I watched as Kiara supervised as the maids walked around the room, serving the guests who had arrived to see the newborn child. Lilian’s family had been coming in numbers for hours now, we had to refill the fridge twice already, and Louis had it packed when we first arrived.
Gifts were given out everywhere, of all kinds. The women gave clothes, while the men brought gold coins. It was traditional that when a child was born, gold coins were handed for him or her for the parent to keep when the child grew up. Usually, a parent would sell them if needed for the child’s education or training, or they would just keep the coins for the kid when he grew up. I personally still had the coins which were gifted to me, mom and Dimitri never sold them, not that they needed to, Dimitri took care of everything when it came to finances, whether it was my tuition or training.
Kiara looked at me and I smiled at her, encouraging her to keep going despite her exhausted state, she had been on her feet for hours now. I understood how tired she was from her eyes despite her smile to everyone, how hard her eyes turned when she gave one of her maids an order, I loved how strong she was and how she led everyone without even blinking.
“How are you Nikolay?” Yildiz, Lilian’s cousin asked smiling at me “I’m sure that we’ll be joining a newborn baby shower for both you and Kiara soon”
Kiara looked at me and bit her bottom lip to stop herself from laughing upon hearing the question, Yildiz’s blue eyes met mine and she fixed her blonde hair. The woman being in her late fifties, she had a few wrinkles on her face, but it was obvious that she took a good care of herself.
“Don’t worry Yildiz, you’ll be the first one to be informed when Kiara is due” I winked before getting up and walking toward my wife who seemed to be enjoying the show of me being stuck with her family members. She smiled when she saw me approach her before standing on her toes to wrap her arms around my neck as I wrapped mine around her waist and leaned to her lips, kissing her softly, claiming her as my own in front of everyone who was watching.
“Someone’s jealous” Kiara whispered against my lips, I smirked and bit her bottom lip softly, there were a few men who had been watching her all day, trying to speak to her. Yes, she didn’t really pay any attention to them, well, that was until she hugged Alberto and I felt like fires ran through my veins.
“Can’t I simply kiss my wife?” I asked smirking, I was well aware of Alberto’s eyes on us, and though he was married to Mihronisa, I still couldn’t trust him around my wife. Blame it on me being protective, blame it on me wanting her mine and mine alone, but I didn’t want to think of risking her being looked at by another man, and I wasn’t blind not to see how Alberto looked at her. Yes, he was her friend and they have been close for years, but I still didn’t trust him, well, I technically didn’t trust anyone around my wife. Aside from my men of course, I saw how they looked at her, they truly did see her as their sister or queen, whichever, I didn’t mind, as long as they kept their limits and respect with her.
“Sure…” Kiara laughed before pecking my lips again, she smiled into the kiss before pulling away to look me in the eye “how about we go back home before I pass out here?”
“I think that would be a good idea” I chuckled kissing her forehead, Kiara laughed and I rolled my eyes before wrapping my arm around her waist, both of us walking to Lilian who smiled at us, Kiara kissed her mom’s forehead and cheek before standing straight and finding her father behind her. He knew that what he had said annoyed her earlier, but being her, she didn’t show it in front of the guests, smiling and nodding at him, she gave him a quick hug before standing beside me.
“Be safe you two, and let us know when you get home” Lilian said and Kiara smiled, Natalie was beside Lilian, having really met her over the past year, I swear her, Maddie, Kiara and Grace made a small alliance against us a few times. It made me laugh but I still feared the four being together in one room, however, I couldn’t really stop them from being so, especially since Natalie was currently in a ‘relationship’ with Anastas, whatever that meant.
“We will mum, my phone is on if you need anything” Kiara said smiling at her mom, Natalie hugged Kiara before we both walked out, Anastas saw us and frowned in confusion when he didn’t see Natalie coming but Kiara smiled and nodded at him.
“She’s helping mum inside, not sure when she’d be done though” Kiara said assuring him, Anastas nodded before looking at me, waiting for what I wanted him to do, but I couldn’t expect him to leave his girlfriend in the hospital with a bunch of mafia men and women when she didn’t have any mafia skills to fight if anything was to happen, therefore, I couldn’t expect Anastas to come with us and leave her here.
“Stay here with her, and if anything happens just give us a call we’ll be here” I said calmly, Anastas smiled and nodded. I may have been their boss, I may be running an empire, but we are family, what happens outside the family with the other men was to be left with strangers, it was something that we all saw and understood, our loyalty wasn’t bought, we were bounded by brotherhood, whether we were related by blood or not.
Kiara and I walked out of the hospital and headed toward the car, I kissed my wife’s temple before opening the car door for her, Daniel, her driver was back at home. I didn’t trust the man, and no, it wasn’t because I was protective, but most men in her family were easily bought, they weren’t what I exactly called loyal, they were simply doing it because they were either afraid of losing their lives, logically, once entering a mafia family, there was no technical way out of it, unless you plan on running away to a village where no one knows you, and even then the possibility of finding you was high, or because the men wanted money, the English paid their men well, I must admit, but I could pay them double the amount and have them switch their alliance to me. I would kill them if they did, but I knew that I could still do it.
“So, now that we were a good couple and have attended your mom’s newborn baby shower at the hospital, do you mind us going somewhere where we can be alone and away from the crowd?” I asked getting inside the car, Kiara laughed and shook her head at me before taking my hand in hers and kissing my palm.
“Now, when have I ever minded being alone with you?” Kiara teased squeezing my hand, I smiled and intertwined our fingers with hers keeping my hand on her lap as I drove, soft music played in the background, she always had a habit of turning on music while we drove, I didn’t mind, it was comforting, and having her here with me. Well, I couldn’t have asked for anything else.
“Nikolay, the black jeep, has been following us for the past twenty minutes” Kiara said frowning, I nodded, I had noticed the car following us ten minutes ago but didn’t want to comment about it as not to pressure Kiara.
“Whoever this is, he has been following us since we left the hospital” I said looking at the man through the rear mirror, the car was bullet proof and I didn’t really mind or care about a few bullets, but with Kiara here with me, yeah, that was something that I cared and worried about.
“Looks like we’ll be postponing our little alone time for another time” Kiara said nodding at the rear mirror, the bastard pulled out a gun and began speeding up.
Nikolay:“What the hell happened?” Mom asked wide eyed, Kiara was sitting on the hospital bed in our infirmary, getting her shoulder stitched, the nurse took the bullet out of her shoulder before stitching, the bullet sadly hit her shoulder bone.Flashback:The black jeep has been following us for almost an hour now, and I was getting angry.“Nikolay? What the bloody hell are you doing?” Kiara asked me when she saw that I was no longer driving forward, having shifted the gear to reverse, I was now heading back toward the bastard.“Keep your belt on, and when I get out of the car, you’re not coming with me” I said looking at Kiara before hitting the jeep, the man’s eyes widened in surprise and I smirked.“You can only dream Nikolay, you don’t know how many men are around with him” Kiara said after recovering from the shock of the impact,
Kiara: I woke up to the pain of my shoulder. “Blood hell!” I hissed sitting up, the effect of the painkiller which I took before going to bed was wearing off, forcing me to wake up. “Easy baby” Nikolay said rushing toward my side, he just arrived from wherever he was, his eyes were wide as he wrapped his arm around me, sitting beside me. He got a glass of water and two pills from the beside table, helping me drink the medicine to ease the pain “the doctor said you’d be feeling pain the next morning, I should have been here sooner, but my job took longer than I expected” “I’m fine Nikolay” I said trying to calm my breathing as to ease the pain I was in. Nikolay shook his head at my stubbornness, he knew how much I hid the pain I was in. He knew that I didn’t like showing it, it was something that I was against. Having learned to hide my pain as I grew, no matter how much father would hit me, no matter how much he tried breaking something in me, I would
Nikolay:“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” I asked Kiara stopping as we both walked out of the basement. What she did inside the basement had us all shocked and quiet. The man could be tricking us to go wherever he had said and Kiara chose to actually trust him when he just tried to kill us yesterday. Yeah, my wife was diffidently crazy. No, she has literally lost every spec of brain cell she had left, I was certain of it.“We are going to get the man’s family” Kiara said casually. Her eyebrow raised at me as if she was stating the most casual thing as I glared at her. She really was serious…“The man tried killing us yesterday, your shoulder proves it, and here you are trying to ‘save’ his family? No, and you’re actually expecting me to allow you to go where he said with that shoulder of yours?” I asked wide eyed. My wife shrugged and I shook my head at her recklessness “you
Kiara:“Just as promised” I said entering the basement to see the man wearing fresh clothes, his hair tidied and his mess cleaned. Maddie was sitting on the floor with him as she helped him eat, three of his fingers were broken, which explained why he couldn’t eat himself. His eyes widened when he saw me, and he stood up looking at me with hopeful eyes “they are safe in the living room”“You found them?” He asked wide eyed, his eyes welled up with tears and I nodded smiling, not controlling himself, the man wrapped his arms around my neck, hugging me tightly, and despite the pain of my shoulder, I wrapped my arms around him, hugging him back, knowing that saving his family was truly all the man wanted, I knew what it was like to have to do something because you were afraid of losing someone you loved if you didn’t do it, it was hard, and painful. I had lived the same fear when I first married Nikolay. His hate for me was
Nikolay:“Are you sure that we can trust him Kiara?” I asked Kiara looking her dead in the eye, her trust toward the man worried me, especially since we knew nothing about him or his background. She seemed too relaxed about it, she didn’t even hesitate for a second as she looked at the man who was hugging his wife and son.“After this Nikolay, none of them will do anything that would betray your trust” Kiara said smiling, her eyes softening as the child kissed his father’s cheeks, the man smiled at his son and kissed his wife’s temple “you need to have men that were on the inside of the dirty work, you taught me that”“I did, however, I didn’t teach you to trust these men, or to do them a favor” I said looking at my wife, her and I were sitting on the couch in the living room, Vladimir had Maddie in his arms as we relaxed for a bit before getting on to business. We still had a lot of work to
Kiara:I sat on the couch cuddled in my white blanket, Maddie sat on the other side of the couch resting her back against the armrest, covering herself with the other end of the blanket. Both of us watching a movie as we waited for Vladimir and Nikolay to finish talking to the man.“I see that you two are watching a movie” Nikolay said entering the room without knocking, well, he technically didn’t need to, the bedroom’s door was already open. We didn’t really see a need to close the door since we knew that no one came to my and Nikolay’s floor if Nikolay wasn’t here. Well, unless it was a maid or we asked for something, and if for any reason anyone did come up, they would knock the door.He and Vladimir smiled as they looked at the two of us, though there was an expression that I couldn’t read in their eyes, despite their smiles, Nikolay’s smile didn’t reach his eyes. That itself troubled me, even Vlad
Nikolay:“Boss” the nurse said approaching me. Her eyes were on the ground, avoiding looking me in the eye as a sign of respect. Her white scrubs hugged her body as she walked toward me and put the paper of the results of the blood test on my desk in front of me, knowing that I would want to read the papers later.“Tell me, what did you find?” I asked looking at her. I had told the nurse to tell me the test results before she told Kiara, that I way, I would at least know what to do and how to handle whatever situation we were going to be put in, and if Sebastian was lying, I would know how to deal with him.“The DNA tests are identical boss, however, Mrs. Kiara…”“What about Kiara?” I asked stopping the woman, frowning in confusion as I looked at her. I could tell that she was frightened of me right now, but I didn’t care. What was she going to say about my wife? The fact that something could be
Kiara:“Bloody hell… Nikolay!” I shrieked coming undone under my husband who shuddered on top of me, riding himself and I through out climax.His body collapsed on top of mine, though I could tell that he was careful not to hurt my shoulder, his head laying on my chest as he breathed hard, catching his own breath trying to normalize it before he pulled out of me and laid down beside me, softly pulling me to his chest.I cuddled into Nikolay’s arms, feeling my eyes get heavy, Nikolay’s body already relaxing as he closed his eyes. The man hadn’t slept for a while and I knew that he planned on going out to the club, but he called Vladimir to tell him that they would let that be tomorrow. I was glad that he did, he needed the rest, having stayed awake last night, then today as the case of my ‘brother’ rose.“Did you sleep baby girl?” Nikolay asked, knowing that I wasn’t asleep. He knew that I