In the evening, they picked a rather obscure restaurant. Few people knew about it, and it was located by the sea. Although it wasn’t mainstream, it boasted of spectacular views. Plus, it was safe.
It didn’t really matter whether the establishment was safe. Either way, there were members of the Campbell Family surrounding the place whose only mission was to keep their eyes on them and protect the couples.
They were secured enough, and it gave them peace of mind.
“The scenery here is really breathtaking.” Gabrielle sat down and rested her chin on her hand. She looked out the window, appreciating the stunning seascape. A soft smile played on her lips.
She would love it if she could take a walk on the beach. She hadn’t strolled like that in quite a while. It would be nice to feel the cool water and soft sand on her feet.
“Do you want to head down to the seaside?” Westley asked her. He could see the emotions on her face—the excitement and longing. He knew what she wanted in that moment.
“Yes, I do. But… Should we?” Gabrielle darted her eyes anxiously from Westley to his brother and sister-in-law. She had no idea if it was allowed. She shifted in her seat uneasily.
They didn’t come out here to have fun. Westley’s brother and sister-in-law weren’t ordinary people. If Gabrielle accidentally got herself in trouble, they would be put in danger.
“Of course, Gabrielle. If you want to walk by the beach, just let Westley accompany you. You don’t have to worry. It’s swarming with people from the Campbell Family. You’re safe even down there.” Bonnie smiled and urged her.
It was obvious to anyone watching that Gabrielle was yearning to take a stroll. No wonder she lit up with excitement and anticipation when Bonnie brought up the idea of having dinner by the sea.
“Let’s go and walk, Westley. We won’t take long, I promise.” Gabrielle quickly pushed back her seat and stood up. She smiled at Bonnie and her husband.
“Okay, come on.” Westley also stood up, took her hand, and led them outside. He was so tall that Gabrielle’s head only reached his shoulder. She squeezed his arm in eagerness.
Halfway through, Gabrielle let go of Westley’s hand and walked quickly. She stared in wonder at the beautiful view before her. She beamed at him.
“Westley, look at the sea!” Gabrielle took off her shoes and walked into the sea. Her feet sank into the sand, and she laughed.
“Gabrielle, you still have wounds on your legs, remember? It’s going to hurt if you soak them into the seawater. It’s like rubbing salt to your injury. Be careful, okay?” Westley raised his voice, so she could hear him above the noise of the waves. He trotted to catch up to her.
He was afraid that her wounds might get infected because of the seawater. She hadn’t fully healed yet. He also noticed how big the waves were, and he feared that she might get washed away. She was a petite girl, after all.
“I’m fine, thank you. I’ll keep that in mind. Besides, look at my wounds. They already formed scabs, and the water wouldn’t easily get into the words. They’re starting to heal already be fine,” Gabrielle responded patiently. She wasn’t going to let him spelat fun. She qeshim a hard stare before starting to plain e water like a kid. She loved the feel of water and sand beneath her
Westley said no more, especiall. The saw how her face exuded happiness. He just stood there and watched her. Even he couldn’t help but smile a c he It was worth it. Here could stay in this spot for hours just to watch her.
It was a good thing were in Thailand rather than Antawon Even with several visitors coming and going, few of them knew hi asically ignored him and Gabrielle. Ha und finally accompany her freely, without worrying about those
elt so good. He hadn’t felt this kind eedom in so long. He didn’t realize how stifling Antawood had become until that moment.
He had a sudden urge to settle down here, where he and Gabrielle could freely do things they wanted to do. However, he knew that it was unrealistic. It would be better to solve all the problems here as soon as possible and return to Antawood. When they got home, he would make their marriage public. That way, they wouldn’t need to hide anymore, and they could act like every other typical couple.
“Gabrielle, slow down. Be careful of the shells under your feet. You might scrape your skin with the sharp edges. Don’t hurt yourself, okay?” Westley was concerned, so he moved closer to her. But even his words didn’t dampen her spirit. Westley had been nagging her all the time—even for small things. When did he become this long-minded? Sometimes, he didn’t even recognize himself anymore. What a verbose man! Westley, I’m alright. You don’t have to keep on reminding me. I’m a grown woman.” Gabrielle turned around and threw water at him playfully. She laughed when she saw
Just a little warning. Westley didn’t expect her to do something so childish. He wasn’t prepared, so his eyes widened in surprise. Fortunately, only his face and part of his body got wet. He wiped water near his eyes with his sleeve.
“Gabrielle, you’ve changed. Are you ready to incur my wrath?” Without waiting for her to respond, Westley rushed to her.
Gabrielle yelped and sped up as he ran after her. She slowed a bit because she was doubling over with laughter.
They kept on chasing each other, and some guests turned their eyes on them. Their happiness was infectious to everyone around.
Westley and Gabrielle ran around and splashed on the waves. They looked so carefree and happy.
Westley stepped forward and pulled her into his arms. They both tried to catch their breaths.
“Still running? Are you still going to run into the sea again? You silly girl.” Westley held her so tightly in his arms that she could hardly move. He rested his chin on top of her head and rubbed his cheek on her hair.
Gabrielle was a little weary from running. She didn’t struggle and just stayed there, wrapped in his arms. She leaned against his chest, listening to his heartbeat.
“Westley, I was having a good time by myself. If you didn’t start chasing me, I wouldn’t have kept on running. This is all your fault, you know.” Gabrielle’s tone was chastising him, but she bit back a smile.
“Okay, okay. It’s my fault. I shouldn’t have chased you. But why did you splash water on me without letting me know in advance?” Westley asked her.
“So, are you angry with me now?” Gabrielle leaned her head back to stare up at him.
“I’m not angry, but you have to make it up to me. Right?” Westley took the opportunity to make a request. His eyes were serious, intense. But there was a shadow of a smirk too.
He liked taking advantage of situations like this.
And Gabrielle had gotten “sed to it. It was a piece of cake. Gabrielle pulled out his arms, stepped on his feet, and she put her arms around his neck, pulled him a little closer to her kissed him on the lips. Westeld her waist and kissed her more affe ately. As the sun set, the couple kissed in the waves. The scene
ac ked something straight out of a roma ie! After the kiss, Westley carried o n his back. They had been out there for almost an hour, so it was time to go back and have dinner. They sh ke his brother and sister-in-law wait too long for them. “Westley, are you a g Coury me like this all the way to the restaurant?” She rested her head on his shoulder happily. “Of course
you back, you have my word. I won’t let yu. Westley walked towards the restaurant with her on his back s arefoot, and he carried her shoes in a rand. L ouleg…”
“It’s alright. I’m fine. You’re forgetting how arong I am, Gabrielle. Trust me, this isn’t a big deal,” Westley told her firmly. Gabrielle tightened her hold on him. “Ok, carry on. I know you’re the best husband in the whole wide world.” Gabrielle kissed his nape and smiled happily.
Then I’ll carry you back. No more questioning or doubting my strength.” Westley was smiling too. She was as light as a feather. “Gabrielle? Is that you?” A familiar voice stopped her. Westley stopped too when he heard someone calling his wife. Gabrielle looked up, catching sight of Melissa not far away. Gabrielle gasped. She didn’t expect to see the other woman here. In fact, she never thought they would bump into someone she knew. Gabrielle quickly got off Westley’s back, smoothed her clothes, and grabbed her sho Melissa. “Ms. Glyn! What a coincidence! I didn’t expect to see you. Why are you here?” “I was a little surprised to meet you here, too. I was actually hesitant to greet you just now because I was afraid I mistook you for someone else. The idea never occurred to me that you’re really here. Are you on vacation?” Melissa took a glance at Westley standing not far away. Then she looked back at Gabrielle. ‘Yes.” Gabrielle nodded in agreement, but she bit her lower lip. “Did you hurt yourself?” Melissa asked apprehensively as she noticed the scabs on her forehead and cheeks. Gabrielle had flawless skin, so it was easy to notice them. “I was in the middle of a project when I met an accident. Don’t worry, Ms. Glyn. The wounds are already healing. Are you here for a vacation, too?” Gabrielle quickly changed the subject, but she noticed Melissa still staring at her old wounds. “No, I came here mainly to work. I accepted an order from a boss who commissioned me to make a set of jewelry for his coming-of-age daughter. The training class was postponed, so I came here in advance. By the way, I seriously didn’t expect to bump into you here of all places. There might be some sort of bond between us.” Melissa was delighted, and she held Gabrielle’s hand.