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Twenty-Three

“Look, I know I have to go for Grandad, but I am not speaking to your mother,” I told Mum as she, Kasper and I pulled into the driveway at my grandparent’s house.

The last couple of days had been great. I had done basically nothing except lounge about the house in my pyjamas and eating the mountain of baked goods that Grandma kept feeding me. Kasper and Julian had been training, while Aylee had been doing some extremely complicated (and definitely illegal) computer programming stuff for my dad and grandfather.

“I know, but try to be slightly civil if she talks to you?” Mum asked, pleading with me.

“Well, I just hope she doesn’t talk to me then,” I mumbled as Mum opened the door to the house, calling to say we were here.

Kasper grabbed hold of my hand and I smiled at him, silently thanking him for the reassurance. Dustin came bounding out of the living room with a look of distress and relief on his face. He engulfed Kasper and I into a massive hug.

“Thank god, I would have killed you both if you didn’t come,” he told us.

When Dustin let go, we followed him into the living room, where the family sat. Ellen and my uncle were sat on one sofa with Aria playing by their feet on the floor, she looked up and smiled brightly at us. Grandad was reading the newspaper on the other sofa, his face in a frown as he read an article. Addison was sitting on one of the armchairs, furiously typing away on her phone and the head witch herself was in the other armchair, ,looking me up and down with disgust.

“Hey Dad!” my mum said, causing him to look up and smile brightly at seeing his daughter.

“Juliet!” Grandad stood up and wrapped his arms around her.

He let go of Mum and turned to hug me. I melted into him and smiled. As much as I hated this place, his wife, daughter-in-law and oldest granddaughter, I did really like my grandad.

“Well it took you long enough,” Gran snapped. “Dinner has been ready for almost ten minutes.”

Bitch.

“Sorry, there was traffic,” Mum told her.

Gran rolled her eyes and stormed off to the dining room while we stood there, looking at each other. After a moment, we followed.

Gran shooed the under 21’s down to the other end of the table, while the adults sat at the top end. Aria sat at the end of the table, on either side of her was Addison and I then beside us was Dustin and Kasper. I gave Dustin a sympathetic look as he had to sit next to his sister.

The first course came out and I looked at my bowl. What is with these people and their horrible looking soups?

I pushed it away, picking up my bread roll. I pulled little bits off of it and started eating. Kasper looked at me then the soup and smirked, he kissed my cheek then gave me his bread roll too.

“What the fuck was that?” Addison asked, not caring that her tiny sister was sat right next to her.

“What?” I asked her.

“Are you guys screwing?” Addison asked.

Dustin’s eyes went wide, and he flicked his head back and forth between us. Aria was watching us too, her eyes focused.

“Well, she is my girlfriend, so yeah.” Kasper smiled smugly at Addison.

“You really picked a slut over me?” Addison snapped.

“Excuse you?” She was pissing me off now.

Her head turned to me, giving me a sickly sweet smile. “Oh, sweetheart, I was just stating the truth. I mean, that ex of yours…didn’t you spread your legs for like all of his friends?”

“What?! No way in hell.” I wanted to throw this whole bowl of soup in her face.

“Mm hm.” Was all the response I got.

I was about to reply when my phone buzzed, and it was my “Bitches Only” group chat with Poppy and Aylee.

A: How’s the dinner party?

Me: Nightmare, Adds basically called me a whore!

P: WTF?! She’s the damn whore!

A: Damn straight!

P: Yep, also we’re off to the tracks tonight, you guys in?

Me: Hell yes!!!

After the second course had been served, which still didn’t look great, Mum stood up and cleared her throat.

Oh shit.

“So, guys, there is something I need to tell you,” Mum started.

Oh please no.

“I’m getting married.”

Fuck.

The silence in the room was deafening. You could literally hear a pin drop.

I looked at the reactions of the adults. David didn’t look surprised, so I’m guessing he already knew, Ellen looked bored and uninterested. Grandad look genuinely happy and Gran… oh hell.

“What did you just say?” Gran said, her voice had an eerie calmness.

“Yes Mother, I’m engaged.”

“To whom?” Gran asked.

Uh oh.

“To Christopher,” Mum said sternly.

“Christopher?”

“Yes Mother.”

“The boy who got you pregnant?”

“Yes.”

“The one whose father is involved with all of those illegal crimes?” Gran asked, standing.

“There is nothing like that going on over there,” Mum answered casually.

Gran raised both of her eyebrows but didn’t mention the crimes again. She simply stood, looking at her daughter.

“Are you pregnant with another one of his offspring again?”

“Mum!” Uncle David hissed.

“You shut up,” she snapped at her son before turning back to look at her daughter. “So are you?”

“No Mother!” Mum raised her voice.

“Then why him?”

“Because I love him! But I guess you wouldn’t know how that feels, considering you have a heart of stone!” Mum shouted.

Oh my god… did she just say that? I don’t think I have ever been prouder of my mum than I am right now.

“Get out!”

“Fine!” Mum stormed out of the dining room, Kasper and I following immediately.

The three of us jumped into the car, barely closing the doors when Mum took off out of the gates. I didn’t ask if she was okay because I knew she wasn’t, I didn’t say anything either because I knew she wouldn’t want to talk about it.

I can’t believe Gran. I knew she was a bitch but that was way over the line. Did she not want her daughter to be happy? I know Gran didn’t like my dad but there was no reason to react the way she did.

Kasper leaned forwards and gripped my shoulder softly, and it made me feel slightly better. Dustin had texted asking if Mum was okay, but I told him that I didn’t really know.

We pulled into the driveway of Dad’s, getting out quickly. Mum stormed into the house, marching straight upstairs, slamming her bedroom door so hard, I swear the house shook.

“What the hell was that?” Dad emerged from the kitchen, munching on a sandwich.

“Kasper, can you fill him in? I’m going to talk to her.” Kasper nodded and walked upstairs.

I knocked and entered my parent’s room. Mum was sat on the edge of her bed, looking defeated.

“Mum?” She looked up when she heard my voice, giving me a sad smile.

“I’m fine,” she lied.

“Liar,” I said, going to sit next to her.

“Yeah, I know.”

“You don’t need her approval or permission to marry the man that you love. I approve of him, so that’s all you need!” I said, trying to lighten the situation.

“He’s you’re dad, I hope you approve.” Mum let out a small chuckle.

“I love you Mum,” I told her.

Mum smiled a genuine smile, pulling me into her side. “I love you too.”

“Anyway, enough about me, I feel like I haven’t spoken to you properly in a while, how are you doing after the whole thing?” Mum asked.

“Erm, honestly I am still adjusting to that fact that I don’t need to keep looking over my shoulder anymore,” I explained.

“I understand that, sometimes I feel like I just keep waiting for something to happen to you,” Mum said, kissing the top of my head. “But you’re safe now.”

“Yeah.” I hope…

A soft knock came from the door moments before Dad popped his head round the corner. He smiled when he saw us, my mum made a ‘come in’ gesture and in he came.

I kissed Mum’s cheek before leaving the room. I headed to my room to quickly get changed into a pair of black high-waist skinny jeans, black cold-shoulder t-shirt and my boots. I grabbed my leather jacket on the way out of the room, trotting downstairs to where Aylee, Kasper and Julian were waiting.

“She okay?” Julian asked me.

“Yeah, just… aggravated,” I said.

“Kasper told us what your gran said, can’t believe she’s that cruel,” Aylee said in an annoyed tone.

“Believe it babe.” I sighed, walking towards the door.

I chose to ride on the back of Kasper’s bike instead of taking my own. I wrapped my arms around his waist, resting my head on his bike. Kasper pulled out of the driveway, Julian and Aylee following.

We arrived at the races in no time, it was packed like usual. You would expect a Sunday night to be emptier, but it wasn’t. We parked next to Ollie’s truck and Luca’s bike.

Dustin spotted me getting out of the car and ran over to me, pulling me into his arms.

“Oh my god, how is she? I can’t believe Gran did that!” Dustin said to me, pulling away.

“She’s okay,” I answered.

“Dustin told us what happened with Addison too, you okay?” Luca asked me, leaning into his boyfriend.

“Yeah, used to it now, really doesn’t bother me that much anymore,” I shrugged but I was lying.

It did bother me, I had done a lot of shit Jax asked me to do when I was drugged up, I had grinded with almost all of his friends, had little kisses with a few but Anton. I had done a lot with Anton at the request of Jax, while he watched. It made me sick to think about now.

Wait, why would Addison actually bring that up? Mum doesn’t even know about that?

A siren went off, indicating the start of a race, which brought me out of my thoughts. I jumped up on Ollie’s truck bed, standing next to Poppy and Aylee to get a better view. The boys stayed on the ground, chatting amongst themselves.

“Can’t believe that bitch said that about you,” Poppy grumbled.

“I know, who does she think she is?” Aylee agreed.

I shrugged, not really wanting to talk about it. I think they sensed that because they dropped the subject. I lost interest in the race and looked around the tracks, I started doing one of my favourite hobbies: people watching. You always seem some weird stuff.

I looked to the left of me and there was a group of teenagers, younger than us, who were dancing to music coming from one of the cars. Some couple was busy having sex in a car, not caring that everyone could see, and there was someone in their early-twenties dealing to a younger teenager. I rolled my eyes, shaking my head. Idiots.

I turned my head to the right, this side seemed more chill. A group of people, who I recognised from my year group, was sitting around a small fire, smoking. My eyes travelled further to the right, then stopped on a good-looking brown haired boy.

Was that Ace?

Shit. It was. What the hell was he doing here?

I watched him as he moved from where he was currently standing, going over to another figure. I couldn’t see his face, but I knew it was Dante. Wherever you found Ace, you found Dante. They were twin brothers, and inseparable.

Why were they here?

Other than Anton, the twins were who Jax trusted the most, which is why I was starting to worry. They were, however, two of the best racers I have ever seen. They used to leave for a few days at a time, coming back with a lot of money. They went to different places to race because they always won, so not many people were willing to go up against them where they lived.

The twins had a nasty tactic when racing, they’d both be in the race together and one would actually do the race whereas the other would distract the other racers, slowing them down or making them fall, then the money would be split between the boys.

I couldn’t see Anton, so I forced myself to believe that they were here to race or simply check out the others before they did. I hoped that they were just here to do the same thing they did all over. I kept my mouth shut and didn’t tell anyone about them, my friends had done enough for me and I didn’t want to burden them anymore with my problems.

Please God, just be here to race.

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