The Sapphire beast

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Chapter 7

England, London



"No," I snapped at the man who wants to buy me a drink. The fact that a girl is sitting alone does not necessarily mean that she wants to be the center of attention and that she is indirectly flirting with men. I can't believe how stupid the man can be sometimes. "One drink at least, so we'll see what we do next," he winked. "I have nothing to see after or now for that matter. "Since you don't understand what I'm telling you, read it from my lips then," I told him as I started to spell it word for word. "We'll see my pretty, the night is still young," he said as he stood and left my booth.

"Who was that?" Asked Scarlett, who appeared out of nowhere. "No idea really, some guy who suddenly showed up and wants to buy me a drink. I'm nice to tell him I don't want to, but he obviously doesn't understand what I'm saying. He just told me like 'Night is still young, we shall see, "it seams that he is some weird psychopath." Scarlett looks at me in the shock and for sure thinks how I could have achieved all that in ten minutes with her being gone. I just shrugged, I have no idea how it all happened. "Looks like I'm going to have to defend you from the guys tonight, not you me," she said, bursting out laughing.

She sat down next to me and took a sip of her martini, took out her phone and started typing the message,to Valerio for sure. "If you're sending a message to your boyfriend, thank him on my behalf tonight", "I will." This is a very nice gesture on his part, I'm glad he's watching on her like this even from another country.

"You've sat there long enough, let's go dance a little," she said suddenly and took my hand and led me to the dance floor. The podium is full of men and women wrapping themselves around each other. Most girls wear such short dresses where if they were to bent down you would see their private parts. Luckily my dress is not that short, I think I would die of embarrassment. I stood on the podium.

And I started to dance. My arms are flailing in the sky above me,and I whirled around and whooped my happiness into the sweat-stained air. Foot forward. Back. I couldn't remember the last time I've have done this — why had I ever stopped? Scarlett grabbed my hand with hers and I swung backward, dipped low, then soaring into the air, the flashing colors momentarily blinding me... she touched ground again and skidded to a smiling, breathless halt. Scarlett was my dance partner since I can remember.

We danced like that for at least one or two hours. "I can't take it anymore Scarlett, my legs hurt. I have to sit down for a bit and I'm thirsty," she spinned me once more, which made me giggle. Okay sugar, you go rest now I'll join you in a little bit too. I have to go to the bathroom first. "I nodded and headed for our booth. I don't remember the last time I had fun like this. I'll have to accept Scarletta's calls more often when she wants to go out. I took a sip of my wine and sat down in the armchair.

I felt the phone in my purse vibrate next to me. I took it out to see who could write to me at this late hour. It was an email for my college.

Date: April 05, 2020 23:45
To: Lyra Rose Gray

Dear Miss Gray, we inform you that we have a gathering in the Great Hall tomorrow. Your presence is mandatory as well as all other college graduates.
The gathering starts at 10:00 and be sure to arrive on time.

Thank you for your understanding,
Professor Blackwood

Well this is interesting, who knows what it might be. It must be something serious apparently, they send an email this late at night.

"Tell me my pretty, did you dance like that just for me and only me or did it just seem like that to me." I jumped at that terrifying man's voice. "I have no idea what you're talking about. And for your information, I dance for myself onlt and not for you disgusting pig," I snapped angrily. "Come on, don't be like that, I just want to have a good time and I think you can help me with that," he winked at me, who does he think is for God's sake. I'm not some whore who falls for such nonsense. "I'd ask you to move out of my personal space, otherwise if you don't move I'll be forced to call security." I told him in a slightly raised voice, "Don't be a bitch, say what you drink so we can start to have some fun," he said as he squeezed my hand under the table so no one could see. I need to get out of his grip as soon as possible and find the bouncer who got us inside. I don't feel safe here at all, and this man scares me a lot. Who knows what he could do to me and no one wouldn't know. Scarlett is still gone, and I can't wait for her ,who knows when she'll be back.

"What ever you say sugar," I said, prr in his ear seductively. But he has no idea what's about to happen next. I started to stroke his cheek, but at the last moment I bent my fingers into a fist and hit him in the nose. He let go of my hand and I jumped out of my chair as soon as possible in search of the bouncer. I heard him scream behind me. ''Bitch, you broke my nose. You will pay dearly for this, just wait till I get you. "

I didn't turn around to see if he might be following me, my only goal was to get away from him as soon as possible. I soon came across a bouncer who ushered us in. "I'm sorry I don't know your name, but you said if someone bothered us to look for you," I said panting, I still couldn't come to my senses. "Call me Smiley, is everything all right, Miss Gray?" He asked worriedly. "Not really, a man bothering me all night, he doesn't want to leave me alone at all. He squeezed my hand under the table so I couldn't run away," I told him, showing him the hand that man was holding and I see that I already have a huge bruise. "I had to hit him so I could ran away ". "Don't worry, Miss Gray, I'll take care of it now. Feel free to stay here until I solve the situation." Smiley said with a frown. Before he could pull away, "Smiley, if it isn't too much, could you bring me my purse from the armchair and if you see Miss Heart tell her I want to get out of here and go home. And please call me Lyra." Of course Lyra, "he hurried to the booth I was in a few minutes ago.

As I wait for Smiley to return, I feel like I'm going to cry at any moment. Why does some shit always have to happen when I'm happy for the first time in a while. "Honey, are you okay? Sorry I didn't come back from the toilet earlier, there was a long line in front if it," said Scarlett, who consoled me. Because I didn't even notice myself shaking until she hugged me. '' I'll be fine, don't worry. It's not your fault, how could you know that something like this was going to happen to me for God's sake, "I reassured her." Let's go home, Lyra, this is too much fun for one night, and even for me. "

Smiley insisted on escorting us back home but we kindly declined. We called a taxi and headed to my apartment first because I live closer than Scarlett. "Before I forget an email arrived, we have a meeting in the hall tomorrow at ten o'clock I'm just let you know. It was sent to you too probably, you'll see it when you get home." "What, is it something serious or what?" She asked in astonishment. "Well sure it is, because they sent an email this late to let us know."

"I'll pick you up then at half past nine tomorrow, we'll have time to grab a cup of coffee along the way," she said, yawning. "It's a deal." We continued talking about a project that she was working on right now , we got a little carried away with the conversation that I didn't even notice that we had already reached my apartment. "Good night Scarlett, see you in the morning," I said as I got out of the cab. "Good night my dear, sleep well." I waved at her before I entered the building and she was on her way home.

I unlocked the door of my apartment and Hades greeted me all happy as if I hadn't been home in years. "Who's a good boy, did you guard the house while I was gone? Yes you did, you're one big guard dog," I said, scratch his head.

I played with Hades a bit, as he is eager for attention. After that, I went to take off my makeup and change. In the bathroom, the first thing I did was take off my makeup. While I was taking off my make-up, I noticed how much of a bruise I actually had on my arm from that psychopath from the club, luckily I have a balm for that. I smeared a bruise on my arm and went to change into my pajamas. Wanting to forget this night ever happened.

I finally settled into bed to sleep. This has been a very weird day. I turned off the light and Hades joined me on the bed.

I soon fell asleep, but my phone rang on a nightstand next to my bed. I picked up the phone to see who it was, but it was an unknown number. "Hello, who's this?" I asked sleepy, "Tell me you're okay," came a hoarse male voice. It took me a second to figure out who it was. And at that moment, it was as if someone had poured on me a bucket full of cold water. "Yeah, I'm fine, there's no reason to worry," I said curtly. I want to say something else, but he interrupts me by hanging up.

What the fuck did just now happen ?
Where did he get my phone number? I know Scarlett wouldn't have given it to him without asking me first, and the two of them aren't that close even. I'm not even that close to Valerio that he would have my phone number. Nothing is clear to me right now. That thought will keep me awake tonight. Come to think of it, he's rich for God's sake. Of course he can find out what my phone number is and more than that in the blink of an eye. But then why doesn't that though bother me? Somehow he seems to flatter me a little, but that's just my stupid thinking.

I couldn't help but notice that he sounded a little sad and scared, but why is that, that's the question. We didn't do anything, we didn't even exchange a few words. Then why is he calling me and worrying about my well-being?
With these questions, I soon fell asleep.

I feel like I was only asleep for a few minutes when the alarm went off this morning. I don't want to think about it today, I have a lot of tasks on hand and I can't spend my time on "what if" questions.

I returned to the apartment after taking Hades out for a morning walk. I poured him some food and changed the water. Then I headed to my bedroom to pick up my purse because Scarlett would soon come to pick me up to head to college.

I kissed Hades's snout and left the apartment for the second time this morning. As I left the building, Scarlett was already waiting for me.

"Good morning Lyra," she said with a grin as I got into the car. "Good morning to you too, I'm glad you're in the good mood this wonderful morning," I said, teasing her a little. "Of course, I'm in the mood every morning, as soon as the sun is up I'm up," she said, hopping in her seat.

"I got you your tea, since I know you don't like coffee that much. I stopped by the coffee shop before I came to pick you up. I didn't know if it would be crowded there now or not. And it wouldn't be desirable for us to be late for the gathering," I silently thanked her and we drove of to college.

"What do you think they are going to talk about at this assembly?" Scarlet asked, parking in her usual spot in front of the college. "Honestly, I have no idea. It's our final year, maybe something to do with some other tasks or something completely different," I said as I got out of the car. "Whatever it is, we'll find out soon."

We entered a large hall located on the west side of the college. We found our places near the stage where all the professors and even the principal are. Looks like it's actually something serious as soon as he's here too.

"Everybody settle in and let's get started. This isn't going to take long, so please pay attention for a moment," Director Gordon said, clearing his throat. "As you know, an email was sent to all the graduates of this college last night. We had guests from Russia, who helped us to make this college what it is today.We also talked to them about you graduates, and that is why, to finish your schooling here, we will send you to various European countries so that you can finish your final essays there. Your topics to write about will relate to the country you are going to. Since it's the end of the year and you only have three months to go, you're leaving tonight. The length of your stay will be two months, so that you have time to complete the essays and also to study for the exams. Your professor's will send you an email soon as to which country you are going to, and also what time you are flying today. So please go home as soon as possible to pack for the trip. Thank you for your attention and I wish you all a happy journey, "said Director Gordon with a big smile.

All the graduates went wild with happiness, they were all curious about which country they will go to and what their task would be. And some are even happy because they will get a free vacation even. But of course Scarlett isn't far from them either, jumping from the sensation in her chair next to me. "Where do you think we're going to go? I'd like to go to some sunny place, like Spain for example," she said excitedly holding my hand. "I have no idea. where we could go. But wherever it is, I'll be extraordinarily for sure. Just to remind you, we're not going there to have fun but to learn something, "I said reproachfully."You're not interesting at all, do you know that? I know we aren't going there to have fun, but we can't be locked up in our accommodations all day. We have to go out and do a little research and explore".

Scarlett drove me to the apartment and took Hades. Hades will be with her parents until we get back from the trip. "Are you sure they won't mind keeping him for such a long time?", "No, don't worry. I'm going now, I have to pack up, and see where I'm going ,I'll call you as soon as I know what time I have a flight. If your flightst sooner, I'll take you to the airport so you know," she said as she got into the car. " That a deal pretty lady".

I took out almost my entire closet on the bed and started packing. It would be wonderful to know where I am going so that I would know whether to pack summer or winter clothes. My phone rang next to my suitcase. It must be a college email.

Date: April 06, 2020 12:45
To: Lyra Rose Gray

Dear Miss Lyra, we inform you that your flight to Russia is tonight at 9:55 PM Please do not delay your flight. Instructions for your essay will be forwarded to you tomorrow by your professor of literature, Mr. Blackwood. I wish you a happy journey.

College Director Mr. David Gordon.

This must be some sick joke. Russia? Why on earth? Of all the other countries, they just had to send me there. I couldn't dwell on to it for long because my phone was already ringing. "Yes, Scarlett?"
"Did you get an email? What country did you get? I got Russia," she said breathlessly. "I got Russia too, my flight is tonight at 9:55 PM" I'll pick you up around 7:00 PM so we can have time to check in without rushing, "she said excitedly.

After we finished talking, I went back to my packing. I packed all my winter clothes and some elegant dress, you never know maybe we'll go out to dinner somewhere.

I'm done packing my clothes and my cosmetics. For some wonderful miracle, everything fit in two suitcases and one bag. I glanced at my watch and saw that it was already 6:00 PM, Scarlett will arrive soon.

While I waited for her, I closed all the windows and turned off what needed to be turned off. I checked my purse to see if I had packed everything. There was my laptop, headphones, passport, my current book I was reading and other things. Everything was there.

A honcked comes front outside my apartment, it must be Scarlett. I left the apartment and headed for the car, who was waiting for me.

"Hurry up a bit, a snail is faster than you,"I dismissed it laughing. She is excited to go to Russia, which gives her the opportunity to see Valerio after so many months that they were apart. She must have told him as soon as she found out. She just shone with happiness. But to her happiness and my regret, if she sees him then I will surely see him too. Makimiliano Romanov, and I am terrified of that.

After an hour's drive we finally reached the airport. We took out our luggage and headed out to check our tickets. There was extra time until our plane took off. During that time, we decided to have coffee in a nearby cafeteria.

"What do you think Russia is like? I've never been, but according to my research I hear it's very cold." "I don't know, I've never been either. But I know it's very mysterious and full of history," I said, taking a sip of my coffee". By the way, I called Valerio, he didn't answer. So I wrote him a message that we were coming and he still didn't answer me, "she said it with a pouting expression." He must still be working, he'll answer you when he's done ", I reassured her." You're right, or else I will kill him", she said it with a big smile, you could see all her teeth.

"I'm asking all passengers that are going to Russia on the flight that departs at 9:55 PM to board the plane," the woman said over the speakerphone. "It's time, let's not be late," Scarlett jumped.

We slowly boarded the plane and found our seats. The flight won't take long so we'll land a little after midnight.

"I'm going to nap a little bit, wake me up when we get there," I said, adjusting to a comfortable sleeping position.

And my thoughts flew to him, I tried all day to push him out of my mind. But it finally caught up to me.

I know I will see him, but I am afraid of that encounter. I secretly want to see him, I miss him, I somehow felt empty without him, like he took half of my heart with him so many months ago when he left. But the best solution is to avoid him, that is if I can.

We finally took off, on our way to the unknown.

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