Authoress Berry Julie

Chapter 21

Irish screamed but the unknown woman didn’t make her scream for long before pushing her into the water.

She was a good swimmer but the shock almost made her drown and when she could finally manage to bring out her head.

All that escaped from her mouth was “Help”
Going unconscious, the last thing she heard was running footsteps.



“Irish,Irish” She heard faintly. It felt like she was in a dark enclosed state and trying to open her eyes kinda seemed impossible.
“She’s breathing” She heard a familiar voice said and then she felt a warm hand touch hers.
Her eyes opened almost instantly and she saw pairs of eyes staring down at her.


The first person she recognized was Ethan.
He’s wearing such a worried look, same with Gabriella and then Carl, Alex,Arin and Javad.

She remembered what had happened in an instant and her mouth went unpleasantly dry.

“Irish!” Arin called and she realised it was the girl’s warm hand that had taken her out of the dark state.
Her eyes were filled with unshed tears and she tried not to hug Arin.

“Are you okay?”Ethan asked her.
She nodded.
He’s still clad in his office wears and his tie was the only thing out of place.
She felt bad, knowing she must have worried everyone.
“What happened?” Gabriella asked, staring down at her in pity.

“Where was she anyway?” Irish wondered as she stared at the ceiling.
This isn’t her room ceiling and the bed she was lying on doesn’t feel like hers either.

She couldn’t get to look around properly cause they were all hovering over her, blocking her view in the process.

She needed space but of course she couldn’t tell them that and she was still so confused.

What had happened to her?
Did someone really pushed her or was it just hallucination?
Had she slipped?

She blinked in confusion, not wanting to believe someone had pushed her.
She shuddered at the thought.

“Y’all should leave” Ethan said sensing Irish needed time to herself.

“And Javad,give Doc Luc a call not to bother anymore” Ethan said.
“Okay Mr Ethan” Javad said.
They all left but Arin refused to.

“Arin, including you” Ethan said and she pouted.
“C’mon” Ethan said.
She hesitated “Will she be fine?”
“Yes she’ll be, just go join Gabriella in the kitchen” Ethan said and she walked away.

“I don’t know what you did to my daughter” Ethan said and Irish,even though in a confused state, smiled.
She noticed she wasn’t laying on a bed after all,she was on a couch in the living room.

A thick towel was draped over her and it shifted slightly as she sat up.
She was still clad in her wears which clung tightly to her body.

Harold sat gently beside her and sighed.
“So, what really happened?” He asked and Irish stared at him beneath her lashes.

She hates bothering anyone.
She resumed days ago and she’s already keeping everyone on their toes.
What the hell is wrong with her?
Was it clumsiness?
No, she was never clumsy.

“I’m sorry to have bothered you Mr Ethan” She said feeling so bad.
“No, don’t be sorry over that. I should be glad you’re fine” Ethan said.

Irish who couldn’t ignore how her heart kept beating fast simply because of how close Ethan is.

Her whole body was at alert and she hated herself for feeling that way.

“Did you..rushed down home because of me?” Irish asked.

“Not really, i was actually done at work when i got the call” Ethan said rubbing the back of his neck on sighting how Irish’s vest had clung to her brea$ts.

It’s almost turning him on and he secretly cursed himself.

He shouldn’t be thinking of this!
This lady just got rescued from drowning!

He sighed and unbottened the first button on his shirt.

“Irish, you shouldn’t have swim if you’re not very good at it . Or you should have called Carl to put you through” Ethan said.

He had almost tripped while rushing out of his office after he got Carl’s call.

“Im a good swimmer but I..i hadn’t even attempted to swim” Irish said.

Ethan noticed that was true cause she was brought out of the pool fully clad.

If she had wanted to swim,she would have changed into something else.

“So what happened?” Ethan asked and observed Irish had a faraway look in her eyes.

“ was standing by the edge of the pool…” Irish paused still failing to believe someone had actually pushed her.

“And?” Ethan prompted.

“I think i slipped and fell into the pool” Irish concluded.
“You think? You’re not sure?” Ethan asked.

“I am. I’m sure i slipped” Irish said.

“Ohh, I’m glad you’re fine now. You have to be extra careful from now on” Ethan said and Irish nodded.

“Thanks Mr Ethan and I’m sorry for bothering everyone once again” Irene said.

“Com’on, it’s cool. ” Ethan smiled and her heart skipped a beat.

Everything about him is just so desirable.

His smile alone can melt hundreds of heart including hers even is she’s not ready to admit it.

Why hadn’t she noticed it before?

She had been trying so hard to ignore how he makes her feel just in a short period of time .

“Go get changed into a dry wear,so you’ll feel better” Ethan suggested.
“Ohh” Irish stared down at her body.

“Thanks” She said,slowly rising to her feet”

A thick strand of wet hair clung to her forehead and Ethan found himself reaching out to tuck it behind her ear.

He smiled at her after she looked at him in surprise.

Did he just tuck her hair behind her ear?

A billionaire had just…
And she had trembled under his touch.

No, she had trembled because of the cold right?

“I’ll walk you to your room” Ethan offered.

“Never mind Mr Ethan,I’ll be fine” Irish said.
“Are you sure?”

“Yes” She said, hugging the towel tightly.

She’s feeling so cold.
“We’ll meet over dinner then” Ethan said and Irish nodded.

She walked up the stairs with her mind occupied.

Her sudden feelings and what had happened at the pool really puzzled her.

What’s going on with her?

She should be able to remember if she had slipped but the thought of someone pushing her kept replaying in her memory.

If someone did pushed her.
Who could it be?

No, no one had pushed her.
She should just leave it that way.

She walked into her room and closed the door behind her.

She dropped the towel and slipped out of her clothes before walking into the bathroom.


She felt incredibly refreshed after taking a warm bath.

She dried her body as she riffled through her wardrobe for a simple wear.

She finally settled for a thick cream sweater her Mum had made for her and blue shorts.

She stood in front of the oval mirror drying her hair after getting dressed.

It wasn’t completely dry so she left it to fall down her waist.

She should rest as she’s having signs of headache but she needed to go help Nola with dinner.

She knew Gabrielle wouldn’t mind if she doesn’t help her but she just want to be with someone and engage in a healthy conversation.

She hates to think about what just happened to her.

It’s so weird.

She slide her feet into her footwear and walked out of her room .



“Hey there” Gabrielle said as Irish walked into the kitchen.
She was setting down ingredients,about to start preparing dinner.
Irish gave a short smile.

“I hope you’re fine now?” Gabrielle said.

“Yes Gabrielle” Irish said.
“You should have just rested, i would have called on you when dinner is ready”

“No, i don’t want to be alone” Irish said washing her hands in the sink.

“Ohh. Ethan told me you slipped into the pool, please next time, you should be very careful” Gabrielle said.

“Thanks Gabrielle” Irish said as she wiped her hands off a clean napkin.

“So, what are we having for dinner?”



“Yummy” Arin giggled.

They were having dinner and atmosphere seems cool.

“Yeah, i must admit the meal’s great” Ethan smiled.
“Irish, i love your sweater” Arin said.

“Ohh… really? Thanks” Irish smiled.
“Dad i want one too” Arin said.
“Okay. Irish which designer made it?” Ethan asked.

“Well…it’s handmade. My mum made it” Irish said proudly.
“She’s so talented!” Gabrielle exclaimed.

“Yes, she’s extremely good at knitting,she performs wonders with her hands” Irish said.

“Uhmm, that sounds nice”Ethan said.

“Can you please tell your mum i want one too” Arin said.
“Arin” Ethan chided.

“Ohh…never mind Irish” Arin said, noting the look her father gave her.

“No, it’s completely fine Mr Ethan, my mum would gladly make it for her” Irish said.

“That’ll be stressful, never mind Irish” Ethan said.

“No! I want Arin to have one too” Irish insisted and Ethan sighed glancing at his daughter who so much admired the sweater.

“Okay then, you should tell me the price later” Ethan said, biting into a spicy chicken.
“How can i possibly charge Arin for just a sweater?

I can’t and I’m sure my mum would even scold me for the charges.

It’s free and my mum would gladly make more for you if you want” Irish said.

“Yaay” Arin giggled.

“Thanks Irish” She added and Ethan sighed in resignation, leaving them to continue their conversation.



“Thanks for your care earlier Arin” Irish said as she tucked Arin in bed.

Arin nodded ” Dad said you slipped into the pool”
“Yes” Irish said.
“Are you sure?” Arin asked curiously.

“Huh? ”
“No one has ever slipped into the pool, though i have my own pool and can’t be so sure but I’ve never heard anyone slip into dad’s pool but there’s a first time for everything right?” Arin smiled and Irish nodded.

She definitely hadn’t slipped!

“Someone had pushed her!” Irish breathing hastened as she accepted the cold truth.

“So to our bedtime stories” Arin grinned.
“Ohh.. yeah” Irisj said.


Irish walked into her room slowly.

She’s scared.
Those cold hands that gripped her neck..

“Oh no!” She swallowed, quickly sitting on her bed.

Thinking of it alone made her knees weak.
Someone is after her.

That gunshot in the car too…

It hadn’t been for Ethan, that gunshot had been meant for her.

All these started the moment she resumed here.

No one has ever tried to hurt her or even tried to kill her.

The only time she knew she was threatened was when she still worked for Morgan Harlow.

Other Model workers had threatened her out of jealousy but that’s definitely not the case now.
Who could be after her life?

Is she also gonna die like her Dad?

“Who’s gonna take care of her Arusha and her mum” She thought,tears burning the back of her throat.

She hugged Ethan’s robe around her body, trying hard not to cry.

“You’re strong Irish, you’re strong” She whispered to herself.

She sniffed back her tears when she heard a knock on her door.
“Hey Irish it’s me” She heard Ethan say and she sat upright.

What does he want?” she thought as she stood up.

She walked to the door and sighed before opening it.

And truly, he was standing there in another cool robe of his .

He’s obviously ready to sleep.
“Hey” He said.

“Hi” Irish replied nervously.
“Is Arin asleep?” Ethan asked rubbing the back of his neck.
“Yes she is” Irish said.

“Okay” Ethan said,still not knowing how to ask Irish to join him in the library.

He already set the fireplace and placed wines and glass cups.

“Do you want me to do anything for you?” Irish asked.
“Not really but are you ready to go to bed now?” With asked.

“I might still stay up for some minutes, I’m not feeling sleepy yet” Irish said, thinking of going to the library.
Reading will at least take her mind off those thoughts.

“Okay, will you come with me to the library? I lit the fireplace already” Ethan said and saw Irish’s eyes brightened.

He smiled, knowing she won’t refuse him.

“Yes!” Irish said, embarrassed she had allowed her excitement show.

“You should at least have some pride Irish!” She scolded herself inwardly.

“Okay, come with me” Ethan said and Irish stepped out of the door and closed it behind her.
She walked side by side with Ethan and she have to admit she felt inferior.

Ethan is way taller and huger than her, one could easily feel his presence anywhere.



“Wow!” Irish exclaimed as she stepped into the library.
“You never told me there are wines too” She smiled, walking closer to the fireplace.

“Yeah, just to keep us awake while reading” Ethan said.
“Thank you” Irish said wondering why he’s being so nice to her.

He’s nice to other workers top but he’s nicer to her.

She searched the collection of books for the one she’ll read.
Just so sad Ethan adores mystery and Spi-fic novels.
She doesn’t enjoy them.

“Here, i bought you some romanctic novels” Ethan said behind her.
“Huh?” She said turning in the process.

Her hands flew to her mouth when she saw the novels on the table.

Not one, not two, neither three but more than dozens which she couldn’t even count by just standing here and looks like they were all her written by her favorite author.

Bills and Boon!.

“Oh…my” she said slowly.
She didn’t know what to say or do next.

The next minute she found herself screaming in excitement and flying into his arms.

She heard him laugh and was he hugging her back?

Well…she didn’t care at that moment.
She was just too excited to think of any other thing.

“Javad what are you doing here?” Irish heard Ethan said and her excitement died down immediately.


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