Chapter 3

“How did you get in here?” he asked with a frown.

I looked around as I picked myself up. I think Jay is talking to me??

“Didn’t you hear me? How did you get in here?” he asked again, this time his voice raised.

Before I could reply, he grabbed my arm harshly. I mean, really harsh. I could feel his fingers dug into my flesh.

“Let go of me” I squeaked as he dragged me out of the kitchen. To my relief, I saw the old woman and Tom heading towards us.

“Jie Lun, what are you doing?” she asked.

“Mom, are you okay? I caught her snooping in the kitchen”

My jaw dropped. Me snooping in the kitchen?

“Tom, please fulfill your responsibility. We cannot simply let this pest break in”

“Jay, she is .. “ I could see Tom was trying to explain.

“Lun, she’s my guest. I invited her over” madam said calmly.

It seemed like she had gone through this situation many times before. Jay looked at me and for a split second, I was stunned when I looked into his eyes. I thought I saw something soften but it was gone after a blink. At that instant, he let me go and turned his back to his mother.

“I’ll be in the studio” then he went upstairs.

I stood there, numb for a while then I turned to them.

“I would like to go home now” I said quietly, too stunned by what just happened.

Madam touched my arm gently with a sad smile.

“I’m sorry my son hurt you. I hope you will still come to visit” she said sadly.

At that moment, I never wanted to come back to this horrible place but I couldn’t tell an old lady who had been super nice to me that right? I just nodded with a smile. Tom escorted me to the door and before I could reach for the knob, he slipped my arm around his.

It was like an electrifying shock as our skin came in contact. I wanted to ask or pull away but I was melting in his touch, how is it possible to push such a gorgeous guy away? We walked arm in arm to his car as he opened the door for me. Is this real? I felt like we were on our first date. Unfortunely the only topic that Tom mentioned in the car was Jay.

“He’s usually not like that” Tom explained.

“Then why is he like that today?” I couldn’t help but to snap.

“He just thought you were a threat, paparazzi”

Well, that makes sense but it still doesn’t justify the fact that he was harsh and he tried to hurt me. However, I refused to discuss further about him so I kept quiet. When we arrived at my place, Tom got out of the car and walked me straight to the door. Then he leaned forward and whispered in my ear.

“Your car will be done in two days”

I nodded, although my insides were turning into jelly. Why does he have to whisper in my ear? My mind couldn’t think of any reasoning at the moment as he smiled and I went in the elevator.

Hmm.. my hair looks dry. I pulled out a bottle of my conditioner and was about to squeeze some on my palm when Gail ran in screaming, holding today’s newspaper.

“Guess what is on the entertainment section?”

“Let me guess. A celebrity sex scandal ” I put down my conditioner.

“No, you!” Gail turned to page three and showed me.

The big headline ‘Zhou Mama’s bodyguard has new girl’. There were three photos, one of Madam Ye with Tom escorting and *gasp* two photos of me and Tom yesterday, one of him escorting me to the car and the second one … I squinted my eyes and looked closer.

“He kissed you!! Even the caption says so” Gail had this big grin on her face.

It was my turn to gasp loudly as there was a photo of us being really close. Tom was actually whispering into my ear but it was taken at such an angle, it looked like he kissed me right on the cheek.

“No, he didn’t kiss me” I shook my head.

“Oh, don’t be so modest” Gail dismissed me with a wave of hand.

She walked out of my bathroom, reading some other news. When I’m alone, that’s when reality sets in. I’m in the newspaper as a hot guy’s girlfriend. Sure, it was only half a page but still… did Tom do this on purpose? Does he really want me to be his girlfriend? I grinned like an idiot and picked up the nearest pillow as I screamed into it. Hmm .. I’m rumored to be with this hot guy and I know Jay Chou’s mother.

Suddenly life doesn’t seem so bleak. Eat your heart out Ryan, I declared with a smile. A glance at the clock made me realize it’s almost work time. I put on my best top ever because today I really feel like flying. As I walked to my car, I noticed this pair of old couple strolling by and the old man kept looking at me with a big grin. Creepy! Luckily his wife noticed this and pulled his ear.

“Stop looking you pervert old man. She already has a handsome boyfriend, what makes you think she wants anything to do with you”

With that, the old man gave a grunt as the couple walked by. I couldn’t help but giggled. So, people do read the papers.

“Excuse me, are you Tom’s girlfriend?”

I mustered a big smile and turned around only to face my ex boyfriend, Ryan. Needless to say, the smile from my face was gone. Time stood still as I feel my heart beat raced.

"What .. " I started.

“I still love you” he interrupted, his eyes brimming with tears.