London Village Stables.
"This horse belonged to my grandmother," Lily said as she approached a black horse with white pattern of pigmented spots all over its body, safely stabled in a stall. It had taken them almost fifteen minutes of walking to get to this stable from where they were earlier.
"His name is Six. An Irish Cob that my grandfather gave my grandmother on their 36th wedding anniversary."
"Come… you can touch him. He is extremely sweet," Lily said as she slowly rubbed the neck of the horse. Although Zhuo Jingren was hesitant, he still went up to the horse and gave it a pat. That made Lily smile.
Six was not that tall for a horse. Lilian Facci was around five feet, four inches tall and she was fearful of horses that were much taller than her. That was why Frederick Facci specially selected this breed for it wouldn't grow too tall and tower over his wife.
"Ah… is that my little Lily?" A hoarse voice echoed inside the stable, causing the duo to turn their heads toward the source of the voice. They saw an older man walking in, together with a young man who looked to be around Lily's age.
"Ah Fabian!" Lily exclaimed as she approached them. "I thought you were in Australia!" She greeted Fabian with a kiss on the cheek while giving a nod at the younger man.
Zhuo Jingren remained in the same spot and roamed his eyes around the stable. He was surprised at how luxurious this stable was compared to the ones he saw in Japan and other countries. This stable was very clean with high ceilings and windows that allow natural light to come in and encourage natural ventilation. The stalls were big and spacious enough space for the horses to lie down. Rubber lined the flooring for the stalls which provided great cushioning for the horses legs as well as insulation. The stalls were clean and filled with ample hay.
Zhuo Jingren then gave the horse near him another pat before walking towards Lily who was still talking to man whom she addressed as Fabian.
"This is my man, Jingren," Lily said when Zhuo Jingren approached them. "This is Fabian, the owner of this stable. He is my grandmother's good friend and the one who taught me how to ride a horse." Lily smiled as Zhuo Jingren shook Fabian's hands. Then Lily introduced the younger man behind Fabian. "And this is his son, Luke."
"The words, 'my man' gave me a scare," Fabian said before laughing. "Is this some sort of a joke Lily dear?"
Lily only laughed in response before holding Zhuo Jingren's hands. "We are here for Six and I also want to give him a tour around this place. Maybe we could ride the best that you have?"
"Of course…. Of course…" Fabian laughed before raising an eyebrow at the couple's outfit.
"I have our outfits prepared and ready," Lily immediately said as she gestured for Daohu to pass them the bag that he was carrying.
"Then you two better change your clothes first. Luke will accompany the two of you. I shall take my leave and prepare the horses for everyone," Fabian said before he excused himself. Luke then brought Lily and Zhuo Jingren to the cabin at the back of the stable where they could change their clothes.
"What's wrong with you?" Lily asked as she took off her dress and put on a pair of dark brown tights.
"That Luke. Why is he staring at you like that?" Zhuo Jingren asked while he slowly unbuttoned his shirt. Zhuo Jingren could sense that there was something more to the gaze that Luke was giving Lily.
"Ah… that…" Lily made a deliberate pause. "He likes me."
Her words immediately earned a raised eyebrow from Zhuo Jingren. However, the words that followed made his face even darker.
"And I kissed him before but that was like years ago." She shrugged. "You don't have to be jealous. I don't like him."
"Then why did you kiss him?" he retorted as he approached her.
"Hmmm… I don't know. I found him handsome," Lily answered honestly before turning her head towards Zhuo Jingren who was approaching her. As the cabin was not that big, he reached her in just a few steps. His dark face confused Lily a little and she cautiously asked, "Are you mad?"
"I am not," he answered, his whole body towering over her. "But I am jealous."
"Fair enough." Lily nodded before she bent down to pick up a peach colored shirt. "Two months ago, I didn't even know you existed. I am a normal human being with sexual urges…"
"Are you saying that you had sex with him?"
"Of course not!" she instantly replied, her eyes stared back at his dark ones. "Apparently, a certain someone raised my standards years ago. As I said, I won't settle for anything mediocre."
Seeing Zhuo Jingren's extremely dark face, she added, "You have yourself to thank for that."
"You are extremely good with your words, my little wife," he said as he suddenly carried Lily and pinned her against the wall, creating a thud in the process.
"Lily? Are you okay?" Luke's concerned voice came from outside the cabin.
"I am," Lily responded while looking straight into Zhuo Jingren's eyes. She then smirked at him and whispered, "I remember an anthropologist who said that a little jealousy in a healthy relationship is fine."
"You were trying to make me jealous?" he asked as he leaned his face towards hers.
"Not intentionally… but I think I like where this is going. Maybe I should make you jealous from time to time. What do you say? Husband?" she responded with a whisper.
And what followed was Zhuo Jingren kissing her intensely. This time his kisses were demanding, powerful. Lily then wrapped her legs around his waist, responding to his kisses. She did not even notice how her tights was removed. Maybe it was Zhuo Jingren. All that registered after that was the immense pleasure that rocked their bodies as they tried to suppress their moans and reached orgasm together.
"I think, I like the effect of you being jealous," Lily said in between breaths, as she leaned her head into the nook of Zhuo Jingren's neck. The wave of their orgasm was still rocking their bodies.
"This is just the warm up," Zhuo Jingren said after a few seconds. "You have been very naughty, Lily. You deserve a little spanking and…" Zhuo Jingren whispered the rest into Lily's ears.
Surprisingly, Lily only giggled at his words.
"Hey… guys? Everything okay? Do you need my help or something?" Once again, Luke's voice echoed outside of the cabin. This earned another round of giggles from Lily.
"Everything's fine, Luke. Give us a few more minutes," she responded while smiling from ear to ear.
"And here I was wondering how someone could be so naughty, smart, classy and sexy at the same time." She heard Zhuo Jingren chuckle. "Good thing this someone is my wife."
"You silly man. I have more bombs than a bombshell. You better prepare yourself as you will be spending a lifetime with me," she said before letting out a hearty laugh that travelled outside the cabin. For everyone else waiting for them outside, they couldn't help but wonder what was taking the two of them so long to come out.