At last Nicholas was able to get off the hook of Vivian’s father. He had already spent over two hours there and it was full of questions and great histories. “Thank God.” He had muttered as he was able to leave with Vivian and Anthony.
Vivian grinned. She knew all he passed through in there; he had been asked several questions even how he became the sudden Prince of the Kingdom. “Sorry, Nicholas.” She said to him.
“You also know.” He chuckled.
Vivian laughed. She had stared at him for a moment and spoke. “Thanks, Nicholas.”
Nicholas glimpsed at her. “What have I done? Common, let’s go!” He grinned as he drove off.
** ** **
As soon as Nicholas dropped Vivian and Anthony off at home, he drove back to the Palace to see the King again. He prayed the Chiefmakers and other Chiefs would have gone. Luckily for him, he met the King on his throne; it seemed he had gotten much better than when he first met him again and told him about himself.
He thanked God he was all alone and everywhere seemed quiet. “Dad.” He spoke softly. He had wished to call him his father earlier too, instead of calling him the King.
The King raised his head and looked at him. “My son.” He sat up, grinning.
Nicholas sat down on the seat beside him. He was quiet for a moment before he gave him the feedback of Vivian’s side. “That’s really good.” The King kept saying.
“I have called my lawyer too and already appended my signature on the documents that pertains to giving you all my companies. What is left is for you to append your own signature too and resume office anytime you wish.” He told him.
Nicholas sighed. He couldn’t stop thinking about it, from an ordinary man to being a Prince? Now having the companies of the King with Vivian and his son! What else could he ask for? He had taken all the enemies down already and he became victorious; now wining and dining with the King and wealth. Also the heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom where his mother was banished from.
He snorted. “What is left is to choose the wedding date, Dad.” He informed.
“I want it to be as early as possible. A Prince is required to have his own wife for him to be crowned the King and who knows when death can..” He was still speaking when Nicholas interrupted. “You can’t die now, Dad. Just let your mind be at rest, it is well.” He told him.
“So when will you visit the lawyer to sign?” He asked.
There was a brief silence. He was thinking of when to do that when his phone beeped. He stared at the caller for a moment before he finally picked up the call.
** ** **
Vivian was just shinning her teeth as she sank into the sofa. “I have even forgotten that I have a gunshot wound.” She grinned.
“That means your outing was glorious.” Victoria smiled.
She nodded. “You won’t believe what we have been predicting is true! He took me to the Palace.” She informed.
She widened her eyes. “So he is really the Prince?” She drifted forward.
Vivian chuckled. “He just got to know too, Victoria. He never knew.”
Victoria was really happy. “At least I’m the friend to the Queen-to-be” She winked.
Vivian clasped her hands together. “Another thing you can’t believe is that we visited my parents.”
Victoria brushed to her feet. “That is not true.” She was so shocked.
Vivian licked her lips. “Hard to believe, but really true. The outing today is beyond explanation, Vick.”
“Did they accept you guys?” She quickly asked.
“Bone the story, dear. The next thing on the agenda is for Nick and I to choose a particular day we are wish to get married. “ She informed.
Victoria just kept laughing. “You aren’t serious, are you?”
Vivian shrugged. “Take it or leave it.”
“Honestly, this is unbelievable!”
** ** **
Nicholas was about to leave when the King gave him the key to one of his cars. He told him he had given him the car finally, instead of the car he was driving around.
He drove as fast as he could with his new car and the car screeched to halt at the front of Doris’ place. He stormed inside, grinning. “Hello babes.” He said as he entered into the house.
“Hey!” Stella smiled as he saw him. Nicholas could see that Stella’s smile was different, maybe because of Ramsey that was in the house with her. “Ooh.. Ramsey.” He stepped forward to shake him.
“Hello, Prince.” He greeted Nick.
Nicholas was shocked. “You have been told already?” He grinned.
Ramsey shrugged. “Good news also spread fast, Prince.” He winked.
Nicholas hit Stella softly as he sat down. “How have you been? It has been a while.”
“I had to travel. You know Christmas is on the way.” He smiled.
Nicholas nodded. “Stella, I knew it when I saw your smile that it wasn’t natural. If not for Doc beside you, you wouldn’t have smiled that much.” He winked.
“That is your business.” She laughed.
Not further were they speaking when the door was knocked and opened almost immediately. It was Doris and Craig.
Nicholas’ heart skipped a beat on seeing Craig. But he knew it was all well and good, since he wouldn’t come and force himself on him to open his wound to him. “Who do we have here?” He grinned as he tried to mask his shock.
“Wow! Prince Nicholas is also here?” Craig bowed, showing his sign of respect.
Nicholas burst into laughter. ”You are not serious.” He hit him slightly and they all exchanged pleasantries.
“Doris told me about everything. I just wish you congratulations.” He grinned.
Everything? He wondered as he was told. He believed Doris would not tell him about the case of The Unknown, so he just beamed. “Thanks so much.”
“It’s nice everyone is here again. I remember sometimes back when we were all together like this. But now, we have a Prince amidst us again.” Ramsey smiled.
“What’s up with this issue of being the Prince?” Nicholas chuckled.
“How’s the King?” Doris asked him.
“I took her to him today and Anthony.” He said.
Craig winked. “Who’s she?”
“The one I spoke to you guys about that time. The lady I lost contact with after service. I cannot believe she was pregnant when we parted and I never knew.”
“Really? So you guys have a child?” Ramsey asked.
He nodded with a smile. “Sure.”
“Who’s the lady?” Craig asked.
Nicholas knew Craig should know Vivian well and he might suspect him more if he got to know. He knew he had no choice, when it was not that he would hide her after getting married to her.
“Vivian and Anthony. They were the two who really got into trouble and The Unknown saved.” He replied.
“The Unknown… Vivian… Anthony..” Craig repeated as he sat back and kept mum.
Craig never minded him. At least he had no evidence to get him and he wouldn’t open his back for him to see the gunshot wound.
“How did you guys meet again?” Craig asked as he thought on how he could know the fact.
Nicholas knew where he was going to, he just smiled faintly and clenched his fists together. “Not quite long. I cannot really remember the day.” He replied.
“Is any kind of investigation going on here?” Ramsey interrupted.
Craig smiled, shaking it off. “No, just trying to know now.”
Doris snorted. “Can’t we go out for dinner?” She tried to change the discussion.
“Nice. I second that.” Stella added.
“Okay, let’s get dressed.” Craig said.
Nicholas picked up his mobile phone and called Vivian. He called to tell her to dress up with Anthony and her friend for dinner. He hoped he was doing the right thing.
Just then, Craig also picked up his mobile number and called Nancy to come to Abigail’s Kitchen. He knew he would convince them all to go to Abigail’s kitchen.
** ** **
Just as if it was reserved, the place was cool and beautiful. Each of them entered slowly, smiling. Nicholas had gone to fetch Vivian, Victoria and Anthony; so he had told them he would meet them at the place.
Not quite long after they all got there, Nicholas also came down from his vehicle and walked in with the rest. He was looking so happy that lines had fallen in pleasant places for him; though he hadn’t been able to predict what Craig would do if he later got to know he was The Unknown.
He knew it wouldn’t be up to the stage that would be too difficult though. He believed the God that had been helping him right from the scratch would finish his work.
“Enter gently.” Nicholas told Anthony as he held his hand. As he raised his head up to view the inside of the place, his eyes met with that of Nancy. “Shit!” He muttered as he saw her.
He sniffled as he tried to take his eyes away but he saw that she started laughing. Craig was watching the two from where he was, all he was after was to really know what the truth was.
Nicholas dropped Anthony beside his mother and Victoria as he cloistered near Nancy and told her to come outside. Once he did that, he headed outside towards his car, backing the eateries.
Not quite long after, she came out slowly. Craig also left his seat when he noticed what was happening and followed slowly.
When he saw the way Nicholas was standing with her, he knew Nicholas would not be able to see him if he came out the place. He came out stealthily and stood by the other side of the car, listening slowly.
After listening for a moment, he smiled. He already got to know what he had always wanted. He turned to the other side of the car, smiling. “I heard everything.” He spoke.
** ** **
Nicholas thought he was just dreaming when he saw Craig and he said he heard everything already. Craig just grinned again as he stared at Nicholas. “You have been a tool greatly used to wash this Kingdom to the point of truth, Nick.”
He stopped abruptly and glimpsed at Nancy. “Sincerely, you are someone I admire a lot. Your passion to get the evil men, save those in one problem or the other. That means if I were to be in trouble too, you would have risked your life to save mine.” He stopped again.
“Now, are you satisfied?” Nicholas said to Nancy softly.
“I am not after any of you two again. The guy you saw me with is my fiancé now, so I have stopped having the ambition of getting you down, Nick. I have also stopped having the mindset of getting Craig back. I believe God juat wants to shed light.”
Just as they were talking, Henry arrived. He had gone out to play with some friends for a while. It was Nicholas that called him to come over to the place when he went to get Vivian and his son. Henry just entered, pretending as if he didn’t see them.
“Why did you now undergo that pain just to expose these people and bring out the truth?” Craig asked Nicholas.
“They murdered those who took care of me, they also murdered Doris and Stella’s parents.” He stated.
“You are justified. At least, you never killed anyone. Congratulations once again, The Unknown.” Craig grinned as he stretched his hand forward for a handshake. Just after the shake, he hugged him tightly. “Don’t think I’m after sending you to jail, I only want to know the reality and I have known what is what. God has blessed you by making you the Prince.”
Nicholas couldn’t believe his ears as he stood right there, wondering if he was dreaming or he heard all that for real. It was really true.
After wondering for some minutes, he started believing it really happened, not a dream. He also walked inside, looking so taciturn.
** ** **
The merriment continued. Nicholas had been a little bit reserved since he entered again. He didn’t want to believe all he had heard. Not quite long after he had been like that, Craig went to his side and tapped him. “I have a deal, Prince.” He told him.
He hurtled a gaze at him. “What?”
“I have been praying for an opportunity to do something like this, and I think this is the best atmosphere.” He paused.
“What exactly?” He asked.
“Doris.” He stated.
Nicholas grinned. “Really?” He fluttered to his feet.
Craig nodded. “I have been keeping the ring in my safe for a while now, is this not right enough?” He questioned.
“It is.” He told him, looking so happy.
“Okay, you’ll anchor as I start.” He told him as Craig rushed out to get the ring he had been keeping in his safe for a while. He prayed not to get a NO for an answer.
** ** **
Craig winked at Nicholas as he was ready for the show. Nicholas walked to the middle of the confinement and clenched his fingers together. “I want a perfect silence everyone.” He shouted and everywhere became quiet.
He wondered how he would start. “Something great has happened. A twinge of feelings and emotions, flowing together in the heart of just a man. I won’t spill the milk, I will let you hear from the mouth of the horse.” He said as he stood aside.
Craig was really shy to do that, but he had always wanted such an opportunity, he had to face it himself. He cleared his throat as he walked near where Doris was and stretched his hand forward to have her hand. “Come.” He said softly.
All eyes were on them. Doris never knew what was going on, she just stood and followed him. Just as they got to the center of the eateries, he stood before her, looking into her eyes for a moment.
“Action!” Nicholas exclaimed.
Craig went down with one of his knees instantly and brought out the ring. Suddenly the place became full of shouts. Stella was already on her feet with her hands on her mouth. “I have been waiting for an opportunity like this when I can speak out my mind to the best teammate I have ever worked with in my life. It has been so interesting working with you, I have gained, I have laughed, we have worked together and you have left me at the edge of my seat, hungry for your love. Doris Felicia, will you be my bride?” He finally concluded.
Doris covered her mouth with her two hands in a great surprise. She glanced at her sister for a moment and Nicholas. The two were raising their thumbs and telling her to say yes.
“Yes!” She finally let out.
The noise flooded the eateries. Craig finally slipped the ring into her finger as he stood up and hugged her.
Nicholas wiped his tears. He walked to Vivian and held her hands. Then he began to think as he hugged her firmly.
** ** **
I have faced the rights, the wrongs, the hurdles, happiness, joy and failures. I never let myself down till I got all I wished. I never let God out of my business till he directed me to where my everlasting happiness is.
The days I’d walk stealthily, the days I would march on the accelerator, the days I would not be able to sleep, the days I would not be outside to save, the days I was in the forest, the days I escaped bullets and death, the days I faced trials in various offices, the days I sent evidences. It has been God.
I watched Doris and Stella as they cried when their parents were killed. I was also in tears then. The whole story started from there and ended with tears of joy today as I watch them cry for joy.
Now I’m free, the heir apparent and with Vivian again? What else hasn’t God done for me. It has been him all the way.
Though THE UNKOWN is now KNOWN, he has been known for working rightly and celebrated for it, not known to be in jail.
** ** **
From my desk.
The Unknown is a story that teaches a man that even after everything, God is still the throne. Only those who walk with him are those who can have the testimony of a great end.
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I so much appreciate every reader. I sincerely love you from the depth of my heart. God bless you for the likes, comments, shares, mails and messages. I really love you. One thing is that The Unknown has ended in 2015, greater heights in 2016!
Let’s meet then and see what God has in stock for us!