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Chapter 5


I had just finished playing with Big Al and was making my way towards the exit when I heard someone laughing.

Startled, I glanced up and saw a beautiful woman looking straight at me with a warm smile playing across her face. Had she been standing there watching me the entire time?

“Oh, uh, I didn’t see you there,” I mumbled awkwardly while scratching the back of my neck. We were not actually allowed to interact with the animals in their enclosures during visiting hours, so I felt slightly uneasy to find someone there watching me.

Hastily, I stepped out of the cage and turned around to lock the heavy metal gate behind me before Big Al decided to come searching for more food.

“Is he always like that?” I heard the beauty asking and saw her gesturing towards Big Al.

“Who, Big Al over there? Never!” I replied very sarcastically, but she caught on quickly and smiled the brightest, most adorable smile I had ever seen. The life in her gorgeous blue eyes, made my legs instantly feel like jelly and I couldn’t look away as she turned to look at the big goofy bear once again.

My gaze skimmed over every inch of her face as she stood there totally unaware of my gawking. She had the most amazing full, luscious lips and long, dark eyelashes which stood out against her porcelain, flawless skin. To top it all off, her jet-black hair was pulled into a tight, high ponytail which accentuated her high cheekbones and slender neck.

In summary, she was stunning.

As I stood there openly gaping at her, she turned and caught me staring like a love-struck fool. Shit, shit, shit! I knew she had caught me because a seductive smirk instantly broke out on her beautiful face.

I tried to look away quickly, but when that didn’t work, I attempted to pick up our conversation again, “he-uh, tends to eat so fast, I had to Heimlich him once before,” I said while walking closer to her.


“Yeah, bears have remarkably similar body structures to ours, so when it happened that day, I kind of panicked and the first thing that came to mind was the Heimlich,” I explained as she regarded me with a cocked brow, obviously unsure whether she should believe me or not.

“It worked,” I said in a light chuckle as I replayed the funny incident over in my head.

We both stood there for a while staring at Big Al as he moved around his enclosure, sniffing for any traces of vegetables he might have missed. We were leaning onto the rail side by side and for some, unexplainable reason, I enjoyed being so close to her.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw her demeanour suddenly change.

“D-don’t you smell me?” She asked out of the blue, leaning in a bit closer to me.

Wait, what? That cannot be right, I must have misheard her.

“What?” I asked back quickly.

She was staring straight at me with a strange look on her face and I felt the atmosphere around us shift.

“I mean,” she started, but couldn’t seem to find the right words to say as her eyes moved across every inch of my face, “you’re not a-?” she tried again.

There was something in her eyes, something I couldn’t explain. It was like her irises were changing colour, from a light blue to an almost golden brown.

I drew my brows up and turned to face her completely, thinking that I must have just imagined it, “not a?” I asked, hoping that she would keep looking at me and continue with the conversation.

Everything about her fascinated me and I wanted more.

“Shit,” I heard her mumble under her breath and a hint of sadness suddenly flashed in those beautiful orbs of hers.

I reached out to gently touch her arm, “Is everything alright?”

The moment our skin connected, it felt like an electrical current ran through us and I instantly jerked my hand away from her.

What the hell? I was so confused. I have never felt that before, don’t get me wrong, it felt amazing, but the look in her eyes told me otherwise.

We stared at each other for a good thirty seconds before she spun around and walked away at an amazing speed, leaving me there gawking at her retreating form.

“Hey, wait,” I yelled as soon as the gears in my head started turning again. She did not stop and I had to jog to catch up with her.

“Can I see you again?” I blurted out clumsily as soon as I fell into step with her. Immediately, I cursed myself internally for acting like such a weirdo. Smooth man, real smooth.

She kept on walking and did not respond to my question. I wasn’t sure what had happened to make her practically run away from me, but I knew I had to stop her from leaving somehow. I needed to fix things before she stepped out of that front gate, I mean, I might not ever see her again.

“Did I do something to offend you?” I asked desperately just as she was about to step into the revolving door that would separate her from me.

She finally stopped and turned around to face me.

My heart was hammering loudly in my chest and my palms felt incredibly sweaty. She looked so conflicted as she stood there searching for something in my eyes.

“N-no, you were perfect,” she replied with the saddest smile I have ever seen.

I wanted to run to her.

I wanted to pull her into my arms and make all her troubles disappear, but I knew nothing about this woman, and somehow, I knew I had to keep my distance if I ever wanted to see her again.

So, I did the only thing I could.

I stood there, watching the most beautiful woman I had ever seen retreat and exit the zoo without looking back at me.

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