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Virtuous Love By Symplyayisha Characters: 9222

Updated: 2020-01-08 02:36

Stanley stepped out of his walk-in closet into his bedroom, all dressed up for his birthday dinner and for a second, he forgot how to breathe as soon as he sighted the love of his life who was looking so gorgeous.

She was putting on a designer dress that fits her perfectly well. Her hair was put down just like how he likes it and she had little makeup on, with a matching pair of heels.

Lauren didn't even notice him, She was busy trying to clip her necklace.

Since they both have a family dinner to attend to this evening, Stanley was able to cajole Lauren into spending the weekend with him in his home.

"Here, Let me help you." He said as he approached her.

She handed him the necklace and he clipped it for her almost immediately. Stan placed a kiss on her shoulder before he gently twirled her around.

"How did I get so lucky to attract such a beautiful woman?" he smiled.

"You look gorgeous my love." he complimented.

Lauren blushed. "Thank you! And you look sexy too."

As the person in honour of whom the dinner was planned, Stanley decided to dress casual and as Lauren said, he looked incredibly sexy.

"Nervous?" He asked even though he could see it on her face.

She smiled. "A little bit. I hope I can make a good impression on them."

"Don't worry too much. My parents are as jovial as Anita and me. Besides, they know more about you than you probably know about them. I promise, they love you already."

Lauren smiled, "If you say so!"

"I think we should get going. My mom called me again while I was dressing up. She was asking where we are. Anita, Harry and Alexa are there already. It's remaining the two of us."

"You can't blame her for being worried!" Lauren concluded.

Stanley was an expert in avoiding family dinners and parties, using work as an excuse.

He chuckled, "Yes, but this is different. I already assured her that I was going to show up."

He wrapped his arms around Lauren's waist. "Besides, I'm eager to introduce you to them."

She smiled, "And I'm eager to see your baby pictures."

Lauren laughed out loud when she saw how fast his expression changed to that of a frown.

"Come on, It can't be that bad." She assured, then kissed his lips.


The ride to Stanley's parents' mansion was a lively one as Stan and Lauren talked about random things. Soon enough, they got to the Chatwin's' mansion.

Stanley got down before Lauren and went over to the other side to open the door for her. They walked towards the entrance of his Parents home, side by side with his hand on the small of her back.

After pressing the doorbell twice, Gemma, the housekeeper opened the door.

"Good evening Gemma." Stanley hugged her.

"Evening Son and Happy belated birthday."

"Thank you." He smiled and pulled away from the hug.

"Gemma, meet my girlfriend, Lauren and Lauren meet Gemma, my second mom." He introduced.

Before Lauren could say Hi, Gemma spoke. "Of course, I know her. She's all your Mom and Dad could talk about lately."

She turned to Lauren. "It's nice to officially meet the love of Stanley's life. Thank you for loving our boy for who he truly is." Gemma said sincerely.

Lauren smiled. "Thank you, Gemma. I'm also blessed to have him in my life."

Gemma grinned. "You two look so adorable together. God bless you both."

"Come on in. Everyone is waiting for you guys." She ushered them in.


"Uncle Stanley" Alexa shouted for joy and ran towards her uncle as he stepped into the living room.

Stanley picked her up and showered her face with kisses which made her giggle loudly.

"How is my princess doing?" He asked

"I'm fine Uncle Stan. Happy birthday. I have a gift for you."

"Really?" He asked and she nodded positively.

"Thanks, my love. I can't wait to see what you got me."

Four-year-old Alexa grinned. "You'll love it"

Stanley chuckled. He was used to receiving handmade gifts from his niece. Either a drawing or painting of him or she makes a beaded bracelet. But he couldn't wait to find out what she made for him this time around.

"Hi, Lauren." Anita approached Lauren and engulfed her into a hug.

"Hi, Sis." She returned the hug.

"You look gorgeous and you're also glowing. Is there anything I need to know?" Anita jokes, whispering the last sentence.

Lauren blushed. "Nothing much. I think it's because your brother pampers me a lot."

"Lauren!" Alexa tugged at Lauren's dress, Interrupting She and Anita's discussion.

"Hello, beautiful." She picked the little girl up.

"You look very pretty." Alexandria c


"Thank you, dear. You look very pretty too. I love your hairstyle."

"Thank you. My mom made it for me." She said proudly.

"Wow, you're very talented, " Lauren said to Anita who was standing by her side.

Anita chuckled, "Not really. I think every mother have to be talented when they have female children especially like Alexa who's such a fashion freak. I spend my free time watching YouTube videos on how to make trendy hairstyles so she won't throw a tantrum or get mad at me for styling her hair in an ugly way."

Alexa grinned while Lauren chuckled.

"Lauren, do you love Uncle Stanley?"

"Alexa?" Anita warned but the little girl ignored.

Lauren smiled, "Yes I do."

"So does that mean I'll have a baby cousin very soon? Uncle Stanley said you're his girlfriend." She explained.

Lauren could feel her cheeks getting red. "I...I don't know. Maybe." She shuttered.

"Alexa baby, go and meet Grandma to give you some cookies. She's in the kitchen." Anita intervened.

"Okay, Mommy." She gave Lauren a kiss on her left cheek before she gestured for Lauren to put her down. Then she went in search of her Grandma.

"I'm really sorry about that. I had no idea how she came up with the baby cousin thing." Anita apologized.

"I was shocked but it's fine, " Lauren assured.

"Come, let me introduce you to my father." Anita intertwined her hands with Lauren's own and they both made their way to the office adjacent to the living room. Stanley, Harry (Anita's husband) and Kelvin were seated at the visitor's area of the office.

Kelvin rose to his feet to embrace Lauren as soon as he sighted her. "Oh, here comes the Queen of my dear Son's heart."

Everyone in the room smiled.

Kelvin pulled her into a fatherly hug.

"Good evening Sir." She greeted shyly after he pulled away from the hug.

"No need for formalities my dear. Feel free to call me Dad; You're now a daughter to me. Thanks for putting up with my Son and his crankiness"

"Dad, I'm not cranky." Stanley groaned and they all laughed.

"I think Dad deserves some accolades. He was the first person to notice the chemistry between Lauren and Stanley." Anita announced.

"Well, I'm an expert so I recognize true love when I see one, " Kelvin said proudly.

"Oh, really?" A voice said from the entrance of the office.

It was Brenda, Stanley and Anita's Mom. Little Alexa was by her side, munching on a big cookie.

"Yes, my love. The way Lauren looks at our son is just so priceless. Then my suspicions started to become real when I began to notice how much Stanley cares for Lauren. He started being so possessive of her."

Stanley was blushing really hard where he was seated.

"Even though Rita was in the picture then, I had faith in what I saw in Stanley and Lauren and I became a firm believer of the phrase 'whatever will be will be.'"

"What do you have to say, Man?" Harry, Anita's husband, said to Stan who was seated beside him.

"I don't know, what do you want me to say?" he smiled.

Harry shrugged. "Anything!"

He bridged the gap between himself and Stanley and whispered in his ear. "Or you can pop the question now, " he suggested.

He shot Harry a playful glare as he muttered. "You just like frustrating me."

Harry grinned.

"This shows how much effect you have on him, Lauren. Stan is always shy and well behaved when you're around him. I've never seen him blush this much. He's so drunk in love with you." Harry divulged.

"That's not true. I'm not shy, I'm just...I don't know, You guys are teasing me a lot." Stanley blushed even more.

They all chuckled.

"Honestly, it feels so refreshing seeing this side of you Son, " Kelvin confessed as he looked at his son adoringly.

"I know right, I feel like I have a brand new brother!" Anita admitted.

Brenda intertwined her hands with that of Laurens'. She had a glint of happy tears in her eyes.

"I can't remember the last time my home was filled with so much love and laughter. Thank you for restoring that and most of all thank you for all that you've done for my son. Thank you for loving him beyond words."

"I know Stanley would never hurt you but if he does, do not hesitate to come to me. I'll deal with him myself and also talk some sense into him."

"Thanks, Mom" Lauren hugged Brenda.

They all engaged in random conversations for a few more minutes before Brenda announced that it was time for dinner and after dinner, they settled in the second living room to chat. Brenda showed Lauren old photos of her Son and then everyone gave Stanley his birthday gift.

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