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Twelve

When I walked back into the house with Dustin, I felt like last night was all a dream. Dustin and I hadn’t talked much about last night in the drive over. Dustin and I went to our separate bedrooms as soon as we got upstairs. I dropped down onto my bed, hugging my pillow.

My mind kept replaying the events of yesterday repeatedly. So much had happened within a day.

Mum finally opened up to me.

I found that paper.

Jax had seen me.

I might get to meet my dad soon.

Julian is my brother.

Like it all seemed as if I was dreaming. None of it seemed real. I keep expecting someone to jump out at me and laugh because it had all been a joke, but no. It wasn’t a joke; it was all real.

I wondered if I should tell Mum about Dad and Julian? Maybe she would like to see him again. Although, maybe I should wait until I saw him before I said anything to her.

My phone pinged and lit up, revealing a text from Aylee.

A: Yo girl, just checking in? X

Me: I’m fine but a bit overwhelmed x

A: I can imagine! I was gonna ask if you wanted to hang out with me and Poppy today? X

Me: Yeah that sounds great, what you thinking? X

A: Honestly, no clue. I’m going to go get Poppy in half an hour then we’ll come to you and decide x

Me: Okay, see you then x

Good, that’s what I need today, a girls day to relax. I had enough time to take a quick shower before the girls arrived.

Forty-five minutes later, I was sprawled out on my bed with that bit of paper in my hand, re-reading it repeatedly. I still didn’t get why David would have this, let alone write this himself.

“What’s that you got there?”

I jumped a mile and span around to face Poppy and Aylee who were peering over my shoulder. Aylee looked at me, expecting me to answer the question she just asked me.

“Um…” I trailed off, not knowing what to say. Fuck it, I’ll just tell them the truth.

I handed the bit of paper over to Aylee and she shared it with Poppy to read. They seemed to both read it a couple of times before looking at me again.

“Whoa…” Poppy said.

“This is… uh…” Aylee said.

“Yeah, I know.” Both girls sat on either side of me, paper still in Aylee’s hand.

“Have you told Kasper about this?” Aylee asked me.

“No, I was going to but then something stopped me, I don’t know why,” I explained.

“Why is someone writing this about you?” Poppy asked me.

“Not just someone, it’s my bloody uncle,” I told her.

“Well, that’s certainly interesting…” Aylee mused. “Have you asked him about it?”

“Nah, he’s seemed weird when I bumped into him the other day, so I am just avoiding him.” I shrugged.

“I don’t blame you for avoiding him to be honest, I would too,” Poppy said, agreeing with me.

Aylee nodded at her statement. I sighed and draped my head back on the headboard.

It was now three hours later and the three of us presently had facemasks on and were painting our nails.

“Look, I wasn’t saying you should straight up marry Olly right now, but at least admit you’re head over heels for the poor boy,” Aylee said, pointing her nail file accusingly at Poppy.

“Pfft, I don’t know what you’re talking about, it’s just casual,” Poppy replied.

“Oh sure, just casual? Have you seen what you two are like together? Its gonna give me diabetes!” I teased.

“Oh yeah? And how about you and Kasper? Whats going on there?” Poppy retorted.

“Uh… we’re just friends?” I attempted.

“Right, “friends”.” Poppy air quoted.

“Yeah, friends who fuck,” Aylee mumbled.

I grabbed a cushion and threw it in her direction, which she dodged. Poppy was trying her hardest not to laugh.

“I never told you that!” I huffed.

“Please, it’s obvious! Even Olly can tell and he’s not the sharpest tool in the box,” Aylee told me.

“Bloody hell,” I mumbled with embarrassment.

Aylee and Poppy were both looking at me expectantly.

“Tell us everything!” Both girls demanded.

And so, I did because you know what? These girls were probably my best friends.

“Damn…” Poppy said, a grin on her face.

Aylee was grinning just a widely next to Poppy. I rolled my eyes before announcing I was going to go wash off my face mask.

“Oh yeah, good idea,” Aylee said and prodded at her face.

The three of use made our way to the bathroom where we washed our faces. We spent the rest of the afternoon watching a movie on my iPad before getting sorted to go out to the last race.

“Julian said he would come and pick us up on his way,” Aylee informed Poppy and I

“Oh, speaking of Julian…” Poppy said, turning to me. “How you doing?”

“Honestly, its weird but I am glad at the same time. I’ve always wanted a brother and I’ve always wanted to meet my dad, so I am actually happy for a change.” I smiled at Poppy.

“Well that’s good, I’m really glad for you,” Poppy told me.

Around eight o’clock, Julian came to pick us up. When we got into the car, he greeted us individually.

“Hey babe,” Julian said, giving Aylee a quick kiss.

“Hey Poppy.” He smiled at Poppy in the rear-view mirror.

“Hello baby sister,” Julian said, smirking at me.

“Hello big brother,” I replied, smiling.

We both chuckled at each other and I could feel the smiles radiating from both girls.

“So how you feeling about tonight? Its your ex verses your current boyfriend,” Aylee said to me.

“For the thousandth time, we’re friends!” I huffed.

“Yeah, friends who fu – “

“Don’t you start that again!” I interrupted Aylee who only grinned at me in the rear-view mirror.

“But seriously though, you okay?” Aylee asked in a calmed tone.

“Honestly, I don’t know. What if Kasper wins? Jax is a very dangerous person and you don’t know what he can be capable of when he’s angry,” I told them.

“Yeah, so is Kasper,” Julian mumbled.

“What?” I asked. Did I hear him correctly?

“What?” Julian said, acting innocent

I narrowed my eyes at him as he continued to drive us to the tracks.

We got there in no time and parked next to Olly’s truck and Kasper’s bike. I leapt out the car to greet everyone. Kasper immediately put his arms around me, and I sank into him.

I know I had seen him this morning when I woke up in that little hut, but I still missed him. Oh god, I’m beginning to sound pathetic.

“How are you feeling mate?” Julian asked Kasper.

“I’m good, I just hope Jax doesn’t do something stupid,” Kasper replied.

“Oh, I would never do anything stupid.” We all froze at the sound of Jax’s voice.

I pulled out of Kasper’s arms to look at him. He was standing a few feet away and had smug look on his face.

“What the fuck do you want?” Aylee snapped.

“I just came to wish dear Kasper here, good luck.” The way in which Jax said those words were anything but genuine. He was up to something.

“Get bent, I dont need shit from you,” Kasper said in a calm but deadly tone.

Jax tore his eyes away from Kasper to look at me. He looked me up and down, taking in my black skinny jeans and leather jacket.

“I can’t wait until I have you back baby,” Jax purred.

I literally feel like I am going to be sick. He can’t be serious?

“Pfft, maybe you are stupid because there is no way she would ever go back to you,” Julian said, leaning on the side of his car.

The siren went to signal the start of the race. Jax moved away silently but not without giving me another look. Kasper stayed for a moment, turning to look back at me.

“It’ll be okay,” he said to me.

Kasper kissed my forehead and left the way Jax did.

I felt a pair of arms wrap around me and turned my head to see Dustin. I could see his worry for me in his eyes.

We all made our way to stand on the bed of Olly’s truck to give us a good view of the race.

To say I was nervous was an understatement. I was terrified to be honest. Both boys lined up and waited patiently for the gun to go off. When it did, my breath caught in my throat as they sped off around the track.

It was all happening so fast, Jax was just a tiny bit in the lead to start with before Kasper pulled forward and cut him off on a bend. My heart was beating even faster, the further they got around. I could feel the anticipation of my friends around me, waiting and watching.

On the last lap, Jax looked as if he was getting worried. He tried to cut Kasper off again but failed. Kasper had pulled out ahead of Jax and was now a mere thirty seconds from finishing.

The reaction of the crowd was unbelievable when Kasper won. Our little group were cheering so much, I wouldn’t be surprised if they heard us from Spain.

Someone came on to announce the winner, but I wasn’t listening as I watched Kasper make his way back over to us, a huge smile on his face. As soon as he was close enough, I practically jumped from the truck bed and straight into his arms. He lifted me up and I wrapped my legs around his waist.

“Guys, no fucking in public!” Aylee reprimanded.

“Yeah, that ain’t something we wanna be seeing,” Luca said.

Kasper put me down and stuck his finger up at our friends. Each one of them came to congratulate Kasper one by one but Kasper never once took his arm from around me.

“Well, well… who knew you could actually beat me…” we all turned to look at Jax and Anton, who both had weird smiles on their faces.

Kasper didn’t reply, he just looked at them both. His arm tightened around me, making me feel more secure.

“Jax, go away,” I snapped.

“You’re not wanted here, go back into the little hole you crawled out from,” Dustin said from behind me.

Jax looked around at all of us but his gaze settled on me. He took a few steps forward, looking like a lion ready to pounce. I glanced around and saw the rest of Jax’s group, a lot of them had one hand behind their back and I knew exactly what they were preparing to do.

“Why would I go without you, baby?” He said. “You know exactly what will happen to your little friends if you don’t cooperate.”

There was now a little crowd gathered around all of us, watching with curious looks. This was not going to end well. I knew that every single one of them had a gun with them right now.

“She’s not going anywhere with you,” Kasper growled.

Jax took his eyes from me and looked at Kasper with an irritated expression. He sighed and shook his head slightly before pulling a gun from the back waistband of his pants. He took the safety off and pointed it directly at Kasper’s face. Gasps erupted from around us, but I wasn’t the least bit surprised.

“Now, are you coming or am I going to have to blow your pretty little boyfriend’s face off?” Jax asked in such a casual tone.

“If you don’t get the fuck away from my daughter, I will kill you.”

The gun which was firmly placed against Jax’s head was the best thing I have ever seen. It belonged to a handsome blonde man in his early thirties. I looked at the man and he was the spitting double of Julian but older.

I didn’t even notice him coming up and I don’t think anyone else did because all Jax’s guys seemed shocked.

I glanced at Julian and Kasper, both don’t look surprised at all, they just look amused.

I look back at the man, going over the word he used in my head.

Daughter.

Realisation suddenly punched me in the face. Holy shit… this is my dad.

I looked at Jax, hoping to see the fact that he was scared but he wasn’t. In fact, he looked bored.

Jax lowered his gun and stuffed it back in the waistband of his pants, he turned slowly to face my father.

“Hey Chris,” he said in a bored tone.

Wait a second, Jax knows my dad? Okay, can someone please tell me what the fuck is going on.

“Come on boys, I’m bored,” Jax said to the rest of his group, moving off to their bikes.

We all watched in silence as they got on a drove off. No one said anything for a minute, we were all standing there in complete silence. The crowd had disappeared when the guns came out and now it was just us.

“Took you long enough,” Julian said in a mocking tone.

Dad put his gun away then stuck his finger up at his son who chuckled.

Kasper had never once let go of me throughout this whole thing, even when Jax threatened to kill him.

“Everyone, to my house please,” Dad commanded, turning to walk off towards a car.

What in the holy hell just happened?!

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