Romance & Bondage

Chapter Three : Scarlet

Rainfall poured softly, hitting the windows and every inch and edge outside as the wind blew

aggressively, causing the leaves to fall vividly kissing the swept ground. The soft yet comforting sound

was like a soft, soothing lullaby and it echoed throughout the walls effortlessly sending humming sounds into the eardrums. It was early December and the city of Manhattan was busier than any other time of the year as the city filled with all types of people — visitors mostly. It was one of those lonely mornings for Aldric Gaumond whose only thoughts were on his next project.

Aldric Gaumond was one of the youngest millionaire bachelor in the city. Just at the age of 27, he owned a fashion company and had worked with every type of breed in human species. He was from a very wealthy family as his father owned a huge marketing company while his mother was a popular actress.

Aldric

was the only child at home and that being, he loved his parents deadly and would do anything to

please them. That, including agreeing to an arranged marriage to one of their closest friends

daughter. He didn mind, at all. To him, marriage was not a big deal because he was never planning

on falling in love with anyone at any cost. He only wanted to focus of his company.

Aldric sighed tossing his eyes outside of the window as he watched the rain fall. He stood tall with a cup of coffee in his left hand while the other was deep inside his pants pocket, lost in the beautiful midst of the beautiful city lights. It was still early so he had planned to meet with one of his customers for measurements.

Once he was done with his coffee, he turned over his heel heading towards the kitchen and rinsed the cup placing it back in one of the cabinet. Aldric made his way to his office to grab fabrics and his equipment before rushing out of the empty house to his car. The road to his company was not the shortest yet he managed to get there in time, the morning drive was always one of the refreshments he would need before work. It made him think and reflect to himself. His shoes hit the cream white tiled floor as he walked towards the elevator which directed him to the entrance. He stepped out of the elevator, his eyes falling onto people who immediately rushed out at his sight panicking. It was not that Aldric Gaumond was a cold man, far from it to be specific.

Though his appearance was timid and pretty much intimidating, he was not someone whom you can easily approach out of the blue but he was still not the coldest. He didn mind that, after all he was there to work not to play hide and seek with friends so he kept it to himself. Stepping in another elevator, he pressed the button but the elevator was suddenly stopped by a woman in red heels. She was undeniably gorgeous with beautiful bright eyes that shone with nothing but sunshine.

She smiled, her eyes sweeping towards the tall man who looked ahead while he did nothing to mind the little lady. He heard her sighed but never once throw his eyes towards her.

I was told that I am like a sunshine in the darkness and I can easily turn the dark into a beautiful

eye-sore sunset. You must really disagree with that though because I stepped in here finding you ice

cold and not even my beautiful smile makes you melt. Im quiet disappointed in myself, she

blubbered nonchalantly, her eyes still trained towards the man.

He never uttered anything but looked down at her, she indeed was a ball of sunshine but he didn care about any of that. It was nothing necessary to put your mind on. Once the elevator stopped at his floor, he stepped out and head towards his office.

Dark theme covered the interior, it was a unique matte dark gray color and a shiny dark brown. The office was so neat, a comfortable chair with a dark brown table in the middle, a wall full of nothing but books on the left hand side, a table set with different fabrics on the right hand side, unique, stylish, excellent quality, next to the table was a sewing machine with a line of

different cotton wool and different sizes of scissors, a couch on the end with a glass background with

beautiful and admirable view of Manhattan. It was just alright, the office that is. It was quite an Aldric style. Not too plain and not too fancy. He sat on his chair taking out a sketch book and started his drawing.

As time passes momentarily, he was lost in his world that he didn realize that someone was

knocking. He uttered a firm come in before the door opened, and in stepped the girl he bumped into earlier inside the elevator.

Good afternoon Mr Gaumond, you seem like a very nice man so you should be polite towards your

body and have something to eat. By the way, there is a very fine gentlemen who is looking for you,

she told him with a smile.

Let him in, he looked at her as he said those words before they fell on his sketching book. The girl sighed, when she heard all those stories about the mighty Mr Gaumond, she didn expect them to be so true. She was new to the company and was under the modeling agency so she handled models.

With a nod, the girl walked away and soon after, the door was pushed open and a man stepped

inside. Zeus Brassard. Aldric has heard so much about the man. Not only was he owning all his books,but he was inspired by him. Zeus Brassard was a 32 years old award winning international author, who wrote a lot of popular romance and fantasy books.

Zeus was a few inches taller than Aldric, he

was well built and surprisingly beautiful. Aldric smiled a little, looking up towards him.

You must be Mr Brassard, welcome to Gaumond E & C Boutique, he said neatly placing his sketching book away.

Thank you, my little sister is the one who told me about this Boutique since Im not the one who likes

dressing up, he chuckled.

Well, she did good because you might want to dress up each and every time after seeing some of our designs, Aldric said to the man. He lead him to the other side where he started making his

measurements which really went as expected, Zeus Brassard had a great body.

After the measurements, they decided to go through a few designs and Zeus was happy to purchase a few which were still available.

I will recommend these to my friends, all of your clothes are so beautiful with a very high quality,

he complimented. You also have a very rare taste, pretty much unique I can say.

Well Zeus, thank you for the wonderful compliments. I shall see you again hopefully, he was already walking the man towards the door.

They stood there without saying anything for a moment before they part ways after bidding each other. Aldric smirked dartful, just then his phone rang and his mothers name appeared on the bright screen.

He answered, a little smile flashing across his face.

”Mom, he called out.

Aldric, I hope you
e taking care of yourself. She immediately said knowingly. The mother knew how his son placed work over everything including taking care of himself.

Mom I do take care of myself, he smiled saying that.

I doubt you do, that is why you should hurry with the wedding. Samantha is on his way back in

Manhattan from Canada and I think you two should meet up, after all you last saw each other when you guys were

still kids. He listened to his mothers sweet voice. Marriage was something he was never looking for but it didn matter if he marry out of love or anything, it was meaningless.

We can meet up, please send her number and I will do the arrangements with her, he told

her and she gladly agreed without any hesitations.

Have you talked with Hector yet? that was the question he was running away from. Hector was his

beloved cousin who felt entitled to everything and he hated his guts more than anything. Hector was a complete brat who did nothing but play around with women flashing his fathers money to anyone out of his league.

No and I don wish to, you should stop bringing him up mom because you know how I feel about

him. He made it clear. His eyes fell towards the view of the city, breathtakingly taking his breath just like always and it calm his nerves. He breath out, fixing his tie.

Fine, I will shortly send Samanthas contact details. she said as she continued. Oh, your father said Ivan Thompson is coming back soon so you should go and check out M&A and see if everything is going well. she said before she hang up. Aldric sighed, closing his eyes.

It was late and Aldric was packing his things up when a sound chimed showing a received text. He grabbed everything and

made his way out to his car as he drove off to M&A. Aldric took some papers and stepped out of the car and made his way to the building. His phone rang on his way and he accepted the call.

Mom, he breath out.

Make sure to call Samantha, she reminded him.

I- the papers he had in hands suddenly fell followed by his phone.

A gasp fell on the younger mans lips, going down to retrieve the phone while he uttered countless

apologizes. Aldric was annoyed enough so he didn want to cause any trouble.

Leave it, he loudly said feeling so irritated.

I-Im terribly sorry… the younger trailed in panic.

Leave. Aldric said once, the tone firmer than before. That compelled him to go. Aldric was already frustrated at it is. He went back home after he finished checking how things were going. Like always, lonely nights.

Aldric such moments that made him question his worth, anxious. It was all anxiety talking because he thought he loved being alone more than anything but the quest house, the quiet place made him feel the void of wanting to belong. His parents loved him but they were always working so he never had somewhere to belong to and feel at home. The lonely night went quietly until the sunrise flashing through the blinds disturbing his peaceful sleep. He slept pretty late last night after all. After doing his usual boring morning routine, he decided on contacting Samantha so he did just that.

I have been waiting for you call, a sweet as honey voice rang through his eardrums. It was

beautiful, smooth and heartwarming.

I finally did then, you must be Samantha. You have such a beautiful voice, he complimented her.

That was very foreign and tasted a lot bitter in his tongue but he felt the need that he had to say it. It

was the truth after all. The other had a beautiful voice.

Thank you, Im glad you like my voice. he heard her say at the end of the line.

Samantha, since we
e going to get married… mom suggested that we should spend time together so

we could get to know each other. he uttered meaninglessly.

I think thats a good idea, she chirped in.

Perfect, I will send you the details because I would like to take you out on a dinner date tonight at

7pm. Is that alright with you? he asked her.

Yes, anything is fine with me. I will see you at 7 then! she excitedly said around before they hang

up the call. Aldric felt a little proud of himself. A little progress on his side with his so called marriage.

It was already in evening when Aldric stood next to the door after knowing. The door opened and his eyes landed on someone unexpected, Zeus Brassard.

Hi! What are you doing here? he heard the man ask.

Im here for Samantha, he shortly answered him. Zeus opened the door for him and he stepped in,

looking around for a second before his eyes fell on the tall man again.

You live here? he asked.

Yes, Samantha is actually my little sister. I didn know you
e my famous brother-in-law to be, he

chuckled with eyes full of brightness. He was effortlessly beautiful.

Well, I was not expecting you to be my brother-in-law to be either. he teased. Just then Samantha made her way down the stairs. She was beautiful, pretty and was a sight for sore-eyes. The beauty probably ran in the family.

Hi, she smiled.

Hey, you look so breathtaking. he honestly told her which blew flames in her pale cheeks as they

turned red.

Thank you, and you don look bad yourself. he handed her roses which he was holding

throughout. That was pouring fuel in the fire because the little girl couldn control her cheeks and they burnt, her face full of a huge smile.

Thank you, let me put this in a pot. she walked away leaving the two boys behind.

Congratulations, she must be head over heels with you already, Zeus confirmed. That was

something Aldric had hoped to not be true because he didn know if he could return the love back.

We just met each other, he accused.

My sister can easily fall in love with someone. She believes that time does not matter when it comes

to falling in love, he shrugged. Take care of her, she can be very fragile. Aldric could only nod. Samantha came back a minute after.

They drove to one of the most beautiful and fancy restaurant in Manhattan. They went through to a

parking lot and packed there before Aldric helped Samantha out as they walked towards the

entrance. Marble was a fancy restaurant that served meat and seafood that has been cooked on the

wood fired grill that took pride of the place in the dining room. Marbles interiors were contemporary

in design with wooden surfaces and expansive windows that let the light flood in and open up the

view afforded by its location in Manhattan.

Reservation for?

Gaumond, Aldric replied to the bouncer. The waiter walked towards them and lead them to their

reserved table.

This way please, they walked to a table on a far corner of the restaurant Im Jacob Hudson, I will

be your waiter. Can I get you anything to drink while you look through your menu? He asked

politely. A warm smile set on his lips. He looked like a man in his early twenties, lean and charming.

We will have The Cab Franc 2014, thank you, ” The waiter nodded jotting on his notepad before he

walked away from their sight.

This is a good and expensive restaurant, I don usually come to restaurants, Aldric heard the

woman whisper to him.

I don usually come too, my mom always makes sure that my fridge is full of fresh food each and

every chance she gets, he chuckled bat the thought of his mother. She always worry about Aldric not

eating.

Your mom must love you a lot, she said.

She does. What about you? How is your relationship with you mom? he asked hopefully wanting to

know more about her.

My mom.. my mom died years ago after being diagnosed with stage four of breast cancer. We were very close though. My father is hardly home and as for Zeus, he loves me deadly and hes someone I am more closer with. I have another two brothers who are already working but I hsvent seen them for quite a long time. he listened to her.

Do you have friends? he asked her.

Yes! I have two friends from college…

The waiter made his way back with a bottle of wine and started pouring for them but Aldric stopped

him before a drop could come in contact with the clear glass.

Let me, The waiter nodded and made his way away from them. Samantha took the glass of wine

and took a sip, a smile forming across her face.

Nice she commented.

Black fruits, perfume liquorish and beautiful savoury notes just perfect for a queen like you,, she flushed. You know, I have never met someone like you. I thought I would hate you because that is

what is expected most of the time is arranged marriage but you just melt my heart each and every second, she uttered and her eyes immediately dropped on the table, then shifted to the glass of wine next to her.

I want us to live a peaceful beautiful life. This is the start of it, he told her with a simple smile. She

nodded as they continued talking. While deep of our conversation, the waiter made his way towards

them.

Can I get you anything? The waiter asked.

I would like flamed mussels with coconut and lemongrass, Aldric said as they both turned towards

Samantha whom looked at Aldric, then looked at the menu again, not knowing what to have. These

meals seem expensive too. More than 1 000 dollars, she was more likely confused and embarrassed.

She will have tuna grilled on the coals with smoked chipotle sauce, avocado, corn salsa and taco,

Aldric ordered on her behalf then the waiter walked away after jotting everything down.

I-I-Im so sorry Aldric -I-Im just not used to all of this and I–– he cut her off.

Hey Hey Hey Samantha, everything is okay. You don have to be embarrassed, its me. You don have

to pretend to be someone you
e not for my sake, were already going to spend the rest of our lives together, she nodded looking at his face. He was serious, that calmed her down.

Thank you, The waiter placed their plates down then walked away. She sighed taking both the

knife in her hands. They ate her food holding a conversation. The dinner went by with them talking and trying to get to know each other. It was late when Aldric drove Samantha back home.

I will see you, he told her softly. Samantha nodded smiling widely. She walked inside the house and

Aldric turned over his heel walking towards his car. Just then a figure suddenly appeared, Zeus Brassard.

How do you feel about getting into an arranged marriage? Zeus immediately asked, stepping next

to the man in a blue tuxedo.

Why would you ask that? he looked at him.

Im just wondering how fun it must be to marry someone you don know or are not in love with,

you guys will probably inspire my next project. You should come up with the tittle of it, he suggested mockingly.

I swear to God you don want to see me angry, Aldric swore.

If I want to? Look, I just find this ridiculous because marriage is a huge thing that is taken seriously a—

Taken seriously by whom? You? Aldric asked irritated. He never thought there would be someone who would question his decisions.

By everyone!

Not this one, he stepped inside his car immediately driving off leaving the other man standing by himself. Zeus. He didn treat Aldric like how everyone does and Aldric found that quiet annoying. He drove to his house where he took a bath then worked on his sketch before falling asleep.

Days and weeks passed within a blink of an eye. Aldric and Samantha saw each other more often but the other man was never at sight. He thought he could form a friendship with him. Aldric settled near the window, a cup of coffee on one of his hand

while the other hand was occupied by a book – a novel, more specific. You could hear the music

playing on the background, calming, soft and beautifully.

A small tight smile settled across his face as his eyes darted back to his novel. Taking another look at where he was, page 68. Color Me Red – an erotica novel written by Z.C Brassard. As a sigh escaped passed his lips, he placed the novel down and

stood up from his little comfort. Still, with a cup of in his hands The man stumbled towards the kitchen. He placed the cup in the sink, opening the tap and the water gushed out hitting the silver sink. He took a dish cloth, grabbing a dish washing liquid in between. Finishing off washing the cup, he rinsed it, drying and placed it back in the cabinet. He jogged back to his comforter and settled on it, looking out of the window again. This, the rain was a huge comfort during the past months. Sames goes to novels and music, RnB obviously. Aldric was listening to them a lot recently more than he did.

His phone vibrated. Causing him to huff grabbing his phone and rolled his eyes when a name he was

very much familiar with flashed across the bright screen. Aldric was invited to a little gathering at M&A so later that day, he went there. It was a boring business party

I have not seen you for a while now. Ivan said.

I do not go to the Red Door anymore since I will be getting married soon. As much as I would like

having a sub, being loyal to my partner is a priority.

The man said.

You will give up the lifestyle because of feelings…? That is not you. Aldric knew that was the truth

but his parents were the one that decided on this marriage so he cannot disappoint them.

This has nothing to do with feelings, he harshly said.

If you say so, I hope you do not make rush decisions though. You have been in this lifestyle since collage, it is part of you. That was what Aldric was afraid of. Once you start with BD** lifestyle, it isnever easy to quit. Finding a partner who would accept that part of you is neither easy too. The man

walked away to go for a smoke. He heard sounds from the room before noticing a man peeking in that room. He quickly stepped next to him and wrapped a hand around his mouth.

Shh, I will release you if you promise that you won scream. Aldric said roughly.

The man nodded his head so Aldric pulled his hand back and he looked down finding a younger man.

What are they doing there? Hes sexually harassing her isn he? the man asked pulling his cellphone. ”We should call the police. ”

He took out his call and immediately dialed the police number.

No hes not. Aldric replied pulling the younger one to an empty office after grabbing the phone between his delicate fingers.

How can you say he is not? I clearly saw him with my own eyes. He lashed out. ”Give me back my phone!! ”

You won understand, but know that he was not sexually harassing her or of that sorts, ” irritated.

Bu–

But nothing, you saw nothing. Chance had no words. His eyes gathered tears and he immediately dropped them to the floor. The younger was feeling intimidated.

Aldrich watched the man drop his eyes looking down nervously while playing with his fingers before he looked at him then rushed out of the office.

After that, Aldric decided to go back home. The next couple of days he did not see Samantha nor Zeus, until he received a call from his mother.

Aldric how are you? It never hurts to call your mother once in a while do you know that right?

The

womans voice sounded causing Aldric to roll his eyes playfully. His mother was over dramatic when she wanted to.

Im okay. What about you mother? I asked back.

Good. I was calling because of something. I had an invitation to a business dinner but I will not be

able to tend to it. I was wondering if you can go on my behalf, you can take Samantha with you,

Aldric heard his dearest mother say and he immediately went silence, knowing very well why.

Mom, you know I don do well with a crowd. ” He told her.

”Can you ask Hector or David or Fiona… someone else? He asked his mother. David asked for Fionas hand in marriage a couple of weeks ago, they

were apparently high school sweethearts so they decided to take another step in their relationship by committing themselves to each other sooner. Aldric admired them a lot, Fiona was his cousin he

adored after all so seeing her happy made him happy too.

David is currently busy with school and Fiona too, there is no one I could ask. Please Aldric, I can

cancel on this at this time and besides, its a work thing.

He immediately felt like a shit son. One night in a fancy hall full of rich people who thinks highly of

themselves wouldn hurt anyone right? He will just keep calm and wait for the night to pass

smoothly. Being from a wealthy family and being rich himself, Aldric didn mean it was compulsory

for one to mingle with the rich so that was not an exception for Aldric Gaumond. He liked his space.

Fine. When? He told the exited blond haired woman on the other side of the phone. Diana

Gaumond knew that this was nothing but a set up date.

The gala starts at 6pm. the phone was suddenly disconnected. He sighed, thanking God that I did

not have any assignments for the upcoming project he was working on. He scoffed thinking about the

sketch he had planned on continuing through the night, his eyes traveled to the clock hanging on the

wall. 3pm.

He yawned, looking out of the window after taking the novel he was reading — watching

out of the window. The droplets of rain hit the ground, the earth shaking to the calmest. The rain had stopped pouring after some time through the afternoon. It was one of the coldest nights in Manhattanand Aldric was grateful for the brown long coat he had made for himself. It suited him perfectly with the black formal pants he had on, and black formal shoes. He fetched Samantha before they drove for a while until the car stopped in one of the tallest buildings. Nerves crawled to every sense of Samantha, she looked at the building, nervously buring her inner thoughts.

Do not worry, everything will go just fine. So calm down.she followed Aldrics advice. Calm down.

When they stepped out of the car, their eyes scanned their surroundings and Samantha couldn help but feel so small, but she calmed herself down. Aldric felt good and powerful among others. Even though he hated the crowd, it didn mean he avoided people. He was too proud and domineering. He sure knew he was, such a narcissist human! Looking at the beauty the building had, he walked over. One of the hosts lead them to a hall and he couldn help but to admire the beauty the hall had. The design was out of this world.

Everything was fancy. Beautiful. A few minutes passed and they went to find a table where they

settled comfortably. As the time passed momentarily, Aldric was starting to get bored by the business talks there because he was too used to sewing machines and fabrics for such formality. A

waitress placed two glasses of wine in which Aldric grabbed one of them almost immediately, gulping

the liquid down which burnt his tongue as the bitter taste hit her throat, flowing passed.

I will be back, he told the black haired girl as he pushed himself from the chair, his shoes hitting

the white royal tiled floor as he walked around so he could find somewhere clear and thankfully, he

found a balcony. Stumbling his way there, his eyes fell on the lightened city.

I didn take you as someone to run away from a crowd, Aldrics eyes snapped towards the voice.

That should probably be offending. he stated.

I was not trying to nurse your ego, Zeus said. He was few feet away from him.

Touche, Zeus Brassard. You seem different in business galas. So timid and cold but I know you better than this, he hush with a little smirk.

Reminds you of someone? Zeus teased causing Aldric to chuckle.

I cannot say, An eerie silence fell on them after he uttered those words. I have been reading.

What is your favorite genre? the man asked. Aldric narrowed my eyes on him, He looked away shyly.

I love romance. Especially dark romance I have been reading your books most of the time and

wonder how well experienced are you in that department.

You don want to know. He grinned as his eyes fell to the city. They spent the nights talking like old friends.

You must live a good life. Most of the time, Authors who write romance are single and single life is the best. Aldric told the man.

I have the most shiftiest life ever. My family has fallen apart and I have not been in contact with my siblings except for Samantha. Zeus sighed.

How many siblings do you have? Aldric asked.

Three, we
e four in total. Tree guys and one girl, he said.

The guys continued talking as the night passed. Aldric dropped Samantha at his house then he drove off.. As he was driving, he noticed a figure standing at the bus station as the rain was slightly pouring.

Hi. He said.

Hi. The other man smiled.

It seems like there wont be any help for you to go home. Do you want me to drop you off? Aldric

noticed his hesitant expression.

No, I will be fine. A smile flashed across the younger mans face.

I won kidnap you if you
e that worried. Come, I will drop you off. After a while he nodded with a

sigh and followed the man to the car. He comfortably sat on the passenger seat and the older man drove off. I believe we have met more than twice and I still don know your name.

Oh… Aldric heard the man say.

That is all you can say, the man chuckled.

My name… my name is Chance.. he cleared his throat dropping his eyes to his fingers. He had

noticed that the younger man always plays with his fingers. He was really cute with black fluffy hair

and marble brown eyes. His cheeks were soft even without touching them, you can easily notice that.

Mine is Aldric. Its nice knowing you…Chance. He uttered rather too softly. Chance, you work at M&A right?

Chance snapped his eyes towards the man at the question. He swallowed then nodded with huge eyes

at him. I would like to have coffee with you.

Well, t-that is not not necessarily. Its not like we know each other, we have just met in coincidence

only, He heard the panic in his small voice.

Some meetings are not by coincidence… He stated, his eyes falling back at the younger before he threw them towards the road. Some meetings are fated.

I think fate is exaggerated. Chance stated.

You think? A question followed.

Yes. It is just a pure coincidence, he breath out.

Insert your address. Chance did as told as they drove down the road. Aldric continued with a little

smirk, I still hope we could have some time for a cup of coffee.

I think we should not step any boundaries and respect each others space and decisions. We are still strangers after all. That was intriguing to hear from Chance. Aldric felt like the younger man was a very intriguing person, he had a great personality and his innocence was just admirable.. Silence fell on both of them.

Okay, hopefully someday you will share a cup of coffee with me. Aldric smiled driving.

The rest of the drive was full of since. Aldric was focused on driving when his phone rang. He sighed placing the phone on silence. With the GPS help, they finally arrived at Chances apartment.

Chance, Chance…the man softly said. He saw Chance snapping out of this thought as he was lost in the. He noticed a tear falling but he didn want to invade his privacy.. Are you okay?

Yes, I was just lost in my thoughts. he heard him say.

We have arrived…. Chance looked out of the window in surprise.

Thank you. Aldric nodded. He watched the man step out of the car, walking inside the apartment.

Aldric sat there for a while before he drove off grabbing his phone. He had three missed calls from his mother and thirteen missed calls from Samantha. He dialed her phone number and they went through.

Samantha… he trailed.

Aldric, I wanted to ask if you have arrived safely. he immediately felt bad for ignoring his calls.

Aldric was never a person of deceiving others so that made him felt guilty. He sighed.

Im sorry, I was busy. he answered in guilty.

Its okay.

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