Axel's Revenge

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Chapter 12

The dinner once again went well and this time he took her to an Italian restaurant that made and serve the best traditional Italian dishes.

Axel was once again wearing that cold mask, closed off from the conversation. He wasn’t even enjoying the food like he usually did and talked little. When it was time to leave, Samantha paid the bill and gestured him to follow her out.

“Keys.”

Axel cast a puzzled look at her when she asked for his car keys, but gave it to her when she narrowed her eyes at him. Samantha drove the car as Axel sat beside her in a comfortable silence. His brows knotted when she parked the car in a lonely parking space that dimly lit and behind some apartment building he didn’t recognize.

“Spill it!”

“What?” He asked as confusion etched his features.

“You were fine when I came in this morning and then, something changed. What is it?” She asked with narrowed eyes that warned him of an impending storm that would hit home if he didn’t speak the truth.

“It’s a…”

“Are you not happy?”

“Wha- of course, I am happy,” Axel responded quickly.

“Then, what got your knickers in a twist? Are you having any second thoughts?”

Axel gaped at her, not expecting she would ask something like this. “No!” His response was quick as his heart rate sped up.

“Axel…” Samantha’s features softened as she unbuckled her seat belt. “I want you to know you can trust me with anything. I can see that something is bothering you. What is it?” She asked gently as she turned to face him.

Axel contemplated for a moment as he met her eyes. He thought what his therapist would say in a situation like this. He would ask him to speak his mind, be honest with his thoughts.

“I want to kiss you,” he confessed as nervousness bit his skin with its sharp fangs. He tried to pose with confidence, but his insides were ready to collapse as she regarded him.

“And what is stopping you?” She asked as the previous confusion and worries seemed to clear from her mind.

“What if you don’t like it?” Axel sounded as if he was talking to himself.

“Oh, Axel, why would you think like that?” Samantha closed the distance between them and cupped his cheek as she looked into his eyes.

“I don’t know,” he admitted as his eyes swept over her face, landing on her plump lips. Samantha’s tongue darted out wetting her lips as she smiled.

“Only one way to find out,” she whispered and reached down covering his lips with hers.

Axel stiffened for a moment before returning the kiss. Her lips were soft like a feather and a hint of sweetness left him with a longing for more when she pulled away.

“Wasn’t that tough, is it?” She smiled as she searched his face for any regret. “Want to try that again?” She asked when her eyes found his hooded ones that appeared drugged with lust.

Axel responded by pulling her on his lap, kissing her with a fervent need, which soon elicited a slight moan from her throat. Samantha nibbled at his lower lip and thrust her tongue, seeking entry, which he allowed gladly, letting her take control of the kiss.

His hands traced her curves as their tongues danced around each other. Her breath quickened as she adjusted herself in his lap so she was straddling him. Desire pooled between her thighs, and her lower belly quivered with need. His hot mouth too sinful to let go and the kiss aroused her in an instant.

She almost jumped out of her skin when a car honked in the distance. They both broke into a fit of laughter as their make-out session got interrupted.

“It’s getting late,” Axel whispered as he caressed the side of her face.

“Yeah,” she got up, adjusting her skirt as Axel exited the vehicle before climbing in on the driver’s seat.

They sat in a comfortable silence for the rest of the ride and when he dropped the car before her apartment building she turned to look at him with a smile on her face.

“Thanks for the lovely dinner and good night,” she said, getting out.

Axel opened his mouth to speak, but then decided against it as he was unsure of what he wanted to say to her. Samantha walked two feet from the car before turning towards him again.

“Just so you know, that was hot and I think we should do that again,” she added with a wink before speed walking into her building.

A huge grin broke through Axel’s lips as he drove off, whistling the entire way to his home.

∞∞∞

The rest of the week was a blur. Samantha surprised him during the midweek saying his schedule was free and she’d booked three tickets to Spain for that weekend. Finally, it was the last day at work and there were so many things he needed to take care of.

Samantha was a well-organized woman, and she handled her new post efficiently. Axel’s workload reduced considerably, and he was amazed to see how she handled the role. His workload has reduced several percents, and he appreciated her help.

She’d hired a new secretary, Denzel, fresh out of college and has trained him for the role. The twenty-year-old was talented and dedicated to the work.

Axel missed seeing Samantha every time at the office. It was Denzel, who popped when he called for his secretary. However, Samantha brought his morning coffee, and they always had lunch together. Excitement and joy bubbled within his heart as he thought about the trip. He would miss Samantha and their little talks during the trip.

“Knock, Knock,” Samantha poked her head in with a bright smile, that warmed his heart.

“Hey, come on in.”

“Someone’s happy!”

“Yeah, just excited to meet everyone after a long time. My cousin has a boyfriend, whom she wants me to meet. Then, there are my Aunts and grandpa Joaquin,” he reminisced with a warm smile.

“And, I am happy to see that smile on your face,” Samantha gushed as he pulled her closer, pecking her lips.

“I will miss you,” Axel whispered against her lips.

“I will miss you too.”

“So, what are your plans for this weekend,” he asked, caressing the side of her face, wondering how soft her skin felt.

“I am moving back to my parent’s home. I moved out after graduation and tried to build my career on my own. Now, that I’ve achieved my goal and that I am missing them so much, I thought it was time to go back.”

“I am glad to hear that,” Axel muttered as he traced her skin with his lips, peppering soft kisses along her neck and jawline.

Samantha giggled as his two-day stubble tickled her. “Why does that make you glad?”

“Well, moving in with your parents means you won’t be alone all the time and you’ll be in safe hands,” Axel explained as he nuzzled into the crook of her neck.

“Protective much?”

“Always,” Axel whispered as he caught her lips again.

By the end of the day, he had completed his work. He had made sure that all the scheduled shipments would go as planned, signed the required documents, checked the accounts and met all the department heads to brief them on their duties during his absence. Just one more meeting with this new client and he could pack his bags for Spain.

∞∞∞

Axel mumbled the lyrics of his favorite song as he got dressed. He would meet his extended family. His mom had informed him that morning that his cousin Andrea got engaged to her boyfriend, and it only added more reasons for the joy that bubbled within him.

Andrea pursued her Masters in the New York University and stayed at their home during that period. His uncle was so strict that he wouldn’t allow her to stay anywhere else. She had become his close friend. He couldn’t wait to meet her fiancé.

He’d called Xander and informed him about his short trip to Spain. Axel felt relieved to learn that his idea worked. Xander told Alicia he was going away for a shoot and will be out of the city for a few weeks to escape her claws.

The next morning, Samantha arrived an hour earlier to his home wearing simple jeans and a T-shirt. Seeing Samantha felt like a breath of fresh air. Axel greeted her with a real smile and a half hug with a pat on her back.

Sara beamed when she saw her future daughter-in-law and hugged her so hard that Samantha felt like her bones would crack if the woman adds up any more pressure.

“You’re crushing her, my love,” Henry chuckled.

“Oh, sorry. I’m just happy,” Sara sniffled wiping the happy tears. Her boy was in love again and this time with the right girl.

Henry grinned and agreed with Sara. “Well, I’m happy too. But, we need to start now if you don’t want to miss the flight.”

Soon, they left home with their luggage and Samantha drove them to the airport in Axel’s car.

“I’ll call every day,” Axel promised.

“Sure.”

“Sam, ah… Um… I was wondering if you’d like anything from Spain,” he asked scratching his head. He didn’t know what she liked.

Samantha grinned, shaking her head ‘no’. “Have a safe journey and enjoy your time there,” she said, giving him a warm smile as she pulled him by his collar.

“I miss you already,” Axel kissed her, earning a soft chuckle from her.

“Me too. Come back soon,” she whispered as he rested his forehead against hers.

Axel smiled down at her as he realized how close she’d come into his heart in these days. He wanted to take it slow at first, but as each day went he couldn’t help but want more.

He cursed, hearing the announcement of his flight. A sudden feeling of void filled his heart as he looked at a smiling Samantha. He didn’t know why he felt that way, considering he’d be back in a week and they could FaceTime or Skype each other anytime.

Henry tapped on his shoulder and Axel let Samantha go with a tight-lipped smile. “See you soon, Sam.”

Samantha nodded with a smile as his parents took their turns, hugging her goodbye. Samantha stood watching them go until they were no longer in sight before leaving the airport, unaware that, paparazzi was capturing their moments, who took their photos a few days back.

The paparazzi smiled to himself, satisfied with the clear shots he got. The couple looked so cozy and the kiss was just perfect. Axel Joaquin Finlayson was definitely in love.

After he published the last set of photos, a female approached him and promised to pay him more cash if he got her more photos of Axel with that unknown girl. He had photos of them together on a few dates and this was the best he’d ever got so far. It wasn’t his job to know who she was, and he didn’t care as long as he got paid. With a happy sigh, he hopped on his motorbike, riding away to the small fortune that awaited him.

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