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You'd think with a
name like Ariel, you'd have to be this sweet, disney-like lady,
that cares more about the wellness of everyone else and not just
yourself. Well, some people just do not live up to their
My dad thought that
she was pretty great, though. And by "pretty great," I mean he
thinks she's a nice piece of ass. I mean, she's pretty, but she's
also skanky and gross.
There's only one
good thing that came out of Ariel's horrible existence. Gavet. Her
cute, adorable, amazing baby boy.
A baby boy whom I'm
trying to get to say my name.
"Come on, Gavet!"
I'm thinking bribing him with cheerios may not be the best tool
but he's already said the ma in Mallory, so I
think it's working. "Mal-lo-ry," I say slowly, so that he can
grasp the whole word.
"Ma." He holds his
tiny fingers out, and I can't help but give him the cheerio. I
may be a bitch most days, but I'm not a baby
I pick Gavet up
from his high chair at the exact moment Dad and Ariel decide to
walk in. She gives me a smirk. "You're going to have to watch
I snort. "Can't.
I'm going to a party."
She swings her
blonde hair over her shoulder, and crosses her twig-like arms.
"Well, I have an appointment at the tanning salon and your father
has to work late."
"Fuck you, Ariel."
I spit back at her. "Dad!"
So, I know that on
the outside, this looks bad. I'm just another one of those bitchy
teenagers who hates their dad's girlfriend, right? Wrong. Yea,
that part is true, but it's not like Ariel is a princess. I mean,
she would rather get a fake tan than spend time with her
I walk in to the
garage, where Dad's checking out his new car. The Mustang is
nice, but this is important.
"Dad, Ariel said I
have to watch Gavet tonight."
He shrugs, not
really paying much attention. "Then watch Gavet tonight,
I stomp back into
the house where Ariel's sitting at the dining table, sipping on a
glass of red wine. I hope she spills it all over her tight white
When they're gone,
it's too easy to do anything that I
Boyfriends are all
too easy to "sneak in" through the front
"What is he doing
here?" Tommy points to a sleepy Gavet. He's sitting on the floor,
playing with his lego blocks. His eyes are droopy, like he's
fighting to stay awake.
"I told you. My
dad made me watch him. But give me two seconds." I help up two
He grinned. "How
I smile and he
brings me in close to him right there in the doorway. He closes
the door behind him as he leads me onto the
"Tommy . .
"What?" he whines
in between kisses.
I push him away
lightly. "Just let me put Gavet to
reluctantly getting up, letting me take Gavet to his room. It
takes me a little while longer than I thought to get him to fall
asleep, but Tommy's waiting for me when I get back out to the
I sneak up behind
him and whisper in his ear. "Hey, hot stuff." I giggle. He smiles
and turns around to look at me.
"You wanna get me
something to drink, babe?"
I go to the fridge
to get a can of soda. As I get back up from bending down, Tommy
stands there, ready to wrap his arms around me. We make out in
the kitchen for what seems like forever. We're so into it, that
we crash into everything. I laugh as he kisses down my neck. I
drop the Pepsi cans.
He picks me up
while I wrap my legs around his waist and leads me, again, to the
couch in the middle of the living room. His hands make their way
to my waist, then travel upwards.
All the sudden,
this disgusting, almost repulsive burning odor emanates the
I break our
kisses. "Do you smell that?"
He's not paying
any attention. "No."
"I don't smell
anything, Mallory." He sounds kinda annoyed, so I just take his
word for it and continue with what we're
It's not like we
haven't gone this far before, but getting felt up when Gavet is
sleeping in the room barely down the hall just doesn't feel
Before I can say
anything to him, the door flies open.
I have never seen
anyone move as fast as Tommy does. "Fuck." He nervously runs his
fingers through his flawless hair.
I know what it
must look like to Dad and Ariel. It wasn't good. My shirt was a
little higher than halfway up my stomach, Tommy's hair was a
complete mess, and mine probably looked the same
My eyes went wide.
"Shit. Um . . . hi dad."
Ariel's focus is
over my shoulder. "What the hell,
I sigh. "It's not
like it's a big deal."
She shakes her
head, and runs to the kitchen. I follow her with my eyes and then
see what she's so freaked out about. The kitchen stove is
engulfed in bright orange flames. I instantly feel
I turn to Tommy
and smack him on the shoulder. "You asshole! I told you I smelt
He gets close to
my face. Too close. "Excuse me if I was too into something else
to notice. My fucking bad!"
"Something? Is that what I am? A thing!?" I shout.
He shrugs, and I
slap him, this time straight across the face. "Bitch," he
At this point, my
dad decides to intervene. "Mallory, stop!" He pulls me back by the
shoulders, then walks up to Tommy and gives him a good shove. "Go
Dad isn't one for yelling, so when he actually does, I know he's beyond mad.
Tommy heads for the
door, but at the last second turns back at me and says, "See you on
Monday, babe," then shuts the door.
Dad turns to me.
"What the hell was that?"
I shrug. "I couldn't
go to the party, so the party came to
He buries his hands
in his hair and shakes his head, probably in disgust. "Do you
realize what just happened?"
He doesn't have time
to tell me, because as soon as he asks the question, Ariel storms
out of the bedroom, holding Gavet in her arms and giving me a hard
death stare. She had already but out the fire, so the kitchen is
covered with white fire extinguisher
"What is your
problem?!" she yells at me.
I look away. "Don't
yell when your holding Gavet, you're right next to his
She ignores me. "You
could have killed him! And you were way too busy getting felt up by
your boyfriend that you wouldn't have even noticed Gavet getting
burnt to a crisp right behind you! Do you even give a shit about
I scoff. "Way more
than you! You were out getting a tan instead of being with your own
son, you bitch!"
She steps forward in
one stride and slaps my face with the back of her hand. I, of
course, flinch a little. I mean, she had a damn ring out, making it
sting. But I wasn't going to take it. Two seconds later, I raise my
My dad catches my
wrist just in time. "Stop!"
* * *
It's two o'clock in
the morning when I wake up to the faint voices of Dad and Ariel
talking. About me, no doubt. I can't quite hear them from where I'm
at, so I quietly get up and tiptoe to the hallway, where their
voices are perfectly clear.
"You remember the
place I was telling you about?" I hear Ariel say
Dad sighs. "Yea. But
Ariel, I don't think sending her away is going to help
Send me away? That
bitch is trying to send me away? I resist the urge to run out to
the living room and explode in her face.
I picture Ariel with
a smirk on her face. "It's safer for us . . . including Gavet and
"She loves Gavet,
you know that."
"Maybe, but she didn't show it very much
today, did she? The next time, it could be so much worse." Her
tone is filled with fake sincerity, and I hate
it. "That school in Switzerland
is perfect. No boys, no tolerance for stupid shit. Come on,
No one talks for a
Does she really
think that she can convince my dad to send me to Switzerland? It'll
never work. He may be really mad at me right now, but he would
never go to that. I just know it.
She huffs. "I didn't
want to have to say it, but, Blake, it's me or
Shit. I'm ninety
nine percent sure that he'll pick me. However, I'm not so sure now
I think about the only reason why I haven't totally driven Ariel
away, the only reason why I haven't been at my absolute worst with
No Ariel, no
He thinks about it
for a good five minutes. All the while, I'm crossing my
I've never hated or
completely disgusted anyone in my entire life as I do Ariel right
now. She's putting the decision on him to chose between people that
he loves. I would have never asked him to do
I sneak a peek
around the corner to see him rubbing his eyes, thinking hard about
the choice in front of him.
All I can think is
Finally, he looks
up, but not at Ariel. I'm guessing he can't meet her stare. She's
just sitting there, as calm as ever, legs crossed, hands folded in
her lap. It's like she's possessing him with her mind or something.
Like a witch.
"I'll talk to her in
annoyance flashed through my head as I run to my room and slam the
door. I realize right after I did that that I blew my cover and I
punch my pillow.
But Dad doesn't come into the room. He heard my door shut, he knows that I heard everything that went on in that living room, and he doesn't bother to come to me and explain himself.
It's like he doesn't
A/N: Hey! So,
this is my second novel on Booksie! Please, please tell me what
you think! Coment to give constructive criticism
And for the
people wondering when I'm going to update "While You Were Gone"
(Seth 2) it'll most likely be VERY soon.The first few chapters, at
least for me, are the hardest to write!