Into the Night
By: Mae Nunnally
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Thanks to Veronica, Meredith had made it in to see Dr. Reid. The check up had went well, but she had to leave the brace on and continue to keep as much weight off of it as possible.
It was Friday and she was waiting for Owen to show up. To her surprise she was looking forward to the time at the cabin. She wasn’t going to kid herself though, she did wish it was with Carmine and not Owen.
She was startled from her thoughts by a loud knock on the door. She slowly and carefully made her way to the window. After seeing that it was Owen she hollered, “Be right there.” She reached over and unlocked the door before saying, “You can come in.”
Owen stepped inside and shut the door behind him. “You ready to go?”
She had already called and spoke to Mack, arranging for him to care for the horses and Mitzy. “Whenever you are.”
Owen looked around, not seeing a bag he asked, “Wouldn’t you like to bring a change or two of clothes? We are going to be there until Monday night.”
Meredith figured he’d ask, however she hadn’t expected the feeling of embarrassment. “Most of my stuff in upstairs in my bedroom. I’m still unable to make it up the stairs and I didn’t want anyone but Mack from the Damn Yankee to know that I wouldn’t be home all weekend.”
Owen smiled, well she had one of three choices. “Well you can go without, have me pack you a bag, or I could carry you upstairs so you can do it yourself, then carry you back down.” He saw her face get even redder and she was staring at the floor now fiddling with her fingers. He decided to make the decision for her. “I’ll go pack you three sets of clothes.”
He turned and headed for the stairs before he heard her say anything. “There’s gym bags in the closet and the rest is in the top two drawers of the dresser.”
Owen took the steps two at a time, it took only a short time to find her bedroom, he was surprise that it wasn’t all feminine. Instead it was earth tones. When he opened the top dresser drawer he was surprised to see that Meredith’s undergarments were cotton and not lace. He just grabbed three sets and placed them into the bag. He also grabbed shorts and t-shirts as Meredith had instructed. He was tempted to look in the other drawers, but just smiled and shook his head. Somethings were better off not knowing. He quickly stepped into the adjoining bathroom and grabbed a bottle of body wash as well as an all in one shampoo / conditioner bottle. On his way back out of the bathroom he noticed her hair brush and grabbed it too.
By the time Owen rejoined Meredith downstairs she was stretched out on the couch asleep. He hated to wake her up just yet, so he took the bag he had just packed out to his truck as well as her crutches and Carmine’s paramedic jacket. Once back inside he found her keys and slipped them in his pocket before walk over to Meredith.
He stood just looking at her when she became restless and she started talking, at first he couldn’t make out what she was saying it was gibberish but then her voice raise and he heard her heartbeat increase and she yelled out. “No, no, nooooooooo, don’t go, don’t leave me here alone.” He bent down and puller her into his arms. All he could think was is this what Carmine hadn’t told him. He held her close and spoke softly, “Meredith wake up. It’s okay, you are not alone. I’m right here.”
He watched as her eyes slowly opened and blinked a couple of times before she said, “Carmine?” She closed her eyes again and kept them closed as she said, “I’m so sorry Owen.”
All Owen could do was smile and say, “Its okay, Carmine is much prettier than I,” and then he laughed as he picked Meredith up and carried her out to his truck and carefully put her in the passenger side. “I’m just going to lock up your house and then we’ll be on our way.”
Meredith couldn’t believe she had called Owen, Carmine. She was glad that he hadn’t questioned it or said anything other than he did. She would give anything to forget that night two years ago. She really needed to talk to Carmine.
Carmine was glad that he had took Owen’s advice and head out to the cabin last night. There was no one around for miles. They even kept the vehicles a good ways away in an old barn that they had reinforced on the inside. From the outside it just looked like an old ass barn that had been forgotten about.
Last night was the first time he had slept decently in a long time. He had actually slept until well after the sun coming up. Now it was ten o’clock and he was sitting on the porch enjoying the outdoors and his third cup of coffee.
It wasn’t the voices or even the sound of movement that he noticed first it was the heartbeat. He shook his head, there was no way Meredith should be here, unless… He listen closer and caught the voices on the wind, Owen and Meredith. He was going to kill his brother, just what did he think he was doing?
There wasn’t anything he could do about it now, so he continued to sit and drink his coffee. Then a thought occurred to him, there was no way Meredith would be walking, which meant Owen was carrying her. Jealousy was bad no matter what but jealousy anger towards one’s brother never turned out a good thing.
Carmine, set his coffee mug down and started toward them. He checked his anger as he saw them come into view. Seeing them together and with her arms wrapped around Owens neck surprisingly didn’t anger him further, but he did pick up his pace. He wanted her in his arm, to feel her warmth surrounding him once again.
He waited until they were just a few feet apart before saying, “I’ll take her from here,” and held out his arms.
Meredith left go of Owen and willingly went into Carmine’s arms. She looked over at Owen and smiled and politely thanked him.
Owen nodded before turning his attention to his brother. “I just need to go get our bags and a few other items from my truck. You kids gonna be okay?” He already knew he had some explaining to do to Carmine, so he decided to keep things light.
Carmine had already forgave his brother, but he still wanted to know why he brought Meredith here. He looked down at Meredith and asked, “We okay?” He saw her nod before she rested her head against his chest. Then he answered his brother, “Looks like.” He watched as Owen turned around and headed back toward the barn.
Slowly and carefully Carmine began to carry Meredith to the cabin. He had only taken a few steps when she whispered, “I’m sorry, I didn’t know you were going to be here too.” Carmine tightened his arms around her before replying, “No worries, there’s plenty of room for the three of us, the cabin was built big enough so me and my three brothers could hang together. And for the record I didn’t know you would be here either, but now that we are we’ll just make the best of it.”
All Meredith could think was, there’s two more of them? Were the others just as good-looking as Owen and Carmine. “Must be nice to have brothers to spend time with.”
He could hear something in her voice, but wasn’t sure what it was. “Yes, besides Owen there is Jaxon and Donovan. I also have a sister, Stella.”
“Well at least I have Sheldon and Ronnie, so I’m not completely alone.”
He knew who Sheldon was, but he wasn’t sure who Ronnie is, but something told him they weren’t family. “They your brothers?” He asked as he adjusted her in his arms.
“If only, they are both just good friends. I’ve know them both since elementary school. Sheldon was always looking out for me, still does. Veronica, her friends call her Ronnie is more like a sister than a friend. I owe them both so much.” She snuggled into Carmine’s neck for a while before adding, “I’m an only child, my parents and grandparents live over in Lancaster.”
Nothing more was said mainly because Meredith had dozed off in his arms as he walked the rest of the way to the cabin. He didn’t want to wake her so he sat on the swing and continued to hold her. He could have taken her inside but he figured the outside might do her good. It was a pleasant day at the cabin with all the tree coverage, it made the temps in the high sixties which was nice for late September. The light breeze that was blowing helped too.
Carmine still sat holding Meredith when Owen returned with his hands full. Carmine motioned for him to come closer. When he did he grabbed the crutches and leaned them against the cabin. “She fell asleep while we were still making our way here. I don’t want to wake her just yet. There’s coffee already made inside.”
Owen could help but smile, the two of them looked perfect together. “I’ll put her things in the master bedroom, that way she has her own bathroom and won’t have to roam the place at night.”
Carmine nodded his agreement and continued to hold Meredith as she slept.
Owen had rejoined him on the porch and they were quietly talking when Meredith woke. He was still holding her close but loosened his hold around her. He looked down and she was looking up at him and then he saw the smile appear on her lips. He looked over at Owen and said, “Miss Sleepyhead has finally awoke.” He looked down at her and asked, “Would you like a coffee?”
Meredith had almost forgot that they weren’t alone, that Owen was stay a with them. Without thinking she said, “I need to pee.”
Figuring she had been carried enough, he helped her sit along beside him on the swing before handing her, the crutches. He watched as she stood and gained her balance before saying, “Your room is inside to the right, there’s a bathroom connected to it. It’s where you’ll be sleeping.”
She started to head toward the door to go inside when Owen stood. She stopped and looked at him and said, “Please don’t treat me like a cripple, I understand not wanting me to navigate the woods, but this I can do on my own.” She waited until he sat back down before continuing inside.
It was a few minutes later when they heard her yelling. For a few seconds Owen and Carmine just looked at one another. “You go,” Owen said and he didn’t have to say twice. Carmine was thru the door and at the bathroom door in no time at all.
“Meredith is everything alright?” He asked.
She was embarrassed, but she was glad that it was Carmine that had come. “You can come in.” She waited until he did so and that she could see him. “There’s no toilet paper, could you get me some?”
It was the one thing he hadn’t done, but then he didn’t expect anyone to use the master bedroom or bath. He walked over to the vanity and took out individual wrapped roll and handed it to her. He reached back under and grabbed a bar of soap and placed it up top before asking. “Anything else?”
She felt the heat rise in her cheeks as he looked at her, but managed to say, “Privacy?” She knew he wouldn’t see anything he hadn’t seen before, but she was pretty sure he hadn’t seen hers before.
“Yes, of course. Help yourself in the kitchen. The mugs and glasses are above the coffee pot in the cupboard.” As he walked away all he could think was, this going to be an interesting weekend. He needed to keep his distance from Meredith or things were going to happen.
Meredith made her way to the kitchen and noticed that it mid afternoon and she hadn’t ate yet today. She pulled open the frig and was surprise to see that it was fully stocked. She pulled out a pack of chicken thighs along with potatoes. Then went in search of the other things she needed.
She had the potatoes on to boil for mashed potatoes and was waiting on the oil to come to temperature to fry the chicken. She was leaning against the counter checking her messages when she heard someone enter. Without looking she said out loud, “I’m in the kitchen.” When the footsteps continued to come closer she looked up to find both Owen and Carmine looking at her. She smiled and said, “I was hungry and when I saw the time I figured I’d cook for all of us.” She hoped she hadn’t over stepped, Carmine had told her to help herself. “I hope that’s okay?” Her smile faded a little but not completely.
They both spoke at the same time, “You don’t have to.”
She ignored they’re looks of concern and instead of continuing with the current conversation she asked, “So, who’s idea really was it to bring the crippled girl to the party and then expect her to just sit on her ass?” She was no child or a crippled and she would not be treated like neither.
“Mine.” Owen said, then continued with, “I thought you might want to get away, and with not one but two medical professionals here, you should be fine.”
“Okay, but why not tell us that the other was gonna be here?” Meredith said point at Carmine and herself.
All Owen had to say to that was, “I think you both know why.” He looked from one to the other. “I’m going to go pick up some beer, is there anything I can pick up for you Meredith?”
“Morgan David, Blackberry wine, any liquor place should carry it, if they don’t just grab some vodka.”
“Got it, I’ll be back,” and he left.
Meredith turned back to pan of oil to check to see if it had reached temperature. A few seconds pasted before she heard Carmine ask, “Can I give you hand with that?” Without turning around she said, “Sure, would you mind doing the frying?”
Carmine stepped around the island and grabbed the leather apron from the peg. “I’d be happy too.”
Grabbing the tongs hanging on the wall Carmine began to fry the first couple of pieces.
Meredith watched him after preparing the next couple of pieces. She couldn’t help but notice that it apparently wasn’t his first at this. The silence stretched on between them for a while until Meredith asked, “Can I ask you something?”
“Sure, ask away.” He kept his back to her waiting for the question.
“It was you in the alley two years ago, wasn’t it?” She meant to word it differently, but it was already asked now.
He expected the question and he knew the answer he would give, but it was the following questions that he was worried about. “Yes, it was.” He turned to face her before continuing, “I’m sorry for leaving you lying there.” He turned back to the chicken and exchanged the done pieces for the next ones.
Before Meredith could think it thru she asked, “Why? Being that you are a paramedic, why didn’t you stay?”
And that was the question he feared the most. How could he tell her and not lie to her. He flipped the chicken giving himself a few more seconds to think of an answer. Turning towards her again he said, “I was exactly fit to be seen, let alone preforming any kind of medical treatments, so I called 911 and directed them to you.”
“I see,” was all she said and he was surprised that she would just drop the subject. He felt he needed to say more, “since that night it has never happen again. There isn’t a day that goes by that I didn’t stay by your side. Again, I’m sorry.”
“Did you stay nearby though? Before you left me you said you would be nearby until help arrived.”
“Yes, I was nearby until the police arrived and you were being put into the back of the ambulance. I couldn’t leave until I knew you were safe.” He turned the burner off and put the tongs down before turning to Meredith. He took a step closer to her and gathered her into his arms. He whispered, “please tell me you can forgive me.”
She had never been mad at him, how could she be after what he did. He had saved her life that night. She took small step back and raised her hand to his cheek before saying, “I was never mad at you. It’s just for two years now I’ve been wanting to find you and thank you for being there that night. If you hadn’t shown up…” She left her words trail off because of all the possibilities of what could have happen that night. She turned and leaned against the counter.
Carmine stepped behind her and gathered her back into his arms. “Don’t think about what could have happen, it didn’t, I did.” He dropped his mouth her neck and nuzzled and kissed it before letting her go.
She turned in his arms and looked up into his eyes wanting those lips on hers. She started to moved closer to do just that, but he took a step back and said, “There is so much more you need to know about me.” He looked at her and gave a little smiles before returning to the chicken,removing the last couple of pieces from the oil.
Meredith went to follow him, but before she could take a step she heard the front door and Owen saying, “I’m home, I’ll give y’all thirty seconds to get decent.”
Carmine yelled back, “No need.”
“I know your my brother, but I really don’t want to see anything that swings on you.”
Carmine stepped into the living room before saying. “You are such a dork. We’ve been frying chicken, not a good think to be naked with things swinging around hot oil.” He saw the grin on Owen face and picked up a pillow from the couch and flung it at his brother.
“Okay fine, whatever you say.”
Meredith made her way to the couch and sat before saying, “I hope you two can handle dishing up everything.”
Owen and Carmine both turned and watched as Meredith made her way to the couch. Carmine walked over to the pillow he had thrown at his brother and picked it up, before take it over to Mere to rest her leg on it.
It was early the next morning when Meredith was sitting on the porch enjoy a cup of coffee when three men appeared from out of no where. At first she wasn’t worried, but when they stepped up on the porch and pointed their guns she knew she was in trouble.
Carmine wasn’t sure what woke him, but then he heard Meredith rapid heartbeat. He nudged his brother awake. “Owen. Owen.”
“Something is wrong, Meredith’s heart rate is escalated and she not in the cabin.”
“Shhh, listen.” Owen said. And that’s when they heard a male’s voice.
“Let’s go.” They didn’t bother with clothes, they both leaped down from the loft and rushed to the front door.
When Carmine heard, “quit lying you stupid bitch,” Carmine lost control and burst thru the front door and within seconds he was on the men. He heard Meredith scream but he didn’t stop until all three men were knocked out cold on the ground. He didn’t need to turn around to know that his secret was out.
Owen just stood in the doorway, he knew it was unwise to do anything. He looked over at Meredith when she screamed. She sat now just staring at Carmine. He had hoped that they would have time to explain things before she saw what she had just seen.
Carmine turned towards Meredith and closed his eyes, this was not how he wanted Meredith to find out. “Owen, tie these guys up and call the police.” He said before running off.
All Owen said was, “No, problem.” He walked back into the house and ground the rope from the closet.
After tying up the men, he made a call, but not to the police. He called their father. “Opal, is Stiofan there?”
“Yes, what happen?” Opal knew that when any of their children called using their given names instead of mom or dad, it wasn’t good.
“Can you have him come to the cabin? We need three men removed from the property”
“We’ll be there in fifteen minutes. Where’s Carmine? Is he safe?”
“He is, don’t worry. Also, we have a friend staying with us at the cabin.” He wanted his parents to know so they would act normal.
“Okay son, we’re on our way.”
After getting over the shock, Meredith just sat and listened to Owen conversation. She waited until she saw him put his phone back in his pocket before saying anything. “Are they okay?”
“Yes, they are, although they’ll be out of it for a while. Are you alright?”
“Yes, they didn’t touch me.” Meredith raised her eyes from the men on the ground to Owen’s face. “Would mind putting some clothes on? At least a robe.”
Owen wanted to go after his brother, but he knew his main concern right now needed to be for Meredith and the three men now tied up and each of them to a tree. “Of course, I’m sorry.”
Meredith didn’t mind seeing Owen that way, it didn’t bother her, but if the police was coming he should have more on than just his boxers. When he returned and sat down on the porch with a cup of coffee she asked the one question she really wanted answered. “Is Carmine going to be alright?”
“Yes.” He didn’t know what else to say to Meredith. He was actually surprised that she was taking things as well as she was.
“Will he be back?” She asked.
“In time, yes, he just needs some time.”
“Is this why he didn’t stay with me in the alley?”
Owen knew what she was talking about, but wasn’t sure if it was his place to answer. “Maybe. You really need to ask him. I imagine you two will have a lot to talk about once he returns. Give him a few hours Meredith, he’ll return.”
Meredith had heard of the different people living in the area. Some said they didn’t belong, that they all should be killed, others said that as long as they left them alone they were fine with them. She had never seen any of these people until now. She had imagined that they changed into animals, mainly because she had heard them referred to as panthers, wolves, bears, and even deer shifters. She wasn’t sure what to make of Carmine.
A thought came to mine, was Owen the same way, was their entire family this why. So, she asked, “Are you like Carmine?”
Owen sat listening for Carmine, but he couldn’t hear him. It was Meredith question that gained his attention. “Yes, I am.”
She figured as much. “Why didn’t you shift like Carmine.” She asked.
“I would have, but…” he went silent and listened. “we’ll continue this conversation later. Opal and Stiofan are almost here.”
Meredith looked up from the porch to see a man and woman walking towards them. The man stopped at the men still unconscious tied to the trees. The woman continued toward them. Meredith watched as Owen stood up and walked to the woman and gave her a hug.
Owen hugged his mother and whispered, “she doesn’t know everything yet, she’s Carmine’s girl and he has a lot of explaining to do once he gets back.” Owen kissed him mother’s cheek before stepping back to make the introductions. “Opal this is Meredith, Meredith this is Opal, my mother and that down there is my father Stiofan.”
Meredith reached for her crutches, but before she could get up Opal stepped forward and said, “Please, there’s no need to get up.” Opal offered her hand in greeting. “You can meet Stiofan once Owen and he takes those young men to the truck.”
Meredith watched as Stiofan picked up one and place him over Owen’s empty shoulder. Then he picked up the last man and they walked back the way Opal and Stiofan had just come from.
Meredith moved her attention back to the woman still standing but watching the guys leave. “There’s coffee inside I can get you some.” She wasn’t sure what to say, didn’t know if she knew her way around or not.
Opal turned back around to face the woman that has captured her eldest son’s heart. “I’m good, thank you. So, you are the one that has my son running. I can see why.” Opal didn’t sit, just leaned again the pillar.
“Apparently so. I’m also the one that makes him freak out and twice now has thrown himself at my attackers. Just what am I going to do with him?” Meredith left out a little giggle trying to keep things light. She wish Owen would have told her that it was his parents coming to clean up the mess.
“Twice you say, when was the first?”
“Two years ago, although I didn’t know it was him then.” Meredith really didn’t want to rehash two years ago even if it was Carmine’s mother.
“I see,” was all Opal said.
A few minutes later Meredith heard something and looked in the direction only to see Owen walking toward them. He stepped up on the porch and said, “Stiofan didn’t want to leave those guys alone, they were starting to stir.”
Before anything else could be said, Opal was off the porch saying, “Nice to meet you Meredith. Owen take care of your brother.” And then she was gone.
“That’s mom, she really knows how to make an exit.” He looked down at Meredith and smiled. “I hope she didn’t make you uncomfortable.”
“No, she didn’t say much.”
“I’m sorry I didn’t mean to leave you alone with her, but dad wouldn’t have let her help carrying the guys out.”
“No problems, she seems really nice.” It seemed like forever since Carmine has run off. She was beginning to worry. “I’m sorry Owen, but I’m worried about Carmine. I know you said to give him time, but we are surrounded by woods.”
“I tell you what, let’s get you inside and settled and I’ll to look for him.” Owen helped her up and then handed her the crutches and held the door open for her.
Owen left Meredith to settle on the couch as he went and got a gun out of the safe. When he returned she was sitting on the couch with her leg propped up. He stepped in front of her and handed her the gun, he was surprised that she took it with out any problem. “I assume you know how to use this?” He asked before leaving go of the pistol.
“Yes, I got one of my own and learned how to use it. This one is a bit bigger than mine, but I’m sure I’ll have no problem using it if it comes to that.” She tucked the gun between her leg and the cushion.
“Good. I’ll lock the door behind me. Do not worry I’ll be back with or without Carmine before dark.” Owen walked away and out the door.
Meredith heard the lock click on the door and left go of the breath that she had been holding. All the what ifs started running thru her head. She picked up the gun again and looked at it, held it in her hand to get use to its weight. She had almost got one like it two years ago, but the salesman at the gun shop had talked her into buying a different one, telling her to get use to the smaller one and to practice it with it until she could group her shots with in a three inch circle. Once she could do that he would gladly exchange the gun for her. She had practiced and loved the gun, so she never went back to exchanged it. The salesman had also told her if she perfected her aim, the gun would serve her well. She was thankful that she hasn’t had to prove her skill under duress.
It was hours later when Meredith was startled awake by someone at the door. She looked around and realized it was already dark outside, as the door opened she reached for the gun and twisted onto her stomach. Before whoever it was could take another step she yelled, “Don’t take another step, if you do I swear I’ll put a bullet in you.” She heard some scuffling and said again. “I said don’t fucking move.”
“Meredith, its just us Owen and Carmine. I’m just gonna come too you.” Owen motioned for Carmine to stay where he was and then slowly walked towards Meredith so she could see for herself that it was indeed just him. He was about five feet away before he saw her and that she still had the gun pointed at him. “Meredith, put the gun down, its okay, I found Carmine. Carmine come here.”
Meredith watched and listened as someone else walked closer. At first all she saw was Carmine still naked all but his boxer briefs, but then she noticed something else. She couldn’t quite make it out though. She placed the gun on the end table before saying, “Carmine, step closer.” That’s when she saw it, Carmine’s chest was all blood. “You’re hurt. Sit.” Meredith motioned for Carmine to sit in front of her on the coffee table.
Owen just stood in silence watching the scene play out in front of him. He wasn’t sure what Meredith’s reaction would be to Carmine after what she had saw that morning. They would have returned sooner but Carmine had argued against it, saying that they should give Meredith more time, so they had waited until the sun was down to head back to the cabin.
Meredith managed to sit up and reached over to Carmine cheek. “Are you alright?” She watched as he just nodded his head yes. She turned her head to look at Owen that still stood where he was. “Owen, please put the gun back wherever you keep it and get me some warm water, and medical supplies so I can tend to your brother.”
When Owen returned, he noticed the eerie silence that filled the room. He looked from his brother to Meredith and back again. Deciding to stay silent he sat the basin of warm water next to Carmine on the coffee table and the rest of the supplies next Meredith on the arm of the couch. As he started to walk away he heard Meredith say, “Thank you, Owen.” To keep himself busy he walked to the kitchen and started on supper.
Meredith dipped the wash cloth into the basin and wrung it out and then started with Carmine’s face. She was glad to see that it wasn’t actually cut, that it was just smudged with blood. She she continued down to his torso this is where she found the real cuts. She was surprised when he didn’t even flinch, but then she noticed just how tight he was holding on to the edge of the coffee table. His knuckles had gone white.
She looked up into his eyes and asked, “are these going to require stitches? If so Owen will have to do that.”
“Finish cleaning the rest of them, then we can ask Owen, he’ll be able to see them better than I.” Carmine closed his eyes as Meredith brought the cloth back up to his chest.
Meredith finished washing all the blood and dirt away being careful around the cuts. When finished she gently laid her hand on his cheek again and looked up into his eyes. “Once Owen takes a look at these we need to talk. She leaned forward and kissed his cheek where her hand had just been, before calling out to Owen. “Owen, can you come here please?” She waited until Owen stood behind the couch. “You need to take a look at the cuts” She pointed to Carmine chest. “I’m not sure what ones if any need stitches. I assume you have what’s needed to do that.” She worked her way down the couch so Owen could sit and examine the cuts.
After a few minutes Owen said, “A few of them do. I’ll be right back.”
And right back he was, he carried a towel, a bottle of something and a kit. He sat back down. Carmine stood and Owen laid out the towel. Meredith watched as Carmine laid down now with the towel under his torso. Owen proceeded to washes the cuts out. Once done he handed Carmine another towel. Carmine rolled it up and bit down on it. It was then that Meredith realized Owen was going to start stitching Carmine up.
Once Owen finished he clean up everything but the ointment, bandages, tape and scissors. He stood and said, “Meredith would you please dress all the wounds and bandage them.”
“Yes I can manage that, thank you, Owen.”
“Its not the first time I’ve had to do that and I’m sure it won’t be the last.” Owen said as he walked away.
Meredith didn’t say anything as she dressed Carmine’s wounds. She did however notice the other scars, long faded, but they were still there. Once the last wound was bandages Meredith started to clean up.
He couldn’t take the silence any longer, not from Meredith. He sat up and took her hands in his, stilling them. “Mere, please say something. This silence is worst than if you would be screaming and yelling at me.” He watched as she sat looking down at their hands.
Even thought she knew Owen knew everything, she still felt that they should have this conversation privately. She glanced up at Carmine and into his eyes. “Carmine, I want to talk I really do, but not with your brother nearby.”
Before either of them said anything more Owen yelled from the kitchen that supper was done.
Carmine stood and nodded and walked away. He understood, and he would respect Mere’s wishes. They would talk, but for now it would have to wait.
Meredith made her way to the kitchen and join Owen and Carmine at the bar. Owen had already set out dishes and silverware. When she was done eating she excused herself and instead of returning to the living room she made her way to the bedroom.
She stepped into the bathroom and she was drawn to the Jacuzzi once again. Screw it, she thought to herself and made her way over to it. She undressed and carefully got in. After settling herself she started the water. The heat from the water was a welcome, it soothed a lot of the tense muscles. She really needed to get one of these put in at her home.
She must have nodded off because when she awoke the water was damn near ice cold. She tried to lift herself out of the water a few times before she realized it was useless, she wasn’t going to be able to get out by herself without putting weight on her leg and she knew that was a very very bad idea, with only nearly four weeks of mending it wasn’t healed and she could re-injure it if she tried to put any weight on it. She didn’t have any choice, she was going to need help.
She was just about to yell for help when a knock came at the bathroom door. “Who is it?” She called out. She already felt the embarrassment warming her neck and cheeks.
Carmine’s voice answered her, “Its Carmine. I came to check on you but you weren’t in bed.”
From the muffle of his voice she could tell that he hadn’t even opened the door. “Could you come in here please?” She knew there really wasn’t any reason to be so embarrassed, they both adult’s for Christ sake. However when she heard the door open she sunk lower into the water.
“Mere, are you okay? It’s all I want to know. I don’t mean to interrupt whatever you are doing.” He remained just inside the bathroom. He didn’t hear any water running so maybe she was just finishing up, he thought to himself.
Fuck it, she thought to herself. “Carmine come here, damn it, I need your help.” She waited for him to round the corner before continuing. “I just wanted to relax for a while and I know I shouldn’t be in here…” She stopped talking knowing she was just rambling.
“Mere you do not need to explain, I get it, it was a stressful day. I just wish you would have told me. I could have been here when you were ready to get out.” He grabbed a towel off the shelf as he walked towards her.
“Well I sort of fell asleep, so I don’t know how long I’ve been in here. Sorry.”
“Let’s get you out of there.” He tossed the towel over his shoulder and stepped up behind her. “Ready?”
“I’m gonna help you stand up now. Can you side up a bit?” He waited until she did so before squatting behind her, wrapping his arms under her arms and over her breasts. Before even stepping into the bathroom he had told himself that Mere was just another person needing his help. Telling himself this helped him do what needed done without complications.
Once they were standing he held her to his chest until she had her balance on her good leg. He then took the towel and wrapped it around her, covering her for both her sake and his. “I want you to sit on the side now. Once I’m out I’ll help you to the bedroom.” After she sat he reached over turned the lever so the water could empty out. He then got out and picked her up and carried her to the bedroom. He returned to the bathroom for her crutches and sat them down next to her. “Please, the next time you want to do that let Owen or I know.”
He turned to leave her for the night, but was stopped with her saying, “Please, stay for a minute.” He turned back to her and listened, her heart rate had picked up. He knew he should decline, but… “If that is what you want.”
“Can we talk? Not about us, but this morning? Owen only told me so much. He said I should speak to you, that it was your place to tell me.”
This he could do, this he wanted to do, he wanted to tell her, to help her understand, to help her not to be afraid if she was. He didn’t sit next to her, but pulled a chair up to in front of her. He took her hands in his and looked up in to her soul searching eyes. I didn’t see fear, he saw confusion, wonder, and something else, but up front was confusion. It was a look he knew well, but this was different because he knew what the confusion was about. Now he just hoped he could help clear it up.
Before starting he asked one question. “Are you sure about this?” She didn’t answer with words, just a nod of her head…
To Be Continued…
About the Author
Mae Nunnally lives in the small town of Kaufman, Texas with her husband Michael. They have no children, but do have one dog and one cat.
Besides writing Mae enjoys sitting down with some yarn and hooks and creating afghans and blankets as well as baby and toddler clothes. She also enjoys putting her feet up with a good book with the dog at her feet and the cat in her lap.
This is my first attempt at a paranormal romance. The Murray’s are a family of shape-shifters and that is all I’m saying on that for I don’t want to ruin the surprise. As of now I am not sure how many parts will be included in this short story series.
I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them. Let the mystery, intrigue and romance continue.
Part 2 is finally finished, I’ve already started part 3, will the story end or be continued yet again?
Thank you for continuing to read, Into The Night, please feel free to comment, let me know what you think so far or by all means wait until you’ve read the entire story.
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The story continues.... Meredith was saved by someone or was it some thing? As she lay in the alley way after being saved from two attackers, she listens to the sirens get closer and closer. The darkness of the night and her blurred vision from the knock on the head that the one of the attackers gave her, prevented her from seeing her savior clearly. All she saw was the attackers go flying. Its two years later and she's still haunted by that night. Carmine has watched her for the past two years, keeping her safe even after she left the town of York. He has kept his distance because of what he is. Not many people would understand or even believe what he is and what he can do. Will Meredith and Carmine be together or are they destine to be apart forever. Note: This story will be wrote in a continued short story series. Please keep checking back for the next part.