Chapter 78 Her Stolen Kiss
Upon Lucian’s arrival at the Luminary Lounge, he noticed that the others had already arrived. Cade glanced at Lucian’s impeccably tailored suit and the tie he was wearing
“You didn’t come straight from the office, did you?”
“Ah, your wife is about to leave, and you’re making all that money. Who are you saving it for, stacking it up to bury yourself with?” Cade teased.
“What’s it to you?” Lucian retorted.
Cade thought, “Was Lucian trying to pick a fight or something?”
Lucian took a seat beside Cade, with Paul on the other side. He then picked up the glass of wine the waiter had poured for him and raised it toward Paul.
As he did, the amber liquid shimmered in the dim lighting.
“Have Calista move out of your apartment,” Lucian ordered.
Paul wasn’t surprised that Lucian knew about this. He had no intention of keeping it a secret.
“Lucian, aren’t you taking this too far? She’s a woman you know. It’s unsafe for her to move luggage around late at night.”
Lucian hid in the shadows, emotionless.
“Paul, this is between my wife and me. You have no right to interfere,” he replied.
His tone was mild, but the underlying warning was unmistakable. Paul frowned. His familiar, friendly smile vanished from his face.
“Exactly. Therefore, you shouldn’t apply the same strategies on her as you do in the corporate world.”
Lucian’s expression turned bitterly angry..
“Who are you to tell me how to treat her?”
The atmosphere between the two grew visibly tense. It looked like a showdown was about to
Paul looked at Lucian and calmly replied, “The Baker and Everhart families have a long history of friendship. I’ve known Calista for a long time, and I consider her like a little sister‘
Lucian coldly retorted, “Are you sure you only consider her a sister?”
The tension between the two escalated. A fight might break out any second. Suddenly, Cade stood up and patted Paul on the shoulder.
“Come with me to grab a smoke.”
It was a somewhat half–hearted excuse, given that there were unopened packs of cigarettes on the table, and they could have quickly asked a waiter to bring them more. However, Cade’s interruption did ease the tension in the room.
Paul followed Cade and headed to the terrace next to the restroom. Cade handed him a cigarette.
“Why did you suddenly get involved in Lucian and his wife’s business?”
Even though Cade didn’t know everything that happened, he could piece together a rough idea from their conversation earlier.
Paul replied in a soft tone, “I didn’t. I just let Calista stay in the apartment for a while.”
Cade looked at him while raising an eyebrow.
“If he wants to mess with Calista, let him. He won’t make Calista homeless. So stay out of it.”
Paul squinted his eyes as he smoked. The exhale created a smoky veil, masking his emotions and softening his expressions. He remained silent.
“You know Lucian is sensitive about your relationship with Calista. You might end up losing a friend if you interfere too much in their marriage,” Cade added.
“Lucian has been in a bad mood lately. Don’t take it personally.”
On the other hand, Calista had just finished dealing with a broken vase and was feeling a bit hungry. She planned to head downstairs for a late–night snack.
The apartment didn’t allow cooking, which was a bit inconvenient.
Calista grabbed her phone and walked while typing a message to Paul. She recalled that he had asked for her help in inspecting an item Harold had received.
Since he hadn’t brought it up again for a while, she wasn’t sure if he had forgotten about it She
- IS BONUS was planning to ask him about it. Just as Calista opened the door, a man blocked her way.
Calista, still looking down at her phone, sensed someone approaching and immediately stepped back. She teached for the alarm button on the wall
The intruder followed her inside and slammed the door shut. Before she could look up, her phone was snatched away from her hand. Suddenly, a familiar voice sounded from above her.
“Who were you planning to message for help?”
Calista sighed in relief.
She rolled her eyes at the intruder and said, “Lucian, are you out of your mind?”
She had thought he was a robber and had nearly grabbed a knife! Calista was starving. All she wanted was to get away from Lucian and grab something to eat.
She made a move to snatch her phone, but Lucian clutched her hand firmly and leaned in closer. His breath carried a strong scent of alcohol, and his eyes appeared bleary from the effects of drinking.
“Why do you rely so much on Paul? He’s the first person you think of for help in a dangerous situation like just now?”
Calista had just begun to protest when Lucian’s intense kiss crashed upon her, leaving her gasping for breath.
He was no gentleman, to begin with, and now, nothing was left in his eyes but a genuine hunger for conquest and possession.
Lucian’s grip was firm as he pressed Calista against the wall. She couldn’t break free despite her best efforts. She was forced to endure his violent kiss.
Calista was about to bite him, but before she could sink her teeth in, Lucian, with remarkable foresight, released her.
He looked at her and sneered, “Do you think I found this place by chance?”
Calista widened her eyes. She guessed Lucian wanted to tell her Paul had told him about this place, which was why he had found her.
Without hesitation, she replied, “It couldn’t have been Paul who told you.”
Calista trusted Paul. The mention of Paul’s name had struck a nerve in Lucian. His expression turned unexpectedly cold. The room fell into an eerie silence.
After a while, Luciane smirked. He spoke casually as if they were having a friendly chat. But Calista felt the weight of his presence crushing her shoulders. It was an overwhelming sensation.
Lucian coldly remarked, “You still place unwavering trust in him, don’t you?”
Lucian’s lips descended once more, and the sound of his breath against her face grew heavier.
“It seems,” he murmured, “that you still haven’t realized your true position.”
Immediately after, Calista heard the sound of a belt being unbuckled.