"Okay." She nodded. "Well, I think coming with me tonight is a good idea to relieve your stress while waiting for him."
I sighed, but I didn't react to what she said.
"Belle, don't stress yourself too much. I know my brother well and I'm sure he has a reason for doing this. He has already admitted his love for you and I believe he will never do things that will break your trust or your love for him."
I looked at her the moment I heard her last sentence. I really wanted to share with her about my 'three words' issues, but I controlled my mouth from opening. I will just let that matter remain between me and her brother.
"You will enjoy this party, Belle, I promise."
"How can you be sure about it?"
"You know me well, sister-in-law, when I say this party will be wonderful, then it will and I'm sure you will also enjoy my company."
"Do you think this party will last overnight?"
"Uhmm... I think no. Don't worry, we'll be going home before midnight."
When she noticed that I'm taking time to give my answer...
"Gosh! I think I'm going to die waiting for your answer!" she said tapping her forehead that caused me to roll my eyes.
"Fine! I'm coming with you."
"Great! We will buy outfits later after lunch."
"Oh, no, no, I think I don't have to buy a new dress. I have a lot of dresses in my closet because your brother looked like he wanted me to have a personal boutique inside our room."
"Really?" She chuckled. "But it's okay because this party has a theme, so we still have to look for a dress that fits the party's dress code."
"A dress code?"
"Yes, the bride to be is the same as you, she also loves purple, so this engagement party has a purple motif because the guy really loves his fiancee and wanted everything to be perfect for her. Starting from the motif of the venue, the food, the people invited which he made sure are only the closest to his fiancee."
"Wow! What's your friend's name? Based on your story, he seems to love his fiancee so much."
"His name? Uhmm..." I arched an eyebrow. She seemed hesitant to state the name of her friend.
"It's okay, it doesn't matter." I smiled waving my hand in the air to show her that I understand if she can't announce his name.
"No! His name is Bob!"
'Bob' I repeat inside my head.
"Hmm... okay." I shrugged.
"I love them so much. I saw how their relationship started and it's really amazing how it also grows over the year they were together. They seem like a perfect partner for each other."
'Perfect Partner'... Two simple words, but has a lot of meaning and a lot of interpretation. It can be in crime, in love or in life.
A smile formed in my lips and I didn't notice the second devilish grin that Rian gave me because I am too busy interpreting her words inside my head.
After almost three hours of wandering in all the women's boutiques inside the mall, Rian finally found the 'perfect dress' for me...well, based on her description.
I don't understand why she's so adamant to buy me a dress. The Rian I know isn't the type of girl who turns all the shops upside down just to find an outfit for such a party.
When she found it hanging on the display rack, I really uttered a silent prayer of gratitude to the God almighty. I thought my precious feet would give up on me as I felt numbness by following her around.
"Wait, I thought you said the party has a purple motif?" I asked when she handed me the dress and forced me to change into one of the fitting rooms.
"Yes! It's a plum purple!"
"But this isn't eggplant purple."
"I know and I didn't say the motif is eggplant purple."
"But you said---"
"Come on, Belle, let's not argue with the different shades of purple here. Get inside the cubicle and try on this dress so that we can see if it fits on you although I'm sure it will." She winked at me before giving me a slight push inside the small cubicle.
I just shake my head when she closed the door from outside.
"Take your time, Belle. Don't mind me here and call me if you need help with the zip."
"Argh! Fine!" I rolled my eyes when I heard her chuckle outside.
After five minutes...
"Wow! Perfect!" The first two words Rian uttered as soon as I stepped out. "You look so hot yet glamorous in that dress!"
"Really?" I asked, biting my lower lip to stifle the excited smile that formed on my lips.
"Yeah... really." She nodded grinning.
It's a plum purple dress with a hi-low hem and bare shoulders that has an elastic off-shoulder neckline that shows much of my skin. Short sleeves and a slim fit bodice, hidden zipper on the back and a floor-length hi-low skirt that adds a captivating elegance to every turn.
"I like the front skirt. It shows too much of your long creamy white legs which I'm sure would be my brother's weakness. He will immediately pull you and take you to a room... and the rest of what will happen is for you to imagine!"
She grinned, clapping her hands as the sales assistant behind her giggled. But out of what she said, there's only one word registered in my head... 'brother'.
"Is your brother also invited to the party?"
"Huh? N-No! W-Where did you get that idea?" She seemed so shocked by my question.
"Because you said---"
"Oh, what I mean is that Dani will drag you into a room when he sees you wearing that very sexy dress, but I didn't say he's invited to the party, did I?"
"Come on, Belle, stop thinking of him even just for a few hours and enjoy the party tonight, okay? And when he calls, let him know that you're enjoying the night and that he shouldn't have done those things to you. That he should have called you before disappearing for almost two days!"
I sighed trying to keep in mind her words. She has a point. I will just talk to Daniel when he comes back.
"Okay! Let's take this!" I said in a determined voice.
"Very good! That's my Belle!" She excitedly helped me with the zipper and open the dressing room door with a winning grin plastered in her lips.
"Do you want me to send one of my makeup artist friends to help you with your dress or do you want me to call Craig to help you instead?" Rian asked as soon as we parked at the private parking lot of the KI corporation building.
"What for? I can do makeup on my own, Rian."
"Of course I know, but the work will be much easier when someone helps you. Remember, it's already two pm and the party will start at five." She said checking her wristwatch.
"Okayyy." I sighed. "Craig would be enough. You don't have to call a professional makeup artist. As if the party was for me and not for your friend."
"You're wrong. Actually, the party----ohh---never mind!"
I looked at her, frowning but she just smiled.
"Anyway, do you want me to help you bring your stuff to the penthouse?"
"Nope. You don't have to, I can manage. Thanks." I shake my head.
"Are you sure?"
"Alright. I'll just call you later to pick you up. Be ready before five."
"Okay." I smiled, giving her a quick hug before getting out of the car.
I thanked her bodyguard for helping me open the door and in a few seconds, Ben was already in front of me, taking the paper bags from my hand.