I woke up feeling someone trying take away the small weight in my chest.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to wake you up. I was trying to pick him up in case you are in pain.” The middle aged man said sheepishly.
“Oh no. He isn’t causing me any pain. He was tired and you weren’t here when I woke up so I let him sleep here with me. I hope you are not mad.”
“I’m definitely not mad. Are you feeling okay?”
“My head aches a bit but other than that I’m fine.” I said sitting up after carefully laying down the child on the bed.
“You had hit your head when you fell because of which you fainted. I brought you here immediately and the doctor had treated the cut on your forehead.”
“Oh. How long was I unconscious for?”
“Almost an hour.” He said and before I could ask him anything else the doctor came in to check upon me and said I was good to go.
“Thank you for bringing me here.”
“I owe it you, Mam.”
“You don’t owe me anything. And please call me Eva.”
“I’m Peter. You are very kind, Eva. And I wish you all the goodness.”
“Thank you, Peter. I have to get going now. Take care of yourself and your son.” I said sincerely and before he could reply his phone rang and I waved him goodbye and left after a final glance at the sleeping child.
The next day was pretty busy with the restaurant works but thankfully we were done within a day and Mr Thompson called me later on informing that Xavier has approved of the changes when he visited that evening.
I had asked my team members to attend the inauguration party without me as my new client decided to keep a meeting then and we couldn’t postpone as she was leaving the city for a month. But I made sure to reach for the evening party wearing a classic black long dress.
“There you are, Eva. Girl, you missed out so much in the morning. There were so many celebrities and CEO’s here and it was so cool. The celebration party has got much less people than the inauguration but has lots of booze.” Jane said upon seeing me.
“I’m glad you are enjoying the party, Jane. But please don’t get drunk tonight.”
“No promises.” She said glancing around while gulping her drink. I suddenly felt an arm snake around me and I let out a small yelp and quickly moved away.
“Geez, woman. It’s just me.” Xavier said while I send him a deadly glare.
“Don’t sneak up on me like that ever again. You scared the hell out of me.” I snapped at him while Jane tugged harshly at my arm in warning.
“Please excuse us.” Xavier said to Jane and dragged me to a corner.
“Hey, I didn’t wanted to be excused. We were both talking, you know? Where is your manners and stuff?”
“Forgot them at home. Now where were you in the morning? Your presence was highly required as you are the head of your team and many people asked for you.”
“I had some other work that came up and I couldn’t postpone it. But I’m sure my friends handled everyone’s questions.”
“You didn’t bother to inform about your absence?”
“I did inform Mr. Thompson through his assistant.”
“And me? Did you inform me?”
“Isn’t informing one of the partners enough? Oh there is Mr Thompson. I have to go greet him. Excuse me.” I said and began walking away.
“Miss. James. Good to see you. There are lot of people here waiting to see you. Come on, I’ll introduce you to some of them.”
“I’ll take her to meet the important guest, Mr Thompson. You may entertain the other guests.” Said Mr I forgot my manners back home and the other man just nodded and went away.
“Can you call someone from home and ask them to mail you your manners?”
“I think I’m good for now.”
“You are obviously wrong about that.” I said rolling my eyes. Instead of taking me to meet random people he led me to the dining area much to my happiness.
“This is damn good. Can I take your chef home with me?”
“The chef is not for sale but the food is. So you can come here and eat whenever you feel like having great food.” He said and I rolled my eyes at him.
“I would probably end up having no money after paying the bill.” I said sarcastically.
“You can have free dinner once every month for the rest of your life.” He said and I narrowed my eyes at him.
“What’s the catch?”
“You are smart, I see. But I honestly wasn’t thinking of anything when I said that but now you just gave me ideas.”
“Dang it!” I cursed out loud and he let out a loud laugh which caught few people’s attention.
“I do love free food but not enough to sign my life off to you. So..”
“I’m asking no such things. For now enjoy your food. I’ll inform you when I plan on using your favour.” He said and I grumbled like child before concentrating on the food.
The rest of the night went pretty easily. Xavier introduced me to few of his business associates and then we separated to hang out with our friends. Well in his case he talked about business with his associates while I went to my friends. Before leaving I did go to him to say goodbye and he once again chose to lead me out as my friends had already left.
“It was nice working with you, Xavier.” I said and brought my hand up for a shake which he took in his but instead of shaking hands he just held it.
“You talking as if this will be the last time we’ll see each other. Didn’t you tell that we were..what was the word again? Ah..friends. So I don’t believe it’s right to ditch friends just few days after meeting them. Manners you know?”
“The same manners that you left home?”
“Some of which I got mailed to in the last hour.”
“Yeah, right.” I said scoffing at his sarcasm.
“See you later, dear friend of mine.” He said with a smirk and just like last time he leaned in and placed a soft kiss on my cheek before walking away yet again leaving me in shock.
After working my ass of the rest of the week like usual, I decided to go shopping on Saturday and just have day to myself. I was walking out of the food court when I felt someone tug on my leg. Scared out of my mind I jumped back before looking down and noticing a familiar little boy and let out a sigh of relief.
“Oh my God. It’s you. How are you, Buddy? I asked bending down to his level.
“I’m good.” He said with a grin.
“That’s great. Where is your father?” I asked hoping he didn’t get lost or run off like last time.
“There you are. You are going to get me in trouble these days with you constantly running off.” Peter said rushing towards us.
“Eva? I thought I would never meet you again and I’m glad that wasn’t the case.” He said with a warm smile.
“I’m Ace.” The adorable boy said before I could reply to Peter and he held his hand out. Peter looked at Ace in awe and I wondered why he did that.
“And I’m Eva.” I said shaking his little hand.
“How are you doing?” Peter asked while giving his hand to help me stand up from my kneeling position.
“I’m doing good. How are you both doing?”
“Ace is doing good. Thank you for saving me that day.”
“I can’t let anything hurt someone precious like you, can I? But you have to promise me that you would never be careless like you were that day.”
“I promise.” He said immediately and I ruffled his hair while Peter looked at us in wonder.
“So are you here by yourself or with anybody else?” Peter asked after glancing at shopping bags.
“I was doing little shopping by myself. I’m done actually but decided to have something to eat before I leave.”
“You were about to leave? Oh sorry for taking your time.”
“It’s alright. I enjoyed talking to both of you. See you guys later then.” I said and Ace suddenly tugged on my hand making me look at him.
“I have to buy some clothes. Can you help me pick out the good ones? Please?”
“I didn’t know you wanted clothes. I thought a haircut was all we had planned to do today.”
“No, I want some clothes too.” Ace said almost sternly and Peter instantly nodded. I wanted to ask him to be polite to his father but then again I had no say in their life so I let it be.
“Will you please come with me, Eva?” He said and I found it hard to say no to that face.
“Uhm..okay.” I said and took his hand in mine.
“You guys start with the shopping. I have to call my boss to inform we are going to be a little late.”
“Will you get in trouble?”
“I don’t think so.” He said with an assuring smile and Ace being impatient decided to drag me to the store before I could say anything else.
“Ace, how about this?” I asked picking a casual tee shirt with few prints on it which was very different from all the formal looking outfits he had so far picked up.
“Do you like it?” He asked after glancing at the tee shirt.
“I kind of do. What do you think?”
“I like it too.” He said and took it from me to keep it with the rest of his chosen clothes.
Peter soon came in but didn’t say anything while we were choosing clothes and shoes for Ace and I was worried as I didn’t know how much their shopping budget was and asking that seemed rude but I did anyways so that I could help them choose outfits within the budget but he said it was okay and that his boss pays for it and I thought it was pretty generous of Peter’s boss to pay for his employee’s son’s clothes.
“I guess it’s time for me to leave. I had nice time shopping with both of you.” I said with a sincere smile.
“My boss said he would love to meet you after I told him how you helped Ace that day.”
“You know I only did what everyone in that situation would do to help a child, right? I’m flattered that your boss wants to meet me but I don’t think it’s really necessary. It would be weird. But do tell him I appreciate his kindness.”
“He insists he meet you personally. I think you should or else he would take it badly.”
“Alright, I’ll see when I’m free and let you know.” I said giving in.
“He is also a busy man and would most likely want to meet you when he is free.” He said nervously.
“I’ll meet him when both he and I are free.” I said with a shrug.
“Can you give your number then? So that we can contact you.” Ace asked eagerly and I felt myself once again smiling at him.
“Of course.” I said and felt my jaw dropping seeing him pull out an iPhone from his pocket.
“Aren’t you too young to use a phone?” I couldn’t help but ask.
“I do know how to use them. I don’t use it much though. My Daddy gave it to me so that I can talk to him whenever he is away. I’m allowed to use it only when I’m away from him.” He said though he didn’t say why he has it now despite having his father right beside him.
“Your number please?” Ace asked again and I suspiciously noticed Peter trying to hide a smile but I chose to ignore it and gave his son my number.
“I hope I get to see you soon, Eva.” Ace said sounding really hopeful.
“I hope so too.” I said and bend low to place a kiss on his forehead and took a glance at Peter to see if he minded me doing that but was relieved to see him smiling at us.
“Bye.” I said one last time to Ace who was looking at me in awe and all of a sudden he lunged into my arms giving me a tight hug and I slowly wrapped my arms around him after looking at Peter again to see if he is okay with it and he only spotted a surprised look.
“Thank you.” Ace whispered which confused me but I didn’t enquire about it seeing Ace really needed that hug. After a minute or so he pulled away and gave me a huge smile. I took my leave after bidding goodbye while still wondering what that was all about.
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