Chapter 6- Hiding in plain sight.
Laying on the bed in a hotel room, Mum is pacing the floor. “Please, mum, can you take a break. The carpet has your foot tracks, and they will probably charge us more for the damage” I say to her. She turns her head to look at me and just smiles. Tears are filling her eyes again. “I just can’t believe you are here with me, after so long. I thought you were dead. I am just nervous that they will take you again” she says to me.
Diana, I mean mum, had sat me down when we got here and told me the complete truth on what had happened in the past and the reason why I was taken from her and Butch. “Mum?” I call her name. “Yeah, Kate?” “Did John take me because of Jane’s death?” I ask her again. I know the answer, but I just want to make sure I have all the facts correct.
“At the time, John blamed us for her death. We didn’t get her killed, and we didn’t kill her. The person responsible left one of our prospect cuts. Three days later, our prospect was found hanging from his ankles, gutted, which is our signature. It was either a lone rider or a copycat who did it” Mum explains to me.
“So, they took me for revenge?” I ask her. She sadly nods her head in answer. “Did you know that they were meant to kill me by my 16th birthday?” I ask her. She looks at me with confusion. “They were going to kill you?” she asks me. I nod my head. “I got out of there four years ago, and when I tried to commit suicide. My best friend saved my life. She was a complete stranger going on a walk and came across me, tying a noose to a tree. She stopped me and saved me that day” I tell mum.
I watched as the tears fell from her eyes. “They wanted to kill you?” she says more to herself than to me. It was like the words I had just told her were finally sinking in. Diana screams as loud as she can and throws a lamp from the bedside table to the wall on the opposite side of the room. I quickly stand and grab hold of her. “They failed. I am still here. Please, I know this is difficult, but I need you to stay level headed” I tell her while holding her in my arms.
Diana pulls away from me and wipes her eyes. “I need to make a phone call. I’ll be just outside this door. Do not, and I mean it, Kate, do not open the door. If I know John and Sally, they will already have people out there looking for you” Diana says. I nod my head and go and sit in the corner of the room, away from the door. Diana leaves the room and slams the door behind her. I get up out of the corner and curl myself up in a ball on the couch. Closing my eyes, wishing this nightmare would be over.
I don’t know how long I was asleep for, but loud voices wake me. Scared that John has found me, I rush into the bathroom and close the door, locking it behind me. I climb into the bathtub, hoping that this hiding spot will keep me safe, but also knowing that if it is John, I’m fucked. The yelling stops, and instead, I hear footsteps moving around in the room. “Kate, are you in there?” the male’s voice calls while knocking on the door. I don’t make a sound, in case it is John or even Brad.
“Katie, it’s Butch. Shit. Kate, it’s ok to come out. I promise you it’s Butch” he calls through the door. A softer feminine voice comes through. “Kate, honey. It’s Diana. I promise. They are not here. It’s just us. Come out please” she pleads with me. I slowly pull myself out of the tub and walk over to the door. Unlocking it slowly not to make too much noise, I open it just enough for me to look out and see that it is just Butch and Diana.
Opening the door fully, Butch pulls on my free arm, straight into his chest. He holds me tightly to him. “I’m never letting you out of my sight again, Kate. I promise. You are safe with us” he whispers into my hair. I feel my body relax at his words. I feel safe in his arms. “Come on, Princess, let’s get some food and hit the road. We have a bit of a drive ahead of us” Butch says.
Sitting in the back seat of the truck, the door opens on the other side, and another person climbs in. He has his back to me before he climbs in. I feel my heart rate accelerate and my breathing coming out in short sharp bursts. “Oh, shit, Princess. It’s only me. Buster. I’m sorry I should have announced myself” he says as he climbs in next to me. “Just breathe Kate. Here, feel my breathing” he says as he grabs my hand and places it on his chest.
Once my breathing has finally settled, and my heart rate slowly comes back down, I look out the window to see Butch and Diana watching us. Butch was scowling, but Diana had a smile on her face. I can see Butch’s lips moving but can’t hear what he is saying. Diana then slaps him in the chest and says something back to him. The smile is off her face now. I rest my head on the window of the door and close my eyes. My body is exhausted, as is my mind and soul. Sleep comes easily to me.
The next time I open my eyes, the car is slowly pulling up into another compound looking place. Buster grabs my hand, and I look at him. “This is where Butch and Diana live. Everyone here will look after you” he whispers to me. I look at him and then move my eyes to the outside. People. People are everywhere. Bikes are revving, and my heart rate increases with every rev of the throttle.
Buster holds my hand and helps me out of the truck. Butch and Diana watch him. Butch has a scowl on his face still, and Diana has a soft, warm smile. “Welcome home, Princess,” Diana says to me. I look around at all the new faces in the compound. Butch stands up on the top step of the clubhouse porch and calls for everyone’s attention.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, this fine young lady standing with Diana today is my daughter Katherine. She is to be treated with the utmost respect. If I catch any of you treating her like dirt, you will meet the bottom of my boots, as they stomp on your fucking faces. Do I make myself clear?” Butch yells out. The chorus of “Yes Pres” that rings out from the rest of the men and woman was unanimous.
Butch comes down and puts his arm around my shoulders, “We need to chat little lady” he says to me. I nod my head and follow him into the clubhouse. Buster leaves me at the door. I look back at him, and he nods his head towards Butch and mouths “you’ll be fine Princess” to me. I turn back towards Butch and continue following him in the clubhouse into what looks like an office.
Butch holds the door open, and I take a seat in front of his desk. He closes the door and places his hand in mine. “Sit on the couches. They are more comfortable and less formal” he says. I follow him to the couch and sit down in the middle seat. Butch sits to my left, and Diana is to my right. “Just before we left town, we had a little run-in with Bradley. He mentioned something about having you again. It would be best if you told me everything, Katherine. I want all the information” he says. “Please” he adds on.
I take a deep breath and look to the floor. “What do you want to know?” I ask him. “Everything, Katherine. I want to know everything” he says to me. I can feel the first of many tears fall down my face. “As soon as I turned 16, John and Bradley raped me. They raped me every night after that” I tell them. The gasp from Diana’s mouth makes my tears fall even faster.
“I’m going to fucking kill the lot of them. String them up by their fucking ankles and watch the life drain out of them” Butch yells. He jumps up from the couch and punches a hole into the wall. I jump at his outburst, and Diana quickly wraps her arms around me. “Shhhh, baby. It’ll be ok” she whispers into my hair.
I know her words are meant to be comforting, but right now in this very moment. I feel like my world is falling apart. I don’t know where I belong. All I know is that I am about to be in the biggest fight of my life. I say a little prayer to whoever will listen to me, that I come out of this alive and in one piece. I know what John is capable of. I just hope Butch is ready for this fight.
A knock at the door brings me out of my own little world. Butch answers the door. “What?” he yells out to the person on the other side. “We have visitors, and I don’t think you are going to be very happy,” the voice on the other side of the door says. “Stay here. Do not come out until I say you can” Butch says to me. He nods his head at Diana, and she stands up. “It’ll be ok, baby. I will be back soon” she says to me.
They leave the room and lock the door behind them. I hate not knowing what is going on. I try to open the lock, but it is stuck. “Great, back to being locked up in fucking rooms. They are very much like each other” I say to myself about Butch and John. I lay down on the couch and close my eyes. I have nothing else to do while I am in this room, so I may as well sleep.
I had no sleep. As soon as I laid down and closed my eyes, shouting voices could be heard. I knew straight away who was here. John. He has found me. FUCK. I move the couch off the wall and climb down behind it. I need to hide. This isn’t the best hiding place, but it is all I can manage for now. Pulling the couch back as far as I could get it, I wait. I wait until there is no more yelling. I wait for any other noises to stop.
Once I think the coast is clear, a gunshot can be heard, ringing through the building. My heart rate skyrockets, my breathing becomes erratic. I hear more screaming, but the sounds are muffled. I can’t even hear my own thoughts properly. My vision becomes blurred, with black spots dancing all around. I let the darkness consume me until there is nothing there.