Everyone had finished eating and Dante joined Enzo in his office. I was the only one who was still sitting at the table. My mind was full of thoughts about Dante. I could see the frustration all over his face while we ate. I was going to stand my ground. I wasn't meant to sit on my ass and be the good little girlfriend of the mafia boyfriend. That's just not who I was. I picked up my glass of wine and headed into the living room. That's where I found Leo. He was sitting in the dark with only the fire place light. He was drinking a glass of whisky. "Hey you." I said, as I entered the room. He turned to look at me.
"Hey yourself." He said. He seemed a little out of place.
"Is everything okay?" I asked him, as I took a seat.
"Yes, I'm waiting for Dante." Leo said.
"Why are you waiting for Dante?" I asked.
"Because, if he knows your joining us, then he knows I've been training you." He said. Before I could talk, I heard a voice behind me.
"Just what do you mean, training her?" We both turned to see Dante standing there with his arms crossed and anger in his eyes.
I stood up and walked over to him, but his eyes stayed on Leo. Leo looked back at the fire. "Don't be upset with him Dante. He was only doing what Enzo asked him to do." I said. Dante looked at me.
"And what was that exactly?" Dante asked. Great, he didn't know. I said to myself.
"Leo was training me to protect myself." I said.
"Yeah, while you have been gone all this time, like always, I've been helping her learn to defend herself." Leo said, standing up and crossing his arms. Fuck this is not going good at all. I said to myself, while looking to the ground. They were both staring each other down.
"What the fuck, what do you mean, like always?" Dante said.
"Oh I don't know, maybe because your never around her. Seriously, I don't even know why she loves you so much. Your never here." Leo spit out.
"How is that any of your fucking business Leo?" Dante snapped.
"It's my business when I spend more time with her than you do." Leo said.
"I guess that's to bad for you Leo. Maybe you should stop spending all your time with someone who doesn't love you back." Dante snapped. I took a deep breath.
"You think she doesn't love me? Your dumber than you look." Leo spit out. Oh my god, I said to myself. Dante moved himself closer towards Leo.
"If she loved you, don't you think you would know the smell of her skin when you kissed it? Or the way her body reacts to a sensual touch? Or the way her lips feel against your skin?" Dante asked.
"Oh, but I do." Leo said. My eyes widened and my heart started to pound. Dante moved closer to Leo. Leo stood his ground.
"What the fuck does that mean?" Dante spit out.
"Maybe you should talk to your woman." Leo said. Dante looked over at me. For some reason I became catatonic and I couldn't speak.
"Did you sleep with him Beth?" Dante asked me. Leo also turned to face me. I took a deep breath.
"Yes." Was all I could get out.
"I'll kill you." Dante said, looking back at Leo. Leo just smiled at him.
"Do you want to revisit your statement again about her not loving me?" Leo said.
"Shut up Leo." I said. "Dante, it's not what you think. This happened while you were gone with Allissa. Not recently, your getting the wrong idea." I said, touching his arm. He looked down at me.
"Do you love him?" He asked me.
"You know I do. He is my best friend. He was there while you were gone." I said. "He took care of me." I said. Dante took a deep breath.
"I'm asking you if you love him like you love me." Dante said. Leo watched me intensely. I never thought about it and now this was a moment of truth. I looked at Leo and back at Dante. Did I? Did I love Leo like I did Dante? Both of them were looking at me for an answer. I started to rub my hands together. I didn't know what to say, because the truth was starting to show all over my face. "You've got to be fucking kidding me." Dante said.
Dante started to walk out of the room. I ran to him and grabbed his arm. The tears started to sting my eyes."Please Dante, please don't walk off." I said.
"Take your hands off me." He said. I could see the pain on his face. I didn't remove my hands.
"Don't leave." I said. "We need to talk about this." I pleaded with him. He grabbed my wrist and slammed it off of him. He used a little to much strength because I lost my footing and went to the floor. Leo ran over and slammed Dante against the wall. "Stop it!" I yelled out. Dante pushed Leo back and Leo's back fell into the couch. I stood up as Leo jumped back over the couch and went for Dante. I ran to jump in between them. I put both my hands out to try and stop them.
"Move out of the way Beth." Leo spit out. I looked back at Dante who had his gun out pointed at Leo. Leo didn't move a muscle. "Go ahead Dante shoot me, you fucking coward." Leo hissed. My heart was pounding out of my chest. I remember something Leo had taught me during our fight training. In one fast move I was able to knock the gun out of Dante's hand. I knew Dante wasn't expecting me to do something like that, so I caught him off guard. I could see the shock on his face.
"Good girl." Leo said. I rolled my eyes at Leo and turned to face Dante. I really couldn't read the expression on his face. I came closer to him, so close our noses almost touched.
"I love you." I said. "I love you with everything I've got." I said. His eyes focused on mine. "I waited for you. I'm still waiting for you." I said. His eyes closed and he grabbed me by the back of the neck and pulled my lips to his. His kiss was intense and deep. He stopped and our foreheads were together.
"I love you to sugar, but." He stopped.
"But what Dante?" I asked. Leo was still standing right behind us. I looked up at Dante's eyes. He was looking at Leo. I turned to see Leo looking back at Dante. I took a deep breath. I left Dante's arms and walked over to Leo. "It's true Leo, I love you to." I said, as I pressed my lips to his. At first he didn't kiss me back. I don't know if it was out of shock or if he didn't want me to, but then he wrapped his arms around my back and pulled me closer to him. I wrapped my arms around his neck. I couldn't deny it any longer and they both deserved to know how I felt. To know the truth.
I pulled away from Leo. His eyes were still closed. "I'm sorry to you both. I didn't mean for this to happen, but I can't lie to either of you, or myself anymore. I'm going to my room. If either one of you wants to talk, that's where I'll be. Please don't kill each other, because you both did nothing wrong." I said, as I made my way out of the room. Leaving them both behind. I felt sad and lost, but I wasn't confused any longer. I didn't know exactly what was wrong with me. I didn't know how this happened. I was probably going to lose two of the most important people in my life. Why would either one of these perfect men want anything to do with me now. It was probably going to be best for me to pack my shit and head home to my parents. I took a deep breath as I closed my bedroom door behind myself. I walked over to my closet and stepped out of my dress. I pulled on a pair of white cotton panties and grabbed one of Dante's tee shirts and slipped it on. I also grabbed a pair of sock and went out to sit on my bed.
I started to pull my socks on when I felt the tears in my eyes threatening to fall. I placed both my hands on my face and started to cry. How in the hell did I end up here? I said, as I looked around the room. My thoughts drifted off to the ball where I first met Dante and Allissa. To think how different my life was now compared to then, was just blowing my mind. Never in a million years did I think I would ever be in this type of position. Hell, I didn't even like men and now I'm in love with two of them. I thought about my mother and wondered if she ever felt like this. I needed to talk to her. I knew it was late, but I didn't care. I pulled out my cell phone and dialed her number. After about four rings, she picked up.
"Adriana? Are you okay?" I heard her voice say.
"No mama, I'm not."
"What's wrong baby?"
"I love them both mom and I told them both." My tears started to fall and I lost it.
"Oh baby, don't cry. I knew you did." She said. How in the hell?
"How did you know? I didn't even know."
"Because I just did. Do they both know?"
"Yes, I just told them both. They wanted to kill each other." I said still crying.
"You need to pull yourself together. You told them both how you felt, now you need to let them deal with this."
"I'm going to lose them both."
"How do you know that?"
"Come on mom. I just told two men that I loved them both. Their not going to deal with that.
"Beth have you talked to them both since you told them?"
"No, I told them how I felt and left like twenty minutes ago."
"Then you don't even know what they are thinking right now."
"Mom, it's only going to work one of two ways. I'm going to either lose both of them or one of them. Wither way, I'm losing someone." The tears started to fall again.
"You don't know anything yet sweetie. Give them time. Give them a chance to process what you just told them." I took a deep breath. She was right, I needed to give them time.
"Your right, thank you mama."
"Your welcome love. Call me is you need me. I love you."
"I love you to mama."
I sat my phone down on my bed and wiped the tears from my eyes. That's when I heard the bedroom door open. I turned and looked towards the door and there stood Leo and Dante. I took a deep breath waiting to hear the worse from them. Dante closed the door behind him and they both walked towards me. I knew I must look a mess with my eyes red and puffy from crying. Here stood two of the most amazing men right in front of me that I was about to lose. My heart was aching. Dante came and sat beside me and put his arm around me. I leaned into his chest and my tears threatened to fall again. "I love you sugar." Dante said.
"I love you to." I said back to him. Then I felt the bed move on the other side of me. I looked over to see Leo sitting on my other side next to me.
"I love you Beth." Leo said. I looked into his eyes.
"I love you to Leo." I said.
"You have to choose Beth." Leo said. I was about to protest, but got cut off.
"Or take us both." Dante said.