Two Faced Lover - Episode 49
*** SKYLAR'S POV
I wake up to a cool sensation across my forehead. I groan, blinking my eyes open to find Cameron seated at the edge of the bed, squeezing water out of a wet small towel into a bowl.
"W..what are you doing?"
I croak out. My throat feels so dry. My entire body feels like it's on fire.
"I came to check up on you during the night and well, you were burning up . I think you're coming down with a fever Skylar"
he explains. I try to lift myself off the bed only to fall back again. I feel something cold and soothing against my forehead and I look up as Cameron dabs my forehead with the wet towel. I sigh, curling myself into a ball.
"You've been eating very poorly these past few days Skylar. Please let me do this. It'll help with your temperature unless you want me to call a doctor"
I mumble, pulling the duvet to cover my body. My eyes feel heavy with sleep.
"Sleep princess. There's a few more hours till morning. Go to sleep"
his soothing voice fills my ears as I feel warm fingers brushing my hair out of my face and tucking it behind my eyes. His lips touch my forehead in a light kiss
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. I don't react. I'm too tired. I sigh when the cool cloth is placed back on my forehead and I fall into another deep sleep.
When I woke up again, it was past nine am. Oh my God. I begin to fly off the bed when strong arms grip me, pinning me to the bed.
I don't need to look to know who the voice belongs to.
"Relax? Are you f*cking kidding me? It's nine am okay and the hearing begins at ten thirty. Don't tell me to calm down"
I try to fight him off but he just pins me harder.
"Let go Cameron. Let me go!"
"I will. But not until you stop fighting me. Now I'm going to release you and you're going to go take a bath and I will be here waiting with your breakfast got it?"
I glare at him.
"Who the f*ck do you think you are to order me around?"
"I know I don't have the right. I probably lost every right I had on you but this is about your health Skylar. You were running a fever the entire night. I just want to make sure you have your food this time"
he says cupping ky cheeks
he adds and I cave, my stupid body betraying me. I find myself nodding.
he gets off me and I rush into the bathroom. I exit later in a bathrobe and true enough, Cameron was seated on the bed like a king, a tray of several plates of food on his lap. I raise an eyebrow.
"Who's going to eat all that?"
I take a seat further away from him as he pushes the tray towards me.
"You. You need to eat to make up for all the days you went by on an empty stomach. Eat"
Sighing, I pick up the fork and knife and stare at the very well spiced fried chicken before me. Who the hell uses fork and knife these days?. Pfft! I drop the cutlery loudly and pick up a chicken piece with my hand, biting a huge chunk off and licking the spices off my fingers. I don't care if I'm eating like a mad woman before Cameron, I just need to be quick. Oh shush, you're just hungry. My conscience snaps and I roll my eyes taking more bites off the chicken. I turn to the second bowl.
"Is this, green bean casserole?"
I ask Cameron and he nods.
"How do you know?"
"Well, I was going through new recipes on Julian's laptop and well I stumbled on it"
I grab the spoon and scoop some into my mouth.
"You love to cook?"
I reply and we fall into silence as I finish my food. After eating, Cameron gives me some pills to take and exits so I could get dressed. After dressing, I left to meet Cameron outside on the porch. Julian was nowhere to be found.
"He's sorting some things out with some clients at the office, he'll meet us at the court"
he replies and I nod, slipping into the car. Throughout the ride, I was nervous and giddy. So nervous that when the car came to a halt, I jumped in my seat. Cameron's hand covered mine which was rested on my lap. He squeezed my hand assuringly and I was tempted to pull my hand away but I recalled he's the one helping me. Despite our differences, he's still helping me. He got me a lawyer even. The least I can do is to appreciate him. No need to bring my emotions into this. He wasn't even aware I was in love with him. I sigh, giving him a small smile.
"Sean is going to be yours only. I promise you princess."
He opens the car door, ready to step out.
I say truthfully.
"If anything, trust me on this. I'll be with you every step of the way"
And for some twisted reason, I still trust him. Taking in a deep breath, I alight. Brooklyn Supreme Court, the words at the top of the building read. Upon all the small courts in new York, Maurice had to bring his case to a Supreme court? There was a family court in new York for God's sake and he came to a supreme court? My palms feel sweaty. "Hey" Cameron takes my hand. I look nervously at him.
"I'm here with you. Together remember? We're in this together"
I squeeze his hand. Mr Norman, our lawyer approaches us just then.
"Good morning Mr and Mrs Knight"
"Good morning Mr Norman"
"I just want to remind you never to let yourself get intimidated. The prosecuting lawyer may ask you tricky questions but please no matter what, keep your cool, they might use that as a leverage against you. And don't say anything you haven't discussed with me yet okay?"
My head is already spinning. I manage a small yes.
"Very well, let's go take our seats, the judge will arrive any minute"
Silently, I follow him into the courthouse. We take our seats and my eyes find Maurice immediately, smirking at me. I look away.
The clerk announces and we all rise as the judge makes appearance. He takes a seat and we all do too.
"Let the proceedings begin. Prosecutor, present your case"
the judge says and Maurice's lawyer gets up to present the case. I tune out as both lawyers start talking.
"Skylar Sampson, please if you may"
I perk up when the prosecutor calls me. I sigh, get up and walk up to the witness box. A Bible is brought and I swear to tell nothing but the truth. Funny, because everything Maurice is accusing me of is a blatant lie.
"Mrs. It's Mrs Knight. Skylar Knight"
I correct him.
"Excuse me what?"
"I'm a married woman. It's Mrs Skylar Knight"
I flash my ring, Cameron smirks. Maurice and his lawyers mouth hangs open in shock. I smirk. "Oh..um.. Pardon me for my error Mrs Knight.. So umm...."
He clears his throat and starts questioning me and I do my best to answer him trying hard to stop myself from grabbing him and pulling his head off. He's asking me really incriminating question.
"I and everyone here has heard you and your honor, I'd like to put it to you that everything you said are lies. The thing about artificial insemination is a cutout lie because I have evidence here with me which shows that you and my client were lovers and the pregnancy was as a result of mutual s*x. You knew my client Maurice way before and are lying about not knowing him until just a week ago"
What the f*ck?
I can't help but yell. Evidence? Maurice and I lovers?. What nonsense!
"It's not true. I didn't know any Maurice until he showed up suddenly to demand custody of my son"
I try to keep calm just as Mr Norman instructed. God knows I want to slap the damn lawyer. Me and Maurice? Lovers?
"Miss..sorry.. Mrs Knight, I'm a lawyer and I do not speak until I have evidence to back my words. And right now, if you have evidence to back your own words then please the defense lawyer is free to present it to the judge otherwise I might as well sue you for blatantly lying in a court and trying to slander my client" What the bleeping f*ck! Sue me? I turn to Mr Norman for help. I don't know what to do. F*ck I have no evidence.
"Pardon me your honor"
Mr Norman gets up.
"I'd like to ask for a little time. My witness is on her way"
What witness is he talking about?
"Very well. The court shall go on a fifteen minute recess. You have fifteen minutes to get your witness ready"
the judge announces, hits his plank with the wooden hammer thing and gets up.
I wait till the judge leaves before I rush to Mr Norman.
"What was that? Witness? Where did you get this witness from?"
"Remember you told us about a certain doctor who run some tests on you? Well I searched her name up online last night in the hospital you'd named and couldn't find her. So I called the hospital and asked about her. I was told her shift had ended and was off duty. I pleaded for her number and well I called her. It was difficult to persuade her to come all the way to America and testify in favour of some patient she took care of nearly six years back. I wasn't even sure she would remember you but Luckily, she remembered you because you were the only patient who had come to her with the case of artificial insemination. It was rare. After pleading nonstop, she accepted to fly here. I arranged everything for her to fly here. She promised me she was taking the next flight here. And well, she was supposed to land in new York an hour ago yet I haven't heard from her. I've been calling her and it's not going through"
Cameron explains. I blink in surprise. He did all that?
"Y...you got hold of the doctor?"
"Don't say it princess. The doctor is fine and safe. I'd like to believe this isn't a movie where the witness doesn't show up in court because he or she was shot or murdered or that sh*t. The doctor will be here princess. I know she will"
I hope so. She's my last chance. I hope she arrives soon to testify in my favour. If not I'll lose Sean. I'll lose my son. She's my last chance at winning this case. My last.
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