……….. Work that morning was a little strange and strained between Joanne and I, but I think it was more me being so nervous. I took the plates from her and stepped out into the patio and put on the face I’d perfected to be a front and smiled at the four guests that were already sitting at the table. I put the plates down in front of them and looked up Blake was talking with Reid and Sean half way between the barn and the bunk house. Reid looked at me and touched Blake on the arm all three of them turned and it felt like I was being scrutinized I hurried back inside the house….
………… “He’s in the bed” Sean folded his arms over his chest “I mean passed out dead to the world”
“Just what I wanted to hear” Blake rubbed his hand on the back of his neck “that ass in her bed” Reid a sean looked at him “what did you find?”
“Well considering He was in bed with a huge dressing pad taped to his side, I’d say the blood you saw on her was from him and there was a bag full of bloody gauze and things like that”
“What the hell, Did you mange to find anything on Kain price?” Reid asked
“Nothing at all he’s a ghost everything I tried came up blank so he’s either Dead, Illegal or he’s lying to her” Sean shrugged “I found a few interesting things though” he dug into his pocket and pulled out his cell phone scroll through the pictures” he handed it to Blake. Blake pulled up the first one.
“Damn that’s one hell of a ring… you think it’s real?”
“I don’t know but if it is she could probably buy this entire ranch and stock with that and the rest of the jewelry I found in a roll in her dresser” Blake flicked to the next picture
“Is that a BULLET” Reid was wide eyed
“Yep the scary thing about it is this” Sean took the phone and moved to the next picture,
“What the hell is going on that’s her name on the side of the bullet” Blake paced “That’ fucking son of a bitch he’s going to see what happens when you try to hurt someone like her”
Blake stop” Both Sean and Reid grabbed him “With finding all this stuff I need to look harder into him and her so we can get to the bottom of it, I took some of the bloodied gauze to at least try to get a DNA match to find out who the hell he is”
‘So we let her and him hole up in there together?” Blake pulled out of their hold “This is bull shit she’ not safe with him”
“And she’d be safer with you I suppose?” Reid smirked
“She’d be safer with a bunch of rattlesnakes in a bag as a pillow than him”
“She loves the guy she needs to make the choice for herself”
“Really if she’s so in love with him how come it was me between her legs last night, her bed I was in when Momma called me” Reid and seam stalled “I need to get out of here for a while” he pulled away from them and walked over to his truck getting in and slamming the door.
“Ever had a feeling our brother’s met his match with her?” Reid sighed
“Trust him to want probably the only girl he can’t have” Sean shook his head “I’m worried something bad is going to happen”………..
……… I left the house and took clean linens to the smaller of the cabins to get it ready of a group of girls coming in on a bachelorette party later that day I wanted to get it done and finished so I could go and check on Kain. I stopped to latch the door on the way out Reid walked over toward me.
“Have you seen my brother?” I shook my head
“You were with him first thing this morning; I’ve been working all day. Why?”
‘He’s not too happy right now” I had a dreaded feeling that it was down to me
“I’m sure needs a night with Sally” I walked round Reid
“He’d rather have one with you” I stopped walking.
‘I never thought your brother would be the type to kiss and tell” I put my hands on my hips
“I never thought you’d be the type of girl that would play two guys” He shrugged
“I should slap you down for that” I walked back over to Reid “But I’m just hoping you forgot your manners and brain, Don’t question anything I do Reid you don’t know me and you don’t have the right to judge anything I do, I answer to myself no one else” he looked at me.
“When I see my brother so mixed up over a girl I think I have the right to say what I want”
“Think it; don’t say it because I’m not a girl to take things lying down, this bitch bits when threatened” I shook my head “I liked you’re now you’re an ass” I carried on toward the house not trusting myself to look back at Reid.
Blakes truck pulled up outside of the bunk house as I came down the path. He got out and headed toward me, my heart leapt into my throat.
“So you like to talk about who take to bed?”I bit out before he could say anything
“What?” he frowned at me
“I just took crap from Reid about apparently my morals… I take it in your family it’s okay for the guys to bang the ass from any girl they want but girls have to be at a different standard, well listen to me cowboy, I don’t give a damn what you or your brothers think of me lets get that straight” I could lie convincingly I’d had enough practice.
“That why you’ve got him back in your bed?” he tipped his head and looked at me. “Was it even cold from me leaving?” he snapped
“I warned you I have more skeletons in my closet then the local graveyard has and not to try to dig into my head Blake and you’re going there, you couldn’t just go with it could you, you couldn’t just take me as I am” I pinched the bridge of my nose
“Tell me about the skeletons and make me understand you, believe me I’m not going to change my mind with how I feel about you” Okay wasn’t expecting him to add that at the end
“I can’t… For your own safety and for everyone elses I can’t do it”
“We can look after ourselves” he caught my arm “I’ll fight to keep you” I frowned at him
“Keep me? You slept with me once”
“And I want more, regardless of that people say and you’re not in love with Kain because if you were you wouldn’t have let me touch you” I looked down
“I have to go Kain’s not well” I hurried round him
“Why would he be if he’s taken a bullet?” the entire world seemed to go into slow motion for a few seconds, I didn’t’ look back at Blake I walked into the house and closed the door behind me. How the hell did he know Kain had been shot…….