The wedding haven't even started and yet I am sweating all over. This is the only problem I have with this city, Ezadan. The weather is always so hot during the dry season and always too cold during the rainy season. There is never a normal weather.
I need to go check on Florence to see how she is doing. I should have been with her since but I can't because I had to take care of other matters.
I knock on her dressing room door.
" come in" I heard her say from inside the room. I opened the door and entered inside.
" Florence, why are you not yet dress?" I asked her. She was supposed to be putting on her bridal gown. But here she was, wearing her jean trouser with a T-shirt and a face cap which covered her blond hair.
" you don't understand, something just came up" She was looking at her phone why telling me this.
" you can't be serious, do you realized we have barely one hour thirty minutes before your wedding" I reminded her but she seems to not care about what I was saying.
"Look Adrian I know what you are saying but I need your help" she came closer to me, almost whispering.
" by chance you are not planing something ridiculous, right?" I asked her because so many times, as her personal assistant, Florence has given me so many odd jobs that has almost put me in trouble. I take her like my own sister who I have never had and a friend who I can trust but sometimes she does go overboard.
" it is nothing dangerous " she says as she drag the chair behind her and sat down. She was checking her phone with one hand as if she was waiting for a call and twisting her hair under her cap with the other hand.
" So how may I help you?" I hope I am not putting my self in trouble listening to whatever silly request she has to say.
" Adrian, I have to go and tell Alexander something and give him a proper goodbye before I get married and this is where you come in " she started explaining and I got a bad feeling about this " I need you to dress and act as me while I am gone"
" you are joking right? Can't you wait till after the wedding? Or use your phone" I say.
" no, it very important for me to do this if not I don't think I will be able to get married " her voice began shaking like she wanted to cry.
She continued " Adrian, please just do this favor for me. I swear, I will be back before the wedding begins" She was no longer sitting, she held my hands and was pleasing with me to help her.
" but you do realised that I am a guy, right? How do you expect me to be able to dress like you" I wanted to know because if I were a lady like her I could understand how I could pretend to be her.
" Adrian, I know you can do it, you know people always say that we look alike and it's true" she really is convincing, I am already falling into her trap.
" please I really need to talk to Alexander " she added while looking at me as if she wanted to cry, people would say that this is puppy eyes. And yes, I was beginning to feel sorry for her.
" but still, do I have to wear your bridal gown?" I asked her, just to be sure.
" don't worry with the wig and your slender body, it will work out well. Beside you will be wearing a veil " she spoke boldly as if she has seen me with a wig before. Wait! Did she just call me slender? Well, that doesn't matter, she is my friend, I have to help her.
" fine, I will help you but how will you get out of here?" I asked her.
" you don't need to worry about me, I have my ways. Adrian, I am very grateful that you have agreed to help me. Now let dress you up" She assisted me in wearing her gown and the wig before she left.
It has been more than an hour since Florence left me here in the dressing room. I have been sitting here in front of the mirror while waiting for her to come back. I look at my phone, Florence still hasn't come back or called to tell me what's up. I am getting scared as I sit here waiting for her.
Florence's mother who I usually call aunt Margret has entered the room thirty minutes ago. She was looking for her bag which she claimed that she kept here. I was really scared that she would know that I was not Florence. She kept searching and searching, she didn't find it and ended up saying that she must have removed it earlier. Before she left, she told me to be 'strong and don't be nervous'.
I do not think I can keep this up. This situation is really giving me headache. I click on Florence number in my phone. It rang but she did not take the call. Could something have happened to her? What was taking her so long? She said she was only going to talk to him and give him a proper goodbye.
The phone almost drop from my hand when I heard the knock on the door. I had been so deep in thought that the knock gave me a shock. Who was it? Could it be Florence? But if it was her, she wouldn't knock and it was not even the way Florence usually knock. Florence is an aggressive knocker but this knock was way softer.
" Florence, it's me, can I come in?" this is Sunita's voice. No, this can't be happening. Sunita is Florence's younger sister. There is no way she wouldn't know that it is me, Adrian who is putting on this bridal gown.