My father and I kept looking at each other, faces blank. Nathan narrowed his eyes and Samuel grabbed my hair with his free hand. He yanked it so hard but I only smiled.
~That fucker. He thought I’m stupid. This wasn't the gun he was loading in the car. I assumed it wasn't loaded. This was just a test and I aced it.~
“What's wrong? I made a choice so keep your promise.” I said and Samuel smirked.
“You made a choice Caroline but no one is dead. And what did I say happens if you kill none of them? They both die. I thought you were going to try and shoot me but I’m impressed. Because of that, I’ll give you a chance to say goodbye to them.” Samuel said and I frowned.
“That's not fair Samuel. This is not what you promised.” I said. Samuel pulled my hair harder.
“I don't like your attitude now but I must say, you were a good girl. Alright, I’ll spare one of them. You won't know which one though. That's the punishment for trying to kill your father over that bastard Nathan.” Samuel said and pushed me forward. I quickly went to my father. He gripped my face and looked at me.
“I'm so sorry my dear. If I had known what type of man he is and what he planned to do, I would never let him live to this moment.” My father said, his voice filled with anger.
“Don’t worry dad. I'm not mad. Everyone makes mistakes and that's what makes us humans, right?” I said with a gentle smile.
“Why are you not doing anything? I know you are able to run away, what's stopping you?” My father asked in a whisper.
“I can't do that. He is going to find out who I really am and I can't let that happen. I need to get close to him and find out his weakness in order to defeat him.” I whispered to my father and he nodded.
“You are right. Just be careful my dear. He is a very dangerous man. There is one thing I want to ask from you. You know already that I’m going to be the one who dies here. Don't worry about it. I've been waiting for this moment for a long time. I just want you to promise me that you are going to protect your sisters. Please, take care of them. They are not capable like you, they don't know what kind of world is this. I'm so proud of you Caroline. Together with your sisters, you are my pride and joy. Even though I didn't really show it, I love you girls with all my heart. Please be careful with whatever you do and I hope you'll have a beautiful fairy tale with your prince.” My father said with a gentle voice that broke a couple of times through his speech. My heart was in pain and I felt like I won't be able to utter a word but I couldn’t let my emotions show.
“I promise father. I'll take care of them. Thank you for teaching me everything I needed to know. Thanks to you, I was able to become a great leader to my people and I'll just keep getting better. Say hi to mom for me and never forget to watch us from above.” I said, doing my best to hold back my tears.
“That's good. I promise I will tell her. I will always be with you. Go now, my dear. Your prince is waiting.” My father said and kissed my forehead. I gave him a quick hug and then walked towards Nathan. He took one of my hands while he placed his free hand on my cheek. I snuggled my face in his hand.
“You look astonishing sweetheart. This is my first time seeing you in that kind of dress and yet I couldn't be more furious that I’m not the first one to see you in it.” Nathan said, displeased look on his face.
„I knew you were going to say something like that but don't worry. I'm also quite angry that anyone beside you had to see me like this. You know what my style is but for you, I would wear anything.“ I said and turned my head so I can kiss Nathan’s palm.
„You really are a tease, Caroline. In a serious moment like this, instead of saying our goodbyes, here we are talking about stuff like this.“ Nathan said and chuckled. I smiled.
„You are not going anywhere, honey. My father already decided that he'll be the one to die and that's how it's going to be, do you understand?“ I said in a serious voice.
„Are you sure about that Caroline? Won't you hate me if your father dies in my place?“ Nathan asked me while rubbing my cheek with his thumb.
„It’s his own decision so I can't do anything about it. Aside from that, I need you to do something for me Nate, okay?“ I said and he narrowed his eyes.
„What do you mean? I'm going to rescue you and we'll be together.“ He said and I shook my head.
„No Nate, I’m going with Samuel. I want him gone and I can't do that if I don't watch him closely and find out how am I going to beat him. Listen, I never told you about this but now I have no choice. I have two sisters back at my father's home. They are going to be alone now and I can't let them stay there. I don't trust anyone with them beside you. Go to them and take them with you. Protect them with your life. Don't let anything happen to them before I come back. Do you understand? And also, go to my house, my sisters are going to tell you the address. Search for Alexis and tell her what happened. Tell her I’ll contact them once I have the chance to. Since neither my sister nor my gang members know you, just tell them my real name and they'll know it's me for sure. There is one more thing. Please help my sisters and bury my father. I wish to visit his grave when I’m back. There is a place next to my mother. Put him there so they can always be together...Wait for me, Nate. No matter how long. I'll come back, I promise you. Keep everyone safe for me. I love you with all my heart, never forget that.“ I said, my voice cracking at the end but I managed to stop my tears. Nathan looked at my eyes with so much sadness.
„I promise I’ll do what you told me but I'm not going to stop trying to rescue you. You can't ask that from me. Don't worry, I’ll keep everyone safe. Take care Caroline and know that I can't even put to words how much I love you. I'll wait for you.“ He said that and placed a gentle kiss on my lips. I felt like my heart was going to crack any minute now. Our kiss broke fast when Samuel pulled me away from Nathan.
„I gave you enough time Caroline. I hope said your goodbyes properly.“ Samuel said and grabbed the back of my neck with one hand and then placed the gun on my chest.
„Now, let's finish this. As you can see, I placed those chains with footbands right around those pillars. I want you to put them on. They can't be taken off with a key or anything like that. I placed a camera in here. You'll be given guns and the person who shoots first will be freed. Footbands won't be removed until I see one of you dead. Good luck guys.“ Samuel said. I watched my father and Nathan put footbands around their legs. He then gave me two guns.
„ I want you to put those guns in front of your father and Nathan.“ He said and pushed me towards my father first. I placed the gun in front of him and then we went to Nathan and I placed another gun in front of him as well. He smiled sadly at me and I didn't even have any time to do anything because Samuel dragged me further away from them and kept the gun on my chest.
„You are not allowed to pick up the guns before we are out of this door. I'm not going to say any goodbyes because I’m sure Caroline did it enough for the both of us. Make the best one win.“ Samuel said and laughed, shoving us out of the door.
As Nathan watched Caroline go out, he felt a sharp pain in his chest.
„Caroline must have told you about my decision. There is no time to waste boy. Do this quick and go.“ Mr. Kingstone said and Nathan's face hardened.
„I want to know why you decided to die in my place.“ Nathan asked in a sharp voice.
„You are asking too much. I know Caroline's feelings for you and I just want her to be happy. She found her prince and I want her to create her own fairy tale because she deserves it.“ Mr. Kingstone said and Nathan narrowed his eyes.
„Are you sure you want someone like me next to your daughter? You hate me and my family.“ Nathan said and Mr. Kingstone sighed.
„I don't really hate you but I did hate your father. He killed the woman who I loved with my whole being. When she died, part of me died with her. Just now, how did you felt when Samuel had his gun pointed at Caroline? Anger, fury, wrath. I felt that way when I saw her lifeless body.“ Nathan hung his head and averted his eyes.
„I wanted to take revenge. I couldn't let him live while my wife was dead. I thought it was going to be better but it wasn’t. My wife was still dead and I took someone's life. It was an eye for an eye. You can understand but you don't have to.“ Mr. Kingstone said and Nathan looked at him now.
„I think you can make my daughter happy. That's everything I want for her. I'm giving you my blessings. Now, take that gun and get over with this. My wife is waiting for me and I can't wait to finally be with her. Take care of my daughter Nathan. If you ever hurt her, I’ll hunt you till you die, do you understand?“ Mr. Kingstone said and Nathan picked up the gun that was standing in front of him. He watched Mr. Kingstone close his eyes and Nathan pointed the gun at him. He hesitated for a moment but he pulled the trigger at the end. Mr. Kingstone's body fell on the floor. Nathan dropped the gun and the sound of footbands coming off could be heard. He walked towards the doors but before he could reach it, the doors opened. Clyde, Sam and Andrew came in. Nathan looked at them, confused.
„I'll just say that Clyde is dangerous for us and I don't trust him no more. He is tracing us all!“ Sam said and Clyde rolled his eyes.
„Who is that guy on the floor. Looks like Mr. Kingstone.“ Andrew said and pointed at the lifeless body laying on the floor.
„It is Mr. Kingstone, Andrew.“ Nathan said blankly.
„How did it came to this boss?“ Clyde asked and all of them looked at Nathan.
„I'll keep it short. Samuel Wang came here with Caroline. He made her choose who to kill between her father and me. I guess she knew the gun wasn't loaded. She shoot her father. Samuel was happy but displeased that she didn't choose to kill me. He then made us decide who is going to die without letting Caroline know who survived. It's just that she knew in advance. Mr. Kingstone made a decision himself and she told me while we were saying our goodbyes.“ Nathan explained shortly, everyone’s eyes widening.
„How come that the great Mr. Kingstone that killed your father and despites you decided to die instead of you?“ Sam asked mockingly.
„He said he wanted me to stay with Caroline and make her happy. He wanted to go to his wife. I could finally understand why he killed my father after I saw how Samuel threatened Caroline with a gun. I thought I was going to lose myself.“ Nathan said. They hung their heads.
„We don't have time to stand here and chat. We need to move fast. They can't be too far away. Where are Tyler and Alex?“ Nathan asked.
„Alex went to visit Jack at the hospital and Tyler went after Samuel's car. Clyde can track the location of his car and we'll be able to follow them.“ Andrew said and they went to the car.
Samuel pushed me to get in the car. I sat inside and leaned my head against the window. Samuel went inside as well then he placed my legs on his lap. He took off my heels and pulled my legs so I was laying on the seats. He hovered over me and caressed my hair.
„It made me really happy when you didn't choose to shoot me even though you could but at the same time, it made my blood boil when I saw you decided to shoot your father over that scum. Do you really love him that much?“ Samuel asked me while his hand trailed on my neck.
„That doesn't matter now, right? He could be dead right now and there is nothing I can do about it. Don't worry, he won't get in our way. I'll forget him and that won't be a problem anymore. It's just us now Samuel. Let's enjoy it.“ I said and smiled. Samuel grabbed my throat and kissed me hard on the lips. His tongue went into my mouth and we kissed passionately. I wanted to gag but I had to keep it together. I went this far. I can't fail now. My father sacrificed for me and I don't want to let it go to waste. His hands traced my thighs and we kissed for what felt like an eternity. Moments that I shared with Nathan flashed before my eyes. All the words we exchanged. Every touch we shared. He was so beautiful, so gentle. His voice made me shiver with joy, his touch made me tremble with need. Everything he did had an effect on me. I couldn't resist him. A sharp pain began to spread through my chest. I was broken. The only thing that kept me moving is the knowledge of his love for me and that he was waiting for me. I'm ready to go through everything if that means I get to be with him once more. When I went back into reality, I broke the kiss and sat up.
"I hope we can get along and make our time together worth remembering.“ I said as I smiled. Samuel seemed to be taken aback a little but he smiled back at me.
„You seem to be saying all the right words, Caroline. Not that I mind. I want the same thing baby.“ Samuel said as he brought my hand to his lips and kissed it. Just then, something like message notification could be heard coming from Samuel's phone. He pulled it from his pocket and looked at it, smiling to himself. He turned to look at me and I looked back at him with a questioning look.
„I saw who died and who survived. Do you want me to tell you?“ He asked me and I shook my head.
„It doesn't benefit me in any way to know that. I'm beginning a new life and people from my past don't concern me anymore.“ I said and gave him a smile. He smiled back and kissed me on my forehead, squeezing my hand. Those were hard words for me to say but it seems like Samuel was pleased with my answer and that is what matters the most.
Clyde was driving at full speed. Nathan sat in the front seat while Sam and Andrew sat at the back.
„Tyler said that they are heading to the airport. Is he planning to go to Hong Kong?“ Clyde asked. Nathan urged him to go faster as anxiety spread through him.
„Don’t worry boss. He can take her to Hong Kong, we'll chase them there.“ Sam said enthusiastically.
„You make it sound like it's the easiest thing in the world Sam. We need to be careful about everything we do because I bet our mistakes are going to reflect on Caroline the most.“ Andrew said and Nathan turned to glare at him.
„I need to rescue her. I can't let her go with that scum. I can't even imagine what horror is she going to go through with him.“ Nathan said.
„Okay, okay. Calm down. We are almost there. It shows that Tyler stopped.“ Clyde said and in no time, they were pulling up next to Tyler.
When we arrived at the airport, Samuel picked me up in his arms and carried me towards his private jet, I assume. I placed my head on his shoulder and sighed.
„Is something wrong?“ Samuel asked me.
„I'm just tired. This was a long day.“ I said simply. Samuel nodded.
„You are right. I can't wait to get home. We should get married as soon as possible.“ He said and turned his head to look at me.
„Maybe that would be too early. You know a lot about me but I still don't know a thing about you. I think we should get to know each other and then get married.“ I said in a gentle voice. Samuel kept looking at me and then when we got on top of the stairs, he placed me back on my feet. We went inside and settled down in the seats. We sat facing each other.
„I agree. We still don't know each other well and I want you to at least like me before you become my wife. So, how long do you think is enough to get to know each other?“ He asked me.
„I think a year will be enough.“ I said sharply. Samuel glared at me but then he nodded.
~I'm sure that a year is going to be enough for me to succeed with my plan. My job will be to observe this man for a year and discover all of his secrets. I can't let anything slip.~
„We have a deal but only if you behave like you did until now. If you do something bad, this deal won't be valid anymore.“ Samuel said in a sharp voice.
„Of course. I'll be a good girl like always.“ I said and moved forward to kiss his cheek. Samuel told the staff that we are ready to go. The plane began to speed up and then rise. I looked out the window and saw a pair of cars. I knew who they belonged to. I could also see small figures. It was them. They came for me but it's too late. I guess we won't be seeing each other for a long time. Stay safe.
Nathan stood there and watched as the plane took off. He felt like a part of him took off with that plane. His heart ached and his body trembled. He was broken. His heart was broken. Everything was lost. He had nothing left. He was empty and alone. He managed to get back into the car and closed his eyes as he laid his head on the seat. Clyde was driving slow this time and as they were heading to Mr. Kingstone's house, Nathan mourned himself and prepared to put on a strong face once they arrive at a certain destination.