The Secrets We Keep 2

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Chapter 56 (v.1) - Chapter 155

Submitted: August 14, 2017

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Chapter 155

"You cannot do this to me." Briar begged. She would have gotten on her knees but it wasn't that bad. Slightly though because she really didn't want to do this.

"What's the big deal? I need you to do this favor for me." Yvonne, her friend from college, told her as she packed up her suitcase. "I have an emergency interview with a football player early tomorrow morning. I cannot miss my flight in two hours. Please. How many times did I help you out for classes."

"A lot. Fine but him? Why him?"

"Because he's freaking gorgeous and retiring at such a young age. That's not even half of it. He's been practically undefeated since he started. Sports Illustrated wants him front cover. We have the pictures all we need is the interview. If I flake out on this, my career is over. I'm not rich enough to retire right now."

"I hate you."

"You love me. Take this as an opportunity to see if you enjoy being a journalist."

"I know I don't like it."

"Look, you can even flirt with him a little. Loosen up after your break up with Alejandro."

"I broke up with him. I'm not crying over it."

Yvonne shut her bag. "What is the deal with that too? I thought you guys were doing great. You sounded slightly happy to be with him. I know guys have always been an issue with you. You're very picky."

"We were fine the way things were. I was at my own place, he had his. Problem was he wanted more and I couldn't give him that."

"You dated for over a year. I think it was fair for him to want more."

"He wanted to get married. He proposed and I blurted out no."

In all honesty Briar felt bad. Alejandro was sweet and attentive but he wasn't the man she loved.

No one would ever be that man. It had been years and her luck in finding that special someone were futile.

"Harsh."

"Maybe. I'm good like this. I had to come back anyway. I think I've traveled enough in the last five years. I miss my family."

"I'm just glad you're here. So, my list of questions and the recorder are on the table. Um, you have the address. I scheduled to meet him in the locker room after the fight. He's going to be cleaning out his locker I think. I don't know, anyway, yeah. Good luck."

She grabbed her bag and slung it over her shoulder. She headed for the front door. After a quick wave she was gone.

Briar was staying with her since her arrival two days ago. Now she found herself in a predicament.

She had to go to vegas and interview one on one the man her heart had beated for years ago. Noah Anderson.

 

It had been a close call but he had pulled through at the last minute. Noah wanted to win this fight, it was his last one and he would be remembered for it.

His face was bloodied and he was going to have a couple of bruises but he was done.

He went into the men's locker room and showered quickly. His family was watching the other fights in the meantime.

He had an interview with Yvonne Sanchez from Sports Illustrated. He had taken the pictures for the front cover a few days ago.

All he had to do was put his things in his bag and that was that.

The door to the locker room creaked open and he heard the click of heels against the cement floor.

"I'm almost done here. We'll actually only have a few minutes, my family would like to go celebrate and I don't want to keep them long. You are also welcome to join us for the celebration if you would like and we can do the interview afterward." He stared at his empty space one last time before closing it.

"I think I might join the celebration seeing as my family is here as well."

His heart gave a little pull at the voice. He refused to acknowledge it for the moment. He turned around slowly. "Briar?"

She gave him a small smile. "The very one." Her eyes got suspiciously blurry but she blinked a couple of times. "Hi, Noah. It's been a long time."

"Almost six years since the last time we saw each other. I think it was at the new year's party Ava organized."

"Yeah, I remember. I left shortly after that to travel. I actually just got back a couple of days ago."

"We were talking about that yesterday. I had no idea."

"How could you? Anyway, um, Yvonne is a friend of mine and I owed her a favor. I'll be the one conducting the interview instead."

"That's...okay I guess."

"If you don't want me to..."

"Why wouldn't I?"

"Because I broke your heart?" She bit her bottom lip.

"Right. That. You did say no to me when I told you to marry me." He chuckled lightly. "That was a long time ago. I'm way over it."

Her stomach flipped in an unpleasant way. What did she expect? For him to still love her? That was years ago. Besides, she wasn't here to try and rekindle an old flame. "I guess we'll do the interview after we celebrate."

"The family will be ecstatic to see you. We'll do it later." He grabbed his bag and headed her way.

She turned and went to the door, opening it.

"So...how have you been?" He asked casually.

"I've been okay. Busy with work."

"I saw some of your pictures. Mostly in that nature magazine. There was this really amazing one of a waterfall."

"I've done so many throughout the years that I don't know which one that was. All the places I have visited are beautiful and I try to capture it. I didn't know you read those type of magazines."

"I don't."

She glanced at him and fought the blush that wanted to burn on her face.

He sent a quick text to Ava that he was headed outside.

"What about you?" She asked.

"What about me?"

"How have you been?"

"So-so. I'm retiring, that's a bit sad for me but I'm trying to be positive for the future."

"Why did you want to do it in the first place if you're sad about it?"

"Well, it made me happy but I didn't feel complete. I don't. Something is missing and I think I should look for what it. I have a pretty good idea what it is though."

She arched a brow, waiting for him to continue. They were outside by that point.

He led them to his motorcycle.

"Oh my god. Since when do you ride?" She stared at the Harley Davidson.

"Since about three years ago. I was looking for that completion thing. It wasn't enough or rather it wasn't it. I like the bike though and that's why I kept it." He stuffed his bag in a compartment he had ordered on the bike.

He usually took it off but since he was going to need it for his things he put it on.

"I love it."

"It's a real babe magnet." He joked.

She gave him a look but smiled.

"Ohmygod! Briar!" Ava screamed when she saw her. She ran to her and hugged her.

Briar laughed and hugged her back. She was still not used to Ava's enthusiasm and craziness.

"Hey sis." James and the others reached them.

Everyone hugged her. Almost everyone.

Noah noticed Angel hanging back. A grin spread on his face. He hadn't seen his sister in years, not since she had said her goodbyes when he moved there.

She looked exactly the same as if age hadn't passed over her. She smiled brightly as she made her way to him.

He hugged her tightly, a rush of peace filling him. "I missed you."

"I missed you too. I couldn't not come. You did good."

"Thanks."

They let go of each other. Then he noticed the dark shadow that seemed to follow her.

"Eli."

"Greetings." Elijah smirked.

Noah had felt the uneasiness before but this time it hung heavily and pushed against him.

"Don't dwelve on it." Angel told him softly. "I only came to tell you how proud I am of you and that I'll always be here with you even if I'm not in flesh." She nodded her head in greeting to his family. Her eyes widened slightly in acknowledge of Briar. "I see you're back. Don't hurt him again or I'll be forced to retaliate."

"We're not even together."

"Doesn't matter. Well..." She turned to Noah. "I have to go."

"You can't stay to celebrate?"

She shook her head gently. "I would like to but there are things I have to do. I could only come in passing. I hope you find what you're looking for."

He hugged her again. "I wish you didn't have to go but I understand. I thought he was supposed to go." He whispered the last sentence in her ear.

"He was supposed to but things changed." She pulled away and took the hand that Eli had offered. "Goodbye Noah. Goodbye everyone."

They walked away together down the line of vehicles.

"She keeps getting weirder and weirder." Chey mumbled to James.

"Well let's get to celebrating and drinking. Come on." Ava took Mitch's arm and pulled him to where their car was.

"We're only going to stay a bit because I'm already getting tired." Maleah told Noah.

"Same for us." Sophie agreed.

"Alright we'll send the address of the place we reserved." Linc said as he too left with Charlie to find their car.

All of them left Noah and Briar alone.

"How did you get here?" He asked her.

"I got a taxi. I haven't exactly used my time well to find myself a car. I had to come here by plane. Can you believe that?" She shook her head. "I'll see if I can catch up to them.

"You could ride with me." He motioned to his bike.

"Are you sure? I wouldn't want to intrude."

"Intrude on what? It's only me."

"There's no girlfriend that might get jealous and come after me?" She teased. She held her breath as she waited for his answer.

"Are you asking for the interview or for yourself?" He smiled smugly.

"Both."

"No, there's no girlfriend in the picture as of two days ago."

"Wow."

"Yeah, she wasn't the one. Are you getting on or off?"

She took a deep breath. "On."

He swung his leg over the seat and waited for her to get behind him. She was glad that she had brought jeans even if she was wearing high heeled boots. Her bag slung across her body but was out of the way from digging into his back.

"Hold on." He called back to her as he turned on the motorcycle.

She tentatively wrapped her arms around his waist and laid her cheek on his back.

She felt as if a part of her fell into place. Like a piece of a puzzle clicked where it needed to be.

Here she was, almost back home next to the guy that she had loved. No, correction, she still loved him. Her heart soared in her chest and not from him speeding into the night but from simply being with him.

She held tighter and her hand slipped under his shirt when the wind blew it upwards.

His hard muscles tensed and he tried not to react more than that.

He was dying inside from her touch. The moment her arms went around him he had fought with the urge to turn around and kiss her senseless.

Like him she had just broken up with her boyfriend. She could be sensitive about it.

For the time being he enjoyed her holding on to him as he made his way to the restaurant.


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