Academy of the Rose (Rose Book 3)

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Chapter Twenty-Three

“You moved on quick” Brian mumbled behind me.

“I haven’t moved on, I’m having fun Brian, do you remember fun, or have you got too old now?” I smirked closing the door.

“I know how to have fun Sammy” He walked up to me pinning me to the door.

“Brian, what are you doing?” I asked.

He kissed me hard as he pressed me against the door, I kissed back not thinking and just merely enjoying it before I came to my senses.

“Brian stop” I pushed him off.

“Why? I know you did things with Lizzy and Jayden, why not me?” He growled.

I almost felt bad, I understood where he was coming from, and it did make me feel a little slutty, but why couldn’t I have fun when every guy could shag what they wanted without being labelled a slut…

“Fuck it” I said as I jumped into his arms and he pressed me against the door, his arms holding me on my thighs, kissing passionately.

He took me upstairs into his old room as we had hot, passionate sex, he was leaving the next day…Why couldn’t I give him what he wanted? Maybe it would get it out of his system.

“Holy shit, I’ve wanted to do that for so long…” He panted when we finished, laying next to each other naked under his sheets.

“It was a one-time thing Brian” I said to him as I regretted it, I should never have done this, it made me realise that I didn’t love him like a lover, it felt odd.

“I know. Just friends right?” He sighed.

“Yeah, I’m sorry. I love you Brian, but I’m not…IN love with you” I said as he nodded.

“I know. I just don’t want to lose you.” He said as I kissed his cheek and got dressed quickly.

“You won’t lose me, we’re still best friends, I promise” I said holding out my pinky-finger as he curled his around mine with a smile.

“Until the very end. I’m going to miss you” He said getting dressed.

“Me too, message me, every day, I want to know everything” I smiled.

“Well of course, plus, you’re still my boss” He smirks.

“Damn straight” I smirk hitting his arm.

He hugged me tight to him before we left the room and went back downstairs where everyone was sat in the dark watching a film.

Brian and me, were messing around pushing each other around jokily when we got into the lounge and everyone looked up at us.

“You two made up now?” Shaun asked.

“Yeah, we’re best friends until the very end” Brian smirked and shoved me, so I fell onto Taylor and Damien’s laps.

“Well, nice to see you two down here” I smirked up at them.

“Shut up and watch the film” Shaun smirked throwing a cushion at me as Brian sat beside him.

“Why do you smell like sex?” Taylor whispered in my ear as I gave him a look.

“No way!” Damien said quietly looking between me and Brian.

I continued to lay on their laps as Jayden kept peeking at me as if he wanted to eat me up.

Cody began to whine in his cot as the monitors went off and I got up to go get him. I held him in my arms as I rocked him, but he was struggling to settle. I tried changing him, feeding him and everything under the sun that I could think of, but nothing worked.

“Everything ok in here?” Grandpa asked as Cody was screaming, not resting.

“He won’t settle” I sighed.

“Give him to me” Grandpa said as I sighed. It didn’t work.

“Have you tried swaddling him in one of his daddy’s pieces of clothing?” Lindsey came in and spotted us trying to calm him.

“You think he misses his dad? He never had time with him” I said.

“Baby’s have a keen sense. Try it, you never know” She said as I ran off to my room and finding my favourite jumper of Tom’s that I had hidden away before rushing back down and wrapping him in it.

It still didn’t work.

“What’s all this noise?” Shaun stepped in and took Cody back off me as he silenced quickly as I stood in shock.

“How?!” I asked.

“Me and the kid have been spending a lot of time together lately” He shrugged.

“You look sweet with a baby in your arms Uncle Shaun” I smirked.

“Good thing really…” He mumbled.

“What was that?” I said raising a brow.

“Elise is pregnant” He said as I squealed excitedly clapping which woke Cody up once more before I put my hand to my mouth as Shaun sighed at my stupidity.

“When did you find out?” Grandpa asked.

“Couple of weeks ago, we didn’t want to say anything, not with everything going on” He answered as I hugged him.

“Congratulations Shaun” I smiled.

“Thanks kid” He smiled.

“Does anyone else know?” I asked.

“No, not yet, we’ll tell everyone soon”

“Savannah will go crazy, she’s baby crazy” I said as he smirked.

“Oh I know, I’m pretty sure your brother and her are working on a football team” He laughed.

“Gross, I do not want to think about them doing that!” I groaned.

“It’s all natural, Samantha” Lindsey smirked.

“Ok! I know it is, but he’s my brother!” I said laughing.

“Are you guys having a mother’s meeting in here or something. Shaun, may I remind you that the monitor is on and everyone can hear the conversation you just had…” Elise entered the room giving him a stern look.

“Oh shit! I’m sorry baby!” Shaun passed Cody back to me and began kissing her all over her face as she laughed.

“It’s ok, everyone was going to find out soon enough. Savannah is literally bouncing in her seat” Elise laughed as I placed Cody back in the cot before hugging them both tightly.

“I’m so happy for you both!” I said as we all left the room as quietly as we could.

“Thank you Sammy” Elise said with a grin, hooking her arm with mine as she dragged me to sit with her and Savannah.

“So, working on a football team are we sis?” I said to Savannah as she and Luka laughed.

“I can’t help it I’ve always loved a huge family” She smiled.

“This family not big enough already? We’ll need another house soon!” I smirked.

“Yeah, we’ve been talking about that, we might be getting a house for ourselves too. Nearby, of course, we aren’t going far, but we need more space to ourselves” Luka said.

“I get it, I do, you need your space for the family you’re making. I proud of you big brother. Plus, I still have plenty of people around me here, it’s still madness. I mean I don’t think James will ever leave” I said as I poked out my tongue childishly at James as he threw a cushion at me.

“Thanks lil sis” Luka said.

“The birds are flying the nest” Lindsey said as she sat against grandpa.

“I however might need to move back in” Rob grumbled as I raised a brow.

“Why?” Elise asked.

“My sister and Wayne need their space, as much as I love them all over there, it’s a nightmare” He said as I laughed.

“You’re welcome to stay Rob” I said as he smiled.

I began to yawn, exhausted mentally and physically.

“I’m going to bed guys, sweet dreams. Brian give me a hug before you go” I ordered as he hugged me tightly and kissed my head.

“I’ll see you again soon, I promise.” He said.

“You better, love you all” I said as I waved goodnight to everyone and grabbed Cody from the cot downstairs, taking him up with me.

I took a quick shower before going to bed which calmed my brain a little, so I fell asleep quickly.

Nightmares still plagued my dreams though as I woke up suddenly, not screaming this time, but still shaky.

“God damn it Sam, get your brain together” I mumbled to myself.

Sam: Are you awake? S x

Lizzy: Yeah, busy up here, Dad’s not happy, he’s lost a lot of money. We lost some guys too. I’m not sure when I’ll be back now. I’m sorry Sam. L x

Sam: Focus on your family, if you guys need anything, let me know and I can get you anything, need more guys, you’ve got it, need security, I’ll find it. If you find who did this, I’ll help bring them down. Stay safe babe. S x

Lizzy: Thanks babe, I’ll be in touch, I’ll pass on the message to Dad, we might have to take you up on it. L x

Sam: Hey Luka, Hayden had his home broken into, he’s lost a lot by the sounds of it, I said we’d support him in any way possible, just be ready x

Luka: Go to sleep Sam, we’ll discuss it in the morning x

I got up from bed huffing, now wide awake as I decided to go downstairs to make myself a drink, taking the monitor with me so I could hear if Cody woke up.

I was humming to myself as I made myself a hot chocolate in hope it would send me to sleep as it used to when Taylor did it for me years ago.

“Can’t sleep?” James yawned as he stumbled into the room and grabbed a bottle of water.

“No, I’m sleep drinking…” I said sarcastically.

“Be nicer to me, need company?” He said sitting on the barstool.

“Go back to bed James, I’m fine” I said sipping my drink.

“Are you? Really?” He raised a brow.

“I will be” I murmured sitting next to him, placing my head on his shoulder.

“Of course you will, you’re Samantha, you can get through anything” He smiled and hugged me.

We sat there for a while just chatting as he took my mug and placed it in the sink for me as he then lifted me from the chair as I laughed, and he dumped me back in my bed.

“Go back to sleep Sammy” He said kissing my head.

“I can’t” I said as he turned to me.

“Why?”

“Nightmares, why do you think I don’t like sleeping alone. I sleep alone and I wake up sweating, shaking and wanting to scream. That’s why I end up with Taylor and Damien half the time.” I answered.

“Ok” He said before grabbing me once more, picking me up and taking me out the room.

“I’m not sleeping with you James” I laughed.

“You sleep with everyone else! But, no I’m not taking you to my room” He chuckled.

He was walking towards Jayden’s room as he knocked and entered.

“What the fuck?” Jayden exclaimed sleepily.

“Look after her, I’ll listen for Cody, you need sleep” James put me carefully on the bed, kissed my head, took my monitor and left.

“Couldn’t sleep again?” Jayden murmured as he made room for me as I laid next to him and curled against him.

“Yeah” I sighed into his chest.

“You’re welcome in here anytime kitten, go to sleep, I’ve got you” He said and that’s just what I did, I fell into a dreamless sleep.

“Morning kitten” Jayden mumbled as we both woke up slowly.

“Morning, what time is it?” I asked.

“Eleven” He answered.

“Oh shit! I need to talk to Luka” I said rushing to get up, washed and dressed before running down the stairs.

“Morning Grandpa, have you seen Luka?” I asked as I grabbed an apple.

“Down the beach, he’s on the phone to Hayden right now.” He answered and I swore and rushed down to the beach.

“Yes sir, we’ll get some guys down to you as soon as we can. My pleasure, I’ll send my sister her regards for you…Yes…Whatever you need…Keep me updated” Luka said as I got up to him. His arms folded as he looked at me sternly.

“I’m sorry, I slept in, sorry I woke you last night, I was worried about Lizzy.” I said.

“It’s ok. I’m sending a team over there to help, it’s a little bigger than we thought, but we’ll help them handle it” Luka said.

“Thanks Luka” I said.

“He’s a good man, Hayden. Reminds me of Dad a lot, like he was before he went crazy” Luka sighed.

“I haven’t really spoken to him much. But Lizzy is amazing” I smiled as we walked up to the house arm in arm.

“You need to be careful with her, I think there’s more to her than you think, like you.” Luka said.

“I’m always careful” I said, and he snorted.

“Hardly” he laughed.

I spent the rest of the day with Cody, Luka and Grandpa as we were the only ones home.

“Mind if I go on a ride? I miss riding my bike” I asked them as they nodded and took Cody from me as I smiled and went to go put on my leathers.

I mounted my bike and grinned as I revved the hell out of it before tearing off onto the road.

I had missed riding as I went fast round the winding roads, revving once more as I went past Tobias and his guys.

Rueben caught up with me and raced me for at least a couple of miles as I laughed before he backed up and slowed.

I realised quickly why he stopped, and I skidded to a stop as a huge lorry was taking a sharp turn as I stopped just short of it crashing into me.

“Are you a fucking idiot!” The driver shouted at me as I apologised over and over again as Tobias caught up.

“What were you bloody thinking Samantha?!” He boomed.

“I…I…I…” I stammered.

“It’s my fault, I egged her on a little” Rueben said running up as he checked me and the driver over as he tried to stop him from calling the police.

“Go home Samantha” Tobias said sternly.

“I just wanted out…I didn’t mean to nearly cause a crash, it’s not like I did it on purpose! No one got hurt” I said.

“Go home!” He bellowed.

“You’re not my father Tobias” I shouted.

“Samantha, I may not be your father, but I’m sure your grandfather won’t be amused about this when I tell him” He said as I gave him the finger and raced off once more.

I raced off to the spot that Jayden had showed me before and just sat there for ages.

I felt really bad for acting like that with Tobias and was worried he would hate me for it, I didn’t want to go back home, I was too nervous.

I was fed up with disappointing people I loved.

I nearly caused a crash because I wasn’t paying attention, it wasn’t Rueben’s fault, I lost it, didn’t concentrate at all.

My phone rang and I sighed answering it.

“Jayden I’m fine” I answered.

“Where are you? Tobias is worried sick.” He asked.

“Our spot. Is he mad with me? I didn’t mean to piss him off, I didn’t meant to nearly crash, I was just…enjoying myself a little too much” I said.

“I’ll be there in a minute, don’t go anywhere” He said and hung up.

Not fifteen minutes later I heard the rumble of not just one bike, but two as I grimaced as I saw Tobias and Jayden come up the road.

“I’ve been worried sick about you Samantha” Tobias came up to me and took my shoulders in his hands.

“I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have spoke to you like that either. I made a mistake” I said hanging my head.

“It’s ok sweetheart, I can’t say I haven’t ever been like that. I’ll let you off, just this once. But, be more careful next time” He winked and smiled before hugging me.

“I will, I promise” I smiled.

“Ok, well I will leave you two to it. But, come home soon, it’s going to rain” He said before taking off and leaving me and Jayden behind.

“They had to pay the lorry driver off you know” Jayden smirked leaning next to me.

“Really? Damn, I’ll have to sort that out for them” I said.

“Don’t worry about it, your brother already sorted it” Jayden said as I groaned.

“I’m so dead” I said as Jayden laughed and took my hand in his.

“So what’s going on with you and Lizzy?” He asked.

“No idea, honestly I thought it was just a bit of fun, and then she said the hickey was her marking me as hers, then she let you join in and I have no idea what to feel. She wants me to not have fun without her, but I have no idea when she will be back either.” I said.

“I have to admit, the three of us was really hot, but you don’t seem the type to do hook ups either, she seems a little…possessive” He answered.

“And you guys haven’t been possessive at all?” I laughed.

“True. But she text me too” He said as I looked at him in shock.

“What did she say?”

“She told me you were hers’ and I wasn’t to touch you without her there” He said before showing me the text.

“So my brother was right, there is definitely more to her. Shit. Now what do I do?” I lean my head back.

“Just play it out for now, but you’re your own woman, do what you want, you’re not in a commitment Sam. You’re not hers to keep” He said, and I nodded.

“I’m going to let Luka know what’s going on, just in case this goes badly with her. I don’t know how Hayden would handle it if we end up at each other’s throats. He needs to be ready in case we have to pull men back quickly”

“Good idea. You need to be careful of your gentle heart too Samantha” Jayden kissed my head as the rain began to suddenly pour down as I screeched, we both rushed onto our bikes and headed home slowly as we could barely see anything through the rain.

I had to pull over to the side of the road as I couldn’t see anything as I lost sight of Jayden.

I rang him via Bluetooth.

“Where did you go?” He asked.

“I can’t see a damned thing, had to pull over” I answered as I shivered.

“I’m coming back” He said.

“No, go home, I’ll come when it lets up a little” I said.

“You’re going to be freezing” He said.

“I’ll be fine” I said, even though I was shivering, nothing but trees covering me.

“If you’re not on your way home in ten minutes I’m coming to get you” He said.

“I’m fine Jayden” I said as I hung up.

A truck pulled up beside me as I swore.

“Need a lift pretty girl?” The man grinned.

“No thanks” I said.

“You’re shivering baby girl, come on, I’ll take you anywhere” He grinned.

“As I just said, no thanks, keep going” I growled.

“Feisty, get in the truck” He said stepping off the steps of the truck.

“Get lost” I said sternly as he towered above me.

The rain began to let up a little suddenly and it was a relief.

“Get in the fucking truck” He took out a knife coming up to me.

“Bad move dude” I growled as I knocked the knife from his hand, sweeping out a leg as I winced feeling my scar pull a little before he landed on the wet ground swearing, kicking up at me as he landed a blow to my leg.

I kneed him in the stomach as he grunted in pain before pulling his arm behind him and pinning him to the ground.

“How many girls do you get in that cab with you? How many do you rape? You feel joy when you find pretty girls on the roadside?” I growled as I heard a rumble of bikes heading my way as I smiled when Jayden, Tobias and his men pull over close by.

“Who the fuck is this guy?” Jayden shouted as he spotted the knife on the ground.

“Samantha?” Tobias looked at me.

“Answer my question, how many girls do you pick up?” I growled as Tobias stormed up pressing his boot to the mans back.

“A few! They all wanted it!” He spat up.

I heard a cry come from the cab as Rueben opened it.

“Hold him!” I said to Tobias as I limped to the cab jumping in.

A small girl who had to be about eight sat in their shaking, the little girl who had given me a teddy not a few days ago!

“Miss…Miss Rose?” She cried as she curled into my arms.

“Did he hurt you?” I asked as she nodded and showed me the bruises.

I carried her out, ignoring my own pain.

“Kill him” I growled as Tobias looked at me in shock with the little girl in my arms.

“Not yet, her mafia family will want the honours” Rueben answered as he made a phone call.

“I’ve got you baby girl, I’ve got you” I said to the girl as she sobbed into my arms.

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