^ Stone ^
I walked to my father’s apartment.
He was approaching his office with a bald headed short man.
I watched as they entered. I finally got to his office and planted a soft knock on the door.
“It’s me dad.” I said loudly.
“Five minutes.” He said and I waited for him at the corridor of his office
I saw the man walked out and I checked my wrist watch: it was exactly five minutes.
I walked inside to meet father.
“How are you doing , son?”
“I’m not fine. I fired Jan and his boys but they told me that only you could fire them. What’s going on?”
My dad sighed and his face dropped into a serious one.
“Well , they saved your life.”
“Remember the story that was narrated to you by the doctor, how you were burnt and stuffs.”
“Yeah , I remembered.”
“Your face was burnt and… We actually replaced Jan’s original face with it. Now , you are fine. But the face you see on Jan is your face. We did it through a plastic surgery just so I can be remembering how you use to look like. “
I looked at my father, startled.
“If you are still wondering why we can’t fire Jan and his boys. Jan would be having a face cancer soon. Probably in the next six years cause the face surgery we did for him has a severe consequence. That was what we could have done for you but because I can’t let you be a cancerous patient in the coming years , we did it for Jan instead. “
“Is Jan aware of this? That he would have face cancer after six years?”
“Yes.” My father said softly.
“And he agreed. What the…” I looked away in utmost surprise.
“Jan made this sacrifice for me?”
“Yes, and for your skin, his boys donated it. We can not be an ingrate and fire them.”
“Dad! This tattoo in my lap is the only thing that never get burnt in my lap, right?”
“Yes, your private part and that part of your lap was never burnt. “
“Okay….Ava has the same tattoo I have. “
“Ava! Ava! ” my dad repeated.
“Did you know her?”
“Erm.. No….where did you meet her?”
“She is my current maid. I found out we have the same tattoo.”
“Well , maybe she went to go and draw it so you can like her or something.”
“No , she never even liked me. I think the tattoo has being on her lap for a long time.”
“I know nothing about that.” My dad said firmly and I exhaled heavily.
I stood. “See you some other time , dad.”