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The lies within you - short stories 2021 (Part 2)

December 2013, fast forward. It's been such a long journey between Suzy and me. We were engaged but haven't set foot at the altar for marriage. Due to our work and our career and focus more on self-develop, I think it's time to take the more enormous responsibility as a man. So, I had made my mind. I'm about to propose to her again at the place where our first meeting was held. 



It was 7.00 o'clock in the evening, I was so nervous. I'd never felt like this before. I reserved our tables where people were not crowded, so the plan goes well. I picked the romantic sets of candles and asked the staff to decorate them so nicely. I asked them to set up the best dinner they can make on that day.

At 8.00 o'clock she came. She sat on the chair and smile while seeing me. I was taken aback. Should I tell her or not? I felt like a coward for not daring to say the words to her. I took a deep breath and being calm for a moment. But still, I compose myself. For about 10 minutes, we sat and talk like we usually do. While holding hands and telling how we felt that night.
 

Now it's time to tell her the surprise.

While I hold her hand, a violist came to our table and play the instrument. She was quietly staring at me, with a question mark, what's going on? Here came the second surprise, the big cake with the word lighten on the cake, Will you marry me? She started to freak out, and her eyes begin to get teary. And, the last thing I'd done, got down to the knee, take out a ring, and said to her, "Be my wife".  

That was my most prominent event in life; after almost two years of being engaged, I finally had the commitment to start being a family illegally. Whilst, so many people surround us were celebrate it together with us, Suzy just sat quietly on her chair. She did not say anything. Instead, she hugs me and cries. The people and the staff were just enjoying that moment and gave support to both of us.

That night was worth it.

Suzy was excited about the event and shared it with her family. We both shares the news with our families, and everyone getting excited about it.

As the news of me getting married all over the office, people surround me started to congratulate me. I was prompted to felt excited. But, he, Johnson not even once congratulate as the news spread all over the office. Instead, he came to me and asked me if I already made up my mind.

On Saturday, Suzy and I go to the wedding studio to try on our outfit. On that day, while she was going to the fitting room trying on the dress, I held her purse, including her phone. Generally, Suzy's phone had a password, but I can still see a notification, although it was set with a password. It showed 10 missed call through her message; I thought it must be urgent work. Apparently, the person keeps calling her, and I just had to take that call and explain to that person that she was unavailable at the moment. 

I slowly go outside from the studio and pick up the phone, barely even says anything because all I can hear is that person was talking; if you are there, please answer me. Why you not answering my call? I thought it was her manager, and I was about to ask who that person is, but then he continues talking about their recently meet up at her house last July. 

I was fell silent for a moment, and I realise that was when I was in Japan. I slowly can feel my anger rise up, and I had many mixed thoughts. Thus, I immediately hang up the phone without saying anything. I was about to throw the phone away, but instead, I tried to cool down. 


I then realise that maybe there's something I didn't know about what was going on, so I save that person's number on my phone if I might need to see him another day. On that day, I don't have the excitement to try on any wedding dress. After Suzy finish on her fitting clothing, I pretend that I'd sick. The truth is, I wanted to ask her about the person, but indeed she must have denied it. If she didn't speak any of the facts, I had to investigate it independently.

After I sent Suzy off, the same day, I called Johnny. We met at someplace, and I start digging the truth from him. The situation became bleak, I'm silent for a while, but he knew that I'm about to ask him about Suzy. He started to speak out even I did not ask him.

I knew you mad at me for not telling you the truth, he said. I am trying to say to you or asked you, or I don't know. After all, I'm not sure what I see on that day, because I probably will ruin your ...

Right after he said that, I cut his word. "If you are my friend, then you would tell me the truth even it will hurt." Right after that, I didn't say anything. Neither Johnson. We just sat and talk that day. 

I'm sorry, man, if I knew this will happen, I would have told you, Johnson added.


The best solution is by asking Suzy about it, but I was still reconsidered to asked her. It's hard to pretend that you are okay, but the truth is your not OK. I was totally lost interest in my wedding preparation. Whilst Suzy was busy enjoying the bridal shower, I was so messed up mentally and tired physically to think twice about the wedding. Fortunately, I saved that person's number.

I had no choice; I had to meet with that person. 

Behind Suzy back, I met up with that guy. His name is Gary. I pretended that I was Suzy's cousin; never did I know that this person is actually clueless. So, bluntly I asked about them. He sat there and told me everything; he was in a relationship with Suzy since 2011, a year after I met Suzy. He didn't know that Suzy was actually had a fiance and will get married. 

I was a fool; all of the sacrifices and time was used by her. So, I planned something.

At our supposedly getting wedding ceremony, I invited Gary, which I didn't tell Suzy about that. Well, I did not ask him to be a guest. Instead, I made him my groomsman without Suzy knowing about it. The moment she walks down the aisle, she immediately stops as she sees Gary. I just stand there and watching what could happen. 

Right on what I predicted, there was bickering and drama. My wedding does not go well, but I'm glad that happened. The wedding day will be remembered by everyone. After the incident, I know about it; I never contacted Suzy again after that incident, nor with her family or answering her call. Up until now, I don't know where she at or what she was doing. 

Her families despise me, but only I know the truth about everything.

I got married to my real wife in 2016, and right now, I was blessed with two children, one daughter and one son, and my life was much better than before. It's hard to pretend everything was okay, but eventually, the bad things will pass by, and all we can do is just keep going. I was never meant to hurt anybody back in the day, but it is what it is.

I had so many choices in life, but I'll be the karma when people disrespect me. Thus, don't hurt anyone feeling because you don't know their demon sides.

Disclaimer: The character and name used in this short story are a made-up word, and it is based on the author's imagination. Any resemblance to actual events, locale or persons, living or dead, is coincidental.


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