(Life is harsh)
By: Vickie Dora
I believe now is the time to tell her about my feelings, I thought as we walk hand in hand together towards the beach. We are actually on our second date, yea, I and Maria.
She has been through a lot this few day but thank God all is settled, at least I can spend more time with her.
“How do you feel about getting to know your real mom after so many years of not meeting her” I asked while she smiled
“I’m so happy, who won’t be. Not just my mum, I met my real dad, I always have this thought that the man I live within my village is my dad but thank God he is not” she said
“Really why do you say that” I asked, baffled
“Well…..he … is a drunkard, he doesn’t even care about me; thank God he is not my real father. It’s just that I want my mum and dad to get back together, it seems like mum is giving dad a tough time, and he is sorry for his deeds though” she said sadly
“Yea, that’s every child’s wish, to see his/her parent happy and in unity. But you can make that happen though, you can bring them back together, with prayer and patience” I said
“Yea…thanks, Mr. Counselor” she laughed while I chuckled
“Hmmm, Maria” I called and stopped abruptly, pulling her closer to face me as we stood facing each other, just few miles away from the sea
“What is it” she asked softly
“Hmmm ….mmm..I actually wanna confess something to you and also to ask something” I replied
“You…..can…go on…., hope it’s not something bad, because you look serious” she grinned
“Haaha, no it’s not bad, it’s just that I love you so much and will mm like you to be my girlfriend, please don’t say No” I said hurriedly.
She was quiet for some time, seems like she was taken aback by my request or is it that she doesn’t feel the same way….no I won’t accept a bad thought
“It’s ok if you don’t wanna…”
“Shh” she said, placing her finger on my lips
“I will give you my answer now, and that’s …………yessss” she said jumping on me. Oh my God I wasn’t expecting that
“Thank you so much, you don’t know how happy I am now. I feel……”
“Hey, you don’t need to say much word” she said breaking the hug
“I feel the same way for you too, but I wasn’t sure about it at first, but after speaking with my mum some days ago, she explained my feelings to me and told me why I feel that way around you.
I wasn’t expecting you to ask me out but, it’s just like a dream come true. I love you too Joshua and I’m ready to date you as long as we do not partake in what will destroy our lives in the nearest future” she said softly
“Understand you perfectly, and I’m not perfect okay, but I will try to be the best boyfriend ever. And anything I take things to far, try to bring me back to the present world, you also understand right……?” I said, while she blush
“Yes you are right” she giggled as I pecked her on the lips taking her unaware, while she widen her eyes in shock
“W…ha…t” I asked laughing at her expression
“W…ell that’s my first kiss you just stole and you will have to pay for it” she said looking serious with her hands on her waist akimbo
“What!! but it was just a peck, what if it’s a kiss” I laughed
“I don’t care, all I know is that you took me unaware and you will pay for it by allowing me to baptize you with this sand” she said pointing to the sands on the shore
“Wait…… they baptize with water not sand…”
“Well I will baptize you with sand, and that’s gonna be now. So stand still Mr.Comedian, for thy baptism is near” she said bending down to take two handfuls of sands in her hand.
This girl can’t be serious; I thought as I take two feet backward. Looking at her expression, she is really gonna pour that sand on me
“Hey don’t do this…..hey….haahaaahhaaa” I laughed and took to my heels while she ran behind, shouting and giggling with the sands still in her hand
“Jesus, Maria I hate ….sands…..I’m, sorry…..” I screamed, laughing heartedly
“Beg me” she yelled, as the race continued. Gosh this girl is really from the village, mehnn those girl are athletes, I exclaimed, breathing heavily.
She seems to be far off though, thank God I escaped her wrath, after running about a mile. Geez, it was just a peck, what if I had kissed her, I can’t believe this, I said breathlessly, holding my stomach. She is just too funny.
I was just sitting alone in the garden having different thought going on in my mind, when a hand touch my shoulder jerking me out of my thoughts. I turned to see the fellow and it was Eric
“Hey, why are you out here all alone?” he asked handling me a can of soft drink, while he sips from his
“Nothing actually, I just feel like being alone and I’m enjoying the sight of the butterflies over there, they are colourful” I muttered
“Really, or you have something going on in your mind” he mumbled
“What’s wrong Elizabeth, ever since the day you came back from the station, you haven’t been yourself. I mean, I know how you used to be, your vibes and so on are gone, you are just trying to hide those emotions under a façade but I believe that you are not feeling ok, please tell me what the problem is” he asked with so much concern written on his face
“Hmmm, I called my mum yesterday with the new phone your dad got me, and she doesn’t sound fine. My mum is suffering over there with my brothers, I felt touched hearing my brothers’ voice after a long time” I said almost breaking into tears
“Hey it’s ok” cooed “Hmm, you can tell dad about it, we can bring your mum over here or perhaps you go see her first, I can take you there if you want.
I believe you miss your family and you will be with them very soon, but is that really the cause of you being moody all the time, I don’t think so” he said
“No I’m fine it’s just that….”
“It’s just that…what”
“It just that…what” I asked
“I don’t…..know, I don’t wanna say…this” she said already in tears
“Hey, look at me” I said, turning her face to face me “You can tell me anything, I promise to keep it as a secret. Is it about Felix, did he hurt you?” I asked softly, cleaning the tears off her eyes
“I…m I’m traumatized” she said, sobbing
“Hmm, It’s ok” I cooed trying to pet her “Just say it, and you will be free” I assured
“Yes…..yes, he touched me, but he didn’t hurt me. But I feel hurt emotionally” she cried explaining her experience. I suddenly feel anger welling up inside me, but I tried to suppress it. And whereas the crazy dude is dead, what’s the need of getting angry, I thought
“Mmm, it’s ok. Try to forget about it, I know that it will be hard but…..”
“But what, it’s not easy to let go, I feel somehow knowing that he touched me that way, I can’t…”
“Hey calm down…I know that……” I interrupted
“No you don’t Eric; you don’t know how lonely I feel. Take a look at Maria, she is happy with her family, I’m not jealous of her but I feel frustrated with my own kind of life, why can’t I be happy” she said as she cries between words
“I feel your pain, but you have me to love you. You will always have the support of everyone, just give us a chance and let go of your pains so that you can be free” I said
I slammed my lips on hers preventing her from speaking, it might cool her nerves, I thought as I break it and looked into her eyes
“I’m sorry for doing that, I just….” I muttered softly, while her eyes flickered
“No I get you, I think I feel better now” she whispered turning to face the other side, while I smiled
“Hmm, really? Do you want more?” I asked while she blushed
“What!!! What if someone sees us here and whereas you have no right to do that with me, I’m not your girlfriend” she mumbled, and I chuckled
“But we can make it possible, right” I grinned
“Hey don’t joke with me, I’m still a bit hurt though” she said folding her hands
“Come on, just forget about what happened in the past, it’s gone already, everything will be fine” I assured
“Yea thanks” she said cleaning stain of tears on her face
“Thanks for what, the kiss or advice” I smirked
“Hey stop that” she blushed again
“Ok thanks for the both, she whispered
“You are welcome, dear” I mouthed
One word for Josh/Maria
Did Eric do the right thing?
Love y’all 💞
Vickie Dora 🌻