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Chapter 12

The sun was just starting to rise when I woke up. I looked out the window and smiled. I haven’t woken up this early in a long time. I haven’t felt this good in a long time. Although my ribs hurt, I still felt bad that I slept in Adrian’s bed. Although I feel like he planned that. He knows I fall asleep first.

I left his room and went out into the living room. I had to hold back my laugh because the way his large frame fit on the small couch. One leg was on the floor. The other was on the back of the couch. His head was hanging off. Somehow though, his arms were crossed. I walked up to him and shook him lightly. He did not look comfy. “Adrian come on wake up.” He looked up and blinked at me. “Come on let’s get you to bed.”

“No bed for you.” I laughed. He’s sweet. I pulled at his arms so he uncrossed them.

“Come on. Up.” He groaned. He let me pull him up off the couch and bring him to his room. His hands landed on my hips. He pulled me into him and laid down on the bed, dragging me with him. “What are you doing?” He looked at me for a second before letting go of me.

“Sorry.” I looked up at him and shook my head.

“Don’t be.” He looked down at me and his hands found my hips again. He moved so that I was on top of him. I so wanted to kiss him but I couldn’t. I couldn’t get him into this life.

“Please come back in January.” I gave him a small smile. I don’t know if I can. But I want to.

“I’m not sure if Damien will let me. Vera wants me to spend time with my father but Damien still wants me to learn certain aspects of his lifestyle.” His grip on me tightened. “I’m just being tested right now and because of training and you keeping me from work, I already failed one test.”

“I’m sorry.” I put my hands on his chest and leaned down.

“Don’t be.” I kissed his cheek before pulling away from him.

“You’re such a brat.” I stuck my tongue out at him. I tried to climb off of him but his hands held me in place.

“You need to sleep. It’s like super early.” He smiled at me and laid me down next to him. He pulled me close to him and within minutes his breathing steadied. I knew he had fallen asleep and I was seconds behind him.

***

Adrian pulled into the parking lot of my company. He was focused on something. I followed his gaze and saw Jordan enter the building. “No.” He didn’t listen to me. He got out of the car and I followed after him. “Adrian!” This bitch ignored me. I chased after him but he was already in the building. This could blow our whole operation. I saw him enter the basement.

He turned Jordan around and punched him. Jordan fought back but Adrian took him down. I saw my guys go to move in. Some of them were pissed. I knew it was because of Adrian coming in here and trying to take down one of their own. “Everybody stand down. Taio and Jeremey be ready to intervene but don’t fight back.” They both nodded.

I motioned for them to step in. Taio grabbed Adrian. Jeremey grabbed Jordan. “Touch her again, break her ribs again, I will fucking kill you.” I saw Taio’s grip tighten.

“Adrian, I’m okay. Look at me.” He did. “I’m okay. I’m okay Adrian. Taio let him go.” He did as told and Adrian immediately wrapped me in a hug. I winced slightly so he let me go. He went to apologize but I stopped him. “It’s okay. I’m okay.” He kissed my cheek and pulled me back into a hug. “Let’s get you cleaned up. I’ll explain all of this.” I gestured around the room and he nodded. We started to make our way upstairs when Jordan called out to me.

“This choice of yours is going straight to Damien. Pack your bags Riss because he’s shipping you back to France. Maybe he’ll send you back to your mom. Be on the streets again.” Adrian tensed he looked at me. Almost like he was asking for permission. “Don’t think Damien would like the idea of Clarissa completing your hits for you. Scarlett Winslow. She’s dead. Just like ordered.” Adrian’s grip tightened. “You wanna run the Mafia, do your own tasks. Newsflash Riss. You aren’t Italian. You need to marry into an Italian family to be considered one of us. Might as well make that me.” Adrian’s arm left my waist. I grabbed his hand. Just hoping that he doesn’t hate me.

“You were never a choice. I don’t need to marry an Italian to run the Italian Mafia. Damien adopted me 3 years ago. Technically that puts me into an Italian family already.” I looked at Adrian. The way he was looking at me hurt. “I will explain to Damien what happened. As of now, I want you to go back to Italy. Anyone that disagrees with that decision can leave also. I’m leaving in January.” I looked at Adrian. “I’ll be back. I’ll let you know the dates later.”

I dragged Adrian upstairs to my office. I went into the cabinet on the wall. I grabbed the first aid kit. I made him sit on my desk. As I started cleaning his wounds, he decided to speak. “You’re the one your father is looking for? That’s why you defended me?” He pulled away from me.

“Adrian I didn’t want you to find out like this. Actually I didn’t want you knowing. I didn’t want to tell you because I didn’t want to get you into this life. Vera and Damien didn’t have kids. They adopted me so I became their daughter. I’m taking over for him. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean-” He grabbed my face and kissed me. I responded back immediately. The taste of blood made me pull away. “I’m sorry. You’re bleeding.”

“I don’t care.” He grabbed me again and our lips reconnected. I pulled away again and he started kissing my neck. I pushed him away from me and he rolled his eyes. “You don’t have to explain yourself. You were forced into this life. Do I like the idea that you were supposed to kill someone? Hell no. But it’s your life and I’m all for being in it.” I kissed him. Quickly because I could tell he was hurting.

“Let me clean you up.” He rolled his eyes but sat still. I cleaned him up as much as I could but he was being very stubborn. “Adrian.”

“Anima Gemella.” I rolled my eyes. “Come here.” I did as told and he caged me in. He grabbed my hips and placed me on my desk. He kissed me but he pulled away after a couple of seconds. “I’ll pick you up and bring you home at 8.” He kissed me on the forehead before leaving. Now I can actually get to work.

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