“What did you say about counting your chicks before they hatch or was it counting your puppies before they are born?”
Brian gloated as he sat down on one of the kitchen stools looking at me making dog food for Calmstorm and wildfire. I couldn't helpbut smile. I could feel his eyes staring at me.
“It is still not a sure thing that they would mate naturally”
“What’s wrong? Are you alright? You look pale.”
“Wildfire is in an unknown environment”
“Oh, don’t worry. Calmstorm would watch out for him, they’ll be back sooner than you know it” I gave him one of my most reassuring smiles. I used that smile frequently on Alfred and Kayla to make them feel better and more comfortable with whatever situation they were facing.
“Okay, if you say so”
“Charlotte, what do you think about Wildfire and Calmstorm mating?”
“First of all, what is it with you both and those names, Wildfire! Calmstorm! You are both just crazy. About the mating thing, I think you should be expecting little adorable puppies soon. If you guys also heat things up, you both might also have little kids of your own. Stop taking your sweet time” Charlotte said making everything awkward, I just had to break the ice one way or another
“You are the most unserious human being on this planet and yet the best friend I have”
“Awww…..That is so sweet, talking of sweet, there's no more juice in my glass. let me go and get more juice, who wants more juice?”
“That sounds wonderful, please I wouldn’t mind more cake as well. Katherine, what’s wrong with you? You seem upset about something” Brian quickly responded
“It’s nothing that you should worry yourself about.” I said through clenched teeth. I did not like being such an open book.
“Does it have anything to do with Dan and his domineering attitude? You can tell me all about it. I will definitely teach him a lesson, if one needs to be taught” I just had to smile at Brian’s thoughtfulness, he was so charming and gentlemanly, like a knight of the round table
“It’s nothing of that nature. He just asked me to dinner”
“Then honey, there is something known as No. If you are uncomfortable with it, all you had to do was give one of those baby smiles of yours and say ‘NO’. It’s that simple”
That time I actually laughed
“Thanks a lot for your thoughtfulness Brian but I am not so unhappy about the date. Truthfully, I am more nervous and inquisitive about the whole thing, I mean why me? Why now?”
“Honey, like I’ve always been trying to tell you, you have all it takes for a guy to look at you and never want to set his eyes on any other woman again but you’ve got to know it and believe in it. My beautiful intriguing creature.”
“Save your lectures for another time. Aren’t you going to congratulate me on my first date in a long while?”
“I guess I am. Congratulations, I wish you a wonderful and smooth date today” Brian said while holding my gaze. There was something off about his tone. I could not really place my hands on it.
“Wow! Wow! Shy Kat. I must sound the trumpets and let the whole world know that the nun has decided to sneak out of the convent to go on a date” Charlotte said in her usual teasing manner as she came back with the juice. We all burst into another round of laughter, it was so funny the way she said it.
“Would someone like to share the joke or do you want to leave me out of the fun”
“You are late Alfred, better luck next time” Katherine said
“Says who? What I just said is, the nun is sneaking out of the convent and going on a little escapade” Charlotte said in a rather loud voice
“A little escapade? What is your definition of an escapade?”
“Well, a little bird told me that the nun is going on a date”
“Come on, stop looking so surprised, it’s not like I haven’t gone on a date before.” I voiced out in exasperation.
“Remind me of the last time you went on a date, it seems like I can’t remember a single time since university. Is my brain is a little slow today in catching up with things?”
“Oh, shut up. You know that your brain is perfect. You all know that I have been too busy to go on dates. I have a very busy schedule, that’s all. I would really appreciate it if you could just drop the topic, thanks. Now that it is settled, I would like to leave you men to discuss business while Charlotte and I go to get me ready for my date tonight”
I turned to walk away before another silly comment escaped Alfred’s lips. As I was walking away I felt Alfred’s hand on my shoulder. The pressure of his hand made me to turn around
“Shy Kat, wear the pendant that I bought for you on your 21st birthday. I have never seen you wear it before. Please wear the dress that I bought for you on saint valentine’s day. It looks magnificently made for you and only you.”
I gave him a big tight hug and he lifted me up and turned me round twice
“I love you so much, Alfred. Thank you for the advice and the support”
“Kat, be careful and of course what I always want to see you do every single moment, relax, stop worrying and have fun”
“I definitely would try. Thanks once more and Brian thanks for cheering me up. Catch you both later. Charlotte, please can we see later. I know we were supposed to hang out today but things have changed a lot. I just remembered that I have to do a few things before it is time to go out this evening. I have to get some essentials for Miss Bridgette’s wedding. I’ve got to go now. Love you and catch you later. There is egg custard in the fridge if you get hungry, I would be back in a jiffy”
I didn’t wait for a reply, I took my hand bag and was on my way out. Immediately I opened the door to the main entrance, I was greeted by Calmstorm and Wildfire at the door, the beauties were back. I turned to give Brian a see-I-told-you look and he smiled back at me. I went to le meilleur gateur to confirm the ingredients being used seeing that the groom and his siblings had different allergies. I also confimed the date and time of delivery of the 5 step Monaco royal cake. Seeing the display cabinet, I bought a small cake for my niece, Kayla. I went over to le chef , met the chef and gave him a list of things that he and his crew would need to know when making provisions for the refreshment. I tasted some samples of finger food he made. It was obvious the chef didn’t like me giving him tips on the couple's preference but the customer is always right.
“Yes, this is attractive, beautiful but still me, simple.”
I looked at the time and it was 6:58pm. I was proud of myself. I got ready in less than an hour. As I was about to sit on my bed and wait for my date. I heard the doorbell and I immediately knew that to be my cue, Daniel was around. My heart skipped a beat with just the thought of him. What was wrong with me? Why was I having this kind of crazy reaction to him. I picked up my black purse and walked down the stairs. The first person my eyes made contact with was Daniel, a shiver went through my body as I was studying him. He was sitting in the sitting room with my brother and Brian. He was a tall man with broad shoulders and a clearly toned body. They were all laughing and obviously enjoying each other’s company. He had a very beautiful smile. When he threw his head back in laughter, he looked very captivating. When they noticed my presence, they all stood up. I, Katherine Alexander, got a standing ovation and looks of admiration and awe from handsome and wealthy men. That was a first for me. I almost got dizzy and fainted.
“I’ll simply have whatever the young beautiful lady is having. It seems she knows her seafood well but instead of the glass of Moet, can we have a bottle of Salvatore Calabrese. Thank you, that would be all” Daniel said with a note of finality.
“Yes, I’ll get your orders. In the meantime enjoy the breeze, the view and the music. Please call me if you need anything else."
“But it is not as beautiful and gorgeous as you are” he gave her a bouquet of flowers that seemed to appear out of nowhere. The evening seemed to be getting better and better by the minute.
“Wow, that’s so sweet, thank you. I try as much as I can to not look too extravagant or flashy. I prefer to look sweet and classy. What I really aim for is to look simple at all times.” Daniel seemed so quiet. I felt like I had to talk to fill the gap and now I think I have said too much. Why wouldn’t he try to be a little more like Brian? Conversation was so much easier with Brian.
I simply smiled and took the bouquet of flowers from him. He got me tulips. They smelt wonderful. I kept the bouquet on the table and we were back to silence. What do I say to keep the wheels of conversation going.
“I saw that you were in a sort of trans and I was talking to you. I will appreciate it if you paid some attention to your date” he said with an amused look on his face.
“Sorry, I was deep in thoughts.” I scolded myself. I was complaining that he was not talking and when he finally talked, I was not present.
“I could see that”
“So what were you saying while I was a lost in thought?”
“I was explaining to you how wonderful you look eating”
“Well, I’m glad I missed that and it means that I did not miss a lot of things” I dived back into my meal. It's settled, he did not know anything about social interactions while on a date.
“You are adorable. Do you know the reason why I love you?” once I heard that statement fall from his mouth, It was as if by magic, I lost my appetite. I totally forgot where I was, it was like everything was at a standstill. I dropped my spoon and picked up my purse. How could he even love me? This is the definition of complicated.
“Dan, I really don’t think that I am ready to talk about love anytime in the nearest future talk less of now. I really have to go” he held my hands as I was about to get up and he pulled me gently until I sat down. I felt a magnetic pull to him. I sat down even though I dreaded what he would say next.
“Katie, please hear me out first. There is no denying the fact that I love you very much. In fact, I have loved you since the first time I laid my eyes on you. Your name alone is captivating to my soul. Your firm strictness yet gentle kindness is a wonder to me. Your easy grace is an inspiration to me. Your voice is music to my ears and oh my God! Your lovely, beautiful smile brightens my day. You are so much to me. I tried to deny it. I tried to run away from you. I tried to avoid you. I tried so many times to walk away from everything. I even swore to take it slow so as not to scare you but I just can't. I really love you.”
“You are the craziest, stupidest man I have ever met in my entire life on this planet earth. To think that I thought you were cute and funny and actually sane. You are the most insane mad man I have ever laid eyes on. Cursed be the day I lay eyes on another like you again. You are definitely out of your mind. Have you no shame? Is this how you treat ladies on your first date with them?”