Chapter 1: On The Run
I made it to West Virginia and stopped at a restaurant outside of town. I saw three or four bikes parked outside but that didn’t bother me. I pulled my hoodie up and hid my face as I walked in the door. I was sore and it hurt to move. I had difficulty breathing and knew Richard must have broken some ribs.
I slowly made my way to a table in the corner and sat down. I felt eyes on me and looked out of the side of my eyes seeing the bikers watching me. As I reached to grab a menu I grabbed my side. I noticed that the biker that was getting ready to take a drink of coffee stopped watching me closely.
He was handsome. He had long dark brown hair reaching to his shoulders. He had a few tattoos. I was looking at the menu when the waitress walked to the table.
"I said I will take a cup of coffee, two eggs over easy, bacon and toast, please."
My hood slipped on my head and quickly reached up and pulled it forward but not before the waitress saw my face.
I heard her take a breath and she said
"I will be back with your coffee."
I turned to look out of the window not realizing that my face gave back a reflection. When I realized it I quickly looked back down at the table. My phone rang as the waitress brought my coffee and my hand was shaking when I saw who was calling.
I quickly hit the off button turning my phone off. The waitress said. "My name is Elizabeth are you new in town?"
I said, "yes I am."
" She asked if I was visiting and I said without thinking. No, I am running."
Then said. "Joke sorry."
" She asked if I had a place to stay."
" I said no but do you have a hotel or motel in town."
" She told me the nearest one was 20 miles down the road."
I sighed and she then asked. "Do you plan on staying?"
I said "thinking about it."
" This seems like a nice town."
" Are you looking for a job?"
I asked. "Are you hiring?"
" Yes, I am."
She said "I have a small apartment around back you can use and I can pay you $100.00 a week plus tips."
"That sounds fair since I won’t be paying rent."
"You just sit there and after we close I will take you around to the apartment ok?"
I smiled and said sure. "Thanks."
I was reading a book when I heard a nice voice say.
"Elizabeth can you refill my cup for me."
" Sure she said taking the coffee pot to their table."
I heard the door charm ring as the door opened up and I saw this huge man with black hair down past his shoulders wearing a leather jacket that had Viking MC on the back of it.
"Steve how was your day?"
I saw him lean down and kiss her lips and hug her. "He said well now that I get to see you."
I watched as they walked to the back of the restaurant and heard some teasing going on from the men sitting at the table. I heard pres no kissing back there and then laughing as he walked by.
As Elizabeth and Steve walked into the office she turned and said.
"I hired a new waitress."
" She is sitting at the corner table."
" Steve, she is running from someone I just know it."
" She was beaten."
" She has bruises all over her face and I think her ribs are hurt but she refused to give in to the pain."
I watched Steve’s hands ball up into fists.
He said, "ok honey."
" We have to protect her."
" Lets not push her tonight we don’t want her getting scared and running off."
He turned and walked out of the office and got himself a cup of coffee before sitting down with the other men. I felt eyes on me and looked up under my hood and noticed the man called Steve and the one that was watching me earlier staring at me.
I looked back down and continued to read my book. Every now and then I gasped when I moved as my ribs were really hurting. Elizabeth came back and filled my coffee cup again. She said
"give me a minute and I will take you to the apartment."
" I smiled and said ok softly."
She then walked away. About 10 minutes later she came back with a jacket on and keys in her hand.
I slowly got up from the table and walked to the door with her. As we walked out and started around the building I saw all the guys watching us. She opened the door and turned on the light and said.
"I know it isn’t much but it has a bed, a small kitchen, and bathroom."
" I smiled and said it will do just fine."
"I thanked her and she handed me the key."
" She shut the door and said. I saw your face."
I sighed and pulled the hood down. She gasped and said.
"How much pain are you in."
" I told her I think he broke my ribs."
" She said I will be back."
" Is it ok if I bring my husband back with me and one of the other guys?"
"They can help wrap your ribs."
" I said sure that will be fine."
She left and was back with a first aid kit and the man named Steve and the one who had long hair. They walked in and when they saw me there was anger on their faces. Elizabeth helped me take off my hoodie and shirt and I sat in front of them in my bra and jeans.
I was embarrassed and couldn’t look at them. Steve started filling my ribs when I let out a whimper.
"He said this is going to hurt but you will be able to breath better."
I have to wrap your ribs.
"He said I am Steve, Elizabeth’s husband."
" This is rage."
" I looked at them and said, my name is Karan."
Rage helped wrap my ribs and as he wrapped the bandage around me his knuckles touched me under my breasts.
I noticed his face get red and he kept saying "sorry."
"Stop apologizing. You can’t help it."
After they finished Elizabeth helped me put on a baggy tee-shirt. She said.
"I will stop by in the morning to bring you some breakfast or if you feel up to it come in and keep me company."
She smiled and they left locking the door behind them.
As they walked around the building Rage said. "She is the one."
Steve and Elizabeth stopped and asked, "what did you say."
Rage said. "She is mine."
" I felt it when she walked in the door."
" I knew something was wrong but didn’t know what."
" If I find out who did that to her they are dead."
Steve said, "she is a little thing, isn’t she?"
" She takes pain well and that is not a good thing."
" That tells me she has been abused for a long time."
As they walked in Steve and Rage walked over and sat down at the table while Elizabeth finished cleaning the kitchen to close for the night. The three men looked at them and asked.
"Well, how bad is it?"
Steve said "bad."
Rage said, "she has taken a good beating."
" She has at least three broken ribs and two cracked one."
Looking at Steve he asked.
"Did you see her back?"
Steve said, "yes I did."
" Someone used a belt on her back. She has two or three scars."
" Her throat was so bruised it was surprising she could even talk."
"That is probably why she talks so softly."
" Rage is she the one the guys asked."
" Yes, she is mine and I will kill the person that did that to her if I ever meet him."
" Steve said let’s go."
" I want everyone at the club tomorrow at 9:00 for church. We need to discuss Rage’s woman."
Steve put his arm around Elizabeth as she locked the door and they walked to the motorcycle. They live a block away. They were quiet when they entered the house.
Steve said, "don’t worry."
" I will let the club know she is under our protection."
Elizabeth said, "that makes me feel better."
She lay down and put her head on Steve's chest and fell asleep.