Let’s Play Cupid – Chapter 8

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CHAPTER EIGHT

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Gerald’s anger can’t be quelled.

Adam had grabbed him, Adam had wanted to punch him, hit him back.
That scared little boy who used to cry at the corner and beg when beaten, that little boy who slept outside his study on the floor and he would have to slap him awake and tell him to get out.

That little boy who he hated with all that he knew, wasn’t scared anymore. He was threatening him in his own house, going against his orders and challenging him. That little boy who scampered away when he bellowed, that little boy who wouldn’t dare come meet him to tell him about father’s duties from school, that little boy he wished had died in his mother’s womb or out in cold when he was born.

That boy he had tried to get rid of who had refused to leave because Thelma hadn’t wanted him to, had the audacity to challenge him, Gerald Pope.

He grabs a bottle of wine, opens it and pours a good amount into his glass and made his way upstairs, heading to Thelma’s room

That little boy who made his blood boil when he was young was still making him burn as he is older. But he was still a boy to him, a bastard, a child he would never accept as his own

His own, his only son was dead, killed by the boy Thelma called her son, killed by the boy Damien called his brother

But he knew who Adam was, Adam was never his blood, never his family and would never be his son
His son was dead and all because of that boy Adam.

He gulps another quantity of liquid. As he enters the darkly lit room, Thelma was sleeping, he goes to the chair and sits down. His face shows anger, pain.

“It was your fault Thelma. You let him kill my boy. You let that boy kill my son Damien. Its your fault, if you had killed him when he was just a feotus or let the adoption agency take him, or let him die when I locked him out in the cold. But no.. you cried and called me a monster. You fought me, you called him your angel, that boy you claim is my son isn’t no angel but the devil. How does he repay you for protecting him and me for pitying to let him live under my roof? He took our joy Thelma, he took him, five years must have passed but the pain is as real as the heart beating within my chest!!! And how do you receive it, you fall sick, you remain here and keep torturing me.. but I won’t let it get to me Thelma, you put me in a tight spot. I can’t force him out of your life , because he is not in mine. I can’t get him away from my presence because we are connected to you.” He drank

“Sometimes I pray you die, because  you are a reminder of what you did so long ago, and he is a product of that, but you..your sins are catching up with you.” He sniffs

“I loved you so much once Thelma, and when Adam came I hated you too. And then Damien gave us another chance at love, and Adam took him from me, from us. Look at you Thelma, why do you still hold on to a boy that has brought us nothing but pain, misfortune, death, separation. I can’t take it anymore Thelma, if you want to die, die already so I can be left alone with my demons. At least he would go and disappear into oblivion. I couldn’t make him pay for Damien’s death but I won’t allow him peace; he won’t go near Damien’s room or things, he doesn’t talk about Damien and he is restricted to just you. I wish I can get an order that restricts him from you but I can’t..it didn’t fly in court.

I may not love you as I once did Thelma because all the love I had died the day Damien died, all I have is just a sense of duty towards you because you gave me my tiny taste of heaven, my little boy angel Damien, and for that I would be grateful. So my sense of duty is to at least make sure you are taken care off, and it takes all the energy within me not to go against your wishes of allowing Adam access to you.

I have done that. But Thelma I don’t want him here. I can’t see him here, be happy going on with his life and not hate him, I can’t see him happy and not see Damien. It so hard and painful Thelma, and it’s all your fault..

Maybe if I had been at home often it wouldn’t have happened, if I hadn’t taken that job, that night, you wouldn’t have done what you did…it’s your fault, because it didn’t matter. You betrayed me, you hurt me..and you had him…and I hate you for that. I hate him more for it, because he reminds me daily of your mistake, of your act and my absence…

Adam would never be mine. Never!!!

My hate for him keeps me awake, when I see him I want to break everything, I want to run him through, I want to end him knowing what he is and from where he is….it’s your fault Thelma, all your fault..” he finishes his glass of wine

“And I hate that I can’t do what I want to him. He attacked me today Thelma, undermining my orders. What next?  he takes my house, kicks me out too  huh?Answer m!!!” he goes to her and shouts over her head, she stirs
He turns in anger and throws the glass, it shatters once it hits the wall..

“Damien, is that you honey?’’ Thelma speaks in her sleep, his heart closes, he storms away
He can’t be there.

He goes into Damien’s room and doesn’t come out till the end of the day.

*******

“What are you doing?” Adam frowns. He moves his face, she reaches out and grabs it

“You are bleeding” she repeats, he hits her hands away, and touches his lips
“Hardly touched anything” he licks his lips, the taste of his blood made him frown, she gets up and moves around his house

“Do you have a first aid box?”

“For real, you think it burst some delicate lip vein?”

“You are the one bleeding not me, so I would say yes. You shouldn’t kiss your father’s lips, it’s not a toy”

She sees what she is looking for in a cupboard, she comes back to him, he was seated on the table

He scoffs again “Well he shouldn’t let mine kiss his, he wouldn’t be standing”

“Would you… have hit your father?” she is in front of him now, he doesn’t answer but asks her

“You didn’t answer my question, are you some sort of dimwitted girl who has no brains messing with someone twice her size and a thirst for blood. Didn’t your encounter with him yesterday teach you anything like’stay the hell away from Gerald, hell  the Pope’s in general and their business other than what you are paid to do. Does that ring a bell?”

“I know I can be stubborn and a handful”

“Only??”’

She soaks cotton wool in antiseptic spirit, and looks at him

“Ok, a bucket head too”

He laughs, he didn’t intend to but he did. He frowns

“I think much more than a bucket head . You are a fool Marybeth Stowe, a stubborn stupid fool who doesn’t know when to keep her mouth shut and stay away from people’s OWWWWW!!!””

She had dapped the wool to his lips twice, very fast, she knew it was going to sting. At least it would shut him up

“What the hell is the matter with you” he shifts his head away, touching his lips

“And you talk too much, plus it would stop the bleeding. I have to touch it again so bring your face here” she orders

“You obviously like to be in charge, like to be a controlling little wrench. Have anyone told you.. you have a sharp mouth that needs to be taped shut?” he winces in pain when she grabs his face and dapes again three times, not letting go of his face until the bleeding stops

“Yep, my mother, my colleagues and oh…you!!!”

He smiles

“Why are you smiling, do I have horns on my head?”’

He shakes his head, she was standing between his legs as he sat on the table, while she worked on his lips,

“You seem to be invading my space, if I didn’t know better I would say you are trying to seduce me..”

She frowns, then she looks down to see how close she is to him, she jumps backwards, he manages a rueful smile, as he folds his hands.

“Really, what stupid thought came to you that made you rile him up that way, I won’t be around to save you a third time, “

“I didn’t ask you to save me”

“Yeah, so you say. Then why don’t you just go in there, take your things and leave.”

Silence

Phew!! She sighs

“that’s what I thought!!!’’

“look, he was out of line and –”

“And you think you weren’t.. what is wrong with you really? He is Gerald Pope, he gat money he can do what he wants, what’s so hard to stay out of his way. I am not asking you to but .. I am curious. Really!!!”

She frowns at him , “So this excites you?”

“Nope. Well…I am the only other one that gets him like this and to see another one do this to him in what a few hours I am beginning to feel jealous, you are stealing my thunder, “

She is shaking her head “Why does he hate you, why do you guys fight?”

His countenance changes  “that’s none of your business “

“okay. Maybe you can tell me who Damien is, because Mrs Thelma kept calling his name, was that his room I entered, where is he? Is he out of town..why is that name called with sadness and with.. ..who is Damien?”

He hits his hand hard on the table, she jumps.

Like father, like son. Both need to register for some anger management classes. Marybeth thought.

“I said it’s none of your business Miss Stowe” his anger flashed

She nods, another time maybe.

It seems like a touchy subject , her interests was piqued.Whatever it was, was causing a rift in this family. What’s her business anyways, their family their business. If only she could leave it at that.

Of course Marybeth, can you leave it at that??  Her mind nudges her

She was curious the Cat, she just hopes she doesn’t get killed.

Oh don’t be too dramatic Marybeth, her minds kicks her ,

“What ..are you crazy too, talking to yourself?”

She blinks, ignoring “Did you really call the hospital?”

He didn’t say anything,

Silence meant acceptance right.

“thank you” she managed

“I didn’t do it for you, just do your job Marybeth, butt out from everything else.” he walks away

She collapses on the chair

She should listen to him. She really should

*****

For the next couple of weeks, it was quiet.

She had woken up the next day to find the cottage empty, Richard had told her Adam had  gone out of town for a few days, and Mr Gerald had gone for a trip for a conference, he would be gone for a month.

Thelma hadn’t called out “Damien”, neither did she relapse going into her delirious state. She was just another normal patient suffering from paralysis.

The staffs went about their duties, Meredith and Richard trying to stay clear of her.

When she isn’t attending to Thelma and eating, she is sitting in her room and reading to her, or watching tv.
At night she is in the cottage, its quiet. Too quiet.

She had gone round the house, Adam was a typical bachelor, the place was a mess.

She had cleaned it up. changing the sheets and curtains, washing them, opening the windows to allow the air in, bringing out the throw pillows from the bags she has placed them on the chair, she bought flowers and put them in a vase, trying to give a feminine touch to the place.

You know this isn’t your house Marybeth, her mind says

So what? I would be here for a  couple of months and I won’t live in a place as though I am a bat living in a cave. It’s a mess! I wonder how his girlfriend stays here. its stuffy, toothbrush in the sink, shirts on the ground, boxers too, a dirty pile of cloths. He lives like a shaolin monk. No sir, I won’t stay here like this. Good thing he isn’t home.  I cleaned and washed, he should thank me.
She told herself.

Is that your excuse? Her mind asks  her

What do you mean?

Or It’s an apportunity to touch his things

Oh get out of my mind. Marybeth orders

Sorry I can’t! but if you did die, maybe I will

Arghh!!!!

She ignores the voice in her head and continues to clean.. she goes into his room, and continues

Then she finds something in his drawer, it’s a picture of a young man, infact when she opened it wider, there were more pictures of him.
She gathers them to the Adam’s  bed, she was going to go through them..later.

**

She goes to shower, she puts on her nightie and goes back to his room.
she saw Adam or who she thinks is Adam with a much younger boy, they were always holding hands or arms over their shoulders smiling into the camera, there was a picture of his graduations, from kindagarden to grade school, high school and then college.

there was one him and Adam had a baseball cap on, and he had the one she had seen in that room with the initial “D’

“Damien? Maybe he is Damien..” she says

There were so many pictures and she went through each of them, happy moments, sports, party hangouts, friends, and a beautiful woman beside them..those eyes

“Thelma!” Marybeth says, she was right, Thelma was a beauty for sour eyes

“What happened to you Thelma, what happened?”

And then she notices Adam; he was happy. those cold eyes she had become used to seeing wasn’t even there, his eyes was soft and warm, drawing her in, she rubs the picture

“You seemed happy too, all of you were. So what happened ??”

She didn’t see Gerald in any of the pictures and she wondered why

“Damien must be Thelma’s son, but where is he?and No one wants to talk about it” she says to herself, she gathers the pictures back and closes the drawer

It’s late at night,

Sighing she goes back to his bed and sits down, wondering about the younger boy with such happy smile

“What happened to you Damien..?  what’s your story. What’s the story behind the cold eyes of Gerald’s, why the hate..why the rift’’ she wonders deep in thoughts

She lays on the bed and she falls asleep

****

Tired, sleepy.. Adam enters the compound past 1 am at night,  going into his cottage he didn’t bother putting on the light as he walked into his room, he drops his bag, stripping to his underwear he yawns and climbs on his bed and goes to sleep

Sometime during the night he turns in his sleep, the cold breeze seeping from outside caused goosebumps to rise over his skin, turning again not opening his eyes, still deep in sleep he turns again.

Then he turns again, finding warmth, drapping his arms over it he pulls it to himself, holding it tight as warmth from ‘the warmth” began to warm his body, relaxing he continues to sleep

**

Sometime during the night, due to the silk of her nightie and how it barely covered her body, she felt cold, but she was tired and sleepy and kept telling herself she was going to get up and go to her room or look for a duvet to cover herself  since it was already too late and she was too tired to walk, she knew she left the windows open, she heard when the rains began beating against the window panes and she told herself she was going to get up to close it..

But she never did.

She knew she was cold, she had began to shiver, but she was tired and enjoying the deep sleep..

She turns facing the otherside and continues to sleep, her nighie..too light, too small, cold sweeps over her.
Later on, still deep in sleep she felt something warm over her arm, and then like a cloth it covered her.
Pulling her into warmth
She falls back into a peaceful sleep, snuggling even closer to the warmth

**

She was dreaming, dreaming of her prince charming..
He was holding her, touching her, trailing hands all over her, she was smiling, her eyes was closed..
It spiked desire in her .
she moaned..

***

Adam was frowning, something was wrong, it didn’t feel like his body, why couldn’t he feel anything as he ran his hands over his chest, going down his stomach, legs..why couldn’t he feel his boy down there but something else.
It was warm..between its legs.

Then it moaned, as the legs opened up..and his hands touched there, in between.

It moaned again, Adam’s eyes shoots open

“holy Jesus!!!’’ Adam exclaims

Marybeth’s eyes flew open.

She wasn’t dreaming.  Someone was touching her..was touching her there!!

Someone was in the room

She began to scream..

***
TO BE CONTINUED

 

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