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45 Days - Season 1 - Episode 20
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Source: coolval22
DAY TWENTY

Effe’s gloom persists as they drive along. She sits huddled in her seat, slipping in and out of dozes as Chris drives.


She is a good surgeon, and always delivers more than her best efforts when she dons surgical gear and picks up surgical instruments.
She is a professional who knows that sometimes some battles in the theatre just can’t be won, and she is strong enough to move on when the unfortunate happens.

But the other day she has experienced a vulnerability she has never experienced before.
The Siamese twins had been having it tough. There had been no hope of their survival.

Seeing their innocent pretty faces, she had been touched somewhere deep in her heart.
The other baby will be fine, but she had lost the other one. Try as hard as she could, she hadn’t been able to save the tot.


Maybe it is a mixture of the strong emotions she has been experiencing these past days, and the fact that she is also in desperate need of a child.


She had spent a wonderful evening with Chris at a recreational garden, and he had later dropped her off at home, but she had not been able to sleep.


She knew, as the night approached, that she was too restless to be alone, and so she had called him again, and he had come to take her out.


She had not asked where they were going.

He always surprised her, and she loved it.

She begins to doze again and suddenly the car comes to a stop.



CHRIS

Asleep?


EFFE

Hm. Almost.




CHRIS

Good. We’re here.
She sits up slowly.


EFFE

Your place?


CHRIS

No.

She looks round. It is quite dark. She looks at the time on the dashboard of the car. It is approaching 10.00 p.m.

She does not recognize where they are. There is an arch-like structure in front of her, and it is the entrance into a place which is fenced by walls so high she is startled.

It reminds her of prison walls, although this wall is covered with the most beautiful stone designs she has ever seen.

There is a sign on each side of the arch that says:

TAXIS AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES NOT ALLOWED.
EFFE


Chris? Where are we?
He smiles.


CHRIS

WaterWorld.



EFFE

(with a chuckle)
What?

CHRIS
Come with me and see.
He is parked at a marked parking space in front of the building. He gets out, comes round the car, and opens the door for her.
She gets up and stretches, and then sees the beautiful neon-lit sign at the top of the arch:
WATERWORLD
EXPERIENCE A SLICE OF PARADISE
YOU ARE WELCOME

EFFE

(in an awed voice)
What is this place?

Steve locks the car doors with the remote. He walks with her to the entrance of the arch.
The doors are glass, but there is a Security Post at the entrance. A large security man appears from the booth and faces them.


SECURITY GUARD

Hello, welcome to WaterWorld.


CHRIS

Thank you, Boss. May we go in?

The man’s smile vanishes and he looks grim suddenly.



SECURITY GUARD

May I see your membership card, please?
Chris looks at Effe and smiles sheepishly.


CHRIS

I don’t have a membership card. Mr. Bernard Kutin told me I could come here anytime and spend some hours here.

The security guard begins to shake his head.


SECURITY GUARD

Mr. Kutin? The owner?


CHRIS

Yes.


Effe is beginning to feel a little bit uncomfortable.


EFFE

What’s this place, Chris? And who’s this Mr. Kutin? Another man whose wife you know?


CHRIS

I know him and his wife. I’ve been buying kelewele and hausa kooko for his wife when she was pregnant. I had to drive to Odorkor almost every evening to buy his wife hausa kooko and kelewele. Mr. Kutin told me I could come here anytime.


SECURITY GUARD

But that is not done, Sir! You need a Membership Card to enter. It is for members only.


CHRIS

Mr. Kutin told me I could come here anytime. Call him and ask him.

Effe takes Chris’ arm and laughs.


EFFE

Let’s get out of here, Chris. You should’ve called this Kutin ahead of time. Now it seems we’re embarrassing ourselves.

Suddenly a car approaches the entrance. It is a very beautiful and sleek Mercedes Benz. Chris and Effe step to one side.

The car stops and the window rolls down. The man inside is dressed in an expensive-looking black suit and white shirt with a matching black tie. He is thin and has a shock of iron-grey hair.


SECURITY GUARD

Aha, Mr. Katoto, you can help us out here. This gentleman says he’s a friend of Mr. Kutin. He’s here without a membership card.
The man glances at Chris, takes in his T-Shirt and jeans with disdain and flicks his wrist to look at his watch.


MR. KATOTO

Hello. I’m Annor Katoto, General Manager of WaterWorld. I’m afraid you need a membership card to enter WaterWorld. And it is very expensive.

Chris throws up his hands in exasperation.


CHRIS

But Mr. Kutin said I could come any time. Call him and ask him!


EFFE

Chris, please, stop making a scene! Let’s go to your place, or take me home, please.



MR. KATOTO

Listen, young man, even if what you say is true, Mr. Kutin is out of town. He’s in Paris as we speak. Now, if we had even been able to call him, he would’ve directed us to give you a place at the Economy Tower. All the Economy Towers and the Regular Towers are booked. What is left is the Premier Towers and the Executive Towers.



CHRIS

So why can’t we have the Premier Towers?
The security guard laughs. Effe is now getting very embarrassed. She grips Chris’ arm hard.


EFFE

Chris, please! Let’s get out of here.


MR. KATOTO
Young man, the Premier Towers are a thousand five hundred cedis a night. If you can come another time, maybe.


CHRIS

Why don’t you just call Mr. Kutin?


EFFE

Chris!


MR. KATOTO

(his voice now harsh, angry and filled with disdain)

Why don’t YOU call him, young man?
Chris shrugs.


CHRIS

Okay, fine, I will. I didn’t store his number. It’s on the card, I guess.

He takes out his wallet, opens it, flips some compartments, and then he retrieves a very beautiful gold-laminated card.

At the sight of the card the security man gasps, and Mr. Katoto’s face is suddenly filled with panic.

He gets out of his Mercedes quickly and takes the card from Chris.


MR. KATOTO

(voice now gentle and a bit unsteady)
Why didn’t you say he gave you a Gold Pass? Please, did you bring any luggage, Mister….?


CHRIS

Chris. Chris Bawa.


MR. KATOTO

Sorry, sorry! I’m extremely sorry. Open the gates, Mr. Danso!


SECURITY GUARD

Yes, sir!

The security man presses a button, and the big bar across the entrance lifts up, and the huge glass gates slide open.

Mr. Katoto opens the back seat of his Mercedes.


MR. KATOTO

Please, do sit down. Did you bring any luggage?


CHRIS

No.

Effe and Chris slide into the back of the sleek Mercedes.

Mr. Katoto climbs in behind the wheel, and drives through the entrance.

Effe looks at Chris for a long time, and when he looks at her she smiles, and doesn’t bother to hide her profound admiration.

She has never been this impressed with any man in her life. He is looking at her with a goofy expression on his face, and she smiles with her heart on her face, and reaches out to grasp his hand.

The car rounds a bend, and she gasps at the sheer beauty she sees.

It looks like a scene straight out of a fantasy.
There are administration buildings, well-demarcated car parks, breath-taking gardens and scenery.

What blows her mind are the buildings on the water.

It is a rather large expanse of water, maybe a man-made lake.

The buildings are mostly made with glass, and they are standing right on top of the water on metallic stilts.

The lake is well-lit with romantic colours. The buildings are not too tall, but they are demarcated by beautiful fantasy figures that rise from the lake.


EFFE

(with amazement)
My Lord! Are you sure we’re in Ghana? This is the most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen!


CHRIS

(smiling a pompous smile)
Are you glad we came here?
She looks up at him and raises a hand and touches his face tenderly.


EFFE

You’re a very bad boy, Chris Bawa! I love it!
Mr. Katoto drives on a well-lit street along the waterfront, then goes in a curve to another waterfront and then he stops.

He opens his door.


MR. KATOTO

Please, come with me.

They also get out.

Effe sees that there are lighted glass booths along the bank of the lake, and little canoes fitted with outboard motors.

A smartly-dressed young man emerges from one of the booths.


EFFE

Waow. I love this place!

Mr. Katoto addresses the young man.

MR. KATOTO
Attah, kindly take our guests to Executive Tower Four.

Kindly like our page:
http://www.faceb ook.com /howtobakeit


ATTAH

Yes, sir, Mr. Katoto!

The General Manager turns to them and smiles sheepishly.


MR. KATOTO

(in a humbled voice)

You can stay for as long as you want, please. You should’ve told me you had a personal gold card from Mr. Kutin. I’m sure you wouldn’t tell Mr. Kutin that we gave you a bad reception.


CHRIS

Well, I for one-
Effe clamps a hand on Chris’ mouth and smiles as she addresses Mr. Katoto.


EFFE


You did what a good manager should do, Mr. Katoto. And we’re most pleased with your help. We would let Mr. Kutin know what a great assistance you gave us.


MR. KATOTO

Thank you, thank you, Madam. Have a great stay. Let me know if you need anything. Perhaps you would care for something to nibble on? I recommend our special chicken, beef and lamb nibs.



EFFE

Hmm, my mouth is watering already. We would appreciate that very much, thank you!
Mr. Katoto beams with satisfaction, shakes their hands, gives the gold card back to Chris, and then helps them get into one of the canoes.
Attah starts the engine and drives them across to a secluded C-shaped building on the lake.
When Effe enters, she is knocked for six at the amazing luxurious interior. It is the most beautiful room she has ever entered.



CHRIS

Wow. This is beautiful!
The curtains are classic venetian blinds, the carpet ankle deep and oriental. The L-shaped seats are of the highest quality leather. The whole decor, complete with a mini-bar, is absolutely classic.


There is a dining area, a relaxation area that opens unto a porch over the lake, and a small study replete with shiny oak desk, chair, drawers and other office accoutrements.
An ornate oak door opens into

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