“Auddie? Someone’s looking for you outside. Should I let him in?”
Audrey woke up to Nathan’s gentle pat on her cheeks. She could also hear him calling her and mentioning someone who was looking for her. She opened her eyes slowly as they seemed to protest her idea of waking up already. Her head was feeling fuzzy with a few memories from a few days ago haunting her in sleep. Audrey felt restless when she realized she couldn’t settle her mind at ease even while sleeping.
The thick blanket fell on the floor when she pulled herself up while rubbing her eyes with the back of her hands. “Nathan? Were you calling me?” Audrey asked softly. She sounded sleepy though she didn’t yell at the blond after waking her up.
Nathan nodded his head while looking at her wearily. Audrey could tell something was the matter, but she only heaved a sigh. What else could be the problem other than anything involving Shane? She guessed it had something to do with her ‘superstar’ husband.
“Is Shane outside?” she blurted out in a low voice. She kind of developed this ‘habit’ of changing the tone of her voice when talking to people. Well, it mainly changed when the talk was all about Shane or the one she was speaking with was him.
Audrey watched Nathan scratched his head to her question. Her face lightened when an idea popped up in her mind. ‘Did he come to pick me up? Will he explain things to clarify what’s going on?’ She ran to the bathroom and washed her face. She looked messy and sleepless though, and she didn’t want Shane to see her like that.
“Auddie, why so excited?” Nathan confusedly asked. He followed her to the bathroom with a frowning face. He couldn’t help but ask why when the man who was waiting outside was the reason for her restless days and nights.
“Excited? Nah, I just don’t want to delay this issue. The earlier to clear this up, the better.” Audrey checked her face in the mirror after applying some day cream on her face. She remembered using the same cream months ago when she first stayed at Nathan’s place. She only hoped it wasn’t expired yet and irritate her skin instead of making her look ‘good’.
Audrey grabbed brushed her hair and neatly tied it in a ponytail. “Nate, can you get my purse, please? Or you can just take my lipstick. I think I have it inside my bag,” she requested while keeping her eyes on the mirror to look closely at her face.
“You want to put on some lipstick?” Nathan’s surprised expression and tone didn’t escape her ears. She glared at him like she always does when he was making fun of her. “Hey, I don’t mean anything bad about it. I was just curious why you suddenly initiated to apply makeup on your face. That’s all,” the blond mumbled with his hands in the air.
“What? You want me to face my jerk husband with this face?” Audrey pointed at her pale face covered with cream. “This face?!” she said louder than before. “Aish! Just get my bag for me, please. If he finds out that I was stressed out because of him, it would only feed his ego.”
Nathan sighed. He couldn’t count how many times he had sighed for the day. But what else could he do other than to release his stress that way? He couldn’t simply meddle with Audrey’s matter especially when she was married, and he was rejected by her. He strode back to the living room and looked for Audrey’s bag. Nathan saw it laying on the floor. He picked it up and rummage through inside.
“What are you doing?” Francesca who came from the kitchen asked. She was holding a cup of tea which his guess was an earl tea. She sat on the couch where Audrey was sleeping earlier and crossed her legs as she watched him look for the lipstick his boss was talking about. “Are you perhaps stealing something from that bag?” The blonde continued when he didn’t respond.
“You mean I’m stealing this?” Nathan raised his hand and showed her the lipstick he was looking for. Francesca was surprised but softly laughed. Her gentle laughter astounded him for a bit. Nathan shook his head to erase the thoughts he had in his mind. “Is that guy still outside?” he asked. Francesca nodded her head.
“I wanted to invite him in but I remember he’s the reason why Audrey is a mess. I guess he won’t leave until she opens the door for him,” Francesca said and went on to sip on her tea.
‘Good thing you didn’t let him in or I’ll kick you both outside,’ Nathan thought while nodding his head.
“Nate? Did you find it?” Audrey called from the bathroom. He answered her ‘yes’ and hurried back to her.
“Here it is, Bella,” Nathan said and winked. When Audrey ignored his gesture and brushed the lipstick on her lips instead, he just kept his mouth shut and stood there quietly.
“How do I look?”
“Pretty,” Nathan replied to Audrey’s question. It was quick and sincere. Well, he always thought she was pretty no matter what though. “Just don’t forget what he did to you. If there’s a reasonable explanation for what he did, you still have to put your guards up. Auddie, this isn’t the first time. Even if he’s an actor and acting is his nature or talent or whatever, you just can’t tolerate him like this,” Nathan added with a sigh. He was near to punching Shane’s face when he found him in front of his door if not for Francesca who interfered.
“I know, Nate. Do I look that stupid to you? I love him and he knows it. He also knew what I can do if he messed up the chance I’ve given him. So don’t worry, I know what to do. And that depends on what he’s going to say,” Audrey said firmly. She checked herself on the mirror for the last time before exiting the bathroom. Nathan followed her behind.
They found Francesca still sitting cozily in the living room. Her tea was almost half done. She smiled at Audrey and the latter did the same. They developed a quite good relationship despite having Nathan between them. Well, Francesca didn’t blame Audrey when Nathan fell for her nor Audrey would blame her if she ever did hate her.
“Nate, Audrey knows what to do. Don’t act like her dad or maybe her mom. You’re hopeless,” Francesca commented when she noticed the man’s worried expression. She shrugged when Nathan glared at her. Her gaze drifted to Audrey who was checking her things inside her bag. “Are you sure about this, Auddie? If he does something to you, just let me know. I’ll slap him hard in your stead if you’re wavering to do it,” she told her.
“Thanks, but don’t worry. I have always wanted to knock him out even once in my lifetime. I guess I could not even throat punch him if he dares to do something more stupid than what he already did,” Audrey answered and smiled at the blonde. Francesca put down her cup and stood from her seat to see her out.
“What are you? Her aunt?” Nathan mumbled as he followed both ladies to the door. Francesca heard what he said but she ignored it.
“All right. I understand you’re worried about me but why don’t you try to fix your issue while I’m gone and maybe I could see you both lovey-dovey later when I return,” Audrey suggested. She took a peek at the monitor beside the door and almost bit her tongue when she saw her husband patiently waiting outside while leaning on the opposite wall. “I’m going now. I’ll give you a call if I can’t go back here tonight,” she said and turned the knob.
“Make sure to come back here no matter what,” Nathan reminded.
“Stay safe, Auddie. Remember to call me if you need back up,” Francesca waved her hand and did a fighting pose. Audrey just laughed while shaking her head. She didn’t even have any idea when did the blonde learn such a gesture.
“Thank you. I’m leaving now,” Audrey said and opened the door. Her heart raced like in a marathon when she was greeted by the man she thought would never again hurt her.
Audrey subconsciously raised a brow upon hearing what her husband called her. She couldn’t help but pull a sneer at him when their eyes met. ‘Baby?’ she thought.“How many babies you have?” Audrey blurted out. “I heard you’re expecting a newborn baby seven months from now,” she added.Shane looked tired and devastated, for whatever reason why he was like that, Audrey had a very tiny interest. “Baby, I can explain…” he muttered with his begging eyes. He was dressed so well like he always did but still looking like a mess. “Can… Can we go somewhere else?” He suggested as he peeked behind her. Audrey moved her head slightly to the side and noticed Nathan and Francesca through her peripheral vision. She sighed and nodded to Shane before leading the way.She used to walk behind him as she enjoyed looking up at his back. It didn’t
“Stephanie is indeed pregnant,” Shane confirmed after Audrey asked him about the singer’s pregnancy scandal. They just finished having a sumptuous dinner when her husband led the way to the other side of the garden where the city lights could be seen, like glittering mountains of treasures in the night. The view was breathtaking but the atmosphere in them was only getting more intense.Audrey didn’t waste any time and started a conversation about the actor’s involvement in Stephanie’s pregnancy. She started shooting him questions she badly needed to be answered. “She just started her acting career, and we’re under the same company. Her pregnancy would ruin her whole career, and I was tasked to help her out. It was the company’s request, Audrey,” Shane added.“I never thought you’d be so dedicated to the company to the extent that you’ll neglect your wife’s feelings over the said ‘problem’ you need to handle. But it's okay. I guess it’s fine as long
“Damn!” Shane kicked the stone from where he stood when he could no longer see the lights from his car which Audrey drove to get away from him. He was so mad that he intended to throw anything that caught his attention. The flowers and other ornamental plants in the pots ended up scattered on the ground as he kept breaking them. He was close to losing his mind when his phone started ringing. Shane checked who’s calling and was relieved it his manager and not Stephanie. Ever since he agreed to play along with the company, the latter would always call him to check his whereabouts like a demanding wife.“Lucy,” he muttered when he answered the call.The person on the other line didn’t respond which confused him. Lucy would always start with her award-winning yells whenever he did something without informing him. And having a press conference a few days ago after he came back from his honeymoon was one of those things he did without letting her manager
The melancholic song played in the car’s stereo filled was Audrey’s companion during the night drive. After parking by the roadside for almost half an hour to cry her heart out and compose herself, Audrey decided to go back to Nathan’s place instead. She thought of something important she needed to tell the other regarding her newly started business. Audrey realized she needed a break. The leisure moments she had for a week with Shane seemed not to be enough. For her, those merry days felt like it happened decades ago.She had been driving for more than an hour and was entering the city borders when her phone kept ringing. Audrey moved her hands around to grab her pouch sitting on the passenger’s seat with her eyes still on the road. The car accident years ago hadn’t completely faded from her memory yet. It would occasionally remind her to be careful when she’s in front of the steering wheel. After struggling to reach her pouch, Audrey pulled over the car to the sid
“Audrey?” It was the same as the old times. The voice that Audrey missed for so long.“Nanny? Yes, it’s me, Audrey.” She tightly held on the rails for support. Other than her parents, Audrey had been dependent on her Nanny Esther. The old maiden spent her youth taking care of her mother and later, she was there for her when her parents weren’t around.“Oh my! I received your wedding invitation but I’m too old to travel. Have you received my gift? I’m missing you so much and my days are numbered now,” Nanny Esther laughed on the other line. She still cared for her despite her old age.“I missed you too, Nanny. The wedding went well and I just came back from a short vacation with my husband,” Audrey told her. Her nanny was the first person to find out that she had a crush on Shane when they were younger. And the elder would tell her mom about it.“It was Shane, right? I’m so happy that you ended up together,” Nanny Es
The swift wind blowing Audrey’s hair tickled her neck. She smiled as she held on to the dark coffee-colored hat she was wearing. It was around 7 in the morning and the sun was gradually rising, gracing the earth another pleasant sunny day. A small smile curved on her lips as she headed out to the arrival area and gazed around to find anyone familiar. Her face lightened when she saw the elder woman standing in the corner while holding a placard with her name written on it. Audrey chuckled at the scene.“Nanny!” Audrey waved her hand as she pulled her suitcase and walked towards an elder woman. She watched her turned in her direction and with an unbelieving happy smile, the elder waved her hands back at her.“Audrey, you’re here. I was so worried to send anyone else to pick you up, so I did. My nephew tends to joke around, and I didn’t want you to feel uncomfortable around him,” Nanny Esther said, clipping the placard under her arm and sought her for
Two weeks had passed and Shane still couldn’t get away from Stephanie’s grasp. He was forced to stay under the same roof with her by the company’s arrangement. The situation was getting out of hand each passing day. Shane kept his lips sealed while ‘acting’ as Stephanie’s lover. After all, the DNA test result said he wasn’t her baby’s father. He wanted to tell that in her face, so he could break free and chase after his wife, but the singer had always something up in her sleeve. She would threaten him to kill herself once he left her which he shouldn’t really care about as he knew she wouldn’t do such a thing. However, he noticed how stressed she was recently, and knowing that he’s the only one she could rely on, Shane quietly clenched his jaws and played along. He asked someone to find out the man who impregnated Stephanie but with so many men involved with her, even his detective had trouble to confirm it.Lucy, on the other hand, convinced the company to save Sha
Shane clenched his fists. “What did you say?” He asked, making sure he heard it right. “Audrey called me?” He sounded unbelieving, not expecting his wife to call him. After all, he did nothing but caused Audrey heartbreak which he promised he wouldn’t do again when she married him. She wouldn’t call him first unless something happened.“What? You suddenly become excited. Aren’t you going to annul your marriage with her now that I’m pregnant with your baby?” Stephanie mumbled. Shane swore he would have already smacked her head to wake her up from her delusion if only she wasn’t a woman and pregnant. He wasn’t even the real father of her baby and going along with her whims was only a part of the company’s arrangement to save her face. It wasn’t like he would let him be taken advantage of when he had someone he should be caring for. Shane wasn’t sure how long could Audrey wait for him. And even if she would be willing to wait for a year or longer, he wouldn’t let that