I opened my eyes and rolled over to see the clock. It was only two in the morning. I took a deep breath and sat up. Beth was sleeping peacefully. I pulled my sweat pants on and grabbed my cigarettes. I made my way out back. I leaned against the house and lit up. I must have been out there for about ten minutes when I heard the back door open and then close. "Hey man, how are you doing?" I turned to see Dawson approaching me.
"Hey, I'm good for now," I said.
"So what's the plan with Allissa?" He asked me. I took a deep breath.
"The plan is I'm going to kill her, that's the plan," I said. Dawson stayed quiet.
"Do you think you still got that in you?" He asked me.
"Did you see Beth up there? Yeah, I've got it in me." Dawson nodded at me.
"So are you just going to go to her?" Dawson asked.
"Yeah, but it will be a trade out. Me for Jacob." I said.
"Can you really do that man?" Dawson said.
"How can I not? If her brother dies because of me, she will never forgive me for this." I said.
"Dude, it's not your fault that this girl is crazy, Beth wouldn't blame you for that." I just shook my head.
"You just don't understand, I love her. I can't bring her more pain." I said, taking the last drag off my cigarette. "I've got to give these things up as well," I said, putting the smoke out. I nodded at him and headed back to my sugar.
I made my way back upstairs when my cell phone went off. It was Allissa so I answered it.
"Hey baby, are you ready to see me?" I took a deep breath.
"Where is Jacob?"
"Right here with me."
"I want to talk to him." I guess I was being loud, because the next thing I knew Damon, Reese and Enzo were at my side.
"Sorry love he is, well sleeping right now."
"Until I knew that he is alive I'm not coming near you." I heard her take a deep breath.
"Alright, hold on." I waited as I heard her yelling at him to wake up.
"Hello." His voice sounded far away and he didn't sound good.
"Jacob, this is Dante, I'm going to have you out of there soon." Then I heard the phone get ripped away from him.
"So listen, this is how this is going to go down. We're going to meet in a public place for the trade. I'll give you Jacob as long as you come willingly to me."
"Okay Allissa, when?"
"Seven this morning, in the Damps parking center. You may only bring one other person with you. If I show up and I feel threatened in anyway, I'll kill Jacob and you will never find me. Do I make myself clear?" I took a deep breath.
"Yes Allissa, I understand."
"Good, I'll see you soon." She said and hung up the phone.
"I'll get a team together and we will all be ready for this bitch." Damon said.
"NO!" I said. They all turned and looked at me.
"Dante? What do you mean no?" Enzo said.
"I mean we're doing this her way. I can't take the chance of this getting screwed up and we lose Jacob. I will only take Dawson with me." I said. Both Damon and Enzo started to speak, but I stopped them. "This is my choice, I'm the one that has to fix this, and I will not allow her to keep destroying your family." I said to Reese. "I don't want to hear anymore about it." I said. Damon walked over to me and placed his hand on my shoulder.
"Are you sure this is the way you want to handle this?" He asked me.
I looked over at him. "Yes sir, it is." I said. He nodded at me.
"Then I will respect your decision." He said, and went back to his room. Enzo also nodded at me.
"This is the exact reason why you were my number one soldier." He said. I watched him head back to his room. Reese and I were standing alone in the hallway.
"You know Beth is not going to like this." Reese said.
"I know, but what else am I suppose to do? I love her to much to put her through the loss of her brother. At least with me, she will move on easier." I said, as I hung my head.
"You will never know the appreciation that I will always have for you." Reese said to me as he placed his hand on my shoulder. I nodded at him.
"You need to go spend your time with Adriana now." He said to me. I looked up at him and tried to hide my pain, but I knew I failed when I saw the pain on his face as well. I nodded to him and went back into Beth's room. She was still sleeping peacefully. I really didn't want to wake her, but I needed her to know what was going on and how much she meant to me. I walked over to her and ran my fingers down the side of her face. Even in her state she was in right now, she was still the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. I thought I really loved Sierra, but I was wrong. I loved this woman with everything I had. I would do anything for you, even give her up to keep her happy.
She turned and opened her eyes at me. I smiled at her and she returned the smile. "What's wrong Dante?" She asked me.
"We only have three hours sugar." I said, closing my eyes and burying my face in her hand.
"What do you mean three hours?" She asked me as I kissed her hand.
"I'm meeting Allissa in four hours to trade myself for your brother." I said. I watched as the tear filled her eyes. "Please sugar, please don't cry." I said.
"Okay, so what's the plan. I mean who's going to be with you and take her down?" She asked me.
"No one, I'm only taking Dawson with me. If she feels threatened in anyway, she will kill Jacob. I'm not taking any chances. I will do this her way." I said. Beth started to shake her head at me.
"No, you can't do this." She said, as tears started to flow from her eyes.
"I'm sorry sugar, I don't want to hurt you, but you need your brother more than you need me." I said. "I want you to understand something Beth." I stood up and sat down on the bed next to her. I took her into my arms and held her. "I love you more than I have ever loved anyone in my life. I'd move worlds for you, and I'll find a way back to you. I will fight till I can't no more. This is what I can promise to you." I said.
"Oh Dante." Was all she said, as she cried uncontrollably. I held on to her tighter.
I listened to his words as my heart broke into a million pieces. God only knew how this was going to play out. Allissa would probably end up killing Dante for not loving her back. I felt like I was never going to see him again. I don't know how I ended up in this mess. Less than six months ago, I had my life pretty much mapped out for myself. I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I knew who I was and I had ambitions. Then I attended one party and my whole life changed. Now here I am, stuck in a hospital bed with two broken legs, in love with a man who loves me back. My whole world is upside down, and I'm powerless to stop it.
He held me for what felt like forever. I just wanted to get lost in him and never find my way out. "Dante, I need you to know something. The night I was taken, I was on my way to you. I needed to tell you that I chose you. I wanted to spend my life with you." I said.
"I know that now sugar and I'm sorry I doubted you." He said in my ear. He lifted my chin up and started to kiss me. The kiss became intense and I tried everything I could to get closer to him. I wanted him and I knew he wanted me.
"Dante, I want you." I breathed out. He looked me up and down.
"We can't, your hurt. I don't want to hurt you even more." I started to remove his shirt. "Sugar, what are you doing?" He breathed out with his eyes closed. I pulled my shirt up over my head. He just watched me. I started to kiss his chest. His hands were on my breast and around my waist.
He moved himself up and he was hovering over my body. He kissed me more as I undid his belt and pants. He pulled them off and tossed them to the ground. His lips never leaving mine. "Please Dante, I want you so bad." I said between kisses.
"Stop me if I hurt you." He said. I nodded at him as he started to kiss me down my body. He lightly kissed my bandages around my stomach. He took a hold of my shorts and slipped them down my broken legs. We were both naked. He seemed to be studying me. I reached up and touched his face.
"It's okay, I want you to." I said to him. He leaned down and kissed me as I felt him enter my body. He was soft and slow and took his time with me. My hands ran up and down his back. He kissed my neck and collar bone.
He took his time making me feel amazing. "Are you okay?" He asked whispering in my ear.
"Yes, I'm better than okay, now shut up and make love to me." I said before kissing his lips again. He started to move his body a little faster.
"I've missed you so much." He said.
"I love you." I said. We both came together and he laid down next to me. I continued to run my hands through his hair. He held his head in the nap of my neck.
"I could stay here forever." He said.
"I agree with you, but I'd like to have the use of my legs." I said and we both laughed. I looked over at the clock and it read five thirty a.m. I knew he was going to be leaving soon. I tried to come up with a better solution. I tried to figure out how to keep him from going, but I was drawing a blank. I took a deep breath. I just laid there and held him, till I couldn't hold him any longer.