“I think you’re stressing yourself, Raina. Gabriel and Jemma will be okay with whatever we have.” Ronald who was seated across the kitchen counter said and Raina turned to look at him for a second with a frown on her face and hands on her hip.
“You’re not helping.” She said then continued what she was doing.
It is Saturday, Gabriel and his wife, Jemma are coming over for a visit so Raina took it upon herself to make lunch and now she’s currently baking cupcakes.
Ronald told her they could go to a restaurant or order some Chinese food. But Raina refused because she was in the mood to cook. They had all the ingredients at home and to her, it’s not proper to invite people over without giving them a home-cooked meal.
“Anything I can do to help?” He teased and rolled her eyes at him.
She had asked him for help earlier but he declined, claiming he will mess up everything so he just sat down and watch her do her magic.
The food was ready and smells yummy. The cupcakes, on the other hand, was almost ready.
“Raina dear, You’ve tried already. Go take a shower and get ready. I will clean the kitchen.” Clarice offered as she walked into the kitchen.
“How about Alexa and Adrie?” She asked as she removed her apron.
“I’ve gotten them ready. They are in the living room, watching TV.”
“Okay then, I will be right back.” She walked out of the kitchen with Ronald behind her.
She groaned as soon as she felt his presence behind her. He had been clingy; following her up and down all day.
“Can I come to take a shower with you?” He said as he entered her bedroom with her.
“No.” She replied firmly and he walked closer to her
“Why? Are you shy about what I’ll do to you?” He whispered as he tucked a strand of hair behind her ear.
Ronald may not know but his action and words were turning Raina on so badly.
“Ronald, just go away from my room” she escaped from his arms and made her way to the closet to pick out the dress she was going to wear.
She was confused as she settled for three set of clothes. Without knowing what to do, she made her way to her bedroom and showed Ronald.
“What do you think I should wear?” She asked Ronald who was seated on her bed, typing away on his phone.
“I think you should go for the blue dress. It matches your eye colour.” He said and she nodded.
“So will you excuse me now. I need my privacy.” She said with her arms crossed.
“Fine. But I’ll be right back.” He muttered then walked out of her room reluctantly.
Raina smiled as she walked towards the door and locked it. If a stranger sees them, It won’t take long before they conclude they are couples.
When in real life they aren’t. Apart from the fact that Raina finds herself attracted to him. She also found herself comfortable and safe whenever she’s around him.
Raina took a shower and got ready.
She wore her blue dress and proceeded to the mirror to see how she looked like. she fell in love with the dress immediately. It matched her eye colour and it fits her perfectly well, showing the curves she was always trying to hide.
Then She started to do her makeup. Just something simple.
After that, she slipped her feet into one of her fancy sandals and walked towards the exit of her room.
As soon as she walked out of her room, she saw Ronald descending the stairs with his eyes on her. She wondered how he did not fall or miss his step as he kept on walking down the stairs with his eyes on her.
She noticed he just took a shower too because of how his hair looked like. He also changed his outfit into a jean trouser and a slim fitted shirt which did not fail to show his muscle. He was so endowed. His dedication towards the Gym paid off big time.
He smirked when he noticed she was staring at him.
“You look beautiful” He whispered as soon as he got to where she was standing.
She blushed and looked away, not only at his comment to her but also the fact that he caught her drolling over him.
Ronald took in her outfit and was amazed at how beautiful she looked. Her dress brought out her curves; the curves he never knew she had.
“Am I interrupting something?” Clarice smiled as she watched them stare at each other.
“No, I was just about to go check on the girls,” Raina said after which she walked towards the living room. She did not know why but Ronald’s presence makes her lose concentration.
“Mommy you look pretty,” Adrie said as soon as she saw Raina.
“You look beautiful.” Alexa smiled.
“You look beautiful too my loves,” Raina said as she pulled them into a joint hug and kissed them on their cheek.
Soon enough, the doorbell rang and Raina went to answer it.
“Hi.” She greeted with a smile as she came face to face with a beautiful couple. The guy was handsome, but not as handsome as Ronald. He had green eyes and was the same height as Ronald. He was putting on dark pants with a matching shirt. She wondered why men were so obsessed with dark colours. He was also holding a food basket.
Beside him was a very beautiful woman. She wore a yellow sundress which kind of hid her belly but you could still tell she was pregnant if you are closer to her.
She knew they are the visitors they were expecting.
“Please Come in.” She ushered them in after which she locked the door behind her.
“Uncle Gabriel, Aunt Jemma” Alexa yelled in excitement as she rushed towards them and hug their legs tightly.
Gabriel chuckled and placed the basket he was holding on the floor beside him after which he bent down and picked Alexa up. He kissed her cheek and moved closer to Jemma with Alexa in his arms so she could kiss her.
Gabriel finally placed Alexa on her feet and Alexa introduced them to Adrie.
“Meet Adrie, my Sister.” She said which surprised everyone. No one knew when they started calling themselves sisters.
Gabriel and Jemma chuckled as they look at each other. Clarice and Ronald had a huge smile on their face while Raina’s eyes went wide.
Gabriel carried Adrie up and kissed her cheek, just the way he and Jemma kissed Alexa.
“And you must be Raina” Jemma smiled as she walked towards Raina and pulled her into a one-side hug because she was mindful of her bump.
“It’s so nice to finally meet you. I’ve heard so much about you.” Jemma said to her.
“It’s nice to meet you too” Raina replied.
“Hi, Ray.” Gabriel greeted as he came closer to where she and Jemma were standing.
“Hey, only me gets to call her that. ” Ronald mumbled and glared at Gabriel.
Gabriel chuckled and ignored him. He knew his best friend was jealous and joking.
“Nice to meet you too. I’ve heard so much about you from Ronald.” Raina replied with a smile.
The visitors greeted Clarice too after which they decided to settle down on the couches in the living room.
“You shouldn’t have bothered man,” Ronald said as Gabriel handed him the basket they brought. It had wine, juice, fruits and Pie.
“Jemma insists we bring something and not come empty-handed,” he said.
“Women.” Ronald groaned.
“We heard you guys.” Jemma and Raina chorused from the living room which caused the men to chuckle.
After a while of them chatting in the living room, Raina and Clarice excused themselves to set up the dining table after which everyone was invited to the dining room where they had lunch. The meal was delicious and everyone complimented Raina. They had a wonderful lunch because they kept on making conversations and got to know each other better.
After lunch, Ronald and Gabriel offered to clear the dining table while they left the ladies to go catch up in the living room.
Clarice offered to supervise the guys while Adrie and Alexa went to play in their playroom.
“So how far are you?” Raina asked as she plopped down on the couch beside Jemma.
“Almost seven months. She smiled as she rubbed her bump.”
“So do you know the gender yet?” She whispered.
“We can find out now but that’s what makes baby shower interesting right?” She said and Raina nodded.
“So we decided to wait until the baby shower. Will you be there? Please.” She asked.
“Sure, I will” Raina replied with a smile.
“I heard all that happened to you. What your ex-lover did to you and Adrie. I’m so sorry about that.” Jemma said as she gave Raina a comforting squeeze on her shoulder.
“Thank you. I think that phase is over now. I’m grateful Ronald found Adrie and I that night.”
“So do you like him or do you think there’s a possibility of you liking him?” Jemma asked excitedly.
“Who?” Raina replied with a frown even though she had an idea of who Jemma was talking about.
“Ronald.” She said.
“I don’t understand what you mean.” She said shyly.
“I know you understand what I mean Ray and I think he likes you too” Jemma replied with a grin.
“How do you know that?” She asked with her eyebrow raised.
“His eyes never left your face throughout lunch. The way he looked at you, there was so much adoration in his eyes. Trust me, he likes you. Besides I’ve never seen him this happy and carefree.” Jemma replied with a smile.
Raina smiled back too. Jemma’s reply made her happy and scared at the same time. Happy in the sense that she’s glad the attraction is not one-sided and Ronald also feels the same way for her and scared in the sense that she does not know if it all seems right.
“You don’t have to worry about anything Raina. I assure you Ronald is a good man. You’ll be in safe hands. I’m not trying to rush you into anything, take as much time as you need to think about it.” Jemma said to her and she nodded.
“So how long have you and Gabriel been together?” Raina asked, slightly changing the topic.
“We’ve known each other since college; we all went to the same college,” Jemma said.
“So how did you guys meet?” She asked interested.
“We met through Ronald. There was this course Ronald and I did together and we were partners for a project so I went over to his apartment one time to discuss our project and that was how and where I met Gabriel who was his roommate and best friend.”
“Wow, that’s amazing.“She said and Jemma chuckled.
“Yeah, we started as friends, then he asked me to be his girlfriend, we went on dates and now we’re happily married and expecting our first child.” She said.
Since Jemma had known Ronald for a long time, she wanted to ask if she knew anything about Alexa’s mom but Raina stopped herself and decided to wait till Ronald will open up to her.
“So I assume you’ve stopped working because of the baby,” Raina said.
“Yes, I have. I use to work for my Mom. She owns a fashion house so I help with the designs. She stopped me from coming to work when my pregnancy clocked six months but I kind of work from home. She sends me some designs to review before they start working on them.”
“How about you? If you have a passion for fashion I can introduce you to my mom.” Jemma offered.
“I don’t think I have a passion for that. I’m more into cooking and baking. Ronald said he will introduce me to someone who owns a restaurant.”
“Oh, that must be Uncle Rico. Gabriel’s uncle. He owns an expensive restaurant in town. You will enjoy working for him and I have no doubt you do great there. The lunch you made was delicious.” Jemma said with a smile and before Raina could even reply, they were interrupted by a voice.
“Look, they are enjoying without us.” They turned to look at the owner of the voice and it turned out to be Gabriel’s voice. He was walking towards them with Ronald and Clarice behind him.
Ronald was holding two drinks on both hands and Clarice was with a tray which contained the cupcakes Raina baked earlier on.
“That looks yummy,” Jemma confessed as soon as she set her eyes on the cupcakes.
“You should wait till you taste them. You’ll find yourself wanting more.” Clarice said as she served Jemma a cupcake.
The adults ate, drank, made funny conversations and enjoyed themselves after which Jemma and Gabriel took their leave.