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SERIES: Knight In Shining Suit (Episode 1B)

Adam is sort of my cousin, but we’re not really related by blood, although we grew up together. He was my cousin’s half-brother. Ever since we were ki

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I took a deep breath and tried to steady myself. Then I slowly nodded.


“Your phone has been ringing non-stop.” He told me. “I can’t concentrate and I’ve got a pleading to submit tomorrow.”

Adam is sort of my cousin, but we’re not really related by blood, although we grew up together. He was my cousin’s half-brother. Ever since we were kids, we never get along too well. He’s too frank, too tactless. He says what’s on his mind, regardless of who will get hurt or who will look like a fool.

I don’t really know why I ended up in his apartment after my whole world fell apart. I shared an apartment with Geena, the beautiful Barbie doll in my dreams. She is my first cousin, and was my closest friend ever since I was a kid. I’ve slept over at their house more than I’ve slept in my own bed. That was why, it was just natural that we live together after college. Only that, it wasn’t really my apartment, but hers. Uncle Jack, Adam’s and Geena’s rich father, made sure they were well-provided for.  

Between the two of us, Geena was the wild one. She wasn’t always smart, but with her charms and looks, she survived all the challenges that came her way. Well, if she got away with humping my fiancé behind my back, she can get away with almost anything. Or maybe I was just too trusting… too naïve!


My ex-fiancé is an orthodontist. He was goal-oriented and ambitious. Much like me. When Geena needed a job that didn’t really have a lot of pressure, Bryan took her in. I was not worried. They both loved me. They would never betray me… or so I thought.


Back when I was still clueless, Adam had been dropping hints to me. Sometimes in a form of a very sarcastic remark. But since I was so used to him being rude, I just tuned him out.

But one evening, I planned to surprise Bryan at work. I was about to open the door when I heard him and Geena arguing. “You have to get rid of it!” Bryan said angrily.


“I’m not going to get rid of it! I may have done shameful things in my life but I will not kill my own baby!”

“Astrid will find out!” Bryan argued. 

“And you still plan to marry her after getting me pregnant!?” Geena asked angrily.


“I already spent a fortune on that wedding she planned! It was too extravagant! What do you want me to do? Call it all off?” 

“Oh, really? So you want me to call off my pregnancy instead?” Geena asked. “I can’t believe you’re even considering that! Perhaps you should have considered checking your ten year old condom before you jumped on the sofa with me!”

“Are you sure it was even mine?”


“How dare you, Bryan?” Geena fired at him. “We have been sleeping together for six months! I have never let any other man touch me except for you!”


“So what do you want me to do? Choose between my wedding and your pregnancy? It’s a difficult choice to make, you know!”

At that point, I couldn’t take any more. I barged into the room, which shocked them both. I stared at both of them, pasting a bored expression on my face.

“Oh, sweetheart… we were just having a discussion about… a patient.” Bryan struggled to lie.

I narrowed my eyes at him. “Really? Which patient? Your unborn child?”


They were both shocked to hear me say that. 

“I’ve been standing here long enough and I assure you, I need no explanations from either of you.” I struggled to keep my voice calm. “Bryan, I know it is a very difficult choice to make. A man like you will not have balls big enough to make a decision like that. So, why don’t I make it for you.” I took a deep breath. “You both stay away from me for the rest of my life! In case, you were too dim to understand, Bryan… the wedding is off!” Then I turned on my heel.


“But… I already spent a fortune on that damn wedding!” Bryan said angrily.

I turned around so I can face him. “Well, then I’ll send you all your receipts!” And I stormed out of the room.


I went home immediately and gathered my clothes and my stuff that I could fit into one suitcase. I didn’t have anywhere to go at that time. I couldn’t face my friends yet. I was too embarrassed. They already didn’t like Bryan that much because they thought he was self-centered and egoistic. I defended Bryan, saying that at least he was faithful to me. And now, this!  


Before I could even have second thoughts about leaving Geena’s apartment, I went to the person who knew what was happening even before I knew it myself. And I sincerely hoped that person considered me as family all throughout these years.

Adam never liked Bryan. He always told me that my boyfriend was up to no good, or that he only thought of himself and he would only make me cry.  


When he was suspecting that things were happening between Bryan and Geena, he would say things to me like: 

“You’re so naïve, Ash!”  


“Open your eyes sometimes and stop trusting too much!” 

“Sometimes, the people you trust the most, Ash, are the ones who betray you the deepest. Look around. You just might understand what I am saying.”


So when I came to him that night, I didn’t have to explain anything. He saw that my eyes were swollen and that I was carrying a suitcase with me. Without a word, he opened the door wider to let me in.


“How long have you known?” I asked him.

“Does it matter how long I have known?” He asked back. Although he sat beside me on the couch, he offered no arm or shoulder for me to cry on. Adam isn’t a very touchy person. But it meant a lot to me that he made me feel that he was there 

“How could they do this to me?”

He sighed. “The more important question is, what are you going to do about it?” 

“She’s pregnant!” I said.


For a while, Adam was silent. I could tell he was brewing his anger all inside him. Then finally he said, “I suppose I should beat the hell out of Bryan for getting Geena pregnant. But right now, I want to give him a shiner more for what he did to you.”

I stared up at him. He smiled, which is something he rarely does. “You grew up with me, Ash. You too, are like a sister to me. Believe it or not.” He chuckled humorlessly. “Now, what happened to Geena, she’s an adult now. She should know that her actions have consequences. I can’t beat up Bryan if Geena participated in the act so willingly. But you, on the other hand… it was not fair what they did to you.”


Adam took me in, but it had always been on a temporary basis. He’s a little of a woman-hater… I think. A woman’s presence in his luxurious bachelor flat will kill him little by little.


But I was glad that he allowed me to live with him… until I get my act together. I intended to find my own apartment. If only the rest of my friends were rich enough to rent a two-bedroom flat, I could crash in with one of them. But until then, I’ll be the parasite living in Adam’s guest bedroom.


“Are you okay?” Adam asked, giving me another gentle shake.

I nodded.

“You were in all afternoon? Aren’t you supposed to be working?” He asked. 

I shook my head. “Not anymore" 

He raised a brow. “Your boss sacked you?”


I sighed and then I nodded. “Apparently, I am no longer recommended to stand within ten feet of people who are getting married.”

“I can’t say I blame your boss.” He said. “You made this breakup the center of your universe, Ash. You have to stop this. You have to pull yourself together. Dwelling on what would have been will only make you twice the loser.”


“I’m not a loser!”

“Whatever.” He rolled his eyes. “But it looks like that from where I’m standing in. No house, no boyfriend, no job." 

“Right. Remind me to look for an apartment as soon as I can stand up.

“As soon as you get a job, you mean.” He said.

“Yes, that too.” 

He sighed. “It’s no secret that I want to keep this apartment all to myself. But right now, Ash, I’m the only one you have. I don’t have a choice. I can’t disown you. But I hate to see you deteriorating every day. A week of moping is fine. It’s been almost a month now. You’re in worse condition than you were the first time you showed up in my doorstep.”


“I… I don’t know what to do, Adam.” I admitted.


“Yes, you do. Go out with your friends. Party all night. You can sleep around if you want. Even I, won’t judge you.” He said. “Just get out of bed and stop moping.” 

“I’m not moping!”

He snorted. “You don’t convince me.”


I rolled my eyes and laid back on the bed.


“By the way, your mother called me. She asked if I’ve seen you. When was the last time you talked to her? She was very concerned.”

“Last week. Took her a long time to call you"

“Honestly, I am the last person in our family that they would expect you to run to.” He said, standing up from the bed, and then he headed towards the door.

“Adam…” I called.


He turned back to me.


“How’s… Geena? Bryan was asking her to get rid of the baby. Did… did they go for it?”


He raised a brow at me. “Why do you want to know? They can go to hell for all you care. Don’t ask again! Because even if Bryan’s on his knees begging for forgiveness, I will be the last person to tell him where you are!

“Is he asking for my forgiveness?”


He sighed in frustration. “The only reason he’ll do that is because he wants back the sixty grand he already spent on your wedding preparations!” With his last barb cutting through me, he strode out of the room.

Adam can be ruthless and careless with my feelings but somehow, I appreciate it that he doesn’t lead me on or tell me lies just to make me feel better. I can always count on him for the brutal truth. Maybe that’s why I ran to him when I found out about Bryan’s affair. Because I felt that I have been surrounded by lies for too long. And for once, I wanted the truth. No matter how painful it can be.

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