Another days had passed. I managed to persuade Cass to leave my apartment since I'm concerned on her own life. As much as I want having her around, I can't. She has her own life to live and she can't always focus on me. Wanting her to just stay here would be so selfish of me.
So for the three days Cass-free, I'm on my own and Luci was too. I got to say, Luci seems sad not seeing Cass and her cat. I had to wake up earlier to prepare food for Luci and I. I also left another set of food for him in his food bowl so he wouldn't starve. My only problem was if he's going to poop. But I think it's fine since he's been already pooping on his trainer near the bathroom. And I think he would be sleeping all day given that there's no one he can play with and he's always been a lazy dog.
Another good thing is that Cass has already cleaned my whole room. Everything was placed in order. Even my clothes on my drawers and cabinets. She has done all my laundry and vacuumed the whole place. I haven't seen any traces of dirt from the windows and counter tops. Talk about a general cleaning. I guess I really need to thank her boredom.
However, during her absence on those days, she haven't contacted me yet. And I keep on forgetting messaging her or even calling her. I would arrived home so tired that I would instantly fall asleep. Sometimes, I would forgot to eat my dinner but definitely not Luci. Work has been draining me to my core.
It has become too hard to get along with my office mates since there's a lot of political thing going on with them. I just want to get my job done correctly and Ashton and the gang just wouldn't let me. They want the spotlight on them and they can have it for all I care. Another toxicity I wanted to get away from.
I've also deactivated all of my social media accounts with the exception of my messenger. I wanted to cut all of my connections with everyone. Especially those so-called friends of mine. Speaking of friend, maybe I should give Cass a call. She must still sulking from me. Aside from that, I kind of missing her craziness and antics too.
So I dialed her number. I was on the kitchen top eating my breakfast. It wasn't as fancy as what she used to cooked for me but it's still edible. The ringing stopped. I thought because she already answered but turned out it was sent to voicemail.
Hello. You have reached Cass the Queen's number. Unfortunately she's away doing something God-knows what. So if you have anything to say to the queen, leave a message after the tone. Toodles!
I tried calling her multiple times but she never answered. I frowned. Now I felt guilty even more. I need to think of ways on making up to her. I don't want her to get mad at me. I've already done so many bad things to her in the past and I'm not planning on adding another on that piles of mistakes.
I didn't have much anything to do this morning. It was Friday again which means that the Annual Charity event would be tonight. I sighed and decided to finished my meal.
I tried to distract my self all day from doing chores even if Cass has done almost all of it the other day. I can only sweep and wipe floors and windows. I had a whole day to waste and prepare for the the party. I tried listening to different songs that I found on my laptop. I think it was Cass who downloaded all these stuffs. All the songs were so good so I searched for the lyrics and the chords. When she get back here, we're going to play these songs together. A little bonding wouldn't hurt and besides, I think it's a good time to ask her questions too.
It was dusk when I decided to make preparations. I took out my suit and tie from the cabinet. I also brought out my black shoes to pair with it. I can't believed Cass even ironed my wardrobe for tonight. She seems excited about this though. She just done everything like a mother would prepare his son on his first day on school. It was funny to think about it but all her sweet gestures warmed my heart. Her tenderness and care is what this world needed and she has been doing this things for me for free. And I admit that I'm one hell of a lucky guy to meet her and actually befriend her.
A small smile slowly crept to my face as I thought of all her silly actions from being a kid up to now.
I shook my head and started cooking food for Luci. I would be going home late tonight and I want to leave at least food for Luci to eat if ever he got hungry.
After cleaning the kitchenwares, I go straight to take showers. My hair were cleaned cut and I have brushed it a little to the side like a boy-next-door would do. I wore my suit and struggled a little to fix my tie. I bet I wasn't the only who did. It's not like everyday I would actually wear this piece of clothing. And for the final touch, I sprayed a perfume all onto me.
5 o'clock and now I'm ready to go. I locked the door and rode my motorbike again. I can't be late to that party. We're the host of it after all. Upon arriving, I parked my bike on the corner side of the parking lot. I had a feeling that I would be needing a fast escape vehicle later. I mean, our department weren't obliged to be at the party until the end. They would just probably drink the night away after the investors leave the event so I think I'll be going after them. I'm not planning on drinking. I wasn't in the mood in the first place and these people weren't the one I would like to get drunk with.
I spotted Lace and Ashton going together. She must be his date. They also appeared to talked about their matching outfits as they both have a shade of blue. Lace was wearing a long blue skin tight dress while Ashton was wearing the same looking suit as I had except he had a blue neck tie that matches his partner's dress. Kharis arrived alone but also looking sophisticated with her silver sequined knee length cocktail dress. And as usual, her hair were tied up in a bun supporting my claim on her as the second coming of Miss Minchin. I look around and saw Sir Alvarado already drinking a glass of wine while talking to the hotel's crew. I personally think that he shouldn't drink this early since we're assigned of welcoming our guests.
I was too preoccupied with how my team were doing I almost had no time to appreciate how grand the place looked like. Chandeliers lit up the room in bright golden lights. Red carpet was laid nicely on the floor from the entrance door up to the end of the grand stair case. The tables and chairs were clothed with gold and silver fabrics. A grand old piano was stationed near the stage just in front of a huge space where I assumed could be the dance floor. The buffet table were on the opposite of the entrance and was filled with mouth watering foods. And of course, in the stage, there displayed our products in a glass container which will be auctioned later tonight as our main event. All in all, the whole place screamed elegance. Like a royal ball from every princess fairy tales stories.
I made my way towards my team and greet them a few. I also saw some people from different teams and departments as I exchanged smiles and taps on the back. The major guests started to arrived at the hall. There were few personalities who I guessed were ambassadors and ambassadress. There were also people from politics arriving in all glamour. And of course people from the same industry as we are. Businessmen and woman. Different presidents and other wealthy people who's been long doing charities too.
A few moments later and the last guest arrived. The master of the ceremony started the program with a prayer and called for President Ty, our company's CEO to deliver his welcoming speech.
"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you to each and every one of you for being here with us today. We are very pleased to be able to welcome those of you that have been with us for a long time now as well as those who are new to the community. Today marks our 10th Annual Charity Event and we are proud to be able to host it today here at this wonderful place with all of you..........."
I didn't listen to the rest of his speech because in all honesty, who did? Instead, I busied my self with my phone in secret.
"Kenzo, are you alright? You're looking at your phone like you're waiting for something. I'm counting all your sighs and that's like your 11th time." Lace said as she gave me a questioning look.
I sighed again. Cass still haven't messaged me all through the day. I got it that maybe she was still upset with me. And it's actually frustrating the hell out of me. How am I supposed to make up for her when she's been refusing to talk to me.
"I'm good, Lace. I think I need to go to rest room." I excused my self from the table and made my way to the rest room.
Upon getting back, I decided to leave the hall for a while and take a breath of fresh air from the back garden. The place looked a little dim and shadows from the pillars and plants darkened the area more. I saw a silhouette of man sitting on the edge of the fountain looking up at the sky. He looked back at me and to the sky again before murmuring something under his breath. He stood up and from my view, I can make out his tall stature and lean figure. He was wearing suit and tie and in his wrists, he wore a very familiar looking bracelet. The darkness didn't stopped my eyes from seeing his chiseled face like a sculpture of an angel came to life. I'm not a fan of fantasies and fairy tales but something with this man screamed ethereal and heavenly.
He walked towards from where I was and stopped in front of me with looks of sadness in his eyes.
"I saw people's love since the start of the ages but I never saw it this pure. Do not waste the chance she has given you. I'll meet you at the end of the road." He said as he tapped my shoulders and left me alone and confused.
I tried looking around but it looked like he disappeared in the shadows. And from there, I saw a another familiar cat looking at me as if watching my every move. If her cat was here, then maybe she's also around. I didn't want to get my hopes up but there's a tiny tingling feeling that sparked in me.
I went back to the hall after that weird encounter with the silhouette man. I didn't know who he was or if he was even invited at the event. I read the guests list and I can say that I at least known their faces but not that guy. I don't even think he was here to cause trouble since he didn't showed up again. Waiters served our food table by table. After that the auction started.
They were bidding for those dolls and toy collections in insanely high prizes. Wealthy people and their moneys. But I have no say to that. It's better if they spend their money on things like this but I also care no less if they spend it on other things. It's theirs to spent anyways.
"That wraps the main event for the night. But please hold on to your partners as we invite you to the dance floor. And folks! Let's give a round of applause to our guest performer, Ms. Cassiopeia Daneya Cruz!"
I dropped my endless stare on the champagne glass on my hand. This night keeps on surprising me as I gazed longingly on Cass in her bloody red long dress. Her soft fingers delicately pressed the keys expertly on the grand piano.
I think I've seen this film before
And I didn't like the ending
You're not my homeland anymore
So what am I defendin' now?
You were my town
Now I'm in exile seein' you out
I think I've seen this film before
Men started taking their dates to dance to the slow music she was making. Soon, the floor were crowded and Cass played songs one after another. Her voice brought bliss to my whole being and sure enough, I wasn't the only one captivated by her charms tonight.
11 PM and the guests started to leave. We bid them goodbyes up to the last guest. And just like that we were left to have our own after party.
As what I planned before, I made my way out before they force me to stay.
I took the way from the garden where I met the silhouette man to the parking. On my way, I saw Cass sitting at the same spot the man sat on earlier. And just like the man, I caught her staring at the moon too. I didn't noticed it earlier but she was wearing that bracelets again like she swore to who-knows-who that she wouldn't take it off whatever happens. It was kind of out of place with all her red gown.
"Hey, you haven't answered any of my calls. Are you still mad at me?" I tried asking with my most gentle tone.
"No." She replied wearing that sad looks in her eyes.
Talk to me please. What are you thinking, Cass?
"Do you have someone to take you home?" I tried asking again.
"None." She answered. Her replies were short but not cold.
She then turned her head towards me and smiled a little. The kind of smile that you know that there is something going on but you refrain of asking because you're waiting for her to open up on her own.
I let it pass. Which I hoped I didn't.
"Do you want me to book you a grab? I want to take you home but I don't know if you would like riding a bike since you're wearing a gown." Of course I want to take her home. Or at my place. I think she wouldn't mind that. I could prepare a little dinner or maybe spent the rest of the night watching movies with her. Anything to make up to her.
"I don't mind riding Bumblebee." With her consent, I guided her towards my bike.
Her right hand holding on to my waist while the other was holding the hem of her dress. Later, we found ourselves strolling the midnight road, free of cars.
Lamp posts lighted our way as I thought of an idea. I stopped at the park near my place. I helped her got off the bike. The whole park was ours to loiter. The fountain in the center emitting glittering sparks of water that reflects the light. The full moon above us in all it's soft dim light. Stars twinkling blue and red. Like the whole galaxy conspired just to give me this one perfect moment.
She never asked anything why we're here. I offered her my hand and she looked confused at first but decided to take it anyway. I started humming a soft tune as I lead her to a slow dance.
Your love is like a river
Peaceful and deep
Your soul is like a secret
That I never could keep
When I look into your eyes
I know that it's true
God must have spent
A little more time on you
She followed my lead and sang with me afterwards while still waltzing. Both dancing with the same rhythm.
At this very moment, I felt being emotional. She looked up to me and saw my face.
"What's with that look, Daga?" She asked.
"Nothing. It's just that I realized it was my first time dancing with you. I wasn't there on your debut. Or even on your proms." I said almost choking in my own saliva. A lump in my throat were forming as my eyes became a bit blurry due to tears.
She pondered on it for a little while and said, "It's alright. I understand. I always understand."
She said the last part in almost a whisper inaudible to hear.
We were both gazing at each other when I saw a lone tear that escaped her doe eyes. I know in myself that I was happy at the moment because I finally have done this after all these years.
I know she liked it too and yearned for it, but her tears felt and screamed otherwise.
Without second thought, I hugged her and she buried her face on my chest.
"I'm sorry. I'm sorry..." I kept repeating those words as if it would free me of the guilt I'm feeling from looking at her tear streaked face.
She was happy but then she is in pain. A mixture of both. Or probably regrets.