There was an uproar in the kitchen, another glass being thrown against the wall in rage.
After Rochelle told her family about the kidnapping and the relationship between her and Derrick, things went downhill.
Pots and pans were thrown, curses were spewed, and Rochelle’s brother’s foot made contact with the wall harshly.
When they calmed down, Rochelle explained our situation. After the whole story was explained, everyone looked at me. I squirmed uncomfortably.
What? Is there something on my face?
“So you are my daughter’s soulmate?” Henry asked, narrowing his eyes and examining me. I gulped at the intensity in his gaze.
“Yes, sir” I tried to say confidently. I hoped I sounded better than I felt.
He narrowed his eyes even more and I started to freak out. Does he hate me already?
He takes a step towards me and I prepared myself for the first punch. It’s normal for your girlfriend’s father to disapprove of you right? He doesn’t have a shotgun, but the man was built. He could knock me out with one punch.
I wasn’t expecting him to give me a hug.
“Thank you, son. You saved my daughter. And call me Henry. I hate using sir.” Henry said amused.
I sighed in relief and smiled before shaking his hand.
Rochelle’s mom squealed loudly.
“YES! My baby girl is growing up! Kyle, you better get to work finding your soulmate. Your sister is progressing more than you.” Rochelle’s mom turned to me and eyed me. I squirmed under her examination. She quickly gave me a motherly smile. “Hello dear, I’m Erica. Oh, you are so handsome! He’s a keeper Rochelle, a real keeper!” she said excitedly. She walked around me in circles and looked at my muscles.
She’s just trying to embarrass me. Don’t listen to her.
I stifle a laugh at Rochelle’s thought. I greeted Erica with my best smile. I flinched when I felt a punch to my arm. I rubbed my arm and turned to see Kyle next to me. We are about the same height, so we made direct eye contact. He shrugs.
“He looks alright. Just to let you know, you break her, I break you.” He threatens and pointed his finger harshly to my stomach.
I smiled in reassurance. I would rather die than hurt Rochelle in any way.
“Does he not talk?” Kyle whispered in Rochelle’s ear. She elbowed him playfully. I smiled sheepishly.
“I do talk, I promise. I just really don’t know what to say that won’t get me beat.” I admitted.
Kyle nods knowlingly, a smirk on his face. Rochelle gave me a hug in support.
“Anyway,” Henry interrupted. “Before we make our next move, we need a plan. Anyone have any ideas on what to do?”
The room went silent in thought.
I went deep into my thoughts. There were some things that weren’t making sense to me. Why did Derrick even want Rochelle in the first place? He went through all this trouble to get her and force the bond on her. Even though I didn’t know him that well, he wouldn’t have walked into the Smith’s property just so he could have Rochelle. There had to be a reason for it. If we figure that out, we are one step closer to solving the puzzle. We can capture him, question him, and bring him to justice.
I pondered that thought until I realized people were looking at me.
“That’s actually a great idea.” Henry admitted. “Good work Son.”
My eyes widened in disbelief. I didn’t realize I was voicing my thoughts. Rochelle gave me a proud smile and warmth filled my body as she squeezed my hand.
“But there’s no way we’re putting Rochelle at risk,” Kyle interjected. “The bond between Rochelle and Derrick is gone. He can do whatever he wants now that it is. Harming Rochelle won’t affect him at all and nothing is stopping him from doing so. Let’s find a way to capture him and put him on a Somnian trial.”
I nodded my head in agreement. We had to be more careful now.
“But we don’t know where Derrick is. The only way to lure him out is using me as bait.” Rochelle said quietly.
I stiffened. I can’t risk Rochelle’s safety. No way. That wasn’t even an option.
Cole, it may be the only way. We can’t just sit here and wait for Derrick to strike. I don’t want anyone else getting hurt.
I can’t risk it. You are my number one priority. He will have to get through me first if he even thinks about touching you.
Rochelle sighed in defeat. I shook my head stubbornly. She needs to understand her safety is important to not just me, but to our families as well. We were not going to let her be in the crossfire.
“I say we need to have a meeting here. Dad, can we bring the Somnia here to strategize?” Kyle recommended. Henry nodded and walked out of the room.
“You’re safe now, my Little Flower. If Derrick even moves a hair out of place, he wouldn’t know what hit him.” Erica vowed as she hugged Rochelle tight. She walked out of the room to help Henry.
Mom and Dad left to do...whatever my parents do, leaving Rochelle, Kyle, and I alone. Rochelle snuggled into my side and we stood there, leaning against the counter. Kyle groaned.
“You guys haven’t banged yet, right? If you did, I swear-” Rochelle quickly cut him off.
“No!” She yelled as she turned red. I could feel the heat rise to my cheeks as well. “And if we did, it would be none of your business Kyle. What the hell?”
Kyle smirked at our reactions. I knew he was enjoying this.
“I am just worried about my baby sister having sex. You know, we can always ask dad to give you the talk.” Kyle said innocently, a mischievous glint in his eyes.
Rochelle was a ripe tomato as she covered her heated face in the crook of my neck. I rubbed her back soothingly, trying to fight off a smile. It was amusing seeing the banter between the two siblings, even if it was at my own expense. Kyle scowled at our position.
“You guys repulse me with your PDA,” Kyle said childishly, covering his eyes. Rochelle pulled back a little and rolled her eyes.
“Oh please Kyle. Just wait until you meet yours. You’re going to be a lovesick puppy.” Rochelle laughed. Kyle snorted at the accusation, shaking his head in disbelief.
“Yeah right. I’m not planning to be like Cole anytime soon. No offense Cole.” Kyle said, not looking evenly remotely sorry.
I shook my head in amusement. Rochelle and I gave each other a look.
Good luck on that one Kyle.