You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine.
“He said two days?” Em said with amusement clear in her eyes.
“Hmm, I don’t really have any idea what is going on in his mind,” I said as I munched on my food and watched the movie that was laying on her laptop.
“Make a guess. What do you think he would do?” she asked and that made me think about it.
“Let’s see…If I were him, I would’ve…” I thought for a while but nothing struck my mind which resulted me in heaving a sigh.
“I don’t really know. He is unpredictable. Everything he does is always so …”I tried to explain her by making circles using my hands in the air but I couldn’t quite put my finger on that perfect word and ended up saying “Extravagant,”
“What?” she tittered.
“Okay then let me make a guess,” she put her hand on her chin and thought for a while before continuing “How about this…would he do the same thing that you tried to do for him?” she asked and I shook my head no.
“That honeymoon suite idea itself was inspired by his idea,” I muttered and looked down at my food.
“What idea?” she looked enthusiastic all of a sudden.
“He proposed me and confessed me in a very romantic place where he did all the arrangements by himself. That inspired me and I chose the honeymoon suite for mine idea,” I told her and kept the empty bowl aside.
“Oh tell me more about it,” she asked eagerly.
“I don’t want to,” I replied curtly and plopped on the bed rolling on my stomach.
“Why not?” she groaned like a kid and sat near the bed on a chair and kept her legs on the bed.
“It’s not really important right now. I just hope whatever he does…”I stopped in the middle thinking about it.
“What is it?” she asked looking curious.
“Nothing!” I replied and got up from the bed.
“Turns out you have only three days left to enjoy your spinster life,” intentionally changing the subject I looked at her and smirked when she looked down and bit her under lips.
“Yeah and I’m pretty nervous,” she mumbled and that’s when her phone rang.
“Hello?” she picked her phone and I stood in the corner of the room leaning against the door and waited for her to finish her call.
“What? Tomorrow?” she asked and that made me raise an eyebrow at her.
“What is it?” I asked after she hung up the call.
“It was Lucas…” she said and looked at her phone. I couldn’t quite read her facial expression as she looked at phone void of emotions …it was getting harder for me to understand whether she was happy or sad.
“Is everything alright?” I asked slowly and watched as she curled her fingers on the phone tightly and stood up in her place with a flaring nostrils.
“He said they are going to have a bachelorette party tomorrow,” she said through gritted teeth and her behaviour made me shift on my place feeling awkward.
What’s wrong with her?
“Ohkay…So?” I put more stress on the latter word.
“What do you mean by so? I want a party too!” she lunged towards me and held my arms and shook me on my place.
Her eyes held this determined look which told me that she was not going to listen whatever I told her and since I had no wish to have an argument with over this and it was her wedding I decided we should have a hen party. I smiled at her awkwardly and nodded showing a thumb up. She grinned at me and the next moment sat on top of her study table dialling her friend’s number inviting and discussing about the party with them.
Since I had no interest in that party and all the while Xavier had all my attention I sat back on the bed and watched the movie silently still thinking about what he was planning do to win my forgiveness.
“White…” a voice made me jerk out of my thinking state.
“Pardon?” I asked blinking several times at an excited looking Em.
“The theme is white,” she chirped and clapped her hands like a kid before jumping off the table and running to her closet probably searching for a dress.
“I don’t have a good white dress,” she poked her head out from her walk-in-closet and smiled goofily at me.
“Then?” I asked.
“Shopping time…” she sang and I laughed at her excited self. I had never seen her like this. Is this what love turns a human? She used to be so serious at times, calm but not at all chatty. Nothing hiked her interests nor did she ever get excited over going to clubs or pubs but since her engagement she has changed. She seems more open and she gets excited over little things.
I am really happy for you Em… I’m glad that you are going to be my sister-in-law. My brother is really lucky to have you as his partner. You’ve always looked after me whenever I needed you the most and I’m sure that you’d look after my brother and cherish him until the very end.
It was already half past seven in the evening when I came back. Emily made sure buy a white outfit and even made me buy one even though I had so many white dresses inside my wardrobe. She was being persistent and overwhelmed by her excitement I bought one but only for her sake.
Holding the bag I walked in and heard everyone chatting and cheering watching a football match.
“What’s up sis?” Danny asked as I walked past the living room.
“Nothing much,” I smiled at him and made my way back towards my room. But as I entered the room was unlikely dark. I wondered who switched off the light but as I reached for the switch a hand clamped my mouth and a person held me by waist as he picked me from the ground. I squealed and the bag fell from my hand but I took the moment to thrash and struggle against the person.
“Ssh! Ssh!” the person tried to hush me and then it hit me as my body recognised the person who was holding me.
His hand was still on my mouth preventing me to speak. But then the room was completely dark and I couldn’t even see his face and I reached for the switch to switch on the lights but with his other hand he got hold of my hand and stopped me from switching on the lights.
“What are doing?” I asked but my voice came out muffled for he was still clamping my mouth but I was sure that he understood.
The next second he lit a lighter before my face and I looked at him and narrowed my eyes at him when he showed me his boyish grin.
Remember Angela…You’re angry upon him.
Even though I found myself already forgiving him for not showing still I decided upon wanting to see how far is his limit to woo me and tolerate my miffed attitude.
“I was waiting for you the whole day and you show up this late. Where were you…baby?” he wiggled his eyebrows and put stress on the last word which made me huff at him.
“Let go!” my words came out muffled but thankfully this time he let go of me and being grateful I exhaled out air that I didn’t even realised I was holding in before glaring at him.
“Do you want me to end up in a hospital bed Xavier? What is all this?” I asked as I pushed him on his chest.
“Nope. But I want you to end up in my arms,” and before I could ask him what he meant he scooped me up in his arms in one motion without any difficulties and switched the lights on of the room. My eyes squinted shut on its own because of the brightness.
“Wh-What are you doing? Put me down!”
“Sure!” and the next moment I was thrown on my bed and I landed on my back as I groaned and looked at him flabbergasted by his actions.
“What is wrong with you?” I breathed out and tried to get up but he crawled on top of me and pinned my hands down.
“Ow! Xavier…” struggling against him I tried my best to move him from top of him but he had something else going inside his head as he continued pinning me down but said nothing and finally I calmed down not by intentionally but by forcefully. He calmed me down forcefully as he left no other choice for me but to calm down a little.
“So this is what you were planning?” I asked and stared into his eyes while he gazed down at me still not uttering a single word.
“XAVIER!” and finally he was out of his own staring contest and shook his head before staring back at me.
“Angel…” all of sudden his eyes held sadness and he got from top of me and sat next to me on the bed. Huffing out air, I pulled myself up and sat next to him and looked his way. He looked depressed and sad all of sudden that it confused me and I wanted to know the reason for witnessing all this emotions on his face.
“What is it Xavier? Is everything alright?” keeping a hand o his shoulder I turned him around just to face me.
“I am sorry. I truly am. If I had known that you wanted to see me…never would I’ve ever gone to that place,” he breathed out and that made me bite on my lips.
“Where were you?” finally I mustered up the courage to ask him the question that was nagging me from the beginning. I wanted to know here he was and what was that important work that made him ditch me.
“I want to tell you everything but then it would mean I’m dragging you into all this and I don’t want to stress you,” as he confessed, his words confused me even further.
Wait! So is it related to me?
“What do you want to tell me Xavier?” I asked urging him to tell me.
He stared into my eyes and I understood that he was fighting internally with himself whether to tell me or not.
“It’s okay…you can tell me,” I assured him and held his hand intertwining our fingers as I slid next to him and leaned against him resting my head on his shoulder. He sat there silently playing with my finger and rubbing the back of my hand with his thumb probably lost in his thoughts. Nevertheless, I understood and stayed silent giving him some space. But then when I was about to open my mouth he spoke up “I went to meet Claudia,”
As soon as I heard that, my fingers voluntarily clasped tightly around his hand. All of a sudden I felt a strange emotion, possessiveness for Xavier but then I was disappointed that he stood me up for that woman. Come to think of it I made this decision to come back to Chicago as an excuse to help Em in her wedding all because of her. I admit seeing her with Xavier that day made me jealous and until now I was unaware of my own feelings.
“Why?” I managed to ask.
“Angela...” all of a sudden he withdraw his hand back from me and wrapped it around my torso before pushing both us back on the bed. An oomph formed in my mouth due to the sudden movement and he wrapped his arm around my torso. His breath fanning on the crook of my neck made me shiver but then he spoke: “I read the threatening text messages on your phone,”
“What? Really?” I asked and tried to look at him and hummed in response.
“I did a background check on the number and found the owner of the number none other than Claudia herself,” he said and that made me clutch his arms tightly but I was unaware of the fact that my nails were hurting him.
“Why would she do that? I mean... I thought she had a kid now,” I mumbled to myself but he heard it all.
“She is all bankrupt. With Daniel leaving her with the kid she is left with nothing and failed to earn money all by herself because I remember her dropping out of the university depending upon Daniel. But then when she was struggling to meet her end she saw our wedding journal in the newspaper and thought of a plan to pull some money out like she did back then with me...but this time it was you who were her target,” he said and I could feel his sadness as he talked about her.
No doubt the woman was the actual reason why he loathed me in the beginning and treated me the way.
“I love you Angela. I sincerely do but now I think I respect you more than I love you. Don’t get it wrong but it was only because of you my life is back on the tracks or else I would’ve end up in the roads if it weren’t you. Because of you I was able to trust people and it was only because of you I received success on many stages of my life. It is why I’m grateful to my dad as he chose you. Although I still don’t have any idea how in the world he met you but I’m grateful to the heavens that they let my dad meet you,” as he said that the corner of my eyes sting and I turned my head to the other side.
“I thought I was a burden on you,” I mumbled with teary eyes but as he heard me he climbed up and from my chin turned my head towards him.
“No, you are not!” he said with determination and I believed him instantly.
“In fact after I fell in love with you, and when you didn’t reciprocate my feelings I thought I was the one who was burdening you with my emotions and hence I tried to give you some space to think about me. You don’t really think that I bought your plan to come here just because you wanted to help in this wedding did you?” he chuckled and I was sure my eyes were like the size of a saucer as I stared at him in shock.
How did he?
“You still have a long way to go Angela,” he grinned at me and place a kiss on my temple.
“Oh yeah?” composing myself I glared at him and pushed him off me but then he wrapped his arms tighter around me and all he did was grin at my unsuccessful efforts of trying to free myself.
“If you knew and you let me leave then why did show up here?”
“Well, because I have a big heart,” he said and that made me stop struggling.
“What?” I asked with bewilderment.
“Yeah!’ he nodded his head “I have a big heart and was generous enough to give you some space to think about me but then when you were gone I was bored to death. I mean my soft cuddly living Koala was gone and I couldn’t sleep peacefully in nights so finally I decided to come here,” as he said that I was a strange emotion that I had never felt before in my life.
An uneasy feeling with told me to kill him.
“Ko-Koala? I look like a Koala to you?” I asked and the next moment thrashed against him trying to remove him off him. How dare he?
“Get off me! Get of me! I swear I’ll kill you today Xavier! Just get off me,” I yelled on top of my lungs but then stopped when I heard the volume of the Tv with the game playing on it increasing as I yelled.
“I guess they took it in a wrong way,” Xavier chuckled looking towards the door and I felt as my cheeks heat up due to embarrassment.
“Get off me Xavier,” this time I said it in a whisper and much to his amusement and to my annoyance he got on top of me and sat on the lower half of my body but made sure not to put his body weight on me as he held himself up using his legs. H positioned himself such that to restrain me from moving.
“What are you doing? The door is open what if somebody walks in!” surpassing a laugh he looked down at me and then spoke: “I am with my wife who would ever dare to question me about anything I do inside this room?” he wigged his eyebrows and even though I wanted to reply with a smartass comment about it I chose to stay quiet because then he would start being the cocky self only to annoy me.
“But anyways. I went to meet her and I made it clear to her to stop coming after you and me. She was stalking you Angela and somehow she was aware of the fact that you nodded to this wedding only because you wanted money. Eve-“ he cut me off before I could intervene him “nthough we only know the reason why you did that!”
“She won’t ever come after you, I made sure of it and you don’t have to worry about me having feelings for her. Get over that!” all of a sudden he narrowed his eyes down at him and became serious.
“Wh-what are you talking about? I don’t worry for such a thi-“ he cut me off when he raised his arm up with my nails digging into his skin.
“Oh my!” I removed my hand and inspected his arm.
“I am sorry,”
“For what? For hurting me or for questioning and doubting on my feelings for you?” his words were like accusation to me. But I couldn’t find myself to get a proper excuse for that and felt remorseful.
“But you know what? I’m truly happy!” and the cheery self was back as he grinned his boyish grin and looked down at me with happiness filled in his eyes.
“I know that you were jealous and you didn’t like seeing me with her,” I rolled my eyes at him and crossed my arms over my chest huffing at him.
“I wasn’t jealous,” I said in a duh tone.
“Of course you were not!” he said and placing both of his hands on my either side bend down on me. His nose touching my forehead as she spoke ”Now when you know the reason, can you not forgive me?” he asked but his voice was anything but neutral. At the end he placed his lips on my temple and spoke seductively “I know you want me as much as I want you,”
“X-Xavier?” placing my hands on his forearm I tried my best to remain unaffected by his assaults but it didn’t work.
Before I know it, he was already placing soft wet kisses on the side of my face and down to my neck. My breath hitched when he got my sweet spot and as if he knew that he sucked on the spot trying to gain a moan from me but in the end he succeeded and I felt my face heating up as blood rushed to my face.
“Want to hear my plan?” he whispered seductively near my ear before biting my earlobe.
“I plan on forcing the words out of your pretty face,” he chuckled and as he looked up at me, he held this coquettish grin which made me believe that he was being serious with it and that made me gulp.
“Ugh! Get off!” with a push he was off me and he laid down next to me with his arms under his head as he stared at me with a smirk plastered on his face.
“In your dreams Mr. Xavier Knights!” I huffed at him and got off from the bed and took the shopping bag to the wardrobe.
“We will see Mrs. Angela Knights,” I heard him while I unpacked the bag and kept the dress in the wardrobe.
And we will see that too Xavier. You also wait and watch. You can’t force anything out of me like every time. This time I’m the one who is going to get what I want. I will not let you win every time and do whatever you want. You need to understand my place in your life.
I smirked back at him and that made him raise an eyebrow.
“What the fuck is this Dusty boy doing here Angela?” he yelled pointing an accusing finger at me to which I raised my hands in the air in surrender.
“Take a chill pill Mr. Knights. I have invited him. It’s my brother’s wedding after all and he is my frie-“
“Friend my ass!” he stomped out of the room while I bit the inner side of my mouth trying to control my laughter. I knew he disliked Dustin from the beginning.
“It’s all because you called me a Koala Mr. Knights,” I laughed at the thought.