Axel was finding it hard to control his anger but knowing what would happen if he started something in this club was sure to keep it locked away. For now.
“You looked amazing on stage,” Jake smiled at Sky as they sat down. Axel saw his friend glance at him and carried on talking to Sky, “Who knew that you could move like that?”
“The alcohol helped,” Sky said quietly.
“Don’t worry about Nico,” Blake tutted, “He isn’t smart or brave enough to try something here. This club is neutral grounds, so if he does start something he’ll have more than us going after him,”
“Um, Axel,” Jake said, “Did you do anything on the way to get Sky?”
“No,” Axel snapped, “Don’t ask stupid questions,”
“It isn’t a stupid question when the owner of the club is walking over,” Jake snapped back.
Axel looked up and cursed as the owner put a chair at their table. His hard features and a thin scar running across his face showed that he always meant business. Axel leaned back in his chair and looked up at the two standing either side of his chair. Even though Axel was angry, he was smart enough not to mess with them.
“It’s been a while since you’ve been in my club, Axel,”
“I wanted to show off my best girl,” Axel said, gesturing to Sky who was staring at her hands, “I’m not here to cause trouble, Julius,”
Julius smirked, “I didn’t say you were. I was just wondering why you are here,”
Axel shrugged, “Change of scene. I see you’ve upgraded the girls,”
“And your girl is too scared to look at me,” Julius said, “Sign of disrespect, don’t you think?”
“Far from it,” Axel said, “What brings you to my table Julius?”
“Business,” He said looking over at Sky, “Tell her to look at me,”
“And if I don’t?”
“Do you want to see what I would do to her?” Julius asked, “I’m not like you, Axel. I’m not afraid to hurt a woman,”
“And if you ever lay your hands on her, I will take them,” Axel smirked.
“Was that a threat?” Julius said, narrowing his eyes, “This club is neutral which means the peace has to be kept,”
“Take it how you want,” Axel said with a shrug, “What business do you have with me and my boys?”
Julius chuckled, “You’ve always been a brave one Axel but you are in luck because I have business with you. If I didn’t, then we would have a problem and that girl of yours would be mine,”
“You think I’d let you take her?” Axel scoffed and he shook his head, “Talk because, after her performance, I need to get her home and show her what it did to me,”
“Along with most of the men here,” Julius said, “Apart from Jake of course. The freak of nature only likes men,”
“Shut up,” Sky snapped and Axel's eyes went wide, “He likes men. Big fucking deal. There is no need to be rude about it,”
“You talk about respect and peace, yet here you are being-mmph!”
“Enough,” Axel said covering her mouth and glaring at her. He lowered my mouth to her ear and spoke quietly, “Unless you want us all to leave in a god damn body bag. Shut the fuck up, Sky,”
Sky moved her face away from Axel and got to her feet, “I need to use the restroom,”
“Darcy, go with her,” Blake said.
“Try not to get into any fights,” Julius said looking Sky up and down, “Although it would be interesting to see how you-”
“Carry on threatening her, Julius and I will happily break the peace,” Axel said almost growling at him, “You are here to talk business, not to threaten my girl,”
Julius chuckled, “Alright. We can go to my office,”
“This better be fucking good,” He said getting to his feet, “I’m bored of seeing your face,”
“Aren’t you always?” Julius smirked, “But this is important and it will benefit us both,”
Axel quickly downed his drink and followed Julius through the club with his friends bringing up the rear. Axel looked around the club and frowned when he saw Sky walk into the back followed by someone in a suit, Darcy stepping in after them.
“Who the hell was that?” He said under his breath and clenched his fists trying to brush off the unwanted feeling.
Julius led the way upstairs and to his office. He dropped onto his seat behind the desk and pointed at the chair in front as his two men stood either side of him glaring at Axel's friends.
“What business do you have for me?” Axel said.
Julius pushed a brown envelope across the desk, “I have a way to bring down De Luca and his boys,”
“What trouble do you have with them?” Zeke asked.
“Axel, I didn’t realise your bitches could speak,”
Blake put his arm across Zeke's chest to stop him from walking and Axel turned back to look at Julius.
“Unlike your boys, mine can say what they want,” He said, “I also don’t take their tongues,”
Julius laughed, “That hasn’t happened to all my boys. These still have their tongues,”
“Then answer Zeke's question,”
“You’ve become soft,” Julius said, “If anyone was to find out about that, you’ll become a target. Either that or that new girl you have,”
“Just answer the question,”
“Nico has been stepping over boundaries,” Julius said lighting a cigarette, “A few drug deals here and there in my territory. I’ve given enough warnings to him but he doesn’t listen. He thinks that because he has more men he can get away with it,”
“Not a surprise,”
“He’s beaten a few of my girls to the point where they refuse to tell me who it is,” He tutted, “You don’t touch one of the girls and think you can get away with. They might not tell me who it was, but I’m not an idiot,”
“I had a feeling it was him who hurt Darcy,” Blake muttered.
“He can get away with it,” Julius said, pointing his cigarette at Axel, “Because he has his dick in all the right holes. Jake's probably jealous,”
“Carry on talking shit about Jake and I will let Nico take your gang down,” Axel said, glaring at Julius, “My boys aren’t going to be treated like you treat yours. Do you fucking understand?”
“Yeah, yeah,” He said waving his hand around, “Anyway, he’s working with some dirty cops. Cops that we don’t pay. Cops who are either so high up we can’t touch, or cops we have never seen or heard from before,”
Axel ran his hand through his hair, “He’s going to bring us all down,”
“By using one of your guys,” Julius said, “So, where is Riley?”
“Bottom of the ocean,” Axel said and Julius smirked, “Did you think we wouldn’t find out he was a snake?”
“It took you long enough to figure it out,” Julius shrugged, “I only found out after I did some digging,”
“You mean your boys did some digging?” Axel smirked, “And I can’t take all the credit for figuring it out,”
“One of your bitches?”
"Zeke caught him taking my money and we were waiting to find out where he was transferring it to,” Axel said, “Sky was the one that exposed his ass,”
“And who is Sky, exactly?”
“My new girl,” Axel smirked, “In fact, she was the one to kill him. Problem solved,”
“That’s what you think,” Julius sighed, “Killing Riley won’t take away the problem,”
“Dealing drugs in someone’s territory can be dealt with,”
“That isn’t the worst of it,” Julius said, pointing at the brown envelope, “My boys found something very interesting and I think you should have a look at it,”
Axel reached forward to take the envelope and Julius grabbed his wrist, gripping him hard.
“I hope you take care of the problem inside this,” Julius said darkly and let him go.
Axel opened the envelope and took the photos out and it was like his breath was trapped and his heart dropped into his stomach. He flicked through them and slid them back into the envelope, getting to his feet.
“You can break the neutral rule tonight, Axel,” Julius said leaning back in his chair, “I’ll deal with those who get in your way,”