Shelby and her father were in the study. Her
father was busy reading from a newspaper while
she was reading a novel, she wasn’t actually
reading anything, she was just pretending all the
while . Her mind was somewhere else, seven
years ago, she would have been chasing Fabian
up and down the house but now, they were all
grown up and it would be so stupid of her to
even suggest that. The man she has come back
to find has become a grown man, just like she
has become a lady, something’s would just be
too childish right now.
“Once you finish pretending to be reading that
novel, I hope you will tell me whatever has been
Shelby smiled and looked up from her seat. “You
know me so well dad.”
“Ofcourse, if I don’t, who will?”
She smiled. She loved her father, he could be so
caring and he was one person in the world, who
knew almost everything about her, well, there
was Fabian as well, but he was just not her
“Dad, is there any reason why you told me not
look for job at all?”
His father smiled. “Yes darling, as you know,
there is the family business.”
Her eyes beamed with excitement
. She had always been interested in the family
business even though all her life she never could
tell what kind of business her family was into. It
wasn’t her fault. She had lived majorly all her
life away from home at various boarding houses
of her various schools and she had gone to the
best of them in Russia, Paris and UK. It was a
relief that she could finally come home.
“Thank God! Dad, I’ve always loved the family
business…I mean, I’ve always been interested in
it even though I never knew what we were into
actually. Do you know half the time I was in
school, almost everyone asked me what
business my father was doing and it was just an
embarrassment that I had no clue.”
Her father chuckled. “Well, you don’t have to
worry about anything. I have sent you all over
the world to get the best education and now
that you are here, I believe you wil be a good
asset to the company once I retire.”
“Oh my God! You want me to take over the
business once you retire. That will be really
splendid. But what kind of business is it again?”
“Don’t worry, Fabian will tell you all about it.”
Fabian lay on his bed, his arm wrapped around
the bossom of the naked lady beside him in the
“So your childhood crush is back right?” she said
with a hint of jealousy.
“She is my not my crush, she is the boss’s
daughter, that’s all.”
The lady looked unconvinced, gathering the
blanket to herself. “You can keep telling yourself
that. One question though, is she really going to
take over the business?”
“That is not your concern is it?” He asked dryly,
standing from the bed. He walked completely
naked to the mirror.
The lady raised her head slightly. “It is my
business if she is going to be here completely,
because I know once she is around, that is when
you start acting funny like now.”
Fabian snickered. “Well, if you are so concerned,
why don’t you go ask the boss, Laura?” Just
before Laura responded, his phone rang. It was
just beside her so she took it, screwed up her
nose in disgust as she saw who the caller was.
“Speaking of the bitch.” She said before passing
him the phone.
Fabian paid no attention to her statement but
collected the phone all the same, it was Shelby
and for some reason, he picked a shirt to cover
his nakedness even though he had no reason to.
HE cleared his throat. “Hi…” He frowned.
“Ofcourse I have your number……” He cleared
his throat again. “You are here, okay, I will be
right out.” Then he dropped the phone on the
bed and motioned towards his big closet.
“What does she want?” Lara asked angrily but he
said nothing. Minutes later, he was fully clothed.
“Don’t come out like this, if you are coming out,
make sure you are dressed. “
“Because of what? You don’t want her to know
that you moved on?”
Fabian said nothing before leaving the door, he
had wanted to say something but now wasn’t
He took the elevator which shifted immediately
under him and in seconds later it opened and he
She was in the living room, her back was turned
towards him, she was dressed in a white
jumpsuit and her hair was packed in a ponytail.
She seemed to be looking at one of the
artworks on the wall.
“Hi shel.” He said as warmly as he could. When
she sprung around, he had to keep himself
“Hi.” She said with a warm smile and he had no
choice but to manage one.
“Hi.” He replied.
For a while neither of them spoke.
Fabian had to be sure he wasn’t going to do
anything that would put him on the bad side of
her father. For her to be here right now might
even be a test…
“You have actually did so well for yourself
Fabian. I mean look at this house. This is really
good. Your parents will be so proud.”
He smiled. “Thanks Shel, your father pays me
quiet well. Come to the bar, what do I offer
She didn’t move but kept looking at him sternly.
“I will like you to offer me my old friend back.”
He was taken aback. “What are you saying?”
She shook her head and moved to another of
the art painting on the wall.
“I mean what you did to the Fabian that I used
to know. IS it because you became a man that
you sank into this cold version of yourself, what
happened to my old fun Fabian?’
“I’m sorry Shelby…” He started with a slight bow
but she sprang up and rushed to him, punching
him here and there.
“This is so not you. You are making things
awkward between us; I need the old Fabian
For some time, he kept defending himself but at
a point he grabbed both her hands so they were
both looking at each other….
That moment was when he finally realized how
much of a woman she had become, Her eyes,
her hair, she had a kind of understated beauty,
maybe she wasn’t even aware of her
beauty…then his eyes fell on her chest….what
happened to that flat chest of those years ago.
Where did those boobs spring from…..?
That instant she looked at her chest and then
back at him….
“You didn’t just look at my boobs Fabian….” She
gasped in horror and he released her arms
immeadiately. He was looking slightly
embarrassed and murmured his apologies but
she only laughed.
“Why are you laughing?” He demanded, looking
at her but she couldn’t stop, she just kept on
laughing and then he had no choice but to laugh
. during this moment he began to feel sorry for
her. How would such a passionate fun loving
woman whom he has cared for all his life, be
introduced to the life he had wished he had
never been part of.
Finally she stopped, he could see tears in her
eyes from having laughed too much.
“I have missed you Fabian…really.” She said,
looking at him.
He knew he was supposed to say something
back but he couldn’t. His tongue was tied, for all
he cared, her father must be watching them
both right now.
She walked closer to him, her expression
becoming serious…”What happened to you while
I was gone Fabian….?” She asked, almost in a
whisper..he wished he could tell her everything
but he couldn’t..if he did right now, they will
both suffer for it..she had no idea what he had
gone through, why he had to become so rigid
He just watched as she got closer to
him..placing a warm hand on his cheek as she
stared at him, looking for answers.
His heart was beating so fast and he really
wanted to tell her just like he had told her so
many things while they were still young. He
made a terrible mistake, they both did, they
shouldn’t have grown up. They could have been
kids forever…maybe with that they could still
enjoy the freedom which was now fast becoming
a thing of the past….
Taking a deep breath and placing a hand firmly
on hers. “Shelby..I”
“Fabian did you see my panties anywhere?”
HE winced as he heard Laura’s voice and
immediately, Shelby sprung back, looking at the
intruder, who was wearing Fabin’s oversized
shirt which was buttoned up and covering part
Fabian was quiet as Laura came closer. He
couldn’t even look at Shelby whose face sought
“Hi. You must be Shelby….I’m Laura. I’m his