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Breathlessly, Isaac caught Jessica’s arm. She flung it to let go but
Isaac was too srong for her. He held her arm still. Jessica tried to
fight him with all her strength. It was all in vain, getting no where.
“Hold still!” Isaac screamed at her trying to steady her and at the
same time escaping her blows and kicks. He carried her from
behind, she opened her legs wide forcefully trying to bring herself
down. Fortunately, her denim jean helped her. Isaac wasn’t letting
“Let me go!” Jessica shouted, “Common, put me down!” She’d
called undue attention to herself and Isaac.
Passers-by stopped to watch the show Jessica was putting on.
Isaac dropped her. She faced him.
Little children stared, mouths agape, they mistook her for a crazy
woman. Her hair was rumpled, she was making noise in public, so
Gradually, she became aware that people were watching her, she
and Isaac were not alone. Unaware of her appearance, she turned
her head and smiled to a little baby. Shocked, the baby started
wailing, Jessica grinned and waved to make the baby calm down,
the wailing increased.
Confused, she turned to Isaac and asked, “What’s wrong?”
Isaac gasped, nodding his head in astounishment. Now he knew
why the little baby had been frightened. Jessica looked like a
witch, a witch is an understatement….more like a ghost. She’d
been crying, her mascara had run over her eyes to her face…..her
hair was something else.
Clearing his troath, he uttered some words, “No, everything is
cool,” Turning to the crowd already staring at them, “She’s my
sister, I can take care of her, thanks for your concern, you can all
leave now.” He smiled and made a gesture.
The people murmured, then began to move to their various
businesses. Isaac took Jessica’s arm and made her follow him to
a quiet street.
“Isaac,” she said quietly, “What’s going on? How come I scared
that little baby? Children are never frightened by me.”
He smirked. “You should see your face.”
She put her hands on her face as if searching for something on it.
“What’s up with my face?”
He looked around and saw water gathered in a place. “Go look
your face there,” he motioned Jessica.
She hurriedly ran to check her face, “Jesus! Witch!” she bellowed.
Laughing, Isaac said, “That’s you.”
Giving him a questioning look, she asked, “Are you scared of me
“I’d have never even chased you if I were.”
“Hey, before I forget, why did you run out of the hospital, are you
“Does it look like I’m okay to you?” Tears clouded her eys, they
almost fell. She had just been reminded of the unexpected event
which occured at her office. She backed Isaac remembering
Evan’s treatment, Isaac wouldn’t treat me any better, she thought.
She was mistaken. Isaac walked towards her, held her fingers,
gently cuddling them, he then embraced her. He cleared his troath.
“I know I’m not supposed to get even close to you or touch you.”
He paused, then continued, “I just can’t help it, I hate seeing you
this way, I don’t like the way you fled the hospital like an insane
woman.” He sighed deeply. “I don’t want any of that, I… I want you
By the time Isaac had finished his speech, Jessica was already
comfortable in his arms, her breathing was now steady and she
could think clearly. Who’d have thought a bodyguard could really
give her what she truly wanted, she wasn’t scared or troubled
around him. She felt peace, an inner calm she’d never felt in a
really long time. She didn’t want to think further, Isaas was all she
needed at this moment. He calmed and soothed her.
“Thank you.” the words came out of her mouth slowly, but filled
with gratitude. She had no idea when they did and was surprised.
He didn’t respond, he just held on tight to her. It had been long
since he got close to any woman. The woman he’d once loved was
brutally murdered by…. He’s forgotten all about it and didn’t want
to think about the past, just about the present and forget the future
A beat of silence ticked by. Both Jessica and Isaac were
speechless, just enjoying the company of each other. Nothing
could be heard except their heart beats.
Jessica raised her head and looked into his blue eyes, those eyes
that made it difficult for her to move the very first day she saw
Isaac looked down and stared into hers. Minutes later, they were
kissing. Jessica clung to him, as if she’d never let him go. Isaac
Isaac’s cell phone rang, that brought the kiss to an end. They
never wished it to end. Letting go of Jessica, Isaac brought out his
cell from his pocket, flipped it open. The caller was Evan. Before
answering, he looked around to make sure Evan nor his other men
had not seen him smooching Jessica.
“Who’s calling?” Jessica managed to ask without looking Isaac in
the face, knowing he was delaying in answering.
“Ehm… Evan.” he stammered. He answered.
“Isaac!” Evan yelled, “Where the hell are you at?”
He backed Jessica.
“Is there any problem?” Isaac asked, unsure if that was the right
thing to say.
“I need you to go find Jessica. She stormed out of her office about
an hour ago, I couldn’t go after her.”
“What do you mean you couldn’t go after her?” Isaac was annoyed.
If he hadn’t chased Jessica, she might have been lost, all by
herself and terrified. What kinda guy was Evan, doesn’t he have
human feelings? “Ehm, I’m sorry for souding like that,” he quickly
apologised, Evan was the boss.
“Hold on please.”
He turned back to Jessica, “Evan wants me to find you, I’ll tell him
I’m with you and take you back to him.” Jessica tried protesting,
Isaac didn’t give her that chance.
“She’s with me, found her when I went to get something. She’s a
Relieved, Evan said, “Please fix her up, tell her I’m sorry and I love
her. Bring her to my place when you’re done.” He hung up.
“Jessica,” he said, turning to her, “he says he loves you, he is
sorry for whatever happened between you two.”
She scoffed. “I don’t want to meet him.”
“I’m sorry, but I’m just following orders, he’s my boss. We are
going to make you look nice, then we’ll head to his apartment.
Wasn’t it tonight you’re supposed to host a party, introducing Evan
to your cousin and friend?”
“Oh!” exclaimed Jessica, remembering the dinner she invited
Dominic for and which Shirley turned down. Thinking about Shirley
made her feel weak. “I don’t think it will hold anymore. I am not in
the mood for that. Can you please hand me your cell phone? I want
to make a call.”
“Sure.”Isaac passed his phone to Jessica’s unsteady hands, she quickly
punched certain numbers and dialled. Without looking at the
screen of the cell after dialling, the cell was on her left ear wihin
“Yes, what is it?” A stern male voice asked.
“Huh?” confused Jessica made a sound. “Dominic, is that you? Its
Isaac wasn’t comfortable at all with Jessica’s call, he moved
closer to her.
“The dinner is cancelled. I’m sorry. Shirley’s not in town and I’m
not myself. Please.”
Dominic remained mute for several minutes.
“My dear cousin, please.” Jessica pleaded childishly.
Dominic was touched. “Alright dear, I’m okay with it.”
Jessica knew he wasn’t okay, but she had other things to think of.
The phone was taken immediately from her by Isaac. “We have to
She nodded in agreement.
“Lets begin by getting outta here.”
* * *
Finally, touching a gun and ready to shoot, Shirley was so excited.
She stood straight with her legs apart, holding the .22 Caliber on
both hands. Her hold on the pistol was firm. The board was far
ahead. She was poised, ready to go.
“Wait!” Carl stopped her.
Frowning, she gave him a wierd look.
Surrendering, he said, “Don’t look at me that way. I just
remembered you need these glasses for your eye protection and
ear muffs so you don’t lose your hearing. Here.” He handed them
“Thanks.” she smiled sheepishly.
She had trouble putting them on. She turned to Carl, pleading with
He laughed. “You should ask for help.” Walking close to her, he
took the muff and glasses from her and helped her with them. She
smiled in return. He put on his ear muff and eye protection, had his
pistol and they were good to go.
“One more thing, maintain your stance and don’t-”
It was too late, Shirley hadn’t been listening and she was so
excited about handling her first gun.
She had already shot into the air, missing the board, her target, the
force she used made her lose her stance. She started to fall.
Carl turned to her-the sound of the gun cut him off his warning
speech-dropped his gun and caught the falling Shirley. He caught
her by the waist and lifted her feet off the ground like a baby.
“Open your eyes,” he said softly.
Her eyes had been shut, she knew she was to fall.
Opening one eye, she saw the face of Carl, giggling, she openedthe other and childishly asked: “What happened?”
Carl smiled back. “What happened is when you are too impatient
to listen to instructions.”
He didn’t believe he said that. He was supposed to get angry,
shout at her, but he didn’t. Something was happening to him.
Something really starnge but he liked it.
Taking a deep breath, Shirley smiled at him, “Mr Police Officer, I
thought you’d yell and beat me up, you didn’t. You are nice.” She
bit her lips.
Blushing her looked away from her never-ending gaze. He felt shy
at that moment. “I guess you’d have hated me. I don’t want that.”
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