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Hell's Riders MC

Amanda Tollefson

Chapter 2

MIA

FIVE YEARS AGO

“Daddy, I’m going to the Academy of Arts and Academics in Oregon. I got accepted.” I ran down the stairs, holding up my acceptance letter with a huge smile on my face.

My dad didn’t look pleased. “Oregon? When did you apply there, Mia?” ~

My smile dropped; every time I talked to him about going places or about art, he would shut me out. I knew I reminded him of Mom. So in the end, he shut me out and didn’t like to be around me much anymore since she had died. I just wished he would listen to me.

“Daddy, I’ve been trying to tell you about it. You won’t listen,” I tried to explain.

“Mia, I don’t have time for this. I have to get ready for the run to Northern California.” He stood up from the table to put his cut on.

“Daddy, I’m going to Oregon to study at this art school. I’m almost nineteen. I’m an adult now. Why can’t you support me in this? Mom would have,” I yelled at him.

“Do not talk about your mother. You’re not going. I don’t have time for me or my guys for that matter to follow you up at some dumb school. End of discussion; now I will see you in a few days.” With that, he walked out the door.

Tears fell down my cheeks. I wished my mom were still alive. I knew she’d back me up all the way. I loved my dad, the guys in the club, and the old ladies. But right now, I needed to do something for myself. I ran up to my room to pack all my things. ~

Once I put everything into my little black Honda, I walked back into the house. I set my phone and card on the table. Now, Dad wouldn’t have Tracker track me down. ~

I got into my car and took off. As I started to drive by the clubhouse, more tears came rushing down my face. “Goodbye, Daddy,” I whispered as I drove off.

***

PRESENT

“Do you remember the time you came home from school and told your mamma and I about some school dance? I think you said it was homecoming. You begged us to let you go.”

I heard what I thought was my dad speaking.

“We said you could go. That was until you started to talk to your mamma about some boy who asked you to go. I changed my mind, of course; no one was taking my princess out.”

I heard him talking as if he was replaying a memory.

“You were so overprotective of me,” I said as I woke up, my voice sounding scratchy.

“Mia. Mia, oh my God, you’re awake. You scared me, princess.” My dad came over and hugged me.

“Water, please?” I asked.

“Oh, right. Here you go.” He handed me a cup of ice water.

“Thank you,” I said, handing him the cup back.

“Princess, what happened to you?”

I knew he was going to ask. Only I wasn’t ready to tell people yet. “I’m sorry, Daddy, I don’t remember,” I lied.

“That’s fine, princess; don’t push yourself to remember. I’m gonna get the doctor and tell him you’re awake now.” He kissed my forehead and walked out of the room.

I knew I should have told my dad about Caleb or at least what had happened to me over the last four years. I just couldn’t talk about it. I remembered everything about that night.

Usually, he would be drunk. This time he was completely sober. As everything faded away, I closed my eyes and decided to rest.

***

FOUR YEARS AGO

I hadn’t been home in a year. I missed my dad like crazy, but I needed to do this for myself. I wasn’t going to give up my passion for art. I’d made a few friends here in Oregon, such as Lexi, my best friend. ~

She was a drama major. She was gorgeous—long blond hair with green eyes and a great body. Lexi was the type of girl you’d love to be around; she was energetic, beautiful, and talented. We had English class together our first year and automatically hit it off. ~

When it came to breaks or any type of holiday, I would stay here in the townhouse I had got once I moved here. It was lonely. I missed everyone back home. Then Lexi decided to move in with me over summer break; now, it was Christmas break. ~

I was glad Lexi had stayed back with me this time. I was excited I didn’t have to be alone for another Christmas again. As Lexi thought we should liven up the place more, we put up Christmas decorations.

“Let’s go to Starbucks. I could really go for some hot chocolate.” Lexi came into my room, putting her coat on.

“Yeah, that sounds good. I could use a break anyway.” I put my pen down and got up from my desk to put my coat on.

“It’s been over a year, Mia. You still haven’t called him or mailed him that letter?” ~

I had told Lexi all about my family back home—mainly my dad and how I hadn’t talked to or seen him in a year. I ended up leaving out the part of them being the Hell’s Riders motorcycle club.

“I don’t know what to say. ‘Hey, Daddy, how are you doing? Sorry, I ran off like that, but I’m doing good, love you.’ Yeah, no, Lex,” I said, walking out. ~

I loved Oregon; there was so much life here—all the trees, mountains, and even the snow.

We finally reached Starbucks. I told Lexi to go find a seat, while I got our drinks and a bagel for myself.

“Mia,” the barista called my name. ~

I walked up to the counter to grab our stuff. I had started to walk toward Lexi when I walked right into someone, and everything fell.

“Oh my gosh! I am so sorry.” I started to wipe everything.

“It’s okay. It was my fault anyway,” the handsome blue-eyed man said. ~

Little did I know that this was gonna cause me trouble.

***

PRESENT

The flashback faded away. I was brought back to reality when I heard the doctor talk.

“Hello, Mia, I’m Dr. Taylor. I’ve been taking care of you while you have been here. How are you feeling? Any pain at all?”

The doctor, who looked similar to the cartoon character Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory, came up to my side to check my vitals, while my dad came on the other side.

“Hi. My hand is throbbing; my chest feels like it’s burning, and my ribs are killing me,” I explained.

“On a scale of one to ten, what’s your pain level?” he asked.

The door opened. I saw Uncle Mason walk in and sit next to my dad.

“My hand is about seven; my chest is kind of the same, but not really. My ribs though are an eight,” I told him.

“Okay, well, your hand is broken at two places; you might need surgery, so that pain is to be expected. The pain in your chest is from a large cut you have; that pain and burning feeling should go away within a couple of days.

“Your ribs were damaged from the beating. We were able to help them by wrapping them up,” he explained to me.

“Okay, thank you. When can I go home?” I hated hospitals, had ever since my mom died.

“We are going to keep you here for a few more days. Just to keep an eye on you since you lost quite a bit of blood, especially with your pain level still somewhat high,” he said as he wrote something down in my chart.

“Oh, okay. Thank you, Dr. Taylor.” I shifted in the bed, trying to get comfortable.

“You’re welcome. I’ll have the nurse come in and give you something for the pain,” he said, then walked out.

I turned my head to look at my uncle and dad. I smiled softly at them as a tear fell down my cheek. I had missed my family so much. I had never wanted them to see me like this.

At that moment, the nurse came into the room to give me some pain medicine.

“I’m sorry, Daddy,” I whispered, closing my eyes as the medicine started to help.

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