Chapter 16

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"You didn't come to the bar tonight." 

Those were the first words that came out of Theo's mouth and to say that I was confused would have been an understatement. 

"What?" 

"You didn't come tonight. Why?" Theo's hazel eyes were framed by his furrowed brow, but his eyes held a lot of softness tonight. I had only seen them this soft once before when he told me to give Miles a chance. 

"Uh... I told Miles I had plans." 

"But you're here...." 

I couldn't help but roll my eyes. "Yes I am here. I was out, but then I came home..." I folded my arms and leaned against my front door. "Why are you here Theo?" 

"Did you not get my note? I thought you would see it..." 

I gave a light exasperated sigh and walked over to the couch to pause my movie. "Would you like to sit Theo?" I asked him. He gave a slight nod and then went to sit in the reading chair across from the couch. One that I had sat in when I was talking to Miles the first night he came over. 

"I got your note. Thank you for the apology." I responded to his previous question. 

He gave me a confused look in return and ran his hand through his hair. "Why didn't you come tonight then?" 

"I told you, I had plans tonight."

He continued to stare at me, like he was trying to figure me out. "Are you trying to tell me that these were your plans?" He waved his hand over to my blanket covered couch. 

"If they were my plans would it even matter?" I responded cheekily back giving him a smile. I watched for his response and felt my smile widen as his mouth quirked up slightly. Maybe getting to know him or other club members wouldn't be a lost cause after all. 

"If you must know, I went out with Ben tonight." The thought of what I had left not too long ago irritated me beyond belief and I shook my head slightly to move on from earlier. "It didn't necessarily go the way either of us wanted it to go, so I came home."

He studied me again before giving me a slight nod. "So, you didn't just not show up because I told you that you didn't belong?"

I gave him a large smile and shook my head. "Theo you don't really know me well, but I do what I want. If I really wanted to go to the bar, I would have gone to the bar. I would have gone just to spite you if that's the way I felt." I gave him a cheeky wink and then laughed when he gave me a slight glare in return. 

"I also didn't think I should go tonight, because you are partially right." 

"What do you mean?" He asked hesitantly. 

"I don't belong in your club." I gave a shrug to my response and he stared at me incredulously. "You were wrong in a lot of the things you yelled at me that day. You were wrong that I had a perfect life, and you were wrong that I was just some rich bitch who was going to ruin everything." I gave him a slight glare and he had the good sense to look ashamed, I then gave a sigh as I continued to explain.

"You were right in telling me though that the club is your family. I would feel very protective if someone just tried to move in on my family as well. I would feel concerned, especially since... well... honestly, since I don't fit the mold of what most of you look or dress like. 

"I've given it some thought and I've still met with Miles, and we're still talking. You have all obviously gone through some serious shit... and I wouldn't want to impose my inner need to know more about him to be on your whole family. I have to build that relationship, and honestly make sure it's a healthy relationship before I can expand, and make more of his family my family too. I can see how inviting someone into your home and into your family only for them to leave, or hurt, or betray them that it could cause problems for your club.

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