Quentin was worried about Caroline when he learned about her encounter with the gangsters.
“It’s fine. They have been arrested. It just doesn’t make sense that so many of them did this for money, so I want you to help me look into this.”
Quentin added, “Oh right! Have you contacted Adrian recently?”
Caroline froze at the sudden mention of Adrian. “No. How is he?”
“He’s busy working his ass off.” Quentin laughed.
“Apparently, he wants to become more successful before returning to meet the love of his life.”
Caroline felt her heart skip a beat. Hastily, she looked out the window. “I–is that so?”
“Caroline.” Quentin sounded serious all of a sudden.
“If you’re the one he’s after, what would you tell him?”
“I…” Caroline pressed her fingers to her temple and fell silent.
A moment later, she sighed and said, “I’ll probably tell him to lead a good life alone and that he
shouldn’t sacrifice anything for anyone at all.”
On the other end of the line, Quentin froze.
Laughing it off, he said under his breath, “I think I know why he likes you now.”
“What?” Caroline asked. She hadn’t heard him clearly.
“It’s nothing. I’ll do what you asked me to.” After that, he ended the call.
With her phone in hand, Caroline felt a pang of guilt wash over her.
So she had guessed it right even when they had been in Macovo. She knew that Adrian had
intentionally wanted her to see Kirk shoving him.
She had never been good at solving relationship problems. So she had pretended as if she were
clueless about it all this time.
+15 BONUS She hoped that Adrian would forget all about her when he returned in the future. The thought made her relax a little, and she returned to the room.
Kirk waved at her when he saw her enter the room.
“What?” Caroline stopped in her tracks, cautious.
“I’m gonna sleep.”
“Sleep then,” she said.
“Why are you even telling me this?”
“It’s uncomfortable to lie on my side like this,” he told her.
Caroline was speechless, yet Kirk stared at her pitifully.
In the end, she didn’t have it in her to be cruel to him. She approached him and said, “You can sleep on your stomach, right?”
She had barely finished talking when Kirk grabbed her wrist and yanked her toward him.
The world spun before her eyes, and before she knew it, she was already lying on the bed.
The bed was narrow, and her back was pressed against his chest. She could feel his heartbeat and
her own as well. It was as though their hearts were connected, and it made her heart race.
Embarrassed, she struggled to sit up on the bed. “Kirk—”
Kirk hissed in pain, making Caroline freeze on the spot.
“Is it your wound?” She asked, worried that she had hurt him.
He wrapped his arms around her with a smile playing on his lips. “Yes,” he mumbled, trying to
His answer made her stop struggling, and she let him hug her. “Does it still hurt?”
“Yes.” Kirk rested his chin on her shoulder and pressed his lips against her neck.
“Darling, let me hug you while I sleep, will you?”
Caroline wanted to refuse, but she couldn’t find it in her to do so because of how pitiful he
sounded. Saying “no” right now would be akin to torturing a poor little animal.