(Ch. 23) Blind Date
I was feeling a lot nervous and confused right now. I hadn't told anyone about that mind-blowing kiss, not even Kate nor mom or dad. I don't want anyone to start thinking or at least start hoping for my future relationship. It was a mistake. A big mistake and that was all.
I was heading towards my office hoping that Edan doesn't mention it or else I won't be able to face him. I decided to take a leave but I needed to save money for my college. I was planning on telling Edan about my admission and that I might stop working here but I couldn't find the right time to.
I entered my office to see Edan standing there. He was leaning against the wooden table while his arms crossed in front of his chest. He looked as handsome as always, muscles bulging out of the tight shirt, hair a mess and those blue eyes staring towards me. My heart sped up just by the stare he was directing towards me. I clenched onto my purse hoping to calm down my running nerves.
"Morning," I whispered breaking our stare.
"Morning Miss James," he replied and I looked up at the use of my surname.
Miss James? Did I hear him right?
As if he heard my unspoken question, he said, "Miss James, I understand that you're not ready for any relationship and nor am I," he paused, looked at me with a stern expression and then continued, "It was indeed a mistake. So, I think we should just keep our professional relationship. It will be best for both of us." His voice so cold to send shudder down my spine and his words making my heartbreak.
It was indeed a mistake.
That's all I heard and felt. He also confessed that it was a mistake. That beautiful short-moment was a mistake for him too. Great. That's exactly what I wanted but why these words were making my heart shattered into tiny million pieces. It hurt. These words hurt. I felt like someone had cut me deep, I felt pain deep in my chest as if my world had come to an end but why I felt that way?
Emma, you want this and now it's done. You want to end this whatever thing you both had between and now it ended. You should thank him for that.
I lowered my head and nodded holding back the tears.
"Check these files and sent them to my office." With that, he brushed past me as I sucked in a breath by his sudden touch. I glanced back to see that he had already left. Sighing, I went to my desk still controlling my tears.
You idiot Emma. You wanted that. Didn't you? You wanted to never ever fall in love. You wanted to end those strange feelings, you wanted to forget about that kiss and thank God, Edan is helping you with that. He now understands, that damn kiss was just a foolish mistake. Believe it, Emma, he had kissed thousands of women and not just any ordinary women, women better than you. You are nothing to him. Look at yourself you're nothing compared to them so just shut your damn tears and act as a brave woman, you have your whole life ahead of you, you should fulfil your dream so stop crying over a man.
My conscience reminded me as I wiped away my stupid tears and started looking at the files. After finishing them I went into Edan's office and put the files on his table.
"Sir. These are the files you said," I told him
"Fine, take this one and check it." He ordered not even looking at me.
I took it and went to my office. I hate to admit but I was disappointed that he didn't even glance at me. This was so strange. Since the day I started working with him, I have never seen this behaviour of his. He would never ignore me instead he would tease me, would make me angry or mad but now this sudden change, I was not liking it. I guess he did hate me now. That confession of his was just a big ugly drama and I was just being fooled.
Emma! You are such a big fool! Idiot.
"Huh," I scoffed, "Edan I know you were just playing with me." My eyes tearful as a part of me still not believing this but I guess I was hell wrong. It was indeed my fault for believing it.
I need to get a hold of my self. I can't let him get me.
The stronger part of me tried to confront me.
Come on Emma! Be brave. It's not the end of a world.
I know but why does it hurt? Why my heart feels so heavy and why I want to cry.
Leave it Emma! Focus on your work.
I took in a deep breath and shook my head to clear the thoughts. I opened the file and took a look at the documents. Below the documents, there was a paper more like an invitation. I read it.
A charity event is going to be held on the 16th of November to raise the funds for children suffering from cancer. All of the money will be given to cancer hospitals. All well-established CEOs are invited. Moreover, actors and models are invited too. There will be a dinner arranged for all. There will be a dance ball and an auction to raise the charity. So please help us to save our children.
P.S. It's compulsory for the PAs and secretaries to participate.
Thanks for your cooperation.
I read it once and then twice. Well, it's good to raise charity for poor children but what did it mean by it's compulsory for PAs and secretaries to participate and participate in what? I hadn't been to these events before.
Oh well! I guess it's probably nothing important to wonder. It was going to be held after a week.
Shrugging, I turned my attention to my unfinished work. After going through half of the file, I decided to take a break. As my break finished, I completed the rest of my work and went to Edan's office.
"Sir?" I called out.
"Yes?" He questioned still not looking at me as his eyes on the laptop.
Why was he doing this to me?
"I have finished my work," I told him
"Fine. You can go home now." He ordered still not looking at me.
I nodded, glad at the sudden leave but disappointed by his rude and cold behaviour and left his office. As I left the building, Lious came to me.
"Madam?" He questioned.
"Oh, Lious! I've told you to call me Emma," I smiled.
"Are you alright? You've been frowning since you have left that building," he spoke as we walked towards the bus station.
"Hmmm, nothing," I sighed.
I wish it was nothing.
"So, Edan told you to look after me. Right?" I turned my attention to him and he nodded.
"Well, I think there's no need for it. I can take care of myself and moreover I don't want his mercy or pity." I told him.
"But madam-" he started.
"Edan and I had worked out and we had talked about this and he did agree as well. So, you're free to leave." I lied with a warm smile on my lips.
It's not that I hate Lious, he's nice and polite and I love his company, but I'm not that type of girl who can't take care of herself and moreover I don't want Edan's mercy or something. I don't want his care, I don't want his help. I don't want anything of him.
"That's an order. Edan told you to do as I say and I don't need any bodyguard so please," I cut his sentence.
I like privacy.
"OK. But if you ever need me just call me. You are still a friend to me." He said and hugged me. I hugged him back.
"Bye," I told him and he gave me a last hug and went away. Taking a bus home, I entered my apartment to see Kate rushing around the whole apartment like a maniac.
"Kate? What are you doing?" I looked at her confused while throwing my tired self on the couch.
"Aah, Emma welcome back." She smiled and went to her room.
"For what?" I tossed my shoes and placed my feet on the table in front.
"I'll tell you later just get ready." She answered.
"Nah! I am too tired."
I ain't going anywhere. My stamina was zero right now.
"Em! Just get ready. We have to go somewhere." She rushed to the kitchen and gulped a glass of water to ease her drying throat due to running all over the place.
"Kate? What's going on? Just tell me." I demanded and this time glared at her.
"Actually, " she stopped mid-track and but her lower lip. I was glaring at her asking for an answer. She closed her eyes, "I've got a date and that guy is bringing another guy and he told me to bring a friend of mine so I said I will," she said in one go making my eyes open with confusion as I stood straight.
Oh no! Please god, don't let it be what I am thinking. Please don't let it be. Please...
"And?" I questioned shooting daggers at her. "I said I'll bring you." She smiled sheepishly at me and all I wanted was to kill this woman in front of me.
Shit! How could she? Damn it!
"WHAT! You did what?!" I yelled at her. Now I was sure what exactly she had done. How could she?
"Sorry, but please Emma, please. It means a lot to me." She pleaded.
"Kate! no, a big NO! I'm not doing this kind of shits. I'm not going on a date. No way in hell!" I yelled at her.
How could she do that? I was not going.
"Emma, please for me." She pleaded giving me her puppy eyes and I death glared at her.
Not this time Miss Kate. I was not falling for your tricks. I was not going and that was final.
"No," I stated my final answer.
"Emma, I'll do whole house chores for a week. No! I'll do it for a month. Please," She pleaded.
"Are you trying to bribe me? Well, it's not working," I retorted.
"Fine," She threw a fist in the air, "Don't go! I'll just call Jim and tell him I'm not coming." She sniffled and bowed her head down. She took out her phone to cancel her date and there, I felt a bit bad deep inside.
"You can go. I'm not stopping you." I said feeling a little bad for her. She really wanted to go.
"If you're not going then I'm also not going." She rebutted and folded her arms, frowning.
What? For God Sake! Crap! I was stuck.
What should I do?
No! I don't want to.
But she looks so sad.
No no no! Heart this is not the right time to act soft. Stop!
I looked at Kate as she dialled the number and placed the phone against her ear. Her face showing clearly how bad she was feeling. She was super excited about this and now I ruined it.
"Fine. I'll go."
Shit! And there my heart acted soft. Damn! I sighed in defeat and her face brightened.
"But believe me, if he tried to make a move on me; I'm going to kick his pretty damn ass." I threatened to give a stern look.
"Thanks, Em, I love you," she cheered and enveloped me in a hug.
We were standing in front of a restaurant and by the look of it, it wasn't fancy, five-star restaurant. It was a normal place for normal people. We entered and sat at a table close to a big window, slow music was playing and some of the people were dancing on the small dance floor.
"Hey, Jim!" Kate greeted with excitement and I turned my head to see a guy with brown hair and tan skin. His eyes were black and beside him was...
"Kevin?" I said and this made Kate turned her attention to him.
"Emma? So you're my blind date?" he smiled and hugged me.
"Hey, Kev!" Kate greeted him and he gave a warm smile.
"You know each other?" Jim asked confused looking at us and we nodded.
"Yeah. We are friends, great friends." Kate replied.
"So that means no introductions. Well, great for me." Jim chuckled and looked at me as Kate let out a small laugh and I smiled a little.
"I'm starving Jim," Kate said while grabbing his arm and we all sat in our seats.
"I'm so glad that you're my date," Kevin smiled, staring at me. He was sitting in front of me and I returned his smile. "Me too."
"Really? That means you don't hate me or something. Right?" Kevin raised his eyebrows and smiled.
"Yeah. You can say that. Believe me, I don't do these shits, it was Kate who brought me into this," I looked at him and chuckled.
"Me too. Jim forced me. He would always rant that I don't have a girlfriend and all. So, here he is, trying to set me up on a blind date," he laughed making me smile.
"So what will you order?" We turned our attention to Jim who had asked us. I took my menu and read it. After deciding I gave my order. The others did the same. I looked at Kevin and he was looking at me.
"What?" I questioned confused.
"You look beautiful," he commented.
"Uh, thanks, I guess." I don't know what else to say. I hadn't spent too much time getting ready because I wasn't ready for this date. Why? Because I was technically forced to come here. I was wearing a blue frock with long sleeves. It reached my knees. I don't like too revealing clothes so I decided to wear that dress. I just love it for its design.
"So do you like Violet?" I took him by surprise as he chocked on his own breath making me laugh. His eyes got wide and he was looking at me blankly.
"Hm?" I raised my eyebrows demanding an answer.
"Uuh, No?" His answer came out much like a question and I could see he was lying.
"Liar, " I teased him making his cheeks turn into a slightly red colour.
"Aww! You are blushing," I continued to tease him, enjoying how he was reacting.
He looked kinda cute...
"No, I'm not," he retorted.
"Yeah yeah. I know," I smirked. "So, you like her?" I asked again.
"I know you like her. Just admit that" I convinced him, grinning.
"Uuhh," he was speechless now.
Poor deer caught in red light.
"Kevin stop lying. I know the look in your eyes when you look at her." I told him the truth. I have been noticing him since I met him. The way he looks at her, it's written all over his face.
"Is it that obvious?" He spoke up, his eyes looking down.
"A little. You should ask her out. I'm pretty sure she would say yes." By then our order was there but I didn't let this change our topic. I took a spoon and started eating the soup that I ordered.
"You think so. I-I don't know if she likes me or not." Kevin said while taking a piece of his chicken.
"Believe me, she would say yes and I'm sure she likes you too." I took one more spoonful of my soup, slurping it.
Kate and Jim were talking about there future plans and about the things they like and dislike. I was pretty sure they were planning to have a serious relationship. However, they do look cute together.
"OK, I'll try." Kevin finally said after thinking for a while.
I smiled at him and finished my soup. We all had finished our meals and now we had ordered some ice cream as a sweet dish.
"Wanna dance?" Jim asked Kate and she nodded grinning.
Jim took her hand and went to the dance floor. They sway together on the low beat music.
"I am not going to ask you for a dance because I'm pretty sure your answer will be no." Kevin smiled and I agreed with him.
I gazed out the window, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere, the dim lights on the streets as few people were passing by. I was enjoying the time when my eyes caught something.
Dark black hair, broad shoulders, long strides and the way his presence screams of power, I know who that was.
And... And he was not alone, a woman was with him. They both talking and laughing and I could tell Edan was enjoying himself. His hand on her waist and they were coming towards this restaurant.
I hope everyone's fine.
Seriously, how many of you thought that her date was Edan. ;)
Tell me how was this part?
Who is with Edan? And why Edan is behaving coldly with Emma after knowing a little about her past. Did he give up and moved on?
Tell me what you think...
Love ya all..!
Above is a picture of Emma's dress for her blind date.
P.S. sorry for the mistakes...