Whatever I am doing right now is not exactly what I planned for Rayna but here I am hurt because she’s hurt. The cut in my hand didn’t compare to the cut in my heart seeing her bleed. I wasn’t strong after all, I don’t want to care for her. I really want to hate her for everything she has said to me that day but here I am carrying her like a fool even though she is probably someone’s else. I carried her out of the hall through the back door and dropped her near the car. “Wait I think there is pharmacy beside here, I will be back” I said and turned to leave but she held me back.
I needed to tell him why, I needed to explain to him why I said those hurtful words to him. I could see the hatred in his eyes but his heart said otherwise.
“Daxton there is something I need to tell you, about what happened years ago” I started but he slipped off my hand and turned to look at me, the usual coldness again. “I’m only helping you with your leg because I feel guilty for pushing you away, don’t think I am doing this because I care. So whatever you want to say keep it to yourself” He said and walked away. I folded my fingers and swallowed. “Rayna” Someone yelled from behind. I looked back to see Brian carrying Isa who looked worried.
“Mama” She screamed and released herself from Brian’s hands, she ran to where I was standing. She looked at my leg and gasped. “Mama you are bweeding, why” She asked. Brian asked the driver to drive the car to where I was standing. “Rayna let me take you home” Brian said. Isa told him about my foot. “Rayna how did that happen? You know what? Let’s take you to the hospital first” He said. “Bu Bu but” I tried protesting and looking out for Daxton. “Mummy let’s go'” Isa said pulling my dress. I looked down at her and smiled, I wanted to wait for Daxton but then I thought to myself, he would probably see Isa and I wasn’t sure if I’m ready to tell him the truth about his daughter. I don’t know what Daxton would do when he realizes she is his daughter. I am not selfish but I’m just not ready to have another heartbreak. “Okay let’s go” I said and Brian assisted me in entering the car. “Mummy sorry” Isa said and patted me. I patted her hair gently and the driver started the engine, I looked back and saw Daxton through the back seat window. He stood there looking as the car drive away. He threw the drugs on the floor and stepped on it angrily. I sighed and turned back, I felt someone’s hand on my face. “Mummy why are you cwying” Isa asked. I smiled and drew her closer. “Mummy isn’t crying, it is my foot” I replied.
I had my legs bandaged at a pharmacy then we drove home.
“Thanks Brian goodnight” I said.
“No thanks to you for helping me today, and make sure you take care of yourself” He said. He patted Isa on her shoulder then waved goodbye at her. I watched him walk away then I closed the door. I turned back to look at Isa who was looking upset.
“Honey what is the matter” I asked.
“Mummy where is my daddy? Everyone at the party had a daddy and a mummy but I only have a mummy, Is Brian my daddy?” She asked. I smiled and carried her on a table. “Cmon darling let’s get you out of this dress” I said trying to ignore her question. “So do you still want to eat dinner or are you okay” I asked.
“Mac and cheese mama” She said and I chuckled. It’s very easy to take her mind off that question after all she is still a little child. I went to the kitchen and made dinner for her.
I had followed Daxton to the restroom, I watched as he carried her out, I knew there was a chemistry between them, looking at the way Daxton eyes softened made me jealous. I felt like coming out of the toilet I was hiding at a corner. I planned to spoil their romantic moment but I decided to wait. Immediately he carried her out of the restroom, I came out to see the mess he had made. I followed them through the back door and watched as he left to get something for her, then a man and a little girl, probably her husband and her child.
They drove off in the limousine and Daxton came back really upset and angry. I walked to him and saw how red his eyes were. She was the same person that cooked the food I served him the other day. Is this why he said the food was special? Is she really that special to him? He acts like he has no heart but today he just showed me his heart belongs to her.
We got home and the first thing he did was pour himself a very strong gin.
“Daxton” I called out to him, he was in the bar room drinking his soul out. “Get out Selene” He said codly. I smirked and walked to where he was sitting, I poured myself a drink too and drank. “What are you doing Selene?” He said slurred. “I’m drinking, isn’t that what we do to drown our sorrows?” I said. He chuckled and faced me. “What sorrows do you possibly have?” He asked. “Well I am in love with a guy who doesn’t love me back just like he is in love with a lady who doesn’t love him back” I said. He shook the almost empty glass and faced me. “So who is the guy?” He asked. I laughed and sat opposite him. “He is sitting opposite me right now” I said and watched as he got drunk. He laughed and took a sit distance away from me. I smirked mischievously and sat on his legs. He was shocked but too drunk to do anything. “What what are you doing? Stand up” He stammered. I rubbed his chin and smiled. “Why do you waste your time on her when I’m here for you?” I said and placed a kiss on his lips. He reciprocate the kiss but it didn’t last for long because he quickly withdrew and stood up pushing me away. “Don’t you ever try that rubbish with me again” He said and walked out of the bar.
“Well at least I made you kiss me today, who knows what we would be doing other days” I said and fantasized on the thought of Daxton and I on bed together.
“Soon he will be yours Selene, soon”
“Isa stop playing on the bed and come here to take your bath, Aunt Jennifer is not around to take you to daycare today so don’t delay me and come here fast” I yelled at Isa from the bathroom. She walked inside smiling mischievously. “Isa what have you been doing?” I asked. “Nothing mummy” She replied folding her hands. “No you did something, this is exactly what your father does when he tells a lie” I said and quickly realized I had said something I shouldn’t have.
“Co_come and have your bath” I said.
After taking her bath, I carried her out of the bathroom and saw what she did on the bed.
“ISA!!!” I screamed shocked at the mess.
“Sorry mama” She apologized looking sober. “I have told you countless times not to touch my makeup, now you’ve messed the bed with it” I said. I was going to scold her until she gave me a sorry look like she was going to cry. “Baby I’m sorry, I just don’t like it when you don’t listen to me, promise you won’t do that again” I said. “Promise mama” She said clasping her hands together. I smiled and kissed her soft cheek.
“That’s my girl” I said happily and prepared for daycare
“Mummy bye bye” Isa said waving her hands at me. “Bye darling” I said and watched her walk away gleefully . I touched my stomach and groaned in pain. It was that time of the month and I was out of sanitary pads. “There should be a grocery shop nearby” I thought to myself and entered the car. Fortunately, a Grocery shop was behind the Daycare. I walked inside and asked the lady behind the counter to show me where the sanitary pads where. She used her hands in directing me. “Thanks” I said and she smiled back.
I walked to where I was directed and saw the pads all the way up and I couldn’t reach for it. “Seriously who the fuck arranged things like this? The owner of this shop must have failed a brain test” I said annoyed and tried reaching for it which was hurting my foot. I finally reached it and almost tipped but someone caught me. “Oh thanks a lot” I said and looked at who helped me. “Daxton” I said.
“What happened to your husband? Did he break his hand? Because I remembered last night he couldn’t help but had his hands all over you ” He said and turned to leave.
“Daxton what of your hand?” I asked.
“None of your business” He replied. “Those ice cream, I thought you don’t take sweet things” I said trying to continue the conversation. “It is not mine” He replied. “Okay, for a friend??” I asked. He turned back to look at me. “It’s for my daughter” He answered. I felt my heart shatter into many pieces, he probably would have a wife and a very happy family . “Your your daugh daughter” I stammered. “Yes or you don’t think, I can have one, I have a beautiful daughter and a wife too just like you have your own family” He said and walked away. I was broken again.
After walking out of the grocery shop, I headed for the daycare. I already informed the teacher I was coming to check on the little girl today so she had promised to create time for me.
“Ice cream!” She screamed gleefully making me chuckle
“I wish you are my daddy so I will be getting ice cream everyday” She said and I laughed.
“What of your dad?” I asked and she looked down sadly.
“I don’t have a daddy” She replied sadly.
“Hey it’s okay darling, I will be your daddy” I told her. “Really? I have a daddy now” She said excitedly.
“So daughter what is your name” I asked.
“Isa” She replied happily.
“That’s my mother’s name too, you see we are connected” I said and she nodded.
“Isa” Nancy called.
“Your mommy is here and she brought ice cream for you” She said.
“Yayyy, more ice cream” She squealed happily.
“Mama!!!” She yelled and ran away. I turned my back to look at her mother.
“Mummy see my Daddy” She said pointing at me. Her confused face turned to shock when she saw me.
“Dax Daxton” She stammered holding tight to Isa.
“You you have a child” I asked as different thoughts ran through my mind
Minutes ago, I had decided to get ice cream for Isa. I knew how much she loved ice cream, I don’t blame her though, I also loved it when I was just like her age. Daxton had gotten ice cream for his own daughter so I decided to get one for mine too who is also his daughter but he doesn’t know.
“Miss Nancy good morning” I greeted. She smiled at me and greeted back. “Morning Miss Skylar” She replied peering her huge green eyes into the bag I was carrying. The woman is known for her covetousness and gluttony, I’m not insulting her or being judgmental, I’m just saying the truth. Isa had told me countless times how Miss Nancy eats half of her lunch and feeds the remaining to her but rather than quarrel with her I would make Isa’s lunch more fuller in a bigger flask. “Where is Isa” I asked looking around but no sign of my little baby. “She has a guest” She replied, I looked at her confused.”A guest??” I asked
“Yes they are in the playroom” She stood up then continued. “I will go and get her for you” She said and left but not without taking another look at the bag I was holding.
“Yayyy more ice cream” I heard isa scream. I smiled as she ran towards me.
“Mummy see my daddy” She said pointing back. My smiling face turned to a confused one then to a shock one when the person she pointed to as her daddy was no other than her real father.
“Da daxton” I said and held Isa tighter dropping ice cream on the floor.
“You you have a daughter??” Daxton asked and for some time there was a minute of silence. Isa was the one who broke the silence. “Mummy do you know my fake daddy” Isa asked. I knelt down beside her and forced a smile. “Darling go and meet Miss Nancy, okay?” I said touching her cheek. “Yes mama” Isa said and nodded.
“No Isa wait” Daxton called back and she waited. “Isa listen to your mummy” I said
“Who is her father” Daxton asked, I was expecting the question but it came unaware. “Baby go now” I said to Isa and she ran off. Daxton watched as Isa ran off then he looked back at me, the coldness in his eyes was replaced with anger.
“I asked you a question Rayna who is her father” He asked a question.
“So he doesn’t know that Isa is his daughter, but he said he got the ice cream for his daughter and Isa is calling him her daddy, fake daddy. I don’t understand what’s going on. If he doesn’t know why was he calling her his daughter? God please help me” I thought to myself. Daxton snapped me out of my thoughts by snapping his fingers at my face. “Isa told me she has no father which means Brian isn’t her dad so tell me Rayna if your husband isn’t her father then who is it?” He asked. I swallowed and summoned courage to reply him. “What’s your business with my daughter? She is mine and mine alone, like you said you don’t want to have anything to do with me, so please leave my daughter and I alone” I said and turned to leave but Daxton pulled me back and gripped me hard. “Daxton let go of me” I said trying to release myself from his strong grip. “Why did you give her my mother’s name?” He asked still holding me tight. “Daxton please you are hurting me” I said as my eyes started to water but Daxton didn’t seem to care. “Tell me the truth Rayna, who is her father?” Daxton asked again.
“Da daxt daxton I I you you you she isa I you” I stammered nervously. Daxton finally let go of me and I held the hand massaging it to relief the pain. ” Is Isa my daughter? The day you fainted 3 years ago, were you pregnant then” Daxton asked. I knew there was nothing I could do now but to deny the fact, If Daxton knew Isa was his child with this coldness of his and hatred against me, he might take the case to court and I have nothing to fight with.
“She is not your daughter” I lied to his face but Daxton wasn’t buying it. I had to leave before it become harder for me, I turned to leave but again Daxton pullef me back this time pinning me to the wall. “Daxton” I said surprised looking at the huge muscular body standing in front of me and hearing his uneven breathing. “Daxton please give me some space” I said pushing him away but he held my hands on his rocky chest. “Remember when you first lied to me that you didn’t love me” He asked suddenly, I was confused at the question but my mind wandered off to the day he was talking about I was 18 years old then, the day I lost my virginity to him
“Daxton whatever happened last night was a mistake please I was drunk, I don’t love you and I can’t love you” I said folding my hands. I knew I was lying, I loved this guy so much but I didn’t want to accept the fact that I was in love with a driver, my driver. I turned to leave but he pulled me back and pinned me to the wall. “Say the truth Rayna, say you love me I know you do, look into my eyes and tell me you do” He said and I found myself confessing my feelings.
END OF FLASHBACK
“So?” I asked and looked at Daxton’s hand which were caving my smaller body. “Say the truth Rayna, look into my eyes and tell me that those nights of immense pleasures we had produced a child ” He said. I looked up and saw him smirking evilly, then into his eyes. The pressure became much and I couldn’t lie anymore.
“Fine I lied, Isa is our daughter, that day I lost consciousness was because I was carrying your child, I went through a lot giving birth and I had to leave home, a lot happened but I am still alive because of her, please Daxton don’t take her away from me” I said already crying again. Daxton moved back, I couldn’t read his expression. “I have a daughter” He said and smiled. ” why didn’t you tell me all these days Rayna, you knew how much I loved children and how I wanted one especially from you” He said his smile fading away.
“Dax Daxton” I called.
“I want my daughter” He said, I looked up at him shocked. “What” I asked
“You heard me Rayna, I want my daughter in my custody, I want to make up for all the years I wasn’t with her, she needs me in her life” He said.
“I’m her mother” I said
“So, you can come visit her anytime you want, only when I’m not around ” He said. He hated me this much??
“Daxton I can’t let you take my daughter, she is the only one I have. Please don’t do this” I pleaded.
“Isa is my daughter and I will make sure I do everything to have her” He said and left me devastated
LATER THAT EVENING
“Rayna look there is nothing to be worried about. That guy can’t take your child from you, he is wealthy but you have the heart of a loving mother, everything is not about money” Jennifer said to me. I had explained everything that happened earlier to her. Isa was sleeping on my lap,
I was scared of letting go of her after what Daxton said. “Jennifer I am scared, he looked so serious” I said.
“It’s okay Rayna, you are going to be okay, you are a fighter ” Jennifer said and smiled at me, I forced a smile back at her.
“Wow someone looks excited” Selene said immediately I walked in. “Selene??, aren’t you supposed to be back home to your father today?” I asked.
“Well I decided to spend more days here so I could help the company” She said winking. “Firstly I don’t need your help and secondly it’s high time you leave here because my daughter is coming home” I said and left her shocked.
I walked inside my room and brought out my phone and dialled a number.
“Hello, there is something I need you to do for me….
I woke up annoyed, who the fuck was knocking so hard on my door at 2 fucking am. I stood up and walked to the door and opened it, my sleepiness faded away when I met three men standing at the door. “Mummy who is that?” I heard Isa say from behind. Good they woke her up.
“What do you want?” I asked getting angry.
“Is she your child?” They asked pointing at Isa. Stupid question, I thought to myself
“Take her” The one with a scarred face said referring to Isa.
“Wait wait, what’s going on here? Who the heck are you guys and what do you….” I stopped when they showed me their guns.
“Please please don’t hurt my daughter, I have nothing at all” I pleaded but it seemed my pleads wasn’t moving them one bit.
I ran upstairs to my apartment crying my eyes out, my feet and arm was hurting but it was nothing compared to the pain i was feeling. They forcefully dragged my daughter from me and shot me in the arm when I tried resisting. I ran after them not considering the speed of the car, Isa screamed and started calling out for me, it made me run faster. After running miles away from home, I became tired. I ran back home crying.
I didn’t even bother locking the door, I walked inside and met Daxton standing inside smiling.
“Hey Rayna” He said and his smile disappeared when he saw my bleeding hard.
“Fuck Rayna what happened to you” He said and tried touching me but I pushed him away I should have known that he was the beast behind this, he had threatened to have my daughter no matter what and he’s the only one after her. “You bastard WHERE’S MY DAUGHTER? YOU TOOK HER DIDN’T YOU? AND YOU’VE COME TO RUB IT ON MY FACE, WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS FROM YOU.?”
“Isa is not here??” He said feigning surprise
“DON’T PRETEND YOU DON’T KNOW, MR DAXTON CAINE, YOU TOOK MY DAD’S COMPANY, MY AUNT’S RESTAURANT AND NOW MY CHILD ALL IN THE NAME OF HATRED, OHHH IF YOU DON’T GIVE ME BACK MY CHILD THEN I WILL SHOW YOU THE REAL HATRED, JUST GIVE ME BACK MY CHILD PLEASE DAXTON PLEASE” I yelled, surprisingly he hugged me avoiding my bleeding arm and said “I don’t have anything to do with the missing of our daughter but I will make sure I do everything I can to bring her back to us” He said. For a while I believed what he said because being so close to him made my heart beat faster than usual but I wasn’t ready to fall for his lies.
“If you don’t give me back my daughter Daxton, I will never forgive you” I said and walked to the toilet to wash and treat my arm.
“The job is done when should we come for the money? Don’t you have an account that I can send the money to? We don’t save our money, we spend it lavishly…..okay come tomorrow evening at our meeting spot, I will drop something there for you….okay bye” I said and ended the call. I looked back and saw the child, she was crying but we had her little mouth taped. She is a pretty girl, too bad she’s going to die soon.
To be continued