Liam went in to tell his dad that I was here while I waited outside in the large quiet compound decorated with enough trees and vegetation, that you could hardly see what was going on behind those trees.

While I waited, I heard noises coming from behind a shrubby-looking tree. Something snapped and twigged like an animal was searching for something while rustling through the shrubs.

I heard a groaning sound, and the snap of a twig got louder. I squinted my eyes to direct my attention to that particular distant tree. Suddenly someone tapped me on the shoulder and I was startled.

It was Liam. ” Hey, Hes not here. Come on. Its fine. ” Liam said, leading me in.

I turned my attention away from the snapping sound behind the tree and followed him in.

I stepped into the house decorated with paintings and beautiful artifacts.

While I browsed through the artwork, Alfred came behind me and we were introduced.

”Jade, this is Alfred… ” Liam introduced and Alfred stretched his hands forward to shake me.

Im so glad to finally meet you. I say.

”Sorry, I wasn here to properly welcome you when you arrived. I wasn expecting any guests, please sit. ” He said coldly. Something about his tone made me feel like he didn want me around. Maybe I was just being paranoid.

”Honestly we should have given you a heads up, you know? Nothing worse than being caught off guard. ”

I said, trying to lighten the mood.

”This is amazing; Liams description doesn do justice. ” I complimented the beautiful historical details of the mansion.

There was an awkward vibe between Liam and his father, which made me uncomfortable but I was willing to try. This is the man I love; I will do everything I can to get on good terms with his family.

”Why don you make yourself comfortable while I put on some tea? And then we can get to know each other. ” Alfred said, ignoring the compliment.

”Liam, join me, ” Alfred commanded and walked to the kitchen.

I couldn hide my feelings from Liam. The moment Alfred walked away told him that I could see the displeasure on Alfreds face but Liam tried to put my mind at ease, promising that everything will be fine.

He kissed me and joined his dad.

I could already tell the kind of person Alfred was, with the little time I had spent in the house.

Alfred had a classy style and you could tell from just talking and looking at him. He looked young but seemed like he had good years of experience behind him. He seemed reserved, like a man with little words and great wisdom.

I would need more than my charming little face and smile to please this one.

Soon Alfred came in with a little ceramic kettle and a tea cup on a beautiful golden tray.

I expected Liam to come in with him but he didn , so I had to ask

Wheres Liam? I asked.

”Just a little problem up at one of the neighbors down the road. ” His voice took a higher pitch.

That seems strange to me… they did not have neighbors anywhere close. So if Liam went to see some neighbors that would take time.

”Um…is everything alright? ” I ask.

”Itll be fine. I just sent Liam in to give them a hand. ” Alfred said as he poured the tea.

”Hell be back in a little while. ”

I felt weird. I felt something was wrong but I had to still try to impress this man.

”It Must be hard being out here on your own. You know, isolated. ” I tried to hide my uneasiness while also ignoring my predisposition that something was wrong.

”I don mind the isolation. ” Alfred handed me the tea.

”You don get scared? ” I ask him

”Of what in particular? ” Alfred indulged me.

”Um…I don know. Sometimes, I go out in the woods and see things. You know, strange things. ” I was just trying to make conversation, unknown that there were really scary things in the woods

”Hmm… ” was all he said. Like he was thinking of the best way to reply to me.

Suddenly, I heard movement from the kitchen door, thought it was Liam but it wasn .

It was a huge ”dog ”. I think it is a husky breed. It was so big, brown, and hairy with beautiful eyes. And it walked towards me slowly.

It looked so beautiful.

I couldn hide my affection towards it as I am a dog lover. I love all kinds of breeds, so I didn mind.

”What a gorgeous dog! Hes massive. ” I said moving closer to it.

Alfred seemed upset to see this but he was trying to act calm.

”Liam… ” He called out.

”Did Liam let him out? ” I asked. Liam had never told me anything about him owning a dog so I was surprised.

”Its okay. I don mind. ” I said as the ”Dog ” moved closer to me, climbing the table in front of me.

Alfred seemed scared for me. He walked slowly towards me calling out to Liam but I kept telling him not to worry.

I stretched my hand towards the dog to show him that I was good with dogs but he was still scared.

The dog sniffed my hands and looked back at Alfred like he was communicating something with him. Alfred walked behind the dog slowly like he wanted to capture it.

The dog looked around and back at my hand. Alfred grabbed it suddenly by its neck but it was too late.

The dog bit me with its sharp molars. Alfred grabbed it and tossed it to the side and it ran off.

”Did it break the skin? ” Alfred asked in fear.

”Um …No he just nipped me. ” I trembled.

”Let me see… ” Alfred took my hand to see if I was wounded. I was! The molars of the supposed dog left two deep wounds on my wrist.

”Its okay. No, its…okay. ” I said still trying to be calm.

”No, no, no, no… ” Alfred looked at my face like he saw terror or death.

I wanted to ask if the dog had rabies or something terrible because Alfreds reaction seemed over the top.

”Don be mad at him, it was just an accident… ” Suddenly I couldn complete the sentence. I felt drowsy. My head is spinning like the blade of a fan on low voltage. I couldn understand what was going on with me.

Was this the effect of the dog bite? Did the dog infect me with something?

I was freaking out but didn have enough energy to panic.

”Um… I think I need to…I think I need to sit down… ”

And I black out.

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