I was sitting in the house with Audrey when Mom came into the
kitchen. She smiled at me. "Did you sleep well Sweetheart?" She
asked. I nodded.
"Hunter called before; he wanted us to get him some tooth brushes
and Ziploc bags, and some pictures so I sent some from the before
school party we had and some old ones of Audrey and me." I smiled
at her. "We also bought him some candy and gum, like the ones he
really loves. I thought he would like that." She nodded. "Did Dad
talk to you?" I asked. She put her work back down and looked at
"He did baby. We talked a little, your Dad stormed off to the
Commander and well. He requested an emergency base change." She
sighed. My jaw dropped.
"Dad wants to change bases? But we have only been here for 2
years now." I said messing with my fingers.
"I know but your Dad wants you to be safe, feel safe, and they
wanted to give him a promotion anyway." She said pulling some
food out of the frig.
"So were moving?" I said looking at Audrey. "Do you know where?"
I asked. She looked at me.
"No baby, but I don't think it's going to be close." I felt Felix
jump on my lap and rubbed my hand with his head. Dad came walking
into the door with Uncle Jesse and Uncle Ruben on his tail.
"Hey Dad, what are you doing here?" Audrey asked. Dad looked at
"Why haven't you told me before? Why can you go to the fucking
E.R. but can't tell me your piece of crap boyfriend is beating,
but you can go to the hospital?" He snapped at me. I looked up
from under my lashes at him.
"I don't know." I whispered.
"I can't believe you didn't tell us. Any of us. You really
disappointed me Ryan." I felt the tears roll down my face.
"Cooper Banks you shut the hell up!" Mom yelled at him. I grabbed
Felix and ran to my room. I shut my door and slid down it
"Cooper what the hell is your problem?" Mom yelled at him. Jesse
looked at her.
"Ryan has been to the E.R. four times since she started to date
Owen. She never told anyone about it." Jesse said.
"I knew about since the first time she was at the hospital. The
on call nurse called me and told me." Dad turned his gaze on her.
"You knew he was hurting her and you did nothing back it? How
could you let this happen Patty? How could you watch her get
hurt?" He yelled at her. Uncle Ruben grabbed Audrey's hand and
pulled her out the front door as Uncle Jesse sat down in the
chair Audrey was sitting in.
"I was waiting for her to tell me. You trust her! Do not pin this
on me." She yelled back at him.
"You could have helped her; you could have stopped her from
"You know she is as god damn stubborn as you are. She would have
gone and seen him any way! You know it but you can't see that we
couldn't have done anything. You need to grow the balls to see
that I couldn't have done anything! So you shut the hell up." Mom
yelled at him before grabbing her coat and keys before storming
out of the house. I locked my door and crawled onto my bed as I
sobbed so hard my body shook. My heart was broke worse than when
Owen beat me. I was always the apple of my dad's eyes. He always
said I could do no wrong to disappoint him. But I guess I was
wrong, I guess he was wrong, I guess my life was wrong. I grabbed
my back pack and stuffed some clothes into it. I grabbed my keys
from my nightstand and my cell phone, and wallet, and ran to the
window. I opened my window and jumped out running to my truck and
started it up and pulled out of the drive way speeding down the
street. I didn't know if I ever wanted to go back to that house.
But right now I'm not in my right mind. My cell phone vibrated. I
flipped it open and sighed.
***Owen*** Come over, I want to see your beautiful face. ***
I sighed and typed one handed as I turned around to go to Owen's
*** Okay, be there in about 10 minutes. ***
I pulled into his drive way to see, no shock, his Dad was working
again. I parked and walked out to knock on the door. "Come in."
Owen shouted from the living room. I opened the door and walked
to the living room to see Owen to lounging on the couch in a pair
of pajama pants. I leaned over and kissed him.
"Hey," I smiled at him.
"Hey, you made good timing." He smiled changing the channel.
"Yeah," I said sitting next to him and laying my head on his
"Hey Babe can you make me a grilled cheese. Please." He asked
kissing my forehead. I sighed.
"Fine, whatever." I said getting up. Owen slapped my ass and
winked at me. I walked into the kitchen and started to make him
his dinner. I must have zoned out because the next thing the
sandwich was smoking as the fire alarm went off. I shut off the
burner and put the pan under the water.
"What the hell did you do?" Owen roared. He grabbed me and
slapped me across the face. I was weak. I stood there and took
it. I wasn't the girl my parents raise me to be. I wasn't the
marine brat that my Dad was disappointed in me or the beautiful
girl Mom always wanted. I was Owen's bitch, and nothing more.
"Please Owen, I, I didn't mean to burn it!" I screamed as he
threw me to the wall. He pulled me up by my t-shirt and held my
face tightly in his strong hands.
"What did you just say? Did I give you permission to speak you
stupid whore?" He punched me in the face sending me flying again.
"No, I'm sorry, please. Please Owen no." As he kicked me like
"Shut up, you are nothing to anyone. You are lucky you are with
me." He snapped pulling me up again. My head fell towards my
chest, with a mix of no strength to hold it up and to protect it.
"That's not true." I whispered in a small voice causing him to
"You are nothing. You can't even stand up to me. And your parents
call you a marine brat." He knew that one would hurt more than
any beatings he would ever give me. He raised his hand and punch
me right in the jaw knocking my head back into the wall. At that
moment I realized something. I'm a Marine Brat. I don't let
anyone knock me around. No way, but Owen was older than me and
stronger. "You're nothing, just like your family. No one would
ever hang out with you. I'm surprised TJ even wants to be seen in
public with you."
"Leave TJ out of this." I snapped at him. He drop kicked me like
a soccer ball.
"You do not talk to me like that." He snapped as I held my side
"I'm done with the beatings. I'm done with the pain. But most of
all, I'm done with you." I bit with the last courage I had. He
didn't look happy.
"You know what? I don't think you mean it. Because we both know
you will never have a guy that will ever love you like me." He
held me by my arms tightly and shook me. This was it. It was
perfect. It took a lot of energy but I pulled my knee up and
landed in were it hurt. He dropped to his knees holding his area
as I ran. I took my keys off the table and ran to my car. I could
hear him screaming my name but I ran closing the car doors and
locking them. My hands were shaking as I put the key in the
ignition starting the car. I saw Owen running out screaming at me
as I sped off down the street away from him. I was safe for now,
but I wasn't going home………
I pulled into the parking lot of a Best Western about an hour and
a half away from Base. I want to be a alone. I walked into the
lobby still shaking from the pain. "Hello how can I help you?"
The woman asked. I can tell her eyes widened at my face which I
knew was red.
"I would like a room please." I smiled weakly handed her my
emergency credit card. She took it and typed on her computer.
"Okay you're in room 209; all you have to do is go to the end of
the hall way and up the stairs your room should be on the right."
She smiled. I took back the card.
"Thank you." I walked to my room and looked around. It was nice
but the best thing about it was the bed. It has tons of pillows
and a comfy looking blanket. "Perfect." I whispered taking off my
shoes and crawling in. All I wanted to do was sleep. I wanted was
the pain to go away. I want death to suck me into its dark depts.
Really all I want is the world to be silent………