"Hi, my official sister-in-law!"
I blinked in surprise when Rian came in and ran towards me. She pulled me in a tight hug before throwing herself on the couch in front of my desk.
"Official sister-in-law? Really, Rian?"
"Why? What's wrong with that? You're my official sister-in-law now, aren't you?"
"W-What are you talking about?"
"Well, it's because you're now my brother's wife, as in real wife and not just based on a contract, a deal or an agreement."
"A-Alright, I get it, but what are you doing here?"
"Oops! Didn't Nanay Emily tell you I called this morning?"
"Yes, she did, but why do you suddenly want to go out? Where is Alex and where are your kids?"
She stood up, smiling widely and went over to me.
"I ask Mom and Dad to take care of my kids for a while and about my husband, as usual, he's in his office having a closed-door meeting with the CEO of their new business associate." She led me to the wall mirror hanging near the bathroom door. "You look sick, Belle. Your skin looks so dry and your hair..." She flipped my hair. "It looks dull and frizzy."
What the hell? What is she doing? I creased my forehead.
"That's why I wanted to have some girl moments with you!" She seemed so excited.
"I want to try a new hairstyle, have a full body massage, foot spa, skin spa and all kinds of spas."
"And of course, I want you to go with me. I know a place where they offered a complete package for a beauty treatment. I'm sure you're going to enjoy this! Let's go!"
"Wait! I have some reports to finish, Rian----"
"Come on, Belle. What is Craig doing?"
"He's busy mentoring our newly enrolled students."
"And what about the other members of your team?"
"Please, Belle?" She pouted like she used to do when she asked for something from her brother. I bit my lip. Thinking of his older brother again.
"Fine." I sighed.
We used her car to go to the place she mentioned earlier, so Ben and the rest of his team have no choice but to follow us using my car
Like what Rian said, she took me to an exclusive spa where they offered a complete package of beauty treatment. We both do the hair cut first, then we enter the adjacent room for a full body massage and foot spa.
I noticed the energy she is having today, from the moment she came to my office and even when we were sitting next to each other in the spa lounge. She's mumbling things that sometimes I don't understand, but of course, I have no choice but to listen to her and nod every time she looks at me.
I have tried to open some topics about his brother, his absence for almost two days and for his strange behavior this past few days, but she's not giving me the chance to speak. Whenever I try to open my mouth and start a conversation about him, she will open another topic to discuss and sometimes talk to the lady who is making her nail polish.
"Rian does your brother calling you?"
"Miss, can I see your brochure of different nail art? I'm thinking of having design on my nails. What do you think, Belle?"
"Huh? Uhmm---" but before I could answer her question, she asked the lady again.
"How about you, Miss? Which one do you think is nice? I want to have something unique and different."
Blah... Blah... Blah... Blah...
And they talked about the different nail art designs as if I wasn't there, I don't exist and I'm not sitting next to her. I don't know what to think. I'm not sure if she hasn't really heard me, even though we're just a few inches away from each other, or she's just pretending not to hear me... I don't know.
I feel like she's ignoring the topic about her brother so she's just pretending to be deaf.
I tried to ask again, but she just waved my question by asking me another question.
"Are you hungry?"
"I know a new restaurant near this place. I think we should have lunch first before going to the mall."
Going to the mall... yeah... I should have expected it.
"Does Alex know about this? I mean, does he know about this idea that we're having girl moments today?"
"Of course, he even called me earlier just to tell me to take care." She giggled and I just nodded. "So, do you want to go with me and try this new restaurant that I'm talking about? I promise you will enjoy having lunch with me."
"Uhmm... okay, just make sure to pay for my orders." I winked.
"Sure! I'll pay for everything, even the girl stuff you're going to choose from the mall."
"Oh, no, you don't have to do that! I was just kidding."
"Nah! It's okay, it's on me.....for now!"
"What do you mean?" I asked raising an eyebrow but Rian...always be the Rian I know, gave me a devilish grin before answering my question.
"Don't worry because I will ask Dani to pay for all of your expenses including mine!"
I couldn't help but chuckle and shake my head when she winked at me and proudly flipped her hair over her shoulder.
I should have known.
"Anyway, Belle, can I ask you a favor?"
I straightened my sit as her tone suddenly became serious.
"Sure! What is it?"
She took a heavy breath before taking my hand which rested over the armrest of the couch.
"Uhmm... you know how busy Alex is, right?"
"Yes, I know that. He's the CEO of their family's company."
"Yeah, therefore he couldn't come with me tonight."
"Couldn't come with you where?"
"In a party."
She nodded. "One of my friends in college invited me to their engagement party. He's also one of my closest friends before and he wanted me to witness how he will propose to his girlfriend tonight."
"Do I know him?"
"No, I don't think so." She said shaking her head. "You're two years ahead of me and I met him when I was in third-year college."
"Uhuh... okay, so what favor are you asking me? I mean, what do you want me to do?"
I didn't miss how she bit her lower lip when I asked her. I don't know, but I think I already know the favor she's going to ask me.
"Can you accompany me to my friend's party tonight?" She asked wearing her puppy face style.
"Ohh..." My mouth formed an 'O' shape. I knew it.
"Please, Belle? My husband can't come with me----"
"Have you tried to ask him about it?"
"Yes, but he said he has a late meeting with their new investors, so he suggested me to ask you."
"Ahh..." I smiled awkwardly as I nodded. It's not that I don't want to go with her but, I am thinking of Daniel. What if he comes home tonight? I want to talk to him and fix whatever issues we have.
"If you're thinking of my brother, then I will be the one to talk to him."
"Well, that's not the problem, Rian. He's in an out of town project and isn't answering my calls, I mean, he's out of range since yesterday. I have already sent him messages to call me, but until now, I haven't received any response from him."
I sighed closing my eyes. And that's the reason why I missed Rian's reaction...the mischievous grin she contained to break and how she changed it into a worried smile.
"Ohh... I'm sorry to hear that, Belle. I didn't know he's doing that but don't worry, I'm sure he's just busy so he can't call you or reply to your messages." She shrugged.
"Rian, it's been two days! If he's that kind of busy, then how could he call Nanay Emily but couldn't even reply to one of my sent messages?"
"I-I don't know how to answer your question, Belle, but if you want I can talk to him when he comes back---"
"No, Rian! Thanks but I think I should be the one to talk to him."