Jack rushed straight at sailor and separated him from linda with a heavy blow.
‘are you alright?’ he asked a very shakened linda. She nodded yes.
He turned face sailor who had managed to get back to his feet and dealth him some blows with both hands continuously until Linda stopped him.
‘please,stop it Jack’ she cried as sailor’s eyes had been hidden by the red colour of his blood.
Jack glared at sailor on the ground and spat on him. He turned towards Linda,pulling her close to him the walked out of the room.
An uncomfortable silence filled the room while both Linda and Jack stared at their toes.
She couldn’t stop to thank him in her mind but her lips couldn’t say the word. Each time she tried to bring herself to say it,she remembered his irksome actions.
‘Linda?’ he called in soft tone ‘Linda look at me’
she remained fixed in her position unsure of what to do.
He placed his hands on her shoulder mildly and turned her half way towards him.
‘why are you here? What did my brother do?’ he asked.
She raised her head and her eyes completely fell in his gaze. She searched them for the answers but she couldn’t find any. She suspected he must have know about Tom and the lady but she couldn’t be sure.
‘i caught him with a lady’ She responded and relaxed when she saw the shock on Tom’s face.
‘Tell me you are joking’ he waited for an answer,when he got none,he continued. ‘are you sure you know what you saw..i mean Tom would ne-‘
‘i know what i saw’ she snapped at him. ‘am sorry’ she said gently this time.’it was the lady at the restaurant’
‘hmm.why didn’t you tell me?’ he queried.
‘you?’ she scoffed. ‘how can i trust you Jack?you?’ her eyes went cloudy
‘hmm’ he sighed ‘ i know you it’s because of the truth or dare incident. Well,i did it for you.’
‘you did it for me?how?’
‘so you could be that thoughtful?’ Linda asked Jack as she still digested what he had just told her.
‘you will be surprised’ he smiled proudly and silence overhauled the room.
Linda challenged her mind to find a flaw in his excuse but there was also a good explaination for it. So many questions bombarded her mind. She broke the silence.
‘How about Anne? Didn’t you care if it broke her engagement or now,marriage?’ she asked.
‘i knew it wouldn’t’ he said confidently.
‘How could you be so sure?’ she asked again
‘I knew they weren’t going to stay forever. Out of mind,out of sight. Or how is it said?’ he paused to think,then he continued. ‘out of sight,out of mind. I knew if Peter didn’t see me any longer he wouldn’t feel threatened but Tom would definitely not get over it. For goodness sake i am his brother and i will always visit’
‘hmmm’ she sighed. ‘quite a story’ she commented.
‘a true story at that’ he added,smiling.
‘Yes! How about that time you stole her away very early in the morning?’ she quickly chipped in.
‘huh?’ he asked as though he had forgotten.
‘The rehersal dinner day. You took Anne away from the house before anyone woke up’ she jogged his memory.
‘but i told you before i left’ he teased.
‘that’s not the point’ she said frustratedly. ‘where did you guys go to?’
‘a church’
‘a church?’ her mouth dropped open
‘yes a church. Is that so hard to believe?’ Jack asked,feigning to be hurt.
‘i just never figured you could pass through the doors of a church’ she laughed.
‘well i do go to church…..sometime’ he frowned. ‘that’s where i took her to’
‘kayy… So why?’ Linda asked.
‘it’s something she does to remember her dad. It was his memorial that day so i just figured to go with her’
‘if that’s true,why didn’t you just say so to peter’ she asked with a suspicious look.
‘And make him feel more jealous? Moreover Tom already told me about the excuse you guys gave out. Didn’t want to ruin it.’ he said.
‘hmmm’ she sighed ‘well thanks’ she said tenderly
‘you are welcome’ he chipped in a smile. ‘so let’s talk about whatever happened with Tom’
‘Don’t’ her eyes grew cloudy again. ‘please don’t. Atleast not now’
‘okay’ he said huskily and moved closer to her.
He wrapped his muscular arm around her and pulled her gently towards him.
‘don’t worry’ he whisper to her ‘it will be okay’
She raised her eyes to his. They were very reasuring. She smiled and pressed her head to his chest. She could hear his heart beat. She listened to the rythm of it for long. Silence flowed peacefully around the room.
She pulled her head away from his chest. Her gaze met his. She stayed transfixed. She moved her head en route his. She could feel his warm breathe touch her skin. Her lips drew closer to his. She closed her eyes and made the last step.
She felt his hands block her lips.
‘not here linda,not now’ he whispered.
‘why?’ she asked bitterly.
He ignored the question politely and moved away from her. His phone beeped.
‘Tom is here’ he said.
‘what?! How did he know-‘
‘i texted him’…