“Wake up Sleepyhead!” Ronald whispered sweetly in her ear.
“No, go away, I want to sleep.” She moaned.
“But it’s your birthday. You have to wake up.” He said.
She groaned as she snuggled closer to the pillow.
“Happy Birthday my love.” He whispered in her ear after which he kissed her.
She smiled as she returned his kiss, her eyes still closed.
“Long life and prosperity babe. ``I love you.”
“Thank you, honey. I love you more.”
“Won’t you open your eyes? let me see how beautiful they are before I leave for work.” He said as he took a seat beside her on the bed and stroked her long hair.
“But you see my eyes every day.” She groaned, her eyes still closed.
Why won’t he let her sleep? If she looks in his eyes, she might get emotional and let it out. But she wanted to tell him tonight.
Raina was given a day off by Uncle Rico. He said she should rest since it’s her birthday but Ronald was already dressed up for work.
Ronald wanted to say something but was distracted when someone opened the door.
“Happy Birthday to you......” Three voices started singing. It was Alexa, Adrie and Clarice who was holding the birthday cake.
Raina was forced to open her eyes and her heart melted at their gesture...
“Happy Birthday Mommy.”
“Happy Birthday Raina.”
The girls said as they made their way to Raina on the bed. She was trying to sit up when they both kissed her cheek.
“Thank you, my gorgeous Angels.” She said and kissed their cheek in return.
“Happy Birthday my dear,” Clarice said as she placed a chocolate cake before Raina.
“Thank you so much, Clarice.”
“Go on, make a wish before blowing off the candles.” Alexa encouraged, her eyes not leaving the cake.
And Raina did just that. She closed her eyes for a second, made a wish and blew off the candles which earned a cheer from the girls.
Ronald was recording the moment all through, starting from when Clarice and the girls walked in with the cake. He remembered he left his camera in his office downstairs so he used his phone to capture the moment.
The girls encouraged Raina to cut her cake which she did with the knife handed to her by Clarice. She took a bite of the cake after which she cut small pieces and fed them to Adrie and Alexa.
“Okay, I’m a little bit jealous here. Where’s mine?” Ronald pouted as he passed his phone to Clarice to continue recording while he went closer to Raina and she fed him a piece too.
After that, Clarice took the girls out of the room to go have their bath.
“You should be ready by 6 pm.” Ronald said.
“Why?” She asked as she took another slice of cake. She wasn’t a fan of sugary food but guess her present condition permits it.
“We’re going out to celebrate your birthday!” He said and she nodded.
“Any specific colour of dress for me to wear?” She asked him.
“A package will be delivered for you anytime from now. It contains your outfit.”
“Thank you!” She smiled.
“What about the girls? Should I get them ready too?”
“Don’t worry. My mom will be coming over to pick them up. I sort of got everything covered.” He said as he scratched the back of his head.
“Okay then. I will be ready by 6.”
“It’s time for me to leave. Enjoy your day off.” Ronald said after which he gave her a quick kiss on her lips.
Raina found herself feeling so giddy. She had almost finished her birthday cake when she decided she had eaten enough. She stood up from the bed and arranged the room. She and Ronald now share the same room.
She took good care of herself by soaking her body in the bathtub after which she washed her hair and rinsed herself. Then she got into some comfy shorts and a shirt, then head downstairs for breakfast.
As promised, she received a package at noon. By then, Clarice and the girls had gone to Ronald mom’s place.
Raina almost cried when she saw the dress. It was beautiful. She was sure the dress was outrageously expensive. It was a long sky blue dress with matching heels and jewellery. Merely looking at everything, Raina felt like a Princess.
At 4, she proceeded to the bathroom to take a quick shower after which she wiped her body and put on her underwear then she began doing her makeup.
Raina was not a pro in makeup per se, but she was good enough. Thanks to all the YouTube tutorials she watched.
She finished that and put on her clothes, jewellery and heels.
She couldn’t help but admire herself as soon as she looked into the mirror.
Soon enough she heard the sound of a car pulling up in the driveway. She knew it was Ronald so she made her way downstairs.
Ronald opened the door and came in contact with Raina. She was waiting patiently by the door for him.
This was the moment he knew he was the luckiest man on earth; He was proud to have an amazing woman like Raina by his side.
“W...wow, You look gorgeous!” He shuttered after a while.
She blushed. “Thank you.”
And that’s when she noticed he was dressed up too. The suit he was wearing was different from the one he wore to the office in the morning. This one was kind of matching her dress.
“You don’t look bad also.” She said to him and he chuckled.
Well, thanks to Jemma who helped out in choosing the outfit.
“You curled your hair.” He said and she nodded with a smile.
“Just a bit.”
She thought of looking different today. Even though her hair was down, she curled the tip.
“So, let’s get going.” He said to her and linked his hand with hers. He locked the door behind them and they proceeded to the car.
“So where are we heading to?” She asked as soon as he started the car.
“A new restaurant. I’m sure you’ll love it.” He replied.
Ronald stopped the car in front of the restaurant and Raina awed at how beautiful the front view of the Restaurant was.
He got down and went to the other side to help her open the door and assisted her in coming down. Then he handed the key to the valet.
“Rays Restaurant?” Raina read the name of the restaurant aloud and Ronald smiled at her.
“Yes, I told you it’s new.” He said to her after which they walked hand in hand.
Her jaw almost dropped at what and who she saw in the restaurant.
She thought he brought her to have dinner but instead he planned a party for her. She could see familiar faces in the crowd. Jessica, Gabriel, Jemma, Clarice, Elena and the girls, Uncle Rico, Maggie with some unknown faces. They were seated on different tables.
The whole restaurant was beautifully decorated and she believed Ronald when he said the restaurant is a new one but she couldn’t come to a conclusion how he got it rented for the night.
The restaurant itself was very big. It looked like one of those restaurants you see in a five-star hotel. It had VIP sections too.
Raina was brought out of her shocked state when someone hugged her. It was Jemma.
“Happy Birthday babe. You look so beautiful.”
“Thank you!” she smiled.
“How’s Debby?” Raina asked about her goddaughter.
“She’s fine. Her nanny is watching her while we come to celebrate with you.” Jemma replied.
She was looking so gorgeous in her short dark dress. She had lost all her baby weight and was now looking sexy.
“Does she know already?” Jemma asked Ronald and he nodded negatively.
“Know what?” Raina asked confused.
“Oh, don’t worry darling, you will find out soon,” Jemma said after which she dragged Raina to a table where they settled down, ate and made many conversations. Then a toast was made to the birthday girl but Raina avoided drinking the wine.
“Can you please come with me?” Ronald whispered into Raina’s ear and Raina told everyone on the table to excuse her.
“I want to give you a tour around this restaurant and please don’t ask any question till we are done,” he said and she nodded.
So Ronald started the tour from the reception to the kitchen which includes the baking area, restrooms, the VIP area, the office meant for the boss, the changing room of the workers and back to the dining area.
Raina admired each and everything she saw. Hopefully, she will own a restaurant like this someday.
“Do you like it?” He asked as they approached the dining area where the visitors are.
“Sure.., I..do. It’s nice.” She shuddered, wondering why he gave her a tour.
He leaned closer and whispered into her ear. “Happy Birthday, my love. It’s all yours.”
She looked at him shocked.
“You mean it?” She finally whispered with tears in her eyes.
“I do. The restaurant is yours.”
She tried not to let it fall but the tears failed her and Ronald was fast enough to wipe them off. At this point the restaurant was quiet and everyone’s attention was on them.
“I don’t know what to say, I never expected this but thank you.” She said as she looked up to him with tears in her eyes, finding it hard to process the fact that she’s now the owner of a brand new five-star restaurant.
“You’re welcome my love and I’m happier because you’re happy” he said to her and pulled her into a hug.
“But what about uncle Rico, I still work for him.”
“Don’t worry about that, he knew it was just for a while. I’ve been planning to open this for you before you started working for him and he also helped in the construction of this restaurant too.” He said with a smile.
“This is unbelievable. Thank you!”
“Sure, but there’s still one more surprise,” he told her.
“And what is that?” She asked with her eyebrow raised while Ronald scratched the back of his head, suddenly looking nervous.
Then he went down on one knee and bought out a red velvet squared box which contained a diamond ring. At this point, Raina was speechless and her eyes were heavy with tears.
“I knew you were the one since the first time I set my eyes on you. And honestly, I can’t imagine my life without you and Adrie in it. Throughout the past months we’ve been together, you’ve become my soul mate, my other half and most importantly the Queen of my heart. I want you to be the mother of our girls and also the mother of the future children God will bless us with. I want to sleep and wake up beside you for the rest of my life. You really make me a better person Raina. Please, will you marry me?”
Everywhere was quiet for a while. The only thing they could hear was Raina faint sobs. Then she finally said.
“Yes Ronald, I will marry you.”
Everyone clapped and shouted for joy as Ronald slipped the ring into her finger after which he stood up, wipe away her tears and kissed her passionately.
They were interrupted when small hands tugged their clothes. They looked down and saw a very happy Adrie and Alexa.
“We have a gift for you Mommy,” Alexa said and Raina’s heart melted. Hearing Alexa call her “mommy” was a blessing.
“And for you too Daddy.” Adrie grinned as she said to Ronald. He smiled too and was glad she called him daddy.
The girls gave them a gift which was wrapped with a blue wrapping paper. Raina collected it and opened it immediately.
And she came across with a framed picture of the four of them. Judging from their outfit in it, She could tell It was one of the pictures they took this morning.
“Clarice helped us in making the present.” Adrie grinned.
“I love it. Thank you, my angels.” Raina said as she crouched towards them and gave them a hug and Ronald did the same.
“Can we be the flower girls at the wedding?” Alexa asked her newly engaged parents with pleading eyes.
“Sure,” Raina replied and the girls cheered.
Raina and Ronald were congratulated by everyone. They congratulated Raina on her new restaurant and her engagement.