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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 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 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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For a long moment Roslyn remained sat on the edge of the young girl’s bed and held her as she continued to cry. A sighed escaped her and she stroke a hand through Rosie’s hair, wondering if she should go and get Bradley but the last thing she wanted to do was leave her when she was this upset. The sound of movement behind her caused her head to turn only slightly and she could see that Bradley had already made his way into the room. She smiled towards him, continuing to hold Rosie as he walked towards them.
When the girl cried out for her home, her heart ached. She was the reason the young girl was upset right now and she couldn’t help but feel responsible. All she could do was tighten her grip around her as she continued to cry. Bradley moved next to them and kneeled down onto the ground next to them. She looked towards him apologetically, knowing that this was her fault in the first place.
It appeared that Bradley was able to calm her down better than she could have done but she seemed to understand that they needed to be here to protect Roslyn. She looked from him, back to the little girl who was now looking up at her. She didn’t expect to hear the question and for a moment she stared blankly at her before looking to Bradley for support but instead he left the room and closed the door behind him. That was enough for her to realise that he was approving.
“Of course I will angel.” She looked down at her attire and shook her head and injected humour into her voice. “However, I cannot sleep in this. Come on, let’s go to my room and I will get changed and then we can head back to bed.” She smiled, carrying Rosie into the bedroom and put her down on the bed while she turned around and changed. By the time she was done, she turned to find Rosie fast asleep on her bed. Her head tilted and a smile threatened her lips. It appeared they would spend the night in here instead.
She picked her up again so that she could move her into the bed and when she was satisfied that the girl was comfortable she climbed in next to her. Roslyn turned over so that she could get the light and as soon as she settled in, the young girl absently curled into her. She couldn’t wipe the smile from her face. Her arms stretched around her as she pulled her close and before she knew it she had fallen asleep.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Bradley was kicking himself. He shouldn't have kissed the woman. He couldn't help it though. She looked beautiful sitting there, and the urge had been so strong. When she walked out to shower, he let out a small sigh. [#ADD8E6 "You are a stupid man"] he muttered to himself. He was too. He knew it. He couldn't be getting involved with someone he was trying to protect. He had to keep himself in check from now on. He made a promise to himself. If he felt those feelings, he would ignore them, and just focus on his job, nothing more.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He sighed lightly as he went about cleaning up the dishes, and putting what he could into the dishwasher. The other's wouldn't fit so he hand washed them. He covered the cake, and then got himself a bottle of water from the fridge. As he was about to open the cap, Rosie's cry reached his ears. He turned and walked out of the kitchen quickly and down the hall. He stopped when the older woman walked into her room. He moved to the doorway and looked inside. His heart warmed at the sight before him.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Rosie buried her face into the woman's chest as she sobbed. [#FFB6C1 "I want to go home.."] she cried out. The male knew what happened. It was the same nightmare she had a couple of weeks ago. He walked into the room and he knelt down by the two. He ran his hand over his daughter's head, and she looked at him with tears in her eyes. She hiccuped slightly. [#ADD8E6 "I know you want to go home baby, but we can't. Rosyln needs my help. I'm here to help her, and I'm here to help you."]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "I know it's hard being in a different place, but we are both here for you baby girl. Tomorrow we will go swimming, I promise"] he said lightly and kissed her forehead. She nodded lightly and rubbed her eyes. She looked at the woman slowly. [#FFB6C1 "Will you sleep with me?"] she asked. The male smiled lightly and knew his daughter was in good hands. He stood and slipped out of the room, leaving the two of them alone. He closed the door behind him and walked down the hallway. He wasn't going to ruin their moment any more than he had.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He changed into a pair of swim trunks, and grabbed a towel. They would be alright for a while. He needed to clear his head, and give them some space. Being locked up here was going to be a challenge. He wished there was something more he could do for the child. He knew she was getting restless as well. He sighed lightly as he walked out of his room, went through the kitchen and walked out onto the beach. He placed his towel onto the back of a chair and walked towards the water slowly.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He watched as the moon hit the water and made it sparkle. He broke out into a run, dived into the water and started swimming out into the middle. Once he was far enough out, he floated on his back looking up at the night sky. He sighed and stayed there for quite awhile.]
Roslyn waited nervously to hear his reply. Honestly, she was not surprised when he told her that he had hated her at first. That very statement suggested to her that his hate had since subsided. For that, she was glad. Their living arrangements could have been made much more difficult if she also had to live with a man who could not stand her presence. Roslyn nodded her head, showing that she understood but it was clear that he was nowhere near finished with his explanation. He began to tell her of the reasons he had quit in the first place and she already understood why he had hated the idea of moving here with her but she was yet to find out why Rosie’s mother was no longer in the picture.
Roslyn was surprised that he was now being so open and honest with her about his past. He did not owe her anything but she was glad that he seemed to trust her enough to talk about Rosie’s mother. She was saddened at the thought that he felt as though his job had taken him away from her but she was also glad that she was not the cause of more distance. Instead, he remained with her and could spent as much time with her as possible. Even though she still felt guilt that was something that she didn’t need to feel guilty about.
As he moved on to tell her why he had quit, her heart began to ache for him. She couldn’t imagine why anyone would feel the need to cheat in a relationship, especially when it was so clear that he wanted to make things work. He committed a selfless act while she committed adultery. As she looked over at him she couldn’t help but wonder why she would have done that to a man like Bradley. Ever since she had met him, she had struggled to see anything but his kind heart and his love for his daughter and that should have been enough for her. If she were in a different mental state she might have walked up to him and kissed away the pain that he clearly still felt about the situation but it was not her place and she could not allow herself to be so vulnerable.
There was a silence between the two now and she found herself not knowing what to say but he suggested that she should shower like she had mentioned before. As she rose from her seat she reached out and placed a hand on his arm. “For what it’s worth neither you nor Rosie deserve a woman like that in your life. You both deserve better. I just can’t promise you that is me.” She said, her last sentence clearly addressing the kiss that they had shared earlier. With that, she left him alone in the kitchen with his thoughts and made her way into the bathroom.
As she stripped off her clothes, she switched on the shower and held out her hand so that she could wait for the right temperature before climbing in. The water felt like a relief washing over her, washing away any pain that she might have felt from the memories that threatened her mind. Some time had passed before she decided to get out and wrap a towel around her body and as she did, she heard Rosie crying from her room. She wondered if Bradley would hear her from downstairs so as a precaution to took the towel and quickly ran it through her hair and wrapped it around her body before walking into the young girl’s room.
“Rosie baby, what’s the matter?” She asked as she saw the girl sat up in bed crying. She had a nightmare again and she wished that she could kiss away the fear. Roslyn moved towards the bed and took the girl in her arms, allowing her head to rest on her shoulder. “It’s ok Rosie, I’m here. Nothing will hurt you. I promise.”
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The male watched her for a moment, and his heart seemed to sink when he saw the fear in her eyes. He had been stupid to act upon the moment, but he had. He hadn't meant to bring back the fear and he sighed inwardly. He was a stupid man. When she had asked why he didn't hate her, he rubbed the back of his neck and looked down. [#ADD8E6 "How do I even speak about this.."] he muttered lightly. He didn't know how to form the right words either. At the moment he was at a loss.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He took a breath before speaking. [#ADD8E6 "In all honesty, I did hate you at first. Because you had put my daughter in danger, and that you kept on bugging my old firm for me. I understand you wanted the best, of the best. But you should have settled for someone else. Someone who didn't have a child, and someone who was still with them. Not someone who has been done for the last three years. I understand where you are coming from, believe me I do. I just never expected to come back to something that took me from Rosie in the first place"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "When I had been married, I wasn't home. I never saw my daughter and she didn't really know me. She would stop me at the door most mornings, and cry for me to stay home. I would make promises I never kept. I didn't even know my own daughter, and she didn't know me. She wanted me, but she could never have me. My ex-wife Mackenzie on the other hand, had been cheating on me the whole time. She wouldn't tell me, and she pretended that the male was a friend around Rosie"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 It broke my heart everyday knowing I couldn't see my little girl. The little girl that needed her father, as much as I needed her. So I chose to leave the place. I wanted to work on my marriage and get to know my little girl. I was going home one day to surprise my wife, when I walked in and found that Rosie wasn't home, then I heard noises upstairs, and I walked in on Mackenzie and her lover at the time. She didn't even look shocked when I walked in. She knew she was in trouble though"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 Since then we got a divorce, I got full custody of Rosie, and I decide when she see's her mother. That's one reason why I've been so distant these last couple of days. She threatened me awhile ago that I would lose my daughter. The court saw who the better parent was, and I had quit my job for her. Now here we are.. Me slowly realizing how stupid I was a moment ago, and my daughter getting attached to you"] he trailed off and sighed lightly. Wishing he hadn't spilled everything.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The silence was awkward, and he felt like he shouldn't say anything more. He looked up towards her slowly and sighed. [#ADD8E6 "Go and shower, I'll be up for awhile, so I'll clean the kitchen"] he said as he moved away from the table. He walked over to the sink and started the water, cleaning up the meal the woman and his daughter made. His head was spinning, and he felt like a horrible person for telling her everything like he had. In a way he felt slightly better though. He kept his mouth shut as he cleaned.]
Roslyn felt relief swim over her as he told her that she did not overstep. The last thing she wanted was to make Bradley angry after everything he had done for her so far. He had practically given up him life to be here with this woman and she had done so selfishly without knowing that her life would also have an impact on a small child. It was clear, though, that Rosie was in need of a positive female role model, for whatever reason that might be and she was all too happy to fill the role if they allowed her to.
Roslyn laughed at Bradley telling his daughter not to show the contents of her mouth when she was eating and she shook her head in jest and concentrated on her own plate for a moment. It wasn’t long before Rosie admitted something that Roslyn had figured out a long time ago; she was extremely tired. At least she had chance to finish her food before admitting defeat. She watched as Bradley placed his cutlery down to take her to bed. That man would certainly do anything for his daughter and that much was clear with even subtle moments like this one. As he held out his arms, Rosie climbed out of her seat but didn’t make her way to him straight away. Instead, she turned to Roslyn for a hug to which she was happy to oblige. She quickly placed down her own knife and fork and quickly chewed the food she had been eating as she wrapped her arms around the young girl and closed her eyes as she did. “You are most welcome sweetheart. Now you go and rest up darling. Sleep well.” She said returning the kiss she had given her and watched as the two left the room.
While she was alone she found that her thoughts moved to Bradley. He was such a loving father and the kind of man that she used to want to be with. Perhaps if she would have been with a caring man like him she might have had a different life. One where she might have seen marriage and children in her future. Instead she had to play the pretend wife to anyone who might see them, knowing that she might never get the chance to meet someone who could make her happy.
When he returned she forced a smile, trying to forget about the thoughts that had crossed her mind and they fell into a comfortable silence while the two finished their food. He then seemed to feel the need to apologise to her about the fact that Rosie wouldn’t have the chance to enjoy the desert this evening and she smiled. “That’s alright. It will keep for a few days. Besides, the process of making it would still be worth it even if it goes to waste. You should have seen the state of the pair of us by the time we had finished mixing the ingredients.” A laugh escaped her lips at the memory of it and she shook her head with humour. “We were both covered in flour. She is likely to need a proper bath in the morning but I did the best I could to clean her up. To be fair, I am probably going to need to take a shower soon.”
When he stood from his chair, he assumed that he was about to clear the table but when he approached her as closely as he did, her heart started to hammer against her chest and she could have sworn that he might have been able to hear it too. She flinched as his hand took hold of her chin and the old feelings of fear started to overtake her. Roslyn remembered a time when her boyfriend had grabbed her in the same place, forcing her back up against the wall as he took her by force when she had told him that she was in too much pain from the beating he had given her the night before. As his lips connected with hers, she could barely focus on them. If she were to ever expect a kiss for Bradley, she hoped that she might have enjoyed their closeness but it was clear that the healing that she thought she had done, never quite finished. Knowing that he had contacted her had reverted her back to the fearful woman she had once been.
When he smiled, she knew that he hadn’t detected anything from her and for that she was glad. The last thing he wanted was for him to know that she had been scared for the short moment his skin had touched hers. It wasn’t his fault and nor would if ever be a fear caused by him but there were scars that were yet to heal, even after all this time. When he moved away from her she breathed a sigh of relief and started to mentality scold herself for allowing such thoughts to take over her mind in that moment. In honesty, she had never expected Bradley to want to do that. After all, he should hate her for everything she had done yet it seemed he didn’t.
“Why don’t you hate me?”
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The food smelled amazing, and he had to admit to himself he was starving. Just the smell made his stomach growl. He knew they would have heard it. When the woman apologized about letting Rosie in the kitchen while the oven was on, he shook his head lightly. [#ADD8E6 "You didn't overstep anything. She's always in the kitchen with me. As long as she knows to stay far away, it's fine"] he said lightly. [#FFB6C1 "I did stay away daddy. Like you taught me I could get really hurt"] she said with her mouth full of food.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "That's my girl, now don't talk with your mouth full. We don't want to see your chewed up food"] he said as he himself took a bite. The child nodded and finished her food, before she laid her head on the table. She yawned lightly. [#FFB6C1 "I'm sleepy daddy.."] she said lightly. The male nodded a bit and set his fork down. He stood and held his arms out. Rosie climbed down, went to give Rosyln a hug, and kiss on the cheek. [#FFB6C1 "Thank you for today"] she said before walking to her father.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The male picked her up, and carried her to her bedroom. He then closed the door so that way Rosyln couldn't hear what he talked about. He helped her get into her pajama's and he locked his eyes on her's. He sighed lightly and spoke softly. [#ADD8E6 "Rosie, what do you do if someone tries to take you?"] he asked her. [#FFB6C1 "I scream and run away"] she said sleepily. The male nodded lightly, glad she knew that. He would talk to her about it more tomorrow when she was more awake. She crawled into bed, and he tucked her in.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He kissed her forehead lightly and looked down at her. [#ADD8E6 "I love you so much baby"] he breathed. [#FFB6C1 "I love you more daddy"] she replied back, and wrapped her arms around her teddy bear. The male smiled and kissed her forehead lightly, before walking out. He closed the door leaving it open a crack. He then walked back into the kitchen, and he sat down. He started picking at his food and then finished the whole plate in five minutes tops. He sighed lightly and leaned back looking towards the woman. His fingers were itching to touch her.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "I know you had a desert made, but the baby is wiped out. She can have some in the morning. Thank you for taking care of her today, I didn't mean to put her off on you. At least I know she has someone she can look up to"] he said lightly. He stood and walked around the table. He bent down and cupped her chin in his hand. It's been a couple of days, but he didn't care. He tilted her head back, and his lips brushed against her's in a gentle kiss.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He pulled back and smiled a little bit. [#ADD8E6 "Sorry, but I couldn't keep waiting to do that"] he said softly. He then put some distance between them. He started cleaning up his and Rosie's dishes, and placed them in the dishwasher. He knew he had done something he told himself he wouldn't do. He was kicking himself, because now he had a feeling the woman was going to hate him. He sighed inwardly as he waited for her to start in on him, about kissing her. It was a nice kiss though, he wanted to do it again.]
The two of them began to clean the kitchen as the cake baked, all the while they laughed and joked about little things that felt natural between them. She found herself wondering what it would have been like if she had a daughter herself and imagined that it would be like this but she couldn’t allow herself to think of such things. Her plans for the future would never play out and for now she would enjoy Rosie as much as she possibly could.
Roslyn took a moment to check their surroundings so she could ensure that they had cleaned everything properly. When she was satisfied she took the cake out of the oven and she looked down at Rosie. “Are we going to decorate this? I think some chocolate frosting would be the perfect addition to this. Don’t you think?” She asked, the young girl nodding excitedly to herself and they set to work once more.
When it was almost time for dinner she looked over at Rosie who was sitting quietly at the breakfast bar playing with her hair. She was getting tired now but the young girl would never admit it. “Do you want to go and see if your dad is ready for dinner?” She asked as she helped Rosie down onto the floor before she ran upstairs to get her dad. She didn’t want to disturb him but he had spent most of the day locked away in his room and she wasn’t sure that he had eaten anything since breakfast. As she set the table she heard Rosie talking to Bradley about their artwork and she laughed to herself. Her sketchbook was usually something she kept private but she already permitted Rosie to see the picture so she would obviously have reason to believe that she was free to show Bradley. As long as they didn’t take the liberty to look through her other drawings she wouldn’t feel as though he privacy had been breached.
As Rosie came around the corner, Bradley wasn’t too far behind. She smiled at the sight of him and laughed and the excited tone of the young child. “Of course he does, you are brilliant.” She said pressing her finger against her nose to which the young girl giggled happily. “I hope you don’t mind. I wasn’t sure that you had eaten and I don’t know your rules about Rosie being in the kitchen while the oven is on but I promise I was careful. I hope I didn’t overstep with anything.” She hadn’t thought about that before and now she was finding herself worried that she might have done something to upset him. Rosie started to climb up onto her chair at the table while Roslyn started to arrange the food on the plates.
“Oh it’s nothing. Really. Take a seat and I will bring the food over to you.” She said with a smile as she started to bring the plates over to the table. When she had served all three plates she took a seat herself and started to eat with the others. It tasted great and it wasn’t until her first bite that she realised just how hungry she had been.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex As the hours seemed to pass, Bradley finally awoke. He let out a small groan as he stretched his arms over his head, and then popped his back. He thought he could hear the two women giggling, and he wouldn't disturb them for the time being. He wanted some alone time, and that's what he needed at the moment. He sat up slowly and spotted the desk covered in Rosyln's case file. He stood and walked over to the desk and started flipping though the pictures. Seeing everything was making his blood boil. What kind of monster did this?]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex When he got to the picture of her ex, he nearly snapped. [#ADD8E6 "I swear to god, you come near her or my child I will kill you"] he said to the picture. It wasn't like he was crazy or anything, he just didn't like when a man hit a woman. He never lifted a fist to Mackenzie. Even though she had hit him dozens of times before. He himself never hit her. He was raised to treat a woman with respect. He sighed lightly remembering what the woman had threatened. He wasn't going to lose Rosie, there was no way in hell.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He had always taken care of her. Even when Mackenzie wasn't around, he had been there to make the child smile. He hated the woman with a passion, but he got a beautiful child out of it. He sighed lightly as he picked up the papers and started reading the file once more. He knew he would have to ask Rosyln about her ex, and have her explain the story once more. He didn't want to cause the woman pain, but he didn't have much of a choice in the matter.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex As he got swept up in the folder, he heard a little knock on the door. He looked up and realized that the door was locked. He put the papers back on the desk and walked over to the door and unlocked it. He drew it open to see Rosie standing there with a grin on her face. [#ADD8E6 "Well hi baby girl"] he said bending down to her level. [#FFB6C1 "Dinner is ready, and I wanna show you my pictures"] she said. The male nodded and let her take his hand, and lead him to the living room.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "What pictures are we talking about baby?"] he asked as the child dropped his hand and grabbed her coloring book, and Rosyln's sketch book. [#FFB6C1 "Rosyln did this one, and I did this one"] she said pointing at them both. He looked at Rosyln's and his jaw dropped. She had gotten everything about his daughter right. He then admired her coloring as well, and she broke out into a grin, and tugged him to the kitchen. [#FFB6C1 "He loves both drawings!"] she called out. The male couldn't help but laugh a little bit at that. He loved seeing her so excited.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He walked into the kitchen and he shook his head lightly. He saw the food, and the cake before him. [#ADD8E6 "You two did this while I was sleeping?"] he asked lightly. He was glad they did though. [#FFB6C1 "Yes we did daddy"] the child said climbing onto the stool and kicking her feet back and forth. The male smiled and kissed her forehead. He then turned to Rosyln and smiled at her as well. [#ADD8E6 "The drawing is amazing, and the food smells wonderful"] he said as he leaned against the counter, and crossed his arms.]
It was obvious from the moment she walked through the door of that there was something causing tension with Bradley and that was confirmed when he mentioned the fact that he was going to be spending some time in his. Roslyn had learned a long time ago that it was always better to avoid confrontation by asking questions when she was unwanted. It wasn’t something that hurt her feelings. She understood that moving here was a big change for him and he clearly needed some more time to adjust and Roslyn was more than happy to spend more time with Rosie. Although she hadn’t known them for more than a couple of days she was already falling in love with the girl and she found herself wanting to spend as much time with her as possible.
“Alright.” She said with a smile and as he turned his back for spent a minute taking in the frame of him. Something was bothering him but he would have told her if it was something he wanted to share. Instead she made her way back into the sitting room where Rosie was still colouring in. It was apparent that she would spend a lot of her time doing just that. She took her place next to her and watched her lovingly until Bradley walked back into the room to kiss his daughter. The show of love brought a smile to her face and when Bradley turned to her she simply nodded and watched him walk away.
She couldn’t help but wonder what Rosie thought about the fact she barely saw her mother but that wasn’t a conversation she was about to have with a child, especially if it caused any upset. In fact, she wasn’t going to do anything to disrupt her from the amount of attention she was paying to the colouring book before her. Instead, she reached for her own sketch book and pencil and began to draw, sketching the contours of the child sat before her. There was something oddly calming about losing herself in the world of art and she was quite talented in that area. Within minutes she had the outlines of the girls face on the paper and within the hour the image on the page perfectly reflected the young girl sat before her.
Eventually, Rosie turned to her with a smile having finished one of her colourings.
“I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” Roslyn said with a smile, holding her sketch book against her chest and laughed when Rosie agreed and showed her the finished article. “Wow Rosie, that’s beautiful.”
“Now you.” She said with a cheeky smile, almost trying to peek at the drawing before it was visible and her face completely changed when she could finally see the drawing. “You drew me?” She asked, blinking for a second before jumping at her and throwing her arms around the woman she was clearly becoming attached to. “I love it Roslyn.” She said with a huge grin before pulling back. “Can we cook a surprise dinner for daddy with a desert? Like a cake! Please can we?” She asked almost jumping up and down with excitement.
“Of course we can. Let’s go and see what we can come up with in the kitchen.” They looked through the cupboards and the fridge, looking at the different options but she allowed Rosie to choose whatever she believed to be Bradley’ favourite food and the two spent some time preparing that before moving on to the cake.
By the time they had finished with the cake the pair of them were covered in flour and giggling at the mess they had managed to get into. “I think we are going to need to wash up before dinner.” She said picking up the child and placing her on the kitchen side and started to wipe her face clear of the ingredients that didn’t happen to make it into the bowl. As she did Roslyn placed a kiss on her cheek to which she giggled and returned without hesitation.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The male was glad the gift's went over so well with both of them. He had noticed the way the woman had turned a bright shade of red, and that made him smirk a bit to himself. As he was cleaning up his phone buzzed, and he had a feeling who it might be. He didn't want to even talk to her at the moment. When he heard the woman's voice he looked over his shoulder and shook his head lightly. [#ADD8E6 "No, I got it. You go and relax with Rosie. When I'm done here I'm going to my room for a while"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He had to make some kind of excuse to the woman to get away. He then turned his back to her and cleaned up the dishes. He put them in the dishwasher, and then started it. He then grabbed a water bottle from the fridge and he slipped past the woman. He walked over to where Rosie was and kissed her forehead. [#ADD8E6 "Daddy needs to go and work on some things, you stay here"] he said lightly. The child looked up and nodded. [#FFB6C1 "Okay daddy"] she replied and went back to coloring.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He smiled lightly and shook his head. He knew those had been a good idea. She would have them done in less than a couple of days, but at least he had more in his room for her. He looked at Rosyln and smiled warmly. [#ADD8E6 "Enjoy your day with her. She needs it."] he said as he walked past her, and went into his room. He closed and locked the door behind him. He sighed lightly as he pulled his phone out, and read the text message from Mackenzie. He narrowed his eyes and growled.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#98FB98 [i I'm not in the mood to deal with your bullshit Bradley. I want you to bring Rosie to me tonight. I'm taking her to California, and you can't fucking stop me. I know where you bloody live. So if I have to come and pick her up I will.]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 [i There's no reason for you to even go to my place. We aren't there. We aren't even in the state anymore. Go ahead and threaten calling the cops on me, but you know damn well I'll win. You don't do shit for our daughter.]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#98FB98 [i How dare you! You can't leave the state without telling me! Where have you taken her?! Bring me my daughter now. I will call the cops, and they will realize you kidnapped her.]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 [i I did no such thing. The last time I checked I had full custody of her. I have the right to choose when you get to see her, and I have the right to take her wherever I please. You can't do a damn thing about it. You chose to leave her, and I had to pick up her broken heart.]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#98FB98 [i You are a bloody bastard for keeping my baby from me. I want you to bring her home now.]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 [i It's not going to happen. I'm sorry. But you don't deserve to see her at all. She's safe, and that's all you need to know.]] That was the last message he sent, because then he shut his phone off and groaned lightly. He felt like he was having a huge ass battle, and he was losing hardcore. He knew Rosie was safe, but for how long? How long could he even think about keeping her here?]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He shook his head lightly as he pulled his jeans, and t-shirt off. He then fell face first into the bed, and closed his eyes. He wanted sleep, and he was glad Rosyln was here to watch over the child. He needed a break, and that's what he was getting. He laid there letting himself relax, and before he knew it he was out.]
Roslyn shook her head to shake away the feelings that had surfaced and masked them by smiling at the exchange between father and daughter. Their love for each other was so clear and the way they snuggled into each other to demonstrate that affection was something she really enjoyed witnessing.
Rosie seemed overly excited by the fact that Bradley had brought her some gifts back and she moved herself to the floor so she could surround herself with whatever she received. Roslyn smiled as Bradley went into the kitchen to retrieve the bags and watched as Rosie’s eyes lit up upon seeing the bag. Eventually, when she had been given everything Bradley had to offer, Rosie jumped up onto the sofa next to her so that she could show Roslyn all the wonderful pictures that she could colour in.
“You are going to produce some masterpieces, I am sure Rosie.” She wrapped her arm around her whilst looking at the pictures until Bradley handed a bag to her. She did not expect him to bring anything specific back for her so it caught her off guard but she accepted the books with gratitude. Books usually kept her occupied and she did not have time to pack these originally.
Roslyn smiled until he mentioned that he had also picked out some erotic books and almost instantly, her cheeks turned to a bright shade of red. She would ignore that comment for now as Rosie thanked him.
“Yes, thank you. I really appreciate this.” She said as she watched him make his way back into the kitchen and while Rosie started to colour in her books. “Hey Rosie, do you mind if I go and help you dad clean up in the kitchen?”
Rosie nodded in reply, clearly occupied by her new gifts and that made Roslyn laugh. She placed a kiss on her forehead before making her way into the kitchen, leaving her books in a bag on the floor next to the sofa.
“Bradley, do you need a hand with anything?” She asked from the doorway.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The male felt the small bundle he loved climb onto his lap, and he kept his eyes shut. It was a game of theirs. Sometimes she would really catch him off guard, and other times he made sure to pretend she did. She got the biggest kick out of it, and when she rawred in his face, his arms latched around her and she squeeled at the top of her lungs. [#ADD8E6 "Looks like the daddy monster wins"] he said as he covered her in kisses. The child giggled, and snaked her arms around his neck, nuzzling against him.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He could tell she had missed him, but he had missed her as well. He kissed her forehead lightly as he pulled back, and poked her nose. [#ADD8E6 "Daddy got you a couple of things. Do you want to see?"] he asked her. Rosie bobbed her head up and down. [#FFB6C1 "Yes please"] she said as she wiggled out of his arms. She hurried down onto the floor and she clapped her hands together. The male sighed lightly and pushed himself up, and went into the kitchen to get the bags. He came back into the room, and sat on the floor.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He started shuffling though the bags, and made sure to leave Rosyln's things in the bag. He then pulled out some coloring books, and crayons, and a couple of other things for the girl. [#ADD8E6 "Uncle Andrew helped pick these out for you. He would have stayed to watch, but you were sleeping"] he said. The child grinned and picked everything up and carried it over to the woman. [#FFB6C1 "Look what daddy got me"] she said as she climbed up onto the couch next to her. She then started flipping though the coloring books.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The male stood and picked up the bag and handed it to the woman. He smiled down at the two. [#ADD8E6 "I didn't know what kind of books you wanted, but I hope these catch your eye. I also put in a couple of more erotic books as well."] he said with a small shrug of his shoulders. Rosie looked up at him and smiled. [#FFB6C1 "Thank you daddy"] she said as she opened the crayons and started to color. The male smiled and rubbed her hair lightly. He was glad the two enjoyed their gifts.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He turned and walked back into the kitchen to put the snacks and other little things he bought away. It felt nice not having Rosie under his feet for once, but at the same time it was making him slightly jealous. She needed another woman in her life, and he was glad it was Rosyln. He ran a hand though his hair, as he put everything away.]
At some point Roslyn had also allowed her eyes to close and fall asleep but she woke up in a panic an hour later. She dreamt of him again and it took her a moment to realise that she was wrapped up safely on the sofa with a sleeping child. The sight of Rosie in her arms calmed her and eventually her heart beat started to steady itself. She kept herself awake for the rest of the film but managed to drop off again before Bradley returned.
The knock at the door did not even wake her up and it wasn’t until she felt his touch that she was pulled out of her sleep. She had no intention of sleeping again but she was clearly far more exhausted than she had realised. Roslyn’s sleep had been scarce lately as she saw him in her dreams and it was not a place that she enjoying going to.
Roslyn opened her eyes and smiled at the sight of Bradley and quickly took a peek at Rosie who was still sleeping and she giggled to herself lightly. Roslyn shifted her weight slightly, realising that her arm was slightly numb. She nodded and thanked him quietly and turned the television off while Andrew and Bradley brought in the shopping and unpacked. She felt guilty about not being able to help but she knew that she would have disturbed Rosie if she moved.
When Bradley returned to the room she avoided his gaze for a while, knowing that he was watching the way his daughter was cuddled up to her but when she glanced towards him he had closed his eyes. She smiled to herself and looked back to Rosie who was beginning to stir and soon enough she was awake and noticed that her father was home. She could see the excitement in her eyes and that made her heart melt but the young girl remained silent, noticing an opportunity to play with her father. Roslyn knew the second she started to sneak around what she was doing and she had to fight back a laugh.
Within a matter of seconds, the young girl had jumped into her father’s lap and shouted loudly with the aim of startling him. Roslyn wondered if she had been successful or if he simply played along to make her happy. There was something so sweet about their relationship and she wondered if there would ever be a chance for her to have the same thing. Perhaps she would never be able to have a normal life now. Her expression changed instantly and she looked away in an attempt to mask whatever it was that she was now feeling.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex As Andrew was driving Bradley looked out the window. He was sightly nervous for leaving the two, but he had to. He had to get the shopping done, and make sure they were stocked with everything they needed for the time being. Andrew looked towards him and nudged him. [b "Why so quiet? I know Rosie's in good hands"] he said with a smile. Bradley shook his head. [#ADD8E6 "Oddly, I'm not really thinking about her"] he said as he smiled sheepishly. He meant it too, he was thinking about Rosyln the most. How could he not? She was beautiful.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [b "Alright, then spill it. It is about your new charge? What happened? Do I need to come over and make sure you both are playing nice?"] he asked as he looked back towards the road. [#ADD8E6 "I don't know where to start. She's beautiful, and she's so scared. I don't blame her, but we've kind of shared a couple of moments. I don't know if I'm just reading into it or what. I know I shouldn't but I think I'm getting feelings for her"] he admitted. It wasn't right, but he was. He knew he was.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [b "That's nothing to be worried about. I bet she's feeling the same way. I know it's going to be hard, but it'll be worth it. I'm not gonna lie, if you don't make a move soon I'm going to"] he said with a laugh. The two fell into silence as Andrew drove into town. Pretty soon the two were out and heading into the first store. It was a clothing store and he went to the kids section first. He picked out some clothes for Rosie, along with some coloring books, and toys.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He knew the child would be going nuts without coloring books, and a couple new toys. Then he moved towards the woman's section and started looking for Rosyln's sizes. He picked out a couple shirt's, pants, jeans, and a couple other items. He then went to the men's section and got himself some clothes as well. He was in a hurry, and he wanted to get back home as soon as possible. He didn't want the two girls alone for long. He carried everything up front and then paid. Andrew helped carry the bags back to the car, and loaded them up.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Then they were heading to the food mart, and spent close to five hundred dollars for food. It would last for about a month in a half. As they were walking out, Bradley spotted a movie and book store, and he helped load the car up and then headed over there. He found a lot of good movies and books, and bought them as well. Then they were back in the car and heading back to the cabin. When Andrew pulled into the driveway, Bradley climbed out and went to knock on the door.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He unlocked it and peeked his head inside. He saw the two curled up on the couch and he smiled lightly. He walked over and bent down. He touched Roslyn lightly on the arm. [#ADD8E6 "Hey, we are back. I hope I got you the right sizes for clothe's, and I bought a couple movies and books as well. Andrew and I will bring everything inside"] he said and stood. He then went to help the other male. Pretty soon it was all done, and the food was put away and then Andrew was gone again. Bradley sighed as he sat down.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He sat there watching the two, and was glad Rosie was curled up next to the woman and he smiled a bit. He leaned his head back and closed his eyes, letting the silence wash over them for the time being.]
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.
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