Braden. He knew. This entire time, he knew my father was alive. He was keeping that from me. He was hiding the most important thing from me.
"Why?" I asked as I thought it. I didn't mean to ask out loud, but damn it! I needed a fucking good answer!
That damn Damien just crossed his arms and smirked as if he was enjoying this whole thing! Braden though, his eyes looked straight into mine. I saw... sadness... anger and regret. Tears pooled in my eyes and slowly they started to fall again.
"Look, Rory... it's complicated.."
"Fuck that!" I snapped back.
"Aurora.." my father cooed, and I instantly turned to him. His eyes so soft and caring, but I also saw sadness and regret. "Don't be upset at him. I was the one who made him promise not to tell you."
My heart broke in so many pieces in that instant. "What? No..."
"Ahhh such a sappy ending! Too sappy if you ask me." Damien rolled his eyes, already tired of this 'family reunion.' He charged over and grabbed me as I screamed. He pulled me away from my father and he didn't seem to try and come after me.. He knew he was not strong enough to fight..
"NO! Leave me ALONE YOU BASTARD! LET ME GO!" I began to scream.
"Get your fucking hands off of her!" Braden warned, moving closer.
"Not so fast!" he grinned and then that's when I bit his arm. Hard. I actually drew blood. "DAMN BITCH!" he growled, slapping me and throwing me onto the ground. I cried out in pain as he didn't throw me softly.
Instantly I looked up and Braden stood with a gun aimed only inches from Damien's head. "Don't. Fucking. Touch. Her. Again."
Damien only smirked again, and with intense speed, pulled out a gun on his own.. The next thing I knew, I had a gun pointed at my head. My eyes went wide as I saw the barrel where I'm sure the bullet comes out of. "You were saying, Braden?" he asked.
"Look, if all you want is for me to finally be defeated, then damn it, just kill me already! Let them go!"
I looked at Braden with disbelief.. He was.. Giving his life over freely for me? He doesn't do that for anyone... he is the strongest that there is... the strongest that...
My eyes went even more wide as I saw my father walking closer. What was he doing?!
"Damn all of you." he spat. "I damn you Damien for being the bastard that you are. And you... I damn you most of all Braden. I told you to take care of my little girl and to keep her safe and happy... you failed at all three!"
Braden's eyes went cold.
I was so fucking tired of keeping this all in. My whole life was to protect Aurora, and I knew I had not be able to as well as I could have. But for him to judge me? After what he did!? That bastard. I couldn't take it anymore. My anger was rising to a level I didn't want to reach. I needed to keep Aurora safe now and to live with her, nothing more, and nothing less. That was my top priority.
I could feel my heart closing down, becoming cold again. I needed to do this. I needed to be strong and making my heart cold was the only way. Aurora will probably never forgive me for this.
"You weren't much a father either you know."
He had stopped walking. "Excuse me?"
"You left her."
"I needed too! Otherwise she could have been killed!"
"NO! You were a coward and ran away from your responsibility! You handed it over to me and I was just a child! You didn't even try to fight!"
Damien raised a brow. "Now this I want to hear."
I knew Aurora was listening closely. I knew this was hurting her. But she had to know the truth.
"Aurora. Do you want to know what really happened that day?! That day that we met?"
"No, don't.." her father started to say.
"Tell me." she nodded. Her small body was starting to shake. Damn, I wish I could take her into my arms right now and keep her safe. She was so scared and overwhelmed.. I just.. I could feel it.
"This man, your father, is a bad man. He staged his own death."
I saw Aurora gasp and she held her chest, starting to breathe heavily. "I was still in training, and we got the job of killing your father. I watched him for over a week, and I watched you too, Aurora. I shortly found out that your father was one of us... an assassin.. He had put a hit on his own life so that he could escape... "
"Escape... from... what?" she slowly asked. I hated this. I didn't want to finish this statement. This was going to hurt the most.. Her father glared at me, giving me fair warning not to continue. He was a coward and a bastard, she deserved to know the truth.
"No, you're lying again!" she cried.
"No, this time... I'm telling you the truth." I took a deep breath, knowing she was about to collapse from hurt. "He told me after, that he couldn't handle being your father. There was so much wrong and he couldn't do it. You have always been special, Aurora, and he failed to realize how special. He told me to keep you safe. He asked a damn child! He, being a full grown man, asked a child to keep you safe! I didn't know what to do. I found you that night.. When you thought he had died. At first.. I didn't know what to expect. But after just a few moments with you... I came to a new dilemma... "
I still held the gun to Damien's head, who seemed to be enjoying this whole thing, damn him! I'll kill him in a moment. There was no way I was allowing him to hurt Aurora in any way.
"What... problem?" she asked through her sobs. She was still a curious one.
"I came to find that I didn't understand why your father had left you... I.. I came to love you."
"You shut the hell up Braden! I should have known that you would turn on me! You were born a bastard! There is no way you are even capable of love like you say.. You know nothing but death!" Aurora's father yelled at me.
"God, this is interesting and all, but damn, I'm bored already." Damien complained, smirking as he quickly moved and aimed his gun at her father. "Let's spice things up, shall we?"
My eyes widened, he was a bastard himself and all, but I couldn't allow him to kill her father! I threw my leg up and kicked Damien's hand in one swift moment, but I reacted too slow.. A shot was fired.. And then all I heard was Aurora's screams. I fired my gun instantly with that, and shot Damien in the head. I didn't care about him, he wasn't a blood brother, wasn't anyone close to me. The only person I cared about was her.
I looked down at her, she had crawled over and embraced her father, crying into his chest. He was dead, his chest bleeding by his heart. His face already lifeless and cold. My poor Rory. I ran to her side and gently touched her shoulder.
"DON"T TOUCH ME!" she cried, pulling away. She was so lost.
He couldn't be this horrible of a man. He was my father. I loved him. He... couldn't be dead.
"God why me!?" I cried. I couldn't believe this was happening! My whole life I thought he was dead.. That he loved me and died from being sick... this whole fucking time he was alive and he had actually left me because I was too much to handle!
I held him close. I didn't care. I didn't want to believe that stuff, Braden was lying to me again.. Yes.. That was it. I had felt him touch my shoulder and I yelled at him. I didn't want to be away from my father. He loved me. Yes, he loved me so much. He was just... protecting me..
"LEAVE ME ALONE!" I screamed again. He was trying to get my attention. I didn't want to give it. I wanted to stay here. With my father. "Daddy... please... answer me... Please..." I begged him. He didn't move. His chest became more and more red, and wet. I felt it. I felt the warmth from his blood. His eyes were so cold, so lifeless, but that couldn't be.. I wouldn't allow that.
"Aurora, you need to listen to me!" I heard Braden say again. I felt him this time again, and suddenly I was looking into his brown eyes. "He's dead."
"No!" I cried more, I knew he was right though. I didn't want to believe it. I wanted him to be alive, to be with me! "I don't want him to be dead, Braden! Bring him back!" I demanded, pulling my father's lifeless body closer to my own. I didn't' care if my clothes became red with his blood. I didn't want to lose him again! Not after all this time! I felt Braden pulling my arms away from him and I held onto him tighter. "I can't leave him!" I tried to explain. "I love him!"
"Do you love me!?" Braden asked.
I stopped instantly and looked down at my father. Did I love him? I was so consumed with my father that... I was pushing away the one I did love. He lied, he cheated, he killed and murdered... he tricked me in so many different ways... and yet.. The entire time it was to protect me.. Wasn't it?
"I- I..." I shuddered. Why couldn't I find the words? I wanted to say something.. But my body only shook. I became angry though, when Braden once again began to try to remove my father from me. "Leave me alone you bastard! I hate you!" I snapped.
He didn't stop though. Oh no, he did the opposite. He pulled harder and finally freed my father from me. He easily pulled me against him and held me there, as I fought back. "Don't make this hard, Aurora." He said a bit bitterly.
"I HATE YOU!" I screamed again, and that made him angry. He growled and shoved me against the nearest wall. I gasped at the sudden force, although it wasn't painful, just rough.
"Just shut the fuck up, would you!?" he growled, holding me against the wall by my shoulders. His brown eyes piercing mine.
"Hell NO! Now LET ME GO!"
"Damn it! Tell me the truth! Do. You. Love. Me?"
"I said-" I was cut off instantly by his lips pressed against my own. I wanted to fight back at first, but of course, I was doomed as soon as he kissed me. He was rough at first, and I could feel all his pain and frustration, his sadness and regret and then his kiss became sweet and tender. I could feel his love.
He loved me. More than I ever could have imagined. It was so crazy right then, and I instantly melted. I kissed him back, knowing and telling him back:
I loved him too.
There was never a question about it, I was just so confused and had so many emotions running through me I couldn't stay focused. It was as if we were connected right then through a simple kiss.
Slowly he wrapped his arms around me and held me so close, it was gentle though, yet protective. He was sorry. So sorry. Slowly, he pulled back.
"I love you." I whispered. "I'm sorry."
"God, why the hell are you sorry!?" he groaned, leaning his head against mine. "I'm the one who is sorry, Rory."
"I forgive you."
He lifted his head and looked at me like I was crazy. "What?"
"You heard me. I. Forgive. You."
"You can't be serious."
"Do you want me to hate you forever?"
"No, never mind." he chuckled.
"Sir. Draddon?" we both heard a deep voice call out. We turned to look over and spotted Samuel.
"I better get going. Time is running out."
"What are you talking about?" I asked confused.
"Right." Braden turned to me and eyed me carefully. "Aurora, you must do me a favor."
"Samuel is going to take you somewhere safe. I will not be able to come right away, but I promise I'll be there soon."
"Your.. Leaving me again?" I raised a brow, my heart already hurting from my father, who I couldn't seem to look at anymore, and he was leaving me again?
"Look, we don't have much time. I killed Damien, and the Queen, plus his guards will be after me shortly. You must leave now with Samuel, he will take you to my safe house far away from here. I must fight them off and I'll come to you as soon as I can.. So please... wait for me just one last time. I promise I'll find you this time."
I didn't really have time to think or to react to his request. He just kissed me again, hard and made me forget what he was talking about. Once he pulled back, I was being led away by Samuel, and I watched Braden slowly fade from my vision.
For some reason I felt as if I wouldn't ever see him again... my heart sank even more. I couldn't shake the feeling. Oh god, please let him come to me! He had to come... he promised...
I will wait for him.
Author's Note: I finally got the stuff rollin! Haha. Thank you for the reviews! Okay, so what are your thoughts!? Crazy stuff huh!? So I think the next chapter will be the final one… sooooo be prepared! :O Review PLEASE! Until next time!