Blemished Love Episode 26 – 27 Loudest Thoughts

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Blemished Love Episode 26 – Loudest Thoughts

Tom was at work a week after Dani left with his Dad when Gina called her to rush back home as Grissel was packing out. Prior to her packing out they were fine and seems to have resolved their issues.

He left everything he was doing and rushed back home but she had already left with a few of her stuff.

Gina saw the pain in his eyes and told him where she left to.

When he got to Jessy’s house, she refused to see him. That whole week she had not been to work and Tom kept frequenting Jessy’s place hoping to see his wife but to no avail.

Adam and Jessy interfered and tried to help but she was so headstrong.

‘Thanks for meeting me Andre.’

‘Yeah, you sounded worried over the phone but I hope you two are enjoying your holiday.’

‘Holiday?’

‘Yes, Grissel asked for a month emergency leave to get settled before her big case starts.’

‘Big case?’

Adam read the expression on his face and realized Grissel lied to him about the holiday.

‘Yeah, her ex-husbands case.’

‘Okay I know about that and thank you.’ He sounded sad. ‘I have to go now.’

He left without another word whiles Andre called after him but he drove off.

Andre called Grissel before he also left the restaurant they had earlier on met at.

Tom got there after a few hours and once ushered in he walked past Adam and Jessy. He knew where her room was so he just badged in but Grissel was in the shower.

He calmed down and sat on her bed waiting for her to come out. Tom picked up her phone and decided to go through her logs and messages.

He was half through when Grissel came in with her towel wrapped on her head.

‘Gosh.’ She quickly grabbed the towel to cover herself.

‘Are you hiding your body from your husband?’

She hissed. ‘Who let you in?’

‘I came in by myself.’

‘What do you want?’ She said holding tightly on to the towel.

‘Grissel I’ve seen all that before, so allow yourself to breathe.’

She smiled unawares. ‘Tom, I don’t want you here.’

‘Pack your things and let’s go to our home.’

‘I’m staying right here.’ She walked to her wardrobe and quickly slipped on a blouse. ‘Don’t watch.’

Tom ignored her caution. ‘You want to stay here so you can continue calling Dane right?’

Her face shot up. ‘Give me that.’ She glared at him for her phone.

‘Grissel, what are you doing?’ He asked sadly.

She noticed him pushing his tears away.

‘Oh come on, don’t cry on me.’

‘Why were you calling him?’

‘I just dialed the number and hanged up several times.’ She made eye contact with him. ‘I couldn’t bring myself to call him to plead again after he humiliated me the last time..’

‘I believe you Love.’

‘Of course, you have to.’ She replied passing her right hand through her hair.

‘Do you need anything that I haven’t provided lately?’

‘Ice-cream.’ That was the only thing that came to her mind.

‘Jokes aside Grissel.’

‘It’s standard procedure Tom.’

‘Okay, how long?’

‘I don’t know, I just have a lot going on now that I don’t want you to be all over me.’

Tom examined her face and knew she was lying.

‘Clearly you need space so I would go now. Call me when you are ready.’

‘Thank you so much.’ She run into his arms when he stood up to leave.

He held on tightly and one thing led to another and they had a couple’s time together that afternoon.

Adam and Jessy were staring at them when they came out together laughing.

They always knew those two were inseparable. Tom left and went straight home with his family waiting for him.

*****

Dane reached out with his lap napkin and wiped Lisa’s lips. Melisa hadn’t noticed she stained her lips with the sausage sauce she was busily enjoying with Dane after they left Mr. and Mrs. Reeds place.

The retired judge wanted to meet Melisa before he leaves with his wife to travel all over the world. Dane knew his parents would definitely like Melisa so he wasn’t surprise she got along with her dad easily.

‘Thanks.’ She smiled after Dane dropped the napkin.

‘Should I order for another plate?’ He asked watching her eat hurriedly.

Melisa looked up at him and nodded. ‘Make it two plates, one should be packaged.’

They were going back home after they left his parents when she complained of hunger so they decided to eat at a joint before going back.

Melisa obviously took Grissel’s advice to be with Dane. She convinced herself whatever she was doing with him was for Shirley but Dane’s dad made her feel she was making a mistake.

‘I was jealous when my dad asked to talk to you alone.’ He finally said what was on his mind.

Melisa dropped her cutlery. ‘D, just ask already.’

‘What did you two talk about?’ He quickly asked.

‘He said you are wrong for me.’ Melisa said staring at him.

‘That bas***d.’ He jumped up from his seat scaring Melisa while the others looked on.

Melisa held his hands and gestured him to seat. ‘I love you and I think you should hear what I told him.’

He sighed and relaxed on his seat. ‘You want to leave me because he asked you to?’

‘No and you should know your father regrets helping you maltreat Grissel. He asked me to stay away from you because he feels you would do the same thing to me.’

‘Lisa, don’t pay attention to him.’ He quickly pushed his chair towards where she sat as they were facing each other earlier.

‘I’m trying not to Dane but I would still wish you let all these hatred go.’

‘We talked about this Lisa. You were not to interfere in this matter.’

‘I’m hurting but still want to be with you which I think makes me seem delusional.’

‘You are not delusional.’ He replied holding on to her hands.

‘Then dismiss this case and give Grissel her freedom.’

‘After you told me, you still wanted to be with me I thought about it but then I heard from my lawyer she filed for custody.’

‘So? Shir.. I mean Dani is her daughter too.’

‘Where was she when I had to stay up every night just because Dani was traumatized?’ He was near tears.

‘Hey,’ she called and gave him a tissue. ‘You drove her away Dane. I don’t see how she would have been a part of her life if you didn’t want her around.’

‘I never told you, I was expecting her to come back at a point.’ He muttered with a bliss which vanished within a second.

‘You wanted her back?’

He nodded. ‘I knew what I did and still doing is wrong but what’s her business with Dani now when she couldn’t come back all these years.’

Melisa kept staring at him. ‘You are right but she was young and probably didn’t have anyone advising her.’

He hissed. ‘Grissel was smart and intelligent. She just didn’t care Lisa.’

‘Give her the divorce then and I might be able to talk her out of the custody case.’

‘No, I don’t want you doing that. Let her keep thinking she’s coming out this time alive.’

‘Was that a threat?’ Melisa asked with a worried tone.

‘A caution Lisa. I allowed Dani near her because I trust you and I don’t want to lose you.’

She noticed he was boiling up so she smiled to confuse him.

‘Okay, what about we get married next week.’ She asked suddenly.

‘Lisa, you told me you don’t want to get married now.’

‘Yes, but I’ve changed my mind Dane.’

‘You think changing your mind would make me let all this go.’

‘Well, don’t tell me I didn’t warn you because you might lose me if you keep making Grissel suffer.’

‘You know what?’ He suddenly made a weird face.

‘No but it should be good.’ She supported her jaws with her hands.

‘I think we should take a break until all this is over.’ He stared at her for an expression. ‘Not the kind of break that won’t bring us together at the end.’

‘Alright, I understand and that’s what I need right now. I like it, just come and find me when your problems are over.’

‘You would wait for me?’ He asked with shock.

‘Of course, I told you I’m not sure why I still want to be with you despite what you keep doing to Grissel.’

He laughed heartily. ‘I guess I’m a very likeable man.’

‘I guess so besides I think you are a good man despite the fact that you think you have to pay evil with evil.’

He reached out for a hug. ‘Have I told you how much I love you Lisa?’

‘I don’t want to know now that we are on a break.’ She smiled and smacked him gently.

Just then the waiter came with her food and the packed meal. Dane glanced at his watch and moved back to his original position.

He loves Melisa but he also want some kind of closure. All these while he wasn’t so sure why he wanted Grissel not to be happy but he’s certain now he just wanted her to take all the blame for his own failure as a father.

*****

‘Clive why did you ask me here.’

‘To talk some sense into you.’ He directed his eyes towards the two ladies at the bar.

They smiled at him. Tom recognized them and waved the. They were his two favorites apart from Amy whom he ended up keeping permanently. Clive knew that and took advantage of his current marriage status.

‘No, I can’t do that to Grissel.’

‘Yes you can. She wouldn’t even notice. Clive convinced. ‘Besides she left you unattended to for two weeks.’

‘And I’m okay Clive.’

‘You have needs, I can see that in your eyes. You know you want to Tom.’

He glared at him then to the ladies. He smiled finally and his phone rang.

‘What is it again?’ Tom feigned anger over the phone while Clive looked on.

‘I’m just calling to check on my mom.’

‘Grissel you have her number.’

‘Yeah you are right.’

‘Okay, goodnight.’ He sounded in a hurry to hang up.

‘Wait Tom.’

‘I’m listening.’

‘I’m in need of something.’

‘That something doesn’t have a name?’

‘You know what I mean Tom.’

‘I’m not a magician Grissel.’

‘Alright, I miss you.’

‘Thank you, have a goodni…’

‘Hold on, I’m ho..rny.’

He was mute at his end for a few seconds. ‘So?’

‘Why don’t you come over?’

‘You expect me to drive for two hours just to sleep with you in your sister’s house.’

‘Of course love. You were here the last time and she hasn’t complained.’

‘That’s not happening again Grissel.’

‘Don’t do this to me Tom?’

‘If you need sex come back home Grissel.’ He smiled quietly. ‘To the best of my knowledge no one is chasing you and you just moved out in the name of standard procedure when Andre even said it’s fine if you stay with me for now.’

Clive laughed at Tom’s reply.

‘I’m just doing what will help my case Tom.’

‘Okay, enjoy your case then.’

‘Tom. What is all this?’

‘It’s called I’m not a lawyer but I’m wise.’

‘Fine, let’s trade.’

‘Trade? What could you possibly have that I want now?’

‘I know you miss my cooking.’

He laughed so loud that Grissel was confused over the call.

‘What’s so funny?’

‘You have no idea how your mom pampers me.’

‘But my mom comes over once a while so you must be eating outside.’

‘That’s where you are wrong. She brings food every evening.’

‘So you won’t come?’ She asked sadly when it seemed her options were exhausted.

‘No, I’m out with Clive and the girls right now.’

‘Huh!’ She exclaimed. ‘Tom don’t dig your own grave. I wi…..

‘Have a nice evening.’ He hurriedly hanged up before Grissel would succeed in convincing him.

He enjoyed his time with her at Jessy’s end but he wasn’t just comfortable. To Tom, they were still married but Grissel is so stubborn when it comes to her ethics.

‘I guess the path is cleared then.’ Clive said when Tom seemed to be lost in his thoughts.

‘Clive, I appreciate you looking out for me but I can’t be with those girls.’

‘But she just gave you the go ahead right.’

‘No, and I think being with those girls wouldn’t be fun anymore besides I would be breaking my vows.’

‘You two were not married in the first place so you are technically single.’

‘Let’s stop talking about this, you obviously haven’t fallen in love before so you won’t understand my feelings.’

‘You two are very funny and weird Tom.’ Clive responded and signaled the ladies to go.

He nodded and smiled proudly.

***

Grissel hissed and grabbed her popcorn bowl as she crossed her legs in front of the TV.

‘He’s right you know.’ Jessy spoke behind her.

‘You were eavesdropping Jessy.’ She turned her head backwards.

‘No, I was checking on you.’

‘It’s the same thing.’

‘As I said earlier, he was right. If you do need him you have to go home before you fall sick.’

She blushed. ‘Sex doesn’t make people fall sick.’

‘You have no idea Grissel. Just ask Adam why he was always home early these past month.’

Grissel watched her sister blushed. ‘How do you do it? I mean Adam gives you all the attention you need without even asking.’

‘Communication and you started off with keeping secrets.’

She sighed heavily. ‘I’m trying to work on that.’

‘Good. I know you think staying here is the right thing to do but take it from me you are pushing him away.’

‘Dane is cunning, I just don’t want him to have the upper hand in this case.’

‘Alright Love. Just let me know when you need help.’

‘But has Adam cheated on you before?’ She suddenly asked when there was silence.

Jessy frowned. ‘Well, I haven’t caught him yet and I just keep trusting him with hope that it never happens.’

Grissel paused the movie as she was using an external player.

‘Tell me more Jessy because he’s out there right now with his old flings and obviously doesn’t care about me.’

Her sister joined her on the sofa and dipped her hands in the popcorn.

‘Relax, he was bluffing.’ She caressed her nose. ‘No man tells you about cheating before they do.’

‘Are you sure because I know once Tom is with Clive, he’s lost to himself.’

‘Trust me, if he wanted to sleep out he would have done that without mentioning it to you.’

‘What’s the difference? He sounded as if he needed my permission to sleep around.’

‘No, that was him telling you, he respects you and wants you back home.’ Jessy watched her as she frowned.

‘I can’t go back now.’

‘That’s a conversation you both need to sit down and have. You can’t do this alone Grissel, especially if you have a man like Tom who is willing to sacrifice everything for you.’

‘His willingness is the more reason why I left. I’m scared he is not all that happy right now and I don’t want to stay with an unhappy man Jessy.’

‘I think, he’s just so much in love with you and he’s the kind of man that understands love doesn’t need to be that perfect all the time.’

‘At first, all I needed was him to accept me and understand why I hid the truth from him but now that he has given me what I wanted I feel it wasn’t right putting all my burdens on him.’

‘I know how you feel, but he chose this path for both of you. You love him as much as he does so just let him be there for you.’

Grissel glanced at her for a long time and sighed. ‘Alright, I would see him tomorrow.’ She concluded with a happy smile.

That was the old Jessy and Grissel. They talk about anything and Adam doesn’t stand a chance.

Blemished Love Episode 27 – Loudest Thoughts

‘Are you sure it’s okay, having dinner with me?’

‘It’s fine besides I’m not married anymore.’

‘How’s that going?’ Stella dropped her cutlery in an attempt to listen to him.

‘Your friend is stubborn and won’t listen to anyone’s advice either.’

‘But she’s right you know.’

‘I know that but the court appearance is still weeks away I don’t see why we shouldn’t be together now.’

‘She’s keeping herself from more trouble especially when you guys are actually not married you don’t expect her to be a wife to you.’ She examined his face before her lips went apart again. ‘Knowing Grissel and her principles don’t expect her to come home when things are not sorted out.’ Stella smiled at him.

Tom was silent for a few seconds staring at his plate of fries. ‘Why ask for sex then?’

‘Huh!’ She exclaimed.

‘Oops did I say that out loud.’ His hands practically flew to cover his mouth.

She laughed lightly alongside blushing. ‘Yeah you pretty much just told me she’s not the only one that wants it.’

‘I admit but there’s no way I’m going to her house.’

‘Sex is okay anywhere these days.’

‘I know you would take her side.’

‘Definitely, hotels and guest houses are appropriate.’

‘It’s so weird talking to you about this and besides I’m not a fun of all those places you mentioned and she knows that.’

‘You are not a fun but she is.’

‘She is? Tom’s eyes lit with surprise. ‘Well, I can’t waste my money on all those places.’

She nodded. ‘I don’t mind paying for it neither would Grissel.’

‘I can’t have my boss paying for that.’

‘At this point I’m a friend but when it comes to paying your boss can pay for weekend getaways which are normal in every company.’

‘You and Grissel can be manipulative.’

‘That hurts my ego Tom.’ She smiled all of a sudden.

‘Sorry but it’s true, Grissel is something else and I love that side of her.’ He smiled unawares.

‘Talking about Grissel, did you tell her about this place?’ Stella waved her hand slowly.

‘No, do you want her to have my head.’

‘You know Grissel wasn’t jealous because you were always with me.’

‘She trusts you too much.’ Tom said rubbing his hands against each other probably feeling cold.

‘No, she knows my limit but then she trusts you a whole lot.’ She smiled confusing Tom. ‘She only gets angry when you don’t call or at least answer her calls to tell her you would be keeping late nights.’

‘That’s more like she’s monitoring me and it’s the same as jealousy.’

‘She loves you despite the fact that you are stubborn sometimes.’

‘Did she put you up to this?’

‘You of all people should know Grissel hates me now.’

‘Yeah I’m sorry.’

I’m okay.’ She stylishly waved her hands again when he wasn’t watching. ‘You know this restaurant’s washroom is neat right.’

‘Yeah, always clean. You want to use the washroom?’ Tom responded ignorantly.

‘No, Grissel doesn’t want to come back to the house so you should know she will follow you anywhere.’ Stella smiled sheepishly.

‘She dare not.’ He picked up his juice and sipped then dropped it. The smile on Stella’s face brought him back to his senses. ‘She is here right?’

‘Uhmmm.’ Stella nodded.

He sighed heavily, dropped the lap napkin and stood up abruptly.

‘Where’s she?’

‘Take it easy.’ She waved Grissel once more.

Tom turned around and his eyes caught her on a far row.

‘Stay here.’ He muttered to Stella.

‘Remember to use the washroom.’ She whispered to him while he shook his head and walked away.

***

He stood in front of her while she pretended not to notice him.

‘Grissel, what are you doing here?’

She raised up her head. ‘This is a restaurant Tom and everyone is allowed here.’

‘Not when I’m in the same restaurant.’

‘You mean when you are with another woman.’ She bluntly said to annoy him.

‘Really, at this point I think I’m allowed to see other people.’ Tom shot back.

He thought that would put some sense into her. Grissel didn’t budge but just focused on her food.

‘Waiter.’ She muttered to the guy standing at his position.

She raised her head when he came over.

‘Can I have the second plate of food?’

‘But Miss, you said w…..’

‘Yeah I know what I said, my guest is almost here.’ She saw Tom glaring at her and she smiled. ‘I would prefer it gets ready and served once he gets to my table.’

‘Alright, the same food and accompaniment.’

‘That’s right.’ She confirmed while he wrote on a note.

‘I’ll get going now.’ The waiter announced and headed back.

‘And put my bills on his tab.’ She pointed to Tom still standing in front of her.

The waiter glanced at Tom waiting for approval but he just frowned.

‘Just go and do as I said please.’ She told the waiter and he left.

‘What was that?’ He asked angrily.

‘That was you paying for my meals and his.’

‘You bought food for a guy and expect me to pay.’

‘Is there something wrong with that?’

‘Yes everything is wrong with it Grissel.’ He didn’t want to cause a scene so he grabbed the seat in front of him.

‘When was the last time you took me out for a meal?’ She asked sternly.

‘But we are not together anymore.’

‘Okay, enjoy buying for someone else then.’

He searched her eyes for a while and when Grissel took off her gaze he sighed heavily.

‘Grissel this is childish.’

‘What is childish?’ She retorted.

‘Everything.’

‘You mean having someone over for dinner is childish or paying for his meals.’ She stared and didn’t get an answer.

‘Both are childish besides shouldn’t you be eating at home. Women cook at home.’

‘What do you call what you came here to do with Ella.’

‘You know it’s a friendly dinner.’

‘Okay mime is a romantic dinner.’ She twisted his own words against him with a straight face on.

Tom just relaxed back on the seat and watched her eat as if she hasn’t eaten in a while. Then it occurred to him, her appetite comes up when he’s around and eating with her.

He picked up the sanitizer and used it on his hands.

Grissel was wondering what he was doing when he dipped his hands in her food.

She drew back and stared while checking to see if others had noticed.

‘What are you doing?’ She said out quietly.

‘What does it look like?’ He gave her one of those his flirtatious smiles. ‘I’m eating with my wife.’

‘I’m not your wife Tom.’ He smiled instead of frowning. ‘Ohh my illegal wife.’

Grissel though wasn’t finding it funny and easy hearing all that kept a straight face on and ignored him while he continued to eat. She followed him there to spite him but his presence was having so much effect on her.

‘Are you seeing someone else?’ He tried not to sound jealous.

She scoffed. ‘Are you jealous?’

‘I’m not but I just don’t understand you anymore. Usually, ladies treat men this way when they were at fault but in my case I’ve been supportive even after you hurt me so bad.’ He said painfully. ‘I’m still here hoping our vows and time together wasn’t in vain.’

She dropped her cutlery and sat against the chair.

They both stared at each other for close to two minutes without uttering a word. Grissel knew he was right earlier but she also has the responsibility to stay out of his way for some time. Dane is cunning and would do anything to see her unhappy.

‘What do you want?’ She finally asked.

‘Move back home with me.’

‘Okay, finish eating and we can talk about it.’

Tom’s hand practically fell off his mouth with the food.

‘For real?’ He asked still surprised.

‘Yeah, and you were right earlier.’

‘Right?’

‘You’ve done nothing wrong than being supportive and I’m sorry.’

‘You are sorry?’

‘Of course.’

He grabbed the sanitizer and rubbed his hands.

‘Why are you rushing?’

‘I’m taking you home right away.’

‘I didn’t mention I was coming home tonight Tom.’

‘Please, don’t do this we can go pick up your things and drive back.’

Grissel didn’t want to burst his bubble. She smiled after she saw how happy he sounded and the frustration on his face earlier on when he approached her table vanished.

‘You smiled.’

‘Yes, and can we go already.’ She brought out his phone and sent a text message. ‘We can pick up my stuff tomorrow morning.’

‘You are not kidding right.’

‘No, I’m serious.’ She whispered and signaled the waiter.

Grissel searched her bag thoroughly for minutes without success.

‘Tom, I ne……’

‘I should pay, I guess.’

She nodded smiling. ‘I don’t have money these days.’

He brought out his wallet and checked the bill card for her receipt. Tom popped up his eyes in surprise.

‘Did you buy the whole restaurant?’ He scratched his head.

Grissel shoved the wallet out of his hands and took out the money while he looked on smiling.

Just then the waiter came over with a face that showed her order wasn’t ready.

‘I have to leave and by the look on your face I know the food isn’t ready so my friend will come pick it up. Just package it nicely.’

She handed him the menu card with her bill.

‘Stella paid.’ The waiter muttered.

They both looked across their table to check if she was there as they totally forgot about her. ‘You know Stella.’ Grissel asked to be sure.

‘The lady that was on table ten.’ he pointed to that direction which appears vacant now. ‘She said to tell you not to forget lunch tomorrow.’

‘Lunch?’ Grissel queried.

‘Yes,’ the waiter responded and handed her a note.

Tom looked at her reading the note.

‘She’s coming to your place tomorrow for lunch. Was this your idea?’

‘No, I wasn’t even sure you were going home with me tonight.’

She scrutinized his face to be sure.

Grissel, took out the money from the menu card and gave him a tip which left him smiling.

‘Thank you. He’s Austin.’ She smiled.’ I mean the one who will pick up the food.’

‘Alright Miss.’

‘Its Mrs. Young man.’ Tom muttered.

‘My apologies. I have to go now.’ He said quickly glancing at Grissel’s hands and finally walked away.

‘You took off your ring.’ He asked after a few seconds.

‘You don’t expect me to have my ring on when I was asked to appear in court.’

‘You were in court? When?’

‘The day I packed out and before you ask I didn’t inform you because you would just complicate things for me.’

‘I’ve heard you but don’t forget we are in this together Grissel.’

‘Thank you, let’s get going already.’ She announced.

‘Though I would love to get the gist about court and what Austin is meeting you here for I would rather not ask.’

She stood up with her bag and shook her head smiling.

‘After all these years you are still jealous of Austin.’

‘I’m not but the guy is too over protective.’

‘You should be glad someone is looking out for me.’

He smiled widely while walking out of the door with her.

‘I will drive after your car leaves.’

‘Wait. Were you bluffing last night about sleeping with those girls?’

He laughed. It’s so clear now why you came here this evening.’

‘Did you?’

‘No, I respect our union Grissel.’

‘I love you Tom.’ She gave him a hug and got into her car driving off while Tom followed. His eyes on the road sternly to make sure she wasn’t playing pranks on him.

***

Grissel woke up that morning fulfilled and tiptoed out of the room with picking up her wears alongside.

She had earlier on left a note for him because he’s so much aware Tom wouldn’t wake up now.

She picked up her bag from the couch and got to the kitchen for a bottle of water.

As she was leaving the house in her car Lisa’s call came in.

Grissel after speaking to Lisa for a few minutes got out of her car and went back in. Dropped her bag and left the house smiling while humming holding her steer tightly.

Tom woke up a while after she left.

He sighted the empty glass on his side drawer and noticed there was a note attached.

It then occurred to him Grissel wasn’t on the bed with him.

‘Next time don’t trust every drink offered to you with a mischievous smile after sex but don’t worry it was just a little amount of sleeping tablets which will enable me sneak out in peace.’ He read out loud and the events of last night flashed his mind.

Tom strolled to the bathroom and for some reason the note didn’t bother him at all.

He washed down and went into the kitchen.

‘She didn’t leave any food too.’ But he noticed Grissel’s bag from last night was on the kitchen counter.

‘She must have forgotten it in a hurry.’ His stomach grumbled. ‘There’s egg and bread.’ He thought out loud.

After some few hours she came back with Stella as they dragged a shopping back in.

Tom who was descending from upstairs when he heard the car coming into the compound stood there watching them helpless.

He exchanged greetings with Stella.

‘Tom come and help us.’

‘I thought you left.’

‘Didn’t you see my bag?’

‘Yeah, what is that you two are dragging in?’

‘There’s no food in this house and you are paying for it.’

‘I thought food is your responsibility when it’s not yet a new month.’

‘Last I checked I don’t live with you anymore.’

‘Then why are you buying food for my house.’

‘Uhmmm.’ Stella cleared her throat. ‘You two do realize this is petty rivalry right.’ Stella who was watching them argue it out found her voice. ‘Just help us with the bag.’

He looked at both women and carried the bag to the kitchen while Stella stayed out of their way.

Grissel joined him in the kitchen smiling.

‘You are smiling because you know what you did right?’

‘Can you please pick up my car for me?’ She feigned a smile.

‘In your dreams.’ he said and walked out on her while she hissed and started her clean up.

Tom found Stella still standing at her spot.

‘Sorry, have a seat.’

‘Thank you.’ She walked to the couch.

‘Where did you meet your friend?’

‘She called me to pick her up. Her car broke down on the way.’

‘She must have called me several times.’

‘Yeah she mentioned it.’

‘I’m not sure where I dropped my phone last night.’

‘I can imagine. You will find it.’ She smiled coyly.

‘I know what y…’

‘Tom did you use all my salt.’ Grissel called out from the kitchen.

Both Stella and Tom looked at each other.

‘I’m not in the mood for this drama.’

He excused himself and rushed upstairs.

Stella shook her head and went towards the kitchen.

She knew Tom wasn’t going to come down anytime soon and whoever Grissel is expecting must be very important because she couldn’t stop making noise about it on their way home.

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To be continued

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