Xavier and I talked, and I found out what happened after what I could remember. Maverick was fine; he just had a minor concussion. Amanda on the other hand, Xavier had to restrain. Apparently she almost killed Chase. She came and visited me and so did Maverick which brightened up my day. I’d been in the hospital for a week before I woke up, I was shot in the stomach, but there was no permanent damage. Senator Evans tried to come see me, but Xavier, Amanda and the police had kept him at bay.
Apparently when I was out James had come and visited, but he couldn’t wait around more than a few days. I can understand that, he is a diplomat after all. The more things happen the more I realized I’m not where I belong anymore. So long as I’m here, Chase can find me and he’s proven he’s insane. He’s in an institution right now, Senator Evans had him transferred before he went to jail. I’ve already made my decision. I’ve told Amanda she’s welcome to my house all that she wants, my car too.
“How are you feeling this morning?” Xavier asked. He had coffee. I was jealous. I wasn’t allowed to have coffee yet. I was going to be on a liquid diet for a while. I was so not happy.
“Hungry.” I groaned.
“I’m sorry, love.”
“It’s alright.” I shrugged. “How much longer am I going to be stuck here?”
“Just a few more days, they want to be sure you won’t tear the internal stitches. If you do, you could bleed out, but if your external stitches are fine, we’d never know until it was too late. Just a few more days.”
“I hate hospitals.”
“Want to watch a movie?”
“Sure, so long as it isn’t one of those silly movies that are twice your age.” Xavier teased.
“Don’t hate on cinematic genius.”
“You have much to learn, little one.”
“No sir, you have much to learn, Mr. Closed-Minded.”
We watched movies all day long, and I usually ended up falling asleep at some point in between. It was nice though, waking up in Xavier’s arms. Most of the time, when I did wake up, he’d soothe me back to sleep running his fingers through my hair and whispering to me. Being around Xavier I felt safe and couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen this myself earlier. Everything with Xavier was comfortable. I enjoyed his company and I liked to be around him. Something about him just calmed me.
It was fantastic when I was released. Xavier and I spent most of our time together and it was a few weeks later before I was completely cleared. I was taken aback when I got a legal letter in the mail. I read it and reread several more times before I could comprehend. Senator Evans had served me. He accused me of defamation of character of not only him, but his son. There was a separate envelope that had a blank check. I ran inside and picked up my phone.
“What is the meaning of this?” I demanded into the phone.
“Who is this?”
“It’s me, Dick.” I snarled into the phone.
“Juliet, I take it.”
“What is the meaning of what you sent me?”
“I see you got my care package.”
“Care package my ass.”
“Juliet, there are two ways to deal with what is about to happen. You and I can meet in court or you can fill in any number you want on that check and we’ll let it go.”
“I don’t want your filthy money.”
“So you want to meet in court?”
“No, I want you and your family out of my life.”
“I don’t believe in something for nothing. I can’t trust you to keep that big mouth of yours shut without some sort of guarantee.”
“Keep your deranged son away from me, and I won’t be a thorn in your side. You and your family leave me be and we can pretend this never happened.”
“Juliet, I want something over you.”
“Too bad.” I hung up and threw my phone.
I felt arms snake around my waist and I jumped. “What’s wrong, love?”
I relaxed against Xavier’s chest. “Nothing important.”
“Something has you upset.”
“Some days I feel like I can’t outrun my past.”
“What are you referring to?”
I turned in his arms and kissed him. “This place. It has so many memories. Not all of them are good. People I keep trying to leave behind find a way of popping back up.”
I handed Xavier the envelope and the blank check. “Part of me wants to tear it to shreds and part of me wants to call the police for harassment, but I really just want this over more than anything else.” Xavier read over the documentation and pulled me close. “If you want it gone, we can make that happen. Say the word and I’ll make this go away.” I kissed Xavier again.
“I have an idea.”
Two hours later I had a suitcase packed and was hugging Amanda and Maverick good bye. Xavier helped me in a taxi and climbed in behind me.
“Are you sure you want to do this?” Xavier asked, looking a little uncertain.
“It’s an adventure, why not?”
“And you’re sure you’ve got everything?”
“Amanda and Maverick will take care of Loki, they’ve lasted this long without me, what’s a little longer?”
“I meant with everything that’s happened-”
“With everything that’s happened, I think this might be the best idea I’ve had in a while.”
Xavier sighed. “If this is what you want, I’ll support you.”
Two hours later, we were at the airport and no one knew where we were going. Not even us.
“Now boarding fight 417 to New York.”
“What do you think, Xavier? New York sound good?”
“What are you looking to do?”
“To have fun. To be alone. To get away.”
“Are you running away?”
“No, we are. Call it an unplanned, spontaneous vacation with no time constrictions. It will give us some time away from everyone and their judgments. I want to be alone. I don’t want cameras or reporters or crazy ex-boyfriends. I just want to be alone. With you.”
Xavier smiled and kissed me. “You are going to be the end of me. Let’s go.”
In New York Xavier and I got ice cream at a Pink Berry, then had authentic New York Pizza, watched Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, went to the empire state building and stayed the night in a hotel and the next morning we were on a flight to Chicago. We ate pizza in Chicago, watched a White Sox games then we flew to New Orleans. From New Orleans we went to LA and from LA we went to Europe. I cannot tell you how excited I was to be in Paris. Xavier showed me around. He took me shopping, then out to a fancy five star restaurant where Xavier insisted I wear the dress he picked out for me. He took me dancing and then we went to our hotel room.
“I can’t believe you talked me into this.” Xavier smiled as he kissed my neck. “I’ve never just taken off with someone.”
I pulled his suit jacket off and untucked his shirt from his pants. “It’s fun, isn’t it?”
“You have changed me.” Xavier said with his lips pressed against my own. He picked me up and carried me to the bed.
“Good change or bad change.”
“Definitely for the better.” Xavier pulled the dress off of me as I fought with his buttons, which are much harder to fight with after three bottles of good wine. “You are so beautiful.” Xavier whispered as he pulled away. I felt the flush in my cheeks as his eyes raked down my body and he pulled off his shirt. I marveled at his well sculpted chest. “You are extraordinary.”
“So are you.”
Xavier shook his head. “I am ordinary. I am a man of rules and structure. I fit easily in a mold. But you…” Xavier tucked a stray lock behind my ear. “You broke the mold when you came into the world. I could live a thousand years and never find another like you.” Xavier’s lips pressed against mine. It was soft and gentle, it didn’t take long for it to become forceful and passionate. We explored one another’s body and it was one of the best nights of my life. I woke up to the rhythmic beating of Xavier’s heart and the solid warmth of Xavier’s chest. I inhaled the lingering scent of his cologne and just his scent.
I watched as a smile spread across his face. “Good morning, Juliet.”
“What would you like to do today?”
“Let’s go somewhere new.”
“Let’s go to a castle.”
“Anything you want, princess.” Xavier and I got dressed and we got on a train. We spent the next few weeks going anywhere on a whim. We ate where we wanted to, stopped where we wanted to, we did whatever we wanted to. It was fantastic. After we were sated with that I knew I had to decide what to do next.
My house wasn’t where I belonged anymore and I knew it. I called James, who apparently had been worried sick as he hadn’t heard from us in weeks. I told him where my intentions he was thrilled, so was Angelica. I haven’t spoken to Millie yet. I showed up at Eastgate Estate, hand in hand with Xavier later that day.