Saturday, 16 December 2017

Lethal Bride - Part 27

CHRISTMAS VACATION Crystal froze where she stood.
“Was this a coincidence or a
deliberate effort? She
wondered. Easton composed
himself and talked calmly.
“she was about to sleep, before you came”. Brian
looked apologetic for coming
at that time, he apologized
and left. Immediately he left,
Crystal threw the roses into a
trash can, “I don’t want anything from him, he is up to
something bad”.
“go and rest, everything
would be fine. He might just
be the friendly type and
wants to be close to us. I’m sure he doesn’t have an idea
that we had a hand in his
brother’s death. Relax”. She
sighed and got under the
sheets, soon she was fast
asleep. He watched her sleep. He
loved the sight of her sleeping
so cute and peaceful; she
looked like a baby curled in
fetal position. Her skin was
flawless. “She has been right in front of me this whole time
but I couldn’t see I chased
other girls” he thought. Easton
sat down on the couch next
to the bed and continued
watching her. He didn’t get tired of the sight of her
sleeping. He didn’t care doing
that for hours but the call of
nature defeated him. He tried
to force his eyes open but
they showed their strength and closed. Few minutes later
his eyes flicked open, his eyes
rested on her again, she was
still sleeping, but this time her
back faced him, he got up and
went round to see her face, he looked at her lips, small and it
suit her oval face “god! You
are so beautiful” he
whispered, he tried to touch
her face but he stopped scared
she would wake up. He sat down and kept looking at
her. For some time Easton
knew he had developed not
just mere feelings but love for
Crystal. Despite the tons of
beautiful and attractive ladies that flung themselves at him,
he knew Crystal was the one.
She had a unique aura around
her; she was simply different
from other girls. Maybe he
was just scared to tell her how he felt because she
already saw him as a brother.
He ran his fingers through his
hair and sighed. He had never
felt this way for a lady the
way he felt for Crystal. He had tried to bottle up his feelings
for a long time but this time
he knew he was going to
burst if he didn’t let her
know. He shut his eyes trying
to picture two of them together.
“what’s the matter Easton”,
his eyes open to see Crystal
looking at him.
“nothing”
“no there is something you look bothered. Is it Brian?”
“no”
“then what?”
“I’m fine Crystal”
“ok, if you say so”. She
yawned and stretched, “did you sleep at all”
“yea I did, but not for too
long”. He got up and got into
the bathroom. She knew
something was bothering him
and wondered why he didn’t want to let her know. She
was worried and hoped he
was fine.
They spent most of the days
together, sometimes just
walking round the hotel and talking, at the restaurant, in
their suite watching movies
eating popcorn and diet coke,
he took her to different malls.
Easton made sure she had a
good time; he loved seeing her smile and laugh. Crystal
obviously enjoyed the treat, a
different feeling, different
environment.
She opened her eyes and
inhaled, the air seemed different, she could feel it
“today is Christmas”, she
whispered. She stretched and
her right hand hit something
on the bed, she turned to see
what it was. She saw a basket filled with red and white
roses arranged nicely with
green leaves. A little note laid
next to it. She took it up and
read “ Merry Christmas My
Princess”. She smiled and placed the basket of roses on
her lap and inhaled, they smelt
really nice. She tried getting
down from the bed and her
leg hit two wrapped boxes.
She got curious and dropped the basket of roses on the
bed, then took the boxes up.
They both had her name on
them. She got excited and
tore wrap of the first box
open, then opened the box. Her met a beautiful silver
sandal heeled shoe. She
gasped, it looked so beautiful.
She moved to the second box,
tore the wrap open and
opened the box. In the box laid a beautiful black glittering
dress, she took it to see the
length and the exact shape. It
was a short gown that was
going to show case her hour
glass shape. She smiled, she loved her Christmas presents.
She dropped them to look for
Easton. She found him in the
kitchen holding a little red
box in his hand.
“Merry Christmas Easton” “merry Christmas Crystal.
Take this box and open it”.
She took it from him and
opened it. In the box she
found a diamond s--d
earrings. She smiled and couldn’t help but give Easton a
hug. “thank you so much
Easton. I love everything you
have given me”. He returned
the hug and secretly inhaled
her skin, it smelt fresh. “wear it tonight, there would
be a Christmas dinner at the
hotel tonight for couples”.
“okay. I’m sorry I couldn’t
get you any Christmas
present, I didn’t even think of it”
“as long as you are happy, I
am happy”.
It was time for the Christmas
dinner. Crystal got dressed in
the bathroom, Easton dressed in the room. She came out
looking sleek and beautiful.
Her hair packed into a high
bun.
“you are so beautiful”
“thanks”. A knock at the door
interrupted them. Easton got
to the door “who is it?”
“its Brian”. Easton opened the
door. Brian stood with a
beautiful lady beside him. “I came to ask if you guys
were going to the Christmas
dinner for couples, so we
could all share a table, it
would be fun”. Easton seemed
to be in thought for a while. “alright”, he agreed. He got
into the room and told Crystal
about it, she protested a little
but agreed to it. He held her
hand as they walked out of
the suite. “Merry Christmas Brian”
“merry Christmas Crystal, this
is Melinda, we met yesterday”
“merry Christmas Melinda”
Crystal tried to be polite
“merry Christmas Crystal”, the lady’s voice sounded babyish.
They all walked together to
where the venue was. They
got into a very big hall,
beautifully decorated with
Christmas colors and lights. Huge Christmas trees stood at
strategic positions in the hall.
Every table had two wine
bottles and plates of cakes and
food. There was soft music
playing and everyone was looking for the best place to
sit down. The four of them
found a place to sit. The rest of
the evening was a beautiful
one, different singers came to
perform. Then the time came for couples dance. Brian and
his date shot from their seats
to the dance floor. Crystal
hesitated.
“we are not a couple”
“fine I agree. Lets just dance okay”. He persuaded her, she
agreed and they got to the
dance floor arm in arm. His
arms went slowly round her
waist as she placed her hands
on his shoulders. They moved slowly to the beat of the
music played. Easton loved
the feel of her body next to
his, he wished it would last
forever. He cherished this
moment. Soon the dinner was over,
Easton and Crystal bid
goodnight to Brian and
Melinda. As soon as they got
into their suite, Easton held
her hand and drew her close to him. She was amused, he
never did that before.
“are you okay?” she asked
“no I’m not”
“I knew there was something
wrong, what is it?” “I have fallen in love”.
Warning bells started ringing
in her head, she knew it was
her he had fallen in love with.
“what are you saying Easton”.
“I have kept this for too long, I can’t keep it anymore, I
tried staying away from it”.
She freed herself from his hold
and took few steps
backwards.
“this doesn’t seem right”. Easton got closer to her and
cupped her face with his right
hand as he used the other
hand to pull her closer. “I’m
not going to push my feelings
aside because you think it doesn’t seem right”. She tried
protesting but he used his lips
to shut her up. As soon as his
lips met with her lips all her
walls were broken, the
strength she had weakened, she found herself returning his
kiss. Suddenly she pulled
away and pushed it.
“Easton stop, I can’t do this”
“Crystal you have been with
me for eight years, what are you scared of?”. She ignored
him and got into the
bathroom. He clenched his
teeth and punched the wall. “I
shouldn’t have kissed her”, he
thought. Crystal came out of the bathroom already dressed
for sleep. Awkwardness filled
the room. He watched as she
slipped under the sheets and
closed her eyes. He wanted to
go to her and express himself but stopped because he didn’t
want things to get
complicated between them.
He waited for her to fall asleep
then slipped next to her. This
time he wasn’t going to lie on the couch. The feeling of lying
next to her was divine. He
wished he could wrap his
hands around her as she slept,
whished she would lay her
head on his chest. He slept still thinking about her.
She woke up to see Easton
sleeping beside her. She
watched him sleep for few
minutes before sitting up. She
wished Easton never kissed her, now everything was
going to be odd between
them. In a way she was also
attracted to him but dumped
the idea of ever been with
him. “what would his father think”, she wondered. She
was soaked in her thoughts
and didn’t notice Easton wake
up.
“Crystal just allow us to be”.
She looked at him, “for how long have you kept this
Easton”
“for a long time”. She shook
her head “it won’t work out
Easton”.
Christmas holiday was over. Easton wanted to stay for the
New Year celebration but
Crystal refused, she wanted to
go home. “Maybe everything
would be go back to normal”,
she thought. Soon they were on a flight back to
Connecticut. Not a word was
said between them until they
reached their destination.
Tbc

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