Belina (Tender Beauty) Episode 35

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Richard pulled a chair close to me & he sat on it, increasing my tension. “u should go with them. I am fine here but ur girl friend needs u”, I said trying to make him leave even though I wanted otherwise. He brought his mouth close to my ears & whispered,

“Are u jealous?” My head moved immediately he talked with his breath seeping into me & I said

“Me… Jealous? Of course not. Why should I be? I only feel that it is not proper for-”

“Shhhh”, he said,“u only need to relax”.

“I should be at work now”,I said trying to sit up & he helped me up after I refused to lay back. As he helped me to sit comfortably, I became tenser cos he was alarmingly close & for a few split of seconds, we both froze as we gazed into each other’s eyes. His blue eyes were so captivating that I threw caution into d wind & satisfied d hunger of my eyes.

Before I knew what was happening, we were inches away from each other & my eyes were not on his eyes but on his lips which was one thing that was a constant distraction whenever he was close. The alarm went off in my head & even though I terribly wanted to explore, I shifted slightly & he got d message.

“I am sorry”, he said I was furious about what had almost happened & opened my mouth without thinking.

“What exactly do u want from me? I now know that u are d owner of this hospital. Is this how u go about seducing ur workers cos u are handsome?” I asked He was stung & I knew it instantly but words once spoken can’t be gathered back. He was on his feet instantly.

“I am sorry” I said immediately

“No,u are right; I don’t have any right whatsoever to try to kiss u but I don’t go around kissing people if that is what u think I do. I just can’t control myself with u & it is best for u to start knowing d type of effects u have on men, though I am not just physically attracted to u. I have not been able to get u out of my head ever since I saw u in d concert but it is obvious that u don’t like me. Take care of u” he said & marched out b4 I could say anything.

I sat down there too stunned to speak. I wanted to cry but water just did not come out of my eyes. I wished I had not opened my big mouth & I didn’t even think about d hurt in his face cos it was just too much for me to bear.

Prisca entered immediately & we talked d way we usually did intentionally leaving our parents & yesterday’s issue out of it. After some minutes, she asked,

“what did u do to Richard?” I sighed deeply & narrated d whole episode to her. “Oh my God Lina, why did u say that now? The poor guy loves u to perdition & u made him feel like trash” Pric said.

Prisca’s words made my misery worse & I sighed again

“I know but d words were out of my mouth b4 I knew it. I was angry at myself for falling in love with him & I took it out on him”. I said without thinking again. She gasped

“I knew it; u are in love. Wow… just perfect”, she said grinning widely. I eyed her annoyingly but kept quiet, so she later said,

“u have to apologize to him but give him some time.

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I looked around gazing at my best friend who had now become my sister, my new mum or step mother, my new father & old father or rather, step father.

Prisca had spent nothing less than one hour trying to make me forgive her dad. I was about to leave d hospital & I had refused to forgive him but Prisca has a way of making hard & bad situations simple. I thought about everything & all he did for me when I was nothing but a stranger & had to let my anger dissolve.

She had one way or d other united her mum with her dad & everyone with my old dad & I was internally happy; Prisca is an angel when she sets to be one & she can also be d exact opposite when u step on her toes. Mr Jegas came towards me & bent down beside me.

“I am sorry for what I did to ur mum and u. I did what I did out of ignorance & fear that I was about to scatter my home with my own hands. I am sorry, pls find a place in ur heart to forgive me & ur 2nd dad there, pls”.

No matter how stubborn a person is, it is always difficult to discard d pleadings of an elder. My anger dissolved & I rose up, wiping d tears that had come to my cheeks as I hugged everyone

Tony asked me to stay away for 2days but I was partially at home. I wanted to see Richard to apologize for my actions but my new parents won’t let me out of their sight. They took care of me as one would a baby.

The real murderer of Olatunji James was taken to court and was sentenced to death by hanging. Dad, who was intent on making up for his mistakes, got a big contract for my dad which transformed his life tremendously & I was very happy about it

I got to work after 2days at home being a Friday & everyone welcomed me. I sat on my seat in d office feeling very lonely & not quite long,my intercom chimed & Joke told me that someone was there to see me and the person prefers to remain anonymous.

My hopes were raised as I expected to see my blue eyed love but my expectations were dampened when I saw d visitor.

Guess who and win a prize

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To be continued

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