WRITER: ADEMIDE ????????
EPISODE ♠ FIFTEEN
THEME: FEELING SAFE ????
♠ RIA APARTMENT ♠
IAN POV ????
I got out of the car and came up to Ria’s front door. We both agreed that I would come and pick her up to the airport instead of her taking a taxi together with the kids. With my family connections I was able to get our Visas ready and prepare the necessary things we needed for the trip. I felt Ria won’t be comfortable with men around if we took a commercial plane that was why I opted in for my private Jet. It will just be few of us on board. I pressed the doorbell and the door opened. Mrs Elise met me with a bright Smile.
“Good afternoon Mrs Elise”
“Afternoon Mr Ian…” She paused and grinned
“You look good”
I smiled in return
I was dressed in a simple blue jeans and a fitting black top that showed off my muscular chest and strong arms. Though they are not as big as that of a weight lifter.
“Is Ria ready?”I asked
But Mrs Elise thoughts was somewhere else. I followed her gaze which was on the Limousine that brought me to Ria’s place
” Mrs Elise -”
“Oh yes Miss Ria is ready”
“Mr Ian!” The door opened wide. Phoenix threw his arms around my waist and I carried him up in my arms giving him a high five
“How are you doing?”
“Fine Mr Ian”
“Mrs Elise I can’t find my purse!” I heard Ria’s voice from inside
“I’m coming Miss Ria” Mrs Elise left leaving me with Phoenix. I didn’t know what to do at first..should I go in? No! It not right! No one invited me in
“Mom said that she’s going to China”
“I’m gonna miss her” He said soberly “six weeks seems like six years” he counted his little fingers. Then I dropped him and crouched down to his size
“Do you know the reason why your mom is leaving for China?”
“Yes..she is leaving for a surgery”
“Her eye surgery.. So she can be able to see the world like us”
“Good boy” I pinched his cheeks “so don’t be sad that your mom will be gone for weeks..just start thinking of how beautiful your mom will look if she could see the world like us”
“Yeah You’re right Mr Ian!” He gave him a cute smile
“Can you pray Phoenix?”
“So pray for the success of the surgery okay?”
“I will do just that Mr Ian! And thanks for helping mom!”
“My pleasure” I roughen his hair. Such a smart and cute kid. I stood up only to find Ria at the entrance. Well I didn’t notice anyone was there.
“Hi” I greeted
“Good morning” She said perfunctorily. “I didn’t want to disturb your moment with him” she said
My eyes did a slow crawl from her face to her feet then back to her face. Ria looked wonderful in a pair of fitting blue jeans and a black top. Is this some kind of coincidence? I’m putting on a blue jeans and a black top..and Ria was wearing the same.
Mrs Elise slid the box out of the house while Phoebe carried another smaller one
“Good day Mr Ian”
She smiled broadly
“Now Mr Ian, Miss Ria is ready to leave for China”
“Okay” I collected the box from Mrs Elise and pulled it down the small stairs. The Limousine driver took the boxes to the Limo truck. Mrs Elise led Ria down from the porch to the car. Phoenix held on to her other hand. Soon she stopped and crouched down to his size.
“Phoebe -” she called and Phoebe stood beside her brother
“I’m leaving now.. Remember what I told you last night”
“Six weeks isn’t a lifetime okay?”
“And I will be back before you know it”
“Take care mom” they hugged her respectively as she planted kisses on their forehead. She straightened and Mrs Elise stepped right in front of her. She smoothed some strands of hair from Ria’s face
“I know you will be fine. You are coming back to see us with those beautiful eyes” Ria nodded slowly
Mrs Elise kissed her cheeks then I noticed the stray of tears in her eyes
“Please take care of the kids”
“Sure I will Miss Ria”
The rear door had been left open so I helped Ria sit inside one of the two tows of seats facing each other. And then I used the seatbelt to secure Ria before doing mine in the expensive Limo
“All set?” Ben the limo driver asked
“All set” I replied
“Bye mom..” The children waved and she did the same
“Take care miss Ria and have a safe trip”
Ben closed the door
I pushed a button and out came a fully equipped bar
“Would you like something to drink?tea? Coffee? Soda”
“I’m fine thanks”
Another push of the button and the bar disappeared,just as the engine purred to life and the limo moved away from the curb. The car seemed to glide into motion, it was like we were floating.
I was wondering what to talk about,when Ria said
“How far is the drive to the airport?”
“It won’t take a while..we’ll get there in 25 minutes”
“Okay” we lapsed into silence
Too long..25 minutes alone with Ian was a while. I thought as I realized I was going to spend that entire time one on one with Ian Bryant and those eyes of his that I sensed to be studying me. I was wondering what to talk about to distract him,when he said
“The drive will give us a chance to get to know a little about each other”
I wasn’t happy about any reference to the intimacy we share now. I don’t want to be close to Ian but at the same time I tried not to show it so he won’t feel like I don’t appreciate the fact that he is helping me.
“Can you hear me Ria?”
“Oh yes..Mr Ian..sorry I was just thinking about Mrs Elise and the kids”
“They will be fine”
“Yeah I know”
“I said we should get to know each other” I nodded shortly
“So I will start by telling you about myself”
I fiddled with my fingers on my laps
“Ian Bryant. 24 years old. Fourth child out of four and also the only son” he stopped and waited for me to talk but I didn’t say a word. Why? I don’t know!..I feel I shouldn’t be doing this with Him. I shouldn’t get to know him other than the fact that he offered to help and I want to payback.
“I don’t like the fact that I’m the last child and only boy..it so annoying” he said childishly
“Because they still think I’m a kid..especially Piper”
“Piper?” I repeated
I didn’t know when that came out
“Yes Piper is my sister..just a year older. We fight all the time..always” he paused
“What about you Ria?..any sibling?”
Well I wish I had one
“Ria Robert. 22 years old. The only child to my -”
What if Ian insist on knowing more about my family then that will lead me to tell him about my parents and everything that has happened in my life
“To what?” He asked
“My deceased parents”
“Sorry about that -” I nodded it better i just cut him off by changing the topic
“Mr Ian are we leaving as soon as we get to the airport?”
“Hmm yes..the jet is waiting”
“I spoke with Doctor Lui this morning. We are meeting him by 9:00am tomorrow”
“Well can’t we meet him as soon as we arrive in China”
“No..you have to rest when we get to China cause of the stress on board”
“So how long is the flight from US to China?”
“13 hours 15 minutes.. Since we won’t be having any stop over. But 16 hours fastest one stop flight between US to China. And some could take as long as 32 hours based on the stopover destination and waiting duration for planes mostly”
“That’s long..32 hours”
“Yes it is..” Then the private jet is better
A phone beeped and I heard Ian’s voice
His mom is calling? Wait is she aware of my presence in his life?
“How are you son?” She asked and I could hear their conversation cause his phone was on speaker
“Is Ria there with you?”
Me?! Actually his mom knows me??
“Yes mom we are on our way to the airport. We’ll be there soon”
“Yes everything is ready. I booked a suite for you guys in China. It comfortable and you can also work from there”
What’s about the Suite?
“Perhaps can I say hi to Ria?”
What she want to talk to me?!
Ian was silent probably he was thinking of what to say to me
“Ian are you there?”
“Will you say hi to my mom?”
He whispered and I nodded slowly. Ian placed the phone on my ear and I held it in place
“Is that You Ria?”
“I am Perla Bryant..Ian’s mom”
“Nice to meet you Ma’am”
“My son said a lot of things about you” Ian cleared his throat
What does that mean?
What did he tell his mom about me?
“Ria I want to wish you a safe trip and successful surgery”
“Thank You Ma’am” I handed the phone back to him
“Mom I will call you as soon as we arrive in China”
“Okay Son..take care” he hang up
“I’m sorry about my mom…she just wanted to be sure if I was going to China”
“It okay… I understand”
I should be the one saying “thank You”. And the rest of the drive to the airport was silent.
“we are at the airport Ria”
He announced when the car pulled to a stop
“Let me get some things done”
I don’t know what he meant by that but I couldn’t feel his presence in the car
“Good afternoon Mr Ian”
Someone greeted and they exchanged pleasantries. Ian asked if it was time to leave and the man replied
“We’ve done the necessary things Sir. You can leave now”
“Ria we can leave now” I heard his voice in the car
“Let me help you out” he held my hand and helped me out of the car
“Careful..” He cautioned
“This way Sir…” Another person said
“Ria the jet is over there”
Trying to push away the thoughts on my mind. About Ian..he had a way of holding me. A way no had ever held me before. I shouldn’t be thinking like this but those thoughts won’t go away. What has he done to me?…
“Are you alright?”
“Just a little more” we walked and stopped. I wanted to ask him if we were close
“Just lift your leg Ria” I did and placed it on a metal..the stairs to the jet I guess
“Gently” I followed his instruction with his hand on my waist. I will take that as if he didn’t have any other choice. Something was strange! I didn’t tremble at his touch. It was as if I could feel the power in his arms…his touch was leashed into a gentleness that made me feel safe. What?! I’m starting to feel safe in a man’s arms now?! No it can’t be!
Soon we settled in the jet. Ian sat close to me as the pilot gave out safety instructions
“Are you okay?”
The pilot announced again. Then the jet moved and soon we were flying in air.
EPISODE ♠ SIXTEEN
THEME: NIGHTMARE ????
IAN POV ????
we arrived at Beijing airport around two in the midnight. Ria was fast asleep beside me. I managed to Carry her out of the jet Into the car that was already waiting to take us to the suite. Her eyes flare opened once she was in the car
“We are in China” I said
She looked around and relaxed back in the seat. I brush strands of hair from her face before settling down beside her.
“We are heading to the suite” I said again
“Okay” and I rested her head on my chest. Ria drifted into sleep
We reached the suite after 40 minutes drive from the airport. The car pulled and moved towards the lobby of the parking lot. A man dressed in suit opened the car while the another man went to the booth to bring out our loads. I came out of the car and went round the car to Ria’s side
“Are we there?” She asked sleepily
She slowly made her way out of the car but soon staggered. I slipped my arms beneath her kneels and carried her in a bridal style. She relaxed and stared at me. Sleep still evident in her eyes.
“You can sleep.. I will put you to bed”
I let out a huge sigh of relief when she didn’t argue. She then fall back asleep as we made our way to the elevator. The man who introduced himself as Tom opened the suite and handed me a card. I thanked him and went straight to Ria’s room. I placed her in bed and covered her body. I stood straight and head out of her room to mine. Took a quick shower and settled to call mom first before doing some work on my system.
RIA POV ????
“Ria?” A voice called me.
I quickly stood up to search for the voice
“Ria!” I heard the voice again hard and rough on my right
“Who are you?!” I yelled
“It me?” The voice snarled. I recognized the masculine voice that just snarled in my head. Fear gripped me immediately.
Lucas! Lucas was here! I couldn’t see him but I heard his voice
“Why did you do it?” He yelled and I sensed the hurt in his voice. I sensed his shadow close. Fear began to control me. The palm of my hands sweat and my forehead. My heartbeat beating rapidly
“Ria!answer me!” He grabbed my shoulder and pushed me to the hard floor.
Then it stopped.. I didn’t hear his voice for a while
“I’m here for you my little angel”
He said again
I back away afraid that he might hurt me again. He laughed wickedly as he grabbed my wrist and threw me on the bed. I had no escape route from his grip
“Please don’t do this to me again Lucas!” I pleaded as tears fell from my eyes. He slapped me and ordered me to stay quiet. I heard laughter in the air like people were watching us.
A sob escaped my mouth.
His hands now trying to pull at my skirt but I slapped his hands away. Then I felt a hard blow on my face.
“After all I did for you! Now you wanna repay me by running away from me!” He hit me again. I tasted blood in my mouth
“No..I didn’t do it Lucas.. I swear..he tried to -”
I cried like a baby but then he had torn my skirt off.
No not again!
I began to panic as the voices in my head pleaded with Lucas to listen to me
“No! No please don’t..”
“I will teach you a great lesson today..which is that only me..just me Lucas that can satisfy you!”
The blow hit me again..this time hard with force that I went limp immediately. Losing my last strength to fight him
“Please..” I said weakly but Lucas got what he wanted. He had his way again.
“Ria?” I felt someone shaking me up
“Ria?Ria can you hear me?..Ria?”
I jolt up and saw nothing. Of cause I’m blind so I can’t see!
“Ria” a soft voice spoke beside me making me jump and I screamed..curling up to one side of the bed. Trying to stop whoever it was from hurting me
“No..no..please don’t do this to me. I swear i didn’t do it”
I repeated the same words I said to Lucas
“Hey…hey its me Ian..calm down it me Ian Bryant”
“Ian?” My voice broke
Wait where was I? And why is Ian in my room?
“You’re having a nightmare”
He said sounding like he was asking me. A nightmare about Lucas had taken the best part of me. That was what happened the day Speedy accused me of seducing him just to defend himself. Lucas found out that his right hand man tried to rape me but speedy managed to frame things up in his favour. I pleaded with Lucas to listen to me but he never listened. He raped me that day with some of his men around to watch us. He did that to show them that only he could satisfy me..that was the last day he touched me but not the last a man touched me. Two of his men came the next day and did the same. He said he was the only one that could satisfy me but he still shared me with his men. Those men never cared to ask if I really tried to seduce Speedy but all they wanted was to have their way. And they did.
I took it all..the slaps,beatings,tortures that had destroyed every good part of me just because I couldn’t do anything to stop it.
And that was the last day any man touched me.
“Ria you were screaming just now..” He said softly
I feel my skin make contact with something warm and soft. Ian was now holding my hands.
“It was.. I was just.” I trailed
My voice broke
The nightmare shredding the last piece of my heart which I had managed to put together all these years. Tears dropping down my cheeks. Those horrible moments in Lucas’s den came as a nightmare to haunts me like I did something wrong!
This is too much for me!
“Ria..” Ian came closer to me
“It okay..it just a nightmare..nothing more than that”
I wish they were just nightmare that never happened. Always wished that my life wasn’t like this.
But it is anyways and I already learned to accept that fact which destroyed every of my being. Now bringing back memories I want to forget!
I want to forget everything!
“You will be fine” he shushed me,rocking me back and forth. He rested my head on his chest and I sobbed.
God Just stop this torture and make me forget everything!
“Sh sh that’s okay..I’m here Ria”
I felt his head resting on the top of my head but I didn’t care.
I was in his embrace and my body didn’t tremble again. The thought hit me. I felt safe and protected in his arms.
I sniffed when the realization hit me that my body seems to agree with Ian’s and I feel like I want him to be with me till..I fall asleep
IAN POV ????
I was on my way to get water in the kitchen when I stopped at Ria’s entrance. Is she still asleep? I wanted to know but at the same time I didn’t want to just go in and check on her. So I knocked at first but got no response. Second and third still no one responded. Maybe she was asleep. I was about leaving when something stopped me and I was tempted to just go in and check. I opened the door slowly and popped my head in to check. Ria shook her head from side to side muttering words I couldn’t make sense of. I realized she was having a nightmare and needed someone to get her out of it.
I called at her and she jolted up with a scream. Though i didn’t understand what she said but I was already here to comfort her. That’s sound good enough..me comforting Ria without her pushing me away.
Ria now asleep in my arms. Whatever nightmare she’s having, it must be worst to her. But I must admit that she looks so beautiful while sleeping.
IAN POV ????
The beeping sound of the alarm next to my bed woke me up. I groaned and rolled over the bed. I felt like I only slept for one hour. I blink rapidly rubbing my eyes. Of course I stayed up comforting Ria from a bad dream. Yet another groan escaped my throat as I made my way to the bathroom for a shower.
After putting on my clothes, i head out of my room but stopped at Ria’s bedroom door. I wanted to go in but I decided against it. She should get enough rest before we leave for the eye center.
As I walk into the kitchen I saw Ria sitting at the table doing nothing. I looked at her with weird expression,thinking how on earth did she find her way to the kitchen since we only came in last night. And I haven’t even showed her around.
“Mr Ian is that you?” She asked
“What are you doing?” I asked her
“Nothing..” She cleared her throat
“I wanted coffee.. And I didn’t want to disturb you so -”
“So have you had coffee?”
“No I didn’t see anything around here”
“Okay..I’ll place an order for it”
“No..no it fine. I don’t need it anymore”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes..I drank water instead”
She said as she stood up and walk towards me, with her hand on the countertop to help her know where she should walk. Ria stopped right in front of me.
“Thanks for last night”
She placed her hand on top of mine
Is she really doing this now?
“How do you look like?” She asked unexpectedly and I stayed quiet and shocked.
“You want to know?”
“But you can’t see”
“Yes..but I can touch things”
I studied her expression
“Will you let me?” She said, asking me whether I should let her or not
“Sure” I replied but then..
I jumped a little when her hand came down on my face.. She began to travel her hand all round my face from my right cheek to my forehead then to my left cheeks and finally my nose.
“You have a nice nose Mr Ian” she said before pulling her hand down
“Thanks” I chuckled a bit
“I have the same nose as my Mom”
That made me sound like an idiot. She held my arms and then continued
“Sorry..I just wanna know how you look like before the surgery”
“This is how blind people learn how to figure how people look like?”
She touched my chest then withdrew quickly
“Yes..it much more easier than using the eyes”
“And will you be able I recognize me after the surgery..” She nodded
“You really don’t act like you are blind”
Ria stood there without saying anything but I saw the change of expression
“Sorry I shouldn’t have said that”
“It fine Mr Ian”
“Just call me Ian”
“Okay” she replied with a faint smile
“We are meeting doctor Lui”
“Yeah I know..”
“The driver will be here soon”
“Okay..I’ll just change my clothes into a better one”
“Lemme help you to your room”
“No..no you don’t have to do that -”
She walked away but soon stumbled at the door. I followed her quickly and slipped my arms beneath her kneels and carried her.
“It easier this way Ria. Always give me the chance to help anytime I want to..please”
RIA POV ????
I don’t know if I should have done what I did in the kitchen. But what is happening to me? I’m not getting this drama that’s unfolding! Ian was in my room last night. He helped and comforted me. I felt safe and protected in his arms. Even now that he was carrying me to my room. Everything he did and has ever done actually prompted me to want to know what he looks..just for me to be able to recognize him after the surgery. I wasn’t mad when he said I don’t act like a blind Lady but..I wasn’t happy with the tone he said it. I never wanted to be like this..getting sympathy and pity from people because I am disabled.
Ian placed my feet gently on the floor when we get to my room.
“I will be waiting outside to take you to the last floor..just call me when you’re done”
“Okay.. And..thank you”
I didn’t move fro
m my spot until I heard the door clicked.
“But with you near
All of the noises disappeared
Sometimes i just need you near..
I hate when i feel so down
I can’t get myself up
Whenever I think about everything all at once..
So can you stay right here with me tonight?”
Theme song by Tatiana Manaois “Can you stay