Men Of Manhattan #2. Who'd say that Alex Hardy's destiny was on an island in the Atlantic? But he discovered it in the most incredible way, by getting into Diego Gómez's shady affairs when he wakes up on a remote and almost desert island in the middle of nowhere, with an angelic-looking stranger above him, staring at him with extreme curiosity. A short time later, he learned that Abigail Ward meant trouble in capital letters. Of course, she wasn't some heavenly angel or anything like that, she was the devil.View More
A year later somewhere in the Atlantic. “Do you have the rings?” I asked Mark. "For the umpteenth time, yes,” he replied exasperated. “Why it’s taking so long?” I said walking anxiously down the altar. "Dude, you’re wearing white, stop moving that much!” My godfather exclaimed looking at me annoyed. “So what?” “That I’m starting to see wet points in some areas...” I stopped immediately to turn to the guests, first seeing my son dressed the same as me in my mother's arms, playing with a gum teether. I couldn't believe that just 48 hours ago, I had just arrived home from a mission and Abbie had greeted me with beautiful news. *** New York, 48 hours ago. The soft sound of the elevator arriving at the apartment woke me up. God... I was tired. It was almost four in the morning and I needed to sleep at least five hours straight, but first I needed a sho
I looked at the unmoving bulge at my feet without being able to believe that this had really happened. “Is this for real?” I spoke without addressing anyone in particular, since the only person with me was passed out before me. I brought my right foot up to Alex's stomach and moved him gently to see if he would react, but that didn't work. "Alex, wake up now,” I said without getting any response. So, accepting it, I sat on the floor placing his head on my thighs and began to pat him gently on the cheeks. "We can't spend the whole night this way,” I explained, "My feet hurt and the dress already bothers me, did you have to pass out? You've been like this for several minutes now...” My free hand couldn't help but go to her hair and gently stroke it. "I really like your hair like this,” I whispered to him as if it were some secret, "But your facial hair needs to come back, just like the weight you've lost, prince, don't think I di
Fucking hell. Yes, I was nervous. I watched behind the curtain the chapel where my sister would be married in a few minutes, the backs of the guests sitting on the church benches and... None of those backs was from Abigail. Was she coming? Had she change her mind at the last minute? Or was she hiding out looking for me, as I did for her? “You look like a teenager stalking the boy she likes.” "I just make sure everything is okay,” I told Pierre as I released the curtain and turned around as if nothing had happened. "Hmm,” he looked at me mockingly for a moment before continuing to speak. "It's time, Alessia is looking for you and you're blocking the way for Lena and her father." I looked behind Pierre, realizing what he was saying was true, noticing my sister-in-law with her father just as the wedding march started, making me run towards the room where my sister was with Mom. “Get out the away!” Maggie yelled, pulling me aside b
"Oh shit,” I mumbled looking at myself in the mirror. The guy staring back at me looked nothing like the one I was used to. He looked haggard, worn, he’d lost weight and his eyes showed a lot of sadness. That was what stood out the most among all; unfortunately, there wasn’t much to do to change that fact. I came out of the bathroom closing the door behind me, and got surprised when I ran into Mom and my sister in my office. "Well,” my mother looked at me critically, "At least he removed his beard." "He doesn't seem homeless anymore,” Alessia agreed nodding. “What the hell do you want?” I went to my desk and sat in front of them "In case you don't notice, I'm working." "You're always working,” Mom snapped crossing her arms, "Tell me, Alex, when was the last time you were in your apartment?" "Yesterday,” I muttered looking away. "Mom was referring to the last time you slept in your bed, Alex,” Al
“You’re fine like that?” “Yes.” “Are you sure? I can put another pillow if you wish,” he kept insisting. “Alex,” I cut off the daily tirade “I'm fine, I'm comfortable, I don't need anything else.” He stared at me serious for a few seconds before looking down, turning, and leaving my room. Yep, my room. Since my discharge from the clinic three days ago, Alex had set me up in my old room claiming that he might accidentally hurt me at night. But I knew that wasn’t the reason. A week had passed since Arthur kidnapped me, and my life has taken a 180 degree turn since then; Any aspect in my life was the same and I had to accept the fact that the person I loved didn’t give me the support I expected and made worse my depression. I didn’t know what aspect to focus on, if in the fact that my only living relative wanted the worst possible harm for me, to be imprisoned indefinitely in these four walls, the fact that no one wanted t
“Alex.” I lifted my head from my hands when I heard Mark's voice from the office door. “What are you doing here?” I asked getting up from the couch, my voice came out raspy from the suppressed crying. Hell, I felt numb from the time I'd been sitting in that position since Arthur’s call. "Pierre,” he said as response closing the door behind him. "Ward has her,” I growled dropping back on the couch, "He just called me asking for ten million to give me back Abbie...” "I have them,” he replied sitting next to me and patting my back. "What else?" "I have to wait before nine for further directions." “And do you intend to wait sitting until it’s time to act?” He looked at me in surprise. “What the fuck do you want me to do, Mark?!” I said exploding at last getting up like a spring and starting to walk desperately across the room. "My woman has been kidnapped by her only relative and I don't know how to get to her back.
It was all a nightmare. I was just still sleeping and was having a bad dream. At some point I would feel Alex's lips kissing my cheek to wake me up and be able to make love in the middle of the night, just as it had happened a few days ago. I hadn’t been kidnapped, I hadn’t seen the man I loved fall a second time and I hadn’t been drugged, brought somewhere hidden even from God's eyes and of course my hands were not tied behind my back as my ankles. It was just that. A simple nightmare. So why did it feel so real? Why this maddening urge to break down and cry and not be able to do it because the guy a few feet from me would know that I was conscious? Because I wasn't in my bed with Alex, nor was I in the middle of a nightmare. This was real and all because of me. Wanting to be alone had ruined Alex's work and endangered him once again. And now I didn't know if he was alive or not. I wouldn't have
“Damn, wake up at once!” I opened my eyes only to find the sky starting to darken and a furious Tom looming over me. “What...?” I cleared my throat not being able to speak well. “What happened? Where am I?” "You're lying in the park,” he growled in response, "Can you get up?" “In the park?” Confused, I tried to sit up but the pain in my back took my breath away, so I flopped down again. Suddenly everything came back to my head. “Abbie!” I screamed frantically getting up ignoring the damn pain in my back, "Where is she?" His answer made me stagger. "We don't know,” he muttered looking away. Desperation shot up my spine making me want to vomit. "They attacked me and took her away,” I said feeling my eyes sting. "I... It's my fault, I shouldn't have accepted this stupidity of going for a walk." I turned to see that the two men who were accompanying me were assisted by other agents from the second tr
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