Chapter 6: Nightmares or Dreams

Chris moved his gaze from the ground to me.

"Ash? Wha—What are you doing here?" He walked over to me.

"I could ask you the same thing," I sigh

I sat down on a stool and Chris towered over me.

"So, are you going to tell me?" He asked.

"Oh, I kind of told on Ace. I didn't mean to, I was half sleep. Connor came into my room and asked me where Ace was and I accidentally told him," I told Chris.

"Are you scared about what Ace will do if he finds out?" Chris asked me gently.

"Sort of," I frown. "Ace's punishments are always harsh and will leave you bruised up terribly. Hell, even in the hospital."

"You want to sleep here?"

"Yeah, and I'll go back in the morning. What about you, Chris? Why are you here?"

"My Dad's drinking nights have gone up, and he's as drunk as ever. I don't want to get hided."

I nodded understanding.

"Well, you should go to sleep, you have to get up early," Chris told me.

I nodded and got up from the stool. I curled up into a lawn chair and fell asleep.

Chris' POV

I was sitting on the ground with my knees to my chest and my arms wrapped around them. I was thinking about random shit, when I heard Ashton make a whimpering noise. I looked over to her. Her eyes were clenched shut and she was sweating. I continue to look at her as the whimpers increase.

"No, Ace, don't," she mumbled.

She was frightened about Ace. I couldn't imagine what it's like for her. Eyeball treats me bad, but not to the point I have nightmares. Ace could be pretty cruel, I know that for sure. He's definantly worse than my dad.

I grab Ash and cradle her like a baby. The whimpering starts to cease.

"She's just as small as a baby," I whisper.

I wipe the sweat away from her face and kiss her forehead.

"Don't worry, Ash, it'll be okay."

I think I'm developing feelings for her. I love her long bleach blonde hair. Her clear blue eyes always have that distant look in them. Her pink lips look so soft like marshmallows.

I raked my hand through her hair and she groaned in her sleep. I smiled down at her. She opened her blue orbs and looked at me. She blinked a couple of times before blushing deeply. I chuckled softly at her.

"Sorry," she mumbled.

She sat up and scratched her head.

"Was your dream bad?" I asked, though I knew the obvious answer.

"What?" She rubbed her eyes with her fist.

"Was your dream bad?" I repeated.

"Oh," she yawned. "Sort of not really."

I saw a green leather notebook sitting on top of the chest in the corner. I crawled over to it and opened it. I laughed as I looked at the cartoons.

"Hey!" Ashton yelled.

I looked over to her with a grin on my face. She takes it from me before slapping my head with it. I winced and rubbed my head.

"Ash, what's wrong?"

"That's mine!"

"You drew these pictures?"


"That's cool."

"No, it isn't. Besides, I only do it for fun."

"You can really draw. And they're funny! You can become a artist or a cartoonist."

"That's dumb," I heard her mumble.

"What?" I look at her in disbelief. "Do you not know how much money they make?!"

"Yeah, but I can't get out of this town."

"Why not?"

"Because Ace said I can't."

My fist started to quiver in anger. She looks at me with a brow raised.

"What?" She simply said.

"What?" I repeated angrily. "What?! You're gonna listen to Ace?!"

"Wha-," she was shocked at how angry I sounded. "I-I mean its tr-true."

"Don't give me that bullshit, Ashton! You know how talented you are!," I crawled to her and fisted her up into the air as I stood up. "Don't listen to Ace! I thought you of all people would know that."

"But I don't want..."

"Don't give me, 'I don't want to do it' shit either. Maybe I should start taking care of you since Ace doesn't want to do it properly."

I sighed. I heard a special knock on the trapped door causing me to gently placed Ash next to me and crawled to open the door. Teddy, Vern, and Gordie climb up the latter and into the tree house. They all gape at Ash like prey who was sitting looking at the ground. The next thing I know, I hear Teddy's high pitched laugh causing me to cock my head at him.

"Who knew Chris had the balls to take a v-card from Ace's little sister, eeeee-eeeee!" Teddy laughed.

Ash blushed deeply before turning away from us. I slapped Teddy on the head before telling him,

"I would never do that, Dipshit."

"Why are we all here?" I ask.

The guys just shrug and I roll my eyes. They already know why I'm here, so there's no need for me to explain that. Gordie looks straight at Ash.

"Ash, why are you here?" Gordie asks her.

She turns around to look at him before replying, "I accidentally told on Ace, and I wanted to hide from him before he could find me and beat me up."

She sounded so was cute.

The guys wince and looked down at the ground, feeling sorry for Ashton. We knew the dangers of pissing off Ace all too well.

"Man," Vern shook his head frightened. "I wonder what he's going to do to you. Hey, can you tell us later tomorrow?"

I smacked Vern in the arm. Hard. He yelped.

"I don't know, but I know it's going to be painful," Ash whispered but it was still audible.

"Can we go to sleep now and worry about this in the morning?" Teddy asked casually, but I could tell he was scared for Ash, too.

I nodded and turned off the lamps that were lighting up the tree house. We all layed down and went to sleep.

Yeah, tomorrow was going to be a hell of a day.