In the soft embrace of time, a month had drifted by, and Nini and Ethan, once entwined in an unseen connection, now drifted apart, their worlds existing in a distant silence.
Nini, a woman of rare elegance, did not readily pursue the affections of men. Her heart, shrouded by the lessons life had etched into its depths, resembled a tranquil sea. With a steadfast belief in the existence of true love, even as she stood on the precipice of adulthood, Nini navigated the enigmatic tides of affection that surged in Ethan’s presence. Yet, a mysterious sixth sense urged her to keep her emotions in check, for fear that they might swell uncontrollably.
Life, she had come to understand, was a complex tapestry woven with countless threads of people, some seemingly close to one’s heart, only to sever it, leaving behind a residue of pain. Nini’s own journey had been a labyrinth of past sorrows, having traversed the crucible of hardship and witnessed the raw emotional anguish of those dear to her. She had weathered the tempestuous storms of an abusive and enduring relationship, yet she clung to her innocence as a cherished treasure, a jewel she believed should never tarnish, no matter the trials of life. To those who held faith in its enduring magic, this was the road to happiness, earning Nini the reputation of a fortunate maiden among her circle of friends and family.
After the crucible of trials and tribulations, Nini had learned to erect fortifications around her soul and heart. It was a citadel of emotional boundaries, unassailable except to the one who possessed the unique key, a key she vowed never to create. So, any who wished to enter her heart and touch the bare essence of her spirit must be prepared to forge that key themselves.
Ethan, on the other hand, found himself immersed in the swirling currents of life, a period marked by melancholy both in his personal and professional spheres. His cherished research, the vision he aspired to bring into the world, remained as elusive as an ephemeral dream, constantly slipping through his grasp. Amidst crowds, he remained engulfed in solitude, an emptiness gnawing at his core. Nini’s entry into his life stirred a maelstrom of confusion, for he feared that love might divert his focus from the relentless pursuit of his research. He yearned to be the embodiment of practicality, yet within him, a chasm ached to be filled, a void yearning for someone to bare his soul in all its vulnerable nakedness.
Nini confounded him, a tantalizing puzzle he longed to unravel. He shared so much of himself with her, and yet, her soul remained an enigma. An unseen barrier thwarted their convergence, preventing the union he so ardently desired. He hesitated to let Nini occupy his thoughts, for he knew the treacherous terrain of emotional involvement. Once, love had scorched his heart, leaving scars that still throbbed with pain. He embarked on a journey, a reckless exploration of fleeting encounters, but the solace he sought remained elusive.
In a moment of vulnerability, he revealed his darkest desires to Nini, unveiling the shadowed corners of his soul. Nini, however, appeared hesitant, unwilling to embrace all that he was. It was this unspoken reluctance that cast a shadow over their connection, an insurmountable wall, an obstruction to their union.
One day, Nini beseeched Ethan, asking if she could hold him within her, to delve deeper into the labyrinth of his soul. Yet, Ethan, fearful of exposing the depths of his heart, was reticent. He was torn by the desire to protect Nini from the turbulence of his conflicted mind, for he knew that love was a tempestuous sea, one that had wreaked havoc upon his world once before. Nini’s heart was aflutter with the profound understanding of his inner turmoil. She knew that, to safeguard the delicate chambers of their hearts, she had to make a painful decision, a silent exit from Ethan’s life. Her desires weren’t rooted in mere physical temptation; she yearned for more. Nini craved the intimacy of profound conversations and a shared journey filled with life’s adventures, where they could uncover the secret desires of their souls. Ethan wasn’t ready for that.
To escape the emptiness of the love she felt for Ethan, Nini immersed herself in her work. An invitation to attend a psychology seminar in Dubai arrived, and she saw it as the perfect opportunity for a change, a way to clear Ethan from her mind.
As Nini landed in the stunning city of Dubai, she marveled at its beauty on her way to the hotel. It was her first visit, and she was eager to make the most of it. She had plans to reunite with her old friend Shrawan, who had a business in Dubai. They were scheduled to have dinner together.
After a refreshing shower, Shrawan came to pick up Nini. He noticed a hint of sadness in her demeanor.
“Is there something you want to share with me?” Shrawan inquired.
Nini hesitated for a moment before responding, “Nothing.”
“Come on, Nini,” Shrawan encouraged, “You can’t hide your feelings from me, not with those expressive, deep black eyes of yours. What’s bothering you? Talk to me; it will ease your mind. I’m practically teaching you to let go of your inner pain, so you owe me my ‘therapy fees.'”
Nini laughed, and after a pause, she confessed, “I’ve started developing feelings for a guy I barely know.”
“Does he feel the same way about you?” Shrawan asked.
“I think it’s mutual, but it feels like just a temporary attraction,” Nini replied.
“So what’s the problem?” Shrawan probed.
Nini sighed, “I’ve never felt like this before. There’s something about him that draws me in, and I’m finding it hard to resist.”
“Are you in love with him?” Shrawan asked.
Nini admitted, “I don’t know, but he has a certain hold over me. I’m also physically attracted to him.”
“Have you been intimate?” Shrawan inquired.
Nini clarified, “No, we’ve only had romantic conversations. We haven’t even met in person yet.”
Shrawan chuckled, saying, “Babe, you need to get your head on straight.”
Nini sighed once more.
Shrawan continued, “Alright, tell me his name. And yes, I may have checked your Facebook profile. You were liking a guy named Ethan, right?”
Nini blushed and asked, “Why were you stalking my activities?”
Shrawan explained, “You know I’ve loved you for a long time, and just because you rejected me doesn’t mean I stopped caring. But, Nini, I’m serious. I know Ethan well; we were in the same class during our graduation. He has quite a reputation as a womanizer, and many women have complained about him. He’s not the right guy for you.”
Nini countered, “He’s not like that with me.”
Shrawan cautioned her, “You’re still the same innocent girl, Nini, but this guy, I have a bad feeling about him.”
Nini fell silent.
They reached the restaurant, and Nini resolved to put Ethan out of her mind. She convinced herself that this was just a fleeting infatuation. With Shrawan’s company, they enjoyed live music into the late hours, and he dropped her off at her hotel.
As Nini checked her wristwatch, she felt an urge to reach out to Ethan but resisted, remembering her past painful experiences. She was determined not to let any man back into her life to cause her harm. She despised individuals who played with emotions. She closed her eyes, promising herself a fresh start for the new day.
Ethan’s warm breath tickled Nini’s ear, rousing her from sleep. She sat up straight, her senses alert as she discerned Ethan’s presence in the dimly lit room. Ethan nuzzled her neck, his touch sending shivers down her spine, and then he gently brushed his face against her shoulders. His left arm wrapped around her waist securely, while his right hand ventured beneath her dress, exploring her thighs. Nini held her breath, feeling a rush of anticipation.
“Ethan,” she whispered, “You can’t keep me captive like this.”
Nini’s neck grew damp from Ethan’s affectionate kisses, and her heart raced as he continued his advances. “Nini, you can’t escape from me,” Ethan murmured.
Nini closed her eyes, unable to resist the allure of Ethan’s golden brown skin, the scent of his sweat after intense workouts, and his perfectly sculpted muscles. She leaned forward and perched herself on Ethan’s strong thighs, surrendering to his desires. “Ethan, please,” Nini’s voice quivered.
“Nini, I’m already consumed by you. Don’t fight it,” Ethan declared. Their lips met in a slow, passionate kiss, igniting the flames of their love. Ethan’s hands explored Nini’s curves, moving with a gentle rhythm. He reached the pinnacle of her desire, and their moans and sighs echoed in the room.
Nini suddenly awoke, sitting up in bed, her heart pounding. She felt a flush of embarrassment and shyness, whispering to herself, “It was just a dream. Thank goodness.” She scanned the dark room, half-expecting to find Ethan beside her, although they had never met in real life. The dream had felt so vivid, and she could still sense his touch, even though it had only occurred in her imagination.
Then, messages appeared on her phone. “Nini, I’m in Dubai. I know you’re here. I want to meet you,”.
Nini’s heart skipped a beat, and a gasp caught in her throat. Ethan had arrived!
Chapter 4: No Escape ….Coming Next….