Crossroads(10)

By: Chantal Fernando



I don’t have time to argue about it though. I need to get over there as soon as possible before we lose one of the only leads we have. As I throw some clothes in a duffel bag, my phone beeps with a text from an unknown number:

Meet you at the airport in an hour.

Ranger?

Must be.

I reply with a simple Okay, then continue to throw things into my case like a madwoman. I can’t deal with Ranger right now.

Elizabeth, hold on.





FIVE


Ranger


“I DON’T see why you can’t come,” I grumble, slamming my suitcase closed. “You’re the one who dragged me into this.”

“Please. You got involved in this because you know Elizabeth, not because of me,” Faye replies, lifting her chin. “You’re one of the only men here who has no problem saying no to me.” She pauses and grins. “Don’t worry, I’ll grow on you.”

When I continue to stare at her silently, unimpressed, she says, “I can’t just up and leave, Ranger. I have two children, and we don’t know how long you’ll have to stay out there. I can come up for a few days or even a week if you want, but there’s no way I’ll be able to last longer than that without seeing my kids. Besides, you don’t need me there to hold your hand. Is this about Jo? She’s cute, right?”

I narrow my gaze on her. “I haven’t noticed anything besides the badge she wears.”

A lie.

Faye smirks, stepping to my suitcase and locking it. “Even I noticed that she’s a babe. Great ass, right?”

“Faye,” I snap, not having the time to deal with her shit right now. “I better leave or I’ll miss my flight.”

“Who’s driving you?” she asks, leaning against my bedroom wall.

Not you, I think to myself.

“I don’t know. Where’s Talon? He can take me,” I say, lifting up the suitcase. Faye hands me the little key for the lock and I put it in my pocket. “Thanks.”

“Why do you want Talon to take you? Don’t you think you should get to know the other men too? I’m sure Rake or Tracker can take you. They’re sitting outside doing nothing right now.”

“It’s just a ride to the airport, Faye,” I grumble. “Where’s Shayla?”

I feel comfortable around Vinnie’s woman, because she’s Talon’s cousin and I’ve been around her multiple times before.

“Exactly, it’s just a ride,” she says infuriatingly. I ignore her presence and walk to the door, but she runs up next to me.

“I’m worried about you.”

“Don’t be,” I tell her, softening my tone.

“Do you like it here? Are you happy?” she continues, the concern in her tone sincere.

I stop and face her. “Sweetie, let me find Elizabeth, and then we can have this discussion. Deal?”

She nods. “Okay.”

“Good.”

Luckily for me, Talon is out front, waiting for me.

“You ready to go?” he asks, getting into the club’s black four-wheel drive.

I nod and look down at Faye, lean forward, and kiss her on the top of her head. She’s a pain in the ass, but she’s right, she is growing on me. “Stay out of trouble.”

“Find her,” she says. “And be safe. I know you can do this.”

Is she a motivational speaker now too?

I put my suitcase in the back and then slide into the passenger’s seat. Loud music flares, but Talon lowers it. I spare him a thankful glance.

He grins as he starts to exit the parking lot. “Sounds like Faye’s music.”

I make a sound of agreement.

Talon laughs, then turns serious. “Are you sure you don’t want me to come with you? You say the word and I’m there.”

“I’ll be fine. I’m just making sure the cops are doing everything they can. There’s nothing you can do to help. Stay with your woman and your kid.”

Talon has his own little family now: his woman, Tia, and her son, Rhett, who he’s taken on as his own. Talon might have been the Wild Men president, but being part of the Wind Dragons seems to be working out for him really well. I’ve never seen him so happy.

“I know you can handle yourself. Just know that I’m here if you need me.”

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