Party and Drinks
A shrill sound aroused me from my deep slumber. I don’t want to get up but I have to get to work soon. I had one of the best night of sleep in my life. I don’t know why but I could faintly recall someone holding me in the night. I jerked my head to the door to see my door still locked. Phew. For a second, I thought James got in my room while I slept. When I pressed my nose in my pillow, I could smell something amazing from it. What was that? I don’t recall having this perfume or a scent similar to this. If I would have I would have sprayed it all over my room just to keep smelling it.
Ignoring it for now, I went into my bathroom and hurriedly took my shower. When I came out, I looked at the clock above my desk and let our few selective curse words. I was late and if I didn’t hurry, I will be screwed.
Hurriedly I put on my Black Dress and Heels. No time for Makeup today. I ran my brush to my straight black hair and raced down to the kitchen.
James was, as usual, waiting for me with my breakfast. He knew me so well and I felt a pang again in my heart thinking what a bad friend I am. I gave him a small smile, for which in return James gave me a beaming one. Guess he was nervous I was going to ignore him now.
“Thank You so much, James. I thought I had to skip breakfast today since as usual, I am late” I smiled at him
“I always told you, baby. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I am not letting anything hamper your health. Now let’s hurry up or we will not reach there on time” James replied taking a seat on my right
We hurriedly had our breakfast and rushed to James car. The moment I stepped out I could feel someone looking at me. I scanned the area but couldn’t see anyone looking my way. I don’t know why I was not uncomfortable with it. Rather I felt safe and protected. I shrugged and got in with James.
The entire week passed in a breeze and it was finally Friday. I don’t know why but there was something wrong with me I could feel.
During the week, I could still feel gazes on me. I had to repeatedly look over my shoulders but I couldn’t pinpoint anyone. Also, there was a heavy feeling in my heart all week. Like I was missing something. Or someone. It was like an itch you couldn’t scratch. But during the night I could finally relax and sleep it off. I was still on the roll with my awesome sleeping pattern. But during the day it was hard. Really hard. At times I felt like crying and there were times I just wanted to punch someone. There were instances during the day when that feeling went away a bit mostly when I was outdoors but other than that, it was literally hell.
I was in my room getting ready for the event. I was going to wear a Red Floor Length Dress with a rather daunting back. I was so not comfortable wearing it but it was my time at the company’s event and I wanted to look good. And this dress was rather sexy on me. Too sexy for my comfort.
I wore my favourite black heels and a golden clutch. I curled my hair at the bottom and applied minimal makeup. Just a bit of Liner and a Bold Red Lipstick. I don’t like painting my face much. I was never good at it and always ended up looking like a clown.
I looked at the clock and it was almost time for us to leave. I walked down the stairs and James was there waiting for me at the bottom. He was in a Black Tux and a red Handkerchief to compliment my look. Well, he cleaned up well for sure.
“Hey Cutie. You look breathtaking like always!” complimented James with a huge grin on his face.
“Thanks. You don’t look so bad yourself” I replied smirking a bit.
He laughed softly and took my hand in his. He tried kissing me on lips but I turned my face away commenting on how I don’t want to ruin my lipstick. What? That was the best excuse I could come up with at such short notice.
“Sure. Amara being her usual self” James muttered under his breath angrily.
“What do you mean by that? Why do you always turn the conversation in the same direction? I am tired of it” I turned away trying to walk back to my room.
“Amara. I am so sorry. Please don’t be this way. I just tend to lose my cool at times. Please let’s just leave for the party and enjoy our night. Don’t ruin your mood on my account” He replied quickly.
I let out a huge breath of air and walked to his car. Just till tonight Amara. You are can do this. You can’t go on this way. James opened my door for me and I gracefully took my seat without a word.
After closing my door, he ran to his side and started the car taking us all the way out of town. The event was scheduled to happen at a huge five-star hotel’s ballroom owned by the owner of our company. I still have to meet him but he tends to be in the shadows most of the time. I guess I get to meet him tonight. He wouldn’t miss his own party, I think.
We reached the Hotel Lobby and a valet came running to us to get the car keys. James was at my door in a flash and took my hands in his. I tried ignoring him and started walking up the stairs where the security was checking up the names on the guest list.
When we reached there James immediately rattled our names “We are under Mr James Collins and Miss Amara Xaviers”. The moment they heard my name something flashed in both the guard’s eyes. Something akin to recognition and protectiveness. Okay? Do I know them?
The first guard gave me a soft smile and checked the list for just a second and confirmed our presence immediately. That was strange.
James smiled and tried taking my hands in his again but I ignored it and started walking in after giving back a soft smile in return to both the security guards.
The moment I reached the doors James forcefully took my hands in his and said with a tight smile “Amara don’t do this today. I apologized already. People know us here so don’t make it more awkward than it already is. They know we are dating and you acting this way will give them more reasons spread rumours”
“Oh, so now rumours are more important than my own comfort, is it? Don’t reply. Let’s just pretend and get this night to pass smoothly” I seethed back.
We walked in with me plastering a fake smile on my face hiding the rising anger in me. Deep breaths Amara. Calm Down.
The moment I walked in I could feel the shift in the air. I don’t know what it was, but the tightness in my heart lessened a bit. Not entirely, but I could breathe a bit now.
I saw Max and Julia waving at me standing at the bar and I made a beeline to them tugging James along with me since he was unwilling to let go of my hands.
“Hey, Max! Hey Julia. Look at you! You are just glowing. Is there something you are hiding?” I greeted them cheerfully. Julia laughed a bit and replied “Oh Amara darling. You are always so kind to me. How are you doing? And why haven’t I seen you these past few days” she replied ignoring James all together.
Before I could reply James cut me off “Well if it wasn’t for you husband loading Amara with all of his work, she would have had time to spend time with other” giving a cold look to Max.
I and Max exchanged subtle glances and Max replied angrily “Amara is a hard-working woman. She is capable of so much more. I know how to make her work efficiently and just to put it kindly stop interfering on how we both work things out. You are nothing more than a mere boyfriend to her and you don’t own her. Keep your fickle-minded brain to yourself and stay away from us. You won’t like me when I am angry, I promise you” Max seethed back coldly.
James was about to reply back when I cut him off “Quit it, James. You were the one who told me to stop making things awkward. See what you did now. Please give me some space” I gave Max and Julia an apologetic look and made my way to the bar.
The bartender was serving drinks left and right and I took a place in one of the stools.
“What would you like Lun... Aah Mam” He asked shaking his head.
“Do you have Malibu Rum with you by any chance? I am in the mood for one. Mix it up with some soda and two cubes of ice” I replied immediately.
“Why so stressed Mio Amore” suddenly a voice whispered in my ears and I felt the same delicious shivers run down my spine. Good one this time.