Holly's Awakening

By: Sam Crescent

“I need a word with you.”

“Okay, I’ve got to pick Holly up from the office though. Could we talk and walk?” John asked.

Following in step beside him Kade waited for enough distance to be put between them and the other men.

“How did Holy get the bruise?” Kade asked.

“Fuck! That’s not my shit to tell.”

“Then you better start talking, John. I want to know why your sister is still at home with her parents? Why you’re not there with her? How she got the bruise? And if she’s trying something on with Steven? Is the shyness an act?” Kade kept firing questions at him until John threw his hands up in surrender. They both stopped and glared at each other.

“Stop, just stop.” John looked left and right. “I don’t know what your problem is, but stop with all the questions.”

“You’re going to answer my questions if you like it or not.” Kade took a step closer invading the other guy’s space. John didn’t back down or flinch.

“Boss, I grew up with a man who weighed more than you did with bad breath and a real bad attitude. Considering he was drunk so much, his aim was always on the mark. Back off before I forget you’re my boss.”

Without realising it, John had answered at least one of his questions.

“So your dad put the bruise on her face,” Kade said. “That’s progress.”

John bit his lip and looked up at the sky. He was a muscular man who clearly worked out. Kade wasn’t attracted to him, but he saw the determination on the man’s face. John couldn’t hide his emotions towards protection.

“I work for you. I don’t have to take this shit.” John stormed off. Kade caught up to him.

“No, but Steven and I are thinking of claiming her for our own.”

Her brother stopped. “What?”

“You heard me.”

Kade waited for John to speak. Her brother looked at the offices and then back at the array of fields they owned.

“You better not hurt her,” John said.

“I wouldn’t dream of hurting her, John. Steven and I care about her.”

“Are you wanting what Gavin and a couple of guys have found in town?” John asked.

“Yes.” Kade wouldn’t lie or try to fight him.

John let out a sigh. “Finally.”

“What?” Kade asked. It was his time to frown.

“I knew you and Steven had feelings for Holly. If anyone can get her out of that shit-hole, it’s you guys,” John said.

“I think it’s time you started talking.” Kade waited with hands on hips.

“Holly won’t leave that fucking trailer. She takes care of our brothers and sisters. Our parents are a waste of space. Dad—I can’t believe I still call him that—he fucking takes her money. She has enough for food and sorting out our siblings.” John shook his head. “I can’t get her to live with me.”

“What about teaching your dad a lesson?” Kade asked.

“I tried that. It lasts for a couple of days, and then he lays into my family harder. I can’t always been there, and I won’t make it worse.”

“What about letting them all live with you?”

“I can’t do it. My apartment is not big enough, and my parents have raised hell when I tried. They threatened to have me put away for good for kidnapping and even worse for Holly. I can’t hurt them, Boss.”

Kade saw the guilt in the other man’s face.

“What about the sheriff? He’s a good guy, and he’ll take care of you.”

“I know, but without proof he can’t do anything. Holly will never report our dad and risk the chance of putting our brothers and sisters into care.”

He understood what John was saying. It didn’t make it easier to bear. Kade wondered how long Holly had been responsible for her family. The more he thought about it the more hurt Kade became. She was so small and tiny. Holly shouldn’t have to deal with that kind of man.

“If you and Steven are serious about claiming Holly then you’ve got my blessing, but she will never leave the others behind. You’ve got a lot to deal with.”

“Come on, let’s go and get your sister,” Kade said, patting the man on the back. Together they walked back to where Steven and Holly stood waiting at the door.

“How is everything?” Steven asked.

“Everything is good. We’ll talk later.”

Holly nodded toward her brother. “See you tomorrow at work.”

Kade stood next to his lover and waited for the other two to leave.

“What were you talking with John about?”

Steven turned to walk into the house. Kade followed close behind him. “We’re talking about Holly. He gave us his blessing, and he also warned me about her not leaving the others.”

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