Hellbound With You Chapter 101 – Awake
In no time, Alexander arrived at the foot of the hill.
The place was forested and steep, but Alex found the exact spot written on the note in no time at all, as if he didn’t need to even have to search for it.
The moment he stood there, Alex’s blazing eyes fell towards the man who was nonchalantly playing the flute as he sat on the grass with his left knee folded, while he leaned against a wall right next to an old wooden door that was already decaying.
“Zeke.” Alex squinted his eyes as he glared down at him. However, Zeke simply looked up at him, unfazed, as he continued playing the flute, as coolly as ever.
Alex was about to approach the man when suddenly, his eyes were drawn towards the old door beside him.
With just that, Alex finally realized the reason why Zeke was here and why he was playing. He remembered that the last time he heard Zeke play a flute was back when Zeke was a teenager when the other kids were playing in the castle and had gotten lost.
So seeing him playing now was strange and could only mean one thing – that there was a secret passage inside that dungeon that led to this exit that only Ezekiel knew about.
Alex rushed towards the door when suddenly, the door moved as he heard a sound coming from the inside.
However, before Alex could reach it, the door fell forward, halting him in his tracks, barely missing him.
His gaze flew towards the entrance and his eyes widened as he saw someone holding onto the door frame.
“A-abigail…” he uttered as the music stopped.
Abigail was blinded by the light so her head was turned towards her right as if to hide from the bright light. She was trembling. Her mind was no longer working. She didn’t know if the brightness that flooded her eyes meant that she finally got outside or if she had actually died and had gone to heaven.
She noticed that the music had stopped. What did that mean? Was it over? She forced her eyes to open but then darkness slowly swallowed her whole before she could even lift her eyelids open.
“Abigail!” Alex called out as he caught her in his arms. He immediately looked for a pulse and he was utterly relieved when he felt her heart still beating and that she was still breathing. Alex felt like the spirit of life that had left his body entirely when he saw her collapse, had now returned.
At that moment, he didn’t even realize that he was hugging her so tightly.
“Easy, Alex… or you’ll end up squeezing her to death,” Zeke said, nonchalantly, as he stood up, causing Alex to finally realize what he was doing.
“It looks like your little lamb is not as fragile as you think, Alex,” Zeke added before he moved towards him and patted his shoulder.
Because Alex was holding Abi in his arms, Zeke swiftly managed to take the dungeon’s key from him.
“I’ll let Mira go. You can punish her all you want, but I can’t just allow you to claim her life.”
“That is not your decision to make, Zeke,” replied Alex as he stood up, carrying Abi in his arms as carefully as if he was holding a newborn baby.
“Abigail is alive, Alex. No need to spill anymore blood. Besides, if you execute Mira because of her, I’m afraid you’ll just be digging Abigail’s grave. Or, were you thinking of taking all her freedom and chaining her right next to you forever to be able to keep her safe?”
Alexander didn’t respond to Zeke’s words. The murderous look in his eyes, that started to waver upon the sight of his little lamb, slowly faded and returned to its usual coldness as he disappeared from Zeke’s sight.
It was a little dark when Abi opened her eyes again. Her entire body ached and she hadn’t even moved yet! Her eyes slowly adjusted and wandered around as her brows knitted together.
Where was she? This wasn’t her room. This was not her room at Alex’s house either.
Abi moved and immediately winced because of the pain from the cut on her left leg.
As she continued to move, a deep voice made her pause. “You’re awake,” the voice said and Abi’s head immediately turned towards her right, to the source of the voice.
“Alex… you’re back!” her voice was barely a whisper. She realized that her throat hurt a little when she spoke. However, she couldn’t think about the pain upon seeing Alex being right there next to her bed.
She felt like it had been a really long time since she last saw him. She missed him so much that she wanted to cry.
Abi immediately reached out and held his arm, as she attempted to rise so she could hug him, when Alex gently pinned her down.
“Stay put. You’re injured.” His voice sounded hoarse as if he was struggling to keep his voice gentle.
“Injured?” How come?” She said as she winced. Her voice was not coming out normally. She felt as though she hadn’t drunk any water for many days. “Water, please,” she asked.
Alex poured water into the glass and then looked at her. Abi was waiting for him to help her up but to her surprise, the man didn’t. Instead, he drank it himself!
Abi’s lips parted as she blinked at him in confusion. However, before she could complain, the man bent down and his lips crashed on hers. Her lips were already parted so he easily pried it open.
The next second, Abi felt the liquid flow from his mouth to hers, and then down her throat.
Abi felt like all her sleeping cells had been jolted awake by a lightning bolt. W-what did he just do?
Her face turned as red as a cooked lobster as she looked at him, dumbstruck.
But the man simply drank more water from the glass and kissed her again, making her drink the water from his mouth.
Hellbound With You Chapter 102 – Quiet rage
Abigail’s face was burning red. Her throat was finally better now after the third time Alex made her drink water from his mouth. He didn’t even give her a chance to decline him.
“Want more?” he asked, causing Abi to frantically shake her head.
“I… I’m fine now, Alex,” she told him as she covered her lips with the back of her hand. “I… I can drink on my own. Y-you don’t have to do that,” she stammered.
For Abi, what he did was extremely embarrassing and she felt like she’d end up being choked to death instead if he continued doing that. She thought that this man had no idea how his actions were affecting her. No matter how much she told herself that he was only doing that to help her,
her heart couldn’t take it. She was afraid she might totally forget to breathe or swallow the water if he did that again.
“What. You don’t like my method?” he asked, his fingers were already on her chin and his thumb wiping her wet lips.
“T-that’s not it.”
“So you like it but you’re embarrassed?” he bent down and stared deep into her eyes. “Answer me, Abigail,” his sweet breath touched her face.
Before Abi knew it she said the word “yes”. This man was too much. How could she say no when he was asking her this way?
“Good girl,” he replied. At that moment, Abi finally realized that there seemed to be something off with this man since she woke up. He didn’t smirk or smile mischievously at her. She noticed that he always did that even in serious moments but now, he actually didn’t smirk or smile even once.
Also, why did his eyes look like they were colder than ever yet felt warmer than before? Did something happen during the seven days that he was away…?
Suddenly, the memories finally started flooding into Abi’s head. That’s right, she and Kelly had attended the ball and then… she was…
Abi’s eyes slowly widened in both shock and horror the moment she remembered everything that happened to her. The darkness, the pain, the fear, the seemingly endless dungeon and the music… everything appeared in her head so clearly.
It was as if she just remembered a horrifying nightmare! Her hands suddenly clenched, clutching tightly on to Alex’s shirt and her reddened face instantly became pale.
The next moment, her arms flew towards Alex’s neck as they wrapped around him and pulled him down towards her. Abi hugged him as tight as she could as if she wanted to fix him permanently into her embrace.
“A-alex… I am not dreaming, right?” she asked. Her voice filled with doubt and fear.
“You’re not, Abigail.” Alex assured her.
“I… that… that dungeon… I was…”
“Mn… you made it out of that place on your own,” he replied. His hand moved towards her head and he gently patted her hair in comfort. “You’re amazing, Abigail.”
With just those words, Abi’s trembling lips and hand calmed down. The panic in her heart started to subside and her grip on him loosened up.
Alex moved and looked at her dumbstruck face.
“Everybody said no one had ever escaped from that place since it was built, but my naïve little lamb actually made it out. I think I can’t underestimate you from now on.” He pinched her cheek as Abi looked at him in disbelief.
Abi couldn’t speak for a while as she simply stared at him until Alex pulled himself up and sat up.
“You have to eat now,” he said and without waiting for her response, the man carried her carefully in his arms. “I only have one servant here and she’s pretty old. She can’t even climb the stairs anymore so I have no choice but take you downstairs,” he added as he walked out of the room.
Abi now noticed that this room where she was seemed even older than her room in her house.
Wait… where were they? Were they inside that palace?
“Ah… Alex, where’s Kelly?!” Abi finally remembered her friend.
“Don’t worry about her. Kai’s looking after her. She’s back at the hotel where you two were staying at.”
“Does she know that I am here?”
“Yes. I told her I am taking you with me. You will stay with me until you get a little better and then we will go back home. She and Kai will fly back tonight.”
“She’s alright, right?”
“Yes. Nothing happened to her.”
As Alex carried her down the stairs, Abi realized that they were not inside a palace. It seemed like they were inside a much older but a little smaller version of his house back home.
The house was not as extravagant as the mansion. Instead of being made of marble, it was made from bricks, like the old castles, but it was still well in a very good condition, considering it looked about centuries old.
“Where are we?”
Abi was surprised. So he had a house here, too. Could it be that his family was here? But the house was even quieter than his house back home!
Abi wanted to ask more questions but for some reason, she felt Alex’s mood was a little strange. He was answering her questions without beating around the bush, almost as if he was answering an interview, straightforwardly.
He wasn’t like this before. He used to tease her and smirk at her like a devil but now, he seemed to be suppressing something. She even noticed that he seemed to have to make an effort to control his voice. What’s going on? Was this just her imagination?
“Careful with your leg,” he told her as he put her down and helped her to her seat. The table in the dining room looked even more ancient than anything she had ever seen.
“Eat,” he ordered, as he scooped a spoonful of soup to feed her.
“I can do it my-”
Abi couldn’t continue what she wanted to say because of the sudden chill she felt from him. She finally realized what was wrong. This man was extremely angry and he had been trying very hard to suppress it or hide it from her. It was as if he was quietly raging.
Gazing at his serious face, Abi obediently opened her mouth and ate the food. The quietly sat there, with Alexander feeding her nonstop while Abi just obediently ate every morsel of food he gave her. Well, she was starving and needed to get back her strength so she had no complaints.
Once Abi’s somewhat awkward, serious and quiet yet fulfilling meal was over, she gazed intensely at the man before she asked.
“Alex… are you angry?”
Hellbound With You Chapter 103 – Please stay
Alexander, who was pouring her a glass of water, paused as soon as he heard her.
His gaze fell on her and then his unnatural calmness finally swayed. He put the glass of water before her, not averting his eyes off her.
“So what if I am? What are you gonna do about it? Huh? Abigail?” For the first time that day, his lips curved up.
Abi’s lips opened but no words came out from it. She moved and was about to stand up when Alex’s cold and stern voice halted her.
“Don’t you dare move. You hurt your leg.” His voice was as cold as steel. He wasn’t suppressing his anger anymore now that Abi had found out about it. His eyes were filled with cold fury.
“Are you angry with me?” Abi forced herself to ask. She couldn’t help but feel intimidated by the immense coldness in his eyes.
At that moment, Abi saw his jaws clench and then he closed his eyes.
“I don’t know,” he muttered. “Even though you’re here, alive and kicking, I’m still furious!” He ran his fingers through his hair as he threw back his head and stared up at the ceiling.
“I thought I would calm down once you woke up but… I guess… I am really not capable of forgiving after all. Killing that conniving princess might be the only way for me to calm down,” he mumbled, causing Abi to stand suddenly.
Alexander moved like a lightning towards her and held her waist. “You… are you trying to fuel my rage? I told you to stay put!” His calm façade finally broke apart completely. His voice was loud and unrestrained but Abi wasn’t concerned about his rage even though she felt chills run down her spine.
“P-princess? W-why would you want to kill her?” she stammered. What princess? Was he talking about the princess in this country?
“Because she was the one who kidnapped you and threw you in that dungeon, Abigail,” he replied as his eyes burned with anger.
“Why… why did she do that to me?” Again, Abi didn’t even flinch at the dangerous look in his eyes.
“Because she wants you dead.”
Abi felt like her throat ran dry again. Why did that princess kidnap her?
“Why? Did I do something wrong?”
Alexander’s eyes scorched from under his beautiful lashes. “You did nothing wrong, Abigail. You just happen to be my…”
“I just happen to be your…?” she pressed, trying her very best to ignore the chills she was feeling as she stared at him.
Alex pressed his lips together into a hard line. And then, all of a sudden, he bent down and carried her, startling Abi by this sudden movement.
“You need to rest now,” was the explanation he gave for his actions and Abi understood that this man was at it again, hiding things from her as usual.
She really, really wanted to know why a princess would do that to her but she suppressed herself from asking further. Alex was still angry. She was afraid that she would aggravate him further if she pressed to know the truth right now. Maybe… she would ask him again once his mood was better.
They were both quiet again as they climbed up two flights of stairs.
Once they reached the third floor, she realized that there was only one room on the floor.
“Alex, where’s your room?” she asked, breaking the silence.
“This is my room, Abigail,” he replied as he put her down on the bed.
‘No wonder this room smelled like him,’ was the thought that came to her head.
She looked around and realized how empty it was. There were no decorations or even books inside. It was a very plain and spacious room with almost nothing inside it. As she looked around, she couldn’t explain why, but she suddenly felt cold. She realized what a cold, lonely and empty vibe this room gave off.
“You don’t like it here?” Alex’s voice rang and her head snapped towards him. She quickly shrugged off the feeling and thoughts in her head and told herself that it was probably because Alex had moved out from this place a long time ago and had abandoned this room for a long time.
“No, I like it here. It’s just that… I’m surprised you let me inside your room. You never showed me your room back home,” She accompanied her words with a quick smile.
However, Alex simply paused for a long while before he pinned her down on the bed, ignoring her words again.
“Sleep,” he told her as he pulled the blanket up to her neck, almost as if he wanted to cover her whole.
Abi pursed her lips. She thought that she would at least get an answer to why he hadn’t let her see his room back home but it looked like that was not a topic she could bring up at this time either. Was this man really not going to reveal anything to her at all?
“Sleep. Don’t even think about going out because the door will be locked. I’ll be back as soon as possible,” he added and Abi saw his eyes glisten with something extremely dangerous as he glanced through the doorway.
Abi immediately thought about what he said a while ago. Was he going to that princess and…
Suddenly, Abi’s arms wrapped around Alex’s waist before he could turn to leave. “Alex… please don’t leave. Please stay with me?” she begged. Was she really not able to calm him down at all? Did he really need to go and k… harm someone for him to calm down?
“Abigail, I can’t stay with you like this,” Alex’s cold voice echoed inside the room but Abigail was persistent.
“I will try my best to calm you down. There must be some way. Just… please don’t go.”
“No, you have to rest.” The glacier wasn’t giving in at all. “I will at least let her live. Maybe it’s just because her punishment wasn’t fitting enough. I might calm down once I torture her enough with my own two hands.”
Hellbound With You Chapter 104 – Like a dying man
Alex was really burning with rage. This man in front of her at the moment wasn’t the same Alex who easily switched moods in a blink of an eye. She could see the furnace of rage he couldn’t contain.
Abi slightly shivered but she still didn’t let go.
“Now, let go, Abigail.”
She shook her head on his chest.
“You don’t need to do something like that anymore, Alex. I am fine, look! It’s only a small cut on my leg but other than that, I am fine. I’m sure she already regrets what she did, so there’s no need for you to do anything.”
“Abigail, could it be that you’re stopping me because you don’t want me to do something horrible?” He squinted his eyes as he glared down at her. He held her face as he rubbed her cheek with his thumb. “Listen, little Lamb, I have already told you before. I’m not an angel like you. I am horrible creature to begin with, doing horrible things are just –”
“No. You’re not horrible, Alex.” Abi cut through his words. Her eyes didn’t waver as she gazed up at him.
What she said made Alex stare down at her in disbelief. And then, finally, that devilish smile curved on his face. He slowly shook his head, looking up the ceiling and made an angry noise under his breath before he looked at her again. If this little lamb only knew, she wouldn’t be so quick to deny his words. He knew what he was and nothing would ever change that, but this silly girl… this silly girl was too naive for her own good.
Alex’s expression now seemed to be torn or pained or wary; she didn’t know if what she was seeing was the real emotion he was feeling. He was almost impossible to read even at times like this when he was struggling to control himself.
“Abigail… if you knew who I really am, you would run away from me, screaming in fear,” he told her, his voice now serious, as if he was sure of it.
“No, you’re wrong, Alex! I wouldn’t!” Abi didn’t even hesitate to tell him that. She didn’t know anything about him. She didn’t know what he did or what he was capable of doing. She believed him when he told her that he was dangerous but she didn’t feel that she was in danger when she was with him.
Sure, she felt scared sometimes, but that was only because his aura was very overpowering and something that she was not used to. She knew deep in her heart that he would never hurt her so knowing that, whatever happened and no matter who he was, she would never run away from him, screaming in fear. In fact, she was certain that she would be screaming in pain instead when it’s finally time for her to walk away from him.
“Please, don’t go. I just don’t want you to leave me again. I am finally with you again after one long week, so please, don’t leave me alone here.” Abi’s grip on him tightened. She didn’t even notice that her forehead was pressing against his belt. “Can’t you just stay with me? I can help you calm down.”
“And how would you do that? Huh? Abigail?”
Abi actually had no idea at all. She really didn’t know how to coax an angry Alex to calm down. This was the first time she had witnessed him being this angry.
She heard him take a deep breath and when he touched her hand, Abi began to panic, thinking that the man was going to pull her hand away and leave.
Without thinking about it, she wrapped her arms suddenly around his neck and pulled his face down closer to hers and smacked her lips onto his. She kissed him with everything she had, putting in the new lessons she had learnt into effect as she poured all her emotion into it. ‘I missed you. I need you. Stay.
Don’t go. Please,’ were the words she wanted to convey to him through her kiss so she kissed him passionately.
Alex froze. He was caught completely off guard, never expecting his little lamb to do something like this. His lips didn’t move because he was in a daze but after a second, he felt her breath enter his body and he felt its warmth run through his body, as if it was expelling all the cold, dark anger from his bones.
He felt as if her kiss brought the sun back into his dark universe and all thoughts of revenge and torture slowly dispersed like dark clouds evaporating into nothingness.
After a few more moments, his lips finally moved and he kissed her back with more force than he had done before, reveling in the taste of her lips. He kissed her like a dying man drinking from the fountain of life. He was so lost in their kiss that he didn’t notice the tears rolling down Abi’s cheeks until they landed on his face. What? Why was she crying?
Abi also didn’t realise that tears had started falling down her face. She didn’t know why she was crying either. Maybe the traumatic experience she just recently escaped from had finally caught up to her.
Maybe she just suddenly realised that she was lucky to have gotten out of that place alive and that she was very lucky to be there, at that moment, kissing this man who she thought she would never see again. Her tears kept flowing, non stop, like a never ending river and she couldn’t stop it.
When she couldn’t breathe from crying and kissing him at the same time, Abi pulled away from Alex and looked up at him with her tearstained face. Her face was just so expressive that he could read all the different emotions that ran through them. Alex cupped her cheeks with both hands and he wiped away all her tears.
“Shhh, don’t cry, Abigail,” he said softly and before she knew it, he had bent down and placed his lips on her closed eyes, kissing away her tears.
When he moved away, Abi looked up at him with all the seriousness she could muster and she said, “I didn’t know if I would ever see you again and I… Can I ask you to stay here with me, please? I just want you to hold me so that I know this isn’t a dream. Please, Alex?”
Hellbound With You Chapter 105 – Guardian angel?
Before Alex knew it, he was already on the bed, lying next to her. Her arm was wrapped around his waist as she lay on her side, with her injured leg on top of him, pinning him down well and truly.
Alex stared up the ceiling as he thought about what just happened. This little lamb actually tamed him just like that. She even made him lie next to her like this, almost as if she had turned him into her obedient pillow! What was going on? When did he become this considerate towards this little fruit? When did a kiss start to affect him like this?
Alex thought hard about this. He looked back on his reactions since the moment he found out that she was missing and he surprised himself. For the first time, he experienced how it felt to become desperate, to not be in control, almost going insane from his rage. He experienced the kind of emotions he thought he never possessed. All of these feelings were completely new to him.
A quiet sigh left Alex’s lips as he lifted his arm and placed it on his forehead. He didn’t think that these emotions were awakened by his little lamb but that she had somehow placed them inside him without him knowing it. The worst thing was that these new emotions were dangerous to have, at least for someone like him.
“Alex…” Abi’s voice pulled him back from his thoughts and the man immediately turned to look at her.
His brows abruptly knotted in displeasure. “You’re still awake? I told you to –”
“But I just woke up not long ago!” she cut through his words, pursing her lips. “I will sleep once my body needs it. Besides… I’m afraid you’ll ditch me once I close my eyes.”
“I won’t leave you, Abigail.” He enunciated every word. His mood shifted again. His gentle voice and expressions disappeared and the usual moody Alex returned.
“Were you the one playing that flute?” she asked when he looked away from her and stared up at the ceiling again.
“No, it wasn’t me,” he answered. For some reason, there was an undercurrent in his voice that she couldn’t comprehend.
“I see… If not for that person, I think I never would have found my way out –”
“How did you manage to evade those traps?” he cut her off this time. He sounded like he didn’t like what she just said.
“I used stones. I threw them in the dark and listened to the sound they made to avoid the traps. And then… I heard that melodic sound. I followed it and that’s how I accidentally found the secret passage.”
“You heard the sound while you were still inside the dungeon?” Alex was surprised. The part of the dungeon where the traps were laid down was far away from that exit where Zeke played the flute. How could she hear it?
“Mm. My hearing is my superpower. I can hear things that most people can’t.” She smiled at him, like she was boasting about her gifted talent. “Hmm… if it wasn’t you, then who was it? Ah, could that person be my guardian angel?!”
Alexander suddenly emitted an ice cold aura before he glared at her.
He cupped her face and moved his face close to hers. “He’s not your guardian angel, little fruit,” he said, sternly and unhappily. “Instead of just playing that damned flute, he should’ve just entered from that exit and opened that damn secret door to save you! That punk, I really want to skin him alive.”
Alex gritted his teeth. He couldn’t understand why Zeke didn’t just go in to get her instead of just playing the flute but then again, Alex couldn’t deny the fact that Zeke still saved Abigail, not him, so he really couldn’t complain when he himself could do nothing.
But what he did confused Alex. Alex knew what Zeke wanted but he contradicted everything with his actions and did the complete opposite of what Alex expected him to do.
“Now sleep, little fruit.” Alex put his palm over her eyes to force her to close them. However, once again, he didn’t expect what the little lamb did next.
She stretched out her hand and touched his face. “Alex, thank you for being there when I came out.”
She smiled sincerely at him and Alex slowly removed his hand from her eyes.
“You knew I was there?” he asked, surprised.
“Mm. I heard you call out my name. I knew you were looking for me. I thought that you were waiting for me outside the entire time so I didn’t give up until the end.” Her face beamed even brighter but Alex’s face seemed to have stiffened.
“Abigail… you know that this happened to you because of me, right?” he said. His voice became cold again. Since he found her, Alex thought that this little lamb’s attitude towards him would change from now on. He even thought that she would be traumatized and would finally quit once she woke up.
But she didn’t. She was right there, lying on his bed, smiling at him and thanking him.
“I know. But you were also the reason I got out of there. I didn’t give up because I wanted to prove to you that I could handle the hell you spoke of,” she said seriously.
Then in the next second, she looked up at him with her big round eyes, blinked a few times before she asked, “Didn’t I do well?” in a tone akin to a little child showing their parents that they could ride a bike without training wheels for the first time and looking for their praise.
Alex looked at her expression with incredulous eyes. Was this little fruit actually asking to be given a pat on the head for a job well done? Before he could say or do anything, she spoke again.
“But what I still don’t know is why. Was it because… they don’t like me? Are you this country’s crown prince?” she asked, her big eyes looking expectant as she waited for his reply.
Hellbound With You Chapter 106 – It will never be me
Her questions and expressions made Alex smirk. “What makes you think that I am?”
“Well… for you to be able to punish that princess, like you said you did, you would have to be someone as powerful as the royal family, if not more, right? But why did they do that? Was it because they don’t want you to marry a commoner like me?” Abi explained her thoughts to him.
She had read a few fictional romance novels about the love between royals and commoners and how the royal family would always try and break them up because the commoner wasn’t a suitable match.
However, her theory was laughed at by Alex. Was she wrong?
“Crown prince, huh?” he muttered once he stopped laughing. He looked at Abi with a playful smirk as he caressed her cheek with his thumb. “Rest assured, little lamb. I’m not a crown prince or part of the royal family. And I am not planning to marry anyone, Abigail.”
“But you would eventually marry in the future, right?”
Alex’s hand on her face paused and for some reason, Abi felt like all the lights in his eyes disappeared for a moment as he murmured.
“The future… I don’t have a future, Abigail…” he said and Abi’s eyes widened.
“W-what do you mean you don’t have a future?!” Abi suddenly panicked. She felt her heartbeat turn chaotic as she moved her body to rise.
However, Alex was quick to pin her down again. “Abigail, how many times do I have to tell you to stay put?” he scolded her but Abi was unfazed.
“It’s because you’re saying such things again!” She suddenly became emotional and Alex had no idea why. “Saying you don’t have a future… only people who are dying say things like that! Are you dying?!”
Alex was speechless. Why did this girl keep getting riled up by unnecessary things like this?
“Little lamb, do I look like I’m dying?” he asked as he pointed to his own face. His expression was filled with disbelief.
“No, but…” Abi replied after staring at him for a long while.
“What I’m saying is… I don’t have that kind of future, Abigail. Marrying someone… that’s absolutely not for me,” he told her. He sounded like he had made up his mind a long time ago and that there was no changing his mind about it.
Somehow, even though Abi’s expression finally changed and she had at least calmed down, for some reason, his last sentence pierced like a needle through her heart.
“W-why? Why don’t you want to marry? Is it because you don’t want children? Or is it because you just can’t see yourself settling down with one person? Or is it because you don’t believe in marriage?” Abi stared deeply into his eyes as she spoke.
“As for me I… That is definitely something I would like to experience… I want to wear that white wedding dress, walk down the aisle towards my soon-to-be husband and say those vows. To dance and celebrate and to live happily ever after with them,” she told him and Alex’s lips parted.
He was at a loss for words.
The truth was that getting married was supposed to be one of Abi’s wishes. This was something that had been on her mind for a long while now. What normal girl out there didn’t dream of their wedding day? But she knew that that was too much for her to ask. She knew there was no way Alex or anyone else would agree to it, so she crossed it off her list.
Abi felt a little tensed as the silence dragged on. Maybe she shouldn’t have brought this topic up. She knew she sounded crazy. She had only been with this man a little more than two weeks and bringing something up like this would surely scare any sane man away. But she was only telling the truth.
Getting married was something every woman dreamed of and this was next in line below her ultimate wish but she knew that was simply impossible.
After a minute or so, as expected, Alex chuckled noisily as he shook his head. He probably thought that she had gone mad.
However, a second later, his eyes turned serious.
“Tell me, Abigail… why are you saying all this?” he asked. His eyes were brooding and Abi’s heart skipped a beat when she realized that Alex might be starting to become suspicious.
“Uhm… well… this is… because you said you’d never marry. How can you say that when you haven’t even tried it? What if we get married and be a married couple for the rest of the month? Maybe after our trial marriage, you might change your mind and decide to marry someone for real and have a family in the future.” Abi bit her lips.
She didn’t know what she was saying anymore. She just didn’t want him to suspect anything. But her last sentence was like a sharp knife being pierced through her heart. The thought of him marrying someone else someday hurt her, so damn bad.
Alex threw back his head as he let out a throaty chuckle before he looked at her again, shaking his head. “Little lamb, do you have any idea how ridiculous you are becoming by the day? I can’t believe you are actually thinking about something like this.”
“I don’t see anything wrong with wanting to experience it,” she defended herself.
“Abigail… you’ll get married properly one day. There’s no need for you to rush like this.”
“If… I do get married one day… you’re saying that my groom won’t be you?”
“Yes. It will never be me, Abigail,” he answered and Abi almost felt like she was being strangled.
That was right, she almost forgot what Alex told her the first time they met. That he didn’t do love and that was exactly the reason why she chose him. “I told you, that’s not for someone like me.”
“Is it because you don’t want to settle down or commit to anyone?”
Abi saw Alex’s eyes glimmered with something she couldn’t comprehend.
Hellbound With You Chapter 107 – Little fruity lamb
Her question seemed to have stirred something inside him.
“Yes, you’re right, Abigail. It’s simply because I don’t want to settle down or commit to anyone,” he said as the corner of his lips curved up.
However, to Abi, his words were unconvincing. He was lying and for the first time since she had known him, she was certain about the things she saw in his eyes. She could tell that there were untold reasons why, and she wondered what it could be. Whatever it was must be something big because not wanting to get married was a big decision in itself.
“So, are you saying you will say no even if I ask you to marry me?” She knew that marriage wasn’t something to be taken lightly but… it would be nice if she could marry this man before her time was up.
Deep within her, she knew that he would be the only man she would ever want to be with, even if he didn’t love her. But after seeing Alex’s disbelieving reaction, Abi’s little hope slowly died down. Maybe it was better this way.
She knew that her wish was just impossible and she knew she shouldn’t be more selfish than she was already being. Even if Alex was the man she wanted to marry, she couldn’t possibly force him to marry her just to leave him afterward. She could never do that. She thought that Alex deserved to marry someone he loved in a proper and serious way one day, not the trial marriage she was talking about.
At that moment, before Alex could even say a thing, Abi suddenly grinned. Then suddenly, she cupped her cheeks with her hands as she blinked at him with puppy dog eyes and pouted like a spoiled little girl. “Are you saying that you can resist this cute little creature’s charm?” she asked in a cute and playful way, referring to herself.
She then turned up the cuteness level by 200% as she rubbed her head on his chest like a little kitten and looked up at him. “How about now? Will you still reject me if I asked you to marry me?” she asked playfully and then she cleared her throat. “Ahem… Alexander Qin, will you marry me, your little fruity lamb?” She said these words in a way that clearly told him she was just playing around.
She was trying to lift the mood to make him think that her words about a trial marriage were nothing serious.
Fortunately, what she did seemed to have immediately worked. Alex fell in a daze before he let his body fall back on the bed as if he was finally done with her quirks.
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“Tch… I can’t believe that a little fruit is actually trying to drive me insane!” The man bit his lips as he shook his head as if he couldn’t believe that he just gave up the championship game midway because some little fruit annoyingly fell and hit his head. And what did she just say? Little fruity lamb?
For the first time, the man looked frustrated as he laughed and shake his head. But somehow, at that moment, Abi thought that he looked a little… cute. She never thought that this oh-so-cold and scary Alexander Qin was capable of reacting like this!!
Wanting to see that expression again, Abi was about to mischievously tease him with those words again when to her surprise, Alex pinned her down again using his strong arms.
“Stop messing around now and sleep!” His tone became serious again so Abi could only pout and stay put.
“Okay, but you have to promise me not to leave, okay?”
“I told you, I will not leave.”
Abi closed her eyes and after some time, the little lamb fell asleep. Alex turned and looked at her face. His cold eyes immediately softened as he lightly touched her cheeks and then her lips.
“Marriage, huh?” he mumbled and then his eyes grew dim before he looked away and covered his eyes with the back of his hand. He couldn’t believe that he just imagined her in a white wedding dress and he actually felt like he wanted to see it in reality.
Meanwhile at The Grand Palace…
In a secluded prison at the top most part of the northern tower, Princess Mira was gripping the metal bars as she looked at her brother, Ezekiel.
That prison wasn’t as gruesome as the underground dungeon but it was still a prison cell. This place was where members of the royal family would be held if they committed an unforgivable crime. According to the kingdom’s history, a queen who once committed treason against the king at the time was imprisoned in this place for many years until she died. This place was not a nice place at all and that was why everyone was shocked when Ezekiel put his sister there.
“Brother… how could you be this cruel to me? That girl is alive! I didn’t kill her! And yet, you’re locking me up in this horrid place?!”
“Mira, you should be grateful. You know what you did was unforgivable. If Alex had his way, your head would be dangling outside for the crows to feast out of. This is the only way. If he thinks that I didn’t punish you enough, he will come after you. I have to do this to save your life, so shut your mouth and bear the consequences of your actions. You didn’t use your brain so you have to pay for your own stupidity,” he said coldly before he turned away.
The King and queen as well as the other princesses were present to send Mira off because they would never see her again, unless Ezekiel pardoned her.
Before Ezekiel left through the door, he halted and spoke one last time. “This will serve as an example for everyone. If you want to mess with Alex, get ready for the consequences. What I’m saying is… If you don’t want bloodshed, don’t even think about taking that girl’s life. Leave this matter to me so don’t ever do anything like this again because if there is a next time, I’m not going to save anyone from his wrath.”
Hellbound With You Chapter 108 – No matter what
Abi and Alex boarded a private jet to head back home so Abi enjoyed an even more beautiful view of Country V.
The sun was still high in the sky when they landed.
When they reached Alex’s mansion, Abi was surprised to see that Kelly was already there, waiting for her with Kai.
The two embraced each other the moment Abi got out of the car. Kelly had been worried about her best friend but it seemed like Alex was quite trustworthy. Her dearest Abi looked really revitalized. In fact, her complexion was better than before they went to Country V, even though she was still injured.
“Uhm… Alex, can I take Kelly to my room?” Abi whispered to Alex and fortunately, the man didn’t hesitate to agree. Well, Kelly was already there so there was no point trying to hide anything from her anymore.
As expected, Kelly’s eyes were wide as saucers once they stepped foot inside. However, the main reason why Abi wanted to speak with Kelly was to ask her about the things that happened while she was missing. The two headed to the elevator as Kelly supported Abi as she walked. Little did Abi know that Kelly was also there to ask her what happened to her.
“Okay, I’ll speak first.” Kelly started. “Honestly, I don’t quite know what happened. I mean, it was so chaotic while we were looking for you. You may not believe me, Abi, but the entire force of Country V in that city moved just to find you. It was almost as if the king was the one that was kidnapped!”
Kelly’s eyes were wide with awe as she recounted the story. “Tell me, just who is Alexander Qin? That man was also very scary at the time. He looked like a demon who was ready to burn the entire palace if you had not been found!”
Abi was surprised. What? An entire government force in the city looked for her?! Abi couldn’t believe it.
“Kelly, are you sure? Maybe, those people who looked for me were just Alex’s men,” Abi reasoned out. Alex told her that he wasn’t a royal so there was no way he could mobilize this city’s force!
“Abigail. When have I ever lied to you? I saw it with my own two eyes, okay? All the royal guards also searched for you,” she argued.
“I’m sorry, Kelly. I didn’t mean it that way. It’s just that I am also confused because Alex told me that he wasn’t royalty,” Abi confessed and Kelly pressed her temples. Now that was a shock.
Kelly had been thinking that he was the mysterious crown prince but if he was not… then who the hell was he to mobilize this country’s force just to look for his woman?! Even the pretty prince was being ordered around by him like he was his personal knight!
Kelly was getting a headache.
“Kelly… I’m sorry for the trouble. Alex said that the one who kidnapped me was one of the princesses. I still don’t know the reason why she would do that to me. Alex said that I was down there because of him so I can only think that maybe she wanted to be Alex’s lover so she needed to get rid of me first. Alex told me that it was better if I didn’t know, that it was better for me not to know anything about him.” Abi looked down. “But… I will try to ask him again in the future.”
Kelly was in disbelief but Abi smiled, looking willful so Kelly could only sigh. She couldn’t get anything out from that damned prince so she already predicted that Abi wouldn’t know anything either. That night proved that Alexander Qin might be someone even greater than she could imagine.
She saw how the soldiers and even the royal guards obeyed his every word even though he was clearly not the king. Could it be that he was actually the real king of that country and that the Reign family were just his stand ins?
She had thought hard about this possibility but Abi just mentioned that he said he wasn’t royalty at all. However, she couldn’t logically think of any other reason why he seemed to have more power than the royal family. There were too many questions and they had none of the answers.
The only thing she was sure of was that Alexander Qin might be a shady creature; the shadiest man she had ever known.
“Okay, I understand but… Abi… are you sure about this? I mean, I just can’t stop worrying about you. You know that you might not be safe if you stay, right? Just because you have the title of being his girlfriend… people have started trying to hurt you. What if that car that nearly got you last week also had something to do with your boyfriend?”
Abi’s eyes slightly widened before she shook her head.
“That… that was just an accident,” she said but then she also remembered the stalker that Alex had beaten the other day. However,
she just couldn’t believe it. Why would they come after her? What would they get from her? The cliché plot she always read in novels was that the enemy was supposed to kidnap her and use that against Alex. But they didn’t do that. Why did it feel like they wanted her dead instead without Alex knowing? She asked herself as she shuddered when she remembered the murderous intent of that stalker.
However, Abi was not going to crumble in fear.
“Don’t worry, Kelly. Alex will protect me,” she said firmly. Even if her life was in danger, she knew that Alex would protect her, no matter what.
“Sigh… okay, fine, but please be careful, okay? You can’t afford to get hurt again. You’re lucky that Alex didn’t bring you to the hospital and just called a doctor to see you since you only passed out due to exhaustion.”
“Mm. I will be very careful.”
Hellbound With You Chapter 109 – Eleven
It was almost sunset when Abi sent Kelly off because Kelly’s parents called her to come over to their house.
Once Abi returned inside the house, she walked towards Alex, who was sitting by the fireplace.
She sat right next to him and leaned her head on his shoulder.
“Alex, you ended up not fulfilling any wishes of mine for eleven days,” she told him when suddenly, he gently pulled her head down and made her lie down on him, using his lap as her pillow. Abi smiled and she gladly positioned herself as she looked up at him.
The man stared down into her eyes.
“Eleven requests aren’t that hard to fulfill. What are your requests? Tell me and we can start but I will be choosing which request I will fulfill first because you are still injured. Who knows, you might ask me to help you fish for tuna in the Pacific Ocean,” he sternly told her with a straight face and Abi’s mouth parted before she burst out and chuckled.
“Fishing for tuna? That sounds fun.” She grinned and it was Alex’s turn to be speechless. At that moment, Abi immediately took advantage of his silence and she cupped her hands and blinked cutely at him, wanting to tease him again. “Alex, will you marry me?” she suddenly added and the already speechless man seemed to have completely lost his tongue.
He simply stared at her in disbelief before he bit his lips and pinch the skin between his brows.
Abi felt like smiling at seeing his reaction. She really found this cold glacier a little cute when he was like this.
However, the feast didn’t last for more than a few seconds because the man suddenly pinched her cheeks. “Little fruit, stop messing around or I will not fulfill any of your wishes today,” he threatened and Abi could only purse her lips and obey.
“Okay, okay… I’ll tell you now.”
Abigail was silent for a while. She hadn’t scanned her wishlist for days now but they were still clear in her memory. She saw her list as if it was right in front of her with only three ticks next to the three items that had been fulfilled. So now that Alex was going to fulfill eleven of those as he promised, she was very excited.
The excitement in her heart was overflowing that she totally forgot about the fact that she was injured.
“Okay, number 1,” she said as she gestured number 1 with her pinky finger. “I want to play laser tag with you.”
Alex’s lips parted again in disbelief. Laser tag? What the hell! That was something that had never, ever, crossed his mind!
“Rejected… next,” he replied and Abi pursed her lips. But then, the girl immediately switched gears.
“Ride a tandem bicycle with me.” She said and Alex closed his eyes.
“Abigail… why are these things even on your list?”
“What’s wrong with them? They look quite fun and romantic and something that couples do.”
Abi was about to complain but she stopped herself. After all, she couldn’t afford to make him grumpy because then he might renege on his offer.
“Let’s watch the sunset and sunrise in one day.”
Finally, one had been approved. Abi’s face immediately brightened as soon as he agreed.
“Let’s visit a haunted house,” was the next request and Alex felt his mouth open and shut as he stared down at her. However, no words came out of it. It was obvious he was utterly speechless again by her requests.
But then, after a short while, he agreed and Abi celebrated again. Nine more.
“Let’s go canoeing,” she said excitedly and Alex’s brows knotted together.
“Mm. That’s something that could be fun right?” she exclaimed excitedly as she started to imagine a beautiful scenario of the two of them in a boat together, cuddling as they floated on top of a clear blue lake.
Alex seemed to have thought about it for a while before he agreed again. That’s three!
“Let’s go to the zoo, Alex.”
“The zoo, huh…” he repeated as he leaned his head on his palm. He definitely looked like a dad listening to his daughter’s favourite things to do and places to visit. But then, he could only approve. At least, she was not asking for them to go and hunt a crocodile’s eggs or anything like that. “Approved. Next.”
“I want a horseback ride on the beach.” She grinned at him and Alex pressed his temples. Horseback ride… this girl…
Alex had been expecting more feminine requests like requesting for a romantic and luxurious date, expensive jewelry set as a gift, some public displays of affection, and other things like that but this little lamb of his was really living up to her name. Her requests were so random.
Visiting a haunted house, then a lake, then a zoo, and now on a beach. They were all outdoor activities and that was only four of her eleven requests. Was she doing this on purpose to make him eat his words that fulfilling eleven wishes in one go was easy?
Time ticked by and only two more requests were finally left.
Alex was rubbing his temple at that point. He didn’t look too excited by any of these requests at all but a promise was a promise.
“Little lamb,” he now said, instead of the usual “approved” and “next” that he was saying, almost as if he had become a parrot. He rubbed her cheeks with the back of his hand. “All those nine requests are all for the outdoors. Don’t you have a request that we could do indoors? We have plenty of time tonight.”
Abi blinked at him. Now that she thought about it, Alex was right.
“I have. Okay, my tenth request is… hmm… let’s cuddle by the fire,” she said and Alex raised his brow. For once, she requested something that interested him.
“Sure. And the last?”
“Will you m—y me?” she spouted out again but she mumbled the word ‘marry’ so that it was almost unrecognizable. Teasing him sure was fun. She never imagined that she would be able to tease him like this.
When she felt him stiffened again, she blinked up at him with innocent eyes and asked cheekily, “what? What’s with this reaction? I asked, will you read to me? What did you think I said?”
Alex was sure he heard her ask him to marry her again, especially when she looked up at him with those big innocent eyes. This cheeky little lamb was really trying to drive him insane!
“Will I read to you? Hmmm, what kind of book?” He played along with her because he mentally noted that he would get her back for her cheekiness.
“Ohh… hmm… we should choose which book we want the other to read us. For me, I’d like you to read me a chapter of one of my favorite books,” she animatedly told him, her eyes even sparkling in excitement. “How about you? What do you want me to read for you?” she innocently asked him, looking expectant.
However, the man seemed to have something naughty in his mind as his lips simply curved up. “I don’t know the title so… I’ll just get the book and give it to you later,” he answered, causing Abi to look at him with confusion. How come he didn’t know the title? She was sure he would ask her to read his favorite book! Hmm, maybe that’s not the case at all. Now she became extremely curious as to what that book was.
Abi was about to ask but she refrained since she thought that maybe the man might have wanted to surprise her.
Hellbound With You Chapter 110 – Worlds apart
After dinner, the two went up to their room to shower and change. After Abi walked out of the shower, she headed into her walk-in wardrobe and took her new pajamas out. She placed it on the bed as she smiled widely to herself. She giggled in anticipation at Alex’s reaction to it.
On the day she and Kelly had gone shopping, she had seen this in one of the shops and she just couldn’t resist buying it the moment she saw it.
Abi came out of her room dressed in her new pajamas. She thought that Alex may already be waiting for her by the fireplace so she didn’t bother knocking on the door to Alex’s mysterious room.
She descended the grand staircase and realized that the house felt really quiet as if there was no one inside the house but her and Alex. It seemed like Kai wasn’t back yet either. She tiptoed towards the fireplace, thinking to surprise Alex but he was nowhere to be found. When she arrived by the fireplace, she was the one who was surprised instead and her lips formed a big ‘o’.
It seemed that Alex had got everything ready. There was a very large, thick, soft, and warm looking rug placed in front of the fire with rose petals sprinkled all over the white rug. She saw two small pillows on the rug as well as a warm looking blanket which was folded up nicely at the foot of the rug.
There were also mini lit candles scattered on the floor by the fire and Abi of them like scattered stars in the sky. On one side of the fireplace, there was a small table with an array of fruits and a couple of glasses of water.
When Abi saw the soft and beautifully romantic set up, stars lit up in her eyes as she happily dove into the soft rug.
“Wow! It feels so soft!” she exclaimed as she rolled on it like an animated little lamb.
However, because the little lamb was in her own world, enjoying the bliss of running her cheeks along the ultra-soft rug and pillows, she didn’t notice the presence of the stern lion who had entered the room.
Alex stopped midway into the room when he had a clear view of the rolling pin on the rug because he finally saw what she was wearing. It took him a little while to process his thoughts before the corner of his lips lifted in a sardonic smile.
“Stop rolling around, little lamb. Be careful of your leg!” Abi immediately sat up, the hood of her pajamas falling over her head and covered half her face, as if she just heard a policeman, yelling at her to freeze.
She forgot about her wound again. But could he blame her? This setting was so fluffy and warm, it was impossible not to enjoy it!
When Abi turned in his direction, Alex couldn’t even fin his voice for a few seconds. This was because he finally saw the full effect of her pajamas.
“What on earth are you wearing?!” he finally managed to say.
“My new pajamas!” she said excitedly as she pushed the hood back from her head. “I saw it when I was out shopping and had to buy it. Do you like it?” she asked with wide eyes looking up at him with great expectation.
He just gaped at her. This woman actually dared to buy a little lamb onesie! He was speechless!
“Well, since you kept calling me little lamb, I figured I’d grant your wish and dress up like one,” Abi reasoned out when he said nothing, but then, she froze.
It was because she finally realised that Alex was wearing a long, s.e.xy, gray robe as he stood there, staring down at her. His hair was still a little damp and the effect was just so mesmerizing. For some reason, he gave out a strange vibe wearing those, a vibe that made Abi’s heart race uncontrollably just by seeing him.
Their outfits were like, well… worlds apart.
“Alex, why are you still wearing your robe?” she asked as she blinked at him.
Her question, of course, made the man smirk s.e.xily.
“What’s wrong with me wearing a robe? Would you rather prefer if I was n.a.k.e.d?” he asked and Abi’s lips parted in disbelief. “Okay, if that’s what my little lamb wants,” he teased and he began to untie his robe.
“Ah, no! Don’t!” she yelled as she pulled her hood over her eyes, causing Alex to chuckle. ‘This little lamb… this should be the time for her to swallow as she gazes at me, dazed, watching and waiting for me to undress…’ he complained in his mind.
“Sigh… you can look again, little fruit” he said and Abi slowly pushed her hood back, thinking that the man was only teasing her just then.
However, what she saw the moment she looked up again was his smooth, hard, chiseled abs. He had actually removed his robe!
Abi blushed and she hid her face with her palms but she did that only after a few seconds of being mesmerized by his perfectly sculpted upper body.
Alex let out a throaty chuckle before he covered the goods with the robe again and sat next to her.
“Okay, shall we start, little miss storyteller?” he asked. His face softened as his lips curved into a beautiful but mischievous smile and he ran the back of his hand slowly over her cheek.
Abi immediately snapped out of her daze because of the warmth from his touch. She looked at him and when she saw that he donned his robe again, she quickly switched gears and looked at him like she was already very ready.
This was it! One of her favorite wishes on her wishlist was now going to happen. Having her boyfriend read a book to her was such a dreamy experience that she could only imagine before. But now, it was really going to happen so she couldn’t stop her excitement from showing.
Silently beaming in excitement, Abi then sat and positioned herself, facing him. “Should I start?” she asked and Alex tilted his head.
“Hmm… Nope, I’ll go first, I think,” he replied, causing Abi to blink at him in surprise. She thought that he would do this unwillingly but he actually volunteered to go first? This was a massive surprise!
Seeing the shocked surprise on her face, Alex’s lips curved up in an even more mischievous but s.e.xy smile.
He slowly moved and whispered in her ear. “Well, I’m afraid something might happen if you read my choice of book to me so first… I better start us off.”
Abi frowned. “Huh? Something might happen?” she looked at him with intense curiosity.
“Hmm… I mean, you might end up exhausted after your turn that you wouldn’t even get to hear my story anymore.”
“Exhausted?” Abi was now confused. Storytelling sure was exhausting if you did it for a whole day but they agreed that they were just going to read a chapter each. Wait… could it be that he was going to ask her to act out the story? Or was he kidding again?
Abi shook her head. She decided not to think about his tricky words and just agree with him. After all, she was truly excited to hear him read aloud to her with that s.e.xy voice.
“Okay, sure. Here you go then.” Abi grinned brightly and then, she moved and brought out a book titled, ‘The Last Shooting Star’.
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