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Even if the trumpet sounded three times in a row, Jessica
was certain that Andy would not have heard anything. He
seemed to be glued to the place he was standing beside his
father, as he gazed with disbelief in his eyes. Her normally
bold personality instantly became self conscious. The dress
she had on was totally modest and good for the occasion
which was nothing spectacular other than meet her father-
in-law whom she should have meet long time ago. She was
putting on a short gown for the first time in a very long
time. The short gown was slightly above her knees, though
it was not the clinging type; it was sleeveless which left
her shoulders and hands bare. She suddenly felt exposed as
Andy’s eyes bore into her. Noticing that they had been
staring at each other for some time, she quickly moved
forward, and noticed the elderly man Andy, looking at them
with amused curiosity. That Andy got his height and good
looks from his father was not to be denied. The man was
still very attractive at his age. Andy looked a bit different
from him facially and Andy wondered what his mum looked
“Sir”, she moved forward quickly, not knowing the proper
way of greeting your father-in-law. “Good evening dad” she
bent to kneel down but the man held her back.
“C’mon, give your father-in-law a hug” he pulled her into
his arms and Jessica remembered her father.
“I am so sorry sir” she said as she pulled away. “I told Andy
severally that we should wait for sometime until you are
back from your trip before we get married but he refused”
Andy was still lost in trance and it bothered Jessica as she
tried to cover up.
“Do I blame him? He is a William; we grab opportunities
when we see them. Frankly, if I were in his shoes, I would
want to take you off the market as soon as possible because
you are a rare commodity”
Mr William was making her look like a product which was for
sale but the funny thing is that she did not feel insulted,
in fact, she felt flattered.
“I always wondered where Andy got his good looks from, now
I know” she smiled.
The man adjusted slightly, “Well, he is a combination of his
mum and I, he is one selfish boy right?”
Referring to Andy as a boy was strange to Jessica’s ears.
Andy was not doing anything to help her and she didn’t
know if they would be able pull this farce through if he
kept mute. The possibility was becoming increasingly hard.
“Yes sir, he can be so selfish” she nudged Andy with her
“Yes, tap him, he seems to be lost in cloud nine” His father
said. Jessica hadn’t thought that her father-in-law saw
She smiled nervously. “He is always like this when I put on
this gown, I don’t know why”
The man laughed. “Then make sure you put it on when there
is a quarrel, it might save you the stress of apologizing.”
Jessica laughed and was relieved when Andy seemed to be
back in their midst.
“Come daughter” Andy’s dad put his hand around Jessica’s
shoulders as he walked inside, leaving Andy to tag along.
“Tell me about yourself”
Andy had never been so shocked in his entire life. Jessica
had landed him a heavy blow which threw away his senses.
When the door had opened, he had had a mental picture of
what he was expecting. He had expected a lady in a long
oversized gown with long hands, never in his widest
imagination did he think that she would appear the way she
did. It had taken a few seconds to fully accept the fact
that he was staring at Jessica. Her skin glowed under the
evening light, everything about her was different. Her hair
was not packed the way she used to, she packed half of the
hair at the front, leaving the ones at the back to fall of
their own accord. The length of the hair was more
pronounced and the rich black colour called him to have a
touch. Her shoulders and hands were bare before his prying
eyes and it glowed like she had just moisturized them. The
smoothness was so obvious and it took so much effort to
take his eyes off them. He shuddered when he stared at her
body. He wondered how she could effectively hide all she
had beneath those God-forsaken clothes. Her waist was even
slimmer than he had been imagining for weeks, he was sure
that his two big hands would circle her waist perfectly. He
swallowed hard, blocking his mind to the battle that was
going on in him. His eyes skimmed her slim long legs till he
got to her feet and almost groaned. It was too much to
take in. he always knew she had a very beautiful face but
now, it was striking even though she had no makeup or
As she talked with his father, he heard nothing as he gazed
at her with amazement. She was smiling widely. He couldn’t
pinpoint when she ever smiled, apart from the time he had
seen her at the beach with that slim guy. He was angry that
she was not smiling at him, and that he was not the cause
of her laughter. He struggled to hear what they were saying
and could not hear anything because his mind was so
preoccupied with her body. He started hearing what was
being said towards the end and he received another round of
torture as he walked behind them into the house.
Jessica was surprised that she had enjoyed the evening. Andy
almost could not take his eyes off her, making it difficult
to concentrate on keeping up with the charade but Mr
Williams was a very down to earth man, and she found
herself relaxing, forgetting the pretense. When they finished
eating, they went to the sitting room to relax. She was
about going to sit on the single seeter when Andy pulled her
to sit with him on the long couch.
At first his touch shocked her, then, remembering that they
were not alone, she relaxed. Andy could not keep his hands
to himself, and he was becoming jealous of his father, who
seemed to have the ability to make Jessica laugh. The small
curved couch was small and when they sat down, they were
so close to each other in a disturbing way.
“You two seem like you just met yesterday. I am almost
invisible” Andy’s dad murmured.
“It certainly feels like yesterday” Andy said looking at
Jessie who did not look at him.
Mr Williams looked at them curiously. “Tell me how you two
Jessica stopped short. “Why don’t you tell dad the story
Drew?” she gave Andy a dazzling smile that turned his
“No, you tell him honey” he said, too distracted to think
about a story.
She placed her palm tenderly on his chest and his heart
raced. “Oh, c’mon now, you are a better story teller”.
That moment, Andy knew that whatever she wanted she
would get. His dad was looking at them with curiosity.
“I was sitting with Jeremy at the balcony of his house when
I saw her taking a stroll. She was dressed in this
disgustingly big dress that was big enough to fit into an
elephant” he grinned.
Jessica frowned and moved, leaving Andy’s arms. “That is
the sexiest thing you ever said to me” she looked hurt. He
tried to pull her back into his arms but she did not accept.
“You never told me you hated my cloth. I am flattered”.
“C’mon baby, those clothes do nothing to attract the
“So what attracted you then?” It was Andy’s father that
spoke. Jessica raised her eyebrow, expecting an answer.
Andy swallowed and almost said ‘desire to be free from a
planned marriage’ but caught himself in time.
“I can’t pinpoint what it was. Maybe it is her striking
face” he noticed for the first time that instead of black
pupils, her pupils were a shade of dark brown. He swallowed
heavily. “Or her long black midnight hair which makes my
fingers itch with desire at the sight”. Andy was gazing so
intently into Jessica’s eyes until she was almost fidgeting.
The room suddenly seemed too suffocating as heat washed
Andy’s dad coughed loudly and they both jerked. “My son is
in love; that is a miracle. I guess I have you to thank
Jessica almost laughed at the statement. Andy, in love with
her -Jessica – it was so hilarious.
Andy’s father looked at his wrist watch and stood up.
“Wow, it is so late. I should go home”.
Jessica felt the daughter-in-law instinct grabbing her.
“Why don’t you spend the night dad, you had a long journey
and must be tired.”
“You are right. I am fagged out”
“Let me get the room ready sir” she said and turned. It was
as she arranged the bed that the implication of what she
had just done dawned on her. The room she usually slept was
just few steps from the guests’ room. Her father-in-law
would definitely get suspicious if she was sleeping in any
room apart from the masters’ bedroom with Andy. She
regretted her suggestion now and tried to look for a way
out. She could sneak into her room very late and wake up
very early, before anyone. She groaned.
After ensuring that her father-in-law was fully settled in
the room, she walked into the sitting room, where Andy
“You do know the implication of what you just did right?”
Andy asked instantly.
She exhaled. “It was out of my mouth before I could think
but it does not change anything. I would still sleep in my
room and wake up very early”.
Andy shook his head. “It won’t do. If I still know my dad
well, he accepted staying over so easily, meaning, he might
still have doubts. He is cunning when he feels suspicious. He
knows I have given up on love and won’t easily take the
fact that I am in love” Andy was sure of it.
Jessica thought she and Andy had a thing in common at
last; they had both given up on love. “So what do you
He swallowed. “You would have to sleep with me in the
masters’ bedroom” he dropped.
Her eyes widened. She has been terribly aware of Andy, the
last thing she needed was to stay locked up in a room with
him. “You can’t be serious. We could work out a story if he
discovers that we are not together. We could say that I am
indisposed and needed to be alone. Something”. She searched
her brain for what that ‘something’ could be. “Anything”.
“It won’t work. He would know that something is fishing. I
promise to be a perfect gentleman. You can take the bed
while I take the floor. That is the only reasonable solution.”
She looked at Andy like he was a three headed monster.
“You’ve got to be kidding me”.
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