Audrey stroked my hair as I cried. “It’s okay Ry, Shh, it’s okay.” I nodded. Felix jumped on my bed purring rubbing his head on my arm. “Hey Buddy.” I smiled at him. His purred at me and licked my hand.
“He will always be the cutest cat ever.” Audrey laughed petting his head. I nodded. “So as I was saying before someone cute interrupted me.” She smiled rubbing Felix’s belly.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to.” I smirked. Audrey swatted at me.
“We are ditching tomorrow and getting you to a free clinic about an hour away from here. We will get you the morning after pill. Everything will be okay.” She hugged me. “Everything.” She nodded.…….
“TJ do you think it is a good idea to do this?” Mom asked him as they sat on the front porch.
“We have to try Mom. I can’t let him hurt her any longer.” He sighed rubbing his face. Mom put a hand on his shoulder.
“It’s okay TJ.” She smiled weakly.
“I can’t get over what she looked like that time I picked her up from that douche bags house. She might not see it but the pain in her eyes told me everything. She’s my twin. I feel almost everything she feels. I love her, but I feel like I let her down.” He pushed his face into his hands. Mom leaned over and hugged TJ as he cried.
“Shh Baby, please don’t cry.” The tears welled up in her eyes. “Please, no. I hate it when my babies cry.” She said stroking his hair.
“I’m sorry Mom.” He sighed wiping his eyes.
“Never say sorry for crying over something you love.” She whispered kissing his head. He nodded. “Come on I’m getting cold, it’s freezing out here.” She smiled. TJ nodded getting up and walking back in the house…………
I woke up the next morning to Felix purring on my stomach. I opened my eyes and rubbed my eyes. My whole body hurt. Every part of me ached and all I wanted to do was fall back asleep and sleep the pain away. I turned to look at my alarm clock which was sitting on my nightstand. The time was, 10.14. My eyes widened. It was Friday at 10, and school started at 8. Why didn’t my alarm go off? I sighed and sat up and pulled my feet out from under the blankets. I walked out of my room rubbing my eyes. I opened my eyes to see Dad sitting at the kitchen table drinking his morning coffee and reading the news paper. “Morning Honey.” He smiled.
“Morning Daddy.” I rubbed my eyes. “Why didn’t you guys wake me up?” I asked sitting down at the table gently.
“Your Mom and TJ thought it would be better if we let you sleep. You looked so tired, you still look it.” I looked down. He put his news paper down. “Ryan your losing weight, you’re fighting with your brother, your crying in your sleep, you’re always coved up barley showing any skin at all. This isn’t like you. What happened to my little girl?” He asked crossing his arms. I looked up at him from under my lashes.
“Dad I’m fine, don’t worry about it. I’m fine.” I forced a smiled, as I looked at the table.
“Ryan Patricia Banks do not try to feed me this, this, this bullshit.” He almost yelled. I looked at his face surprised. “You hide this anymore. You can’t hide the bruises; the pain is in your eyes. The fear is on your face, you’re my little girl and you’re not happy any more. I don’t like to see you unhappy Ry, you’re my baby girl. Talk to me.” He begged. I looked at him as I fought the tears that wanted out. “Please Baby girl, please.” He cried. He got up and hugged me holding me close to him.
“I’m sorry Daddy.” I cried into his chest. “I’m sorry.” I said clenching my fists around his uniform like I used to when I was little.
“What is he doing to you?” Dad asked. I shook my head at him.
“You don’t want to hear it Daddy.” I sniffled as he wiped my tears away.
“Tell me Baby. I will always be on your side.” He said stroking my cheek. “Is Owen hurting you?” He asked putting a hand on both of my cheeks making me look at him. I nodded my head before bursting into tears. “How bad?” He whispered trying to fight the emotion that wanted to escape from him.
“I don’t know.” I said pulling up my t-shirt to show the black marks covering my stomach. I saw the muscles clench and unclench in his jaw as the veins throbbed in his neck. He let go of me and grabbed his car keys. “Daddy, where are you going?” I asked scared shit less.
“I’m going to the hospital to talk to your mother. Till I get in the right mind not to go murder that douche bag into the ground and sweeping the parade ground with him, Audrey said to call her when you wake you.” He said walking out of the front door slamming it as he left. I sighed and rubbed my face with my hands. The phone started to ring. I got up to answer it.
Hunter*Hey Sis, shouldn’t you be at school?
Me* Yeah probably
Hunter*And why aren’t you there?
Me* Because Mom and Dad let me sleep in.
Hunter*Now why did they let you sleep in?
Me* Why are you asking so many questions?
Hunter*Because I am here overseas and I miss all the fun back at home.
Me* Sounds like a good answer. How is it over there?
Hunter* Hot, Sandy, Sweaty, did I mention it was hot as hell?
Me* You might of said it once or twice.
Hunter* How is it over there in freeze your ass off North Carolina?
Me* Cold as putting your tongue on an icicle like TJ did when we were little.
Hunter* That was funny. Mom had to blow dry it to melt the ice down
Me* He was the idiot to lick it.
Hunter* You were the one that dared him to.
Me* Yeah, well, whatever.
Hunter* Nice come back Sis. But what I called for was I need some more pictures of you and Audrey.
Me* Can I ask why?
Hunter* Because all of mine went missing. It’s weird I go to look at them and all the ones of the two of you are missing. But yet every one of TJ is still there.
Me*Well lets see, we are these things called girl. You know that thing you haven’t seen in like 5 months. And TJ is this thing called a boy pig. He is one of those things that you have only seen for the past 5 months.
Hunter*Okay, okay I see your point. A mess of hot sweaty guys in the ass end of the dessert causes pictures of beautiful women, like the ones in my family, to go missing.
Me*Yup that’s about it.
Hunter*Hey is Mom or Dad there?
Me* Mom has the morning shift at the hospital and doesn’t get off for another hour. Dad stormed off about 10 minutes ago and hasn’t come back.
Hunter*Okay, tell them I love them and I miss them. Also do you think you can mail me a teeth brush and some more Ziploc Bags? I can really use some.
Me* Sure, I’ll go and buy you some as I go print out some pictures. Anything else?
Hunter* No that’s about it. Well you know I hate to end these phone calls but I have to go.
Me* Okay, I miss you Hunter.
Hunter*I miss you too Sis, I love you
Me* I love you too. Stay safe Marine
I hung up the phone and closed my eyes. I could act so normal when I talked to Hunter. It was my moment of sanity. I just wish I got more of them……….