After Natalie repeated that several times, she had managed to feed him almost the entire glass of water.

Seeing that the crease of his brows had eased, she breathed a sigh of relief.


“Just how much did you have to drink?” she muttered at the stench of alcohol hanging in the air.

Then, she shrugged helplessly before placing the back of her hand on his forehead to check whether he was running a fever.

After all, it was common to contract a fever from overindulgence.


Fortunately, Shane wasn’t running a fever — he was merely sloshed.

At that, Natalie’s heart that was lodged in her throat finally settled back in her chest. She then got up and went to the bathroom for a basin of water to wipe him down.

Having done all that, she pulled the covers over him and made to leave.

Out of the blue, Shane abruptly grabbed her hand. In a hoarse voice, he cried out, “Don’t go!”


Thinking that he was awake, she hurriedly whirled around only to realize that he was merely talking in his sleep.


“Don’t go!” the man repeated once more.

“I’ll stay.” Natalie sat back down on the edge of the bed.


he heard her, for his grip on her hand loosened a smidge, and


face gradually

twitched. In the next moment, he opened his

Natalie, he frowned. “Why are you

hearing his chilly voice, the elation on Natalie’s face instantly disappeared. “You were drunk,

Huh? I was drunk?

had gone out for drinks with Jackson. He accidentally imbibed because of everything that had happened in the past two days, so he

Natalie inquired when she noticed

His expression darkened, and he released his hold on her. “No. You may

air had been sucked out of her when

keep you

him, I’ll take the initiative to stay

the covers, he sat up and massaged his temples. “No, it’s okay. You may

her lip, Natalie

“Leave!” Shane snapped.

expression dimmed. She got up and dragged her feet

glimmer of distress flashed across

the next instant, however, his heart hardened again when he recalled the scene

behind her. Then, she leaned against the door. Looking up at the ceiling along the corridor, she forced back the tears that

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