“So..you and my brother uh?” Serena began as we changed into our swimwear, it’s been two weeks and I had been having swimming lessons from Sean, Serena had been in school but this weekend she was home. I wasn’t so good yet but I could stay in water and swim at 4ft “You guys dating yet?” she continued
“Seems to me you guys are”
“Well we not..not yet”
“Because Martin is my boyfriend”I said with a duh, she scoffed
“So you are using my brother?’
” no..not at all, he’s just teaching me swimming”
“That’s what he told you uh?’
“Serena I know what I’m doing?”why was she popnosing
” I’m not gonna push you, but I’m sure you know what you’re doing, because he’s soon leaving for London” Why was everyone pressuring me, why did she think I was using her brother, we were friends and just seeing how it goes, besides it was none of her business
We went to the pool area, Serena dived in but I stayed on the chaise, checking my phone messages as Rachael’s death was still trending, it was being investigated as everyone who knew her was being questioned, I felt it was weird as it was a straight forward case, but her parents seemed to be influential, the doctor had been arrested, but I was thinking her boyfriend should be the first to be arrested..
My phone started ringing, it was Martin, rolling my eyes I cut, he called again, I decided to pick
“Why haven’t you been picking my calls?..you got me all worried”
“I’m fine” I paused”I just needed time to think ”
“You needed two weeks to think?, you are never in your hostel, I’ve been looking for you all over, where are you? are you with him?” Had he been stalking my room
“What did you want?”
“Are you cheating on me?”
“What..no..” Why would he think that
“I just, I’m just confused”
“Let’s see tomorrow, we can talk about it ”
“You are around?” why was he around?
“Well why are you around?” He paused
“I was called to the station about Rachael” What..
“Can we just see and talk?”
“I can’t..” I saw Sean coming towards the pool
“What do you mean you can’t.. I want to see you, you are my girlfriend, why you doing this?”
“Martin, you’re shouting” why was he shouting Sean sat on the other chaise, took up a drink and drank
“you are with another man and i should’nt shout? Are yo sleeping with him?”
“What no..” At this point I wanted to cut the call but decided to be civil
“You are a s–t, you know that..” he was saying when I cut, nursing my headache I took a deep breathe..he just called me a s–t
“lover boy”Sean teased
“He just wants to know if I’m fine”I dismissed
“Yeah I guess, don’t let him get to you”he said
” I’m alright…I have to see him”I said He looked at me
”why?. Except you’re breaking up there’s no reason to”
“He’s still my boyfriend” He stared at me
“yeah..guess he is” He stood up to join his sister, I sat there and thought about Martin, feeling it was my fault he was acting that way, I would be angry too if it was in reverse situation, but why was he called, was he in trouble, I decided to let it all go as I stood up and went into the pool. The next day, Serena and I swam alone
“I’m sorry for the way I sounded earlier, I just want you to make the right decision, you obviously love my brother very much” She said as we reclined on the pool wall
“Yeah I do” I admitted to her, she giggled
” So you can say I’m the perfect matchmaker”
“More of an evil schemer” I said, she laughed out then
“See if you can catch me” Sean had gone to attend to some business, when he returned he joined us in the pool, and I continued my lessons.
We joked and laughed around with Serena until she made a phone call, talking to a guy, I haven’t met him yet but with the blush on her face, I knew she was serious about him. I was glad she moved on fast and teased her about it, she chuckled and she said she had to go
“Where you going?”
“Have to meet up with someone..besides I can’t be a third wheel”, she said as she left the pool, glancing at Sean I knew she was scheming again, I hated her so much, but loved her anyway. I practised my strokes while he made a call, he was quiet when he finished
” What is it?”I asked then swam to where he was, he stretched his hand and touched my hair “Are you okay?”I asked
“Yeah…just spoke with my travel agent”
“My flight’s booked for Saturday”
“What..” I felt I had more time
“Yeah..thought we had more time” I was silent as the pressure built on me, he stared at me “I want to know if there’s a reason for me to stay”he said
“You can stay because of your family”
“No..everyone has their life..I wanna start mine with you” I was silent
“you can’t just stay because I want you to?”I asked He held my face
“no..that’s not something to hold on to”he kissed me and I kissed him back with fervor, because I loved him very much but I needed time, I needed to settle whatever it was with Martin physically, plus the fact that he wasn’t a christian held me back, how do I show him to my father? He stayed me..I felt guilty, like I was using him
“Emilia…you’re driving me so crazy, I think I deserve a yes..” he paused “or a no, I’ve waited too long” I stared at him and my lips shook, I wanted to cry because I was about to say something stupid again .
“I need time” I said “by the end of the week, I promise” I needed to see my Dad and tell him the truth, I needed to break up with Martin..
“Okay..” he said “I ll wait”
I got back to my room and discovered Rebecca was not indoors, sighing I went about changing, I heard a sound
“Rebecca?” I called, She was supposed to be back from church, wondering where she went , I decided to have my bath, I came out and dressed up…. Suddenly I knew he was there as I heard breathing. I didn’t want to turn… but I did.
comments..who do you think is there in her room?what would happen next?