The Sapphire beast

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Chapter 6

England, London

The next few months passed like a fog for me. Scarlett visited me almost every day after that incident. I feel a little like a sick child, but well, I'm grateful to her for everything.

The only good thing that really came out of that was that Professor Blackwood extended my deadline for an essay on Divine Comedy by Dante. I was very grateful for that extension. It was refreshing to get back to normal. Everything was almost fine, except for my dreams. Occasionally nightmares wake me up in the dead of night. Occasionally it is the same dream and sometimes it is even worse. I would be lying if I said it would be just that, occasionally I only dream of him. How he looks at me in love offering me his hand to escape somewhere together.

Scarlett called me every day to go out for coffee or maybe a drink. Sometimes I accept the invitation and sometimes I don't, at least she understands when she needs to give me some space. As far as she told me, she hears from Valerio every day, and she has never been happier than she is now. And I dare not ask anything more or even ask about him whom I do not want to name.

I've been feeling pretty lonely lately, Scarlett can't be with me 24/7 and that's okay. And so I decided to adopt a dog. I found a beautiful black husky, he was only a few weeks old. I called him Hades because he somehow reminded me of the Greek god of the underworld.

The next day I took him to the park. I played with Hades, and I was grateful for this beautiful spring day, because it had been raining for the past few days. I try to make the most of this day. However, I will finish college in a couple of months and very soon I will not have such a quiet and free day. I threw the ball to Hades and at that moment I felt my phone vibrate in the back of my jeans.

"Hello Scarly," I said, answering the phone, "Are you free by any chance tonight? Since I'd like you to go out for a drink with me," I considered agreeing."I'll go out with you." "What? Are you really going out with me? I'm sure I'm dreaming this," she was in shock because I finally agreed to go out with her to the club. "Yes, I'll go out with you. Why are you so surprised? And I think it would be good for me to go out for a while and relax," I said giggling. "Great then, I'll come to your apartment later to get ready for tonight." "Okay, you have the key so come whenever.

I was in the park with Hades for a little while more. "Hades, come on it's time to go home," I called to him, and he appeared with some huge stick in his mouth. When he approached me, I leaned over to stroke his head and attach a leash no him. "Let's go home boy, that was enough for today.

On the way home I stopped at a bakery I had recently discovered while walking Hades. The name of the bakery is "With love" and they have the best pastries I have ever tasted in my life. "Hello," I said as I entered the bakery. "Hello, how can I help you," said the elderly lady who stood behind the cash register, she is also the owner of this beautiful bakery. As far as I know this is a family business and has been around for half a century. " I would like to order a croissant and black tea to take, "she immediately went to prepare my order. I waited for her for a few minutes, during which time I glanced at Hades in front of the bakery. He couldn't come with me because dogs were not allowed inside the bakery. "Here you go, darling," I thanked the lady, paid, and left."Come on, let's go home now".

I soon arrived home, and headed to the kitchen to pour food for Hades to eat. When I was done, I went to take a shower before Scarlett arrives.

I quickly finished showering and got out of the bathroom. I wore underwear, which is lacy and very provocative. I've been spending a lot on lingerie lately, it's not like I have anyone to show it to, but I feel very nice when I wear something like that under my wardrobe. After I wrapped myself in a bathrobe, I went to the living room and played some music to fill this silence at least a little. I poured myself a glass of red wine, just like lingerie this was also a kind of consolation for me and so I filled that void that I have in myself lately. But well it's not passionate, it's not like I can become an alcoholic, I drink two glasses at most to relax.

I took my glass of wine and went to the couch to have my drink in peace. Admittedly there is none of that, because within two seconds Hades came up to me with the ball and asked me to dedicate all my attention to him at this moment. 'You know I can't throw a ball around the apartment. You know what happened last time, 'I said a little harsher than I intended. But I really can't change the window again.

The next moment the front door was heard, and Hades completely forgot about the game and ran to see who it was. I shouted after him, 'Go see who it is.' Don't jump on me, slowly. Come on, Hades, stop barking , It's me, Scarlett.' She said that, screaming at him a little,It's not that she doesn't love him, but as far as I know, they've been in a war since he was last time in her care." Okay, enough. Come to me now ', I told him and in response he just barked and came to me.

"I see you're in the mood," Scarlett said as she took off her sneakers.' Of course, you see how beautiful the day is today ', I said, taking a sip of my wine. 'Why can I never hear from you that your day is beautiful because of some guy'. Scarlett is persistently trying to find me a boyfriend and be as happy as she is with Valerio. ' I've told you a million times that I don't need a boyfriend right now. When I'm ready to go out and find someone worthy of me, then I'll go out. And I certainly don't need a boyfriend to be happy. This is how nice it is for me at the moment and I want it to stay that way '. She mumbled something, which I have no idea, I certainly don't want to get into a discussion with her about a stupid topic.

'Come we need to get ready,' she shouted as she walked towards my room. Hades whimpered at her voice. ' Here I come. It's all right, boy, 'I told him, stroking his head.

Scarlett took a small black dress out of her bag. It is beautiful, it has thin straps, it has an open back which means I don't need a bra, the dress ends in the middle of the thigh and is very provocative. I'm afraid that if something slips out of my hand and if I bend down to pick it up, I'll flash someone. ' You're going to wear this tonight, and you're also going to wear those high black heels I bought you for Christmas, 'she said, handing me a dress to put on.

The dress was clinging to my body, like second skin, but it wasn't so tight that I couldn't breathe. I put on my black heels and went to the bathroom to put on makeup and lift my hair into a high ponytail. I did a little smokey eye and smeared blood red lipstick on my lips. I came out of the bathroom to see if Scarlett was ready and if we could go. " Is that you, Lyra dear? "She said that in shock and her jaw was up to the floor when she saw me. I laughed at that comment and at her expression, which was very funny." I am dear. And now shut your mouth, a sparrow can fly in, and that wouldn't be such a pretty sight, "I giggled at her. Scarlett stayed true to herself and put on a fiery red silk dress. Her dress was an inch shorter than mine and she had thin straps. She has a slit on both sides of the dress, her long legs stand out and she looks very elegant. She let her blonde hair fall over her shoulders and down her back, and when it came to makeup she kept it to a minimum by a big difference from me." You look so provocative, Scarly, I'm going to have to keep you away from the guys tonight so Valerio doesn't worry to much, "she just blushed at his name and without saying a word went to put on her nude heels.

"Isn't it a problem to call Valerio before we go out?" I waved away taking a sip of wine. Then I left the room to give her privacy while she talked to him. I'm happy for her, I really am and I wish them all the best. But I just can't be there when he talks to him, I'm afraid I might hear Maximiliano or I'll see him in anyway, since Scarlett often talks to Valeria over video calls. The moment I thought of him made my heart pound. It always happens, ever since that day many months ago when I first saw him. And it doesn't stop, so I try not to think about it because I don't want to feel so vulnerable. I put my hand on my heart and inhaled and exhaled a couple of times to calm down. "Yes, she's here, do you want to hear her?" Who to hear? Me?I really didn't need that at this moment. Scarlett approaches me with a phone in her hand, "Here she is. She went to the kitchen to pour herself another glass of wine," Scarlett said to Valerio. "Hello Valerio, how are you?" I asked him trying to be as far away from the phone as possible so he wouldn't see me because Scarlett was talking to him over a video call right now. And to be honest, I don't want to risk Maximiliano seeing me if he's here by any chance. "I'm great, thanks for asking. Listen, keep an eye on my girlfriend tonight. You know I'm not here and I can't get all the vultures away from her," "Don't worry, that was definitely my plan," trying to hide a slight irritation in my voice. "Valerio hurry up, we'll be late for the meeting."It's him, it's his voice. Well that's what I wanted to avoid. At his voice, my heart started pounding. As if someone had plunged a million knives into my heart, I automatically put my hand over it. "Lyra, are you okay, you turned pale in a second?" Damn those biscuits, this is not what I wanted to happen. I wanted to never see him again, never hear his voice again, and just forget about him as if he never even existed in a first place. "I'm okay Scarly, don't worry I just got a chill all of a sudden. I'm going to feed Hades before we go out." I said it a little hastily, but what can I do, I just want to get away from her phone.

I went to the kitchen and poured myself another glass of wine to calm my nerves. "Is everything okay Percy? Suddenly you just left," I forced a smile. "Of course, I was just really thirsty, nothing more." She raised an eyebrow significantly at my response, "You were that thirsty for wine that you couldn't stay and talk to Valerio and Maximilian. Oh well, it doesn't matter I don't want to go into it. We can go if you're ready," I nodded and we headed for the door.

We left my apartment and headed to a club that opened recentlyd near my apartment. From what I've heard, it's one of the most famous clubs in this part of London. "You might find a boy tonight, you never know," she suddenly said. Her statement immediately derailed me. "We just talked about it and I told you that I want none of it, so I don't see the point in you mentioning it again at all," I snapped angrily. "Well there's no need to be angry, I didn't mean anything bad by it. But you know that all things are possible and that you never know what's around the corner. " I just kept quiet, I don't want to continue on this topic.

We arrived in front of the club, the club is called "Wolf". Interesting name if you ask, very unique. "Are you Miss Hart?" Asked the bouncer from the Wolf night club. "Yes I am, who wants to know?" Scarlet asked, "This way, please." The bouncer escorted us to the VIP booth. "Mr. Dragomir called and also said that he has an open tab in his name and that you can drink as much as you want. Everything will be paid by him. If you have any problems just look for me and everything will be solved. I wish you a nice fun". Having said that, he turned and left. Scarlett and I are still in the juice, we didn't expect something like this. I mean maybe she did expect something like this but I certainly didn't.

As soon as we settled in, a waitress named Olivia came over and saw what we wanted to drink. "I'll have a dry martini with two olives to start with," the waitress turned to me to take my order. "You'll give me a glass of, Château Haut-Brion."

"I'm sorry, but we only sell that wine by the bottle," "Okay, then you'll give me the bottle."

"Okay, I'll be back with your drinks soon."

"Let's go and dance," Scarlett said, "Just go and dance, I'll join you later," "As you wish." In the meantime, a waitress came with our drinks. I took my glass of wine and set out to observe the space around me. The club is beautifully designed, it can be seen that a lot of money has been invested here. When you enter the club on the left there is a huge bar behind which three bartenders are working. Right next to the bar there are stairs leading to the gallery where there are VIP seats, and that's where Scarlett and I are right now. Across from the bar is a huge terrace where there is a DJ playing some really good song and of course in the middle is a big dance floor. And around the podium there are bar tables and bar stools with a lot of people as far as I can see.

"Can I buy you a drink, my pretty?" I jumped at a unfamiliar voice,I had to turned around and see who it was. It was some guy, he seams a little older but not too much, with blond hair and brown eyes. He is nicely built but not even close to Maximilian. Admittedly, no one can compete with Maximilian in that sector. This guy is the general opposite of him. And I see that this guy has no honorable intentions at all.

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