I ran down the streets towards my university. My university was only ten minutes away from my room and I was again late. Mrs. Karen would be mad at me for being late. She always was. Without wasting any more minute I dashed and immediately all of a sudden hit a hard thing which hurt my nose as I groaned touching my nose, inspecting it if I managed to break it for the impact.
“Not so punctual are you?” I heard a familiar voice and my head whipped to the direction to find none other than Caleb. I groaned as I rolled my eyes because he was now mocking me for being late. I used to be late to work too.
“What are you doing up here? Don’t you have any work to do? I said as I ignored him and walked past him.
I do have more five minutes for the class. Since I am already in the uni radii, might I walk a little?
A blush formed on my cheeks as I thought about it and felt him behind me and immediately I smiled when I knew he was following me.
“Oh well, I am working. Why can’t you ever be on time?” he asked as I shrugged and turned around walking back. He had a red bomber jacket on with a white t-shirt underneath and black jeans. His face was clean-shaven just the way I liked, well I also liked it when he had stubble too. It’s just a matter of choice.
“Tell me how are your wounds?”
“It’s good. Has healed up but I feel pain on my leg sometimes,”
“And why did you cut your hair?” he asked as his eyes fell on my hair and I pouted.
“I don’t look good?” I asked and he chuckled.
“No, you do look good. But I loved your long hair. No worries. It will grow back!” he said and I thought of teasing him a little.
“I like this style. I will keep on keeping my hair short,” I smirked as I saw his facial expression changing to an awkward one. He seemed to be in a dilemma with his choice of words and immediately I broke out laughing my heart out.
“What?” he asked in confusion.
“Nothing! Just your face,” I laughed and all of a sudden lost my balance.
“Careful!” all of a sudden he lunged forward and held me by my arms stopping me from tripping as I put my step on a stone.
“Thanks,” I told him for saving me as he narrowed his eyes.
“What will happen to you if I am not there. Believe it or not! I am your man, I am your knight in shining armor,” he went all dramatic as I looked at him incredulously when all of a sudden, I turned around and ran.
“Well, then Mr. Knight in shining armor see you later. I have classes,” I said and ran away as he stood there watching me leave. But the whole way I had a bright smile on my face as I thought about him being closer to me after so many months. And I loved it.
“What? Why are you still here?” I asked as I got out of my uni. He was standing just near the gate with the guards.
“Waiting for you mon amour,” he said throwing a bright smile my way as he came forward and brought his hand from his behind with a rose flower.
“Red rose for my bel amour,”
I took the flower in amusement to his new form as we started walking.
“Have you ever heard this song?” he asked and I looked back at him in confusion.
“What song?” I asked and he jumped in front of me and his actions caught me off guard as I gasped and stared at him blinking my arms.
“Mio Amore, Mio Amore,” he sang and my eyes widened when the people near us looked our way.
“Ssh! Stop!” I signaled him to stop but he didn’t listen and continued singing a cheesy french song in his manly voice, attracting attention from the nearby people. My face grew red and I sped up my pace but looking back at him once in while hearing his voice getting louder and louder.
“Mon amour Et Les Murs se gercent,”
I smiled as I saw people looking at us and some girls squealing and fangirling hearing Caleb’s voice but as soon as I turned to my street, I sped up and reached my room, closing the door not allowing him in. I looked back at the rose in my hand, chuckling when all of a sudden I heard some commotions downstairs and hurriedly made my way to my balcony.
I gasped when I saw him under my building, now wearing a red French beret hat and a guitar on his hand which he borrowed from a student nearby who was holding the guitar case. People circled him as he continued singing and he looked up at my direction.
Mon amourAu soleil, au vent de la plaine
All of a sudden he changed the tune of the song from the classic one to a jazz one. As the crowd cheered and clapped and I put my elbow on the railing and leaned over, looking down at him. His eyes filled with a mischievous glint that was clearly visible to me as people near to him looked up and cheered waving at me.
“Tu es son amant?” one of them asked as I waved my hand feeling awkward for being asked by a random stranger if I were his lover.
All of a sudden everyone started singing with him and they all looked up at me, giving me the full attention and at this time I was blushing a deep red. A smile formed on my face as he finally ended the song and the crowd cheered for him. He pulled his hat down and gave the guitar back to the guy as he stared up at me, putting his hands on his waist.
“I love you,” he mouthed and I bit my knuckle already blown away by the Romeo guy, under my building.
Never had I ever thought that Caleb would do such a thing for me. He sung before everyone and even had people sing with him. He is such a sweetheart!
I couldn’t stop smiling since the time I met him and now when I saw the Eiffel tower far away from my balcony a smile erupted my face as I no longer felt lonely but in bliss and a wishful wanting.
“Do you seriously have no work to do?” I asked him as he followed me. Its been four days and he continued following me to my uni and back to my room. Though I liked his efforts but I was now starting to get worried for him.
“I told you, I am doing my work!” he argued and I sighed at him.
“You have got the Businessman of the year award on your head and you are nominated for it. Don’t you think currently you should pay more attention to it?” I asked and he snorted.
“I had also told you I can win it anytime but here, my future is at risk. Let me handle it first and then only I can concentrate on the stupid award!” he said and I stopped in my tracks as I fished a pen out from my bag and handed him my pen.
“Okay, that’s enough. I think you should stop now,” I told him and he looked like he was going to argue with me but I signaled him to stop and let me finish.
“Write down your address. Where are you staying currently, I will show up after I’m done in the uni? Are you free in the evening?” I asked and watched as his face lit up. And he gasped looking at me as if he didn’t believe what I just told him. I had to bite my lips down from smiling.
“What?” I asked and he realized the moment as he put his hands all over his body searching for a paper. I smiled as I forwarded my hand.
“Write it down here,” I told him and he took hold of my hand and penned down his address while I chewed the inner of my mouth from smiling. He looked dazed and totally taken aback but restless as he finished and looked at me.
“Four Seasons Hotel,” I read the name loudly making him know that I have got it.
“Are you free in the evening?” I asked and he nodded trying to close the pen with its cap but failed each time. I chuckled at him and took the pen away from him.
“I am always free,” he said and I nodded turning around and walking off, but as I looked back he was still there and waved at him. “I will be there by seven,” I said and he nodded vigorously.
I looked down at my feet to find it trembling.
Did I make the right decision?
Why am I so nervous?
I stood right at the door of Caleb’s suite in a wine red colored dress and golden heel. For the first time, after coming to Paris, I dolled up and I was pretty nervous because I was about to face him in a new way that he had never seen. I had put extra effort on my hair by giving it wavy curls and I checked the dress again. I was wearing a bodycon wine red colored dress wich stopped right below my knees. The chest region of the dress helped my breast as it gave it more curve by pushing it up and I took in a deep breath for the last time as I pressed the bell.
I looked bold but I was the secretary that he fell in love with. So, I wished to bring that woman back just for the night, for his sake.
The door opened and there he was.
A white shirt tucked in his black pants and his hair slicked back as he looked at me.
“I was going to complain about you being thirty minutes late!” he said and I chuckled, moving the loose strands of my hair behind my ear. His eyes raked up and down my body and all of a sudden he got hold of my hand as he pulled me inside making me gasp.
Instantly I was in his arms, and I heard him slam the door as he caressed my face. “But I don’t think I am in a mood to complain after seeing you like this,” he whispered into my ears and I smiled as I stood on my tiptoe and placed a kiss on his cheek. He looked taken aback for a moment but soon smiled and hugged me tightly caressing my back.
I felt like I was lost in the moment and I wanted to be in his arms forever. His body was warm and so comfortable.
“C’mon!” he said as he withdrew from the hug and held my hand guiding me to a table set with proper dinner and candles. I gasped looking at the preparation.
“A candlelight dinner for my special woman,” I heard him and I looked back at him excited. He pulled a chair for me as I took the seat and he walked to the other side, sitting on the other side.
All of a sudden, music started to play and I looked to my right to find a man standing at the corner of the room. I had failed to notice his presence beforehand and I saw him in a professional suit playing a piece of music from the player. Soon he walked to us and placed some dishes before us before bowing and he went out of the room as Caleb signaled him.
My left side had a glass curtain wall and I could clearly see the Eiffel tower and the city. Paris is more beautiful than ever during the night, the kind of place where anything is possible. Paris is full of stunning architecture and monuments that truly shine when the sun goes down, that’s why it is called the City of Lights. I admired the beauty and then looked back at the pleasant surprise.
“Do you like it?” he asked and I nodded.
“How often have you been in Paris?” I asked as I picked up my fork and knife.
“Quite often. Last time I came here, it was probably four years ago,” he told me and I nodded.
“Who else came with you?” I couldn’t help but ask and he smiled knowingly.
“Who else do you think might have accompanied me?” he asked and I looked down at my food. “Oh!” I managed to say.
“My parents. My mom! Nobody else!” he exclaimed all of a sudden which made me look back at him. “Why are you explaining? I didn’t even ask.”
“Well, you said an oh! I thought you have got a wrong idea,” he shrugged while I chuckled.
“What do you like in here expect the Eiffel tower?” he asked me as I looked at him in confusion.
“I saw you looking at the tower quite a few times. Either you like the beauty of the tower else there is something else,” he said and this time it was my time to shrug.
“I like food, coffee and what else? Yeah! The streets, the weather and also the Parisian guys,” as I told him that he choked on his food and immediately gulped down water from the glass.
“Parisian guys? Its been only three months since you came here and you have already started liking them?” he asked and I nodded.
“They are really sweet and romantic. I have a few Parisian in my friend circle,”
“What? In your uni?”
“Yes, his name is Louis and I will take you to meet him. He is really handsome and romantic,” I cringed inwardly as I told him that. Louis was anything but romantic. Sure, he was good looking but purely childish.
“Of course, I would like to meet this romantic friend of yours,” he snorted and looked the other way before shaking his head and keeping his cutleries at the side.
“What do you like about Paris?”
“Me? Well, the same thing as you just said. I also like the Parisian woman. They are great to look at. And that French accent is incredibly sexy," he told me as he clasped his hand and looked my way while I gave hide my smile knowing his game.
"I know right! Well that's what draws me to them," I said and he rolled his eyes and this time I couldn't stop from giggling. He noticed it too and seemed to understand as he chuckled and picked up the champagne bottle.
"C'mon," he said and I shook my head as I got up and took it away from him.
"I have to go back home. I can't have it," I told him and watched as instantly his face fell and he stood up.
"Go back home?" he asked looking astonished.
"Well, I can't stay the night,"
"You were here only for dinner?" he asked and even though I fought the inward feeling of rolling on the floor laughing to his expression, I couldn't.
"Well, what did you expect?" I asked and he sighed. The light in his eyes fading away as he sat down on his chair folding his arms over his chest, giving out a long sigh.
"Caleb?" he ignore me and that made me chuckle.
"Caleb," I called as I went back and hugged him as I kept my chin on his shoulder.
"Let's dance," I told him and he looked up.
He seemed really disappointed but then he was never a spoilsport as he nodded and stood up holding my hand as he lead the way. I put my hands on his shoulder and he kept his hands on my waist as we swayed to the slow music, a smile playing on our lips as we looked into each other's eyes.
"Why do you look upset?" I couldn't help but tease the poor guy as he shook his head.
"You look upset," I told him and he shook his head.
"I am not!"
"You really do," as I said that he took hold of my hand and twirled me around. I laughed and face him putting my hands over his shoulder. "Why do you expect so much from me?" I asked and this time, he smiled as he leaned down and placed a kiss on my forehead.
"Why should I not? I should believe in the one I love. Right?" he asked and this sentence of his touched my heart as I gave him a hum in response.
"Actually, this hairstyle suits you. You should keep this," he said and I raised an eyebrow.
"I thought you don't like it!"
"Well, you like it! You should do what you like. Don't listen to me," he joked and I put my head on his chest.
"Thank you Caleb," I whispered and felt him wrapping his hand over my body as we continued to sway to the music.
"For being in my life, I really love you," I expressed my feelings as I closed my eyes and felt him going stiff when all of a sudden he made me look up at him.
"Did I hear that right?" he asked looking astonished by my expression and I chuckled nodding to him as response and that made him smile brightly as he leaned down for a kiss when I took it the chance, to slip the packet I had bought into his pant pocket but he felt it immediately and stopped and moved back putting his hand in his back pocket fishing the packet out.
"Tomorrow, I have my very important classes and I hope you take the responsibility to leave me at my university on time," I said and his eye widened looking at the packet and then when he looked back at me, his eyes were dark and filled with lust as he held my head and pulled me to a passionate kiss.
"Don't worry, I take the responsibility," he whispered as he picked me up making me gasp and made his way towards the bedroom of the suit. The music still continued to play as I looked over his shoulder towards the Eiffel tower, smiling at it.
I am no longer going to be alone, as I watch you.