A loud pounding on the door wakes me up. I check the time on my phone and it reads at 5 am. I frown as who could be at the door. I roll off the bed as another pounding fills my ears.
"Okay, I'm coming." I yell as I walk to the door. I yawn as I unlock the door and open it to receive the shock of my life.
Tay is standing in front of me with a worried face. I open my mouth to say something but close it again. I stare at him not being able to form a sentence. He steps inside and pulls me to his chest. He hugs me tight like if he lets go I will vanish. I hug him with the same thought. I don't what to think of him showing up after my voicemail. I don't know if things will back to normal or we will break up forever. I sigh breathing in his scent that clams me down all the time. It feels good being in his arms, it feels like home after going away for a while.
He nuzzles his head in the crook of my neck and we stand awkwardly at the door still wide open. It feels like I haven't been in his arms in a long time.
"Tay?" I slowly whisper hoping he will let me go and close the door.
"Please let me hold you a little longer. I want to make sure you are real. This feels like a fucking dream. I have never thought I will be able to hold you again." He confesses and I let him hold because I feel the same way as he does.
Moving to Cape Town was a way to separate from Tay. It was easier if I did it when I was far away from him and we would move on with our lives. In my mind, it was that easy but truly speaking I was trying to convince myself more. Tay finally breaks the hug but his arms are still around me.
I pull my lower between my teeth as my eyes meet with his. I don't know what to do or say to him. He closes the door and leads me to the living room. He seats down on the couch and pull me on his lap.
"Look at me?" He orders. His voice dominating the small room. My eyes meet his again and he stares at me with no emotions but his eyes are telling a different story.
"Many emotions went through me when I listened to your message. The most shocking part was when you said I hurt you in the dream," He tucks my hair behind my ear and continues.
"I am not my cousin. I many have Payne blood running through my veins but I am not cruel. I respect you way too much to lay a hand on you. The thought of you getting hurt just makes so mad and want to kill someone." He buries his head in the crook of my neck to control his anger. I stay silent as he slowly breathes in my scent to calm down.
"I would never hurt you, angel. At least not physically. You know that, right?" He asks, desperate for me to believe him.
"Yes. I believe you" I tell him and he sighs in relief.
"You are beautiful with your scars. Don't be ashamed of them. They prove how strong you are my love and you shouldn't think of yourself so low, okay?" Tay strongly says and I nod.
"You have a beautiful body and I plan on proving to you how much I fucking love it" he declares and my cheeks flush.
We were supposed to separate but we are in each other's arms less than a week. Am I stupid for still being in the arms of a man who is related to the man who destroyed my life?
"What are you thinking?" Tay asks watching me.
"I still feel like I shouldn't be with you because of...you know," I say truthfully. Tay sighs and wrap his arms around me.
"We love each other Olivia. No matter how you try to fight it you know you can't win. I know we can't ignore the fact that Donald is my cousin but we can try every day to make us work. He is paying for his crimes now"
"Why do I feel like I am betraying myself?" I ask Tay.
"It's natural to feel that way but I am not Donald. Please don't end us because of him. We have been through so much together." Tay tucks my hair behind my ear.
"I'm afraid of ending up hating you, Tay. I don't want to hate you."
“Tell you what? ..”
"How about we take it one step at a time?" Tay suggests and I nod in agreement.
He pecks my lips and stands up. He carries me to my room. We get under the white duvet. He pulls me to him so that we are facing each other. I feel his thumb caressing my arms smoothly.
"Sleep" with that, my eyes slowly burn to sleep.
The next morning, I wake up alone on the bed. I roll off the bed and walk out of the room. Tay is seating on the couch talking on his phone. He calls me with his hand when he sees me and I walk to him.
"Yes, for tomorrow." He says into the phone as he pulls me to his lap.
"Thank you." He hangs up and turns his attention to me.
"How are you feeling?" He asks as his thumb draws circles on my thigh.
"Better," I reply.
"I'm glad I came," he says and lock his eyes with mine.
" I missed you,"he says and molds our lips together. My hands go around his neck and he groans. He slips his tongue in my mouth and I tug the roots of his hair. He lifts me up and I wrap my legs around his waist.
Few minutes later, my back hit a soft material. Tay hovers over me and breaks the hug.
"You don't know how hard I wanted to bury myself inside you last night. I want to taste each and every corner of your body today. I will show you how much your body drives me insane." He confesses and a shiver runs down my spine.
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