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She felt lost in her thoughts. A lot of stuff was racing in her head; her mind madly rushing to understand her situation in real time. What did she do wrong today? Were there any signs to forewarn her of how her day would end? She had woken up early like any other day; no trotro driver had annoyed her in the morning. Everything was fine…she had woken up in a good mood; she had actually prayed to the end unlike most days when she got distracted midway and then continued later in the day behind the computer at work. Today was supposed to be a happy day with her boss giving her another of his proud smiles. What happened instead?
Life finally caught up with her. 99 days for the thief, one day for the master, they say and it seemed her time was up. What was going to happen to her now? The vehicle falling roughly into a huge pothole brought Del out of her wandering thoughts. She looked down at her hands. The cold metal around her wrists hurt her. She wanted to cry but she couldn’t afford to appear like a baby to the two hard-faced cops.
When they arrived at the police station, Mr. Boateng who had followed in his own car, wrote down his statement. He received a call.
“Yeah, we are here.” He gave her a brief glance and Del assumed he was speaking to her boss.
“I think you have my staffer.”
“She sent me a text earlier that she was taking a detour before coming to the office.”
“So she’s the real one?”
“Looks like it. We still don’t know whom you met yesterday.”
“But if she’s here then she knows the other one. They must be sisters.”
“I’m heading there right now. We must get to the bottom of this.”
“All right. See you soon.” He ended the call.
Del was given the permission to make a call. Who to call first? Her mother would freak out. Her dad…she dreaded the disappointed face he’d wear when he saw her. Robert? Gosh, what was she going to tell him? She couldn’t lie to him but she couldn’t see herself telling him everything either. That leaves Kobby…she could trust him. He would be discreet about it because…he’s married to Daphne. Talk of Daphne…
Her phone rang. She sighed. She answered.
“Hey, how did it go?” She sounded anxious.
“Yeah? It’s a deal then?”
“I’m at the police station, Daph.”
“What? What are you doing there?”
“I got arrested. He thinks I’m an imposter.” She heard her gasp.
“OMG, what are we going to do?”
“I’m psyching myself to call dad and deal with the consequences later. And before I forget, thank you Daphne for everything. You’ve been the best thing that ever happened to me,” Del said and ended the call.
“I’m sorry…” She stared at the phone at the sound of the beep. Oh no, what had she done? How were they going to get out of this one? They could both end up behind bars and even if they swerved that, Del’s banking career was over. This was the last straw. Things would never be the same again.
She called Kobby, nervously chewing on her nails. She waited impatiently for him to answer.
“Yeah? I’m in the middle of something at the moment. Can I call you back?”
“It’s Del!” she said quickly before he could end the call.
“What’s up with Del?” He asked cautiously.
“She…she’s been arrested, Kobby.” She was about to cry.
“Arrested for what?” Daphne began to sob.
“Daphne, what happened?”
“It’s a long story.”
“I’m sure you can sum it up for me.”
“You had something to do with it?”
“I didn’t mean to cause…” The line went dead. Daphne broke down in tears.
Del ended her call with her dad. He said he was on his way. He promised he wouldn’t tell her mum anything just yet. She was staring down at Robert’s number, still gathering courage to tap on the call button when Kobby’s call came through.
“Are you alright?”
“No, Kobby. I’m scared.”
“I know. What happened?”
“She met up with a potential client as me and he must have called my boss. It raised a red flag because I was at the office at the time.” He swore under his breath.
“Have a lawyer?”
“No. Can you get me one?”
“Sure. You didn’t know about this meeting, did you?”
“Of course not. If I did, I would have made an excuse and left the office.”
“Sounds like you two have an arrangement. This isn’t a one-time thing?” Del was quiet.
“Damn it, Del! How could you let Daphne talk you into this? Impersonation is a huge offense.”
“I know that.”
“Of course it’s not the first time. The day I saw her with a client and thought it was you and went to apologize to her for kissing you…I should have known.”
“What is going to happen to me, Kobby?”
“Don’t worry your head about that now. From what I can think of right now, to save yourself, you have to be a little selfish.”
“What do you mean?”
“You didn’t know, right? You are a victim here.”
“Are you implying I throw my sister under the bus?”
“For goodness’ sake, it’s your wife we’re talking about here!”
“One I’ve no love for at the moment. Daphne with her swapping games’ obsession won’t stop no matter how many people she hurts unless we stop her. If we can’t, why not the law?”
“You know what, get me a lawyer and stop putting these ideas in my head.”
“I’ll get right to it. Be strong, alright. Which station are you at?” She told him and ended the call. A tear drop fell on the screen. She wiped it away with her thumb and wiped the tears from her cheeks.
Del’s boss arrived and asked to speak with her. He recognized her at once. Her fragrance was impossible to miss.
“Delphine.” He sat opposite her.
“What is going on here?”
“Mr. Boateng got me arrested thinking that I’m an imposter.”
“You want to know why? Because he called me after a supposed meeting with you right about the same time we were having a review meeting yesterday. Who was the lady who met him? Because if you are here, then it’s because you knew about it. Who is she, your sister, a twin maybe?”
“It’s not what you think, boss.”
“Then tell me, Delphine. The last thing I want is for some reporter to pick this up and spread the news on social media. Your career is on the line here in case if you haven’t noticed.” Delphine played with her fingers.
“Listen, it would be in your biggest interest to tell me the truth so I can decide how to proceed from here; whether to find a way to take this out of here and settle it peacefully or leave it in the hands of the cops. I know you to be a smart lady, Delphine.”
Delphine chewed a lower lip for a while.
“She’s…it was my twin sister.”
“Okay…did you know she was going to meet a potential client as you?” Delphine shook her head.
“But you were briefed after. Is this something that has been going on?”
“I won’t answer any more questions without my lawyer present.”
“Delphine, I’m trying to help you.”
“I know but I need to protect myself and my sister as well.” He sighed.
“I’m sorry, I know you mean well but so do I.” He nodded and asked if someone was coming. She told him her dad was on his way. He assured her he was willing to settle this out of court so they could all move on. Delphine said she believed him.
George arrived and some hours later, Delphine was released on bail. No one spoke in the car during the whole drive home. Delphine’s heart was pounding and her mind racing the whole time. What was she going to say? Mum would spank the hell out of her and Daphne. That she could take but to lose the respect of her dad, she had no idea how to survive that.
“Dad…” Daphne started when they walked in. He raised his hand to stop her and walked into his bedroom. Daphne rushed to Delphine and held her hands, checking her wrists.
“Are you okay? Did they hurt you?” Delphine snatched her hands away.
“Don’t touch me! You are going to be the death of me but guess what, I might have to do away with you first before I let that happen.”
“I am so sorry, Del. You have no idea how much I hate myself right now for all the trouble I’ve caused you.”
“Obviously not enough since you’re still alive to talk about it,” Del snapped and walked past her.
“You want me to kill myself?” Daphne asked, shocked and hurt by her words.
“Oh I said no such thing but if you decide to, consider that a huge favor so I don’t go to prison or get blacklisted by every financial institution in this country.”
“You don’t mean that. You’re only ranting because you’re angry.”
“Call it whatever you want but this is one thing I do mean: I wish I was never born a twin to a sneaky inconsiderate and wicked person like you! You mess up your marriage and what do you use your time-out for? To mess up my life! When this blows over and I’m out of the woods, you and I don’t know each other, you hear me?” Del entered her room and slammed the door.
“I’m sorry, Del! Please believe me!” Daphne cried out.
Doreen came home in a foul mood. The sisters were called to a meeting and they sat trembling whiles the parents glared at them.
“I don’t know whether to say I’m disappointed or shocked. One of you is at the brink of divorce, the other at a jail cell. Where did I go wrong with you two?”
“How long has this game being going on? How long have you been impersonating your sister, Panyin?”
“Not that long…”
“Answer the question!” George shouted. The twins startled. He had never shouted at them before.
“A few months after she started working.”
“And you went along with this, huh? Kakra, I had so much hope in you. I knew your sister was a handful the minute I pushed her out but you were supposed to be the better one. Do you realize how serious this is? Both of you could end up behind bars!”
“This is my fault. Del didn’t know. I did it all by myself.”
“But she didn’t stop you. She’s as guilty as you are. I can’t believe we spent so much money in making sure you got the best of education only for you both to end up like this,” George said regrettably. Delphine began to cry. Del got down on her knees and Daphne followed suit.
“We are really sorry for falling short of who you expected us to be. Please don’t wash your hands off us. We need you now more than ever. We promise to do make you proud of us after this is over,” Del pleaded in tears.
Kobby rang the bell. He realized the front door wasn’t closed so he pushed it open and walked in.
“Hello?” He said as he closed the door. He stopped as he took in the scene. The twins on their knees with tears down their faces in front of their angry looking parents. Oh no, this was bad timing.
“Good…good afternoon. I heard what happened and I wanted to check in.”
“On who, exactly? Your wife from whom you want a divorce or her sister whom you’re very fond of?” Doreen questioned. This was a trick question, Kobby thought. Think before you talk, Kobby.
“Both,” he answered and cleared his throat.
“Now that I think about it, something tells me there’s more to your reason for wanting a divorce from Panyin. I don’t believe you cheated on her. I remember the look on her face when you said it. She was shocked. Something happened, much bigger and my guts tell me Kakra is involved somehow. I thought by keeping her out of the church on the wedding day, I was ensuring that this doesn’t happen but how wrong I was. Tell me the truth young man, why do you want to divorce Daphne?”
He met the eyes of the twins. Why was he on interrogation here?
“Like I said…”
“We want the truth. When you say you cheated, who do you do it with? Was it Kakra?”
“Are you sure?” George asked.
George and Doreen looked at each other.
“Panyin, who did your husband cheat on you with?”
“Mum, it’s not important…”
“Tell me right now before I throw you out!”
“No one…just some misunderstanding.”
“Kakra?” George called. She looked up at him.
“Dad, I’ll never do anything like that. I’m not that bad.”
“Okay, your mum and I are going out to clear our heads. When we get back, we hope to hear some truth for once,” George said and got up.
“Don’t touch me!” She said and entered the bedroom. A few minutes later, Mr. and Mrs. Coleman walked out of the house. They heard the car engine start and drive away.
The sisters got up from their knees and sat down. Del wiped her tears away with the back of her hand.
“Were you able to find me a lawyer?”
“Yeah; he’s engaged at the moment but he can see you tomorrow. Is that okay?”
“Yeah thanks. This house is too tensed. Could you go home with her?” Del asked.
“We need enough distance now that I’m in the grips of the law.” Kobby glanced at Daphne.
“Fine,” he muttered. Daphne gasped.
“I don’t believe this. I’m not going anywhere.”
“Excuse me?” Del asked.
“He doesn’t want me back. It’s just because you asked him to.”
“Like duh? No one said otherwise.”
“I’m not going anywhere I’m not wanted.”
“This isn’t about you, Daph! This is about me getting out of this hell hole you’ve put me in. So it’s either you go back to your matrimonial home or you find yourself somewhere else to lodge but you’re definitely not sleeping here tonight,” Del said in a tone of finality.
“And who gave you the authority to make such decisions? In case you’ve forgotten, I’m older than you.”
“Well, you’re married so your jurisdiction is in his house not here anymore so yeah, I do have the right to kick you out.”
“Calm down, ladies. So what’s the plan, Del?”
“My boss wants to know everything. He said he’s willing to settle this out of the police station but I don’t know…”
“If he is, why not take him up on his offer?” Daphne asked.
“Because that means leaving you out to dry…”
“An option I’ve no problem with,” Kobby chipped in. Daphne rolled her eyes at him and shook her head.
“And despite how mad I am at you, I don’t want to do that.”
“But there’s no other choice, is there? Either way, the truth must come out.”
“And I lose everything,” Del said, burying her face in her palms.
“I’m so sorry, Del.”
“Shut up. Your voice makes me sick right now.” She got up.
“Where’s your boyfriend? Why isn’t he here?” Kobby asked. Del sighed.
“Totally forgot about him. Am I that terrible of a girlfriend?”
“Why wouldn’t you when you have my husband giving you his shoulder to lean on?” Daphne asked.
“Get out before I hurt you,” Del threatened. They glared at each other for a long minute before Daphne took her phone and walked out of the house.
“Come here,” Kobby said, walking towards her. He hugged her and rubbed her back.
“What if I’m sent to prison? Even if I’m not, I’m finished career wise. There’s no way I’m coming out of this unscathed.”
“You’ll be fine. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, okay? For now, let’s get you out of this.” He pulled out of the hug and held her face.
“And I think you should call Robert. You need all the support you can get and knowing him, he’s going to whine about why you didn’t keep him in the know about what is happening.” Del chuckled.
“Good; I’ll keep an eye of your sister before she does something silly again.”
“Thanks for doing this for me.”
“You’re welcome, hon.” He squeezed her hands and walked away.
He sat in the car and started the engine.
“Is she calmer now?” Daphne asked.
“She’ll be fine. She just needs some space to breathe and figure things out.” He drove away.
“I didn’t mean to cause any trouble.”
“Yeah but you did.”
“I’m sorry Kobby, for everything.”
“I’m sure you are,” he replied without looking at her.
“I’ll make this right.”
“I wonder how you can.”
“I want to see you try.”
She will. She only had to meet Delphine’s boss.
(c) Josephine Amoako 2017