Dark Love - A Darker Shade

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Chapter 13

Her parents looked at her with interest.

“Oh my dear.” Her father said. “That is wonderful. I can tell it’s pretty serious.”

She nodded in confirmation.

“When are we meeting him?” her mother asked.

“Soon.” She answered. “But I’ll be precise when we decide.”

“Are you getting married?” her mother asked. “You’re too young.”

“Hey, you were twenty when I married you.” Her father reminded her mom. “She’s twenty-one.”

Her mother shrugged resignedly.

“How long have you known him?” her father asked.

“For a long time.” Zee answered without thinking. To keep things simple, she guessed she could say that.

“Okay, that’s good.” Her mother said. “We can’t wait to meet him.”

***

Michael and her parents met two days later. Her parents were immediately taken with him. He was handsome and a typical eligible bachelor, they told her later.

She had thought his presence in her home would be awkward but it wasn’t. He was interested in her parent’s collections which was a plus on his part.

He had driven to their home wearing a gray tailored shirt and black fitted pants and he looked so imposing without trying. She was wearing an amber colored dress he had sent to her home a day before after he asked for her statistics in an sms.

The dress reminded her of his eye color. She had hesitated to wear it because the dress had come with a note that simply said wear it tomorrow. She had worn something else but as the time for his arrival drew near, she became nervous and changed into the dress he wanted.

Her mum and the housekeeper had prepared the lunch. He had brought wine from other brands as well as his brand. Her parents were impressed by him. Even Israel was enamored by him.

He played with Israel, ruffling his hair. He complimented her mother and housekeeper for the food. He thanked her parents for having a precious jewel like her and accepting him as their future Son-In law. He told them she was a gift to him and promised to take care of her. She played her role, smiling politely and looking content.

After lunch, he thanked her parents and begged to take his leave. She hated how easily her family had accepted him but there was nothing she could do about it.

“If you don’t mind, I will love a moment with her before I leave.” He said while taking her hand in his.

“Okay, sure.” Her mother answered.

“No problem at all.” Her father said.

Hence, she followed him outside to his car and he had her join him inside so they were alone.

She was fiddling with the hem of her dress and she kept her eyes on her fingers. She was aware of his gaze on her but she refused to look at him.

“You’re nervous.” It was a simple statement of fact.

She nodded, not bothering to deny it.

“Look at me and speak out.” He said impatiently.

She reluctantly met his gaze. “Yes.” she mumbled.

“Why?”

“I don’t want to marry you.”

A smirk formed across his lips and he let out a brief chuckle. “Too bad. Do I look like I care? And now for the big question of the day,” He pointed at her nose. “What is that?”

In confusion, Zee frowned at first and then with dismay, it occurred to her that she was still wearing her nose ring.

Actually, she had thought she would finally remove it at the last minute like she had done with the dress but she had forgotten.

“I said, what is that?” His tone was formidable. She could feel her hands starting to shake. Her eyes watered and fell to her lap. She was ashamed of how fearful she was. At some point she had thought that she would be able to defy him without fear or fervor but now she was quickly losing grip on that reality.

“Look at me.”

Slowly, she reluctantly met his gaze again, her eyes damp. Next thing, she was sniffling.

“I did not say that you should cry.” He said, unfazed. “I asked about that thing you have on your nose because I remember telling you to lose it.”

“I’m really sorry.”

“I don’t understand.” He said, unbelieving. “Were you daring me? You want to see what I can actually do about it? Is this you testing me? Is that it?”

She shook her head . “No please, I’m sorry.”

“No, you know what? Dare accepted. Fasten your seatbelt.” He started the car.

Zee panicked. “What...why...where are we going?”

“I said fasten your seatbelt.” He said sternly and watched her wear the seatbelt in record time.

He pulled the car off the parking lot and drove away from Zee’s home. She could see his jaw tighten with anger. God, what was he going to do? She didn't want to find out.

“My parents weren’t sure I was going out.” she said and her voice came out as a whine. She hated the sound.

“I’m sure they will understand.” he said dismissively.

“I will take it off, please.” Zee was so afraid that the tears filling her eyes had started slipping down her face. “And I won’t wear it again.”

“We will make sure of that.”

“Michael please.” She was crying. She didn’t want to find out what he would do. “Please.”

He was still driving forward but started to slow the vehicle down. She took that as her ray of hope. “Please.” She implored him again and watched him park the car at a corner of the road. He was vibrating with anger in his eyes.

“Get it off, RIGHT NOW.”

Immediately, Zee reached for the nose ring and removed it, relief flooding her entire body.

He was glad her nosering wasn’t the pierced kind, hence her nose was unscarred.

“When I say I don’t want to see it on you again, I mean it, is that clear?”

“Yes.”

“Do not test me again. Because next time, no amount of tears will save you from what I intend to do to you, do you understand me?”

She nodded, a sniffle escaping her. “Yes.”

“Good. I’ll take you home now.”

“Thanks.”

He backed the car off the side of the road, reversed and drove back towards Zee’s home with her silently thanking her stars. She was wise enough to know she was better safe than sorry.

He eventually parked outside her home few minutes later and handed her a fresh handkerchief from the glove compartment which she used to dab the tears off her face.

“Thanks.” She said and took off the seatbelt.

“Okay. What are your plans for the rest of the day?”

“Nothing. I’ll be home.” She said even though she knew she had a date with her neighbor who lived some few blocks away. It was a date she just couldn’t avoid.

“Okay. Come here.” He said but he was leaning closer to her and grabbing her wrist roughly.

“Ouch.” She yelped and looked into his sexy amber eyes which held hers sternly at the moment.

“Be good.”

“Okay.” She responded, starting to think twice about her date.

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