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Chapter 8

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I started to think I'd never be able to move without some kind of pain. I wasn't out of bed for more than using the bathroom for two days. Even then, someone had to accompany me in case I fell. It was humiliating. I should be able to at least handle that myself. The guys had to be looking down at me for my weakness. But, none of them acted all that different around me.

Except for Hawk. He'd been avoiding me since I'd first woken up. Sure, I saw him around the clubhouse from time to time, but he hardly spoke to me. I thought back to what Icarus told me. Was I hurting him that much? Didn't he know he'd be better off without me anyway?

It didn't matter. I had my arm out of the sling, and Medusa said it was strong enough I didn't have to do the exercises she'd given me every day anymore. My ribs were all healed up, and I could run up and down the steps with hardly getting winded.

Now we were finally planning to go after the Crows. We'd been trying to avoid it. Even after they'd shot at Trace several months back. Icarus had wanted to hit back at them, but he didn't want to bring more trouble down on us. We'd been taking things slowly, carefully.

They'd decided enough was enough. I hadn't been involved with that meeting, since I had still barely been able to make it up and down the stairs without help. It didn't matter. The vote had been almost unanimous. It was nice when the club came together like that.

I stepped out onto the porch. I could finally walk outside without having to have anyone help me. To not have to ask anyone if they can help me to sit out on the porch. I wasn't going to take that for granted. It had been the most lowering thing.

At least that's what I kept telling myself. This hollow feeling inside me didn't have anything to do with Hawk. I didn't miss him every day he wasn't at my side. And whose fault was that anyway?

Mine. It was all mine. I'd pushed him away again and again. Why would I think he'd choose to stick around? He wasn't some toy I could keep on a string, pulling him back when it suited me. He deserved so much more than that.

I stepped down off the porch, trying not to think too much about that. I had a new bike, and I'd finally be able to ride it. Waiting for Medusa to give me the all clear for that had been worse than anything I'd ever waited for before.

I stepped into the garage and almost wished I'd waited a little longer. Hawk knelt beside a bike, my new bike, a rag in one hand. The garage was stuffy, even though there was a brisk wind outside. Hawk had taken his shirt and vest off at some point. I saw the muscles in his back ripple as he ran the cloth along the bike.

"Heard you got the all clear," he said without even turning to look at me. "Figured you'd want to ride."

"Why are you polishing my bike for me?" The question had bounced around in my head from the moment I'd stepped into the doorway.

"I just told you. I figured you'd want to take it out the first chance you got."

"That still doesn't explain why you're the one doing it. You've done your best to avoid me since I went down. And I heard we took on two new prospects. That should be their job."

"I wanted to do it." Hawk still hadn't looked at me. Why wouldn't he look at me?

I stepped forward. "Hawk."

He pushed to his feet and tossed the rag aside. "I'll be out waiting at my bike."

That brought me to a stop. "What the hell do you mean? You're going with me?"

"You didn't think you were going out by yourself, did you? Not after what happened last time. Not so close to what will hopefully be the final showdown with those assholes."

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