Riki Leigh Bishop
“ALIANA JEAN-MARIE CARTER! Open this door right now!” I heard my father’s angry voice yell through my bathroom door.
After my glasses fell off my face, I ran into my room without knowing Axyl followed me, or looking back at anyone, and he saw my body the way it was, in all its fucked-up glory, I went into the bathroom and locked the door.
“If you don’t open this door right now, I’m going to break it down, young lady!” I knew he was serious. He’s done it before, and I was currently sitting in front of said door. So, I did the only thing I was good at. Avoidance.
I turned on the water to the shower and jumped in after striping the rest of my clothes off. I didn’t even feel the iciness of the cold water, I just jumped in.
I knew I wouldn’t get out of the window before my dad got that door down and I know he has people out there already because he knows that I’ll try to escape through the damn thing just to avoid this conversation.
As soon as I got in the shower the door came crashing down and a furious father, brother, and Axyl came bursting through the door.
“Do you guys mind?” I ask, poking my head around the shower curtain. They all look at me. My dad and brother instantly turned around, but Axyl just gave me a smirk and kept looking.
I curse the flush that crossed my cheeks. “Get out and stop looking at me that way!” That got my brother to look at Axyl. He shook his head and left the room. What the fuck was that about?
I would have thought he would have dragged him out by his damn ear for looking at me while I was naked, but he just shook his head and walked out the damn door.
My dad followed my brother, but not before doing the same thing Westyn did when he saw Axyl still staring at me.
“I want you in that chapel as soon as you get done and I mean it Aliana. I know how you are and there is no way you can make a run from here without anyone knowing. Not this time.” My dad informs me before he walks out of the room.
Axyl stayed put. That was the way I managed to get out of this life. I left right after the party the club held for my high school graduation. They knew I was planning on leaving for school, but no one knew when I was going.
My mom and Reaper knew, but she’s my mom and he’s my best friend. I hopped on the first bus to South Carolina. It was a decent trip from Indiana, but I did it all myself either way.
Even though my mom and best friend knew about my plan, I didn’t want them any more involved than they already were.
I managed to get a Psychology degree and a business degree in the four years I was away. Then I met him, and my life went back to where it was before I left.
“Well, you can go too. I’m not going anywhere. Couldn’t leave even if I wanted to. Now leave the bathroom or if you’re going to stand guard might as well do it from the shower with me.” I challenged him with a raised eyebrow.
I’m not sure where that came from, but it came out and it was too late to take it back now.
“Oh, baby girl, the first time I’m with you, I won’t be married, and you won’t be black and blue.” Axyl states before he leaves the room, leaving me speechless and my mouth hanging open.
Did he really just say that? What did I really expect though? I instigated it.
I finish my shower, taking my time moisturizing, putting my leggings on and a tank top. They already know, so why try to hide it any longer? I looked out the window and my dad had men standing there.
The same with my bedroom window. I open the door with Axyl leaning on my bed like he owns it. I look right at Axyl and say “I fucking hate you. You should have never told them. It wasn’t yours to tell.”
And walked down to the chapel after slipping on my fuzzy slippers. I considered just making a run for the door and getting in my car, but I wouldn’t get very far with Axyl following behind me.
He was close enough that I could feel his body heat on my back. I ignored it as best I could and continued my trek through the hallway.
“It may have not been my secret to tell, but you wouldn’t have talked. I did what I did for a reason. You can hate me, but we both know how you really feel about me and how I really feel about you.
So, stop being a child and get this over with. We would have found out eventually and you know it.” He said before he walked around me down the hallway. I stopped long enough to gape after him.
How he felt about me? What the fuck did that even mean? Like a sister, I’d say if I had to guess. Who knows? All I know is that this man has had my heart from the time I was old enough to have an interest in boys.
He was my first and I wish he would be my last, but he’s married now, and Lana is his ol’ lady. Plus, he has two children now.
I walk into the chapel and my brother and father are already waiting for me. I can see the fury in their eyes as they look over my body.
Anger is better than the disappointment they’ll be sporting when they find out that the man who did this was none other than their biggest club rival’s son.
Axyl, Trigger, Griller, Ink, Snoopy, Reaper, Ghost, Doc, and the rest of the executive members, meaning all the fathers of the men running the show, come in behind me and shut the door, taking seats at the table.
I lean against the door and stare down at the floor like it’s the most interesting thing in the damn world.
“Well, would you like to tell me who the hell did this to you?” My brother asks me. “Why the fuck didn’t you tell anyone what was going on?”
I can’t tell them that Hannah knew, and mom knew a little bit about it, but I had begged and pleaded for that to stay between us. I wanted to handle this on my own. I thought I could.
That is until he decided to go all psycho on me and almost kill me.
I sucked a sharp breath and sent a death glare over to Axyl. I can’t believe I didn’t lock my fucking door. This is all my fault they found out.
I can’t blame Axyl, but it was easier than realizing how damn stupid I’d been over the past three years. “Aliana, stop sending Cannon the death glare and answer the damn question!” My dad’s voice boomed throughout the room.
How in the hell do I explain that I thought I fell in love with the rival clubs’ president’s son and it was good for the first year and then the last two were the worst of my life.
How do I tell them that I got these because I was protecting their secrets?
“NOW ALIANA!” My dad yelled, bringing me out of my head and causing me to jump. He’s never been this angry at me. Tears spring to my eyes and I look anywhere but at the men in the room.
Waiting for me to tell them everything. I angrily swipe at the tears falling down my face and look up at the man that has always protected me. I’m his little girl, he can’t be too disappointed and angry at me can he?
“Well, it all started three years ago. I was at a party after I finished my first year of school when I met Alexander Harris.
“We dated for three years. The first year was great…,” I started but was cut off by my brother’s angry outburst, making my eyes snap to his instantly.
“Wait, you mean to tell me you dated the Harris boy! Our rival’s president’s son!” Westyn stood up in anger, his chair banging against the floor as it fell from the force of standing up so fast.
“Please, just let me get this over with.” I pleaded with an eye roll. Me and my damn sarcastic mouth. Seems it only gets me in trouble.
“Come on Westyn, you’re not stupid. Yes, I thought I fell in love with the rival’s son and it was the worst mistake of my life. Believe it or not, I didn’t know he was the rival’s son until it was too late.
“Like I said, the first year was great, he was caring and loving and then he just snapped.” It was the truth. He was everything to me and I was madly in love with him.
We had our future planned out up until he had to take over The Blue Moon, MC. He didn’t tell me anything about being involved with an MC until his club needed information about the BAMC.
I swallow hard, glaring at the floor as I continue with my story. “He never mentioned being part of an MC until it was beneficial for him.”
“After he took over for his dad, that’s when it all changed and when I found out who he really was. The rivalry between this club and theirs had gotten worse and by the time I found out who he was, he had me hooked.
“I was pissed and tried to leave him. I didn’t want any part of being in the club. I wanted to finish school and start my life and he told me that I had nothing to worry about until he wanted information about Broken Angels.
“I wouldn’t give him any information and it just made him mad. It started with a slap here and there and the longer it went on the worse it got.
“I tried to run away for the last three years and he finally got tired of it and threw me in the cells.” I had tears streaming down my face.
I got up from my leaning position on the door and walked out of the chapel and went straight to the bar and grabbed a bottle of Jack before going back in.
Before I continued again, I took a long swig of the alcohol, ignoring the burn as it went down my throat. I never once looked up at the men around me. I didn’t want to see the disappointment and anger on their faces.
“Now that was my life for the past three years. I would get beat and asked for information on this club and when I wouldn’t tell them anything, they abused me even more. Not just Alexander, but all of them.
“It wasn’t just them beating me. No that wouldn’t be as much fun as raping me. Now come up to a month days ago. The day I managed to escape. They thought I was dead. I thought I was dead. I had stab wounds on my body.
“Broken ribs, my face was busted up. They took me out to the pit where they have their clean-up crew come to get the bodies.
“They left and I found enough courage to run to the road and someone took me to the hospital where I called my friend from college. She helped me heal enough to get around with minimal pain, and now I’m here.”
I took another long swig of my drink and was about to get up from my post on the door.
“What did they want to know?” My brother asks more calmly than before, but I could see the lingering hatred, the need for revenge, and the anger in his eyes. “Why in the hell didn’t you just tell them what they wanted to know?
“ It would have been so much easier on you. You wouldn’t be the way you are today.”
“They wanted to know when you normally do your drops. They wanted to know about the members and when the best time to get you alone would be. They wanted to know about our mothers.
“They wanted to know about the other ol’ ladies. When the best time to grab them would be. I didn’t tell them because I’m not a snitch and I would have been dead anyway.
“I didn’t tell them because I didn’t want anyone to go through what I went through. Let’s face it, there are some women here that would have sung like a damn canary. Did you want me to tell them how to get to the women?
“How the best way to get at you guys was by going after those you most value. I risked my life for the many. You guys are my family and always will be.
“ may have thought I loved that man, but I will never snitch on my own.” I finished in a mere whisper.
“That fucker is going to die for what they did.” My father seethed. It wasn’t a loud seething tone, no this was his calm seething tone. The tone that would make even the strongest man break out in a cold sweat.
It’s what had made him a great president and an even better military man.
“Yeah, well, I just happened to have overheard their plan before they threw me out of the van. I know what they plan on doing.
“They…,” I was starting to tell them what he had planned, but Axyl’s old lady barged into the room screaming and hollering. What the fuck was it with people fucking interrupting me when I’m fucking talking?
“AXYL! QUIT IGNORING ME.” Lana screamed at the top of her lungs. “We’re not done with this conversation.” She brought her voice down to a somewhat normal level for the last part.
I’m just glad I moved from the door, or I would have been on my face. Fucking bitch.
“We were done the instant you put your hands on my kids! Now get the fuck out of here and don’t you ever come back! You’re not even supposed to be in the damn chapel.” Axyl said.
“I’m not going anywhere. I’ll be in here if I fucking want to be. Aliana is in here, so what fucking difference does it make?
“Just because she’s the fucking ‘club princess’ doesn’t give her special fucking treatment,” she said and I just about had enough. I was buzzed as hell and Axyl has always been the man I would do anything for.
She then turned her attention back to me. “Why the fuck did you even come back here. No one fucking missed you. I must say, I love the new look. Black and blue suit you.” What the fuck is her problem?
“The fuck you’re not you crazy bitch!” I screamed. “I’m the damn club princess and don’t you ever fucking forget that. You’re just a fucking man stealing bimbo.
An easy fucking lay and you stuck your claws in him by poking holes in the fucking condoms, so you’d get pregnant just to trap him. Now, you heard him. Get the fuck out of my club!” I remember the first time she and Axyl hooked up.
She came up to me at school and told me what she did. However, I didn’t think anything of it because I thought Axyl was smart enough to carry them on him. I was wrong.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Murdock and the one time I saw Danny, I fell just as much in love with him as I did with his brother.
“Who the fuck do you think you are?” She said, stepping up to me. “You’re just pissed off that I got the guy and poor little Ali didn’t get the man she was never good enough for. I’d never poke holes in his condoms.
He loved me enough to go bare-back. Just fucking leave and disappear again. No one wants you here. Everyone was happy when you left and never came back.” I snort and roll my eyes at her.
“You know exactly who the fuck I am and if you know what’s good for you, you’d step the fuck back,” I said getting in her face, a smirk playing on my lips.
This bitch was gonna get the shit beat out of her if she didn’t back up and I was itching for a fight after what I’ve been through. I need someone or something to let my anger out on and she was making it way too fucking easy.
“Aliana, stay out of it.” I heard Axyl and Westyn say at the same time. They know how I can get when I get to this point.
They’ve only seen it once and it didn’t end well for the other person, but she insulted me and turned this shit on me. So, no I won’t be staying out of shit.
If she didn’t want a fight she should have kept her fucking knob sucker shut.
“Nah. Fuck that. This bitch is about to learn her place. She brought me into this when she started spewing shit out of her mouth.” I snarled.
“Oh yeah? And what are you going to do?” Lana said. She doesn’t know what I’m capable of. She’s never seen it, but she’s about to. I could feel the numbness taking over my body. I smiled darkly at her and her face paled.
She wanted to know what I was going to do about it and I’d be damned if I didn’t show her. I raised my fist back swinging it right on her nose, hearing the bone crunch as I did so. Blood spurting everywhere.
She fell to the floor and I jumped on top of her pounding on her face, not giving her a chance to do anything.
I was pulled off by Westyn and Axyl went to Lana before I could do any more damage. I was still seething as my brother fought to control me. “Get. Off. Of. Me. Westyn! She deserves everything she got.”
“Shut it! You could have killed her. We know how you get.” Axyl said.
“Why the fuck do you care what happens to her? You’re the one that kicked her out for what she did to your kids. I was just showing her what I was going to do about her running her cocksucker about me.
She asked for it and she fucking got it.” I said, finally jerking myself from Westyn and storming off to the common room after grabbing my bottle. I’m fucking done for the damn day. “Don’t fucking bother me! I’m done!” I said.
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