Nothing Like the Other
“You still have feelings for him, don’t you?” Maria’s friend, Hannah asked when they were both seated at a table, in their favorite restaurant in the busy city of New York.
“Yes,” Maria admitted, hanging her head in shame. She knew that she shouldn’t still be having feelings for the man, after he had made her love him. After he deflowered her and then left her without a single word. He had left her broken, but slowly she had managed to piece herself back together.
“Honey, you cannot be thinking about him, just weeks before your wedding,” Hannah, cut in with warning. “You do remember that you are engaged, don’t you?” she cocked a questioning brow.
Maria sighed, using her fork to fidget with the food. “Yes, I know I’m engaged,” she retorted flatly.
“So, there is no room for such thoughts. The man is long gone. He has created a life for himself without you. He left you, remember that,” Hannah warned in a motherly tone before cutting into her steak.
Maria knew that what she was saying was true, but she couldn’t help think about Leon. He was her first love. Her first in almost everything, and although she was to be married, thoughts of him floated around in her head every now and then. It was even harder for Maria to forget him, when his face was always plastered in a magazine.
“What did Samuel say, when you said it?” Hannah asked, still surprised at her friend’s earlier confession, but she kept her calm.
“He was really furious,” Maria shook her head in regret. “I mean, even I was furious at myself. I really hurt Sam, but he decided to let it slide. He thought I was lusting after the famous Leon Oakley. He doesn’t know we were once lovers. We sort of laughed it off later, but I still feel so guilty; but Sam though was so understanding” Maria babbled non stop.
“He is really. I mean I don’t know how Jake would react if I called out another man’s name during sex. He would kill us both”, Hannah laughed, taking a sip of the wine.
Maria smiled and shrugged, still unable to forgive herself for doing such a horrid thing. She had grown from the shy eighteen year old to a mature successful young woman, and here she was still having thoughts about a man who left her six years ago.
Maybe it was wedding jitters, she didn’t know, but thoughts of Leon Oakley kept swimming her head, ever since Sam proposed.
“He’s your past Maria, don’t let him ruin your future, I beg you,” Hannah pleaded for her best friend with the greatest sincerity, because she knew she deserved it. It wasn’t easy for Maria to get over Leon and she didn’t want to see her in that situation ever again. She had hurt too much.
“I know that Hannah, but they are just thoughts. He isn’t here. He’s gone… Forever,” she pointed out, and there was a certain sadness in her tone, one she wasn’t quite sure of.
“Yes, I want you to book me a flight to New York, pronto,” Leon exclaimed into the phone, immediately disconnecting when he was done talking.
He sighed, leaning back in his chair.
“New York”, he tested the words on his lips, the result a familiar one, yet so strange.
He hadn’t been to the city in years and if it weren’t for business, he would not again venture there. It had too many memories. Bitter and sweet…bittersweet.
It was the city in which he found love and also the one he lost it. Leon buried the thought of that one particular person in the back of his head, although she was a permanent sculpted memory in his brain.
She was youth. She was beauty…and she was also a liar! Leon did not manage to get the thoughts of the traitorous vixen out of his mind, even when he tried, and going to New York, would only spark those memories.
He wondered if she was married by now, or with kids they had talked so much about. He suddenly felt angered, knowing that the minx had only made those things up to trap him into her web of lies.
The need for revenge suddenly consumed him as he thought back to how the woman had deceived him. The only truth she told, was that of her virtue. Everything else was a lie to trap him into giving her, his money.
His lack of trust in women resulted from the tricks played on him by the woman, who had seemed so innocent and sweet, yet she was the devil in disguise.
Leon slapped his hand on his desk in anger. He was going to exact his revenge and he knew, just how he was going to do it. His success had proven him to be one of the wealthiest men in California, and he knew just how his wealth and a certain something else would come into play.
Maria sighed, plopping down on her queen sized bed. She stared blankly at the white ceiling, her mind taking her to the conversation she had with Hannah. Hannah was right, she decided. Leon was her past, and she couldn’t let the mere thought of the man ruin her future.
She loved Sam, and although his passion didn’t come close to the one she had shared with Leon, she was satisfied nonetheless. Sam wasn’t a con artist. Sam was a loyal and genuine man, worth spending her life with.
At the jingling of keys, Maria got up from the bed and moved towards the sitting room, where she would greet Sam. She knew it was him, because he was the only one she had given her keys.
Maria stood and watched as the door opened, welcoming a tall blonde with a bright smile on his face. She grinned and moved closer to him, as he closed the door behind him.
Sam wrapped his arms around her, hoisting her up to his body. Maria tangled her legs around his waist as she descended her lips to his. Their lips moved in a sensuous way, soft folds caressing the other. Maria smiled against his lips, as she deepened it, wanting to experience full blown passion, wanting it to feel more soulful than pleasant. Their kisses were always pleasant, and nothing less. Nothing more,and so was the sex.
As she wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling him closer to her, a chuckle bubbled up from Samuel. Maria pulled back, flabbergasted.
“What?” she asked curiously.
“What has gotten into you?” he questioned.
Maria sighed and shook her head, lowering herself to the floor.
“Never mind,” she stated flatly, moving towards the kitchen.
“Oh…K,” Sam drawled, still not sure of what had caused Maria to react in that manner moments ago.
Maria poured them both, two glasses of wine –her favorite– and handed him a glass.
“How was work?” she asked, taking a sip while she moved towards the sofa.
Sam placed his glass on the small table, and took hers, placing it too on the table. Maria knitted her brows, wondering what was going on.
Sam held both her hands with his, smiling. “Do you remember how hard I tried to crack that deal to sell my biggest building plot” he beamed, and Maria grinned, guessing what he would say next.
“Yes!” she squealed in excitement.
“Well I think it will happen soon. I’m going to meet the buyer to finalize the deal tomorrow,” he exclaimed in excitement.
Maria slapped her hand over her mouth in shock. “Oh my God Sam, that is so amazing, I’m so proud of you!”, she exclaimed in genuine excitement.
She hugged him and kissed him lightly on the lips, before pulling apart so they would finish the conversation.
“Thank you honey. We are going to finalize it over dinner. He insisted that we would. Said, he wanted to lighten the mood and celebrate the business over a good meal. Of course, he also insisted that I brought a date”, Sam bragged, not bothering to tell his fiancée that the man she had been lusting after, was the man they were to have dinner with.
“So you’re saying that I am to be you’re date for this dinner”, she asked in order to confirm.
Sam grinned. “Of course darling”. Placing a firm kiss to her sensuous lips, he swept her in his arms and carried her to the bedroom.