We were finally at Hunter's house and I was actually starting to
calm down a little as I was getting out of the car. I seen Lilly
come running towards us and Gracie was in her arms in a matter of
seconds. It made me feel better knowing that she had them just in
case something ever happened to me.
I saw Lilly's face and her eyes were flickering back between me
and Gracie. Mark grabbed me picking me up as he carried me into
Hunter's house and Hunter of course grabbed Gracie and my things.
We all went down stairs to his man cave and he put on the "Lion
King " for Gracie to distract her from what just happened.
I couldn't get any words out.
I couldn't even think...
All I kept hearing is what James said to me and it cut into me
deep. I knew I shouldn't listen to a damn thing that man says,
but I couldn't help it. He knew what to say and how it hurt me
and I was falling apart exactly how he wanted me to.
Lilly's arms came around me and then it was just a big group hug.
Hunter and Mark were right there and Gracie came running over
thinking we left her out as she jumped on Marks lap. We all
couldn't help but laugh. Hunter decided to run upstairs and grab
a menu so that we could order dinner. Nobody was in the mood to
cook and his mother and father were on a mini vacation.
They were so sweet and I love them. They knew about my situation
but there wasn't anything anyone could do. His father was a
lawyer and a damn good one, but it would only make things worse
if we took things to court.
I am only 17 and I wasn't going to be able to take Gracie with me
even If I was to escape. I was trapped , and the only escape I
had were my best friend's houses outside of school and work. I
work two jobs. I am a dance teacher during the week and a
waitress / bartender on weekend nights.
I love dancing and I have done it since I was a little girl.
Lilly's mom owned the studio so she gave me the job. I would
leave school around 12pm during the week and work at the studio
from Monday through Thursday. Fridays consisted of spending time
with Gracie even if it meant just going for a walk to get out of
the house. As for the rest of the week, Gracie was home while I
was at school and work.
But it wasn't going to be that way anymore.
I was talking with Mark and Lilly while we waited for Hunter to
come back down with menus. When he got back we decided to order
From "Jones Pizza " We ordered 2 large pizzas and fries. We got
back into our conversation.
I told them I couldn't risk letting her be home with that bastard
and they completely understood.
Before I could even say anything Mark was on the phone with his
mom. He didn't tell her every detail of what happened all he told
her is that he needed her to watch Gracie during the week.
She absolutely loves kids especially Gracie. She had offered a
million times before to watch her for me when we went out. How
ever I always took Gracie with me. It was different now though it
wasn't summer and this was senior year of high school for me. I
couldn't just bring her to school with me especially without
other people questioning me.
When Mark was done on the phone he came over to me and said
another problem solved. I couldn't help but give him a huge kiss
on the cheek. I felt so much more calm, knowing Gracie would be
safe during those hours. I just couldn't restrain myself from
showing him how much that meant to me.
Of course he didn't push me off and I heard everyone laughing in
the back round and Lilly saying "Get a room love birds"
But they all knew very well that it wasn't like that at all.
We always teased each other like that we were all the best of
friends practically family. My dad was the best of friends with
the three of thier dad's .When I was young we always had
play-dates and that basically how the four of us became linked up
Finally the dude was here with our diner. We all went upstairs
and sat at the huge marble table while eating together and making
jokes. Then all of the sudden my phone was going off. I excused
myself from the table walking towards the front window just to
get the view of the night sky. I couldn't help myself I loved
nature. I loved the night sky but something caught my eye on the
other side of the street.
I seen someone in a car just looking at the house and I thought I
was going crazy. I was standing there shocked for a moment and
then I ran to open the door and the car took off down the street.
I didn't gey a chance to see who it was or to even get the plate
number. Within seconds Hunter was by my side.
Hunter asked me if I was okay. I guess I looked like I was in
another world. But I responded with a
" yes I am fine just thought I saw something or someone
watching" Hunter told me I was probably just tired and
thinking to much. I was just scaring myself. I agreed that he was
probably right .
When I returned back to the table it hit me that I had work at
11pm at King Richards-Diner- Party Club.