AN: This story has been revised- bits have been added and something have been changed. So ENJOY!
21st July- Canary Islands, Spain
"Hey man." I smiled at my brother in law as he stepped out of the building coming to sit next to me.
"How's Mia?" I asked looking back at the stars.
"She's good. Exhausted though but she wanted me to check on you." I rolled my eyes at my sister's worry.
"Lexi?" He nodded again.
"She's doing really well. She fell asleep after being fed." he said before we lapsed into silence. I knew what he was thinking and it seemed he knew what I was thinking also.
"Do you wish you'd stayed?" He asked quietly. I paused for a moment before nodding.
"That night in the D.R… I thought I was doing the right thing by leaving. I fucked up and I can never change that." I said quietly.
Today marked the one year anniversary of Letty's death and also just happened to be the day Lexi was born. Mia went into labour yesterday afternoon at four and swore she was going to give birth before midnight. I understood her reasoning; part of me felt the same but I would never admit it out loud to her. Mia wanted Letty to have her own day that we could remember her by, not have it clouded by a happy day where the focus wouldn't be solely on her. I had tried to convince her it was okay and that it was fine but even without admitting it out loud she knew. She knew me better then I gave her credit for.
"She's not coming." Mia ground out as a contraction hit. I saw her glance at the clock ,making me look also; it was twenty five minutes till midnight.
"Mia she's going to come when she wants to come." I told her quietly resigning myself to the fact that she wasn't going to be able to have Lexi in time.
"I'll hold her in or push her out fast." I rolled my eyes at my sister's stubbornness. I wasn't going to argue with an in-labour woman. I had made the mistake of arguing with her as a pregnant woman many times in the last nine months, I knew how scary she could get.
"Mia you're going to have to push. Okay next contraction, are you ready?" The doctor asked.
"Fine but she better hurry up!" Mia demanded and I shared a look with Brian.
"Mia relax." Brian tried as I stood on one side of Mia, Brian on the other. I hadn't really wanted to be in the room for the birth but Mia and Brian had begged. Mia because she wanted family there and Brian because he was worried Mia was going to kill him if he was left alone with her, so I stayed.
"Mia just push. Forget about the time." I said quietly as she squeezed my hand hard as she pushed.
"Listen to Dom Mia." Brain yelped and even I had to grit my teeth as she crushed our hands.
"Would you two shut up!" She screamed. I winced and mouthed 'ow' to Brian as she squeezed harder. Though I noticed Brian was silently mouthing swear words.
"You're doing a great job Mia, I can see the head." I screwed my eyes up; I didn't need that mental picture.
"Come on baby, you doing really well." Brian coached as he dared a look thought I noted he blanched instantly quickly turning away. No doubt he was regretting that.
The cry of a baby had me startled at first but then as my niece was placed on Mia's chest I managed a smile along with Brian and Mia. It was only a few seconds before she was taken away again to be tended to.
"Time of birth 12:02am."
"Fuck." Mia whispered as the doctor announced the time. I just smiled sadly.
"Mia it's fine. We'll just find a way to celebrate both." I said quietly to her as the nurses around us worked cleaning everything up. Brian gave Mia a quick kiss before he left her side having been called away.
"I didn't want it this way; you didn't want it this way. Today was for Letty, it was meant to be her day." She cried.
"I know but it's not the end of the world. I'm sure Let won't mind sharing with her niece." I looked up as Brian brought over the new addition to the family.
"Alexis Toretto O'Conner." He said as he handed her to Mia. She was tiny as I watched Mia cradle the new born.
"She's gorgeous Mia." I said quietly as I kissed Mia's head before doing the same to Lexi's. Though doing so caused the ache in my chest to worsen.
"You did good baby." Brian said as Mia offered me Lexi. I hesitated and shook my head but she scowled and suddenly, though carefully handed me my niece to hold against my will. I held her awkwardly for a moment before I adjusted her.
She seemed so tiny in my arms so I held her close. It was going to be hard being around them all, Alexis especially but I was going to try to be there every step of the way for Lexi. I smiled sadly down at her as I leant back and watched over her as Brian helped Mia.
"Do you miss her?"
"More than anything." I whispered as I came back to the present.
"I don't know how you do it man, with Elena I mean."
"She understands. We both lost something we love." I said quietly.
"Take care of Mia and Alexis Brian; don't make the same mistake I did."
"You planning on going somewhere?" He asked slightly nervous. He was no doubt thinking of Mia's reaction.
"No. I'm just making things clear." He nodded happy with my answer.
"I've um… I've been meaning to ask you this for a while but I chicken out every time."
"What?" I asked.
"Well when Mia told us she was pregnant, I noticed you had this look on your face. Mia said she thought it was because you'd never get that chance with Letty but it seemed like more than that." I stayed silent thinking it over. I sighed and nodded feeling like I needed to come clean.
"That's why I left her in D.R." I confessed.
"What do you mean?" I smiled sadly at him.
"She was pregnant. That's why she hunted me down in the D.R after I failed to show at our meet up point. Of course being Letty she didn't tell me until after the heist. I was so pissed about it. We fought for hours about her making that jump after she told me. It hadn't been just her at risk. I made my decision after Han said the cops were on our tails. I needed her safe, both of them safe. Fucking Letty I should have known she wouldn't just sit and lay low." I growled suddenly overcome with emotion.
"She was pregnant? When she ran for Braga?" Brian asked shocked. I nodded.
"Mia doesn't know about it so don't say anything yeah?" He nodded dumb struck.
"Fuck man if I'd known I never would have agreed to help her." I smiled sadly.
"I know. Today's not just Letty's day, it reminds me I lost someone else that day too." We sat there in silence watching the night pass by.
"You and Elena could…." He trailed off suddenly but I shook my head frantically.
"No I can't, I care for Elena. I don't love her though and I could never have kids with her. Even if I did I probably wouldn't even be able to marry her. That was meant for Letty and I, she was the only one I wanted that experience with." He nodded in understanding.
"I understand if you find it hard to be around Alexis…" He said slowly.
"I'm going to try." I whispered and he smiled sadly but kept quiet, both of us lost in our own thoughts. The silence was broken suddenly as my phone rang.
"Han." I said as I answered the phone.
"Just checking in." He said but I knew what he was getting at.
"Mia had the baby." I spoke.
"When?" He asked calling for Gisele.
"About an hour ago."
"Congratulations are in order then." I smiled as Gisele spoke; Han had obviously put the phone on speaker so I did the same.
"I think you mean to speak to Brian, it's his kid." Brian laughed.
"Yeah but she's your niece too. It's a shame about the day though." Han said quietly.
"Mia was upset about it but as I said to Mia I'm sure Letty wouldn't mind sharing." Brian smiled sadly at me.
"No she wouldn't. We'll find a way." Han agreed.
"How's Mia?" Gisele asked suddenly obviously sensing things were getting too depressive.
"She's tired but she's doing well." Brian answered.
"Still went with Alexis?" Han asked.
"Yeah man, Dom's shortened it already and is calling her Lexi." Brian said as I rolled my eyes playfully.
"Nothing wrong with that Brian, I like Lexi." Gisele sided with me.
"Watch out Han she might be next." Brian warned. I laughed half-heartedly along with Gisele and Han.
"Doubt it." Han said as Gisele agreed.
"Check in with you later yeah?" I said as we cut the conversation.
"Congrats again guys, we'll visit soon." We thanked them and I hung up my phone.
"You should head home get some sleep, come back through the day… But only if you feel up to it." Brian said as he stood up. I nodded and we said our goodbyes as I left.
As I drove home I rubbed my cross as I thought about everything. The ache in my chest was growing heavier and I tried not to let my tears fall before I got home. Elena had gone back to Rio for a while so it was just me at the house and it was fucking lonely. I angrily wiped away a stray tear as I unlocked the house. I paused in the doorway as I saw Elena on the couch. She smiled softly as she looked up and saw me.
"Thought you might need some company. I took a late flight last night." I laughed a little shutting the door. I walked up to her slowly, the ache in my chest becoming too much. I felt like I was cheating on Letty all over again. This was her day... but I needed this. I just wanted to forget for a while.
I leant down kissing her hard as she kissed me back. Our relationship wasn't exactly a good one. I used her often when I needed something and she did the same. We just got each other, hence her being here tonight.
"Thank you." I said softly as I pulled away for a moment before she pulled me back. We didn't need words.
Crawling on top of her I let my mind go. I wasn't with Elena, I was back in LA with a certain fiery Latina and everything was okay. She was alive and well but the body underneath mine felt all wrong as I tried so hard to forget. I missed my Letty.
21st July- Berlin, Germany
The warehouse was dark only barely lit in one section as six figures worked silently through the night. The air in the room was thick with tension and even the slightest sound from outside had everyone on guard and on edge. It had been a long night. It was just the beginning, it was only going to get worse from here on out.
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