I hate being here. I thought as I looked at the men talking about business deals and the women gossiping about the people around. Immediately, a smile replaced my frown as I looked at my dad, who was talking with his boss, Mr. Anderson.
My feet were aching after a long day working at the office. If it wasn’t for my dad’s request, I would have been on my bed, eating my favorite ice-cream and watching Netflix. I loved my dad very much and I know he didn’t want to come either but what to do when his boss invited us, at the last moment at his party, claiming that his son gave them a surprise visit after five years.
“Hey. What you doing?”
I looked to my left and saw my best friend of two years, Samuel. He was also the partner of Mr. Anderson and my dad’s second boss.
“I am bored.”
I made a grimace at him and leaned against the bar, taking a long sip from my champagne. My eyes wandered around when suddenly, they met deep hazel eyes. I choked on my sip and started coughing, drawing the attention of Samuel.
“Christine shit! Are you okay?” I closed and took deep breaths, trying to calm my racing heart.
“I am fine. I just-“ I opened my eyes and froze. He was no more there. I looked around, searching for him.
“Christine, what happened babe?” Samuel turned me around and gripped both my arms tightly, looking at me with concern.
I stepped away from him and uttered, “I need air.” I began walking towards the garden but stopped when I saw Samuel trying to come after me.
“Leave me alone for a moment please.” I felt guilty for not telling him anything but I don’t think I was ready even after two years of friendship.
The air outside was cold but soothing. My mermaid blue dress was not helping at all at that moment, yet I was not ready to face my dad. He knows I am upset. I didn’t miss his questioning gaze when I stepped outside.
I bent my head backwards and enjoyed the cold air on my face when suddenly, I heard the snap of a twig from the forest. Mr. Anderson was a nature lover and due to that, his house was in front of a huge forest which is directly in front of me right now.
As you know, curiosity kills the cat and at that moment, I decided to be that stupid cat. It was dark and even more chilly as I walked towards the sound. Suddenly, a shadow came in front of me and as I opened my mouth to scream, a handkerchief was placed over it, making my eyes widen in fear. Before I fell into the arms of the person behind me, my eyes met hazel ones, making me curse myself for being curious.
My head was aching and I struggled to open my eyes. Fortunately, after a few tries, I was able to open my eyes, gazing at my surroundings.
Where was I?
Many questions were running through my mind but no one was here to answer them.
I clutched my head between my palms, begging for the pain to subside when suddenly, I remembered something.
I got up and spun around, looking at each and every thing in the room. NO no, this can’t be happening. Oh god, no.
This was his room.
I sat down on the bed with my heart pounding furiously and my eyes blinking back tears. A click from the door made me jump slightly and as I stood up, the door opened, making my eyes widen in disbelief.
I, halfheartedly hoped it wasn’t him who kidnapped me. But, as I gazed into the familiar hazel eyes, I knew that this man in front of me was the one who had crushed my heart two years back.
He was even more handsome than before. He had grown a beard which made him even more manlier and was bulkier making me step back at his huge figure.
“Why am I here?” I asked with a tremble in my voice.
“We will talk about this later. Come eat.”
Anger surged inside me at the fact that he expected me to sit down and eat with him when he brought me here without my will and and had the audacity to order me around like before.
“Who do you think you are! I am no more that fragile and shy little girl who accepted each and every command of yours.”
I gasped as he walked towards me with intimidating steps and a furious glare. He gripped my chin tightly and spoke, ”I don’t have time for this bullshit. I better see you downstairs in ten minutes or else the consequences won’t be good at all.”
Tears fell from my eyes as I saw the man who haunted me even in my nightmares. He left my chin, seeing my tears and stomped out making me fall on the ground.
I thought I was strong. Two whole years passed but still, I was, yet again, weak before him. I stood up and walked in the bathroom, washing my face and brushing my teeth. I looked down at myself and saw that my dress was replaced by a long shirt and a loose boxer.
I clutched the shirt and lifted it to my nose, smelling the scent of his favorite cologne.
“You smell so good.” I said as I smuggled my face into the crook of his neck. We just had sex for the first time together and I don’t regret giving him my virginity. We loved each other and it was his right to take it.
He removed my hands from his neck and stood up, putting his jeans on. I sat up on the bed, covering myself with the sheet and looked at him confused.
“I thought you would stay. You said you would.”
“I got to go. I have better things to do than stay here.” He murmured the last part.
I blinked back tears and stood up, hugging him from behind, “Are you mad at me? What did I do wrong?”
He turned around with an impatient look on his face. “Look baby, I have some important work to do. I have to go, OK?”
I stared into his deep eyes and stood on the tip of my toes, pecking him on his lips. “OK.”
“Christine, you better come downstairs this instant. Don’t make me come get you.” Dominic shouted with anger.
I jumped terrified and shook the memories away, taking deep breaths to calm myself.
His house was just as before, luxurious but terrifying like a haunted house. Climbing down the stairs, I tried my best not to look at the pictures on the wall.
Entering the dining hall, there was only Dominic. I glared at him and sat down on a chair, farthest from him.
“I want to leave. You can’t keep me here forcefully. My dad will see me missing and then you will rot in jail”
“You better shut your mouth this instant. No one can keep you away from here” He shouted, slamming his fists on the table.
“I am not -“ I stood up, ready to give him a piece of my mind when the cries of a baby cut me off.
Dominic got up, running up stairs. I followed him with my heart pounding. One step. One step and then I will come face-to-face with it. The door was slightly open and immediately, I knew it was a boy from the blue walls.
As I looked from the doorway, my heart clenched at the sight in front of me. Dominic was holding the baby to his chest, singing gently and soothingly the lullaby my mum used to sing to me.
A sob left me and I ran to the room I woke up in, throwing myself on the bed and crying my heart out. The future I envisioned for me and the family I wanted with him happened just I wasn’t the one who wore his ring, I wasn’t the one who carried his baby and I wasn’t the one whom he loved.
A knock came from the door and I sat up, wiping my tears. I kept my head bowed as he entered the room and sat down next to me.
“what’s his name?”
“Why did you bring me here Dominic.” I whispered as I finally looked up at him.
“To look after him.”
“What? But, where is Adria-“
“Adriana is dead.”