ESCAPING FREE (BOOK ONE)

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Chapter 5

DUSTY POV

I straightened my shirt, wiped off my bloody lip, and headed for the bar as I took a fresh beer from Missy. Taking a long pull, I caught Danny staring at me from the corner of my eye. Fuck.


“You got something to say, old man?” I set my beer down, pulled out my pack of smokes, and slumped down on the stool. This was going to be an interesting conversation; it always was with Danny.


Danny grinned from ear to ear. “I thought you didn’t believe in love.”


I noticed Missy stiffen as she eavesdropped on our conversation. This wasn’t for her fucking ears, and a simple glare in her direction made her move down the bar to assist the other guys.


“I don’t believe in that sappy shit, old man.” I lit my cigarette before I took another pull from my beer. God, that tasted good, even if the bottle against my lip made it sting. “Love isn’t the word I’d use for Gearhead’s jaw cracking under my fist.”


Danny nursed his beer before he slid it forward.


“I was talking about Evie. No man breaks another man’s bones over a woman he doesn’t love.”


I stared at the old geezer before Danny stood up and slapped me on the back and walked away. My eyes were glued to the cigarette burning between my fingers as I mulled over his words. I didn’t love Evie like that, did I? I didn’t believe in happy-ever-afters and true love. That shit was for normal people in the outside world.


Not for Dusty Parker. No fucking way, man.


EVIE POV

“Evie, what the hell was that all about? Why was my Sergeant at Arms and Secretary beating each other to a bloody pulp?” Axel sat behind his desk as he glared over at me.


“They were fighting over me, Dad.”


“Over the same shit that happened this morning?” He hugged out his breath, looking frustrated as hell.


I shrugged and moved my gaze to my hands in my lap. “In sorts. I slept with Gearhead a few nights ago, and I told Dusty about it today. I wanted revenge.” I stole a peek up at my dad as saw his brows furrowed in surprise.


“Revenge? Revenge for what?”


“You haven’t heard? Dusty fucked Missy. I was simply getting back at him for that.”


Axel sighed and shook his head. “Look, Kidd, you had every right to get revenge on your old man, but you cheated on him with his brother.”


“Dad, I don’t want to hear your club point of view on this right now. I need to know what you think about this as being my dad. He really hurt me,” I added.


“Of course he did. He broke club rules, too,” he paused and took a deep breath. “Look, you’re both in the wrong here, but you know how it is around here, Evie. You shouldn’t let it get under your skin. As long as he comes back to your bed at the end of the night, that’s all that matters.”


I shook my head, a single tear sliding down my face as I wiped at it angrily. Damn these emotions.


“I don’t want to have to worry about him coming back to our bed each night. He should just be there when I go to sleep. Isn’t that what a normal relationship is about?”


He scoffed. “There isn’t anything normal about you and Dusty, and there sure as hell isn’t anything normal about your life. The sooner you realize that the sooner you’ll get along just fine.”


“I don’t want to get along just fine,” I snapped.


Axel’s expression turned dark. “What are you trying to say, Evie?”


“Nothing.”


I knew I could never tell my dad how I really felt because even though I was his daughter, I was a club member too. Being apart of the club and wanting to get out meant that I’d have to be cut out just like any other member. Lots of blood, sweat, and tears would be shed and I’d never see my family again. I would be a traitor; an outcast.


“Good, now I need you to go to my place and check on Mom. I won’t be home tonight… what with the next shipment coming in tomorrow morning.” He sighed, looking more tired and stressed than I had seen him in a while.


I nodded as I stood up from my chair, trying to hide the tears forming behind my eyes.


DUSTY POV

I had just finished off my second beer when I caught Evie walking down the hall into the bar area. Her head was down and her cheeks were red. I knew she had been crying and I had a pretty good feeling that it had something to do with me. I wanted to get off my ass and walk over to her, lift her over my shoulders, and bring her into my bedroom to show her how much she truly meant to me.


But I didn’t.


She walked past me only looking up at me for a brief moment, but in that brief moment, I saw all of her emotions in that one look. She was devastated. She was confused. And damn it, she was hurt. Why couldn’t’ I get my shit together? This was all my fucking fault.


When she disappeared outside, I felt like I lost my chance to make it right. I had lost.


Smokey, another club brother, slid a shot of Whiskey in front of me before I slammed it back and slid off the stool. There was only one place I was headed, and that was straight into Axel’s office.


“Hey, Pres. Do you need any help tonight with the shipment?”


Axel looked up from his desk and stared at me as he pointed to the chair in front of him. I took a seat without hesitation, but when I looked up at Axel, I knew he was going to give me a tongue lashing.


He pointed his finger at me and in his most stern voice, he stated, “You hurt my daughter which in turn, hurts me. What the fuck were you thinking when you stuck your cock in that whore?”


I sighed and shook my head. “Fuck, I don’t know, man. I had a ton to drink and the guys and I had a good ride. I originally went looking for Evie, but when I couldn’t find her, Missy shoved her fine ass into me. One thing led to another and well… you know how it ends.” I hated getting detailed with Evie’s dad, club President or not.


“Well, this might be as good of a time as ever to break the news to you. I have to send you up north to help get our new chapter up and running. Now that you’re no longer seeing my daughter, it should make getting the job done easier. Pussy tends to fog the mind.” He grinned at me. “I hate to lose my Sergeant at Arms right now, but you’re the only one I trust with this.”


I stared with disbelief at Axel. He was sending me away. Away from Evie, and away from my brothers.


“For how long?”


Axel shrugged his shoulders. “No idea. However long it takes to get their shit together. They’re a fucking rats nest right now.”


“There isn’t anyone else to send?” I asked.


“Would I fucking have you in here if there were?” Axel snapped.


“No, sir.”


I was still in disbelief. I knew I was the only guy to do the job right, but damn it, I didn’t want to be away from Evie right now. No matter how done she said she was with me, I didn’t believe it. Evie always came back to me even if she wanted to stab me.


“When do I leave?”


Axel grinned. “The day after tomorrow. We have to throw you a party, of course.” He winked, and that only made me feel worse.


Everyone knew our parties were legendary. Everyone got shit-faced and totally fucked up on whatever drug was floating around that night. Hot women danced naked, and everyone who was anyone got laid.


But without Evie by my side, I knew the night would get interesting.

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