Hellbound With You Chapter 51
Alexander let out a sigh while Ezekiel just nonchalantly continued eating. The atmosphere then shifted a little, like there was some invisible friction between these two men and Abi couldn’t help but feel tensed. It didn’t seem to be the kind of friction between sworn enemies but it was still damn heavy for her.
It appeared that Kelly’s words about Ezekiel Qin added to tension she was feeling as well. But then, again, she could tell that Alexander could be far scarier sometimes, although, to her, Alexander was not scary at all.
While Abigail was busy with her own thoughts, Ezekiel Qin spoke again.
“Why are you cradling her like that? What is she, your daughter?” he asked monotonously and Alexander smirked.
“Zeke, let me just tell you now that visitors are not welcome here within this month,” Alexander smugly said and the man paused for a moment. This person’s movements and manners, she noticed, were also elegantly graceful.
He looked up and met Alexander’s gaze. “You’re really going to kick out your family? You always stay at my house every time you return to –”
“Well, the third floor is now off limits. If you want to stay here, the receiving rooms are the only ones that are available to you,” Alexander cut him off as he smirked, sounding like he was certain that Ezekiel would never agree to use those receiving rooms.
However, to Alexander’s surprise, the man actually agreed.
“The receiving rooms, huh… those rooms aren’t that bad,” he replied and then he suddenly clicked his fingers. A man instantly approached him and he immediately told the man to prepare the receiving room near the grand staircase. The man quickly nodded to indicate that he had understood the instructions that were being thrown at him.
Alexander and Abi were speechless. Abi couldn’t believe that this man actually agreed to use the room on the ground floor. He just seemed like the type of man who would always want the highest spot,
whether it was power or physical space. But he actually agreed? He could go and stay in the most luxurious hotel’s most expensive suite, so why was he doing this?
As they both watched the man instructing his men about his room, Abigail turned to Alex and whispered in his ear.
“Alex, is he your older brother?” Abigail asked, her eyes filled with curiosity as she questioned him. She didn’t even notice that their position was very intimate as she whispered in his ears while she sat on his lap.
“You think I’m that man’s younger brother?” Alexander didn’t seem to mind their intimate position either, as he echoed her words before he let out a loud laugh.
“So he’s your younger brother?!” She was surprised. Abi knew that Ezekiel Qin was already 30 years old. If Alex was Ezekiel’s older brother, then that would mean that Alex would be over 30 years old, right? But Alexander didn’t look like he was over 30 at all. If Abi based his age on his looks, she guessed that he would be around 27 or 28.
Alexander beamed at her, as if confirming her guess but it only made Abi more confused. Now that she thought about it, she still didn’t ask him how old he was.
“H-how old are you?” she finally asked.
“27,” he smirked and Abi bit her lips in frustration. This man was playing with her again.
“You said you weren’t going to joke around with me tonight!” she argued and the man chuckled.
“Yeah, I did say that. And I’m not joking, Abigail,” his smile finally faded, as he looked at her.
“But Ezekiel Qin is 30 years old and yet you said…” Abigail couldn’t continue her words. It was because she realized that the man never confirmed that he was Ezekiel’s older brother. This man’s expression was truly beyond tricky.
Puffing her cheeks, Abigail averted her gaze and Alexander just stared at her, amused.
“He’s not my brother, Abigail… just a close kin, I guess you could say,” He lazily explained and Abi blinked at him. So Ezekiel Qin was just his kin…
“I see.” She sounded satisfied as she turned her head to look at Ezekiel Qin, who was still spouting out orders to the man.
Hellbound With You Chapter 52 – Badly
Abigail was trying to compare their distinct features when suddenly, Alexander pulled her attention back to him.
“Stop staring at him, Little lamb. It makes me want to punish you when you do that,” he said, smiling ruefully. Abi didn’t flinch at his words this time, maybe because she thought he was just joking again.
“P-punish me? But you said you’d only punish me if I broke those three main rules,” she thoughtlessly replied.
Alexander’s lips curved up and he cupped her small face. “Abigail, I never said that I would only punish you for breaking just those three main rules. You just assumed that on your own. It would do you well to remember that, okay?” he smiled and Abi gulped. “Actually, I could punish you if I think you are behaving badly.”
“Like what you did just now.”
Abi creased her brows. It was obvious that she couldn’t figure out how she had behaved badly so she recounted her actions in the last minute.
“Looking at that guy is bad?” Her eyes widened at the realisation.
“Yes Abigail. It’s bad for you to stare at him like that, or any other man. You should only stare at your boyfriend, understand?”
After blinking at him three times, she finally opened her mouth again. “Alex, are you jealous?” she asked and Alex silently stared at her for a while. She tried deciphering the look in his eyes but unfortunately, as usual, he gave nothing away.
“So what if I am? What if I’m not?” he said as a dangerously beautiful smile carved on his face. “Listen,” he uttered as she pulled her closer, “I’m not the type of man who plays with the things that other men have. I simply want my possession for myself alone, whether it’s your gaze or your smiles, those are all mine. Do you understand, Abigail?”
Before Abi could process what he just said, Alexander suddenly let go of her.
“Now get up and go upstairs.”
Once again, he was sending her away. His order made Abi a little sad but she was at least relieved that he didn’t send her away right before Ezekiel Qin came. She felt glad that he had let her know something about him even though she felt like he didn’t want her to interact or to even look at his guests or kin. Abigail found it puzzling but then again, she could only listen to him and leave as he said.
“O-okay. But we’re still going to play a game, right?”
“Yes, I haven’t forgotten. I’ll be up shortly.”
“Okay, I’ll wait in my room then.” She waited for his reassurance and when the man nodded with a serious gaze, Abi smiled at him and slightly bowed towards Ezekiel Qin when their gaze briefly met, before she climbed up the stairs.
The moment Abi was gone, the atmosphere on the ground floor became even heavier.
Ezekiel also returned to his seat.
“Zeke, give up whatever it is you’re aiming for.” There was a serious warning in Alex’s voice and a threat in his eyes as he glared at Ezekiel. However, the man didn’t say a word back. It was as if the man didn’t mind the warning or the threat. He looked like whatever he was aiming for; he would go for it even if Alexander tried to stop him.
Time passed and Abigail sat in her room, waiting in front of the TV. She had already set up everything and the only thing missing was her boyfriend.
Just as she was about to text him, Alex finally arrived.
Her head snapped towards the door the moment she heard it creak open. Her face immediately beamed as if she was a little kid waiting for Santa to appear on Christmas eve.
“You’re finally here!” she exclaimed as she stood.
Abi held his hand and led him towards the sofa. They both sat on the blankets she prepared on the floor and handed him his game controller.
“You know how to use this, right?” she asked and Alex lazily rested his face on his palm, looking at her.
“You think I’m stupid, huh, Little lamb?” he raised a brow and looked at her blankly.
Abigail shook her head. “No, I didn’t mean it like that. It’s just that… y-you don’t look like the type who would play video games,” she bit her lips and Alex smirked.
“So, you knew that all along and yet you still asked for this of all things…” he twitched his lips smugly while Abi’s eyes wandered around.
“Well… I thought it’d be a good pastime for you,” she meekly explained and then her expression brightened again, ignoring Alex’s bored expression. “Don’t worry, this is going to be fun,” she smiled and Alex sighed before he threw back his head and cracked his head.
“Fine. Let’s start now then, Little lamb.”
“O-okay.” Abi quickly pressed something on the remote control. She was extremely excited.
When the TV lit up, a certain childish game theme song echoed in the room and when the game showed up on the screen, Alexander fell speechless.
The game was Super Mario Bros.
Hellbound With You Chapter 53 – Save me!
As the main page showed up on the screen, Alex looked at Abi with astonishment. This was the game she wanted to play? Why was she so excited about it?
He felt like he wanted to facepalm himself. But then, again, what the hell was he expecting with this little lamb? He couldn’t believe that he was going to play something like this. Suddenly, he wanted to leave but when he looked at the excited girl beside him, he closed his eyes and leaned on the sofa, looking like he was trying to convince himself to bear with it for now.
Abigail on the other hand was very, very excited.
“Here we go. Get ready, Alex!” she exclaimed and then, the game started. Abi tried to get used to controlling her character using the buttons on the controller. She pressed each button to find out what each one did and in no time at all, she was controlling her character like a pro – well, not really, but to her, it felt like it.
Alex lazily played, with a deadpan expression. He was obviously bored.
After just five minutes of staring at the moving characters on the screen, Alexander looked like he was done. He turned towards Abigail to tell her that they were going to play for only ten more minutes but the instant he saw her face, he got a little distracted.
It was because he found her expressions amusing and before he knew it, he could no longer concentrate on the game at all. He was distracted by her as he watched all the different expressions that went through her face. He could tell that she was very much enjoying herself, from the wide smiles and the bright stars in her eyes.
He watched as her little tongue adorably poked out from the corner of her mouth out when she was concentrating very hard, watched how her body tilted to the left or right depending on what direction she wanted her character to go towards and watched how her body jumped, as if she was the character itself.
“Hey, pay attention!” she ordered. He was brought back to the present and his lips curled up because of her bossy words.
“I am,” he replied, still looking at her.
She didn’t take her eyes off the screen because she was trying hard not to die. “Then why do you keep falling down the same hole?”
“Because it is such a pretty hole to die in…” he teased.
“W-we’re not going to stop until we save the princess, okay?” she suddenly declared, causing Alex to gape at her. He knew that with her skill, there was no way they would finish the game anytime soon.
At that point, Abi fell down a hole too, despite her intense concentration and she grunted in a somewhat frustrated fashion.
“What are you doing? You actually declared to save the princess when you keep performing suicides like that?”
“T-the hole was sucking me in. It might be a black hole!” She pursed her lips like a kid who was about to cry, causing Alex to shake his head in amus.e.m.e.nt and disbelief.
“We have to save the princess, Alex, or I will feel guilty and won’t be able to sleep if we can’t save her,” she cried without tears as she yanked Alex’s arms. “The princess will haunt my dreams if we don’t save her. Please, let’s work together, okay?” she begged, even blinking her big eyes as she gazed at him. T-this girl…
In the end, Alexander couldn’t make himself ignore her pleas and he finally gave in.
“Fine,” he sighed and Abi’s eyes twinkled. Alex finally concentrated on the game. He did give her his word, after all, that they would play a video game, so he should honor that promise and play properly.
Once Alex got serious, they blitz through the levels but it was already near midnight when they finally reached the last castle. Abi had started to slow down and her enthusiasm had waned a bit during the last few levels but her energy came back once they entered the final stage.
Alex could tell that she was tired. He could see it in her eyes, and yet this girl didn’t want to stop and insisted on saving the princess first. Alex didn’t even realize that he was enjoying the game a little. Well, his amus.e.m.e.nt in seeing some small gaming quirks in her, especially her little tongue poking out cutely, made him laugh inwardly during the game.
With her tongue poking out and her controller held close to her chest, they maneuvered their way to the end. Just before they defeated Bowser, Princess Peach called out “Mario, save me!” from her cage and then in the next second, she was free!
Abi turned to Alex excitedly as she jumped in place. “We did it, Alex! We beat him! Mario saved her!”
“It was us who saved her though.” Alex smugly said but Abi didn’t seem to hear him.
She just looked back at the screen, put her controller down and stretched as she yawned. It seemed that dreamland was starting to call for her. “Mario, save me…” she murmured, as she rubbed her eyes sleepily, remembering Princess Peach’s words.
“Alex, save me…” were the last words that came out of her lips before her body slumped down. She would have hit the ground but Alex caught her in his arms just as she was about to hit the ground.
He stared at her sleeping face in his arms for a long while before he carried her and tucked her on the bed.