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Tyson Beckford as Calvin Gyamfi
Present March 10th, 2036
I am currently in the kitchen while talking to Calvin on the phone. Nathanial’s birthday is coming up, and I would love for him to come and visit his nephew. He lives in America and is still the current CEO of Daniels Incorporated. He already missed his first and second birthday. Now, he is going to miss his third.
“Look, I want to come and visit my nephew, but right now, I have a lot on my plate, and I need to make sure that everything goes to plan.” This comment just made me roll my eyes. I know I am a bit selfish, but I didn’t believe a word that he said.
“What are you doing that is so important that it makes you too busy to visit your only nephew?” At this point, I think that he is trying to find a reason not to come.
"I am announcing something on that same week; this is very important, so I need everything to be perfect. I’m sorry, but you need to trust me," Really? Calvin's excuses were getting ridiculous.
"Just hurry up and tell me,"
The line went silent for a few seconds before he replied. “I have been thinking for a while about this. I have decided that I am going to step down as CEO and give my position to Stanley. I didn’t want to tell you because I have been thinking about this for a while. But I think this is the right time.”
I am a bit shocked that Calvin was going to quit. It makes sense, though. He always wanted to own a small music store and have a small family. Unfortunately, he didn’t want to disappoint our father, who wanted him to be the CEO of Daniels Incorporated. After he finished college, my father retired; Calvin moved to America and became the new CEO.
He has been the CEO for over ten years. And even though he tries to hide it, I can see that he is miserable. I hope that he’ll be able to find the happiness that he deserves.
“Ok, but I want to let you know that I support you every step that you take. I am glad that you have decided to take this step.” I could hear Calvin’s chuckle on the other line before thanking me.
“Tell you what, I will try to reschedule the resignation so that I can come. I’ll call you if something happens. I’ll see you soon. Bye,”
“Bye Calvin,” After he hung up, I put down my phone next to the bowl of fruit. I didn’t think that he would resign so quickly. He was so keen on making our father proud; he was willing to give up his dream indefinitely. But now, he can finally be able to take control of his destiny.
“Mom, Is Uncle Calvin coming to my party?” I turn my head to the sound of my son. He was supposed to be watching TV, but he must’ve heard me talking about his party to Calvin.
“Maybe. Uncle Calvin has a lot of work to do, so Uncle Calvin might not come,” He nodded and hugged my legs. Placing my hand on his head, I leaned over the kitchen counter and got the bowl of fruit. I filled it with grapes, strawberries and chopped bananas.
“Why don’t we go to the living room and you can tell me about the show you are watching?” Nathanial looked up and smiled with a toothy grin. My heart swelled at the cute gesture. I am so happy that I have my son; he is the motivator that helped push me through the toughest time.
While watching old shows like The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show and Adventure Time, Nathanial asked a question that made me smile. He was a brilliant boy for someone his age; he reminded me of myself when I was younger.
I know that he is miserable. The life that he always wanted was never going to be a choice for him in the future. He was the only person in the family that supported me when I published my book and also helped me financially when I had to pay off my tuition.
The memories of Calvin and I were watching T.V. when we were younger pop up into my head. I smile at the thought of how much he cared for me. Because even though we have and our ups and downs, we could never truly hate each other.
This is because he is my brother. He has always been my rock and the person who cares and loves me.
Past- 24th June 2034
It felt weird. Not in the strange that made me uncomfortable, it was odd because it felt right. Just being with him felt like a dream, and honestly, I didn't want to wake up to reality.
I was lying on top of him with my head on his warm chest and our legs tangled together. His massive arms were wrapped around me, making me feel safe and secure. My eyes were closed in peace and tranquillity.
But unfortunately, the sound of the alarm broke the trance. I opened my eyes, turned around and looked at the floor, searching for the annoying device that was disturbing my sleep.
After finally finding it, I got up to grab it. This woke Stan up as he stretched his arms and released a big yawn. After turning off the alarm, I got back into bed.
"Good morning, Christine," His tired voice in the morning sounded so deep and thick with an Italian accent. It was soothing and a bit of a turn on.
But today, I wanted to get a few things done — the first being about Jessica and John.
"Good morning, Stan. I'd love to stay, but I have to get out of bed and take a shower," As I walked to the closet to grab a towel, I squealed when I felt Stan behind me, his strong arms holding my waist.
"Do you mind if I join you?" His voice was so small and fragile. Like if I were to say anything disheartening to him, he would break.