The Substitute Bride: Making Memories Of Us-n

Chapter 20: Pretended Nothing Had Happened


Ayla waited for Toby in the cafe, but he didn't come, and it was already dark outside. Would he come today? She was confident that her Toby would come. But after the night fell, when he didn't show up, she decided to leave. If she didn't leave now, she wouldn't be able to catch the last bus. When she was about to leave, a familiar figure walked into the cafe. "I'm sorry, Lala. I'm late. She beamed at him. Finally, her Toby had come. But, her smile only lasted for a short moment. How would she explain things to him? She didn't even know how to start the conversation. Although, she had prepared for this meeting and thought of many ways she could explain, but now they seemed not good. enough. “Lala, what's wrong? You look unhappy. Why? Are you sad because I'm late?". Toby reached out and held her hand. His eyes were full of concern. "I'm really sorry, Lala. l was busy with some important work. " Ayla shook her head. "It's alright. I'm not upset because of that. " Toby smiled. "I thought, you are angry with me. Are you hungry? Let's eat something first, then I'll take you home. Ayla was about to say something, but Toby didn't notice it. He called the waiter over to order the food. In fact, Toby didn't have much time. When he and Molly were at the mall, he lied to her that there was some emergency in the company and he needed to be present. there. So, he must return to Molly as soon as possible. Ayla refrained herself from speaking. He had been busy all day long, he must be hungry. Also, it'd be the same if they talked after eating. She also wanted to spend more time with him. However, things didn’t go as she had thought. The steak was just served in front of them when Toby said, "Lala. Let's eat!". Toby considerately cut the steak into small pieces before putting them on the plate in front of her. "Thank you Toby. Ayla was touched by Toby's kind gesture. He was still so considerate to her. He had never changed. Toby smiled and said, "You don't have to thank me. Silly girl, just eat the delicious steak. The two looked at each other and smiled. The moment seemed like they had returned to their childhood, as if it was just yesterday and they were still the same. "Toby!". Ashrill and angry voice caught their attention. Molly suspected him when he left her at the mall. So, she followed him and caught him red-handed. Toby was stunned to see Molly here. Did she follow him?. "Molly!". "Toby, won't you introduce her to me?". Molly came and wrapped her hands around Toby's arm intimately. This m an was hers. She could give him everyt hing, unlike this woman a nd she'd prove it to her. Toby saw the calm look on Ayla’s face. She wasn't even surprised whe n she saw Molly, as if she al ready knew about his fiancee. "L al a

Toby felt a little uneasy as he didn't know how to in troduce them to each other. Things did n't go as h e expected. He wanted to take Lala to his apartment today, but Molly appeared suddenly. Ayla smile d at Molly politely. "Nice to meet y ou. But Toby, I have to go now. Ayla didn't have the courage to face his fiancee. She wanted to hug Toby and tell him every thing, but she didn't expect Molly would c ome along. She couldn't do that in front of . h e r. Now she just want ed to run away as fast as she could. When Ayla got up, about to leave, Toby grabbed her hand and said, " You haven't eaten anything, Lala. Molly felt jealous when she saw how intimately T oby held the girl's hand. But Molly knew better to not show her disple asure in front of Toby. Instead she acted gen erous and asked Ayla t o stay for the dinner. Awhile later , she turned towards Toby. "Toby, I'm feeling cold. Can you please get my coat from the car? The white one which you just bought me from the mall, " Molly . said in an entici ng voice. Toby hesitated to l eave Ayla with Moll y, but then nodded. "Okay, if you want somethi ng else, you can order it. I'll get the coat for you. As soon as Toby left the cafe, Moll y turned her unfriendly look at Ayla , making her a_little uncomfortable. "I don't know who you are, but please st ay away from Toby. He is my fiance. ! don' t want him to have contact with any other . woman beside s me. Molly came straight to the point. "He might have other women in the past, yo u will be the last one. Toby is a soft- he arted person. He can't refuse anyone if they . pretend to be helpless in front of him. So, d on't try to fool him. Her hurtful w ords made Ayla disheartened. Unintentionally, sh e had put Toby in a difficult situation. "Don't worry. ! understand. I won't contact h im in the future. I wish the two of you a ve ry happy and wonderful life ahead. But now, I . have to go. I ha ve something im portant to do. Ayla hurriedly got up and almost ran awa y from there. At the exit, she bumped int o Toby who had Molly's coat in his hand. "Lala, where are you going?" he as ked with concern. "I'm sorry, Toby. I have something else to do. I have to go now," she said in the calme st tone she could muster, but her heart had . been broke n into mill ion pieces. She was hurting ins ide and the pain was too much to endure. Toby tried to stop h er, but Ayla didn't s top and left quickly. Toby watched her leave h elplessly before he turne d and came back to Molly. "Toby, she left after answering a phone ca ll. I think, there must be something urgent . Why don't you go and check on her?" Molly . pretende d to be worried. Toby gave her the coat and said in a low voice, "It doesn't matter. Let's eat. Ayla went straight t o the bus station an d waited for the bus. But to her misfortune , no bus was availabl e even after an hour. She asked around and came to know, the last bus had already left

She rummaged through her bag and found out she didn't have much money left to hail a cab. Asad smil e escaped her lips. She shouldn't have come h ere and let Toby get invol ved in her miserable life. Having no other options, s he started walking along t he street with heavy steps. Where would she go now? Be cause she certainly couldn 't go back to Clark villa. It was almost midn ight when she coul dn't walk anymore. Ayla took out her phone, but it was useless. Because she had no other num ber except for Brian, and sh e wasn't willing to call him. She had no one to as k for help. Asense of griev ance spread thr ough her chest. How miserable her life had be come! She collapsed on the gro und and broke down completely. All her sadness streamed down he r face as tears. There was no o ne but herself to comfort her. She fe lt so alone. In the meantime, Ja ime was driving Bria n back to the villa. As the speed of car was at a moderate rate, he saw a lonely person on the road. At first, he didn't care about it, becau se it was night time. Nothing cou ld be trust ed at night. However when the car passed by her , he saw her face. It wa s Mrs. Clark. "Mr . Cla rk!" . Brian had also not iced her. She had t ear stain ed cheeks. Her shoulders h unched forward as if in defeat. It meant, she left the villa without his permission. But why was she cryin g alone on the roadside at this time? . "Stop the car!" . As the car halted right beside her, Brian g ot off and shouted at her, "Arlene, what ex actly are you doing here? Don't even try to . make an excuse li ke you've been wai ting for me here. Ayla looked up at him wit h teary eyes. Due to her blurred vision, sh e couldn't see the man clearl y, but his voice was familiar. "Mr . Cla rk. "Get in the car!" . Brian yelled alo ud before going back to the car. Ayla didn't have much of a choice. She might be scared of Brian, bu t she was more scared of spendin g the night alone on the streets. Back in the vi lla, Maria was very worried. Mrs. Clark told her that she'd retu rn home soon but it was past midni ght and she still hadn't come back. If Brian came ba ck before her, he 'd be so furious. Only thinking o f that made Mar ia very scared. When she heard the sound of Brian's car s liding into the garage, Maria hurriedly w ent to receive Mr. Clark and saw Mrs. Clark . getting off the car alo ng with him. "Mrs. Clark, you'r e back. Are you o kay?" Ayla nodded. "I'm sorry to make y ou worried, Maria. I missed the last bus. "Mrs. Clark, It's not safe to come back th is late. Next time, if you need money, you can ask me. But please take a cab, and come . back home on ti me," said Maria in a low voice. Although they talked in a hushed voice, Brian an d Jaime still heard them