Waking up early in the morning, the only thing in Steph’s mind was going to college and start looking for an apartment near the school. It didn’t matter what she had to pay for it, but she really had to get away from all that surrounded her at home.
She knew she needed space to think and figure out herself, and the environment around her was not helping. Her mental health was more important than anything else at that moment.
She took her breakfast fast and took a cab to school.
She hates riding in the same car with Sheila. She remembered they were good friends at first, though not that close, but at least they could talk in length about things, and one of them included their boyfriends and the plans they had in the future.
Things came to a standstill after she became too close to Sam. He was my confidant best friend, and he knew everything about me that not even my parents knew.
Sometimes she wondered if he went for Sheila because she was more beautiful or too ugly to be with him. The thoughts that ran to her mind were so wild that she thought maybe she was not good enough for anyone.
She was too deep in thoughts that she did not realize she was walking towards someone. She bumped into him, and she fell down, hurting her elbow, trying to find support. The guy bent over immediately, trying to help her out.
“Are you okay?”
“Yes,” she said as she looked up to see the guy helping her. She could not help but stare for too long before snapping back to reality.
“Y- Yes. Sorry for bumping into you. I was deep in thoughts didn’t realize I was walking towards you,” Steph said, trying to compose herself.
“It’s okay. It happens sometimes.” The guy answered as he checked over her elbow.
“Let’s get that treated at the dispensary before it gets infected,” He said as he led her to the dispensary. The school nurse cleaned and disinfected the wound before placing the Elastoplast.
“My name is George, by the way,” He says, extending his hands to shake hers.
“Stephanie. Nice to meet you. Though I know, it was a little clumsy of me.’ Responded Steph shaking his hands back.
“Well, it was a bit hard, if I may say. You are one strong lady, to be precise,” Said George playfully. He looked at her, asking himself the question that had been on his mind.
‘Does she remember me?’
Steph stared at his feature carefully, leaving none behind as she comprehended how beautiful and handsome he looked. Though she hates being around men, the guy seemed different, and a connection attracted him to her. She seemed to have known him, but she could not place the exact impression on her mind.
She shook her head to dispel the thoughts. “Well, Thank you for taking me to the dispensary though it wasn’t necessary. But it was really kind of you.’ She said as she tried to control her confused feelings.
“It was nothing. Anybody could have done that,” He said as he checked the time and sighed. “It seems I am late for my class already, and it is almost over.” He said, rushing out before he lost his mind. To him, that was an excuse to flee from her. His feelings for her had always been strong since they were young. He was afraid he could not control himself.
“OMG am late as well. Mr. Miles will kill me if I do not present my algebra assignment for my group. I have got to go. Hope to see you around, George. And thanks”. Steph said as she ran off to the remainder of the class.
A few days had passed, but George had not seen Steph again since the dispensary. He didn’t understand what was going on. It had been years, but his feelings for her had always been the same. It grew stronger and stronger each time.
He joined college again to finish a course he enrolled in and to be close to her.
“What’s going on with me? Why can’t I stop thinking of her? I really have to see her again.” Thought George loudly. Looking around for her during those days were devastating. He had thrown everything away to be with her despite the dangers involved. Though he had stayed away all those years for her protection, he didn’t care anymore.
He had to pretend he didn’t know her and let her fall in love with him again. It was the only way she could remember her past and love freely. He asked around to know if someone had seen her, but no. He became worried about her. Getting his phone out, he called one of his men.
“Get me the exact location of Stephanie Jackson. Be fast,” he ordered the man on the phone with a serious tone. That was different from the face he gave in college.
In minutes, he received a call from the man with the results
“Boss, she is already in the school compound. She may be coming for class.”
“Okay. Be vigilant on the mission. Also, get a few men to follow her secretly. Don’t let her know she is being followed.”
With that, he hung up the phone looking through the door at the mathematics and computer science class.
A group of people passed severally, but there was no sign of her yet. He almost gave up when he saw her coming from the administration office. He couldn’t help but stare at her suggestively, undressing her from top to bottom. She was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen, though most of his friends found him weird not seeing him with a lady for most of his life.
It is not that he has never had an interest in having a girlfriend before. Still, he just had responsibilities at his company before in stabilized. Now that he had everything under control at the company, he had time to date. The best part of being a software developer, you can work from anywhere and anytime.
Still, it was not that he had never been in a relationship before. His girlfriend dumped him when she found a richer guy than him.
Steph is unique; something about her makes him want to be near her. Though their start in early childhood was not that good
She seemed to be deep in thoughts as she came his way, and he had to stop her before she could bump into him again.
“Hey. Do you always like to bump into people in the corridor?”
“Wow. It seems it’s only you that I want to bump into. Sorry. It’s just that I have been having a stressful day and am deep in thoughts.” Steph says, coming back to reality
“Anyway, how have you been? It’s like a week we have not seen each other.”
“Well, have been busy and missed almost most of my classes this week, but I am back now. So what’s up?”
“Nothing much was wondering if you could go for a cup of coffee with me at the Java house at the corner outside the school,” George said expectedly and nervous. This would be his first time asking a lady out for coffee. It’s not that he had never gone out for coffee with a lady before, but this would be his first doing it himself, not ladies throwing themselves at him.
“It’s okay. I was going there anywhere, and I could use company at the moment.’
“This way, please. I parked my car at the North entrance parking lot.”
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
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