Chapter 10

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Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to London Heathrow Airport. Please keep your seat belts fastened until the aircraft has come to a standstill.

I kept my eyes fixed on the photo of my grandfather with the entire family. It's been a few days and now We have to travel to my grandfather's hometown to perform the final reception. Instead of flying along with my family in one of our private planes I caught a commercial flight as it will give me the space from everyone that I desperately seek. I can't come to this place without feeling anything. Bibury, the hometown of my grandfather, is a charming small village in Cotswold UK, just a short drive from "The Capital of the Cotswolds", Cirencester. Bibury was once described by William Morris (1834-96) as "the most beautiful village in England" This is the place where it all happened, this is the place where I first met Enrique. I wasn't ready to look outside the aircraft window just yet too many memories.

"You can let go of the seat now. We have landed." The woman seated next to Reanna touched her hand gently. Reanna slowly turned her head to look at her "Nervous flyer? You've been gripping that seat since we took off from JFK. We have now landed. It's over." She leaned over and craned her neck to see out of the window. "Just look at that blue sky, it's my first time here. And you?"

"No, it's not my first time. I spent most of my life here." I replied.

The woman eyed the photograph I was holding "And this time?"

"I am here to attend my grandfather's funeral," I said.

"Oh, I am sorry to hear that," she said, "family is always very important."

I put the photograph back to my purse "you have been so kind. If you will excuse me, I have to go." I said.

"Oh no, dear, you can't leave your seat yet. Didn't you hear the announcement? There's someone important on the plane. Some VIP or other. Apparently, they have to leave before the rest of us." Peering past Reanna out of the window, the woman gave an excited gasp, "Oh just look at that. Three cars with blacked out windows have just pulled up. And those men look like bodyguards. And oh my you have to look, dear, it's like something out the movie. The most gorgeous man you've ever seen just stepped onto the tarmac. He's got to be at least six feet and breathtaking to look at!"

No, I wasn't expecting anyone. To avoid an unwanted reception committee, I told no one which flight I would be on. Has to be for somebody else. For a flicker of a second, I thought could it be him? Could it be possible, Enrique read about my grandfather's demise in the newspapers and finally came to give his last respects. He stays in the UK and it was not possible he hadn't heard the news. All these 19 years he said he loved me ... maybe for our love ...

What am I thinking? Don't you know what kind of person he is? Why am I even thinking about him? Do I want to disgrace my grandfather memory with his presence? Don't you remember what all he did to you? It can't be Enrique. He never had this kind of power or money and not even the character to go with it. He always had that laid-back attitude towards life and everything that goes along with it. Morals ethics were there, but only to show me, but in reality, it was all shallow. What he portrayed himself as Easy-going, charming and romantic person that I have fallen for, but I never realized those traits were part of façade to hide behind his weaknesses. He showed me everything which I wanted to see... I was in love with the idea of love and I thought love would get us through the entire life in a fun-filled way. I started to think like him that life is all about love and fantasies without responsibilities and duties. But for him, love meant physical desires, and I can be replaced by any woman. Because desires cannot distinguish between emotion and person, it's a need who only wants to be fulfilled. But with him, I forgot that more than love, there are other qualities you need in a husband. Qualities that a wife would respect in a husband... A lady would respect in a gentleman... a mother would respect in her children's father. At that time nothing mattered to a woman, but she seeks a man who will be her partner in every sense of the way. Someone with whom she can lead this life happily and securely keeping her head held high and she doesn't care if anyone understands her or not, but he does. And they both can carve a life together as partners with similar values, love and face all adversities and happiness of life together.

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