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I turned and there she was. Her eyes were black and blue. Her head was wrapped and you could tell they shaved her head where the bullet had gone. Her small frame looked weak and she was pale. I walked over to her and pulled her blanket up. She was always cold and I would tell her to eat more. I took a seat next to her. "I'm here princess." I said softly not knowing if she could hear me or not. Not knowing if she even wanted me here or not.

"I'm sorry I left you. I had to go. I just couldn't do it. I thought for sure if anything. You would be with Cordel. I know you and DeAngelo had a thing, but why would you merry that guy?" I don't know what I was trying to do. I was just lost at her choice. She wasn't even moving. I didn't think she could even hear me. The door to her room opened and her father walked in. "Tell me whats going on?" He sighed and took a seat on the other side of her.

"We were ambushed. I don't honestly know how it even happened. Things were going just fine and the next thing we knew. There were bullets flying all around us. It was like war and the only reason why she was hit, was because she jumped in front of me."

"What do the doctors say?"

"They don't know. She could wake up doing just fine. She could wake up and be a compley different person, or she could stay this way forever."

"So that's it? There is nothing we can do?"

"What would you have me do Nash? Bring in a witch?"

"If it would help." I said and we both kind of laugh. "What's this shit with DeAngelo?" He started to shake his head.

"About three months ago. They both came to me and told me they were in love and wanted to be married. I was going to kill him. He has been my sons best friend for years, but he is not for her. I had to agree to her choices. I'm not going to blame you for her choices, but she changed. She wanted to work with us and I let her. Thinking all she needed was a distraction. Only she put everything she had into it and now. Let's just say you wouldn't want to mess with her. My princess is a savage." I looked back at her.

"What about Cordel?"

"He kept his distance. I think she tried to make a move with him, but it never went anywhere, but I don't know for sure. I stayed out of her business. He watched her though and he tried to shelled her out there, but he was too late and she was hit twice. He is the one who carried her and he has been a wreak ever since."

"And where the fuck was DeAngelo?"

"I don't know Nash, but he was no where near her."

"And that don't sound odd to you?"

"Yes, yes Nash it dose." I shook my head again.

"What's the next move?"

"What do you mean?"

"What I mean is I'm not going home until I have killed who ever shot her."

"I can't ask you to do this Nash." I just smiled and shook my head.

"You're not asking, I'm telling you. Whatever you need I'm here. I'm not leaving until this is taken care of. It sounds like an inside job."

"You think so?"

"I do, someone is screwing you from the inside and we need to find out who."

"Your a good man Nash."

"No, I just fell for her sir." Mr. Conti stood up and walked to my side. I felt his hand touch my shoulder.

"She needs you, you might not know that and she might not know that, but she dose."

"You need to keep DeAngelo away from me."

"I'll do what I can Nash, but he is one of us and she wants to marry him. If you are staying you have to work with him." He walked out of the room.

"Your not going to make this easy on me? Are you princess?" I started to run my finger up and down her arm. I swear she got goose bumps. "Can you feel that?" I ran my fingers down her leg and up to her waist. More goose bumps formed. "You like that, you like when I touch you? If you open your eyes for me. I do more then touch you princess." I watched her and her eyelids fluttered some. "I know you can hear me. Do you want me to touch you some more?" I moved the blanket some and ran my hands and fingers all around her skin. Tracing her bellybutton and watching the goose bumps come and go. I knew she could feel it. That's when I saw the ink on her hip. "Were getting tattoos now?" I reached over and looked at the words in ink on her body. Never let go, were the words on her skin. I took a deep breath.

I could hear people talking out of her room. Then it started to sound like an argument was going on. I reached over and kissed her cheek. "I'll be back princess." I opened the door and her father and brother were standing there ground in front of her door while DeAngelo stood in front of them, he looked pissed off. He looked up at me.

"What's the problem?" I said. Her father and brother looked over at me.

"The problem is she don't want you.You have been in there long enough." Her father started to speck, but I did it for him.

"Until she wakes up and tells me she wants your sorry ass. I'm not going anywhere. If you want to take me on. Just say so, but I promise you, I'll lay you out. So if you want to fuck around bring it bitch." His eyes got big.

"Are you going ot let him talk to me like that?" He said and Mr Conti just shook his head.

"Come on man, lets not do this. Lets just figure out who shot her." Donta said trying to move his friend away from me.

"Let him go Donta, if he needs to get his ass beat. I'm good with that."

"Son, take DeAngelo home. He needs to rest." Mr. Conti said to his son and that flew DeAngelo into a rage.

"I'm not fucking going anywhere. You tell him to leave. She is my girl." The rage that came over me was a mistake. I jumped in front of them and punched him right in the jaw. He fell back and slammed into the ground.

"We will fucking see about that." I snapped. I just stood there and looked at him. I felt someone grab my arm and pull me back into Carolina's room.

"Nash, I need you to calm down." Mr. Conti stood very close to me.

"I'm sorry sir." I said and took a step back.

"Stay with her, I need to handle him and head back home. I'll return in the morning. Your help with her is what I need right now." I nodded my head at him and took my seat back next to her. When he left the room. I got up and locked her door. I knew the doctors had keys so I wasn't worried. I went back and took my set.

"Really princess, DeAngelo?" I said and just shook my head. I don't know how long I was awake just running my fingers down her hand, but when I opened my eyes and looked up she was looking back at me with a smile on her face. "Princess? hold on baby let me get the doctor. She reached out and grabbed my hand. I looked up at her. I removed her face mask. "Baby?" She just kind of cocked her head at me.

"Your name is Nash, right?" I nodded my head at her. "What happened?"

"You were shot, but I came to you right away. I have been with you all night."

"Water?" I looked around the room and found some. She drank the hole thing. "I didn't know America was so violent." What? I said to myself.

"What do you remember Carolina?" She looked around the room.

"I remember flying to America and meeting you. My father hired you to be my Guardian. Right?" I felt a sting in my throat.

"It that all you can remember?" She nodded her head at me.

"Is my father upset with you?"

"No baby he is not. I'm going to go and get your doctor okay." She nodded her head again. I looked at her for a moment longer. My heart hurt. I walked out of the room just as her father was coming down the hallway with her brother.

"Nash, is everything okay?"

"She, she is awake, but she don't remember." I swear my heart fell to the ground. Her father took off to her room and her brother just reached out and touched my arm.

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