All day I had been worrying about what was going to happen in two hours. Dad made us go over the plan half a dozen times or more. Grandfather was very wary. Grandma was beside herself with worry and had been baking non-stop all day. Mum had been eating that baking all day to try and clear her nerves. My friends were trying to make light out of the situation but were successfully failing.
Two hours. We had two hours left until I would be standing face to face with him. I just wanted this all to be over with.
With just two hours to go, I was currently sitting in the room I’d been given, which Dad was now saying it was my own room and after this is done, I should get it decorated the way I wanted.
I was currently sitting on my bed by myself. I had asked to have a few minutes to myself, just to calm my nerves. To say I wasn’t panicking, would be a lie.
I knew I wasn’t going to be alone. Kasper and Julian would be right there, hidden in the shadows but it still didn’t help with the nerves because what if they got caught? What if one of them was hurt?
I did not want my brother or my… you know what? Fuck it… boyfriend to get hurt.
I looked at the time on my phone, just catching the change of a number.
I had less than an hour before I had to leave. I stood up and started to pace my room. My thoughts swirling around and around. What if it didn’t work?
A soft knock came at my door and in walked the girls. Aylee and Poppy looked at me, their faces full of concern. They didn’t say anything as they walked forwards, pulling me into a group hug. We stood like that for what seemed like an age.
“Do not lie,” Poppy said when we pulled away.
“But are you okay?” Aylee finished.
“To be honest, no. I am scared.” I moved to sit down on the bed, Aylee and Poppy following suit.
“You’re holding it in through, people can’t really tell, except us, cause we’re like your best friends, obviously,” Aylee said, trying to lighten the mood.
“Well obviously,” I said, and we all chuckled.
“Kasper and Julian won’t let anything happen to you, Shay. You know that, right?” Poppy told me.
“Yeah, I do know but it still doesn’t calm my nerves because what if they get hurt?” I asked.
“I don’t think you understand how highly trained these boys are. Julian has been trainee for as long as he can remember and Kasper since he was about eight,” Aylee told me.
“Whoa, really?” Aylee nodded.
I checked the time on my phone, I had an hour before I had to leave. I was feeling sick and my stomach was doing all kinds of movements.
Another knock sounded at my door then Kasper opened it and poked his head in. His eyes landed on the three of us who were curled up on the bed.
“Hey, you okay?” He asked me directly as he walked into the room.
“Yeah, I am,” I told him.
“We’re gonna head downstairs,” Aylee said and got up from the bed.
Poppy followed her as she left the room. Kasper moved over to sit next to me on the bed. He didn’t say anything for a moment, he just looked at me and smiled softly.
“Everything will be fine,” Kasper told me, breaking the silence.
“Yeah? And how do you know that?” I asked him.
“Because, I won’t let anything happen to you.”
I didn’t reply, I just nodded.
We headed downstairs to get sorted before we had to go. My parents were in the office in a deep conversation which halted as I walked in.
They both looked at me. Both looked to be having a deep and serious conversation. Mum looked solemn and Dad looked sad.
“Hey Shay, how you feeing?” Dad asked me.
“I’m okay as I can be,” I told him.
“You know, you don’t have to go through with this,” Mum said, her eyes pleading.
“No, I’m doing this. I want it over.” My voice was firm, and I was determined.
Scared. But determined.
I decided to change the topic, hopefully to lighten the mood.
“So, what have you two been talking about?” I asked as I sat down on one of the couches.
“Well, your father was telling me about Laura and Alexis,” Mum said.
I nodded, understanding. I knew it was a difficult thing for my dad to talk about.
“Christopher, we need to talk,” my grandfather came in the study, his voice strong. “Sven has sent over the number of the Italian allies which have been taken care of.”
“Right,” Dad said.
Mum and I made our way out of the study then I went to get sorted to leave.
My hands were shaking as they wrapped around the handlebars of my bike. I looked back over my shoulder to my family and friends. They all gave me reassuring looks. Kasper and Julian were already on their bikes, ready to come after me. I took a deep breath and started the engine.
I sped off in the direction of the tracks, but my body was telling me to speed off in any other direction. I didn’t listen though, I had to see this through, I wanted this twat dead, I wanted to be free.
As I was getting closer to the tracks, I was becoming more and more nervous. When I was only a couple of minutes away, something seemed off. As I pulled into the tracks, it all made sense.
It was empty.
I saw Jax and Anton stood just a few feet away from the gas station. I was surprised there was not more of them. I stopped my bike but made sure that I was far enough away from them for Julian and Kasper to do what they needed to do. I did not get off the bike, but when Jax gave me a look, I did.
“Hey baby, I am so glad you came to your senses,” he said.
“Came to my senses? You threatened my friends!” I snapped.
“I just needed to give you a little push to choose the right thing.” The smile he pulled was twisted.
I scoffed and rolled my eyes.
“Someone’s a bit braver now,” Anton mused, smirking.
I wanted to tell Anton to get fucked but I kept my mouth shut this time. Anton was lazily leaning on his bike, watching me. There had always been something about Anton which gave me a funny feeling. He had always seemed like he was much smarter than his best friend but at the same time, he seemed like he was darker than Jax, if that was even possible.
“Why you all the way over there? Come closer,” Jax purred.
I had to stop myself from throwing up at the sound of his voice. I didn’t move though.
Both boys watched me warily, Jax took a step forward. I stood my ground; I wasn’t going to be scared of this bastard anymore. My eyes moved around the empty space behind Jax and Anton. I was very careful not to make it obvious and Jax definitely didn’t seem to notice. Anton, however, was looking at me suspiciously.
“Why do you keep looking around then?” Anton asked me, moving away from his bike and coming to stand next to Jax.
Jax gave Anton a curious look but didn’t say anything.
I shrugged. “Just wondering why it’s just you two.”
“Who said it was?” Jax said as he took another step forward.
From the shadows, dark figures began to make their way forward slightly. They didn’t come too close but were close enough to make me worry. I prayed that Kasper and Julian were still able to do what they needed to.
Anton walked past Jax and up to me fully, leaving Jax to stand by himself.
“But you didn’t come alone either, did you?” Anton asked me. He was now circling me like a predator.
“Why do you say that?” I asked Anton, my head following his movements.
“Because you ain't stupid.” Anton stopped right in front of me, his gaze fixed on mine.
I didn’t say anything as I did not know what to say to that. He was, after all, right. Anton and I stood there, glaring at each other. I moved slightly to the right so I could see what Jax was doing. He was watching the both of us intently. He seemed to have a curious expression on his face.
“Anton, what are you getting at?” Jax asked him.
Anton rolled his eyes and sighed before turning around to look at his best friend.
“Mate, you may be the boss but you’re not exactly the brightest.”
I couldn’t help it, but my mouth dropped open, did he really just say that to him? I knew Anton could be ballsy, but I did not think he could be this ballsy.
Jax did not seem to be obviously bothered but if you knew him as well as I did, I could tell he was furious to be spoken to the way Anton did.
“For god’s sake, just grab her and lets go,” Jax snapped.
Anton made a move to grab my arm, but I panicked and took a massive step back. When I was out of his reach, I turned around and briskly moved away. My freedom didn’t last long though as a hand wrapped itself around my hair. I screamed in pain as I was yanked back.
“Hey you little bitch! Don’t you try to run off,” Jax said.
“Jax, no! Please let me go!” I said, my voice wavering.
“You let her the fuck go!” I immediately relaxed slightly at the voice of my brother.
Julian and a man I did not know came out of the shadows and into my view, I sighed in relief but was confused as Kasper was not with them. They came as close as they possibly could before coming to an immediate stop. I was unsure why at first but when I heard the safety coming off the gun, I had an idea.
The metal shone in the corner of my eye as it flew past my head, his arm outstretched in front of him. Jax was pointing the guns at the boys. My breath stuck in my throat. I silently willed Jax not to shoot.
Before I knew it, Julian and the man with him had their guns trained on Jax. The world around seemed to freeze completely. I could feel the tension thick in the air.
“You really think that it was a smart idea to come here? We have you surrounded,” Jax said smugly.
“Oh, you mean those guys in the distance? Yeah, they’re our men, not yours.”
I glanced to my right as people began moving closer and I instantly recognised some of them from the house. I did my best not to grin as I knew it would infuriate Jax.
I could feel him tense behind me, and without looking at him, I knew he was panicking.
He shifted and I felt cold metal push into the side of my head. He now had his gun on me.
Julian’s expression changed into a look of wild panic and anger. My heart was beating faster than it ever had and my palms were sweating.
He’s going to kill me.
I couldn’t let that happen. He wasn’t going to win.
My survival instincts kicked in and my launched my head back, smacking it off his nose. Jax cried out in pain and dropped the gun, letting go of me at the same time to cradle his precious nose.
I’d be lying if I said that hitting him didn’t hurt like a bitch and I knew I would have a bruise or a bump, but it was worth it.
I dove for the gun and managed to get it first as Jax had started for it too. I held it out in front of me and pointed straight at the bastard.
“You don’t have the guts to shoot me, baby,” Jax said as he took slow steps forward.
I saw out of the corner of my eye, Anton started to back away ever so slowly, smirking at me as he was doing so and then disappeared into the darkness.
Jax noticed my distraction and leapt for me. He grabbed my arms with the gun and yanked me forward, we both fell on the floor in a struggle.
I could hear the shouts of people around us and saw someone trying to pull Jax off of me. But Jax was too preoccupied and determined as he was trying to pull the gun free from my grip, but I refused to let go.
Then a shot went off…
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