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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Culin(f): 9:27pm On Jan 13
sochey:
I didn't know you write Culin...

I looovveeee the excerpts and the characters!

Good job you are doing here!

Thumbs up¡


Annnddd....idk...I just updated till death do us part and it will be coming to an end soon!
You can as well check it out!!

Thank youuuusssssss smiley

Wait! Sochey I just realised your book was one of the books I was reading weeks back, I thought it sounded familiar. Sorry I forgot, I've been reading too many books lately I'm trying to keep up with the names. I think I commented on your flashback skills in the first chapter. I'll continue your story soon.

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by sochey(f): 9:03am On Jan 14
Culin:


Wait! Sochey I just realised your book was one of the books I was reading weeks back, I thought it sounded familiar. Sorry I forgot, I've been reading too many books lately I'm trying to keep up with the names. I think I commented on your flashback skills in the first chapter. I'll continue your story soon.


Yeah, I saw your comment and I was really grateful.

So, I was just going through books here on nl and I saw your name as an author. I was surprised you write too. Anyways, its all good...
Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Khriztarl(f): 1:31pm On Jan 14
And now i meet another millieademi..falling in love with this.. patiently waiting for update

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Culin(f): 9:39pm On Jan 14
sochey:



Yeah, I saw your comment and I was really grateful.

So, I was just going through books here on nl and I saw your name as an author. I was surprised you write too. Anyways, its all good...

It's my first actually. Thanks.
Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Culin(f): 9:44pm On Jan 14
Khriztarl:
And now i meet another millieademi..falling in love with this..
patiently waiting for update

Far be it that I'm compared to a legend shocked But thanks cheesy

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by millieademi(f): 9:55pm On Jan 14
Culin:
Welcome to this page. I hope you stick with me on this Rollercoaster ride.

Synopsis

Billionaire, Heir and CEO of Avalon Group, Nathan Adakole is faced with a hard choice of leaving the love of his life, Enitan Alaide to marry Annabelle his ex in a bid to save his father and family business.

He is all about family, but his life takes an unexpected turn when family secrets are unveiled and a major event that would change his life forever unfolds. He then struggles to choose between Family, power and Love. His life and decisions become complicated as there's no black or white, just grey. No In or out, he's caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.

They say hope is a dangerous thing; I should have known, before I climbed your side of the wall. - Excerpts from 'The wall between us'.

Warning : This story is mine and mine alone. Do not steal or replicate in any form, or I'll hunt you down and destroy you! angry

Torn - Asa

Chapter One - The Wall

Nathan

The moment she barged into my office and slammed the door, I knew something was wrong. I could only pray she hadn't found out before I got the chance to tell her myself.
She looked pale, a ghost of her glowing self. Her beautiful big black eyes now red and swollen, long dark hair dishevelled. Her once round face and full cheeks now looked so thin. I watched her with trepidation and waited for the shell to drop but nothing came.

She moved to the opposite side of the room and glared at me like a patient who escaped from a mental institution. Scary, confused and lost. She looked so fragile in the baggy sweatpants and Tees she wore. It had to be me who did this to her, the only reason she did not run into my arms for comfort.

I moved the chair I sat on out of the large Mahogany office desk and strode towards her but she took two steps backwards and lifted her palms urging me to stop.

"Don't come any closer. I just need to hear you say it." She finally spoke. Her hand dug into her hair and made it even a bigger mess.

"Eni, why don't you sit and I'll get you something warm." I tried to pacify her.

"I did not come to see you at past seven in the morning to sit and drink tea. I just want to hear it from your mouth Nathan Adakole!" She said.

Nathan Adakole. Danger.

"I.. don't know what to say." The only sentence my mush brain could muster.

Her expression that of disbelieve.

"You don't know what to say? Won't you even try to make me understand any of this?" She asked, pointing her phone that had the news of my engagement splashed over its large screen at me. I stared at it like a strange object from space. Just how did the news get out so fast?

"I thought we had something special in spite of our differences" She continued. "After all these time together, did I not mean more than just a piece of rag to be discarded without regard?" She waited for me to speak but continued when I didn't.

"Even if I mean nothing to you, why not tell me to my face! Instead you gave me hope and made me believe it was you and I against the world!" Her voice became loud. I guessed my silence provoked her. Her hands now wiped the tears that spilled, making her face a mess, the sight made my heart shatter. She did not deserve to be hurt, at least not by me and certainly not like this.

"Am I not even worth your respect to be told this news in person? You wait to let me find out like this?" She waved her phone at me and I felt her choke on the last word.

"I tried to bring myself to tell you but this..." I said. Pointing to the both of us.
"...This is far more complicated that you can understand. I am left with no other lifeline Enitan. There is no way out of this!"

The words escaped my lips before I had the chance to shut my mouth. My teeth grinded so hard against eachother they threatened to crack. This conversation drove me crazy because it made me realize I had lied to her when I called her my 'ride or die', I felt like a liar, a coward, incapable of either riding or dying. How pathetic.

I wanted to offer her something more than all I said, a good reason for my betrayal. She deserved that much but my mouth remained shut while my eyes searched her teary ones for any kind of understanding. How unfair of me, how could I expect her to understand it was me, her trusted lover who picked up the knife and stabbed her right in the Heart. I didn't know where to begin. I was too ashamed to defend myself or comfort her.
So I stood there in silence and watched the tears flow.

"Fine! Don't speak. Ignore my need to make sense of all this.
You don't owe me an explanation anyways, you were never mine in the first place."

You were never mine in the first place

Her words made my heart sink to the pit of my stomach. Because they weren't true, I was hers only, always have.
... Always will be

With that she dashed past me and headed towards the door. I wanted to grab her, hold her tight in a hug and tell her this wasn't my wish. I wanted her more than anything else in the world. I loved her so much and was ready to run away together. But all this was beyond me and my need for a woman.

So I stayed. Rooted to the ground until I heard the door close behind me.

'She is gone' I said aloud to myself. Gone. Just like my family and fiancée wanted.

Fiancée

The word made me cringe in disgust. It made me angry. It brought the awful reminder; my wedding was in two months. Two months until my life became miserable, oh was it not already? But it was the price I had to pay for the family name and business. My legs weak and shaken from the thousand emotions coursing through my veins, I walked to my chair and sank in.

The hook of J. Cole's 'Lost ones' pealed of my phone bringing me back from my melancholic thoughts. I glanced at the caller and fell back on my seat when I saw her name. Annabelle Martins. The She-Devil. I suspected she leaked our engagement story and staged pictures to the tabloids. I did ask her to keep it out of the media or at least wait till I had a few things settled on my end.

Until I had the guts to talk to Enitan about this sham of an engagement

But she didn't listen. Now the blogs and media houses feasted on my ill-luck and indirectly made me lose the only woman I ever truly loved. Annabelle's sick way of revenge and staking her claims in this war. A war I lost the moment Enitan walked out that door. I watched the phone ring again, this time I answered.

" Annabelle. Morning."
"Hey shuga, how was your..."
"Can we do this later?" I cut her of. "My hands are full at the moment." I ended the call before she agitated me further.

My only thoughts were on Enitan and how she left my office bewildered.

I worried about her getting home in one piece so I called Everest, one of my personal security to keep an eye on her from the moment she stepped out of the elevator. But she never did.



How no one told me about this thread I don't understand. I thought I had friends o.

Ann2012 and Khriztal, there is God o.

Now, away from them....



Baby girl, you stirred my heart with your first chapter. I'm so sorry I had to quote it all but damn... I struggle with writing first point of view and all I can say is that you did an excellent job. I could totally feel Nathan's pain and Enitan's trauma. You've made me hate Annabelle and I hope you are happy. Mama barely said five words and I hate her already.

Bottom line, I'm in love with this work.


Two thumbs way up for you.


P.S. if I'm not updating, I think I'm going to be here.

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by millieademi(f): 1:55am On Jan 15
I want to say I hate you but I can't.....


Where is our update?

You cut it off at the interesting part. Well, we are patiently waiting.

Mr. Adakole is totally the kind of Gillian I like. He reminds me of those Mexican hacienda owners stopping their sons from falling in love with a farm worker. Or if you've watched Ikaw Lamang, Don Maximo. I like that it's a man and not a woman. Antagonistic mothers are overused

I don't think you did Jameel justice by using Timini. In my head, he is much hotter.

Please, Timini fans don't kill me. I'm just saying.


But I guess I'll keep working with the guy in my head. I think I've totally switched up the races of the characters but I blame it on way too much foreign telenovelas. God help my soul.


I love this work and somehow you remind me of me. I want to be like you when I grow up sha.


Please don't leave us waiting. Love you dear.
Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Ann2012(f): 8:03am On Jan 15
millieademi:

How no one told me about this thread I don't understand. I thought I had friends o.

Ann2012 and Khriztal, there is God o.

Now, away from them....



Baby girl, you stirred my heart with your first chapter. I'm so sorry I had to quote it all but damn... I struggle with writing first point of view and all I can say is that you did an excellent job. I could totally feel Nathan's pain and Enitan's trauma. You've made me hate Annabelle and I hope you are happy. Mama barely said five words and I hate her already.

Bottom line, I'm in love with this work.


Two thumbs way up for you.


P.S. if I'm not updating, I think I'm going to be here.

Don't be angry ma'am, I'll get you a chilled bottle of champagne wink

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Culin(f): 8:18am On Jan 15
millieademi:




How no one told me about this thread I don't understand. I thought I had friends o.

Ann2012 and Khriztal, there is God o.

Now, away from them....



Baby girl, you stirred my heart with your first chapter. I'm so sorry I had to quote it all but damn... I struggle with writing first point of view and all I can say is that you did an excellent job. I could totally feel Nathan's pain and Enitan's trauma. You've made me hate Annabelle and I hope you are happy. Mama barely said five words and I hate her already.

Bottom line, I'm in love with this work.


Two thumbs way up for you.


P.S. if I'm not updating, I think I'm going to be here.

I read this comment last night but thought I was dreaming (no kidding). Thank you so much for the nice review wink. I really do admire your work, so it's an honor to have you drop by my thread. cry

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Culin(f): 8:30am On Jan 15
millieademi:
I want to say I hate you but I can't.....


Where is our update?

You cut it off at the interesting part. Well, we are patiently waiting.

Mr. Adakole is totally the kind of Gillian I like. He reminds me of those Mexican hacienda owners stopping their sons from falling in love with a farm worker. Or if you've watched Ikaw Lamang, Don Maximo. I like that it's a man and not a woman. Antagonistic mothers are overused

I don't think you did Jameel justice by using Timini. In my head, he is much hotter.

Please, Timini fans don't kill me. I'm just saying.


But I guess I'll keep working with the guy in my head. I think I've totally switched up the races of the characters but I blame it on way too much foreign telenovelas. God help my soul.


I love this work and somehow you remind me of me. I want to be like you when I grow up sha.


Please don't leave us waiting. Love you dear.

You want to be like me when you grow up huh (I wish nairaland had emojis for rolling of eyes sad ) hehehe. Thanks for your comment. Two things I learnt from it:

1. I should never have used casts. I tried so hard to overcome that temptation but the devil won in the end embarassed please feel free to picture Dr. Jameel however you want wink

2. It's not your fault that you switched up the races of the characters. I should have established the location, race or language of my characters somewhere in the first chapter. I'll go back and fix it. I thought using the Idoma name ADAKOLE would do the trick.

Thank yoouuuuuuuu cheesy

...I'll update this evening.

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by millieademi(f): 8:57am On Jan 15
Culin:


I read this comment last night but thought I was dreaming (no kidding). Thank you so much for the nice review wink. I really do admire your work, so it's an honor to have you drop by my thread. cry

The feeling is mutual, honey. No need to thank me. I just say what I feel.

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by oghenekome51(f): 9:18am On Jan 15
SO EMOTIONAL!

I lOVEEEEEEEE THIS ALREADY AND I CANT WAIT TO READ MORE OF IT!
LOVE THE CHARACTERS AND THE PLOT(MY KINDA OF PLOT THAT MAKES ME CRY), PLEASE KEEP IT COMING!


TOO MUCH TEARS GUSHING OUT!

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Culin(f): 8:25pm On Jan 15
oghenekome51:
SO EMOTIONAL!

I lOVEEEEEEEE THIS ALREADY AND I CANT WAIT TO READ MORE OF IT!
LOVE THE CHARACTERS AND THE PLOT(MY KINDA OF PLOT THAT MAKES ME CRY), PLEASE KEEP IT COMING!


TOO MUCH TEARS GUSHING OUT!

Ok girl. Hope you have a 500 litre tank full of tears cos the ones from your eyes will not be enough for this story cheesy haha
Thank you for the lovely comment. kiss I appreciate.

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by millieademi(f): 9:10pm On Jan 15
Where is our update? It's Wednesday and past seven and I am starving for an update.
Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Culin(f): 9:35pm On Jan 15
millieademi:
Where is our update? It's Wednesday and past seven and I am starving for an update.

embarassed I've been caught red handed o.

Lol, I'm sorry for the delay, my phone decided to go gaga today. But I'll update in 5 minutes. Please don't count! cry
Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Culin(f): 10:11pm On Jan 15
This Chapter is dedicated to all the gallant men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces who have sacrificed their lives to protect ours. We remember you today and always. Rest easy heroes. #ArmedForcesRemembranceDay



CHAPTER FIVE - SURVEILLANCE


"The way to love is to realise it might be lost" - Kierkegaard

Song- Always remember us this way - Lady Gaga


NATHAN The same morning

I stood in front of the large mirror that hung on my bedroom wall as I dressed for work. I admired the form-fitting Brioni suit I had on. My sister, Ivan had the dark blue suit custom made in Milan as a gift for me and it made a good match for the brown leather Oxfords I wore.

She would have taken a dozen photos of me already if she was here.
The thought hunted my mind each time I dressed up.

I looked ready to take on the world. Smart and confident. A complete contrast to the fear that gnawed at my guts.

Major slaven had called at five a.m. to confirm my worst fears; my father didn't bluff when he insinuated that he orchestrated the elevator accident.

Investigations revealed that all elevators passed safety test during inspection four months ago. Evidence that someone had hacked our system and disabled major security functions surfaced. Security cameras showed e-dispatch directing everyone else but her to other elevators. Being alone in the only elevator that malfunctioned meant Enitan was the target. My father's target.

But someone must have spied on her to know when and how she entered or exited the building. The sheer realization of his desperation hit me. He was a mad man on rampage.

I needed to keep her out of his way. I made up my mind to see Enitan before heading to the office. If not for her safety, I'd do it for my own sanity and conscience. I could handle it if she hated me for hurting her, but if she found out I risked her life? It would ruin her memory of me.

... but was it not ruined already.

I instructed the Major to prepare a different report ruling the case as an accident. The major didn't deserve to get on the chairman's bad side. And I also needed an advantage over him.

I released a deep breath and picked up my briefcase from the bed, squared my shoulder and glanced at my reflection in the mirror one more time. With double steps, I made it downstairs in few seconds and almost made it to the front door when my mother's voice halted me.

"Won't you have breakfast with us?"

"Mum." I walked to the dining area and kissed her on the head.
"I'm going to head out now. I need to beat this Lagos traffic." I lied. I'd avoided my father since the incident in the stairwell and now that I knew the length he'd go, I intended to avoid him till I had a plan.

"And I'll be going with you." My younger sister, Ivan said, as she stood from the table with a bored look on her face that suggested she'd rather be anywhere else than here.

"For heaven's sake. How long will you avoid us? We've been at this for weeks!" My mother continued, as she slammed her hands against the dining table.

"No Maggie darling. Let him be. The hungrier he is, the more he can eat at the Martin's tonight." The devil spoke up, and he gave me his devilish grin.

My mood turned sour and I gritted my teeth. Any little hope I had to salvage my day was ruined with my father's reminder of the dinner with Annabelle and her family. Our wedding preparations were to be discussed and I could not even stand her, or them.

"Be on time. The last thing I want is for you to keep our future in-laws waiting. It'd reflect bad on our family."

"It's always about you and what you want. You're such a selfish man!"

"Now you watch your language boy! My patience is getting too thin for your tantrums." He said. His eyes stared daggers at me.

"Williams please! You're pushing this too hard. Maybe we should put the wedding forward for now" My mother spoke up, trying to ease the tension in the air.

"Woman please. When would he be willing to make sacrifices for this family, is it when I'm imprisoned and our assets seized?"

"Well if it's so important to you why don't you marry her yourself!" My voice raised an octave.

"Natty!"
My mother yelled. She gave me a cold glare and If looks could kill, I'd be dead.

"No! Why do I have to suffer for his actions?"

My father wiped his mouth with the white napkin and stood up calmly placing both hands on the table and spoke.

"Everyone in this family has made their share of sacrifice. Myself, your mother. Your beautiful sister Monique getting married to that.. that Chief Nnadi. Your brother Kelvin. And Ivan here quitting modelling in Milan just to contribute her Harvard business school knowledge to HQ."

He pulled out his chair and walked up to me.
"We have all paid our dues. Now it is time to pay yours."

With that he put out a hand to my mother. She stood up from her meal and walked up to him. I got the chance to take in her outfit and she looked ever young and dashing in the red knee-length silk gown that she matched with silver heels. They headed for the door and the stewardess followed behind, clutching to their briefcase and handbag like it was her life.

I turned to see my little sister Ivan looking depressed. I opened up my arms and in a dramatic tone, I said to her.

"Welcome. To the house of horror."

She smiled sadly, stood up and hugged me. Our first bonding time since she arrived.

"That bad?" She said, burying her tall slender frame into my chest, I placed my chin on her head and patted her back.

"Yea. But big brother's got you."

She pulled away and shook her head in amusement.

"Well big brother should survive his death sentence first."

"We'll see about that. But for now, I'll drive you to the office and see you later. I have somewhere else to be. Ms. Maria will put you through and show you around."

"Ms Maria. She's still here?" She asked with surprise on her heart- shaped face. "Looks like her placenta was buried in Avalon."

"Oh come on, she's been very useful."

"Useful enough for two I hope. Because I have no plans of being that."

She picked her handbag from the table and cat-walked out with her black Louboutin heels clicking against the marble tiles. Too bad all her model suave would end behind an office desk. I Shook my head and matched her pace.

She walked straight to the new Audi RS 5 that our father had gotten her as part of the bargaining chip to return to the family business. I got into the driver side without argument and slammed the door. I placed my head on the head rest and massaged my temples with my hand, barely eight in the morning and my skull threatened to split from pressure.

She got in and I drove out of the compound. From the rear mirror I saw Tony, her driver and body guard,-and many other things I hated to imagine, he followed behind in the Cadillac. He kept watch over her like a hawk whenever she came home.

"He's got trackers on all the cars." She said after a while of silence. "But I know he's got nothing on this one."

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Culin(f): 10:19pm On Jan 15
Chapter five Contd.

Shocked for a minute, I recovered to ask her.
"Who?"

"Father." She turned to the side window becoming more interested in the cars that sped past us.

He bugged the cars, that would explain how he knew my every move. How he called to meet the same time I was in front of St. Nicholas hospital to see Enitan.

"And how do you know this?"

"Tony. We talked extensively last night."

"Tony." I scoffed. I bobbled my head and bit my lips.

"Dad had him do it."

"For how long?"

"Over two months"

I slammed my hands on the steering and bit my thumb. He knew everything about my rendezvouz with Enitan months after he first warned me. Now I knew what triggered him.

I looked at the rear mirror again. "I'm going to kill that Tony of yours."

"This is not his fault! He was just obeying orders." She said in a panic.

"Obeying orders" I muttered to myself.

Then it occurred to me. Who else could have spied on Enitan? The bastard!

We got to a red traffic light and I called Everest.

"How is she?"

"Good. Her father left an hour back and the paramedic lady a few minutes ago." He spilled out information like a robot, just like he'd done everyday for the past three weeks.

"Good. Good. I'll be with you soon."

"Yes sir."

I dropped the call and drove into a less busy street. Half-way in, I parked and watched the Cadillac pull to a stop.

"What is the problem?" She asked?

"Your boyfriend is going to get a beating, that's what."

"What!"
She sat with her mouth hanging agape then rushed outside to meet me.
"Nat please don't do this. He had no idea!"

"Oh he did alright."

"If you were him would you have disobeyed the chairman?"

My ears turned deaf as I walked up to the SUV. I punched his nose as he stepped out, even before he could ask why we stopped. He was caught off guard and stumbled backwards clutching his face.

Before I could lodge the second punch, Ivan ran to the middle and shielded him. My fist hung in the air and I pulled back. The girl took her fling with him a little too serious and for their sakes I hoped the chairman never found out.

"You caused this, and now you're going to help fix it!" I pointed at him then walked back to the car and drove off with only St Nicholas Lekki hospital in mind, leaving Ivan and her boyfriend shocked.

Everest welcomed me at the hospital's reception and we went up to the fourth floor together. He led me to the room and I hesitated to open the door but sucked up courage to go in seconds later.

I opened the door slightly and saw a young man I presumed to be the doctor seated on the bed. I wondered what he was doing holding her face like that. Why was he even that close to her? I pushed the door and walked in, making my footsteps loud. I stared hard into the back of the doctor's head, my teeth instantly grinded against each other it hurt my cheeks. Their heads turned to my direction and I was shocked at how terrible she looked. Her eyes red and puffy, I wondered how long she cried. She looked skinny in the blue hospital gown, I became tempted to pick her up and take her some place only I could nurse her back to full health.

This is what you've done to her. My subconscious scolded me.
And that's what I've come to fix!
I talked to myself back and forth like an insane man, but the sight of her caused that.

Her faint voice startled me from the conversations that went on in my head.

"Nathan?"

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Culin(f): 10:25pm On Jan 15
Thank you for reading, thank you for all the nice comments. I'm so sorry that my update came three whole hours late, I had a challenge. I'll compensate you with Chapter 6 tomorrow wink wink Still mad?

Also, you can now send your reviews/corrections/observations - just anythiiiing about this story to

thewallbetweenus1@gmail.com

Love you kiss
Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by millieademi(f): 10:29pm On Jan 15
I want more :-( Please

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Culin(f): 8:08am On Jan 16
millieademi:
I want more :-( Please

Calm down calm down grin Chapter 6 much later today. cry I still can't believe you're on my thread.

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by millieademi(f): 12:52pm On Jan 17
Waiting......
Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Khriztarl(f): 3:10pm On Jan 17
Millieademi sorry about the mention please..i would do that next time..
Culin u said we shouldnt count because u knew you would take a long time abi..its alright but please am waiting for updates..
Ann2012 are you still here..oghenekome51 are u here??

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Ann2012(f): 5:22pm On Jan 17
Khriztarl:
Millieademi sorry about the mention please..i would do that next time..
Culin u said we shouldnt count because u knew you would take a long time abi..its alright but please am waiting for updates..
Ann2012 are you still here..oghenekome51 are u here??

I'm with you babe

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Culin(f): 6:52pm On Jan 17
Millieademi , ann2012 , Khriztarl. You guys have been so kind me, you've also kept me on my updating toes cry I'm so emoshuna. Thank you!


Sochey , Aprilwise , oluwadabira11 , pharteemerh92 , Faithfuldon7 , Brainiac12 , Jduns , Youngbruzzy , DoraDexplora221 , Crossfm , Oghenekome51 Thank you guys for commenting on my story.

You all rock!

\○/ So here is an air hug for ALL of you. Update in five minutes.

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Culin(f): 7:09pm On Jan 17
CHAPTER FIVE - A DENT


"Love is a fire. But whether it's going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell." - Joan Crawford

Song - The Other Side - By Ruelle (please listen)

NATHAN

"Nathan?"

"Hi...Eni..." I said out of breath.

I did not even run yet she left me breathless. She did that every time and not even her present dispirited look could alter that. Her cat eyes still bewitched me, drawing me like moth to a flame. Her 5'8" slender frame, ruler-sharp shoulders and firm ample bosoms made the oversized hospital gown look like costume for a modelling shoot. Her smooth silky skin had me fighting the urge to run my fingers over it.

I missed enveloping her in a hug, inhaling her sweet rose fragrance and tracing my hands over every edge on her. The thought sent my hormones to overdrive, but I cautioned myself as the circumstance inappropriate. But it meant the hospital bed had changed little. She remained as beautiful as the first time I saw her in our company's flourmill factory over two years ago. The memory flooded my mind like it happened yesterday.

****
As Managing director of the flourmill at the time, I'd been on inspection of newly acquired heavy-duty milling machines when I spotted her. Standing on an upper railing, her long neatly pulled back ponytail made it easy to notice her amidst the sixty-three men who worked in productions department. I became curious about what could've brought a young beautiful woman to a harsh and risky job like milling. She had such a determined and stubborn look of someone capable of carrying out her task and not be intimidated. She intrigued me. So I walked up to her and ordered she reported to my office after the inspection.

She came an hour later in her baggy navy blue overalls with rolled up sleeves and heavy boots that could stump the devil. I'd never seen anyone look so alluring and graceful on overalls.

Contrary to her fears of a query, I offered her a glass of the Romanée-Conti's Pinot Noir in the office and made her tell me her story till eight p.m. I watched her with my legs crossed on the desk, thumb and index finger placed under my chin in astonishment.

My heart lurched at the way she spoke with eloquence and fluidity, the way she laughed heartily at my jokes and made a few. She didn't fake it or try to impress the managing director like all the other vain girls I'd met. When other women dressed in designer wears with ridiculous body shapers underneath and outrageous heels to get my attention, she got it without even trying,- in baggy overalls and work boots. At nine p.m. I drove her to her family apartment in Yaba and before she alighted the car, I told her in plain and simple language; I was going to make her mine. I didn't care if she had someone else.

She ran out like a frightened kid on Halloween but months later, after being as stubborn as a bull, denying the feelings that rose from the romantic moments we shared and claiming I was a cold playboy, I convinced her to date me.

****

Looking at her now on the hospital bed. I realized I wanted her as much I did that first day. I came to honourably break up with her in hopes to protect her from my ruthless father. But now I feared selfishness clouded my reasoning, all I wanted was to keep her to myself even if it meant risking her life.

"What are you doing here?" She asked. She looked like she'd seen a ghost. I understood the reason for her question but my heart broke that it had come to this.

I remained silent as I shoved both hands in my side pockets and watched her intently. The doctor looked from me to her, his expression asked a silent question only the both of them understood. She nodded and his expression fell for a second.

He strode to me in a jiffy and I became aware of his exaggerated features. Narrow face that had a fake grin plastered over it, lashes and eyebrows too full and dark for a man, his cheekbones and jaws too sharp for his face. I wondered how he managed to breathe with a nose so small and pointed. He irked me and the confident arrogant smile on his face did nothing to help.

He stretched out his hand for a handshake. "You are Nathan. Avalon conglomerate and FoxTrap Security." He said more as a statement than a question.

Of course, my face was impossible to miss. I'd made it to the Forbes 30 under 30 list with my own security company that produced bullet proof glass technology and security systems. Also being the son of the richest man on the continent and CEO of his company, Africa's sweetheart and model for the young, he had no choice but to recognise me.

My hands remained in my pockets as my glare did not waver from his face. He chuckled arrogantly, folded his hand and withdrew it into the pockets of the white lab coat.

Good, I thought. I didn't have plans to frolic with a man who held my woman in ways I'd not been able to in weeks.

My woman? What had gotten into me.

"Nice to finally meet you. The magazines don't lie." He said.
Shocked by his honest comments, my face gave away no emotions still.
"We'll cross paths an awful lot from now I guess."

He walked back to the bedside table and picked the tablet on it, turned to Enitan with a wide smile.
"Hey pretty, remember what we talked about. Don't hesitate to call me if you need anything." He said. Emphasizing on the last part and sending me a quick smile.

No. I strongly doubt she'd be needing anything from you now that I'm here. The voice in my head replied.

"Ok." She replied, with a smile that only reached her lips. But when he walked to the door and shut it, her eyes unveiled so much sadness I'd never imagined could be found in them. Did it hurt her that he left, did she now prefer his presence over mine? The possible answers to those questions caused my heart to ache. Just three weeks they'd known and I feared the worst.

"You had no right to be rude to my doctor." She scoffed. "You have no right to walk in that door. Not now."

She shook her head in pensive silence, and as she turned away from me, her eyes got misty. "So what have you come to do Nathan?" She turned back sharply like she'd been snapped from a thought.

Silent for a moment, I tried to think of a coherent answer to give, but logic failed me.

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Culin(f): 7:22pm On Jan 17
Chpt 6 Contd.

Silent for a moment, I tried to think of a coherent answer to give, but logic failed me.

"Inspite our differences we had something special. We have something special." I startled even myself.

"What?" She asked, confused.

"You mean much more than just a piece of rag to be discarded without regard."

She shook her in realization. Three weeks later, I was finally answering the hurtful questions she'd asked when she confronted me in my office. She sniffed and beads of tears began to drop, she made a failed attempt to wipe them off her face. She kept sniffing as if that would somehow stop the dam from breaking.

"You are a liar." She said calmly. Those four words stung more than a scorpion's venom. She'd never said something like that to me before. Never. Though impulsive and hot-headed, Enitan had always been sweet and gentle with her words, she never said hurtful things even in anger. I failed her. I changed her.

"You're right." I said. Defeated. I closed the gap leaving only a foot between us.

"I lied. I should have told you when it all started. Even when they were nothing but ideas and suggestions, before the stupid proposal, before the news broke and before you came to the office."

"Then we wouldn't be here now, would we?" She blamed me for the accident and I understood.

"For how long did you know you were getting married?"

"Six months."

She laughed and shook her head not believing the level of deceit.

"Six months and you watched me love you more everyday and said nothing, six months we visited countries and signed our initials on monuments with the promise to go back someday." She laughed again and continued. "Six months and you came home to me every evening knowing you were going to leave soon."

"I'm sorry. I should have handled the situation better. I couldn't even bring myself to accept the fact I was going to leave. I thought just maybe..Maybe if ignored it, it would go away. I'm sorry Enitan."

"Too late for that now isn't it?"

"I'm so sorry I messed up badly and you deserve better. Much better than I gave you. I was a frigging coward!"

"My father had made some huge mistakes, signing a deal for a marriage seemed the only way he could get his freedom without humiliation. I should have let you in on it."

She said nothing. Her calmness frightened me. I expected her to throw the landline on the head rest handle at me, or scream and pull at my cloth or scratch my face, but no. She just laughed, scoffed, sniffed and shook her head like she was in some sort of dream. I needed her to throw something at me to make me feel better. Because I knew, this was the calm before the storm.

"So what now? Tell me."

What now? The question hit me hard. I didn't even know. This was not the plan when I left home. I'd intended to explain, apologize and give her logical reasons why we couldn't be together. Maybe compensate her with her dream scholarship to M.I.T. But now, I didn't even know. I wanted her, and at the same time I wanted Avalon, and to make that happen my father had to remain free.

"What now Nathan? You stroll in here after three weeks, like you own the place. Act like an asshole to my friend. Surely you must have had something more than this pitiable attempt at an apology."

"I want to make things right with you."

"You want to make things right with me. Can you even do that right now? Can you!"

She smiled, not the usual hearty way she use to, this smile only revealed pain and hurt. I wished she could give me the smile I loved waking up to but that was like wishing for unicorns now. My squeezed at the simple thought.

"I can be there for you. For us!"

"But how?" She asked, looking interested. "Did you call off the wedding and the deal?"

The realization hit me like a bombshell. My hypocrisy had been exposed. I wanted to eat my cake and have it. She got me lock, stock and barrel. No way out.

Her question rendered me speechless.

"Yea. Just what I thought."

"..Eni..please.."

"You can show yourself out."

With that she snuggled under the sheets and turned from me. I didn't need to be told. Our conversation was over. I walked out distraught and shut the door. But my legs caved in, my body collapsed against the door, I laid back my head, and cried.

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by millieademi(f): 7:50pm On Jan 17
Culin, you have to be the most wicked person I've ever met.

Really?

Like seriously?

Come on. That didn't reach the back of my throat let alone satisfy.

Please, a little more. I've been waiting for an update since morning and I am not filled with that.


Please.

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by crossfm: 8:35pm On Jan 17
Great update as usual. Sometimes when we are not directly wearing the shoe's we don't and can never know how unpleasant or comforting the shoe is.
I feel for Nathan,because I know how autocratic some rich African parents can be,its their way or nothing.However,I blame him for keeping her in the dark about his father's proposal.
Communication works wonders in a relationship.For any relationship to stand the test of time,the role of communication cannot be overemphasized.
Thanks for the mention.

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Khriztarl(f): 4:19am On Jan 18
Culin:
Millieademi , ann2012 , Khriztarl. You guys have been so kind me, you've also kept me on my updating toes cry I'm so emoshuna. Thank you!


Sochey , Aprilwise , oluwadabira11 , pharteemerh92 , Faithfuldon7 , Brainiac12 , Jduns , Youngbruzzy , DoraDexplora221 , Crossfm , Oghenekome51 Thank you guys for commenting on my story.

You all rock!

\○/ So here is an air hug for ALL of you. Update in five minutes.
Culin we gat ya back..
just keep up the updates ma'am

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Khriztarl(f): 4:33am On Jan 18
Culin please na

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Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by Ann2012(f): 7:26am On Jan 18
Oh come on Culin, this was not the update I bargained for cry

Feed me more pls
Re: The Wall Between Us. A Novel By EneChelsea by oghenekome51(f): 2:15pm On Jan 20
THINGS ARE GETTING PRETTY INTENSE!

THANKS CULIN!
HOPING FOR MORE!

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