.|the hunting game|.Replies: 30 / 75 days 13 hours 47 minutes 47 seconds
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[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center Bradley had been with the CIA for years. It was his life, and his dream job. He had busted his ass to get there, and that's when Mackenzie popped into his life. They had been dating on and off since they were in high school, and things weren't ever the same. When they started getting closer, and then they got married Bradley's whole life got turned upside down. Mackenzie didn't like the fact he was always gone, and then she was having a baby on top of it. She had begged him over and over again to leave his job. So just to make his pregnant wife happy, he quit his job, and ended up doing as she pleased. That's when he found out that the woman he thought he loved had a secret of her own.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center Whenever Bradley was gone, Mackenzie would be in the arms of another man. When she had begged him to quit his job, she hadn't expected to find herself in that situation. They ended up getting into a huge fight, and that's when Bradley asked for a divorce. It might not have been a good thing for Rosie, but it was a good thing for Bradley. He didn't need that kind of life, and he didn't need that kind of woman either. So once the papers were filled out, and Bradley and Rosie were on their own, it felt like a weight had been lifted off of his shoulders. That's when something else was about to happen, something huge and something dangerous. His old boss got a hold of him, telling him there was a woman needing his help.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [b [u Your Name Here]] has been in and out of hell with her ex boyfriend. Whatever she had dealt with, turned to the point where he's hunting her down. He wants to kill her, and that's when she calls for help. She didn't want anyone but the best. Bradley had been the best, and she said she wouldn't have anyone but him. The moment that Bradley get's the folder on his doorstep with the woman's picture and a note he knows he doesn't have much of a choice. He took on the assignment, and he was also putting his daughter into danger. The only reason he had agreed to it, was to get back into the game and to get his daughter away from the woman he had once loved. He had a bad feeling about the whole thing, but he wasn't about to let that stop him. He felt like he was alive again, and he needed to do this. He needed to get away, and just help people once more.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center When Bradley and Rosie get to wherever [b [u Your Name Here]] lives, is when something seems to spark between them. Even though Bradley is pissed about the whole thing, he's hiding it very well. He doesn't want to worry his daughter, but he did put some of the blame on [b [u Your Name Here]] for dragging him back. He had wanted to go back, but not till Rosie had been a bit older. So once he gets the whole story from the woman, he feels slightly bad about blaming her. They end up moving to a safe house, where [b [u Your Name Here]]'s ex won't even think of looking. As they are shut up and pretending to be a married couple, feelings start to rear it's ugly head. Feeling Bradley didn't want anything to do with, but knew it was happening.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center As the two were slowly getting to know each other, and were acting upon their feelings, was when they decided it was time to go out on a real date. So they set up a sitter for Rosie, and they went to dinner and dancing. While they had been at dinner, was when Bradley had gotten a phone call. The voice happened to be the voice [b [u Your Name Here]] knew. That's when Bradley got this really bad feeling. They left and tried to make it to their home and right when they did, Bradley stopped when he heard Rosie's blood curdling screams. His baby was in danger, and he couldn't do anything. He stood there watching the man hold his daughter, and a knife above her throat. When the man looked up, Bradley's blood seemed to run cold. The look was deadly, and when it spoke it made the room turn to ice.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [i "You knew I was going to find you, and because you've been helping protect her, you signed your daughters death certificate."] and with those words he cut off Rosie's head, killing her. The male was then out the door leaving the dead girl, and stunned ex CIA agent alone. That's when the blame started all over again. The blame that [b [u Your Name Here]] was the reason his daughter was now dead. He knew it wasn't right, but it was the only thing he knew how to do. What'll happen now that Rosie's gone? Will Bradley stay on to protect [b [u Your Name Here]]? Will he leave? Will [b [u Your Name Here][ act on her feelings towards Bradley? Time will only tell, by joining The Hunting Game.]]
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[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [b [u The cast of The Hunting Game.]]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [u Bradley Davis; Taken]]][center [pic http://i.imgur.com/NSxOlQe.jpg]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [u Rosie Davis/Bradley's daughter]]][center [pic http://i.imgur.com/vDSw3fe.jpg]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [u Mackenzie Willows/Bradley's ex-wife]]][center [pic http://i.imgur.com/aui1nU8.jpg]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [u Female; Taken]]][center [pic https://i.imgur.com/Vum1SCF.jpg]]
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[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [b [u What I need from you.]]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center I'm going to make this really simple. I would like you to Private Message me, make sure it's titled though. Inside of it I would like you to have this simple skeleton.]]
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[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center Not that hard now is it? I will tell you right now, this isn't a first come first serve role play either. I do have a full time job, and this will be a really slow moving role play. I'm not always on, so I would like someone who will bare with me, and understands that I will be on when I can. Now please make sure to read all of the rules below.]]
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[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [b [u The rules of The Hunting Game.]]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [b [u Number One-]] The pictures are real. Please nothing too big, or too used. If you would like some help, all you have to do is ask me, and I will help the best I can.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [b [u Number Two-]] Romance will most likely happen, but not right at first. It's something that has to be worked up too. Just like in real life, love at first sight doesn't happen.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [b [u Number Three-]] Ditching is a no. If you don't wanna be apart of the role play anymore, simply message me and tell me. Don't ask to join, and then not post.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [b [u Number Four-]] Posting will be slow. I have a full time job, and I work graves. I also have a boyfriend who steals me every weekend. So I'm looking for someone who is patient with me.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [b [u Number Five-]] Stealing this plot is a huge no. If I see anything like this, I will make your life hell. I've been working my ass off on this, and I see anyone stealing it, you will get your ass chewed out.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [b [u Number Six-]] If you would like to add in more characters, talk to me first and maybe we can add in more. Right now it's just the main two characters.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [b [u Number Seven-]] Plot twists, I love them. I would love to add anything and everything under the sun. Don't be scared to message me either about ideas you have.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [b [u Number Eight-]] If you are going to be gone for a while, tell me. Talk to me, I like to make friends with my partners. I will do the same for you.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [b [u Number Nine-]] One liners is a no. Anything less than 1500 characters a post, will make me lose interest. So please don't make me put a limit on this. I love details, as much as the next person.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [center [b [u Number Ten-]] Most of all have fun. That's what writing is all about. Make this enjoyable for yourself. Happy writing!]]
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Breakfast that morning passed by quickly and before she knew it Andrew had walked through the door and Bradley was preparing to leave. She could see the hurt in Rosie’s eyes but she would make it her mission to make sure that she kept her distracted for the few hours that he would be gone. She had to admit, that she didn’t particularly like the idea of being left alone either but she didn’t even know where she really was so it surely had to be impossible for anyone else to know.
Roslyn followed them to the door and locked up after them as per request and turned back to the child who was now asking her if she needed to get dressed. At first she started to panic, unsure where Bradley would get mad at whatever decision she made in case it conflicted with his parenting style but she made the decision to stay in her pyjamas. She was a little overwhelmed by the idea of being responsible for someone else’s child in this way. It was true that she was a teacher and she had been responsible for children in the past but this was different.
[b “Why don’t we stay in our pyjamas, make some popcorn and milkshakes and bring down my duvet and have a mini cinema experience on the sofa for the next couple of hours?”] The girl’s eyes seemed to light up at the idea of milkshakes and she instantly started routing through the cupboards for the necessary ingredients and a blender. For the next thirty minutes, they spent time cutting ingredients and weighing out what needed to go in the blender. Rosie had chosen a banana milkshake and Roslyn has chosen a strawberry one and as they blender was churning the milkshakes, the sound of popcorn popping filled the kitchen. The young girl seemed to have forgotten about the fact that her father had left for the morning and the two were excitedly making their way into the living room.
[b “You pick out a film while I go and grab my duvet and then we will make ourselves comfortable and settle down.”] Roslyn smiled as she rushed up the stairs and before she knew it the young girl was sat on the sofa with the remote in hand waiting for her to return. [b “Ready?”] she asked as she threw the duvet over them and the girl pressed play. At some point during the film, Rosie had managed to snuggle her way into Roslyn and the two enjoyed their milkshakes, popcorn and cuddles while the film played in the background. She hadn’t even noticed that Rosie had fallen asleep as some point during the film.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The child still wasn't having it. She started picking at her food, and she was really quiet. The male on the other hand decided it would be best to ignore that fact. [#ADD8E6 "Thank you Ros, it smells amazing and it tastes just as good"] he said with a small glance towards the child. Rosie looked up at her father and sighed lightly seeing the look on his face. She picked up her fork and started to eat as well. [#FFB6C1 "Thank you Rosyln"] she said softly. Bradley nodded lightly and went to town. He then grabbed more and ate that as well.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Just as he was finished up Andrew walked into the room. [b "Good morning to everyone. I guess Bradley and I are heading out for a while. Don't worry Rosie baby, I'll keep your dad safe"] he said leaning down and kissing her head. She broke out into a smile and nodded lightly. Bradley stood and cleaned his plate off. He then walked over and knelt down beside the child. [#ADD8E6 "You need to be a good girl for me today, I won't be gone long"] he said softly, looking into her eyes.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The child nodded lightly and wrapped her arms around his neck. He hugged her tightly and then let go. He kissed her forehead and stood. He looked back at Roslyn and smirked. [#ADD8E6 "I'll see you in a couple of hours."] he said as he walked out of the kitchen and went back into his room to change. When he was done, he walked out and looked at the two women before him. Andrew was standing by the door his arms crossed over his chest. [#FFB6C1 "Bye daddy, be safe"] she said hugging him one last time.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "You behave now. I'll see you both soon. Lock the door behind me, and keep it locked. Don't go outside either until I'm home. So it's going to be an inside day"] he said. He then grabbed his phone, and wallet and the two men walked outside. Rosie looked up at the woman after the door was closed and she pouted lightly. [#FFB6C1 "Does that mean I have to get dressed? Or can I stay in my pajamas?"] she asked cocking her head to the side. She stood there looking up at the older woman and waited for a reply.]
Roslyn was so engaged with her morning routine of preparing breakfast that she failed to notice movement above her and so she was surprised when she heard the cute voice of Rosie behind her. She smiled before she turned around and looked towards the young girl who had placed herself on the floor and was rubbing her eyes. She couldn’t get over how adorable she was and that very sight of her widened her smile even more.
[b “Good morning princess. It is almost ready. Perhaps five-ten minutes. You do that.”] She said as she watched the girl walk away with a giggle. Roslyn knew that she would find some creative way of waking him up and that fact alone made her laugh to herself as she finished up the breakfast. The smell of bacon and toasted bread filled the kitchen and she moved on to scrambled eggs and pancakes just in case they wanted more of an option for breakfast and as she worked, she heard the young girl giggling above her. Roslyn shook her head and concentrated on finishing the breakfast.
Soon enough, she detected the movement behind her and she turned slightly to catch the sight of him topless once more. She was glad that she had to face away from him to concentrate on not burning the food because her cheeks blushed like they had the night before. She hate to fight the desire she felt for him to wrap his arms around her. They were not a couple and she needed to make sure that she kept reminding herself of that. He was here to protect her, nothing more.
Rosie seemed upset with the fact he had to leave for a few hours but she knew that at some point he would need to. [b “That’s ok Rosie, I’m sure we can find something to do to entertain ourselves while he is gone and he will be back before you know it.”] She said as she turned off the stove and started to move things from the heat. Bradley seemed to move from his seated position to get some plates and she exchanged a grateful glance as he did so and started serving up the food.
[b “I didn’t know what you liked so I did a little bit of everything. Leave whatever you do not eat. I promise I won’t be offended.”] She said with a smile as she walked over to the table with the three plates and set them down in front of Rosie and Bradley before she took a seat herself and began to eat her pancakes and bacon. Roslyn allowed her eyes to close slightly and allowed the satisfaction to show. This was exactly what she needed and while she ate she found herself glancing in Bradley’s direction all too often.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The night seemed to pass by without Rosie waking up in the middle of the night, and screaming bloody murder. Bradley got to sleep in for the time being, and it felt amazing. On the other hand Rosie was already stirring, and when she heard Roslyn's feet she slid out of bed, and walked out of the room. She made her way to the kitchen rubbing her eyes and yawning a little bit. [#FFB6C1 "Morning Roslyn"] she said lightly as she placed herself on the floor still rubbing the sleep out of her eyes. The smell of breakfast made her stomach grumble.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex She finished rubbing her eyes, and looked towards the woman. [#FFB6C1 "Is it ready yet? I'll go and get daddy"] she said with a small giggle. It was her normal way of getting the man up too. She slowly and quietly walked down the hallway, and opened his door. She saw the man's body, and knew he should still be sleeping. She crouched down and moved her way into the room. She then climbed onto the bed, and counted softly to herself, before jumping on the male in a scream of giggles.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The man's arms shot out and wrapped around the child. [#ADD8E6 "There's my alarm clock"] he said as he covered her in kisses. Rosie giggled and nodded lightly. [#FFB6C1 "Yes daddy, here I am. Roslyn made breakfast, and I think it's ready"] she said as he cuddled up against the male. He nodded lightly and pulled her under the blankets with him. He didn't want to get out of bed right away, so he just laid there with his child in his arms. It was perfect, and it seemed like they were back home doing this anyway.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex As the child started wiggling, he sighed lightly and let her go. He then slowly got up himself. [#ADD8E6 "Alright, let's get some food and then daddy has to leave for a couple of hours"] he said lightly. Rosie jutted her lower lip out and crossed her arms. The male knew she would start throwing a fit, so he picked her up and carried her out to the kitchen. He was still shirtless but in his pajama bottoms. He set her in a chair, and sat down himself. [#FFB6C1 "Daddy said he has to leave"] she said out loud.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "Rosie, that wasn't something you needed to say. But yes I do need to leave. I would like you to make a list for me Ros, so I know what to pick up. I will be calling Andrew in a little bit so we can head into town. So if you wouldn't mind watching Rosie for a couple of hours that would be wonderful"] he said lightly. He spotted the food and smiled a little. So she could cook, and that was really sweet of her to do as well. He stood and grabbed three plates and placed them on the table.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "Smells good too"] he said as he looked towards her. He was about to reach out and touch her, then he remembered what happened the night before, so he wasn't about to do that. He didn't want to scare her in anyway. He then moved back to the table, sat down and waited till she was done to finally start eating. The smell's was making him more and more hungry and it was driving him nuts. It's been awhile since he had a woman in the kitchen, and he liked the sight a little too much.]
It startled her a little when Bradley walked back into the room. She had been so engrossed with looking around that she didn’t even realise he had been standing there so when she heard his voice she jumped slightly and laughed to herself. It was nice of his to say that she was welcome to do whatever she wanted and she was sure that he meant it.
[b “I’m used to it. Have you ever seen a classroom after you have had 27 children playing with whatever they can get their hands on?”] She asked as she noticed his attention divert to the selection of DVDs on the table. She was indecisive but she knew that if she was going to watch something with him, it needed to be something he didn’t mind watching. However, it seemed that they were not really going to watch anything in the end. Now that it was just the two of them, they both seemed to realise just how tired they both were and even as he said that she could use some sleep, a yawn escaped her lips in agreement. It was a cold night so she was glad that he was offering to get her some more blankets because the one in her room didn’t look like it would do much for her.
As he walked out of the room she found herself releasing a sigh. There was something about him that had an unexplainable effect on her and it was not something she understood just yet. She was nervous to be around him but she could tell that it wasn’t simply because he was a man and she had been nervous around men ever since the day her ex first laid hands upon her. No. This was a different kind of nervous; one that usually came with attraction.
Before long he returned to the room and Roslyn rose to her feet and walked to the chair where he placed the blankets and pillows and pulled them into her arms. There was a silence between them for a moment and when he turned off the TV he seemed to look at her in a way that made her cheeks flush a light shade of pink and she looked down at the blankets.
[b “Good night.”] With that, the man walked away leaving her standing there attempting to compose herself. A sigh and a shake of the head forced her to move and get herself back to her bedroom. She turned out the lights on her way and moved quietly past Rosie’s and Bradley’s room to her own. She placed the blankets down on the bed and changed into a bed shirt and the second her head hit the pillow that night, she was fast asleep.
The next morning she arose early. Her body clock was still used to waking up early for work and she knew she wouldn’t be able to get anymore sleep. She listened for a moment to see if there was any movement around the house and when it was confirmed that people were still asleep she decided to make her way into the kitchen and make some breakfast for when they woke up. It was the least she could do after the dinner Bradley has prepared the night before. She should have changed but she was far too comfortable and instead, she quietly made her way into the kitchen and began preparing food.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex When the woman called out about picking a movie, he didn't really say anything more on the matter. He would trust her judgement about what to watch. He gathered up some containers, and put the left over meat into one, and the rest of the fries and chili in another. He then washed what was left, and put the dishes into the drain to dry. He dried off his hands, and walked out of the kitchen turning off the light as he did. He saw her sitting on the floor taking the place in and he smirked a bit.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "You are more than welcome to do whatever you want here. Change it up a bit, add your own touch. I know tomorrow Rosie's things will be everywhere, so watch where you step most of the time"] he said with a small laugh. He sat in a chair, and leaned back stretching his legs out in front of him. He thought about getting more blankets for the woman, but that could wait a little bit longer. He spotted the DVD's on the table and raised a 'brow slightly. He was surprised she hadn't just picked one out.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "I see you didn't really choose one. But you also look like you could get some sleep. I'm sorry for keeping you awake, it's been awhile since I've had another adult to really talk too. But you head off to bed, and I'll get you some extra blankets and pillows"] he said as he stood. A small groan passed though his lips as he stood. He was always on the go, never slowing down. Maybe it would be best to turn in as well. He sighed a bit as he walked down the hallway and peeked into Rosie's room.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Seeing that she was sleeping soundly, he closed the door again and went to the end of the hall. He pulled out a couple of blankets, and pillows and he carried them back to the living room. [#ADD8E6 "If you need more, there is a closet at the end of the hall filled with blankets. These are the only pillows though"] he said as he placed them on the back of the chair he had been sitting in a moment before. He looked towards the T.V. and found the remote and clicked it off.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "I guess I'll see you in the morning then"] he said with a small nod. He took one last look at her beautiful face, and he felt the need to go over there and kiss her. He didn't know where that had come from, and he brushed it aside in a hurry. He sighed a bit as he turned and walked back towards his bedroom. He closed the door and leaned against it a moment. He took a breath and wished he wasn't letting his feelings get in the way. What was he doing anyway? She was damaged, and so was he.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Yet he was having thoughts of kissing her, and just holding her though the night. He hit the side of his head with his fist, and moved towards the bed. [#ADD8E6 [i You are going to scare the woman more than she already is.]] he thought. He slid into the bed, drew the blankets aside and laid under the sheet. He put his arm behind his head, and laid there thinking. Pretty soon his eyes grew heavy, and he was asleep in moments. That night his dreams were filled of Roslyn.]
As she cleaned the dishes she noticed some movement from behind her and she glanced back to see that Rosie had moved from her chair and she smiled at Bradley when he addressed her to tell her that they were going to gone a little while and just before they left Rosie said good night.
[b "Good night sweetheart. I will most certainly see you in the morning."] She smiled to herself and busied herself with cleaning up the kitchen while they got themselves ready for bed. She laughed slightly when she heard Rosie’s giggle from upstairs. She left the food where it was as per Bradley’s request and made her way into the living room where she saw her sketch book. She closed it up and placed it on the table, making a mental note to take that back to her room when he finally retired herself. It had been an extremely long day and now that she finally had a minute to herself he realised just how tired she was.
She very nearly allowed her eyes to shut while she curled into herself on the sofa. Before she did, Bradley reappeared, still slightly damp for the bath he had shared with Rosie. His chest was exposed and the sight of him made her breath catch in her throat. It wasn’t the first time she had seen him like this so she was unsure of why he had that kind of effect on her. He spoke about watching a film or talking but she didn’t have time to reply before Bradley was making his way back into the kitchen and out of sight.
Roslyn closed her eyes and shook her head in an attempt to get her head straight after seeing his bare chest.
[b “I’ll pick a movie.”] She called out as she looked towards the selection of DVDs near the television. She pulled two or three out and lay them out on the table ready for Bradley to choose from them when he returned. She lowered herself to the floor and looked around the room, taking in the cosy interior for the first time. This was definitely a place that she could find herself settling in to. It was void of a feminine touch, very simplistic and functional but there was nothing that suggested this was a home for anyone just yet.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex A small smile passed over the man's lips when Roslyn commented on his cooking. [#ADD8E6 "I'm glad you like it"] he said lightly. As they ate in silence he let his mind wander. It was little things like this, that brought back memories of Mackenzie and how they would be spending time like this, as a family. Maybe it was a bad idea to think of this as a little family, but he was going to keep that to himself. When dinner was done, he was surprised that Roslyn started cleaning up. He let her though. He wasn't going to argue.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex As Rosie climbed down off the stool she nearly lost her balance, and she yawned at the same time. [#ADD8E6 "I think it's time, that daddy and daughter take a bath"] he said as he scooped her up. The child nodded lightly and nodded. [#FFB6C1 "Yes daddy"] she said as she laid her head on his shoulder. He knew she had just had a nap, but it hadn't been a long one. She was still tired, and she needed to relax. He kissed her forehead as he turned back towards the woman.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "I'll be out in a little bit. Leave the food where it is, and I'll take care of it. Thank you for helping with the dishes though"] he said with a soft smile. Rosie lifted her head slightly and looked towards Roslyn. [#FFB6C1 "Good night Roslyn, see you in the morning"] she said lightly. The male smiled slightly as he turned back to her. She started whispering in his ear as he walked out with her in his arms. He walked into the master bathroom, and shut the door behind him. He set the child down, and started the water.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex When it was full, he helped her undress, and then he undressed himself. He climbed inside, and sat behind his daughter. [#ADD8E6 "Are you okay baby?"] he asked her. Rosie looked up at him and nodded a little bit. [#FFB6C1 "Yes daddy I'm okay"] she said. That little answer was enough for him. He bathed her, and then himself. Thirty minutes later he climbed out, and dried himself off. He found a pair of pajama bottoms, and slid them on. He then wrapped Rosie up and carried her into her room. She giggled lightly when he dried off her hair.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He put her into her own pajama's, and helped her back into bed. He ran a finger lightly over her cheek and kissed her forehead. [#ADD8E6 "Daddy and Roslyn will be in the living room if you need either one of us. Now no more bad dreams. I love you"] he said softly kissing her head again. [#FFB6C1 "I love you too daddy"] she whispered as she curled up, and started sucking her thumb once more. The male sighed and stood. He walked out of the room leaving the door open a crack.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The male ran his hand though his still wet hair, as he walked back into the living room shirtless. [#ADD8E6 "Ros, you can pick out a movie if you'd like. Or we can just talk. Whatever you feel comfortable with"] he said as he walked back into the kitchen to put the rest of the food away.]
It was clear to Roslyn that Bradley's relationship with Rosie was strong and she loved their obvious mutual affection for each other. Working in a school, she had seen so many unstable father-daughter relationships formed because of a divorce or a break up and it was nice to see that this relationship didn't seem affected by it in a negative way. Rosie let go of Roslyn's hand and pulled herself up onto a stool sop that she could help her father.
She watched with admiration as they prepared the food together and laughed at the way Rosie appeared to get bored rather quickly, especially now that all of the preparation was done and there would surely be a wait for the food to be done. Soon enough they were walking off into the living room to watch a film while the food was being prepared by Bradley and her attention was no fully invested in Rosie.
[b "You know, Frozen is my favourite film"] She said with a smile as she went towards the TV and retrieved the film from the DVD case and as she placed it in she sang quietly so only Rosie could hear. [b "For the first time in forever, I could be noticed by someone..."] The young girl smiled and joined in and the two sang together and got louder as they waited for the DVD to load, ending in the two of them laughing when the TV burst into life. They sat patiently together on the sofa, cuddled up while the smell of food surrounded them and it wasn't until that moment that Roslyn realised just how hungry she was.
Soon enough Bradley's voice interrupted the film and both of the girls seemed excited by the prospect of food that they both jumped to their feet. Rosie disappeared almost instantly and made Roslyn laugh. She paused the film and made her way to the presence of those who waited upon her and when she received the food she was grateful for it. [b "This is delicious Bradley. Thank you so much!"] After that point a comfortable silence surrounded them once more and as she ate, she thought about how quickly the day had turned around from Bradley being angry to him seemingly caring about her feelings.
After a while Rosie started to talk to Roslyn about school, remembering that she was a teacher and she started to sing some songs that she had learned and Roslyn's laugh filled the air until dinner had passed and she took the plates from the table and moved towards the sink where she began washing the dishes. For that time her back was to the two and she heard Rosie whispering but she couldn't quite figure out what she was saying so she simply shook her head and busied herself.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The male laughed lightly when he heard the older woman telling Rosie to slow down. [#ADD8E6 "She doesn't slow down. When she wants something, she will make sure she get's it"] he said with another laugh. Rosie stuck her tongue out at her father, and looked up at Roslyn. She smiled lightly as she let the woman's hand go and she climbed up onto a stool. [#FFB6C1 "Can I help?"] she asked lightly watching her father. The male looked at his daughter and he shook his head lightly. What was he supposed to say? No? He nodded a bit and walked around the counter.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "Now make sure you put the cheese right on top of the chili so it will melt"] he said softly. He reached for the can of chili and he opened it. He then grabbed the bag of fries, and three plates. He then put the fries on the plates, added the chili on top, and Rosie added the cheese. She smiled brightly as she slid off the stool. She was getting bored, and he still had to make the burgers. Thank god they had a grill inside. He didn't know where the one outside was.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "Will you turn on a movie for her? It'll keep her distracted, and she won't complain about waiting for the food to be done"] He said with a small smile. Rosie was bouncing on her feet, and he saw the small traces of fear in her eyes still. The dream really spooked her, and in all honesty it spooked him too. What was he supposed to do anyway?
He couldn't really do anything more than he had. He sighed lightly and ran a hand over his face. He watched the two walk into the living room.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#FFB6C1 "Frozen! Frozen! I wanna watch Frozen"] he could hear the child chanting. He knew that movie was going to drive both adults up the wall, but it was the only thing that kept her calm, and her attention long enough. He went about making the patty's, and hooked up the grill and let it warm up. Pretty soon the smell of grilling burgers filled the whole cabin up. He loved that smell more than anything. He stuck the tip of his tongue between his teeth as he cooked. He could hear the movie playing, and Rosie repeating the words.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He was kind of glad she was back to her normal self, but seeing the fear in her eyes was making him question if it was a ploy of her's. He wasn't about to ask her about it again either. When the burgers were close to getting done, he put the fries in the oven, and let them cook. Pretty soon dinner was done, and the table was set. [#ADD8E6 "Come and get it"] he called out. Rosie was the first one in the kitchen, leaving the movie playing the whole time. [#FFB6C1 "Smells yummy"] she said.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The male smiled and put her on a stool. [#ADD8E6 "I'm glad it does. I hope it tastes good too"] he said with a laugh. He handed a plate to the older woman, and then he himself sat down. The silence was comfortable, and he ate slowly watching the two women in the kitchen. His daughter was a handful, but the older woman was handling it. He sat there in silence watching them both.]
Roslyn was relieved when the young girl began to calm and smiled at the way that her thumb made its way into her mouth, calming her that little bit more and when she was finally calm enough to speak Bradley asked her what had scared her. She could see her eyes begin to gloss over again but the tears only threatened before Bradley was comforting her again and as she looked towards him she noticed that he was smiling at her. Perhaps he wasn't going to be angry that she had joined them in this moment but she knew that it wasn't her place and she wondered whether she should leave now and allow Rosie some time with her father but before she could get up from her knees, Rosie had finally begun to talk about her dream and what she described book her heart.
It was so strange to her that the young girl had included Roslyn in her dreams but the way she described the dream made her reach out to her again, running her finger through her hair once more as if to reassure her that they were both there. She could see the anger building up in Bradley but for Rosie, he kept himself calm and waited for the fresh tears to subside and told her that he was going to protect them both. When had she become so important to the young girl? She found herself wondering before Rosie took to her for the same reassurance that Bradley gave the child.
[b "I'm not going anywhere so long as you want me around."] She said with a smile as she shared a look with Bradley. Soon enough she was calm again and Bradley handed Rosie to Roslyn to continue with the comforting while Bradley went to collect the things they had left outside. Without another word he left the room and she felt as ease with the young girl who had tangled herself up against her. They sat in silence for a few moments before they both heard Bradley's voice coming from the kitchen and it seemed that the mention of food had brought Rosie back to her normal self and she detangled herself from Roslyn and grabbed her hand, excitedly pulling her towards the kitchen. She couldn't help but laugh as she was seemingly dragged to her feet. [b "Hey, slow down. I'm not as fast as you."] Another laugh escaped her lips as they appeared in the kitchen and she couldn't help but wonder when she had felt this comfortable. Even when she knew that her ex was in prison, she had never felt this safe; this content.
[b "Need any help?"] She asked almost instantly and wondered if they would have had anything in that would constitute desert. She turned to the girl and smiled. [b "How about I ask your dad to get us some ingredients and one day this week we can bake some brownies? I have a secret recipe that no-one knows."] She said that with a wink.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex As the two sat there, Roslyn walked in and he looked down at the child. As the woman was speaking, and running her finger's though his daughter's hair, the child slowly started calming down. Her thumb went right into her mouth, as she put her hand on her father's chest, right where his heart was. She hiccuped slightly as she was finally calm enough to even speak. The male pulled back and looked down at her. [#ADD8E6 "Do you want to tell daddy what happened?"] he asked her lightly. The child sat there debating on it, and then tears welled up again.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He rubbed her back, and as she sat there thinking, his eyes went to the woman and he smiled at her. In a way he was glad she was here. This was the first time he hadn't been able to comfort his own child. The woman though had a touch for it. Then it dawned on him, that she had been a teacher and she knew how to react. As Rosie hiccuped again, she slowly lowered her hand out of her mouth and spoke softly. She was shaking a little bit still.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#FFB6C1 "I saw.. Something in my dream.. Something scary, and it took you and mommy away from me.. You weren't you anymore daddy.. and Roslyn was there, but she wasn't herself either. She looked broken, and shattered.. I kept running and screaming for you both to come back, and then mommy was there with a bloody knife.. She said that I wasn't going to see you again daddy.. She.. She.. She killed you daddy, and she killed Roslyn too"] she burst out into a fresh wave of tears, as her thumb went right back into her mouth, hiccups and all.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The male tightened his grip on the child and he shook his head. He was getting angry again. This was the first time Rosie had ever dreamed something like this. [#ADD8E6 "Don't worry baby, daddy's not going anywhere. Neither is Roslyn. I'm going to protect you both, I promise"] he said kissing her head. Rosie nodded and looked towards the woman, slowly pulling her thumb back out. [#FFB6C1 "Do you promise too?"] she asked in her small voice. Bradley sighed lightly and looked towards the woman. He kissed the child's head once more and kept her against his chest.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex As Rosie finally calmed down even more, he handed the child over to the woman. [#ADD8E6 "I think we need to get some dinner, and then Rosie needs a bath, and then stories till we all fall asleep. I'll get your sketch pad as well Ros, since it's dark out there now"] he said lightly. He hadn't realized the sun had fully set. He kissed Rosie's forehead, as the child kept sucking her thumb, and tangled her fingers into the woman's long hair. He felt comfortable leaving them alone, and that rarely ever happened.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He went and got Roslyn's sketchpad, and brought it into the house. He closed the door and locked it tight. It was chilly out there for sure. He sighed lightly as he started looking for something to make. Burger's and fries was pretty much all they had. [#ADD8E6 "How doe's cheese burger's and chili cheese fries sound?"] he called out. [#FFB6C1 "Sounds yummy!"] Rosie cried as she flew out of the woman's arms. She grabbed her hand and tugged her out to the kitchen where Bradley was. He shook his head lightly, and knew his daughter was back to her normal self now.]
Roslyn looked up from her sketch book and smiled when Bradley seemed to take an interest in her ability to draw.
[b "I have been drawing for a few years. I guess I kind of started it as an escape when I was in that relationship. I needed something to take my mind off everything that was going on."] The comfortable silence fell upon them once more and she continued to draw their surroundings until his voice broke the silence once more. What he said caught her off guard and for a moment her pencil stopped moving against the paper and she looked towards him. Did he just say that she was beautiful? Roslyn shook her head almost absently. There was no way that is what he has said especially after the way he had spoken to her initially but he seemed to be apologising for that now and that was something she hadn't expected. In her kind, Bradley had little to apologise for. Roslyn had been selfish and had taken him away from his life and there was a young girl involved in that and she understood completely why he was angry.
[b "You really have nothing to apologise for. Nor do you have anything to thank me for. The least I could do is make Rosie comfortable. This must be so scary for her and I can only apologise again that I have put you in this situation. I swear that I would not have if I would have known you had a child."]
Roslyn's breath caught in her throat when Bradley reached out towards her and pushed a strand of hair behind her ear and their eyes had locked when his hand brushed her skin. Roslyn flinched slightly, realising that this was the first time a man had come into contact with her since her ex. She had tried really hard over the past few years to distance herself from that sort of thing and in honesty, she was absolutely terrified of being intimate with a man again. Embarrassed about the fact she had flinched, her lips had parted to say something; to protest against the complement, to explain why she had flinched when his skin brushed her own but Rosie's scream caught them both off guard.
Roslyn moved with him, placing the sketch book on her chair and followed him indoors and when she finally caught up with him, she saw them on the floor wrapped up in each other. Rosie was hysterical and unable to get her words out and in that moment she realised just how much she had changed their lives and how much she would hate herself for the rest of time for putting Rosie in this situation. Roslyn moved forward and knelt next to them. Her voice was claiming and soothing, something which she had learned from teaching younger children, and she brought her hand up to Rosie's hair and ran it through softly. Perhaps she was over-stepping her boundaries here and perhaps Bradley would be angry with her interference but she hated seeing her cry.
[b "Shhh sweetheart. It's alright now. We are both here."] She continued to stroke the girls hair until her sobbing became less erratic and eventually subsided. [b "Hey, it's ok beautiful girl. It was just a dream."]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The male agreed about the fact the beach was beautiful. It was calming as well. The sound of the waves hitting the shore, the sound of the birds in the sky. Sometimes he wondered what it would have been like, if they had built this place closer to more people. At a time like though he was glad they hadn't. It was safer away from prying eyes anyway. When she said she would be back, he nodded a bit not saying anything. He reached for his own glass and took a sip. The liquid felt good sliding down his throat.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex When she came back out, he noticed the sketch book and raised a 'brow slightly. [#ADD8E6 "How long have you been drawing?"] he asked lightly breaking the silence. He wasn't judging her, he was just wondering after all. He didn't know many people who liked to draw, but it was nice to see people still did that around here. He leaned back in his chair once more, and noticed that the sun was slowly starting to set. It would get cooler because of being near the water. He finished his tea, and set the glass down.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "I know I didn't act like I cared when you told me what happened. In a way, I was just trying to keep my temper in check. If I knew where the bastard was, I would hunt him down myself and rip his head off his damn shoulders. No one should have to go though something like that. Someone as beautiful as you, deserves nothing but the best. I know I haven't been treating you the best, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. It's been a long time since I've done something like this"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "I only had my daughter to worry about, and I took it out on you. It's not your fault that he hurt you. That you are now being hunted, and I promise you right now I'm not going to treat you like that again. I saw the way Rosie attached herself to you, and that's what made me realize I needed to change my whole way of thinking. So thank you for letting my daughter in"] he said as he looked towards her again. Seeing her in this light made his heart skip a beat.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He hadn't looked at another woman like this in a long ass time, and it surprised him. He wasn't meaning to hit on her, or flirt but he was a guy after all. They both have shitty pasts, and his happened to give him a daughter. Her's gave her a killer wanting her dead. It wasn't like he wanted her dead either. He reached over and brushed a strand of hair behind her ear. [#ADD8E6 "You really are beautiful Roslyn, and I truly am sorry for how I first acted"] and he meant it too. He had been worried, and now not so much.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He looked over his shoulder when he heard Rosie screaming, and he bolted out of his chair, and ran inside. He nearly broke her door down trying to open it. He landed on his knees, and gathered the crying child into his arms. [#ADD8E6 "Shh baby, it was a bad dream"] he said trying to calm the child down. He sat down fully, and placed her in his lap. She tried talking, but couldn't get any words out. He held her against him and let her cry.]
Roslyn simply swallowed the last bit of her drink and watched as Bradley shook his head. Did he even care what had happened to her? Was this just fake concern because it was part of his job? His hand moved towards his face and take a breath. She found herself growing nervous about what he might say. When he spoke, she searched her mind for a hint at what it might have been but there was nothing that jumped out at her and she instantly felt guilt.
Bradley continued to speak and she listened carefully. She was going to be protected, that much she was sure of but she was unsure how she would adjust to this life of solitude. She guessed that she was grateful for the fact that Bradley and Rosie would be around because she would surely go crazy if she didn’t have anyone to speak to as well. Roslyn had looked away from Bradley for a moment as she thought about his ground rules and when she heard him sigh she looked back towards him. He was looking out towards the water now, exposing a strong jaw line that seemed to tense with whatever thoughts were going through his mind in this moment.
She hadn’t really studied his face until now and she found herself rather satisfied with what she saw. He was most certainly a handsome man and that in itself would have made her life here easier. She had to stop herself from staring when he shifted his gaze back to her.
[b “The beach is beautiful.”] She said simply, in acknowledgement of her boundaries. There was a silence between them now and it was obvious that their conversation was over. He seemed lost in thought but she interrupted his thoughts momentarily while she told him that she was going to grab something from her room.
She wasn’t gone for long and when she returned she had a sketchbook and a pencil in hand and as she made herself comfortable on the chair again, she found herself drawing the landscape around them. It wasn’t clear how much time passed when she lost herself in drawings and she found herself forgetting that she even had company for a while.
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