That’s was the word I could finally say before I dropped the mic and followed clarise down to madam Clara’s flat
She laid on her bed..it seemed she was smiling..
“Clarise she is smiling”
I said and sat with her
“She is not dead”
David walked in, Jeremy followed from behind..
Jeremy hurried to her, clarise had called the ambulance already..Jeremy was crying profusely..well David..he was just quiet, starring..he just walked to her and held her hands..I knew he was hurting, I could tell..
And so it happened, madam Clara, the woman who changed my life forever, a woman I could boldly call my mother, was gone..
I never knew they had lots of family members until now..you need to see how the flocked the fashion house..madam Clara had insisted she be buried in the fashion house, it was were she built her life..it was her home..and so David made sure her wish was granted..despite the complains of family members who insisted she must be brought to her hometown..
“None of you were here when my mother struggled all her life, none of you were here when she built this fashion house! Now you all want a share in her money?! Impossible!! She would be buried here, our pastor would supervise everything! Not a dime would be spent for any of you! If don’t like it that way, please use the door!”
Within minutes their bickering tongues seized to just distant murmurs..
Madam Clara’s death brought the boys back together, they had to be strong for each other..although David had not shared a tear since, and it bothers me..
Madam Clara was laid to rest a week later, there was no time to waste, it was all just as she had requested..the House Of Earl built her statue and placed it in the centre on the big compound..an icon to always remember..the house went cold for weeks, even vodka was strangely calm..No Fashion, no sales..everyone were all on black attire..I instructed that, for the next one week..Fashion should just wait for a while first..or so we thought before Joanne resurfaced..
I didn’t even know she was back..Jovita brought the gossip..well it should be good news right? Joanne is my buddy..is she? She is the only stumbling block to reach David! But that’s not the problem
“She is saying she came back to take what’s rightfully hers” Jovita said
“Take what? I don’t understand” I had to ask..
“She wants to own the House Of Earl”
My head sparked fire..
“Over my dead body”