"KAREN, I LOVE YOU!"
Saying those words, Nathan felt lighter. One of the many heavy loads that he has been carrying inside his heart for years just vanished.
But for Karen, hearing those words caused her to stop thrashing around and instead began lightly banging her fists against his body as she helplessly cried out.
"Why…? Why did you have to say those words?"
"Karen…" Nathan found himself tongue-tied.
He was expecting her to deny it to some extent, but he didn't expect that he would find himself tongue-tied right off the bat.
"I knew you had feelings for me but it's Vincent that I love, not you…"
"I…" He felt like his heart was being squeezed.
"That's why I tried my best to act as normal as I could whenever I'm with you…"
"I...hurts…" Nathan managed to say while gritting his teeth from the emotional pain inside his chest.
"But you just had to say to words to throw away all my effort and make things awkward between us…"
Nathan's mind finally went blank. The pain was just too much for him to handle.
He absently released her and dropped his arms to his side as he raised his head and stared blankly at the wall with his mouth open.
Karen placed her hand on Nathan's chest.
"I love you, Nathan…"
When he heard those words, his mind immediately went back online.
'What did she say?!'
He stared at her.
"...but I only love you as a brother."
'What? I got bro-zoned? And plus, don't go cutting your sentences like that! It's really misleading and it really hurts, you know!'
After calming down, he shook his head.
In his mind, he already got his far. He might as well let everything out and see through it to the end, even if he had to resort to begging.
He grabbed her shoulders.
"Karen, I may not be as handsome as Vincent, as rich as Vincent, as charming, as brave, as kind, but my love for you could compare to no one."
He dropped on his knees, held both of her hands and kissed them.
"Everything you want, anything you want, I will give it to you. Just accept my love for you."
She pulled her hands away and tried to move away from Nathan, but he wrapped his arms around her waist and pressed his face against her stomach.
"Please… I promise you that my love for you will erase your love for Vincent. And even if you can't or will not love me, my love is big enough for the two of us. I love you so much that every day I dream about us being together. Every day I dream about holding and kissing you in my arms like this. God knows how much I love you, how I longed for this moment. Please, please, please… Please accept my love for you…"
Nathan's voice started to choke.
Seeing Nathan and hearing those words, she finally gave up resisting.
She coiled her arms around his head, bent her head down and silently wept.
After 5 minutes or so, she stopped crying.
"Nathan… Did you really meant what you've said?" Karen whispered softly.
She uncoiled her arms around Nathan's head.
He raised his head and looked directly into her eyes.
"Every last bit of it," Nathan said with pure and loving eyes.
There was also a hint of pain that could be seen on his face. The cause of it was from kneeling on the floor because he wasn't used to it.
Looking at him, Karen smiled sweetly.
"Do your knees hurt?"
Nathan let out a chuckle and nodded.
"Yes, the floor is killing me."
Karen let out a chuckle as well and slapped his shoulder.
Nathan unwrapped his arms around her waist and got up.
When he got up, Karen cupped his cheeks and asked, "We were so dramatic, weren't we?"
Nathan palmed Karen's hands on his face and kissed them.
"Yeah. Feeling ashamed?"
Karen pulled his face towards her and pressed her lips against his.
Their tongues met and began playfully coiling with each other while they both gasped for air. Their fingers running all over each others' faces and hair.
The kiss was the softest and sweetest thing Nathan has ever felt and tasted in his entire life. It made his knees go weak and his heart feeling like it was going to burst out of his chest any moment.
He also had this raging lust storming inside of him, screaming at him to take her right here, right now. It took him a great deal of effort to suppress it.
When their lips finally parted, their foreheads remained touching each other and their breathing was heavy.
"I'm dying in shame that you couldn't even imagine," said Karen as she bit her lower lip and smiled.
"I think I may have messed your makeup with my saliva. But it was already messed up to begin with anyway." Nathan grinned.
Karen lightly slapped his face and said, "Eww! Stop it. Bastard."
They both chuckled.
Nathan kissed her lips once more, trying to see if this was a dream or not. He was filled with euphoria that he just couldn't help but question if this moment was really happening. And if this was nothing but a dream, as cheesy and cliche it may sound, he didn't want to wake up.
When their lips reluctantly parted for the second time, she whispered in a soft and breathless voice, "Take me to your house."
He grabbed her hand and they ran off.
As they ran, Karen almost tripped.
Nathan decided to carry her like a princess which caused her to punched him and growled, "Don't even think about it! I swear to God!"
Nathan was waiting on the sofa and smoking a cigarette in the living room.
He was fully geared. He had his [Grade D ]Sword, [Grade D] Long Dagger, [Grade D] Dagger, police vest, Revolver, four hand grenades (he left one inside the safe along with the goggles), and fanny pack.
With all the physical activities he did yesterday and also the fact he didn't sleep last night, despite having 29 Vit, he was restless and wore a haggard face.
And just thinking about being forced to have breakfast today made his mood sour.
'This is probably the person.'
Nathan got up and opened the door.
It was a young and handsome bespectacled Caucasian man wearing a business suit and was carrying an office binder. He looked like he was only 16 years old, around 5'6" tall, and had a skinny build.
Seeing Nathan with his haggard, sunken face and dressed in full gear, and also hearing about his "exploits", the kid was startled and unconsciously took a step back.
"I'm sorry, sir. I mean, good morning, sir. My name is Twitch. Starting today I will your personal assistant. I have your schedule for today right here with me." He tapped the binder he was holding on. "First off, I will escort you to where the Boss is at."
"Personal assistant, huh."
A cold glint flickered in Nathan's eyes.
"Aren't you going to bring me to where Rose is at?"
"Yes, sir. The Boss is on the terrace on the second floor. Please follow me."
They started walking.
"Tell me, kid. Does Rose have any family members here?"
Twitch heard about Nathan's exploits so he was a bit hesitant to answer him.
However, in the end, he decided to.
"As far as I know, the Boss has 2 uncles and 1 younger brother living here."
"Yes, sir. Her other family members aren't here."
"What about her parents?"
"With her siblings, sir."
"How many siblings does she have?"
"Five, sir. One passed away and another is missing overseas."
"Missing overseas, huh. So where are the other two?"
Twitch immediately backed away from Nathan and raised his arms to cover himself.
"Sir, please don't kill me!"
Nathan stood there with a bored look.
"Don't be so overdramatic."
"I – I…"
Twitch's face turned red.
Nathan let out a sigh and flashed a friendly smile.
"Sorry about that. I wasn't able to get any sleep last night so my face looks a bit unpleasant and I'm not my usual jolly self."
"No, sir. It was my fault."
Still wearing a friendly smile, Nathan approached Twitch and placed his hands on his shoulders.
"Is this your first time as an assistant?"
"I see. You know, I also used to work as a part-time assistant before the zombie apocalypse so I understand what it's like. The first few days are always very stressful because while you're doing your given tasks, you're also trying to pick up the quirks of your employer. It's like being a mind reader, oracle and laborer all at the same time."
He patted Twitch's shoulders a few times.
Nathan stepped back.
"Yes, sir. Thank you, sir."
Seeing Twitch, he couldn't help but felt pity.
He used to be like this as well – always saying 'yes sir', 'no sir', 'thank you sir' and 'sorry sir'. Each time he said those words, he felt like his balls grew smaller.
"By the way, who's going to pay you for being my assistant?"
"The organization will not only be providing me food and shelter but will also let me kill the captured zombies and give me System items."
"Oh, I see…"
Nathan thought about his days as a solo hunter.
Zombies? He even had to stop killing and let them increase their level because they were barely giving him any exp at all.
System items? He won't even bother to pick up some of them.
"By the way, sir… In case you have any extra System items, I can sell them here for you here."
Twitch eyes shined.
Nathan raised his eyebrow.
"Heh~ For how much?"
"Depending on the item. You can trade them for System items, guns, bullets, food, cigarettes, liquor, drugs, house, favors – anything you can think of as long as it has a price. However, you will also need to pay tax."
"The organization, sir."
"Heh~ You don't say."
"And with you as a Chosen One, you're part of the Scavenger Teams so you'll definitely going to have some extra System items that you can sell."
"Okay, so what's in it for you for selling my loots on my behalf?"
"As your personal assistant, I wouldn't dare to ask anything. I only want to be a useful assistant to you, sir," Twitch humbly said but his eyes gleamed with anticipation.
Nathan rolled his eyes inwardly.
"Oh you know I can't do that. I'll feel bad. Hmm… Let's see..." He massaged his beardless face. "I will give you 10% of my loots."
Twitch's eyes shined.
"Thank you, sir! Thank you!"
"Don't be, kid. It's only fair business. Hahahaha~" Nathan said and then thought, 'Plus, I wanna see if anyone would dare to make me pay tax.'
"Still, I want to say thank you, sir! Hahahaha~"
The two stood in the hallway and were laughing loudly.
Nathan stopped laughing.
"So kid, where are the rest of Rose's siblings?"
Twitch immediately stopped laughing. His face started to sweat and he looked like he was torn about what to say.
Nathan patted his cheek.
"Haha~ I'm just messing with you, kid. So, you were taking me to where Rose is, yes?"
Twitch let out a sigh of relief.
Twitch turned and resumed leading the way.
Nathan followed and stared at Twitch's back. He thought of the memory that caused him to decide to work online.
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