Chapter 5 - Love Me in the Dark



One thing I loved about being away from the city, I could focus on things at hand, making my work a lot easier. I had my office all to myself without someone barging in, and no traffic to piss me off and waste my time.

Aside from the charities I supported, I found more ways to help in my own way and be the son Dad had raised me to be. When I met Anna and Caleb, I realized how fortunate I was to have certain privileges that others had not.

"Can I help?" River asked warily.

Still, I tried and overlooked the fact that we were going to live under the same roof together. I fought with Kai over the phone when I told him about the woman he wanted to buy her silence was with me, thanked my sister. Considering she was a Rouge, Kai became raving mad.

"Make yourself useful. Just don't break anything." I cooked in the kitchen once a week to help Anna feed her guests, and now I just found an annoying and hot as fuck partner in crime. Her kitchen was old-school to the stone oven she used. Anna was very hands-on and very particular with cooking styles. She used most of her spices from the herbs she planted in her garden. And I would like to think it helped save mother earth, not that I was an environmentalist.

"I don't know you can cook," River remarked.

"Then you don't know anything about me. You should try to be a little bit less judgmental to someone you don't know shit about." I was a douche again, but that was the truth. She did judge me even though she apologized profoundly.

She silently picked up the knife.

"I hope you're not planning on using that on me."

Instead of answering me with her sass, she sliced some mushrooms in silence. I felt terrible that I couldn't keep my lividness to myself. She did change my life, though, but I learned to forgive her a long time ago, and she never had to ask. I wasn't also this douche. I used to keep my opinion to myself rather than sharing my emotions, but with her, I couldn't keep my mouth shut.

Still reveling in silence, she grabbed the bread and took the poor thing's fate in her hands.

"If you wanna stay with me, and the fact that I'm now your boss, we should learn how to communicate. Don't think for a minute that I would be lenient because you're a friend of my sister. You're now my employee, and you talk to me with respect when I am talking to you. That's what an employee should do."

"Yes, Mr. Selik." Irritated countenance had crossed her beautiful feature. Call me Mr. Selik again, or you find your hands pinned above your head as I press you against this wall.

Two hours later, we were in front of three platters full of Artichoke crostini with mushrooms.

We had breakfast in silence. I spent an hour stealing glances at River while she appreciated the vast lush view around us. Up to this moment, I couldn't shake off how beautiful her eyes were, so mesmerizing that I could get lost with a little effort. And how could I ever forget what we did in that break room? That was one of the boldest things I'd ever done in my life. I was supposed to ask her out and tell her what I knew, but things didn't go as I planned when she was so gorgeous and showing some interest.

She was like an angel back then, so delicate, pure, and innocent as she stared at me with those big blue eyes, then I took that opportunity handed to me on a silver platter—I kissed her. Here we go again. I couldn't believe I was bringing this up again.

ed at my house, still

rength, but they said no man is an island. I just disagreed with people doing the work for me when I could do it on

y., had a roommate named Journey. She was a dog lover but didn't have a pet. She was a foodie, coffee lover, and disliked white chocolate. Obviously, no boyfriend at this

the door interru

to the screen of my laptop, but I cou

llance. When I told her I would keep her safe, I meant every word I said. After I moved in here three years ago, I hired a company specialized in building a panic room to do something for me in case of an emergency. That was how I had a h

of ultra-secure sanctuary in this house existed, unless i

he work you offered? My

"I k

d sense her clampi

n't have to know. "You're a good girl. Not a single parking ticket? That'

n't think

, and I won't let that happen again." Asshole move, Krew. Jesus, how did I turn to

ve to be the one to do that. Christ! I shifted my gaze off of her, or I wouldn't be able to drag

d I could feel her slipping through my finge

e first time I looked at her picture like a warmth filling my chest—a surge of pr

, tragically failing. Instead, I was pissing her off for some stupid reasons—my little pay

to impress he

aking it even if it was River lying naked in my bed. It was not that she wanted to or was willing to, she made i

authority to search and watch your apartment in case your boyfriend would appear. I c

yfriend, and he didn't call. He

do things you want. As of now, everything you do is on my terms. You won't go out of this house without my permission. The security agency I hired is adding cameras to my


e tag, River," I say drily. "Co

lowed uncomfo

ment had changed someone. You've been

grateful." A faint smile li

desk. "These are for you." I pulled out two boxes from my drawer. "And these where

She n

eed more t

n't," she replied qui

ike Krystyn, posting anything the came

to friends, and whatnot. I kinda Wikihow to get r

old you. And knowing that your stalker is a police c

et rid