Black Rose

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Anna pov

“wake up honey, it’s time to go” Raven shook me up, and I woke and the sun hit my eyes. “get ready, we are going back” he said with a smirk and I just sighed. Well, I guess we have to get this over and done with.

“are you ready Rose? You should brace yourself for what is coming” he said holding the steering wheel tighter, his knuckles almost white. “I’ll be fine” I replied looking out the window, I mean, whats the worst that could happen that has not already happened,

Raven pov

It’s been three days since Anna was taken. The guys and I wanted to look for her, Mike even postponed their wedding. But James won’t let anyone look for her, he says everything is under control. Worst of all, he and George still refuse to explain how the dead king is suddenly very alive and kicking, or why they won’t let us look for Anna, I mean, I know where she might be, The Vipers happen to be…well let’s just say I know them

We were all waiting in the living room, James said we will have guests and we will finally be getting some answers. “so who are this special guests? And how can you be so relaxed and entertaining guests when your daughter is kidnapped?” Marco snapped, he has been doing a lot of that lately, but like usual, they just ignored him. “they are here” James said getting up. We all followed his gaze to the door, and in came Anna and….me!?!

Anna pov

We made it to the mansion, I must tell you, I was sweating, wondering what I was going to tell everyone, but Raven looked calm. When we made it inside, my whole world just stopped. First, there were two Ravens, secondly and most importantly, my dead father was standing right there before me. This either had to be an illusion, or someone has played a sick joke on me for more than fifteen years. At this moment, mixed feelings surged through me, mostly anger and betrayal.

“Anna, honey” my supposed dad said. He still had the same deep voice. He looked a bit older, skinner, but it was him, and in that moment, adrenaline shot through me, and I did the one thing I never thought I would ever do, I hit him. The tumbled back and everyone stared at me shocked. I was ready to beat him to a pulp, but someone held me back before I could. I tried to struggle but they just held me tighter mumbling something I didn’t hear.

After a while I finally calmed down and Mike released me. “it’s ok Anna, hear him out first” he said softly, just how he used to, rubbing my head, and wiping away tears I didn’t know I shed. Truly speaking I was tired, I didn’t want to hear him out. I didn’t want to find out how he was alive or how there were two Ravens here.

Mike went to sit down, edging me to follow. Everyone sat down and I looked at my dad, who looked both miserable and lonely, but I could bring myself to care, I have been mourning a living man for more than fifteen years.

I sighed and sat down next to Manman. Victor came running in a moment later. “mommy” be yelled with a little sob and jumped in for a hug. I hugged him tighter refusing to let go, at that moment, I didn’t want to be separated from my son.

“well since we are settled I want to explain and address the issues right before us” my dad said in his authoritative voice. “first, the Ravens issue. There isn’t two of him, one is Raven, and the other Jayden, they are twin brothers” my dad said matter of factly, and we just stared shocked.

“you see, when you are a mafia heir, you don’t get to choose who you marry, that choice is made for you, but if you are lucky, your parents have to approve of your choice or you lose your spot. So when I and Amanda, their mother, were kids, our marriage was set, so that when we came to age, we would marry and combine our mafias. At the time, The Viper had control over china, though they were not as strong. So the two of us grew up as friend and accepted our fates. But when we turned fifteen, Amanda fell for her right hand, John, your father. We hid it, but when we turned sixteen, she got pregnant with you two, and there was no way to hide it anymore. We told our parents, and my father wanted a full out war, saying Amanda disrespected the Rose. But Amanda and I came to a compromise, she could be with the man she loves and I will find the one I love, butt to fulfil our parents wishes and avoid war, the heirs to our mafias will marry. So as far as everyone knew, Amanda only had Raven. Turns out that John took Jayden when he was born and hid him so that he could raise him to take over from him. John was a cruel man hungry for power, never loved Amanda, and six years later she realised that.”

“They always fought, until John kicked and Raven out, and since she wanted nothing to do with the mafia, she accepted and left. At the time I had just married Cassie, and a year later we had Anna, but when she opened her eyes we knew she was not born to be an heir, but we decided to make her one and tied her to Raven, to keep our promise. But then John killed Amanda and I took in Raven, raised him, with both of them knowing they were betrothed, luckily, they both fell in love. But when Raven went for training, John kidnapped Cassie, he knew before I did that she was pregnant, he kept her with him, tortured her, he wanted to know if of the twins there would be an heir, just to prevent me from going back on my word, but on months without being able to find my wife, , he delivered her head and that of my two kids to me, and that’s when I lost it, I went after him, thought he had changed his name and lived in china, wanted to overthrow him, but he tricked me, we conquered his territory, but killed the wrong man. During the battle, I was shot and on the verge of death. And as I was told, I have been in aa coma for fifteen years. When George found out that I was in a coma, he told Anna that I had died, to save her the pain of having to hope that I might not even make it, though it was not right, I thank him for it. I woke up from that coma a year ago, I recovered and went after the man that destroyed my family. I’m sorry Raven but I killed that bastard and I don’t regret it, and that’s how I found out about Jayden”

My dad finished and everyone sat there speechless, even I was out of words. I didn’t know what to say. He looked so hurt, miserable and sad, that I just felt selfish for being mad at him. Then it clicked. If he made a promise that I was to marry the vipers heir, could that be Jayden for he was born first? What about me and Raven? But then Raven, if he knew about the Vipers all along, why didn’t he tell me? I began to panic, but stopped when my dad continued.

“so since Raven and Jayden cannot both legally marry Anna, not that I want them to. But I have to keep my promise, so before I killed your father, he and I came to a compromise, that the twins will fight for control of the Vipers and Anna’s hand. Sadly, your useless scumbag of a father, wanted that the one who wins, must have killed the other twin, Jayden knows about this” dad said looking even worse. “WHAT!!!” we all screamed at the same time. I looked over at the twins, Jayden smirked, Raven looked paled and hurt

“Here are two forms, one for Anna and Raven, the other for Anna and Jayden. Fill them right now and sign them. After the fight, the one who wins will be instantly married to you and the one who loses’ form will be burned. I know its instant, but you have ten minutes to fill the so I give them to a lawyer. Then the fight will take place immediately after” he said without emotion, and I just felt broken. I could lose Raven, he could die, and I’ll be stuck married to Jayden. But now was not time for negativity, I know he will win this, I believe in him. Everyone looked at us in both sympathy and pity. I just took the forms, signed them and left, headed for the room, where the man I love will either live, or I will watch die. I did not want this, but it’s not like the big man would give us any choice.

“How do you feel about this Anna, are you ok” Marcos asked worried and I just sighed. “it’s all too much to take in one day, I got my dad back by some sort of miracle, discovered I might have to marry a man who kidnapped me, and worse, watch the man I love die” I sobbed and he held me. “it’s ok, I know Raven, he’ll make it” he comforted but I just didn’t feel too sure about that. “it is just too much for him too, he discovers that he’s in love with the daughter of a man that just recently killed his father, he has a brother, and now he has to kill that brother to be with that same woman.” This time I didn’t hold back and just let the tears flow.

“you can start” my dad’s voice echoed through the room and I held my breath. He was allowing them to fight with knifes, each allowed two. I shut my eyes, too scared to watch. “get him Raven, end this” I heard Jackson’s shouts and I opened my eyes to look. Raven was covered in blood but had Jayden pinned beneath him, Jayden’s knifes scattered to the ground, a knife to his throat, but he looked hesitant to end it all. In the end, he just sighed, got up and walked away. But then Jayden brought a knife from inside his sleeve and charged for Raven who had his back turned to him.

“Raven, look out” I screamed running towards them before I could figure out what I was doing I got between them and I knife was struck to my stomach. I yelled in pain before I fell with a thud. Last thing I remember is Raven screaming my name before he slit Jayden’s throat and held me. Everyone came running towards us. Raven yelled for someone to call a doctor and kept asking if I was ok, but at that moment, I didn’t care about my pain, I was just glad that he was ok. I opened my mouth to tell him, but then everything went black.

I wanted to open my eyes but they felt so heavy. “is she going to be ok” I faintly heard Mike’s voice, it seemed close but not in the same room. “she is going to be ok. But…I’m sorry, but the patient was stabbed in the uterus, she can no longer get pregnant” the unfamiliar voice said and my world shutteredAnna pov

The Vipers! That name irked me, I hated this mafia. I remember just after my mom was taken, I heard my dad and uncle G talking about them, the man who took my whole family from me, they were a small but growing organisation that worked alongside the Asian king, well that’s what the whole world thought. If I remember correctly, they were his first group in the US. He planned to use them to overthrow my father. Created about the same time the Black Rose was, and went back in history, but how they chose to abandon their power to live in the shadows is something I still can’t figure out. But from what I gathered, The Vipers, a group that lived in the shadows, almost invisible to everyone around, they had impeccable, connections, and a lot of information no organisation could get their hand on. If there was any group that can overthrow us, it had to be this one.

I know it’s a stupid move to let them take me, but try to understand, I wanted nothing more in this world than to avenge my parents. My father may have killed their leader, but I planned to exterminate them all. I wanted no trace of that organisation left, or anyone with connection to that man, he took my family from me. Letting them take me was the only way that I could get my hand on any information, well I hope they don’t kill me before I do.

I woke up in one gorgeous bedroom, my head hurting. I got up and instantly, I felt something was off. First they let me sleep in a bed, I was able to get up and was not chained to it, that is weird, why kidnap someone only to give them comfort? I searched myself to find they didn’t even take my knifes or gun. I made my way to the door feeling uncomfortable, this seemed like some sort of trap. I reached the door to open it, expecting it to be locked, but instead it opened wide open, and that’s when I began to panic, were they not worried I wold escape, this made no sense. Part of me expected to wake up in a basement tied to a torture machine, not all…this!

Part of me wanted to carry out the original reason I was here, but a more cowardly part of me wanted to make it back to my son. I would take it and persist had they more…well normal, kidnap, torture, lock in a cold dark basement. But something told me that if I acted rashly I will not make it out. It was then I realised I acted foolishly, how was I supposed to defeat an entire mafia on my own, in their own territory. Well, maybe I could, but then…Victor”

I made it into the hall way, looking for an exit, but it was filled with more rooms, but with some luck, I found the stairs and made my way down, running, even skipping a few. All this time I didn’t even see a single person in this house. I made it passed the living room and bolted for the door, the only exit I was able to see so far. Before I even touched the door, “I wouldn’t do that if I were you Anna”.

The voice had me stopping in my tracks but I quickly took my gun out and whipped around pointing it at the culprit. But once I saw him, my jaw dropped, it couldn’t be, why would he have taken me? No matter how hard I tried, I could think of one reason why he would have kidnapped me. I was in an emotional turmoil, but my instincts shot it and I was prepared to pull the trigger. “Look around, you will be dead before you even pull that trigger Rose” he mocked looking intently at me.

I turned my attention to myself to see that I was covered in red dots, one mistake and I would be dead, how did I not realise them? “why are you doing this to me” I asked, my voice coming out more hurt than I expected. “you need to relax Barbie doll, you can do anything you want as long as you are in this house, but once you step outside, I can’t promise you to keep your life” he said shrugging, without care, like this was normal, like he didn’t just stab me in the back. “let’s go, it’s time to eat, you must have worked out an appetite for being out for three days?” he said not caring to even explain what was happening, but one thing I got is that I have been here for three days. THREE f*cking days! “what do you want? Why are you doing this” I asked feeling betrayed. “is it not obvious? The Black Rose” I felt adrenaline shoot through me at that, well more on pain and betrayal.

“why are you doing this to me? Why kidnap me? Why did you betray me, I trusted you, I thought we were fine? What did I ever do to you for you to betray me, to betray everyone? What about my son, don’t tell me you hurt Victor” I yelled, throwing a knife towards him, which he dodged? Victor? Could he have also taken my son? The thought of it tore my heart to pieces and I broke down. “you said you loved me, you waited for me, but it was all a lie. Why would you do this to me Raven” I shouted sobbing, I loved him, I thought we were fine, he looked happy with me, I was happy but it was all a lie. The second man I loved and even he betrayed me, and the worst part he didn’t seem to care, he just shrugged and walked away. But then I realized one thing. Raven ran the Vipers, he was their boss, which meant one thing, he is part of those who killed my parents, and worse, like me, he could be the man's son and out for revenge. He may want to kill me, but so be it, I realized hen holding that gun ready to shot, that I could never pull the trigger on him, I loved him, and I'll give him what he wants, he's already running it anyway. I'm pathetic right?

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