The Gem of the Romano Dynasty (Romano Dynasty - Duology - Book One)

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Chapter Four: Let’s Play Chicken, or Not

Aurora stared out the window of the car with a blank face. What has her life turned into? She’s on the run from God knows what, with a stranger that does things to her body, no one has ever done before. And her father is supposed to be alive…

“Penny for your thoughts?” Ren asked as he glanced at her, then returned his attention to the road.

Aurora sighed, “they’re not worth a peso.”

Ren laughed, “if you say so.”

She turned and glared at him. “What is your problem?”

He looked at her, stunned. “Me? I only asked what was on your mind.”

“You chase me down, you sneak into my house, you…you molest me…”

“Hey, I didn’t do the molesting,” he said as his knuckles tightened on the steering wheel.

“You tell me my father is alive…”

“He is,” he said with a nod.

She grunted, “then you kill a guy in my house, and I “pass” out, and you kidnap me. Then you molest me again in bed…”

“Once again, not the molester,” he said with gritted teeth. She was the one who had snuggled her ass up against him, in the middle of the night.

“You kill another guy, then rush me out of the hotel, in my pajamas I might add, and take off with me, and won’t tell me where the hell we’re going,” she said as she let out a long breath.

“If you see, I am not exactly dressed for travel either,” he said as he concentrated on the road.

She looked at his bare chest and sucked in a breath. In all the confusion, she hadn’t realized that he was driving in his…she looked down and almost laughed…boxer shorts.

“Yeah, laugh it up,” Ren said as he glanced her way, then smiled when he saw her eyes skim across his body and light up with what he hoped was the raw passion he felt when he looked at her.

Stop it. Ren berated himself. Can’t think like that, Dom will kill you.

“Where are we going, anyway?” Aurora asked with a yawn.

“To our next stop. It’s a long drive, so why don’t you sit back and get some rest,” Ren said as he glanced at her again.

She nodded as she closed her eyes and leaned her head back.

He sighed. If only she wasn’t Dom’s daughter. Then maybe he could taste those pouty lips of hers… He shook his head and concentrated on the road. But his thoughts weren’t far from her.


Aurora woke with a start; when something hit the car and made them swerve. “What’s going on?” She asked in a panic as she looked over at Ren.

“They found us,” he grumbled as he swerved to avoid another collision from the truck, barreling down on them.

“How do they keep finding us?” She cried.

“Not sure,” he said as the truck hit them again.

“This is crazy!” She cried out.

“You’re telling me,” he said as he hit the brakes and watched the truck swerve past them.

She braced herself as she was flung forward, and the belt pulled her back.

What is he planning to do? She wondered as she watched the truck turn and face them.

“You’re not going to play chicken, are you?” She asked as she stared, wide-eyed, at the truck.

Ren chuckled, “you watch too much TV.”

Aurora harrumphed as she watched the truck rev its engine. “So, does he,” she said as she pointed at the truck.

“Hold on,” he said as he held onto the wheel and revved the motor.

“Ren,” she whispered.

He looked at her with a smile. “I promised your father I would protect you, and I am.”

“By playing chicken with a nut case?” She asked, shocked.

He laughed, “trust me.”

Trust him? He wants her to trust him?

Ren and the other driver let go of the brakes at the same time and sped towards each other. Ren pulled off the road; before they were even close to the truck and skidded to a stop. They turned in their seats and watched the truck continue on, past them, and slam into a tree. Ren grinned as he pulled back onto the road.

“How did you know that would happen?” She asked as she watched the man jump out of the truck and chase after them on foot.

“I didn’t,” Ren said as he looked in the rearview mirror.


He looked at her and smiled. “I knew something would happen, and I knew it would be in our favor.”

“But how?”

He shrugged, “intuition.”

“What the…” She asked no more questions. Her brain hurt just from his answers.

“We need a new car now,” he said as they traveled down the road. “we’ll stop at the next town and change cars.”

“And clothes,” she said as she looked at them both.

He chuckled, “and clothes,” he said with a smirk.

“And food,” she said when her stomach growled.

He turned his head and smiled at her. “And food.”


Ren pulled into a parking lot behind a grocery store and shut off the motor. He looked at Aurora and smiled. She looked at him with her eyebrows raised as she surveyed their surroundings.

“I thought we need a new car.”

He pointed across the street. Aurora turned and stared at the car rental place, then sighed. She was worried that he would steal them a car.

“We can get dressed in the store’s bathrooms, then get us some lunch at the local café. Then I’ll get us the car, and we’ll be on our way,” he said as he watched her.

She nodded. “What do we do with this car?”

“Leave it here. It will get towed in a day or two.”


“Don’t worry so much, Aurora, you’ll get wrinkles on your pretty face,” he said as he reached out and touched her cheek.

Aurora didn’t move away from him as he touched her. She knows she should, but she couldn’t. His chocolaty eyes had her hypnotized.

“Aurora,” he said as he watched her.

Aurora shook her head when she realized he had said something. “I’m sorry, what?”

He smiled. “Ready to head inside?” He asked as he pointed to the store.

Aurora took a deep breath as she turned her head and looked at the store. This will be uncomfortable. She looked at him and laughed. Not as embarrassing as he will be in his boxers…she shook her head. Who is she kidding? He looks so hot; every woman in the store will drool…

He laughed at the look on her face. “Let’s go,” he said as he got out of the car and retrieved their bags.

She followed close behind him as they walked across the parking lot. When they entered the store, every eye in the front of the store turned to them. Aurora felt the flush start at her neck and work its way up to her cheeks. She looked up at Ren, who was grinning at the women who were ogling him. She couldn’t blame them; he was an olive-skinned Adonis.

“Excuse me,” a clerk said as she cleared her throat.

Ren stopped and smiled at the woman. The woman swooned and almost lost her grip on the counter.

“Sorry. We were just passing through and needed a change of clothes. Are your bathrooms this way?”

The woman sputtered as she nodded and pointed in the direction of the restrooms.

Aurora almost laughed at the look on the woman’s face. Ren grabbed her arm and dragged her towards the bathrooms.

He handed her her bag and pushed her towards the women’s bathroom. “Don’t come out of there until I come and get you.”

She nodded, then slipped into the bathroom. She will not argue with him, he has already saved her life three times.

She quickly used the toilet, then searched through her bag and found a change of clothes, and her toiletries. She brushed her teeth, then changed into a pair of short shorts and a tank top.

She looked at herself in the mirror and groaned. She has bed hair. She looked like she had been through a romp in the hay without the pleasure of it.

A tingling feeling went through her body as she remembered the feel of him against her ass…

“Aurora,” Ren whispered as he tapped on the door.

Aurora took a deep breath. “Just a minute,” she said as she pulled the brush from her bag and started brushing the tangles from her hair.

When she opened the door, he looked her from head to toe and smiled when his eyes met back with hers. Wow, those eyes, she could just eat them up…

“Ready?” He asked as he leaned down and picked up her bag.

She nodded as her eyes skimmed over his t-shirt and blue jeans. When he turned, her breath caught in her chest. His ass looked so good in those jeans…

“Aurora,” he said as he glanced back at her.

“Sorry,” she said as she started to follow him.

They made it back to the front of the store, where the same eyes stared at them, once again.

“Thanks for your help,” Ren said to the clerk as they passed.

“You’re welcome,” she said with a deep breath as she watched them leave the store.

Once they were outside, Aurora laughed. Ren looked at her with a puzzled look on his face.

“She wanted to meet you in said bathroom, and do things to you that your mother would never approve.”

He smiled, “good thing, my mother is dead then.”

She stopped walking as she stared at him. “That’s horrible.”

He paused as he turned to her and shook his head. “Don’t feel bad for me, Aurora. She wasn’t fit to be anyone’s mother. Your father took me in when I was eighteen and molded me into the man I am today.”

She watched him. Her father did that for him? But the man he is today is scary and…

“Don’t look at me like that, Aurora. If I hadn’t killed them, they would have killed you. Believe me, if I had let them go, they would have just come after us again. They won’t stop until…”

“I’m dead,” she whispered.

He sighed, “let’s not talk about that right now,” he said as he took hold of her arm and dragged her towards the café, “let’s eat, then get out of here.”

She nodded as she let him drag her across the street to the local café.


The food was okay, but not the best Aurora has tasted. But it did the job and filled her belly. When she excused herself to go to the bathroom, he stood with her.

“I think I can manage on my own,” she said with a laugh.

“I’m supposed to protect you…”

“Ren, what is going to attack me in the bathroom? The toilet seat? Sit, I will only be a few minutes.”

He nodded as he sat back down in his seat. But he had the oddest feeling, and it wouldn’t go away.

Aurora walked into the women’s bathroom and looked around. She found the disabled stall open and stepped into it. She locked the stall door, then looked at the toilet. A vision of the seat attacking her; made her giggle. He was so overly protective of her. But could she really blame him?

After all, in less than twenty-four hours, he has saved her ass three times.

A loud bang on the stall made her head jerk up. “Just a minute!” She called out.

The banging got louder, and it sounded more like the woman was trying to knock down the door.

“Hold on,” Aurora said as she pulled up her shorts. Damn, some people just have no patience.

Aurora screamed when the door was shoved into the stall, off its’ hinges. She was glad she had slipped into the larger stall, that door would have hurt. A petite woman, with long brown hair, walked into the stall. She wore all leather and looked meaner than a pit bull.

Oh no, another assassin?

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