Trigger (Broken Angels, MC Book Three)

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Fifteen: Alanis

One thing that I have never been able to tolerate is women throwing themselves at unavailable men. I don’t like it when a woman makes herself look desperate. We are strong and should see ourselves as such. Don’t degrade yourself to get the attention of others, but that’s just my opinion. To each their own and all that jazz. We’re at the school and waiting for Posey’s game to start. Our group takes up quite a bit of the bleachers, but the guys don’t seem to care. It amazes me that all these people have come to watch my daughter play. It’s always been me cheering for her in the stands. Not anymore. She has a big support group now, and so do I. It makes me a bit emotional, but I love the feeling of belonging to something so big and so strong.

I watch as Morgan takes over a Gatorade and a thing of nachos and cheese to Posey. That boy cares fiercely. You would never think that he came from the situation he did. I watch as my daughter gives him a grateful smile and a big hug. They’ll get along great. I can tell that they’ll become close and protect one another until their last breaths, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I’m glad that I agreed to be Morgan’s mom. People may think that it’s stupid, or too fast, but I don’t think it is. Personally, I don’t think it matters how long it takes for someone to fall in love or accept a child that isn’t theirs. It depends on the person, I guess. Some fall faster and harder than others, and that’s just fine, but don’t go judging those who do things differently than you do.

I may have only known Eliot for a short amount of time, but that doesn’t matter to me. I feel this pull towards him and I don’t expect for someone who hasn’t experienced it themselves to understand. In the books that I’ve read, I love it when the two characters fall fast. I love the fast pace of it. I don’t like to wait until the very end for them to get their heads out of their butts and admit their feelings. It ticks me off the longer it goes on. I end up stopping, reading the story and find a different one until I can’t finding something else to read before going back to the one that made me mad. Idiotic? Not to me. It’s just how I am.

I’m not saying that I’m in love with Eliot, but I am falling hard for this man the more I’m around him. I know that it won’t take long for me to fall in love with him. He’s an amazing man and father. He loves just as fiercely as his son. He’s the typical alpha male, and I wouldn’t want him any other way. I know he’ll take care of me and my daughter and that’s all that matters to me. I don’t care about other people’s opinions on my relationship. What’s done in my home is my business and no one else’s. As long as they’re not a danger to myself or Posey, that’s all that matters. I can tell that Eliot will treat us both right. He won’t abuse us, and he won’t allow anything to happen to us. I know if anything were to happen, he would do everything in his power to get us back, safe and sound. That’s how I know this isn’t a short-term thing.

“Alanis. Alanis!” I jump in the air when I’m brought out of my thoughts. I was so deep I didn’t hear anyone calling my name. I feel the blush covering my face as the others chuckle. “What had you so deep in thought?” I look to who’s speaking and see that it’s Eliot.

“I was just thinking that if someone were to look at our relationship, they’d think that it’s fast, but I don’t give a rats patootie what they think. I was also thinking that our kids are going to be close and protect one another for the rest of their lives.” I tell him honestly.

“Damn right! Did you see that smile on her face when he brought her the Gatorade and nachos?” Hannah asks. I reach my hands out to take Linden from her and she gives her to me instantly. I miss when Posey was this small. She was such a good baby. I look down at Linden’s little face and see her mother.

“I did. It warmed my heart. I’m glad that they don’t seem to mind becoming one big family. I don’t want them to fight all the time or give us a hard time because they aren’t happy with the situation. If Posey wasn’t happy with me dating Eliot, I wouldn’t be doing it. Her opinion comes first before anything.” I say, not taking my eyes off the baby in my arms.

“You look good with a baby in your arms baby girl.” Eliot says. I look up at him and see him looking intently at me. He has a look in his eyes that shows what he’s thinking. I have a feeling that he’s picturing me holding our own child in my arms. I am too. I bet they would look exactly like him. Am I ready to have another child right now? Maybe. I’m not sure yet. I’ve never thought about it because I’ve never found anyone attractive, or that got to me the way Eliot does. I was, and still am, more worried about raising Posey. Making sure that she gets through school, college included, as well as getting myself through high school and college. Now that I have a stable job that’s bringing in a stable income, I can finally focus on myself as well as my daughter.

“I remember when Posey was this small. The day when she was born was one of the best days of my life. She was my Christmas gift and one of the best gifts I had ever received. It wasn’t the best birth, but we made it through.”

“What do you mean?” Ali questions.

“When I went into labor, Posey’s umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. I had to be taken to have an emergency C-Section. If they would have waited even a minute longer, I would have lost her. I honestly don’t know how she survived having the cord around her neck for as long as she did. I didn’t get to the hospital until my contractions were close enough together. I didn’t know that anything was wrong. I had no signs or anything. When I got to the hospital, I was immediately rushed into surgery after they did the initial exam. I don’t think I’ve ever been more scared in my life. Out of all the bad that I had went through, I didn’t want to lose the one good thing that came out of it.” I inform them.

“I know what you mean. When everything happened during the time the twins came, I was scared shitless. I didn’t want to lose the one good thing that came out of my fucked-up situation.” Ali says. I remember her telling me the story about how the twins were born. I couldn’t even imagine that about of fear. I was scared enough with Posey. With my parents coming back into my life, I’m terrified, but I can’t let on that I am. I need to be strong for my daughter.

“I wouldn’t wish something like that on my worst enemy. I can’t imagine being that terrified. I was terrified when I was told about Posey, but to go through what you did, I don’t think I would have been able to handle it. They would have had to knock my butt out.” I say. Linden starts to get fussy and when I go to hand her to Hannah, Jackson swoops in and takes her instead. I’ve heard about how ruthless the Reaper could be but looking at him and his daughter you would never know. I’m sure that all of these men could be ruthless when they need to be, but you can see the love they all share for one another.

“The game’s starting.” Morgan informs us, bouncing in his seat. “I can’t wait to see her play. I bet she’s the best player!” He enthuses. This kid warms my heart every time I’m around him.

“They’re all good players Morgan.” I tell him.

“That may be true, but my sister is the best. I just know she is.” He says. We all turn our attention to the game as it starts. I look around me and see the support of all the people around me. Eliot brings me into his side and throws his arm around my shoulders. I look at him before turning my attention back to the others around me. I just noticed that all the men are wearing matching shirts. They have Posey’s number on the back, and each say the work uncle above her number. They have signs sitting at their feet as well. How in the heck did I not notice this? I snuggle closer into Eliot’s embrace and watch my daughter play. I never get tired of watching her do what she loves.

The game lasts about thirty minutes and I don’t think the men sat down once the entire game. They were the loudest in the entire gymnasium. When Posey looked over the first time, she had a big smile on her face a blush on her cheeks. I’m not sure if that was from the men yelling and cheering for her or if it was the fact that Gavin was front and center the whole time. I think they have something going on, more than a crush. I didn’t think so at first, but after seeing the way he was with her, I have a feeling they’ve become closer than I realized. Gavin is going to the college a couple hours or so away to become an architect. He’s sweet as pumpkin pie and as long as he treats her right, I don’t mind them dating. My daughter may only be fifteen, but she’s old enough to make that decision on her own. I think I’ll need to have a talk with her though. I don’t want to become a grandmother before she’s graduated college.

“Pretty sure your brother is dating my daughter Snoop.” Eliot says. All the men turn towards the young couple and watch as they flirt. “I’m not sure how I feel about that.”

“He’s a good kid Eliot. You know that. Get over it. She’s fifteen. She’s going to date sooner or later. Aren’t you glad it’s a boy you know and not some hoodlum that you don’t?” His mother says and I snicker.

“I don’t care who it is. I still think she’s too young to date. She needs to wait until she’s forty. I’m not sure that’s long enough either.” He grumbles. The other men agree, but don’t say anything when they meet the expressions on their mothers.

“I think it’s cute. As long as she doesn’t end up pregnant, I think we’ll be okay.” I say as Posey and Gavin walk up to us. “You did great sweetheart.” I bring her into a hug and kiss her cheek. I lower my voice so no one else can hear. “We’re having a conversation about your boyfriend.” She blushes tomato red and nods her head. I’m not sure she thought I knew, but you can never hide anything from your mother. We know everything.

“You better keep in your pants Gavin.” Eliot says, causing Gavin to gulp and nod his head. His cheeks are tinted a light pink and he looks away.

“Let’s go eat. I’m starving. I’m sure our superstar is starving after playing that game.” Eliot’s dad says. We all gather our things and head towards our vehicles.

“Mom, can I ride with Gavin?” Posey asks.

“Yeah sweetie. That’s fine.” I tell her. She runs off towards his vehicle and Eliot helps me into the truck. I’m starving and a bit nervous for what is going to happen tonight, but I can’t wait to see what the night brings.

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