A NIGHT WITH HIM
📞Irene, Harold’s here” Mrs Neave said and silence followed from the other end before they both heard a disconnecting sound.
“Uh” Mrs Neave sighed.
“She made up her mind already” Harold said sadly.
She clearly told him she hates him, why’s he so hurt she disconnected the call.
He hadn’t expected her to speak to him but he felt more hurt she didn’t actually tried to.
He had wanted to think of everything as a joke but she just made him see the damn reality.
She’s really gone.
And won’t even talk to him.
“I’m so sorry Harold” Mrs Neave said with a sigh.
“I’m okay, i once faced rejection,this shouldn’t be too hard to deal with” He said.
“Harold, you trust Irene not to do such a thing right?” Mrs Neave asked.
“Of course i do,but she did it anyway” Harold said.
“I just want you to have it in mind that she’s coming back. No one knows what she’s up to. Irene can’t just behave that way,you should know her” Mrs Neave said and Harold nodded.
“She’s gone,I’m going to accept that. I don’t want to give myself false hope or I’ll end up getting more hurt” Harold said.
“I’ll keep saying you should be patient till it’s time to go for the result.” Mrs Neave said.
“Mrs Neave,i know you’re trying to comfort me but isn’t it better to accept the reality than hoping for some sort of miracle. She hates me,there’s no way she’s coming back to me” Harold said curtly,he felt so hurt.
“She doesn’t hate you Harold,trust me,she doesn’t” Mrs Neave said.
“I’m sorry i made you sick Mrs Neave” Harold apologized..
“Gosh! You didn’t, i caught the flu because of cold” Mrs Neave cleared.
“Really?” Harold sat up.
“Does Irene know that?” He asked, he knew the main reason she was so pissed at him was because he made her Mum sick.
Perhaps if she knows Mrs Neave caught the flu because of cold,then she’s going to come back to him.
“She does, i told her but it seemed her mind was made up” Mrs Neave said much to Harold’s chagrin.
He sighed and brushed back his hair with his fingers.
She left with Ethan even after Mrs Neave told her that?
“I’m beginning to think there’s a reason behind her actions” Harold said.
“And i think i know the reason” He said.
“What reason?” Mrs Neave asked eagerly.
“She hates me” Harold said and Mrs Neave groaned.
“I told you she doesn’t” She said.
“She does, she told me that. She has every right to hate me though,she thinks dropping her off in the rain was very unkind of me but i..i was only trying to save her” Harold said.
Even if they had to go back to that day, he’d still choose dropping her off cause he wouldn’t want her hurt alongside with him.
“She knows that too, she told me you were only trying to save her.”
“Then why did she do that to me!” Harold half yelled.
“I can’t even believe she had pretended to forgive me all this while, she made me happy, only to make me sad again”
Mrs Neave patted his back comfortingly .
“Right now, I’m also short of words but I’ll keep holding on to my intuition that she’s going to come back to you and she’s only there for a reason” Mrs Neave said.
“Don’t be so devastated Harold,once the result is out and the baby turns out to be…”
“I don’t even care about the result anymore, i only want her back” Harold said and Mrs Neave wondered why Irene would choose a monster over a man who truly loves her.
She knows that man is a monster but still left with him! Surely, there’s a reason.
“Will you have some pizza rolls to warm you up?” She asked.
“I’m not going to take no for an answer” She quickly added, getting to her feet.
“Here” She passed the remote control to him.
“Switch through channels while i go get your pizza rolls ready” She said with a smile before walking away.
“Thank you, Mrs Neave” Harold said after her.
“I think tomorrow will be the best day! to go” Carrle said to Ethan.
“Yeah, that guy really pulls up surprises, who would think he’ll resume work that quickly, he doesn’t even love Irene enough. I’m glad the sweet lady left him” Ethan said.
They just got a call from Alex, telling them Harold resumed work already.
“Geez! Is he even going to allow me in? With the scene i caused the last time” Carrle sighed loudly, sitting on the bed.
She faced Ethan who was balanced on the couch
“Why don’t you text him before going?”
“He’s never going to allow me come and he might skip going to work if he knows I’ll be coming” Carrle.
“Arrgh..does he hate you that much?” Ethan furrowed his brows.
“I guess he still can’t get over me, maybe he fears falling in love with me all over again if he keeps seeing me” Carrle smiled.
“Indeed…so you’re just going to arrive at the company before giving him a call”
“What if he doesn’t allow you in?”
“I’m going to make up something that involves Ivory”
“I bet he’s going to usher you in immediately” Ethan laughed.
“Of course” Carrle joined in the laughter.
“Make sure you wear your red lipstick when going,it makes you look so hot” Ethan winked.
“Really?” Carrle blushed.
“Yeah” Ethan said.
“Okay then, red lipstick,red purse,red earrings,silver necklace and white dress Gosh..i can’t just imagine how hot I’ll look tomorrow!” Carrle said excitedly.
A knock sounded on the door.
“Miss Irene is coming in” One of Ethan’s bodyguards said before the door opened.
Ethan sat up and quickly wiped his brows, he plastered a smile on his face as Irene walked in.
“Oh..my, I’m sorry to have left you all alone in the living room,i was about coming to you, you must have missed me. Gosh, I’m so sorry” Ethan said.
“Uh…well, i came to..see Carrle” Irene smiled.
“Ohh..right” Ethan nodded, using a smile to hide his disappointment.
“You came to see me?” Carrle asked.
“What do you want?” Carrle asked.
“Ohh..well, I’ve always admired the jewelries you put on,i check your pictures constantly and every piece of jewelry you put on looks so adorable,your jeweler is just so good” Irene said.
“Oh..my” Carrle grinned widely.
She loves being complimented..
And this is coming from Irene which shows sure she has been greatly admiring her,even while in Harold’s house.
This is great.
“Thank you” Carrle beamed.
“I would really like to take a look at more of your jewelries,i love feeding my eyes with beautiful things. That’s if you don’t mind though” Irene said.
“Of course i do not mind, come with me to my room” Carrle said excitedly, grabbed her hand and they both walked out of Ethan’s room.
“Wow…this is beautiful” Irene complimented the jewelries, checking it out one after the other.
It was so much, and she was starting to get tired.
Her mouth and cheeks ached from the fake laughter she share with Carrle every now and then.
Carrle looked so enthusiastic about someone checking out her jewelries.
She kept telling her about how good her jeweler is and the prices she mentioned for each of them shocked Irene.
Carrle really spends a lot on fashion!
There was so much necklace that looked like Helena’s but Irene had seen Helena’s necklace clearly when she visited her room with Harold. The necklace in Helena’s portrait has an oval diamond as pendant and it really looked cool but the diamonds Irene had been seeing looked nowhere near cool.
Her back ached and she was glad she was almost done with it.
“I never knew there was someone who admired every piece of jewelry i own. That means there are tons of people out there who admires everything about me. Wow” Carrle blushed feeling heavenly..
“Of course” Irene smiled.
“Ahh” She let out a disappointing groan after picking up the last necklace which didn’t turn out to be Helena’s.
“Is anything wrong? Do you want some jewelries too? I can refer you to my jeweler” Carrle offered with a smile.
“No, yeah. I mean I’m going to tell you when I’m ready” Irene smiled and made to start putting the jewelries back in place.
“No..don’t do that,it’s meant for the maids” Carrle said, calling in her maids.
“I should arrange it back myself.” Irene said.
“Why? Because you brought them out?” Carrle asked and Irene nodded.
“Well..things are not done like that here,most especially my room” Carrle said, picked the jewelry box from Irene and passed it to the maids.
“Arrange them back and if any piece gets missing,one of you is getting missing with it” Carrle said.
They bowed and set to work.
“So, do you want to check out my closet also?” Carrle asked.
“Ahh..no, i’ll do that another time” Irene got to her feet.
She stretched and sighed tiredly.
“Ohh..i guess the baby makes you tired easily, it must be a girl. I felt so tired during Ivory’s too” Carrle said.
“Ohh” Irene said,she had almost forgotten this was Ivory’s Mum.
“Thanks for letting me see your jewelries” Irene said on getting to the door.
“My pleasure” Carrle smiled.
“Perhaps you do have more jewelries somewhere that you might want to show me?” Irene asked.
“No, i store every piece of them in my jewelry box. Your love for jewelries is amusing and to think you don’t wear more than those tiny earrings and bracelet” Carrle said.
“Well.. yeah, i..just love seeing people wear them,i admire it on people a lot”
“Then..why don’t you put them on, you should thrash those earrings,they look so cheap but your bracelet..look beautiful and expensive though” Carrle noted.
Harold had bought the bracelet for her when he was out with Ivory on her birthday.
“Thank you” Irene smiled.
Irene walked out of Carrle’s room, looking so thwarted.
“Is something wrong miss?” Christiana asked and she shook her head.
“I’m fine, Tiana” She said, wondering where the necklace could be.
What if it’s not even anywhere in this house?!
Damn! That’s the main reason she had come here.
She walked into her room and headed for the bathroom.
She splashed some water on her face and sighed.
“What to do?” She asked herself, staring at her reflection in the mirror.
Her cheeks looked chubby.
“Hey, please don’t make me fat!” She said, rubbing her baby bump gently.
She smiled to herself,the thought that the baby might be Harold’s made it so exciting.
He had visited her Mum and she really hoped her Mum had comforted him.
He must have been sad to see her disconnect the call.
She had badly wanted to speak to him but Harold is going to ruin her plans.
She can’t wait to be done with this and get back to him.
“I’ll be back soon Harold” She said to herself.
She grabbed a towel and wiped her face dry before walking back to her room.
Ethan’s room is the next to search for the necklace but she can’t possibly do that now or Carrle would get suspicious.
Irene stepped into her room and saw Christiana holding a glass cup of chilled strawberry juice.
“Uh..thank you but i don’t remember asking for..that” she said.
“I thought this might help, you looked pretty upset” Christiana said.
“Ohh…thank you ” Irene smiled, she gulped the juice and sighed, dropping the remaining on her bedside table.
“I’ll be going to seeing to see Sabrina tomorrow ma’am”
“Ohh..really?” Irene smiled and Christiana nodded.
“Say hi to her for me and Gemma also”
“Okay ma’am” Tiana smiled.
“Anna will be making some cakes for me today,you should take some for them tomorrow” Irene said, gulping the remaining juice.
“Thank you so much ma’am, i.. can’t place a finger on why you’re so nice to me,you..you gave me an expensive body lotion and even made me earn more by making me your personal maid… I’m so thankful ma’am” Christiana said, sniffing back tears.
“Com’on, and I’m not comfortable with the ‘ma’am” Irene sighed.
“There’s no other way i can address you ma’am, you’re boss’s wife”
“I’m not his wife!” Irene said sharply.
“Uh… you’re fiancee then” Christiana said.
“None of that! Im not even his girlfriend” Irene said.
“Really? What are you to him then?” Tiana asked, astonished.
“It’s a bit complicated…so, I’d like you to call me Irene whenever we’re alone”
“Ahh…” Tiana sighed.
“It shouldn’t be so difficult to do, it seriously makes me feel uncomfortable. Don’t worry about Carrle,she won’t know anything about it, you’ll only get to call me that when we’re alone” Irene assured.
“Okay ma’ Irene…” Christiana smiled.
She returned the glass cup while Irene walked into the bathroom to call Tom.
He had insisted they communicate in the bathroom even after the camera was removed.
“Ethan, you’re going to get drunk” Carrle said to Ethan over dinner.
“Yeah,i want to. I’m excited” Ethan said tipsily.
“I’ll be attending a dinner party soon, i won’t get to watch over your drunk-self, it’s better you stop drinking” Carrle said.
“Irene’s here” Ethan smiled.
“Huh?” Irene asked.
“You’re going to stay with him when he gets drunk”
“Why?” Irene asked.
“He tend to hurt himself,like smacking the bedside lamp on his head or cutting his body with a sharp object” Carrle said.
“What!” Irene exclaimed.
“Yeah” Carrle nodded.
“His bodyguards can watch over him right?” Irene asked.
” They have no ‘feminine touch’ to keep him calm” Carrle smiled.
“Ohh..i think you should stop drinking Ethan” Irene said and he didn’t say anything.
He only threw back his head.
“He’s drunk already,the wine is pretty strong” Carrle said..
“Ahhh” Irene groaned.
Irene sighed as she sat on Ethan’s couch and watched over him.
He was laying on the bed,drunk and ranting.
Carrle said she can leave after he sleeps off but he’s yet to do so.
She’s dressing up for the dinner party.
He suddenly sat up and pointed to her.
“Yo..u you you you” He sang, rubbing his palm on his face.
Irene sighed, she got on her feet.
She sat on his dressing chair which wasn’t too far from his bed.
She wouldn’t want him to get hurt under her care even though she hates being here right now watching over a drunk Ethan.
“Harold.. i hate him so much. I’m goi..ng to kill him..kill h..im” Ethan grinned.
“Uh..” Irene surged to her feet,alarmed.
“Y.. you’re going to kill him?” She asked,on getting closer to him.
Ethan nodded, swaying his hair back and forth and laughing.
“Why do you want to kill him?” Irene asked.
“I hate him” Ethan pressed his lips together.
“When do you want to kill him?” She asked and didn’t even realised she was panicking.
“I’ll kill him…” Ethan grabbed her cheeks and shook her head vigorously, her cheeks were red by the time he was done.
“I’m going to kill him after making him see it’s my baby..we both hate him right? We’ll both kill him right?” Ethan laughed.
“Y..yes” Irene said slowly,her heart pounding in fear.
Could he be spilling nonsense because he was drunk?
He could be saying the truth also.
Most people tend to say their mind when drunk.
Her eyes widened as something came to her mind.
“Do you know where Helena’s necklace is?” She asked.
“It’s in my drawer! That cheap necklace” Ethan shouted and laughed.
Irene rushed to the drawer and pulled it open one after the other, searching for the necklace.
What if it’s not here and he only said that because he was drun…
Irene nearly screamed seeing the necklace on the fourth drawer, laying there peacefully.
Her hands shook slightly as she picked it up.
“Carrle and Alex..” Ethan was saying and Irene froze.
“What the hell are you saying Ethan?” Carrle yelled, bursting into the room.
She was fully dressed for the party and only came to say bye to them when she heard Ethan mention Alex.