ON THE 16th FLOOR...
Once they arrived in Cox Bazaar they have gone directly to
the local luxuary hotel,called the Raj Hotel.It was a natural consequence of all
of their experiences and simply of the fact that they were tired beyond
imagination.They dreamt of a rest.They were lucky to get an apartment on the
sixteenth floor with three separate rooms and two bathrooms.Melissa
Charleroi,naturally,was a queen who got the best:a room with a balcony
overlooking the local,tremendously pictureusque city square and a bathroom which
was reserved only for her.Tadek Vangard and Steven Mac Dantosch had also their
own separate rooms but only one bathroom which they had to share.It was already
late afternoon and an evening soon afterwards.Melissa Charleroi seemed to be
unusually brave and even prepared cups of tea for everyone.They were called by
her to the balcony and when they entered one they smelled quite an oriental
aroma of the local tea,which they bought earlier the day while they walked
through the square to the hotel.They sipped tea from their cups slowly,thinking
a lot,feeling embarrassed…
-“You don’t like me here with you,do you?”- They heard suddenly the girl's
voice.Their heads sprung from above their cups and they looked into the crystal
blue eyes of the girl.They were astonished to see tears in her eyes.They felt
awful and had impression that if the situation was going to stay a bit longer
like that then tears might stand in everybody’s eyes.They felt mountainous
shame before this girl,despite that they were her saviours.They felt the shame
because of the evil some human beings are capable to do…Because of what she
has expierenced…There were no words for that…Simply evil,evil,evil!…
Steven Mac Dantosch pushed aside his cup of tea.
-“I can't stand this anymore!”- He bursted aloud.-“You should go back to
your parents! Don’t you see it? You are a child! You must go home! Tomorrow we
will go to Dhakka and will leave you at the Belgisch Embassy.They will bring you
back to your parents.”
Unbeliavable happened at that moment:Melissa Charloroi sprung to her feet and
jumped over the balustrade of the balcony.Now she was hanging and holding
herself by one hand only on one of the guard-rails.
Tadek Vangard and Steven Mac Dantosch jumped off their chairs but before they
found themselves next to the hand-rail of the balustrade they were stopped by
-“Don’t move a step further!”- She shouted.-“If you do it I let myself
-“Melissa,hold yourself strong…Try to catch the rail by another hand…”-
Tadek Vangard whispered to her aloud.He felt as if he himself were hanging ,on
one only thin hair.He felt horror-strucked.
-“Melissa,let me come over to you and help you to get back onto the
balcony…-“ Steven Mac Dantosch felt no less horror-strucked than his friend
-“No even one step forward!…”- Melissa Charleroi warned them.Something had
to be done and fast.She was visibly more and more tired.A bit longer like this
and it could be too late…Even for her,even if she changed her mind…She hung
high above the ground,on the sixteenth floor!…Going down there would mean
nothing less than juast death!
-“What do you want? What do you expect from us?”- Steven Mac Dantosch felt
that this question he has just thrown at her was the last anchorage.
-“I do not want to go back to my parents! They forgot me! I hate them! I want
to be together with both of you! I feel safe only with you! Let me stay with
you! “- Melissa Charleroi shouted back. Steven Mac Dantosch and Tadek Vangard
gave to each other piercing glances.They knew already what an answer they had
-“Yes,we agree,but…for God’s sake…hold yourself strong…I go to
you…”Steven Mac Dantosch answered to her demand for both of them.He thought
he will die from anxiousness.
He tried to make a move forward.
-“Stop! Don’t move a step further!”- She shouted again.
-“That’s not enough!”
Steven Mac Dantosch did not understand.
-“You have to swear…Both of you…”
-“O.K.,Melissa,I swear…”- Steven Mac Dantosch felt the last seconds,the
judges of life and death,were sprinting towards the final meters.God,he might be
-“I swear,too,Melissa…”- Tadek Vangard was no less alarmed than his
-“O.K.You can help me to get back onto the balcony.God…I have no more
strength!…I am falling down!…”
But Steven Mac Dantosch jumped over the balustrade of the balcony like if down
there was just a swimming pool and when she was already falling down he caught
her with one of his hands and,perhaps,he would also be falling down with
her,holding her but unable to do anything else,if not the fact that Tadek
Vangard caught him by his legs and now there was a very dramatic
situation:Steven Mac Dantosch holding the girl and hanging in the air while
Tadek Vangard held his legs with the last of his strength fast escaping him.
-“Tadek,hold only one my leg.”- Steven Mac Dantosch shouted.-“I'll try to
catch the rail by my another leg.”
Tadek Vangard did as his friend said.He knew only one thing now:he would never
let this leg of his friend go loose,he would die and he would still hold his
leg.Perhaps the executioners wanted him dead but not he.Steven Mac Dantosch had
to do now the impossible.God,it looked like Mission Impossible!In order to be
able to do anything he freed one of his hands and now was holding the girl with
only one hand.She in the meantime was strangely silent,like if she found a
peace,long denied to her,just right now.Steven Mac Dantosch managed to fix the
freed leg in between the rails of the balustrade and then,with all the
strength,began to get nearer and nearer the balustrade’s rails with one of his
hands while holding the girl strongly with the other hand.Finally he
succeded.His hand caught the rail.
From now on it was only a matter of seconds when they all found themselves back
on the balcony,happy beyond imagination.
They sat down back to their cups of tea.Although tea was no longer hot,not even
warm,they enjoyed it and had feeling of freshness as if they just woke up from
two nights of good sleep.What wonders happiness could do!
-“I propose we get fully aquainted to each other…”-Steven Mac Dantosch
said after a moment of silence.-“Melissa,do you want to say to us a bit about
yourself now or,perhaps,you prefer to leave it for tomorrow? “
-“I think I rather say it all now.”- She said bravely.
What she narrated afterwards no human ear should hear.Steven Mac Dantosch and
Tadek Vangard felt as if they found themselves in hell and despite their
objections,had to have dances with devils.They could not comprehend that an
angel could find herself among devils and what she narrated was just like
this.The only little light in all of her story was that they knew now who her
parents were and where they lived.They were sure there will come time she will
be reunited with them.They will persuade this to her so long until it will
happen.They will protect her in the meantime.
Finally,she was over with her narration.There was nothing but silence.But also
relief.They felt it had to be good to her.Up from now she could always feel that
her past sufferings were no longer locked inside her mind but shared with her
friends.Her memories might be now less distressful to her and she might be able
to get over them and return to normalcy.They knew the process of healing will be
long lasting.The first step,however,was done.This was half success,taking into
the account that the first step usually is the most difficult.There are people
around the world who were never able to overcome their fears and have never done
that first step,a monumental,seven-league one…
-“Melissa,you must hear also our stories,not as devilish as what happened to
you,but also beyond apprehension…There are clouds of whatever dangers hanging
above our heads…”
They narrated now their stories to Melissa Charleroi,about the special
intelligence agencies from both sides of the Iron Curtain,CIA and KGB
especially,which seemed to have been always at their heels,about the agents of
Interpol who tried to catch Steven Mac Dantosch because of a murder he never
committed and about Harry Gullivers and his “Hell Angels”…
-“As you see,your staying with us might be also dangerous to you.I still
think,Melissa,you should rather return to your parents…”- Steven Mac
When he,however,looked into her eyes and saw an expression on her face he
immiadiately corrected himself:”Of course,the decision belongs to you.”
-“I stick to my decision.I prefer to stay with you.”- Melissa Charleroi
-“You are not afraid?”- Tadek Vangard asked with incredulity.
-“No,I am not afraid.I know that I can trust both of you and that is enough
for me.”- She answered most emphatically.
-“Welcome then in the club!”- Steven Mac Dantosch joked.-“In fact the club
is existing just up from now,after you,Melissa,joined us.”
Melissa Charleroi began to laugh.Tadek Vangard and Steven Mac Dantosch,too.It
was good to see and feel that this angelic,golden haired girl did already so
much progress in her mental return to the normal world…To be continued...
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