(Ch. 12) Unexpected
I know she was lying and she hadn’t eaten anything. I hadn’t seen her left her office for once. My mind was still pondering on what just happened a while ago. I still didn’t get it. Why she acted that way when I touched her? The moment she looked at me, I sensed a fear in them. I saw a deep thing hidden in those eyes and I knew there is more behind this strong Emma. She wasn’t what she looked from outside.
But I was not going to accept defeat! I will get her if I have to take it slowly. I always get what I want.
And I will get her too!
I heard the door open as she walked slowly towards my desk. I could see she was avoiding me. Her head down as she was looking at her hands, her fingers intertwined.
“Emma,” I said slowly.
She didn’t answer
“Emma look I’m-”
“Only my friends and family are allowed to call me by my first name which you’re not. So with due respect, Mr. Wilton call me Miss James.” She said in one breath still looking down.
I stood up from my seat and walked towards her and she started to back away. As she did, I quickly grab her hand and she sucked in a deep breath. I know she was troubled right now and I want to be the one to comfort her, although the cause of that trouble was me and now I want to be the one to soothe it as well. I held her chin gently as she flinched and I turned her face so that she was looking straight into my eyes. Her eyes were red and puffy and I could tell she had cried. She quickly averted her eyes, freeing her chin from my grip as my heart clenched.
“Look I’m s-sorry.” I stuttered a bit as I had never said that to anyone before.
But why did I said to her? Why did I feel her pain?
She looked at me surprised as well and this time I saw her eyes softened a bit as she tried to talk but no word came out of her mouth.
“I know you haven’t eaten anything.” I changed the subject, but she didn’t respond and I was sure now that she hasn’t eaten anything.
“Come eat with me,” I said while taking her hand moving towards the couch.
“I’m not h-hungry.” She finally spoke and tried to free her hand but I didn’t let it go.
“Okay then just sit with me.” I took a seat on the couch but she remained stood.
“Please.” I cut her stammering.
Fuck! What’s going on with me? First sorry now, please?
Damn it! My tongue isn’t in my control right now.
She nodded and sat beside me. I was still holding her hand as I was a bit I don’t know afraid?
I think...I thought... If I let go her hand she’ll run away. I don’t want that. I was going to gain her trust if I have to take it step by step.
And after that you’ll crush her?
My inner voice asked as I bit my lips thinking on the thought.
I don’t know...
The door opened and a tray full of food was brought in. I had already ordered some food beforehand.
The food was placed on the table in front of us and I ordered the lad to go. He went out with the tray and I started to put a piece of fried chicken along with macaroni and cheese on the plate and offered that plate to Emma, but she shook a no. However, her stomach had decided something else. As I was drawing the plate her stomach growled a bit.
“Looks like Miss James, your stomach is thinking opposite of it.” I chuckled as she got a bit embarrassed, her face slightly red.
“Are you going to eat? Or should I feed you?” I smirked.
Her eyes shot up and she hurriedly took the plate from my hand.
“Good girl.” I pat her head lightly, a smile on my face. She got surprised but didn’t say anything. After 40 min. We were done.
“Thank you, sir.” She muttered.
“No need to. I thought it’s a good way to apologize for my behavior. I am sorry Miss James.” I said politely.
“I’m-I’m s-sorry too.” She whispered. “I should go now I-I have some w-work to do.” With that, she turned around.
“By the way, Miss James call me Edan.”
“That’s an order Miss, or else I’ll call you whatever I like.”
She gave a slight nod and went to her office as I smiled.
Well, I think I can do this slowly... Not need to make a rush. But in the end, she was going to be mine...
And I was gonna prove it.
I wasn’t going to say yes to his offer but when he apologized my heart softened. I wasn’t expecting that from him. I was expecting some rude remark from him, knowing the arrogant jerk he was. However, when he gave me the plate and how my stomach growled.
Damn! I was beyond embarrassed!
But one can do nothing when the food is delicious.
My mood was better now. Thanks to Edan I would say. I was glad he apologized and realized his mistake. I looked at the time to see it was almost 5 so I packed up my things. I took my clutch and went to the lift. As I reached the ground floor, I heard a loud thunder.
“Oh no...! That’s not good!” I muttered to myself.
I walked to the front door as I looked out and to my dismay, there was a storm out there, it was raining heavily.
“Shoot... Now how am I going to reach the bus station.” I whispered.
I was going to be late for dinner. Uuh! this damn rain, just stop!
I was waiting for the rain to stop. I have been standing here for 15 minutes but the storm was getting worse.
Urgh!!! My mom’s gonna kill me.
Damn rain! Stop!
“Waiting for someone?” I turned my head to see Edan.
“Mr. Wilton...” I started.
“Care to come with me, cupcake?” He smirked as my eyes widen at the way he called me.
Cupcake? What the hell?
“What? I told you not to call-”
“I told you to call me Edan or else I’ll call you whatever I like.” He reminded me as I pursed my lips in a thin line.
“Oh..!” I couldn’t say anything else.
But what kind of thing is that?
Come on! Who says that?
Call me by my name or I’ll call you whatever I like.
“So are you going to stay here? Because this rain isn’t going to stop sooner.” He stood next to me. By this time almost the whole office was empty. All other employees have there owned car and some had taken rides from others as I was a newbie here so I couldn’t request a ride from anyone and besides I have to go to my parent’s house.
“I can drop you.” He offered.
“Thanks for your offer but I’m not going home, I have an important thing to attempt,” I replied politely.
I don’t know why but it seemed like his jaw just hardened.
“Then I can drop you there.”
“It’s a little far from this place,” I replied looking towards the rain.
“Where?” He asked me.
I gave him the destination which I don’t know why I did. I guess I didn’t have any other thing to do.
“Hey, I’m going there too. I have an important meeting there.” He replied showing his thousand dollar smile and I had to admit, he looked even younger when he smiles. I have noticed him smile for the first time. And there...
My heart made a slip.
Damn! What just happened?
I don’t know what to say. I don’t have any other choice though.
“I’m not hearing any other excuses. Let’s go, my car is just at a walking distance.” He said and took my hand.
He took out an umbrella and opened it. I went in it with him and as we reached the door, I shivered a bit.
Damn! It’s cold out there. Why did I forget to bring my jacket?
As I was just going to step out the door Edan stopped me. I took a look at him as he removed his coat and put it around my shoulders. I looked into his eyes, surprised.
“Don’t want you to get a cold.” He chuckled while holding the coat on my shoulders.
I could smell his cologne and the same muscular rosewood scent.
I felt my cheeks warm up.
“Let’s go I think you don’t want to get late for your date.” His voice became a bit cold the other instant as my mind got confused.
Date? What kind of date?
I don’t know what he was talking about and what kind of date he was referring to. I was in this confusion when he grabbed my hand as my heart skipped another beat.
What the hell was happening?
He led me to the street and I heard a loud thunder as I stepped out. I hate thunders and storms since that night. That night of my life was the darkest of all and the the loud thunder from that night still lingers in my mind. These are one of the things I became afraid of. Every thunder, every flash of lightening reminds me of that beast. I tried to overcome my this fear in last three years but still it sometimes scares me out. Inside the building, the sound of the thunder wasn’t that audible. I tried to keep my fear to myself as I don’t want to show it to him.
We were walking in the rain under the umbrella. There came another sound of thundering flash and I shrieked grabbing Edan’s hand a bit tightly. He stopped for a minute and looked at me. He could tell very clearly that I was scared as hell. I let go off his hand as I felt ashamed.
“You’re afraid of lightning?” He questioned me calmly with a surprised expression.
As I was gonna say no, there came another rumbling thunder. The sky looked as if been divided into two halves by this horrifying bolt as the horrifying face of that monster came in front of my eyes making me shudder with fear and my body started to feel pain like it felt that night.
“Aahhh..!” I let out another shriek and I was pretty sure he had gotten his answer now.
I was so scared that I don’t want to even move. I felt an arm around my shoulder and in a swift motion, I was in Edan’s arm. With one hand he was holding the umbrella and other was on my arm. I was just going to protest when there came another thunder, I shrieked again and hide my face in his chest.
Crap! Damn this storm! Damn my stubbornness!
I don’t care what he thinks, I was dying here.
I felt his hand on my back as he held me close and I could felt myself a little calm now. But deep inside...
My heart was beating faster and my breathing was rapid. My whole body tingling from his electrifying touch.
We walked slowly towards the car. He started the car and turn on the heater as I removed his coat and gave it to him.
“Thanks,” I muttered.
“No need to.” His voice was calm.
We drove on the road and my eyes fixed on my lap.
I didn’t know he had a meeting there and this late? I had arranged his schedule and there wasn’t any meeting in that area.
“You don’t have a meeting there,” I spoke up after a minute.
“Hmm?” His eyes on the road.
“I am your PA Mr. Wilton and I know there wasn’t any meeting of yours in that town.”
“There is. ”
“No! There isn’t! I know your schedule better.” I retorted and he didn’t reply.
“Mr. Wilton tell me the truth.” I folded my arms and stared at him.
“Okay! I’ll tell you for one reason.” He said as he turned the car to left.
“Fine,” I said to him.
I want to know why was he going there. If it’s special for me, then I don’t want his mercy or something. Why was he even doing this?
“I’ll tell you if you start calling me by my first name.” He said with a calm posture but a smile playing on his lips.
“B-But it’s highly inappropriate. You’re my boss and I’m your PA. And although you’re a jerk and a bastard still I can’t just call you by your name.” I said not a bit ashamed of my words.
“You can call me a jerk or a bastard but can’t call me by my first name? What kind of thing is that?” He chuckled.
“Oh just shut up!” I remarked and as soon as I did, I know I had done wrong.
I shouldn’t have said that... He helped me.
“Hey there! I’m your boss. And if you’re not calling me by my first name then I’m calling you by yours.” He smirked.
“Who are you? Mr. Bipolar? Why are you like this?” I rolled my eyes.
“Who are you, Emma? Why are you not attracted to me? Why you hate when I talk to you? Why are you scared of me? Why you hate guys or it’s just me?” He retorted.
I got shocked at his questions and my tongue tied up as I don’t know the answers to them. I kept silent as I don’t want to discuss with him about my past. I don’t want to get involved with him. I will remain, Emma who hate guys; although he helped me today but still I can’t just tell him all about me. I had just known him for few days and I can’t just trust him.
I just can’t...