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 not make her feel comfy at the very least, and Liam's cold stare only made her feel worse. Feeling the chilly air caressing her thigh, Carmen wished her friend, "Ali," didn't persuade her to wear such revealing clothes on her wedding night, and now she hated herself for wearing them. “We are a married couple, so why do we have to sleep in a separate room! Isn't this what you wanted by forcing my grandpa to marry you to me!" Liam coldly said.
'Force?' Carmen thought in confusion.
"You want to act innocent when you dress in such a manner. Don't pretend to be a virgin when you are wearing something like that. Ha! What a joke.”
'It's not like that.'
Every single word Liam spoke felt like a knife stabbing into Carmen's heart, and she felt even more nervous when she pulled her dress down, and it immediately came back to its original length.
"Yes, I did ask my grandfather to ask your grandpa to get us married. But I did it because I thought that's what you wanted." Carmen straightforwardly said, avoiding his eyes.
"What did you say?!" Liam harshly asked, waking up from the couch.Fearing that she may have made the situation worse, Carmen took a step back as he fixed his gaze on hers.
"Nothing," Carmen whispered, turning her head to the left as she blinked back tears.
Then she stood still as she heard his footsteps approaching her, and her heart was racing like crazy.
A couple of seconds passed, then Carmen felt the toughness of his manly hand on her thigh.
Immediately, she tightened her eyelashes together as Liam's hand when further up her nightgown.The cold air did not stop Carmen from feeling his warm lips upon her skin as his tongue licked her neck. “Do you still want to sleep in the guest room?” Liam whispered in her ear before his other hand pulled down her nightgown hand. Then he grabbed onto her waist, slammed her body against his, and fiercely kissed her neck, leaving bite marks all over her skin. “Ouch! No! Yes! I mean, I think we should sleep in a separate room since you don't have feelings for me.” Carmen muttered, striving to get her emotions under control. Yet, she could barely get the words out because of the way Liam was touching places on her body that made her feel a bit uncomfortable but excited. “That's not for you to decide. You wanted this marriage, and now that you are in it, there's no escape for you!” Liam angrily said. Then he grabbed Carmen, lifted her, carried her to the bed, and threw her on it. 'I've made him mad.' Carmen thought, knowing that things had gotten worst than she intended. Striving to act brave, Carmen bit her lip as she watched Liam remove his shirt, then unbutton his trousers. Then her eyes became wet, and she held the blanket tightly, knowing what would happen next. Slamming her eyelids shut, Carmen refused to open her eyes, even when she felt Liam's weight above her. With every passing second, her body trembled when Liam roughly touched her, and she could feel his fingers rubbing against her bosom. "Ouch!" was the only word she kept softly repeating. Then Liam suddenly stopped, and Carmen could not feel his movement anymore or sense his presence on top of her. 'He didn't go further.' Carmen thought as she slowly opened her eyes. Then she turned her head to the right and watched Liam wear his clothes. When he felt her eyes on him, he stopped buttoning his shirt and swayed his gaze towards her. “As you said, I don't love you. So I think it's best not to have sex with you. I will take the guest room. You can keep this one since the bedsheet is already filthy with your scent.” Liam coldly said. Immediately, Carmen's mouth felt dry, and her heartache as she silently stared at Liam's broad back as he walked out the door. At that moment, nothing made sense to Carmen, and she felt confused, and although She tried to understand it all, she did not know why he claimed not to love her when he was the one that sent the love confession note to her. “You are misleading me. Why can't you tell me why you stopped loving me. Instead of making me wait on you to love me back, you jerk!” Carmen mumbled, wondering where it all went wrong for her and Liam. After lying in the silence for a while, she got out of bed and went to their closet. Then she took off her nightgown, dropped it to the floor before wearing comfortable pajamas. Once she got done buttoning her pajama shirt, Carmen climbed back into bed and cried herself to sleep. After entering the guest room, Liam slammed the door behind him.Even though He tried to ignore it, he felt restless, angry, and turned on inside, and his heartbeat raced as though it could burst from the rage and passion he was undergoing at the same time. “Damn it, Liam. You can't fall for her tricks. You can't allow your heart to beat for the woman that took away the chance for you to be with the love of your life." Liam said, knowing that a part of him didn't believe those words.
Realizing that his heart did not play along with his words, Liam frowned and coldly uttered, "Carmen is a selfish person, and she does not deserve your love.”Then Liam aggressively ripped his shirt off his body and headed into the bathroom to cold off. The water pulled from the shower with force, beating upon his skin as he tried to relieve himself of the sexual tension coursing through him.
A few minutes later, Liam walked out of the bathroom with only a towel tied around his waist while rubbing a small white towel against his hair.After drying his hair, his ringtone drew his attention towards the bed, and he picked the phone off the sheet, answering the call."Congratulations, you are now a married man." A lady's voice echoed through the phone.
"I wouldn't be if you didn't force me to do so." Liam calmly replied."As long as your heart is mine, I don't mind Carmen having you. You still love me, right?"
"Yes, I do!"
After their call ended an hour later, Liam lay in bed under the darkness of the night, gazing at the shadowed ceiling with the images of Carmen's hurt expression replaying in his mind, and he did not know if he could keep on pushing her away.
"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
Carmen ran into her room and slammed the door behind her. She then rested her back against the door and wept bitterly till her vision got dim because of the tears in her eyes.She tried to suppress the suffocating feeling in her chest, but it only got stronger by the second. None of this was what she wanted in a marriage. All she desired was to marry a man that loves her, so why is she being punished for falling in love and following her heart?"This is so unfair," she mumbled.Carmen did not know how long she had been crying until she heard a bang on her door.“You have two minutes left!” Liam shouted with force in his voice.However, beneath the surface of Liam's icy attitude, he felt a bit of pity towards Carmen when he heard her soft cry.“I will soon be out,” Carmen replied while trying to keep her voice stable.