Orchid ⚘

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The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers 

o r c h i d 

[ s y m b o l i z e s     e x o t i c   b e a u t y ,   c h a r m   a n d   r e f i n e m e n t ]

Aster took me out for a date and today it was my turn, we were going out for a movie today. Feeling utterly proud of myself I walked in with bunch of flowers suggested to me by Amelia. She didn't tell me the meaning or anything, because I wanted to learn all this through Aster herself.

But I knew their name; orchids. I wanted to pick her up from her house but she refused and told me to wait outside the flower shop. I wanted to know why she was so hell bent on hiding her living place from me. I could find out but I was respecting her privacy.

As I was about to enter the flower shop, I heard a male's voice which made me angry as soon as I put a face to that voice, Brian.

"Tell me, you don't still love me?" The bastard asked.

And I waited for her answer , suddenly my nerves all jumbled.

But she gave a dry, humourless laugh.

"Just tell me why you left me a day before wedding. I kept asking myself the same question over and over again." She pleaded him in a hurt voice.

"Because I thought that there was better options from me, better for someone who is not rich , who is an orphan. For God's sake you wasn't even ready for sex after three years of relationship. But now I realised I was wrong, I loved you." He had the nerve to say the love word after all that.

She inhaled sharply at his words as if she was still affected and this made me upset.

"So you loved me, you left me a day before wedding that literally shattered me. Do you know that I use to look for least painful ways to die? It was scary to open my eyes and face another day, it hurt so much. I didn't want to face people, hell, I didn't even to face the mirror. And you say you have realised your mistake?

I realised my mistake also Brian. I learned something new now, it was not I who doesn't deserve your love, it was you who doesn't deserve me."

I bet this left Brian shocked. I was proud like a parent when she said all that and I wanted to just barge in and hug her but I stopped myself because I wanted her to do this on her own.

"What happened to you Aster?" Brian asked.

"I moved on Brian and I will not lie, it still hurts and I still cry myself to sleep when I remember all those good memories but I am better now." She answered stiffly.

Her voice was sad but strong.

"But I love you." He begged and once again I was scared that the goodness in her will win over.

"No Brian, you don't. You feel sorry for me and that is kind of relieving but you don't love me. If you have ever loved me you wouldn't have thought of me the way you did, as the poor orphan girl." Her voice was soft as if she was not talking to a person who hurt her.

"You are doing this because of that guy, aren't you?" My moves have been successful then.

"I am doing for myself Brian."

"But you are dating him?"

"My life is none of your business Brian." She was shutting him off. And I was kind of glad she didn't answer a no to his question.

I felt like a spy in movies listening to some top secret conversation and it was time for me to make Bond like entry.

"Beautiful, are you ready for our date?" I walked in leisurely as if I didn't know that he was there.

Both turned to look at me and I gave Aster a proud smile. Her eyes lighted up on seeing me, her face relaxed and she returned my smile.

"Oh, you are here, without your arm candy?" I said as coldly as possible to Brian.

Aster might be sweet but I was not, not when it came to person who hurt Aster.

"Is there a problem?" I asked looking at Aster.

"No, I am ready to go." She gave me an affirmative nod.

"Goodbye Brian." She said with a tone of finality.

And a shocked and angry Brian was left staring at us.

As we sat in the car , she said, "You did that on purpose, agitate him?"

She didn't sounded annoyed or angry so I answered truthfully.

"Obviously."

"I am proud of you." I said the most prominent thing on my mind.

"For?" She didn't know I heard all the conversation.

"Just because you are you. Do I need any more reason?"

"Someone ever told you, you have a way with words?"

"Many girls did actually."

"You really was a charmer in college and school days." She sounded amused.

I wanted to ask her if she was fine, if her encounter with Brian was hard on her, if what she said about still crying herself to sleep was true. But I didn't. Why? Because she was handling it and I do not want her to remember all that was hard for her by reciting it to me. I just wanted to be her silent support.

"Was ? I am still a charmer." And I presented her with a bunch of orchids.

"For me?" She looked surprised.

"Yes, but I don't know the meaning. A friend suggested me."

She gave me a knowing grin, as if she knew who the friend was.

"It symbolises exotic beauty, charm and refinement."

Ah, now I understand why Amelia suggested them? Was it that obvious that I found her beautiful?

"Then they are exactly right for you." I said earnestly.

"Yeah, right." She thought I was still meaninglessly flirting.

"Aster," I took her hands in mine and she looked at me, "Did I ever tell you are breathtakingly beautiful. You are beautiful, everything about you is. Your smile, your eyes, your hair, your face, your words, the happiness in your eyes or the pain in them, your child-like behaviour around kids, your forgiving nature, your love for flowers, your strength to live through pain, your broken pieces, your deep scars, everything about you is beautiful."

She looked stunned at my words.

"And I am not lying if you think that I am, I can swear in the name of God, if you want." I teased her.

But she looked at me with awe and this speechless. She was not used to be praised.

"I wish you can through my eyes how beautiful you are, I call you that, don't I?"

Tear glistened in her eyes but she smiled, like a rainbow amidst the rain.

She plucked a orchid from her bunch and gave me one.

"For being a natural charmer Kyler." And planted a small kiss on my cheek.

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OK, many IMP things to say :

First, I am keeping this cover for a while. Since we all happen to like it.

Second, this will be last update for a while, 8th July to be exact since I am off for vacations.

And lastly, Where do we find a guy like Kyler in real life? XD

With 10 more chapters to go and lot of more drama to unfold, I hope you liked this chapter and click the little star button. Comment is suggested to make author live peacefully :)

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