Authoress Berry Julie

Chapter 55

“It’s Halloween!” Arin giggled happily rushing down the stairs, looking so cute in her mouse costume with the pink ballet shoes and tutu.

Someone had painted mouse whiskers on her face, she was grinning and bouncing as she made her way through the employees, she was carrying a plastic Halloween pumpkin to be filled with miniatures candy bars.
Ethan had been the first to drop a candy in it,then Irish.

Others were prepared,they dropped candy bars into her pumpkin as she passed them .Her plastic Halloween pumpkin were almost full when she was done.
So many people had contributed to her candy stash and she was so happy.

“I can’t wait to see others Halloween costumes” she said as they had breakfast.
“I’m sure yours is gonna be one of the best ” Irish said.
“Yes,I’m sure of that too” Mr Harlow said.

“I bet there’s gonna be commotion in Arin’s school today” Jessica laughed.
“The people with witch and vampire costumes” Jessica emphasised and they laughed.
“I’m gonna go in a wtch costume next year” Arin said.

” You should go in a vampire costume with blood dripping from your mouth”Jessica said.
“Gross!”Arin groaned and she laughed.

“I can’t wait for Arusha’s candy bars, he promised to put a lot in my Halloween pumpkin” Arin smiled.
“Really?”Jessica asked.
“Well.. starting from today, we’ll be going to pick Arusha together ” Jessica announced.
“Really?”Arin asked.
“Yes, we’re friends now” Jessica smiled.
“Woah”Ethan , Mrs Harlow and Gabrielle said in unison.

“I won’t have to be going with you guys again then” Irish said, relieved.
“Yeah, you need to rest after all” Jessica said.

“That’s your brother they are talking about right?” Mr Harlow asked and Irish nodded with a smile.
“He’s coming over by weekend, you’ll get to meet him” Jessica said.

“I can’t wait, i heard he’s a braniac ” Mr Harlow said.
“He is, God father. I hate to admit it but i think he’s more intelligent than i am,just with a little gap though” Jessica pressed her lips together.
“Really?” Mr Harlow was stunned and Jessica nodded.

For someone to be more intelligent that Jessy,then it means he’s a real genius.
He’s so impressed with Fred’s children.

“Goodbye everyone” Jessica and Arin waved.
“Bye” Others said in unison.

“Irish,are you okay?” Ethan asked her quietly and she nodded.

“You’re looking so pale” He touched her forehead but it wasn’t burning up,her body temperature was normal.

“I’m fine” Irish insisted.
“You really need to rest, you’ve been working so hard. Don’t be so hard on yourself please” Ethan said worriedly.
“Okay, I’m going to rest” She said.

He kssed her forehead and she smiled.
“Don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine” She said and he nodded.



Jessica wondered if Mrs Helen is going to tell her to get out of her house.
She’s so sure Arusha would have told her what happened between them.
She sighed…even if he hadn’t told her,who wouldn’t ask seeing her son come back with a bruise forehead and broken nose .

“Arin, is Mrs Helen…nice?” Jessica asked Arin.
She was nervous,they were almost at Arusha’s house.
“She is, i like her, she makes nice sweaters for me”Arin smiled.
“Ohh” Jessica said.
“You must be worried about the fight between you and Arusha, i’m sure Mrs Helen isn’t gonna hold it against you”Carl assured.

Carl and Javad were guarding them while Alex was driving.
“I hope so” Jessica sighed.
“We’re there” Alex said, parking the car in front of a building.

Arin smiled and grabbed her Halloween pumpkin,she alighted from the car and Jessica gingerly followed behind her.
“Help me open the gate Jessy” Arin said.

“They have no gatekeeper?” Jessica asked and Arin shook her head.
“Ohh” She said and opened the gate, she allowed Arin step in first before stepping in after her.

It was a big clean compound and Jessica wondered how many apartment were there.
Arin walked to Arusha’s apartment like she has lived there all her life .
She got to the door and knocked.
Jessica stared at her feet and picked at her fingers.

Javad and Carl was standing at a reasonable distance, watching over them.

The door opened and she raised up her head, expecting to see Arusha.

There stood a guy about Arusha’s age looking tall and cute,his full and thick eyebrows were noticeable,narrow straight nose, exotic high cheekbones and eyes,the color of liquid honey.

He had black curls that looked messy but attractive.
His skin is not only creamy but smooth.
Jessica didn’t realise her heart had been beating crazily all the while until she heard his voice. So cool.

“Arin, how are you?” He asked but his gaze was focused on Jessica.
She had gotten a hold of herself and looked like she didn’t care but her heart was beating crazily for this guy…dmn!
“I’m fine Ryan” Arin said.!
He’s Ryan!!… Jessica realised.

Arin stretched her Halloween pumpkin to Ryan and he dropped some candy bars in there like he had been waiting for her.
“Thank you” Arin grinned.
“I’m off buddy” Ryan said.
“Alright, bye” Jessica hear Arusha’s voice.

Ryan stepped out, mesmerized by Jessica’s beauty,he couldn’t help but keep staring at her as he walked away.
He was almost tempted to say hi.

Jessica blushed hard, knowing he had been staring at her.
She’s used to guys staring at her but why does this feels so special.

“Jessica is at the door”Arin said to Arusha as she walked in.
“Really? Why isn’t she coming in?” He asked and headed to the door.
“My candy bars first” Arin said and he smiled, he dropped so many candy bars in her Halloween pumpkin and it got full.

“Woah! Thank you” Arin was happy.
“You look cute by the way…Mum wants to give you some too, she’s in her room”Arusha said to Arin who nodded and hurried off to Mrs Helen room.

Arusha opened the door and met Jessica standing there, seeing how red her cheeks was,he smiled.

“I guess you’ve met Ryan” He said and opened the door widely for her to come in.



“I think they might be good together” Olivia smiled.
Arusha told her about how flushed Jessica had looked after meeting Ryan
“I’m sure Ryan was twice as flushed as she was” Arusha said.

They were waiting for the next teacher,they just finished their second subject of the day.

“Did you…set them up? You knew Jessica was coming? Olivia asked.
“No! I didn’t even expected her to be there this morning,i was surprised when Arin told me” Arusha said.
“Then i guess it’s fate…” Olivia smiled.
“Yes it is..”Arusha said.
“We should wait for what Jessica is gonna say” Olivia said, expectantly.
“Yeah” Arusha agreed, his face met with Jessica and he winked at her.
She smiled at him and turned back to her laptop.

Mrs Helen had been nice to her, she hadn’t even acted like she was aware of the fight that happened between her and Arusha,she was so happy to see her this morning and she even offered to make a nice sweater for her.
Arusha’s family has a nice charm about them.

And is she seriously thinking about Ryan?




“What did she said?” Olivia asked Arusha as he approached her and Jessica
It’s lunch break and Paris had called Arusha aside to tell him something.
Arusha sighed and sat down…

“Was it about me?” Jessica asked and he shook his head.
“She likes me and want us to be in a relationship” Arusha said.
“Ohh” Jessica wasn’t surprised.
Olivia looked jealous…” What was your reply?”
“No, i don’t have feelings for her and i told her that but she said she isn’t gonna give up” Arusha smiled.

Paris is so lucky he’s changed or he’ll gladly take advantage of her and dump her as soon as he’s done with her.

“So shameless” Olivia hissed and Jessica thought she was acting like Arusha’s girlfriend.
“No she’s not, she was brave enough to walk up to me. Not many girls can do that” Arusha said.
“I know, but she’s so shameless to say she isn’t gonna give up even after you turned her down” Olivia said.

“Ohh…she doesn’t wanna give up so easily on something she wants. And it’s not like you’re taken or are you?” Jessica asked.

“Uh..well”Arusha rubbed his neck and stole a quick glance at Olivia who looked like she wanted to kill Paris.
“No, but soon”Arusha said.

Jessica felt she should tell him about Irish, she looks unwell to her.
But Irish might just need some rest…she shouldn’t bother Arusha over that.



Mr Harlow looked thoughtful as he sat in Ethan’s private living room.
He just learned that Irish’s aunt had died of cancer and Irish’s grandmother had too.
He was so worried, he feared it might be hereditary,it might be passed to Irish too.

Irish should go for check up soon.

“Hey, what’s bothering you?” Mrs Harlow walked into the living room.
She sat beside her husband and handed him a cup of juice.

“Just thinking about business and all” Mr Harlow lied.
He liked Irish so much and wouldn’t want something to go wrong with her.

“Liar! But I’m gonna spare you, i know you’ll tell me whatever is bothering you whenever you’re ready to” She said and Mr Harlow smiled softly at her.
“Thank you” He said.

“Stop acting cheesy” She rolled her eyes.
“Wait…i hope you’re not gonna die soon? Are you?” She feigned awareness and he laughed.

He couldn’t have asked for a better wife.



“Hayden had scared everyone with his vampire costume, fake blood was dripping from his face and mouth and we all ended up running off the stage” Arin narrated to Irish and Irish smiled faintly.

She was feeling so weak and she couldn’t even explain why.
She’s gonna rest after helping Arin get changed and settle in her house wears.

She got to her feet after selecting Arin’s wears for that afternoon.

“Irish,are you okay?” Arin asked,she could notice how pale Irish had gone.
“I’m fi..” Irish was saying but she wasn’t strong to hold it any longer.
She felt sick and dizzy,her hands trembled and she really tried to get a grip of herself before loosing balance.

She heard echoes of her name before darkness surrounded her like fog.



Ethan rushed into the hospital and headed for Doc Luc’s office.
He was called Irish went unconscious.

He opened the door and met his parents and Mrs Gabrielle in there.
“How’s she?” He asked Doc Luc immediately.
“She’s asleep for now and the test result is yet to be out. She’ll be fine” Doc Luc said and Ethan sighed in relief.
“What really happened?” He asked.

“Arin came to me to tell me Irish collapsed and i actually noticed she has been looking pale for days now” Mrs Harlow said.

“I told her she needed rest, she seems to be over working herself” Mrs Gabrielle said but Mr Harlow was quiet.

There seems to be something going on in his mind.
He looked more worried than everyone else.

“Can i see her now?” Ethan asked.
“No, until she’s awake. Any disturbance now would affect her treatment” Doc Luc said.
“Doctor, could it be cancer?” Mr Harlow suddenly asked.
“Tony! What the he.ll are you saying!” Mrs Harlow screamed at him. While Mrs Gabrielle and Ethan stared at him in surprise.

“I’m just worried” Mr Harlow said.
“That was an unfortunate choice of words” Mrs Harlow said.
“Irish’s aunt and grandmother died of cancer!” Mr Harlow revealed and there was deafening silence.

Ethan almost grabbed the chair for support.

“W..whe..when? H..ow you know that?” Mrs Harlow stammered.

“I knew when Irish’s grandmother died, Fred told me then that she died of cancer and i was checking into Irish’s family when i saw her mother’s sister died of cancer too” Mr Harlow said.

“!” Mrs Harlow exclaimed.
Mrs Gabrielle covered her mouth with her palm.
Ethan only stared into space, he knew her aunt died of cancer but he didn’t know of her grandmother.

“Could i..t be that the cancer is hereditary?” Mrs Harlow asked.
“I don’t think Irish has cancer, she looked like she didn’t have enough rest when she was brought in” Doc Luc said.

“What if she does?” Mrs Harlow asked.
“Then we should hope it’s in the early stage so we can quickly cure it” Doc Luc said.
“I’ll give you any amount, I’ll pay anything. Just make sure she’s fine or I’m going to die with her!” Ethan said and he looked like he meant everything he said.

Mrs Harlow panicked knowing Ethan can do as he said.
“I still don’t think it’s cancer” Doc Luc was saying when the intercom buzzed.

He received the call..

“Why didn’t you tell me immediately you found out? ” Mrs Harlow queried, facing Mr Harlow.
“I found out not long ago” Mr Harlow said.
“Enough of this talk! She does not have cancer!!” Ethan almost yelled at his parents .

He loosened the top button of his shirt and pulled the knot of his grey tie away from his collar.

He looks tired and worried.
He should have stayed with her and made sure she rests when he discovered how pale she was looking.
He should have made her come for check up.

“How’s Arin?”” He asked Mrs Gabrielle.
“Jessica is with her at home” Mrs Gabrielle answered.
“I hope Jessica isn’t gonna call Arusha” Ethan said.
“I told her not to” Mrs Gabrielle said.

“There’s a problem” Doc Luc said after dropping the call.
“” Ethan asked with a shaky voice.
“The press are outside, i don’t know how they knew Mr Ethan is here”

“Fk!” Mrs Harlow cur$ed, knowing there’s no way they’ll be able to go out there.
“You’ll need to leave through the back door”
“There’s a back door? Thank goodness!” They sighed.

“We should wait till the test result is out” Mrs Harlow said.
“It might not be out today, it’s getting late . Besides,i told them to carry out various tests on her,so it’s gonna take time” Doc Luc said.

“I would be with Irish, you all can leave. It’s getting late and i won’t want Jessica and Arin to be alone. Go home and assure them Irish would be fine” Ethan said.

“Call us immediately the test result is out okay?” Mr Harlow said and Ethan nodded .
He hated to admit it but he was dmn scared for Irish.

“I’ll lead you through the back door” Doc Luc stood up.
“Bye Ethan” They said in unison.
“We’ll be here tomorrow morning” Mrs Harlow said and all Ethan could do was nod.

He blew out a breath immediately they left.
“Irish please be fine for me” He prayed silently.

Doc Luc walked back in few minutes later.
“They are gone?” Ethan asked.
“Yeah,i watched them enter the car” Doc Luc said before sitting on his chair.
“Lucky, talk to me please. What do you think is wrong with her?” Ethan asked.

“I didn’t want to say this in front of your parents but i think she’s pregnant” Doc Luc said and Ethan stared at him like he was joking.

“I only think..I’m not sure but with my years of experience, my intuition might be right. ” Doc Luc said.

“Pregnant?” Ethan furrowed his brows, he’s finding it hard to believe.

“No, we’re not sure about that yet till the result is out so we’re just gonna wait” Doc Luc said.
“But she’ll be fine right?” Ethan asked.
“Of course, she will be.” Doc Luc said.

Ethan settled on the couch in Doc Luc’s office.
Irish doesn’t look like she’s pregnant.
Nothing had changed in her body.

What if she’s indeed pregnant?.
He’s sure he’s the only man Irish had in her life. She hadn’t told him so, but Ethan knew Irish never had a boyfriend. If she did he didn’t know.

He recalled they’ve had an unprotected sx in the car but he didn’t expect it to lead to pregnancy.

He groaned,his head almost bursting with different thoughts.

“Is the test result seriously gonna be out tomorrow?” Ethan asked.
“No, tonight. I didn’t want your parents to stay behind,that was why i said that” Luc said.
“Ohh” Ethan sighed.

He couldn’t understand why he’s so scared.
He so much hoped it wasn’t cancer.
That’s gonna shatter him!

“I’m going to attend to other patients” Doc Luc grabbed his coat.
“Alright and you should tell your nurses not to disturb me in here” Ethan said.
“Okay” Doc Luc smiled.

“And, my bodyguards… they’re in the reception. You should help me make them feel comfortable” Ethan said and Doc Luc nodded.



“Don’t you think i should tell Arusha about Irish?” Jessica asked worriedly as they ate breakfast.
She was prepared to go to school with Arin.
“I don’t think it’s necessary to do so, Irish’s is fine, she only needs bedrest and i don’t think you should bother Arusha over that, you know how worried he can be over his sister” Mrs Gabrielle said.
“I’m glad she’s fine, she’ll be back home today right?” Arin asked and Mrs Gabrielle nodded.

Mr and Mrs Gabrielle were quiet over breakfast.
They both dreaded calling Ethan this morning,they don’t want to confirm their fears of Irish having cancer and they are so worried he is yet to call.

“I’m sure he hasn’t called because the test result is not out yet” Mr Harlow had assured Veronica in their room earlier that morning.
“What if it’s out? But he doesn’t want to call us?”
“He wouldn’t do that, be rest assured” Mr Harlow said but he was damn scared himself.

“God mother are you okay?” Jessica asked noticing how lost Mrs Harlow looked over dinner.
“I’m fine, Jessy” Mrs Harlow said.
“ something wrong with Irish?” Jessica suspected.
“No, Irish’s perfectly fine.” Mrs Gabrielle quickly said.
“Yeah” Mrs Harlow agreed.

They ate the rest of their breakfast in silence.

Jessica and Arin left for school after bidding them bye.

“When are we leaving for the hospital? Ethan is yet to call” Mrs Harlow said, greatly worried.

“If he doesn’t call in the next one hour,then we’ll leave for the hospital” Mr Harlow said.


Arusha was waiting outside his gate by the time Alex drove there.
He hopped into the car and greeted everyone with smiles.

“Arin” He dragged her cheeks playfully and she smiled.
“How was your night?” He asked Jessica.
“Great. ” She said and he noticed she looked troubled.
“How’s Ryan?” Arin asked and Jessy’s heart almost skipped a bit hearing his name.
She wished she had seen him this morning though.
“He left for school just now,we were standing outside together” Arusha said and smiled, remembering how Ryan had wanted to see Jessica before leaving, but he was running late and had to leave.

“Where’s Javad?” Arusha asked.
“He’s in the hospital” Arin said.
‘damn!’ Jessica swore.
“Hospital? Who’s sick?” Arusha asked worriedly.
“Him, Javad is the one sick” Jessica said and Arin gave her a ‘you’re-a-bada$s’ look.
“Ohh”Arusha sighed.

“By the way,why do you look so troubled? Did you probably wanted to see Ryan this morning?” Arusha teased.
“Fk you” Jessica hit him and they laughed.


“” Ethan yawned loudly..
He realized he was in Doc Luc’s office when his eyes got clear and everything came rushing back to him.
He had been waiting for the test result before he fell asleep

He stood up and the door opened just then.
Doc Luc walked in.
“You’re awake. Good morning” Luc said.
“How’s Irish?”Ethan asked.
“She’s fine” Doc Luc smiled
“She’s awake, waiting for you”
“Really?” Ethan smiled, almost pushing Doc Luc out of the way.

“Hold on, you need to freshen up. Some toiletries have been provided for you in my personal bathroom” Doc Luc said.
“Ohh” Ethan said, pulling his shirt already.
“How are my bodyguards? I hope they were comfortable” Ethan said.
“Yes, i made sure they were. One of them left to bring you some fresh wears, he’ll be back soon”

“Ohh.. okay” Ethan said, he hurried into the bathroom. He couldn’t wait to see Irish.
He had even forgotten to ask for the test result.



“She just collapsed…” Javad said to Morgan over the phone.
He was driving back to the hospital after picking Ethan’s wears.

“Really? Are you sure you’ve not used the poison?” Morgan asked.
“I didn’t,i planned to put it in her drink after she’s done caring for Arin but she fainted.
“Woah… how’s she now?”
“She’s awake already and fine”

“You have no idea what happened to her?”Morgan asked.
“Not really but i overhead Mr Ethan say Irish’s grandmother and mother died of cancer, it might be hereditary”
“Wow! If she has cancer, we don’t have to use the poison again”Morgan grinned.
” Yeah but the test result is yet to be announced, i need to rush to the hospital so i won’t miss it” Javad said.

“Alright and do not forget to plant the tape recorder in his car” Morgan said.
“I’m going to do that after dropping this call”

Javad parked Ethan’s car and quickly planted a tape recorder in it.

He smiled before zooming off.



“Irish” Ethan rushed to pull her into a hug immediately he walked into her ward.
She smiled and hugged him back tightly.

“I told you to rest, why didn’t you?” Ethan asked.
“I’m fine now” Irish said.
“Are you sure?” Harold asked and she nodded.
The hospital wear didn’t even made her look less beautiful.
He kissed her cheeks…”I was scared. Everyone was”
“I’m sorry i made everyone worried” Irish said.

“Did Doc Luc say anything is wrong with me? I just need bed rest right?” She asked and Ethan’s smile faded slowly.

He’s yet to receive the test result but he really hoped it’s not cancer.

“The result is not out yet..” Ethan was saying when Doc Luc walked into the ward.
“The result is out” Doc Luc said and Ethan heart skipped a beat.

Javad stood by the door, stylishly placing his ear on the door.
“It’s not cancer” Doc Luc said and Ethan couldn’t explain how relieved he felt.

“Thank goodness!” He almost screamed.
He hugged Irish tightly and she looked confused.

“Cancer?” She asked,confused.
“ know your grandmother and Aunt died of cancer so..”
“You thought it might be hereditary?” Irish completed and Ethan nodded.
“It’s not, my grandmother and mum was just unlucky” Irish said.

“There’s no trace of cancer in Irish’s body system but we discovered something else” Doc Luc smiled.
“What?” Ethan asked.
“Irish is Ten weeks pregnant” Doc Luc announced.



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