Destined to Love (Unedited)

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(Ch. 17) Night with my Boss

Emma's POV.

I felt two muscular arms carrying me. I opened my eyes to see Edan and looked at my surroundings to see he was carrying me towards an elevator.

"E-Ed-" I tried to call him but it came out much like a whisper.

"You're awake. " He looked at me with a smile. My vision was blurry now and my head aching.

"W-Where-" It was difficult for me to talk as my head was spinning with pain and I closed my eyes to ease it. I felt so weak right now and I hated that he was seeing me in this state.

"Shh... Just keep silent," he said politely to me and I remained silent. I was embarrassed and I wanted to hide - hide from this world and from my dark memories. I wish I could just be reborn or I wish life had a reset button then I wouldn't have to suffer. There would be no that night or this night. I hated my life. I hated it. Despite having family love and care, I felt torn and destroyed because he broke me that night, scared me and made me terrified of even living.

I rested my head on his chest as tears threatened to escape my eyes. I heard the lift door open as I peek to see Edan entering in the penthouse with slow steps.

He climbed the stairs while carrying me. I was afraid that he might drop me so I gripped his shirt tighter. He took me up and towards a room. The door was opened and he took me in. There was a king size bed in the middle of the room as he gently put me on it and kissed my forehead. Why did he kiss? Why he had to kiss? This was strange and the strangest thing was, I could seem to ease up a little by his kiss. I rested my head against the backside of the bed. He went out of the room without saying anything. I closed my eyes trying to relax my aching head.

"You should eat something. " I heard his voice and felt him sitting beside me.

"I don't want to." I wasn't hungry at all.

"Yes, you will." His voice firm leaving no space to argue. I opened my eyes to see him having a tray in his hand. I sat straight. By seeing the soup, at once I felt bile rising up to my throat and standing up, I rushed towards the washroom. I puked as my throat started burning due to acidity. Turning the tap on, I washed my face and taking some toothpaste on my finger, I rubbed it on my teeth and gargled to lessen the smell of vomit.

My breathing was heavy as I head out to see Edan sitting on the bed. I headed towards him and sat beside him.

"Are you fine?" He questioned as I nodded my head. After the vomit, I was feeling a bit sober now.

"You should eat something, " he said and I simply nodded. Although I didn't want to drink or eat a single bite but I knew this was for my own good.

He took some soup on the spoon, blew it and moved it towards me as I blinked twice at his strange action. What was he doing? This was not the Edan Wilton whom I knew. Should I eat it? This all felt a little awkward. No! A lot awkward!

"Come on." He urged. His eyes looking in mine Now I was feeling like a small child whose being taken care of. Dwelling whether I should or not, at last, I decided to open my mouth to eat it.

"That's my girl." He smiled looking into my eyes and my eyes widen at his comment. My girl?

After finishing the soup, he went downstairs and brought a glass of water. He gave me a pill, handing me a glass of water.

"This will help you with your drunken state."

He explained as I took the medicine. I bent down to open the straps of my shoes but felt a hand over mine. I looked up shocked to see Edan crouching down and undoing the straps. He was my boss and he was doing that. Why was he doing that? I was so embarrassed. I could just die of embarrassment right now.

"Edan, leave it, I can do that." My face got red with embarrassment. Why was he doing that?

"It's okay, you will feel a little more comfortable without wearing them." With that, he removed my heels as I pursed my lips.

"You should get some sleep." He patted on my head as I gave him a weak smile. I knew he had seen everything and now, he must be thinking who was he? I knew his mind was full of questions but he wasn't asking any. I liked him for this, he does not push you to tell you. My thoughts about him were all wrong. Back then at my parent's house, he didn't push me to tell anything, he didn't ask me or question me, he just consoled me. I was wrong, I misjudged him.

"Sorry," I mumbled unconsciously remembering how bad I thought of him.

"What?" He asked but I averted me eyes. I just shook my head and lied down on the bed, covering myself with the duvet.

He didn't ask again and turned around ready to leave. At once, I held on to his hand. I don't know why I did that but I did stop him. It was kind of an involuntary action which I didn't quite understand. He turned his head to see me as he knelt down so his face was in front of mine.

"Where are you going to sleep?" I questioned.

"There are plenty of rooms, " he replied politely. I looked into his blue eyes, feeling at peace. My mind thinking about what could have happened if he hadn't saved me? I was sure Den would have hurt me in the most terrible way possible. Why, when everything seems to get settled down, someone has to come and ruin it completely? Why does it have to be me? I hated my life. I hated myself.

I was a pure bad luck.

"Emma?" he called my name and I looked at him, my eyes staring in his, and the next thing which I said, was a shock to me too.

"Don't leave me," I whispered a little embarrassed at what I was saying. I was afraid that Den might come for me or this was just a dream and when I'd wake up, I'd be in Den's room.

He blinked for a few minutes and then he nodded. He removed his shirt and I couldn't seem to blink my eyes. I looked at his chest and well-built abs. His muscles showing clearly that he works out everyday. He smirked at my reaction and I immediately turned my head to the other side. He lied right beside me. My face facing him.

Damn! Why he had to remove his shirt?

"Have you eaten something?" I asked to avert my mind from his body.

"Why? You care about me?" He smirked. My eyes widened. What the? I was just saying formally. This idiot.

"No, I don't. I was just asking because I don't want your grumbling stomach to disturb my sleep." I lied with a frown as he chuckled.

"You know you're bad at lying." He poked me on the cheek slightly as I pouted.

"You know you're a jerk."

"You look cute when you pout." He smiled showing his thousand dollars smile as my breath stuck in my throat and I gulped due to the strange feeling building inside me.

"Don't make me regret my decision," I retorted as blood rushed in my cheeks making them to warm up.

God! What was happening?

I was going to turn my head to the other side but Edan put his arm around me and in a swift motion, I was in his arms as I gasped. He held me tightly in his arms and I was shocked to death. My heart was going crazy with continuous beating and I felt like I was going to faint. He was making me feel weird and strange. This was the second time I was in his arms and I felt... safe. I felt safe along with something else. I felt like no one could hurt me now. It felt like I was safe from Den.

My breath hinged at the thought of what he had done to me as again that haunted night swirl before my eyes. I controlled my tears and drew closer to hide my head in his bare chest. I tried my best to control my tears but it was useless, two or three tears were able to leave as a sob left my mouth. Edan nuzzled his face into my hair and tightened his arms around me. I was feeling vulnerable. Like that stage - the stage that comes in every person's life, where you feel helpless, vulnerable and all lost.

"Emma stop crying, don't you ever cry again," He rubbed my back with his hand. "He's not going to ever get you again. I will never let him get my Emma again."

My Emma? It felt strange yet comforting to hear those words from his mouth. But why? Why they sounded good?

These words made my worries fade away and I looked up to see him. A slight smile took a place on my face. I looked into his blue eyes and I could just drown in them forever. Why was I acting this way today? Might be the alcohol I had.

"That's the smile I'm looking for. You should never stop smiling again, especially not around me. Okay?"

I nodded with a smile.

"And if you did, then I will punish you, " he said with a playful smile as I raised my eyebrows at his statement. "And how are you gonna do that?" I asked but it came more like a challenge.

"Watch me." He smirked as he let go of me and climbed on top of me.

"What are y-" I was cut off mid-sentence when he started tickling me. His fingers tickling my belly and stomach as I laughed.

"Stop!" I yelled as my eyes filled up with tears due to laughter. "Edannn!" I couldn't stop laughing.

"Stop... Stop it. I promise," I cried between fits of laughter.

With that he let me go and returned to his previous position. I was still bringing myself back from all the laughter and my mood had been switched to a good one right now, because of Edan.

"You look cuter when you laugh," I blushed at his comment.

"And cutest when you blush." He kissed my cheek and my eyes widened at his action as I gasped. His kiss sending shivers down my spine.

God! Help me!

"I'm going to sleep." To avoid myself from another heart attack by him, I shut my eyes, turned to the other side and pretended to be asleep.

"You're full of surprises. " He chuckled, "And I like that, " he whispered in my ear and my heart was going to drop down my stomach any minute now. Why did I stop him from leaving me? I shouldn't have stopped him because this man was going to make me crazy.

I closed my eyes tighter to calm me down. He held me closer, nuzzled into my hair and in that position, I went into a peaceful sleep for the first time after that night.

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