Two years ago,
My grandfather was on his way to my house for a chat. Knowing him, it could be anything. Business or him imposing on my personal life. I was waiting for him by the pool outside.
"Ace," he called with his hands stretched.
"Grandfather," I got up and went in for the hug as he patted me on the shoulder once, "To what do I owe this visit?"
"Can't I visit my grandson anymore?" he smiled, taking a seat.
"We saw each other last night," I said, taking a seat beside him.
"We have much still to discuss," he said. "I think we could use some refreshments."
"So, you are here for a while?" I asked.
"I thought we could have lunch while I'm here unless you are planning ongoing somewhere,"
"I was planning ongoing to the hospital."
"But not before you pay a visit to that flower place," I narrowed my eyes at him, "It's not a secret you have taken an i
Diya Two years ago, Mrs Dani was away for the weekend, so I was alone at the shop. I didn't have to stay until so late, but the shop had been busy for a Saturday afternoon. The rush was over, but I stayed for a while and cleaned the place up. I went to the back room to drop off some crates and almost had a fight when I came back. "Jesus." I took a deep breath. He narrowed his eyes at me. "Why are you still here?" "I'm working." I responded, walking to the cash register. "Is there something I can help you with?" "I want a bouquet of lilies." he said, looking angry as always. "What happened to the one you bought two hours ago?" "Nothing." I nodded and moved around to arrange the flowers for him. I honestly don't know what his deal was. It was like he had a bone to pick with me every time he was here. He always came when Mrs Dani was not around, too. I dropped the flowers and spun
Diya I opened my eyes and felt the soft bed as the doctor and the nurse and the midwives surrounded me. I tried to get up, but they were fast and came rushing to my aid. “I’m pregnant, not sick,” I said, shrugging them off me. “You heard the lady. Give her some space,” Elisa’s voice came in as she pushed the nurses aside and came to sit beside me on the bed, “How are you feeling? Any requests? I have asked the chefs to make something. I have also arranged for you to get a dietician who will arrive in tomorrow and-“ “Elisa, please. That’s enough,” I said, making her stop. She talks so fast that it makes my ears bleed. I was not in the mood for her rants and I didn’t have the energy to deal with her. She was too much to handle, and I needed cal
Diya Two years ago, I looked at the menu and was fidgety when I sat down. I have never had dinner with someone. Let alone a man. Sister Josephine warned me about this. Innocent women like me are taken in this manner. I looked around and felt chills. This place had only one entrance and exit. The server almost made me jump from my seat. "Can you give us a moment?" The server nodded and left. I should have told him no. When he asked, I was shocked to respond. I nodded. He shrugged. We walked out and now we were here. "Does this place make you uncomfortable?" I shook my head. "Then you should relax. You look like you were abducted." "I don't think this place is cheap," I whispered. "Don't worry about it," he leaned forward and whispered back. "It's the middle of the month and I haven't been paid yet. Their steak costs more than my week's bus fare." He smiled and looked at me.
Diya Two years ago, "Guess who?" "I don't know," I responded, laughing. "Guess." he whispered. "Ace," I said. "Wrong," he said, taking off his hands from my face and I turned back and frowned. "Who are you?" I frowned, looking at the man in front of me. "Filip," the man smiled at me and I took a few steps back. "Where is Ace?" I asked, clutching my sling back. "Inside." he grinned at me. "He told me to welcome you." "What?" I was ready to run. "You are like a little mouse," he laughed. "I'm not a mouse," I huffed. "This way, mi'lady." he bowed and walked inside. I prayed and walked in. This place looked like a fortress. I followed a little distant away from him and walked in. "You must be Diya I have been hearing about," an elderly man was in front of me the moment I walked in. "Hello," I waved.
Diya “Good morning, Diya. How are you feeling this morning?” Elisa spoke as she walked in, “Time to wake up. Patty already told me you chased her away again this morning." she sighed as she sat on the bed. “Come on. Time to get on with your day.” “I’m so tired. I need five more minutes,’ I responded, pulling on the covers. “Nope, and nope.” I groaned as I sat up. This was the only reason I hated making Elisa stay. Every day she has been making me get up so I can do something. Since my pregnancy was high risk, she has been trying to make me have a positive day always. Her positivity sometimes stressed me out. “I’m too tired to walk today. Can’t I stay in bed and have brownies? God knows I need one right now,” I pouted.
Diya The pain was gone in the same second it came as the sound of the baby crying could be heard in the room. I was tired and sweaty, but I was the happiest woman in the whole wide world. I was looking at the little bundle as my heart swelled ten times over. Even the way he was in my arms, I could see Ace. The same light green eyes fluttered. “Hello, baby. I’m your mommy,” I cooed at him. The baby fell silent and relaxed in my arms. My entire world changed at that moment. I never knew love would expand to this. Tears filled my eyes as I wondered for a second how my mother would leave me after experiencing all of this joy. “Let’s get him cleaned up,” Bertha said, extending her hands. “One more minute,” I responded, looking at my son as he made
Diya Five years ago, Ace has done so much for me, and I felt like I had nothing to offer. His grandfather had welcomed me like his own. I was happy with the man I was falling in love with. It made my heart pound just thinking of the feelings I have for him. I was lucky to be with a man like him. The heavens were smiling at me for the precious man he gave me. "Hey!" Ace smiled, I grinned "You came?" I said, shifting my feet. "Of course." he smiled more. My heart was warm. Ace was not angry, frowning or glaring anymore. He was always smiling, just as much as me. It was adorable. "So," I clamped my hands, "I have a few places to show you and then we can go to the church after." "Lead the way," he laced his hands on mine. "Okay," I squeezed his hand, "I have only gone to a few places around the church. There is an old age home. The park and the church and that all," I pouted.
Diya My mind is screaming at me. Diya, what have you gotten yourself into? I was following a stranger as we walked in silence. I was glad it was not a long walk, considering the running and walking I had done since Thomas left me. I was surprised when we arrived at the house after a few minutes and walked into the lushest home ever. The house was immense, with a view of the sea. It was modern and well maintained. I was still cautious about him and was still trying to figure him out before he spoke. “This is not my house, if you are wondering,” he smiled. “No. No,” I shook my head, “I wasn’t thinking that.” “Okay,” he nodded, “This is