I kept looking at Lou every chance I got. She looked a lot better now since she had rested but I was still a little concerned. She had been acting differently lately but I didn't think it was anything serious. I had dismissed calling for a doctor; I knew enough myself to help.
"Lou," I murmured, taking her hand and holding her back.
"What is it, Silas?" She seemed a little aggressive, like she was fed up with me.
"I just wanted to say that I love you." I smiled at her simply, leaning forward to kiss her but she hesitated. She pulled away slightly and I frowned, letting go of her hand. She moved away, going to join the others. I watched her walk, noticing how she moved with less confidence than usual but there was something else. She seemed to have lost the spring in her step that she had had for the past day or so. She didn't seem like my happy fiancee anymore.
I shrugged it off, ignoring my analytical mind. Sometimes I hated my job since it meant that every night I'd come home and find myself picking up on little things about Lou's mood and behaviour. Admittedly, it helped me figure out when something was wrong and so I could be the brilliant boyfriend that she seemed to like but it also got me into a lot of trouble.
"Si. You coming over or are you just going to stand there?"
I laughed it off but instead of approaching them, I walked to a nearby table and sat down, wanting a moment on my own.
The one thought that was running through my head was me questioning whether I had made a mistake. Did Lou really want to marry me? Maybe I wasn't the person she thought I was. Maybe I wsn't the person that I thought I was.
No. I loved her so much. There was no question. I was doing the right thing.
I was about to get up when someone sat down opposite me. The man looked familiar but I couldn't quite place the face immediately.
"Silas. Long time no see." He muttered.
"What do you want?" I tilted my head, struggling to remember.
"Don't strain yourself." He said, looking straight at me. "I just wanted to say hello."
He got up and wandered off and I watched him leave, shutting my eyes slightly to focus my mind. When I couldn't work anything out, I decided to go back to the others.
There was a man talking to Louise, someone that I didn't know. I could see his lips rise, his eyes appeared to widen and dilate slightly but that was probably just my vision playing tricks on me. I knew that it wasn't worth the risk so I briskly strolled to her side, putting my arms around her.
"Nice to meet you," I lied to the man who looked like he was flirting with my Lou. "I'm Silas." I considered offering him my hand but didn't want to let go of her.