“I have a few more days,” she says, worrying her bottom lip.
“I said you’re not going anywhere,” Vaughn repeats and we ignore him.
“I think we can plan a wedding in a few days.” I smile at Berkley and she nods in agreement. I turn to my husband. “My wonderful husband can spend that time making sure you’ll be safe when you return to London.”
Kade doesn’t look like he wants to answer me and I wait for half a second before he nods.
“Then you’ll come back after finals?” I grab my sister’s hands and pull her close. “You’ll come back here for a while, right? I miss you.”
“I’ll come back,” she agrees.
I know it’s the best I’m going to get, so I take it and ignore the string of curses that comes from Vaughn.
A few days later…
The island has been transformed for our special day and I couldn’t be more excited to make Collins my wife. Again.
This time we can have the day she deserves with her sister and my brothers present. It was still a rush to get things done before Berkley needed to leave, but I knew anything my bride wanted, she’d have.
“The cake is in place and the reception hall is ready for after the ceremony,” Lula says as she scratches a check mark onto her clipboard.
The resident doctor was more than eager to take on the task of planning the wedding and ensuring things went according to plan. From what Collins told me, she’s been looking forward to the challenge and her type A personality is well suited for the organized chaos.
“And my wife?” I ask as I straighten my cufflink.
“Ready and waiting with her sister in the lounge.” Lula’s smile begins to dim when the door opens and X walks through. She spares him a quick glance before checking her clipboard once more. “You’ll need to be ready in four minutes. I’ll go check on the bride.”
She doesn’t say another word as she quickly leaves the room and X goes to the window, pretending not to watch her leave.
“We’re lucky to have her here,” I say, reminding my brother to knock it off with his attitude.
“She’s got no reason to be here now that Collins has her memory back.” He scowls out onto the beach where the people of the island have gathered.
“She’s here because I asked her to stay.” My voice is sharp enough to cause X to turn around and glare at me. “What do you think would happen if she left? If someone found out she treated my wife and where we were when that happened? Do you want to gamble our family’s safety on that?”
“I didn’t agree to any of this.” He clenches his fists at his side and I can feel the storm raging inside of him. “You brought all these women here and I’m just supposed to pretend like this isn’t breaking the pact we made? The promise I made with my brothers had no part in this, and suddenly I’m just supposed to go along with whatever you want?”
“Yes.” I take a step toward him but do my best not to make him angrier. I’m about to go find my wife and I don’t have time for his temper tantrum. “You are supposed to look after our family, and that now includes my wife and her sister.”
“Not the doctor.”
“You sound like a petulant child.” I look down at him and shake my head. “Get over it, X. Lula is here to stay and so are you for the time being. Just as soon as this passes, you are free to go and so is she. Having a doctor here on the island is a good thing, but I don’t have time to convince you of it.” I glance down at my watch just as Vaughn walks in. “It’s my wedding day. Get your sorry ass down on that beach and be there for me.”
“You know that’s not what I’m bitching about.” X rolls his eyes but makes his way to the door. “I am happy you’re getting married.”
“I don’t understand why you’re letting Berkley leave,” Vaughn mumbles as he holds the door open for us.
“Enough!” I shout and then their eyes are on me. “X, Lula is staying, get used to it. Vaughn, the second Berkley is finished with her final exam her ass is coming back on the island with my wife.” I glare at my brothers in warning. “Although this might be the second time I marry my bride, this is a big damn deal for her. So please, get it together and do as I ask. Do I make myself clear?”
“Crystal,” X says as he passes me and walks toward the beach.
“I want to go with her,” Vaughn says, and I let out a long sigh.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea. We can’t risk them getting you by going through her.” He looks away and I grab him by the shoulder. “I can’t lose you, baby brother.”