It was seven in the evening and the guests had already started arriving. I still didn’t know what the party was kept for, I asked my parents numerous times but they answered with ‘you’ll find out soon’ every single time so eventually I just gave up and started to get ready for the party. I decided to wear a red gown which fitted my body perfectly and had a slit in the end. I was tying my hair in a pony when I heard a knock at the door.
“Come In” I said while fixing my pony.
“You look gorgeous Addie,” said Adam and hugged me from behind. My face instantly broke into a smile. “Do you know what’s the party for?” I asked Adam while caressing his fingers. “No. It’s a suprise.”
“Well then, let’s go down and find out.” I said while holding his hand and walking towards the door. “I’m really not interested in the party Addie. I just want to spend time with you. That’s it.” Adam said while making a puppy face. Even though he looked extremely cute right now but there was nothing I could do about it. I gave a small kiss on his cheeks and pulled him downstairs as we were already late.
It was hardly a few minutes that we entered the party and Adam was already pulled in the crowd by his teammates. He insisted on staying with me but I asked him to go enjoy with his friends and started looking for Felicia and Racheal. My mom had decorated our house really well. There were fairy lights hung on the walls and the dining table was filled with all the delicious foods one could think of. This kind of celebration has never really happened in the house before and I’m more than curious to know what’s the reason behind this party.
“Hey Williams,” said Eric and gave me a hug.
“Hey Thompson. I didn’t know you were invited too.” I said in a sarcastic tone.
“Is it just me or even you don’t know the reason behind this party?”
“I have no idea. I’m guessing it’s probably to celebrate Adam’s win at the Premier League.” I said while picking up a cookie from the dining table and taking a small bite of it.
Damn. This is delicious. I’m sure Natalie has made this.
“Congratulations. I must say that was one hell of a proposal at the auditorium” said Eric which made both of us break into a series of laughter.
“Stop pulling my leg Thompson.” I said while passing a cookie to him.
“No. I’m serious. The look on your face was priceless. I wish I had clicked a picture to show you.”
“Oh come on! I just didn’t expect it you know.”
“It’s okay Adaline. None of us really expected Adam to do something like that. But I’m very happy for you two. ” Eric said with a big smile on his face.
“Thankyou Eric. That means a lot. Also you sang really well in the second round. I’m sure you’ll qualify.”
“That’s very sweet of you. Can you keep another secret of mine?”
“Today I am going to propose the girl I have been crushing on since seven years” said Eric with a very nervous look on his face. I remember this. The last time we went to a cafe together, I had overheard Eric talking to the guy at the counter about this. I was extremely curious to know who the girl was but I couldn’t gather the courage to ask him that day.
“Who is this lucky girl?”
The moment I heard the name all the colour from my face was gone. I couldn’t believe what I just heard. Eric has been crushing on Sienna since seven years and she has no idea about it. But what will happen once he finds out that Sienna is dating my brother, Alex. Should I just tell him the truth or wait for Sienna to reveal it herself. Before I could comprehend my thoughts, Felicia and Rae suddenly appeared and gave me a hug.
“You look so beautiful Adaline,” said Felicia
“Thankyou Fel. Where were you two?” I asked while pulling the two for a hug again.
“We were stuck in the traffic,” said Racheal.
“Hello girls,” said Eric which made both of them turn towards his direction.
Racheal gave him a hug to say hi followed by Felicia. The four of us then started gossiping about random stuffs. Racheal was busy flirting with Eric the entire time and Felicia kept checking her phone because Ethan was nowhere to be seen in the party and also wasn’t replying to any of her messages.
“Good evening everyone. Can I have your attention please?” I heard Alex say while holding a glass of wine in his hand. The whole crowd turned to look towards Alex who looked dashing as always in his blue jeans and plain white top.
“Thankyou all for coming to this party. Today is a very special day for me because I have finally gathered the courage to ask the love of my life to marry me.” The whole crowd gasped after hearing that statement.
“Sienna can you come her please?” He said while holding his hand out for her, she walked towards him and grabbed his hand immediately. She looked absolutely ravishing in her green gown. But her face looked a little pale, one could guess that she wasn’t prepared for this proposal. Sienna wasn’t the kind of girl who liked public attention.
“She looks so scared” Adam whispered in my ears while giving me a back hug.
“When did you come?”
“Just” he said and kissed my hair. He then waved at Felicia, Racheal and Eric who were silently standing right next to me.
Oh my god! Eric! He definitely didn’t deserve to find out this way.
I turned to look towards him and his face was expressionless. A while ago he was giving such a big smile and now it was all gone.
“Sienna I can’t really imagine my life without you so will you do me a favour and marry me?” Alex said and the whole crowd started cheering for him.
Sienna looked a little nervous with all the eyes that were fixed on her at that moment but Alex gave her hands a light squeeze to reassure her, she then smiled and said, “Yes. I’ll marry you.” The whole crowd started clapping for them. Alex slid a ring on Sienna’s finger and then kissed her. Everyone was cheering for them and looked extremely happy except one person. Eric.
“So this was the reason behind this party, ” said Adam with a huge grin on his face.
“They look so cute together,” said Felicia in her chirpy tone.
“That was a cute proposal. Wasn’t it?” Racheal said and poked Eric.
Eric had a blank expression on his face. “I’ll be back in a minute,” he said and rushed out. I let go of Adam’s hand and ran behind him.
I called for his name twice but he didn’t look back. A few people tried to stop me and have a conversation but I was in a rush so I didn’t bother to talk to them, I kept following Eric the entire time.
The moment we were out of my house, I yelled at the top of my voice, “Eric please stop.” He finally decided to halt at his place. I ran and stood in front of him, “I’m so sorry.” That’s the only thing I could think of saying at that point. I didn’t know what to do or say to make him feel better because obviously he felt like shit at this point.
“It’s not your fault Adaline, ” said Eric in a low tone.
“I wanted to tell you but the-”
“It’s okay. You don’t have to apologise. I’m fine. I just needed some air so I rushed out.”
“You sure you’ll be fine on your own?” I asked
“Yes. I’ll manage. Don’t worry.”
Though Eric pretended to be strong, I could see he was totally broken from inside. Today was the day he had finally decided to confess about his feelings to Sienna but destiny had a different plan for him. I pulled him for a hug because I knew nothing I say would make him feel better at this moment. Eric was taken aback at first but he gave me a tighter hug. I guess he even cried a little because I could feel my shoulders getting a bit wet. I didn’t stop him though. I wanted him to vent out his feelings. He would not be able to do this in front of Sienna, he had to pretend to be happy in front of her so I let him cry as much as he wanted to. After a few minutes we pulled out of our hug and he gave me a small smile.
“I think I should leave now, ” he said while searching for his car keys in his pocket.
“That’s okay. I’ll let Sienna know you left due to some urgent work.”
“Yes please do else she’ll be mad at me.”
“Text me when you reach home Thompson.”
“Yes I will,” he said while starting his engine. He waved me goodbye and then left in full speed.
I turned to go back inside the party and saw Adam standing at the door, looking at me with his hands folded.
Was he standing here the entire time?
I walked towards him and gave him a small smile. “What just happened? Why did you rush out like that?” he asked.
“It’s a long story Adam. I’ll tell you later. Let’s go inside.”
“I don’t like to see you hugging other guys like that Addie.”
“Adammmmm. Please don’t. I promise I’ll tell you everything later. For now, let’s just go inside and enjoy the party.”
“Okay. We’ll talk about this later.” He said and together we went inside the party to enjoy the rest of the evening.
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