Dave (Bonus Book 4)

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Chapter 34: A Ray of Sunshine; Persephone Jeremiah (Part 2)

Mickey: I already miss the feel of you. How warm you are. The way your eyes sparkle when you look at me. How soft and shy your voice gets when you’re talking about how you feel. I just miss you. You have no idea just how much my body and soul have missed you. Craved you.

Mickey: I also miss the sexual aspect of it. How your back arches up off the bed when I’m touching you just right. How stiff your nipples feel between my teeth as you’re begging me to bite it a little harder. The way your hands pull my hair when my tongue is hitting all the right spots. How your ass jiggles after my hands comes down on it harshly with the intent to leave a print. Damn, I can’t wait to get back to you already.

It was clear that I had a one track mind in the moment. I was just making it worse on myself even though I was supposed to be taking care of actual business right now. However, they were late and I needed a distraction. I hated lying to Maria like this, but she wouldn’t understand it right now. For her to truly be mine, I needed to do this. I had to make peace with my past. If I couldn’t make it with Natalie, the least I could do was get it with Persephone. It was a start.

Minnie: Well I’m out right now getting food and hanging with the kids. So if you don’t want me to give some stranger the best memory he’ll ever have, I’d advise you to stop.

I laughed as I responded to her. The jealousy tactics didn’t work anymore. I knew what I wanted and how to get it. She was mine again the moment her eyes laid on me. That much had been obvious. Now we just had to get through the hurdles and finally be together.

Minnie: Well would you look at fate. I just ran into Phoenix.

And I was wrong. I felt the frown on my face as the jealousy began to build. My brain told me she wouldn’t do that, but my heart wouldn’t listen. I knew better than to give in to the rage my heart begged for. I had nothing left to prove to him. Maybe this was a test for her. Did she want to see if I would fight for her? Or was she trying to prove to herself that I could manage my own anger and not lose it over every little thing? Probably the latter.

Mickey: Bad girls will get bad girl treatments. At least then the rumor of me being a murderer will be true.

Minnie: Is the big bag lone wolf gonna spank me and make me his luna?

I actually snorted causing the soda I’d been drinking to spurt out of my nose and burn like hell.

“Fucking shit.” I groaned, still chuckling.

Mickey: I can’t believe you really just said that. Thanks for the laugh.

“Dave?” came a soft voice as I pressed send. She was finally here. Her voice made all the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. She didn’t sound terrified, or like she’d been struggling with the decision to come meet me or not. She sounded sure of it. Slowly I forced myself to look up and meet her eyes. They softened as she stared down at me. It wasn’t a look I had been expecting to get. Before I knew it I was in tears muttering apologies as she cooed little nothings to calm me down.

“I don’t get it Sunshine. Why don’t you hate me?” I cried trying hard to wipe away the tears that just felt like they wouldn’t stop.

“Because of that right there. Someone who breaks into tears from the sight of you can’t be a bad guy. From what I see, he’s not, but he is still a bit broken and lost just trying to find his path. He now knows what love is again and he’s determined to have it the right way for once. What I see is a good person who’s made bad mistakes. I don’t hate him and I don’t judge him for what he did when he was a young and idiotic teenger. He couldn’t truly grasp the reality of what he was going through or the emotions he was feeling. He didn’t understand the concept of asking for help and a whiny jealous idiotic teenage girl was not any help. I don’t blame him and he shouldn’t blame himself.”

“My age at the time doesn’t change that what I did was wrong.” I breathed the guilt sitting heavy in my stomach. “I deserve your hate or some type of retaliation.”

“Pumpkin, even if I wanted revenge, there’s nothing I could that would hold the amount of weight of the guilt and shame you’ve placed yourself under. Let me tell you something since you can’t seem to understand it yourself. While my brother and most of the town was listening to the bullshit rumors that had spread, I was listening to the stories. Hell those stories are part of the reason I’d been so jealous that day. I knew what that week was for you. I knew about the way you two went all out for each other’s birthdays. I knew how the first time you missed a week, she died a couple of days later. I knew how you still tried to do little things to let her know, but the true culprit in her death wouldn’t let her enjoy it. I knew the truth of who my sad little pumpkin was. The stories made more sense than the rumors. I saw in the mornings when you would sit by this tree with a book and no one would bother you. It was like some unspoken rule about that particular place, moment and time. So I asked your mom and she told me all about how the both of you would find series to read and sit there together all summer devouring book after book. I didn’t care about the rumors because I had seen glimpses of your soul; of who you truly were. The rumors painted a different picture than the Dave I knew. So ignore them, but still that jealous monster inside of most teenagers was telling me that you couldn’t love me because you loved her and it would always only be her. Then Phoenix came to me telling me all the things he’d thought I’d been ignoring. I knew how much you hated those rumors. I’d been around on plenty of your bad days and held you as you cried about wishing people would believe the truth. Something in me had snapped though and for the first time I believed it. I was hurt and felt like my feelings had been played with. It was a waste of time and I was pissed. I wanted to hurt you. I intentionally pushed your buttons and when you struck me I’d realized I’d gone too far. At first I did hate you and wanted you to burn in the deepest levels of hell, but I got help. I got with you for all the wrong reasons and when it wasn’t going according to how I wanted it I snapped. I was the new girl and I just wanted to be the one to show the town that the villain was really a hero. I wanted to be popular and be able to brag about how I changed you. This is in no way an out for you. Nor an excuse. This is me saying, even though what you did was wrong, I know I play a part in it. That is why I dropped the charges. That’s why I asked that you get help also. It was so that we could both be better people.”

The way she spoke with such conviction almost had me in tears again. Besides Maria and my parents, she was the only one who truly understood me and saw past my mistakes. The only other person willing to give me a second chance to prove that I wasn’t my actions; that I was more heart than anger. The feeling was different with her and I couldn’t help it as I stood up bringing her up with me and pulling her into a tight hug. Separating us just a little bit I looked her in the eyes and said the words I never thought I would be able to.

“My little Sunshine I am so sorry for putting my hands on you. There is nothing I could ever do to bring back that piece of you I broke that day and I will forever regret it. You didn’t deserve that. You didn’t deserve any of it. It doesn’t matter what I was going through, the situation I was in or whatever was said; I should have shown restraint and never let it get that far. You are a beautiful Queen and should always be treated as such. If given the chance I will try to make it up to you better than my best capabilities. I promise.”

“Just treat her better. I’ll get my brother to back off. Let’s rebuild our friendship and maybe one day the three of us could sit and talk. You may have had a few bad days and ended it the worst way possible, but you still were a decent enough boyfriend on your good days.” she teased as she laughed and we sat back down. My phone vibrated with an incoming message from Maria. I read it and rubbed my temples trying to keep myself in check. “What’s wrong Pumpkin?”

“Your brother is spreading rumors again.” I sighed.

“I’ll talk to him.” was all she said before getting up to kiss me on the cheek and leaving. I wouldn’t revert. This time I was going to prove different. I was going to do something special for Maria and I had the perfect thing in mind.

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