Chapter Fourteen - Cory
The anger inside me was practically begging to come out as I stormed towards the other side of the harbor, my boots scrapping across the wood of the docks. I heard her soft footsteps behind me and it was taking everything I had in me to not rip her a new one. Stopping at the end of one of the docks, I shoved my gun back into my belt line and ran a hand over my face.
“Just say it already.” She said, finally breaking the tense silence between us.
“You gave me all this shit for lying to you when you are the one who has been keeping this a secret the entire time!” I exclaimed, rage filling my chest. “You could have told me I was dragging around my arch enemies DAUGHTER with me the entire time. At least then, I would have known exactly what I was getting myself into. For fuck’s sake, how do I know I can even trust you to not run back to him now?”
“I would rather die than spend another minute around that monster.” She snapped, glaring at me. Turning, she sat on the edge of the dock. The wind blew her hair around her head. The bright sky suddenly began to darken and a light drizzle filled the air. “You have no clue what it was like growing up with that man as a father. Knowing the whole time that he expected me to take over his business when I got older. Having to watch him kill innocent people and tearing apart families with the poison he was selling was like watching the devil at work first hand. It made me sick to watch him as time went on. After my mother died, he lost all control. He had no care about anyone else in the world but himself. That’s why I ran. I couldn’t take it anymore and I knew if I stayed any longer, I would be sucked into it or worse.” She looked over her shoulder at me and a tear slid down her cheek. “I came to Sea Harbor because I thought it was the one place he would never come back to. I never knew about the crystal or the device. He never told me about them except that he was working on something that would make him much more powerful than he already was. If I had known it was this, I would have tried to prevent it from happening. I’m sorry I lied to you. It was easier than telling you I came from the monster that hurt so many people.”
“Hey.” I whispered, a pang of guilt replacing the rage in my core. Stepping closer, I sat next to her. She sniffed, wiping the tears from her eyes. “This isn’t your fault. It wouldn’t matter if you were his daughter or not. He’s still after you regardless of that. He’s after us, I mean. And since we are in this together, I should be honest with you too.” Clearing my throat, I looked out at the horizon. An oil tanker was crossing the bay. “That night when you found me, my partner and I were trying to rescue our other partner. He had kidnapped her and was using her to control the crystal much like what he’ll want with you now that Lucas saw you control the crystal. My partner was my kid brother Henry. I had found him when I was thirteen years old and we stuck together ever since. We decided to split up to see if we can find them. Scorpio and his men caught him though. Your father gave me the choice to save him by giving him a code to work the device but I couldn’t do it. There was no code but Scorpio didn’t believe me. His right-hand man shot and killed him right in front of me. My other partner, Alexz, was there. He forced her to form a lightning bolt to kill me. When she did it, it hit them more than me. She was hurt pretty bad and then the same man killed her as well. Alexz was my girlfriend that I just couldn’t bring myself to commit to because of the job. She died not knowing how I really felt about her and there’s nothing I can do to change that.”
“That’s so shitty. He’s such an evil bastard. I wish I had killed him when I had the chance.” She said, grinding her palms into her thighs. Shaking her head, she looked over at me. “We are going to find him and we are going to make him pay for what he did to us, Cory. That man deserves to fry for what he’s done and we need to make sure we are the ones that make him suffer.”
“You’re right. Is there anything else you need to tell me before we go any further though? No more secrets. I don’t want something to mess things up further down the road.” Biting her lip, she looked down at her feet. “What?”
“You know his man Lucas?” She asked.
“Yeah. He’s the one the killed my brother and Alexz.”
“I was supposed to marry him. I ran way the night before our wedding. Stole all of his money and took off. It was the other main reason why I left. I couldn’t stomach the thought of marrying someone like that.” She sighed. “Plus, he’s an asshole.” I let out a loud chuckle.
“That is the best thing I have heard in the past two days. He is an asshole. Kind of looks like an over grown toddler too.”
“Yes! I’ve always thought that. And you should see the way he eats. It’s like a Neanderthal trying out a fork for the first time. I always hated eating meals with him. My father got to the point where he would eat before us to avoid it as well.” We both laughed, the sky clearing up again. Resting my hands on my lap, I looked up at the sky. “What was Alexz like?” She asked softly. Glancing at her, I smiled.
“You remind me of her a lot. She had so much charisma and life in her. She could light up a room just by walking into it. That’s why the CIA hired her. She knew how to read people even after just a five-minute conversation. Some swore she wasn’t human. She loved to go to parties and she always liked meeting new people. She was the exact opposite of me even though I ended up going to the damn things as well. But she always had the best stories to tell or the best jokes to get the attention of the whole room. She was perfect.”
“I think she knew how you felt. There is no way she couldn’t have known after you went to all you went through to try to save and just the way you talk about her just now. She knew. Don’t beat yourself up over it. We’ll make him pay for what he did.”
“Yes we will. And I promise, you will never go back to him as long as I’m breathing. No one deserves that kind of life. Kind of explains where you learned to fight now. Did you go through the same training as Lucas?” She shook her head.
“No. I was trained before Lucas even came into the picture. It was something my mother really encouraged. I think she just wanted me to have some kind of protection when it came to living in the middle of Scorpio’s world. I’m a sixth-degree black belt. Lucas is a ninth degree.” I gaped at her slightly, feeling a bit out of her league. I knew how to fight but it was because of my growing up in foster homes. I didn’t have any formal training.
“Wow.” I said, running a hand through my hair.
“It’s not that big of a deal.” She said, shrugging. I let out a snort, grinning at her.
“Oh, yeah. Totally. You just happen to be the most bad ass girl I’ve ever met.”
“You think I’m a bad ass?” She asked as I stood up, brushing my jeans off. She followed suit.
“Don’t let it go to your head. You still have a lot of training left to do.”
“What do you mean?”
“When Alexz first found the crystal, we developed a type of training where she learned to use the crystal with more control. I think you could benefit from it. You already have shown you have a great deal more influence over it than she did and I don’t want it to overwhelm you during a time where we might need it the most. Scorpio is going to be on the hunt for us even more now so we have to go into hiding until you’re ready. I know the perfect place.”