"Are you looking for someone?" he asked.
Abi nodded. "Mm. I can't see my friend anywhere. She was just there, in the line, waiting to buy a drink, but she's not there anymore." Abi pointed to where she last saw Kelly as she kept looking around. Worry was also starting to carve on her face.
"Do you want me to accompany you and look for her?" The man politely asked and Abi blinked because her fuzzy mind seemed to remember Kelly's instructions; that she was to stay here and wait.
"Maybe she went to the restroom. It's quite dangerous for girls to go to the restroom alone," the man continued.
"Some drunk men have been known to assault girls there if one is not careful."
Abi's eyes circled in shock and her heart began to beat wildly. She started to worry about her friend. She tried to call Kelly but to her dismay, Kelly's cell phone vibrated in the bag next to her. It seemed she didn't take her phone with her. Abi looked around the bar again and still found no trace of her friend.
Taking advantage of her worry, the CEO guy stood up and offered his hand to her. "Come. I'll help you look for her," the man said and Abi looked at him with some hesitation but in the end, her worry about Kelly won the battle.
"Okay," she said and stood up without accepting his hand.
"Follow me." He smiled and Abi nodded. Her eyes were scanning the faces in the crowd so she didn't see the glint in his eyes as he led her to the women's restroom.
Abi's worry over her friend sobered her up a little and when she saw the restroom, she didn't hesitate to go in and see if Kelly was in there.
The women's restroom was dimly lit but, Abi didn't worry about all that and immediately called out. "Kelly? Are you in here?"
There was no answer. Some of the cubicle doors seemed to be shut but she pushed each cubicle door open to make sure. Unfortunately, no one was in the bathroom but her.
She started to feel very anxious but was unaware of the danger that was looming before her.
"Miss Chen, did you find her?" the man outside yelled through the door.
"No… There's no one in here," she answered back as she opened the restroom door to leave.
Suddenly, the man stepped forward, blocking her way out as he entered the restroom. Then he pushed her inside one of the cubicles and locked it behind him.
"Mister, what are you doing –" Abi tried to ask, still unsure of what just happened.
"Miss Chen, you're so damn beautiful…" he said. His voice was husky and his eyes glimmered with nothing but lust.
Abi froze in fear as she suddenly realised the situation she was in. Her body started to shake and her palms started to sweat as her body reacted to her fear.
She couldn't deny that she was a little scared when Alexander Qin dragged her inside his bedroom but back then, she had been a willing participant. What she was feeling right now was a different kind of fear, the fear of being overpowered by someone stronger than her, the fear where her control and choices were taken away, the fear of being at the mercy of some unknown stranger. She was scared to death.
"P-please let me go. I don't want this," she pleaded.
He pushed her to the wall, roughly, and a small cry was torn from her lips.
"Do you think I'll let you go?" he smirked. The calm and polite man had turned into a predator.
She flinched when she saw him lick his lips, as if he was about to devour something delicious. He hadn't even touched her yet but she already felt so disgusted. She felt the hair on her body stand up as she tried to push him away from her. She balled her hands into fists and beat them on his chest but it looked like it didn't affect him at all. He just held her by the shoulders with no intention of letting her go.
She should've listened to Kelly! She was warned that this was not a nice place for someone like her. Earlier, she saw a few people kissing passionately in their little corners, even as far as groping each other in such a public place but she never once thought about something like this to happen.
She thought she could come here and easily get some of this so-called experience but it turns out it wasn't that easy at all. She thought she was brave and daring, but look at her now. Where was all that bravery and determination now?
What on earth was she thinking? That she could just walk into a place like this and find the much needed experience she was seeking because that's what she wanted? Her head was stuffed full of rainbows and unicorns from all the romance movies and books she read that she did not even think that this type of thing could happen.
She really was so damn ignorant.
Abi had never known such helplessness until now. She was so terrified that her entire body started to tremble.
"It's okay, baby… don't be afraid. I promise to make you feel good," the man whispered as his grip on her shoulders tightened.
The moment he moved his face closer to her, Abi screamed.
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Back in the corner booth, the man was speaking to Abi.