It seemed like days before Vince woke up but in all actuality it had only been hours. Around 3 AM I felt a tap on my shoulder. I looked up, I still had my hand on top of Vince's but I had slumped over with my head on the bed. I guess I had fallen asleep waiting for him. He was looking at me smiling.
"Hey Ash," he whispered. I just started crying. I jumped up and hugged him tightly, I felt him laugh under me. "Take it easy," he said. I pulled away from him to make sure I hadn't hurt him somehow. He smiled at me and I exhaled. "Why are you crying?" he asked. I sat back down but held tightly onto his hand.
"I thought I lost you, the doctor said you should have woken up and you didn't. I was so scared Vince," I whispered.
"You didn't think I would leave you now did you? I wouldn't leave you baby Bell, I'm never going to leave you," he said squeezing my hand.
"I thought… well I just… I didn't think you were strong enough," I admitted. He smiled at me and I couldn't help but laugh.
"You make me strong enough," he said. I felt more tears and he just laughed. He closed his eyes and exhaled for a moment before looking over at me. "I'm sorry for all this; I never thought I would let you get this close, but you did, with Dom and Mia everyone loved you. Things got all messed up with Jesse and the job went horrible. I never should have risked you. You could have been hurt and I don't know what I would have done, I'm sorry Anastasia, he said. I just shook my head the entire time he was talking. None of this was his fault, I didn't blame him for any of it. I shuttered when he said, Mia and Dom's names. They both left to take care of each other and left Vince here. Someone who was supposed to be part of the team, part of the family and Dom had left him without even making sure he was alright. How could I have loved such a selfish… monster.
"Thank you," was all I could whisper back.
"For what?" he asked.
"For not leaving me," I answered. He smiled and closed his eyes, I could tell he was asleep a few minutes later. I walked outside to get some fresh air when I knew Vince wouldn't be waking up. I felt like my face was on fire, at least Vince had finally woken up. I decided to go home and take a shower and get some clean clothes. When I got to my car I realized all the stuff I wanted was to Dom's. I drove over there and parked in the drive way. I took a few slow breathes before getting out of the car. I walked inside and went up stairs to pack a bag quickly, but once I opened the door I felt tears.
How could this have happened? How could Dom have let Vince get hurt and then just left? I know things were heated and he needed to be careful but still he hadn't even called. Then it hit me I didn't even have my phone, I ran down stairs and saw it sitting on the table. I picked it up and clicked the button but nothing happened. I knew it had died so I plugged it in and turned on the shower, I needed to hurry and get back. I didn't want Vince waking up alone. After I was clean I hoped out and toweled dry before putting on some black skinny jeans and plain white V-neck. I grabbed my bag and my phone and headed out. I got in my car and was going to head over to Vince's to get him some clothes; I plugged my phone into my car charger without looking at it. I made it over quickly just grabbing a few things before locking it up and heading back to the hospital. I was back by Vince's side and it seemed he hadn't moved. I was relieved. I took the free time to brush out my hair and put on a little makeup in the bathroom.
After I realized the sun would be up in like an hour I decided to just stay awake, it wouldn't be hard I had so much on my mine. I grabbed my phone and light it up. I had 21 missed calls and 4 voicemails. I glanced through the calls, some from Mia, some from Dom one from Brian and a couple random numbers. The last call was from Johnny which made me shutter. I called my voicemail and listened. The first one was from Vince:
'Hey Ash we can't find Jesse anywhere, I hope your alright. Something else has come up with the team we will all be back in a few hours, stay safe.'
This must have been when Johnny had us, I almost forgot there is a very excellent change Vince had no idea they had us. Dom saw us roll out of the car and get away and Mia must have told him by now but Vince was already in the hospital. The next two voicemails were from the hospital trying to tell me they had my brother and then the last voicemail was from only 2 hours ago from Dom:
'Ash it's Dom, look everything is a mess right now and cops are everywhere looking for me, you're probably with Vince-
I pushed the delete button before the message could finish there was still a minute left but I just couldn't listen to him. After everything I had been through I didn't want to listen to Dom explain why he left Vince like this and why he left me. I must have fallen asleep because when I woke up it was bright and sunny and Vince was awake eating talking with the doctor. His good arm was now handcuffed to the bed and that pissed me off, like where was he going to go? He had just been shot and his arm had almost been torn off. If I ever saw Brian again I was going to kill him myself.
"Finally your awake," Vince teased. I automatically smoothed my hair and smiled.
"How's he doing?" I asked. The doctor looked over his chart before answering me.
"Things are looking good; he seems to be stable now. We will need to keep him here for another day or so just to make sure he stays stable but after that you can take him home," he answered and smiled and thanked him. Once we walked out I looked over at Vince he looked so much better it was unbelievable.
"Nice bracelet," I mentioned. He rolled his eyes and continued eating. "Did Brian put those on you himself?" I asked.
"I don't know, I just woke up with is on," he admitted.
"I'm going to kill him," I said.
"Good I will help," he said with a smile.
"So are you feeling better?" I asked.
"I'm sore but the pain meds the doctor gave me are working. You should go home and get some sleep, I'm not going anywhere," he said jingling the handcuffs.
"Yeah right, you really thing I'm going to leave you here?" I asked. He smiled and nodded.
I had to offer. Looks like you left though," he said motioning to the black bag on the floor and my change of clothes.
"Yeah I needed a shower and some clothes I brought you some too for when you get outta here," I said.
"I want to tell you about everything. I figure you know a little but I want to be honest with you. I'm sorry about all of this and you know I'm going to end up in jail and I'm sorry for that too, but I don't want to lie anymore," he said. I wanted to know, I wanted to know everything but I held up my hand when he was about to start explaining.
"You can't tell me," I whispered. He looked at me a little stunned. I was feeling like crying some more but stopped myself, now was not the time. It did occur to me that Vince had been lying to me this whole time but he had been more than punished.
"Why?" he asked. I knew he could see me struggling with this and it was difficult.
"I don't know anything, and trust me I want you to tell me but if you do then I will be called to testify against you and I refuse to do that. The only illegal thing I know about is the racing and I have a feeling they don't care about that. I won't testify against you," I said letting just one tear escape.
Vince nodded, he understood. "You always where the smart one," he said with a smile. He scooted over on the small bed and tapped the space beside him. I sat on the bed but starched my legs out next to him. He put his hand on my leg and smiled at me. "You're strong too," he whispered. I nodded and closed my eyes, before I knew it I was asleep.
It was dark when I woke up and I couldn't help but smile to myself, I wasn't even hurt and I slept through the entire day. I stood up and stretched, I was way sore, sleeping in all these weird positions was killing my back. I grabbed my phone and turned it on. It was just past midnight. I had a missed call from Dom and two text messages; I deleted them without reading them. I couldn't care less what he had to say, he was a liar and selfish and I would never forgive him for just leaving. I sat back in the chair and closed my eyes. What felt like minutes later there was a tap on my shoulder? I rubbed my eyes and slowly opened them. Standing right in front of me was none other than Dominic Toretto.
"Dom?" I asked in disbelief. He put his finger up to his mouth indicating he wanted me to be quiet. I nodded and he motioned for me to follow him. We walked out of the room into the empty hallway. He was on edge looking around for people but there was no one. I followed him out the back door into a ally light by one lame light.
"What are you doing here?" I asked in a whisper.
"I came to get you," he said. All the anger and resentment I had been building up over the past few days was fading. "Didn't you get any of my messages?" he asked when I didn't respond.
"I thought you left," I mumbled.
"Without you or making sure Vince was alright? Ash I wouldn't leave you like this," he said pulling me into a tight hug. I started crying on his shoulder. He pulled me back and waited until I looked up at him. "I would never leave you," he said.
"I was scared," I admitted. "Vince is going to jail and Brian's a cop. Everything is so messed up," I whispered.
"Come with me, right now we can leave all of this, meet up with Mia. I have a place and friends waiting," he explained.
"What about Vince I can't just leave him?" I asked.
"I can't help him, there is no way to break him out; he will have to go through the system. Ash you have to have realized that by now," he said cradling my face in his hands.
"Where would we go?" I asked.
"Miami," he whispered.
"I can't leave Vince all alone," I whispered.
"He will meet up with us when he can, he knows we aren't leaving him but we can't stay here and all end up in jail, one wants that," he explained.
"When?" I asked.
"Now, yesterday I mean Ash it's dangerous for me to be around here if I get caught that's it for me. I won't go back," he said.
"Dom I can't," I whispered. He pulled me in tightly and kissed me hard for a minute, I felt the conflict and the anger and the hurt in him.
"Ash I love you, come with me please. I can take care of you and Vince WILL meet up with us once he can," Dom assured me.
"How am I supposed to just leave without saying goodbye, Dom do you really expect me to leave my only family alone in a hospital bed to face the court system with some bull shit court appointed attorney?" I asked. I could see he understood.
"I can't leave you," he said with a strong tone. I didn't want him to leave but there was no way he could stay, the police would catch up to him in a matter of time if he stayed around here.
"I love you Dom, so much but you have to leave," I said more tears rolling down my cheek. I felt strong though, the tears fell but I kept my face strong.
"I love you Ash, please come with me. I can take care of you," he said wrapping his arms around my waist. I took in a deep breath before responding.
"I can take care of myself, I'm strong now. Dom I want to go with you, you have no idea how much, but I will not leave my brother when he needs me the most. I love you too, more then I have ever loved any other boyfriend but…" I couldn't finish I was shaking now, my strength was faltering looking at Dom like this, I could almost see him breaking in front of me. I knew my heart was slowly tearing with every word.
"But not more than Vince," he finished for me.
"You can't expect me to," I whispered. He nodded and I wrapped my arms around his neck. He pulled me close to him and I didn't want to let go. I was so safe in his arms and I felt like a knife was just splitting my heart right down the middle.
"I love you Anastasia," he whispered. I just continued to cry. "I have to go." I tightened my grip around him before finally letting go. I wanted to beg him to stay but I knew it was useless and would only make things more difficult. He kissed me on the lips for a second before releasing me completely, I suddenly felt cold without him around me.
"I love you Dominic," I said wrapping my arms around myself.
"Take care of Vince and get him out soon, I will be seeing you again," he said with a faint smile.
"Tell Mia I love her and I'm sorry," I murmured. He nodded and turned to leave. I wanted to have an epic last line to say to him like they always did in the movies, but I couldn't think of one. I watched Dom walk away and couldn't think of a single thing to say, he knew I loved him and that's all that mattered.
He turned the corner and I covered my mouth to stop myself from making a noise. I stood there for a few minutes wishing he would come back around the corner and steal me away but he didn't. It wasn't a movie; I got no happy ending, no epic moment just a cold night alone watching the man I love leave me. I didn't blame him, but I wished he had taken me with him, I wanted to go so badly because I knew Vince would catch up with us but I needed Dom to take me away I couldn't go with him. It sounds crazy in my head but what else is new. I walked back into the hospital after I knew Dom would have been gone. I opened the door to Vince's room and he opened his eyes when I closed the door.
"Why are you always crying baby sister?" he asked becoming more alert. I whipped the tears away from my face and tried to smile.
"I just worry about you," I said sitting on the bed with him. He smiled at me and grabbed my hand squeezing it for a second.
"I'm going to take care of everything Ash, don't worry," he said.
"I'm always going to worry about you," I said closing my eyes. Vince must have thought I had fallen asleep; he put his hand lightly on my leg and began talking,
"I'm not going to let anything hurt you again, I'm not going to keep messing up around you. I am going to protect you Anastasia, I am going to give you better and make sure you are happy. You are the most important part of my life, I love you baby sister," he whispered. I wanted to say something but I didn't just kept my eyes closed.
I was going to take care of Vince too, protect him. Things would be rough but at least I had Vince and more importantly he had me… I wasn't leaving the only man in my life that never let me down and never walked away from me.
Dom is Dom and I will love and miss him but family is what matters.
BOOM! The End! I don't know if it's what you were expecting but I hope you can appreciate it, this leads into my next two stories, this was the prequel. Let me know how you liked the ending I'm sure it's not what you were expecting so I would really love REVIEWS. Thanks for reading