Midnight Rose (Rose Series Book 1)

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Chapter 7

Dear my Darling Samantha,

If you are reading this, it means I am gone, and I am so sorry that you have to go through this without me.

If you are also reading this, it means that my dear Luka did not get to you in time to save you and I hope your Grandfather and Gregory have not ruined you beyond recognition.

It is a complicated situation which started when I was very young. Your grandfather had trained me and your uncle Karlos in everything he could with regards to his Mafia. He molded us into his own image, but neither of us liked it.

When I was 16, he promised me to another family, Gregory’s and sold me to him.

I never wanted this, and your uncle hated every moment and got many beatings for trying to stop it.

We were stuck in a world we hated and couldn’t get away.

One day, we were taken to a gala where I met Gregory and he acted so nice, so caring, I thought I could give it a go.

But his heavy hands hurt me, and I stopped trying.

Then, I met Trent, a gorgeous older man who treated me like a princess and so our love began. It was never supposed to end this way.

Luka came first, Trent’s first-born son, my baby boy and I managed to hide him from Gregory and give him to Trent to raise but I still couldn’t get away. We snuck around, seeing each other behind my fathers and Greg’s backs. But then, your brother Jason was born.

Now, I need you to remember that no matter what Jason will always be your brother, he hasn’t got a harsh bone in his body and Gregory would not bring him into the family mafia until he was 25, so I hope that you get this before its too late, save your brother.

A couple years later and Trent got me pregnant once again, a little girl this time, with you.

Trent wanted to get me away from Gregory, but I couldn’t get myself and Jason away safely, so I stayed.

I pretended that you were his… until you were nine, and Gregory found out the truth.

Now I fear he will kill me and send you off to your Grandfather.

I hope this never happens, but I fear it will. Do not let his power scare you into submission, you are strong and so is your family. Luka will never leave you; Jason will always be your brother and your uncle will know of this letter.

Tracey will have this letter, she is a good friend, she will be by your side too.

I’m sorry you are having to hear this by letter, and I know you are doing me proud.

Trust your brothers and your uncle.

Do not trust grandfather, do not trust Gregory.

Luka will find you and keep you safe. It’s time for my brother to take my fathers thrown and make this family better.

I love you my sweet baby girl, so much.

Forever yours,

Your Mother

Xx

P.S Use code word HoneyBee to your uncle, he will understand that you read the letter. It was his nickname for me.

I read the letter over and over and Taylor read it by my side. It was my mother’s handwriting and I was in disbelief.

“We have to burn it Sam” Taylor murmured bringing out his lighter. I cried, this was the last thing I had from my mother, I didn’t want to part with it. But I knew he was right.

“You should never have crossed me Louisa” The mans gruff voice sounded and then a scream and a final gunshot.

I knew I recognized that voice the day of the crash with mum.

It was Gregory’s.

I watched as the letter was set alight in front of us. Crying my eyes out.

“Now what?” Taylor asks.

“Now we take down the bastard’s Mafia” I stand up ready to fight.

“Time to tell the guys?” He asked.

“Time to tell them, but first, I need to get my brothers” I answer, I would make sure Jason would not be hurt by Gregory, he would not turn evil like him.

“It’s going to take a whole lot of acting nice to make sure they don’t notice. Your grandfathers a smart man” Taylor grumbled.

“Yeah, but he made a huge mistake” I smirked.

“What?”

“He trained me” I said as I walked confidently off, ready to take on the world.

I made a call.

“Decided to call me, have you? Seen some truths yet?” Luka’s cocky voice came through.

“I got mums letter” I said, and I heard him choke on something.

“You believe me? Tracey saw you…” he stammered.

“Yeah I do, brother” I smiled.

“About time, I’m sorry I didn’t get to you in time, the day of the accident, if I had been there just minutes before you would never have gone through all this” he sounded sincere.

“It’s ok. You did what you could, but now we have to take them down” I reply.

“I’m here, what ever you need” He answered.

“I’ll call you. Take care brother, I’ll see you soon” I smiled as he returned the goodbye.

“Now where?” Taylor asked.

“I have to get Jase, but I don’t know how” I said, unsure.

“Then we start somewhere else, the more people we have the better” He replied starting the car.

“Where are we going?”

“Bradley’s” He answered, and I groaned.

“Everyone’s here, even Damien…” I said spotting the guys cars and trucks.

“I messaged them all, even your uncle. Only one I didn’t do was your brother, had to leave someone behind, however, I made sure the twins are there with him, so Greg doesn’t think much of it and doesn’t get time to himself with him” Taylor smirked.

“Nice, aren’t you smart” I smirk as we get out.

I was dreading this.

“I wish we hadn’t burnt the letter yet now” I added groaning, dreading explaining all of this.

“I will help you, I’m here, I’m not going anywhere” he smiled as we walked into the house where all the guys were waiting, beers in hands.

“Sam? Everything ok?” Karlos eyes searched mine.

“Yeah, well I guess, I got HoneyBee’s message” I said as tears filled both his and my eyes and he ran up to embrace me.

“You know now?” He held my face in his hands as I nodded and sobbed.

“What the bloody hell is going on now?” Bradley said angrily.

“Chill dude, this is a long story and will explain a lot about the situations our girl has been getting in to” Taylor tried to calm him.

“No or never I guess” I said as we all sat in the lounge and Taylor, Karlos and I explained everything.

“You’ve got to be kidding me… this is a joke, right?” Brian said under his breath.

“Not a joke at all” A voice came from the kitchen as the boys took out their guns.

“Woah! I come in peace!” Luka came out of the dark.

“Luka!” I shouted as I ran up to him, then stopped suddenly, unsure how to treat him after only just finding out he really was my brother.

He closed the gap and took me in his arms.

“I’ve been waiting a long time for this sister” he sighed.

“This is so fucked up. We were literally hunting this guy down to kill him for Jon and now he’s no longer the enemy, but Jon is!” Bradley came up behind me.

“I know, I don’t like this either, but what else do you want me to do? Be sold by my grandfather like he sold my mother?” I replied and then he got angry and punched the wall just as I had earlier that day.

“Hey! You told me off for that!” I shouted playfully at him.

I took his hand in mine and checked it over. He had grazed his knuckles.

“Come on, I’ll clean this up” I took him by the hand taking him to the bathroom upstairs to find his first aid kit.

“It’s not that bad” He said as I placed the antiseptic solution on, he hissed.

“Not that bad huh?” I smirked finishing cleaning his hand up.

“This is messed up Sam, you’re going to get hurt” He said lifting my chin with a finger, his eyes sad.

“No, I have all of you. We can do this” I answer with a small smile.

“I don’t want you involved in this. Just stay here, I’ll lock you away and keep you safe. They won’t get their hands on you. You’re my girl”

“You can’t hide me away; I have to fight this. He can’t get away with this, neither of them can” I say as I wrap my arms around his shoulders.

“Please, please, I will take you away, anywhere, I need you to stay well away, I can’t risk it” He begs.

“I can’t Bradley, don’t go there. This needs to end. Just say you’ll stay with me, help me” I look into his eyes deeply.

“I am never leaving your side again. Not after this. You’re my girl… well as long as you want to be?” He wrapped his arms around my waist brining me closer.

“Yes, Bradley, I will be your girl, but I cannot stay locked away, this is my families fight” I smile.

“Ok, ok, but no one’s touching my girl” He smirks, his lips clash with mine with tenderness. My hands slowly move into his hair as we become more passionate, more demanding. Biting my lip, he makes me moan and takes his chance to use his tongue as I moan again.

“Carry on moaning and we won’t be able to go anywhere” he smirks cheekily filled with lust.

“Better move now then, the guys are waiting for us to come back down” I push away but he groans, hugging me from behind, kissing my neck.

“I don’t care” He smiles nipping the sensitive spot on my neck that I never knew I had, I moaned again, blood filling my cheeks in blushing.

“Bradley…” I moaned turning in his arms to see a deep lust in his eyes.

“Keep moaning like that and I won’t be able to control myself. I want your first time to be special” He groans kissing me deeply once more.

“Hey, have you two finished…oh” Taylor came barging into the room before sniggering.

“Taylor, way to ruin a moment” Bradley groaned into my neck as I giggled.

“Did you just giggle Sam… You actually giggled… dude you got her in the palm of your hand. Hurt her and I will kill you” Taylor warned but a smile was permanently stuck to his face.

“Shut up” I blushed again before dragging Bradley out by the hand to go back downstairs, Taylor followed laughing hard.

“Hey! Shaun’s awake!” James skidded around the corner suddenly, double taking at seeing Bradley and I’s hands curled together. He smiled knowingly.

“You’re serious?! Already!? Go! Go see our guy! Wait, don’t tell him anything about Luka or any of it yet. He can’t be worrying about this!” I smiled, before shooing him out the door.

“Good thinking, not a word until he’s fit as a fiddle, you got my word” James said as he raced out.

Taylor walked past me and plonked himself next to Damien and now it was my turn to give him a knowing look, those two had been stuck together since he came here to live and hadn’t left each other’s sides.

“What?” Taylor asked, his head to the side like a puppy in wonder.

“Seriously, are you two just gonna kiss or what?” I smirk as Damien looks flustered.

Taylor laughs.

“Whose to say we haven’t already” he said putting an arm around Damien.

“No way!” I squealed.

“High school girlie much? I’m going to have to take you down and man you back up soon” Taylor laughs.

“Its cute” Bradley laughs as he pulls me down onto his lap on the sofa.

“Finally, dude” Brian smirks.

My phone vibrated on the table bringing me out of my love stupor as I read the message.

Grandpa: Sam I forgot to tell you, the gala next week is masquerade, I will have an outfit picked out for you and sent over. Your men will be security for the night and your brother and father will be invited too. It’s time this family acted the way it should, together. Don’t forget to woo the gentlemen who approach you or you will be punished.

“Ah shit” I cried out as Bradley read the message over my shoulder.

“Woo the gentlemen… what! No way, you’re not going!” He got angry.

“Baby, calm down, I’m not doing anything with these guys, just harmless flirtation and you will be there keeping an eye, but you have to keep your cool. If grandpa notices something I’m screwed!” I rush.

“The upside is that being in masquerade I can come” Luka adds, I hadn’t even thought of that. Karlos looked intrigued.

“Downside, Jason’s being brought into this too quick” Karlos hit back.

“We have to tell him soon” I state as I lay in the crook of Bradley’s neck, kissing his jaw to calm him down, although it seems to work him up in other ways…oops.

“We will figure something out, I must go, Greg is starting to wonder what’s going on. Are you coming home with me?” Karlos asks but Bradley’s hold gets tighter.

“No, I’m going to stay” I smile sweetly as he winks, kissing my forehead before leaving.

“Safety first guys!” He chuckles as he leaves.

“Us guys are going to leave too. Message if you need anything.” Brian leaves with the guys.

“Damien’s coming home with me tonight, perhaps we’ll both get lucky, night kiddo” Taylor laughs ruffling my hair as Damien thumps him in the arm. I hug them both goodbye.

“And then it was the third wheel… Bradley I don’t need to tell you to not hurt my sister’s heart, do I?” Luka raised an eyebrow.

“Fuck no. She’s mine and no one’s hurting her, not me and definitely not any other prick” Bradley said as they did some sort of bro handshake.

“Call me sis” He said hugging me before slinking back out the back.

Bradley followed locking the house up before joining me back on the couch before lifting me into his lap.

“You sure do bring a lot of trouble with you” Bradley sighed.

“It’s not like I meant to. I just want to be a normal girl, with a normal job and a normal family and friends”

“We’ll get this done and get to normal. I just hope you don’t get bored with me. I am an old man after all” He smirks.

“Yeah and your nose is kinda wonky” I play back, kissing the tip of his nose as I straddle his lap.

“That was your fault!” He shouted playfully. He tickles my side making me laugh like crazy.

“Ok, ok! It was my fault I made you ugly!” I laugh as he tickles me again.

“Say I’m handsome! Say I’m handsome!” he laughs pining me against the sofa as I laugh, barely able to breathe.

“Ok… You’re handsome…and fun… and loving…and super, super old” I kiss his cheek between each word. He laughs shaking his head.

“So why would you want to be with such an old man, huh? I’m sure one of those twins would help if you wanted someone younger, they seem to watch you like you’re a piece of meat” He says, his smile gone, jealousy filling his eyes.

“Are you jealous?” I smirk.

“Not a chance, I’ve got more brains than those two put together, I know how to handle a woman” he growls, like actually growls.

“Good thing I’m yours then and I don’t want them. Just you, only you” I answer as I take him by surprise into a deep meaningful kiss.

His hands glide down my arms that he had had pinned, to my neck and down, squeezing my breasts before wrapping his arms around my back, arching my body against his.

He lifts me up and off the sofa, wrapping my legs around his waist as he takes me upstairs, still entangled in kisses as I kiss his jaw and neck, making him groan in pleasure.

I had no idea what I was doing, I was winging it, but it seemed to be working, especially as I felt his hard on against me.

There was no way that it was going to fit inside me! It felt huge!

He set me down on his bed before looking into my eyes deeply.

“We don’t have to do this” he said looking for assurance.

“I want to” I smiled bringing his head and lips back down to me.

“You’re shaking like a leaf” He groaned at me looking on in worry.

“It’s my first time, I’m nervous, I swear I want this” I answer, and I truly did but so many things were on my mind at the same time it was a blur.

“No, we aren’t doing this, your heads not in it, I can see it in your eyes peach”

“I…I… I do want this. I’m just…Scared. I don’t want to lose anyone else that I love, I couldn’t do it.” A tear escaped my eye as I cursed myself for crying.

“No, you can cry, come here, we will lay here, and you will let it all out. I’m here Sammy, trust me, lean on me, I will protect every ounce of your being and when you are truly ready we will get right down to the dirty I make that a promise” He said seriously, I giggled at the last bit as he crushed me in a hug while we laid in his bed, I sobbed, finally able to let every last tear I’ve ever wanted to shed out.

He was true to his word, he held me tight and let me let all the emotions out, I screamed, shouted, cried and he just let me.

“Feel better?” He said as I finally calmed down.

“Much… I’m sorry” I looked sheepishly at him.

“You have nothing to apologise for at all peach.” He strokes my hair, kissing my head sweetly.

For the rest of the night we slept soundly encased in each other’s bodies, for once I had a dreamless sleep.

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