My dad was already waiting at the air port for me, he was laughing so loud on seeing me, I was so happy to see him too, we hugged and cried for some minutes before letting go of each other, I was finally going home after four years of being away, I had lots of luggage, I got gifts For almost everybody, for my dad, Jerry, Richie, Sonia and also their son, who was already a year old, I got things for June, for Ben, Mr Puff and his colleagues and also Cecelia, I even got extra for people who may probably visit from dad’s company or anywhere, everyone got their own package,
Keisha followed me to the shopping mall where I got all the gifts, we took a cab because I have being trying to avoid Moore after our last kiss, I couldn’t even tell him I was travelling because I wouldn’t be able to look him in the eye without having a mixed feeling,
He was a great friend, I’m sad we have to part this, although I’m still coming back, I plan to own a fashion house in the future, so I have lots of things that will bring me back,
after all my luggage were all loaded into the car, we drove home happily, I did must if the talking as he drove, dad was unusual quiet but he was probably too excited that I’m home because I was.
We got home and I found out the house has being renovated, repainted to one of my best colours, even the inside was wearing a new look, could this be the surprise Dad said he has for me because even my room and sitting room was wearing a new look, the house staffs were all surprise and happy to see me, likewise me, I was also happy to see them again after four years,
Cecelia has changed, looking so beautiful, I never knew she has such an hidden beauty, she was glowing, and I also noticed that she was avoiding eye contact with me, even though she seem so happy to see me,
When she came to serve me and my Dad food at the dining, my dad looked at her in an unusual way, Cecelia didn’t look up, even as she dish food into my dad’s plate, I watch as my dad deliberately brushed his hand on her and Cecelia started shaking and mistakenly dropped the spoon that was in her hand on the floor, my dad wanted to help her pick it up but she quickly picked it and ran off to the kitchen,
my dad looked at me but I looked away, I pretend as if I was watching the television,
could it be what I’m thinking, was that really love i see in my dads eyes when he looked at Cecelia, is my Dad in love with Cecelia, could that even be possible, anything is possible, is that also the surprise my Dad said I needed to come home to see,
I pretend as if I didn’t notice anything as I eat in silent, after which I retire to my room, I looked forward to seeing Jerry tomorrow, I slept off after few minute of laying down, when I woke up the following morning, I was greeted by the sun ray penetrating through the window,
I was so happy to be home,
after refreshing, and getting dressed I decided to go down stairs, I was hearing voices so I took a peep first,
Jerry was there, Richie with Sonia, she was carrying my suppose little cousin, my Dad was there too with few others I didn’t recognized, I guess they are dad’s friends, I went back to check my face in the mirror again, I was wearing one of the cloths I sewed and designed in abroad, I know I was okay, I don’t like heavy makeup, just my normal light makeup, after I checked for the third time and I felt good with myself I decided to go down, as i was about going out if my room I started hearing a foot sound coming towards my room, my heart started beating as I heard a knock, I opened and it was my dad, he smiled as I held my heart
“Hope you slept well my princess, you look good in those outfit, you are really beautiful dear, Jerry is here…down stairs with Richie and Sonia And also your little cousin, my two friends too are here, but non of them knows that you are around, I just ask them to join me for breakfast, I even told Ce..Celia..and others not to let any body know you are around, Jerry asked me if I have spoken to you yesterday or today because he has not being able to reach you I told him that I spoke with you last night, he doesn’t even know that my princess is sleeping upstairs, are you ready now to come down let’s watch the surprise look that Will be written on their faces if they see you…
We both laughed as my dad took my hands into his and we walked down,
Richie was the first to see me and quickly stood and sat back again, he was trying to be sure that I was actually the one, followed by Jerry who widened his eyes and opened his mouth, he screamed in shock, as he stood up, ran to the door and returned back, he was acting crazy, Sonia screamed and rushed to me as we hugged while, my Dad was just laughing at the different reaction from people on seeing me, I went to Richie who was already standing and moving towards me, he hugged me while laughing so hard and telling his elder brother that he really got him with the surprise, Jerry still stood at a distance while staring at me as if he was seeing a ghost, he started moving towards me, and when he got close he looked at me all over just to be sure I’m the one before drawing me into his arm, he screamed and was laughing at same time while holding me, he didn’t quickly let go of me,
It was a sweet moment and a sweet memory to keep, everyone was talking almost at same time, my Dad laughed as he told them how he wanted to surprise them all and everybody laughed even more, my dad really got them with the surprise package,
There was the distributing of gifts to everybody, they were all excited,
Jerry couldn’t stop staring at me and when we finally had a moment alone outside, he hugged me all over again, as we talked and laughed, Jerry hasn’t changed much, he only trimmed down his full bears which makes him look younger and more handsome than usual, I have truly missed my best friend,
After the whole day long gist and homecoming party, I went to bed filled with smile, after like thirty minutes somebody knocked and it was my dad, he smiled as usual before coming to sit down,
“I was already getting scared of loosing my daughter to that White guy, and end up hurting Jerry… Now I’m glad you are home…
” Dad… You seem to have a problem with Moore, is it because he is white or what…you are acting like a racist dad but I know you are not, Moore is actually a very nice guy…he was my good friend… His father is a pa…
“Pastor… I already knows that, you told me severally, I don’t have any issue with Moore but I didn’t just want you to hurt Jerry, he has being there even before me, what would have happened if he wasn’t there back then when you needed help, he is one of the reason I have you back in my life, I just don’t want to see him hurt, because I know how hurt he will be, I know that feeling because I have being there, I once had a Lady I loved so much, I gave her everything and even more, then I sent her abroad for her master programs which she never returned back to me because she met a White guy, I was hurt, shattered, it was a trying period, watching the person you love so much choose another over you… It hurts Pia, that’s what I was avoiding for you and Jerry, I never hate Moore I just don’t want you to loose focused…I told you Jerry’s kiss taste far better than that of Moore, hope you have confirmed it now..hahahaha
I laughed so hard while shaking my head, my Dad also laughed, I remember Ben telling me about the Ladies that jilted my Dad which made him hardened to everyone, and he later loosened up and became himself again, Moore must have brought back sad memory for dad after he was heart broken, a white guy taking his Woman or his Woman forgetting the Man that was always there for her and chose the white guy over him.
my Dad continued talking
“I’m so happy to have you back home pia, I missed you more than I can explain, you know I love you so much right…. nobody and nothing can ever change that fact, I didn’t want to tell you this on phone and i wanted to see you face to face and get your opinion on my recent decision, because it really counts and if you say you don’t want it then I will stop because that’s how much I love you, I want to marry Cecelia…i love her Pia, I want to get a good decent Woman, she mustn’t be well to do, educated or connected, all that matters to be me is the heart, beauty is in vain but a woman that fears God is the key for me, Cecelia got it all, I have studied her this past years and come to know she is a woman to keep, i have already given up on ever getting married then I saw that Cecelia maybe the Woman for me, I don’t really need to go far to look for a woman, there was a good cook and a house keeper named Cecelia that my daughter went out of her way to bring home and she got a heart of gold too, I seek for your permission to marry her please…
“Dad..wow..you know you already have my blessings…I’m happy you found love again…but Can I speak to Cecelia and know if she feels the same or not…
We talked some more before he left,
the following morning I met Cecelia making breakfast, she quickly greeted me before I can even open my mouth, she bent her Head without looking up at me as she go around with her chores
” Cecelia… I spoke with my Dad last night and..
“Pia…I swear to you, I didn’t say yes at first when he asked me to… To ma…rry him, I didn’t want you to feel bad, because I owe you my life for saving me, giving me a job and a comfortable roof over my head… Marrying your Dad without your approval was asking for too much, you showed me undeserved love pia, I was a nobody and you gave me reason to smile, I told him to ask you first whatever you decided is okay by me…I’m just scared…
” of what…what exactly are you scared of, is my dad too old for you… Do you truly love him..
“I’m thirty six years pia, your dad’s age is only normal for me.. And yes…
.I truly love him…not for his money or any selfish interest… Your father is a good Man… And I really love him pia, and our being together is only determined by you, I won’t feel bad if you say no to us being together, I have saved up enough money, I can get a place of my own and start a Small business, you have already done so much for me I can’t ask for more…
” you both already got my blessing, go ahead and marry my Dad, it will be my Joy to see both of you happy, you two deserved to be happy…
Well, they were very happy, i was also happy for them, Cecelia hugged me, she was very grateful, same with dad, so we got wedding to plan. Dad is getting married to Cecelia, Cecelia is going to be my step mum, isn’t that interesting.
My Dad said we Will be going to visit somebody tomorrow in a far distance, just both of us, I asked him who the person is and he said it was the main surprise he told me off,
The person is also waiting to meet me,
Hope is not Aunty Koh because that’s what my mind is telling me,
whoever it is I will know by tomorrow.
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