I woke to a gentle knock on the door. I got up and dragged my feet over to the door opening it. TJ stood there holding his backpack. “I brought both of us a change of clothes and you some pajamas.”
I nodded letting him in.
“Did you find the place okay?” I whispered. He nodded walking in to the room.
“You feel okay?” He asked. I looked over at him.
“No.” I said bluntly. He stepped forward and hugged me.
“It’s okay.” He whispered kissing my head. I nodded.
“Okay, I’m going to go take a bath.” I whispered. He nodded. “TJ what’s wrong?” I asked.
“Did Owen rape you?” He asked his jaw clenched almost to the point of agony.
“Do you really want to know?” I asked. He nodded, closing his eyes.
“Don’t lie, I need to know this.” He said pinching the brig of his nose.
“He did, the other night, when you picked me up.” He clenched his fist. He started to walk out. “TJ, where are you going?”
“To deal with him, don’t try to stop me.” He said. I sat down on the bed. I shook my head and started to walk to the bathroom to take a nice warm bath. As I laid there looking at my black body, the
fresh bruises and the old ones, and sighed. I drained the water after awhile and started the shower. I heard the door knocked causing me to jump a mile. I pulled on a towel on and walked to the
door opening it to see TJ.
“What happened to your face?” I gasped looking at the blood that caked his face.
“I beat the crap out of him I punched him till he was bleeding and a marine pulled me off him. I wanted to kill him right then and there. I want him dead. I want him to bleed out in front of me. I
want to watch him take his last breath. Watch the life drain from his eyes.” TJ’s voice was so low I could barely hear it. I looked at him.
“Go sit on the bed so I can clean your face up.” I smiled walking back into the bathroom to get dressed. When I walked back out TJ was watching TV. “Sit at the end.” I smiled taking the wet towel
and wiping the caked on blood off his face.
“You don’t have to do this.” He said trying to look around me at the TV.
“Shut up Thomas.” I laughed at him as he whined as he missed something.
“I hate it when you call me Thomas.” He whined at I moved on to his oozing knuckles.
“Okay Tommy, I want you to shut up and let me finish.” I smiled wiping the last of the blood. “Better?” I asked putting band-aids on his knuckles so they stop bleeding.
“Yeah, thanks Sis.” He smiled.
“I’m going to bed, so good night.” I kissed his head and lay down in bed to fall asleep. I lay on the pillows and let sleep take over me……..
I woke up the next morning to a fast asleep TJ. I smiled and grabbed my cell phone and walked out to the closed pool and sat on one of the chairs. My phone started to ring.
Me* Hey Mom
Mom* Hi Baby, how are you?
Me* I’m good.
Mom* That’s good, that’s good.
Me*So how is it going?
Mom*It’s good. Your Dad is beating himself up for what he said. He was mad at himself for not seeing this awhile ago
Me*I know Mom, I don’t blame him.
Mom* Than why did you leave last night?
Me* I had to. I needed out for a little while. Get away from the fighting and just breathe, for once in a long time.
Mom* It’s okay Baby, I see your point. I just wish you would have told me here you were going.
Me* I’m sorry Mom, I guess I just didn’t want you to come after me
Mom*It’s okay, just don’t do it again. I was worried sick.
Me* I’m sorry Mom
Mom* I know. But Ry do you think you could call your Dad and talk to him. I’m worried.
Me* Why? What’s wrong with him?
Mom* He just didn’t come to bed last night and he just sat on your bed petting Felix all night. I just, he got back from deployment about 2 months ago. We all know the time is coming soon, and I
want him in his right mind if he is leaving us again.
Me* Okay Mom I’ll call him, can I get breakfast first?
Mom* Sure, I love you, and thank you.
Me* Love you too, bye
I hung up the phone and sighed. I walked back into the motel and back to the room. TJ was sitting on the bed rubbing his face. “Hey,” He smiled.
“Hey,” I smiled pulling out the pair of clean clothes TJ brought for me to change into. “You want to get dressed and go get breakfast?”
“Sure, give me a minute. Why don’t you go get changed, while I get ready.” I nodded and walked into the bathroom and changed quickly, not wanting to look at myself. I walked out and looked
back in the back pack as TJ changed. I pulled out my make-up bag. Perfect. I walked over to a mirror and started to cover up the dark bruises on my face with some cover up. TJ walked out ready,
tossing his hair so it looked ‘sexy’ as he put it.
“Ready?” I asked. He nodded.
“Let’s go, I’m hungry.” We walked put to where they were serving free breakfast to the guests. TJ stacked up his plate as I got a waffle and put butter, cream cheese, and syrup on it. I grabbed a
bagel and more cream cheese. I sat down as TJ was shoving food in his mouth.
“TJ the food is not going to run away from you. Slow down. You eat like mom hasn’t fed you in days.” I laughed at him taking a bite of my waffle.
“Sorry, I’m hungry.” He said stuffing his mouth again. I shook my head at him.
“TJ, I want to talk about what happened last night.” He stopped chewing closing his mouth, leaving the piece of bacon he was about to shove in his mouth. “What did you do?”……….
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