Laurie had moved to NYC and started working at this bank.... I was worried about her.. The D'Magio's were planning a bank heist. My brothers and I each had a bank to troll.... I had Laurie's Joe had the one nearest to them, and Kevin the farthest out of town. I don't know why I chose this one.. it was all too familiar.. I didn't trust them...... So I went into Laurie's bank to see Jen talking to her , and the bank mostly empty, just a couple people. I went over to Jen.
"You shouldn't be here...." I whispered to her.
"What’s going on I'm just waiting for Laurie to go to lunch...Nick." Jen explained.
"D'magio's are planning a heist today... I can't have you girls-" I started, but was cut off with gunfire.
"EVERYBODY DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" a voice shouted, Jen and I cowered down in front of the teller, and I heard Laurie screaming.
"SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Open it! Give me everything you have!" the voice said. Mario... I'd recognize it anywhere. I felt someone grab me and toss me aside with Jen.
"Well well... we got Jonas'........ this just got interesting......." that man said.
"Oh my god... Anthony..." Laurie said.
'Mi Bella.... oh sweetheart, no worries.. you are no in danger...... you're information has been very helpful..." he said.
I whispered to Jen. “She’s a fucking spy????"
"Nick I don’t think she knew." she whispered back.
"You two shut the fuck up!!!" Mario bellowed.
"Please Anthony...she's my cousin please don’t hurt her...." I heard Laurie beg.
"COUSIN?!?!?!? You are related to a Jonas! You never told me this bella....." Anthony said.
"I didn’t even know you were oh my god!!!!" I think Laurie just put two and two together....this was not going to end well.
"you're tony... the one who almost raped her.. oh my god! I slept with you! I fell in love with you Anthony..." she sobbed.
"Your bitch is whiney Tony! Shut her up!" Mario said. Tony backhanded her across the face. I went to make a move and Jen held me down reminding me that it could be bad for everyone if I didn’t calm down. Laurie was silent loading the bags, doing as she was told.
"You can consider us officially over," she spat, throwing the bag at him. Mario seemed to stop dead in his tracks, before grabbing Laurie by the hair and dragging her around to kneel in front of us. He placed the gun to the back of her head and smirked at me.
"You care for her... don't you Jonas?" he asked. I nodded, tears in my eyes.
"It seems you and I have been here before... have we not?" he smirked.
"What do you want me to do?" I asked.
"nothing... just watch as I take another love from your life... Countdown for me Jonas....." he spat. Mario counted instead. 3...2...1....a shot rang out............ Mario fell to his knees, and Laurie passed out from the shock, and standing behind Mario was Jen a gun pointed, her hands shaking, before the gun fell to her feet. I picked Laurie up bridal style and kept Jen close to my side as we got in the car. I laid Laurie down between us.
"Jennifer are you OK?" I asked. looking her in the eye. She just nodded, her face blank. I heard sirens. I sped out of there, getting back to the house before they even had a chance to get close enough. I took Laurie upstairs and Jen... she didn't move... She was frozen in the passenger's seat.
I came back down and picked her up out of the car as well.
"KEVIN!!!!" I yelled. "Where is Joseph???"
"On his way back.." Kevin said, rushing over to help us.
"Did you fill him in?" I asked.
"No not yet..." he said.
"Get our doctor on call over her NOW!! I have two women in severe shock." I yelled, as Joe came barreling in the house.
"WHERE IS MY WIFE????" he shouted.
"Joe! Joe! In here!" I called from his room. Jen was still staring blankly. She had taken a life........ something you can never come back from.... I watched the love my brother had for his wife and wondered if I would ever feel that again. He took her in his arms.
"Baby...listen to me...baby its me...its joey....you're OK...you are going to be OK..." He cooed just holding her and rocking her. She still wasn't moving... just staring off into space, blinking, her hands gradually finding his shirt.
"Joe.. she was like a damn ninja..... one second she was beside me and the next behind him... I didn't even see her move...... Did you give her a gun?" I asked.
"No...no....too fucking dangerous...I don’t know where she got it... Shit Nick did you take it from the crime scene?" I just looked at him. did I get where I am from being stupid?
"Do I look that fucking stupid to you Joseph...of course I took the gun."
"Cameras?" he asked.
“Mario and tony shot them out... no one for witnesses, they were all shoved behind the counters..... relax Joseph..... she's covered...." I said.
"She saved the day. she saved me herself and Laurie. The doctor is on his way to check her out. I'm going to check on Laurie. By the way. Tony got away. Keep her close to home till we get the son of a bitch." I told Joe. He nodded and held Jen tight to his chest. I went into Laurie's room, the one from before, the blue one, and seen her sitting up, ready to get out of bed.
"No no....stay there...I have a doctor on the way." I said. "I don't need a doctor. " I reached out to touch the bruise on her face and she flinched. she looked absolutely terrified of me.
"I'm sorry..... I just.. let him check you out and you can leave...." I said, softly, trying not to cry. her face.. reminded me so much of my Lorelei.... And today was too close for comfort.....
"You're not going to kill me? " she cried.
"Kill you?" I asked.
"I swear I didn’t know. I had no idea who he was!!!!!"
"Oh god... Laurie.... no... you are a victim..... I plan on protecting you from him....." I said.
"Is Jennifer OK? Nick is she OK???"
"She's fine... she's the one who shot Mario...... she's shaken up.. in shock.... I never wanted the women in this family to ever have to take a life..... I feel like I've failed her...." I said.
"No Nick...I don't think so...Jen wouldn’t have tried anything if she didn’t think she could handle it. Its all my fault I'm so sorry." she just put her head in her hands and sobbed.
"No, Laurie.. he used you... he is no mobster when he uses his Moll without her knowledge......." I said, slowly and hesitantly reaching out for her. I was scared to touch her... afraid I was going to freak her out.
"I told you I always fall for the wrong man!" she chuckled through her tears.
"I guess you did say that, didn't you..." I chuckled, softly and very slowly pulling her into a hug.
"Nick I'm sorry for the things I thought about you. I guess I understand now what you were trying to explain to me."
I knew it had to pain her to admit that, so I just said "thank you." very quietly.
"Try and get some rest... I'll you some space.. let the doctor check you out..... I'd prefer you stay here and protected.. but I won't tell you what to do..." I said, softly.
"I think I will....if you don't mind...I'd like to stay close to Jen."
"That is fine, you may stay in this room, if you need anything, let someone know...." I said, standing. I went to leave, before pausing in the door, "I'm glad you're okay...... I was terrified for you today....." Then I left her room going back to my office to cry.
I got up off the bed, I was a little bit dizzy, but I had to check on Jen.
I was stopped by Joe, "NO you are NOT going in there. Don’t you think you and your mouth have caused enough trouble around here?"
"Joe I didn’t know..."
"NOBODY....is that FUCKING STUPID!!!!!!!!!"
"HEY!!!!!" Nick shouted, coming out, hi forearm against Joe’s throat and pinning him against the wall.
"ENOUGH!" Nick bellowed.
"Nick stop please. I'll just get my stuff and go. I never meant to bring this down... Joe's right, how stupid of me not to know!" I felt like an idiot to be used like that again...this is why I don’t let myself love...I don’t make good choices.
"NO! You stay!" Nick said, pointing to me.
He turned back to Joe, "She is not used to this lifestyle... she met a charming man, and fell for him, not asking too many questions you know better than I do.... the D'Magio's have great covers......"
"I'm sorry." Joe said,
"Nick's right Laur...I'm just really worried about Jen...she's in a state of shock and I cant get her out. The doctor is in there now giving her a sedative." I just shook my head, looked Nick in the eye. wiped the tear from my eye and headed back to my room.
"You're an ass Joe......." Nick said, before I heard his office door shut.
"JOSEPH!!!!!!!!!!!!" I screamed. he came running in and enveloped me in his arms.
"Ssshhhh you’re OK...you're OK.......baby.." he cooed.
"I... I.. I shot... oh god.. Oh god..." she hyper ventilated. he ran and found a paper bag and my inhaler.
"Calm down baby....calm down...that’s it. here take this." he said handing me a pill and some water.
"What is it?"
"the doctor left you some tranquilizers...to calm you down."
"Oh god..." she said, taking the pill and trying to breathe.
"Joe.. I killed a man.. oh god...." I whimpered.
"I know baby...but it was self defense...kill or be killed...you saved 3 people. It's going to be OK....." he cooed.
"Joe... how do you do this..... kill... and have no feelings?" I whispered, looking at my husband.
"It takes training baby......and a strong stomach."
"Joe...." I whimpered.
'Hmmmm?" he responded, stroking my hair.
"I.... I want kids.... but you have to swear no one will ever get to them.... that you'll protect them...." I said, softly.
"I swear to you that I will protect you and our children, baby no one is more important." he said.
I just nodded, gripping onto him.
"Joe... you wanna know what scares me the most?" I whispered.
“What sweetheart?" he asked.
"I don't regret killing that man....." I said.
"Its OK love you were protecting your family. Not that that bitch appreciates it...but you saved Nick..and yourself." he said.
"don't.. don't blame Laurie... she fell for Tony’s charms... he slept with her.. made her fall in love.. she was blinded....... please don't blame her...." I said.
"Yeah that’s what Nick said. But You have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to know who the head families in this city are. so even if she didn’t know...I can blame her stupidity. I wouldn’t let her check on you."
"Joseph..... my god we lived in a tiny ass town in fucking Michigan..... we barely knew who the mayor was, let alone the mob bosses..." I said, pushing him away and going to stand, falling to the floor, getting dizzy... Damn tranqs.
"Alright...I fucking apologized already...OK? get back in bed."
"You get my cousin," I growled.
"Just go to sleep you can see her later."
"GET HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I shouted, shoving him away. A couple of minutes later he came back with Laur. There was a bruise on her face, she was pale and shaky from being so shaken up but she was OK. She came right over to the bed and we hugged.
"I'm so sorry Jennifer." I glared at Joe from over her shoulder and he left us alone.
"No, it's alright, you're safe... I get it.... tony is charming.... Handsome.... Italian..... I get it.. my Joey is all those things..." I whispered.
"I just feel so stupid and Joe well he apologized but I think he hates me. As soon as tony is caught I'll go back to Michigan."
"NO you won't.. you'll stay here.. You're family.... besides... Nick cares about you.. no matter how much you think he's an ass, I've never seen him so frightened as he was today......" I said.
"yeah which reminds me....I have something to take care of." she kissed me on the cheek and left.
I felt like an idiot being used like that again. I was angry at myself and at that bastard tony. I knocked on Nick's office door.
"Come in...." he called out.
"Nick...am I interrupting?"
"No... no.. come in..." he said.
"Nick we have to do something. I have an idea."
"Do something about what?" he asked.
"That tony asshole. I go back to him and tell him that I didn’t know that you two were rival families...you think I was a double agent working both families and refuse to protect me. I tell him that I have stuff on you he can use, all the while feeding you the info so you can take the bastard down." Nick was looking at me like I had lost my ever loving fucking mind.
"No....." he stated simply.
"Why not? It could work....please let me do this." I begged.
"NO! Laurie I'm not losing one more woman I care about to those animals!!!!" he said, shaking his head.
"But I trust you to protect me...wait...you...you care about me?"
"I can't protect you if you're there......" he said.
"I just want to do something!!!! I feel so used so stupid...so...so.....aaaargggghhhh!!!!!!"
"Listen to me.. you're not stupid.. Tony.. he's a charmer... I made the mistake of letting... let's just say I refuse to make the same mistake twice...." he said.
"What nick...tell me..please...'
"I won't speak of her... not again.." he said, and I swear I seen him about ready to cry.
"Nick......at the risk of being forward....I was wondering if you would ever consider redoing that dinner date?" did that really come out of my mouth????
"What?" he asked, looking at me like I'd grown a third head.
"Never mind." I said quietly turning to leave.
"Laurie.. wait... I just.. you were right.. you deserve better than this life...... you don't have to choose this... I am stuck with it.. you don't deserve this life...." he said.
"It's OK Nick...you don't have to explain." I said. softly closing his office door and retreating to my room where I stayed for the next couple of days.