“Let’s welcome our guest for tonight! The most in demand model of this generation, the best actress awardee of this year, the woman behind the success of Vega Group of Companies. Let's clap our hands for Miss Alyia Lyra Vega!”, the host announced.
That was my go signal. I came out from the backstage. All smiles. I tried to hide my frown. I waved and smiled before taking my seat.
“Welcome to our show, Miss Vega. It's such an honor to have you here. Well, we all know that you have a hectic schedule. Thank you for letting us have you.”, she smiled to me but that smile can't fool me. That can't change her true color.
I tried my best to fake my laugh. Well, for the past years that I'm here at this industry, I mastered one thing. Faking.
I shook my head and smiled to show my dimples.
“No. The pleasure is mine so please, enough for the flowery words. We all know that your show is popular among people nowadays.”, I tried to keep my fake smile.
Cameras and people are around me. That's the problem in this industry. One wrong move, the world will judge your whole personality.
My attention was diverted to the host when she starts asking me questions.
All of her questions were related to modeling, managing a company at an early age, acting and other stuffs that I do.
“So how's the life of a Alyia Lyra Vega these days? You are really popular to people these days. Everyone were really adoring you for being such a role model to everyone.”, she commented that made me shrug.
“Well, my schedule is really tight right now but I am enjoying my life. I am enjoying managing my time for the company and for the projects I got into.”, I smiled to the camera and nodded.
More questions were asked. So many to mention. All I know is I want to be out of here and stop faking my treatment towards this annoying girl in front of me.
Every time I answer her questions, I kept on flipping me hair, crossing me legs, faking my laugh, agreeing to all of her comments about nonsense things.
When her last question was mentioned.
I was a bit shocked but immediately removed the visible reaction on my face.
“We heard that there's this issue about you. It's about a scandal. Is that you? No offense but I found the face of the girl in the video and your face that it seemed like they're exactly similar.”, the host said while staring at me.
I know she's expecting me to be hysterical here in her show by what she said but no, I won't give the satisfaction she's expecting to get.
I smiled and shook my head.
“Of course not. You mentioned earlier that my schedule is really hectic, right? Where would I get time to fool around? Many guys were linked to me but nah, I'm fine by myself. I don't need a man to fill me as a woman. Social media is surrounded by all kinds of people. Who would've thought my haters will go that far that they made a video of me to bring me down? But the truth is, the people who watched that video and thought that it was me, are really easy to fool. Maybe including you, miss? What's your name again and I will add it to my list of blockheaded people.”
My smile turned into a grin when I saw her reaction. She raised her brows and rolled her eyes.
One thing that I learned in this world that I am living at is always be classy. Handle all of the situation with class.
I reached for the remote and turned off the television. Wearing my peach velvet pajamas, I was about to get a glass of water from the fridge when my phone suddenly rang.
“Alyia, my baby, you're on fire again. The crowd was curious how are you and the host ended up. Just minutes before your interview was aired, you are currently trending. Check your twitter.”
It was her Mommy Iya. Her manager for 10 long years.
“I’ll check it later, mommy. I need to do my skin care before going to sleep and let me ask you before I check my social media accounts, are the comments about me and the host bad or good for my image?”, I said to her with a calmed voice.
Well, it doesn’t matter if it's good or bad comments. At this time even if it's good or bad, I must be thankful for the attention the crowd has been giving me. I had a lot of fanbases around the world so, let them be. I don't really know why people like me. I'm a brat, I admit.
“Well, darling, bad comments turn into good ones because the crowd will be more curious about you. Issues and scandals about you are everywhere but the way you delivered your statement in that show, people are admiring you for your poise and calmness.”, her proud voice said to me.
That's what everyone in this industry was aiming, fame. Everyone but except me. At first, I had so much baggages that I carried so I got this modeling stuff as my pain reliever. For the sake of keeping me busy, I accepted projects after projects. I thought it would lessen my stress but it's really opposite. I think “Stress” is my middle name. It won't leave me alone.
“Okay, mommy. I'll try to check my accounts later.”, I said and immediately ended the call.
I sighed heavily then I put my phone at the top of the table. I'm not curious about how the public reacts to my actions. I just act what I want to act except for the vulnerability inside me. I won't show that side of me.
I sat at my couch facing the television.
I shrugged and got my phone back at my hands and started to scroll up and down.
I didn't see any new comments. All of those were so clichés. Just the same comments.
Bad and good were mixed. My fans were defending my name for me. The social media is really surrounded by hypocrite people that judges the whole person by just seeing a small part of her life.
I breathed in and out a couple of times before turning off my phone.
I was just sitting there, not knowing what would I do next.
Would I need to conduct a press-con? It's just a small thing, though and I really don't care about what other people think of me.
I remembered Mommy Iya and my staffs' hard work just to put me here at where I am right now and I think, that's enough for me to care about my image. Not for myself but for the people behind my success in this industry.
I got my phone again and dialed my Secretary's number.
“Good Evening, Madame. What can I do for you?”, her still sleepy voice said.
“Do I have a important meeting or any party to attend next week?”, I said without hesitation.
“Let me check your schedule first, Madame.”, she said and I heard sounds of papers being unfolded.
I waited for a few minutes and before getting a answer from her.
“Well, Madame, You have to attend a wedding of one of our business partner. Also, a meeting with the engineers holding your new project, which is a soon to rise up resort and you have papers to sign at your office.”
I cut her by replying that I won't be attending those events and I will be away again for the next few weeks.
“But Madame, these papers needs your sign as soon as possible.”, Debbie said one more time.
“Okay okay. Just send them here at my condo. Is that fine?”, I asked. Sighing in disbelief.
I know I'll be having another busy week because as what Mommy Iya said, I'm on fire. Again.
“That would be fine, Madame. Is it okay if I ask why are you going to be away again for weeks?”, she asked politely.
“I've been doing your supposed to be job this month, Madame and soon, I'll be considering to be a replacement of you in the company. What do you think?”, Debbie added and chuckled a little.
I chuckled too. Well, she's right. This month has been really a busy month for me. Projects after projects. Runways after runways. Shootings for my upcoming movie.
I, myself can't believe that I did multi-task.
“Will you shut up, Debbie? Once I've finished these hectic schedule of mine, I'll go back to work and look for a new secretary.”, she said.
My smile wasn't removed from my lips, instead it widened when the moment I heard Debbie’s loud voice through the phone.
“Madame! I've worked for you since day 1 and you'll just replace me just like that? Unbelievable.”
I laughed at her reaction. There's no way I'm going to replace Debbie. She's the best secretary that I got.
“Uh-uh.”, I said trying to annoy her.
“Ma'am what I'm just saying is maybe. Just maybe you'll increase my salary because of my extra effort.”
I heard a sigh from her.
“How much increase are you aiming to get?”, I asked her.
I got an idea inside my head that will surely annoy her.
I chucked at that thought.
“Maybe, doubling my salary is enough.”, Debbie answered.
“Oh okay. I will planning to triple your salary but then you want it doubled so, okay.”
I ended the call and laughed so hard.
My phone beep. I saw that the text was from Debbie.
How can you be so unfair, Madame?!
My laugh continued 'til I found myself in my kitchen, drinking a glass of water.
I did my skin care, changed my clothing into pajamas and quickly got into my bed. I stared at my ceiling for a few minutes before being drowned to sleep.
* * *
“More! Yes, that's right! Fiercer look, Miss Vega!”
I can't see clearly because of the lights of the camera hitting my face. I just obeyed what the photographer is commanding me to do.
I'm not new to this so I did more poses for this to end early. My head has been aching for hours. Geez!
Right after the photographer announced that we can all rest and the shoot went well, I immediately sat at the chair beside me, glanced at where my personal assistant is and signaled her to go get some water.
“Thank you for picking our clothing line, Miss Vega.”, the photographer approached her with a smile.
She replied with a sweet smile.
I shook my head.
“Oh no, it's really my pleasure to work with you.”
“I've heard about your issue with Eli, the host! You probably known her, right?”, he asked me but my attention was on my secretary who's walking towards us holding a bottle of water.
I reached for my mini-fan inside my bag and the moment I got it, I turned it on and start to get some air.
“Well, a video of her is currently spreading in the social media. She was mistreating all of her staffs. All of the people really thinks she's a brat.”
I wasn't shock about that 'video' thing 'cause I've seen it with my own eyes. How she treated her staffs is really different from how she acts with them when the camera is on.
“Uh-huh. And?”, I asked him 'cause I want to know more about that specific issue.
That bitch deserves it, though.
“And according to her manager, she will be asking for your forgiveness by how she acted in front of you.”
I arched my brow because of what I heard.
“Ma'am, here's your water.”, Mira's voice interrupted.
I reached for the bottle she was holding.
“Thank you and please prepare the car. I will be going to my next shoot after this.”, I smiled sweetly at her and told her to go.
I returned my gaze to the person in front of me.
“What’s your name again?”, I asked while raising my right brow.
“Uhm Cornelie. Eddie Cornelie.”, the man in front of me stuttered.
What’s with the stuttering? Minutes ago, we're just talking casually.
I stood up and tapped his shoulder before walking away.
“Hope to do more projects with you soon, Mr. Cornelie.”, I smiled at him and left him there.
* * *
“Why aren't we moving forward? Geez, I'm going to be late for my next shoot!”, I said with an irritated voice.
“I'm really sorry, Ma'am. It's really because of the traffic.”
I sighed in disbelief and waited for the car would stop.
When the car stopped in front of the venue. I was a little bit shocked when I saw Eli sitting at and if I am right, it's my seat.
All of the people were talking and staring at me the moment I entered the room.
When I shifted my gaze to Eli, she was smiling weakly at me. I faked a smie and stared at her.
“Alyia! You're here! I was planning to cancel the shoot because I thought, you're not going.”, the photographer mumbled when I saw her.
“Who am I to reject this project? I've been stuck at traffic. I'm really sorry.”, I said in a apologetic voice.
“Well, go and change. We'll start the shoot right now.”
I immediately walked to my dressing room but my gaze went to Eli who's walking towards me right now.
“What do you want? I'm in a hurry, you know. So better burst out all of your speech in a minute.”, I murmured.
Irritation was what I'm feeling right now.
“Uhm.. I'm sorry for what happened the last day. Offending you is not really my goal and please, I know that the video of me mistreating my staffs is from one of your fans. Please make it stop. I beg you.”, her voice cracked.
It looks like she can cry anytime now.
Was it my fault? No. That's her karma.
I tapped her shoulder and shook my head.
“That’s your karma. Live with it. Live with the consequences that your actions led you to.”
Just like that, I left her dumbfounded.
She should learn that all actions, right or not will return to her.
Alyia's POV.“Alyia is really a brat. Why don't she accept the apologies of Eli? She just believes that she's superior to Eli because she's popular.”“What Alyia did was really perfect. Let Eli suffer from her own mistakes!”“Alyia, the queen. She really has a good heart except for those people that deserves to have a nice treatment. I salute you, Miss Vega!”I scrolled up and down, saw so many words about me. I don't know how but there's a video of us. Me and Eli. It was a video of how Eli apologized to me and how I rejected her. I reached for a bottle of water on my side table and drank from it. “See? The people really admires you.”Mommy Iya is here at my condo. She insisted to be with me this weekend and I don't know why. “I don't really care, Mommy. I just did what I think she deserves.”, I answered and shrugged. “Darling, keep doing those. Your popularity will really increase and I think you deserve that.”I smiled at her sweetly and returns my gaze to my phone. I continued t
Alyia's POV.After what happened there, Mommy Iya decided to start the interview for my bodyguard as soon as possible. She asked me to rest but my mind won't.The case about my father was been in my mind for hours. What if my father didn't really committed suicide? What if someone killed him? But that is impossible. I saw how he pointed the gun on his head. I saw how he fell to the ground holding the gun. I was staring at the glass of milk in front of me while thinking of those things. Later on, I decided to drink the glass of milk, change into pajamas, did my skin care and laid down my bed. “Mommy, why do you always stare at the sky?” “Hmm? Because the sky can always be a friend. You can always say to the universe all of your problems and it will always listen. When you feel like you don't have anyone to talk to, try to look at the sky. You'll be relaxed.”, she said while caressing my hair. My brows furrowed by what she said.“The sky can be a friend? How? It doesn’t even talk,
Alyia's POV.I woke up because of the sunrays hitting my face. I stood up and felt my head is aching so bad. I massaged the side of my head and wore my slippers. I went inside the bathroom and took a long bath. I brushed my teeth and went out from my bathroom.“Alyia, darling are you up already?”, it was Mommy Iya's voice while knocking. “Yes, Mommy. I'll just go get changed!”, I responded.“Okay. Take your time. Just go down stairs if you're ready.”, she said before I heard footsteps leaving. I sighed and starts to look for clothes. I walked in my walk in closet and grabbed a white slit sleeve top paired with a black pencil skirt and a pair of black d'orsay flats.I applied a very light makeup and when I was contented by how I look, I quickly walked downstairs. “Good Morning, darling. I bought you pasta for breakfast. The interview will only be held here in your condo since the media is so eager to hear your side, I concluded that the best place to held an interview is here. Is
Alyia's POV. I spent my rest day inside my condo. I didn’t want to show up at people. I'm sure that all of them are just going to stare at me until I melt. I rolled my eyes and turned off the television. When I stood up and took little steps to my room, I caught Cosmos staring at me.“Quit staring. It's weird.”, I said that made him turn his gaze to the television and back at me again.“What? It's 8 pm already. Aren’t you going home?”, I asked him.I saw him turn his attention to the wall clock. “Uhm I don't really have a uhm..”, I raised a brow when I heard him stuttering.“You don't have a what?”, I asked and went to the kitchen. He followed me there.“Ma'am, Can I stay here? I didn't bought a house.”, he said as he slightly scratched the back of his neck. I sighed in disbelief. “Where will you sleep, then? In my room? Hell no!”, I exclaimed and opened the fridge. “U-uhm… I can sleep there. If it's okay?”, he asked while pointing at the sofa. I got a box of fresh milk and nod
Alyia's POV. “What is wrong with you?!”Based on the tone of my voice, I'm really irritated. Irritated of this guy in front of me. “Did I know that it's going to be flown by the wind? I'm not the God of the Wind, ma'am for you to be informed. So, it's practically not my fault.”And what the heck is with his wide smile? Is he that happy that we're soaking wet right now? That there's a possibility that I'll get a fever because of him?! “If I catch a fever, you're fired! Argh! You're making me more irritated because of your freaking face!”, I shouted with full of irritation in the tone of my voice again. “I’m not responsible if you'll catch fever, ma'am. Am I the one that went to the cemetery alone and didn't bring any umbrella? It's your idea to get wet under the rain, not mine.”, he said once again and raised both of his hands as a sign of surrender."Argh! You are so irritating! Why would you do that gesture at me when your umbrella isn't that good. It is really dense enough for t
Alyia's POV. I rolled again around my bed for the nth time. What he said made me thinking and I don't know why.It's getting late but I can't sleep because of what he said. Darn. After hours of rolling around my bed, I decided to stand up and get a bottle of milk. This should really help make me sleep, I said to myself. I passed by the dining area.Taking steps to the kitchen, I saw Cosmos' sleeping face. Pulling strands of my hair because what he said earlier. It really went inside me. Argh! He's so annoying! The moment I got what I was supposed to get, I quickly ran to my room. Hours after, I already fallen asleep. * * * "Good morning, madam! It's monday! You should get going."My eyes were half-closed when I heard Debbie's voice. She woke me up by calling me this early. I turned my gaze to the clock on my phone and saw that it is just 8:40 am. So early. "What? So early, Debbie. I didn't get enough sleep last night, you know.", I said with a sleepy voice. "Oh my! You forg
Alyia's POV. "You have three meetings to attend later, madame. Also, you have to visit the site. Remember the resort that's soon to rise? You have to visit it personally. As the board wishes.", Debbie said while holding her folder that states all of my schedule. "Okay. You may go out.", I commanded her.After a few seconds, I heard a closing of the door. "Good morning, Cole.", it's Debbie's voice from outside. "Here's the steak, ma'am. And also, there's rice. I know that you haven't eaten yet. So, sorry if you woke up and didn't found me by your side. I just bought you breakfast."There comes his annoying face with a smirk again. Last night, he was acting like somebody else. Not like this. A weirdo. That's Cosmos for you. "It's okay and besides, I thought this day would be so peaceful but when I saw your face, I realized that bad days really exists.", I said as I get the food from his hand.Tapping his shoulder, I smirked. Now, it was him who rolled his eyes. I stared at him, a
Alyia's POV. I woke up because I felt something banging my head. "Aww.", I said and felt pain so I caressed my head. "Ma'am, are you okay?" My eyes are closed because of the pain I am enduring now. The person who asked me handed me a glass of water and I immediately drank from it. "Thank you.", I said after drinking that lessen the pain that I was feeling. "That is a first."When I recognized his voice, I rolled my eyes. There he goes again. "Will you please shut up? Where's my clothes? I have so many things to review and sign.", I said and tried to stand up but I can't. It felt like my body is so heavy. I can't even move as fast as I can. When I tried to stand up, I feel like my sight was moving in a circular motion. "I feel dizzy.", I uttered while massaging gently the sides of head. "That's because you're stubborn."I gave him a death glare when he said that. "I am not!", I shouted and tried to stand up again but I felt dizzy again. Before anything happens, Cosmos' arms