What started as a cup of coffee ended up taking the whole day?
Steph couldn't say that she did not enjoy the day as it was, but she really loved every inch of the guy. So honest, open-minded, friendly, ambitious, and so on. She really loved hanging out with him. By the time they decided to go out of the cafe, it was around 6:30 pm.
George insisted on dropping her off and getting to know at least where she lives, but, of course, Steph did not know about this. George drove into the family driveway and turned off the engine. It seemed he did not want to be separated from her.
"Well, thank you for today, I was not in a good mood, but you made my day," Steph said, looking at the guy before her.
'It is nothing; I enjoyed your company as well and hoped we could do this often, of course, when you are free."
"That's okay. At least I could have one more friend to my list of one."
"What! Do you only have one friend?"
"Yeah, is it a problem?"
"It's just weird as you are such a wonderful person. But I can't just imagine you with only one friend."
"Well, can't blame me for lack of trust; such is life," Steph said while looking outside the car, tears threatening to fall. "When your best friend betrays you, what do you do?"
"Sorry, Steph didn't mean to hurt your feelings." He didn't know much about what she had gone through over the years. He couldn't bring himself to be close to her for her safety, but he was back.
"It's okay. You did nothing; I just remembered something."
"Time heals. Friends," George says, extending his hands to her
"Friends." Replied Steph accepting the hand
"See you tomorrow, friend, and hope we can have another outing another day when we have no class. If that is okay with you."
"Am okay with that so long as I don't stay in the house. Night" Steph says while getting out of the car before she blurts out all about her to this guy that she barely knows.
'Night. Ooh hey. Forgot to ask for your digits." Says George giving Steph his phone to type her number. He doesn't want to go waiting in the corridors in the school.
She met Sheila waiting for her on the door expectantly as she walked into the house.
"Who's that guy?" She asked eagerly at the same loud enough for her mum to hear from the dining area
"None of your business," Steph replied as she walked inside the house. To say that the more she stayed downstairs would spoil her moods is an understatement as it will completely ruin it.
As she moved to go up the stairs, she was stopped by her Stepmom, Nicole.
"Hello there, Stephanie. Don't want to say hi to your mother." She stopped on her heels and looked to where the voice came from
"Hello, mother. How was your day?"
"Just fine as you can see but of course, without you to ruin it."
"Come on, Mrs. Jackson. Don't you think it should be the other way round?" Steph asked her sarcastically before continuing
"Anyway am happy you had a great day, so did I. Therefore, let it stay as it is and not ruin each other's day."
"Well, my dear, I see you have started moving around with men in town. Mind telling me who he is?"
"As I said to my dear' sister,' it's not of anyone's business. As you know, I have to get some sleep. I have a long day tomorrow. Have a good night." She said as she went up the flight of stairs straight to her room and locked behind her.
She removed her shoes, placed them at the shoe rack behind the door, and went to the closet to get a towel and pajamas before going to the bathroom to shower.
As she lay down on her bed, she replayed everything that happened during the day in her mind and smiled. She never thought she could meet someone she would like at some critical point in her life. The night was so long as she kept on tossing on her bed till past midnight.
Steph woke up to the sound of knocks on her door. She threw the covers from her body and stepped from bed, heading to the door while rubbing her swollen eyes.
"Who is it?"
"Open up now," Her dad said, sounding very angry.
"Good morning, dad. It's so early. Why wake me up, and I would have come downstairs."
"I have to talk to you urgently."
"Okay, come in then."
"No need, let's go to my study room."
As she went into her bathroom, she washed her face and dried using a face towel before following her dad to his office.
"I got news yesterday you have been hanging out with men old enough to be your father."
"What! Seriously. Who could come up with such lies?" Steph was stunned by his words. She didn't see that coming. She knew from the moment he said those words Nicole had said something to him.
"It doesn't matter. Who is the guy that dropped you off yesterday?"
"Come on, dad. He is my friend George. We study on the same campus, and we had a small accident when we met, and we became friends. Besides, who said he is old to be my father. Dad, he is only two years older than me. Is that being old?"
"What about other guys you have been seen with around town?" No amount of words could describe the turbulent of anger rising inside of her. Lies of the highest order
"Dad! Who has been feeding you with such lies?" she asked bewildered.
"Shut up and answer me!"
"Come on, dad. You know me. When was the last time you heard that I even had a boyfriend? It has been a year. Then why come up with such stories. Also, if I had a boyfriend, dad, I am 25 years old and enough to have one."
"Do you think your mother is stupid to come and tell me all of these things? I can't believe you are such a big liar. Of all the children I have here, I never expected you to disappoint me. You talk to your mother the way you want and think you get away with it? No way."
"Dad, when have I ever lied to you? When have I ever talked back to someone without being pushed to the wall? Never." Looking at his facial expression, he seemed extremely angry with her. That also made the building turbulent in her chest to burst in full force.
"I see. I have no place in your heart anymore. You prefer to believe in strangers that you have known for barely five years over your flesh and blood that you have sired, raised for 25 good years." Pausing for a moment, Stephanie stood from the visitor chair in his office and continued bitterly
"Well, if I have no place in your heart anymore, I don't think I have one in your house. I now understand where my place is in this place." Stopping for a moment, she looked straight to her father and continued
"I think it's time I figure out my life and move out of this place. Goodbye, dad" For a moment, she thought she had seen a bit of regret and hesitance in her father's face. She turned and banged the door behind her.
Tears dropped from her eyes. She hurt and pained How could her flesh and blood dad not believe her? Why does he think so low of his own daughter? Is it fair? Why would Nicole come between her and her father? Why?Leaving his office, she ran to her room in anger. She ran without looking back. She didn’t care about them anymore. Let all of them go to hell. If they do not want her around, then she can’t force herself on them.She walked to her room. Closed the door behind her. Dropped down holding her knees, and broke down in tears . It’s not in her nature to break down when people are around, not even her dad. She always tried to keep it together and pretend to be strong though that it was never the case. She immediately stood up and opened her closet, and packed all her things in bags. She was so angry that time seemed to be slow. She di
’Come down, Steph,” Amanda said as she tried to soothe her friend. “They don’t deserve your tears.”’Why would my dad think nasty things about me when told by somebody else and not believe me? Seriously, I can’t even digest that. Imagine he believes his wife, my stepmother, over me. He has been raised for 24 years. For God’s sake, can’t he judge from good or bad? What has come over him:”Amanda tried to talk to her until late when she finally fell asleep on the couch. She made her tea, placed it in a thermos, and placed it at the table next to sleeping.Amanda has always been looking up to Steph since they were young. She remembered how she suffered when her boyfriend betrayed her with her sister and never grieved for it and kept the pain in her heart. She also knows of the new friendship with George, and she believes George is a good distraction for her.She took George’s phone and saved it to her own number, intending to call George when free to keep Steph Company. Maybe she may fee
Though her accounts had been frozen, she didn't care much. Her mum had left her some money in a secret account that even her father didn't know about. She had left a letter with their lawyer and told the lawyer to deliver in private to her, and she was not supposed to tell anyone except her sister, Mercy. She could not continue staying with Amanda for long since her sister would be moving in with her soon.In the few months that she had met George, they spent the most time together and learned a lot from him about life and his life.George was the only child to Mr. and Mrs. Kiiru and the first son of the county since his father was a governor. She would never have imagined he was the governor's son since he was so down to earth and respected others around him, not a spoilt brat as I would have thought.So many times, he has tried to ask her to be his girlfriend but still, she could not give him a chance. All those times when she turned him down, she could swear she saw the hurt in his
'Come on, George, we have been through this already. You know that I am not sure I'll be able to love you without having doubts. I was hurt and heartbroken to pieces by someone that I trusted than own self. Let alone you. We have only known each other for almost a year now. We are good friends, and I wish I could be more than that, but I am really not ready." Steph said, holding George's hands tightly. Though she tried to not show her feelings for George. She liked him but was scared he would leave her when he met someone from his own class."I understand what you went through, but I promise you that I will not hurt you at any point. All I want is to love you with all my heart and be there for you every step of the way in your life Steph. You make me feel like no other has done before. I dream of you each time you touch my hand or shoulders. I want more than just the touch. Am really crazy about you, Steph. Please give me a chance to be with you.""It's not like I don't want you; it i
Dating has never been as enjoyable as it was to Steph. It feels good to have a boyfriend who cares and takes care of you. The next few weeks has been amazing working in George’s company. Though they have known it each other over a year and few months the feeling George has towards her has always been pure and true. She has given her all to the relationship. They say good things don’t last long and that’s what caught up to them. One day while on a date with George, a pretty woman walks up to them and looks surprised to see them. “Hey George” The look on Georges face could earn you a million if you sold to the public. He was surprised and kind of shocked. “Hey Sharon” “How are you? I wasn’t sure if it was you or not. It has been like forever since I last saw you. Have just moved back into the country recently and was thinking of coming over to see you and your parents one of these days.” “Well it has been long. Anyway meet
A few days later, Steph received a call from her sister. Her father was sick and admitted to the hospital. Though she may not be talking to her dad, it shocked her, and she was scared of losing him. After all, he was the only parent she had after the demise of her mother. She called George and rushed to the hospital. She found her sister Mercy and the rest of the family in the waiting room. Her sister ran to her and started crying, but her step mum started criticizing her when she stepped in.“I thought you left the family, and we have nothing to do with you? Why are you here?” said her step mum“I have all right to see my dad when he is not feeling and when he is feeling well. Besides, what has it got to do with you? If you feel like not seeing me here, then go out and wait there. Otherwise, shut up and show some respect at the hospital,” Steph replied while sitting down. She could see doctors inside the room and didn’t need to ask the pe
Mr. Jackson was surprised to see George and from the way he looked at him one could see he knew him well.“Nice to meet you sir.”“Well it’s nice to meet you too. I hope you have been taking care of my daughter. She is a bit stubborn but nice girl hope you can handle her well.”“You don’t have to worry sir. I love your daughter and nothing is more important than her safety and wellbeing”“I love that. My girl has found a nice guy indeed. Am not worried about her anymore with you by her side”“Come on dad why do you say that. Am good and also you are not going anywhere. I will be staying with you from now on.”“I know dear but he is a good company and hope he is a keeper as you are” Steph felt embarrassed to be teased in front of her boyfriend but she was happy”“Dad I have called the guy you said and heel be here later tonight also George said he will help whenever you need his help.“It’s okay. I know he will help. Why don’t you bring me chicken soup from the hotel downstairs while I
From the other room George could hear footsteps. He has always been a light sleeper. He was ready to see what the intruder wanted to achieve first before making a move. When he heard the door being opened he moved swiftly towards the room and caught the hit from Mr. Jackson on the intruder’s headEven after so many years he was surprised by the vigor he still had on him. A mafia is always a mafia even when the environment changes.He jumped on the guy and hit him hard and made sure he was unconscious. He then made a call and few men come to take him away.Steph woke up from all the commotion in the room and was surprised to see her dada and George standing in the middle of the room. Though her dad was sick and weak he seemed different. Also there was a man lying on the floorShe didn’t need to ask too much and waited for them to fill her in. She knew her dad and man very well. When they want her to know they will tell her if not then she won’t force it.When two men took the man under