The Secrets We Keep 2

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Chapter 23 (v.1) - Chapter 122

Submitted: June 30, 2017

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Chapter 122

"You're doing it. Come on. Only a little bit more." Joe encouraged.

Sophie bit her lip. It was taking effort and pain but she was not going to give up. She held on to the bars and kept going until she reached him.

"You did it babe." He wrapped his arms around her and held her tightly.

Tears pricked the end of her eyes but she grinned from ear to ear.

"She'll keep getting better. This was a good session." Her therapist told them. He was taking notes on his pad. "We're done for today. Keep up with the stretching and I'll see you next week." He walked off leaving them alone.

Joe carried her and put her down in her chair. "In no time you'll be walking."

"It's so close I can almost taste it." She was happy. It bubbled inside her threatening to burst out.

"You've been making a lot of progress. I'm very proud of you."

She took his hand and pressed it to her cheek. "It's thanks to you. You've been by my side at every moment."

"I'll always be here. Come on, we should get going. I was thinking of getting some ice cream to celebrate."

"I actually just want to go home right now. I'm feeling tired from what we've done. How about we go out later for it?"

"Whatever you want."

He pushed her out of the facility and to the car he had there.

They had adjusted well in australia. Some people were friendly as others weren't. It was the same as where they had been.

It was fun getting to know the places around and it brought out the adventurous side in Sophie that she had been missing.

She felt stronger here than back at home. It could be that no one knew her or that she was taking this opportunity to focus on herself and Joe without Jake in the background.

They had grown stronger through their time here.

As for her relationship with her mother it was getting better. Her mom and dad had gotten married again once they were settled. It was a quick civil thing with only Sophie and Joe present.

Now they were mainly focusing on the baby.

She wasn't bothered or jealous actually. She was getting hung up on all the hype of it. It was exciting to have a new addition.

They had found out recently that they were going to be having a boy which made her slightly more happy. She was still going to be daddy's only little girl.

Joe parked the car in the driveway and helped her out. When they went inside her parents were in the kitchen talking in hushed whispers. They quieted down when she and Joe entered.

"Hey, what's up?" She asked suspiciously.

Randy looked at Grant. He cleared his throat. "We were talking about what we want to do about the baby. If we want to have it here or go back home in a few months."

"I thought we loved it here and this was supposed to be a new beginning for us."

"It is. Just thinking of all the legal things we would have to do." Her mother explained. "It's talk. We haven't decided anything yet."

"Well if you two want to go back that is fine with me. I want to stay here with Joe and finish up my therapy. I want to get walking and I'm doing a lot better here than back at home."

Grant hadn't thought about that. Yet he wasn't sure he could leave her here.

"We'll talk about that. How was today's session?" Randy was about to stand up but he put a hand on her arm and let her know that he would get what she wanted.

He got a cup from the cupboard and served the hot water in it that had been boiling on the stove.

"It was great. I was able to walk the whole length by myself. Actually holding on to the bars but I did it."

"That's wonderful." Grant grinned.

"I know. It hurt like hell but I know that if I keep at it, the time will come when it will be normal. I'm willing to do anything." She sighed. "I'm going to go rest. Joe and I are going out for ice cream to celebrate later." She rolled back and towards her bedroom.

"I should go too and let you continue talking." Joe stepped away and towards his own bedroom.

Randy dipped the tea bag into her cup and looked up at her husband. She was glad that they were back to that again. Being divorced had been awful.

"What are you thinking?" He asked as he put down the honey for her. He sat back down.

"What Sophie said. Do you think we could leave her here? She looks happier than I've ever seen her."

"Do you want to go home that bad?"

"Yes. Now that Austin's dead we don't have to worry over her safety or ours."

"You do have a point."

"We could go back to town. Be happy again before he came back into our lives. I like it here but this isn't home."

"I agree with you on that. If it's what you really want then we'll do it. We can make the arrangements for it. This house is only temporary. Joe is working and I'm sure he can make the rent for the rest of the year until Sophie is ready to go back home. I'll talk to him about it."

"I can't wait to see my brothers. I wonder how they've all been since we've been gone."

"It's only been a few months." He chuckled.

"I know but so much could have happened already. I want to go home and not miss anything else. I'm sure that Sophie and Joe will be good here without us. I trust them."

"Me too." He took her hand in his. "I'm really glad he's dead."

"I'm relieved. I wonder who did it though."

"Someone that hated him enough and wasn't afraid. I don't doubt that he had enemies enough to want to do the job. I would have done it had I been able to."

"Let's just forget about him. We're free to do what I want. No more threats hanging over our heads."

"I'm glad for that. I'm wondering how this is going to help Jake. I have no doubt in my mind that Austin was behind that."

"It will get fixed." She bit her lip and stared into her cup. She was going to have to ask Jake to forgive her for what she did. She should have never told him to leave.

She knew he hadn't used the check as of yet. She wondered how he was doing sometimes. Hoping that he was well.

She rubbed her belly, smiling at the thought of her baby boy inside of her. She and Grant were happy and would be for the rest of their lives.

 

"Okay so I still have a few weeks left until graduation. Then it's our trip to that family island of yours. Afterwards we move to Nevada, stay for the month and then I move out." Briar chewed on her lip as she thought of how busy she was going to be in the next few months.

"Don't worry about any of that. You should be enjoying this time. You're graduating." Noah threw a kick at the punching bag.

"I know but I'm stressing out. Everything is coming at me."

He laughed. "That's adult life."

"I'm actually looking forward to our month long vacation though."

"You'll love the island. It's fun and you do basically nothing."

"I'm going to lay out on the sun and work on my tan. I want to look like any californian so I can fit in."

"You're unique and beautiful the way you are. Don't go bleaching your hair and getting on a ridiculous diet. I love you as is."

She smiled. She loved it every time he told her he loved her. It made her stomach fill with butterflies.

She continued to watch as he beat up the bag. There was a thin sheen of sweat over his skin. She would never get tired of looking at his muscles.

Running steps brought her out of her staring as she looked towards the stairs. Ava came out in a full work out outfit. She was wearing capri pants and a sports bra. Her hair high in a ponytail and her phone.

"Hey losers. Just thought that it was about time I started working out." She plugged her phone to the stereo and 'Party in the USA' busted out of the speakers.

"What the hell?" Noah cringed. "Why do we have to listen to this?"

"Because I love Miley Cyrus. No other explanation needed. Now teach me to fight."

"What?"

"I want you to come at me bro." She took a fighting stance.

"Um, no."

"Why not?"

"One, uncle Dom would kill me if I hurt you and two, you're a girl."

"I'll kick your ass if you don't."

"I thought you didn't know how to fight. Isn't that why you want me to teach you?"

She shrugged. "Come on. I have this adrenaline coursing through my veins and I need a distraction from a few crappy days." She bounced from foot to foot.

She had been feeling restless. She wasn't sure if it was the after effects from killing a man but she needed a release of energy. She hadn't felt like this after the charity event. Then again she had sex with Mitch right after so maybe that's why.

She had seen Mitch in the last couple of days but he was still too hurt to do anything. She cared for him and that's why she wasn't pushing him like the old her would have done.

She loved him and wanted him to get better.

Then she remembered that she had a cousin who fought for a living and thought of the marvelous idea that she definitely needed to learn.

She didn't want to get caught off guard if she was ever attacked. There was also the posibility that if the police found evidence against her she could be going to jail.

She needed this.

"Are we doing this or not sissy boy?"

"Okay if you stop insulting me." He frowned. He put his hands up. He didn't know what was up with her but she was pushing his limit.

"What's wrong? You don't like being called by your name or are you just being a wuss."

"That's it." He came at her. His intent was not to hurt her but make her work hard for being like that.

He taught her how to try and deflect hits. He made sure not to put full force in his punches.

Briar watched them amused from where she was sitting. Ava had potential that was a sure fact. She threw kicks and punches without holding herself back.

Thankfully Noah was used to it since he had trained with Kerim for so long.

By the time he thought it was enough they were both completely drenched in sweat.

"That's enough."

"But I'm not done." Ava insisted.

"Then go run some laps around the property. I'm completely drained of energy." He was breathing hard and wanted a break.

"Fine...pussy." She mumbled under her breath and ran up the stairs.

"Great. She left her phone." He sighed and went over to turn off the music. He had enough of Miley.

"Wonder what's up with her." Briar stood. He got his things and they headed upstairs.

He shrugged. "Don't know, don't care. I'll let Mitch take care of her." He grabbed a bottle of water from the kitchen and then they left.

He drove to his dorm and she went in with her.

Parker was getting his backpack ready to head out. He rolled his eyes when they entered and grabbed his car keys. He was still not over the fact that she had dumped him over Noah. He got out as soon as he could.

"I'm going to shower." Noah went out to the bathrooms.

She sat on his bed and waited for him. They should go out and get something to eat for dinner. Then he could drop her off at home.

There was a knock at the door. She got up and opened to see who it was.

Angel gave her a small smile. "I expected Noah but you'll do."

"Angel."

"Briar. I'm guessing he must be taking a shower since you're here alone."

"Why don't you come in?" Briar opened the door a little bit wider. She had been trying to get used to her in the last couple of months. It was hard since wherever she went Eli wasn't far behind.

This time though Angel was alone.

"No Eli?"

"No."

She raised a brow in question.

"He left." Angel went and plopped herself down on Parker's bed. "Gone home a couple of days ago."

"Oh. That's great."

"From your perspective."

"You didn't want him to leave?"

"I did."

Briar was confused.

"You wouldn't understand. Is he going to be long?"

"What do you want with him?"

"Well he's my brother. What else would I want other than quality time. He's moving out to Nevada in a couple of months. I should spend as much time with him as I can. You're going to have him for all eternity, at least as long as you two are alive."

"You're still going to visit him, aren't you?"

Angel busied herself with a textbook Parker left behind. "We'll see what the future holds."

In that moment Noah walked in dressed casual. "Hey." He smiled when he saw his half sister. "What are you doing here?"

"I wanted to hang out for a bit. Maybe have dinner."

"Oh, that's sounds great. You can join us." He grabbed his wallet and keys. "How about pizza?"

"Sounds delicious." Briar went to him and looped her arm through his.

"Appetizing." Angel got up off the bed.

All three headed out to the parking lot. He led them to his truck. "How did you get here? I've never seen you with a vehicle."

"I have my mode of transportation. Don't worry about it." She smiled sweetly at him.

He drove them to a pizza parlor nearby. They ordered a large pepperoni and waited for it in a booth.

"Excited about moving?" She asked as a way of conversation.

"Definitely. It'll be a new place and I'll be able to get to know it with Briar." He took her hand in his.

"That'll be nice I guess. I might stay here or move on again. I'm kind of a nomad."

"Where's Eli? I thought for sure he would be stalking around here." He joked.

"He went home." Angel sighed. She had never felt such loneliness in her life. She really needed something to occupy her time. She had spent way too much time with him.

"Great." He grinned.

She rolled her eyes. "I can see how much you detested him. He wasn't all bad."

"I don't appreciate the way he was. He always gave me an off feeling."

"Me too." Briar agreed.

"That's why you slept with him, right?" Angel smirked.

Noah sighed. "Can you two please not argue? I wish you could get along."

"I don't know if that's ever going to happen. I promise not to say another word on the matter."

"I'm always civil." Briar crossed her arms. "Most times." She added when he gave her a look. "I'll work on it harder."

"Thank you. I don't like you fighting. Let's enjoy this nice family time."

Angel flicked her hair back. "Fine by me."

Their order finally arrived and they dug in. They could keep the peace for one more evening.


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