Zaiden was in the greenhouse working on a flower arrangement for his mother when Tony showed up. He had been expecting a visit from him at some point. He just wasn’t sure when it would be.
“Watch out for the bees. They are a bit riled up today. I think it’s the weather.”
Just as the words left Zaiden’s lips, the bees swarmed around Tony. Zaiden wasn’t going to say he didn’t enjoy watching that happen.
Tony looked over at Zaiden and sighed. This visit wasn’t a pleasant one. He could see that the boy knew that already.
“If you came to tell me that the divorce is final, I already know. I also know about the judge’s decision that I shouldn’t see my kids.”
“That is only one of the reasons I am here. We’ll get to that later. Let’s get the bad stuff taken care of first.”
“You mean there’s something worse than me not being allowed to see my kids? I don’t think that’s possible.”
Tony understood how he was feeling. He would feel the same way in his shoes. “I came to let you know that I won’t be sending you on any more jobs for me. You need to focus on yourself right now and what I had you doing is no place for a recovering addict.”
Zaiden felt his fists ball up. He wanted to punch the man more than he ever wanted anything else, but he knew that Tony’s men weren’t far away. They would be on him before the punch landed.
“The only reason I got addicted in the first place was because I saved your son’s life.”
“I know. I am very grateful to you for that.”
“You sure don’t act very grateful.”
Tony sighed and shook his head. “I didn’t come here to fight with you, Zaiden. I actually thought you would see that this is a good thing. Do you want the next time your children to see you to be at your funeral?”
“Isn’t that when it’s going to be anyway? Since I’m not allowed to see them, I’m already dead to them. Why not make it a reality and save everybody the trouble of waiting for it to happen?”
“Dammit, Zaiden. Stop that fucking shit. I came here to tell you that you will be seeing your kids tomorrow. I talked Raelyn into letting you see them. Your mom will pick them up and bring them to you in the morning. Raelyn’s condition was that your mom stays with them while they are here.”
Zaiden looked at Tony feeling like he was up to something. “Why would you do this? You told me that if I ever hurt your daughter, you would kill me. Why are you being nice to me? Is this one of those last wish type of things? You know I want to see my kids so you let me see them one last time before you kill me?”
Tony shook his head. “I’m not going to kill you, Zaiden. I know that what happened was not your fault. I blame myself. I should have checked things out more before I sent you and Daniel there.”
“Who would have expected my own cousin to try to kill me?”
“There’s that also. He’s been dealt with. You don’t have to worry about him any more.”
Zaiden looked at Tony. “Did you…?”
Tony shook his head. “Your cousin is still alive. He is in no position to bother you any longer though. I promise you that.”
Zaiden had no idea what Tony did to Dax, but he was just a bit scared now.