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 cannot be treated with medicine.”
“ I really do not understand what you are trying to say, mother.” He ran his fingers through his hair in frustration.
“ I want you and the children to be happy, I want your family to be United again. I am already old and frail, I want to see you married, happy, and in love. Is that too much to ask?” Theresa said with sorrow-filled eyes. “I remember how happy you used to be when you just got married, even happier when the kids started coming. But now all you do is run away from home, you just cut everyone off, especially the kids. Sometimes I feel you do this in case something happens to them it won't hurt you so much, but you do realize it doesn't work that way, love them and be with them now that they are Young, be present or you might regret it later on.” Theresa pleaded to her son's conscience.
Gaius’s presence was totally forgotten, however, as he tried to slip out of the room, Theresa stopped him. “I know you have been friends with Ethan for a long time, Make him understand that he's not the only one grieving, we all loved Vanessa too. Let him know that his children need him, more now than ever. He should not allow his loss to make him miss out on his kid's life.”
Ethan wiped the tears from the corner of his eyes “ I will try my best and become more present in the children's life.”
Smiling through her tears. “ That will be so nice, the children miss you so much, especially Sophie.”
He felt the excitement build within him and promised to do his best, together with his mother they will be a happy family.
As if reading his thoughts, his mother held his hand and spoke again. “ You need a wife Ethan, the children need a mother.
Ethan was lost for words. When he recovered from his initial shock, he shook his head in disagreement. “ You have always been a mother to them, you are all they need.”
“No. I am their grandmother, and I'm already old. They need someone young and vibrant, and you need a wife and a companion too.”
“Let's not talk about this now,” Ethan replied feeling uncomfortable.
“ Promise me that you will think about what I just said.”
“ I will think about it, for now, you just have to rest so you can recover quickly and go back home.”
Theresa was content with her sons' reply, at least he promised to think about it. She closed her eyes and slept off. However Ethan was in turmoil, he was afraid that the mother might go into cardiac arrest if he did not do as she requested.
“Why do you have that look on your face?”
“What look?” Gaius asked feigning ignorance
“Just say what is on your mind, out with it,” Ethan replied.
“Hahaha, you need a wife as soon as possible.”
Ethan shook his head in derision “says who.”
Gaius glanced from Ethan to his mum who was sleeping. “You wouldn't want to hurt her. She is very vulnerable now.”
“How do I go about getting a wife when I'm not even dating?”
“ That should not be a problem to you, you have closed thousands of business deals and had too many flings. you will come out with a solution. I have faith in you.” Gaius replied. He could not resist laughing at his last sentence.
AT THE OFFICE
“Don't put any call through to my office, till I tell you to,” Ethan said to his secretary as he walked into his office.
“I am expecting someone named Malik in an hour's time, Usher him into my office immediately comes.”
“Ok sir, anything else.” the Secretary waited for more instructions.
“Get me a cup of hot coffee. Black,” he shouted before shutting his office door.
Throughout the weekend he had been contemplating on what his mother said, and an idea sprang into his mind. He was early in the office with the hope of starting on with his plan.
On his way to the office, he made a call to a private detective He had used once when he was investigating fraud in his company years ago.
At exactly 9 p.m. Malik was seated opposite Ethan in his office.
“ I want more information about a waitress at Sheraton restaurants.”
“ What's the name and what does she look like?”
“ That is where the problem lies, I don't know her name, or what she looks like. I saw her briefly, all I can tell you is that she's human.”
“ That does not say much about her, do you have a picture Or something.”
“ No, I don't have her picture, but I think she's an immigrant, and she has a very thick accent. she is tall too.”
“ ok, I will start with the little information you have. if I find her, what do you want me to do.”
“ I want more information about her. her background, country, and reason for her migrating to America. I want every detail and secret about her.”
“ I will do as you say, expect my feedback in four days' time.”
“ can't I get it sooner than that?”
“ Well, I have to be sure that I have the right person before getting more details about her. the information you gave already is very vague.”
“ Ok then, expecting you in four days' time.”
“ how do I receive my payment” the last time he worked for Ethan, his secretary handed over his check to him.
“ I don't want anyone to know about this. No one at all. Whatever information you find, bring it directly to me. Do you understand?”
“Yes. Expect me on Friday morning.” The private detective replied and left his office.
As soon as he left, Ethan started having doubts about what he was about to do.
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
CHAPTER TWELVECamilla was restless after Theresa's comment about having a child someday. She knew in America children could tell their parents to mind their business, but that was not the way she was raised, her mother would smack her if she did something like that, especially to her mother-in-law notwithstanding the circumstances behind the relationship.The only time she forgot to think about the conversation was when the kids came back from school and she told Sophie that she watched Barney and her friends with grandma. The little child squealed her heart and Sophie forgot about her problems for the time being.The rest of the day was spent