Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Gina Mae Callen would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Redemption

By Gina Mae Callen

Mystery / Thriller

Chapter 1

August 1985.

"Cal!" Six-year-old Martin Brandel tugged on the arm of the older boy.

Callen turned over and groaned. It was about four am and being summer the sun was already up.

Callen knew Martin was an early riser and he loved to go down to the beach when they could safely sneak out of the foster house.

"What's wrong Kiddo?" Callen asked rubbing his eyes

"I'm hungry, Emmy says I can't go in the kitchen, Mr. Kendall says no." he sniffed.

Callen reached for his bag under his bed and pulled out two Klowny Cakes for him, he lifted the boy onto his bed and opened one.

"Here you go kiddo."

Martin took a big bite and smiled. "Thank you Cal." He said and hugged him.

Callen lifted and eyebrow and looked at the boy, "Did you wake your sister up?" he asked.

Martin nodded and smiled his face covered in cake.

"Great she'll be pissed at me again then." He said smiling. "Stay here and Keep quiet we don't wanna wake the mister, I'll get Emmy and we'll be gone before he sobers....er wakes up."

"We really gonna go somewhere safe?" Martin asked.

"Yep, we're gonna be a real family." Callen said.

That was the plan, 15-year-old Callen, his girlfriend Emily and her little brother Martin were finally going to get away from Jeremy Kendall.

Callen had been with Kendall a month and there were days and nights, he could not remember, but he would wake up sore and in pain and with a headache that suggested to him that he was being drugged.

A week ago, 15-year-old Emily Brandel and her little brother Martin had been placed with them. Kendall had immediately been overly kind to the six year old and it set Callen's senses on edge. There and then, he had not left the boy alone with Kendall and he had quickly fallen in love with Emily.

On seeing them both and falling in love with Emily it had been easy to talk them into leaving without worrying her with his suspicions of Kendall.

Last night he dropped sedatives in Kendall's bottle of Jack Daniels and knew that he would be sound asleep this morning.

He tied Martin's laces on his sneakers, helped him pack his things into a small bag, and grabbed his own bag and they made their way down the hall to Emily's room.

He knocked twice then once again and she opened the door.

"Cal, are we still going?" she asked quietly.

He nodded and she smiled and wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him.

"Let's go." She said and grabbing her brothers' hand, they snuck out through the back door.


They jumped on the early morning bus heading from Reseda to the beach and spent the morning begging on the boardwalk and avoiding the police.

By the evening the money they had collected plus what Callen had managed to get by pick pocketing was more than enough for them to get a no star motel room.

Callen took some cash and one of the credit cards and walked into the motel office as Emily and Martin waited around the corner.

The man behind the desk took a suspicious look at Callen.

"Hey," Callen smirked, "My Dad and I need a room for a week. Two queens please." He said and placed the cash on the counter, and showed his 'dads' driving license for I.D.

At the cash, the motel owner barely glanced at the I.D and handed over the key. "There you go kid." He said

Callen nodded and sauntered out "Got it!" he yelled to his non-existent dad and grinned back at the manager.

Callen walked around the corner and gave a genuine smile to Emily, "Here you go." He handed her the key and then took a sleeping Martin off her shoulder.

"Let's get him into bed." Callen said and put him in the bed furthest from the door.

He walked back locked the door and put a chair under the handle for extra safety.

Emily looked at him shyly and smiled.

She gulped and reached for him. Within moments, they were acting just like the hormone driven teenagers they were and although they were quiet so they didn't wake Martin up a few quiet giggles and a lot of quiet moaning soon filled the air.


Later as they lay there, Callen gently stroked Emily's hair, "I love you Emmy." He said and she kissed him, "I love you too Cal, I don't ever want to leave here." She said as a small tear escaped her eye and she thought about how the police and social services and even worse how Kendall would all be out looking for them.

"No one will ever split us up Emmy," Callen promised.

She snuggled into his chest and soon fell asleep listening to his heartbeat, which to her was safe.

Callen lay staring at the ceiling, "Wow," He thought; finally, he wasn't a virgin anymore and he could see him living with Emily and Martin forever.

For a moment, his teenage brain had images of him with a car and a big house with them all and a dog. A big dog with snarling teeth that went for the social workers and foster carers trying to get at them. He smiled at the image and then he too satiated and happy, fell asleep.


He awoke a few hours later to the sounds of Emily making breakfast for them in the small kitchenette in the room; he rubbed his eyes and sat up in bed as she brought him a coffee and a plate of bacon and eggs.

"Morning sleepyhead," She said and kissed him.

"Ummm, morning," He mumbled taking a swig of the coffee and devouring the eggs. "Where did this come from?" He asked,

"I went to the corner store this morning while you were both sleeping, and yes I was careful." She said as a small look of panic had flitted across his face. "We now have enough food and Martin has some coloring books to keep him busy," she nodded in her little brothers direction and Callen saw him sitting happily at the table with a bowl of fruit loops in one hand and a crayon in the other smiling.

Emily sat on the bed leaning into Callen. "That's how he should be, smiling and happy, thank you for making it happen Cal." She said softly to him so Martin wouldn't hear.

Callen kissed her and she smiled. "I want you….later, when he's asleep." She whispered in his ear.

He grinned and groaned at the same time, "That long?"

She laughed and took his plate and cup to wash up and walked to the sink.

He sat back and admired the view.

For now this, right here was heaven. No beatings or abuse, Martin playing happily and the girl he loved humming as she washed up. He actually couldn't remember being happier, if, he didn't count last night he thought with a grin.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

smile4me: Exciting page turner. I was barely able to put it down to go to bed. I can usually figure out the twists before they are revealed but not this time! Such a thrill to be surprised. I can hardly wait for the follow up!!

Marimar Amieva: Although I found the vampire thing a bit too much, I couldn't stop reading it. The story had a bit of everything: mystery, romance, a huge plot twist and relatable characters. I congratulate the author for this story and hope to read more of whatever he writes.

Krupa Kataria: the detailing is really awesome ....the characters, ur plots jst too Awsm ,m waiting for the further chapters please do complete it ...like m really craving for those ones ...great job with words too ..please complete the further parts ...

BFIrving: A first rate story and well crafted, the blend of horror and action worked very well indeed and had me turning page after page. When not actually reading it, I found myself thinking about it which is always a good sign.There are quite a few grammatical and spell-checker errors but nothing anothe...

Lydia Walters: I really enjoyed this novel. It gives us a view of what could be if we really tried.Also that there's nothing wrong with loving our LORD and our fellow humans. couldn't wait to get to each new chapter (mission). Thanks, Joe!

Ali Albazaz: I started reading "Caged" few hours ago and I'm on chapter 7 now. Caged is definitely one of the most addictive stories I've ever read. Thank you so much for writing this novel.

Alex Reltin: This is a great story! I love how well you go into detail and emotions of Capri, and Mel. You have amazing dialogue and overall it's just a thrill to read!The only critique I could find is that some of the paragraphs should be separated. For example:-"If Nia would have just let me take the car an...

tsolaidowu: I want a continuation dammit....I loved this book and the 1st one. I can't believe this is it. I'm not ready to say goodbye to Jeff and Lorie; and the gang. Great book and storyline. You're a genius Madelyn.

Girl on Fire: Great story, line Alex!!!It really has a edge on it. It put me on edge with its thrill. Can't wait to read the rest.!!!

More Recommendations

harry142018: This story was gripping and very professionally written. With lots of twists and slight of hand tricks, the author deceives the reader until finally showing their cards at the end. With several subplots all intertwining to create the main plot, this really is an interesting and engaging read.

Jordan Young: *ALERT FOR POSSIBLE SPOILERS* Where to start? I don't know how to sum up this review, this story was absolutely sensational. Brilliant. Flawless. I loved every single bit of this story, it is truly amazing. I read this story in fifteen hours, it is magnificent. I loved everything about it, the p...

borkarprasad: Nicely laid story. Needed a little more ghost and Raven conversations. Initially, Had everyone on suspect list but satisfied by the precision to capture the killer. Waiting for more Raven and Cade adventures.

lopezmariana97: I loved everything about this book. I read it in a weekend because it was so hard to put down. I real liked that it wasn't a typical demon story and that It didn't involve vampires. I pictured the cast for this book if it ever becomes a movie. 100% love

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.