It was late one May afternoon and the John’s were at work and Melissa was busy dusting in the living room. She heard a hard knock on the door and then the doorbell chimed loudly. As she got closer to the door she saw that same young man that was in the photographs. She gulped and opened the door. He stood there with his green eyes piercing at her. He was tall and muscular. His hair was brown with a small hint of red just like his mother’s. Melissa was speechless never having seen such a gorgeous creature.
“Uh yes? May I-I help you?” Melissa stammered.
The young man looked confused. “Yes, I’m Steven John. Who are you?”
She felt her face go red. ” I-I’m Melissa, the new housemaid.”
Steven shook his head. “Oh well I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to be rude or sound rude. I just thought maybe you were a burglar or something.”
Melissa laughed. “Oh no nothing like that. Please sir come in.” She stepped back letting him inside. He walked in holding just one huge suitcase.
“Do you want me to take your suitcase up to your room?” Melissa asked politely.
“No thank you. Actually it’s kinda heavy and besides it’s nothing but dirty clothes. I always come home from college for the summer.”
“Well sir leave your suitcase here and I’ll wash these clothes for you.”
Steven smiled sweetly at the young girl. She was quite beautiful. “Thank you very much Melissa. Look I’m really tired from my trip so I’m going to go lay down for a while. Just be sure to let my parent’s know I’m here. I’m sure they’ll know anyway once they see my car outside.”
Melissa nodded. “Yes sir. Are you hungry? Can I get you something to eat or drink?”
“No thank you. I’m just going to go get some rest. Oh and please don’t call me sir, makes me feel old. Just call me Steven.”
With that, he took off running upstairs leaving Melissa almost drooling. Stop it Melissa. Just stop it. Behave yourself. She reminded herself.
The next few weeks came and went quite quickly. Melissa grew fonder of Steven little by little. They’d spend a lot of time together since the John’s worked during the day and Steven was stuck at home relaxing or sometimes going out with his friends. Most of the time he’d keep her company while she cleaned and entertain her with his crazy college stories. He really didn’t say much about himself but Melissa had learned he did have a steady girlfriend named Lauren. He’d been with her for almost three years and supposedly she was going to be the girl he’d marry.
Melissa knew that with Steven having a steady girlfriend, her chances of misbehaving were less. She was fighting hard not to fall in love with this sweet gentleman but it was almost impossible. She’d never met such an intelligent, caring and honest man in her life. He was only a year older and yet he seemed so wise.
“Lauren is coming to stay with me for a week,” Steven suddenly said one afternoon as he and Melissa chatted in the kitchen.
“Oh is that so? When does she arrive?” Melissa asked pretending not to care.
“She’ll arrive the day after tomorrow. I can’t wait to see her Melissa. She’s so beautiful and I love her more than anything in the world.”
Melissa felt a strong jealousy. “I’m sure she’s good for you Steven. I only hope to find someone like you in the future.”
Steven scoffed, “Yeah right, you mean to tell me that you haven’t had all these guys line up for you?”
Melissa blushed. “No, I think I scare guys away actually.”
“How is that possible? I mean you are a gorgeous woman Melissa. Any guy would be stupid to turn you down.”
Then why don’t you leave your girlfriend and runaway with me? Melissa felt like screaming out loud.
“Thanks Steven. You’re too sweet to me.”
They continued talking about other things and Melissa still couldn’t get the fact that Lauren was coming to visit Steven. She knew she’d have to put up with their possible love making during the day. It was only past two o’clock that afternoon, and Steven was in the living room watching some television. Melissa brought him some fruit salad to enjoy while relaxing.
“Melissa, that’s really nice of you but you didn’t have to make me fruit salad. I mean you’ve been so kind to me all this time I’ve been here.”
Melissa sat next to him looking deep into his eyes. “I’m kind to you because I’m in love with you.”