Rock's Redemption(Insurgents MC Romance Book 8)(9)By: Chiah Wilder
For a long time, he held her in his arms as she cried out all her anger and disappointment. She looked up at him and cleared her throat, startling him enough that he jumped a bit. He looked down at her and she smiled. “Do you think I’m pretty?” she asked in a hushed tone. Fuck yeah. I think you’re beautiful, chérie. “You know you are.”
“Then why have you stayed away from me? You’ve been going out with every girl in the school but me.”
“Those other girls can’t begin to compare to you,” he said in a soft voice.
He let out a long breath and crossed his arms. “I stayed away because that’s what I thought you wanted. You began pulling away from me after we kissed that afternoon in the cemetery. Then when you came to high school, you treated me like I was dirt under your feet. I wasn’t going to chase you. You decided our friendship was over. I went with it. Things don’t ever last, chérie.”
He watched as her face slackened and she looked at him with wet, dull eyes. “I thought you didn’t want to be with me anymore. I thought you wanted a girl who was more fun. That time we kissed scared me because I was young and I felt weird in a funny, good way. I was confused and didn’t know what was going on with me. When I got to high school, I kept waiting for you to come up to me and you never did. It hurt me a lot.” Her voice hitched and her shoulders slumped. He watched her in silence, the hardness around his heart beginning to soften. “I’ve missed you, Roche,” she whispered. “You’re the only one I could be myself around.”
“What about Luc? You seemed pretty close to him for the past three years.”
She shook her head. “He was never you. I kept hoping he was, kept comparing you, but he was just a jock who loved all the attention, especially from the girls. Armand and my mom loved him.” She pulled a blade of grass and put it between her teeth. “I never did.”
“The way you were crying, you could’ve fooled me,” he said, a steely edge to his voice.
“What he did tonight bruised my ego, hurt my pride. I know he’s cheated on me before but I never caught him. And Raine is so smug and snotty. She’s been after him ever since she came to our school.” She lifted her chin. “She can have him as far as I’m concerned.”
“The other girls meant nothing to me either. I was just having fun. It’s always been you ever since I found you crying near your house. I’ve missed you too, chérie.”
She leaned toward him and placed her hand on his arm. “You’re the only one I’ve ever told about my mother and how she mistreats me. And you’re the only one who knows about Stephan and how my parents hide him from everyone. I never found anyone else I’ve wanted to confide in, not even my girlfriends. It’s always been you. You know that, non?” She ran her fingers up his torso, lightly scratching the material with her nails. He groaned and tugged her to him, covering her mouth with his. He relished the softness of her lips and her skin under his hands as he dug his fingers into her shoulders. She wrapped her arms tightly around his neck and they pressed together while they kissed under the moonlight.
“I want you,” she said against his mouth.
His insides exploded as he pushed her gently down to the ground. Hovering over her, he said, “Are you sure, chérie? Because once I start I won’t be able to stop. I’ve wanted you for so long.”
“I’ve never wanted something as much as this. Je t’aime. I fell in love with you when you handed me the mint chocolate in the park. Remember?”
He nodded. “I’ve loved you for a long time too. Why did we waste these past three years?”
“I don’t know, but we have the rest of our lives to make up for it.” She drew him down and kissed him passionately, and he responded with every ounce of energy he had. He’d dreamt about this for years, and right then everything came together for him. All the grief, bitterness, and anger he’d been carrying around melted away with each kiss and stroke she gave him. Life was finally good to him, and he savored the enormity of it.