Austin by Susie McIver


It was that last kick from that damn wild horse that had Austin flying in the air. He felt like his head split in half when he hit the ground. He felt the back of his head and looked at his hand; there was blood. Instead of daydreaming about Elie and Ivy, he needed to start paying attention to what he was doing. They were always on his mind. Austin was tired. His body hurt all over, and he wanted to see his daughter. He’d been breaking wild horses all week, and he just realized he didn’t want to do this anymore.

He had no sleep last night. He hadn’t seen his daughter Ivy in a month, and he missed her. It was bad enough he didn’t know about her until she was fourteen months old. Now that he knew about her, he wanted to be with her every day. He didn’t want to live in another State. He wanted to live closer to Ivy.

Austin admitted to himself he wouldn’t mind getting closer to her mother as well. The beautiful Elspeth Walsh was a twin to Rory, who married Jonah. Elie and Austin had a few wild, magical nights together and made a beautiful baby girl. Elie had more passion in her little finger than any other woman he’s been with. Austin looked around, holding the back of his head where it throbbed. It was time he did just what he wanted; he was moving to Montana.

Austin told himself he would stay away from Elie. But she would have to stay away from him as well. She was the one to kiss him first. The two of them had so much electricity going on between them that she wanted to see what would happen when they kissed. He knew if they were to be alone together again, they’d end up in bed. They had that kind of chemistry with each other. One touch was all it took for their clothes to come off. Just thinking about Elie’s beautiful curvy body made him hard. Just one whispered word from her lips, and he would pull her to the nearest vacant room. Hell, they even did it in a mop closet at the hospital.

“Where are you going?” his foreman asked when Austin started walking towards the house.

“I’m moving. Do you want to buy this ranch?”

For a moment, his foreman thought he was joking. Who just ups and sell their ranch? He stared at Austin in disbelief.

“Hell yes, I’ll buy it. Are you going to finance it for me?”

“Yeah, I’ll have Jonah, my lawyer, send you some papers.”

The foreman could not believe what he was hearing, but he was not going to object either. His dream was being fulfilled and although he thought Austin was being irrational, he accepted the deal anyway.

Austin felt a calmness settle over him as he made the decision and said it out loud. Then his mind was going one hundred miles per hour, I have to find a place to live, one that is baby safe. I can stay at the safe house for now. I need to call my dad and tell him my plans. He can visit his granddaughter and me. Hell, I hardly see him anymore anyway. He’s always at work, and Dallas has been too busy going on tours; I never see him anymore. He did come with Dad to see Ivy. He even sang her to sleep.

Dallas was also once a Navy Seal. He retired when his buddy got killed in front of him. He said he was tired of trying to rescue another country that didn’t appreciate anything.

Austin and his brothers were named after cities that they were conceived in. His parents thought that was funny. His oldest brother’s name is Waco. He married his high school sweetheart, Shelly, and they have three kids. Dallas was a singer, and he was also part of the Band of Navy Seals.

When he walked into his house, he looked around. This house had never felt like home to him. Maybe that was why I was always going to surfing competitions all over the place since I got back to Texas. Perhaps that’s why I stayed in Southern California so long. It was going to be nice being back in the high-security business. He felt a weight being lifted from his shoulders. He picked his phone up and dialed Kane.

“Hey Austin, what’s happening?”

“I’m selling the ranch. I’ll be there in a couple of weeks. I’ll stay at the safe house until I find a place to live where Ivy can play and one that’s safe for her. I miss my daughter.”

Kane didn’t hesitate to respond, “It’s about damn time you figured that out.”

“Pay up.”

“Who’s that?”

Kane laughed. “It’s Luke. He won twenty bucks from me. We all had a day picked when you would move back here. Luke won the pot. He actually picked this day.”

“Yes, but I won’t be there for at least two weeks. So maybe Luke didn’t win. Ya, all will have to decide on that one. See you around.”

“Okay, we’ll see you in a couple of weeks.”

Austin smiled then called his dad. He was surprised he answered, it usually went to voice mail.

“Austin, I was just about to call you. I’ve met someone and we’re going to take a trip to Montana. I’m going to introduce her to my granddaughter. She’s already met my other grandkids.”

“Who is it?” Austin asked. He was a little surprised his dad finally met someone. His mom had been gone for twenty years, and this was the first time he’d ever mentioned another woman.

“Her name is Bev. She retired from the post office, and we’ve been seeing each other for a year or more. Last weekend we went to Vegas and got married.”

“What? You got married. Dad, that’s wonderful. When can I meet her?”

“You’re always so busy.”

“I’m selling the ranch and moving to Montana. I want to be with my daughter.”

“What about her mommy? Do you want to be with her too?”

“Dad, what Elie and I had were three unbelievable days and nights together. That’s it. We had great sex. It’ll be up to Elie to decide what she wants.”

“If you say so. Now to get back to what I was saying. Why don’t you come to dinner tonight? Dallas will be in town. He’s coming to meet Bev also. Another thing, I’ve retired, and we are moving to Miami, Florida.”

Austin laughed out loud. “You are full of surprises. Of course, I will come to dinner. How long will Dallas be in town?”

“He’s singing at the Coliseum tomorrow night. Then he said he’s taking some time off to write more songs. He is going to be staying at your friend Missy’s house in Montana. You know they are good friends. I’m sure you’ll see him. If he’s still there.”

“Yeah, that’s great. Maybe Dallas can help me figure out what to do with all of my stuff. I’m selling the ranch to Ben. He loves this place. Besides, he already runs it so it will be in good hands.”

“I still have some of your and Dallas’s things here from when you were little. You might want to go through it and give Ivy something. I’ll see you around six.”

“Okay, Dad, I’ll see you at six. I might come early and visit with you. If that’s okay.”

“I’d like that a lot, son.”

“Dad, I hope I can be as good of a father to Ivy as you were for Waco, Dallas, and me.”

“Thank you for saying that. You are going to be a great father, especially since you are moving to Montana to be near your daughter. That’s the best decision you could ever make.”