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Chapter 3 BIG THREE

  • 3: Big Three
  • You will thank me tomorrow for sure that I offered you a job. You're just drunk right now that's why you're having hallucinations again about being a prince. 
  • "Just so you know you can't live for free in my apartment if ever you'll be kicked out by the landlady." I reminded him.
  • I walked a little bit faster ahead of Caleb as I hear him calling out to me but I acted as if I didn't hear him. I knew he was planning to stay with me once he'll be kicked out of his apartment because he literally doesn't know anyone in the city. I will never let him live in the same small place as me because I have seen quite a few women going in and out of his apartment for the past months and I don't like that in my place. Furthermore, there is only one bedroom there. 
  • If he stays with me, it will be a very huge problem.
  • The next days, sober Caleb started working in the pub, as expected, and he was trained by another employee. He whined a lot about cleaning tables after his shift because he has never done any jobs in his entire life before since he doesn't want any responsibilities. I was happy seeing a different Caleb the past days, no drinking to getting freaking wasted and no more fucking spree.
  • "Here's your drink. Enjoy." I served a drink to one customer in a table and right before I could leave, I felt a huge hand groping my ass that made me squeal.
  • I gaped in surprise and turned back to the male customer who was laughing with his other friend. He gazes at me with an evil smirk plastered on his maniacal face but he didn't say anything.
  • "Did you just touch my ass?!" I exclaimed loudly which caught other people's attention.
  • He shrugs his shoulder as he takes a sip from his drink, "I don't know what you're saying darling."
  • Darling your face. "Don't you fucking do that again!" I spat.
  • He smirks, "Or what?"
  • I know someone groped my ass and I'm sure it's him but if I can only prove it then this man will be humiliated in public for sexually harassing me. I have had enough of these men in here harassing me just because they can. I am not the only female worker in here that got sexually harassed before, a few even had resigned because of that reason. I'm a broke-ass bitch so I gotta work.
  • I took a deep breath and just ignored him and his stupid friend who's just laughing. I rolled my eyes at the two bastards and turned my back as I begin to walk away but then again someone touched my ass for the second time.
  • "That's it!" I exclaimed and grabbed the drink from his hand as I threw it all over his face which made people gasp in the pub as they turned to us in surprise. "I will never allow you touching me like that without my consent!" 
  • The man stands angrily from his chair and grabbed my face with one hand so aggressively. His grip was so tight on my cheeks as he darts his eyes at me with anger. Females were screaming and were shocked with what was going on but no one seemed to help me. Since we were on the second floor and in the farthest corner of the room, no one would have seen what he is doing to me.
  • "You little bitch!" He exclaims at me.
  • "You should be ashamed of yourself for sexually harassing me! It is never okay to sexually grab a woman's ass like that!!" I yelled at his face.
  • He pulled his hand away and was about to slap me but someone, who came out of nowhere, grabbed the man's wrist so powerfully and stopped him from hitting me.
  • "A real man would never hit a woman."
  • Surprisingly, my eyes travelled to Caleb who stopped the commotion on a perfect timing. I didn't even know he was also here. I thought he was cleaning tables from the first floor.
  • Out in a spur of moment, Caleb grabbed the man who harassed me, pulled his arm so strongly and flipped it over his back which makes him groan as he kicks the back of his knees making him fall to the ground. Wow, I was even more shocked to see him do taekwondo. Two bouncers joined in and grabbed the other man from the table who didn't refuse to be arrested.
  • "Next time you harass and hit a woman, I swear you will never see the daylight." Caleb spat as he push the man hard against the floor before the two bouncers grabbed him out.
  • Caleb rushes to me looking worried, which was a first, "Are you alright?"
  • I nod. "I'm fine. I didn't know you were here."
  • "I heard you scream so I rushed my way up here." He breathes. "Wow I didn't know taekwondo would come in handy."
  • I smiled shyly. "Thank you."
  • "He touched you?"
  • I nod. "What an asshole."
  • "That's why jobs like this is very risky for women." He grabbed my tray from the table and walked me to the first floor. "Men would always take advantage. Especially with this skimpy uniform."
  • I smirk, "I'm getting used to it around here. That's why I fought back earlier. He was just too strong, I guess."
  • "You're a strong woman. I knew it ever since I met you." He winks at me.
  • I smiled shyly. "You saved me again."
  • "What are friends for? But Thia, haven't you considered applying for a different job?"
  • I walk the staircase with him, "It's difficult to get a job nowadays Cale. Especially if you haven't finished any degree. The pay here is enough anyways."
  • Caleb looks at me wearily and I hate how people look at me with pity eyes.
  • I continued to say, "You know I need money. I'm saving a lot to enroll myself back to university so I can finish my degree and become a nurse."
  • "That's why you slave yourself with jobs in the coffee shop, in the pub, some other sideline work and tutoring on weekdays." He tells me and sounded more tired than me.
  • I chuckle softly as I smile at no one in particular while I stand on the bartender's booth. "It's because I am poor. If I don't work, I will starve. Plus I need to help my mom buy her meds too."
  • Caleb paused and then smiles at me widely. He looked as if he has thought of a brilliant idea but he looked weird.
  • My brows creasing, "Why do you look at me like that?"
  • "You tutor right?"
  • I nod, "Sometimes."
  • "If ever I can go back home, you can go with me."
  • My eyes widened with his words which were still incomprehensible to me. "To England?" I ask in surprise before I chuckle as I see him nodding. "Are you crazy? I don't even have much cash to buy a plain coffee maker. What more if it's a plane ticket to London."
  • "You don't need to worry about that." He says reassuringly.
  • I crossed my arms against my chest, "And what will I do there if ever I can go to England with you, Your Highness?"
  • "Tutor Maggie."
  • "Maggie?"
  • He sounded serious and sure but who's Maggie? It's the first time that he has ever mentioned any names of people from his hometown.
  • "Caleb could you help me with this?" Our coworker, Anna, calls out to him with butterfly eyes which almost made me laugh from seeing it. Anna has always been obsessed with Caleb ever since he was still a customer and now that he is working here too, she's taking every single chance to flirt with him.
  • Caleb groans and leans closer to my ear. "Help me." He sounded like he was about to be punished which made it even funnier to look at.
  • I chuckle as I pat his shoulder. "Enjoy your time."
  • I leave him alone with Anna because I know he gets irritated by her.
  • When the shift ended, the boss had talked to us about the commotion that happened earlier before personally handing us our pay and reassured if I was feeling fine or shocked about the harassment. He apologized for what happened even though it was not his fault. As for Caleb, he accidentally broke two pint glasses while fighting the man who harassed me so it will be deducted to his next salary.
  • "I'm sorry." I tell him as we walk along the chilly streets of Vancouver.
  • His brows creasing, "Sorry for?"
  • "The deductions on your next salary."
  • "Don't worry. I'm just glad you were safe."
  • He glances at his watch, "Since today is my first pay day, and I owe you tons of thank yous for always saving my penniless ass when I am in need. Let's have a few drinks and a pizza in my place. My treat."
  • My smiles widens at the word pizza. "Really? I will never say no."
  • "Yes with lots of cheese." He teased with a smile knowing I love cheese.
  • When we finished buying the pizza and some beers, Caleb led the way to his apartment to celebrate the first money he ever received, just like how he emphasized those same words. He seemed really excited when he bought the pizza and beers and he seemed really happy too. He looked too proud that he was able to buy something which was from his own hard work.
  • Caleb swings the door open but I was more surprised to see three tall young men in his apartment's living room who were all wearing expensive-looking trench coats and shiny black leather shoes. 
  • What was going on?
  • I glance at Caleb and he seemed surprised and very happy to see them in his place too. He rushes towards them the next second and gave all of them a big tight embrace. He looked very joyful to see these three men and they were very happy to see him too.
  • "I didn't know you guys would come all the way here!" Caleb exclaims happily.
  • "Who is she?" The man in a black trench coat with gold rimmed eyeglasses stares at me.
  • Caleb looks back at where I was standing as the three other men, who were definitely the definition of handsome, had their eyes glued on me. "Thia these are my brothers."
  • Wow. I didn't know his brothers were all this handsome. They all looked prim and proper.
  • Wait brothers?
  • They are not fictional characters from his story?