I could hear my phone going off inside my bag. I didn't care who it was. I just ignored it. I don't understand what the big deal is. Why were they so rude to me. Are they embarrassed by me? I felt hurt and confused. I also just wanted to see Cannon. I pulled up to my house and sat in my car for a moment. I took a deep breath and pulled my phone out of my bag. I had three missed calls from Cannon and text messages from the twins. Both the twins were telling me how sorry they were. I just let them go. I looked at the missed calls from Cannon and before I could call him back. I saw a car pull in behind me.
I got out of my car and I could see Cannon walking towards me. "I thought I had told you I didn't want you at my home." I just looked at him for a moment and then I crossed my arms. I turned to start to walk away from him, but he grabbed me and stopped me.
"What do you want, Cannon?" I snapped at him. It threw him off his guard. I have never snapped at him before.
"I." He started to say.
"You what? You're embarrassed by me? You don't want your family knowing your with some average girl. What is it, Cannon? Because I can't take all these secrets your family has." I snapped again.
"You think I'm embarrassed by you? I'm proud to call you mine. You're the only person in this whole fucking world. That I can stand to be around. I'm sorry April, don't give up on me," Cannon said. I wrapped my arms around him.
"I'm not giving up on you. I just don't understand." I said to him as his arms went around my body. "What happened?" I asked him.
"I had a fight with my father." I could see the pain in his eyes. I knew this wasn't good and it was hard for him to talk about.
"Do you want to talk about it with me?" I asked him in a soft voice. I could tell he was struggling. I could tell he didn't want to talk about it at all. I laid my head on his shoulder. "If you don't want to talk about it, I understand, but don't push me away or stay away from me when something happens. Come to me because I'll always open my arms to you and I will always listen without judgment. I'm in love with you Cannon. Don't shut me out." I said.
"Why me?" He asked. I looked up at him.
"What do you mean?"
"Why do you love me, April? Why did you pick me?" He asked like he was genuinely confused that I did pick him.
"I don't know Cannon. All I know is there was a connection with you from the start. I told you that I kissed your brothers. I didn't feel anything with them like I did with you. Your mine Cannon and I won't let go without a fight." I said. I started to say more but I was cut off by Cannon's lips on mine. We heard thunder hit off in the distance and Cannon grabbed my arm and we both ran down by the water. He sat us both in the sand and told me to watch. The lighting was hitting the water and putting on a fantastic show in front of our eyes. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.
I stretched my legs out and Cannon laid his head in my lap. "My parents never wanted me. I have always been tossed aside for the twins. Mrs. Taylor wanted to get fixed after the twins were born, but she got pregnant right away. My father stopped her from aborting me. God only knows why. The twins were there pride and joy. The two to take over fathers work when he dies. I have always been more intelligent than my brothers, but none of that mattered. I love my brothers don't get me wrong, but they have always been out of control. I think because my parents couldn't control them. They took all their frustrations out on me."
"What do you mean by out of control?" I asked.
"They're better now, but when they were young. They were total hellions. They never listened, always in trouble. When they first started school there was never a day that they weren't in trouble for something. If it wasn't for my family's money they would have been kicked out of school. In the eyes of our parents, they were a disappointment, but I was never like that. If anything you never saw me or even heard from me. I was born last therefore not worth shit to them." He said. I felt so bad for him. My heart was breaking listing to him tell his story. "I'm a straight-A student with a bright future ahead of myself and all I keep hearing is how they are going to have to fork out money for my college education. I plan to do it myself with scholarships. I have already received two of them for Harvard. I don't need his money. I'm blamed for everything that goes wrong in that house. If it wasn't for me, things would be different."
"That's bullshit, Cannon. Your parents are nothing but trash." I snapped out. Cannon looked up at me. "Your every bit as important as your brothers," I said and I was starting to get upset.
"They are good guys now, but they were hell to me when I was younger. The three of us are very close now. It seems as though my parents don't give a fuck about any of us."
"I'm so sorry Cannon. You can always come to me when it gets bad at home." I said. He reached up and touched my face.
"Where have you been all my life?"
"I don't know but I'm here now and I'm not going anywhere," I said as Cannon rolled over and laid me on my back and kissed me down my chest. I knew what was coming next. Over the next week, Cannon never left. He snuck into my room at night and snuck out in the mornings. I think my grams was onto us, but she acted like she didn't know anything. It was just funny how there was always food waiting for him. Cody and Connor were very apologetic to me and I told them that I forgave them and that I loved them. Things have actually been going nice and smooth lately. I liked it that way.
Rosey had become tired of Cannon and me because she would only come around when it was the group of us, but when it was just Cannon and me. She would stay away. I had wished she didn't do that, but Cannon wasn't going anywhere. I had to deal with it. Cannon was sleeping softly next to me when I thought I heard a funny noise. It was only two am and the house was dark and quiet. I set up and looked around the darkroom and saw nothing. I got out of the bed and looked inside my bathroom. I didn't see anything. I gave up and started to head back to my bed. Then I heard the loud thump again. I grabbed my robe and headed out of my bedroom. Cannon was still asleep. I walked down the hallway and everyone's doors were closed and it was quiet. I walked downstairs and something caught my eye on the porch out front. I stayed quiet and swear I heard voices. I tried to listen, but I couldn't hear anything. I got brave and ran to the light switch on the wall and turned the porch light on. I heard feet move fast and I opened the door, but no one was there. I hollered out and that caused my father and mother to come running down into the living room.
"What's going on?" My father asked.
"Someone was on the porch dad," I said. I knew Cannon was awake and probably freaking out. He couldn't come down here to see what was going on or my family would know he was here. My father came outside and started to look around.
"Maybe they were dropping this off?" I heard my mother say as she started to pick up a box off the porch. It was left at the top of the steps.
"Mom, don't touch that.” My father came walking back around the house.
"What is that?" He asked.
"It was here on the porch." My mother said.
"Mom please," I was starting to get scared. Who knows what is in that box. My dad took the box from my mother and started to open it. Once he had it opened. He took a step back and the color drained from his face. I held onto my mother."What is it, daddy?" I said. He looked at me. I walked over and took a look inside and my mouth fell open.