Determined: Book two of the Tucker Trilogy

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Chapter Six

“Why would you want to leave, Zora?” Thomas’s face was scrunched up like he was upset but his tone was low, filled with sadness. She couldn’t even look him in the eyes.

“Don’t you think it’s time for me to move out now?” She played with the rings of her fingers that she always wore just for this purpose. To fidget. Nasty habit but she couldn’t help it at times.

“Does this have to do with David?”

She closed her eyes only for a second but for Thomas that was all he needed to know.

“Don’t bother lying to me.” He waved his hands. “I’ll build you a room off the side of the den but don’t leave yet. I don’t think you’re ready.”

She gasped. “That’s ridiculous, Thomas. I have plenty of money saved up thanks to you and I must be cramping your style.” She looked up to see a frown and she started to move to the railing of the deck. “This is not about David, I just think it’s time I get back out there and be independent. I couldn’t do it without you so, thank you.” She looked at him longingly. She really did mean what she said. Without his kindness and generosity she didn’t know where she would be today.

“Don’t try to butter me up.” Thomas passed his hand over his face before walking into the house.

Zora sighed. She felt the same sadness move over her that did whenever she even looked at an apartment but she knew it was time to leave. This wasn’t her family. She wasn’t a Tucker and she wasn’t married to a Tucker. It was time to move on and start over and eventually start her own family. She couldn’t deny that she would miss being there but she would hope that Thomas would still allow her to visit sometimes. She had grown a soft spot for him.

“Hey, Zora.”

She turned to see Melissa holding a bottle of wine then Aria accompanied by Graham who had his arms around her waist as they moved out the door.

“Someone messed up our game plan.” Melissa nodded her head towards Graham.

“Hey, Graham.” Zora laughed as she kissed his cheek.

“Here.” Thomas came back out on the deck and passed Graham a beer.

“Thanks, pop. David not here yet?”

Just like that, something as simple as his name being called had her heart racing.

“No but he said he would call when he was on his way.”

She didn’t want to see him yet. She was moving on with her life and she was still raw from how he left her on Saturday but it was her own fault. She had gotten more than what she bargained for but no matter what happened tonight she was going to stick to her guns. She was going to be cordial but there was going to be no funny business between them. She was done trying to prove she was the one for him.

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David checked every room, locked all the doors, and turned off the main lights leaving low lights throughout the halls. He pushed through the doors of the back exit and locked them. He pulled his phone out to let his father know he was on the way when the car pulling in caught his attention.

The tinted window of the expensive car rolled down...

“This the only way I get to see you?” Summer beamed.

“Hey, babe.” He leaned down and brushed his lips across hers. “New car?”

She nodded. “That was nice.” She smiled. “I miss that. I miss you, David. You would know I had a new car if you weren’t ignoring me for the past few days.”

“I haven’t been ignoring you. I’ve just been busy but I apologize. I promise I was going to come pick you up and take you out to dinner tomorrow to make up for my absence.”

“Why not tonight?”

“I’m having dinner at Dad’s.”

“And I’m not invited?” She frowned.

“You know dad likes you, it’s just after not seeing you for a week I wanted to have you all to myself.” He cupped her face. “I promise to call you tomorrow.”

“You have a lot of making up to do, Mr. Tucker.” She reached out and ran her hand down his chest. “I’ll give you tonight but tomorrow, you’ll all mine.”

He leaned down and kissed her again before pulling back. “Get out of here, I’ll see you tomorrow. Text me when you make it home.”

“Okay, baby.” She smiled at him one last time before slowly rolling up her windows and pulling her car out the parking lot.

David started to dial his father number again when he felt a weary feeling wash over him. He pressed the call button on his phone when suddenly two masked men stepped from behind his car.

“Don’t make this mistake.” He warned.

The screeched of tires took his attention from the two men to a truck where two more masked men jumped out.

David mentally prepared himself for the fight of his life....

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“Hey, boy didn’t I tell you not to be there all night. We’re waiting on you.” Thomas said into the phone as he sat at the dining room table. He listened for David’s response but didn’t hear anything over the line but ruffling.

“David. David?” He heard the rough noises and he fought the urge to jump up from his chair and run out the door. “Oh, you have a flat? Well Graham and I will be on the way. Just hang tight.” His throat was tightening up but he rose from his seat slowly and moved towards the entry of the dining room.

“Let’s go see if we can go get your brother.” He said to Graham then he looked at Melissa. He knew she would get the message in his eyes that told her to stay with the girls until they returned. He could see the need in her to come with him but he was glad she just nodded slightly.

“David doesn’t know how to change a flat?” Zora asked. It would be her to ask and it left him stomped. It was hard for him to lie to the girls.

“He had some work done on the car and the spare doesn’t fit.” Graham answered. He had always been quick on his feet. “It shouldn’t take too long.” He leaned down and kissed his wife before moving towards his father.

“Be safe, y’all.” Aria said as they moved towards the front door. “Now maybe we can get into his office.” Thomas heard Aria whisper.

“She’s a horrible whisperer.” He said as he tossed Graham his coat from the closet. He pulled one out for him then grabbed a box that held some of his favorite weapons before shutting the door.

Graham grunted as they rushed to Thomas’s truck and sped off. “Something’s wrong, I take it?”

“Something’s wrong.” Thomas agreed as he sent Josh a message to ping David’s phone. He was already headed towards the gym but he wanted to make sure.

“Hold on, baby brother.” Graham said as he rubbed his hands together to warm them or to stop the shaking at the thought of something happening to his little brother, he wasn’t sure. However, he shook off the feeling of fear and straighten. This was what he and his father did for a living, save people. They were going to save David.

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