The plan was grand. I was to erect the tallest and the most beautiful wedding cake come June end and I was simply excited. We bounced some ideas off each other, decided on the colour combinations and design. She wished for the cake to be the best that I have ever done and she was willing to pay any amount for it.
But later after some revelations, I hyperventilated and refused to create what she had asked for. She said it was alright, she was willing to save money and pay me the due amount. I just couldn't make myself agree to take any money, well not for the wrong reasons. I convinced her to sleep on it but in the end this lady with the heart of gold came back to me and gave me the green light to bake and decorate the wedding cake of her dreams.
It was to be a three tier cake of red and gold with the bride and groom topper sitting side by side. It pained me to complete this. And with my empathy as deep as the ocean blue, I felt the hurt inside. Visions of the "could have been" played repeatedly in my mind. At times, I created my own script and played both parts, like a wannabe actress getting ready for her first audition. But after a few emails exchanged, I sincerely told her that I was only willing to do her a two tier cake instead of three. As much as I welcome the extra money, I would not let her go through this.
I was all red inside out. My fingers appeared as if I had just killed someone, stained in the colour of blood. But as I painted the gold scrolls at the side, I reassured myself that this cake was just apt for the occasion. The red represented the depth of her love for him and the gold spoke about her heart. My thoughts were further consolidated after the completed cake stood before me. I had a hunch she would be happy too, happy with the outcome and happy that she finally had the cake of her dreams on the wedding day.
Even though...it wasn't her to stand beside the groom.
To this beautiful lady with a heart of gold, I thank you for this order. And as I have only agreed to do this cake for you as an act of closure, I do so hope you will write to me again and this time you will be ordering your very own . And my promise to you is I will make it even more beautiful.