“Brandy!” I was walking to the parking lot to my car when I saw her about to go in the Arts building.
“Oh hi Kellan.”
“Hey, headed to class?”
“Yeah. Is there something you needed?”
“I wanted to see how you were doing, everything going okay?”
“Yes, everything’s fine. I need to go.”
“Okay. Here’s my number in case you need anything, have a good class.”
“Thanks.” She gave me a small smile before walking into the building. Once she was inside I headed to my car so that I could get ready to go home this weekend. Although she tried to hide it I could see the swelling on her face from where Luke had hit her. I didn’t ask her about it because she seemed to be in a hurry but hoped that she would call or text me.
Once I was in my car I went home to the off campus apartment my brother and I shared to finish packing for the weekend. When I got there my brother was sitting at the dinning room table on his laptop.
“You look pissed, what happened?”
“That fucker does hit her.”
“Who are you talking about bro?”
“Luke hits Brandy.”
“You saw him do it?”
“No I ran into her earlier and I could see the swelling on her face even though she tried to hide it with make-up. We have to do something.”
“I know but we can’t intervene yet. She has to want help as well.”
“She wants help but she looks so scared.”
“She told you that?”
“No it’s in her eyes.”
“Are you falling for her?”
“No, I want to help her.”
“You sure because it sounds like it. We should talk to mom and dad about it, they’ll know what to do better than we would.”
“They would. Are you done packing because I’m almost done and wanted to get there before Ari left for her friends party.”
“Yeah, we taking my car or yours?”
“Yours, we took mine last time we went.” I nodded and went to my room to finish packing, once I finished we headed out after texting mom that we were on our way. The drive to my parents house didn’t take long and we were instantly greeted by our younger twin sisters Arielle and Acacia
Unlike us they were identical but were complete opposites of one another. Arielle dyed her hair and loved being the center of attention. Where as Acacia kept her natural black hair and liked being in the background. They both were pains in our asses but we loved them and would do anything to protect them.
“Bubba!” Acacia ran up to me to give me a hug, we were the closest and talked to each other about everything.
“Hey Ace, mom and dad home?”
“Dad is home, mom had to go grocery shopping because Kane ate all Amaya’s snacks again.”
“How’s school going munchkin?”
“Fine, I talked to my counselor and I get I take college classes next year.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Something is bothering you, I can see it in your face.”
“There’s this friend that needs help but I don’t know if they want me to help them.”
“Well something is stopping them from wanting help. Before you do anything crazy talk to them and see their reasons.”
“When did you become a wise seventeen year old?”
“Have you met my twin? Someone has to be the voice of reason when she wanted to do something in the spur of the moment.” I laughed knowing what she meant and went inside, dad was sitting on the couch watching tv but looked up when he saw us.
On the outside my dad looked intimidating and a bit scary but he was the coolest guy I know and an even better father to us. Each of us were the perfect mixture of him and my mom. Alternating between having either mom’s brown or dad’s green eye color. When most people find out we’re mixed they assume that our dad was black. We didn’t care about it much and embraced both sides of our culture.
Although some people try to make us look like we try to act black or are too white we ignore them and be ourselves. Mom always told us, as long as we love ourselves and know who we are we shouldn’t worry about what others think of us.
“My boys are home, how’s the semester going?”
“Great, I’m excited about this project I have to do for physiology and I’m hyped about next Saturday.” Knox said sitting next to him on the couch
“That’s good Knox, what about you Kellan?”
“Same old, same old. We’re learning the essentials we’ll need for our internships next semester.”
“That all? You look like something’s bothering you.” I was about to answer when mom walked in concerned.
“What’s wrong with my baby? Are you sick? Hurt?” She asked feeling my forehead.
“Mom I’m fine, you worry to much.”
“I can never worry to much about you, now what’s bothering you. We won’t get upset whatever it is.” She said sitting next to my dad on the couch. All the younger siblings had gone off to their rooms after telling us hi. Giving us the perfect opportunity to talk to our parents about Brandy. I looked at Knox and he started talking.
“Well there’s this girl that’s dating one of my teammates. We’re certain that he’s abusing her but we can’t do anything about it because we don’t have solid proof.”
“A few days ago he grabbed her at the dining hall and I intervened. He told me to mind my own business and threatened to let Knox get injured.” I said retelling what had happened.
“I talked to coach about it so he’s on alert but there’s only so much we can do and we’re not sure if she wants help or not.”
“I saw her earlier and I could tell her face was swollen, she was hiding the bruise with makeup. I didn’t get the chance to ask her about it because she had class. But I gave her my number and told her to call me if she ever needed anything.” There was a moment of silence before dad said something.
“From what you guys have told us you have to wait until she asks for your help. While also letting her know that it’s safe for her to trust you both to help her when she’s ready for it.”
“I agree with your dad, you have to earn her trust in order for her to open up to you. You can’t force her to do something she’s not ready for, especially if she’s been with him for a long time. He may be holding something over her that makes her afraid of getting the help she needs. That’s what happened with your dad and I before we got together.”
“Dad saved you?” Knox asked shocked, our parents were pretty honest with us when it came to how they got together. It was one of the reason why I was adamant on being in a lasting relationship.
“No, your dad and I were friends and I was dating this guy who happened to be your dad’s biggest opponent. He always thought that there was something more but I’d always tell him he was wrong. Yes your father and I had sex a few times before I met the guy but agreed we were better off as friends. He wasn’t the greatest boyfriend in the world but I was happy with him. After awhile he stopped questioning our friendship, we were in a great place until he slapped me.”
“You don’t have to tell them Amara.”
“No I want to. He apologized and said he was nervous about the upcoming fight he had. He hadn’t been doing that great in his matches so I believed him. He didn’t do it again but one night he got aggressive and I ended up in the hospital.
It was after the fight he had against your dad, he lost and I tried to cheer him up but he kept brushing me off. I didn’t want to argue so I left to congratulate Kason. He wanted to go out and celebrate his win and even offered my ex to join even though he didn’t like him. We didn’t go and ended up getting into a huge argument when we got back to our hotel room. He accused me of supporting your dad more than him when I supported them both.
He also felt that if I spent less time with your dad our relationship would be better. I told him I would if he stopped cheating on me. He pushed me and I pushed him back. That pissed him off and he grabbed me by my throat and threw me against a wall. I don’t remember much after that but I do remember him calling me a fat bitch and leaving me on the floor.” Dad started bouncing his leg up and down. Something he always did when he was starting to get angry and mom grabbed his hand trying to calm him down.
“After that I blacked out and woke up in a hospital room. I called you Uncle Leo and Sam to help keep things a secret from Kason. As well as get some things together so that he could get the punishment he deserved.
I was pregnant and lost the baby. Of course I was sad about losing my baby but realized that the baby didn’t deserve to have an abusive father. I broke up with him but he threatened to end your dad’s career if I told anyone what he did to me. I did for awhile after it happened but then your dad and I started dating. He wanted to know what happened because we wanted to try for a baby and I knew some complications would arise because of the accident.
After I told your dad what happened that night your dad had another fight with him and won again. The night before the fight we found out that I was pregnant with you guys. We didn’t tell anyone yet but they knew we were dating.”
“I had already won the fight when the asshole took a cheap shot at the back of my head that caused me to black out and have a nasty concussion. I already brought up his abuse of your mother to the commissioner and had a restraining order in place but the cheap shot sealed his fate. He was suspended and hadn’t won a fight since then. He ended up getting mixed with the wrong group of guys and is in jail for theft with possession of a deadly weapon.
What we’re trying to tell you guys is that she’s either going to leave herself or come to you for help. Don’t push her or you’ll end up making things worst for her. Act like you know nothing and stay normal whenever her or the boyfriend is around. If he catches wind that you know something he may end up beating her or killing her and we don’t want neither to happen.”
“I hope this all works out like you guys say it will.” I said with a sigh
“It will and trust me karma will get him alike it did my ex. Now I’m hungry, you guys up for going out for dinner tonight?”
“Good, you go get the little ones and we’ll head out.”