By: Faith Lucky.
My eyes dilated in shock as I stared at the tiny glittering ring in front of me.
At that moment, I felt numb and couldn’t comprehend what was going on.
What was happening? Was I dreaming or something?
Is Noah actually…
No; this is probably a dream.
“Maxine” his cold voice broke into my thoughts and i shivered.
My legs wobbled as I suddenly felt a strong energy surge into me.
I was confused and perplexed.
What’s happening? How can Noah ask me to marry him?
I mean…how? Why?
“What do you think?” He asked as he turned the ring properly to face me, but I still couldn’t find the right words to say.
I was overly shocked.
“I…” I tried speaking out but shut my lips out of confusion.
He sighed and held my hand.
“I understand how you feel, Maxine. And I completely understand if its coming as a shock to you. Its just that…the need is kinda urgent. My dad – he wants me to get married urgently in order to claim the company and…the truth is – I’m not in any relationship at the moment. And there isn’t a single lady on earth that’s on my mind right now for marriage.
“But, I’ve got just a few days left and…I’ve observed you for some days now and gotten to know you’re a nice lady. So…I was hoping you’d want to…you know? Marry me” he said and I scoffed ruefully.
“Anyway, I understand if you need some time to think about it. I mean, definitely, you should need some time. You barely know me. So…I’ll just wait for your response” he concluded and closed the box, fixing it back into his trouser pocket.
A tear threatened to drop but I batted it back, not wanting to weep at that moment. I couldn’t understand what was going on.
Did Noah really ask me to marry him? Like…become his wife?
But…its just because of the company?
“I um…I’ll just see the doctor” he said as he stood on his feet and I just muttered an “okay” before he left.
Tammy and I waited anxiously in the dark unkempt room and not long after, the door opened and mum was brought in, chained like criminals.
Oh my God!
“Mum!” Tammy called immediately and sprang on her feet, but the policemen beside us didn’t let her to go any closer.
I tapped her to sit and she did.
“Mom” she winced as they were made to sit in front of us, a table separating us.
“My babies” she cooed and touched our cheeks.
“How’re you doing?”
“Where’s dad?” I asked, looking behind.
“He’s still in his cell – I guess. They couldn’t bring both of us out of the cell” she replied and Tammy covered her mouth with her palm and wept.
“What the hell happened, mum? Why are you locked here? Are the rumors true?” I asked tearfully but she couldn’t reply as she just bent her head in sombre.
“Did you really do it? D..did you really kill Maxine’s parents?” I asked again and she sniffed and lifted her head to look at me.
“Don’t worry, dear. All your question will be answered in court. But for now, I just need you two to take care of yourself. And don’t worry, we’ll definitely get out of this” she said.
“But how…?” Tammy squealed and busted into more tears.
“What if you’re unable to win the case, mum? You might get stuck in jail”.
“Don’t worry, Ruby. It won’t get to that”.
“Your time is up” one of the policemen said in a hard voice and I shut him a stare.
“Come on, officer. It isn’t like she’s going back to the cell to cook or something. Let’s just spend a little more time together” Tammy pouted and held mum’s hand.
“That’s enough. Come on” another officer said as he came close and gripped mum’s hand.
“Don’t worry, girls. Everything will be fine. I promise” she said ruefully as the policemen took her away.
“Mum! No!” Tammy cried and hugged me.
She kept crying all through the way home – on the streets, in the cab and the rest of the walk down home.
I was holding her the whole time and kept consoling her. I mean, that was all I could do at that moment – being her eldest.
Surprisingly, when we got to the gate of the house, we found the gateman sitting on the floor.
Huh? What’s going on?
We fastened our steps and got to where he was.
“Hey; what’s wrong? Why are you here?” I asked immediately and he shook his head and stood up.
‘Some authorities had showed up while you were away and locked up the house. They said its now in Maxine’s possession” he explained and I flinched.
Hours later, I returned home with Noah since the doctor said I was good to go and I didn’t really like the idea of staying in the hospital after all.
“Maxine!” Charlene called and ran to me as soon as we stepped into the house.
“Hey”,I chuckled and exchanged a brief hug with her.
“It worked, didn’t it?” She asked with a smile and I nodded.
Then, she embraced me again.
“Sorry about this.. And sorry I couldn’t make it to the hospital. You know my condition”, she said.
“Yes, yes. Its fine. You don’t need to worry about it”.
“Come on, Maxine” Noah said and accompanied me to my room.
“You know what the doctor said. You need a lot of rest” he told me as he helped me sit on the bed.
I sat up and leaned my back on the wall.
“I’ll get you some coffee” he further said and I nodded before he left the room.
I took in a deep breath and stared up at the ceiling.
Finally, it’s almost getting over. And all that’ll be left to do is getting them kicked in jail for the rest of their miserable life.
I just pray the police finds him soon.
After a while, Noah returned with the cup of hot coffee and sat in front of me on the bed.
“Here. If its too hot, you let me know”, he said as he handed it carefully to me and I sipped from it.
Ouch! It was quite hurt.
I blew air into it and in a short time, it was moderate.
“So…what would you want for dinner?” He asked and I quickly thought about it.
Am I even having appetite?
“Um….I don’t know for now. Maybe I’ll decide after this coffee” I replied and he nodded and watched me gulp down the rest of the coffee.
When I was done, he collected the cup form me and was about standing up when I suddenly held him back.
His lashy eyes bored into mine.
“Is…there a problem?” He asked and I nodded, then shook my head afterwards.
I paused and bit my lower lip.
“About your proposal, its urgent, right?”
“Um…yeah. It is. I’ve got just a few days left” he replied, now seeming interested.
“Do you have something to say?”, he jerked me out of my thoughts and I bit my lip again.
“I just wanted to say…I’ll do it. I mean…I’ll marry you”. I replied nervously.
By: Faith Lucky.
I saw sparkles in his eyes as soon as I said that.
I also felt my heart skip in accordance, feeling so shy and nervous.
“Um…are you sure about it?” He asked and all I could do was nod.
Then, he smiled and dipped his hand into his trouser pocket, bringing out the ring box and opening it in front of me.
He pulled out the ring, took my hand and slipped it through my engagement finger.
“Thank you, Maxine” he said with a smile and did away with the empty box.
But somehow, I felt bad because he was actually getting married to me for the company alone.
Because he urgently needed a wife.
“Um…so, have you decided on what to eat?” He asked as he took hold of the mug again.
“Uh…not really. I think I just need some rest for now” I replied and moved deeper into the bed.
“Sorry, Maxine. Can I…get a kiss from you?” He asked and my eyes beamed.
I stared at him – speechless and surprised – and he smiled and drew closer, planting a soft kiss on my lips.
Oh my Gosh!
“Goodnight. I’ll come check up on you later” he replied and stood up after covering me up with the duvet.
I didn’t say a word and watched him leave.
Yes! Yes! I knew she was gonna do it!
I chuckled as I walked into my room and fell on the bed, beaming with smiles.
Finally; everything’s falling into place.
I reached for my phone and put a call through to dad. And thankfully, he picked up at the right time.
☎Noah” he called immediately like he was expecting my call or something.
☎Hey, pupsy. Wats up?” I asked cheerfully and could tell he was definitely surprised.
☎I’m….fine. Is everything okay?”
☎Yes, yes of course. Everything’s perfectly fine. I um…just called to remind you of the dinner tomorrow. I hope everything’s still in place?” I asked.
☎Well…of course. We’re waiting. You seem pretty excited, Noah. Who’s She?” He asked and I laughed.
☎Don’t worry, dad. You’ll get to know her tomorrow” I replied and dropped the call.
‘By weekend, we should be married’ i thought with a smile.
I was helping Ella out with her assignments when my phone awakened with a ring.
“Hold on, baby” I told her as reached for the phone and received the call.
It was Rex.
☎Hello?” I said tiredly.
☎Hi, Audrey. What’s up?” He replied breezily.
☎Yeah, I’m fine and you?”
☎I”m great. I uh…just wanted to remind you of the dinner tomorrow. Hope you’re gonna show up?” He asked and I sighed and touched my head.
☎But Rex.. Is it really necessary for me to come? I…”
☎Come on, Audrey. Its just for fun. It’s just a house stuff – having dinner with me, my parents and…”
He suddenly paused and I scoffed.
☎And Noah? Will Noah be there?” I asked and he muttered a “yeah”.
☎Well, I don’t really see it as a big deal because its just Noah. Besides, you used to be the best couples. So, it’s no big deal dropping by to say hi to him. Come on, Audrey. Its been years now”.
I exhaled deeply and stared up at the ceiling.
☎Okay..fine. I’ll be there” I replied and felt him smile.
☎Awesome. Thank you, Audrey. I’ll check up on you later”.
And I dropped the call.
Gosh! Am I really ready to see Noah?
Its been over 5 years already now.
Although…I wouldn’t deny missing him.
I itched my head and cogitated for a while.
Well…I guess I’ll just go for it anyway.