Maria came back in to take the tray and she went away as she stared at the bowl, which was now empty and looked satisfied as she left.
“So, where were we?” Veronica asked as she wiped her mouth using a tissue and tossed it to the dustbin.
I stayed quiet wanting to know what was going on.
“Yeah! Marriage. No, I’m not married,” she said as she chuckled and at that moment all I wanted to do was to take a sigh of relief but stopped when she continued “yet!” smiling at me which made me confused.
“I will be in sometimes. We have just not decided the date,” she sighed as she leaned to the headboard pulling her duvet upto her chin.
“We?” I asked slowly and she nodded.
“I do have a fiancé,” she said and as she turned to her left and opened the drawer to her nightstand and brought something out. It was a ring. It was a big diamond ring and she wore it showing me her finger with the ring.
“We got engaged three months ago. But not decided the wedding date. I know what you’re thinking. About this ring right? He is unbiased,” she said as she looked back at the ring and then back at me.
“You are engaged and you tell me now?” I asked slowly as I couldn’t take in what I just heard. I had no idea that my hands were formed into a tight fist as I hid them from her sight.
Please tell me this is a joke.
“Hey! Don’t blame me now. I tried my best to talk to you but you wouldn’t listen,” she complained throwing her hands up in the air.
“But what after that? You could’ve told me as I started listening!”
“You be clear first! What did you want to hear from me? My vanishing out of your life or my engagement? How could I even tell you about my engagement when you wouldn’t even look at my face?” she yelled which made me get up from the chair.
“Stop yelling and have some rest. You are still unwell. I need to leave now,” I said as I turned to leave.
“Ace, c’mon!” I heard her as I walked towards the door.
“Ace! Hey! Ace! Okay fine! I’m sorry,” I heard her as I left her room and out of her penthouse, taking long strides, wanting to get away.
So this is how this has to be? I have been waiting for her and imagining her like a mad man since the day she disappeared but here we are, after fourteen years, after all those years trying my best to get her out of my mind, finally here we are. She is engaged and would marry off someone else.
Beads of sweat formed on my forehead as I reached to my car. I saw my reflection on the car’s window. Disheveled hair and red shot eyes was characterised me at the moment. I was stupid. Actually, it’s all my fault. She never fell for me but it was always me. I betrayed her feelings by not respecting our friendship and falling for her.
What started as a crush...ended up to love and now its all gone. Finish.
“Damn it!” I banged my hand on my reflection on the car’s window aggravated on myself. How can I be so stupid? How can I again fall for her? How could I not understand that even if I didn’t tell her, she would still get it that I actually loved her?
I had no idea when I slipped down, closing my eyes and holding my head in the process.
I had lost everything now.
“Finally, Ace Knights has lost everything,” I grunted as I sat their for a moment as I got into my senses and got inside the car, driving off to my house.
It’s been a week since I last saw her. I have been engrossed min my work to the extent, I hardly left my cabin for anything. It was okay, if my career in astronomy was getting out of my hand and it was perfectly fine, if the person I loved married someone else. I still had Knights Corp. I could still focus on the company and still be on line.
But even though, I felt alright, I had no idea why I couldn’t talk. Chelsea tried her best to talk to me and take me out but each time, I would gently send her away. But I could see how worried she grew when she saw me working day and night.
“Sir, we got a message from Ms. Knights that she would be taking a flight back next week,” Noah told me as he showed me his tab and all I did was ignore his action as I spoke: “It’s alright. Send her a message telling her that I am taking care of everything perfectly fine. She should concentrate more on mom now s I can’t be their with her,” as I said that I looked up to find Noah giving me a strange look as he held his tab firmly, before nodding and leaving.
“Ms. Veronica Sullivan is here to meet you,” he said as he turned around and before I could say anything he left.
I was frozen on my spot as I clutched my pen and looked down at my file when she walked in. Looking fresh as a flower, a smile on her face as she sat before me.
“Are you still angry on me for not telling you about my engagement?” she asked while I stared at my file.
“No, I am just trying to adjust with the fact that I met my friend after so many days and I didn’t even receive an invitation to her wedding,” I said nonchalantly and mentally scoffed at what I just said.
“Hey c’mon. It’s nothing like that. Do you even need an invitation for my wedding?” she chuckled as I looked at her.
“I don’t need an invitation as your friend, true. But I do need it as the CEO of the company in which you are investing as a formality,” I gave her a thin smile to which she raised an eyebrow.
“You know what? I can do better than that,” she said as she got off her chair and made her way towards me when all of a sudden she held my hand and tried to pull me up.
“I have work to do, Ms. Sullivan,” I said as I tried to pry my hand from hers but she held it firmly and tugged me along with her as I sighed keeping my pen on the desk. “Just where are you taking me?” I asked as she left my hand as soon as we were out of the cabin and I followed her quietly towards the elevator.
All the while I could see the ring on her finger, dazzling as she pressed the elevator’s button and we entered standing at each corner of the elevator.
“To the canteen,” she said and I shoved my hands into my pant pockets.
“Good! I feel hungry,” I made a statement to which she just looked back at me and gave me a mischievous smile.
Never in my life, I was this surprised or astonished as the moment I was when I saw the man sitting next to the glass curtain wall. He had a cup of coffee in his hand and had a smile plastered on his face.
“Simon meet my best friend Ace,” Veronica introduced me to him as I sat there trying my best no to make a face.
The man was probably in his late 40′s and there was a moment I thought may be e was Veronica’s father. But no, he came out as her fiancé. The wrinkles formed on his forehead and the side of his eyes, the dark circles, still he was good looking for his age and had few strands of grey hair, black eyes and pale skin.
What the hell Veronica?
“I know. Who doesn’t know Mr. Knights here?” he said showing his white polished teeth and all I could do was stare.
“Ace, are you happy now? I made you meet my fiancé and guess what not even my family has met him. You are the first one I let Simon meet," she said as she looked back at Simon who just gave her a small smile and then they looked back at me.
To say, my head was throbbing now, would be an understatement.