Even though she slept late, Raina has always been a morning person; she’s used to waking up around six-thirty to seven in the morning.
Thankfully, she woke up feeling better which made her wonder where she got the strength from. She sat on the bed and meditated for a few minutes with a new determination to move on and live life with the people she cares about.
She finished meditating and said her morning prayers. She arranged her bed and made her way to the bathroom to do her morning rituals.
Unfortunately, she had no other dress than the one she wore back from the hospital. It wasn’t dirty or smelling so she put them on and brushed her hair with the brush already provided in her bathroom after which she put her hair in a messy bun.
She took a look at herself in the mirror and saw that she looked better than yesterday except that her eyes were a little puffy due to the number of times she cried.
Raina slipped her feet into a fancy unisex slippers Clarice brought for her while she was in the hospital, then she walked out of her room.
She did not hear any sound or voice so she assumed everyone was still sleeping. She walked towards the kitchen to see if she could make breakfast for everyone. She knew her way around the house because Ronald had given her a tour yesterday.
Raina is still surprised by how full the kitchen was, everywhere was stocked with foodstuffs and ingredients. You would almost mistake the kitchen for a mini grocery store.
She brought out all the ingredients, set them aside, put on an apron, washed her hands and got to work.
She made eggs, bacon, waffles, pancakes and some orange juice.
“It smells nice in here.” A voice said and Raina turned to look at the person.
“Good morning Clarice.” She greeted with a smile.
“Good morning dear” Clarice smiled. She was happy to see Raina being so energetic and smiling.
“Are you ready to have breakfast Clarice, I can serve you if you don’t mind.”
“Sure, I don’t mind but let me go check up on Adrie and Alexa, I will be right back.”
“How about Ronald? Has he left for work already?”
“No he hasn’t, he should be down any moment from now.” She replied and left for the girls’ room.
Ronald woke up a little bit late and tired. He couldn’t sleep all night as he kept on thinking of what he could do to make Raina happy.
Ronald sighed after his fourth attempt at trying to knot his tie. The tie was not cooperating this morning, he took one final look at himself in the mirror, reached for his Rolex, his briefcase and walked out of his room.
He dumped his briefcase on one of the couches in the living room and made his way to the kitchen to make himself a cup of coffee.
He was shocked as to who he saw in the kitchen. Raina. She had made breakfast and everything she made was looking yummy.
“Wow.” He muttered which got her attention.
“Good morning.” She smiled at him.
“Good morning Ray.” He replied and she smiled at that. She liked the nickname ‘Ray.’
Raina couldn’t help but access his outfit, he looked so handsome in his dark blue suit. Though his tie looked as if it needed a little help, His hair was well styled and the smell of his cologne was making her go tarry a little.
“You want some?” She asked and he nodded.
While she was making the orange juice, she kind of figured out Ronald might want coffee so she made some too.”
Ronald watched her as she reached for a mug and poured some coffee for him.
“Thank you.” He collected the coffee, intentionally brushing his fingers against hers.
His eyes never left hers as he took a sip. It was the sweetest coffee he has ever tasted. It had the right amount of milk and sugar.
“This tastes so good.” He replied and Raina smiled.
“Will you have breakfast with us? Clarice went to get Alexa and Adrie.”
“I will be late for work if I do.”
“Please” She pouted.
“Okay, I will just have little.”
“Thanks, you can go take a seat while I set up the table.” He nodded and did as she said.
“Where’s the surprise, Clarice? I can’t see anything.” Adrie complained.
“Me neither.” Said, Alexa.
“Wait till we get downstairs,” Clarice said as she and the girls climbed down the stairs and walked towards the dining room.
To their disappointment, they only saw Ronald, and the girls kept on wondering where the surprise was.
“Good morning Daddy,” Alexa said as she walked towards Ronald
“Morning Princess.” He kissed her forehead.
“Good morning.” Adrie greeted shyly
Ronald smiled and kissed her forehead too.
“Good morning Girls.” A voice said and Adrie screamed for joy as she ran to hug her mom.
Raina kept the plate of bacon she was holding on the dining table after which she picked up Adrie and showered her face with kisses.
“I miss you, mama,” Adrie said.
“I miss you too honey.”
“Won’t you come say hi to me?” Raina said to Alexa as she put Adrie down.
Alexa walked up to Raina and greeted her. Raina picked her up and showered her face with kisses which caused her to giggle.
“So you are the surprise Clarice was talking about. Adrie and I were beginning to think she tricked us.” Alexa said and Raina chuckled as she led the girls to take a seat on the dining table.
Ronald sat where the head of the family usually seat while Alexa and Adrie sat by his right-hand side and Clarice took a seat on his left-hand side.
Raina served them all after which she took a seat beside Clarice. She said a short prayer and they dug in.
They all enjoyed breakfast.
“I should get going. Thanks for the food, Raina.” Ronald said as he stood up from the table.
“Wait, I have something for you,” Raina excused herself and made her way to the kitchen.
Ronald took a look at Clarice and she shrugged.
“Bye girls.” He said as he approached the Alexa and Adrie and kissed them on their cheek.
“Bye.” They said with their mouth full of bacon.
Ronald gave Clarice a hug after which he walked to the living room.
“I made this for you, in case you get hungry,” Raina said as she handed him lunch wrapped in a brown paper bag.
“Thank you.” He said surprised as he accepted the lunch.
Her eyes met his tie again, she groaned as she moved closer to him and adjusted it.
“You are good to go now!” She smiled and turned to leave.
“Wait.” He stopped her from trying to escape.
He reached for his wallet, picked one of his credit cards and handed it to her.
“Use that for your shopping, buy all that you and Adrie will need.”
She was reluctant to accept the card which made Ronald grab her right hand and place the credit card in it.
“Thank you.” She whispered.
“You are welcome. Don’t worry about the price, just buy okay?”
“I will see you guys in the evening.”
“How did you do it?” Clarice asked Raina.
“What do you mean?” She asked confused as they did the dishes together.
“No matter how much I persuade him, he never stayed for breakfast.” She winked at Raina and Raina nodded, understanding where she is coming from.