“Have you heard from Brandy today?” I asked Knox when he came into my old room at our parents house. I was checking my phone for the fifth time today to see if she’d texted me back and she hadn’t.
“No, at practice Luke said she’d been acting weird. So I don’t know if it’s because something is wrong or he’s saying shit to complain.”
“She hasn’t called or texted me back since we left Friday and it’s Monday. I’m a little worried about her.”
“We’ll have to check it out when we get back tomorrow night.”
“Alright, how are you holding up?”
“I’m fine. I’m glad she only got a minor concussion and a few scratches. Things could have been a lot worse.”
Our younger twin sister, Arielle went out Saturday night with a group of friends and was unaware that the person that was driving was under the influence. They ended up in a pretty bad wreck with another car but were lucky that no one was seriously injured. Although she’d get a nasty scar on her face from the glass along with a few scratches on her arm she was fine.
Getting a call in the middle of the night that Arielle was in a car accident scared the shit out of all of us. They wouldn’t give details over the phone so we couldn’t help but be worried that something terrible had happened. I had never seen my dad so close to tears before and it shocked me to see him so vulnerable.
We couldn’t leave Sunday without helping out around the house so mom and dad could be at the hospital with Arielle until she was released. Which wouldn’t be until later today, Knox and I decided to head back to campus tomorrow afternoon to make sure that everyone was situated before we left.
“I want to know what the hell she was doing hanging out with college kids.”
“Me to, our little sister is growing up too fast for my liking.”
“I agree, we’re going to have to talk to her before we leave.”
“I know, it feels like it was yesterday that we left for college and they were innocent 13 year olds. Now we’re about to get our degrees and they’re practically grown up.”
“They’ve got another year before they really are and I want to keep them as innocent as possible until then.”
“I don’t know man, Ace isn’t the problem it’s Ari. I don’t like those friends she hangs out with. I’m pretty sure she’s been getting close with Alyssa.”
“If she is we need to end that and talk to her about her other so called “friends”. If you would even call them that, they all talk shit about her but expect her to do whatever they say. It doesn’t help that whenever we visit they try to hit on us and act like we’d date them. I’m all for a younger woman but I prefer her to be of legal age and in college without a curfew.”
“Someone like Madison.”
“Yes, she’s perfect. Reminds me of mom a little.”
“She does. You like her don’t you.”
“I am not going to lie to you bro, there’s something about her. I really want to see how things would go if she gives me a chance to prove myself to her. She’s so different from all those other girls I’ve dealt with. She’s real and doesn’t give a damn about Knox the future NFL player but Knox the pediatrician. I think she’s the first woman I’ve met that would rather me go to medical school instead of the draft. When I called her earlier I felt a sense of calm that I only get when I’m around mom.”
“I’m happy for you bro but you know with your past she’s going to be skeptical about your intentions.”
“I know which is why I’ve been trying to get my shit together before I get closer to her. I don’t want anyone to mess things up with her so I’ve been deleting and unfollowing all the girls I used to talk to and letting them no I’m no longer on the market and to show her how serious I am.”
“Wow, you haven’t even taken her out yet and she’s got you whipped.”
“I’m happy, so I really don’t give a damn.”
“I’m glad you’re happy bro.”
“You can be happy to you know.”
“Brandy, I know you want more than just to help her and I can tell she wants the same. I think with enough time you two might end up together.”
“I don’t think that’s going to happen bro.”
“I wouldn’t be to sure, remember what mom and dad said love can be unexpected.”
“I know but something in my gut is saying something is wrong. I’m going to go by her place to check on her, maybe seeing her will make the feeling go away.”
“Alright, I’ll let mom and dad know you’re leaving early. If you need me call and maybe text her before popping up to avoid confrontation with Luke.”
“Why the hell is Kellan Miller texting you that he’s coming over? You fucking him in my house Brandy?” I had been looking for my phone all weekend and it finally made sense as why I couldn’t find it. Luke had my phone. I was planning on calling Kellan to let him know that I was leaving Luke but it seems like that plan has gone to shit.
“He’s just a friend Luke.”
“I don’t want you hanging out with him or texting him anymore.”
“You can’t tell me what to do, you’re not my dad.”
“Watch it or I will punish you like I am your father.”
“And if you do I will not hesitate to scream and tell everyone that you beat me.”
“You wouldn’t dare.”
“My mother knows Luke, which means other people notice the bruises you give me. It won’t be long until your coach finds out and you’re off the team.” I guess I really pissed him off because he punched me in the jaw to shut me up.
“I don’t give a fuck about what your crazy mother thinks she knows, if you tell anyone I will deny it and say you are lying to get attention and expose your little secret.”
“You talk a lot of shit Luke, I’m not scared of you and I have nothing to hide.”
“You sure about that, because I don’t think everyone would believe someone who spent six months in a rehab facility because she tried to kill herself.”
“How do you know about that?”
“I have my resources and those resources can make you out to be a crazy gold digging bitch. My parents warned me about getting together with you but I told them not to worry about it. I guess I was wrong, I will tell them that you only wanted me for my future NFL career and tried to cover up her self harm with domestic violence claims.”
“Your parents love me, I’m not using you for money. I don’t need your money.”
“Then why’d you let me pay your tuition?” I knew it would come up and had the money stashed inside of one of my decorative books.
“You wanted to and I have the money to pay you back. Here, the full amount plus interest.” I pulled in out and put the cash in his hands.
“Where’d you get this money?”
“I worked for it.”
“Did you fuck Miller and ask him to pay you for it.” He asked throwing the money back at me, I slapped and kicked him and went into our room to finish packing my stuff to leave.
“No you inconsiderate asshole. I’ve been tutoring students and got a job as a teachers assistant. If you payed more attention to something other than football and yourself you’d know that. But the only thing you remember how to do is hit me.”
“You were never this mouthy with me. What is wrong with you?”
“You are what’s wrong with me Luke. I can’t do this anymore. I deserve to be in a relationship with a man that doesn’t cheat on me right in front of my face. I deserve a man that will respect me for who I am and not belittle and threaten me every chance he gets. I deserve someone that doesn’t think hitting me is a way of showing love. You are not the man I thought you were and I’m done waiting for you to become something that you’re not.”
“You actually think I’m going to let you leave me?” The look on his face told me that I needed to get out of here fast, I tried to calculate different ways to leave the room without him catching me. I found the perfect path and slowly made my way towards the front door.
“Yes, I’m done with you Luke, I’ve already packed my bags and moved most of my stuff out.”
“Put the shit back because you’re not leaving until I say we’re done.” I tried to move out of his reach but he was to fast and grabbed me by my ponytail. He dragged me into our room and threw me against the wall.
“You are not leaving me bitch and you are going to learn to never try and leave me again.” He was about to hit me again when there was a knock at the front door. He slapped me again before grabbing my face to make me look in his eyes.
“Move or make a sound and I’ll kill you.” I nodded my head obeying his command. He walked out of the room and closed the door behind him. Once he was further away I started sobbing, I heard footsteps come back to the room and tried to stop crying so that Luke wouldn’t have another reason to get angry. The door burst open and it was Kellan, he ran to me and pulled me into his arms. I weakly wrapped my arms around him and sobbed into his chest, glad to see it was him and not Luke.
“Everything is going to be okay.”
“Idiot answered the phone when I called you after I texted I was on my way.”
“You heard everything?”
“Yes, he can’t hurt you anymore Brandy. I will do everything I can to make sure he never comes near you again and get you the help you need.” I nodded not trusting my voice because I was crying so hard.