Human World—James’s Apartment
“How was the interview?” James asked as he settled down beside Ephyra on the couch after giving her a glass of apple juice.
“Hmm, fine,” she said coldly. She didn’t know how to go about telling James about it.
“Is something wrong?” James asked with concern
“You sounded cold.”
“The interview went well James and I got the job,” Ephyra announced.
“That’s good news,” James enthused even though he was worried because Ephyra did not seem excited.
“Yeah,” Ephyra said.
“So tell me about the job,” James prodded.
“Well, you know I met with Goldmynes’ Chairlady?” James nodded. “Mrs Isobel wants me to be Harry’s personal assistant.”
“Sounds good,” James said with a half smile. “Are you sure you want to take the job?” he asked as he rubbed his palms together.
“Yes, but James, that’s not all about the job,” she said.
“So what else?”
“As Harry’s PA, I have to move in with him.”
“What?” His jaw dropped slightly and his gaze met hers, Ephyra studied his expression. James stood up. “What kind of job is that?”
Ephyra stood up and went to him. “Listen to me James, I won’t stay with him for too long. I just want to help Mrs Isobel.” She explained everything about Isobel’s predicament to him.
“Her family problem is none of your business. Isobel should find a way to settle with her son. And why did you sign that document?” James argued.
“You signed it because of the money right? Do you even know who Harry Jones is?”
“I don’t know,” she replied sincerely.
“Fine. Ephyra, you are not taking that job.”
“James I need to work. I don’t want to be a burden to you. I—”
He went to her and cupped her face in his hands. “You are not a burden to me. And remember you have to regain your memory,” he said and rested his forehead on hers.
“I’m fine James,” Ephyra protested.
“I can’t allow you live with someone you barely know.”
“We can get another job,” he said. “Or you will enrol in a college for now.”
“No, James.” she pulled back. She knew that was his way of stopping her from taking the job.
“Why do you insist on taking this job?” he asked.
“Look James, you took me in without knowing me, same thing applies to me working for Harry,” she said.
“It was different. You don’t remember anything about yourself.”
“No, you barely knew who I was back then but you helped me. I don’t know Harry Jones but I’m ready to work for him. It all about taking the risk—”
“Risk? No, I can’t allow you take such a risk. You are not doing this Ephyra.”
“I already signed the document and I am resuming work on Wednesday.”
“Wednesday? You even agreed without consulting me? Without bothering to talk to me about it first?”
He cursed under his breath. “Damn it, Ephyra!”
He stormed out of the house. Ephyra felt sad. She sank onto the couch slowly. She did not like the fact that James was mad at her.
Five Hours Later.
Ephyra lay on the couch waiting for James, she was worried about him. The door clicked and Ephyra stood up. It was Gideon.
“Hi, Miss World,” Gideon greeted.
“Welcome, Gideon,” she lay back on the couch.
Gideon noticed her tone was different. “What’s wrong?” he asked.
“Nothing.” Her answer was immediate.
“Where is James?”
“He stepped out five hours ago.”
She sat up again. “I don’t know.”
“Something is wrong. So tell me what happened.”
“James and I had an argument earlier.”
“Yeah, how was it?”
“Good. I got the job.”
“I knew it!” Gideon exclaimed happily.
“I have to work as Harry’s PA.”
“Wow! That’s awesome!”
“Yeah but the thing is I have to move in with him.”
Gideon smile disappeared immediately. “Why?” he asked.
“I need to help Mrs. Isobel convince her son that her husband’s death was not her intention,” Ephyra explained.
“So James was mad at you for accepting the job?”
“My brother is scared of losing you.”
“Scared of losing me? What do you mean?” He didn’t respond. “Gideon I’m not leaving forever, I will always come around as soon as Madam Isobel sees a change in her son and I can do the same whenever I’m less busy at work for the mean time.”
“It seems you don’t understand James and I’m not in the best position to tell you anything. But don’t worry, I will talk to him.” Gideon said.
“Thank you, Gideon.” The door clicked again and James stepped in. “James—” she stood and went to him. He tucked his hands into his pocket and walked towards his bedroom. Ephyra followed him.
“Can we talk?” she asked but he didn’t respond. “You know, it’s fine if you don’t want me to take the job—”
He slammed the bedroom door at her face, which interrupted her words. She stood outside for seconds, she had no idea why James was acting differently. Ephyra turned and saw Gideon staring at her.
“Don’t worry, I will talk to him,” he said.
She nodded and walked Into her room.
Gideon walked into the room. James was staring out the window.
“Hello, bro,” Gideon greeted. James didn’t respond. Gideon dropped his school bag in the wardrobe and dashed off Into the bathroom to take a quick shower.
James sat on the bed rubbing his palms together anxiously. Gideon knew his brother was disturbed by Ephyra’s new job.
“Can we talk?” Gideon asked.
“I want to be alone,” James replied.
Gideon said after a long pause. “I think you were too hard on Ephyra. I mean when she tried to talk to you earlier, you ignored her and now she is sad,” Gideon said in a low tone. James met his gaze.
“I’m sorry, Gideon, I don’t know what came over me to act like that,” James said.
Gideon went close to James and sat beside him on the bed. “I know how you feel about her.”
James frowned at him. “What do you mean?”
“Come on, bro, I know you are in love with her and you are scared of losing her.”
“That’s not true.”
“Then why won’t you let her take the job?”
“She’s still getting better.”
“No, she’s fine now. I know what’s going on in your mind. You don’t want to confess your feelings to her because you are thinking it would change your relationship with her and at the same time, you don’t want her to work so you won’t lose her to another man like how you lost your ex,” Gideon stopped.
“You know too much for your age, kiddo,” James said.
“Am I right?” Gideon asked.
“Miss Ephyra wants to work so that she can help you.”
“I don’t want her to repay me for anything. You know our inheritance is more than enough for us even if I decide not to work for years.”
“Yes, I know but you should let her do whatever she wants.”
“I’m just concerned about her moving in with Harry Jones. I don’t trust that guy, someone who doesn’t have any regard for his biological mother, then how is he going to respect a lady who will be a personal assistant at work and maid at home? But Ephyra doesn’t understand. Gideon, you might think I’m selfish because I want to keep her around me, but this is beyond that or my feelings for her.”
“Why don’t you just put her interest first?”
“Then what if she falls in love with Harry Jones?” Gideon was silent. “If she ends up falling in love with Harry then I have to let her go again…just like what I did with the other women in my life,” James replied in a tight whisper.
Gideon placed his hand on James lap and patted him gently. “Hey bro, if Ephyra is the woman for you then no one will take her away. If you guys are meant to be together, even Harry Jones won’t be able to take her away,” Gideon responded.
They lapsed into silence. Gideon was aware that James has been through many breakups in the past. The women he loved and dated, somehow ended up dumping him. His last girlfriend complained that he was too busy with work and he never had time for her, so she cheated on him and broke up with him the day James found out she was cheating on him. Then he decided to remain single till he found a woman who would make him fall in love again. A woman who would love him, Gideon and understand the nature of his work and also be loyal to him. Then Ephyra came into the picture and he found himself falling in love with her while he was teaching her things humans could do. James couldn’t confess his feelings simply because he didn’t want Ephyra to think he was taking advantage of the fact that he helped her. He clearly knew that Ephyra did not love him. She liked him as a helper and saw him as a family.
“She might end up running away from you if you don’t let her work,” Gideon said after a long pause.
“I won’t let that happen but I keep having this feeling that sooner or later Ephyra would end up leaving us someday.”
“What are you thinking?”
“It’s just a feeling or maybe my instincts,” he smiled at Gideon.
“So will you let her work?”
“I have no choice, bro.”
Ephyra rolled on her bed when she heard a soft knock on the door. She looked at the time on her bedside 6:30am. Then she hopped out of bed and wore her soft slippers.
“Good morning, Ephyra,”James greeted when she opened the door.
“Good morning,” Ephyra replied.
“Can we talk?” he asked.
She nodded. “Come in.” James stepped in.
“I’ve decided that I would call Isobel and turndown the job,” she said before he could say anything. “Look, James, I’m not going to do anything you do not support.”
He tucked his hands in his pockets. “What about you?” he asked.
“I’ll be fine,” she answered.
“So you want to turn down Isobel’s offer because of me?”
“I’m willing to, James. I don’t want you to be mad at me or us fighting because of a mere job. I value our relationship than the job and you are right, Mrs. Isobel’s family problem is none of my business. So let’s leave it that way.”
James stared at her.
“And I will stay at home too if you don’t want me to work. It’s okay by me because with that, I can do more cleaning and our laundry.” Ephyra went to him. “Don’t worry, I won’t take the Job,” she said.
She was almost leaving for the bathroom when James said, “You can take the job.” She turned to face him. “Ephyra, don’t turn Mrs. Isobel’s offer down.”
She walked back to him. “I thought you said—”
“I changed my mind,” he interrupted her statement.
Ephyra studied him. His expression was serious. “Are you sure James?” she asked.
James covered the inch left between them.
“I know you want to do this,” he whispered,
“and I don’t want you to think I’m caging you around here.” He brushed strands of hair from her face. “I’m sorry for how I acted yesterday,” he apologized and she nodded.
“I want you to work and earn your own money,” he added.
Ephyra almost burst with happiness. She was happy, so she hugged him tightly. She swept him off his feet and swirled him.
James was shocked. She didn’t even realize it until she was dropped him.
“Sorry…I…I…” she stuttered. She had forgotten she had super strength.
“How…how did you manage to lift me like I weighed nothing?” James asked in a surprised voice.
“I…I don’t know,” she lied. “Thank you, James.” she placed a kiss on his cheek quickly.
“I’m leaving to work now. Pack your things so I can drop you at Goldmynes before heading to work tomorrow.”
“Take care,” he leaned in and placed a kiss on her forehead.
“Have a nice day at work,” she said and followed him to the living room.
“Call me if you need anything,” he said and she gave him a nod.
“Let’s go, Gideon,” James said.
“Get back in time so we can hang out later in the day,” Ephyra called out.
“I’ll try,” James replied.
“See you later, Miss Ephyra,” Gideon waved.
She tried to stop the scream that welled up in her throat by placing her hands on her mouth. If she screamed right there, James would come rushing inside like something bad had happened to her. She was extremely happy that James agreed to let her work!
Ephyra looked down at her wrist when she felt the power around it. The bracelet glowed and she rushed to her room and locked the door. She saw her reflection in the mirror. Her eyes glowed brightly.
“What’s wrong with you, Neifion?” she asked the bracelet.
The energy increased and she felt power within her system then she went to her bed and lifted it up like a piece of paper. She did it with heavy objects she could find, lifting them like they didn’t weigh anything. She got tired and waited for the bracelet to stop glowing but it didn’t. She wished it would just come off from her wrist.
“Neifion, stop glowing, I need to take a shower,” she said to the bracelet in a tight whisper and the light faded slowly.
She sighed with relief. “Thank goodness, you have to listen to me when I talk and don’t glow when I’m with any human.”
She came out of her clothes and went into the bathroom.