I arrived at Mike’s house and was greeted by Mrs. Perkins. She wrapped me in a hug, I wanted to push her away but she was an older woman and I did have respect. “Jensen, my dear it’s so good to finally see you. Mike is in his office waiting for you.” I smiled at her and headed back to Mike’s office. As I approached I could hear him talking with Trevor. Then I heard a voice that I never thought I would hear again. My anger flashed and all I saw was red. She was never supposed to come back here. I let her go once I would not do it again. I drew my gun and burst through the door. Mike and Trevor’s eyes widened as I pointed the gun at the blonde woman sitting in the chair. “What the fuck is she doing here?”
Mike stood up and walked in front of the blonde bitch. I stared at him confused, why the hell would he protect her. Her brother was the reason why Catherine was dead. It may have been Seth that shot her, but Carter was the reason why she was there in the first place. “Jensen bro, calm down. Lynn needs our help.” I could feel my anger building more and more
“Why the fuck would I help her? Her brother is why Cat is dead. Or have you forgotten that?” Now it was Mike’s turn to get pissed. His eyes got dark.
“How dare you say that! There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her and how I couldn’t save her. So fuck you.” I lowered my gun and holstered it. Fuck, I need to calm down before I do something stupid. I turned and headed back to the front door.
I stormed out the door and out to my car. How could he do this to me? I can’t, no I won’t help her. I punched my car and yelled at the top of my lungs. “FUCK!” I heard someone coming up behind me so I pulled my gun and turned around pointing it at whoever it was.
“Jensen, stop man. It’s just me.” Trevor stood in front of me with his hands up. I lowered my gun and put it away.
“What do you want Trevor? I have nothing to say to you. I will not help that woman end of story.” He put his head down and sighed.
“Look, man, I know that you blame Carter for Catherine’s death but Lynn had nothing to do with it. She tried to help all of us, including Catherine. If she hadn’t untied us we would all be dead. Just think about that. You know that Catherine would want you to help her.” With that said he turned and went back into the house. I needed to think.
I got in my car and started to drive. I didn’t know where I was going but I needed to think about this. I just drove with my mind racing, what the hell am I going to do. I knew Trevor was right, Lynn did help us but I couldn’t get over the fact that it was her brother who took Catherine. Before I knew it I was parked in the cemetery and I didn’t even know how I got there. I stared at the rows of graves in front of me, then I got out of my car and started to walk. I walked through the rows looking until I found what I was looking for. I stared at the grave in front of me, I felt different things but then as I looked at her name ′Catherine Rose Scott′ all I felt was anger. I stood there for a long time just staring at her grave. I was angry at her and at myself. I wasn’t there for her when she needed me, I should be dead not her.
The rain started to fall lightly as I picked a rose up from the grave next to hers. I twirled it in my hand as I remembered her face, her beautiful face and the look in her eyes as she had run in front of me to take the bullet meant for me. She had made a choice that left me without her and I hated her for that. I hated that she didn’t give me a choice, but I also hated myself for not being there for her. It was then that it dawned on me, I may not want to help Lynn but I needed to. I tossed the rose down on her grave. “You left me alone and broken Catherine.” I turned around and went back to my car. Time to do this shit and then get back to New York.
I tried to calm Lynn down, who was now crying uncontrollably. “Lynn, everything will be fine. Jensen just needs to calm down. Catherine’s death was hard on him but he will come around.” She looked up at me and tried to stop crying.
“He is right. It’s my fault your sister is dead. I could have gotten her out but I didn’t want to upset my brother.” I felt for her, she had no choice in the matter but yet she blames herself.
“Lynn, this is not your fault. You tried to help us even after we killed your brother, to me that means something.” She smiled a little but I could still see the hurt in her eyes. “Why don’t you go get some rest. We will talk more in the morning.” She nodded and then went back to her room.
I sat looking out the window as the rain started to fall. I had a gut feeling that Jensen might be trouble, but I also had a feeling that he was the only one who could do the job. He had definitely changed and in some ways that was good, I needed the tougher Jensen to deal with the situation. I watched as Jensen pulled back into the driveway and came back into the house. He walked back into my office with a different look on him. He seemed calm for now but I wondered how long it would last. “Alright Mike, I will do this but only because I owe her my life. Now, what have we gotten into?”
I watched the look in Mike’s eyes as he pointed to the chair by the desk. “Have a seat Jensen.” I walked over and sat down my eyes on him the entire time. He took a deep breath and started to tell me what was going on. “Lynn has been on the run for the last year. She went to visit Carter’s grave one day and there was a man there. When she approached the man pulled a gun on her and tried to take her. She somehow managed to get away but has been running ever since.” I thought about this for a minute, she probably deserved it I thought to myself.
“Do we know who the man is?” Mike turned to the window with an angry look on his face. He does know who it is and he is not happy about it.
“It is Joseph King. The leader of the Suicide Kings.”
My hatred and anger erupted. “Joseph King, what the hell are you thinking? Do we even know why he wants her?” I stood up and paced the office. I couldn’t believe that Mike would be that stupid. Not only was he protecting a woman that we knew nothing about, but he was protecting her from the one man that could kill him and not think twice about it. Mike sighed.
“No, we haven’t figured out why he wants her. Lynn said he never said why exactly, just that Carter owes him.” I was angry as hell but then I thought about it for a minute. Maybe this is what I needed to deal with Joseph. If I combined my crew with Mike’s crew we might just have enough men to take down Joseph and therefore solving both our problems.
“Mike, listen to me Joseph King is a powerful man. If he wants Lynn he will stop at nothing to get her. Are you prepared for a war?” Mike looked at me his eyes were dark.
“If it comes to that then yes. I think it’s what my dad would have done and what Catherine would want.” I sighed and set back in the chair.
“If you are doing this, if we are doing this, then there is something I need to tell you.” Mike sat in silence and waited for me to speak. “I have been dealing with Joseph for a year now. Up until just before I came here.” I said.
“Why did you end your partnership?” I laughed.
“That’s my business, but he doesn’t know that our partnership is over which can work to our advantage.”
I watched Mike his eyes widened with excitement as I said the last part. “Your right that can work to our advantage. But we need to find out more information about Lynn and why Joseph wants her.” I nodded at him and stood to leave. “Jensen, there is something else.” I turned back to him.
“Oh yeah, what is it?” Mike smiled up at me.
“I need you to keep Lynn with you. You are her protection.” Oh hell no, is this what he wanted me to do, protection duty.
“What are you playing at Mike? I will help you deal with Joseph but I am not keeping that woman with me and protecting her. Forget it.” Mike glared at me and I glared right back. He had me fucked up if he thought I was doing this, I’m not a guard dog. I am Jensen Daniels, the biggest name in New York aside from Joseph King.
“This isn’t a request Jensen. It is an order. You may run shit in New York but it is because I allow it. I am still the boss here and you will follow my orders while you are here. Do I make myself clear?”
I was furious, but I would need Mike’s help if I wanted to take Joseph down. “Fine. I will come for her in the morning. Make sure she is ready.” I turned and stormed out of the room and out to my car. I drove to the safe house that I would be staying at with Lynn. Jacob and Dillion had already gotten the house set up with the help of some of Mike’s men. They had installed new cameras all over the house and the grounds and installed new locks on all the doors and windows. The house was a fortress, which is what we would need if Joseph ever found Lynn. Jacob approached me as I walked into the kitchen.
“So what’s the deal boss, why are we here?” I grabbed the bottle of scotch from the self and a glass. I poured me a glass and sipped it. Jacob stared at me waiting for an answer. I flashed a devilish grin at him.
“We are going to war.” He looked at me, confused.
“With who and why?” I finished my drink and set the glass down.
“Joseph King. He shouldn’t have double-crossed me.”