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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Thrillers  |  House: Booksie Classic

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~ Chapter 4 ~

I managed to avoid Clayton for a few days but towards the end of the week, the stalking had just gone overboard and crossed the line for awkward creepiness. I would find the man lurking in the shadows while I walked to work and back. My peaceful nights had disappeared without a trace after the little incident in the amusement park. Was I shitting my pants? No! I was just beginning to question my mental health. I had my bets on Clayton, that it was his idea of a very sadistic and cruel joke but that theory fell apart when the Ferris wheel guy announced I had rode it alone. No Freaking body had seen me with a man that night. Not even the ice-cream vendor which just explained I was good at a flight of fancy.

Exactly seven days later, I didn’t receive any more calls or texts from the creepy Richie Rich. I couldn’t help but feel a sudden disappointment; I wasn’t supposed to feel disappointed right? I mean, I was the one not allowing him to explain. Then again, why hadn’t I? Everyone needs a chance for explanation, maybe he wanted to apologize for how he acted. Just when I was ready to doze off, I woke up when I heard a sudden crash of the window pane. I stared at the scattered pieces of glass on the beige carpet in horror, a rock amid the glass pieces. I peeked out the window in frustration. A dark head came into focus. So the calls and texts had eventually stopped for an even greater purpose like breaking window panes in order to get me to notice him.

“WHAT?!” I called out to Clayton, who seemed to be staring straight at me. His demeanour screamed ‘yes I’ve committed a crime but see if I look guilty.’ Clearly, he wasn’t.

“I want to talk.” I observed his blue eyes even in the dark which plead for an apology.

“Well, there are other ways to get a person to talk which do not include breaking window panes. Ringing a door-bell would have been a really civil option.”

“Something tells me you wouldn’t have answered the door.” He said leaning his back over the slick car.

Damn right, I wouldn’t.” I said with a smile, “but I assume that wouldn’t have stopped you from breaking down the door.”

Clayton grinned, “Damn right, I would have.”

Grinning back, I wore my slippers, pulled on clean shorts, hurried downstairs and out the door. Clayton studied me with curious eyes, removed a dark brown bear out of the back seat of his car and handed it to me.

“What do you want to talk about?” I had almost forgotten how tall and athletic he was compared to my stature.

“Do you really think I could do something like that?”

“I don’t know Clayton, you tell me. If I do believe the fact that you were at your house, that doesn’t explain why you were with me in the amusement park too. You even threatened to push me out of the Ferris wheel.”

“Abigail, I’m clueless as to how that is even possible.” He tried to rationalize, “You tell me how it is that a person can be in two places at one time?”

He had a point but that didn’t mean he couldn’t lie. “I have proof that you texted me asking me to meet you at the entrance of the amusement park.”

Clayton folded his arms across his chest, nodding at me in approval to proceed. I swapped the touch screen, clicked on the inbox and scrolled down for that particular text. I scrolled further down to no avail. There were all previous texts from him just not that one. I remained nonplussed. “It was..just here. I had the text message. I did not erase it.”

His eyes went wide, didn’t seem he was quite buying it. Infact he was probably looking for a word less offending for plain crazy. He let out a long sigh, “It’s alright Abi. Maybe you were just stressed. Can happen to anyone.”

“But..”

“Just forget about it alright.”

I nodded but I needed answers. This was the second time it happened, first the girl singing on the streets and now the Evil Clayton Black doppelganger? None of it fit my routine of normalcy.

“I’m kinda busy tomorrow with work but Sunday, I’m going to take you to my house.” He smiled warmly at me, “we could lunch there. Sounds good to you?”

It was more of a command, not a question. I wasn’t allowed to use the word ‘No’.

“Yeah.” I said, “I guess.”

“Be ready at eleven sharp. I’ll send you a car.” Clayton pecked on my lips lightly as he slipped inside the car, and drove away leaving me with a list of unanswered questions.

 

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Jessie helped me to pick the best clothes out of the closet. I wore a blue flannel shirt over black skinny denims. Casual, but cute. Jessie even helped me style my hair. Honestly, I thought it was a bit of an over-do for a luncheon but nevertheless, she pondered on about how Clayton wouldn’t be able to keep his eyes off me. At exactly eleven, a black Mercedes SUV pulled right outside the building. A dark haired man in uniform stood by the passenger side of the car. I picked my hand-bag and hurried downstairs towards the car.

The chauffer smiled at me bowing his head in greeting, “Good Morning, Ms Myers.”

“Please call me Abigail.” He nodded, opening the car door for me to enter.

I slipped in the backseat as he took over the driver’s side. I’d been caught up looking out the window since I didn’t take note of the time or how much he had driven farther away from my apartment, “Where are we headed?”

The young chauffer eyed me from the rear-view mirror, “we are just approaching the Manor near the Black River, miss.”

Ofcourse. The entire town was named after my boyfriend’s family name, how hadn’t I guessed the famous Black River was also a possession of the lord? The family had been the first settlers in Black River and according to the locals did a good amount of charity work, built hospitals and everything that helped in the betterment of the town. Jessie also told me that Robert Black, Clayton’s late grandfather was a cunning man. He deceived most of the town with his charming smile and easy grace only to do some serious shit in the inner circle. He deceived a lot of his employees. Before anyone knew it, the Blacks were invincible. With immense wealth and power, they were out of reach.  Nobody had the balls to go against the Blacks, much less question their source of income.

The large manor loomed amid the large trees. The Black River still wasn’t in view. We neared the large metal gates which opened slowly when signalled by the chauffer, the letter ‘B’ on either side of the gates. I drank in the spectacular scenery surrounding the equally impressive manor. The wide fountain came into view as the car circled it, the ancient design was a good contrast to the equally old but modern manor. I even noticed the large beautiful courtyard, all set with a table. I was so engrossed savouring the scenery that I hadn’t noticed the car had already come to a halt. I began to open the car door when the chauffer got out of the car and opened it for me. “Lord Clayton will be waiting for you inside, miss.”

Seriously? I hadn’t known Clayton to be such a big-shot. His chauffer probably earned four times my income. I smiled nervously at him, “May I know your name?”

“It’s Kevin, miss.”

“Thank you, Kevin.” He bowed and resumed to parking the car where it belonged, in the long parking garage at the far end of the manor. I shielded my eyes as I squinted to take a glance at the towering manor, it stood three story-high. Ancient, but elegant. I began climbing the few steps towards the large doors when it opened on its own. A middle-aged tall man stood by the door.

“Good morning, Ms Myers.” He greeted me politely.

“Good Morning.” A Butler? Perhaps?  

“Shall I help you carry your bag, miss?”

Are you kidding me? I shook my head, “No, thanks.”

I scanned the foyer which did not seem to come to an end; all white shinny marble flooring. The entire house was probably more than a hundred years old but with time, the mansion also seemed to have been modernized deemed to fit the latest design. A mix between old and extravagant. The foyer seemed to end by a large living area kind of room. Perfect for a ballroom if the furniture removed or even a small soccer game. I’m not even exaggerating, just stating the facts. All of this was so over-whelming to me. A freakin museum would be put to shame.

I stepped onto the rich looking plush carpet, my eyes fixed on the looming wide crystalline chandelier when I heard footsteps making their way towards the room.

“Abigail.” Clayton beamed at me; taking my hand in his, he kissed it ever so lightly. I saw the Lord now. The creepy guy demeanour would probably disappear in no time if he continued to appear as gentlemanly. He was dressed for a game of golf. A golf t-shirt over slacks. “You like the house?”

I grinned, “What’s not to like.”

Clayton turned to the butler who in return bowed his head and left the room.

“Am I interrupting your golf-plans?”

Clayton turned to me, “No, I just got back.”

There was a large painting on the wall, it was without a doubt Clayton in the beautiful portrait but the hairstyle of the man in the painting told me a different story. Before I could drop that question on Clayton, he explained. “That’s my grandfather, Robert Black Senior.”

“Oh my, he looks so much like you.” I told him, without averting my eyes away from painting.

“I’ve been reminded occasionally.”

When I looked closely, I noticed the man in the painting seemed angry about something. Probably the painter had pissed him off but I could feel the arrogant vibe coming off the painting, a sense of superiority. Clayton on the other hand would have been a better candidate for a portrait. He was the cheerful creepy guy but that’s where the similarities ended.

I faced Clayton, “I remember you told me you live with your grandmother. Where is she?”

“She is where she is supposed to be, in her bedroom.” His voice seemed devoid of any emotion.

“I’d like to meet her.”

I watched Clayton shrug. “I don’t think that would be a good idea.”

“I’d really like to meet her.” I repeated.

He nodded, not making eye-contact. A petite woman in maid uniform knocked on the mahogany door thought I was confused why she would knock since the door was wide open, “My lord, lunch is served.”

A line of relief crossed Clayton’s forehead. He’d been urgently waiting for an interruption. I’m sure the maid would earn a bonus by the end of the month. He offered me his hand. “Shall we head towards the dining area?”

I willingly agreed as I slipped my hand in his.

 


Submitted: November 17, 2013

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ChloeLMcgarrett

Hey That was Awesome still under the suspicious that he is a magician am sure of it. He has got to be something of the sort surely. It doesn't make sense and am surely coming off of plot, sorry, but that was AMAZING. At the start Clayton made a point in saying how can 1 person be in 2 places at once. I liked the part: "Ringing a door bell would have been a really civil option."
" Something tells me you would have answered the door"
"Damn right I wouldn't have, but I assume that wouldn't have stopped you kicking the door down?
"Damn right"
That was ace made me giggle, so cute, Tells me Clayton isn't as dark as he seems, but he still is, Sorry for the mahosive(Massive) long speal,
Btw: Mahosive was a word my mum strangely shouted out on night about a spider haha, KMU Hun :)

Sun, November 17th, 2013 12:59pm

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LOL xD I'm glad if it did. Thanks for reading and commenting Chloe :) I haven't heard of that word. will surely KYU~

Sun, November 17th, 2013 10:15am

Blake Star

Great start enjoyed ur writing style as usual~ Wonder what happens next Clayton is so mysterious 0_0 Was Abigail rlly hallucinating or does Clayton know sth she doesn't? KMU :D

Sun, November 17th, 2013 1:31pm

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Your questions will be answered in the upcoming chapters :) Thanks for reading!!! Will surely KYU~

Sun, November 17th, 2013 10:16am

Sarrah

something about the staff or the mansion seems so wrong. i can't put my finger on it. it was creepy with all the grandeur. Great job though. kmu

Sun, November 17th, 2013 1:47pm

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You'll find out about it in the upcoming chapters :) Thanks for reading!!! will surely KYU~

Sun, November 17th, 2013 10:18am

BigBang

You really should get this book published when it's finished. In amazon or something...but I really like this chapter. Clayton is such a creepy guy, btw...you descripted him like a ghost stalker :O but I think he's a really, really weird (sorry) human. But I loved it, KMU!! thanks!!

Sun, November 17th, 2013 1:54pm

Author
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Aw sure :) Once I complete it, I'll see if I can. Thanks for reading and commenting xD will surely KYU~

Mon, November 18th, 2013 3:12am

Kenisha Liyanage

Ah... That's so cute. Hope Abigil will have a nice time there with no trouble. PLease let me know when you update...

Sun, November 17th, 2013 2:23pm

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Thanks for reading and commenting Kenisha :) will surely let you know when I update~

Mon, November 18th, 2013 3:29am

nessie286

something is soo creepy about this clayton but i loved this chapter kmu!!!

Sun, November 17th, 2013 2:32pm

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Thanks for reading Nessie :) will surely keep you updated~

Mon, November 18th, 2013 3:32am

Gladys Graham

You have no clue how badly I wanted to know the answers all of what happened earlier. And now they're already out for lunch, with a frickin' butler and carrying bags and stuff??!? Seriously, how rich is Clayton? Even getting a place named after his family. OOH, now what? Another mystery at each end of the chapter. He's not wanting to let Abigail meet grandmom? Awe, I kinda find it cute, cause probably guys are scared if they could be embarrassing. But I have a strong feeling this is something else. Anyway! Awesome and mysterious chapter again, Kash! XD

Sun, November 17th, 2013 4:07pm

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LOL xD Your funny Gladys. I guess he is very rich ;) There is a reason why Clayton doesn't want Abi to meet her grand mom.You'll find out in the next chapter. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Mon, November 18th, 2013 3:36am

deathpearl

Forget about me calling clayton a sexy lion. Clayton is just a creep in general. I know your tag says supernatural too, but this Clayton i feel is like a psycho or he has something up his sleeves. Creepy. Kmu!!!

Sun, November 17th, 2013 4:13pm

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Maybe he is a psycho? ;) who knows. lol. Thanks for reading and commenting. will surely KYU~

Mon, November 18th, 2013 3:37am

artie1947

what an amazing story, keeping the reader on the alert, it is so expressive well done, let me know when the next chapter is out thank you.

Sun, November 17th, 2013 5:01pm

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Thank you so much for the kind words sir :) Your response is much appreciated. will surely let you know when I update~

Mon, November 18th, 2013 3:39am

mintcherryful

really liked this chapter... wondering whats wrong with his grandmother though :/ please kmu!

Sun, November 17th, 2013 5:03pm

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You'll find out what is wrong with her in the next chapter ;) Thanks for reading and commenting. will surely KYU~

Mon, November 18th, 2013 3:40am

commander218

Hmm...I'm starting to get a suspicion that there are two Blacks. I just have a bad feeling the one at the Ferris Wheel was the good Black. I mean Clayton stalks Abigail daily and then one day just randomly takes care of his grandma...something just irks me about that. This only continued that irk.

A found a little typo (Ofcourse needs a space in between). The only other thing is I'm not sure if it should be No freaking body or no-freaking-body, but that's just minor stuff.

Sun, November 17th, 2013 5:34pm

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I'll let you keep guessing ;) It is meant to confuse. I will fix the typo. Thanks for pointing it out and thanks for reading and commenting :D

Mon, November 18th, 2013 3:42am

Aniqa

loved it!!! omg but if i was Abigail I would not be trusting Clayton! Kmu!

Sun, November 17th, 2013 6:10pm

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Thanks for reading and commenting Aniqa :) will surely keep you updated~

Mon, November 18th, 2013 3:43am

ashcon94

Hmmm. I feel like he knows something. He's still his average demanding self. really? Break her window why don't you! I love Clayton's character. As always Kmu!-Ashley

Sun, November 17th, 2013 8:00pm

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LOL yeah he is :) I'm glad you like Clayton's character. Thanks for reading and commenting. will surely KYU~

Mon, November 18th, 2013 3:44am

city-lights

There's something about this guy that makes me think: OMG ABIGAIL RUN! RUN YOUR FRICKIN' LIFE IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR HEAD AND YOUR LIFE!!! BEFORE THIS CREEP SUCKS YOUR BLOOD OUT AND LEAVES YOU HALF DEAD NEAR THE ANGRY MAN IN THE PHOTO!! *breathes in and out* yeah, so as I was saying, there i something not right about this man. I just cant put my little finger on it. ;P Is he something supernatural? Vampire? Demon? fallen angel? Werewolf? Or is he simply a human who is telepathic and can vanish!? OMG! He might be a modern doctor who, with the time machine. Actually, maybe not. He's somthin though. I know that bit. OMG I ANT WAIT FOR MORE! Dont leave me waiting this long. I need more. Btw you're soooo talented. Did you know that? KMU sweetie! :) xx

Sun, November 17th, 2013 9:02pm

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ROFL xD I can't stop laughing. I can assure you he is nothing out of the options you mentioned. Just a human..but then again, who knows? ;) I will update sooner this time. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. aww Thanks :) will surely KYU~

Mon, November 18th, 2013 3:49am

Raquelita15

What the heck?? This novel confuses me haha. In a good way, Abigail better be careful, is he like an angel? Or? Haha, Keep me updated/.

Sun, November 17th, 2013 9:16pm

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It is meant to confuse :) No, he is not an angel. Thanks for reading and commenting. will surely keep you updated~

Mon, November 18th, 2013 10:48pm

Taemint

I am content. Finally.... and I have a sinking suspicion that this is sort of going to be like... There is one Clayton but to sides. And evil and a good one. The evil occasionally comes out..and yada yada yada. KMU ^^ And hurry~ Loved it :3

Sun, November 17th, 2013 10:46pm

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I will let you keep guessing :) Thanks for reading Taemint. will surely KYU~

Mon, November 18th, 2013 10:56pm

MissWordsmith

OMG you updated! Thank you! Make this more often and I will love you forever - haha, this novella is great! :D

Sun, November 17th, 2013 10:57pm

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The next chapter will be up soon :) aww Thanks!!! that means alot~

Mon, November 18th, 2013 10:57pm

Sahar Ahmad

Really awesome Dude!1!! In luv with this ! Plz read my brand new Survival as well!

Mon, November 18th, 2013 5:03am

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Thanks for reading and commenting!! will surely do :)

Mon, November 18th, 2013 10:59pm

peacemaker06

another entertaining and descriptive chapter my friend! I enjoyed the tour of Richie Rich's mansion lol He is obviously trying to hide his grandmother for some reason which is curious? maybe she will rave on about the family and some curse or something? Once again superbly written and overall just a great story from an exceptional story teller!...Dino ")

Mon, November 18th, 2013 11:28am

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Maybe that is possible :) I will let you keep guessing. I'm very glad you enjoyed reading it. Thanks so much!!!~

Mon, November 18th, 2013 11:05pm

lovepoetryandbooks

Hidden secrets. So interesting. Make the next chapter longer please. I hate waiting.

Mon, November 18th, 2013 4:03pm

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Will try to make it longer :) Thanks for reading! I'll try to put it up sooner~

Mon, November 18th, 2013 11:11pm

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