31: Forgive and Forget

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"This world's main characters are you and me.

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You could never be too caring towards the people you truly love. Love—I did not think that until the day I met Aiden I had come to understand the true meaning of the very word. They said that love could change you in a bad way—the same way pain could turn you into someone else. Too bad was I did not believe them. He did not change me. He brought out the side of me that was buried deep inside me long after my father's departure from my life. I was happier—brighter. I would stick with him through the up and downs, I was always up for the rollercoaster rides of life—and I was not backing down. I knew I loved him when I started to care. I knew I loved him when I could feel his hurt—his sorrow. I knew I loved him when I always automatically wanted to do anything to make him feel better. Like, at this very moment where I sat across his step-mother—talking about the things that went down in his family.

"I guess we've never officially met," she started, "I'm Rebecca."

"Luna." I gave her a tight smile. She wore navy blue blazer over white shirt and black shorts that stopped mid-thigh. I could not help but to observe her, from the way she put her designer handbag, the way she lifted up her pinky when she drank her tea, and the way she tucked the loose strands of her hair behind her ear. I noticed the red earrings on her ears and the silver necklace hanging on her neck. She looked classy—way different from Kate. Kate used to dress so casually, like plain shirt and jeans.

That was all I had to say.

"So, I'm here to talk about Aiden." She said and I nodded slowly. She cleared her throat before continuing, "I met James at his company's auction a couple of years ago. I was sad and I could say depressed over the death of my husband that time. During the auction, we talked for a bit and somehow we got closer. I knew he had a wife and a son, but I thought we were never going to develop feelings towards each other. To be honest with you, I didn't know how's the condition in his house and I had never met Aiden until the day of our wedding. I didn't even know that his wife left because he had feelings towards me, all I knew was that she left for some other reason that James didn't bother to elaborate."

"Sorry, Rebecca," I cut her, "why are you telling me this?"

She smiled. "Dear, I do love Aiden...and after all these years I've been trying to be close to him, to make him call me "Mom", to be able to treat him like my own son. And you, I've noticed that somehow you've gotten pretty close with him."

It was true. Rebecca might be a really fancy woman, but she was a sweetheart at heart. Her smiles always reached her eyes—and her eyes, it showed no bad intentions.

"You see, I've tried everything, Luna. I've cooked him breakfast, but he wouldn't eat any home-cooked meals, unless Gretta made it. I've made his bed, put fresh flowers in his room, and bought him gifts. I've always been there for him whenever he looked like he needed someone to talk to, but he'd just pushed me away." She sighed. "I know I would never be Kate."

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