I woke up with my head leaning against something hard. I lifted my head up and saw a sleeping face that is holding my hand in his, the grip surprisingly hard considering that he is sleeping. I looked out of the window to see the familiar surroundings.
~We are still in America which is really good. I hope it stays that way. ~
I tried to pull my hand out of Samuel’s iron grip but my attempt failed. The car was heading into town. I felt arms go around my waist and just as I was about to look at Samuel, he pulled me flat against his firm chest. His hands held me tight while his mouth trailed on my neck slowly.
“We didn’t really start this well. Let’s do it again. We’ll start from the introduction. My name is Samuel Wang and I’m your future husband. Nice to meet you.” Samuel said and I turned to face him.
“You already know everything about me so there is no need for me to introduce myself. I see that you already call yourself my husband…Don’t you think that is a little bit too forward?” I asked him. His grip on my waist tightened.
“No, I don’t think it is. Soon it is going to be official and you will be calling me that yourself. I am just saying the truth and I expect the same from you.” Samuel told me in a stern voice. I began to laugh. He narrowed his eyes.
“Are you serious? You are the one speaking about honesty? Please, miss me with that bullshit. You are nothing more than a liar and manipulator so yeah, try selling that shit to someone else because I’m not buying it.” I said and Samuel gritted his teeth. He squeezed my cheeks hard and made me look into his eyes.
“First, if I ever hear curse word coming out of your mouth, I’ll cut that little tongue of yours. Second, don’t ever say something so disrespectful to me because I’ll make sure you will regret it, I promise. Don’t make me hurt you.” He said in a warning tone.
“I’m not afraid of you. You can hurt me but you can’t break me. Never.” I told him.
“Oh, you shouldn’t be afraid of me but if that mouth keeps running, you will fear me.” Samuel said against my lips and then he violently let go of my cheeks.
“So, where are we going? Are you taking me to China?” I asked.
“No, we’ll be staying here for some time. There is something I need to finish before I take you home where you belong.” I frowned.
“My home is here where I truly belong. China will never be my home.” I said.
“Don’t worry. Your home will be where your husband is, me. You can forget all about America, your father and Nathan Matthews.” I looked away from him and I heard him chuckle. He pulled me in his lap and hugged me tight.
“Beggars can’t be choosers Caroline, don’t you know that? So it means that you can either accept what you get or you can fight it. But I wouldn’t fight it if I were you because you might not win that fight baby and things could only get worse. You don’t want that, do you?” He said against my ear and I stayed silent.
“Listen me now and listen good. You are mine now and forever. There is no going back. It’s only us from now on. You better forget about everything you have here because you won’t get that back. You are starting a new life now, with me, and I want you to get that in your head. I want you to fully commit to me. Do you understand?” He asked me.
“Yes, I do.” I answered without looking at him. He grabbed my chin and forced me to look at him.
“Caroline, everything that you want is yours. You just say and I’ll make sure it’s done. I’ll be the best man you can imagine. You won’t wish for anything beside me but only if you act nice and are willing to do the same for me. To listen to me and be good. That’s everything I’m asking for. Do you think it’s too much to ask?” He said to me.
“Why me? Why when you know that I don’t love you and I’ll never will. Why would you want me by your side? There are so many other women out there… I’m sure you could find the one who will be willing to return all of your feelings.” He scooted and took my hand, gripping it tight.
“I had feelings for you for years. All those years I haven’t looked or had a single thought about any other woman. There isn’t anyone else for me beside you Caroline. I know you don’t love me now but if nothing else, I’m a patient man and am willing to wait for you to fall in love with me.” Samuel told me.
“How can you say that you love me when this is your first time seeing me in person. Pictures and videos that you saw don’t mean anything. You don’t know me. You only know what my father told you and nothing else but that’s not even close enough to knowing me.” I said.
“You are right but now I’ll have a lot of time to get to know you. We have a lifetime to get to know each other so we don’t need to rush. I remember when I saw you for the first time….I think you were 17. It was the love on the first sight. There were hundreds of other photos and videos of other girls from all around the world but I didn’t even took a glance at them. I had my eyes only for you. I knew right then. I wanted you. I had to have you.” I listened, not saying anything.
“I had to wait for you for such a long time Caroline. I was very patient and understanding…And then, Nathan comes and thinks he can have you…He should have known better.” Samuel said and the car stopped moving. I could see through the car window that we were outside of the hotel. I looked back at Samuel and then again at the window. We went into an underground garage and when the car parked, Samuel opened the door and went out, taking my hand and pulling me. I stepped out of the car and looked around.
“I own this hotel so you’ll be safe here.” He said to me. He brought us to the penthouse. He told me he is going to bring some food and locked me inside. I went to look out of the window.
~Did they find Jack? Did he tell them what happened? Are they searching for me now? ~
All of those and many other questions went through my head. I went to bed and layed down. I sighed deeply and closed my eyes. I played all the moments I spent with the guys, with Nathan, over and over in my head. Then my sisters came in my thoughts.
~I miss them a lot. I haven’t seen them in a while. I wonder how are they ~
Then I heard the lock turning and someone walking in. I opened my eyes and saw Samuel smiling at me while holding tray full of food. He placed the tray on a small table next to the bed and layed next to me. I only glanced once at him before closing my eyes again. I felt his hand caressing my arm and then my hair.
“You are unusually calm. I expected you to resist for quite a bit.” He said. I only smiled.
“Pity for you but you won’t see me resisting. I’m too lazy to do that. Besides, I don’t want to get on your bad side. We are going to spend a lot of time together anyway so better get used to it now.” I said with discomfort. He smiled widely and pulled me in a hug.
“I’m so happy to hear you say this darling. You made such a good choice. I can’t even explain how proud I am that you are taking this so seriously.” Samuel said and I placed a big fake smile on my face. He then kissed my lips but I didn’t kiss him back.
“Having your body so close to me is giving me a hard time Caroline. I can’t wait to make love to you but don’t worry, I will not do it yet. I don’t want you to be uncomfortable with me. I want you to feel same as me so then we can unite our bodies.” Samuel said. I smiled.
“Yeah, sure.” As I said those words, I had a feeling like acid is sipping down my throat.
“Now, why don’t you take a nice bath and then you can rest. This day must have been stressing as hell for you.” He got up from the bed, took my hands in his and pulled me to my feet. He led me to the bathroom. I was expecting him to come in with me but he only came in to run the water in the bathtub.
“I’ll leave you now to wash yourself but I’ll be right outside this door so don’t do anything stupid.” Samuel said to me with a warning tone. I nodded my head. He then left the bathroom leaving the door slightly ajar. I began to take off my clothes and when I layed down in a bathtub, I relaxed right away. It was almost completely silent except from Samuel’s low voice that was probably coming from his phone call.
Nathan was sitting in the living room with Clyde and Sam. Clyde had taken Jack to the hospital and now they were trying to come up with the plan.
“I’m sure they are still in America. From what Jack told us, he is planning to make a move on us and The Family. He has a lot of real estate here so they are probably staying in one of his hotels.” Clyde said.
“You are right. He owns a chain of hotels but I don’t think he we’ll take Caroline somewhere so obvious.” Sam said, frowning.
“I don’t think you are right Sam. Actually, I think he took her somewhere really obvious because he must’ve put that place in a total lock-down. No one in, no one out.” Nathan said, frustration clear in his voice. Nathan didn’t have a wink of sleep since Caroline was taken away. He was totally disheveled which caused everyone in the gang to worry. He held his head in his hands trying to think of something, anything.
“You should go and rest Nathan. Sam and I can check the hotels.” Clyde said but Nathan shook his head.
“No way. I need to go and get her back.” Nathan said and Sam and Clyde looked at each other.
“Nate, you can’t do anything for her in that state. You need to rest for real. The shit could go down and we need you to be ready and at your best.” Sam said and Nathan looked at him, exhaled loudly and nodded. Nathan watched them leave and told them to tell him right away if they find something out. He then climbed up the stairs and went to his bedroom. He layed on the bed, facing it. He buried his head in the pillow that Caroline slept on. It still had her scent. He hugged the pillow tightly to himself. He was thinking about her, about where she was, if she is safe, is she thinking about him too….
I was sinking in the hot water for some time and when the water began to get cold, I quickly washed my hair and body. Samuel glanced couple of times through the door, checking on me. I got out of the tub and wrapped myself in a hot and soft towel. I went to the door and opened it.
“I finished washing myself.” I said and Samuel only nodded his head towards the bed while still talking on the phone. I went to the bed and sat on it. Samuel searched through the wardrobe and then he pulled out some pajamas. He showed me with his hand to put it on then he walked to the window. I quickly dried myself and wore the pajamas then sat back on the bed. After couple of minutes, Samuel finished his phone call and came to me. He took my wet hair in his hand and smelled it.
“I like the smell of my shampoo on you.” He said and I smiled. He then took my face in his hands and kissed me. I felt so uncomfortable even thought his lips were soft and his kisses slow and sensual. I had to keep the act. I kissed him back and he placed his tongue inside my mouth. While kissing me deeply, he pushed me back on the bed and placed my hands above my head, holding them. His kiss was becoming deeper and deeper and I was fighting for air. Since one of my legs was between his, I pulled up my knee and hit him in his crotch. He immediately moved away from me and rolled on his side while holding his crotch. He groaned and I lifted myself up and touched his shoulders.
“Are you okay? I’m really sorry but I couldn’t breathe and since you held my arms I had to do something but I didn’t mean to do this.” I said and Samuel turned to look at me.
“It’s fine Caroline. It was my fault but damn, why here of all other places.” He said with pain in his voice. I pulled a sad face but inside, I was smiling.
~Serves you right jerk ~
He stayed curled up on his side for couple of minutes then he got up, went out of the room and locked it. I sat on the bed and began laughing as I recalled what I did. Samuel returned fast.
“Make sure to eat. I don’t want you to starve.” Samuel said that and went out again, never forgetting to lock the door. As soon as he went out, I ate a little and then I layed on the bed, facing the ceiling.
~It’s kind of interesting here but still, I miss everyone….My sisters, my father, the boys, Nathan…I really miss him…When is he going to come for me? Or should I just run away by myself? Am I playing too much? Maybe I should just let things happen and see how it goes….Ahhh, I’m tired ~
I went to the window and looked out. The view was beautiful. City lights were colorful and shining so bright. I watched for a little and then I went to the bed and crawled under the bed sheets.
~Samuel was right, if nothing else, I should keep my strength and stay energized in case I need to act up~
Nathan woke up and the first thing he saw was Clyde hovering over him. He grabbed his collar hard and blinked his eyes, waking up.
“Fuck Clyde. Don’t do that ever again.” Nathan said.
“Sorry Nathan but I think you want to hear the news we have for you.” Clyde said and Nathan shoot up in bed.
“What news? Is she okay? Did he hurt her?” Nathan said with panic in his voice. Clyde pulled out the photos and handed them to Nathan. Nathan could figure out that Sam took these photos. They were the photos of the window. Of the window from which Caroline was looking. Her face was normal, no injuries or anything. She looked totally fine but her eyes were kind of sad. Her look was empty. That worried Nathan.
“So he really took her to the hotel? Perfect.” Nathan climbed out of the bed and dressed up.
“Boss, we can’t act without a plan. As you said, the place is totally locked-down. It’ll be a suicide mission to just go there without thinking this through. Did you so easily forgot what Caroline said to you? To stay out of trouble and keep us safe? If we just go there unprepared, wouldn’t that be completely opposite from what she asked from you?" Clyde said but Nathan was raging.
“Fine, let’s come up with a plan. Call everyone to gather up now. We are going to get her.” Nathan said and rushed out of the room while Clyde ran his hands through his hair.
~I can’t believe a week passed and there is still no action from Nathan~
The past week was so boring. Everyday was the same. Samuel would come to talk and spend time with me and then he would go somewhere, leaving me all alone. I ate, slept, showered and that’s it.
“Come on Caroline. Let’s find something nice for you to wear tonight. We are having a dinner at the restaurant.” Samuel said and opened the wardrobe to search for clothes that I’m going to wear.
“Oh, a dinner in the restaurant. How nice. Is there some reason for it?” I asked. Samuel only smiled. He gave me a little red dress and some sexy black lingerie. He then went to the bathroom and I quickly wore the lingerie. When I was about to put on the dress, he was coming out of the bathroom but he stopped and looked me up from head to toes. I got into the dress but since I didn’t like wearing dresses, I felt uncomfortable.
“Can’t I just wear some nice pants? I hate dresses.” I said and Samuel walked over to me. He took my face in his hands.
“Why do you hate it? It looks amazing on you. I love it.” Samuel said and I only smiled.
“There is makeup and hair supplies in the bathroom. You can use everything you like. I’ll be back soon to pick you up.” He said and gave me a small peck on my lips. After some time, he came for me. He stood in the middle of the room, just looking at me. He then came to me and pulled me by my waist to him. He kissed me deeply. I pushed him with my hand and he broke the kiss.
“You’ll smudge my lipstick.” I said and lightly hit him on his chest.
“You are the most beautiful woman on the world Caroline. I can’t stop looking at you.” He said and I smiled.
“Thank you.” I said and he took my hand and led me to the restaurant. When we came, I noticed that it was completely empty. Samuel led me to one of the tables and pulled the chair for me. I sat down and watched Samuel sit down opposite of me. The waiter came and Samuel ordered a bottle of wine.
“You really look like goddess Caroline.” Samuel said.
“Thank you so much.” The waiter came back with wine and two glasses. Samuel poured the wine in glasses and gave one to me. He clicked his glass against mine before he drank it whole. I took a sip of mine.
“So, what is this dinner for?” I asked him. Samuel smiled.
“Do I need a reason to have a dinner with my soon-to-be wife?” He asked and I only looked at him. He smirked.
“Okay, okay…You figured me out…Tomorrow is a very important day for me Caroline.” He said and I took another sip of wine.
“Oh yeah? What is so important about tomorrow?” I asked while tracing my fingers on the rim of my wine glass.
“Tomorrow, I’m going to kill your father and your lover, Nathan Matthews.” He said, smirking. I maintained to keep a straight face but inside, my heart was beating fast. Then I smirked as well.
“Oh, is that so?” I asked and Samuel narrowed his eyes at me.
“Is that all you have to say? Aren’t you going to cry or yell at me?” He asked and I laughed loudly.
“No. Not at all. I just want to ask you…Can I come?” I asked him.
“You want to come and watch me kill your father and your lover?” He asked, confusion clear in his voice.
“No. I just want to see them for the last time…Will you allow me that?” I asked sweetly. Samuel smiled.
“Well, since you’ve been nothing but a good girl till now, I’ll allow you to come with me tomorrow.” Samuel said and I only smiled.
~Fucker. He brought me here to tell me in face that he is going to kill my father and Nathan. I want to tear his fucking head off but I can’t. I need to keep up with my act. I hope nothing bad is going to happen tomorrow…Father, Nate, please come prepared. I’m not sure I can save you in this situation…~