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, Mr. CEO ordered a two-carat diamond ring. Yesterday the ring arrived, and he immediately carried it in his trouser pocket. His face is also very happy, like someone who’s head over heels. What is it if not glad tidings for a proposal?”
All the women at the table simultaneously sighed with admiration mixed with envy at Evelyn Madini. Many of them who wanted to replace the position of this model.
Via's feelings were even more shaken when she heard he ordered diamond ring.
Didn't think Sean would go that far without ending their relationship before moving on. She thought Sean would be single forever, as he had committed before their affair began.
Or was it just her who innocently accepted that Sean Reviano would not marry someone of his social status? Was it true that the heart was easily turned over? After all, this was a matter of socialite political romanticism, where Sean only married the estranged one with him.
“Enough, don't spread hoax anymore,” said Kezia trying to end. Because for her, it was not good to talk about superiors in the work environment.
“This is definitely true, I’m sure. Mr. CEO has never smiled about a diamond ring. The news in the media also supports the reason for the ring,” said Altha confirming their assumption.
“It has nothing to do with us if he gets married, let's just not add more.” Kezia didn't want to lose. “Every day, Mr. CEO is always the subject of discussion, while we still have many other interesting topics to talk.”
Amber interrupted and didn't want to be left behind, “No wonder he becomes the object of conversation, he looks like a celebrity with the media spotlight.”
Via placed a hand on Kezia's thigh, restraining her partner from retaliating for something that couldn't be won.
“Kei, looks like I forgot to request calibration data from Hadley. Maybe he's back from the meeting, please accompany me to his room.”
Kezia held her tongue, and nodded even though she didn't want to move. That was right, it was useless to argue if the other person was as hard as her.
Both of them said goodbye and left the cafeteria with different feelings.
Via just returned to the apartment soon after she got a message from Sean saying he had just left for his hometown. Via had called several times, but his cell phone was not active. The next day at the office, she did not see Sean in the lobby or corridor as usual. Only then was Via sure they were no longer in the same city.
Three days went by, but Sean didn't even say a word. In her heart, Via realized what she was only his secret woman. It was not his job to keep Via informed all the time, and it was not her right to demand his attention. Their relationship existed because they needed each other. Physical attachments were fragile and could waver at any time.
It was already day seven, but Sean hadn't come back. Even a piece of news seemed impossible for Via to get. Until she was tired of fiddling with Sean's number, calling tirelessly day and night to which the operator only answered in a cheerful voice saying the number she had dialed could not be reached.
Via was just sitting in the cafeteria, deliberately looking for an empty seat in the corner, when suddenly a mob of gossip queens swarmed her table. She didn't know what made them stick to her, as if wherever she went, the group of women went by themselves.
“Did you hear the news this morning?” Amber asked starting their gossip.
“What news?” greeted by Altha, Cece and others.
“The CEO joined hands with Evelyn at the gala dinner last night,” answered Amber enthusiastically.
Via's heart was torn in two. Her chest was hurt when she heard the news.
“They've often been together. See? Even in this week, both of them have attended same events for three times, plus a romantic dinner together at a five-star restaurant. Look at the intimacy that they showed at dinner, this is a photo taken by papparazi.” As usual Cece showed off her cellphone screen to their group.
Via refused to look, she was not sure that her broken heart could be put back together, just a moment ago she heard the crack in her heart that would soon turn into shards of rubble.
“Gosh… what a perfect match!” They shouted together.
Without realizing it, Via’s hand clenched into fists, squeezing the black span skirt she was wearing.
“Do you know when Mr. CEO will be back?” asked Amber still admiring Sean's pictures.
Altha nodded while swallowing the toast. “He said in two weeks when the business was finished. He could work from there taking care of the work here.”
Via's head lifted to hear that explanation. Her heart was pounding to ask something, “When did he call?”
“He calls to the office everyday, so he can take care of all the business here. I also sent a report via email, this has become a procedure when he is absent.”
Via was shocked to hear that. All this time, she thought Sean really didn't have time to hold his phone, but it turned out that he just didn't have time for her.
But how could Sean contact the office if the number was never active, making Via suspected that Sean didn't only have one number. Her eyes were filled with sad emotion, but she held back so that no one would suspect anything.
“Our CEO is indeed a hard worker,” said Amber whose admiration was increasing.
“That's right, he also asked the employees one by one. Aaaah, what a dream CEO,” Altha added.
The conversation continued to flow where the topic was not far from the ideal CEO. Since then, Via had been silent, becoming a listener team whose heart was no longer in shape with the amount of information she received.
As soon as the group exited the cafeteria, Via grabbed Altha's arm and tried to act casual.
“I want to report something to Mr. CEO, may I have the number?” Via put on a flat face like a professional, to show that it was only for work requirements.
Althea didn't immediately agree. She considered first before deciding to give the number.
“The number is 0…….”
The new number was programmed into Via's cell phone, and the two decided to separate once they arrived at the lobby. Via, whose heart has not calmed down since lunch time, finally decided to go to the women's restroom.
She looked at the cell phone number on the screen for a long time. Her shoulders drooped as she realized that it was a different number. She didn't dare call out, her heart shattered at the fact that Sean had purposely ignored her existence.
Without feeling her tears flowing uncontrollably, she sobbed on the toilet seat. Thinking of unrequited love, plus the owner of her heart was happy with another woman and didn't care about her in the slightest. Just never asked how she was, maybe she wasn't in his head either.
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
Sean delayed his return to New York because of the project given to him by his father. At first, he was annoyed at having to spend more time at Blueberry and Michigan. But luckily, there was Evelyn who always accompanied him when he felt bored all day staring at the computer screen.“Don't you want us to have dinner together?” asked Evelyn who was walking next to him. They were enjoying the afternoon air near the park which was not far from Sean house.“Don't we always do it every night?” He asked back by recalling their daily dinner routine. If it wasn't a gala event, then their parents would asked them to go out to eat together.“But you said you don't want to go out tonight, we'll just eat in your place,” Evelyn kept asking.“Hmmm…, we can do it next time. Where do you want to go out?” Sean replied turning the offer.“Up to you. It doesn't matter, as long as we spend time together. You
Seeing the old brown-painted building in front of her, Via also turned to Disya, who walked first to the yard of an old farmhouse in a village quite far from the city, seeming isolated from the crowd. As far as the eye could see, Via only saw one or two houses with the same model. Not only that, along the way there Via found several horses roaming in a wide yard surrounded by a white fence with apple trees growing in a row.“Are you sure this is the place?” Via asked, staring at the building with the paint on the walls partly peeling off.“Nana left this farm house. You know I don't come from a rich family. This is the only treasure I have other than an apartment in New York.” Disya stopped, then turned to Via who was still frozen since their arrival, reluctant to go any further. “Come in.”Once again, Via looked at the old building before deciding to go inside, following Disya who was first in front.
Willow stared in bewilderment at the television that was no longer on the living room. She glanced at Via who seemed busy learning how to knit baby socks. She was in full concentration with the spools of yarn around her, and books on learning how to knit that scattered on the floor.“Where's the television?” Willow came over and picked up one of the pink threads.Via's shoulders shrugged as she continued to try weaving the threads one by one. “I put it on the roof,” Via answered without turning her head.Willow's face contorted in confusion because the thing was still functioning properly. In this old house, there was no entertainment to spend the time except watching television, so she was confused about what to do.“What's wrong with this television? It was still fine yesterday, right?” Willow glanced out the window when she heard the sound of a mustang parked in the yard, her male cousin must have arrived to
As soon as she woke up, Via immediately ran to the toilet and vomited in the closet. Her body sat on the floor when nothing came out. She was silent for a long time before finally washing her mouth and face. She felt everything was unwell on her body, making her lie down on her bed for one or two minutes.The sound of the alarm woke Via back up and she frowned in surprise to find that time had passed quickly. It was as if she had only been lying there for five minutes, not knowing that two hours had passed.“Via? Are you okay?” asked Willow, knocking on the door from outside.Via got up from the bed and checked her still puffy face.“I'll be out in a minute,” Via replied as she walked to the bathroom to clean herself.In the dining room, all the breakfast were already on the table. Willow looked busy cleaning the pan at the sink. There was a sense of guilt seeing Willow working alone, making Via feel a litt
Sean entered the apartment and it was cold. There was no longer smelled of buttery and sweet aroma of baking cakes that used to be a memory. His steps were heavy as he crossed the living room. He deliberately didn't turn on the lights and let the atmosphere become gloomy.What for? Haven't traces of Via disappeared completely?Sean stepped into the room. He smelled the air, inhaling the last of Via's fragrance, but his sense of smell picked up nothing, much to his dismay. His eyes glazed over at the empty bed.Sean walked around the room which Via had once occupied. He touched every object that might have Via's fingerprints on it. Not to mention the surface of the mattress whose sheets had just been replaced.His heart was disappointed, because just only cold that Sean got from every touch.It looked like Daren was right, he must forget Via and all their memories together.However, forgetting Viania was not that easy. There was somethi