Okay so on to chapter 5.
Angie was done with my hair in four hours making sure that I wasn't easily recognizable from a distance or up close. Jackson left about half way through my 'makeover' to attend to some business with a former contact. When Angie finally let me turn around I was stunned to silence. My longish auburn hair was gone and now was cropped so it was slightly longer in front and a hair shorter in the back. It was now a dark chocolate brown that in the light it was a pretty brown but when I went into the shadows it quickly transitioned into a midnight black. My soft curls were still there only much softer giving it a beach wind ridden look. Angie had also given me straight bangs that hung just above my eye lashes putting more emphasis on my green eyes reminding me of how Anne Hathaway's character's bangs were after her amazing makeover in 'The Devil Wears Prada.'
"Well, I think this may be my best work yet." Angie said looking at her masterpiece.
"I actually love it." I said grinning.
"What? You thought that you wouldn't like it?" Angie asked laughing.
"Actually, Yes. I've grown very fond of my auburn hair ever since I was little and my mom wouldn't let me grow out my hair."I said touching the short hair.
"Did I ever tell you that Jackson has a thing for brunettes?" she asked giving me a wink.
"Wha- Oh no, you've got it all wrong. Jackson is just helping me-"
"I may have not talked to Jackson in over a year but, I'm not stupid. I've seen the way he looks at you and how you return the look. All I ask is that you not hurt him. When he walked in here before he even saw me I saw him look at you, and he was the happiest I have seen him in almost ten years!" she said smiling at me. I looked down and smiled a little. Was he really that happy around me? I know how I feel about him but does he truly return the feelings? All these thoughts and more swam around in my head but they were quickly cut short when Jackson walked back into the salon.
"Yes, I understand George. Yes I'll- I'll call you back." He said when he saw me.
"Wow. Is that really Lisa? Ang, I hardly recognize her!" he exclaimed.
"I thought that was the whole point, bro." she said nudging me and giving me a wink. I could feel my cheeks blush.
"Well Ang, I just talked to my old contact and he confirmed that the company still had the bounties over our heads. So we need to leave before we get you into trouble." He said nodding at me. I turned to Angie who pulled me into a big hug.
"Thank you so much Angie. It was really nice meeting you!" I said.
"It was my pleasure. You're a great girl and remember two things. One, you can call me whenever and for whatever you need. Second you'll be perfectly safe with Jackson. Just make sure he doesn't get hurt either." She said squeezing me. I nodded my head .
"I will. I know, and once again I promise I will." I said before pulling away from her. Jackson pulled Angie into a long hug and I could hear muffled whisper and a sad sniffle come from Angie before he kissed the top of her head and led me back to the car. We pulled out the parking lot and I looked back and saw Angie standing in the door her arms crossed over her chest.
We got on the freeway and got into the fast lane when Jackson hissed.
"What?" I asked.
"We have a tail. But don't looked back." He ordered. I did as I was told and looked in the side view mirror at the car behind me.
"The one with the LED blue headlights?" I asked.
"Yeah, I noticed them pull out of a parking lot a block away from the salon. I should have lost him on the side streets." He said gripping the steering wheel tightly as he pressed on the gas pedal.
"How are you going to lose them?" I asked.
"It's going to be difficult seeing that it's 2am and there is practically zero traffic. Which also means no cops that are willing to go into a high speed chase." He said as he floored on the gas. I gripped the arm rests praying that we wouldn't wreck.
"Do you trust me, Lisa?" he asked looking at me briefly.
"With my life Jackson." I replied confidently. He looked at me and I swear I felt my stomach flop a dozen times when I looked into those blue eyes and saw the smile that matched them perfectly. He reached over and took my hand as he swerved over the four lanes and jumped the median onto the exit. I heard myself let out a small scream as we flew down the ramp. Jackson squeezed my hand as he sped around a corner but not before a bullet shattered the back windshield. Jackson pushed my head down to protect me from flying bullets and shards of glass. After a few minutes went by I noticed that Jackson had decreased the speed a little and I didn't hear the car chasing us, I decided I would bring my head up.
"Are you okay Lisa?" Jackson asked looking at me with worry in his eyes.
"Yeah, I'm okay. Are you?" I ask him.
"Yeah." He replies looking around.
"Where did they go?" I ask.
"I don't-" He started but was cut off when a car slammed into my side of the car t boning us.
"Lisa!" he yelled as we were pushed into an old run down building's exterior wall. He grabbed my hand and quickly unfastened my seatbelt and tried to pull me over to him. I cried out in pain as I looked down at my ankle and saw it was stuck in the floorboard and pushed between the dashboard and door that was now pushed up trapping me. I looked at Jackson scared, who moved down to my leg quickly but gently tugging on it.
"Jackson Rippner." A voice said approaching the car. Jackson stopped suddenly and looked up his eyes turning into slits.
"Enrique Bartellini." He growled.
"Oh man, Kraig will be pleased that I finally found you! And even more pleased that I found your little whore too!" he said looking at me.
"Don't ever call her that again." Jackson said shifting so I was blocked from Enrique's view.
"I'll call the bitch whatever I want." He scoffed. I carefully twisted and pulled my left until it came free of its prison.
"Excuse me while I make a call to Kraig." Enrique said pulling out his cell phone and stepped away.
"Lisa, reach into the backseat into my bag and pull out my gun." He instructed. I snaked my arm behind my seat and opened the duffle bag and dug around until I felt the barrel of the gun. I took it out and grabbed a magazine and handed them to Jackson who pushed them back at me.
"No, he will expect me to shoot at him and I'm a lousy shot, remember? But he won't expect for you to have the gun and kill him." He said.
"I-I don't know if I can." I stammered.
"Listen to me, I know you can because you have to. If you don't shoot then he will." He said putting a hand on my cheek. I slowly nodded my head and loaded the gun and flipped off the safety switch. I few moments later Enrique came back to the car with a smirk on his face.
"Good news, well for me at least, I get a huge bonus PLUS a raise for bringing you both in!" he said laughing. Before he even knew what was happening I aimed and fired three times all three hitting him square into his chest. He fell to the pavement dead instantly.
"Yeah but too bad you won't be getting that money." I hissed.
"That's my girl." Jackson said turning to me and kissing me. I was stunned at first but then returned the kiss disappointed when it was over.
"What was that for?" I asked breathless.
"Later." He said climbing out of the car through the missing back window taking my hand and guiding me out of the car. I climbed down off of the trunk and leaned against it after trying to stand on my ankle with a response of pain shooting up my leg causing me to nearly collapse had Jackson not caught me I would have. Next, he reached into the back seats and pulled out our bags and slung them over his shoulders. After trying to walk a block and making very little progress of getting away from the scene Jackson picked me up bridal style and carried me to an apartment complex where he hot wired a black Ford Fusion.
After driving for a while Jackson finally looked at me and then at my ankle.
"I'm going to need to look at your ankle at the hotel." He said noticing my grimace.
"No, I'm totally fine." I said sucking up the pain.
"Bullshit, Lisa. I know it hurts. Based on your walking it could be sprained." He said looking at me sadly.
"Ok, so what it hurts? I can't slow us down." I snap.
"Lisa. You don't have to be brave. It's okay to let you walls down." He said taking my hand. I felt hot tears spill down my cheeks. Of course they didn't go unnoticed by Jackson who immediately pulled into a dark empty parking lot and parked under a tree. He killed the engine and turned to face me. He pulled me into his lap and wrapped his arm around me and kissed my head.
"I thought that Enrique would take you away from me." He blurted.
"What?" I asked
I had been afraid that Enrique would take Lisa,my Lisa, away. That's why I had kissed her like I did. It was out of relief that she was still here, with me. Now with her in my arms scared to death and crying I didn't care who heard my confession.
"I was afraid that he would take you. But he didn't and he's dead now." I said as I buried my face in her short curly hair. I still smelled of hair dye but I didn't care, I was just glad she was still here. I felt her put a hand on my cheek and guide my face up so she could look me in the eyes.
"I'm right here, and not going anywhere Jackson." She said. I swear that her eyes were like a cat's in the dark, almost glowing. I didn't respond to her instead I just grabbed her face and crushed her lips to mine. She moved her hand from my cheek to my neck running her hands through my hair. I shifted her so she was now straddling me. I pulled her closer to me almost afraid she could disappear at any moment. My tongue traced her bottom lip asking permission to enter her mouth and she responded by granting. Our tongues collided and attacked each other every once in a while she would let out a soft moan which was cut off by my mouth covering hers.
"Jackson, we should probably get out of this neighborhood." She said trying to catch her breath.
"Yeah you're probably right. We are only about three blocks from the wreck." I agreed. She crawled back into her seat and started laughing.
"What's so funny?" I asked her.
"If somebody were to have told me yesterday that I would be kidnapped from you, eventually willingly stay, and then be kissing you; I would have called them crazy." She said laughing again. I started to chuckle at this too after realizing it was completely true.
I started the engine and we drove to the hotel that we would be living in for the night. I grabbed the room key and led Lisa to the elevator up to the seventh floor room 714. I opened the door to the double bed suite and set my bag on the bed closest to the door and watched Lisa look around the room. She eventually tossed her bag on the second bed and went to the balcony as I set my laptop up on the small coffee table in the 'living room' area. I logged in and checked the status of our bounties when she came back in still slightly limping.
"I still need to look at your ankle." I say as I look at the screen.
"It's fine." She says coming over to me.
"No, Lisa it's anything but fine." I say taking in her hand and rubbing circles on it with my thumb.
"What are you doing?" she asks changing the subject and looking at the computer.
"I'm checking the status of our bounties. And apparently our little stunt with killing Enrique only made Kraig mad. He's increased the bounties." I replied looking at her. Her face paled a little and she nodded.
"Hey Leese, I'm not going to let anything happen to you."I say pulling her down to me.
"I know, but what if something happens to you?" she asks softly.
"I'll be fine. We'll be fine. I promise." I tell her and then softly kiss her. As I pull away she buries her face in the crook of my neck and I pick her up and carry her to my bed and lay down with her bringing her closer as she breathes deeply.
TADA! End of chapter 5! Sorry it took forever but this one was a little tough to write and the next one is going to be longer with action and a mature scene or two however nothing rated M. Sorry. Anyways as always please review!