Thumper's Fight - Atoned Souls - Book 3

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Chapter 19

Heather

I woke feeling refreshed and amazing, except for the pain between my legs. I am not going to complain though, because it was amazing. I never knew sex could be so good, could feel so wonderful. I know I shouldn't compare, but Tyson is a lot bigger than Jacob...I know, it's awful that I even know that about my step-brother amd believe me, I wish I didn't.

"What are you over there grinning about?" I hear Tyson say beside me.

"I was thinking about you, and last night." I say before getting up to use the bathroom. I do my business, wash my hands and brush my teeth. Then it hits me. We didn't use a condom last night. How could I be so stupid? Whatever happiness I was feeling a minute ago, has now been replaced with fear. Jacob got me pregnant on two occasions, then took me to get an abortion each time. I was blamed for not reminding him to use protection. What if I get pregnant again and Tyson makes me do that? I drop to the floor and cry. I know I need to say something, but he is going to be so mad at me. I really am the most ignorant and useless girl in the world. I can't even have consensual sex with someone right.

"Hey, Heather. Are you okay?" I hear Tyson knocking on the bathroom door and asking.

"Yes, I'm fine. Please just...I'll be out in a minute." I say, trying to control my sobbing.

He opens the door slowly, and peers inside the bathroom. "What's the matter, baby? Tell me. Is it about last night?" he asks, worry written all over his face.

"I'm so sorry that I forgot. Please don't be mad at me. I'll do whatever you want me to do, but please don't be mad at me." I cry out, covering my face with my hands and pulling my knees into my chest.

"What are you talking about, love? Why would I be mad at you?" he tries to sooth me.

"I forgot to tell you to wear a condom. It's my fault." I say.

"Fuck!" he yells, pulling himself away from me, causing me to flinch. "Oh shit. Heather, look at me." he says, pulling my face up to look at him. "This is not on you. This is my fault. I should have remembered. I was so caught up that I wasn't thinking. I am so sorry, baby. I'm not mad at you. Please forgive me." he tells me. "I've never forgotten before." he says as he holds his hand out to me to help me stand up. "Come on. Let's go get dressed and we will figure things out. Okay? Don't worry, baby. I got you."

We get dressed in silence, then I make the bed up. Still thinking of how stupid I am. I'm in that perfect time frame where it could happen, but I'm praying that it doesn't. I'm not ready for that just yet. I still have to finish high school and go to college.

Tyson makes us a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast, and we eat in silence. When we are done eating, I tell him that based on when I had my last period that last night's fun could lead to something that neither of us want right now. I start to cry again, and he comforts me. Why is he so calm about all of this?

He pulls me to the bedroom and we lay down. "A nap. We just need a nap." He pulls me close to him, my head resting against his hard chest. I doze off, and when I wake he isn't next to me. What if he left me here alone because I upset him too much? I start to panic, then I hear his voice. He is talking to someone. I hear another voice.

I get up and walk into the living room. Ace is standing there talking to Tyson. They both look at me like something bad has happened. Ace's frown grows. "Has she been crying, Thumper?" he asks pointing at me but looking at Tyson.

"I have, Ace. But he didn't do anything. I'm just emotional. I have a lot going on right now. Why are you here? Did something happen?" I ask, sitting down in one of the chairs at the dinner table.

"Yeah, it did. I was just about to tell Tyson, but since you're up I'll just tell you both at the same time. Black Sails' ranks changed officially yesterday, the new regime is refusing to help Jacob with his mission to take you back. They called us this morning early and told us that they weren't helping him, and gave us some intel on his upcoming schedules for fights. As a sign of good faith, they have signed a treaty that they won't step foot back in our territory. They are out, and that piece of shit is on his own. You still need to stay here, because we have to make sure that they are not trying to double cross us. We have some things in the works that you don't know, so trust me and be patient. Is this asshole treating you right?" Ace asks, pointing at Tyson.

"He is taking really good care of me. We have a routine, and so far it is working out just fine. Thank you for all of the little gifts. My favorite is this locket. I had nothing of my mother's, and now I do. Thank you so much." I say, touching the locket around my neck, standing up and hugging him.

He hugs me back, and says "I'm glad that I could give it to you. You look so much like her, you know. She is the only girl that I ever loved. My first...never mind, you don't need to hear that." he says pulling away from me.

"So, do we just need to plan on staying here until my fight in a few weeks or what? I have to get back into training if I'm going to beat him. He plays dirty in the ring and I have to be prepared for whatever he tries to throw at me." Tyson says.

"I know how you can beat him." I say, looking at Tyson. "The upside to living with Jacob is that he told me everything and I overheard everything, I guess because he never thought I would be able to tell anyone. He has a heart condition that his manager and doctor have lied about for years. If he takes a hit to the chest, his heart, it will kill him instantly. They have hidden it from everyone because they want to keep bringing in money."

They both look at me, stunned for a moment, then Ace asks, "You mean, Tyson just has to land a chest punch right at his heart and Jacob will fall over dead?"

"Yep. I normally would be against someone dying, but he tried to kill me. I have dreamed of his death for years. I'm not telling you that you have to do it, but if you really want to beat him and stop him from hurting anyone else...that is the way to do it. He has gotten lucky over the years, and no one has ever landed a hit on him like that. They didn't know what I know, though." I say.

"Let's give it another week here, then you guys head back to the clubhouse. That sound like a plan?" Ace asks. Tyson and I agree, and Ace hugs me goodbye. He leaves through the front door, and I am a little surprised. What if someone sees him? He vanishes into the woods, like he was never here.

"I'm so confused. How does he blend in so well?" I ask with a chuckle.

"He was trained by the government to be a sniper and expert recon man...he can hide anywhere and shoot anything. Your pop is a true bad ass." Tyson says, pulling me to the porch swing.

We talk a little about not getting ourselves worked up about the condom-less sex until we get back to the the clubhouse. We also agreed that we won't have sex again either. Real bummer, but it's better than the alternative.

The rest of the day is pretty normal, at least our new normal. I've decided that I would rather sleep next to him than alone, so I end my day curled up in his strong arms.

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