Chap. 1: After New Years, Before Kaitlyn's 7.
Meet Camryn Elizabeth Blade, a 16-year-old girl with an abusive father and older brother, living in Detroit, Michigan. She has a younger brother, Alex (12), and a younger sister, Kaitlyn or Kat (5). Camryn has a boyfriend named Myles and 2 best friends named Jack (17) and Rebecca or Bec (17). Two of her other close friends are Justin (16) and Keara (16), since middle school. Her mother and father died recently and Jack just found out that her brother was abusing her, too. He knew, along with his brothers, that her father abused her because when they were younger, she had spent nights at their house after the incidents. But when her parents passed away Camryn, Alex, and Kaitlyn were stuck in the house until Jack and his mother, Evelyn Mercer, and brothers, Bobby, Angel, and Jeremiah (Jerry) rescued the suffering siblings from the dreadful home.
Now, almost 2 years later, Camryn is 17 going on 18 in August, Alex is going on 14 in August, and Kaitlyn is turning 7 in February (the next month). Camryn is living with the Mercers (Jack included, which her boyfriend, the jerk that he is, doesn't approve of.), Alex and Kaitlyn are living with their grandparents (in Detroit), and Chris is in jail, finally. Camryn's 6 dogs are being cared for at her house until she finds a permanent place to keep them, where they are still hers.
"Camryn, get your ass down here, or we're leaving without you!" Bobby called, up the stairs. He was trying to be patient, but he wanted to play hockey and when Bobby Mercer wanted to play hockey, he meant right then.
"Jesus, Bobby! You scared the shit outta me!" Camryn breathed, running down the stairs towards the front door. "Where's the rest of 'em?"
"I'm here, Jerry's here and Angel's in the kitchen." Jack shouted from the living room couch. Jack knew it didn't take Camryn longer than 10 minutes to get dressed and ready to leave the house because he'd done it to her so many times.
"Cam! Get your lazy butt outta bed! We're gonna be late!" Jack screamed excitedly, shaking Camryn violently. Camryn wasn't easy to wake but she certainly didn't have to worry about being on time when she woke up late because she wasn't like other girls; she took only 10 minutes to get dressed, brush her teeth, fix her hair if she had to, and find her stuff for school. Jack still couldn't figure out how she did it…
"Go away! It's Saturday…" She groaned, glancing at her clock. "And it's 8:00 in the morning! Go back to bed!"
"NO WAY! It's concert day! You can't tell me you forgot already?"
"What the hell are you talking about, Jackie?" Camryn pulled the covers over her head.
Jack pulled them off to reveal Camryn wearing a pair of his boxers and his t-shirt. Her muscular legs were showing along with her black bra through Jack's white t-shirt. "How many times have I told you to ask before you borrow my stuff!"
"I don't know, I lost count…now give me fricken' blankets back and let me sleep atleast until 11."
Jack sat on her back and waited for the hit. He did this to her almost every morning and she hits him with her pillow every time because then he knows she's getting up and he can leave her to get dressed. "Nice bra, by the way…" Jack smirked. She still didn't hit him. "Come on! You can not be THAT tired…"
"You're wrong. I pulled an all-nighter movie night last night, remember? You were there…you should know."
"I didn't see you there… did Myles bring you upstairs…?" Jack asked, getting serious.
"Answer me, Liz." Liz. He called her that when he was telling her to be serious or to show he was being serious. He got it from Elizabeth and he knew she liked it because her mom's name was Elizabeth; brought her back to reality.
"If I answer you will you get off?"
"Depends on the answer."
"You get off and I'll tell you."
"Okay…" Normally he didn't cave that easily on her but he wanted to know the truth. He got up and sat on the edge of the bed.
"Yes… now get out."
"Camryn!" He jumped up to his feet. "You're such a slut…" Jack joked.
Camryn got out of bed and grabbed some clothes out of her drawer. She pushed Jack down onto the bed, by the forehead, as she left the room. "Am not…and you know it."
"I'm ready anyway, Bobby. Let's go play some hockey!" Camryn exclaimed charging the front door. She grabbed her coat and ran out into the snow.
"I still don't know how she does that…" Bobby muttered.
"Does what?" Jack asked, with a smile.
"Gets ready so fricken' fast!"
"I've seen her do it, while I'm in there distracting her… so she's got it nailed."
"What do you mean?"
"A while ago. I was in the shower splashing water at the back of her head and she was at the bathroom sink, brushing her teeth. She got sick of it and when I wasn't looking, she flushed the toilet and spit toothpaste at me in the shower! She can't get distracted physically very easily but mentally, she can get distracted 1,000 times a day… she did it to me at school."