BLEMISHED LOVE – EPISODE 35
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Dani peeped through the small opening of the inner door when she heard the outer door opened.
‘Mommy, it’s my new dad. I think he’s back.’ She looked back at her mom, Stella and Melisa who was checking her temperature.
Grissel had to explain to her daughter why Tom reacted that way so she wouldn’t end up hating him too.
‘Tom?’ Stella managed to ask because they were all thinking he left.
‘Yes, he’s standing at the door with a shopping bag. I think he brought ice-cream.’ She announced discreetly and closed the door behind her.
She walked to her mom and felt her temperature with her tiny hands on Grissel’s forehead.
‘Lisa, why is she warm? Is the baby coming out right now?’ She asked jumping up.
‘No, your mom is just stressed.’ Melisa responded.
‘Okay, let me go and tell Uncle Tom.’ She said rushing off.
‘Shirley, let him come in and don’t say anything out there.’ Grissel finally said after watching her daughter’s sneaky drama.
‘Are you sure he’s not back to do more harm.’
‘No, he came with a bag Lisa. How many times has your brother ever brought home with him a shopping bag?’
‘Well, you have a point there but you must take it easy.’
‘I would hear whatever he has to say then you drive me back to Jessy’s end.’
Melisa’s face went pale and dull.
‘I’m really sorry the reason why you went away had to end this way.’ Stella added.
‘It’s okay, my way of fixing things always end up ruining my entire happiness. Shirley you can let him in now.’ Grissel sat up on the bed. She was spotting earlier and Melisa had her changed after ensuring the baby growing inside her sister in law was fine.
‘Okay mom.’ She replied and went out of the door meeting Tom about to knock as he spotted Dani earlier spying on him at the door.
‘Hey, is your mom inside?’ He scratched his face.
‘Emmm, depends on who wants to know.’ Dani said maturely to the amazement of Tom.
‘I know you both are angry right now but can you let me in.’ He said further as Dani was blocking his way in.
She smacked him in the stomach. ‘My dad was always yelling at us so we came back to you and you were also yelling.’ She said sadly.
‘I’m really sorry, it won’t happen again.’
‘Are you sure?’ She asked walking towards the table in the corner of the room.
‘Yes, I cross my heart.’ He said playfully.
‘Oh uncle Tom, you know my secret anthem.’ She picked up a paper and walked back to him.
‘Of course, I had to learn on YouTube so I could be a good daddy to you.’
‘Mommy will like that.’ She said happily.
‘Okay, let me go and see your mom now.’ Tom walked an inch towards the door.
‘No, wait. We are not done yet.’ She held on to his trousers pulling him back.
‘Shirley, the priest is waiting for us.’
‘Why should I let you in?’ Shirley asked staring at him scratching his face.’
‘Alright I wanted to tell you mommy doesn’t have money these days. She lost her job.’
‘Okay, I will give mommy some money.’ He was getting frustrated. ‘Can I go now?’
‘’You need to sign here first.” She stopped him from moving and handed him the paper. Dani had spent the whole morning with Stella writing when she heard it was Grissel’s wedding.
‘I would read with your mom and sign it.’ He said without even looking at the paper.
‘You are in a hurry so I will let you go but you have to sign it before you come out.’ She cautioned annoyingly.
‘Thank you pumpkin.’ He was going in when she dragged him back again.
‘Uncle Tom, what’s in the bag? Is it ice-cream?’ She asked cheekily with her numerous smiles.
‘Oh this,’ he pointed to the bag in his right hand. ‘I got a new dress for mommy.’ He announced hastily.
‘Let me see it.’ She demanded with her hands opened.
‘Shirley, I got one for you too.’ He quickly gave her the dress from the bag and rushed in closing the door behind him quickly before Shirley could say another word.
She jumped up, quickly taking off her other dress to put on the new one Tom just got for her.
Tom who got in hurriedly came facing three weird women who were staring at him. He forgot he was still holding on to the door as if he was been chased. He froze there for some minutes when no one spoke.
‘Hi.’ He left the door walking towards them.
‘Hey, who was chasing you?’ Grissel managed to ask calmly as if nothing happened between them earlier.
‘Shirl…’ He was saying when she barged in.
‘Mommy, see my new dress.’ Uncle Tom bought it.’ She run towards Grissel who was getting out of bed while Tom continued scratching his head.
Grissel gestured to Melisa and Stella who has been silence all this while to give them privacy. They knew they had to drag Shirley out so Grissel and Tom could talk.
‘Did you say thank you princess?’
She covered her face. ‘No, I forgot.’ Shirley turned to Tom. ‘Thank you daddy.’ She hugged him by the waist.
You are welcome.’ He responded and saw Melisa dragging her away.
‘Lisa wait, Uncle hasn’t signed my new rules yet.’ She announced.
‘Rules?’ Grissel asked because she had no idea what her daughter had planned.
‘Yes mommy. Stella helped me to write the big vocabularies.’
Everyone glanced at Stella who smiled. Tom brought the paper out as he remember dumping it in the bag earlier and Grissel recognized it. Tom mouthed sorry to Stella and she nodded her head smiling. He was probably apologizing for pushing her down.
‘Shirley? Is that not my divorce paper?’
‘Emm, I think so.’ She rushed to where Stella was as Grissel stood up earlier and was walking towards her.
She took the paper from Tom and glanced through it. Grissel laughed and handed it over to him.
‘This is yours. I don’t know what your plans are right now but you should read it.’ Grissel said uncomfortably.
Tom knew it was no good news so he looked back at Shirley who was smiling cheekily.
He cleared his throat. ‘I Tom Addison would never yell at mommy and Shirley ever again. If I do I …’ Tom paused and smiled. ‘I would take them both for a weekend vacation.’
‘Uncle, should I help you read?’ She asked from where she was hiding.
‘No.’ He scratched his head and made an attempt to continue. ‘I would take mommy out every Friday night and a date with Shirley every first Saturday in a month.’ Tom opened his mouth to say something but closed it and glanced at Grissel.
Grissel knew he wouldn’t want to miss out on Friday drink up with his friends. ‘Tom, it’s okay if you want to drink with your friends.’
‘No mom.’ Shirley frowned from her end.
‘Don’t worry I can manage.’ Tom interrupted.
‘The last part says, you would make breakfast every Saturday morning and take us both out every Sunday evening for ice-cream.’ She grinned at the thought of ice cream. ‘And this note is subject to review.’ She read loudly and raised up her head looking at him for a reply.
‘We have a deal Shirley.’ He said without giving it a second thought but his mind was out of the room.
Then Melisa laughed. ‘Give me five.’ She turned to Shirley who was hiding her face.
‘Don’t encourage her Lisa.’ Grissel said almost tired of standing and went back to the bed.
‘But mom, you said Uncle Tom likes me so I just wanted to be sure.’
‘And who said asking him to make breakfast every Saturday would give you that assurance. He doesn’t even know how to cook princess.’
‘I don’t want you to stress yourself too much mommy.’
‘Come here.’ She gestured to her.
‘No, I know your plan. Let Uncle Tom sign first then I would come over.’ She brought out her tiny hands to cover her mouth.
‘Grissel just let Tom talk for himself.’ Melisa glanced at Tom who had stopped reading and was staring at Grissel.
‘Uncle Tom?’ Shirley run to him and shook him vigorously.
‘Yes,’ He responded.
‘Won’t you sign?’ Shirley asked.
‘Emm, Grissel are you okay?’ He found himself asking as he was sure something was off hence ignoring Shirley’s question.
‘Yes, just tired from your sister’s pampering.’
Melisa laughed. ‘We will go now Grissel.’
‘Wait, he quickly signed the note then gave it back to her without taking his eyes off Grissel.
‘Uncle, can we have a Princess tea party next week.’
‘Emmm, I don’t know what that is.’ He said honestly.
‘Ohh…….!’ She exclaimed with disappointment on her face while Grissel gave her a smile.
‘Shirley.’ Grissel called out and she knew she had to keep quiet.
‘Sis, good job. I owe you one.’ Tom mouthed remorsefully when they were going out
‘Credit my account th….’
Melisa was still saying when Stella dragged her and Shirley out of the room.
They joined Paige who was tasked to talk to the guests who were impatience and wanted to leave. Melisa spotted Bryan on her way out of the venue after talking to the priest. She ignored his gestures and walked away. Until they were sure they had everything under control they retired back in to get themselves ready.
Gina and Julia could not contain their joy.
Tom and Grissel sat on the bed staring at each other and sighed.
She buried her face in her palms. ‘I don’t deserve you Tom.’
‘Neither do I?’ He said so she could stop shying away.
‘What?’ Grissel reacted quickly lifting her palms off her face.
‘Great, I have your attention now.’ Tom poked her nose playfully. ‘I will go first.’
‘Sure.’ She said with a beating heart.
‘I’m not sorry about my outburst earlier but I said some mean words which I regret now.’
‘Tom? You yelled at me in the presence of my daughter and it’s not so cool.’
‘And you jumping in and out of my life you think was cool?’ He asked calmly.
‘No, I did that for us Tom.’
‘I understand why you felt the need to keep me out of your plans but I wished you could trust me from today onwards.’
‘Thank you Tom. I’m really sorry.’ She went into his arms without any notice and held on for minutes.
‘So you want to get married again?’
‘Yeah, if that’s okay with you.’ She looked squirmed in his arms. ‘If you are not interested we could cancel.’
‘It’s okay, and I got a dress for you.’ Tom patted her back and pulled her out of his arms with a peck on her forehead.
‘Wow I have a new Tom.’ She teased. ‘I stained my other dress so thank you for this.’ She took the dress and moved from him to the dressing mirror.
‘Yeah, I noticed when Shirley dragged you away. She actually saved me from making the situation worse.’
‘Great, would you help me call my mom’s to give me their blessings.’
‘Sure. Would that fit?’ He asked referring to the dress.
‘Of course love.’ Grissel grinned happily.
He smirked. ‘I feel alive once again.’
‘The feeling is mutual but are you sure this is what you want?’
‘Yeah, ‘I’m happy to have paid thousands of dollars for my own nuptials.’ He was overly joyful.
‘That was all Lisa but you still owe me for a weekend getaway.’
‘I can’t wait for that and pumpkin told me you don’t have a job.’
‘Wow, what do I do with Shirley?’
‘She’s just a kid but once all this is over we can figure out something and besides I want you home all day.’ He laughed.
‘Trust me, you can’t handle me at my worst.’ Grissel informed.
‘I have endured enough for the both of us and I think i have a tough skin now.’
Silence engulfed them and they reached for each other’s hands.
‘I miss you Tom.’
‘I miss you too but we don’t have time to go into all these now.’ He smooched her face and stood up immediately.
‘See you outside then.’ Grissel said.
He rushed on her lips stealing a kiss and was rushing out when he paused, ‘Wait.’
‘Ahuh.’ She squirmed not so sure if he had changed his mind.
‘Is it over? I mean the case.’
‘Yes Love, I got the annulment and custody.’
‘That was fast and impossible.’ He muttered knowing it takes time to get all that.
‘Yeah, I also heard you tried Sculley and thanks for that but Judge Reed interfered since it was his fault I went to jail in the first place.’
‘Great news. Look smashing for me.’ Tom said and then rushed out of the room and reappeared after a second.
‘Did you for….’
‘Princess Tea Party?’ He mentioned with a weird grin.
‘Yes.’ Grissel replied smiling.
‘Do you know where we can buy that?’ He asked naively.
‘Oh wow, Tom it’s not something you can buy.’ She teased.
‘Okay, you would help me right?’
‘Defini …..’ She was saying when he disappeared again.
It was so clear those two were meant for each other because they were comfortable talking to each other despite their outburst earlier.
Grissel smiled sadly and knelt down to pray. She hasn’t done that in a long while. After reaffirming her faith she sat on her bed, cried a little and starts to get herself ready when her mom’s came in to get her sorted out as she was struggling with the zipper. Tom hadn’t noticed Grissel had lost weight and the dress was a bit loose but knowing Grissel she wanted to manage it.
Julia and Gina gave their blessings after Melisa and Stella had done her make up. Grissel went in for her down shoe so not to cause any harm to her baby. Tom’s white blouse he bought looks perfect on her.
Tom was jittery after ten good minutes when Grissel was not coming out. He looked around him and only Morris was around. He wondered where his friends and the whole family suddenly vanished to when he remembered he asked them to get some more drinks and food earlier. Tom had no choice so he beckoned on Morris to draw closer.
‘Can you check what’s taking Grissel that long to come out?’ He asked when he came closer.
‘Relax son, I understand they are stuck with the dress. Your sister sent a message earlier.’
‘Alright, what can I do?’ He asked hastily.
‘Just sit down and wait for your bride.’
Tom looked at his dad’s calm demeanor and sat down quietly. The priest ordered for some musical interlude to keep the guests calm.
Morris looked back at his son and smiled. That was their first real gentleman talk.
To be continued