Alex and I spoke for about 2hours, I totally forgot we were on a call, it was more like we were speaking to each other physically. I wish we could cross the line and be more than friends but I’m not sure that’s ever going to happen because we’ve discussed his relationship a couple of times and the guy seem like a ‘loyalist’, he’s totally aware that Victoria is cheating on him but he wants to make sure she gets caught and she gets aware that she got caught. He’s just going to be a friend; I guess that’s the zone he belongs.
Weekends are made in China; they just don’t last long enough for someone like me. My boss is beginning to maintain strict business relationship, maybe it’s because I’ve turned him down a couple of times or something else, I just don’t have an idea. He went for a business meeting one Wednesday and I had no idea of the venue, but all he told me was that he was going to have a business meeting with one of his friends that has a very large business empire and one contract can turn his life around totally. He left me wondering about how rich his friend might be, because he is a well to do man, never knew someone like him can still opt for more. About thirty minutes after my boss left, Alex showed up, “Hi, Miss Phillips” he greeted, I raised my face in surprise, “Hi Alex, you never told me you were coming and Mr Rowland isn’t around” I said. “Madam, be patient now, are you not happy to see me? any way I’m aware Mr Rowland isn’t around” He replied. How did he know, I thought. “You know he isn’t in? he told you that?” I asked with surprise. “Not really, but I got to know” He replied in defence. “Alright” I shrugged. We had a long conversation while I continued with my work, as soon as it was thirty minutes to the closing hour, he said we should leave but I told him I can’t that I have to stay till the closing hour.
Before I could sign out of the office, Alex already picked my bag and led the way to his car, this time he came in a different car, this one looks more expensive but he has a super paying job, he works with the biggest business empire in the country as a Manager. We drove down the street and out into the major road, we drove past an eatery and he said we should go in for some snacks but I didn’t feel like going in with him, he offered to get some packs I can take home with me. After few minutes, he came back looking disturbed, I could see it written all over him, “What’s wrong?” I asked, “I’m fine” He answered sharply, there was a long silence during the drive home, I didn’t ask what was wrong again, because I didn’t want him to lie to me. We were almost at my gate when his phone started ringing, he looked at the screen and looked away, I checked, and it was Victoria, he parked at the front of my gate and still didn’t pick the call. “Alex, do you want keep telling me you are fine while you are not? Is this the best way to treat a friend?” I said with mixed feelings. He threw his head backwards and made it rest on the edge of the seat, “when I went into that eatery to get snacks…” he paused, “what happened?” I asked anxiously. “I saw Victoria and her boss in there” He said with a really sad face. “Is that why you are like this? Are you that jealous? c’mon they might just be out on business, I mean look at us, if you were her and you find out about you and I, if you react this way, you know you would be totally wrong” I spoke in Victoria’s defence, while I don’t even know her. “If I had seen them discussing I won’t feel bad at all, I saw them… kissing” He completed his sentence with force, “Jeeez! she did?” I asked in surprise. I didn’t know how best to console a man with a cheating partner, last week, it was Tania and now Alex? I urged him to pick his call and be a man, just hear what she has to say. Right in my presence, he picked the call and told her it was over and he ended the call. His action took me by surprise, because I never knew he could really end his relationship with her, he used to be full of her.
(Three months later)
Alex and I maintained our friendship and everything seem right until one evening we were out having a time out in a Chinese restaurant, we’ve never been to the restaurant and it really looks expensive. A waiter brought us two already filled Champagne Flute, we discussed a bit about how the week had been before we both picked our drinks, I was enjoying every drop of the drink when I felt a round shaped metal on my tongue, my right hand automatically picked a serviette from the table, Alex jumped from his chair and came to my side “Are you ok?” he asked, oh my God, it’s a diamond ring, what is going on here? I asked in my mind. Alex took the serviette covered ring from me, cleaned it up, I didn’t notice he was on his knees, “Joy, please do me the greatest honour you would ever do to me and marry me” He said on his knees. I was totally lost, my mouth was opened in surprise, “Alex, I don’t know what to say” I managed to speak, “Just say yes” He said , I only nodded because I became voiceless as soon as I saw him on his knees, that was the last thing I was expecting from him. A lot flashed through my head, from every single break up I’ve had in my dating history down to him; a friend turn lover, tears rolled down my face.
It was all like a dream, just after two months he proposed, we got married. He never told me his father owns the company he works with, the same man my boss attended a crucial meeting with some months is his father. I never knew his worth and he came so ordinary like he was just lucky to get a job in the biggest company in the country. We had a set of twins the following year and the day our sons clocked seven years old, one of our sons asked “Mum how did you meet dad?”. Alex and I look at each other and smiled, “Your dad is in the best position to answer that” I answered.
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