Chapter 12: A Talk with the Mom
From the moment we left Gene and Arimi’s house, Matt had been grinning nonstop. I want to be annoyed, but I can’t. I don’t have the energy to do so; I’ve been feeling lightheaded for quite some time now.
“What is so amusing?” I asked as I leaned back on my seat and closing my eyes, trying to get comfortable as much as I can.
“I’m just so happy that you agreed to come and meet my mom…Hey, are you okay?”
I jerked up as I felt the back of his hand touch my forehead. “Wha–”
“Are you sick or something?” He frowned at me.
“I’m fine. I just ate a lot earlier.” I rolled my eyes and pushed his hand away. “And look in front of you when driving, or don’t drive at all. Idiot.”
He just chuckled. “Yes ma’am.”
I leaned back down, and before I know it we already arrived at the Roose Residence.
Going to the Roose Residence to meet Matt’s mom didn’t ever crossed my mind; it’s not like we’re really in love. It hadn’t even been a day since it was made official! But all thanks to Arimi and her mood swings, here I am…following Matt to their front door.
Earlier, when Matt and I finally went for lunch in their garden, and we told them that we’ve sorted things out, Arimi started acting so thrilled and suddenly called a bunch of people to let them know. And I almost jumped at her to stop her and shake some sense to her!
I mean, seriously! Who in their right mind would do something like that? Doing as she please in front of me and Matt like we’re not there at all! I felt like I was humiliated in front of people I don’t know, without being able to have a say to it. The chick just had to have all her conversations in loud speaker too!
And here I thought that because she’s the first lady of TD, she’ll make the most sense! But noooooo!!! She even started threatening Gene when he tried to stop her.
She’s like a spoiled brat, who just has to poke her nose to places that it isn’t needed and had the need to declare it to the world. Well, actually I think it’s just the guys from BF and some other people close to her, and of course Matt’s mom; however, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s not her business to tell anyone! What’s the big deal about it anyway?
I bet Arimi and Aunt Marry will get along well…and Matt’s mom too. She squealed like a teenager and demanded that Matt bring me to their house as soon as we left Gene’s.
All I wanna do is get back home and curl up in my bed…Why do I have to be here when I feel like I’m going to faint?
It’s my entire fault for agreeing anyway. I should have just told them honestly that I wasn’t feeling well, and promise to meet her some other time. I’m sure she would have understood.
Well, whatever. I’m already here anyway. Let’s just hope that this meet and greet will be done before I make a fool of myself and hate myself more.
“Wiwi, are you sure you’re okay?” Matt asked again, frowning at me. “Maybe I should just get you home. I’ll tell mom I’ll introduce you some other time.”
“I’m fine. It’s just the ride with a full stomach. And stop calling me that, it sounded like I’m a piss or something.”
“A what?” His eyes were dancing in amusement, as he asked me with a straight face.
Sigh. Whatever. “Plus your mom is already here.”
“Matt! Wish! I’ve been waiting forever!” And she talks like a teenager. She hugged us simultaneously and looked at me warmly. “I’m so glad to finally meet you, Wish. Matt is such a slowpoke, making everyone wait...”
Exaggeration much? It was just a couple of hours…not years.
“It’s my pleasure to meet you, Mrs. Roose.”
“Wha– No, no, no! Not Mrs. Roose. Just call me Lissa. Oh, wait! How about ‘mom’? That’s right, Wish. Call me ‘mom’.” She giggled and hugged me again.
“Mom, stop it!” Seriously, is there no end to embarrassing us today?
“I think I’ll just settle for ‘Aunt Lissa’, if that’s alright.” I said, followed by an awkward laugh.
“You’ll come around. Ho, ho, ho.” She grinned mischievously. “Come on Wish. I prepared some sandwiches.”
“We just had lunch, mom.” Matt sighed.
“But, but…I made it especially for you…” She gave me puppy eyes that I can’t just say no to.
“Maybe I’ll have a few bites.”
She squealed, “I love you, Wish! Let’s go, let’s go. But Matt the Kill Joy is not invited.” and stuck her tongue out at him.
“Then I’ll invite myself, I can’t leave her alone with you.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?” She whined.
“It means that you’re acting like a kid again.” He sighed. “Makes me wonder every time what dad saw in you.”
“Wha–! That’s so mean! Makes me wonder what Wish saw in you! Right, Wish?” We started walking further into the house. “He’s mean, rude, hot-tempered, immature, a coward…I can just go on!”
“And I wonder where I got all those from…”
“W-What’s that supposed to mean?” She whined again.
I watched them banter like it’s an everyday occurrence, and maybe it really is. Makes me wish my mom is still alive. I could never make fun of her like that, but I would love to just be with her and do the most nonsensical things there is.
“Neh, Wish. If you decide to live this blockhead for someone else, I won’t hold it against you.” Aunt Lissa said to me seriously. “You deserve someone else better to love.”
“I can say the same for dad.” He retorted, sounding bored already.
“What did you say? You-You meanie! Wish, what did you really saw in him?” She demanded.
I looked at Matt as he walked ahead and sighed. I wander myself what I saw in him.
I already accepted the fact that Matt’s house is not really a house but a mansion, but now that I found out that they have basements too, not one but three levels that seemed like wider than the above floors, I don’t know what to call it anymore.
“Aunt Lissa, are you sure it’s okay for me to be here?” I asked skeptically as we waited for the basement elevator doors to open to the first level. It’s not like I don’t enjoy Aunt Lissa’s company; she’d been really nice and accommodating, that even though she kept on bantering with Matt I didn’t feel left out at all.
“What are you saying?” She shook her head at me as she grinned. “Of course it’s okay! You don’t know how excited I am when I found out that Matt’s finally got a girlfriend, and you of all people! I’ve been waiting for years, I almost lost all hope!”
Lost hope of Matt having a girlfriend? Didn’t it ever occur to her that he’s not interested in girls?
“I’ve always dreamed of passing down my collection to my daughter; and since Matt can’t have anymore siblings, I’ll just have to bet on his bride.” She said excitedly. Why can’t Matt have anymore siblings? His mom looked young.
“Then Auntie, you should be doing this to his fiancé.” I said bluntly. “I’m just his girlfriend.” Though I think Matt is still too young to be thinking about– Wait, why am I thinking about this anyway?
“For now.” She smiled. “But time will come. After all, you are Matt’s first…”
So, he really was serious when he said that he never had a girlfriend. What a guy.
“Did Matt really not introduce you to any female friends?” I asked curiously.
“The only female friend he ever introduced to me is Arimi; although I often see him hang out with girls.” She frowned. “He’s pretty loyal, don’t you think.” She grinned at me and I just stared at her. Just as the elevator door opened to reveal a wide room with hundreds, no maybe thousands, of clothes possibly of all kinds.
“Wow.” Was all I was able to say as I stared in amazement.
“Awesome, right?” She grinned. “Some of them were my designs, although most are from my travels abroad.”
“You’re a fashion designer?” I didn’t know that, not that it ever crossed my mind what Matt’s mom does.
“That I am.” She giggled. “Matt didn’t tell you?”
I shook my head.
“Can’t blame him, though; I think he resented my line of work.” She giggled.
“You see, I had trouble when I gave birth to Matt that caused me to not bear a baby anymore…” Oh, so that’s why. “…but I always wanted a daughter, so when Matt was growing up I would always make him wear the clothes I had designed for my supposed daughter.” Seriously? Matt dressing up as a girl? I wanna see that! “At first Matt was okay with it and even enjoyed it, but as he grew older…he became more difficult. Not cute at all.” I would feel the same if I were a boy. “That’s right Wish, I’ll show you his pictures later. I know I’ve saved some from his pre-school and elementary years. But you can’t tell Matt, he thought he had got rid of everything.” She snickered, that I can’t help smiling at. Matt’s mom is really adorable sometimes.
I wonder when Matt will be back. At the middle of us having tea earlier, tea that really made me feel better though I still want to curl in my bed, Aunt Lissa suddenly told Matt to buy Patty’s Brownies. At first he really doesn’t want to go ’cause he doesn’t want to leave me with his mom, but I wanted the Brownies too so I helped his mom coax him. Surprisingly, when I did, he relented immediately.
It turned out that Matt’s mom only did that to get rid of him and have some alone time with me.
“Wish, let me show you my collection and then pick anything you want. I’ll give it to you.” She beamed at me.
“It’s okay, Aunt Lissa. You don’t have to do that.”
“I insist. It’s not like I’m going to use all of them. Plus it’s going to be all yours anyway…”
“What about a gown?” She suddenly pulled me a few isles of clothes from where we stood. “Let’s try my original designs on you, Wish. I think it will really look good on you!”
“Really, Auntie, it’s okay.”
“Just try it…please?” She gave me her puppy dog eyes again.
And so I tried gowns after gowns, with Aunt Lissa either helping me or taking a photo of me. I sure hope I look good on those photos, cause every second I’m spending in these gowns costs all of me.
“Wish, can I ask you something?”
“Uh, yeah sure.” I answered as I tried to smoothen the collar of the emerald green dress I’m currently wearing. I personally think that this is the best so far. Maybe I’ll ask if I can have it? Not that I think I’ll be able to wear it in any party.
“How did you feel in love with Matt?”
“Wha– Huh?” I suddenly looked at her, very surprised.
“I’m sorry if I suddenly asked. I’m just really curious.” She murmured.
I sighed then stared at my reflection in the mirror.
“You don’t have to tell me if you’re not comfortable. I know it’s too personal, and after all we just meet, and…that is…”
“If you promise not to tell him, I’ll tell you.” I smiled as I turned to her after thinking about it. I feel like I’m confiding to a girl friend. Is this what it felt like? Or is this how someone is like when confiding to a mother about her love life? Well, whatever it is, I like this feeling.
“Promise.” She said happily as she raised her right hand, I just chuckled.
“To tell you honestly, Matt didn’t give me even a single reason to fall in love with him in our high school days.” I said truthfully. “I can’t really figure out why he treated me like that.”
“A-Ah…” Aunt Lissa grimaced, as if telling me she knows exactly what I’m talking about.
“He never misses to talk to me every day, but it’s only to insult me, to make fun of me that I’m always the laughing stock of everyone. He never got tired of it. You’re right, he really is loyal.” I grinned. “It’s because of him that everyone started bullying me, mentally, physically and emotionally. Whatever I do they just won’t stop. There are times when I just want to skip school or leave town and live a hermit life some place no one will ever find. Thinking back, I can’t believe that I survived four years of that.” I shook my head, really unbelievable.
“What’s even more unbelievable though is, despite all what he did, I still fell in love with him.” I grimaced. “I don’t understand myself why I did. Maybe because ‘The more you hate; the more you love’? Or maybe because I’m just a masochist.” I’m feeling dizzy again, so I sat down on the floor.
“Do you remember when you first start feeling like that?”
I thought for awhile then shook my head. “I don’t. All I know is that, all those years I believed that deep inside he’s arrogant, manipulative and awful personality, there’s a kind, gentle and really caring Mathew Roose that he doesn’t let just anyone to see. Maybe because that belief grew in me through the years that I started falling for him?” Why am I suddenly being so open about for feelings for Matt? To his mom nonetheless. Aaahhh~ and I think I’m going to faint.
“When I left for college, I promised myself that I’ll forget everything about him, both my bad memories and my feelings. And for three years I thought I really did…but then he showed up, and all my feelings returned. I really hate myself for being so weak.” When I looked at Aunt Lissa, I was surprised to find her in tears. “Wha– Auntie are you okay? Why are you crying? Did I say something wrong?”
“N-No! No…” She sobbed. “I’m just so happy. Thank you so much for loving my son, Wish.”
I smiled sadly at her. Too bad this relationship you think we have will never happen. “Aunt Lissa, you promised, you can’t tell Matt anything.”
She chuckled. “I promise. I don’t know how much his ego will boost after hearing it.”
Matt’s mom said something after my reply, but even though she was sitting in front me in arm’s length I couldn’t make out what she was saying anymore. My dizziness overwhelmed me and before I know it I passed out.