“Do you want to go swim with the others?” Zade asked as we walked up the stairs to our rooms after breakfast.
“Yes.” I grinned.
“Meet you back here in 5 minutes then.” He pecked my lips.
I rushed into my room and realized I only have one bathing suit so I ran down to Nadia’s room and knocked on her door.
I really need to go clothes shopping. I thought.
“Yeah?” She yelled.
“Hey Nadia, do you have a spare bathing suit?” I popped my head into her room.
“Yeah, I do actually, you okay with a one piece?” She asked, pulling me into her room.
“Definitely.” I smiled, following behind her.
“Here, it should fit you perfectly.” She handed me a black one piece and pushed me into her connecting bathroom. She was dressed in a purple one piece that had ruffles all over.
I changed quickly and let my hair out; I gave myself a once over before walking back out into Nadia’s room.
“Ready?” She asked, linking her arm through mine.
“Ready.” I nodded, grinning.
We made our way out of her room and the boys were already making their way out of theirs. Zade spotted me and ran towards us, pushing the others out of the way as he did.
“Maybe we shouldn’t go swimming.” He groaned, pulling me so my backside was covered by the front of his body.
“Why?” I asked curiously.
“Maybe because you look sexy in a one piece and I don’t want anyone else to see you.” He groaned, worming his arms around my waist.
“I could say the same about you, Mister, maybe you should go put a shirt back on.” I winked, pushing my body up against his tones chest, feeling his muscles.
“Ava.” He groaned again as I chuckled.
Slipping from his arms, I made my way over to Nadia and Emma. Emma arrived in the same bathing suit as Nadia and they were laughing at each other for picking the same thing to wear. We made our way to the pool but not before Zade made me wrap a towel around my body.
The inside pool was set to a warm temperature which I was grateful for. Throwing my towel at Zade, I was the first to dive into the warm pool, Zade being the second. He resurfaced next to me, pulling me into his arms.
“I wish I could have met your parents so I could thank them.” Zade said, smiling down at me.
“Why would you thank them?” I laughed, wrapping my arms around his neck.
“I’d thank them for making someone so perfectly beautiful.” He gazed down at me.
Wrapping my legs around his hips, I pressed my lips to his. The kiss was sweet and passionate, Zade bit my bottom lip asking for entrance but I never gave it to him.
“Everyone’s watching and you want to have a make-out session here?” I raised a questioning brow.
“Can you blame me? You’re addicting.” He smirked.
“The feeling is mutual.” I murmured against his lips.
“Ew.” Kenna yelled.
“Jealousy is an ugly thing.” Silas yelled back at her.
Our day was spent hanging out with everyone as a family, it made me miss Grayson more than I already did so I rung him while I watched everyone else swim around with Beau at my side playing with her toys. We talked about the intense training he’s been doing the last couple of weeks and he’s just been put into the elite soccer team. I may have shed a tear or so at the happiness clear in my little brother’s voice, he wasn’t so little anymore.
“We should start getting ready to leave soon.” Zade pulled me up from the sunbed I laid on.
“Are you sure you’re okay with coming?” I ran my hands over his toned chest.
“Yes.” He pulled at my waist.
Pressing my lips to his soft ones, we made our way up to our bedrooms to start getting ready.
I didn’t feel like dressing too flashy so I slipped on a pair of plain black skinny jeans and a white long sleeve shirt to tuck into my jeans. My top showed a just the right amount of cleavage and my jeans fitted my waist and legs just right. I straightened my hair to make it look a little tidier and did my makeup how I normally did with a winged liner. Slipping some nude strappy heels on, I grabbed my things and headed for my door with my leather jacket in hand.
“Your handsomeness always gets me.” I mumbled as I stared at Zade.
We stared at each other, taking in our outfits. He wore black jeans and a black long-sleeved sweater with brown loafers covering his feet and his leather jacket in hand.
“Let’s get going beautiful.” He chuckled, kissing the side of my head.
As we descended the stairs, Blaine stood at the bottom, worry plastered all over his face.
“I’ll bring him home safe.” I winked as we passed.
Blaine broke out into a laugh and shook his head. “I hope you do.” He poked his tongue out at me.
We both said a quick bye to everyone before we headed for the garage, Zade let me drive his Aston Martin and I couldn’t be any more excited as I sat in the driver's seat with a wide smile.
“You really love your cars don’t you?” He watched me with a lopsided grin.
“Yes.” I breathed.
“You’re my type of girl.” He leaned over the middle compartment and kiss my lips.
“I better be.” I winked, starting the car.
“Maceo gave me the address, I’ll just type it in.” Zade said, tapping at the touchscreen GPS.
As soon as he was done, I put the car in drive and sped out of the gates, the luxurious sports car making my insides flutter with excitement.
“Are you nervous to meet them?” He asked as he bit down on his bottom lip, watching me drive his car skillfully.
“To be honest? Not really, it’s like my feelings towards them is non-existent. I don’t feel anything, I’m annoyed that they had the nerve to threaten Maceo and them to see me, they had no right.” I said, shifting the gears.
“Especially after they were the ones who turned their backs on you and your family.” Zade agreed.
“Yeah, I’m planning on just seeing what they want and then we’re leaving.” I sighed.
“I think you shouldn’t tell them about Grayson not until you know if you can trust them or not.” Zade watched me with adoration at the way I handled his car.
“You’re right.” I nodded, lacing my fingers through his.
Pulling up to tall gold iron gates, someone dressed in a black suit stopped us and came around to my side of the car.
“Who are you?” The stranger asked.
“Ava?” I said hesitantly.
“Oh, go ahead.” He said, waving his hand and the gates opened.
The long driveway had green tree’s lined along it, the house was surrounded by forest and is bigger than anything I’ve seen before, the driveway was covered in all sorts of cars.
“Are you ready to meet all of your mums family? Because it looks like the whole lot of them is here.” Zade said as I parked the car.
“You don’t think it’s too late to turn back.” I joked, staring wide-eyed at the number of cars.
“We got this, I’m here.” Zade got out and walked around to my door.
“Let’s get this over with.” I said, slipping my hand in his.
“All you have to do is say the word and I’ll get you out of here.” Zade whispered into my ear.
“I don’t deserve you.” I said staring down at our entwined hands.
“You’re right, you deserve more.” He winked, pulling me up the huge staircase leading to the front door.
“You’re so silly, no.” I kissed him before pushing the doorbell.
The door swung open and a lady in a white uniform stared at us with a wide smile. “Hello, you must be Ava.” She said, stepping to the side and gesturing for us to come in.
“That’s me, this is my boyfriend Zade.” I nodded towards him.
“It’s good to see you again Zaden, you’ve grown up to be very handsome.” The lady said, leaving me and Zade very confused.
I gave Zade a confused look and he returned it.
“I’ll take you two to the rest, follow me.” She said and took off through the entranceway, not giving us enough time to ask her questions.
“Do you know her?” I whispered, leaning into him.
“I have no clue who she is.” He frowned at the woman.
“Huh, that’s weird.” I frowned also.
We walked for a solid five minutes till we started hearing muffled voices; this house was bigger then I had originally thought. Everything was in pastel colors like a child had picked out the décor of the place but everything flowed together nicely.
I stared up at Zade and his face was in his emotionless expression I had gotten used to the first couple of weeks of knowing him, even when he had his guard up he still managed to make my breath catch in my throat.
The things I want to do to you. I thought as I watched the side of his lips twitch.
“What’s going through your head right now?” He asked, gazing down at me.
“One word, you.” I said as we stepped into a room filled with people.
The room fell silent; the lady who greeted us at the door gave us a small smile before running out of the room.
I stared at the unfamiliar faces, there were so many of them. No one made a move to say hello or anything. They just stared at me, silent tears rolled down an older ladies face. I didn’t feel anything for these people; to me, I was just meeting strangers for the first time.
“Are you really Maya’s daughter?” Someone asked.
I nodded hesitantly.
They’re asking me if I’m really her daughter? You’d think they would have done some research before going around threatening people. I thought.
“She clearly is, she looks exactly like her just with Hayze’s eyes and hair color.” Someone else piped up.
“Hi to you all too.” I threw up a guarded expression.
The older lady who was crying when she saw me broke even more, she was crying uncontrollably to the point where she was holding a cushion to her face to muffle her cry.
“Mum, it’s okay.” A man patted the ladies shoulder.
“Hello.” An older man made his way over to me and Zade.
I moved into Zade’s side more out of reflex, the older man got the message and stopped advancing towards us.
“I’m Fane, your grandfather.” He said, his Romanian accent strong.
“I don’t have a grandfather, apparently he disowned my mother.” I said without any kind of attitude, it came out like I was talking about the weather.
“I deserved that.” He said, the hurt clear on his face.
I stood there, just staring at him dead in the eye. I didn’t budge and he finally looked away.
“Who might you be?” He turned to Zade.
Zade looked wary of everyone, he looked around the room with piercing eyes and his jaw locked.
“Zade.” He shook Fane’s hand, Fane looked surprised at the hard handshake Zade gave him.
“Are you Julz son?” Fane asked, staring at Zade closely.
“That’s my father yes.” Zade said, his hands tightening around me.
“You’ve grown up nicely, small world.” Fane smiled.
I knew Zade wanted to ask questions but he kept them to himself.
“Dear, come say hi to Ava.” Fane walked over to the crying lady.
“She hates us! It’s all your fault.” She screamed, pushing Fane away.
“As much as I would like to hate you guys, I don’t.” I said flatly, they don’t have the right to be upset or happy to see me.
“She doesn’t even want to be here, why did you have to make my Maya leave me.” The lady cried.
“That’s not what I wanted and you know that.” Fane tried comforting her.
“YOU DID THIS, FIX IT.” She screamed and pushed him away from her.
“Ava and Zade would you like to sit?” Fane smiled sadly, his eyes were red with tears when he turned back to us.
I stared up at Zade worriedly and he nodded so I followed his lead. Making our way over to the couch facing the huge family, we both sat.
“Can I hug you?” The lady asked softly, tears still running down her face.
“Um.” I said awkwardly, I didn’t even finish the sentence before she had run across and tackled me into a tight hug, squeezing the life out of me as she cried harder.
“I’m so sorry, It’s all my fault.” She cried.
I patted her back awkwardly, I never responded to the hug though but she didn’t seem to mind.
“Mum, you’re making her uncomfortable.” Someone called out.
“I’m sorry.” She sniffed, releasing me from her tight hold.
“How is your mum and dad doing?” She asked, wiping at her face.
I stared at Zade and he frowned down at me, pulling me into his arms. I stared around the room at my mother’s family.
These idiots cut my parents off that far that they don’t even know that the both of them are gone. That they’re dead. I thought angrily.
“They both died a year ago.” I said staring the whole lot of them in the eyes.
The woman in the room cried loudly, tears dripped down Fane’s and the other men in the room silently. The teenagers in the room looked like deer’s caught in headlights.
“You have no right to cry, none of you!” I yelled, they were starting to piss me the fuck off.
Zade let me go and we both stood.
“My mother reached out to you all! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU.” I pointed at the adults in the room.
“NONE OF YOU GAVE HER A SECOND OF YOUR TIME, YOU KICKED HER OUT AND CUT HER OFF FOR NOT MARRYING SOMEONE FOR POWER AND MONEY, BY THE STORIES SHE TOLD ME ABOUT YOU ALL SOUNDED LIKE YOU WERE ALREADY WELL OFF. GREEDY BASTARDS!” I fumed.
“WE LOST A DEAL BECAUSE OF YOUR MOTHER!” A man yelled back at me.
“A FUCKING DEAL? WAS IT WORTH LOSING MAYA?” I stood my ground and moved towards the man, I dared him to use the same tone at me.
“WAS IT? I WANT TO KNOW.” I pushed.
“No.” He broke down.
No one else in the room said anything, they all carried on crying.
“Hayze Vice was a beautiful man, why couldn’t you accept him? He treated my mother with love and respect!”
“Your mum married into our rival family.” Fane said softly. “She fell in love with the enemy, your father Hayze was next in line to take over the Versana Cartel.” Fane cried.
“What!” I yelled.
He has to be lying. I thought.
“Hayze Vice is the son of Vice Versana, the leader of the Versana Cartel. He run’s Mexico.”