Tuesday, 19 June 2018

COLD HEARTED Episode 15-16

She's such a bully. I looked at the note on the ground then looked back at her with a smile. "Why should I pick it up? You were the one that dropped it not me. You should pick it up yourself"I said looking at her. I jerked off her hand and walked out.
I saw the students staring at me as I walk. I wonder if we were acting. This school is really something else. A girl came running to me. "Wow. You're so bold. Am Nina can we be friends?"she said stretching her hand for a shake. I ignored her and kept moving. "What class are you? Are you a new student? What's your name?"she asked following me. I stopped and turned to her. "Why are you bothering me so much. Just go your way I don't want to get in any more trouble with you guys"I said looking at her. She looked down feeling bad. I think I was too harsh because, am still angry over the incident earlier. "Am sorry miss. I mean I don't feel like talking right now"I said in a calm voice. "Ok. Am sorry if I overreacted. I was just impressed by your attitude towards Christiana back there. I mean you really nailed it right."she said smiling. "Is that suppose to be a compliment?"I asked. "But will you be okay later?"she asked staring at me? "Why won't I?"I asked. "Christian won't let it slide. It's rear for students to face her the way you just did back there. She's just as poisonous as a snake. You have to watch out for her"she said staring at me. I can't believe what she's saying right now. "Oh was that the reason you guys gathered around us?"I asked. "Of course. You caught the attention of the students. My mouth was hung open when I saw the scene."she replied sounding more terrified. "Is that it?"
"What class are you?"she asked. "Senior class C"I replied. "Oh my God!"she said looking surprised. "Why?"I asked. "What a coincident. You're in the same class with us. So you and Christiana would also be in same class? Wow this is becoming interesting."she said smiling. I was staring at her as she talk. What a weird girl. I thought to myself. "Anyway, what's your name?"she asked.
"Am ellie daniels"I replied. She smiled and linked her arm with mine. "So,We are friends from now on"she said smiling.
Christina's pov
I left the scene and went to the girl's rest room feeling angry. When I got there, I threw the note book on the ground angrily. "You crazy brat. Wait and see how I get you. You've picked a live snake with bear hands wait and see how painful it bite stings. You won't get away with it this time"I said breathing heavily. I took my phone and dial Anne's number. "Hello you guys should all meet me at our joint"I said and hung up.
Ellie's pov
During maths period, the teacher wrote some problems on the board and asked if anyone could solve it. They whole class started murmuring and making noise. "Quiet!"he shouted and everywhere was silent again. "I gave you guys examples but you're still finding it difficult to solve this? Who among you can solve this correctly?"he asked the class. I was already solving the equations on my note books as he speaks. "Anyone who solve this correctly would be giving 10points for it"he said and the whole class all look at Christiana who was sitting In the third row from my desk. She looked at me badly and stood up. She walks towards the board and took the marker from the teacher. She started solving it and in few minutes, she drops the marker. "That's the final answer sir"she said smiling. I looked at my notebook then look at the board. The equation she solved had a mistake somewhere. The answer is not correct. "Are you sure this is the final answer?"the teacher asked again. I raised up my hand looking at the board. "Yes daniels do you wanna solve this?"he asked. I stood up and walked to the board. She was surprised when I came out. I look at her face before taking the marker. I solved mine at one side of the board. I finished solving and dropped the marker. "That's the correct answer sir"I said. "Wow. Can you all give a round of applause to ellie"he said and the whole class clap their hands. "You guys can go back to your seats. Christiana made a little mistake here, she would have gotten the answer correctly only if she had done it carefully. So, Ellie just got the 10points."the teacher said and they all gave another round of applause. She stared at me badly before moving back to her seat.
Few minutes later, the class was over and we were on break. We all have to eat at the school dinning hall. Anita took me there and were on the line because we met students there. "You're so smart. How could you solve that though algebra equation in no time"she said. "Well, it's not that though if you've been practising more on it before"I replied smiling. Soon it was our turn. We collected our food and took our tray to an empty table. I sat down and she was sitting opposite to me. Just as we were about eating, Christiana arrived with three other girls. They stopped before me holding their trays. I thought they wanted to sit and eat on the same table with us but I was wrong. "You taught you won right? But that's not the end yet. You're a f*cking loser to me."she said looking at me. She turned over my tray with the food in it. everything poured on the table and went down on my skirt too. "Oops! My hand slipped"she said laughing with the other girls. Anita's mouth was wide open in surprise. I sat there not saying a word. Students around us started watching and murmuring to themselves. Some were even videoing us. "Let's go girls"she said and they all left to another table. I held my fist so tight in anger but I couldnt do anything. "Uh this girl is really something. I told you she would get back. What will you do now?"Anita said feeling bad. I stood up from my seat and left the hall. I went to the girls rest room to clean up the mess. "You're just worst than a witch. Evil like the devil. Hmph I'll try to hold in my anger and be patient. Mum told me not to get in trouble if not, I know what to do with someone like you. Am not an easy girl too"I said as I wash my skirt. After I finished cleaning up, I opened the door to leave. I saw her right there again waiting for me. I closed the door and folded my arms together looking at her"What do you want again? Are you now satisfied? I purposely ignored what you did back there because I have my reasons. Since you do all you wish, I think we can stop getting on each other's nerve from now on. Is that clear?"I said looking her in the eyes. But she laughed instead. "That's not possible. I haven't done anything yet. That's was just an accident like I said earlier. My hand slipped. You have to be prepared and wait for the worst"she said looking at me.
Noah's pov
David, Mathew and I were playing game on our way to the basketball room. The rule is anyone that fails would be giving silly punishment by the other two people and he must do it at all cost. It sounds interesting to me so I continued. We all brought out our phone and were playing our favourite combat game. Mathew won and was out leaving I and David to continue. I wanted to win so I could tell David to take off his trouser and walk like that in his boxers till we get to the basketball room. It's funny right? We continue playing for minutes without a winner or loser. "Who will lose? You guys are really trying hard to win"Mathew said jokingly. Just as we were playing, I was distracted by the thoughts of ellie. The time I saw both of them at the party. I have always wanted to ask if something was going on between them but I think the question would sound weird to him. So I bother not to ask but it still bothers me a lot since then. "I won!"I heard David scream. "Oh shit!"I said after realizing he really won. "Should I go ahead with my punishment?"david asked looking at me. I just hope it won't be something crazy. "You guys cheated"I said not agreeing I lose. "Come on. You remember the rule right. Just accept you lose and take your punishment"Mathew said and David supported him. "Ok ok. What is it?"I asked looking at them. "Mine is hop on one leg till we get to the basketball room"David said. I laughed and thought to myself that mine was even worst than his if only I had won. "Ok. It's not that hard I think. What of you Mathew?"I asked looking at him but he started smiling foolishly. Hope this guy won't ask me to do something stupid. "Why are you smiling? Talk"I said. "OK. be prepare for mine as it's a bit crazy."he said grinning.
"Mine is..."he stopped and stared at both of us as we listen attentively to hear the rubbish he was about to say out. "Kiss the first girl that will come out next from that ladies restroom."he said pointing there.
"What?"David and I said at the same time. "Why will you say such thing. People will think am a pervert?"I said looking at him. "Remember the rule. You must do it even if it's just a Peck"he said grinning more wider. "Mathew You're too much"David said laughing. "O..ok I'll do it but a Peck would be better. I just hope the girl won't start hunting me later after I do it"I said. We all faced the corner and was expect the person that'll come of there.
Soon, we heard some foot steps. Looks like two people are coming. I thought to myself looking at the wall as the footsteps became closer. Someone steps out from the corner walking towards us and another person followed. The first girl is.... The first girl is ellie? I can't just believe this. Why is she here and in my school? And she's putting on our school uniform too. What's happening?
Me and David looked at each other while Mathew was just smiling. I looked back at her. She had stopped when she saw us. She stood there staring at us with a shocking expression. I looked behind her and saw Christiana also looking at me.
"What are you doing? Go ahead and do it"Mathew said smiling innocently.
What's this? Am I to kiss ellie right now? Am to kiss her as Mathew said. I didn't expect it to be with her. Would it be possible to do that right now? I thought to myself staring at her in confusion while Christiana was also staring at me behind her

Ellie's POV
I think he was surprised to see me. But the way he was staring at me was a so confusing. David was also staring at me while the other guy beside them kept smiling. I was thinking of a way to explain to him on how I got here, but he was already walking towards me. He stopped when he got to my front."It was actually...."he drew me closer to his body and what I was about to say disappeared from my memory. He stared into my eyes for while and my heart went thump! Thump! Thump faster than normal. What is he trying to do? Why is he holding me in this position? He can't possibly want to... He drew my face closer and crushed his lips down on mine before I could gather my thoughts together. My eyes were widely opened in shock. What has gotten into him? Why did he do this? Noah actually kissed me?"I thought to myself with my heart beating faster. Few seconds later, I quickly pulled away staring at him in confusion. He was not able to say anything but with the look on his face, he didn't regret doing it either. I was dumbfounded.
Noah's POV
when I kissed her, she pulled away and was staring at me. "Wow! That looks so real"i heard Mathew's voice behind. How do I explain this situation to her? She looks so confused and shocked. "A...am sorry ellie. It was..."she didn't let me finish the statement before walking out on me quickly. I turned back and watched her leave. I looked at David who was also surprised by what I just did. He couldn't also believe I can do that to her. Christiana came to me looking so angry. "You're so horrible Noah. I can't just believe this"she said and walked out angrily. "Nice one bro. But the kissing was too longer than a quick peck"Mathew said smiling. "Am sorry I need to go guys"I said and left them.
I searched everywhere for ellie but could not find her. I wonder where she left to. I feel so worst to see her act that way. But I feel more terrible to say am sorry after the kiss.
Ellie's POV
I went to one of the empty classrooms and sat there alone. I was thinking of the kiss. The moment kept flashing back to my head every seconds. Why? Why did he do that. Was he doing it for fun to show his friend how lowly I am?. How can he take me for that?
That was my first kiss. How can he just take it easily like that? Why in the world is he doing all this to me."I thought to myself feeling bad. My phone was ringing and I checked to find out he was the one calling. I didn't pick it and it rings again multiple times. Soon a massage came in from him. "Where are you?"I took my phone and switched it off feeling more angry.
I was in the empty room till the school closed. After closing hour, I went to class for my bag. On getting there, I met my desk being messed up with markers and Biro. "Die you bitch!" "Transfer from this school or you'll see hell"
"Crazy girl" "prostitute. How many men have you slept with?" "Die!" "I hate you" It was written all over my desk like that. I got more angry and frustrated. "Who the did this. Come out and say it to my face instead"I shouted. The remaining students in the class all were staring at me. "The person that did this should come out"I yelled again. Just then, Christiana and the three girls appeared holding their school bags. "Why are you making so much noise? Are you a dog?"she said and the rest bursted into laughter. "Did you guys do this?"I asked. "And what if we do, what can you do about it?"she replied smiling. "I warned you before didn't I?"I said staring at her. "Hey. Is your brain faulty? Who are you to talk to her like that?"one of the girl said pushing me by the shoulder. Christiana raised her up at the girl telling her to stop. She stepped back and Christiana moved closer to me. The class were videoing this as usual. "I told you it's just the beginning. And your guts has no limit. How could you to Noah?"she said staring at me badly. I just feel like snapping her neck and strangle her. "I would just warn you to Stay away from him. Since you don't know, I'll tell you now. NOAH IS MINE! if you ever get involve in him again, I'll show you the way to hell"she said and walked out with her gang. I stood there angrily. "Fine. Let's see how far we can go with each other."I said in anger. I took my bag and also headed out of the class.
When I got home, I didn't meet mum. I called her on phone and she told me she went out to buy some things. I sat down on the bed not feeling happy. I took off my uniform and changed into my casual wear.
I sat there on the stood thinking about the whole situation back in school. My first day in school was a very big disaster. "You're such a bad jerk Noah. I hate you more. You said you've changed but you're worst. You only think about yourself. you don't care how you hurt others feels."I said sadly.
My phone started ringing and I took it from my side. I saw it's Noah calling. I decided to pick it this time. "Please can we meet? Come to the bench outside I'll be waiting for you"he said and hung up.
I brought down the phone from my ear slowly. "You dare to call me out after what you did? You're so shameless"I said and went to bed. I got on top of it to sleep but later got up again feeling uncomfortable. I think I should make some things clear to him and draw a line between us from now on. Even if we work for him, we have our right and prides too. I got down from bed and walked towards the door.
I went to the place he mentioned and found him standing and moving around restlessly. I walked up to him and folded my arms. "Why did you call me?"I asked and he quickly turned to me. "About what happened today, am so..."
"Stop!"I said not looking at him. "You want to say you're sorry again?"I asked. He didn't say anything but kept staring at me. "That word hurt me more. When you know you'll feel sorry towards me after doing it, why did you do it in the first place? Am I that low? Do you have fun doing it? I must be crazy to think you really changed not knowing you've became worst. I must say it even if you'll end up throwing us out of your house. I don't care anymore. Do you know the gravity of what you took from me? Yes fine. You might have kissed countless of ladies. A kiss must nothing to you but it's a million to me."I said in anger with tears filled in my eyes. "How could you do such thing. Why? Why? Why did you do that noah!"I said calling him by his name for the first time.
"Because I like you. No I love Ellie."he said looking at me. "What?"I asked looking surprise. Am sure I heard him right."Yes I do love you ellie. I was wrong for saying sorry after the kiss. I was actually not sorry after doing it because I didn't regret my action. You might think am crazy but am not. I know what am saying. I started developing this silly strange feelings for you recently. It grows bigger each day I tried to force myself not to. I think I don't need to hold it in any longer"he said looking at me. I remembered the day he told me about someone he likes and how he changed because of her. I was wondering if that was a different lady or it's me"who's the girl you were talking about that day? Me?"I asked looking at him. "Yes you are."he replied. I think this is a dream. Someone need to wake me up before it goes too far. Noah of all people developed interest in me? He fell for a common me the cook's daughter. That'll be the last thing I'll ever think of about him. I know him to be a rude and cold hearted guy. I thought he hates me. But he's the one confessing his love right in front of me now.
"I know it might sound weird and unbelievable to you but am been sincere right now. Am not saying you should love me back. You own your heart and the decision is yours. But at least I want you to know that. I think my mind would be freed now that I said everything out to you."he said looking at me calmly.
I didn't say anything but looking like someone who just did something bad. I feel bad all of a sudden. What am I suppose to say to this? I love him too? Am not even sure of my feelings right now. I have no idea of what to do or say to him.

To be continued
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COLD HEARTED Episode 13-14

Noah's pov
My sister would arrive from Canada today, I went to the airport to welcome her. I was standing there at the airport holding bunch of flowers in my hand. The place was a bit crowdy. people were also beside me waiting for someone to return. Some were holding a board with the name of the person on it. Some were already welcoming their relatives. While some people were moving to and fro with box or bags. I stood there patiently waiting for my sister.
After waiting for almost 15 minutes, I saw her approaching with a box. I smiled and waved my hands at her so that she could see me. She also smiled as she got closer. She finally got to me a we gave each other side hug. "Welcome"I said and handed the flower to her. "Wow. Little brother has really changed. I can't believe you actually brought my favourite flower"she said and received it smiling. we both headed to my car and I drove her home.
We got home minutes later and was welcome properly by the maids.
When we got to the living room, we chatted and talk about so many things. She has changed a lot. She now look like a young business woman just the younger version of mum. She just got engaged and would be getting married soon. I guess she came home because she missed us.
Ellie's pov
I was indoor since mum left. Noah never called me for errands or other things probably he was busy welcoming his sister that just arrived. I sat on the stood before the dressing table looking down at my phone. I would be resuming school next week. I wonder how everything would go with me been among those rich kids. Would it be a peaceful stay or a bad one? I thought to myself. "But wait, mc Donald is the school Noah attend. Wow I never thought of that from the beginning. Will I be in the same school with him? Why is everything getting more complicated?"I thought to myself feeling bad.
"Hey ugly. Pick up you phone! Hey ugly pick up your phone."the ringing tone of my phone woke me up in the morning. It's Sunday, I don't go to work. I reach for my phone and don't bother to check the caller before picking up. "Good morning. Why did you call so early?"I asked because I knew it's Noah. "Come outside. Am waiting for you"he said and hung up. I checked the time and saw it's 7:10. "This crazy guy won't let me rest. Whats the matter with him this time?"I said and got down from bed still feeling sleepy.
After changing, I went out and found him waiting by the gate in his normal black sport outfit. "Black devil"He can't possibly want me to hold bottle water and towel for him this time. I thought to myself and walked up to him. I greeted him and I was surprised he replied today. "You called me"I said looking at him. "Yes. I want you to hold this. Am going for a jug"he said giving me a towel and bottle water. "I knew this is it"I said feeling annoyed. "What? Are you complaining?"he asked staring at me. I quickly nodded my head with a smile. "No. Let's go"I said.
After jugging for few minutes and kilometers from home, I was getting tired and jugging slowly. He stopped and walked back to me. "Are you tired? Let's rest a bit and continue later"he said and went to sit on the grass under a tree. I also followed him and sat down feeling tired. He collected the water from me and opened it. After drinking half, he handed the remaining to me. I received it but staring at him. I wonder what the matter is with him. He's been too nice to me recently. Why? I feel like am with another person anytime he does. "Are you not thirsty?"he asked when I dropped the water beside me. "Uhm I want to ask you a question"I said not looking at him. "Go ahead"he replied. "Why are you been nice to me these days? It's unlike you"I asked looking at him. His eyes were sparking boring into mine as he said nothing to the question. Why is he not replying?. He fixed his gaze down and smiled. I wonder if the question was funny to him but it's not to me. "Yeah. I think the question sounds stupid to you but it's bothering me so much recently"I said. "Was I that bad towards you?"he asked. "No it's not like that. I just think..."
"You're right. am Rude and arrogant. I don't threat people nicely. But I think someone has begin to change that about me. She told me not to look down on people or threat them bad. I think she want me to change for the better. And I would do that just to make her feel good. Why? Because I think I like her"he said looking at me. What's this? He actually changed because of a girl?. Who's it? I thought to myself staring at him. "Is that it? Does the person know you're doing it for her sake."I asked him. "I think she doesn't know yet. She still thinks am a bad person as she know me to be before."he replied smiling. Oh I think the bad boy is finally in love. "So bad. That means she doesn't know you like her too"I said. "We can say that"he replied briefly. "That'll be so painful for you. An unrequited love. I'll advise you to tell her you like her if you really do before it's too late. Because she might continue getting the wrong idea about you and end up hating you more."I said in my final conclusion. "Am ok now. Let's continue."I said and wanted to stand up but I felt his hand pulled me back. I was surprised as I turned back to him facing him so closely. The way he was staring at me and serious expression on his face, got me so confused.

I kept staring at him wondering why he did that. And the way he was staring back at me feels so strange."W..why
?"I stuttered looking at him.
Noah's pov
I lost my mind for a while by pulling her back when she wanted to leave. I wonder why I did that. "I.. I am still tired. I want to stay a bit longer so wait by my side"I finally said and let go of her hand. "Oh ok"she said and sat beside me. "Are you that tired?"she asked. "Uh"I replied not looking at her. I collected the towel from her and threw it over my face. "Why are you covering your face?"she asked laughing. "Just feel like doing it. Am I looking funny?"I asked. "Yeah. You're looking like a ghost"she said laughing again. "A ghost?"I said and removed the towel from my face. "That's not it. I mean you were looking so funny that's why"she said looking down. I guess she thought I was mad by that statement. I roughed her hair with my hand. "You're so cute"I said smiling. She also smiled and touched her head.
The time really flew fast. We went home some minutes later. I wish she could stay a bit longer with me but that's not possible. After we departed on getting to the entrance, I was smiling so brightly as I watch her leave to through other entrance. After she left, I turned back and was heading in, but met Helen by the entrance with a cup of coffee in her hand. She was watching me all this time. "I guess you're so happy by the way you were smiling back there."she said and sipped from the cup then brought it down looking at me. "Who's she? I mean the girl you came in with?"she asked. "Uhn.. She's our one of our employee's daughter."I replied. "Really? I can't believe you can be this close to such person. Bro you've really changed a lot."she said. "And I think something smells fishy"she said smiling. I wonder what she was thinking. "The girl, do you like her?"she asked looking at me. "W..what? How could you say that? It's not the way you think. She's just.. She's just my errand girl that's all. How can you say that?"I quickly corrected sharply. "Really? But I just have the feeling you do. But if you say you don't, that's not a problem. why getting mad at me?."she said smiling. She patted my shoulder playfully and went in. "Wow. I can't believe this. How does she.."I watched her leave and also went inside and headed straight to my room.
Ellie's pov
A week later, I had prepared everything for my new school. I had done registration and other important process. Luckily for me, I would start from where I stopped in my formal school. My final year in high school. Am so happy and exited. I never forget about the person that sent the form.
I brought out my uniform from the wardrobe. My mum had ironed it neatly for me. I put it on and wore my shoes. I moved to the mirror to see how I look in it. "It's pretty but why is the skirt so short?"I said drawing it down a little. It was revealing my tights about three inches above my kneel. I adjusted it properly and took my bag. Just then mum walked in. "Wow. You look just great in the uniform"she said looking at me. "Really. I think I always look great in any outfit"I replied smiling. "Come and give mummy a hug before leaving"she said stretching out her arms. I ran into them and hugged her. "Good to see you go to school again. Study well and watch out for bad kids"she said patting my back. "Ok mum. I know how to deal with that"I said smiling. "You need to leave quickly. You can't be late on your first day"she said and quickly released me from the hug. "Bye mum. See you in the evening"I said and went out.
I haven't tell Noah I'll be attending his school yet. I wonder how he'll react if he suddenly sees me there. Things had been going smoothly between us these days and I love it the way it is rather than him screaming and calling me all sort of bad names. I think he has really changed just as he said.
The taxi dropped me right in front of the school and I got down after paying. I stood before the building looking up. "Welcome to mc Donald high school"it was written boldly like that at top of the building. The school environment really looks great. I looked around and saw some students been dropped by their drivers. Some by their parents. Some students were walking towards the school building either in two or three chatting and laughing. "It's really a great school"I said looking around. Just as I was about to move, someone bumped into me and the note she was holding fell to the ground. She raised her eyebrow angrily at me. "Why are you standing on the way like that?"she asked in anger. Immediately I saw her face, I recognised her. The rude lady of the other night. I looked down at her note book and saw her name their. Christiana Johnson. "Excuse me. You were the one that bumped into me"I said looking at her. "I can't believe this. You were the crazy girl that scratched my car the other night. So you attend this school? Why are you always getting on my nerves you this insect"she said screaming more louder. I looked around and students were around us in few seconds. I was surprised on seeing them. What are they all looking at?. I can't cause trouble on my first day in school. It would be better to ignore her. I thought to myself feeling nervous.
"Miss. Ok am sorry if that will do. So can you please excuse me?"I said and was walking out on her. She stopped me by dragging me back by the arm. I was surprised by this. What does she really want again after an apology. "Pick it up"she said looking at the notebook on the floor. "What?"I said looking at her. "You heard me. Your ears are not blocked. I said you should pick it up"she repeated again. I looked around and saw the students who were watching. It would be better to avoid this witch trouble but she's way too much and getting on my nerves.

To be continued..

AFTER ROMANCE 2 Episode 56-60

"What a way to begin the new year." Harry says when he pulls away from our kiss. He rests his forehead against mine.
"Yeah." I say quietly.
I am happy that we are getting better at communicating with one another and managed to resolve a huge conflict without screaming at one another, when sober at least. I am not including last night in my praise.
"I really am sorry, so sorry for saying some of the things that I said." He tells me.
"So am I." I want to tell him how much I love him and how much he means to me, how sorry I am for what I did and that he has no reason to be so insecure but what if I have it all wrong? What if he isn't as insecure as I think he is?
"Are you ready to go back to classes Monday?" He asks.
"Yes, I haven't been in a while. Well not to an actual class so it will be strange to not just drop my work off and leave."
"I would much rather drop my work off than sit in a boring as lecture." He leans against the counter but keeps one hand on my hip.
"Not me."
"Yeah I know, you only miss being the smart one, the show off." He smiles.
"Show off?" I try my best to sound appalled.
"You like to be the one answering all the questions, don't try to deny it. I know you Tess." Harry's brow raises and he chuckles.
I love this side of Harry. This playful Harry is so different than the angry Harry who smashes things against our wall.
"Whatever." I immaturely answer and laugh with him.
He pulls me closer and brushes his nose gently against mine.
"You put up with so much shit from me." His voice is soft.
"This time it was my fault, stop taking the blame." I say and he shakes his head.
"It was huh?" He smirks and I swat at his arm.
"What did Dan's sister say after you apologized?" I stare at the wall behind Harry when I ask.
"Nothing really, she really didn't care or even really remember when we fucked..our time together I mean." I cringe at the thought of him touching her and her annoyingly shiny hair. Seriously how is it possible to have that shiny of hair? Maybe it is a wig, I hope it is and someone pulls it off..
"Tess?" Harry interrupts me.
"Did you hear me? What has gotten you so distracted?" He inquires.
"Nothing.." Only being insanely jealous and crazy.
"Tessa it was nothing with her, it was one night.. well two but she meant nothing. to me. I only fucked her to piss Dan off. It was nothing like this." He assures me and runs his fingers down my arms slowly.
"I know it wasn't." I say and mean it.
Regardless of the terrible things he says out of anger, he is mine and I am his. We are not good for one another but we are even worse for anyone else.
"You are everything to me, you know that don't you?" He whispers.
I bring my hand up to his jaw and run my thumb along his bottom lip, focusing on the metal ring.
"I do." I tell him.
"I hope you do, last night was not a good night." He sighs before I press my index finger to his lips to silence him.
"It's over now, everyone has bad nights." I tell him.
You just seem to have many more. My annoying subconscious adds.
"I guess." He shrugs. His eyes are still red and the skin underneath has a blue tint. He looks exhausted.
"Maybe we should get a little sleep before we have to get our things ready for tomorrow." I suggest.
"What things? It's only books."
"I still need to get them together, and write out my schedule in my planner. Oh, and I need to map out how far my classes are from one another. I can't believe I haven't done that yet! I almost forgot!" I am beginning to panic.
I have been so distracted lately that this entire winter break has went way too fast and I haven't properly prepared for my new classes.
"You don't need to map out your classes." He laughs.
"Yes I do! I have no idea how long it will take to get from one to the other, I don't know how the parking lot will be! I don't even know what time I should leave in the morning!" I have forgotten how stressful college can be because I have been dealing with so many adult problems that most of the time I don't feel like I am still a college student.
The entire month has been a blur. Has it really only been a month since I found out about the bet? It seems so much longer.
"Earth to Tessa.." Harry waves his hand in front of my face.
"Ready for the nap?" He asks.
"No! I don't have time. I have too much to do. I haven't even gotten a parking pass, I need to know how far the café is from my first class so I can make sure to get my coffee before. I need to call Liam!" The list of things that I need to do keeps growing in my mind as I turn away from Harry to go get my phone.
"I forgot how OCD you can be." He says.
"I am not OCD, I am responsible." I call back down the hall.
When I get to the bedroom I attempt to call Liam but he doesn't answer. Great. I open my planner and sit it down on our desk to begin to copy my schedule. I have less than forty-eight hours to prepare myself for my new semester and I have barely done anything.
I feel Harry's hand on my shoulder and it startles me, my phone begins to vibrate at the same time.
"Liam! Have you went over your schedule? Do you know how far the café is from our World Religion class?" I ask him as soon as I answer the phone.
"Yeah, it's only about a block. If we meet there at eight we can walk to religion and make it at least twenty minutes early." He replies.
Thank god Liam and I seem to share a brain.
Harry's large hand begins to rub my shoulder and it feels amazing.
"Okay great, I am going to see how long it will take to get to my yoga class. I am pretty sure it's on the other side of the campus." I groan.
"Yeah, I think it..." Liam is cut off when my phone is pulled away from my ear.
I turn around to see Harry pressing the phone to his ear. When I get to my feet to try to take it back from him he steps back.
"Give me the phone." I whisper but he shakes his head.
"Liam, Tess will have to call you back." He says into the small speaker.
His free hand grips my wrist and he pulls close to him, my back to his chest.
Seconds pass before he says, "She is otherwise occupied."
His lips brush my neck and I shudder. Oh.
"Stop being annoying, you two need medication." Harry says and ends the call before sitting the phone on the desk.
"Why did you do that, I barely have any time to get my things ready." I say, my voice betrays me when he licks and sucks at the skin on my neck.
"You need to relax baby."
"I can't, there is so much to do."
"I can help you." His voice is slow, slower than usual.
His grip on my hip tightens when he places his other hand across my chest to hold me still.
"Remember that time when I fingered you in front of the mirror and made you watch yourself come?" He asks.
"Yes." I gulp.
"That was fun wasn't it?" He purrs.
Heat is making it's way through my body from his words. Not heat. Fire.
"I can show you how to touch yourself the way that I touch you." He sucks harshly at my skin.
'Whh..at?" The word breaks halfway through because I have now turned into a ball of electricity.
"Do you want me to?"
The dirty idea sounds somewhat appealing but way too humiliating to admit.
"I will take your silence as a yes." He says and lets go of my waist but takes my hand.
I stay silent, nervously going over his words in my mind. This is beyond embarrassing and I am not sure how I feel about it.
He guides me to the bed and gently pushes me back onto the soft mattress. He climbs on top of me and straddles my legs. I assist Harry in taking my sweats off and he places a kiss on the inside of my thigh before sliding my panties off.

"Stay still Tess." Harry instructs.
"I can't." I mewl as he softly bites my inner thigh.
There is no way that I can stay still. He chuckles and if my brain was connected to the rest of my body right now, I would roll my eyes at him.
"Do you want to do this here or would you like to watch?" He asks and my stomach flutters.
The pressure continues to build between my legs and I attempt to squeeze them together to get some relief.
"No, no, baby. Not yet." He is torturing me. He pushes my thighs apart and puts more of his weight on me to keep them separated.
"Here." I finally answer, I had almost forgotten he asked a question.
"Thought so." He smirks.
He is so cocky but his words do things to me that I never thought possible. I can't get enough of him, even when he has me pinned to the bed with my legs spread open and we are planning to do something I had never considered doing before.
"I had thought about doing this before but I was too selfish. I wanted to be the only one to make you feel this way." He leans down and swipes his tongue only inches from the thin indent pushed into my skin from my panties that now lay on the floor.
My legs involuntarily try to stiffen but he doesn't allow it.
"Now since I know exactly how you like to be touched this will not take long."
"Why do you want to?" I squeak when he bites down on my skin again, then licks the sensitive skin.
"What?" He looks up at me.
"Why do you want to show me if you want to be the only one?" My voice is thick and shaky.
"Because as much as I want to be the only one to be able to get you off, the thought of you doing it to yourself, in front of me.. just, fuck." He breathes.
Oh. I need relief and soon, I hope he doesn't plan to torture me long.
"Besides, you can be a little uptight sometimes and maybe this is just what you need." He smiles and I try to hide my face in embarrassment.
If we weren't doing.. this.. I would say something back about him calling me uptight but he is right and like he said earlier, I am otherwise occupied.
"Here.. this is where you start." He suprises me by placing his cold fingers against me. A hiss escapes my lips from his cold touch.
"Cold?" He asks and I nod.
"Sorry." He chuckles and slides his fingers inside of me without warning.
My hips buck off of the bed and I clamp my hand over my mouth to silence myself.
"I just need to get them nice and warm." He smirks and moves them slowly in and out before removing them, making me feel empty and desperate.
He places them back where they previously were and I bite down on my lip.
"Now don't go and do that or we won't be able to finish your lesson." He says referring to my lip between my teeth.
I can hear the smirk in his voice but I don't look at him.
Instead I decide to swipe my tongue across my bottom lip and bite down again.
"You are very testy today, not a very good student." He teases.
Even while teasing he drives me crazy, how is it possible to be so seductive without even trying? This is surely something that only Harry has mastered.
"Give me your hand Tess." He instructs.
I don't move, I feel the embarrassment pooling in my cheeks and feel his hand grip mine and he brings my hand and his down my stomach and between my legs.
"If you don't want to do it you don't have to but I think you will like it." Harry says softly.
I lift my head up slightly to look at him. I want to, sort of. Well I do want to but the whole process seems humiliating. Isn't this supposed to be a private thing? Nothing is really private between Harry and I and hasn't ever been but this is just so intimate.
"I do." I decide.
"You're sure?"
"Yeah, I am just... nervous." I admit.
I feel much more comfortable with Harry than anyone in my entire life and I know he won't do anything to make me uncomfortable, not in a malicious way at least. I am just overthinking this, people do it all the time. Right?
"Don't be. You'll like it." He bites down on the corner of his mouth and I smile nervously.
"Don't worry, if you can't get yourself off I will do it for you." He shrugs.
"Harry!" I groan in embarrassment and plop my head back down on the pillow.
I hear him laugh lightly before he clasps his hands around mine again.
"Like this." He says and presses his hand against mine to spread my fingers.
My heart beat increases dramatically as he brings my hand ..there. It feels so strange. Foreign and just strange. I am so used to the way Harry's hands feel on me, the way his fingers are rough and callused, not soft and smooth, the way they are long and slender, the way they know exactly how to touch me, how to..
"Just do this." Harry's voice is thick with lust as he guides my fingers to the most sensitive spot.
I jam trying not to think about what we are doing.. what I am doing.
"How does it feel?" Harry asks.
"I.. don't know." I mutter.
"Yes you do. Tell me, Tess." He half demands and removes his hand from over mine.
I whimper at the loss of contact and begin to remove my hand.
"No, keep it there." His tone makes me snap my hand back to his previous spot.
"Continue." He command lightly.
I gulp and close my eyes, trying to repeat what Harry was doing. It doesn't feel nearly as good as when he does it but it most certainly doesn't feel bad either. The pressure in my lower stomach begins to build again and I screw my eyes shut, trying to pretend that it is Harry's fingers that are making me feel this way instead of my own.
"You look so hot touching yourself in front of me." Harry says and I can't help but moan and continue to trace the pattern that Harry has shown me with my fingers.
When I open my eyes slightly, I see Harry's hand palming over his jeans. Oh my god. Why is this so hot? This is something I thought people only did in naughty films, not real life. Harry makes everything so hot, no matter how strange it is. His eyes are focused between my legs and his teeth are digging into his bottom lip.
The second I feel he may catch me looking at him I snap my eyes shut and I shut off my subconscious. This is a normal and natural thing, everyone does it.. just not everyone has someone watching them but if they had Harry they surely would.
"Such a good girl for me, always." Harry says into my ear, nipping at my earlobe. His breath is hot and smells of mint and it makes me want to scream and melt into the sheets at the same time.
"Do it too." I breath, barely recognizing my voice.
"Do what I am doing.." I say, not wanting to use the word.
"You want that?" He sounds surprised.
"Yes, please Harry." I am getting so close and I need this, I need to take some of the focus off of me and honestly seeing his hand rubbing over the fabric of his jeans did wicked things to me and I want to see him do it again, and more.
"Okay." He simply answers. Harry is so confident when it comes to sex, I wish I was the same way.
I hear the zipper of his jeans and I try to slow down the movements of my fingers, if I don't this will be over very, very soon.
"Open your eyes, Tess." He demands and I oblige.
His hand wraps around his length and my eyes go wide at the perfect sight next to me as I watch Harry do something I never thought I would see anyone do.
He leans his head down again, this time he plants a single kiss on my neck before bringing his mouth back to my ear.
"You like this don't you? You like to watch me pleasure myself, you are so dirty Tess, so fucking dirty." My eyes never leave his hand between his legs. His hand moves faster as he continues talking to me.
"I am not going to last long watching you baby, you have no idea how fucking hot this is." He groans and I do the same.
I love the way he talks to me and even more so right now, I no longer feel uncomfortable. I am close, so close, and I want Harry to be close too.
"It feels so good, Harry." I moan, not caring how stupid or desperate I sound. It's the truth and he makes me feel like it's okay to feel this way.
"Fuck. Say something else." He grits out.
"I want you to come Harry, just picture my mouth around you.." the filthy words tumble from my lips and I feel the warmth from him finishing as it hits my flaming skin. That does it for me and I come undone from my own doing and close my eyes as I repeat his name over and over.
When I open my eyes Harry is leaning up on his elbow next to me and I instantly bury my face in his neck.
"How was it?" He asks, wrapping his arms around my waist to pull me close to him.
"I don't know.." I lie.
"Don't be shy, I know you liked it. So did I." He kisses the top of my head and I look up at him.
"I did, but I still like it better when you do it." I admit and he smiles.
"Well I would hope so." He says and I lift my head up to plant a kiss over the indent of his dimple.
"There are a lot of things I can show you." He adds and I flush again.
"One step at a time." He assures me.
My imagination runs wild at the thoughts of all the things Harry could show me, there are probably so many things I have never even heard of that he has done and for some reason, I want to learn them all.
"Let's get you a shower since you were my star pupil." He breaks the silence.
"You mean your only pupil?" I lower my eyes at him.
"Yeah, of course. Maybe I should teach Liam next, he needs it just as bad as you." He teases and moves to climb off the bed.
"Harry!" I shriek and he laughs, a real laugh and it is such a beautiful sound.
When my alarm goes off early Monday morning, I fly out of bed the moment my alarm rings. Harry groans and tries to wrap his arm around my waist to keep me in bed but I wiggle from his grasp and head to the bathroom to take a shower. The water gives me energy and my thoughts begin to travel back to my first semester at WSU. I had no idea what to expect but at the same time I felt very prepared, I had every detail down. I thought I would make a few friends and focus on extra circulars, maybe join the literary club and a few more. I would spend my time in my dorm or at the library studying and preparing for my future. Little did I know I would be living in an apartment with my boyfriend who is not Noah. I had no idea what was coming when my mother pulled into the parking lot at WSU, even when I met the rude boy with the curly hair I never imagined what was to come for him and I. I wouldn't have believed it if someone told me and now I can't imagine my life without that rude boy. Butterflies begin to dance in my stomach as I remember the way it felt to catch a glimpse of him on campus, to try to glance around the room to look for him in Literature, the way I would catch him looking at me while the professor was speaking, the way he would eavesdrop on Liam and I. Those days seem so long ago, ancient really.
I am startled from my nostalgic thoughts as the shower curtain is pulled back to reveal a shirtless Harry. His hair messy and falling down his forehead, as he rubs his eyes.
"What are you doing in here? Practicing what I taught you yesterday?" He smiles, his voice is thick from sleep and drawn even slower.
"No!" I squeak, flushing as the image of Harry coming by his own hand floods my mind.
"Sure babe." He chuckles.
"I wasn't! I was just thinking." I admit.
"About what?" He sits down on the toilet and I close the curtain back.
"Just about before.."
"Before what?" He tone full of worry.
"The first day of college and how you were so rude." I tease.
"Rude? I didn't even speak to you." He defends.
"Exactly." I laugh.
"You were so annoying with your dreadful skirt and your loafer wearing boyfriend. Your mum's face was priceless when she saw us." I know he is rolling his eyes despite the curtain blocking my view of him.
My chest tenses at the mention of my mother, I miss her but I refuse to take the blame for her mistakes. When she is ready to stop judging Harry and I then I will talk to her but if she doesn't do that then she doesn't deserve my time.
My poor mother has no idea that the worry she felt for me that day would turn out to be her worst nightmare, the worst possibility for her "perfect" daughter. It's ironic and I find it quite humorous. I don't want to think about her anymore, not right now at least. I have a busy day and that will add to my stress.
"You were annoying with your.. well.. your attitude." I can't think of what to say because he didn't speak to me the first time I met him.
"Remember the second time I saw you? You were in a towel and you were carrying those wet clothes."
"Yes, and you said you wouldn't look at me." I recall.
"I lied. I was certainly looking at you."
"It seems so long ago doesn't it?" I ask.
"Yes, very long ago. It doesn't seem like those things actually happened, now it seems like it's always been us, you know what I mean?"
"I do actually." It's true, it is odd to think about Noah being my boyfriend then instead of Harry. It doesn't sit right. I care for Noah so much but him and I wasted years of our lives dating one another.
I turn off the shower and push Noah to the back of my mind.
"Can you.." I begin to ask but before I finish Harry tosses a towel over the top of the curtain.
"Thanks." I say while wrapping the cloth around my wet body.
Harry follows me into our bedroom and I get dressed as fast as possible while he lays on his stomach on our bed, his eyes never leaving me.
I towel dry my hair and apply my makeup before putting my white dress on.
"You are wearing that? To class?" Harry asks as I pull it off the hanger.
"Yeah, I want to look nice." I shrug. It is my favorite dress, and I thought it was his.
"I don't know if that is.. appropriate."
"Why not? I wear it to Vance all the time."
"Yeah, I know but it's just college. Couldn't you wear jeans? Or maybe one of your old skirts?" He suggests.
"You hate those skirts."
"No.. I don't hate them. I am actually very fond of them." He lies.
"What is this about? This dress isn't revealing or anything." I slide the silky material over my head and tug the bottom to adjust it.
"I know. I just.. I don't know, I think you may look weird." He says. Ouch.
"Look weird? I thought you liked this dress?" I stare into the mirror, my confidence deflating by the second.
"I do."
"So why shouldn't I wear it?" I debate whether or not to take it off or not.
"I didn't mean it like that.. I just mean.. I don't know, maybe you should be a tad more casual. You don't want to draw so much attention to yourself."
"I am wearing the dress." I stand my ground now that I know he is just being jealous.
"Fine." He huffs and I grab my tallest heels just to annoy him. Childish yes, but he is acting like a caveman.
"I am driving you." He says and climbs off of the bed to get himself dressed.
"We already had that established remember? We would ride together Monday, Wednesday, and Friday since I will only be at Vance Tuesday and Thursday." I remind him.
"Shut up Tess." He shakes his head playfully and I smile a mock innocent smile before heading back into the living room.
I decide to wear my hair straight for once and I actually sort of like it. I like it better when it is curled but it looks nice this way too. After I apply light makeup I grab my bag and take another look inside to make sure everything I need is inside before meeting Harry by the front door. Harry carries my tennis shoes for yoga class and I carry my bag full of everything else that I could possibly need.
The twenty minute car ride is silent for the first few minutes as I defrost from the winter air and text Liam to make sure he will be meeting me at the coffee house at eight.
"Go ahead." Harry says when he pulls onto the freeway.
"What?" I turn to look at him.
"Go ahead and spaz." He sighs and rests his hand on my thigh.
I smile at him and tell him my plan for the day for the tenth time in twenty four hours. As he pretends to listen carefully, I promise him and myself I will be much more relaxed tomorrow.

Harry parks in the lot closest to the coffee house as he can manage so that we can limit the exposure to the weather but the campus is crowded since everyone has returned from Christmas break. He curses the entire time he circles each parking lot and I try not to laugh at his annoyance. It is quite adorable.
"Give me your bag." Harry says when I get out of the car.
I hand it to him with a smile and thank him for the thoughtful gesture, it is heavy, manageable but heavy. It feels strange being back on campus, so much has changed and happened since I have last been here. The cold wind whips against my skin and Harry pulls a beanie over his head before zipping his jacket up all the way while we rush through the parking lot and down the street. I should have brought a thicker jacket, and gloves, and even a hat for myself. Harry was right when he said I shouldn't wear the dress but there is no way I am admitting that.
Harry looks adorable with his hair hidden under the beanie and his cheeks and nose are red from the cold. Only Harry would look even more attractive in this harsh weather.
"There he is." He points to Liam as we walk inside.
The familiarity of the small coffee shop calms my nerves and I smile as soon as I see my closest friend sitting at a small table waiting for me.
"Good morning." Liam smiles when his eyes rest on Harry and I.
"Morning." I chirp back.
"I'll get in line." Harry mumbles and heads to the counter.
I didn't expect him to stay or get my coffee but I am glad he is. We don't have any classes together this semester and I will miss seeing him since I have gotten used to seeing him all day, every day during the second half of Christmas break at least.
"Ready for the new semester?" Liam asks when I take a seat across from him.
The chair squeaks across the tile floor, drawing attention to us and I smile apologetically before taking a good look at Liam.
He has tried a new hairstyle, pushing his hair up off of his forehead and it looks very good on him. As I look around the coffee shop, I begin to realize I probably should have just worn jeans and I sweatshirt, I am the only one dressed this way, except Liam in his light blue button down shirt and khakis.
"Yes, and no." I tell him and he agrees.
"Same. How are things.. you know between you two?" He leans across the table to whisper.
Harry's has his back to us and the barista's face is in a deep scowl. She rolls her eyes as he hands her his debit card and I wonder what he did to her to irritate her so much this early in the day.
"They are good actually. How are things with Danielle? It feels much longer than a week since we have seen each other."
"Good, she is preparing for New York."
"That is so amazing, I would love to go to New York." I can't imagine how the city is.
"Me too." He smiles and I want to tell him not to go but I know that I can't.
"I haven't made my mind up yet." He answers my thoughts.
"I want to go and be close to her, we have lived so far for so long but I love WSU and I don't know if I want to be away from my mum and Ken to go to a huge city where I know absolutely no one, except her of course.
"You would do amazing there, you could go to NYU and the two of you could get an apartment." I say.
"Yeah, I just don't know yet."
"Know what?" Harry interrupts.
He sits my coffee in front of me but doesn't sit down.
"I've got to go, my first class begins in five minutes on the opposite side of campus." Harry says and I cringe at the thought of running late on the first day of new classes.
"Okay, I will see you after yoga. It's my last class." I tell him and he surprises me by leaning down and planting a kiss on my lips then my forehead.
"I love you, be careful." He says and I get the feeling that if his cheeks weren't red from the cold they would be now, his eyes shift to the floor when he remembers Liam is sitting across from us.
Public displays of affection are definitely not Harry's thing.
"I will. I love you." I tell him and he gives Liam an uncomfortable head nod before walking towards the door.
"That was.. weird." Liam lifts his eyebrows and takes a drink of his coffee.
"Yeah it was." I laugh and rest my chin on my hand and sigh happily.
"We should get going to religion." Liam says and I grab my bag from the floor beside me before following Liam outside.
Luckily we don't have a long walk to our first class. I am excited for world religion, it will be very interesting and thought provoking, and an added bonus is having Liam in class with me. When we enter the room, we aren't the first students to arrive but the front row is completely empty.
Liam and I sit down in the front center and take our books out. It feels good to be back in my element, academics have always been my thing and I love that Liam feels the same.
"There is our professor, the one I told you about." Liam points across the lecture room.
The young man walking toward us looks very familiar, his black hair and tan skin register in my mind.
"I think I know..oh! He was at Connor's!" I whisper too loud to Liam.
"The store by our house. He was there." I explain.
"Oh, that is random." Liam says.
"Yeah it is. He is so young." I add and Liam nods in agreement.
What a coincidence that the guy on the motorcycle at Conner's ended up being my religion professor. He barely looks old enough to be one and I wouldn't connect motorcycle riding to teaching world religion, that is what I get for judging him by his rugged appearance.
Liam and I wait patiently as the room fills with students, most of them are obnoxiously loud, it doesn't help that this classroom seems smaller than most and there are only about thirty chairs.
"Good morning everyone, as most of you know by now my name is Professor Soto. This is World Religion, you may get bored a few times and I can promise you that you will learn a heap of facts that you will never actually use in the real world but hey, what is college for?" He smiles and everyone laughs.
This is different.
"So let's get started, there is no syllabus for this course. We will not be following a strict outline, that isn't my style.. but we will learn all that you need to know by the end date. You will have one large project but I won't be telling you what it consists of until halfway through the course. Seventy-five percent of your grade will come from a journal that you will be required to keep. I know you are thinking what does a journal have to do with religion? It doesn't per say but in a way it does. In order to study and really understand any form of spirituality you have to be open to the idea of anything and everything. Keeping a journal will help with that and some of the things I will have you write about will involve topics that people are not comfortable with, topics that are very controversial and uncomfortable for some but I have high hopes that everyone will leave this class with an open mind and maybe a little knowledge." He beams and unbuttons his jacket.
Liam and I both turn to look at one another at the same time.
"No syllabus?" Liam mouths.
"A journal?" I reply silently.
Professor Soto takes a seat at the large desk in the front of the room and pulls a bottle of water from his bag.
"You can talk amongst yourselves until the end of class, or you can go ahead and go for today and we will begin the real work tomorrow. Just sign the roster so I can see how many flakes we had that didn't show for the first day." He announces with a playful grin.
The class howls and cheers before departing quickly, Liam shrugs at me and we both stand up after the room is empty. We are the last to sign the attendance roster.
"Well I guess this is cool, I can call Danielle for a little while between classes." He says and packs his things.
"I am going to talk to the professor for a minute so you can go ahead." I tell him and he nods before leaving me alone.
As I approach Professor Soto's desk I notice that he now has headphones in his ears and his fingers are tapping against his desk.
He doesn't seem to notice me standing in front of him as he hums along to the music in his ears.
"Uhm..Could I talk to you for a second?" I ask but he doesn't acknowledge me.
I awkwardly wave my hand towards him which catches his attention and his head snaps up as he pulls the ear buds from his ears.
"Sorry! I didn't see you there, I figured everyone was gone." He smiles and stand up in front of me.
"It's okay.. I was just wondering if I could ask you a few questions?" I shift my bag to my other shoulder and mentally curse at myself for wearing this stupid outfit.
"Yeah sure.. wait.. you are the woman from Conner's aren't you?" He asks and pulls his jacket from his shoulders and down his arms to lay it across the back of his chair.
"Yeah, that's me." I tell him with a smile.
"Thought so, you owe me for that. That Gloria is a tough woman, I had to take her to dinner for that." He says and I try not to laugh.
"Do you work there? You had a name tag on." I blurt.
"No, I was coming from a gig before that. I did work there while I was finishing college though. You really pay attention to detail." He smiles.
"Yeah, I guess." I respond, embarrassed by my lack of boundaries.
"So what did you need, Miss...Young is it?" He sits back down in his chair after running his fingers over what appears to be the roster that was signed by each student.
He doesn't act or look like any professor that I have had before.
"I just have a few questions about the course. You said there is no syllabus.."
"So how will we know when do have the assignments finished by?"
"I will tell you." He shrugs.
"Okay.. but how will we know what the assignments are?" I ask.
"I will tell you." He repeats.
"But what if we want to do the assignments early?"
"You can't."
"But what.."
"No early assignments. No syllabus. That's just the way it is." He interrupts with a smile.
"But I.." I begin.
"Don't overthink it, I am sure you will do that enough in your other courses." He laughs.
"I.. okay." I don't know what else to say.
This class is going to be hell for me, I know it.
"Well if that is all you wanted to know, I am going to get going." The young professor stands and grabs his things.
"Okay.." I say quietly and walk toward the door.
"Oh and Miss Young?" He calls after me.
"Don't forget to buy a journal." He says when I turn back around.
The rest of the day goes by quickly and I am eager to see Harry. I have sent him a few text messages but he has yet to respond. My feet are killing me as I make my way to the athletic building, I had not realized how far of a walk it would be. The smell of sweat invades my nostrils as soon as I open the door and I hurry to the locker room labeled with a stick figure in a dress. The walls are lined with thin red lockers, the metal showing threw the chipped paint job.
"How do we know which locker to use?" I ask a short brunette wearing a bathing suit.
"You can just pick one as long as you brought your own lock." She informs me.
"Oh." Of course, I didn't think to bring a lock.
"I have an extra." She smiles and digs in her bag before handing me a small lock.
"The combination is on the back, I haven't removed the sticker." She says and I thank her as she walks out of the room.
After I am changed into a new pair of black yoga pants and a white t-shirt, I head out of the locker room. The pants look and feel more like leggings since they are tight on my ankles but I am sure everyone else will be wearing the same so I won't be so uncomfortable.
When I walk down the hall to the yoga room a group of lacrosse players pass by, each of them making a vulgar remark that I choose to ignore. All of them except one keeps moving.
"You trying out for cheer next year?" The boy asks. His eyes are a deep brown, almost black.
"Me? No, I am just on my way to yoga class." I stammer. We are the only people in this hall.
"Oh, that is too bad, You would look phenomenal in a skirt."
"I have a boyfriend." I announce and try to move around him, he blocks me.
"I have a girlfriend.. what does that matter? I would easily drop her for you." He smiles and takes a step, corning me.
He doesn't appear intimidating at all but something about his cocky smile makes my skin crawl.
"I need to get to class." I say.
"I can walk you.. or you can skip, I could show you around." He puts his arm up on the wall next to my head and I step backwards with no where to go.
"Get the fuck away from her or I will fucking kill you." Harry's voice booms from behind me and the creep turns his head to look at Harry.
He looks more intimidating than ever in long basketball shorts and a black t-shirt with the sleeves cut off to reveal his tattooed arms.
"I'm..sorry man, I didn't know she had a boyfriend." He lies.
"Did you not hear me? I said get the fuck away from her." Harry walks toward us and the lacrosse player backs away quickly but Harry grabs ahold of his shirt and slams him against the wall. I don't stop him.
"Come near her again and I will crack your skull against this wall. Do you understand me?" He growls.
"Ye..yess.." The guy stutters and rushes down the hall.
"Thank god." I say and wrap my arm around his neck.
"Who was that?" He asks, removing my arm and taking a step away from him.
"I don't know, he just walked by me."
"You sure?" He is beyond angry, I can tell.
"Yeah, I don't know him. I am so glad you came.. why are you here? I thought you didn't need anymore P.E classes?" I ask.
"I decided to take one, good thing I did." He sighs and takes my hand into his.
"Which one?" I ask, I can not imagine Harry being athletic at all.
"You didn't." I gasp.
"Oh, yes I did." His anger seems to be dissolved as he smiles at my horrified expression.

"What are you wearing?" He asks and takes a step backward to look at me.
"Yoga clothes." I shrug.
I remember the last time I wore yoga pants in front of Harry and the crude remarks he spoke and those yoga pants weren't as tight as these.
"Turn around." He says and looks around the hall to make sure we are alone.
'What? No."
"Tessa, turn around." He says again.
"I am not doing that." A group of basketball players walk through the door to our right and Harry rolls his eyes in defeat. I can't help but smile at his annoyance.
"Well what are you waiting on? Lets go." Harry says, pulling me down the hallway.
He makes it a point to walk slightly behind me and I suddenly want to go back to the tenth grade when I would tie a sweater around my waist to hide myself.
"You are going to need to get more of these pants." His voice is quiet.
I laugh lightly and grab his hand to force him to walk next to me instead of behind me.
"You aren't seriously taking yoga." No matter how hard I try to picture Harry posing, the image just won't come.
"Yeah, I am."
"You do know what yoga is don't you?" I ask him as we walk into the room.
"Yes, Tessa. I know what it is and I am taking it with you." He huffs.
"It doesn't matter why, I just want to spend more time with you." Harry says.
"Oh." I am not convinced by his explanation but I am looking forward to seeing him in yoga class and the extra time with him doesn't hurt either.
The instructor is sitting on a bright yellow yoga mat in the center of the room. Her curly brown hair piled on top of her head and her flower print shirt make a good first impression.
"Where is everyone?" Harry asks me as I grab a purple mat from the shelving unit on the wall.
"We are early." I hand him a blue one and he examines it before tucking it under his arm.
"Of course we are." He smiles sarcastically and follows me to the front of the room.
I begin to lay my mat down directly in front of the instructor but Harry grabs my arm to stop me.
"No way, we are sitting in the back." He says.
"What? No, I always sit in the front." I argue.
"Exactly. We are sitting in the back." He repeats and takes my mat from my hands to head to the back of the room.
"If you are going to be grumpy you shouldn't stay." I whisper to him.
"I am not grumpy."
The instructor introduces herself to Harry and I when we take a seat on our mats and Harry claims that he knows she is high which makes me giggle.
I begin to grow annoyed as the room fills with girls in tight yoga pants and tiny tank tops that all seem to glance or stare at Harry. So far he is the only male and if another doesn't show it will be rather irritating. Luckily Harry doesn't seem to notice the heaps of female attention he is receiving, either that or he is just very used to it, that has to be it. He gets attention like this all of the time. It's not like I blame the girls but he is my boyfriend and they need to look elsewhere. I know some of the girls are looking at him because of his tattoos and piercings, they must be wondering why the heck he is taking a yoga class.
A thin blonde lays her mat directly next to Harry and she smiles at him when he looks over at her. She blinks a few times and looks down, obviously smitten by him.
"So what do you want to do tonight babe?" I ask loudly, making sure she can hear me.
"What?" Harry asks.
"What are we doing tonight when we get back to our apartment?" I emphasise the words to try to get my point across.
He glances over at the girl and looks back to me with a smirk covering his face.
"Hmmm.. I don't know, I may be busy." He taunts me and I scowl.
"Teasing." He smiles and shakes his head, obviously amused by my jealousy.
"Okay everyone! Let's get started!" The instructor calls through the room.
She introduces herself as Ms. Laney and gives a short speech about why and how she got into teaching yoga.
"She is never going to shut up is she?" Harry groans after a few minutes.
"Eager to pose are you?" I raise my brow.
"Pose what?" He asks.
'We will begin with a few stretches." Ms. Laney instructs.
Harry sits still on the floor while everyone else mimics the instructors actions. I can feel his eyes on me the entire time.
"You are supposed to be stretching." I scold him and he shrugs but doesn't move.
"You in the back, join us." The instructor calls Harry out.
"Erm.. sure." He mumbles and uncrosses his long legs and stretches them in front of him before attempting to reach his toes.
I force myself to look towards the front of the room and away from Harry to prevent the laughter that is fighting to surface.
"You are supposed to touch your toes." The blonde girl says to Harry.
"I am trying." He smiles at her.
Why did he even respond to her and why am I so jealous? She giggles at him while the image of me slamming her head against the floor plays through my mind. I always lecture Harry about his temper but here I am planning this whores murder... and calling her a whore even though I don't know her.
"I can't really see clearly, I am going to move up." I tell Harry.
He looks surprised as he speaks.
"Why? I wasn't.." He begins.
"It's nothing, I just want to be able to see and hear what is going on." I explain and drag my mat a few feet, stopping directly in front of Harry.
I sit down and finish stretching with the group. I don't have to turn around to see the look on Harry's face.
"Tess." He hisses, trying to get my attention but I don't turn around.
"Let's begin with the downward dog pose, it is very simple and easy to do." Ms. Laney tells us.
I bend down and place my palms against the mat and look at Harry through the space between my stomach and the floor. He is standing still with his mouth open.
"Are you going to join us?" Ms. Laney calls Harry out once more.
If she does it again I won't be surprised if he curses her out in front of the entire class.
I close my eyes and shift my hips so I am bending over completely.
"Tessa." I hear him say again.
"Theresa." He pesters.
"What Harry? I am trying to concentrate." I say, looking at him again.
He is now bent over attempting to do the pose but his long body is bent at an awkward angle and I can't help but burst into laughter.
"Shut up would you." He snaps and I laugh louder.
"You are terrible at this." I tease.
"You are distracting me." He says through his teeth.
"I am? How?" I love having the upper hand with Harry because it doesn't happen often.
"You know how." He whispers.
I know the girl next to him can hear us but I don't care, I hope she does.
"Move your mat then." I purposely stand up to stretch and bend back down into the pose.
"You move.. you are the one toying with me."
"Teasing." I correct him using his words from minutes ago against him.
"Okay, lets move into a halfway lift." Ms. Laney says.
I stand again then bend at my waist, putting my hands flat on my knees and making sure my back is at a ninety degree angle.
"You've got to be kidding me." Harry groans at my bottom practically right in front of his face.
I turn around to look at him and he isn't doing the pose correctly, he has his hands on his knees but his back is almost straight.
"Okay! Now for the forward fold." She calls and I bend down, folding my body.
"It's really like she wants me to fuck you right in front of everyone." He says and I snap my head up to make sure no one heard him.
"Shh.." I plea and hear him chuckle.
"Move your mat or I will say everything that I am thinking right now." He threatens and I quickly stand up and move my mat back to it's previous spot next to him.
"Thought so." He smirks.
"You can tell me those things later." I whisper and he tilts his head to the side.
"Trust me, I will." Harry promises and my stomach flutters.
He doesn't participate in much of the remainder of class and the blonde ends up moving halfway through, probably because Harry won't stop talking.
"We are supposed to be meditating." I whisper back to him and close my eyes.
The room is silent except Harry's quiet whispers.
"This is so fucking lame." He complains.
"You are the one who signed up for yoga."
"I didn't know how lame it was. I am literally about to fall asleep right here."
"Stop whining."
"I can't. You had to go and get me all worked up and now I am stuck sitting cross legged, meditating, with a hard on in a room full of people."
"Harry!" I hiss, louder than intended.
"Shh.." Multiple voices attempt to silence me.
Harry laughs and I stick my tongue out at him, earning a dirty look from the girl to my right. Harry and I taking yoga together is not going to work, I am going to get kicked out or fail.
"We are dropping this class." He says when the meditation is over.
"You are, I am not. I need a P.E credit." I inform him.
"Great first day everyone! I look forward to seeing you later this week." Ms. Laney says, dismissing us.
I roll my mat up but Harry doesn't bother, he just shoves his onto the shelf.
"There are plenty of other P.E classes you can take."
"I am already in this one."
"Please?" He says and I am taken aback. It is not like Harry to ask this way so it must be important to him to have a class together.
"Fine, you pick the class then but you know it is going to be stressful going into a new class the second day, if we can even get a slot."
"I may know someone who can help." He teases, referring to his father.
"Name dropper." I smile.
"You've called me worse." He chuckles.
My eyes travel down to his lower region and I can not bring my eyes to leave the prominent bulge in his baggy basketball shorts.
"No more yoga. It's not good for my health." He says, looking down at himself.
I laugh as we walk out of the room and head to the locker rooms.
"But you will need to still get more of these pants." He adds and wraps his arm around my waist and squeezes my bottom making me yelp in surprise.
"Get changed so we can go home." Harry instructs as we reach the women's locker room.
"Unless of course you want me to join you in there." He smirks, groping me again.
"No, but I am going to wear this home. That dress and those shoes were so uncomfortable all day." I admit.
"Really? Hmm.. what did I tell you?" He boasts.
Instead of answering him, I roll my eyes and walk into the locker room to get my things.

The girl who gave me her extra lock is no where to be found when I return to the locker room so I just put the lock back on the handle and if she doesn't claim it back tomorrow then I will continue to use it.
When I finish collecting my things, I meet Harry back in the hall. He is leaning against the wall with one foot perched on the wall behind him.
"If you would have taken any longer I would have came in there." He threatens.
"You should have, you wouldn't have been the only guy in there." I lie and watch as his features change.
I turn away from him, taking a few steps before he grabs onto my arm and spins me back around to face him.
"What did you just say?" His eyes lower.
"Teasing." I smirk and he huffs and lets go of my arm.
"I think you have done enough of that today."
"Maybe." I smile.
"You are something else today." He shakes his head.
"The yoga relaxed me and cleansed my aura." I laugh.
"Not mine." He reminds me as we walk outside.
"What do you want for dinner?" I ask Harry when we reach the car.
The first day of the new semester went very well, even yoga which ended up being amusing. Amusing is not my usual preference when it comes to academics but having Harry there was nice. My religion class may be a problem because of the lack of structure but I am going to try not to focus on that right now because it will drive me insane.
"I don't know, I have some work to do for a few hours but I will be finished by dinner time." Harry replies.
"Okay, I will come up with something." I tell him.
"That hockey game is tomorrow right?" He asks.
"Yes, you are still going aren't you?"
"I don't know.."
"I need to know because if you flake then I am going to go with him." I respond.
Liam would probably much rather I go with him but the two of them could use some bonding time together. I know they will never be friends.. or brothers but Harry doesn't really have any friends and Liam is my best friend who just so happens to be Harry's step brother so it would help tremendously if they got along better.
"I am going." He sighs and climbs into the car.
"Thank you." I smile and he rolls his eyes.
The leather seats are freezing and my yoga pants are paper thin, maybe I should have put the dress back on. My body shakes and shivers, drawing Harry's attention. He turns the heat to its maximum setting and pulls out of the parking lot.
"So what P.E class do you want to take?" I ask him.
"I don't know, I will tell you after I see what the options are. What would you like to take?"
"Yoga." I reply.
"Besides yoga."
"I don't know.. I am not very athletic. At all."
"Neither am I." He moves his hand from the gear shift and places it on my thigh.
"Tennis?" I suggest.
"Areboics?" I smile.
"Hell no."
"Then you choose and I will try to go with it." I say.
"You? Go with it?" He laughs.
"I said I would try, if it doesn't work then I will take an extra Literature and do yoga again next semester. You are lucky that I love you so much." I laugh. Harry turns his head quickly to look at me with wide eyes.
"What?" I ask him, unsure why he looks so surprised.
"Why did you look at me like that?" I place my hand over his on my thigh.
"I don't know, I just liked how you said that." He says quickly and quietly.
"Okay.." I tell him I love him all the time, don't I? I know I could be more expressive when it comes to my feelings for him but I do my best to walk the dangerous line between protecting myself and letting him know how I feel about him.
"Should I just drop you off at the apartment?" Harry changes the subject.
"Yeah, that's fine. I need to get a start on my coursework anyway. I already hate my religion class." I sigh.
"Why is that? How is the professor?" Harry's tone changes.
"He's nice, I guess. I met him before."
"At Conner's, only briefly. He is young and seems unorganized." My head begins to throb thinking of his 'no syllabus' rule.
"Hmm..." His eyes stay focused on the road.
"Yeah, so how are your classes?" I feel uncomfortable talking to Harry about Professor Soto for some reason, maybe it is the way he seems to have an issue with him already.
"Boring as fuck."
Harry's car pulls into the parking lot of our apartment and he pulls into his usual spot.
"Except yoga?" I try to lighten up the mood.
"Yes, except yoga. Yoga was certainly.. interesting." He turns to look at me.
"Really? How so?" I chew on my bottom lip in an attempt to appear innocent.
"I think it has something to do with a blonde." He smirks and I tense.
"Excuse me?" I bark.
"You didn't see the hot blonde next to me? You are really missing out babe, you should see the way her ass looks in those yoga pants."
"You better not be serious." I scowl.
"I am though. You aren't mad are you?" He smiles, I am pretty sure he is teasing me but it's irritating me.
I reach for the door handle and open the door.
"Where are you going?" He asks.
"Inside. It's cold."
"Aww.. Tess are you jealous of the girl in yoga?" Harry teases.
"Yes you are." He challenges me and I roll my eyes while I climb out of the car to head inside. I am surprised when he turns the car off and I hear his boots clambering on the concrete behind me.
I pull the heavy glass door open and walk inside, when I reach the elevator I remember that I forgot my bag in the car.
"Admit that you are jealous of the blonde in class." Harry taunts me as he steps inside the elevator and presses the button.
"Fine, I am. Only because she was gawking at you and now you are saying she is hot." I try not to whine.
"You are an idiot." He chuckles.
"Excuse me?" I look up at him.
"You think I would be looking at some random blonde when you are there.. when I can look at you? Especially in these pants, I am not and literally can not look at anyone else. I was reffering to you." He takes a long stride toward me and I step back against the cold wall of the elevator.
"Well I saw her trying to flirt with you." I practically pout.
I don't like the way jealousy feels, it is the most obnoxious emotion possible.
"You silly girl." He takes one more step to bring his body to mine and his hand cups my cheek, forcing me to make eye contact.
"How can you not comprehend what you do to me?" He breathes inches away from my mouth, I can taste his breath.
"I don't know." I squeak when his free hand grabs mine and leads down to his shorts.
"This is what you do." He shifts his hips so his erection fills my hand.
"Oh." My head is swimming.
"You will be saying much more than Oh.." He begins to say but he is interrupted when the elevator stops before our floor.
"You've got to be kidding me." Harry groans when a woman and her three children step into the elevator.
I try to step away from him but he wraps his arm around my waist refusing to let me move. One of the children begins to cry which makes Harry huff in annoyance. I begin to imagine how humorous it would be if the elevator stopped and we were trapped inside with the crying child. Fortunately for Harry, the doors open moments later and we step out into the hall.
"I literally despise children." He complains as we reach our apartment.
When he unlocks the door, cold air flows out from the apartment.
"Did you turn the heat off?" I ask him when we walk inside.
"No, it was on this morning." Harry walks over to the thermostat and curses under his breath.
"It says it's eighty degrees in here when it's clearly not. I will call maintenance." He tells me and I nod.
I grab the blanket from the back of the couch and wrap it around myself before sitting down.
"Yes.. it isn't working and it's cold as fuck in here." Harry speaks into the receiver.
"Thirty minutes? No, that won't work." He snaps moments later.
"I don't give a shit, I pay a small fortune to live here and I won't have her freezing to death.. I won't have it freezing in here." He corrects himself but it's too late. I heard him.
He glances over at me and I look away. careful not to embarrass him.
"Fine. Fifteen minutes. No longer." He barks into the phone and tosses it against the couch.
"They will be here in fifteen minutes to fix it." He tells me.
"Thank you." I smile at him and he sits down next to me on the couch.
I open the front of the blanket and reach for him. When he scoots closer I climb onto his lap and thread my fingers through his hair and tug lightly.
"What are you doing?" His hands rest on my hips.
"You said we have fifteen minutes." I brush my lips along his jaw and he shivers.
"Are you coming onto me, Tess?" I can feel his jaw move into a smile.
"Harry..."I whine to prevent him from teasing me further.
"I'm joking, now take your clothes off." He demands but his hands lift the bottom of my shirt, contradicting his words.

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Sunday, 17 June 2018



‘What are you going to do now boss’? One of his subordinates asked as Omale was dragged out of the office.
‘I don’t know Femi, I don’t know how to break this news to Chimobi’ Gibbs sank into a chair.
‘What news? Are you saying that the criminal is telling the truth’? The man asked.
Gibbs suddenly recollected himself, he realized he had misspoken; nobody could ever know the ugly secret about Chimobi’s marriage.
‘No, not at all, he isn’t telling the truth but still, my friend would feel somehow if his name should appear on that list since he is innocent’ Gibbs replied.
‘You can handle this sir, you have handled tougher cases’ Femi said to his boss.
‘And you need not worry about your friend if he is innocent’ he added and made for the door.
‘One more thing sir’ Femi paused.
‘Yes’? Gibbs was impatient; he couldn’t wait to get rid of this pest who was close to finding the truth about his best friend.
‘Someone called me from Abuja’ Femi began…
‘Yes’? Gibbs was eager to hear the news, Femi had been the man he had given the responsibility of finding Diana’s and Chimobi’s child, though he didn’t know that.
‘It was a middle-aged woman that has lived in that area for a long time’.
‘So what did she say’? Gibbs drummed his fingers impatiently on the table.
‘That she knew someone by the name Obinna Okachi; it was actually a nickname for the bearer who was a Yoruba man but was born and bred in the East’ Femi replied.
‘So’? Gibbs raised a brow hoping that wasn’t all.
‘She said the man and his wife relocated to Lagos but he died years later from what she learned’.
‘Did she tell you anything about the man’s widow? Does she know where she lives now or anything about the child’? Gibbs couldn’t wait to hear it all.
‘No…’ Femi replied sharply.
‘No? So why did she call in the first place’? Gibbs felt disappointed by Femi’s reply.
‘I don’t know, but she seemed to be hiding something; should I call her back and put more pressure on her’? Femi asked.
‘Of course! Call her back, she must tell you everything’ Gibbs thundered.
He decided he would tell Chimobi the truth about Seyi, even if it meant losing his friendship; it was worth it. Chimobi had suffered enough.
An hour had passed since she stood by the roadside, waiting for a bus to convey her to her place of work but none passed. From the little inquiry she made from other people who had been waiting for the buses too, she learned the bus drivers were on strike and this meant she needed to take a cab.
‘What a frustrating day’ she sighed as she trekked. She didn’t have enough money for a cab so she decided to trek a little distance away from the bus stop so her fare wouldn’t be so expensive.
All her thoughts were focused on her boss and how she would confess to him what she had planned with his wife; the more she thought about it, the more her stomach swirled; she hated the feeling that washed over her; it was pure dread.
Her mother had always taught her to be straightforward and honest but her greed for money had landed into a trap with Seyi which she didn’t know how to escape.
Seyi was Chimobi’s wife, and as his wife, she could manipulate him to any degree that she wanted; this was her greatest fear.
What if Seyi said something different to her boss? What if she lied about what really happened?
‘Then I would be so doomed’ Tola voiced out her fears.
Tears brightened her eyes as the disturbing thoughts continued to bug her mind; she dug her hand into her bag and fetched her phone and her earpiece.
She was in a dilemma; Seyi was Pharaoh and Sean was the red sea.
Only the coolness of music could release her from the guilt and pain that she felt; only music could soothe her nerves now; only music could heal her and cure her from the anxiousness that she felt.
And it worked!
A smile played on her lips as her lips moved slowly; she was listening to Davido’s “Fall” and it really did magic.
In that moment, everything else seemed lost: her pain; the honking of cars; the cries of child hawkers and the people that were staring at her and screaming for her to run, to move away.
‘Banana fall ….’ She trailed off as her voice disappeared.
‘Arh’! She screamed as the pain took hold of her. She fell down to the ground as her blood spilled freely.
 Unknown to her, a car had been dangling from behind but her music had blocked her out from what was coming. The car rammed itself into her lower body.

***********************THE END************************

To be continued from season two...

VALLEY OF ANGELS Episode 21-22

Two days had passed since she saw Chimobi; she had known it would be awkward working with a man she had slept with; what had she been thinking anyway? That it would be so easy to wave aside what had taken place that night like some easy memory?
She had been kidding herself; lying to herself that Chimobi did not matter; did not affect her. She shuddered at the thought of him, she still had feelings for him and she had only tried to mask that up with false hate and an urgent need to revenge.
‘Hey, we have to go, we’ve got a meeting today, remember’? Saddiya strolled into her bedroom.
‘You know, I find it difficult to understand why a girl like Lola would date Sean; it’s beyond me’ Diana lost the appetite of having anything to do with the girl since she saw the facebook pictures of her and Sean kissing.
‘I thought you said she was your daughter’ Saddiya laughed.
‘Hell No! Our resemblance is a coincidence, people resemble each other all the time; she is too young to start seeing a man; where are the morals people’? Diana scoffed.
She had been so disappointed when Saddiya had called her attention to check out the pictures two days back; she was still in shock that such a nice looking girl would get down with Sean, a man that was far older than her.
‘I think she should change her line of business, it is not profitable’ Diana applied a light coat of lipstick, assessed herself briefly before the mirror and decided she was good to go.
‘Of course, it is, her hair product is very good; works wonders’ Saddiya rolled her eyes as they both left the garage.
‘I meant for Sean, she should be selling mouthwashes’ Diana smirked.
‘That’s cruel’ Saddiya laughed.
‘I don’t know babe, but I felt this connection to the girl; I thought she was my daughter’ Diana said.
‘Could still be till proven otherwise’ Saddiya winked.
‘I doubt, her Facebook profile revealed many things about her; she was actually schooled in Abuja and grew up in Lagos; we both saw her mother’s pictures. I assure you, I don’t have amnesia, I still remember the face of the woman I handed my baby to’ Diana replied.
‘About that, have you heard from Chimobi’? Saddiya asked.
‘Not yet, hopefully, I would talk to him after the meeting’ she placed the key into the ignition and started the car; it was her turn to drive.
‘Holy Crap’ Saddiya blurted out.
Diana was always amazed at her friend’s ability to stay focused at work despite the fact that she was an internet freak.
‘What now’? Diana stopped the car.
‘Nigeria is much more fun than S.A’ Saddiya handed the phone to her.
‘I can’t believe these men would take drugs’ Diana scoffed. According to the news, some clergymen were on the list of some criminals who had just released a list of men and women of the higher echelon who were involved in drugs.
‘Why are they even doing this? It will make things worse for them’ Diana returned the phone to her friend.
‘To buy themselves time; I guess’ Saddiya replied.
‘He deserves to die’ Diana muttered underneath her breath as she thought of her cruel brother who would stand trial for his involvement in drugs.
‘Who deserves to die’? Saddiya wondered.
‘No one’ Diana dismissed her thoughts immediately. Her hate for Omale ran deep and she was never going to forgive him for hurting and humiliating her in the past.
As usual, Fesocorp was a town of plenty of busy; it was like an anthill where the ants would gather the grains for the next season tirelessly.
Chimobi trotted into the company, prepared and eager to meet with his workers for the monthly meeting that was being held in the company. The meeting was an avenue for the staff and the management to interact; it was a time to bring up suggestions on how to take the company to a higher level.
As he approached his office, he noticed Tola was not on a desk, that was weird she had a knack for punctuality.
“She has your eyes” Diana’s words rang in his ears as he dialed Tola’s number. Tola was a very hardworking girl; too hard working for her age and if she turned out to hide daughter, which obviously she wasn’t, it wasn’t such a bad thing.
He felt bad that he would have to break the news that nothing had been found in Abuja by Gibbs’ man, but he wasn’t going to give up; he would stand by Diana in all of these and what was to come maybe that was the only way to show her that he really cared.
‘Good morning sir, everyone has settled down’ Sean walked up to Chimobi to inform him that he was the only one that wasn’t in the conference hall for the meeting.
‘Oh, thanks, Sean; have you by any chance come across Tola, this morning’? Chimobi asked.
‘Um, no’ Sean replied in a hurry and quickly left the conference room.
He wasn’t comfortable with that question; his heart raced as he thought of the floozy he had decided to work with; what if she had exposed him to the boss? He hoped not, else, he would lose everything.
There was a glow of fear in Sean’s eyes as she walked away from Chimobi, a fear that his boss couldn’t understand.
‘I am not Gibbs, but that guy is definitely hiding something’ Chimobi turned off his phone as Tola wasn’t taking her calls.
It was time for the meeting.
The sight of the boss in a well-ironed black tux; the height of him and the power that exuded his fierce eyes had everyone rising to their feet immediately he walked into the room.
‘Thank you all for this great honor’ Chimobi waved at his workers before they all took a seat.
‘Is it just me or is it hot in here’? Saddiya winked, she sat next to Diana in the large hall where more than a two hundred workers sat. Fesocorp was massive.
‘He still hasn’t lost his looks even after twenty years’ Diana whispered. She could feel her heart pounding heavily against her chest; he was so handsome in his suit and tie and she suddenly felt like kissing him.
‘He is married’ she gave herself a warning.
‘Who is married’? Saddiya asked, her friend had been muttering to herself all morning.
Diana was about to give her friend a reply when she heard her name, it was those lips that had kissed her, that had made her feel good on that night that called her.
“Miss Anyebe, you look beautiful” those were the words she heard.
It was going to be hard to resist her; she wore a pencil skirt on a cashmere blouse; her make –up was light but still smashing; her lips were nude and her eyes were lightly lined. It was the curve of her eyebrows that attracted him that morning. Diana was a queen; he wanted to make that queen his’.

Her heart fluttered at those words; he still thought her beautiful? Did he like her? What of the things he had said to her back at the coffee shop?
‘Thank you sir’ she rose to her feet sluggishly as all eyes turned on her.
‘Can you pray for us’? He asked with smiling eyes.
‘Sure’ she shrugged, she couldn’t remember the last time she prayed, but she was willing to try.
She drew in a deep breath and opened her mouth to pray.
‘Help us to be wise in our decision making and taking, guide us not to argue too much in this meeting’ Diana trailed off as a horrible stench filled the air. What was that? She flipped her eyes open and realized everyone was as shocked as she was.
‘What do you think you are doing’? Gibbs asked Omale who had been dragged into his office.
The news was everywhere; he had released some names of clergy men on the internet and Nigerians were having a fun day with it especially the On Air Personality, Baby Freeze, whose well known hobby was clergy men bashing.
‘Do you realize I can lose my job? I would make sure you pay for this’ Gibbs pounded his feast heavily on the table.
Omale was not moved by his threats; he knew deep down that he wasn’t coming out of this alive; and so had nothing to fear.
‘Chimobi’s name would be next on that list, and you know how Nigerians would react’ Omale replied coolly.
‘Why are you doing this? Back then, I thought Chimobi was your friend, why do you want to tarnish his image on the internet, do you know how many clients he would lose because of you’? Gibbs asked.
‘And that is the more reason you should let me speak to him, one on one’ Omale cut in impatiently, was it too much to ask?
‘You’re a guilty man and you have no right to make demands’ Gibbs snapped his fingers, the door flew wide open and his men rushed in.
‘If you don’t grant my request, Chimobi would be next. I must speak to him before the end of today; I give you four hours to fix up that meeting else I would ruin him and everything will be on you’ Omale scowled angrily.
‘Take this idiot away’ Gibbs yelled angrily.
‘She looks bad’ Diana’s lips trembled as she recognized the woman that had stepped into the conference room.
‘The smell is worse’Saddiya murmured.
There was murmuring and whispering in the hall as the drunken woman surged forward unhindered. Most people knew her; they recognized her even in her dead drunk state.
‘Seyi? What are you doing here’? Chimobi’s heart sank as he saw his wife.
‘Sir, we tried not to let her in, but she overcame us’ the security guards rushed into the conference room.
Heat rose up at the base of his neck at this humiliation; this was the height of it all; how could Seyi do this to him? He was never going to be respected by his employees; she had made a mockery of him.
‘You fool! You’re sleeping with her’! Seyi groaned and staggered.
‘What are you talking about’? Chimobi asked.
‘Her’! Seyi raised a finger and scanned the faces of the people in the hall, her finger fell on Diana.
‘Oh my God’ Saddiya whispered.
‘You’re drunk, get her out of here’ Chimobi felt this embarrassment was too much for him to bear.
‘No, let me finish, you dick’ Seyi chuckled.
‘I remember you…’ her face lit as she moved closer to Diana.
‘Stay away from her’ Chimobi rushed to Diana’s rescue.
‘You whore, you slept with him back then and got pregnant; did you ever think he will love you? Look at what loving him turned me into’ she sneered at Diana who was too weak, too shocked to say anything.
‘Get her out of here’ Chimobi called to the guards.
‘Whore! You are the one fucking my husband, I am so sure of it but like the past, you can never win him; he would reject you once again, just like he did before his parents’.
Those were Seyi’s last words before the men dragged her away amidst her loud screaming and cursing.
‘I am so sorry’ Chimobi said to Diana. He knew Seyi’s words had brought back painful memories; he could see the hurt in her eyes.
‘Diana? Did you hear him’? Saddiya held her friend closely.
She said nothing. She did nothing. She was too afraid, too shaken as the ghosts of her past paid her a visit. Tears poured down her eyes as she stared into his eyes; was Seyi right? Was he going to reject her a second time?
Without warning, Diana pushed her friend’s hands off her and ran out of the conference room; she hated herself; she hated Chimobi; she cried all the way out.
She felt trapped by a myriad of emotions. Love; hate; sadness; frustration.
‘Diana’! Chimobi called after her, he knew she wasn’t in a good state and could do something stupid.
‘This meeting is over’ he announced and rushed outside to meet her.
‘Diana, please, do not get into that car, you are not in the right frame of mind to drive, please listen to me’ he found her in the Parking lot.
‘Stay away from me, you dirty bastard’ she cried, before speeding off.
‘No’ Chimobi sobbed as he watched her leave.
‘Where is she’? Saddiya arrived minutes later.
‘Gone’ he replied.
‘We have to chase after her, I don’t trust her driving when she is upset’ Saddiya said.

To be continued…..