Smolder:A Devil Chaser's MC Romance(9)

By: L. Wilder & Brooke Asher

I moved the chair closer to her bed and waited for her to open her eyes. She didn’t move. She was being a stubborn ass, but I didn’t mind giving her time to adjust to me being there. I didn’t even notice when Sheppard walked in. He cleared his throat to get my attention.

“How’s she doing?” he asked.

“The doctor says she has a mild concussion, and they want to keep her for observation. He gave her some pain medicine earlier, so she might sleep awhile.”

“That asshole did a real number on her, didn’t he?” Sheppard growled.

“Did you get a chance to go talk to her neighbor?” I asked him. I was getting impatient. Taylor wasn’t talking, so I still didn’t know for sure who had done this to her. I was about to lose it.

Sheppard sighed. “I just left from there. She didn’t really have anything more to tell. I called Crack Nut and told him everything she told me. I asked him to start working on it. He’ll do his thing and call me when he finds out something.”

“Good. Tell him I need him to come out here and help figure this shit out. He’ll need to bring Courtney and his truck. We’re gonna need to have a way to get her back to Tennessee when she’s able to travel. I’ll take her back to my place until she gets back on her feet.”

I could hear the rustle of the sheets as Taylor’s body jerked when I mentioned that she would be coming back to my place. I got out of my seat and leaned over her. “I know you heard me, Tay. You will go back with me, and I’m gonna take care of you and keep you safe. You may not like the idea, but that’s what’s going to happen.”

Sheppard chuckled behind me as he started walking towards the door. “Good luck with that, man. I’m gonna go back to the hotel. I’ll get a room for Bobby and Court, too. Let me know if you need anything.”

“Thanks, Shep. I appreciate it.”

When the door closed, I looked back at Taylor. Her eyes were barely open, and she was trying to give me her “angry eyes”, but with all the swelling, it wasn’t working out for her.

“I’m not going to your house for you to babysit me. I’m more than capable of taking care of myself,” Taylor snapped.

“Looks like you’ve been doing a pretty shit job of taking care of yourself lately. This is not up for discussion. You will be going back home with me when they release you,” I said, crossing my arms.

“What about my parents? They aren’t going to just let you take me back to Tennessee. My mother will have a cow!” she said frantically.

“I’ve already talked to your dad, and he’s okay with it. He knows that I’ll keep you safe. They’ll be here to see you in a couple of hours. I told them to give you a little time to rest before they come.”

“You’ve lost your damn mind. You can’t just come in here and try to take things over. I haven’t even seen you in months, and now, you want to play Mr.-Knight-in-Shining-Armor. Not gonna happen.”

“You’re right. I’m nobody’s Knight in Shining Armor, Tay. I should’ve been here sooner, but I’m here now. We’ll talk more about this later. You need to get some rest. When you’re feeling up to it, I want to know who did this to you.”

Taylor turned her head and looked away. I knew she was getting frustrated, so I decided to give her a break. “I’m going down to the cafeteria to get some coffee. You want anything?”

“No,” she said bitingly. Damn, even black and blue, she’s cute when she’s mad.

“Alright, I’ll be back in a minute.” I brushed her hair to the side and kissed her on the top of her head. Just before I walked out the door, I turned to her and said, “Taylor…just give me a chance to make things right. That’s all I ask.”

She didn’t look at me. After a few seconds of staring at the wall, she just nodded her head. I walked out of that room feeling like I had just won a major battle. She could be a real stubborn ass when she wanted to be. I knew she didn’t want to lean on me right then, but until I figured out what was going on, I wasn’t letting her out of my sight. I wouldn’t let her down again.

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