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    Helen
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    New story alert!!

    Title:- FIVE YEARS, TOO LATE 🌳

    Subtitle:- When the love is gone 💔

    Genre:- Romance

    Tags:- Betrayal, ruthless billionaire, jealousy, separation, reunions, $£×….

    Locations:- Mexico… Las Vegas… Miami… Chicago… San Francisco!

    Written by: Racheal Dennis.

    Characters:-

    Sofia Jamora as Jasmine Reinle…(female lead)

    Tolga Mendi as Thanatos Miguel O’Briens…(male lead)

    Cooper Lunde as Davis Lucien O’Briens…(Jasmine’s son)

    Emre Bey as Clark Evans… (Thanatos best friend)

    Alexis Ren as Adele Rodgers…(Jasmine’s best friend)

    Dylan O’Brien as Arthur Smith…(Jasmine’s childhood friend)

    Other characters will be added as the story goes on!

    *******

    He’s a business tycoon…

    He’s super rich… A multi-billionaire, he has chains of hotels, companies and restaurants in every part of the world.

    His name is Thanatos Davis O’Briens!

    He’s dupe handsome… A 29 years old playboy, with all the sexiest package you can think of.

    Strong abs…a very reasonable height, 6’3…

    He makes the headlines every day and changes women as he changes his clothes.

    He doesn’t go out with the same woman twice.

    He’s cold.. inhumane.. ruthless.. arrogant.. has no respect for women.. expect her, but he left her when she needed him most.

    After five years, he still misses her everyday.. he does everything he could to find her, but she seems to have disappear from the earth…

    Who’s she?

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    She’s jasmine Reinle…

    Waitress at a very popular restaurant in Las Vegas…

    Already a single mother at 23… she’s not rich, neither is she poor.. she have enough to put food on hers and her son’s table!

    Originally a Mexican but left for the big city (Las Vegas) for greener pastures!

    She’s beautiful.. very beautiful.

    Even after giving birth to child, her figure is still intact.. God blessed her with good features…

    She’s got all the curves in the right places.. big boobs.. sexy blue eyes.. heavy ass that would drive any man crazy but…

    She’s an illiterate.. she stopped high school and left home to fed for herself.

    She hates a particular name, hearing it makes her puke!

    The name is… Thanatos Davis O’Briens!

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    *

    What happens when life bring these two together after five years?

    Why did Thanatos leave her in the first place?

    Will her love for him reignite with just a simple sorry?

    This is gonna be a fun ride, let’s follow Thanatos and Jasmine life’s journey!

    *******

    What do you think of Thanatos and Jasmine already?

    WARNING: please, don’t type next or interesting under my post!

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    Helen
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    🌹FIVE YEARS_TOO LATE 🌹

    (When the Love is gone )

    Prologue.

    ❌ DO NOT COPY OR REPOST ❌

    Written by: Racheal Dennis.

    Jasmine”s pov 👙

    Mexico city… 17th august, 2016!

    A smile played on my lips, as I stared at the sheet of paper in my hands.

    “Congratulations, you’re eight weeks pregnant, miss Reinle!” The doctor said.

    “Thank you, doctor” I replied.

    My eyes scanned the result one more time, I’m pregnant.. I’m soon going to be a mother.

    Though, I’m just 18 but I’m happy to be a mother, because my boyfriend is very responsible.

    He’s not like those shitty guys, that’ll abandon their girls because she’s pregnant.

    I don’t feel any regrets, he’s promised to marry me after he graduates and I’m sure he’d be happy to hear this news!

    “Miss Reinle, I’m not trying to be a busybody, but I’d advise you don’t keep this pregnancy” the doctor said.

    I stopped smiling immediately he said that, I lifted my head.

    “Not keep this pregnancy?” He nodded. “Why?” I asked.

    “Based on what I noticed, your body isn’t ready to be a mother yet”

    I just stared at him silently. Does he knows what he’s saying? My body isn’t ready to be a mother?

    “If my body isn’t ready to be a mother, why am I able to get pregnant?” I asked.

    “It’s better you listen to me, you can’t bring this baby to life”

    Leaning back on the chair, I crossed my arms on my chest, frown lines appeared on my forehead.

    “What’s gonna happen if I decide to keep this baby?”

    “It’ll be very dangerous, your chance of surviving will be very slim.. 70-50!” He said.

    Shivers.. bad shivers ran down my spine, when he said those words.

    I got up slowly and picked my backpack off the ground.. and flung it over my shoulder.

    “You’re spouting nonsense” I turned to the door.

    I grabbed the handle and pulled it open, but his words stopped me.

    “You should abort it, your parents wouldn’t be happy if they heard about this”

    I turned back to him.

    “You’re not speaking about this to my parents, I’ll discuss with my boyfriend first!” I said and stepped out, slamming the door hard.

    ********

    My hair flew as I walked down the streets, with the wind whistling past my ears harshly.

    I looked up at the sky, the clouds are gathering up and turning dark.. it seems as if it’s gonna rain soon.

    Instinctively, I increased my pace, praying I should arrived at Thanatos (my boyfriend) apartment in time.. before it rains.

    In a few minutes, I reached Thanatos apartment.

    I stepped into the porch and quickly reached for the doorbell, I pressed it with a smile on my face.

    “I can’t wait to share this news with Thanatos!” I said to myself.

    How would he react to this news? I just can’t wait to find out!

    Continuously, I pressed on the doorbell but got no response.. maybe he’s not home.

    My eyes moved to the flower pot, where he normally hides his spare key.. I searched it but didn’t find the key.

    “Where did he go?” I wondered aloud.

    The it occured to me, today’s Wednesday and he’d be in class.. in fact, I’m supposed to be in class.

    But I had to skip today, since I’m feeling sick and stuff.. I reached for my phone to give him a call.

    I dialed his number and waited for him to pick up.

    His phone kept ringing, but he didn’t pick up.. I redialed again and the same thing happened.

    “Hey! Jasmine!” I heard a familiar voice called me.

    I turned with a smile, hoping Thanatos is also with him, but I met disappointment.

    “Clark!”

    “What are you doing here?” He asked me.

    “I’m looking for Thanatos, have you seen him today?”

    He shoved his hands in his pants pockets and sighed, he looked away from me and whistled.

    “Why are you whistling?” I asked.

    He just continued whistling, avoiding to meet my gaze at all cost.. my brows drew together at his expression.

    “Where’s Thanatos?”

    Clark met my gaze this time, he sighed once more.

    “Thanatos.. he left” he said.

    “He left?” I’m confused by his meaning of *left*

    He nod, making me even more confused.

    “Left? What do you mean by.. he left?” I asked again.

    “I mean, he left, Jasmine! He left mexico!”

    He left mexico?! Why would he leave mexico? He’s not done with his schooling yet!

    Or….

    I blinked twice and stared at him, waiting for him to burst into laughter.. waiting for him to tell me he’s joking.

    “You’re serious?”

    “Yes, he really left!” He replied.

    “When is he coming back? And where did he go?”

    “He didn’t tell me when he’s coming back. And I don’t know where he went”

    Why am I hearing a sound in my heart? Why do I feel like someone is drumming in my chest?

    “How come you don’t know where he went? Isn’t he your best friend?”

    “I don’t know where he went, he just called me and said he’s leaving”

    Clark is lying, I can feel it that he’s lying.. he knows very well where Thanatos went.

    “Jasmine, if I were you, I’d just forget about him” he said.

    “Forget about him?” I released a dry laugh.

    Forget about him.. what about our child? I’m carrying his child, what should I do with it?

    “Go home, it’s gonna rain soon” Clark said and left.

    I staggered back as his words replayed in my head.

    Thanatos left?! Why didn’t he tell me about it?!

    I quickly redialed his number.. his phone kept ringing but just like the first time, he didn’t pick up.

    Thanatos left?! Where did he go without telling me? Or is he mad at me?

    Right at that moment, my ringing tone blares loudly. A smile spread on my face, it must be Thanatos.

    But the smile left just as it came, it’s not him, it’s my mom calling. Reluctantly, I received the call.

    “Hello….”

    “Jasmine Reinle, get your butts home now!” Was all she yelled and disconnected the call.

    I sighed and keep my phone in my pocket, I looked up and saw the dark cloud still moving.. I wonder when it’s finally gonna rain.

    Well, I better start going home before it rains, I’ll call Thanatos later and tell him about the pregnancy.

    I stepped away from the porch and walked to the road, I boarded the first taxi I saw.

    “Reinle resident!” I said.

    “Yes, ma’am!” The driver replied.

    Reinle resident.. very popular around here, we’re the richest family here and I’m the second lady of the family.

    Many of the people here envy us, but what’s there to envy, they don’t know what happens behind closed doors!

    They just see the happy and perfect family my father wants them to see… I sighed and rest my head against the window.

    Let’s forget about my family, I don’t like talking about them.

    ********

    “What is wrong with you?! You think the life is easy?! Do you know how hard I worked to achieve all this?! And you want to damage my reputation just like this?!” My dad yelled.

    This is all he’s being doing since I got back, his reputation matters to him and he values it more than my sister and I.

    “You imbecile! You’re a disgrace to this family! You don’t deserve to be a Reinle!”

    My body is shaking, I can feel my anger building up, I want to explode. I don’t even know what I did yet, he’s just busy cursing me.

    “I don’t know how I got a rebellious daughter like you!”

    “What did I do this time?” I asked.

    My eyes met my sister’s gaze and she shook her head, silently telling me not to argue with our father.

    “She doesn’t even know what she’s done!” Dad said.

    “I don’t know, you tell me”

    He pointed at my sister.

    “Your sister is getting married next week! Our company is going bankrupt and she’s getting married to save it.. but you what are you doing?!”

    Right, he just reminded me, Jade is getting married and we (Jade and I) don’t even know her future husband.. we just know his surname is O’Briens!

    We don’t know anything else about him.

    “Great! Just great!”

    Dad’s exclamation brought me back to the present, he pointed at me.

    “She’s not even listening to me! Did you see your beloved daughter? Alicia, did you see her behavior?”

    Mom passed me a stern look, she signaled me to kneel down and apologize to my dad.. but how can I apologise when I don’t know what I did wrong.

    “Jade is getting married to save us and she’s parading every alley in Mexico! Now she’s pregnant for some good for nothing fella!”

    My hear grew bigger when he said those words. How did he find out about my pregnancy so soon?!

    Wait.. doctor Morris! He must have told him! Darn my dummy head, I shouldn’t have used our family doctor for something like this!

    “Her health now is not good, but she went ahead and got herself pregnant! What if something goes wrong and she lost her life in the process?!”

    Is that him caring about my health?

    “What will people say?! That a Reinle died in childbirth?! A Reinle got pregnant out of wedlock?!”

    I rolled my eyeballs, it’s all because of his reputation after all.

    “Beside, we don’t even know that useless fella!”

    “He’s not useless”

    “Shut up, you disgraceful daughter!” He banged on the end table.

    He grumbled some words coherently, then up at me with angry hooded eyes.

    “You have two options now, leave and never return to my mansion.. or abort the bast*rd child today!”

    “Dad…”

    “Donald…” Jade and mom both called respectively.

    My elder brother scoffed loudly, I’m surprised he’s been quiet all these while.. that’s an improvement from his side.

    “Dad is already being merciful giving her options…”

    “Tim, silence!” Mom scolded him, but when has he ever listened to mom.

    “… it’s left for her to make a choice. If she wants to continue being a Reinle, she’d flush that garbage she’s carrying!” Tim said.

    I threw him a glare. “My child is not a garbage!”

    “Eish! Dad she’s made her choice, she wants to keep the garbage” he said.

    My eyes travelled back to dad, he’s nodding his head and waving his finger in front of me.

    “Good for you! You’re now a big girl.. right from this moment, you’re no longer a Reinle! I seize to recognize you as my daughter!”

    “Dad!”

    “Donald!” Jade and mom gasped respectively.

    Dad ignored them, he stared at me straight in the eyes.. I balled my fist beside me.

    He wants me to beg him and kill my innocent child, but I won’t.. Thanatos is ready to take me in!

    “You still don’t want to admit your fault, such boldness! Now leave and never return!” He said, no, he yelled.

    “Donald, don’t do this, she’s just a child.. where would she go from here?” Mom pleaded with him.

    Dad scoffed angrily.

    “She’s not child anymore, she’ll be a mother in a few months!” He said.

    I took a deep breath and turned, I stormed out without a second thought.

    “Jasmine!” I heard mom calling me, but I didn’t turn back.

    He wants me out of his home, then I’ll leave! He’s never cared for me, he’s never showed me any love.. neither am I expecting any love from him!

    His reputation is his life.. his reputation is way more important than his family.. he should eat and dine with his reputation then!

    “Jasmine!” I heard Jade called from behind.

    I stopped walking and she rushed to my front, she held my hand and stared at me with her glassy eyes.

    “You don’t have to leave, come back with me let’s apologize to dad”

    “No, he wants me to abort my child”

    Her gaze moved to my stomach, she gulped and inhaled.

    “It’s for the best. You don’t have anywhere to go from here”

    “I have somewhere to go, I’ll go to my boyfriend’s” I said.

    “But dad said if you leave now, you mustn’t return back”

    I smiled. “I don’t intend to come back”

    “But…”

    “It’s fine, my baby’s daddy will take me in and once he graduates college, he’ll marry me”

    “Are you sure”

    I nod.

    “Yeah, he’s graduating next month.. and I’ll invite you to my wedding, you’re gonna come, right?”

    She smiled and put a strand of hair behind my ear.

    “Of course” she said.

    “Good, I should go now before it rains”

    She nodded, she dipped her hand in her pocket and handed me some cash.

    “Let me know when you’re short of money”

    I laughed. “I won’t be short of money, my boyfriend is strangely loaded.. he’s even richer than dad” I said.

    Her brows knit together.

    “A college student? Richer than dad?” She asked, sounding surprised.

    Well, even till now I’m still surprise, I kept asking myself how Thanatos got his money.

    I reached for my backpack and brought out my purse, I opened it and took out my credit card.. I handed it to her.

    “Give it back to dad” I said.

    She frowned.

    “Do you know what you’re doing, Jasmine?”

    “Yeah, I’m not gonna depend on dad’s money.. Thanatos can cater for me” I replied.

    She rolled her eyeballs.

    “Right, he’s super rich!” She mimicked me.

    I turned and continued my trip to Thanatos place. A man who can trade his daughter for business, is not qualified to be my dad.

    Maybe he’ll trade me next!

    ********

    *The number you’re trying to reach is currently out of coverage. Please try….*

    I angrily disconnected the call, this is the 12th time I’m redialing Thanatos number.. and the automated voice kept saying the same thing.

    “Where are you, Thanatos?” I asked nobody.

    I shiver and squatted in a corner as the cold breeze blew past me, soon, rain drops started falling.

    People began running about, looking for a place to take shelter from the rain.

    I’m wearing light clothes, I forgot to check the weather today, I would have took some thick clothes with me.

    It didn’t take long for the rain to started falling heavily, I brought my knees to my chest and hugged myself to keep warm.

    ***

    I didn’t know how long I slept, but it’s still raining when I woke up. I yawned.

    My eyes moved to the door, it’s still locked and I sighed.. my stomach growled as I felt the worms eating my flesh.

    I’m very hungry now, why isn’t Thanatos back yet?

    Clark’s words replayed in my head…*if I were you, I’d forget about him*… I felt hot tears running down my cheeks.

    Is he really gone and never gonna come back? Did I make a mistake by leaving family for him?

    I redialed his number, but the automated voice repeated the same words.. that’s when I broke down.

    I cried.

    He’s really gone! My dad’s right, he’s a useless fella! He lied to me! He played me!

    Now I’m pregnant and homeless! I have nothing but an empty backpack with me! What should I do?!

    “Holy sh*t! Jasmine, what are you doing here in the cold!” I heard Arthur asked.

    He rushed to me and helped me up, he hissed when he touched my arms.

    “You’re cold!” He said.

    He quickly took off his jacket and damps it on my shoulders, I felt sudden warmth wrapped around me.

    “What are you doing here?” I asked him.

    He looked at the door and glared at it, before turning back to me.

    “Jade called me and told me what happened” I nod. “You have to listen to me, Jasmine, abort this baby” he said.

    I stepped away from him.

    “No!”

    “But Thanatos is gone!”

    I frowned.

    “How did you know he’s gone?” I asked.

    “I heard his friends talking about it at the campus today” he replied.

    Yeah, I almost forgot.

    Though Arthur is my childhood friend, but he’s attending the same college as Thanatos.. Arthur is a few years older than me.

    “I’m not gonna abort my baby, what if he comes back? What am I gonna say to him?”

    Arthur narrowed his eyes slightly.

    “Wait..are you planning on waiting for him?” He asked.

    I nod.

    Thanatos is gonna come back, he’ll come back for him… he’s not gonna abandon me.

    “He’s gonna come back, he’s different from other guys”

    “He left without breathing a word of it to you, and you still believe he’s gonna come back? How sure are you?”

    I didn’t speak, cause I’m not sure..

    “What if he doesn’t come back until your baby is born? Let’s say two years later?”

    “I don’t know” I shook my head.

    Arthur sighed.

    “I spoke with my dad before coming here, he said it’ll be dangerous for you if you keep it”

    Doctor Morris is his dad, I forgot to mention that.

    “It’s better you abort now, it might cost your life..you know about your cervical condition”

    I blinked and looked away from him, my gaze focused on the rain.

    “That’s all the more reason I shouldn’t abort it. Who knows if I’ll ever be able to conceive again?”

    He didn’t say anything after I said those words.. he sighed.

    “I told you not to trust college boys, but you paid no attention.. now you’ve been played” he grumbled.

    He opened an umbrella, which I didn’t know he was holding.. then led me to his car.

    He opened the door for me and I slide into the passenger door, he rushed to the driver’s side as I was fastening my seatbelt.

    “Whatever your decision is, I’ll stand by you!” He said.

    I smiled at his words and nodded.

    “Jade, told me your dad disowned you”

    I nod. “Please turn on the heater” I said.

    He quickly turned on the heater.

    “So.. what are you gonna do next?” He asked.

    Right.. what am I gonna do next? Where should I go from here?

    “Jasmine?”

    “Yeah?”

    “Where should I take you?”

    “I don’t know” I replied.

    He stared at me a few moments and signed.. he turned on the ignition.

    “I have a house in San Francisco, I’ll take you there!”

    I simply nod like a robot, I just think his idea is good…I should go where nobody knows me..where I won’t have to ruin my dad’s reputation.

    San Francisco, here I come!

    My journey starts here! My journey of an 18years old pregnant woman…or rather pregnant teen!

    To be continued

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    Helen
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    🌹FIVE YEARS_TOO LATE 🌹

    (When the Love is gone )

    Episode 1

    ❌ DO NOT COPY OR REPOST ❌

    Written by: Racheal Dennis.

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    Jasmine’s pov 👙

    May 3rd, 2021 (Las Vegas)

    *… has yet again, broken another girl’s heart…*

    I tuned off whatever the reporter is saying… and focused on the dough I’m making.

    “These reporters have no life!” Adele grumbled.

    She huffed angrily, slammed her bowl of popcorn on the table and I can picture her rolling her eyeballs.

    “As if those girls ever complained about it!” She said.

    I ignored her and continue with my work, I’m making breakfast for my son and I.. today’s school resumption day.

    Davis (my son) would be resuming school, he’s in grade one and a very smart kid.

    “He’s a heart-throb, what do you expect from him.. like, I would do any to get my heart broken by him” she said.

    This statement made me turned to face her, she’s giggling and staring at the TV dreamily.

    “Adele, I have told you to stop watching news about that bast…”

    I stopped myself from finishing that word, when I saw Davis sitting next to her.. innocently staring at the TV too.

    Adele raised an eyebrow, daring me to speak any foul words.

    “… I have told you to stop watching news about that man in my house!” I said.

    My eyes moved to the TV, I glared at the man’s picture boldly showing with so much hate.

    “Come on, you can not deny the fact that the guy is super hot.. like, he’s a demi god of our time!” She fawned.

    “Demi god?” I growled under my breath.

    My hatred increasing every second as I stared at the TV, I quickly looked away from it and focused on my dough.

    Transferring all my aggression onto the dough.

    “Eish! You don’t have to be so mean to that poor dough” she said.

    I guess she turned off the TV or changed it to a cartoon channel for Davis.

    Hearing PJ masks’ theme song play, confirmed that she changed the channel for Davis.

    “I have changed the channel, my lady. You should spare the dough now” she said.

    She pulled out a stool and sat next to me, leaning on the counter.

    “You seem to hate my idol so much..” she paused and sighed.

    Who wouldn’t hate him?! He’s a liar.. a cheater.. a coward!

    If only she knows how wicked he is, she wouldn’t continue idolizing him so much.

    “.. every time I ask you why you hate him, you don’t say anything. I wonder if I’m even your best friend!” She said.

    “I don’t hate him, seeing his arrogant face just makes me sick!” I gave her the same reply I always give her.

    “That’s what you’ve been telling me for three years now”

    She got up and walked to my small fridge, she opened it and came back to her stool with two pears.

    “I have known you for three years now, three good years.. I’m your first and only friend here…”

    Ok! I know where this is going.

    “.. in fact, I’m your best friend, but you still treat me like a stranger”

    “I don’t treat you like a stranger”

    She scoffed.

    “Then answer me truthfully, where are you from?”

    Adele is trying to get me to open up to her but I can’t, at least not now.. I’m not ready to face my past.

    “From a small village in San Francisco” I answered.

    “What happened to you? Why did you come to Las Vegas? What about Davis father? You still haven’t told me who he is? Or why you left him?”

    I laughed mentally. If only she knew she was fawning over his father a few minutes ago.

    Why I left him?! He left me! He abandoned me! He left without a warning!

    “If you don’t treat me like stranger, I’d know these things” she said.

    My mind flashed back to the reason I left San Francisco, the reason I came all the way here to Las Vegas.

    ***

    #_december_20th_2018 (San Francisco)

    Davis just managed to fall asleep, I reached out and felt his temperature with my palm.. his fever has died down.

    I sighed deeply and threw my head back onto the chair.

    “Jas, quite being stubborn and let me assist you” Arthur said.

    My eyes landed on his credit card resting on my small table, even the cheque he wrote me..a cheque of $2,000,000.

    “For how long are you gonna assist me? Forever?” I asked.

    “I don’t mind assisting you forever” his eyes moved to Davis. “He already calls me dad, I can take the responsibility.. I can be his father if you let me”

    It’s true that Arthur has being a father figure in Davis life, he’s the father Davis knows.. but the fact remains that, he’s not Davis father.

    “Don’t reject my help, I… ”

    “Arthur” I called his name quietly.

    He stared at me pleadingly, I can clearly see his love for me in his eyes.. but I don’t need it.

    Arthur is like a brother to me and that’s all he’ll ever be to me… A brother.

    “Thank you for all you’ve done for Davis and I, but I think, I should go down the rest of this road alone”

    “What do you mean?” He asked.

    “I’ll forever be grateful to you for your help, but I can’t let you be Davis father… ”

    I cut myself off when I saw his expression changed, he looked as though he’s gonna burst into tears.. his eyes are red.

    “Why? Are you still waiting for Thanatos?”

    I didn’t speak because I don’t know how to answer him. Am I still waiting for him? I don’t even know anymore.

    “Isn’t it obvious that he’s not coming back? It’s being two years now.. why haven’t he find you and Davis yet?”

    At his question, I felt my eyes becoming glassy as tears threatened to fall.. but I blinked them away.

    “You know what happened to you after you gave birth to Davis, it was a miracle you…”

    “Don’t say it” I interrupted him.

    He kept quiet, I got up and walked towards the window.. I wrapped my arms around myself.

    I heard his footsteps coming to me, he stood next to me.

    “I wanna move from here” I said.

    “You wanna move from here?” I nod. “Move from this apartment or move from San Francisco?”

    “Move from San Francisco” I replied.

    “Why? Don’t you like it here? Isn’t peaceful here?”

    I simply stared out of the window in silence.

    “Your dad don’t know you’re here” he said.

    “I’m not moving because of him, I just want a change of scenario”

    “Why then?” He asked.

    “San Francisco.. it holds too much of my sad memories”

    “Huh?”

    “I suffered so much for my baby, I experienced what pain really is here, I experienced life and death here… I want to move away from all that”

    “I don’t get what you mean”

    I smiled at him, a smile that doesn’t reach my eyes.

    “I can’t start afresh, when everything I and do here reminds me of my sad and lonely days.. everything here just seems to remind me of my past.. I wanna move away from all of it.. I wanna start a new life for me and my son!”

    He nodded thoughtfully at my words, I held his hand.

    “Just help me again, please”

    “I’d help you without your pleading” he sighed. “Just tell me where you wanna go”

    I smiled, Arthur is such a nice guy and if I want he’d be a great dad to Davis.. but I will never make the same mistake twice.

    Don’t ever trust a guy! That’s what I’ve learnt from Thanatos leaving me behind.

    “Las Vegas” I said.

    “Las Vegas?”

    I nodded.

    “Yes, I wanna go to Las Vegas!”

    “Ok. I’ll search for a good apartment for you” he replied.

    #_3rd_may_2021 (back to present day)

    And that’s how I moved to Las Vegas three years ago.. but I can’t tell Adele that.

    I ran away because I couldn’t face, I don’t think I’m ready to face it now!

    “Hey! Jasmine!” Adele snapped her fingers across my eyes.

    “I’m sorry, Adele, I will tell you another time.. I’m just not ready”

    She smiled and nodded, she rubbed my shoulder in a comforting manner.

    “I know, I was just teasing you” she said.

    “You wanna kiss?”

    I narrowed my eyes, we both snapped our heads and frowned at the small figure that asked that question.

    I quickly washed my hands and carried him on a stool, I caressed his cheek.

    “Davis, where did you learn about people kissing?” I asked him calmly.

    “Uncle Arthur told me” he replied.

    My eyes closed as I inhaled deeply to control my anger in front of Davis..

    Arthur, how dare he teach my five years old son about kissing?!

    “Arthur is really a very good impact on this boy, I guess you’ll be a mother-in-law soon” Adele said and burst into laughter.

    I passed her a stern look and she sobers up quickly, she coughed slightly.

    “Davis, kissing is bad, ok?”

    “But uncle Arthur said it’s good” he argued.

    Arthur!! You’re so dead! Just pray I don’t see you today!

    From the corner of my eye, I can see Adele trying so hard to control herself.

    “Uncle Arthur said I can kiss girls” Davis said innocently.

    Adele couldn’t hold it in any more, she burst into laughter.. holding her stomach as she laughed hard.

    “Sure, with this handsome face of yours.. you’ll kiss a lot of girls” she said amidst laughter.

    I smacked her head and glared at her, she shuts up immediately. I turned back to Davis with a gentle smile.

    “No, baby, you can’t kiss girls”

    “Why?”

    “Because you’ll get cooties from kissing girls” I said.

    He frowned and stared at me doubtfully, as if I’m lying to him.. which I’m actually doing for his own good.

    “What is cooties?” He asked.

    “Cooties is a disease that you get from kissing girls, it’ll make your tummy swell…”

    His hands moved to his stomach and he stared at me in horror, I smirked mentally.. I guess this would work.

    “.. it’ll make you have bleeding nose..”

    His hands flew to his nose, as if covering it would stop the disease.. I almost laugh.

    “.. it’ll make you lose your teeth and go bald”

    “I promise, momma, I didn’t kiss any girls, I didn’t kiss any girls, I didn’t kiss any girls” he cried in panic.

    “Good boy, you’re a good boy right?” He nodded. “Good boys don’t kiss girls, ok?”

    He nodded again, I smiled.

    “Now promise me you won’t kiss girls”

    He raised his tiny hand up and pulled out three fingers.

    “I promise I won’t kiss girls”

    I nodded and ruffles his hair, I leaned forward and kissed his forehead.. but he pushed me away and wiped his forehead.

    He glared at me.

    “Momma, cooties!” He said.

    I exchange looks with Adele and she burst into another fits of laughter.. is my lie turning against me?

    “No, no, baby, momma’s kiss don’t give cooties”

    He frowned. “Sure?”

    “Sure!”

    He stayed silent and stared at me a few more minutes.

    “Pinky swear?”

    “Pinky swear” I said.

    He nodded, then leaned forward and kissed my cheek this time.

    “Now go back and watch TV, breakfast will be ready soon and we’ll be ready for school in no time” I told him.

    “Ok, momma” he said and ran back to the living room.

    I sighed deeply and narrowed my eyes.

    “I swear, I’m not leaving my son under Arthur’s care ever again!” I said.

    “But he’s teaching him the ways of men… ”

    She shut up when she saw my malicious glare, I grabbed a spatula and get onto business.

    Right at that moment, I heard the doorbell ring.

    “Continue, I’ll go get it” Adele said.

    She rushed to the living room, to go get the door. Soon, I heard Arthur’s voice.. I bite my lower lip.

    “Davis!”

    “Uncle!”

    That bast*rd! He dared to show up after trying to corrupt my son!

    “Who’s ready for school?”

    “Meee!” Davis yelled.

    With my spatula in my hand, I turned to face them.

    “Arthur!! What did you teach my son?!” I asked storming towards him.

    Arthur slowly dropped Davis, he released a nervous laugh and waved me.

    “Hi, g-good morning, Miss Reinle”

    “This morning is so not good, you want to corrupt my son.. that’s your intention, right?!” I growled.

    He leaned down and kissed Davis forehead, he grabbed the door handle.

    “I just remembered, I’m very late for the office.. see you later!” He said in a hurry and rushed out.

    I know he’s getting away from my wrath, I laughed evilly.. I’ll still see him in the evening.

    “Right, Arthur just reminded me.. hurry up we’ll be late for work too” Adele said.

    My eyes locate the wall clock and I gasped loudly.

    “Darn! We’re so freaking late!” I exclaims.

    Using words like *darn* in place of *damn* and *freaking* in place of *f**king* because of Davis.

    *
    *

    Writer’s pov 👙

    O’Briens groups LTD. (Chicago)

    “Good morning, Mr O’Briens!”

    Workers greeted Thanatos as he walked into his company, he nodded in acknowledgement and headed straight for the elevator.

    “Good morning, Mr O’Briens” his assistant greeted him.

    “Hmm” he simply hummed.

    “What’s my schedule for today?” Thanatos asked.

    He reached the elevator and pushed the open button, the doors opened and he stepped in.

    His assistant followed and pushed the 54th button, leading to his floor.

    “You have meeting with this board this morning by 9am.. you have lunch with Mr Joy from hot springs hotel by 1pm…”

    The elevator stopped and the doors opened, they both stepped out.

    Thanatos took long strides towards his office, while his assistant rushed after him.. even though she’s wearing heels.

    “…and at 2:30pm you have interview with daily mirrors”

    “Cancel the lunch with Mr Joy, I have another appointment then”

    “Yes, sir” she replied and quickly scribbled something on her note.

    Thanatos stopped in front of his office, he grabbed the handle and turned to his assistant.

    “Make an appointment with Mike’s kitchen to negotiate the acquisition tomorrow.. tell them their restaurant is only worth $5,000,000.. not a dime more!”

    “Yes, sir”

    Thanatos nodded. “Tell Patrick to see me when he arrives!”

    “Yes, sir”

    “That’s it, you can leave” Thanatos said and stepped into his office.

    He walked straight to his chair, he sat down and tossed his briefcase on the table.

    “Where’s Patrick?” He heard a very familiar voice asked.

    He opened his briefcase and pulled out his laptop, he placed it on the table and turned it on.. totally ignoring the question.

    “He didn’t drive you to? You drove yourself?”

    “Clark, you should be working in your department.. what are you doing here?” Thanatos asked.

    Clark is his best friend, since diapers. Clark pulled a chair and sat down, he leaned on the table.

    “I would have been in my department if your mom didn’t call me.. no, if she wasn’t disturbing my phone”

    Thanatos hummed and nodded.

    “Why did she called you this time?”

    “Well, nothing much”

    Thanatos lifted his head and arched an eyebrow at Clark, telling him to continue.

    “She said you should come home, your wife misses you…”

    Thanatos interrupted him with a bang on the table, he frowned.

    “She’s not my wife!” He stated firmly.

    His eyes drift to the photo frame on his table, he reached for it and caressed it briefly..then turned it to Clark.

    “This is the woman I recognize as my wife.. she’ll the Mrs O’Briens I’ll recognize as my wife!”

    Clark sighed.

    “Thana, I know you still love her, but it’s already five years and still no news about her.. I think you should move on”

    “No! I’ll find her!”

    “When? When you’re old?”

    Thanatos held onto the photo frame tightly, his eyes turned red as he thinks of something.

    “She’s hiding from me, she’s mad at me for leaving so suddenly and without letting her know”

    “Yes, if I were I would be mad too” Clark said.

    He remembered Jasmine’s broken look when he told her Thanatos was gone..

    He remembered how she held herself… and tried to convince herself that Thanatos wasn’t gone.. he remembered it very clearly.

    “But I left for a good reason”

    “Good reason?! You still couldn’t stopped the wedding.. she still ended up being your wife!”

    Thanatos nodded.

    “My wife?” He scoffed. “She’s not my wife, I didn’t attend the wedding, I didn’t go to the altar with her.. my brother did and that makes her my brother’s wife!”

    “No, it doesn’t. Your brother went to the altar with her in your name, she’s legally your wife”

    Thanatos mind drifted back to the big argument he had with his father.

    “Her name now is Jade Miguel O’Briens.. that’s what makes her your wife!”

    “No! She’s not, I have never acknowledge her as one and I will never acknowledge her!”

    Clark shook his head, his eyes landed on the lady in the photo frame.

    “If she’s hiding from you, then it’ll be very hard to find her”

    At that moment, the door opened and someone walked in.

    “Mr O’Briens, Mr Evans!” He greeted them with a small bow.

    Clark smiled. “Yo! Patrick is here” he said.

    Patrick simply nodded and turned his attention to Thanatos.

    “Sir, there’s been sightings of her”

    Thanatos dropped the photo frame and sat upright at once, he gave Patrick an eager look.

    “Where?” He asked.

    “Las Vegas, sir!”

    Thanatos smiled.

    “There’s one more thing, sir”

    “What is it?”

    “She was seen with a little boy, he looks exactly like you. I don’t know….”

    Clark and Thanatos exchange looks, Thanatos wondered if Clark knew anything about her being pregnant then.

    As if he knew what Thanatos is thinking, Clark shook his head.

    “How old is the boy?” Thanatos asked Patrick.

    “About five or six years, sir.. we’re not so sure”

    Thanatos banged on the table and broke into a smile.

    “He’s my son!” He said.

    A sense of great joy suddenly overwhelmed him, he adjusted his suit.

    “Get the jet ready”

    “Sir?”

    “We’re going to Las Vegas today!” Thanatos said.

    “Yes, sir!” Patrick said and left.

    When Patrick is gone, Clark tapped the table to get Thanatos attention.

    “Are you not gonna attend the dinner your mom invited you?”

    “No! I’m going to get my family!” Thanatos replied with a smile.

    “Then what about your family here, you already have a wife here”

    The smile wiped off Thanatos face, he glared at the empty chair beside Clark.

    “I told you, I don’t acknowledge her!”

    Clark laughed.

    “I can’t believe a girl has been married for five years… but still don’t know who or what her husband looks like?”

    “It’s her fault for not refusing the marriage!”

    “But you should at least go home and let her see you once.. she misses you, according to your mom”

    Thanatos scoffed.

    “You can’t miss someone you haven’t seen once”

    “Oh? But she’s seen your pictures”

    “Save the crap!”

    Clark laughed, he just finds Thanatos situation quite funny..

    Thanatos pressed the intercom button and his assistant’s voice came up.

    “Yes, Mr O’Briens?”

    “Make the appointment with Mike’s kitchen today, we’re going to Las Vegas to negotiate the acquisition!”

    “Ok, sir”

    Thanatos leaned on his chair and stared at the photo frame with a satisfied smile..

    *Finally, I’ll see you after five years!* He thought to himself.

    TBC.

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    Helen
    Moderator

    🌹FIVE YEARS_TOO LATE 🌹

    (When the Love is gone )

    Episode 2

    ❌ DO NOT COPY OR REPOST ❌

    Written by: Racheal Dennis.

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    *

    Jasmine’s pov 👙

    “Momma will come pick you up after school, ok?”

    Davis nodded, he leaned forward and kissed my cheeks. I handed his lunchbox to his teacher and walked him to his desk.

    You might be wondering why I gave his lunch to his teacher, that’s because she’s Adele’s younger older cousin… I won’t give his lunch to any random person.

    “Be a good boy and don’t give your teacher a headache, ok?”

    He nodded again. I kissed his forehead and smiled at him.

    “Momma loves you”

    “Love you too, momma!” He replied.

    I turned back to his teacher.

    “Please take care of him, give me a reminder call after school.. I don’t know if I’ll be very busy today”

    “No, problem, Jas!”

    Adele groaned tiredly, she’s being resting against the doorframe all these while.

    “Why don’t you just stay to keep him company?” She said.

    “Well, I would if I could” I replied.

    She scoffed and lifted herself off the doorframe, she grabbed my hand and started pulling me out.

    “Bye, baby!” I waved at Davis.

    “Bye, momma!” He waved me back with a very wide and bright smile.

    I snatched my hand from Adele’s grip, when we made it to the school gate.

    “Just say you’re jealous of our mother-son relationship”

    “Me?! Jealous?!” She scoffed. “Never!”

    She saw an oncoming taxi and stopped it, she bend slightly to speak with the driver.

    “Mike’s kitchen, sir”

    “Alright, get on in” the driver said.

    I pulled the door open and slide in, Adele slide in after me and the driver drove off.

    “Because of your mother-son relationship…”

    She emphasized on the *mother-son*.

    “… we’ll be getting enough scolding from Elvis!” She flicked my ear.

    I simply smiled and shook my head, it’s in her nature to whine over every little thing.

    “We’re lucky isn’t Monday, there won’t be any rush at the restaurant today”

    “Fine! Fine! I’m sorry, tomorrow I’ll wake up early and I promise our mother-son relationship won’t get in the way”

    With a doubting huff, she looked out the window.

    I used my fingers as comb and smoothed my hair, because we were running late I didn’t had any time to comb my hair.

    “Your phone is ringing” Adele said.

    I looked down at my phone on my laps, it’s really ringing and it’s Arthur calling.. I wonder why my phone is on silent mode again.

    Then it clicked in my head, it must be my little devil at work again..

    Davis never let any opportunity to play with my phone slip, I guess he put it on silent mode.

    “Davis has started with my phone again” I grumbled as I reached for it.

    “Hello, Arthur!” I said.

    “Jas, I’m gonna be leaving work early today, just called to let you know I’ll be picking Davis from school and take him to the park”

    I smiled, I swear Arthur is angel, God sent him to lift some burdens off my shoulders…

    Not that I’m calling my son a burden, but I also get tired taking care of him and at the same time worrying about work.

    “Jas, are you there?”

    “Oh.. yeah, please pick him up, thank you!” I said.

    “Ok! And don’t worry about dinner, I’ll cook.. you just have to worry about your work today”

    “Awwn! I swear I can kiss you right now” I teased him.

    He chuckled, from the corner of my eye, I can see Adele giving me the “what the heck?” look.. even she knows I’m just joking.

    “I won’t be surprised, do you wanna know how many times we’ve both kissed in my dreams?”

    I rolled my eyeballs.

    “Nah! Keep your naughty dreams to yourself, I’m good”

    “She’s shy!” He said.

    Shy?! For who?! Him?! He’s a joke for saying that.

    “Right, please don’t watch adult films when you’re with Davis and don’t teach him about kissing girls.. don’t forget he’s just five years old”

    “I’m sorry about, he just asked a question and I answered”

    I can imagine his carefree smile, on his face.. he must be wagging his brows now.

    “Please, mind your behavior around him. You know kids always copy the bad things easily, he…. ”

    “Take a breath, Jasmine, I promise I’ll mind my behaviours now” he said.

    I sighed quick nodded, forgetting he can’t see me.

    The car jerked, Adele tapped my lap and showed me we’ve reached our destination.

    “Alright, Arthur, I have work now.. talk to you later!” I said and hanged up quickly.

    Adele opened the door and stepped out, I also stepped out..I took out my purse and paid the driver.

    Then we head inside the restaurant.

    “I don’t understand you and Arthur” Adele said.

    “What don’t you understand?” I asked.

    “You and Arthur flirt with each other everyday, but you keep saying it’s impossible for two of you”

    “We flirt?”

    I don’t see how we flirt with each other, we just have normal conversations.

    “Yeah, you flirt with each other a lot…the chemistry between the two of you is very strong”

    Chemistry?! Why don’t I feel it?

    “Just say yes to him and give Davis a daddy”

    I scoffed.

    “Davis already has a daddy” I said.

    Even though I hate him, hearing his name makes me sick..but the fact remains that, he’s my son’s father.

    ******

    “Gather around, everyone!”

    We heard Elvis said, clapping his hands to get everyone’s attention.

    Adele and I sneaked in, trying to escape Elvis’s predatory eyes and blended with the others.. gathering around the counter.

    “Phew! We’re lucky Elvis didn’t notice we’re late” I said.

    “Ahem!”

    Elvis cleared his throat, his eyes narrowed at us and he eyed me..I guess I spoke too soon.

    “Good to see you finally join us, Jasmine!” He said.

    I smiled. “Good morning, Elvis”

    He simply huffed and turned away from me, I mimicked his expression.. Adele laughed briefly.

    “I wonder how his wife and kids cope with him at home, he’s always serious.. always keeps a straight face” Adele said.

    I chuckled but it’s true though, since I started working here I’ve only seen Elvis smile twice.

    Although, I understand him, it’s not easy being a manager in one of the biggest restaurants in Las Vegas…

    “So.. I got a call from Mr Mike this morning!” He paused and studied everyone.

    Everyone is whispering among themselves, asking why Mr Mike suddenly called.. Mr Mike is our CEO, owner of Mike’s kitchen!

    “Silence!” He said and the whispering stopped, then he continued.

    “Mr Mike said, we should be on our best behaviours today… because we’re gonna be having a very important guest! He said no mistakes are allowed…”

    I leaned closer to Adele’s ear and whispered. “If Mr Mike is coming over with an important guest, then I’m done for”

    “Why?” She whispered back.

    “My uniform is so outdated” I replied.

    By outdated, I meant, my uniform is damaged beyond repair.. it feel into a blue paint, when I was trying to dry it the other day.

    I was thinking of wearing a mufti today and get another uniform after work.. now, I don’t know…

    “I feel you sister” Adele said in a mocking tone, I pinched her arm and she hissed quietly.

    “… Mr Mike said, he’s gonna increase the salary of the two waitress or waiters that are gonna serve him and his guest…”

    Salary increments?! I want that favor!

    If my salary is increased, it’s gonna go a long way for Davis and I.

    “…I have already picked the two people that will serve them. Those two people are…”

    His eyes scanned us. Please pick me, please pick me, I pray in my heart.

    “… Robin and Skai” Elvis said.

    The rest of us sighed in disappointment, I threw my arm around Adele’s shoulder and glared at Elvis.

    “Others should be on their best behaviours and server our customers well. Also…” He paused.

    His eyes landed on Adele and I, what does he wanna say now.

    “… thank you all so much for your hard work last week, you guys did a great job and we made quite a lot. So, thank you for your hard work!”

    We clapped happily, it’s very rare for Elvis to praise us.

    “That’s it for today, you can all go back to your respective duties!”

    Everyone started finding their ways back to their post, Adele and I turned too.. but Elvis stopped me.

    “Except you, Jasmine, you’re coming with me to my office!” He walked towards his office.

    I groaned and Adele gave me an apologetic look, Elvis is so gonna scold me for coming late again.

    “Just pray I come out in one piece”

    “Don’t worry sister, he’s not gonna hurt you”

    I nodded and headed straight to Elvis’s office.

    *
    *

    Writer’s pov 👙

    Thanatos stepped out of his private jet, his assistant, Clark and driver.. Peter, got out after him.

    He checked his wrist watch and realized it’s still quite early.

    “June, call Mike’s secretary and inform him we’ve arrived!” He said to his assistant.

    “Yes, sir” she replied.

    He turned to Clark, but Clark is making a phone call.

    “Mr O’Briens, the car is ready” Peter said.

    Thanatos nodded and followed Peter towards the car, Peter opened the door and Thanatos slide in.. Clark followed too.

    “I just spoke with your mom, she said I should persuade you to attend the dinner.. she said it’s important”

    Thanatos simple hummed.

    “Why are you humming? How should I reply her when she calls me again?”

    “Tell her to call me directly!” Thanatos replied.

    Clark sighed and muttered under his breath, then he started typing on his phone.

    “Mr O’Briens, Mr Mike’s secretary said we should head to Mike’s kitchen.. Mr Mike would receive us there!” June said.

    “Peter, you heard her!”

    “Yes, sir”

    Thanatos threw his head back on the seat, he tossed his phone on Clark’s laps.

    “I’ll take a short nap!”

    *
    *

    Jasmine’s pov 👙

    “Elvis?” I called as I pushed the door open and stepped into his office.

    “Come in” Elvis said.

    He pushed his laptop aside and took off his glasses, he rest his hands on the table.

    “You wanna see me?” I asked the most obvious question.

    “Yes” there’s a long pause. “Jasmine, what’s going on? This is the third time this week”

    “I’m sorry, Elvis, it’s just I…”

    “Is it because you’ve been working overtime lately?”

    I shook my head quickly. “No, no”

    He sighed.

    “When you begged me to let you work overtime, I asked you if it’s gonna affect your efficiency and you said no… so, what’s going on now?”

    I kept quiet. He’s right, working overtime is taking a toll on me.. but it’s the only way I can make more money.

    “Where’s your uniform?” he asked.

    “Ruined” I replied.

    He stared at me silently, not knowing what to do.

    He opened his drawer and pulled out a new set of uniform, he threw one at me and I caught it with ease.

    “Change into your uniform and get back to work”

    “Thanks, Elvis”

    He nodded. “I’m still keeping you here, because you attend to our customers well.. make sure you don’t get a fourth strike, that will be.. goodbye to this job”

    “I understand” I said.

    He gestured me to leave, without wasting another minute there, I rushed out.

    I breath in relief when I stepped out, my hand in my chest.. thankfully I wasn’t fired.

    “What did Elvis say?” Adele asked.. which made me jump slightly.

    “When did you get here?” I asked her.

    “I was here the whole time, I thought Elvis would yell at you.. so, I came to plead”

    I nod, such a nice friend.

    “Well, he only warned me not to be late again”

    “Hmm, that’s good” she saw the uniform in my hand. “I see you’ve gotten a new uniform”

    “Yeah, Elvis just gave it to me”

    “Alright, go change first, I’ll cover for you” I nodded and headed for the locker room.

    ***

    I heard whisperings and saw my fellow waitresses and waiters rushing back to the counter.. where Elvis just addressed us few minutes ago.

    “Heyyy!” I grabbed Adele’s arm and pulled her back.

    “What’s going on?” I asked her, gesturing to the others.

    “Oh, Mr Mike is waiting outside to receive his very impressive guest.. Elvis said we should gather up to welcome the guest”

    “Huh? Is this guest that important that we even have to welcome him?”

    “Yeah, come on, let’s go!” She said and pulled me along.

    Immediately Elvis saw me, he pulled me aside to stand beside him.. I gave him a confused look.

    “Of all these waitresses, your behavior is the best.. you’ll greet him with me” he said.

    I simply nodded and quickly put on my very sweet, warm smile.. I’m not trying to brag but my friends say I’ve got a smile that melts hearts.

    “… you’d see our restaurant provides the best service after I show you around..”

    I heard Mr Mike saying, but I toned him off when I heard all the waitresses fawning over someone.

    *He’s so handsome!*

    *Gosh, he even looks way more handsome in reality than on TV!*

    *I’d do anything to kiss the ground he walks on!*

    I frowned, only those few meters away from me has seen the guest.. is he so handsome that these girls are giggling about?

    They don’t know handsome face can be deceiving.. just like how I was deceived by that cock!

    Hmph! I shouldn’t think about him.. this is the time to do my job well, Maybe Mr Mike might change his mind and increase my salary too.

    “Hey! Jasmine, it’s my idol” Adele leaned closer to me and whispered.

    “Your idol?”

    She nodded and giggled like a teenage girl seeing her crush for the first time.

    At first, I didn’t calculate what she said.. until I saw him walking towards me.. then her words repeated in my head.

    Her idol! Thanatos Miguel O’Briens!

    What is he doing here?! Why did he have to show his disgusting face at my work place?!

    My heart is aching at the sight of him…as if my heart is breaking all over again!

    Five years! Five good years!

    He haven’t seen me yet, he’s busy shaking hands and waving at the girls fawning over him.. what a flirt! So unprofessional!

    My hands balled beside me as I felt anger building up inside me.

    I felt like going over there to punch his face until he’s disfigured!

    But I know I can’t, I’m not ready to face him.. he’s my past and I’m not ready to face my past.. maybe I should sneak away now that he hasn’t seen me yet.

    But…

    “Come on, Jasmine, let’s go greet him!” Elvis said.

    Without giving me time to speak, he grabbed my arm and pulled me along with him.

    “Mr O’Briens, welcome, sir!” Elvis greeted him.

    I bowed my head so he wouldn’t see my face, I snatched my hand from Elvis and took slow steps backwards.. I don’t wanna see his face.

    “You’re…” He trailed off as if waiting for someone to complete his sentence.

    Even his voice is annoying, I better leave here quickly.

    I tried to leave but these girls wouldn’t let me, they’ve blocked the way because they all want to get a glimpse of that devil.

    “Oh.. I’m Elvis Presley and this is…”

    “Excuse me” I tried to make way for myself, but these crazy girls have suddenly gone deaf.

    “Jasmine? Where are you going?” Elvis asked and I froze.

    I clenched my jaw and sucked in air.

    “Mr O’Briens is here, where are you going?” He asked again.

    I cleared my voice.

    “I’m going to the restroom” I changed my voice and used a weird french accent.

    Elvis released a nervous laugh.

    “Your restroom can wait, come greet Mr O’Briens first!” Elvis said.

    “I’m pressed, I really need the restroom now” I said, still in my fake accent.

    I just wanna get away from here. But I heard Mr Mike cleared his throat.

    “Everyone is saying hello, but you can go to the restroom and say goodbye to this job!” Mr Mike said.

    Now that Mr Mike is involved, there’s no way I can escape.. and beside, I have no cause to hide away from him.

    If I run away, it’ll only prove that I still love him and…

    This is the only place I can make decent money, I can’t lose this job because of some useless jerk!

    I should show him that I’m living fine without him! I should show him that I survived even after he abandoned me!

    “Jas, just say hello” Adele mouthed at me.

    I nodded, I took a deep breath, put on my warm smile and turned around.

    “Hello, Mr O’Briens, I’m Jasmine Reinle!” I said and reached out my hand for a handshake.

    Thanatos just stood frozen, his mouth hung open and his eyes widened in surprise.. like he can’t believe what he’s seeing.

    I scoffed mentally, yeah, I’m still alive and breathing! I screamed in my head.

    “Mr O’Briens?” Mr Mike and Elvis called him at once.

    But Thanatos doesn’t seem like he’s even listening to them, he took slow steps towards me and I took slow steps back in return.

    “B-baby… ” He trailed off.

    Before I could realize what’s going, he’s pulled me into a very tight hug.. he pressed me to himself as if he wants to confirm if this is real.

    “Mr O’Briens?” Mr Mike and Elvis called at once again.

    Murmuring erupted as I looked at everyone, they’re all having curiosity in their eyes.

    This is embarrassing and annoying, I tried to pulled away but couldn’t.

    “Baby, I have been searching all over for you” he said.

    His words just seem to increased my anger, bringing out all the pains I’ve been trying to bury in me all these years.

    Not knowing where I got the strength from, I pushed him off me and turned to leave.. but he caught my wrist.

    “Baby, don’t go”

    “Baby?!” I scoffed and snatched my hand from his grip.

    The anger in me was too much, that I couldn’t control my anger.. I did what I wanted to do when I first saw him come in.

    I raised my fist and landed a punch on his face randomly, but I hissed quietly when I felt my hurt.

    Everyone gasped at my action. Thanatos stepped closer.

    “Baby… ”

    My hand landed on his cheek, cutting him off. Elvis rushed to me and grabbed my hand.

    “What are you doing, Jasmine?” He queried me.

    I ignored him and glared at Thanatos.

    “Baby, I’m sorry… ”

    I don’t know, but hearing him call me baby just kept increasing my anger.. I broke free from Elvis’s hold and landed another slap on Thanatos face.

    Just then, I saw his best friend, Clark rushed towards us.. he held Thanatos and checked his face.

    “Holy sh*t! What’s going on?” He asked and turned to me. “Crap!” He exclaimed in shock.

    Yeah.. crap! Bloody liars!

    “Baby, listen…. ”

    “Shut up! Stop calling me that shitty name!” I yelled at him.

    Everyone is looking at us in confusion, Mr Mike cleared his throat and stepped forward.

    “Jasmine, your behavior is out of our work conduct, I don’t think you fit in here anymore.. you’re fired!”

    I snapped my head to face him, I can feel me gonna transfer my aggression now.

    “There’s no need to fire me, I quit!” I yelled and ran towards the exit door.

    “Baby!” I heard Thanatos call me but I didn’t turned back.

    I just ran out!

    TBC

    #50242 Reply
    Helen
    Moderator

    🌹FIVE YEARS_TOO LATE 🌹

    (When the Love is gone )

    Episode 3

    ❌ DO NOT COPY OR REPOST ❌

    Written by: Racheal Dennis.

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    *

    Writer’s pov 👙

    “Baby, wait!” Thanatos called.

    He wanted to run after Jasmine immediately she ran out, but Clark stopped him.

    “What are you doing? Make way” he said.

    Clark shook his head in disapproval.

    “Thana, calm down. I believe she wouldn’t want to see you now, she needs some alone time” Clark said.

    Thanatos didn’t speak, his gaze simply remained at the direction she just ran off to.

    Everyone is just staring at him in shock, they’re all wondering what just happened.. like why was he calling Jasmine baby? Why did Jasmine slapped him and ran off?

    All these questions.. Adele already seem to have gotten the answer… but she’s still a little shocked.

    She didn’t expect Jasmine and her idol…

    She didn’t even dream of it once, that’s why she’s shocked.

    “Who’s her friend here?” Thanatos asked.

    Elvis cleared his throat, smiled and stepped forward.

    “Mr O’Briens, I’m sorry for Jasmine’s behavior. Trust me, she doesn’t behave like this on normal days, I don’t know what happened to her today…”

    Thanatos removed his attention from him and sucked in some air.

    *Yeah, I happened to her today* he thought, blaming himself for Jasmine’s action today.

    “She doesn’t behave like this on normal days? Then why did she behaved like this today?” Mr Mike questioned Elvis.

    Thanatos signaled Mr Mike not to blame his workers, since he’s the reason she behaved that way.

    Adele seemed to have gotten over her shock, she rushed towards the locker room.

    “Jas, beat you pretty hard, look at your lips bleeding” Clark said as he studied Thanatos face.

    Thanatos slapped Clark’s hand away and turned back to Mr Mike.

    “Let’s go to your office and talk”

    “Yes, Mr O’Briens, this way please” Mr Mike said and led the way to his office.

    He signaled Elvis to dismiss the workers gathering, since they’re (Thanatos, Clark and Mr Mike) is already heading to his office.

    “Get back to work everyone, chop, chop” Thanatos heard Elvis dismissing the workers.

    He reached for his phone and sent Peter a text, ordering him to find out where Jasmine lives.

    “Mr O’Briens, Mr Evans, please come in” Mr Mike said.

    He pushed his office door opened and invited them inside.

    Thanatos and Clark walked in, Mr Mike led them to the sitting area in the office.. he showed them to sofas and they sat down.

    “Mr O’Briens, I’m really sorry for what happened today, our employees don’t usually…”

    Thanatos stopped him with a raised of his hand.

    “What’s her job here?” Thanatos asked.

    “She’s a waitress, but don’t worry I’ve fired her and you won’t get to see her aga…”

    “She’s not fired” Thanatos cut him off.

    Mr Mike seemed to be in a bit of confusion, he doesn’t seem to understand what Thanatos meant.

    “She can’t be fired, she’s my woman and this restaurant is a gift to her”

    “What?” Mr Mike exclaimed.

    “She’ll soon be the CEO here, so name your price.. how much?” Thanatos asked.

    Mr Mike did a brief thinking, he thought about it carefully and smiled.

    “$15,000,000” he said.

    Clark frowned and banged on the table, he pointed a finger at Mr Mike.

    “You’re taking advantage of the situation!” He gritted out.

    “Am I?” Mr Mike asked.

    Thanatos smirked.

    This is thrice the actual amount he wanted to buy the restaurant, but he doesn’t care..

    He’s ready to pay any amount, as long as he gets to see Jasmine.. he’s ready to take any chances that will bring him closer to her.

    “This is daylight robbery” Clark said.

    Mr Mike simply folded his arms on his chest and leaned back on the sofa.

    “Mr Evans, I’m not holding a gun” Mr Mike said.

    “You’re….”

    “Fine, $15,000,000 it is” Thanatos said. “Let’s sign the necessary documents”

    *
    *

    Jasmine’s pov 👙

    I have ran a very good distance from Mike’s kitchen, I saw a bench near a water fountain and sat down.

    All the tears I’ve been fighting to hold back.. all the pains I’ve buried deep down surface and I broke down.

    Why did he had to come back now?

    I have finally moved on from him.. from all the pains and sorrows he caused me.

    I lost so much because of him, I went through so much because of him.. I almost lost my life because of him..

    Why did he come back when I don’t need him anymore?

    “Jas?” Adele called me.

    She sat next to me and pulled me into a hug, she must have followed me when I ran off.

    “Are you ok?” She asked even though she can clearly see I’m not fine.

    I shook my head and continued crying, she let me cry to my heart content on her shoulder.. rubbing my back comfortingly.

    “Thanks, Adele” I said and pulled away from the hug.

    She nodded, my eyes landed on her uniform that’s been stained by my tears.

    “Sorry, I’ve stained your shirt”

    She looked at it and laughed lightly.

    “Don’t worry about it, it’ll soon dry up” she said.

    I wiped my tears and we both sat in silence, just watching people walking by.

    “Ok.. I don’t wanna pressure you or something, but I guess you can tell me why you slapped my idol and ran off”

    There’s no need keeping her in the dark anymore, I should tell her.. after all, Thanatos is already here.

    I sucked in some air and sighed.

    “He’s.. he’s Davis’s father”

    “What?! Davis’s father?!” She shouted loudly.

    A few people walking by turned their heads towards us, with a frown on their faces.

    “Quite yelling, people will think we’re abnormal” I scolded her.

    She looked at the people, they’re already walking away..she rolled her eyes.

    “I mean, I guessed it when you slapped him but I was trying to convince myself that it’s not true”

    Hmph! I wish it’s not true too.

    “Wow. My idol is actually my best friend’s lover?!”

    My head snapped to face her at once, I glared at her for saying that.

    “He’s not my lover”

    She frowned. “But you both have a son together”

    “Yeah, that was because I fell into his honey trap”

    She arched an eyebrow at me, twisting her mouth doubtfully.

    “Like you’re trying to say, deep down in your heart there’s no love for him?”

    I kept quiet. I hate him.. I hate him so much and I always dreamed of every ways to kill him.

    But now that he’s in front of me, I couldn’t deal with him as I had always wanted to..

    I hate him and that’s one thing I’m very sure of.

    “You wanna tell me your heart didn’t skip even for a second, when you saw him just now?”

    “Yes. My heart did skip but that’s to remind me of my hatred towards him… that’s a reminder to let me know what he put me through” I said.

    Now that I’m thinking about it, I kinda regret not cutting his balls and feed them to vultures like I always do in my dream.

    “Well, I’ll believe whatever you say. But I’m a little bit sad that my idol is taken.. and by my best friend”

    “He’s not taken, you can have him if you want”

    “Nah, I’m good”

    There’s another brief moment of silence, I’m just staring blankly at the empty space in front of me.

    “Now that you’ve been fired… ”

    “I wasn’t fired, I quit” I corrected her.

    “Right, you quit. What are you gonna do now?”

    She paused.

    “You know it wasn’t easy for us to get this job, where are you gonna get a new job?” She asked.

    “I don’t know… ” I trailed off.

    I kinda acted rashly by quitting my job, but it’s not my fault.

    I wanted to leave quietly, so as to avoid creating a scene.. but Mr Mike and Elvis had to forcefully make me greet that bast*rd.

    “… I guess I should head home and start searching for another job”

    “Good idea” she said.

    I got up and stretch my limbs, Adele also got up and handed me my bag.

    “Take care on the way home”

    I nodded and look out for any oncoming taxi, but unfortunately there’s none in sight.. maybe I’ll have to walk halfway before boarding a taxi.

    “Alright, I should get going”

    “Hmm” she hummed.

    I turned to leave but I suddenly remembered something, I turned back to face her.

    “One more thing, don’t, I mean, DON’T tell that barbarian where I live!”

    She laughed at my description of him and nodded anyway, she made a zipper sign on her mouth.

    “Your secret is my secret” she said.

    “Thanks” I thanked her and left from there.

    I sighed.

    Searching for jobs online is very hard for highschool drop outs like me, all the job vacancies online are only for those graduated students.

    Like.. personal assistant, manager, accountant..

    Maybe I should just walk around a while, I might be lucky to get another job today.

    *
    *

    Writer’s pov 👙

    “Thank you, Mr O’Briens, Mike’s kitchen is now yours” Mr Mike said.

    “I told you, it’s not mine” Thanatos said.

    Mr Mike nodded. “Right, it belongs to Jasmine”

    Thanatos got up and shook hands with Mr Mike.

    “It’s nice doing business with you” Mr Mike said.

    Thanatos simply nod in reply, then he head out, Clark glared at Mr Mike briefly before rushing after Thanatos.

    ***

    Thanatos slide into the backseat, Clark followed and Peter quickly rushed to the driver’s seat and started the car.

    “Mr O’Briens, I have her address now, she lives at old Levi’s street” Peter reported.

    Thanatos nodded, he felt his phone vibrates in his pocket and he reached for it.. he saw threads of messages from his mother.

    “Does she live alone?” He asked.

    He deleted the messages and shoved his phone back in his pocket.

    “Yes, sir”

    “Let’s go to her place”

    “Yes, sir” Peter said and stepped on the gas.

    Clark turned his phone to Thanatos, showing him the messages his (Thanatos) mother just sent him.

    “I have told you to ignore her messages, if you show me something like this again.. I’ll fire you and you’ll have to go inherit your father’s company”

    Clark quickly put his phone away and shudder at the thought of taking over his father’s company.

    “Nah, I’m good being your employee” he said.

    Thanatos smirked and nodded, he knows exactly how to install fear in his friend.

    Clark looked out the window and turned back to Thanatos with a frown.

    “This is not the way to your penthouse, where are we going?”

    “To Jasmine’s place”

    “Jasmine’s place?! To do what?!”

    Thanatos winced at his loud voice and glared at him.

    “Stop glaring at me, she hates you now and doesn’t wanna see you.. going to her place will only make things worse.. we should think of how to win her heart again and make her listen to your explanation! What you’re going to do now will just worsen everything!”

    “Quit screaming” Thanatos scolded him. “I’m just going to check out the place”

    “Oh.. ok, then” Clark said in a calmer voice.

    Thanatos phone began to ring, he reached for it and saw it’s his dad.. he declined the call and switched off his phone.

    “Now you’ve bought that restaurant, how are you gonna give it to her?” Clark asked.

    “I’m not gonna give it to her yet, I’ll be the boss for now and let her work as my employee.. I’ll give it to her after she forgives me”

    “Why not give it to her now?”

    “She won’t accept it now, giving it to her now will only anger her more”

    “But… ”

    “Shh” Thanatos hushed him and leaned back on the seat, closing his eyes.

    *
    *

    Jasmine’s pov 👙

    Today’s a bad, Thanatos just made it a bad hair day for me.

    I lost my job and I’ve been job hunting fruitlessly, there isn’t any vacancies in any of the restaurants I checked today.

    “D*mn you, Thanatos!” I cursed.

    I’m really tired and hungry.. what I need right now, is food and a long rest. Just at that moment, I heard a car honking.

    I turned to it and realized it’s Arthur’s car, a smile spread on my face and I rushed towards it.

    “Arthur!” I called, I grabbed the handle and opened it.

    I slide into the passenger seat, before I could fasten my seatbelt, tiny arms wrapped me from behind.

    “Momma!” My sweet baby called in a very happy voice.

    “Baby, come to momma” I said.

    Arthur helper him come to me, he sat on my laps and showered my face with his kisses.. I can feel he’s very happy and I smiled at that.

    Even though I’m going through a lot, one smile from my son just makes all my worries disappear.

    “Why is baby Davis so happy?” I asked.

    “Uncle took me to the park!” He exclaimed.

    I turned to Arthur with a grateful smile, he returned it with a wink and blew me a kiss.. I caught it and stamped it on Davis cheek.

    Arthur pout at that action, but doesn’t say anything. I’m clearly drawing a line between us and he knows that.

    “What were you doing here? And why didn’t you tell me you’re getting off work early today?” Arthur asked.

    I sighed.

    “It’s that bast….”

    Arthur stopped me from completing my words, his eyes flicked to Davis who’s playing with a button on my shirt.

    “Baby, don’t pull off the button ok?”

    “Yeah” he replied fully concentrated on the button.

    I turned my attention back to Arthur.

    “It’s Thanatos.. he’s here in Las Vegas”

    Arthur frowned deeply and his grip on the steering wheel tightened.. his eyes darkened in hatred.

    He had always hated Thanatos right from the start, he’s never supported our relationship.. I sometimes wonder why he loved Davis so much, yet he hates Davis’s father.

    “You saw him?”

    I nodded.

    “Where?”

    “He came to my work place, that’s why I got off early.. or you can say I quit”

    He clenched his jaw and glared at the road.

    “I know he’ll be monitoring my movements, so you’ll be the one taking Davis to school and bringing him back.. I don’t want him to know about Davis”

    “Yeah, exactly my thought” he said.

    I smiled. “You’re the only one that understand me so well, I’m lucky to have you in my life”

    He grinned and leaned a little bit closer, he held my hand.

    “So.. would you consider giving me a chance?”

    I laughed and slapped his hand away.

    “No!”

    “Awwwn” he pouted.

    Davis turned to him and grabbed his lips, then burst into laughter and released his lips.

    “Momma, uncle’s crying” he told me.

    “Yeah, uncle is a big cry baby” I joined in his laugh.

    Arthur glared at us playfully and burst into pretentious cry, he opened his mouth very wide and pretended to wail.

    “Mr cry baby, hit the road!” I said, smacking his head softly.

    “You’re both ganging up on me” he said and started the car.

    Davis leaned towards him and wiped off Arthur’s imaginary tears, then kissed Arthur’s eyes.. he’s imitating me there.

    That’s what I normally do to him (Davis) when he’s crying.

    “Baby, don’t cry, momma is here” he said.

    Arthur and I burst into uncontrollable laughter, Davis just look between us in confusion.

    “Arthur, momma is here for you” I said to Arthur, referring to Davis as his momma.

    He started the car and we hit the road.

    *
    *

    Thanatos pov 👙

    “Are you sure we’re in the right place?” Clark asked Peter.

    Peter parked the car in a safe distance, we won’t get noticed here.

    “Yes, Mr Evans” Peter replied.

    I opened the door and stepped out of the car, my eyes scanned the place and I felt guilt hit me.

    This is all my fault, I reduced her to this level.. she wouldn’t be living in a place like this if I hadn’t left.

    “According to my research, this is one of the most dangerous place in Las Vegas.. but it has the cheapest apartments” Peter reported to me.

    My hand moved to my cheek where she landed that punch, now I know why she could punch so hard.

    Living in a place like this, one has to be strong to survive.

    “What’s your plan now? Are you gonna take her away from here?” Clark asked me.

    That’s my plan when I first saw this place, but I think my Jasmine would agree.. she’s too mad at me to even breath the same air with me.

    “Thana, are you taking her away from here?”

    “No”

    “No? Why?”

    I was about to give him a reply, but I choked on my words when I saw a car stopped in front of her apartment.

    The door opened and Jasmine stepped out, she’s carrying a child.. which I believe to be our son.

    Smile took over my face at the sight, I have a son and I didn’t even know about it..

    The smile on my face was quickly replaced with a deep scowl.. a man came out of the car and carried my son from her.

    He wrapped his arm around her shoulder and made to kiss her forehead, but she moved away and they burst into laughter.

    I balled my fist beside me and felt anger pumping through my veins.. and I have a very uncomfortable feeling in my chest.

    It’s making me barely breathing and moving me to go there and punch him.. Clark held me back and shook his head in disapproval.

    I turned back to them and saw them entering her apartment together.. the feeling in my chest worsened..

    It feel as though a thread is tied in my heart and someone is dragging it tighter.. it feels as if my heart is about to share in two.

    “Peter.. Peter, who’s that motherf**ker?!” I growled lowly.

    Before Peter could speak, Clark did.

    “That’s Arthur Smith, her childhood friend”

    “Childhood friend?”

    “Yes, they’ve been friends since diapers and their families are very close”

    “How did you know?”

    “He was our classmate in college.. you asked me to find out about him then”

    I narrowed my eyes and my mind flashed back, I suddenly recall him.. he’s always been against my relationship with Jasmine.

    Could it be he was in love with her then? Are they dating now?

    The thought of them dating infuriated me more, I turned to Peter and grabbed his collar…almost choking him.

    “Peter, you said Jasmine lives alone.. what is this I’m seeing now?”

    “He.. he usually comes to visit”Peter stuttered out.

    I let go of his collar and kicked my car angrily.. I’m so pissed off right.

    What if they’re dating?! F**k! No! I can’t give that cock any chances!

    “Is there any vacant apartment around here?” I asked.

    “Yes, sir, the nextdoor apartment is vacant.. but I saw a lady checking it out this morning” Peter said.

    “Quick, contact the landlord and buy the whole block!”

    “What?!” Clark asked. “You wanna buy the whole building?!”

    I ignored him as I’m glaring at Jasmine’s door, wondering what that cock must be doing inside now.

    Why is he taking so long to come out?!

    My whole body is shaking and I don’t seem to understand why.

    “And that vacant apartment, call some movers.. I’m moving in tonight!”

    Clark is just staring at me with raised eyebrows, which I ignored again.

    “But sir, what about your penthouse, are you gonna leave your home and come…”

    “My home is here” I cut him off.

    “Huh?!” They both exclaimed.

    “My wife and son is my home, wherever they are that’s where my home is” I said.

    I glared at the door once more and grinded my teeth against each other.

    “Quick, Peter, do what I asked you!” I growled and angrily slide into the car.

    I’m not gonna give that a**hole any chance to take Jasmine away from me.

    She’s mine right from the start.. and mine she shall remain!

    TBC

    #50243 Reply
    Helen
    Moderator

    🌹FIVE YEARS_TOO LATE 🌹

    (When the Love is gone )

    Episode 4

    ❌ DO NOT COPY OR REPOST ❌

    Written by: Racheal Dennis.

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    *

    Jasmine’s pov 👙

    Arthur stopped in front of my apartment, Davis already fell asleep in my arms.

    “Thanks for the ride, Arthur” I said.

    “Thanks for the ride? Are you chasing me away?” He asked.

    I tilted my head and made a confused expression.

    “I said I’ll cook dinner for you tonight” he reminded me.

    I bite my inner cheek to stop myself from laughing, I raised an eyebrow.

    “By cooking dinner you mean, ordering takeouts?” I teased him.

    Arthur seems to be perfect in everything, but one thing..he sucks when it comes to cooking.

    That’s his biggest and only flaw, like I said he’s perfect.

    “We’re not ordering takeouts this time, I took some cooking tutorials” he said.

    “Cooking tutorials?” He nodded. “From where?”

    “YouTube, duh”

    That’s it, I couldn’t hold it in any longer. I burst into laughter, I laughed so hard that I almost woke Davis up from sleep.

    Arthur simply stared at me, his lips set on thin lines with both his eyebrows furrowed.

    “YouTube? Seriously? And you think you’re a sudden master? A kitchen lord?” I asked in a mocking tone.

    “I guess I’ll have to surprise you with my excellent skills!” He said firmly.

    I nodded quickly. “Yeah, let’s go in and see what you’ve got”

    I grabbed the door and pushed the door open, I slowly and carefully got out.. to avoid waking Davis up.

    Arthur also got out and rushed to me, he flung Davis’s backpack on his shoulder and carried him from me.

    “Thanks, my arm was already getting tired” I said.

    He threw his arm around my shoulder and pulled me close.

    “Don’t I deserve a kiss for being a darling?” He asked and leaned forward to kiss my forehead.

    I moved away and flicked his nose, he roared into laughter.

    “That’s harsh” he said.

    “Let’s go in, I’m beat” I said.

    We both walked to the door, I reached for my key in my bag and opened it.. I pushed the door open and we stepped in.

    “I’ll take Davis to his room”

    I simply nodded, I tossed my bag on the table and slumped onto a sofa.

    Few minutes later, Arthur came back, he dropped Davis’s backpack on the table.

    “I figured you might wanna check his for his homework”

    “Thanks, please help me with a bottle of water” I told him.

    He walked to the fridge and can back with the bottle of water, he handed it to me..

    I told him a quick thank you and popped the cover open, I gulp down the and in a few minutes, I emptied it.

    “Wow! Someone was very dehydrated” Arthur said.

    “Yeah, I’m very hungry too. I might eat you if you don’t start cooking now”

    He laughed.

    “I should go busy myself in the kitchen now”

    “Yeah.. let’s see how skillful you are” I said.

    He scoffed and found his away to the kitchen, with a sigh, I started going through Davis’s books.

    “Sweet baby Jesus! My son is just five years old!” I exclaimed.

    “What happened?” Arthur asked from the kitchen.

    “Davis is just in first grade, and why was he given so many homeworks?”

    On each of his book, there’s home work.. like, when is he gonna finish doing all of these?

    “Stop complaining, his teacher knows best” he said.

    “Thanks, that helped a lot”

    He nodded in response and winked at me, then turned back to whatever he’s doing…I gave my attention back to Davis books.

    “Jas, I think you should come work in my company”

    “Why?” I asked absentmindedly.

    “Because you just quitted your job, have you forgotten?”

    “Oh, right, but no. I will soon find myself another job”

    He kept quiet, I lifted my head and saw him whisking some eggs in a small bowl.

    “Working for me comes with great benefits, you know.. you can come to work whatever time you like and no one’s gonna scold you”

    I rolled my eyeballs.

    “That’s exactly why I can’t work for you, I don’t want my boss to bend the rules for me”

    “It’s bending of rules… ”

    “Arthur, I don’t wanna work for you, but thanks for your offer” I said.

    After checking Davis’s books for a few more minutes, I arranged his book back in his backpack and pushed it aside.

    Then I reached for his lunchbox and checked it, he didn’t eat much.. in fact, he barely ate anything from it.

    He’s been having little appetite lately, I wonder why. I pushed the lunchbox aside too and released a tired yawn.

    “Arthur, I wanna take a short nap, please wake me up when the food’s ready”

    “Sure thing, darling” he replied.

    I laid back on the sofa and closed my eyes, I pray Elvis calls me when I wake up and tell me to come back to work.

    If not, it’s gonna take some time for me to get another job.. or I might just end up working in a club.

    *
    *

    Thanatos pov 👙

    (6:43pm___Thanatos penthouse)

    My phone rang immediately I turned it back on, I already know who’s calling without even checking the caller’s ID.

    I tossed my phone on the table and head towards my mini bar, Clark is coming behind me.

    “Why are you ignoring your mom’s call?” Clark asked.

    “You can receive it and listen to her nagging” I replied.

    I reached for a bottle of scotch, I popped it open and bend the bottle in my mouth.. taking some gulps.

    “I have an idea” he said.

    I walked back to the living room, slumped down on a sofa and reached for my phone.

    “Why don’t you go back to Chicago and tell your parents the reason you can’t stay married to Jade?”

    “And you think I didn’t tried that five years ago?” I asked.

    My mind flashed back to my heated argument with my dad, how he confiscated my phone and had me on house arrest.

    “My parents won’t listen to whatever I say, they just want me to get married to expand their business”

    Clark only nodded speechlessly at my words.

    “Then you should have told them you already have a girlfriend”

    “I did and they threatened to kill her, that’s why I had to cut off all connections with Jasmin.. to protect her” I said.

    My jaw clenching as I remembered how hurt and sad I was, seeing my girl friend’s call but couldn’t answer it.

    “No wonder you told me to tell her to forget about you”

    “Yeah, but I guess that was a bad move..she already left Mexico when I came back”

    My phone started ringing again, getting fed up with the noise, I pressed the answer button.

    “What?!” I barked angrily.

    “That’s not a proper way to greet your mother” mom said.

    I laughed scornfully, mother indeed.

    “Why are you calling me?” I asked, ignoring her words.

    “Where are you?” She asked me back.

    She’s asking where I am? Aren’t they very resourceful?!

    I know they already knows I’m in Las Vegas.. she just want to confirm from me.

    “Las Vegas” I answered truthfully.

    There’s no need of lying, since they already know.

    “Las Vegas.. what are you doing there? Didn’t Clark tell you about having dinner with us tonight?” She asked.

    I didn’t say any words.

    “Your wife.. she’s been waiting for you since five years, when are you coming see her?”

    “She’s not my wife!” I yelled.

    They should stop calling some unknown woman my wife, saying she’s my wife gets under my skin.

    The phone must have been on speakerphone, cause I heard someone banged on the table and I knew it’s dad.

    “Listen, Thanatos” dad said. “I want to believe you went there for business, you have three months to finish your business…”

    My hand is getting tired from holding up the phone, I put it on speakerphone and dropped it on the table.. then took a gulp of my scotch.

    “… if you don’t finish your business and come back to Chicago, we’ll be forced to send your wife over!”

    Clark stared at me with his mouth slightly open, but I didn’t show any reaction.

    “Three months, that’s all you have to…”

    I quickly ended the call, I’m tired of hearing him nag like a woman.

    “Thana, is your dad being serious about sending Jade over?” He asked.

    “You can call him back and ask him if he’s serious” I answered.

    These are the reasons I don’t pick their calls, they always try to impose their ways in you.

    “What are you going to do? Are you gonna go back to Chicago? Or you’re gonna wait for him to send Jade here?”

    I grabbed my bottle and gulped down the remaining scotch.

    “I’m not gonna let that bother me, cause it’s none of my d*mn business.. I came to Las Vegas for a reason and that’s what I’ll give all my attention”

    “Huh?”

    “Jasmine… I came here for Jasmine and I’ll get her back. To hell with whoever Janet is!” I said.

    Clark rolled his eyeballs. “It’s Jade not Janet”

    “I don’t care”

    I leaned back, my eyes settled on the enlarged teenage photo of Jasmine hanging on the wall opposite me.

    “So.. how will you get Jasmine to listen to your explanation? And forgive you?”

    I smiled.

    “I’ll start afresh”

    “Start afresh?” I nodded. “How?”

    “By trying to be friends with her again”

    He scoffed and leaned back on his sofa too.

    “You think it’s gonna be that easy?”

    I laughed.

    “I know it’s not gonna be easy and I know she hates me.. but I’m gonna be her nextdoor neighbor starting tonight.. anything can happen” I said with a smirk.

    *
    *

    Jasmine’s pov 👙

    I didn’t know how long I slept, but when I woke up.. I saw Davis doing his homework already, with Arthur helping him.

    “Baby, you’re awake?” I asked.

    Davis raised his head, he smiled when he saw I’m awake.

    He got up and ran to me, he threw his tiny arms around me and rest his head on my chest.

    “Momma!” He called me.

    “Hmm, you smell fresh” I said.

    “Yes, uncle Arthur bath me” he replied.

    I sat up and took in his clothing, he’s truly wearing his PJs.. wait, PJs?!

    My eyes moved to the wall clock and I gasped.

    “It’s 7:50pm already?”

    Arthur looked at the wall can too and laughed. “Yeah, that’s what the clock is saying right now”

    “Why didn’t you wake me up?”

    He called Davis to go continue his homework, Davis kissed both my cheeks and ran back to his homework.

    “You were sleeping so peacefully, and I know you’re pretty tired, so I just let you have more rest” Arthur said.

    I sighed and got up.

    “What about dinner?” I asked.

    “Ready, was just waiting for you to wake up” he answered.

    I nodded, I grabbed my bag from the table and head to my room.

    “I’ll just take a quick shower and then we’ll have dinner” I said and dashed into my room.

    Just when I threw my bag on the bed, my phone started ringing.

    I reached for my bag and rampaged through it, until I touched my phone.. I pulled it out and saw Elvis boldly flashing on the screen.

    At first I wanted to ignore the call, but on second thought, what’s there to fear.. I already quit the job.

    I quickly pressed the answer button.

    “Hello, Elvis?”

    “Yo, Jasmine, you’re pretty bold huh? Attacking a guest at the restaurant.. right?” Elvis asked.

    I gulped. “I.. he.. I.. we…”

    He doesn’t know the reason I attacked Thanatos, none of them at the restaurant knows.. and I can’t tell them the reason too.

    “You’re lucky Mr O’Briens pleaded on your behalf…”

    Thanatos pleaded on my behalf? That wicked player? Unbelievable!

    “… come to work early tomorrow.. or you might really lose this job for real this time”

    “Huh?” I asked to confirm what I just heard.

    “I said come to work early tomorrow” he repeated his words.

    Joy burst in my stomach, I have my job back! I have my job back!

    “Yes, yes, thank you”

    “Hmm” he hummed and hang up.

    I threw my phone on the bed carelessly as I hummed for joy, I’m not jobless..I have my job back.

    ********

    “.. and here comes the fish soup!” Arthur said.

    He dropped the last dish on the table, I took a deep breath and sighed.

    “Let’s hope it’s gonna be as sweet as its aroma” I said.

    “Trust me, it’s delicious” he replied.

    He reached for Davis’s plate and served some noodles in it, then placed it back in front of Davis.

    “Thank you, uncle Arthur” he said.

    “You’re welcome, my champion!” Arthur replied.

    Davis look around the table and pointed at the fish.

    “Momma, I want fish” he said.

    I nodded and gave him some fish, he smiled at me and started eating.

    “So.. princess, let’s eat” Arthur said to me.

    He filled my plate with shrimps, I picked one and took a small bite.. sweetness fills my taste buds and I started stuffing my mouth with more shrimps.

    “Ok.. I know it’s delicious, but don’t choke yourself” he said.

    I gave him thumbs up in response, he really tried.. I swear, this is the best shrimps I’ve had in five years.

    *******

    “Wow.. you really out done yourself, Arthur” I said.

    We’re done eating, but we’re still sitting around the table, just relaxing.

    “Yeah, now you know I’m the kitchen lord” he reminded me of my words from earlier.

    “Right.. tell me how many dishes you wasted”

    He grinned. “Not much, just about three”

    I eyed him, he called that not much.

    Well, I don’t blame him, I remembered when I was in my father’s house.. I wouldn’t call that much too.

    “Whatever, I have good news”

    “What’s the good news?” He asked.

    He got up and started packing our plates, I also got up and helped him.

    “Elvis called me, he said I can come back to work tomorrow”

    “That’s nice, you won’t have to search for new job”

    “Hmm” I hummed.

    The main door suddenly burst open, Davis jumped off his chair and gripped me.. I frown.

    Davis doesn’t get scared easily, why did he hide from just a door opening?

    I turned to Arthur and eyed him accusingly, he quickly raised his hands in surrender.

    “We just Chucky movie”

    “You made Davis watched Chucky?!” I exclaimed.

    He nodded. “You said I should watch cartoons when he’s around me…”

    “Yeah.. but not that type of cartoon. Chucky is a horror movie!” I scolded him.

    “Oh.. I.. I didn’t know that”

    I dropped the plate and carried Davis in my arms, I kissed his forehead.

    “Don’t be scared, baby, momma is here for you” I said and he nodded.

    I turned to Arthur. “you’ve installed fear in his mind.. he won’t be able to sleep alone in his room tonight”

    Arthur came closer to me and carried him, he pats Davis back gently.

    “I’ll just spend the night here and sleep in his room”

    I sighed. “Better” I said.

    My eyes moved to the door, I saw Adele sticking her head outside as if she’s peeking at something.

    “Adele?” I called.

    “Yes, ma’am?” She turned to us.

    “What are you doing?” I asked, gesturing towards the door.

    She laughed and walked closer to us.

    “We’ve got a new neighbor” she said excitedly.

    I frowned, I felt her temperature.

    “Your temperature is normal, why are you excited about having a new neighbor?”

    “You won’t understand, I just came to share the news with you.. anyway, I should go back to my house!” She said and she dashed out same way she dashed in.

    Arthur and I exchange looks and shook our heads, Adele is just impossible.

    “Take Davis, I should go do the dishes” he said.

    “No, you cooked, it’s fair if I do the dishes!” I said and rushed to the kitchen.

    Apart from Thanatos showing up, today didn’t turn out to be all bad.. tomorrow, I’ll apologize to Mr Mike.

    ********

    Ding! Ding!

    I heard the doorbell repeatedly ringing, with a groan, I groggily got up and head out to get the door.

    Barefooted I walked out of my room, I’m also wearing my favorite nightie… It’s a very short pink see through gown, it’s just a few inches below my butts.

    I didn’t bother about taking my robe along, since I know it’s Adele knocking.. she must have come to wake me up early so we won’t be late today.

    My hand grabbed the door handle and pushed the door open, I leaned on the doorframe.

    “What?” I asked sleepily.

    “Good morning, neighbor!”

    My eyes snapped opened at the very familiar voice, sleep quickly vanished from my eyes and I’m suddenly wide awoke.

    Thanatos?! What is he doing here so early in the morning?!

    Hold on… neighbor?!!!

    His eyes roamed my body and I’m quickly aware of my nightie, I made to shut the door.. but he blocked it with his foot.

    “Is this how you get the door in the morning?” He asked, his eyes on my chest.

    Pervert! My hands quickly covered my chest.

    “Jas, who’s there? I couldn’t go back to sleep because of the repeated ringing of the bell” Arthur said, I heard his footsteps coming towards me.

    Thanatos frowned upon hearing Arthur’s voice, he pushed the door wide open to see Arthur.

    I took a glance at Arthur, he’s only wearing his boxers.. with no shirt on.

    Seeing this made Thanatos eyes grew smaller and darker, like he’s gonna punch Arthur any minute.

    He quickly took off his jacket and dumped it on my shoulders, then turned back to face Arthur.

    “What are you doing here?”

    “What are you doing here?” they both asked each other at once.

    I facepalm myself, a third world war is about to happen in my house…I don’t think so, not in my house!

    TBC

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