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We visited Edward's home. Mr. Jones opened the door. I bowed at him.
"Hello Mr. Jones! "
"Oh, my cute girl, it's been a long time since we hung out,” he said patting my head.
I smiled widely at him.
"I graduated. And I got a job offer from National tropics hospital. I will join after a month.". I said, earning a praise from him.
"Oh, my two children have already grown up. I can't want anything else than seeing you to succeed as much as this world can offer!"
Mr. Jones always thought of me as second child of his, a daughter which he never had. He took care of me, even going as far as scolding his own son. I was blessed in some aspect. When my father died, he actually financially supported our family for some time until my mom found suitable job, thanks to his help. Willows and Jones were always there for each other I guess.
Mr. Jones offered me a drink.
"How come our sweet neighbor is here to meet us. See Elena, how they two are grown up. It wasn't long ago when society committee actually complained about them breaking people's window glasses, taking stray dogs, singing loudly in public or swimming late nights in water,” he smiled mildly.
We both grinned widely.
"Yes. But I thought I should meet you today. I guess I don't want to lose you now, do I?"
Was it too dramatic.?
Edward shook his head, an attempt to say "You're hopeless"
Now I’m going to destroy my own happiness by myself. Here I go.
"Isn’t it too silent in the house? How much Better it would be to have a daughter-in-law and very cheerful One at that. Not to mention, having charisma like Barbie, when she walks on the floor, it burns like hell and you couldn’t get any better after seeing her smile... Oh her lips, When they open, they talk like waterfall of Nigeria and when her hands touch something, it's done as real, oh her legs are the masterpiece of Indian redwood tree, and her eyes remind you of those extinct dodos around the world…Oh how much you want someone like that in this house,” I said huffing heavily.
All three just gaped at me.
And then they burst into a fits of laughter.
"Honey if you wanted forest and nature so badly, why didn't you just tell us.? We could have gone to some trip?" Mrs. Jones said, wiping tears off her eyes.
"If it wasn't for your medical job, I would have thought you were practicing some comedy,” said Mr. Jones.
Oh. Just. Kill. Me. Now.
Edward pulled me by my arm to the next room, his grip on my arm slightly more rougher and urgent than usual.
"What are you doing!?"he whispered.
"Helping you?" I reminded him, in case his human brain hasn't evolved yet.
"But you called Lara dodo and her legs tree and rabbit and her lips waterfall. How is that helping?"
"I didn't call her rabbit though! How am I supposed to describe her? I don't know her. You know her. You do it ".I whispered back.
"They listen only to you."
"No buts. You said you would help me."
"Because you are my lucky charm . You know I won all those certificates and matches and trophies because you cheered for me!"
I rolled my eyes at his stupid imagination.
"Or more like 'I taught you late at night skipping my dinner,” I filled in.
"Because my biology is weak. You of all people should know that"
"Okay I will do it again"
"Please…Goddess Emily," he said, winking at me.
I walked, with him urging me to do my task more precisely. I looked behind, his eyes filled with hope and wrists balled in fists wishing me "fighting".
I mouthed "I will"
And then Thud!
A loud one at that. I fell on a carpet, vase on my head and water seeping into my pants.
Oh hell to this fucking plan now!
I just fell, in front of my best friend's parents, whom I had a crush on like forever.
"Honey, sweety, are you okay!?"
"I’m fine. Couldn't get any better. I just am....kinda felt like exercising,” I said moving my arms in circles, smiling in spite of the pain.
"So Mr. Jones, how would you feel if you had one girl to fill in your family? Wouldn’t it be great to have Lara as your daughter-in-law? She is an excellent girl, she knows everything, she loves Edward. They have been dating for five years already. Isn’t it time to include her in your family!!?"
"But dear, we don't like her. Something is off about her. She doesn't really fit into this family."
"Don’t worry, she is a cheerful person, she gets into atmosphere easily. I am sure you will never get bored of her. She is a good company. A perfect one to complete your rich family," I offered, tasting the bitterness in my sentence.
Okay I won't cry… I never will… He wants that. Just because I couldn't get his love doesn’t mean he couldn’t get his share of love.
He deserves everything.
And I'll make sure he gets that.
"Can she cook?" Mrs. Jones asked.
Edward looked at me and then shook his head.
"Then how can we marry Edward off to someone who doesn't even know how to cook when you know very clearly that he doesn't eat anything except for homemade ones. Weren't you the one who cooked for him when we were outside for business?!" Mrs. Jones said, clearly agitated.
"Then I can cook for him like always?" I offered.
"Then why can't you marry him? You know him since you two were kids,” Mr. Jones said.
I so was not going to have that conversation again. It always breaks my heart when Edward ends up rejecting me unconsciously.
"Mom! Dad! Not again. You know we can't do that. Just let me marry the girl I like okay? "he pleaded.
"Don't you like Emily?" Mr. Jones asked.
"I do! But dad-"
"No. We have reputation Edward! You are the CEO of the Jones company. People look up to you. What would they think if you marry to some chick who wears dangling tops and chews bubblegum while taking to your parents. All she cares about is her manicures. She doesn't even have the decency to show any love to you in front of your parents. I will never approve of such marriage!!" Edward's dad yelled at him, his temper rising.