Later in the night, Nathan woke up and noticed he had fallen asleep, Nora wrapped in his hands. he thought of going to his bed, so he placed her head on the pillow, stood to go, switched off the lights and TV but then changed his mind. He slowly went back in and held her again.” I won’t leave you” he whispered placing her head on his chest. she mourned a bit and then fall back asleep instantly.
Nathan let a smile the feel of her heart beating felt so good, he closed his eyes and was gone too.
The following morning they both over slept. Joe from the other room noticed that it was past the time Nora usually went to say her good morning but he was surprised the old maid is the one taking his breakfast. ” Nora is still asleep?” he asked her after she came to collect back the plates.
“I think so Sir I have not seen her” the maid explained.
“oh I see” he nodded, ” it’s unusual of her ” he said looking at the watch. it was 30 minutes past 08 hours, ” let me find out may be she isn’t well” Joe told her pushing his wheel chair towards Nora’s room.
He knocked once and entered when there was no response, ” oh!” he sighed in his mind. seeing his Son and Nora cuddled and fast asleep in the clothes they wore the previous day. he paused for a while feeling rather jealousy, but then thought over it. She was perfect for Nathan and not him he comforted himself. “am old and have had my chances at life so I would rather see my son happy.” he smiled them in that position reminded him of the love of his life Racheal. he wheeled back and closed back the door quitely careful not to make a sound. As he pushed himself to the study he found the maid and she asked, “is she okey?”
” Yes” Joe answered with a smile, “am sure shes perfect” he said pushing to his study room.
Nora woke up almost immediately Joe went out and she realised Nathan was still besides her. she smilled as she looked at his sleepy face. Shaking him a bit she woke him up, “hey!” Nathan opened his sleepy eyes, “is it morning already?”
” Oh yeah, silly it is past 8 and I have not checked on your father yet. am sure he will start looking for me. Come on now leave before anyone sees us
” Oh no please ” Nathan yowned. “one more hour please.”
“Mmm look at you? just get to your room already spoiled boy” .
Nathan smiled and turned her to him ” I had the most beautiful night of my life. should I come back tonight? Please.”
” no” Nora smiled “don’t you even think about it. Remember what we discussed last night.”
” yea yea.” he shrugged we are still hiding like 15 year olds he said making a sad face. he raised his head and kissed her. ” See you outside” he said before leaving the room.
“Morning dad !” he greeted his father as he opened the door to the study.
” morning son” Joe responded looking at the bright face of his son. “you slept well? ” He asked him.
“yeah ” Nathan smiled. “I had the best night of my life.”
” uh I see the beaming of your eyes Nathan. I sure can tell you are in good spirits this morning” . Joe added pretending he didn’t see anything.
“oh dad you are funny” he laughed, ” let me go use my gym, will see you later”
” sure son” Joe nodded, “you arent working this weekend?” He asked before Nathan closed the door
” no I think I will stay home this weekend. unless there will be an emergence at the hospital” he explained..
” great then, Son go on. ”
When Nora was done taking a bath. she too went to greet him.” I think it’s time for your exercise Joe ” she told him. “Sorry I woke up late today.”
Joe smiled widely ” you are not the only one who over slept my dear. Nathan just went out too.”
“Really ?” Nora answered shly . I guess we were both so tired.” she added with a grin. Joe pushed his chair towards where she sat,
” Nora dear, You are a beautiful, kind and honesty woman. I want you to be happy okey? ”
Nora looked at him and she couldn’t understand what he was driving at, “well thank you Joe ” she smiled.
“yeah !” Joe patted her hand, “now let’s go you do your thing on these dead legs of mine. I want to be able to walk on your wedding day” he teased.
Nora opened her mouth to say something but she quickly closed it.
“mmm you are acting funny today if you ask me ” she told him as she moved him outside.
Joe laughed ” am in good spirits today dear. what can I tell you.”
“By the way” Joe informed her, ” next week Monday the driver will come pick me up I need to check on some things from the company office. I have been working remotely but now I need to go sort a few things”
“. that’s okay ” Nora told him.” by the way do you know the weekend after next week will be my birthday?”
” No ” Joe responded. “wow! so how old will you be turning my dear”
.” 24..? she told him.
“Mmmn I see, I married Nathan’s mom when she was 24 and she was as beautiful as you are now.” Joe smiled
“i see ” Nora answered, “am sure shes still beautiful. so tell me ” she continued helping him up, “do you know where she is now?”
Joe sighed “no i don’t, the last time i met one of her cousins, all she told me was that Racheal was in South Africa and probably married to another man.”
Nora smiled, “wow Racheal that’s my mom’s name she told him.”
“What? You don’t say?” Joe exclaimed.
” what a coincidence.”
“yeah” Nora smiled, “but not to worry she can’t be close to be your Racheal. from the way you talk about her am sure shes a lot more beautiful and probably older.” She said laughing..
“Well ” Joe giggled, trying to push his leg forward holding his hand on Nora’s shoulder, “you are beautiful and am sure your mom is too.”
Nora laughed ” oh unfortunately people say I don’t look like her. maybe am more of dad ” she added
“come on,” Joe told her, ” you must have taken something from her as well.”
“oh yeah , my fingers probably” she teased. Joe shook his head, “There you said it” They both laughed.
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In Lusaka, Racheal and her husband sat in their living room talking.” honey its Nora’s birthday after next week. i want to pay her a suprise visit on her birthday. what do you think? ”
she asked her husband, ” it’s a good idea honey” Thabo answered. “I think we should both go since it’s a weekend.”
” that’s great honey” Racheal shouted excited.
“Am sure she would love that. Besides we can use a week’s vacation before I start work. ”
“sure” Racheal smiled happily.
The following week went by fast and Nora and Nathan where getting closer by the day..
She told him about her birthday and he was excited in his heart he planned to do something special for her.
She walked to his door one afternoon, “come in ” Nathan answered, seeing her by the door he went and pulled her in.
” am glad you are finally done with your work with dad. I was dying of holding you he said kissing her. ”
“I can tell by the way your hands are all over me” she laughed kissing him back.
” can you blame me, when am hooked by a woman like yourself?” He asked teasingly as he rubbed his nose on hers.
” Well , Mr lover boy, I came to tell you am going out this afternoon. I need to go check on my small house and do some cleaning and dusting I might end up having no place to go to after am done here.” She shrugged.
“am going with you ” Nathan told her.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea Nathan.” Nora told him still holding him by the waist.
“why not?” Nathan winced, “I can’t stand spending this whole weekend without you babe. allow me to come with you. ”
“If it will put your mind at easy, then you should go alone from here then I will follow you later. don’t worry about dad. I will have something to tell him.”
“Oh…I don’t know Nathan am not so comfortable, your father might suspect something.” she complained letting go his waist.
” I am almost certain dad knows babe, hes just waiting for us to tell him. so don’t worry if he hasn’t said anything it means he is not mad at us.”
“Alright then you will find me” she told him at last, ” thank you babe ” Nathan kissed her forehead.
” I promise to pay attention and watch you clean’ he teased as she walked out.
” she shook her head, what a lazy Doctor.” she smiled heading to say bye to Joe who was watching soccer in the TV room.
“Go on my dear” Joe told her. ” I will continue doing the exercises. I have started taking some steps, thanks to you.”
” you should” Nora encouraged use the cruches as much as posible, avoid the wheel chair.”
“sure” Joe nodded
To be continued…