Blemished Love – Episode 32

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BLEMISHED LOVE – EPISODE 32

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Melisa angrily pulled out five blocks away from Tom’s house. It was already dark when they arrived on the main road.

 

‘Just get out and find your way there.’ She told Stella who had a distress call from Tom earlier.

 

Stella suggested they should check on him but Melisa was of the view that Tom needs to grow up.

 

‘But Lisa you heard how he sounded on the phone earlier. Why aren’t you worried?’

 

‘You think I’m not?’

 

‘Yeah, if you were you wouldn’t drop me off in the middle of nowhere.’

 

‘Tom was bluffing and if you keep pampering him, he would never grow up. Grissel did the same thing and see where it landed them both.’

 

‘But this is your brother Lisa.’

 

‘So?’ Melisa asked looking back on the road.

 

‘Suit yourself. I would walk alone in the dark.’ Stella said and got out of the car angrily.

 

Melisa drove off without looking back.

 

*

 

She was a few minutes away from where she dropped off Stella earlier when her phone rang.

 

It was Grissel. She gasped and her conscience pricked her.

 

‘Hello, I’m almost home.’ Melisa said slowing down.

 

‘Lisa what is going on?’ Grissel asked when she answered.

 

‘Is something going on?’ She asked with pretense lacing her voice.

 

‘Ella called.’

 

‘Tom is fine Grissel.’

 

‘What happened to Tom?’

 

‘I thought you said Ella called.’

 

‘Yes, but she didn’t mention Tom.’

 

‘Oh okay. Let me get home and call you back.’

 

‘What is going on? I can feel something is wrong.’

 

‘Nothing is wrong, just relax and don’t work yourself up.’

 

‘I don’t believe you right now Lisa.’

 

‘Stella and I had a misunderstanding and I dropped her off to walk home, that was why she called you.’

 

‘What? At this time of the night?’

 

‘She was misbehaving and I had to.’

 

‘Can you pick her up?’

 

‘She should get a car by now?’

 

‘She sounded worried when I called.’ Grissel was obviously worried.

 

‘Okay, she’s just five blocks away from Tom’s.’ Melisa said forgetting herself.

 

‘Tom’s?’ She repeated.

 

‘Emmm, never mind.’ She said and hanged up quickly to avoid further questions.

 

Grissel who had no idea she hanged up kept yelling over the phone when Dane knocked on her door and peeped in.

 

‘Are you fine?’ He asked when his eyes caught Grissel on her bed with her phone.

 

‘I’m fine.’ She said once and took her eyes off him.

 

‘Alright, can I grab you anything?’

 

‘We are not friends Dane.’

 

‘I would go now.’ He replied sadly and was closing the door when she called him back.

 

‘You need to sit your daughter down one of these days. She hates you now.’

 

‘Would that change anything? She only listens to you these days.’

 

‘Just try, I would be at peace knowing she gave you a listening ear and the rest we can work it out later.’ She was being her calm self at that moment.

 

‘We?’

 

‘Yes, in as much as I resent you now, I still think having a daughter with you wasn’t a mistake.’

 

‘Thank you but are you staying with us? He asked

 

‘We are done here.’ Grissel told him and focused back on her phone.

 

Dane walked out quietly towards Dani’s room and met her struggling to sleep and at the same time a talking in her sleep. He walked up to her and cuddled her to sleep until she was able to sleep.

 

***

 

‘Get in,’ Melisa rolled her glass after blowing her horn several times and Stella was kept walking.

 

She pulled up, for her to know she was the one.

 

‘Aaahh it was just you.’

 

‘Yeah, just hop in.’

 

She didn’t hesitate because she was scared walking on that street alone.

 

‘I was scared when I saw your head light directly on me.’

 

‘Sorry I left you behind.’

 

‘That’s okay, I knew you would come back for me.’

 

‘Let’s talk first before I drive off.’

 

‘Ooh Ooh, Grissel called herself and I didn’t tell her anything.’ She thought that was why Melisa made her earlier comment.

 

‘I know and she’s the reason I came back.’ Melisa slowly said.

 

‘Okay, what’s the problem then?’ Stella questioned curiously.

 

Melisa looked at her and drove off. ‘Is there going to be a problem between you and Grissel when it comes to Tom?’

 

‘No, and if it’s about earlier you should know I’m just worried about a friend.’

 

‘A friend?’

 

‘Yes, I know what you mean but it’s not like that anymore.’

 

‘How is it like then because I don’t understand why you should run to his aid anytime he feels like being lazy?’

 

‘I don’t know, it just happens. Trust me, I’m trying my best here and for the fact that I’ve not slept with him yet should tell you I’m doing my best.’ Stella swallowed hard. ‘You of all people should understand.’

 

‘Good, you deserve some accolades.’ Melisa smiled.

 

‘Thank you Lisa.’

 

‘It’s okay, now let’s go.’ She sped off and smacked Stella’s hand off her jaw.

 

They laughed and drove off to Tom’s apartment which was just a few blocks away.

 

When they got there the gate wasn’t locked yet which was unusual. They packed their car along the road and entered. The main door to his hall was widely opened.

 

Stella’s heart skipped and fear registered on Melisa’s face.

 

Just then they heard shouts and noises so they rushed in. Their met Tom standing with his hands on his head watching a match between Germany and Argentina.

 

It seemed his team was losing that was what the shout earlier was about.

 

As if on cue Stella and Melisa glanced at each other.

 

Stella’s phone rang drawing Tom’s attention to them.

 

‘Lisa, Stella, we are winning!’ He exclaimed happily as if he was expecting them.

 

For a minute Melisa thought she was in the wrong apartment when she noticed the bottle of beers surrounding him.

 

‘Gosh Tom. You are abusing the beer.’ She said walking closer while Stella hanged up when she realized it was Grissel.

 

‘I’m not, I took just a few bottles. Stella Join me.’ He gestured to her.

 

Stella realized he wasn’t in any danger and he wasn’t drunk either. That kind of fun is what she needed at that moment.

 

She hurriedly left Melisa standing and jumped on the couch beside him grabbing a beer while Melisa looked on.

 

She also decided to settle for the beer and join them celebrate their team when it turned out Stella was a football fan as well. Melisa feared those two were getting along too well which could destroy whatever Grissel had for Tom. Her thoughts were filled with a million questions which she wasn’t going to find answers to.

 

‘Guys, why don’t we plan this wedding alongside watching the match.

 

Tom looked at Stella who gave him a go ahead.

 

He turned the volume of the TV to the lowest and they began their planning.

 

Tom didn’t notice the many times he had made mention of Grissel and how they went about their own planning some months back.

 

It made both ladies happy to see him smiling when he mentioned her.

 

They did a few other stuff which ended up late in the night. Tom insisted they slept over. He was drunk and they didn’t want to leave him alone.

 

Melisa woke up the whole time to check if Stella was still in bed with her and whether the key to their room was still under her pillow.

 

Melisa just didn’t know how to trust Stella hence she locked the door to the room they both slept and kept the key hidden.

 

***

 

Grissel and Melisa had been talking every day since the day she left their cabin. It has always been one pregnancy advice after the other and to add to it, Grissel had a lot of needs for the wedding. Melisa ended up extorting money from her brother who didn’t understand why he has to be the one paying for her wedding.

 

It has been a fun week with Tom around and Melisa on the other hand had been avoiding her dad and auntie since Sculley reached out to them about the wedding. She stayed back at Tom’s when Stella left the next day. She’s either out of the house with Paige early in the morning to get the venue and other stuff sorted out or with Stella. The only time she’s seen back at Tom’s was late in the night.

 

Tom didn’t want to interfere in her sisters decision because he felt she was so happy going about the whole planning so when Julia and Gina stormed into the house that dawn to drag her out of the house to Morris end he pretended not to be in the house until they had left with Melisa.

 

‘Lisa, can I talk to you for a minute?’ Morris called her out. They were all gathered in his apartment. He didn’t want to complicate things in the midst of Sculley and his son.

 

Morris wasn’t so sure about the impromptu wedding when Sculley called him up four days ago. He called Julia who said she had no idea there was a wedding coming up but suspected Melisa was pregnant.

 

Melisa frowned her face and dragged her feet on the floor after her dad. Earlier that morning, Julia and Gina had to drag her out of the house to her dads end because she claimed it wasn’t necessary to give his dad an explanation as to why she wants to get married at thirty-five.

 

Bryan and his dad looked on while she went out to meet her dad. When asked that morning if they both were sure, Melisa avoided the question for a while before she responded with a nod.

 

She saw her dad leaning on the balcony and she walked closer.

 

‘I’m here.’ She said with an angry tone.

 

‘Where’s your brother?’

 

‘How should I know where Tom is?’

 

‘You should know since he’s in support of this whole wedding game.’

 

‘It’s not a game dad. It’s your only daughter’s wedding so embrace it.’

 

He glanced at her angrily and then let out a sigh. ‘Okay, is this what you want?’

 

‘Yes, and I thought you wanted Sculley Junior for me, what happened to that dream of yours.’

 

‘Is this some kind of a payback for leaving your mom?’ He asked painfully because he felt Melisa wasn’t thinking right.

 

‘Dad, payback at my own expense?’

 

‘Yes, because you are not thinking right at the moment.’

 

‘Seriously this is happening not because I want to pay you back but because I’m happy doing this.’

 

‘But it’s too early and unplanned?’

 

‘It’s better now than holding on and besides I’m starting work soon.’

 

‘You are going back to being a doctor?’

 

‘Yeah, I thought I told you.’

 

‘No, come here.’ He drew her closer into his arms. ‘Congratulations Princess.’ That at least calmed him down.

 

‘Thank you and please let me go before I start crying.’ Morris released her from his arms quickly and looked into her eyes smiling.

 

‘Are you pregnant?’

 

‘Huh, no. Don’t pay any attention to Auntie.’ She told him.

 

‘Alright but you are warm.’

 

‘Oh that? I have a headache right now.’ Melisa replied feeling her temperature.

 

‘Then I should let you get some rest before tomorrow.’

 

‘Thank you daddy and be there on time just in case Tom doesn’t show up to walk me down the aisle.’

 

They went back in to finalize whatever was left. Julia may not be in support of the rush wedding but she smiled through it all.

 

Julia dropped her off at the venue where Melisa said the wedding would be happening. Paige and Stella were already there waiting for them when she got there.

 

She suspected something was off about how Melisa was pushing her away. Julia knew they both had plans for her wedding and Melisa asking her to stay out of it now that it was happening was unusual. She drove off sadly and Gina looked on sternly.

 

‘Is she here yet?’ She inquired when they entered the hotel room.

 

‘No, I’ve been calling and she’s not answering.’ Stella replied.

 

‘Let me try Dane.’ Melisa said and went off.

 

‘I thought you don’t want him to know you are getting married.’ Paige chipped in.

 

‘Yes, but it’s necessary for Grissel to be here this evening.’

 

‘Call Jessy to talk to her if she won’t listen to any of us.’ Stella interrupted.

 

‘I don’t know why you two are forcing her to be here but its okay if she doesn’t want to be part of your lives anymore.’

 

‘What would you have us do when she’s pregnant for Tom?’ Melisa asked Paige.

 

‘Emm, it’s good you are worried but let’s not force her right now.’ Paige said again.

 

Melisa rolled her eyes at her and proceeded in dialing Jessy’s number.

 

After telling her everything which she was angry at point for not being told from the start assured them she would talk to her. Melisa called out Grissel’s new number to her and hanged up.

 

Melisa went to sleep leaving the work for Stella and Paige who demanded to be paid after their services.

 

***

 

That morning as well Grissel was behind the door listening to father and daughter have their conversation. She was happy Dane listened to him when she asked him to at the same time her daughters concerns were genuine.

 

‘But daddy, why were you that mean to mommy and I?’

 

‘I don’t know princess and I’m really sorry.’

 

‘Okay, I would think about it.’ She said staring at her dad’s face.

 

Dane laughed which confused her. ‘Emmm princess, mommy won’t like it if you don’t forgive me.’

 

She looked up at him and with one finger in her mouth she smiled. ‘Emm daddy, maybe there’s one thing you can do for me first.’

 

‘Anything you want princess.’

 

‘Can you make mommy happy again. She’s sad all the time.’

 

Danes face went from pale to dull then he smiled.

 

‘But princess, mommy doesn’t want me around.’

 

‘It’s because you are not trying harder.’ She frowned.

 

‘I have tried everything from being nice to breakfast.’

 

‘Dadd…dddy,’ She stressed. Breakfast won’t cut it.’

 

‘Then what would? Can you help me?’ He asked his daughter with all seriousness, he thought Grissel had forgiven him due to her reaction when Melisa and Stella were around but she went back to her old angry self.

 

‘I know you still like Melisa but can’t we all stay as one big family together with mommy.’ She asked smiling.

 

Dane didn’t understand what she said at first so he was in deep thoughts until reality hit him.

 

He thought for a while because he’s not so sure which language to speak for her to understand. Dane shook his head and smiled too.

 

‘No, you can’t have two mothers in the same house.’

 

‘But I love them all.’ She said with frustration.

 

‘Yes but daddy doesn’t love them all, he only loves Melisa.’

 

‘I love Melisa too but my mommy is always going to be my mommy and I want her around the house.’ She was getting irritated.’ We have a very big house which she hasn’t seen yet and my friends are waiting to see her.’

 

Dane saw the frustration on her daughter’s face and knew she’s just being a kid like every other child and she’s the only one hurting in the midst of all these.

 

At that moment, Dane was not so sure Grissel would still want to go back with them though he wished she could since Melisa still hasn’t called him back yet. He contemplated on what to tell her for a while as Dani was obviously waiting for an answer from him.

 

‘I’m sorry princess, we can only have one mommy in our house.’

 

‘Then my mommy should come with us and I can see Lisa on vacations.’

 

‘No, she can’t princess.’

 

‘But isn’t that why we left Uncle Tom crying the last time.’ She was almost near tears.

 

‘Yes, but things have changed Dani.’

 

‘No, don’t tell me that. You are being mean to us again.’

 

She threw tantrums and laid back on her bed crying. And Dane was helpless as she cried.

 

He heard a faint knock and turned. It was Grissel gesturing him to come out.

 

‘Princess, can you excuse me.’

 

‘Don’t come back, I hate you right now.’ She threw her pillows at him one after the other.

 

‘Stop it before I smack you.’ He flared up raising his hands which he didn’t intend to do at first.

 

Grissel peeped in again with a stern look and he knew he had over stepped his boundaries again.

 

Dane left quietly obviously broken and near tears. He went out and saw Grissel pacing around with her phone swinging. She was obviously nervous.

 

‘Hey, you asked me o…..’

 

‘I would leave with you to Dallas.’

 

‘Huh’! He exclaimed and jaw dropped.

 

‘Can we leave today because I don’t want to spend any more time here in Seattle?’

 

‘But you wa……’

 

‘Is it possible you start organizing things already?’ She told him obviously asking him to save his breathe.

 

‘Al..ri.. ght.’ He stuttered with a confused face on.

 

‘Good, tell your daughter the good news. I have to get some sleep now.’ She said and was walking away when he called her back.

 

‘Grissel?’

 

‘Ahuh,’ she turned around.

 

‘Are you sure this is the right thing to do?’ He asked though his heart was leaping with joy.

 

‘Do you want an honest answer or a fake one? She threw back at him.

 

‘An honest one.’ He replied with a scratch on his head.

 

‘I don’t like you right now and I’m not sure when my heart would finally be free of the pain you’ve caused me’ She paused and feigned a smile ‘but I just want to grant my daughter her wishes. She deserves that after what she’s been through lately.’ She masked her pain carefully.

 

‘You don’t have to do this?’ Dane muttered.

 

‘Why? You think you have another chance with Melisa?’

 

He nodded. ‘Yes, I think so.’

 

Grissel laughed mischievously. ‘You are naive Dane. That was goodbye kiss.’ She teased.

 

He became embarrassed and sadness filled his heart. He quickly put on a smiling face which confused Grissel.

 

‘That’s okay, at least Dani gets one of her wishes.’ He smiled through his own pain as well.

 

‘Good, so get to work already and please I don’t have any obligations towards you.’

 

‘I know that Grissel but is it possible if we postpone it to tomorrow because I was in the midst of selling the house in Dallas so I could move here wit…..’

 

‘With Melisa? Oh come on Reed, you don’t even have a house right now.’

 

‘I haven’t signed the contract yet.’

 

‘You can always get a new place.’ She replied him nicely.

 

No, Dani loves her playground.’

 

‘Just explain to her why you had to sell because I can’t spend the weekend here in Seattle.’

 

‘Please, just be patience with me.’ He pleaded.

 

‘Alright, when is it possible for us to move out?’

 

‘I could go today and sort it out so I come back and pick you and Dani tomorrow evening.’

 

‘Tomorrow is Sunday.’ She said with a sad tone.

 

‘Yes, is there a problem?’

 

‘No, just come back early.’

 

‘Okay, would you two be alright in here alone.’

 

‘Just go already Reed.’ She said sternly and rushed back into her room holding her breath after closing the door behind her. She rushed into the washroom as she was feeling nauseous earlier.

 

Grissel threw up instantly and her sobs could be heard outside.

 

Dane couldn’t help himself with his own tears. He kept wiping his face until Dani came out.

 

She rushed to the door and knocked but Grissel didn’t want her daughter to see her that way.

 

‘Daddy, did you hurt her again.’

 

‘No, we were just talking an….

 

He wasn’t finished when Grissel opened the door letting her daughter in. She managed to hold herself back from the tears and her eyes were clear when she came out to meet Shirley.

 

‘Mommy, is my brother okay.’

 

‘Yes, I think so.’ She rubbed her belly instantly as if she forgot she was pregnant.

 

‘Can I?’ Dani asked politely referring to touching her belly. Grissel reached out for her hands on her stomach and Shirley rejoiced.

 

‘So you see, your brother would be just fine.’ Grissel encouraged.

 

‘Mommy, do you love me?’ Shirley asked suddenly.

 

‘Yes of course. You don’t even need to ask.’

 

‘Then why did you change your mind of moving away with us.’

 

‘Who said I changed my mind?’

 

You didn’t?’

 

No, we are leaving to Dallas’s tomorrow and that was why your daddy traveled this morning to sort things out.’

 

‘Yaay, my mom to the world.’ She was much happier when Grissel told her, they would be moving to Dallas tomorrow.

 

Dane left the house that morning with a few of their stuff to the airport.

 

He was sad at a point but he also knew having her daughter’s mother around would actually be the best thing for her right now.

 

***

 

Grissel decided to nap after she tried to call Tom several times and his phone was off. She wanted to say her goodbyes and inform him about the pregnancy. Her phone rang and she picked up without checking the number as she still had sleep on her face.

 

She covered up Shirley who was napping beside her quietly and greeted the caller.

 

‘Hello.’ She said twice before the caller spoke up.

 

‘So you are this stupid.’ Jessy announced.

 

‘Jessy!’ She exclaimed. ‘How did you get this number?’

 

‘You can run but not hide.’ She told her obviously angry and at the same time happy.

 

‘I’m sorry, I couldn’t wait for you before taking that decision.’

 

‘Good, but it’s not too late to come back home.’ Jessy informed her.

 

‘It is too late Jessy, I’ve decided to leave with Dane tomorrow.’

 

‘Grissel, why do you keep on repeating the same mistake all over again? Are you alright up there?’

 

‘I know what I’m doing is wrong but Shirley doesn’t understand anything yet and I feel like I failed her a second time.’

 

‘So you leave with Dane with Tom’s pregnancy?’

 

‘Who told you that?’ Grissel asked with surprise.

 

‘Walls have ears Grissel but this time we are not going to allow you embarrass us again.’

 

‘We?’ She asked and knew at that point Melisa must have told everyone she was pregnant even after she promised not to.

 

‘Yes, Adam is here.’

 

‘You told him?’

 

‘Of course, my husband seems to be in support of every silly mistake you make.’

 

‘Jessy, I don’t want to talk to Adam and besides I know Tom, he would make me regret coming over to ask for forgiveness.’

 

‘So you would rather not tell him he’s going to be a father?’

 

‘That’s not even my problem.’

 

‘What is the problem then?’ Jessy asked flaring up.

 

‘Coming back into his life could either bring us back together or stir up his other side.’ Grissel complained.

 

‘I’m much aware of his other side so come on. I would be there the whole time.’

 

‘Jessy, No. I’ve settled everything with Dane already.’

 

‘I understand you can leave anytime so why is it so difficult for you to leave and work things out unless there’s something you are not telling us.’

 

‘There’s nothing Jessy, I just don’t want to complicate things further.’

 

‘So you are not coming?’

 

‘No, I prefer my life out of Seattle now.’ Grissel swallowed hard.

 

‘Adam, would you leave that TV remote and help me out here.’ Jessy yelled out from her end.

 

Adam quickly left what he was doing and rushed over, he knew how Jessy could make an issue of everything once she’s pissed off.

 

Grissel heard Jessy yelling out on Adam. She knew it was her fault she had to yell at him so she thought of hanging up when Adam spoke into the phone.

 

Grissel always paid attention anytime Adam was speaking. After his questions and her numerous answers he told her to think about what he said and hanged up.

 

She sighed heavily and was in deep thoughts when Shirley woke up hungry.

 

To be continued

 

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