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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 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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Roslyn had not expected to find the confidence to kiss him in the way that she did but she was more than happy with the outcome. She felt him smile against her lip and it caused her own to turn up into a smile as he did. The butterflies in her stomach had burst to life and they did not show any sign of beginning to calm but she enjoyed the feeling. When he pulled back she kept her eyes closed for a moment as she listened to their quickened breaths begin to slow. It wasn’t until his hand found her cheek that she finally opened her eyes again. She smiled as he spoke and let out a quiet laugh, nodding in agreement. It was one of the most amazing kisses she had ever shared with another.
It stirred feelings within her that she was not even sure that she had within her. She had been so sure that she had managed to push those feelings deep inside her so that she didn’t have to feel them anymore but Bradley was beginning to bring them back and it made her feel something other than fear for the first time in years. Roslyn closed her eyes once more as he pressed a kiss against her forehead before he spoke and sat back so that he could say what he needed to say.
“There was no pressure. I [I wanted] that to happen.” She said with a smile as she took hold of his hand, almost to prove that she wanted it as much as he did. “I think…I think I do trust you. I just need a little more time to get used to [I this]. Whatever [I this] is.” She laughed gently and nodded as he mentioned that they would be moving to a new safe house. She never expected to stay here forever – she thought she had a little bit more time before they moved again but she would do whatever he said and not just because he was protecting her.
Roslyn smiled after he kissed her again and he began to make his way to the door. “Goodnight Bradley.” She said and the moment she was let alone she leaned back onto her bed and allowed her eyes to close. Her night was dreamless that night and it passed without any further interruption. When she awoke the next morning, she had a smile on her face. The very first thought she had was about him and the kiss that they had shared the night before. Her cheeks flushed a light shade of pink as she thought about it and she giggled to herself.
She brought her hand up to her eyes and started to rub away the sleep from her eyes before she decided to make her way to the bathroom for a bath. She would usually go for a shower but she wasn’t in a rush that morning and she wanted nothing more than to soak in a bubble bath. Once she had water ready she climbed in ad let out a long-satisfied sigh. Ten minutes had passed before there was an interruption. She didn’t realise that she hadn’t locked the door and Rosie had come bursting through the door.
“Roslyn! Good morning!”
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The kiss they shared wasn't one he had expected. The first kiss she had flinched away, and it had hurt him slightly. This second one was better. He could tell she was having a hard time not pulling away, but when she leaned against him and kissed him again, he couldn't help but smile against her lips. He felt her hands cupping his face, and he ran a finger lightly along her arm. He pulled back to catch his breath, and he touched her cheek lightly. [#ADD8E6 "That was honestly amazing"] he breathed out. He meant it too.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He had many kisses with people, but this one was the topper. Mackenzie had never kissed him like that, and in a way he was glad she never did. Because he had shared this kiss with someone he thought he wouldn't get feelings for. She really was an amazing woman, and he felt like he was pushing her too much. He took a breath, and pressed his lips to her forehead. [#ADD8E6 "I'm sorry for pressuring you into that, but it needed to happen"] he said lightly. He took a small breath, and then sat back a bit, to get a better look at her.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Seeing her flushed like she was, made the male smile a bit more. She was beautiful, and he wanted this moment to last for the rest of his life. He sighed lightly and rubbed the back of his head. [#ADD8E6 "I know you are still trying to trust me, but believe me, I'm not going to abandon you. I'm not going to hurt you, and I will protect you. It's something I promised to do when I first signed up for this job, and I'm not backing down now."]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "I just need you to tell me, if I'm overstepping any lines. Tomorrow I will be moving you to another safe house. This time you'll be able to leave, and go do shopping yourself instead of me. I will have to be with you every time, and you will have to wear something so people won't know who you are. But I think we need to get away from the ocean for awhile. I know it's driving the little one mad"] he said with a laugh. He knew Rosie was going crazy here, and it would be good for all of them.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He sighed lightly and kissed her forehead again. [#ADD8E6 "Get some sleep, and I will see you bright and early"] he said softly before standing. He looked down at her one last time for the night, and smiled a bit. He stole one last kiss, before he slipped out leaving her to her thoughts. He went back to his own room after checking on Rosie, and seeing she was sleeping peacefully. He slipped into bed, put his arm under his head, and laid there until sleep finally took over.]
As his lips pressed against her hand, her heart began to race and as he started to respond to her, she remained silent, allowing each and every word to fall between them. She was glad to hear that he was so approving of Rosie’s adoration for her and she was relieved that he told her that they did not intend to go anywhere. She honestly did not know what she would have done if he used that window of opportunity to go back home. Her throat began to close up as he continued to speak and she could not bring herself to look away from him, even as she told her that he was happy that he had feelings for her.
Roslyn let out a long ragged breath, not having realised that she had been holding her breath in the first place. Bradley’s eyes were locked with her own as he began to trace kisses along her fingertips. The movements were intimate and showed that he cared for her and it only made the butterflies in her stomach more erratic. She believed him when he said he wasn’t going to hurt her and she wanted nothing more than to tell him that she could never be scared of him.
He traced kissed along her hand before moving it to rest upon his chest so that he could feel her heart beating. It blurred her mind and only made her own race further. The two were closer now and the distance between them was beginning to close as his hand came to rest upon his cheek. A part of her knew what was about to happen and she had to work really hard to let that part of her know that it was alright; that she did not need to be scared. Even though her instinct was to flinch away from him, she did not. Roslyn had to use all of her energy to make sure that did not happen. Instead, she allowed her eyes to close as if to allow her some courage.
The moments their lips touched, it was as though time had stood still. While this was not the first kiss they had shared, it was the first time they had kissed with a true and honest motivation. Her breath hitched along with him and she felt a wave of desire swim over her in a way that she could not control. She had [I never] been kissed like this before and it only made her realise the honesty in Bradley’s words even more. The kiss lingered a moment before he decided to pull away. Her eyes were glossed over and cheeks were pink from the passion.
When he permitted her to hit him, he closed his eyes as if to prepare himself for it and she only laughed. “I’m not going to hit you.” Instead, she closed the distance between them again in an attempt to prove that she was committed to trying with him. Her kiss promised that she would try to let him in and that she would work on breaking down the walls she put around her. Roslyn sighed into the kiss, deepening it in the process, moving her body so that she had a better angle before taking his face in her hands.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The male slowly turned his head, and pressed his lips to the palm of her hand. He stayed silent as she spoke and he shook his head lightly. He wasn't about to leave her. Yes he had been an asshole when they first met, but being here brought out a different side of him. [#ADD8E6 "Rosie adores you, I can see she does. She needs you more than you realize. I'm not trying to replace her mother, but she needs someone who will take care of her, someone who wants to be there for her, to protect her like I do"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "If I made her leave, and stay with her grandparents, she would be heartbroken. I can't hurt my little girl again. I ripped her away from her home, and she's finally warming up to you. I see it more and more, as we spend time together. Rosyln please, don't you dare think I'm about to turn my back on you. I'm not going anywhere, and I don't care if you are damaged or not. You deserve nothing but the best, and in my own way I'm offering that to you."] he stopped and took a breath.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "I know you didn't expect to start feeling things for me, and I myself didn't expect it either. It's happening, and in all honesty I'm glad it is. It means that I've finally healed, and you are slowly healing. Please don't ever be scared of me.. I'm not going to hurt you, I'm going to protect you"] he whispered. He felt his heart hammering inside of his chest, and he moved her hand away from his face. He took it in his own hand, and he kissed her fingertips slowly, his eyes locked on her's the whole time.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He then slowly kissed the palm of her hand, and then back up to her fingers before he lowered her hand from his lips. [#ADD8E6 "Trust me, if you don't like this, you can hit me, you can hate me, you can not talk to me but you have to trust me"] he said lightly. He kept a hold of her hand, and he reached up and gently ran his fingertips along her cheek, and jawbone. He then ran his fingers lightly over her lips, his heart was racing and he placed her hand onto his chest so she could feel it.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He didn't say anything, as he slowly closed the distance and then he brushed his lips against her's again. His breath hitched, as he felt sparks between them. He kissed her a moment longer, before he pulled back and kissed her blushing cheeks. [#ADD8E6 "I'm sorry, but I had too. Go ahead and hit me now"] he said as he kept her hand pressed against his racing heart, he closed his eyes and waited for the blow to strike.]
She didn’t know why her heart started to quicken after she admitted that she trusted him. Part of her truly believed her words but there was still a very small part of her that told her she could never trust anyone again. However, she wouldn’t be here now if they didn’t share an equal trust. Bradley would not have asked for her advice if he didn’t trust her and she certainly wouldn’t have reached out to touch him if she didn’t feel safe.
As he spoke towards her she could feel her pulse quickening and her throat closing up. It had been years since she had felt like this and she didn’t think that she ever would. Roslyn had missed the part of relationships where you felt this rush of excitement simply by looking at someone and they were feelings that were starting to return to her whenever she was around Bradley. With every admission of his feelings she felt the heat rise to her face and she wondered whether he could see the effect that his words had on her. Even when she had been in a relationship she had never had someone tell her the things that he was telling her now.
He told her to act upon her feelings but the truth was she didn’t quite know how. The last time she had done that she had found herself in a relationship that nearly ended in her death and although she knew that would never happen to her again, the tiny part of her was still scared; that part that held the scar that only proved how much danger she had been in. Roslyn wanted to tell him that their kiss meant something to her too; that she never meant to flinch away from him because she could tell that it hurt him but she was damaged and she knew that he would have to find a way to help her through that if anything were to ever happen between them.
Even thinking about a potential future made her feel guilty. Roslyn had ripped him away from his life and he had given up everything for her and here he was, claiming that he [I wanted] to be there for her no matter what. Could she really allow herself to be happy knowing that she had potentially put his and Rosie’s life in danger? She wanted to tell him to go back to his life, to leave her so that she didn’t have to hurt him anymore.
She hadn’t even noticed that her hand had remained near his face until he leaned into it. Her breath caught in her throat and her mind swam with a million thoughts, none of them stood out to her enough that she knew what to say. He was practically begging her to open up to him and she didn’t know how. It had been far too long.
“I-I don’t know what to say. I’m terrified.” She said honestly, knowing that it was a good start. “I am scared that I have put you both in danger by asking you to protect me. I never expected to fall in love with Rosie and I never expected that I would start to feel things for you. Now all I can think about it sending you both home so I can protect you both.” She sighed and looked away from him for a moment, looking down at the hand that wasn’t cupping his face.
“I want to be able to let you in. I want to be able to tell you that I need you. I do.” She stopped for a moment before looking up and meeting his eyes with her own again. “I want to let my guard down around you and I know in time that will happen but you have to know that I am damaged. I might never be able to give you want you want from me.”
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Bradley felt like he was torn between what's right, and what's not right. He did want to test his ex-wife, but would it be right? Or should he just keep Rosie away from her? He sighed lightly listening to the woman's words. He was glad she was stepping in. He hadn't meant for her too, and she hadn't known that he had a child in the first place. He sighed lightly and when she lifted his head to look at her, he did. His eyes locked on her's and his heart hammered inside of his chest.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "Honestly, I know the feeling all too well. I shouldn't be thinking about you in ways, that could make someone else jealous. You really are a beautiful woman, and I'm glad I can make you feel safe. That's the best part, knowing that I make you feel safe. I just don't want to overstep a line or something. I know I did the other day, and I honestly don't feel bad about it. It was nice, but I didn't meant to scare you with it. I don't want you thinking, that you have to kiss me back because you don't"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "It was a reaction to the moment, and it kind of meant something to me. I shouldn't push you, but I want you to know I'm not like him. I could never hurt you, I couldn't touch you in ways that he did. I want you to feel like you can come to me, with anything. Whenever you need someone to hold you, I want you to know I will be there. I will be there to pick you up when you feel lower than low, and I will be there for you no matter what."]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "Act upon your feelings, don't keep them bottled up. The easiest way to even move past this, is to act upon them. Tell me what you are thinking, what you are feeling, or do whatever you want to do"] he breathed out. Just feeling her skin against his, made his heart skip a beat and he wanted to reach out, and pull her against him. It was wrong on so many level's, but it felt so right at the same time. He shouldn't be thinking like this, but he was. He wanted nothing more, than to lay back and just hold her.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He didn't want her thinking he was looking for one thing, when in reality he was looking to protect her in more way's than one. He wanted her to feel like she could come to him, he sighed lightly and closed his eyes. He wanted this moment to last. He was putting it to memory, so whenever he felt alone or sad, he could bring this memory back up. He wanted to make more than one memory with her, and he couldn't even bring himself to say that out loud. He himself was scared.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He sat there, his heart hammering inside of his chest and he leaned into her touch slowly. [#ADD8E6 "Please.. Let me in.."] he breathed out. He wanted to know what she was thinking, but he kept his mouth shut for the time being. He's spoken too much and he knew it.]
Roslyn looked down at their intertwined hands and smiled to herself. She was quite proud that she had managed to make contact with a man without thinking about her past experiences. This time, she didn’t flinch and she silently praised herself for getting over this small hurdle that had always seemed to be a problem for her. After a minute or two she allowed her eyes to find his again after he sighed and continued his side of the conversation.
Part of her could understand why he felt the need to test Rosie’s mother and she knew that Bradley was more than capable of protecting his daughter from her should she decide to try anything but the other part of her thought that he would be making a mistake to allow such a toxic woman back into the young girl’s life. As he reflected on the relationship he had with the woman she couldn’t help but feel for him. Even though he had a very different relationship with her to what she had with her boyfriend she could see that he was damaged by it, just in a very different way.
She shook her head when he apologised, wishing that he didn’t feel the need to do so. “It’s not making anything awkward. Look, I pulled you out here so the least I can do is offer you my ear whenever you need to talk and I promise you that you can talk to me about anything. As for Rosie, I adore her too. You have to know that I will never hurt her.” Roslyn smiled and watched as he lifted her hand to kiss the back of it. It awakened the butterflies in her stomach and made the heat rise to her cheeks. Something so simple had such an effect on her.
He then moved his hand to her cheek and in that moment her throat became try and her heart started to race. Again, she had managed not to flinch and all she could do was watched his eyes and listen to the sound of his voice, swallowing whatever emotions that were beginning to rise within her. It wasn’t simply fear of another man’s touch but she was terrified of not being good enough for him. She had it drilled into her head hundreds of times that she was worthless and no man would ever want her so she was finding it hard to believe that this man before her was being truthful when he called her beautiful and told her that he wanted to kiss her.
Her cheeks turned a light shade of pink and as he moved his hand away from her face, she could have sworn that she could still feel his hand there. With every word he spoke her heart raced and she had no idea what to say to him. Roslyn wanted to tell him that he had an effect on her too, that he made her feel things she thought she would never feel again but she didn’t know if she had the courage. Perhaps it was the fact that he put some distance between them or the fact that he now had his head in his hands that made her feel that little bit braver.
Roslyn reached out to move his hand from his face and lifted his head so that he had to look at her. “I do trust you. With you…I’m not scared. I shouldn’t have these feelings but I do.”
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Listening to the woman speaking, he felt his heart skip a beat. The moment she reached out and took his hand, he flipped his hand over so the back of his hand was on her thigh. It was kind of nice feeling another woman's touch. It's been so long since he felt that, and this time he hadn't done anything. She chose to touch him, and that's all that mattered really. He sighed lightly and looked towards her. [#ADD8E6 "You know, apart of me wants to see if she will try something, but knowing her she will manage to win"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "She's a horrible mother, and I'm surprised she's still with the man she cheated on me with. Even when her and I had first started dating, she was always looking at other men, and sometimes she would tell me the kinds of things she wanted from them. I brought it up to her at one point, and she told me she was changing. I thought she was, but then I realized after Rosie was born, she wasn't. She was still the same horrible person she had always been. I was a fool for falling for her, and I know that"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "I'm sorry, I shouldn't be talking about this.. I know it's making things awkward with you, and that's honestly the last thing I want to do. Thank you for being there for my daughter. She adores the living shit out of you, and it's nice seeing her like that. It's been a long time since I've seen her attached to someone so quickly"] he said lightly. He lifted their joined hands, an he brushed his lips against the back of her hand. He thought about bringing up the kiss, and now would be a good time.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Rosie was sleeping, and he might as well. He lowered their hands, and slowly moved his hand out of her's. He gently stroked her cheek and locked his eyes on her's. [#ADD8E6 "I know you are scared of another man touching you, I shouldn't have kissed you yesterday, but seeing you sitting there looking beautiful, I didn't have much of a choice. Even right now I want to kiss you. I want to taste you, but I know it's out of line. I know you are scared, but I want you to trust me"] he said lightly.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He sighed lightly and dropped his hand from her cheek. [#ADD8E6 "I don't want you to ever be scared of me, I want you to come to me. I know I've been an ass, and I do apologize. Right now, sitting here with you I haven't been more comfortable with a woman. You honestly don't know the effect you have one me Rosyln. I'm doing my best here, not to just kiss you again"] he admitted. He smirked lightly and moved away from her, to give her the space she needed. He sighed lightly and put his head into his hands.]
Roslyn watched as Bradley came to sit down on the bed and she adjusted herself slightly to give him a little more room. She could tell that there was some conflict going on in his band and it broke her heart to see him this way and it only worried her about what he had to say to her. When he started to talk she exhaled gently, realising that the conversation was about Rosie’s mother rather than something to do with the moment they shared the day before. Perhaps that conversation would come up another time but for now, she was very happy to try to help him with his dilemma.
As he relayed some of the details she could tell he was holding some information back and he was clearly only telling her about the things she needed to know to help him make a decision. As more of the story became known, she could not help but wonder how Bradley could ever have loved a woman like her but then she knew all too well that people were not always as they seem at first. She sighed softly as he asked what she would do if she were in a similar situation and she actually found herself relieved that she was not. Roslyn could not think of anything worse than having brought a child into this world with the man who now threatened her life.
When he finished speaking, she moved round so that she could take his hand in her own to offer him some comfort. “I think that you are already doing the right thing. She threatened to kidnap her and as you said, legally she has no right to see Rosie. I can understand why you have mixed feelings. She is Rosie’s mother and I am sure that a part of you wants Rosie to be able to have a relationship with her mother but from what you are telling me, that doesn’t seem possible.” She did not expect him to suggest that he would want her with him but it warmed her heart to know that he cared about her opinion in the matter.
“In my honest opinion, I don’t know how you can trust her after everything she has done and I know if Rosie were my child I would do anything to protect her from a woman like her. She threatened to take her away from you and perhaps she had changed her approach but can you honestly trust that she will not try something? However, it is your decision to make Bradley.” She gently squeezed his hand and found his eyes.
“I am not trying to step in and be Rosie’s mother. I know that is not my place but I will do my best to make sure that she has a good female role model. Rosie needs stability and I am not sure that is what she will get with her.” She allowed the words to settle in the air between them, waiting for any kind of response from him.
“You will do the right thing Bradley.”
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The male felt his heart warming at her words. [#ADD8E6 "She really is a good girl, and I'm glad she has someone like you in her life. I know I can get a tad bit boring, because I can't do her nails, or hair the way she wants"] he said with a small awkward laugh. When she offered he sit on her bed, and talk to her. He sighed lightly and did just that. He sat down, put his hands onto his thighs and looked around the small room. He was slightly surprised she hadn't put things where she wanted yet.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex In all honesty, he was stalling for time. He didn't know where to even start. He took a breath and started speaking. [#ADD8E6 "So, Mackenzie's been hounding me to see Rosie. Mind you I have full custody, and she doesn't have permission to see her daughter. It was a messy thing, and I don't want to get into it quite yet. Maybe later on, I'll break down and tell you everything. But that's beside's the point. Before I found out about you, she had called and told me straight forward that she was going to kidnap my daughter"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "I knew right then, I had to get her away from where we were, so in a way you are a blessing. Mackenzie doesn't know where she is, and she isn't going to. But she called me last night, and she asked if she could see Rosie, and have me along. I honestly don't know how to feel about that. I mean, would you be okay with having your ex around seeing your child? If you had one of course.."] he stopped there and looked down. He knew he was digging himself a hole right now.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex It honestly felt good to get it all out in the open. [#ADD8E6 "I know if I do decide to let her see Rosie, I would want you there with me. Right now though, that's not going to happen because you need to stay hidden. But when this whole thing is over I guess.. I don't know. I guess I'm at a loss on what to do. I know a child needs her mother, but not this mother. She's honestly a horrible person. All of the things she's done to myself, and to Rosie"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "I honestly hate her for it. She hurt Rosie so bad, that she's turning to you to help heal her broken heart. I'm glad she has that bond with you, and maybe you could help her better than I can. I just don't know about Mackenzie seeing her"] he stopped when he realized he was rambling. He sighed and put his head into his hands. He just wanted this woman to tell him what to do. He was at a loss, and he was fighting with himself all the same. It wasn't normal, and he just wanted it to end.]
When Roslyn drew things in her sketchbook she tended to lose herself easily. On this occasion she had taken to drawing a rose. They had always been her favourite flowers. The delicacy of them before they bloomed into something beautiful had always captivated her and as she drew a single rose on the paper, she ensured that she was able to capture that feeling that she got whenever she came across a rose. She wasn’t sure if she would ever get to see one again now. There were no roses growing near her new home and she wasn’t allowed to go out so unless some miraculously appeared, she would have to make do with the life-like drawing she was currently producing.
There was once a time when Roslyn might have considered producing art for a living and she wondered if she would have the opportunity to simply spend time producing works of art for herself. Perhaps she could put them up around the house if they were good enough. After all, all she had was time now. Roslyn thought to herself for a moment and wondered if there would be a room in the house that could offer itself as a studio and she made a mental note to perhaps ask Bradley a little further down the line. She hadn’t yet explored the house in its entirety but she also knew that it wasn’t her place to.
She had not been expecting company and for a minute she had not noticed that Bradley had peered around her door. When she heard his voice, she stopped moving her pencil along the page and she looked up to greet his gaze and returned his smile. It seemed he had calmed himself down and was in a better head space and that was only confirmed by his apology. It was not needed of course, they were both caught off-guard with what Rosie had asked but she appreciated the fact that he had tried all the same.
“She’s a wonderful girl Bradley. I already feel lucky to have her in my life. You have nothing to apologise for and you certainly have nothing to thank me for. I don’t mind being a glorified babysitter, it helps to distract me.” She laced her tone with humour so that he knew that she didn’t really consider herself to be a babysitter and she watched as he seemed to grow nervous all of the sudden. She listened to the seriousness of his voice and placed her sketchbook down to the side of her.
“Of course you can. Come on in, take a seat on the bed. I honestly don’t know how much help I will be but if I can offer you an ear that’s the least I can do.” She waited for him to approach her and smiled warmly towards him. “What’s troubling you?”
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The time slowly passed, and he could hear the two enter the house again. He knew that Rosie was going down for a nap, and that's when he climbed out of bed. He was still in his boxers, and he slipped out of the room. He walked down the hall slowly and he peeked into his daughter's room. Seeing her sleeping, made his heart melt. He hadn't meant to snap at her, but he had no choice. She was like her mother in so many ways. She was pushy, and if she didn't get her way, she would act out.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He had tried everything he could to raise her the right way. Seeing her like this made him realize, he couldn't change the child. She was stubborn, and she had him wrapped around her little finger. He slipped into the room and knelt by the bed. He ran his fingers over her cheek lightly, and spoke softly to the child. [#ADD8E6 "I love you more than I love myself. I promise you nothing is going to harm you, you are my princess and I am your prince"] he whispered lightly. She stirred lightly and he smiled a bit.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex She rolled onto her side, and grabbed her blanket and he sighed lightly. He pushed himself to his feet, and bent down to kiss her head softly. She was everything to him. [#ADD8E6 "I love you"] he whispered. He then slowly made his way back out of her room, and shut the door a little bit. He then had to figure out how to apologize to Rosyln. He had been a total dick this morning, and he was surprised she hadn't come to find him. Then again, he had wanted to be left alone. Now though, he wanted company.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He slowly made his way to her room, and peeked his head around the corner. He cocked his head towards her and smiled lightly. [#ADD8E6 "I just wanted to apologize for this morning, and thank you for taking her under your wing. She really doe adore you, and I like seeing that side of her. It's been a long ass time since she's been around another woman. Honestly, I'm glad it's you she's around and attached herself too"] he said lightly. He stood in the doorway and rubbed the back of his neck.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He was all of a sudden nervous, and knew that if he didn't get this out now, he wouldn't be able to later. [#ADD8E6 "Can I talk to you about something? I mean, it's nothing to do with what's been going on, but about Rosie's mother Mackenzie. I'm kind of torn on what to do."] he admitted. He stood there and let the silence wash over them, as he waited for her reply.]
As time passed by it was becoming obvious that Bradley had no intention of joining them for their swim. They had probably been out there several hours now and the two played in the water for as long as they could. After a while they had made their way out of the water to sit out on the side in hopes of drying out a little bit before they grabbed their towels and went back inside. Roslyn sighed as she looked up towards the beaming sun and felt her skin begin to heat up. She looked over towards Rosie and smiled before she took hold of a towel and dried her skin so that she could reapply the sun cream.
As she rubbed in the cream the young girl looked up towards her and smiled. It was an infectious once that led to her returning that smile. “Rosyln, why did Daddy get mad at me when I asked if you could be my Mommy?” It was clear that the young girl did not understand it and she didn’t expect her to. She was still very young and there was no denying that the two had bonded in a way she had not expected. She kept the smile upon her face so that she didn’t show Rosie that she felt uncomfortable by the situation and began to form a response to the girl.
“I think that he is just trying to protect you. He doesn’t want to you get too attached to anyone because he doesn’t want you hurt. He doesn’t trust people easily it seems and you are his baby.” She smiled warmly and moved a piece of hair out of the girl’s face before resting her hands on her shoulder. “Your father loves you very much. Everything he does is to make sure you are safe and he doesn’t want you to get your heart broken. It’s not so easy just to get a new mother.” She sighed again and looked out to the water as though it would tell her the right thing to say. “I care about you deeply Rosie but I am not here to replace your mother. That does not mean that I won’t take care of you or even love you as a mother does.”
“But then why can’t you [I be] my mother?” She asked with a slight pout and throwing her arms around Roslyn. She laughed slightly and closed her arms around her, and kissed her head.
“You already have a mother my darling. As much as I would love to be your mom, I don’t think anyone can replace a mother.” She pushed back lightly on Rosie’s shoulders and looked into her sad eyes. “Hey, don’t be sad. I’m not going anywhere.”
“Promise you will never leave me like my real mommy did?”
“I promise.” The two remained in an embrace for a little while until the young girl yawned and looked up at Roslyn with her tired eyes.
“Can I go for a nap?” Roslyn nodded and wrapped her in a towel before doing to same and picked her up to carry her inside. As she walked her head fell against her shoulder and she was sure that she was going to fall asleep before she even had the chance to get her into bed. She got her to her room and dressed her in some clothes that were suitable for lounging around the house and placed her in bed. Another yawn escaped the girl’s lips and she wriggled around for a minute to get herself comfortable.
“I love you Roslyn.” As the words left the young girl, Roslyn’s heart melted and she leaned over to kiss her forehead and in a matter of seconds she had fallen into a sleep. Roslyn smiled down at her and quietly made her way to her own room where she changed into a pair of jeans and a tank top. She looked towards the mirror and pulled her hair into a braid t that would sit on her left shoulder and lowered herself to her bed. She didn’t want to disturb Bradley because she didn’t know what kind of mood her was in after this morning so she sat herself back on the bed and pulled out her sketchbook and began to draw.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Finally being able to be alone for a little while, the male stretched out onto the bed and put his hands behind his head. He sighed lightly as he looked up at the ceiling. He felt lost, and confused about everything. He didn't know how to even bring up the fact his ex-wife was calling, and texting. He honestly didn't want to even let Mackenzie see the child. She was attached to Rosyln now, and it warmed his heart seeing her make a bond with someone other than him. He sighed and covered his face with a pillow.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 "What the fuck am I doing?"] he moaned lightly. He really didn't want to get Rosyln into this mess with him and Mackenzie. But he knew sooner or later he would have too. Another thing that took him off guard was Rosie asking about her becoming her mommy. In all honesty, he couldn't stop thinking about the kiss. He had made a stupid move, and she had flinched away from him. Would he dare try it again? Or should he try talking to other women and see where it would lead? He growled lightly and threw the pillow.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He could hear Rosie screaming with delight about being in the water, and he pushed himself off the bed and walked to the window. He watched the two and he sighed lightly. He had to talk to someone. He moved away from the window and grabbed his phone. He scrolled to his old friend's number, and sent him a message. [#ADD8E6 [i Hey Malic. It's Bradley. I need to ask you some questions. So if you could message me back, that would be great.]] He hit send and waited for a reply from the male. Which didn't take long.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [b [i Hey man, I wasn't expecting to hear from you. It's been a long time. What's going on? What can I help with?]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 [i It's about Mackenzie. She's been hounding me to see Rosie. A couple of days ago, she was yelling at me about taking her out of state. Last night she called, and I just ignored it. I called her back this morning, and she wants to see her, but she's allowing me to be there.]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [b [i Damn dude. She really needs to get her head out of her ass, and really think about what she's doing. That child doesn't need a woman like her in her life. Honestly, keep Rosie away from her. Put her around people who won't leave, people who love her, and will protect her.]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 [i That's the thing. She's already around someone else. She asked me this morning when I was going to give her a new mother. It shocked me. I saw the way she looked, and I kind of got mad at her. I feel like a shit father right now.]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [b [i You might feel like that right now, but you are doing everything in your power. You are an amazing father, and I know she adores the fuck out of you. Just keep your head up man, as for the new woman see where things go. Take it slow. I do have to head to work right now, just message me if you need me.]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#ADD8E6 [i Thanks for the advice. Keep in touch man, and I'll see you around.]] He sighed lightly as he set his phone down. He laid back against the bed, put his arm over his eyes and let out a growl.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex This was going to be a lot harder than he thought possible. He made up his mind though. When Rosie went down for a nap, he was going to talk to Rosyln and see what she thought, about letting Mackenzie see his daughter. He stayed where he was, and listened to his daughter laughing away outside.]
Roslyn could hear Bradley moving around upstairs and she was sure that she could hear his voice lightly from upstairs. It was likely that he was on the phone and he was likely he would be turning up from breakfast shortly. Rosie’s feet could be heard against the floor as she ran across the hallway to the bathroom and she laughed as she heard her say good morning to her father. She did not know why the prospect of seeing him again caused the butterflies in her stomach to erupt into flight. Roslyn could have guessed why but she did not want to think about it. They had shared a kiss and while the initial feeling she had was fear, she had thought about it several times since it happened. Roslyn was sure that Bradley would never hurt her but she knew that she needed to give herself some time to adjust if she was ever going to allow herself to feel something for anyone.
Roslyn remained at her station in a pair of pyjama shorts and a vest top, exposing some of her skin but not enough that her scar could be seen across her chest. Every clothing choice she had made aimed to ensure that such scars were concealed. It was partly due to the shame but her motivations here were so that she would not scare Rosie too much. While Rosie understood that she was being protected, she did not know what had happened to her or why she even needed to be protected in the first place.
When she heard his voice, a smile danced upon her lips and she found herself turning to face him. She had not expected to see him half-naked and her cheeks flushed a shade of pink but she did not turn away. She did not want to show her embarrassment and she had seen him wearing swimming shorts before so she did not know why this was any different. “Good morning.” She said with a smile as she served up Rosie’s pancakes. Luckily, the two were not left alone in their awkward silence for too long as Rosie started to rush through the door. It appeared that they were in for another day of playing outside in the water and that was something that she was beginning to look forward to.
It was not until Rosie’s next words that she stopped dead in her tracks. She could not turn around to look at either of them. She knew instantly that Bradley was going to be angry and Roslyn could not help but allow to guilt to rise within her. It was never her intention to try to act like her mother or for Rosie to consider her in such a role. Roslyn started to move plates over towards the table, slowly with her nerves causing her hands to shake slightly. She met his eyes for only a moment before taking her seat at the table and ate her breakfast while Bradley tried to deal with the situation that had arisen between them.
Bradley’s tone changed and the girl instantly stopped talking and her heart ached for her. It must have been so hard to be her age and not understand the situation they were in. For her to assume that they [I loved] each other was something that she could not get her head around. Had the girl seen an attraction between them that she did not even notice? Within minutes, the two girls were left alone again and Rosie looked sad and they finished their breakfast in silence.
“Come on sweetheart, help me clean up and we can go out and enjoy the water.” She said with a smile, rousing the young girl out of her sadness with the prospect of playing in the water. The two cleaned up, changed into their bathing suits and followed Bradley’s instructions of ensuring the girl was protected by sun cream before they went out and played in the water. She did not know if Bradley intended on joining them at any point but she knew that he must have started to trust her for him to allow her outside on her own with the girl.
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