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Chapter 46

Thursday

“Has anyone gone to visit Bo since Monday?” Madeline asks, playing with her straight blonde hair. Her brown eyes shoot around the room to look at all of us as we all shake our heads, “What friends you are,” She mumbles, biting into her toast that Mason had just put in front of her.

“I would go but I’m busy looking for information on Adam,” Mason sits next to me at the dining table.

“So whatever happened with that guy? And stop being vague about it or I will end all of you,” Maddie rests her head on her chin and taps her cheek with her freshly manicured nail.

“Literally, he found a plant that Bo’s evil twin planted, that’s it,” She rolls her eyes, holding up three fingers, “Read between the lines.”

It took me a second to understand but when I did, Mason and Adrian had already understood the insult and reacted to it.

Madeline finishes her bread and puts the plate in the sink, “Mom and Dad are coming home today, so you should let Martina know that this place needs to be spotless or else Dad is gonna be upset.”

“Whatever, go upstairs ass kisser,” Maddie rolls her eyes and actually flips Mason off this time before going upstairs to her room. I’m shocked by her sudden change of mood. Maybe it’s because her parents are finally coming home after being gone for so long, even for Christmas.

“So what are your plans for today?” Adrian pats my shoulder to get my attention back on them.

“I don’t even know, I’m so wrapped up in all of Bo’s business that I don’t know what my next step is,” They both nod in agreement, “Like I don’t know if I should go and find Bo’s sister and talk to her, talk to Bo and tell her about her twin, talk to Adam and find out what he knows, go back to the library and see if I can find any more information on Bo’s mom and see if I can find where she is now, like I just don’t know.”

“Those all sound like next steps,” Mason raises an eyebrow at me, “You know what I can try to make that list shorter? Running an old photo of Bo’s mom through a face recognition software and see if I can find a picture of anyone who looks remotely like her now.”

“Will that work?” Adrian questions Mason’s idea and I shrug, waiting for Mason to shoot something sarcastic his way.

Instead, he answers with a simple, “I don’t know,” Accompanied with a shrug.

“Alright, assignments everyone,” Mason points at each of us as he lists off what we have to do,“I’ll go upstairs and search for Bo’s mother’s whereabouts, since Adrian hates his guts, Lukas, you’re going to Adam’s house, and Adrian, I want you to go to every motel or hotel in the city and ask around for Bo’s sister.”

“I have a picture of Bo on my phone so I’m way ahead of the game.” I furrow my eyebrows at him and I can tell he’s just realized he fucked up, “‘Why do you have a photo of Bo?’ you may ask. Well, to answer the question, Bo and I have taken a few photos together, so, mind your own business.” Adrian grabs his truck keys and runs out of the house.

Mason and I look at each other suspiciously and I feel the tinge of jealousy sting my chest, “Do you need to borrow one of my cars?” Mason asks, leading me downstairs to their garage.

“I was gonna say I could take the bus but if you trust me that much.” I shrug and take one of the key rings off the wall. I press the unlock button and his GranTurismo convertible’s locks pop, “Now that’s a nice car,” I say, still mesmerized by every single beautiful car in this garage. No matter the number of times I’ve been in here, these cars never cease to amaze me.

“Remember the rules, no eating or drinking in the car, no crashing, scratching, or lightly bumping the car, make sure after every time you get out that the car is completely closed and locked, and also, please Lukas, for the love of God, don’t get pulled over.”

“Of course not, you know me! Captain Lukas, safest driver in all the country.”

“That makes me trust you even less,” I can’t help but roll my eyes at his sarcastic tone as I walk towards the car, “Just, just be careful with her. She’s my favorite.”

“Stop worrying Mason; I got this,” I hop into the driver’s seat and the engine purrs to life once I twist the key in the ignition.

“I think I’ve changed my mind!” Mason tells after I leave the garage, “Lukas! I changed my mind!” I see him having a mental breakdown in the rearview mirror and I chuckle.

I turn the knob on the radio to turn up the music and blast the Hip-Hop-R&B station. The wind blowing through my hair as I drive is a freeing feeling. A relaxing feeling.

I stop to get food from Back Alley Burger before turning into Bo’s apartment complex. The greasy bag sits on my lap so I don’t make a mess on the leather seats of the car. The heat coming from the burgers burn the skin off my thighs and the second I shut off the car and close the roof, I remove the bag from my legs.

I approach Bo’s apartment and knock on her door, her new officer opens the door and lets me into the house.

“What’s in the bag?” She asks taking the plastic bag from me.

“Just burgers,” I take the bag back once she checks it and actually looks around the living room to see Bo isn’t in here, “Where is she?”

“Her room; where she’s been for the last three days,” Carol says with a careless attitude, “I don’t think she’s come out.”

Her necklace sits unopened on the counter still and I take that and a bottle of water from the kitchen. I knock on her bedroom door but there’s no answer.

“Bo,” I whisper to the door, “It’s me,” I hear short, slow footsteps and Bo stands behind the door and only opens it wide enough for me to come in. She closes, locks it, and turns on the light.

Her hair is in a rough bun on top of her head, her eyes have dark circles under them like she hasn’t slept for days, and her hands are shaking, shaking like all hell. Even looking like this, she’s still beautiful to me.

“Here, I bought a burger and water for you,” We both sit down on her bed and she takes the water from my hands.

“Thank you,” She chokes, taking a long drink of the water. I hand her the burger and she doesn’t hesitate to take a bite of it.

“Have you really not come out of here?” I ask, taking her free hand in mine. Her hand stops shaking and I feel her body relax under my touch.

“No, I don’t want to see Carol.”

“Did she do something to you?” I think by the way I was looking at her, Bo could tell what I was thinking.

“No! Nothing like that, I just can’t stand being around someone who hates me, for no reason too.”

“That doesn’t mean you should starve yourself, and it’s not healthy to not have water for more than three days, you could die, Bo,” She averts her eyes and looks down at the half-eaten burger in her hands. I place my other hand on her chin and force her to look at me, “You will get through this, alright? The boys and I got your back and you don’t have to worry about anything. Not one thing okay?”

“Okay,” Her agreement was almost like a breath of relief for me and her, “Okay,” She whispers again, tightening her grip on my hand.

“Here, I saw you left your necklace in the living room.” I grab the box and she lets go of my hand so I can take the necklace out. I hold the chain with both of my hands and walk behind her. Like the movies, I clasp the necklace and fix it so it rests evenly on her neck. I walk around and look at the diamond plated ‘G’ and when you turn it the other way it’s a ‘B’.

“It’s beautiful,” Bo takes ahold of the necklace and twists it around to look at all the features, “It’s so pretty Lukas, oh my gosh it’s so pretty,” Tears begin to fall from her eyes and she wraps her arms around my neck. Her hug was long and everything else, all of our worries melted away. Our embrace had the power to break down both of our guards, both of our problems, both of our bad memories for the time being.

That’s the affect Bo has on me. The constant feeling that everything is going to be ok, the constant feeling of security.

I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world.

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