Trigger (Broken Angels, MC Book Three)

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Twenty-One: Trigger

We’ve been waiting for any news on how Alanis is for a few hours now and it’s not getting any easier. I’ve been going back and forth from pacing to sitting down in the uncomfortable chairs in the waiting room. I can’t stay still for shit. If I’m not pacing, my legs are bouncing from the unknown. I hate not knowing what is going on around me. It’s what makes me a great enforcer for the club. I always know what’s going on. I’m out of my element. When Doc arrived, he went back in there with Hannah. He rushed back as soon as he heard what was going on. Neither of them has been seen since. I’m about to turn around to pace the opposite direction when my phone rings. I pull it out and look at the caller I.D. to see that it’s the school. Why would they be calling? “Hello.”

“Hello. This is Ashley from the school. I was calling to see if there was a reason Posey wasn’t in school today.” Miss Evelynn and her husband joined our parents on their vacation, so the club helped find someone to take her place while she was gone. Ashley was needing a part time job to help pay for school and was the best fit for the job.

“She should be there. I dropped her off myself this morning.” I inform her. There is no reason my daughter shouldn’t be in class right now.

“She’s missed her first two classes and wasn’t present for the third on that started a few minutes ago. From what I’ve seen, this isn’t like her, so the principal wanted to make sure everything was okay.” I see red. I swear if they got to my daughter hell will rain down until she’s back. I know she was at that school this morning because I dropped her off myself. The prospects don’t show up until the first class starts.

“I’ll see what I can find out. Thank you.” I hang up and call Posey. Straight to voicemail. I’m trying to remain calm, but with her not answering and with what happened to my woman, I can’t keep the thoughts from running through my mind. She wouldn’t just skip school. It’s not like her. She knows there’s a threat against her out there. She wouldn’t be so irresponsible. They must have gotten to her when I left.

“What’s going on brother?” I look up at Griller’s voice.

“The school just called to tell me Posey hasn’t been in school all morning.” I tell him.

“I just got off the phone with the school too. Mom and dad left me as the person to contact for Kelsey while they were gone. She’s not been in school either.” He says. “They wouldn’t be as stupid to skip class knowing there’s shit going down in the club, would they? Kelsey hasn’t missed school unless she was sick. Her phone goes straight to voicemail when I call. I swear if she’s skipped class, I’m going to tan her hide.”

“Snoopy, get their location.” Westyn says.

“Already on it. Looks like they’re at the pharmacy.” Why in the fuck would they be there? I call one more time to see if she answers. She does and tells me where they are when I ask. I’m not sure what the fuck she was thinking when she left the building, but before I can ask anything else, Hannah and Doc come out from the back.

“I’ll go get them and be back brother. Be here for your woman.” Ghost says. I give him a chin lift, tell Posey that he’ll be there, and walk over to the two medical professionals.

“How is she. What happened? Is it what I think it is?” I send question after question at them, not giving them a chance to answer.

“She’ll be fine. There was nothing wrong with her from being chased by the car, or the gunshots. The stress from the events caused her to have some bleeding. I’m sorry, but she lost one of the babies. We were able to keep her from miscarrying twin A, but twin B wasn’t big enough to make it. When it comes to twins, one can be smaller, therefore making them weaker than the other twin. That was the case here. I’m so sorry Eliot. We tried to save them both, but there’s not much we could have done.” Hannah says.

I can’t process this information. We lost a baby, but still have one. Is that supposed to make me feel better? If it is, it doesn’t. Even though we still have one baby, it doesn’t take away the fact that we won’t have both of our babies. Doc places his hand on my shoulder in support as I finally process what has happened. “Does she know?” I ask. I know I don’t have to tell the brothers what has happened because I can feel them at my back, giving me their silent support.

“Not yet. She just got into a room. We came here as soon as we got out of the OR. We couldn’t perform a DNC because that would have endangered the other baby, so we had to go in and remove the other twin. She’ll be sore, but she’ll make it. Physically she’ll heal. Mentally, it may take a little longer. I’m not going to sit here and say that I know what you’re going through because I don’t. Just be there for her.” Doc says.

“How far along is she?” Axyl asks.

“Eight weeks.” Hannah says. If she’s eight weeks that means she got pregnant the first time we were together. That’s rare on its own. I think anyways. I’ve never been through this. I wasn’t there with Morgan. I wasn’t there with Posey. I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing, but damn if I’m going to let my woman go through this alone. I know they say it only takes one time, but damn it, I didn’t think it would happen right off the bat. Holy shit. I’m going to be a dad again.

“Can I see her?” I ask.

“She should be waking up soon. I’ll take you back. Do you want me to go pick up the kids from school today?” Doc asks while Hannah goes over to Jackson. I should really tell him yes, but I need to see what in the hell Posey was thinking. I need to see that she’s fine with my own eyes. With what happened today, I can’t lose her too. I’ve lost one child already, I refuse to lose another.

“Nah man. I’ll get them. I need to see that she’s okay with my own eyes. The school called and said that she and Kelsey weren’t in their classes today. Ghost went and got them. Can you take me to my woman now? I’m getting a bit impatient.” Doc nods and I follow him into the elevator. I don’t pay attention to who all is following me. I know my brothers will be behind me no matter what. We take the elevator up to the labor and delivery floor. “What is she doing on this floor?”

“She’s here because she’s pregnant.” Doc says in a duh tone.

“I know dickhead. I just thought she’d be in a regular room not in the labor and delivery wing.” I snark.

“With her losing a baby and still having the chance of losing the other twin, we thought it would be best to have her here in case anything was to happen. They’re more equipped for cases like Alanis’s on this floor than any other.” Now that makes sense. He could have just said that. I nod and walk into Alanis’s room to see her sleeping. I pull a chair next to her bed and take her hand in mine.

“Hey little minx. I’m here. I’ll always be here. I’m never going anywhere. You can’t go anywhere either. We need you.” I place my hand on her stomach lightly, so I don’t hurt her surgical wound. She’s not showing. She hasn’t had any symptoms of pregnancy. Both Hannah and Ali had different symptoms throughout their pregnancies. “She didn’t have any symptoms. We didn’t know.”

“Some women don’t have any symptoms during pregnancy. Some women don’t even know that they are pregnant. Have you watched I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant? Some of those stories are weird.” Hannah says. “Some women don’t know until they start to show and even then, some think they’re adding on extra weight and not growing a baby.”

My phone vibrates in my pocket, so I pull it out and see Ghost sent a message saying he got the girls back to the school and has prospects on the building. I send him a thumbs up emoji and turn my attention back towards my wife. “Our daughter decided to skip school today. She was found at the pharmacy in town. I didn’t know anything was wrong with her. I mean, she could have needed feminine products, but I made sure to buy plenty this month. I wanted it to last the two of you a couple months before stocking up again. I don’t know what was running through her head, but I plan to find out.” Talking to her helps settle my nerves. I just wish she were awake to hear me.

“She’s pregnant” I hear whispered next to me. I snap my eyes to where Alanis is laying. “Water.” Doc hands me a cup with water in it and a straw. I place it against her lips and let her sip on it slowly. Pregnant? No. My daughter isn’t pregnant. She’s only fifteen. She’s not even having sex.

“No, she’s not. I would know. How are you feeling baby girl?” I ask, skipping over the fact that my wife said that my daughter was pregnant. I can’t handle that right now, but then again, if I couldn’t even tell my wife was pregnant, would I even know if Posey was?

“Sore. What happened?” Hannah steps up and explains everything that happened. The anguish that shows on her face when she finds out that she lost one of our babies guts me. I would never wish losing a child on my worst enemy, let alone my wife.

“I’m so sorry. I didn’t know I was pregnant. I thought my period was late because of the stress. I didn’t even think it could be pregnancy. Eliot I’m so sorry!” She loses it. I climb into bed with her and bring her in my arms. She couldn’t have stopped this. The only one to blame is whoever was driving that car and the people who sent the hit out. It’s not her fault.

“It’s not your fault baby girl. Never think it’s your fault. I don’t blame you. No one blames you. You shouldn’t blame yourself either. Yes, it sucks that we will never be able to meet him, but he will always be in our hearts. We will celebrate him like we would do if he were on earth. He was needed for better things than this world could offer. We’ll get through this. I’m here baby. I’m not going anywhere.” I tell her. I hold her while she gets out all her anguish. This will always be with her. It will always be with me as well. This isn’t easy but seeing her in so much pain is worse than knowing I lost my child. Hearing her gut-wrenching sobs as I hold her is tearing my soul in half.

I’m not sure how long I sat here holding her while she let out her pain, but she fell asleep at some point, and I’ve been talking to my brothers and the ol’ ladies. Ali came when she heard about what happened. I look at my watch and see that I need to leave to get the kids from school. I lightly shake Alanis awake as I brush her hair from her face. “He little minx. I need to go get the kids from school. Gavin is waiting for Posey at Blake’s.”

“Okay. Have her come when she can. Don’t mention anything about this or her pregnancy.” She says.

“She’s not pregnant Alanis. I would know if my daughter was pregnant.”

“If you say so, but she is. We’ll see who’s right when she gets here. Go get my kids.” I kiss her forehead and head out the door with a few brothers following to help with the kids.

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