"My daughter is really pretty." my Dad said teary-eyed as he looked at me as he and Mom assist me on my way to the altar.
I'm wearing a simple white dress paired with peach-colored sandals. My hair is curled nicely while a beautiful flower crown adorns my head.
Today, I, Zanaya Devon will be getting married at 19, a secret garden wedding in our backyard.
In love? Fuck No! Definitely not.
With who? Seth fucking Devon.
Sounds familiar? Well, yeah. He's that Seth Devon of SHADOW, one of the world's most famous boyband member.
And me? I'm just Zanaya Devon, soon to debut in BP Entertainment's rookie group WHISTLE but here I am, being forced to be married to a jerk like him.
A long sigh escaped my lips. I never knew how things had escalated into this.
Apparently, both of our grandparents were friends and it turns out, they promised that they will have their grandchildren get married to each other so they can be a family. It sounds selfish and old fashion really but our grandparents are the boss of our family. Even my mom and dad can't do anything about it.
On my end, hands down, I cannot oppose my grandfather, but he, I was kinda hoping he can do something about it but I guess not because here I am, five minutes until my single life would be over.
I mean, if he's actually a good person, I guess I wouldn't mind because I might fall in love with him eventually but do you know what he told me the first time we saw each other?
"Are you behind this?" he asked me a little arrogantly when both our family had left us alone in a room so we can talk and learn things about each other.
I looked at him. He's wearing a black sweater and ripped pants paired with black combat shoes.
To be honest, I was a little ecstatic when I first saw him in person. Who wouldn't? Jesus, that's fucking Seth Devon! He's like so hot and almost every female idol loves him. On stage, he's oozing with charisma and he's one of those idols that many admire and look up to. And surprisingly, we share the same last name too!
I had been a trainee for so long and of course, I'm not immune to his good looks and talent. But I guess I was in for a good surprise. It hasn't even lasted for good all five minutes but here he is, staring rudely at me as if wanting to strangle my head off.
"What do you mean? Are you insinuating that I pulled some strings so I can marry you? Is that what I think you mean?"
He smirked. He freaking smirked at me.
"I know you. I heard you're one of those girls who'd soon be debuting under BP Entertainment," he said a matter of fact.
"Yeah, and so?" I asked him, my arms crossed over my chest not believing where this conversation is heading.
"What, did you plan this so your group can hit it off immediately? Coz I'm telling you, being an idol requires hard work and I won't allow someone like you to use me like that"
My mouth hangs wide open, a loud gasp escaping loudly.
Did he just say that I'm about to use his group and him to be popular? I mean, I know they're famous and all, like internationally famous, but that was a low blow.
"Is that what really what you think?" I asked in disbelief. Somehow, I was still wishing that he'd say that he's just joking and everything would be fine but the sarcastic grin plastered on his face proves otherwise.
"I can't believe this," I muttered not for him to hear but for myself. Deep inside, I was still trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. Who knows, he may have had a bad day.
Then I heard him chuckle. Not that usual cute laugh that you often hear on their SHADOW Vlog videos but that kind of sarcastic and unpleasing to the ears.
"Stop pretending to be some kind of innocent girl because that won't work on me." he stared at me blankly.
Okay, so I'm taking back what I said. Who cares if he's having a bad day? Because right now, it's not just my day will be ruined, but possibly my future as well.
"Well then, Mr. I-know-it-all" I looked at him, my hands on my waist. "Why don't you go out this room and tell both our families that you're against this fucking marriage so we can both go our separate ways? Because honestly speaking, being in a room with you is seriously suffocating." I angrily said as I sit back on my chair not even looking at his direction.
Seeing him now makes my blood boil.
Who does he think he is for him to say things like that? I know he's famous but so what? I and my girls have trained years so we can finally debut so what right does he have to say things like that?
"If I could, I obviously wouldn't be staying in a room with you right now, stupid."
My eyes widen.
It's confirmed. This guy in front of me isn't the same person everybody thought he is.
He's just one of those jerks in dramas that I really really hate.
"Well sorry for being stupid but since you're the one with "brains" among us two, why don't you think something so we can both avoid this stupid marriage?" I told him as I quote the brainy part. I was sure he was offended because of his face frown.
Serves him right.
And then the door sprung open and both of our grandfathers came in which made us both automatically stand, side by side.
I almost grimaced when I saw how both of them smiled at us as if happy to see us together but I resist, afraid that I might upset them.
As much as I hate to be in a room with Seth Devon, I don't want my grandfather to be sad nor upset. My heart won't be able to handle that.
"Look at our grandkids, I'm so excited." his grandfather exclaimed.
I was startled when I felt Seth's hand on my shoulder, pulling me closer to him. My head snapped to his direction, unsure what he's up to but he isn't even looking.
Our grandparents then chuckled, perhaps amused by what they're seeing and I was confused as hell as Isaw Seth smiling broadly. Then I heard him whisper.
"Are you just gonna be looking at me or you're going to smile like we're doing great because I'm sure you don't want both of them to be sad, huh?"
So I had to smile, not even sure if it reaches my eyes.
Why do I have this feeling that we would be stuck into something that will bring hell into my peaceful life?
I sigh internally as I try to smile. I hope this road ahead of me wouldn't go any wrong that it has been.
*end of flashback
I stare at the man two meters in front of me. Standing on a white loose polo shirt and black pants is the devil himself, his gray hair attracting too much attention.
Apparently, both of us can't really go against our family so now we're here, in Australia, having our secret wedding.
It would be a huge scandal if the press and the fans found out about this so we had to be careful. It's not only his fans that would go mental but my debut might go downhill of this gets known to the people.
His agency knows what's happening but only his president because his grandfather had talked to him directly, the same as my grandfather so my boss knew about my wedding.
He initially opposed it but I guess my grandfather had some kind of weird convincing powers because yeah, I'm still getting married. But only our presidents knew about it, not even his members and mine are aware of our wedding.
We agreed that it should stay like that.
We both talked to our families that we'll proceed with the wedding but only our family should know because Seth is an artist and I'd soon debut.
I guess they understood as long as we get married.
To be honest, I'm not really comfortable about this because I haven't even started my career but I would be lying to people and to my members who had been there with me for years.
I must admit that he's still gorgeously pretty for a man but my mind keeps reminding me that he's a jerk and that I shouldn't fall for him.
No Zanaya. Don't ever fall for Seth Devon. He's bad news. Real bad news.
"Hey, Zaya!!!" I was startled when Cali hit me softly on the arms. I guess I was out for too long. I did not even notice that my mind was wandering to what happened a year ago. I was sure it feels like it happened just a week ago, especially after I saw how serious he looked at me earlier.
"Are you sure you're okay?" she asked worriedly. Now, all three of them looking at me with a concerned look on their eyes.
I just smiled.
They love me as much as I love them. They're almost my sister.
I promise that whatever my situation is will stay a secret, not for me for them, for the people who care for me.
Besides, it has been a year since we've gotten married. My family stays in Australia while his' stays in the province.
Seth was on tour and I'd been busy with our preparations for the debut so our family doesn't mind.
Both of our family's agreed that we handle our relationship on our own and since we're not really in favor of being together, we just pretend that nothing happens and I guess we have the silent agreement of showing our family that we're doing good.
I mean, everything's all good, right?
I crossed my finger on my right hand while my left hand unconsciously went up and touch the ring hanging on my necklace, my wedding ring.
Everything will be alright, Zanaya. You have nothing to worry about.