The next few days, Ethan put all his energy into his work, he closed deals, signed new contracts, and added new businesses into his growing conglomerate. New Staff were employed to help with the pile of workload that kept growing even though his old staff worked hard and some put in bonus hours.
Ethan was driven by the emotions he refused to address and this worried his business partner Gaius. He tried to talk to his friend but was always met with a dead end. Even though Gaius was not surprised that his friend was inaccessible and always refused help or advice given to him, still he was worried and he knew it was time to make an Intervention using any means possible. If Gaius understood anything, he knew what pain was, And even though he knew his own pain had nothing to do with the death of a loved one, it still hurts having to live a lie.
However, since he could do nothing about his own demons at least, for now, he had a duty towards Ethan's children and he intended to help out. If he were still up to date, Emma should be fifteen, Williams almost thirteen, and the baby of the house Sophie five. He would never forget Sophie's age even if he forgot that of the other children hers was imprinted in his memory.
He made up his mind to visit Ethan at home the next day, he also wanted his mother around and knew she would agree with him and both of them would work towards convincing Ethan to make himself available to his children and also get a wife.
The fateful day which was on a Saturday Gaius paid his friend a visit unannounced at about 8:00 in the morning, He had a feeling that his friend would be at home. He was no stranger to the St. James household and Immediately he arrived, he was ushered into the living room by the housekeeper Jane who had served the family for almost 15 years.
“ I'll inform Mr. Ethan of your presence.” the housekeeper informed him.
“ good, tell him to get a lazy ass down here.” Gaius joked.
Jane stifled a smile at his comment, she was already used to his sassy remarks.
“ Did you catch any sleep last night?” Ethan’s baritone voice rang in the air.
At the sound of the Voice, Gaius jerked awake, he could not believe he dozed off on his friends' couch.
“Your couch should be blamed.”
“Hahaha, you can park in and live with us.” Ethan joked.
“Sounds like a plan.”
After their laughter had died down, Ethan asked his friend the reason for his early morning visit. “And to what do I owe this early morning visit.”
Gaius pretended to be hurt “ you mean I should have a reason for visiting my good friend, I feel so hurt right now.”
“ Cut the crap, I know you too well and you never waste a visit.”
“If you must know, I came for an Intervention.”
“What?” Ethan replied.
“ I want you to come on a double date with me and Fiona.”
“ you are joking right, you know I am not dating anyone right now.” he looked chagrined
“It does not matter, I can arrange a date for you.”
“ not interested.”
“ Think about it, you can't stay alone forever.”
Before Ethan could reply, a voice spoke on his behalf “ set the date, he will join you.’
“ Mrs. Theresa, good to see you again, you look breathtaking.” Gaius complimented and rose to give her a perk on both cheeks.
“ You don't look bad yourself, and congrats on your engagement.”
“ Thank you.”
Theresa sat beside Gaius “ now tell us more about the double date.”
“ There is nothing to say mother, I am not interested. and I would appreciate it if both of you stop acting as if I was not present here.” Ethan was getting irritated. He was angry that they both refused to let him be.
“ But why are you not Interested, I know that you have not dated for a while now. you need to put yourself out there, you can't live in your past forever.” Theresa looked at her son Who was the exact replica of his father, brown eyes, beautiful gray eyes that had turned sad since losing his wife. She knew no woman would say no to dating her son if only he would just ask them out and also commit. At his remarkable height of 6 ft, he was probably every woman's dream man.
“I am simply not interested, not now, not ever.”
“ Please don't say that, even Vanessa would want you to move on. she would want you to move on with your life, and not carry her death like a plague forever.” Gaius interjected.
Ethan rose to his feet “ she should have thought of that before dying and leaving me with three children to take care of.” Ethan retorted.
“ She did not ask for death and you know that. Stop blaming her and stop blaming yourself. Please just stop.” his mother cried.
Gaius was not happy with the way things were going, he did not mean to bring back the past, he just wanted his friend to move on and be happy. “It's already been five years since Vanessa died, it's time you moved on, for your sake and that of the children, clinging to the past has never been healthy.”
“ Just mind your business Gaius, it does not concern you so stay out of it.” Ethan stormed out of the living room.
Gaius watched his friend walk away, The Silent sob of his mother beside him tore at his heart. “I will talk to him, and make him see reasons. We can't give up on him now. He touched her shoulders for comfort.
“I don't know anymore, Gaius.” she looked at him with tear-streaked eyes. Suddenly Vanessa felt her head swoon, she heard someone calling her to wake up. Then silence.
The ambulance ride to the hospital was the Longest Journey he had had in his life. As he went off to cool his temper after the argument with his mum and friend, he heard a loud thud on the ground and a shout from his friend. He ran immediately into the living room and found his mother lying on the ground fighting for her life, the children came running into the living room and when they saw their grandmother they froze in shock.
The ambulance came in some minutes later. As soon as his mother was loaded into the ambulance, Ethan turned to face his children, the look in his eyes was that of Horror and blame. However, there was no time to contemplate on that. He drove behind the ambulance in this Range Rover as they sped off to the hospital.
As the paramedic wheeled his mother through the hospital Hall into the ER, the frenzy at the hospital was another emotional battle for him, as it was all too familiar. The sad and scared faces that stared at him, the beeping sound of emergency workers pagers, the chaos synonymous with hospitals left a dull ache in his heart as memories of his wife's last days came back in full swing.
A few hours later, his mum was brought out of ER and was taken into a private ward where she would recuperate.
“Go home and shower, and have something to eat. she won't be awake in another four to five hours.” Doctor Killian advised.
“ I can't leave her alone, I have to stay here with her.” Ethan objected
Gaius Who had come along with his friend encouraged him to go home, there was nothing their presence in the hospital would do for his mum and he needed to get some rest. “ You won't be of any help to her if you are tired and gloomy. I'll come with you so you can shower and have some meal then come back to the hospital.”
“I'd rather stay here.” Ethan refused to bulge.
Gaius remained silent for a while, the doctor was lost for words and left them alone.
“ At least you can comfort the children, so they will be aware that their grandma is okay.” Gaius finally said
“The children.” Ethan suddenly realized how selfish he had been once again. She was their grandmother After all and the closest they have to a mother and probably a father too since he was hardly ever home.
Resigning himself to do what was in the best interest of his children, he led the way out of the hospital with his friend driving them home.
It was almost ten at night when he got home, the kids were all waiting for him in the living room. They were watching a movie when their father walked in. Emma was the first to see him and rushed over to meet him “ how is grandma doing, will she be alright.”
Ethan nodded in affirmation, he was so emotional to speak, Partly because he just noticed how grown-up his daughter was, she was almost a lady and he had missed out on that.
William joined them soon afterward, he was barely awake. “Can we see her,” he asked hopefully.
“Maybe later, she is still not out of the woods. I just came home to let you know that she is okay and also to shower”
His youngest daughter Sophie woke up from where she was sleeping on the couch, she came over and stood beside Emma. “Is grandma coming home tonight?” she whispered beside her sister.
Emma squatted and faced her little sister “No she won't. But dad says she will come home soon.'' Emma said, at the mention of her father, Sophie looked at her father and removed her eyes as soon as their eyes met, Ethan was hurt by it and he did not know how to reach his youngest child, she barely knew him and it was entirely his fault.
“I will shower and go back to the hospital, you should also prepare and go to bed, it's late already.”
Gaius, who had been standing by the side and witnessed the interaction between his friend and his kids, knew it would take a miracle to make his friend bond with the children again.
Ethan was also aware of the tension between him and his children, This was the longest conversation he had had with them for a while now, he was beginning to see things from his mom's perspective.
Ethan’s mother had already woken up and was asking about him. As soon as she saw him, she could not hold back her tears as they dropped from the corners of her eyes to the pillow.“Don't cry mother, everything will be okay. I'll take you out of here as soon as you feel better.” Ethan comforted his mum.Theresa blink back her tears, she just looked sadly at her son and wondered if he was tone-deaf. “I am not crying because I'm here, even though my body hurts like hell. the pain in my heart is worse.”“Worse! How come? tell me where it hurts so I can get to the doctor.” Ethan said, alarmed.“Where it hurts, can't be seen, and
CHAPTER FIVECamilla was a bundle of nerves when the manager told her that someone wanted to have a word with her."Who." She asked, grossly aware that she knew no one in New York. She had not been able to make friends due to her work schedule and communication problems. The little time she had was spent on herself."Mr. Ethan. He is in my office now.” the manager replied"Mr. Ethan!. I have not done anything wrong. Have I?" Camilla replied, astounded. "Why does he want to speak to me?" she asked."I have no clue." The manager screeched. "But you better behave yourself. Or else your job is gone. He is one of our best customers and I don't want you screwing that up."Always threatening me with
It took Ethan over 20 minutes to arrive at Camilla's home. It was all shabby: the building, the parking lot- in fact, the entire street. It looked to him as if the entire apartment building itself had not been painted for years. The windows, if they depicted the interior of this place, showed a lack of care as well, since many sported no drapes. The curtains Ethan did see were torn and stained.Camilla had been waiting for him beside the grocery store on the down floor of her apartment building. When she saw him she hesitated, unable to decide whether to walk towards him or wait till he noticed her.Luckily for her, he noticed her almost immediately and signaled her to come to meet him."Get into the car." He did not bother opening her door for her. "This place is a dump."
CHAPTER SEVENCamilla Could feel the beads of sweat break in her forehead and her Palms felt cold and wet. She tightened her hands around the bouquet that she was holding. If circumstances were different she would have taken time to inhale the lovely scent that rose from the petals in her hands.From where she was standing at the center of the door to the cathedral, she could see her soon-to-be husband Standing tall in all his 6-foot frame at the altar waiting for her, she had to admit that he was a sight Ior sour eyes. The melodious sounds from the piano keys rang inside the church signaling that it was time for Camilla to march forward towards the altar and her groom.As soon as she started the long walk down the aisle alone as she had insisted on,
CHAPTER EIGHT"Take it easy on the drink." Gaius chided his wife. "You don't want to do something you would later regret." He said through gritted teeth."You are such a joy killer, today is our wedding day, so we are supposed to be merry and have fun." Fiona laughed and gulped down another glass of campaign.Gaius shook his head "Just drink with caution okay.""Oh! Please stop, will you? Look at your friend and his bride, I wonder what he saw in her." Fiona smirked"It's his choice, mind your business.""I want to dance, let's dance Gaius.""We just f
On the first ring, her mother answered and it took all of Camilla's willpower not to start crying even though tears filled her eyes."Hello, mother.""Oh, my darling, how are you well?" The voice was breathless with worry."I am fine, mama. I wanted to hear your voice and also to tell you that I…that I wedded today.""Yes, I remembered. I believe it all went well.""Yes, it did.""Are you happy?"Camilla was not expecting the question and for an instant, she did not know what to say. She heard her mother crying and fought back her own emotions. She waited, knowing that her mother would need a few minutes."I'm sorry." Camilla's mother gasped "I have missed you so much, sometimes…sometimes I wish I had insisted you stay here with me."
Ethan started walking towards Camilla, she retreated backward as he drew closer to her. When her body hit the wall she knew there was no escaping him. Ethan trapped her in by resting his palm on the wall, leaving no space between them."And who said you can make rules in my house, Camilla." He gave her a hard stare, he could feel the warmth of her breath on his face.Camilla's lashes flickered, she could feel her skin cover up with goosebumps. "No touching." She blurted out. "Please." She added."And if I refuse." Ethan sneered, he bent his head and sniffed the nape of her neck. She smelled good, too good. He acknowledged to himself.
It was just a few days after their wedding and Camilla was already bored. Ethan had forbidden her from resuming her work at the restaurant, "everything you need is in the house." He told her when she complained."What if I get bored, I am not used to staying idle.""Watch Netflix or any other show on tv. What is that popular soap opera common with Mexicans?" Ethan appeared to be thinking "yes. Watch Telenovela." Ethan replied and walked out on her.Camilla was frustrated by his behavior, even though she enjoyed Theresa's company it was still not who she was, she had worked almost all her life since becoming an adult.Camilla was an early morning person, she was usually awake as early as five in the morning. But since she married Ethan and started sharing his