Early the following morning Nathan went for his usual work out. After taking a shower, he walked to his father’s room to check on him and found it empty. “dad?” He called out thinking He might be in the bath tab.
” where could he be?” He thought to himself..
Walking out he saw the maid heading to the bedrooms. ” grany!” he stopped her as he always called her ” have you seen dad? I didn’t find him in his room.”
” Yes, he is outside Nora has started helping him exercise walking.”
” oh I see, ” he answered, “let me see how he’s doing then.”
As he walked dressed in his jeans and a loose t-shirt, he thought of Nora, he had a difficult time the previous night to sleep. he could not get over the feel of kissing her and her soft breath, she was perfect. The intensity of the kiss he had with her gave him an assurance she had strong feelings for him.” I have found her ” he whispered in his head ” the woman of my youth.”
He stood outside and watched Nora trying to get Joe to step. “Try one more time” she encouraged.
“I can’t do this Nora” his father complained sadily .
“oh please let’s try one more time” she begged him, ” you need to stay focused and positive.”
Joe sighed and tried to move his legs again. Nathan felt a bit of jealousy as he watched Nora and his father with her hands on his back. but he quickly blushed it off and walked towards them.
“Well dad, that is good. keep up like that and you will be on your feet in a week !” he shouted as his father turned to look at his direction..
” mmmn you two can make a good team” his dad teased. Nathan looked at Nora, “good morning ” he smiled.
“morning ” she answered avoiding his eyes.
” so how is it going here?” he asked..
“well we trying to get me walk” Joe told him.
he patted his back .” .you will be okay dad, you have the best Physiotherapist here.” Nathan added his eyes on Nora who smiled shly. he let go of his father’s back and held Nora’s finger and withdrew quickly before his father could see him.
“Well let me leave you two continue with your work here. I wanna pick up something from Town. see you later” he told them and walked to his car in the garage.
After another session of exercising later that afternoon, she helped him back inside and gave him his super and medicine. As he sat to eat he called her.
” Nora come sit here.”
” Whats up ?” She asked with a smile.
“oh well I just wanted to say that am sorry last night i was a bit off. I said lots of things I shouldn’t have. I mean you are not here to listen to my problems.”
Nora smiled ” don’t worry about it Joe. I understand, it’s okey you can trust me. I mean I have been here for a while now and I feel like you people are family. so believe me it wasn’t a bother. I actually feel honoured you trust me enough.”
‘Thank you ” Nora Joe told her.
“You welcome ” she responded.
” well let me get to my room then call for me if you need me.
“yeah sure” he nodded his head
She went in and grabbed the remote control to turn on the TV not noticing Nathan standing behind her. he cleared his throat and she turned startled. Nathan smiled.
“Am sorry I sacred you. I just got this for you” he said extending his hand from his back with a bunch of fresh flowers..
“Oh Nathan, what? You shouldn’t have.”
she could not finish her sentence and he went to hold her hand. “I just wanted to say thank you and am sorry for last night.” he smiled..
“Thank you Nathan and I forgive you.” she told him getting the bouquet.
” you shouldn’t have gone through all this trouble for me Nathan. It wasn’t so necessary.”
“Yes it was for me Nora. last night was the best night i have ever had in a long time. I mean I have not felt that happy since mom was, you know….” he didn’t complete his sentence and Nora Added.
” I know and it’s okey.”
Nora sat on her bed, “I have to watch my favorite series now she told him.”
“you mind I sit and watch with you?” he asked already sitting next to her . she looked at him and smiled, you are unbelievable Nathan.”
He removed his sneakers and climbed up the bed leaning on the wall and placing a pillow on his head. “if you ask me, it’s more comfortable here” he giggled.
“Mmmn I will pass Nora shrugged.
“Okay Nora listen to me now.” Nathan crawed to the side sat and touched the top of her leggings on the thigh. “I don’t know how to put this but I want you in my life. please don’t shut me off now. Just tell me what it is You feel for me and if you don’t want me then I will let you be I promise.”
Nora turned to look at him, his eyes displayed pure honesty and emotions.” I can’t deny it I feel attracted to you, but come on we can’t do this now.”
” why not?” He asked looking at her, “is it dad? ”
“Please Nathan don’t start with that again.”
“no no don’t get me wrong Nora” he interrupted.
” I just meant to say, that maybe you afraid of what he might say or something” .
“Yeah something like that” She agreed.
” we will work something out. if you want we won’t tell him we are together at least not now” he added his hands on her.
“Now come here” he grabbed her hand and pulled her to the wall. he hugged her from the back and she leaned her head on him as they watched the movie.
“I always dreamt of holding you like this” he whispered in her ears. “It feels like home.”
“Yeah” Nora smiled her eyes still on the TV..
They had some small talk about different things and hours later they both fall asleep still in their clothings.
To be continued…