Saving His Princess(10)

By: Elisa Leigh

Licking her lips, she takes a minute to respond. “I don’t want anyone else, Vince.”

I pull her into my arms and hold her tight. “Thank Christ,” I say on an exhale and kiss the top of her head.

“You ready girly?” Emersen says, sticking her head out of the door. As soon as she sees us her smile widens.

“Come on love, let’s get this over with so we can get home.” I take her hand, and we walk back into the room.

Pres, Rock, and Triton are seated at the long wooden table with Chelsea and Emersen next to their men. I pull out my chair and have Lana sit down, while I stand behind her. We aren’t into many formalities in the Steel Daggers, but there are certain rules we follow. The officers have specific seats at the table when there’s church. Putting Lana in my place says a lot to the men seated here today. I want everyone to know she’s mine and is part of the Steel Daggers now.

“Triton tell us what you know.” Pres starts.

I clutch Lana’s shoulders, massaging her tense muscles, while Triton begins.

“From what I’ve found out so far, Lana is from a town in Moscow. Around the time she should have gone off to University, she applied for a Student Visa in America. The paperwork was never completed, but she wasn’t seen or heard from shortly after that. There were around ten women who went missing at around the same time. Their families investigated it, saying their daughters were supposed to be going to America, but they never heard from them after they left. Does this sound right Svetlana?”

“Please call me Lana. But yes, it sounds like what happened to me. An American, Will Adams was a teacher at my school for a semester and told me about a scholarship opportunity in America. He helped me fill out all the paperwork and get transportation secured for my travels. Once I arrived at the meeting place though, things changed. Another man was there, and he said I’d meet Will at the airport. I never made it there. Fifteen girls, including me, were drugged and transported by a private plane. When we got to America, we were taken to a warehouse…”

Fuck this is bad. I knew it was going to be, but hearing it come out of her mouth is far worse than I expected. I’m ready to tear every single one of them apart, but I don’t know where they are or who to start with. The more I think about what I’m going to do to them the more furious I get.

I feel her soft hand caressing one of mine, and her sweetness undoes me. She’s been through hell, yet she’s offering me comfort. I lean down and kiss the top of her head and inhale her sweet scent. She calms me in a way that I’ve never been. I don’t care that my brothers are witnessing me go soft for a woman.

“The thing is, she isn’t supposed to be in this country. The minute we contact someone, they’ll know something’s up and come sniffing around. I don’t know much about ICE, but from what I’ve seen on the news saying something might not be the best move.”

“She’s not going anywhere!” I say through clenched teeth.

“And we aren’t trying to get rid of her Prince. We’re figuring out the best possible route to get her to stay here and not be ripped away from you.” Triton explains.

“There’s someone I can talk to in the DA’s office. He might be able to get me some information on how we can go about this.” Pres offers.

“Why can’t you just explain the situation? There has to be immunity for cases like this, right?” Emersen speaks up.

Triton sighs and rubs his hands over his face, then looks up at her. “You’d think so, but you can’t ever tell how it’s going to go. They could put her in a cell until the whole case is looked into. It could be months until she’s released or sent back to Russia.”

“Damn Lana, that’s fucked up,” Chelsea says, squeezing Lana’s hand in hers.

“Nobody says anything. The only people who know are in this room, and of course Rash, Jester, and Holly. As far as anyone needs to know this Prince’s woman.” Pres announces.

The light bulb flashes, the best fucking idea I’ve ever had is screaming to get out. Will it work? Is this all we need to do to make sure she stays here? I look up at Pres, and he knows what I’m about to say before it comes out of my mouth. Of course, he does, he’s my best friend and has been for years. He smirks and shakes his head like he can’t believe what I’m about to do.

“Lana and I are getting married,” I say, pulling Lana out of my seat, so she’s standing in front of me. She looks scared and confused, but god do I hope she’s at least a little excited. This is where we were headed eventually anyway, why not speed up the future?

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