19 - Overdose
Hacker Rule #3: Keep feelings out. They always compromise an assignment.
“Outta control, boy! You are out. of. con. trol! Goddamn!”
“What?!” Jason laughed hysterically as he shuffled the playing cards on the kitchen table. “How am I out of control?”
“I ain’t teach your ass to play like that,” Chuck smirked as he tossed his cards in his son’s face.
“Old man, you didn’t teach me to play at all,” Jason teased as he picked up the cards. “This here is what we call HIGHLY SKILLED. You could learn a thing or two.”
“OH! I’m learning from you now, is that it?!” Chuck laughed as he tackled Jason to the ground.
“Wait! Oh, come on! I just shuffled!” Jason laughed.
Mikayla walked into the kitchen and saw her father and twin brother wrestling on the floor which was scattered with playing cards. She rolled her eyes as she opened the fridge. “Are you guys seriously still playing that stupid game,” she asked, grabbing a protein shake.
“Just cause you don’t know how to play doesn’t mean it’s stupid,” Jason grinned.
“Tell her, boy,” Chuck grinned as he struggled to his feet. “Your sister just don’t understand the- MIKAYLA DAVIS WHAT THE GODDAMN HELL ARE YOU WEARING?!”
Mikayla raised a perfectly tweezed brow as she sipped her shake. “Uh... my outfit for school. Duh.”
“Oh hell naw, girl!” Chuck snapped. He disapprovingly eyed her mini leather skirt, small crochet crop top barely covering her bralette and high heeled boots. “Mikayla, I see more skin than clothes!”
“Seriously, Dad?” Mikayla said, rolling her eyes. “You’re such a grandpa sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with what I’m wearing. It’s cute.”
“You look like a goddamn stripper!” Chuck snapped.
“That’s so misogynistic,” she said. “Jason, tell him there’s nothing wrong with what I’m wearing.”
“Jason, tell your sister she looks like a streetwalker,” Chuck argued.
“Pa, that is actually kind of misogynistic,” Jason said, grabbing his leather jacket. “Sex workers are an integral part of society. You would know,” Jason teased.
“Who I fuck is none of your business,” Chuck snorted.
“Didn’t say it was. Just don’t be a hypocrite,” Jason winked.
“See? Thank you, Ja- what are you doing?” Mikayla asked as Jason wrapped his jacket around her.
“I’m completing your ensemble,” Jason grinned. “Your skinny ass must be cold with just that lingerie set you have on.”
“You’re such a dick,” Mikayla said, shrugging off his jacket. “I’m fine with what I’m wearing.”
“You’re not leaving until you put more clothes on,” Chuck ordered.
“But Daddy!” Mikayla whined.
“Little girl, you better march your skinny ass back up them stairs and change your damn clothes. Or your ass is staying right here in this house with me playing that stupid card game you hate so much,” Chuck threatened.
“OH MY GOSH! YOU’RE SO FUCKING ANNOYING! NO WONDER MOM LEFT YOU!” she growled as she stomped back up the stairs.
“Joke’s on you! Those insults don’t work on me anymore, sweetheart. Cause my heart is as small as that skirt you have on!” Chuck yelled back. He sighed in annoyance as he looked at his son who was smirking at him.
“‘My heart is as small as that skirt you have on’? That’s the best you could come up with?” Jason smirked, sucking his teeth. “I’m disappointed in you, old man. You can do better than that.”
“The other one was ‘I have no soul’, but I feel like I’ve used that one before,” Chuck said.
“Yea, you have. You could have also used ‘my soul is as black as your eyeliner.’ Then, she could actually ‘relate’,” Jason teased with quotation fingers.
“Shit, that’s good. I should have used that,” Chuck said, shaking his head.
“You need better material so she can pretend to hate you a little more,” Jason smirked as he grabbed an apple.
“Dammit. You’re right. Moody teenage girl: 2. Old, single dad... ZILCH. NADA!” Chuck sighed. “I seem to repel all types of women. Your sister, your mother.”
“Oh, come on! You’re a total DILF,” Jason said, chewing on the apple.
“You think so?” Chuck asked.
“You kidding? Look at me. I didn’t turn out this good-looking cause my dad looks like Shrek,” Jason said, rubbing his face.
“But, I like Shrek,” Chuck frowned.
“Point is: We’re a good lookin’ bunch. And you’re a good man.”
“Not good enough for your mother to stick around,” Chuck smirked. “Or your sister to not hate me.”
“It’s called ’adolescence’. She’s supposed to hate you for like... at least 3 more years,” Jason said, grabbing his keys. “COME ON, MIKAYLA. GET YOUR PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE-LOVIN’ ASS DOWN HERE. YOU’RE GONNA BE LATE FOR SCHOOL!”
“UGH! I’M COMING! I HAVE TO CHANGE MY WHOLE FUCKING OUTFIT BECAUSE OF THAT LOSER DOWNSTAIRS!” she growled.
Jason and Chuck looked at each other before they both burst out laughing. “Where them Evans boys at,” Chuck asked. “I didn’t see them come home last night.”
“They actually found a place,” Jason said. “An apartment to stay in for a while. I’m helping them move in tonight.”
“Oh, yea? Shit, good for them,” Chuck said. “Glad those boys can get back on their feet with their mother being gone and all.”
“You know them Evans’s,” Jason said. He grabbed his drumsticks and checked his watch.
“You uh... gonna move in with them?” Chuck asked.
Jason looked at his dad and smiled. “Nah, pops. I’m gonna stay here with you and Mikayla.”
Chuck averted his gaze as he leaned against the counter. “You ain’t gotta babysit me, Jason... I been sober for a month now.”
“Yea, cause you’re a fucking champ,” Jason grinned. “We’re not screwing that up by me leaving. We got a good thing going here.”
“I’m just saying... I can take care of your sister and I myself-”
“Pops,” Jason said. “I wanna stay with you, alright?” Chuck looked at his son and smiled with gratitude. They both looked up when they heard Mikayla angrily stomping down the stairs.
“Does this suit your demands better, you tyrant?” she snapped with her hands on her hips.
Chuck eyed her tight, hip-hugging, low-waist jeans and frowned at her white cleavage-baring tank top revealing her gold bra underneath. “Do you have to show your chest like that-” Chuck started.
“OH MY FUCKING GOSH! I’M LEAVING!” she said storming outside. “Let’s go, Jason!”
Jason grinned at his dad. “Relax. I’ll give her my sweater.”
Chuck smiled. “Thanks, kid. Love ya.”
“Love ya too,” Jason said, opening the door.
“Love you, sweetie!” Chuck shouted.
“NO, YOU DON’T!” Mikayla screamed.
Jason frantically clicked a button on his car’s dashboard. “You got her location, Darren?” Jason asked.
“Almost,” Darren said. “I’m just trying to get the exact address, but she’s about 5 miles away from you.”
“Just send me the coordinates when you get it,” Jason said tensely. He switched gears and sped down the highway. Jason’s eyes were so constricted it was nearly all blue. His sister’s weak voice echoed in his head and a million bad scenarios raced through his mind. He tried to think of fonder moments just to keep himself sane.
“Why do you always take his side?” Mikayla said, looking out the window with her arms folded across her chest.
“We’re family, Mikayla. There are no sides,” Jason said, driving.
“Bullshit,” she muttered. “This isn’t a family. He doesn’t know how to be a dad. All he does is drink till he’s pissed drunk.”
“He’s trying,” Jason defended.
“No, he’s not!” she snapped. “I saw him with a bottle last night!”
Jason furrowed his brow. “It was probably juice or something.”
“Seriously, Jason!” she said, giving him a stern look. “He fucking relapsed again. I’m so over it.”
Jason deeply sighed as he turned the corner. “We need to be there for him, Mikayla... We need to support him. You know how hard things have been since mom left.”
“He’s our dad, Jason. Why the fuck are we the ones parenting him?” she said annoyed. She looked out the window as a tear slipped down her rosy cheek. “Besides, he’s not the only one hurting... He’s not the only one she left...” Mikayla looked down when she felt Jason grab her hand. “Jason...” she sighed as tears continued to fall from her face. “I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
As his car pulled up to the school, he turned to look at her. “We’re stronger together,” he said. “Remember that.”
She wiped the tears from her face and smiled. “Are you coming in?” she asked.
Jason looked up at the school and sighed. “Eh... I’ll think about it...”
“You can’t keep skipping.”
“No point going where they’ll teach me what I already know,” he shrugged.
“You’re such a smart ass,” she grinned, rolling her eyes as she got out of the car.
“Wait,” he said, grabbing her hand. “Before you leave...”
“Oh, come on, Jason! No! Not in front of all these people!”
“I’m not letting you get out until you do it,” he grinned.
Mikayla groaned before she grabbed his hand and lifted it in the air. “Wonder Twin Powers...” she muttered.
“ACTIVATE!” Jason laughed.
“You’re so embarrassing,” she smirked. She kissed him on the cheek and headed towards the school.
Jason clicked his dashboard again. “Yea?”
“I got her location,” Darren said. “Sending it to you now. But also...”
“Also what?” Jason asked, doing a complete 180 once he got Darren’s coordinates.
“There’s this... this video,” Darren said. “Of your sister online...”
“There are tons of videos of her online, Darren. She’s an actress,” Jason said, speeding down the street.
“It’s... it’s not that kind of acting, man...” Darren said apprehensively.
“Send it to me,” Jason said.
“Jason, I don’t think you should see-”
“Just send it to me, Darren!” Jason snapped. He could hear Darren sigh on the other end of the phone as he typed on the screen. Jason heard a bing on his end and ran through a red light as he headed towards her location. He clicked the file on his phone to a dark image of a battered girl in what looked like a dirty and run-down bedroom. Jason’s eyes grew wide as tears brimmed in his big blue angry eyes.
“You like that, you dirty fucking whore,” a voice from the video spoke.
A truck blared its horn, and Jason quickly swerved just in time. “Jason, are you there? Are you okay?” Darren asked from the phone line.
“I’m-I’m fine,” Jason said, running his shaky fingers through his hair. He clicked off the video. “Where did you find this?”
“... It’s all over the internet, Jason... It’s trending...”
“Get rid of it!” Jason growled. “Fucking get rid of it!” Jason was already hopping out of the car after he drove onto the curb.
“Jason, wait!” Darren called out from the phone speakers. But Jason was already out of the car and storming towards the building.
The building was rather rundown and overly populated with homeless people. “MIKAYLA!” Jason shouted as he kicked down a door. “MIKAYLA!”
“Hey, man.” A skinny drugged-out guy walked out of one of the rooms with a half-empty bottle of liquor in his hand. “What’s with all the-”
“Have you seen a girl named Mikayla?!” Jason demanded, grabbing him by the shirt.
“What?” the guy asked, confused.
“Mikayla!” Jason snarled at him. “She’s small, pale, blue eyes, dark brown hair! Have you seen her?!”
“No, man, I just-”
Jason quickly shoved him backward as he grabbed the railing and ran up the stairs, skipping three steps at a time. “MIKAYLA! WHERE ARE YOU?!” Jason shouted. He got to the next level and started banging on doors. “MIKAYLA!”
“You’re looking for the pretty model?”
Jason turned around and saw a naked, elderly woman with yellowed skin. She wore a silk robe that barely covered her breasts that were covered with cigarette scars. “I’m... I’m looking for my sister,” Jason said. “She’s-”
“The really pretty girl with the bright blue eyes,” the woman said, smoking a cigarette. “Yea, I seen her. They took her up to the 6th floor yesterday.”
“... Th...they?” Jason asked, with apprehension in his voice.
“Two guys. One of them had a camera. Think they were gonna make a movie with that pretty model,” she smirked.
Jason nearly ground his teeth to nothing as he quickly ran up to the 6th floor. “MIKAYLA!” he screamed till his throat hurt. Terror ran through him as he kicked down another door into a dark room.
“J-Jason!” her small voice squeaked out.
He frantically looked around to see his sister curled up in a dirty bed. “Mikayla!” Jason ran to his sister and saw that her clothes were torn. Dried semen stuck to the inside of her thighs, all over her chest and around her mouth. Her pale white skin was significantly discolored with bruises on her arms and legs.
Jason struggled to hold back his tears as he picked her frail body up in his arms. “Who did this to you?!” he angrily choked out. “Mikayla, who did this to you??!” But Mikayla only sobbed into his chest as she clung to him in despair.
Owen watched Tyler put his arms to the side as the security guard patted him down. “Do you think one day we’re gonna just walk in here with a grenade or something?” Owen smirked. “Cause a prison break?”
“Still a smart mouth, I see, huh, Owen?” the guard said.
“Oh, come on, Paul. Seeing us is literally the highlight of your day. Admit it,” Owen teased.
The security guard, Paul, grinned as he handed Tyler back his stuff. “You boys are nothing but trouble.”
“You’ve been saying that for years, and yet you still let us in here,” Tyler grinned.
“That’s cause nobody makes her smile like you guys do,” Paul admitted.
Owen’s grin faded as he took on a more somber expression. “How is she…?” he asked.
“She uh... got into another brawl...” Paul said, walking them down a corridor.
Tyler’s fist clenched. “Another one? Why the fuck does this keep happening? Our mother is not a fighter.”
Paul shook his head. “I don’t know what she did to piss those women off, but she has very few friends right now.” Tyler and Owen exchanged tense looks. Paul led them to a door and opened it, allowing them both to step inside. There was a large glass wall sectioned off with chairs and phones attached. Tyler and Owen walked towards the one Paul gestured to and sat down.
“Owen...” Tyler whispered. “This is shit. I’m old enough now. I want to serve out the rest of her ter-”
“Ty, I swear if you bring that crap up one more goddamn time, I will beat the living shit out of you,” Owen threatened him. “It’s not a fucking option.”
Tyler deeply exhaled as he looked down. “I can’t keep doing this, Owen. I can’t sleep. Not while she’s still in here.”
“We just need a couple more Gs,” Owen said. “We’ll get the best lawyer money can buy. Have her retrial, and she’s out. Just stick to the plan. And stop bringing this shit up when we’re surrounded by fucking cops. We had a whole ass ride for you to be as loud as you want.” Tyler groaned as he rubbed the back of his neck in frustration. He looked up when the door opened and they saw their mother walk out in an orange jumper with her hands cuffed together.
They both seemed to hold their breaths as they looked at their mother. Her dark red hair fell around her porcelain, freckled face. Her bright blue-green eyes shimmered with delight at the sight of her two boys. Owen frowned when he spotted the light blue bruising on the side of her face. As the guard unhandcuffed her, Tyler tensed up when he saw her limp slightly as she sat down in the chair on the other side of the glass.
She reached for the phone, and Owen quickly picked up the one on their side. “There are my boys,” she beamed with a huge smile.
“H-hey, mom,” Owen said as Tyler leaned in. His throat tickled with anger and sadness.
“How are you guys doin-” she started.
“Who hurt you?!” Tyler blurted angrily.
Owen sighed as Sarah put on a sad smile. “It’s nothing, sweetie,” she said, lightly touching the bruise on her cheek. “Honestly, if they allowed me makeup, you wouldn’t even know I had it,” she chuckled.
Tyler’s jaw tensed as he tried to blink back his tears. “Mom, I think we’re gonna talk to the warden about moving you to another facility,” Owen said.
“That’s not necessary, Owen. It’s just-” Sarah started.
“This is the 5th time in two months,” Owen said quickly. “I don’t know what the fuck these women have against you, but we can’t just leave you at their mercy. We need to have you moved. Before something worse happens.”
Sarah put on a comforting smile. “What did I say about you boys worrying about me? I told you, I’m fine.”
“No, it’s not fine,” Tyler said angrily. “This is all my fucking fault! It shouldn’t be you in there. It-”
“Tyler!” his mother snapped.
Owen quickly put the phone down and grabbed his brother by the shoulder. “I need you to keep it together,” Owen said sternly. Tyler looked down as he shook his head angrily. “Ty, look at me,” Owen said. “Look at me.” Tyler lifted his head and met Owen’s serious gaze. “She doesn’t need to see this. She doesn’t need to see us like this. Keep it together for her, alright? Remember why we’re here.”
Tyler swallowed hard. He clenched and released his fists as he nodded. They both turned back to the window to see the worried look on their mother’s face. “What’s going on with you two?” she asked, concerned.
“Nothing,” Owen said. “Listen, ma... The reason we came is because we need to go ghost for a little while.”
“Why?” she asked. “You guys aren’t getting into trouble are you?”
“No, no, ma,” Owen said. “We just have some business to take care of.”
She tried to analyze their faces, but they both averted their eyes away from her as if not to reveal their true intentions. “Well, alright...” she said. “If I’m not going to see you for a while, at least tell me how you’re doing. How’s Jason?”
“He’s good,” Owen smiled. “We’re doing okay.”
“Is Chuck sober yet?” she asked with a smile.
Tyler chuckled. “He’s trying to be...”
“Oh, well that’s good,” she said. “I always told him all that alcohol is going to kill him if he doesn’t quit. I hope he’s recovering. And what about your friend, Dante? You guys left before I could ask about him last time.”
Owen and Tyler exchanged uncomfortable looks. “Mom, he’s... he died... a while ago,” Tyler said.
Sarah’s eyes widened in shock as she covered her mouth. “Oh, sweetie... oh gosh, I’m so sorry.” Tyler looked down as Owen gave an uncertain smile. “How is his family holding up?” she asked.
“They’re fine,” Owen said. “His sister is staying with us for a little bit.”
“Oh,” Sarah said surprised. “He has a sister... what’s her name?”
Tyler and Owen exchanged looks. “Tiana...” Tyler said lowly.
Sarah peered at Tyler and noticed his cheeks flushed a bit when he said her name. “Is she... nice? Smart? Pretty?” she probed.
Tyler and Owen looked at each other again as Owen gestured with his head for Tyler to respond. “I mean, yea...” Tyler said. “All the above.”
Sarah smirked. “All the above. YOU LIKE HER, DON’T YOU?!”
“Oh, god, Ma...” Tyler groaned.
“Oh my gosh, my baby is blushing! You have a crush, Tyler? Oh, I have to meet her! How long have you been dating?” she gushed.
“We’re not dating,” Tyler said quickly. “We’re not even together. And it’s Owen who’s in love with her-OW!” Tyler rubbed the side of his waist after Owen pinched him hard in the abdomen.
“OWEN!” Sarah squealed.
“Keep it down!” the guard warned.
“You dick,” Owen muttered.
“My boys are in love! Oh, how exciting! But what happened to that guy Jay?” Sarah asked.
“I’m not seeing him anymore,” Owen said. “It wasn’t working out.”
“Oh, that’s unfortunate. But, that’s okay because TIANA! Ah! I can’t wait to meet her! I want grandchildren!”
“MOM!” Tyler and Owen both blurted as Sarah burst out laughing. Tyler sucked his teeth as Owen smirked amused.
“But if you both have eyes on the same girl, just make sure you don’t let anyone split you up. Especially a girl. I don’t care how pretty or smart she is,” Sarah said.
“We know, ma,” Tyler said.
“Time to go,” the guard said, walking up next to her.
Sarah nodded to the guard before she set her eyes back on her boys. “I love you both so much,” she said. “Take care of each other, okay?”
Tyler and Owen both nodded. “We love you too, ma,” Owen said. “We’re getting you out of here. Don’t worry.” Sarah smiled as the guard pulled her away.
Jason folded his hands underneath his chin. His knee bobbed anxiously as his reddened blue eyes stared at his twin sister sleeping in the hospital bed in front of him. In addition to multiple contusions on her body, the doctors confirmed she had suffered a fractured rib, lacerations along her vaginal canal from forced entry, and a heroin overdose. He nearly lost it when they told him she might have died if he had found her an hour later.
He reached over and touched her small hand that seemed as weak and fragile as her emaciated body. He was grateful to Darren for finding and removing from all social media sites the source of the video showing her being raped by the two guys that had tricked her. His head dropped as another sob escaped his lips. He couldn’t bear seeing her like this. He blamed himself for not being there.
He quickly looked up to see Mikayla’s eyes slowly open before she looked at him. “Hey,” he said, moving forward. “Hey, sis. How ya feeling?”
Mikayla looked at Jason and her eyes welled up before she burst into tears. “I’m so sorry, Jason,” she cried. “I’m so so sorry.”
“No, come on, Mikayla. Cut it out,” he said, rubbing the back of her hand with his thumb. “Don’t apologize, alright? It’s not your fault. This shouldn’t have happened to you.”
“I was so stupid,” she sobbed. “I deserved this. I’ve been trying to stop, Jason, really and I just-”
“Stop it,” Jason said, wiping her tears with his thumb. “Come on, don’t do this to yourself. It’s not your fault, and you didn’t deserve this. We’re gonna get you help, okay? And I don’t give a shit if you fight me kicking and screaming. We’re getting you help. Got it?”
Mikayla looked at him sorrowfully and slowly nodded as her lip trembled. “You’re too good to me,” she said, lifting her hand to his face.
“I know. I’m such an amazing brother. How did you get so lucky?” he grinned as she wiped his tears. Mikayla chuckled when she heard footsteps running down the hall outside. She looked to the door to see a beautiful dark-skinned woman panting frantically.
“Jason!” Tiana blurted.
“Tiana?” Jason said, surprised. “Baby, what are you doing here?”
“Baby?” Mikayla said, confused.
“Darren told me- video- sister- hospital- ran!” Tiana said, panting with her hands on her knees as she tried to catch her breath. “Oh god, I think I pulled something. Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I need to work out. Damn.”
“Mikayla, give me a sec,” Jason said, getting up. Mikayla watched as her brother grabbed the strange woman’s hand and pulled her outside. She could see the woman moving her arms around hysterically before she wrapped her arms around her brother’s waist to pull him in for a warm comforting embrace.
What shocked Mikayla even more, was how lovingly her brother returned that hug. She had never seen her twin interact with a woman that personally before. There was no other woman in his life besides her that he embraced like that. She tried to peek and her jaw nearly dropped as she saw the two of them share a passionate kiss.
Jason walked back into the room holding the woman’s hand. “Mikayla, this is Tiana,” Jason said. “My girlfriend.”
“Jason,” Tiana sighed.
“I mean my future wife. Mother of my kids. Your new sister-in-law,” Jason smirked teasingly.
Tiana rolled her eyes with a smirk before she set her eyes on Mikayla. “It’s nice to meet you,” Tiana said, smiling warmly.
“Same... Kinda wish it was under better circumstances though,” Mikayla said. “Did you just say, ‘mother of your kids’?”
“Oh yea, we’re gonna have a shit ton of kids,” Jason grinned. He slapped Tiana on the ass, making her jump. “3 boys named Jameson, Rick and Danny. And a girl named Lily who likes to dress up like Deadpool.”
“Jason, what is actually wrong with you?” Tiana said, sucking her teeth.
“I’ve been trying to figure that out my entire life,” Mikayla chuckled.
Tiana sat down on the edge of the bed and looked at Mikayla. “I’m sorry about what happened to you. Is there anything I can do to help?”
“Honestly, I could use a latte. These withdrawals are driving me fucking insane. I would at least like some caffeine,” Mikayla said. “Even a cappuccino would be nice.”
“You’re such a white girl,” Jason teased.
“Shut up!” Mikayla said, rolling her eyes.
“I saw a coffee machine down the hall! I’ll be right back!” Tiana said, getting up.
Mikayla looked from Tiana running out the room to her brother who seemed entranced by this new woman she just met. She blinked completely stunned when she saw the flush to his cheeks. “Holy shit, Jason,” Mikayla said.
Jason looked at her confused. “What?”
“You’re totally in love with her!”
“I KNOW RIGHT?! It’s fucking sick! Feel like I’m in the twilight zone or some shit!” Jason blurted excitedly.
Mikayla chuckled. “I never thought the day would come when my playboy brother would set his eyes on one girl and one girl alone. She must give some good head.”
“We actually haven’t gotten that far yet,” Jason said, rubbing his chin.
“She hasn’t even sucked your dick yet?” Mikayla said, shocked. “Okay, who the fuck are you and where is my brother?” Jason let out a huge belly laugh when Owen and Tyler abruptly came running into the room. “Jeez, Jason. Did you tell the whole damn crew?” Mikayla muttered as she sunk further underneath the sheets.
“We came as soon as Darren told us,” Owen said, walking to Mikayla’s bedside. “Shit, Mikayla, you okay?”
“I’m just peachy, Owen, if you couldn’t tell from the bags under my eyes. Thanks for asking,” Mikayla said sarcastically.
“You’re such a brat,” Owen smirked, poking her in the shoulder.
“Loser,” she said, sticking out her tongue.
“Drama queen!” he shot back.
“Wow, the nostalgia!” Tyler smirked. “It’s like we’re back in your dad’s kitchen again,” he said, looking at a laughing Jason.
“Seriously, though,” Owen said, pulling up a chair. He grabbed Mikayla’s hand. “Who the fuck did this to you, Mikayla?”
Mikayla looked at him and turned her head. “I’m the one who overdosed, Owen.”
“I mean who raped you, Mikayla?! We saw the video. Who did this to you? Names? Faces?” Owen asked, impatiently.
Mikayla shook her head. “I don’t remember...”
Owen looked up at Jason whose face was tense again. “I already tried, Owen...” Jason said, annoyed. “Nothing...”
“You don’t have to be afraid to tell us, Mikayla. We’ll take care of it,” Tyler insisted.
“Guys, please,” she said, turning her head. “Just leave it the fuck alone.” Jason rubbed frustratingly at his temples when all three of their phones went off. “Gosh, why does this seem so familiar,” Mikayla smirked knowingly. “You guys gonna go run off doing your vigilante shit again?”
“It’s Darren...” Tyler said, looking up.
“You guys go,” Jason said. “I’ll meet up with you later.”
Owen lifted Mikayla’s hand to his lips and kissed it softly. “Behave yourself, squirt.”
“I’m like your age, Owen,” Mikayla sucked her teeth.
“You’re still a tiny ass squirt,” Owen said, standing to his feet. Tyler leaned over and kissed Mikayla’s forehead before heading to the door with Owen.
“When this is over,” Jason said low enough so that Mikayla wouldn’t hear. Tyler and Owen turned to look at him. “When we’ve caught that Roger bitch, I’m going after the piece of shit that did this to her.”
Tyler nodded. “We’ll fuck ’em up.”
“You wanna do our Spider technique or go full caveman?” Owen asked.
Jason scoffed. “Caveman. No way in hell this shit won’t get bloody.”
“Figures,” Tyler smirked. “Alright, we’ll discuss later. We’ll see you in a bit.” Owen opened the door just as Tiana was pushing it.
“Owen!” Tiana said startled. She looked at Tyler and immediately flushed over. “Tyler...”
“...Tiana...” Tyler said with a quirked brow.
“I didn’t know you were here,” Owen said.
Tiana twisted her mouth. “Darren told me and-”
“Darren’s got a big ass mouth!” Mikayla shouted from inside the room.
“Don’t talk about my boy like that. He’s the reason I found you and removed the video from off the web,” Jason said.
“Oh...” Mikayla said, surprised. “Is he single?”
“Mikayla,” Tyler groaned, running his hand over his face.
“Anyway, I got your latte,” Tiana said, squeezing past Owen and Tyler. She handed the drink to Mikayla who eagerly accepted it. She sighed with relief upon tasting it on her lips.
“You’re an angel,” Mikayla said, sipping. “No wonder my brother’s in love with you.” Tiana’s eyes bugged out of her head as Jason nearly lost his balance.
“Oh shit...” Tyler said.
“Sooo… we’re gonna go,” Owen said, pushing Tyler to the door. “We’ll see you guys back at base.”
Tiana sat in the corner of the hospital room. She watched Jason gently rub the back of his sister’s hand as the doctor put her to sleep. “She’ll be out for a while,” the doctor said, writing on his clipboard. “No need to stick around. I’ll make sure the nurses keep you updated.”
“Thanks,” Jason said, keeping his eyes on his sister. Tiana smiled at the doctor as he walked out of the room, leaving them alone. She watched Jason take a step back before he sat down in the chair next to her. His head fell forward as he ran his fingers through his hair and groaned in frustration. “The only family I have, and they’re both in the hospital,” Jason muttered under his breath. “Both of them are victims of their addictions. I wish it were me instead of her. I hate seeing her like this.”
Tiana rubbed gentle circles on Jason’s back. She traced her fingers down his tense bicep and up his arm until she grabbed his hand. “I’m here,” she said, holding his hand tightly.
Jason looked down at her hand and rubbed his thumb over the top, admiring the way her dark skin contrasted with his light tone. He looked up at her and saw the softness in her dark chocolate eyes as she tried to give him a comforting smile. “You’re fucking perfect, you know that?” he said to her.
Tiana felt her cheeks flush as she watched Jason lean back in his chair and tighten his grasp on her hand. “She already spoiled it for me, the little brat,” he sighed with a smirk. “But...I love you, baby girl. I wasn’t sure if I knew what that was... or what it felt like... if I even wanted it...”
Tiana felt her heart beating fast in her chest. She watched Jason lift her hand to his lips and kiss her knuckles as he looked at her again. “I look at you and it all makes sense...” he said. “I’m in love with you. You’re the first... and I’m hoping, only girl I’ll ever feel this way about. Cause I don’t want anybody but you.” Tiana’s lips turned up into a smile as her eyes brimmed with tears. “Shit, are you about to cry? Nevermind, I take it back!” he panicked.
“No, no!” Tiana chuckled as she grabbed the back of his neck. “I’m just happy.”
“You cry when you’re happy?” Jason asked, confused.
“Would you shut up and just kiss me?!” she laughed as she pulled him forward.
“Thanks for your help with Mikayla, Darren,” Owen said, walking around the table back at the garage. “Seriously, you’re a fucking rockstar.”
Darren shrugged with a smile. “You guys have done it for me. Are Jason and Tiana coming?”
“Yea, they’re on their way,” Tyler said. “Let’s just get started, and we’ll catch them up to speed when they get here.”
“Okay,” Darren said. “I’ve figured out where Roger will be and how we can intercept him. We can work on organizing that out, and Tiana and Jason can put together our communication systems for the operation runs.”
“Sounds good,” Owen said. He leaned over the table and analyzed Darren’s paperwork. He looked across the table at his brother who was already making markings with a pencil. “This will work,” Owen said. “Right?”
Tyler looked at Owen and nodded. “It has to. It has to for Dante.”
Owen looked down and started scribbling. “For Dante.”
As soon as Jason and Tiana got back to base, they immediately started working on the communication system that Darren assigned to them. They had isolated themselves a few rooms over as they were hard at work, making sure everything was perfect for their big kidnapping. “I can’t believe I’m helping you guys do to someone else what you did to me,” Tiana said, shaking her head. She used a thin needle to fix the wires of a mic.
“Oh man, good times,” Jason said, turning off a flame torch as he blew on the hot metal.
“Good times?!” Tiana blurted. “You guys scared the shit out of me!”
“You were such a fighter. It was so damn hot,” Jason smirked as he walked up to her. “We should try that next time as foreplay. Wrestle until I get your legs by your ears and fuck the shi-”
“Jason!” Tiana laughed as she playfully shoved him. Jason grinned as he grabbed her waist and pulled her towards him. He guided her arms to wrap around his neck before his hands descended to her backside. She moaned softly as he firmly squeezed her ass and pushed his erection into her.
“Say it again...” he said, rubbing his lips against hers.
Tiana looked up at him and smirked. “I love you, Jason Davis.”
“Holy fuck.” He attacked her lips for the 10th time since she told him. His hands slipped into the back of her jeans and grabbed two selfish handfuls of her bare ass. “Say it again, baby...” he said, biting down on her lip. “Say what I wanna hear.”
Tiana massaged his scalp with her fingers as her tongue played with his. “Mmm... I love you, Daddy...” she breathed against his mouth. Jason felt himself harden as he kissed the corner of her mouth. He caught sight of something behind her and a wide grin came to his face. He pulled back to look at Tiana who had her eyes closed shut as she breathed heavily against him. “Daddy,” she moaned, leaning forward to kiss him again.
But he quickly grabbed her waist and turned her around so that her back was to his chest. She sighed with content and let her head fall back against his shoulder. She felt his engorged erection pressed against her ass and his hand wrapped possessively around her waist. “Tell Daddy what you want, baby,” he said in her ear as he nibbled on her ear lobe.
Tiana let out an erotic moan as she raised her arms and reached behind her to touch Jason’s face. Her fingers caressed his jawline and reveled in the smoothness of his skin. “I want you, Daddy...” she sighed as she started to sensually move her ass against his erection. “I want you so bad...”
“You want Daddy to what?” Jason said heatedly. He licked behind her ear as he firmly gripped her hips. His fingers teased the waistband of her jeans as he lightly touched her skin.
“Oh Daddy,” she moaned out as she started to open her eyes. “I want you to fuc-” She stopped short and nearly jumped out of her skin to see Tyler standing at the door watching them. She immediately panicked, dropping her arms to her sides and tried to scramble out of Jason’s hold. But he held her tight.
“Not so fast, baby girl, relax...” Jason chuckled in her ear. “Weren’t you just telling me what you wanted? Or is Ty too big of a distraction?”
Tiana anxiously bit her lip as Tyler’s soft brown eyes slowly raked over her body before locking her in a heated gaze. “...Am I interrupting?” Tyler asked, with a raised brow.
“Hmm... What do you think, baby? Is he interrupting?” Jason teased as he kissed the back of her neck. Tiana felt her heart beating so hard and so fast in her chest, she could hear it in her ears as Tyler moved closer towards them. “Shit, Ty. You got her trembling,” Jason grinned.
“I don’t know why. I haven’t even touched her yet...” Tyler smirked.
Tiana felt her words get caught in her throat. She wasn’t sure whether to be offended they were talking about her like she wasn’t there or completely turned on by their predatory act. “Look at that, baby... You got him looking at you like a ravenous dog,” Jason chuckled in her ear.
Tyler grinned. “She’s the one eyeing me like she desperately needs something...”
Tiana instinctively scoffed. “Get your head out of your ass, Tyler. I don’t need you.”
Tyler raised an amused brow. “The scratches you left on my back when I fucked the shit out of you say otherwise.”
“Well, shit...” Jason snickered as he nibbled on her ear.
Tiana wanted to retort but she had nothing. She hated when Tyler would one-up her. She tried to keep her eyes focused on Tyler, but the way Jason’s lips moved along the side of her neck, gave her goosebumps. She felt his hand creep underneath her shirt, caressing her bare stomach before he palmed her entire breast. Her personal space got smaller when she looked up to see Tyler standing right in front of her. She trembled slightly as his chestnut brown eyes locked her in a heated gaze.
“Why are you shaking so much?” Tyler grinned quite amused.
“She’s probably wondering if she can handle the both of us,” Jason said, running his tongue along the side of her neck. “I’m thinking she can... What do you say, baby? Think you can take it?”
“Jason,” Tiana said, turning her head when she felt Tyler grab her chin and turn her back to meet his gaze.
“Only one way to find out, yea?” Tyler said with a bit of rasp in his voice. He leaned down and roughly pressed his lips against hers.
Tiana had no clue what the hell was going on. All of her senses were in overdrive. Jason’s tongue ran along the side of her neck before his lips started sucking hungrily on her soft flesh. He made sure to leave a defined mark. She groaned as Tyler painfully bit down on her bottom lip before sucking it into his mouth. His tongue eagerly sought out her own as his mouth completely dominated hers. He barely gave her a minute to breathe.
She felt herself sinking against Jason’s chest as Tyler’s presence became more aggressive. Tyler’s fingers found their way beneath her jeans and between her thighs as he started stroking her over her damp panties. She let out small pants from the overwhelming feeling. Jason massaged her breasts and peeled at her bra, while Tyler’s fingers rubbed roughly against her core.
“Mmm, baby girl is hard...” Jason said, rubbing his thumbs over her erect nipples.
“And wet...” Tyler groaned against her lips. He pushed her further into Jason with the intensity of his stroke. “God, I miss fucking you...”
“Funny... I was just thinking the same thing,” Jason smirked. He tugged at the hem of her shirt as he started lifting it up her torso, exposing her belly just as Tyler began to tug at her jeans. Tyler barely got them over the curve of her ass when they heard footsteps coming down the stairs.
“Hey, guys, are you- OH SHIT!” Darren said, quickly turning around and covering his face. “Uh... sorry... uh... Tiana, you got a radio message from Owen. Um... when you... get a minute...”
Tiana felt her cheeks get super hot. She quickly pulled her shirt back down and buttoned her jeans again before squeezing between Jason and Tyler. She didn’t even bother looking at either of them as she rushed to the door. “Where is it again?” she asked, trying not to fall apart from embarrassment.
Darren just pointed, unable to look her in the eye. “Upstairs,” he squeaked.
“Thanks,” she said, quickly running up the stairs.
“Dammit, Darren. You couldn’t come down like... a half-hour later?” Jason groaned.
“What did you plan on doing in that half-hour?!” Darren asked, wide-eyed.
Jason grinned mischievously. “Darren, have you ever heard of a cream pi-”
“Can you not?!” Tyler snapped at him.
“Come on, Jay, where the fuck are you?”
Owen tapped furiously at his phone. He immediately left the garage when he received an emergency text from Jay that he had been injured in a moving accident and needed help. After Owen ended their fling, Jay said he felt too depressed to stay in New York where everything reminded him of Owen. He planned to go back home to California.
Owen ran down the sidewalk, feeling his anxiety skyrocket. Ever since Jay moved to New York, he’d been by himself. Owen was starting to feel guilty for abandoning him. “Jay!” Owen said, turning the corner into a parking lot. He searched until his eyes squinted and then widened in surprise at who he saw. “...Tiana?”
Tiana turned around and smiled brightly when she saw him. “Owen!” she waved as she ran towards him. “Hey!”
“Tiana, what are you doing here?” Owen asked.
She looked at him confused. “What do you mean what am I doing here? You told me to meet you.”
“What? No, I didn’t.”
“Boy! Stop playin’ with me. Yes, you did. You left a radio message that Darren sent to my phone asking me to meet you outside of my old apartment,” she said, holding up her phone.
Owen looked at her phone confused. “Tiana, that’s not me. I didn’t send that message. I didn’t ask you to meet me here…” His brows furrowed in confusion as he tried to think. “Crap… I totally didn’t realize this was your old apartment...”
“Huh?” she said, confused. “Then... wait, then why are you here?”
“For me, apparently...”
Tiana and Owen both looked to the random voice to see Jay turn the corner of the building. “Jay...” Owen said apprehensively. He felt a hollow feeling in the pit of his stomach. “What... what are you-”
“Honestly, Owen, I didn’t think you’d come so quickly. I didn’t think you still cared about me,” Jay scoffed.
“Jay, please don’t be like that,” Owen said cautiously. “Of course, I still care about you.”
Jay looked at Owen and swallowed hard as pain clouded his vision. “I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out what went wrong,” Jay said. “What did I do to push you away. What did I not have that you wanted....” Jay looked from Owen to Tiana and his jaw instantly clenched. “And then I realized,” Jay said. “There’s nothing wrong with me. It’s just her.” Jay pulled out a gun and pointed it at Tiana who immediately shrieked out loud.
“NO!!” Owen shouted, rushing to Tiana.
“STAY THE FUCK WHERE YOU ARE!” Jay snarled as he pointed the gun at Owen. Owen immediately stopped in his tracks and put his hands up. “You take one more fucking step, and I swear I’ll blow a hole right through her pretty little fucking head,” Jay threatened. Tiana started trembling as she looked on terrified and confused.
“Jay...” Owen said cautiously. “This isn’t you. You’re bigger than this. Please... please just put the gun down.”
“Why?” Jay snapped. “Why can’t I just shoot her right now? She’s the one keeping us apart. She’s keeping you from me. She needs to fucking die!”
“She’s not keeping us apart, Jay,” Owen said. “I’m the one who broke us up. Me. She has nothing to do with us.”
“BULLSHIT!” Jay screamed as he pointed the gun at him. “I’m sick of your lies, Owen!”
“Jay, please, jus-” Owen started.
“Tell the fucking truth!” Jay growled. “You love her, don’t you?! Just fucking say it, or I swear I’ll blow her fucking brains out-”
“YES!” Own blurted. “Yes, alright?! I fucking love her! With every fiber in my being, I love her. She owns my heart, and I’ve been in love with her for years! Long before I met you!”
Tiana’s mouth dropped open as she looked at Owen in pure utter shock. But Owen wasn’t even looking at her. He was cautiously moving towards her as he kept his eyes on Jay and the gun in his hand.
“I knew it!” Jay sneered as tears ran down his face. “I fucking knew it! She doesn’t deserve you! She doesn’t deserve your love!”
“No, Jay,” Owen said with his hands up. “I don’t deserve you. I don’t deserve her. And neither of you... neither of you deserve this. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I didn’t mean to make you feel like you weren’t important.”
Jay looked at Owen helplessly as the tears continued to stream down his face. “I wanted a life with you, Owen,” he sobbed.
“I’m sorry,” Owen said with his hands up. “Okay? I’m so sorry that I couldn’t give you what you wanted. I didn’t mean to put you through this. But, please just... let her go. This isn’t her fault. If anyone deserves your anger, it’s me. Just let her go, Jay.”
Jay wiped his face as he kept the gun pointed. “Why can’t you love me the way you love her? The way I love you?”
Owen frowned with regret. “...I can’t help how I feel, Jay... But you deserve better than this. Better than me. Please don’t make her pay for my mistakes.” Jay looked at Owen and felt his heart break as his gun trembled in his grasp. “Jay, please...” Owen persisted.
Jay looked from a remorseful Owen to a terrified Tiana and felt his anger flare up again. “Fuck her. And fuck you,” Jay sneered as he cocked the gun and aimed at Tiana.
“NOOO!!” Owen shouted as he immediately leaped for Tiana. Three gunshots pierced the air before Tiana let out a bloodcurdling scream.