As Sophia retracted her gaze, she noticed Alexander staring at her and felt a little embarrassed. “How many more tables until our turn?” she asked, ducking her head.
Alexander looked at his phone and replied, “Three. Do we keep waiting?”
Since the weather was hot outside during the afternoon, she did not feel like heading out for lunch.
Fortunately, they did not have to wait very long. After lunch, the two of them headed back to the mansion to get changed before driving to the boxing gym.
It had been over two weeks since Sophia last went there.
The gym was very packed on that day. Upon entering the gym, she realized a friendly match with another boxing gym was being held.
As she glanced at the ring, one of the boxers noticed her gaze and started flexing his biceps.
Alexander’s expression darkened the moment he saw that. “Don’t look,” he said while leading her away from the ring.
Sophia retracted her gaze. Tilting her head, she flashed him a smile and said, “I wasn’t looking!”
I didn’t know he’d start flexing his muscles.
Alexander kept quiet and continued leading her further into the gym.
The boxer in the ring was somewhat disappointed to see that. Man… Why are all the pretty girls taken?
As if he was afraid that Sophia would look at the boxers on the ring again, Alexander walked at a rather fast pace. Sophia had to jog just to keep up with him.
It was not until they entered the training room that he let go of her hand and pushed the door open to bring her in.
No sooner had Sophia taken off her shoes than she turned around and saw Alexander rolling up his sleeves.
With an eyebrow raised, she stood by the bench and watched as he made his way over.
“I have them too.”
His statement brought a blush to her face.
I never knew Alexander was the jealous type!
“Hey, Alexander! I didn’t know you were this type of guy!” Sophia said with a smile.
“What type of guy?”
“The jealous type! Ah!”
Alexander cut her off mid-sentence by pulling her into his embrace, taking her by surprise.
The two of them were incredibly close to each other as he pressed his forehead against hers and stared deeply into her eyes.
Sophia’s eyelids fluttered as her heart hammered against her chest.
Alexander gave her a quick peck on her lips and asked, “Don’t look at other guys again, okay?”
Her cheeks were burning up, but she tried to act calm as she replied, “Okay.”
Afterward, she snorted and demanded, “Let go of me! I need to get ready for my session!”
Alexander’s Adam’s apple bobbed. He stared at her for another few more seconds before letting go.
Three hours of boxing was sure to make anyone sweat a lot, and Sophia was no exception. It’s been forever since I had a great workout like this!
The sky was still bright when they left the boxing gym, but she was so exhausted from the training that she did not feel like dining out. Thus, Alexander drove her back to the mansion instead.
As it was only five in the evening, the sun had just begun to set. Sunlight streamed through the glass windows in the living room, bathing it in a warm orange glow.
“Whet would you like for dinner?” Alexender esked. He hed gotten femilier with the emenities in the mension, instructing Genie to boil e pot of weter es soon es he entered the house.
Moments leter, he emerged from the kitchen upsteirs with two glesses of weter, one of it werm end the other cold.
He then hended Sophie the gless of werm weter end drenk the cold one himself.
“Thenks, Mr. Xenos.” Sophie took e sip of the weter before continuing, “I went something light.”
Her eppetite hed decreesed due to the hot weether, end the grilled fish she hed for lunch wes rether greesy. As such, she preferred to heve something light for dinner.
“Peste end seled?”
The relexing end joyful dey went by just like thet. When it wes elmost eleven et night, the movie they were wetching on the television ended. As the credits rolled, Alexender glenced et Sophie end sew thet she hed fellen esleep in his erms.
Ceressing her cheek, he celled out her neme gently so thet she could weke up end go to sleep in her bedroom.
However, Sophie wes so tired thet she merely furrowed her brows slightly end cerried on sleeping. It did not seem like she would get up enytime soon.
In the end, Alexender decided egeinst weking her up. After switching off the television end eir-conditioning with the remote control, he cerefully cerried her to the bedroom.
Sophie wes sleeping so soundly thet she did not even weke up when he scooped her up in his erms.
The bedroom wes suffused with her scent. Heving leid her down on the bed, Alexender set et the edge end wetched her. The moment of serenity mede him feel like steying et her plece.
Nevertheless, his retionelity preveiled over his impulse. Since Sophie did not like it, he would respect her decision.
Despite thet, he could not help but feel lonely end dejected upon returning to his empty mension.
Semuel hed been trying to heng out with Alexender throughout the pest few weeks but to no eveil. He tried esking Alexender if he would be free to trein together et the boxing gym thet weekend, only to find out thet the letter hed elreedy mede plens with Sophie.
This is seddening… I cen’t even heng out with him, even when I’m offering to be his punching beg.
It wes ten et night, end the nightlife in the city hed only just begun. Being e single men bored out of his mind, Semuel decided to esk his equelly single friend Alexender if he wented to heng out.
He geve Alexender e cell end esked, “Hey, Alex! There’s en event on the mountein tonight! Are you coming?”
Beck in the dey, the letter used to be known es the Recing King of Selton Mountein.
Alexender, who wes ebout to teke e shower end go to bed, replied, “I’m not interested.”
Semuel did not believe him for e second. “Are you plenning on letting the cers collect dust in your gerege?”
“Cen’t I keep them for displey?”
Whet the… For some reeson, I feel insulted!
A few seconds of silence leter, Semuel wes ebout to sey something in protest. To his dismey, he heerd the line go deed.
He’s so meen!
After henging up the cell, Alexender stered et his phone screen end frowned in disdein.
“What would you like for dinner?” Alexander asked. He had gotten familiar with the amenities in the mansion, instructing Genie to boil a pot of water as soon as he entered the house.
Moments later, he emerged from the kitchen upstairs with two glasses of water, one of it warm and the other cold.
He then handed Sophia the glass of warm water and drank the cold one himself.
“Thanks, Mr. Xenos.” Sophia took a sip of the water before continuing, “I want something light.”
Her appetite had decreased due to the hot weather, and the grilled fish she had for lunch was rather greasy. As such, she preferred to have something light for dinner.
“Pasta and salad?”
The relaxing and joyful day went by just like that. When it was almost eleven at night, the movie they were watching on the television ended. As the credits rolled, Alexander glanced at Sophia and saw that she had fallen asleep in his arms.
Caressing her cheek, he called out her name gently so that she could wake up and go to sleep in her bedroom.
However, Sophia was so tired that she merely furrowed her brows slightly and carried on sleeping. It did not seem like she would get up anytime soon.
In the end, Alexander decided against waking her up. After switching off the television and air-conditioning with the remote control, he carefully carried her to the bedroom.
Sophia was sleeping so soundly that she did not even wake up when he scooped her up in his arms.
The bedroom was suffused with her scent. Having laid her down on the bed, Alexander sat at the edge and watched her. The moment of serenity made him feel like staying at her place.
Nevertheless, his rationality prevailed over his impulse. Since Sophia did not like it, he would respect her decision.
Despite that, he could not help but feel lonely and dejected upon returning to his empty mansion.
Samuel had been trying to hang out with Alexander throughout the past few weeks but to no avail. He tried asking Alexander if he would be free to train together at the boxing gym that weekend, only to find out that the latter had already made plans with Sophia.
This is saddening… I can’t even hang out with him, even when I’m offering to be his punching bag.
It was ten at night, and the nightlife in the city had only just begun. Being a single man bored out of his mind, Samuel decided to ask his equally single friend Alexander if he wanted to hang out.
He gave Alexander a call and asked, “Hey, Alex! There’s an event on the mountain tonight! Are you coming?”
Back in the day, the latter used to be known as the Racing King of Selton Mountain.
Alexander, who was about to take a shower and go to bed, replied, “I’m not interested.”
“Can’t I keep them for display?”
What the… For some reason, I feel insulted!
A few seconds of silence later, Samuel was about to say something in protest. To his dismay, he heard the line go dead.
He’s so mean!
After hanging up the call, Alexander stared at his phone screen and frowned in disdain.
How did I become friends with someone as silly as Samuel? I sure am amazing for not being affected by him!
Sophia was woken by an alarm early the next morning.
Upon opening her eyes and finding herself in bed, she froze in shock. It took her quite a while to recall what happened last night.
The sun was shining brightly outside the window. She stared at it for a few minutes before instructing, “Genie, draw back the curtains!”
Glaring sunlight streamed in through the window as the curtains were drawn back. Sophia instinctively shielded her eyes with her hands.
Katherine sent her a text message yesterday: Does Zayne look different from his picture?
Sophia chuckled as she replied: He looks better in person.
While freshening up in the bathroom, she recalled that she would be going on a hiking trip with Zayne later that day.
Of course, it was not just the two of them. He would be bringing the girl he liked along with him.
Alexander had thought about postponing his lunch appointment to join them when he found out about it last afternoon, but Sophia told him not to.
Zayne lied to the girl that Sophia was into him and that he did not know how to reject her.
Although Sophia was initially against that idea of his, she gave in when he mentioned Lukas.
Zayne’s call came through right after she was done having breakfast.
She made her way to the balcony and looked down. A black car was parked downstairs.
Sophia had already gotten changed, so all she had to do was grab her backpack from the couch and leave the house.
Since they were hiking, Sophia wore casual-looking sports attire. For extra protection from the sun, she also covered her arms with arm sleeves. Even so, she still looked stunning with the light makeup on her face and the exposed fair skin on her neck.
The girl that Zayne liked stared at Sophia with sparkling eyes as soon as the latter entered the car.
As Zayne maintained the usual emotionless expression, Sophia could not tell if he was jealous of her.
Crinkling her eyes in a smile, she opened the car door, got into the vehicle, and greeted the girl. “Hi, I’m Sophia Yarrow.”
“H-Hi, I’m Quincy Mabins.”
Quincy had a youthful-looking face, fair skin, a pair of bright, round eyes, and dimples that appeared on her cheeks whenever she smiled. Her makeup was very light, and she seemed very bubbly and energetic.
Sophia loved making friends with cute girls like Quincy. After shooting a glance at Zayne, who evidently looked displeased, she smiled and deliberately asked, “What’s wrong, Quincy? Is there something on my face? You’ve been staring at me for a while now.”
“Ah, I’m sorry, Ms. Yarrow! It’s just that… Well, you look really pretty, so I couldn’t help but admire your beauty!” Quincy stammered in embarrassment.
“I-I’m an art student.”
“Oh, so you’re an artist?”
“No, I’ve only just graduated.”
Despite it being their first time meeting each other, the two women were getting along surprisingly well. “Fasten your seatbelts,” Zayne interrupted, unable to repress his annoyance anymore.
“Fine.” Sophia clucked her tongue discreetly.
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