“So, is Bruno Mars really the heart-felt, loving and sensitive guy he is made out to be? Or is there a hidden secret behind the smile and songs that girls everyone are falling in love with?” I read out the first sentence as I placed the article on the desk.
Steve was slowly tapping his finger on the desk. He wasn’t looking at the article, he was looking at me. He raised an eyebrow.
“You really want to do this, Aria?” he asked. I nodded. Writing something was like a mini-therapy session for me, but I still felt sad, empty and mad. He placed his hand on the piece of paper and pulled it towards him, giving it a quick skim read.
“Aria, once this is out there, it’s out there.”
“Really, because when you were asking me to write this article, you didn’t seem to care about that fact it would ‘be out there’. That’s what you wanted, a story ‘out there.” My tone surprised him. “By the way, I quit.”
Those two words, “I quit”, were a sigh of relief to me. Writing was what I wanted to do. But not for this magazine. This last article would be it, then I’d focus on something else. Maybe a novel.
I turned around and walked to the glass door. My heart stopped when I saw Lilah dragging in Bruno. He was walking from the elevator. He stopped when he saw me, and my heart sank. I couldn’t bare to look at him. I turned back to Steve.
“Is there another exit?” I asked.
“Aria, your our best writer. Don’t quit, you have a future ahead of you.”
“Where is the nearest exit.” I tried to stay calm, but my head was overrun with a million thoughts. Steve sighed.
“You can take the stairs, the doors are on the left as you leave my office.”
I quickly rushed out, but felt a strong force grip my arm before I could grab the door to the stairwell.
“Aria”. Bruno’s voice, how I had missed it. But I was angry with him, I snatched my arm away.
“Let go of me. Don’t talk to me.”
“Aria, listen to what he has to say,” Lilah whispered.
“No! Because you’re a jerk and I thought you were different, but all you wanted to do was break my heart like every other guy that has come into my life!” I was shouting. I had to grip Bruno’s arm just to stop myself crying. Bruno tried to take my hand but once again I pulled away.
“You don’t even know the story!” shouted Bruno.
“What, your ex just showed up? On the other side of the world?”
“ARIA. Goddamit, let me talk to you! And not here!” it was the first time I had ever heard him raise his voice. I didn’t even know he was capable of it. I looked behind him, as everyone in the room was staring, shocked and stunned. I was breathing heavily. Bruno was looking at me, pleading with his eyes. Lilah was nodding at me.
He placed his hand out at me, and I didn’t bother to fight with him. He walked me over to the elevator. I stopped and let go of his hand, quickly running over to Lilah who was standing on the other side of the room.
“I need you to take care of something for me.” From the way I said it, she knew what I was talking about.
“I’ll fix it. Don’t worry. I’ll be here.” She hugged me and I got in the elevator with Bruno.
Bruno pressed the ground button. We stood in the corners, far away from each other. The silence was painful.
“This is ridiculous” muttered Bruno. He stepped forward and pressed the red ‘stop’ button as alarms began to sound. The elevator shook and we were no longer moving.
“Bruno, turn the elevator back on NOW!” I demanded.
“Not until you tell me what is going on! You didn’t show up to the show in New Jersey, you’re not answering my calls, how am I meant to know what’s wrong unless you tell me?!”
I began to feel infuriated. “Why were you spotted with Rita Ora at the airport in Australia?” I cringed that I even had the question.
“She was down to do a record deal! Her flight was around the same time as mine there was no way we wouldn’t have come across each other!”
“She looked overly happy to see you.” My angry voice had turned more into a sad one.
“She was more then happy to see me.” His voice had grown calmer too. “But I told her she can leave because I wasn’t interested.” His voice sounded honest.
“Then what were you doing buying her jewelry?” My voice rose again.
“I wasn’t buying her anything! I was buying something for you.”
I closed my eyes and bit my lip. “Then why did you extend your stay?”
“I already told you, I didn’t. Derek did because he had to close a deal with an important client. We weren’t gonna leave him in Australia overnight by himself.”
I stared at him. His big, brown eyes were staring into mine. And I broke down. I cried in his arms, and he held me. “I’m sorry, Bruno. I’m so sorry.”
He stroked my hair and kissed my forehead.
“My last boyfriend cheated on me.” I whispered. I pulled away and Bruno held my hands. “I learnt not to trust. I…”
“Shh, you don’t have to explain it. It’s okay.” He wiped a tear of mine. “I would never do anything of the sort to you.”
“I know... I just… urgh, why am I so stupid?”
“You’re not stupid at all. You’re one of the smartest people I know. You’re beautiful.” He smiled at me. I placed my hand on his cheek.
“I missed seeing those perfect teeth. And kissing those perfect lips.” I whispered.
He lightly kissed my lips. I missed it so much. The time felt so long and painful without him in my arms. I went through so much sadness over nothing, and now that we were past it all I wanted to do was to be with him. I smiled at him.
“There’s that smile I’ve wanted to see.” Whispered Bruno. I giggled.
“Kiss me you fool.” Our lips met and I could feel the fireworks going off in my head. I slowly pulled his jacket off of him and let it fall to the ground. I heard a thump and stopped kissing him. His face was slightly shocked. I looked down and saw a small box that had fallen out of the inner jacket pocket.
“Oh my gosh” I muttered. Bruno lifted his fedora and rubbed his hair through his hands. I looked at him, and he bit his lip. He bent down and picked up the little box. We both just stared.
“I didn’t really think this would happen like this.” He opened the box, and a thin silver ring was revealed. It had small diamonds that ran around the rim of the ring. The inside rim had the word ‘love’ engraved it in. I covered my mouth in shock.
“Well, I wasn’t expecting to do this now. Because I mean, I wanted to, I could’ve done this weeks ago, but I thought you would think it’s too soon, and…” I shook my head. He was obviously getting flustered. He got down on one knee.
“Aria… I haven’t been sure of everything I do in life. Everything I do is a risk; I never know how things will turn out. But one thing I am sure of is that I love you. I will never be able to describe what I feel for you. There is no me without you. Marry me.”