SMILE OF TERROR
Jane pulled a chair next to where
Alfred had sat. “You have to buy me a bottle” she
“You sit first” he said.
It was around 3 pm.
They had not seen each other for
sometime. The last time they talked was when Alfred had asked her to
talk to Cathy, when they had the
However Cathy had ignored her calls
knowing that Alfred might have asked
her to convince her. They started chattering about a lot of
things, updating each other on so
Jane was very happy to learn that
Alfred and Cathy had gotten back
together. Jane had gone to wait for a friend
who seemed to have a problem with
keeping time or maybe had decided
not to show up, she decided to wait a
bit longer in the company of Alfred.
“They are here, both of them” said a voice in the phone “at Arizona bar
Isabelle kept quete, it was all too
good to be true. She had hoped and
wished for a day like that, she knew
how hard it would be but she was determined to wait for the
opportunity, she left everything to
“Do the right thing” she hissed. “You
do the right thing” she repeated on
the phone. “I dont want excuses” The young man cut the line and
turned to the waiter behind the
counter and whispered something
into his ear.
The waiter went to the table where
Jane and Alfred were and asked if they needed anything
“Two bottles of Castle” said Jane.
“The bill is on you” she said turning
There were few people in the bar, a
couple in a corner, a small group of teenagers chattering loudly near the
entrance of the bar.
Alfred assured her that he would pay
the bills and should take as much
beer as she wanted.
The waiter took them their bottles. They ordered more beer and begun
to get drunk.
“I love you very much baby” said
Alfred looking at Jane closely. She
smiled and put her hand on his
shoulder. “I love you too honey” she said
“Let’s go and get ourselves a room”
He beckoned at the waiter and paid
the bill for the beer.
They left the bar through the back door which served as the entrance to
the guest house right behind the bar.
They were struggling to walk
normally as it was still daytime and
few people were looking .
“We are not drunk right baby” he asked. She laughed out very loud.
They went to the reception and were
given a room. They went to the room
and began kissing.
“I can’t wait anymore” he groaned as
he pulled down his trousers. Jane rolled up the dress and threw herself
on the bed.
Tom was complaining to his friends
about how he had thought he had
lost feelings for Cathy and only for
them to resurface when he found her with a man.
“You are now whinning and sulking,
you sound just like a woman” his
friends teased him
“The guy is good looking and I bet he
is working, and there is no way Cathy will leave him for me” he said.
Leah had been great, she didn’t seem
to want a big commitment, he had
believed that he loved her very
When Cathy had begun to show some greenlight, he psychologically pushed
her away by hanging around with
Leah at any given chance.
But seeing Cathy with Alfred made
him realise how much he loved her.
Leah had been an escape route, a shield from the hurt of finding out
that Cathy had a boyfriend.
‘If only I had made use of that
opportunity’ he thought to himself
‘when she told me of her break up
and when she started showing some intrest in me’ he blamed himseland when she started showing some intrest in me’ he blamed himself
Then there was a knock at the door.
The guys went quete, none of them
was expecting a visitor.
Tom opened the door and there stood
Leah “Oh its you” he said disappointedly
“Yes its me”she answered. ” are you
disappointed? were you expecting
someone else? ” she asked coldly
“No,,, I ,, I wasnt just expecting you, I
was almost leaving for the library, but since you are here, it’s was almost leaving for the library, but since you are here, it’s good. ”
The guys in the room busied
themselves with studying, flipping the
pages every second but paying
attention to the couple’s
conversation. “I have come to tell you that I have
bought us two tickets for your
favourite movie” she said
‘Without asking whether am intrest’Without asking whether am intrested
or not’ he thought.
“Well am sorry not today, I have a lot of things to do” he said
“But I already bought the tickets and
its just an hour”
“An hour is enough to do a lot of
constructive things” he answered.
“But if it was Cathy,,,,,, ” she stopped. “No dont stop, go on. If it was Cathy
what? ” he asked with a shaky voice
“Nothing, I will go and watch it by
myself” she said as she stood up
“That was very rude and very harsh.
you better run after her” suggested one of the guys.
“She got on my nerve, we can never
hold a conversation without the
mention of Cathy, how does she start
making programmes for me” he said
trying to keep cool. They persuaded him to follow her.
“Poor Tom, stuck with a woman he
doesn’t love” said one of the guys.
“It must be hard ” said the other.
Cathy entered the room singing
loudly, she found Kay preparing food. “You have such a pathetic voice” she
said and Cathy smiled
“Whats the goodnews? ” asked Kay
“Nothing” she answered ” I’m just
happy that am back with Alfred, I still
laugh when I remember that I literally cried when I learnt that Tom had a
girlfriend. I love Alfred and its him
alone I love. I think I was blinded by
anger” she narrated
“Well he is quet charming and good
looking, who wouldn’t fall for him” said Kay. “Just make sure that he
doesn’t cheat on you again. ”
“He didn’t cheat. He was just framed”
Cathy’s mother had got a leave from
work. She had stopped eating food and lived only on tea. She carefully
opened the diary and ran her fingers
through the words in it
“My baby, one day you will know the
truth, the whole truth and then you
will know that am a good mother and I was a good wife to your father” she
The death of Melody had left her
devastated. The one woman whom
her husband loved so much before
he met her. Jane woke up and looked around.
She was in an unfamiliar room. She
sat up and tried to remembere how
she had found herself there but could
not remember. She almost died when
she saw that sleeping next to her was Alfred. She shook him violently
and he woke up.
“What is this, why are you waking me
up” he protested, facing the other
“You wake up” she shouted. He slowly opened his eyes not
recognising where he was
“Where am I” he asked
“I have also failed to figure out” she
“I only remember that I was with Stanely drinking beer yesterday but I
dont know how I ended up here with
you” said ,Jane
“I think I remember something too”
he said. “I can’t remember everything
but I was with Cathy yesterday this must be a guest house, I came here
“Are you mad” exclaimed Jane ” how
can Cathy be here? ”
It was then that he realised that
Cathy was at school and there was no way she could be there. Then
who is the girl whom he went to the
gust house with . Jane? The thought
made him shiver.
They were covered in bed sheets.
Their clothes were scattered on the floor
“Oh no” criedJane. “Alfred do you
think we,, did we,,,? ” the words could
not come out. They were both naked,
how it had happened, they couldn’t
remember. They were both confused and didn’t know what to do.
They shamefully picked their clothes
and put them on.
Isabelle sat in the chair laughing
uncontrollably. She always got luck
with everything she did. She couldn’t remember the last time she was that
To Be Continued