I opened my eyes the next morning and reached out for Dante. He wasn't there and I got nervous. Relax Beth, he is probably just using the restroom. I took a deep breath and laid back down. Then I looked over and saw him sitting by the window. He was watching the outside. I sat back up. "Good morning Dante." I said. He looked over at me.
"Good morning sugar." He said.
"What are you doing?" I asked him.
"Protecting you." He answered, keeping his eyes on the outside.
"How long have you been awake?" I asked him as I looked at the clock. It was eight a.m.
"Only about an hour. I slept good." He said. "When is Enzo arriving?" He asked me. I looked for my phone. I found it on my nightstand and turned it back on. It went off a couple of times and I had a text from Damon Franco.
"We should be arriving around eleven a.m., your time. We will pick you and Dante up and take you both to the safe house. Your father is with us. Don't worry the rest of your family is perfectly safe."
I read the text to Dante and he seemed to calm down a bit. "Are you hungry?" I said, standing up and grabbing my robe. I walked over to him and tried to pull the curtain from his hand. "Dante, we're going to be just fine. No one is out there. Please come with me." He nodded at me and got up and followed me into the kitchen. "I'm worried about you." I said, as he took a seat. He shot his eyes to me.
"Why sugar?" He asked me.
"You have been so paranoid and out of control. It's not like you and it's starting to scare me." I said. He reached out for me and pulled me into his arms.
"I'm sorry, I don't mean to make you worry." He said, kissing my cheek. I just closed my eyes, grateful that he was here. He seemed to calm down a bit while I made us breakfast.
"Do you want to sit on the balcony and eat?" I asked him.
"You mean outside?" He asked.
"Yes Dante, it's beautiful out there." He just looked over at me. I walked over to the back sliding door and pulled open the curtains and unlocked the doors. He stayed sitting and watched me carefully. I walked out and took a look around. I spent most of my mornings out here. I looked around and nothing looked out of place or out of the ordinary. I looked back at Dante, who looked very uneasy. I just looked at him for a moment.
"I promise you it's alright and it feels so good out here." He softly smiled at me and grabbed some plates of food and walked out here with me. I smiled back at him. "We're going to be okay." I said, touching his arm. I walked back inside to grab more food and set the little patio table for us. I made us some tea and Dante ate quietly. I kept my eyes on him as he kept his eyes on all our surroundings. We finished our breakfast and I started to take everything back inside. Dante stayed on the balcony and lit a cigarette. I stood at the door way and crossed my arms. He payed me no attention. I just shrugged it off and went back to cleaning breakfast up. At least he was still sitting outside relaxing. I said to myself. I finished up cleaning everything and saw that it was ten thirty and everyone would be here soon.
I told Dante I was jumping in the shower and he stayed outside my bedroom. I smiled and went to get clean. When I got out of the shower I heard voices outside my bedroom. I grabbed my bathrobe and snuck out to see who was talking. That's when I saw Dante at Enzo's side and then I saw my father. I ran into his arms. "Hey baby girl, how are you?" He asked me.
"I'm better now that your here dad." I said. Dante looked better, but he didn't leave Enzo's side. He reminded me of a soldier standing his guard.
"We need you to get your things together, we have to leave soon." Damon said. I nodded at him and turned to Dante.
"Will you come help me?" I asked him. He looked over to me.
"I'm sure you can handle it." He said, and he sounded cold. I just looked at him in shock and walked off to my room. My father followed me.
"Is everything alright?" He asked me.
"You know daddy, I'm not really sure. He has been on edge since he found me. I mean really out of place. I'm not sure what all he has been through, but I'm very worried about him." I said, grabbing my things together.
"Give him time sweetheart, we don't really know what he has been doing all this time. Enzo and Damon will be talking with him as soon as we're all back at the safe house." My father said. I went into the bathroom and got dressed and pulled my hair up. I walked by where I could see Dante and Enzo talking. They looked deep in conversation. I just hoped they could bring my Dante back and make him better.
I felt more at ease when Enzo and Damon showed up. My nerves have been shot and I couldn't relax. I had to make sure my sugar was completely out of danger. I know that even if Allissa wasn't looking for me, my gang was. I had important business to take care of that day and I just fell off the face of the earth. I knew that my boss, Boswell, would be going mad trying to find me. I told my entire story to Enzo and Damon. Of course, they both knew who Boswell was. Come to find out, they were enemies. I knew this wasn't going to end well. I started to panic again. I know the mafia is bigger than the gang here in Paris, but they do run all of France and now we were all in their territory. I'm pretty sure they are the ones Allissa has been telling me is watching Beth and her family, ready to kill them all as soon as I fuck up.
So, I became on edge again. I gave Damon the address to where I lived with Allissa and Sierra. He gave it to his men and they left to grab Allissa. My sugar came out all ready to go and she stayed by her father's side. I knew I was going to be a part of this take down, so I tried to distance myself from Beth for now. I didn't want her to beg me not to go. I needed to do this for myself and for us. I needed to kill Allissa in order to feel better. The only person I was worried about, the only person I considered to be an actually friend, was my partner Andre. We all locked Beth's place up and filed into the car waiting for us downstairs. Beth sat herself down next to me and I put my arm around her. I knew she was scared. I didn't want to be cold to her, but I needed her to understand what I needed to do. In fact I didn't want to leave her side again, but I knew what needed to be done for us to have peace.
There was going to be blood shed and I wanted her as far away from it a possible. My biggest problem was wondering if I could walk away from this life again or not. My business back in Chicago was gone. My life as a criminal was in full action. I wanted to return with Enzo to New York. I didn't know how I was going to tell Beth all of this. I needed to wait till all of this was taken care of. I had already told Enzo how I felt. Of course he agreed. I took a deep breath and held onto my girl. My hope was that she would follow me.
The one good advantage I had was I knew everything about the gang here. I had all the inside info, but I did feel like a traitor and it wasn't sitting well with me. I was very loyal to them for almost a year. The last thing I ever was, was a traitor. I think that's what's been upsetting me the most. The truth was they have been nothing but good to me. It was almost like they had no idea what Allissa was doing, but she was so convincing. I was worried that if I asked any questions, I'd lose Beth. I never took that chance.
We ended up in the outskirts of the city, to a very secluded large mansion. The place was heavily guarded and gated. I guess Enzo and Damon weren't fucking around. The last thing anyone wanted to do was fuck with them. I can't remember the last time they truly had a war with anyone. Most people knew better. Which keeps leading me to believe that the gang here in Paris has no idea who I was affiliated with. I told Enzo that I was starting to believe Allissa may have been lying to me. I just wasn't a hundred percent about it. I'd hate to bring the gang down to their knees, if they had no idea. They both assured me things would be worked out. I was okay with that. The men Damon sent to Allissa showed up along with us. They claimed no one was there and the place was dark. I started to get worried and asked where the rest of Beth's family was. They assured me they were all safe.
We all got settled inside and I looked as Beth was watching me. I went over to her side. "Are you staying in a room with me?" She asked me. I looked confused at her.
"Why would you even ask me that?" I said. She looked down and I took her chin and pulled it back up. "I love you Beth. There is no other place I would be, but with you. I've just got a lot on my mind, there are things that need to be taken care of before I can focus on us." I hoped she would understand.
I felt sad and Dante made me feel better with his words. He bent down and kissed my lips. We all heard the front door open and we all looked to see Leo come walking inside. My mouth fell open, as I left Dante's arms and ran into his. I didn't mean to cause the anger that I just did, but my best friend just came in the door and I was overwhelmed with happiness about it. "Leo, what are you doing here?" I said, hugging him hard.
"Well, if you let me go long enough to breath, I'll tell you." He said and we both laughed.
"I'm so happy to see you." I said. He just smiled at me and brushed a piece of my hair over my ear.
"You think I wouldn't be involved, when it came to you?" He asked.
"How did you even know?" I asked him, still in his arms.
"Your father of course." I smiled over at my father and then I caught the eyes of Dante. He stood there fuming with anger. Fuck, I said to myself. I pulled myself back a little from Leo. This wasn't going to be good. I looked back at Leo, who now noticed Dante and he looked back at me and nodded his head at me like he understood. There was a slight sadness in his eyes. I swear some times I just don't use my head, but I couldn't help it. The two men in this world I cared the most about were both here, and I couldn't be happier. I mean my love for them were two different types, but I still loved them both. As far as I was concerned they were both going to learn to live with that, because I wasn't willing to give up either one of them.