Chapter 7: A different Tyler?....or the very same?
The doctor gave me meds for the pain of my broken nose.
I didn’t feel much. I felt numb but they let me go.
Melissa was in the room with me and lied and pretended to be my sister so she could stay. Ellis was in the waiting room and Tyler had to get his car and he said he was going to go to my house.
I never thanked him for saving me but I’m glad he did.
Me and Melissa got out to the waiting room and she was mumbling profanities under her breath. She was beyond pissed off about what happened to me.
When I got to the waiting room entrance, Ellis hugged me tightly. So tight, I could barely breathe.
“Ellis,” I strained. He let go of me. “I’m sorry. I’m just so glad you’re okay.” He hugged me again and I hugged him back.
“Can you stay with me tonight?” I asked. He pulled back and nodded. “You know I will.”
He brought me into his arms again and kissed my hair.
Melissa led the way out and down the elevator, out the lobby and into her car.
I got in the front seat with Melissa while Ellis got to the back.
“You should stop working there, Karlie.” Melissa said.
“I agree.” Ellis said.
I shook my head. “I can’t. It may seem stupid but I love that place. I’ve been there for years. I’m not going to just stop because of one tiny incident.”
Ellis sighed. “Can we at least talk about it?”
“We can talk about it but the answer is still no.” I said.
Nobody said anything else during that car ride.
I couldn’t just quit. I’ll stop going outside alone or at all unless im going home but I’m not going to give up on Claudia. She needs Nipples just like I do. Wait. Let me reword that. Nipples is her life. Wait….she just needs the club. Very badly and so do I.
It’s apart of me, Madison, Cassett, Minnie, Claudia, and the other girls.
Melissa pulled up to my driveway behind Tyler’s car.
“I’m mad at that bastard for lying to me.” She said getting out of the car.
Ellis kept me beside him as we walked to the door.
“How did he get in?”
“Spare key probably.” I said.
Melissa rolled her eyes and unlocked the door with her key and opened it.
The light in the living room was on and Tyler was sitting on the couch with a blank expression on his face.
The first person he looked at was me. “You okay?” He asked.
I nodded. “Thank you, Tyler.”
Everyone stayed silent in the room.
“I guess I’ll make dinner.” Melissa said as she walked into the kitchen.
Tyler stood up. “Well, I should go. I guess I just wanted to make sure you were okay.”
“No, stay.” I said.
His eyebrows pulled together.
“Please? Just stay for dinner.” I never thought I would say those words to Tyler but there they were.
“Umm….okay.” He sat back down and looked at me and then to Ellis who tensed up beside me.
I went to help Melissa with dinner.
“You’re letting him stay?” she whispered.
“He saved me, Melissa.”
“He’s an asshole, remember?”
I nodded. “I don’t know. If he really was an asshole, he would have just left me there.”
Melissa glared at me.
I ignored her and resumed to making dinner.
After Melissa was done with making half of the dinner, I finished the rest. Ellis came in and leaned against the corner watching me.
“I’m glad you’re okay, Karlie.”
I went over and hugged him. “Me too.” I whispered against his chest. He wrapped me in his arms.
Tyler came in and stopped a few feet from us.
Ellis turned his head to look at him. He pulled away from me and walked up to Tyler. “Thank you for saving her.” He said.
Ellis held out his hand and Tyler, hesitantly shook it.
“I was wondering if I can talk to Karlie alone.” He said. Ellis looked to me and I nodded.
He nodded and walked out of the room.
Tyler’s dark eyes captured mine and he slowly walked up to me and leaned against the table.
“Thank you, Tyler.” I said.
He nodded. “It was no problem. I just…..I thought about my little sister and what that asshole that I trusted did to her.”
“Your step dad.”
He nodded. “I found out about it a while ago and I can’t even explain what I felt in that moment. The man who helped me get everything I have today was fucking my little sister.
I don’t even know where she is or where he is.
And it killed me the most when someone else told me this but my own brother didn’t.”
“He’d probably thought you wouldn’t care, Tyler.”
Tyler sighed. “I may be a heartless prick but I do give a fuck about certain shit. Like her. Like you.”
We stared at each other for a second.
“Anyway, sorry to get all personal and shit about the past.”
I shook my head. “No. You can talk to me about anything, Tyler.
I know its lame that it took me to almost being raped in order for me to be nice to you but you can talk to me. I won’t be a bitch like I was before.”
Tyler smirked. “You were never a bitch to me.”
“I like this side of you.” I said smiling at him for once in my life.
He gave me a smile before walking out of the kitchen.
I bit my lip looking after him. It feels good to see another side to him. A side I wanted to see.
After dinner was done, I set the table and we all sat around it. Ellis was sitting next to me and Melissa was sitting next to Tyler.
Melissa began talking about something that happened in high school and me and Ellis were talking to her but the only quiet person was Tyler.
Which shocked me. He always normally say something odd or perverted but he was completely quiet and seemed more than just a little distracted. “You okay?” I asked under my breath. Tyler’s eyes caught mine.
Ellis was laughing at something Melissa said.
“I’m just glad you’re safe, Karlie.” He said back quietly.
I looked down at my food and toyed with it using my fork.
So much could have happened to me if Tyler wasn’t there tonight. I feel relieved. That the both of us are okay. That guy that attacked me could have easily beat him up but I underestimated Tyler.
Melissa was doing her best to avoid Tyler although he saved me. She was still pissed he lied to her. But he could have told her the truth and she wouldn’t be ready to rip his head off.
Throughout dinner, me and Tyler kept looking at each other. I don’t know why. I guess…..a kind of friendship developed.
I smiled at him and he smirked back at me.
When we were all done, Tyler left but Ellis stayed as he promised me.
We both walked upstairs and he sat me down on the bed and sat down beside me.
“Do you know what I just noticed?”
“It’s almost five in the morning and you and Melissa just made dinner.”
I giggled. “I know.
He smiled and then frowned a little. “Are you okay?”
I nodded. “Thanks to Tyler. He is seriously the reason why I’m here beside you right now, Ellis.”
Ellis nodded. “I know. I’m proud of him.”
“We should invite him over tomorrow.”
“Look who is suddenly “team Tyler.” He teased.
I rolled my eyes at him.
He smiled softly and helped me into bed.
He laid down beside me. “Thank you for staying with me.”
.“Anytime and every time.”
I cuddled into his arms more and slowly drifted to sleep.
I used a spatula to scoop eggs onto all six plates. Today, I was cooking a big breakfast for me, Ellis, Melissa, Tyler, Minnie, and Claudia. Madison couldn’t come because she was sick but she promised to drop by tomorrow.
Me and Ellis brought the plates out onto the breakfast/dinner table and then we sat down.
Claudia looked at me. “If I catch that fucker around there again, I’m going to kick his ass. What did he look like?”
“He was bald and slimy looking.” Tyler answered.
Claudia nodded. “Oh, Bob. That cocksucker has been coming to Nipples for years.”
“God, that’s gross.” Minnie said shaking her head.
“I agree.” Melissa said in disgust.
“The bastard is just lucky I didn’t fucking kill him.” Tyler said quietly.
I glanced at him and he looked back to me.
“Thank you, again Tyler.” I said.
He shrugged. “You know that I would protect you if you needed to be protected.”
The room became quiet.
Awkward silence until Claudia broke it.
“Anyway, you don’t have to come back into work, sweetie, until you want.”
“I can come back by next week. I should be healed by then.”
“Take all the time you need. I don’t think Mahogany said anything to her mom, The club is still in my possession for now.”
“That’s good.” I said.
“Now we just have to hope that little bitch don’t say a word. And damn these eggs are good as hell, Karlie.”
After breakfast, I started the dishes.
A few minutes, later, Tyler walked in.
I smiled at him. “Hey.”
“Hey, You okay?”
I nodded. “No pain. I’m great.”
“Still as pretty as ever.” He said. I smiled.
“So I contacted my sister.”
“Yeah, she’s in California. I’m going to go see her soon.”
“Wow, Tyler, that is really really good.”
He nodded and looked down. “Hopefully I can go there and regain that whole brother and sister thing and hopefully-”
“Find a girl to screw?” I guessed.
He smirked. “Exactly.”
“Guess I know you better than I thought.”
“I guess so.” He shrugged.
“I thought you were changing for a second.” I playfully teased him.
He smirked. “You thought wrong.”
I bit my lip staring at him just as Ellis came in.
“Everything okay?” He asked.
Tyler nodded. “It will be soon. I contacted Natalie.”
Ellis’s eyes grew. “What?”
“She’s in Sacramento, California. In a stable home, has a boyfriend and a job and she knows good hotels.”
“You’re going there?”
“Actually, the three of us are going there.”
Tyler looked to me.
“What?” I asked.
“You’re why I contacted her, Karlie. You’re the reason.”
“Tyler, I would love to go and meet her but I can’t. I have to work.”
“What if I bribe Claudia to give you two weeks off?”
Wow. He did not know Claudia. “Claudia doesn’t do bribes.” I said.
“What if I give her five hundred thousand dollars so she can keep ‘Nipples‘?”
My jaw dropped. “What?”
“You heard what I said, Karlie.”
“I heard what you said but….you’ll give Claudia half a million dollars just so I can go with you to California?”
I was speechless.
Tyler, amused, walked out of the kitchen and I looked after him. “Is he serious?”
“He’s has billion dollar corporations all over the world, Karlie. Money isn’t a big deal to him.” Ellis said
“I can see that.”
“I just can’t believe he got into contact with Natalie.”
“It’s a good thing though, right?”
He nodded. “It’s very good.”
Tyler came back in. “The deal is done.”
“That’s it?” I asked.
He nodded. “She called me a rich son of a bitch but yes, that’s it. So as I said, we’re all going to California.”