The stench of alcohol emanating from Alexander was detectable as soon as Sophia opened the door. She had never seen him consume so much alcohol before.
Alexander slowly stood up while supporting himself using the door before lowering his head to look at her. Then, he pointed to his throat. “My throat is parched. Could you please pour me a cup of water?”
When Sophia heard that, she frowned. She initially assumed he was drunk, so she was surprised that he noticed his throat was dry and could ask for water.
In the early hours of the morning, the hotel corridor was deafeningly quiet. Sophia paused for a moment before taking a step back. “Take a seat first.”
Without Genie around, she had to heat the water for him herself.
Alexander followed Sophia into the room and took a seat. He was deep in thought when he raised his head and looked at Sophia, who was heating the water in the kettle for him.
Deep down, he was afraid she would chase him away.
After pressing the heating button, Sophia leaned against the cabinet and noticed Alexander staring at her blankly. She didn’t know what he was thinking.
Shortly afterward, Alexander felt hot because the heater in the room was on. He then raised his hand to undo the button near his shirt’s collar.
However, he felt that loosening one was insufficient, so he moved his slender index finger to unbutton the next one.
Both his collarbones were visible due to the two top buttons being undone.
Despite being a man, he had collarbones that would make any woman envious.
When the kettle made a sound, indicating that the water was done boiling, she retracted her gaze before pouring some into a glass partially filled with cool water. Carrying the glass to the couch, she leaned over to place it down in front of him.
Alexander reached over to take the glass and thanked her in a husky voice before starting to drink the water.
Sophia could see his well-defined muscles beneath the shirt as he tilted his head back, the front of his shirt gaping open with the motion.
When she saw that, her face flushed, and she immediately shifted her gaze.
Tch! Alexander has always struck me as a skinny man. I had no idea he was so fit and muscular underneath his clothes.
In reality, Alexander was extremely self-disciplined. He would always spend eight hours per week working out, no matter how busy he was at work.
Not only that, but he also rarely drank, so the fact that he was so inebriated that day surprised Sophia, as it was her first time seeing him that drunk.
Finally, he felt better as the water passed down his throat.
When he was done drinking, he set the glass down on the table and raised his head to look at Sophia. “I apologize for bothering you. I’ll leave now so you can rest.”
With that, he stood up.
Not only was his shirt a little loose because he had been trying to pull it open, but his coat was also slung over one arm. Because of the alcohol, his handsome face was flushed red as well.
Sophia kept her arms folded as she watched him walk toward the room door.
It was true that he had bothered her. She had been sleeping for more than an hour, but when he knocked on the door, she had no choice but to wake up.
In reality, Sophia thought she was already being kind by suppressing her grumpy mood after being forced to wake up unexpectedly and allowing him to enter her room.
Soon, Alexander arrived at the door. However, as soon as his hand touched the doorknob, he could not help but turn around and look at her.
She just stood there in the dim light, staring at him with an icy gaze and a faint smile on her face.
When he saw that, Alexander realized he had upset her yet again.
He quickly averted his gaze and let go of the door handle before walking over to her and grasping her waist, pulling her into his arms.
Sophia’s brows furrowed in surprise, but she did not reject him. Instead, she simply raised her head and stared at him.
Despite the fact that Alexander had blocked the light from falling on Sophia, he could clearly see her cold stare.
Instinctively, he shifted his gaze away from her eyes and focused on her lips.
At that moment, he could not contain his desire. Abruptly, he lowered his head and kissed her.
When Sophia realized that, she swiftly turned her face to the side. In the end, his kiss landed on the left side of her cheek.
With a solemn face, she pushed him away. “Get lost.”
Alexander looked at Sophia with reddened eyes, his hands clenched by his sides. “I sincerely apologize. Could you please forgive me and give me another chance?”
“I told you to get lost.”
Sophia gave him a stern look while wiping her left cheek with her hand.
This action of hers was undoubtedly fatal toward Alexander, causing him to feel miserable.
In an instant, he came to his senses and apologized in a low voice. Then, he looked at her, trying to say something, but he was taken aback for a brief moment when he noticed her darkened expression. In the end, he said nothing and turned to leave the room.
Sophia was once again alone in the room after the door shut.
She tilted her head to look at the glass on the table before going to the bathroom and washing her face once more. After that, she returned to her bed.
Most people were sleeping at the time, so no one would notice that he was leaning against the door.
He was aware that he was not inebriated when he made his move earlier. When he reflected on the three years Sophia had been his wife, he realized he had never taken the initiative to hug her. That thought almost drove him mad, and he had desperately wanted to hug and kiss her.
In reality, it was not the first time he had had that thought recently, but he just hadn’t been able to stop himself just now.
He, more than anyone else, was most aware of whether he was drunk or not.
Truthfully, he was just using the alcohol to boost his courage, hoping that she would not actually blame him.
Nonetheless, he knew that his actions that night were the worst.
After half an hour, he went to the window and opened it.
As the cool night breeze caressed his face, he narrowed his eyes and took a cigarette box from his pocket. He then pulled one out and lit it.
The cool breeze and the smell of nicotine made him gradually sober up, and everything that had happened earlier kept replaying in his mind.
Alexander, caught up in a whirlwind of emotions, realized that his relationship with Sophia had only gotten worse due to his behavior tonight.
Meanwhile, Samuel was unable to sleep due to his excitement.
A man and a woman alone in a room, combined with the effect of alcohol – he felt he had made an ingenious decision as he predicted what would happen between the two of them that night.
If everything goes as planned, I’ll surely see a bright smile on Alexander’s face when I wake up tomorrow. I’m getting excited just thinking about it!
Samuel checked the time and discovered that it was already one in the morning. He quickly switched off his phone and light, ready to sleep.
I’m no longer young. I can’t afford to pull an all-nighter anymore.
If he had known Alexander was still awake and smoking at that time, he would have stayed up with his friend and only worried about his health later.
Regardless, Samuel was unaware as he had already dozed off. He had even set an alarm for eight o’clock tomorrow morning, planning to ask for a reward from Alexander for his deed.