Catch up on the last episode; Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter One, Schooling Mr Bass -Chapter Two, Schooling Mr Bass -Chapter Three, Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Four, Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Five , Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Six, Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Seven, Schooling Mr Bass -Chapter eight, Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Nine, Schooling Mr Bass -Chapter Ten, Schooling Mr Bass – Chapter Eleven, School Mr Bass – Chapter Twelve
For every year for a while, she had spent her birthdays practically alone since she moved away from home, going to school, getting a job and moving out of state eventually in pursuit of a better life.
Most of the times, it has been she and Jamie, they have been friends for as long as she could remember, and when she wasn’t home with her parents celebrating her birthday, she was with Jamie as they screamed at the top of their voices doing a karaoke, and later they cut her cake, and then drive around town having fun and when there was a boy it would be three of them. It has always been like that, and days Jamie wasn’t around, just like today she was going to spend it alone… watch a movie, open her gifts, lick ice-cream and then later at night, she might just go into town and listen to jazz, then come home and eat her cake after blowing out the candle saying wishes that never comes true.
Another day, another year gone, another year added and she wouldn’t feel slightly older. She felt the same, just the extra number added to her years.
And today was going to be one of those quiet birthday days, until Jake Bass happened, showing up on her doorstep.
She shakes her head as she picked up her bag, throwing a few things inside it, she pauses in the process..
“What are you doing Samantha? You don’t like him, you said so, so what if he showed up with a letter telling you stuff, doesn’t mean he has changed, but you don’t care right, not like you guys had anything or felt anything for each other..you should just tell him ‘Good for you’ and slam the door on his face, what are you doing Samantha?’’ she asks herself sitting down
“But really Samantha, there is no harm in going out, besides, you were going to be home alone, watching boring Tv, eating your cake alone and being lonely while even Jamie is out with some boy wonder and you would be alone alone..alone” she bites her lips “He did say sorry, and it’s not as if he had any bad intentions, I’ll slap him if he tries to get all Jake Bass on me. He said he just wants to do something nice for me for a change..no harm right? Besides it’s my birthday, I should cut him some slack right?”
Jake Bass..is..He is…
She bites her lips..
Behind that door waiting on her.
“Should I go? Should I not go? Go or not to go. Go or not to go?’’ she bites her lips again “Stay home, alone…or go out? Doesn’t mean I have to like the guy… I still don’t like him. Just for my birthday. Nothing else, accept his apologies and that is it.” she grabs her bag, her phone, takes a deep breath and opens her door, Todd and Bass still stood there waiting
“So where are we going to?”
“Well, can I be honest?” he turns to her, yes, he missed seeing her face, her stubborn chin and the way she is always on guard. He was glad he ran into Jamie , if not he wouldn’t have been here and neither would she. He wasn’t sure if he could get to her, wasn’t even sure she would want to even look at his face, but he had to try, sitting behind his desk and wishing he could call her never did anything, tossing at night thinking about her never did anything either… he wanted to see her, talk to her and not even trying to make that happen was frustrating.
Jamie was God sent and without thinking changes his plans and he was finding his way to her place.
“Better try and fail than not try at all and be wondering ..what if ?”
He had asked himself what he was thinking but… he was done being the stuck up, rich billionaire who has been in control, he just wants to be Jake Bass, who despite being rich wouldn’t mind having to tilt to the side and for Samantha, he didn’t know how she fit into this but he would be damned if he doesn’t find out and this was him, finding out.
“Erm, you are staring Mr Jake Bass” Samantha says
“okay I was intending to go away for the weekend and already made plans to that effect so… when I found out it was your birthday I wanted to do something nice and-’’
“Who told you it was my birthday, you don’t have that information.”
“Erm it’s a highly classified information and if I tell you I would have to kill you” he winks
She smiles “Oh, really now…” she thinks … was it Mr Shelton? Shelly …hmm….JAMMIE!!!! I am going to kill her “Oh I think I know your informant”
“Nah you don’t , but anyways, I already had flight booked and a hotel etc… it was just going to be a quiet trip and I figured… why don’t I book another and ecetera’’
“Where are we going to Mr Jake Bass” Samantha’s mood changes
“Please Samantha, just let me make this day for you … almost perfect, it’s your birthday right… I just want you to have smile on your face, if that’s the only thing I do today, please I would love to. I know we started off on a wrong foot, we literally have our boxing gloves on most of the time and I admit it is partly my fault… I am sorry Samantha Brookes, really and let me make it up to you… today, with this…I really am not the person you met a couple of months ago… I took your advice and I am glad I did… let me thank you, please?”
What’s the worse that could happen right?
“Still didn’t tell me where we are going to?’
“For starters…all the way up” he smiles as Todd pulls at the airport, “Trust me?’’ he gives her his hand
“oh boy, do I have a choice?”
“Technically no!!’’ as she places her hand in his, he links it with his and they walk into the airport,..in less than a few minutes they were in the plane and flying .
In less than an hour they had landed..
“You didn’t have to fly us first class you know?’’
“I know, I wasn’t trying to impress you with anything, you don’t get swayed like that… but I already booked it before I came to you”
“And how did you know I would come with you”
“ I didn’t, I took a risk…glad I did” he says as he ushers her into the building.
“so what’s next?’’ she says wowing to the beauty of the hotel.. ‘’what is this place?”
“It’s one of the best hotels in the country if not the world, only the elite can come here, special delegates from the governments, Princes, Queens ecetrera… anyways they are having a ball tonight, and I was invited and you my dear, I would love to have you as my plus one”
“Are you serious, you didn’t mention anything about it… have just jeans and tops and a dress..most definitely not a ball-friendly attire” she says frowning
He laughs …”you can wear anything and still look pretty” he tells her
“Right, and who would be in attendance of this ball?”
“Oh..some special delegates, Queens, Princes, Presidents..the whole elites..the royal family maybe” he smiles
‘’oh no Mr Bass, You go enjoy your ball while I enjoy this magnificent hotel…there is no way I am going there wearing jeans” she says
He laughs “Nonsense!! Don’t worry, that is no problem. So tell me, what do you want to do in the meantime?”
“Well… for the little I have known you, you would hate to be imposed upon, for me, I would love to take you out on a boat cruise, see the Eifel tower, early dinner at the most amazing restaurant, flowers, chocolates and you know… but that Is me… but I would want you to do what you want… so tell me”
She looks at him..
Yes, this wasn’t the Bass she knew… seeing him asking her opinion was strange, very strange, she had to smile
“Even if It’s utterly ridiculous?’
He bends his head to the side “Yes but would I regret this?’
She laughs “ You won’t… C’mon’’ she drags his hands and pulls him back outside as the doors opens up for them “Wait… our bags?’’
“They would attend to them..take it up to the rooms and stuff” he says indicating to the waiting men
“Great, do you guys have a map for visiting tourists?’’
“Yes Ma’am. You need it? We have special guards and chauffeurs for you Mr Bass, a security detail that can take you anywhere you want and-‘
“Nope, he wouldn’t be needing that” Samantha cuts the waiting man
“But Mr Bass, it isn’t safe for someone with your prestige to be moving around town unguarded and without any detail sir, please wait, I call them for you”
“Mr Jake Bass?’ Samantha looks at him “You said anything “
He sighs sinking into her eyes “Its fine, thank you. I guess she would be my guardian angel today” he says taking the map from the man who is dumbstruck..
“Yass!!!” Samantha exclaims pulling him to the gate and out
“So what next Samantha?“
She turns to look at him, he was all suited up, very classic man. Good thing she was on jeans and top and wedges. she takes off her jacket, and puts her hair up in a ponytail, she had a one hand bag she slashed over her shoulders. Then she turns to him
“Do you trust me??’’ she was close to him now, he frowns
“Do you trust me?”’
“Do I have a choice?”
She laughs “Technically no “ she winks at him, it warms his heart
“Fine I trust you”
She raises her hand up touching his suit,. She removes his button and places her hand into it, she didn’t mean to touch his chest it just happened , she blinks, then she quickly removes his suit off his shoulders “I need you to take this off”
He does so reluctantly …she looks at him placing her finger to her jaw tapping tentatively ..”Erm, not yet’’ she unbuttons two buttons of his white shirt to reveal his neck bone and a slight teasing of his chest, then she takes his hands and rolls up his sleeves .
While she was doing this, she was smiling. Done, she steps back..
Her heart skips a beat. There was something sexy about a guy wearing a white shirt with a rolled up sleeve. Maybe not any guy, maybe there was something sexually appealing with Jake Bass with a rolled off sleeves.
“You are staring” his lips tugs into a smile
“Was not” she grabs his jacket and hers and drops them over her bag..
“lets go..Mr Jake Bass’
“Hmm now that I am not looking like the billionaire that I am, how about we drop the Mr to my name”
“Bass, I like Bass” she flags a taxi and bends, showing him the map she took for Jake’s pocket… pointing to it .
Then she straightens up, opening the door
“Lets go champ”
“Oh… to heaven!!!’’ she laughs as they slid into the car and the car speeds away
He takes them into the city..
They ate from the road side, danced to the music of people playing drums, guitar and tambourines on the streets, chased birds in the square, stopped to buy ice-cream and then she messed up his nose in the process, he chases her to get revenge, listened to poetry and then later jazz.
They went to the park, they rode the car-hanging-cart, he won her a teddy bear shooting balls, she won him a baseball cap.. and when he wasn’t looking she took a coloured pen and wrote ‘Bass’ on it.
When they left the park they went karaoke-ing .. he didn’t want to sing so she stepped on stage… and bellowed out to the songs off keys. Got everyone laughing, including him.
He still wouldn’t sing, so she clears her throat and tells the crowd “My husband is shy ladies, can you please bring him up stage, he is a horrible singer but I bet he would make you smile”
Then everyone cheers him on… he still wouldn’t get up “Do it for our twins ?”’ she gave him puppy eyes as she touches her stomach.
“C’mon man, babies love songs while they are in the womb, I would know, I have children of my own” a lady beside him says
‘‘C’mon daddy!’’ Samantha coos
Bass shakes his head, mouthing “oh I’ll get you back for this” to Samantha, but she was laughing mouthing back “Oh you can try…”
When he mounts the stage, the cheering stops as he stares into the crowd…
“Don’t worry husband, we won’t laugh … hard, I promise” she screams
The cheering continues “Well..this is for you ..WIFE” he says
The crowd goes “Awwwwn’’
Samantha was having a good day, her plan was to laugh and boo the hardest when his cricket voice comes over the mic, she grabs an apple and began to eat… waiting for the horrible voice.
Then he picks a song , by Brain Adams and began to sing.
The whole room grew quiet.. she didn’t notice when her mouth hangs open… she blinks
When he was done… he gets a standing ovation… he takes a bow… thanks them and walks down with people clapping his back and whistling, he stops right in front of her.
“So… WIFE, you were saying? I wonder what we should name our twins.. Sam and Jake jnr perhaps or no I have a better idea, ‘Never-assume-anything for the boy and the girl..you-should-see mummy’s-face-right-now” he winks at her . then he takes the apple from her hand and takes a bite, his face breaking into a wide smile.
“Why didn’t you tell me you can sing?’
“You never asked” still smiling
“Whatever” she turns away, feigning anger, grabbing her teddy, puts the cap over his head and pouts.
They are walking outside now, a man carries a basket of roses on his bike calling people to buy, he stops him while she is flagging a taxi, she enters waiting for him, he slid’s in beside her..
“A beautiful Rose for a beautiful lady” he gives it to her, she shakes her head..
“Okay, I will just throw it out the window then” He winds down
“Oh don’t you dare, its mine.Thank you’’ she take it, sniffs it and smiles
“where to now?’’
She is smiling and winking at him “the skies.”
They combed the city within five hours..and during this time, while she laughed, danced, jumped and chased him with a duck.. he found himself laughing more, being free… he found himself feeling things he had never felt..
And there was a moment when she stood close to the rail while they threw food to the ducks… when she laughed as a little child jumped on her body because he was scared, when she went about as though she didn’t have a care in the world… when she held his hands and ran with him ,causing him to chase after her.
There were moments when he loved the peace and serenity she brings to him, how despite disrupting his perfect world, he liked the beauty within the mess… the beauty that had a heart, a face, a name-Samantha!.
He touches his chest, rubbing it for the hundredth time that day.
“Samantha, what are you doing to me” he breaths staring at her as she stares at the sky….without thinking he pulls the rubber off her hair and allowed it flow
‘’Hey, what are you doing?”
‘’letting it breath, sometimes things being out of control is just the best thing that can happen to persom” he tells her, they were standing close now, face to face..
“What do you mean?’
“I don’t know Samantha I swear I don’t know’’ he whispers, he touches her face..caressing it..
Her heart is beating fast, the way he was looking at her … she read him before she sees him lean towards her..
He was going to kiss her..he was going crazy staring at her.
Then his phone rings..
She bites her lips … saved by the phone
“We have to head back, have less than 30 to be at the Ball and we still haven’t gotten you a dress”’
“A ball worthy dress Samantha”
He takes her by her hand and flags a taxi for them
He waits for her as she tries cloths on, she takes 45 minutes before she could pick one out.
“we’ll take it”
“Wait, I thought you said you renting it?’’
“ Look, it’s your day, take it as a birthday gift..” he says as they leave the boutique
“To the Masquitic Hostels and Suites please “ he tells the driver..
“Thank you” she says.
“No Samnatha,thank you”
As they got into the hotel, they were shown their separate rooms… he told her to meet him downstairs in a few minutes once she is dressed.
It’s another twenty minutes and he is still waiting, the ball is in full swing… he was going to send someone for her when he turns to see her walking down… in a beautiful red dress, her hair poured to her left shoulders and a red lip stick to match her dress.
This time,his heart did back flips ..and he knew, without a doubt, he didn’t just like her,that it wasn’t lust either.he had fallen in love with this woman who has turned his world into a beautiful chaos, and for the first time in his life…he wanted it all.
“Samantha, I want to tell you how I feel”
TO BE CONT.