Blemished Love Episode 6
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‘Gosh, Tom. How are you here?’
‘Speed.’ He answered in one word looking intently in to her eyes.
‘What?’ He also questioned.
‘You are staring at me weirdly?’
‘And that’s a crime?’ He asked.
‘No I mean you are not even smiling this time.’ She said with confusion.
‘Should I be smiling Grissel?’ He questioned obviously angry about Henry’s presence earlier because he actually came to apologize.
‘I apologize about breakfast or whatever I did in your office that you had to chase me away.’ She broke down immediately reaching out for her handkerchief which she couldn’t locate when Tom handed her one from his shirt pocket.
‘Please I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you cry.’ He said reaching out for her hand.
‘Then why do I feel like you were intentionally pushing me away Tom. We just got married for Christ sake and you already behaving like a typical Ghanaian man.’
‘Wow. A typical Ghanaian man.’
‘Yes, the types that always make their wife’s cry all the time.’
‘You mean my Dad.’
‘I always tell you I’m nothing like my Dad. And I’m sorry you had to cry.’
‘That’s fine but you would have to make it up to me later.’ She smiled playfully. Anytime Tom had to reassure her he’s nothing like his Dad it calms her.
‘You and emotional blackmail. What do you want this time?’ He smiled.
‘You are making dinner this evening.’ She teased.
‘You already know how that will turn out right.’
‘I don’t mind, I will be there the whole time.’
‘It’s a deal then. So where’s my lunch.’
‘Emmmm, it’s gone.’ She touched her cheeks involuntarily. ‘How should i know you would show up?’
‘Aunty called and I had to quickly rush here when you were not answering my calls.’
‘Sorry, I left the phone in the car but you mean if it weren’t for her you wouldn’t have come.’
‘I didn’t say that but I’m here now and hungry.’
‘Sorry, let me order you some salad.’
‘Great.’ He sighed.
Grissel walked to the counter and placed her order.
‘It should be here soon but you look disturbed.’ She said grabbing her seat.
‘Just some work related issues.’ He replied.
‘Want to talk about it?’ Grissel had to ask anyway though she knows Tom hates talking about his work issues.
‘You know I don’t l….’
‘I get it Tom and that reminds me, Henry just left here and you came in.’
‘Really? What does he want with you?’ He muttered relieved that she mentioned it.
‘Not with me but he wants a divorce lawyer for a friend of his.’
‘Hope you are not handling that case.’
‘You know I stopped handling those a long time ago.’ She clarified.
‘Okay, is this about my sister?’
‘He just said for a friend.’ She was saying when her order arrived.
‘Thank you.’ Tom whispered to the waitress and placed the food in front of them each.
‘You are welcome.’ She replied and left with her tray.
‘So you ordered too? And is your lunch hours not over.’
‘Of course, I wasn’t satisfied earlier because you were not here with me and I don’t have much work today.’
‘And who is paying for the food.’
‘Who else? I have your wallet here already.’
‘How did you get that?’ He jumped up trying to check if it was actually his.
‘You married a smart one Tom.’
‘I know right.’ He replied picking up his cutlery smiling with a stare.
‘How was your first day at work?’
‘I got a new annoying boss in the name of Stella Medt.’
‘Mr. Medts heir?’ She sounded concerned.
‘Yeah, I’m not sure we would ever get along.’
‘You would figure it out. She can’t be that bad.’
He sighed and picked up his cutlery. ‘She’s charming though.’
‘Tell me more?’ She said with a certain sparkle.
‘Ahaaa, but you know I’m stuck with you right?’
‘I trust you Tom.’ She blushed.
‘Excuse me Miss.’ Melisa heard a young man running towards her in the crowd.
She stopped when her new friend she just had brunch with at the Frimps restaurant drew her attention to the guy who stopped running and was now walking towards them..
‘Do you know him?’ Melisa asked Paige.
The two ladies met last week and agreed on brunch. Melisa dropped Julia home that morning and quickly fixed herself to meet up with Paige.
‘No, but he’s from the Jewelry shop we just walked out of.’ Paige clarified. They both went to a closer Jewelry shop after their brunch to pick up a few Jewelries.
‘Oh really, I didn’t notice.’ Melisa replied.
They were still staring at his direction when he finally reached their end.
‘Hello, sorry for wasting your time.’ He said with a break in his voice.
‘That’s fine Mr.….’ Paige was saying and paused because she doesn’t know his name.
She shook her head and stared giving him gestures.
The gentleman kept staring and suddenly realized Paige was expecting him to mention his name.
‘Forgive my manners. It’s Bryan and I think your friend here left her change and the wrist watch.’ Bryan announced handing them the change and the package.
‘Oh I did?’ Melisa snapped out of her reverie.
‘Yes, I guess when you were picking up the other necklace you forgot the watch.’
‘Thank you Bryan but you can keep the change.’ She said checking the package. Melisa got a necklace for her aunty and a wrist watch for Henry since she broke his when she was at his end last week.
‘You don’t need to do that. Thank you.’ He said, handed Paige the money and walked away.
Both ladies just glanced at each other and walked away.
‘Did I say something wrong Paige?’ She asked her friend.
‘Lisa, does that gentleman seem like someone who needed your five dollar change?’
‘But I just thought it was nice to do that.’ Melisa clarified.
‘Well, looks like he doesn’t want it.’
‘Was that why he left without another word?’ Melisa queried sadly.
‘I didn’t say that.’
‘Yes you did Paige.’
‘I just pointed to you not every man wants to be treated as such.’ Paige answered her.
‘Alright, thank you.’ Melisa didn’t want to drag the issue.
‘Great, let’s get going then.’ Paige announced pulling her towards where she parked her car.
Paige manages a few events spaces, which Melisa was scouting out for one of her client when they met and immediately bonded.
She drove off after Melisa fastened her seat belt.
‘Why do you think your sister is not okay?’
‘Adam, she hasn’t called since after the wedding and it’s been a month. It’s unlike Grissel.’
‘She’s probably just busy with her responsibilities. You know how confused and frustrated you were in the first few months.’
‘Yes but I still call friends.’
‘Give her a call then, if you feel she’s not okay.’
‘She’s not answering my calls. I just feel she’s avoiding me.’
‘Try calling Tom, he definitely will pick up.’
‘You are a genius. Why didn’t I think about it before?’
‘You know I’m the only one with the brains in this marriage right.’
Jessy hissed and picked up herself from the bed while walking towards the bathroom.
‘Can I join you?’ Adam called out to her.
‘I’m just picking up my phone which you brought to me earlier in the shower.’ She smiled at him and walked away.
‘You are not fun these days.’ He hissed and pressed his head on the pillow like a small kid.
‘When are you coming home?’ Julia spoke into the phone.
‘I forgot to tell you I will be late tonight for dinner.’ Melisa replied.
‘It’s Henry again right?’ Julia questioned.
‘I’m just picking up my car from Tom’s place.’
‘Wonderful!’ She exclaimed cheerfully.
‘Aunty, I’m just picking up my car. Nothing else.’
‘I know but can’t you just use that opportunity to make up with your brother.’
‘You want a repeat of what happened the last time?’ Melisa frowned though her aunty couldn’t see her face through the phone.
‘I understand but you got to keep trying Lisa and tonight is a perfect opportunity to do that.’
‘I have heard you. Can I direct the cab driver now?’
‘Sure, call me when you get there.’ Julia emphasized.
Melisa hanged up and wiped a tear while casting her mind back.
Tom had pushed her down the stairs when she tried reasoning with him concerning their differences. She woke up a week after in the hospital and since then Melisa decided to let him deal with his own mess.
Though at a point Melisa hated him first because she thought he was responsible for their moms early demise but it became worse when Tom had accepted the fact that Melisa would never forgive him for what nature took from them both.
Melisa was still in thoughts when the cab parked in front of the house. She paid her fare and got down.
Tom who left work some few hours after lunch with Grissel drove in to the bar he agreed on earlier with his friends. He sighted them by the counter and smiled while walking up to them.
He is the only married one among his friends.
‘Tom, Tom.’ Mike hailed him while standing up from his stool to shake and hug him.
He received their hails and hugs when finally he settled down on his stool.
‘What’s going on Clive?’ Tom queried.
‘Nothing much, just a bachelors hang out.’ Clive responded.
‘But you said it was urgent and I had to leave work early.’ Tom sounded unhappy.
‘Relax man.’ Mike chipped in. Among all the four men, Mike was the cool one and closest.
‘Yes, relax.’ Clive replied.
He heaved a sigh of relief and dropped his phone in his pocket after putting it on silence.
‘Austin, you have been too quiet for my liking.’ Tom inquired.
‘I’m just admiring how good marriage is looking on you.’
They all laughed at Austin’s humor.
‘Here we go.’ Mike suddenly said when the waiters shadow fell on him.
When they have a boy’s night out, they get a whole crate of beer. The waiter dropped it on the counter and left.
‘Who hasn’t brought his driver like me?’ Tom queried.
‘We all did Tom. I guess we would have to call my dad’s other driver to get you to your place while we follow.’ Clive replied.
‘You are right.’ He replied.
Though they drink a lot when they are out, they always have plans for getting themselves home to avoid falling in a ditch.
Austin and Clive were the two Americans among them. Mike introduced Clive and Tom also introduced Austin.
To be continued