….. I walked into the hotel without much trouble a summer storm
had kicked up and it was pouring down.
"Congratulations, Miss Sommers' the girl behind the reception
called out as I walked to the elevator. I managed to smile at
her even though right now I was a perfect mixture of mad and
scared out of my mind. Why the hell couldn't it have just been
Mari trying more crap… anything but him. The elevator door closed
behind me I heard my phone vibrating in my purse I pulled it out.
Dropping it because my hands were shaking so badly. I picked it
up and answered it
Chad * Chris where the hell did you go?
Me * I had to leave before I said something that I wouldn't be
able to take back
Chad * where are you?
Me * about to take a really hot shower and climb into bed
Chad * 'I'm on my way back
Me * why?
Chad * because I love you and I'm worried about you
Me * really… You should have told me right away about Arron, you
know how I feel over all of that and how I was scared something
like this could happen
Chad * we'll talk about this when I get there
Me * yeah we will
I hung up and turned off my phone. I went to our suite and turned
on the shower and stripped out of my clothes and jewelry and got
under the almost scalding jets. All the fun had gone from tonight
tainted with my worst fears. Memories of the things Arron had
done to me replayed over and over in my mind terrifying me as I
relived the pain and the hurt and the humiliation.
My Knees gave out as the steaming hot water made the scars on my
arms from the knife marks stand out more. I sat on the floor of
the shower shaking and holding my head in my hands. My safe
bubble had been burst. I didn't hear Chad step into the room, the
water turned off and he was on his knees next to me wrapping me
in a towel and holding me as tight as he could. I couldn't cry I
couldn't focus every time I closed my eyes all I could see was
Arron's face etched with anger and hate as he tore into me with
his fists and his feet and the sensation of the cold steel as he
cut my arms.
I heard the door to the suite open and I could make out voices
but whose they were all blurred together as I felt the tile floor
of the shower go from under me and I was carried to the bed and
the soft warmth of the comforter was pulled over me. I could feel
my teeth chattering even though I didn't feel cold my whole body
"I'm going to get the doctor" Mike was pacing the floor of the
room looking at his brother as Chad tried to hold me to him "This
isn't right… Chris isn't right" Mike sounded scared.
"Go" Chad looked at him "Hurry" Mike took off running "Baby" Chad
stroked my face pushing back the wet hair. "Sweetheart it's okay,
you're safe, I'm here" a single tear rolled from the corner of my
eye he wiped it with his hand "I'm sorry… I'm so so sorry" he
pressed his lips to my cheek
"What if he comes back?" I managed to croak out "what if he
touches me again?" the shaking stopped and the near hysteria took
over "You'd leave I'm already half what I should be…" Chad cut me
off pressing his mouth to mine and kissing me as the door opened
and Mike ran back in with the doctor. The other guys were in the
living room of the suite Lukas nervously filling them in on what
exactly the call had been about.
"I'm not going anywhere sweetheart" he stroked my cheek making me
look at him while the doctor took my pulse and blood pressure
"I'm right here. The guys are right here. No one's going to get
anywhere near you" he kissed my forehead as the doctor gave me a
shot. Almost instantly my eyes felt heavy and I slipped into
blackness. "What the hell did you give her?" Chad voice rose at
the sheer shock of how fast I went out.
"It's just a sedative" the doctor reassured Chad. "Her pulse was
way too fast and her blood pressure was spiking… What happened to
get her this way?"
'She had some bad news" Chad looked back as me and stroked my
hair "How long will she be out for?"
"At least 10 hours, I'll be back and I'll check on her in a few
hours to see if her blood pressure has stabilized" he got up and
picked up his bag "If not she will be admitted to the hospital…
But if there is a chance she's pregnant we need to call 911?"
Chad looked at Mike and then at the doctor as Mike dropped his
"No… none at all" he rested his head against mine
"Okay I'll be back. Just make sure she's kept warm and someone is
with her all the time" the doctor walked out.
"Bro go get out of those wet things or you'll get sick" Mike
handed Chad a towel "I'll stay here with Chris"
"I shouldn't have tried to keep it from her" Chad looked at him
"I feel helpless my own damn wife if so much of an emotional
wreck over what this guy did and I can't do anything… hell she
chewed me out over Mari and me trying to handle that on my own
she was so strong" he rubbed his thumb over my jaw "Now look"
"When someone threatens something you love what do you want to
do…" Mike didn't give him time to answer "You'll do everything
you can to protect them and that's what Chris does when Mari
causes trouble" Mike put his hand on Chad's shoulder "Go get
changed" Chad Nodded and got off the bed Mike took his place
pulling me into a hug as I slept. "No son of a bitch is going to
hurt my favorite sister-in-law" Chad had to smile at Mikes big