Smolder:A Devil Chaser's MC Romance(3)

By: L. Wilder & Brooke Asher







Chapter 1

Renegade





The clubhouse was quiet. The jukebox was playing some depressing country crap, and it was getting on my last damn nerve. I have been sitting at the bar drinking my beer for over thirty minutes, and no one even walked by. The issues with Duce were taken care of, so everyone was spending their time working in the new garage. Duce had been the president of the Diablo’s MC, and he’d caused all kinds of hell for us over the past few months. He was a nut case who’d tried to burn down our garage when our president, Bishop, had decided to stop making gun deliveries in his territory. He’d followed that by blowing up Bishop’s bike and even kidnapping his old lady. It was still hard to imagine that Duce would do all that to his own sister. Man- that guy was a bucket full of crazy. Goliath took him out when they rescued Tessa, so luckily he wasn’t a problem for us anymore.

I felt my phone buzzing in my back pocket, and I almost ignored it. I was enjoying the peace and quiet. I decided I’d better answer it, in case Bishop was looking for me. As the new Sergeant of Arms, I had to be there whenever he needed me.

When I looked at the screen, I was surprised to see that it was Taylor calling me. I hadn’t heard from her since Ace’s funeral. She’d been pretty pissed at the time, but I hoped that she had just been hurting and looking for someone to blame.

“Hello?”

“Hey Renegade. It’s Taylor.”

“Yeah, your name on my phone told me that much. How are things going? I haven’t heard from you in a while.”

“Things are getting better, I guess. Mom and Dad have gotten back into their old routines, and Mom is crying less every day. I’m liking my new job, so I guess we’re all adjusting.”

“That’s good. I’m glad your folks are doing better.” I wondered why she was calling. I wasn’t one to beat around the bush, so I just asked, “So, you call to chat, or do ya need something?”

“Well, I was wondering if I could come see you for a couple of days. Maybe even a week.”

“Sure, I’ll get you a room ready at the house. You can come and stay as long as you need to,” I told her as Bishop walked over and sat with me at the bar.

“Thanks. I was hoping you’d say that.” I could hear the worry in her voice.

“Is anything wrong? Do you need me to come there?” I asked as Bishop gave me a questioning look. I’m sure he was wondering who I was talking to.

“No, everything’s fine. I just need to get away for a few days. I thought I would come hang out with you and the guys for a little while. I plan to leave here around 11, so I should be there around 1.”

“Okay. I’ll see you tomorrow around 1 o’clock. Be careful.”

I hung up the phone and laid it on the bar. Something was up. She didn’t sound like herself.

“What’s that all about?” Bishop asked me.

“That was Taylor. She asked if she could come visit for a few days, maybe a week.”

Bishop raised his eyebrows. “What’s up with that? Y’all got something going?”

“No. It’s not like that, man. Even if I had a thing for her, she’s Ace’s sister. No way I could let anything happen with us.”

“You know Ace would be okay with it. She seems like a nice girl, and she’s beautiful… and it seemed like you had more than brotherly love for her when she was here for the funeral.”

“Yeah, I’ve had feelings for her for a while. She even wanted us to get together a few years back. I thought about it. I mean, really thought about it. At the time, I just couldn’t jeopardize my friendship with Ace. If I’d hurt her, he would’ve killed me. I’m the last thing she needs. You know I’ve never been one to settle down, and I don’t see it happening anytime soon.”

“Why is she coming here then?” Bishop asked.

“She has something going on. I could tell it in her voice. She wouldn’t tell me about it, though. She just said she needed to get away for a while. I told her she could stay at my place as long as she needed to. I’ll figure out what’s going on and help her if I can.”

Bishop nodded. “Keep me posted. If there’s anything I can do to help, just let me know.”

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