Sorry it's been so long since we updated! I've been sick, my computer has been weird, and to be honest I had the chapter about four days ago but I forgot to post it. Sorry! Thank you Ashley for reminding me!
-Cailee and Ashley
"Remember, she's still detoxing so she might not be herself. A few hours ago she almost had a relapse. If Joe and I hadn't come in right when we did, she would have gone through with it. But she's doing really well, all things considered," Billy told me as he unlocked the door to the apartment. He was the only one around here who ever locked their door.
"Aden!" Tyler greeted me from the torn up couch. I grinned at him. "Thought you weren't getting out for another few weeks."
"Yeah so did I. Apparently the judge decided the case wasn't strong enough to keep me the whole sentence since I'm still a minor." I made a quick sweep of the room with my eyes.
"She's back in Billy's room," Tyler informed me, reading my mind.
"Do you mind if I go back?" I asked Billy. He shook his head.
I half-ran down the short hallway, too excited to walk, but paused at the door. Billy had warned me that Parker was a little off. She wouldn't be the same girl for a while. In fact, she might not even want to see me. Detoxing could make you do some pretty out of character things. I took a deep breath. Placed my hand on the doorknob, and twisted it.
"Parker?" I called softly. The room was dark; the curtains pulled shut and the light seeping through them was blocked with a mountain of pillows. Parker was lying in a mass of blankets in the center of the bed, curled up in a ball the way she usually slept.
She stirred. I heard her mumbling different things about Tessa and Michelle; she slowly opened her eyes and looked up at me. She smiled, and subsequently closed her eyes again. A second later,
I smiled as Parker jumped in my arms, "Hey Parker. I missed you."
She squeezed me tightly; as if she was afraid I'd leave if she let go.
"I heard you've been detoxing."
She stiffened and pressed her face into my collarbone. "Uh-huh," she mumbled.
"I'm really proud of you Parker. Not everyone would be strong enough to do it." I congratulated her.
She pulled away and looked at the ground. "Joey and Dad didn't tell you then?"
I frowned. "Tell me what?"
"That I got back into an old stash and was about to shoot up when they caught me."
I stepped forward and wrapped my arms around her again. "Yeah, they told me. But Billy also told me that you've been under a lot more stress than just the normal detoxing. Apparently, you got it into that goofy head of yours that Billy would be better off if you had never been born."
"Its not goofy. If you'd just think about everything…" she paused. "Do you know what dad did to Michelle? He hasn't told me yet."
"Billy had Michelle?" I asked. I haven't heard any of this.
She nodded, and I sighed. "Babe, I just got out of in-pen detention, I didn't even know Billy had Michelle. Does this have to do with Tessa coming and asking me about the cameras?"
"Yeah," she sighed. "Tessa's dad made her steal some stuff from Billy and she got caught on our cameras on purpose."
"Who's her dad?" I asked.
She looked down and mumbled, "Marcus."
"Lunz? The one who was in that group who kidnapped you when we were kids?"
"Yep. It was him."
I felt my temper starting to boil, why didn't Billy tell me about this? I'm part of DFA for seven months now. I should have known about this. Parker didn't know that I was part of the gang and I wanted to keep it that way.
I looked up at her, "Yeah?"
"I wanted to tell you something." She looked nervous. "I know that you and Ty are part of DFA now."
"How'd you find out?" I asked softly, knowing she'd be worried about us joining.
"I over heard dad talking to Baggie and Bodie about accepting you guys."
"Over heard or eavesdropped?" When she didn't answer I knew what happened.
"Parker," I moaned, letting my head droop backward, "You've been told and told to stay out of that shit. You're dad doesn't want you involved and neither do I."
Her head shot up and she narrowed her eyes defiantly. "Who's gonna stop me? You?"
"Aden you don't have control over anything I do and neither does Billy."
"It's true," she insisted.
"That's shit Parker and you know it. As much as you wish it wasn't true Billy does have control. Hate to break it to you sweetheart, but he has power over the entire city."
Parker looked at me angrier. "That doesn't mean anything! People fear him. That's how he controls Boston, because people are to scared to do anything."
"You want your dad to get arrested again? Remember what it did to you the first time?"
I was ten when it happened for the first time. I was running to the apartments after I heard the news; some seniors were talking about what they heard in class, Billy Darley was arrested. Tears were flowing down my face; by the time I finally made it home I saw that my dad's car was in the lot. I continued running up the stairs instead of taking the sluggish elevator. I burst through the door and saw my Uncle and Bodie along with Baggie sitting on the couch.
"Parker? What are doing home?" Joey required.
"Tell me it's not true. Tell me he wasn't arrested." I demanded.
Joe's eyes softened and he gave me a sympathetic look. I started backing up, shaking my head.
"No, no, it can't be true." I looked at Bodie, "Bodie?" Nothing. "Baggie?" Still nothing. Before I could do anything Joe pulled me to his chest and started rubbing my back as I continued to sob. After a few minutes I looked up at him, "Can we go see him Uncle Joey?"
He sighed. "I don't know if they'll let him have any visitors Park. But, we'll try as hard as we can."
We pulled up to the Suffolk County Prison located just outside Boston; I slowly got out of the car and waited for Joey to come around. He led me into the intimidating building where Jessica Wallis works.
"We're here to see Billy Darley." Joe told the woman sitting up front in the desk.
She looked at him over her glasses, "Wait here while I ask Detective Wallis if he can see visitors." She got up and made her way to the back.
I sat down and kept my head in my hands. I wanted to know what it was that dad did but I knew no one would tell me, especially if it was gang business.
"Well, what do we have here? The other Darley's?" Wallis's voice came from the hallway.
"Parker wants to see her father. She has the right to." Joe growled.
Wallis laughed, "She might, but Billy might not have the right to visitors."
"She deserves to see him before the trail Wallis."
She sighed and looked at me, "Very well. Follow me Parker."
I half smiled at Joey and did as Wallis said. We went through a maze of halls and finally stopped in front of an interrogation room. "Your dad's in there. I'll come back soon."
I opened the door slowly and saw Billy with his head in his hands. He looked up when he heard the door squeak, "Do I finally get some food in this joi- Parker?"
"Hi daddy." I replied, the tears already starting to come out of the sides of my eyes. I ran over to him and hugged him, he held me back just as tight.
"Shh. It's going to be okay Park. I won't be here long, I promise."
I shook my head in his chest, "You don't know that. What if you're here forever?"
"I won't be here forever. I didn't kill anyone baby."
"What did you do?" I asked.
"Sorry Park. Gang business."
"Its always gang business." I said starting to get a certain tone, which Billy immediately singled out on.
"Just because I'm sitting in jail does not mean you can cop an attitude with me little girl." He cautioned.
I sighed, looking down, "Sorry dad."
The tears were starting to come to the front of my eyes again. Billy came and kneeled in front of m, he put his thumb under my chin making me look up at him. "I won't be in here long baby girl."
"Are you gonna have to go to a trial?" I asked, worried. The rich people always picked for juries always jumped at the chance to put away a gang banger.
I woke up to the sound of muffled gunfire, as if it was a block or two away. I sat straight up and fumbled for the light. "Aden," I hissed. "Get up!"
I shoved his shoulder, knocking him clean off the bed. There was a thud, followed by a grunt of pain. "What the hell?" he groaned.
"Listen!" I instructed. Aden blinked at me.
I heard another gunshot, closer this time, and so did Aden. He quickly enclosed my wrist with his hand and pulled me onto the floor with him. I shrieked as he flattened me to the floor with his body.
"Stay here," he hissed. He switched off the light and pulled the curtain aside to look out. His eyes widened.
"What is it, Aden? Cops?"
"No," he said slowly, "I don't think so."
"Then who?" I asked shrilly.
"I... I have no idea. It's a bunch of guys in street clothes firing automatics at storefronts."
"Where's dad?" I wondered aloud.
Aden met my worried gaze. "Out making deliveries with Joe," he whispered. I paled.
"Can we call them? Tell them what's going on?" I begged Aden.
"I don't know Parker. As much as I don't want to say it-"
"NO!" I shouted. "They're not hurt or anything!"
Aden crouched down in front of me and tried to cup my face in his hands. I shook him off. "Parker," he said quietly. "We don't know where they are. They could be miles away, perfectly fine, or they could be hiding under a car on the street, hurt. If we call them, it could give them away to those guys shooting. We have to wait to hear from them first."
I shook my head and started to cry. "We have to call them right now!" I shouted. "If they're hurt down there we need to go help them!"
Aden sighed but dug his cell out of his pocket and handed it to me. I took it and dialed the familiar number quickly. Billy answered it on the first ring. "What?" he barked.
"Parker, what's wrong baby?" he asked, apparently hearing my tears and panic.
"Where are you?"
"Over on 5th street, on my way back."
I sighed in relief. "Daddy, there's men outside shooting."
"What?" Billy shouted into the phone. Aden tore the cell out of my hand.
"Billy? It's Aden. You guys okay?.......... Yeah she's fine, just a little freaked. There are guys with automatics outside on the street............ No, I don't know who they are. How would I?.......... Yeah, come in around back so they done see you..........Yeah. Okay...........Yeah, we'll stay right here.............Okay.........Bye."
He closed the phone and put it back in his pocket, I looked up at him and he pulled me to his chest and started whispering in my ear. "They're running to get back here. Literally running. Billy wants us to stay in this room till he gets here; they're coming in the back way before they do anything. As soon as they get here I am going downstairs to check on Baggy."
I nodded and closed my eyes, waiting for Dad and Uncle Joe to hurry up and get home. Finally the did, I ran up to my Dad and threw my arms around him, "I thought…" I whispered.
"Its okay. I'm here kiddo."
"What the hell is going on out there?" Billy growled, holding me tighter. I stayed silent, tucked safely in his arms.
"I-I don't know," Aden stammered. "One second, every thing was quiet, and the next, it was like a fucking war zone down there."
"Has anyone tried to break in?" Joey asked suddenly.
"Not that I know of," Aden replied. "They'd have a hell of a time getting past all the guys we have down there anyways."
"No ones down there." Billy told us. "They're all at corners or at the shop or office."
"Baggie too?" Aden demanded.
Joe nodded. "Yeah, he's at the shop. Making sure Heco doesn't fuck up another batch."
Aden looked a little better after knowing that his older brother was okay.
"Is it safe here?" I whimpered quietly. Everyone looked at me, then to Billy.
"Maybe," he said pensively. "No one has ever been able to break in here, but then again not many have tried."
I clutched my dad tighter, not liking the sound of that. "So what are we going to do?" Aden asked, sounding worried.
I felt my dad shrug. "Wait it out. All my guys are too spread out to be able to do anything and I don't want them trying to get here."
We were sitting there, just listening to the shooting down below. I was sitting on my dad's lap when all of a sudden everything stopped. Joey and dad looked at each other and they along with Aden walked towards the window.
Soon I heard a noise from out in the hallway, suddenly a thug burst into the apartment. The idiot didn't know that this was a gang lords home.
"All hands up and in the bedroom now!" He shouted.
Billy, Aden and Joe acted like they weren't part of a gang and we all silently went into my dad's room. The idiot left us alone and that's when Billy went into the night side table drawer and grabbed two guns that have been in there ever since I could remember. He tossed one to Joey, who caught it easily, then they both pointed them at the intruder.
"Don't move," Billy growled. The man froze for a moment, looking surprised, then cocked his pistol with his thumb. Before I could blink, a gun went off. I screamed and reached for Aden with one hand, shutting my eyes tightly.
"Park? Park, it's okay. You can open your eyes," Aden said gently, putting his hands on my shoulders. I shook my head and bit my lip.
"Parker, it's okay. Really," Billy said. I opened my eyes hesitantly and saw my father leaning over the man's body. The intruder had his eyes closed, like he was sleeping, and blood was seeping out of his leg.
"Is he...dead?" I asked weakly.
"No, he's just unconscious," Joey grumbled, looking disappointed.
"You sound upset about that." I pointed out. "What are you going to do with him?"
Billy looked thoughtful. "Aden get a chair. Joe in my closet there's some rope. We're going to wake the fuker up and find out what the hell is going on."
The guys did just as dad told them to and soon we were standing there (well the guys were standing there and I was a little ways back) and about to throw water on the dude to wake him up.
"What the hell?" the man asked, sputtering and coughing from the water.
"Well look who decided to join us," Billy said, sounding satisfied and pleased.
"You have NO idea who you're messing with man," the guy yelled, his voice cracking at the end. Suddenly, I wasn't so sure this man was even much older than Aden and I.
"Oh really?" Billy asked, tauntingly. "I don't know, it must be a bunch of idiots if they thought they could invade MY territory and get away with it."
The man paled. "Y-you're Billy Darley?" he half whispered.
"Yes, and you are?"
"G-Gage," he stuttered.
"Do you have a last name Gage?"
"Emmerson..." Gage said hesitantly.
"Well Gage Emmerson, would you like to tell me why you and your little friends are here?" Billy asked.
"I'm waiting kid."
"W-we were gonna take down the gang lord, or you I guess, and then Robbie was gonna be in charge of Boston."
I couldn't help it--I laughed. It was just so preposterous, the idea of taking down my dad. He was unstoppable, indestructible. There was no way these guys actually thought they could succeed. Aden and Joey sent me questioning looks, but I just shook my head, still smiling.
"Robby who?" Billy demanded ignoring my sudden outburst.
Gage gulped, "He'll kill me if I tell."
"What do you think I'm gonna do if you stop being helpful?" Billy asked rhetorically. "Answer the question."
Gage went even more pale. "Robbie Zander," he whispered.
Billy sighed and leaned against the wall behind him.
"What is it?" I asked. "Do you know him?"
"Yeah. We were in high school together. We hated each other. Last I heard, he was in LA. Took over some gang there."
"I thought you dropped out." I stated.
"I did. I heard about him from someone I've kept in touch with over the years." He looked at Gage, "What's he doing here? This supposed to be some revenge shit?"
"No," Gage said quickly. "He just wants control of Boston, that's all. I don't think it has anything to do with you."
"So let me get this straight," Joe said, "this guy convinced the whole gang to come across the country just to kick us out? That's it?"
Aden looked skeptical. "That doesn't make any sense. Why would he leave territory he already controls?"
"Because Darley I heard you have the number one best source of the drug crowd. I want it more then anything." A voice said from the doorway.
We looked up and saw a tall black haired guy with a snake tattoo wrapped around his wrist, going up his arm. My dad sighed, "Zander. Heard you were in LA."
Robbie smirked, "Came back obviously."
Billy nodded, "Came back, for my drugs?"
"That's funny. Now I appreciate the visit. I really do, but I think its time you and your posers go back to the minor leagues in LA."
Robbie started laughing and walked further into the apartment. "Sorry Darley, but I'm not leaving empty handed."
"So that's it then? You're going to kill me if I don't hand over complete access to my office?"
The gang leader opened his mouth to answer but his sights landed on me, "So this is the little baby girl that caused Big Bad Darley to drop out of high school."
Dad pulled me away from Robbie and behind him.
"No need to get defensive Silly Billy. I was just stating a fact. I heard you killed Bones a while back. Did a lot of people a favor I suppose."
Robbie nodded. "Good thing too, I love that I won't have to deal with him because I'm taking drugs."
Now Billy started laughing. "You're not taking anything. You're going to take you're homeboys and get the hell out of my territory. Or else."
"What will you do? I ran into Michelle while I was in LA. Heard you practically banished her."
"She tried to kill my daughter three times. So I drove her away to keep my child safe."
"Safe?" Robbie leaned forward. "You're a gang lord Darley. She'll never be safe. Only hope for that is if you send her to a boarding school away from Boston."
My eyes popped open. Dad would never do that. I looked at his face. Would he? I shook my head trying to clear all the thoughts but nothing was working.
Before I could make sense of anything Billy sighed, "So you're here for drugs, so how about I just write the directions to make it the way we do? Okay?"
Robbie seemed to think it over, "Fine." He nodded to Gage, "Let my boy go too."
"Joe, untie him. Robbie follow me into the kitchen. I have index cards in there."
I sat on the couch with Aden and just stared of into space, thinking about if my dad would actually send me away. All of a sudden I heard a gun shot but I didn't even flinch, I knew my dad was going to kill him the second he said he'll give him the info.
Next I heard Gage beginning to be sparred, he'll tell Billy all the stuff Robbie had planned if he could just switch gangs. I also heard Billy say that until further notice he's on probation. He messes up once, he's dead. Gage will go through initiation tomorrow night. The guys, after stripping Gage of any weapons went downstairs to deal with the other members while we stayed up here.
"So, how old are you?" Gage asked me as he sat down.
"16." I looked at him, "You?"
"You're quiet." He pointed out.
"Just got nothing to say is all. Thinking."
Gage nodded back and after some yelling and gun shots, Aden, Billy, And Joe came back inside. Billy just went straight into his room, while Joe and Aden left to show Gage which apartment is his and what will happen since he's on probation.
I walked back to my dad's room. Knocking on the oped door, "Dad?"
He looked up from putting the guns back in the drawer, "Yeah Park?"
"Can I come in?"
"Yeah." He pated the bed next to him, I jumped on it and laid down. "What's on your mind?"
"It's nothing, just..." I paused.
"Just..." Billy urged.
I sighed, "You're not going to send me away to keep me safe are you?"
Billy sighed, "Parker..."
I looked up at him, horrified. "Dad!"
"I want you to be safe and this is the only way I can be sure."
I shot up, "No, I won't go. I refuse."
"That's not your decision Parker. It's mine, and if I say you're going, then you're going. End of story."
"No." I shouted. "You can't make me."
"Parker, calm down," he said, standing up and trying to put his hands on my shoulders. I darted out of his reach.
"This isn't fair dad!" I shrieked. "I'm not going!"
"Parker, sit down," he commanded, grabbing a hold of my arm and jerking me to the bed. He pushed down on my shoulders, forcing me to sit on the edge.
"You cant make me leave," I wailed, crying now.
"I know you don't want to but this is really for the best. Trust me."
"Please don't make me." I begged nearly choking on my own tears.
Billy sighed, and wiped them with the pads of his thumbs, after a minute he stood up and left the room. I followed him to see what he was doing and saw him go up to Joe. "Help her pack, I'm going to go research schools."
"No." I shouted, but Billy just ignored it and went out the door and into the main hallway before leaving the apartment complex.
I sat next to Billy in the Provost's office at the wonderful Spenser Academy where my father was dumping me. Provost Higgins was going on and on about how I would be safe here. Apparently, Provost knows about Billy being a gang lord, so he's terrified. I refused to look at Billy, ever since he told me I was going to a boarding school, I've been ignoring him. I also refuse to call him Dad, he's betrayed me. I've never been away from home, now I am leaving everything I know because of what another gang banger said? That's stupid and bogus, and I yelled that to him. All that did was make Billy yell back and forcibly make me come here.
I guess my cousin goes here so that's why Billy chose this prison for me. Tyler Simms. I haven't seen him since I was twelve, we always had the best times together. Along with Reid Garwin, his best friend, we were the Three Stooges. Tyler is a year older then me, yet I managed to get put into all of his classes. When Billy told me I was going here I knew he picked it so Tyler can play guard and make sure I don't try to escape and go home.
"Mr. Darley, we are one of the best schools in the country. I assure you that Parker will have a great time staying here." Provost Higgins told him.
"I doubt that." I muttered darkly.
"I'm not concerned with how much fun my daughter will have here, Provost," Billy said. "What I am concerned with is her safety."
"Well, Spencer does have excellent security," the Provost boasted.
I laughed. "Really? I think that your students would say differently."
The Provost huffed and frowned at me. "Mr. Darley, may I remind you that we have a zero tolerance rule. Drugs, weapons, and fighting on school grounds are not allowed. Any student who violates one of these rules will be immediately expelled. Now, I am aware of the special... circumstances regarding your daughter, so I'll cut her some slack. But I can only do that so many times, so if she intend to stay here, I suggest she's be on her best behavior."
My eyes widened, impressed. This guy had balls. Not many people would stand up to Billy Darley. I leaned forward, "So you're saying that if I get caught doing that stuff, after so many times, I'm out?"
Billy's eyes flashed up to Higgins', "I have a reputation to protect. I can't have students ruining it."
Billy grabbed my shoulder and leaned me back, "You do anything, I'll just send you to a new school Parker."
Before I could answer there was a knock on the door, Tyler opened it, "You wanted to see me Sir?"
I locked eyes with my cousin and grinned. "Tyler!" I shouted, jumping up and throwing my arms around his neck.
"Parker? Hey," He laughed. "Hi Uncle Billy."
"Tyler," Billy nodded to him. "How is my cousin?"
"Mom's good. She's happy you're stopping bye."
"Mr. Simms, I would like you to show Miss Darley around the school. You'll have all the same classes with her so I'd like you to stick with her."
"Sure thing," Tyler replied, tossing an arm over my shoulders.
I rolled my eyes, "You don't need to. I won't be here long anyway." I spoke quietly enough that only Tyler heard me and he chose to ignore me.
"Well Mr. Darley, everything is all set now. Parker is apart of the student body now." Provost Higgins faced me, "Welcome to Spenser Academy Miss Darley."
Tyler then led me and Billy to where I would be staying while at the prestigious academy. Luckily because I transferred in so late into the semester I got a solo room. Billy and Tyler put my stuff next to my bed and we just stood there.
"I guess I should go see Megan now." Billy said.
I nodded and sat down.
Billy sighed and bent down to my level in front of me, "You know you can call any time and I'll answer. I know you're mad at me right now, but you'll understand why I'm doing this when you're older."
Just as Billy stood up and walked out of the door I called him, "Hey. How long am I held prisoner here for?"
He just walked out and shut the door, and the tears came out when I realized that I might never go home again. Tyler came up and wrapped his arms around me. I just cried into my elder cousin's chest till I felt his phone vibrate in his pocket. Keeping one arm wrapped around me, he flipped his phone open.
"Hello?" I blinked the tears out of my eyes. "Oh, hey mom...Yeah, she just got here....No....Yeah, she'd love to go to Nicky's...Okay, see you later."
"What the hell is Nicky's?" I sniffed. Tyler grinned at me.
I perked up at the word 'bar'. "Are we going?" I asked, trying to contain my excitement. The last time I had a drink was, well, before Aden got sent to jail over a month ago.
"Great," I said, jumping up.
Tyler drove us into town and to the bar. I smiled as I stepped out of his monstrous hummer. Nicky's looked a lot like Four Roses. "Billy says you're a recovering addict," Tyler mentioned casually as we walked into the bar. I stiffened and nodded. "If I see you anywhere near the dealers I'll kick your ass kid."
I laughed. "Good to know."
"So then you have gangs out here?" I asked curiously.
"Of course we do," he looked down at me, "but don't be getting any ideas Parker. Billy will be calling to check in you know."
"I doubt that." I mumbled. "He'll be to busy now that he doesn't have to play father he can be with that chick when ever he wants"
"What?" Tyler said, stopping suddenly. "You don't really think that do you?"
I shrugged and looked away. "I'm a burden. And especially lately, with my detoxing and stuff. I cant really blame him for wanting a life outside of fatherhood."
"He doesn't think that Parker," Tyler said, concern in his voice. "You know that."
"How could he not? I mean, I know I've been saying it a lot, but I ruined his life Ty. He's had to kill for me. He probably wishes he did do the abortion Michelle wanted, so that's why he sent me away."
Tyler sighed and looked like he didn't know what to say, "I bet people have told not to believe that. So I'm just going to skip the speech for now. You wanna see Reid again? Meet the guys?"
I just nodded and was thankful that he didn't really say anything about it unlike everyone else has been. I was still going to find a way home though. Tyler opened up the door to Nicky's and we walked inside.
I immediately straightened up, pushing my shoulders back. A instinctual reaction form growing up in the neighborhood I did. You had to look tough, even if you didn't feel it. I reminded myself that this was only Ipswich, but I didn't relax. I couldn't remind on my name to protect me here, like I often did back home. I had to prove myself. So I raised my chin a fraction as Tyler led me to the back where the pool tables were.
Leaning over a table, pool cue in hand, was a blonde boy who looked very familiar. "Hey
"Hey Reid," Tyler said.
Reid looked over his shoulder, smirked, then did a double take. "Parker?"
I smiled slightly and nodded.
"What the hell are you doing here?" he laughed, walking over and hugging me. I stiffened, then forced myself to relax. This was Reid. I knew Reid.
"I've been exiled," I told him. My expression was joking but there was a sharp edge to my voice.
He gave me a quizzical look and his eyes slid to Tyler. "Long story, tell you later."
Reid nodded. He grinned down at me. "Wanna meet the guys?"
"Sure," I said. "Can we grab a drink on the way?"
Tyler frowned at me and Reid laughed. "I'm not giving alcohol to a minor," he said.
"You're not over twenty-one," I accused.
"But I am over eighteen, sweetheart."
I gritted my teeth. This was ridiculous. I had literally been drinking since I was twelve.
"Maybe later," he said, seeing my expression.
I sighed and nodded. They led me to a table closer to the front. Two guys and what i assumed were their girlfriends were sitting there, chatting. "Guys," Tyler said, getting their attention. "This is my second cousin, Parker Darley."
All I could manage was a half smile in return to their warm welcome. Tyler motioned for me to sit in an empty chair, next to the brunette girl, across from the blonde one. "Hi," the blonde said cheerfully. "I'm Sarah."
I nodded. Not the most friendly response but hey, Darley's weren't known for their social lives. She looked discouraged by my lack of response but she kept at it anyway. "Where'd you move from?"
"Oh, really?" She looked excited. "Which part?"
"Southie," I told her, gaging her reaction.
Her smile fell as her brain made the connection. A Darley from Southie. I could guess the thoughts that were running through her mind. Gangster, dangerous, druggie, prostitute, violent.
"Yeah, those Darley's," Tyler said. "Billy is my mom's cousin."
Sarah's pretty face drained of color. "Oh..."
"What are you talking about?" the boy with the long hair asked. He looked at me and stretched out his hand for me to shake. "I'm Pogue, by the way."
I ignored his hand and gave him a cold stare.
"Her dad's a..." Tyler hesitated.
"Gang lord," I finished for him.
The brunette laughed. Actually laughed. "That's ridiculous," she exclaimed. "Don't be so gulible, Pogue." She laughed again.
Tyler swallowed hard.
"We're not kidding," I said, my voice scary-calm.
The smile faded and her eyes darted back and forth between me and Tyler. "Seriously?"
"Yeah," he said.
Sarah was still pale. "So your Dad is Billy Darley?"
"That would mean you're grandpa is—"
I interrupted her. "Bones is dead and had been for a long time." I leaned in closer. "Billy killed him, and that man was never for a second my grandfather. He was just a sperm donor to my father."
Sarah just stared back at me, like she wasn't used to someone talking like that around here. She quietly apologized and soon Kate and Sarah were talking to each other while ignoring me and the guys were playing pool.
I just sat there for about fifteen minutes before I couldn't stand it anymore, I stood up. "I'm going to go to the bathroom."
"Okay." Kate said, not knowing that I had to stay with someone at all times.
I walked into the restroom first to see if Nicky decided to put windows in here. Luckily, he did, and I could fit though them. I crawled out of the small window and into the outside world. I stretched and heard someone chuckle from behind me. I spun around and saw a guy standing there smoking.
"Nice exit." He smirked, taking a puff of his smoke. "But most people use doors."
Returning his smirk I replied, "Well, I'm not like most people and I'm escaping the Nazi's so if you'll excuse me."
"The Nazi's huh? Wow. Must be epic."
"So, epic." I turned and looked around.
Mister, Hot-smoker, smashed his cigarette into the ground and asked, "Can I give you a lift somewhere?"
Shaking my head, I told him, "No thanks. I'll be okay." I only need to find a way to the bus station without Tyler or his friends finding out.
"You look like you have no clue where you're going."
I sighed, knowing he was right. Facing him I nodded. "I need a ride to the bus station, before my cousin and his friends notice I'm missing."
"Who's your cousin?"
The smoker dude smirked, "You're Parker?"
I nodded. "You know me."
He shook his head, "More like heard of you." He held out his hand, "I'm Troy."
I shook his hand. "Nice to meet you, but can I still have that ride?"
"Sure." Troy laughed. On the way we traded numbers.
I was leaning against the wall with my legs drawn tight against my chest, breathing hard, waiting for the bus home to arrive. All I wanted was to go home and see my family, that's and now I was going to.
"Miss." I heard over the back of my head. "Miss." But I just ignored it. "Miss." I looked to my right and saw the lady who sold the bus tickets holding mine out. "Bus 385 right?"
I nodded and grabbed it.
The bus wasnt coming for an hour or two so I found a seat in the back of the bus station and curled up in it. I positioned myself so that I could see both doors in the building and the ticket booth. I couldn't take any chances Tyler and his friends would surprise and corner me.
With my head resting in my hand, I began to nod off when I heard a panicked voice. "...She's about 5'6, brunette, skinny..." Tyler told the ticket woman. She nodded and pointed right at me.
Tyler turned and sighed in relief. "Parker, what the hell--"
I bolted before he finished, running for the door.
"Parker!" he yelled.
I burst through the door and shoved through the crowd that was standing in line to board a bus headed for Manhattan.
"Hey watch it," complained an overweight man as I elbowed him to get past.
For a split second, I considered getting on the bus. No one would notice one little girl in the throng of people. But i dismissed the idea quickly. Tyler would expect me to do that. It was safer to hide in the woods behind the building until he was long gone. I would wait for another bus if I had too.
I darted around the corner and jogged up the hill toward the dark forest. I looked over my shoulder and slowed as I passed the first few trees. I felt a strong pair of arms wrap around my waist and jerk me to a stop.
"Let me go," I screamed, my fist connecting with my attacker's jaw.
He groaned and loosened his grip enough for me to wriggle free. I took off, meaning to go farther into the woods, when I smacked straight into someone's chest.
The force of the impact jolted me backwards but someone else caught me from behind. I turned around and swung as hard as I could. They caught my wrist and twisted it behind me.
"Parker stop!" a voice I recognized as Reid's barked. I looked up and realized it was him I was struggling with. I hesitated long enough for him to take hold of my other arm and trap me against his chest.
I started struggling and fighting more and more, trying to get out of Reid's grasp. I was freaking out. Last time I was in this position, was when I was with enemies of Billy Darley and that caused me to panic.
Tyler ran around and pulled me from Reid's arms only to shove me into Caleb's. I'm guessing he's the strongest out of the four of them then since he picked me up. I started kicking and squirming more again trying to wiggle free but nothing was working. Caleb was just too strong.
All to soon, I was sitting in the backseat of Tyler's hummer between Caleb and Pogue. I stared straight ahead and tried to ignore all the guys around me. I hated them all for not letting me go home. I knew that I would be on my cell any minute and Billy would be yelling in my ear.
The hummer came to a stop in front of the school and all four guys got out around me. I sat perfectly still refusing to move a muscle but Caleb had other plans. He wrapped his arm around my waist and pulled me out of the monster truck. Reid slammed the door shut and the guys cornered me.
"Here's your options Parker." Tyler sighed. "You can either save yourself the embarrassment and walk by yourself. Or Caleb will guild you upstairs to your dorm. Which is it?"
I looked away and didn't say anything. "Fine." Tyler nodded to Caleb and he literally picked me up over his shoulder.
I had my eyes closed the entire way up to my dorm, and luckily I didn't start Spenser yet, so no one knew me. It wasn't as embarrassing. Tyler unlocked my door - Billy must have given him a key - and everyone trampled inside. Caleb threw me on my bed.
"Hey," I complained. "I'm not a sack of potatoes." They ignored me and Reid shut the door.
"Here's the deal," Tyler said, crouching in front of me, "I have to call Billy. I don't have a choice. If you'd like to tell me your side of the story first, I might be able to twist the facts in your favor. Like, maybe you got lost and ended up at the bus station. Or you went in to use the restroom. But if you don't tell me what really happened, I'm going to assume you ran off with the full intent to get on a bus and run away. Get the picture?"
I glared at my hands and nodded.
"Call Billy," I said, my voice flat. "It's your funeral, not mine."
I saw a flash of something rare in Tyler's eyes: anger. But he turned away and pulled out his cell phone.
"Thanks guys," he said to his friends. "I'll take it from here."
"I'll wait outside," Reid said as the others filed out. Tyler nodded and closed the door behind him.
He dialed quickly and gave me a level stare. "Don't move."
"Whatever," I said, rolling my eyes.
"Joe? Hey it's Tyler Simms...Yeah...Yeah, hey can you put Billy on the phone? Something happened that he should know about....No, she's fine...Yeah...Thanks."
I scowled at him and he raised his eyebrows.
"Billy? Hey. Yeah, look, Parker bolted tonight... Yeah, we found her. She's here now... Yeah... No problem... Here she is."
My eyes widened as I took the phone. That's it? Billy isn't mad at him?
"Hello?" I squeaked.
"Parker," Billy sighed. "I've only been gone a few hours and you're already trying to run away."
"Yeah. I wanna go home," I admitted, tears forming in my eyes. "Please come get me Daddy."
"You know I can't kiddo. It's just not safe."
"I can take care of myself," I whined.
"I don't want you trying to come home again Parker," he said firmly, ignoring what I'd said. "Do you understand?"
"Do. You. Understand?" he growled.
I sniffed and stifled a sob.
"Put Tyler on the phone," he said.
I held the phone out and looked away.
"Hey," Tyler said. "...yeah, I'll keep a closer eye on her. Sorry Billy....Yeah, one sec." He covered the phone with his hand. "Your dad wants to talk to you again."
I shook my head and glared at the wall.
"She won't take the phone," Tyler sighed. "... Yeah, I'll talk to her. Thanks Billy...Bye."
I starred straight ahead at the wall and wished I was home once again. I knew I was acting like a baby, but I didn't get it. Why the sudden urge to protect me and send me away?
Tyler sighed again and sat next to me. "Parker, Billy sent you here for a reason." He paused. "A gang threatened your life."
"What?" I looked at him shocked.
"Yeah. Not only that, but Billy thinks, actually he knows for a fact, that there's a leak in the gang right now."
"No one knows the truth about where you are except for your Dad. He hasn't even told Joey. Joe could accidentally let it slip to the wrong person and if that happens we're all goners."
"Who is it?" I asked quietly, thinking, what if it's Aden? I mean it couldn't be him? Could it?