Anyone But Him 2: Maddox

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Are You Kidding Me?

It had been over a week since I had seen Willow. I didn't know why she bothered me so much. Normally I wouldn't give two fucks about it. Was it the fact that she had blown me off? Was it the fact that I knew she was in some sort of trouble and was refusing help.

I let out a groan as I moved out from under the hood of the truck I had been tuning up. I told myself I didn't care, and I didn't. Fuck her. There were ways to get her off of my mind, hell I would rather deal with Rosalyn than worry about her ass anymore.

Wiping my hands off I walked upfront to see if I could convince mom to pick something up for lunch when I stopped dead in my tracks. Willow was talking to my mom. I could see from the angle I was at that she had tears in her eyes and the moment I saw my mom reach out and pull her in for a hug I instantly took a step back into the shop.

Had Willow came here and told mom what happened. Was she using what happened to get out of paying her bill? My mind was coming up with all kind of possibilities and soon I couldn't stand still anymore. I had to know what was going on.

"What the fuck is going on in here?"

Willow's eyes hit the ground but my mom's eyes were pissed. "Maddox have some fucking manors. I swear to God Willow I raised him better than this."

I opened my mouth but Willow looked back up at me wiping at the tears under her eyes. "It's ok I kind of yelled at him last time I saw him. "

Mom shook her head sighing, "well the two of you need to start getting along. Maddox she is going to help me in the office for a while to help pay for the repairs on her car." Mom walked up on me poking me in my chest, "and you better be nice."

I didn't know what to say as I looked between the two. Willow had gone back to ignoring me while my mom stood there with her hands on her hips. I wanted to pull the "does dad know about this" card but I knew he would never go against what she said. Mom's word was gold to him.

Rolling my eyes I forgot about lunch turning around and storming back into the garage. How the fuck was I supposed to get her stupid ass out of my head if she was going to be around me all the time. What was next?

Dad grabbed me as I walked by him. "What the fuck is your problem?"

"Your stupid..." I paused knowing if I finished that sentence I'd be knocked to the ground. Taking a deep breath and a step back I looked back up at my dad, "mom is being too nice again."

Dad frowned looking past me, "what did she do?"

"That girl from the other day, she is letting her work here to repay her debt," I said watching his reaction.

He clearly didn't know shit about it but only shrugged. "Your mom knows what she is doing Maddox. If she made that arrangement there must be a good reason. I trust her and so should you."

"But that bitch will be here all the fucking time," I said without thinking.

Dad smirked, "girl problems? Really Maddox? That girl didn't learn how big of an ass you were when she first met you?" He laughed, "I think you're losing your touch son."

I rolled my eyes, "fuck all ya'll."

Walking off I knew my dad was more amused that I was upset about Willow working here than the fact that mom had made some deal without involving him. That's all I needed to have to deal with her and Presley when mom wasn't around. Sometimes I hated it here.

At five on the dot I headed to the stairs to get away from everyone but mom had placed a bag on the top step. That was my hint to take it out back to the dumpster. Why couldn't she have made Willow do it? She sure didn't waste any time getting her started.

Throwing open the back door I paused seeing Willow walking toward her car. Ignoring her I continued to the dumpster. Turning around I stopped sighing seeing her standing there with her arms crossed.

"Please don't make this a big deal Maddox. I really need this job."

"I don't give a damn," I said passing her.

I heard her sigh and part of me wanted to turn around and tell her exactly what I thought about her but knowing my dad was on the other side of that wall made me walk my ass straight back inside. I didn't have time to deal with him too.

Shutting the door I looked behind me seeing her shake her head and walk to her car. As the door slammed behind me I saw my dad standing with his arms crossed. Damn it with my luck today. I just wanted to go upstairs.

"Talk to me Maddox." Dad said.

I looked up at the ceiling, "upstairs. I need a fucking beer."

Upstairs I opened the fridge pulling both of us a beer out. "You can tell mom that I'm about to take her damn key."

Dad gave me a look, "she just worries about you Maddox."

'I took a swig of my beer, "yeah well she's just caused me a huge headache letting that girl work here."

"Yeah I don't know what sob story the girl told her. Your mom told me not to worry about it. It's clear though she didn't have her money to make the payment today." Dad said watching me sit across from him. "Like I told you earlier thought your mom is smart, way smarter than either of us. If she made this arrangement she has a good reason."

Laughing I looked over at him, "yeah she would hire some bitch I fucked."

Dad smirked over at me before he laughed, "She must have blown you off."

I snorted, "what? No."

Dad laughed, "you're a horrible liar Maddox. You forget you are too much like me. I can read you like a fucking book."

Taking another sip of my beer I shook my head, "it doesn't even matter. The girl has issues and I don't have time for that."

Dad shrugged kicking up his feet resting it on the chair beside him. "Why are you so upset if you don't like her."

I shook my head, "don't try to analyze me."

Looking over at me Dad sat his beer down. "I'm just saying Maddox. You're going to have to put up with this girl as long as your mom feels like she needs to help her out. I'll see if I can find out more tonight but in the meantime I need you to at least act like you have some fucking manners."

"Yeah, fine," I said leaning back in my chair. "So since when did you let mom make all the decisions around here?"

Dad smiled taking a sip of his beer, "when you find a woman like your mom you'll be surprised what all you let her get away with."

I shook my head, "nope. I'm not settling down. Fuck that."

Dad snorted, "I said the same thing. It will happen."

"Dude you married some woman to shut your parents up," I said. I know he hated when I brought Desiree up but the point needed to be made. "Then you went off and well whatever you and mom did."

Dad sighed, "Maddox, that was a long time ago when I didn't think I'd ever find someone who completed me. I know you think that me and your mom shouldn't have ever happened."

He shook his head when I started to talk, "I know how you feel Maddox. I respect that, I understand. It was wrong, I'll be the first to admit that to you. Maybe we shouldn't have told you. We just thought it would be better coming from us. Now you have it in your head that you are unlovable. You aren't, one day you find your match. "

I looked down not wanting to look my dad in the eyes. He knew me better than anyone else did or ever could. He understood that even though I loved both him and my mother I felt a burden on my shoulder because of their past decisions. How was I ever supposed to bring anyone else into my family? How did you explain that?

"I'm sorry dad," I said taking a sip of my beer.

"Nothing to be sorry for," he said standing up. "Oh and next time you come to me trying to call your mom a stupid bitch, I'm not going to pretend it didn't happen."

I smiled behind the bottle placed against my lips, "ain't going to do shit."

I winced as he slapped the back of my head, "behave Maddox," was all he said as he shut the door behind him on the way out. I did feel better talking to him. He had a way of knowing what was wrong with me sometimes even before I did. Instead of being mad about the fact I'd fucked Willow he had found it hilarious. I'm sure he was just waiting to see how this all played out.

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