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   Chapter 37 I can’t pretend

Under the Sakura By Elria Cortez Characters: 8624

Updated: 2018-12-03 23:08

Sachie looked at him with disbelief written in her eyes. She opened the lunchboxes first before she answered him.

"It's because we are not supposed to be seen eating together like this within the company premises, Sir Hill. You are the company's boss, while I am just a common employee. On top of that, I am a married woman, it won't be proper so I decided to stay away from you from now on."

She did make sense, and Kaname could not find an appropriate answer. He also knows that it was the best for both of them, but he did not realize that she would avoid him as fast.

He cleared his throat.

"I understand your point. I think what you said was right. So, after this meal, I will see to it that we won't be seen like this from now on." He said in his business-like manner, and began to eat his food.

Sachie did not reply and began eating as well. She kept on glancing at some direction and noticed that there are still many people who kept on staring at them and she felt annoyed.

Don't they know that it's rude to stare? Come on, these people!

In about 20 minutes, they were able to finish the food without so much talking to each other. Sachie somehow felt sad but she knew that what she said and did was right. She is married, so she has to act properly as a married woman.

When she finished, she noticed that Kaname has been looking at her intently. It was so sudden that she felt her cheeks reddened with his keen observation.

"Why are you looking at me like that? Is there something on my face?" she said, feeling conscious. She touched the corners of her mouth, thinking that some food must have been stuck somewhere.

He shook his head, and just kept looking at her, not even smiling. Just with his straight handsome face.

She pretended to ignore him and drank her water. She then made the gesture that she has finished eating and was about to stand when she felt his foot under the table, holding her other foot in place.

She looked at him sharply.

"What are you doing?" she hissed at him.

That was when he showed his signature sexy grin.

"Sorry, I was just enjoying watching you eat. You never changed Sachie, you still chew your food on your left cheek and always eat the dish first before the rice." He remarked.

She lifted one eyebrow at him.

How long has he been observing her eating habits? She didn't even notice them by herself.

She looked at her wristwatch on her left wrist. It was already 12:40PM.

"I think I should go back, " she said.

Kaname looked at her, "I wonder why you're not wearing your wedding ring, " he said, stroking his chin.

Sachie unconsciously touched her ring finger.

Yes, she has only wear her wedding ring when she's with Yousuke, or when they meet with friends. For some reason, she feels caged with the ring.

But she could not answer that to Kaname, not to him.

"Well, I just forgot it when I took the shower." She said, then slightly bowed at him, "if you're not going Sir Hill, I shall go ahead."

She turned around to walk towards the door. Kaname stood up as well, he took the garbage with him and followed her to the elevator.

Since it was quite early for everyone to go back to their desks, they were the only ones who used the elevator. She kept to her side, as far away from him as possible.

Kaname chuckled suddenly, and she looked at him questioningly.

"I feel like you're avoiding me too much like a plague Sachie. Don't they have a saying that the more you get used to somebody, the more you will accept their presence as natural? You don't have to avoid me like this just so you can move on."

She could not believe that he was talking to her about their personal matters inside the elevator. Doesn't he even have a sense of proper place and time?

"I'm not avoiding you Kaname, " she responded bravely, unknowingly clutching the inside of her palm, "I am acknowledging that your presence is too tempting for me to keep my end of the bargain. You must be proud of yourself, " she said, smiling at him sweetly but cynically.

The elevator door opened at the 11th floor, and she bid him goodbye.


That afternoon, Kaname drove her home again. She declined his offer to have dinner with him, and she could tell that he got annoyed with it. He kept the frown on

his forehead the whole time they were on the road. When they arrived at the front of their house, he told her to stay inside and let him open the door for her.

She conceded and waited for him.

She then went out of the car, and came face to face with him, because he did not move from his spot when he opened the door.

"You are too close, Kaname, " she said, hugging her bag on her chest.

"Sachie, will you just treat me the way you have been doing before? I found our situation quite difficult." He said, raking his hand on his hair.

Sachie looked at him with awe. She could not understand his reasoning. He was the one who rejected her and told her to forget whatever feeling she has on him, but now he was asking her not to avoid him and treat him like the way she did before.

This is totally absurd.

She looked at him sharply.

"Kaname, I don't know how you can do it, but I can't do it." She said, her voice laced with suppressed anger at being cornered like this.

He has no idea how hard she is trying to move on from him.

He looked at her with questioning eyes.

"What do you mean?"

She met his gaze, and she was filled with sadness at his obvious pretense.

"I'm not good in acting and hiding what I feel, Kaname. I am trying my best here to forget you and move on, but you are making it difficult for me. Good for you, because you can turn your feelings like a switch, just on and off. But for me, I can't. I can't pretend as good as you do."

She said and stepped on his side. She left him standing on his car, almost in tears from the emotions that were about to spill from her heart.

Kaname was dumbstruck. It was the first time that he was told those words. He was completely read. He thought he has been doing a good job hiding his emotions from her, but she completely looked through his veneer.

With a curse meant for his own stupidity, he went inside his car and drove away.


The following day and the next day thereafter, Sachie went to work using her own car. She also bring her own lunchbox and ate with her co-workers in the office. For the next two days, she did not meet Kaname even once. She would go home just after 5:00PM to make sure that Kaname would still be in the office because of his afternoon meetings.

It was Friday afternoon when she finally realized that it was the end of the week for work. She sighed as she arranged her things on her desk.

Days really passed by so fast when you are busy, she thought.

Then, she turned towards the door when she heard a knock on it and when she looked up, she saw the man that she has been avoiding. Kaname was leaning casually on the door, with a nonchalant look on his face.

She tried to look unaffected and walked towards him with her bag on her hand.

"Good afternoon, Sir Hill. The office hours is already finished, may I know why are you here?" she said with her business-like manner.

Kaname looked at his watch before looking at her again.

"I just came to pick you up. We have to go to the airport and pick your husband." He said, sounding impatient.

Sachie was surprised.

"Yosuke? I thought he will come back on Sunday?"

She said, because every night, they will send a message to each other. But he did not mention last night that he will be back today.

Kaname let out a small smile.

"Apparently, all business have finished ahead of schedule. As you may know already, Hiro won't stay there a day longer to go around without Ivy, and of course, he will not leave his brother-in-law behind, won't he?"

Sachie smiled a little as well, remembering how Hiro doted on Ivy and how he has turned into a completely clingy husband.

Well, it must be true love.

She sighed and without another word, she went out of the room. She did not lock it as she knows that some employees were still inside the other rooms, as indicated by their nametag on the door.

When they reached the parking and she was about to go to her car, she was stunned when Kaname held her hand. In surprise, she pulled her hand almost immediately that Kaname looked embarrassed at her reaction.

She just looked like she was burnt with his touch. And she felt like it, indeed.

"Sachie, Yousuke said we go there and pick him up together. Just leave your car here."

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