Chapter 3: Danger
We arrive to a white and beige brick house that was about two stories tall. The front yard was beautiful and well kempt. The windows were huge but covered by what looked to be blinds and curtains.
He pulled into the driveway and smiled. "We're here."
I grabbed the handle onto the door and opened it. A.J. opened Jodie's door and woke her up.
"We could leave the book bags in here for now." I said.
He nodded and stepped back as Jodie got out of the car.
He shut her door for her and came over and led us through the yard, and to the door.
He unlocked it and let us in the house. He turned on the light and closed the door as we stepped in. The living room had nice beige carpet. A brown coffee table. Right in front of a cream colored couch set.
There was a black piano and black and white guitar in the corner of the room and a black bookshelf, built into the wall with hundreds of books into it.
It was a nice place.
"This is nice." I said.
A.J. smiled and nodded. "Thanks. It actually belongs to my brother but he let me keep it since he's never here most of the time."
Jodie wiped her eyes and A.J. nodded. "I know you're tired. I'll show you to your room." He gestured for the both of us to follow and we followed him up a black staircase and down a hallway. He opened a door revealing a dark blue room. "You can sleep in here, Jodie. The bathroom is right across from here. And my bedroom is the last door on the right so if you need anything. Don't hesitate to ask."
Jodie nodded and then looked to me. I gave her a kiss on the forehead. She smiled. "Night, Re-Re."
"Goodnight, baby." I said.
Then she looked to A.J. "Goodnight."
"Goodnight, Jodie." She smiled and then walked into the room and shut the door.
Then A.J. looked to me. "That's the only guest room I have." He said.
I shrugged. "That's alright. I'll sleep downstairs on the couch."
A.J.'s eyebrow raised. "Are you serious?"
"You're a guest. You deserve the best. So you can sleep in my bed."
I bit my lip. Will he be in there?
"Nice try." I said.
He smirked. "I don't have to be in the bed with you. I have a black couch in there that I can sleep on."
I nodded. "Oh." A deep, dark part of me did hope that he would be in there with me. But I shook the thought away.
I let out a small sigh. "I'm gonna go to the bathroom and then I'll be ready to go to bed."
I walked into the bathroom and turned on the light. It was all white and cherry wood. I looked into the mirror and combed my fingers through my flat, brunette hair and turned on the water in the sink. I washed my face.
I needed a moment.
I turned the water off and looked down at the red brush that was on the sink.
I grabbed it and brushed through my hair. To make it look less messy.
When I straighten it out, I sit on the top of the toilet and take my shoes off. Then my black socks.
I take my hoody off and then unbutton my jeans and pull them down all the way.
I didn't like sleeping in jeans.
I grabbed my stuff and exited out of the bedroom and went down the hall, to the last room on the right. I opened the wooden door.
Right in the middle laid a huge fluffy king sized bed. With dozens of pillows on the bed. Jesus, he sleeps in here alone?
Beside the bed was a small lamp. It didn't entirely light up the room. Beside the bed, to the right was a black leather couch. A.J. was already setting up his bed on the couch.
"Your bed can hold like ten people." I said.
He looked at me. He was wearing only his black jeans and his black socks. His six pack….lord…I've come undone.
I looked down at myself. In my white v-neck t-shirt that had the American flag on it and only my black panties and I looked back to him. He was looking at me like I was something to eat and I blushed.
A.J. slowly walked over and grabbed the clothes from my hands, not taking his golden eyes off mine. "I'll take these." He whispered. He placed them on his wooden dresser on the left of the bed. Then he looked at me.
"You really don't have to sleep on the couch. This is your bed and your house so you can-"
"Or we can sleep together." He says.
It catches me off guard. My eyes widen.
"In the same bed I mean." He says.
I shrug. "Okay."
He smiles and gestures for me to get on the bed.
I climb onto it all the way to the pillows and lay on top of the thick comforter. They were soft and warm. They felt expensive.
He comes up next to me and looks to me. I can't help but look into his eyes. He was beautiful beyond belief.
It almost hurt to look at him. I chewed down on my bottom lip and without another breath leaving from my lips, his lips were on mine, using his strong hands to pull me against his body. His fingers went through my hair pulling the very roots until it was painful.
His lips left mine for a second but our faces were hardly an inch apart. "Open your mouth, baby." He breathed and I did what he said. His tongue slid in smoothly and he tasted so good. Tangy, delicious. Better than anything I ever tasted.
He shifted himself so he was now on top of me, forcing my legs apart. His hand caressed my thigh and then caressed over my panties to a…unknown spot that made me whimper.
"No." I breathed and pushed him off.
He got off of me and looked at me, confused.
"I'm sorry, I just never felt anything like that. Like this."
His eyebrow raised. "Turned on?" He asked in the most seductive way I ever heard.
I hesitated before answering because I was too busy drooling mentally from him.
But as I came back to earth, I nodded.
"You're a virgin." He breathed.
"Oh. I see."
"What, you automatically assumed I was a slut?" I asked.
He shook his head. "No. If we was to sleep together tonight, it wouldn't be because I think you're a slut. There's more to you that meets the eye. Trust me."
"It's just something I kind of wanna wait for." I said.
A.J. gave me a look.
"What?" I asked.
He narrowed his eyes and shook his head. "Nothing, Renee." My name slid off his tongue smoothly.
He scooted back next to me and laid down. "It's getting late. We should sleep." He said. I can sense the disappointment and it bothered me. I didn't want him to be upset.
"I'm not upset, Renee. Alright? I think it's beautiful that you're waiting." He placed his hand on my cheek and looked into my eyes. "So do not apologize to me." He whispered.
He smiled and kissed me on my forehead before saying anything else. He reached over and turned the lamp off so the room was completely dark.
I turned on my side and he did the same, looking me in my eyes. He gave me a small smile and shut his eyes.
I watched him for a second and then I slowly drifted into a deep sleep.
When I woke up, I was alone in bed. I sat up and wiped my eyes. Goddamnit. There was the smell of fresh food coming from downstairs and it made my mouth water.
I pulled myself out of the covers and stepped onto the beige carpet.
I noticed that I was still in my t-shirt and panties. I looked over to the dresser where he put my clothes last night but they were no longer there.
Oh. Where are they?
I bit my lip as I walked over and opened one of his drawers. Nothing in there. I checked the rest. Nothing.
Where are my clothes?
I looked at the door and stepped out into the hallway which was cold. Very cold for some reason. Goosebumps rose on my skin as I got to Jodie's door. It creaked open.
I peeked inside and looked around. Jodie wasn't in there.
I shut the door and continued walking down the hall, got to the stair case and walked down the stairs.
I walked straight to the black, white and cherry wood kitchen where A.J. placed two plates full of food on a table. Then he looked at me.
"Good morning." I said.
He had a secret smile on his face. As If he knew something I didn't know. "Good morning."
"Out. I gave her some money so she can go to the mall down the street. The Clayton mall."
Oh. Me and her go there all the time. "Oh. Why?"
He stared at me before answering. "I wanted to have…alone time with you, Renee."
Alone time? I swallowed.
Why would he want alone time with me?
"Why?" I asked.
"Because I like you. Now sit and have some breakfast."
"I'm not hungry." I whispered. And I was but I didn't feel like eating. I rather just leave regardless of my attraction to this man.
"Really?" He asked.
"Well can you at least sit with me?" He asked.
I hesitated but eventually nodded.
I sat down and looked down at my breakfast. It did look pretty good so I decided to eat it.
I was quiet and A.J. was too.
"Me and Jodie should really leave soon. I don't want it to get too late. I wanna get us into a hotel before it gets dark outside." I said.
"Oh you're not going anywhere." A.J. said as he kept eating. I paused and looked at him. "Excuse me?" I asked.
A.J. finally looked to me. His golden eyes filled with bemusement. "You're not going anywhere, Renee."
I stared at him and grinned. He was funny. "Yeah, okay." I said sarcastically.
"I'm serious." He said and his tone of voice made my smile disappear.
"What the hell are you talking about?"
He stopped eating and pushed his plate aside and folded his hands on the table as his golden eyes met mine. "You and your sister are staying here. And that's all there is to it."
"You can't do that." My anger risen. What the hell did he mean? "That's kidnapping."
"You said yourself that no one back home cares about you. Odds are that you won't be missed."
"What the hell are you talking about?" I asked.
"Please do not be difficult with me, Renee."
"You can't kidnap me." I said standing up.
A.J. stood up too. Way taller than me. "I can do as I please in my house. And every time you disobey me, or try to leave, I'll punish you."
"Punish me? I'm not three years old."
"You don't know what kind of punishments I have in mind, Renee."
As he said that, I looked pass him, into the living room. He was a few feet from me. I wouldn't be able to get pass him, into the living room to get outside unless I can distract him.
Looked back to him. "I don't know who the hell you think you are or what you're about to do, but you're not gonna keep me here against my will now get the fuck out of my way."
"No." He said.
"Move." I said forcefully.
All the bad shit that's happened in my life and then this had to happen. Where the hell did this come from?
"Renee, you will not want to piss me off. I want you to understand-"
"Understand that you can't and won't keep me."
"But I'm infatuated with you, Renee."
"I don't give a fuck."
A.J. stared at me and narrowed his eyes. "What did you say?" He asked. On the table he grabbed onto a glass bottle that held some kind of liquid in it. He didn't have the guts to hit me with it. I know I didn't know him at all but I knew for a fact that he just couldn't do it.
"What are you going to do…hit me with it?" I asked.
He didn't answer. He just glared at me.
"What. Did. You. Say."
"What I said was that I. Do not. Give. A. Fuck." I said spitting out the words.
A.J. smirked. Then, without a blink, I felt a hot sting against my face and I found myself on the floor. Blood coming out of my mouth, staining the white floor.
I was on my hands and knees, tears rimmed my eyes, blood's coming from my nose and even more spilling out from my mouth.
I sniffed as the stinging gotten worst. I whimpered from the pain and snuck a peek up at him.
A.J. was standing over me. "I own you now, baby." He whispered.
And that's when I knew, there was no getting out of this.