I sat in my son’s room waiting for him to wake up. I had been on the phone with Lucas and knew for sure that Scarlet had lost the baby. The doctors had told Lucas the whole story of how she had to deliver the baby stillborn. Now here I sit waiting to tell my son that he lost his daughter. Scarlet is a complete mess and Lucas is not sure if she will ever be the same. She hasn’t spoken in over twenty-four hours. My son was born with my temper and I just knew this was going to end badly. My men have been trying to figure out who these people are that attacked us, but so far we are coming up dry. We haven’t had any threats against our family in a very long time and as far as we all know no one has been after Lucas. We are literally baffled at who attacked us. All we know is that these people knew about Scarlet and her pregnancy. We just don’t know if they knew who the father was.
I sat there quietly in his room. My beautiful wife was asleep on the sofa and Jake took Ruby home. Darren was our only child. Blake had two pregnancies with me and we lost the second child. After having to watch her go through that we decided not to ever try again. Darren was everything to us and would be in charge of our family one day. I had to tell Blake what had happened and she was so upset that the doctors gave her something to help her sleep. I watched as Darren stirred in his sleep. I know in my heart that Darren has fallen in love with Scarlet. The sad thing about it was she loved someone else, but my son was doing a good job of hiding how he really feels about her. He won’t even tell me the truth and we have always been upfront and honest with each other. Whoever these men are. I almost feel sorry for them. My son is going to hunt them all down and kill them all slowly. Because no one knows just how ruthless my son really is.
“Dad?” I heard him say.
“Yeah, son it’s me,” I said to him. He opened his eyes and looked up at me.
“Well.” But before I could say anything else. He cut me off.
“Where’s Scarlet?” He said now sounding worried. I took a deep breath and tried to calm him down.
“Son, I need you to listen to me,” I said. His eyes were huge. “Scarlet is fine,” I said, hoping he would relax enough for me to tell him the rest. He took in a deep breath and laid back.
“Where is she?” He asked.
“She is in the hospital,” I said.
“Then tell her to come to see me please.” He asked me.
“I can’t son. She is in a different hospital.”
“What do you mean? Something has happened dad and your beating around the bush about it. Tell me whats going on!” He demanded.
“Scarlet was taken from the house and she got hurt. Hurt badly, whoever did this to her took her to the hospital and left her there. Son, she lost the baby.” I said and then I braced myself. His eyes turned black and he shot out of the bed. “What are you doing?” I asked him.
“I’m going to her.” He said.
“She is on the other side of the city and Lucas is with her,” I said.
“You think I gave a fuck about that? I’m going to her. You can either get me there or I will get myself there!” He hollered out. Blake sat up and I could see her tears.
“William, Please take him to her.” She said to me. Darren was showing no emotion about the baby. All he wanted to do was get to Scarlet.
“Okay son, Give me a minute to check you out and get you some clothes. I will get you to her. Within twenty minutes we were all in the car on our way to the other hospital. I sent Lucas a message giving him the heads up that we were on our way. He didn’t respond, but at least I let him know. Darren wasn’t saying a word and we didn’t try to talk to him. We parked and Darren got out and went straight inside. Once we got to her room, Lucas was sitting outside the door with an older woman. Come to find out it was Scarlet’s mother and Scarlet’s sister was on her way. Scarlet didn’t want anyone inside her room and you could see the pain on Lucas’s face. Darren didn’t care as he started to head inside her room. Lucas stood up and stopped him. Only to find Darren’s fist in his face. Lucas hit the ground and I ran over to stop Darren.
“She doesn’t want to see anyone!” Lucas yelled. Darren looked at him with nothing but black in his eyes.
“Stop me then.” He said though his teeth. Darren took one look at me and stepped into her room and closed the door behind him. I helped Lucas off the ground.
I was about to protest when I heard his voice. “Beautiful?” He said softly. I jumped out of the bed and flung myself into his arms. He caught me just as I knew he would.
“I’m so sorry.” I kept saying in his ear as the tears poured down my face.
“No baby, this was not your fault.” He said to me as he took me back to the hospital bed. Holding me bridal style. When he tried to sit me down. I wouldn’t let go of him. He gave up and took a seat with me in his arms. “I promise you and our daughter I will slaughter everyone who is responsible for this.” He said to me. I just stayed quiet and held onto him. My spirit was broken and my whole world was gone. The only person I wanted near me was Darren. He was the father of my baby girl and she was gone but he was here. Darren kept his arms around me and just rocked me while I cried. I fell to sleep in his arms and I felt him lift me up and place me back into the bed. He covered me up and kissed my cheek and more tears fell down my face as he left the room.
I opened my eyes and Lucas was sitting next to the bed. I looked at him for a moment and then turned myself away from him and laid back down. I heard him stand up. “Baby, I love you and I’m here for you. Please don’t push me away.” I heard him say. The tears fell down my face again.
“Please just leave me alone,” I said. My mother tried to talk to me, but all I did was ignore her and I wouldn’t eat or drink anything. I heard the door open again and I was about to scream at whoever just came in, but I changed my tune when it was Darren. I just looked at him. He came over to the side of the bed and handed me a bag. I opened the bag and looked inside and it was Chinese food. He knew I loved it and he brought it to me. I just looked at him and then I took the food out and started to eat. He smiled and took a seat next to me.
“If you keep shutting everyone out but me. They’re going to get the wrong idea.” Darren said.
“I don’t care what anyone thinks,” I said with a mouth full of food. Darren moved closer to me.
“I’m going to kill them, Scarlet.” He said close to me.
“Good,” I said straight-faced. “I hope you fucking make them suffer,” I said and a tear ran down my face. Darren stood up and pulled me into him. I felt him kiss the top of my head.
“I promise you with everything I have. They will pay for killing her.” He said. I held onto him tighter.
“Please don’t go,” I said to him as he started to leave the room.
“Listen to me beautiful, I have to go. I have to find them.” He said.
“Please Darren, I can’t handle the nightmares. Please stay with me.” I begged him. His face looked angry and his eyes were black, but he took a deep breath and crawled into the bed with me. He wrapped his arms around me and I snuggled into him and fell asleep.
It was late and William and Blake had gone off to the house for the night. William had so many members of his family here and two of them were now guarding Scarlet’s room. Darren had still not come out of there. I was doing my best to keep it cool with Darren, but I was becoming more and more upset. Why was she allowing him in her room, but wanted nothing to do with me? I got up and quietly went into her room. That’s when I saw them. They were both in her bed holding each other and sleeping. My heart broke and I left the room. I went into the waiting room and grabbed my things and started to leave. I was stopped right outside the door by William.
“Just where in the fuck do you think your going?” He asked me.
“She doesn’t need me,” I said all pissed off.
“You listen to me son, Scarlet is lost right now. She has no idea what she wants or what is going on. If you push her away now. You just might lose her forever. Do you understand what I’m saying to you?” He said.
“But she hasn’t wanted anything to do with me since I came to her. She is in his arms right now.” I said.
“Lucas, she just lost her child and he is the father of that child. Think about what your doing right now. Of course, she is taking comfort in him. He is the closest thing she has to that baby right now. You need to stop and think.” He said and I knew he was right, but I was still lost myself. I didn’t know how to help her and he was helping her. I was overcome with jealousy and I couldn’t let it go. I know I was being selfish but I couldn’t help it. I wanted to be the one holding her. I wanted to be the one helping her to feel better. “Once Darren is able to leave her side. She is going to need you. Because my son is not going to stop until he has killed these people.” William said. I just finally took a deep breath. I was defeated and I was overcome with tiredness. “Why don’t you run home and take a shower and come straight back here. I’ll stay in case anything happens.” William said. I nodded at him and was grateful to go and have a minute to breathe and compose myself.