David and Mariane were riding in a car as they were heading to the mall. “What kind of wedding do you want?” David asked suddenly, which made Mariane frown.“What are you talking about?” Mariane wrinkled her nose as if she found him ridiculous at his question.“I mean... What kind of wedding do you want? Intimate, simple, fancy? Do you want us to televise our wedding?” David asked again.Mariane laughed in disbelief at David's question.“If you ask me, it would be better if there was no marriage. And I don't want my name attached to you. If you intend to tell the world that I am your possession, then don't be. I want a quiet life. So I can walk freely.” She stated.“That is not possible, my lady. You will marry me whether you like it or not.” David sternly said.“I know. That’s why I came here with you. Because I don’t have a choice.” Mariane said as a matter of fact.“Okay then. Let’s go to the mall first to buy you clothes, then will head after to the civil registrar’s office. And have our wedding done.”After their conversation, Mariane went silent for the entire trip and never spoke to him again. She closed her eyes to fall asleep, but suddenly the person next to her reached for an envelope, making her frown.“What is this?” she asked.“Open it. As discussed, I found your father. It contains information about the man who abused your mother.” Mariane immediately opened the file.There was a mixture of regret on Mariane's face as the person she was supposed to avenge was probably dead. Because he wanted to punish the person himself, but on the other hand, he was still happy because of what happened to Andrew Morgan at the hands of Ethan Reed.“So he’s dead,” Mariane muttered as she remained stoic.“Yes. He got killed before the day you were born.” David said.“Good for him,” she coldly said, before giving the envelope back to him.David never thought he would see Marian be this cold. That you could feel her hatred toward the person she wanted to punish.‘Her innocent face has a devil's side as well. And it makes me love her more.’ David thought as he stared at Mariane.They arrived at the mall, owned by David. He immediately ordered George to block their path, so that no one would see their arrival. They also blocked the internet signal in the entire area, so that no one could post his pictures in case a customer saw them. They went to the dress shop.“Have her try all the white dresses available here,” David ordered his sales crew as he sat in the waiting room.The three sales ladies prepared the available white dress, and they pulled Mariane inside the fitting room.“Try this, ma’am.” The sales lady gave her a pleated square neck long sleeves bodycon dress that reaches her mid-thigh.Mariane came out from the fitting room and showed her outfit to David, to which David frowned. He looked at Mariane from head to foot.“Too much skin. Next,” he commented, which made Mariane’s shoulder fall and she heaved a sigh.Mariane tried another set of dresses, but all of them didn’t like David. David always says it’s either too short, has too much skin, or is too sexy. Until Mariane got tired of all the fittings she made.She groaned. “Why don’t I wear simple pants and a shirt, then?” she asked sarcastically.“Just try one last time,” David said.Mariane sighed exasperatingly. But she still went to the fitting room and tried on the last dress left. She tried the Chiffon V-neck maxi dress that reached below her knee.‘I think this is better,’ she thought as she looked at her reflection in the mirror.Mariane came out of the fitting room and showed herself to David.“Ma’am, this dress fits you well,” Sales lady (1) said.“You looked dazzling,” Sales lady (2) giggles.“Really?” she asked the sales ladies with a smile plastered on her face, which made the crews nod in unison.David stared at the girl for a long time, while carefully looking at what she was wearing. He stood up from his seat and approached Mariane.David snaked his arm around her stomach and pulled her closer to him, making Mariane stunned. She felt shivers down her spine when her face was a few inches away from his as David whispered something into her ear.“You looked gorgeous, and I wanted to kiss you right here, right now.” Mariane’s face reddened.She immediately pushed David. “Can you stay away from me?!” she looked at him in disgust. And she ran inside the fitting room to change her clothes, making David smile.“You don’t have to change your clothes. Because we will go to the registrar’s office right away.” David reminded her.“I will pick the dress she’s wearing now. And packed the clothes she wore earlier.” He ordered.“Yes, Sir.” Sales lady (1) said.“Sir, you’re girlfriend is so beautiful,” Sales lady (2) said, making the other sales lady poke her in the arm.“She’s my wife.” David simply said. And the three sales ladies widened in shock.They never thought that the great David Cruz was already married. It was a piece of shocking news to them.Mariane hissed as she heard what David had just said. She looked at her face in the mirror and she still noticed that her face was as red as a tomato. Mariane fanned herself with her hands.‘Damn this guy. I can’t stand him. Why did he have to announce that I’m his wife?’ she groaned at her thoughts.After she calmed herself, Mariane came out of the fitting room, holding her old clothes.“Make sure this will not spread. My wife was a private person, she doesn’t like to be the talk of the town.” David informed them.“If ever you spread this news, you’ll get fired right away. Understood?” He warned them, which made the three ladies nod.David saw Mariane approaching them, and he reached for her hand to hold it, but Mariane refuse to hold his. Instead, she walked past him, and David shook his head when he followed her from behind.David and Mariane headed right away to the civil registrar’s office. Fortunately, David was friends with the officer who will facilitate the registration of their marriage.“I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss your bride.” Mariane’s face reddened again at what the officer had just said.Suddenly, David pulled her closer to him, making Mariane’s eyes widen in surprise. David took the opportunity to kiss Mariane and it left her dumbfounded.“Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Cruz,” the officer congratulated them after they kissed.
“Here we are. Welcome to your new palace, my lady.” David informed Mariane.Mariane couldn’t help but awe while staring at the gigantic mansion owned by none other than David Cruz.‘Wow… This guy I married is really rich. I couldn’t imagine staying at this kind of house.’ The size of this 30,000-square-meter mansion is staggering. After entering the gate, a park lawn will immediately greet you with a circular path for cars leading to the entrance. In the middle of the circle, there was a golden fountain fish design that catches Mariane's attention. Because of the light coming from the LED lights attached to the ground and focused on the fish, the fountain shines as if it were brilliant gold. “Is it made of gold?” Mariane asked, pointing to the fountain behind them.David turned to look at what Mariane was talking about. “How’d you know? Well, it was a mix of gold and cement. There’s a part of the fish that has gold. Can you guess which part of the fish has gold?” David challenged h
“What do you mean?” David asked in confusion.His brows furrowed when Mariane took a pen and a piece of paper. She sat on the cushion in the vanity mirror and started writing.‘What is she doing?’ he wondered.‘Is she talking about making a contract? No. I won’t allow her to give what she wants. I should be the one who will make terms in my own house and not her.’ He thought.David stood up and approached Mariane. He stopped behind her. David’s jaw clenched when he saw Mariane’s neckline. As if he wants to ravish her neckline and make a mark on it. And that thought makes him turned on. He suddenly has a boner just by looking at her neckline. While Marian was oblivious to what was happening in her back. She finished writing down the terms she wanted during her stay in his mansion. Mariane smiled in satisfaction as she raised her hand with a paper and turned around. But she got jolted when her hand, which was holding a paper, almost hit the middle of his thigh.Mariane looked up and gas
Mariane woke up early for her job interview. She decided to leave early to avoid the traffic because she still had a long way to go to the city, where she had an interview. A week has also passed since Mariane passed her CV to companies thru emails. Among the fifty companies she applied to, only three companies responded to her email and scheduled interviews today. Mariane is confident that she will pass the interview. Because apart from having experience at work, her school credentials were also good.But of the three companies she went to, none of them hired her after she was interviewed. And what surprised her was that after a staff member came in, while Mariane was in the middle of the interview, it immediately stopped. And they just tell her, “Sorry, the position you were applying for is already full,” or “we'll just call you.” The anxiety was evident on their faces as if they were afraid of something.Mariane frowned. ‘Couldn’t David have something to do with it? It is possible.
“It’s all thanks to you, Kim. Maybe I couldn’t get a job if it wasn’t for you.” Mariane sincerely said.But Kim shook her head in disagreement. “No, Yan. I didn’t do anything. It was you who made it. Don’t thank me. Besides, my brother didn’t do anything about it.” Kim leaned closer to Mariane and whispered, “Actually, my brother was too strict. He doesn’t want someone to dictate to him what to do.” Kim informed her, making Mariane nod slowly as if she could understand what Kim was talking about.“How about… I’ll treat you to a meal?” Mariane asked. Kim’s eyes twinkled as she felt hungry.“That’s a good idea, then! We have a lot of things to talk about too… Since we’ve seen each other in the convenience store. And you have a lot of explaining to do.” Mariane frowned at what Kim had just said.“Me? Like what?” she asked in confusion.“Why don’t you treat me to a hot pot first? I will tell you there.” Kim snaked her arms to Mariane’s and dragged her friend to the nearest hot pot along t
“Who is he?” Mariane, Mark, and Kim turned their eyes at the newcomer. “George? What are you doing here?” Mariane asked. “Who is he?” George asked again, not minding Mariane’s question. Mariane heaved a sigh and excused herself from her friend. “Excuse us for a while,” she said before she dragged George away from her companions. “What are you doing there?” Mariane pointed to the table of her companions. She was talking about George, asking her earlier who the guy was sitting beside her. She was disappointed as George suddenly appeared out of nowhere and abruptly asked who the guy was sitting next to her while looking at the guy accusingly. “You’re lucky that it’s not my boss who came and asked you that.” George simply replied. Mariane suddenly panicked when George mentioned her boss’ name. She looked around to check if David was there. ‘He’s here? Right now? But we just talked over the phone. Darn it.’ She thought. Mariane sighed in relief when she did not see David inside th
Mariane and David silently sat in the back passenger seat while George was their driver. Mariane leaned on the window while watching the stars in the sky while pouting. She was pissed when George interrupted their dinner again and sat at the table next to theirs, then she received a message from David telling her to go home. Mariane had no choice but to follow her party-pooper-husband. She didn’t even have to talk to her friend.“Why so gloomy, Mariane?” David looked at her sideways.Mariane glared back at him and did nothing to say. Instead, she chose to stay quiet and close her eyes to get some sleep while they were on their way back home. David snorted and decided not to speak with her again.The entire ride became quiet as no one wanted to speak until they arrived at their house. Mariane immediately got out of the car. She immediately went to her room, not minding David, who was following her from behind.‘I won’t talk to you anymore. Party pooper!’ Mariane snorted as she slammed
‘Give me an heir.’ Kim passed by Mariane’s desk, and she noticed her friend, who was staring blankly at her computer. She snapped her fingers to get Mariane’s attention, but it didn’t help. “Earth to Mariane!” Kim knocked on her desk as she exclaimed to Mariane’s ears, making the latter wince and rub her ears. “I’m not deaf, you know.” Mariane glared at her friend. “You’ve been spacing out for like minutes? What’s on your little brain thinking?” Kim asked, narrowing her eyes at Mariane suspiciously. “Was it a guy?” She added while giggling, making Mariane hiss. “Guy, my ass.” She rolled her eyes in annoyance. Mariane remembered what David had said to her one week ago. “And lastly… Give me an heir.” Mariane got astounded by what he said. ‘An heir?! Is he crazy? How can I give him an heir?’ Mariane gasped. ‘Could it be…’ Her eyes widened in horror. ‘No… No… No… This can’t be.’ She thought. Mariane immediately crossed her arms over her chest, as if she was covering all of her bo
Mariane was busy typing on her computer when she received a text message. ‘I’ll pick you up later. We’ll have dinner at the restaurant I reserved.’But instead of getting excited, Mariane just snorted and toss her phone inside her bag, and didn’t bother to reply. She went back to typing and processing the documents of their clients. She drowned herself in working and didn’t notice that there was a guy standing in front of her desk. The guy cleared his throat to get her attention, which made her look up and noticed it was her colleague. Mariane smiled at the guy whom she didn’t know the name of yet.“Uhm… Hi? What can I do for you?” She asked.The guy looked at her shyly, with his ears red. “T-this… Flowers for you, Mariane. Happy Valentine’s Day.” He said and handed a bouquet of roses to her, which made Mariane stunned.She wanted to refuse it, but she didn’t want him to be embarrassed as the other employees were looking at them as well. Mariane knew she can’t bring the flowers to the