School ran like normal and I smiled as I pulled into the driveway. The lights were off and I took a deep breath before I walked up to the door, took another deep breath and grabbed out my phone. I dialed Tom's number as I put the key in the lock. He picked up just as I opened the door.
Tom* I thought you would be calling me Ava.
Me* Yeah, yeah. I wanted to call and thank you for the gifts. It isn't everyday that I woman gets to feel like an army princess. Is the truck mine or just a loaner?
Tom* Yours, it's all yours. Did you get the package from the gate?
Me* I did, thank you. They were absolutely beautiful, my favorite color no less, well second favorite.
Tom* Well I couldn't find them in red. So can I expect you tomorrow?
Me* Yes, I will be there at... No, what the hell are you doing here. LET ME GO YOU ASSHOLE. NO, FRANK, LET ME GO!
I dropped my phone as he drug me to the kitchen, the grip on my hand tightened and I started to get mad, I felt the anger in me begin to build. I turned to him and grabbed the pressure point in his wrist wrenching his hand off me before I kicked him in the chest then moved to punch him in the face. As he fell to the ground I heard Tom screaming at me. I walked calmly over to my phone and picked it up.
Tom* Ava, Ava please are you okay?
Me* Tom, I'm fine, but do you know a place I could stay, I am done with this shit.
Tom* Sure Ava, I will get right on it.
Me* Oh and Tom, do you think you could come help me pack so I don't kill the drunkard?
Tom* *laughs* Sure I'll be there in twenty minutes. If he wakes up, knock him out, don't kill him Ava.
I sighed. I would rather just kill him and be done with it.
Me* Fine, just hurry please.
Tom* On my way Delicious.
I hung up the phone and ent up the stairs to my room. I unlocked the door and looked at my immaculate room. I sighed and walked downstairs and stepped over my unconcious step father to grab some heavy duty trashbags and headed for my room. As I stepped back over the step loser his hand lashed out and grabbed my ankel. I grabbed the skillet and hit him over the head. I watched as he slumped back to the ground then walked over him and opened the front door as I heard a knock. I looked at Thomas and smiled.
"Well Ava, you are a handful. You can stay in one of my spare rooms and depending on your decision you can either get a barracks room or stay with me until you find a place."
I raised my eyebrow at him and nodded as I walked up the stairs to my room. "Thanks, if you would rather I could stay in a hotel. I don't want to put you out."
He shook his head. "You aren't putting me out, I volunteered to do it. I just had to clear it with my superiors before I offered. Now let's get your stuff together."
I nodded as I kept putting things in the bags I gathered and the boxes joy had been giving me over the months. I packed up all my school books and smiled as I grabbed everything I had ever bought myself. I heard heavy footsteps on the stairs and rolled my eyes as the step loser came into view. I smiled a bit at the large lump on his head. I watched as he glared daggers at me and didn't even notice Tom. He sauntered up to me and tried to tower over me.
"Think you're slick don't you hitting me with a frying pan. You fucking bitch I should have killed you years ago just like I killed your doe-eyed mother. Should have chosen a faster way then poisoning that stupid bitch. She did everything she was told, made me a hell of a lot of money though. Apparently her body was irresistable. Well, at least that's what the other guys told me."
I clenched my fists at my sides and looked at him, he was trying to goad me and I wasn't going to let it happen. I just smiled at him and kept packing my things. I wasn't going to give him the satisfaction to see me riled anymore. As i moved to put my mother's picture in the bag, Frank moved forward and grabbed my arm.
"Did you not hear me you fucking bitch? I raped, gangbanged and poisoned your mother. Doesn't that bother you?"
I looked at his hand on my arm and then at his face. I was completely impassive. "Father dear, if you would like to keep that hand attached to your body then I advice you to remove it from my arm. Of course if you would like to call my bluff, well I can't stop you. I have a witness that I advised you against it."
He looked over at Tom for the first time confused. "Who the fuck are you and what are you doing in my house?"
I glared at Frank. "This is my new boss Tom and it doesn't matter since I pay the bills here you freeloading cock juggler. I could have you evicted and thrown on the street. The payments have been in my name since I turned 18. Fuck with me again Frank, one more time and I will. Actually how about you pack your shit and get out. I am going to make sure you are homeless by tomorrow."
I turned my back on him and kept to what I was doing. I didn't pay Frank any more attention as I gathered up the last bits of my things. I grabbed my duffle bag, threw it over my shoulder, put my backpack on and walked past Frank. He eyed me as I walked past him but made no move to touch me. I walked down the stairs and out to my brand new truck and put my things inside. As I walked back into the house I could hear Frank talking to Tom.
"I bet you aren't her boss, more like her pimp I bet. She makes you a ton of money doesn't she. Exotic she is with all that red hair and how built she is. I bet you have tasted her too." I looked up the stairs in shock. As I stood there Tom began to laugh.
"You know, that woman right there could kill you in twenty different ways and barely move a muscle. Whore, no not in the slightest and I am most definitely not a pimp. I work for a private sector of the US Military, recruiting specially talented people that could be an asset to our country's defense. Now go away before I have to show you what I mean."
I walked up the stairs and grabbefd a few more bags. The silence was thick as I walked past them. I rolled my eyes and walked back down the stairs and out to my truck. AFter I put my bags in the truck I grabbed one of the guns out of the holster, took off the safety and slid it into the waistband of my pants before I started my trek up the stairs for the last of my things. I grabbed my bags and slung them over my shoulder and looked at Tom and nodded. He picked up the two large boxes and follwed me out. As I walked past Frank he grabbed my arm and tried to yank me towards him and off balance. I caught myself and dropped the bags as I reached for the gun at my back. I put it to his head and smiled.
"I expect you out of my house by tomorrow night and make sure you get all your grimy shit out. I will have someone come escort you off my property by gunpoint if I have to. Do I make myself clear?"
He nodded dumbly at me.
"Good if anything is out of place, and I mean anything. I will come back here and rip your head off. Cut open and flay every vein and watch you bleed to death. I am very serious Frank, piss me off again and I will kill you. I am done with you."
I walked out of the door and to my truck without looking back. I would keep paying for the house and when it was done, I would convert it and make it nice for some family and profit from it. I looked over at Tom and smiled as he put the two boxes in the front seat. I nodded and closed the door. I was relieved that whole thing was over.
"Follow me and I will take you to your temporary home." He laughed at his joke and headed for the SUV I saw earlier. I got in and as he took off I backed out and followed with a new sense of self confidence and power I never felt before. It was an intoxicating feeling and it stayed with me as I sped through the streets.
It took about half an hour to get to his place, which really made me think that he was staying somewhere close by. As we turned into his building I looked at the high end security and someting started to cross my brain. If Tom lived in a place like this, then I Could do well and save up a lot of money. He parked in a covered spot by what looked like a very large quad set of apartments. I was in awe of how beautiful the building was when I felt a hand on my back.
"Nice isn't it? How about we get your things in, get you a stiff drink of your choice and get some sleep. Nine in the morning is going to come quickly and I actually have to work tomorrow. I am going to be dropping you with a friend of mine."
He grabbed my things and put his key in the door. I quickly grabbed two of the large bags and followed him. The inside was enormous and absolutely beautiful. He moved through the living room and quickly up the stairs into a large what looked like entertainment area and two long hallways. He went down the right hallway and opened a door on the left.
"I spoke to my partner Conner and we think it would be fine for you to stay here until you feel better about the changes in your life. Don't worry about anything we ahve it covered, you need to learn to take care of things you need."
I looked at him glassy eyed and shocked. "Thank you so much. This is more than I could have asked for. Is Conner around for me to thank him too?"
Tom shook his head. "No, he got deployed five months ago. He called while we were on our way here. Of course he wants to meet you as well, but for now let's get your stuff in and get you settled a bit, tomorrow is going to be busy."
It took two more trips to get all my stuff up and then Tom and I sat down in the kitchen and he pulled out two shot glasses and a bottle of Tequila. He poured the shots and smiled at me.
"You look so lost and confused. What is rattling around in that head of yours?"
I downed the drink and sat down on the floor. "Nervous I guess, I don't trust a lot of people and I have worked hard to put my life together and now I feel like a snow globe that got shoot up and now everyone is laughing as the pieces start to fall apart."
He nodded as he downed his shot. "Don't worry my friend Imi might be young but she has been through more than her fair share of shit, but she is real awesome. I wouldn't hand you over to her if I didn't think that you two would get along. She is tough but fair. Now get some sleep, trust me when I tell you that you are going to need it. By the way, the bathroom is just across from your room if you need it."
He gave me a soft shove to my room and I smiled as I closed the door. My life was changing fast and I was bound and determined to keep up.