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Lies and Confusion


I had a hundred and one things to do before going back to Los Angeles later that day, but after what happened last night, I didn’t want to leave Blue alone. She was still pretty shaken up when I drove her back home and she only gave me bits and pieces of the story.

Bottom line was, Deacon was behind it. All of it.
I still had lunch with my family and my brother Chase was going to be there too. He used to be best buds with Deacon, and I was hoping he could give me his address so I could track him down and have some strong words with him. Enough was enough.

I don’t care who he was connected to, I wouldn’t allow him to harass the woman I love and continue to cause havoc in her life. She had been through enough already. He had to back off or end up back in a jail cell.

After lunch chase and I went to look for his juvenile friend, but when we got to his run-down apartment building he wasn’t there.

“He hasn’t been here since he was locked up,” the janitor informed us. “He’s probably still there or possibly been thrown back where he belongs,” he rasped harshly, the bitterness of his tone unmistakable. “We don’t want the likes of him here. If ever you come across him, tell him I said so.”

I filled my brother in while we spent the rest of the day driving around, looking for Deacon at family or friends, but the response was the same where ever we went.

“Let’s just go to the state penitentiary,” Chase suggested as we walked back to his Mustang. “There’s no harm in checking. Chances are he is still there or he has been returned there like everyone seems to believe.”

“But Blue was pretty certain that she saw him- twice already,” I slipped into the seat and slammed the door shut then buckled my seat belt. “I spoke to him on the phone other day. He shot one of her bodyguards last night... It could have been her instead but the guy knocked her out of the way.”

“Then maybe we should let the police handle this Corbs,” he threw me a worried look as he put the car in reverse. “He seems pretty dangerous to me.”

“I know. You’re right,” I rubbed my temples and took a deep breath. “Can we just go to our last stop? The cops would have told us if they had caught him, but they haven’t. I will rest easier knowing he is locked away.”

“You need to stay out of this. Promise me?”
“I can’t Chase. She is everything to me.”

“You are going to get yourself killed trying to protect her.”

I frowned at his skeptical tone. “Then so be it.”

“She’s not worth it. No woman is worth your life-she isn’t even your wife!”

“I don’t expect you to understand, man,” I said defensively. “If you don’t want to come with me then take me back to the house so I can get my car,” I added, slightly accusingly.

“Why would you even say that?” Emotions flickered across my older brother’s expressive face. “I don’t agree with what you’re doing but I’ve got your back. Always.”

“Thanks bro,” I said, punching him softly on the shoulder. “It means a lot to me.”

“So what’s going on?” he questioned. “The last I checked, you and Blue were not together anymore? What changed?”

“It’s complicated.”

“Unpack it,” he said with a grin that summoned the dimple below his eye. “We’ve got time.”

“If you insist…” I told him everything.

He waited until I was done with the whole story before he commented. “You weren’t joking when you said it’s complicated.”

“Told you so.”

He gave me a speculative glance. “You seem to be risking a lot for someone that wants to have an open-relationship.”

“I don’t- the circumstances don’t change the way I feel about her. I still care about her deeply.”

“Is she seeing anyone? Besides you I mean?”

“She-no-I don’t know,” I shrugged. “Not that I know of anyway.”
“Then maybe she just wants you to spread your wings. Because of that, I’ll cut her some slack.”

“She thinks she’s not good enough for me.”

“What?!” his eyes widened and he scoffed. “She’s too hot for you, dude. She should have just stayed with me but she wanted you, an inexperienced virgin, that has no clue on how to give a real woman pleasure.”

“It hurts doesn’t it,” I chortled.

“You should just knock her up. That will settle it once and for all.”

Laughter rose within me, and he laughed along with me. “You’re a very sick, twisted human being. Do you know that?”

“Just helping a brother out,” he chuckled as he pulled closer to the guard-house at the prison. “I can give you a few pointers on the art of seduction. She’ll be eating out of your pants by the time-”

“No!” I voiced my disagreement as we stepped out of the car. “Stop!”

“Offer still stands,” he winked and gave his attention to the police officer. “Good day sir, we were just wondering if you have a-“ he stopped abruptly and pointed at a girl that just walked through security checkpoints. “Hey Corbs, isn’t that your side-piece. What’s her name? Sarah? Zena…or something like that?”

“Zara!” I straightened up, my dark gaze incredulous as it ran over the woman in question.

“That’s it!” he exclaimed, hitting his forehead with the palm of his hand.

“What is she doing here?!” we voiced at the same time.

“She’s a regular here,” the guard offered. “The hot piece always comes to visit her boyfriend. He a friend of yours?”

“Who is this guy?” I inquired.

“Deacon Nelson or something-or-other,” he answered. “Bad boys get the good ones don’t they?” he sighed dramatically.

“So he’s here,” I affirmed guardedly, wondering why Blue would lie to me. “You’re sure?”

“Last I heard, yes,” he nodded. “Do you want me to check if he’s available? Though I doubt he will be willing to cut his conjugal visit for you. I know I wouldn’t!” he held onto his hips and laughed at his own joke. “But no harm in trying, no? Bros before hoes right?” he asked then narrowed his eyes. “Hey, wait aren’t you that rock-star, singer guy? Can I get a picture? My daughter will scream her head off when she sees it.”

“Yeah that’s me,” my smile was wry as I gazed up at his face. “I’m sure we can do just one pic.” When we were done I checked my watch and saw that time was running out. I had to get going.

“This doesn’t make sense,” I said as we were driving back home. “Did Blue get it all wrong?? She was so sure that it was him? Was she mistaken?” Or was Zara right all along? Then again, she couldn’t be trusted either? Who was lying here?

“While you’re already focusing on that, I’m still stuck on the conjugal visit,” he swallowed hard and stepped on the gas.

“Then there’s that…”

Chase’s mouth twisted as he took pity on my dismayed expression. “Did you know her and D-boy were an item? She’s definitely not his type!”

“Can you please drop me off at Blue’s? I need to talk to her.”

“Sure thing.”

I had so many questions running through my head and only she could answer them. And answer them she would.

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