A few minutes later, the hall got crowded with relatives, friends, guests, and the family of the bride and the groom.
It took a brief while, but everyone finally got seated in their respective seats, and they patiently waited for the groom to make his appearance.
Five minutes went by in silence, and yet the groom did not show up as everyone expected.
Then within a split second, the hall got busy with noise as people started questioning Liam's lateness.
“Where is your good for nothing son!” Liam's dad screamed at his mother in a fit of rage.
But she scowled at him and lashed out, “Why are you shouting at me? Is he not your son too!”
As the noise in the hall increased, the groom's family seats on the front roll became boisterous with questions, and Liam's parents were taking all the heat from their relatives, even though they tried to give an excuse for their son to remove the tension from them.
Things were getting out of control, and the whispering got more emphatic as people continued mumbling and turning to the next person seated by them to gossip.
“Since the groom is not ready, we are going to call the bride inside. May we all stand as the bride enters.” The clergyman announced.A few minutes went by, and then everyone suddenly stood up from their seats as the sound of the large wooden door opening caught their attention, causing the entire hall to become peaceful.
The musician started performing the bridal chorus, and Carmen marched gracefully down the aisle.
Her glamorous white gown, veil, and matching diamond headpiece brought out the bride in her as her eyes beamed with excitement.
As Carmen slowly marched towards the floral arch, her eyes searched the stage for her groom for a while.
Then her finger clenched tightly around her white silk bouquet when she did not see Liam.
But Carmen kept her head high and continued walking, and then halfway down the aisle, her dad walked up to her, and she held onto his arm as he took her to the stage.
"Don't worry, Carm. He will be here." Mr. Smith whispered in his daughter's ear before going to his seat.
But Carmen did not believe in her father's words as another two minutes passed, and people started getting restless.
After acting calm for a brief while, the guests started to look back at the door, wondering when the groom would walk inside.
Then another five minutes passed, and another four minutes.
At this point, Carmen could feel her tears flowing again. Today was her happy moment, but she did not feel like the luckiest bride in the world.
All hope seemed to be slipping away from her heart when the door suddenly banged open, and Liam walked inside.
Immediately, Carmen turned her head to stare at her groom, and instead of feeling happy, her tears seemed to pull more, and she could not believe he entered the wedding hall wearing a t-shirt and jeans.
“What is going on in the head of that mischievous son of yours?” Liam's grandfather shouted at his daughter-in-law and son.
But his parents could not answer as they bent their heads in shame, realizing that their son had brought embarrassment to the Davis name, and yet, they knew why he did it.
The hall became clamorous again. But this time, the noise was a bit louder than the last.
The whispering became more lucid for Carmen to hear, and the scandal people had to say about her wedding was unbearable for her to handle.
Their mocking statements and ridiculous remarks wounded her as much as seeing the scowl on Liam's face.
Keeping his gaze fixed on Carmen, Liam walked up to her and then faced her.
As she focused on his eyes, she saw pure hate in them, and it hurt her to see such a look of misery in his expression on such a day.
With an aching heart, Carmen kept her head bent the entire time the clergyman was speaking, knowing how much the look on Liam's face was breaking her heart.
Feeling completely desperate, all Carmen wanted to do at that moment was to look him in the eyes and ask him why he was acting like a jerk on their wedding day because she honestly didn't know.
The entire time, Carmen continued to puzzle over if it was her fault that he acted this way and what she did to get treated in such an awful manner.
“Now I need the groom and bribe to say their vows. The bride can go first.” The clergyman intoned.
Holding in her breath, Carmen lifted her head and gazed directly into Liam's eyes before exhaling softly.
Then she faintly smiled to lighten the mood. But Liam's expression didn't change, and his face seemed to become stiffer.
However, Carmen was still hopeful that her vow would make him forget and forgive whatever she had done to him.
“From today onward, I belong to you and only you. I will love, stay by your side, trust you, and cheer you on for the rest of my life." Carmen boldly said, pausing for a second as she waited for a reaction from Liam.
When she got none, she bravely continued, "From the moment you wrote that confession note to me, I have kept those words close to my heart, and never will I forget them. I love you, Liam Davis.”
'Here we go again with this damn love note. I never wrote it for you.' Liam thought, screwing his face into a frown.
"Groom, it's your turn.” The clergyman said.
After a couple of seconds went by and Liam did not answer, he still waited patiently.
But Liam seemed too focused on his thoughts to hear what was said to him, and it took the clergyman five calls to get his attention.
“Liam! It's your turn to say your vow to the bride.” The clergyman awkwardly reminded him when their gaze met.
“Oh, I did not bring the paper that I wrote my vow on, and I can't remember what I wrote,” Liam replied in a sarcastic tone.
Then he casually put his hand in his pocket like he did not care about what was transpiring.
“Haha, You have humor. But let's put the joke aside, don't you have anything to say to your bride?” The clergyman said in annoyance.
“Wait, you are right. I do have something to tell my bride." Liam coldly intoned.
Immediately, Carmen's face lit up because of his words as she wondered if things were about to take a turn for the better.
With a deadpan expression on Liam's face, he drew close to Carmen and whispered in her ear, “I don't love you. I never did, and I never will.”
Then he pulled away from Carmen with a sly smile on his lips as he stared at the devastation in her eyes.
Time stopped instantly for Carmen, and she stood still, feeling a sudden numbness from those words.
Even though she wanted to believe what she had heard, her heart shattered every sense of reasoning she had.
So when the clergyman asked Carmen if she would take Liam to be her lawfully wedded husband, she said, “yes,” without any hesitation, and with a frown face, Liam did the same.
“I now pronounce you guys husband and wife. You may kiss the bride.” The clergyman declared.
After hesitating for a moment, Liam removed the veil from over Carmen's teary face and went in for a kiss.
It took a second, and then Carmen mumbled, “Ouch,” as the salty taste of blood pulled upon her tongue when their mouths parted.
Knowing that he bit her, Carmen swallowed down her fear as the cheering and clapping sounds within the hall grew louder.
The excitement on the faces of people was joyful. But Carmen could not forget the coldness in Liam's voice when he whispered to her, “You made your choice. Now you have to dine with the devil.”
The light in the room flickered, and the air got more chilly as the breeze blew the window curtain open. The white bedsheet appeared whiter from the glow of the bulb. Also, the bedroom looked extremely luxurious because of the fancy furniture.“I will take the guest room, and you can take this bedroom,” Carmen said, wishing desperately that her first night as a married woman wouldn't start with such an intense atmosphere.Then she anxiously stood still, waiting on Liam's reply as the seconds passed by. Realizing how silent the room was, Carmen could feel her heart pounding, and she began to grow tense. With every passing second that Liam did not answer, Carmen felt more uncomfortable.Unable to take the quietness any longer, she hugged herself tightly and stared at a well-built man sitting in a chair, gazing at her like some prey he could not wait to devour.The sleeveless nightgown she wore did
"Beep!" "Beep!" The clock blew off. After it rang a couple more times, Carmen lazily opened her eyes. Still in a confused state of mind, her hand reached out for the alarm clock. Instead of pressing the off button, she knocked it off the nightstand. "Beep!" "Beep!" "Beep!" The alarm screamed louder as the sound echoed in the room. "I think I broke it," Carmen mumbled beneath her breath as she pushed the comforter off her. Then her toes flickered when they touched the cold tiles and chills ran through her body. Still feeling a bit dizzy, Carmen grabbed the clock from the floor, shut it up, and set it back on the nightstand. In that instant, her sight caught the other side of the bed, and Carmen sighed at the empty sheet and softly muttered, "Good morning, Carm." Then she turned away from her bed and headed into the bathroom. Feeling drained and hollow in her soul, Carmen dragged her feet a
After Liam had left the villa, Carmen pulled out a chair at the dining table and sat down.Then she low-spiritedly looked at her Eggo Waffle Sandwich and frowned at it, feeling like Liam refusing her food means that he had rejected her too. With every stare she gave her food, Carmen could feel this piercing ache in her chest. In frustration, she angrily stood up, grabbed the plate, and approached the trash bin. After opening the lid, Carmen couldn't bring herself to toss the Eggo Waffle Sandwich into the bin because in her mind, if she did, then just like you can't eat food from a dumpster, she and Liam's marriage will not have a chance for love. With such a thought on Carmen's mind, she withdrew from the trash bin, headed back to the table, and she set the plate on the dining table. Then she sat down and began to eat the Eggo Waffle Sandwich angrily while sniffing. Two minutes into her breakfast, her phone began to buzz, and she
Feeling indecisive, Carmen stood in front of the mirror, wearing a blue long sleeve dress with its length reaching below her knee. Then she wore her hair down. However, the reflection staring back at her was not what she was going for at that moment. The bite marks on her neck were still showing, and the wound on her fingers remained exposed. In anger, Carmen took off the dress and threw it on the bed, and it landed on top of all the other clothes she had tried on. Then she approached her closet, took out a gray sweater and blue jeans. After Carmen had worn it, she went back to the mirror and stared at her reflection. The sweater's turtleneck and long sleeves concealed the bite marks on her body, and the sleeves were also long enough for her to hide her fingers in. But even though her dress code was perfect, the only thing destroying it was the hot June sun awaiting her outside her house. “Mom is not going to buy this look, but it is the o
With a touch of fear in her eyes, Carmen folded her hands into a tight fist as she saw Liam and his mother approaching their table. Her heart kept skipping every beat as they got close, and she hastily gazed away when his eyes met hers. "I invited Lina over for breakfast, but I did not know she would drag her son along too." Deborah softly said. Not listening to her mother's words, Carmen's mind remained occupied with thoughts about how unloving her husband's gray eyes were when they gazed at her. After Liam and Lina reached Carmen and Deborah, he pulled out a chair for his mother, then waited for her to take her seat before he sat down. "Good morning, mother." Liam addressed Deborah. "A pleasant day to you too," Deborah answered with a bit of hate in her tone. Hearing the harshness in her mother's voice, Carmen stared at Li
The driver felt the fear within Carmen and the hostility from Liam. He looked into the V-mirror and saw how pitifully Carmen had folded herself together. Liam and Carmen did not appear to be the couple he knew in the past. The driver noticed that the brightness in Carmen's smile had got swapped with a frown, and Liam's eyes had lost its kindness.'Boss, why are you treating madam like this? She's sweet and friendly to everyone, so why do you hate her?' He thought.After Liam's question, Carmen dared not look at him. She kept her head down, and her eyes focused on the floor of the car. It was clear to Carmen that her apologies wouldn't get her out of this situation."Are you deaf!" Liam screamed.His voice had harshness and chills within it, and it wasn't long after Carmen heard those words she began tearing up. However, Carmen choked back her cry so she wouldn't annoy him.
Carmen sat on the couch with a frustrated face as she watched the long hand of the clock slowly change its direction. She felt scared and upset that it was now eleven-thirty o'clock and Liam had not arrived home yet.Their brief episode that morning, him accusing her and denying her, weighed heavily on her heart, but her mind remained occupied with worries about why he had not reached home.Carmen stood up from the couch for a minute and paced back and forth for some time as she tried to keep her messed up emotions in check and stopped herself from crying. After walking around the room for a while without hearing a car sound, she sat down on the couch and continued watching the clock.As Carmen sat there for another fifteen minutes without removing her eyes from the wall clock or shifting from her current position, her stomach gurgled from hunger. She pressed both her hands against her abdomen and squeezed it tight to su
The next morning Liam woke up with a nasty headache and he felt like someone had smashed his head against a concrete wall countless times. For a couple minutes, he tried to get out of bed, but the pain seemed to triple each time he lifted his head. “I should have taken the damn pills!” Liam thought, feeling a sense of frustration. Then he gave his body one last push, and finally, he succeeded in getting out of bed. His head pounded with every step he took toward the room door. When Liam opened it, he was shocked to see the pack of hangover pills and glass of water still seated in their previous position from last night. The only difference was that Carmen had covered the glass of water. Not knowing what to feel, Liam reached down for the items and took them into his room. Then he placed a glass of water on the bed stand and popped out a pill from within the pack. 'Why does she still care about me after everything I have