6. Tell me do you wanna be bad

BUMABA si Cielo ng taxi nang marating ang isang kilalang Italian restaurant. She wears a cream ruffled sleeve sheath dress that reaches just above her knees and a pair of white kitten heels to match with. Uniformed female personnel asked is she has reservations. She politely informed that she's with Stefano Hernandez. Recognizing the name, she was ushered to the farthest table that's partly not crowded. Wala pa sa kalagitnaan ay nakita na niya si Stefano. He's quite a looker in his casual white shirt and dark pants. Nakasuot pa ito ng shades which is quite off to the ambiance of the restaurant. Nakatingin ang binata sa labas at tila malalim ang iniisip. Ang table na pinili nito ay malapit sa floor to ceiling glass window at tanaw sa labas ang landscape garden.

"Hi," nang maiwan sila ng waitress ay tumayo si Stef at ipinaghila siya ng upuan sa tapay nito. "Thanks. I hope di ka masyado nag-intay. This is a short notice. I'm working on my stuff and got lost in time when I check my phone. I'm so sorry..." Umiling ito.

"I should be the one to apologize. Mabuti at pinagbigyan mo ako. Anyway, order anything you want. It's already 12 na rin naman. I bet you're hungry," well, she is but her eyes notice the bluish hue on his right eye na di naman naitago ng shades. At ang parte ng pisngi nito na bahagya nang namamaga. On instinct she reached his face to touch it. Maagap naman iyong nahawakan ni Stef. "What do you think you're doing?" Alarmed, Stef eyed her with a knotted forehead.

"Take off your shades," with firm resolved, sinalubong ni Cielo ang mga mata nito. "I want to see your bruises," after a few minutes of staring contest Stefano gave in. Tinanggal na nito ang shades. She's shocked to see a small cut on his right brow apart from the bruises she saw earlier. "Good Lord! Napa-away ka ba? Where did you get that? Have you treated it already?" Binitawan nito ang kamay niya at muling isinuot ang shades.

"Small petty fights with friends happened once in a while. Vladimir just got me first before I did," itinuro nito ang menu. "Let's not talk about this anymore. Pumili ka na nang gusto mong kainin. They serve pasta and steaks as well..." Tinawag nito ang isang waiter at ibinigay ang order, various Italian delish. She, on the other hand, chose Spaghetti and meatballs. The food Stef ordered for two was too much for them already.

"About yesterday..." ginagap nito ang isa niyang palad. Lalong lumiit ang kamay niya sa malaking kamay nito na nakahawak. "I mean it when I said I want you to model for us. I'm sorry kung nabigla ka pero ikaw ang unang pumasok sa isip ko na sakto sa hinahanap namin." Dinala nito sa labi ang likod ng kanyang kamay at hinalikan iyon. She blushed at the sudden gesture. This is a first, actually, seeing Stef be this sweet. "Of course pwede kang tumanggi but I'm not giving you that option. I have accomplished my end of the bargain. Sinamahan na kita once sa isang art exhibit and I want you to model for us as the payment. You'll be compensated also and dahil fiance kita, I'll triple the price."

"I can't believe I'm hearing such propositions here. You're way reserved than Marco. He actually forced..."

"Marco did what?" Her eyes instantly widen at the realization that she just blurted everything that happened yesterday to Stef. "Forced? To what?" She gulped the invisible lump in her throat as he's eyes search for answers. He felt his handheld hers firmly than before. Not that it hurts but... "Cielo, sabihin mo sa akin kung ano ang ginawa ni Marco?"

"H-He persuade me to accept the offer, okay. Nothing to fret. H-He just talked to me...'yun lang," why does she sound so guilty? Napatango-tango ito and let her hand go. She immediately hold it above her chest and massaged it. Hindi naman masakit pero para siyang nasakal sa ginawi nito. "Have you heard the sudden changes on the wedding?" Pagiiba niya ng topic. Marahas itong bumuntong hininga. May dalawa't kalahating buwan na lang bago sila ikasala, far from the original date of 6 months for the prep.

"Yes, again I'm sorry. I don't want you to feel that I'm restraining you of your freedom but it does," siya naman ang gumagap sa kamay nito sa lamesa. He then kissed again the back of her hand. His eyes met hers again. Stef looked at her with utmost concern. "Gusto mo pa rin bang magpakasal? We can always call off the engagement. Ako na ang bahala mag-rason sa kanila. We may know each other for months but it feels like I've known you since childhood. Ayaw ko na sa bandang huli ay magkakaroon ka ng pagsisisi dahil pinili mo ang desisyon na hindi mo ginusto." Umiling siya. She fought hard not to giggle. This whole scenario is quite funny.

"Let me tell you again that we used to play at our lawn back days. My lolo used to tell me that but I can't remember either," inilapat niya ang kamay sa pisngi nito at masuyong pinisil. "And don't worry about me. Ginusto ko ito and it's final. I'm worrying about you though. Baka mamaya ako ang iwan mo sa ere. Are you really sure about this?" She caught a glimpse of remorse flash to his eyes. A brief moment Cielo had known that Stef harbor emotions in the past. "It seems you're the one that's not sure..."

"It really doesn't matter. What needs to be done, needs to be done," dumating na ang pagkain nila at hindi na nasundan pa ang usaping iyon.

They silently eat their lunch. Namamatay agad ang anumang conversation na sinisimulan niya dahil hindi naman iyon sinusundan ng binata. He answered her every questions precisely but that's it. Ang pakiramdam tuloy ni Cielo ay may nabuksan siyang topic na hindi nito gusto.

Binayaran na nito ang bill matapos silang kumain. He offered to drop her at the mansion and pay a visit to her granddad when he got a call from someone. Lumayo ito sa kanya para makausap ang kung sinuman ang tumawag pero dinig niya ang tinitimping galit sa boses nito. Naisuklay pa nito ang mga daliri sa buhok. Tiningnan siya nito at nagmuestrang magintay at muling nakipag-argumento sa kausap. Wala naman problema, nanatiling naka-upo si Cielo at hinintay ito. Nang makaramdam na kailangan niyang magpunta sa restroom ay tumayo siya at nagtungo doon. Saglit lang naman kaya di na siya nagpaalam sa nobyo.

Nakapasok na siya sa loob nang marinig niya ang pag sarado ng pinto. Someone lock the door and push her against the wall. Ang mga kamay niya ay madali nitong nailagay sa kanyang likuran. Nanlaban siya pero malaking tao ang may bihag sa kanya. Ipinaling niya sa kaliwa ang kanyang mukha at ganoon na lang ang panlalaki ng nga mata niya ng mabistahan ito. Mas lalo siyang nataranta.

"Marco! Let me go now! This is the female's restroom!"  Ipinatong nito ang ulo sa kanyang sentido. His minty fresh breath fanning her face pero hindi niyon nakalma ang nagwawala niyang sistema kaya mas lalo siyang nagpumiglas. But what could a woman like her that knows nothing on self-defense can do to a six-footer man that's over towering her? "This is far the worst you've done to me in a span of days! Natatakot na talaga ako sa'yo!"

"I can't say the same. It's far worst than what you think. It's far...far worst I actually don't recognize myself anymore." Mariing nakapikit ang mga mata nito. He looked in pain. "I've witnessed everything thing, Cielo. Every bit of it and do you know what happened? I get anxious. I felt betrayed. My impulses are getting the best of me and were ready to beat Stefano but the moment I realized that you're his fiance I abruptly stop. The moment I see your concern, your smile towards him makes me question why? Why I'm becoming someone I'm not supposed to be?" He nozzle her neck before hugging her gently from the back. "What did you do to me? What did you do to make me feel this way?"

"I don't know what you're saying. You confused me..." Cielo refuse to acknowledge the fast beating of her heart. Her mind is in chaos and her trap on his protective embrace just didn't do any better to her. "You were this rough, control freak beast then all of a sudden you're this mushy guy telling me I did something to make you crazy. Naririnig mo ba ang sarili mo? You did all this to yourself. You...you came to me."

"Yes...Hindi ko itatanggi. I'm the one who came to you. Should I not?" Pinaharap siya nito at hinawakan sa batok. He pulled her nape towards his till their foreheads made contact. His eyes shut. Something had held him back. "Should I let this thing between us fade like what you said? Dapat ba hindi kita sinundan? Hinalikan?"

"I never thought you'd be this uncertain, Marco. What? Are you pulling away now?" Hinawakan niya ang magkabilang pisngi nito.   He sounded unsure of what to do anymore and while Cielo finds this uncertainty a way to escape him, her heart tells her otherwise. "Marco, look at me and tell me what you wanted the most at the moment."

"It is you," he opens his eyes and met hers. His straight forward answer made her heart flatter for that reason. She smiled briefly.

"Then what keeps you doing this?"

"I wanted you all by myself," kinuha nito ang isang kamay niya at hinalikan ang palad. He looked enlighten, eyes filled with determination never seen before. His next words reverberate in the pit of her belly like an untold promise. "I want to lavish your lips, your entire body, your soul. I want to brand you mine. " At hinila siya nito palabas ng restroom at maging ng restaurant. Ni hindi na nagawang makapagpaalam ni Cielo kay Stef.

Pinaharurot agad ni Marco ang sasakyan nang makasakay silang dalawa paalis ng parking. Tahimik lang si Cielo sa passenger seat at nagiisip, clutching her bag more than ever. Hindi na dapat niya inisip ito? If she hadn't meddled and let Marco all by himself most probably she got her freedom back. She'd get to live the life that is all planned. She'd be married to Stefano and make her granddad proud.

Will she always be so willing to him?

Back at the Restaurant...

Stefano received a message from Cielo that she'd already left to tend some matters just minutes after his conversation with his Lolo ended. Mabuti na rin dahil kahit nag-offer siya na ihatid ito sa kanila ay hindi niya ngayon magagawa. Nagmadali siyang lumabas ng restaurant at pinasibad ang dalang sasakyan. He's going to see Don Lorenzo now.

He known his Lolo as a manipulative individual who uses anything relevant to his advantage. Other loss is his gain, a favorite adage of his old man that successfully made Hernandez chains of hotels one of the best in the business. Everything the Hernandez patriarch was passed down on Stef to continue ruling the empire. At tama ang hinala niya na masama ang dala ng tawag ng kanyang lolo kanina. He knew how his Lolo works. Fast and absolute. Walang nakakatakas na kahit kaliit-liitang sikreto sa mga mata nito.

Tumigil siya sa harap ng dalawang palapag na mansiyon nito sa Forbes at mabilis na tinalunton ang library. Walang babalang pumasok siya sa pribadong lugar ng kanyang lolo na nagpupuyos sa galit. Nadatnan niya itong prenteng naka-upo sa isang settee habang nagbabasa ng isang libro, malamang isa na namang klasikong akda.

"Sure you move fast, my boy." Don Lorenzo flip the page to the next as he continues. The old man looked unfazed by his grandson's impending wrath. "I'm certain na hindi ako ang isinadya mo..."

"What's running in that little mind of yours, Don Lorenzo?" He never called him Lolo or abuelo. It's just doesn't fit right to the tyrant who ruled his life since then. Napahigpit ang kapit niya sa sandalan ng malapit na settee sa tinitimping damdamin. "You have a lot of businesses to look for and you still manage to meddled on mine?"

"If it doesn't concern me and the business why would I pay attention unless..." Tiniklop nito ang librong binabasa at tumingin sa kanya. Ang mga mata nito'y di kakikitaan ng emosyon. "Such affairs ruined my plan."

"Your plan, huh?" Manghang balik dito ng binata na hindi napigilang lagyan ng sarkasmo ang mga salita. "Kasama rin ba sa plano mo na manipulahin ang buhay ko? Hindi pa ba sapat ang ginawa mo kay Viktor?" Nagbago ang awra ng matanda. Nababanaag sa mga mata nito ngayon ang tinatagong galit. That made him arched a brow. "Did I hit a nerve? You look guilty as charged."

"How insolent of you! I don't have anything to be guilty about."

"Of course you don't have to be guilty dahil wala ka nito..." Tinuro ni Stefano ang sariling puso. "You don't have a fucking heart that's why you chose to ruin ours. Akala mo ba hindi ko alam na mahal mo ang lola ni Cielo? That you married Lola Elisa because she resembles her? Aren't you sick of that?" Tumayo ito at dinuro siya ng tungkod.

Don Lorenzo's eyes flickered with anger. "You're way, way behind me to handle the truths over the fakes, Stefano. Akala mo magaling ka na dahil ikaw na ang namumuno sa negosyo? Think again, boy. Lahat ng natutunan mo, nanggaling sa akin. I mold you to become like me but you've become like Viktor. And all because of a woman!"

"She's not just a woman because he's my goddamn wife!" He hissed. "I don't give a damn how you make our marriage null and void years ago that separate us apart but I would never...I would never let you meddled with my life again this time. I fucking hold it and I decide who I want to be with."

"And you want to be with her? Hindi mo ba nakikita kung  ano'ng uri siya na babae? She's same as your good for nothing mother who wants cold cash over some petty love..." The old man mocks him. His eyes hint with disbelief. Naglakad ito patungo sa lamesa nito st dinampot ang litrato nito noong kinasal. On that photo, Dona Elisa was smiling widely. Stefano knew her Lola love this impossible men she fondly called her husband. "You're little wife got some millions before she breaks it up with you. Hindi niya ba sinabi bago siya umalis? I give her check worth triple her annual from her modeling career just to leave you. Just as I thought she's like all the others, nasisilaw sa pera." Hindi mapaniwalaan ng binata ang mga sinasabi nito.

All his life he'd endure the almost suffocating attention he'd recieved from him. The weight of expectation of succeeding the position his father had left. Stefano was living, breathing, to meet his demands that he forgot how to enjoy life. Naniniwala siya na magiging katulad siya ng ama---a workaholic man na napabayaan na ang sarili maging ang anak.

Yet she came. She happened to him and he sees the world on another perspective. He find peace, solitude in her arms. Stefano find the home he longed to have.

Hanggang kailan magiging mailap sa kanya ang kasiyahan?

"Why are you doing this? Masaya ka ba na nagkakaganito ako ngayon? I never...never disappointed you! I did everything to live to your expectations and yet you can't even give me the only one that makes me happy?" Naisuklay niya ang mga kamay sa buhok bago sinabunutan. He looked like a wounded soul. "What you're telling are all lies! Lies because Ericka wouldn't turn back against me."

"Yet she turned back on you, right, my boy? She turned back on you when you needed her the most..." He refused to accept that fact. Umiling siya ng ilang ulit bago kinagat ang ibabang labi. Tumalikod na siya sa matanda at aalis na sa lugar na saksi ng buong buhay niya ng pigilan siya nito. His words made him stop.

"I met her at the hospital weeks ago. She tell me she lost the baby. She lost your baby again."

His world crumbles before him.

CIELO had to force herself to calm down. Being with Marco in this confined space even though the air-condition is on felt her dress hot and constricting and Cielo longed to be cool. She closed her eyes tight, all thoughts are put aside---only to emerge seconds later to find two pairs of eyes on her. His distinct brown eyes, intent and disturbing. Doon niya napansing nakatigil ang sasakyan sa isang intersection.

"This is hard for you, I know, but I can't let you go this time. Not that I'm almost in my limit," His mouth tighten as well as his grip on the steering wheel. "I hope you understand what you're dealing with."

She slid her faze away from him, battling her two contradictory reactions. "Let's just get over with this." Hindi na niya ito tiningnan pang muli hanggan sa umandar na muli ang sasakyan.

Nanatiling wala silang imikan na dalawa sa loob hanggang sapitin ang isang magandang bahay sa isang exclusive subdivision. She likes the combined hues of black and gray of the two-storey glass house despite her references of pastel colors. A typical house owned by a bachelor. He parked the car at the garage along with two branded models probably that cost millions. Bumaba ito ng sasakyan and as a gentleman, he opened the car door for her. Iginiya siya nito papasok sa bahay.

"Do you want anything to drink?" Tanong nito sa kanya. Cielo glanced back at him, away from the pictures of him and Beatriz piled on a shelf. Marco takes off his coat and hang it on his left arms, leaving his white long sleeves. "I get you what you want."

"I guess water will do." Tumango ito at dumiretso sa kusina. Nagbalik siya sa pagtingin ng larawan ng dalawa. She even get a photo album and browses the pictures inside. Naupo siya sa isa sa nga sofa at natuwang magscan ng pages.

Beatriz on her braids sure is a cute thing. Mostly picture ng kaibigan ang naandoon simula ng highschool hanggang college. Maganda ngumiti si Beatriz at kahit saang anggulo ay maganda itong  kuhanan. She's a sweetheart with a loud mouth. A total  opposite of his brother that in all his few photos looked stern kung hindi ay may tipid lang na ngiti.

He still got the vibe but gone the pretty boyish look of that young man. Marco was every inch of a man. A gorgeous one to be exact.

He was all male. Virile and potent

"Here, drink this." Napatingin siya kay Marco na ngayo'y nasa harap na niya at may dalang baso ng tubig. "It'll calm your nerves." Her hand reach for the glass and drink from it.

She felt hot the way he watched her drink the water from the glass. She tried not to be affected by his overwhelming presence but even if she closed her eyes, his image was burned in her brain. At ang amoy nito, it's musky and musculine. A perfect description of the man in front.

Feeling breathless, inilapag niya ang wala ng lamang baso sa lamesita sa harap. He held out his hand and Cielo looked from him to it. She never trusted easily but with this man, she feels more solid than she'd ever felt. Protected. Which was crazy. Ibinigay niya ang kamay dito. This is even more crazy and yet deliciously terrifying as if she was stepping off a cliff.

She was out of her seat and Marco was leading her towards the second floor. He opened another door and ushered her in. The lights are off as she makes her way on the middle of his room with the only light from the window as her guide. Isang king size bed ang naandoon at isang smart tv na nakasabit sa pader. There are a few books in the shelf and some CDs stack in the platform. The door closed behind. Cielo glanced back and met Marco's gaze. It was incandescent with rage and lust.

He fumbled a few buttons of his long sleeves open while not breaking the contact. Her eyes went down at the dark arrows of hair revealed by the few shirt buttons left open. "Shall we start?" A shiver went down her spine and she knew that moment that it's now or never.

MARCO prided himself for being a civilised man. He's not any random man that easily gave in but with this woman, the strength of what he was feeling was off the charts. A reason why he had hauled her off the restaurant and to his house. The very first woman not his sister and even Poleen had visit once.

Inihagis niya ang coat sa isang sofa at naupo sa kama. Cielo obviously saw something on his face, in his eyes, and her eyes widened. That's when he learned that he failed to conceal the raw hunger and need for her but he can wait. He need to.

"Take it off," he urged thickly, referring to her dress.

There's a long debate that flastered in her eyes before peeling off her dress with one slow movement leaving her white lace undergarments that to his eyes were the sexiest and daring piece of cloth ever to cover a woman's body. He could see the thrust of her nipples against the thin fabric of her bra. He could already imagine her perfectly formed breast, made to fit a man's hand. And that triangular thing down there that leaves nothing to his imagination.  Marco's libido rise up, felt the punch of desire bloom on his gut. And letting that beautiful heavy mass of hair fall over her shoulders didn't lessen the effect.

In front was a piece of art he got to see for himself. The only art he wanted to be his.

She looked tensed but Marco needs her to shrugged that off. "Turn around," he said huskily. "Turn around and let me see all of you." She just did and damn when he got to sight her rare on those lace he forgot he's mantra.

He rose to his feet and walked towards her like a predator. Hindi aware si Cielo na nakikita niya ang repleksiyon nito sa screen ng smart tv. She's uncomfortable and he wanted to be at ease with this. Hindi lang dahil gusto niya kung hindi dahil ito ang mangyayari sa shoot. She'll be eyed by all people, especially men, and a woman comfortable at her own body added it's spice. Hindi sapat ang ganda lang. He snake his hand around her small waist and the other held her chin and make her face the tv. They both stare at their reflection.

"A beautiful woman like you should be confident with her body. There's nothing to be ashamed of. You are perfect..." he leaned over to reach her mouth and tasted it. Ah, that sweet, decadent mouth of hers. "Now here's a few things you need to learn about the shoot. You'll be sporting sexy lingeries more revealing than the one you wear. You'll be working to a lot of male staff and lastly, you'll work closely with a male model of their choice. It'll only mean one thing..."

"W-What is it?" Her eyes look at his lips before returning to his eyes. They're clouded with hooded desire. He moved her hair to the other side and kissed her neck.

"He'll touch you. You need to be intimate in front of the camera..." He teased her with tiny kisses from her neck down to her shoulder blades. His right hand caressing, feeling the softness of her slim waist and flat stomach. "He'll be in his suit while you try to seduce him. You'll be watched and you need to act it naturally. Fakes could lead to countless takes at hindi mo gugustuhing paulit-ulit ang gagawin mo, hindi ba?"

"I-I think this is enough..." he entangled their hands together and embrace her. Tiningnan niya ito mula sa repleksiyon. "Marco..." He saw her throat work. Kailangan mong magpigil pa...he said to himself as he was trying control his urges. She opened her mouth and he already wanted to cover it with his, tasting again that sweetness yet sinful mouth of hers.

"He'll touch you like he owns you..." Dinala niya ang kaliwang kamay nito sa kanyang batok at ganoon din ang kabila. Now she looked clinging at him and his hands made its way, totally taking its time, under her breast. Massaging it. Feeling it. "And you will let him. That's what couples do at iyon ang dapat makita sa camera."

"I think I can't do that..." He hushed her.

"You can and you will. You're not backing down at this. Now make me want you more, Cielo. Seduce me," binitawan niya ito at naglakad pabalik sa kama. Cielo faced him, confused. Naupo siya sa kama, ang isang kamay ay nakalapat sa kama sa likuran bilang suporta. "Walked to me, eyes should be on me. Remember your not Cielo clothed in expensive brands. You are Cielo who'll be every man's fantasy. Cast your magic on me. Make me yours." He encourage. And his jaw clenched, didn't believe for a second she's this good when pushed to the limit.

"You asked for this," her eyes pinned his as she bit a finger. He cussed inside. Damn! That was sexy and she just freaking bit his finger! "Hindi pa ako nagsisimula..."

"Such a tease. I like that now show me more of what you can do..." Sinuklay nito ang buhok in the most sensual way before she started to walked slowly towards him. And for the life of him, Marco wanted to punish her. She'll be the death of him.

Naupo ito sa kanyang mga hita at agad na ikinalso ang dalawang kamay sa kanyang batok. He didn't move yet this woman was testing his patience. Minasahe nito ang kanyang anit gamit ang isang kamay habang ang isa ay abala sa pagdama ng kanyang tiyan sa kabila ng suot na damit paakyat sa kanyang dibdib hanggang sa kanyang panga. Then she dipped her head to kissed his neck, his jaw, his cheeks and the side of his lips. And she got the nerve to smiled sweetly at him. Napapikit siya ng mariin. "Pasado na ba ako?"

Rationality dissolved to be replaced by the need to claim this beauty, Marco pulled her into him and slanted his mouth over hers. He kissed her mercilessly like a man deprived of everything for a long time.

"I've got so many ways to ravish this body, Cielo," he taunted her lips, licking it, nibbling it before letting go. His desired flamed as he saw his effect on her. Pareho sila ng nararamdaman. Pareho na silang tupok bg init at pagnanasa para sa isa't isa. "Tell me do you wanna be bad?"

"I'm already bad because of you. You're too bad for my own good but like you said we had this connection...a connection that's hard to resist." She mumble and reach for his face. She pulled it down till there's little to no space between them. One more move and they'll explode like hellfire. "Am I not bad enough?" With one swift move, Marco drop her on the bed and he begins his onslaught.

"Believe me, baby, you're bad enough I'm gonna punish you. Just relax and let me do my thing." Tinanggal niya sa ohales ang butones ng kanyang long sleeves at inalis sa katawan. He let it drop on the floor before he came to her. Oh, the things he could do with her.

She'll be his.

She'll scream his name in pure ecstasy.

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