“Demetri. I didn’t realise you’d be back so soon,” she said pushing Jake’s arm away from her.
“Yes, but what for? To see you with someone else? No wonder you asked me so many questions about when I would return.”
“No. It’s not like that, Demetri.”
She knew she couldn’t make him understand. He was too stubborn to listen.
“Well I can see I’ve wasted my time coming here, so I’ll be off.”
He rushed away before she could explain. His temper was so great and she didn’t understand why, except that she probably embarrassed him by being with Jake. She wanted to run after him, but Jake was standing next to her, looking bewildered.
“Wow, Phillipa. You didn’t waste much time finding someone out here, but I think you’ve annoyed him now.”
“Shut up, Jake and just go. I don’t want your opinions.”
“Sorry, I shouldn’t have said that. I can see something’s going on between the two of you. I’ll talk to you tomorrow. Just go in and get some sleep. Good night Phillipa.”
He left her alone and she sat on the chair Demetri and vacated just minutes ago pondering about what she should do. It was no use going after him. He thought she’d cheated on him, but what about him? She’d seen him with that woman at the party. Perhaps, he was just playing with her. He didn’t love her anyway. All along he’d only been interested in her body.
She got up and went inside. She felt at a loss without him and didn’t know how she was going to cope. She wanted to go to him and ask him who the woman was at the party, but thought better of it. He probably wouldn’t see her anyway and there wasn’t any point if he was still angry. Her stomach wretched, at the thought of not seeing him again. She felt emotionally elated and began to feel lousy from it all.
She went to bed that night wondering what she should do. She thought about seeing Demetri tomorrow to sort everything out. She would make him listen to her whether he liked it or not. It would work or at least she hoped it would. All she had to do, she thought as she gradually began to drift off to sleep, was be positive about it.
The next day, she dressed early and began to make her way down the beach towards Demetri’s place. He had to be there, because it was still early. She was sure he wouldn’t have left for work so soon and anyway, it was Saturday. He didn’t usually work on the weekend.
She rang the bell and waited, but there wasn’t an answer. She rang again and hoped he was there. She turned to look out towards the sea and began to make her way back when the door opened.
“Demetri, I must talk to you and explain about last night.”
She stepped closer, hoping he’d let her inside.
“There is no need. I’ve decided to call the wedding off. It’s clear you haven’t got over your relationship with your ex-fiancé and I shouldn’t have pushed you into marrying me.”
“But what about the woman you were with last night? Have you been seeing her as well as me?”
“Woman? What woman?”
She couldn’t believe it. He was going to deny it.
“You know very well what woman. I was at some party with Jake that he wanted to attend, because of some girl and he asked me to go out of kindness and that was all. I saw you Demetri, whilst I was having a walk in the back garden.”
“You don’t know what you saw and if you was over Jake you wouldn’t have gone to a party with him.”
“He begged me to go and I went as a favour to him.”
“Then you’re not fully over him.”
“But I am over him.”
She was near to tears and tried desperately to make him understand.
“It doesn’t matter, it won’t make me change my mind. You went out with him. That’s enough for me.”
She was shocked to hear him say this. Tears threatened to overwhelm her, but she was determined that she wouldn’t reveal them in front of Demetri.
“Does that mean you’ve found someone else?” she asked, as she closed her eyes for a moment and hoped he’d say no.
“Phillipa, I see lots of women all the time. One woman can never be enough for me. Now go. I have to get ready for work.” He closed the door in her face and she ran down the beach sobbing to herself. She was utterly heart broken.