It was early in the morning and Antonio was seated on his bed with his mind elsewhere. He wasn't himself. All he had been thinking about was his boyfriend, how much he loved him and how much he wanted him. He didn't even call him to say good morning to him and give him a kiss.
He didn't sleep the entire night. He had been thinking about what his mother had done and how he regretted coming back home. The previous day morning he had been happy, he had been texting his boyfriend and he had been laughing. Had it been someone else that had caused so much anger to him then he would have understood. But it was his own mother.
Antonio heard a knock on the door that got him out of his thoughts. He had no idea why the knock got him so mad but he had a hunch that his mother was the one knocking. He didn't want to see her so he just ignored it and continued with what he was doing.
He heard the knock again but decided to ignore it. This continued for several seconds until he heard the door opening. His anger got intense and he furiously clenched his fists.
"Please, mom I don't wanna see you so can you just..."
"Antonio, are you okay, son?" He heard his granny's voice.
He quickly moved his eyes to the door and saw her slowly entering with a smile on her face.
"Are you mad at me, son?"
"No!" He quickly got up from the bed, standing still. "Why would you say that, granny? You know I would never be mad at you."
Somehow, he felt relieved when he saw his granny. He knew that talking to her was gonna help him feel better.
"But you are mad at your mother and we never thought you would do that." She stood in front of him with her arms crossed on her chest. The way she was looking at him made him feel sad.
"Granny, you know what mom did to me is not fair." He complained. "How could she ruin my life like this?"
Granny smiled faintly, dropping her hands. "I know that you are very angry right now. But don't you wanna have breakfast with your family? It's the first breakfast we are having together in four years."
"No!" He didn't wanna see his mother but he wasn't gonna tell his granny that. "I am not hungry, granny. I think I will just stay in my room the rest of the day."
"Why?" Granny chuckled. She was acting as if everything was going perfectly. "Is it because of what happened yesterday?" She sighed. "Antonio, I think you are overreacting, my grandson."
"What?" He exclaimed, shaking his head. "Are you being serious right now, granny?" He couldn't believe she was saying that to him. "You saw what happened yesterday. I didn't..."
"And you think your mother can choose to ruin your life?" She chuckled. "She is your mother, Antonio and I have seen just how much she loves you. She's doing this for you and your father. I know everything that happened. You owe your life to that boy's mother and I think it's just fair..."
"Do I have a choice?" He simply yelled. "Mom just blackmailed me and..."
"But you also had a choice, Antonio." Granny said softly. "You could have left her there and live your own life but you didn't. I know that you think your mother is selfish but no mother would want to ruin her child's life. If she did this then she has a good reason to and..."
"Granny, please," Antonio slowly sat on the bed with his hands on his face. "I don't wanna hear about what had happened yesterday."
"I know that." Granny sat with him, putting her arm around him. "But I am just saying that your mother was just looking out for your interest. Parents never go wrong, you know. Besides, it was your father who made the vow. Your mother was just fulfilling what she has promised."
"Please, listen to me." She pleaded, putting her hands together. "You wouldn't have been alive without this boy's mother. Sometimes what parents do for their children may turn out to be a blessing after all. Who knows, this boy might just be the light you need to brighten your whole life. Besides," She smiled, massaging his neck softly. "I wanna see you marry."
"Granny, if I wanna get married then I have a boyfriend that I love. I will do that but mom wouldn't want to see me happy."
Granny lost her smile and shook her head. She had nothing to say anymore.
"Let's just drop this topic." Antonio said softly. "I am trying hard to forget about it."
"Okay!" Granny raised her hands. "Whatever you say, baby. But I want you to please cheer up and don't do anything stupid. It's just a marriage and I am sure you will like the boy when you see him. Your mother has..."
"I don't wanna hear it." He said hoarsely. "Can't we just drop this topic because I have a terrible headache as it is?"
"Okay!" Granny got up from the bed. "But can you eat something? You are making all of us worried, my son."
"I am not hun..."
"Antonio, since when did you reject food that was cooked by your grandmother?" She asked with a raised eyebrow.
"I will eat later." He looked away.
"No!" She shook her head. "I am bringing the food and I will feed it to you. I just can't sit and watch you torture yourself over nothing."
Antonio couldn't say anything. He just looked at her and let her do what she wanted to do. True to her word, granny went out of the room and came back with a plate of deliciously made breakfast. He tried to reject the food but granny made sure that he ate all of it.
Gosh! She was just trying to cheer him up. She was just hoping he was gonna do real soon because she was missing her crazy grandson real badly.