Hidden Diamonds – Classicpluz
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I woke up with a good feeling today. I thought it was because I would be leaving with aunt tomorrow. I had my bath and dressed up. Aunt had told me she would prepare breakfast. I didn’t bother going downstairs because I was feeling really lazy.
Jason barged into my room without knocking. “Are your knuckles hurt?” I asked him.
He stared at me,confused before replying “No,why’d you ask?”
“Last I checked, it’s still polite to knock before entering someone’s room.”
He scoffed and threw the shopping bag he was holding on my laps.
“We’re leaving this house by one o’clock. Wear everything in the bag. You know I hate late comers.” He gave me a pat on the shoulder and walked out.
I didn’t know what to make of his expression. He seemed angry and at the same time calm. Jake never pats me unless we’re at peace. I decided to forget about that.
I opened the shopping bag to find a blue and pink peplum dress. From the waist upwards, was baby pink . The other part was royal blue. I tried it on and it fit perfectly,stopping directly at my knee.
I was shocked because Jason never got my clothes size right no matter how hard he tried.
I removed the dress and checked what was left in the bag. There was a flat pink strapped pair of sandals, a silver wrist watch and a silver necklace. I smiled happily. The fear of what he wanted to do with me had vanished completely.
I went downstairs to see the dining all set. Everybody was down already. I apologised for coming late and joined them.
After the meal, I followed Jason up the stairs to his room. “Thank you Jay”
He turned back and nodded, his face expressionless.
I became confused. Why was he acting all strange again?
I walked back to my room with slumped shoulders. I lay down to sleep again.
By the time I woke up ,it was 12:50pm. I flew out of my bed and began dressing up. It was the fastest dress up I ever had. My brother hated lateness and he would have my head for dinner if I dared him.
I put on everything he gave me. My hair wasn’t made so I wore a 10-inches long black wig. I applied lip gloss on my lips. Mum never raised me with make-up so I never cared.
By the time I was done,it was 1pm on the dot. I rushed downstairs as fast as I could. I met him standing by the door clad in a black trouser and a blue long sleeved shirt folded to the elbow. He must have had a haircut that morning. He looked really smashing.
“You done staring miss?”
I shook myself out of my thoughts and nodded.
“Let’s go then.”
The driver was already outside waiting. We entered the car and left the compound. The drive out of the estate we live in always seemed long to me.
I was getting tensed inside the car.
“Could you please turn up the radio sir?”
He turned it up and cool music flooded the car. That seemed to help calm my nerves.
“I believe you remember where I told you to take us to.” Jason spoke for the first time since we entered the car.
“Carry on then.”
I had never been a fan of going out. My life revolved around home,school,church and the market.
“What’s going on in your mind sis?”
“In that case,it’s the perfect time .”
“Perfect time for what Jay?”
“I just wanna apologise for being a jerk. I wanna apologise on behalf of dad too. I know the kind of pain you feel ’cause I feel it too. I don’t want you to leave the house mad at me dear. Forgive the only brother you’ve got.”
“I’m not angry at you bro. I’m the one who isn’t able to manage grief well. Forgive me too. You know I love you,right?”
“Oh sure Mille,thank you. You’re an angel”
“Is it today you knew that one?”
“You should be thanking me for lying to you about that sef. I needed to boost your ego.” I made a face and punched him on the shoulder.
“Good. That means the punch lived a fulfilled life after all.”
I stopped talking when I noticed the car had been pulled to a halt.
We were in the parking lot of Ibom Tropicana.
“Is this for real Jay?”
He didn’t answer me but pinched me instead.
“What was that for you slowpoke?”
“I’m sorry sis, I was only trying to prove that it’s for real.”
I laughed and alighted the vehicle.
Before we left,he turned to the driver.
“Oga you can go flexing for now. When we’re ready,we’ll call you. And don’t worry,it’s our little secret.”
“Thank you sir,you’re so kind.”
“Ah it’s nothing and please I’d prefer Jake.”
He held my hand as we walked through the doors. We bought our movie tickets and went to see a two-hour movie.
After the movie,we decided to play some games. While we were at it, Jake called the driver to start coming back. We had so much fun.
The driver arrived. Jason instructed him to take us to Cherries in Nsikak Eduok Avenue. He obeyed.
“Mille,we’re only going to eat light here. I don’t want you to be too full. I have something else in store for you.”
I was beside myself with joy. We went in and ordered for snacks. After eating,we sat chatting and laughing. I suddenly realised I missed Jason so much all this while. We took so many selfies till I was afraid the camera would shut down. When it was few minutes past 6pm, Jason suggested we start heading home.
We talked about everything and nothing during the drive back to the estate. Luckily,we arrived home before 7pm. I didn’t know what would have happened to us if we delayed further.
When we arrived home, I was so exhausted. I walked slowly to the door and opened it.
The sight that met my eyes left me in tears.
I almost fell down if not for the timely intervention of Jason. The living room was decorated with lights and flowers. Dad and aunt were dressed like Jason and I respectively. I ran to them and hugged them both. Tears were streaming down my face.
“Don’t cry baby please” That was aunt’s unmistakable voice.
Daddy hugged me again. “I’m really sorry baby for everything.”
“It’s fine dad, I’m sorry too.”
“Enough of the tears and drama, I’m hungry” Jason said.
“I don’t know why my beloved nephew must be so annoying all the time.”
He laughed and moved over to her side.
“I know that’s why you love me. On a serious note, I’m dying of hunger.”
“As your punishment for ruining the wonderful reunion I was watching, you’ll serve everyone and take your food last.”
Jason groaned and we all laughed.
To Be Continued