Chapter Sixteen - Cory
That evening, Abby and I sat around the small table set up in the middle of the room. Candles were lit around the small area, the only power Henry and I had here was used from the computer which was made by a generator that ran on solar power. This left us with no power at night and no other light source when the sun sets. Abby sat on the ripped bean bag chair on the floor, her knees tucked under her chin and her arms wrapped around her shins. She was lost in thought, gazing absently at the flame of a candle in front of her. She had not said much since I returned with our Chinese food, keeping to herself for the most part. I had noticed that the gem had changed to a pink color, something I had not seen before. She was bringing out many new things from the crystal.
“You okay?” I asked, kneeling down in front of her. She glanced over at me, a bit surprised by my voice in the silence.
“You’re quiet. Are you okay?” I repeated. She bit her lip, nodding after a moment.
“Just thinking about stuff. Thank you for getting something to eat. I didn’t realize how hungry I was.” Shrugging, I sat on the hard wood floor and stretched my legs out in front of me. It felt nice to not be crowded in her small hotel room. We both would have our own beds here as well. I’m not sure why I didn’t think of coming here with her sooner. Probably because I was hopeful she wouldn’t have had to come with me at that point.
“We’re even for the pizza from last night. Anything you wanna talk about?” She turned her face away from me, back to the candle.
“How did you know you were in love with Alexz?” She asked softly. Her voice was so quiet, I almost didn’t hear it.
“Oh. I think it was because of how I felt when she was around. It was almost like I couldn’t breathe unless she was near me. Everything about her just made me feel like I could do anything I put my mind to. She made me happy and scared at the same time. You know that feeling when you can’t stop thinking of someone?” She shook her head, not looking at me. “You’ve never liked someone before?”
“I’ve never met anyone that made me feel that way. I didn’t know many people and men weren’t allowed to be near me. You’re the first guy I’ve talked to who didn’t work for my father in my entire life.” She turned her head to face me and I saw the shimmer of unshed tears in her eyes. The reflection of the candle danced off the welled tears. I knew the look she was giving me. It was the same one that Alexz gave me after I denied our relationship to everyone. A feeling of dread filled my stomach as she blinked, the tears slipping down her cheek. “I’m scared about going back to that hell again. I would rather be dead than go back there. What if we don’t kill him and Lucas? They won’t stop until they have me back. I can’t go back there, Cory.”
“Abby, I told you before that I won’t let that happen. As long as you are with me, I won’t let them get anywhere near you. We are going to train, you’re going to get stronger and we are going to get revenge for everything they did to you.” Every fiber in my being wanted to pull her into my arms and hold her close but I resisted. Instead, I pulled myself to my feet. “You should head to bed, okay? We’ll start training in the morning. We only have a few days and I don’t want to waste any time.”
“Okay.” She stood too, her arm brushing against mine as she did. It felt like electricity was running through my body as I stepped backwards. She bent down and grabbed the blanket she had, every curve of her body outlined in the jeans she was wearing. I tore my eyes away, clenching my jaw. I suddenly felt like a teenage boy who was just discovering girls, parts of my body reacting in a way that was more shocking to me than anything else. I shifted and moved so I was standing on the other side of the room, distance now between us. She gave me a confused look, tucking a piece of hair behind her ear. She looked so damn innocent. It did not help my ever-growing condition in the slightest. “What’s the matter?”
“Nothing. Just wanted to make sure all the candles get blown out. Goodnight.” Bending over, I blew out all the candles on the table. Darkness filled the room. I turned to head to my bed, my barefoot colliding with the table leg. I let out a loud curse which was followed by a giggle from her. “Thanks.” I called, laying on my bed. I heard hers creak as she climbed into hers. I tried not to picture laying on top of her as I slid my jeans off. I tossed them next to the bed and pulled my covers over me. My big toe throbbed from its impact with the table but it was nothing compared to the annoying thoughts that kept trying to creep into my mind. I chalked it up to not being sexually active for a while, Alexz and I not being intimate for a few months, our missions and Henry being around all the time getting in the way of any private time we could get. Not that it was really our thing any way. Don’t get me wrong. Sex with Alexz was good but it always felt like she was somewhere else when we were close. She would never tell me why when I asked her. I always figured something had happened when she was a kid so I never pressed the issue.
I wish I knew what was going on in my brain. Every time I looked at Abby, it was like time stopped. She was all I could think of since I met her and I had no clue why. Could it be the power of the crystal be causing this? I never knew of it being able to control other people though. Sitting up, I threw the covers off of my legs. Quietly, I stood and walked towards the table where the laptop was. The case file for Scorpio was next to it, his picture paper clipped to the front of it. Lighting the candle on the desk, I looked closer at the picture. I could see the resemblance between him and Abby. They both had the same emerald green eyes and the same facial structure, their noses ending with a slightly pointed tip. I imagined that they looked the same when they smiled too. It blew my mind that someone like Abby could come from a man like Scorpio. It made me wonder what her mother had been like. The file read that she had committed suicide a few years ago, her remains buried at the family home in New York. How did Abby go under the radar this whole time, the CIA unable to detect her? It was as if he knew what he was doing, keeping her away from the eye of the authorities. Was he hiding her because he wanted someone to run his empire after he was gone or did he have something else up the sleeve?
Glancing over my shoulder, I saw she was asleep. The crystal rested on her chest, the light pink color inside glowing softly. What was he planning on doing with his daughter now that he knew she could control the gem? My blood boiled at the thought. I might not know what was going on with me when it came to her but I knew one thing for sure: I wasn’t going to let anything happen to her while I was still breathing.