Ryder

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TWENTY THREE

Danica’s POV, one year earlier.

“Come on Danica, just one more push.” The doctor yelled out. I had been in labor for almost eighteen hours. Draco stood next to me and wiped the sweat off my face.

“You can do this.” He whispered in my ear. I took in a deep breath and pushed with everything I had. Then I heard the crud of my baby. Tears started to fall down my face and all I could think about was Ryder.

“Congratulations Danica, it’s a boy.”

“My son,” Draco said and I shot my face at him. It always took everything inside of me not to lose my mind. Our lives depended on it. The last few months of my life has taken a dramatic turn. Once I agreed to Draco’s wishes. I was moved into the house and I had everything I could want. Except what I actually wanted. At first, I wasn’t allowed to leave the house, but then I was given the right to go where I pleased of course with two guards. I had thought about running a couple of times, but I was so pregnant that I knew I wouldn’t get far, and then I would’ve probably been killed.

One good thing was even though I shared Draco’s bed. He never touched me. I think his reasons were because I was pregnant. I was grateful for that. But I knew as soon as my child was born all bets were off. My son was born on a rainy night. I named him Nicolas. No one knew Ryder’s middle name. He never used it and I remembered it from childhood. Ryder Nicolas. Nicholas was born healthy at eight pounds six ounces.

One year later. Present time,

At least Draco stayed good on his promise. Each month I was given a new picture of Ryder. Assuring me that he was alive and safe. I wasn’t allowed to keep the pictures, but at least I knew he was okay. Nicolas looked just like Ryder, and I thought for sure that Draco would resent him for it, but Draco loved Nicolas as if he was his own son. Crying myself to sleep lasted months. I ended up becoming numb when Nicolas was around six months old. My broken heart was starting to show and it was having effects on Draco. I had to pull myself out of it. If I wanted to keep us safe. I’m married to my uncle and the two of us are raising my son. How much more fucked up can my life get. No one knew who Draco really was towards me.

Now that Nicolas is a year old. The worse possible thing is happening to me. Draco wants me to give him a child. I have no idea how to get out of this one. “Come to bed baby, I want to be inside of you.” I was sitting in the bathroom. Applying lotion to my skin. I sighed and did my best to turn my feelings off. I got up and looked at myself in the mirror. All I saw was an empty shell. The only happiness I had was my time with my son. I turned off the bathroom light and crawled into bed with him. His arms reached out and pulled me into him. I closed my eyes and lost myself in a daydream.

“How are you doing today?” Frederick asked me as I climbed into the truck to head to town.

“Same as always,” I said as I buckled myself in.

“It’s a beautiful day Danica,” George said from the backseat. These two men are my personal bodyguards. I have actually become close friends with them. They are both built like trucks and when we’re alone. They are two completely different men. To everyone else, they are quiet and deadly. Draco pays them extremely well to watch me. Even though we are close. They still have no idea what the truth is with me. There have been times when I have almost let things slip, but then I remember who they get paid from and I keep my mouth shut. Even though I believe they wouldn’t betray me. I still don’t know for sure.

I needed to go shopping today for Nicolas. I still wasn’t allowed to leave the house with my son. Nicolas and I have only been able to spend time together on the grounds. I have never been able to take my son anywhere alone. Even with my guards. I have never been able to take him to a park and play with him. The only time I get to take him off the grounds is if Draco joins us, and that’s not often. Draco has always been a very busy man. Normally I only have to see him in the evenings.

“Watch out!” I heard George yell out. I barely had time to see the large truck coming and the next thing I knew. We were flying through the air.

“I love you, baby.”

“I love you too forever.”

“Don’t you just love our life together?” Ryder said while looking down at me in his lap. Our son was running around the playground.

“It’s everything I have ever wished for.” I rubbed my pregnant belly. Nicolas came running over to us.

“Daddy.” He said as he went into Ryder’s arms.

“Are you getting tired buddy?” Ryder asked Nicolas.

“Come on daddy just a few more minutes.” All I could do was smile.

“Okay a few more minutes and then we have to head home.” Nicolas smiled and took off running back to the swings.

“This all feels like a beautiful dream,” I said still rubbing my belly.

“How’s my daughter doing in there?”

“She is awake and hungry.”

“Then let’s get my girls home.” Ryder stood up and called out for Nicolas. I started to pick up our blanket.

“Danica, do you see Nicolas?” I stood up and started to scan the park. Then the fear ran through my body as I watched Draco pick my son up. He had a sinister smile on his face. I looked to my left, but Ryder was gone. Instead, Draco walked up to me. He reached his hand out to me.

“Come on baby, let’s get you and my daughter home.” His nasty voice said loud and clear. God no, I said to myself. I backed up and started to run. I was screaming out Ryder’s name. I stopped when I heard the gun cock. I turned and screamed in horror as Draco placed the gun to Nicolas’s head. “You still want him even after your carrying my child.” The sound of the gun going off. Caused me to fall to the ground. Only I kept falling with no end.

I sat straight up and screamed out Ryder’s name. I realized I was in a hospital bed. My head was killing me. My dreams felt so real. I couldn’t shake them. I was alone in the room. It was dark out and I couldn’t remember what had happened. I looked around for the call button for a nurse. Draco and a nurse came running into the room. “Oh thank god.” He said and I just laid back in the bed.

“What happened?” I asked.

“You were in a car accident.”

“Oh my god. Where are Frederick and George? Are they okay?” Draco looked at the nurse.

“I’m going to call the doctor in.” I looked over at Draco.

“Are they okay?”

“George will make a full recovery. I’m sorry but Frederick died on impact.” My heart hurt because he was my friend.

“He was my friend,” I said and turned my head.

“Danica, how are you feeling? You have been out cold for four days. You took a pretty good hit to your head.”

“I’m okay. Where’s Nicolas?”

“He is okay don’t worry about that now. Just rest and get better so I can take you home.” He kissed my head and walked out of the room. That felt weird, Draco wasn’t acting right. Something else must be going on. A week later I was released from the hospital. I thought for sure Draco would be here to take me home, but two new men came to take me home. I couldn’t wait to see my son. Draco had only brought him in to see me once.

We pulled up to the house and I got myself out and headed inside. I sat my things down on the couch. The house seemed quiet. I headed to the kitchen for some water. Where the hell was everyone. I thought to myself. Then I heard what sounded like a woman’s voice. I sat my glass down and went in search of the voice. Draco’s office door was cracked open. I walked up quietly and peeked inside. There was Draco with some bitch bent over his desk. You have got to be fucking kidding me. I pushed the door open with force and it slammed against the wall. Draco’s eyes actually looked like they had fear in them. The woman stood up and tried to cover herself. “Are you for real right now?” I yelled out. I crossed my arms.

“Who is this bitch?” The woman asked. Draco turned and looked at her. A silent scream came out of my mouth as Draco pulled his gun and shot her between the eyes. My mouth fell to the ground.

“Your fucking crazy.”

“No one calls you a bitch.”

“Draco you were just fucking her. What the hell is wrong with you?”

“So just because I needed a release. You’re going to hold it against me? She meant nothing to me.” I started to shake my head. This man is a complete idiot. My face said it all. I stood there doing my best to comprehend everything that had just happened. “Danica, come here.” The laugh forced itself out of my mouth.

“No fucking way,” I said. I never define him, never. I didn’t move as he just stared at me.

“Come on baby, let’s not make a big deal out of it.”

“You knew I was coming home. You didn’t even try and hide it. You, you psycho.” Draco rushed me and slapped me across the face. I hit the ground and looked up at him. It wasn’t like I wasn’t used to this, but he hasn’t done this in a very long time. “I knew it was only a matter of time before this started again. You don’t love me. Why don’t you just let me go.” I saw the anger in his eyes. The beating went on for a while until I saw blackness in my eyes.

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