Academy of the Rose (Rose Book 3)

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Chapter Three

“I haven’t seen her like that in a long time. We used to curl up at boarding school when she was stressed out. But it stopped after a while, very rarely happened. I’m worried about her” Taylor’s voice drifted up the stairs as I awoke the next day, having got washed quickly and dressed I made my way down hearing the talking.

“She’ll be ok, in time. For now, we keep her safe, keep her mind busy. I just wish I knew where the hell Tom went” Luka’s voice grumbled.

“Luka?” I called out as I approached the lounge.

“Sam!” He ran up to me and embraced me.

“Have you heard off dad?” I asked.

“Not yet, he’s been really busy, he’s real angry though” He answered as his eyes scoured my bandaged body.

“I’m okay. I promise, and so are the babies. You’re an uncle to twins” I smile as he grins.

“Twins! Wow! That’s amazing Sammy” He grinned and hugged me again.

“Morning Kitten” Jayden muttered sleepily as he came down the stairs slowly.

“You slept here?”

“Yeah, I told you, I’m watching you, so they are letting me stay” He smiled ruffling my hair as he headed to the kitchen.

“Kitten?” Luka raised a brow in question.

“Cute nickname, totally apt, real cute with claws that could kill” Taylor laughed.

Soon I could hear the sizzling of Jayden cooking when I smelt something delicious.

“Are you cooking bacon?” I moaned at the smell.

“Craving bacon?” He laughed.

“Oh yes” I said as I took a seat at the bar.

“Shame this is mine” He smirked.

“Oh come on! You’re going to let a pregnant girl waste away and keep her from her cravings?” I said playfully.

“It’s too early for pregnancy cravings, but, good thing I made extra” He said as he plated some up with a couple of bits of buttered bread.

“A bacon butty…You are an angel” I moaned as I ate the glorious sandwich.

“Bare that in mind when you’ve had enough of me being around you twenty-four seven” He smirked as he began to eat too.

“Keep feeding me these and we’re all good” I laugh.

The front door was thrown open as a group of voices called out.

“Good morning sweetheart” Tobias smiled as he took half of Jayden’s sandwich.

“Hey! That’s mine!” He growled.

“Good sandwich, cheers” Tobias said as I sat there giggling.

“It’s good to see you laughing” Grandpa came up behind me and placed a kiss on my forehead.

“I have a feeling it won’t last long though. You have a face like thunder” I answered as I noticed the scowl on his face.

“We lost the car, we have no idea who was trying to kill you, your bike is gone, and we still can’t find Tom” He uttered quickly.

“Could have done that a little better Harvey, she’s been through a lot” Tobias frowned.

“I’m used to it. I’d rather know upfront” I replied as he nodded.

“I’m sorry Sammy” Grandpa hugged me.

“You have nothing to be sorry about. Firstly, we will find out who did it, we always do, secondly, I loved that bike, but at the end of the day as long as my babies and all you are safe, I don’t care and thirdly, if Tom can’t be bothered to come back he’s losing out. The longer he’s gone, the less I will care, these two babies have a huge family, they won’t go without” I said as their eyes widened.

“Two…Twins…Oh my!” Grandpa hugged me.

“Congratulations. Wise words there too” Tobias smiled.

“If those babies are anything like their mother, they will be just fine” Grandpa added.

For two months I was kept busy, all the while resting as I was now four months pregnant and getting huge.

I had been getting to know Tobias’ biker gang lately and got on really well with Rueben who was his second in command.

My dad was still really busy with the Midnight Rose and the fighting that was going on all the time now. But he often called me to check on me and make sure that me and the babies were safe and that he was also trying to find word on who was after me. But we still had no leads.

Tom still hadn’t come back I’d given up all hope of him returning.

Jayden and I were getting on really well…Most of the time…

We had disputes at the most random times and for the stupidest things, which usually ended up in him sulking on the sofa before making me a bacon sandwich in apology.

“Auntie Sammy!” Layla shouted as she burst into the room with Rosie, our dog by her side, that dog never left Layla alone, although it was my dog, it might as well of been hers, and I didn’t mind at all.

“Hey there little angel” I smiled as she bounced onto the sofa next to me.

“Babies ok?” She asked.

“The babies are fine” I smile

“Good. I was at school today and we learnt to dance!” She giggled as she stood and showed off a dance.

“That’s really pretty Layla, you’re such a good dancer!” I smiled as Rosie jumped onto the sofa and curled up next to me as Layla showed off her moves, giggling her heart away.

Suddenly my phone went off and I answered the call.

“Stop looking for me” the voice said.

“Tom?” I cried out as Layla stopped dancing, she was so smart for her age, she was turning nine soon and had grown so much already.

“I’m getting mummy” She whispered as a tear fell from my eye.

“Stop looking.” He repeated.

“Tom come home we have the babies to think about. We just want you home. We’re having twins Tom, twins…”

“I…I don’t care…Just stop looking ok?!” He said and then hung up.

“Sammy! What happened? Who was on the phone?” Tammy came running into the room.

“Tom…He…He…” I cried.

“Stay here, I’m getting the boys, Layla, sit with Auntie Sammy and give her lots of hugs” She said as Layla curled up bedside me and I cried into her head.

“What do you mean he called her?!” Jayden’s voice shouted as he ran into the room and knelt in front of me.

“Kitten, I need you to calm down and tell me exactly what he said. But are you sure it was Tom?” He asked.

“He…He…Yes it was him, I’d know his voice anywhere. He…He told me that we should stop looking for him and then I told him we were having twins and…and…he…he…he said he doesn’t care and just to stop looking and hung up” I sobbed as Jayden looked up at me sadly and took me into his arms, hugging me tight to him.

“He doesn’t deserve you, or those babies. Listen to me, I have to go tell Tobias what happened, I will be right back ok? You stay here and cuddle with Rosie and Layla” He swept my hair out of my face and kissed my head before rushing out.

Soon the house was full of everyone, literally everyone, grandpa, my boys, Tobias and his boys, the girls. It was chaotic, luckily this house was huge.

“You don’t think he had anything to do with the accident do you?” I ask as people looked at me wide-eyed.

“He wouldn’t do that…Would he?” Elise murmured and looked up to Shaun, but he just shrugged and rubbed his face with his hand.

“I don’t know what he would do anymore” He sighed.

“I looked into the phone signal, it ran a blank though, burner phone, untraceable” Damien said.

“So what do we do?” Savannah asked as she tried to keep Louisa asleep in her arms.

“I’m in two minds, keep looking and hope that he actually wants us to find him or let the bastard disappear for good” Luka answered.

“He’s the father to my children Luka”

“Yes, and where is he? Not taking care of you, not taking care of the babies. He’s not here! He’s not worth it!” He shouted at me.

“Luka! Calm down. I agree that he’s not worth it, but he is the father too and I thought we never gave up on one of our own” Grandpa added.

“Of all the people you could have gone for Sam, you had to go for Bradley’s brother…” Luka sighed and that was when I lost it.

“Are you serious!? This has nothing to do with Bradley and I’m quite capable of choosing who I want to fall in love with. It’s not my fault that I was brought up in this shitty life with shitty people!” I shout before storming out the room and out the back door, sitting on the steps trying to calm myself down.

“Go away” I said as I heard a couple of footsteps beside me.

“He didn’t mean it” Brian sat next to me and I leant into him, my head on his shoulder.

“Of course he did. I get it, you know, I fell for the brother of the man I loved and died. It was a bad call, but he’s still their daddy and I don’t want them to lose their dad.” I cry as he rubs my arm soothingly.

“They will have all the uncles in the world, if he doesn’t want to play dad, there are plenty of role models here.” Brian said.

“I know…Is someone down there? Do you see that?” I ask as I see a shadowy figure down the steps.

“Stay here don’t move” He ordered as he shouted for the boys as Wayne, Rob, James, Shaun and Jayden came out and ran down the stairs.

A gunshot went off as Tobias and the others flooded out.

“Please don’t let them get hurt” I muttered.

“Get the fuck up those stairs!” Jayden’s voice shouted as I saw them drag someone with them.

“Who is it?” I call out.

“You tell us” Shaun grumbled as they threw the man in front of us.

“TOM!” I shouted as he groaned and knelt back on his knees.

“Who fired?” Tobias asked as his eyes looked over the boys.

“He did, I got his gun, he shot in the air, stupid dick” James kicked Tom’s foot as Tom refused to say anything or even look at me.

“Why are you here if we weren’t to look for you?” I ask.

“I’m here to warn you” He murmured.

“Warn her of what?” Grandpa asked.

“I know who wants to kill her. They want her dead and to take the babies and use them as leverage to gain the Midnight Rose” Tom muttered, refusing still to lift his face.

“Who?” I ask.

“My uncle” he said.

“What…Your uncle?” Luka tried to get him to look up, but he beat Luka’s hand away.

“Don’t touch me!” He screamed.

“What did he do to you?” I kneel in front of him.

“Sam don’t” Jayden warned.

I slowly moved my hand to his head, placing a finger under his chin.

I lifted his face up as he kept muttering no, over and over again.

I cried out with a gasp as he slowly showed his face, one eye was gone, filled with puss, it was infected.

“Tom! Did he do this?!” I cried out.

“We have to get him to the hospital!” Tammy called out.

“NO! He’ll kill me!” Tom cried out.

“You’ll die if we don’t sort this now Tom” I cry.

“I let him get to you, I’m sorry, I told him everything, I didn’t know what he was going to do until now, I’m sorry.” He cried.

“Get him inside! Luka, do we have any medics?” I ask

“I’m an ex-army medic, I’ll see what I can do” Rueben piped up as we took Tom indoors, putting him in the guest room. Rueben got to work with our first aid kits.

“What do we do?” I ask.

“Well now we know who did it. I will contact dad and find out as much as I can on his uncle.” Luka answered.

“What about Tom?”

“You saw those wounds Sam…” Rob muttered.

“No, I will not lose him too” I shake my head.

“Sam…He’s asking for you” Rueben came out quickly, his hands covered in a mix of blood and puss over the gloves as he removed them carefully.

I walked slowly into the room.

“Will he make it?” I whispered before I reached him.

“I’m sorry Sam…” Rueben looked at me sadly as a tear fell from my cheek.

“Tom” I cried as I sat by his side on the bed as he cried out in pain, a patch hiding his eye, coated in thick sticky blood.

“I’m sorry” He cried.

“Shhh, no, it’s ok. I forgive you. I love you Tom, I do” I cry as he holds my hand tight.

“My princess tell our babies that Daddy and Uncle Bradley love them” He groaned through the pain.

“I will, I promise” I cry.

His hand moves to my stomach as I suddenly feel a kick, the first kick.

“Did you feel that Tom?” I cry as I look to his face.

“Tom…” I shake his arm. His face pale and lifeless.

“Rueben!” I scream as he runs into the room and checks his pulse.

“I’m sorry…He’s gone” He took me in his arms.

“NO!” I scream out and fall onto the floor onto my knees.

“Sam, you have to stay calm, the babies” Rueben said.

“They kicked…for the first time, he put his hand on me and they kicked…” I cried as he picked me up and brought me out of the room.

“Rueben what happened? Oh…” Tobias began to ask before he spotted me in his arms.

“Where do you want to go?” Rueben asked.

“To my room, on my own, put me down” I whispered as he nodded.

“Want us to come with you?” Taylor asked as I shook my head no. Walking slowly up the stairs and into my room as I fell to the ground, sobbing.

I noticed the photo frame of Tom and I curled up together, all smiles and picked it up.

I threw it hard at the wall with an angry scream as I began to throw things angrily at the wall.

“Hey, hey, hey, little kitten, stop, stop” Jayden burst into the room, holding my arms and turning me into him as I sobbed against his chest.

He sat me on the bed as he just let me cry into his chest, we must have been there for hours before someone else came into the room.

“Samantha” The person sighed as I looked up at who it was.

“Daddy!” I cried out as I rushed into his arms.

“I’m so sorry sweetie, I’m here, daddies here” He rubbed my hair as I saw him nod at Jayden in thanks.

“How about you take her into another room while I clean this up” Jayden said as dad agreed and took me into the study.

“I know your world is crashing all around you Samantha, but you have to think of the babies” Dad said after a while of silence.

“I know” I answered, nodding.

“We will deal with this all together, we are all here. But you shouldn’t have put yourself at risk by throwing all those things, what if you got hurt? Or the babies?” He made me face him.

“I’m sorry, I got so angry, I wasn’t thinking” I sighed as I wiped the tears from my face.

“I need you to be strong Samantha, we are all here for you” He kissed my forehead.

“I…I need some air dad do you mind if I get some time to myself. I promise not to throw anything, I won’t run off either, I just need air” I said as he looked at me with confliction.

“You stay by the back door, shout if you need us” He nodded as he followed me out, raising a hand to silence the boys as I walked past and outside as I closed the door behind me.

I slid down the door slowly, sitting on the ground, my head buried into my hands as I sobbed.

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