MUCH ADO ABOUT LOVE

It was like eternity, but in reality it was just a few minutes past. He could not feel his spine, it was like his legs and everything below his waist had been replaced with a column of air. Blood was oozing out of his head but he was unbothered about that. He was more focused on the fact that he was not hearing voices audibly even though he was very sure the voices were just nearby. At this point, he tried with all his might for only the umpteenth time to part his eyelids so he could see the world at least for one more time. This time it took less effort than his previous futile attempts, and in a fraction of a second later his eyes were opened.

The first thing he saw was a trinity of stars hovering around his eyes. After two or three painful blinks, he could now see visibly and the next daunting task was to figure out exactly what was going on. It didn’t take him long to realise that he was being whisked on a stretcher at almost superhuman speed to the ER. He tried pushing his feeble mind to the events leading to his current predicament. All he could remember was his beloved fiancée, Ella, had asked him to rush to the nearby mart to get more eggs for the cake she was to bake. He thought further and remembered he was driving to Willy’s Mart and was listening to some classical songs he had just got from his sister as an engagement gift. He wanted to force a smile but the voices above him quickly reminded him of his current situation. Suddenly, he remembered something: he was singing joyfully and was about to make the turn into Willy’s Mart when he heard a loud honk and a split second later, a white delivery van was taking his car out of the way head on from the drivers’ side. He could remember he must have spun at least three times in the car as the impact was severe.

“How Ella must be waiting for me”, he thought. “Shit! Where’s Ella?!”

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The future Mrs Ella Duke was happily conversing with her bestie who had just come in to spend some quality time with her. She had finished mixing the part-dough for about four hours and was waiting for her fiancé to return with the eggs. But for the company of her ever-supportive best friend, she’d already have most certainly picked the phone to call him. She had known Freda almost all her life; from the days they were growing up in struggles to this time. Freda was the sibling she never had but always longed for. She wasn’t the only one that shared this wish; her parents also wanted more kids because they wanted a greater chance at family continuity. Ella was a gem to them, as they had her relatively late, but they’d have really loved to add two or three more children to the family, especially a son to carry the family name on.

This was the best time for Ella and Freda to reminisce, and they’d been doing just that. Freda had reminded Ella how she met Johnny Duke two years ago at a fundraiser her company had raised. Johnny was not the richest of guys out there but he had a huge charm coupled with a great personality. He was from a fairly wealthy home and was the only son, but he never let that get into his head. He worked hard to get to where he was and a fundraiser from an up and coming company was the perfect platform to garner more clientele for his equally newly established law firm. Well, Ella was blessed with divine beauty and Mr Duke Jnr. couldn’t take his eyes off her when she was cheering her friend giving the opening speech. He too was a handsome lad, well built and was overdosed in confidence. He walked up to exchange pleasantries with her, and the rest is history.

Not every parent was going to take lightly the fact that their only son was dating a girl who had been a stripper for three years, and the Dukes were no different. They were a strong Christian couple and believed in core values, and dancing erotically semi-naked on poles at pubs to ‘pitiable’ men didn’t count as a good value. At one point, they threatened to disown him if he didn’t leave the abomination he called his girlfriend. Although they didn’t disown him, they cut off all personal and financial ties with him and told him not to approach them again until he agreed to leave Ella. He tried convincing them that her past was past and the future held better, but to no avail. Freda was doing well to remind Ella of these sacrifices this man had made for her.

In her defense, Ella never wanted to be a stripper, no one does. She needed money to survive and her parents were out of job. She had tried working at a cafeteria before but she didn’t like the pay, and when she heard there was an opening at Rog’s Strips, she couldn’t pass the chance. Three years on and she’d been a client favourite; Rog wouldn’t let her leave just like that. Besides, she needed the money to pay for her university tuition.

The girls’ reminiscence came to a halt when Ella’s phone began to ring. She smiled as she saw who the caller was: her boyfriend of two years-now-fiancé. She was happy because in about a few months, she’d be a Mrs Duke in her own right.

“Hello honey”, she said while sporting a wide blushing smile, before putting the speakerphone on. The voice that replied wasn’t a familiar one. It wasn’t the smooth and calm voice of her lover, but rather a coarse and deep voice.

“Hello madam”, the voice replied. “I’m Doctor Kelly from Tamu hospital and I’m sad to inform you that your husband has been involved in a severe auto accident. Please come right away!”, the voice continued.

Ella was as perturbed as a mouse in a maze and didn’t know the first line of action to take. Freda had heard everything through the speakerphone and was equally bamboozled. However, she regained control of herself quicker, and did the honour of reaching out to Ella’s parents. There was no time to dress up, and Ella quickly took the key to the car Johnny had bought for her two months ago on, on her birthday.

The journey to Tamu hospital was light years away, at least for Ella. She was weeping even as Freda tried exacerbatingly to console her. She couldn’t stomach the sight of seeing the man she loved going through pains. She cast her mind back to almost a year back, when Johnny took almost all of his savings to pay for her final fees at the university and settled all her outstanding debts. That wasn’t all though, as three months after graduation she was diagnosed of cerebral haemorrhage and who else stepped up to help, other than Johnny himself?

It was a miracle how she simultaneously drove and flashed back without dire consequences. As soon as she was at the entrance to Tamu, she jolted herself out of the car and ran straight to the reception like a bull attacking a matador. She could smell blood everywhere and she prayed the blood of her fiancé wasn’t in the air. She ran to the front desk, with Freda running closely behind her; she was never the athletic type. She gave her name to the nurse on duty and requested to immediately be allowed to see her betrothed. She was ushered in to see the doctor first, citing that he had stressfully requested that Ella should be brought to see him before anything else, after all Duke was in ER and she was not going to be allowed in. The journey to see Dr Kelly was ages far to Ella, and she was already fearing the worst. She was thinking her man must have died; this would be the end of her world, she thought. She recollected how her parents always bemoaned that they had just one child and were so eager to see a grandchild soon. Her aged dad at one time joked that he’d be dead in a couple of years and would fancy himself being called a granny before he passed on. On numerous occasions, she’d sit and imagine what it’d be like to carry a pregnancy for nine months and feel the symbiotic partner kick her from within her stomach. How great that’d be, to have her parents smile and congratulate her when she’d give birth to a baby.

She was interrupted in her thoughts as the nurse introduced her to Dr Kelly, who wore a grim look on his obviously experienced face. It was obvious he was struggling to conceal a painful and bitter truth. He could see that Ella had cried a lot and her friend waiting for her was no different.

“Ella”, he started. “Your fiancé was rushed in here about four hours ago. I’m gonna be straight up with you, Ella. From the looks of things, the trauma caused a Class A damage to his sacral segments S4-S5. He’s suffered injury to his lower vertebral column and although it’s too early, we have observed that sensory function is lost. His conus medullaris suffered from the impact”.

He could see the perplexed look on Ella as she was struggling effortlessly both to stop crying and to grasp what he was saying.

“This means that Johnny might not be able to walk anymore. He’s lost all feelings below waist level and he might also be unable to get you pregnant. All hope is not lost though, because there are extensive rehabilitations that can help his condition and we have surgeons working around the clock to ensure………”

Those words were like a bomb to Ella. She could hear no further. In fact, she didn’t want to hear further. She was weeping profoundly even as the doctor continued to calm her. In all honesty, she was more perturbed about the future than the present – the prospect of not having a child with Duke. She wept out of the office and her friend waiting outside knew something was grave but gave her no respite from her cries. She could see her parents rushing in the hospital even though her eyes were teary. Her mom was already crying even though she was oblivious to the true seriousness of the incident.

Two minutes later, and Ella had explained everything to her parents in her typical direct manner. Freda had left the family to converse, and all she could hear in between spasms of cries were inaudible whispers. Suddenly, she heard her Ella’s mother shout:

“I’m sorry Ella, but you just cannot continue with this relationship! We want whats best for you and this is it!”

TO BE CONTINUED…….

What would you advise Ella to do?

DISCLAIMER: The characters in this article are purely fictitious. Any resemblance with any person, living or dead, is a coincidence and is never intended.

P.S, I wrote this piece on-the-go in a short time, developing the plot whilst typing. Please bear any inconsistencies in the story as it’s just a rushed piece of fiction. Just trying a different form of writing

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Dwayne Johnson Joining Batman vs. Superman?

He’d pass for Black Adam

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There have been lots of rumors surrounding the much-anticipated Batman vs. Superman movie. There have also been lots of Rumors surrounding the future of DC. One rumor in particular that has been going on for years is that Dwayne Johnson is attached to a DC project to play in. One of the rumors was that he was going to play Black Adam in the Shazam movie that was then discarded and was also rumored to play Lobo.

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Well, the Rumor is over because Dwayne Johnson will be in an upcoming DC movie, he confirmed it yesterday on his Twitter and this is what he had to say:

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So does this mean he will star in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie or will he be in an unknown DC movie? My guess is that he will be in the Upcoming Batman vs Superman movie. But, what character could he play?…

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SEVEN MOST ICONIC FILM CHARACTERS

It is not surprising that the latest trend is rebooting movies or making sequels to those extremely successful ones with strong cult followings. One can argue that there is nothing new under the sun; as such you don’t expect to always have a totally new story every time.

Some movies or shows have become immensely popular that the main characters are almost always remembered by that singular film. Over the years, there have been plenty of personalities emerging from movies or series. Nowadays, viewers still regard these personalities by the the most famous character they played.

Below, I have compiled a list of my top 7 most notoriously iconic characters, counted down chronologically:

7. Batman
Personally, watching Christian Bale play another character doesn’t give me as much joy as watching him play the hugely intelligent Batman by night and billionaire Bruce Wayne by day (step aside, Arrow). This comic hero is higher up this list because the role has been played by different actors since it was created in 1939. Also known as “the Caped Crusader” or “the Dark Knight”, Batman is the secret identity of Bruce Wayne. The most popular portrayal of Batman/Bruce Wayne is that by Christian Bale starting 2005 in Batman Begins. Bale’s role shot to more prominence in The Dark Knight as the villain in that movie was The Joker, played by Heath Ledger who died six months before its release. The movie is widely regarded by critics as one of the best superhero films ever made.

6. Lara Croft
Even though most strong recurring protagonists are males, Angelina Jolie shows she has a badass side to her beautiful face. The character of Lara Croft was initially in the limelight from the 1996 action/adventure game Tomb Raider. However, the 2002 movie adaptation, in which Angelina Jolie played the athletic Lara Croft shot the character to worldwide prominence. Famed with the classic pose in which she wears a sleeveless tank top on brown shorts while holding two pistols, Lara Croft has gone on to become one of the most revered TV characters of all time. The movie is currently the highest grossing video game to film adaptation worldwide (adjusted for inflation) and Lara Croft was recognized by Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘Most Successful Human Virtual Game Heroine’ in 2006.

5. James Bond
Arguably the most famous character, the 1953-created James Bond (code name 007) should be lower down this list. However, because the character has also been portrayed by more than one actor due to it’s frequent reboots, it is fair to place him here. Whoever plays Bond however has the characteristic traits of being witty, clever and technologically inclined. Bond is also famous for his line ‘the name is Bond….James Bond’ as well as his unwavering skills in getting hot damsels in bed outside while executing MI-6 missions. The spy is never shy of his high-tech gadgets and is always lucky to drive some of the best cars. Try watching Piers Brosnan in a movie as subtle as Mamma Mia! It was kind of weird because he perfectly played the Bond role from 1995 to 2002 most especially in Die Another Day.

4. Jack Sparrow
Forget Captain America or Captain Fantastic! We all love Captain Jack Sparrow! Johnny Depp gets all the plaudits for this one. From his unique looks to his annoying personality and further down to his bad personal hygiene and constantly failing trickery, this Pirates of the Caribbean character is one of the most famous ever! Basing his characterization on The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and cartoon character Pepé Le Pew, Johnny Depp went on to feature in the video game Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow. Spanning from 2003 to 2011, the film series brought us closer to the wonder that is Jack Sparrow and helped Johnny Depp become the highest paid actor in 2012, as stated by Guinness Book of World Records.

3. Mr Bean
You didn’t think he wouldn’t be here, did you? Rowan Atkinson’s character was literally a child in a grown man’s body. Suffice to say that he created the character himself. During its five year run, we were all in awe at the way Rowan made normal everyday activities so funny. Almost always sporting his trademark tweed jacket and skinny red tie, this hilarious buffoon entertained almost all ages of audiences worldwide. He needed not say a thing. Mr Bean vastly influenced Rowan Atkinson: for example, in movies such as Love Actually and Johnny English Reborn, he still depicted his comedic physical and visual style.

2. Jack Bauer
Jack is a real giant slayer! In the series 24, he slew almost all kinds of modern day giants! There’s no one on earth that would have played the character better than Keifer Sutherland. From 2001 to 2010, we were graced by Bauer. Working in the fictional Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) Jack displayed exceptional courage when needed. Keifer Sutherland couldn’t have been any better! His physique, voice and tone were perfect. As Jack Bauer, he speaks German, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Serbian with varying degrees. He flies planes and helicopters and is a no-nonsense go-to guy. He is very conversant with almost all kinds of weapons and explosives and is mostly always in top mental and physical form. His street-fighting skill is exceptional for someone who spent 15 years in the U.S Army. For his role as Jack Bauer, Sutherland was listed by Sky 1 as number one on their list of “TV’s Toughest Men”.

1. Harry Potter
A hugely successful book was followed by a hugely successful film adaptation. This is one movie with a strong cult following. When a movie spans 10 years and becomes the highest grossing film series of all-time in inflation unadjusted dollars, one would expect its main characters (titular protagonist in this case) to be revered.
Daniel Radcliffe first portrayed Harry Potter at age 11 and since then, the only place forward for him was onwards. A somewhat timid character, propelled by his own conscience, Potter was on a mission of self-discovery. He had to defeat the most evil and fearsome wizard known to mankind (and wizardkind). He is a gentle and humble lad, but often impulsive. Harry conjured a patrons at a tender age, could speak parseltongue, and was most particularly talented. During the period he played Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe was not involved in other movies. He was hugely popular and even with the end of the film series, Radcliffe remains a hero.

Do you think there are others I might have missed out? Feel free to add in the comments section. Constructive criticisms allowed also.  If you enjoyed this post, please share. Thanks for reading.