The first time he says it she’s half-delirious from potions and pain, eyelids heavy as she blinks, twice, trying to focus her eyes on something inside the tent. A fire, she thinks. A fire in the near distance and a crowd of people, their smells and sounds falling into the slow beat of her body where she lies. People who had been running with her, escaping; she can see it if she closes her eyes again, all the shattered movements of them, their erratic little flight.
As the memory returns, Evelyn flinches and tries to sit up.
And this word ‘bogus’ they all use… They won’t make the best of a bad job nowadays. My private schoolmaster used to say ‘If a thing’s worth doing at all, it’s worth doing well.’ …But these young people have got hold of another end of the stick… They say, 'If a thing’s not worth doing well, it’s not worth doing at all.’ It makes everything very difficult for them.
Juan’s grasp on my hand was tight as he was pulling me along the halls of the courthouse. Looking for the courtroom, we were suppose to be in for our ceremony. I was having trouble keeping up with him, he was moving so fast.
I should have told him about the memory I had after the drive by, and what I had found when I looked up the information. Even if I didn’t know if I was forsure Claire Elizabeth Raines, I knew I was (Y/F/N) (Y/M/N) (Y/L/N). I didn’t have memories of either life, just the bits of flashbacks.
He stopped, turning to look back at me, walking back to. “Evelyn, are you having doubts? I’ll understand. We don’t have to do this.”
I shook my head, biting my lip. “No, I’m not having doubts, but you may, when I tell you.”
Jax leaned back in his chair, he didn’t like outsiders, and Evelyn Cora Roberts was the very reason why. She was going to be trouble, with an ex like Graysen Tucker coming after her. The club would become a target of one of the largest crime families in the area, if they were to protect Evelyn.
Jax didn’t want to get on the Tucker Family’s bad side, you never knew when you could use the connection. He was going to have Unser check into her, see if she was hiding anything. He had to protect his club, in the end.
As of right now he had to support Juice and this sham of a marriage. Going out to the main room, he prepared to welcome her to the family.
“I now pronounce you husband and wife, kiss your bride.” Juan smiled at her, hands caressing her face. She closed her eyes leaning in, meeting his lips. It was a simple, and gentle kiss.
“Next!” They pulled away from each other, the magic was over. He placed, his hand on the small of her back, guiding her out of the courtroom
“We have to go by the clubhouse, Gemma is throwing us a party.” He bit his lip looking at her.
She exhaled softly, smiling up at him. “Of course. You’re family wants to share our happiness with us.” She looked down at her feet, his hands lifted her chin up, so her eyes met his.
“What is it beautiful?”
“I hate lying to everyone, I know this marriage isn’t real…. “ She looked sad. Juan pulled her into his arms, kissing the top of her head. Not sure what to say, he held her for a few minutes.
He hated lying to his brothers, about his marriage. He hated lying to them about her background, about her amnesia but it was necessary. He had told Jax and the rest of the club about her ex trying to kill her, but not why. They knew she was in a coma for a month, then woke up, it was half truths. It was enough to get her protection.
“I know, but it’s only for a little while, until we have all the answers.” He pulled back, taking her hand and walking out the door.
Heading to a side exit, instead of the front doors, he smiled down at her. “I had one of the prospects drop off a cage. I didn’t think you’d want to ride my bike.”
She let out a laugh, wrapping my arms around him. “I would have happily ridden your bike.”
He wrapped his arms around her looking down into her eyes. He studied her face, she tried to look away. His hands moved up, cradling my jaw. “You’re so beautiful, and I get to call you mine. I’m a lucky man.”
He lowered his mouth to hers, his kiss started out gently. He pulled her closer, letting out a moan, when she sucked his bottom lip between her teeth.
He broke off the kiss, holding her at a distance. “Keep that up, and we’re skipping..”
His words were cut off by the sound of gun shots.
He pushed her to the ground, covering her body with his. They laid there for what seemed life infinity, when the gunshots stop Juan lifted his weight off of her.
“You whole?” He stared down at her still body, panic rising up. “EVELYN!”
Vince had seen Ortiz and (YN), go inside the courthouse. They were both dressed up, he then saw Graysen standing outside. He circled back around the block, he had a feeling that Graysen was going to ambush Ortiz and (Y/N).
Vince called for back up, hoping he’d have enough time for them to show up; before the newlyweds came out. If not he’d just take the man in his own, he had to protect her.
He got out if his car, keeping out of sight, he kept his eyes on Graysen He was crouched down, behind some bushes, keeping an eye on Graysen. His former employer, must have some sixth sense. Graysen slowly turned around, walking to close proximity to where Vince had decided to observe.
“Barton, so glad you showed up. I plan on killing you both. I just can’t decide who goes first.”
Vince pulls out his gun. “Stay away from her, if you just leave her alone; I’ll lose everything I have on you. “
“Agent Barton, you disappoint me! You’d give up your career for a little whore? She’s so not worth it.”
Vince pulled out his gun. “I love her, which is more than I can say for you. She was always a possession for you, something for you to own. Leave her alone!”
A black SUV pulled up, a couple of men jumped out, pointing their guns at Vince. He had no choice but to defend himself, regardless of the consequences.
I looked up at Juan’s panic ridden face, his hands running over my body.
“I’m fine…just shook up. I’m sorry…” I hated that I brought my crazy to his life. Reaching up, I touched his face. “Are you hit?”
He gathered me up in his arms, helping me up. His arming wrapping around me protectively, helping me to a vehicle the, in a parking lot. He looked at me. “ I’m whole! Are you sure, you’re not hurt”
I nodded my head, smiling at him, reaching over squeezing his hand. I just wanted to leave, and feel safe.