Axel ducked as a plate came towards him and he stared at the shattered glass covering the kitchen floor.
“Please don’t throw shit at me!” Axel exclaimed.
Sky turned on him, “I’m not throwing anything at you. I’m throwing things in general!”
“Babe, I think you should calm down. You can’t-”
“Don’t tell me to calm down!” She yelled throwing a mug at him, “That one was aimed!”
“That waste of space, unwanted wank stain has put one of my friends in a coma and you are telling me to calm down,” Sky said running her hands through her hair, “Axel, you need to find him,”
“We are trying,”
“Then try harder!”
Axel stepped over the broken glass and put his hands on her face, making her look at him. Even though she was angry, he could see the fear and sadness trying to breakthrough.
“I have every man possible out on the street searching for him. Reece has his men looking and Jason is doing his best,” He said, “Don’t stress yourself out too much. It isn’t good for you and our baby girl. Please.”
Sky’s bottom lip trembled and she burst into tears, burying her face in Axel’s chest, “I was supposed to be with them! Sara asked me to shop with them but I was so tired. I could have done something and this never would have happened,”
Axel held her tightly as she wept and someone cleared their throat. He looked over her shoulder and Zeke motioned him to follow.
“Sky, go sit with Jason. I’ll get someone to clean the mess up. Your stupid dogs can stay in the garden for a bit, ok?”
Sky nodded and left without another word.
“She took it better than I thought,” Jake said making him jump, “You need to see this,”
Axel followed him to the living room and dropped onto the sofa beside Zeke. Zeke turned the laptop towards Axel and he felt his heart stop.
“When did you get this?”
“A few minutes ago. I’ve tried to track where the email came from but it’s an Internet cafe in the next town. By the time our guys got there, it had already gone up in flames,” Zeke said, “What I don’t understand, is why Finley is sending pictures of you growing up,”
“He’s trying to get into my head. Are there any more?”
Zeke nodded and turned to face the screen, “I’m not sure you will want to see them,”
“Show me. Now,”
“Ok,” He said quietly and changed the photos. Zeke held his breath as Axel picked the laptop up, his knuckles turning white from how hard he had hold of it.
“I am going to skin him alive,” Axel whispered and slammed the laptop shut, “I want him alive, do you fucking understand? I want that twisted mother fucker alive. I need him to feel everything that I will do to him and I’ll make sure that he doesn’t fucking enjoy it,”
“I’ll get rid of the email,” Blake said, “Go back to Sky,”
Axel shook his head, “No. I need to go to my parents. They sent me a message ages ago telling me I had to meet them for dinner. Make sure nothing happens to Sky and take care of everything else. If shit goes down, call me. Jake, I want you to stay by her side and tell her where I am. Double security and check their ammo and guns. I want them kitted out. This is fucking war,”
Sky tossed the ball and her dogs charged after it almost knocking Jason over.
“Watch it!” He yelped as they charged back, “If Finley doesn’t kill me, I’m sure those bloody dogs will,”
“Sorry,” Sky mumbled and threw the ball again They charged out of the room and ran around outside burning off their energy.
“Best present ever,” Jake said quietly from behind his book.
“How are you feeling?” Jason asked handing Sky a drink.
“I’ve calmed down but I’m so angry. Hugo made me angry but I’ve never felt anger like this. Not since Dexter was killed,” She said, “If I was with them, then this may never have happened,”
“You can’t think of the what ifs,” Jason said, “I’ve told you before that you can’t change the past. This still would have happened but it could have been worse,”
“Sara is in a coma. How worse could it get?”
“Someone could have died,” Jake said, “I understand that this is a hard time but Jason is right. Stop thinking about the past and start thinking about what you can do to help,”
“Axel said I can’t do anything too strenuous and he doesn’t want me in the way,”
Jake smiled, “He did say that. But is hacking into the government database too strenuous?”
“Where are you going with this?” Jason asked.
“Finley has a long list of safe-houses, allies and medical...issues, shall we say,” Jake said, “If you can get me in then I can inform the others about where to check,”
Sky sighed, “I could but I don’t want Axel getting into trouble,”
“That’s true but-”
“Where is my favourite, pregnant future daughter-in-law?”
Sky looked up, “I thought you would still be with Axel,”
“Axel?” She frowned, “What makes you think we were with Axel?”
“He told us he was going to lunch with you,” Jake said and he stood up, “I saw the message,”
“Darling, someone took my phone from my bag when I wasn’t paying attention. That wasn’t me who...oh my god. Darling, call Axel right now!”
“Already on it,” His dad said, “Stay in the house. We will go look for him. Sky, stay out of trouble and away from the fight,”
Axel’s parents ran out of the room and Sky looked at Jake.
“What if he doesn’t come back?” She whispered, “I can’t do this alone. What if his brother has got him!”
“Sky, you need to breathe. You’re going to give yourself a panic attack,” Jason said. Sky began to pant heavily and beads of sweat appeared on her forehead, her eyes were wide with panic, “Sky, I need you to listen,”
“He’s going to kill him. Axel is going to be killed and I’ll be alone and-”
“Axel would never leave you,” Jake said, “He loves you so much that it makes him even more insane. Take a deep breath and look at me. You are like my baby sister and I will not have you thinking so negatively. Axel will come back and once this is over, you can have the relatively normal relationship you have wanted,”
Axel nodded and gulped, “You’re right,”
“I know I’m right,” Jake smiled.
The sound of yelling distracted them and a gunshot echoed through the room. Jake pointed his gun towards the door as someone tumbled through, out of breath.
“H-he is here,” The man said dropping to his knees.
“Sky. I want you to stay in this room. If shit gets out of hand, you will go to the panic room in here. I think it’s best if Jason grabs Tyler and stays with you both,” He said, “And that wasn’t me asking you...it was me telling you,”