Many years back….
Shelby sat down by the garden, she had a pair
of headphones tucked into her ear and was
busy playing some beautiful tunes to herself.
Every second she would look up as if expecting
someone to appear all of a sudden but so far no
one has come. The compound of her father’s
empire was pretty large and so was the garden.
It could accommodate like fifteen more houses.
Sometimes she wondered why her father would
build such a large house when it was just the
two of them in the house except for the
She never knew her mother but that was okay
by her, her father made sure she was fine and
she was always fine . She had just graduated
from one of the best universities in the UK and
she was finally home. It was so good to be back
after so many years. She was yet to see her
father since two days ago since she had been
back, she was yet to see him..as well.
She quickly dipped a hand into her purse and
brought out her hand mirror, she checked her
reflection for the hundredth time that afternoon.
Her lips were glossy already and her long black
hair was well packed.
Just then, she heard a noise behind her and she
“It’s about time Fabian, I expected you would
come meet me at the airport and now here you
are two days later.”
There was no reply. She looked disappointed.
Probably it was just her imagination, and she
quickly turned around but she smiled as it was
who she had expected.
Fabian was all dressed up in a hite shirt and a
blue jean, his curled black hair glistened in the
sunlight. He looked far more muscular than the
last time, like a seasoned warrior
. She remembered how they had grew up and
were so close and…
“Hi.” He said almost in a whisper.
“Hi.” She replied. She was excited quiet alright
to see him but this has always been their normal
routine since they both stopped being children..
He was her father’s most loyal son.
“So how was school?” He asked, trying to sound
as cool as he could.
“Fine.” She replied, trying not to sound
awkward. Many years ago, they could discuss
anything but now, it was just so awkward. Just
then he stepped forward, coming closer. Her
heart ceased for a minute as he stepped closer,
his gaze fixed steadily on her lips…her heart
kept beating rapidly…finally, he was going to
kiss her….he came closer and just as she
parted her lips…his hands reached out to her
“You’ve got some grass in your hair.” He said
quietly, brushing her hair lightly and stepping
The beat of her heart began to slow down as
she felt so stupid and ashamed of her stupid
You are 23 Shelby, grow up!
The garden gate opened stealthily and an elderly
man with a cowboy-ish hat covering his almost-
completely gray hair came in. He was suited up
with a large pair of his glasses covering almost
his entire face, there was a long piece of
tobacco hanging inbetween his lips. His face
hardened as he spotted the two of them
standing so close. Fabian took this hint and
stepped back a little.
“Daddy!” Shelby shouted and rushed to hug the
man who was now all smiles.
“Oh my God! Look at this beautiful young lady.”
He shouted, kissing Shelby all over her face.
Later they pulled away but he was slightly bent
so they could be of the same height.
“Oh my darling. You look so much like your
mother. I am so proud of you darling.”
Shelby smiled shyly but frowned as she spotted
something red around his earlobe. She reached
out to clean it and was surprised it was a liquid
thick red substance.
‘Daddy look, you’ve been beaten by a mosquito,
it sucked all your blood and vomited the rest.”
She said with a chuckled. “You have such a lot
of blood to spare.”
Fabian and the father exchanged glances before
he forced another smile.
“So, why don’t you go inside darling, I will come
meet you very soon.”
“Alright Dad.” Shelby said quickly, took a quick
glance at Fabian who wasn’t looking at their
side. Quickly she brushed past her father.
Just as she left, the father advanced to Fabian.
“I saw the way you both were standing so close
earlier…” He whispered to him, his face
hardening. “I don’t like that. Once you become
her handler it will become difficult for you if you
can’t handle whatever stupid feeling you have
for her.” He exhaled a ringlet of smoke directly
to his bent head.
“ I don’t have any…”
“Shut up. You can’t lie to me you know that.
Besides, do you think she is ready to take over
Fabian looked up slightly. “ I don’t think so sir.”
“Nonsense. Get the lessons ready, I will speak
to her tonight and next time when cleaning me
up, make sure there is no blood on my skin. You
“Yes boss.”Fabian watched as his boss walked
out of the garden. He sighed and was about to
leave when he sighted something within the
. He bent to pick it up and realized it was a
passport photograph of himself and Shelby when
they were still kids. They were both holding her
puppy of many years ago who later died from an
He smiled as he looked at her and now
imagining the woman she has become. If only
things were different, maybe he would have
asked her out a long time ago. But now things
would start changing once she joins the
business. He sighed, if only he could protect her
longer, maybe she wouldn’t need to be part of
whatever they do. She was too sweet to become
a member of the Dark Widow. Once anyone
joins, the person will never remain the same
again, he knew that. That was what changed
everything about him.