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 me.
“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 crying……..
“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 seeing him.”
“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 house.
*** 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 chest.
“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 yesterdays trash.
“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 punch me.
“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 in pain.
“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………
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