Track 23 – Our Life Together
Danny drove Jasmine home, after calling Jimmy to pick up her car. Ignoring the messy dining table, she sat on the couch and took the glass of water Danny got her. After, he sat with her and she told him about Daryl’s situation with their father.
“He makes it hard for the rest because of me. I refused to follow Daddy’s plans,”Jasmine murmured, studying her hands. “I’m the eldest, the one supposed to show a good example. When I moved out and chose different, he cut me off. It seems like he’ll never forgive me for going against him.”
“I told you my dad is not like yours,” Jasmine murmured. “He’ll take one look at you and shake his head. You might never get along.”
Danny smiled then.
“Are you thinking of introducing me to him?”
Jasmine looked at him, her heart racing.
“If it’s what you want too,” she said. “Just so you know, meeting my dad—
“I’m in all the way,” Danny cutin. “I want you for life, Jasmine. I hope that’s what we’re discussing here. “I want nothing less”
Jasmine bit her bottom lip and nodded. She looked away after a moment.
“I’m sorry my father will be a pain, when your dad was so nice to me.”
Jasmine shook her head.
“Dads are supposed to be over protective when it comes to their daughters,” Danny said, pulling her into his arms so that she rested against his chest. “We’ll face him together, Jazz.”
Danny’s together sounded like a gift. She didn’t feel so alone hearing it. The world seemed bearable with the sound of that together.
Jasmine took in a deep breath and let it out, feeling relieved for the first time in hours.
“Thank you, Danny.”
On a sunny Wednesday afternoon,Jasmine finished filing invoices from a distribution company in Mombasa. She shut down her workstation for the day and got up, ready to leave. Stretching her arms above her head, she winced when her back cracked. A bitter sweet release from tension. Her phone buzzed and she dropped her arms,her gaze on the lighted screen.
She answered the call with a smile.
“How did you know I was leaving?”
“I know you,” Terry said with a small laugh. “Come out. I’m waiting by your car.”
Jasmine had not seen Terry since the day she left Danny’s house, the night of the race. They had written each other short messages,but not really talked. It was weird not talking to Terry about everything.
“How did you get here?” Jasmine took her handbag and her sweater in a hurry. She left her office and waved at the receptionist who gave her a thumbs up as she ran to the front doors. “You should have told me when you reached.”
“I used Taxify,” Terry said. “I was just finishing with him before I called you.”
Jasmine saw Terry first. She was leaning on Jasmine’s car, looking fabulous as always. Jasmine ended the call and walked fast to her car.
“Hey, you,” Jasmine said, when she reached Terry.
Terry pulled her into a tight hug as though they had not seen each other in ages.
“Danny told me you and him are official,” Terry said into Jasmine’s shoulder. “I’m really happy, Jasmine. I always hoped but dared not say anything.”
Jasmine smiled. “Hoped for what?”
“That you’d be my sister,” Terry said, still holding on to Jasmine. “I would have hated it if you two broke up or something over the racing thing. I’m glad it’s all worked out now.”
Jasmine rubbed Terry’s back, gentle strokes designed to soothe. She had not stopped to think Terry worried about losing her. She had not thought that at all.
“Terry,” Jasmine leaned back to look at her. “You won’t get rid of me that easily. Even if Danny and I don’t work out, I’ll still show up at your shop and make you dress me. You know I suck at finding clothes.”
Terry chuckled, and agreed with a nod. She stepped back and touched the pink blouse Jasmine was wearing today to compliment her black jeans.
“This does look really good on you,”Terry said. “And you had refused to buy it, saying it didn’t fit.”
Jasmine smiled and pressed a kiss on Terry’s cheek.
“I missed you, Terry.”
Terry pinched her cheek and waved to the car.
“Well, let’s go. I heard your brother was hanging out at Danny’s garage today. You wanna go check on him? We can go celebrate after, have dinner or something at Dad’s place.”
“Sounds great,” Jasmine unlocked her car as Terry went around to the passenger side.
The drive to Danny’s garage went fast as Terry told her about getting new clients for her boutique.
“I’m so glad the Adrian saga is over and done with,” Terry said. “Did you hear about Tyler?”
“What about Tyler?” Jasmine asked as she turned on to the street where Danny’s garage was.
“He helped the police arrest Adrian, and provided them with evidence to put him in. He’s taken over Adrian’s businesses. I didn’t think he had it in him.”
“Wow,” Jasmine drove into the garage and parked in the parking lot, next to Danny’s car. “Who would have thought?”
“Jimmy says that Danny talked him into it,” Terry said, shaking her head. “I believe it.”
Jasmine turned off her car and stared at Danny’s business. The garage was alive with activity. Three clients standing by their vehicles as Danny’s mechanics checked tires, and engines, and whatever else. It annoyed her that she didn’t have the knowledge to name whatever else.
“I think I have to start learning about cars,” Jasmine said, the thought suddenly so clear.
Terry laughed, long and hard.
“Welcome to the family, Jasmine Lima,” Terry said as she opened her door.
End of Track coming up!
Jasmine followed her into the garage, stopping in a corner when she saw her little brother having a serious talk with Jimmy. Their heads bent over a car engine, with Jimmy using a screw while Daryl helped.
Terry started to walk over, taking her along, but Jasmine refused. She didn’t want to take this away from her brother. He looked happy and at home doing what interested him. It was enough watching him work with Jimmy.
She turned and smiled wide when she saw Danny.
Jasmine nodded, waving a hand to take in the garage.
“I thought I should see where you spend your days.” She lifted her shoulders. “I can’t move engines, but I can drive a car, manage the receipts or arrange the new oils. After work of course.”
Danny grinned and opened his arms.
She walked into them and he laughed when she jumped up and wrapped her legs around his waist. Danny hugged her to him and whirled her around.
Catcalls and whistles greeted their embrace, Danny ignored them holding her tight making Jasmine feel as though she had finally found her place.
Life was not about the happy ending, but what happened after. Jasmine embraced a new world with Danny. Sure,she held her breath when he joined races. Sometimes he won, other times, he lost and was in a terrible mood for a week. She learned to coax him out of those bad days. When Daryl moved out of home in protest of their father, Danny helped her cope with the constant calls from her father.
Life was not about the happy ending, but what happened after. Jasmine embraced a new world with Danny.
She loved Danny even more for letting her little brother stay at his house, and work at the garage for money. When their dad discovered what his son was doing, he agreed to pay for any degree Daryl wanted.
When Jenny was stranded on the road because her purse was snatched, Danny was the one to pick Jenny up and take her home.
So many little things that amounted to so much. A year after the Adrian saga, Jasmine sat on the couch at her parents’ house facing her father once more. Danny sat beside her dressed in a formal dress shirt and trousers, looking more nervous than a new mother. Wanja busied herself with pouring tea for them.
Taking a deep breath, Jasmine held Danny’s hand and smiled at Duncan Lima.
“Daddy, this is Danny Kihome. I’m going to marry him.”
Duncan Lima glared at Danny, and a new tale began.
End of Tracks….Rough Road ahead!
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