"You may kiss the bride."She looked at Gideon. She smiled, leaned back, tiptoed, and smacked his lips with hers. Gideon's eyes widened in surprise at what she had done, but Jewel didn't care and instead grabbed both of his cheeks and wouldn't let go until the camera flashed."The bride is excited, eh?" chuckled the civil officer. She let go and turned to face the officer, who was laughing.She would not do it if she had a choice. But the wager remained, and she couldn't afford to lose."Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Hernandez."People in the audience applauded. Gideon took her hand in his and they faced the crowd. She saw her father and mother both smiling at her. The Mayor was by their side.She could count the number of witnesses who came to the civil wedding on one hand. There were also some well-known figures, such as the Vice Mayor, the party's president, Medellin's business magnates, and others she was unfamiliar with. However, there were no media. It was exactly what she expec
Jewel exhaled a sigh of relief. A pick-up truck was parked in the corner of the parking lot, and Pedro was standing on its side, waving at them. "Senyorita, Senyorito! You two are truly on par when it comes to beauty!"Gideon smiled as she shook her head, not responding to what her assistant said.Jewel jumped into the car without waiting for her husband. She didn't want her University acquaintance or friend to see her in a wedding gown. They will undoubtedly inquire and may even discover that she is married. She intended to conceal her true civil status. Fortunately, the car's windshield was tinted.After a few moments, Gideon boarded. He drove out of the Municipal Hall and onto the road that led to Dayhagon.The journey was peaceful. She opened the window to let in some fresh air. Because the car was in the Aisle, she didn't have to worry about anyone seeing her. She examined the green sugarcanes. They shone brightly in the sunlight. Her lips formed a smile.She drew her head and h
Gideon's house was hidden away in Cansanit, near Don Virgilio Gonzales at the end of a long peninsula. It's a three-story white house with a blue roof. A large gate rotates around the house's perimeter. In the front, there is a large garage beneath an enclosed porch. On the side, near the small pond, there is even a patio.Because the gate was not automatic, Gideon led her to the small door. The man was the first to leave the pick-up outside the gate. The doorbell rang and a man in his mid-50s wearing a hat appeared. He smiled when he saw them."Good day, Sir Manasseh. Is this your wife?""Yes, Tang."The man smiled as he turned to face her. He lowered his hat and placed it on his chest while bowing in front of her. "Nice to meet you, Miss Jewel. I wish you a happy marriage with Sir Manasseh."She gave a sheepish smile. "Thanks...""Please come in, Sir."The old man opened the door wide to let them in. She stepped in, inhaled the scent of roses, and sighed at the beautiful sight. The
She saw a round table in the dining room. Gideon was sitting there, reading a devotional book. Jewel sat down in the opposite chair and she spotted Tang turned to the back door."Where are you going, Brother Tang?" she asked.The old man smiled when he turned around to face her. "I'm gonna tend the garden first, Maam Laine. You and Sir Manasseh should talk a little more to improve your relationship."As she cleared her throat, she looked at Gideon. She caught a glimpse of her husband's smile. Jewel looked away, embarrassed. "Tang had cooked bananas and sweet potatoes," he said, pointing to the table.Her eyebrow twitched and her expression darkened. "I'm not going to eat that."Gideon's brow rose. "As I expected of you, little princess."Jewel grimaced when Gideon emphasized the word 'princess', but she just shrugged her shoulder and did not meet his eyes. Sure enough, the man asked. "What do you want to eat then? I'll cook for you.""Really?" She narrowed her eyes. "I want fried one
Morning came and the sun was high in the sky when she opened her eyes. She felt tired yet blissful. It was due to her dream of lying in the arms of a man. His face was hidden but she could feel his overwhelming masculinity. Although she didn't experience the thing that married couple do, she knew what it was because she often read it in explicit scenes of her favorite book. The man in her dream didn't do the last step but lying in his arms stark naked was enough to color her cheeks early in the morning. She was confused why she dreamed that kind of dream. Maybe her mind was craving to read more erotica and the likes? She need to find more explicit books. Thinking of this, she hopped off the bed and took a bath. A few minutes later, she's humming a tune while making her way to the kitchen."Good morning!" she greeted Gideon when she saw him sitting on the sofa reading the morning newspaper. He raised his head and looked at her. The corner of his lips curved upward. "Any good news?"
"Gideon," the first name she called after the maidservant's words. She looked down on Dalya who was struggling to stay awake. Her heart could not stay calm but in front of her maidservant, she needed to appear strong because there's no one other than her could the girl get the spirit to fight back. "Lay on the bed. I'll let someone take care of your wounds." Jewel helped Dalya on the bed before she hastily strode to the door. She looked back at Dalya and her heart was disturb, it beat fast, before she went out. The bruises on girl's body was not a joke. If she received it, she might not last tomorrow. Her lips pursed into a thin line. She was afraid that her father wouldn't let this matter go. Closing her fists, she went down the stairs and looked for her husband. But Gideon was nowhere in sight. Where did he go? A cold sweat trickled down her back as she looked around, but she only caught sight of the old Tang tending on the seedlings of some plant. "Mang Tang, where's Gideo
Medellin is located in the northenmost part of the province. The city, which Gideon invited her into, is located in the middle. People go to and fro in the morning and during nightime is when everything becomes romantic as night life is what the city's known for. The long drive made Jewel dizzy but Gideon's there to alleviate her nausea by humming her a tone while she rested her head in his shoulder. Her husband hired someone to drive their SUV towards the south. Dalya and Pedro was at the back while she and Gideon was sitting in the middle. Old Tang remained in Medellin to take care of the house. It took hours before the car stopped. Jewel was too tired to even lift her head and asked Gideon to carry her into the hotel. The man had no choice but to follow his wife's words. "Is the hospital far from here?" she asked after Gideon lowered her in the bed. "A ride or two."She looked at the doorstep where Dalya and Pedro were conversing with each other. "They can't wait any longer,"
After that night of confrontation, Jewel stayed in the hotel room and never once stepped out. A few days of medication made Dalya and Pedro's injuries eased a liitle bit. But it was best to let them stay in the hospital. When Jewel knew of this matter, she urged him to send her back to Medellin. Gideon was helpless, but he obeyed his wife's wishes. Now, traveling in the south coastal road up to the northenmost part of the province, Jewel was looking at the sea glistening under the moonlight. It was night. She didn't let Gideon travel when the sun was up because she knew how heavy the traffic and hot it was during day. It seemed a good choice. The car wasn't stuck in a heavy traffic in the city and now they're out of the city and travelling on the wide road of other municipalities. She estimated that four hours had passed before she saw the wide Aisle of Medellin ahead. A smile tugged the corner of her lips. Jewel saw the tall and swaying sugarcanes at the side of the aisle and the