Nicolas, book 2 of Ryder

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I had my men pack Michelle’s things up. She had been in my life for a while and I didn’t want to send her away like last week’s trash. I decided to give her a position in one of our clubs as club Manager. The one thing she was good at doing was running things. I also set her up with an apartment of her own. It was time to let this girl go and it was never going to work out with her living here under my roof.

“I didn’t do this because of Aurora.”

“You’re a shitty liar Nicolas.” I flashed Ethan a heated look. “You dragged Michelle along for years, and now you just decided it was time to let her go?”

“Yeah just like that.” Ethan just stood there watching me. “Don’t you have work to do?” Ethan just smiled.

“Am I not sitting here going over all the transactions? If you want me not to work around you I guess you should give me my own office.” I rolled my eyes at him. Aurora may have been the little push I needed to remove Michelle from my life. I don’t hate Michelle, but it was well overdue. My phone started to vibrate in my pocket. I knew it was Michelle. I had been ignoring her calls since she got moved out. She had been blowing my phone up over the fact that I wasn’t even going to say goodbye. Michelle would only beg me to stay and I wasn’t having any of it. There was a knock on my office door.

“Come in.”

“Boss, we have a problem downstairs you are needed,” Dwayne said. He had a small smirk on his face. What now? I said to myself as I walked out of the office. As soon as I hit the hallway. I could hear the yelling. What the fuck? That’s Aurora. I took off running and found Michelle and Aurora yelling at each other in the living room.

“Your nothing but a man stealing whore!” Michelle yelled out. One of my men had a hold of her and her nose was bleeding.

“Fuck you bitch. Your lucky I haven’t shot your dumb ass yet.” Aurora yelled out. She was also in the arms of one of my men.

“What the fuck is going on in here?” I yelled out. Both girls stopped talking and everyone was looking at me.

“You need to put your hoes on a leash,” Aurora yelled out. “Let me go!” She screamed.

“Let her go,” I said and as soon as my man let her go she took off running at Michelle. I ran and grabbed her. The little spitfire was a strong one. “What the fuck are you doing here Michelle?” Michelle just looked at me like I was the crazy one.

“You can’t even say goodbye to me? What is wrong with you. She comes walking in her like she owns the place and you forget all about me.” I rolled my eyes.

“Your dumb,” Aurora said.

“Fuck you!” Michelle yelled out.

“Take her out and show her to her car.” I snapped and two of my men escorted Michelle out of my house.

“Let me go, Nick!” Aurora yelled out. I picked her up and placed her over my shoulder. I walked out of the room with her while she cursed at me the whole time. “I swear to go Nick.”

“What? What do you swear?” I smacked her ass and tossed her down on her bed. “Now tell me what happened?” I could see the bruising start to show under her left eye.

“I had just gotten off the phone with my dad when someone started knocking on the door. I walked over and opened it and Michelle was standing there. She didn’t even say a word. She just punched me in my eye. I jumped on her and I think I broke her nose. That’s when your men broke us up. She thinks I took you from her.” Ethan came in with an ice pack.

“Here you go, Rambo,” Ethan said as he handed Aurora over the ice pack.

“Shut up Ethan. You all should of let me shoot her.” Ethan started to laugh. I didn’t think any of it was funny. Ethan left the room and I took a seat next to Aurora.

“I’m sorry about her Aurora,” I said rubbing my face. Aurora was quiet a little too quiet. She placed her hand on top of mine. She turned and faced me. Her eyes had tears in them.

“Nick, I know you are now our leader and that your dad is gone, and you lost your mother. I know we’re all still holding onto finding Anna, but the way you are choosing to live. Is not the man I thought you would be.” She took a deep breath. “I know you allow me to talk freely to you. So I’m just going to say it. I miss you, Nick. I miss the boy who cried at sappy movies. I miss the boy who was always willing to help you out. I know he is still in there.” I stood up and looked at her.

“You want me to be a bitch? I’m sorry Aurora but I’m not that kid anymore. You can’t be weak in our world. My father is a coward who fucking gave up. I have to be twice as hard as he ever was. My sister is out there with god only knows what happing to her and my mother is in the fucking ground. I can’t find the people responsible for all of that. Do you even have the slightest idea of how any of that feels?” I don’t know what took over but tears started to fall from my eyes. Aurora stood up and pulled me into her arms.

“I’m sorry Nick. I didn’t mean to upset you like this.” I couldn’t figure out what was going on in my head. I needed to get away from Aurora. She was making me weak. I pulled out of her arms and looked her in the face.

“I have to go.”

“No Nick, please don’t go. Don’t shut me out.”

“Maybe it’s best if you head back to California.” Her face fell.

“If that’s what you want. Then I will go.” I saw more tears from her eyes and I turned my back on her. I felt like shit and I wasn’t able to put it all together. I needed to get out of here and I needed to do it now. I left her in her room and headed to mine. Where I proceeded to tare everything apart with my bare hands. I could hear Ethan and Dwayne banging on my door, but I ignored them. Even though I knew they would eventually break down my door. I took a seat on the bed as my boys broke the door down.

“What’s going on in here?” Ethan said. “Nicolas, are you good man?” Dwayne was already picking shit up. When I turned to look at them. Aurora was standing at the door. Her eyes were huge and she looked at me. She then turned and took off. Fuck, I said to myself and I took off after her. She ran into her room and slammed the door.

“Aurora, please open the door. I’m sorry.” I stood there for a moment and then her door opened. Everything just overtook me and I grabbed her face and brought her lips to mine. I can’t tell you why. All I knew was I wanted her and I just took it. She didn’t push me away. “I’m sorry princess. Please don’t leave.” I whispered into her ear. I kissed her back up her jawline until I found her lips again.

“Nick, Nick stop. We can’t do this.”

“Why not?”

“Because you will never be mine.” I stopped and looked at her. Her eyes were filled with hope. Waiting for me to say something. Something to make her feel better. In my heart, I knew I was hers and she was mine, but could I be the right man for her?

“Nicolas! Nicolas! I heard Ethan yell out. I stepped outside the door and looked down the hallway.

“What the fuck Ethan?”

“We have a hit. Someone has seen Anna.”

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