Okay so here's the first chapter of Dominican darkness, a couple of days early but I'm feeling the need to get straight back into it. So obviously this one is going to focus on Letty and Leon more than anyone else. Charlotte is also a main character is this one, so for those that were intrigued by her you'll get to know who she is, what she does and how she kept Letty off the radar. When I wrote berlin bound I didn't think about times as much as I probably should have, so when I sat down to write this I was like SHIT! This one has a HUGE focus on Letty, the pregnancy, Ava etc, so I kinda needed that time frame to make sure it was believable and it tied in with Berlin bound. Also I'm really focusing on my editing with this story, I've gone back over my other stories one by one and start editing agian but this one I want done right the first time around.
Anyway I'm rambling, enjoy!
20th March- Los Angeles, USA
The day of the heist
I gently lifted Letty out of the back of the car and placed her in the front. She winced as I sat her down and buckled her in. I knelt down next to her leaning my head on her thigh in defeat.
"Baby I'm so sorry. This is all my fault… I should have listened to you." I mumbled as she tilted my head up.
"It's done now… just get Jesse and get back to me safe. Please." She begged quietly and I could the hurt playing on her face.
"Baby you need a hospital." I said cupping her face gently looking over her worriedly. She was pale and her eyes were unfocused. I felt sick as I looked at the cuts and scratches littering her skin, not to mention the bruises I couldn't see. Her ribs were broken without a doubt but Mia had done all she could.
"No, I'm fine. I just need you to come back safe." She said hissing as I bumped her ribs.
"Oh baby I'm sorry." I winced as she held her breath and closed her eyes in pain.
"Baby please… I couldn't live with myself if something happened to you. Once you're in Mexico go to the hospital please. I'll be there as soon as I can." I promised as I kissed her lips gently mindful of the small cut.
"I'll go when you're back with me. What's going to happen to Vince?" She asked worriedly and I looked away.
"I don't know… I don't know. I'll try and get him out if I can but he was in bad shape… Look right now I just need you safe okay? Don't worry about anything else other than getting better please, I'll see you soon." I spoke kissing her head, cheeks and lips repeatedly, scared she would disappear.
"Promise?" She asked quietly and my heart nearly broke hearing her fear. It wasn't something I was used to hearing. Maybe when we first dated but that had been years ago.
"I promise… three days." I promised and she nodded.
"If you don't turn up Toretto, I'll come and hunt you down myself. Broken ribs or not, I'll kick your arse for leaving me." She swore quietly but I could see the truth behind the pain. I gave her a small smile, brushing my thumb across her bottom lip gently.
"I'll be there baby. I love you Letty, please stay safe." I whispered to her again for the second time today. It was a rare thing for us ever since the cheating incident years ago. The words scared her and I had vowed never to hurt her again.
"I love you too." She whispered. I gave her one last kiss before I stood, moving out of the way as Mia fussed over her again. I turned to Leon noting he looked nervous and sick looking, I didn't blame the guy. The last twenty four hours had been hell, and the next twenty four were about to get worse.
"You're the only one I trust her with." I whispered just loud enough for him to hear but no one else, he looked surprised but nodded in recognition.
"I'll keep her safe. Just… find Jesse and come down to us. I won't be able to stop her if she takes off after you." He spoke and I glanced at Letty before back at Leon and nodded.
"Three days, if I'm not there by then leave and start running. She's in no shape to fight back, just take her and leave. Keep in contact with Mia." I spoke quietly so Letty wouldn't over hear.
"You're not going back in; I'll break you out myself." He swore understanding what I meant and I smiled despite the situation.
"Keep her safe Leon, please. I can't lose her; get her to a hospital as soon as you can." I said showing him my fear and he nodded.
"We'll see you soon." He said firmly and I nodded, watching as Mia gave Letty a kiss on the cheek before closing the door. Picking up the duffle bags I had at my feet, I threw them on the hood of the car.
"It has everything we're going to need. I have enough on me but I need you to take the rest of the cash. Just in case. Watch the border." I said and he nodded peeking into the bag.
Leon gave me one last fearful look as he saw the gun but I nodded, letting him know he had to be prepared. He nodded slowly and I nodded towards the car, silently promising I was going to come through. He nodded once more before he stuffed the bags in the car and followed, getting behind the wheel as he started the car. I watched Letty ask him something and he nodded his head in answer looking straight at me. I'd have to remember to ask him what was said.
I watched as he reversed swiftly out of the driveway before speeding off. I watched the black civic until it turned out of sight, hopefully O'Conner and the LAPD were still a fair bit behind us and wouldn't have any road blocks up just yet. I sighed turning back to Mia, my little sister, I should have listened to her. I gave her a small sad smile as I wrapped an arm around her leading her back towards the house.
"I'm going to find Jess, stay inside and don't answer the doors you hear me?" I said to her as I let her go, walking over to the small concealed compartment we had in the shed. I pulled out the gun and walked out.
"Dom please… Run now while you still can. I'll find him." She pleaded but I shook my head.
"No Mia… I made this mess now I have to clean it up." I snapped.
"What about Vince?" She stressed and I sighed.
"Get him out when you can Mia. Get all the money you can out of the accounts before they're frozen but don't raise suspicion. But for gods sake Mia stay safe, I'll be back when I find Jesse." I promised.
"Then what?" She asked.
"Then we run. You weren't involved Mia, you'll be safer here." I stated. She looked ready to argue but I walked off towards my car as she stormed off to the house. I heard the screeching of a car stop and I froze. I knew that sound.
"Dom drop the gun. I don't want to hurt you…" I turned around and sneered at the man in front of me. I had been so stupid to let him in. He had distroyed our family.
I winced as Leon hit a bump in the road, glaring at him as he looked over in my direction concerned.
"We really need to get you to a hospital." I scowled.
"No I'm fine, just keep driving. The cops will be on our tail before we know it; we need to get to the house." I snapped and he sighed but didn't argue with me.
"How are we going to cross the border?" I asked quietly. My head was pounding, my body ached but I wouldn't let on. We needed to just keep going, when it was safe I would see a doctor.
"Don't worry about that, it's covered. Just stay awake you hear me? Don't you dare fall asleep." He threatened as he drove madly through the cars as we drove to the border.
"No promises." I muttered and he sent me a worried stare.
"Eyes on the road." I snapped and he scowled but turned back to the road.
I don't know how but I managed to stay awake for hours. I wasn't sure I could last much longer though. We had been driving for just under two hours and we well into Mexico now, nearing the safe house in Tijuana. It was a relief. So far we hadn't been followed and customs at the border hadn't stopped us but we would have to ditch this car soon for security reasons. It would be recognized and pieced together with the other two at the scene. I felt my eyelids droop and my head lolled to the side.
"No no stay awake girl… come on we've made it this far, we're going to make it the next half an hour."
"Leon I can't." I said weakly. My eyes were shutting on their own accord. I was in so much pain. My head felt like it had been split open and someone was drilling into it, my ribs were screaming in pain and the bruises on my stomach were being rubbed with every move of the seat belt. I felt like I was going to throw up, of course I wasn't going to let Leon know any of this or he'd swing the car around now.
"Right then I'm taking you to a hospital. You can't sleep, you've had a huge hit to the head." He said focused.
"No just keep driving. I'll be fine I don't need a hospital." I snapped and he growled angrily at me. God he sounded like Dom when he did that.
"No we've done it your way but it's not working. You don't get a fucking say now. I promised Dom I would take care of you and that is exactly what I plan on doing." He swore as he suddenly turned sharply and I cried out in pain as my side hit the door of the car.
"I'm going to kill you." I swore as I groaned holding onto my ribs.
"Yeah? With that sort of response I doubt it. Don't need a hospital my arse." He muttered angrily.
"Your arse is going to get a thrashing if you stop this car." I hissed quietly and he scoffed.
"I'll take my chances."
An hour later
I sat down gently in my seat as I got back into the car. Leon was hovering behind me and it was driving me insane. I had seen a doctor and had my ribs taped up and my other various injuries cleaned up. They'd wanted me admitted but I refused. They argued and tried to get Leon to convince me. I had a concussion, two broken ribs, some deep gashes and some nasty internal bruising. Even after hearing all that I still refused, much to the annoyance of Leon and the medical staff.
"Dom asked me to look after you. How am I supposed to do that if you won't listen to anything the doctors say?" Leon hissed as he yanked the belt out of my hand and buckled me in.
"I can look after myself. I hate hospitals" I snarled in pain as he hit a bruise.
"I wish they had of drugged you before we left, you might have been more tolerable for the rest of the drive." He bit back as he got back in the car and I glared at him.
"Here take these. It'll help with the pain." He said holding out a couple of my pills and a bottle of water I didn't even know he had.
"Thanks." I muttered as I downed them.
"Right, now can we go to the house please? I just want to sleep." I begged quietly. He sighed and nodded.
"Yeah. I have to find a way to get in touch with Mia, let her know we're safe and you're... alive." He muttered as I shot him a weak glare as we drove.
"Damn it Let." I heard Leon mutter as I opened my eyes slowly. The light made me groan and close them immediately again.
"What?" I said weakly.
"You wouldn't wake, you scared the shit out of me." He said worriedly as he picked me up and carried me inside out of the hot sun.
I didn't really take any notice of the place as he laid me on the bed in the main room. We'd bought this place as part of a backup plan in case things went wrong and it had come in handy.
"Stay and don't fucking move. I'll be back in an hour, I'm going to try and get rid of the car and find a way to get a hold of Mia. Find out what's happening back at home. Are you going to be okay?" He asked concerned looking me over and I nodded.
"I just want to sleep Le." I said and he sighed not liking that answer.
"An hour." He said firmly before he walked out glancing back behind him leaving me alone in the house. I was too sore to even try to get up so I stayed in bed and went back to sleep hoping all this shit would just be a nightmare when I woke.
21st March- Tijuana, Mexico
Day after the heist
It was early in the morning when I arrived at the house and I was still in shock what had happened. Leon met me at the door and I gave him a sad smile but he didn't return it.
"What happened to you?" He asked snidely and I sighed. He knew.
"I flipped a car."
"Now you and Letty are even. I hope it hurt." He muttered.
"Le I'm sorry… about Jess. I tried." I explained but he shook his head angrily.
"Had you fucking listened none of this shit would have happened." He swore as he shoved me hard. My shoulder ached but I didn't fight back. I could hear the resentment in his voice already.
"I'm so sorry Le… I tried but Tran was too far caught up with him." I said quietly and he growled turning away from me.
"You were supposed to protect him." He snapped and I nodded.
"I know… I failed him. I failed everyone… I'm sorry Leon, there was nothing I could do." I said suddenly aware of the fact he was drunk as he lifted a vodka bottle to his lips. I looked him over as he staggered into the house and I followed behind him. I made sure the door was locked before I turned back to Leon.
"He was so much better than us." He spat and I stayed silent knowing that he needed to get this out.
"You should have saved him. We should have been out looking for him instead of pulling that fucking job. Now we've lost Vince and Jesse…. Letty probably won't make it through the night but hey that's okay. You only ever think about yourself." He spat and I stopped breathing at his confession about Letty. My eyes flickered to the hall before back to Leon.
"Leon where's Letty?" I asked fearfully but he waved me off with a growl as he finished the bottle and opened a bottle of beer.
"Why the fuck would you care?" He spat and I glared as I walked up to him. Drunk or not, hurt or not he knew better than to fuck with me about Letty's safety.
"Leon where is Letty." I ground out slowly as I pushed him against the wall. He struggled with me but eventually I won out.
"In the bedroom." He mumbled miserably.
"What's wrong with her?" I demanded.
"She's asleep. I have to wake her up every couple of hours. She has a concussion." He slurred and I frowned.
"What else?" I asked.
"She refused to stay at the hospital like the doctors wanted her too. Her ribs are broken, said at least two; it'll take a while to heal. She has some pretty bad internal bruising that they were worried about, a gash on her side that might be already infected but she'll heal. Eventually." He said robotically and I sighed relieved he had been just raging earlier.
"Good. Go to bed Leon you look like you need it." I said softly and he grumbled as he staggered off to the spare room beer in hand.
I walked into the room and turned the side table lamp on letting the light wash over the room. The sight that met me was shocking. Never had I seen Letty so banged up and looking so physically fragile. It pained me to see her in such a state as I carefully sat on the bed not wanting to hurt her by jolting the bed.
"Let?" I said quietly as I stroked her arm gently mindful of the scratches and smaller cuts watching as her eyes opened slowly.
"Dom?" She asked confused and I smiled brushing her hair off her face.
"Oh baby, thank god you're okay." I said relieved. She sat up suddenly and unexpectedly threw herself at me. We both groaned in pain as we collided but she didn't let me go, only held me tighter as I lay us both down carefully.
"Letty!" I cried out worriedly as I pushed her down.
"Damn it Let, you'll hurt yourself even more." I scolded quietly and she winced, but refused to let me go.
"I don't care, I'm just so glad you're here." She whispered and I held her as close as I could without causing her any more pain.
"Don't cry Let… you know I hate to see you cry." I whispered as tears spilled over her cheeks.
"I was so scared you'd been caught." She spoke and I nodded brushing her tears away.
"I'm okay." I promised not telling her just yet about my injuries.
"Where's Jesse?" She asked looking around and I froze as I dropped my hand away from her. I let her go carefully and stood as I looked out the window turning away from her.
"Dom… Dom where's Jesse?" She asked quietly knowing something was wrong. I didn't say anything as I stayed where I was. I heard the creak of the bed and before I knew it she was beside me making me look at her. She saw my tears and she gasped.
"Tran killed him." I whispered.
"No not Jess." She said shaking as she walked backwards. I quickly reached for her and held her gently as we both cried. I held her as close as I could as I pressed my lips to her head repeatedly.
"I'm sorry, I'm so sorry. I tried." I whispered as I let my own tears run.
"It's okay; it's not your fault. No one blames you..." She cried softly and I smiled sadly.
"Yes they do. We shouldn't have done it without Jess… I'm sorry I didn't listen. Now Vince is in hospital fighting for his life facing jail… Jess is gone… You got hurt… Leon hates me… we're on the run…Mia is all by herself." I whispered and she gave me a sad smile in return.
"We'll bounce back, we always do. Ride or die remember?" She promised and I held her face between my hands as I stared at her. She pulled my head down to hers and we kissed. It wasn't rough, it was slow and careful, both of us afraid to hurt the other any further. I picked her up carefully and lay her back on the bed, crawling in beside her, our lips never parting.
I felt her hands trembling against my chest. Her fingers worked my buttons, I frowned painfully through the kiss at the thought of hurting her any more tonight. I tried to pull back but she held fast, coaxing me back in. When we did pull back I looked at her unsurely. We were both hurt and with Vince in trouble and Jesse dead, was this the right time to be doing this?
"Dom we need this… don't fight it please, just be gentle." She whispered as I closed my eyes painfully but nodded as I let her distract me from the mess we had found ourselves in.
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