“Where could she be…” He wondered to himself. It was 11am and it was Wednesday. It had been three days since they last say each other, during their Sunday gathering. He was worried. She hadn’t been picking up both her landline and her cellphone. He then decided to go to her house.
He stood in front of her black front gate and stared at her white doorbell for a time. He gathered courage to confront her and told himself to contain his emotions when he sees her.
He rang the doorbell.
He heard footsteps.
The gate opened.
“Aurora!” He exclaimed. Anger? Happiness? Relief? He wasn’t sure with what he was feeling. She looked really pale and her eye bags were very pronounced. She started to cry.
“Australis,” she whispered, “what are you doing here?” Tears started to run down her pale cheeks.
“What happened?” He asked her.
She just shook her. She felt so weak she collapsed in his arms. She cried harder.
“Aurora!” Australis started to worry. He carried her in his arms and entered her house. He laid her on the couch and pulled up a chair to sit on. She cried for the next ten minutes, and he sat there not knowing what to do. When her cry turned into a sob, when she started to calm down, he got up and got her a glass of water. She sat up straight.
“Thanks…” She afforded to whisper. He sat beside her, their arms and legs barely touching.
“You haven’t been picking up since Sunday night… What happened?” He asked her.
She kept quiet.
He held out his hand to reach for hers. “I love you,” he told her.
“Australis, do you think I’m a bad person?” She finally asked.
“I had to fire someone from work because she was underperforming and someone better was applying for the job… I received quite a lot of hate mails… And well… I made this decision because I kept her for 7 years now…”
“Seven years?!” He exclaimed, “she has to be really grateful you even kept her for that long despite her contribution.”
“Huh, I guess… Anyway, after reading through all those, I felt really bad and I fell sick. I’m still really dizzy right now… But I really want to take a bath…”
“How about, I cook us lunch, and you go take a shower,” Australis smiled.
Her face lit up. “Really?” She smiled, “thank you, thank you, thank you!” She hugged his right arm.
He afforded a chuckle. “Go already,” he smiled, “I’ll be in the kitchen.”
He took out two salmons, broccoli, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, eggs, and butter.
He finished preparing the moment she came out from the bathroom. She was looking better than ever.
“What’s for lunch?” She asked.
“Uhmm… Omelette and broccoli,” he smiled.
“No meat?” She asked.
“Oh yes! I baked bacon,”
“Amazing!” She ran to him and gave him a hug.
They stayed there for a while. They pulled apart and rubbed their noses against each other. He was about to kiss her when she pulled away.
“Let’s eat,” he told him, “lest our food gets cold.”
“Right,” he said.
She smiled at him, and he smiled back. They both sat down and had a late lunch together.