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Chapter 27. Grandma

“Let’s meet up before I leave,” Ethan replies.

Leave?

“Well, whose text is it?” Norah asks anxiously definetly hoping its Ethan.

“Ethan of course, uh he said we should meet up before he leaves.”

“Leave? Where’s he going?”

“I don’t know.”

“Well ask him, and tell him you can meet up anytime,” she wiggles her eyebrows at me.

I start texting back.

“Where are you going? And when and where do you want to meet?”

Just as I finish typing a waiter comes with our drinks and places it on our table.

“Thank you,” Norah and I say at the same time. The waiter smiles, nods, and walks back.

“Did you send the text?” She asks and I look down at my phone and press send.

“Yup.”

“He’ll reply anytime now.” She says and takes a sip of her cola.

*bzzt*

“I’ll explain once we meet, where are you?”

“I’m at the mall 15 minutes away from where I work.” I instantly reply.

“Great, I was just heading that way, stay there; I’ll text you where to meet me.”

“Okay.”

“He’s coming here,” I say to Norah before she asks.

“Seriously? That fast?”

“He was heading this way,” I shrug and she nods in understanding.

“Did he say where he’s going?”

“Nope, he said he’ll explain when we meet.”

“Right.”

I look around wondering how long it will take for the food to arrive.

“Someone’s hungry,” Norah teases.

“I’m not that hungry, but I really want to taste the food, the way you were praising the food made my mouth water,” I explain making her giggle.

“Patience is a virtue.” Just as she finishes her statement the waiter arrives and places our food on the table. We thank the waiter as he leaves.

“Come on start eating,” Norah says as she takes a bite of her calzone.

I look down at my food, the scent making my mouth water. Grabbing the calzone I bring it closer to my mouth and take a big bite. My eyes water as the heat from the food burns my mouth.

“Fudge! Oh, it’s hot, hot...” I wave my hand over my mouth and blow out to cool down the food.

Norah laughs and quickly hands me the drink, I take a mouthful and sigh in content. I chew my food loving the cheesy saucy goodness.

“It’s amazing,” I say as I continue eating the rest of food.

We chat as we eat our calzone and chicken wrap. After we finish eating we get up to wash our hands.

BURP!

My head snaps towards Norah.

“Did you just burp really loudly?” I laugh at her and she just shrugs and sends me a toothy smile.

Shaking my head I follow her towards the restrooms. As we enter I head the sink and quickly wash my hands. I grab paper towels and dry my hands.

“Okay, time to make you look better,” Norah says after drying her hands.

“Make me look better?”

“Uh, yes, Ethan is going to be here anytime now so might as well look better right?”

I nod reluctantly, she takes her purse and pulls out a lipstick, she twists it open and hands it to me.

“Put it on.”

“Is it not too dark?” I ask as I stare at the dark red lipstick.

“It’s fine.”

“You sure?”

“Do it now before I do it for you.”

“Fine,” I grumble and turn to the mirror and apply the lipstick.

“There we go,” she says happily.

“Okay now put some...”

“No, I’m done, let’s go...” I grab her hand and walk out the restroom.

*Baby shark doo doo doo*

I stop walking and look at Norah.

“Oh it’s my phone,” Norah says as she grabs her phone from her purse, I let her hand go so she can easily take.it.

*Baby shark doo doo*

“There it is,” she answers her phone and gestures me to wait for a bit as walks away to continue her conversation.

I check my phone while I wait for Norah. 10 minutes pass by and Norah still isn’t here.

Okay, where is Norah? Turning around I watch as Norah walks towards me looking apologetic.

“What’s wrong?” I ask confused.

“I’m so sorry; I need to get home.”

“Is everything okay? Do you want me to come with you?”

“Yes everything’s good, don’t worry about it, you need to meet Ethan, so just wait for him, I’m sure he’ll be here soon.”

“Are you sure? I can come with you.”

“Yes yes,” she hurriedly says.

“Okay,” I say as bit my lip. She hugs me and says bye.

“Bye,” I wave at her as she leaves.

Taking a deep breath I look around. I guess I’ll just walk around. Or maybe just check the shops out. I should’ve just gone down with Norah.

Walking towards the elevator I press in the button and wait for the elevator. Tapping my foot I check my phone again.

Why hasn’t he texted yet

*Ding*

I step into the elevator and face the door while I scroll through my texts.

“Yes boss, I saw her friend, she wasn’t with her though, but I’ll find her and keep you updated. Yes, yes don’t worry boss.” I hear from behind me. I look up and turn around curiously.

My eyes widen, the man was facing away from me but his clothes looked familiar.

A fedora, coat and gloved hands.

Creepy stalker?

I stretch my hand towards him to touch his shoulder.

Don’t do it summer. Don’t do it…

I touch his shoulder causing the man to stop talking, he quickly turns around his eyes widening.

I sigh in relief, it isn’t him. This man has dark brown eyes almost black.

“I’m so sorry I thought you were someone else,” I say embarrassed.

“It’s alright beautiful your face just made my day,” he flirts and I just stare at him.

*Ding*

“I gotta go,” I say and quickly walk out the elevator and head by the shops.

The hell?

Men. Urgh! A shop with chandeliers catches my eyes; the shop had all kinds of chandeliers fit for any kind of home. They look expensive yet so mesmerizing. I wish I could buy one.

I move forward to the next shop which has all kinds of accessories for homes. From clocks to show pieces to lamps.

Once I save up enough money I’m definitely buying one of these.

*Bzzzt*

My phone vibrates in my hand; I quickly unlock it and check my messages.

“I’m here, come by the elevator.”

“What floor?” I text back.

“Ground floor.”

I hope that man isn’t in the elevator or any other weird man.

I walk towards the elevator taking my time and press the button. Two minutes later the elevator begins to open and a couple walks out as I enter and press the ground floor button

Phew! At least nobody is here.

“Almost there.” I text Ethan.

I turn around and stare at the view as I wait for the elevator to stop

What’s Ethan going to say?

If he gives me valid reasons and a good explanation maybe I’ll give him a chance.

What if he lies? What if I’m not satisfied with his explanation?

*Ding*

I turn around and walk out the elevator.

“Hey,” Ethan greets from my right.

“Hey,” I say turning towards him as I bite my lip waiting for him to say something more. He grabs my hand and pulls me back to the elevator and presses the last floor.

“What’s wrong?” I ask confused.

People are staring he explains.

Oh right, Mr Rich dude.

“So uh what did you want to say?”

“I wanted to explain.” He says looking me in the eye making me gulp

“Go on.”

“I uh... I don’t know how to say this,” he nervously says.

“Okay let me make this easier...You wanted to buy an old ladies home forcefully and were going to give her “a lot of money” like as if her feelings don’t matter,” I say accusingly and he winces a bit.

“Yeh well...”

“Well?” I stare at him.

“Would you let me talk?” He says frustrated.

“I am letting you talk,” I retort and he gives me a look.

“Fine,” I grumble.

“Mary is my grandma,” he blurts.

I stare at him with wide eyes and my mouth wide open.

“WHAT?”

*DING*

The sound of elevator stopping interrupts our conversation, he grabs my hand and pulls me, quickly rushing out and with me in a daze.

Grandma? How? They don’t even look similar.

Wait.

Blue eyes!

“Summer,” my eyes snap towards Ethan and I stare into his eyes.

Like staring into the ocean.

That’s what Mary had said.

“I guess you have your mother’s eyes,” I say to him making him look confused.

“What?”

“Uh, never mind, just something your grandma said, can you please tell me why you wanted to snatch away your own grandma’s home?” I say exasperated.

He runs his hands through his hair, “I’m not doing it on purpose alright, it’s just my mother, she doesn’t want her to live there, she wants her to live somewhere close to her and in a safer building where she’s easily monitored.”

“Because of your mother?”

“Yes, and it seems that my grandma talks to you a lot, so she may have told you that she’s not leaving that building unless it's demolished she’s dead or...”

“It’s sold,” we say at the same time.

“But that place makes her happy, and can’t you like hire bodyguards?”

“I did, they live right next to her.”

“Oh.”

“Yeah.”

I sigh and take a look around not knowing what else I should say.

“Woah,” I say as I take in my surrounding, the last floor is the roof, we can literally see the whole city from here.

Breathtaking, the slight breeze makes me take in a deep breath.

“It’s beautiful isn’t it?” Ethan says standing next to me.

“Yes. Uh, Ethan?”

“Yeah?”

“Why didn’t you tell me she was your grandma that day?”

“Because I didn’t want her to hear me, she could get a panic attack or something, she did once when she saw my father; she doesn’t remember any of us.”

“Oh. Ethan how come she didn’t get a panic attack after seeing you?”

“I don’t know, maybe because she knows me as an evil businessman she’s met before and not her grandson who she can’t remember.” He answers.

“Ethan?”

“Hmm?”

“I’m sorry for jumping to conclusions,” I say feeling guilty.

“What?”

“I’m sorry,”

“I can’t hear you.”

“I’m... hey!” I punch him on the shoulder making him chuckle.

“Violent much,” He says shaking his head.

“Ethan?” I say after a few seconds. There must be a way around all of this

“I’m starting to think you really love my name,” he teases making me roll my eyes at his playfulness.

“I’m serious.”

“Go on.”

“Why can’t you try reasoning with your mother? Mary is really happy there, had anything happened so far? Please just, just think about Mary?” I try to persuade him.

“My mother is very stubborn summer.”

“Just like you,” I say pointedly making him playfully glare at me.

“Please Ethan; just try to do it for Mary?” I try to convince him.

“Okay I'll see what I can do,” he sighs.

“Thank you so much,” I say happily.

“What no hug?” Ethan asks opening his arms.

“Nope,” I say as I turn my back and move towards the end if the building.

“Oh come on,” he follows me.

“Not happening,” I say as I look down remembering what else I wanted him to tell me.

“Summer?”

“Hmmm?”

“Will you think about it now?”

“Think about what?” I say facing him.

“About us. I want you and I to be an us.” He says moving closer to me and caressing my cheek.

“I uh…” I look down nervously.

What do I say? I’ve never been in a situation like this.

C’mon Summer say yes. You did say if he gives good reasons you’ll give him a chance.

Yeah but now doesn’t seem like the right time.

Stop being so irritating!

“Summer?” he calls making me look at him. He smiles at me making me even more nervous.

“I’ll uh think about it?”

Shit, why didn’t I just say yes?

“Okay fair enough, I’ll give you the time you need,” he says still caressing my cheek making me sigh in relief.

At least he understands.

Hey, wait a minute. Hadn’t he told me his parents live in a different country?

My eyes widen at his lie and I glare at him

“What?” He questions my glare.

“You lied,” I accuse and take a step back making his hand fall from my cheek.

“Huh?”

“Oh don’t you act all confused and innocent,” I say and he looks even more confused.

“You said your parents live in a different country!”

“Shit,” he mumbles under his breath.

“Go on explain.” I cross my arms.

“Okay, I lied about that. But only because I didn’t want you to meet my mum.”

“What? Why?” I say offended and cross my arms.

“Don’t jump to conclusions it’s got nothing to do with you, you’re wonderful just that my mum can be really mean.”

“Mean? For no reason?”

“Yeah, that’s why grandma doesn’t get along with her a lot.”

“Oh.”

“Yeah very rebellious.”

“I see.”

*Ring* *Ring*

The ring of a phone interrupts our conversation, it definitely isn’t mine. He checks his phone and his expression turns serious.

“Uh, give me a minute,” he says as he answers his phone and walks further away, I turn around and stare at the magnificent view.

“Wait here I’m coming,” Ethan says after a while from behind. I turn around and look at him questioningly. He smiles at me reassuringly and heads to the elevator.

Where is he going?

Shaking my head I turn around again.

I’ll just wait. 20 minutes pass by; I turn my gaze back to the elevator and stare.

Has he left like last time? I try calling him, but he doesn’t pick his phone up.

I sigh and walk towards the elevator and the elevator opens revealing Ethan.

“I’m so sorry for taking so long, the paparazzi are here,” He states looking worried.

“Really?”

“Yeah I gotta go; if they see me with you they’ll start stalking you.” He explains and I nod my head in agreement.

“Okay you’re right, what do we do now?” I say biting my lip.

“Okay I’ll leave first, so they won’t know we’re together, just blend in with the crowd and we’re sorted.”

“Leave after they leave okay?” he requests.

“Ok, But how come this hasn’t happened before?”

“Someone must have tipped them off,” he explains.

“Oh,” I say and he nods his head.

“Wait! You said we should meet before you leave, where are you going?”

“I’m going out of the country for a business meeting; I might be fine for a week or so.” He says.

“Where are you going?”

“Zanzibar.”

“Don’t worry I’ll be back before you know, at least this way you’ll get enough time to think about your decision.”

“I guess you’re right.”

“Maybe you’ll even miss me,” he jokes and I laugh.

“I’m not going to miss you.”

“We’ll see,” he says one last time and caresses my cheek as he starts to leave.

“Bye,” I whisper as I see him enter the elevator.

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