A furious Gerald slams the door to Damien’s room shut, causing a frame hanging beside the wardrobe to drop, shattering. He goes to the table ignoring the frame and leans on it, his veins popping out and his anger evident in his red eyes, his chest heaving madly.
‘’Bastard!!! He wants to take everything about you away from me Damien, even your little memory he wants to soil it with his presence. He took you from me my son, if only you had listened to me from day one you would have been here with me, enjoying all of this with me, maybe he would have been the one at the bottom of the cliff dead instead of you. If only your mother hadn’t done what she did that boy wouldn’t have come into our lives..and when he did come, she refused to kill him in her womb, she refused and let that evil boy be born, causing a rift between us. So many times I wanted to ignore her pleas and beat him to his death, or kick him out in the cold so he freezes to death. So many times I wanted to get rid of him, signing the adoption forms so he would be taken away from us but your mother..your mother refused letting him stay, fighting for him to stay..
He sniffs “ How could I allow him..that boy be a part of me, how? All he has brought is nothing but bad luck, bad omen and pains to this family. If your mother had listened to me my sweet Damien, you would have been here. And you would have been, happy, a doctor, now all this is just an empty room, void of your laughter and warmth. You were my light and now that you are gone all I feel is pain and darkness and anger and hatred for that boy that took you away from me. I am so sorry I couldn’t make him pay..but that thing he so desires, he would never have it. I promise you Damien. I hate him so much sometimes I want to damn the consequences and run him over. At least with him dead I would have peace. But Thelma won’t let me. She judges me you know with her eyes, watching me as I fight with him, and she blames me. But she is wrong, she is at fault. She is. She —“
He sniffs into his hands “I can never forgive her and I can never stop hating that boy. Especially for taking away my only joy, my little miracle in this pain. I would never forgive him. Now, I have nothing but a dark hole in my heart and not a space for love, even for your mother. Maybe I am just counting the days before she goes, for I will give her that tiny respect because she gave me you, but when she is gone, then I would do what I want to that boy. No one would stop me and he won’t use the court as reason. Never again!!’’
“Sir?” Meredith knocks on the door “You have a call…”
Gerald cleans his eyes and then opens the door,” I would take it in my study, tell Richard to let the cleaners come in here to clean out the mess and then lock it up. I don’t want anyone in here and if I see anyone besides me or the helps, you can kiss your job goodbye” and with that he grabs the phone she must have picked up when it rang bringing it to him
‘’Yes Mr Senator, how are you?’’ she hears him in his study a few feet away from Damien’s room. Looking at the broken frames she goes to get the broom to clean it up, no need to worry some maid.
Who did he think he was to save her and then make her feel like shit. Did she ask him? Did she beg him? She was going to handle the situation..
When? Her mind pricks her
It doesn’t matter, she was at the verge of handling it, about that moment when he told her to get out of his house she was going to call his bluff to his face
Okay maybe she didn’t have it covered but it didn’t mean he had to step in and then make her feel like a fool, she didn’t ask for his help, such an arrogant big head, who does he think he is
Adam Pope!!! Her other-self says
Thank you, you are really quite helpful now get lost, she rolls her eyes
Your mother was right, your mouth would get you into trouble one day, now it looks as though your legs have too.
Oh shut up!!!
“Why are you talking to yourself?”’ Richard appears behind her, her room door was open, she was packing her things
“I wasn’t” she says, the raised eyebrow he gave her made her give a silly smile in return shaking her head
“Habit. Don’t you have those little voices in your head that keeps chiding you back and forth?”
He shakes his head
You are officially crazy Marybeth, even he thinks so too
“You are doing it again” he tells her, worry crossing his forehead
“Argh don’t mind me. Lead the way” she tells him “So where is Mr Gerald, I feel I should apologize to him for..the room. And by the way, what’s the big deal with the room, why was he so upset, why were both of them at each other’s throat because of a room, are they that possessive? Which of them is a doctor, I wonder with their stony hearts they can care for another I mean—
“Miss Stowe, I am afraid the rest of your days here won’t be a pleasant one. In one day you have managed to infuriate the men of the house twice, and I don’t think the third strike you would be lucky. Stop being curious, you do know that’s what killed the cat?”
“But I am no cat!!’’ she frowns
“Exactly! you should be more sensible. Stay out of the Pope’s business and you would be fine. I would take you to the cottage, Mr Gerald doesn’t want you in this side of the house, he has only allowed your access into the house to be restricted to the kitchen and Mrs Thelma’s room.”
“Argh if not for he simple fact that I need the money I would have told them to shove it into their ass and leave right now. What did he think, coming to my rescue and talking to me like that”
Richard laughs “Oh dear Miss Stowe you are quite the stubborn character, I would miss you when you leave”
“Sometimes, I have been called worse’’ she smiles
“You got under their skin, but don’t get comfortable. You are like weed, you would be mowed out without anyone batting an eye” And with that he leads her out of the house, down the garden , off the left side of the pool until they got to the cottage, then he knocks, smiling at her he walks away leaving her standing at the door.
Damnit!!!! Adam swore again when he saw who was standing at the door. Why in the Lord’s name did he say what he said in there.
He didn’t say it to save her and keep her job, he did it because his mother needed a nurse who would stay and care for her not random faces who came and left
Okay he did it because she seem to be someone other than him his father wasn’t happy about being around , and that made him want to defile his orders even more. At least the girl on her own was a walking time bomb, with a mouth that was loose, and the way she never backs down for a fight was admirable, even the way she attacked him in the kitchen and was going to attack his father even when his claws and fangs were all out, the scene almost made him laugh until his father thought he sent her.
He would never send a cat to a lion fight.
He is staring at her from the door, she couldn’t see him but he could see her fully.
Yes!! Let her sweat it out a bit.
He leaves the door and goes into his room, pops on the chair and then puts on the Tv, turning to Netflix to watch anything that looked important, when he was done then he would go and let her in.
She looked like trouble, maybe the sun out there would cool her hot-hotheadedness.
He had fallen asleep only to be woken up by a glass of cold water to his face, shaking the water out of his eyes in shock he is startled, abruptly sitting up, wiping his eyes he sees her standing over him, anger flashes in her eyes
It was no longer midday, it was dark outside.
He slept off and left her outside.
But what the hell? She came in to his house and dared to bath him with cold water from… he looks at his see- through fridge.
FROM HIS FRIDGE!!!!
He stands up, his jaw flexing as he moves closer to her,
Marybeth swallows as she moves backwards.
Okay this wasn’t a very good idea when she thought about it.
When Richard had left her, she had been standing there for hours, sitting on the pavement after knocking on the door and no answer. Going back in to the house to check on Thelma and care for her, she couldn’t stay there more than necessary, going to the kitchen to eat she had left there almost immediately because she was asked to leave so that Mr Gerald doesn’t come down roaring and take out his anger on her and on others, she had come back to the cottage and kept knocking. It was late now and still the fool who she knew was around because Richard had told her he was, and the security said he hadn’t left the compound didn’t open up for her.
Which meant he was in there and ignoring her. And Richard had stopped her from going in without being invited. Something about Adam’s temper. Well she had a temper too.
Tired of sitting on the pavement, sweaty, hot and fatigued and her soft butts hurting she had thought to kick in the door, but her legs were made for tans not for kicking down doors, then she had thought of screaming out his name and then again, they would throw her out for disturbing the peace, then she thought of just inviting herself in.
And when she sees him, give him a piece of her mind. If he didn’t want her in his cottage then why did he open his mouth to challenge his father only to ignore her.
Reaching for the door she had realized it was open all along,
What the hell!!!
She grabbed her bag and stormed inside searching for the jerk. It was a small but cosy house, there were three doors and then a living room, one of the other doors was slightly open and she could see the tv on and his head
“oh hhhhhhh!!!’ she closed her fist boiling in anger as she rolled up her sleeves, he was going to have it now then she would take her bags and leave
She went into room and stood in front of him, and guess what
The asshole was sleeping. He was sleeping.
‘’ohhhhhhhhh OH NOH!!!’’ she looked around her, use a pillow? No, won’t give the desired effect she needed. Use the baseball bat? Too painful. Water..ah water. She sighted a bottle of water on the table. Too warm.
She looks to the see- through fridge.
“I would just pour this very cold water on his face and when he gets up I am going to tell him how annoying he is, and tell him to shove his money up his rectum and I am out of this house, all of them here are crazy,. Crazy!!’’
But now, with the way he was staring at her, maybe her idea wasn’t exactly one of the best
YOU THINK?!!! Her inner-self says , YOU ARE SO GETTING WHOOPED M.B. HE DOESN’T LOOK HAPPY. HE LOOKS MAD!!!
Marybeth swallows again and begins to move back
“Do you have a death wish, are you mad!!!?’’ he is hovering over now, she seemed dwarfed when he rises to his full height
“I—I—you left me standing out there and…
“And what, you come into my house, take water from my fridge and you tip it’s cold contents on my face, are you a new definition of stupid or you are a new stupid stupid people aspire to be like?’’
Her back is to the wall now and he is close to her, she swallows and blinks a couple of times.
Don’t show fear, don’t show weakness. Be confident. She clears her throat.
“I wont have you insult me Mr Adam, you categorically stated that I can continue to do my job by staying in the cottage with you and you would take care of my necessary fees after making Mr Gerald kicked me out of his house—
“I did or your clumsy stupid curious self made that happen. “
‘’Well..it wasn’t on purpose”
‘’And you doing this to me is on purpose right?”
He is close to her face, she swallows
“Do you know how long I was there for, I am tired, I need a bath and I need to rest because taking care of your mother is tasking and I come back to be outside for hours and I find you asleep. Mr Adam-
“Oh you want to bath don’t you?”
She frowns “well ..yes but it was wrong for you to hear the knocks and leave me outside in the sun, and my tush hurts from the hard earth and my feet is swollen from wearing this shoes all day and “’
“Oh don’t worry nurse I can fix that” he has a fixed smile on his face walking away from her
“ wait what do you want to do?”
He ignores her and goes to his fridge, bringing out his bucket of ice and disappears from the room,
That’s it? That’s it!!
He was gone.
Phew!! She had thought he was going to scream her head out. Too much macho, no action
Piece of cake!!! She knows how to handle men like him. She was a woman who knows how to—
“HEY WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING..PUT ME DOWN PUT ME DOWN!!!’’
she screams as he grabs her flinging her over his shoulders and entering one of the rooms, her kicking and bellowing only rewarded her a slap to her tush
“Be quiet!!’ he orders
“PUT ME DOWN NOW MR ADAM” She struggles
Ignoring her for another few seconds she can see he had entered into another room
“what are you doing, where are you taking me to, PUT ME DOWN NOWWW!!!!!’’ she struggles
“As you wish!!” he dumps her into a bathtub filled with ice and cold water, fully clothly with her shoes, jewels and her purse
“Oh MY GOD!!!!’ she exclaims trying to get out of the cold water but he pushes her down with both hands ,staring down at her
“How is that for a bath for the scorching burn on your skin?”
“GET ME OUT, LET GO OFF ME GET ME OUT!!!’’ she screams struggling out of the tub but he pushes her down, she is beginning to shiver from cold and her teeths making shattering noises
“Women!! Never understand them. One minute they scream put me down and the next they scream get me out of here. Decide already!!!’’ he isn’t smiling
“You are a horrible person Mr Adams!!’’ she sobs “ its freezing let me out”
“I know, have you met my father, he calls me worse” before he straightens up he says to her
“Don’t you ever do that again because next time I won’t be nice. Your room would be the next available room, you stay out of my way and I stay out of yours. Your paycheck would be given to Richard at the end of every month. Do your job and stay out of my face Miss Stowe” and with that he leaves her walking away, she jumps out of the tub grabbing a towel she saw hanging and wraps herself to stop from shaking
“Dick!!!!!” she mutters staring at his retreating back
“I heard that” he says over his shoulders
She swallows again, praying he doesn’t turn and come back. He doesn’t. and she didn’t see him for the rest of the night.
She goes into the room after wiping herself dry, changes her cloths and falls asleep.
She leaves the cottage by 6am to go check on Thelma
“How was your night Marybeth, I hope Adam was a good host?” Meredith hands her Thelma’s food
“The devil, he is the devil” she says walking away
Meredith and Richard exchanges curious glances and suddenly they laugh shaking their head
“I have a feeling things are going to get interesting from now on” she looks to Richard who nods
“I believe so too. Let’s just hope it’s good and not bad” he says to her.
“Thelma..how are you?” Marybeth sits beside her, holding her hand
“Damien, is that you honey?” Thelma looks at her but through her
Who in God’s name was Damien? Marybeth is frowning
TO BE CONTINUED.