Chapter 13 - Wren
Wren woke slowly, and tried to figure out where she was. As soon as she felt pain from her leg, she remembered she had agreed to the surgery. But, the room didn’t look familiar to her. It was definitely a bedroom, and not the stark quarters he used for operating and recovery, but it certainly wasn’t her room either. She glanced around, and knew from the dark colours and furnishings, that it was a man’s room. She closed her eyes again in defeat, knowing David had brought her to his room after surgery.
“Hey honey”, she heard David whisper, as his footsteps moved closer to the bed. “Don’t you go to sleep on me again. I need to check you and see how you’re feeling.”
She opened her eyes again, and peered up at him. “It hurts, but it always does after surgery. Did it go well”, she asked.
“It did”, David assured her. “I got the small piece of bone, and removed another piece that looked like it was about to come away as well. The rest looks solid, so I’m hoping there won’t be anymore chips that come off.”
She sagged in relief. “Thank god. I need this leg to stop causing me problems.”
He studied her. “I sent a message to your uncle explaining that I had to operate again, and he wasn’t happy. He’s coming for a visit in a week”, he said.
She pushed up on her elbows and knew she couldn’t hide her anger. “Why the hell would you call him?”
“He’s your uncle”, he said in confusion.
“He’s the uncle who caused the injury in the first place. You were there when he broke my knee”, she argued.
“You were trying to escape”, he answered. “He might have gone a bit too far, but he was right in his actions.”
She was sure her mouth dropped open, as she stared at him. “You agree with what he did.”
He sighed then. “As I said, he went too far. But you needed to learn that your place is here. It’s your job, as his niece, to stay here and do as he asks.”
“What”, she cried in horror. “I thought you were my friend.”
“I am”, he told her immediately. “But when we’re married, you’re going to have to learn to listen to me as well. I can’t be worried about you doing things you shouldn’t, and getting into trouble. Your uncle trusts me, and I don’t want to let him down.”
“We are not getting married”, she told him. He smiled then, and shook his head.
“I already asked your uncle, and he approved. It’s one of the main reasons he’s coming”, he said, as he grinned down at her.
“Well I don’t agree”, she said. “I don’t love you, and I definitely won’t be marrying you.”
He frowned at her then. “Well, you’ll learn soon that its going to happen. I just hope you can accept it before he gets here. It wouldn’t go over well with him if you fight him on this.” He looked down at her leg. “I don’t know how far he’ll go this time.”
She cringed, and then asked the question that had been on her mind since she woke up. “Why am I in your room?”
“You need to recover”, he told her. “And my things are here. If I can’t work on the wolves today, at least I can get in some research. Besides, I’m moving you into my room anyway. You need to get used to being with me.”
With that said, David quickly and meticulously checked her leg, then moved over to his desk and sat down. In seconds she was forgotten, as he banged away at his computer and grinned at the screen. She didn’t even want to know what he found so fascinating. Deciding she needed her strength, she closed her eyes and dropped back to the bed. She didn’t seem to be in any danger from him yet, so she took the time to rest.
But, his words haunted her. She knew both David and her uncle were crazy, but this was going too far. David always seemed concerned about her leg, and without him she probably would still be on crutches, but she never knew he pretty much agreed with the punishment. And, she knew if she married him, he would end up doing the same thing. He seemed to think it would become his right. She shivered at the thought of marriage to him.
And how was she going to explain this to Paul. He’d go feral if she told him David and her uncles plans. She needed to up her game, and she needed to do it quickly. Maybe being in his room wasn’t so bad, he had to leave for food or to use the bathroom soon, and when he did, she’d be free to search it. She just prayed that what she couldn’t find in his office, she’d be able to find here.