Love and life 4

Maybe it was me but it really felt like Dean was acting strange the whole day. After lunch I couldn’t take it anymore and I guess he felt the same way too so when I walked up to him after lunch he said sorry. “For what?” I asked. “For not telling you that you looked like Adel. I guess you are passed off too.” He added. I raised an eye brow. “What did she say?” I asked curiously. When Dean dragged his words I knew he didn’t want to talk about it. I told him I had gotten over it. Somehow he thought we would both be amused. “She thinks you may like me too because we look alike right? Tell her not to worry, you are not my type.” I said frankly and walked away. I heard him call out to me but I wasn’t in the mood to listen to him. Dean and his girlfriend had never appeared more childish to me.

That evening as I went home I noticed Henry’s car parked in front of his office. I really considered paying him a visit but I honestly didn’t know what I would say then I remembered a trick I read online. I dropped off at his office and after explaining a good deal to the security man he finally allowed me to see Henry. “I didn’t know I had to go through so much to see you.” I said trying to sound casual but not quite getting it right. “I’m a big deal.” He said and smiled. He was so charming. Even with his reading glasses on. He got up and walked towards me. Was he going to kiss me? I asked myself with my heart slightly racing.

He walked past me to his cabinet and picked a file. I shook my head at my wishful thoughts and sat down. It was time to act. “I think I dropped something in your car the other time.” I said. Before Henry could say anything a tall guy walked in. He looked at me and nodded when I said hello. “Gilly as you can see today I’m a bit busy.” Henry said, looking at me. Gilly looked at me again and just stared until Henry laughed and introduced me to him. “My goodness I almost swore you were Adel.” He finally confessed and I giggled. “Do you have any plans for the evening?” Gilly asked. I shook my head and Henry frowned. “That’s good. So you can join us. We are getting Henry drunk tonight.” Gilly said. Henry didn’t look very amused. “Doris needs me to do some stuff for her at her place. Gilly we can do this another time.” He protested. I decided to play along. Gilly just shook his head and took a reincheck. Before he left the office he turned to me and said “Henry has a second sister now. Whoosh!” Henry threw a paper ball at him and he laughed.

We walked to the car park to look for the thing I ‘dropped’ in Henry’s car. I learnt this trick about a year ago. You leave something at your crush’s place and either have him bring it to you or go for it. In no time at all I found my little note book. Unfortunately I didn’t remember what to do after I retrieved the item. “Found it. Thanks.” I said awkwardly. Henry nodded and locked his car. “I’ll see you later then.” He said. “That was cold.” There was a nice side to him but his cold side wasn’t fun at all. I looked at my watch. “It’s almost 9pm. How about you walk me home? ” I asked. He shook his head and got into his car. “I’ll drop you off. I need to come back and finish some work.” He said. It wasn’t what I expected but it was better than nothing. I hopped into the front seat and we were off. I saw some papers on the seat and turned them over to look at what was written on them but before I could read anything Henry snatched them from me. “It’s just work stuff. So which way do we go?” He asked looking straight ahead. This was getting worse by the minute thanks to Mr workaholic.

In less than 5 minutes we were in front of my little apartment. “Thanks.” I said when Henry turned to look at me. I opened the door and walked out. My plan didn’t go well at all. “Doris.” Henry called. I turned around swiftly. He got out of his car and walked to me. “I don’t know if I’m reading wrongly into this but I’m not sure I’m…” He started and from nowhere at all two men on a motor bike appeared with cutlases. They where near us before I could get into the car or my apartment. “Shit.” Henry said.

“Bring your phones, wallets and the car keys now!” one yelled. Henry stood in front of me. I was surprised at how calm he was. It’s almost like he wasn’t afraid of getting hurt. I looked at the cutlass and knife they were holding and shook my head. “You have messed with the wrong women!?” I said and pulled out a gun from my bag. I pointed it at them and they fled without saying another word.

Henry turned to look at the gun and back to me. “Don’t worry it’s not real. It’s a prop. My cousin is a director, I got it from him. ” I said smiling. I showed him the sticker behind the gun. “What? Goodness even I fell for it!” Henry said and we both laughed. “That’s really cool. You should get me one but it will probably be useless soon.” He said taking the gun from me and examining it. “What do you mean?” I asked. He just shrugged but his expression had really changed.

“What were you saying earlier?” I asked. Henry turned to look at me. “I don’t know how to say this.” He started. “You don’t like me. There, I said it for you. It’s kind of obvious.” I cut in. He froze. “It’s not that. Its just that you look…” He explained then I realised Gilly was right. He couldn’t date me because I looked like his little sister. “Hey I get it. Anyways you need to go. I may not be able to pull this trick off twice.” I said collecting the gun from him and putting it into my bag. He wanted to explain but what could he say? “Yea sure. Err, goodnight then.” He said and left. Maybe it was for the best but I was really hurt.

I warned Dean not to talk about Henry anymore. I didn’t want to hear about Adel either but that was just impossible. One evening when we closed from work I was just about to leave the office when I saw Adel. I managed to smile and said a friendly hello. She nodded and signalled to have a word with me. “Dean is in the bosses office.” I said. “Yes I know. I’m just waiting for him here. So I hear things didn’t work out with you and my brother.” She said.

I stared at her for a while. For some reason she looked unhappy but it made sense. Since I’m not with her brother she still has to worry about Dean liking me. So petty, this girl. “Nope.” I said, taking a step closer to the exit. I really wasn’t interested in discussing my rejection with her. “So what now? Are you guys going to remain friends though?” She asked. I wondered what she thought her words would achieve. “Who knows. You know what, I’d like to chat but I really have to leave. ” I said. Adel didn’t seem happy at all. She nodded and I stormed out of the office


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