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The Grace Family

The family, The "help," and a dead boyfriend.

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a character in “Keeping Secrets.”, as played by dreamingreality

Description

Image Jessa Lynn Grace is a typical kid. She loves to play, she loves her toys, but most of all she loves her sister Elisa. Despite the fact she's a toddler, only age three, she appears to know something is very wrong with her family. Her parents, Joshua and Diana, are hardly ever there. They are strangers to her. Her nanny and Elisa are more of a maternal figure in her mind. She's called them both "mommy" on several occasions, only to be corrected. Named after Elisa's great grandmother.


Image There has never been two people more obsessed with status, wealth, and appearance than Joshua and Diana Grace. They were both born into money and have only made more in their lifetimes. They expect nothing less than perfection from their staff and daughter and will do everything in their power to cover up a scandal. They care little for their granddaughter, thinking she's just a mistake made by Elisa. They have noticed their daughter's several ills, including her anorexia, but would prefer to ignore it - just like Jess.


Image Alan Foster is the Grace family's chef. He lives and works in their home. He tends to be a grumpy man, though he's quite observant. He knows all the secrets of the house, including the ones no one was ever meant to know. Often times he feels sorry for Elisa and Jessa, but feels it is not his place to say something. Despite is grumpy exterior, he cares quite a bit for the girls and dislikes everything about their parents except the salary they pay him.


Image Allison walker is both Jessa's nanny and maid to the house. Like Alan, she lives in the home. Her job is to clean everything but the kitchen, do the laundry, and take care of Jess when she's not in her preschool classes. She's generally kind hearted, but extremely strict. She suspects that Jess is Elisa's daughter, but refuses to ask for fear of losing her job.


Image Malachai was Elisa's first love. Her parents absolutely despised him as he was everything about the world that they hated. He had tattoos, was sixteen when she was fourteen, had an anarchist view of the world, was a musician and an artist, and showed Elisa that her parents didn't have to have so much control over her. He believed in fun, in happiness, and that you didn't need to have money to have those two things. He loved Elisa and despite what she thinks, he had suspicions that she was pregnant before he died. Before he could ask her, he was hit by a drunk driver and killed.

UPDATE:

Was actually paid of by parents to stay away. Has no knowledge of Jess. Joined Beck Hades' rival gang after becoming addicted to drugs, which ruined his mind and turned him into something dark - evil even. There were hints that he had a darker part of himself when they were younger, but nothing like he is now.

So begins...

The Grace Family's Story

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Beck Hades.

"A logical coward is still a coward, but what else would one expect from a Shard?"
"See, coward."


Beck could not help but begin laughing furiously, a big hearty laugh that came right from the bottom of his stomach. Of course is was fake and melodramatic but there was some amount of honest amusement there.He laughed so much it hurt his ribs. "So you think logic is cowardly? Wow what a dumbass." He said with a smirk, staring directly in the eyes of this crazed man with a harsh expression. "I don't fear you now. I know I am smarter than you and your pathetic brain and therefore better."

"Of course not you sickly amoeba. There's always more maiming to do."

"Somebody put this guy down! They kill crazy bastards like you don't they?" He spat harshly, now realising that Elisa's ex boyfriend was in fact now a complete nutjob. He wondered if this man was the same as this a few years ago, but he highly doubted it since Elisa stated she was at the very least fond of him. He hoped Elisa was not really for this type of guy, and would be greatly offended if he himself also fitted into that category. "You won't lay a finger on him." A quiet voice came out from behind him, which actually turned out to be Millie who was clearly frightened by this situation. After all she knew too well what these men did to people at she had sticthed up far too many wounds.

"We may have made a promise to be peaceful and to stop coming after your friends if you showed yourself...but did I ever promise that we wouldn't come after you?"

Beck narrowed his eyes and scowled, though his heart was thudding hard in his chest. He was scared, knowing he would be tracked down and there was nothing he could do about it. "How pathetic is that? What has caused this obsession with me? It is pointless. I'm going home as soon as I find out who this man is." He said pointing a finger in the red haired males direction.

"Is that the face of recognition? I don't recall ever meeting a snivelling shard leader before,"
"You look so angry? How about you tell your friend to let you go and come at me again. It'll be so much fun."

"A little bird told me you are supposed to be dead. Yet you stand here!!!" Beck snarled loudly, clenching his fists tight. He decided not to give away anymore information that may get himself and Elisa into trouble and so left the details there. "Explain that." He said darkly. "I also suggest you should watch your mouth. Your bark is bigger than your bite and for me it is the other way round my friend." The blonde explained, of course talking about the gun in his back pocket which was way more powerful than his small blade.

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"So you think logic is cowardly? Wow what a dumbass."
"I don't fear you now. I know I am smarter than you and your pathetic brain and therefore better."


"Did I say that? No. I said a logical coward is still a coward. A real man never would have hid. A real man would have stood up for his friends long before now, regardless of his own safety." The red head spat, a snarl on his lips. He didn't take kindly to being called a dumb ass. "You're an arrogant little shit aren't you? You won't be by the end of the night. I'll have you screaming. You'll be begging for me to stop and then you'll know fear. Fear is pain and you will understand that well, seems you didn't get the message in the first place, love."

"You won't lay a finger on him."

Every single one of the Emeralds appeared to be laughing at that statement. "I won't, will I? Then how about I get my hands on you? You look like fun, all red and pretty. I'd love to get on you," Malachai stated, licking his lips in perhaps the most sickening way a man could.

"How pathetic is that? What has caused this obsession with me? It is pointless. I'm going home as soon as I find out who this man is."

"It's simple really, our 'obsession,' we don't need another supposed gang policing us. This is our world, we do as we please. You're an annoyance we want to rid ourselves of." The leader said with a roll of his eyes, as though the reason should be clear as day. "And go home? Not without a reminder to stay out of our business, as it appears you need another. And seems you have a fondness for Malachai here, maybe I'll let him do the honors. He's quite the artist when it comes to pain."

"A little bird told me you are supposed to be dead. Yet you stand here!!!"

Malachai's eyes narrowed in on Beck, processing what he had said. For a brief moment the crazy look he bared was gone, replaced by curiosity. Only one girl, that was supposed to be hours away, thought that he was dead. Only one family spread that rumor and there was only one person who might care enough to still be talking about it. At that realization, a new grin spread across his face. "Now there's something I haven't thought about in quite a while. I am supposed to be dead aren't I?" His voice was filled with amusement and a hint of darkness.

"But how would you come to hear that particular rumor? Seems I left it a town away? Could it be that your little bird lives here now? The Grace family has always been a funny sort," Malachai chuckled, holding his right elbow in his left hand while lightly tapping the blade against his chin. "Elisa, Elisa, Elisa. She was a good lay if I remember correctly. Tell me, is she still? I mean, I assume by your obvious give a shit you've fucked her. She must've told you about me, as I doubt her parents would."

"I also suggest you should watch your mouth. Your bark is bigger than your bite and for me it is the other way round my friend."

He approached Beck after that statement, rather coolly and more collected than before. "My bark is bigger than my bite, is it Shard?" Malachai whispered, inches from his face and he lightly ran the knife over Beck's cheek - not hard enough to wound him, but just enough to be a creepy mother fucker. "Don't underestimate me. I feel you'll regret it." His voice was still low, but in a split second the had moved the knife from Beck's face to his abdomen...

And there was nothing gentle about the way he sunk it into his flesh.

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YOU SAID TO SURPRISE YOU.
BUT EVERYTHING IN ME SAYS THIS IS POWER PLAY AND IT GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING I HAVE LEARNED AS A ROLE PLAYER.

anywho.
stab.

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"You are a foul and sick bastard. My god it's not even human."

"You wound me, Sir! But at least I can admit that I'm a terrible person. I take what I want, but you're a killer playing a hero and that's just pathetic." Malachai's way of speaking was dramatic and humorous, and his voice held a small tone of psychotic glee. "I accept that I am the villain and it's quite the fun roll to play. I suggest you try it. You run a gang, it shouldn't be too hard."

"I don't have any idea how she was ever fond of you!"
"A good lay!? Is that all!? She was barely a teenager you fucking physco!"


"Barely teenager? I was barely a teenager. Good Lord, it's not like I was some thirty year old." Malachai rolled his eyes, clearly entertained by how angry Beck was getting over this girl. To Malachai, Elisa was just his first fuck and he got a good paycheck out of it. Sure, at one point he might have cared a smidgen but any hint of that was long gone and forgotten if it ever existed at all. It was hard to say these days, he didn't even know nor did he give the smallest iota of a shit. "She would have been quite fond of any distraction. I'm sure that's all you are now, if she's still as fucked in the head as she was then. I mean, last I heard she was giving blow jobs in bathrooms to any guy who'd give her a eight ball." That wasn't exactly a lie. He had heard a rumor once about her, and hadn't given it a thought until that moment.

He grinned at the look on The Shard Leader's face as the knife grazed his skin and got so much satisfaction out of it going into his skin. What happened next, however, he did not expect.

Malachai felt the bullets in his leg long before he even heard the gun go off. He snarled like an enraged lion, putting his hand to his knee as someone pulled at him to retreat. Blood covered his palm, sticky and red. "I'll kill you, Shard, if you're not dead already. But first I'll make you watch as I kill that whore Elisa," He threatened as his fellow gang members pulled him away. He made a quiet vow to himself that those weren't just words or a bluff. He meant it. No one would shoot at him and get away with it. He would make Beck pay in more ways than one and it would be fun for him.




Elisa couldn't help but watches the minutes on her phone change, waiting for a message she wasn't sure would ever come. Her anxiety was at a high and any moment she felt she could slip into a nervous breakdown. Something in her stomach screamed that things were not alright. She had put Jess to bed ages ago and the entire house was silent, save for the occasional chime of the clock or creak in the walls. All she had was her thoughts and she prayed that they would soon quiet and let her fall asleep.

But that never happened.

She continued to play the waiting game, knowing that if she didn't get some form of notification soon that she would drive back to the gang's little hideout and wait for whoever showed up to ask questions.

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Beck Hades.

"You wound me, Sir! But at least I can admit that I'm a terrible person. I take what I want, but you're a killer playing a hero and that's just pathetic."
"I accept that I am the villain and it's quite the fun roll to play. I suggest you try it. You run a gang, it shouldn't be too hard."


Those words rung in Becks ears. He was right. He was a thousand percent correct about that and the fact that this was the truth left the blonde youth in silence with his hands trembling. The man paused for a second before forcing something out of his mouth that had less of a influence than that was actually wanted. He might as well have not even spoken. "There is a clear difference between me and you Malachai." He said, tone rather flat. Beck was not a good man, Beck had done some horrible things, yet he pretended he was not guilty.

"She would have been quite fond of any distraction. I'm sure that's all you are now, if she's still as fucked in the head as she was then. I mean, last I heard she was giving blow jobs in bathrooms to any guy who'd give her an eight ball."


As Beck lay upon the cold ground, clutching his wound and letting small whines escape his lips this was what played on his mind rather than his own blood leaking onto the floor. He believed him somewhat, though Beck wondered why Elisa would be doing that for money due to her family being rather well off. She knew she would accept any kind of affection from anyone, if it stirred her emotions enough to make her feel alive. Was that what Beck was? Did she even actually love him? Was he just someone to numb her pain? It made him sick that this stranger had persuaded him to think in this way, but now the idea's would not leave his brain.

"I'll kill you, Shard, if you're not dead already. But first I'll make you watch as I kill that whore Elisa,"


Beck was going insane. The noise around him became a muffled mess along with Millie's cries and Leon storming the carpark with as many footsteps as bullet shots. He just heard Malachai. Only his sickening voice and Beck's own soft crazed laughter. His vision was starting to blur due to blood loss but it was actually the tears spilling from his eyes that caused the clearness to fade. He would not remember what had left his mouth cause he simply felt like he currently was not existing, like he was already dead, because he knew Malachai was serious. "I...I can't wait to pump you full of lead..." The alpha hissed, before he fell into blackness.

He hoped he was dead.

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He lay there in bed, refusing to open his eyelids. It would have been so much easier if he was dead. Millie and Leon chatted quietly but he did his best to ignore them, in fact he struggled to hear them. It only took him a second to realize he felt very little pain, more like tingling in his wound. He had been drugged for pain relief. Beck wondered if Millie had given him a small amount of Morphine or Heroine, either way it did the job for once throbbing pain but he could barely lift his arms with out putting a lot of effort into thinking about the action. Either that or he was just dying and did not care enough to feel this pain.

Slowly he forced his eyes open and the blurry world appeared around him, it was just one of the Shard's flats and not even hospital. Though of course he expected this as any more help would require explanation and therefore unneeded trouble, but it seemed like the red haired girl had done a pretty fine job at patching him up anyway. Fresh white bandages covered the gash and his bloody shirt binned. Usually Beck would have been rather displeased at this as it meant they had seen the scars on his back once more, but at this current moment in time and the state he was in he could not even think straight.

Millie's hand stroked the hair from his face as she said some words that he could not even make a guess at, still this was comforting. He could just make out Leon's figure, pacing the floor furiously with what seemed like a mobile in his hand. Beck did not understand what he was doing.

Of course Leon was deciding whether or not to text Elisa or not. It did not look like he was close to making a choice either, he would just pace the ground all night.

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Bex.
"You sound like me a few years ago."

At this point Rebecca was over giving any fucks to anyone in the room. Despite her relaxed demeanor, she was insanely stressed over the whole ordeal - just as she was any time Elisa got herself into a mess, but she would never complain. Elisa had probably picked her up out of the gutter far more times than she could count. "What are you, forty? You look barely any older than Elisa and I. A few years make the boys high and mighty, does it?"

"But people how stay stuff like that are all liars."

"I'm a lot of things, but I wouldn't say a liar is one. In fact, I'm pretty damn honest. I have noticed a lot of liars like to point fingers, though." Bex was louder than Elisa, louder and far less tactful. Not to mention she absolutely despised being accused of things she wasn't. Her face twisted into it's natural bitch position and she rolled her eyes when Leon seemed to have his eyes on everything but her.

Elisa.

"He won't leave you. He thinks your the best thing since sliced bread. It's annoying cause the flat's kinda lonely now. Man stealer."

Elisa's head was now swaying with the music and she picked up the bucket at Leon's urging, gripping onto it for dear life. "You're kind of nice when you're not a dick. It's okay though. I know you don't like me." She said with a giggle. "Every time I see you, I'm a mess. You must like he's crazy."

There wasn't any sadness in her face, it was more like she had just stated an amusing fact. "I promise I'm not always crazy. I'm usually like a mouse. Lately I'm just an angry mouse."

At this point Bex was giggling like an idiot as well. "A mouse? God, who are you without me? Normally you're like a sexy lioness. Have all the boys drooling."

Elisa stuck out her tongue towards her friend.

Bex.

"We ALL have our demons!"
"That doesn't mean we let them get into bad situ-"


Bex was reading this boy like a book and it wasn't hard either. She chuckled, lazily holding a red solo cup in her hand - more than likely filled with water as she was now trying to sober up since it didn't seem like anymore partying would get done tonight. "Had an epiphany, did you? You wear your emotions on your face. That's a bad habit; especially if you're a liar, though I don't see you being a very good one."

When Beck came running onto the scene like some kind of enraged knight, she assumed that this was Elisa's boyfriend. He looked so concerned about her and it made Rebecca a little sick to her stomach. She didn't like men. She'd play with them, use them to get what she wanted, but she didn't understand how anyone could love one. She had learned enough in her life to know that romance and love didn't exist, and that was the one thing she would never understand about Elisa.

Elisa passing out was enough to cause Rebecca to go right into panic mode. Her face immediately lost it's cool attitude and turned into concern, but before she could reach the other girl Beck had already scooped her up and was getting ready to leave.

"Are you coming Bex? We could drop you off if you live near by or you can come see if Elisa gets home?"

"Of course I'm coming. You're gonna need someone to cover for you if you get caught and it just so happens that Elisa's parents adore me. If they just saw you two they'd call the cops. Duh." She rolled her eyes and waved her hand as if she was brushing him off like a flea.

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The house was completely dark and everyone had gone to bed, and Rebecca was able to punch in the door code without waking anyone. Thankfully, Bex didn't notice anything that would say the Grace parents were home. Normally something would be left out as an indicator; a laptop, car keys, her mother's various files. "God, what would you two do without me? Imagine had I chosen not to come. Would you have just knocked? Come, take her upstairs." She motioned, already leading the way to the bedroom.

She had been here enough when Elisa and her had first met to remember the layout of the house. The place in all it's grandeur never phased her, which was another reason the girls got along so well - they both had billions at their disposal and neither of them were the least bit impressed with it. In fact, the only thing that had ever made Rebecca the least bit jealous about Elisa was her closet. With how into fashion Diana Grace was, Elisa had everything fresh off the runways...and it drove Bex crazy that the seventeen year old chose to wear department store t-shirts and jeans most days. Who would wear converse when they had Alexander McQueens at their disposal?

Elisa.

It didn't take that long to get to her house, but Elisa was already waking back up - still completely trashed and feeling worse than before. The coke had worn off, but she was still feeling the come down from it and it was like the worst hang over of her life...while she was still drunk. She made a sound that was almost inhuman and rolled her head into the space between Beck's shoulder and chest. "You smell soo good. I looove you. You have a nice face. I like your dick too." She rambled on and giggled.

"Goooooood, I'm gonna be so fat tomorrow. Bex, make me throw up more. Alcohol has waaaay too many calories. Mom's gonna be mad. She notices like half a pound, I sweeeeeaaaaar. 'Fat girls don't make it to the runway.' Always trying to book jobs I hate. Stupid, I never go. But she's right. I'm already fat. Gotta go to the gym now." Elisa continued to rant on about various things, being louder than anyone probably needed her to be.

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(Going to merge together characters in the post cause I'm finding it hard to structure it now)

"God, what would you two do without me? Imagine had I chosen not to come. Would you have just knocked? Come, take her upstairs."

The two boys scoffed a little and did not instantly give a response before Beck piped up "I'd have pick-locked the door" he said with a smile but it was quite likely that this would take Beck a good 40 minutes or so. "I'd have smashed the window." Leon stated, rather bluntly and only half sarcastically. With Elisa over Becks shoulder and Bex and Leon trailing behind, they headed upstairs.

"You smell soo good. I looove you. You have a nice face. I like your dick too."

Beck could not help but allow the widest of grins to grow on his mouth. "Shh...shh..." He hushed her amusing and quite flattering words while pressing kisses to her cheek and jaw line. "I'm really glad about that. I love you too." He told her, but it was almost like he was talking to a child who he was trying to calm down before they were going to bed. Leon flashed a grin over in Beck's direction upon her sexual comments before rolling his eyes.

Leon stood awkwardly around the corner of her bedroom, suddenly looking very uncomfortable and way out of place. "You have a big fucking house." He chuckled before remaining silent and just watching the group, realising that he did not actually intend to stop by. It was weird seeing him uneasy, as normally he was bursting with confidence and intimidating body language. Beck plopped Elisa down onto the bed before laying there too and pulling her into his chest, trying to persuade her to rest. He snaked his arm around her, holding her tight as though she was going to be tugged away at any second. "I'm so pissed at you...you have no idea how pissed I am at you. Two hours you said! Even then it's not fair or alright." He explained, but the tone of his voice did not sound all that angry.

"Goooooood, I'm gonna be so fat tomorrow. Bex, make me throw up more. Alcohol has waaaay too many calories. Mom's gonna be mad. She notices like half a pound, I sweeeeeaaaaar. 'Fat girls don't make it to the runway.' Always trying to book jobs I hate. Stupid, I never go. But she's right. I'm already fat. Gotta go to the gym now."

Beck squeezed his fist together hard, wanting to punch something to allow his rage to flow. It was the first time he heard about her Mother having any influence on Elisa's eating habits, and it enraged him more than anything else. "I can't believe that. She's disgusting. Runway girls sometimes don't make it back home from the runway. She must be a sick woman your Mother. You're gorgeous Elisa. You need more food not less food...P...please..Let's not talk about this now." He said, trailing off at the end and giving her a squeeze.

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Bex.
"I'd have pick-locked the door"

"I'd have smashed the window."


Rebecca stopped and stared at them for a moment, slack-jawed. It wasn't a response she expected, but then again she wasn't at all sure what too expect from these two. "Elisa keeps interesting company these days. The guys we played with would have tossed her to the nearest boy willing to take her home. And you two would break into her house. Is that better or worse? I don't know." She knew that probably came out way worse than she had originally meant it, but she shrugged it off. It wasn't exactly a lie. If they were both to fucked up to do anything, they usually woke up with idea where they were.

"Anyways, good thing you won't be getting arrested then. Do you really think you could bypass their security system by picking a lock or God forbid, break a window? I have a feeling you're not from around this neighborhood." She shook her head. She knew Elisa had opted to go to a public school and figured she had met these two boys there. Some choices Elisa made, Rebecca wouldn't understand to save her life.

Elisa.

"You have a big fucking house."

"Really? I thought it was kind of small." Her voice was teasing and she giggled as she said it, obviously she was joking. She knew her house was god awfully huge. "They need a house big enough to contain their massive egos." She looked at Leon and nearly laughed again about how funny he looked here - even more out of place than Beck. Her mother would have a heart attack if she saw Leon, with all of his tattoos. She almost wished she would catch him here, though that was unlikely.

"I'm so pissed at you...you have no idea how pissed I am at you. Two hours you said! Even then it's not fair or alright."

"Don't be mad, B. I love you. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I just wanted to have fun. You don't have to worry always." She pouted and snuggled even further into Beck, trying to warm herself and wishing that her headache would just go away, along with the funny numbness she felt in her teeth and back of her throat.

Bex.

"She must be a sick woman your Mother."

Rebecca laughed out loud at that, though she quickly covered her mouth. "Have you ever met the woman? She'll suck the life out of a room with just a look. Talk about someone trying to push their failed dream onto their daughter. She was never tall enough to get jobs...probably not pretty enough either. All of the blonde weaves in the world couldn't get that bitch a spot on a runway...or even a Penney's catalog. Elisa's 5'7 and pretty, it infuriates Diane that she won't do anything with it." Bex knew a lot about Elisa's family, not everything, but a lot more than most people. She had hung around enough and was pretty observant enough - or really good at eavesdropping, either way - to figure things out.

"Her dad's really quiet. Doesn't say much. He's hard to figure out, but I'm told he's really great at whatever the fuck he does, and a lot more personable at his business meetings. Haven't got to sit in one of those yet. Eventually, maybe, if I get an internship after high school." The thing about Bex is, along with her bitchiness, she could talk for hours about anything; especially if it was about other people. She liked being able to throw out facts and other stupid shit that people probably didn't need to know. "Anyways, Leon are you stay-" She was cut off.

"Lissy are you having a sleep over, why are there so many people here?" Said the little red head standing in the door frame with sleepy eyes and holding a teddy bear.

"Holy fuck someone woke the Gremlin." Bex said, noticeably uneasy.

Elisa/Jess

At the sound of her daughter's voice, Elisa immediately sat up in the bed and looked nervously at everyone in the room. "Jessie? What are you doing up?" She said, trying very hard not to slur her words despite her head spinning and while she sounded less drunk - you could definitely still tell she wasn't sober. Her heart was pounding so hard she thought she was going to have a heart attack. Of the people in her room, only one knew that Jess was her kid...and she had that solace, but she didn't remember that she had said something pretty damning to Leon earlier in the night.

"I heard you leave and waited for you to get back. I can't sleep when you're not here." Jess said with a pout, grumpy and very tired. She wobbled sleepily over to Leon and looked up at him, a tiny mouse in comparison. "Who are you? The mean one is Bex." The little girl glared in Rebecca's direction, and Rebecca responded by sticking her tongue out. Jess returned her attention to Leon. "And Beck is a secret right now. Are you a secret? My real name is Jessa, but Lissy calls me Jessie and everyone else calls me Jess."

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"Elisa keeps interesting company these days. The guys we played with would have tossed her to the nearest boy willing to take her home. And you two would break into her house. Is that better or worse? I don't know."

"Better." Beck hissed venomously shooting her a deadly glare across the room. It was obvious he was massively offended to being so much as compared to those types of guys. "MUCH better." He spat again, clenching his fists slightly and trying to cool his temper. "And Elisa isn't playing with me...So think before you open your gob."

"Anyways, good thing you won't be getting arrested then. Do you really think you could bypass their security system by picking a lock or God forbid, break a window? I have a feeling you're not from around this neighborhood."

"To be fair I didn't really care much at the time I just wanted her inside and well." Beck explained, clearly growing quite a disliking to Bex. After all she was the one who asked Elisa to leave and get herself into trouble. Of course he could not blame her as her friend did not know of the situation at hand, but still he did blame her. He wanted someone to blame. "And not everyone lives in a fancy ass house with parents who shit money." The blonde explained, before falling rather silent as he thought of his Father at home, alone, only with his paintings for company. Beck pulled out his mobile and held it loosely, deciding whether or not a text to him was needed.

"Don't be mad, B. I love you. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I just wanted to have fun. You don't have to worry always."

"I know...I'm so-" Beck was rudely cut off by Leon who decided to chime in at that point. "He does have to worry always." The tattooed man told her with a sigh. "Take a look at his stomach and his back and then maybe you will remember why he has to w-" Leon stopped, realising Bex was in the room and that this conversation was not really useful until Elisa was sober anyway. He regretted talking up.

"Have you ever met the woman? She'll suck the life out of a room with just a look. Talk about someone trying to push their failed dream onto their daughter. She was never tall enough to get jobs...probably not pretty enough either. All of the blonde weaves in the world couldn't get that bitch a spot on a runway...or even a Penney's catalog. Elisa's 5'7 and pretty, it infuriates Diane that she won't do anything with it."
"Her dad's really quiet. Doesn't say much. He's hard to figure out, but I'm told he's really great at whatever the fuck he does, and a lot more personable at his business meetings. Haven't got to sit in one of those yet. Eventually, maybe, if I get an internship after high school."


"The industry is toxic and I don't see how any Mother could pressure their kid into that knowing the consequence. Who gives a fuck about her dream anyway, what about Elisa's dreams?!" Beck ranted, clearly very wound up with the description of Elisa's parents. "I hope I don't ever get to meet your Mum...I'm very likely to want to punch her." He said only half joking while giving the brunette a tight squeeze.

"Anyways, Leon are you stay-"
"Lissy are you having a sleep over, why are there so many people here?"
"Holy fuck someone woke the Gremlin."
"Jessie? What are you doing up?"
"I heard you leave and waited for you to get back. I can't sleep when you're not here."


"Awh Jess I'm sorry we were so noisy and woke you! Aren't we bad!?" Beck said, changing the tone of his voice drasticly to something softer and more childlike. He stumbled out of bed and walked towards the small red headed child before crouching to her level on his toes with a grin. "Well Lissy is back now and we are going to be as quiet as a mouse from now on to make sure you can get some sleep alright? How about you go back to bed for me? Is that alright?" He said to the little girl, ruffling her hair with his large seemingly oversized hands. It was weird how good Beck was with Jess.

"Who are you? The mean one is Bex."
"And Beck is a secret right now. Are you a secret? My real name is Jessa, but Lissy calls me Jessie and everyone else calls me Jess."


Leon almost fell over as the small child walked towards him. He looked absolutely terrified and rather intimidated by Jess. It was clear that children were a rare encounter with him and that he was totally oblivious about how to behave and so just came across as awkward and uneasy. "Erm...I am also a secret. A big secret alright?" He told the girl, still edging away from her as though she might bite him if she got too close. "This is Leon, Jessie. He's a good friend of mine." Beck introduced the two, a slight sense of nervousness in his tone. He wished she would have just stayed in bed.

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Bex.
"Better."
"And Elisa isn't playing with me...So think before you open your gob."


"Oh look, we got ourselves one of those "holier than thou" types. Get over yourself. I'm thinking you've got a secret or two that doesn't make you "much better" than anyone else." The girl stated, rolling her eyes so hard they could have popped out of her head. "Do you think you're like her knight or something?-" She was about to continue but Elisa shot her a glare that was clearly telling her to shut the fuck up and looked ready to toss a pillow.

"And not everyone lives in a fancy ass house with parents who shit money."

"Aw, what? You jealous? Why the Hell are you getting pissy with me? Believe it or not, I didn't force Elisa out tonight. She came of her own volition. She's a big girl who makes her own decisions. Sorry if you don't approve." Rebecca snapped, clearly not fond of Beck's growing attitude towards her. "And before you she was a lot worse, so why don't you just take solace in that?"

Elisa.
"Take a look at his stomach and his back and then maybe you will remember why he has to w-"

"Oh my God, would you kindly shut the FUCK up?" Elisa growled, throwing the pillow at him that she had originally intended for Bex. All the negative energy in the room was making her feel worse than she was already physically feeling; the come down from the drugs was just making her grumpy and frustrated on top of the headache, fever, and general flu-like feelings. Not to mention her exhaustion. "Sorry, but I've got a dad. I don't need another one, okay?" She slurred, still glaring at Leon like he was the spawn of Satan. The more he spoke, the more she hated him.

"I hope I don't ever get to meet your Mum...I'm very likely to want to punch her."

"I hope you never meet her either. She'll take you away from me." She pouted, curling into the pillow she hadn't thrown at Leon. "She's evil. I want to leave here. I'm almost eighteen. I'll run away then. Far, far away. Maybe I'll change my name and go to a small town in the middle of nowhere, where no one knows who I am."

Jess.
"Awh Jess I'm sorry we were so noisy and woke you! Aren't we bad!?"
"Well Lissy is back now and we are going to be as quiet as a mouse from now on to make sure you can get some sleep alright? How about you go back to bed for me? Is that alright?"


The three year old pushed out her lower lip in a pout and latched on to the boy in front of her, hanging on for dear life. "No. I want to stay with you. You're my friend." She was growing quite attached to Beck since he had been around for a while. She was obviously very tired after waiting around for Elisa's through the night, and she let out a tiny yawn as proof of that.

"Erm...I am also a secret. A big secret alright?"
"This is Leon, Jessie. He's a good friend of mine."


She buried her head into Beck's shoulder, very much like Elisa did on occasion and looked at Leon from the side of her eye. "Why does he have drawings on his arms? Mama gets really mad when I use my markers like that." Jess said to the blonde, though she never took her eyes of Leon. He was large and little scary, not at all like everyone else she was use to being around, but she was more curious than afraid of him. It made him a lot less intimidating when he looked like he had just encountered a monster. "He looks like Lissy when she sees a spider."

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"Oh look, we got ourselves one of those "holier than thou" types. Get over yourself. I'm thinking you've got a secret or two that doesn't make you "much better" than anyone else."
"Do you think you're like her knight or something?-"

"I don't see how you have even drawn that conclusion from anything. I haven't said shit...You don't even fucking know me!" Beck spat, now getting rather angered by this girls presence. She was not even welcome here. He did not care if she was Elisa's friend, her being here was still a privilege and he was totally willing to throw her out the window. "I'm not a knight I'm just trying to look after her unlike you, you dumb bitc-" Beck stopped and snapped his mouth shut, not because he regretted what he had said, but because the sight of Jess reminded him she was in the room.

"Aw, what? You jealous? Why the Hell are you getting pissy with me? Believe it or not, I didn't force Elisa out tonight. She came of her own volition. She's a big girl who makes her own decisions. Sorry if you don't approve."
"And before you she was a lot worse, so why don't you just take solace in that?"


"You have no idea what you are spitting out of your mouth. Seriously it's you starting with me and not the other way round so would you kindly shut your gob." Beck spat one last time before trying to seal up the argument. The whole night had given him the most horrible of headaches and he was growing tired of the whole situation. Part of him just wanted to turn over and go to sleep, possibly not waking up for a good few months, if not forever.

"No. I want to stay with you. You're my friend."

"Awh." Beck said smiling and tugging the small girl into a cuddle. "Your my friend too Jess! But we can play tomorrow okay? It's night time now so we should all be sleeping, not playing!" He looked around, realising how contradictory that was since they were all wide awake,

"Oh my God, would you kindly shut the FUCK up?"
"Sorry, but I've got a dad. I don't need another one, okay?"

Even though it was unexpected Leon caught the pillow with one hand and no effort at all, scowling so much that something similar to an actual growl passed his lips. "Well its quite obvious that I'm so wanted here." Said Leon, trying to keep his cool but his face was slowly turning red from trying to contain his anger. "So I'm going to g-?"

"Why does he have drawings on his arms? Mama gets really mad when I use my markers like that."
"He looks like Lissy when she sees a spider."


Beck chuckled lightly as she tucked herself away behind his shoulder at the sight of Leon. The blonde could understand that his appearance was not the most settling to some. "Don't worry he's not going to bite you! Just like spiders, he is more scared of you than you are of him." He chucked, now pretending to nibble on Jess like he was some kind of feral beast.

"They aren't drawings. The are tattoos." Leon said rather bluntly, still clearly not sure of how to approach someone so young. He rolled up his sleeves to display his full arm and put them out in front of him to show the little girl, twirling his arms so she could see them all. Most of the sleeve was just one never ending dragon surrounded by unfamiliar markings.

Beck gave Jess a nudge to have a closer look. "They are like drawings, but you have them on your skin and they stay forever. Some people really like them and find them very pretty...and others don't." He explained to the redhead. "Do you like to draw and paint? I do." Every mention of art reminded him that his Father was alone at home with nobody for company.

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"I don't see how you have even drawn that conclusion from anything. I haven't said shit...You don't even fucking know me!"
"You have no idea what you are spitting out of your mouth. Seriously it's you starting with me and not the other way round so would you kindly shut your gob."

"Oh honey, you listen and you listen good. I didn't start anything. You were the one who got offended by whatever it was I said. You're the one who's acting like you're so much better than me. But guess who cleaned her vomit when you weren't around or took her to the hospital when she needed it? Who was the one who talked to her for hours on end when she needed to calm down for one reason or another? Who can relate to her when you can't? Me. I've been around for years now, before you even knew her name. You can pretend I'm nothing special or that I'm no good, but I am her friend. I will always be her friend. You're just a boy who might or might not stick around for a while. So why don't you take a good long minute to calm down, Short Fuse, because I am not the person you want to start with." Bex, whose demeanor for the most part had been relaxed, suddenly took a turn where her eyes darkened - much like Elisa's would - and stared him down for a good minute. She wasn't a bad person, maybe a girl who made some questionable decisions, but the way he was speaking to her was starting to piss her off...and it took a lot to piss that girl off.

"Your my friend too Jess! But we can play tomorrow okay? It's night time now so we should all be sleeping, not playing!"

"You're awake and Lissy says you had an ouchie and needed lots of sleeps. Are you better now?" Jess asked, eyes wide and pretty concerned looking for a toddler. "Lissy was very sad about your ouchie. More scared than when I fell off the trampoline and that's a lot of scared. She ran soo fast."

"Well its quite obvious that I'm so wanted here."

"She throws pillows at anyone when she's coming down. I wouldn't get too tore up about it." Bex said with a shrug, she had had one thrown at her more than a few times in her life. She grinned at Leon's reaction though, and how his face turned the shade of a tomato. She couldn't help but notice that these guys seemed quick to anger and a little controlling, and wondered why Elisa kept them around. Controlling was not a quality that Elisa particularly enjoyed in people, so it was a little unusual.

"Don't worry he's not going to bite you! Just like spiders, he is more scared of you than you are of him."

Jess giggled when he pretended to gnaw on her, the infectious giggle of a toddler.

"They are like drawings, but you have them on your skin and they stay forever. Some people really like them and find them very pretty...and others don't."
"Do you like to draw and paint? I do."

With the nudge from Beck, Jess approached Leon and stared at his tattoos with wide eyed wonder. She grabbed Leon's hand to look at them more closely, her tiny hand looking comically small on his arms. "Can I get a tat too?" The way she said the word "tattoo" came out sounding more like two words than one. "They are pretty." She held her arms up to Leon, gesturing for him to pick her up so she could get a closer look.

"I draw all the time, Lissy has lots of my pictures." She smiled proudly and pointed at a couple Elisa had taped to her vanity. "I like to color and I like crayons and I have lots of stuff. Will you draw with me Beck? Lissy does sometimes." All of her "th's" sounded more like 'F' sounds.

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"Oh honey, you listen and you listen good. I didn't start anything. You were the one who got offended by whatever it was I said. You're the one who's acting like you're so much better than me. But guess who cleaned her vomit when you weren't around or took her to the hospital when she needed it? Who was the one who talked to her for hours on end when she needed to calm down for one reason or another? Who can relate to her when you can't? Me. I've been around for years now, before you even knew her name. You can pretend I'm nothing special or that I'm no good, but I am her friend. I will always be her friend. You're just a boy who might or might not stick around for a while. So why don't you take a good long minute to calm down, Short Fuse, because I am not the person you want to start with."

Beck was fuming. He wanted to punch something. He needed to hit something. This girl was taking what he was saying way out of proportion and acting as though the whole world span around her and began turning the whole conversation between then into a battle over who looked after Elisa more. He found it dumb yet it still had triggered a nerve inside him that made him want to blow, but he refused to set alight in front of Elisa and Jess, but most of all he wasn't going to let some brats words get the bet of him. The blonde clenched his fists so tight his fingernails left angry red marks on his palm, almost drawing blood. "Just cause I have shut my mouth doesn't mean I agree with you. I haven't keep my cool for your sake either bitch." He hissed quietly, hopefully out of ear shot of the young girl in the room.

"You're awake and Lissy says you had an ouchie and needed lots of sleeps. Are you better now?"
"Lissy was very sad about your ouchie. More scared than when I fell off the trampoline and that's a lot of scared. She ran soo fast."

"It's getting better my little sparrow. You don't need to worry about me I'm big and strong!" Beck chuckled while sarcastically flexing his muscles and pretending to push the air. "Lissy was sad cause she's lovely and cares about us. She cares about you lots and lots and you should make sure Lissy is always happy and alright too. Can you do that for me?" He smiled, turning to his girlfriend but his grin faltered when he locked with her pupils.

The blonde approached Elisa, planting a kiss on her head and pulling his arms around her so she lay comfortably in them. "Tell me when you want me to kick everyone out, you must be tired." He whispered softly. "How are you feeling now? Do you need me to get you anything?"

"She throws pillows at anyone when she's coming down. I wouldn't get too tore up about it."

"Yeah well it's just that..." Leon raised an eyebrow and pulled the pillow to his chest, crushing it with his large arms. "I haven't ever exactly had a pillow violently thrown at me before. It's a odd habit." He said, the words sounding like they needed a laugh or some sarcasm to finish it off, but the brunette had none at all. Being honest Leon was trying to work out whether he liked this girl or not. Sure enough she was attractive with a rocket like personality but she had quickly made it clear she was not willing to get in bed with him. Leon did not really know how to do the full 'friends' thing anyway, deeming her not useful to him. He wondered if it would just be best to ignore her and leave now since Beck and Elisa were not home safe. He had done his job after all...

"Can I get a tat too?"
"They are pretty."


Leon looked absolutely gob smacked when the small girl asked to be lifted into his arms and was faced with the most difficult situation he had ever come across. Part of him felt privileged to be trusted by Jess and the other part of him was confused and scared. What did this tiny being want from him?! Too look at his magical colourful arms!? Surely not! The large man hesitated before picking her up with ease and balancing her on his hip, the other arm stretched out so she could see up close. It was the weirdest thing to look at. "T...that okay?" He asked the small red head.

"I draw all the time, Lissy has lots of my pictures."
"I like to color and I like crayons and I have lots of stuff. Will you draw with me Beck? Lissy does sometimes."


"Of course I will sunshine! I'd love to. Just...just not tonight its really really late and you and Elisa need some sleep or else your going to be real tired tomorrow. You should go back to bed soon and if you do I promise I'll draw with you tomorrow. I pinky swear it." Beck pleaded with the small girl, his eyes desperate and voice strained.

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"It's getting better my little sparrow. You don't need to worry about me I'm big and strong!"
"Lissy was sad cause she's lovely and cares about us. She cares about you lots and lots and you should make sure Lissy is always happy and alright too. Can you do that for me?"

"Do you love Lissy like Lissy loves me? Cuz she loves you lots and lots, too. She said so." Jess said with an innocent grin on her face. "But I can take care of Lissy if you do too. Because I love her a lots too."

"How are you feeling now? Do you need me to get you anything?"

Elisa groaned in response to his question, but curled herself into Beck, taking comfort in the warm he provided. "I need you to stay right here. You're warm and smell nice. Bex and Leon can sleep wherever. I don't care. Lots of rooms. Breakfast in the morning. House is too quiet most of the time anyway." Her words came out muffled, since her face was pressed against his shirt. "Parents won't be home until after dinner tomorrow."

She was so tired, her brown hair had fallen into a mess around her face, and the make up she was wearing had long since rubbed off - the only evidence that she had worn any was the mascara that had lightly flaked. "I'm sorry, Beck. I love you." Her words tapered off at the end, she was falling asleep.

"I haven't ever exactly had a pillow violently thrown at me before. It's a odd habit."

"There's a first time for everything and at least it's not something hard like her cell phone or a shoe or something." Bex shrugged, clearly growing tired from a night of arguing and drinking, she was feeling hungover and pretty gross. Odds were that she'd go crash in one of the guest rooms. "You should probably stay here for the night. The neighbors would probably question why a large, beautiful tattooed man was coming out of The Grace House so early in the morning." She teased, giving him a wink.

"T...that okay?"

Jessa let out one of the happiest giggles you could only ever hear from a child's mouth and clapped her hands. She had never been held by someone so large in her life. Elisa was taller than the average girl, sure, but not by that much and even though Beck was pretty large in comparison to her - Leon was like a mountain that she was happily placed on top of. She had an expression on her face that made her look far too much like Elisa. "Can I draw on you?" The little girl asked, eyes shinning with hopeful amusement, and then she wrapped her arms around him in a tiny hug.

"Of course I will sunshine! I'd love to. Just...just not tonight its really really late and you and Elisa need some sleep or else your going to be real tired tomorrow. You should go back to bed soon and if you do I promise I'll draw with you tomorrow. I pinky swear it."

"I want to draw with Lawn too." Jessa said, still sitting happily in Leon's arms - though she couldn't properly say his name. She was now quite taking to the large man, if only because it was Beck and Elisa's friend and he had pictures on his arms.

"And Elisa's sick again, huh? She's always sick. But I think she's less sick when you're here. She stole one of my cinnamon apples yesterday. She never does that." Jess didn't really know why she rarely saw her sister eat, or why she came home sometimes smelling like weird adult grape juice she wasn't allowed to have, but she knew when Elisa seemed a little bit better...even if she was still a little sick.

The little girl yawned, and curled up while still in Leon's arms, clearly not ready to get down yet but very sleepy. The sun wasn't up yet, but the sky was definitely getting lighter with each passing minute and it was long passed her bed time. "I think Lissy's my real mama. She loves me the most." The toddler's words were a whisper, almost like she was telling a secret and not falling asleep in a large stranger's arms.

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"Do you love Lissy like Lissy loves me? Cuz she loves you lots and lots, too. She said so."
"But I can take care of Lissy if you do too. Because I love her a lots too."


Beck sniggered a little to his self as his memories flashed back to the way Elisa grabbed at the bed sheets on a evening before shaking his head at the young girl "No no I think its a tiny bit different. There are many kinds of love, but all are very important." The blonde told her, still chuckling as he glanced over at Elisa who still lay in bed. He dared a cheeky wink.

"I need you to stay right here. You're warm and smell nice. Bex and Leon can sleep wherever. I don't care. Lots of rooms. Breakfast in the morning. House is too quiet most of the time anyway."
"Parents won't be home until after dinner tomorrow."


"You heard the lady!" Beck exclaimed to the pair but it was not actually clear whether or not they did hear her as she was basically talking into his chest. "You have the option to stay here and she's tired so...bugger off!" He told them, but tried to soften it with comedic effect. "Pick a bed, same bed, separate beds, I don't care." Beck chuckled while tossing a glance over to his friend and the newly introduced female.

Leon tutted and rolled his eyes but refused to meet eye to eye with Bex. "She's already made it pretty damn obvious she's not interested. Not much of a party girl for someone who dresses like one." He said darkly, maybe sounding more rude than he actually intended. Part of him wanted her to climb into bed with him but the other part was trying to tell himself he didn't care. He was just so sick of waking up to Millie knowing that she would have rather been in bed with Beck.

"You should probably stay here for the night. The neighbors would probably question why a large, beautiful tattooed man was coming out of The Grace House so early in the morning."


"So now you start flirting with me eh?" Leon chuckled warmly. "They might have seen Beck around once or twice by now. We are kinda similar though he lacks the tattoo's and the big coc-" The brunette snapped his jaw's shut realising he was still holding Jess. just cutting his inappropriate comments short. He just tried to pretend he had not said anything.

"Can I draw on you?"

"Erm...well you can draw on Beck." Leon told the small girl, refusing her offer. "Spoil sport." Spat Leon, who clearly would just lay shirtless all day and let Jess scribble on him in black permanent marker.

"I want to draw with Lawn too."


Beck frowned, noticing how deviant she was being about going back to bed. "Tomorrow love." He replied simply.

"And Elisa's sick again, huh? She's always sick. But I think she's less sick when you're here. She stole one of my cinnamon apples yesterday. She never does that."

Something sparked up inside Beck's heart when she informed him of this. Any sign, even the tiniest sign of her recovery was amazing. "Really? That's really good. Really good. We should keep encouraging her to eat good food so don't get angry when she takes some of yours. I'll buy you some more if your that upset about it."

"I think Lissy's my real mama. She loves me the most."


Of course Leon didn't know and pretended that he did not care about Elisa's private life but her family did seem a little odd to have this age gap between Elisa and Jess. Her ginger hair. Elisa's perfect features. To him it did not add up. But who was he to pry? He didn't know anything. He did not need to. He was just Beck's sub and not important to his girlfriend one bit. It was none of his business so he pretended he did not have questions. Things were already way to complicated.

Maybe he would ask Beck when alone sometime.

"Alright then time for bed little sparrow. Come on let me tuck you in." Beck said, picking Jess from Leon and taking her out into the hallway. "You two should sleep too. Spare rooms are to the left. I...I'll see you in the morning" He said while patting his friend on the back firmly with eyes blazing with admiration. "Thanks." He murmured, remembering what Leon had done for the couple that night even though he did not really need to. The tattooed man just gave a soft grin and headed towards the bedrooms.

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"No no I think its a tiny bit different. There are many kinds of love, but all are very important."

Elisa had been sleepily watching their conversation. The wink, in her sleepy state, still made her cheeks flush and she covered her head with her comforter. "I'll be loving you a lot tomorrow." She told him with a grin, still more interested in snuggling him then anything else going on in the room.

"You heard the lady!"
"You have the option to stay here and she's tired so...bugger off!"
"Pick a bed, same bed, separate beds, I don't care."


"She's already made it pretty damn obvious she's not interested. Not much of a party girl for someone who dresses like one."

"Awh, is Leon frustrated?" Bex said with a playful grin. He was attractive and she would sleep with him, though she failed to see what she would get out of it and that was really the only reason she got around these days. She used people and they used her, it was a nice little system she had going on. It was like business and she could handle that. In her mind, anyway else was just too complicated and messy and pointless. Still though, she enjoyed teasing and flirting as much as the next girl and maybe she could let herself have fun for one night. She contemplated it over and over in her head.

"So now you start flirting with me eh?"
"They might have seen Beck around once or twice by now. We are kinda similar though he lacks the tattoo's and the big coc-"


The darked haired woman raised an eyebrow. "Well you're pretty and I'm pretty, and I'm also pretty bored. Besides, don't you want to prove to me that last bit? Or were you bluffing?" She winked at him, keeping her words pretty G rated knowing that there was a child in the room. Even though she didn't particularly like kids and didn't understand how Elisa could be so good with them.

"Erm...well you can draw on Beck."

Jess's face promptly turned into a pout and she stared at Leon with large eyes. "Okay," She said, voice filled with sad disappointment and her lower lip pushed out. Manipulative little shit, she knew that the sad puppy dog face always got to Elisa. She was a spoiled little thing, but she was damn cute.

"Really? That's really good. Really good. We should keep encouraging her to eat good food so don't get angry when she takes some of yours. I'll buy you some more if your that upset about it."

"I'm not upset." Her face immediately perked up and she gave him a grin filled with her tiny white teeth. "I have lots. Lissy can have some and so can you. They're my favorite." She knew enough to know that it was weird that Lissy never ate and she chalked it up to being sick, because when she had a tummy ache she didn't want to eat either.

"Alright then time for bed little sparrow. Come on let me tuck you in."

The little girl yawned and latched on to Beck with very little complaint as he carried her back to her room, all decked out in pink and princess decoration, with far more toys than any normal child could ever have. "Why is Lissy always sick? Is she gonna get better, ever? She's too sleepy to play hide and seek or have tea parties. She use to all the time." She was half asleep when she was talking to him. "Mama says she's lazy, but I don't think so. She's mean. I hear them yell a lot."

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Bex followed Leon towards the bedroom doors, equal parts not wanting him to walk into the hired help's rooms and she was still trying to figure out the other part. "Don't pick the wrong room," Bex quietly called out to Leon, that same teasing grin on her face as before. "You don't want to see Allison in her sleep. It's terrifying. She sleeps with a weird mud mask saying it'll make her look younger. Unless you're into that." She giggled.

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"I'll be loving you a lot tomorrow."

Beck tried to brush this off his shoulders with a cool attitude but there was a slight change in the colour in his cheeks. He sure was looking forward to what she had to offer, and quite curious too.

"Awh, is Leon frustrated?"


Leon just huffed some air past his lips and tried to come up with a reasonable and clever answer, but what even was the right response to that? Yes? No? He did not want to come across as desperate but at the same time saying no would come across as though he wasn't interested. The brunette just settled for a smirk.

"Well you're pretty and I'm pretty, and I'm also pretty bored. Besides, don't you want to prove to me that last bit? Or were you bluffing?"


"Oh erm...oh okay....okay." Stammered Leon, now running his fingers through his hair and looking pretty damn pleased with himself, but still could not tell if she was just teasing or suggesting possible outcomes of this situation. His voice lowered to something smooth and seductive. "Why would I li?!..."

"LEON HAS A TINY PENIS. TINY TICK TAC PENIS. HE JUST THINKS HE'S GOOD. I WOULD KNOW." Beck suddenly began yelling pretty loudly causing his friend to turn and snarl at his like almost something beast like. The blonde had also cast aside the fact that Jess was falling asleep in his arms. "My god why am I friends with you?" He asked Beck bitterly, to which he replied with simply "Cause I have a great penis." It was then clear that due to Beck's hyper masculinity being challenged he had to get his own back.

With that the group began to depart. "Night Elisa." Leon told the girl with a wave before leaving, keeping it short and sweet since he had caught on that she did not favour him. Though he did not exactly hate her.

***

"Why is Lissy always sick? Is she gonna get better, ever? She's too sleepy to play hide and seek or have tea parties. She use to all the time."
"Mama says she's lazy, but I don't think so. She's mean. I hear them yell a lot."


Beck tucked the small girl into her bed, pushing the covers under her to keep her warm and snug as though he was taking on real fatherly role. He was kind of beginning to feel like that due to being with Elisa, but a lot of it felt missing as Jess didn't even know who her real mother was. Of course Jess wasn't his and sometimes he hated seeing the red in her hair that matched the man who stabbed his stomach, but what did it matter really? She was Jess not Malachai. "Elisa gets really sad a lot and its making her ill. She doesn't eat enough to keep her healthy you see and that's why she's always. I think your Mama makes Lissy sad sometimes and I don't think its fair, but please don't tell anyone this cause its a secret and can hurt peoples feelings okay?" He told her, sticking to his beliefs that lies did not really solve anything, but of course he still had to be false to an extent and it killed him. "She can get better if she gets happier. You make her happy you know? You are such a good girl." Beck told her with a smile before walking to the door to leave. "Sleep well alright Jess? Night night."

***

"Don't pick the wrong room,"
"You don't want to see Allison in her sleep. It's terrifying. She sleeps with a weird mud mask saying it'll make her look younger. Unless you're into that."


"Erm no thanks." Leon chuckled lightly, glancing over his shoulder at the girl and slowing his pace to draw out more time for the situation to unfold. He now refused to touch any doorknobs in case of stumbling across something he did not want to see. The whole thing was kind of awkward and he was unsure of what exactly to do. The girl seemed like a tease more than anything and he had a gut feeling it was not going to go his way, especially after the whole scene with Beck. "So...where are you sleeping?" He asked, wondering if he could slyly pull the answer from her while daring a glance at the way her dress snugly hugged against her body. Leon then also began wondering why he even cared about climbing into bed with this girl so much anyway, it was not like sex was something hard for him to find.

He then realised why...

Leon had being refusing to admit to himself that he was jealous of Elisa and Beck's relationship.

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"Oh erm...oh okay....okay."
"Why would I li?!..."


Her features took a fox like turn and a grin spread over her mouth, seductive and teasing. "You're adorable when you're all flustered. Who knew a guy like you would trip over his words?" She told him.

"LEON HAS A TINY PENIS. TINY TICK TAC PENIS. HE JUST THINKS HE'S GOOD. I WOULD KNOW."

Both Rebecca and Elisa had a good laugh at Beck's sudden outburst.

"As long as he knows how to use his tongue, that's not a problem for me." Bex purred before giving Beck a wink. Elisa made a sound that could only come from a place of pure disgust and took yet another pillow, this time aimed for Rebecca.

"Oh my god, why are you such a fucking ho?" Elisa squealed, glaring up from her place at the bed, but clearly just teasing if the smile on her face was any indication. She still very much looked like she was half asleep and very much in a better mood than she was earlier in the night, though her head still throbbed with pain any time she moved and her stomach made an uncomfortable whooshing feeling of a hangover.

"It keeps me warm at night," Bex responded, clasping her hands and looking towards the sky with feigned innocence.

"Night Elisa."

"Good night, Leon. Don't make too much of a mess." And with that, she curled under her comforter and turned away from her door.

"Elisa gets really sad a lot and its making her ill. She doesn't eat enough to keep her healthy you see and that's why she's always. I think your Mama makes Lissy sad sometimes and I don't think its fair, but please don't tell anyone this cause its a secret and can hurt peoples feelings okay?"

Jess listened to Beck intently and nodded her small head. She didn't understand why Elisa didn't eat, but she would do her best to make her. "I can keep it a secret. I'm good at secrets. I kept you a secret." She said happily, smiling up at him as he tucked her in. For a toddler, she was pretty good at keeping secrets. It helped that most of the time she didn't understand why they were secrets and she turned it into a sort of a game. Her parents were dragons and Elisa and Beck were the heroes of some fairy tale in her mind, so as long as she kept a secret they would win.

"Mama is mean. I don't like her at all. She never smiles, only makes this face." Jess contorted her face into a sneer, a pretty comical sight on the face of someone so young.

"She can get better if she gets happier. You make her happy you know? You are such a good girl."
"Sleep well alright Jess? Night night."


"Nighty night, Beck. I love you!"

The little red head called after Beck, yawing as she spoke. It was a long ways passed her bed time and even though she wanted to stay up with Beck and Elisa, her eyelids were too heavy to keep open. She snuggled in with her closest stuffed animal, a little rabbit that Elisa had given her a few months ago and promptly fell asleep.

"So...where are you sleeping?"

Bex backed herself into a door frame and turned the knob while looking at Leon. "This room is free. And there's more than enough space for two. It even has a private shower." She told him in a voice that sound more like a purr. She walked inside the room and pulled her hair down from the pins it had been up in and looked over her shoulder. Bex smiled. Part of her stomach was turning. He was cute and seemed to give a shit about his friends, not like the other guys who worried about getting laid and high all the time. Sex didn't make her nervous, it was her inability to leave afterwards that was making her question if it was a good idea. Elisa wouldn't like it if she just left without a goodbye and she couldn't very well just switch rooms after, without some sort of awkward exchange in the morning. Sex she was good at, it was the cute stuff that was supposed to happen afterwards that made her anxious and was the reason she hopped beds so much.

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Beck kissed Jess lightly on the forehead and waited a few minutes for her to sink into a deeper sleep. He sit there in the darkness just letting the days events swarm over him and remembered what exactly had happened with Elisa. She had ignored him, taken a lot of drugs and put herself into danger. He felt like the whole time they had returned home he had just been trying to minimise the extent of the situation, but to be honest it was not something he could just ignore. He actually felt kind of let down by her, but also knew she was not exactly feeling in the best of conditions. With a sigh Beck sat up from the bed and left, heading back towards Elisa's.

The blonde smiled as he entered the room before stripping down until he was naked and throwing on some pj bottoms. He then kind of oddly hesitated, freezing on the spot and allowing his brain to process what to do. He soon decided to throw on a loose shirt as well as the bottoms. He did this most nights before going to bed, but always ended up with a shirt on. It was more than likely due to the massive scaring on his back; he felt "caught" was just a nasty reminder the situation at the minute and decided to cover up his torso...but maybe it would be best if Elisa was reminded.

He climbed into bed with Elisa, spooning her with a loose arm around her waist. "You upset me you know. Real bad." He told her, knowing that this would kick off a argument but it just needed to be said. "With everything. The drugs, lying to me, taking so many risks...things are different now. I'm not being controlling. I wish you'd see things from my point of view." Beck's voice was soft and quiet but rather monotone. "But I just guess you want to sleep right now..."

***

"This room is free. And there's more than enough space for two. It even has a private shower."

Leon could not help but grin. She seemed fun and pretty easy going at this point but wondered if it was just a false face due to the way she behaved with Beck before. It actually made him quite unsure of her as he obviously held the blonde male close to his heart, but he supposed with a one night stand it didn't matter who she was. He stepped inside the room and quickly slid off his shirt revealing a well sculpted body before moving on to removing his bottoms, leaving just his boxers for dignity, not that he seemed to mind. "You changed your mind quick. I thought I repulsed you?" He asked her flopping backwards onto the bed with a lazy attitude. "Went from shooting me down to making loads of little dirty comments didn't you? I just find it odd that's all." He chuckled lightly to himself before throwing the bed sheets over his legs. He wondered if she wanted to get down to business right away or wait a little while till the room felt less tense. Either way he saw it as her call rather than his.

Leon watched her unpin her hair with a lazy smirk on his lips, waiting to see if she would unpin anything else. He was trying to come across as though he saw the night as simply as possible but instead his head was buzzing with thoughts of having someone else beside him than Millie who would not so much as batter a eye in his direction afterwards.

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Elisa.

"You upset me you know. Real bad."
"With everything. The drugs, lying to me, taking so many risks...things are different now. I'm not being controlling. I wish you'd see things from my point of view."


She wished that wasn't the first thing he said when he climbed onto the mattress with her. Couldn't they snuggle and just fall asleep? Couldn't they pretend to be a normal couple coming back from a normal high school party? Even if it wasn't the case, just once she'd like to lie to herself and say it was. She just wanted to pretend all the bad stuff away and be a kid, but everything in her life was forcing her to be an adult. "I'm sorry. I'm sorry." Elisa grabbed onto him and held him as though he'd fly away. Tears welled in her eyes. "I just have to forget sometimes."

Stress had never been something Elisa could deal with, but the last few years of her life had completely revolved around it. Stress, depression, all of it was so relentless and getting help had never felt like an option...but drugs? Drugs, alcohol and food were all things she could control. They were things that could make her forget or they gave her something to focus on, to devote herself to. If she wanted to act stupid and stop caring, she'd take a few pills or do a few shots. If she wanted to think about anything other than actual living, she'd count calories and measure the thickness of her thighs. What else could she do? In her mind there simply weren't healthy options and she didn't care to look for any. Part of her didn't want to get better and that part was consuming her at a faster rate than ever.

"I love you so much, I don't want to upset you. Let's just play pretend and act like it didn't happen." After all, that's what her parents had taught her best: hide your problems, bury your secrets. If the world thinks you're okay, then you ARE okay. The mantra of her life. "Tomorrow, we can be happy again if we just forget today." She put on a fake smile, her eyes dead - more so than usual...and god, did she wish the rest of her body would die with them.


"You changed your mind quick. I thought I repulsed you?"
"Went from shooting me down to making loads of little dirty comments didn't you? I just find it odd that's all."

She didn't remember some of what she had said earlier in the night, but she was quite sure she had never been repulsed by him. "Repulsed? I don't recall ever referring to you as repulsive." Maybe she had, but she didn't mean it. She always had a thing for men with tattoos and pretty faces...Or well, now she did. Something about him was alluring and she wanted to play with that for a while longer. "I just like to have fun, you didn't seem like the fun type. Can't a girl change her mind?" She teased.

Her eyes stayed on him while he disrobed and kept her smirk. "Look at you." She bit down on her lip and crawled up onto the bed with him, straddling his lap. "Does that make it my turn now?" She reached her hand up her back and pulled the zipper to her dress down. Turns out, she had a couple tattoos too: though they were quite small and feminine, nothing like what he had. One was inspired by Alice in Wonderland, a quote reading "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there." and was located on her rib cage. The other was just a rose on her hip. They were fun and cute, nothing serious and nothing with any particularly deep meaning.

She kissed up his neck and when she reached his ear she whispered: "What was it you promised earlier? The best sex of my life? Think you can deliver?"

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"I'm sorry. I'm sorry."
"I just have to forget sometimes."


Beck just sighed and began to encase her into his chest. The bed was warm and the pair of them fit perfectly against each others bodies, but obviously he almost smothered her completely, but maybe that was a good thing. "That does not have to be your answer." He replied simply, in a almost harsh tone. "I don't know how you could ever think stuff like that to be your solution. I find they just make more issues." It was coming out that Beck actually used to be a little bit of a home cat and actually avoided parties like that, but gang culture had changed that, but it didn't mean that he enjoyed it. Of course the whole heroin situation had also kind of put him off as his whole body was aching for it and it was the most likely place where it would be available.

"I love you so much, I don't want to upset you. Let's just play pretend and act like it didn't happen."
"Tomorrow, we can be happy again if we just forget today."


"I wish it worked like that Elisa." He said looking down to her head on his chest and stealing a quick kiss. "I love you too...I just...find this whole thing hard you know?" Beck said before seeming to fall into a nasty day dream that must have kept him silent for a good 5 minutes or so. He was trying to shut out the idea that maybe leaving Elisa would be the better option, after all it did seem like he was just putting even more shit on her plate.

"Do you actually think they are fucking? Or what?" He asked Elisa with a chuckle, trying to brighten up the situation a little. "Part of me hopes not cause I'm gunna be honest with you I don't like Bex, but I guess if its one night it doesn't matter anyway. It's been a while since Leon has been with someone new though...it's normally just Millie."

~~~

"Repulsed? I don't recall ever referring to you as repulsive."

"You didn't seem to hold back your sharp tongue on me or Beck. He's not actually that much of an ass you know..." Leon told her with a smile, but quickly came to his alpha's defence. It was obvious had a lot of respect for him and didn't appreciate the tongue lashing she gave him, but either way it did not matter, he had to keep telling himself he was just getting laid.

"I just like to have fun, you didn't seem like the fun type. Can't a girl change her mind?"


"I didn't seem like the fun type! What does that even mean? Show me some fun then..." Leon said, watching her get undressed with focused eyes and followed her as she climbed on top of her. He had ached for this for so long. Someone new. Someone other than her.

"What was it you promised earlier? The best sex of my life? Think you can deliver?"

"You are doubting me way too much." He said with a voice like silk. He held her waist and stroked her stomach and hips before firmly grabbing her ass with a smile, then quite quickly and roughly grabbing her and twisting so that she actually became underneath him with his hands over her wrists. His arms were clearly packed with strength. "Am I not fun Rebecca...?"

First of all he kissed at her lips passionately and roughly, taking in her sweet taste as though he was inhaling something amazing and toxic. He wondered if she actually was alright with him doing that since kissing seemed like such a couple thing and could have been avoided in casual sex. It felt too intimate. Later he began moving down her neck and soon reaching her stomach before sharply biting at the inside of her thighs and then...

***

Leon lay there panting and breathless, totally satisfied and exhausted with the whole experience. It took him a few minutes to catch his breath and pull himself together before turning to the naked girl beside him. "W..Was that alright?" He asked her before pulling his arm around her and tucking her into him until they were spooning. "I fucking loved it..." The brunette pecked at her neck once more before propping his head on the pillow.

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Elisa.
"I love you too...I just...find this whole thing hard you know?"

"Oh ew. I don't like the sound of that." The sick feeling in her stomach wasn't just from the fact that she was still a little inebriated, or high from whatever pills she had taken at the party. She frowned. "Everything is hard. So why deal with it, when you can just...not? I don't get it. I tried dealing with things, but all it does is hurt?" Her words were more of a question, worded in a way that almost sounded innocent and unsure - like maybe she had done it wrong, or didn't quite understand.

"I think you care too much about me sometimes. I could die. When I get check ups they say all these things about my weight and how I should be hospitalized, but I never care. So why should you?" While the words themselves could come across as mean, her delivery was more inquisitive and she still had no control over what she was saying - or if she did, she simply didn't care enough to stop the words from coming out.

"Do you actually think they are fucking? Or what?"
"Part of me hopes not cause I'm gunna be honest with you I don't like Bex, but I guess if its one night it doesn't matter anyway. It's been a while since Leon has been with someone new though...it's normally just Millie."


"Bex isn't so bad once you get to know her, but I'm sure you'd say the same about Leon. I don't like Leon." Elisa said, making a face at the idea of her friend and Beck's friend doing the horizontal hokey pokey only a few rooms away. Not that she was absolutely worried about it, but it was still very weird and Leon was in a gang. Not that Elisa could really say anything about that, with her boyfriend leading that very gang, but she didn't want her friend involved either. "I wouldn't think too much about it. She doesn't get very attached. Commitment phobia or something. She had an ex that was pretty awful, decided not to get to close to boys or girls in a romantic sense after that." There was more to the story than that, but it wasn't Elisa's to tell. She shrugged.

"Please don't be mean to, Bex. I promise she can be a sweetheart. She's defensive over me. Like Leon is about you." She smiled, breathing him in, trying to ignore any negativity.

Bex.

"You didn't seem to hold back your sharp tongue on me or Beck. He's not actually that much of an ass you know..."

"And Elisa is crazy when she's stressed, but the kindest soul you'll ever meet when she's not. We defend our friends because we love them." Bex shrugged, as if this was some sort of no brainer. She barely knew the two boys, but she had known Elisa for years and would stand up for her until the day she died. If she was loyal to anyone, it was her best friend.

"Am I not fun Rebecca...?"

The use of Bex's full name had taken her off guard and that showed clearly on her face. Normally she'd absolutely despite being called Rebecca in place of her usual moniker, but there was something sexy about the way he had said it that made her want him even more. "Let's find out, Leon."

"W..Was that alright?"
"I fucking loved it..."


"Looking at you, I'd never guess you were the stuttering type, but that's twice now and it's absolutely adorable." Bex commented, a lazy grin on her face as she looked at him from the side of her eye. Her hair was now tousled and her eyeliner had run slightly, but she looked very content. "And what? You couldn't tell I was enjoying it? It was more than alright." It had been a long time since she had been with someone that...took his time, so to speak.

When he pulled her in to snuggle she tensed. It was warm and inviting and different, but her heart started pounding. The beat of it only increased when he kissed her neck. Her face flushed and she made a sound that could only be described as a purr before turning over so that her bare chest was on his. "You were right, I think we could have lots of fun." While most of her encounters were more along the lines of business deals, she decided that perhaps a friend with benefits wouldn't be so bad.

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"Oh ew. I don't like the sound of that."
"Everything is hard. So why deal with it, when you can just...not? I don't get it. I tried dealing with things, but all it does is hurt?"


"I love you...that's why." He said before taking her by surprise and meeting his lips with hers; it was a very smooth, honest and passionate kiss. He smiled. "Plus I'm a strong believer in the idea that you can't accept defeat if you have not even given up a good fight."

"I think you care too much about me sometimes. I could die. When I get check ups they say all these things about my weight and how I should be hospitalized, but I never care. So why should you?"

Beck sighed and rolled his eyes at her. "Now I'm just repeating myself. It's cause I love you...and..." He paused, pressing his lips together. "You don't love yourself." He told her, voice dark and monotone. "I don't think you realise how sick you are Elisa and how serious this is. I was kind of hoping this would end up as some kind of book cliche were you found something to live for, like me or some kind of life dream, but we all know its not really like that. Recovery is slow and hard...but I believe you are starting to fix yourself. Only you can do it."

"I wouldn't think too much about it. She doesn't get very attached. Commitment phobia or something. She had an ex that was pretty awful, decided not to get to close to boys or girls in a romantic sense after that."

"I see. Fair enough." He told her before nuzzling his face down into the bed sheets. A sudden realisation popped into his head about what she had said. "So is she bi or like are you just saying she's seriously not bothered about anyone anymore?" He asked, filled with curiosity. The phrase "boys or girls" just seemed so out of the norm to Beck

"Please don't be mean to, Bex. I promise she can be a sweetheart. She's defensive over me. Like Leon is about you."

He huffed rather heavily. "Maybe you should tell her to be less snappy then it would be a bit easier to keep my temper. It's not just me you know." But of course once she compared their relationship to his and Leon, he snapped his jaw shut.

"Do you want to get some sleep? You need to rest."

~~~

"Looking at you, I'd never guess you were the stuttering type, but that's twice now and it's absolutely adorable."

"I'm not actually the stuttering type..." Leon told her, trying to conceal the slightest of colour change in his cheeks. "It's just you, you get me all flustered I guess." He said, trying to laugh it off with a soft chuckle. It felt like he was saying and doing all the wrong things at this point after a casual fuck.

"And what? You couldn't tell I was enjoying it? It was more than alright."

The brunette grinned to himself, clearly very pleased and holding a lot of pride. "I aim to please. It's no fun if its just me benefiting from it. Plus seeing the faces you make just makes my day." He purred, pulling her more into his warm chest before resting his chin on the top of her head. This felt almost as good as the actual sex.

"You were right, I think we could have lots of fun."


"Oh really you are wanting more from me?" Leon asked. "I like that idea. A lot. Whenever you want Bex." He said with a voice like silk and a smile.

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"So is she bi or like are you just saying she's seriously not bothered about anyone anymore?"
"Do you want to get some sleep? You need to rest."


"I guess, but she's never outright said it. She just sort of goes with what feels right "in the moment", you know?" Elisa said, her eyes feeling heavy as she began to drift off. There was no way she would last another ten minutes with how tired she was and she didn't. She fell fast asleep, snuggled into beck the entire time.




Elisa had had a lot of hangovers in her life, but this one took the cake. She had a migraine from hell and felt like she hadn't slept in a week. All she wanted in life was a massive burger, but she wouldn't allow herself that. She groaned and rubbed the sleep from her eyes, her eyeliner smearing more than it already had from the night before. Beck was still asleep and she wasn't sure whether or not she should wake him up and after further consideration, she decided to leave a post it on his forehead saying she had gone downstairs. If only because it made her giggle a bit.

Life was barely beginning in the Grace household, with Jess cramming pancake after pancake in her mouth and Allison telling her to slow down at the dining table. The house smelled amazing, like syrup and cinnamon, and she could hear sizzling coming from the kitchen as well as some idle chit chat from Alan and what she assumed was Bex.

"And THAT's why you should never try to catch a pigeon." Bex told Alan and she had the man laughing pretty profusely.

"Do I even wanna know?" Elisa chimed in, making her presence known.

"Probably not, but it was a really great story."

"Where's Leon?"

"Sleeping, I'd assume, unless he took off through the window sometime after I came to get food."

"Did you...?"

"Absolutely and it was fantastic." Bex admitted with a fierce grin.

"You disgust me."

"As only best friends should."

Elisa snickered at that and Alan cleared his throat. "You know, I should tell your parents about this sleepover you've had. Bex told me all about it. Drinking but won't eat my food. Tsk." The older man chastised with a shake of his head. Elisa nearly had a heart attack and glared directly at her friend who shrugged. "But I won't, because I never much cared for your parents and I think it was good of you to not let them drive home after drinking. I had an aunt who was killed by a drunk driver. Nasty affair. I'm glad you're not so careless. Anyway, I've made cinnamon rolls and pancakes for you and your friends."

After that the skinny brunette breathed a sigh of relief and took a seat at the bar. "I'm not too hungry right now. Maybe an apple?" Elisa asked with a sheepish grin. Alan muttered something about her only ever eating apples, but got her one anyway. She had only nibbled at it by the time Jess ran up to sit on her lap, though she brought a coloring book with her and that meant she had a little time before the toddler decided to go full chatterbox.

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"Ew ew ew ew ew ew..."
"You stay away from my Leon. You're NOT allowed near him!"


It was already morning, she wasn't feeling well, and now Beck was throwing a whiny tantrum. She rolled her eyes and shot him a look. Couldn't all of them at least try to be civil this morning? She looked over at Rebecca, who was just wickedly grinning at Beck and when the world 'whore' was muttered that grin only deepened. "You say that like it's an insult, darling. Woe is me, I get laid." The girl opposite Elisa laid a hand on her forehead in a dramatic show of pity. "Let me tell you, he thoroughly enjoyed it." She tacked on at the end with a wink.

Elisa shook her head. Suddenly her morning was turning into a much louder, and much more vulgar, one than she expected. "Children, all of you." She playfully scolded with a tsk tsk sound.

"Good morning Allaaaaaan!"
"Pancakes pretty please."


The older gentleman smiled with a growing fondness for Beck. He ate his food and seemed to care about his employer's daughter's well being far more than even they did. He flipped a few pancakes and tossed them on a plate , gold and brown with a dash of cinnamon and syrup, and homemade butter on top. He passed the plate to Beck and then another to Bex. He enjoyed Bex's company as well, though he couldn't exactly agree with how crass she was on occasion.

Rebecca almost immediately inhaled them and went in for seconds.

"Erm...how about a ham salad sandwich to wrap up for her to eat when she feels a bit more hungry? How does that sound Elisa?"

Elisa frowned immediately and shook her head. "I'll be fine. Pick up something later." She said quietly and at that even a look of worry spread of Bex's face. After the night Elisa knew she had had last night, she didn't want to pack in more calories than what she had already with the alcohol. The apple would be enough, more than enough and if she tried really hard she could make it last all day.

Alan sighed and looked at the three kids in front of him. "I'll whip something up later for all of you. There'll be enough for all of you to have thirds if you'd like." He stated, as that was the only compromise he could give them. His heart sunk, knowing that one day he would have to call 911 on that girl again and it'd probably be the end. His thoughts were interrupted by Jessie's squealing at her realization that Beck was there.

"This is a dragon princess and a duck." The red headed toddler said happily, holding up a picture of some vaguely humanoid and beast like shapes...As best as a toddler could do, really. She launched into some rambling story about the picture, some of it barely making any sense but she was clearly very excited about it.

Elisa watched from her seat and grinned, happily watching Beck's and Jess's interaction as if there was nothing better in the world.

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"You say that like it's an insult, darling. Woe is me, I get laid."

Beck snarled, though it was not quite fully spiteful. He was more sulking like a child than being legitimately threatening. Gob smacked he began waving his hands at Elisa in response to Bex's outbursts, eyes as wide as golf balls. "Yeah? What you trying to prove?! I get laid too! I get laid!!" He declared pointing fingers at Elisa as though this was the most important and appropriate time to secure his masculinity.

"Let me tell you, he thoroughly enjoyed it."


He began to laugh lightly, a devilish grin on his face. "Oh yeah? Well Millie's going to kill you if you have took her fuck buddie. She will go absolutely mental." Beck explained to her, which was somewhat the truth.

"We all know Millie isn't interested in me. I was just a replacement after you left her." Leon entered the room, same blank expression and very well dressed for early mornings. He had clearly taken a shower and tidied himself up before leaving the bedroom to see other people. He was kind of odd like that. It almost gave him the sense of not actually being a real human being. Clearly he wasn't too impressed with all the talk of him and Bex's night.

Beck didn't like Millie being brought up in that context either. He bit his lip and lowered his voice and tone to something darker. "Yeah well its not like I left her. We weren't dating. It was jus-"

"We weren't like you and her were. She's psycho about you. Like proper psy-"

"Yeah well good for her. I'm with Elisa. Shut up" Beck demanded, now clearly upset. It was very rare he spoke to Leon in that manner but he could not help feeling like Leon was trying to degrade him for it and also felt like there was a hint of jealousy coming through about their attachment. To add to that he was talking about this in front of his girlfriend who's self esteem was already low enough. He then began to eat his pancakes in silence. As much as the conversation and mood was foul. The food was sure good.

"I'll be fine. Pick up something later."
"I'll whip something up later for all of you. There'll be enough for all of you to have thirds if you'd like."


The blonde sighed heavily. The morning was already looking grim but if he pushed anymore he would come across as crazily controlling and obsessive, but you had to be in that situation. "Thank you Alan." Beck praised before reaching over to give Elisa's hand a loving squeeze.

Leon took a seat next to Bex and waited patiently to be passed some breakfast. He would eat anything and did not particularly care about how good it was. It was all just energy and nutrients to him; in fact he could not think of anything he disliked enough to not consume it. "Good morning." He said with a honest smile, but still obviously felt kind of awkward about the nights events.

"This is a dragon princess and a duck."

"Oh oh yeah I see! I see what you mean! Wow that's very good! What is their names Jess?" Beck asked very enthusiastic almost to the point where it seemed like he was not even just pretending to be interested. "How about the princess and her companion have to battle this giant ginger cat! Look how nasty it is!" He told her before quickly sketching this supposed horrible giant cat. Even though it took him barely 30 seconds to draw out this feline, it was very impressive and clear that his art skills were still incredible even since he had began to stop his hobby. Drawing just remembered him of his dad. He really needed to check on him soon...