Chapter 36

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We walk into a beaten down hotel room. Two queen sized beds separated by a nightstand took up most of the space in the room. The comforters on the beds look like they've been around since the 1980's. There's a dresser placed infront of the beds that opened up to reveal a box tv inside. A small window lit the room.

"You really outdid yourself this time, Nico, you think we can afford this?" I chuckled

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"You really outdid yourself this time, Nico, you think we can afford this?" I chuckled.

He rolled his eyes.

"We have to stay under the radar, amore."

I cautiously sit on the bed. My eyes scanning the room for any cockroaches or bugs.

"Santiago is on his way here." Sophia's voice rang out as she looked down at her phone.

I panicked at the thought of Santiago and Niklaus being in the same room. Santiago had been one of my "lovers" back during our secret rendezvous, he was actually the man I had thought about pinning Sophia on as his daughter.

I had been trying to avoid him since I took over the cartel, but being one of our best men made it hard. He had always wanted more than I could offer him, even now, and that worried me because of Niklaus' short temper and jealousy.

I nodded in response as my head flooded with panic.

Niklaus sat down next to me, his eyebrows furrowed as his studied my expression.

"What's wrong?" His voice full of concern.

I tried my best to hide the anxiety in my voice.

"Nothing, I'm fine." I muttered as I looked anywhere but his eyes.

He grabbed my chin, forcing me to look at him.

"Don't lie to me."

His eyes burned into mine as he challenged me to say I was fine again.

I took a deep breath.

"Santiago. He was one of my hook ups a few years ago. That's it."

He rolled his eyes and his warm demeanor turn cold.

"Oh, great, I get to meet an ex. Maybe I'll return the favor." He spoke coldly.

"What favor?" I furrowed my eyebrows in confusion.

"You killed Stephanie, remember?"

"Oh, shut up, she deserved it." I snapped at him as I rolled my eyes.

I reach for his hand, interwining our fingers, his body instantly relaxing at my touch.

"I don't have feelings for him, I never did, I just panicked because I know how you get when you're jealous." I said, barely above a whisper.

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