Its been a day since he went away and he is yet to give me a message about his sister's accident. I was worried and wanted to know how she was and how Ace was doing. He had already told me about his mother's accident and his parent's being in overseas for her surgery. It was also the reason why he was stuck with the company.
But I knew him very well. He was a perfectionist and did every work with perfection. The shares of Knights' Corp raised up when he took over and he is doing good but I knew he was feeling burdened and hurt for not being able to do the work that he loved. That man is just good with patience and too good for his own kind.
If my father had told me to do something I didn't like, then I would never do it no matter what. But that's what makes me and Ace so different and that is also the reason why I like him. I smiled as I got rid of my suit and placed it on the bed as I walked to the large glass window in my bedroom and slid the curtain open.
The light shone into my room and I looked out towards the pool. Suddenly, the place seemed so lonely. Just days ago, we were hanging out, chatting, laughing and my eyes fell on the lounge where Ace touched me.
I could still feel the tingle shotting up my skin as I remembered the moment. Not a single guy has ever put his hands on me, without my consent but he, Ace was different. My eyes rolled back and I loved the way he touched me. I knew it instantly that he wanted me. I wanted him too but then he stopped and left me in the middle. I was filled with rage and warned him not to ever leave me in the middle by giving him a passionate kiss and pouring my anger out on it. But then I understood that he stopped because of our secretaries who were busy in their world but were right behind us.
It was completely a shock to me when he said he loved me.
When? And why? And how did he end up loving me? I have done nothing for such an amazing man to love me. If anything, I was always reckless before him. My impressions were always down before him and that Simon case, I knew it that I had ruined it all. But still, he loved me. I was too shocked to respond back but I was not even sure if I loved him.
I do like him. I really do. He is amazing and I would never get a partner like him, but I was still confused with my feelings.
A sigh escaped my mouth as I saw my phone vibrating and thinking it would be from my Ava notifying me about work-related stuff I picked the phone up and went through all the messages. As I had gone to New York, I had a lot of work stacked up for me when I got back and even though it was tiring, I ended up completing it all. Thanks to Ace, him being around me helped me a lot and I was able to be in a calm state of my mind which helped me to deal with my employee calmly and I cleared my work before time.
But there was still much work to do and I was already tired. I was about to keep the phone down when suddenly a maid walked in with a food tray and she came to me standing right next to me.
"Lunch is ready," she smiled and I nodded. I was about to tell her to keep it down on the table when my phone started vibrating again and I signaled her to keep the tray down and I picked up the phone. There was news from the news channel I had subscribed and the headline of it, got my attention.
Suddenly my mind went blank and I couldn't understand what was going on. My eyes seemed to scan through the phone again and again as I made sure what I was reading was right. It can't be, it just can't be.
Ace is engaged to Chelsea Kinsley.
A news announcement about their wedding?
I could feel it. I could feel the enormous amount of heat burning in me and rage-filled me as I threw the tray of food on the ground. The plate shattering to pieces and the maid gasped in horror as she looked down at the plate and then at me as I stood their seething in anger. I clutched the phone tightly and picked up the suit from the bed and made my way out of the room calling Ava on my way.
"Get the jet ready. We are flying off to New York right now!" I told her and hung up on her as I marched past Cami who looked up at me in shock to see me in such a condition would be a rare occasion for her and me. I had never lost my calm. Never to anyone or for anything except when Cami was admitted but this was something else.
I felt betrayed and cheated and I wanted a confrontation and I would get it no matter what.
"Take us to Knights Corp," I told the driver of my Mercedes as he picked us up from the airport. Ava sat at the side and I knew she kept glancing my way wanting to know why I was in such a foul mood. I was clearly off guard and my feelings and emotions reflected on my face. The whole fourteen hours flight was utterly annoying and disturbing at the same time for me. I wanted to reach as fast as I could to end the matter.
When we left Pretoria, it was already nine in the evening and when we landed in New York, it was already ten in the morning. I was still angry. I refused to forget anything and the flight didn't help. The phone in my hand rung and I read the caller ID to find Ace calling me.
What's the point of taking the phone when I was going to meet him anyway?
I ignored it and passed the phone to Ava wanting her to take care of it.
Ace was the only one who made me feel week and I was afraid, I would give in if I talked to him. I took my time to fill the rage in me wanting to pour it all out on him at once.
"Tell him to get to my penthouse in five minutes," I told Ava and she nodded doing her work as I looked out of the window. Everything seemed dark because of my glares. I had put it on when we left Pretoria and I didn't care if it was night or day. I knew my feelings were reflecting on my eyes and I refused anyone except Ace to see them. My nails were digging into my own skin as I wrapped my arms over my chest and as the car came to a halt before Knights Corp, I got out.
For Ava, it would be her first time visiting my penthouse in New York. I had no idea if she had ever come to New York but if this was her first time then she would be witnessing something which definitely make her not so pleasant memory.
Chelsea Kinsley, this girl sure has the guts. How dare she? I had clearly warned her the last time but she had the audacity and the dream to be with Ace. I was starting to seriously get annoyed with the girl.
Like I had said, people never change. Their behavior may change but their soul won't.
The door opened and I watched Ava looking back at towards the door and then looked at me. I nodded at her and she took it the chance to leave. I stood in my living room still in the clothes from the day before. I had no plans to stay and I didn't bring any with me. The only reason I was here was for confrontation and I would get it no matter what.
"Veronica? How come you are here? What are you doing here?" I heard his voice as I stood staring at the kitchen counter.
"Why? It seems I shouldn't be here," I said and turned around to face him as I got rid of my glares. He looked taken aback for a second but then made his way to me as he placed his suit on my couch.
"What's wrong with you? Have you been crying?" he asked and reached his hands to touch my face but I took a step back avoiding his touch and immediately an expression of hurt marred his face as he looked down with me.
"What's wrong?" he mumbled and all I did was clench my teeth.
"What's wrong? You ask me this question as if you don't know anything or do you not care how I feel?" I asked as I got the news that I had put in a screenshot out and showed him.
"You say you love me, you kiss me and even sleep with me but I see this news of you getting engaged to that Kinsley girl, the next day you leave me. How do you expect me to react when I see something like this? Either this is fake or what you said to me is," I fumed with anger as I shoved my phone on his chest and his eyes widened.
"What did you just say?" he asked slowly and I watched as for the first time ever rage filled his eyes and he stared down at me pointing his gaze on me.
"You tell me what is this?"
"Veronica. I had never thought that you will ever be the one from whom I would ever hear something like this. I thought you trusted me,"
"Trust? I did trust you! I just told you how to expect me to react when I see two things. First, you said you loved me and I see you getting engaged the next day to some other girl. Just how do you expect me to react!" I snapped and he looked taken aback for the pitch of my voice.
"Listen, Veronica. You don't have to get so riled up for a piece of news. I don't know what's going on. But I got it from the source that it was my father who announced this to the media. Let me talk with my father and I will clear everything out!"
"I don't care. Why does Chelsea need to be the one your father chose for you and if your father had already chosen someone for you then why did you come after me? I feel worse and betrayed,"
"Veronica, why are you always so hostile to Chelsea? Even if you don't like her, you should know that I love you. Let me take care of the matter, please?"
"Hostile? Ace? You just don't understand. Try to put your shoes in my position. How would have you felt if something like happened in my condition? I feel agitated and the fact that you didn't even contact me first to let me know about all this annoys me. I have started to feel your feelings for me are not at all genuine or you could have let me know first," tears shredded down my eyes as I felt.
It hurt me to even utter those words but I really felt on edge and I wanted him to hear it all out.
Does Ace really not love me?
I don't get it!
"Veronica, I know you are hurt and you are angry right now. Don't make such an angry statement to me which would hurt you later. I simply don't know what's going on. Let me talk to them and I promise I will sort everything out. I'm sorry I didn't contact you because I was too shocked and I wanted to know what was going on but you came here in a single day. You didn't even give time to understand the situation," he said and came forward to touch me but I slapped his hand away.
"Well, then do whatever you want. You wanted to hear it from me right? Then let me tell you, I hate this news and hate this that you are engaged to that Chelsea. I have always resented her from the day she bullied you and still today because of a reason you don't know. I wanted her to tell you everything but since she didn't I will tell you. But I won't! I don't feel like talking to you when I am having mixed feelings towards you. So, I give you time. Until and unless you solve this, don't come to me. I won't believe you love me," I told him and moved past him getting my suit when he held my hand and made me turn back to him.
"Veronica! Why are you behaving like a child? Can you please let me explain? When I told you I love you, it was genuine and you don't even know ho-"
"When did you start loving me? Three days ago? four days ago or a month ago? I don't really feel your love for me a percent, right now. I don't believe you!" I pushed him away as he stood there staring at me, hurt evident in his eyes.
I turned around and walked out of my own penthouse as I punched the elevator's button hard wanting to get down.
I don't care what Ace tells me but I am not going to spare that Chelsea for a second.
The door pinged open and I marched out of the building. I couldn't believe we had an argument to such a petty subject and all because of that Chelsea. I was clearly jealous and I hated her and I poured all my anger out on Ace. I do understand that it was not his fault but someone did initiate the plan of them getting engaged and it irked me.
I couldn't understand my own feelings. I knew I liked him or I would have never gotten so agitated but as I got down, I realized I just told him hurtful things and he would be hurt.
For a second, I stopped on my tracks wanting to believe what he just told me and wanting to believe in his love but the question got me. Just how strong is his love? How far can he go for me?
My eyes fell on Ava who stood right beside my car as she looked my way and then behind me. I turned to look at her direction to find none but the girl Chelsea walking up to me. It was clearly working hours but she was outside as she walked up to me. The blood in me boiled up as I watched the petite girl wanting to take my position in Ace's heart.
He was mine.
Suddenly there was a screeching sound of tyres right behind me and I looked back to find a car stopping right behind my car and somebody got out.
Dresses in a black suit and sleeked back hairstyle as the person who had glares up on his face took it out and looked my way. The person seemed incredibly familiar and I gasped once I realized him.
"Jung?" I said and he smiled as he walked to me.
"Are you Veronica?"
"You are Veronica right?" he asked in his thick Korean accent and I nodded and smiled recognizing him.
"Oh my god! I can't believe it's you! You are here? Of course, you had to be here where Ace is right?" he laughed and I looked up at him in confusion.
"You know when I got the news, I was shocked. I thought how could it be? How could he marry someone else when he couldn't forget you from the past fourteen years. I knew that he would eventually find you. You totally had him bewitched," he laughed.
"Where is he? That bastard! I will teach him a lesson. How dare he not let me know he finally found you? Man! I really can't believe it," he sighed as I continued to stare at him thinking what he was even talking about.
"Wait! I am not getting too fast forward, right? Ace is not getting married to Chelsea right?" he asked and suddenly I felt someone behind me.
"No! That was a misunderstanding. The news is fake," Chelsea said and instantly my head whipped to her direction.
"Oh Thank god! It would have been really awkward. I mean I really didn't understand how could he all of a sudden get ready to marry someone else when he had been in love with Veronica, right here for fourteen years?" Jung asked and my eyes widened when I heard that. I looked back at him and he seemed to get the confusion and shock in my face as he knotted his eyebrows.
"What? You don't know? He still didn't tell you that he had fallen in love with you back then and when you left he was devasted. For years he kept staring at your picture, waiting for you like some old man in love. Please don't tell me that after so many years of him waiting like a crazy man you two are still not together," he revealed and it felt as if the ground beneath me cracked open. Ava seemed to be in shock too as she looked back at me and she seemed as if she wanted to tell me something but couldn't, too scared of our position.
My feet faltered as I turned around and looked up.
What have I done?
What the hell have I done?
"Ma'am?" I heard Ava right behind me, whispering to me.
"I think you should go back to Mr. Knights now or-" she stopped and I looked back at her when she signaled at Chelsea who seemed to be in shock to what Jung just said. Without thinking about anything, I dashed back inside wanting to reach Ace as soon as possible. My heart rate sped up as I was too shocked to even understand what I just heard.