~~I clung to him as he carried me. The pain in my arm was
unbearable now but I didn't want to let go of him, not now…not
ever. I rested my head against his chest and soaked in his
smell, and the feeling of having him close to me. I heard the
sound of an engine approaching as he stepped out of the barn, and
looked up to see a military style Hummer heading our way. He
felt my body tense and placed a kiss on my forehead as he
whispered to me.
"It's all over Ali, don't worry."
The vehicle stopped a few feet from us and Tyler emerged from the driver's side. He took one look at us and a huge smile spread across his face. Alex popped out of the passenger side and came running.
"Ali! Ali thank god you're okay". Delaney set me down carefully so I could greet him. He squeezed me a little too hard and it took everything I had not to scream. "Sorry, are you hurt? Are you bleeding?" He said stepping back to look me over.
"I'm not bleeding but I think my arm might be broken." I forced a smile. Coming out of this mess with only a broken arm was a gift.
"Ali…I just wanted to say that I am so sorry… We are so sorry" He motioned to Tyler who had just walked over. "Sorry that this happened to you. We should have known better…"
I reached out with my good arm and patted him on the chest. "It's not your fault guys, don't blame yourself. I'm okay, you all saved me and this nightmare is over…finally."
Delaney interrupted, "There will be plenty of time to catch up, but right now I need to get Ali to a doctor. Vitally and Luther are inside and both dead, have you all accounted for the others?"
Alex answered him. "Most of them, we can't search the house for remains u
ntil the fire is put out"
"Lydia? Do you have Lydia?" I interjected. They both looked at Delaney and then at back at me.
"No, we are assuming she was in the house."
"Probably" I muttered unsure about how I felt her being blown up or on burning to death.
Delaney led me to the Hummer and helped me into the passenger side. He stood outside for a few minutes talking to Alex and Tyler before getting into the driver's side and starting the engine.
I leaned back into the seat and looked at him. "I can't believe I'm really seeing you. I'm afraid it's a dream and I don't want to wake up". He reached over and put his hand on my leg.
"It's not a dream Ali, I'm here and you are not leaving my sight for a long time." I smiled and closed my eyes. Now that my adrenaline was finally not pumping I felt exhausted and sick.
Delaney didn't take me to a hospital but to a private doctor he knew on the outskirts the town.
"How do you know people down here?" I questioned as he carried me inside.
"Ali, I know people everywhere, besides I don't trust hospitals in America, much less here." Rick is a friend of mine, and he will take good care of you."
Rick was actually Ricardo and he was a sweet older man who reminded me of my grandfather. He had gray hair and was small in stature. He didn't ask a ton of question about the fact that I was covered in blood and not wounded. I guessed he knew what he was dealing with when it came to Delaney. He took a few x-rays of my arm and confirmed that I had fractured my wrist and one of the bones in my forearm. The cast was applied in about twenty minutes and he gave me some pain killers to make me more comfortable.
The pain killers kicked in rather quickly and I felt myself becoming very woozy.
"I need to lie down" I said to Delaney when the doctor left waiting for the cast to dry.
"Ahh…good drugs huh baby." He said putting his arm around my shoulders allowing me rest my head on him. I tried very hard to stay awake, but the totality of everything topped off with some amazing pain killers sent me spiraling into a coma like sleep.
I woke up several hours later to the tickle of a light breeze blowing across my face. I thought about how pleasant the feeling was before my memory kicked in and images of blood, and the suffocating feeling of fear surfaced. I sat up quickly in a panic afraid that I had dreamed Delaney rescuing me. I found myself sitting in an enormous bed, wrapped in crisp white sheets surrounded by a plush comforter and a sea of pillows. There were open double doors that led out to a balcony which let in the breeze, and I could hear waves crashing below. Maybe I was still dreaming.
My head was foggy and I looked down seeing that my right arm in a short cast. My heart leaped with joy. It wasn't a dream. I then realized that I was clean, the blood and dirt was all washed away. A new blue nightgown hung loosely around my body. I felt embarrassed. Delaney must have bathed and dressed me, I hated that he saw me that way. He must have heard me stirring because he walked into the room a few moments later smiling.
He was wearing loose khaki slacks that hung off of his hips and an unbuttoned white short sleeved shirt. The perfect definition of his body and his handsome smiling face caused me to gasp.
"Ali, how do you feel?" He asked his voice low and soft, his smiling face suddenly becoming concerned.
"You're beautiful" was all I could manage to get out. The corner of his mouth went up into a slight grin as he approached me.
"Clearly the meds still have a hold of you" He chuckled as he sat on the bed brushing my hair out of my face.
"Where are we?" I asked looking through the open balcony at the beautiful blue sky.
"I rented this Villa, I want you to relax and recuperate in peace, before we return home and you are pounced on by Norma and Heather, and whoever everyone else who is worried about you."
"Norma? She's alive! I grabbed a hold of his hands excitedly.
"Yes Ali, it is going to take a lot more than a single bullet to keep her down."
"Oh…she's hurt? Is she going to be okay?"
"She is fine, just laid up for a little while driving poor Richard crazy as he tries to take care of her"
I laughed. I could just imagine Richard being bossed by Norma as he tried to take care of her. "And Heather, she's okay too?"
"Yes, she's fine too…worried sick but fine. I think she has called Tyler at least a thousand times looking for an update. Ali, everyone is fine. Luther didn't stand a chance. We hit him so hard with so much force that they couldn't have come close to being prepared for retaliation. Even the other girls he had kidnapped. Physically they are all okay, and going to be on their way home. Mentally though, they will need a lot of help…god only knows the kind of torture they endured."
I nodded and tears came to my eyes. I was so lucky to be alright, and I felt so guilty that I escaped their fate and didn't get brutalized by those monsters the same way they had.
Responding to my sudden tears Delaney pulled me into his lap and wrapped his arms around me.
"Baby, tell me. What did they do to you? Did they…" His voice was strained now and I felt his body tense beneath me.
I quickly shook my head no. "No, Delaney nobody touched me, at least not like how you are thinking. Vitally came in the nick of time or else it was bound to happen. He was silent his breathing steady. I could tell he was trying to collect himself.
"Tell me, tell me everything." He said and he held me tighter.
I told him everything, from hiding in his closet, to seeing him walk into the barn. The words trickled out of me slowly at first but turned into a full blown raging river of tears by the end of my recanting. He held me close and sat still listening to all the gruesome details trying to take it out of my heart and place it into his own. I knew he would carry the pain of those memories for me if he could.
We were silent for a long time after just holding onto each other and reminding ourselves that it was over. Finally he whispered softly into my ear.
"Why didn't you just say you would help him Ali? Why were you ready to sacrifice yourself for me baby. I would have never wanted you to that, to harm yourself for me…ever."
I took a deep breath and pulled away just enough so I could look into his dark blue eyes. They looked so pained.
"Because, I love you." The words barely escaped my lips before his mouth came crashing down onto mine. It was a deep kiss that touched me in the furthest reaches of my soul causing tingling sensations to go all the way down to my toes. He pulled away, his breathing now becoming ragged as he traced my mouth lightly with his finger.
"I don't deserve your love Ali…You are so pure so innocent …so good." He lowered his head and placed a soft feathery kiss on my lips. "Ali, I love you. I love you so much baby, I had no idea how much until I thought I was going to lose you. That is the only time in my life I have ever been scared." My heart jumped for joy. He loved me! He really loved me. This was better than any dream…
"Make love to me" I whispered the words against his lips his hands already slipping up my nightie.
"Baby are you sure…you've been through so much…" He pulled away looking at me hesitantly despite the passion that was burning in his eyes.
I pulled the nightgown up over my head so I was completely naked in his lap. I pushed his shirt off of his shoulders and let my bare nipples brush across his hard chest.
"I have never been more sure of anything. I need you, I need you right now inside of me making me forget…please Delaney, make me forget."
He growled as he laid me down gently onto the bed as he slipped of his pants. He got into the bed and covered my body with his. My skin burned with desire as I rubbed against him. He nestled himself in between my legs and the feeling of his large cock pressed again me already covered by my wetness nearly sent me over the edge. I began to move against him, begging him drive himself inside of me. I was desperate for him. He pushed himself up onto his elbows and gazed down at me. Seeing the desperation and lust in my eyes he responded and drove himself into me with such force that any thought lingering around in my head was knocked out. I could think of nothing but him, as he began to thrust deeply into me. He tried to set a pace, take his time but his movements quickly became more frantic both of us starved for each other.
The entire bed began to rock as he pounded himself into me, reminding himself that it was his, that I was his.
"God Ali… I love you…." He panted out as he forcefully spilled his seed into me.
I couldn't answer him until my breathing slowed, but when it did I kissed him long and hard savoring the flavor of the words that had left his lips.
"I love you…Mr. Delaney".