?”
“You two should stop behaving like teenage boys. We don’t need this right now. Curtis is in trouble and we need to find a way of getting him out of it. We need to speak to Cynthia to get her to drop the charge.” Kobby says as he positions himself between the two friends he has known from childhood.
“How did Cynthia get on the same plane with Curtis? Does any of you know how that happened?” Jude Albert questions.
“How will we know? Ask Curtis,” Omar shot back.
“Omar, it’s about time you tell the truth for once. You were in my house the night Curtis left to sow your seeds of doubt. You told me Curtis is with Cynthia on the same flight. How did you know?” Alicia said acidly.
“What? He said what?”
Jude Albert tries to calm Curtis down since his outburst will only make matters worse.
“If it turns out you have anything to do with this, I promise you that will be the last straw. You don’t deserve to be my friend. What were you trying to achieve telling lies like that to Alicia?”
“You may not believe me but I did it for you. I did it because I care, bro! The thought of you being infected with HIV unsettles me. I can’t just shake it off.”
Jude Albert stares at the two men with incomprehension written all over his face.
Curtis fills him in on Alicia’s diagnosis and all that his friends had done to separate them ever since they heard the unfortunate news.
Omar comes clean and discloses how he accessed Curtis’ flight details and booked Cynthia on the same flight and hotel.
Jude Albert notes that down since Cynthia’s statement indicated that Curtis arranged for her to come with him.
Kobby and Omar leave after several pleas. It is obvious Kobby is very worried about how Omar went about things. He makes a mental note to call Cynthia before the day ends to get her to withdraw the charge.
Jude Albert walks to his car with a heavy heart. He had no clue Alicia was battling with something like that and to have your husband charged with rape in addition is simply nerve-wrecking.
Alicia drives Curtis home and fixes him dinner.
They take a shower afterwards and retire to the living-room to catch up on news and other shows.
“I’m really sorry to drag you into something like this. I should have told you about the incident at the hotel. I want you to know that nothing happened between Cynthia and me.” Curtis says and pulls Alicia closer.
“Yes, I know. And you don’t have to worry about me. We just have to prove your innocence. Cynthia sent me some pictures. I don’t know if it can help your case. She called before she sent them and since my calls are on auto call record, we can retrieve that call too. She didn’t seem like a victim when she called to bluff about having sex with you. I didn’t believe her anyway that’s why I never brought it up.”
“It’s such a relief to know that you trust me so much. Thanks, my dearie. You should always take it for granted that I will never do anything to hurt you. The love is very deep.”
Curtis and Alicia share a kiss and a hug and retire to bed a while later.
Curtis is, however, unable to sleep.
Events of the day and the unfairness of it all keeps him awake.[stextbox id=”info” caption=”JOIN US ON WHATSAPP“]
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