Chapter 4

He ended the call and changed directions.

Me: whoa where are you taking me?

Him: to the hospital

Me: can you at least drop me off first?

Him: do you know who that was? That was my sister. Our mother had an operation today which was a matter of life or death. And as you heard my sister crying on the other side of the line she’s gone

I kept quiet. He was driving so fast I was holding onto my sit even. We got to the hospital and he parked and rushed inside living me sitting there. So what now Lala? You left with a stranger and you far from home or Ari’s home. how are you even going to get home now? –At that moment I wished I could slap my sub because it was asking me questions I couldn’t answer. The car wasn’t locked and if I took my things and left then chances are thieves might steal his things. Ok what now? his wallet was sitting on the cup holder between the seats I took it and opened it looking for his id. His name was Tobias Evans and he was 26 funny cause he didn’t look it. I took out my phone and it was off battery had died. I looked for a cable and all I could find was an iPhone cable the latest one and here I was with an iPhone 4 so I was doomed. After a good 2 hours he finally walked out with a beautiful skinny woman with midnight blue hair it was navy-ish and it suited her. they shared a hug and he came to his car and he started the engine.

Him: so where am I dropping you off?

Me: my friend’s place on 5th avenue

Him: that’s where we come from

Me: yep

Him: why your friend’s place and not your home?

Me: got kicked out of home

Him: what did you do?

Me: what’s with the 21 questions?

Him: uhhm maybe because I know that a normal parent wouldn’t just harbour another woman’s child without asking such questions

Me: well you not my parent or my friend’s parents

Him: I see why you were kicked out.

Me: excuse me?

Him: we’ll start at my place I need to change and don’t worry. It’s around here

I didn’t even have the strength to argue. We parked in front of the biggest house I had ever seen. It was the type you only saw on magazines or something. We walked out and went inside and the inside was even more beautiful. I sat in the kitchen on the counter chairs. After a while he came back wearing a sweater and sweatpants and carrying clothes in his hands.

Him: I don’t know if these will fit but you need to change before you catch a cold. There’s a bathroom down the hall on your left

I look at the clothes.

Me: whose are they?

Him: they belong to my late sister

My uniform was partially wet and pride wasn’t going to work here so I took the clothes and went to change. It was a tracksuit navy velvet with a pair of an all-white airmax. Everything suited me perfectly. I walked out and he was on the phone. He said his goodbyes after noticing me.

Him: I knew these would fit

Me: I’m sorry about your mother

Him: she’s in a much better place.

I nodded.

Him: I never got your name

Me: you never asked for it

Him: ok. My name is Tobias Evans and what’s yours?

Me: Yolanda Graham

Him: nice to meet you Landa

Me: likewise velvet with a pair of an all-white airmax. Everything suited me perfectly. I walked out and he was on the phone. He said his goodbyes after noticing me.

Him: I knew these would fit

Me: I’m sorry about your mother

Him: she’s in a much better place.

I nodded.

Him: I never got your name

Me: you never asked for it

Him: ok. My name is Tobias Evans and what’s yours?

Me: Yolanda Graham

Him: nice to meet you Landa

Me: likewise Toby

Him: its Tobias.

With that he walked out and held the door for me. I walked out and we drove off to Ari’s house. He dropped me off and I took my suitcase with me.

Him: will you be safe here?

Me: of cause

Him: are you sure?

Me: yes I’m sure.

I got to the door and he was dragging my suitcase for me. said he wanted to make sure that I was safe. I rang the doorbell and then the door swung open. Before me stood the man who took away my innocence. For a minute I thought I was on the wrong door step but nope it was the right place because of the interior

Me: what are you doing here?

Him: visiting my sister and nieces and nephews. What are you doing here? And who is this man you with?

I pushed him out of the way and walked in shouting for Ivy’s name. she was in the lounge with Ari’s mom Ari and Ari’s big brother.

A.mom: hey honey what’s with the shouting?

Me: Ivy go fetch your things we leaving

Ari: friend what’s going on?

Me: Ivy. NOW!

Ari: Landa you scaring me and Ivy too. what’s going on?

Me: why don’t you ask your uncle

I was so pissed and even trembling. How did I miss this piece of information? How did I not know that the man who stole my innocence was my best friend’s uncle? I walked upstairs to Ari’s room and Ivy was sitting on the bed crying

Me: where is your bag?

Ivy: Lala what’s going on?

Me: I’ll tell you later. Let’s just leave

Ari walked in and closed the door and locked it behind her

Her: you not leaving here until you tell me what’s going on

Me: Ari I don’t have time for this

Ari: you can’t just storm into my home and start shouting Landa. What is it?

Me: it was him ok. your uncle. It was him

Ari: it was him?

Me: he took away my innocence Ariana. I was only 10

I didn’t even have any tears in me.

Me: he threatened he would go after my sister if I didn’t do it Ri

She shook her head in disbelief

Me: please open the door

She handed me the key while clearly still in shock and I opened the door and let myself out. I was drained in all aspects. When I got downstairs everyone was waiting anxiously to hear the reason for my outburst but I didn’t say anything instead outside I found Toby standing outside he’s car talking on the phone yet again he helped us with our bags and we got inside and he drove off in silence. We got to his house and we got off he took both our bags and we went in. I asked that Ivy wait in the lounge I wanted to talk to toby.

Him: so this is what’s going to happen. I don’t know what you going through and I won’t ask. A matriculate shouldn’t be going through such. so you and your sister are going to live with me until you go off to university ok?

Me: why are you doing this?

Him: would you rather I take you to social services instead?

I shook my head

Him: I’m doing this because I have a good hurt and it’s in my nature to help people. Come I’ll show you where you guys will be sleeping. He showed us a room with a double bed and had everything in it.

Him: this used to be my sisters room. I haven’t had the time to clean it out so I’m hoping you’ll make do and then this weekend we can go buy you guys bed covers that are more your style or whatever.

Me: thank you Tobias

Him: now I don’t expect much from you either than good results. I have a cleaner who comes in 3 times a day but since there’s you guys she’ll be here every day. I am hardly ever home because I’m always travelling and my big sister the one at the hospital comes over every day when I’m not around to feed the dogs. Everything else we will talk it through as we go on.

I just nodded.

Him: will you two be ok here alone? I need to be somewhere

I nodded again

Him: there’s food in the cupboard meat in the freezer and yeah I don’t know what else you might need. Oh and there’s snacks too. you will familiarize yourself with everything else. Bye Red

With that he walked out. my hair was copper red so hence the red thingy. I went downstairs and joined my little sister

Her: who is he and what are you doing to him for him to be this nice to us?

Me: I met him today after mom kicked me out and he said he doesn’t want anything from me

Her: why don’t I believe that? Man always want something. they want one thing

Me: I love you Ivy but I’m writing tomorrow morning and I need to practise

With that I went to our room and practised until I passed out. I woke up when I felt someone pick me up I have a fear of heights and that fear includes being picked up too. never been a fan of being in the air or having my feet dangle.


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