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.
Carmen woke up the next morning to the sound of her ringtone. She tossed in bed a few times, then with her eyes closed, her hand searched the nightstand for her phone until she got a hold of it and answered the call.“Good morning,” Carmen said with sleep still in her eyes while wondering who was calling her this early.“Carmen, are you awake?” Lina's voice rings in Carmen's ears.'Mother?' Carmen thought.Immediately the sleep left her body when she realized that she was speaking with Liam's mom. Carmen was now wide awake, and she quickly sat up in bed.“Yes, I am awake. Is there a problem?” Carmen answered.She knows Lina only calls her when she needs something and the fact that Lina had called this earlier means that it must be something urgent.“No. I simply called to remind you about my invit
When Freddie stopped the car, Carmen woke up from her nap, looked out the window, and realized that they were not at a shopping mall but Davis' company.“What are we doing here? I thought we were going shopping.” Carmen asked.She faced Liam but quickly looked away when she saw the furious expression on his face after her question.“I am not a less busy person, and I have a job to do. When I fulfilled my work schedule for today, then we can go do your stupid stuff.” Liam answered.'Do you have to humiliate me? You know that I worked at my father's company before I married you. The only reason I quit my job was that my dad believed that a married woman's only purpose was to serve her husband, and I can only work if you want me to do so.' Carmen thought.However, these were words she could only say in her mind because Liam seem already angry, and she deemed
The moment that Carmen walked out of the building and the gentle breeze blew against her skin, she felt a bit better. She forced a bright smile on her face and allowed the pain in her heart to fade away.Once she felt like herself again, Carmen took a few steps forward and began walking among the crowd.She walked a few distances before her eyes caught a glance at a classy necklace displayed in the window of the "Men and women boutique.""Since Liam is busy, I can do the shopping on my own. How tough can it be?" Carmen mumbled as she entered the store."Hello, and welcome to the 'men and women boutique.' How can I be of assistance?" A lady said."I came to look around. If I find anything to my taste, I will make a purchase." Carmen replied."Okay then, I am right here if you need help.""Thank you."The fi