What did I do?
What was I thinking?
Why did I leave not only my daughter but also Christian to play the hero?
I closed my eyes and took a breath, calming myself down. I did this for the Lamberti’s and Siena’s future. The only reason why Berto had the nerve to go after the Lamberti's was because Fabio had done it as well. It was all my fault.
Frightened, I wiggled my hand, which was chained to the bed, and held back my tears. After breakfast and Berto’s outburst, Luca took me to my room.
He sat in a chair in the corner and was too occupied with his phone.
“What do you want for lunch?” Luca looked up. “Do you have any cravings?”
I balled my fist in disbelief. “Cravings?” I scoffed. After Berto’s behavior, lunch and cravings were the last things I could think about. “I’m not hungry.”
“But the baby…”
“I’m not hungry.”
“You have to—“
“I’m not hungry!” I shouted. “An
Christian “So what you’re saying is that it’s impossible to get to her now?” Christian balled his fist, taking a breath. Hearing his grandpa’s news about his uncle’s many guards did not fit his perfect plan. He stared at Franco, who had pulled him aside to give him the news as guilt was written all over his face. “All of this is my fault. I shouldn’t have abandoned him like that.” Franco spoke. “We’ll figure something out.” Christian shook his head. “I will.” He spoke. “You have to go to the hospital. Dad needs you.” “And I need you to take Siena with you.” He said, knowing it was the safest way to protect her if something were to happen. “Don’t worry about me. I’ll live.” “Why do I feel like you’ve got something planned?” Franco asked suspiciously. Christian shrugged. “I will have to kill him. You know that, right?” He spoke. “Dad might not agree, but there is no place for uncle in this world, especially not after taking Serena.” “No one forced her to do it…she made her own cho
SerenaIt hadn’t even been a full day, but I already felt like going crazy. Were they really going to keep me tied to a bed for as long as they could?Escape…for some reason, that word sounded perfect and difficult all at once. I would not be able to escape this hell hole, even if I wanted to, and would get myself killed before I could even step foot out the door.I stared at the massive clock on the wall, realizing Luca could walk in any second. The only times I wouldn’t be cuffed to the bed would most likely be breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bathroom breaks.Although freedom sounded very tempting, getting through Luca was not easy and seemed like an impossible mission. Should I just risk my life and make a run for it?I heard the lock on the other side of the door and prepared myself to face Luca. Just as expected, he barged in with a bundle of clothes in his hands. “It’s time for dinner. You need to change.”He walked straight to the bed and freed my hands without giving me a single
As if my legs moved independently, I stood up from my chair. “C-Christian?” I called out, prepared to make my way over. Before I could take a step, Luca wrapped his hand around my wrist and brought his lips to my ears. “I wouldn’t do that if I were you.” He whispered. “Just sit down while you still can.” There was no need to repeat that sentence a second time as I followed his instructions and sat down as he told me to. My eyes searched for an explanation as I looked at the three, but they didn’t give me any attention. “Ah, Chrissie!” Berto snapped his fingers. “Our guest for today!” For a split second, Christian turned around to look at me, but it was not a look of love. It was a look of disappointment and pity. His eyes were saying. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be here. Was he angry? Of course, he was. He must’ve been pissed, and rightfully so. “I see you brought my son, the brother and…Vince?” Berto squinted his eyes. “You grew a lot.” He said. “I heard about what tha
Luca cleared his throat, grabbing everyone’s attention. “Dad, I thought we said no guns.” He let out nervous laughter.“For them, not for me.” By the sound of Berto’s voice, I could tell that this would probably not end well.“Christian, you’re right—this place is usually heavily protected, but since dad wished to have a…peaceful dinner—everyone left,” Luca told him. “For now.”I tried reading the sketchy expression on his face. Christian, who had stopped asking questions, seemed relaxed after hearing Luca’s words.Instead of cracking my brains and coming up with reasons why Berto was stupid enough to get rid of all the guards and maids, I accepted that he was the only armed person in the room.“Chrissie, have you thought about my offer?” Berto turned his attention onto me. “I told him I’d trade your life for his.” He spoke as if it was the most normal thing in the world.I didn’t know which part was scarier. Berto planning to get rid of me all along or Christian’s words.“You can kee
With an awful headache, I woke up and sat up straight. “What happened?”“Just like they say in the movies.” I heard a chuckle, making me look to my right. Christian, who held a cloth in his hand, pushed his arm against my forehead. “You’ve fainted.”Fainted?I breathed heavily, remembering every little detail. I was at Berto’s, and he started shooting around like a madman, but somehow we got out.“Where am I?” I looked around, realizing it was our safe and secure bedroom. “Oh, never mind.”“Ramiro says you’ll be fine.” Christian brushed his hand through my hair and pushed me back down.“The baby—“He shook his head. “Our baby is fine.”“And Siena—““She’s not here.” He cut me off once again. “She at my grandparents.”My poor Siena, who I had abandoned, thinking Berto would really hold his end of the deal. All I wanted was my baby.“I need to see her,” I begged, reaching for Christian’s hand. “Please!”“N-now?”“Yes,” I spoke clearly, but Christian did not want to hear any of it and pu
Christian“Hey, sleeping beauty!” Beau kicked Christian’s leg, waking him up. “We have to go. Dario is expecting you.”Startled, Christian opened his eyes, noticing he had fallen asleep in his chair while caring for Serena. “Where is she?” He asked, not wanting to lose her again.“Matteo took her to Siena, and we’ve got to go.”Stressed, Christian got up from his chair and brushed his hands through his hair. “She didn’t wake me. Why didn’t she wake me?” He paced back and forth, eventually reaching for his phone.He let out a frustrated sigh at the long list of missed calls. “Please tell me your dad didn’t see me like this?”“Oh, he didn’t.” Beau simply shrugged. “Serena told him you were taking a nap, and he went off. Something about you not being allowed to rest.” He said. “But don’t worry, I stuck up for you as always—“ Beau’s sentence was cut short by a pillow getting thrown at his face.“Ow.” He frowned. “What was that for?”“Just call Dario and tell him we’ll be on our way!”Some
Christian“Father, mother—what a pleasant surprise!” Berto said as the two followed his eyes.In the doorway stood the person he despised the most.Franco Lamberti.Just as Dario and Christian were about to step closer, Franco stuck out his hand, ordering them to stop.A shocked Maria made her way to the front to take a better look at her son. “Roberto…” She had difficulty speaking. “What happened to you?”Christian did not know his grandma as an emotional woman, and as far as he knew, she had bottled up her feelings and had never expressed her loss.Franco and Maria being on good terms after everything that happened proved for Christian that his grandpa had already confessed his sins to Maria. The two were probably in in together.He left Berto behind, and Christian could understand why he did that. His uncle was insane.His thoughts were interrupted by the sound of a hard smack. Shocked, Christian ran over to his grandma, holding her cheek, and pulled her backward, realizing the sit
“One, two—three!” Christian threw a happy Siena in the air, ignoring my pleas for him to stop. With my hand on my heart, I leaned against the wall as a sound of relieved laughter escaped my lips.“See!” Christian held her by her leg, turning her upside down. “She enjoys it, so I do not think it’s your place to interfere!” He spoke, pretending to drop her.Not wanting my child to crack open her skull, I rushed to their side and grabbed her from his hands. “Okay, that’s enough for now.”Today would be an eventful day, but unfortunately, one I wouldn’t get to experience. While Christian would soon be headed to the location to deal with his uncle and Luca, I would be stuck at home.It wasn’t all too bad because I got to spend time with Siena—but although I had promised not to involve myself in any business, I couldn’t help but be curious.“What’s on your mind?” Christian raised my chin, inspecting the sad frown on my face. My mind told me to let it go, but a part of me still wanted to try