Lots of dialogue in this that couldn’t be prevented sorry...
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Running From My Past... Literally
Chapter 28: A Night to Remember
“They... They were torturing me,” Jayden whispered, his hand gripping mine tightly his eyes squeezed shut. Pity swirled through me and I acted quickly to hide it. Pity wasn’t something Jayden would endorse himself in, to have pity was to show weakness to another and he didn’t need that right now. He needed love and normality, but then again in our situation nothing was ever normal. I pressed my lips lightly to the tip of his nose, and leaned my forehead against his, our breath mingling, warm and spicy.
“It’s okay,” I assured him, rubbing my thumb lightly across the back of his knuckles. “They’re gone now and you’re safe.”
Mark shot me a disbelieving look. “Liar,” he mouthed, adding a cheeky wink.
I rolled my eyes skyward, Mark would never change. At least not in my lifetime.
I left after Jayden had fallen asleep, and Mark had stitched up my side; obviously I hadn’t wanted to leave, but Mark had forced the decision upon me after having a heated debate with me about why I needed to sleep. As you can guess, I hadn’t agreed with him. After being separated from Jayden for over five years, I hadn’t wanted to be torn apart from him and I hadn’t been afraid to voice my opinion to Mark, who almost blew his top off. Shortly afterwards, Mark had thrown me from the room, catching weird glances from surrounding hospital staff.
Now I was shuffling down the high street, my hood pulled down effectively to hide my face as I weaved in and out of fellow pedestrians like a slippery snake. Clearly, I was doing something wrong as minutes later a hand rested on my elbow and began steering me gently towards an alley. Inhaling the scent, I sighed realising I had no idea what he wanted.
The hand shoved me against a wall, the cool brick brushing against my skin as I fell into it. Glancing at the busy high street only metres away, I sighed finally looking towards my capturer.
“What do you want?” I groaned, sliding down the wall and resting my head on my crossed forearms.
“Are you for real?” Xavier asked, barely containing his anger as he paced in front of me, his feet thudding against the concrete ground.
“What did I-”
He cut me off.
“Finely called me.”
I lifted my head to stare at him, Xavier gazed back at me, his expression stony.
“And that explains everything,” I commented sarcastically, relaxing my head against the wall. “And what did Finely have to say?” I laughed, talking to him as if he were a child. To say I wasn’t in the mood for Xavier’s antics would be an understatement.
“That you’ve been running around like a damsel in distress as the hunters chased after you like a swarm of bees. Said you almost got yourself killed, then chewed him another one.”
I scrambled to my feet, prodding Xavier in the chest sternly.
“Now you listen here, idiot. I was running for six hours, running after being stabbed, after falling down a twenty metre man hole, after everything and you expect me to run around endlessly?”
I poked him in the chest again, trying to get my point across.
“I ran. I was exhausted and starved. As you said I “chewed” Finley another on because he did exactly what you’re doing now. He yelled at me for falling asleep. I’m faster than you, I can run further than you, but I’m not stronger. Do you think you could have lasted as long?”
Xavier bowed his head, his hand taking its automatic trip through his hair as he crinkled his nose, a scent wafting towards him. A look of confusion swamped his features. He furrowed his eyebrows, glancing upwards at me, studying my face.
“But... that’s not possible,” Xavier whispered in a small voice, his body frozen in shock.
A hand snaked around my shoulders, pulling me into a warm body; I jumped in fright, a scream on my lips, not having heard or smelt anyone. Fingers covered my mouth. I saw Xavier opposite me, his jaw dropped, his face pale as he stared in wonder. I panicked slightly not knowing who was behind me, but trying not to worry. If Xavier wasn’t running away screaming by now then it must be a good guy... or an incredibly bad, bad guy... Hopefully the former.
I struggled in the person’s grip, but it was solid.
A familiar warm tingle tinged through me, making me suck in a breath sharply. Suddenly I relaxed, melting into the hot body behind me, my stress pooling at my feet. Hands shuffled me around, and I soon found my face cradled in a warm crook of the person’s neck. I glanced up, my eyes tracing the stunning features, my index finger trailing the three unfamiliar scars.
“You’ll have to tell me how you got them one day,” I murmured, squeezing him softly.
“And you have five years to fill me in on,” he replied, his breath gently warming my cheek. He lightly dropped a kiss on my forehead before lifting his prominent gaze to Xavier. “I thought you hated this one,” Jayden asked, his brow furrowing in puzzlement.
“Times change,” I laughed, remembering that at one point I’d wanted to strangle the life out of Xavier, how he’d changed.
“Sorry to interrupt the party, but I found this listening in,” a voice growled furiously from behind us, all humour washed away. All three of us span around, three sets of eyes scanning over the two people who’d arrived. I looked at Mark’s panic stricken face, his eyes bulging in panic, his neck wrapped tightly by Finley’s arms.
Frowning up at Finley, I realised he didn’t know who Mark was and Finley didn’t care, he was only livid that he’d been ear wigging. In different circumstances I wouldn’t be surprised if they became close friends, obviously that wasn’t going to happen.
“Nosy Doctor,” I said lightly, nodding at Finley to let him go. To my faint surprise Finley complied, rapidly moving away from the startled Doctor, who almost fell to the floor had it not been for a hasty Jake beside him who gripped his elbow tightly with an unsteady hand.
“Jake?” I asked uncertainly, a smile tugging at my lips as he looked up, worried. “What are you doing here?”
Before Jake could respond, Finley exploded,” Who the hells that!?”
He pointed his finger at Mark, who instantly looked down and paled dramatically as if he was about to lose control of his bowels; maybe Finley had made a bigger impression that I’d originally thought.
“Chill, Finley,” Xavier mumbled from behind us, his eyes still trained on Jayden glanced at Finley for a split second.
Finley rounded on Xavier, his face pinched in white fury. “Don’t get me started on you. You had one task,” he yelled, holding up one thing. “One task and you screwed it up. You were supposed to keep her safe! She’s been in more bother since you’ve arrived.”
His blue eyes met mine, barely controlled fury swirling within their oceanic depths.
A hiss escaped Finley as he suddenly spun, his fist coming into contact with the wall, smashing it easily; small fragments flying as dust and shattered brick pieces crumbled to the floor. Finley inhaled deeply before slowly turning, his eyes settling on me after a glance at Jayden.
“Who are they?” he growled, simply nodding his head in greeting to Jayden.
“I’m-”Mark started almost silently, before he was cut off by a death glare from Finley.
I realised then that Finley was not one to be messed with. Despite his caring funny side that he made obvious to everyone, I knew something deep and dark lurked beneath the surface, something that wanted to be leaked out, something that wanted to be free. Finley was a show, but in spite of the shady character he was, he did hold up to one thing; loyalty.
Grudgingly Finley looked back to me as Mark backed away, his face ashen.
“Finley, this is Mark. He’s patched me up on more than one occasion, sew me back up after you pulled me out of that building,” I explained, hoping to play my cards right so that Finley might eventually help Mark. Finley gave Mark a disbelieving look, and grumbled a small apology.
“His friend,” I continued, feeling the tension beginning to fade as Finley stressed a smile towards Mark.
“Is human,” Xavier barked, startling me.
My heart stuttered.
The tension peaked, suffocating me.
I turned on him to see his pale face, his glaring eyes focussed on Jake.
“Don’t you dare,” I snarled quietly, my eyes glued to the ground, trying to control my rage.
Out of anyone Jake was the least likely to start a revolution, the least likely to cause harm, the most vulnerable. In my mind Jake reminded me of me when I was younger, when I’d first been introduced to werewolves, I hadn’t known heads or tails to make of it.
“But you-” Finely shouted, silenced by the growl that ripped from my lips.
“You were human once, Finley. Think. You never used to kill, would have been repulsed at the thought of drinking blood,” I said through gritted teeth.
“That’s not the point,” Finley argued, raising his voice.
“Then what is?” I yelled, still refusing to look at anyone.
“He’s human,” Xavier pointed out dumbly, as if I was missing the point entirely.
“Therefore harmless,” I concluded, a smug smile resting on my lips. If he was harmless then obviously he wasn’t a threat.
“For goodness sake, Lei! You broke the god damn law,” Xavier hissed, his hands flying up into the air.
Law?! What Law?
Jayden tightened his grip, startling me, I’d forgotten he was there.
“What-” Jayden covered my mouth with his hand.
“I don’t know what’s been going on, but Lei wouldn’t do anything without a reason,” Jayden murmured, slowly lifting his gaze to Xavier’s. “Back off.”
Menace laced his voice, Xavier stared at him threateningly and Jayden met his gaze calmly. Silence reigned, Xavier faltered his gaze wavering.; his eyes lowered to the floor. Jayden grunted in satisfaction.
“You’re lucky,” Finely muttered, staring at Jake. “Find any other supernatural and they’d rip you to shreds.”
Jake’s face became bloodless, terror filling his gaze as ideas popped into his head at what could have happened.
“Lucky you found Lei then,” Finley smirked, before turning back to me. “Now we have orders to get you back to the house.”
He strode towards us and gripped my wrist, tugging me from Jayden. I stumbled slightly, the stitches in my side tugging painfully.
“Watch it,” Mark snapped, I rolled my eyes skyward with Finley.
“Don’t start, Mister,” Jayden groaned, pulling Mark back from me as I shot him what I hoped was a reassuring look.
“We’re coming too,” Jake chirped, looking scared witless, but I had to give it to him he looked determined to come whether we said yes or no.
“You are?” Xavier poised slowly, his eyebrow raised in a slight dare as he titled his head.
“Yes,” Jake piped, sounding more confident than before.
“Aye,” Mark agreed, running a hand through his hair nervously.
Finley smiled. “I’ve got to say, you’re both foolishly brave, but you’ve got guts and I respect that. Good on you.”
I raised an eyebrow at Finley.
“You’re older than I thought, Blondie,” I laughed.
“I’m not even going to try to deny that,” Finley shook his head, smiling crookedly. “And enough with the blondie, she-wolf,” he added, chuckling.
Everyone seemed to sigh in relief as the strain of the conversation eased, and chattering comfortably returned.
“Anyway,” Finley continued, his hand streaking through his hair. “Back to operation drag Lei home, Logan’s back and now that you’ve found Jayden, we need to scare Daniel.”
“You haven’t gotten rid of that git yet?” Jayden moaned into my shoulder.
I couldn’t help, but laugh. “So you’ve remember Daniel then?”
“How could I forget him?” Jayden exaggerated. “He’s king of the imbeciles, and he tried to steal my girl.”
The last part came out as a scrambled growl as he twisted me in his arms to press his lips to mine; the soft pressure as he nipped my lip was something I’d missed. My hands found their way into his luscious locks, refreshing myself with him, pulling him closer to me. The gap between us needed to shrink, I found myself pressed tightly against him, our mouths locked in battle. He pulled away, gasping for breath.
“No way,” I heard Mark whisper, amazemed.
Jayden and I snuffed a laugh, our eyes locked and sparkling.
“God I’ve missed you,” Jayden murmured, his hands around my waist tightening possessively.
I gently sucked on his bottom lip in response.
Someone cleared their throat from behind us.
“I never need to see that ever again,” Xavier announced from behind us.
I made to move away, but Jayden refused to let me go.
“Not after I’ve been without you for so long,” he whispered in my ear.
I’d definitely missed the intimacy.
Xavier stood nearest the alleyway entrance, behind me and Jayden as we faced Finley, Mark and Jake. Xavier no longer looked amused or angry, just irritated. Finley seemed relaxed, but you could never tell with him although I did notice him sending Mark and Jake curious glances. When one of them noticed Finley observing them they paled and looked like death themselves. I can’t say I wanted to know what Finley had done to set such an impression; perhaps it was only his aura.
“Unfortunately Daniel’s still here. So we better get going,” I murmured, a ghost of a smile on my lips as I imagined possible ways of destroying Daniel, knowing fine well that it would never happen. But my imagination was pretty vivid and that was enough for me.