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Chapter 44

I hurried back to my room but stopped by the store nearby to my room to buy some sheets and crafting items. As I carried it back to my room, I texted Caleb letting him know that I can’t be with him today and he shouldn’t come to pick me up as we had planned. I waited for his reply but since he didn’t reply, I hurried back to my room wanting to start my design.

I don’t even have any preplanned idea of how my design would look like. It was a rare occasion for me but still, I couldn’t think of anything. I was already out of ideas and had zero inspiration. It was already seven in the evening as I got out of the bathroom and set my stuff on the study table ready to start with my design.

My thoughts drifted back to Caleb and I checked my mobile to find no response from him. A scowl formed on my face as I gritted my teeth with annoyance and slammed the phone back on the table picking up the pencil.

Where the hell is he?

And when the hell am I so annoyed?

It’s alright if he doesn’t reply. He can’t stick to me 24x7.

A sigh escaped my mouth as I thought about the design I would like to draw. Some minutes passed by and still, I was sans of any ideas as I leaned back in the chair tapping my forehead thinking about designs. But it was clear to me that I would go for a Filigree jewelry design. But nothing come into my mind as I thought of it.

I searched the internet hoping for inspirations but all I found was common and easy designs. It was why I was so different. I designed what no one could ever think of and nothing on the internet seemed to inspire me and I ended up keeping the phone down aggravated.

Just how can I forget about the assignment in the first place?

I should have started the drawing earlier.

Damn it! I can’t think of anything.

The ringing of my phone got my attention as I picked it up only to find the caller displaying Caleb. A smile instantly made its way up on my face as I picked it up.

“Sang, I’m sorry I couldn’t reply. I was in a meeting,” he said from the other side as I smiled. Of course, he was in a meeting.

“It’s alright,”

“I will be under your building in two minutes. Can you come down? I have to talk to you,” he said and I furrowed at him.

“Caleb I’m really busy right now, I am working on my assignment and I haven’t even started my drawing. I will be doomed. I can’t spare to lose more time because the deadline for submission is near.”

“I promise, I won’t take long. I am in a hurry myself. Please be there,” he said and before I could answer him he hung up on me as I sighed looking at the phone and back at the plain paper.

Well, work can wait!

~

I saw a car and it stopped right before me as I smiled recognizing the car and Caleb came out, instantly pulling me for a hug. I giggled as I put my hands around his body and he held my waist bringing me closer to him.

“Where were you? You could have at least let me know that you received my message.”

“I’m sorry. I was really stuck in a meeting and I was going to text you that I can’t be on time to pick you up but then you text me and I was at ease, but I didn’t get a chance to text back. Sorry,” he said and I got back looking up at him as I gave him a warm smile.

“But you are here now,” I said and he smiled pushing my face using his knuckle.

“But I can’t stay. I came here to tell you that I need to go,”

“Go? Where?”

“Sang I have to attend an urgent conference held in London. I have my flight in two hours. And I will be gone for probably a week and then I shall come back here for you and again, I have to fly back to the US for work,” he said and I saw as his eyes reflected sadness.

That’s right. Now I stay in Paris but he has his home and he works in the US. At some point, he had to go back, no matter what. What am I going to do?

How is our relationship going to work out?

I can’t leave my dreams in the middle neither will I ever allow him to leave his work for me.

What is going to happen to our relationship?

I had have heard many stories about how long-distance relationships didn’t work. Will it affect us too?

“But why all of a sudden?” I couldn’t even hide the disappointment in my voice and he understood as his feature soften and he smiled at me.

“I will be back and you won’t even know that I was even gone,” he said and that made me smile.

“Actually. Its good that you are going. I can concentrate on my assignment,” I joked as he chuckled. We chatted for a little more until he left for the airport as I stood there waving at him with a smile playing on my face.

~

Its been two days since Caleb had been gone and I have been focussing on my designs. The problem was I couldn’t. Not because I didn’t want to but the people around me didn’t allow me to concentrate. I had the world’s most idiotic people as my neighbor.

The drunk guy next to my room yelled and I could hear his wife and him fighting and quarreling. I stopped my design and prepared my dinner hearing their stupid rants thinking I would focus on my work when they sleep but no! The guy above me was a sexoholic and he banged woman continuously like a maniac.

I felt as if my head would explode because of the bang sound and the woman moaning like a pig. It was so irritating, even the earplugs couldn’t help me concentrate.

I balled my fist in anger hearing the bang sound again.

All I wanted was to pick up my pan and march up to both of my neighbors and bang their heads until they are dead.

My eyes fell on the drawings that I had managed to draw and I picked up one sheet as I looked at it. The design was nice, but not up to my limit. It wasn’t very much interesting and I was sure, Mrs. Karen would end up giving me a ‘B’ fr my design. She had high expectations from me and I doubted the designs I drew would ever reach her expectations.

Whatever it was, at least I wouldn’t fail the semester. Even though not satisfied, still I kept the designs in my file as I got up from the chair. My back was sore. I had taken a half-day from the university wanting to finish my designs and ended up sitting the whole day on the damn chair wanting to finish the designs.

Again, the light of my room flickered as I could feel the structure of my building shaking slightly. The couple over me were loud as usual and continued to have loud and disturbing sex. I mean, it’s okay for you to have sex but why disturb others? I could literally hear the squeaking of the bed and I clenched my teeth in aggravation. Quite a time, I had wished to just play loud music and lock the room and go out to sleep in some hotel. But I shrugged off the idea because it meant absurd use of money.

I couldn’t sleep properly thanks to these idiots.

Caleb was sweet enough to call me and hear my problems out but in the end, he told me to ignore them and concentrate on my designs. The question was, how can I even concentrate on such distractions?

A sigh escaped my mouth as I thought of preparing my dinner. I was searching the knife when all of a sudden something slipped from the above shelve and fell on the ground. I looked at the papers that fell scattered on the ground.

It was the designs of jewelry that my mother has drawn and I crouched down on the floor picking it up when I saw the designs. When I had shifted to Paris, I had kept them inside a file and kept it on the topmost shelve because of the pest control activity in my apartment but then it was completely out of my mind and I had forgotten it all.

Now when I see the designs, something struck my mind as a smile crept up on my face. The drawings were old and the designs were old fashioned but if I add the new trend to it then it would completely turn out into a modernized way. Immediately, I kept the idea of preparing dinner on the side and picked up the phone for a home delivery dinner and picked up a new sheet and pencil and started to work on a design that had me inspired by my mom’s designs.

Her designs were amazing and slick but I wanted it to be modernized. I chose a Filigree jewelry design as my subject. Ideally, it was a jewelry design that incorporates into its design handcrafted twisted threads usually of gold and silver or other metals. The metal is soldered and is arranged in delicate designs of various patterns on the gold or silver jewelry, its appearance is reminiscent of lace. A lacey image what was I had in my mind as I started with my design.

~

It took me day as I ended up stroking the last strokes in the design and finally kept the pencil down as I picked up my design to see it. A smile remained plastered to my face as I seemed to be satisfied with my work. I couldn't even believe my own work. I was truly satisfied with the design of both necklace and bracelet.

Quickly, I took some pictures of the design that I made and sent it to Caleb wanting him to see my work and kept the phone down waiting for his reply as I kept the design in the file and satisfied, got up plopping down on the bed. It was already quite late when I finished the design and smiling, I closed my eyes feeling my back aching when the sounds of moaning and bed squeaking started again.

From the past few days, I was in a troubled state of mind as I couldn't sleep nor could I focus on my designs but now when I was done with my design all I ever wanted was to have a good sleep. But no! I wasn't even allowed to take a rest. I picked up the pillow and groaning muffled my ear wanting to stop hearing the noises.

It was already disturbing and annoying.

"Shut up! Let me sleep, you idiots!" I yelled and all I could hear was people laughing back in response.

Somehow I managed to slip off to slumber but then the doorbell of my room had me awoke as I groaned and irritated walked to the door as I opened it only to find Caleb with a toothy grin staring down at me.

"Caleb!" instantly I jumped up on his arms and he chuckled wrapping his arms around me.

"Surprise!" he said and I giggled.

"You said, you would come back after a week but it's only been three days," I said and he nodded.

"Well that's your surprise," he said and I smiled pulling him inside.

"Sorry for being here so late at night but I couldn't wait to see that face when I surprise you," he told me as I watched him making his way towards my bed.

My eyes fell on the clock on the wall which displayed two in the night and I looked up at the roof. There was no sound of moaning or the couple next door quarreling. It seems both of my neighbors were having a good sleep when an evil idea struck my mind as I saw Caleb getting rid of his shoe.

Well, now I will make you understand how disturbing it is when you can't sleep.

"Sang, what's with that smile on your face? It's creepy!" I heard Caleb as I giggled and tiptoed to him and held his collar as I pulled him up.

"Caleb, I am giving you a warning today. If you want to keep your post as my boyfriend then you will have to do a work for me today. If you fail, I will throw you out of my room," I told him as he scowled at me.

"And what is that I have to do?" he asked as I smiled coquettishly.

"Make me scream," I told him and watched as his eyes widened before his eyes turned dark as lust-filled up his eyes, he twirled me around and threw me on the bed.

"You asked for it!" he groaned as he made his way on top of me.

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