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Chapter 4 : Xavier

Chapter 4 : Xavier
Thursday, July 15th, 2021

“Hailey?” Alec calls, pounding his fist against her hotel door for the third time in the last minute. “I don’t know why she’s not answering. She texted me right before we left the club saying she was almost here.”

“Move out of the way for a sec.” Caleb says, walking out of the elevator and down the hall with something in his hand. “I swiped this from the front desk. Master key.”

Caleb holds up the white card to the lock and a quick beeping sound confirmed that the door was now unlocked.

Twisting the handle, we walk into the empty, silent room. “Hailey, you in here?” But as expected, there’s no response.

None of us speak, but we all know something’s wrong. Her shoes aren’t at the door, there’s no sign of her work uniform, and her bed is untouched.

The sudden ringtone of Alec’s phone draws all of our attention to him. Seeing that it’s Hailey’s caller ID, he answers immediately.

“Hey, where ar—” He starts, but is cut off by a rushed voice on the other end.

“Back of the hotel.” I faintly hear through the speaker, before the line is cut off.

“Go.” Is all I say, the three of us instantly bolting for the stairwell. “Put on your masks. I don’t know about you guys, but if someone’s hurt her, I’m going to lose it.”

In silent agreement, we all pull on black masks from our pockets, before crashing through one of the back doors.

“Get off of me you asshole.” We hear a voice struggle from a short distance. Caleb was the first to move, but I was faster. Sprinting towards the voice, I spot Hailey on the ground with someone on top of her trying to remove her clothes.

“Please, no!” Hailey cries, as she continues to try and fight off her attacker.

“Xavier.” Caleb says in a warning tone, clearly sensing my murderous state. She sounds so defeated, and all I know was that someone was going to lose their life for this.

Before anyone can stop me, I have the disgusting man’s throat tight in my grip, lifting him so his feet dangle helplessly in the air.

“You, my friend, just signed yourself a death sentence.” I fumed. “If you think it’s okay to touch another woman without her consent, then you are deeply mistaken?” Tightening my grip, he tries desperately to pry my hands from his throat, but I don’t budge. I just hold him there, enjoying the look of fear in his eyes and his panicked state at the fact that his airflow was cut off completely.

“Xavier, not yet.” Alec says to me.

Taking my focus off of the man, I twist to see Hailey still on the ground with Caleb reassuring her that she was safe now. “Are you okay?” I ask. She just nods in response. I had to be sure first. Feeling the fight in the struggling man begin to lessen, I remember Alec’s words: not yet. Throwing him harshly to the pavement, he is instantly consumed by a violent coughing fit.

I can tell that his fight or flight instincts are kicking in right now, but that’s the best part about what we do. We make the choice for them; too weak to fight back and too slow to run. In the end, that just leaves death.

Pulling out my gun, I switch the safety off and point it directly at the terrified man in front of me. Good. You should be scared.

“Caleb, take Hailey inside. She doesn’t need to see this.” I order.

While Hailey took the oath of Omertà about three years ago, just because she is sworn to secrecy doesn’t mean I want her to see this darker side of me.

“Don’t you speak for me. I’m just as angry as you are, so I’m staying whether you like it or not.” Hailey says. While she may not have had the muscle to fight off this predator, she is anything but weak. I know that she can handle it, which is why I don’t further protest her presence. However, now I have to dial my aggression back a bit, otherwise I’d probably traumatize her.

Nodding to indicate that I heard her and respect her decision, I completely shut the rest of the world out and direct my full attention back to the trembling man on the ground. He wants to run, but is too scared to move.

With Hailey curled up and safe against the wall, I see Caleb rise from her side, so the three of us are now standing. With my gun still pointing at the man on the ground, Alec gives me a knowing look. Not too aggressive. Believe me, I am well aware.

A simple shot to the head is nowhere near my preferred choice of his death, but it’s the least violent method in my play book.

“Please don’t kill me.” The man begs us. “It’s not what it looks like I swear.”

I cock my head to the side at this man’s stupidity. He really thinks he’s going to get out of this? “What was it, huh? You couldn’t handle her rejection, so you thought that it was okay to take advantage of an unwilling person?” I ask. The man frantically shakes his head back and forth, but struggles to bring himself to speak. “N-no, please that’s not what it was.”

“For the record, she doesn’t swing that way, but even if she did, she still wouldn’t want you. No means no, and thankfully after tonight, the world will be free of one less lowlife such as yourself.”

“Wait, wait, wait.” He says as I take a step towards him. “I could pay you. I come from a family with a lot of money. If you let me go now, I promise that you’ll get as much as you want, and we’ll never have to see each other again. How does that sound?”

Ignoring him, I don’t even try to listen to the bullshit bribes that spill from his mouth. With a short nod, Alec and Caleb take that as their cue. They begin to beat the life out of him, as I stand there, watching as his body hunches forward with each of their movements. Within seconds, his nose is broken and spilling blood, bruises appear across his entire body, and it is likely that multiple parts of his rib cage are now shattered.

Only once he is unmoving and nearly unconscious, do Alec and Caleb retreat. Now it’s my turn to bring this to an end. Judging on his facial expression, this man knows it too.

“No! No, please don’t do this!” He sobs in front of me. What he fails to realize, is that his pleas only further encourage my actions. With my gun pointing towards his forehead, I just hold it there for a second, enjoying the fear radiating off of his body.

“Hey.” Hailey says, drawing my attention to her. “Don’t feel like you have to do this. I’m fine if you just want to leave. He’s more than learned his lesson.”

“This man isn’t making it out of here alive. He signed his death warrant the second he made an unwanted move on you. It’s not too late to leave, though. No one here will judge you.”

She just shakes her head and looks down at her knees. She’s made her decision.

My attention is redirected back to the sobbing man on the ground.

Taking a step forward, he tries to move away from me, but is too hurt to get far.

“I’ll see you in hell, asshole.” Is the last thing I say, before pulling the trigger and watching as his lifeless body slumps to the ground.

The sound of the gunshot echoes throughout the air, but what I didn’t expect to hear was the quiet gasp that comes from the dumpster to my left.

Snapping my head around, my eyes catch sight of the most stunning girl I’ve ever laid eyes on. Her dirty blonde hair is tied up so that it rests on top of her head and even in the middle of the night, her striking green eyes are impossible to miss. I can see the soft angles of her face and her plump lips that are parted slightly in shock.

She doesn’t realize that she’s been seen yet, too focused on the gruesome sight beside me. This is not good. I was so lost in watching her that I almost forgot that not only were we just caught, but that Hailey’s face was showing.

As if she only just remembers that she wasn’t the only one here, her head flicks up, her eyes meeting my dark ones. Fuck. She looks so innocent— like a deer caught in the headlights. Seeing her crouched down and looking up at me was causing me to feel things that were most definitely not appropriate considering the circumstances.

Despite these feelings however, I know it’s likely that we’re going to have to kill the one person that has been able to make me feel something for the first time in years. All from just one look of those precious eyes.

Nobody moves, not wanting to scare her off, but we all see her. I briefly glance to where Alec and Caleb are and I can tell that they are affected by her just as much as I am. What a cruel, cruel world this is.

Making the first move, Alec takes one step forward, but by the time I turn my head back, the girl is already gone.

Shit.

Before I even have to say anything, Alec is chasing after her. I had no doubt that he was going to catch her, but there was still the issue of the mess we made.

“Call our guys and get them out here immediately.” I say to Caleb.

“On it, boss.”

Turning to Hailey, I look her up and down, checking once again for any injuries. “Are you sure you’re okay?”

“Yeah, but the girl—”

“Don’t you worry about her. Alec probably has her already, and it won’t be long before she’s dealt with.” I say, before realizing my mistake.

“Dealt with?” Hailey says, her voice raising a bit. “Xavier, you are not killing her.”

I knew she wouldn’t like that, hence realizing my mistake.

“Here, let’s get you inside. It’s cold out.” I reach my hand out, trying to avoid this conversation.

“Being in the wrong place at the wrong time does not give you the right to kill her.”

I know she’s right, but we didn’t become the strongest gang in America by allowing witnesses to go running their mouths to the press. “Why don’t you head up to your room? We’ll meet you there in a bit.” I say, trying to get her out of here. I don’t know how we’re going to deal with the girl, but it’s likely not going to be something I find to be enjoyable. I am a cruel, sadistic man who is responsible for more deaths than I can count, but I have never liked killing innocents. That’s one thing that even my father wasn’t able to beat out of me.

“Don’t you try to shove me off to the side, Xavier. I’ll go back to my room right now, but you are going to go after Alec and personally ensure that no harm comes to that girl. You hear me? You have your connections. You know you can keep her quiet in a less violent way, and you are going to do it.”

Looks like Hailey is back to her usual self already.

“Now go. She’s done nothing so far, but see something she wasn’t supposed to.”

“Listen, you don’t—”

“No, you listen. The cops weren’t called, none of your resources were wasted, and your father will never have to find out about this. No harm is done. Oh, and don’t think I missed the way you looked at her, because I didn’t.”

Choosing to ignore her last comment, I open the back door and allow her to move inside.

“I mean it, Xavier.” Hailey warns one last time, before leaving to find an elevator.

“I know.” I mutter under my breath. Allowing the heavy metal door to shut, I return back to the scene, now swarmed with members of our clean up crew.

“Caleb.” I say in hello as I pass him, before moving into a light jog around the building.

I expected to see them right around the corner, yet to my surprise, I was the only one here. Where the hell are they?

Continuing along the wall, I end up at the front of the building and next to the entrance where Alec stands. Alone.

“What the fuck happened?”

Turning his head in my direction with his mask now off, I remember I’m still wearing mine. I remove the black material before shoving it back into its original place in my pocket.

“Turns out the tiny thing knows how to run.” Alec says to me. “And fight.”

She what? I have no doubt that it’s possible for her to be fast, but to catch a guy like Alec off-guard is damn near impossible.

Moving to stand by his side, I see what he’s looking at through the glass doors. The beautiful girl from before is leaning against the front desk, speaking to the receptionist in fast, short breaths. Even though I should be panicked at the fact that she’s spilling everything she just witnessed through that perfect mouth of hers, I’m not.

Instead, I’m more focused on the sight before me that has the power to bring every man and woman to their knees.

She is currently leaning the weight of her body over the front counter, causing her round ass to push out slightly. Trailing my gaze up her thick thighs and to the curve of her hips, I take in every section of her body. A few strands of her blonde locks have fallen loose from her bun and now rest against her back.

“She’s stunning.” Alec says, taking the words straight from my mouth. “She’s got a fiery personality too. She put up a good fight and then proceeded to elbow me in the stomach before bolting.”

Fuck. He really shouldn’t have told me that because now I want her even more.

“What are you doing? Please, I dropped my phone outside, so I need you to call the police.” I hear her frantic voice tell the receptionist.

The woman working at the front desk looks out to where Alec and I are standing, looking for guidance. She knows we’d kill her if she were to defy us so she won’t do anything until we give her the go ahead. Nodding to the lady, I allow her to call the police. We practically own them anyways, so while it’s going to be a pain in my ass, nothing will come of it.

“Move.” Alec suddenly says, shoving us both to the side wall, out of view from those in the building. Peaking my head slightly through the door, careful not to trigger its automatic opening feature, I see that the girl is now looking outside with a confused look on her face. Under the light, I can now see the dark circles around her bright eyes. Jesus, it looks like she hasn’t slept in days.

“How did you know she was going to turn around?” I ask Alec, who too watches her.

“She transferred her weight to the back of her heels from where it was initially on her toes. She also moved her hands slightly from where they rested on the counter to an easier position for her to twist her body towards the door.”

Like I said. He reads body language. That’s probably why he’s such a good dominant too— he always knows what people want, even when they don’t know it themselves.

With her back now to us again, I don’t have to be like Alec to see the way her body physically relaxes at the sight of the receptionist calling 911.

“There you are. I was looking for you two. Wait, where’s the gi—” Caleb starts, walking up beside us, but stopping when he sees her inside of the hotel. She’s now sitting down in the lounge area at the front. “How did this happen?”

“She’s faster, and a hell of a lot stronger than she looks.” Alec answers, grumpily, but with a hint of admiration as well.

This makes Caleb smile for a split second, before it drops, realizing what this means. No one gets away from us. Ever. Yet here’s this tiny thing who has not only defied us from the first moment we saw her, but is still alive to tell the tale. Why however? I have no fucking clue.

“This isn’t good.” Caleb says.

I know that, but I don’t want to think about it yet.

“Is the scene cleared up, because the police are on their way?”

“Yeah, but what the hell are we going to do about the girl? How are you not freaking out right now?”

“She’s tired.” Alec states. “Tell the cops to tell her that she’s sleep deprived. Hallucinations are a common side effect. She’ll go to the doctor, get some meds to help her sleep for the next week, and then move on with her life.”

“We can’t just let her move on with her life, and you know it.” I say. “She may be nice to look at, but she saw Hailey’s face, hit Alec, and has now gotten the cops involved. We’ll obviously just pay them off, but word about this will get out and we can’t have others thinking that one girl was able to defy people like us and get away with it.”

“We should be killing her.” Caleb says.

“I know that—” I start, but the sounds of police sirens cut our conversation short.

“Caleb, go around the side and head up to Hailey’s room. We’ll meet up with you once we’re done. Alec, I need you to talk to the cops and make sure they know their place. I overheard her saying that she dropped her phone out here, so I’m going to go find it.”

In agreement, we all split off to complete our individual tasks. Turning around the corner, I know I don’t have too long until the police are here and searching the scene.

With only the glow of the side lights of the building, I begin my search for her phone. I really need to get Caleb to find her name for us, so I can address her as more than just ‘she’ and ‘the girl’.

I imagine she would have stayed fairly close to the wall of the building when running, since it’s the quickest way back to the entrance. It really doesn’t take me long to find it. Alec must have grabbed her right before she went around the corner based on where it rested. On the ground was a small iPhone with a clear case to protect the rose gold outside.

Picking it up, I surprisingly find it undamaged and in working condition. On the screen is a picture of our mystery girl, with a man hugging her from behind. I’m assuming he’s her boyfriend. She seems a lot happier in this photo than the girl I saw today in the lobby. I wonder what happened? That is, other than the fact she saw someone get killed of course.

Tucking her phone into a pocket, I begin to walk towards the front door, before I remember that there are people at the entrance. Moving on to plan B, I remember that Hailey was able to get inside through the door at the back. I head there, soon spotting the dumpster that hid the same beauty that has now become a huge pain in my ass. Turning the corner, as expected, everything looks perfectly normal. There’s no body, no blood, no sign that anything ever happened here. It’s almost as if it didn’t.

Making sure not to touch anything that would leave my prints behind, I pull down the sleeve of my jacket over my hand before twisting the door open. It was unlocked, granting me free access back into the hotel. Whoever runs this place really should fix that.

Stepping in, I make sure to keep my head bowed, avoiding any security cameras. It was pretty easy to find Hailey’s hotel room, considering I was already there once today, but it made me wonder which room our mystery girl was staying in.

I make a mental note to get the front desk to tell me later. It’s just past one in the morning now, so I’m sure that everything will be settled down for the night by three.

Finding myself in front of Hailey’s hotel room, I knock twice and this time, there is an answer.

“Hey, come on in.” Hailey calls from her bed. Her entire house is currently being renovated, so she’s been stuck here for the last few days. We offered to let her stay at our place, but she refused. It was too ‘intruding’ for her was what she said.

Caleb and Alec were both already back, sitting on one of the sofas.

“You were quick.” I say.

“Yeah, it didn’t take long at all. I mentioned who we were, and they instantly knew what we were asking of them. They’re going to call me in the morning to update us on everything. I’m pretty sure they’re questioning the girl right now.”

“Speaking of which, Caleb, have you tried to figure out who she is yet?”

“Working on that right now.” He mutters, with his iPad in hand. “Whoever she is, there was nothing on her that I could find from just a basic internet search. I’m trying to pull up the hotel records now, to see what name she signed in under.”

“Would something like a phone number be found in said hotel records?” Hailey asks, with a devilish smile on her face.

Yup, she’s definitely back to normal. I already know what she’s thinking because it’s the same thought that has crossed all of our minds at least once tonight.

“You can’t.” I say to her, causing a slight pout to form on her face.

“I know, but don’t tell me I’m the only one who’s pictured how pretty she would look on her knees.”

“Hailey—”

“Or the desperate whimpers that would leave her mouth as she’s on the edge, begging for her release.”

I know she’s just trying to get a reaction out of me, but the worst part is that it almost worked.

Seeing that I wasn’t going to comment, she just sighs, clearly thinking about the image that she’s now planted in all of our minds.

Fuck. I haven’t even touched her yet and the mere thought of her is enough to threaten a hard on.

“Madelyn Adams.” Caleb reads, finally connecting a name to the face. “She is 23 years old and lives about a fifteen minute drive from here. After doing a second Internet search, I found that she is a professional photographer and graduated first in her class from the University of Colorado Denver. I’ll be able to find more later at the office.”

We just sit there in silence for a moment, taking in this new information.

Madelyn. A pretty name for a pretty face. Makes sense.

_______

With Hailey safe and the police dealt with, there wasn’t much to do. Hailey turned on some stupid show she was obsessed with on Netflix before we all settled down for the first time in well over an hour. We were all looking at the screen, but I knew that Caleb, Alec, and I all had our minds focused on a particular blonde.

I don’t know what the others were thinking about, but I wanted to know how a petite thing like Madelyn managed to escape someone as quick and well trained as Alec. I also wanted to know what we were going to do about it. Killing her was obviously no longer an option, but not doing anything wasn’t a possibility either. I had no clue what was going to come from this, and I hated it. I always have a plan, and everything is always in my control.

Madelyn Adams, however, was a wildcard.

After a few episodes, Alec and Caleb were just about ready to leave, and I was too. I drove my bike here, but the other two came together.

“Hey. I think we’re going to head out now.” Alec says quietly to Hailey who is still situated and half-asleep on the hotel bed. “Call us if you need anything, even if it’s just to talk about what happened.”

“Mhm.” She murmurs, clearly tired from the long day.

We all shuffle to grab our belongings and then move towards the door to leave.

“You guys.” Hailey calls from bed. We all turn to her. “Thank you.”

“Any time.” Caleb smiles, before he and Alec move out into the hallway. They wait for me to join them, and I do so, closing the door behind me.

“I’m going to meet you back at the base in a few. I just want to talk to the receptionist before I leave.”

“Okay, but we all know we need to talk about what happened tonight right?” Alec says.

“Yeah, I know. We can when I get back.”

“Good, but let’s head to our place instead? It’s going to be established as abandoned soon if we stay out any longer.” Caleb jokes.

I chuckle at that. He’s not wrong. The three of us bought a bachelor pad together when we got assigned to New York five years ago, yet somehow, we manage to spend the majority of our time at what we call the base; the place all of our work goes through.

“Sure, I’ll see you there.”

“Okay. Oh and the security cameras should be on a loop for the next hour or so, so you don’t have to worry about your face being shown.” Caleb says, before the three of us head for the elevator. Within the time span of one minute, I am making my way to the front desk while the other two are already out the main door.

The lobby is now completely empty apart from the receptionist and I.

“Excuse me, miss. I was hoping you would be able to tell me the room number of a girl who goes by the name of Madelyn Adams.” I say to her, and I don’t miss the fear that passes through her eyes. She clearly knows who I am and who the girl is too.

“I-I’m really sorry sir, but we can’t d-disclose that type of information.” She stutters out, fidgeting with her hands.

She probably thinks I’m here to kill Madelyn for calling the cops. In all honesty, it’s what I should be doing, yet here I am, my only reason being wanting to see her face again.

Trusting that Caleb turned off the security cameras, I pull out my gun for the second time tonight and place it on the counter, the muzzle pointing at her.

“You seem like a smart enough girl to figure out that people don’t say no to me. Now I’m going to ask you one more time. Give me Madelyn Adams’ room number.”

With shaky hands, she types something into her computer and hits enter on the keyboard.

“Room 155, second floor.” She mumbles, refusing to meet my eyes.

“The key?”

She hesitates for a moment before reaching behind the desk to grab a second key.

Taking it, I tell her to have a nice day, before tucking my gun back in my jacket pocket.

I had to see her. Just one more time. There was a high possibility that by the end of this week she would know our names and hate us with every ounce of that perfect little body of hers.

While killing is one method we use to send messages, we also use a series of different scare tactics to teach people lessons. Unfortunately for Madelyn Adams, she was now in our sights and was without a doubt going to regret running once we’re through.

However, despite the inevitable, I’m intrigued by her. Hailey was right. I want her on her knees in front of me. I want to know what her skin feels like on mine and what she looks like while she comes apart under my touch. I bet she’d submit to me so well, but at the same time, I have a strong feeling that she wouldn’t do it without a bit of a fight.

If only the world was on my side.

Before I know it, I find myself on the second floor and in front of her door. Swiping the card against the lock, I twist the handle and quietly step inside.

On the floor by her bed, rest a suitcase that is spilling over with clothes. There are fast-food containers scattered across the table and overall, this room is a disaster. It is very clear that Madelyn is either the most disorganized person I’ve ever met, or she’s had a few rough days.

My eyes scan the messy room, until they fall on the whole reason I’m here.

For the first time since I’ve seen her, she looks completely relaxed. It was only then that I remembered her phone was still on me. Pulling it from my pocket, I turn it on, once again seeing the happy girl on the screen. My initial plan was to get Caleb to unlock it and find a way to use her personal information against her, but as I stand here, I can’t bring myself to do that. Instead, I find myself placing her phone on the bedside table, leaving it there next to her head.

Looking back up, I notice that she didn’t bother to change out of her original clothes. Laying on her side, one hand is tucked under a pillow, while the other rests comfortably in front of her face. She is so vulnerable in this state, and doesn’t even know it.

On the outside she looks peaceful, but on the inside I can practically see the demons that invade her mind. I know, because I have them too.

Leaning forward, I brush my hand across her soft face, instantly feeling a comforting warmth spread through my entire body. A strand of her hair has fallen in front of her eyes, and I can’t resist the urge as I tuck it behind her ear.

Oh, sweetheart. I’m going to have so much fun with you. I already know it.


- End of Chapter 4 -

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