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I'm Ariel, I like to think of myself as a typical teenage girl, but Nick changed all of that and turned my life upside down.

Nick is not your average guy, he runs the biggest baddest gang in California, he's the most known guy but he's still the biggest mystery.

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18. chapter 18

~Ariels pov~

"So hunter, what should I make for you today?" I asked him, placing him on the counter.

"Mac and cheese" he told me, barely letting me finish my sentence.

"Macaroni it is" I nodded, hoping I would find a box buried deep in the back of the pantry. "Found one!" I yelled, pulling it out after looking for a couple minutes.

"Oh I though you never would" he grinned at me.

"Never underestimate Ariel my friend" I smiled at him, starting the pasta.

"When will I see my mommy?" He asked me, stopping me dead in my tracks.

"Hunter" I turned to him awkwardly, trying to find the words. It's not exactly that simple to tell a three year old he'll never see his mom again, or even anything he's known for his first three years on earth. "Your mommy lives far away from here, like a whole ocean away and oceans are big, it's hard to cross an ocean sometimes, but on this side of the ocean you have daddy, and daddy will take very good care of you" I explained to him as best as I could.

"Who's daddy?" He asked, tilting his head.

"Remember the big scary guy who drive us, but I'll let you in on a secret, he's actually a really nice guy, just a really big teddy bear" I told him, whispering the last part to him. "Now, let's finish up your food and we'll bring a plate up to daddy okay?" I asked him, putting in the cheese and stuff.

"Yeah, I'm sure he's hungry" he nodded, excited. "Does daddy like mac and cheese?" He asked, looking into the bowls I placed next I him.

"He does now" I shrugged, helping Hunter off of the counter and heading up to the office with the food and Hunter on my trail. "I hope you like pasta" I smiled, slowly opening his door.

"Boxed mac and cheese, my favourite" he forced a smile, his eyes shutting slowly with a sigh.

"Good, I made sure to share with you" Hunter told him, peaking his head over the edge of the desk.

"I'm glad" he smiled, he mouthed a thank you to me before turning to the boy clinging onto his leg. You could see a flash of hesitation go through him, before he slowed reached out his hands and gently placed Hunter up top his lap. "Hunter, please don't get food on anything" he begged him, holding the plate just out of his grip.

"Aye aye captain" he nodded excitedly, grasping for the bowl. "I'm starving" he complained, slumping when he couldn't grab it, but his face lit up like a Christmas tree once it was in his grasp. I'll be honest, hunter is down right adorable, he looks exactly like nick but a baby version. I mean it's a little hard to grasp my head around but I'll get used to it I think.

I laid down on the couch, checking my phone to see a text from Cecelia.

From: Cece

Hey girl, dinner and a movie tonight?

To: Cece

Sorry can't tonight something came up, what do you think about tomorrow?

From: Cece

That works, bring nick along, I have a small surprise! I have to go though, I'll see you tomorrow! Love you

"Were going to dinner with Cece tomorrow" I told him, setting my phone down and sitting up.

"Uh, what am I doing being roped into hanging with you two? What if I have better things to do?" He groaned.

"You don't, come on she invited us, it won't be that bad just a couple hours" I offered him, crossing my fingers.

"Do you hear what she puts me through?" Nick asked Hunter, gesturing to me. "But fine, you owe me" he gave me a pointed look.

"I always do" I rolled my eyes but grinned widely. "Our next thing on the list is telling everyone about Hunter, he can't be hidden forever" I told him, looking at Hunter who's now rolling on the floor.

"Not forever but I can aim for a couple years" Nick said, smiling at me, hoping I'd laugh at his joke.

"Phoenix" I scolded him

"You know, it's really sexy when you call me by my full name" he winked at me. "Not the time? Right" he nodded. "Look, we'll do a family dinner tonight, I'll tell callum" He offered, paging callum to the office. "Hunter, come sit under my desk and don't make a peep okay?" He told Hunter, he nodded and scurried under the desk.

"You're an idiot" I shook my head.

"Callum at your service" he entered the room after knocking. "Oh hi Ariel, how are you?" He asked me, ignoring nick.

"Good how are you?" I laughed a bit, seeing nicks gapping mouth from my side view.

"You're here to see me" nick grumbled. "Look, family dinner tonight, I have an announcement and I want everyone there" he told him.

"But, we have that stakeout tonight" callum reminded him.

"Family dinner tonight. Cancel it." He gritted out, slamming on the desk. Causing hunter to whimper, I tried to cover it up with a cough but I don't think it worked, I just hope he doesn't ask questions.

"Of course" he trailed off a bit skeptical.

"Thanks, get out" he said quickly, once he was out he pushed his chair back quickly and looked under the desk. "I'm sorry bud" he apologized, picking him up, Hunter instantly began to cry and nick sent me a look for help.

"Hey hunter, you tired bud?" I asked, grabbing him. He nodded, resting his head in the crook of my neck.

"Just put him down on the couch, I can't have him waking up and losing track of him" nick started. "There's a blanket in the closet over there" he gestured over there, going right back to his paper work.

"Sure" I nodded, grabbing the blanket and laying Hunter down, making sure to cover him up nicely. "Sweet dreams" I said, giving him a kiss on the head.

"Come here" nick said, pushing his chair back a bit so I could sit on his lap. "So I know you don't want to get rid of Bianca and all, but I think this is the best option, I found one of my buds to trade with, he lives a couple hours away from here and we'd be getting a girl named Zoe" he started off.

"Why is it best?" I asked him, a but reluctant.

"It's the business, people are starting to recognize my baiter, and she's just not working as well as she used to, I'm struggling, if I had more than one, maybe, but I don't and I don't think you'll like how we get new girls" he explained to me, starting to get a bit worked up.

"I guess it's business, and if I'm going to be a part of this, I need to get used to this stuff" I nodded. "I'll miss her but she can go" I sighed, looking up at him.

"Thank you" he smiled, kissing me. "Because I kinda already accepted the offer" he looked at me sheepishly.

"Oh you, you suck" I let out awkward.

"I have something you can suck" he told me nonchalantly.

"Baby" I gasped, pointing to hunter on the couch.

"Oh the kid doesn't even know anything it's fine, plus, I fear what he will learn in this house" he laughed a bit, I just continued to stare at him blankly. "Oh common, am I not funny at all today?" He groaned. "Your going to drive me crazy" he sighed. "Okay so onto more important things, I have it set up so there's kinda the empty floor, the office and my room although there's always been a couple empty rooms, so we can definitely set one up into hunters room" he told me.

"Oooo can I decorate?" I asked him excitedly. "I hope there's no budget, because I don't do budgets" I flipped my hair.

"You're killing me" he sighed. "But, fine as long as I get what I want" he whispered in my ear, digging his fingers into my hips, getting interrupted by a knock on the door. "Hold on a second" he yelled, pushing me up gently. "Cover up hunter completely and lay under the blanket with him, let's hope they think it's your knees" he rushed me.

"I don't think that they are that oblivious" I trailed off, but I did as he said, as he opened the door for callum but didn't fully let him into his office, he was calm cool and collected.

"The boys picked up the pizza delivery, we're all meeting in the dining hall" Callum told him, looking around behind him.

"Great, we'll be down shortly" Nick smiled, slamming the door in his face. "I hope hunter won't be grumpy" he sighed at me, coming to grab him. "Let's go this" he said, gently waking him up.

"You got this" I nodded at him, following him down to the dining room. On the way, you could already hear all the boys yelling and messing around. "Is it okay I'm nervous?" I asked him awkwardly.

"Yeah" he nodded breathlessly. "I'm shitting my pants" he looked over at me, reaching for me with his free hand, slowly and I put my hand in his and grabbed on.

We walked into the loud room and instantly from the deafening volume, it went to being able to hear a pin drop, all eyes placed on the three of us.

"I mean I thought you guys were fucking but this is a lot" sawyer yelled.

"Sawyer!" Nick yelled at him, shutting him up quickly. "This is hunter, he's my exes son, I guess I'm the father" he told everyone. "Now, let's eat dinner" he said, going to his seat and that was the end of it, everyone turned back to their business and went on about everything.

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