“Uh, wh-why are you here?” asked Alexandra.
Stunned, Zayn was rendered speechless for a moment before he said, “You sent me a text message asking me to come save you.”
Alexandra behaved as if she had a revelation. “Ah, that’s right.”
Noticing that she was bewildered, Zayn felt even more speechless. He thought about how petrified Alexandra was. Had she not realized that she was being kidnapped?
Meanwhile, the middle-aged man said, “What is going on here? You told this friend of yours to come save you, Alexandra?”
The middle-aged man’s remark was heavy with embarrassment and frustration.
Alexandra appeared to be slightly shamed by that. Then, she straightened her neck and toughened herself up. She grunted heavily and said, “Yeah, I told him to come save me. It’s your fault for sending so many people up here to bully me! Hmph! Zayn, please help me drive them out of the room.”
At that point, Zayn realized that he might have made a mistake. The middle-aged man was not a kidnapper or an enemy at all, Alexandra was actually acquainted with him.
“Knock it off!” The middle-aged man shouted intensely. He was so furious that his face had puffed up and his eyes were widened. “As your uncle, why would I bully you? You, on the other hand, are behaving inappropriately by associating yourself with other men when you’re already engaged to someone else!”
Zayn felt his scalp tense up. He immediately realized that he had been tricked by Alexandra. It was not a rescue operation at all.
Alexandra retaliated in rage, “Bullsh*t! Who says that I’m engaged? I never agreed to William’s proposal. He was the one who acted on his own. I’m just going to put it out there anyways, William and I will never be an item!”
“The engagement was set by your parents, and it’s a tradition as old as time. How can you run from a duty that you’re destined to fulfill? In addition to that, William is an outstanding man from a powerful family. He matches your family status. It’s a blessing that you were even given the opportunity to marry him!” The middle-aged man sounded incredibly old-fashioned.
“That is your feudalistic mindset. Times are different now, yet you’re still upholding such outdated practices?” Alexandra criticized her uncle, not a trace of fear in her voice. She sat down, crossed her arms, and turned her head to the side. “I won’t marry William, no matter what.”
As an outsider, Zayn felt rather awkward standing here and listening to the quarrel between the uncle and his niece. He felt even more embarrassed because he had beaten up his bodyguards as well.
He attempted to sneak out of the room as the conversation began to heat up. However, at some point during their bickering, he was suddenly thrown back into the quarrel.
Alexandra stood up, walked towards him in long strides, and wrapped her arm around his arm. She leaned towards him and gave him a kiss on the cheek. Then, she said to the middle-aged man defiantly, “I already have a boyfriend, so there’s no way I’ll marry William!”
The middle-aged man was fuming. He became even more infuriated as he aggressively pointed at Alexandra. His entire body shook with rage. There was nothing else he could do, so he shifted his gaze to Zayn and assumed an icy cold, threatening tone as he asked, “Young man, what’s your name?”
Zayn felt very uneasy from his aloofness. It was as if he was being interrogated for a crime. He furrowed his brows ever so slightly. However, he could not be bothered to stoop to the man’s level. After all, he was Alexandra’s uncle. He responded, “Zayn Larson.”
“I don’t care what intentions you have with my niece, but I’m warning you, leave her at once! She’s engaged, so don’t get any ideas!” said the middle-aged man in a deep voice.
He stood upright and glared at Zayn with an icy cold gaze. His mannerisms were so arrogant, so much so that it felt as if he could make Zayn disappear a t any moment. Of course, that was only if he disobeyed him.