Shattered Rose (Rose Book 2)

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Chapter Twelve

It had been hours, and no one was telling us a thing about James.

“I dared him to do it… this is my fault…” Wayne murmured sadly as he sat looking dejected in his seat.

Tammy had had to stay behind for Layla, Luka and Savannah stayed back too so she wasn’t on her own.

I was given a quick check and told to drink plenty of fluids. But other than being exhausted from dragging his body up against the tide, I felt fine in my body. Except my shoulder, that hurt.

“I’m going to find out what’s going on” Shaun stood up suddenly and stormed out the room.

A few minutes late and he burst into the room and lifted me into his arms.

“You are a fucking life saver. He’s alive. The doctor said if it hadn’t been for you getting him out when you did, he would have died. He was seconds away from dying and you got him out” He span me as relief flooded my body.

“Can we see him?” I cried happily.

“Soon, I need to call the others” He nodded as I sat back down next to Tom and leaned my head against his shoulder.

“How are you holding up?” Tom asked.

“Throat hurts, arms ache but I’m ok” I said.

“We should take you home” Tom mumbles into my head, placing a soft kiss.

“I’m not leaving until I see James” I answer, and he sighs but nods in agreement.

Half an hour later and we were allowed into James’s room to see him.

“I’m sorry man” Wayne apologises straight away as we get into the room.

“Don’t worry dude, I was stupid and drunk. Thought it was fun. Until I couldn’t catch my breath… Sammy girl saved me” He smiled at me brightly.

“I’m so happy you’re alive” I hug him tight, as a tear escapes my eye.

“Can’t get rid of me that easily” He smirks.

I smile but suddenly have a coughing fit.

“Sam!” James exclaims as the boys surround me.

“Breathe Sam, get it all out” Tom rubs my back as I cough up more sludge from my lungs.

“That doesn’t look so good” Shaun grumbles and heads off to get the nurse.

The nurse rushes in and has me sit down and listens to my lungs.

“You’ve still got fluid in your lungs; your body is trying to get rid of it. I’m going to go and sort you some medication to help with any pain and to stop any infection. Stay there” she says and rushes off.

“We spend way too much time in these places” Shaun grumbles as he sits on the edge of James’s bed.

Shaun, James and I had all had our fair share of time in the hospital and I dreaded it every time.

“I’ve spoken to the doctor and he wants you both to stay the night” The nurse walks back in.

“No way, I’m not staying here” I groan.

“I agree.” James seconds me.

“I can’t stop you from leaving if you discharge yourselves. However, if you both leave, you are not to be left on your own for the next twenty-four hours. I don’t want you choking in your sleep.” She frowned at us.

“They won’t be on their own.” Wayne piped up.

“You with James and me with Sam?” Tom nodded at Wayne and they seemed to come to an agreement.

“Fine. I’ll sort the paperwork. But the moment that one of them feels worse, they come back” She says sternly, and the boys agree.

Not long after, we had returned home, I found my phone had been blown up with messages from my father.

Dad: Luka told me about James. Are you ok?

Dad: Will you answer your phone!

Dad: Seriously Samantha answer the phone.

Dad: Luka told me you left your phone behind. As soon as you get this please message or call me back. He told me about everything so far. I’m getting someone to look into this Craig kid.

Dad: You have to be back by now….

Sam: Hey Dad, I’m ok, now back from the hospital. James is ok, weak but he’ll be fine. Under watch for next 24hrs. Just leave the Craig stuff alone. I don’t need you to pick fights with everything. He hasn’t been back since. It’s fine. I got a job at a diner today, did Luka tell you that? It’s so cool there, you’d love it. Speak soon Dad, Sammy xx

I put my phone on silent as I crawled into bed.

“You are not sleeping on your own, you heard the nurse” Tom came through the door in nothing but his boxers. I looked at him from head to toe, the man was gorgeous.

“I’m not going to drown in my sleep, it’s a slight cough” I groaned.

“I don’t care, move over” He said as he sat on the bed lifting the covers.

I bit my lip, suddenly nervous that he was laying next to me in nothing but boxers.

“Don’t you have pyjamas?”

“You’re lucky, I normally sleep naked” He smirks. I groan again, turning on my side, but I wince, my arm still sore, the nurse said I may have torn a muscle from lifting James out against the current.

I rolled to my other side, now facing Tom next to me as he lay with his arms folded behind his head, eyes closed as I took every inch of him in.

“Take a picture, it will last longer” He smirks, peeking one eye open.

“Your tattoos, do they have any meaning?” I ask as I trace one with my finger on his chest.

“Every tattoo I have has a meaning behind it. I don’t have them just because I like them, if I want one, it has to mean something. The one you’re touching right now, a lone wolf that lost its pack, just as I lost my family” He said.

“Wow, I’ve always wanted one, but I could never decide what I wanted”

“Take your time with it, think long and hard, don’t get something because it looks pretty” He says looking me in the eye.

I begin to cough again, and he rubs my back as I sit up.

“It’s going to be a long night” I sigh as I sit up slightly as laying seemed to annoy it more.

Tom had stayed up all night with me until I finally fell asleep when my cough began to calm down, we had slept in most of the morning.

A couple of months had gone by and Elise and I were enjoying our new jobs at Harvey’s.

We had become quite the team and Harvey had been given the well-earned break every time we came into work, he had no worries when it came to us working as we handled everything.

“Break time girls, I’ve got this” Harvey came out of the office smiling as usual.

We took off our aprons and ordered our lunch as we sat at the table on the far wall.

“So, what’s going on with you and Tom lately” Elise sips her coffee.

“I don’t know, we’re taking it slow I guess” I answer. To be honest it had been going so slow it had come to a stop. The most he ever did was hold my hand.

“How slow?” She asked.

“Stand still. Hand holding, you pretty much see the most of it” I sigh.

“Here you are ladies” Harvey puts down two plates of the BLT’s we ordered and went back to the counter.

A guy in a hoody entered out the corner of my eye. I tried to ignore it, always so cautious and paranoid.

“You’re serious? He hasn’t kissed you. What is he waiting for?” She shakes her head in disbelief before beginning to eat her sandwich.

My eyes gaze back to the man in the hoody as he looks around the diner, taking in his surroundings.

“Have you ever seen that guy before?” I nod towards him as Elise turns in her seat.

“I can’t see his face” She murmurs.

“Everybody on the ground!” The man suddenly brings out a gun and shoots a warning shot in the air. I grab Elise and drag her to the floor, ducking under the table.

“Oh shit! What do we do?” She panics.

“Give me all the cash in the till old man!” The guy shouts over the counter as he points the gun at Harvey.

“You don’t need to do this boy…”

“Do it or I will shoot” The guy growls, I peer over the table and notice the mans face. It was Craig.

“It’s Craig, god damn it!” I whispered as Elise looked at me wide-eyed and shocked.

“All of you, over by the counter, now!” Craig shouts as he shoots another warning shot. I keep my head down and take Elise with me, keeping her behind me.

“Well, well, well, what do we have here?” His gun rests on my chin as he lifts my face with an evil grin.

Grabbing me by the throat he lifts me up and points the gun in my face.

“Give me the cash or she dies”

Harvey rushes to get the till open.

“Craig you don’t have to do this” I say as he presses the gun further against my jaw.

“Shut up” He growls.

“Listen, you can take me and the money, just let everyone else go” I say as he turns me around to face him, pushing me against the counter as he leans against me.

He licks my throat.

“Tastes like fear” he smirks.

I look at the gun and smirk at his stupidity

“I’m not afraid of you Craig” I push back at him.

I grab his arm and twist, he goes to shoot, it clicks, no bullet comes out.

I push his arm further as he screams in pain, dropping the gun. Kicking him to the ground and pinning him down.

“You forgot to turn the safety off” I smirk as I punch him unconscious.

A round of applause begins in the diner as they cheer.

“Police are on their way” Harvey says, looking at me in shock.

“I told you I worked security” I smirked.

“There’s more to you though isn’t there… you remind me of someone...” He says and I frown.

“Yes, but it’s nothing you need to know” I reply, and he nods, frowning for the first time I’d ever seen.

Harvey gave us the rest of the day off once the police had taken our statements, he closed the diner and went home.

I felt sorry for him, he seemed so worried and down when we left.

“Do you think he’s ok?” I ask Elise as we watch him get in his car and drive away.

“I’m sure he’ll be fine. It’s a big thing to happen, to have a gun pointed at you, normal people get a bit panicky around them. You’re a little desensitised.” She said and I nodded.

As we turned up to the house I noticed a new car in the driveway that I’d never seen before.

“Looks like we have a visitor” I state.

“Everyone’s home too, weird” She said pointing to all the cars.

“Luka? Shaun?” I call out.

“In the lounge!” Luka calls back.

“Dad!” I say excitedly as sitting next to my brother was our father, smiling up at me.

“Hey kiddo” He said embracing me.

“What are you doing here?”

“You didn’t think I was going to ignore your birthday did you?” He smiled. I hadn’t celebrated my birthday properly for a few years.

“Hold on… it’s your birthday soon?!” Tom shouted in surprise.

“Tomorrow” I smile sheepishly.

“Twenty-two years old, time sure does fly kid” My dad sighs.

“Somethings wrong…” I look at him as he looks at me in defeat, knowing I’d caught him on something.

“The house…”

“Which house?”

“Your childhood home…”

“What’s happened?” I ask intently.

“We had a bit of a backlash from some supporters of Karlos and it was…ummm… burnt down to the ground…” he said, I stumbled back, sitting on the sofa behind me.

My childhood home was gone, in ashes, every photo, every memory, gone in puffs of smoke.

“Today is not my day…” I sigh sadly.

“Why what else happened?” Luka asked, looking from me to Elise.

“Not now Luka” I said sternly.

“Samantha” He said in warning.

“Craig turned up in the diner…with a gun…” Elise sighed as Shaun grabbed her and checked every inch of her for wounds.

“And you didn’t lead with this!” Luka growled.

“He’s in police custody. It doesn’t matter now. No one got hurt” I reply.

“Why do I feel like you’re the one that took him down with a gun to your face?” Dad sighed.

“You don’t need to feel like it, its on the internet, here, watch” Rob tapped a few buttons and brought it up on the big tv as I groaned at the video that was playing.

All eyes fell on me in shock.

“Must you always get involved!” Luka shouted.

“Calm down baby” Savannah put a hand on his shoulder.

“Trouble finds me, I don’t go looking for it! I didn’t ask for this fucking life Luka! I hate every second of it!” I shout back at him.

“Then don’t be a part of it! Don’t go home at the end of the year!” He exclaims.

“I’m not…” I sigh, I had already made my decision.

“When did you decide that?” Tom asks in shock.

“The other day. Dad, the Midnight Rose, it’s all yours, I’m done. All it’s done is mess me up. This trip has made me realise that I want to be a normal girl. I want to be a normal girl, with a normal job and a family, my family” I replied.

“I can’t promise you completely normal Sam, but I will do my best to make sure you have everything you need. I’ll keep as much of the Midnight Rose away from you, but troubling scenarios seem to have a knack of following you around.” My father replied with a hug.

“You guys can go home, none of you have to stay with me, it’s all your decision” I say looking to the people around me.

“You wanted your family around you didn’t you, we aren’t going anywhere” Savannah smiles in the arms of Luka.

“I’ll stay if Tammy and Layla do” Wayne smiles sweetly towards them and Rob looks confused.

“My sister! That’s who you are falling for?! Hurt her and you die” He warns but smiles as they do a small bro shake.

“Tammy?” I look to her.

“We’re staying, Layla would kill me if we took her away from you. She keeps telling me that the princess will be a queen one day” She smirks looking from Tom to me.

“I’m Staying too” Brian and James say in unison.

“Us too” Shaun and Elise smile.

“No way am I leaving my wing woman here, Damien you agree?” Taylor smiles and Damien runs up to me swinging me around.

“Not a chance” He says as I giggle.

“Well, looks like you’re all staying. I, however, have to go back in a few days. I will have the rest of your belongings packed up and sent over. This house is all yours if you want it?” He says

“This place? I thought it was temporary” I answer.

“This place is mine, your mother designed it” He says with a smile.

“Mum designed it?”

“Yes, we had planned to raise you guys here in this home, away from the violence, down by the ocean. Now, I get to see my two kids stay here, live a new life, that’s all we ever wanted” Dad said with a tear in his eye.

“I love it, I’m staying here no matter what” I smile hugging him.

“I’m glad, this is my old hometown, where I grew up, my father lives here still… I haven’t seen him in years, he hated the gang life…”

“What?!” Luka and I shouted together.

“I am going to go and visit him tonight; apologise for everything I ever did to that man. If he forgives me then I hope he will come over for your birthday tomorrow Sam. Even if he doesn’t forgive me, I hope he comes to see his grandchildren…” Dad sighs.

“This is crazy…I…I need a minute” I say as I walk outside.

I could hear someone go to follow me and then my dad telling them to leave me be.

Craig pulled a gun on me today.

My childhood home was burnt down to the ground.

This house had been designed by my mother for us to grow up in.

This was my father’s hometown.

My grandfather lived here.

And everyone was staying with me.

That was a whole lot to take in, in one go.

“Auntie Sammy!” Layla called from the steps that led down to the beach where I sat.

“Layla what are you doing out here on your own!?” I shouted.

“Mummy said we’re staying here! I wanted to see you and ask if you were too” she said excitedly.

“I am staying” She jumps on my lap and giggles as she hugs me.

“I’m happy! You and Tom can have happily ever after?” She sighs into my chest happily.

“Maybe, we will see” I sigh.

“But he loves you… oops… that was supposed to be a secret” she covers her mouth in shock at her own words.

“What? Who told you that?”

“Tom did, he told me that he was in love with a princess, but she was fragile, and he was scared she would break. Just like glass. He said that he would give her time and let her get strong before he said he loved her. I’m not stupid, I know you’re the princess” She rolls her eyes at me as I giggle at her.

Just another thing to add to the list of the day.

“Come on Layla, your mum is probably mad with worry that you’re not in the house again” I say as I pick her up in my arms and carry her up to the house.

“Don’t tell Tom I told you” Layla mumbles in my ear.

“I won’t, but I have a job for you” I smirk as she perks up.

“What can I do?!”

“Be a spy for me and get Tom to sweep the princess off her feet and kiss her” Layla’s eyes light up as she nods excitedly.

“Layla! Again! You are going to give me a heart attack!” Tammy comes running out as she spots me with her in my arms.

“I’m sorry mummy” Layla mumbles as Tammy holds her tight.

I wink at Layla as she giggles, and Tammy looks at both of us in question.

“What are you two up to?” Tammy smirks.

“Saving a princess!” Layla squeals as I put a finger to my lips laughing.

“Sam, what are you doing to my daughter?” Tammy asks.

“Can I tell mummy?” Layla asks.

“Ok, but only mummy for now” I wink as Layla drags Tammy’s ear to her level and whispers loudly in her ear that I could hear it but the guys in the lounge wouldn’t.

Tammy’s eyes glisten with excitement.

“I have to be involved with this” she looks at me smiling.

“Ok, but nothing obvious!” I smirk as I go into the lounge.

“You found her!” Wayne and Rob shout at the same time as they spot Layla with Tammy behind me.

“Yeah, she went out to see the princess here” Tammy smirks as I give her a glare.

Tom chuckles, ruffling Layla’s hair as she swats his hand away.

“Don’t mess with my hair” she shouts with a pout.

“She’s becoming a teen early…” Rob smirks at his sister.

“Sam, I have to go, but I will be back tomorrow for your birthday, I’m sorry again about the house” My dad walks up to me and places a kiss on my head while saying goodbye to everyone else.

“Is no one going to mention it’s Sam’s birthday and we didn’t know…” Tom grumbled.

“Sorry to say mate, but we knew. She never celebrates her birthday” Brian answered.

“You don’t celebrate your birthday…” Tom uttered.

“Never wanted to. Can’t say that there has ever been a reason to celebrate. Every year on my birthday my grandpa would take me to some gala, now I know he was parading me around for show… it was never a good occasion to me… plus its mums birthday too…” I mumble the last bit and I try not to go into detail about how he was parading me around in order to show my growth as a fighter and for them to bid for me, Layla was in the room. But Taylor caught my eye, he understood, he’d been to those parties and now understood what my grandfather had been up to all those years.

“Can we have a party?” Layla asked.

“Yes!” Tom’s eyes lit up.

“Do I have to…” I answer.

“It’s time to start celebrating your life Sam, it’s time to have a fun birthday” Damien smiled.

“OK, we’ll party” I smile as Layla jumps up and down on the sofa before plummeting down on Tom as he groans, I’m pretty sure she landed on his nuts.

“Oops… I’m sorry!” She cries.

“It’s ok Layla, just be a little careful next time” he groans.

It had been a long day and soon it was time to go to bed.

I caught Layla whispering to Tom in the corridor as he was knelt in front of her listening to her intently.

It was an adorable sign.

“And then you sweep the princess off her feet!” She says the last part a little loud that I hear from behind the door I was hiding behind as I struggled to hold in a laugh.

“Layla, I said it was bedtime! Tom you are not helping me!” Tammy shouts as she swats him over the head, picking up Layla as Layla blows him a kiss goodnight. It was adorable!

“Who are we staring at?” Savannah suddenly appears by my side and makes me jump and I squeak.

“Shit! Savannah!” I say as I hear footsteps come closer.

“Everything ok ladies?” Tom peers behind the door.

“Savannah made me jump” I answer.

“What were you doing in the doorway Sam?” Tom asks.

“I was just on my way to the bathroom” I try to make up an excuse.

“Right… That’s what you were doing. Good night Sammy” Savannah rolled her eyes and went into her room with Luka as I heard her begin to laugh.

“The real reason?” Tom asks.

“I was going to the bathroom, but I spotted you and Layla, you just looked so darn cute, I stopped for a second” I blushed.

“Cheeky, spying princess” He smirks.

I wink and walk past him as I go into my room.

“I thought you needed the bathroom princess” he calls out.

“Changed my mind” I call back.

“Good night princess” He smiles.

“Good night” I blow a cute kiss just like Layla had as his laugh boomed through the hallway.

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