"You look lovely by the way." Damian said as he led me to the dining table. As I have expected, everything looks neat with clean lines with black and grey tones. I does look gloomy in a sort of way.
"Thank you." I said meekly. I still don't know how to act in front of this angelic stranger.
After helping me sit, he disappeared into the kitchen. I scanned the roomand found no pictures whatsoever anywhere, no flowers on a vase, no colors. Is this this man's life? It's like the model houses you see in magazines, the ones where nobody gets to live in it. In a little while, he came out with plates on both hand. The smell of seared meat awakened my senses and like thunder my stomach rumbled. I automatically put both hands on my tummy.
"Good to hear that someone is eager for my food." He smiled and placed a plate in front of me as I shot him a deadly look.
"After being on IV for days, I believe this is but normal." I hate to admit it but the food looks absolutely delicious. It's a surprise to know that this man could cook. It dawned on me that I do not know anything about him.
"You don't have to go out of your way to cook a meal for me.." I started but he cut me in mid-sentence.
"Krystal, the perfect words you can say right now is thank you." He smiled. He has such a beautiful smile. All teeth perfectly white and it's full of genuine sweetness that I feel like melting for it. I have just noticed it now but ever since I woke up he does always wear that smile. Wow! It must really feel good to have a daily dose of that.
Having a man was never my priority. I was happy being single and besides I know a lot of my colleagues spend their first 90 days way too happy then turmoil sets in and they would just bicker about every single thing and nothing. I can't imagine myself being in a toxic relationship like that. So yeah, better off alone with no one to tie me down, as if I do need tying down.
Is Damian same as those guys? He is not a shady dude is he? I have lots of questions running on my mind again. I wanted to ask but I know it's not the time.
Suddenly, Damian's hands were waving in my face. I have totally lost it and zoned out. I don't know how long have I been dwelling in my thoughts.
"Earth to Krystal, earth to Krystal" he teasingly said. I felt my face grew warmer and I know I'm already flushed.
"Sorry," I said and bowed my head trying to hide my reddening face. Super awkward moment. I tried to rub my head and pretend as if I'm my head aches and just wait for the flush to go away. He must have found it amusing that I was gawking at his face, maybe he gets that a lot.
"I was just teasing. I know you are not used to having me around as you barely know me. Believe me when I say I'm trying my best for you to be comfortable in our situation." He was staring at me and observing how I react to him.
"I'm new to this. You would be needing a lot of your patience" I told him pointedly.
I slowly sliced the steak and took the first bite of the juicy meat and it was perfectly done. The texture, the spices, they all were spot on. I'm not a chef but I was raised in a household where they teach you how to cook at a young age and food has been such a foundation in our family. Well, that was a long time ago though.
"This is awesome. Thank you." I said. Food has never tasted sooo good. I must have been really out for days and this meal is my resurrection.
I focused on my food savoring every bite of it. I try not to stuff them in my mouth in an instant. We were halfway our meal when he broke the silence between us.
"Krystal, we are moving out tomorrow." His voice was serious and I lifted my gaze to look at him. I don't know what to say. I let out a sigh. So this is it.
"I'm not sure what the sigh is for. I want you to listen to me properly. When we go back, you have to act...no…you have to have the mindset that you are my fiancé. From now on, all eyes are on you. They'll be like vultures and you are the prey. It will not be easy but I will try my best to always be there for you and help you. We are partners, always remember that. You have to tell me everything that's happening to you. I've talked to my assistant and he will make sure that my schedule is not as full as it used to be so I can have time for you." he said. I just sat there glued and listening. My life indeed is making a complete turn around. I saw how reporters could be savage and I have always pitied those abused by their power and now I'm at their mercy. How could my simple uneventful life come to a 360 turn.
I know that there is nothing I can do with this situation I am in, I might have bitten much more than I could chew. I nodded to show that I'm agreeing to our set up but I'm not sure if I am a hundred percent up to it. Can I just take it back?
"And by the way, you will be living with me." he said matter of factly.
"What!!" I blurted out loud. " I understand the situation, I'm agreeing to be your fiancé not that I have a choice but moving in with you that's a no! I have my own place and I don't need to.." I put down my fork and looked out the window. "You are saying I do not have a choice here, are you?"
"Everything is settled. You're stuff will be moved to my place, your deposit money was already transferred to your account. You will no longer work for Ryo and I had a talk with him about it. Apparently, he isn't even aware of your existence until I said you were my fiancé. That dog doesn't know how to treat his people well." he said those last words through gritted teeth. Ryo was a ruthless business man. He is right, my boss never cared about his employees that much. He does make sure they get what they need to but nothing beyond that. He also seldom smile. I only saw him grin once and that's when he sealed a high stake acquisition. People at work nicknamed him hyena. Damian is now being gentle when he called him a dog. I would have paid to see his face when Damian calls him a dog. I unconsciously let out a giggle.
Damian looked at me sternly. "You find it funny?' He asked. His eyebrows furrowed for a moment.
"Oh no, not what you are thinking. The sudden thought of you calling Mr. Kamiyoshi a dog made me laugh, that's all, as I was used to hearing people call him a hyena and what you said was way too gentle. Had you added rabid to it would have been better." I shook my head while still trying to stifle my laughter
"Has he treated you bad?" I sensed a different tone in his voice. Does he genuinely care? Hmmm..maybe since he is also a boss he treats his juniors differently and it irks him to know Mr Kamiyoshi is his complete opposite.
"Well,, uhmm how can I say this. Like what you have said, he wouldn't even notice me or put a face in my name. Honestly, I'm not sure I'm someone to stand out and I'm used to being a wallflower. I also liked it that he is not aware of my existence though I was always like his shadow soing stuff I was asked to do." I shrugged as I said those words. My gaze went to the window but instead of seeing the view outside it seems like my entire life flashed before me. Yes, I'm indeed a wallflower.
Damian laid his hand on top of mine, jolting me away from my momentary reverie. I looked down at our hands then to his eyes. He smiled. I slowly took my hand and rested it on my lap under the table.
"You are not a wallflower. To me you are a wildflower, you possess your own beauty. You don't usually bloom in gardens but in the wild where you are free and have your own reigns and your own thoughts. That's you're beauty, you are not defined by others." He said with a smile.
"Thanks, I guess. You don't need to say those words. I'm comfortable with what I am. I like being safe and simple but not boring." He is already in his role. "I just want to tell you that I'm new at this relationship thing and I might not know what to do at times, if you could tell me what to do I'd appreciate it." I was tsting my fingers under the table and pinching my self as I blurted out my last sentence.
A small smile crept on his lips. "Hmm, so you have never been with a man? Well, that figures. Anyway, just stay as you are I'll take care of everything."
"Don't smile. It is by choice." I said indignantly.
I wanted to berate myself for feeling a little bit excited. This is not a typical relationship but it could be a good training ground, that's what I was using as an excuse.