Forever Her Heart
Jade's saga is coming to a close. Love triangles can't go on forever, well at least her's can't. Neither John nor Julian is the sort of man to put up with such a messy situation for too long. It's time for Jade to make a choice. It's more than just a relationship on the line for her. Her entire life is about to change. Meeting her mother for the first time puts things into perspective for this indecisive heroine, and other family secrets are revealed. At the end she'll know exactly which man she belongs to.
Enjoy this whirlwind romance!
And just when I started to calm down, and begin to try to process this whole fiasco, another voice added to the cluster-fuck of my evening.
“Jade! Are you ok?” John called out as he made his way to the boat’s deck. I turned in horror to see the look of total fury on his face as he swiftly descended upon us. I released Julian, but he tightened his hold on me, standing stone as he had when Edward surprised us. Totally ignoring this fact, John made an attempt to pull me into his grasp.
“She’s fine. Sorry you weren’t able to swoop in and save her this time,” Julian barked as he pulled me closer to him. John’s eyes narrowed dangerously as he stepped closer to his adversary. Still frozen, like a dummy, I watched as another ugly scene played out in front of me. This one a long time coming.
“Is that so? Well I doubt that if she is standing anywhere near you. Now. Let. Her. Go.” John uttered the order in a deep staccato tone.
“Actually, we have some unfinished business, so if you don’t mind. Ryan, please remove your cousin from my boat. Jade isn’t being held against her will.” Julian kept his glare on John while he spoke to Ryan, who happened to be amused by this entire scenario. I managed to pull away as my eyes implored Ryan to do something. He just shrugged and folded his arms as he continued to enjoy the show.
“Ok, now just hold on.” I tried to diffuse the situation but they just continued to stare each other down.
“I’m not holding on, let’s go,” John replied and grabbed my hand.
“Are you going to finish our talk Jade?” Julian put his hand out to halt John’s progress.
Before I could even blink, I was pulled away by a third set of hands and John’s right hook was connecting with Julian's jaw, who responded in similar fashion. I screamed as both men began to grapple like wild animals. John was like a wild beast as he rammed the other man to the ground. Then Julian began using some sort of martial arts technique that had John stunned, but he was holding his own and there didn’t seem to be any end in sight.
“Ryan! Stop them! Julian! Stop!” I cried out in horror as I watched John try to obtain the upper hand, as Julian continued to rain steady blows with his fists and knees. He seemed to snap out of it at the sound of my voice. Finally, Ryan let me go and walked over, pulling Julian up and pushing him away as he pulled John up.
“What are you doing?” I asked as I grabbed John, examining his face and body for wounds. Besides a slight busted lip, and ripped shirt, he was fine. I looked over to see Julian shaking his head as he rubbed his jaw. Astonishingly, he seemed to be amused. WTF?
John just paced away from me as he tried to regain his composure.
“What am I doing? Huh! What are you doing? Trying to get yourself killed?” He yelled as he focused his wrath my way. I coward back slightly, holding my hands out.
“Excuse me?” My voice was shaky at best.
“You’re willing to die for this guy? Jesus Christ, Jade! ” The tinge of betrayal in his tone killed me.
“Right.” He pulled away from me and left just as quickly as he arrived.
“John, wait!” I called out. Holding my face in shock.
“Let him go. He just needs to cool off. Let me talk to him, I’ll explain the plan to him, but you owe me. Trouble.” Ryan winked at me and went after John.
I looked over to Julian, who was drinking from the wine bottle as he sat on a bench seat. I walked over to check him for wounds. He looked ok, but I knew his jaw was going to swell up pretty bad. I walked over to the minibar and pulled out some ice, wrapping it in a cloth napkin. Then I pulled up a seat in front of Julian and applied it to the side of his face. I didn’t even know what I was supposed to say.
“So, that’s him huh? Fred Astaire is tougher than I expected,” he flat lined. I just shook my head and laughed at that.
“You find this funny?”
“Yeah. He calls you the Dark Knight.” I laughed just saying it.
“Ha, guess that’s why he sucker punched me.”
We just sat there quietly for a while. I needed to go find John, but I hated to leave Julian like this. I grabbed the bottle from him and took a long gulp. He grabbed the makeshift ice pack and held it in place as he went to get another bottle of wine.
“You keep that one. I know you need it.” He clinked bottles and sat back down.
Forever Her Heart was originally part of Only Her Heart, however, after reader feedback I decided that 100k words was too much for the ending of this story. Jade's story has too much going on to read all at once! So I separated the story into two parts, and made a few changes.
If you've never read Only Her Heart, this doesn't affect you. If you've read the Only Her Heart version that ends after the trip to Brazil, this is the continuation of the story. If you've read Only Her Heart that ends after the trip to Jamaica, then you've already read the entire story. Stealing His Heart is the next step for you.