Smolder:A Devil Chaser's MC Romance(5)

By: L. Wilder & Brooke Asher

“I’ll go with you. Just give me a heads up. You don’t need to go up there alone. If there is a problem, I’ll have your back.”

“Thanks, man. I’ll let you know,” I said. I patted him on the shoulder and went back to my room. I pulled out my wallet and removed the folded picture from the side pocket. It was an old picture of Taylor and me. I was standing beside her with my arm around her shoulder. We’d spent the day riding my bike out by the lake, and I’d taken her to my special place by the water. It was one of the best days that I could remember. I knew back then that I’d never want another girl like I wanted her. It almost killed me every time she hugged me or even brushed up against me. As I sat there looking at the old picture of us together, I decided that I would do anything for her.

It seemed like I had been staring at that picture for hours when I finally decided to try calling her again. When she didn’t answer, I’d had enough.

“Where the hell is she?” I shouted. I decided it was time to find out what was going on. I went back to the bar and found Sheppard.

“I’m done waiting. I’m heading to Kentucky. Something isn’t right.”

“Okay, let me grab a few things. We need to tell Bishop that we’re heading out. Depending on what’s going on, it might be a few days before we get back.”

I nodded. “I’ll call him. Meet me out front when you’re ready.”

It was close to midnight when we finally made it to Taylor’s apartment. We parked our bikes out front and walked inside. I was immediately pissed. The place had absolutely no security. No one even tried to stop us from entering the elevator. When the doors opened, we went straight to her door. I didn’t hear noise coming from the apartment, so I tapped on the door. When no one answered, I started banging on it with all of my might.

“Taylor! Open the damn door!” I shouted. I continued to pound on the door and call her name, until an elderly lady stuck her head out of her apartment across the hall. She was wearing an old tattered robe and slippers. It was obvious that we had woken her up.

“Haven’t you done enough to her? You need to just leave her alone! She’s a sweet girl, and she doesn’t deserve all this. You need to just go away,” she hissed as she gave us the stink eye.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about lady. I’m a friend of her brother’s, and I’m trying to see if she’s okay,” I tried to explain. “What’s going on? Do you know where she is?” I asked.

“Well, she’s not okay. Earlier today she was taken to the hospital. I heard her screaming from her apartment, and it sounded like someone was hurting her. Then, when I heard a man shouting at her, I called the police, but he was already gone by the time they got here. She was hurt pretty bad, so they took her to the emergency room.”

“Fuck!” The old woman jumped as I slammed my hand against the wall. I didn’t mean to scare her, but I couldn’t control my anger.

Sheppard gave me a warning look before he turned to her and asked, “We need to go see her. Can you tell us which hospital they took her to?”

She stared at me for a minute like she was trying to decide if I was telling the truth before she answered, “We only have one. They had to take her up to Caldwell County Hospital over on Highway 62. It’s about 10 miles from here.”

“Thank you. We’ll go check on her. Thank you for looking out for her,” Sheppard told her.

“She would do the same for me. You tell her to steer clear of that man she was seeing. I told her that he was bad news. She always sees the best in people, but I knew something wasn’t right about that boy.”

“What guy was she seeing?” I asked as I tried to get ahold of my temper.

“I don’t know the boy’s name, but he always wore a leather vest like yours. It was different though. I think his had a red dragon on the back. He’s a big guy, and he’s a handsome thing. I just always thought there was something off about him,” she said with concern in her voice.

“Do you think he’s the one that did this to her?” Sheppard asked.

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