“Shoot!!” She said to herself when she saw him in the living room.
“Hey”, he said to her.
“Hey”, she said to him and she walked into the kitchen, grabbed one of the
biscuits in the fridge and she scurried back to her room but before she could get
to the door, he interrupted her.
“Jess”, he called out and she turned around.
“Can we talk?” He asked and she wished the ground would open and swallow
“Yeahh”, she said, walking to the living room and she sat opposite him.
He observed her for a while and it made her feel uncomfortable. She was about to
speak but he beat her to it.
“I’m sorry for how I acted yesterday. Walking out on you like that after dropping
a huge bomb on you wasn’t cool. I’m really sorry”.
“It’s fine, I didn’t take it to heart”.
“And I know you’re still finding it hard to process everything and I know you had
a hard time sleeping. I’m sorry for being the cause of that”.
“It’s okay, Dean. I’m not holding anything against you”.
“Okay. So, I just want us to talk about the whole thing. I don’t want things to get
weird between us”.
“Mmmm”, she said, looking away. She wasn’t sure if she was ready to hear
everything he had to say.
“What’s wrong with me? Sometime back I wanted to hear this from him and now
that’s he’s talking about it, I don’t have the stomach to take it in”, she said to
“You don’t have to talk if you don’t want to, I’ll do the talking”, he said to her and
she was just staring at the biscuit in her hands.
“Yeah so, I don’t know when I started having these feelings but when I realized it
was the time you left to the university. Everything became so cold for me and I
felt like a part of me was gone. At some point, I almost asked my parents to find a
way to get me transferred to your school”, he said, chuckling.
“Because being away from you was hell for me. It took a long time before I
adjusted to everything. And things got heightened the time you visited me and
spent the weekend with me. I was literally going crazy and there was this night
that we cuddled because you were having a bad dream and I almost lost control
of myself. Things were just getting messed up in my head and I knew that if I
didn’t control it, I was going to reveal it and I felt like if you didn’t feel the same
way, it would ruin our friendship and also, I felt like if you did feel the same way
and we started dating, I might end up sleeping with you and I know you’re
keeping yourself till the day you get married and I didn’t want to ruin that. So I
just had to fight myself to keep it within me”.
“And the day you started dating Kevin, I was actually happy and I knew that I had
to move on and that was why I dated Jane, Vicky and then Anastasia. It’s funny
how doing all that couldn’t curb my feelings for you.
“And also I don’t feel like I’m good enough for you. You’re a strong Christian and
I’m still struggling with it and I’m even pulling you down. All these things were
just playing in my head and I just had to keep the feelings to myself and do what I
had to do to try to curb it and…” before he could complete his sentence, he
realized that she was crying.
“Jess, oh no. Did I say something wrong?” he asked and he got on his feet and sat
by her.
She continued to cry and he wrapped his hands around her.
“I’m sorry if I said something wrong”, he said, trying to comfort her.
“Why didn’t you just tell me since you realized it”, she said, pushing him off her.
“Do you know all the heart aches I went through because of you? I thought I was
the only one having these feelings. I had dreams that I knew were not going to
come through. Do you know how that felt? I tried to see if you even had just a
little bit of feelings for me and you never showed any. I spent some nights crying,
and some nights over thinking. You should have just said something and we’ll
figure it out from there! And all the times I heard you having sex with Anastasia
and making out with her?! You knew that I was in the same house with you and
you still did what you did. How do you that and claim you have feelings for me?!”
She said, crying.
“I wasn’t thinking Jess, I didn’t know that you had feelings for me too. I was just
doing what I had to do to get over you and I got carried away with the sex and all
“I can’t deal with all this right now. I just can’t”, she said, getting on her feet and
she was about to leave but he interrupted.
“I’m not fully at fault for this. You should have also said something and you also
dated Kevin and spent hours talking about him to me. How was I supposed to tell
you how I felt when you seemed happy with him?”
“I did all that to get your attention and to see how you would react!!”
“And I did the same! We are both at fault!”
“Atleast I didn’t bring anyone in here to sleep with them”.
“You kissed Kevin multiple times and once in front of me!”
“And you knew how disturbed I felt about it!”
“And you think I didn’t regret mine?! I know I’m the man here and should have
made the first move but you didn’t seem the least interested and I was looking
out for your interest!” He yelled and her face dropped.
“Hmm. Yelling and throwing blames won’t do anything”, he said to her and she
looked away.
He took a deep breathe and then he apologized.
“Jess, I’m sorry for everything I’ve put you through. I really am”, he said to her
and he pulled her into a hug. She wanted to resist but she just gave in.
“I’m also sorry”, she said, hugging him and they stayed in that position for a
“Things don’t have to change and you don’t have to make any decision right now.
I know Richard is in the picture now I don’t intend to tell you what to do and I’ll
accept whatever decision you make”, he said to her and she was really surprised
at how selfless he was.
“Thank you so much. I don’t know what I’ll do without you. You just have a way
of making things easy for me”, she said, looking up at him and he smiled.
She had her eyes glued to his lips and she was about to kiss him but he moved his
“Getting thirsty are we?” He said, chuckling and she pushed him off.
“I just got carried away”, she said, laughing.
“I think I’m being a bad influence on you. In fact we need to go to church today”,
he said to her and she laughed.
“Now, you want to go to church. All the times I pleaded with you and you just
ignored me and slept and now you want to go”, she said, folding her arms.
“Well, I think we need to be around people who are Christians and we need
guidance and more of the word so that we don’t end up having kids in this
house”, he said to her she she laughed.
“You’re so silly”.
“Well, you love me like that”, he said, wiggling his brows.
“You wish”.
“You just confessed it and you were literally crying”, he said, teasing her and she
threw a pillow at him.
He threw it back at her. They had a little pillow fight and he pulled her and
wrapped his hands around her waist.
“Making moves like that would definitely make us have kids within two days”,
she said, chuckling and he pulled his hands away.
“It’s still 7 in the morning. We can make it for service”, he said to her and she
turned to face him.
“So you’re really serious about this?”
“Yeah or don’t you want to go?”
“I want to, I just want to be sure that you’re serious”.
“I am”, he said to her she and she smiled.
“Alright. Let’s get ready then”, she said to him and they both walked into their

On their way back from church, they were in the Uber, talking when Jessica
received a text from Richard.
“Hey beautiful”, he sent to her and she panicked a bit when she received it. She
wondered if Dean saw the text.
She drew the phone closer to her face she she sent a reply.
“Hey handsome”, she sent back to him.
Although Dean seemed cool about the whole Richard thing, she didn’t want him
to know much about her Richard situation till she figured out what she was going
to do next.
“How are you doing?”
“I’m good. You?”
“I’m awesome. I’m just on my way home from church”.
“Oh okay. I’m also on my way home from church”.
“That’s great. How was church?”
“Church was great. I really enjoyed it”.
“That’s nice. I also enjoyed church today although I was a bit distracted, thinking
about you� ”.
When she read that, she smiled so wide and giggled.
“Who are you texting that’s making you smile like that?” Dean asked.
“Oh, it’s my sister. She’s being so silly”, she said, lying through her teeth.
“Oh Priscilla. I’ve really missed her. Tell her I said hi and I would definitely visit
her soon”.
“Okay”, she said to him and she felt so guilty that she was lying to him but she felt
like she had no choice.
“So, I’m still picking you up at 2, right?” Richard asked.
“Alright, see you at 2 ❤ ”.
Jessica was at home getting ready for her lunch date with Richard.
She picked out one of the dresses that Dean purchased for her on her last
birthday and put it on.
“Should I apply makeup or not?!” She said to herself. She wasn’t really a fan of
makeup but she felt like she had to really look good on her first date with
So, she sat in front of her mirror and applied her makeup.
As she was doing that, she heard a knock on her door.
“Dean??” She asked.
“Who else? Can I come in?”
“Yeah, come in”.
When he walked in, he was surprised to see her dressed up.
“Going somewhere?”
“With who?”
“Richard”, she said in a low tone.
“Mmm, a date?”
“We’re just going to eat. We fixed the date the day I went to his office and…”
“It’s fine. You don’t have to explain anything to me”, he said to her and she looked
Although Dean seemed cool with everything, she still felt a bit guilty about the
whole situation.
“You’re looking beautiful in that outfit and the makeup looks good on you”, he
said to her.
“Thank you”, she said to him and she applied her lip gloss on her lip.
“I really have to braid my hair. I’m tired of combing it and thinking of ways to
style it”, she said, passing her hands through her hair.
“You can style it the same way you did for church”.
“Mmm, yeah, I’ll style it that way”, she said to him and she styled her hair.
As she was doing that, she received a call from Richard.
“Hey”, he said to her when she picked up the call.
“Hey”, she said, smiling and Dean looked away.
He wasn’t really cool with everything but he felt like he had to give her some
space to decide on who she really wanted to be with.
“Okay, I’m coming”, she said to Richard.
“I have to go now”, she said, getting on her feet.
“Wait”, he said to her she looked at him, confused.
He walked towards her and he looked into her eyes.
She also stared at him and wondered what he was going to do.
He walked behind her and placed his hands on her waist area. This automatically
gave her goosebumps and she was a bit uncomfortable.
She was about to speak up but then he just zipped up her dress.
“It wasn’t fully zipped”, he said, whispering in her ears.
“Oohhh, thank you”, she said to him.
“You’re welcome”, he said to her and he walked out of her room.
She heaved a sigh of relief and then she left.

When she arrived at the car park, Richard stepped out of the car and walked
towards the passenger seat.
“Wow. You’re looking so gorgeous”, he said to her and she smiled.
“Thank you. You’re also looking good”, she said, observing him.
He was wearing a black suit and he paired it with a light blue shirt and a navy
blue tie.
“Thank you”, he said, smirking and he opened the door for her to get in. When
she did, he also got into the car and drove off.

They arrived at a building which didn’t look like a restaurant and it was close to
the sea.
Richard pulled up at the driveway and they both stepped out of the car.
“Where are we?” She asked.
“You’ll see”, he said, winking.
“Mmm”, she said to herself and they both walked into a building and they were
attended to by a lady who was dressed up in a weird looking uniform.
“Why is she dressed up like someone in the police force”, Jessica said to herself.
“Please follow me”, the lady said to them and they followed her.
They stepped out of the building and they arrived at a gate which led to the sea.
There was a huge yacht right in front of them and Jessica was really confused.
“Everything is set sir. You may now go in”, a young man said to them.
“Okay, are you ready?” He asked her.
“Wait wait. Are we going into that?” She asked, pointing at the yacht.
“Yeah, that’s where we are having our lunch”, he said, smiling and Jessica
widened her eyes.
She was having a hard time processing everything.
“Woahhh!” She said, trying to catch her breath.
“Girl, stop acting like a villager and get in”, she said to herself and she was about
to walk in but she stopped in her tracks.
“Is it going to move?” She asked and he chuckled.
“Yeah, that’s the point of having it in there”.
“I know I might probably sound like a villager right now but I’ve never been in
one or even a boat and I’m scared of the sea. What if something happens?”
“I can assure you that nothing will happen and if anything goes wrong, we’ll get
an emergency boat to exit and look around, all these people would make sure
nothing happens”, he said to her and she nodded but a part of her was still
She was also amazed at the gesture. “Jessica Thompson in a yacht? I need to tell
Priscilla about this”, she said to herself.
“Shall we?” Richard asked.
“Yeah, if you say it’s going to be okay, then I’m good”.
“Alright, let’s go in”, he said, stretching out his hands and she placed it in his. He
held onto it and they walked into the yacht.
“Wow! This is so beautiful”, she said to herself when they walked into the inner
It was beautifully decorated and had a lot of candle lights around it.
They walked up to the table and Richard pulled out the seat for her.
“Thank you”, she said him and she took her seat.
He also took his seat she snapped his fingers. As soon as he did that, the music
started to play and about 4 waitress walked in with a tray of food.
They placed it on the table and placed the plate and the other cutlery in front of
Jessica was really amazed at everything and she actually felt like she was
“You can take any food of your choice”, Richard said to her and she was about to
speak but then they both heard the sound of a siren.
“What’s that?!” She said, getting on her feet and she was ready to run.
“Oh my God”, Richard said, laughing.
“It’s just a signal to let us know that the yacht is about to move”, he said,
“Oh okay”, she said, taking her seat and she felt a little bit embarrassed.
“Where were you about to run to?” He asked.
“I don’t know. I was just scared”, she said, chuckling.
“You’re so funny”, he said, laughing.
“Are we moving now?” She asked.
“Wow, it doesn’t feel like we are moving”.
“Yeahh, when it’s moving, you don’t really feel it”.
“Oh okay”.
“When we are done eating, we can step out for you see the sea and look around.
Is that okay?”
“Yeah yeah, I’ll love that”, she said, smiling.
“Alright, let’s eat”, he said to her and she pulled a bowl of fried rice and dished it
out onto her plate.
“Do you want some?” She asked him.
“Yeah, a little”, he said to her and she dished out some of the food for him.
“Thank you”, he said to her and she smiled.
“What else do you want?” She asked him.
“Don’t worry, I’ll serve myself”.
“No, I want to do it for you”, she said to him and he nodded.
He pointed at what he wanted and she dished it out for him.

When they were done eating, they both stepped out of the room to the outer part
of the yacht.
They both watched the sea and also enjoyed the sea breeze.
Richard stood behind her and wrapped his hands around her.
“Thank you so much for this experience. I really appreciate it”, she said to him.
“I did it all for you. We can’t have our first date in just any restaurant. It has to be
as special as you are”, he said to her and she giggled.
They stayed in that position for a while till Jessica’s phone rang.
“I thought I put that on silence”, she said, turning around.
“Do you want to see who it is?” He asked and she nodded.
He walked up to the table which had their gadgets on it and he took it for her.
When he saw the caller ID, he frowned.
“Who is it?” she asked.
“It’s Erica”.


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