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the hollen series 3 Episode 9 & 10

*THE HOLLEN SERIES 03*
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*👁‍🗨 MORE THAN FRIENDS 👁‍🗨*
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Zenia’s POV

I was steaming from my ears and drinking three bottles of water weren’t enough to cool me down.

The bloody nerves of my pathetic father!
Showing up after all these years like he had done no wrong!
Asking for forgiveness?
Forgiveness my @ss!!

My cellphone started going off with text messages. Messages from Jasmine and Ashley.

Jasmine was checking in and Ashley reported that she wasn’t feeling well today so she wouldn’t be in.

I was looking forward to someone to vent my frustrations to but once again, I was all alone.

I turned on the computer and began looking at funny YouTube videos. Something to brighten up my mood.

The bell above the door chimed, indicating someone had walked in. My eyes shifted from the computer to the door way.

“Good morning sweetie.”

“Hey EJ?”

“Well is that any way to greet your future husband?”

“EJ, I really don’t have time for this. Why are you are?”

“I haven’t spend time with you lately so I’m just checking in Zenia.”

I heaved a sigh, closed the computer and gave him a smile.

“I’m sorry if I’ve been snappy. I’m alre-ady having a bad day,” I told him as I smoothed my hair with my hands.

“Care to talk about it? You know I’m always here for you Zen.”

“Yeah I know… But…”

“No buts,” he cut me off and walked up to me and pu-ll-ed me gently into his arms, which was his favorite thing to do.

I pouted.

“Hey.” His soft voice s£nt a shiver down my spine as he held me and looked into my eyes. “Why don’t you close up shop for the day, lets gr-ab some junk food and go to the park and relax?”

I was hesitant.

“plea-se Zen,” he begged when I wasn’t responding to his proposal.

“Okay fine!” I finally gave in after he kept on asking over and over again.

He @ssisted me in closing up the boutique, then we got into his car and drove to a KFC outlet.

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“What would you like to have?” he asked as we got closer to the drive throu-gh window.

“Umm…fries, corn, popcorn chicken and a dessert.”

I needed to keep my weight up.

After he had purchased everything I asked for and an additional bucket (just in case hunger strikes again) we drove to a park.

It was a beautiful day. The wind was b!owing throu-gh the trees and the summer atmosphere was giving life to everything around us.

EJ and I sat down on the [email protected] He [email protected] blanket, placed a small ice cooler of drinks close by and pu-ll-ed out a deck of cards.

“So you had been planning this?” I asked with a flattered smile on my face.

“Yeah. Kinda.”

We began pla-ying ‘Go Fish’.

“What were you so bu-mmed about when I [email protected]£ by?” he asked.

I was contemplating on whether I should tell him the truth or just make something up.

“My father showed up.” I decided to tell him the truth. We were friends and I didn’t want to lie to him like I had been lying about my feelings for him.

“Oh. And that’s bad because?” he asked, having no idea of what my father had done to my family.

“Because he wasn’t there EJ. I never knew him. He just upped and left Jasmine and I when we were kids. Mom had it so rou-gh and so difficult to support me and my sister while my father was nowhere to be found. Living his life happy and jolly somewhere else.

Now he’s back. He’s back when we’re grown @ss women. Asking for another chance. I don’t think so.”

EJ looked at me as he listened to every word. The creased on his forehead and the expression on his face showed his concern and pity.

“That’s really messed up Zen but that’s a weight you shouldn’t carry. You need to forgive your father.”

I wanted to take the cooler of drinks and knock him outside his head with it.

“Forgive him? How am I going to forgive him?” I asked with a shout.

“I’m not saying it’s going to be easy but for your own happiness and comfort, you and Jasmine both need to forgive your father.

What he had done was very terrible, but that was in the past. I believe everything happens for a reason. Maybe he wasn’t supposed to be there.
Maybe if he was there, Jasmine wouldn’t have been so fully independent. She might have found some [email protected] time job or something along like line because her father was around, supporting your family.
She wouldn’t of met Evan. Jevan wouldn’t have been here.
You wouldn’t have get your dreams come true and owning your own boutique or even meeting me.”

I looked at him as if he had two heads but what he said made somewhat s-en-se to me.

Maybe if my father had stuck around, mine and Jasmine’s lives would have turned out differently. We might have been different people and having different people in our lives too.

“You’re right,” I told him. There was an awkward silence between us, like the world had st©pped and everything else froze.

Ourl-ips slowly moved towards each other. Inch by inch. Our eyes had alre-ady closed in, waiting to feel the connection.

We k!$$£d.

It started off lightly but then it de-epened. He pu-ll-ed me against his rock [email protected] che-st and held me around my [email protected]!st while his other hand held my n£¢k steady to his face.

My heartbeats slowed down and finally, everything felt at peace with my life.

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“Hey EJ!!”

We quic-kly pu-ll-ed [email protected] when we heard someone yelling his name from a distance.

We turned our heads around together and saw Alex with his arm wra-pped around Ashley.

I thought that bit-ch said she was ill?

They walked up to us but when she realized it was me, sitting down with EJ, her paced slowed down.

“I thought you were sick?” I asked her as they reached us.

EJ gave me a pleading look before he got up and walked to an out-of-ear distance with Alex.

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“You know he likes you, right?” Ashley began.

“And?” I rudely snapped at her.

“Are you going to give him a chance?”

“I don’t think so.”

“I saw you k!ss!nghim! Now you’re saying that you don’t think you’ll be giving him a chance? Zenia, plea-se don’t [email protected] that boy’s heart.”

“What are you even talking about?”

“He set this up. He told me to tell you the I wasn’t feeling well so he can persuade you into coming to the park with him. He wanted to spend the day with you, Zenia. He’s so sweet.”

“It might be nice and all, but I don’t think EJ and I are compatible for each other. We’re two different people with two different lifestyles.”

“You’re just looking for excuses as to push him away. You’re going to loose out on him and when you realize that, it’s going to be too late.”

“I’m not going to lose him because I’m not going to hold on to him. EJ and I are friends. F-R-I-E-N-D-S!! Why is that so [email protected] for people to un-derstand?”

“Okay Zenia. I heard you,” she backed off.

I looked over at him talking with Alex. bu-tterflies flew around in my stomach.

I wanted him to be mine but if he finds out that secret I’ve been hiding from everyone, he’ll hate me.

Everyone will hate me.

*THE HOLLEN SERIES 03*
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👨‍👩‍👧‍👦EPISODE 10👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👨‍👩‍👧‍👦
🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻
*👁‍🗨 MORE THAN FRIENDS 👁‍🗨*
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Ethan Junior’s POV

After listening from all the teasing from Alex, we went back over to the girls.

We drank, ate, talked and pla-yed cards. I wanted our moments to always be like this. Love pairs.

Alex and Ashley.

Zenia and I

And maybe one day, Jack and Madison?

It wasn’t a secret that I was falling for Zenia. My friends saw it, and everyone around could have tell she had an impact on my soul.

I couldn’t keep my hands to myself whenever I was around her. Myl-ips craved hers and I always longed for k!ss!ngher and holding her in my arms.

But for some reason, she just wouldn’t take me out from the friend-zone and become official with me.

I wasn’t an insecure guy who’ll go around ban-ging a bunch of random chicks just to feel better about myself.

I was a good guy. And I wanted to be that guy in Zenia’s life.

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That late evening, I drove us back home from the park.

When I pu-ll-ed up to the penthouse compound, I turned off the engine and looked over to her.

“Zenia, you know that I’ll always be here for you, right?”

“Yes,” she answered and undid her seat belt.

“If there’s something bothering you, you can trust me. Just plea-se tell me, why you’re not allowing yourself to fall for me?”

She remained silent and only lowered her head as if she was about to cry. I leaned in to her and pu-ll-ed her into my arms.

“It’s okay if you don’t want to tell me.”

“It’s just something I don’t want to remember.”

“Was it something you did?” I asked her.

She nodded her head yes.

I heaved a sigh as I decided not to press any further. Something was clearly eating her up and she wasn’t comfortable talking about it.

I believed she would eventually open up to me whenever she felt like doing so.

I walked up to the suite and placed a k!sson her forehead before leaving her.

I got back into my car and drove carefully back to my house.

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Zenia’s POV

My heart was pu-lling towards him but my [email protected] was telling me to stay away. I couldn’t forget what had happened, and because that it had happened to me, my future would be dull and all alone.

What I did was terrible and stupid and no matter how much I tried to forget it, erased it and put it at the back of my mind, it always resurfaced and haunts me.

If I had been more responsible, I wouldn’t be filled up with regrets now and feeling so afraid.

I wasn’t happy with keeping this bundled up inside of me. I had to tell someone what I did even though I would be such a disappointment.

The only person I trusted and would ever trust one hundred percent, was my sister.

She wouldn’t lash out on me and [email protected] judgement or leak my secret.

I called her over, and being the supportive sister she was, she [email protected]£ over immediately.

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“What’s going on with you Zen?” she asked once she entered into the house. I led her to my be-droom.

“Jas, I did something really bad and it’s haunting me. And it’s because of that bad thing, I’m afraid of falling for a guy who’s pouring out his heart to me.
I’ve been putting up a really tough wall, Jasmine but truth be told, I’m crumbling down in bricks.”

I was in h0t tears.

Jasmine was looking at me like if she didn’t know who I was anymore.

“What did you do Zenia? What did you do that’s so bad that you can’t love someone?”

“I don’t want to tell you. If I tell you, you’ll be so disappointed and may even get to hate me.”

“Zen, I’m your sister. I would never get to hate you over something you’ve done in the past. You could trust me, you know all my secrets because I trust you. I want you to do the same, so tell me what you did so I can help you and maybe try to fix this which is drilling you so badly.”

She spoke with concerned and seriousness. I needed to tell someone.

“I swear I didn’t know Jasmine. I swear I didn’t know,” I cried.

“What didn’t you know Zenia?”

“I didn’t know… I didn’t know I was pregnant.”

“WHAT?” my sister asked alarmingly as she got off the be-d and re-leased her arms from around me.

I peered up at her with teary eyes.

“What the hell did you just said Zenia?”

She wasn’t wra-pping her head around what I had just re-leased.

“I was pregnant,” I said in whimper.

“You? When? For who?”

Her questions were flowing out but I was expecting that reaction from her. Complete Shock.

“I didn’t know.”

“Zenia, plea-se explain this to me carefully because you’re not ma-king any s-en-se at all.”

“Before I finished college, I had a one night stand with a guy.

After you left, I took it really [email protected] I began drinking and falling in with the wrong crowds and going to late [email protected]

At a [email protected] one night, I was so wasted. I met a random guy at the [email protected] and we drank even more. I ended up having s-x with him but I @ssumed we used protec-tion.
A month later, my period was late but I wasn’t paying any mind to that. I was just grateful it hadn’t come as yet.
I went to a [email protected] and I drank again.
I drank so much.

The next morning, I woke up with a terrible stomach pain and I saw I was bleeding so I thought my period had finally [email protected]£.

But the pain was so unbearable, I went to the doctor. It was there, I found out it wasn’t my period but a miscarriage and he said that… he said that I may not be able to have another child because my uterus lining was damaged and it wouldn’t house a baby for proper development in the future.”

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I broke down into a fit of tears again.

Jasmine placed her arms around me and comforted me as I knew she would.

“Why didn’t you tell me?”

“You weren’t here Jasmine. I wanted to tell you but I couldn’t bring myself to say it over the phone.”

“So that’s why you’re scared of falling for EJ?”

“EJ is great, and if it does start off solid for us, wouldn’t he want a family in the future? Wouldn’t he want his own kids and someone to call him dad?

I wouldn’t be able to give him that, it’s best that I just stay friends with him than to led him on and break his heart later on.”

“I’m so sorry Zenia. I shouldn’t have left you.”

“It’s not your fault. I’m responsible for my own life and the choices I make. This is what I get for being so careless.”

“Does mom know?”

“You’re the only one who knows. plea-se don’t tell anyone, plea-se don’t even say anything to Evan.”

“I wouldn’t.”

“And that’s not all.”

“There’s more?” she asked with a shout.

“The guy I sle-pt with….”

“Who was it Zenia? Who did you sle-pt with?”

“I sle-pt with him, Jasmine.”

“You sle-pt with who?”

“I sle-pt with EJ.”

“WHAT!!”

She paced back and forth like a crazy person.

“And he doesn’t remember you?” she asked.

I shook my head no.

Of course he doesn’t remember me.
He wouldn’t want anything to do with me if he remembers me.

TO BE CONTINUED…..

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