The Loverboys 2 – Episode 1

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By: Faith Lucky.

Jeanne’s Pov:

Alex’s hands fell from my body as he moved back, his eyes still wide open, staring at Theo.

Theo sighed and took a step forward

“Not even a hug from an old friend?” He asked coldly and took his eyes to me.

Oh, God! He’s staring at me!

“Um…good evening, sir” I stuttered nervously.

I don’t know why, but I suddenly felt so scared. Maybe it was because of the stories I’ve heard about him.

And considering Alex’s reaction right now, it could only mean one thing; there was a problem.

“Good evening, Jeanne. Nice meeting you” he said with a cursory smile and gave me a cranky look.

He was dressed in a black trouser and a black shirt which was covered with a brown jacket and a pair of black sneakers.

His hair was dark and curled and the left part of it flopped across his left eye.

He had tiny pink lips and looked really handsome. Now I understand why people found it difficult choosing between him and Alex.

Oh, God! I still can’t believe Theo’s back and standing In front of me!

But why’s he here?

He let out a deep sigh and walked closer to the table.

He took a glass of wine from the table and emptied it into his mouth.

Then, he exhaled and took his gaze back to Alex.

“Okay, Alex. I think I’ll leave you guys to enjoy your date. Guess we’ll talk later” he said and giving him a hard stare, he turned around and left.

I kept staring at him as he walked away and couldn’t be seen anymore.

Then, I turned back and looked at Alex who was now staring at the floor, breathing heavily.

“Alex…” I called, but he didn’t even look into my face.

“Alex” I called again and held his hand, but he still didn’t look at me.

Oh, God! What could possibly be going on?

“Let’s go”:he finally said as he withdrew his hands from mine and started walking away.

I stood and stared at him from behind, not knowing what to do or say.

Why do I have a strange feeling about Theo’s return? And why did he show up on our date?

So many thoughts kept flashing through my mind and it made me really restless.

Sluggishly, I started trailing behind and walked to the car where he sat quietly, staring through the window.

I sat beside him and looked at him, but he wouldn’t look back at me. He was definitely troubled.

I also turned and stared the opposite direction as he started the car, taking off on a high speed.

*

Immediately we got home, he came out of the room and went into his room and that was it; I didn’t get to see him again.

The loverboys were not at home when we got there and it was kind of a relief to me because I wasn’t ready to answer much questions.

I stood beside Alex’s locked room for a long time, wishing he’d open up. But I even felt scared knocking.

I found it difficult falling asleep that night as the whole thing kept flashing through my mind. I laid upwards on the bed and thought about it.

I remembered when Carl had told me something about Theo being cold hearted and trust me, I could sense it, even from the way i heard him speak today. And the other fact…about being the one responsible for the deaths of Alex’s girlfriends…

No; I don’t want to think about that. I just don’t want to.

I can’t believe my first date night got ruined and my new boyfriend wouldn’t even talk to me.

***

I woke up pretty late the next morning and noticed I was having a slight headache.

Well, I guess it was because I didn’t sleep well the previous night. I just kept thinking and thinking and didn’t even realise when I fell asleep.

I felt a little weak when I recalled everything that happened – Theo’s unheralded return and Alex’s sudden change of character. I just hope nothing goes wrong.

I went into the bathroom and after brushing my teeth, I left to check up on Molly – or let me say Alex.

I knocked on his door severally, but got no reply. Then, I tried opening it but discovered it was locked.

“He’s not at home” I heard someone say and turned to see Carl coming towards me.

“Oh” was all I could say as I left the door.

I felt kind of disappointed.

“He left this morning” he further said as he stood in front of me.

“Really? Did he say where he was headed?” I asked but he shook his head and I sighed.

“Gosh! Why’s all these happening now? Where did he go these early without saying a word to me?

“is everything okay?” Carl asked, clearly noticing my perturbed look.

I placed my hands on my waist and took in a deep breath.

“No, it’s not” I finally said and he flinched.

“O…kay. so what’s the problem?” He asked and drew nearer and I took in a deep breath again.

Just saying it out was making me feel scared.

“Last night,” I started slowly. Alex took me out on a date. And…Theo showed up.”

“What???” He gasped, patently shocked.

He scoffed and looked behind, then back at me.

“What the hell did you say?” He asked in a whispering-like tone.

“Theo, Carl. Theo showed up. He came to us when we were together last night” I replied impatiently.

My fears were increasing as a result of his own reaction as well.

“Okay; what did he say?” He asked, still in a.a low tone.

“He um…nothing. He just said hi to us and left” I replied and he sighed.

‘Wow! This is crazy” he said. “I can’t believe Theo’s back.”

We didn’t say any other thing immediately as we both let the brooding silence step in.

“You need to be careful, Jeanne. Theo’s return might not be genuine, especially with the fact you’ve become close to Alex. Although, I know we’re not sure of the fact he’s behind the murders, but then…”..

He paused and sighed.

“You just need to be careful. Okay?” He asked and tapped me on the shoulders and I sighed and nodded despondently.

But seriously, I was worried.

I looked at the time; it was almost 11am.

I needed to get ready so I could meet the lover girls in the studio.

***

Alex’s Pov:

I walked into the garden and met him sitting there, backing me.

I walked in with bleary eyes, my whole head spinning.

I had so many thoughts running through my mind. Why did he have to return now? Why now?

Why couldn’t he just wait for me to elope with Jeanne before he showed up?

I stopped behind him and stared at him for a while. I knew he was aware of my presence, but didn’t want to turn around.

“Theo” I called lowly and he titled his head before standing up.

“hey” he called with a smile as he turned to face me.

He brought out a cigarette and lit it and stuck it in his mouth.

“I’m glad you asked to see me. Why didn’t you come around with our girlfriend?” He asked as he puffed out smoke from his cigarette.

“Theo please” I said weakly. “Don’t hurt Jeanne.”

He bent his head and laughed.

“Those were the same words I said to you four years ago. Do you remember?” He asked, his voice coming out hard.

“What happened to Olivia wasn’t my fault…”

“Of course it was!’ He interrupted me raucously.

Anger was beginning to eat him up.

He turned and backed me and smoked profusely from his cigarette.

“She meant the world to me, yet you took her away from me. And now, you want me to let you stay happy?” He said with a scoff and I weakly fell in my knees.

“Theo, please” I said ruefully.

“if you take Jeanne away from me, I won’t be able to survive it. I promise, I’ll die”.

He turned around and looked at me in surprise as I stayed on my knees.

“Wow!” He exclaimed. “Isn’t this incredible? This is the first time Alexander is kneeling in front of someone.”

He paused and squatted in front of me. I just bent my head and wept. I couldn’t help it.

“This lady must be really special to you, isn’t she?” He asked with a smile.

“The other ladies I killed, you only liked them. But, this Jeanne of a girl, you love her. Isn’t this what we call true love?”

He laughed and stood up and smoked from his cigarette again.

“Don’t worry, Alex; since you love her this much, I won’t kill her” he said and I lifted my eyes to look at him, anxiety eating me up.

My eyes were almost bulging out.

He smiled and started walking away.

“Theo!” I quickly stood on my feet and called.

Then, he stopped, but didn’t turn around to look at me.

“You.. you won’t hurt her?” I asked and heard him scoff.

“I won’t kill her” he replied and walked away.

I remained standing, staring into space, my heart thumping fast.

“no. Theo was upto something. I don’t trust him. I need to get Jeanne. We need to leave the country immediately.

Jeanne’s Pov:

After spending a long time with Hetty, Mia and Lea in the studio, I decided to go home, hoping I’d see Alex. I was missing him already.

I sat in the car and operated my phone as the driver took off.

I checked if there was any message from Alex, but disappointedly there wasn’t.

I wish I get to see him at home so I could spend some time with him.

After operating my phone for a long while, I leaned my back and closed my eyes, but not long after, the car screeched to a halt and I opened my eyes to see what was going on.

“What is it?” I asked the driver who opened the door and came out.

He bent and checked the car and came to the window where I sat.

“it’s a flat tyre, ma’am” he said and I flinched.

“A flat tyre?” I repeated and groused.

What the heck? Why a flat tyre now?

Immediately, a black van drove in a full speed and stopped in front of our car and before I knew what was happening, boys with guns came out of the van and shot the driver on the arm.

Whaaaat?

My phone fell from my hands and before I knew it, they came to the car, opened the doors and brought me out.

I screamed.

“No! Let go of me!” I said at the top of my voice as they held me roughly and immediately, they covered a napkin over my nose and I suddenly had the cessation to sleep and I dozed off.

TBC.