Cold But Charming - Episode 24

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Ann pov:

I was alive, although I wasn't sure why,
After repeated interrogations and tortures from the man i've always seen as gentle and classy..
Then I was sure I could welcome anything ..
I realise he derive pleasure in torturing..
Pleasures in Power 
Pleasure in breaking people's spirit..
Pleasure in killing,
Even up till now I still do not understand the reason for his tortures and how I have anything to do with my bosses document..
I was just an innocent lady working as a secretary for his own blood brother only to do this to me just because I met with a lawyer,  can't anyone meet with a lawyer
Gosh,
Mr Erik is indeed a devilish psychopath ..
Now I know he isn't gonna leave me alive..he is gonna kill me... .
After fully knowing his other personality that he so much Hidded from the world,
Oh lord,
What about my family?,  what about my friends and most especially my dreams of meeting that special man who will love me till the end of time..
All of that are just gonna crash right in my face
I wish he just die . An horror death.
****
Spatting out a mouth full of blood,  I realise my hands were tied at the back of a chair..
With my head down, I ache more with pains,  I could see the small reflection of light peeping into the room

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. The room was dank and dark,
it was like a solitary confinement in hell.. Just few blocks of golden light reflected to the room , I could sense it's the cast of morning light ..
I exhaled slowly.  I knew my eyes were swollen from their hot slap but not worst enough to get shut.
I raised my head up at the sound of mumur and right there I knew I wasn't alone,  whispers, mo-ns, sounds ,
My fingers tremble,
Are they here again,  are they here to torture me,  for several moments my groggy mind refuse to function .the fear of another beating got my whole form trembling, until I squeezed my eyes shut and open them again... And There in front of me was a man,  the golden light was reflected right on his face..
A good looking man, with damnly s-xy biceps
Being injured, no one would deny he is still a good sight to watch. 
Gosh is he real or an angel sent  in disguise..

"Sam" he murmured..

He raised his head up now,  it took me several moment to recognise him,  but when I did it was like the weight of the world felt solid and rested on my chest .

"caleb" I whispered

Flash back

The place was the most beautiful sight have ever seen, the mansion was indeed another heaven on earth,
I can't believe the first boy that ever had a crush on me could be living here and still stoop him self so low to attend that middle class school of ours,
My high heel boot scrunched over the gravel as I approach towards the front step slowly..
Andrew call much louder now as he got to the front door.

"hey Ann,  come on walk faster"

I knew Andrew was the type of boy that loves girls,  even been in ss1,  he had dated and dump like ten girls In my class..
But when He took me out three, maybe four times, each
time coaxing me a little further, buying me expensive stuff, Guess with my chicken brain I was sure i wanted to be with him, to do what all the other girls talked so much about. I wanted them to respect me too. For a guy to call me on phone.
So When he asked me up to his house I do not reject cause I heard how filthy rich his parent were
I just wanted to see with my own eyes..
Now that am here I just can't help but look around...
I straighten my school uniform and walked in with Andrew, I gasp and glanced around,  the hall was with flaggy floor on a Persian rug which took pride of the place,  there was a Georgian table standing against one of the pale washed wall holding a sun burst of beautiful designs.. Andrew took me two steps to a double glass door opening  a large drawing room, the room was filled with music,  a blues music,
A guy stretched out on one of the sofas which flanked the fire place carved for the cold weather.. but as Andrew came in
He walked over the hi-fi system which occupied most of the wall and remove the record from the tape..
His eyes flew open..

"hey man I was enjoying that "

"gosh bro, I give you 100percent in love,  but could you please stand up and meet my girlfriend already"

He looked past Andrew and to me His smile was like wao, I couldn't help but stare cause he was shirtless.  Framed with beautiful upcoming six packs  ..

"hey" he stands

"hope you didn't mind, to see your inlaw this way,"
He was glancing at his body...

"oh not not all "
I hurriedly said squeezing a smile..

Andrew moved towards me and drew me closer to his side ..

"Ann meet the most romantic big bro on earth, caleb 
And caleb, meet Anna my boo"
I saw andrew winks towards Caleb who likely understand, and I immediately felt so embarrassed with it,  which shows I wasn't the first girl he would have likely brought home"

"hi caleb"

"oh Anna, for Christ sake you are so beautiful nice meeting you "

"thank you, nice meeting you too"

he roll his eyes and puff out a breath ,
I cant believe he also knew his brother to be a woman wrapper type..
He glare back at Andrew

"could you manage some coffee for us, hope you do not mind Ann"

"no I don't "

"alright,  I got it " Andrew rushed away.
The door closed behind us and we were alone, he glanced at me and smile..
"Anna,  I can see you are a very beautiful and responsible girl, to tell you the truth, you are the number eighteenth girl Andrew brought home this month, "

I gasp with a wide eye expression .

"what"

"surprised too so I wouldn't want you snooping around with him. I just want you to stop dating Andrew, my brother is dangerous he's an as-hole especially when it comes to girls "

I stare up at him blinking rapidly, is he truly telling me this
Gosh,  I taught it was also one of those lies in movies...about love at first sight stuff
I didn't believe them, until I met this guy ..
Gosh I instantly fell for him, he is so sweet.. And heart warming
Total opposite of that d-ck head Andrew ....
I couldn't help but stare at the way he looks so fine, with those eye brow and perfectly straight nose .

I twisted my fingers feeling embarrassed already,  ..he moved and gestured towards the sofa,

"sit down ann"

I squeezed a smile..
"oh thanks "
I stumbled across the sofa ..

"I never said you should stop being friends with Andrew, cause you are always welcome here anytime,  but let the dating stuff cut, "

"okay,  It will, thanks Caleb "

"you're welcome"

Andrew came back with the coffee,  and we all had a lot of time chatting and getting to much more about each other . I found out Caleb was in ss3 attending one if the richest school in town .. Guess the stuff like having  a family eye  follow Andrew every movement made him reject attending the same school with his brother..

few weeks of getting to know Caleb was like getting stucked in a love triangle  when I heard about his long drowling love for his childhood friend and also one of his classmates. 
the more I visit Andrew in pretence to see his brother,  the more I get to like him and get used to him whenever he came out to say hi,,
Being around Caleb was the most sweetest feeling in the world we do gist and laugh on so many occasions, we became such good friends I get to know his dreams  and much more.....

Read " Her Secret Lover " by the same author ( Op. Amina )

. guess he likes me but wasn't attracted to me in that other way.... . But I didn't give up i kept  hoping ..
But the thing was he never talked about this girl he's so much in love it,  and I never try to squeeze it out of him until he decided to talk about it  ...guess he never talked about it until he left

My long love was caught short when I heard he travel out of the country to study entirely a different course from his dreams and I start to wonder  what the hell happened to those dreams of becoming a Nigeria famous actor .. Cause he has the quality,  the look,  the enigma and the talent...
That was when I knew the two years of building a long love relationship mind with caleb had all drown to sea...
I had to lick my wounds alone and forget about this guy whom I knew as my first love, but  my wish then was I hope we meet again..
Flashback ends

Now staring at him all wounded with a swollen lips, I didn't wanna believe my eye as it kept inching so bad, though I do see Andrew on one or two occasions  but he never talks about his brother and neither do I ask about him....
And now my heart wouldn't stop racing at the sight of him,  I can't believe it's been ten long years ...
Will he remember me,  will he perhaps knew who I was

"hey"  I called softly to him

"how is it you were here when" he said still with his eyes closed
And right there I knew he was talking through his sleep ..gosh how the hell did he get himself stucked in this kind of mess, he looks so wounded and hurt..
I immediately felt so Disgusted with every thing mr Erik had done while I battled with an overwhelming  bitterness
Hot tears started to fall before I could stop it . That man is so heartless, so wicked...

"hey Caleb " I call out again

His eyes flew open as he searched everywhere in fright and now narrowing his gaze at me. I sensed he was trying to remember who I was,
He shifted his head here and there as though trying to search his brain suddenly  he shot his gaze wide at me and call softly

"oh God Ann, "

At the sound of that ..i knew right there God has given me the second chance to meet this guy..... My first love..
Caleb Justin..
I cough and smile between tears

"I thought you wouldn't remember my face caleb"
*****

Mr Gold pov: Steve dad

I realise my worst night mare is here, when I glanced side ways to see Steve and a lady, a pretty one .....

"Lewis inc please" he said

My heart skipped, I wanted to drive off but with all the strength In me,
I decided to wait,..
Probably this is the way of God is getting back at me for what I did...

He pushed me right handed into my sons hand and there's nothing I could do about it..
I was patient to wait until they enter..
Am a failed father... A weakling, a veterinarian who had nothing, and still kept doing unnecessary favour until it landed me into so much trouble...
Trouble of an huge debt I was unable to afford..
My problem started when
I was first diagnosed with an high blood pressure,  later leading to an heart attack which nearly took my life...
The doctor warned me to stay away from stress,  that's why I had to fake my death in collaboration with my family members so as to get away from debtors and responsibilities..

I know lying to my wife and children was an hypocrite thing to do...
But I couldn't bear the constant humiliation of people which almost took away my life ..
I flee to the outside world, thinking If I get better and get a better job doing I could return home,
but guess a year isn't enough to get things right ..
Few months ago through connection I got a job as a taxi man in the airport,  I had to start managing and secretly sending some cash to my wife's account, to settle those debt .

But seeing Steve today

I realise how damn long would i keep faking my death to the world ..
How long will I keep living alone like I have no family and children,
How long will I keep been a foolish old man..
I should at least think about my children and wife before thinking of doing such a strong thing like faking a death..
Gosh how much I miss them,  I can see how much steve has grown so big and handsome..
Probably this Beautiful lady beside him was his girl..

And
It amazes me how well I can still read his mood to realise something was indeed wrong ,,
He was crying, Steve never cries ...
He's such a rugged boy, he barely cries even when he was a kid,
With that i felt so worst inside..
I felt so angry at myself self, am as good as dead...
I never knew how well he's doing, or whether he finds a job yet or not... Probably he might have forgotten about me by now..

Steve was hurt

How do i get to explain to him,  how do i get to tell him I only fake my death so as to get away from those debt,  it's such a shameful thing to do...
I wanted to call to him but I realise he was already making out with the lady probably kissing her...
I smile between tears
Some thing was indeed wrong..

Steve, my son,
I can't help but blink back more tears,,
I'm sorry I failed you son,  am sorry I failed all of you...
I'm so sorry,  I hope you do not hate me now
Am a failed father,  an incomplete father,  a weakling who couldn't face my problems but run away from it...

My heart skipped much faster now when I look up through the glass
And there our eyes met...

He was blinking rapidly not wanting to believe what he saw

"dad" he called softly at first
 

"dad!!!!" ...

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It's just a flash back episode to make things clear, 
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