Dark Side

Riley 'Precious' Walker is back in Riverdale after 4 years out of town.

A lot of secrets are mixed up, some lies no one knows about and only one mission can explain it all.

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16. Chapter 16.

We sat quietly in the car. I looked out the window and saw the world darkness before me. Only the streetlamp was lightening up the highway.

“Joaquin…” I mumbled. FP looked over at me. “What?” “Drive me to Joaquin.” I looked over at FP. “Are you sure about that? Sweet Pea is a good friend of his.” “Just drive me over to him. I need him! I don’t want to fight you as well.” “No, not at all. If that’s what you want.” He looks out on the road again and makes a turn. “It is.” There was a silence again… I enjoyed it. The last half an hour I yelled a lot, my head hurts! I want to sleep right now!

 

We make it to Joaquin. FP stopped and switched off the car. “You don’t have to go in with me. I can make it on my own.” I looked over at him. He just smiled at me. “I know. I just want to make sure you’re safe with him. If he says no, you still have me to drive you to a hotel.” I chuckle. “Thanks.” I hugged him. “Thanks for everything!” I sniffled and we separated the hug. “There… Get out of my car before I change my mind by dropping you off here.” He smiles and ran a hand through my hair.

I got out, walked over to his trailer, and knocked on his door. I turned around to see FP sitting in his car smiling at me. He wants the best for me, even if I had to stay at Joaquin…
The door opened behind me, so I turned around to see Joaquin. I smiled at him and he looked confused at me and then over to FP. He looked down at me. “Is something wrong?” I grinned. “Can I stay with you?” I asked. “Sure… What is going on? Why is FP here? Where is Sweet Pea?” I looked back at FP and then up at Joaquin. “I can tell you in the morning, I just need to sleep.” I sighed. “Of… Of course.” He stunned. He opened the door more to let me in.
“Take good care of her, Joaquin. Sweet Pea will maybe search for her.” FP shouted from the car. I just looked down at my feed. “I will. She is like a sister to me.” He said back and smiled.

We stood in the living room. “You can take the bed; I can sleep on the couch.” I looked over at him. He did the couch ready for himself. “No… Let me sleep there, I am the one who came here in the middle of nowhere.” He chuckles at me. “Just like the old days.” I chuckle with him. “Let me get the pillows.” He walked into the bedroom and came with pillows to me.

 

After a couple of days, there was a knock on the door. I looked over at the door. I clapped the laptop down and walked over to the door.
I took a deep breath and opened the door. I was scared it would be Sweet Pea… I haven’t seen him since the day I left him, I haven’t set a single foot in the Whyte Wyrm. I was scared of them. All of them… I thought we were a family, but he was the one who hurts me… My only true family…

A man was standing before me with a serious face. “Joaquin is not home, I can give him a message.” I smiled, but I was still scared for him.
“Are you Riley Walker?” I nodded slowly. “I’m Zeke Andrew and I’m here to warn you.” I gulped; warn me for what?
“For what? Who are you?” “I’m on your side. Someone is after you. We don’t know exactly who it is yet. However, we’re here to get you covered.” I was confused. Who is after me?
“All we know, that you know the person. Just be careful.” “Does the person know I live here?” “Maybe. You don’t have to make big moves here… I was lucky to find you first.” He left again. I looked after him, but I lost him through the dark. I closed the door. Was he joking? I’m confused…

After what feels like hundreds of hours, Joaquin finally came home from the Whyte Wyrm, with a bag in his hand.
I got up fast, ran over to him and hugged him tightly. “I was only gone for a couple of hours. What is going on?” He grinned. “Someone came here earlier.” I looked up at him. “A man or a woman?” “A man.” He sat the bag on the counter in the kitchen. “Do you know who it was?” He asks me. “No, I only know his name is Zeke Andrew.” Joaquin looked over at me. “We need to talk about that.” He said seriously. “Do you know about that man?” He nodded. “He is no good.” “Then tell me what you know.”

He sat on the couch and I was standing in front of him waiting for him to explain.
“I know about Zeke Andrew… On the other hand, I know whom he is working for… You should know too.” He started. I’m still confused. “His job is to find people his boss is after… He is not on any team, not even his own boss. He is dangerous too.” “Too? Who is his boss?” Joaquin sighed. “I don’t want to tell you…” “Please do! I’m tired of lies and people who won’t tell what is on their mind.” I thought of Sweet Pea… I miss him, but I’m not ready to see him yet.
“It’s your mother.” He said… My eyes got wide… I was in shock… Why is my own mom after me?
“How do you know it’s my mom? How do you know all of this?” He took a deep breath.
“The first time I bumped into Zeke, was when you came back in town for 6 years ago… He worked with your mom and knew everything about you. He had an eye on you without you knowing.” He sighed.
“Your mom was after your uncle. Not to kill him, but to see what he was doing to you. When you started dating Sweet Pea, she was concerned that you would do something bad again, so she sent some people to you… You maybe remember them… You killed them at FP’s trailer…” He looked up at me.
“I can’t believe my own mom doesn’t trust me…” “She does… After you killed two of her men, she sent Zeke after you. He was always in your shadow. He had seen everything you’ve done since. Zeke is her right hand. He knows how to do his job and he always wins.” “But I’m her daughter! She can’t kill her own daughter!” “She can’t… She has something else on her mind.” My heart started to pound fast. “I need to sit down!” Joaquin got up and helped me to sit down on the couch.
“What am I gonna do? Now that Zeke knows where I live.” “No matter where you’re going, he will know. No matter who you’re going to live with, he will find you. He was already at your old apartment.” I looked up at Joaquin; he sat down beside me. “I didn’t see him back there.” “Of course not. As long as Sweet Pea was there, he couldn’t contact you.” “So he is afraid of Sweet Pea?” Joaquin grinned. “I wish.” I looked confused at him.
“If Sweet Pea knew someone is after you, there would be a fight. Your mom wouldn’t let that happen. She is a clever woman, she knows how real love is when she sees one.” “How do you know all of this?” “Your mom literally paying me to do stuff for her.” “And you’re fine with that? Why are you doing that?” “We have been friends since childhood, she knows me well. I have my own problems with her. After your brother died, she had me on a short leash. I dared not to blink or scratch my hair when she was there. If she knows that I tell you this, I’m a dead person.” He sighed and looked down at his hands. His hands were shaking. I laid my hands on his’ and squeezed lightly. We smiled at each other.
“Your words are save with me. She can’t reach you when I’m here.” He chuckles.
“I have something for you.” He got up, disappeared into the kitchen and came back with the bag. He sat down again beside me. “Here. It’s actually for the kid, but since he isn’t born yet, you can save it.” I opened the gift and took a leather jacket up.
A size of a 5-year-old. I turned it around and saw it was a Southside Serpent jacket. I put it back in the bag and looked at Joaquin.
“Are you kidding me? I’m NOT giving my kid a Serpent jacket!” “How old were you, when you joined the Serpent?” He smirked. “I… I was… That’s not the problem here! The problem is I don’t want my kid to join something he isn’t ready for. He can join if he wants but not when he is five… One kick and he is dead… Nope! Not gonna happen!” He grinned. “You were 9 when you joined… And your parents didn’t like it either! Of course, you won’t like it! Just like your own didn’t like it! It’s your baby! It’s your precious! However, he will always be a Serpent by blood.” “I told my parents when I was fifteen years old.” “Don’t you think they knew you were a Serpent before that?” “They never brought it up.” We got silence.
“You know… That jacket isn’t from me…” We looked at the bag on the table. “If my mom gave it to me, I’m gonna burn it.” “Actually it’s from Sweet Pea.” There was a silence in the room again.

“Are you still going to burn it?” Asked Joaquin. “I… I don’t know…” “He misses you, you know?” I crossed my arms. “You can return it tomorrow.” I got up, took the bag, threw it in front of the door and walked to the bathroom.
I came back to the living room to Joaquin.
“You need to do me a favor.” He looked up at me and I stopped in front of him. “What favor?” “More of a promise. That you NEVER let a foot in the Whyte Wyrm. It’s too dangerous for you! Zeke, it’s out there in your shadow. Your mom knows what you’re doing, you gave her too much of information about your life. No Whyte Wyrm before this is over! In fact, that is an order!” I crossed my arms. “So I’m stuck in here?” “Yea indeed! You need to promise that! If you’re here I can have an eye on you.” “I can do what I want.” “NO! Not anymore!” He got up.
“Do we have a deal?” He stretched out his hand to me. I hesitated first and sighed, but we shake hands.

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