MY MISSING RIB
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
“It’s a good thing to know that you still love me” Steve kept smiling.
“So you doubted my love for you out of jealousy” Stella touched his beards.
“Like prof always say, “Don’t underestimate the power of naturalism” “It’s natural to be jealous especially for the one you love” Steve replied then they giggled.
After the unexpected kiss from Judeson, Rose averted her eyes from him feeling shy. Though, Judeson expected her to respond to the proposal but she changed the topic saying, “You wanted to know what i was doing at Steve’s gate days ago”
“Yes” Judeson replied unwillingly because he wasn’t expecting that at the moment.
“Stella sent me to check if Steve had married. I wanted to find out from the gateman before you came”
“Wow! But why was it so hard to tell me the truth?”
“Coz she told me to keep it as a secret”
Judeson smiled. “Is okay” they became quiet again.
“I guess i have to take my leave now” Rose began to put on her shoes while Judeson remained silence staring at her until she was through. She stood up in the silence and dragged her skirt down then looked at him. “I’m ready” she added.
Judeson stood up, he walked towards his wardrobe and began to change silently as Rose watched him.
“Judeson?” Rose called with a sweet voice. “Are you okay?” she asked.
“I’m fine” Judeson replied as he buckled the button of his shirt. To his surprise, he heard Rose’s footsteps coming from behind. She eventually stood before him and said, “Can i help you with that?”
“Okay?” Judeson replied and allowed her to buckle the shirt. As she handled the shirt gently, both glanced at each other occasionally. Yet, Judeson wanted to hear one thing from her mouth-her response. And of course Rose knew she suppose to give him a response of the, ‘I love you’ but both kept quiet!
“Here you go” Rose was through.
“Thanks” Judeson replied. He tucked in, dressed properly and they went out quietly.
Judeson drove Rose right to her apartment, opened the car door for her and followed her to her doorstep, yet, both never said a word. Rose opened the door, glanced at him and said, “Thank you very much”
“You’re welcome” Judeson wasn’t smiling.
Rose entered inside the house with the door closed then Judeson became disappointed. He suddenly stopped as he turned around to go because he couldn’t bear the feelings.
On the other hand, Rose also refused to move an inch after she entered. The rate of her heartbeat changed. One could see her chest moving up and down as she held it with a hand. Suddenly, she turned and forcefully opened the door. Hearing that, Judeson also turned, both stared at each other.
“I love u too, Judeson” Rose said.
Happiness circulated Judeson’s body thereby causing a joyful smile. Before they knew it, both rushed and hugged each other smiling broadly.
“Thank you, now I’m okay” Judeson said staring into her eyes. But Rose didn’t say anything but smiled.
8:30pm IN SOUTH AFRICA
Inside the apartment, Steve and Stella could be seen packing their belongings against the journey for the next day. Just in the process, a knock came at the door then Thelma opened it just to see Megan standing handsomely.
“Good evening, Megan” Thelma greeted.
“Evening, is your sister in?” Megan asked.
“Yes” Thelma opened the door widely. Seeing that, Steve and Stella looked behind at the same time to see him.
“Hi, Steve” Megan said.
“Hi” Steve replied from the bedside.
“Please, can i have a word with you, Stella?” Megan demanded looking at Stella who glanced at Steve. Steve averted his eyes from her immediately and continued arranging his clothes.
“Alright” Stella replied and followed Megan.
On the same seat outside sat Megan and Stella. They could see vehicles moving slowly on the road and light from different places.
“I searched for u in the morning” Megan began.
“My sister told me” Stella replied and glanced at their door. Her mind was on Steve’s emotional reaction at that moment.
“Though, i may not be the one your heart is after, but i strongly want to tell you how i fee…”
“Megan?” Stella interrupted him. “I’m sorry, i can’t give you what you want. Steve and i have come a long way. Please, understand me. As I’m talking to u, we are traveling back to Nigeria tomorrow where everything started” she added then Megan became disappointed..
Back to the room after few minutes, the door cracked opened then Stella and Megan entered.
“I heard you’re traveling back to your country tomorrow” Megan told Steve.
“Yes, bro” he replied.
“Thanks” both shook hands. As Megan wanted to go, he turned again and said, “Take care of her”
steve glanced at Stella and replied, “I will”
Thelma gazed at Steve and her sister as both smiled at each other and continued their initial activities. She smiled too.
“Tomorrow gonna be a romantic journey” Thelma broke the silence and they all giggled.
On the next day, they flew back to Nigeria.
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