The painful secret (1)

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Chapter twenty-two

Brian look down on her, making her fidget uncomfortably. But he didn't care. Whatever she was hiding had to come out. He already had his suspicions and had a feeling his older brother was a big part of it. When she looked away, hesitating, he turned it back to him by gently placing a hand on her cheek. "Tell me, Ally."

Her eyes watered and her lips quivered as she started to speak. "He列had多e came in when I was showering and" She paused, flushing.

He was right about Chad's involvement, but he never expected her to say something so shocking. That bastard was peeping in on her; on his girl. Brian was about to track him down and kill him, when she continued.

"He...he" She couldn't say the rest.

Brian eased her into it, telling her that everything would be alright and that he would take care of the older Lake. She just had to speak up and tell him everything that happened.

Allison took in a deep breath. "He宇ouched me," she mumbled.

Brian was blind with rage as he backed away from her, his eyes narrowing into slits. He didn't even stay to comfort her shaking form. Instead, he ran out of his room, banging on his brother's door. He had every intent of tearing his brother apart when he opened that door.

No answer.

Cursing, Brian headed downstairs, his angry eyes darted from room to room. But the only people he found were his parents, who were washing the dishes in the kitchen. "Where is he?" the boy demanded, grabbing his parent's attention.

"What's wrong, Brian?" Jenna asked, putting the dish in her hand down.

He looked between them, more rage growing inside of him. He put some of the blame on them for even letting the bastard come home in the first place. "Chad! Where the hell is he?!"

"He went out," David said, drying his hands on a towel. "Why? Did something happen?"
"Yes, something happened! He put his filthy hands on Allison!" He glared daggers at the two. "I swear, if he comes back here, I will personally see to it that he doesn't breathe another breath," he growled.

David put a hand on his son's shoulder. "Calm down. We will take care of this." His voice was firm and assuring.

Jenna, on the other hand, was shaken up by the news. "Brian匈 am so sorry"

Brian shook his head. "It's not me you should be apologizing to." He shrugged his father's arm away and turned his back to them. "Just keep him away from me and Allison," he warned.

~~~~

Allison waited and waited for Brian to return to his room, and to her. But he never did. A half hour had passed since he stormed away, with full intentions of hurting someone. She had never seen him so angry before. His dangerous eyes burned in the back of her mind as she waited, in the same spot he left her.

Even his parents were no where to be seen. She heard Brian yelling at them a while ago and she wondered what they would do to Chad. Would they press charges, or leave that up to her. If it was up to her, she would do nothing. As long as they threw him out and kept him away from her, she didn't care about anything else. She was already going through enough by pressing charges on her father. She didn't want to deal with any more.

She jumped when she heard the doorknob turn. But, to her delight, it was Brian. He had returned and had a plastic bag in his hands. Walking over to her, he sat down and pulled out it's contents; a pint of Cookies n' Cream ice cream, her favorite flavor, and two spoons. It touched her heart that he remembered her saying that ice cream was her go-to food when she was upset.

"Sorry for leaving and taking so long," he said, opening the lid to the confection and handing her a spoon. "I thought this would make you feel better."

She just looked at him, a goofy grin painted on her face. Leaning forward, she hugged him tightly and whispered a 'thank you' in his ear. Sitting back, she saw that a smile had formed on his lips. Ally took a spoonful into her mouth and indulged in it's numbing cold.

Brian just watched her, making her cheeks turn red. "Good?" he asked.

Allison nodded, remembering that he didn't like sweets. But she nudged him to take a bite. He seemed to enjoy it, but that one spoonful was enough for him. Shrugging, she took another bite.

Brian sighed. "My parents are handling things, by the way. Everything from your father to Chad."

"I don't want to press charges against your brother," she said after swallowing. "I just want him gone."

He arched an eyebrow. "That存urprises me. If I were you, I would have his ass thrown in jail."

"I多ave enough to deal with." She took another spoonful of the cold cream and shivered as it sank into her stomach.

Brian wrapped the small blanket at the foot of his bed around her, coaxing a smile out of her. "You do and I will do whatever it takes to help you get through this, sweetheart." Leaning forward, he kissed the corner of her mouth, licking away a stray dollop of ice cream.

Allison blushed and kept her eyes down, but couldn't stop the butterflies that erupted inside her stomach. As she took another bite, she could only think about the dark-haired boy in front of her, talking to her, and making her feel normal and wanted.

~~~~

"Chad, what you have done is reprehensible," Jenna scolded, planted her hands on her hips. She was trying to keep her voice low so that Brian and Allison wouldn't hear her.

"I didn't do anything," the older Lake combated. "That girl is fucked up. She is just looking for attention."

David frowned at his son. "I don't believe you, Chad."

The boy harrumphed. "You believe her and not me? I am your son!"

"After everything you've done," Jenna continued. "I wouldn't trust you if my life depended on it! You have no compassion, no remorse for any of your actions. Even now, after we let you back home, you put your hands on an innocent girl; one that is helping Brian return to his old self. I will never forgive you for what you did to him and what you have done to her!"

David threw a duffle bag at his son. "Take your things and leave. Do not come back and do not go near them ever again. If you are lucky, that sweet girl won't press charges."

Chad cursed. "I don't care if she does."

"You need to start caring," David said, gripping his son's collar. It was unlike the man to get so angry, but this warranted it. "Now刖et. Out."

Chad looked at his mother, who just crossed her arms, meeting his gaze with a sound one of her own. Finally, he pulled away from his father and headed for the door, but before leaving, he turned back to them, a smile on his face. "It was nice seeing you all again" With those last sarcastic words, he left.

David wrapped an arm around his wife's shoulder and they just stared at the door, saying nothing.
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