Authoress Berry Julie

Chapter 16

Mrs Helen panicked as she glanced at the wall clock for the nineteenth time.

Arusha is not yet back.

It’s several hours past closing time.
He’s not someone who stays out late and not now that he knows she’s the only one at home.
Even if Arusha wants to go out, he doesn’t go out in his school wears, he’ll come home,get changed,tell everyone of his movement and then leave.

He’s not even picking his calls, which made her more worried.

He had promised her that he’ll be home early.
She’s feeling so pressed, she couldn’t help herself to the bathroom.

The pain in her leg was still to much for her to be able to walk on her own. She was on a wheelchair.
Tears filled her eyes as she thought about how Irish will feeling when they finally break the news to her. Arusha had insisted on letting Irish know,but she had said no.

Mrs Helen and her husband had been involved in a motor accident two days ago, her Husband wasn’t lucky as he died on the spot and she, Mrs Helen, had a very deep cut that paralyzed her left leg.
Arusha had to ran all the way from school to the hospital she was admitted and had cried bitterly.

The injury the accident left on her leg wasn’t her problem. Her problem was the scar the accident left in her heart,by taking away her beloved husband.

Arusha wanted to call Irish immediately but she had pleaded with him not to.
“Irish deserves a better life. How do you think she’ll feel if you break the news of your father’s death to her?”
Mrs Helen refused to stay in the hospital for long so she was assigned on a wheelchair and the doctors have informed her, she needed to undergo a surgery. Where’s the money?.

Tears ran down her cheeks, she had actually lied to Irish on her last call that her father was just a little sick and will be okay.
When did she became a lier?
She had planned on leaving Singapore and move to California, where she can unite with Irish and maybe try being happy again.

But still, one day , Irish is going to realize her father was no more, and she, her mother was paralyzed. The fear of Irish hating her for hiding it from her kills her heart.

She dry her tears, she was pissed but can’t move out from the bedroom. She was on a wheelchair and that had completely changed her life as she can’t walk on her own again.

She glanced at the wall clock once more.

“I think I’m going to call irish” She said so worriedly.
She realized her phone was on the bed.
She had dropped it there when she tried wheeling herself to the bathroom.

She was about wheeling herself towards her bed when she heard the front door opened and closed.
She quickly turned to the door hoping it’s Arusha.

Who else?
It should be him.

Her room door opened and Arusha rushed in.
She couldn’t help but feel relieved.

“Mum I’m so sorry ” He said.
His face wasn’t so bright like always.
“It’s fine, take me to be bathroom first” Mrs Helen said.



Mrs Gabrielle laughed hard.

She was preparing dinner with Irish and irish was filling her in on what happened in the midnight…

“My heart almost left my body when Mr Ethan yanked the curtain open” Irish said, slicing the onions.
Mrs Gabrielle laughed harder and Irish started laughing too.

“Am i missing something?” Ethan walked into the kitchen interrupting their laughter.
He wore a white tee-shirt which didn’t do a good job in concealing his abs,they showed effortlessly and Irish blushed when her eyes caught with his.
He had caught her staring at him.
Damn! Now he’s gonna think she’s like those nannies.

She blinked severally and faced the onions she was dicing but he kept appearing in her head.
He wore blue shorts which revealed his perfectly long legs laced with black curly hair.
Ethan is drop dead gorgeous and she wouldn’t blame anyone for being attracted to him.
Anyone would, but she’s here to work not to find anyone attractive.

She’s just gonna stop crushing on him, work till her Mother’s surgery bill is completed and then leave!

Funny enough, Arusha broke the news to her two days ago and Irish had asked her mum about her dad’s health , not because she didn’t know what happened but because Arusha pleaded with her not to be upset that her mother hadn’t informed her… Arusha pleaded with her to just keep it that dad was sick.

She hadn’t taken the news easily. She had wept! Not for her father, but for her poor mother.
The space in her hearth for her father was just too little, Her father existence in her life had been like that of a died. She lived like one without a father but yet, that’s her father and she was going to miss him.

She felt so broken when Arusha announced that her mother was paralyzed and had to undergo surgery which, there was no money for. Now she had her mother’s surgery bill and her father’s debt to take care of.

Irish can’t wait to her mother and Arusha to move to California with her, she missed them.
She had intended for them to live in her old apartment and then by weekend such will be her day off work, she’s going to be visiting them.
She just can’t wait. Not like she was happy her dad was died, she felt the pain too.
This is her father,no matter what transpired between them, he’s her father!

“Really? Irish” Her mind taunted her.

“Irish was telling me what happened in the midnight” Gabrielle laughed.
“Ohh…it was such a funny incidence. Irish did you told her the part we met her asleep in the kitchen?” Ethan teased and Irish started laughing while Gabrielle sent him a playful glare.
“Silly you! Leave or I’ll hit you with this spatula” Gabrielle threatened playfully.
“Okay I’ll leave,I’m just here to grab my wine” Ethan chuckled..

“What’s for desert?” He asked opening the freezer.
“Strawberry shortcake ” Irish replied.
“Ohh…that’s gonna make Arin so happy” He smiled.
“Is she still watching movie?” Irish asked.
“Yeah,she’s still at it.” Ethan said.
He picked his favorite wine and then glass cup.

Irish wondered why he came to pick it himself when he could have easily sent a maid.

“My patience is actually running out” Mrs Gabrielle said, wearing a look that’s mean and funny at the same time, she slowly grabbed a spatula.
Ethan laughed and quickly headed for the door. “Chill, I’m leaving already”

“I hope dinner is gonna get ready soon,sleeper Gabrielle” He teased and quickly ran off laughing before Gabrielle could pounce on him.
Irish smiled, are billionaires always this playful?
Com’on Irish,they are just humans like you and they have blood flowing through their veins.

“If only i had hit him with it last time, he wouldn’t have teased me again” Mrs Gabrielle sighed and rolled her eyes.
“He allows you hit him?” Irish asked.
“Why not? You’re surprised?” Gabrielle laughed.
“You don’t think a billionaire can be this playful? Well..not Ethan, he plays a lot but when he doesn’t feel like it, you’d think he’s the most boring being on earth ”

“Ohh,but you’re the only one he can be that playful with” Irish said.
“Not really, he plays with every of his workers but there’s a kind of limit to it” Gabrielle said.
“But certainly,there’s no limit to yours” Irish said.
“I guess” Gabrielle smiled.
“I’m jealous” Irish admitted playfully and Mrs Gabrielle laughed…
“Com’on, you know I’ve been with Ethan for years”
“Yeah i do, you both are virtually families now” Irish said.

“My daughter will be coming home by summer, i can’t wait for you to both to meet each other again” Gabrielle said.
“I can’t wait too,” Irish smiled.
“I can tell she’s really gonna like you more once”Gabriella said.
“Really?” Irish asked.
“Yeah, though she was always quarreling with Arin nannies but you’re not like them” Mrs Gabrielle said.
“I’m glad” Irish grinned .

“I’ll continue with the onions, you need to start preparing the desert” Gabrielle said.
“Ohh.. okay” Irish said.



Ethan smiled to himself as he sipped his wine.

Was she really staring at him or he was mistaken.

He was not mistaken!
She was indeed staring at him and he’s not surprised about that.
Which lady won’t stare at him?

He’s Ethan Harlow.

But why is he so happy he had caught her staring at him.
This is not the first time ladies would stare at him but he never get excited over it.

What’s she doing to him?



Irish left Arin’s room after reading her bedtime stories.

She picked Ethan’s robe and wore it over her nightwear.
She know she should return his robe but she loves the feel on her skin.
She smiled as she slid her feet into her footwear.
She’s going to the library to read beside the fireplace, she doesn’t feel sleepy yet.
She walked into the library and headed straight for the fireplace..
She arranged logs of woods into it and then lit it.

While the logs were burning up,she headed to the novel section and started searching for a romantic genre.
She found one and then walked back to the fireplace.
The fire had circulated and it made the library brighter.

Irish settled down and started reading.


Ethan walked into the library and was surprised to see the fireplace lit up, he saw Irish seated beside it, with a novel in hand and then sighed in relief.
He smiled noticing she was putting on his robe.
Why does she look that amazing even in a robe!
Her hair glowed brightly and lashes moved slowly.
She was obviously enjoying the novel.

He’s gonna get more for her.

“Hey!” He said making his presence known.
She glanced up from the novel and saw him.
“Hi Mr Ethan. I know i should have returned your robe earlier but I’m sorry” Irish said.
“No, it’s fine. You can keep it” Ethan said.
“Yeah,keep it. I have dozens of them and you don’t have any, it’ll be selfish of me to collect it back from you”Ethan said.
“Ohh…Thanks so much Mr Ethan” Irish smiled glad she would finally keep it for herself.

She loves the robe.

Ethan picked out one of his mystery novels and went to sit beside Irish.

Their gazes were glued to their novels but their minds were glued to each other.


Next Morning

They were returning home after dropping Arin in school.

“You scared me too the first time i saw you” Irish laughed.
Before they left Arin’s school, a little girl had cried at the sight of Alex.
He’s so huge.

“My height actually scares bad people away”Alex boasted.
“You think?” Carl asked.
“Ofc..” Alex was saying when he suddenly saw someone who lifted a high-powered rifle to his shoulder, taking aim at their car.

“Heads down!” He shouted but it was too late.
Gunshots echoed in the car and Alex felt the heat of the bullet graze his cheek.

He heard Irish scream in pain and then knew she had been shot.!


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