Please Break My Heart
Earth is a place for living people. But why does it seem like I am dead or am I hearing things? I tried to spring back to life as I stared to the petite brunette in a polka dotted pink gown.
“Who are you?”
“I am Dora, your step sister”, she replied with her hands stretched out at me.
What was she expecting? Handshake or hug? Technically there was only one thing on my mind.
“Get out!” I yelled pointing at the door.
“I am so sorry if this is a bad timing”, she said lifting her bag from my lamp stand.
“Do you call this “timing”? There is never timing! You will never be welcome by me, I yelled. I stared at her as she approached the door with a fury written all over my face. My glance raced to her hand bag and I yanked it furiously.
“I have to be sure that you haven’t stolen anything else”
“Are you disillusioned? I have never stolen a thing from you”
“Liar”! “You stole my Dad”
“You are pathetic”, she replied and pulled her bag from me.
“Get Out”, I yelled.
I picked my phone and dialled Jake.
“Thanks for getting me out of there”, I said as I sank into the sofa.
“I will get you a drink”
“Don’t go Jake”, I said pulling him back.
I cuddled into Jake’s arm. That was exactly where I wanted to be. It felt strange to know that I had a step-sister. I really couldn’t know why I got worse. Was it the fact that I had a step-sister? Or, was it because my father put her in his firm and he wouldn’t even have me anywhere near the firm? Thoughts ran through my mind as I tried to place where I would fit into in my new family. It would be a whole new setting for me with a step-sister and probably, a step-mother might be looming. I had to be ready for any surprise. Who wouldn’t be with a father like Sir Williams?
“You have a visitor”, Jake said as he tapped me lightly.
“Where am I”? I asked trying to access my environment.
“Jane’s room, you slept off in the living room so I decided to bring you in”, he replied.
“Who is my guest”? I asked slipping into my slippers.
“You should see for yourself”, he replied opening the door.
I walked into the living room to meet my father holding a picture frame of Jake and me.
“That is one special person that I have always had in my life, where do you fit in Sir Williams?” Dad sighed. Jake left for the kitchen.
“Where do I start?” he asked.
“Anywhere, you know the story best, and please be truthful Dad”
“I was never unfaithful to your mother when she was alive, I have always loved Danielle”
“Spare me the introduction”, I said cutting him off.
“I met Dora’s mother two years after Danielle passed away”, he started as he clenched his fists nervously.
“It was just a night stand; I never expected it to be so complicated”
“Are you trying to tell me that you just hooked up with some random woman and she presented you a kid?” I asked.
“I went to a club and I met her there, she was very attractive and we just hooked up that night and it was all, I never saw her again”.
“So how did you get to know about this now?” I asked.
“I met her in Las Vegas five years ago; she walked up to me and blurted out about my kid. I was shocked. I even called the cops on her. After a night in police custody, she told me about our last meeting that led to Dora; I didn’t believe her because I thought that she just wanted to pin a kid on me because of my status. She kept following me around and after persuasion from my friends; I decided to have a paternity test. It turns out that I am Dora’s father, so I had to man up to my responsibility”
“How long have you accepted Dora?”
“It’s been five years”
“You mean to tell me that you have known that I have had a step-sister for five years now and you never said a word”, I said shaking my head in disdain.
“How could I have told you?
"You are 24 and are handling things this bad, how would you have reacted five years ago?”
Yeah right...the protective Dad in action.
“The fact remains that you hid important information like this from me and you expect me to welcome her with open arms, and coupled with the fact that you gave a position at your firm and I can’t even work there”
“I am sorry Darlene”
There are some things that “sorry” doesn’t fix. Hasn’t any one told Sir Williams? I was silent.
“Don’t you have anything to say?”
“I have nothing to say”
“I want you to forgive me and try to accept Dora; she has been through a lot”
“Oh yeah...now am I to play the big sister role? Thanks Dad, I am touched!”
“I would appreciate less of the sarcasm Darlene; you were unfair to Dora and spoke to her rudely”
“I met a stranger in my room. That could amount to trespassing and possibly robbery, considering the fact that she already stole my father, it was rude of her to be in my room” “Regardless, you shouldn’t have called her a thief; she was only trying to be friendly”
“Friendly? Is that your definition if being friendly? I can’t wait to see her being unfriendly”
My eyes were wet. I was having a step-sister out of the blues and the next thing my father could think of was the fact that I might have been too harsh on her while talking. I ran up to Jane’s room. I had to cry. At times, I think that it’s best to cry away your pain.
“Your dad just left” Jake said as he walked in.
“How did he expect me to react?”
“Listen Darlene, it is not about you anymore, whether you like it or not, you have a step-sister which you already got off on the wrong foot with”
“Why are you talking like my Dad?”
“Darlene, let me be frank, this girl is innocent and I don’t think that she likes to be caught up in the Williams’ family mess”.
“How do you want me to act like everything is normal when it feels otherwise?”
“D, you have a life ahead of you that you have to concentrate your efforts into making it work, which includes your job at Ade-Cole which you have to ensure is a success”
Jake was right! It would be hard and quite tasking on my part but I had to understand that Dora is my step-sister and I had to accept it or her. I might have to start with accepting it first, it might be difficult to accept her at this initial stage, but I guess with a little trial on my part, I would make it work. I have to make the first step.
“Could you please take me home Jake?” I asked.