I SOLD MY V
( His royal Excellency)
Thirty – Seven
Joshua called me twice but I refuse to call him back until I have an explanation. He’ll be mad I didn’t call him. But I can’t cause then he’ll know I was crying. He can hear it in my voice.
I’m at John’s house. On his couch curled in a little ball, just sitting here, reflecting on all the good days, the days I shared with John. The time I’ve spent getting know Joshua.
John is so determined to make me say yes to surgery. But he doesn’t understand just how risky it is. I might not ever wake up.
John sat down next to me and sighed. I rested me head on his shoulder and he held my hand.
“Remember when we first met?” I asked breaking the silence.
“Yea” He chuckled. “You spilled chocolate milk on my shoes”
I laughed. “Yea, you were so mad, your cheeks were red”
“You started crying”
“I was sad that I messed up your shoes”
“I had just gotten those shoes too. My mom yelled at me for getting them dirty”
I laughed again and moved closer to him to stay warm. “Remember when I asked you to prom?” I nodded. “And you said no” I could hear him smiling as he spoke. “And when I asked you why you gave me the dumbest excuse”
“It wasn’t a dumb excuse!” I smiled.
“You said you had to babysit the brother you didn’t have”
“I know” I looked at him and touched my cheeks. “I was scared”
“I don’t know, I was nervous”
“So you turned me down” he laughed again.
“But then you asked me again and I went with you!” I stuck my finger in his face.
“Yes you did” he smiled.
I rested my head back on his shoulder and we sat in silence again. My phone rang and I picked it up to see who it was. Joshua.
“You ready to tell him?” He asked. “You know you have to at some point. Better later than never”
I nodded but declined his call. “Tomorrow” I whispered. Right now I just want to stay here with John. Even if it’s not forever.
I parked the car and began to walk toward the front door. He’s going to be so mad at me, I just need to put on a happy face so he doesn’t suspect any things wrong.
I twist the knob and push the heavy door open. As I walk inside I’m stared at by four people I’ve never seen before. “Um”
“Where have you been?”
I looked to my right and Joshua stood there looking at me.
“Oh, the uh- line at the doctors was crazy and I had no service. I’m sorry” I chuckled nervously.
“It’s okay” he smiled. “I’d like you to meet my brother Max and his wife Rosana and my brother Maxwell and his girlfriend Lily”
“Hi” I said smiling.
“Wow you’re beautiful!” Rosana swayed her hips as she came over to me. Her heels clicking long the marble floor. She wore red lipstick that really showed off her plump lips and big mouth. Nude high heels, a tight skirt, and a fluffy top.
She pulled me in for a hug and I hugged her back. “Valentina right?” She asked loudly. I nodded quickly. “Joshua was telling us all about you”
“All good things I hope”
“Nice to meet you Valentina” another woman walked up to me. She hugged me a little too tight and she smelled like oils and flowers. She had blonde pin straight hair and was skinny. She looks like a hippie.
“I didn’t know you were of… African decent” Rosana chuckled nervously.
I lost my faint smile and sucked my teeth. “That is one characteristic about me”
Joshua stood by my side and wrapped his arm around my waist.
“I’m Max” the young man walked over to me and shook my hand. “I’m sorry about my wife” he whispered.
I brought my smile back. “It’s fine”
“I’m Maxwell” a taller man walked over to me and shook my hand.
“Max and Maxwell Maxwell?” I asked confused of the order of their names.
“Our last names aren’t Maxwell but that would be correct” Maxwell laughed. His laugh boomed in the quietness of the room and it scared me a bit.
“That’s funny” I said. “It’s very nice to meet all of you” I looked up at Joshua. “He’s been keeping me very isolated from meeting his family”
“What about your family?” Lily asked. I heard Joshua clear his throat.
“It’s just me and my mom” I said.
“No aunts or uncles or siblings?”
“Nope” I said politely. “I like it being just the two of us. We have lots of fun together” I laughed.
I need to go to sleep, I’ve been crying all day and I need to sleep.
Maxwell’s alarm went off and he checked his phone. “I’m sorry Joshua Valentina, but we’ve got a flight to catch”
“Aw already?” I asked. “Will I see you guys again?”
“Of course” he winked.
He’s an army guy but he’s got a bit of charm to him. He seems uptight but I think Lily keeps him grounded. She’s more of a free spirit.
“Yea we’ve got to get going to, have to get the little one” Max said.
Max is shorter than his brothers and he seems goofy. Rosana has a big mouth and seems more successful than Max. They look like they fight a lot.
“It was nice meeting all of you” I say as they head toward the door. Joshua walks them out and I wait for him to close the door.
I sigh and rub my hands together. “They’re sweet”
“They’re all nuts” he chuckled and walks over to me.
“What did the doctor say?”
“She… said my iron levels are low and I need to eat more meat, that’s about it”
He nodded and pulled his phone out his pocket. “I’ll have Nate pick up some burgers”
I nodded. “I’m gonna take a shower”
I closed the door to the bathroom and locked it. As soon as I did tears started pouring out of my eyes and before I knew it I was on the ground crying my soul out.
I tried to stop but I couldn’t, they just kept coming and coming. I turned on the shower and got in washing my face, trying to get my face to return to its normal brown color and not bright red from all the crying.
How am I going to tell Joshua? How am I going to get these words out without crying and looking like an idiot? Why does this have to happen to me? Why do I have to die?
To be continued