Holly's AwakeningBy: Sam Crescent
“He at home now?” Steven asked
“Yeah.” Her gaze moved to the telephone.
“He’s a guy. I’m sure he’d prefer talking to his big brother than his sister.” Steven needed to talk with Kade about getting them out of there.
“Yeah, but my dad’s there, and if he finds Eric then I don’t know what will happen,” she said.
“Why don’t you go to the sheriff?”
“I can’t. If I go and tell them the truth about Mom and Dad then they’ll take the others away. I wouldn’t go anywhere because I’m over eighteen. The others, they’re not so lucky. I don’t want them to go to care. John and I are all they’ve got. I’m not going to do that to them.”
Steven cupped her checks, forcing her to look at him. “You’re too kind for your own good.” He brushed his lips against hers wanting desperately to deepen the kiss. Instead, he pulled back.
“Everything will be fine, and next time you can bring your brother here.”
“Really?” she asked, shocked.
“Really. He can do homework or something. I won’t have a problem providing you get your work done.”
She went on her toes and kissed him. “Thank you so much, Mr. Clark.”
“Steven. You call me Steven.”
Stepping back, Steven gave her the space to make another coffee. He went back to his office and glanced at the email on his desk. The lawyer he and Kade had hired was looking into the potential guardianship of her siblings.
Steven figured if he threw enough money at her father and mother, they’d back off. When he got the time he’d look into seeing how much it would cost him to get Holly in his life and that bastard out of hers.
The rest of the week flew by. Holly took all of her siblings to school and took Eric to the office with her. He sat at one of the desks in the corner working through homework. When he finished, he took his work to Steven to look over. She was shocked when Steven sent Eric back to his desk to make the work clearer to read. No one had ever tried to get the best out of Eric before. She was thankful to Steven for putting in the extra effort.
Even Kade talked with Eric when he came by for lunch or whenever the mood struck him. Neither of them ignored her little brother, and in the few days he’d been with her at work, Eric looked to be flourishing.
He ate with her and John underneath their tree.
“So tonight we’re going home alone. I’m picking up the rest of the gang from school, and you’re spending the night with me,” John said.
Holly took a bite of her paste sandwich and winced. She really hated the taste of paste, but it was cheap and served them for a good few days.
“How come?” Eric asked.
“Kade and Steven want some alone time with her, and we’re going to give it to them.”
“I don’t think I should stay behind. I think I should come home with you guys,” Holly said. Steven and Kade both scared her during working hours. Their presence made her body hum with sexual awareness, and she didn’t know what she was going to do if they were alone for a prolonged length of time.
She noticed her two brothers shared a look.
“What?” she asked.
“I think Kade and Steven are cool. They’ll treat you right. They’re good people, unlike Dad. They’ll never treat you how Dad treats us and Mom.”
Holly couldn’t argue with Eric’s assessment. Steven and Kade were nothing like her parents. Their mother might not hit out, but she certainly knew what to say to Holly and the others when she was having a bad day.
“Nothing will come of it. They probably want to fire me or something.”
It was Steven who’d given her a better paying job. She looked at John hoping he’d get the message and drop the conversation.
“So, Eric, what happened at school?”
No matter how many times she and her brother asked Eric, he wouldn’t tell them a thing.
“Nothing. Just drop it.”
Eric munched on his sandwich and looked everywhere but at them.
“You’ve got to tell us. Otherwise we can’t help you.”
“They were talking shit about you guys and my parents. I wasn’t going to stand to be bitched at.”
“Eric, watch your language.”
“Holly, leave it out. Go on inside while I have a word with our brother.” John ushered her away.
Not seeing any point in arguing, she grabbed her lunch and made her way back inside the break room.
The door to Steven’s office was partially open. She ignored it and sat behind her desk.
“Yeah, that’s it, suck it good.”
Holly froze at the sound of male groans. She wasn’t stupid when it came to sex. She’d heard her parents going at it enough times. During those times she did everything she could to stop the younger ones from hearing it.