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Theme: Buried in the snow
HARRY’S BEACH HOUSE
Ephyra pressed the doorbell for the 15th time but got no response. She went to Goldmynes to ask for Harry’s address but Isobel asked her to stay around with her for a while..showing her pictures of Harry when he was little,his college days and his images as model. And when it was time Isobel ordered her driver to take Ephyra to Harry’s house.
“Well…maybe he doesn’t want me to come in..but Mrs Isobel said he can see anyone out here from inside his apartment” Ephyra said to herself
“I’m not leaving this place until he open up – but I can’t stay out here for too long because it would snow soon”
She gripped her coat tightly
“He should better open up or else I will have to bring down this door”
She kicked the door
“Ouch!” She yelped in pain
“Maybe…a proper introduction would do”
She cleared her throat and focused on the small device connected to the intercom inside.
“Hello Mr Harry Jones,I am Ephyra Adams. Your new PA and Maid. I will do a good job at taking care of you. So please open up so I can start work..Thank You”
She wanted to bow but unfortunately for her,she hit her head on the device.
“Argg!!” She rubbed it
“This is so annoying! Why won’t he open up after introduction!” Then she wanted to kick the door but she stopped.
Her phone buzzed. An incoming call from Isobel.
“Yeah..Ephyra have you met Harry?”
“No I have pressed the doorbell but no response. I don’t think -”
“Do you want to give up?”
“No I don’t think he’s at home…. but I’ll wait for him”
“Okay I called his office and his secretary said he didn’t show up at work today”
“Maybe you should try calling him”
“He’s not picking up his calls”
She heard a car horn nearby.
“I think he’s here”
“Let’s talk later” Isobel said
Ephyra took few steps and she saw a car driving into the private driveway In Harry’s home. Her heartbeat accelerated when Harry came out of the car. And she did her best to put the brightest smile on her face. Harry noticed the Lady standing on his porch with a big box. Her back view didn’t looked like Eleanor or Shawna and she was on phone. His jaw dropped slightly when Ephyra turned to look at him.
“Psycho lady?” He muttered
Harry recognized her immediately. Ephyra waved at him as she waited for him to join her. His heart skipped beat as he took in her features. He admitted that she did look wonderful tonight. Better than the lady he’d met months ago. Her brown hair was carefree and cute. She opted in for a pair of blue knee length gown with a black woolen coat on it and a stiletto heels. He walked closer to his front door.
Harry was surprised to see her there. And he thought he was imagining things again. Over two months away,he’d tried to convince himself to forget about her but it was easier said than done. She had popped into his thought over and over again when he was busy at work. Harry had visited the same spot she had bumped into him that night but it seems they’d never reconnect. He had no idea why her image had flooded his mind when Shawna asked if he was in love. Was he in love with the woman? The psycho lady he barely knew. The psycho lady images always finds it way to his mind’s eye. It was hard to figure out why he couldn’t stop thinking about her. He stared at her and couldn’t take his eyes off her. Her aquamarine eyes with long thick lashes which had left him mesmerized the moment he’d looked into them that night. He wondered what she was doing at his front door with a box. She looked different! And he would have doubted it if he had seen her from a far distance. Ephyra had put extra effort into her hair and adding rogue to her cheeks. And he felt like reaching out to her and pulling her into his arms. But he wouldn’t do that.
“Good Evening Sir, I am -”
“What do we have here?” He asked with a frown
“Do I have a delivery? Oh! You can bring the papers so I can sign them”
Ephyra shot him a confused look. Harry clenched his fists to suppress the urge to touching her.
“Uhmm..” She cleared her throat
“I am not here to deliver anything” she pulled her box closer
“This is my personal box”
Harry tucked his hands into his pocket.
“Did you miss your way? And you need me to help you find your way back to your home?” Harry asked
“No I am your new PA and Maid” she replied
Her forehead creased
He couldn’t believe his ears
“Mrs Isobel Jones hired me to help you”
Unbelievable! He almost burst of happiness! She was his maid now!
Wait…I don’t like Anyone staying with me. He thought deeply. Then Harry hang tough. A part of him wanted to invite her in but the other part disagreed.
“Who is she?”
“The woman who hired you”
“She is your mother”
“I don’t have a mother and I don’t need a PA or a maid. So I guess you are in the wrong place”
That’s a lie! He knew she was in the right place.
“Can’t you do something else aside working as a maid” he muttered As he moved to the door.
Ephyra heard what he said
He turned to face her.
“Can you do me a favour?”
“At your service Sir”
He covered the gap between them and expected Ephyra to step backward like most women would do but she didn’t. Ephyra stared back at him. And he wondered if she knew they had met once.
“How much did she pay you?”
“Who is old lady?”
“She’s not my mother”
“And why are you denying your mother?” she met his gaze and Harry looked away
“How much did she offered for you to agree to work for her?”
“That’s between your mother and I”
“Tell me.. I’m Willing to pay more right now”
“I don’t need anyone around here”
“I like being alone”
She folded her arms
“How much do you have?” She asked
“can you pay me $10million”
Harry eyes widened
“So I won’t work for you or your mother” she replied
“Okay…give me your Account details I will pay it by end of the week”
“Then I will leave by the end of the week when you have the money”
“I’m not letting you into my house. Go and tell that old lady you gave up”
“I’m sorry I won’t be able to do that.. Pay me $10 million then I will leave to tell your mom I give up”
“What do you want?”
“I want to work for you Mr Harry Jones.. Oh maybe he’s inside” she was almost moving to the door but Harry blocked her pathway.
“Leave or else I will call the cops”
He meant otherwise in his mind but he didn’t want to admit that he wanted her to stay. She leaned in and placed her hands on his chest.
She must be a toucher!
Harry tensed up..jolt of electricity ran down his spine and his middle clenched at her touch. He stepped away from her.
“Don’t you ever touch me again”
He said I’m a harsh voice
“I’m not scared of the cops” she said sternly
“I have heard a lot of things about you. So stop being stubborn and tough because I won’t give up. Let’s stop this conversation and go in because I can see snow making it way down to the earth slowly”
“And who says you are coming in with me?”
“Me..look I won’t be staying for too long. Uhmm two months and I’m gone”
She moved to the door
“Open up and let’s go in” she said
He nodded in agreement. Her face brightened that he agreed to let her in
“I can’t let you see my password”
“What’s so special about it? I need to know it as your maid”
“You are not scared of the cops right?”
He watched her for seconds without pressing the buttons. Ephyra felt uncomfortable at his stare and she stepped backward. He was different from James. She thought
Harry occupied the space to hide his pins from Ephyra. The door buzzed and it opened
“Go and get your box” he said
The box was quite far to the door,so she went for it.
Harry stepped in quickly and shut the door.
“Hey!” She banged on the door. She hissed out loudly. She shouldn’t have agreed to get the box. Ephyra grumbled and stamped her feet. She should have suspected it. She hit the door with her foot and screamed in pain at the same time.
“Bad ass Boss! This is so annoying!” She grumbled
Ephyra hoped that Harry would change his mind and open the door before snowfall or else she would freeze to death out here
Her phone buzzed, she took it out of her jacket pocket. It was James.
“How are you doing Ephyra?”
“Have you settled down in his home?”
“I’ve gat everything covered James” she lied
“Well.. If you are not comfortable there..you can come back and get a better job”
“I’m fine James…thanks”
“Extend my greetings to Gideon”
“Take care” he hung up
Harry was looking at Ephyra inside. He noticed that she was on phone..probably calling the old lady. He thought
Then he realized that she didn’t tell him her name. It was his fault! He did not give her the chance to introduce herself.
What was wrong with him? This was a great chance to get to know her..but he waved it off like it didn’t matter to him. He motioned towards the kitchen to prepared dinner.
“She would leave after some minutes” he thought
Minutes clicked by and he cursed under his breathe when the doorbell sounded..but he ignore it.
He carried his food to the intercom. Ephyra was still there. He checked out the window,it was already snowing.
“She would get cold and call the old lady that she give up” he whispered
“Two hours more and she would get tired…” He concluded
Ephyra pulled off her heels and buttoned up her coat to avoid cold. She fought the strong urge to call Isobel and tell her that she gave up.
“No..no..you can do this Ephyra… No Giving Up”
ONE HOUR LATER
The cold air made her gasp and she pulled her jacket more tightly around her. Ephyra stepped into the snow to see if the lights were on. The snow immediately penetrated her boots,the howling of the wind scared her a bit. She started forward, the cold made her barehand and knee ache so she pushed her hands into her pocket.
“Mr Harry!” She called but her voice was lost in the wind.
“Mr Harry!” She yelled again. She started to the side of the house. As she walked keeping her head down against the driving snow.
“Mr Harry! Open the door!” She screamed. All she heard was the wind..more and more snow as she called out to him. It was then it hit her that Harry might be asleep. She looked closely the lights were on through the curtains. She wandered to the right side.
“Harry! Please open up!”
The snow caught at her feet tripping her, sending her falling. And there was no hands to stop the fall. And she went down into cold wetness, which went down her neck,up to her sleeves, into her nose and mouth. Ephyra wondered if a person could drown in snow. She couldn’t find anything to hold on to,to get back on her feet. The cold was overwhelming and she was gasping, totally off balance. She knew she should have waited on the porch. She hit the icy ground with her hand. She wasn’t born and bred to this life. This sort of weather did strange things to people.
“Mr Harry!” She screamed
His eyes flare open immediately when he heard the loud cry. He remembered the psycho lady was still out in the cold while he had fallen asleep on the couch.
“D--n it!” He muttered
He rushed to his room to grab a jacket. He didn’t know what to call her as he looked around him into the night and storm.
“Lady!” He shouted in the wind.
He cupped his hand at his mouth and tried again
“Miss!” He listened for a second and then he heard a voice.
He wasn’t sure if he heard it or he’d just imagined it until he heard it again. He took off in the direction of the sound,stumbling through the snow. He saw a figure in the swirling snow.
“Mr Harry!” Ephyra cried. He headed for her then he was there. Harry grabbed her hand, lifting her up. And without thinking he pulled her to him and the next instance her arms went around him,hugging him tight,her face buried in his chest. The instant he held her,he felt something in him that he’d been trying to keep at bay. His heart arched from a fear that came from knowing what could have happened to her. The fear caught him and his hold on her tightened for a moment.
“What in hell were you thinking?” Harry demanded with more roughness
“I was…calling..for you” she said in a voice so unsteady and low that he almost couldn’t make out her words. He held her away from him and saw her chin trembling. And he grounded out
“You’re a fool”
“It…was..your..fault..” She shuddered violently. He felt her unsteadiness. He wanted her gone. He wanted to be the way he’d been for years – alone. He tried to let her go but the moment he did,he felt her fade to one side,so he had no choice but to keep that contact. The wind grew in intensity as he slipped his arm around her shoulder letting her lean against him and turned her towards the porch. As he pulled her to his side,she hid her face in his jacket. Ephyra seemed to have no strength. By the time they got to the porch Ephyra was badly able to walk. Her jacket was heavy with snow and she was pale. Her breathing was unsteady and shallow and she was shaking all over. Ephyra hugged herself as Harry opened the door. He helped her with the box.
“Take off your coat” he said when they stepped in.
Her hands were shaking so badly she couldn’t pull at a button. He unbuttoned her jacket for her and tossed it on the floor.
“Full heat will only hurt you more” he said. Harry knew the signs of hypothermia. Heat could do more damage to her. She needed to regulate her own body heat. He felt the urge to touch her pale cheeks.
“You..left..me..out..there” she shuddered violently again
“I thought you were going to give up” he said
“Sound… Like a plan” she muttered
he looked at her again
“Where..is ..my ..room.?” She asked
“Come on..” He pointed towards a direction. She looked at him and it was then that Harry realized something was wrong. She shivered violently again,her whole body shaking, then her hand went towards him and as he reached for her hand,he saw her falling to the ground. He caught her and then scooped her up in his arms. She was completely limp and he knew she was unconscious. Then he rushed her to his bedroom.
Wow! I think this is where their love story begins!
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Theme: In His Home
HARRY’S BEACH HOUSE
Ephyra felt a hand on her forehead,a gentle contact,warm and careful. She felt a pain when the soft warmth dissolved and comfort was gone. Her skin on fire, an aching all over. She felt the heat and cold,the pain and burning and bone deep aches. Then the shaking started, convulsive shivering. She heard a deep voice,soft and soothing. She felt something against her lips,cool liquid and she choked on it and the managed to swallow. The shaking grew until someone gather her in strong arms,holding her tightly as if to keep her steady. And gradually,the shivering lessened and she snuggled into the warmth. The voice whispered she’d be okay. And very slowly she fell asleep.
Ephyra didn’t know anything until she felt herself waking from a deep sleep.
She heard a voice
“I wish I could get her to the hospital” Harry said on phone
“Even if you could,she can’t go back outside” Doctor Brandon replied
“She’s doing better” His voice was low
“Well she’s lucky you knew what to do” the doctor said
“Really lucky Doc… Thank You”
She was too weary to open her eyes or speak. Harry touched her wrist,holding it lightly,then the touch was gone.
“Her pulse is strong,a bit fast and she’s breathing well. Her body temperature is normal and her color’s better”
“You did a good job” the doctor said
“Just make sure she’s fine”
“Of course..thanks” Harry cuts the call.
He touched Ephyra again,this time on the forehead. He leaned closer and whispered to her.
“You are okay…just rest”
Then she let go and tumbled back into the comfort of sleep. Harry watched Ephyra settle and something in him eased. He took a deep breathe for the first time since he had carried her into his bedroom more than 8hours ago. He could hardly breathe without tightness. She’d be okay.
He moved out of the room to get a cup of coffee in the kitchen.
Ephyra woke up with a start to darkness. She blinked,a panic of not knowing where she was or what had happened choking her for a minute. Then she remembered everything. She closed her eyes for a moment and lay very still as she remembered Harry. She was in bed,she knew that and she was warm. She opened her eyes slowly trying to focus. She slowly turned her head toward the light source in the room. She looked beyond and her breath caught. Harry was there. He was sitting in a couch about two feet from the bed,his eyes on her.
“You..” she said
“You are awake” he said softly
He stood up. Harry was dressed in a flannel shirt and jeans and hair slicked back from his face. He moved towards the bed.
“How do you feel?” He was bending over her,then he touched her forehead.
“Good” he murmured
She shifted slightly to test her body and that was when she felt the blanket directly on her skin. She peered under the blanket and saw that she was naked. Ephyra pulled the blanket up to her chin and glared at Harry.
“What did you do to me?”
“Questions again” he reached for her wrist and circled it with his fingers. She tried to get free but Harry didn’t stop touching her.
“You must be feeling better”
He said with a smile as he took her pulse. That wasn’t funny! Here she was in her bra and panties,in a bed in his home. She trembled and tugged to get free
“Let me go or I’ll -”
“Shh..let me concentrate” he said
She bit her lip and waited,then he finally let her go and stood back.
“Now what do you think I did to you, or I was doing to you?”
Ephyra kept the blanket up to her chin.
That brought a small smile to his lips that only made her face burn
“Not completely.. It’s best to get rid of clothes where there’s a chance of hypothermia especially if they are wet and cold”
She didn’t know the meaning of Hypothermia
“You passed out and you weren’t in any condition to undress yourself” it didn’t make her feel better
“Well…so..you just..undressed me” she stuttered
“You looked pretty awful when I found you but now you are in a good shape and the shivering stopped”
“So.. whose…fault was that..”
“I told you to leave but you refused. I thought you were going to come loose with all the shaking you were doing”
“I..i..feel..okay now. My clothes..where -”
“You still want to stay around and work for me?”
“I’m not giving up Mr Harry Jones”
He kept watching her and it made Ephyra uncomfortable. Her face colored when she remembered someone holding her when she was shivering. It was Harry holding her when she was wearing only bra and panties.
“Perhaps…how long have I been out?”
“I’ve been here for a whole day!”
“More than a whole day”
She tried to maneuver herself into a half sitting position with her back against the headboard.
“I’m hungry” Ephyra said abruptly
He stood there silently,and she became uncomfortable at his silence.
“Mr Harry Jones can I get my clothes?..I need to eat or I’ll die of hunger” she murmured
“Wait..is this my room?” He turned to face her
“No” he walked away and came in later with her box.
“Thanks” Harry moved out of the room. She went to the door and locked it. She took out her towel and nightgown and went to the bathroom.
Ephyra walked into the kitchen. Harry was there, a pot of coffee on the gas and he was taking something out of the toast machine.
“Cinnamon toast” she said
It was getting close to midnight. She sank into a chair at the kitchen table. He brought two coffee cups to the table and sat across from her. Harry sipped his coffee and ate his toast. Ephyra sat back cradling the mug in one hand.
“Now let’s do a proper introduction” she said
Harry put down his mug and looked right at her.
“I am Ephyra Adams”
“Ephyra Adams” he nodded slowly
“Your mother hired me to -”
“She’s not my mother”
She exhaled noisily
“Why do you keep saying that your mom…” Her voice trailed
“Stop…if you want to stay around then stop talking about that woman” he stood up and walked away
“What’s so wrong about his mom? He’s so proud! She did nothing wrong! And isn’t he old enough to realize that… Jerk!” She took another sip of her coffee
Harry yawned loudly as he made his way to the kitchen. He was tempted to check on Ephyra but he walked on. He stopped at the entrance of the kitchen. Ephyra was there working her way around the kitchen as she hummed a song he couldn’t make sense of. He cleared his throat and she turned to face him.
“Oh! Good Morning Boss!” She greeted cheerfully
“Good morning Ephyra”
He gulped down a bottle of water from the refrigerator.
“Can we talk?” She asked
“Yes..as long as it’s not about old lady”
“Well it about my job”
“You’re giving up?”
“Never! I was just about telling that I won’t be giving up anytime soon”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes..I’m not the type to give up easily” she replied
“Get ready we are heading to my agency”
“It not snowing anymore..and the roads are cleared now”
“Okay Boss. Food is ready”
She said when he was almost leaving the room.
“I am not hungry”
Harry rolled his eyes when he saw Ephyra. He was surprised to see her on heels in this sort of weather whereby the roads are still slippery and not fit to walk on.
“You can’t come with me in my car” Harry said
“Why?” Ephyra demanded
“I don’t like sharing my car with anyone”
“You heard me” he moved to the driver’s seat and entered the car.
“But I am your PA, so I have to be everywhere you are….” Ephyra moved to him
“If..if anything happens or goes wrong with you..then I get blamed for it”
“I don’t care” he grounded
“What?” She glared at him
Harry glanced at his wrist watch
“I’m running late make sure you meet up at Gold Mall”
“Are you serous right now Boss?”
“Dead serious Miss” he grinned. He was almost closing the car door but Ephyra held it. He tried to pull it but he couldn’t. Ephyra was holding it with her super strength.
“Won’t you let go?”
“I won’t let go until you agree to give me a ride”
“How do I get to Gold Mall? I don’t even know the place” she said sincerely
“You can ask around or use your google Map”
“Well you and I both know that no one lives around here. And I have to walk to the next bus station to take a bus which will also take a while…”
“Like I said.. I Don’t Care. Meet me at the Mall by 9:00 or else you get fired!” He pointed at her
She loosened her grip on the door and Harry closed it,shoving her aside in the process. She staggered backwards on heels and hit the ground hard suddenly. Harry drove off without looking back at her.
Her phone beeped. It was Isobel.
“Good Morning Madam Isobel”
“How are you doing?”
“What about Harry?”
“Oh! He’s fine”
“Where is he?”
“He left not quite long”
“Perhaps… Is he giving you any problem?”
She tried to stand up bit she screamed at the sharp pain in her ankle.. Ephyra wondered if she had broken a bone.
“Are you okay?” Isobel asked
“Yes..yes..I’m fine” she lied
Slowly she removed her heels and made her way back to the front door.
“Did he tell you where…”
“Gold Mall..he asked me to meet him at the Mall”
“Did he tell you why he wants to visit the Mall?”
“Probably to buy some stuffs…”
“I’m just surprised at his sudden visit to the Mall. He has not been there for years now”
“Well..maybe he want to check it out today”
Ephyra limped back to the door.
“So why are you alone?”
“Uhmm..I need to clear something up at home before joining him at the mall”
“So..did you talk to him about me?”
“Yes I did”
“So what did he say?”
Ephyra was silent
She tried to think of what to say to Isobel. Lying was not the best in this situation.
“He denied you”
Now it was Isobel’s turn to be silent.
“I’ll keep trying my best…”
“Thanks…I’m just glad that he didn’t call me up to complain about you. So I guess you are both doing fine”
“Yes we are fine”
“Please take care of my son”
“You can count on me Madam Isobel”
“Have a nice day” she hang up
“This is so annoying!” She said after trying Harry’s passwords.
“Its so painful…” She rubbed her ankle gently
“Argg! Harry! You bastard!”
She dialed his number and he picked
“What do you want?”
“Well..you see Boss..I need to get my phone from the house but I don’t know the password”
“So what are you using to call me?”
Then she realized what she just said
“Oh sorry Boss! Not..my phone…i meant to say my wallet. Yes..yes my wallet. I don’t have money in my jacket to pay a Taxi”
“4801” he said
She pressed on the buttons and it opened
“Oh thanks Boss!”
In the real sense Ephyra wanted to change her heels into a comfortable boot.
“Mr Harry was so wicked for pushing like that..he thinks I am going to hive up because of this…fool! Never!”
She came out minutes later and started the trek to the nearest bus station. She prayed that a taxi should appear out of no where to help her to the Mall. Ephyra became frustrated when none showed up. She got to the bus station and she saw an old man offloading cartons from an old truck into a mini mart next to the station.
“Excuse me Sir” she said
The man turned to face her
“How may I help you..young lady?”
“When is the next bus arriving?”
“I have no idea..I haven’t seen any bus around lately”
“They only come around if people want to visit the beach mostly during festive period or special days”
The old man groaned in pain when he bent down to lift a carton
“Oh sorry..let me help”
She carried three heavy boxes into the mart.
The old man was surprised. Ephyra saw an old woman in the store. She sat at the pay desk.
“Good Morning Ma” she greeted her
The old lady was stunned
“Uhmm..where should I drop these cartons?”
“Over..over there” she stuttered
Ephyra dropped it and went back to the old man.
“How..how did you manage -”
“Give me a ride to town” she cuts him off to silence him. She knew it was her Super strength at work and she was not ready to tell him about it. He might think she’s crazy.
“I will help you with the boxes and you give me a ride into town. And I can drive If you let me” she said
James had taught her how to drive when she was eager to know learn Human Stuffs.
“Okay…but can you drive?”
“Yes” she arranged four cartons, bending over to lift them again. Then she suddenly felt the sharp pain in her ankle but she ignored it.
“Just relax..I will take it all”
Minutes clicked by and Ephyra finished carrying the boxes. The man drove her to the town and she thanked him. She took a taxi to Gold Mall.
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Theme: You’re Fired!
Ephyra alighted from the taxi and paid the driver. Gold Mall has an enormous building with every window having a designer brand engraved on it “G.M”. People walking in and out of the building with paper bags in their hands. Ephyra gasped when she stepped Into the Mall. It had all variety of goods. Suddenly,she started to feel a pounding pain at every step she took with her right ankle. Though she thought of calling James to inform him about it but she waved it off. James might try to convince her to quit the job for spraining her ankle few days at work. He would get mad at Harry for hurting her. So she concluded that it was best to endure the pain.
“Now how am I to find Boss in this big place?” She limped farther and went to the Jewelry section after passing by the Large grocery store.
“Excuse me..” She said to the lady at the desk.
“How may I help you Miss?”
“Perhaps..have you seen Mr Harry Jones around here?”
“Oh yeah..he’s in the clothing section” The last replied
“Please where is the section?”
“On the second Floor so you have to take the elevator” She pointed towards a direction
“Oh Thanks Miss!” Ephyra said
She moved towards the elevator and soon was on the 2nd floor. She saw the Salon section and looked in it to see if Harry might be there styling his hair.
“Wow!” She gasped when she saw the ladies sitting in front of large mirrors.
“So..pretty” she muttered
She looked at her phone, 9:20am. Ephyra prayed that Harry won’t fire her for coming late to the Mall.
“He can’t fire me..Mrs Isobel hired me..not him”
Then she stopped to think as she stared at her phone
“What if he tells his mother I am not punctual and that -”
She was interrupted by a familiar voice.
“I can’t run my agency like that..”
She looked up. And Harry was there!
He was walking towards her with three other people. Two women and one man. Ephyra knew they were models like Harry.
“Boss!” She waved at him
Harry looked at her. His eyes did a slow crawl on her. And he noticed she was not on heels anymore but boot. Ephyra cleared her throat and managed to walk to them. She did a good job at hiding the fact that her ankle was hurting badly.
“Who is she?” The man asked
“Jason meet Ephyra. She’s my PA”
“Oh Ephyra it nice to meet you” Jason said
“Likewise” she shook hands with him and Jason kissed the back of her palm.
“You’re such a beauty”
Ephyra raised her brows
Harry cleared his throat. He was not comfortable with Jason’s attitude towards Ephyra.
“Ephyra meet Tiana and Tatiana..they are the new models I just signed into my agency”
“Hi Ephyra” they chorused
“Hello” she replied with a half smile.
Jason stared at her taking in her beauty.
“Wow!..Harry your PA is hot and sexy…she looks exactly like a professional model”
“No she’s not a model Jason. I thinks its time to leave.. Take the ladies to the agency I will meet up soon”
“Ephyra I hope to always see you around at the office..or we could have lunch some other time…”
“No..no not with this one Jason..she’s got a boyfriend” Harry announced without thinking. Ephyra gave him a surprised look
Boyfriend?! That was a lie
“Oh really? Ephyra I should have expected that right?”
“Uhmm..” She looked at Harry. Ephyra wasn’t comfortable with the look on his face.
“Yes” she faked a smile
“Go ahead Jason” Harry said
The ladies waved at him
“Why..why did you tell Jason that I have a boyfriend?” She asked
“And is that what you should be asking me right now?”
“Huh?.. I thought I asked you a question too”
“I told you to get here by 9:00…what’s the time now?”
“9:30” she replied in a low tone
“Good..You’re Fired!” Harry grounded out
“What?!” Her jaw dropped. And Harry started to walk away.
“Boss! That’s unfair!” She screamed
Harry turned to face her
“I got here before 9:30” she said
“There was no bus at the station…I couldn’t make it on time…so I arrived by 9:20”
“Keep that excuse to yourself..”
“But..I’m being honest here..” She muttered
He studied her expression
“Follow me” he said
“Do you want to get fired?”
“So follow me”
And she followed him
“I need to get clothes for the Models at my agency. So we would be very busy In the next couple of days” he said
“Are you listening?”
“So let’s go to the clothing section”
“That’s remind me..don’t tell old lady anything about my agency”
“Its none of her business”
“Okay” she stopped
And cursed under her breathe at the sharp pain in her ankle.
“Are you okay?”
Harry looked back when he felt she was not following him again.
“Why did you pull off your heels?”
“There was no way I could trek to the station on heels. Are we still heading to the agency?”
“Yes to get my schedules from my Ex secretary”
“Yes she resigned this morning so you are taking her place as my PA. So walk fast because we have a lot to do today”
“Okay” she followed closely. Finally, they got to the section. Ephyra saw clothing racks filled with clothes in different styles and colors. Gowns,silk dresses,jeans,s
hirts and all. Dresses over the section. There were a lot of them. The three women in the section bowed to Harry when he walked in. Harry went to the racks and started picking out dresses from them. He threw them into Ephyra’s hands. Then she thought she might die of stress or the pain in her ankle.
“Boss..why am I the only one carrying these clothes? I thought the ladies are here..to help”
“Are you complaining?”
“You can give up right now”
“No,I’m not giving up”
“Okay..but remember..I’m not giving you a ride in my car to the office. You have to find your way”
“No..not again Boss..why won’t you let me in your car?”
“I don’t like sharing my car with anyone”
“It doesn’t make any sense. I had an accident earlier while you were trying to -”
“Stop making up excuses”
He silenced her
He kept dropping clothes in her hands.
“I can do you a favour” he said
“You have to pay me for the ride to the office”
“That’s not a favour” she muttered
“I wasn’t talking to you”
“I would do you a great favour by giving you a ride in my car..”
“But I have to pay…”
“Yes..or else you have to carry these loads to the office alone”
“Having a second party in my car makes me uncomfortable”
“You have to believe me”
He grinned wickedly. Ephyra hated him for his toughness and because he was doing everything in his power just to make her give up.
“Okay..I’ll pay you”
“That’s too much for a fare around town”
“Then take a taxi” he said
“Did I tell you I need money to buy candy?”
“No..I don’t have enough money on me”
“Then it either you trek to the office or call your boyfriend to bring you to the office”
“How did you know I have a boyfriend?”
“Am I wrong?”
“Have we met before?”
“Where? When? I don’t remember seeing you anywhere except when I searched for Goldmynes”
“Never mind” he picked the last clothe on the rack
“So does that mean you will give me a ride?”
“No..admit that you have a boyfriend and I will consider giving you a free ride”
“But..what has that got to do with -”
“Fine! Then find your way alone!” He gritted
He went to the desk to pay his bills. Two women calculated the price tag on each clothe.
“No need for that ladies” the third woman at the desk said
“Madam Isobel called in earlier and said you shouldn’t pay for anything” he gave her his card
“I am paying..”
“No Sir..please I’m not ready to lose my job”
“Calculate it and let me have the receipt”
They calculated it and packed them into bags. They were a lot of bags to carry!
“Okay” he leaned forward on the big desk
“What’s your name?”
She replied with a smile
“Okay..thanks” he turned away from her
“Let’s go” he said to Ephyra without making an attempt to carry any bag.
Ephyra eyed the bags
“Come on..or else I won’t give you a ride in my car”
She carried all the bags with her strength. And Harry was stunned to see her carrying them without stress. She managed to get the bags into Harry’s car outside the Mall. She stuffed them in the booth and entered the car beside the driver’s seat. Ephyra sighed in relief.
Eleanor barged into Isobel’s office without listening to the words of the secretary.
“Madam Isobel.. I’m so sorry..I tried to…”
Isobel silenced her
“You can go Tracy”
Then she stepped out of the room.
“Where are your manners Eleanor?” She said in a low tone
“Oh! Sorry Madam Isobel I lost them the very moment you hired a new worker for Harry”
“Anyways sit down and let’s talk”
“No” she declined
“Okay…so why are you here?”
“Why did you hire a new worker for Harry even after he made it clear that he doesn’t want any…”
“Did Harry complain to you?”
“He doesn’t have to -”
“Any why are you concerned about this new worker?..From what I can remember..Eleanor you never cared about them”
“Things are different now”
“What is -” Isobel paused
She thought for a second and it struck her
“Oh I see”
“What do you see?”
Isobel busted into laughter
“What’s so funny?” Eleanor asked angrily. Fury crashing over her.
“Are you jealous of the new worker?”
“Jealous?” Eleanor repeated
“Yes…Jealous that she’s beautiful. And you are concerned that she might capture my son’s heart”
Eleanor glared at her
“How did you find out about her?”
“And what do you mean by capturing Harry’s heart?”
“Well it just something you couldn’t achieve for years…but I feel Ephyra will do better”
“What?!…but you told me that I was going to marry Harry no matter what…and I’ve been waiting for years”
“And does he loves you?”
“You said he loves me”
“I said..but did you ask Harry?”
“Why are you doing this to me? I wanted to give up on him but you begged me not to…”
“You are wrong Eleanor. Have you forgotten the deal?”
“Deal of making Harry fall in love with you. I told you that if you succeed then I won’t oppose your marriage to him. And you promised to help me talk to him in return.. You promised to bring us back together but what happened? You failed at everything Eleanor. And I still kept working on your career. I didn’t give up on you hoping that someday you would win his heart and help reunite us. You were only concerned about your love for him that you neglected your promises,my emotions of wanting to be close to my son again”
“I can’t believe this..” She muttered
“So you think she can win his heart?”
“My deal with her is not about winning Harry’s heart. It about reconnecting me to my son and also teaching Harry what loves means..True love which comes from the heart without pretence”
A tear slid down Eleanor’s cheek
“Should I apologize to you?” Isobel asked
They heard a knock on the door
“Come in” Isobel said
She expected Tracy but Harry walked in.
“Good Afternoon Old lady”
She stood up from the chair and went to him
“Oh son! How are you doing?”
Eleanor wiped her face
“When did you get here?” He asked her
“Not quite long”
“She was at your office?” Isobel asked
Harry dropped a brown envelope on the table
“The payment of the clothes I bought at the mall. The lady at the desk refused it”
“I gave the order son”
“This is business”
“Yes I know..and its all yours”
“How on earth did you find out I was at the Mall?”
“Ephyra told me when I called this morning”
“Yes…and are you getting along well?”
“Why do you want to know?”
“I’m just curious…since you didn’t call me the first day she showed up at your doorstep..up till now”
“I am kicking her out of my house very soon”
“Come on son don’t be too harsh on the poor lady,she’s only trying to make a living”
“Accept this money and I’ll let her stay”
Then she collected it from him
“Well..I plan to pay double of the money you offered her and more by the end of the week”
“She won’t accept it…she’s different from the other women I’ve hired son”
“Are you in love with your maid?”
“she is my PA”
“Oh that trash…you’re calling her a PA”
She carried her bag and made her way to the door.
Anger crashed over him and he clenched his fists.
“She’s not a trash. Her name is Ephyra and she’s worth more than you are Eleanor”
Isobel gasped in shock
“What?!” Eleanor turned to look at him
“Uhmm..son -” he jerked free from her grip
“We have to stop this nonsense now..don’t let us pretend anymore”
He looked at Eleanor
“I don’t love you Eleanor and I never did… And I can’t love you” he said and walked out of the room.
“I can’t take this anymore” she gritted
“You will pay for humiliating me like this Isobel” she grounded and stormed out of the room.
Eleanor promised to make them pay for causing her pain. She won’t let things go just like that..no one hurts her and gets away with it. She concluded.
Yawa Don gas oo
Eleanor is determined to make them pay..and I’m sure Ephyra is not left out.
Who is to be blamed in this scene?
Isobel? Eleanor? Or Harry?
Lemme know Via comments!
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Theme: Serious Talk
HARRY’S BEACH HOUSE
“This is worst than I thought” Ephyra muttered as she sank into the couch. She dialed James number and he picked immediately.
“Hello Ephyra.. How is work?”
“Fine..how is Gideon?”
“Can I ask you something?”
Ephyra checked to see if Harry was out of ear shot. He was in his room.
“Actually..it not about me” she paused
“Ephyra just tell me about it”
“You see…I went to work with Mr Harry today and at the office a lady sprained her ankle and now she’s feeling the ache in it”
“How did she sprained her ankle?”
“She fell on heels” Ephyra closed her eyes. She silently prayed that James won’t ask too many question which might lead to him finding out she was injured.
“And I guess she stressed it too much.. That must have caused the pain right?”
“So what’s the…”
“Tell her to go to the hospital to get an X – ray done on it to see if it broken”
“Well..she doesn’t want to go to the hospital that was why I called to see if you can suggest a quick remedy and what to relief the pain”
James was silent. He wondered how fast Ephyra had started to have friends at work
“Are you sure it not about..you?”
“Okay..if your so called friend doesn’t want to go to the hospital then a massage would help a bit. Massage with a bone ointment, bandage around it and pain reliever. But I suggest that she visit the hospital”
“A massage with bone, ointment, bandage and pain killer”
“Okay..I will relate everything to her” she bit her lower lip
“Let’s talk later..I’m still at work”
“Take care” she hang up
“You are an expert at telling lies”
She heard his voice. Ephyra looked up and Harry was there looking straight at her.
“Ahmm… what do… you need boss?” She stuttered
“Are you okay?” Harry stared at her
“Come here” he ordered
“You heard me”
He gestured to her to come close.
“Okay” she stood up gently. Ephyra closed her eyes as she felt the pain again. Harry watched her with his gaze on her ankle.
“I don’t remember seeing anyone with a broken ankle at the office”
Ephyra was silent as she limped to him. She knew Harry had caught her making things up. She winced at the pain. Harry went to her before she could take another step.
“I asked if you were fine at the office.. And you kept saying Yes” Harry said in a low tone
“Yes..I’m fine” she said unsteadily. She moved away from him but he blocked her pathway.
“How did you end up like this?” He asked with a concerned look
Ephyra frowned at him. She hated the look of innocence on his face.
“You don’t know?” She asked
“Then it better not to know” she shoved him aside and motioned towards the kitchen. Harry followed her and whirled her to face him. Ephyra yelped in pain at the swift movement. A tear slid down her cheeks. She had been trying hard not to cry ever since the pain started. It was hard to hold it back now that he was acting as if he was not the cause of the pain.
“Let go of me!” She screamed and pushed him away.
“You’re.. So..so heartless! What’s so wrong in trying to make a living in this world! I knew it wasn’t going to be easy out here but I took the chance.. I knew working and living with you won’t be an easy task but I still took the risk! And I’ve been trying my best to keep up with your toughness since I came around! And I promised myself that I wouldn’t give up..but then what happened?! First I got buried in the snow and now this!” She pointed to her ankle.
“All because of your silly toughness I got my ankle broken! Why?! And how did I end up like this? You say?”
She hit his chest and Harry staggered backward.
“Oh come on! Don’t act like you don’t know…and you didn’t see me through your rear mirror after you pushed me this morning! You knew I was on heels but you pushed me because you didn’t want me to ride in your car!” She threw her hands up in the air.
“You’re so selfish Mr Harry Jones! And you only care about yourself! And that’s unfair!” She stopped
Her chest rising and falling. Ephyra waited for Harry to say a word but he didn’t. He moved away from her and walked to his bedroom. She exhaled roughly when she heard the door again. Harry came back with his jacket on. She met Harry’s gaze and she saw the pain in his expression. Ephyra hated herself at that moment. She knew she had gone too far..to harsh on him with her words. And she regretted letting her anger take the best part of her seconds ago. Ephyra limped to the window and raised the curtain, Harry was driving out of the private driveway. She wondered where he was headed by this time of the night. And she panicked at the thought of Harry sleeping out tonight. What if Isobel calls to check up on him? She thought. Then she realized it was best to have ignored Harry than telling him the truth. Ephyra limped back to the couch and settled on it.
Harry hit the steering as he drove down the silent and dark road. He looked down at his cellphone. Ephyra was calling him. Every of her words echoed in his head. At that moment she was talking,the impulse to reach for her and pull her to himself was there again. But he had held back to let her say all that was on her mind. Harry realized he wanted that contact with her and that was totally foreign to him and disturbing. That was the word he’d been looking for since the day he saw her. She had been distracting him.
He felt guilty for causing her pain and he flinched at the pain he saw in her eyes.
“It about to snow in -”
She turned off the weather forecast news as she rushed to her room ignoring the pain in her leg. Harry had been gone for about an hour now and he hasn’t returned home. He didn’t even pick up his calls. Ephyra was worried about him. She grabbed her jacket and moved out of the house.
“Where did he go?”
Ephyra asked herself. And she panicked again at the thought of Harry getting buried in the snow.
“If he is around…no one is going to save him” she said loudly. She dialed his number again.
“Please pick up Mr Harry…I’m so sorry” she paced the porch slowly.
“Oh my Sea please bring him back home safely” she paused
“Maybe I should go and look for him. I can’t keep standing here…but what if I get caught in the snow again” she thought deeply. Ephyra took a step and she realized her legs were weak
“D--n it!” She muttered
Then she sat on the stairs to wait for Harry. Minutes clicked by, Ephyra checked her watch 10:15pm. She looked up when she heard the sound of a car Horn. Harry was pulling into the driveway. She stood up but she couldn’t walk to meet up with him. She noticed the small paper bag in his right hand. Ephyra saw the tension in his face,the way the lines at his mouth deepened when he came to her. Ephyra met his gaze and she began to say.
“I’m..I’m sorry..I shouldn’t have said anything about -”
He shook his head
“I’m sorry”she whispered again
“Why are you outside?” He asked with a stern tone. And Ephyra looked up at him.
“You..left without saying..anything ..and I became worried after I listened to the forecast….”
“Can we go in now?” He asked
“Of course” she said
And when she thought he was going to leave her to find her way inside, Harry leaned closely.
“You can lean me” he said
Harry placed his hand around her shoulder
“Thank You” she said
And they both walked back into the house. Harry motioned to her to sit on the couch and she did. He sat on a pillow on the floor in front of Ephyra and crouched down on it. He dropped the paper bag on the floor beside him.
“What are you trying to do?”
She asked when he brought out a bandage,ointment and painkiller.
“You’re an expert on question asking” he said
Moisture gathered in her eyes when she realized Harry had drove down to the mini mart to buy the things James prescribed to her. He held her ankle and twisted it gently.
Ephyra held back a sob.
“It won’t take long” he said
Suddenly she heard a crack in her ankle. Ephyra winced at the pain. He looked up at her and noticed the tears at the corner of her eyes.
Harry flinched at the pain he saw there. And he hated himself at that moment for causing her pain. He dropped her leg gently on another pillow.
“You’re so distracting” he muttered without thinking but soon as the words came out he knew the truth in them. She’d been distracting him from the beginning and she hasn’t stopped. He stood up and went to the kitchen to grab a glass of water. He gulped down the whole glass before going back to Ephyra with another glass. She collected the glass and held it in her hands. She sniffed.
“So you went to the Mini mart?”
Harry settled back on the pillow
“Questions again” he said
“Yes..I like asking questions. And I get to point and I’m pretty curious”
“So I bet when you were a kid,you distract people easily with your curiosity and questions” he said as he massaged her ankle gently
“I bet you were annoyingly tight – lipped when you were a kid” she countered without missing a beat. Harry glanced up at her with a half smile on his lips.
“No…I changed up” he replied
“This is about your father right?”
His smile disappeared. And she noticed it.
“I’m sorry I shouldn’t have mentioned it”
“Forget it” he said
Then he wrapped the bandage around her ankle.
“I should be the one apologizing for hurting you” he said
“You were right about everything you said earlier…I am mean and selfish to my workers but…..I wasn’t always like this…”
Ephyra studied him closely. An image flashed through her mind.
“Perhaps…have we met?” She asked
“So you don’t remember seeing me anywhere?” He asked
She closed her eyes
“I think you need to see a doctor” her eyes flare open.
“No I don’t like the smell of hospitals”
“You’ve been there before?”
“Yes..two months ago..then I ran out of the hospital”
Harry wondered if she was insane back then… Running out of the hospital with no shoes.
“I bumped into this weird guy” he met Ephyra’s gaze.
“He insulted me and James”
She used the drug Harry dropped into her palms. Harry knew she was talking about him.
Ephyra leaned forward
“You look like that guy I saw that night”
“I was the same guy you met that night”
Her eyes widened in shock. She reached out to him and roughened his hair with her hands. His hair fell over his eyes.
“Oh! You are the same guy!”
She covered her mouth with her palms.
“I..I..didn’t realize it..”
Harry stood up
“Are you hungry?…or will you like to have a cup of coffee?”
“Yes…and a cup of coffee”
“I’ll be right back”
“Wait…can I come with you?’
“Sure” he answered
He went to her
“What are you trying to do?”
“What does it look like?”
He lifted her up in his arms
“Thanks” she said
Harry dropped her in the kitchen chair gently. He went to the refrigerator and returned with a bowl in his hands to the gas cooker. Ephyra sat back in the chair just watching him. He found a pot and poured the stew in it. In moments the stew was heating. He pushed a coffee mug to her before he crossed to the sink and ran water over his hands. Then he dried them on a towel. She saw the way he took several deep breaths. The way the action stretched the fabric of the black shirt,then the way he dropped the towel on the counter and pressed both hands on the edge of the sink. He lowered his head a bit then with a harsh intake of air he straightened up. Ephyra hardly knew Harry Jones yet she sensed his pain and felt concerned for him.
“Are you okay?’ She asked
He didn’t respond
“Are you tired?…or is there something bothering you?”
He sighed and turned to her. His face passive.
“My mom caused his death” he said finally
“No…you are mistaken”
“No…she picked up a fight with him. She accused him of having an affair with his secretary. He left….and we heard of his death. And in the end.. He was innocent. It was all her fault!” He clenched his fist
She knew that,but it didn’t stop her automatic sympathy at what he’d lost.
“Oh…I’m sorry” she whispered
“No apologies needed”
Ephyra wanted to stop the whole conversation
“Boss..I can tell you that the stew’s going to burn if you don’t stir it” she said looking past him at the stew and the steam rising from the pot. He turned,picked a spoon and stirred the stew. She stood up to get the dishes. The room seemed unsteady and her legs felt weak. She held onto the back of the chair. Harry looked at her for a long moment.
“Sit..you’re pale” he said. She wasn’t going to argue,not when her legs felt like rubber. She sank back down in the chair.
They ate in silence until Ephyra pushed her dish.
“I’m full” she aid
He was done too..she poured herself more coffee. She sipped the coffee as she met his gaze over the rim of the heavy mug. Harry cleared his throat.
“I was going to ask you what you studied in college?” He said
“Journalism?.. Or you do research writing.. Because from the way you asked questions,I’d say its a fitting field for you” he said
“I’m not in that field. I am curious and I like finding answers for things” she didn’t want to discuss it with him. She wasn’t in any field. Ephyra only found herself in the Human World according to her Wish. It Was a shocking dream that she kept alive for years and it became a reality”
Harry let it drop. He stood,picked up the dishes and took them to the sink. He rinsed the dishes quickly. She made to stand and head to bed but the minute she tried,her legs gave out. She reached for the table for support but Harry was there catching her by her arm,steadying her. He let her get her balance.
“Take it easy”
Ephyra knew she needed his support. She wished she could just move away from him but she couldn’t stand without him at that moment.
“My legs are weak”
“Lean on me” he murmured
He had his arm around her, supporting her the way he had that night she fell in the snow. She closed her eyes tightly, wanting desperately to say she could walk and he could let her go but that was a lie. Ephyra wanted him close.
“Thanks Mr Harry” she whispered
“You..know you can just call me Harry”
She looked at him
Harry helped her back to her bedroom
“Climb in” he helped her into bed
“Thank You” she said laying back on the bed and sighed with relief. She closed her eyes waiting while the world fell away. She felt him touch her cheek and she slipped into the softness but before Ephyra could let go she felt his lips brush hers, the mere suggestion of a kiss and then it was gone. A Wish? A Dream? Ephyra couldn’t tell and in that moment between sleeping she didn’t care.
Harry had never taken advantage of a woman. He’d never kissed any woman. He’d never done anything that irrational. He was violating his well constructed rules when he kissed Ephyra. He didn’t know where the kiss had come from or the need to get closer to her. An ache in his being,the solitude that had been his goals for years. He drew back,giving himself distance. He’d been alone for too long and he was losing it. He walked away and didn’t look back as he exited the room.
Wow! someone is in love!
Harry: Mr Love Enemy ..now in love with Psycho Lady .
What happened when Ephyra found out Harry kissed her?
Find out in the Next episode!
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