A NIGHT WITH HIM
No one could explain how Mrs Marshall ended up hugging Irene.
Irene was shocked,so as Harold.
“Thank you so much” Mrs Nola squealed like a kid.
“Ohh..my” Irene said, still shocked by the hug.
“This is so beautiful” Mrs Marshall admired the dress and studied it with keen interest.
She never thought Irene would have completed it and not only that,she made it look so neat and beautiful.
She was so impressed and Irene was glad she had impressed her.
“My sister is still the best fashion designer I’ve ever come across” Damien grinned.
“She just proved that to me too” Mrs Marshall smiled.
“You are so good at what you do Irene,I’m greatly impressed and you even finished it before the deadline,that’s a good quality of a business woman.”
“Thank you ma’am” Irene bowed.
Her face was full of smiles.
“I need to go order a matching pair of shoes. I won’t be surprised if Walker arrives tonight” Mrs Marshall sighed softly and walked out of the workshop after Irene helped her pack the dress.
“Woah!” Irene sighed in relief, dropping on the chair.
“I’m so glad she likes it and she hugged me?” Irene was still stunned.
As far as she could remember, Mrs Marshall never liked her.
Maybe she was just so impressed with the dress.
“She’s starting to like you Irene” Harold said thoughtfully.
He knew his Mum, she hadn’t hugged Irene because of the dress alone.
“I think so too and I’m so jealous of Damien, she liked him almost immediately” Irene said and Damien smiled.
“I’m cute and likeable” Damien boasted and Irene rolled her eyes .
“I hope you’ve not started causing trouble in Ivy Royals?” She asked.
“Not at all,I’ve been so cool that i even find it surprising. Lots of girls are eyeing me but I’ve not bedded any of them yet and that’s because i don’t feel the urge to anymore and yes…there’s one more thing” Damien grinned.
“What?” Irene asked curiously,she remembered he had wanted to tell her something before Mrs Marshall walked in earlier.
“I have a new friend” Damien announced.
“A guy?” Irene asked and was disappointed when Damien shook his head.
“Irene, not having a friend his gender doesn’t mean anything” Harold cleared.
“And i would choose Marlene over hundreds of male friends” Damien said.
Harold and Irene stared at him with interest.
‘Marlene?’ Harold thought.
The name sounded familiar to him.
“She must be one of your numerous girlfriends” Irene said and Harold nodded in agreement.
“Numerous?” Damien groaned. “I told you i’ve changed!”
“I can’t count the number of times you’ve said that Damien,i just hope you haven’t taken any girl to our new apartment” Irene widened her eyes.
“No! ” Damien said and Irene arched a brow in disbelief.
“Believe me Irene,you can ask Mum” He said.
“She always cover up for you” Irene said.
“Well.. yeah but sincerely i haven’t taken any girl there yet” Damien said.
“Yet? Are you planning to ?” Irene asked.
“No and even if i want to,it’s gonna be Marlene” Damien smiled.
“She’s your girlfriend!” Irene accused .
“She’s not!” Damien denied.
“I believe him, she’s not” Harold said and Irene rolled her eyes at the both of them.
“I like her though but she’s not my girlfriend yet” Damien said.
“Really? You’ve not had anything with her?” Irene asked and Damien nodded.
“Surprising” Irene sighed, she’s glad Damien is starting to turn a new leaf.
“Marlene is far decent from any girl I’ve come across, she doesn’t cling to me like magnet, she’s not so affected by my looks and if she is,she doesn’t show it, she’s fun to be with and she’s so generous with her things…” Damien said and Irene listened to him as he continued.
This is the first time he would talk about a girl this way.
She can clearly see the girl means a lot to him.
“She’s so beautiful and calm,funny,sweet, intelligent, humble to the core and she always make me happy” Damien said and Irene and Harold was starting to picture Marlene in their mind.
They both smiled.
Irene is glad he finally has a friend. And with the way he speaks highly of her, she knows Marlene is a great person.
She’s the first girl Damien has ever spoken highly of.
“People mock me at school for not being up to their standard but she never joined them and she didn’t even mind being my friend despite how most of the students avoided me. The girls chat with me though but that’s because of my looks. Marlene is always mocked too for not having a last name,they do call her father an infamous safecracker”
“That’s mean” Irene frowned.
“She doesn’t have a last name?” Harold asked, knowing people in the Royal families usually hide their last names in order to keep identity.
“Yeah, I’m going to ask her about it someday” Damien said.
“You said her name is Marlene right?” Harold asked and Damien nodded.
Harold was thoughtful for a while knowing the name sounds familiar.
She’s Princess Marlene of King City, he saw her when Prince Alexandre Louis invited him for dinner in the Royal Palace months ago.
She had sat with them in the dining table including her mother, brother ans some of her father’s assistants,she’s the apple of her father’s eyes,he really cherished her and truly she was calm just like Damien said.
After she had greeted him,she didn’t say a word till the dinner was over, she was so quiet not as loud as her brother.
He’s so sure she’s the one Damien is talking about cause only the royal families hide their last names.
Damien is so lucky to have her as a friend and from the looks of things, their friendship is gonna grow into something more serious soon.
She must be really humble, to have made Damien her friend even after knowing he’s not well to do.
He even remembered Marlene had styled her hair just the way Irene style hers.
He really feel sorry for those calling her father an infamous safecracker.
“Do you know her?” Damien asked Harold and he quickly shook his head.
Marlene is gonna reveal her identity to him herself, whenever she feels is right, he isn’t gonna intrude.
“I don’t know her,i was just thinking of some business plans” Harold smiled.
“Ohh…and Irene,she styles the same style just as you do” Damien continued.
“Really?” Irene asked.
“Yes” Damien smiled.
“Wow, i want to meet her” Irene said gleefully.
She was acting the way Marlene had acted when he told her about Irene.
Damien wondered if there’s some sort of bond pulling them to eachother.
Damien hadn’t even told Irene that Marlene is dying to speak to her.
“She badly wants to meet you too, she has always yearned for a big sister and i told her you won’t mind being hers”
“Oh…my” Irene was overjoyed.
“Hey, you haven’t even met her yet” Damien said .
“I want a younger sister also! I’m gonna help kick off the asses of those calling her father an infamous safecracker.” Irene said and they laughed.
“I told her I’ll be coming to you today and she said to put you on the phone,she wants to speak with you” Damien said.
“Really?” Irene was stunned and Harold was too.
“Call her immediately” Irene said and Damien eagerly did so.
If Irene had known Marlene was a princess,it would have been concluded that that’s the reason she’s acting this way but she has no knowledge of her at all,yet she’s charmed by Marlene.
Marlene sat on her bed, eating the slices of fruits she was served.
She has been checking her phone, waiting for Damien’s call,she had even called him,he hadn’t picked nor had he returned the call.
Could it be that Irene does not want to speak to her.
Not when she had been so excited about having a big sister.
Bes strutted into her room and proceeded to greet her by licking her face but she stopped him.
“Bes,I’m not in a good mood right now” she said unhappily and told Claire to take the fruits away.
She was about sulking under her blanket when her phone rang,she picked it up immediately and she was filled with joy when she saw it was Damien.
She sat up on the bed and received the call.
?Damien,I’ve…” She was saying.
?Hi Marlene, it’s Irene” Marlene heard and it took all her might not to scream in joy.
“Don’t you think they’re siblings that got separated from childhood?” Damien said jokingly to Harold.
“I think so too” Harold said, faking a suspecting brow. Damien laughed.
Irene and Marlene had been talking on the phone for minutes.
Laughing,like they’ve known each other for ages.
“We should leave them to enjoy their new found ‘sistership’ have you and Allysia ever spoken to each other in class?” Harold asked.
“Not really but i don’t think she likes me,she views me as other students do and not only that,i think she also sees me as a competition” Damien smiled.
“Ohh .. I knew it was gonna happen” Harold said.
“Why didn’t anyone tell me about Allysia? and it seems no one told her about me also” Damien said.
“Yeah, we felt there was no need, besides Allysia was rude to Irene so i don’t think Irene would have liked you to know about her” Harold said.
“Ohh…I wonder how she’s feeling now. Doc Fern said she’s pretty hurt” Damien said and Harold sighed.
“She’s so stubborn, She must be sleeping now, i’ll go check on her when she’s awake” He said.
“I need to apologise for hurting her also” Damien said.
He has been feeling bad about it.
Harold nodded, though he doubted if Allysia would allow him into her room.
“Mum said to give Ivory a sweater, it’s in my room” Damien said.
“Ohh…” Harold smiled. “Say thank you to her for me and tell her i need one too”
“Okay Mr Harold” Damien smiled,he’s glad Harold’s now so comfortable with his Mum.
Irene finally returned to Damien and Harold after the long call session ended.
She was grinning as she handed damien’s phone back to him.
“She’s a sweetheart ” Irene said, elated.
“I need to go check on Ivory” She said and quickly headed for the door.
“Won’t you tell me what you both talked about?” Damien shouted after her.
“You don’t have to know” Irene shouted back.
“Please” Damien shouted.
“Okay..we talked about your black a$$” Irene said and Harold laughed.
“I think Marlene is gonna take Irene from me soon” Damien panicked and Harold laughed harder.
Damien returned home late in the night and he wished his Mum would be asleep so she won’t have to see his plastered forehead and broken nose but she was fully awake, waiting for him in the living room.
She screamed and rushed to him as he walked in.
“What happened?” She asked, deeply worried and scared.
“Mum,I’m fine” Damien sighed as she led him to the couch.
She made him sit and quickly went to get Ice cubes.
“Mum, i got treated already” Damien said.
“It’ll help to further relieve the pain” She said.
“No, it’s gonna hurt. I feel cold already and i just want to sleep” Damien said.
“I demand to know what happened,who hurt you?” Mrs Neave asked and Damien knew he couldn’t escape it.
He groaned as he started his explanation…
Allysia didn’t allow anyone into her room.
She had locked herself in and only went downstairs for dinner.
Everyone was at the dining table already, waiting for her.
Her jaw was plastered, her palm also and she limped.
“Oh..my..” Nola kissed her as she sat down.
“Are you fine?” She asked and Allysia nodded.
She wouldn’t have come downstairs if she wasn’t starving.
She hated Damien so much now.
She had tore the apology letter he told a maid to give to her.
Mrs Marshall examined her bruises worriedly, muttering sorry.
“How are you feeling now Ally?” Harold asked.
“I’m fine!” She almost snapped.
“What happened to Allysia?” Ivory asked worriedly.
“Home accident…i guess” Harold said.
“I’m so sorry about that Allysia” Ivory said and Allysia nodded, she has started eating. She wanted to eat fast and get back to her room.
Irene ate quietly,she had wanted to ask how Allysia was feeling but she decided it was better not to.
And if looks could ki*ll,she would have been dead by now with the way Allysia glared at her.
She’s glad she had made Damien apologize to Mrs Nola before he left and Mrs Nola seems to be over it,she had patted his back and waved him bye.
“Your father is an as***ole,i can’t believe he tricked me into believing he’s coming home tomorrow” Mrs Marshall said, crossed and Harold laughed.
Mr Marshall had tricked her,he was coming home on Tuesday…
“I’m gonna kick his a$$ once he arrives in Tuesday” She said.
“Kiss you mean” Harold teased and got stoned with fries by Mrs Marshall.
Allysia remained in her room the next day, her mum brought her breakfast and lunch.
She was still so pissed,she felt like killing someone.. Damien of course.
She stood up and stood in front of her mirror which had been replaced by Harold.
She examined her plastered jaw.
“Damn! I still can’t believe that mother****** will make me have a scar on my jaw! My face was so perfect!” She groaned in great annoyance.
A knock sounded on her door.
“I don’t want to see anyo…” She was saying.
“It’s Alex” She heard and wondered what he wants.
He’s Harold’s personal bodyguard and they have never really had a serious conversation.
She opened the door, thinking Harold must have sent him to her.
“Hi” He said almost breathlessly, looking over his shoulders like he doesn’t want anyone to see him here.
“What do you want?” Allysia asked.
“Please let me come in, i have something to tell you” Alex said,still looking over his shoulders.
Allysia was about slamming the door on his face.
“It’s about Damien, Irene,their mum. Every freaking thing about them” Alex said and Allysia stared at him for a while before opening her door widely.
She allowed him in and quickly closed the door.
“I knew my brother is the one sponsoring his education,his sister nor his Mum could have afford Ivy Royals,they are wretched and everyone knows that” Allysia said after Alex told her Mr Harold is the one sponsoring Damien in Ivy Royals.
“And you can just tell the whole school,your brother is the one sponsoring Damien” Alex suggested.
“Ofcourse I’m going to do just that, I’m going to embarrass him so much that he’ll regret ever calling me an opportunist” Allysia smiled, she’s glad she finally has something to use against Damien .
“There’s another thing also” Alex said.
“What?” Allysia asked.
“Remember you promised not to mention to Mr Harold that i came to you. Please do not let Mr Harold know of this.” Alex said.
“I won’t,trust me” Allysia said.
“Damien and Irene’s Mum had liver problem and her legs were not functioning, she was on wheelchair for years. I think Irene talked Mr Harold into it cause he paid the surgery bills and every other expenses that came along with it and it was a whole lot of money,he also rented a new apartment for them and furnished it immensely” Alex said.
“What!” Allysia screamed as she got to her feet.
“They are the real opportunists here Allysia, you can use those things i told you against them. I felt sorry for you when that opportunist called you an opportunist cause i know you’re not, you’re Mr Harold’s younger sister. You need to do something Ally…” Alex was saying but Allysia already flee out of the room.
He laughed hard “This is gonna be fun”
He quickly got to his feet and walked out of Allysia’s room. He needed to go see what drama she’ll perform.
Irene descended the stairs, She just left Ivory’s room,she was headed to the living room to join Harold when she heard Allysia screamed.
She limped towards her and Irene wondered what was going on.
“You and your brother are the real opportunists here!! You made my brother pay for your mum’s surgery bills and also made him rent an apartment for you,you took advantage of his weak spot for y…”
“Shut up!!!” Irene shouted at her for the first time.
Harold and Mrs Marshall who were seated in the living room,rushed towards the stairs and Mrs Nola also left what she was doing in the kitchen to see what’s going on.
Allysia looked shocked,she hadn’t expected Irene to shut her up.
“I never for once used Harold’s weak spot for me as an advantage, he’s here. You can ask him that. And about the surgery bills,I’m working so hard to pay him back, he never rented an apartment for me, i rented it myself,with my money! Allysia you’re just a little rude girl who needs serious counselling,I’m done tolerating your insensitive behavior and if you get on my nerves one more time, i’ll have to teach you some lessons and trust me my lessons are not as calm as i am,you definitely won’t like to taste my venom. Be warned Allysia. ” Irene said angrily.
She walked out of the scene and Alex was disappointed from where he was watching.