The Way To A Man’s Heart💌💌
💌💌By Hossana Isaac O.
(Hossy Short Story Series)
I fanned myself with my hands and blew out air from my mouth nervously. I was standing before the mirror and I was quite nervous. I knew I was looking good already but that wasn’t my problem. My problem was that I was going to a large party, I don’t even like attending small parties that I knew everyone. But this particular party, I don’t know another person apart Jesse… And Alyson who doesn’t like me neither do I like her.
I heaved a sigh when I heard a knock on the door. I knew it was Jesse
“come in” I yelled
He opened the door and stepped in. I was looking at him through the mirror
He was wearing a well fitted blazers suit. His hair was stretched and gelled to the right. He looked good too.
“hey” he said and I turned
“hey” I replied
He began to walk towards me
“how do I look?”
“you look like my Cinderella. So pretty” he cooed and wrapped his hands around my waist.
My hands rested on his shoulders and that was quite an uncomfortable position for me.
“are you okay?” he asked
“oh come on, you need not be” he said
“don’t worry, I’ll be right beside
I nodded and breathed out. He smiled at me
“we should go now”
“okay, let me get my purse”
He released me and I went to take my purse from the bed
“let’s go” I said and walked in front of him, out of the room and the house. We got to the car and he opened the door for me. I got in and so did he. He drove off to his company where the party was taking place.
When we arrived, he made me tuck my arm in his and we slowly walked into the hall. It was a bright place with people standing and talking in groups. Stewards and stewardess’ walked around with drinks.
“wow” I muttered as I saw the beautiful outfits each person wore. And the way the obviously ‘models’ paraded every corner with their half-naked outfits was quite amusing.
“Jesse” someone called out. It was a short lady, wearing a red dress. She was putting on heels but she still was shorter.
“hey” Jesse said. She looked at me
“hello” I greeted. She just smiled, obviously a fake one. She looked at Jesse again. Probably she needs introduction
“well uhm, Louisa… This is my secretary” he said
“it’s nice to meet you” I said to her
“nice to meet you too… Louisa… So are you his sister cause you really look alike. And you’re Italian, you must be his sister” she said
“oh I’m just his…”
“—girlfriend. She’s my girlfriend” Jesse butted in
The lady’s face changed and Jesse looked at me with a ‘play along’
“ohh. So you’re his girl?” she asked
I smiled and flapped my lashes.
“uhm please excuse Louisa and I, we have to go greet some other people” Jesse said and pulled me gently. We moved away from the lady and he chuckled quietly
“your secretary is pretty” I said and he chuckled again
“yeah… Artificial..” he muttered
“so you brought me here to make me pretend to be your girlfriend?”
“no. That was just for her. She’s a pain in my ass” he said and I laughed
“why didn’t you tell me her name?”
“I call her secretary. Nothing more nothing less”
We went ahead to greet other people. And the party was actually getting interesting.
I felt freer and Jesse never let go of my arm.
People were still coming in. The CEO of the company came upstage and there was a loud applause. I couldn’t clap because Jesse held my arm and the other was holding a glass of champagne.
The CEO announced that some people were being promoted because of their hard work and diligence to the company. Jesse was amongst them. He was promoted to a higher level with a better pay. He was still the treasurer but he now had other treasurers under him. In fact he had his own department in the company now. The Treasury. And he was the director.
When he came down from the stage after his recognition and award-giving, I hugged him happily
“I’m so happy for you” I said and he smiled.
“you know you’re my good luck charm” he said and I laughed and hugged him again. I was so glad.
When the CEO left the podium, I saw some of the people who were promoted going to the CEO to probably thank him with their partners
“Jesse aren’t we going to talk to the CEO like the others are doing?”
He looked towards his direction for a long time.
“Jesse” I called out and he looked at me
“I’ll go alone. You be careful and stay at that corner” he said and pointed to a corner which was a little scanty of people
“why? Why can’t I go with you?” I asked
“cause you’re like the prettiest lady here tonight” he said and I rolled my eyes. He should quit flattering me already. It’s becoming unnecessary.
“that’s not the reason Jesse”
“sincerely, it is. The CEO doesn’t see pretty women. He’s a freak. Don’t worry I’ll be right back” he said and kissed my cheek then winked at me and left.
I sighed and began to walk to the corner. A steward was passing and I took another glass of champagne. That should be my third glass tonight.
I stood at the corner for just few minutes before I heard my name
“Louisa… Louisa the perfect cook. What is the cook doing here? Or did you miss your way to the kitchen? Let me help you, the kitchen is that way”
I rolled my eyes and decided to ignore her. I sipped my drink and she chuckled
“you really got people talking tonight. The way you screamed and hugged Jesse was so native and embarrassing. Did you have to do that? Plus your native Roman accent that totally blew your cover, why didn’t you just lay low”
“don’t talk to me that way Alyson” I said and she gave the most hideous laugh I’ve ever listened to.
“I know where you study. I’m hoping to give you a surprise visit someday after or during your class” she said and turned to walk away. Then she stopped and looked at me again
“you see those ladies over there? Just so you’d know, they’re mocking you” she said and left
I looked at the direction she pointed to and truly about four ladies were talking and staring at me. When they saw I was also looking at them, they quickly looked away.
I felt bad all of a sudden. Did people really see my action towards Jesse as naive? No wonder Jesse didn’t really react back. He was acting quite cool. Did I embarrass him?
Oh God! What have I done?
I gulped down all my drink in one shot and just then another steward passed. I quickly dropped the glass on his tray and grabbed another glass. I gulped it down and dropped it on the high table beside me.
My eyes were closing and I held the table for support
“why’s the prettiest lady here without a guard huh?” someone said beside me
I opened my eyes and stared at him without even knowing what he looked like. My vision was blurry
“hi” I managed to say
“hey” he said and held me. I staggered and leaned on him
“hey easy baby” he said and I leaned back on the table and touched my forehead
“what’s your name beauty?” he asked
“Louisa” I replied
“Louisa… Did you come with Jesse Mariano?” he asked
“yeah I did” I replied and coughed a little
“uhm, you seem pretty tipsy. I’ll go get him for you” he said and I saw his image going.
I opened my eyes wider and saw another steward
“hey I need drinks” I said to him and he lowered the tray. I took two glasses and gulped down the both of them in seconds
I dropped the glasses and he left
Sanjay came to tell me that Louisa was waiting for me and that she was getting drunk.
I never knew she could drink much. I excused myself from the CEO and went to the corner I asked her to stay. She was holding a guy and getting too close to him
“oh my God!” I exclaimed and ran there
“what’s happening here?” I asked with a coarse voice
The guy just looked at me
“get the bloody hell out of here! Now!” I scolded and Louisa flinched. The guy just looked at me and at her then left
“Jesse” she said and threw her arms around my neck
“where have you been?” she asked
“Louisa you’re drunk” I said and she began to kiss me
I was surprised. So surprised.
I kissed her back and placed my hands on her waist then pulled her to me.
She ran her fingers through my hair and suddenly disengaged from me
“I want you” she said
She rubbed her hands seductively on my chest
“I want you” she repeated and started kissing me again. She began to unbutton my suit.
“hey, hey Louisa be careful. We’re in the public” I whispered
“I don’t care” she whispered back and held my face in her palms, planting kisses all over my face. I wouldn’t deny the fact that I was turned on.
“let’s… Let’s leave here. Let’s go home” I said and held her. We walked out of the hall and entered the elevator.
Louisa wouldn’t stay inches away from me. She kept kissing and touching me in all the wrong places. I seriously didn’t want to do whatever was going to happen but this is what I would say, the spirit is weak and the flesh is willing. Because my spirit can’t do anything, but my flesh is willing to do everything.
I took Louisa to the car and began to drive.
When we arrived home, I carried her and took her to the living room. I dropped her on the couch
“are you okay?” I asked. She just stood up and tried to kiss me again
“no, no, stop. Louisa you’re not the one doing this. You’re not doing this Louisa” I protested and pushed her down.
She gasped and suddenly began to cry
“Louisa. Louisa stop crying” I said and walked to her. I pulled her up
“go upstairs and shower, okay?”
I let go of her and she staggered and fell on the floor.
“God” I mumbled and picked her up. This girl is a terrible drunk
“take me up. I can’t see clearly” she said and I pulled her up on my shoulder and took her to her room. I dropped her on the bed and looked her over.
I sighed and turned to go but she pulled me and I fell on the bed. She sat on me and kissed me again.
Well this time, I’m not saying no to her
But I hope I don’t regret this because this lady right here isn’t Louisa.
I sat on the floor crying with my head
buried between my raised knees.
I didn’t expect this to happen. What was
I even thinking? Why did I take too much
alcohol that night? How would Jesse
see me now? A lady who can’t control
herself by getting drunk at a classic
party and forcing herself on a man
who’s supposed to be her boss.
It’s totally my fault. I went too far with
him. I took him for granted. I wasn’t
supposed to be hanging around him like
he was my husband.
My dad would be so disappointed with
me and what about Mrs Mariano who
trusted me and chose me above all
those girls in Rome who badly wanted
to be chosen. According to her, those
girls just wanted her son and not the job
but she chose me because I was
decent. What is she going to think of
me if she finds out I was the one who
forced Jesse to sleep with me.
That thought made me cry even more.
That wasn’t me. I would never do such a
I raised my head and wiped my tears. I
looked at the clock, it was past 10 in the
morning. Jesse must have gone to
work. I remember what he told me about
his secretary, that he doesn’t hold girls
who can give sex anyhow with high
esteem. And it was that same night I did
exactly what makes him downgrade a
lady. No wonder he just left me in bed
and hasn’t even come to check on me.
I tiredly got up and went to the
bathroom. I washed my face and
brushed my teeth. I was having a
terrible hangover and I needed to sleep.
I strolled to the living room and cooked
something simple. I hurriedly eat and
took some pills.
I went back to bed and slept off.
I woke up and saw Louisa lying totally
naked, cuddled up with me and our legs
intertwined. I myself wasn’t wearing
I looked at her beautiful face and smiled
“I love you” I muttered and kissed her
lips. She stretched and hugged me with
her hand. She was still sleeping.
I looked at her clock and it was almost
“oh my God” I whispered. I needed to be
at the office right now. We’ve got an
important orientation from the CEO.
I gently slipped out of bed and took my
clothes in her room. I hurried to my
room and got ready for work. I went to
the kitchen and took coffee and crackers
then went to work.
Throughout the orientation, I couldn’t
stop thinking about Louisa and I…
Together as a couple. We would be so
good together. I wish I could ask her to
be my woman. I really want to prove to
her that I love her… and her meals. And
last night proved she was more
delicious than her meals.
Then my conscience said I was just
after her body.
“no” I replied myself.
Everyone in the boardroom looked at
me. I was confused as to why
“you disagree with it Mr Mariano?” the
Disagree with what? Gosh, I can’t
believe I said the No out loud
“I am with Jesse. We shouldn’t close by
4pm too. Because we have less work
now. And more meetings to attend. We
can’t get stuck up in the company for
hours when there are very important
things to do” Sanjay said. He was also
promoted but I was still higher than him
“he’s right. I agree with him” Mr
“okay then. You all will close by 2pm.”
“great” Sanjay said.
“well gentlemen, this meeting is over.”
CEO said and stood up. The rest of us
stood up too. I took my laptop and
turned to go.
I turned to him
I walked over to him
“I really want to commend your work.
Since you started working here, every of
our funds have been intact. No
misplacement. I really appreciate that”
“thank you so much sir”
“and… Who’s that pretty girl who
accompanied you to the party last
night?” he asked. I almost rolled my
eyes. I hope he doesn’t ask for anything
stupid, there’s no way I’m releasing
Louisa for him. That would be so gross,
imagine Louisa under this freaky man.
“she’s my girlfriend. I’m hoping to
engage her soon” I said with a beaming
“wow. She’s really pretty. And I heard
she’s Italian just like you”’
“and a great cook too”
“wow. Beautiful! I love women that can
cook their own meals. They make the
home lively with their beautiful cooking.
Please take care of her okay. She’s rare.
Women who cook well are so rare
“I will sir. Thank you” I said. He patted
my shoulder and left. I heaved a sigh
and left the boardroom too.
Sanjay was outside of it.
“hey man” he said
“thanks for raising that suggestion. I
didn’t want to start first. I wanted
someone to raise a notion”
“when you said no to us closing the
“are you okay?”
“yeah. I’m fine”
“how’s Louisa doing? I’m guessing you
guys spent the night together because I
saw you two kissing and then few
minutes later, I saw you zooming off
with her in your car”
“yeah. We did” I replied and he laughed
and punched my shoulder lightly
“I’ll see you around bruh”
He walked away and I walked to my
new office. I settled down and Louisa
sunk into my mind. Her beautiful face
last night was so electrifying. And the
way she held me like no one else
mattered, I felt like that moment
“I love you Louisa. I really do” I said
aloud and buried my face in my palms.
But didn’t it seem like I took advantage
of her. Of course I know she doesn’t
know I have feelings for her but I know
she has none for me. I know she
doesn’t love me so why would she want
me. Was it the alcohol in her? She was
so drunk and I barely agree she knew
what she was doing.
Oh God! What have I done? What would
she think of me? What if she thinks I
raped her? Why didn’t I control myself?
Why did I not even reject her? What is
wrong with me?
“I’m sorry Louisa. I never wanted to take
advantage of you when you couldn’t
think straight. It’s just that I have been
longing for you to be in my arms
someday and that day was yesterday.
I’m so sorry” I said loudly.
I really felt bad. I really needed to
apologize to her and beg her to forgive
I looked at my wristwatch. It was just
few minutes after 9am
I banged my fist on the desk
The time is so damn slow!
I woke up few minutes to 1pm. I was
feeling better but I still felt guilty. I
needed to talk to someone. I didn’t want
to face Jesse. I couldn’t hold in that
I dressed up and packed a few things.
Where should I go? Should I run back to
Italy? What about my studies? I know
Jesse might not care about me again
because I showed that I was a cheap
whore and don’t deserve his help
I picked a note pad and wrote down
something. I took my bag and left the
house because I couldn’t face Jesse. I
once suffered severe depression and
low self-esteem and I haven’t even
recovered fully and this has come? I
can’t face it. I just can’t!
Finally it was 2pm. I drove home and
rushed to the door. I badly wanted to
see Louisa, to apologize to her and beg
her to forgive me. Then I take her out for
I rung the bell and she didn’t open even
after ten minutes. I just opened the door
with my key and called out to her. No
She must be sleeping because this isn’t
the usual time I return from work. I
raced upstairs and decided to go to my
room to drop my suitcase and probably
shower first. I didn’t want to come to her
looking tired. As I came to my door, a
note was tagged on to it.
I read it and shouted “what!”
I ran to her room and it was empty. She
wasn’t there. Most of her things were
“no no no. This isn’t happening. Louisa
This is all my fault.
I called her number and she didn’t pick
I sat down on the floor and red the note
again. This time I read it aloud
Jesse I’m so sorry about what
happened last night. I was so stupid to
get so drunk and even force myself on
you. I understand if you no longer see
me as decent. I understand if you see
me as a whore now. It’s my fault and
I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I had to
leave because I couldn’t face you. I am
ashamed of myself and I can’t stay
under your roof anymore. Please forgive
me. From Louisa
“but it’s not your fault. It’s my fault
Louisa. It’s mine” I yelled and threw the
But where did she go? Italy? That’s the
only place she knows right? I don’t think
she’s still in England.
I sighed as I sat in Courtney’s couch
“thanks for letting me in Courtney” I
said and collected the cold chocolate
shake she made for me.
“it’s okay Louisa. It’s really my
pleasure” she said and sat beside me
I took a sip from the drink and looked
around. Her room was medium sized
and had lots of large cushion pillows.
“why did you leave Louisa?” she asked
after I had settled in, in her room.
“it’s a long story” I replied and sat down
on the floor then rested my head on the
I actually told her everything and
thankfully she understood with me,
though she tried to urge me to go back
to him. But I didn’t want to.
“don’t worry. You can stay here as long
as you want. You helped me to get this
place so I want you to stay” she said
while stroking my hair.
“thank you Courtney” I appreciated and
she hugged me. We both were sitting on
Courtney and I attend the same
university. She’s Jesse’s height and very
beautiful, slender and blonde like most
of the English people. I saw her crying
on a bench in a secluded part of the
school. She told me her rent was due
and she only had half of the money. I
offered to pay it for her because I had
enough money for it. We became friends
since then. And now she’s helping me in
I just took a shower and was about to
take a nap when I suddenly felt dizzy. I
fell down on the floor and winced in
pain. Courtney was just entering the
“whoa. Louisa what are you doing on
the floor?” she asked and helped me up.
“I felt really dizzy and I fell down” I
replied and sat on the bed
“have you eaten?” she asked
“yeah” I replied
“you should rest in bed. I’m going to get
some groceries right now.” she said
“is there anything I should get for you?”
“sanitary pads. My period is coming up
next week” I replied and laid down on
Courtney was silent for a few seconds
before she spoke “uhm… Are you sure
it’s… Uhh never mind. Take care I’ll be
back” she said and left.
An hour later she was back and when I
asked for the pads, she threw a
pregnancy test strip to me
“what’s this?” I asked
“pregnancy test strip” she replied
“yeah I know what it is. But why did you
“go to the bathroom now and use it. If
it’s negative then I’ll give you the pads I
bought. If it’s positive…”
“ugh! You’re so impossible Courtney!” I
yelled and stood up. I went to the
bathroom and used it. I screamed when
it came out positive. Courtney ran to the
“what?” she asked
“it’s positive!” I yelled
“what!” she yelled back
“oh my God! Oh my God what I’m I
going to do?”
“you know what you’re going to do”
“no. I can’t face Jesse”
“it’s been a month. When are you going
to grow up and face your fears”
I sank down and began to cry. How I’m I
going to face Jesse and tell him I’m
pregnant after running away?
I’m so foolish! I’m a stupid girl!
“you have to go and see him” she said
and I wiped my tears, determined to
face my fears for once
I gently rung the doorbell. At first i got
no response but as I raised my hand to
knock, the door opened and I came face
to face with a tired looking Jesse. His
eyes widened when he saw me. I on the
other hand was blinking my eyes
because of tears
“Jes… Jesse” I called out with mild
cries. I was scared he was going to
send me back. He was just looking at
me without a word
“I’m sorry I…” I couldn’t continue
because Jesse suddenly came closer to
me. He was staring at me deep in the
eyes and I shivered as his breath
touched my face. Slowly his eyes moved
down to my lips. He slowly held my
arms and kissed me for a long time. It
was then my turn to widen my eyes
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