I stood outside Richard’s office seconds after Prisca left, not really sure I should go in. I pressed the door knob & went in. Richard’s head was on d table, I had no idea if he was sleeping or thinking. Seeing him still made my heart beat quicken. I coughed slightly & his head shot up.
“I should not have behaved the way I did; I am sorry”. I blurted looking directly at him. He just looked at me, not believing a word I said. He stood up slowly & came over to stand in front of me. I could see what other women saw in him: he has a presence which beats others. His gaze can make a woman’s knees turn to jelly.
He took my hand without a word & led me to the long couch in his office. He gently pushed me to a sitting position, looking into my eyes intermittently.
“How are u feeling now?” his gentle question made me feel small due to d way I had behaved. The reason for my anger faded out of my memory as I looked into his blue eyes.
“Why did u not tell me we were expecting a baby?” I asked instead of answering him with tears gathering in my eyes. He smiled genuinely.
“You did not allow me to, baby” he said. I noticed a tear drop almost escaping his eyes & I was instantly overtaken by emotions. This is not what I want. We need to settle our issues.
“How can I allow u when-”
“Shhhh…”he said, silencing me with his finger against my lips.
“Let me just hold u now, sweet. C’mon” he said, pulling me into his arm. All I wanted to say fled as his hands enclosed around me. His fast & steady heartbeat pounded in my ear as I placed my head on his chest. We remained in this position for a very long time.
“You remember the first time I kissed u? The very first time I held u in my arms as I feasted on ur sweet honeyed lips?” he asked as he caressed my lips with his thumb, making me go crazy with desire. How could I not remember such an unforgettable experience?
“It was then I vowed not to ever have anything to do with another woman sexually till death do us part. You represent everything I have ever wanted in a woman. You should trust me honey. Better than u are doing now”. He pulled back to gaze into my eyes. The disappointment that was evident in his voice & face tore at my heart & being. I was confused; totally confused. I did not know what to do or say so I did what I had been wishing he would do. I kissed him hard on his lips, trying to erase the pain I saw.
He held me gently but closely & kissed me hungrily, taking full control. I held on to him as we basked in each others’ hands. The kissing grew fierce as his mouth strayed from mine & his hands brought goose bumps to my body. Something else would have happened right there, if we hadn’t been interrupted by an insistent knock on the office door.
Richard disengaged from me slowly & reluctantly, irritated that we were being disturbed. I smiled. The reaction of what we started was evident on him; on us both. I stood up & pulled Richard out of the couch, I sat on the office chair, adjusting my tussled hair while Richard crossed over to his seat asking his secretary to come in.
Richard’s secretary came in & gave a report of a patient who was rushed into the hospital. Two doctors were already with the patient but they were requesting Richard’s presence because the patient has internal bleeding & might require Richard’s skills if he stood a chance of survival.
This made Richard jump out of his seat. He kissed me, asked me to take care of myself & was out in a flash. I smiled, feeling a bit better even though we still had a lot of things to settle.
I picked up Richard’s phone & took it out of standby. The first image that propped up nearly made my eyes pop out of their sockets. It was a picture of Kelvin & I in what seemed like… a hug? I left Richard’s office dazed. I should be celebrating my pregnancy but how do u cope when what u love the most is in danger of being yanked away from u.
I was trying to piece up an explanation for what I had just seen but none of the conclusions I arrived at made sense. Only one thing seemed logical & could be a possibility. I was just a few steps away from Richard’s office when I saw Prisca approaching me with a questioning look but the look seemed to disappear when she saw my countenance.
“How did it go?” she asked. Before she could catch her breath, I pulled her into Richard’s office, closing the door firmly behind us. We sat down without a word & I gave her Richard’s phone. She looked at the phone for a while, & then looked at me.
“I don’t understand this. When did this happen?” she asked. I stood up & paced the room slowly, trying to gather my thoughts together.
“The time I bumped into Kelvin should be a week ago. No, wait. It was yesterday”, I said. I expected that the misunderstanding between Richard & I had reached a week, thinking about all the numerous things which had happened but the reality is that, it is just a day old.
To be continued