Amanda arrived at the hospital an hour later with Peter.
When they arrived, Desmond and Vanessa were talking in the VIP care room that Odeya is.
Amanda instantly knew she is Vanessa and was surprised to see her weeping.
A nurse who directed them left immediately and the door was closed.
‘She’s so beautiful.’ Amanda admitted.
Vanessa on seeing Amanda and Peter, made use of her handkerchief. She wiped her tears and looked away towards Odeya.
Desmond on seeing Amanda stood up and walked to her. Right there, he took her hand.
“She’ll be fine.” he said to her.
Amanda looked into his eyes before nodding and turning to Vanessa who wasn’t looking at them.
Peter widened his eyes at the suspicious move between Amanda and Desmond.
Desmond didn’t let go of Amanda’s hand as she walked to Odeya’s bed were she lay, sleeping while on drip. Her two feet’s bandaged.
She sat down at the bed edge and that was when Desmond let go of her hand.
Amanda caressed Odeya’s fair smooth face then sighed sadly.
“How could you do this Deya. You shouldn’t have, I’m so sorry that you are hurt. It’s all my fault that I failed as your nanny,” Amanda said.
“You didn’t. Don’t say that my love,” Desmond said and placed his hand on her shoulder leaving both Peter and Vanessa dumbfounded.
‘Did he just say ‘My love?’
‘I was right about the move!’ Peter said within. Looking at them in awe.
Vanessa finally looked up at Amanda and she couldn’t just hold her tears. she stood up.
“I need to use the restroom.” she said and walked out of the room to avoid bursting into tears again in front of Amanda and Peter.
There was a long moment of silence except for the silence whimpers of Amanda. Sad and in tears to see Odeya hurt that much.
Desmond placed his hand on her shoulder trying to calm her down as she took Deya’s hand and held in hers.
“She must be in a lot of pain.” Amanda said then raised Deya’s hand and kissed it. “I missed you Deya”
Just then, deya’s eyelids Began opening slowly.
“She’s wake.” Amanda said and called her.
Deya opened her eyes and smiled at Amanda.
“Deya are you alright?” Amanda asked.
“My feets hurt,” she said in an inaudible voice.
“My baby,” Desmond called taking her hand.
“Dad.. Nanny” deya called. “I miss you both.” she said then closed her eyes again.
Desmond felt tears in his eyes.
(Fast forward🕐 Three days later)
Odeya had just been brought home from the hospital but being carried on a wheelchair.
Amanda had slept in the hospital for three days, taking care of Odeya.
Vanessa left the country the next day after dropping a goodbye message to Desmond.
It was short.
💬I will miss you forever Desmond, take care of Odeya. Train her not to ever be like me.
I hope she forgive me for being a bad mother to her.
I can see you have found a mother for her already. She is beautiful and I’m glad Odeya loves her. I wish you a happy life with your family. Goodbye Desmond. If we meet again, let’s not forget to say ‘hi’ 💬
She couldn’t show up again to Odeya. She left right from when she stormed out of the room. She didn’t return..
“Welcome back home honey” Desmond said as they wheeled Deya into the house.
The sitting-room was filled with a lot of decorations and pictures of Odeya.
Amanda showed up with a pink teddy bear.
“Ta da!” she said and handed it to Deya.
“Aw I like it. Thank you nanny” Deya said.
Desmond raised a book to her face. “Get well soon and we would go on a holiday to Dubai” he said.
“Oh my dad. Of course I will.” She said.
“Another surprise.” Jimi said emerging from the kitchen to the sitting room with Jeremy on a wheelchair.
At the hospital Jimi visited with flowers and chocolate from Jeremy.
But she wasn’t expecting to see him in their house. What a surprise.
“Jeremy, I’m happy to see you” Odeya said.
“I’m happy to see you too” Jeremy said.
Mrs Monica, Jeremy’s mom and Amanda’s mom all emerged from the kitchen with trays of meal in their hands.
Odeya was so surprised. “I was wondering why grandma didn’t come to pick me up. Dad who is she?” Deya asked, referring to Amanda’s mom.
Desmond looked at Amanda who smiled at deya.
“My mom,” Amanda answered.
“Your mom?” Deya asked, wondering why her nanny’s mom is there with them.
“Give me a minute everyone.” Desmond said and turned to Amanda.
Everywhere went silence. Even peter and I.k had come in.
Desmond looked into Amanda’s eyes and Amanda wondered what he’s about to say.
‘Do he want to introduce me as his girlfriend?” she wondered.
“She’s one of a kind..”he began.. Everywhere was silence just like a graveyard.
“She’s the kind of woman every man could dream to have”
Amanda was loosing her breath.
She could barely stand.
He took her hand.. “I want to get married to you Amanda.. You can’t say no to me but I wanna know who wouldn’t want me to among them.” he said then turned to them.
“I’m about proposing to her right now, any one against it?” he asked them.
“Go on my son! You picked the right woman.” Lady Monica said with a wide smile.
Desmond looked at Amanda’s mom who was filled with a smiling face. He looked at the rest who had same smile then lastly he looked at Odeya who wasn’t smiling.
“Except you?” he asked her.
“You should have told me before now dad.” she said.
“I’m sorry baby.” Desmond said.
“Anyway! I knew she love you but never thought you could love her back.” Deya said.
“I’m sorry it happened baby.” Desmond said.
Deya looked at Amanda who was lost in thought.
“Can I ever stop calling you my nanny? That’d be hard to. Anyway, I will try.” she said then turned to her dad. “Dad, what are you still waiting for?”
Desmond smiled and turned to Amanda who was already in tears.
He took out a ring box in his pocket, opened it to reveal a golden ring glittering beautifully in the box.
“My world would be complete with you Amanda. You are everything I need in a woman. You are the rare gem, beautiful and unique. Don’t say no to me please. Let’s get married and be together, forever. I promise to be the best man and husband, father and companion that you want.. Please marry me Chimamanda Ekeh.” he said.
Amanda couldn’t even see the ring clearly cos her eyed were covered in tears.
Jimi and Lady Monica had already took out their phone and were already videoing.
But they were beyond shock when Amanda shook her head. “I’m sorry but can’t say yes to you now. Let’s not rush things. It’s only two weeks. I Can’t become your fianceé this fast. Let’s take time. I’ll be your girlfriend and a very good friend and nanny to Odeya. In few months time, ask me to be your wife and I will.”
Lady Monica brought down her phone with a disappointed look on her face but jimi was still videoing.
Amanda’s mom had a face that says -you-are-right-my-daughter.
Desmond breathed out and looked at the ring, closed back the box and looked into Amanda’s eyes.
“I’m sorry for rushing this up. I didn’t have a second thought about it.” he said.
“You don’t have to be. It was beautiful.” Amanda said then without minding the audience, she went on her toes and kissed Desmond.
Jeremy’s mom was the first to clap then the rest joined, from Amanda’s mom to Jeremy, to Odeya, to Jimi and lastly to Lady Monica who wasn’t that happy.
She could have just said ‘yes’
‘Anyway, they will have to marry before the end of this year.’ she concluded within.
The feast ended and everyone left.
Amanda had put Deya to sleep by telling her a lot of folktales and singing lullaby’s.
As she left Deya’s room and was going to hers, a hand grabbed her and back hugged her.
That was Desmond.
“I love your voice while you sang for Deya” he said and kissed her cheek.
“Deya might wake up.” Amanda said shyly.
“She can if she want. What bad thought do you have in your mind?” he asked her.
Amanda covered her face. “None.. I need to get to the kitchen.” she said.
“But you were going to your room.” he said.
“To take my phone.” she lied.
He smiled and let go off her.
Then turned her around to face him.
“Sweetheart” He called her.
Amanda smiled and looked away.
“You didnt look shy when you kissed me today.” he said.
“Stop joking.” she said and ran away, downstairs. Desmond followed her.
Amanda was doing the dishes in the kitchen with smiles on her face when Desmond came in and joined in.
She was happy to see him in the kitchen.
“You don’t have to.” she said.
Desmond smiled and pushed her away slightly..
“I will take care of this tonight.” he said.
“I can’t let you do that” she said and tried pushing him but couldn’t.
“Someone is stronger.” Desmond bursted.
Amanda gave up and changed to rinsing and keeping the dishes.
“Thanks for being mine,” he said.
She intentionally flung her hand and the wetness on her hand splashed on his face.
“I’m very sorry” She said and made to wipe it but he grabbed her hand and his other hand went to her waist and both stared at each others before his lips brushed on hers.
Their kiss was distracted by a spoon which fell off the counter and hit on Amanda’s leg.
“Are you okay?” Desmond asked squatting immediately and touching her feet.
“Its okay, I’m fine.” Amanda said.
Desmond picked up the spoon and dropped it back in the sink.
Both turned back to washing and rinsing the dishes.
“Can I ask you about something?” Desmond asked.
“Your dad” he said.
“Died when I was fifteen from an illness. I’m the only child. I had a sister but she died too when I was eight.” Amanda said.
“I’m sorry all this happened.” Desmond said.
“You don’t have to. I’ve gotten over it now.” she said then looked at him. “And you? What about your dad?”
“Late too. Died when I was twenty two.. I’m the only child too. Wish I did.” he said.
“I’m sorry” Amanda said.
“Its okay sweetie. What’s your favorite song?” he asked.
“Uhmm ‘Ellie Goulding -love me like you do ” She said.
“Uhm never heard the song before” he said.
Amanda chuckled. “I’m sure I’ve heard yours.”
Desmond smiled. “Here’s mine.”. he said then wiped his hands and back hugged her.
“All of me…loves all of you .
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections”🎶
He hugged her tighter but didn’t continue.
Amanda smiled, wiped her own hands and placed them on his.
“If you had said yes to me, I could marry you tomorrow.” he said.
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