"No!" Kelly yelled as she frantically wrapped her arms around him. She couldn't believe how murderous he looked at that moment. He was no longer her soft pretty boy! She knew that if she let him leave, he'll definitely do something severely wrong. She can never let that happen.
"Calm down, Kai!" her voice became louder as her grip on him tightened. No matter how much she hated the world right now, Kelly could never let Kai claim anyone's life. "Please."
"They're treating you like you're a prisoner!"
The look in his eyes was becoming more and more dangerous. She could feel his stiffness, his uncontrollable anger. "Please, Kai. Don't do anything stupid." Kelly struggled to stay calm because she was also starting to feel nervous. She didn't know if she could stop him and if she had the power to calm his rage. "Those men are my father's. They're simply doing their job. My father is angry with me, so he had me locked up here."
Kai's jaws clenched, then slowly, he forced himself to relax. But for some reason, he was having a hard time calming down. His eyes remained red despite his struggles.
"Are you okay?" Kelly asked as she pulled away from him. She reached out to touch his face, but Kai stepped back, leaving Kelly's hand hanging midair.
There was a long silence before Kai spoke again.
"So this is why you're drinking, crying, and miserable? Because your father locked you up here," he muttered, and then Kelly burst.
"No, you, idiot!" she glared at him. Anger and anguish suddenly rose from the depths of her soul. And before she knew it, the words she didn't want to say came out. "I'm drinking and crying because I realized I don't have any choice but marry that bastard! I am miserable because I am not going to be your wife but his!"
Kelly immediately clamped her lips as soon as those words left her mouth. Because she finally realized that he had said those words to convince himself so he could calm down. He could see it clearly in his eyes now, but her realization was too late.
Her words echoed in Kai's head over and over again, making him feel a sickening weight in his stomach. He felt as though his heart ruptured, and the pain was unbearable. The thought of her being kissed and held by another man who's calling her 'wife' killed him. And he couldn't help but feel his body burn. He wasn't aware how his eyes became so vividly red and so terrifying.
Kelly couldn't help but flinch subconsciously. He emitted a dark and dangerous aura that seemed to be beyond bloodlust. And then, as though something had shut him down, he turned away from her.
Despite the chill running down her spine, Kelly didn't hesitate to seize him again. She was more than certain now that the moment he left her room, he was going to do something horrifying. When… when did her Kai become like this?
"Let go." He snarled, his hand already began peeling her off him.
"No! You can't leave this place unless you calm down!"
He acted as though he couldn't hear her.
"My god, Kai! Please! Listen to me!" she begged because he was determined to shake her off. This was the first time he was forcefully peeling her off him. He used never to do this because he was afraid to hurt her. But now, here he was… no! She can't let him leave!
Just as Kai finally managed to peel her off him, Kelly did something unthinkable. Her tightly clenched fists suddenly landed on Kai's jaw.
Silence followed. Even though Kelly's hard punch wasn't enough to move his body even for an inch, it seemed to be enough to move something inside him that had somehow awakened his senses.
Kelly swallowed, and then, taking advantage of his momentary stillness, she moved her hands around his neck, and then she jumped on him and clung on him like a koala.
He caught his breath and then gritted his teeth. "Damn it, Kelly." He groaned in a suppressed anger and utter exasperation. "Can't you see I'm in a very dangerous state right now?"
"And that's why I can't let you leave!"
"You must! Are you not afraid about what I might end up doing to you?"
"I will never fear you, you little bad-tempered beast!"
Kai was silenced, causing Kelly to hesitantly pull away to look at his face. When she saw how surprised he looked, she couldn't help but bit her lips to stop herself from smiling. She didn't know why she could still manage to smile despite how scary Kai's eyes as he looked at her.
"What. No one ever called you a bad-tempered beast before?" she raised a brow. "Well, right now, you are. I can't deny I'm shocked too, but," she suddenly planted a kiss on his forehead, and her voice softened, "I am glad you're finally showing me this side of you."
He stilled. So still that Kelly thought he stopped breathing. She was about to panic when she felt his bloodlust slowly disappearing. Kelly stared at him, and the hellfire in his eyes was also dying. She let out a deep breath before she buried her face at the nook of his neck and uttered wearily. "I didn't know you're hiding a dangerous little beast inside you. You've hidden it too well all this time, Kai."
Suddenly, Kai stumbled back until his back hit against the wall. Kelly felt him weakened, so she finally loosened her koala grip on him and climbed off him as he leaned against the wall. Kai buried his face in his palms. "I… I didn't know too… I was never this angry before." His voice was hoarse as he spoke. "This is the first time I ever…" he trailed off as he threw his head back and ran his fingers through his hair before tugging them.
Kelly swallowed as she watched him. But then, a smile eventually crept through her face. She couldn't help it.
When he saw her smiling, Kai groaned. He swiftly gripped her head and pressed his forehead to hers. "You're enjoying this, Kelly? Me, like this? Did I finally turn you off –"
"You? Turning me off? Impossible," she shook her head, "you are savagely, ridiculously, deliciously handsome right now. Damn, I don't even know how to describe you anymore. And, you're angered because of me being locked up. You lost control of your emotions and revealed your inner beast because you realized I'd soon be someone else's wife. Tell me, how could such thing a turn off?" she found herself clinging on him again, her warm breath caressing his lips as she spoke. "My god, Kai. I'm telling you, it's the opposite. You've turned me so damn on, and now I can't help but want to fight for you all over again."
His eyes widened, and Kelly could tell he stiffened again. A forced smile curved on her lips as she raised her hand and caressed his cheek.
"Don't worry, that was…" she trailed off. Her eyes surveyed the wretched yet gorgeous look on his face, and her heart ached for him again, for them. At that moment, she could almost read the words 'I would rather see you living in the arms of a womanizing bastard than die in mine' flashing in his tortured eyes. And all she could do was swallow the grief and hopelessness that surged within her. "Don't worry. I'm not going to make you suffer anymore." She told him with a heavy heart. "I will let you go, but before that, can I ask for one last selfish request?"
She waited for a long moment until Kai managed to let out a sound. "Say it," his voice was a low whisper.
"Can you stay with me until my day wedding day? I will be locked up here for two more days… can you stay and be locked up here with me? Once my wedding day come… I'll let you go for good." She felt tears rising, and she held them back with an effort. "I promise."
Kai felt his world crumbling down. But he nodded numbly, and before he knew it, Kelly seized his mouth and all he could do was bury an agonized groan as he helplessly, desperately kissed her back. One kiss and every anguish and anger evaporated. One kiss and god, he was suddenly in heaven again, even though he had just fallen in the deepest corner of hell only a heartbeat ago. How could a woman ruin him like this? He already lost his future because of his love for her. He had already lost his long life because of his desire for her, and yet here he was again, unable to pull away, unable to stop.
"Kelly… you will be the death of me." He murmured against her lips. 'But I don't even mind right now because you're worth dying for,' he added inwardly as he pulled her and kissed her with savage hunger.
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