Fire and Flames

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XXXV. Other side of him

Athena

I walked into my office wearing a bright smile. Having Gabriel around me for two days was entertaining, and we had fun. I didn’t expect Christmas to be over so fast, but I really enjoyed my time. I could say the same for Ruby, she couldn’t stop smiling since coming back from her date. Danny finally asked her to be his girlfriend. I’m so freaking happy for them.

“Somebody’s all smiles.” I glanced at Rosa, who was assessing me with a frown.

“I guess I’m in a great mood,” I sing sung

“Well, your mood might get spoiled,” Rosa shrugged, giving a tight-lipped smile.

“Why?” I asked, going over to my desk placing my tote bag on it.

“Mr Kings arrived this morning,” My breath got caught in my throat when I heard his name. I was going to see him almost after a week.

“Oh” I merely hummed

“He’s in his cabin,”

I glanced at her, “Thanks for the heads-up Rosa see you during the break”

She smiled nodding and left my cabin. I heaved a sigh and went to the break room to prepare his black coffee. Pouring it into his brown mug, I went to his cabin and knocked on his door, curling my toes I waited for his response like a student waiting to hear their results. “Come in” my heart leapt when I heard his husky voice. Damn, I really need to keep my heart at bay.

Gulping my fear and excitement of seeing him, I slowly opened the door and walked in steadily and placed the coffee on the desk making sure to keep my eyes down all the while and took few steps backs before taking my iPad to read the schedules for today.

His office was strangely silent, Only our breathing could be heard. Feeling curious, I looked up and our eyes instantly met, there goes the monkey dance in my stomach. His caramel hair slightly messy, His stubble was more evident, his eyes held the same piercing intensity as always but it felt as if he was trying to find something.

He was leaning into his swivel chair, the pad of his right thumb grazing over his stubble. Man, how I wish I could do it. No Athena, No! Get your hormones In check!

“Is there anything you need sir?” I asked while keeping a blank face.

He shook his head in a no and continued to stare at me, well this is awkward. Imagine in movies we find two people simply staring at each other not making a move, only silence between them? Cut the crap, Those two are us now.

He’s been ignoring me for a week and he’s staring at me as if he’s seeing me for the first time? What’s gotten into him? Did someone hit his head when he left? If yes, then I hope his personality has been altered.

I cleared my throat and read his schedule, If he’s got nothing to say then I’ll do my job.

“That is it for today. Do you want to make any changes?” I finished reading and glanced at him expectantly. He again shook his head in no. My hands were itching to strangle him right at this moment. This Mr.King is acting weird and it’s kind of annoying.

“Then I’ll be leaving sir” I gave him a lazy smile and turned on my heels to walk away until his voice called out.

“Who was that guy with you that night?” I could hear the irritation and anger in his voice.

I stopped and looked back at him with a frown, which guy is he talking about? Did he see me along with Gabe? How? Wasn’t he out of station? “I didn’t get it, sir,” I pretended to not know what he’s talking about.

He clenched his jaw, closing his eyes as he rubbed his forehead, I gulped staring at the Adonis. Damn! Did the room just get hot?

I clutched the iPad bringing it to my chest, why am I feeling uneasy all of a sudden?

“Don’t act dumb Athena!” his chest rumbled, my name sounded so sexy coming from his mouth, I gripped the tab harder as I clenched my thighs together.

“Then enlighten me, Sir!” I stated sassily, his eyes suddenly snapped open as he stared at me like a predator eyeing its prey. Did I do something wrong? why does my stupid mouth have to ruin everything?

My eyes watched him slowly stand up from his chair before taking powerful strides towards me, his black shirt clung to his sculpted torso like a second skin, those black dress pants accentuating his long legs, his green eyes glinted mischievously and that sly smirk wasn’t helping my current situation either. My feet were rooted to the floor not obeying my brain’s command to run.

Damn it! I’m in trouble!

He stopped few inches from me, I craned my neck to meet his eyes as he leaned closer, the smell of his cologne wafted to my nose. God, I missed it so much.

Not the right time Athi!

“I’d love to!” He whispered huskily, sending a shiver down my spine. Goosebumps rose on my skin after listening to his words.

“I...I didn’t m..mean it” why am I stuttering? Get yourself together!!

His lips curled, showing me his pearly whites. If I mention his smirk was sexy, then his smile is HOT! His smile was removing all sense of rational thoughts off my brain. Seeing him smile is dangerous to my poor heart and body.

“But I didn’t!” that did it, I felt the heat pool between my legs. In my life never was I this frustrated both mentally and sexually because of a man.

“Wh..what?” I stared at him through wide orbs.

He tilted his head, a few of his hair stands falling over his forehead as he stared at me with a smirk. I didn’t realise I was stepping back until the cold wall touched my back, Shit I’m trapped.

Noticing a space beside me, I prepared to escape only for a strong veiny arm to block my path.

“There’s no escaping ma chérie” he whispered into my ears, his warm breath hitting my exposed neck. My eyes widened when I realised what he called me, my darling! Even Gabe calls me the same thing but there was something about the way Zephyr said it made me joyful.

I rolled my lower lips between my teeth before looking straight into his eyes, there was nothing playful about it now. Various emotions were swirling through his green pools, one of them was anger and the others I couldn’t keep a finger on.

“Why do you want to know?” I asked breathlessly, his closeness is affecting my sanity and I can’t think straight. All I want to do is grab his face and smash my lips on his. I want to feel those fireworks and tingles again.

He leaned more closer, resting his forehead against mine, cupping my left cheek with his free hand. “I don’t want to see you with another man apart from me Athena,” That’s when I understood the other emotion in his eyes, it was jealousy. Was he jealous because I was with another guy?

My mind started giving me mischievous ideas.

“Why? He’s my friend and I’ll see or talk to him whenever and wherever I want Mr. King.” I jutted my finger, poking his hard chest.

A squeal left my lips when he grabbed my wrists pinning them above my head, and my iPad fell creating a clacking sound but he seemed unbothered by it. He pressed his warm body to mine, I could feel every dip of his torso. The thin clothing was not helping to avoid this touch.

He dipped his head into the crook of my neck, leaving soft kisses, as on reflex, I leaned my head back giving him more access, I moaned out loud when he nipped on the sensitive skin, my legs were turning into jello, if it wasn’t for his arm around my waist, I’d be lying down like a puddle.

He let out a low growl as he continued his sweet torture “Ze...Zephyr,” He suddenly stilled, the next moment I know I’m left cold and alone yearning for his warmth, a whimper unknowingly left my mouth at the loss of contact.

I glanced at him, he was pacing around the room, running his right hand through his thick hair angrily. He looked murderous, Did I do something wrong?

I tried to recall if I said or did something wrong, My eyes widened in realisation. I called his name. But why is he affected by it?

I slowly walked over to him, he was breathing heavily as rested his forehead in his palm. I slowly raised my hand and kept it on his shoulder, he froze in his place for a second before he harshly removed my hand while glaring at me, “Don’t!” he warned clenching his jaw

I felt my eyes burn, my heart ached when he rejected my touch “What did I do? Why are you avoiding me suddenly?” I questioned, This man is Bipolar, I can never understand the way his mind works. At one moment he makes me feel that I’m wanted and the next moment he’ll kick me out.

Why is he doing this to me?

he closed his eyes, pinching the bridge of his nose. “Leave Athena!” He said lowly,

“B..but..why?” I pleaded “I SAID LEAVE ME!” he roared, I flinched taking a step back. This isn’t the man I know, the man I feel for.

I clenched my fists and stormed out of his cabin, tears were threatening to fall, my throat pained as a sob tried to break. If he thinks I’m going to leave him and won’t ask anything about what happened then he’s dead wrong.

I’m not that kind of girl who gives up easily, If he wants to play this game then I’ll surely beat him in his own game.

I have to find out what’s going through that head of yours Zephyr.

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