Track 10 – You showed up when I was having a Hard Day…my heart moved
Terry found Danny making breakfast while he fed the white cat milk. She paused at the entrance into the kitchen and let out a whistle.
“Well, well, you look quite at home, my dear big brother.”
“Do you want eggs or not?” Danny asked, sparing her a short glance.
“I just had waffles with Jimmy,” Terry said, looking around the neat kitchen. “Looks like you’re moving in.”
“I wish,” Danny said, placing his eggs on a plate. Picking up his coffee, he leaned on the counter and studied his flamboyant sister. Her hair was in a ponytail today. As usual, she looked beautiful in jeans and a dress top thing that should be illegal. She was too comfortable in her own skin.
Terry owned a clothing boutique in the city. She sold clothes and offered personal styling to well-off clients. Her friendly personality afforded her a long list of happy clients, but her working hours were erratic. He wished she had a steady schedule.
“Your friend is impossible,” Danny said. “What’s wrong with the cat?”
“She’s getting shots,” Terry said, stroking Min’s fur. “Otherwise she’d be popping kittens every three or four months. I’m glad you two got together.”
“I’m not sure Jazz is happy about it,” Danny said, sipping his coffee. “Enough about that, I want you to keep away from Adrian Anderson.”
“Oh come on now,” Terry scowled. “Your big brotherly concerns are so tiresome—
“Anderson’s a thief,” Danny interrupted, spooning eggs into his mouth. “He’s going to get our business and races in trouble if we keep him around.”
“How do you know this?” Terry asked, staring at her brother.
“Nic,” Terry gaped. “Since when do you take anything he says at face value?”
“Since Anderson became a thief,” Danny answered. “You realize we don’t need that kind of trouble, right?”
“Aish, Danny,” Terry cursed, moving to find a cup so that she could pour herself coffee. “Anderson has people in my client list. I have five orders right now with them. If I refuse, can you imagine the kind of losses I will make?”
“I’ll find new clients for you,” Danny said. “Come on Sis, being round Anderson is not an option. Your safety comes first.”
Terry shook her head. “How can I wake up one morning and decide to ignore five major clients?”
“Don’t be dramatic,” Danny said. “Whatever orders you have, fill them, then don’t take anymore from anyone associated with Anderson.”
“Is this an order?” Terry asked. “It’s not so easily done, you know.”
“You’ll manage,” Danny said. “I’ll have Jimmy send someone from the garage to keep an eye on you. I’m serious about this, Terry.”
Terry shook her head. “I worry about you, Danny.”
“I’m doing just fine. I’ll be a thousand times better if you do what your big brother tells you.” Placing his mug of coffee in the sink, he looked around the kitchen. “So, where’s the carrier for the cat? I’m not carrying her with my hands.”
“What?” Terry asked in surprise. When Danny gave her a look, she pointed to a store room tucked into the corner of the kitchen.
“I’ll take the cat to the vet,” Danny said, coming back from the store room holding a black pet carrier. “You go arrange your business.”
“Today?” Terry asked.
“Yes, today,” Danny scowled at her. He picked up Min and placed her in the carrier. “Give me the address to the vets, and go handle your business, Terry. Sawa?”
Terry sighed, there was no winning with Danny when he got this way.
“You’re late,” Jasmine said, trying to keep her temper calm. She pressed her cellphone to her ear. “Do you understand that sets us back a few hours? Clients wataka mali yao, and we’re making their lives a living hell. Tell me, how can you help me?”
Jasmine strode out of the building and started walking around to the docking area in the back. A line of four trucks stood, men in the back of the warehouse offloading the contents in each truck. She needed one more, and their most demanding client would receive his property in the morning.
“I’m sorry, Madam,” the truck driver on the other end of the call said. “We’re stuck in traffic. When we break free, we’ll be there in an hour.”
“I hope so,” Jasmine warned. “I don’t like lies. If you think the situation is not going to improve, be straight with me, Banda. Don’t make it worse.”
She ended the call, and stopped for a moment to take in a deep breath. This job was killing her today. Her head was starting to throb. Glancing at her cellphone, she discovered that it was passed lunch.
Three o’clock already, where did the time go?
Leaning on the wall, she closed her eyes and sighed. Opening her eyes, a second later, she stared in surprise at the sight of the black Mazda parked a few feet away. Leaning on the driver’s side door was Danny, watching her.
She couldn’t explain why her heart sped up in joy. Her mood, instantly, revitalized. Smiling to herself, she started toward him. When she was standing a step away from him, she said,
He looked good in blue jeans and a black t-shirt, she was tempted to kiss his cheek.
“Hey yourself,” Danny said, opening his arms.
She walked right into them without much thought and allowed him to hold her in a tight hug. He didn’t talk, just held her in silence. After a moment, she pulled back and studied him.
“Did you miss me?” Jasmine asked.
“Very much,” Danny said, pressing a kiss on her cheek. “I didn’t like how we left it this morning.”
“Neither did I,” jasmine said, meeting his gaze. “How has your day been?”
“Hmm…” Danny looked deep in thought, then he winked at her. “I took your cat to the vet to get her shots.”
“You did,” Jasmine smiled. “Danny, you surprise me.”
“I know,” Danny said, his gaze on her lips. “I like surprising you.”
She rested her forehead on his shoulder.
“I gotta go back to work.”
“I know that too,” Danny said, not having missed the trucks unloading in the back of the warehouse. “Have you eaten?”
“I will, later,” Jasmine said, her phone buzzing. She pulled away, one glance at the caller’s name and she squeezed his arm. “I gotta answer this.”
“Alright,” Danny turned and reached into his car. Pulling out a brown bag from the Passion Restaurant, he handed it to her. “I also saw my dad today. He sent me with this. Make sure you eat it.”
Jasmine stared at the bag in shock. Apart from Terry, no one ever cared enough to come to see her at work. No one ever brought her lunch…taking the bag, she smiled and pressed a fist to her mouth.
“Jazz?” Danny asked.
She shook her head.
“Thanks,” she said, pressing a kiss on his jaw. She answered her phone in the next minute and hurried off.
Danny grinned, watching Jasmine hurry away, her heels clicking on the pavement. It tickled him how freaked out she had been by his bringing her lunch. His task accomplished, he slid into the driver’s seat and watched her for a moment longer. Her work annoyed him, he didn’t like to see her stressed.
If he mentioned it though, she’d only ignore him. Headstrong women, he thought.
Driving off, he smiled at the little he’d done today win her over. It was a step forward.
To be continued….Thanks for reading!
A/N: In case you’re reading this for the first time, this is an ongoing story, with a few chapters in it. I’ll work on consolidating in one page very soon, so that it’s easier to find.