Hellbound With You Chapter 21
The man who approached Abi looked confident and authoritative. His suit, the expensive looking watch and shiny, well polished shoes all screamed that he was probably quite a rich man compared to the men Abi saw inside this bar so far. Most of the men on the second level were also wearing suits but there was something about this man that stood out from the crowd.
Maybe it was the perfect cut of his jacket or the expensive diamond cufflinks by his wrists or his perfect hairstyle which looked like a whole tub of gel had been used to hold it in place. Or maybe it was the confident, arrogant air about him which seemed to be something that rich, entitled men naturally gave out.
Her observation was proven true when the man gave her a business card and she saw the words CEO written on it. Taking her acceptance of his business card as a positive sign, he sat down on the seat next to her and started a generic but polite conversation with her. She studied him carefully. His eyes weren’t cold as ice, unlike Alexander Qin’s. When he smiled, it looked like it reached his eyes; he didn’t smile wickedly at her, unlike Alexander Qin. His words were polite and well mannered; he didn’t threaten her, unlike Alexander Qin.
Why was she even thinking of that guy right now?! Why was she comparing this man to him? That was unfair to this man in front of her.
She then smiled back at this smiling CEO before her and made polite conversation. This was what she came here for after all, right? To be less ignorant about things and to get more experience? He looked harmless enough, even nice, so why did she feel completely different from how she felt when she was with Alexander Qin?
He spoke politely but for some reason, Abi felt a little uncomfortable. The hairs on the back of her neck stood up as if it sensed danger. She shivered, but not from the cold, and when he tried to touch her hand, she couldn’t help but want to pull her hand away from him. There was something in the way he looked at her, like he had some hidden agenda that she felt wasn’t quite right, even though he tried to act pleasant and interested in her… unlike Alexander Qin.
Abigail quietly sighed as that man’s name popped in her head again, she took another sip of her bitter drink and winced from the terrible taste. She thought she was probably overthinking things because of how things ended up last night.
So she persevered and pushed all thought of Alexander Qin to the back of her mind along with the strange feeling she had. She looked up at the man again, as she pretended to have heard the words he just said.
It seemed that the man noticed that she seemed to wince everytime she took a sip of her drink so he suggested that she try a different one. A waiter instantly hovered near them the moment the man clicked his fingers, showing her the difference in how people treated the extremely rich compared to the normal people in this place. He was also probably a regular customer and the owner looked like he made sure this man was kept happy by giving his own personal waiter when he entered the premises.
He said something to the waiter and the waiter immediately left to do his bidding. A few minutes later, she saw the waiter walk back towards their table with 4 different drinks in fancy shaped glasses and he carefully set these down on the table. The man beside her then gave the waiter a generous tip to make him promptly go away.
“Here, try these. They taste much better than that drink you’ve got there,” he said, persuasively. “This is a mojito, a cosmopolitan, an apple martini and a long island iced tea.” He first pointed to the drink that had lime and mint in it, then to the pinky red one, then the green one and then the one that looked like its name, the tea.
Abi was hesitant at first, but she decided to try it out, because this was exactly what she came here for, to gather experience, and this fitted with her goal. She took a sip of the pinky red one because it looked pretty and, surprisingly, the man was right. Compared to the drink that she thought Kelly had bought for her,
this drink was much better! Curious to find out what the others tasted like, she also took a sip of each of them and found that they all tasted as good as each other, but she liked the pinky red one the best. So she took that drink and started sipping through it as the conversation went on. She had now gained some knowledge of some girly drinks that were on offer at bars and not all of them were disgusting like the first drink she had.
She seemed to relax slightly after finishing the first c.o.c.ktail and then she moved to the next. The man smirked as he saw her reaction to the first drink she just finished. Her face was flushed and her eyes were starting to glaze over. She also seemed to be having some trouble forming her thoughts and her words were becoming a little slurred. ‘She’s quite a lightweight! This is going just as planned,’ was the thought that came with that smirk.
As she sipped her second c.o.c.ktail, the apple martini, a thought popped into the slightly drunk Abi’s head. ‘I have to tell Kelly about these drinks! These are so good! She needs to try them, too!’
As her friend’s name rang through her head, Abi looked up, her eyes zooming at where Kelly had stood a while ago but to her surprise, she couldn’t see her friend anymore. She frowned as she looked around. Where on Earth had Kelly gone off to?
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Meanwhile, at the other end of the bar, Kelly had been ambushed by a gentleman, also wearing expensive suit. She didn’t know that they were actually that CEO’s men and they approached her to distract her and keep her away from Abi.
She had been standing in the line to the bar, waiting for her turn and checking on Abi every now and again, when she saw this man cut the line in front of her.
“Hey! We’ve all been waiting our turn here, so get to the back of the line!” She was fired up. How dare this man just cut the line and then act as if he didn’t do anything wrong!
Her fists were opening and closing, as if itching to hit something. “Hey, buddy, you should move now before your nose gets broken.” She threatened when the man just ignored her, as if he didn’t hear anything at all.
Kelly’s anger was starting to kick in.
“Oho, what a brave little miss we have here,” the man said and Kelly rolled her eyes. She didn’t want to be angry in this place, she didn’t want to rage at this moment, solely because her Abi was here and she couldn’t possibly create trouble here when her little angel was watching. If she was by herself, she would easily be able to sneak away even if the bar turned into a battlefield but her Abi was here! There was no way she would let her see this reality on her very first outing!
Kelly hated announcing to the world who she was. She was the daughter of one of the country’s most prominent families but when she went out, she didn’t like being treated as someone who was privileged. She liked going out normally and being treated normally so she was used to having to wait her turn in a line and other things that normal people would have to do. She knew that one day,
she wouldn’t be able to do these things anymore once her family forced her to work at the company, so she took her time and spent it the way she wanted to; that was the deal she and her parents agreed on after all.
Kelly breathed deeply, trying her best to calm herself. It was really hard for her to do it but the thought of Abi miraculously helped her lower her skyrocketing blood pressure.
She was about to glance at her Abi again to check on her when suddenly, another bastard appeared before her. This bastard purposely spilled his drink on her! She knew he did because he had an annoying smirk on his face instead of an apologetic one. Kelly finally snapped! Why was there no end to the amount of bastards lurking around this place tonight?
The anger she was trying so hard to keep at bay burst out like an erupting volcano and she immediately grabbed the bastard’s collar with such force that the man’s eyes widened in surprise. She looked at him with furious eyes and if looks could kill, he would have already dropped dead on the ground.
Another man came and surrounded her as she pulled the man’s necktie, trying to choke him. It seemed these guys were the bastard’s friends.
“What a brave and strong, little girl. Can you choke me too, baby girl?” another one asked and all other thought, except to beat these guys until they begged her for mercy, was pushed aside as Kelly lost it. ‘Bastards! I’ll choke you all to death!!’
“Sure… how about we go outside?” Kelly smiled like a little demoness as she dragged the one she was choking, out behind her. She was consumed with her anger. She knew that she was past the point of being able to calm herself down anymore, unless she beat these damned bastards to pulp.
The men were laughing as they followed behind her, looking at each other like this was going to be a piece of cake. There were three of them, including the one she dragged by the neck tie.
Once they were outside, Kelly pushed the necktie man away from her and looked at each of the men who now had her surrounded. There was necktie man, long hair man and denim jacket man. From the bunch of them, long hair man and necktie man seemed to be the fittest looking ones, so she faced towards these two, her back on denim jacket man, and waited for someone to make the first move.
As expected, denim jacket man was the first to pounce, thinking that he had the advantage as she had her back to him, but he was sorely mistaken. A quick but strong back kick to his stomach sent him flying backwards and spurred the other two into action.
Necktie man from her left was the first to get to her, throwing a punch towards her head. She caught his wrist with her left hand as she dodged to the right and she then threw a small uppercut which landed on his stomach. Her right hand grabbed his punching arm and she used his momentum to flip him onto his back. The man landed with a heavy thud on the ground and she threw a few quick punches to his face for good measure.
She turned to her right and put both arms up in front of her to protect her head as a punch landed on her arm. She didn’t feel anything. Her anger combined with adrenalin did a great job in numbing the pain.
Unfortunately for long hair man, he left himself open after hitting her and she took advantage of it. She leapt up from her half squatting position and threw a series of punches to his stomach and face, making him stagger backwards from her onslaught. He tried to defend himself but she didn’t let him. In the end, she knocked him out with a right hook.
She turned around and saw demin jacket man coming at her and she ducked, avoiding the sloppy punch that he threw her way. Kelly quickly straightened up and threw a hard kick into the man’s groin area and when it connected, he toppled over in pain. She then went and gave him the same ‘loving’ treatment as his buddies until her arms started to get heavy.
Kelly stopped, looked around and was satisfied.
A man in a black leather jacket stood in the shadows of the dark alley and silently watched the show. He was amused and impressed as he watched her. He had seen her leave the bar with those three trained bodyguards and he thought that he could at least act like a hero saving the damsel in distress. But the result only made him laugh.
This girl was fierce and he absolutely liked that
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Back in the corner booth, the man was speaking to Abi.
“Are you looking for someone?” he asked.
Abi nodded. “Mm. I can’t see my friend anywhere. She was just there, in the line, waiting to buy a drink, but she’s not there anymore.” Abi pointed to where she last saw Kelly as she kept looking around. Worry was also starting to carve on her face.
“Do you want me to accompany you and look for her?” The man politely asked and Abi blinked because her fuzzy mind seemed to remember Kelly’s instructions; that she was to stay here and wait.
“Maybe she went to the restroom. It’s quite dangerous for girls to go to the restroom alone,” the man continued.
“Some drunk men have been known to assault girls there if one is not careful.”
Abi’s eyes circled in shock and her heart began to beat wildly. She started to worry about her friend. She tried to call Kelly but to her dismay, Kelly’s cell phone vibrated in the bag next to her. It seemed she didn’t take her phone with her. Abi looked around the bar again and still found no trace of her friend.
Taking advantage of her worry, the CEO guy stood up and offered his hand to her. “Come. I’ll help you look for her,” the man said and Abi looked at him with some hesitation but in the end, her worry about Kelly won the battle.
“Okay,” she said and stood up without accepting his hand.
“Follow me.” He smiled and Abi nodded. Her eyes were scanning the faces in the crowd so she didn’t see the glint in his eyes as he led her to the women’s restroom.
Abi’s worry over her friend sobered her up a little and when she saw the restroom, she didn’t hesitate to go in and see if Kelly was in there.
The women’s restroom was dimly lit but, Abi didn’t worry about all that and immediately called out. “Kelly? Are you in here?”
There was no answer. Some of the cubicle doors seemed to be shut but she pushed each cubicle door open to make sure. Unfortunately, no one was in the bathroom but her.
She started to feel very anxious but was unaware of the danger that was looming before her.
“Miss Chen, did you find her?” the man outside yelled through the door.
“No… There’s no one in here,” she answered back as she opened the restroom door to leave.
Suddenly, the man stepped forward, blocking her way out as he entered the restroom. Then he pushed her inside one of the cubicles and locked it behind him.
“Mister, what are you doing –” Abi tried to ask, still unsure of what just happened.
“Miss Chen, you’re so damn beautiful…” he said. His voice was husky and his eyes glimmered with nothing but l.u.s.t.
Abi froze in fear as she suddenly realised the situation she was in. Her body started to shake and her palms started to sweat as her body reacted to her fear.
She couldn’t deny that she was a little scared when Alexander Qin dragged her inside his bedroom but back then, she had been a willing participant. What she was feeling right now was a different kind of fear, the fear of being overpowered by someone stronger than her, the fear where her control and choices were taken away, the fear of being at the mercy of some unknown stranger. She was scared to death.
“P-please let me go. I don’t want this,” she pleaded.
He pushed her to the wall, roughly, and a small cry was torn from her lips.
“Do you think I’ll let you go?” he smirked. The calm and polite man had turned into a predator.
She flinched when she saw him lick his lips, as if he was about to devour something delicious. He hadn’t even touched her yet but she already felt so disgusted. She felt the hair on her body stand up as she tried to push him away from her. She balled her hands into fists and beat them on his chest but it looked like it didn’t affect him at all. He just held her by the shoulders with no intention of letting her go.
She should’ve listened to Kelly! She was warned that this was not a nice place for someone like her. Earlier, she saw a few people kissing passionately in their little corners, even as far as groping each other in such a public place but she never once thought about something like this to happen.
She thought she could come here and easily get some of this so-called experience but it turns out it wasn’t that easy at all. She thought she was brave and daring, but look at her now. Where was all that bravery and determination now?
What on earth was she thinking? That she could just walk into a place like this and find the much needed experience she was seeking because that’s what she wanted? Her head was stuffed full of rainbows and unicorns from all the romance movies and books she read that she did not even think that this type of thing could happen.
She really was so damn ignorant.
Abi had never known such helplessness until now. She was so terrified that her entire body started to tremble.
“It’s okay, baby… don’t be afraid. I promise to make you feel good,” the man whispered as his grip on her shoulders tightened.
The moment he moved his face closer to her, Abi screamed.
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“Argh!!! Let me go!!! Alex! Help me!”
Abigail didn’t know why that man’s name was the one that came out of her mouth when it should have been Kelly’s! Why would she call out for him when she knew he wouldn’t hear her?!
“Kelly!!!! Help me!!!”
The man reacted and was just about to cover her mouth when he heard a loud bang behind him! The man turned around and was about to yell at whoever was making all the ruckus to get lost because he was busy, but the words were stuck in his throat. His eyes nearly bulged out of their socket because the locked cubicle door behind him was no longer there! It looked as if the door was ripped from its hinges and thrown away to the other end of the bathroom.
“W-wha-” Before he could finish his words, he was suddenly yanked backwards and he felt himself being slammed on the cold, hard wall. The man was dazed and his eyes lost focus as his head hit the wall with a hard thud. He felt something warm and sticky start rolling down the back of his head and his hazy mind correctly deduced that that was his blood dripping down to the floor.
“Bastard! Don’t you know who I a–.”
He looked up as he said those words but a large fist smashed into his face, preventing him from finishing his words. He heard bones crack – the sound of his nose being broken – and he made a small, pitiful, whimpering noise, like the downtrodden mongrel, as his hands flew to his face to try and stop the blood that gushed out from it. His eyes were blurry and he could only see a silhouette of a man bearing down on him.
Then he felt a large, strong hand grab his neck as he was lifted up on the wall. He scratched at the man’s arm that held him but it was futile. The man’s arms were as solid as steel, effortlessly immobilizing him, as if he was just some ant in his grasp.
“Did you touch her?” the man asked, his voice filled with restrained, murderous rage. The voice sounded like a call of death that his survival instincts immediately kicked in. He felt the bloodl.u.s.t coming from this person and he knew that whoever this was would definitely not hesitate to kill him right then and there, without batting an eye. He knew that this was someone he shouldn’t mess with.
“N-no…” he choked out. “Y-you came befor-”
The man’s grip tightened, stopping his words but he persevered. He didn’t want to die! “J-j-ust her shoulders. I-I-I didn’t… j-j-ust her shoulders…”
Alex loosened his grip and the man dropped into a slump on the ground, heaving for air. Without a word, he turned to look at the girl behind him standing there, frozen, as her eyes looked back at him.
He could see a mixture of emotions in them – fear, shock, confusion – and he tore his gaze away from them as he quickly searched her body for any bruises or scratches which would indicate that she had been physically hurt. His eyes were cold, almost menacing as he looked at her. His bloodl.u.s.t didn’t diminish despite seeing that she wasn’t hurt. Instead, it intensified.
He looked at the man who was slumped on the floor, covered in blood, and Alexander’s red hot fury turned into cold, black rage. He had turned into a dark, dangerous and calculating being.
Alexander grabbed the man by the collar and made him kneel on the floor in front of him. The man had his hands on the floor before him, trying not to fall over. Without skipping a beat, Alex put his foot on both his hands – the hands that touched her – and he stood down on them, as if he was trying to break them so that he wouldn’t be able to use them ever again.
The man’s loud, harrowing scream echoed in the restroom. It was so deafening that Abi closed her eyes and covered her ears. She opened them again only to see Alex land another punch on the man’s face, rendering him unconscious, lying in a growing pool of his own blood.
A deep silence, akin to that moment when a raging super typhoon finally passed by, reigned in the room.
Alexander then looked over to her once again and slowly walked towards her. His face was still a mask of rage and bloodl.u.s.t and she couldn’t help but look away from him, her heart beating wildly. Her emotions were a mess.
When he was close enough to her, he leaned in and whispered in her ear, his voice cold and emotionless.
“Abigail… this is just a little taste of hell. I told you… You can’t handle it.”
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Abi shivered as her shoulders started to shake. His ice cold voice woke her up from her frozen shock and her body started to react.
Everything happened so fast that she couldn’t process what was happening. One second, she was inside a locked cubicle with that man and he was about to… to…
She started to breathe quickly as her heart pounded loudly in her ears, but her brain pushed through in processing the situation.
He was about to… but then the door disappeared and the man disappeared. She had closed her eyes as the man closed in on her and in the next second, she just felt air swoosh through her face and the man was gone. She was shocked but then relief flooded her entire body. The man was gone! She was safe now. He was gone…
She didn’t even think about what had happened to that man or where he had disappeared to, only that he was finally gone.
But in the next second, she heard a loud thud on the other end of the restroom, which brought her out of her dazed state. With unsteady legs, she forced herself to move, to leave this cursed cubicle and flee. She was free now and she needed to run away from this place as fast as she could. That was what her brain was telling her to do. RUN! Get away from here, NOW!
With one shaky leg after another, holding on to the wash basin, she managed to take a few steps towards the door. She took a few more steps and stopped the moment she saw that man, being held up by his neck, with his blood staining the wall behind his head.
At that moment, she didn’t feel anything. She didn’t feel angry at him, or sorry for him, or any other emotion towards him. She was completely numb. She stared at the man with blank eyes and an expressionless face.
After a while, she turned away, intending to leave, but she was stopped in her tracks again, this time from a different type of shock. She hadn’t paid attention to the man who was choking her attacker. She didn’t really care who it was, but when he turned around to look at her with those cold, cold eyes, she froze. ‘A-A-lex? W-what was he…’
She felt shocked and confused and a whole lot of other emotions as she stared at him. Her brain stopped functioning again as one thought ran through her mind like a broken record – ‘Alex is here and he saved me from that man.’
She felt like she turned into a zombie with only one focus – to eat brains – but in her case it was that Alex was the one who saved her.
The next thing she saw was Alex standing on the man’s hands and the man screamed in pain. She couldn’t take it! She closed her eyes and covered her ears, to block it all out. No, she didn’t want to listen to his screams!
When she had opened her eyes again, she saw that Alex had punched the screaming man in the face and then, the screaming stopped.
She just stared at the bloody mess on the floor, her mind blank and empty of any thought, until he whispered those words in that icy cold voice of his.
She snapped out of her zombied state and she felt her body start to tremble.
The fear and terror she just experienced finally bubbled up to the surface. She couldn’t hold it in anymore. The adrenalin had stopped pumping and her brain started working again and combined with the violent scene she had just seen, Abi’s heart trembled down to its deepest core.
Abi had never experienced anything like this in her whole existence. Ever since she was a little girl, her family never watched violent movies. She was raised ever so properly that she even looked at the tags of books or movies before reading or watching it. Her family only ever watched general patronage movies and shows and so that was what she did as well. She only read classic books, sweet romance books and sometimes, heartbreaking books. She was that girl who hid her face if she saw any violence or R18 acts on TV by accident.
She was horrified at what could have happened to her that night. She finally realised the gravity of the situation she got herself into and she covered her mouth with her hands, as if to stifle the screams that were about to come out. Her face was filled with terror and her tears started to fall uncontrollably as her shoulders shook.
Alexander saw the horror written all over her face and he turned away as he thought that the girl was now definitely too scared to even look at him. ‘Good! She should be scared!’ he thought heartlessly.
He moved to leave her be, but before he could even take a step, he felt her frail arms wrap around his waist as she hugged him from behind. He felt her head settle on his back and his shirt dampen from her hot tears. He could also feel her whole body trembling from the shock of this experience.
Alexander’s eyes turned wide at the unexpected turn of events. He had deliberately shown her the kind of violence he was capable of, the kind of hell he lived in, so why? Why was this little lamb still… she should be terrified of him! She should be running as far away from him as she could! That was what any normal, sane person would do.
Alex ran his fingers through his hair, and in the next moment, his deadly aura dissipated. He felt himself slowly relax as the rage and murderous intent from his body was expelled from it. He closed his eyes to gather his thoughts before he took a deep, quiet breath.
He turned around to face her just in time to catch her before she fell to the floor.
It seemed that she had fainted.
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Back in the alley, Kelly stood there panting, as the three men around her groaned in pain, crawling like they’ve been disabled.
Kelly clapped her hands together, as if she was trying to remove the dirt from her hands. The anger in her eyes slowly dissipated and she became calmer. The little tigress had slowly returned to a bratty young lady.
Kai, who was still there in the shadows, leaning on the wall, smiled widely. He almost wanted to clap his hands and praise her but he didn’t want to be seen by her, so he remained quiet.
The girl then started to move. She stretched her arms and cracked her neck as she started walking away.
Kai also sighed and turned around to leave when suddenly, he heard a small yelp come from her.
Kai’s head snapped back towards where she was a moment ago and to his surprise, the girl wasn’t there anymore. He looked at the men on the floor and they were all still there so they couldn’t have done anything to her.
So where the hell did she go?
Kai hastily ran towards the spot where he last saw her. He looked around but he couldn’t see her anywhere! Hooligan… where did you go?
“Ugh!! Damn it!! Damn it!!” an echoey voice cursed.
His eyes looked at where the voice was coming from and when he saw why she seemed to have disappeared, his jaw just fell.
The hooligan actually fell into a hole?! This was unbelievable. She was so cool and badass a moment ago – she might even be the coolest girl he had ever seen – but she actually fell into a hole… Way to go, Hooligan! I have no words left to describe you… Kai just shook his head in disbelief.
Kai squatted down and looked down the open hole in the alley. It appeared that some trouble maker removed the hole’s cover so that some idiot or drunkard would fall victim to it.
“Aishh! Stupid hole!!!” The girl seemed to be in pain but Kai could tell that she was trying to get up and climb up. She didn’t yell for help which he found very strange. He knew that the first word girls would normally scream out if they ever got into any kind of situation, was the word help. But she didn’t. She just cursed and struggled to help herself.
Shaking his head, Kai switched on his flashlight and once he saw her, he wasn’t even surprised anymore. She was already standing up and was about to climb up.
Kai extended his hand.
“Come, take my hand and let me help you,” he said and Kelly hesitated for a moment. She recognized that voice but she thought she might be mistaken because why would that person be here? Anyway, she didn’t want to waste time to ponder the whys and hows while she was still literally holed up.
After accepting his hand, the man effortlessly pulled her up. “Thank you,” she said without looking up as she fixed her dress. She then tried to stand and walk but she couldn’t. It seemed she may have sprained, and possibly broken, her left ankle. She winced in pain every time she put pressure on her left foot but she was determined to go because she had to return to get Abi!
She had left Abi by herself for too long and who knew what might have happened to her during this time. She was really worried and she cursed herself for being careless and succ.u.mbing to her anger.
“Your ankle…” Her attention was drawn away from her thoughts to the man who helped her out of the hole and the moment she looked up, her eyes almost bulged out. It was him! What was this person doing here?
“P-p-prince Kai? What are you doing here?” she stammered in surprise.
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Some unknown emotion flashed in the man’s eyes the moment she called him prince. “Don’t call me that. I’m not a prince.”
“Don’t lie. I know who you are,” she insisted and the man sighed. “I saw you in country –”
“I think you should go to the hospital or you might never be able to wear heels again.” He cut through her words and when she looked down and saw her very swollen ankle, her eyes widened.
“Wait a moment,” he said and then he turned around and just left.
Kelly tried to walk but the pain was excruciating. She had never been injured to this extent in her life! She breathed in and out deeply, trying to make the pain go away. Just as she forced herself to move despite the pain, a man on a black bike halted before her. It was the prince. He looked so majestic and hot that Kelly almost drooled as she spaced out. The bike, the black leather jacket, his face; the combination of all three things was a sight for sore eyes. She wondered how people didn’t stare at him everywhere he went, like how she was staring at him right now.
She snapped out of her daze when he put the helmet over her head.
“Wait… I can’t go to the hospital. I must go back and get Abi out of the bar first,” she said as she tried to remove the helmet. But Kai just put his hand on her head, keeping the helmet in place.
“Don’t worry. Alex is with her.”
“Huh? Alex… Alexander Qin is with her?!”
“Mn. He will take care of her so worry about yourself for now, Miss Hooligan.”
“Who the hell did you just call a hooligan?! Ouch!!”
Kai went up to her and put her arm around his shoulders as he slid an arm around her waist and helped her get on the bike. She had no choice but to follow. She knew she wouldn’t be able to walk to the bar in her current state. Besides, if Alexander Qin was with Abi, she was sure that nothing bad would happen to her.
“Wait… can I borrow your phone? I want to call her first.”
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Kelly called Abi’s phone multiple times but no one answered. She started to worry that something bad might have happened to her friend as she frantically dialed her number once again.
Gladly, the call was finally received after another three rings.
“Hello? Abi? Are you alright? Where are you right now? Are you by yourself? Why didn’t you answer your phone for ages?” Kelly immediately rattled her questions like a mother hen, when to her surprise, it wasn’t Abi who responded. Her first thought was that something bad did happen to Abi, otherwise why would a random guy answer her phone?! Her brain stopped working and just jumped to the worst possible conclusions because it was flooded with thoughts of guilt and worry and panic!
“She’s with me.” The voice was deep and pleasant, definitely masculine. But all he said was that Abi was with him! Who the hell was this guy? He better not have hurt her Abi! She had completely forgotten, in her panic, that the person on the other end might have been Mr. Qin.
“Hey, bastard, where’s Abi? Why are you answering her phone? Let me talk to her, right now! You have better not have hurt her or I swear I will rip your arms right out of their sockets and feed them to the wolves!” Kelly ranted like a madwoman, but she was so worried that she couldn’t help it.
She yelled so loudly on the phone that Alex held it away from his ear at arm’s length. When the yelling stopped, he held it back to his ear and spoke calmly. “This is Alexander Qin… and you can try but I think you will be quite unsuccessful,” he rebutted against her comment about tearing his arms apart, as confident and arrogant as ever. “I’m bringing her over to you. Where are you now?” he continued.
Before Kelly could answer, Kai snatched the phone from her.
“Alex, I’m going to take Miss Hooligan to the hospital… Nope. She hurt herself… It’s pretty bad, I think she broke her ankle… She said she’s happy to leave her friend with you –”
“What are… OUCH!!”
“She’s nearly dying from the pain now, Alex. We’re leaving now. Bye.”
Kai then slipped his cellphone back into his pocket and without another word, he lifted Kelly up effortlessly and put her cute little bottom back on the bike. He then put her helmet back on, hopped on the bike, grabbed Kelly’s arms and wrapped them around his waist before he finally accelerated away.
The man rode the bike so damn fast that even Kelly, the fierce hooligan, was scared to her bones. She just barely managed to hang on to his waist and she shuddered to think what other injuries she might have gotten had she not been able to hold on!
“Hey! What are you doing… Are you really going to bring me to the hospital?! You might as well bring me to a funeral home if you’re going to keep this speed up, you damned prince!!” Kelly started yelling and thankfully, it seemed like her words somehow worked.
The damned prince slowed down, but this time his speed was so damned slow that she could almost see a bloody turtle overtaking them!
Oh god! This man was definitely not a prince charming!! Argh! Was he trying to annoy me or something?!
Time ticked by but he kept the same slow pace. He didn’t accelerate at all! Kelly was inwardly fuming by this time.
“Hey, what do you think you’re doing? A damned turtle is overtaking you, look!” She complained and then she pointed a finger towards an imaginary turtle that was overtaking them on the lane beside them. “I can probably hobble my way to the hospital faster that this!”
Shaking his head, the man finally spoke.
“Miss Hooligan, if that is your wish, I can let you off here and you can ‘hobble’ your way to the hospital from here,” his elegant voice taunted her. Kelly looked around and she realized they were on the highway and it was dark and there was nobody else around because it was very late at night.
“No.” She was quick to take back her words. She tried to suppress her annoyance because despite what she said, she was in pain and she knew she needed this man’s help right now. So she restrained herself, with a lot of effort, or she might end up being abandoned here. Who knew how this prince’s brain worked? “How about you let me drive?” She tried a different tactic instead.
“With your injury? Oh sure, go right ahead,” his voice was full of sarcasm.
“I can handle it,” she insisted and the man just chuckled.
He sighed and finally accelerated. This time, his speed wasn’t as fast as a damned rocketship, thank goodness!
This man… was definitely just trying her patience!
At the bar, Alexander put Abi’s phone back in her bag and carried Abi along with the girls’ belongings to his car. No one paid him any attention as he left, as if this happened all the time in the club, as if they were invisible.
He put her in the back seat so that he could lie her down on her side. He put her bag, and a jacket on top of it, under her head so she had something to lie on. He then checked that she was still breathing. Her breathing had become steady and even. It seemed like she had fallen asleep and he was sure that it was because of the c.o.c.ktails she had drunk.
Alexander Qin now faced a dilemma. He knew where that Kelly girl lived and he was sure that he would find the key in one of the bags but… that girl was going to the hospital and he didn’t know how long that would take. Would this little lamb be ok if he dropped her off there by herself?
Left without much choice, Alex sighed. He glanced at the sleeping lamb for a long while before he started the engine and drove away.
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After some time, Abigail finally woke up and found that she was lying inside a car. Her head throbbed in pain, her mouth was dry and her vision was a bit blurry. She blinked a few more times to get a clearer picture of her situation and she began to remember the things that happened before she passed out.
She felt her hands tremble a little from the memory, but when she saw the silhouette of that perfect figure sitting on the driver’s seat, her increasing panic and accelerating heartbeat slowed down.
The man was leaning his head on the headrest with his eyes closed. She would never get used to seeing the perfection of his face. He was like a jellyfish, beautifully emitting its own light under the dark ocean, but if you touched it… you’d be poisoned. And Abigail had the strongest desire to touch this beautiful, mysterious jellyfish, even knowing that it might lead to certain death.
As Abigail stared at him, she slowly recovered from her lightheadedness. It was outrageous but she momentarily forgot that horrific experience just by staring at him.
Suddenly, the man spoke but his eyes were still closed. “Miss Chen… I hope you already learned your lesson. Never attempt this again. I’m telling you one more time; someone like you doesn’t belong in my world. You belong in your own peaceful paradise,” he said, still not throwing her a glance.
She could hear in his voice the blatant warning and she clenched her fists tightly. She felt like there was something caught in her throat and the words he said before she passed out echoed in her head. ‘I told you… you can’t handle it…’
Abigail felt the urge to cry.
She didn’t understand… all she wanted was to fall in love. All she wanted was to experience saying those three words – ‘I love you’ – to the man she loved, and to know how that would feel. Was that really too much to ask? That was all she wanted, her only wish… so why can’t things just go smoothly as she wished?!
Should she really give up now? Should she really just burrow herself back into her rabbit hole like a scared little bunny and go back to living that safe, uninteresting, loveless little life that she had been? Should she just sit still and just wait for the day when she finally leaves this world?
Just the thought of it made Abi’s heart break. She had been a good girl for twenty-two years. Was it really wrong for her to desire this? She had never asked for anything else. She never cursed God and got angry at him, nor did she ask why, of all people in the world, she had to be the one who got sick. She accepted everything and only wished for one thing…
But it seemed like that single wish of hers was like a balloon on a fragile string that was being forcefully pulled from her grasp no matter how much she tried to hold onto it. She could see it slowly fly away from her and it didn’t feel right. It was more painful than the pain she felt when Alexander rejected her. She knew in her heart that she didn’t want to give up because she just felt that she would regret it. She didn’t have the luxury for another lifetime or second chances and she was well aware that her time was running out.
“Go home and stay there, Abigail. That’s where you belong. You’ve seen the outside world and there is nothing good out there,” he added and Abi looked away.
“You’re right. The world is not always a nice place… it can be scary…” she trailed off. Her voice was weak, almost a whisper. Sadness and pain could be heard in her voice. “But I don’t agree with you that there’s nothing good out there.”
Alexander furrowed upon hearing her words. He finally looked at her as he opened his mouth to speak. However, when he saw her eyes glimmering with tears that were threatening to fall, he was forced to hold back.
“Alexander…” she called out his name in a really sweet yet sad tone. “Why did you come and save me?”
What followed Abi’s question was a deafening silence.
What happened tonight rocked her world. It was terrifying. She never wanted to experience anything like that ever again. She finally understood why this man believed since the beginning that she couldn’t handle it. Her actions and reactions tonight proved it even if she started to deny it now.
However, this man came and saved her. No matter what she said, no matter what she thought and no matter what she saw, this man came and saved her. This single act from him was enough for her to persevere and try to catch the balloon again. She decided to try again, one last time. If she couldn’t get him to agree tonight, then she would stop, once and for all. She would accept that this was probably her fate.
“I think that there is something good out there…” she lifted her hand and gently poked the man’s cheek. “You.”
Alexander’s lips parted in disbelief. He caught her wrist and held it as he closed his eyes and breathed deeply.
“Abigail, you don’t know what you’re saying,” he said and then, out of nowhere, he moved closer to her. His eyes blazed again with ice cold fire as his fingers traced her jaw. “Didn’t you see how much more dangerous I am than that man? I have and can still do far, far worse things than that. I have done things you can’t even imagine, Abigail… Believe that!”
“But you saved me.”
“I did that out of impulse.”
She ignored his words. Even if he was just being impulsive, he still saved her. And really? Out of impulse? Didn’t he just acknowledge the fact that he had some good in him?
“I believe that I’ll be fine out there, as long as I’m with you.”
Alexander leaned back, now pinching the skin between his brows.
“You don’t get it! I’m the one who’s much more dangerous for you, Abigail.” He looked at her again. His eyes were still cold and filled with urgent, dangerous, warnings. “If you become my girlfriend… I might ruin you… In fact, I know I would. You don’t know what I am capable of doing to you.”
“Why don’t we try it then? How about you give me a month? If I really can’t handle it, I will run away from you on my own.”
Alexander let out an enchanting but chilling laugh. He was speechless. He could see that light in her eyes again, that light that was blinding for someone like him, that light that he knew he could probably never kill no matter what he said or did.
“Tell me, why me?”
“Because you’re the most handsome man I have ever seen?”
He twitched, obviously not pleased. “There are tons of fish in the sea, Abigail. You’re only saying that because you’ve never jumped into the ocean! I just happened to unknowingly jump out of the water right in front of you.”
“I have seen my share of fish but you’re right, you were the first one to jump out of the water and the first one I truly noticed. You’re also the only one that has ever sparked something in me. I-I… can’t explain it. I just have this feeling that we… that I…”
… will never find another man like you again for the rest of my life.
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Alexander’s grip on the steering wheel tightened. A calculating look flashed across his cold, intimidating eyes before another chuckle filled with disbelief escaped his lips.
“What a gutsy little lamb…” He said out loud, then sighed as he lifted his hand and ran his elegantly long fingers through his hair.
“One month, huh…?” he leaned in on her and cupped her small face again. “Abigail Chen, are you sure about this one month? Are you sure you don’t want to start with small steps like a day or a week first?” The crooked and playful smile, that he showed her many times the night they first met, was now carved on his face.
“I am very sure!” Abigail didn’t hesitate. Her emotions were not easily hidden on her innocent face so Alex couldn’t even question her resolve, because he could see that she had already decided to do this. As he scanned her face, he saw a certain something that radiated from within her that rendered him speechless for a split second.
He averted his gaze to avoid her soulful, bright eyes and looked out the window when suddenly, his eyes slightly narrowed and it glimmered with something Abi couldn’t comprehend. Abi followed his gaze but she saw no one at the spot he was looking at, but then again, it was pitch dark outside. She returned her gaze to him just to see that his eyes had returned to normal, as if what she noticed a moment ago was just in her imagination. This jellyfish was emitting some new mysterious illuminations again…
“Fine. Do what you want.” Before she knew it, he finally gave in.
Abi gasped upon hearing him. This was totally unexpected. After rejecting her so fiercely before, he finally caved in. ‘What?! Really? I heard him right, right? I didn’t imagine that, right?’ were the thoughts that ran through her head.
Like a child who finally caught her escaped balloon again, Abi beamed and her eyes shone joyfully.
Alexander looked away; there were some lingering regrets in his eyes but he blinked them away. He had said it; given his word to her and that was that. He jumped out of the water and she caught him, or at least, he let himself be caught by her.
“Don’t come crying to me afterwards…” he murmured as if he was more than certain that this girl would.
“I won’t.” Abi raised her hand like a girl scout stating the preamble and Alex smirked as he lazily rested his head on his palm. The jellyfish seemed to be tired now from relentlessly swimming away from this persistent, vigorous and hell-bent little chaser.
“Uhm… where’s the contract? I want to sign it now.” Abi’s big eyes questioned him. She even seemed excited, something that rendered him speechless once again.
“Little lamb, why do I feel like you’re treating this as an exciting field trip or something?”
“That’s not it. I’m just afraid you’ll change your mind.”
He twitched. “So you actually do know that you can’t trust people so easily, huh?”
“I just learned it a while ago at that bar. I can’t trust any man’s words so easily like that.” She shuddered when she remembered that man again but the sound of Alex’s fascinating chuckle rang in her ears and it pulled her thoughts away from that terrifying experience.
“Sigh… little lamb… I really don’t know how you survived in this world this long and not been broken yet.” He looked somewhat amazed. This jellyfish had changed again. He was nothing like the man who appeared and saved her not that long ago.
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Abigail ignored his words again. She instead held out her palm before him, silently asking for the contract.
Alexander stared at her palm. “Abigail, actually… I think what you need to sign isn’t a contract.”
“I think… it should be a waiver.” He playfully smiled again and she was mesmerised. Alexander scowling and growling at her was quite outrageously pleasing to the eyes but his smiling face was just an out of this world type of incredible. She wondered how would he look if his smile reaches those ice cold eyes of his. “But we’re not going to talk about that now. I’ll give you time to come to terms with yourself one last time. You’re still under the influence of alcohol, after all, little lamb,” he continued.
“Shh… don’t worry, I already gave you my word.”
Abi wanted to insist. She didn’t want to waste any more time, but she needed to restrain herself or he might get suspicious if she acted even more desperate than this.
“F-fine,” she bit her lips.
He brought out his phone and typed something in it and then, Abi heard her phone beep.
“That’s my address,” he said, his eyes probing again as he stared at her.
“I can come here once I’m prepared right?”
He nodded and Abi stared back at him, showing him that she was already more than prepared.
“One last thing for you to know, Abigail…” his voice switched yet again to a serious and firm tone that left no room for any doubt or any other possibility. He was suddenly more authoritative than his aura already suggested, causing Abi to swallow in anticipation.
“I require my girlfriend to live with me in my house. So make sure to think about this properly, understand?”
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Abigail gulped at his serious words.
“Live with you?” she echoed, her eyes slightly circled in shock.
“You heard me,” he replied, as a wry smile played on his face again. “Afraid now?”
He waited for her reaction but…
“R-really? So we’ll be like newlyweds?” was all she blurted out, even looking quite amazed while Alexander was again rendered speechless.
What he said definitely made Abi pause, but she thought that the more time they spent together, the better the chances of her falling for him, right? So she thought that maybe, that might not be such a bad thing?
While Abi moved to put her phone away into her bag and noticed that there was another bag under it.
“Ahh… Kelly!!” She immediately shrieked as her mind was triggered by the reminder. As she started to panic, Alex informed her of her friend’s whereabouts.
“Don’t worry about her. She’s currently at the hospital.”
What he said made her panic even more! What? Why was Kelly at the hospital? What happened to her? How did he know she was at the hospital? So many questions ran through her head and she didn’t know where to start. Alex saw her immobile figure and sighed.
“Stop panicking. She’s with my friend. I’ll drive you there now so sit back and put your seatbelt on.” He spoke calmly, his voice rippling like ocean waves and it cooled her panic.
He started the engine and smoothly wound his way to the hospital. Abi was quiet but her mind was running a marathon. ‘What could have happened to Kelly that she ended up at the hospital? How badly was she hurt? Did someone do something to her? I hope it’s nothing too serious…’ and with those thoughts, her mind brought her back to the bar with that man and she prayed with all her might that the same thing hadn’t happened to her friend. No! Kelly was stronger than that. She wouldn’t fall for such tricks. There had to be another reason.
The moment Alex parked up by the hospital entrance, Abi opened the door and scrambled out of the car. She noticed that he didn’t move.
“Are you not coming?”
“Oh. Okay. Well, thank you for the ride. I’ll see you soon,” she said before hurriedly going inside the big building. She didn’t think twice about leaving him this time because he already promised her and he even gave her his home address. Besides, her friend was more important right now.
Abi found herself in the hustle and bustle of the hospital emergency department and her head almost spun. There were so many people running around that she didn’t know where to start. She looked at the long line at the reception desk, intending to ask for information about Kelly but that would take too long.
So she looked around to see if she could see any sign of her friend. In the next moment, she saw a familiar face! Not wasting another second, she beelined her way to him and was about to ask him where her friend was when she heard her name being called out.
Abi turned to the direction of the voice and she saw her friend on the bed, with one foot wrapped up in bandages.
“Kelly!!” she cried.
Completely forgetting about Mr. Black Leather Jacket, she ran to her friend and gave her a careful hug. She felt so relieved to see that her friend was ok, apart from the obvious leg injury.
“What happened?!” Abi asked.
“I fell down a hole, haha.” Kelly looked a bit embarrassed but she laughed it off – well, it was pretty funny.
Abi’s face turned blank. “Huh? Fell… down a hole?”
“Yeah, I know. Silly, right?”
Abi looked at her friend doubtfully. “How much did you have to drink?! And what were you doing outside?”
“Wha…? Ahem. I didn’t have anything to drink cos I didn’t make it to the bar! I just, uh, went outside for a bit to, uh, get some fresh air! Then I fell down a hole and luckily, Leather Jacket over there was around and helped me out. But enough about me! What about you? Are you okay? Nothing happened at the bar while I was gone, right?”
“Something did happen but Alexander Qin came and saved me.” Abi said succinctly. She saw Kelly’s expression and sighed before she started to recount what had happened.
Kelly’s expression darkened as she listened to Abi’s story. She couldn’t believe that this happened to her friend. She was so angry at that man for putting Abi through that! Argh!!! If that man wasn’t already beaten to pulp, she would have raced to him and done it herself – broken ankle and all! What a piece of sh*t, a**hole!
But, she wasn’t just angry at that guy. She also scolded herself for forgetting to tell her friend those basic rules before they went inside the bar, for letting those men distract her and for leaving her alone to fend for herself. She felt so horrible at failing her friend and not being able to protect her that she beat herself up for it.
Abi saw her friend’s anguished expression and comforted her. “It’s okay, Kelly. I wasn’t hurt. Alex saved me. I’m fine.”
Kelly felt even worse to see her friend comforting her when it should be the other way around, so Kelly manned up and pushed her self-deprecating thoughts aside and focused on Abi.
“I’m sorry, Abi. I shouldn’t have left you. Are you sure you’re okay?”
Abi nodded. It was true. She was okay. She knew that nothing bad would happen to her as long as Alex was around. His presence shielded her from being drowned by those negative thoughts and emotions that had threatened to overwhelm her. She felt calm and settled when he was around so yes, she was okay.
Kelly nodded as if she heard Abi’s thoughts. It seemed like there was at least something good that came out of this – Abi had found her hero, her dark knight.
“Wait… where did that guy go?” Kelly suddenly asked.
“That damned pri…”
In the meantime, Kai had walked out of the hospital when Abi and Kelly were talking and headed straight towards the black car parked not too far away.
Kai jumped into the passenger seat and hounded Alex.
“So? Did you become the hero tonight, aye?” he grinned but Alex’s face remained serious, more serious than ever, that Kai immediately felt that something was off.
“What is it?”
“Kai, go and deal with those lurkers… I don’t want a bloodbath tonight,” he lazily ordered and Kai immediately followed Alex’s line of sight. The moment he saw what Alex was talking about, Kai’s eyes blazed dangerously.