Through my Window by ARIANA Godoy ,Chapter 8,The Candle Room

With so much alcohol in my veins, it’s very hard to focus on being sensual. I have to try anyway. I need to get revenge on Ares. He’s played with me twice already, and he can’t go through life inciting innocent souls like mine and leaving them wanting. Innocent souls . . . I really am drunk. My stalker soul is not innocent, not with the things I do in the dark of my room when no one sees me. I blush as I remember all of the times that I’ve touched myself, thinking about Ares. In my defense, Ares was the first male presence I had access to when I hit puberty. It’s his fault for being in my field of vision when my hormones were raging. I turn my back to him to give him a good view of my body. It’s not a spectacular body, but I have a good figure and a decent ass. Sweat rolls down my forehead, the sides of my face, and the neckline of my dress. I’m immediately thirsty, and I find myself licking my dry lips more often. I don’t know how much time has passed, but when I turn again to look at Ares, he’s gone. My heart races even faster as I look around for him. Did he come downstairs and come after me? What was I supposed to do in that case? I haven’t worked out my seduction plan to that extent. Stupid, Raquel, always getting into games you don’t know how to play.
But this isn’t going to stop here. Determined, I walk back to the staircase where the guard is. “VIP area,” he says, giving me a tired look. “I know,” I answer reluctantly, “but a friend of mine is up there, and he told me to come up.” “Do you expect me to believe that?” “It’s the truth. He’s going to be angry if he knows you have me waiting here.” I lift my chin in defiance. “If your friend wants you up there, he should come and get you, don’t you think? That’s the way the rules are.” “Just a second,” I beg him, but he doesn’t listen. I try to pass by him on the side, and he stops me, grabbing my wrist. “Let me go.” I struggle to get free, but he just tightens his grip on me. “She said to let her go.” A sweet voice fills my ears from behind, and I turn to look over my shoulder to see Apolo Hidalgo standing behind me with his jaw set. “This is none of your business,” the guard says rudely. Apolo’s expression is kind but assertive. “A lawsuit for assault is pretty serious; I doubt you can come out of one unscathed.” The guard snorts in derision. “If you’re trying to scare me, you’re just making a fool of yourself, brat.” Doesn’t he know who he’s talking to? Apolo may look like a child, but he’s a member of one of the most powerful families in the state. Apolo lets out a laugh. “Brat?” The guard maintains his stance, and I try to free myself, but he tightens his grip again. “Yes, brat. Why don’t you go away and stop meddling where you’re not wanted?” “Apolo, it’s okay,” I say, looking over my shoulder. “I tried to go up even though he told me not to.” I turn toward the guard. “Could you let me go?”
The guard’s expression turns guilty, and he finally releases me. “I’m sorry.” We walk away from the guard and Apolo lifts my arm and inspects it. It’s red but not bruised. “Are you all right?” he asks. “Yes, thank you.” “If he hadn’t apologized, I would have fired him.” “Fired him? You own this bar?” “No.” Apolo shakes his head. “It belongs to my brother.” I stare at him with wide eyes. “This belongs to Ares?” Apolo shakes his head again. “Ares with a bar? No, Mom would die. It belongs to Artemis.” Oh, the big brother. “Don’t worry. I’ll text Artemis. He’ll deal with it when he gets here later.” Part of me feels sad for the guard, but then I remember how rude he was. He doesn’t say anything when we pass by him this time. Our little argument sobered me up a bit, but I still have a long way to go before I’m fully alert. I realize just how drunk I am when it’s difficult for me to climb the short staircase to the VIP area. A lump rises in my throat at the prospect of meeting Ares. It’s beautiful up here, with glass tables and plush armchairs. Waiters are serving the wealthy groups spread out across the lounge. At the far end, I see crimson curtains blocking what lies beyond. Apolo guides me to one of the armchairs in front of an empty table. “Sit down, what would you like to drink?” I search my brain, trying to remember what I was drinking with Dani, but she has already given me so many different drinks that I don’t even remember
most of them. I only remember one by its peculiar name: Orgasm. But there is no way in this life or the next that I will ever say that word to Apolo. “What do you recommend?” “I don’t drink, but my brothers love whiskey,” Apolo says kindly. “A glass of whiskey, then.” He orders it from a waiter and then sits down next to me. I clasp my hands in my lap, nervous. “I’m very sorry about the guard,” Apolo apologizes, looking at me with those pure eyes of his. “Sometimes they hire just anyone.” “It’s okay, I shouldn’t have tried to go upstairs either.” “I’ll tell Artemis to give you a pass so that way when you come, you can go upstairs whenever you want.” “Thank you, but you don’t have to do that.” “Hey, we’re neighbors, and, while we may not be best friends, I remember the times we played and talked through the fence together.” “I didn’t think you would remember that. You were so little.” “Of course I remember. I remember everything about you.” The way he says it makes something in my stomach tighten with tension. Apolo notices the expression on my face. “I don’t mean to sound weird or anything, I just have a good memory.” “Don’t worry,” I say. “You’re not weird.” I’m the last person who’s qualified to judge you regarding matters of stalking, anyway, I think. The bartender brings the whiskey and I take a sip, struggling to swallow it. It tastes awful. As I take another sip, my attention is drawn back toward the crimson curtains. “What’s in there?” Apolo scratches his head but before he can answer me, his phone rings. He makes an apologetic face as he gets up to answer the call and walks away. I look down at the dance floor and see Dani dancing and laughing with
a guy. I’m not surprised. She has such a charming, bubbly personality. My eyes dart back to the curtains, my curiosity getting the best of me as always. What lies beyond them? Apolo is still on his call, so I stand up and head toward the mysterious place. The first thing that envelops me when I cross the curtains is darkness. It’s hard for my eyes to adjust to it, since the only light is from small candles scattered around the area and nothing else. I see couples kissing and groping each other on the sofas positioned around the room. Some of them look like they’re having sex with clothes on. I pass so many curtains that are all the same color that I no longer know where the exit is, and I’m terrified to open the wrong curtain and interrupt couples doing God knows what. I decide to head toward a soft light coming through what looks like a clear glass door in the distance, in hopes that it’s an exit. But I’m met by an unexpected sight on the other side. Ares is sitting in a chair with his head tipped back and his eyes closed. Carefully, I step out and join him on the balcony. The fresh night air hits me, and it’s like I just walked out of a spell. The candle room seems to have that effect, engulfing you in a dreamlike vibe. Now, I’m back in the real world, facing a dark night and a Greek god. Ares looks so beautiful with his eyes closed. He seems almost innocent. His long legs are stretched out in front of him, and one hand holds his glass of whiskey, while the other is subtly giving his noticeable hard-on a gentle squeeze. Eventually he removes his hand, looking frustrated. He’s obviously trying to calm his little friend down by getting some fresh air, but it doesn’t seem to be working. A smile of victory crosses my lips. So you aren’t immune to my attempts at seduction. I’ve got you, Greek God.
I clear my throat, and Ares’s eyes shoot open, lifting his head up to look at me. I can’t get this stupid victorious grin off my face, and he seems to notice. “Why am I not surprised to see you here?” “Getting some fresh air?” I give a little laugh. Ares runs his hand over his jaw. “Do you think I’m like this because of you?” I cross my arms over my chest. “I know you are.” “How are you so sure? Maybe I’ve been making out with a beautiful girl, and she left me like this.” His response doesn’t affect my smile. “I’m sure because of the way you looked at me back in there. And the way you’re looking at me right now.” Ares stands up, and my courage falters a little. “And how exactly am I looking at you?” “As if you were a second away from losing control and kissing me.” Ares laughs with that husky laugh that I find so sensual. “You’re delirious, maybe it’s the alcohol.” “Do you think so?” I push him backward, and he falls into the chair. Those deep eyes don’t leave mine as I move closer, and with both legs on either side of his, I sit on him. Immediately, I feel how hard he is against me, and I bite my lower lip. Ares’s face is inches away from mine, and having him so close makes my poor heart beat like crazy. He smiles, showing off his perfect teeth. “What are you doing, Witch?” I don’t answer him and bury my face in his neck instead. He smells delicious, a combination of expensive cologne mixed with his natural scent. My breathing accelerates as I leave a trail of wet kisses all over his neck. I make him put his glass of whiskey on the floor and guide his hands to my ass and leave them there. Ares sighs, and I continue my attack on his neck. His
hands squeeze my body, and I feel him get even harder against me. I start to move against him gently, tempting him, torturing him. A slight moan escapes his lips. I smile against his skin and move my mouth until I reach his ear. “Ares,” I moan his name in his ear and he presses me tighter against him. I pull away from his neck so I can look into his eyes. The dark desire I find in them disarms me. His nose touches mine, and our accelerated breaths mingle. “Do you want me?” I ask, moistening my lips. “Yes, I want you, Witch.” I lean in to kiss him, and as our lips are about to meet, I turn my head to the side, and stand up quickly. “Karma is a bitch, Greek God.” Feeling like the queen of the universe, I walk away from him and back into the club.

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