“Baby, what is it?” I had never seen Adrena shake as violently as she was. Whatever was in that envelope shook her to the core and a sour feeling swarmed the pit of my stomach; it couldn’t be good.
She spun towards me, her eyes flickered with fear when our eyes met. “It’s Kristina’s...” Her eyes traveled to the fabric piece on the coffee table. I leaned forward and pulled the fabric back much the same way that she had and what greeted me caused a wave of nausea to hit me.
“What the hell is that?” My brows creased together as I stared down at what looked like skin with a tattoo on it. There was blood splotches around the edges and I felt my stomach heave. Who the hell is this Karl dude? He’s obviously much more sick and twisted than I ever thought he could be. I felt like we were on an episode of Criminal Minds.
“I tattooed that on her when I first got into town.” Adrena’s voice was weak at best and I knew she was feeling defeated. I’ll be honest when I say I have no idea what to do or how to protect her. I’ve never been in a situation like this before, so what did I do? Did I hold her? Tell her everything was going to be alright? I won’t let anything happen to her but I can’t promise her things that I don’t even know the truth to.
I looked up at Dane then who returned my glare with wide eyes. “We should call Jason,” he replied. I noticed he was keeping his distance. Dane didn’t do gross and what sat on our coffee table was gross.
“Yeah, that’s a good idea.” I looked around the room when my eyes landed on the kid who delivered the envelope in the first place. “You.” I pointed at him and his face dropped as he shifted from one foot to the other. I marched up to him and grabbed him by the collar of his shirt. “Where is he? You said he was watching, so where is he?”
He vigorously shook his head, tears pooling in his fearful eyes. “I-I don’t k-know!” He stuttered out. And I couldn’t help but notice the kid was about to piss himself. I know it wasn’t his fault and he had nothing to do with this other than being a simple messenger boy, but I wanted answers and I wanted them now. If that psycho was near, I wanted to know where he was. I wanted my hands wrapped around that cock-suckers throat.
A small whimper echoed behind me as I looked over my shoulder and saw Adrena drop down onto the couch, her hands shaking, as tears pooled in her eyes. Shit. I released the kid and went to my girl; she needed me right now.
“Baby,” I sank down next to her, wrapping an arm around her shoulders, and felt her body physically shaking. “Hey, it’s okay. We’re going to find her.”
She looked up me with sorrow and my heart clenched. “I never should have left. I never should have come here.”
Her words punched me in the gut as I ground my teeth. I never want her to regret coming here; meeting me. “Don’t say that. You did the right thing, Adrena. It’s not your fault your ex-boyfriend is a fucking psycho.”
Dane rushed back into the room with wild eyes. “Jason is on his way back. He said not to leave or go outside. If Karl is out there, he’ll find him.”
I had no doubt that Jason would find him, but would he be able to find Kristina? Where the hell would he even keep her anyways? It’s not like he’s from around here. Maybe she’s tied up in some crappy hotel room somewhere. Adrena stood up, pulling my mind back to the here and now, as I stared up at her.
“I need to go lie down.” Her voice was filled with a thickness that I had never heard from her before. If I was correct, she was about to cry.
“Do you want me to come with you?” I jumped to my feet, feeling like I was helpless at this point, and really just wanting to hold her.
She shook her head and walked away from me as I quivered with indignation. That son-of-a-bitch had ruined her life for so long and when she tried to run from him, she still couldn’t get free from him. Well, I won’t let him do that to her anymore. She’s my girl now and that prick isn’t going to walk away from this unscathed. I’ll personally make sure of that.
I found myself pacing the living room while we waited for Jason’s arrival. What the hell is taking him so long? Where the hell did he go this morning? Canada?! I looked over at the clock on the wall and groaned. It’s been an hour since Dane called him. What. The. Fuck.
“He’s here. His truck is coming up the drive,” Dane called from the window.
Finally!! I stormed towards the front door, quickly glancing at the kid still in our living room and whipped the door open. Jason was just getting out of his truck as my patience was wearing thin.
“What the fuck took you so long?” I barked out.
He whipped his head up to look at me as a flash of surprise swam across his features. “Yeah, sorry about that. Who knew Savannah had rush hour traffic.” He stepped onto the porch then and blew out a sigh. “I checked the property and didn’t see any tracks or anything suspicious. Is the kid still here?”
I nodded. “He’s in the living room. You seriously didn’t see anything? The kid said he’d be watching. He has to be close, right?”
Jason shrugged. “He could be. If he is, he’s damn good at hiding.” He nudged his head towards the door. “Let’s get inside just in case. Adrena still here?”
That’s an odd question, I thought. “Of course she is. Where else would she go?” I could hear the annoyance in my own voice.
He shrugged. “Just making sure she didn’t try anything crazy. We don’t need her trying to play hero. She obviously cares for both of you very much. I can see her being the type of woman to do something crazy to protect those that she loves.”
I knew she loved me, but hearing him say she might also love Dane fueled the anger that was already inside of me.
We went inside without another word as I shut and locked the door behind us.
“Dane said something about a package that was delivered by this kid?” Jason asked over his shoulder.
“An envelope. The contents are on the coffee table.” I followed him into the living room. When my eyes landed on Adrena, my heart swelled. I wanted to go to her but the look on her face told me she didn’t want to be babied right now so I kept my distance.
“How are you holding up?” Jason directed his question to Adrena.
She stared up at him with annoyance in her eyes and I had to hold back a laugh. That’s my girl, I thought to myself.
Jason stepped up to the coffee table and leaned forward as I watched him pull at the fabric, looking at what was inside. He quickly shut it and shook his head.
“Jesus! The sick bastard. Alright, here’s the plan...” I watched him reach behind his back and something didn’t feel right. He pulled his gun out and pointed it right at Adrena.
My heart slammed against my chest as I stepped forward in protective mode, but now the gun was pointed at me as Adrena cried out.
“Nobody fucking move. I will shoot you.” Jason looked at the kid then. “You see that bag by the door, kid?”
Tears streamed down the kid’s fear stricken face as he nodded.
“What the hell are you doing, Jason?” I asked through gritted teeth. I want to take this fucker out but I hardly knew him. Would he actually shoot me if I tried something?
Jason glared at me. “Shut up, pretty boy. Let’s not make this a huge deal. We wouldn’t want to have your precious Adrena watch you bleed out right before her eyes, now would we?”
Adrena whimpered from her spot on the couch as I looked over and saw Dane standing behind her, gripping her shoulders.
“Tie them up, kid,” Jason said, keeping his eyes on me and his gun pointed straight at me.
“Dude, what the fuck?” I breathed out, feeling completely helpless. “You don’t have to do...”
A gunshot rung out around us, making a loud whistling sound to erupt in my ears as Adrena screamed. My eyes had squeezed shut but when I finally opened them, I realized that Jason shot his gun into the ceiling. Mother fucker!
“I’m not playing, Dash. Shut the fuck up or the next time I fire this gun it’s going to be in your fucking head.” Jason pointed the gun back at me and I kept my mouth shut.
The kid came back over with a few lapels of rope as he stared up at me with freaked out eyes. This poor kid is going to be scarred for life.
“I’m sorry,” he whispered out but I shook my head.
“Just do it, kid. We don’t need him killing you.” I let the kid start to tie me up while my jaw tightened and rage boiled through my veins.
The kid must have been a boy scout because these ropes were tight as shit and I wasn’t able to budge. Then I watched him go towards Adrena and Dane and it took everything in me not to charge this mother fucker right now, but I didn’t have a solid plan yet and if he shot one of them, I was helpless while my hands were bound behind my back.
Once Dane and Adrena were tied up, they were brought over towards me on the floor and dropped to their knees. Adrena sat between me and my brother and I tried to twist so that my hand could touch her. I needed her to feel her.
“Don’t fucking move!” Jason barked out, pointing his gun right at Adrena’s head. “I will blow her fucking brains out, buddy. Don’t test me.”
I glared at him, trying not to freak out.
A knock echoed from the front door as Jason got a wicked grin on his face. He slowly made his way towards the front door, his gun still pointed in our direction.
“It’s about time. What the hell took you so long?”
I didn’t recognize the voice but when they walked into the living room, I knew exactly who he was: Karl.
He looked around the room, his eyes landing on Adrena as the corners of his mouth lifted and a gleam flashed in his eyes. “It’s so good to see you, baby. I’ve missed you so much.” He walked up to her and caressed her cheek with his hand. Jason’s gun was still pointed at us as he stood just behind Karl.
Adrena whipped her head away from Karl’s touch as she glared up at him. “Why won’t you just leave me alone?”
Karl laughed, shaking his head. “Baby, I will never leave you alone. You belong to me.”
“I belong to no man,” she hissed out before spitting on his shoe.
He let out an incredulous laugh before back handing her across the face.
“You mother fucker!” I cursed out. My arms were tied tightly behind my back and as I tried to pull them free, the rope cut into my flesh, stinging me.
Karl turned his gaze towards me then, studying my face. “You must be Dash McCarthy. I’ve heard a lot about you two.” He looked at Dane before turning his attention back to me. “I’ve also heard that you two like to share your women. You wouldn’t have shared my Adrena, now did you?”
I wicked grin spread across my lips, but I said nothing.
His glare turned to Adrena then as he grabbed her chin. “Don’t fucking touch her!” I barked out, thrashing in my ropes again.
Karl stepped in front of me, decking me right in the face. I’ll give it to him, he can really throw a punch, but he’s still a pussy. The taste of copper filled my mouth as I glared back up at him, letting him know there wasn’t anything he could do to me that could break me. Well, there was one thing, but he better not fucking touch her.
“You let these men touch you, didn’t you?” Karl turned his gaze back to Adrena, grabbing her chin when she tried to look away from him. “You let them touch what was mine.”
“I’m not yours anymore, Karl,” she bit out.
He laughed. “Oh, really? I’m the only one who can decide when you get to leave. And I’m not letting you go, babe. Maybe I should show these men who you really belong to. Maybe I should put a baby in you, making you mine forever.”
I have never felt more rage in my life then I did at this moment. If he touched her I was going to lunge myself at him, not giving two shits that a gun was pointed at me right now.
“If you touch her it will be the last thing you ever do.” Dane’s voice surprised me as I whipped my head to look over at him. Rage filled his eyes as he glared up at Karl.
Karl laughed again. “Empty threats don’t mean a thing to me, boy. I’m not the one tied up and on my knees right now, am I?” He grabbed Adrena then, dragging her to her feet as both me and Dane shifted in our spots, trying to crawl towards her.
Jason shot the gun into the ceiling again, making me and Dane freeze.
“Next bullet goes into her skull if you move again,” Karl said, glaring at each of us. He turned Adrena towards us then, her eyes searching out mine with fear, as Karl slid his hands down her body. Anger thundered through me as I held my breath. I have never felt more helpless in my entire life.
Karl’s hands gripped her breasts and I growled deep in my chest. He was touching what was mine as murderous thoughts swam through my mind.
“I never knew you were so kinky, Adrena,” Karl rasped out against her neck before tearing her shirt wide open, her lace bra greeting us. “If I would have known you liked it kinky, I would have been more interested in keeping you in my own bed.”
Tears flooded Adrena’s eyes as she looked at me. I silently told her to hold on, to stay strong, while I thought about what to do. I was not going to sit here and watch Karl rape my woman. No fucking way.
Karl untied her ropes, freeing her hands, but not before he tied them in front of her torso. Then I watched him grab the top of her shorts and I nearly lost it. But then something happened and I froze, watching the scene in front of me.
Adrena turned towards Karl, kneeing him right in the balls as he fell to the ground in a heap of cries and screams.
And then everything happened so quickly.
Adrena lunged herself at Jason and I held my breath, trying to wiggle myself free. They were wrestling around as they both fell to their knees. Jason was throwing out curses and Adrena was screaming. He was much stronger than her and if I didn’t hurry, he was going to overpower her and my entire world would end.
But then the sound of gunfire surrounded us as I screamed, watching Jason and Adrena fall to the ground, his body overpowering hers.
My heart thundered in my chest as a ball of anxiety filled me.
No. No. No!