Five days later
There are moments when your life flashes before your eyes and it's sad to say; usually when tragedy is about to strike , or has happened that's when some of us start to count our blessings.
I can hear the machine beeping , and that's an indication that I am alive . I know that all of my medical bills will be taken care of by the club I am sure of that. My whole body is in excruciating pain ; I don't know what time , or day is it. All I know is that I am alive and I pray to God that Alex is alive too and we are sharing a hospital room together.
He's been my one true friend and what happened to us was unfortunate but I really need him to live .I love sharing a lot of stuff with Alex . We have been roommate's when we traveled and we have also been best friends from when I started to join the academy .
He accepted me for who I was and he was with me the night I broke up with Chloe and I was inconsolable.When I get out of here and if I have any friends left , I am going to find Chloe and Mary her. I know she has a forgiving heart so she will forgive me for how things played out .
I didn't mean to break her heart, and I now see why my mother was angry at me for not telling her that I was going to marry ; Lisa who had already told the whole world that we are getting married and the wedding is soon. She had expensive taste and by that I mean she bought a lot of unnecessary things . Part of me never forgot where I came from and I always send money to my mother. She still won't tell me who my real father is .
I was wide awake now and a lot of stuff was going through my mind . When I heard footsteps and heels clicking ,I pretended to sleep . I don't know what you call it when you can sense someone's energy but whoever came in the room had a calming energy about them.
"Matt I managed to get hold of Alex's mother. "
" What did she say . "
" She got contractual obligations and she said as soon as Alexander wakes up I should call her . We've been face timing so she trusts that with you Alex will be in good hands . "
" Alex is lucky to have you . "
" I'm lucky to have you as a friend . "
"Hmm I'm blessed. "
" How's Hugo? "
" He should be awake today ."
" Has Lisa Rose come through at all since the day he was admitted? "
" No. She's also gone quiet on the net about their wedding . "
" Poor guy. Have you gotten hold of his mother?"
" Yes . She is on her way . You always have a soft spot for the broken ones . "
" Maybe that's because I am also broken but that doesn't mean I can't help someone else or give them a hand . I just tend to understand certain flames ."
"I wonder what Alex did right , that I did wrong?"
"Nothing ... My feelings towards you are that of friendship."
" I know. I understand."
"Is it okay if I chill with Alexander just for a little bit, because I have to get back to the restaurant for the lunch hour rush? "
" Of course friend. You look tired."
" I will be okay. I just need Alex to wake up so we can talk. I miss him coming over to my house ."
I heard a phone vibrate and Matt took a deep breath .
"Miss Black just arrived . See you soon."
The room went silent but I could still feel Erica's presence . I also heard my mother's voice a couple of seconds later .
"Doctor Colton where is my son? " "He is okay ma'am ."
" He is breathing on his own but he hurt his ; knee."
" Will he be able to play again?"
"In good time . "
"What happened to his face I want to see him properly. "
" The impact of the crash was so hard that he almost lost his life . It's a miracle they both survived . "
"I is the club going to pay for everything ? "
"Unfortunately not . We haven't been able to get hold of your son's girlfriend and as soon as we found you , we were thankful ."
Oh my word I am in trouble. Every year we sign a contract and there is a clause that states that; the club can pay for any hospital bills and cover the costs of any injury ,only when it happens on the field of play .
I opened my eyes and tried to speak ;
She couldn't hear me until she came around to hold my hand and kiss my forehead .
" Oh Hugo what am I going to tell little Michael . "
"He doesn't know does he? "
" No oh my word he is awake ."
"Son are you okay? "
Matthew started checking my vitals and he gave me a straw to drink my water with . When I tried to adjust my vision I saw that my leg was up in the air.
"I'm fine Mom just tired . Who is Michael? "
Matt was done checking my vitals .
My vision on the left side of my face was blurry.
" Your son ."
I took a deep breath
" My son?"
"Yes your son . Before Chloe left this world she gave birth to a baby boy and named him Michael. "
"What do you mean left this world ? "
"Son Lisa has been blocking my calls to you since you two got together and she has been antagonistic towards me and the family. "
"There is no wedding."
"That's good news."
"Son Chloe died about a year ago in a car accident . Michael made it but she , and her boyfriend Andrew didn't . She was pregnant with their unborn child"
A tear escaped my eye .
"Wait how come I didn't know and
where is my boy ? "
" He is staying with me and right now he is with his step grandfather . "
I was feeling everything to do with joy and sadness at the same time .
" Mom I'm so sorry . "
"It's okay my boy . Everything will be alright . "
The room was still quite until I heard a familiar voice fill the air.
"Miss Black ? "
... What are you doing here? "
CHAPTER 6 Erica People often say that; it’s a small world and today ; that saying rang true for me when I went to go9 check up on someone who could easily be my future baby love. I wanted to go see how Alex was doing at the hospital after the accident . I had been in everyday and there had been no change for the past five days . I had to get a temp in to help Mika out just for the time being because I needed to be there for Alexander. I also checked on Hugo indirectly because he too was badly hurt. The accident was scary to look at when it made the news both locally and nationally. Hugo was going to get picked to be captain and Alex Vice captain. I wasn’t fond of Hugo , but if he was friends with Alex ; then he must be one of the good ones . The hospital cubical I was in was big enough for both of them, and unlike Alex who had a broken arm and a thigh injury , Hugo had a horrendo
Chapter 7HugoI like Erica .I don't think I like her ... I like her . My mother likes her and by the looks of things ; she is the most affable person I've come across. As for that woman I call a girlfriend I am going to deal with her personally .I saw the look of panic set on her face and I could only imagine what she was feeling. I've heard her come in for the past 5 days , and she has been kind enough to ask Matthew how I was doing and if I she should call anyone .I didn't know she knew my mother . Even though I was hurting at the fact that Chloe had passed on I was surprised to find out that I was a father to a five year old boy. As far as I knew , my face was scarred really badly and I needed surgery , which was going to cost more than my hospital bills . I knew I had more than enough , but since I had a precious gift to take care of. Erica and my mother were asked to leave the roo
Chapter 8 EricaI'm a believer . I believe in what I pray for ,and I actually might be falling in love with Alex Tristan.. he might be loaded but that's not why I am falling so fast and so hard for him.I run my own business and besides; the baking business , I used to be a Sports physio therapist. The sports club I worked for was the same club I met; Matthew and later on Alex . I never got to meet Hugo because when Alex got injured the male physio was off sick .He was the one who would normally fix up the first team .Alex is a curiosity case to me . He is secretive ; intense , sweet, loyal and till now he has been a good friend. I'm no stranger to developing feelings or crushing on someone. With him it was unexpected. The week before he came to the bakery ,he had mentioned that; he was done with playing around and he wanted to settle down . I knew he wasn't perf
Chapter 9HugoI have bad taste in women period. The only time I think I had good taste was when I was with Chloe ; and call it a coincidence if you may , but there is something about Erica that feels right in a fated kind way.She’s not like Lisa and she has a calming effect on me. On the day we almost lost Alex Lisa came to visit me and when I had questioned her as to why didn’t she come and visit me , she used work as an excuse. When I cheated on Chloe I was not in love with Lisa.I was still in love with Chloe. I was drunk when the cheating happened and she saw an opportunity to capitalize on my state and manipulate me in the worst of ways. That included cutting contact between me and my mother.As a result I didn’t know that Chloe had died and she had a baby boy … our baby boy Michael .
Chapter 10 Erica You know what's worse than a broken heart? A broken heart you never saw coming .I get that Alex wanted a relationship ; but in all honesty the part of me that wasn't sure when he made his intentions known; was the part that was the truth about dating him or having any serious relationship with him. Alexander Tristan was a pretty good soccer player and he was also as clinical in the real world when it came to execution ,as well as in life . Apart from the fact that I knew his mother , and she regarded me as a daughter ,he has always wanted me to be with him and I've always said no. At a point where we wanted damn everyone else, sort out our hangups, and become exclusive; he goes and loses his memory after an accident , forgets he ever loved me, remembers fucking his best friend's girlfriend , and me almost having sex with my ex after trying to def
Chapter 11HugoThe hardest part of any healing process is acceptance. It has been exactly three weeks since I came out of the hospital and my life had been turned on its head in a good and bad way .I had sold most of my cars and house to cover up my bills for the knee surgery and hospital stay. I still had a blue cast on my leg and I had to keep it there for the next six months . For the first time in a long time I don’t know what to do with my life It’s both an exciting time and scary phase of my life .My career in football is over and the Club that I thought was loyal to me and was my ride or die ;just decided to turn its back on me. They have decided to replace me, and it was with Alex who remembered how to play soccer . I was going through a lot right now and I needed some sunshine in my world becau
Chapter 12EricaI don't remember anything I did last night. I have always had a rule; never finish a bottle of wine by myself unless I am in real need of repairing my broken heart ... Wait I had a broken heart and I went out for dinner with Mika and the last thing I remember was talking to Luca and Jessica .I'm in bed which is a good thing but it doesn't feel like my bed . The bedding smelled like apples and my bedding usually smelled of peaches .I didn't want to open my eyes for fear of thinking I must have done stupid stuff .The wind was howling outside and I was feeling surprisingly warm for a really cold day .I stretched out my hand and gently felt around the bed . I felt slabs of muscles and it didn't take me long to realise that ; someone's heavy arm was around my waist .I continued to move up
Chaphter 13HugoI cannot get over how adorable Erica looked last night. She had cut her hair and I knew it wasn’t her real hair but instead of the long wavy elaborate curls , she copped the hair so that her curls would look wild.Even qwhen she had chocolate mousse all over her face I she was just the most ; funny and genuine person I’ve come across. When she’s drunk she is all of the above things I’ve mentioned amplified .I really wanted to see her again , but I knew that the bakery would be closed and that meant she wasn’t going to be at the shop , but as luck would have it ; I found out from my brother who is good friends with Erica that, She and I are actually neighbors. When Marc was taking her home with him , he had forgotten to take h