PROMISES

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium
Kai and Lauren set up home together after a whirlwind romance...

Submitted: December 30, 2018

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PROMISES

The crowded room throbbed with music as Lauren weaved her way through a sea of sweaty, gyrating bodies towards the sanctuary of the Ladies Room. She stood in front of the mirror carefully blotting the beads of sweat from her shiny face, before fishing around in her clutch bag for a lipstick, applying it with efficient strokes before pressing her lips together for a more even distribution.

I've been looking for you.” Sarah slotted herself in front of the mirror beside Lauren and proceeded to go through the same routine. 

You've got an admirer, the gorgeous Kai, no less. Hasn't taken his eyes off you.”

Lauren stopped titivating her glossy, dark curls and stared back at her friend through wide eyes “Kai?”

Don't tell me you haven't noticed. Aren't you the lucky one.”

Are you sure? I don't want to make a fool of myself.”

Lauren, you can be so thick at times. Get back in there and open your eyes.”

By the end of the evening, Kai and Lauren had exchanged phone numbers, leaving Lauren dizzy with excitement and anticipation.

Their romance blossomed at a blistering pace. Lauren found his dark good looks alluring, his charming, avid attention flattering and his outgoing, ambitious personality, exciting. After only three months, they had set up home together in a stylish rented apartment.

The flat's only a temporary measure,” he had assured her. “When I get my promotion, we'll then be able to look for a house of our own. I want only the best for you.”

Kai took charge of the cooking, tempting her with his tasty recipes and refusing her offers of help. He also liked to keep their flat neat and tidy, and lavished her with fresh flowers and gifts. Every day, Lauren counted her blessings, she could not have been happier.

It was one morning, just as Lauren was getting ready to leave for work that she heard Kai yelling from the living. “Lauren, what have you done with my car keys?” 

She opened the bedroom door to find him flinging cushions across the room and when his eyes met hers, she saw the livid rage that burned in them. “I'm going to be late... where did you put them.”

I haven't had them, Kai, why would I?”

He rounded on her, his handsome features contorted and ugly. “Lauren, don't lie to me, they're not in their usual place and I need them, now,” he spat.

With a tight knot of fear in her stomach, Lauren turned and began to search the flat. “Here they are,” she called from the bathroom. “They were on the window sill.”

As he stood in the doorway, Lauren noticed all the rage had melted from his features. 

See, I told you I hadn't had them.” She dangled them aloft, victorious.”

He kissed her, then smiled. “Thanks, sweetheart. I'll cook us something special tonight. He ran his fingers through her dark curls, his eyes scanning her face with adoration. “I'm a lucky man.”

Lauren tried to dismiss his sudden burst of anger, but the look in his eyes had left her shaken. Days passed without further incident and Lauren put it to the back of her mind.

It was Friday evening when Lauren's cell phone rang. “Oh, hi Sarah. Yeah, that sounds great, count me in.”

Count you in what?” Kai enquired, his voice low and menacing.

It's just a concert, the tickets are on sale and Sarah's getting them for a few of us.” The familiar knot tightened in her stomach as his eyes flashed.

Why would you want to go without me? I thought you loved me.”

I, I do love you, but that doesn't mean I can't go to a concert without you. It's just a girls night out. I can't believe we're having this conversation.”

Kai leapt to his feet, drew back his fist, glaring at her with a venom that terrified her, but from somewhere deep inside her, she found the courage to stand up to him.

Go on, Kai, but I'm telling you now, lay a finger on me and we're finished. Do you hear?”

He let his fist drop then slumped into a chair, his head in his hands. “Lauren, I'm sorry. Its just that I love you so much... I wouldn't want to go out without you, and I thought you felt the same. Please forgive me.”

The next day, he came home with a huge bouquet of flowers and as they sat at the table to eat the feast he had prepared, he took her hand. “I've got an interview tomorrow for the promotion I'm up for... we can go house hunting, have fabulous holidays enjoy a privileged lifestyle. I'm doing this for you, Lauren, because I love you.”

She gazed into his earnest, dark eyes shining with love. Oh how captivating and thoughtful he could be.

When she got in from work the next day, Kai was seated at the kitchen table, a bottle of beer in his hand and his face livid.

They only gave it to that tosser Andy... ha, they'll regret their decision alright when I'm not there to step in.”

Kai, what have you done?”

I left... walked out there and then. They can't do this to me, I know I was the best man for the job.”

I'll fetch us a take-away, shall I?” Lauren asked.

If you wouldn't mind, I don't feel like cooking.” He took a swig from the bottle. “I'll show them, when I'm driving around in a Porshe.”

She picked up her car keys, closed the door behind her and breathed in the sweet smell of freedom. 

Hi, Mum. Can I stay for a while, I made the biggest mistake of my life.”

Of course, love, stay as long as you like. Put it behind you, learn from it, and move on.”

 

 



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