Chapter 19

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(Ruby's POV)

A bright light shining on me causes me to shut my eyes tighter. I try to lift my arm to cover my eyes but it's being pinned down by something strong. My eyes flash open and my breath races as I remember what happened only minutes before. I can still feel the hand clamped over my mouth as I struggled to escape him.

Something tightens around my waist and I feel my heart race faster at the thought of Chris getting near my baby. I look to my left only to see Ryan lying in bed beside me. His nuzzles his face into my neck and I take a sigh of relief when I realize I'm safe.

Questions instantly whirl around in my head. What happened? How did I get into my room? How did Ryan find me? Where's Chris now?

Was it even real?

"Morning," Ryan mumbles into my neck, his voice husky.

"Morning," I reply faintly, my mind still full of unanswered questions.

"What's wrong?" From the corner of my eye I see Ryan sitting up in the bed but I don't turn to look at him. Instead, I focus in on the pale blue pattern on the duvet covering me.

"Nothing, just thinking."

"About what?" He asks, pushing a strand of hair behind my ear.

"Just about the memorial."

"Oh, right. It's hard to believe it was two days ago, isn't it?"

"Yeah," I say, not really paying attention to what he's said. "Wait, what?" My eyes snap to Ryan's face. "The memorial was two days ago? The one we went to where I met your friends?"

"Yeah," Ryan answers slowly as if it's a trick question.

"Oh..." I frown in confusion. How is that even possible? Only a few minutes ago I was being dragged into that darkened room with blood running through my hair.

"Ruby, are you okay?" Ryan asks, his voice full of concern.

"What, me? Oh, yeah. I'm fine."

"Are you sure?" He doesn't sound convinced.

I smile at him before answering. "Positive."

"You would tell me if something was bothering you, right?"

"Of course I would."

He looks at me skeptically and I roll my eyes. I pout up at him before beckoning him to come nearer. He leans down over me and I take the opportunity to wrap my arms around his neck and pull him closer. I see him smile just before I press my lips against his.

His doesn't hesitate to kiss me back. One hand cups the back of my head while the other holds his weight off me. He moans softly as I gently nip his bottom lip asking for entrance which he instantly grants. My tongue battles with his for dominance but naturally, I don't win.

Just as I run my arms along Ryan's impressive biceps there's a loud knock on the hotel room door.

"Ugh," Ryan groans. "Every time."

"Just ignore whoever it is," I tell him, pulling his lips back to mine.

"Well that wouldn't be fair seeing how you were the one who invited them over," he says after parting our lips once more.

"I did? Who?"

Ryan pushes off me and kneels beside me.

"My friends that you met two days ago." He pauses, a frown on his perfect face. "Ruby, are you sure you're okay?"

"I'm fine," I lie.

He opens his mouth to argue but another loud knock on the door cuts him off.

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