JUST FOR LOVE – PART 45
© Azeemah Salami✓
(Zeemah writes )
“Bryan it’s okay,Mara won’t die” I said to Bryan who wouldn’t stop crying after Mara broke the news.
We were in the class waiting for the next teacher to come in.
Kelly and Mara went to thr garden and they aren’t back yet.
“She won’t die? Yet she went ahead to get pregnant. Even Mara is so sure she’s gonna die. I don’t want to lose her,you know how much she means to me” He said.
“Not only you but everyone of us,let’s keep believing she won’t die and our belief might just change her fate” She said.
“Fate can never be changed” He said sadly.
I heaved a sigh.. I now get the reason she said we should name our child after her.
I’m glad Mara is also pregnant,our children will become close friends like us.
I’m two months gone and my bump is starting to be visible through clothe.
If my school shirt wasn’t so thick and free,the students would have found out that I’m pregnant.
Today is Friday, today is the last day I’ll attend school.
I’ll be at home for seven months.
Haa! It’s gonna be so boring and tiring but Bryan promised to always check on me.
I had been so glad when he accepted to support me through the pregnancy,i didn’t expect it cause I’m the main cause for the pregnancy yet he wants to keep responsibility.
Kelly walked into the class and i could see how puffy his eyes are.
“Bryan is anything wrong with Kelly?” I asked Bryan who glanced up and also saw how puffy Kelly’s eyes were.
“Did Mara said anything to him again” Bryan said watching Kelly walked towards his seat.
I was expecting Mara to also walk in after him but I didn’t see her.
“Ask him what the matter is,let me go meet Mara” I said and stood up.
I walked out of the classroom and headed to the garden,she should still be there.
I got there and met her sitting on the bench pulling a long face.
“Hey Mara” I sat beside her.
“Ellen how are you?” She asked.
“I’m fine,what happened to Kelly?” I asked.
“Did he told you guys anything?” She asked.
“No he didn’t,we just noticed how puffy his eyes were and knew he cried.. I expected you to walk in after him but you didn’t so i decided to come meet you here” I said.
“Oh… anyway,i told him i don’t love him” she said..
“Why did you tell him that after all he did for you” i said.
“Should i have lied to him?” She asked.
“No you don’t have to say you don’t love him, com’on Mara you know that hurts” I said.
“Yeah,just like how hurt i was when Bryan said he doesn’t love him, Bryan was been honest and i was also honest with Kelly,i don’t wanna keep his hopes high”
“That’s good but did you said it in a way that hurt him?” I asked knowing how Mara can be mean.
“Not really,i was just being blunt,i actually promised to date him if i get pregnant” She said.
“Yeah,it was yesterday we went to check my pregnancy status and it turned out to be positive so i thought it’s best if i fulfill my promise…I called him here and told him I’m ready to date him even if i don’t love him at all”
“Aw! That was harsh” I said.
“But i was just being sincere” She said.
“You shouldn’t have told him you don’t love him. Better still, you could have only said you are ready to date him and that’s all” I said.
“You think so?” She asked.
“But i thought it will be better to be honest with him,i don’t know that truth hurts”
“Of course truth hurts” I said.
“So what should i do now?” She asked.
“You apologise to him” i said.
“Is that necessary?” She asked.
“Of course it is, apologise to him and tell him you’re ready to date him, don’t mention anything about love” I said.
“Okay” She sigh.
“He might think you used him to achieve your aim” I said.
“That’s the truth,i used him” She said.
“Com’on Mara, that’s unfair. How would you feel if you were used?” I asked.
“Hmm…I’ll feel hurt and forget it later on” She said.
“Damn! You’re so unbelievable” i said.
She laughed…”okay I’m gonna do as you said”
“You won’t know how excited i am to be pregnant” She smiled.
“Really?” I asked.
“Of course,this baby will replace me,i don’t want anyone to feel my absence” She said quite sadly.
“I believe you won’t leave” I said.
She shrugged and stared at my stomach.
“Wow..your bump is getting noticeable” She said.
“Really? Does that means other would have noticed it too?” I asked in fear.
“No,you know i gat sharp eyes and besides, you used your arms to push back your shirt while sitting so it got obvious” She said.
“Okay..do you know i wasn’t happy with this pregnancy at first?”
“Really?” She asked.
“Yeah…I asked the Doc to remove it”
“Wow!” She exclaimed.
“But my mom reprimanded me and insisted that i was gonna keep it..did your mum yelled when you told her about yours?” I asked.
“I didn’t told her,she knew herself and she didn’t yell but Liam did” She said.
“I know he will” i said and we both laughed.
“We now have a visitor in our house” She said excitedly.
“Really? Who is it?” I asked.
“Reiya, fallen angel’s distant cousin” She said and i exclaimed.
“Yeah shes a friend and a soon to be girlfriend of Liam, she’s just so nice and friendly,how about i invite you all to my house tomorrow” She said.
“That will be great,i can’t wait to meet her” i smiled.
“You are gonna love her totally,she’s beautiful” She said.
“I can’t wait…let’s go tell the others” I said.
“Yeah,class would have started” she said.
“Geez!” I exclaimed.
“What?” I asked.
“Mrs Hampton is our next teacher” i said.
We both stood up and started running to class.
I’m so happy to be here,these people are so lovable and kind,it would have been so perfect if Mara wasn’t gonna die soon.
It’s a pity…
That girl doesn’t deserve death,she’s so funny and down to earth.
I just hope everything can change to good.
I can’t believe i broke up with Dan because of Liam,i never thought i will break up with him at all even with all the the beatings and all,i loved him then but not until i set my eyes on Liam.
His handsomeness terrified me and i just had to pretend i wasn’t moved by it.
The feeling he do give me is indescribable,i just can’t describe it..I’ve not gotten that sort of feeling in a while.
I’m ready to date him, infact i was ready to date him the moment i saw him.
Liam loves me so much and he shows it.
I was sitting alone in the living room watching a movie after Mum left for work.
Liam is in his room and i know he’s gonna join me soon.
Such a sweet guy!
I glanced at the wall clock..
‘3 o’clock’ Mara will be home soon. I already prepare lunch,I’m just gonna microwave it for her once she’s back.
I perceived a familiar fragrance followed by footsteps.
I smiled when i realised Liam is coming to join me.
I quickly held that smile and pretended to be concentrated on the TV.
“Reiya” He called and sat beside me.
Damn! I’m melting.
I turned to him with a smile and it’s obvious he just finished bathing,his lips looks so fresh and red.
“I hope you are enjoying the movie?” He asked and licked his lips.
“Are you feeling cold?” He asked and i shook my head in embarrassment.
“Okay so are you ready to tell me about your past relationship?” He asked.
I was expecting this.
“Yeah,you wanna know about Dan?” I asked.
“Yeah i wanna know the reason you chose a huge guy like him,he slapped me and the next place i saw myself was inside the pool” He said and i laughed so hard.
“S..o..rry” I laughed,he also laughed.
“Okay, I don’t look at guys stature or anything before considering their proposal,i look at the way i feel for them” I said.
“So,you loved Dan?” He asked.
“I thought i loved him but realised it was only infatuation,my eyes was covered with the gifts he was showering me then and i thought i love him” I said.
“Wow,so how did he reacted to the breakup?”
“He only laughed and said he has gotten what he wanted, that i should go meet that small crap I’ve always wanted” I said.
“Am i the small crap he’s referring to?” Liam asked and i nodded.
“Dan can be so abusive so don’t mind the word he used to describe you” I said.
“I know he’s crazy but do you think of me as a small crap?” He asked and i found myself laughing.
“No,i don’t! Liam to be sincere,you are most handsome guy that have ever asked me out” I said.
He grinned “Thanks babe”
“So,tell me about you also” I said.
“Okay, the thing about my past relationships is that ladies do ask me out theirselves and I do the breakup,i rarely propose to a lady except you, who took my breath away” He said and i almost spanked myself for blushing.
“It’s not surprising that girls ask you out…just look at how handsome you are” I said.
“I’m handsome?” He asked.
“Of course” I said.
“But you seems not to be moved by it,other ladies would have started melting by now” He said.
If only you know how melted i am already.
“Well…I’m not other ladies,a lady should know how comport herself” I said.
“Wow,you impress me a lot” he said.
“Is that a compliment?” I asked.
“Thanks” I said staring at his lips.
We were both silent for a while until he spoke up.
“So what about what i discussed with you?” He asked and i smiled inwardly.
I’ve been expecting him to say this.
“What?” I feigned ignorance.
“Com’on Reiya,you know what I’m talking about” He said and i smiled.
“About the relationship?” I asked.
“Yeah … please Reiya,i love you so much. Don’t turn me down” He said.
I sighed. “I won’t turn you down but can you just give me few more days to think about it”
Damn! Reiya what do you wanna think about again!
You love this guy! Say yes immediately!
“Of course,i will give you more time to think about it,you are absolutely different from others,in beauty, intelligence and other things.. Reiya i greatly admire you” he said and OMG.
My heart pumped twice.
“Thanks Liam” I smiled still staring at his lips.
We were both silent again and i didn’t know how our heads got closer, making our lips inches apart,his hot breath was against my lips and we were about closing the distance between our lips when Mara entered.
We quickly jumped away from each other.
“OMG! I’m so sorry to interrupt your moment,I’m gonna turn now,kiss all you want” Mara said and turned, facing the door.
She stood like that for some minutes and i couldn’t help but laugh.
I glanced at Liam,he was glaring at her back.
“Com’on Mara, turn back” I said.
She turned “Have you kissed?”
I shook my head.
“Please kiss, Liam is gonna hit me” She said.
“He won’t,we will kiss some other time” I said and i think i saw Liam smile.
“Oh…my manners! Good afternoon Reiya, Liam” She greeted.
“Welcome Mara,how was school?” I asked.
“It was great and my friends are coming to see you tomorrow” She said excitedly.
“Yeah…i told them about you. You are gonna love them” She said.
“I can’t wait to meet them” I said.
“They can’t also wait to meet you” She said.
“Go freshen up, I’ll help you microwave your lunch,i prepared Pizza rolls” I said.
“Thank youuuuu” She rushed to hug me and i hugged her too.
“It’s nothing” I said.
“It’s something Reiya, thanks so much, I’ll go freshen up now” She smiled.
She dragged Liam’s hair and whispered “I’m sorry” to him.
He nodded and smiled.
“Reiya i love you” She shouted as she climbed the stairs.
“What about me?” Liam shouted after her.
“Liam,you need to rest from ‘i love you’ for now.. Reiya owns it all now”
“I love you too Mara” I called after her and laughed at the look of hurt on Liam’s face.
I walked into my room and dropped my backpack.
I’m so lucky to have Reiya here,such a loving lady and damn! I interrupted their kiss.
Liam would be so mad at me… haha.
I’m glad i invited my friends over tomorrow.
Kelly didn’t wanted to come but i guess Bryan persuaded him.
I’ve not apologised to him cause i did not see any wrong in what i did.
I pulled off my shoes.
I gotta freshen up real fast..the pizza rolls is on my mind.
I ran into the bathroom and quickly took my bath.
I was dressing up and the next minute i was descending the stairs to go devour the pizza rolls.
I opened the wardrobe with a loud hiss..I’m in my towel after bathing.
I just finished vomiting and it was so tiring.
I’m fed up of craving for food in the middle of the night.
Isn’t that weird?
I selected blue tank top and black leggings.
I put it on and adjusted the tank top to be free round my stomach.
I removed the hairband on my hair making it pour down my back.
I combed it and quickly repacked it.
I picked black slippers from the shoe rack and slipped my feet into it.
I picked my phone and walked out of my room.
I sat in the living room waiting for breakfast to be ready.
Reiya is the one making breakfast and i offered to help her but she refused vehemently and told me to come sit here in the living room.
Mum has gone early to work and Liam is in his room.
He’ll come down soon once he perceives the aroma of breakfast.
I was right cause i heard his footsteps immediately Reiya said;
“Breakfast is ready”
I dropped the remote control and stood up.
We sat round the dining table eating our delicious breakfast.
Reiya is just good at everything.
“Thanks Reiya,this is delicious” I said before gulping my coffee.
“Thanks” she said.
“Reiya you are not washing the dishes today” Liam said.
“Why?” Reiya asked.
“You didn’t come here to work as a maid..I’m gonna wash the dishes myself” He said.
“But you guys are not forcing me to do any work,i offered to do it myself” She said.
“I know but leave the dishes to me today” Liam said.
“Please” Liam interrupted her.
“So Mara,let’s go watch movie” She said and stood up.
I smiled and stood up after her,we both walked to the living room and this time she selected the movie.
We sat beside each other and started watching the movie .
“My friends are coming this noon” I said.
“Wow I can’t wait” She said and i smiled.
I yawned starting to doze off.
Reiya shifted me closer to her and placed my head on her laps.
“Thanks” i muttered slowly and closed my eyes.
I heard chatters and laughter behind my closed eyes.
I yawned and opened my eyes,i noticed my head was no longer placed on Reiya’s laps,it was on a throw pillow.
“She’s awake” I heard a familiar voice said.
I sat up in confusion and smiled when i saw my friends.
“Sleeping beauty” Bryan shouted and my smile widened.
He’s sitting beside Kelly who was not smiling and looking in another direction.
Is he still pissed at me?
Ellen is sitting on a separate couch,she waved at me and i waved back.
“Where’s Laura?” I asked.
“She’s helping Reiya in the the kitchen” Bryan said and i widened my eyes.
“You guys met her already?” I asked.
“Yes..mehn! She’s so beautiful and nice” Bryan said.
“I love her already” Ellen smiled.
I looked at Kelly expecting him to say something but he didn’t.
Why was i expecting him to say something though.
“Kelly, won’t you talk? You were all over her while she was asleep and now she’s awake you aren’t speaking” Ellen said.
Bryan laughed…”Ellen you gat a big mouth,just let the both of them be” i said.
I glanced at Kelly and caught him staring at him.
He quickly removed his gaze and i smiled.
He’s looking cute in his white t-shirt and brown shorts,damn! He gat sexy hairy legs..his hair is brushed to the back just the way i like and i think he’s handsome.
Bryan is on a blue shirt and white pants,his hair is styled in curly waves and he’s looking more handsome than ever.
My heart raced just by looking at him.
Ellen,she’s on a white flay gown which stopped at her knees,her hair is in the normal pontsplait and i observed she has added more weight but she still looks beautiful.
“Lunch is ready,come to the dining darlings” Reiya said from the dining.
I smiled and got up,the rest are also up.
I entered the dining and saw our lunch already dished on the table.
“Mara you’re awake” Reiya said.
“Yes Reiya” I said.
I saw Liam already seated,he winked at me and i smiled.
We all sat down to eat.
We smiled as we all posed for selfie.
We’ve been taking several shot since we finished eating and it was fun..
Everyone was happy..my arm touched with Kelly’s and we both stared at each other.
He removed his gaze again and turned to the camera.
I dragged his arm and started pulling him upstairs to my room.
I’m getting pissed that he’s avoiding me.
I opened the door and we both walked in.
“Why are you avoiding me? Does that make any sense to you” I said.
“What do you want?” He asked.
“Okay..I’m sorry” i said.
“Alright” he breathed.
“I’m sorry,I know i hurt you with my words but please forgive me I’m sorry” i said.
He nodded and smiled..
“I’ve forgiven you babe,how are you and the baby?”
“We’re fine” i smiled.
“So will you please still be my girlfriend?” He asked.
“Yes I will i said”
“Thanks Tammy,i love you” he hugged me.
I hugged him back and smiled.
“Can i kiss you?” He asked and i nodded.
He placed his kiss on mine,i imagined it was Bryan before responding..