16// Tori

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Sitting on the sofa with a steaming cup of coffee, I'm officially alone once again. Grace left early this morning and even though I'm sad she's gone back home early, I'm glad she's gone and I'm also shitting myself about being alone.

I know her not being here is a lot safer, yet I didn't sleep much last night, and I don't think I will be sleeping until this is all over.

Grace did spend all night and morning trying her best to talk me out of my plan. Telling me that it's not too late to just leave town and never come back, and as much as that sound like a good choice, I knew that I just couldn't leave.

And I reminded her that I'm not alone here, I have Deacon and Jack watching my back, but I also have Derek and I meant what I said last night I trust him.

It is terrifying though and it's scary knowing that someone is out there just lurking in the shadows, not knowing what their endgame is with me.

I just keep going over the last few summers I spent here as a teenager, just trying to find one moment, one face that stood out and I come up short every time.

The truth is those summers, I spent having fun with Mia and Nan. Spending the days on the beach and in the ocean, spending the nights out by the sea cliffs partying with a bonfire along with the locals. 

Nothing stands out and I'm mad at myself for that, I'm mad because I can't help those missing girls, I'm mad that this is happening because of me and not knowing why me? I'm starting to think maybe I am cursed or doomed.

Shaking away the lingering scary thoughts, just as I hear a knock at the door.

Placing the coffee down on the table and headed over to the door, just as I open it up and my eyes land on Derek smiling at me, carrying a changing bag and with Daisy gently placed on his hip.

"Derek what are you doing here?" I asked him a rush, while gently dragging him in the house because he was holding a baby.

Poking my head out the door and quickly looked around, just to make sure nothing is out of the ordinary.

Shaking my head and closed the door, before turning around to face him.

I don't think it's a good idea for Derek to be here, I mean he's a cop, isn't it going to look suspicious, that he is here in my house with his daughter no less.

"Why do you look so shocked to see me?" Derek asks me, rolling my eyes.

"I don't know maybe because the teddy-bear killer could be watching, don't you think it's a little suspicious that the local cop turns up at my house, with his daughter in tow..." I trailed off at him.

I thought detectives were supposed to be smart.

"First of all, you've got to stop calling this psychopath the teddy-bear killer-;" He starts off saying, then hands me Daisy who looks up at me with the biggest smile on her face.

"And second yes I'm a cop, which is why as we speak Jack is placing cameras and motion lights and sensors around my property and yours too, which I can monitored from my iPad" He added before looking over at his Daisy with a smile.

"Thirdly I thought with Grace going home today, you could use cheering up and Daisy brightens everyone's day, with just one smile" He finished.

Flicking my eyes back down to Daisy, who was still staring up at me with a heart-warming baby smile.

Smiling back down at the baby in my arms, before looking back up to her father.

"Well, you're not wrong about that, she's is adorable" taking a seat on the couch and placed Daisy on my lap, just as Derek follows suit and does the same thing.

"Also I want to talk to you about something?" He says to me, through Daisy baby talk as Derek pulls out a baby blanket and some toys, as I place  Daisy down gently on the blanket and turned back to him.

"About what?" He looks at me and pulls out a little notebook, like the ones detectives have.

"You said you spent summers here with your cousins, right?" He asked, nodding my head and thought back, Russ came for like a week or two, but it was mostly Mia and me.

"Yeah, Mia and Russ. Russ would only end up staying for a week and then go home, and he wasn't here that last summer. Mia and I were the ones who spent the summers here mostly. Why do you ask?" I explained,

"I was hoping you could call and ask if she saw anything suspicious that summer or any other summer before that" Derek said, shooting up from the couch and placed a distance between us, but carefully made sure Daisy was safe.

"No, I can't do that, I want to leave my family out of this. And I wouldn't call Mia if my life depends on it, which ironically it might do" I argued,

I have avoided Lady-Voldemort calls and messages for months, I won't call her not ever again.

"Tori she might be able to remember something, anything? Any little detail could help us here".

"I'll take my chances, with the killer than" I hiss, which earns me a glare from him.

I get that he doesn't understand why I'm so against calling someone who is family, he doesn't know the history and honestly, I really don't want to explain it to him either.

"Yeah, well I won't, what did she do steal your favourite pair of shoes or something" He snap at me a little, throwing him a glare.

"No actually it was my fiancé. Asshole" I shouted back at him. just as the whole room goes silent and nobody speaks, and it stays like this for a few seconds.

"Do you want to talk about it?...." He asks me softly but unsure. Shaking my head and took a seat back next to him.

"No, not right now, I will tell you the whole story someday though-;" reaching overtaking the notebook and pen from him, before writing down Mia's full name and number.

"Here is her name and number if you want to talk to her then fine. But promise me you won't tell her anything about this or me" I said to him, while handing him the book back.

Derek takes the notebook and nods his head.

"I promise....but I'm going to do what I have to, too keep you safe" He replies, locking my eyes on his for a moment.

"I know you are..." I whispered and left it at that.

Mia is just one of my many problems, one that doesn't even matter as much as the others.

Someone is stalking me...

River-Cove has cold cases mystery...

And I'm totally crushing on my cop neighbour,

who has promised to protect me.

what girl wouldn't catch feelings?

I'm so screwed...

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