Once he was settled down, he wouldn’t look else where but at me.
Under his gaze, I could feel my heart racing and my breathing becoming a little erratic.
All of a sudden, I felt something a little heavy on my lap.
I looked down at my lap to see madrigal’s hand trying to spread my palm open with his cold one and once open, intertwined our hands, then squeezed a little.
Confused, my eyes were on our intertwined hands for a while and when I looked at him- into his eyes, I could see them reassuring me there was nothing to be scared of.
I didn’t know if the gesture was genuine or an act but, it managed to calm me down a little.
We were interrupted by a loud clearing of throat.
It was his dad trying to get our attention.
Due to my anxiousness, my throat felt dry and I started feeling an unexplainable inner heat.
I wish more than anything to drink from the tea set down before us to get rid of the dryness in my throat or something cold I could drink to calm myself but I was anxious to even lift a finger.
“Ughmmmm..” His father trailed off.
“Hazel Sir.” I supplied sensing that he wanted me to remind him of my name.
“What about your parents?” He asked.
“We discussed about that already. Let’s go straight to the reason why we are here.” Madrigal cut in before I could say anything.
“Is anything wrong with wanting to hear it from her?”
Seeing them this way, I could see for myself they weren’t on good terms as father and son.
The same thing with the atmosphere between them at the anniversary.
There were rumours about the unhealthy relationship between them at work, I don’t trust rumours but since I was seeing it for myself, there was no doubt about the credibility of the rumour.
“I will answer the question.” I quickly said, trying to avoid a fight between them.
“You don’t have to.” He disagreed firmly with his eyes fixed on his dad.
At his words, they both had their eyes locked in each other’s stare for as long as I can’t remember.
“I will like to have a word with you in private before we proceed.” His dad charged before standing up to leave the room.
Madrigal rose up and followed after him.
While they were gone, I took the opportunity to drink from my tea and to calm myself down.
“The wedding will be taking place next month.” His dad finally announced after they had returned back.
“And it is going to be a church wedding.” He added.
“Church… I don’t get this. Can’t we just go to a registry and…”
“No objection. Hazwl, I’m sure you don’t have any problem with that?” He asked with a mischievous smirk.
“No Sir.” I wanted to put on a smile but failed.
“Good. Another thing is, you can’t continue working as his secretary at the same company, there will be distraction. I already discussed this with a friend of mine who owns a company and he assured me that a job will be available for you at his company after the wedding.”
“No objection to that too and…” He rose to his feet.
“We are done.” He said before hobbling out of the room.
I was more than annoyed, not because of anything else but because I would have to change workplace again because of a fake marriage.
“Let’s go.” He said rising to his feet as well.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t know he was going to bring up the idea of a church wedding.” He apologized while we were in his car ready to leave.
“And of changing of workplace.” He added.
I didn’t say anything to that, not when I was still angry.
“You should say something to that.”
“I don’t have anything to say.”
Just then, apart from the fact that it was going to be a church wedding which I wasn’t expecting, it dawned on me that I was angry for no reason, I mean who wouldn’t be happy to stop working for someone like my boss.
I should be the happiest person on earth, but for no reason, I felt unhappy about it.
“I will drive you to your place then.” He said before starting the car.