“Hello?” I answered the call groggily.
“It’s me, Angel. What are you upto?” Xavier’s voice came in and I groaned out.
“It’s Sunday. So of course I’m sleeping in and doing nothing.”
“Good. Ace and I are on our way to your home. We’ll go out to have breakfast together.”
“Hell no. Why do you Whilsons wake up so early on Sundays? Let me have my sleep. You guys do whatever.”
“We’ll be there in ten minutes.” He said and ended the call.
“Asshole.” I muttered running my hand on my bed longingly. Sighing I got up from my bed and hesitantly texted Xavier my address. After getting ready quickly I got out of my house and waited for them outside after locking my doors.
“Good morning, Angel.” Xavier said after I got into the passenger seat of his car.
“Morning.” I replied while putting the seat belts on.
“Morning, Eva.” Ace greeted next from back.
“Good morning, Ace. How are you today?”
“I’m good, thank you.” Ace replied.
Xavier took us to a nice place for breakfast. We were hurried to the table by the waiters as soon we stepped in and they fussed around us asking us what we wanted probably because of Xavier’s fame.
When the food arrived I noticed how Ace was struggling to eat them since the chair he sat on was adults and he couldn’t properly reach the table. Xavier too noticed this and asked the waiter to bring another chair for Ace which they did but unfortunately that didn’t suit him either. He still couldn’t reach the table and I saw how Ace’s turned red from embarrassment. He was embarrassed that he was too small and I didn’t like it even a bit.
“Can’t you see he still cannot reach the table? Get him another chair.” Xavier said angrily.
“But, Sir, we don’t have any other..” The waiter said meekly.
“What do you meant you don’t have another one? I don’t care how but get him one now!” Xavier spat out and Ace’s face reddened further if that’s even possible and so I decided to interrupt.
“It’s fine. You may leave.” I said to the waiter.
“Xavier, they don’t have any other chair and you yelling at him wouldn’t make a chair magically pop up.” I said and once again asked the waiter to leave which he did.
“Ace, sweetie, will you please come here.” I asked and he slowly stood up from his chair and walked to me with his head down. I lifted his small form and placed him on my lap.
“Ah. Now you can reach the table. Problem solved.” I said raising his chin for him to look at me. He then gave me that sweet smile of his and I tickled him making him laugh louder.
“Now let’s fill your tummy, shall we? I asked when he had calmed down from the laughing fit and he gave me a nod.
“Come on, Ace. Your Daddy is almost done with his. We can’t let him win. You gotta finish eating before him.” I said encouraging him to eat fast.
“I’m surely gonna win this.” Xavier said looking at Ace while taking a huge bite of his bacon.
“No. Ace is gonna win, right Ace?” I asked while bringing the fork toward his mouth.
“Yes, Eva. I’m gonna win it. For you.” He said with determination and quickly chewed the food.
“I have got only a bit more to finish.” Xavier said trying to motivate Ace.
“And Ace here has got lesser than you.” I said sticking my tongue out at him and he chuckled at me.
“Just one bite more, Ace, and then you will be the winner.” I said and he quickly scoffed it down.
“Yay. I won. I won. Daddy failed.. I made you proud, didn’t I, Mamma?” He asked and looked at me with chocolate sauce smeared face not realising that he had called me Mamma again.
“I didn’t make you proud?” He asked with a sad pout when I didn’t reply soon.
“Of course you did, munchkin. You made me so proud.” I said and kissed his head making him grin.
“Now you and Daddy gotta compete.” He said making my eyes widen.
“No, Ace. There’s no need of it. Moreover your Daddy is almost done with his food.” I said trying to make him back out.
“I got no problem in eating more.” Xavier said shrugging and added a little more of everything to his plate.
“Now you both can compete.” Ace said smiling.
“But I don’t want to..”
“I think she is scared she will lose, Ace. That’s why she is backing out.” Xavier said smirking.
“My Eva is not a loser. She will win, Daddy. Eva, show him what you got. Please. For me?” He pleaded.
This child is going to be the death of me!
“Yes! Now..one. Two. Three. Start!” Ace said and I hurriedly put a large chunk of food into my mouth. I knew Xavier was letting Ace win when they competed but since it’s me now he wouldn’t do the same. But I have to win. It’s a matter of pride.
“Eva, hurry up.” Ace said making me put more food into my mouth even before I can chew the previous one properly. I kicked Xavier’s leg from other the table and when he looked down to see if it was really me who kicked I added more food into his plate. Ace snickered at this but then forced his face to normal when Xavier looked up. Xavier narrowed his eyes at me seeing the added items in his plate but didn’t say anything instead he just quickened his pace of eating.
“Eva, just a bit more. You are leading.” Ace said as I had another bite making my cheeks puff out.
“She is not. I’m the one who is leading.” Xavier said smirking and I hit his leg again this time out of frustration knowing he was right.
“Stop kicking me, woman.” He said and I kicked him again and again so as to distract him from eating while I kept on stuffing my mouth.
“This is not fair.” He complained but I paid no attention to him and kept on swallowing my food. Now all I had was one bite and then I would be done. But the problem was he too had just small bite left. We were on equal position now and if I were to have this first then I would be the winner. I saw Xavier eying my plate and he in slow motion brought his fork closer to his mouth and in swift motion I put my last pancake piece in my mouth and then drank water to swallow it down quicker.
“Yay!! Eva won. My Eva won. You made me very proud.” Ace said while I just slumped onto my chair tiredly. Ace patted my cheek consolingly as if understanding my dilemma. I don’t think I can move an inch from here for hours. I was that full. I looked up at Xavier expecting to see a defeated look on him but was confused on seeing him stare at us with a smile. I shook my head at him and instead focused on cleaning the chocolate sauce off Ace’s face and he did the same for me.
We went shopping after breakfast and then went around city before going back to my home.
“I don’t want you to go.” Ace said once we reached my home.
“But I have to. We will meet soon okay?”
“Why can’t you just stay with me and Daddy?” He asked shocking me.
“Because that’s not my home. This is my home. This is where I belong.”
“No. You belong with me and Daddy in our house.” He said and I gaped at his words. Xavier had a mischievous smile on his face and I knew he wasn’t going to help me in this.
“No, Ace. This is my house and that’s yours. I gotta go now okay?”
“But I wanted to spend more time with you.”
“Maybe another time?”
“No. Now.” He said stubbornly.
“Fine. How about you hangout with me for a while in my house if your father allows?”
“I want to come too.” Xavier said and I raised my eyebrows at him.
“What? I can’t spent some more time with my friend?” He asked smirking.
“Let’s go then, Daddy.” Ace said and Xavier got out of the car even without waiting for my decision.
We settled infront of the TV and watched movies till night while munching onto popcorns and drinks that I made.
“Ace, stop playing with your food.” Xavier said to Ace at the dinner table while we were having dinner which was ordered by Xavier as I was too lazy to cook.
“Okay, Daddy.” He replied but continues to do so despite trying not to. I noticed the way he glanced at me and then the food but didn’t get was wrong with him.
“Ace.” Xavier warned.
Ace looked at his father then at me and then suddenly hopped out of his chair and came towards me. He then placed his palm on the table and tried to raise himself onto my lap. I looked at him shock and all he did was open his mouth and point at it. I looked at him confused and he realising this brought my hand holding the fork of food to his mouth and then chewed on it with a happy smile.
He wants me to feed him?
I then fed him and I stuffed my belly too. While I was eating he had snuggled to me and dozed off.
“I think we should leave now.” Xavier said looking the now sleeping Ace in my arms. I let Xavier to take him from me once we were done eating. But the little monkey clung onto me refusing to let go and so I offered to place him in the car.
“Mamma..” Ace whined in his sleep and I held in my breath hearing him call me that again. I made him sit on the car but he still held on to my right arm tightly.
“Shh..go to sleep, baby. It’s alright.” I cooed and pushed the hair out of his face. When I was sure that he won’t wake up, I slowly pulled myself away and closed the door.
“Thank you for spending your time with us today.” Xavier said holding my hand in his.
“I didn’t really have a choice, did I?” I asked with a teasing smile.
“Not really.” He admitted and I lightly punched his stomach which made him grin.
“I’ll see you soon, Best friend.” He said and pressed a kiss on my knuckles.
“Best friend? Since when?”
“Don’t I get say in this?”
“Do you want me to get on my knees and ask you to be my best friend now?”
“It would be nice of you to do so.” I said with a laugh.
“You are so silly at times.” I said wrapping my arms around his shoulders in a hug and he just pulled me closer and didn’t let go for what felt like hours.
“See you soon, Angel.” He said reluctantly pulling away and then he left.
Almost every Sunday from then Xavier forced me to go out with them for breakfast. I met Xavier more often especially since I’m working on his building and he has grown on me and I wasn’t sure if that was a good thing. Ace as always is a sweet little child. There are often times where he unintentionally calls me ‘Mamma’ but surprisingly enough I have got used to it that it doesn’t faze me now.
“Me and You. A date. Tonight at 7. Be ready. I will pick you up.” Xavier said with seriousness after one of our meetings.
“What?” I shouted in confusion.
“See you at seven, Angel.” He said and kissed my cheek before walking away.
What the hell?
Going home I decided to treat myself with chocolate cake and unlike my ice cream plan I had all the stuffs that I needed in my house since I always bake something or other.
Dancing to ‘Closer’ by The Chainsmokers, I mixed up the batter and then licked the spatula unintentionally spreading it all over my face.
I heard the doorbell ring and let out a frustrated sigh. Why wouldn’t anyone let me have some ‘Eva time’?
“I’m coming!” I yelled hearing the bell ring repeatedly. I stormed up to the door and pulled the door open intending yell at them for ringing the bell repeatedly.
“What the hell are you doing here?” I asked seeing a well dressed up Xavier.
“You look gorgeous.” He said huskily and I shut my eyes tightly after glancing at my attire. An oversized shirt and shorts.
I wonder what he thinks about my chocolate face mask.
“You forgot about our date.” He said accusingly.
“You didn’t ask me to go. So I ain’t going anywhere. Now shoo. I gotta a cake to bake.” I said and moved towards the kitchen hoping he would get the point and leave me the hell alone.
“Yes, you are. Now go get ready. Well.. I actually don’t mind your present attire but I wouldn’t appreciate everyone staring at you and I know you won’t either.” He said following me to the kitchen while I put the cake batter in the oven for baking.
“Can’t you see I’m busy? Leave me alone.”
“No. Get ready now.” He ordered.
“No. Not until you politely ask me. And moreover we are friends so we can’t go on dates.”
“Yes, we can. So will you be kind enough to go out with me tonight?” He asked cupping my face and despite trying not to I found myself giving in mostly because I knew he would just pick me up and leave if I objected.
“Alright. Now stop giving me that look. I’ll come just because food is involved. Wait, there will be food involved right?”
“Of course. So get changed.”
I quickly changed into a simple gown and put on light makeup but went with blood red lipstick and left my wavy hair as such.
I walked down the stairs in my heels and saw Xavier in the kitchen taking the cake out of the oven. I cleared my throat to grab his attention and he turned around abruptly.
“You..you look beautiful, Angel.” He said looking dazed.
“I know. I know.” I replied smirking.
“Let’s go?” He asked smiling.
I asked him where we were going and he decided to be cliche and said it’s a surprise. Turns out he was taking me to a fancy restaurant.
As if I didn’t guess that!
The restaurant was booked for just us and a romantic setup was made.
It’s his restaurant after all! *eye roll*
The food was brought and was well served. I had ordered lasagna and it looked delicious. Excited I took a large bite and soon regretted.
How the hell can anyone make a lasagna this spicy?!
I spit it back into a napkin not able to swallow it down and then began coughing like a wheezing dolphin.
Does dolphins even wheeze?
“Eva.” Xavier called out concerned and rushed to my side. He yelled out for a glass of milk.
“Here drink this.” He said and brought the glass to my mouth. After few gulps I was fine and alive.
“You okay, Angel?” He asked softly and I nodded in reply.
How people comes to his restaurant if this how they make food?
Xavier took my fork to taste my food and though I tried to stop him he ate it giving me a reassuring smile. His reaction though was not exactly like mine it was somewhat similar. He too spat it and then drank from the very same glass I had drank.
Xavier summoned the manager and spoke angrily to him.
“I’m sorry, Sir. We hired the new cook just today since the main cook is on emergency leave. He made a small mistake but I assure you it won’t be repeated again.” The manager said nervously.
“Small mistake? You call this small mistake?! What if her body reacted very badly to this horrible food that you have served, huh? What then?” Xavier yelled and I saw the manger flinch.
“Xavier, calm down. It’s okay. I’m fine. Everyone makes mistakes.” I said gently and held his hand trying to calm him down.
“Shh. I told you it’s fine, didn’t I? Then that means it’s fine.” I said firmly. He continued to glare at the manager and I placed my head on his stomach as I was still sitting and he was standing beside me. I felt his arm wrap around me holding my head to his stomach and not letting go. He ran his hand through my hair and eventually after sometime calmed down.
“Get her another. But this time it must be perfect or else everyone including the cook and you will be fired.” Xavier threatened and the manager ran to get it done as if his ass was on fire.
I tried to pull away but he held me firmly and I let out a sigh. Few minutes later he slowly pulled away and went on his knees.
“Can I have this dance?”
“Hmm..how about no?” I said chuckling but he just got up and pulled me up along with him.
And we danced.
We moved around the whole area and making steps of our own and I hate to admit that I enjoyed it as I usually am not so comfortable with dancing.
Again my food came and this time Xavier tasted it first and he approved.
“Is it okay or do I have to ask them bring another one again?” Xavier asked after I took my first bite.
“This. Is. Perfect.”
It was true. Though the other one was horrible this tasted amazing.
After dinner I suggested we walk around the empty streets for a while and Xavier agreed on it though at first he hesitated and said it was not safe.
“Does Ace know I’m with you?” I asked while we were walking side by side.
“No. If he did then he would have wanted to come with me but then it wouldn’t be a date.” He said with a shrug.
“That’s cruel. It would have been more fun if he was here.”
“Maybe next time. We will have a family outing.” He said smiling and I punched his shoulder in reply to his ‘family outing’.
“This is actually the perfect time to dance.” I suggested.
“Really? You are saying that you want to dance with me? Few hours ago I had to force you. Woah. Today is my lucky day.” He said looking delighted.
“Don’t make me regret my words, Mr. Xavier.”
“This dance is different. We are gonna interchange our roles. You are gonna be the female and I’m gonna be the male.”
“I’m not sure about this but okay…”
Anyone seeing us would laugh their ass off especially by seeing Xavier place his hand on my neck and me leading the dance. Wearing heels came to my advantage but even then he was taller than me.
We slowly swayed around and then I twirled him once. Twice. Thrice. And maybe five more time while laughing to myself.
“Stop twirling me.” He groaned out.
“Nah. Now again. Again. Again. Now dip.”
And ladies and gentlemen that’s how Xavier and I ended up laying on the ground.
He hadn’t expected it and had lost his grip and we both tumbled but he managed to get my arm which was around his waist away saving it from scratches and wounds by hitting on the hard ground.
I heard him groan and looked at him and at the same he looked at me laying on him.
I saw his eyes twinkling with laughter and I knew he found it funny as I did.
And we laughed like we have never before. The few minutes was spend laughing and then I slumped against him breathing heavily.
“You okay?” I asked after a while.
“Yeah..That was fun. We should do it again another time.” He said chuckling.
“God..no!” I said chuckling and tried to get up but Xavier tightened his arms wound around me. But I managed to wiggle out.
“Not so soon.” He said groaning and extended one of arm towards me. He is more of a kid than Ace!
“No, Xavier. Get up. We gotta go. It’s getting late.”
“But it’s comfortable.”
“Xavier..we are laying on dirty ground. Now get up.” I ordered with hands on my hip.
“Okay...help me up. My back aches.” He said and I tugged in his hand but he just pulled me back to him and then sat down with me on his lap.
“Xavier, you asshole. You backbiting bitch!”
“Xavier!! This is ridiculous. Let me get up.”
“Xavier..you are being a jerk right now.”
“Xavier...I’m feeling sick.” I mumbled and it was only then his grip loosened. He turned me around and placed his hand on my forehead to see if I have got fever.
“You don’t have fever..but you look very pale.” He said looking really concerned and I felt bad about lying.
“Hey..I was just kidding, you know? I’m not feeling sick. I lied to get out of your hold and now... tada.. I did.” I said jumping out of his arms and gave him large smile.
“But you look pale.”
“Maybe because of the cold.” I said and only then did I realise how cold I was feeling especially on this thin sleeveless gown.
“Come on then. We can’t have you sick.” He said and hurried us to his car after making me wear his jacket. He then took several clothings from his bag which was in the car and then came to me with them to make me wear all of it.
A sweatshirt. A sweater. A jacket. A muffler. A shawl. Gloves. A beanie. A pair of new socks. And lastly a blanket.
“You must be kidding me.”
“What? You still cold?” He asked looking concerned.
“Xavier, I take back my words. I’m not feeling cold. With all these items on me I’m sweating like a pig. Why do you carry these around anyways?”
“I had forgotten to take it out of the car after my last trip. Trust me, they are clean. And so you are not removing any of the clothing.” He said with finality and got in the drivers seat while I was already seated in the passenger seat.
And you know what the devil did first thing he got in the car?
He put the heater on.
Screw you, Jackass.
After a torturous minutes of car ride feeling like I was drowning in my own sweat, we finally reached my house and I literally ran inside and got rid of the blanket, jackets and sweatshirts off me.
“Hey! What the hell are you doing? Put them back on.” Xavier said entering to my house.
“No. I’m fine!”
“No. You are not!”
“Yes, I am.”
“Angel, don’t fight with me. ”
“Xavier.” I whined.
“At least one sweatshirt?”
“Only one.” He confirmed and I wore it just for his sake.
“Wait a minute.” I said and ran to the kitchen. The devil not knowing the meaning of ‘wait’ followed me. I cut the cake and packed few pieces and turned to Xavier .
“Give them to Ace, please.” I said and gave it to him.
“Sure, but what about me?” He asked fake pouting.
And I took a large piece and stuffed it in his mouth. He struggled to eat it without bits falling out of mouth.
“Thanks for feeding me, Love.” He said kissing my cheek leaving the chocolate icing on my face and escaped before I could sass him.
Icing spreading, Pig!