For the umpteenth time, I looked at myself in the mirror to check my look. Nervousness glide up my body as I looked into my reflection. I was wearing a royal blue with thigh slit dress for the evening. Alex had told me that he would be taking me out on a date today. But it wasn’t the first time that he made me such a promise. All those previous promises were not fulfilled and that was the only reason why our relationship turned out to be like this.
I found myself pacing around my room as I waited for his car. I looked up towards the wall clock to check the time and it read seven in the evening.
“It’s already seven. I guess he is no-” my little conversation was stopped in the middle when I had the doorbell ringing. Immediately a smile broke onto my face as I ran up to the door and quickly made sure to fix my hair and dress before inhaling deeply and slowly I opened the door only to face a person whom I didn’t even recognize. The smile faded away from my face as I looked around searching for the person whom I wanted to see but found no one except the guy standing in a tailored black suit before me.
“Yes?” I asked giving him a small smile.
He smiled showing his dimple as he brought his hand forward and handed me a bouquet of roses and a small card in it. Before I could ask him about it he bowed his head and left the place with me standing there with the bouquet in my hand. Inhaling the fragrance of the freshly plucked roses I smiled as I opened that small card placed in the bouquet to read: Beautiful flowers for a beautiful lady ;)
“What?” I chuckled reading the cheesy lines.
“What’s wrong with him?” I muttered as I looked at the bouquet in my hand with a smile plastered on my face.
“Nothing’s wrong with me” a voice spoke up and that made me squeal startled when I saw none other than Alex standing before me as he buttoned his suit and smiled seeing my reaction.
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you,” he apologized and I shook my head no.
“No. It’s okay. I was just caught off guard,”
“You look beautiful today,” he said out all of a sudden and like a flash, I looked up at him surprised for the second time of the day.
“Why do you look so surprised?” he raised an eyebrow to which I shrugged my shoulders and smiled back in reply.
“Wait! So you want to tell me that this is the first time, I have ever complimented you?” he asked and I narrowed my eyes at him in reply.
“What? What a liar! I have done it before-”
“When?” I asked and he was cut off in the middle as he held his collar and tried to remember.
“Oh...” was the only thing that came out of his mouth as he recognized his mistake.
“I’ll try to pay attention to all these from now on,” I heard him mutter but that made me chuckle.
“It’s okay. You don’t have to,” I said as I walked back in and placed the bouquet in a vase.
“So did you like the flowers?” he asked as he followed me inside and I looked back at him and nodded my head yes.
“Relieved” I heard him mutter.
“So shall we?” he asked as he forwarded his hand for me to take and I placed my hand in his feeling his warmness and we walked out of the apartment after I locked the door and towards his car. As we sat in his car I couldn’t help but notice what he was wearing. He chose a grey colored suit for the evening and had his hair styled backward. All of a sudden a scene flashed before my eyes when I looked at his styled hair. All of a sudden I felt as if I had seen the same hairstyle but that person wasn’t Alex.
“Ivona?” Alex held my hand as he looked towards me while driving seeming worried all of a sudden and I realized that I was holding my head gasping for air.
“What happened?” he asked and I shook my head no.
“Nothing” I whispered and took in deep breaths and rolled the window down wanting to feel the air.
What is this?
Why do I keep having these weird memories flashed before me again and again?
Are those things somehow related to my past?
“Ivona!” I was shaken out of my trance by Alex and startled I looked towards him to find him already looking at me. I realized the car has already come to a halt and we had reached our destination.
“Are you alright? You don’t seem fine to me? Should we go back ho-”
“No! I’m alright. It’s just I keep having a headache, again and again, these days,” I lied and looked out of the window averting his gaze.
“What? Why did you not tell me about this? Should I take an appointmen-”
“No,” I chuckled “It’s okay. I am fine,” I smiled and got out of the car before he could come out and hold the door for me.
“Hey! I thought I was supposed to hold the door for you,” he narrowed his eyes at me as he looked at me from the other side of the car.
“Oh sorry. Should I get back in?” I asked and bit down on my cheeks trying to hold back the smile. He stared at me for a second and rolled his eyes slamming the door shut.
“Forget it!” he replied and I shook my head at him as I made my way to his side and he offered me his arm to hold and I entangled mine smiling up at him.
“Thank you for your kindness,” I mocked and that made him a smile.
“Whatever,” he said and we walked into the restaurant.
As we walked in I looked around the restaurant. It was crowded and the waiters paced around faster to serve the orders.
“The place is crowded,” I voiced out my thoughts and Alex held my hand giving it a squeeze.
“Don’t worry this is not the place where we will be enjoying the evening,” he said and I followed him to wherever he was going.
“Where are we going?” I asked once we were inside an elevator.
“You will see,”
As the elevator door pinged open I looked out to find us in the terrace. A wow escaped my mouth as I took in the decoration of the place. There in the middle our table was set with candles and fairy lights lit all over the place. A man stood next to table and as soon as he saw us he walked towards us with a professional smile on his face.
“A candle light dinner?” I asked excited all of a sudden.
“You like it?” he asked for the first time smiling brightly.
“Very,” I heard myself and he smiled looking back at the man. But all the while I was actually complimenting his toxic smile.
“Good Evening,” the host said and took my hand in his and placed a kiss over it making me blush.
“I, Jeremiah will be your host for the evening,” he said once I withdrew my hand from his hand.
We followed him to the table and he dragged the chair for me to sit.
“Thank you,” I whispered and sat down all the while still gawking at the scenery. I could see the whole city from the floor and what excited me more was the fact that Alex was there with me to enjoy the time. This was like a dream come true. The only wish that I had for a while was to spend sometime with Alex and finally it was the day. I just hoped that nothing goes wrong and the night goes on as we had planned and be a night to remember till end.
“I hope I have made you happy,” I heard Alex and nodded my head smiling at him.
We chatted for a while while we waited for the food to be served. Jeremiah played a wonderful host as he joked around, played some magic tricks and had me squealing like a three year old kid and it was the time when the violinist came. I sipped from my red wine and waited patiently for him to play his violin but when he did I had the glass slip off my hand.
“Ivona!” Alex was immediately by my side as he took the tissue from the table and tried to clean the spilt wine from my dress.
“Ivona?” I could hear him but still I felt traumatized to move from my place.
What was that?
As soon as the violinist played the tune I had some memories flashed before my eyes with some woman who seemed like me crying and looking at herself in the mirror and what seemed like a washroom and then I saw as a man barging inside but before I could see his face I was shaken out of my trance.
“Ivona!” I heard Alex’s worried voice.
“Yes? Yes!” I said once I got a hold of myself.
“What happened?” he asked and I stood up on my heels holding the side of my head.
“Oh no it’s nothing. Am sorry for that. The glass just slipped off my hand. Sorry,” I lied once again as I looked down towards my dress. A ll of a sudden I felt my heart rising up. I placed a hand over my chest feeling the sped up heartbeat.
What’s going on?
It felt as if my heart was responding to someone. As if it was feeling a presence of a certain somebody. I felt as if someone I knew was around and that made me feel restless.
“Are you sure you are alright?” Alex asked me and I nodded.
“I need to use the washroom. Excuse me, please,” I said and took a step forward towards the direction of the elevator but was held back by Alex.
“I will take you there,” he said and I shook my head no.
“No, it’s alright. I know the way,” I said and walked away without even hearing him reply.
The whole way I paced around the elevator holding my head.
“What’s going on with me?” I asked as I splashed water multiple times on my face once I was in the washroom.
Why am I feeling like this from this past few days? Am I sick?
I took in a deep breath as I splashed water a few more times before leaning against the sink.
“Or maybe I should tell about all this to Alex,” I muttered and turned around to look at myself in the mirror.
“But what if this creates a new problem between us? I mean we just started to give this deal a chance. What if he thinks am ill? I don’t want to burden him any longer,” a sigh escaped my mouth and I looked up towards the white ceiling and just as I was about to pick up my purse from the counter the door slammed open and a man walked in.
All I did was to stare at the person in complete shock until he walked up to me and before I could shout or yell he held me by head and pulled me into a kiss while I stood paralyzed in my spot with the purse in my hand as the unknown man kissed me.
“My Juliette,” he whispered once he looked back at my shocked state. His brown eyes filled up with happiness as he looked straight into my eyes and looked all over my face before pulling me to another kiss that blew my mind away.
What in the world?