“Have you heard of a man named Paul Ranger?” William asked us.
“No, Never heard of the man,” I said.
“It sounds familiar, but I can’t seem to place it,” Darren said.
“He is the head of a gang in New York. We have dealt with him once or twice, but nothing big. He was never a problem for us, but he is also the only one that was in town the night everything went down. He was also seen near the hospital.” William said.
“Then he must be our guy, but why? I mean what does he have against us?” I asked.
“I don’t think it’s you he has the problem with,” William said and then looked at Darren.
“Why would someone I don’t know have a problem with me?” Darren asked.
“Really son, you will be the head of the family someday. Everyone outside of the family is a threat.” William said.
“I don’t even know how anyone even knew she was carrying Darren’s baby?” I asked sounding confused.
“Word travels fast Lucas,” William said.
“So you think this guy is involved somehow?” I asked.
“We have checked everything we can. We have spoken to everyone. He was the only type of threat in the area. Now I just need to figure out why and what he wants. If the baby was taken alive. I know she is okay.” William said.
“What we need to do is go in and kill everyone who gets in our way,” I said.
“Not smart, if the baby is alive then we have to play is smart. If we go in guns blazing. It could cause them to kill her.” William said. “I have men that are gearing up to go in undercover. We need to access the situation first. This might take some time.” He said.
“I need something to say to Scarlet,” Darren said.
“Just tell her the truth,” I said.
“But you know her Lucas, she is not just going to sit back on her ass. She is going to become difficult.” Darren said.
“Then you two need to make her understand. She has to cooperate if she wants her daughter back.” William said.
“When are your men going in?” I asked.
“They have already started,” William said. I took a deep breath and pulled Darren aside.
“I think you should go in and talk to her,” I told him.
“Why? She has been coming around with you,” Darren said.
“I still think its better if you try first.”
“Okay but I don’t think it matters,” Darren said and I watched him walk off towards her. I think he has been being kind of cold towards Scarlet lately. She has been letting me near her a lot more. She hasn’t been touching me much, but at least she talks to me now. She still calls out for Darren, but he tries to not be in her face has much and it just seems like he is trying to push her away. I don’t know his reasons behind it, but I will talk to him if she starts to get upset.
I heard the bedroom door open and Darren walked in. I smiled at him and he came in and took a seat on the bed. “I need to talk to you and I need you to listen, okay?” He said. I nodded at him and turned to face him. “We might have found our daughter.” He said. My heart started to race and I flew off the bed.
“What are we waiting for?” I said.
“Scarlet, sit down.” He said in a firm voice. Something I wasn’t used to when it came from him. I took a seat right away.
“I asked you to listen to me.” He said. He started to explain everything to me and all I wanted to do was go in and get my baby. I didn’t understand why he was being so calm.
“Why are you not doing more?” I asked him.
“What do you want me to do Scarlet? You want me to go rushing in there and possibly take the chance of them killing her?” He snapped at me.
“Why are you being so cruel?“I asked him.
“I’m not being cruel Scarlet. I’m being smart. Something you need to try and do. Don’t go off being stupid and do something you will regret. Let me handle this.” He said and I just took a step back and looked at him.
“I don’t know why your being a dick to me?” I hollered at him. He stood up and it frightened me some.
“I’m not being a dick to you. I just need you to calm down and let me deal with this.”
“You are being a dick Darren. How do you think I feel knowing someone out there has my daughter? You asshole! What did I do to you?” I demanded to know.
“I’m not being an asshole!” He snapped back at me and I could feel the tears start to fall from my eyes. He closed his eyes and I could see his fist start to ball up. I started to walk closer to him. He didn’t move away when I wrapped my arms around him.
“I’m sorry Darren. I know all of this is hard on you as well.” I said. He took a deep breath and pushed me away from him.
“You need to take your feelings to Lucas.” He said and walked out of the room. That’s when something clicked in my head. All this time I was using Darren. He was the only thing I had that was anywhere close to my daughter. I had been pushing the only man I loved away from me for so long and he was still here. I had been playing with Darrens feelings all along. It made me feel sick to my stomach. How could I be so cruel to both of them? At that moment I hated myself and I didn’t deserve either one of them. I all of a sudden missed Lucas like crazy. I heard the bedroom door open and I looked up to see Lucas come walking in.
“Is everything okay?” He asked me in a soft voice. I just looked at him for a moment and I could see the pain on his face. I stood up and ran to his arms.
“I’m so sorry,” I said before I crashed my lips to his. His arms went around my body and he pulled me closer to him. Our lips never parted. “Please forgive me,” I said feeling breathless.
“Forgive you for what baby?” He asked me.
“For everything. I’m sorry I pushed you away. Please don’t leave me.”
“I haven’t gone anywhere yet. I’m not going anywhere now.” He grabbed my legs and I jumped into his arms. Lucas is my home and my heart and now I need to get my life back on track. I needed to do as I was told and help to bring my daughter home. I also needed to apologize to Darren. For now, I need to show Lucas that he is who I love. I owe him and I was going to make sure he knew just how I felt. He laid me back on my bed and we held each other.
“I love you,” I said.
“I love you too Scar.” About an hour later I asked Lucas if he could send Darren in because I needed to talk to him as well. Lucas smiled at me and left the room. Darren came walking into the room. He didn’t say anything as he took a seat.
“I’m sorry Darren. I’m sorry I used you to help myself get over what has happened to our daughter. I never meant to hurt you in any way. I’m grateful to you. You have been so good to me and I will always remember that. I care about you so much, I could even say that I love you Darren, but I’m in love with Lucas and I have been unfair to the both of you. Please forgive me.” I said. I was fumbling with my fingers the whole time I spoke to him. I looked up at him and he sat there with his eyes closed. Then he got up and came over and sat with me.
“Don’t apologize Scarlet for being honest. There are so few people in this world that are honest anymore. I know how you feel. Even when all of this started I knew how you felt.” He said and I don’t know why but I turned and took his face in my hands and kissed his lips. He kissed me back but it was short and sweet as he pulled away from me as he started to head out of the room. He stopped and turned to look at me. “I will get her back. I promise you.” He said and I just smiled at him.
“I know you will,” I said.