I held her while she cried. I didn't know what to say to her, all I knew was I had to go. Everyone was in the room. I pulled her chin up and kissed her lips. She rolled over away from me and I could still hear her soft cries. "I love you sugar." Was the last thing I said to her as I walked out of the room. Damon and Enzo wanted to try different things to keep me from actually having to leave with Allissa, but I refused them all. I couldn't take the chance of screwing anything up. Beth might be hurting right now, but if she lost her brother. The pain would be much greater. I would figure this one out for myself. Dawson was waiting for me outside by the black SUV we were taking, Reese walked up to me.
"You will never know how thankful I am that you doing this." He said.
"Just do me a favor and take care of Beth." I said.
He nodded at me and patted me on the back. Then Enzo and Damon came over to me. "Don't worry, we will get you back." Enzo said.
"If you make it through this, I want you to reconsider joining the family. We could use someone like you." Damon said. I just smiled at him. I climbed into the car and we took off.
"Are you sure you want to do this?" Dawson said.
"Yes, now let's just get this over with." I said. We pulled up in the parking lot and parked. There weren't to many people around this early in the morning. Then I saw a black van pull in. Both Dawson and I stepped out of the SUV. It pulled up along side of us and the door slid open. There were two men in the back and they pushed Jacob out onto the ground. Dawson automatically went to his side and when I turned to make sure Jacob was alive, I felt something on my neck and the blackness consumed me.
I just laid there and stared out the window. My mother stayed with me when Dante left. "He is going to be okay." She said. I rolled over to look at her.
"Tell me something mom, if this was dad. Would you relax when someone told you he would be okay?" I asked her. She looked down.
"No, I'd be out looking for him." She said. I just took a deep breath and continued to look out the window.
My father called my mother and apparently Dawson took Jacob straight to the hospital. My mother kissed me and left the room. I laid there alone and started to cry. I heard my door open. I turned to see Leo walk in. "I don't mean to disturb you, but I was asked to stay with you. I hope you don't mind." He said. I just looked at him and cried more. He rushed over to my side and took me in his arms. I cried into him for a long time. "Would you like to get out of this room?" He asked me. I wiped my face.
"How?" I asked him.
"You don't weigh much I could take you outside if you would like?" He said. I nodded at him. He picked me up bridal style and started to carry me out of the room. The house was quiet and only Leo and I were here. He took me out back and sat me down on a bench. I was under some trees and the cool air felt good on my skin. He took a seat next to me. I leaned back against him. "We don't have to talk, let's just enjoy the fresh air." He said. I took a deep breath and closed my eyes.
The next couple of days went by slowly. None of us heard a word from Dante. I was to scared to try and call his phone, in case it would upset Allissa. Jacob was home with us and doing much better than we expected. He had more bumps and bruises than anything, but my mother wouldn't let him out of her sights. Everyone started heading home. To the point where only Damon and his wife were still here. Even his men headed home. It was like no one cared about Dante's where about's, but me. I was angry all the time and Leo ended up taking the worst of it, since he decided to stay. I tried to apologize to him, but then I would just end up doing something bitchy again.
The doctor came back to check on me and was able to remove the bandages on my stomach as I was healing good. I was still stuck in the cast on my legs. He told me it would be at least a month or more before they could come off. I didn't really say to much to him. I just wanted to be out of this bed. I got my wish and I got out of the hospital bed, only to be transferred to my own bed. I swear my father must of payed Leo to take care of me since he was the only one I allowed around me.
I really didn't want to see anyone. If I had it my way they all would leave me alone, but I still needed help getting to the bathroom and only my mother would wash me. I still couldn't get in the shower or a tub because of my legs. I felt completely helpless and I felt the depression starting to sink in. I never really talked much anymore and I started to barely eat. Leo would plead with me to eat, but I would just lay there watching the rain fall outside my window.
Six months later....
"Come on Beth, you can do it. Just move your damn legs and walk to me." Leo hollered. I rolled my eyes at him.
"You know, I'm getting really sick of your face." I spit out at him.
"I know it and I'm really sick of your ass, now move it before I spank it." He said. I took a deep breath and started to slowly move myself towards him.
"I really hate you." I said. He just shook his head at me.
"I know you do baby." He said. My cast have been off for about two months now and I had to relearn to walk. It sucked and it hurt most of the time. Leo has been a pain in my ass. Okay I guess that's a little harsh. I know he has been helping me because of guilt and I was over it. I slowly walked to him and he smiled at me when I made it. "See, you pain in the ass. I knew you could do it." He said. I sat back in my chair.
"Fuck off Leo." I said, smiling at him.
"Your such a bitch." He said. We both kind of laughed. The truth was my whole personality has changed and I was a bitch. I was a bitch to everyone, he wasn't special. It's been six months and there has been no sight or word from Dante. No one knew where he was. I've spoken to Enzo a couple of times and he is at a loss. Dante wouldn't allow a tracker to be put on him, so there was no way of knowing if he was even alive or not. Leo took me down to the living room, where I spent most of my days pigging out and watching Netflix. He stayed till dark and would leave, but his pretty face would always return the next day. Even though I was a complete pain in his ass. I was glad he was around most of the time. He kept me sane and helped to keep my mind off of Dante. Plus, I would never tell him this, but he was a big help.
It was the next day and I opened my eyes to Leo standing by my window. "You know you keep showing up here earlier and earlier. My mother is just going to end up giving you a room here." I said pulling myself up. He laughed.
"She has already offered." He said. I just shook my head. "Actually, I'm going to be staying here for the next week." He said. I turned to look at him.
"Why is that?" I asked him.
"Your parents are going out of town and they needed someone to watch over you." He said.
"I'm not a child Leo, I can take care of myself." I spit out. He just rolled his eyes at me.
"Come on, stop being such a bitch." He said.
"One of these days I'm going to kick your ass Leo." I said.
"Good! Move your ass and do it then." He said."You fucking asshole." He hollered, as he made his way into my bathroom. I took a deep breath. Dick. I said to myself.
I heard him start the water in the bath tub. I moved myself to the edge of the bed and stood myself up. Leo leaned himself in the bathroom door way. I looked over at him. "Are you going to come get me?" I asked him. He just shook his head at me. I eyed him because I knew he was challenging me to walk to him. Some pain shot up my legs and I tried to look hurtful. He just stood there. "Whatever." I said and slowly started to walk to him. He smiled at me as I reached him. He eyed me.
"I'm beginning to think your putting on an act." He said.
"What does that mean?" I said.
"I think if you wanted to you could run around this room just fine." He said.
"Yeah, well I think you could jump up your own ass and die." I snapped.
He helped me into the bathroom and I sat down on the toilet next to the tub. "I'll be right outside the door if you need me." Leo said as he left the bathroom. I stood myself up to remove my clothing. I got my top off and my bra and turned to move my body to remove my pants, but my foot got caught in the rug and down I went. I crashed pretty hard and yelled out. Leo, of course came running in. Here I am sitting on the floor with my breast out no less, as he ran to my side.
"LEO!" I shouted. "Get out." Instead of listening to me, he pulled me up and sat me back down on the toilet. I covered my breast with my arms.
"Oh please Beth, like I haven't seen tits before." He said. I looked up at him.
"I don't care how many tits you've seen. You haven't seen mine." I said. Leo just started to laugh.
"I've been helping to take care of you for the last six months Beth, you really think this is the first time I've seen your tits." He said.
"Um, excuse me, but when have you seen my tits?" He just started laughing.
"I've helped you dress, I don't know how many times?" He said.
"So you were looking then?" I said.
"Well not like I'm some sort of a creeper or anything, but I am a man." I just rolled my eyes at him.
"Whatever, you can go now, I'm okay." I said. He just smiled a half smile at me and left the room. I sunk myself down into the hot water and closed my eyes.
I walked into the restaurant with two woman on my arms. Right before I stepped in, Allissa pulled herself to my ear. "Remember what we talked about." She said. I turned and nodded at her.