Love-Unexpectedly Found.

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
Sometimes love is not what we ever have in our to-do list of life.It just happens.
The last place kate wanted to look for love was in her contract husband and best friend.She didnt even realize when it happened,but it did.The question is,will she realize it before its too late?What if someone else comes into his life?
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Submitted: October 17, 2011

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Submitted: October 17, 2011

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“ You know that it’s a contract right?” Zaym asked me.

A contract to protect me from my parents forcing me to marry where they wanted- to protect me from Zack(more on that I will explain later)-in return what did he ever want,I never got round to finding out. He just said he wanted his family to know that he’d married me so that they may get off his back trying to persuade him into marrying for money- where they wanted. At least that’s what he always said. Now that both of our troubles were over- I didn’t want the ‘contract’ to be over. Ever.

“Then, what in the world are you so melancholy about?? You should know better of me than to assume that I would ever force you into anything.”

“You know that’s not what I worry about.” I sighed quietly. what I wanted he might never want. I had already given him troubles enough for a lifetime. It was only fair if he got his release-and got it soon. Of course all this care-part of it was a prop-I couldn’t be silly enough to believe it was heartfelt no matter how I wished otherwise, and a still larger part I believed was his generosity.

"You are going to be fine Kate,I promise you that.”

“That’s what you think upsets me!!” I cried, almost losing control. He was going to drive me crazy one of these days.

Then more calmly I said “I am not worried about anything!You get that??Stop it!I know I am nothing but trouble for you, I know how much of a bother I have been to you, I know that you are so …. so kind and nice- but stop it-for God’s sake Zaym-stop it!I cant stand it!I wish we had never met, I wish I could tell you how sorry I am to have made you suffer like this.i know its just for my sake that you have had to put up with this farcade for this long. I told you not to help me,and now I am so sorry you are.... stuck up with me Zaym!” I hadn’t realized that by now tears were streaming across my cheeks.

“Kate!” the way he said my name,it seemed like a whip had cut through his flesh-the hurt was obvious,the pain plain. I had never hated myself so much.

Just then,as he was about to say something else,the door opened and Mr Jeffery came in. The lawyer. My blood pressure got so low that I was about to faint. We pretended that all was well between the two of us. After a short discussion he told us,that tomorrow he would finalize the papers and we would be done. Zaym sat on the sofa across from me, his face grave,his lips silent. I was expressionless,my heart heavy. I vowed not to cry until alone in my bedroom. After all,this was what had always been planned out between the two of us. From the very start.

Zaym had married me to save my life. I hadn’t ever wanted to marry-i didnt believe in love-so he had said that as soon as I would be safe, we would part ways-part as friends. From what started as hatred, when it developed into something sacred and pure and virtuous, I couldn’t be sure. He had been with me through the darkest period of my life. If it wasn’t for him I don’t know what would have become of me-Zack would probably have had me killed. But he had prevented that. When I was in hiding and the village people threatened to burn me alive,if I didn’t marry-for it was the custom there that no young girl could be allowed to live alone- it was he who happened to find me there and pretend that we were fiancées.when the village people were still not satisfied, he told them that he would prove that by marrying me right there. And so he did that day.

Next day he came home and handed me my tickets that would help me fly to my parents in another country. “Wait, I will go get my wallet” I told him.

He gave me a look of surprise and disbelief ,“You seriously think I would ever take money from you?”

“ I want you to. Please do.”

“You keep it ,you are going to need it on the journey. Besides I am your husband until…..you know.” He tried to fake a smile.

I smiled civilly in return. What else could I do? I wished I could tell him how he, with all his strengths and perfections and imperfections had become my weakess. But he seemed not to want that. Sometimes he gave me the impression that he was even eager for it-for the parting of ways. I had done enough damage in his life already.

God, how I loved him!

“Umm.Kate?”

“Yes.”

“I am going out for a while. Mr Jeffery is going to be here any moment…..you sign those papers first and then you….you can do whatever you want….don't wait for me, I wont be back for…..quite some time.You should go home.”

“zaym,are you alright?”

“lock the doors please.”,he said ignoring my question.

*************************************************************************************************************************************Mr Jeffery came and went leaving the papers with me. I had no heart even to look at them. but Zaym never came. I waited and waited. The time for my flight passed-he still didn’t show up. I didn’t want to go without a farewell-yet he seemed not to care.I then, started to get worried. He had never even been late before. I was having a panic attack-some sixth sense telling me there was something to be worried about…..

It was then that his friend, Taylor came and took me to the hospital.

There they were just taking him into the Operation Theatre .i was crying uncontrollably,having hysterics, when he told me about how Zaym had been shot-shot by Zack when he had refused to tell Zack about my whereabouts.But Zack was now in police custody-to be hanged tomorrow being an escaped prisoner.

Those two hours,I made up my mind-I couldn’t leave him,he might never be able to love me-I won't ask for that. I would just be his friend, his companion, the caretaker of his house-whatever he wished.I just never wanted to leave him alone.Ever again. Of course,he might one day fall in love-want to get married to someone. I wouldn’t stand in his way. Never again. Oh God please make him well again……

Finally the doctor came out and said “ I am sorry.”

As my legs gave away,just in time, a nurse caught me. “Sorry that we couldn’t save his right arm. The bullet from his chest has been removed-no worries there- but the damage done to his right arm,I am afraid to say, is much more than it should’ve been. With time his arm may regain its strength but its hard to say now…”

I was so relieved that his life was saved that I couldn’t help but cry out of joy. That he could live was a joy unlike any I had ever known before.

As he lay unconscious on the ward bed that night, I held his hand throughout. The room was small but comfortable. I kissed his hand and sat on the floor so that I might rest my eyes on his left hand and held his right one on to my cheek.

I don’t know how long I sat like that, that I heard my name called by the most beautiful voice in the world. “Kate…”

“Zaym I am here, its alright, its alright.”

“Water..”

“Here, take it, you can sit up straight, the doctors say that you should be good now, you are recovering fast”, I forgot being embarrassed by my pose.

The nurse came and gave him some medicines.As she left, he was about to drink the water with his left hand when I took the glass from him.

“Don’t you know that you should drink with your right hand?”

“My right hand..” he smiled sadly.

“My hands are your hands from now onwards,you get that?”

Then I held the glass to his lips while he drank.

***********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************The next day he was quiet. As I drove him home he asked “I thought you would have left……why didn’t you?”

"No Zaym,you did not think that i would be gone."

"And what makes you think so?"

"When in delirium,just before returning to your senses you were saying my name-calling me."

He remained quiet for a moment then asked,

"Thats not an answer to my queation.Why didnt you leave Kate?"

“Did you want me to?” I replied with another question,as we entered the house.

He didn’t reply.

“You should rest now”

“ I am not tired.” He said.

“Please?” I begged.

He didn’t argue,but went upstairs. After half an hour I followed with some lunch.

He was asleep. I put the tray on the table and lay down next to him. I wished he would tell me what he was thinking.

Finally I couldn’t bear it any longer.I bent down to kiss him. Hesitantly I bent down. Just as we were an inch apart he opened his eyes. I froze. Then without moving an inch from where I was I whispered,

“You wanted to know why I didn’t leave.”

I wanted to say something more but suddenly my eyes were filled up.He put his fingers on my lips. “Its okay,you know.You can leave now if you feel like it”.

“Do me a favour,zaym.”

“Yeah?”

“Shut the hell up.”

He laughed. an easy laugh it seemed.

“One more” i asked.

“Anything”

“Promise?”

“Promise.”

“Tell me exactly what you are thinking.”

“You would tell me to shut up”

“Zaym you know what?i am not here because of some compulsion as you believe that I am.”

“Thankyou.”

“Now you can shut up.” I said, “Zaym I am sorry-so sorry about the other day-please forgive me I was so mad,I said stuff to you..” my voice quivered.

“Sshhh!Hey don’t cry!You can say whatever stuff you feel like, to me ANYTIME.You get that?” He said putting his arm around me.

Throughout that time, I was his right hand. I wasn’t doing this because I was indebted to him.

I wished there was any way I could tell him that.

***********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************The next week ruby came. She was a cousin of his whom I was seeing for the first time.

The way she hugged him it was obvious that she wanted to be something more too.

Once I came to the room and found her on my bed talking to zaym, who seemed disinterested. I was…..well human I curtly told her that I wanted to rest and she can go to her own room.

After she was gone I said to zaym “How do you feel?”

“Better”

“Zaym, can I ask you something?”

“Do you need permission.?You are my wife after all….” He smiled.

“Do you want to marry her?”

He just stared at me.

“If you do I just want to say that I am fine with that.”

“No you are not he replied, stop lying to yourself kate”

“What?zaym..no, I am not jealous. You can do whatever comes to your mind-fine?like I even care.”

“You mean you don’t care for me?”

“Never did!Why should I?”

Then came the unexpected.

He took my face in his hands and kissed me.Kissed me like….like he really did love me.

“I love you too” he said.

I kissed him back.

“I was so afraid you wouldn’t love me that I never confessed kate-I never helped you out of courtesy. I loved you since I don’t know when.I just wanted you to be happy, and I knew you wouldn’t …….would you really want to be my wife?”

And then I cried.

“More than anything else!!And I thought you wanted to get rid of me!!Oh how the thought tormented me!”

Suddenly darkness crossed his face. He pointed to his right hand and said “But you deserve better than that..”

“It is you I want Zaym-full and complete.Dont you ever dare insult my love, even by thinking like that again!You are going to get better,ok?And even if not, it wont matter to me. Maybe it will be my excuse to stay by your side always.” Then I lifted his hand kissed it before finally resting it against my face.

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