Anthony made his turn well and faced her mother. “Son?” He repeated.
Vivian plopped down the cushion and held on to her wound. She groaned as she looked at they two. “Yes, Anthony.” She replied.
Anthony looked at Nicholas again and his mother. “You told me Dad was dead, Mum.”
She sighed. “I told you because I didn’t want you to always be after seeing him. He was nowhere to be found, we lost contact many years back.” She replied him.
“No!” Anthony exclaimed. “You lost contact? Do married couples lost contact?”
Vivian kept quiet for a moment. “We weren’t married when you were conceived.”
Nicholas was just in shock. He hadn’t taken his eyes off Anthony even for once. He kept on staring at him as he discussed with his mother. “You?”
“Anthony, just go and take your shower. We still have a whole lot to discuss, I’ll explain to you later.”
Anthony still stood still, looking at Nicholas. Nicholas pulled out his hand toward Anthony, inviting him to come to him. Anthony walked slowly and stood before him.
Nicholas just hugged him amidst his tears.
** ** **
The knock at the door broke the silence. Stella brushed to her feet to check who was at the door. It was Henry. “Where have you been?”
He scratched his head. “I’ve actually been enjoying myself around, Stella. I’ve not been comfortable sitting at home.” He replied.
Stella chuckled. “Come.” She pulled him to come and hear what was going on in the living room. She put him on the sofa and sat down too. “Doris, say it again.”
“Henry, do you know anything about Nicholas well? Like, about the mark he has on his body?”
Henry rested his back. “Is this why you pulled me?” He chuckled and continued. “Sure, it’s his birthmark.” He replied them.
“Really? Just that?” Doris asked him again.
He nodded. “Yes.”
“It’s the mark on every child from the Royal Family.” Doris told him.
Henry laughed. “Are you telling me he’s from a royal family?” He continued laughing.
“If you really want to hear; yes.”
“You’re funny.” Henry chuckled.
** ** **
“Why didn’t you tell me about this, why?” Nicholas said after Anthony left.
“Don’t you remember I want to talk to you that day? Have you forgotten? I waited and called your phone many times but there was no response! I had to leave, I didn’t get your call, not even a text message! And you don’t do social networks, I know that!”
Nicholas sat on the floor. “You could still have contacted one person or the other.”
“Maxwell? I did that on Facebook! He told me you guys already missed contacts too, Nicholas. I mailed you, he also did! No one was able to get accross to you!”
“Didn’t Maxwell tell you I lost my phone that day?” He asked.
Vivian wiped her tears. “He did. I thought you were going to retrieve the mobile number, but you didn’t! Why didn’t you check your mail again?”
“This is more than I can fathom, Vivian. I lost everything with my mobile phone. I forgot the password to my e-mail when I bought another mobile phone, believe me!”
Vivian was surprised. “Couldn’t you have reset the password? How much you didn’t do much to get in touch with me again?”
He wiped his own tears too. “I did, Vivian. I didn’t know your e-mail, it didn’t cross my mind to even retrieve my mobile number, by the way, do you know how difficult it was then? It didn’t cross my mind!”
“For over ten years?”
“And that’s why I have always searched for you! I’ve always know I’d find you someday, Vivian.”
“Really? You never provided an avenue for one to contact you asides your phone number and e-mail, Nicholas!”
Nicholas became short of words. “I’m sorry, Vivian.”
“Sorry? Is that it?”
“After that time, live became miserable when my parents were killed. I wasn’t on point again, I lost everything! I was… I can’t even explain.”
“Your parents? Is that why you became The Unknown?”
Nicholas stared at her, he was more than shocked. She knew all the while?
** ** **
“We are being serious here, Henry. At least, be serious for once too.” Stella said.
Henry chuckled. “This is not a matter of seriousness, this is a matter of laughter! You’re saying a thing that’s not possible. Who told you Nicholas is from the Royal house?” He laughed again.
“I have done my research, Henry. I have seen it on the one who you all think he’s the Prince, but he’s not.” Doris said.
“What do you mean?” Stella faced her.
“The King himself said it today that Edward wasn’t his son. Can you believe the King’s brother is the father of the guy?”
Henry shook his head with doubt. “That can’t be possible. Maybe he was just disappointed in him.”
“No!” Doris exclaimed. “I heard everything. It was Craig and I that were there. The King’s brother never denied, he was laughing at the King and asked him how he got to know.”
“What!” Stella was shocked.
“They mentioned a name while speaking and the name was Margaret. I heard the woman was banished many years back and it was Harry that caused why she was banished. She was pregnant for the King when she was banished.” She expatriated.
“Margaret?” Stella repeated as she glanced at the three.
“Are you trying to guess if she’s the mother of Nicholas?” Henry asked.
** ** **
“Nicholas… are you.. really The Unknown?” Vivian drawled.
Nicholas was covered with sweat. He turned his head, looking around before he finally nodded.
Vivian couldn’t resist showing how shocked she was. Her mouth was wide open on her seat there. “Nick!” She exclaimed.
“That’sa story for another day, Vivian. But how have you been all these years? How are you?” He walked to her side and held her hand.
“Nicholas, I have not been good. I have been wondering about you all these years. My parents disowned me when they found out about the pregnancy, but thank God.”
Nicholas sighed. “I’m deeply sorry, Vivian. So, you never married since then?” He asked.
Vivian nodded. “I couldn’t afford any man maltreat my son.” She replied.
Nicholas scratched his head. “That’s profound.”
Vivian stared at him. “Nicholas, what of you?” She asked.
Nicholas laughed. “Since we missed our paths, I have promised myself I would not betray you until I find you again, I never knew you were pregnant then, Vivian. You should have waited for me!”
“I really had to leave, Nick.”
Nicholas was quiet for a moment and gave a long breath. “Let me get going now, I’ll come to take you and Anthony out tomorrow.” He brushed to his feet.
“Don’t go yet.” Vivian rushed up. She didn’t want him to leave again, it felt as if he was leaving her totally again.
Nicholas smiled. “It’s getting late, Vivian.” He held her hands again and stared at her for a moment before hugging her. “Vivian.” He called her name and smiled.
“I really missed you, Nick.” Vivian grinned.
Nicholas chuckled. “I miss us.”
“Are you promising me you will come tomorrow?”
Nicholas nodded. “Of course!”
She followed him to the gate before she returned inside again.
** ** **
Nicholas smiled into the house. He was really fulfilled to have met Vivian again that day. He couldn’t wait till the next day so he could take his son out too. He saw Doris, Stella and Henry in the living room and waved at them as if he wasn’t concerned with them until Doris shouted his name.
He motioned to her side and plopped down. “What’s happening?” He asked.
“Can you believe the Prince is not the King’s son?” She questioned Nick.
He chuckled. “How did you guys get to know?” He asked.
“It’s the truth, Nick.” Stella added.
“I know it’s the truth, I’m just shocked that you guys have gotten to the bottom of the truth. But really, is the Kong’s brother mad? If you know all what he did in the past! He was crazy when he was a Prince.” Nicholas rested his back.
Stella was shocked. “How did you get to know all these?”
He smiled. “My Dad wrote a diary, and that’s what I have been reading on them for a while. It’s just like a story. The Queen then was banished with her pregnancy and my parents were the ones who helped her, but the woman died at childbirth.” He stopped for a while. “I stopped there, I’m not through with the diary.” He replied.
“Why are you not? For years?” Doris wondered.
“I haven’t been able to figure out how it concerns me, so, whenever I just carry it, I drop it.” He replied.
Doris drifted closer to him. “The Queen gave your parents a child?” She asked him again.
“In the diary, was it written that your parents already gave birth to you then?” Doris asked.
He began to think. “No.” He replied, trying to link all what he already read together.
“Really? You’ve not being born? Then if that child given to your parents is not you, where is the child?”
Nicholas sprung to his feet. “No! Henry, I have to get the diary.” He rushed out of the house, heading to his place to get the diary.
He had never thought of something like that before, so he never read the diary with all seriousness since he’s been reading it. He would always wondered how all that were written there concerned him and just drop it.
Soon, he came back with the diary and opened it to where he stopped and they all began to read. It was there they say that after his parents had buried Margaret, they took the child and named him Nicholas.
Nicholas was in total shock. He had never thought of it for a minutes, he had never reasoned that his parents never had a child when they helped he Queen, he was just reading it as if he was reading a storyline unseriously.
“The evidence of this is the mark behind you, Nicholas.” Doris said.
He looked at Doris for a moment. “That birthmark?” He asked.
“Yes, did your father have it.”
He shook his head. “No. I asked him severally then, he told me not to worry, I would know when the time comes.” He replied still in shock.
“That’s the mark of anyone from the Royal Family.” Doris replied him.
Nicholas fell on his knees. “Prince? The King is my father?” He constricted his eyes. “No!” He exclaimed.
“Stop shouting, Nicholas.” Henry rushed up with smile. He was already over filled with happiness. “I’m now the Prince’s friend!” He jumped for joy.
“How come you’ve not been able to know this all the while?” Stella asked him.
“I have never imagined it, I have never for once thought something like that might have happened.. I don’t know…”
Stella hugged Doris. The two were grinning, filled with happiness. “At least, you are the Prince and you’re claiming the throne someday!” Stella was really happy.
Nicholas was lost in thought, trying to remember all he read again. He never kept them to mind, he would always wonder what concerned him and the things in the diary. “The Prince?” He repeated as he opened the diary again.
“So you know Edward is not the Prince and you didn’t tell us.” Doris said.
“I have just been reading for reading sake! I’ve never remembered it even once! This is still a great shock.”
“Congrats, Nick.” Henry grinned before him as he began to move closer.
“What’s the congrats about?” He stared at him with grimace. “Should I be happy? Why’s everything this way? Why? Why do people keep hurting me, why? Why did they kill my parents? Why was my real mother also murdered?” He was downcast.
Doris and Stella that have been happy all sat down too. It seemed it wasn’t time to rejoice yet.
** ** **