Academy of the Rose (Rose Book 3)

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Chapter Twenty-Six

I was sat in my office resting my eyes for a little while when Zane came into the office.

“Hayden and Lizzy just landed they’ll be here within the hour. We do have a problem with the guy you burnt earlier. None of the information he’s given lines up, everything the others have said all lines up perfectly, we’ve got people on their way already to find some of these fuckers. But your guys lying” He said as I groaned and got up.

“Pretty lady is back, have my men not entertained you?” Bryant laughed.

“One of your men is a liar” I said as he was dragged down the stair behind me.

“You’re all going to die for this!” The man was dragged down the stairs as he was tied to the table.

I found a hammer laying around as I twirled it around in my hand.

“Do you want to admit you were lying to my men?” I said.

“You think I would betray my leader?” He laughed.

“Pretty girls are not always smart” Bryant laughed.

“Can someone gag him!” I shouted pointing to Bryant as Zane put a sock in his mouth.

“More pain it is then sweetheart” I said as I twirled the hammer in my hand before bringing it down with a large bang and then a pop as I slammed it into his nuts while he screamed.

“I think even I felt that” Zane groaned as I laughed.

“Want to try?” I said as I passed him the hammer.

He brought it down hard on the guys hand as I heard the bones crack.

“Sam, we’ve confirmed everything that one man has said, what shall we do?” Shaun came down the stairs as I smiled.

“Have fun Zane” I said as he smirked.

I followed Shaun to a room that held the man that talked first.

“Do you have family?” I asked him.

“Yes, a wife and daughter” He sobbed.

“Then why did you join a child sex ring?” I asked.

“I owed a debt” He whimpered.

“Your wife and child will be given a large sum of money for your cooperation, but I have to make an example, you were part of this.” I said with a sigh.

“I understand. Thank you” He whimpered.

“Write down their details, Shaun give him ten minutes on the phone to his loved ones to say goodbye” I said as he nodded.

“You have a good heart. Thank you” The man said as I walked out.

“You die when the call ends. I hope you rest in peace” I said as I left the room with a nod to Shaun.

“Sam!” I was suddenly embraced by a slender figure as I noticed it was Lizzy as she kissed me hard on the mouth.

“Hi beautiful” I smiled and twirled her around, but she noticed me wincing and dropped down with a frown as she took my wounds in with a gasp.

“He hurt you…” She gasped.

“I’m fine babe. It will heal” I smile and kiss her cheek as Hayden approaches us.

“Good evening Miss Jones” He smiles.

“Good evening, I have a little surprise for you down in the basement” I smirk as he follows me down as I hold onto Lizzy tightly.

“Oh my!” She gasps.

“Hayden! Come join the party!” Zane says smirking as he brings down the hammer a last time.

“That’s enough for now Zane” I laugh.

“Well, well, well if it isn’t the man I’ve been searching for, for years. You hurt my daughter” Hayden stalked up to Bryant as Lizzy held me tighter.

“I know he hurt you baby, time to let the pain of what he did end. I know how it feels” I said as she looked at me.

“What happened to you?” She mumbled.

“My grandfather sold me to a man who did unspeakable things that caused me to have miscarriages and a lot of damage.” I said as she hugged me tight.

“He was my father’s friend he took me one night and shared me with many men. He’s the last one dad’s been needing to get.” She said.

“Hayden, how do you want to deal with him?” I call out as I hug Lizzy from behind.

“I’ll tear him apart limb from limb like I promised” He snarled.

“As long as Lizzy gets her chance on revenge” I said as Lizzy turned in my arms.

“Say goodbye to your past by defeating it. Have your revenge and leave the rest to your father” I said as she nodded and kissed me before walking up to her father who put a hand on her shoulder.

“Don’t leave Sam” She said turning back.

“I’m not going anywhere. However, Zane do you mind finishing him off, he’s annoying me” I nodded to the man on the table as he nods and brings the hammer down on his head with a satisfying crack and then silence.

“I see why you’re well loved” Hayden laughs.

“If anything good came out of my tough family then it was the power they gave me by teaching me their dirty secrets” I shrugged.

Lizzy removed the sock from Bryant’s mouth as he smirked.

“There’s my pretty girl, come back for more, come sit on daddies lap” He smirked.

I stood quickly rage filling me as I walked up to Lizzy and took her hand.

“Pretty bitch stands by your side, what a pair…is pretty Paisley coming back to see me?” He laughs.

“You dare talk about her!” I snarl as I try to resist hitting him.

But Lizzy gets to him first as she kicks him hard in the face with her heels.

“Oh my god that felt so good” She squealed and kissed me.

“I told you, you need to say goodbye to that chapter of your life, take control” I smile.

I stand back with Zane as both her and her father lay into Bryant as he’s beaten to a bloody pulp, still very much alive, but in a serious amount of pain.

I sent a message to Rueben asking how Paisley was but received no reply.

I was getting impatient.

“You ok?” Zane asked.

“I can’t get hold of anyone about Paisley” I sighed.

“I’ll go find out for you” He said with a smile and rushed out the room as he walked past Jayden and Tobias who came down the stairs with Shaun behind them.

“Job done?” I nod to Shaun and he nods back as they watch the scene.

“She looks like she’s having fun” Jayden smirks at Lizzy.

“I’m sure she is” I smile.

Zane rushes back down the stairs not ten minutes later, his face pale.

“Sam, Paisley…She…she…she died…He filled her with cocaine…She died of an overdose” He said as I felt the rage as I stormed past Lizzy and Hayden.

“Sorry but I need to do this” I say as they stand back as I grab my brass knuckles once more and lay into his stomach as he begins to cough up blood.

“You…Killed…Paisley!” I said between punches.

“Pretty girl swallowed too much snow” He cackles as I punch his face hard as I hear his nose break.

“Finish him” I snarl as I drop the knuckles to the ground as they lay in his blood and that’s exactly what Hayden did, he picked them up himself as Lizzy stood back with her arms around me tightly as he punched Bryant to death.

My hands began to shake as Jayden and Shaun came up in front of us.

“Take a walk” Shaun said to me.

“What?” Lizzy looked confused as Shaun pointed to my hands.

“Take her for a walk, now” He said again as Jayden and Lizzy led me out the room.

We walked outside in the fresh air as we sat on a bench as my hands continued to shake.

“How often does this happen?” Lizzy asked Jayden.

“It’s been a recent thing, that I know of…She’s been through a lot” He answered.

“Sam? Baby?” Lizzy held my hand and faced me.

“I’ll be fine, just need a moment” I said slowly.

“We’ve got you kitten” Jayden held my other hand.

“Thank you, for what you did for us Sam, I feel…better…” Lizzy said as she kissed my cheek.

“Anything for you” I smile as I lean my head against her shoulder and yawn.

“Someone needs rest” She laughed.

“It’s been a long day” Jayden said.

“We should take her home to rest” Lizzy said.

“Things still need sorting, too much to do and now we have a school to deep clean” I sigh as I get up and stretch, my shakes had finally calmed.

“Let the others deal with it. Bryant tried to kill you earlier” Jayden said as Lizzy looked at me in shock.

“He did what?” She exclaimed.

“Do you not see the bruises on her neck and arms, the stitches too” Jayden pointed them out as Lizzy inspected my body.

“If I could kill someone all over again I would do it to him” She hissed.

“Well he’s dead and is no longer our problem, he’ll rot in hell” I said as I took her in my arms.

She kissed me softly and then kissed each bruise on my neck gently.

“He’ll never touch either of us again” She smiled.

“Come on, stuff to do” I smirked as she and Jayden groaned.

“You’re so stubborn” Jayden groaned.

“Just deal with it” I smiled as I held Lizzy by my side as Jayden walked beside me on the other.

“No! You’re not going back to work!” Luka stood in the doorway.

“Did you tell on me to my big brother Jayden?” I turned to him.

“I didn’t have a choice” he shrugged.

“Go home Samantha, we can deal with this, you need to go to bed and heal. Please, I don’t want to lose you again because you won’t rest and cannot heal” Luka begged.

“Fine! But I want updates! Enjoy being me big brother!” I sighed and gave up knowing they would all fight me on this.

“Mind if I stay with you?” Lizzy asked.

“Of course I don’t mind” I smile as she kisses me.

“Ok, I’m just going to go tell Dad, I’ll be back in a minute” She kissed me again and ran off.

“You like her don’t you” Jayden smiled sweetly.

“I do, the more I learn about her, the more I like her” I smile as I blush.

“You going to tell her about your little escapade with Brian? And what about us?” He said.

“What escapade with Brian?” Luka growled.

“It was…a goodbye…of sorts and an end to him getting me as his girl, we agreed that we would stay friends and not ruin anything else. As for me and you Jayden, I don’t know, I love you dearly, but I think I’m falling for her” I said as he nodded.

“That’s fine kitten, I’m happy for you.” He smiled and hugged me.

“Still think you can put up with me around?” I ask.

“I dunno, you’re still a pain in my ass” He smirks as I hug him tightly.

“Love you Jay” I said as I release him.

“Love you too Kitten”

“Pass me the sick bucket” Luka gags playfully.

“Go find your wife” I smirk as he nods and says goodbye and once again tells me to rest.

“Let’s go!” Lizzy shouts as she runs up to us happily.

“Someone’s cheerful” I smile as we walk hand in hand to the car.

“Dad’s got his money back, we’re taking down Bryant’s ring, he’s dead and I have a very beautiful girl by my side. Why wouldn’t I be happy?” She smiles.

“Good, because you’re not leaving my sight for the next few days” I smirk as I kiss her hard against the car.

“I can deal with that” she smirks.

“I don’t think I can” Jayden moans getting into the car.

“Someone’s jealous” I smirk.

“Sorry Jay, but she’s mine” Lizzy laughs as we get in the car too.

“I know, but after the other day, I can’t get that image out of my head” He groans as he starts up the car.

I held Lizzy’s hand through the whole ride home as she fell asleep on my shoulder.

“I thought it was me that needed to rest” I laughed quietly.

“Apparently she’s tired too” Jayden replied as he turned into the driveway.

“Babe, wake up, we’re home” I tap her gently as she moans into my shoulder.

She didn’t wake up.

“I’ll carry her in” Jayden laughed as he grabbed her off me and followed me in.

It was quiet as we got into the house, everyone must be in bed as we went up the stairs and into my room.

Jayden places Lizzy onto my bed as I see Cody sound asleep in his cot as I gently kiss his head.

“Need anything?” Jayden asks.

“No, thank you Jayden, I’ll see you in the morning” I said and kissed his cheek.

“Good night kitten” He smiles and shuts the door behind him as I careful take Lizzy’s shoes off of her.

I unzip her skirt and unbutton her shirt carefully trying not to wake her as I take them off her and tuck her into the bed.

I quickly wash and get changed as I slip into bed next to her as she wriggles beside me and ends up curling into me. I sigh contentedly as I kiss her head.

I have the best sleep I’d had in a while.

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