My Colorless Rainbow – episode 14

Episode 14.
By Amah

The day was going well, we had lots of fun. The boat ride, the water race, pictures time, lots to eat and drink.
As night approached, we went to get our costumes for the camp fire which my Dad ordered down for everyone.
We changed over and matched down to the camp fire ground where other families and couples gathered with their loves ones.
We sang and danced around the fire, until it was burning into ash.
Almost everyone got tired after the whole activities.
 Dad suggested we set up our own family fire close to our lodge.
 The fire was set by my Dad and his two boys, Ohio and Cole. It was an activity day and night for all of us.
Ohio was blending perfectly into everything and it seem he was always seen close to my Dad.
All of us sat around the fire, my Parents, Cole and Melinda and then me and Ohio.

My Dad was talking about his youthful life and some lovely memories that I still remember, he talks about my Mom, who he calls his heartbeat. He talks about my brother Joe who was in a faraway country with his own family.
My Dad talks about me and how I was a “Daddy little girl when I was growing up” he talks about Melinda who always wanted to have her way at all-time, My Dad said that Melinda has a good heart which she hides from everyone.
And I’m still trying to see where the good heart is hidden.
We were all filled with smile as my Dad speaks.

Suddenly Melinda suggested that we should all talk about how we got to meet our spouse or p@rtner. I have alre-ady told her before, I wonder why she was bringing it up again. I know Melinda is always mischievous and maybe looking for a way to prove a point but I didn’t see where the whole talk will lead to until she suggest that me and Ohio should start first.
When I try to speak she hushed.

“No Becca, let the men do the talking. I suggest Ohio, your husband to be do the talking. Let him tell us where he met you and how he proposed to you.
My heart went into race because I never saw it coming. I did not inform Ohio what I told Melinda. Ohio asked me to always upd@t£ him about anything and I did but I never thought this will come up.

I try to argue it out but Melinda will not give up, she wanted Ohio to speak and even asked my Dad to endorse it.

“Why not? Is a good t©pic for the night. Melinda raised a good t©pic. Ohio should tell us, after Ohio then Cole and I will be the last to say mine. I hope I will be able to remember all the stories. Anyway your mother will help me in every way. So, Ohio…kindly tell us where you met Becca, my Daughter and also the proposal just as Melinda said. Is a family night…we are just having fun.

I swallowed ha-rd as Ohio turned to me, I saw his face with the help of the burning fire. He was relaxed and look at peace. But I wasn’t at any peace even though I pretend to be.
Ohio do not un-derstand that this was another of Melinda’s tra-ps and he may fall into her awaiting tra-p.
He looked back at everyone and began to speak.

“Becca works for a company owned by one of my friend and business p@rtner. I joined hands with my friend to keep the company running after I returned fully to the country. I saw Becca many times and there was something about her which I couldn’t place. Maybe from her demeanor or the way she compose herself and smile at every greetings. She was not into the eye service thing like many were doing. Even my friend knew that I liked her and confirmed that Becca was a ha-rd working staff who was selfless too. Well, I later got talking with Becca and confirmed it myself…and to cut the long story short one thing lead to another and here we are. The proposal wasn’t something elaborate. It was just within us. I’m not much of a public person and well, she got the ring after all.

Sweat broke out of my fore head.
While my parents and Cole cl@pped after Ohio’s short speech, Melinda was busy laughing. I guess she felt like she has finally won.
Immediately everywhere went silent Melinda began.

“hahahahaha! Either Becca is lying or Ohio is. But one of them must be lying. And I do not believe any of this cooked up stories. I told Mom that there was something fishy and she did not believe me…and here we are.

Everyone had a puzzled look on their faces, my Mom tries to hush Melinda but the small witch has not even started yet. She refused to listen and proceed.

“Well! Well… Becca told me that she and Ohio met at the movies and he proposed to her at the airport, during one of his return after his usual business trips. She told me people gathered and cheered at them as Ohio went on one knee to propose. I did not believe that story and neither do I believe that this whole engagement thing is real. Dad, didn’t you notice that it was after Becca got to know about my engagement that she c@m£ up with her own story of being engaged. How can they meet in two different places? Ohio said he met Becca at her work place and the proposal was not a public one. But Becca said they met during a movie, shared a seat together and the proposal was a public one. who do we believe here…?

Ohio turned and looked at me, he breathed de-eply. I was alre-ady boiling angrily, I did not return the look as I kept staring at the fire.
I was not angry with Ohio because I was supposed to upd@t£ him on everything or any changes but I never told him that Melinda was a real pest.
 My anger was channeled at Melinda who will not let me be. She tries to take away every of my happy moment.

It was actually Jojo that was holding the award of a wicked backstabber but Melinda is beginning to drag such award with Jojo. It was as if they should come from same mother.
Melinda did not even listen to my Mom or Dad as they told her it was enough.

“Dad, I’m serious Becca is lying about this whole thing. Is too good to be true. I re-ad psychology in one of my courses in school and I know when things are true. I don’t believe any of this, none of it seem real to me and I will expo-se every of their hidden secret. What if Ohio is a gigolo and Becca hired him to pl@yall this whole engagement drama?…

I could not even explain the level of my anger any more as I got up with speed, without any form of regard for anyb©dy there.
I flew like a kite and landed Melinda the sl@p that I have being reserving for her. She tries to get up and fight back I threw a punch at her and it landed on her eyes, she screamed out in terror before falling to the ground. I was about descending on her when some strong arm whisked me away.
I kicked and punch at the person to let me go. It was Ohio.
I was consumed with anger and was determined to deal with Melinda. I did not care whatever the consequences maybe.
I endured enough of her trouble and there is a limit I can take. How can she refer to Ohio as a male pr©st!tût£who I paid to pl@yalong with me?
Ohio dropped me on the ground and dragged me inside. I wanted to go back and give Melinda the beating of her life but I was dragged and I did not st©p trying to get away from him.
He succeeded and took me into the room, he left me in there, locked me inside and went out with the key.
I kicked and scratched for him to open the door but I guess he was back to check on my evil minded sister.
He cared for her than me. He should be here with me not out there checking on that small witch to know if she was okay.
I looked out of the window and saw he handed an ice block to Melinda which she used to place on her eyes.

My Dad was speaking angrily at her, My Mom walked away, leaving her on the ground there.
Cole was standing beside her and watching her with no sign of pity. He later went back to sit where he was sitting before.
It was only Ohio that was attending to her as my Dad left her to join my Mom.

I went to sit on the be-d and began to cry. Everything was just unfair. I suffered betrayal from a supposed dear friend and thought that was the worst now my own sister will not let me.
Even if Ohio is fake why can’t she just leave me alone? She was one of the reasons I decided to go on such journey. She and my Dad who will not let me be. Now my Dad is calm and loving but Melinda developed horn to hunt me.
And when I thought my plans are perfected. Melinda is coming ha-rd on me to destroy it.

I sat on the be-d crying my eyes out. I later heard the door opening, I try to sit right and wipe my face.

Ohio stepped in but did not say anything to me. I guess he thought I’m a bad person or a violent lady.
If he knows how much I have kept, swallowed and tolerated from people he won’t even dares think I’m violent and can’t control my anger.
And why do whatever he thinks of me bother me so much?
Ohio supposed to be angry at Melinda for referring to him as a gigolo which means a hired man pr©st!tût£but instead of being angry with Melinda he is helping her even after everyone abandoned her.

He looked at me with straight face, but still did not say anything. He went into the bathroom and washed his hands.
As he was coming out I attacked him with words angrily.

“Why are you not talking to me? You went there to support her but locked me in here and do not care. You think I’m a devil not knowing that Melinda is the real devil with seven horns. Since Melinda has said it all is better to call it quit. The whole plan isn’t working out. If you are tired of me then is okay to leave. I have always been fine…i..i

I can’t even continue as I try to control my tears and frustration. He c@m£ to sit beside me and gently held me in his arm, he stro-ke my hair gently as I sobbe-d in his arm.

“I’m sorry Becca, it was all my fault. If I knew that your sister was going to be the one to raise the dust I would have being more prepared. I thought it was going to be your Dad and I did the best I can with him. I never knew you had such discussion with your sister earlier about how and where we met. I’m sorry, I fumbled with the whole plan and I’m more angry with myself than with you. Even though I did not like the fact you allowed your anger to get the best of you but I caused it all and I don’t blame you or your sister for ruining the beautiful evening. I blame myself and I’m sorry…

“Is not your fault Ohio, it was all mine. I should have told you. I supposed to upd@t£ you on every move or new development but I never thought Melinda will be this annoying. I’m sorry…I just couldn’t watch her do that to me or you. She has always had her way but I refused to let her have it again tonight. I ruined the evening. Maybe I should have walked away instead…I’m sorry. I dragged you into all this mess and drama. Even though you told me right from time you hate drama…

He re-leased me from his hand and I told him I will just go and refresh, so that I can sleep away the trouble.

I went into the bathroom and just sat inside the warm bath for some time. Ohio called out to me if I was okay in there and I told him I was fine.
I felt better, got dressed and c@m£ out. He was sitting on the only long cushion in the room.

“Maybe you should go to sleep now Becca. I will just relax on this chair for the night.

I turned in shock and looked at him, I did not even think of where he will sleep because I thought the be-d was big enough for us. But there was no way I will let him sleep on that cushion. I will rather sleep there and he will have the be-d.

“The be-d is big enough for us Ohio. I un-derstand this is not how you planned it and being on same be-d with a woman who is not in any way your wife or girlfriend. Is awkward. But I will rather be on that chair and give you the whole be-d…instead of watching you sleep there. You have suffered enough humiliation alre-ady, I will not add to it. Ohio you said that you will do whatever that will make me happy…plea-se come to the be-d. It will make me happy….plea-se.

He tries to argue his way out but I did not let him.
He obliged, stood and went to the bathroom first got refreshed, after sometime he c@m£ out in his night wear and c@m£ to sit beside me on the be-d.
He first sat on the edge of the be-d for some time, it was almost 11:30pm when I looked up at the time.
If not for the minor crash with Melinda, we would still be outside telling our stories with our parents.

Ohio will be leaving tomorrow afternoon or evening and I will miss him but he has done what no friend can do for me by being here and pla-ying all along like an ordinary man.

“We will be going back tomorrow, I just can’t st©p thanking you for everything. Thank you very much and I sincere apologise for all the trouble.

He looked over at me and nodded without a word. He moved closer to me and I hope this time around he will really k!ssme.
He stare down at me, and I wondered what he was waiting for. If he wants to k!ssme then he should go right ahead and do so. I have being expecting it for long.
 But instead of the k!ss, all he did was to look me in the eyes, pe-cked my fore head and said.

“Go to be-d Becca, goodnight. I will watch news, check few channels before slee-ping.

What kind of goodnight is this without the main k!ss? My emotions was willing up and maybe I should make the first move but what if he turns me down.
I hope he doesn’t. He was about getting up to pick up the television remote when I pu-ll-ed him closer.
I guess he was shocked at my action or he saw it coming. he didn’t move away as he drew closer to me.
i k!$$£d him slowly at first and he did not respond immediately. I was thinking maybe he doesn’t like me or he was trying to keep being faithful to his “Lili” but he later responded.
He gently k!$$£d me back like I have always wanted. He did not go tearing at my clothes or pushing me to the be-d. It was a slow but steady k!ss. Hisl-ips was undeniable warm and inviting. It was one of the sweetest k!sses I ever had.
I put my hand beneath his shi-t and try to un-bu-tton his t©p, he m0@n my name at first and suddenly st©pped my hand from going further.
I try to start with myself, by trying to pu-ll off my night wears as ourl-ips remain locked.
i was almost removing all my cloths when he st©pped me mid-way and moved away from me, p@n-ting like a man who ran a marathon.
I was breathless not wanting the moment to end. I don’t want him to st©p, I try to make him continue the k!ssbut he st©pped me again taking my two hands into his.

“Becca…Becca. plea-se…st©p. I’m sorry…sorry! I love you Becca…I have always loved you.

I un-derstand what was going on, I guess he was un-der the influence of the h0t k!ssand the cool moment we were about to have.

“Are you listening to me? I said I love you Becca and I mean every word of it….plea-se marry me. Will you? plea-se…be my wife?

I thought his head was not clear. But he seem to mean every word.
 What if I agreed to marry him and we cudd-leup and had our de-ep plea-sure all throu-gh the night, he later wakes up tomorrow morning and can’t remember even saying he loves me.
I ignored him, still wanting him to come to be-d with me but he was on his feet.

“Becca, I guess is better we talk when your head is clear. Maybe you should just sleep. I think that cushion will do me lots of good. plea-se don’t argue over that. If I feel tired I will come to be-d. Go and sleep Becca…I will watch the television for some time before slee-ping. Goodnight.

He walked away, went to the fridge, took a chilled bottle water and drank de-eply. He went straight to the cushion, stretched out with remote control in his hand and started changing channels.

I was almost crying or even going over to the cushion to prove how much I wanted him but I have disgraced myself enough. It will be better to beg sleep to come, so that I can sleep and forget about the k!ssor to remember that i try to n-ked him and also myself just to get la-id but he refused all attempt.

I wonder what kind of man will refuse a woman who shamelessly showed how much she wanted him.
He st©pped me and started saying he love me and asked me to marry him of which I did not take serious and instead of him to gr-ab the giving opportunity and get into be-d with me, he decided to walk away from me.

I roll from end to end since I was the only one on the be-d. I was awake for hours thinking of how I humiliated myself in front of Ohio.
Ohio’s eyes where shut, the television was showing music. The time was alre-ady 2am. I guess he was alre-ady asleep.

I kept rolling until sleep c@m£ and I sle-pt off till the following morning. The sunlight greeted my face when I woke up.
The first thing I remembered was the fight with Melinda and then I remembered how I disgraced myself last night in front of Ohio.
Shame and fear cr!pp£din.
I did not know how to face Ohio after last  night.

He cleared his voice loudly to announce his pres£nce. When I turned and saw him, he was all dressed and has ordered breakfast for me in be-d.


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