“Hey! How are you?” Emily asked from the other end of the phone.
“Yeah, I am fine. Tell me, what about you?” I asked pressing the clothes.
“Yeah, I am fine too. I was thinking, let’s meet up today. What do you think?” Em sounded excited.
“Today?,” I asked keeping the iron on the side.
“Yes, today. We haven’t met for a long time. So just catch up with each other today,” she exclaimed.
“Okay. Sounds good to me. Just message me when and where okay,” I said folding the shirts.
“Yeah! I got it.Okay bye!,” she said and hung up the call.
I kept my phone on the bed and took the folded clothes to put it inside the closet.
I was arranging the pressed clothes inside the closet when I felt a hand wrapped around my waist.
Water dripped from his hands and he pulled me to his chest.He just came out of the shower and I could smell the fragrance of his soap from his body.
“Whom are you going to meet today hmm?” he whispered in my ears, tightening his hold on me.
“Emily. she asked me to meet her today,” I said.My breath hitched when he pushed my braided hair to the other side of my shoulder and started to place kisses on my back softly.
“Come back home before evening.Okay? I want to take you somewhere” he said turning me around to face him. “Where?,” I asked in confusion.
“That’s for me to know and for you to find out,” he said smirking.
Why do I feel as though he is planning something very big?
But I shrugged it off and gave him a small smile.He smiled and leaned down to kiss me and that’s when I noticed that he was standing with a towel wrapped around his waist.
He noticed my gaze and looked down then back up at me giving me a crooked smile.
“What? You don’t like the view?” he asked and I tried to move past him but he held my forearms and stopped me.
“If you want you can take this towel off from me, after all, I am all yours” he joked pulling me towards him while I pushed his chest wanting to get away from him.
A smile formed on my face and he laughed teasing me.I don’t know when but his towel slipped off from his waist and suddenly it was in my hand.When the realization hit me what happened, closing my eyes I threw the towel at him and ran out of the closet screaming while his laughter filled the whole room.
“Angie!” Em exclaimed excitedly hugging me.
“Em, I missed you,,” I said hugging her back.
“I missed you too,,” she said and dragged the chair in order to take her seat.
We decided to meet at a restaurant, where we would catch up with each other while eating our lunch.I chose to sit on the opposite chair and sat down on the chair all the while smiling at her.
“So what’s going on?,” she asked all of a sudden.
“Everything is going fine.What about you?,” I asked her and raised my eyebrows when I marked her trying to stop her smile.
“What is it?,” I asked again.
She looked at me nervously then smiled fidgeting with her fingers.
“Actually I wanted to tell you about something very important,,” she said and a blush formed on her cheeks.
“What is it? Come on you can tell me,” I encouraged her.
“It’s uh ah, menu yeah menu let’s order something first,,” she said shoving the menu into my face.
I gave her a weird look but nevertheless went through the menu for ordering.We have our orders to the waiter who wrote it down on his notepad and placed two glasses of water for us and went away to get our orders.
“So, what is it?,” I asked leaning towards her.
She took a deep breath and closed her eyes, when she opened her eyes she gave me a determined look.
“Iaminloveandwearegettingengaged,”she blurted out in one breath and huffed out air from her mouth as though a big burden drifted from her shoulders.
“What? What? What?,” I said giving her a confused look.
She looked at me for some seconds then face palmed herself muttering, “Oh, God, this is so difficult.Why did you give me this task to do?” But I heard it.
“Em, come on tell me.Clearly,”
“It’s now or never,” she muttered and stared straight into my eyes.
“Angie! I am in love and we have decided to get engaged soon,” she exclaimed.
I stared at her, registering her words in my mind when I jumped at her making her eyes wide, screaming “Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Congratulations!”
I was sure everyone present in the restaurant was looking at us.She laughed and hugged me back saying “Thank you.”
I went back to my seat and leaned on my chair for some minutes. “Who? How? When?,” I asked making her giggle.
“I never thought I would fall for him.He is great guy Angie.I never told you this but he was after me from my High school.I always rejected him.But when he was in a problem then only I realized how much I loved him.I couldn’t see him like that.My heart shattered when I saw him in pain.I realized how much I loved him.I was a fool not realizing his love towards me,” she said her eyes glistening with happy tears.
“Aww Em.I understand,” I said taking hold of her hand and giving it a squeeze.
She smiled and took the glass of water and gulped it down.
“So, who is the lucky man?,” I asked taking my glass of water and gulping down from my throat.
“It’s um uh don’t panic okay. It’s your brother Lucas Carson,” she blurted pot making me choke on my water.
“What?,” I exclaimed shocked.
She bit down on her lips and looked at me nervously “It’s your brother Lucas, Angie!,” she said slowly.
I was shocked.I knew that something was between them but never have I thought that my big brother loved her and that also from her high school days.
“Oh, Angie! I can understand if you don’t like me to enga-,” she began but I cut her off “Shut up.Of course, I don’t have any problem.You will be the best choice for my brother,” I said making her smile.
“It’s just that you never said anything about this to me and not did my big brother.And where is he? He should be the one telling me all this,” I said irritated with the fact.
“Oh, believe me, Angie, I did tell him to inform you by himself but he was the one who pushed me into this,,” she said crossing her hands on her chest.
“God! Where is he?,” I asked.
“Right behind you,,” she said with a frown on her forehead.
I raised an eyebrow and looked behind to see him behind our table giving me a sheepish look.He got up from his seat and came towards us while I glared him.
“Haha uh, hi Angie.How are you?” he said nervously.
“Oh, don’t you have any idea how I am right now big brother?,” I said enunciating each word slowly.
“Am I in trouble?” he askedrubbing his neck.
I looked at Em and then at him saying “Yes you are. ”
It’s already five in the evening and I am going back to the Mansion, my driver driving the car.Lunch went well.I came to know about Lucas’s feelings about Emily. He even kissed her before my eyes.
They have decided to get engaged and they will officially declare it very soon.Right now I am really late.Xavier told me that he would take me somewhere today and for that I should get ready.
The thing is I don’t know where he is taking me and I don’t have any idea on what to wear.
As soon as I reached home, I dashed into the bathroom taking a good shower and came out wearing a bathrobe.I went inside the closet and stood there thinking what to wear.When nothing came into my mind, I decided to ask Xavier.
I took my phone and messaged him asking “Hey! I was thinking where are you taking me?”
I waited for some minutes and checked my inbox when my phone beeped.
“I already told you.It’s for me to know and for you to find out.”
“But what should I wear?” I asked and waited.
“Umm wear something short and fancy”
“Okay,” I said and kept my phone aside and went back inside the closet.
I searched for something red.I wanted to wear red today.I got a red short up to my mid thigh dress with no sleeves.I wore it and brushed my hair leaving it down.I wore a pair of heart-shaped studs and a golden ring to match my outfit.I applied mascara and red lipstick with gloss and wore my black stiletto.
I took my purse and kept my phone in it and went downstairs to the living room.It was already seven in the evening and yet there was no sign of Xavier.Worriedly I took out my phone to call him but stopped when my doorbell rang.I went to get it and opened the door only to find our chauffeur standing on the porch with a smile on his face.
“Good evening ma’am,” he greeted.
“Good evening George,” I greeted back.
“Sir has sent me to take you to him,” he said and escorted me towards the limo.
I messaged Xavier about it and he replied back agreeing on it.We drove away from the Mansion and drove for thirty minutes when the limo came to a halt.
I came out of the limo and immediately a hand was placed on my eyes making me blind.From the fragrance and his hands I knew it was Xavier.
“Xavier! What are you doing?,” I asked, a smile forming on my face.
“Ssh keep your eyes closed.It’s a surprise for you.Do to trust me?” he askedand I nodded my head.
He took his hand away but warned me not to open my eyes.I felt a cloth being wrapped around my eyes and I knew I was being blindfolded.
“Now come on, Just walk with me okay,” he said and I nodded.
We began to walk and I held his hand walking slowly with him.
“Almost there,” he whispered.
We stopped and I felt him undying my blindfold.
“Ready?” he asked me.
“Yes,” I whispered.
“Okay now open your eyes,” he said and I did as he said only to gasp seeing the scenery.We were currently in a meadow where there was a table decorated with candles and there were lights everywhere.
The place looked beautiful and immediately I smiled looking at the decoration.
“Do you like it?” he whisperedin my ears from my behind.“Yes.I love it,” I beamed.
I turned back towards him and asked him “Is there something special today? Why is this al-” he cut me off by turning me around and pushing me towards the table.
“We will go to that discussion but first let’s enjoy” he sat dragging my chair for me.
“Thank you,” I whispered.
He smiled and kissed my cheek and went to the other side sitting on his chair.
“Now” He clapped his hands when a man wearing a waiter outfit came towards us holding a tray with glasses and wine bottle.
The waiter kept the glasses in front of us and poured the wine into it serving it to us.
Xavier handed me the glass and we cheered clinging out glasses and took a sip of wine.
“Are you going to tell me?,” I asked but he just smiled finishing his drink and came over to me giving me his hand to take.
Reluctantly I took his hand and he guided me to a plane space where some people were already standing holding musical instruments.I gave him a confused look when he signaled them and they began to play their cords.
He held me by my waist and pulled me towards him.I placed my hand on his shoulder and held his handwith my other hand when he began to move according to the music and I followed him rhythmically.
I began to laugh when he swirled me and we began to dance enjoying the moment.When we were tired we went back to the table and sat on it.
“Xavier! I don’t know what’s going on but I’m really enjoying it,” I said smiled at him.
He smiled and said, “You look beautiful tonight.”
I blushed and said a quiet “Thank you” smiling.
Once again he clapped his hands and the waiter came back with a trolley.Aroma of freshly cooked foods filled my nose and my mouth watered wanting to eat it.
The waiter placed the plates before us and removed the lead from the dishes.Variety of food was prepared and then only I knew how hungry I was.He served us our food and went away.We began to eat our food talking about random things in between and I even told him everything about Lucas and Emily.
He smiled and would listen attentively to whatever I said.By the time we finished our food my stomach was fully filled.
I leaned on the chair and stated at Xavier who seemed nervous and as if he was in a dilemma.He loosened his tie and took out his handkerchief wiping out the sweats which were forming on his forehead.
I was confused and most of all worried.I never saw him nervous or in dilemma.I wonder what is his problem.As soon as I opened my mouth to say something he stood up from his chair and came towards me.
I closed my mouth and stared at him thinking what he was doing.He took my hands and made me stand and looked straight into my eyes.
“Angel, You asked if there is any special occasion for such a setup today so your answer is Yes there is something very special today,” he said and took a deep breath before continuing.
“It is the most important day of my life, where I am going to confess my feelings to you.”
“You might be thinking I am acting weirdly but let me tell you yes I am like this only because of you.You are the one for whom I am like this.”
“I bu-” he cut me off by placing his finger on my lips.
“Ssh let me finish first.Before you came to my life, my life was a total mess.I was a Casanova a playboy who didn’t respect any woman but now if there is any woman whom I respect the most then it’s you.Yes, it’s you” he said removing his finger holding my face in his palms.
“Though I was a complete ass to you, in the beginning, you have managed to build a house inside my dark heart in these nine months.It’s already nine months to our wedding and I am yet to confess my feelings to you and today I am going to let it all out of my heart.”
“You are my light saving me from the darkness.I don’t know what good I did in my past that I got you as my wife.I am really thankful to the almighty for choosing you as my wife.You are my soul mate.My better half.You are my Angel” he said and leaned down to pack my lips.
“And I Love you,” he said and captured my lips leaving me all shocked and surprised.
He loves me?
But when? How? Why?
But do I love him?
Oh, my lord!
It’s been a week since Xavier confessed his feelings to me.I never knew that he would ever feel so strong towards me.It’s shocking.Really shocking.I was dumbfounded when he confessed his feelings.When he kissed me I stayed rooted to my position.Not able to move, my brain wasn’t functioning.
The same question went on and on in my mind.How can he love me? How and why?
I never thought of loving him or even having any romantic feelings for him.Yes, I feel great, overwhelmed when he kisses me.Protected and cared when he hugs me.But never in my life had I thought of loving him.
When we were married misunderstandings stood between us and we lost the opportunity to know each other better.I was forced to marry him because of my father’s condition.But then when I married him, I compromised with my feelings and thought that I could actually spend my life with a stranger.But things had to go down between him and me.
He hated me and he thought I was after his money.He tortured me and made my life a hell and forced me into a position where I couldn’t even return back home nor I could go anywhere else.My family was once again in a good position only because of Xavier’s father.I couldn’t end the marriage because I feared my father’s condition would get worse if he gets to know how Xavier has been treating me and I would actually betray Mr.Brad Knight by ending the marriage because he had hopes on me.
So finally, I let it be and decided to go with the flow until Xavier realized the real reason of me for marrying him.He started to change.He started to treat me better.At a point, he even said that he respects me.
He kissed me pulling me towards him while I stood there shocked and surprised.When I didn’t kiss him back he started to pull away and held my face by his hands.
“I know this is very shocking for you.I confessed my feelings to you but I won’t force you to give me my reply.”
“If you don’t love me, then it’s okay because I can’t make someone to love me right? I will give you time.Take as much you want because we have our whole life.But one thing I know, whatever is your reply I’m never letting you go.I just can’t.
“I can live my whole life without you loving me back but not without you.”
“I know that you still haven’t developed feelings like mine for me but I will wait.I will wait till you fall for me and love me back like I do.I love you. ”
With that, he pulled me to a senseless kiss.The kiss was like he sealed his promise in it.Passionate and loving.I couldn’t help myself but kiss him back.
It’s been a week since that day and like he said he never forced me to love him back.Every day he would hug me in the morning and Kiss me while I’m not paying attention.
I feel very guilty for not able to return his feelings.I don’t understand why I am not able to love him back.Is it because I am afraid?
Am I afraid of his personality?
Am I afraid that he would play with my feelings?
Or is it because he probably was a playboy and he would use those lines to woo every woman.
No it can’t be.I saw the sincerity in his eyes that day while he confessed his feelings.He won’t play me.
I sighed and got ready wearing a ripped black jeans and grey blouse.I wanted to go out for a walk.I wore my sunglasses and took my handbag and came out of the house.
Xavier must be in his office working.I didn’t leave him a message that I am leaving the house because I thought I would return back before evening and moreover I didn’t want him to worry for me.So I walked out of the mansion, taking a left and walked along the pathways.
I watched as the cars and vehicles run past me on the road while I walked enjoying the time leisurely.Soon I walked past a park and then I reached a Cafe.I decided to have a good cold coffee so I went inside the Cafe and ordered myself a cold coffee and some snacks and took my seat in the corner.
The cafe was crowded and I was really lucky that I got a seat to sit.
I took out my iPhone which Xavier gifted me two days ago and started to browse through the internet going through news updated to pass my time.
A clearing of throat grabbed my attention and I looked up to see a woman standing near the chair staring at me.She looked familiar like very familiar.I had this feeling that I have seen her somewhere but where I can’t reminiscent.
I marked her appearance to see she was wearing a black top with blue faded jeans and she was holding a handbag just like mine.
I gave her a questioning look to which she said politely “Can I sit here?”
“Yeah, sure,,” I said and went back to surfing through my internet when she again cleared her throat.
I looked towards her to see that she already took her place sitting before and she was staring at me.
“I think you might be not knowing me but I know you,,” she said in a monotone making me raise an eyebrow.
“Really?,” I asked and she nodded slowly.
“Yes.You are Angela Knights right?,” she said and I nodded a smile instantly appeared on my lips.
“Xavier’s wife,” she whisperedand I frowned.
Who is she?
Does she know Xavier?
“Yes, I am his wife,” I don’t know why I said it but I had this sudden urge make it clear to her.
She pursed her lips and nodded.She kept quiet for some minutes lost in deep thoughts.I took the time to mark her features.
A brunette with plump lips, tan skin, average height and big eyes.She looked beautiful but something looked off.She seemed to be a mysterious woman, like hiding dark past or secrets.
She stared right into my eyes with her brown eyes and raised an eyebrow probably because of my staring.
I uttered a quiet “Sorry” and continued surfing.
“Don’t you want to know how I know Xavier?,” she askedmaking me to look at her.
I sighed and kept my phone aside nodding unsurely at her.
Yes, I do want to know who she is actually.
She closed her eyes and opened her eyes “I’m Claudia Thacther and I was Xavier’s girlfriend and I was his fiancé,” she said in one breath making me to choke on air.
“WHAT?,” I said shocked.
She bit down on her bottom lips and sighed “Yes.I was his girlfriend and even his fiancé.”
My eyes were wide and I wanted to know more “When?,” I asked restlessly.
“Four years ago,” she replied melancholy.
I kept quiet and waited for her to continue.
“Four years ago we were best friends.But I never knew that he loved me until he proposed me,” she said probably thinking about the day.
I don’t know why my chest started to hurt.
Xavier loved her?
He loved her before me?
“I rejected him when he proposed me but soon regretted the decision when I came to know that never in my life I can find a perfect guy who would love me as Xavier did.So, the very next day I said yes to him making him happy and we both got engaged and started to share an apartment.”
I kept quiet taking in the information she gave me wanting to know more and more.
“After that something happened and he got angry with me resulting him to call our engagement off,” she said pursing her lips.
“When I went away from him then only I came to know how much I loved him.”
“I cheated on him, in his own apartment bedroom, with his very best friend Daniel,,” she said looking towards the window.
I felt disgusted towards her.How can she do that to him? Is this the reason which changed Xavier and made him a cold-hearted man?
I couldn’t hear it anymore.I was disgusted by her and moreover, only one thought came to my mind Does Xavier still loves her? Did he confess me because he wanted to free himself from her always being in his mind?
Now, I do remember where I saw her.The day when I and Xavier went for shopping we both saw her near the parking lot with a kid.I remembered how Xavier’s mood changed to anger and he was even furious on me.
He never forgot her.
Else he wouldn’t have reacted seeing her.
I felt hurt.I don’t even love Xavier then when am I feeling hurt?
Or do I love him and this is the reason why all of a sudden I feel angry with him?
No, it can’t be.
Before she could say anything I stormed out of the cafe without canceling my order and walked straight back to the mansion and straight to my room or should I say Xavier’s room.
I sat on the couch holding my forehead.I have begun to have a throbbing headache which really began to make me feel dizzy.As I clicked my tongue and drank the water from the glass the phone in my room rang and even though I didn’t want to get up from the bed, I stood up and dragged my feet to the opposite wall for getting the landline phone.
“Sweetie, I forgot to remind Xavier that the blue lunch box is for his clients because the food in it has peanuts in it and Xavier can’t eat that because he is allergic to it” Lucy finished in one breath and I screamed a ’What’horrified after hearing that.
Xavier was indeed allergic to peanuts and the last time he ate a dish which had peanuts in it he almost fainted.His blood pressure was low and his skin looked pale.
“What? How can you forget such a thing, Lucy? Oh, my god!” I panicked, even more, when I saw the time.It was almost his lunch time.
What if he eats that food in that blue box?
“I couldn’t tell him about it because I had kept the box on the table.One was a red one which was his lunch box and another one was for his clients which he told me to prepare specially for his clients.I cooked a special dish which contains peanuts but before I could inform him about it he had left with the boxes when I was in the laundry room picking up the clothes,,” she said and I paced around the room terrified.
“Did you call him?,” I asked “Yes, I did but his phone is switched off and I even called his Mr.Ron and his receptionist.Mr.Ron’s phone is also switched off and the receptionist said they are in a meeting and to top of that Xavier has left his allergic meds in the home,,” I heard her worried voice and decided that I would be taking his meds to his office.
“Okay don’t worry I think he hasn’t had his food yet else he would have already called us.Don’t worry.Ask Marc to get the car ready.I’ll be going to his office with his meds and I’ll make sure he doesn’t have that food,,” I said hung up on her before running around the room searching for his meds which I found on his side of the drawer and I hurried down the stairs meeting a worried Lucy on my way.
“Don’t worry I’ll reach on time,“I yelled as I ran towards the door.
“Be careful!,” I heard her and as I got inside the car Marc our new driver pulled the car towards the driveway and towards the direction of Xavier’s office.All the while I prayed to God that he shouldn’t eat the food and if he did his allergy shouldn’t surface before I reach him with the meds.I was worried for him.I could even feel my heartbeat thudding in anxiety worrying for him.
As soon as the car took a halt, I jumped out of the car and ran towards the building’s entrance.The guards looked at me and the receptionist whom I met a few days back also greeted me in my way as I waited patiently for the lift.
As fast as I could I ran out of the lift towards his office room which I remembered from the last time I came here but by the time I reached his door, I was huffing and panting badly.But then relief washed over me as I walked into his room and saw both of the boxes untouched.Smiling and taking a sigh of relief I turned around and walked to the other partition in hopes of finding him there but stopped when I saw another person with him.
His Ex-fiancé was standing there but not just standing but hugging Xavier who was also hugging her back.Her eyes were closed and she kept her head on Xavier’s shoulder as Xavier patted her back.
At first, I thought probably she was forcibly hugging him but then Xavier looked far from being uncomfortable with her.It was the same feeling I felt when I saw that woman in the house who came in search of her chain.At first, when I saw her and Xavier coming out of the room, I had this uneasy and burning sensation in my heart which later subsided after I got to know that nothing happened between them and she was just looking for her lost chain.For today, the emotions that I felt was something different.
How could he hug the woman who betrayed and cheated on him?
Does he still love her?
He hasn’t forgotten about her.Hasn’t he?
When I first met her today itself I had this sudden dislike towards her.Not because she cheated Xavier but because she was his first love and even his fiance.What made him hug her?
I felt the sides of my eyes stinging and I turned around on my feet and walked out of the room not wanting to disturb them.On my way, I met Ron and handed him the meds letting him know about the peanuts being in the blue box.
As I walked out of the building tears shredded down my eyes uncontrollably.
Why am I only one who becomes the one people use when they want to forget or get over someone?
He told me that he loves me and here he his hugging his ex.I don’t care about the reason but why am I the one who is feeling as if my heart has been sliced into two?
“Where to ma’am?” Marc asked as I got inside the car.
“Back home,,” I said and he nodded before driving off.When Isaid home, I meant my home.
Everything is just too much for me all of a sudden.He had asked me and has given me time to love him back but I need to overcome my uneasiness before I could confess him that yes, I do love him.But for that, I need to focus my mind on one thing and at the current time with everything being around its becoming difficult for me to think.
Finally, I decided to go back home for some days to have my mind focussed and relax.I thought I would help Em in her wedding and I would get to spend a little time away from Xavier to think.With him being around it was becoming difficult for me to sort out my feelings.
“So, I’ll be going back home for some days, you know for helpingEm in her wedding,,” I told the story which was my reason to leave the house all of a sudden to Lucy and walked up the stairs towards my room.