The Bet (18+)

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Chapter 69: DAMON POV

I got to the motel as quickly as Charlotte could drive and jumped out the moment she stopped the car.

“Do you want me to wait!?” Char called from the driver’s seat as I shook my head and waved her off.

It was already dangerous for Charlotte to know where we were staying, but I knew she wasn’t an easy shell to crack. She’d never talk to anyone.

I approached the door Taylor said she was in and knocked, careful to look over my shoulder to make sure her father hadn’t followed. My eyes landed on a black SUV with blacked-out windows that stuck out like a sore thumb in this neighborhood. I stared at the SUV until Taylor opened the door.

“Finally,” she sighed as she grabbed my shirt and tugged me inside. She slammed the door behind me and locked it up tight before she moved to the window and peeked out through the curtains.

“What’s going on, Taylor?”

She moved from the window and began pacing. I knew something was really wrong if she was this upset, but she needs to tell me if she wants my help.

“Taylor,” I scolded as I stopped her from pacing and grabbed her chin. “Tell me what’s going on.” And then I saw the red marks on her throat as I turned her head this way and that to examine her. Someone had put their fucking hands on her and they’d be sorry for it. “Who did this?” I growled.

“I- I don’t know.” She stepped away from me but held my gaze. “They came out of nowhere when I was at the bus station. It was two guys dressed in all black clothes and ski masks. One of them held me by my throat against the glass and told me to drop the charges against Tommy.”

Every muscle in my body tensed with rage. I wanted to get my hands on those bastards but knew I’d have to be smart about this.

“They didn’t happen to be in a black SUV, were they?” I asked.

She nibbled on her bottom lip and nodded. “They followed me here.”

“And they’re still outside.” I walked over to the window and peered out to find that they were still parked along the curb across the street. The bastards had a perfect view of the motel and our room.

I pulled my phone from my back pocket and hovered over the name of a guy I never thought I’d speak to again. He helped me through my prison stay and became a trusted guy I knew I could count on. He was a bad guy but I was glad to have him on my side. I never thought I’d need his services until now.

“Who are you calling?” Taylor inquired.

Looking up at her, I cringed. “An old friend. He’ll know what to do.” I hit dial and brought my phone up to my ear as I held Taylor’s questioning gaze.

“What the hell is up, Carmichael?” Spike answered happily.

He always called me by my last name because that’s how it worked in prison. No first names were ever used because they said it was a form of weakness; whatever that meant.

“Spike, good to hear your voice, brother,” I replied. “I know it’s fucked up to call you all these years later with a favor, but I have no one else to call.”

“Don’t worry about it, Carmichael. What can I do for you?”

I held Taylor’s gaze and told him everything. “Tommy is currently being held at the inner city detention center. The black SUV is parked outside Star Motel off of highway 7.”

“It’ll be taken care of. I will personally see to it. Call me if you ever need anything, brother. I’ve got your back.”

I took a deep breath and pulled my eyes from Taylor. “Thanks, brother. I owe you one.”

He chuckled into the phone and then hung up on me. I had no idea what he was going to do, but I knew he’d take care of the problem.

Taylor sat on the edge of the bed and stared down at her hands in her lap. I knew she was probably upset about what I had just done, but I had no other choice. I couldn’t do this alone and they wouldn’t leave her alone until they had a serious threat.

“I had to,” I admitted.

She moved her gaze to mine and took a deep breath. “I know,” she whispered.

I moved and sat down next to her, careful not to touch her. “You know what this means, though, right? We’ll need to leave the city. They’ll know you had something to do with this and they might retaliate. I don’t know your father or Tommy’s, but I can only imagine that they’ll want revenge.”

Her shoulders quivered as she inhaled a deep breath. “Where do we go?”

Wow, I honestly thought she’d fight me on this, but she wasn’t. I loved that she was smart enough to know that this was some serious shit.

“I don’t know yet, but I will always keep you safe, Taylor.”

She moved her eyes to mine and smirked before she reached over and took my hand in hers. I squeezed her hand and smiled back. I didn’t have a fucking clue where we’d go but I meant what I said; I would always keep her safe.

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