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A Lovers DestinyAn Unforgettable Love Story
By Ramona Matta
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Chapter OneThe First Meeting
Close to midnight on New Year's Eve near the Historical Sirkeci Terminal of Istanbul, one of the most famous examples of European Orientalism, the residents of the city were gathered in the center of town awaiting the countdown.
They were ready to say good-bye to the old year of 2010 as they welcomed in another. The fireworks brightened up the dark and cold night as the countdown began: "Ten, nine, eight, seven, siax, five, four, three, two, one. Happy New Year!"
The traffic was moving slowly, and it was very crowded. There was not enough room for the people who were coming and going from different directions. Not paying much attention, they often walked into each other trying to get around. Suddenly a beautiful young woman with her dark brown hair dangling off her shoulders and stunning hazel eyes came running quickly around the corner while a handsome-looking man stood by watching the new events of the night unfold right before his eyes. He bumped into her by mistake.
"Are you blind?" Sevinc yelled. Her clothes were wet because his drink had spilled on her.
Cansel answered, "What? Oh, I am sorry I didn't ..." He looked over, realizing what had just happened.
Sevinc said, "Didn't what? Look? Yes, no kidding!" She was angry.
Cansel replied, "I said I was sorry. What else do you want me to do? Bend on my knees and apologize?"
"Oh no! That won't be necessary." Sevinc gave him attitude before she walked away.
Cansel said, "Wait." He grabbed her arm, gently stopping her from leaving.
"Don't touch me!" She pulled away from him.
Cansel said, "I don't understand ... Why are you overreacting like this? It is not like I did that on purpose. It was an accident." He looked at her, waiting for an explanation.
Sevinc replied, "Oh forget it. You wouldn't understand."
Cansel asked, "Understand what?"
Out of the blue, a young man began running in their direction and stopped when he saw them talking. Aydin said, "Sevinc, there you are."
Sevinc said, "I told you not to follow me!" She looked at him, annoyed.
I just want to talk this time I promise," Aydin said.
Sevinc replied, "And I told you it is over. Now leave me alone." She remembered the moment when he tried to force her into kissing him minutes ago, and she felt sick.
"Wait a minute, who are you? And what is going on here?" Cansel asked. He looked at them both, confused.
"You! Whoever you are, stay out of it. This is none of your business," said Aydin.
Sevinc was looking at the men arguing and acting like high school kids. She shook her head before taking off again.
"Sevinc please wait!" Aydin shouted.
"She told you not to follow her. Why don't you get it?" asked Cansel.
"And I told you to stay out of it!" Aydin quickly stormed after Sevinc.
Cansel said, "Why do I care? She was rude to me anyway ..." He started talking out loud, as the confusion was in the air.
Sevinc Yilmaz arrived to her home. She lived in the Yilmaz mansion, which had amazing architecture. It was a stone building with high ceilings with crown moldings, crafted wooden staircases, and spacious rooms throughout. It was simply amazing. She was living like a princess in a dream castle only she wasn't feeling so special at the moment. Upon her arrival, she stormed into the living room. Her parents, Kudret and Aga, were there.
Kudret asked, "Sevinc? You don't look so happy. What happened? Did you have a fight with Aydin again?"
Sevinc replied, "Listen, Father, I am not marrying Aydin. It is over, and it is time for you to accept that."
Kudret yelled with an angry tone, "What! You think you can disobey me?"
Sevinc replied, "I told you more than once, Father, I don't love him the same way he loves me. I am not going to marry him, even if you have to kill me. I would rather die first." She ran up the stairs straight to her room.
Kudret just stood there, shaking his head with disappointment.
Aga said, "I will talk to her. Don't worry." She got off her chair and went after her daughter.
In her room, Sevinc was sadly crying. She had been fighting this arranged marriage for so long, and she couldn't fight anymore. Her mother came into the room to talk to her.
Aga started, "My daughter ... stop doing this to yourself. You know how difficult your father is. We can't change his mind, so please don't cry anymore." She brushed Sevinc's hair gently.
Sevinc replied, "But I can't marry a man that I am not in love with ... Why doesn't he understand that?"
Aga answered, "My marriage to your father was an arranged marriage too, and I learned to love him after all these years. You will do the same with Aydin. I am sure of that." She smiled, trying to make Sevinc feel better.
Sevinc said, "Yes, but that was a long time ago, Mother, back in your days. This does not happen anymore ... Why do you both refuse to see this?" Tears were falling down her pale cheeks.
Aga replied, "I do see it, my daughter, I do ... But how can I fight such a man as your father? With all the money and the power he has, he could destroy me if I tried to go against his word ...
"I remember when he first told me about this marriage. I objected to it. I want you to meet a man who will love you as much as you will love him. He refused to hear me out, and he warned me if I ever go against his decisions, he would kick me out of the house and I will never see you again." She started crying. "How can I bear not to see my beautiful daughter? .. For you to grow up away from me? I wouldn't survive one day." They began hugging tightly and crying together.
Kudret was still downstairs when Aydin, arrived looking for his fiancée. He asked, "Good evening ... Is Sevinc here?"
Kudret replied, "Yes, but before you can see her, you need to tell me what happened."
Aydin answered, "Nothing ... It was midnight and I wanted to kiss her, but she pulled away from me and ran off." He looked a little nervous.
Kudret raised his voice. "I told you to take it easy with her. Besides, the wedding is approaching. Once she becomes your wife you can handle things your way. Until that day comes, it is my word, not yours."
Aydin answered, "I am sorry. It won't happen again, I promise you."
Kudret said, "It is not me who you should apologize to. That would be Sevinc."
"I am afraid tonight is not a good time. Sevinc is tired, and she just went to sleep," Aga said as she came down the stairs and went back to her seat.
Aydin answered, "Okay ... Then I will come back tomorrow."
Kudret said, "Fine, we will see you in the morning."
"Good night and Happy New Year," Aydin said as he headed out the door. As he walked back to his car, he looked up to Sevinc's bedroom and stared at the balcony for a minute before he got in his car and drove away.
Sevinc heard the car leaving from a distance. He left, she thought. She felt a little better for a moment and slowly approached her window, staring at the bright moon and feeling the peace as it fell into the night.
In the town of Bebek, one of the nicest neighborhoods located on the European side of Istanbul, Cansel Demir arrived to a mansion of his own. It was surrounded by spacious land and had a stone-tiled water fountain by the entrance where a lot of history took place in each and every piece of brick made to build it. He walked in to see his mother still awake waiting for him.
Almas asked, "Son? Aren't you early?" She laughed.
"Not really ... Happy New Year, Mother." He smiled, leaned over, and kissed her forehead.
"Thank you. Same to you son," Almas said.
Cansel asked, "Is my father around?"
Almas replied, "Yes, he is in his office."
"At this hour?" Cansel asked as he walked toward the office. He knocked on the door.
Iskender answered, "Yes? Come in." He was going over papers spread out on his desk.
Cansel said, "Father! What are you doing here at this time? It is New Year's Eve." He walked up and took a seat across from him.
Iskender answered, "Happy New Year, son, but you know how it is with work and cases ... Work does not know weekends or holidays." He smiled.
Cansel asked, "Do you have court tomorrow?"
Iskender answered, "Yes, the trial of the case that I have been working on is over and the verdict will be determined early in the day."
Cansel said, "Best of luck."
Iskender replied, "Thank you ... So how was your evening? Did you have fun?"
"Yes I did." Cansel smiled while remembering the incident with Sevinc.
Iskender said, "Aha! Tell me more." Suddenly he detected a change in his son's facial expression.
"It is not important. We can talk about it later. I have to go to sleep now. Tomorrow I have to be at the police station early. The chief wants to see me so ... Good night," Cansel said as he headed out.
Iskender said, "Wait! Is everything all right?"
Cansel replied, "Yes, it should be." He smiled as he left the room.
Iskender said, "Okay, son. Good night."
As the New Year was starting, many challenges were on the way. Some would be easy, and some would be tough. Who would get which? Who would get through the hard times, and who would fall behind?
Chapter TwoLife-Changing Decisions
The morning was cold. Everything was still frozen. Tree branches and the sea's waves were not moving. There were chills in every corner of Istanbul, and you could hear the fog horn in the background of the misty dawn. It was early too. All who had to leave their homes this morning had a reason. Otherwise being indoors and warm would be the one and only choice.
Some residents were headed to school while some went to work, among them Iskender Demir. Iskender was one of the greatest defense attorneys in the city. He not only had a great reputation, but he was also a decent man who believed in the justice system. On this particular morning, he had to be in court early for a case he had been working on for weeks. A suspect named Koray Aslan was accused of first-degree murder, but Iskender's defense was that the murder was an accident. It was an act of self-defense while the suspect's wife was being raped by the real criminal. Today was the day of the verdict, and Koray's destiny would be determined. Everyone was gathered in the court room awaiting the judge's final words, but first the defense had one last thing to add to his testimony.
Iskender said, "I would like to remind everyone in this courtroom of the circumstances that led to the unfortunate death of our victim. Most importantly, he was not the only victim in our case ... There was also Koray's wife, who was being physically attacked at the time of the accidental death ... What about her? What about her rights? Wouldn't we want justice for her too? Please look into this situation as an example to things that happen every day in our lives when heroes become criminals and criminals become victims. We all want the same thing here a fair and a reasonable sentence of our victim, Koray. Thank you."
The judge listened in on what the defense had to say for the last time. Based on the evidence gathered from the crime scene and the criminal record the suspect had, he indicated that Koray was not a victim. In fact, he decided Koray was a cold-blooded murderer, and his sentence was life in prison. Everyone in the court room was in shock, especially Iskender. This was the first case he ever lost, and he was in denial of what had just happened.
At his mansion, Kudret was finishing up all of the arrangements for his daughter's wedding while having coffee in his office with Aydin. The wedding was to take place in two weeks, and he was not willing to let anything or anyone stop his plans.
Kudret said, "I know we didn't talk about this before, but Sevinc is determined to have a small wedding. That is what she told me this morning. What do you think about that?"
Aydin replied, "I don't really mind ... If that is her wish, then let it be."
Kudret said, "I want a big wedding for you two and for people to talk about it for generations. But as long as you two are in an agreement, then I will go ahead with the reservation at the Grand Hyatt Hotel."
Aydin said, "Sure. Besides, close friends and family are all we need." He smiled.
"Great, consider it done." Kudret smiled back.
Sevinc was up in her bedroom getting dressed because she was going shopping with her mother on a search for a wedding dress. She had all night to think her situation through and decided she was left with no choice but to go along with this marriage. Her father wouldn't change his mind, and if she were to disobey him, he could do some damage. She couldn't take that chance for the sake of her mother. Marrying a man she didn't love was a big sacrifice she was willing to make.
While Sevinc was coming down the stairs and talking to her maid, Aydin heard her voice and came out of the office to talk to her.
Aydin said, "Good morning, Sevinc. I was waiting to talk to you if you have a moment."
"Good morning." Sevinc looked upset with him still.
Aydin said, "Look, I just want to apologize for what happened last night."
Sevinc asked, "Really? Just apologize?"
Aydin replied, "No, I promise you it will never happen again. I just couldn't help myself because I love you so much."
Sevinc said, "Fine. Apology accepted. Now if you would excuse me, I have somewhere to be." She turned her back to him on her way out the door.
"We will have fun today, I promise," Aga said as they walked up to the car together.
Sevinc said, "Yes, Mother." She forced on a smile.
Aga said, "Trust me, once you marry Aydin and live together for a little while you will fall in love with him in no time." She smiled, giving Sevinc hope.
Sevinc replied, "We are going to be late. Let's go." She signaled to the driver to get moving.
At the police station downtown, Cansel was waiting at the office of his chief's, Hamit Sevim. Hamit had requested to see Cansel for important business. While looking through some files, the chief walked in.
Hamit said, "Thank you for coming to see me this quick."
Cansel answered, "When you called me yesterday, the subject sounded important."
Hamit said, "Yes it is ... Since you are one of the best private detectives that I work with, I want you to handle a new case for me."
"Thank you for thinking highly of me." He smiled. "What can I do for you?"
Hamit replied, "This time our case is very sensitive. We will not be investigating just any citizen in Istanbul. We will be going after a well-known figure, and any little mistake can be deadly."
Cansel asked, "So what is your plan exactly?" He was curious.
Hamit replied, "First I need you to choose one of your fellow detectives you trust the most to be your assistant on the case. You will have to rely on him while you go undercover."
"Undercover?" Cansel was surprised.
Hamit answered, "Yes, this mission will require a lot of research, and you will have to be more involved, not just investigating behind the scenes. I can't tell you anything more right now, but when the right time comes, you will be informed ... Are we clear?"
"Yes sir," Cansel replied.
Hamit said, "You can go ahead and start your first assignment by choosing your partner, and once you do that, we can move on from there."
Cansel replied, "I sure will. Thank you again."
After a long day in court, Iskender was back home now. He was devastated by the failure of his case. He didn't understand what happened in that courtroom, but he knew for sure it wasn't justice. Almas was worried about him because she had never seen him so confused before. She was trying to figure out a way to lift his spirits, even for a moment.
Almas said, "Cansel called me just now. He said he has some news for us. Do you know anything about it?"
"No I don't," Iskender answered. He looked disappointed.
"Do you think he finally found the girl of his dreams?" She smiled, hoping for that.
Iskender answered, "I don't know ... We will find out when he gets here."
"Are you still upset about this morning?" She noticed he was not acting like himself.
Iskender replied, "How can I forget? I can't ..."
Almas answered, "No one said you are going to forget this quickly, but ..."
Iskender said, "But I will not give up so easily either. If they think this case is closed just because the verdict is in, then they are wrong. I will fight even harder now because Koray's sentence was not what I call justice."
"I know you will ... You are so determined to do the right thing, and that's what I love about you." Almas come closer to him for a warm hug.
At the bridal shop, Sevinc was looking over at wedding dresses with her mother. She liked few gowns. She didn't have the desire for anything specific and forced herself to live this moment no matter how hard her heart was fighting it.
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