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Who falls in love with a whole mafia Don, especially as a Christian? Destiny does and she lives to reap what she sowed. Destiny is a sweet, innocent and devoted Christian. She lives according to the Lord's commandments but what happens when she meets one man who makes her question all she had believed in, one by one? Antonio, Don of the Italian Mafia could care less about what another person could feel but when he sets his eyes on Destiny, his interest peeks. 'She could be perfect,' He thinks. But perfect for what? ***Bible Quotes: New International Version Bible.***

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Chapter 1: Chapter {1} Destiny

𝘉𝘦𝘦𝘱, 𝘉𝘦𝘦𝘱, 𝘉𝘦𝘦𝘱

I woke up with a content smile on my face because I was finally going to my dream university in my dream country, Italy! My Alarm clock automatically stopped ringing after five rings.

With the smile and drool still on my face, I moved from my bed, bowed on my knees and started my prayer.

"Heavenly Father, thank you for this day that you have given me. Thank you for protecting me through it all, Lord and thank you for the blessings you have given to me. Please guide me throughout this day and let your will be done during this day. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, I pray amen."

I rose up from the floor and toke the holy book (bible) for a quick scripture reading. I asked God to give the knowledge, wisdom and understanding before I read it.

I then opened it and my eyes landed on a familiar verse. Galatians 2:20,

I have been crucified with Christ.

It is no longer I who live but Christ

who lives in me. And the life I now live

in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

It was one of the verses that encouraged me to continue trusting and serving him as he was always will with me through it all.

I gently closed my bible and thanked the Lord for his word of encouragement.

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I was ready for lectures, dressed in a casual cardigan, baby blue jeans, vest and sneakers. My kinky hair was in a tight bun with my baby hairs in front beautifully designed in a circular pattern.

I descended the stairs with a content smile on my face not only because of the appetizing smell of Bacon and eggs but also because of the feeling of peace that seemed to fill the house.

I entered the modern open-spaced kitchen that joined in with the dining room. Thato, my best friend and roommate was humming to a tune, doek on her head and apron in place.

Her back was towards me as she tossed some bacon in a frying pan.

She was a gorgeous girl with a caramel skin colour, alluring brown eyes and a radiant smile.

"Good morning, girl," I said, startling her. I chuckled at her shock.

"Sleepyhead, you will give me a heart attack." She turned around with her hand on her heart. Ever so dramatic.

I playfully rolled my eyes, "Stop calling me sleepy head and aren't you too young to get a heart attack?" I rhetorically asked.

"Heart attacks happen to everyone, darling." She shrugged, removing the pancake from the pan while I shook my head and set two plates and glasses on our bar table.

Minutes later I was stuffed, did I mention that Thato cooks up a storm in the kitchen? Well, she does and I will not be touching any pots while she is around.

"I'm going to get dressed, give me a few seconds." She said, raising her hand to show me to wait for her. I know that those seconds will turn into an hour.

*****

Like I said the seconds did turn not only into one but into two lengthy hours, but I guess they were worth it as she looked like a fashion queen, makeup on flick, hair on flick and clothes definitely on flick, plus she promised to buy me lunch for making us late and who could say no to that?

As we navigated through the traffic we jammed to the Break Every Chain song. Singing at a soft tune.

Soon we saw the sign we had been waiting for since we knew how to spell university. Once more I thanked the Lord for his undying love before driving through the copious gates.

Students littered the exterior of the Victorian-style campus. There was a fountain, sprinkling out water on a goblin in the middle of it all, flowers from sunflowers to Iris' were lined up in some sort of pattern in the rectangular gardens near the parking area. There were beautifully trimmed hedges on each side of the gates.

This was probably the most beautiful place I had ever seen.

"Wow, pictures do not do this place any justice," Thato gawked awe-struck by the beauty of the campus from the passenger seat window.

"No, they don't," I agreed, searching for a parking spot to no avail, I was ready to park anyhow and that's when I saw a parking spot, and steered the car towards it. As I made my way there, an expensive, sleek red 2022 BMW came at full speed, overtaking me and taking the parking spot. It made a loud screeching sound, that we had to cover our ears as it came to a quick halt.

How do I know this car? Well, it is my favourite car.

"What the..." Thato looked at the rude driver and then at me with furrowed brows.

"That was our spot!" She argued pointing to the now filled space.

"Now it isn't," I sighed as I reversed out of the parking spot.

"No, you saw this spot first, who gave them the right to park there?! I'm going to give them my piece of mind!" Thato was always a confident lady never afraid to voice her feelings. If necessary she would also show people her fists.

I knew that if she went out there, there would be a huge havoc and she could get into trouble on her first day, which I did not want.

"Please calm down, it is just a parking spot," I said with a faint smile as I mentally prayed that the Lord would help her calm down, after a few seconds I watched as her anger slowly depleted.

I tried to get a look into the car of the person who was driving the car but the windows were so dim I could not make out who it was.

A few minutes later, my car was safely tucked in between two small cars.

A week ago we had an online meet-and-greet with our lecturers and then got our schedules at the end of it so today we were just going to our classes, I was going to Mr Heywood's class whilst Thato's classes were only beginning an hour later.

We walked across the long paved way to the giant double French doors that were widely opened. People kept staring at us as we walked past them but we tried to ignore them until,

"Hi, you guys are so beautiful, can I touch your hair." A beautiful brunette girl with a strong Italian accent looked at me as she asked.

"Uhm..." I could not answer that, I could not exactly tell her how uncomfortable I was about strangers touching me, most especially my hair.

"No." Thato bluntly said pulling me away from the frowning girl.

I mouthed her a 'sorry'.

"You know you shouldn't have said that to the girl." I sighed.

She just shrugged.

Thato is impossible.

When we stepped into the humungous campus the first thing I noticed was the unique traditional ceilings that were so long that I had to strain my neck to look at them.

"Yoh, this school is really big and beautiful indeed," I commented.

"Big is an understatement." My best friend said walking while turning around in circles with her arms wide open.

"I can't believe we're finally here," She laughed.

"It really does feel like a dream or is it a dream? Pinch me Thato," I said looking at her dreamily.

Thato literally walked over to me and pinched me so hard I had to swat her hand away.

"I didn't mean literally," I scowled as I rubbed my poor hand which had turned a slightly red.

"But you said, I quote, 'Is it a dream? Pinch me Thato.' She said with a high-pitched voice and a grin which I rolled my eyes at, trying to hide my tiny smile.

"My classes begin at nine ó clock so I will just walk around and familiarize myself with this huge campus. Text me when you have some free time, will you? " Thato asked as she walked me to my class.

"Okay, I will do so, Tats so... see you then?" We were so used to always being with each other that being separated was hard.

"See you then, darling." We shared a long hug and exchanged some 'I love yous' before I made my way into the already full class.

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Doek- a head tie or head wrap that is commonly worn in the Western and Southern parts of Africa.

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