Marianne folded her arms as she waited for Raphael to give his response. A lot of conclusions were already running through her mind,
"he is such a bloody stalker, now he is using my babyg girlto get to me, why can't he just be a man and admit to the fact that he…"
Raphael chuckled and ran his hand through his hair,
"relax, I bare no ill will, I promise", he said,"I was having some coffee and reading the morning newspaper at the cafeteria right out of this store. I had seen the both of you walk in here and I thought it rude to not make my appearanceto a new friend"."Friend? What friend?" Marianne stared into his brown eyes as he moved in closer to her.
"If you don't mind, I couldstick around and help you out", he offered.
There was a silence between them and it was becoming awkward,
"OKAY! That would be lovely because we were actually looking for a thirdparty member to help us wit
It was the Monday morning feeling that Marianne didn't enjoy, however, the same feeling alsoreminded her that she needed to be busy and it was going to be worth it. It made her feel thatshe was doing the right thing as a mother.She was putting herself on a daily routine; she woke up early enough to get breakfast started,she made sure that Rose had her morning bath and was fully dressed before she was. Sheassisted Lucy's helper with the few morning chores around the house and then both her and Lucy were ready to leave.It wasn't a difficult thing for Lucy to drive Marianne and Rose because they were headed thesame place. Marianne, however, found it a little nerve wrecking that Rose was going to have togo through her physiotherapy sessions without her mother.The little darling noticed that her mother was insecure about leaving her alone and keptassuring her that she was going to be okay."I called a special someone
*phone rings*"Hello, my son. It's been a while since you and I had a phone call. How are you doing?""Hi, Father", George responded,"I'm well, and I can't complain".George and his father spent some time talking about their businesses and how they are handling each of their companies and staying out of trouble.George also explained that he had to travel out of the state for a while and leave Lucy with her new guest."You're sure that she will be okay with her?" his father asked."Yes, Marianne has been through a lot and I'm sure that Lucy is the best person to help her"."I am glad that she is being taken care of well, she truly does deserve the best out of life".George heard the relief from his father's voice concerning the lady's safety. He passionately spoke about how much it meant to him and how he owed it all to her."It's almost as if I can still touch…""Boss, your presence has been urgently requested for
Time had gone by faster than Marianne could blink. Her palms got sweaty every time she thought about the evening dinner date with Raphael, she never thought that she could actually ever be able to go on a date or have any conversation with a man other than Greg.She was joyful and welcoming to patients more than the usual days. She snack out a few conversations with the doctors and nurses when they passed by her and asked a few questions. There was much to look forward to.During her lunch break, she went to check up on Rose and make sure that she was having the meal that Raphael had paid for. Rose had been working so hard with her physiotherapy, so hard that even in her spare time, she isolated herself in her room so that she could fall freely if she wasn't doing well.Eventually, Rose was able to stand properly, not excellently, and not good enough for her to not need the wheelchair anymore. The physiotherapist started by giving her crutches that she could u
He turned to face Rose and began conversing with her. He asked her how physiotherapy was while he was gone and if she had fun without him.“Mr. Raphael, you’re the only fun man I’ve ever met, and I was very strong when you were not here. But Mummy was there sometimes, so it was fine”, she responded.“I missed you a lot, Rose. Thank you for calling me funny too, I mean, in a good way, that is. To show you how happy I am, why don’t we go out for some ice cream?" Raphael asked,“well, I don’t think mommy would allow it”.“Well, since your mother and I are good friends, there will be no problem, I want to get you any flavor you like for being such a good girl okay. Come on”, he stood up and helped her put her crutches in place, clueless, she accepted and left out the door with him and into the car.***Marianne sat motionless on the sofa, hoping that Raphael could just come back with Rose. Sh
Chapter Twenty NineThe next evening Marianne and Lucy were pacing around the kitchen and living room impatiently waiting for George.“Are you sure he told you that he will be here or was that another lie? What if he has just forgotten about all this?” Marianne kept asking.“You have got to stop with all your negative questions and answers, for real this time”, Lucy answered back.Even though Lucy kept asking Marianne to calm down, she herself, kept opening and closing the curtains to check if George had arrived, she kept checking her phone incase she missed the notification as well.There was always something about the evening that Marianne found confusing, how was it that the most peaceful time of a day would also turn out to be the most risky part as well? Even back when she was a child, she always noticed that most of the arguments between her and her mother usually started in the night time, but since they were both lovers of the
Chapter ThirtyThe feeling of her heart racing was driving Marianne crazy, her hands trembled so much that if she was asked to hold anything, the object would drop to the floor. She tried to fight back all the terrible things that were running through her mind for the sake of Lucy and George, yet she didn't know if she had to be mad at them too for keeping the news a secret."How could this be? This is a lie! You can't possibly…. " tears ran down from Marianne's eyes and George reached out to try and comfort her,"No! Don't touch me! You knew that this was my father but you never told me, you kept it a secret from me this whole time, and for what!?" She yelled.At that point, Marianne stood up to keep her distance from the man she called a criminal, the man that claimed to be her father."Lucy, why are you so quiet? Tell me that this is a joke, please!""Marianne, I'm just as shocked as you are right now, I had no idea that you were my sister thi
The next day had arrived and Marianne was getting more and more impatient. She tried hard to keep that to herself but not all of it would stay hidden. Lucy noticed that she was stuck between losing hope and having the will to still fight for her daughter.Sometimes, her eyes lit up when she saw more armed bodyguards arrive at Lucy's house. The search was becoming more and more real, nothing like what Marianne thought it was going to be. She imagined that the solution she had in mind would have worked better, easily informing the police about the missing girl and then putting it all over the news and in the newspapers, on posters as well.She imagined that anyone would have called the police back and given them leads to Raphael because he would have been the said suspect. Marianne, at some point, even went to George about it, just so she could understand exactly why he decided to call off her plan."Marianne, do you really think that the detectives under the law are du