Without You (Book 1)

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Chapter 13: Everything Comes With A Price

Jackson's pov

I open the door to my house, greeted by the hushed tone of my mother on the phone, I quietly step in, closing the door behind me and sneak over to listen.

"Can you wait one more week please? I don't have the money."

"I know I'm 3 weeks late on the payment but I have no money right now, in a week I'll have both payments"

"Mom?" I step into sight.

"I'll call you back" she says hurriedly and ends the call. "What?" She asks

"Who was that? I can lend you money."

She sighs and ushers me to sit down beside her and I do as told. "The psychiatric center can't keep your sister if I can't pay them, but don't worry I'll figure something out." She smiles sadly,

"How is she doing?" I ask.

She sighs. "Not well."

"I can help you, please let me help, she's my little sister. I know you don't like the way I make money but we need it." I gently hold her hand, trying to comfort her.

"Honey-"

"Mom no. What happens if you can't get the money? Where will she go? If she comes here you know what will happen." I try to plead with her.

"Fine. Just this once, but never again." She finally agrees.

"How much?"

"Well I'm short A thousand." She admits,

I pull my wallet out and hand her $1,500. "Buy her a nice gift and tell her I miss her." I say before walking away, not giving her a chance to give the money back.

I need to visit my sister some time soon. It's just hard, it's probably good for her but it's so hard on me, it kills seeing her in that place. I wish I could of helped her more, been nicer, maybe it would have been different.


Me and Carl sit in my living room, not saying a word. He pulls a baggy of pills out and takes one. "You want one?" He asks

I nod and he hands me one. I place it in my mouth and swallow it, sitting back waiting for it to start working.

My phone vibrates and I look at the message I got.

"What are you doing? -Dw"

"Not much -J"

"Sounds like so much fun! -Dw"

I smile at how sarcastic she was acting, it's really cute when she's all sassy. I got to stop thinking like that, I can't catch feelings for her. I just can't.

"What are you smiling at?" Carl asks

"Nothing, just something stupid." I reply.

"I'm bored, wanna invite some girls over?" He sighs

"How about we invite them to your place? My mother should be back soon and I don't want to deal with her."

He nods before texting some girls and we make our way to his house.

"These pills are crap, I don't even feel anything." I sigh.

"Give them a little longer, they're slow burners" he smiles.

"Yeah well so far they suck." I roll my eyes

"You're just impatient." He states.

"Did you just figure that out?" I joke.

"Nah, you're also an asshole"

"So are you." I smirk

"Touché" he nods in agreement. "So any luck with that Dawn chick?"

"No. She's honestly so confusing. Like one minute I almost have her hooked and the next she doesn't want to be around me. It's hard to tell where I stand with her." I sigh, disappointed by the truth.

"Sounds like you're catching feelings for her." He pushes my shoulder.

"Why would I catch feelings for some lowlife slut?" I snap.

He raises his hands in mock defence "okay my bad"

"Some lowlife slut, huh?"

I turn around to come face to face with Dawn.

"What are you doing here?" I ask, not knowing what to say.

"Oh you know. Being a lowlife slut." She states, keeping a calm facade.

"Dawn--"

"Seriously, fuck you asshole, for a minute I actually thought you might care but obviously I was wrong, you're just as bad as everyone says you are. Don't contact me again." She yells before turning and walking away.

I watch her, not knowing what to say. I just wanted Carl off my case. I didn't mean what I said. I lost her, like I lose everyone.

Whatever, forget her. She's nothing.

"Well, that was fun." Carl jokes, trying to lighten the mood.

"Yeah, whatever. Let's just get to your place."

As we get to his house I feel the pill I took earlier start to hit me, suddenly feeling numb to everything around me.

A few minutes later the girls get here and I recognize the one, I think she hangs out with Dawn.

"Hey Carl." He girl I recognize says.

"Hey Lillian, Jaz. This is Jackson."

Lillian smiles at me while Jaz checks me out, I just nod at them.

Carl brings out some drinks and gives everyone a glass, Lillian downs hers right away, causing me to lift a brow in amusement. She's nothing like Dawn, Dawn would have refused the drink. Damn, I need to stop thinking about her. I down my glass as well and give me and Lillian both a refill.

After a lot of drinks, Lillian and Jaz dance around the living room while me and Carl laugh at stupid jokes he keeps making.

Carl gets up and leads Jaz away, probably to his room. Which means the party is over and I can go home.

"Bye" I say as I get up to leave.

"Wait. Can you take me home?" Lillian calls out.

"Sure" I agree before going outside with her.

"Wait, don't you hang out with Dawn?"

I nod.

"She's great, She makes the whole moving into a new town fun, and she's so kind."

"Yeah. She really is something." I smile.

"Do you like her?" She asks

"As a friend." I reply, putting my arm over her shoulder. "You're way prettier anyway, more my type."

She smiles up at me. "Wanna come to my house with me?"

"Yeah." I say, pulling her closer to me.

She reaches up to me and pulls me into a heated kiss, tangling her fingers in my hair.

I gently push her away. "I can't, I'm sorry"

She looks at me angrily before storming off, down the street.

Sighing, I pull my phone out and send Dawn a text before I head towards my house.

"I'm so sorry Dawn, please let me explain. -J"

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