Be Careful What You Wish For– EPISODE 13

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 ‘’I’m sorry.’’ Rea managed to murmur when her mother came to settle beside her on the bed. She felt so much for the woman. She most definitely didn’t deserve a man like that and she took this upon herself not to settle for less either

“it’s okay. This day was bound to come anyway.’’ She cautioned and wiped her eyes with the back of her hand.

“don’t you think I deserve knowing why all this is happening between the two of you? I mean why pretend like everything is okay when its not? And why does he keep treating me like I’m some form of outcast or something?’’

‘’let’s save it for some other time honey….’’

“no, I wanna hear it now. Why does he cheat on you and drink so much?’’

“it’s a long story.’’

“well, I’m all ears…’’

Mrs Brew sighed and tried as much as possible to avoid her daughter’s gaze. “I made a mistake when I was younger than this. Your father and I were seeing each other when we were quite young and what we thought to be a fling resulted into you and since he came from a noble family, we had to get married when his parents found out I was pregnant.’’

“and…’’

She stood up this time and tried as much as possible to hold back the tears in her voice while she continued. ‘’your father wasn’t the only one in my life at that time and he was also in love with this girl from school but she didn’t have what you’ll call ‘Noble blood’ and since our parents wanted us to be together, we decided to make arrangements on how we could see our lovers while pretending we liked our parent’s arrangement.

And then, someway somehow, your father’s girlfriend found out about the whole arrangement thing and how his family didn’t want her and she left him a note and ran away. Joe wasn’t himself anymore and threatened to leave if she didn’t come back.

“I did all I could to make him stay, I tried convincing him about how much his family needed him and we were alone in the house. That was the first time I’d ever seen him drunk in his entire life. we were not that close but Joe wasn’t the kind given to drinks.

Rea was quiet and so she continued.

 ‘’and so I stood as a bait. i forgot about my secret boyfriend and kissed Joe, hoping he would come to his senses, break the kiss and take hold of his life. my goodness what in the world was I thinking?!! We didn’t stop there, one thing led to another and I got pregnant.’’

‘’he knew about my other boyfriend and told me to push it on him but how could I? When Joe was the one who got me pregnant. I’d fooled around with Bob in the past but the test confirmed Joe was your father.

‘’And so his parents and mine knew it would bring shame to their reputation if my pregnancy showed and I wasn’t married yet and so at the age of 18, I married your father and ever since then, my life has been a living hell.’’

She grabbed tissues from her daughter’s bedside table and blew her nose into it.

Rea had never seen such a sad woman in her life. living with a man she didn’t love for 16years while he fooled around with other women? Something was missing in her story and she didn’t have to think deep before she knew  why Mrs Brews still lingered in this house.

“when do you plan on getting a divorce?’’

The woman widened her gaze. ‘’you’re okay with it?’’

She shrugged. ‘’if it’s gonna make you happy.’’

She shook her head and blew her nose into it. ‘’now is not the right time—‘’

“because you love him?’’she interjected. ‘’because you loved him enough to use yourself as bait when he was going to run away to some place he knew nothing about. You loved him enough to tie him down with your baby so that he would have no option than to forget about his other girlfriend and you’ve still kept on loving him even after 16years of marriage that hasn’t worked out since it began?’’

“I just want him to be happy…’’ she sobbed

“well, that man is never going to be happy till you give him the freedom that he wants outside marriage. And you are never going to stop crying till you give yourself a break from the selfish man that he is and start thinking of yourself.’’

‘’but—

“you’re a beautiful woman—Mum, and I want the best for you. You’ve stayed too long in his grip and you’re afraid to spread your wings and fly just like how you’re doing to me.’’

‘’all I’ve ever wanted is for you to have the best and not make the same mistake that I made.’’

“well, you’re not doing a good job as far as I can see.’’

She dabbed her face slowly and nodded without saying a word.

‘’it’s your life Mum, not his. If he wants to spend his life drinking and sleeping around with a wedding finger to show that he carries the tag ‘married man’ without showing any interest in you, then its high time you call it quits.’’

Her mother looked uncertain. ‘’but it’s against my beliefs…’’

“well, so was premarital sex—‘’ she blurted out before realizing what she had said. “I’m sorry….’’

‘’no, its okay. A mistake, that’s what it was…but I’ll never regret the day you came into my life Susan Ruth Brews. You were so beautiful and never wanted to let go.’’

Rea smiled sadly. if only she knew how far she was from the real S.R. Brews

‘’why did you name me Ruth?’’

“well, it’s a name from the bible. It reminded me of myself in a sort of way.’’

“how?’’ although she was ignorant about the whole bible thing, she was curious

‘’well, Ruth found mercy and fell in love with this great man even after there was no hope at all.’’

“you think I will?’’

‘’we both will. My faith is that strong.’’

“do you think God hasn’t forgiven you and is now punishing you in some sort of way?’’ Rea queried remembering how she’d heard stories of people acting sober because of their past. Most especially religious folks she’d encountered

‘’well, I hope so.’’

‘’did you ever ask him to?’’

Mrs Brews blinked.

“I know I don’t know much about God to be asking this sort of stuff and its not in my place anyway to know but I just know that from what ive heard, I think forgiving you isn’t the problem, getting you to move on is.’’

Her mother smiled and a tear escaped to her cheeks down her throat. She bent low to kiss Rea on the lips.

“I love you.’’ She stroked her hair lovingly and Rea could only mumble ‘you too.’ Before she stood and headed for the door.

‘’goodnight.’’ She hit the switch, leaving Rea in darkness.

She didn’t know when she dozed off.

 

 

 

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Susan was so engrossed in her homework that she didn’t notice when her mother strolled into her room. She was mumbling to herself in French and scratching her head with her pen when her mother spoke up.

“didn’t know you speak french’’ she teased with a smile.

Sue looked up.”’Maman!’’

Mrs Rivera cocked an eyebrow and shook her head. ‘’you never seize to amaze me.’’

she laughed. ‘’I’m glad I do.’’

Grace studied her daughter’s face and wanted to point out so much that this wasn’t the Rea she knew but she didn’t want to ruin the moment. What if her daughter was changing for real? What if her prayers were being answered after all and Rea was beginning to see things differently and understand that life wasn’t going to be the way she’d always imagined it would be and that she had to stop taking out the anger of her father’s death on herself and her new family and embrace what she had.

“your room.’’ The changes in the room were one of the things she first noticed on entering. Organization and neatness were finally making their home right here in her room. “it looks better.’’ Was all she could say

“a girl’s room shouldn’t be any less.’’

Grace nodded and settled on her daughter’s bed when she moved for her to settle down.

‘I just wanted to tell you I’m glad you’ve decided to put the past behind you and move on with Rick and your siblings.’’ She looked into her eyes then and raised her hand to stroke her hair. It had been years she had touched her daughter’s dark hair which she had inherited from her late father.

“I love you Andrea.’’ She reached for her hand and squeezed. ‘’and I want you to know that I understand if you still want to keep your father’s memory but Rick will love you like his own. You gave him a chance today after so many years of me wishing and hoping that you will open up to us.’’

       She blinked back tears and smiled wholeheartedly hugging her daughter fiercely before Sue spoke up.

“could you please remind me what happened to Dad?’’

Grace released her and inhaled deeply. ‘’you don’t like hearing it and I don’t like telling it either.’’

“please…’’

“you were only 9 years old then when the accident happened. Your father and I had a fight that day and he had stormed out of the house in anger. If only I knew that was the last time I was ever going to set eyes on him again.’’ The tears had begun strolling down her cheeks since the memories became fresh replaying itself before her. ‘’a careless truck driver had crashed into him and that was the last time we ever saw him. you knew about the fight. You knew when He stormed out of the house and when you heard about the accident, you blamed me for everything. You yelled at me and said things to my face, and I wished I could turn back the hands of time and bring him back. I cried so many nights Rea but you thought you were the only one grieving. You ran away from home when you were eleven and even when we found you, you proved stubborn and so rebellious. Like you were out to get me y’know.

I was miserable for days. I missed Jerry, I missed you because you felt If we didn’t have that fight, your father would still be alive now and you hated me so much.

And then Rick came into my life and I found hope. I found the reason to live again and love once more. He tried to do so much for you but you just wont let him. you hated the sight of him. even When Mickey and the girls came, you didn’t really act like they meant anything to you. And I thought maybe seeing a therapist would do you good but you flipped and you’ve always wanted to be alone and everything else that came along with it.’’

Sue’s eyes filled with tears and she sniffed. ‘’I’m so sorry for putting you through all of that.’’

Grace managed a smile. ‘’its okay. I understand that He was your best friend and your father but He was my husband and I loved him. you don’t know how much I hated myself for that silly argument that came up between us.’’

“I was just a selfish little idiot!’’ Sue blurted out and embraced her mother allowing the tears to flow freely. How could Rea have done this to her hurting mother? She wasn’t the only one who had been hurting. Everyone had been hurt but the girl blinded herself to all of it

She was going to make it up to her new family, no matter what…, and do what Rea had refused to do when she had the chance to.

she only hoped she was given enough time.

Be Careful What You Wish For- EPISODE 11

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hello guys, just in case you read this first, please scroll down to episode 10. i decided to post 2 episodes this week due to my late delivery(modem issues)

thank you so much for the follow up, comments and encouragements..i appreciate it cos they go a long way to encourage me.

episode 11 of Be careful What You wish For, here it comes

 

 

 

                                                  

 

 

“Do I look okay to you Ryan?’’

Ryan glanced her way with a crease on his forehead. ‘’why?..you have a fever again?’’

“ohh…so I look okay to you.’’ She replied ruefully and bit her lip.

She couldn’t go on anymore.

“please, stop the car…’’

“what?’’

“I said, stop the CAR Ryan!!’’ she yelled and the car came to a halt. Satisfied that they were not so far from school and no one was close byobserving what had just happened, she got down from the car and began walking towards school alone.

“babe…c’mon!…what’s all the drama for?’’

“get lost Ryan!’’ she felt happy and proud that she could do that. Tell RyanRiverstone to get lost. Even in her wildest dreams had she NEVER imagined she would push Ryan away from her.

She was going to be living as Rea, in Susan’s body..No more Sue in Susan’s body.

She’d had enough

He drove to her pace as her shoes clicked on the pavement.

She wished they were sneakers.

“susan, you’re going to make a scene and we’re going to be the new talk in town…is that what you want?!!…the school’s paparazzi is not going to get to the end of this!’’

She stopped to look at him. ‘’ohh, is that what this is all about Ryan…, school’s column, school’s paparazzi?..blah blah blah…well they can go to hell for all that I care. Get yourself another girlfriend who can play best actress, as for me, I’m way beyond audition.’’

‘’Sue…’’ he had gotten down from the car now and was facing her. He looked so big and strong. Way too matured for his age and yet he behaved so immaturely.

“what about your mum?…your Dad?’’

“what about them?’’

“you’re going to break your mum’s heart if she hears about our split.’’

“its about time.’’ she could tell he was taken aback by the sarcasm that dripped in her voice.

‘’this was never about me Sue, you know that. It has always been about you. Everything I did.’’

“then do this for me Ryan.., let me go..ummm’’

And then she stepped past him but that was before he pulled her close to him and kissed her.

Rea lost all reasoning and with her eyes widened, she didn’t even know what was going on.

And then she dissolved and melted into him

He broke the kiss. ‘’will that convince you enough?’’

Rea lost her balance and looked into his eyes. Ryan’s eyes had become so deep blue all of a sudden and she sighed.

“get in?’’

Reality struck and she raised her eyebrow. ‘’what?’’

He went and opened the car door for her. ‘’you don’t want your legs to give way, do you?’’

She frowned on remembering the reason for their whole fight and wanting to save the drama for some other day, she slowly slid into his car.

‘’we’re not finished.’’ She assured him, hoping her hot cheeks were only hot and not red revealing how vulnerable she was.

Scarlett wasn’t the only guilty one this time.

‘’I know.’’ He replied calmly and drove them both to school.

She knew she should feel happy and glad about it, but she just couldn’t bring herself to float because of Ryan’s kiss. He had kissed Susan, not her. But she had looked into his eyes then and felt exposed. Like He knew her deeper than the superficial Susan she was. Like the way she had thought he was looking at her the day before she changed and became who she was now. His eyes were curious, a little suspicious and light danced in his eyes but it was only a moment

And then that moment was gone after the kiss

Ryan wanted to escort her to class but she stopped midway and told him she wanted to handle something on her own. Surprised that she wanted to handle something without his intervention, he left her but that didn’t stop him from watching her.

He was used to girls staring and greeting him as they headed for class but as polite as ever, he stood looking at his girlfriend as she headed over to a parking zone where his teammates and two girls stood.

The girls looked outnumbered but Sue seemed to be stepping into the rescue.

That was odd. She always minded her business and never interacted with those kinds of people.

They were so out of her class

Rea came closer and placed a hand on Charlie’s ride.

“hello Charles.’’ She greeted briefly and allowed her gaze stroll his body. Ryan could do better than this idiot that stood harassing her friend and thinking he was every girl’s dream

“Sue.’’ He almost lost his balance and confidence.

“don’t sweat it tough guy, I think its high time you get a life and stop harassing my friend-friends here.’’

“its nothing really..’’

“just back off.’’ She warned her face becoming serious. “and stop acting like a total jerk. Go find your own size to pick up a fight with.’’

‘’oooooooooooooo…’’ the boys mocked till Charles turned to give them the eye

Susan chuckled and Rea turned to look at her. Scarlett bit her lip and couldn’t look directly at her.

“they’re my friends and I think you should treat them as such.’’ She gave him ‘thumbs up’ and walked off to join Ryan who stood looking at her with an amused smile.

‘’wow!’’ he commented

“what?’’

He had an amusing yet attractive smile on his face and Rea suddenly imagined him as a GQ model

“I think I’m loving the new you Susan.’’ Andhe took her hand in his and walked off together

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“who the hell do you think you are?’’ Janice charged for Rea immediately they entered the toiletbut she simply ignored the fury on her friend’s face

‘’so you think you can talk to my boyfriend anyhow just because you’re what?!! Susan Brews!!’’

“Janice…’’ Sheila tried to calm her friend down but she couldn’t and wouldn’t.

“stay the hell outta this Sheila!…its high time we face things squarely between us. Its high time Miss Prim and pretty stops acting like she’s the only one who exists in this school and face reality’’

‘’oh really…why don’t you tell your stupid boyfriend to look for his own size and stop hitting on little girls.’’

Janice raised her hand against Rea but Sheila stopped her In time.

“oh, you think you’ve got it all figured out huh?…you think I cant tell everyone about your hidden agenda and your gay boyfriend who everyone thinks is a superstar. At least my boyfriend hits on women.’’

Rea felt like she had been slapped in the face.

“and who says?’’

“oh, you think I’ve forgotten how you always cry that.. ‘Ryan is not interested in me, Ryan hardly touches me…’’

“well, at least he can control himself..’’

“oh sure he does!…’’ she scoffed. ‘’even when I try making a move on him, he’s as hard as a rock’’

‘’Janice that’s enough!’’ Sheila cried.

‘’so your Mr. Charlie isn’t even enough for you and my boyfriend is the next thing on the list?’’Rea felt disgusted. “slut’’

“tramp!’’

Rea forgot what body she was in and charged at her opponent with speed. Janice had let her guards down and so she fell to the floor and received most of the punches Rea rained on her.

Due to the noise, students had already started trooping into the toilet and some had even started taking pictures and recording videos of the two girls who were engaged in a fight.

YouTube was going to have a new update of Evergreen classiest girls in a fight soon

Finally, someone came to separate them

Spanish teacher Miss Andrews

“Susan!!’’ she yelled mostly out of shock than anything else

“and Miss Cornell…’’ she grabbed both by the arm and still in shock walked them over to the Principal’s office

 

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Susan blushed when Toby winked at her but recovered almost immediately and shifted her attention to the little pup he carried in his arms. The last time she had brought this home, her father had told her she couldn’t keep him. But now that Mr.Rivera was her father and with a sweet woman like Mrs Rivera, they couldn’t say no. and her twin sisters would be most delighted, most especially Mickey.

She’d loved being here at the shelter ‘Save a life’ where those beautiful animals were kept but she wished she had a place big enough to accommodate them all knowing fully well she could only afford one at the moment due to her present status and she didn’t mind though.

She loved this life with Toby, Scarlett and the boys, not excluding her father who wanted to give her all the time in the world and a different meal apart from oatmeal.

She could munch away and get away with it. she didn’t care about her size anymore or about any media or the school’s column.

No more ballet classes! She wanted to float and fly. Her wings were finally free. She was doing what she loved and not what someone dictated to her.

And yet there was still so much more to learn.

“she’s cute, isn’t she?’’ Toby handed the dog over to her and watched her excitement when she received the animal like it was one of the most wonderful things in the world.

How come he had never known this kind of Andrea Rivera even after the years they’d been together. she always seemed excited whenever they were together and He loved her new look too.

Her hair was no more straightened like the one he used to know. She had them in curls and they dangled all over her face freely making him want to pull them behind her ear just as she usually did. She wore leather jackets and skirt whenever they had dinner together and she glowed. her scrawny figure had vanished underneath a good looking skin and her smile was beautiful

She had never smiled at him before.

         She kissed the little pup and He made the necessary payment. He turned to her and they strolled out together asking her what name she was going to give the animal.

“Have any name in mind?’’ she looked up at him.

He tried as much as possible to concentrate and reply her appropriately. ‘’ well…’’ he laughed nervously and shrugged. ‘’its your pup.’’

“its our pup.’’ She smiled at him and they walked away together with the animal in her hands. ‘’I think Nemowont be a bad idea.’’

“Nemo?…you mean like the cartoon finding Nemo?’’

“yeah…, don’t you like it?’’

He laughed. ‘’that is so un-like you Rea.’’

“really..’’ she wanted to know what the real Rea would have named the pup. “so what would your familiar Rea suggest?’’

Toby thought she was pissed and tried to apologize but she shrugged. ‘’nah, c’mon talk.’’

‘’well…’’ he laughed again wondering if it was a good idea to continue down this lane with her. They had just started getting along and he didn’t want to ruin everything because he mentioned something lame.

“something Japanese probably..from one of those our video games or manga we sketch, like yuriko or something like rugato. Something that’s so far away from a dog’s name. You loved doing that y’know. Tagging things with a name that looks weird to get some humor or rather to piss people off but I like you like that.’’

Susan frowned and then burst into laughter. Who in the world gave a pup a name like that?

It was as if Toby read her mind. ‘’and you wouldn’t be buying a pup either.’’

“well…’’

“an Alsatian dog rather.’’

“how come you know this much about me and you argue that we never dated before?’’

Toby blushed and Sue couldn’t imagine a cuter version of him. his grey puppy eyes, his hair and his cheeks were just so beautiful. If guys could be called beautiful, then he was.

She almost called him a pretty boy but thought against it and wondered..

Rea had all of this and still felt unwanted?…how could someone be so ungrateful?

Trying to save him from his predicament, she suggested. ‘’mind coming home with me?..we could make something to eat and do homework together. Mickey and the twins will be back from school anyway so we won’t be alone.’’

He had his hands in his pockets. ‘’so you cook?’’

Sue winked at him. ‘’we’ll see about that.’’

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