Anyone But Him 2: Maddox

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It took me two blocks before I found myself turning around. I was pissed. I didn't want to turn around but part of me knew that if I didn't I'd never forgive myself.

I knew I was about to walk into a fight and I tried to prepare myself for it. Believe it or not, I knew my faults. My temper was horrible. Where that came from I wasn't sure. Both mom and dad were pretty easy going. I mean dad could lose his cool but he wasn't just a walking asshole, which according to most I was.

As I pulled up Willow sat perfectly still. I knew she was probably scared, she'd never seen me in this car. Stepping out I saw willow look up at me then up at the sky shaking her head. It would have been funny if she hadn't have been crying two seconds before I pulled up.

"Seriously," she said as I walked up sitting beside her.

I shrugged, "what I said too. Are you ok?"

"Do you care," she said looking over at me.

Leaning back I sighed, "do you honestly think I'd be fucking here if I didn't?"

She snorted, "yeah I do actually. You seem to pop up every fucking time I'm at my lowest."

Frowning I looked over at her, "your welcome."

Willow's gaze hit me, "are you stupid? I've told you I don't need your help."

I could feel my temper rising and I had to grip the bench under me to not go the fuck off on her. It was clear she was still upset and I knew she was lashing out at me. My phone vibrated in my pocket and as I pulled it up I sighed seeing Lisa's name pop up.

"You don't have to stay and babysit me. I'm more than capable of taking care of myself."

Looking over at her I hit ignore on my phone shoving it back into my pocket. "I didn't say you couldn't. Damn Willow I didn't have to stop."

She crossed her arms, "then why did you?"

"Because I drove by and saw you out here crying," I said raising my voice. "I'm sorry I wanted to check on you."

I had stood up and was about to walk away when she sighed, "I know. I'm sorry ok."

Turning to look at her she looked up at me, "I'm not used to having anyone who cares." She blushed, "not saying you care but..."

"Just tell me what the fuck is wrong," I said sitting back down. "I mean if it's money I don't care if you work at the shop. I get it."

Willow shook her head, "It's complicated Maddox. You wouldn't get it."

I snorted, "you'd be surprised what I get and what I don't."

She looked over at me, "I owe someone money ok. Things have just gotten out of hand and it stresses me out."

"That's why that guy was messing with you the other night?"

Nodding Willow looked out at the road in front of her, "yeah."

Things began falling into place, I wondered why she owed him but I wasn't going to push her. It was clear she was still upset. "Things happen, " I said. "Everyone has their own demons."

"Even you?" she asked looking up at me.

Leaning forward I nodded, "especially me."

Willow let out a deep breath, "I guess thanks for stopping. You didn't have to but I do feel better getting that off my chest."

I nodded, "yeah you probably saved me from my own mistakes."

Looking over at me Willow frowned but didn't say anything. I shook my head. "So are you done crying?"

She rolled her eyes, "maybe."

I smiled, "come ride with me."

"Why?" she asked.

Standing up I held out my hand, "why not?"

She hesitated looking up at me before she took my hand, "I don't understand you."

Pulling her up I shrugged, "nobody does, don't take it personally."

As I started the car she looked over at me, "you raced tonight?"

I nodded, "yeah."

"Did you win?"

"No," I said shaking my head, "came in second. I had other things on my mind."

She looked over at me but I ignored her glance as I pulled out on to the street. "So where are we going?"

I honestly had no clue, "well first I have to go get this car parked. Then wherever you want to. We can just ride around or we can chill I don't care."

She looked over at me, "why are you being nice?"

Looking over at her I shrugged, "bored."

Willow laughed, "oh gee aren't I the lucky recipient."

Smiling I nodded, "looks that way."

Pulling up behind the shop I drove to the back garage hitting a button to let the bay doors up. Willow sat in silence until I had backed the car in and had unlocked the door. "So your dad approves of you racing?"

"I guess. He's the one that gets them ready for me." I said nonchalantly.

Willow rolled her eyes, "and your mom?"

"She knows nothing," I said. "She would never let me hear the end of it. So don't tell her ok."

Willow laughed as she paused watching me let the doors back down. "I like her."

I glanced over at her, "she has her moments." Seeing Willow frown at me I shrugged, "no my mom is cool. I like giving her a hard time but I love that woman."

Willow smiled as we stopped by my truck, "you have it lucky Maddox. You have an amazing family."

Snorting I looked down at her, "you know shit about my family."

Frowning Willow shrugged, "well ok then."

Sighing I leaned against my truck, "so what do you want?"

Willow looked up at me, "like to do? To go?"

I shrugged licking my bottom lip, "we can ride around and talk or I can take you upstairs and fuck you till you forget your problems. It's up to you."

Willow's face blushed, "Maddox, are you serious right now?"

Nodding I walked up on her, "you have problems and I have solutions."

Her hands came to rest on my chest preventing me from coming any closer. "And you think either will help me?"

"I actually think both could help, although personally I'm hoping you go for option two right now."

Willow's eyes met mine and I saw a wide range of emotions run through them. "Am I like your weekend project?"

I snorted shaking my head as I took her hand and lead her into the shop and up to my living area. "More like my project of the month."

She swatted at me as we walked and I found myself laughing at her. I don't know why I keep finding myself drawn to her but I was tired of fighting it. A voice in my head told me bringing her home wasn't the thing to do. I didn't bring anybody home. I shut that voice up, she already worked here, she might as well haunt my damn bedroom too.

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