Enough Is Enough!
Kate could always tell when something was bothering her husband. He stood at the kitchen counter staring at a bottle of vodka wondering if he should drink it or not. She walked over and wrapped her arms around his neck and place her head on his shoulder. He took her hand and sighed.
"Something wrong, Niko? Please tell me." Kate said in a soft voice.
"It is nothing, really. Please, don't worry about me." Niko said.
"Niko, don't bullshit me, okay? I know something is wrong. I can always tell."
He laughed and said, "I was just remembering something from when I was young."
"Uh-oh. Good or bad memory?"
"I don't know... I …." He paused to collect his thoughts. Kate took him by the arm and led him to the couch.
"Tell me all about it." Kate said.
"I don't think you want to hear it."
"Trust me, Niko, you've probably told me worse."
Niko looked down at his glass before taking a drink. He didn't know if he could tell her about what happened to him when he only fifteen. Roman always said he should have been proud of himself. He took another drink before setting his glass aside.
"Where were you today, Kate?" Niko asked. "I came home and you were not here."
"I'll tell you when you tell me what's bothering you."
She could drive a hard bargain sometimes. He pour some more vodka before finally saying, "I was just remembering the time I stood up to my father."
And so began his story...
Niko Bellic tromped though the snow, carrying a white rabbit that he had just killed. Earlier that morning his mother, Milica, was baking bread. He wanted to surprise her that day with a fresh kill, though he didn't know what. The rabbit he had caught was quite large considering the lack of food during this time of the year.
The freezing wind stung his eyes as continued to walk through ankle deep snow. He would have liked to stay out a little longer but his fingers were numb and he couldn't feel his face. As he approached his house, the smell of baked bread filled the air causing his stomach to growl. He didn't eat dinner the night before, but he hoped tonight would be different. He stomped off the snow from his boots before walking into the house.
Inside Milica was at the stove making tea, his father, Zorin, was sitting in his chair with a bottle of vodka in his hand. It was just a typical day in the Bellic household. Niko hated it. He laid the rabbit on the table and took off his hat and gloves.
"I brought you a surprise, Mother." Niko said.
Milica turned around to find a white rabbit on her table.
"Oh Nikola it is wonderful! Thank you so much." Milica said placing her hand over her chest.
"You're welcome, Mother."
He heard his father grumble something but he ignored it. His mother wiped her hands on her apron and turned to Zorin who still sat in his chair, drinking vodka.
"Zorin, would you skin the rabbit later?" Milica asked.
Zorin looked over at Milica and glared at her.
"Have Nikola do it, he's the one who caught, so he can skin it too!" Zorin yelled.
"It's okay Mother, I'll do it." Niko said as picked the rabbit off the table and headed outside to hang it up on the side of the house. When he walked back in, he found his father standing at the table, glaring at him. He ignored his father's stare and walked past him. Zorin grabbed Niko by his jacket and pulled him back.
"You think you can come in here making me look like an asshole?" Zorin shouted. Niko just stared at floor, clinching his fist. "Look at me, boy!" Niko looked up at his father meeting his glare. Milica took a step forward.
"Zorin, he didn't mean anything by it." Milica pleaded.
"Shut the fuck up and stay out of it." Zorin shout at her.
"Zorin, please, he did not do anything."
Zorin released Niko and walked toward Milica and grabbed her arm. "I said, 'Stay the fuck out of it!'" Milica sobbed as he tightened his grip around her arm.
"Let go of her!" Niko finally shouted, surprising his parents including himself. Zorin released Milica and stepped toward Niko.
"Excuse me? You think you can tell me what to do? I am the father, you are the son! You always were an ungrateful shit. I should have thrown you out the day you were born."
"Fuck you! You are barely a a man, even." The moment the words escaped Niko's mouth, Zorin slammed Niko into the wall. Milica ran to her son who was lying on the floor.
"And you think you are a such a big man, ha!"
"Niko are you all right?" Milica asked her son.
"Yes, I'm fine." Niko stood up and brushed himself off. Zorin was pacing the kitchen and foaming at the mouth.
"Back for more, boy? Why are you standing up for that bitch?"
Niko began to see red. The next he knew he had landed a punch on Zorin's face, knocking him to the ground. Zorin shot up and grabbed Niko by the neck and started dragging him out the door.
"Zorin, stop! You are hurting him." Milica pleaded.
"Shut up, bitch!"
"Don't talk to her like that!" Niko hissed.
Zorin threw Niko out the door and picked up a shovel. "You think you are bigger than me, well you are wrong! You will always be weak."
Niko stumbled and turned to face his father. "No father you are weak. You think its okay to push us around, but you can't." And with that Niko turned to walk away when suddenly he felt a sharp pain across the back of his head.
"Mother, come quick! Niko is waking up!"
"Niko? Niko? Are you alright?"
As Niko's vision became clear, he could see Roman and and his aunt Zelda standing over him with a concerned look on there faces."
"Roman? What are you doing here? Where's mother?" Niko sat up and looked around, realizing he wasn't in his room.
"Easy cousin, lie back down." Roman said.
"Niko what happened?" Zelda asked.
"I could not take it anymore. I finally gave him what he deserved." Niko told her.
"Oh Niko." Zelda said as she dipped a cloth in a bowl water that was sitting on a table by the bed. "Lie back." Niko did what he was told as Zelda placed the wet rag on his forehand.
"Wow cousin, I can not believe it. Maybe now Zorin will back off." Roman said cheerfully.
"I doubt it cousin. Where is he anyways?"
"He stormed off cursing to the sky. The fight was so loud everyone in village heard could hear."
"How is my mother?"
"She's okay, just shaken up. She asked if we could keep you here for the night. I think she's cleaning up the mess now."
Niko got out of bed and starting putting his boots back on.
"Niko what are you doing?" Zelda asked.
"I'm going to help her. It is not her fault... I caused this." Niko finished tying his laces and grabbed his coat. "I'll come back tonight." Niko grabbed his coat and walked out the door heading home with an unsure future.
Liberty City, 2009
"Wow." Was all Kate could say.
"Yeah...wow." Niko held his glass in one hand and Kate's hand in the other.
"You were very brave and so young."
"More like stupid." There was a long silence in the room before Niko finally spoke.
"So now that I've told you what was on my mind, will you tell where you were?"
Kate jump up off the couch, "Wait here, I'll be right back." She dashed into their bedroom and came back out with a light blue bag. "Well I went to the doctor and then I went shopping."
"The doctor? Are you okay?"
Kate laughed and sat on Niko's lap. She reached over and grabbed the shopping bag.
"Niko, I'm fine, but we might have to find a bigger apartment." She reached into the bag and pulled out several baby outfits.