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|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by Oyinprince(m): 2:31pm On Sep 21, 2016|
By Tomi Adesina
Dora removed her hand gloves and flashed a smile at me. “I’ll be right back,” she said, strolling into the house. I stared at her as she jogged off into the house. Her wicked grin put me off. She made me anxious to hear some news and then she disappeared into the house. ‘What did she take me for?’
Thoughts ran through my mind as I tried to imagine what Dora could have found out. Dora seemed to be a busy type. Cutting the garden right after work is something I will not think of, not even for a second. The flowers had been properly trimmed, and I have to admit, Dora is a great person.
I stared at her as she approached with a chair.
“Comfy, right?” she asked with a smile. “Please sit.”
“What are you doing, Dora? You have something for me, don’t you?”
She smiled. “Please don’t get all arrogant with me. I have big news for you, but first, you have to use the chair.”
“Oh please, let me have your bag.” She said, collecting my bag with a grin. ‘What could Dora have to say?’ I thought
I sat reluctantly. “Speak.”
“I think you should start taking lectures on manners.”
Dora could go comic on almost everything, although I admit to being rude. “Please Dora.”
“That’s more like it.” She flashed her teeth at me.
I tried to be patient as I stared at her.
“Oops! Sorry love, I have something for you.” She said and returned to the house.
I could kill Dora honestly. I clenched my fists in frustration. Why didn’t she just break the ice and save me the suspense?
“I am so sorry sis.” She said clutching a brown envelope to her arms. “I have a question for you and I want an honest response.”
At this junction, I could tell Dora a frank ‘yes’ just to know what she had found out about Paul. “YES”
“Oh Darlene…I don’t know how to ask you this question.” She said clenching her teeth.
“Just say it Dora, I will take no offence.” I pleaded.
She shut her eyes tightly and said, “Have you ever had sex with Paul?”
“WHAT!” I could almost puke at the thought. “Paul and I? No ways.”
She sighed. “Be honest.”
“Never! How could I sleep with a guy that I don’t even love?”
By the way she sighed; I could tell that she was relieved with my response. “Why the question?”
“I just want to be sure that there were no intimate ties between yourself and Paul.”
I smiled. “There you have it sis, I am clean, so break the ice.”
“PAUL IS GETTING MARRIED.”
I let out a laugh. “Chuck Norris must be getting poor in his lectures; this joke is as bad as it can get.”
“I am serious.” She replied, straight faced.
Dora looked serious. “You can’t be serious. Are you sure, you do know Paul, right? There are over a million men by the name Paul and any of them could be in the Bahamas.” I said, trying to convince myself.
“I was equally upset when the detective brought me the news, but there was nothing I could do about it. He had proofs.”
“What proofs?” I asked.
She handed me the brown envelope. “There are pictures of Paul and his fiancée in them. There is also an upset”
I flipped through the pictures. “What is Jake doing in them?” I asked widening my eyes.
“That’s your upset. Jake is aware of the whole thing.”
I shook my head as I returned the pictures to the envelope. “I am more shocked than upset.”
“I guess you can be relieved.”
I sighed. “Bottom line is that, he has moved on. I am only surprised at the speed and at his action.”
“Now that he has moved on, I officially certify you free to hook up with any Lagos guy. So should I call KP to hook us?”
“Chill sis…you have to slow down. I still need time to recover from this news that you’ve hit me with.”
Dora sighed. “Come on Darlene, isn’t this what we both wanted? Paul is out of your life for good and he his moving on. So, why not be happy?”
“I am worried for him. I am not too sure that he is making the best decision.”
“I don’t get you Darlene, Paul is out of your life, he is an adult and he has decided to move on, why draw him back?”
Dora was now wearing a frown. “Dora, I appreciate your efforts, but I want to be sure that what Paul is doing is right. If Jake was with him, I can’t be so sure of his decisions. Jake believes that the best way to get on with life is to do something sporadic, and I guess he stuffed the idea in Paul’s head.”
“If Paul is stupid enough to let Jake decide for him, then let it be. He will live with the consequences. However, I honestly think that you should let this go and be satisfied that Paul is out of your life for good. ”
“I am sure, sis. Let him go.” She replied, and returned into the house.
I couldn’t come to terms with the fact that Paul was moving on with his life. ‘Paul is getting married!’ I yelled. This should be good news for me, but I couldn’t help feeling bad about it.
“Is there a problem ma’am?” the security officer asked.
He heard me scream. “I’ll be fine.” I replied and hurried into the house to avoid further comments from the house workers. I tried calling Jake to no avail. His phone was turned off.
“Dora, I need your help.” I said as I walked into the kitchen.
She sliced some onions into a plate and chewed. “How?”
“I need a flight ticket to the Bahamas.”
She burst into a crooked laughter. “Are you going to start chasing shadows at this stage of your life? You are too much for that sis.” She replied.
“If I want to be embarrassed, that’s my decision.” I replied, taking some onions from the plate. “What do you see in Onions?”
She yanked the Onions from me. “I didn’t slice them for you. You are way too fresh to want more, and that’s the same case with Paul, you are too much for what you intend to do.”
“All I need is the Ticket. I leave on Friday night.”
She grinned. “You have a dinner at Ade-Cole, may I remind.”
“Look Darlene, I think you should let go. Paul has made a decision and you have to respect it. You dumped him. ”
Paul had a right to move on, but not in this way. “Marriage after a supposed heart break is just not right, maybe that’s how I see it, but logically, “He can’t love the poor girl.” She mocked.
“I am serious Dora; he won’t be able to love her.”
She hissed. “Really? That’s rich coming from you. You were guilty of the same.”
“Oh please Dora, cut me some slack. I was honest from the start. I am not sure that Paul will do the same with his Bahamas chic. He shouldn’t punish her because of me.”
Dora groaned heavily. “Wake up sis! The world doesn’t revolve around you.”
That was blunt! I had never heard Dora that blunt. I widened my eyes in shock.
“If you keep widening your eyes in that manner, your balls will be out of its sockets soon.”
I chuckled. “Thank you Dora.” I said.
“For everything Dora.” I replied as I took some onions from the plate. “You have helped me in every way to put Paul in the past. Most importantly, you blazed a very harsh truth on me.”
She smiled, and placed the plate of onions right before me. “Here you go, eat them all.” she replied and returned with two glasses and a bottle of Martini. “It’s good that you admit that you are not Ms World, everyone must bow. Care for Martini?” she asked.
“No. I have so much to do tonight, I don’t want a hangover.”
She laughed. “You are being a chicken you know, a cup won’t kill you.”
“A bottle will kill you. See you in the morning, if you make it.” I replied, and rushed upstairs.
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by Oyinprince(m): 2:32pm On Sep 21, 2016|
I could hear Dora shout, “You should have waited!”
I flung my wardrobe open and searched for a gown. I had a tough time selecting from my wardrobe. I would not have “MILLAROCA WEEKLY” ridicule me as they did 10 years ago. I had shown up at my father’s charity event in a checked top, Turquoise blue trouser and some weird grey loafers that Jake said were ‘meant to kill’. I needed no one to tell me that I looked horrible as my Ponytail golden brown hair summed up my unimpressive appearance.
The tabloid read boldly, “14-year old DARLENE WILLIAMS COMMITS ‘HORRIFYING’ FASHION BLUNDER!” A light tag was added to it with made me the object of ridicule at school on Monday, “…and they say that money can buy looks!”
Millaroca Weekly is anywhere that Top events took place and I would not miss a chance to re-write my image in their history books. I have been able to make a statement in the fashion world over the years. Therefore, this year, and most importantly, at Ade-Cole, there will not be an exception.
‘Good morning Lagosians. Its 5am this morning and it is all about the early morning traffic in the Metropolis. Ring us up and let’s know how it is in your region.’ I turned the volume of the radio down as I slipped into my bathroom slippers. I had rung a taxi to pick me up to work and then Dare and I would go to the City Mall together. Shower would not take forever, and especially when trying to beat Lagos’s ever busy traffic. Things only got worse when the Lagos State Government ordered the closure of the Third Mainland Bridge that linked into the City’s busiest parts.
“We will be moving against the traffic.” The Taxi driver said, as I stepped in.
That was a relief to me. I fetched my Phone from my bag and tweeted, ‘I will be moving against Traffic. Third Mainland can’t stop me.’ The driver raced against the traffic as we delved into the road recklessly, shoving other road users aside. I kicked, screamed and fumed to no avail, but the driver could not be moved. He kept bumping into every pothole.
“Ade-Cole Firm…we don dey check,” he said in his broken English accent as we highlighted at work.
I arrived at work for 6:47AM. That was a record! However, I had to pay for my early arrival. My head hurt! The security officers greeted me as I approached the building. I immediately left for my office. Arriving that early would mean that I would be the only one in the office, official duties starts by 8am. I turned on my office lights.
“Why are you here so early?”
Dare shifted his weight from the swivel chair and leaned on the table. “Good morning.”
“What are you doing here?” I asked, staring at him.
He stretched his body and his bones cracked violently. He must have slept in a position of discomfort. “This is my firm.”
“MY OFFICE! You broke into my office, which is punishable by the law. There’s a legal term for that, um…”
He smiled and picked his Jacket from the table. “Trespassing, it is called trespassing. I had a lot to do in preparation for tomorrow’s event, when I was done, the city’s traffic held me up. Satisfied?”
“Are you going home now?”
“Yes. I will be heading home against the traffic so that we’ll make it in time for City Mall.”
I nodded my head. “You have to be careful, because, if you get apprehended by the cops, you won’t go cheap.”
“It won’t be my first time in lock up, remember?”
“What are you doing here this early anyways?” he asked, opening the door.
“I had to beat traffic.”
He closed the door quietly after him. “Why not his office?” I thought aloud. I bent down and saw a Picture faced down. It was a picture of Dare and a little boy, probably around the age of four to five. ‘Who could this be?’ I thought. The door flung open as Dare rushed in. I stretched the picture to him. His eyes burned with fury. He took the picture from me without saying a word and walked out.
“Who could that be?” I asked myself.
Dare seemed upset about me looking at the picture, so it had to be important to him. It was still early in the morning and Toni could not help me with any answers yet, so I turned on my laptop and searched Paul’s Facebook Account.
‘Marital Status: Engaged to Marie Branson’
` I sighed as I went over his recent posts. Paul’s recent post read, ‘‘I’ll be happy with Marie.” I was not convinced with the post, but I became the 37th friend to LIKE the Post. Paul had posted several pictures of himself and Marie Branson. I had cold chills down my spine. At that moment, I had to admit to a slight jealousy. I logged off from the Internet and returned to thoughts about Dare’s picture. I got lost in the thought that I didn’t notice Toni before me.
“Darlene!” she yelled. “I have been here for almost five minutes.”
I popped my eyes open. “I am sorry Toni. Please sit.”
“Why do you look so worried?” she asked, as she took her seat.
I cleaned my brows. “It’s nothing Toni. I was lost in thoughts.” I replied, pouring myself a cup of coffee. “You care?”
“Yes please. Black, low fat.”
I smiled. “You should try more slimming down techniques, coffee isn’t really the best.”
She eyeballed me coldly. “Humans are so insatiable! You told me to try to work out, only last night, I saw an Indian movie ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ and Priyanka Chopra was going on about Black Coffee…Low fat. If I continue like that, I will be as fit and hot as Priyanka Chopra in a year.”
“Toni, you make me laugh. You will get there in five years, if you promise to reduce an intake on your Pepsi and burger.”
She scoffed. “I won’t take hunger as a substitute for good living.” She sipped her coffee lightly. “That aside, why did you look very sad?”
“Paul is getting married.”
She dropped the coffee on the table. “Paul?”
“Yes, and it will be soon. I don’t understand how it happened. He just decided to get married to some random girl I am sure he met while in the Bahamas.”
Toni sighed. “I still find it hard to believe. That guy was so much in love with you.”
“Jake must have planted that idea in his head. I bet he made Paul think of something weird.”
She shrugged. Toni finished the last bit of the coffee and passed the cup to me. “I think Paul is mature to take any decision he so wishes. Jake isn’t responsible for his actions.”
“If you say so, I have a question for you.”
She adjusted her weight against the chair. “Go ahead.”
“Is Dare hurt emotionally?”
She laughed. “I always knew that you care for him, why the question?”
“He slept in my office last night. He claimed that he had so much to do at work, so the traffic held him up, but I don’t believe it?”
Toni shrugged carelessly. “I don’t know if he is hurt. He is so over Reina, so I know that she’s not responsible for whatever shape he might be in. maybe, he’s having issues with his father.” She started. “Old Ade-Cole doesn’t miss a chance to take constant swipes at his son. He wants him to be HIM.”
“Almost every father wants that from his son. Do you think that’s the reason why he could be unstable?”
She nodded in agreement. “At the moment, I think so. He is under a lot of pressure to deliver tomorrow. Top members of the state will be in attendance, so everything has to go on well.”
“Okay. Is there anything special or sensitive about Dare that you know?” I asked.
Toni stared at me carefully. “Dare isn’t gay. He is a straight guy.”
“Shut up Toni. Who said a thing about Dare being gay?”
“Then why are you probing into his life without a destination? If you have something that needs to be cleared up, all you have to do is say what you know.” She replied with a bit of harshness in her tone.
I stared at her. “So much attitude for a simple enquiry.”
“It’s not a simple enquiry Darlene; you are beating around the bush. I bet you found out something that you want me to confirm, all I need is for you to say what it is, and then I will ease your suspicions.”
I was a bit skeptical about dropping the news. I am afraid of being seen as nosy by Dare and as impulsive by Toni. If I should mention it to Toni and she wasn’t aware of it previously, I would have leaked out something that I wasn’t sure of the import.
“Darlene, I have seen you as a close friend ever since you got here, you can try to see me as a friend. Dare means a lot to me, if there is something that should be known for his good, I’d rather you say.”
My eyes blinked repeatedly. “I would like an honest answer to the question, and a very direct one.”
I took a deep breath. “Does Dare have a son?”
“Darlene, I have never refused you a question about Dare, but on this one, if Dare has anything to tell you, he will. You won’t hear it from me.”
I sighed. “I just want a YES or NO”
“Sorry Darlene, you won’t get that from me.” She replied, standing up. She adjusted her grey jacket. “There are some matters that stay personal, and are rather not discussed for the good of us all. Don’t take it the wrong way.”
I nodded. “I understand.”
“That word weighs, if you don’t understand, just shrug.” She replied with a smile as she headed for the door. “Later hun, and best of luck with the stalker’s case.” She added and left.
` Bola came in. “Morning Darlene.”
She handed me the Dailies. “Dare called in and said that you should meet him in the Car garage in five minutes. He’s parked at the executives.”
“Thank you Bola.” I replied. She smiled as she left.
I flipped through the back pages and stumbled on a remembrance column that read:
“IN LOVING MEMORY OF TOBI ADE-COLE…It’s been 3 years since you’ve gone and I still miss you – Dad”
...to be continued
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|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by dimssy(m): 3:58pm On Sep 21, 2016|
Na so I bust into trend ooo.
I think the whole Paul marriage thing is being planned. Oyinprince,I throway salute look.
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by yorhmienerd(m): 6:20pm On Sep 21, 2016|
Following like twitter
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by Jellymusty(f): 11:08am On Sep 22, 2016|
Dis getting hot
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by Oyinprince(m): 11:56am On Sep 22, 2016|
By Tomi Adesina
Dare was silent as he drove from the office. The atmosphere was tense, and I guess it was because he saw me with the picture. I couldn’t wait to get to the City Mall and as soon as we approached, I heaved a sigh of relief.
“Are you that tired of me?” Dare asked as he parked.
Atta boy! At last he was talking. He pulled the hand break and smiled. “Get ready to put your stalker away.” He said as he got down. Dare stuns me. One moment he is negligent and indifferent, the other moment, he is caring and lively. His life was a piece of work to study.
“Here we are.” He said opening my door.
I smiled. “Thank you.”
A police man was on hand to escort us into the building. As soon as the judge mounted, the case begun. The Clerk ran through the formalities and when Daniel was asked to plead his case, he stated;
“Not Guilty, your honour.”
The Judge cleared his throat. “Mr Daniel, the charge of stalking levied against you by Ms. Darlene Williams has an incident of you stalking her at an event in the dark, and you had a firm grip on her, which could have resulted in an assault, if Mr Dare Ade-Cole hadn’t shown up. You had also been on the same bus with her once. What do you have to say for yourself?”
“Your honour, it was a public event and anyone could have been anywhere, the Bus is also a city transit and so anyone can be on a bus. I never tried to assault her, I noticed that she was scared, so I tried to pull her back to prevent her from running away and probably end up with the wrong guys. I was trying to defend her, not hurt her.”
“Why take special interest in defending Ms. Williams?”
Daniel sighed. “There was no special interest your honour. I saw a lady walking away in the dark, it was only logical that I followed.”
“There is nothing logical about following a lady walking away from a public event in the dark. She could have been tired of the event and have decided to leave. Be specific Mr Daniel, Why did you follow Ms. Williams?”
Daniel swallowed. I noticed how nervous he was, and I started to get uneasy with the trial. “No reason in particular.” He replied.
“Ms. Williams, what do you have to say about this?” the judge asked.
I rose to my feet. “I can’t say for sure that Daniel is a stalker, but I am not comfortable around him.”
“And you Mr Ade-Cole?”
Dare stood. “You are in the best position to give a verdict your honour, but Ms Williams isn’t comfortable with this man, and I had to rescue her from him on one occasion.”
“After all that has been said, this is my verdict, a restraining order is granted on Mr Daniel Obi, you are not to be found within 100 metres of Ms. Williams in walking space. Case closed!” The judge rose.
A policeman escorted Dare and I out of the building so as to ensure the 100 metres distance from Daniel.
“I hope this is safe.” The Policeman said.
Dare nodded in agreement. “The guy can’t be trusted, I think things are better this way. Or what do you say Darlene?”
“It’s fine.” I replied, squinting my eye balls trying to locate Daniel and another Police Officer afar off.
Dare motioned towards the car. “Shall we?”
“Yes please.” I replied, following him to the Car. He opened the door for me and shut it gently after me.
“So, are you all set for tomorrow?” he asked, as he started the engine.
I nodded. “I am.”
“I hope you don’t mind if I drop you off at the next stop, I have to be somewhere depressing, not sure you might want to come along.”
I shrugged. “I don’t mind if you drop me off at the next stop, but I won’t be reluctant to see your son’s grave.”
Dare pulled the brakes so hard that I almost hit my head on the dash board.
“Am sorry.” He said.
Honks pressed violently behind us. Dare pulled over at the side. “I’ll be right back.” He said. He apologized to some angry men who had bumped into each other when he suddenly pulled the break. The apology was quickly accepted when Dare tendered his Business Card to the men. The Power of wealth.
“How did you know about my son?” he asked as he shut the door.
“The Picture, and the papers.”
Dare buried his head in his hands. By the time he lifted his face, he was in tears.
“Dare, I am so sorry. I never meant to hurt you with it.” I said, almost trembling in fear.
Paul, for me, seemed to be the only man that could cry. Here was a Dare shedding tears of his late son’s death before me.
“He was only five years old.” He struggled to say amidst tears. “I killed him.” He said as he wailed.
I was scared. I got down and turned to his side. “Dare, let me drive.” I said in a shaky voice. I was sure that I couldn’t drive, but I wasn’t ready to allow him in his state.
“No, I will be fine. Let’s just pick up some flowers and we’ll be on our way to the Cemetery.” He said, cleaning his face.
“Dare, let’s call a cab. You are not doing fine.” I pleaded.
He shook his head in disagreement. “Please Darlene; don’t make this harder for me. Let’s go.”
We arrived at Ikoyi Cemetery later. We stood before Tobi Ade-Cole’s graveyard. Dare dropped the flowers he had bought, I also dropped mine. I watched him whisper something indistinct to his grave.
“Tobi, I am sorry.” He started in tears.
I patted him lightly on the back. “It’s okay Dare. Let’s go, we can talk about this.”
“He was only five.” He said, as he rubbed the grave. “I had promised to pick Tobi up after school, but within the day, Reina and I got into a very heated argument and I decided not to pick Tobi up. I told her to do it.” He said as he sobbed. “Reina was just learning to drive; I should never have acted that irresponsible.”
“Oh my God!” I exclaimed as I dropped on my knees beside him.
Dare wiped his face. “Reina had an accident. Tobi couldn’t survive.” Dare broke down in tears. “Reina has never forgiven me. I can’t even forgive myself. The boy was so little; he didn’t deserve to be caught up in our mess.”
“I am so sorry.” I said, as I wiped a tear that dropped from my eyes. “It’s not your fault. It was meant to be.”
Dare laughed in spite of himself. “Are you saying that Tobi was meant to die? Tobi died because I didn’t pick him up from school. That was entirely my fault. I am responsible for Tobi.”
I don’t know if I will ever be a good mother, I stared at Dare as he spoke about his late son. I felt so much blood rush within me. “Dare, forgive yourself first. Tobi has forgiven you.”
“How can you tell? I still miss him.”
I nodded my head. “It’s okay to miss him. I still miss my mom from over 20 years, and I never really knew her, yet I used to feel responsible for her death, until Jake told me some truth. If she could see me, she will never be happy that I still weep over her. Same with Tobi, he is in a better place, and he wants you to be happy for him.”
“How can I be happy Darlene? Reina and I had a very horrible relationship afterwards, until we finally broke up. She hated me, and I bet she still does.”
I sighed. ‘The Reina Sermon’ I thought. “Everyone can be hit by pain; you also feel the pain of Tobi’s loss. Don’t make yourself look like the Villain here. God gives, and God takes.”
We returned to the car some minutes later. We waited in the car listening to some Rock Music by BLINK 182 before Dare started the car. I felt it was safe for us not to drive off instantly, not sure I was ready to be buried soon.
“Thanks for coming with me Darlene.” Dare said, as he parked. “I could never have been better without you there. I am grateful.”
I smiled faintly. “You are welcome. I think you take the day off, so as to be in proper shape for tomorrow.”
“Now you are going Boss on me.” He joked. “I’ll pass though, I have to be here to ensure that everything is all set for tomorrow.”
I returned to my office. “Hi Bola, did anyone come looking for me?” I asked.
“You have an envelope from the Post office.” She said, stretching out the envelope.
I opened it carefully. It read: “You are cordially invited to the Holy Matrimony between Paul Davis and Marie Branson.” I hissed. ‘What was Paul thinking?’ Did he expect me to make his wedding? I guess he wanted to rub it in my face that he was getting married. “I can’t be bothered.” I yelled.
“Is there a problem Darlene?” Bola asked.
“No.” I replied, and returned to my office. I tore the card to shreds as soon as I entered my office and disposed it into the thrash.
I had too many encounters in one day. I just discovered that Dare used to be a father, and now Paul is getting married. Where are the men in town anyways? How was Dora planning to hook me up? Are there single men anymore?
A Cool breeze blew from the South East as I rolled over on my bed. ‘Who wouldn’t respond well to mother nature?’ I thought as I stretched out. Mavis, our gardener had pleaded with Dad to have the Giant coconut tree opposite my room’s window cut down for security reasons, but I stood firm against it. I went Green! We should conserve nature, shouldn’t we? The leaves of the tree danced and its careless whisper buzzed in my ears. Welcome to the good life, Darlene. I flung my window open and the heavy wind pushed my hair back. I spread my arms out as the tiny drops of rain trickled on my face. TGIF! I smiled.
“Stop this, Dad.” Dora yelled as Sir Williams pushed my door open.
My splendid moment was short lived. “Whoever dubbed you with the ‘Sir’ tag should be here to witness your barging in on your daughter at 5 in the morning. Insomnia?” I asked. Sir Williams is such a ‘joy killer’. I thought.
The Oba of Lagos dubbed him ‘Sir’. The King deemed it fit to recognize Dad because of his numerous achievements and additions to the society.
“You got a restraining order on Daniel, how could you?” Dad asked.
I widened my eyes in surprise.
“Dad, I can’t believe you came all the way here to challenge me on a closed case.” I said with a grin.
“Quit the Sarcasm, Darlene. That was pure injustice. Is it because the kid has no one to defend him?” he asked angrily.
“I was defenseless when he attacked me that night.”
Dad hissed. “You should have awaited my orders.” He said, taking his seat.
I screamed so loud that Dad had to cover his eyes, yes, his eyes. “Can you hear yourself Sir Williams? I didn’t trust him, it was up to the judge to decide, and after hearing our sides, he granted it. That was the Judge’s decision, not mine.” I replied.
“Oh come off it Darlene, the Judge decided based on your background.”
‘Background?!’ Sir Williams baffled me. “That should be your fault, not mine. I never requested to be born to you, God decided. Why are you so interested in this case? Is he also your son?” I asked, raising my voice.
“I only want some justice for a young man who tried to get close to you and you used your status to kick him away.”
I groaned. “Stop sounding like this Dad. Everything I am and I have, I have earned. I don’t get my salary from you or your firm. I work. If you feel so attached to him, adopt him, or rather, acknowledge him. He could be your son and I could care less.” I said, glancing at Dora.
She swallowed. “I am sorry Dora. I didn’t mean it that way”
“It’s Okay.” She replied.
Dad shook his head. “Darlene, you need to be a better person. The fact that you are in a position of advantage doesn’t mean you should lock up everyone against you.”
“Sir, I didn’t lock up that truant, he is a stalker!”
Dad threw his hand back in anger and I missed been hit by an inch. I sunk into my bed.
“What is it with you Dad?” Dora yelled.
He turned to her in anger. “Stay out of this.” He replied.
“Why should I? I watched you yell at my sister for no genuine reason. Daniel is a stalker and he got restrained, so what?” she shouted.
She rolled her eyes. “I think D is right. Who is Daniel to you? Alternatively, who is Daniel to us? Is he our brother?”
“Daniel isn’t your brother. He is a young man with no one, he is good and he is my friend.”
Dora scoffed. “It turns out that you know little about your friend, he is not safe!”
I was shocked. I watched Dad and Dora talk and raise voices at each other while I nursed my cheek softly. If only Dad had hit me…
“You,” Dad shouted pointing at me. “And you too,” he added, widening his eyes at Dora. “I won’t let any of my kids victimize innocent people because they can the shots.” He shouted.
I stared at him carefully. “Have you been drinking too much Vodka?” I asked.
“Wow!” Dora burst into laughter.
Dad stared angrily. “What’s funny Dora? D…” he cursed silently and stormed out.
“Never touch alcohol Dora.” I said, sprawling out on the bed.
She sat down on the bedside. “He is not drunk. At least, it is not as bad as you think.”
“You think? How else can you explain a man of Dad’s age not being able to sleep and then he decided to visit an issue that had been closed since lunch time yesterday.” I said, rubbing my cheek.
Dora sighed. “Much ado about nada! He did not hit you!” I dropped my hand from my face and grimaced. “Dad couldn’t sleep. He read about Daniel’s case in the local feeds.”
“I’ll say there’s more to Daniel and Dad than what meets the eye.”
She nodded. “There is, but I don’t know if he was completely honest with me when he said that Daniel is the son of a late close friend.”
I fetched my bathrobe. “So, it’s the traditional dying wish of ‘Please take of my son ’and your Dad must be trying to do just that, right? Isn’t Daniel too old for ‘babysitting’? I said, turning on the shower.
“You don’t have your bath this early.” Dora said, closing the windows.
“Dad has ruined my morning. So I’ll just have my bath, and surf the Internet for a while before heading out.” I replied. “I’ll be back by noon to prepare for the dinner.”
I slipped into my bathrobe. “Want to see my dress?”
“Yes, please.” She replied.
I opened the closet and dropped the dress on the bed.
“Wow!” she turned the dress to its back. “This is a statement. I’ll put your make up on.”
I stared at her.
“Don’t be scared. I had my make-up classes at The House of Tara;you do know what it is to have Tara Durotoye take your make-up classes, right? She said, proudly.
I rolled my eyes. Undoubtedly, Tara Durotoye is a force to reckon with in the country when it came to events, she couldn’t get it wrong. Did Dora have to brag about going to her make-up school? Next thing, she will be telling me that she is dancing at Kaffy’s School.
“I don’t want a make-over. The dress is good enough.” I warned.
She curtsied. “As your lordship pleases”
“Thank you.” I dashed into the Bathroom to avoid my hot water bath going cold.
I was about shutting the elevator doors when Dare stepped in.
He smiled. “Thanks for yesterday.”
“For nothing, hope you feel a lot better?” I asked.
He nodded. “Couldn’t be any better. Big night ahead, you set?”
“I am.” I replied. ‘It is just an opening speech’ I thought. Why so much fuss? Anyone could read an opening speech, well not anyone, especially at an event of huge magnitude.
Dare cleared his throat as the elevator door opened to the last floor.
“Darlene, please be my date tonight.” He said, with a smile.
...to be continued
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|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by Nwiboko26(f): 4:46pm On Sep 22, 2016|
Am always expecting an update.and am enjoying every bit of it.thank you for d update.i couldn't stop laughing wen i read episode 16.d exchange of words between reina nd toni was funny.
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by yorhmienerd(m): 10:21pm On Sep 22, 2016|
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by Luckymay(f): 5:47am On Sep 23, 2016|
Wow... Every chapter was a hit. Good job onyiprince. Following ardently
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by costal(m): 12:33pm On Sep 23, 2016|
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|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by Oyinprince(m): 9:30am On Sep 24, 2016|
By Tomi Adesina
Dora brushed my hair backwards. “So Prince Charming will be here to pick you,” She started. “I would really love to see him when he arrives.”
I nodded as I coolly applied my strawberry flavoured lip-gloss. Something to lick when the going gets tough.My phone buzzed and Jake’s message came up. It read:
“Heard there’s a dinner, need a date? Jake x”
Dora and I exchanged a knowing look. I knew better than to reply Jake’s message. He could go from Amazing to Bad in a split if he knew that I was going with Dare to the dinner. Well, what can a pretty girl do? Moreover, I have already disappointed Dare once on a date, or twice.
“This will be the first time that I will turn Jacob down. I can’t tell him why.”
“Why not?” She asked applying the spray gel to my hair.
I titled my head to the back to allow for ease. “He might get upset.”
Dora rolled her eyes. “Is there anything between Jake and you aside from being best pals?”
“Nope. Why?” I asked, although I could guess why she asked the question.
Dora let out a deep breath. “You can hang out with whosoever you please. Jake does, so why won’t you?”
I sighed. I could not see things in the same light as Dora, Jake and I have come a long way so I see this as turning him down. Dare asked me out first, right? “Just forget it, Dora. You don’t understand.”
“Tada!” Dora said as she turned the Giant Mirror towards me.
Dora had me looking simply gorgeous! I am not one to flatter myself, but on this occasion, I cannot help it. “Omg!”
“You are looking good sis.”
I smiled. “Thank you Dora.”
“You are welcome.” She replied, as she brushed off some hair from my dress. “I am going to have to cut your hair; it makes me think you aren’t Negro.”
“Dad has a short hair. Your mom’s hair must have been really long.”
I smiled faintly. Dora had succeeded in sending memories of my mom into my head, but I had outgrown the part where I always had to cry, especially not tonight. I smiled again, but this time, a tear dropped. Can you really stop those moments?
“D…if you wanna cry, you’ll have to choose your moments. I am not about to have you mess up my hard work.” She said wiping the tears off delicately. “Its okay baby, momma’s here…,” she whispered.
I laughed. Dora could switch moods. Bless you Dora.
The doorbells chimed. My heart skipped a beat. It had to be Dare Ade-Cole. “Smile now.” Dora said, and dashed out. I could hear the trumping on the stairs; Dora did not want the house cleaner to open the door. She had sworn that she must have an encounter with the elegant Dare Ade-Cole.
“Please wait here for here, she will be down in a moment.” Dora said, leading Dare to the hallway.
I took a deep breath, grabbed my purse, and descended the stairs.
“Oh my God,” Dare muttered. “You are beautiful.”
“Thank you.” I replied, with a casual smile.
“May I?” Dare asked as he lifted his arms.
I nodded. “Please do.” I replied. I winked at Dora before we stepped out.
The Grand floor of Ade-Cole firm wore an elegant look. There was a chandelier in the centre. The staffs and attendants moved around with a smile that was rare on a normal working day. So much for a function. I walked round with Dare as we welcomed the guests.
“Immediately the meeting is over. There will be dinner, cannot wait. I am starving.” Dare whispered.
I chuckled softly. “You are the host, remember?”
“So much for being my father’s son.”
About thirty minutes later, the MC mounted and everyone had their seat. He read out my name to take the opening speech. I picked up my purse; it had turned out to be my companion for the night and mounted the podium, with radiant smiles. ‘You mustn’t forget to smile,’ Dora had warned. I went through the formalities, acknowledging the executives and board members, before I went ahead with the speech.
The speech was clear and crisp. I tried my best to avoid stuttering, or ceasing, I also didn’t clear my throat, as I tried to sound vibrant and audible. I occasionally stopped to put a smile on my face. I swallowed while doing that, but not that it was obvious to the audience.
As soon as I stepped down, there was a thunder of applause. I cast a quick glance at the Ade-Cole board just to ensure that I had their nod, and I wasn’t disappointed. They were all smiles. The claps continued until I had taken my seat beside Dare and the MC returned.
Other important details followed, more guests were introduced and statements were read. Just like Dare, I soon started to feel hungry. I glanced at my wristwatch occasionally. The cameras would not permit me to ease my boredom by touching my phone, in addition that will just imply bad manners. There was a flat screen which had the visuals from the camera on. I couldn’t be caught ‘Pinging’ or even dozing. These functions made me weary.
Dinner Time. Now we could have a less formal function. I glanced at my wristwatch; it was “10:45pm”
“You are with me, remember?” Dare said with a smile.
Dare and I walked over to meet his father.
“Darlene, I want you to meet the head of Ade-Cole Law Firm, Mr Ayodeji Ade-Cole, my father.” Dare started. “Dad, meet Darlene Williams.”
I smiled. “Good evening Sir.”
“Beautiful speech from a beautiful lady,” He started, staring at me. “You go for the best, son.” He said, turning to Dare, peering underneath his half mooned spectacles.
Dare frowned slightly. “Thank you Sir.” His response was firm.
Mr Ayodeji Ade-Cole cleared his throat. “You are Sir Williams’s daughter, right?” he asked.
I nodded confidently. “Yes, I am.”
He shot a quick glance at his companion and they exchanged a knowing look.
“Meet my brother, Dare’s uncle, Femi Ade-Cole.” He introduced quickly.
We exchanged greetings.
“Why are you not working for your father?” he asked.
Behold the much awaited question. It just had to be asked, but by Dare’s uncle? Didn’t know Ade-Cole was a family dynasty. I looked at Femi Ade-Cole with a slight grimace, didn’t want to appear rude. His question needed a very intelligent response. I didn’t want my father to appear weak before his biggest rivals. “It won’t hurt gathering a new experience, except if there’s nothing new to learn her Sirs.”
“Ahem!” Dare cleared his throat, standing closer to me. That could only mean one thing, ‘Shut up, D!’
“Of course, there are many things to learn from here.”Mr Ayodeji Ade-Cole replied, grinning.
I frowned slightly. His grin put me off.
“Could you please excuse us Ms. Williams? I would like a word with this gentleman here,” he said patting Dare on the back.
I nodded. “Yes, please…” I walked away briskly.
I could bet my inheritance that Dare was about to hear the Why are you ‘sleeping with the enemy’ sermon? I joined Toni and Bola at their Table.
“Looking good tonight ladies,” I said, as I slid into a chair.
“You are beautiful.” Bola said.
“She’s always been. Tonight is just with a difference.” Toni added.
I blushed. All through the night I had listened to compliments and had some heavy stares on me. Dora had made me ‘Simply Gorgeous’. I owe her a Chicken. ‘Will foil a drumstick for her’ I thought.
“Thanks ladies.” I appreciated.
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Bola smiled. “Beautiful speech, can’t say anything less about the giver.”
“Easy Bola, you are passing compliments like a man.” We all laughed.
We joked about the Steaks that were being served and Toni bragged to cook them better.
“I’d make onions cry with a perfect steak.” She started. “You pay huge amount of money and steak still tastes like this.” She said, swallowing another spoon. “Fries, please.” She said to the attendant that passed our table. Bola and I exchanged quick glances.
“Mrs Small, you have complained all night about the food and yet your consumption rate is so high, how is that?” I asked.
She smiled. “I am managing it. I can’t wait for the attendant to return with the Fries, and maybe, I could get some fish pepper soup too.”
“I don’t know who’s going to carry you out of here, but certainly not me.” I replied.
She rolled her eyes. “I don’t get why people with a size 8 frame still want to be size 0. You should eat well. Or, do you have an interest in modelling in the nearest future?”
“Good evening ladies.” Dare said, joining us at the table. He looked elegant in his tux. He shaved clean, and for the first time, I saw how perfectly rounded his lips well. ‘Wasn’t I in the car with him?’ he was also wearing a smart bow tie. Dare, sure knows how to look good. Debonair!
“Excuse us ladies, but Darlene and I will have to meet with the other guests now. We still have them pouring in, seems like they came for the food.” He joked. I smiled at Toni and Bola and left with Dare.
‘They look so cute together, don’t they?’ ‘She’s beautiful, and I think he’s very handsome’ I couldn’t help but pick conversations as they littered around with people talking about Dare and I.
“You had a long talk with your Dad. Hope he’s impressed with the firm?”
Dare smiled. “He couldn’t feel any better. He’s overwhelmed.” He replied, and shook hands with a couple that approached us.
I stared at Mr Ade-Cole and his brother who seemed to have their reservations about me.
“Are they comfortable with me?” I asked.
Dare swallowed. “Obviously.” Who was he trying to convince?
“If you say so,”
He smiled. “I know so.”
“Darlene Williams?” I heard my name. Dare and I turned round.
He widened his eyes. “Reina?”
“Reina, what are you doing here?” Dare asked.
She smiled as she approached us. “Attending the dinner,” She touched my cheeks. “I was wowed by your speech. You speak as though you have been in this firm for years.” I stepped back a little. “Come on honey. Don’t run away from me.”
Dare held my hands and stepped forward. “Why are you here Reina?” he asked.
“You can’t ban me from coming to the firm, can you?” she asked with a smile, and turned back towards me. “I am Reina. Dare still has horrible manners, so he won’t introduce us. Let me.”
I immediately cut her short. “If Dare won’t introduce us, I don’t think I like to meet you.”
She grinned. “I like her attitude, Dare. Was I tougher than this? I think you’ll have a hard time with pretty little Miss here.” She said, addressing Dare.
Dare stared at her and then swallowed. “Darlene, I will like you to meet Reina Martins. She used to work with us here.”
“Don’t forget to tell her that I was your ex-girlfriend.” She added, with a smile.
I swallowed. “Yes, Reina is also my ex.” He cleared his throat nervously. “Reina, meet Darlene Williams.”
“You didn’t add that she is your girlfriend.” She interrupted with a smile.
I cursed softly. “That’s because I am not.” I replied, with a grimace. I couldn’t help but eyeball her coldly.
“That’s good to know.” She laughed. I couldn’t help but wonder what sort of a lady Reina Martins was. She cleared her throat and stared at Dare lovingly. “I have missed you, Dare.”
Dare didn’t reply. “Make yourself comfortable, Reina. I will see you later.” He turned towards me. “Please let meet the other guests.”
“Oh no, we can’t just abandon your guest here,” I replied, looking at Reina. “You stay here, you can find me later.” I added and disappeared. I knew better than to go with Dare.
I watched Dare and Reina leave for the elevator. “Omg! You finally got to meet Reina Martins.” Toni said, nudging me in the waist. “Horrible experience, I know right.”
“Not really.” I replied. “It was weird though.” I added, quickly.
“When I saw her approach yourself and Dare, I got scared. Did Dare go with her?”
I nodded. “I excused him. He was going to abandon her there for me.”
“Wow! That’s not Dare-like. Reina used to be his life; she meant everything to him.”
I picked up a glass of wine from the table. “Could we sit over there? I like to sit for a while.” I said, gesturing to a table.
“Bola already left. She said I should wish you the best of the night.”
I smiled. “I will thank her later.” Toni sighed deeply. “How often does Mr. Ade-Cole come here?” I asked.
“Not very much. However, his brother, Femi does. Expect to see much of him in the coming weeks, there’s a huge case around and I expect the old dogs back in the ring, maybe your Dad too.”
I laughed. “Like getting the Old robbers back for one last bank job?”
“It’s going to be war. When those men battle out, it’s a clash of the best. You don’t want to be the loser.”
I could only imagine Sir Williams losing that case. Dad would bury his head in Dubai for a month. The first time he lost a case, he disappeared to Australia. He said, “I can’t bear to have the press corner me in every street with questions.”
Dad has always been a winner. “Who is going against whom?” I asked.
“Rumour has it that it is Ade-Cole versus Williams”
I smiled. “That will be fun. It will be more like battle of supremacy.”
“Yeah, I am looking forward to it. The ring gets ugly sometimes.” She stared at the elevator door as it opened. “Dare and Reina are back.”
I glanced at them, as they approached us. “What could she want?” Toni swallowed. “Don’t let her shake you.” I said.
“Hi ladies, Is that you Toni? How many pounds have you lost since we last met?” she asked with a smile.
Toni blinked. “How many pounds have you gained since we last met?”
It had turned into a battle of words. “Enough ladies” Dare interrupted, before Reina could say another word. “I’ll say we all go and get a drink.”
“I won’t be on the same table with Reina.” Toni said.
Reina grinned. “Have it your way honey, the floor is ever welcoming.”
Toni clenched her fists. “Bad idea to bring this lady here.” She said, looking at Reina.
“Can you stop this Dare?” I asked.
He wiped some perspiration off his brow. “Reina, please be nice.” Dare was acting like a puppet, I cannot deny that it is quite fun to see him like this. He slid into a chair and Reina took her seat.
“I’ll just leave. It’s getting late anyways, and I have a family.” Toni said and grabbed her purse.
I shot a quick glance at my watch. ‘11:45PM’ “Are you driving?”
“Yes, I am. Want a ride? The bus to Ikoyi leaves by midnight, we’ll get to the station in ten minutes.”
Reina widened her eyes. “Doesn’t Darlene drive?”
“I’ll take you home Darlene,” Dare interrupted.
Reina smiled. “That makes two of us.”
“You?” Dare shot a glance at her.
Toni pulled me aside. “Are you sure you want to share a ride with Reina? She’s a witch!”
“Not so sure.” I replied.
Dare stood up. “I came here with you D, no way am I letting you go with Toni.”
“Let her. She’s not 18.” Reina said
I grabbed my purse. “Let’s leave, Toni.”
“That’s not right.” Dare said, grabbing my hands.
Reina hissed. “You don’t want the press thinking you are holding her against her wish.” She said.
“She’s right, Dare. Let’s not create a scene here. We have made a good impression so far, won’t want it ruined.”
Dare held his forehead. “Why are you doing this Reina?”
“What have I done?” she asked.
He groaned. “Showing up in my life.”
“She’s a menace. Deal with it.” Toni said.
Reina smiled. “Balloon, did you just say something?”
“Let’s leave.” I said, leading Toni to the elevator.
Toni grumbled as we strolled to the Parking space. “She’s a devil. Why did she have to show up and ruin everything for us?”
“I think you are just exaggerating Reina’s presence. She’s not the most interesting person to deal with, but she really doesn’t disgust me.”
Toni hissed. “You think? Wait until you have a proper encounter with her. The fact that she’s shown up can only mean that she’s back to ruin everything here.”
“Toni, we’ll have to wait and see.”
Toni opened the doors and started the engine. “Here we go.”
“Wait!” Dare shouted as he raced into the Parking space.
I peered through the side mirror. “Keep driving Toni.”
“Yeah!” she said and zoomed off. I watched through the mirror as Dare gave up the chase.
We drove out of the building and Toni turned the stereo down. “Why did you say that I keep driving?”
“Why didn’t you stop?”
She smiled. “I was in no mood to listen to Dare.”
“Same here.” I replied.
...to be continued
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|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by Nmaglit: 9:57am On Sep 24, 2016|
Hmmmmm I still dey observe
Nice one oyinprince
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by dannybeau(f): 9:58am On Sep 24, 2016|
Lolz,TheBlessedMAN AKA mostfunnycreature has made me to run out ma ghost mode. Nice begining as I sit tight n glue to ma fone!
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by Missmossy(f): 10:54am On Sep 24, 2016|
Reina is truly bad news Darlene seems calmer now. As for Dare and Toni i really pity them. Interesting read Oyinprince, more wisdom.
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by missuniverse(f): 5:38pm On Sep 24, 2016|
why do I think Darling would eventually battle with her dad in court...
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by Tgold1(m): 4:35am On Sep 26, 2016|
Who Started this Without calling ME?
Ok I am here The Ooni Of TEAM HERO of Nairaland
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by Tgold1(m): 4:46am On Sep 26, 2016|
Your Head Dey swell abi? E go soon burst!!!! Like busted citiZens
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by Tgold1(m): 5:52pm On Sep 26, 2016|
Thanks oyinprince for Using my field(Architecture) as jakes profession and My Name TOBI as The New Driving School Teacher........ But As the dead boy!!!!!! Well...... Am not dead.....
Good Work bro.....
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|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by dhara18(m): 10:37pm On Sep 26, 2016|
Nice story line.....quite different from what we used to have
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by SafeDavid(m): 6:01am On Sep 27, 2016|
Following till the end.
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by Ayindesegun10(m): 8:39am On Sep 27, 2016|
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By Tomi Adesina
“Did Prince Charming forget to pick up Cinderella?” Dad asked as he turned on the lights.
I cursed softly. I had tried to tip-toe into the house so he won’t see me when I walked in. “Morning Dad.”
“Dare didn’t drop you off, why?” he asked.
I sighed. “I told him not to.” Dad stared at me with a knowing look. “I insisted.” I said, firmly.
“And he just left you to yourself in the dark? He is less than a man; I think he’s erm…a veggie.” He replied, dropping his wine glass.
I stared at him with disgust.
“You look sad, D?” he chuckled. “There is something you must know dear, Dare is just as weak as his Dad.”
I groaned. “Dad!” he stared at me and laughed. “This is the result of taking excess Vodka.”
“This is Irish Cream.” He corrected, caressing the bottle.
I was put off. I headed for the stairs. “Stop coming to my house late.” I hissed dryly and ascended the stairs. “Darlene, I am flying Daniel out of the country, I am taking the money from you.”
“This is serious Dad. I think you should resume your counseling classes in London. You have relapsed greatly.”
He hurled the bottle at me. “Get back here.” I stuck my tongue out and raced upstairs.
“How did it go?” Dora asked, as she turned on the light.
I was startled. “What are you doing here?”
“Waiting for you,” She replied. “So gist me, how did it go?”
I sunk into the bed. “There was a shocker. If not for that, I’ll say, it went fine.” I replied, taking off my wrist watch.
“Jake showed up?”
I grimaced. “It would have been a disaster. Reina Martins made her grand return to Lagos today.”
“Who’s Reina Martins?” she asked.
I picked my bath robe and left for the shower. “Reina used to be Dare’s ex, and the mother of his child.” I said, as I turned on the shower.
“Are you kidding me?” Dora shouted.
I laughed. “Come on Dora, nothing should surprise you in Lagos. You are the wonderful sorceress who understands Lagos’s men, why then are you stunned?”
“So a father took you out today?” she asked.
My face fell. I came out of the bathroom and wrapped a towel around my head. “His son is late.”
“I am sorry about that.” She replied as she took her seat. “Was he ill?”
I shook my head. “Moment of irresponsibility from Dare and Reina cost the kid.” I sighed. “Got time?” I asked.
“Always.” She replied, and took her seat.
She clapped her hand into her laps like my grandmother used to when I was living with her. She had to said to me when I was 5 and asked for my mother:
“Yo Momma is me.” She said in her broken African American accent.
“You are too old to be my mama.” I replied.
She frowned, clapping her hands into her laps. “You are one real smarty, so I might as well tell you the truth, yo momma is never gonna be with you. She died!”
“Granma, but she isn’t old.”
Grandma had told me all about death that day. I cried and sought solace in my grandma’s arm. She was always a listener and at this moment, Dora seemed just like her.
“Dare and Reina got into an argument, so he refused to pick their son up from school.” I started, as I sat besides Dora. “She had to pick him up and she was just learning to drive. You know the rest.”
Dora’s eyes shot angrily. “What’s a kid got to do with their problems?"
“It’s all history anyways,” I replied.
Dora smiled. “So, Reina showed up at the meeting. Was she invited?”
“I don’t think so. Dare was surprised to see her. She’s been out of town for over a year.”
Dora grinned. “Ghost returns to town and chooses the perfect way to announce her arrival.”
Dora hugged me tightly.
“What was that for?” I asked, releasing myself.
She smiled. “Evil step sister stole Prince Charming.”
I grimaced and threw a pillow at her. She threw it back, and I engaged in my first pillow fight in almost 15 years. I had my last pillow fight with Grandma.
Today is Saturday, not my favourite day of the week anyways. I slipped into my slippers. Dora was still sleeping. I left for the kitchen; I saw it as my perfect opportunity to make breakfast and show my skills in the kitchen. I can cook!
“What’s for breakfast Dora?” Dad asked as he stepped into the kitchen
“Poison for you.” I replied.
Dad laughed. “You are such a pain D. sorry about yesterday.” He said, opening the fridge. He poured some milk. “You care?” he asked.
He sipped. “Still watching your weight? You are a size 8.”
I smiled. “I am fine Dad; you know I don’t want to blow up.” I turned on the gas cooker.
“What’s for breakfast? BLT?”
I laughed. “Potatoes and scrambled eggs. I could add some broccoli for you; Dora bought them from the grocery yesterday.”
“Broccoli will do. Are you going for your driving lessons today?” he asked.
I nodded. “Yes, Dad. I’ll call to schedule for noon.” I replied, not taking my eyes off the Frying Pan.
“Do you want Daniel to take you?” he asked.
I smiled. “He’s restrained from me, Dad.” I replied. “I don’t want us to argue this morning because of Daniel, so let’s just forget it.”
“If you say so.” He replied and returned the Milk Jar to the fridge. “I’ll be in the garden. Have to talk to Mavis about the Tulips; they are growing faster these days.” He added and left through the back door.
I stared at him as he walked out. I am so sure that Sir Williams would soon return with a plea for Daniel.
“Morning Sis,” Dora said as she opened the fridge and fetched the milk jar.
I smiled. “I like the love between you and Dad. He also likes Milk”
I shook my head. “Not a fan.”
“You are not missing anything. So, did you tell Jake why you turned him down?”
I widened my eyes. “Oh no! I ought to have called him. Please watch over the Potatoes, I’ll just get my phone.”
I left for my room to get my phone. I had to come up with something as to why I didn’t reply Jake. It was still early in the morning, Jake isn’t the early riser, but it’s not so bad to call at 6:45AM, Is it? I rung Jake’s phone to avail and I finally sent a text. “Sorry Jake, I was booked.”
I returned to the kitchen, but Dora wasn’t there. I heard her voice down the hall way and I was sure that Dad must be saying something to her, maybe about Daniel. I left for the hallway.
“Hi Darlene,” Dare said.
I was surprised. Dare was in my house so early. He wore a grey V-necked sweater, Denim and a Supra Hi-top. For a moment, I thought I was seeing Jake.
“I’ll leave you two. The Potatoes are calling.” Dora said and disappeared into the hallway.
I sighed. “So, what do you want?”
“Aren’t you gonna let me in? I am still standing in the doorway.” He replied, with a smile dancing around the corner of his lips.
I shrugged and shut the half opened door. “This way please,” I said, leading him into the guest living room. Dad would have a fit if he saw Dare in his luxury living room. Dad would rant about the 1908 Chandelier ball and all the antiques that his house posed.
“Make yourself comfortable.” I said and left for the bar.
Dare stared round the living room. “Nice Guest waiting room.” I ignored his comments. Dad had me put the wallpapers for the guest living room and I chose the other designs. I returned with a glass of water.
“Here you go.” I said, handing him the glass.
Dare stared at me and sipped the water cautiously.
“It’s alright, drink up. You must be tired.” I said carelessly and sank a chair. “What do you want here, Dare?”
He dropped the glass and smiled. “I want to apologize for last night.”
“What happened last night?” I asked, pretending not to care. “Please Dare, forget whatever you came here to apologize for, because to me, there was no sin.” I said.
Dare sighed. “That aside, I came to take you to the movies.”
“You are kidding me, right?” I asked, as I folded my arms. “What responsible lady goes to the movie early in the morning?” I asked, glancing at the clock.
Dare raised his eyebrows in a teenager’s way. “It’s Saturday.”
“I am occupied for the day. I have to take my driving lessons, and I have to be home in time because I must go to church tomorrow.”
“I thought I already apologized.” He said, pulling a sad face.
I smiled. Dare had turned ‘babyish’. “I have to take my lessons, its important.” I replied.
“Make an exception please, I’ll teach you.” He begged, holding on to my cloth.
He was acting like a baby who waned something from his mom.
“Not sure.” I replied.
“Morning D…” Jake said, clearing his throat.
Jake stared at us for a while. There was this awkward silence among us, and for a while, it seemed as though no one was interested in saying a word. Jake then broke the silence.
“I could just go.” He said, pointing at the door.
I rolled my eyes. This is a situation where I would not want to be, but at this moment, I could not help it. “I am sorry I didn’t reply your message last night, Jake.” I said dumbly.
He smiled. “You mind introducing us.” He said staring at Dare.
I immediately rose to my feet. “Jake, meet my boss, Dare Ade-Cole, and Dare, meet Jake, my friend.”
Jake nodded with a smile. “Boss?” he extended his hand to Dare and they shook firmly. “Why are you here so early Sir, did you forget some documents with Darlene?” he asked.
“I don’t think I have to answer that question.” Dare replied, withdrawing from the handshake.
“Break it off guys, will you?” I immediately cut in.
Jake clutched his I-Pod to his sweatpants. “I can’t recall us starting a fight. You just lack a complete sense of humour D.,” he said, grinning.
“Jacob, why are you here?” I asked.
He smiled. “You never used to ask me that.”
“Well, she is now.” Dare interrupted.
Jake’s eyes shot blood red in anger. “Hey Tough guy, I wasn’t talking to you.”
“Someone’s getting touchy, Darlene, you seem to have a lot of Pauls in your life.” Dare replied, casting a quick glance at me. I froze as all I could think of was Jake’s fist landing in Dare’s face, but to my surprise, Jake smiled and walked out.
“Jake, Jacob…Jake” I yelled, as I headed after him. “Security, Please stop him.” I alerted. He was in no mood to listen as he shoved the security man out of his way. He got into his car and immediately drove off.
I stared at the dusts that Jake’s car pushed at me as he left. “Jake…Jake…Jake…” I murmured softly, as I held on to my Pyjamas.
“Don’t make yourself a dummy for dusts.” Dare said as he touched my shoulder.
I turned to him angrily. “It seems as though you have a talent for disgusting people, you successfully pissed Paul off, and you have just done that with Jake.”
“It turned out well with Paul; at least he is out of your life.”
I rolled my eyes. “Really? At what expense? He is married to a woman he hooked up with at the Bahamas.” I replied.
“That makes it safe,” he said, smiling.
I hissed. “You think this is funny. It isn’t!”
“He started it, turns out he wasn’t man enough to take the heat.”
I laughed so hard that Dare had to stand back.
“What’s funny?” he asked.
I stopped laughing and smiled. “Jake would have smashed you to bits if he had waited one extra second.”
He bit his lips. “So, are we still going out?”
“I never agreed to go out with you. Moreover, even if I did, you have done an awful lot this morning. So, please leave.”
Dad rubbed his chin. “That’s a bit too hard to swallow. Are you kicking me out?” he asked.
“You are already outside my house; I’ll just shut the gate after you.” I replied.
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Dare adjusted his shirt. “You are on weird girl. Ok…Bye.” he said and left.
“You have a lot of mess to clean up.” Dora said, as soon as I returned into the house.
I rubbed my forehead. “You bet.” I leaned on the sink for support. I have always said that I am not a huge fan of Saturdays and today just show why. Jake and Dare showing up at my house unannounced, I would have made an exception for Jake on a normal situation.
“I’ll say your boss is rude and offensive.” Dora said, dishing breakfast into the Chinas. I smiled. I knew better. “How do you cope with him? Well, it’s obvious he likes you, so he may be a bit nicer with you.”
I had a hurried breakfast and left for Jakes. ‘Ding-Dong’ the doorbell to Jake’s apartment chimed softly. He co-shared a flat in his father’s estate with his sister, but now, she is out of town, so Jake practically owns the flat. A real Porsche flat, if you ask me.
“Hey D.” Jake said, opening the door.
I frowned at his niceness. ‘Jake could be up to no good.’ I thought. Jake shut the door quietly after me. “Do I get you some Ice Cream? I am treating myself to some.”
He winked. “Never mind, you will like it.” He said and dashed into the kitchen.
‘This is the Jake that I hate to see.’ He could just act as though everything was normal, or maybe, everything is normal. He returned with two cups of Ice Cream and handed me one with a spoon. I sniffed the edges of the cup. Jake chuckled.
“You are safe with me, you have always been.” He said.
I dropped the cup on the side table. “Jake…” I stressed. “I am sorry, love.”
“Why are you sorry?” he asked, scooping his Ice cream coolly.
I frowned. “Come on Jacob, I am sorry about what Dare did?”
“Dare? I was not offended by his actions. He did the same to Paul; he should bag a degree in dehumanizing people.”
He raised an eyebrow. “Are you going to deny it?”
“He didn’t dehumanize Paul. Paul was trying to kill us.” I protested.
Jake scoffed. “Who are you trying to convince? We both know that Paul couldn’t hurt you.”
“Can you hear yourself Jake? Paul was with a rifle, a loaded one. I was lucky to have Dare around me.” I replied.
Jake hissed dryly. “I hate that guy.”
“So why did you act all nice like nothing had happened when I walked in here?” I asked, grabbing my bag.
Jake rubbed his forehead. “D, you fired up this discussion. It ended the minute I left your house.”
“I apologize for that Jacob.” I replied.
Jake finished his Ice cream and rose to his feet. “Darlene, I am sorry. I should have told you that I would be visiting, but I went for an early morning spin and decided to check on you.”
“Jacob, you can always check on me.”
He smiled. “No D, we are adults, not 6 anymore. I have to respect that.” He replied and left for the kitchen. Jake’s words sent cold chills down my spine. I left his house before he returned from the kitchen. I headed for my driving lessons.
I spent two extra hours at the driving school; I wanted to be on the wheels by the end of the month. I stopped at the grocery to get some apples; I intend to make some apple juice.
“How did your day go?” Dora asked as soon I walked into the kitchen.
I sighed and dropped the apples. “Not too well. Jake has so much on his mind, and I guess I will not be able to take them when he starts pouring them. I don’t want to lose Jacob.” I said, and hugged Dora.
“I’ll call this the Plight of women. Do you know what you want, honey? You want Jake to stick around forever; I’ll say you should marry him.”
I released myself from the hug and stared at her. “Could we have a serious conversation for five minutes without your insensitive jokes interfering?”
“The point with keeping best friends especially of the opposite sex is that you don’t realise that you live a life together. You should just make out and get married.”
I stared at her. “Is that your idea of having a best friend?”
“Naturally, opposite sex don’t do fantastically well as best friends, the attraction still come. Maybe you are blind, but it’s obvious that Jake can see what is coming ahead.”
Dora held my hand like a mother. “Stop living a lie. Define your friendship with Jacob.”
“That’s it Dora. I need to rest.” I replied and left for my room.
I inhaled deeply as I closed my door. I clasped my hand on my head and sat by the door. I could not stop the tears that flowed down my cheeks afterwards. ‘Welcome to my moment of strength.’
“We can always talk about this Darlene.” Dora said from the other side.
“Just go away.” I replied, amidst my tears.
She tapped on the door lightly. “You don’t have to face this alone.”
“Let me be Dora. I’ll be fine. I always have.”
...to be continued
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Thanks for this nice updates well done
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|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by Tgold1(m): 12:55am On Sep 28, 2016|
It can get any fiercer........
Ride on as I ride along!!
|Re: Please Break My Heart (romance Thriller) by SafeDavid(m): 3:40am On Sep 28, 2016|
This is getting deep.
Love happens in mysterious ways.
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By Tomi Adesina
“You don’t have to face your problems alone. It is like paying a debt you do not owe. Let God worry!” Pastor Ben shouted into the Microphone. “Let go…Let God! Choir Please…” he concluded as he left the Pulpit.
The Choir led us into a praise session and for that moment; I was lost in God’s presence. It has been ages since I felt like that.
“You age slowly Pastor Ben.” I said, catching up with Pastor Ben at the close of the service.
He laughed. “It’s all about God’s grace on my life.”
Pastor Ben started out as my Sunday school teacher when I was still a toddler. When I moved on to Junior Class, he was made my Sunday school teacher. Therefore, I had been very familiar with him.
“You should come to church more often child. There’s a lot going on around here.” He said.
I sighed. “I’ll try harder.” I replied.
“God grant you the grace, Amen.” He said.
I joined Dad for a ride home.
“When is your sister’s coming-out party?” he asked, that was immediately the driver started the car.
‘Dad couldn’t even wait for us to get home. Did he think that I was not interested in Dora’s party?’ I thought. “I haven’t figured it out yet, Office work has me occupied.”
“You have to find a way to arrange that event or get someone to do it, but by weekend, there must be a coming-out event for Dora. I have to acknowledge her.” He instructed.
I nodded my head in agreement.
“I will give you a credit card to cover all the expenses.”
I smiled. “I’ll like to cover 50% of the expenses, Dad.” I said.
“Really? Well, that’s good. That means you will be using your savings, and maybe your…”
I immediately cut in. “Let me worry about my funds.” I replied.
“Okay. Will do.”
Dad dropped me at the gate and he left with the driver for the Country Club. Dora had gone to church with KP and they weren’t home yet, so I was the first to return home. The Maids had fixed lunch, so all I had to do was eat and leave for my room.
I logged on to the internet to check my mailbox and to my greatest surprise, Paul had sent me his wedding pictures and he typed boldly;
“I’LL BE HAPPY, I SWEAR I’LL. TRY FALLING IN LOVE!”
I buried my head in my hand and replied his mails. “Congrats! ATB!”
“Ms Darlene, Mr Jake is here to see you.” The Maid said as she tapped the door lightly.
I closed my laptop. “I’ll be there soon.” I hurried downstairs to meet Jake.
“Happy Sunday.” He said, handing me a tulip flower.
I smiled and collected the tulip. “You too.”
“Why did you leave yesterday? You didn’t even notify me.”
I gestured to a Chair. “I had to leave.”
“How is your driving lessoning going?” he asked, taking his seat.
I took a deep breath. “Slow and steady. I should be driving by month end.”
“Is that what your teacher told you?”
I shook my head in disagreement. “I am optimistic about it. The hassles of Lagos City traffic is enough to deal with coupled with the long queues for mass transit vehicles. Its better I start riding myself.”
“You’ll be fine. You are a very strong woman, once you start driving full time, you’ll do well.”
I smiled. “Pending that time, I need your help with Dora’s coming-out event, Jake.”
“That word is so 1900.” He replied, with a grin. ‘That’s my Jake!’ I thought. He was lively again.
I grimaced. “What do you reckon I call it, Mr Classic?” I asked.
“Um…will come up with the name later, till then, how’s it gonna be?”
I smiled. “We intend to use the garden. The party is this weekend.”
“Party to plan. Okay, I will get a couple to guys to handle the arrangements and decoration, and since I know Sir Williams has great taste for Wines, I will be ordering French. You can see to the food and just let me have a list of the invited socialites and press, and then you are all set.” He said briskly, as though he had the event all planned in his head.
“Thanks Jacob, I knew I could always count on you.” I replied.
Dad nudged me in the waist. “You know I will always be there for you.”
“There’s something I would like to show you. Let’s go to my room.” I said and led Jake upstairs.
Jake bounced on my bed immediately we got in. “Easy on that Jacob.” I said, turning on my laptop. “Paul sent me his wedding pictures, with that Marie Branson.”
“Let’s see them.” He replied, smiling.
In all honesty, Paul and Marie looked happy. The kisses and smiles were enough to convince anyone and at that moment, I could almost say that Paul had known Marie Branson forever.
“I think he’s happy.” Jake said.
I then stared at Jake. “How did he meet this woman?” I asked.
“Are you interested in knowing the whole story? I must warn you, it’s not the perfect or epic love story, but I think it’s real between them.”
I rolled my eyes. “Let me be the judge. I am all ears.”
“Marie was also on the Body and Soul personal retreat that we attended.” He started.
I immediately cut in. “I knew it, this is a situation of two blind men. Now who’s gonna lead who?”
Jake smiled. “You sound jealous.”
“Jealous? Oh, come on Jacob. I do not see how realistic this event between them is. I cannot call it marriage. I see it as a long term ensnaring bondage. On the other hand, short term, people get divorced in 2-3 weeks. Kim is a perfect example.”
Jake laughed. “You can’t compare Kim Kardashians’s fancy wedding to Paul’s. Paul really wanted to move on with his life, and so did Marie. She is a divorcee, she was very interested in Paul, and they became close along the line.” He paused to catch his breath.
“Let me understand this joke, two people coming out of bad relationships decide to get married after knowing each other for only 2 weeks, is that normal?” I asked. “They don’t even know each other.”
Jake shrugged. “They must have felt that they can’t be worse than the people they know.”
I swallowed. That was deep. Jake had just branded me ‘Bad’ indirectly. I frowned slightly. “Anyways, I know they won’t be happy.”
“I think they will be. Marie is very understanding, and a kind lady.”
I scoffed. “Oh really, yet she got divorced from her previous husband.”
Jake smiled. “Who said a thing about her being married to a man?”
“YUCK!” I could almost puke at a second thought. “You have to be joking, right?”
Jake grinned. “Of course I was kidding.” He replied, laughing.
“Don’t ever pull that one on me again, even as a joke.” I said and closed my laptop.
Jake jumped down from the bed. “Don’t wanna be in your bed for too long.”
“Why is that?” I asked, checking my bed.
He laughed. “You don’t ever grab a thing, do you?” He punched the bed hard. “This is so feminine and will make me sleep in 5 minutes.”
“You look like you can use some sleep.” I replied. “Did you go to church?”
He covered his face. “You know how I feel about ‘God’s society’ I just don’t belong there.”
“Why do think so?”
He yawned. “I Club, I drink…and all the vices, why is he gonna open his house to me. I can’t go there.”
“You need to see Pastor Ben. I think I’ll soon be a regular church-goer.”
He laughed hard. “There you said it, Church goer. I do not want to be a churchgoer. I want to be a better person. Till then, let’s forget the topic.”
“Do you mind joining me for a walk?”
Jake yawned hard again. “I am so tired. Why do you want to take a walk?” he asked, slipping into his Supra.
“It’s good for the body. The sun is a bit down now.” I replied, checking through my window. “It will be a perfect time to enjoy the breeze.”
“I am ready.” He replied, heading for the door.
Jake and I walked down the estate to a lonely and quiet road.
“Darlene.” I heard my name so aggressively.
I turned round to see Daniel. I clutched to Jake. Daniel stood before me with fiery eyes, and a dagger hung carelessly from his waist.
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