Thursday, 7 June 2018

MARRIED Episode 9-10

Andy finally stood up from the floor around past five. He hadn’t been able to get any sleep throughout the night. He had turned countless number of times on the floor, unable to sleep at all. The floor had been a bit comfortable so his discomfort was not because of his position but because of his constantly straying thoughts. Staying in the same room with Jessica was more torture than he had thought. He walked over to her and saw her sleeping soundly. Her hair was still loose the way he liked it. It spread on the pillow carelessly and Andy swallowed hard, remembering the silky feeling of it beneath his fingers. Even though her cloth was not what he was hoping for, she looked like a queen diva. He brushed away the strands of hair in her face and her striking face hit him and made him speechless. What is happening to me? He wondered and walked out of the room instantly.
*****
Jessica roused from her sleep with a lazy stretch. It took her some seconds to remember that she was in Andy’s room, and with the realization, she jumped out of bed. One quick glance told her that Andy was not in the room. She wondered if he had gone to work like he always did but hoped not because it would mean that she would have to do all the dramatic scenes alone with Andy’s father if he doesn’t leave early.
Last night flashed through her mind like the strike of lightning and she was struck motionless. She sat down slowly on the bed, remembering every single detail. She had flirted with him, wanting him to kiss her but not being bold enough to say it. She could still feel his lips on hers, demanding in a way she had never experienced. She had always known that Andy was a lady’s man, the kind that all ladies would like to have for themselves and the type of man that is not easily forgotten. In fact, she doubted that any woman would be able to forget Andy. Jessica’s scattered hair reminded her of how Andy had buried his fingers in her hair, massaging her scalp. She shivered. ‘This is a wrong move’ she thought, I need to get back on track.
Jessica entered the bathroom and saw new set of toiletries. She washed her face and brushed her teeth. Repacking her hair, she walked out of the room still in her oversized nightie. Andy was nowhere in sight but looking outside, she saw his car and sighed in relief. She told herself sternly that her relief had nothing to do with the desire to see him. She just didn’t want to face her father-in-law alone!
“Good morning ma’am” Ada greeted as Jessica entered the kitchen.
“Morning Ada, did you sleep well?” She responded. Her mouth felt so dry and she needed water.
“Yes ma’am”
Jessica filled a glass cup with water from the dispenser and satisfied her thirst. She loved being in the kitchen and having a maid was foreign to her. As a child, even though they had a help, she still did so many things in the house, especially in the kitchen. Since she lost her family, she hadn’t lived in a house with a maid in it until now. Jessica felt the urge to do the cooking herself. She quenched the thought that said that Andy was part of her reasons for this sudden desire.
“Ada, have you seen Andy?”
“No ma’am but his car is outside.”
Jessica nodded. “He might be with his dad. I am starved. Please slice some tomatoes and onions for eggs, I would be back. Please don’t fry it till I get back”
Jessica left the kitchen and went straight to the guests’ room. She did not know if she ought to disturb her father-in-law. The sound of Andy’s voice in the room made her heartbeat quicken and she had to pause for some seconds to compose herself before knocking. She heard the men’s laughter and almost smiled. She heard the muffled, ‘come in’ in between their laughter and she opened the door slowly, entering with a wide smile. Her eyes instantly collided with Andy’s and his laughter died down as he stared at her.
The big gown Jessie was putting on was no longer unappealing; in fact, it gave him another kind of unfamiliar hunger and desire. The past night flashed through them and for a moment, the elderly man was forgotten. Jessica felt an instant surge of heat wash over her as she tried hard to break the eye contact. She swallowed and turned to her father-in-law with a tense smile.
“Good morning sir” she greeted, going on her knees again.
“It is nice finally being noticed” he had a mischievous grin on his face. “What are you doing? Come and give me a peck” he invited. “I have spent so much time abroad and actually fancy their way of showing affection”.
Jessica smiled widely and went to kiss her father-in-law on the cheek. She instantly remembered her dad whom she always kissed when he was either going out or coming in. She had to force away that memory.
Episode 9b
Did you sleep well sweetheart?.The elderly man behaved more like her dad by the minute and she became upset that she was lying to such a man. She had never been one to love lies, she always avoided it but now, she had become a potential liar.
Jessica resisted the urge to glance at Andy. “I slept well dad, hope this room was comfortable enough sir?”
“Yes dear”
They are doing it again, Andy thought. ‘They have forgotten about me’. Anyone would think that Jessica was his father’s wife or daughter with the way they seemed to get along so well. Jessica hadn’t even said a simple ‘hi’ to him – her husband. He heard her ask his dad if he would love bread and eggs for breakfast and heard him talk of how hungry he was and how he could not wait to taste the inviting meal. He even called her ‘sweetheart’! Why should he?
“Don’t tell me you are jealous”
Andy suddenly noticed the two pairs of eyes staring at him. His palms had balled into fists and he did not know that he was actually glaring.
“Why are you both staring at me like that?”
Mr. Williams looked at Andy and laughed. “Come on son, you don’t honestly think that this old man would steal your wife, do you?”
Jessica whitened and stood up. “Of course not” she murmured for Andy. Andy was just staring angrily at both of them, not knowing why he was angry. Jessica managed a weak smile, wanting to vanish. “I would see to the food” she was out of the room before anyone could say Jack.
Andy’s father looked at Andy. “Did you two have a fight? You both seem to be on the edge with each other, or is it another form of emotion I am sensing?” Mr. Williams hid a knowing smile.
“Don’t be ridiculous dad. It would help if you two stopped making me look like a boring furniture while you talk like soul mates”
His dad laughed. “It might help if you stop being utterly speechless whenever she walks in”
Andy shook his head, swallowed and s tood up. “I would be back dad” he murmured, heading towards the door.
“No s-x in the kitchen Andrew”
“Dad” Andy warned.
“At least wait till I am gone, I need bacteria free food. I would be gone soon, by then, you would have the house all to yourselves”
Andy marched out and slammed the door, shutting out his dad’s echoing laughter. As Andy walked, he told himself that he needed the TV to reposition his mind and make him stop thinking about Jessica, but even as he walked, he found out that his legs were not moving in the direction of the sitting room.
*****
Jessica wheezed the eggs she had broken into a bowl. She had sent Ada to get sliced bread because the one in the fridge would not be enough to feed the available hungry mouths. She was trying hard to concentrate on the food she was preparing, instead of on Andy. Instantly, she became aware of the slow strides that were drawing closer. She needed no one to tell her that it was Andy because she had become accustomed to his semi-slow and confidently calculated steps. Immediately he entered the kitchen, she became aware of his presence in a terrifying way. She knew that he must be standing at the door because she could not hear his steps anymore. She swallowed and continued her task, not touching the salt yet for fear of putting more than expected in the eggs.
“Your hair looks more irresistible when it is without a band” Jessica heard Andy’s words and tensed. Andy knew that she was aware of his presence and smiled at her rigid back.
“Maybe I don’t want it to be irresistible” she gasped out. Is that my voice? She wondered. The pounding of her heart became louder than any other sound in her own ears. She did not know that Andy was just behind her until he spoke into her ears.
“It is still irresistible this way” she jumped, almost toppling the egg in the process. He laughed heartily, making her angrier.
“What the hell is wrong with you?”
“I don’t know, maybe you can tell me. You are the one who studied medicine, test me and diagnose my ailment” he had successfully pulled her into the circle of his arms. She squirmed and shook furiously in his arms, brushing her body against his, unknowingly tormenting him the more.
“Let me go Drew” she was shaking, trying to break out of his hold. Her leg brushed against the evidence of his desire and she froze, standing dead still.
Andy bit back a groan as he stood with a strained lazy grin on his face. “It is not a good idea to squirm like that in a man’s arms Jess, his body might get a wrong message” He released her and she instantly jumped out of his arms. He laughed and strolled out of the kitchen.
Jessica felt shaky and alarmed. Andy affected her senses in a very strange way and it frightened the living day light out of her.

Sitting at the dinning was not easy at all for Jessica but she did it successfully, by never meeting Andy’s eyes. She felt his eyes on her constantly but never gave in to the temptation of looking at him back. He asked her pointed questions but she never for once looked at him while answering those questions. After eating, Andy’s dad got ready to leave.
“Oh, I did not tell you both. I have org anized a party for both of you”
“A what?” Andy asked.
“A celebration party. Since I missed your wedding, I want to have another celebration. It is coming up in three days’ time; all you need to do is dress up and come. The invitation would be sent to everyone, you don’t need to worry”
What the hell? Jessica almost said. “Sir, I don’t think it is necessary. You would spend a lot of money, why bother when the wedding was just two months ago?”
Mr. Williams smiled. “OH son, you married a virtuous woman. Even knowing that she sleeps and wakes in money, she is still thinking of spending wisely”
“Am I not lucky?” Andy murmured, unconsciously linking his fingers with Jessica’s and brushing his thumb against her knuckles, making Jessie’s pulse race.
“Yeah son. But I insist on hosting the party” Jessica almost groaned. “I need to run now, see you two later”
They bid him farewell and walked back inside as he drove out.
“What are we going to do?” Jessica said as she paced.
“About what?” Andy relaxed fully as he sat on the chair.
“What do you mean by ‘about what’? About the party of course.
Pretending to your dad was one thing, doing the same with a large number of people is a totally different thing and I am sure I am not that good as an actress.”
“Why are you worrying yourself about that now? It is still three days away.” He paused. “There are better things to do now”
“Oh? And what is that?” If Jessica hadn’t been so agitated, she would have seen the gleam in his eyes. Before she could think, he jerked her until she fell, sitting awkwardly on his laps. “What are you doing Drew?” she asked breathlessly
“Would you like me to show you or tell you” his voice was husky with desire.
Jessica could not even think of a reply as Andy’s hand moved to loosen her hair. “Your hair is so beautiful” he whispered huskily as he kissed her earlobes. She gasped. He kissed her neck and she whispered his name, not knowing if she wanted him to stop or continue. He raised his eyes which were dark with desire to hers. He could see the desire also in her eyes in her quickened breathing. He swore and crushed her mouth with his. Jessica responded with equal hunger, not even pretending to be impassive. Her slim hand went to his neck and held him close. Andy’s hands were everywhere at once and she became lost. Something flashed through Jessica’s mind and she tried to slow Andy down. “Bose” she gasped.
“Don’t… Don’t worry… I gave her the day off” before the information even registered in her mind, he was kissing her again. He stood up instantly, carrying her in his arms and marching towards the masters’ bedroom, kissing her as he went. When he got there, he set her on her feet. “Today, I would see what my wife hides beneath this cloth”
*****
Andy changed his position on the bed as he came awake. His eyes landed on the angelic form sleeping on the bed and his drowsiness vanished. Jessica had never looked more beautiful. She was more than he ever imagined, much more than any man would imagine. She had no clothes on and her only covering was the blanket that he had used to cover her from the night’s chill.
Ever since his father had left, he and Jessica had barely left the room. They had been too preoccupied with themselves to even notice time. Andy never even thought of work for a second. They were like a newly wedded couple on their honeymoon. They had laughed and laughed about the present, never for once mentioning the past or the future. Jessica was always beautiful but watching her laugh made her look downright stunning and breathtaking. He wanted to make that happiness resident in her. Of everything that happened, Andy had been thrown speechless when he discovered that he was her first.
To imagine that Jessica would give him such a priceless gift has moved him beyond reason. The realization had shaken him to his very root and he made sure that that moment was special for Jessica too. As he watched her sleep, he felt the intense desire to protect her from harm. He knew almost nothing about the woman he married. He had felt that it was ok to know very little about her. ‘The less you know about a woman, the easier it makes it for you to forget her’ he had told himself. But he wanted to know Jessica. He wanted to know every single detail about her. The only thing she had told him about herself during this period of intimacy was the mishap that happened to her family. He had watched with horror as tears slipped down her eyes as she told him the story. It was devastating that she had to pass through so much pain at a tender age.
Andy watched Jessie pull up her knees like she was trying to shield herself and felt the deep urge to pull her into his arms, make her feel safe. This time, he did not resist the urge; he pulled her into his arms and was alarmed by the great delight he felt when she smuggled closer, burying her head in the fold of his shoulder. He kissed her forehead and brushed away the hair playing at her face. He had never felt more content in his life. Jessie felt so perfect in his arms, like that was where she was meant to be. Andy yawned and finally went back to sleep.
*****
Jessica had Andy’s hands around her when she woke up. She adjusted a bit and looked at Andy but he was still very much asleep. She smiled and touched his bare chest with her fingertips. The past day was the best day of her life. Andy had made her feel like a princess; like she was the best thing that could ever happen to any man. But…..
No… I would not think about it’ she thought. She refused to think about the fact that she had slept with her fussed husband; her contract. Refused to think about the fact that she had surrendered the most precious gift she had to him also; but of all the men that Jessica had come across, none of them deserved it more than Andy, and maybe no one would ever deserve it more. But why did she do it? Why did she surrender her virginity to someone who would become her ex–husband in less than a year? She sighed. Somewhere deep down, she had an answer for that question; somewhere in the innermost part of her being she knew that she would never have gotten in the family way with Andy if she did not have some feelings for him. Andy cleared his throat slightly and Jessie jerked and looked at
Andy who was now wide awake, staring at her. She smiled shyly. “Good morning Drew”
He was watching her now, making her nervous. “Good morning sweetheart” he pushed his fingers through her hair and smiled. He knew that she had been thinking but did not want to mention it. He did not want the talk of the contract to spoil the day. “Your skin is so beautiful” he murmured and Jessie blushed. “How was your night?”She smiled. “I was able to sleep at the latter part of the night, thank you”.
Andy chuckled. “Oh… what were you doing?” He raised his brow.
Jessie’s face reddened. “Should be ‘what were ‘we’ doing’”
Andy laughed slightly, bent and kissed her. “Should I show you or tell you what we were doing?”
Jessica frowned jokingly. “I think I know what we were doing so none”. They laughed and he kissed her again, lingering this time to enjoy her sweet honeyed mouth.
“I am so hungry now” he remembered that they did not eat dinner.
“It is like I have not eaten for the past five decades” Jessica murmured and Andy laughed.
“You are yet to see three decades”
“Yeah but I surely feel hungrier than that”
He smiled. “Let me fix us something, just relax here”
“Are you not going to work today” she half smiled.
He sat up. “Certain benefits come with owning your own company” he was gloriously naked when he stood up and Jessie’s mouth went dry as she stared at him. Andy noticed her eyes on him immediately he stood up and smiled as he pulled on a trouser. He turned and she instantly averted her gaze. “You can stare at me honey” he grinned but it did not last long. “I certainly am enjoying the view.
Jessica saw the hunger in his eyes and was alarmed when she looked at herself and saw that the blanket had slipped to her waist. She pulled it up instantly and could not meet his eyes.
He laughed. “Don’t be shy with me honey; your body can drive a man crazy”
“I wouldn’t want you to go crazy now, would I?” he laughed and left. Jessica instantly picked up her camisole and wore it. Andy had seen her entirely naked but that did not stop her from being self-conscious. She had always been conscious of exposing herself when someone was watching even if it was a woman. Her friends had helped her get over the feminine part because more often than not, they had to dress up together for an occasion. Getting naked or half naked in front of a guy was totally alien though. Even going half naked in front of a prying male doctor for scan had driven her crazy to the extent that she decided to change her doctor to a female doctor. Now that Andy had seen her nakedness, she was almost sure that he was the only man that she would give that privilege to. The surprising part was that she had actually wanted him to see her naked.
Putting on a flimsy short she didn’t remember owning, she started folding the clothes that were littering the floor and straightening the bedspread. Andy entered with a wide tray filled with food.
“Woow” Andy murmured as he took in Jessica’s appearance.
“You look divine. What the hell entered you to make you dress the way you used to?”
She smiled faintly. “You have no ide a. Bread and eggs, I can eat this everyday” she changed the topic with a smile.
He placed the tray on the bed and they both sat. They blessed the food and Jessica was about to dig in when she paused. “I did not even ask if you were good at this; cooking”
“Are you scared?” he grinned. He scooped up a sizeable amount of egg. “Find out yourself. Now, open your mouth”
“What? No, I…”
Andy pushed the food into her mouth as she spoke and her rebuke vanished as the egg tantalized her taste buds. “Wow”
“Yeah. There was a time when I wanted to be a chef”
She smiled as she started eating. “Well, you are good. Ralph was the only guy I know that cooks”. Immediately she said it, she knew it was a mistake.
It was Andy’s turn to pause. “Who is Ralph?”
She cleared her throat. “My ex”
“Oh…” the food did not taste so interesting to him again. Could that be jealousy?
“He left me at the altar”
Andy froze. “I didn’t get you.” She was silent. “You obviously did not mean what you just said”
“He was the reason I never wanted to get married again, the reason why I never wanted to catch any man’s fancy. He left me feeling stupid and disgraced at the altar on our wedding day”
“Oh my God” he held Jessie as she fought the tears that sprang up. “It is OK honey.”
*****
“Oh, you are coming over… wonderful… I am expecting you” she said into her phone and hung up. It was the evening already and everything had been magical. She got to the sitting room and sat beside Andy who was listening to the news. He pulled her against his warm body.
“Where are you off to?” he asked.
“I need to make my hair at the saloon. Sonia is coming over. She should be here in about two hours”
“Hope you won’t be staying long”
“No, just want to set my hair.” She stood up.
He took out his wallet to take out some money but she stopped him. “I can manage Drew”
“Well, I don’t want you to manage” he gave her some money, much more than she would ever dream of using for her hair. She reluctantly took it, kissed him and left.

To be continued…

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