My mouth fell open. Cody jumped up and went over to Cannon. "I asked a question. What is she doing here?" Cannon said. I took a deep breath and got up and crossed my arms. Connor ran beside me over to his brothers. I just shook my head as I felt the tears sting my eyes. I walked up the stairs and closed my door behind me. I laid on my bed and cried.
"What the fuck is your problem?" I hollered at Cannon when April closed her door. Connor stood there and crossed his arms. We both waited for Cannon to talk.
"She needs to leave here and go home." He said.
"Why Cannon, what's going on?" Connor asked. I closed the front door and tried to move us all into the living room.
"I can't stay here if she is here," Cannon said.
"Brother you really need to start talking," I said.
"You still love her don't you?" Connor said looking right at Cannon. I could see the pain show on his face. He then nodded at him.
"Let's go to your office. We need to talk." Cannon said. Connor and I nodded at him. Cannon didn't look good. We knew now something was going on. Once we got to the office. Cannon took a seat on the couch and Connor and myself leaning against the desk. "I'm being threatened," Cannon said. Connor just placed his face in his hands and shook his head.
"Why didn't you come to us. Who wants to hurt April?" I asked him.
"No one, it's me they are after." He looked to over to Connor. "I'm sorry brother, but what I say next might upset you," Cannon said to Connor. Connor looked up at Cannon. He took a deep breath and then took a seat in front of Cannon.
"Start talking," Connor said to Cannon. Cannon ran his hands through his hair.
"Let's go back to high school. Before you were with Melinda. I was with her." Cannon said and my mouth fell open. Connor sat back and just looked at Cannon.
"What?" Came out of my mouth.
"It's true, we kept it a secret because, well you know how I am. Then she fell for Connor and I was tossed to the side. I stepped back and allowed it to happen. She seemed happy and so did you. Until you changed your mind about her. The night you told her you didn't feel anything for her. She came to me. This was right before she lost it and had to go to that hospital." He stopped and I grabbed him some water. Connor stayed quiet. We waited for Cannon to finish the story. He took a drink and then started talking again. "That night when she came to me. She was so upset and I did what I could to try and calm her down. We ended up sleeping together that night." He stopped talking again.
"Okay, what does this have to do with you pushing April away?" Connor asked. Cannon got up and started to walk around the room. "Come on man, what's going on. It cant be Melinda trying to fuck with you. She is dead." I said.
"I have a daughter." He said. Que in the mouth drop.
"What do you mean you have a daughter?" I said. Connor didn't even move.
"Melinda found out she was pregnant with my child while she was in the hospital. She tried to tell everyone that she was yours, but the timing doesn't add up. It adds up to me. She is my daughter." Cannon said.
"How do you know that for sure?" I asked him. "Have you ever seen her?"
"Trust me, brother, she is mine," Cannon said with so much pain in his heart.
"How did you find out about her?" Connor asked.
"Here is where everything gets out of control." Cannon then turned and looked at me. "Torrie." He just said. I looked at him like he was crazy.
"What the fuck does she have to do with this?" I snapped. Cannon sighed.
"She is Melinda's cousin." He simply said. I just started to shake my head.
"There's no way Cannon. I know her family." I said. Connor still hadn't said a word. He looked so confused. Cannon ran his hands through his hair again. He looked so tired.
"Come on man, what's going on?" Connor finally said.
"Torrie showed up at my company one day. She demanded to see me and that's when I found everything out. Melinda put Connor's name on Joy's birth certificate. They were going to give her over to Connor when Melinda died, but somehow Melinda's parents prevented that from happening. Then they dropped Joy off with Torrie one day and never came back for her. While Melinda was in the hospital. Torrie was the only one who took care of Melinda and stayed by her side. Torrie blames us for Melinda's death. She is using my daughter against me to get to us all. She started with April. She told me she would have April killed if I didn't get rid of her and keep you two away from her. She said she has people watching us and they will kill her if I talk or go to the authorities, but not only will they kill April, but they will kill my daughter, Joy as well." He stopped talking, you could see the stress and worry all over his face.
I was at a loss. I didn't even know what to say. Connor looked the same way. Both just at a loss for words. "This is all crazy," Connor said standing to his feet. "I swear, I'll kill this bitch," Connor said and slammed his fist against the desk. Cannon just closed his eyes.
"We need to talk to April," I said. Cannon snapped his eyes open.
"No, you cant they will kill her. She can't know." He said. Connor just looked over at me.
"He needs to know," Connor said.
"Know what?" Cannon asked. Connor and I just looked at each other. "What?" Cannon snapped.
"April is with us now," I said softly because I knew what was coming next.
"What the fuck does that mean?" Cannon said in a deep voice.
"She knows everything about what we talked about back in high school," Connor said. Cannon looked back and forth at us both.
"But what do you me she is with you both? Wait a minute, you mean she has. You have got to be fucking kidding me right now. Like I don't have enough going on. You two just take my girl from me?" He started to yell.
"Calm down Cannon, You let her go, none of us knew what was going on. In her mind, you don't love her anymore. She waited and waited for you. I had to watch her cry night after night Cannon. You werent here." I snapped back at him. This time he slammed his hands on the wall.
"This is all so fucked up." He snapped.
"So what the fuck does Torrie want?" Connor asked.
"I dont know yet, she won't tell me. All I have been trying to do is keep April and Joy alive." Cannon said. "I didn't have it in my heart to just tell April I didn't love her and wanted for her to go. So I pushed her away by ignoring her, but then I found out she was with you and I knew things were going to fall apart. That's why I'm here. Torrie knows you two have April. April has to leave. She has to leave without knowing any of this, because if she knows and Torrie finds out. April dies."