………….. I looked around the room I was sitting in the icy stares of the men across the table from me were enough to scare the living daylights out of most people, but I loved each and every one of them.
“Why do we have to be the ones always waiting” Dante got up and walked over to the bar and poured a drink and spilt some on the highly polished wood, I sighed and got to my feet and walked behind the bar and wiped it clean.
“Because we’re the professional ones” I smiled at him He took a deep breath and a drink before smiling back at me “But as a bar tender Dante you are really bad”
‘And that is why he has Art” Casper laughed as Kane walked in the door “Any sign?”
“They just pulled up” Kane nodded you want me in here or you want me…”
“You can stay” Dante nodded as he took his seat again
“You should have stayed at home” I walked back around the bar and handed Kane a Grey goose without a second thought
“Evie told me I couldn’t” He lent back in his chair “I was fussing too much”
“It’s pregnancy it makes them antsy” Casper looked at his nails “She beat me with a rolled up yoga mat this morning for telling her I’d seen ducks that waddle less than she does” he started to laugh
“Be thankful she was working out and she didn’t have her gun” I pointed out “and you need to stop being mean to her” they all looked at me “She’s nervous and she’s days away from having this little girl” I watched the warm smile light Dante’s face “I think you really should go home and be with Evie”
“I will as soon as this meeting is done” I raised an eyebrow at him “Tricia I promise you I’ll go home” he laughed. Kane’s phone rang and he answered it.
“Hey… no we’re all still waiting they just turned up… she’s fine” his eyes flicked to me “How’s Meg… I know she’d be fine and thank you for taking her… Sure Sam” he hung up
“Sam and Meg are on their way back” He took a seat behind me on a stool “And he said to tell you he’s got something for you, whatever that means” Casper glanced over at me and I felt my cheeks flame red
“Oh Damn who needs lighting when we have Tricia’s face” he poked me in the arm and I jumped and winced “Shit sorry I forgot” he was out of his seat and crouching next to me
“Nice one Casper, the girl got shot a few months ago she’s still sore” Dante shook his head. The wound in my shoulder was healed but the muscle underneath it was still tender
“Honey I’m sorry” Casper frowned at me
“It’s alright” I took a deep breath as Kane walked over with a Drink for me as the door opened
“Game time” Dante muttered making all of us straighten our backs and it was time for work. I handed the paperwork to Dante, I put my purse down on the floor and watched the two Russian’s walk in and then my heart seemed to stop and the blood pounded through my ears, and my breath came out in a Gasp
“What the fuck” Casper was on his feet closely followed my Dante
“This is a closed meeting” Dante voice was strong and hard “He was not on the list” I felt Kane’s hand on my arm my vision blurred in and out of focus.
“Mr. Croft I was the one that arranged this meeting between you and two of my best clients” the sound of that voice had me wanting to scream
“Larson after what you did to us in Prague you’ve got fucking balls” the anger in Casper’s voice scared me
“I don’t know what you are talking about… is that my Daughter”
“Say what” Kane muttered
“This meeting isn’t going to happen… find someone else to supply you” Dante lent his hands on the table and hunched his shoulders
“But we flew in from Moscow” One of the men frowned
‘This is happening Croft” the other snarled pulling a gun from his hip the sound of three guns being drawn around me brought me back to my senses I looked up Dante Casper and Kane were all holding their weapons at arm’s length
“You are in our world now” Dante cocked his head “I’m telling you this is not happening now… I will reschedule this with the two of you but you show your face around us, near us and I will kill you… You do not have a daughter”
“Now walk away gentlemen” Casper stepped around the table “and I use that term loosely for you Larson… How dare you…”
“I Think we should leave” My Father said to the men with him “Tricia… you are in the…”
“LEAVE NOW” Casper’s deep booming voice made the glasses shake on the table. They backed out of the room the door closed and clicked with locks.
“Who the hell was that?” Kane holstered his gun Dante wielded around and dropped to his knees on the floor next to my chair
“Tricia… Look at me… Sweetheart breathe” Dante lifted my chin and made me look into his icy blue eyes “We’re here”
“Is anyone going to tell me who that was?” Kane frowned
“Her Father…. The fucker that…” Casper cut himself off “I should have shot him where he was….” Casper pushed his hand through his hair
“He’s got balls” Kane crouched down “hey Tricia, You have Dante and Casper and me right here” I focused on Dante as Kane spoke “None of us are going to let you out of our sight… you’re safe… you have three trained killers watching you right now and protecting you”
“He’s right” Dante pried my fingers loose of the chair “Tricia let’s get you out of here and lets go home” He got my fingers loose and drew me up from the chair
“Why did he come?” I croaked out
“I don’t know but Radlov wants to make sure you’re safe and Egan is going up the wall” Casper said as he pushed his phone into his pocket Kane put his arm round my waist and literally carried me out of the door to the car Dante and Casper close behind us.
That was a man I had never wanted to ever see again, the nightmares I still had were about him even having Sam in my life and these other dangerous men that loved me like a sister, did nothing to quell the inner fear of the way I was born and raised. A tear rolled down my cheek as Casper jumped behind the wheel and the four of us sped off into the darkness, my hand gripped Kane’s for security, I wanted to see Sam as soon as possible, I had a feeling of dread in my stomach that was like the feeling I had at the Gala in Prague………….
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