I made my way to the door and opened it. Ceaser stood there staring at me looking so gorgeous. He looked shocked.
“Hi” I said it rudely cause of two things.
One: Even though he apologized for not talking to me for long. It still didn’t cut it for me.
Two: “Hi Jules. Nice to see you again” would have been good enough. Not standing there and staring at me like I just confessed that I was Athena – the god.
“Jules” Finally he said something “You look…incredible”.
Well, that was unexpected.
“Thanks” I said “You don’t look so bad”.
“Are you set?” He asked.
“Yea. Let’s go” I said stepping out and shutting the door.
We walked down the stairs. I noticed a limo.
“Good evening ma’am” a man held the door open for me.
“Oh hello” I smiled at him.
“Thank you Patrick, I’ll take it from here” I heard Ceaser say as I got in.
“Yes sir” I heard Patrick say then he left.
I sat at the left end of the limo when Ceaser entered and closed the door.
“Are we set sir?” I heard Patrick ask.
“Yes please” he said “Let’s be on our way” he looked at me.
I felt the limo moving.
“Soo…?” I started “Do you want to fill me in on where we’re headed?” I looked at him.
“Impatient, aren’t we” He said smirking.
“I’m not impatient. I just want to know where you’re taking me” I said.
“You’ll find out soon” that’s all he said.
A few seconds passed.
“You got my note” he stated more than asked.
“I did” I said not looking at him.
I waited thinking he was gonna say something else. But apparently he wasn’t planning on saying more than that.
So much for communication.
A few minutes later I felt the car stop.
The door opened and Ceaser got down and waited for me. I got out and placed my hand in his arm.
“Thank you Patrick” I said.
“No problem ma’am” he said.
“Please call me Jules” I said.
“Yes…” Patrick was about saying.
“Enough of the pleasantries” Ceaser snapped.
I looked at him and frowned at him.
“Leave with the limo. I’ll call you when we’re ready to leave” Ceaser said to Patrick.
“Yes sir” he said and left with the limo.
“Let’s go in” Ceaser said and pulled me along.
I followed him.
In front of us was a huge building with few stairs that went round the building, at least from what I could see.
We climbed the stairs and arrived in front of a double door which was wide open. We walked in, the inside was bright from the diamond chandelier hanging all the way from the ceiling.
Few flower vases on either side on the room and paintings too. Few people here and there.
Finally we reached another double door where two door men stood.
“Welcome sir, ma’am” one of them said as they opened the door.
We walked further inside and I was shocked beyond words. I’ve never seen so many people since New year.
I was so caught up with the number of people that were here that I didn’t notice all their eyes turned in our direction.
When I did, I clutched Ceaser’s arm tighter and I swallowed. I felt his gaze on me so I turned and looked up at him.
“You alright?” He asked.
I nodded still trying to get over the attention.
“Can we go somewhere less open?” I asked.
He just smiled.
“Sure” he said and pulled me along with him, I followed willingly.
“So are you gonna tell me what the event is?” I asked when we had mixed with the crowd.
Ceaser picked up two glasses of champagne from the waiter that passed. He handed one to me.
“Thanks” I said and took a sip “So?”
“It’s a charity event. The invitation asked to bring a plus one. Didn’t have anyone at first…then I remembered you” he looked at me.
“Nice to know I’m being thought of once in a while. I was beginning to think you totally forgot Ivy and I existed” I said truthfully.
“Speaking of Ivy” he said “How’s she?” He asked.
“She’s fine” it brought a smile to my face just thinking about her “She’s been missing you” I looked at him.
“Oh?” He said.
“There hasn’t been a day that went by that she never said ‘dada'” I told him “She gets a little bit sad when she doesn’t see you”
“I’m sorry about that” he said “I was…”
“Ceaser?” Another voice interrupted him.
We looked at the person who called his name.
It was a good looking woman, around her forties. She had blonde hair and she was really pretty. She was accompanied by a middle-aged man.
“Mum” I heard Ceaser say.
She hugged him.
“My boy. I thought you weren’t gonna come. I was almost losing hope” she said.
“I told you I was gonna come, mum” he told her. He looked at the middle-aged man “Dad” he hugged the man.
“How are you son?” The man asked.
“I’m good, dad” he answered and turned to me and smiled “This is Jules Jenna, my date” he said “Jules, these are my parents”.
“Good evening ma’am” I offered my hand to his mother.
“Oh please call me Selene” she said smiling at me.
I nodded and offered my hand to his dad.
“Thomas” he said.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you” I said smiling at him.
“The pleasure is all mine” he said and let go of my hand “Never met any of this boy’s woman” he said referring to Ceaser.
“Dad please” Ceaser said.
“It’s true” his mum said “Always avoiding women like a plague. Don’t know how he made it this far. He has still kept me wondering how he even got married”.
I looked at Ceaser who was looking at me “Married?” I asked looking at all of them.
“He hasn’t told you has he?” His mum asked me looking guilty.
“No” I shook my head.
“Well I’m sorry for being the one whom you heard it from” she said and looked at Ceaser “He’ll tell you when he’s ready”.
I swallowed and nodded at her. Forcing a smile on my face even though I felt hurt.
I don’t know why, but the idea of Ceaser being married and not telling me that he was/is married hit me like a wave and made me want to curl up in a corner and cry till my heart was better.
“Well we should probably go back to our seats. The auction will soon begin” I heard Thomas say.
“Oh yes” Selene said “Let’s go”.
I felt Ceaser’s hand on the small of my back which was naked. I felt his gaze on me as we followed his parents to the seats. I didn’t want to look at him. I couldn’t. I didn’t want him to see the emotions that played in me.
He pulled out a chair for me when we arrived at the seats that I think were reserved for us and a few other people.
“Thanks” I said to him still not looking at him.
“You’re welcome” he bent and whispered into my ear which sent shivers through my body.
He sat on my right with his mum on my left followed by others around the table and Thomas sat on the other side, next to Ceaser.
A few minutes later everyone was seated and the auction began.
My mind was still processing the marriage thing but I made sure I wasn’t rude about it.
“So what do you do?” Selene asked me.
“Hmm, I’m in the contracts department in Freddie and Co.” I said.
“Oh. What does that entail?” She asked
“I go through contracts made with other companies or individuals who want to publish books, magazines or newspapers. I make sure the contract doesn’t have errors that can affect the company badly or things that can implicate us in anyway. So if I find things like that, I send it over to the company’s lawyer with a reference to the part of the contract I think will affect us”.
“That sounds fun” she said.
“It is. But sometimes, some contracts are either too long, or its boring and isn’t straightforward. Some gets tricky” I told her.
“But from the way you talk about it. I’m sure you love it” she said.
“I do” I smiled.
“What about your family?” She asked.
The smile immediately left my face.
“I have a daughter – Ivy” I said smiling again.
“Oh. How old is she?”
“She’s one.” I said “She’s adorable. She never troubles me. She’s the only kid I know that doesn’t cry for little things except she needs a change or she’s hungry. Anything else, she tells you in her own way without crying. I just…I love her”
“I’d love to meet her. You talking about her reminds me of Ceaser when he was little. He never cried for little things. He was the happiest baby I’d ever come across.” She said happily “What about Ivy’s father?” She asked.
“Ivy’s adopted, so I don’t know anything about her biological parents”.
“What about your parents?”
“Uh, my parents died in a plane crash” I said.
“Oh, I’m so sorry” she said.
“It’s alright. It’s been more than a year now, but sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday. But not with Ivy around. She keeps me happy” I smiled again.
“I can tell” Selene smiled at me “I like you, you’re good for my son” she said.
“I don’t know what to say” I told her.
“Say ‘You’ll take care of him’. He’s been through a lot since his wife died, at least that’s how it looks from my end. I don’t really know what he feels. He shuts himself out from everyone. He doesn’t like to share except it’s work stuff.”
I looked at Ceaser who was in conversation with his dad.
“I’ll try” I told Selene.
It wasn’t a problem for me. I’ll try to make Ceaser happy. But if he doesn’t want to be, I can’t force him. It’s his choice.
So yes, I’ll try. But that doesn’t mean it’ll work.