Reyna was going to be the death of me. When I left her room, all I could think about was stripping off all her clothes and burying myself deep inside her. The way she looked at me played havoc on my guilt. If she only knew how much I hated hurting her. I deserved it. I was such an ass. It was who I was. Having complete control, whether in business or the bedroom, was all I knew.
Standing under the cool spray, I thought for sure it would soften my hard cock, but it reminded me of how badly I wanted to take Reyna’s sweet body. I wanted to feel my cock seated deep inside her as I held her against the tile wall. I wanted to hear her scream my name as I brought her over the edge, begging me for more. Exhaustion was beating at the door, but there was no way I could go to bed in this condition. Grabbing my body wash from the shelf, I poured a generous amount on my hand and worked it up and down my cock. It wasn’t the relief of choice, but thinking of Reyna made it worth every stroke.
Tomorrow I planned on spending the day with Reyna, showing her some of the sights. Call it guilt for the way I had treated her. Hopefully, if I got her out of the house, it would help her get her mind off of what was going on. I wished she understood that my only goal was keeping her safe. I wasn’t sure how many people were under Rui Salko’s control or where he was. Patton had cameras set up in Reyna’s apartment, but there had been no activity since last night. I was pretty sure that they would return since they didn’t find what they were looking for. For that reason alone, I needed to keep Reyna safe. Little did she know, she was the only one who could give them whatever it was they wanted. The problem was, I wasn’t so sure she knew what exactly what that was.
Pulling the covers from my bed, I set the alarm for 8:00 a.m. Four hours of sleep was all I could permit myself to have. I had to get on top of this threat before it got out of control. Punching my pillow, I laid my head back and closed my eyes. My mind was on the warpath with my exhaustion, spinning with thoughts of Reyna. Hopefully, soon my exhaustion would win.
I could have sworn that I had just fallen asleep when the vibration of my phone coupled with a continuous beep echoed in the room. Fuck! I considered hitting the snooze, but I needed to get up. My mind wandered to the bedroom door, thinking about Reyna and whether or not she would be awake. After I slipped on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, I headed down the hall to her room. The door was closed, so I slowly turned the knob and pushed it open. Lying on the bed with her hair fanned across the pillow was my angel. She was still fast asleep, with no sign of waking up soon. Closing the door, releasing some of the tension from my body that sleeping didn’t touch was on my mind.
Heading down the steps, the smell of coffee filled the air. Mika was already completing her daily duties. She was a gem, and even though she was no longer my nanny, I was glad that I kept her as an employee. Growing up, Mika took care of me. I didn’t know much about my birth mother, other than what Mika told me. My mom was a vibrant woman, according to her, and active in the community. When my mom wasn’t off doing her charity events or her volunteer duties at the local shelter, her time was spent at the spa downing mimosas or the country club having brunch with the other wives. The ladies she shared her time with were corporate widows just like her, their husbands too busy to pay any attention to them. Then something changed. According to Mika, she started to imagine things. Like people were after her. I remember her telling me when I was ten that my mom would hear voices and would beg my father to remove all the phones and the electronics in the house. My mom was convinced that the government was spying on her.
I guess my father first noticed her symptoms when they found out she was pregnant with me. At first, he thought nothing of it. He regarded her behavior as a symptom of the pregnancy. The tipping point came when she pulled a knife on him, accusing him of wanting to kill her for stealing government secrets. She was delusional and a danger to herself. That was when my father decided it was best to have her committed to Lakeshore Meadows Psychiatric Hospital before she did something to the child she was carrying, namely me. Once there, the doctors determined that she was in the late stages of paranoid schizophasia. Lakeshore Meadows was where I was born. It was the last time she said anything that made sense, according to my father. It’s been ten years since I visited her. The day finally came when she didn’t believe that I was her son and was a threat to her life.
Before beginning my workout, I headed to the kitchen to give Mika my morning greeting, just as I did every morning when I came to Cross Estate. As I pushed open the door, I was surprised to find my father sitting at the breakfast bar having coffee while Mika busied herself with preparing breakfast. My father and I had our own agendas, and even though Cross Estate was not his home, he was always welcome.
When I patted my father on the shoulder, he looked up. “Good morning, son. Coffee?”
“Save me a cup. I’m going to the gym to relieve some of this pent-up tension.” I didn’t have to explain to my father what caused the tension. He knew, and he would willingly help in any way he could to keep Reyna safe.
“How is Ms. McCall?” he asked. “This must be very difficult for her,”
My father knew as well as I how difficult it had been for Reyna. He knew Rui Salko personally and was well aware of what he was capable of. Once my father witnessed Rui cut off a man’s fingers one by one until he got the answers he needed. If by the last one he didn’t talk, there were always ten toes left to get the information he sought.
“She is handling it the best she can. I thought I might take her out of the estate when she wakes up. Maybe it will get her mind off of what she’s been through.”
My father didn’t seem impressed with my suggestion when his head twisted my way. “Do you think that is wise? We have no idea where Salko is or if he has men in Chicago. It could be dangerous for her to be out in the open. Exposed.”
“Marcus and Calvin will be with us. Besides, I don’t plan on exposing her.”
“I hope you know what you’re doing, son.”
I left my father and Mika and headed to my home gym. My father was a smart man and very cautious. There was no way I would put Reyna in danger. If something didn’t feel right, we would be back here. Lincoln Park Zoo wasn’t exactly a feeding ground for hoods. There would be too many people.
Showered and dressed, I went to Reyna’s room. Once there, I found that she was no longer lying in bed. I was about to leave when I heard the bathroom door open. Standing in nothing but a towel, she was the most beautiful woman I had ever encountered. Her hair was wet, and her long waves hung low across the breast. There was no make-up on her face, and she was even more gorgeous.
Her eyes met mine, and I thought she would remind me that I was in her room, invading her space. She just looked at me without a word with her beautiful brown eyes. Walking over to where she stood, I placed my hand on her cheek and lowered my mouth over hers. The scent of cherry blossom and vanilla filled my senses. It was heaven as her lips parted and allowed me access to her warmth. The kiss was brief—replaced by regret as she pulled away. “What time is it?”
“It is just after ten,” I began, swiping her bottom lip with my thumb. “Mika is holding breakfast for us whenever you are ready. I thought after breakfast, I would take you out and show you some of Chicago.”
Reyna’s eyes were on mine and accompanied with a smile. “Really?”
“Yes. Pick out something comfortable. I’ll be waiting for you downstairs.”
Leaving her with one more kiss, I closed the door and headed down the stairs. There were still a few calls I needed to make. Of those, the most important was to Patton. I needed to find out if he had a location on Salko.
“Patton, tell me you have a location on Salko,” I said, as I closed the door to the library.
“I’m sorry, sir, but I have nothing. It’s like he has become invisible. No one has seen or heard from him since…” His words dropped off, but I knew the timeline. “Are we sure that Salko was responsible for the break-in at Reyna’s apartment?”
I couldn’t be sure of anything, but I trusted my father. He knew Rui Salko better than anyone, and when I told him what had happened, he knew it was Reyna’s father. “My father seems to think so, and he is never wrong. He’s out there. I’m sure of it. Have you been able to get anything on the two men that broke in?”
“Not yet, but we have a few leads. If anything turns up, I will let you know.”
The information Patton shared was less than acceptable. I knew he was doing everything he could to find out where Salko was. It still didn’t sit well with me that we had no information on him or his whereabouts. He wasn’t invisible like Patton said. Sooner or later, he would make a mistake, and he would show himself.