The Trap Of Ace By Eva Zahan Chapter 30

Read The Trap Of Ace [by Eva Zahan] Chapter 30 – Twirling the spoon into the mug, I mixed the sugar with my tea. Steam stopped dissipating from the beverage, but my moving the spoon didn’t halt. I was too lost into my thoughts.

I’ve always wanted you for myself.

Come on a date with me. You’ll get all your answers.

His words haven’t left my head since last night. Even at night, I couldn’t sleep due to his revelation and proposal. Proposal to go on a date with him. And as usual, not being able to give him any answers or make a decision, I ran away.

After returning home, when I recalled everything that happened out there at the hotel, I was stunned by my own doings. The jealousy, the k**s, and then demanding answers from him.

Last night I was too brave to pull off the stunts I’d never thought I’d do. But the bravery didn’t stay long when it was an actual time to do something.

It wasn’t my fault. First I kissed him, and then I asked him the questions that had been running in my head for so long. Yes, I was going to do that sooner or later, but I wasn’t prepared for that yet. It just came out of me. And when he opened his mouth, I was shocked and surprised. And his condition to disclose the truth had me dumbfounded.

Being confused and overwhelmed with emotions, I didn’t know what to say.

I still didn’t know.

I’d ignored his calls and messages. I was even k*****g the time so that I didn’t have to go to the office early today. Why? Because I was too nervous to face him.

The blare of my phone snapped me out of my trance.

My heart skipped.

Is it him again?

Disappointment and relief flooded over me at once when I read Casie’s name flashing over the screen. Disappointment because it wasn’t him, relief because I didn’t have to force myself to ignore him again so that I could get more time to think of an answer.

“Hey, what’s up?” Setting the spoon away, I took a sip of the cold tea.

“Should I take the disinterest of your voice that you aren’t happy getting my call?” Her tone accusing.

I rolled my eyes. “It’s nothing like that. Just having a bad day.”

She hummed, “Had a fight with Romeo?”

“Whom are you talking about?”

“Duh! Who’d be the Romeo of our Juliette other than Achilles Valencian?”

I shook my head at her. Even being sassy and sarcastic, in secret she was into Shakespeare’s romance.

“No, we didn’t have any fight. But…” I sighed.

“Spill!”

Then I did spill everything to her. And she listened without any interruption.

“I don’t know, Casie. I’m so confused. I can’t just go out on a date with him. And I know him, he wouldn’t tell me anything if I don’t agree.”

“What’s wrong with going out with him? You guys are jumping on each other’s bones any chance you get, then what’s the issue?”

My cheeks b****d at her remark. “We don’t jump on each other! And… definitely not me! It’s always him!”

She snorted. “Yeah, right! And who initiated the k**s last night?”

I bit my lip. “I- the situation was different then. I… I was…”

“Jealous?” She finished for me.

“Yes,” I said, swirling the liquid in the mug. What was the point of hiding? She knew everything, anyway!

“That means you admit that you still want him?”

My heart stuttered.

Did I?

The fuzzy feeling in my tummy gave me the answer.

“It’s not that easy, Casie. I still didn’t have the talk with Warner,” I uttered the main reason I was facing so difficulties to give Ace the answer. And wasn’t it too soon? I mean, we were just getting to a level of understanding each other, even not there yet if saying frankly. Even if Warner wasn’t the issue, wouldn’t it be too soon to go out with him? Everything was going so fast between us that it overwhelmed me.

“Now where did Warner come from? I thought he already knew of you and Ace,” she squeaked.

I didn’t know what problem she had with Warner. She just hated the idea of him being between me and Ace.

“He has an idea about us, but we still didn’t have an official break-up. So, technically, he is still my boyfriend,” I explained. “And I can’t just go on a date with someone else while still being in a relationship with another.”

“F**k this s**t! This ain’t a relationship! You don’t love him and he knows it, end of story. Don’t spoil your real opportunities for the fake ones!” she snapped.

“Casie,” I cautioned. “Though I wasn’t ever really in the relationship, our friendship was real. And I already did wrong enough to him by letting Ace close to me. I can’t do more. I can’t start something new keeping the former hanging.”

“So where the h**l is he? He was supposed to come here and talk to you, right? When is he coming?”

I set the mug down and rubbed my neck in frustration. “I don’t know. He’s still mad at me. All he told me was he’d be here soon. That’s it. We hadn’t had any contact since that day.”

I didn’t even know where he was. He wasn’t receiving my calls or responding to any messages. I even called his cousin but even he’d no idea when he was coming to California.

“Then what are you gonna do now?” she asked.

I shrugged, sighing. “I don’t know.”

“You can’t just ignore Achilles for long, you know that, right? You’ll have to face him today or tomorrow. He’s not gonna wait for your answer that long. Knowing his obsession with you, you should be lucky that he isn’t already knocking your doors down to get a yes out of you.”

A giggle bubbled up my throat as I shook my head. I definitely felt relieved of the fact that he didn’t do any such thing.

My eyes fell on the fresh flowers in the kitchen vase that arrived for me this morning, just like everyday. Even when he must be mad that I was ignoring him, he didn’t forget to send those red roses for me. At first Mom and Dad were curious about those flowers, but now they kinda got used to it.

“Alright, I’ll talk to you later.” I glanced at the watch. “I guess, I can’t be anymore late today. Gotta go to the office now.”

“Alright, I’ll let you go now! But don’t forget to keep me updated.”

“I won’t.”

***

The first thing I did arriving at the office, was to ask the watchman if Ace was present in the office. And I’d to curse my luck knowing that he’d arrived at the building more early than his usual time. And already one of the unlucky employees got fired due to his extremely sour mood.

I was certain that I was the reason behind his ill temperament.

Gulping the nervousness down, I kept my chin high and walked inside the building.

I just hoped I wouldn’t have to face him today.

But as soon as I wished that, the elevator’s doors slid open and he walked out of it. Running behind him were some black suited men, busy in explaining something so desperately.

The tight set of jaws and a day’s old stubble announced his mood. Anyone with a sane conscience wouldn’t want to cross his path today.

With widened eyes, I turned around and ran to the staircase before he could notice me.

Climbing up the stairs was a good exercise anyway.

But of course, my legs didn’t let me listen to my mind and took the elevator to the fifth floor.

Once I was at my destination, for the first time, I pushed the thought of him at the back of my mind. I had something else important to do.

I went to look for Sierra.

Even in between so many things, her exhausted pale face didn’t manage to slip my head. Nor did Arthur’s mocking smirk that he threw me as a challenge. Even though I could be wrong, I could feel it in my guts that something wrong was going on. And I needed to find it out.

But again, I didn’t find her at the office. Matt being the closest friend of her after Liza in the office, I asked him her whereabouts. But even he didn’t know much about her, except her not being herself for the past few weeks.

“What do you mean by not being herself?” I asked him, outside of his current cabin.

He shrugged. “I don’t know exactly. But her always bubbly personality was gone, as if something was really troubling her.”

“Didn’t you ask her what was it?” My brows furrowed. I’d this doubt that whatever it was, Arthur had something to do with it.

“I did. But she didn’t tell me anything, Em. She can be really secretive when it comes to her personal life,” he replied, seeming in wonder himself. “Anyway, why do you ask?”

“Uh, nothing. I didn’t see her for some days at the office. I heard she is sick. So I thought to ask you as you’re quite close to her,” I lied.

I couldn’t tell him my doubts. Because Arthur was a very reputable man in the office. I couldn’t just bluff anything without a solid proof. Even I didn’t have any. It was just my intuition that he wasn’t a person to be put trust on.

He nodded. “Yeah, due to ill health, she took a few days off. But don’t worry, I’m sure she’ll get better soon. I’ll let you know if I get to hear anything from her.”

I smiled. “Please do. Anyways, I’ll see you later. Gotta some work to do.”

Again nodding his head, he went inside his cabin and I was left to wander around the hallways. My head swirled with Matt’s words.

I did try to call her last night, but she didn’t receive her phone. She even ignored my messages and emails. It wouldn’t bother me this much if I didn’t see her with Arthur. And seeing tears in her eyes at both times I found her around him, didn’t sit well with me.

She looked, scared.

What was going on?

I let out a breath. I wished she would tell me.

Shaking my head, as I pushed the door of my cabin open and padded inside, a gasp slipped through my lips. My eyes widened in fraction.

I was running away from the devil, and here he was waiting for me in my own cave.

With one hand in his pocket, he stood before my desk, touching a picture of me and Tobias. Putting the frame in its previous place, he turned around. Dark stormy grey eyes fell on me.

“W-what are you doing here?”

His head tilted to the side. “Did you really think you could escape me for that long? In my own office?”

I gulped.

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