Flash Fiction Friday ~ Claimed Part 10 by Dawn Kirby

Friday, June 8, 2018

Part 10

“What’s the word?” Bear asked when Adam walked back into the room after having been on the phone with my uncle for over an hour.  “Is he contesting?”

Adam sat down beside me and put his hand on my thigh. “He says he won’t as long as Jenna doesn’t lay claim to his money.”

“I thought that was already settled,” I said, rolling my eyes. “He gives me the box from my room, he keeps everything else.”

“That’s what I told him. He said he’d bring it with him on Saturday. I’m sure he has something up his sleeve though.”

“You’d be dumb if you didn’t,” Bear snorted. He finished his beer and put the bottle on the end table beside him. “I’m sure Steven’s got something planned too.”

“No doubt,” Adam said, nodding his head. “I don’t think anyone thinks this is just an engagement party. I expect a challenge.” Sean walked through the front door and headed into the kitchen. He reappeared a short time later with a beer for him and handed another to Bear. Adam sighed. “I want you two sober. Whether I challenge o0r they do, I’m going to need clear heads.”

“No problem there,” Sean said. He smiled and took a big drink. “I don’t think anybody’s planning on drinking. Everybody wants to remember the night this three pack shit comes to an end.”

“It should’ve never been allowed to happen,” Adam told them.

I frowned, puzzled by his remark. He’d been the one to start the third pack. “Then why?”

He shrugged. “The pack was mine before the accident. I thought I had a right. I still do.  With you here, I know I do.”

I bristled a little. I knew I was more to him than a mere tool, but with a comment like that it was hard to think otherwise. He must have sensed something because he moved his hand from my thigh and brushed my cheek with his fingers.

“It’s your birthright, babe. I’m just lucky enough to be the guy who gets to run alongside you. You’ve got to admit I’m a damn sight better than Trey.”

“Good save,” I said, leaning into his hand.

The doorbell rang. Bear jumped out of his chair to see who it was. After a quick peek, he turned to look at us with a goofy grin on his face. “Speak of the devil.”

He turned the knob and swung the door open. Trey stepped inside, glancing briefly at me then turned his attention fully on Adam. An awkward silence fell over us all after that.

“What brings you here?” Adam asked after a few tense moments.

“Dad can’t beat you,” he answered. “We aren’t stupid. This whole thing is a sham. It’s a challenge disguised as an engagement party and everybody knows it.”

“Possible,” Adam said was a shrug. “Then again, maybe I’m just happy I finally get what was promised to me.” He put his hand on mine. “Maybe we both are. Maybe she’s happy she’s finally getting her memory back. Maybe she’s happy she’s got a real man in her life again. There’s so many things we have to be thankful for.”

“Whatever man. I still want her. “ He slid his hand in his pocket, pulled out a gun and aimed it at Adam. “Hand her over or die.”

Adam laughed and stood up. Sean moved toward Trey, but Adam waved him back. Bear stayed where he was.

“You’ve got balls, I’ll give you that.” Adam took a step toward him. “Come here; into my house, make demands and then pull a gun on me? Damn dude. Exactly how bad do you want to die?”

“I won’t,” he yelled. “But you will if you don’t do what I say.”

I saw movement out of the corner of my eye in the hallway leading to Paul’s room. I turned my head to see a huge salt and pepper colored wolf moving in on Trey. I had a feeling I was about to see how a man in his position dealt with threats to both his son and his leader.

“Don’t move,” Sean whispered through gritted teeth.

Trey looked toward the hall. By now Paul was sanding twenty feet away from him. His eyes darted between Adam and the wolf. His trigger finger began to twitch. Sweat beaded up on his forehead.

“Trey, don’t,” I yelled.

His eyes took on a weird glow. He rolled his head on his shoulders and smiled, aiming the gun at me. “Maybe I don’t need you after all. I could take you all out right here and take over.”

“Don’t be stupid, dude,” Bear growled. “You pull that trigger, you’ll see what loyalty is.”

“Let’s test that, shall we?” He pointed the gun back at Adam and squeezed the trigger.

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Dawn Kirby lives in West TX with Jamie, her husband of 17 years and their three wonderful children Tristan, Aishlynn and Shelby. She's the author of SECRETS, DECEIT and TRIBULATIONS. All three part of the paranormal romance Serenity Series published by Twisted Core Press. Her work is also featured in several 7DS Books anthologies such as SEVEN DEADLY SINS, A MAN’S PROMISE, LINGER, among several others. Another short, DATE NIGHT was published in 13 Tales of the Paranormal by Firefly and Wisp. To find out more about Dawn's work please visit www.dawnmkirby.com.

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