13: War has come

Pov: Bianca

"And who will your strong man be?"

She blushed profusely, releasing my hand. "Creed," she whispered.

My eyebrows furrowed. "Should I know who that is?"

She shook her head, her blush intensifying. "He's the future underboss of Philadelphia. He's five years my senior but he's kind and patient."

"And you know all these because..."

"We used to be friends when we were little. He was my crush." She added shyly. "Before he left for school in Italy, he showed interest for my hand to Andre."

"And let me guess, Andre benevolently handed you over because he was sweet and nice and safe," I said sarcastically.

She looked at me, brown eyes flashing with a seriousness I didn't see coming. "I had a choice."

Her words made a kernel of hope sputter in my chest. "You did?"

"Yes. I was only fifteen at the time, Andre made it clear that no one was forcing me into doing this. I could back out if I wanted. I can still back out now if I wanted, even though the contract has been signed already,"
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