That day, Via came home earlier than usual, because Sean asked, as he worried to see her pale face after the meeting ended. Via also felt unwell so she accepted.
Arriving at the apartment, she intended to cook, but was afraid that Sean would scold her because instead of lying down, she was busy making her own dinner.
The ringing of the cell phone was a sign that a new message popped up. She knew for sure that it was Sean who had sent. That man was like a psychic, knowing how Via's head worked.
[ Don't cook anything. Just rest, I'll bring dinner.]
The corner of Via's lips carved a happy smile, getting Sean Reviano's attention like she could embrace the moon.
After preparing for the night skin care ritual, Via decided to sleep first. For a long time, her eyes were closed when she felt a warm touch from Sean's lips on the shoulder, making her open her eyes while smiling.
“Sorry to keep you awake, but it's better if you eat before sleeping,” Sean whispered by pulling her up from the bed.
The two of them sat in the kitchen, enjoying the dinner Sean bought earlier.
“Are you staying tonight?” Via asked hopefully, a little shyly.
Sean nodded, silent because his mouth was full.
“I was so worried, you look deathly pale. Feel better now?”
Sean's fingers slid the plate across the table. He stood up and approached Via who was reluctant to chew her meal. She just twirled her dinner around with a spoon without any intention of finishing it.
The two of them who had been facing each other now turned side by side.
Sean took the spoon in Via's hand, then fed the rice and side dishes.
“Aaaa ...,” Sean muttered until Via laughed.
“I can eat it myself,” Via said to take over the situation.
Sean dodged, and rejected Via who protested. “No, if I let you, you're just playing with plates and spoons. We could be here for hours.”
Via's face flushed, getting a warm look given by Sean. The man was really caring. With suppressed embarrassment, Via took the first, second, third mouthfuls… until nothing was left.
“Go to sleep, I'll catch up after finishing something,” he said as he got up from his chair, cleaned up their leftovers, and cleared the dirty dishes on the table.
Via also left from there.
Seeing Sean's back facing her made Via's throat feel tight. Swallowing embarrassment, Via came closer and wrapped her arms around Sean's waist who was currently rinsing the glass, while Via's head leaned against his broad back. For a moment, Sean stopped his activity, but resumed when the two chose to drift away in silence. The atmosphere around turned solemn, when Sean hummed in a low, melodious voice.
Via's nose inhaled Sean's scent deeply until it filled her lungs, while her ears recorded the sound vibrations and the rhythmic beat of Sean's heart.
Her heart whispered sadly, maybe this was the last time they could enjoy together. Whatever it was, she would spend it well.
That morning, Via found a bouquet of flowers on the desk. Several female colleagues gathered around the table she had been sitting at for the past year. They oh-ah together, imagining the start of office romance at Luna Star. A myriad of questions were thrown, which Via answered with a smile.
“Geez, I never know you had a boyfriend,” Cece said while taking a photo of the bouquet in Via's arms. “The bouquet was huge, definitely not cheap stuff.”
Via's heart swelled with joy. The first time she got a bouquet, and from the giver's initials, Sean Reviano was the main suspect. Not only that, a box of breakfast was also sitting nicely on the table, along with a small box of snacks next to it.
Afraid of being the subject of gossip, Via shared the food with her co-workers there.
“Come on, tell us who is your boyfriend, Via? Is he an employee here?”
“No, he's a nobody. You also won't know,” Via replied covering the secret.
If her relationship with Sean was open to the public, maybe she wouldn't be cover it. It was hard not to acknowledge Sean as a lover.
The incident that morning turned out to be unfinished, in the afternoon Via received a delivery of food from outside. With a questioning look, she took out her cell phone to call Sean. Unusually, there were two surprises in one day. In the office too. Really, not like Sean used to be.
[Via: What's with the surprise bouquet and food today?]
Via asked while pretending to work on documents on the computer. Not long after, she got a reply.
[Sean: To celebrate our first anniversary, you forgot?]
Via's heart was pounding. A blush spread from her cheeks to her ears.
How could she have forgotten an important day like this, not even expecting Sean to remember it first.
[Via: Sorry, I totally forgot. I didn't prepare any special gift, what do you want?]
[Sean: No need. Your presence is enough.]
It felt like Via wanted to jump up and down with joy to get Sean's message, which was shamelessly teasing her. Usually he replied without paying any heed to seductions or similar words. Really not like the usual Sean, making Via really wonder.
“Via,” called Kezia who came from outside.
“Yes?” Via answered while hiding the cellphone in her trouser pocket.
“Everyone asked you to join the bar, will you come?”
Via thought about it for a while, but she didn't have an appointment with Sean today. Usually Sean would call when they wanted to meet outside. Still, Via had to ask Sean first.
“Ehm... I’ll think about it first, I'll let you know later,” Via answered, not immediately confirming.
Kezia nodded and left there. Seeing her co-worker disappearing from sight, Via also replied to Sean's message as well as asked.
[Via: Your words make me happy, thank you. If there's something you want, just say it.]
For a moment, Via paused typing on the screen, compiling words to ask if there was an event together.
[Via: Oh, by the way, another coworker invited me to the bar. Do we have any plans tonight? Just make sure whether to reject or accept.]
Before long, she finally got a reply.
[Sean: You can go, I also have a meeting with a client.]
For some reason Via felt a sense of disappointment, but she knew not to be greedy. Having just gotten a bouquet of flowers and a lunch delivered, she shouldn't have demanded Sean's attention either. He had a different life, there was a company hanging on his shoulder.
The bar they visited was very crowded, making Via felt a bit uncomfortable. She tried to call Sean many times, but her fingers hung in the air as she stared at the dark phone screen.
“Well, your boyfriend won't be angry. After all, we're all just women here,” Altha teased, finding Via nervous.
“That's right, my boyfriend doesn't mind walking with us either,” added Cece who was engrossed in playing with her cellphone in hand.
Seeing that the other colleagues were stifling with their restless gestures, Via decided to forget and just enjoy the time. In fact, Sean wasn't even texting or calling anymore, so it didn't feel right to be a part of the fun.
They had all just gone to the dance floor, when Via felt a hot stare coming from the bar table. She turned her head eighty degrees, and her eyes met with soul-stirring eyes. There was a faint smile behind Sean's handsome face from behind the glass on his sensual lips.
Uncontrollably, Via looked at him back. They both locked eyes for a while. As if they were the only ones there. The hustle and bustle of the surroundings disappeared instantly, leaving a serene atmosphere that was shared by the two of them.
“Isn't that Mr. CEO?” Cece said in a loud voice that rivaled the DJ music. Several heads turned towards Sean who was sitting at the bar with several men. Altha confirmed when she saw the familiar faces with their CEO. “He has a meeting at a private place not far from here, maybe they've moved to a bar to celebrate something,” explained Altha, answering some of her coworkers' questioning faces. “Gosh, that group of masculine guys is really amazing. Just look, almost all the women can't take their eyes off of them,” said Reina, looking around. Altha and the others continued to dance, while Via feel enough. She was reluctant in the presence of Sean who must have been watching from the bar. “I went back to the sofa,” said Via, who only got a nod from another colleague. She joined Kezia who didn't join on the dance floor with them. “Are you tired?” Kezia asked while handing her a drink. Via shook her head slowly. “No
Via's eyes opened when she heard the alarm clock ringing, she felt to the other side and was disappointed to find the cold bed, a sign that Sean had left a long time ago. After muting the alarm, she sat down while her eyes stared blankly at the empty right side of the bed. Via's fingers touched the mattress where Sean usually sleep. She wanted him to be at her side and hug her as soon as she was awake. Rarely did they wake up together, usually Sean was the first to leave, leaving Via alone. “When will you really see me, not just as a body?” Via whispered with choking breaths holding back tears. She just wanted Sean to acknowledge her existence. Maybe not in this city, maybe somewhere else where no one knew. They could just be having fun outside, like a normal couple. A romantic dinner at a five-star restaurant, running on the beach, playing on a swing in the park, enjoying a vacation on a safari, kissing on a playground, or simply going
Monday morning, Via felt unwell again. She decided to take one day off. Sean looked at her worriedly, reluctant to go to the office when he found Via lying on their bed. He also persuaded her to go to the doctor, but she refused because the hospital traumatized her. Sean who knew that Via was afraid of the hospital, finally chose not to force her. “Yes Daren,” said Sean while occasionally glancing at Via who was listening from the bed. “I can't make it to the office today,” he continued, telling Daren over the phone. “Hmm… hmm… yup, Oh, Okay, alright,” Sean mumbled then walked out into his study. Seeing Sean's back disappearing behind the door, Via took a deep breath. At first she thought Sean didn't care and went to work leaving her alone, but she was wrong. Her heart fluttered as soon as Sean contacted the operations manager that he was taking a day off. A few moments later Sean returned to the room, there was no phone in hand which wa
Via asked what Sean wanted to eat that afternoon, but he only said that he wanted to eat chicken, so she decided to cook soup. Today Sean also hadn't allowed her to go back to work, so she filled her boredom by doing anything.But, when she was watching a drama on television, again the news about Sean and Evelyn filled the screen, so she turned off the plasma screen with her heart holding back tears. She became upset every time she watched television, so she decided not to turn on the twenty-nine inch television until nightfall.After the chicken soup was cooked, suddenly Via heard the sound of the door being opened. Not long after that, Sean appeared from living room. He smiled at her who was still wrinkled in her faded pink apron.“I can smell it from the parking lot,” Sean teased.Via laughed because the distance between the parking lot and their unit was very far. It was impossible to smell it all the way to the basemen
Sean didn't come home today. He gave an excuse that he was going to unpack the luggage in his private penthouse which Via never once set foot.From the very beginning of the affair, Sean gave her a private apartment. At first, he visited only when needed, then left again without sleeping together, returning to the private residence without waiting for morning. But over time he settled there with her. At first, it only stayed for a day or two, without being felt for months.Sean would go back to his hometown tomorrow for visiting his parents. But not just a regular visit, during lunch at the cafeteria, Via also heard that a model woman named Evelyn Madini lived in the same complex as Sean. Rumors spread that the CEO might want to hold an engagement because their parents' houses were next door.“How did you know they were going to make an engagement?” Amber asked curiously.Altha as the source of the gossips explained, “Some time ago
Via bought some kitchen necessities at the supermarket. Even though Sean wasn't around, Via's love of cooking didn't stop her from making a menu of the food Sean liked. When in the sea food area, Via suddenly felt nauseous so she avoided it. Even she was nauseous as soon as she smelled the meat, making her reflexively move away from the drinking area.Via kept calculating the time of her period. For a moment, she felt her body tense because there was something odd about her monthly cycle that she didn't notice. She took the five test packs that were lined up on the shelves and decided to quickly get out of the supermarket, but her steps were stopped when her eyes caught the tabloid that was plastered on Sean's face as the main headline.Unconsciously, Via approached the tabloid and read the title in bold print: Evelyn Madini and Sean Reviano's romance.Without being able to take her eyes off Sean’s perfect portrait on the cover of the tabloid, Via re
Disya accompanied Via who looked devastated until her beautiful face looked pale as if she had no desire to continue living. Seeing the depression that was clearly visible on her best friend's face, Disya sat down in front of Via whose eyes were staring.She looked at the cell phone whose screen was shattered lying on the floor.Her hands were shaking as she took the phone.Her heart believed the contents of the message on the cellphone were the reason Via was in a void state. Right as she expected, Sean's message also made Disya hurt, she even felt a burning anger.How dare that man hurt her best friend and throw her away like trash?!Disya didn't accept it, she really wouldn't forgive him.“Via, oh ... Via,” Disya sobbed while stroking her friend's swollen face.Via's eyes stared blankly at the wall, her tears dried, there were only traces of those tears.“He doesn't want me,” Via whispered
Several Days Ago On Sean Reviano POV …Sean stared at the phone screen containing texts from his parents that asking when he would be coming home. For a moment, he looked at the employees who were meeting together in the meeting room. He put the phone back in and glanced at Via who was tucking her long hair behind her ear.Sean's eyes couldn't take his eyes off Via's beautiful face looking down at the report, but his logic prevailed a step until he was relieved to look away.Slightly clearing his throat, Sean gathered attention. “Where were we?”“Our hotel rating and review report on the booking room platform, sir. I think ….”The meeting continued, but Sean's eyes couldn't take his eyes off Via who was explaining about the Luna Star Hotel review report which was slightly down from the previous month.In the middle of the session, Sean found out that Via was daydreaming. In order to appe