That evening, clad in the outfit that Joe sent earlier, a black mermaid sequin dress with a cut on the front, silver accessories, nude heels and a black purse. He picked me from my house. He had a bouquet of flowers and chocolate,
”You look stunning my queen.”
”Thank you, you don’t look bad yourself.”
He was wearing black slacks, ankle length, a white shirt and black loafers. When it came to fashion, his sense was always top notch.
”My love, i have to admit to you that i have anger issues.”
He looked at me, perhaps waiting for a response. I swallowed hard and avoided lookig at him.
”Diana, i know that i have hurt you but i need you to understand me.”
”Don’t do things that you know will upset me.”
i simply nodded, fought back the tears that were welling up. What was happening to me? How could he blame me? He had the audacity to hit me and now it was my fault? a couple of days ago, i could have just told him to stop the car, show him my middle finger and walk away with my dignity and head high. But now, blinded by tears, i wanted to believe that there was a good side to him. And that he will change as he had promised before.
He took my hand and kissed it, ”Please don’t cry, my mum is going to love you, that i can promise.”
I took a deep breath and adjusted my make-up.
He drove into a posh homestead in Karen, from the big black gate to the well manicured lawns and beautiful flowers, everything was magnificent and grand.
”Is this your home?”
”My parents’ home, i am yet to have mine, we will have our home soon.”
Several cars were parked across the parking lot and some on the pavement. There was some sort of event going on that Joe had not told me about.
”It seems like there is a party or something going on here.”
”My elder brother graduated with his doctorate, we are celebrating him.”
”You didn’t mention that to me.”
”Babe, i knew you would not come if i did. Come on, let us go and meet my family.
There was an elderly lady at the front door steps. She was short and well endowed, light skin complexion. She clasped her hands tightly as she waited for us. Her semblance to Joe was evident as we neared her.
Stretched my hand to greet her but instead she folded me in a tight hug.
”Joe didn’t tell me you are this gorgeous, welcome home my daughter.”
”Thank you ma’am.”
”Come on, don’t be so informal with me, just call me mum.”
She took my hand and led me into the house. It was big and simply beautiful. The interior was something out of a hollywood movie script. Breathtaking.
She took me round, introducing me to everyone, rather, showing me off like the doctorate they were celebrating. She finally left me after almost an hour and went to attend to other guests. I took a glass of wine and started walking around admiring the house in general, i found my self at the back yard. Everything here was just beautiful. The grass was well trimmed and all the flowers in their place. The air was cool. I walked towards the swimming pool and stood in awe as the setting sun reflected on the blue waters. Just then, someone cleared their throat behind me bringing to a stop my straying thoughts. I turned around and came face to face with a better looking version of Joe.
”Sorry to have startled you, my name is John.”
”Mmhhh, i, i my name is Diana.”
”Sorry to ask but are you from around here? I haven’t seen you before.”
”Oh no, i am not from here, i came with Joe.”
”Oh that is nice, he is my younger brother.”
”You are the one who graduated with a doctorate?”
”It is embarrassing that they’d hold a party for that but yes.”
”What is there to be embarrassed about?”
”For me, it is not that big of a deal.”
”What is it that you majored in?”
He moved and stood next to me. His cologne was so masculine one could not miss it.
”Why don’t we sit over there and catch up? Tell me what Joe has been upto.”
We walked to the other side of the pool where there were garden chairs and settled down. it was like we had known each other all our lives as we talked and laughed. We did forgot to keep track of time. We were so engrossed in our talk that we did not notice him walk upto us.
We both looked up to see a furious Joe. We stood up at the same time and the next thing i knew, Joe pounced on his brother and they both fell into the pool. I didn’t know if to call for help or just let them continue fighting.