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Chapter 10

When I exited the bathroom I didn’t expect to see Luca sitting on my bed and waiting for me. When he saw me, he patted a place near him and I obliged him without any questions. Sitting down I realize how close we were.

“Show me your rib,” he said seriously, not leaving any space for disagreement.

Never in my life, I allowed any guy to see my body, but I knew that Luca won’t back down until he can examine the damage to my body, but I didn’t want him to see it.

My whole body was damaged... there were too many scars to count.

Slowly I started lifting my shirt so that he could be able to see, Luca was pissed, angry, sad...

He gently touched the bruise with his fingers, slowly tracing its outline. His touch made me feel weird, never in my life, I felt like this.

Never in my life, I was so eager for someone`s touch, when I look at Luca I find him looking straight at me, his gaze is so intense that I quickly look away and put my shirt down. I can feel my cheeks warming up...

“It’s not broken, but still, you need to be careful and ice it from time to time,” he says while I just nod, not able to respond with words.

His calmness puts me on edge, I know that he won’t hurt me, but I don’t know what he is thinking or what he has in mind.

“I know that it’s not my place, but you should tell everything to Luca and Dominic, they are worried, and your friends need to know the truth as well,” he says with seriousness, I know that it’s the right thing to do, but I don`t know if I`m ready...

“You are right, but not now.... I`m not ready, yet.” He nods understanding and not pushing me further.

“Do you think Anna will forgive me? I wasn’t there when she needed me, even now I don’t know what’s happening. I just hope her brother is safe.” I say while playing with my fingers and keeping my gaze on them.

“When she knows the truth, she will. You both need each other.” he says and hugs me.

Automatically I lean into him, enjoying our closeness.

“I just don’t want to lose them, they were the only good thing in my life.” I say looking straight ahead.

“Look at me,” he says, putting his finger under my chin and pulling it up so that our gazes would meet up.

“You won’t lose them, I saw how much they care for you, they will always be there for you, just like you will be there for them.” I see sincerely in his eyes, I can`t hold it anymore and I lean into him, capturing his lips with my one.

He puts his arm on my neck, caging my lips with his.

Everything disappears when he is kissing me, but all good things come to end. When we hear knocking on the door we pull away, but Luca doesn`t let go of me, he still holds me close to him, but now he looks at me with adoration. Slowly brushing my lips with his thumb, I look at him and see him smiling.

When I see him I can’t hold my and I feel it spreading on my face.

“Luca, your father wants to talk to you.” After this sentence leaves Dominic's lips, Luca`s face goes blank. The smile that was a few seconds ago disappears without any trace like it never was there.

He kisses my head and leaves saying goodnight.

I watch the doors closing behind him, still confused, why did he change so quickly. But this day was too long, I need my rest, so without any further thinking, I go under the blanket and close my eyes.

My peaceful sleep doesn`t last long because of nightmares... I jolt wide awake because I was dreaming of the beatings again, my heart is racing like crazy...

I look around trying to remember where I am and making sure I’m safe. But I can’t go back to sleep, not after those terrible dreams.

I climbed out of bed and went straight to the corridor, I remember Luca saying that his room is in front of mine.

I open and close the doors behind me quietly, making sure not to wake anyone else.

I tiptoe to his bed, I see his sleeping body on the bed, he looks so peaceful, maybe I should get back to my room. Before I can do anything, Lucas hand grabs my wrist and pulls me on his bed, hugging me tightly, like he is scared of losing me.

“Sleep, Beautiful.” he murmurs to my neck after kissing it softly, I can’t help just smile and let the darkness take me away.

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