I woke up at five o’clock, four hours before I was supposed to start my training with the girls. I got up and stretched before silently walking to the bathroom to start the day. I picked out a black sports bra and black sweatpants and black sneakers.
I slid down the railing of the stairs and started stretching. I opened the door and started running around the house, blasting my music in my headphones. It was slightly dark outside but I had to train myself to see in the darkness more accurately. I stopped to catch my breath and I finally checked my phone and saw that it was 7:30. I should head to the gym.
I head back inside and head to the basement and noticed the weighted jump ropes and other items. I took the leather jump rope hanging up and started skipping. I crossed the role trying to avoid messing up cause if I do it’ll hurt.
After 30 minutes I turned to the weights and grabbed some preparing to do burpees when I was interrupted by a voice.
“Jesus, how long have you been up?” I turn around to see the girls.
“I woke up at five and did a few laps till 7:30 and I got in not too long ago... I think.” I lost track of time. I don’t even know where I put my phone. I shrugged and placed the weights back on the rack.
“So what are we gonna do?”
“Kay and Trent were right. You are the Devil.” Joey said while holding out her fingers in a cross.
I chuckle at Joey's words, but turn serious, “Come on Rowan would’ve expected us to have started by now. Let’s get to it.” The other three girls nodded.
They taught me a few ways of escaping holds and using anything insight as a weapon. I truly enjoyed it, I learned a couple of new things, so can’t complain. Till Keith came in to fuck everything up.
“What’s up Keith? What brings you down here.” Joey asked surprised
“Rowan is making me fight against Belladonna. He feels like she’s holding back.” Fuck. You. Rowan.
“Tell his lazy ass to come to fight me himself. Cuz ‘he feels like I’m holding back.’” I mocked.
“You’re stuck with me. Suck it up.” Keith said taking off his leather jacket. He cracked his knuckles and charged at me. Fuck Rowan.
I rolled out the way and started hopping on my toes. I flipped forward sliding under him and pulled his feet from beneath him. He landed on his face and I quickly got back up took his arm in my hand and pulled it back while placing my knee onto his back.
“Or what shrimpy?”I slammed his head into the matted floor before getting off of him, hearing a sickening crack indicating I broke his nose.
I heard gasps from behind me as I pulled Keith up and he held his nose, “Move your hand I’ll pop it back into place.” Keith moved his hand as he glared at me, “You challenged me and I rose to the challenge.” I said with a wink. He only gave me a small smirk in return as I snapped his nose back into place, hearing him groan.
I helped Keith stand and I heard slow clapping behind me. “Good job Princess. You’re still holding back.”
“I’ll show you-” I started running at Rowan, but Keith grabbed me by the waist and held me back from attacking Rowan.
“Keith put me down dammit! You wanna talk all that shit Rowan yet you sent Keith to fight me. Fight your own battles bitch!” The room grew tense between the two of us and Keith finally let me go, “Come on you wanna talk smack. Fight me.” I walked closer and closer until I was right in front of him. He didn’t say anything he only stared at me. I walked past him toward our room, slamming the door as I left
“There was no need for that Rowan,” Trent said after the door slammed.
“There was and you know that. She was holding back. It’s no different from when you guys joined.”
“It is different Rowan. The rest of us joined willingly. You bought her and practically forced her to join.” Trent said.
“And you always fought us, never Keith. Why did you send Keith this time?” Joey jumped in.
“You must be scared of her to have Keith fight against Bella knowing full well what her little self is capable of,” Kay remarked, making me give him and everyone else cold glares.
“I am not scared of anyone, I strike fear into the hearts of others. Bella does not scare me, and of course, I heard what she said, if she isn’t able to prove it, then what was the point of bringing it up? Only the strongest and smartest make it to my crew, I’ve fought every member-”
“Exactly. You fought, not Keith. Get to the point Rowan. You’re avoiding it because you don’t have a solid answer for us do you?” Ayana said jumping in and cutting me off.
They were right. I had no proof to even think Bella was holding back. I've never seen her fight, I didn't even know she knew how to defend herself, but my gut was never wrong...
I sigh and run my fingers through my hair and letting my hand hit my thigh, "I don't have a concrete answer, but my gut was feeling something and my gut is never wrong. Whatever, I'll apologize to her when she has had time to cool down."
"Just give the shrimp some space and she'll be fine, let her come to us." Keith said, "Someone gives Bella her phone. She left it down here, highly doubts she wants to see Rowan or me for a while." Keith practically shooed everyone out of the training room and they listened Kay grabbing Bella's phone and getting out of the room until only Keith and I were left.
"Staying to privately criticize my decision?" I let out a humorless chuckle.
Keith shook his head 'no', "I don't doubt your gut. Even then when she broke my nose, she had the perfect opportunity to break my arm, but she didn't."
"I knew you would notice it also. Nothing can be done about it though. Sorry about your nose."
"Bet your glad it was my nose instead of yours," Keith said punching my shoulder, "It's cool. I've been through worse." I smiled and walked out of the training room toward my office.