Hellbound With You Chapter 401 – Danger signs
Frozen still, Abi’s eyes widened as she looked at Alex. His eyes were even redder than before. Half of his body was still under water but Abi could see his shirt was ripped in many places, or more like, they had been cut with sharp blades.
The air coming from him was chilling and ominous. She could feel his bloodl.u.s.t and it gave her goosebumps. But that didn’t scare her and she immediately tried to pull her arm away from Zeke.
“Alex…” she called him.
He didn’t respond, he just kept moving. Sounds of something crumbling down under his feet reached Abigail’s ear, but the sound of her heartbeat was louder. She just wanted to run to him, to hold him. She wanted him to reach her as soon as possible.
“Alex…” she called out again when suddenly, Zeke pulled her one step back as Alex approached them.
Abi looked at Zeke and immediately protested.
“No. Don’t forget what might happen if he ends up hurting you again. It will only result in more problems,” Zeke told her, firmly.
Zeke wasn’t just being extra careful. He felt that Alex’s bloodl.u.s.t at that moment was very strong and it seemed like Alex didn’t even recognize them.
Abigail understood what Zeke was saying. If Alex hurt her accidentally this time, he wouldn’t be able to forgive himself.
“Let’s put some distance between Alex and us. Don’t act rashly,” Zeke warned her again and she could only let him pull her with him as he backed off slowly as Alex approached dry ground.
Watching him finally stand on the ground, Abi bit her lips. It was taking all her self control not to run towards him and crash into him like she had done many times before without having to think about possibly being
hurt by him. It was hard for her to restrain herself, especially when she saw him like that, acting like he was someone else again.
“It seems he’s in a dangerous mood now. Depending on the situation, I will have to keep you away until he recognizes us again.”
What Zeke said made Abi protest. No, that won’t do. She won’t stay away again and wait. She was tired of waiting!
Abi was about to protest when she saw that Alex was holding something in his hand. Her eyes widened as she froze in place.
She felt like her heart stopped. Weren’t those… did he jump in the water just to…
Her heart felt like it had been ripped from her chest and before she knew it, she pulled her arm away from Zeke.
Zeke was caught off guard. Abigail’s slim hand was like a fragile twig to him so he was trying not to hurt her by keeping his grip as loose as he could.
Unfortunately, that betrayed him. The sneaky, little lamb escaped his grasp and he didn’t try catching her again. As always, she was like a moth flying towards the fire, fearlessly,
despite all his warnings. Danger signs never worked on her. Well, what else was there to do when this little moth was in love with the fire?
With a sigh, he could only prepare himself for what would happen next.
“Alex!!!” Abigail called his name as loud as she could as she reached him.
And gladly, that made Alex lift his gaze and look at the person dashing towards him. His already red eyes burned with flames and his lips curved into a smile, like a beast mischievously laughing at this naïve prey who was actually racing to offer herself to him.
What an interesting prey, he thought and finally, she crashed into him.
Alex immediately smelled a refreshing yet intoxicating scent and a woman’s face appeared in his head. In what seemed like a split second, his eyes cleared and he regained his rationality.
‘Abigail…’ he uttered in his head and his eyes widened, realizing that the woman hugging him was indeed his Abigail.
But before he could push her back, his thirst, which was somewhat appeased from his adventure into the lake, started to burn his insides again. He smelled her scent,
not the scent that he always loved but the scent of her blood. It started to smell so strong and it was wreaking havoc inside him.
Abigail’s scent was one of a kind. Although he could smell her blood’s scent every time he kissed her, it never attacked his senses the way it did at that moment. And this time, it was worse than ever.
“Alex…” she called his name as she pulled away to look at him, still gripping his waist tightly.
“You came here to…” her tears fell. “You came here to get this…”
She began crying as her hand lifted his hand. The moment he looked at what he was holding, he froze. That was right. He jumped in the water when he couldn’t find those toys around the burnt ashes of the castle.
The memories that appeared in his head were clear enough for him that he even knew what he was thinking back then. He had thought that the toys would land in the lake and that was why he immediately jumped in the water to look for them.
He came here to get them because even though he could still not remember her, he thought that showing her these to her would at least make her happy. He wanted to show her that her efforts weren’t wasted and that he at least remembered something.
Alex stared at her as he wiped her tears away, giving the little lamb to her. “Yes. But… I couldn’t find the jellyfish,” he told her and Abigail cried with joy.
“Oh, Alex…” she was going to hug him again when Alex suddenly held her shoulders, stopping her from hugging him. His hands began to tremble and his fangs were out, hungry for blood, her blood. That hunger was back, eating him whole.
Abi held her breath at the sight of him.
“Leave…” he told her forcefully but Abi grabbed him instead, causing him to hiss.
“It’s okay, Alex,” she smiled and moved her hair to the other side to expose her neck to him. “You can satisfy yourself with my blood,” she added.
Hellbound With You Chapter 402 – Useless
Alex’s face was filled with astonishment. Never in his life did he imagine Abigail offering herself to him like this. And this was exactly what his body was dying for right then.
It made his body burn with a fire that he never felt before. Just the sight of her n.a.k.e.d, slender neck was enough to elevate his thirst to the highest degree, making him feel that not drinking her blood right then would definitely make him burst into flames.
His blood boiled in his veins, scorching hot, burning his throat. The loud thudding of his heart had turned into background music. His head was getting hazy and all his senses were screaming for her blood, his Abigail’s blood.
He cursed and cursed inside him, his rationality trying to overcome his demonic instincts, but his body still moved closer, and his head drew closer towards her nape. Her scent and the smell of her blood was so intoxicating that even his brain wavered as it registered how impossibly good it was.
As he moved closer, Abi closed her eyes, taking in a sharp breath as she waited for him to bite her. Her heart was thudding hard but she wasn’t scared. She felt like she was ready for this.
She was somewhat thankful that Zeke had told her about this beforehand so that she could mentally prepare herself for this moment.
Time seemed to have slowed down. His ragged breath now touched her skin. She felt him open his mouth and Abi held her breath as a pair of cold, sharp objects – his fangs, she deduced correctly – pressed against her skin.
Abigail was ready to feel the sharp pain of her skin being pierced but nothing came. Abi was instead jolted backwards because Alex pushed her, causing her to crash into Zeke.
When Abi opened her eyes due to shocked surprise, Alex was holding her at arm’s length. His trembling hands were gripping her shoulders hard. He gnashed his teeth,
his fangs were out and his eyes were glowing blood-red. He looked like he was in so much pain that Abi’s heart could only break from seeing him look like this.
“Take her away… Zeke…” he uttered, his voice deep and forced as he shoved her into Zeke’s chest.
Abi shook her head. “Alex please… it’s okay. I’m really fine with it. I’ll be fine,” Abi protested.
“No!” he hissed, not giving in. “Don’t worry. I’ll be fine once the sun rises,” his voice died down before he peeked through his wet hair, flashing a forced smirk at her.
“I’ll just go and… and search for that jellyfish. I’ll be fine once… once I find him, I think,” he said. He slowly let her go but Abi grabbed him once again and wrapped her arms around his waist, gripping him as tightly as she could.
She was determined not to let him go. There were still many hours to go before the sun was due to make an appearance so she could tell that he was planning to stay underwater until that time.
How could she let him do that, suffer like that when she could help him relieve his pain?
“No, please. Quit it, Alex. Please stop hurting yourself. That’s enough. I can’t take it when you’re hurting like this. It’s killing me,” Abi wept. Even though Alex couldn’t die from those injuries he was inflicting on himself,
even though he said he was used to it all, Abi couldn’t accept it. She couldn’t help but imagine his body covered with many cuts and scratches from his first dive.
It wasn’t hard when she saw his clothes already tattered like shredded paper. He had been going through all this pain over and over again for god knew how many years so enough was enough! She wanted to stop it. She wanted to put an end to this. She didn’t want Alex to hurt himself anymore.
She heard him groan and he reached out to Zeke, who was still standing behind Abigail. Alex grabbed Zeke’s shoulder as he hissed at him.
“Get her away from me, Zeke!” he ordered causing the girl between them to glue herself even more to Alex’s torso.
“I said no!! I’m not going to let go!! Don’t worry about the jellyfish, Alex. It’s okay, you don’t need to look for it anymore.”
“No, Abigail. I have to find him. He’ll be lonely if we leave him down there,” Alex reasoned, smirking again despite his pitiful situation, but Abigail wasn’t buying it and she retorted.
“Then let Zeke and the others find it, Alex,” she told him, saying whatever popped into her head to make him stop, but…
“Hell no,” Zeke suddenly piped in, causing the god of silence to pass by above them for a moment. “I’m not going to risk myself or my men just to find a damn toy!” he added firmly.
Alex let out a pained throaty chuckle. “See? Only I can save that little jellyfish so let go now, Abigail.”
Abi looked at him, eyes unwavering. “No. I’m not going to let you go without you having a drink of my blood. Please, let’s stop all this and just bite me. I won’t let go. Never. Over my dead body.”
Her last line seemed to have made Alex finally realize it was futile. Besides, he had long reached his limit. His thirst for her was now beyond his control.
He couldn’t even leap away or push her away again because his body was now moving on its own. And he was really going for it now. The last thread of his self-control finally snapped.
No matter how much he struggled, it was all useless. He was losing against his body again and this was what he hated the most; when his body defeated him no matter how much he tried to go against it.
He despised it because he felt like someone else owned his body and not him. And even now, even though this was about Abigail, he couldn’t believe that his will could make no difference. He was still going to lose against himself once again.
Hellbound With You Chapter 403 – Royal
His fangs were already out and he almost salivated from imagining the taste of her blood on his tongue. He could tell from the smell of her blood that it would taste like heaven, and would possibly be the sweetest thing he had ever tasted.
He bent down slowly, caressing her neck with his breath and touched his nose on that sweet spot where her pulse was most visible. He inhaled and he felt like he had been kicked in the guts as her sweetness hit him. It was so good. He opened his mouth and a second later, his tongue escaped and he licked her, savouring the taste.
Abigail’s body shivered from the sensation. That part of her neck felt so sensitive because all her attention was on that one spot, anticipating his lips on her skin and his teeth sinking into her. She closed her eyes as she saw him bend down further and she bit her lips. This was it.
His teeth scratched her skin and just as his fangs were about to pierce through her skin, Alex’s hand flew like lightning to grab Zeke’s collar, pulling him in without warning, and in a split second, Alex’s fangs pierced through Zeke’s skin.
The world seemed to have stood still.
Zeke’s men saw what had happened but there was nothing they could do. They never expected that something like this would happen! Shock was too weak a word to describe what they were feeling at that moment.
Abi also opened her eyes when she felt herself being sandwiched between them. The shock on her face was evident when she realized it wasn’t her that Alex had bitten, but Zeke.
“Shit!” Zeke groaned. He had utterly been caught off guard. He did not see this coming. No, he did see Alex’s hand reach out towards him but Alex was just too fast.
That was probably the peak of Alex’s speed that Zeke had witnessed until now. That move surprised Zeke that it took him a bit longer to register what was happening and in that split second, Alex had already grabbed him and pulled him in.
He could only curse within him. This was bad!
Zeke was aware of the many different stories about Alex’s past. He had read them from the many books that were written about him and also through the previous king’s stories.
Alex never talked about his past but Zeke believed that the stories about him were real. He was even able to confirm it through the witches about a hundred or so years ago.
It was said that during Alex’s reign, he had turned the vampire’s royal family into his servants. One of the reasons why he didn’t execute them, despite his hatred of the royal family back then,
was because of their blood. The royal family’s blood was like a magic potion back then and he desired their blood because he considered it like the most luxurious wine for him.
And unlike humans and common vampires, where Alex only liked women’s blood, the royal blood, whether it was men or women, tasted the same to him.
Since then, the blood of the vampire’s royal family was reserved only for him. No one was allowed to drink the royal family’s blood, not even the vampire king,
except for their mate, because their blood was for Alex alone. It was also said that the royal blood made him even stronger.
When Alex finally left his throne and started to seek his death, he stopped drinking royal blood because he didn’t want to become stronger. He made a pact with the royal family and since then,
Alex hadn’t consumed any of the royal family’s blood directly, although there were times that he did ask for a glass or two of it occasionally.
However, Zeke knew that even their blood was not able to quench this kind of thirst. In one similar incident not so long ago, one of his cousins offered herself to Alex and the result was not much different to him bedding a common vampire or human.
However, after going through more information, Zeke found the actual possible reason why Alex had stopped drinking their blood directly. It was because Alex didn’t stop, or couldn’t stop, and he ended up killing his meal.
And that was why this situation was less than ideal for Zeke.
Zeke had stayed close by in case Alex wasn’t able to stop himself once he bit Abigail. He had planned to stop Alex from draining her fully and killing her and yet, this happened instead.
“Shit! Enough!” Zeke groaned as he struggled from his grasp. He had to escape or this might be the end of him.
Unfortunately for him, Alex’s strength seemed to have tripled and he couldn’t escape. What was worse was that the man was fast draining him of his blood.
Zeke’s men immediately circled them, not knowing what to do, but Zeke signaled them to step away. His eyes then turned red as his fangs grew.
He was about to use his strength to shove Alex away when he realized the complication of having Abigail sandwiched between them. This girl would die if he did that. Shit!! Damn!!
He cursed when…
“Alex! Stop! He said that’s enough!” The little lamb between them spoke and with just that, Alex was distracted for a moment by her voice. That single moment was enough of an opening for Zeke to escape without having to use too much power. Zeke put a hand over his neck as he stepped back, weakened due to the loss of so much blood.
Alex also backed off and Abi saw the drastic change in his eyes. It wasn’t blood-red anymore and his hunger seemed to have been satisfied a little.
He wiped the blood from his lips with the back of his hand. His rationality seemed to have fully returned and he didn’t look like he was in so much pain anymore. But his eyes still didn’t return to normal. It seemed he still needed a bit more.
Hellbound With You Chapter 404 – Phantom
“Alex…” Abi called out and was about to approach him but Alex lifted his hand, stopping her.
“I’m fine now. I just need to cool down. Wait for me, Abigail. I’ll be back,” he told her and after glancing at Zeke one last time, he leapt and dove into the water, not giving Abi another chance to approach him.
She retracted her hand and wiped the remnants of her tears from her eyes. She couldn’t stop him from going back but she was a little relieved because he looked much better compared to how he looked a while ago.
Her feet were about to move closer to the water when someone suddenly grabbed her from behind. Abi’s heart almost jumped out of her chest in surprise.
“Z-zeke?!” she uttered as she turned. Abi turned back to look at him and she looked a little shaken when she saw his face. This time, Zeke was the one looking at her with that seemingly unquenchable hunger.
The look he gave her made Abi shudder. “Z-zeke! Are you okay?” she asked him, trying her best to speak to him despite her fear.
“Your highness, please let her go. Alexander will –”
“Shut up, Raven…” Zeke hissed under his breath. He seemed a little weaker than his usual self. This was the first time Abi saw this oh so composed man looking a little disheveled and weak.
The next moment, he let go of her shoulders and looked at his men.
“Stay with her,” he ordered as firmly as he was able and he began to walk away.
“But, your highness, at least have Riev accompany you.”
“No need.” His red eyes burned as he glanced back at Raven before he finally leapt and disappeared into the darkness.
“Will he be alright?” One of the men asked.
“Sigh… don’t worry. He’ll be fine. Whew! That surprised me. I still cannot believe his highness ended up the one being bitten.”
“Yeah. I definitely panicked for a moment.”
As the soldiers spoke with each other, Abigail sat on the edge of the lake, gazing down at the water. Her mind was furiously wondering why Alex was determined not to drink her blood.
She wondered why he refused to bite her that much. Was it because he didn’t want to hurt her? Was there another reason?
She stared at the little lamb in her hand. It was wet and covered with dirt but she still hugged it. She remembered how Alex struggled so much just to keep these toys from burning so she didn’t call out for him anymore. She could only hope that he would find the jellyfish as fast as possible.
Her thoughts also returned to Zeke and wondered if he was alright. As she sat there thinking, the water moved, causing her to rise. She waited for Alex to emerge but the water became calm again.
Raven approached her when he saw the confused look on her face.
“He must be fighting the man-eating creatures underwater while searching for that thing.”
“Man-eating creatures?!” Abi’s eyes widened.
“Uhm. Please don’t worry. They are only animals and they could never do anything to him. He is immortal after all.”
Abi calmed down upon hearing his explanation and she sat on the ground again.
She was silent for a long while, just staring at the water before she spoke again.
“Zeke… Will he be alright?”
“Yes, miss. He’ll be fine once he replenishes the blood that he lost.”
Abi sighed with relief. Silence enveloped the area as they all looked towards the water, waiting for the man to finally come out.
.Meanwhile, Zeke landed on top of a tree. His eyes were blood-red and he was breathing heavily. His eyes focused on a house before him.
It seemed he couldn’t wait anymore. He was planning to go back to the palace but it seemed that was too much for him in his condition. He had no choice but to do this.
He leapt silently and landed on the roof and then he leapt down. He opened the window in the attic. He could hear the sound of stable breathing coming from inside the room.
Like a phantom emerging from the darkness, he stepped inside the room. A young woman was on the bed, sleeping soundly. Her bedside light was on and a book was still clutched in her hand. It seemed the young woman had fallen asleep while reading.
Zeke walked closer, his eyes glued on the young woman’s face. She was fair and she looked so innocent and vulnerable. Her blonde hair was spread over her pillow and she was wearing a nightgown,
exposing her neck and collarbones. The sight of her was so inviting, almost as if she had been prepared for him.
He sat on the edge of her bed and his fingers slowly tucked the strands of her hair away from her neck.
And then, he closed in on her. He couldn’t wait anymore. He needed blood, now!
But a gasp halted him. The young woman woke up. Damn!
Zeke cursed in his head again.
“Shhh!” he put a finger on her lips. Drinking from women directly was no longer the norm, even for the royal family. He had gotten used to drinking blood from a glass.
Zeke didn’t find it less satisfying. In fact, to him, that method was better. That way, he didn’t need to ask for permission or do anything unnecessary and just drink.
“W-who are you?!” the young woman’s eyes were wide open in shock. She looked terrified.
Sigh… This was exactly why Zeke didn’t like this method. But he had no choice and could only undergo the fastest negotiation technique he knew, otherwise, he might lose patience and just bite her by force.
He started pulling his tie and unbuttoned his shirt, exposing his hard, chiseled chest. The young woman gasped once again and now looked even more terrified. She looked like she wanted to scream but her fear stopped her.
“Don’t worry, I won’t hurt you,” Zeke whispered and then he showed her a mark on his left chest. That mark was known by all humans living in this country. That was the mark of a member of the Royal family.
“I’m Ezekiel, this kingdom’s crown prince. Offer me your blood. I need it,” he told her, as straightforward as ever, as their eyes locked.
Hellbound With You Chapter 405 – Don’t worry
The young woman stared at him, unmoving, as her brain tried to connect the dots. She knew that mark and she was well aware of who the rulers were of this kingdom.
She had been told when she was a little child that their country was ruled by vampires and that they were living among them, but in all her years, she once never encountered anything like this.
To them, the vampires were good people. They lived quietly, just like them, and she had yet to meet a vampire who treated a human badly. All her experiences with them were good,
even somewhat mundane. They never had any issues and that was why she sometimes forgot that vampires were different from humans.
This was why the humans in this country loved this place. The only restriction for them was that they couldn’t leave the country freely and they fully understood why.
They were sworn to not reveal what they knew and in exchange, they would be allowed to live in this country under the protection of the royal family. What was perhaps more of an incentive was the fact that doing so would result in instant death.
Thus, their life in this place was peaceful and harmonious, and almost all of them never thought of going anywhere else. They have also come to love the rulers of this place and were loyal to them almost as much as the vampires.
The young woman had been to the palace once with her vampire friends and she had seen the princesses as well as the king and queen. However, she wasn’t lucky enough to see any of the princes,
so she didn’t know what they looked like, especially the prince who was next in line to the throne. All she knew was that the crown prince, Ezekiel, was said to be the strongest and most feared royal vampire.
“Y-your highness…” her lips trembled. She couldn’t take her eyes off him. His red eyes were so vivid, she felt like she was seeing hellfire in them.
She knew that common vampires didn’t drink human blood anymore and she also knew that the royal family was an exemption. All the humans living in this country were pretty educated about vampires and the royal family.
They weren’t left in the dark and they knew almost everything about them. They even knew what to do if they met rogue vampires or rampaging vampires.
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She couldn’t tear her gaze away from him and she knew that she couldn’t refuse his request, not that she would have the chance to. However,
that didn’t stop her brain from scrambling to think of ways to get out of this situation. But in doing so, the expressions in her eyes gave her away.
“Shhh, don’t do anything you might regret,” Zeke said as he correctly read the thoughts in her head. “This will be easier and faster if you just let it happen.”
His voice was mesmerising, almost like he was trying to hypnotise her with his words. It didn’t help that he was looking into her eyes so intently, so full of hunger and desire for her blood.
Thoughts of screaming or escaping vanished from her mind. There was no way she would be fast enough to do any of those things.
If she tried to scream, he would merely cover her mouth before she could make a sound. Escape from him?! Ha! Who was she kidding? As if she could outrun a vampire!
Left with no choice really, she finally tore her gaze from him and closed her eyes. She tried to tell herself it was okay, that she would be okay because he was part of the royal family,
the family who had protected them all these years. That was evident from the mark on his chest. This man was definitely royalty and at that moment, she could see danger in his eyes.
The fire and hunger in them was enough to freeze her soul. Even though he was so alluring and as gorgeous as the god of the darkness she had read about in a book just hours ago, her heart still trembled in fear.
“Don’t worry, I will not kill you,” he whispered, his voice hoarse and deep.
And without waiting for her to acknowledge his words, his hands snuck behind her and he pulled her up. She gasped once again as her heart raced like a horse inside her chest.
His arm was strong and his smell was unexpectedly intoxicating. Her brain, despite her fear, registered that none of her vampire friends smelt like him. He smelt so much better than all of them.
His finger touched her skin, brushing the strands of hair away from her neck. The temperature in the room suddenly skyrocketed the moment his fingers touched her skin. She felt like she was about to burn from his touch.
He gazed into her eyes one last time before he finally buried his face on her neck. His lips touched her skin and goosebumps swept all over her body. The next moment, she felt something sharp pierce through her skin.
She sucked in a sudden and sharp breath as she clutched his hair, tugging it hard. She whimpered in pain but Zeke pulled her even closer to him and kept sucking more of her blood.
His grip on her was getting even tighter.
“Ah! Y-your highness!! I… I’m going to die if you keep going…” she cried, trying to push his head away from her. She, of course, didn’t have the strength to push him back but she kept trying, nevertheless. She didn’t want to die. She was scared.
Zeke halted. He lifted his face and looked at her pained face and saw her tears flowing down her cheeks. “It’ll be over soon…” he told her. “Just a little more.”
Once again, Zeke’s fangs pierced through her.
Hellbound With You Chapter 406 – Unromantic
He sucked her like he couldn’t get enough. He had sucked blood from a woman directly before but not from a human. He only drank human blood through glasses.
This was new to him and he found this woman’s blood quite delicious. He had the instinctive urge to suck her dry but gladly, his mind was still stronger than his hunger and he stopped before he put her life in danger.
The woman fell limp in his arms the moment he stopped. He was breathing hard as if he had just finished a battle. His eyes slowly turned back to normal and his fangs retracted again.
He held the woman and gently laid her back on the bed. The loss of blood made her feel dizzy and numb, but she still opened her eyes to look up at him. She wanted to see his face once again but then a second later, she lost consciousness.
Zeke bent down and licked the wounds he inflicted on the young woman who lay unconscious on the bed. Her life wasn’t in danger. She had merely fainted. Zeke stood up, stared down at her for a while and then, just like that, he left the room.
He felt his strength come back as his body absorbed her blood. In fact, he felt stronger than before. It seemed that fresh human blood really was a dangerous thing.
Zeke was reminded once again of the danger if all vampires were still allowed to do this. No wonder the previous kings made a law forbidding the common vampires from drinking fresh human blood. They were indeed like drugs, irresistibly addictive and dangerous.
The soldiers, who were still waiting near the lake, immediately felt Zeke’s presence.
“Oh, he’s back?” Riev was surprised. “Don’t tell me… he went and drank human blood from the nearby village?!”
They were surprised. They knew their master was not a fan of drinking fresh human blood. He liked to sit leisurely with one leg folded over the other, as he twirled the blood in his glass before savoring it, very much like the way humans savored a good glass of wine.
“It seemed he might have had no choice. Alexander seemed to have weakened him more than we thought.”
“Seems like it, or else I don’t think his highness would actually barge into someone’s house to drink blood.”
“I hope he didn’t put the unlucky sleeping beauty he found to sleep forever –”
Zeke landed before them, causing the soldier who was talking to shut his mouth. However, it was obvious that Zeke had heard his words. Zeke looked at the man upon landing in front of the group.
“She’s still alive. Raven, I want to give her some compensation,” he ordered, causing the men to look at each other silently.
“Uhm, your highness. What exactly is the compensation you want to give her?” Raven asked. This was not something he was familiar with so he had no idea what to do.
This was the first time Zeke asked him to do this kind of task. His missions normally included combat and carnage, not this thing that was probably better suited for the butlers and maids at the castle.
Besides, it was common knowledge that no compensation was ever given to the willing participants who donated blood to them. The palace didn’t compensate the willing participants because they didn’t want for that to become the norm.
Besides, the royal family considered the blood as offerings, not just some food that they could buy with money. This tradition had remained unchanged for countless years.
“She wasn’t a willing participant. Although she didn’t refuse, I basically forced her. Give her whatever she asks for,” was what Zeke replied, causing his men to look at each other with meaningful gazes once again.
“Yes, your highness. But, may I know her name?”
Zeke didn’t respond for a long while.
“The young woman lives in the nearest house from here. Her room is in the attic,” he answered before he walked away from them to approach Abigail, who was still waiting by the edge of the lake.
His soldiers could only watch his back with drooped shoulders. Raven scratched his head but did as he was ordered. He left to find the house
his master talked about to find out what kind of compensation the woman wanted, while the others remained and watched over their master and Alexander’s woman.
“Haha. Damn. Our prince is really so damn unromantic. He didn’t even ask the woman’s name? I feel sorry for the poor young woman,” Riev blurted, shaking his head.
“But it does seem like this young woman was able to satisfy him.”
“Yes, he seems to be back to his normal self, doesn’t he?”
Abi was dozing off when she felt someone approach from behind her. She turned to see who it was but that someone was already standing beside her when she moved.
“It’s already dawn,” Zeke said as Abi looked up at him.
“Are you alright now?” she asked him and Zeke glanced down at her.
“Do I look like I’m not alright?”
Abi pressed her lips tight and returned her attention to the calm lake. Zeke sat down next to her.
“You look pale,” he told her. “You can’t be that weak. We’re heading out of the country once that guy comes out.”
“No. Your fatigue is showing. Don’t try to act all tough. Don’t forget you’re only human.”
Abi bit her lips. She was indeed feeling it. She was starting to feel the effects of the physical and mental fatigue especially because she had been awake all night.
“Zeke… if Alex bites me, would I turn into a vampire?” she asked.
Zeke’s head snapped towards her, looking like what she said was a big shock to him.
“You see…” she looked down and stared at her hands. “I’ve been pretty useless. I am weak and… I can’t do anything to help… if I am –”
Hellbound With You Chapter 407 – Heartless
“Don’t even think about it. That’s absolutely outrageous and impossible,” he cut her off.
Abi frowned at him. “You mean, I won’t become a vampire if he bites me?”
“No.” His answer was firm and absolute. His tone was telling her there was no more room for argument over this topic. He even sounded like this topic was taboo, causing Abi to become even more curious.
“They, why did Alex refuse to bite me?”
Zeke let out a sigh. “You better ask him that question once you have the chance. All I want to tell you right now is rest so that you won’t get sick and delay the journey. That guy needs you more than anyone else.
Without you, Alex will leisurely wait right here for his death with immense pleasure. Remember that.”
Zeke’s words, though he said it with a pinch of annoyance, made Abi feel better. She looked at him and smiled. Somehow, even though she felt like he didn’t understand what she was feeling at all,
Zeke had been nice to her and had been helping her – or at least he tried to. He explained things to her with a bored expression and listened to her sometimes which was a lot more than what she had expected him to do. He even ended up being bitten because of her.
Thinking about all the things this guy had done for her and for Alex, regardless of all this mystery around him, Abi felt very grateful to him.
“Zeke…” she faced him and Zeke looked at her. “Thank you,” she continued as their eyes met, smiling at him.
Zeke just blinked, wordless, as if he didn’t expect what she just said. Abi looked out at the lake again and he too averted his gaze.
Both of them were silent for a while until Zeke finally moved to leave. However, before he could stand, Abi’s body swayed.
Zeke caught her head with his palm. He was at arms-length away from her so his hands were stretched out as he held her head.
He craned his head slightly and when he saw she was asleep, he sighed again. He bent one knee and rested his elbow on it. His other hand was still stretched out, his palm acting like a wall for her head to lean on.
Time ticked by and the men by the tree sighed in unison.
“Is he planning to stay like that until the sun rises?”
“Riev, go tell him to at least have the miss use his lap as her pillow!”
“No way! That’s Alexander’s woman, idiot!”
“It’s not like his highness has feelings for her. And can you guys bear seeing that? That looks so uncomfortable for her!”
“Well, his highness should at least have her lean on his shoulder instead of doing that. The miss looks pretty tired and sore. Not to mention she’s a fragile human.”
“Yeah, his highness is pretty heartless –”
The soldiers suddenly felt chills and they clamped their mouths. They knew that their prince could hear what they were saying if he wanted to listen but the soldiers thought he was thinking about something else and didn’t bother to listen to their conversation.
That was why they didn’t hold back from talking especially because their, oh so serious leader, Raven, was not around. But it seemed they were unlucky this time. Their prince was actually listening!
Zeke threw them a cold glance and they all stood still like statues, holding their breaths as if that would make them unnoticeable.
They didn’t dare look at their master as the chill surrounded them but then, they saw him move, causing their eyeballs to glance at him to see what he was doing. They could only pray that he wasn’t coming over to teach them a lesson!
However, the scene that they encountered made them want to rub their eyes to make sure they were not hallucinating. However, they still didn’t move, afraid to draw their master’s attention again. They could only look at each other like they were talking through telepathy.
They watched him scoot over closer to her and then finally, he let her head settle on his shoulder.
The men’s lips formed a small ‘o’. They almost wanted to clap at their cold hearted prince finally doing something humane.
“Sigh… when will his highness’ mate arrive?” Riev whispered and everyone shrugged. “I’ve been waiting for hundreds of years now and she’s still not here! I want to at least see his offspring before I die!”
Dawn started to peek at the horizon. The calm dark lake and the silent forest was now being bathed by streams of light which were becoming brighter every minute.
However, Abi was still asleep and Alex still hadn’t come out.
Zeke remained sitting there, expressionless, as he waited.
Impatience was evident in his face as his eyes zeroed in on the water. He looked like he wanted to move but was restrained because of the woman leaning into him.
Gladly, he didn’t have to wait much longer before the moment he was waiting for finally arrived. The water moved before him and at last, Alex emerged from it.
His eyes were no longer red and he looked perfectly fine apart from the fact that his shirt was gone and he was half n.a.k.e.d, making him look like the god of the water this time.
He looked serious as he walked over to the shore. Although he looked like the god of water and the god of destruction mixed into one being in that moment, he didn’t look as intimidating because of the presence of the toy in his hand.
Lifting his other hand, Alex ran his fingers through his wet hair, swiping them back away from his face. His gorgeous forehead came into view and he almost looked like a godly model enjoying his photoshoot.
However, the photoshoot vibe didn’t last long.
The moment his eyes fell on the shore, what welcomed him was a sight that made his face incredibly dark.
His Abigail was sitting there, eyes closed and… and she was leaning on someone’s shoulder?!
Hellbound With You Chapter 408 – Voice
An even stronger chill crept through the air, causing the soldiers to react instinctively. It seemed like they had just dug their very own master’s grave by spouting out their suggestions a while ago.
But contrary to their reaction, Zeke didn’t even flinch. He casually lifted his hand, placing his forefinger near his lips, gesturing Alex to hush.
“She’s been awake the entire night, waiting for you,” he told Alex. “She needs sleep or else she might collapse.”
Gladly, those words were enough to calm the storm. Alex still looked displeased but his dark aura was slowly dissipating.
He was quick to leave the water and he headed straight towards Abigail, gently but hastily taking her away from Zeke.
Once Abi was finally in his arms, Zeke rose and they immediately left the forest.
When Abi woke up, she was surprised to find out that she was already inside Alex’s room. She was quick to throw the covers away to climb off the bed to look for Alex.
She wanted to know whether it was Zeke who brought her back once she fell asleep or if it was Alex.
Gladly, Abi spotted the two toys resting next to her. They looked like they had already been washed and dried. Seeing the jellyfish made Abi feel emotional because it meant that Alex found it which means he was out of that lake.
She picked them up and hugged them like they were her babies before she put them down and went outside to look for Alex.
Despite knowing that he was finally out of the lake, she was still worried. She wanted to see with her own eyes that he was alright.
Just as she was about to hold the door handle, the door was pushed open from the other side, causing her to step back.
Alex emerged and Abi’s face immediately lit up.
“Alex!!” she called out as she crashed herself into him, hugging him tightly.
Alex hugged her back but he lifted her back inside the room and closed the door. “Are you alright? Don’t you need more sleep?” he asked but Abi shook her head.
“I’m fine. How about you? Are you okay?” she checked his body as if to make sure he wasn’t hiding any wounds anywhere.
“I said I’m fine.” He pinched her chin and bent over her, surveying her face. “It seems you are indeed quite energized now. We are leaving.”
“To the north. Zeke said we’re heading to Frost Town and he’s in haste.”
Abi’s lips parted in surprise. Frost Town… that place… she didn’t expect that she would be going back to that place anytime soon.
Seeing her shocked expression, Alex tilted his head and asked with his eyes narrowed. “What’s wrong? Have you been to that place before? Have… we?”
Abi bit her lips. She was trying not to become emotional despite her remembering the precious time they spent together in that place.
Once she nodded at him, Alex suddenly captured her lips, kissing her lightly and gently. And then, he smiled at her. “I am kind of excited to get there. I might remember more of the memories I lost. I wonder what we did there. Will you tell me? Abigail? It might make me remember.”
“You brought me to a gorgeous house. We stayed there for one week.”
“We watched the northern lights and we swam in an outdoor hot pool and we went fishing as well…”
“Did we just watch the northern lights and go fishing in that one week?”
“We… our first night…” she blushed. “We spent our first night in that place, Alex.”
A short silence passed by before a mischievous yet alluring smile curved on Alex’s face. His eyes glimmered with curiosity and anticipation at what he just heard.
“It seems that Frost Town is definitely a special place.”
“Yes. That’s our special place, Alex.”
“I see, I got it,” he said, nodding, and then he suddenly swooped her up and brought her inside the bathroom. “Get ready. Zeke and Alicia are already waiting for us. Or do you want me to help you bathe?”
Abi was quick to protest. If that happened, it would definitely take them longer to meet Zeke and Alicia.
Gladly, Alex agreed to leave her and in no time, the two of them joined Zeke and Alicia inside the car.
Abi didn’t know that the place they were going was actually Frost Town. She immediately found it a little suspicious because wasn’t it too much of a coincidence? Was the enemy they were talking about really there of all the places in the world?
“Little lamb, what are you thinking?” Alex’s voice jolted Abi. He was whispering so closely in her ears.
“I am wondering why the enemy is in Frost Town,” she responded. “Is that country the same as this country?”
“No. It’s just a human country like all the others. That place is just ideal for vampires and witches to hide.”
“I believe they might be hiding somewhere in those mountains with extreme conditions where humans don’t usually visit,” Alicia piped up as she glanced at Abigail. “It will be not easy for you, Abigail.”
She looked a little worried when Alex spoke.
“Don’t worry, little lamb,” he whispered in her ear. “I will cradle you like a baby and heat you up with my body during the entire journey.” He playfully winked at her, causing Abi to fall speechless.
Her reaction made him chuckle.
“Y-you’re too relaxed, Alex.” She puffed her cheeks.
“You guys are just too serious. Don’t get infected by Zeke’s boring virus.”
Everyone: “. . .”
Finally, the four boarded the plane. Zeke said that his men were already in Frost Town and were now waiting for them.
As they reached the country, Abi couldn’t help but feel tense. She was suddenly worried and she didn’t know why. The pace of her heartbeats kept increasing the closer they got despite having Alex here right next to her.
She couldn’t stop thinking if this feeling she got was some kind of premonition and it was scaring her. To calm herself, she forced herself to sleep while cuddling with Alex and maybe because she was still lacking sleep,
she succ.u.mbed to the world of dreams quite quick. No, this time, Abi had succ.u.mbed to the world of nightmares.
“Abigail…” a woman’s voice echoed. It was a voice so beautiful yet felt terrifying. “I’ve been waiting for you…”
Hellbound With You Chapter 409 – Frost Town
Upon the plane landing on solid ground again, what welcomed the quartet was a pristine, snow white landscape. Frost Town definitely lived up to its name. An endless view of snow covered land, roads,
buildings and mountains could be seen and all looked so magical. It was a big contrast to the mossy, green forests back in Country V.
Zeke led them to a low key hotel located in the heart of the capital. The city wasn’t that big but there was quite a bustle of people running around, trying to get to wherever they needed to go.
For such a small place, it seemed pretty busy but there was nothing unusual about it that they observed.
In fact, the only thing that was a little unusual was how Abigail was acting. She desperately clung onto Alex’s arm, not letting go at all since they landed on the airport all the way to the hotel room,
where they were currently gathered. Her eyes had darted this way and that, as if she was expecting trouble to come at them from all directions.
“This place seems peaceful. If this is where the creator of those hybrid vampires is hiding, I would’ve heard even one of them lurking around, don’t you think?”
Abigail said as the four of them made themselves comfortable inside the room where Alicia was preparing her magic ball. Now that they were inside the country,
Alicia was now able to search the country itself to find which part of the country was not visible in her crystal ball.
“This country is a pretty big place, Abigail. Their base could be up high in the mountains or maybe even underground. They might not necessarily go to the main cities for risk of exposure. Besides, they would definitely not let us find them so easily,” Alex answered.
“Are we going to start looking for them today?” Abi asked again.
Zeke lifted his face and looked at her. “Yes,” he answered.
“But… the sun is already setting. Wouldn’t it be better if we wait until tomorrow?” Abi’s voice was a mixture of hope and fear and worry; hopeful that they would listen to her suggestion and agree to wait and scared and worried for Alex.
Everyone looked at her. Alex bent over her, staring deeply into her eyes. He had sensed her unease since they were in the plane but he didn’t address it because he thought this little lamb was perhaps just being a worrywart.
But from her actions right now, he could tell something was troubling and scaring her about this place or maybe the country itself.
He thought that she would have been a little bit more optimistic about this trip because this place was obviously very special to her, to them,
and this could bring him one step closer to regaining his memories. So why did she look so worried? Their party had Zeke and himself, the two strongest vampires in the world,
plus a strong witch and their special elite force. It would be very hard for the enemy to even get close enough to all of them.
Alex looked at his little lamb and he could not ignore it any longer.
“Little lamb…” he uttered. “What is bugging you? Tell me…”
Abi blinked, clearly fl.u.s.tered. “I… I am just worried, Alex. I know you are strong but… what if you suddenly become weak and lose consciousness while fighting them? What will happen to you then?
That already happened to you twice in just a few days. Even if you don’t die, they could still take you away from me and… and… I’m just scared of…” Abi trailed off, unable to voice out her fear of losing him again.
Worry and fear flooded her eyes and all of them knew that her fear wasn’t baseless. There was a possibility that what she said could happen. In fact,
when they were planning this trip, they looked at the different outcomes they could get and this was definitely the worst case scenario. Even Alex couldn’t deny that fact. If that happened to him while he was amidst their enemy, he really might end up being captured.
But Alex just smirked, completely unbothered. He pinched Abi’s cheeks lightly before he swooped her up in his arms.
“I think my little lamb is still pretty tired because of the long trip. She needs to rest,” he said, causing Abi to protest.
“No, Alex. That’s not…”
“Shh… be good, little lamb. I don’t like it when you worry this much. It’s not good for your body,” he cut her off as he began walking away. “That will take a while, right? Alicia?” he halted by the door, glancing back at the silver-haired witch.
“Then it’s fine. Call us once it’s time to go.”
The door was then closed and Alex walked over to the bed and put Abi down.
“Alex, I’m really…”
Once again, Alex didn’t let her speak. He devoured her lips instead, kissing her as he pinned her down on the bed.
“I told you. Stop worrying and trust me. No one will ever take me away from you. Understand?” he told her as their lips parted before he kissed her again.
He kissed her like he was determined to erase all of Abigail’s worries, to make her forget about everything else but the fact that he was here with her at that moment in time.
His kiss deepened causing Abi unable to resist and she could only kissed him back. She already missed kissing him like this; kissing him like there was no more tomorrow.
And before she knew it, her thoughts were filled with only him. Her tensed body and the fear in her heart temporarily disappeared as she let herself get lost in his kisses.
Being in his arms had always been her very own paradise, her very own haven in times of both happiness and distress.
Hellbound With You Chapter 410 – Last chance
Meanwhile, Alicia was busy looking into the crystal ball, methodically looking down a map of the country and surveying each area, mentally memorising the places where she was not able to see anything.
Zeke merely sat on his chair, eyes closed as if he was asleep but Alicia knew that he wasn’t. He was probably calculating their next move, as always.
After some time, Zeke knocked on the door to the room where Alex had taken Abi. Zeke was expecting Alex but Abigail was actually the one who came out.
With a slightly narrowed eyes, Zeke asked, “don’t tell me that guy passed out?”
Abi nodded. “Mm. He fell asleep.”
Zeke was speechless. Sleep was now necessary to the modern common vampires but the vampires who still drank blood, like the royal family and Alex,
should be fine even without sleep. They were able to last for days without having any sleep. Sleep was just a form of relaxation for them, not to mention that Alex just slept for hours yesterday.
“What did you do to him this time for him to fall asleep so easily like that?” Zeke nonchalantly asked but Abi just walked over towards Alicia, unbothered by his words.
“I didn’t do anything!” she puffed her cheeks at him.
“Are you sure? That guy seems to be doing all these unusual things whenever he’s around you.”
“Fine. Yes, I cast a spell on him. Happy?”
“So you want to become a witch, huh?”
“That’s right. There’s nothing wrong with that, is there? I also want to become powerful like you guys!”
She ranted when Alicia piped up. “It’s okay, Abigail. You are powerful in your own way, believe me,” she smiled so encouragingly at Abi that Abi couldn’t help but feel better. Why did she feel like Zeke was riling her up for no reason sometimes?
“Thank you, Alicia,” she said to Alicia before her eyes fell on the crystal ball. “Did you finally find something?”
Abi focused her attention on the map. She had seen the map of this country from the last time she and Alex visited this place.
“So these unmarked places are safe?”
“Hmm… for now yes. I was able to spy on these places and I couldn’t find any unusual activities. The only place I can’t see is here.” She pointed to the easternmost part of the country.
“I believe they have a hideout somewhere out there. There’s also a hidden place here in this western part.”
Abi’s gaze zeroed on the places Alicia pointed to like she was looking for something and then she lifted her face and looked at Zeke.
Gone was her relaxed expression and the lines on her forehead appeared again along with her worried expression from a while ago. Both Alicia and Zeke felt her unease and fear once again.
“Zeke… about what I said a while ago. I am really worried. I…” she stammered, causing Zeke to speak with impatience.
“Just say it, Abigail. What are you trying to say?”
Abi looked at him as she swallowed.
“I think… it will be best if we can be sure that something like that will not happen to Alex before we go into the enemy’s lair.”
“We are already in the enemy’s lair, Abigail.”
“But they still don’t know that we’re here, right?”
“If they have the witch queen, they will already know we are here. And they might even be waiting for us now.”
“So you are saying we are still going despite knowing that an ambush might be waiting for us?”
Zeke sat back, folded on knee over the other and rested his face on his palm.
“That’s how we always work. Vampires don’t play defensive wars. We are always the ones who attack,” he told her as a matter of fact. “And Alex… this was how he had done things and that won’t change.”
“But Alex isn’t in his best condition, Zeke. And you don’t know what kind of enemy is waiting for us. And like I said, what if they end up taking Alex from us?”
“So you want to go back now? Retreat? And then what? Waste more time? Did you forget that Alex is running out of time, Abigail?”
“I’m not saying we should go back, Zeke. And no, I haven’t forgotten. I am very well aware of that.”
“Then what exactly are you planning to do?”
Their exchange of words finally paused. Abi’s gaze at him was serious and her intensity actually surprised Zeke. ‘Such a little brave human talking back to him so fiercely like that… how amusing’, he thought.
“I will bring his memories back first.”
Silence followed Abi’s words. She had said those words with such conviction and unwavering will, but Zeke’s lips simply lifted up slightly at the corners.
“You’ve been trying to do that for days now, Abigail, and he is still in the dark.”
“But it is working, Zeke. What happened last night was a good sign. He even remembered where he threw the toys. Re-enacting the things that we did together seems to be paying off.
I think that with a little bit more push, he might remember everything and once that happens, he will not be in danger anymore,” Abi explained.
“But what if that won’t work?” Zeke retorted. “You know that things aren’t always that simple and straightforward, right?”
“I know,” her voice weakened. “I know that this isn’t simple or straightforward to solve. If it was, he would have his memories by now. I know there is no easy road. But…” she looked up, eyes filled with emotions. “I want to try it… one last time.”
The room was once again enveloped with silence. They could feel Abi’s desperation. It was almost as if she was going all in on the cards she had been dealt,
giving her everything to one last gamble, as if this was her very last chance. The game was ending and she would either win big or lose everything on this bet.
“Give me a day, Zeke. Just a day…” she added. “That’s all I am asking.”