Chapter 47 (2nd draft) – Luxury 2
Nathan was lying on his bed, wide awake.
He didn't sleep the whole night.
Beside him was Akane, naked, tired and asleep with her arm resting on Nathan's chest.
Their evening workout ran up to four rounds and finished at around 6:30 am.
Nathan's mind was swirling with thoughts.
One of the things plaguing his thoughts was that he didn't use any condoms.
Last night, everything just happened so fast – Well, not the kind of "fast" you're thinking about.
The moment he pressed his lips against hers, his mind blanked out and was overtaken by lust. Some sense of clarity only returned to him when he was on the verge of pouring the first seed.
That's when he realized he wasn't wearing a condom so he withdrew outside.
However, instead of asking for a condom or if she was on the pill after that, he just continued and continued until they were both spent.
As for the cause of why his mind got overtaken by lust, he concluded that it was probably due to all the pent-up stress he accumulated so far since the beginning of the zombie apocalypse – all that violence, killing, death, and other dark and wonderful feelings bottled inside of him just came out rushing.
Regarding the deed itself, Nathan wouldn't deny that it was indeed more arousing doing it with someone attractive – well, at least on his side. However, once everything was done, the same familiar feeling of emptiness that's been plaguing him since he left his country resurfaced.
But that's another topic for the future. For now, there's a crippling question that he kept asking himself…
'Is she pregnant?'
Just thinking about such question inside his head made him shiver.
Nathan came from a country called Muwin where it was mainly ruled by two religions, Trinity and Iklas. Both religions were constantly on odds so you could say that killing each other was only just a step away.
With religion playing a major role in Muwin's society, it was mainly a conservative country.
Although both Trinity and Iklas placed great importance in traditional gender roles and things such as abortion was considered taboo, it was Iklas that held onto it tightly which also happens to be the religion that Nathan grew up with.
Nathan himself wasn't religious. However, years of influence from his household and society shaped him into the man he is today.
Right now, he was thinking about what to do with Akane – to kill or not kill.
'Could I father a child? What about my freedom? What about my enemies?'
Accusing a man that he is the father isn't something new. However, given that Akane was, in Nathan's mind, a prostitute and also considering that they were in a zombie apocalypse and he was a Chosen One, well…
The telephone which was on top of a nightstand next to the bed rang.
He rolled over, freeing himself from Akane's arm.
He sat on the bed and picked up the phone.
"Good morning, sir Nathan. This is your scheduled wake-up call."
"When did I scheduled a fucking wake up call?"
"I'm sorry, sir, but all Captains have their own scheduled wake-up calls on specific days of the week. You also have a scheduled appointment today: Breakfast with the Boss at 8:00 am. Your personal assistant will be sent to your room by 7:50 am to lead you to the location, sir."
"I don't care about that. Where's Ashleigh?"
"Ms. Ashleigh will also be attending, sir."
"Will you be attending, sir? I can deliver a message for you to the Boss in case –."
"I will be attending."
"Okay, sir. Have a great –"
Nathan put down the phone.
Someone hugged him from behind. He could also feel a pair of breasts pressed against his back.
"Good morning, baby," Akane said and planted a small kiss on his cheek.
'Oh yeah… There's also this issue.'
Another reason why he didn't sleep was because he didn't trust this woman. Who knows if she decides to slit his throat during his sleep.
He held her hand and kissed it.
"Good morning, too."
"I had so much fun last night," she softly whispered in his ear and lightly bit it.
"Yeah, me too."
Akane let go and searched for her clothes.
Nathan grabbed his boxers and followed her to the living room.
He leaned over the wall and crossed his arms.
"I don't know how to say this, but…" He scratched the back of his head. "Are you on the pill?"
Akane found her black underwear and white kimono robe when she looked at Nathan.
She had a confused expression on her face but it only lasted a moment.
She started putting on her clothes.
There was an awkward silence in the room.
Nathan didn't know what to say. This was his first time sleeping with a prostitute and she was also the most beautiful woman he has ever slept with.
Assuming that she was indeed a prostitute, to Nathan, this was probably supposed to be the part where he pays her and she leaves. But at this moment, he didn't have any money so he was lost in what to do.
"I have to go now. Bye."
She kissed him on the cheek.
"Yeah, me too. Bye."
He gave her an awkward hug.
She finally left the room.
Alone at last, Nathan let out a sigh of relief.
"Well, I think I handled that pretty well. It wasn't awkward or anything…"
He went to the bathroom to wash his face.
He stared at his reflection on the mirror and thought about his first girlfriend and the awkwardness and messiness of it all.
8 years ago.
Nathan, 16 years old.
Latif High School, Latif City.
The sky was dark and Nathan was standing behind a tree dressed in civilian clothes, all-black as usual.
A couple of meters away, he could see Karen dressed in her best civilian clothes with makeup, looking all cute and feminine, sitting alone at a bench and constantly checking her phone.
The light coming from the lamppost illuminated her, revealing to Nathan the nervousness on her face.
It was the night of the graduation after-party and they were currently at the back of the high school building, far away from the party.
This was it, the moment where the smokescreen game that they've been playing for years to come to an end.
A few minutes later, their other childhood friend finally arrived.
Vincent held a calm expression. However, his eyes betrayed him. It was painted with sorrow and guilt.
He approached Karen and she stood up.
Karen's lips moved first, saying something.
Nathan was a couple of meters away so he couldn't properly hear what she was saying, but he knew exactly what she saying. The love of his life was pouring her heart out on another man.
That day when Karen asked him if Vincent knew she had feelings for him, Nathan didn't tell her about his feelings and instead offered her some advice on how to properly confess to Vincent. This was the time and place they decided.
If Karen and Vincent will get together after this, as their childhood friend, he will gladly accept it and keep his feelings buried deep inside his heart without telling a soul until time lets him forget about it.
Nathan continued watching from afar.
This time, it was Vincent's lips that were moving. And just a few seconds later, Karen started running away with tears falling from her eyes.
When Karen was already far away, Nathan stepped out of the shadows and stared at Vincent.
The two of them looked at each other eye-to-eye.
Nathan's face was as calm as ever.
Vincent's face, on the other hand, was torn with guilt and sorrow.
He knew Karen had feelings for him for a long time. However, he only saw her as a little sister and he didn't want to ruin their friendship so he pretended that he didn't notice and actively chase other women, hoping that she would grow out of her feelings for him.
He knew about Nathan's feelings for Karen as well. As much as Nathan tried to hide it for years, as his childhood friend, it was impossible for him not to notice.
He also suspected that Karen may have been aware of Nathan's feelings. But she chose to pretend not to notice it just like what he did to her.
"Take care of her. I brought the car that my father gave me as a graduation gift and I promised to take Nikki on a ride."
Vincent turned and walked away.
Seeing Vincent walking away, for a very quick moment, a dark expression appeared in Nathan's face before returning to that familiar bored expression of his.
Nathan himself wasn't even aware such expression appeared on his face. In his mind, he understood where Vincent was coming from. Love isn't something that can be controlled, it just happens, just like his own feelings for Karen.
Unfortunately for him, he wasn't the person that Karen loves. And it would be a lie if he said it didn't bother him at all.
"Was it because he's handsome? He's rich? He's kind? He's brave? He's friendly? He's popular? Or was there something in Vincent that I, as a man, could never see?" Nathan asked himself.
Hearing himself asked these questions, he shook his head.
There was something else more important right now.
He turned away and headed to the direction where Karen ran off.
A few minutes later, he found Karen crying alone on a dimly lit and empty hallway.
He could hear her sniffling.
He approached her and stopped just a few feet away.
Looking at her pitiful state, Nathan had mixed feelings. One part of him fell in deep sorrow, knowing that the woman he loves was in pain. Meanwhile, the other part of him felt relieved that her love wasn't reciprocated so he still has a chance.
However, there was also third feeling, something even he wasn't aware of, hidden deep within that sense of relief. It was a tiny bit of resentment, silently whispering: If you had chosen me in the first place, you wouldn't have experienced this.
"I'm sorry things didn't work out," Nathan said.
"Go away, Nathan. Not now," Karen said as she sniffled and rubbed off the tears on her eyes, messing up her makeup.
Nathan didn't comply and instead stepped forward, moving closer and closer to her.
When Nathan was already just half an arm away from her, she pushed him.
"I said go away, Nathan!"
Nathan caught her hand. He pulled her towards him and embraced her.
"Let go of me!"
She tried to break free by thrashing around and pushing him away, but Nathan tightened his embrace, locking her in place.
"Karen, listen to me."
Despite that, she still tried to break away. Only this time, it was more violent.
"I SAID LET GO!"
"KAREN, I LOVE YOU!"
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