Nicolas, book 2 of Ryder

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I stood there just looking at her. “Aurora? Why are you here?” I asked.

“Please don’t be scared. We’re not here to hurt you.”

“We’re? Who’s with you?” That’s when Nicolas and Ethan joined Aurora. “Nick?” I said. He smiled at me. He looked so grown up and the loss of the last years was sad to me. I started to walk towards them. When I heard a car fly into the yard and Sebastian jumped out with a gun on them. “No Sebastian, it’s my brother!” I hollered out.

“Why are they here?” Sebastian shouted out.

“Anna, are you pregnant?” I heard Aurora ask. I looked down and placed my hands on my belly. Nick pulled his gun out and pointed it at Sebastian.

“No Nick! I love him.” Sebastian and Nick both lowered their guns.

“How did you find us?” Sebastian asked.

“Does it really matter?” Sebastian moved to my side and pulled me next to him.

“If your here to harm her. I will kill you before you even touch her.” I watched Nick as he was trying to think of his next move.

“Why would I hurt her? She is my sister and I’ve been looking for her for years?”

“I told you it was time to move,” Sebastian whispered to me. I looked up at Sebastian.

“I need to try something.” Sebastian looked worried but I knew he trusted me. I move away from his arms and headed towards Nick. I got close to him and I stood in front of him for a moment. All I could see was pain on his face. I placed my arms around him and he pulled me into a hug.

“I’ve been so worried about you.” I looked into his eyes trying to see some sort of truth. “Please Anna, I need to know what you have been through?”

“Who knows you are here?”

“Just the three of us.”

“Let’s all go sit on the porch.” Aurora walked over to me and placed her hands around me. We hugged for a moment and then we all headed to the porch. Sebastian stayed right by my side. I knew he was nervous. For some reason, I wasn’t. The one thing I always took pride in was that my brother may have been a pain in my ass, but he never lied to me.

“Please Anna, tell me what happened?” I just sighed and really wanted to know his side first.

“Nick, I need you to tell me your side first.” Nick looked at Aurora and she moved closer to him. He wrapped his arm around her and I knew in my heart that they were together. Something I knew would happen one day since we were kids. I just didn’t know how together they were.

“Go ahead Nick,” Aurora said. Nick cleared his throat.

“People, we believe was your uncle’s people that broke into the house that night. They killed mom and uncle Robby. They left dad to die. He had six gunshots to his body and was in a coma for months.” Nick stopped talking and I could feel the tears in my eyes. His head hung low and I knew he was telling the truth. I just didn’t know if my uncle did this to me or not. Was it all a lie to get me from them? Confusion took over. He treated me so well. I wasn’t treated like a prisoner, but it could have been a way to trick me.

“Could it of been anyone else?” Nick looked up at me.

“I guess it could have been anyone, but all arrows point to your real father’s family. We had no one after us at the time. I know you know the truth about our parents. I know you know Ryder is not your real father. That much is true, but you still belong to us, and no matter what anyone has told you. He loves you like his own.” A shiver ran down my spine.

“They told me he did this to me. They said he has been trying to find me to kill me.”

“And you believed them? Are you crazy? You know dad Anna. He would never do that.” I looked over at Sebastian. I needed his support.

“You have no idea what she went through.” Sebastian spits out. He was being harsh but I knew he trusted no one.

“Are you her husband?” Nick asked him.

“Soon to be.” Sebastian snapped.

“That means you are not and none of this is your business!” Nicolas hissed out.

“Everything that has to do with Izzy is my business!” Sebastian shouted.

“Who the fuck is Izzy?” Nick yelled while Aurora tried to calm him down.

“Stop it both of you!” I yelled out. “Nick Sebastian is the love of my life and the father of my baby. He is the reason I ran from everyone. He takes care of me. Please stop treating him like the enemy.”

“You have no idea if he is in on this or not.” I looked over at Sebastian. Those were my own worries as well, but over time I have learned that it just wasn’t true. I reached out and touched Nick’s hand. When he looked at me I just shook my head at him. I knew Nick was still on the defense.

“Let me tell you my side of the story.” Everyone got quiet as I told my brother my side. Aurora had tears in her eyes. Ethan ended up walking away and Nick looked angry and sad at the same time. Sebastian just held me the whole time.

Nicolas’s POV,

My blood was boiling. The things my sister told me were completely devastating. To think of what my sister went through. It broke my heart but also infuriated me. Her uncle set all of this up and it was clear to me. My father would have never had done that to her. Only it might be harder for her to believe that. After all the bullshit she has been fed. “Anna, what can I say to make you believe that our father would have never done this to you.” Anna was doing nothing but rubbing her hands together. I knew she was scared and confused. She kept looking at Sebastian.

“I know you don’t trust me, but we have all been fed this line. If her uncle is truly behind all of this. Then only his inside men would know the truth. I only know the same story she knows. I’m very much I love with your sister. When she started to have her own suspicions and told me she needed to leave. I got her out of there. I have risked my life for her. If we didn’t have to run. We would be married right now. Her uncle is very convincing. She hasn’t been a prisoner.” Sebastian pulled me closer to him.

“That’s because he needs her for something. I’m almost thinking it’s going to turn out to be some sort of revenge against my father for killing Draco.” I took a deep breath. “Anna, come home with us. We can protect you and keep you safe.” I could clearly see her body start to shake. I knew she was scared. Scared that Ryder would hurt her. It just wasn’t true. He loved her and has been keeping an eye on her and she just doesn’t know it. “There is someone on the inside.” Anna’s eyes widened.

“What?” She asked softly.

“When dad came out of the coma. He gave up everything and took off. I hated him for it. I felt like he had given up everything. The loss of our mother broke him, but I resented him for giving up on you. At least that’s what I was lead to believe. When in fact he was secretly looking for you. He has a man on the inside, but now I believe he knew everything that has been told to you. I think he knows what you have been put through. That could be why he has been taking things slowly. He might know you think he did this to you. I just don’t know that yet. No one knows that I have found you.”

“I don’t know if I can go home with you. I just...” I watched as Sebastian kissed her head and I could see her relax some. I knew they loved each other. It made me want to keep Aurora even closer to me. I had to figure something out. I couldn’t leave her out here in the woods unprotected. I knew she had Sebastian, but even he wouldn’t be enough to protect her.

“What if I set you up in a safe house? No one would ever find out about you including our father. I would keep you a secret until I got to the bottom of all of this. You trust me don’t you?” Anna slowly started to nod her head. “ I don’t want to leave you out here, but if you need time to think about this. I’ll wait for you.” Anna smiled at me and then moved into my arms. I held her as she has been the only thing missing in my life for so long. She is my sister, my family. A real connection to our mother. “I have missed you so much,” I said in her ear.

“I have to ask you a question.” I nodded at her. “What will you do if you find out that it’s all true and Ryder was behind it all?”

“Then I will kill him.”

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