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“OH COME THE FUCK ON!” Bella shouted as she was stopped at a red light.
She looked around the area and decided on chancing it since there wasn’t any traffic about. She hit the gas and shifted gears like a mad woman.
“Don’t you even think about slowing… GOD DAMN SON OF A BITCH!” She roared as the man in front of her was going 20 in a 60 mph zone and she had no way of getting around him.
The young woman hit the horn and uttered a slew of profanities under her breath. Her heart was going ninety to nothing, as she feared what she could possibly walk in on. She rolled the windows down as she was on the verge of hyperventilating. The moment she pulled into the driveway. She killed the engine, hopped out of the truck, and practically ran to the door. She flung it open and Chibs snapped his head that direction. He reared back but nodded towards her. “What’s with ye?” He asked as he was feeding Abel.
Ava drew back a breath of relief but looked around the house.
“Ya comin’ in are ye just gonna stand there lookin’ like ye seen a ghost?”
Ava let out a nervy laugh and stepped inside. She pulled the door to then locked it after.
“I grabbed Abel’s playpen on the way back. I figured we could set it up in the bedroom and he could sleep there fur now.”
Ava nodded and went on to put up her purse and took off her jacket.
“Ye gonna tell me what’s on that mind of yers? Ye came bustin’ on in like ye was expectin’ ta find me with another woman.”
“If that was true I would’ve had my gun in hand.”
Chibs raised his brows on this.
“I’ll keep that in mind.”
Ava walked on over and pecked him on the lips.
“I’ll explain once we get Abel down.”
He looked to her in question but gave a mere nod. They couldn’t help but to laugh as Abel puckered his lips.
“I think the wee one wants a kiss as well.”
Ava laughed and gave Abel a kiss. Abel smiled and reached for his bottle once again.
“Too darn cute is what you are.”
“Why thank ya, lass!” Chibs witted with a wink.
Ava snorted on this and headed into the kitchen.
“I’m gonna see about gettin’ him down now.”
“Okay. I’ll be there in a bit.”
He nodded and headed into the bedroom. Just as soon as she heard the door shut. She darted over and grabbed her phone. She stepped into the backyard and called Tig.
“I knew you’d miss me.”
“Keep telling yourself that.”
“Look, you’re obviously alive and well, so I’ll keep it short. Just stay out of trouble and out of sight.”
“You got it, baby.”
“Going out your way to warn me. I know the risk and you’re right. You could’ve hightailed it out of here. Part of me wishes you had.”
She could hear him sighing on the other end.
“The Sons might not see me as a brother. But that doesn’t change how I feel about them. As for you and Gem… I can’t turn my back to you chicks, you know that.”
Ava closed her eyes on this.
“Maybe you should…”
“Now why would you say that?”
“Because it’ll get you killed in the end, we both know that.”
“Well at least I’ll die with my head held high. Now I better let you go before that man of yours thinks you got something on the side. Take care.”
“You too.” She replied with a lump forming within the back of her throat.
Ava hung up the phone and leaned against the patio wall. She thought about everything that had taken place with Jax, Michaela, Tig, and now finding out about Clay. This had her looking to the sky in thought. She brought her phone out once again then scrolled on over to Gemma’s number. And like before it kept going to her voicemail.
“Gemma, it’s Ava. Just let me know you’re alright.”
When Ava entered the bedroom, Chibs was placing Abel into the playpen. Ava smiled as Chibs kissed his forehead and got him situated. Abel let out a little coo but was out cold. Chibs removed his cut and took his shirt off. He draped them over the chair but closed his eyes as he felt the warmth of Ava’s hands running along his back. She brought her arms around his waist and rested her head against him.
Chibs took her by the hand and brought her around so that she was facing him. He sat her on the desk and wiped her tears with this thumbs.
“You think they’ll be okay?”
“It’ll take them a bit… but aye. I do, lass.”
He lifted her shirt then tossed it onto the ground.
“I say we get showered then we can make us some coffee and talk aboot whatever ye needed ta tell me.” He uttered whilst unclasping her bra and throwing it to the floor as well.
Ava giggled as he took a moment to fondle her breasts. He wiggled his brows then lowered her down. He checked on Abel once again, before joining her in the shower. The two showered in silence and both felt as though they’d fall over, they were so tired. Once they finished they got dressed. Ava laughed as she heard a tiny snore when checking on Abel. She motioned Chibs over and he chuckled.
“Takes after his old man. Jackie’s a bit of snorer.”
“Oh yeah, the drunker the worse he gets.”
“Ah now, he’s nowhere near as bad as Bobby. That bastard cleared us out of a hotel room once.”
They headed into the kitchen and Ava started them some coffee. Chibs sat at the dining room table and lit up a smoke.
“Ye alright?” Chibs questioned as Ava headed to the sink and splashed her face with some cold water.
She nodded and dried her face off after.
“Ye sure? Yer lookin’ a little pale. Maybe ye should lay down fur a bit. We didn’t get a lot of sleep.”
“I’ll be fine once I have some coffee.”
“Ava darlin’, please sit yer arse down. Yer lookin’ like yer gonna pass the fuck out.”
Ava sighed but did as Chibs asked. He went on to pour the coffee and handed her a cup.
He nodded and sat beside her. Chibs sipped at his coffee but looked to Ava with concern.
“Stop that. I’m fine.”
“Ye don’t look it. Wasn’t it just the other day ye were feelin’ like this?”
“Yeah but it didn’t last very long. Seriously, I’m okay.”
“Yer not late or anythin’, now are ya?”
Ava snorted on this.
“I’m not pregnant, Chibs. Besides, I’m on birth control.”
“Ye are?!” Chibs uttered and Ava reared back on the way he said that.
“What was that?”
“Just the way you said that.”
He gave a dismissive shrug.
“Shot, which is better actually. I notice my periods have been a lot lighter since.”
Chibs narrowed his eyes on this. He started to say something about her going to the doctor anyhow, just to be safe. But her cellphone rang and Ava was quick to answer it.
The way she said this had Chibs’s full attention.
“Yeah it’s me…”
“Oh thank God. So you’re okay?”
“Right as rain.”
“Good. Look, just keep your doors locked and Chibs and I will be there once Abel wakes from his nap.”
Chibs reared back on this but said nothing on it.
“Let me guess. You’re going to tell me that Clay is out?”
Ava stopped in her tracks and glanced upon her husband.
“How’d you know that?”
“Because he’s here, sweetheart.”
“What…?” Ava questioned with a sinking heart.
“Please tell me you’re joking…”
“Okay… just hang tight I’m calling the police and we’re on our way.”
Ava said this while grabbing her purse.
“Jesus, just hold your horses. I’m perfectly fine. We’re just talking things over.”
“Talking things over?!”
“Yes, that’s what adults tend to do.”
“Are you out of your fucking mind?!” Ava snapped in disbelief.
“Please tell me that someone’s there with you.”
“Ava, I’m a big girl and got this.”
“You’re a fucking idiot is what you are! Now you best get that strap on of yours and tell him TO FUCK OFF AND GET THE HELL OUT OF YOUR HOUSE! Better yet… put the son of a bitch on the phone.”
Chibs shot up at this and shook his head.
“I’ll do no such thing. I’m a grown ass woman and know what I’m doing.”
“GOD DAMMIT, GEMMA! JUST WHAT DO YOU THINK IT’LL DO TO JAX WHEN YOU WIND UP DEAD? BECAUSE THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN IF YOU TRUST THAT ASSHOLE. AND I KNOW YOU CAN HEAR ME CLAY! IF YOU HARM HER, IN ANYWAY, I’LL CARVE YOUR FUCKING HEART OUT!”
Chibs reached over and snatched the phone from Ava’s hold.
“Gem…” he uttered whilst eyeing his wife.
“Are you sure aboot this?” Chibs questioned as Ava paced the area frantically.
“Yes. I’m fine. Just give that schoolgirl of yours a valium. She’s all worked up over nothing.”
“NOTHING?!” Ava shouted overhearing this.
“AFTER EVERYTHING HE’S DONE!?!”
Chibs held up a single finger and sighed as Abel started to cry. Ava pinched the bridge of her nose and headed that way.
“Gem, what are ye doin’, darlin’?” Chibs asked while doing his damnest to remain calm.
“He’s not the same man… and before you even ask. He’s out on probation. He made some kind of deal and is a free man at the moment.”
Chibs let out this miserable laugh.
“Now ye had better listen ta me. Don’t ye go and get yerself…”
He reared back as there was this odd clicking sound.
“Gem?” He called with concern.
“You know I’m not going to hurt her.”
Chibs ground his teeth together and closed his eyes.
“Ye do anything to hurt that woman and we’ll hunt yer arse down then torture ye.”
“You think I don’t know that? I know I’m taking a chance just by being here.”
“That ye are. Ye’d better pray Jackie doesn’t get word of this. He’ll skin ye alive, ye lousy bastard!”
“I’m well aware and I’ll deal with whatever’s coming my way. But I can’t turn my back to my wife and everything else.”
“Wife…” Chibs uttered with a chuckle.
“Ye truly think she’ll take ye back? She’s moved on and so should ye.”
“Why don’t you let Gem and I worry about that.”
Chibs shook his head on the way he said this.
“You’re shite’n me…” He murmured gathering the hint.
“Look, you worry about your old lady and I’ll worry about mine.”
Chibs had a good laugh at this.
“Are ye sure aboot that? Cause ye’ve done enough worryin’ fur the both of us, when it comes ta Ava.”
“All in the past, where it should be. Chibs, I can’t apologize enough. I wasn’t ‘right’. I can see that now and recognize it for what it was. I got the help I needed and all I care about is making sure you guys are alright and making amends with Gemma.”
“And what about Ava?”
“I owe her one hell of an apology.”
“Nah… Yer not comin’ anywhere near my girl. I don’t care whatcha claim. Ye done ruined whatever trust we once had. If Gemma takes ye back that’s her business. But yer not draggin’ me girl inta it. Steer clear. I mean it, Clay. If ye don’t it won’t be prison next time round. I’ll bury yer arse alive and let ye rot.”
“Got it.” Clay muttered in response and hung up.
When Chibs entered the room Ava was rocking Abel and bawling.
“He’ll be the death of her!”
Chibs nodded in agreement but knew there wasn’t anything they could do. If Gemma was willing to all this… They hadn’t a choice.”
“Why didn’t ye tell me…?!”
“I was going to but with everything happening, AT ONCE. I hadn’t the chance!”
Chibs leaned against the wall looking rather ill.
“When ye find out?”
“Yesterday, right before you called about your medical bag.”
“And how’d ye find out?”
Ava drew back a breath on this.
“Through Tig… He came by to warn me.”
“Ye mean ta tell me that Trager was here?!”
“Ye let him inta this house?!”
“Just calm down and hear me out.”
“Calm down?! He’s not ta come near ya and he knows that! Do I gotta chop off his other hand as well?!”
Ava cringed in thought.
“He meant me no harm. He was just giving me a heads up, that’s all.”
“Meant ye no harm…” Chibs scoffed while shaking his head.
“Didn’t ye just get on ta Gemma fur that shite? Yet here ye are lettin’ a man that kidnapped ye inta the fuckin’ house. Jaysus Christ. I thought ye had more sense than that!”
Abel started to cry yet again and Chibs sighed with this guilt-ridden expression. He took Abel from Ava’s hold and went on to change him. He gestured for Ava to hand him the powder and a diaper.
“Do ye have any idea what I went through?”
Ava looked to Chibs as she handed them over.
“I thought I lost ye! That I’d never see ya again or find yer remains somewhere.”
Ava swallowed back as Chibs looked to be on the verge of tears. His hands were shaking and his entire face was beet red.
“Now I know ye don’t like bein’ told what ta do. And I don’t mean ta come off as that sort of man. But when it comes ta yer safety, I’m gonna be hard on ye, lass. And ye know damn well why. I’ve been through this shite already. I need ya ta get yer head out of yer arse and think! I’m not losin’ ye, darlin’. So I’m only sayin’ this once and one time only. Yer not ta be alone with Trager or Clay. If they just so happen ta trick ye inta it, yer ta call me, at once. Ye got me?! Ye can take it as me bein’ a lowdown bastard. That’s fine. As long as yer alive and well. I don’t give a shite what anyone thinks of me. Yer my wife and no one’s fuckin’ with ye. Club business is club business. If Clay or Trager got somethin’ ta say then can come ta me. They haven’t ANY business dealin’ with ye!”
Ava sat at the edge of the bed with this defeated look about her.
“He nearly killed him…” she murmured and Chibs looked over as he finished with Abel.
“Clay… he beat Tig to a pulp. To top it off… He thinks Gemma’s house is bugged.”
Chibs swallowed back on this.
“I’ll have the boys look inta that…”
“This won’t end well…” She gravely whispered.
“Aye…” Chibs replied in agreement.
“But it’s all up ta Gemma now… If she wants ta be with Clay. There ain’t shite we can do aboot it. Not even Jackie has a say.”
“Jax is going to freak.”
Chibs nodded and looked to be in thought.
“Look, ye stay here with the wee one. I’ll head on ta the hospital and let Jackie in on what’s goin’ on.”
“Please be careful.”
“Aye and don’t ye go and just let anyone inta this house, mo ghaol.”
Chibs went over a few areas in which he had weapons hidden, just in case. He pecked her on the cheek and headed on out. Ava locked everything up behind him then looked to Abel.
“Looks like it’s just us, kiddo.”
Abel smiled and Ava managed to smile in return.
“Well I can see why your father is able to pull through just about anything. That’s your doing, isn’t it?”
“How’s she doin’?” Chibs questioned after Jax let him into the room.
Jax rubbed the sleep from his eyes and gestured towards Michaela as she slept.
“She’s getting there…”
Chibs nodded and went on to check her monitors and IV.
“Think ye can take a bit of a break and walk with me?”
“Um… sure.” Jax murmured.
Chibs opened the door and motioned for Jax to step on out. They headed outside and Chibs lit a cigarette then handed one to Jax. The president cleared his throat and looked to his VP.
“Alright kid… Just listen up and don’t make any rash decisions, before I’m able ta finish with what I hafta say.”
Jax narrowed his eyes in wonder and Chibs drew back a breath.
Jax froze and looked to Chibs in absolute disbelief.
“Aye… but I need ye ta hear me out, Jackie boy.”
Chibs went on to tell him about the conversation they had with Gemma and Clay and how it sounded as if his mother was taking Clay back. Jax ground his teeth together and loud enough that Chibs could hear it. He sighed and stood before Jax.
“Now I need ye ta promise that yer gonna keep yer cool and not go inta that house guns a blazin’.”
“I can’t promise that.” Jax snapped in return.
Chibs grabbed him by the cut and forced him up against the wall.
“Look at me, kid! Ye gotta keep yer shite tagether. Ye got Abel and an old lady ta think aboot. They’re countin’ on ya! Don’t ye go and do somethin’ stupid and have it all ripped away from ye. Ye do that and Clay wins! And we can’t have that, now can we?”
Jax closed his eyes but nodded.
“Ye can’t control what yer mother does. If she wants that son of a bitch back in her life, that’s her own business. But don’t ye let it affect the rest of yer family or yer patch fur that matter. Now I’m gonna help ye through this, just as I always do. Yer not alone. We’ll figure this shite out, together.”
“And if he kills my mother in the process…?”
“Now if there’s one thing I know when it comes ta Clay… He’s gonna do his damnest ta avoid goin’ back ta prison. So I doubt he takes that leap. That’s not ta say he’s not up ta somethin’. Ye know damn well he is. I ain’t fallin’ for this bit of his.”
“This whole I’ve seen the light and I’m a changed man. Talk aboot fuckin’ cliché…”
“He said that shit?”
“More or less… he mentioned getting ‘help’.”
“And let me guess my mother believes him.”
“From the sounds of it.”
“Great, just fucking great! Jesus Christ, what is she thinking?” Jax shouted and punched at the building.
Chibs placed a hand along his shoulder.
“We’ll keep her safe, Jackie…”
“How?! We can’t keep tabs on her 24/7!”
“I just need ye ta trust me, son.”
“I wish…” Jax muttered causing Chibs to rear back.
“What I wouldn’t GIVE for that to be true. I wish you were my old man…” He said whilst breaking down.
Chibs swallowed back as he hadn’t expected that.
“I mean is there a chance, at least? Did you fuck my mother, at any given point? As FUCKED up as that sounds, I think I’d be somewhat relieved.”
Chibs resisted the urge to wrinkle his nose in disgust. Not that Gemma wasn’t a knock out, but she was a little too coocoo for his liking. That and he couldn’t imagine fucking Jackie’s mother. Something about it was a massive turn off. He didn’t see Gemma like that.
Chibs couldn’t help but to laugh.
“Ye don’t hafta be blood fur it ta mean somethin’ and ye know that.”
Chibs grabbed a fistful of Jax’s hair and kissed his forehead.
“I got yer back, kid. Don’t ye ever forget that. Ye got me?”
Jax nodded and Chibs went on to hug him.
“I’m sorry. I know everythin’s hittin’ ye at at once. But I’m here, whenever ye need me. Ye wanna grab a beer sometime, or if ye just wanna unload in the ring. Ye got it. Just say the word.”
Chibs looked to Jax as his other cellphone rang. The one he used when dealing with the IRA. He kept it on him figuring they’d be calling soon. But what he hadn’t expected…
“We’re about half an hour out. Ye know the place…”
“We weren’t expectin’ ye till next week.”
“Well things tend ta change. We got other matters ta tend ta next week. So it’s gonna be done now.”
“We’re gonna need a little more time. Ye can’t expect that sort of payment up front!”
“I suggest ye figure it out, lad.”
Chibs threw the phone down and stomped on it afterward.
“Was that Cameron?!”
“Aye! And we only got half of what’s due. Those sons of bitches can’t hold their horses!”
“Great how do we go about getting the rest of the money?”
“Hell if I know. They don’t have a choice but to wait until we make the run. That’s their own doin’! There ain’t shite we can do aboot it now.”
“Something’s off about this…” Jax murmured in thought.
“Aye. My thoughts exactly. Talk about fuckin’ random.”
“You think they know…?” Jax hinted as to his presidency.
“It’s possible if word got out.”
“SAMBEL… How much you wanna bet?”
“Gemma?” Ava said with slight alarm and was looking around for Clay.
Gemma rolled her eyes on this.
“You can relax he’s at the house.”
Ava nodded and stepped aside allowing Gemma in.
“Where’s his bag?”
“Bag?” Ava questioned.
“Yeah, I figured you could use the break.”
“I’m fine actually.”
Gemma reached for Abel and Ava took a couple steps back. Gemma looked to Ava in disbelief and shook her head.
“You’re kidding me, right?”
“You’re not taking Abel to the house. Not with HIM there.”
“First of all, that’s not your say. He’s my fucking grandson and I’ll do whatever I want when it comes to him.”
“Not without Jax’s permission. Does he know about Clay?”
“Just give me my fucking grandson.”
“Not until I have Jax on the phone giving me the A-Okay.”
“Fine. Have it your way.”
Ava nodded as Gemma got on her phone. Just as soon as Jax answered…
“You wanna tell this BITCH to give me my grandson now?!”
“HEY!” Gemma and Ava heard Chibs holler in the background.
Ava sent Gemma a rather smug grin.
“Watch yourself…” she whispered and Gemma rolled her eyes yet again.
“Really, mom?” Jax scolded.
“Look, just tell her you’re okay with me taking Abel home.”
“I can’t do that.”
“And why the hell not?!”
“You know why. What did you think would come of this? I don’t want that bastard anywhere near my son! So as long as he’s in the picture… Your days of visitation are OVER!”
Gemma staggered back on her son’s words.
“Jackson…” She practically whimpered.
Ava swallowed back seeing the pain written all over Gemma’s face. But that wasn’t the only thing she took notice of…
“Come on, baby. You can’t really mean that.”
“I’m sorry, mom. You might be willing to take that risk, but I’m not. He’s my son and I gotta do what’s best, for him. And that’s another thing… don’t you even think about taking this out on Ava. She’s been a godsend and you know it. She’s only doing what’s right, by putting Abel first. Something you should’ve done but failed to. You made your choice the moment you let Clay into that house. Abel’s in good hands with the Telfords. I’ll come for him once Michaela’s released from the hospital.”
Gemma hung up the phone and Ava nodded upon her.
“He do that?” Ava questioned as to the black eye Gemma had covered with makeup.
Ava took another step and looked to her neck as well. The young woman gritted her teeth.
“I knew it… So what’s he got on you? Because it’s not like you to cave with just a little spousal abuse.”
When Gemma wouldn’t answer, Ava placed Abel into the playpen.
“Let me guess… You’re going to tell the boys that you were attacked and Clay was the knight in shining armor?!”
Gemma pulled a certain face on this and Ava nodded.
“Save yourself the trouble and stick to finding better makeup. Oh and by the way… your house is probably bugged. So I’d watch whatever you say or do.”
Gemma staggered back on this.
“Oh please… You really think Chibs would go through all that trouble? I’m talking about Clay! So don’t you go and do something foolish – such as making risqué phone calls or having Tig come by the house when Clays away. If I were you… I’d break it off. Unless you want him dead. In the meantime… Do whatever you can to stay alive.”
Gemma didn’t utter a word on it. She gave a simple nod and exited the house. Ava locked the door behind her but put her forehead to it afterward.
“I’m sorry…” She whispered with a broken heart.
“Ye alright?” Chibs questioned over the phone.
“Yeah…” Ava replied as she was lying next to Abel on the bed.
“Sorry bout that…”
“Don’t. I’m fine, really.”
Chibs sighed on the other end.
“Look, we got some shite ta take care of. I don’t know how long I’ll be. Michaela won’t be released until tomorrow; so yer in fur another long night. Guess yer gettin’ schooled early on the whole motherhood ordeal.” He teased.
Ava laughed in response.
“We’re good. He’s gnawing on one of his teething rings. Looks like he’s got a new tooth comin’ in.”
“Ah… ye might wanna see if they got him some Orajel in that bag. And don’t be too surprised if he ends up with a touch of fever and diarrhea, just comes with it.”
“You got it.”
“Pffft, like I said we’re good. If anything, he’s keeping my mind off things.”
Chibs nodded amongst himself. He understood that more that feeling more than anyone. He couldn’t count just how many times he’d hold Kerrianne and all his troubles seemed to melt away. There was just something about children; they had that way about them.
“Alright mo ghaol, we gotta head on out. Love you.”
“Love you too.”
When Ava hung up the phone, Abel let out a little burp.
“Well excuse you!”
He grabbed his feet and giggled.
The boys looked to one another after getting everything situated.
“We’re late.” Jax murmured.
“Yeah well that’s on them. They knew we couldn’t get this shite tagether in time. And I want everyone on their toes. Somethin’s up and we gotta take all precaution. There’s reason ta believe that word of me bein’ at the gavel has gotten out. So there’s no tellin’ what we’ll be dealin’ with.”
“We got your back, brother.” Happy threw out there and the others nodded in agreement.
“Yeah well… just expect some shite ta go down since Clay’s no longer in charge.”
“Well they can all line up and suck our great big American Cocks!” Jax threw out there and the guys laughed.
“Now Jackie… I wouldn’t waste a good nut on those bastards.”
“You’re right. Maybe we could pay a visit to a couple of horse stables?”
“Now yer thinkin’!” He uttered whilst starting his bike.
The others kicked to life as well and they followed Chibs on out of the parking lot.
Ava hadn’t realized she’d fallen asleep until she was awakened by Abel touching her face. She opened her eyes and smiled as he continued in exploring. He stuck a finger into her mouth and she pretended to chomp down on it. He let out a tearful giggle and yanked his finger away. He put it back into her mouth and acted surprised as she did it again. He broke into another fit of giggles and puckered those lips of his.
“You’re a little player, aren’t you?! Just like your father!”
Abel frowned when she wouldn’t kiss him. That bottom lip of his quivered and Ava gave in and kissed him. He smiled and went on to play with his toes.
“You’re a sly one alright.” She muttered but jumped as someone rang the doorbell.
Ava grabbed the gun Chibs had hidden under the mattress. She placed Abel into the playpen, but winced as he started to cry and was reaching for her.
“Shhh… I’ll be right back.”
He cried even harder as she left the room and peeked into the peephole. She sighed seeing as how it was Wayne. She tucked the gun into her jeans and opened the door.
“You never showed…” he murmured and Ava winced in recollection.
“Sorry. Something came up.”
He nodded as he heard Abel crying. He tilted his head on the way Ava locked everything up. She went and gathered Abel then made him a bottle.
“We can do this another time…” Wayne hinted seeing as how she was beat and clearly busy.
“I’m good.” She called from the kitchen.
“And the old man?”
“Out on business…”
Wayne nodded and sat the folders down on the dining room table.
“How’s Michaela?” He questioned.
“She’s okay, considering…”
He nodded in understanding but observed as Ava went on to feed Abel.
“Would you like some coffee or a beer perhaps?”
“Coffee would be great about now.”
He said but took Ava by surprise as he took over in feeding Abel. Ava got their coffee prepared then sat at the dining room table. She waved him over and he sat beside her. The sheriff slid the folders on over. She drew back a breath and went through them once again. They sat in silence as he continued in feeding Abel and she looked everything over. She tapped her finger along one of the pictures then leaned back in her chair.
“I’m willing to bet this is underground, an old sewer to be exact.”
“What makes you say that?”
“Look at the ceiling and the way they’re curved and what building would have cement walls like that? If you truly think about it… it makes sense. Holding something like this underground.”
Wayne picked up the folder and took another gander.
“You might be onto something…”
“Yeah well all the big cities have these… So it’s going to be hell narrowing it down.”
This had Ava looking to the sheriff in question.
“Well think about it. They spent a few years watching over you and your friends. They couldn’t have been too far away…”
“It’s a possibility. It would make sense…” He murmured with a shrug.
“Great… So we’re talking clear across the country.”
“And just how do you expect me to explain this one to my husband. Not even a week, yet I’m flying out to Washington?”
“Tell him you’re paying respects to your father back in Forks.”
“Something he wanted to be along for…”
Wayne raised his brows on this.
“Well he is president now… He might be busy with other things…” He did his best to hint.
“Right…” Ava said but with a grimace.
She sipped at her coffee and looked to be in thought.
“You know what happens to those that betray the club, right?”
“But that’s just it… This hasn’t anything to do with the club, sweetheart. This is your private life. And something that needs closure.”
Ava nodded and thought back to what she said to Chibs about Kerrianne and Fiona.
“You’re not betraying anyone. And I’ll stand behind you on that if it comes down to it.”
“Like they’d listen to you…” She scoffed and Wayne sighed.
“I have my ways…”
“Yeah well my husband is the president. Everything I do reflects on him. If he loses his patch because of something I’ve done…”
“He won’t. I promise. And like you said, you’re going to tell him anyhow. You’re reading too much into this. You keep acting as if you’re doing something wrong.”
“Yeah because it isn’t like me to keep him in the dark.”
“Well he won’t be for long.”
“You don’t seem to understand. He was my friend, long before he was my husband.”
“Friend…” Wayne uttered with a smirk.
He chuckled and went on to burp Abel.
“You do realize he doesn’t need burping now, not at that age.”
Wayne shrugged and did it anyhow.
“Look, I got other things to take care of first. But when the time comes… I need you to let me handle this MY way.”
“As long as it stays under the radar, I don’t care what you do. Just as long as you’re safe and keep in contact so I know you’re alright.”
Wayne came to his feet and handed Abel back.
“You do realize there isn’t anything you could do… He will always love you, regardless.”
“You don’t seem to grasp just how much he loves those boys.”
“For the millionth time… You’re aren’t doing wrong by the club. I wouldn’t have dragged you into this if that were the case. I know the consequences and I’d NEVER ask that of you.”
“It’s not the club I’m worried about. If I lose his trust…”
Wayne sighed and took her hand into his own.
“You won’t. You’re one of the most loyal women I know. And believe me when I say that’s a rarity. I mean look at you… Just the mere idea of keeping this from him is affecting you. That says a lot about who you are. But I need you to see this in another light… He’s president now and I’m sure he’s got other matters to tend to. He’s got his dealings and you got yours. That comes with any marriage. In the end, he’ll understand your reasoning, just as you do his.”
“I hope you’re right, for my sake.”
Wayne nodded and came to his feet. He kissed her and Abel on the forehead.
“Just let me know when you’re heading out. And whatever you do… keep me informed. Don’t you go and get yourself in too deep. All I’m asking is for you to look into this and see what it is we’re dealing with exactly. Now if you need me for anything… And I do mean anything; call, no matter the time. I’ll be on the first plane out.”
Ava nodded and Wayne headed on out.
“Not even a week and I’m heading straight for divorce.” Ava said in that baby talk of hers.
“Oh so you think that’s funny, do you?”
Once the boys were outside city limits, they took one of the farm roads and headed towards their usual meeting area when it came to the IRA. Chibs was all nerves knowing this was personal now. He hadn’t any doubt that Jimmy was somehow behind this random decision. Cameron usually gave them more time and was more concerned about getting that percentage, more than anything else. That didn’t seem to be the case this time round. His stomach was in knots as they headed towards the barn and parked their bikes. He feared he’d end up going against his promise to Ava and wind up blowing Jimmy’s head off. He couldn’t help but to vision it on the drive over. But that was the EASY way out… And Jimmy O’ deserved a fate far worse.
A couple of IRA members were standing guard outside the barn. They nodded upon the Sons as they got off their bikes. Once the Sons approached the barn the men opened the doors. Chibs was first to enter and Jimmy was standing before the others with this smug grin about him. He chuckled and shook his head.
“Well look at ya! So I guess the rumors are true. Yer the big boss now, eh?”
Chibs gave a mere nod. But deep down, his blood was boiling.
“So where’s Clay?”
“It doesn’t matter where he is.” Chibs uttered whilst lighting a cigarette.
Jimmy looked to the others and shook his head.
“Actually it does… You see Clay’s the one we’ve been dealin’ with all these years.”
“Technically, ye’ve been dealin’ through ME all these years. Clay had the final say, nothin’ more.”
“Hm… But now ye have control of both ends.”
“Aye…” Chibs murmured with a shrug.
“I’m not so sure I like that.”
“Well ye don’t have much choice, now do ye?”
Jimmy pointed to Jax.
“The kid your VP now?”
“I say we go through him.”
“Nah… It’s me or nothin’.”
Jimmy had a good laugh at this.
“You’d think you’d learn by now, Filip.” He said in a tsking manner.
Jimmy walked on over and got right in Chibs’s face.
“So let me see it.”
“See what?!” Chibs spat in return.
“Why yer ring of course.”
Jax looked to Chibs with slight apprehension. Chibs made the stand down motion as he wasn’t the only one acting antsy about Jimmy getting so close.
“What ring?” Chibs uttered whilst playing dumb.
“What ring…” Jimmy scoffed with a smile.
“I hear ye done forgot all about our girls and got yerself a sweet young thang. In fact, word is she’s barely potty trained. That true? Do ye got yerself a bed wetter, Filip?”
Chibs leaned into Jimmy’s ear.
“Oh yeah… She’s a bed wetter alright.” He bragged and Jimmy gritted his teeth.
“HEY!” The boys shouted as Jimmy went on to sock Chibs in the gut.
“So ye just go and turned yer back ta what went down and moved on with yer life. Is that it? Ye pretty much gave our girls the middle finger and said the hell with ye, while yer beddin’ with someone closer ta Kerrianne’s age. She wasn’t blood ta me, lad. I could’ve had her if I wanted. But is that what ye wanted? Did ye want a piece of yer own flesh and blood, Filip?!”
Chibs returned the blow and this had the IRA and the Son’s going for their guns. Jimmy shook his head and rubbed at his jaw. He lunged right for Chibs and knocked him to the ground. Jax let out a growl as he went to stop it but Cameron’s son blocked his path. The Sons had no choice but to look on as Jimmy and Chibs had one hell of a brawl going. Chibs managed to get the upper hand however and had Jimmy pinned to the ground. He gave a few more jabs but Jax shook his head as Cameron put a gun to his head.
“That’s enough… Up!”
Chibs had this crazed look in his eyes as he spat a puddle of blood into Jimmy’s face. This had Cameron taking the blunt of his gun to Chibs’s head.
“NOOO!” Jax shouted as he pushed his way past and went on to help Chibs.
The president was holding his head and crawling amongst the ground.
“Leave us!” Jimmy demanded as he used a kerchief to wipe the blood off his face.
Jax looked to Chibs and the others with concern.
“This is bullshit and you know it!” Opie barked as he pointed to Cameron.
Cameron raised his brows.
“They need ta hash a few things out. Might as well let em…” He murmured with a shrug.
Opie curled his lip at this. Chibs let out this hysterical like laugh as Jax helped him to his feet. He grimaced however as Chibs had a good gash along the top of his head.
“Go on…” Chibs whispered.
“I got this.”
“Chibs…” Jax uttered looking ill.
Chibs kissed his forehead and shoved him towards the barn doors.
“Out with ye, all of ye!”
Jimmy motioned his boys out as well.
“Let me guess… Ye want out.” Jimmy stated once they were alone.
Chibs raised his brows and Jimmy laughed.
“Aye, I know ye.” He said whilst shaking a finger Chibs’s direction.
“So I’m just gonna put this out there. Not an option. Ye go through with it and I’ll make yer life far worse than it ever was back in Ireland. I’d sure hate fur history ta repeat itself. Well… actually that depends. Do ye have a picture of yer new girl?” Jimmy taunted and wiggled his brows.
Chibs retrieved his gun and aimed it at Jimmy.
“Go on… See what happens.”
“Ye stay away from me girl, James.”
Jimmy cocked a brow at this. He walked on over and put the gun to his heart.
“Ye want this more than anythin’, don’t ye?”
Chibs nodded and Jimmy smiled while giving him a playful slap on the cheek.
“Ye know what they say, Filip. History has a way of repeatin’ itself. I can’t promise that… Nor can I promise that she’ll stay away from me. It all depends on ye and whether ye can play yer cards right. I strongly advise ye keep the cartel goin’. If not, there will be consequences. Now I won’t kill ye… That’d be too easy. But I can’t say the same fur everyone else. Just imagine… ye could be the only one left standin’. Then what have ye?”
Jimmy sent him a wink and gestured towards the supplies.
“Now ye might wanna get yer boys in here and make certain everythin’s accounted fur. As ta what’s due. I’ll be stickin’ around… So ye got plenty of time ta get the rest ta me. It’ll be just like old times again. Ye and I… Can’t wait.”
“That everythin’?” Chibs questioned once they got the last of the supplies rolled into the sleeping bags.
Opie nodded and strapped one onto his bike. Jimmy went on to pat Chibs on the shoulder.
“A pleasure doin’ business with ye, as always.”
Jax narrowed his eyes as the IRA packed everything up and hauled ass out of there.
“You wanna tell me what that was?” Jax hinted as to why Chibs made no mention of this being their last run.
This had the others looking to him in question as well. Chibs said nothing as he hopped onto his bike. This was exactly what Jimmy wanted. To put Chibs in his place and have him coward down before everyone. He wanted him humiliated. And he’d managed to pull that off quite nicely. The president could see the disappointment written all over his VP’s face, while the others looked on in utter confusion. Chibs revved that engine and didn’t bother with his helmet as he peeled on out.
They headed back to Charming and straight to the clubhouse. Chibs called forth a meeting. During which they decided on where to hide the guns for now. They did this knowing they couldn’t hid them at the clubhouse, not since the sheriff’s warning. Happy mentioned something about a place a mile outside his property. They decide on having a couple prospects keeping guard off and on until it was time to make that run. Just as Chibs was to adjourn the meeting, Piney cleared his throat.
“So whatever happened to following through on that vote?”
Chibs ran his fingers through his goatee and leaned back in thought.
“The vote is still a go but I hafta go aboot it differently.”
“Meaning we’re still making runs?”
“Aye… fur now.”
“And for how long?”
“However long it takes…”
Jax pinched the bridge of his nose as Chibs went on to dismiss. He waited until everyone was out of the room. The VP gestured for the sergeant to shut the door as he was the last one out.
“Just what in the hell was that?!”
“I hadn’t a choice.”
“The hell you didn’t! We talked about this!”
“Ye don’t get it, kid. When I say I hadn’t a choice. That’s EXACTLY what I mean.”
Jax took notice of the way Chibs was twirling that wedding band about.
“You let him get to you, didn’t you?! Come on, Chibs! He’s all talk! We had our chance! We should’ve taken it!”
“With all due respect, ye haven’t the experience I’ve had when dealin’ with the Irish. Ye can’t rush inta these things, Jackie. Ye gotta use yer head and think. If ye work on yer anger and that alone, yer fucked and everyone else around ye! Now I need ye ta trust in what I’m doin’. Just as soon as I think of way out… I’ll let ye know. But fur now… We’re in, more than ever. So suck it up and fuckin’ deal!”
Jax reared back as Chibs shot out of his chair and stormed out of the room.
“Ava?!” Chibs called while tossing his keys onto the coffee table.
He narrowed his eyes as there wasn’t an answer. The lights were off and she and Abel were nowhere in sight. He shook his head and took his cellphone out from his cut. The Scot paced the hallway and waited for an answer. He froze however as he heard someone entering the house. Chibs let out a breath of relief as it was Ava and she’d Abel in hand. She threw her purse onto the couch.
“Where’ve ye been?”
“We were visiting Michaela.” She replied before getting a good look at him.
She sat the car seat down and went to get Abel out. But the moment she locked eyes with Chibs her jaw dropped.
“Jesus! What happened?!” She questioned and rushed on over.
He recoiled as she went on to fuss over his wounds. He grabbed her wrists and put a stop to it. She reared back as he headed into the kitchen. He grabbed a beer from the fridge and his usual bottle of whiskey from the cabinet.
“Chibs… if you’re concussed…”
Her husband ignored this and took that whiskey to the label. He popped that beer open and chugged it as well. He grabbed another then took it and that bottle of whiskey to the couch.
“Great. Just slip into a coma rather than telling me what’s going on. You stubborn man!”
He gave a simple nod and light up a smoke. Ava shook her head and gathered Abel. She got him changed then put him down for the night. When she reentered the living room, Chibs was half out of it. She grabbed the first aid kit from the bathroom and pulled up chair.
“What are ye doin?” He grumbled as she went on to take care of the gash along the top of his head.
“Keeping your brains from leaking out.”
“Would ye quit frettin’?”
“It’s my job to fret.”
Ava went to cleanse the area only to have him grab her by the wrist. He forced it down and shook his head.
“Stop.” He said in such away, one that had her jerking out of his hold.
The young woman shot to her feet and pointed upon him.
“Now I don’t know what the hell happened. But don’t you come into this house and treat me like utter dog shit! All I’m trying to do is get some answers and take care of you the best I can. If you don’t like that, then too damn bad. Now I’m stitching that gaping hole of yours and cutting you off!”
Chibs raised his brows on this.
“Come on, lass. Cuttin’ me off? That’s a bit much don’t ye think?”
Ava rolled her eyes but managed to smile.
“Not quite what I meant but if you don’t watch it…”
Chibs took another plunge off his beer and gestured for her to go ahead.
“I could go fur a blow job after…” He pestered and Ava stabbed him with the needle.
“What the hell?!” He barked and Ava giggled.
He uttered a slew of Scottish curse words as she finished patching him up. Once she finished, she poured some of the whiskey over the area. She dried it off then combed her fingers through his hair. Chibs pulled her into his lap. He grabbed a fistful of Ava’s hair and feverishly kissed her.
“Is the wee one out…?” He whispered and Ava nodded.
“Think ye can help me forget this day ever existed?” He damn near pleaded.
Ava nodded and kissed him once again. He leaned back as she went on to unbutton his shirt. She kissed along his bare chest stopped at his beltline where she unfastened his pants. Chibs ran his fingers through her hair and let out a moan the moment her mouth came into contact.
“Ava…” He whispered and bucked off the couch a bit.
“Hmmm….” He hummed while fucking her mouth.
It wasn’t long before she felt that throbbing sensation against her tongue. A clear indication that he was about to cum; something she found to be a massive turn on. She teased him with that tongue of hers and Chibs gave one last deep thrust. Ava swallowed it down then licked him clean after. But just as she finished, she looked up and saw that Chibs was officially ‘out’. She got him tucked away and went on to lay him down. She took off his boots and grabbed one of the blankets from the bedroom closet. Ava paused however as he was talking in his sleep. His body would jerk about every now and then. All she could make out was the name James and how pissed he sounded. Once she got him situated she went on to take care of his face. His eye, nose, and mouth were all busted up. His face was so bloodied she had to rinse and wring out the wash cloth several times.
“There you are…” she whispered amongst herself.
She narrowed her eyes wishing she knew what had taken place. She pecked him on the lips then put the first aid kit away. Just as she was to hop into the shower, Abel started to cry. She lifted him out from the playpen then hugged him close as she rocked him.
“Shhhh…” She shushed and shut the bedroom door so he wouldn’t wake Chibs.
When Chibs woke the following morning, Ava and Abel were asleep on the bed. Ava was in her clothes and had her jacket on still. He thought back to last night and frowned. He wasn’t too proud of himself on the way he acted. Then to top it off…he pretty much fucked her face and passed out. And from the looks of things she was up all night taking care of Abel and that was AFTER taking care of his sorry ass. If that wasn’t a glimpse into the future, he wasn’t sure what was. But he’d be damned if that’s the kind of husband he became. Then again, he wasn’t normally like that. Yesterday… hit him wrong. He truly felt as though he were back in Belfast and hadn’t any control of the situation. And after that whole speech he’d given his wife about how they were on HIS turf now. He never felt less of a man than at this very moment. He swallowed back and quietly lifted Abel out from the bed. Abel opened his eyes and Chibs put a finger to his lips. He took Abel into the shower with him. Something Abel thought to be a game. The Scot couldn’t help but to laugh as Abel would fill up his little palm and make attempts at splashing Chibs in the face. Chibs would ‘react’ and Abel would go into fits of laughter. This had him thinking back to when Jax was little. Abel was a spitting image. He’d met Jax during a meeting between SAMBEL and SAMCRO. That made the first he’d come to the states. Jackson Teller followed him around like a lost pup. ‘Filip’ was just a teenager himself and Jax was about six or seven. Chibs remembered how the little lad keyed in on his every word and wanted to know all about him and his funny way of talking. The two hit it off and it wasn’t long before Jax was taking that same plunge. So by the time Chibs had joined SAMCRO, Jax was already part of the club. That was one of the things they had in common. They were introduced to this life at a very young age and it’s all they knew. And for whatever reason, Jax would turn to Chibs about a lot of things. Whether it be about the club itself, women, or just needing someone to talk to. And like that of Ava, Jax knew whatever was said would stay between them. So around Chibs, Jax felt free to be himself. Not that he didn’t have that with Op, but there were a few things he felt more comfortable with when it came to Chibs.
Chibs had been resentful at first… SAMBEL was the only family he knew. But now… he couldn’t picture life without his boys, nor did he want to. He felt that same way when it came to Ava. That wasn’t the life he’d envisioned and it pissed him off at first. He was done with the whole ‘settling’ down bit, or so he thought. But now… If he had to choose between his wife or the club. He couldn’t, he’d much rather die. That’s how strongly he felt. He wasn’t himself without one or the other. As to why he was thankful when it came to his wife and her understanding him more than anyone ever had. He knew that more than ever when she chased Donna down for Opie. And whatever she said… lit a fire up her ass. Opie admitted that Donna was acting a lot differently towards him and the club as of late. Chibs’s hadn’t any doubt that was Ava’s doing. Ava knew that besides her, those boys were all the family he had. And Chibs knew she felt the same. This was it for them…
Once he finished with Abel he sat him down and let him play in the tub while he finished showering.
Ava rolled on out of the bed as the doorbell rang. Jax raised his brows once she answered the door.
“Long night?” He questioned with a smirk.
“Funny…” She murmured and stepped aside allowing him in.
“Wow…” He said whilst looking around.
“The place looks great! Smells good too.”
“Thanks. Would you like some coffee?”
Ava took her jacket off and got a pot going. Jax took a moment to admire the living room. He sat in Chibs’s recliner and chuckled.
“Now this I could get used to…” he said while kicking back.
Once the coffee finished brewing she brought him a cup.
“Cream and lots of sugar, right?”
“You know it.” He said with a warm smile and took a sip.
“So where is the little man?”
“What little man?” Ava taunted.
“You know… my son?”
“Oh him?! We decided on keeping him. Sorry.” Ava teased and sat on the couch.
“Did ya now?”
“You can visit whenever you like though.”
As she said this, Chibs entered the room with Abel. He reached for his dad first thing. Chibs smiled and handed him over.
“Hey, you traitor!” Ava remarked.
“Aye now, if ye want a baby that bad I can help ye with that. Just say the word, darlin’.” Chibs uttered with a wink.
“Things neither of us care to know, right Abel?”
“Good actually. She’s back home now.”
Ava’s cellphone rang and she sighed with sheer annoyance.
“What?” Chibs questioned taking notice.
“It’s that blocked number again. They call at least 2 or 3 times a day now.”
Chibs narrowed his eyes on this and gestured for the phone.
“Who is this?” He questioned as he answered this time.
Whoever it was they were quick to hang up.
“Don’t answer if they call again.”
Ava nodded and went on hand her husband a cup of coffee as well.
She nodded and sat beside him on the couch.
“You two look exhausted…”
Chibs reached over and patted Ava on the leg.
“I got ya a bath ran. Why don’t ye go and relax?”
“You ran me a bath?” Ava questioned in surprise and Jax covered his mouth to keep from laughing at her reaction.
“Aye. Now off with ye.”
She nodded and headed on out of the room. Once they heard the bathroom door shut, Chibs cleared his throat.
“Jimmy’s gone and threatened Ava and the rest of ye…” Chibs hinted and Jax recoiled.
“Nah… Now ye see why I didn’t mention pullin’ out?”
“Jesus… I should’ve known something was up. I’m sorry…” Jax uttered with sincerity.
“We won’t let him anywhere near Ava.” The VP assured.
“Ava isn’t my only concern…”
Chibs came to his feet and paced the area a bit.
“Jackie, there’s only one way out of this.”
“I was afraid of that.”
“Are ye really up fur that?”
Jax looked to his son in thought.
“If we stay in this… It becomes their problem. And that would make us no better than JT or Clay. Chibs… you’re the only one that can get us there. You know damn well if I was standing in your shoes instead, I’d end up following my father’s footsteps and making the same mistakes. We need someone like you. Someone that KNOWS what we’re getting into exactly. It’s that knowledge alone that’s going to get us there. And let’s face it… There was going to be blood no matter how we went about it. But at least it ends us and it won’t become our children’s burden. If it had ended with my father… We’d be living the dream or the closest thing to that. But it didn’t and so here we are. You can do this and I believe that with every beat of my heart. You’re the only one that came to mind when reading those manuscripts.”
Chibs swallowed back on this and glanced towards the bedroom door.
“I need ye ta realize that people will die.”
Jax nodded in understanding.
“It’s called a brotherhood for a reason. We’re prepared to go to war, brother.”
“I hope so, because that’s the only way we’re getting’ out of this.”
“Have you told Ava?”
Chibs drew back a breath on this.
“You know what the old man said.”
“Aye… I just need some time.”
“Well I’m taking Abel home so that’ll give you… Chibs?”
Chibs was leaning against the mantle and doing his best to keep from losing it.
“I want ye ta step down.”
Jax reared back on this.
Chibs snapped his head that direction.
“Ye heard me, kid. I need someone else at the plate.”
“What the fuck is that shit?!”
“Shite’s goin’ down and the first they’ll target is the president and his VP. And ye know it!”
“THE HELL WITH YOU! I’M NOT BACKING DOWN. I TOLD YOU FROM THE VERY BEGINNING THAT I HAD YOUR BACK AND I STAND BY THAT, NO MATTER WHAT! SO DON’T YOU EVEN THINK ABOUT PULLING THAT SHIT. YOU NEED ME AND YOU KNOW IT!”
“Yer right… I need ye. I’ll always need ya, Jackie boy. And that’s the reason behind ye steppin’ down.”
Jax shook his head in disbelief.
“Nah… I get what you’re doing. But I’m not biting. I’m your VP, dammit. So deal. And don’t you even think about running some sort of backhanded vote to get me demoted.”
“Do I look like Clay to you?” Chibs barked in return.
“No. But I’m not your Trager either. So show some god damn respect!”
Jax grabbed his son’s things and headed towards the door.
“I can’t lose you, Jackson.”
Jax froze with his hand around the handle.
“Ditto… as to why we’re sticking together on this one. So suck it up and deal.”
Chibs shook his head but with a touch of a smirk.
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