Finally! I got my muse back and I came with an awesome (hopefully) chapter! So friends, here is Chapter 10.
Chapter 10: The Aftermath
"How 'bout a shot of truth in that denial cocktail?" - Jennifer Salaiz
"And he's so - so ANNOYING. And boisterous! And - and - I can't. I just can not deal with that . . . JERK."
I turned my head towards my little brother to find that he was too busy singing the Spongebob theme song, therefore, having no time to listen to my mentally written speech about a certain Ian Kabra.
"Who lives in a pineapple under the sea - "
"No-bo-dy cares!" With the push of a button, I turned off the TV and glared at the dweeb.
Dan gave me a long, hard look. "It's like I don't even know you anymore."
I gave out a long sigh. "Dan you promised that you will listen to me!"
"Amy, when you said that you wanted to have a talk, I was not expecting a heated rant on one of my groomsmen," Dan explained slowly, as if talking to a five-year-old child. "You really should warn me about these things."
I let out a frustrated scream.
"Ow! Lady, do you mind? My ear drums are a bit sensitive to banshee talk," my little brother cried out in annoyance, covering his ears with his palms like someone has caused him permanent damage.
I give up. It seems like NO ONE wants to listen to my misery today. Or any day, for that matter. My own flesh and blood would rather watch Spongebob! This brings me to the point where I must inform Veronica that she is marrying a small child in disguise. I wonder how she will take the news . . .
It's been two days since the disastrous party (at least, in my opinion, Dan says the party was actually quite a hit with everyone else) and I have been keeping myself busy by scrubbing, polishing, and waxing the mansion clean. My thoughts, however, kept coming back to the amber-eyed man who takes great pleasure in ruining my life. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get him out of my head! He is a strange character, I had deduced. It's like he enjoyed annoying the heck out of me! But let me tell you, even more complicated than the rubrics cube by the name of Ian Kabra, was my brother's psychology! What sane person asks a guy who you hated most of your life to be a groomsman at your wedding, one of the most important days of your life?! I just . . . I don't understand!
When I asked Dan this, he said it was a necessary step. Something about Ian being family and not having enough guy friends for the wedding party.
Dan was a video game inventing, amusement park opening genius! He had like a million friends on Facebook! He could have asked anyone and they would have said yes! He could have asked Jake from Statefarm, for goodness sake! Yet he asked the billionaire jerk! I'm guessing this is some sort of karmic punishment for some bad deed I did in my past life.
I plopped down on the couch with a scowl. Life was not fair.
In my left jean pocket, my phone buzzed suddenly.
I checked the cell and found out that Evan has sent me a text.
Hey sweetheart! How are you? I hope you had fun at your party!
That's a bit too much to hope for.
I can't believe Dan's engaged! Send him my congrats!
"Evan congratulates you on your engagement," I told Dan.
Rolling my eyes, I continued reading.
Anyway, I can't wait to see you, Ames. I've missed you.
I love you, Evan
I let out a small smile. He really is the sweetest guy on the planet. I quickly texted him back with a sweet message of my own.
Suddenly, my cell started ringing.
"Ugh!" Dan cried. "Will you turn that thing off! Some people are trying to watch TV here!"
"Jump off a cliff Dan."
"Hello?" I asked, answering my phone.
"Hello Amy, this is your ex-au pier speaking, and we have some serious business to discuss," answered the voice on the other line.
"Nellie?!" I shrieked.
"Oh my gosh, it's the Nelster!" Dan yelled.
". . . I'm guessing Dan's with you."
"You would be right," I replied.
"Put him on the line," Nellie commanded.
I passed the phone to Dan and he answered with a, "Hello?"
"Hello? This is all you have to say to me? Dan Cahill, I am so ashamed of you! How about, 'Hey Nellie. Guess what? I got engaged! Sorry for not informing you of the fact earlier. Also, apologies for forgetting to invite you to my engagement party. Oops!'" Nellie roared with fury.
I frowned. "You said that Nellie couldn't come!"
Dan laughed nervously. "I may or may not have stretched the truth a bit."
I felt myself turning red. "Dan, can you get any more irresponsible? Wait! Don't answer that."
Slowly advancing towards the door, the dweeb said, "Well, it has been a nice conversation Nellie, but I just remembered that I have to go on a run with my pal Gio. So talk to you soon!" With that he sprinted out the door, as fast as the wind could take him.
I shook my head in dismay. "I am so sorry, Nellie. I can't believe I didn't notice you were missing!"
"I don't blame you," Nellie mumbled. "I would forget a couple of people if there was three hundred guests in my house."
"Who told you about Dan's engagement?" I asked.
"Sinead. You could imagine my surprise. But I was furious, I tell you. I think I scared the kids a bit," she chuckled.
"How are Modesty and Mercy? And Adrian, of course," I questioned.
"The girls are good. Both are doing well in school. And Mercy loves the preschool! Adrian is great! He was quite surprised by the engagement, to tell you the truth. But in a good way of course." Nellie answered.
I scoffed. "Who wasn't."
Nellie laughed. "So how about you? Got a ring on your finger?"
I sighed. Here it goes again. "Not yet, but soon. Hopefully."
"Don't worry, Ames. He'll come around. And if he doesn't, then he's missing out on something great. Truthfully - " She paused. "Actually, never mind."
"No tell me!" I insisted.
Nellie hesitated. "Okay, just don't flip out. Truthfully . . . I always thought that you and Ian would end up together."
"Well, you have to admit that you guys make a really cute couple! He's dark and handsome, you're light and beautiful, he's rich and mysterious, you're rich and mysterious. You have so much in common, but there is a dark past that stops your love. Come on, that makes an awesome love story," she raved.
"Uh, no. It does not make an awesome love story. We're practically polar opposites!" I argued.
I could practically feel her eyebrow raise. "Okay, so we have a few things in common, so what. If you only knew how he acted at the engagement party, you'd reconsider thinking us perfect for each other."
There was a short silence and then, "How did he act?"
"You threw a shoe at him?!"
"Well, yeah, he totally deserved it though!" I explained.
"Amy, violence does not solve anything!" Nellie screeched.
"It made me feel a whole lot better though," I reasoned. It did. So much better.
"Oh my gosh, Amy. I didn't even think you were capable of that!" she replied.
"But you've got to admit that he totally deserved that," I responded.
"He did," she sighed. "It's like he was asking for it, really. Who brings a date without consulting the planner?" Suddenly, Nellie gasped. "I bet he knew that! You know what, I bet that he just brought that Aries lady to rile you up!"
"Wouldn't be the first time," I grumbled.
"What a jerk," Nellie said, still in a daze from her revelation.
"No kidding. Now do you see why we would make a horrible couple?" I asked. There is no way she could say no after this.
". . . No."
"It's the chemistry, Amy!" she exclaimed. "Such awesome chemistry! It can't be denied! It's just . . . you guys look so good together. It's - it's awesome, really ask anybody. Plus, if you were to get engaged to him, the ring would be ten times bigger then Evan's. And you will have gorgeous babies."
"Whoa! Let's not go that far Nellie. God no!" Never. Ever, ever, ever.
"Okay, fine. Be in denial. See if I care. But you are missing out girlfriend! Anyway, I've got to go. Duty calls. Call me later! Love you!" Nellie called.
As I hung up the phone, I proceeded to think about the conversation Nellie and I just had.
Hm. Amy Kabra.
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