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Dontae Carmelo

"Fuck off."

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a character in “Kids in the Streets”, as played by desire99600

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"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value."
-Albert Einstein




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| Full Name |
"Yeah, unfortunately it was my father's name." Dontae Anthony Carmelo

| Nickname |
"Just don't call me Dontae. I'm a lot of things, but I refuse to be my father." Dontae really isn't a huge fan of his name, seeing as it also belonged to his father and there's no one in the world he hates more. Instead of Dontae, he typically prefers to go by Donnie or just Don. Either is fine with him, sometimes he gets D as well, but this is a little less common. Often, his twin, Candie, and his mother will call him Tony, preferring to use his middle name, seeing as Dontae is a name that many of the men in his family possess so calling him by that at family functions had always caused a bit of confusion. In all honesty, anything but Dontae is okay with him.

| Age |
"Yes, I'm the younger twin." Seventeen-years old.

| Gender |
"Ouch babe, use your eyes." Male

| Role |
"I'm just trying to keep my sister out of trouble, but somehow, it always backfires and I get into touble." Boy Two




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| Likes |
"Drugs, sex, and rock and roll baby."
♥ Drugs
♥ Parties
♥ Girls
♥ Candie
♥ Sex
♥ Old rock music
♥ Reading
♥ Dogs
♥ Smoking/cigarettes
♥ Tansy

| Dislikes |
"Fuck you."
✗ Kaleb
✗ Seeing Candie hurt
✗ Being powerless
✗ Idiots
✗ Know-it-all types
✗ Cats
✗ Crowds
✗ Immature people
✗ Work & school

| Fears |
"When a boy loses his father, it tears him apart. I'm not sure I can bare to lose anyone else. I'll keep this family together if it kills me."
☠ Losing/Failing Candie ➛ Ever since they were children, Donnie has always taken it upon himself to watch over his twin sister. He's her protector and he prides himself on being strong for her when she feels weak. He knows everything there is to know about her when some of her closest friends can't even name her favorite color. He knows when she's hurting and he's always done his best to protect her from pain. He's picked up her shattered pieces and put them back together countless times, and the thought that one of these times, he might not be able to and he'll lose her forever, terrifies him.
☠ Losing himself ➛ Inside, Donnie really is a good guy. He cares about his sister and his friends more than anything in the world and would honestly take a bullet for them if asked, but the past few years for his family have been rough and it's caused him to do and say things that are out of character for him. He's become someone he doesn't recognize and he's afraid it'll eventually cause him to really hurt someone he cares about.
☠ Letting his mother down ➛ While Donnie understands Candie's reasons for hating their mother, he himself doesn't hate her. He can see that she's depressed, so he's become the glue that's kept their family together, taking care of his mother when she can't take care of herself, and trying to keep Candie from spiraling out of control, but he's afraid all his work trying to keep their mother sane won't pay off and, eventually, he'll find she's killed herself because he couldn't save her.



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| Personality |
"Before fucking with them, you should know, I'd die for the ones I love." Donnie was never a terribly bad kid. He always made good grades, worked his hardest, took care of his sister, and so on. He did everything he could, hoping to make his father proud. It was obvious to him, that his father was more interested in Candie than in him, and that hurt him as a boy, because he didn't know why she was the favorite when he was so clearly the perfect child.

He was responsible for everyone around him from a young age. It was clear that his sister was a wreck, as was his mother, and his father wasn't around a whole lot, leaving Donnie to make sure his home stayed in order, no one got hurt, and him and his sister listened to the nanny. He learned how to take care of others, Candie especially.

However, when he finally learned the truth of why his father favored Candie so much and he was taken from them, sent to prison, Donnie changed, as did the rest of the family. Candie was even more of a wreck than ever, their mother just fell apart entirely, and Don was left, once again, to hold the fragile situation together. That's never really left him, his ability to take care of other people.

What has changed, is the way he acts. He's no longer a straight A student because, while he's smarter than even some of his teachers, when he's not trying to keep things together at home, he's getting high or drinking.

Donnie never meant to become the rebellious, temperamental, and oftentimes dangerous person he has, it just sort of happened. Following Candie around, trying to keep her out of trouble has taken a toll on him and, more often than not, instead of getting her out of trouble, she'd drag him into trouble, and before long, he was hopelessly addicted.

Now he has a temper he can't control, rarely listens to anyone who tells him what to do, and speaks so sarcastically, he comes off as an arrogant prick. Inside, he's still the same, honest, caring Donnie that would die for his friends, but his tactics of protection have changed. He's no longer trying to protect himself, just others around him, even if sometimes he's a little too rough or a little too mean, everything he does it to try and help. It's second nature to him, trying to help people.

Part of him wishes he could go back to the good, innocent kid he once was, but he knows he can't. As much as he hates to admit it, he loves this new life of drugs and sex way too much to ever go back to the quiet, cautious bookworm he once was.




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| History |
"I've never really had time to be a kid." Ever since he was young, Donnie has taken care of the people around him, that's just the way his life has been. While wealthy, his mother and father were almost never around, leaving himself and his twin in the supervision of nannies that were either cruel or careless. This mean that Donnie has always been the more responsible one.

While Candie plotted cruel pranks to play on their nannies, Donnie simultaneously did his home work, talked her out of it, and made them diner. He never complained about having to practically raise the two of them though. He did it all to win his father's approval because, when his father was home, unlike their mother, he took his job as a parent seriously, smothering them with love. Candie more than him though, something he didn't come to understand until later.

When he finally did realize why Candie was their father's favorite, it honestly tore him apart. He may not have been perfect, but the man had been his father. He'd looked up to him, and the loss of his father was a devastating blow, but once again, he never complained. Because he knew, whatever he was feeling, because of what they'd found out, Candie had to be feeling ten times over. He had to be there for her to help her overcome what their father did to her.

But not only that, suddenly, he was his mother's caretaker as well. He'd never admired her the way he'd admired his father, because honestly, she was a shitty mother, but she was still his mother nonetheless and he knew how she felt. He thought her blaming Candie for the destruction of their family was wrong, but he understood her shock at what their father had done and her pain at losing him, so he couldn't abandon her the way Candie had.

Ever since their family's crumble, Don has done everything in his power to keep them from getting any worse. He forces his mother to brush her hair on days she wants to die, kicks her useless boyfriends out of the house, comforts his sister when she's in pain, and tries to keep her out of trouble, but it's proven harder than he makes it seem.




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Animal I Have Become
Three Days Grace
I can't escape this hell
So many times i've tried
But i'm still caged inside
Somebody get me through this nightmare
I can't control myself

So what if you can see the darkest side of me?
No one will ever change this animal I have become
Help me believe it's not the real me
Somebody help me tame this animal
(This animal, this animal)

I can't escape myself
(I can't escape myself)
So many times i've lied
(So many times i've lied)
But there's still rage inside
Somebody get me through this nightmare
I can't control myself

So what if you can see the darkest side of me?
No one will ever change this animal I have become
Help me believe it's not the real me
Somebody help me tame this animal I have become
Help me believe it's not the real me
Somebody help me tame this animal

Somebody help me through this nightmare
I can't control myself
Somebody wake me from this nightmare
I can't escape this hell

(This animal, this animal, this animal, this animal, this animal, this animal, this animal)

So what if you can see the darkest side of me?
No one will ever change this animal I have become
Help me believe it's not the real me
Somebody help me tame this animal I have become
Help me believe it's not the real me
Somebody help me tame this animal
(This animal I have become)

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Sloppy Seconds
Watsky
Fuck you if you love a car for its paint job
Love you if you love a car for the road trips
Show me the miles and your arms and the pink scar
Where the doctor had to pull out all the bone chips
Cuz you were pressing on the gas just a bit hard
Right in the moment where the road curved a bit sharp
And when you woke up, somebody was unclipping your seat belt
and pulling you from the open window of your flipped car

[Hook:]
Cold pizza
Tie-dye shirts
Broken hearts
Give'm here, give'm here
Hand me downs
Give me give me leftovers
Give me give me sloppy seconds
Give em here, give em here

I don't care where you've been
How many miles, I still love you [x2]

[Verse 2:]
Show me someone who says they got no baggage
I'll show you somebody whose got no story
Nothing gory means no glory, but baby please don't bore me
We won't know until we get there
The who, or the what, or the when where
My favorite sweater was a present that I got a couple presidents ago
And I promised that I would rock it till it's thread bare
Bet on it
Every single person got a couple skeletons
So pretty soon, in this room
It'll just be me and you when we clear out all the elephants
Me and you and the elements

We all have our pitfalls
Beer's flat, the cabs have been called
And everybody and their momma can hear the drama
that's happening behind these thin walls

[Hook:]
Cold pizza
Tie-dye shirts (tie-dye shirts)
Broken hearts
Give'm here, give'm here
Hand me downs (hand me downs)
Leftovers (leftovers)
Sloppy seconds
Give'm here, give'm here

I don't care where you've been
How many miles, I still love you (2x)

I don't care (cold pizza)
Where you've been (tie-dye shirts)
How many (broken hearts) miles, I still love you
I don't care (hand me downs)
Where you've been (left overs)
How many (sloppy seconds) miles, I still love you

[Verse 3:]
My pattern with women isn't a flattering image
But I don't want to run away because I said so
I don't want to be the guy to hide all of my flaws
And I'll be giving you the side of me that I don't let show
Everything in fashion
That has ever happened
Always coming crashing down
Better let go
But in a couple years it will be retro
You rock Marc Ecko
My shirts have the gecko
Cuz in the past man, I was hopeless
But now's when my little cousins look the dopest
(whoop whoop)
Fuck the fashion po-po
Have a stale doughnut, I don't need no tips
Fuck a five second rule
That's a plan I never understood
It's September in my kitchen in a Christmas sweater
Sipping cold coffee on the phone with damaged goods

And there is not a single place that I would rather be
I'm fucked up just like you are, and you're fucked up just like me

[Hook:]
Cold pizza (cold pizza)
Tie-dye shirts (tie-dye shirts)
Broken hearts
Give'm here, Give'm here
Hand me downs (oh hand me downs)
Give me give me leftovers (leftovers)
Give me give me sloppy seconds
Give'm here give'm here

I don't care where you've been
How many miles, I still love you [x2]

I don't care (cold pizza)
Where you've been (tie-dye shirts)
How many (broken hearts) miles, I still love you
I don't care (hand me downs)
Where you've been (left overs)
How many (sloppy seconds) miles, I still love you


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So begins...

Dontae Carmelo's Story

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Character Portrait: Candace Carmelo Character Portrait: Tansy Everett Character Portrait: Reed Luxington Character Portrait: Dontae Carmelo
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Up until about six months ago, Tansy life had been a complete fucking disaster non-stop for two years. It had been a beautiful blur of fucking, fighting, and never being sober. She was honestly confused at how she’d managed to get decent grades or not get kicked out altogether. Collin was like fire, pure and dangerous. She was addicted to the pain and the pleasure, then one day it was over. Her life had gone from everything moving around her in a blur, to a complete boring halt.

Now her life was nowhere near as exciting. She still partied, got dangerously close to ODing, and her sex life was great; she had Reed to thank for that. Yet, there was obviously something missing and everyone knew she was different, Collin had fucked her up so bad she wasn’t the same girl she’d been before they’d been together. He’d literally killed her, Nena called her damaged goods and it wasn’t a false statement.

She wanted that life back though. Everyone was convinced that she had moved on, because she was excellent at pretending like nothing had ever happened and that she’d just woke up broken one day. However, she wanted to feel alive again, she wasn’t entirely sure she wanted Collin back. He honestly scared the shit out of her, but what she wanted was the way he made her feel, but she’d already convinced herself that the best she could get was Reed and so that’s what she’d settled for.

Her parents were gone on another one of their “Trying to fix our marriage.” vacations. The thought of it was frustrating. They weren’t fixing their marriage, they were going on vacation and fucking and coming home and nothing ever fucking changed. Her mother was still fucking any guy that looked her way and her father was still pretending it wasn’t happening. She hated that her father didn’t just leave her mother and find someone who treated him a million times better.

In honor of her parents being gone, her and Kaleb had invited their friends over. It was supposed to just be a small get together, but it was never just them. The Everett siblings were known for having big ass parties all the time, because their parents were always taking vacations. There parties were responsible for their popularity at their school. Unfortunately though, the party had ended on a bad note and Tansy was still reeling from it.

Collin had come, it was the first time she’d seen him since the night he’d put her in the hospital. At some point during the night Reed had disappeared, leaving her shit faced and all alone. She’d stumbled out front and at first she’d thought she was seeing things, next thing she knew, Collin and her were fucking on the side of the house. Someone had seen them together though and no sooner had they started having sex, Kaleb had stormed around the corner. They’d gotten into a hug fight, ending in the cops crashing their party and sending everyone except for Lauren, Baylee, Donnie, Lux, and Candie home.

Eventually everyone had passed out, except Tansy. She sat at the kitchen table for hours, not moving, listening to the ticking of the clock in the silence. She’d smoked through a whole pack of cigarettes. It scared her how much control Collin had over her, she couldn’t say no to him. She hated herself for cheating on Lux, all he’d done was treat her good and she’d gone and fucked things up with him. In fact he’d disappeared last night, she’d tried apologizing, but he’d just walked out and hadn’t come back.

She took a long drag off her cigarette, outside the sky was starting to lighten. Water drops stained the window, it had rained at some point last night and all she could think about was if Reed was alright and how much she’d screwed up. She lifted her last cigarette to her lips taking a final drag, before flicking it away. The house was a complete wreck. White dust reminisce laced the counters, dirty needles filled the sink, beer bottle and cigarette buds covered the floor. She jumped slightly when someone put a hand on her shoulder, before kissing the top of her head and she knew then it was Kaleb.

He poured himself a cup of cold coffee, before sitting down across from her, wearing nothing but his boxer. Hickys and smeared bubble gum pink lipstick covered his neck and collar bone making it clear it he’d spent the night fucking Nena. His eyes were blood shoot as he held hers for a long moment taking a drink of his coffee, setting it back down and reaching for a bottle of jack the laid on its side on the table still half full of liquor. He poured a good amount in his coffee. Tansy watched him in silence hating how similar they were.

“Where is Lux?” He asked but she merely shrugged as she crossed her legs Indian style on the chair. “He didn’t come home?” he continued, she just shrugged again, clearly irritating him. “Are you going to talk to me?” he said a little sarcastically and Tans just started at him making it clear she didn’t want to talk to him. “And, you wonder why your always getting dealt a shitty card Tans, you’re a bitch to everyone.” He spat and walked out of the room causing her to roll her eyes.

There was a soft knock at the door that made her sigh. She hoped that it was Lux, she really needed to talk to him. She stood up, still dressed in her oversized shirt and ripped up fishnets. He make-up was smeared like she’d been crying, despite the fact she honestly couldn’t remember the last time she cried, and the curls in her blonde hair still hadn’t fallen. When she opened the door she wanted to throw up, but before she had the chance Collin grabbed her wrist and pulled her outside. His black eyes and split lip were still fresh.

“Are you fucking crazy?” she breathed holding his eyes and he only smirked moving in intoxicatingly close but not kissing her.

“I just want to talk.” He said honestly. “Walk with me.” He said glancing to the side walk before looking her over with a smirk. His breath smelled of liquor and cigerette’s mixed with the strong scent of cologne that she could pick out of a room full of other guys wearing the same cologne. Everything about him drove her crazy.



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Reed had always been lucky enough to have the shittiest luck imaginable, starting off with his lack of parents. He’d been used to things never going his way and always having to find a way around his disadvantages. However, the past six months had been increasingly different from the rest of his life. He’s finally for once go the girl he’d wanted Tansy, he was convinced he’d never have a chance, she was far too pretty. Girls like her, Lauren, and Candie, and even Baylee didn’t date guys like him. He was the guy they immediately friend zoned. Yet, Tansy hadn’t of course he was kind of a rebound of her completely psychotic ex-boyfriend, but still he’d end up with her.

There happiness had lasted just about as it took Tansy to down a bottle of Vodka and find a party to crash. He couldn’t leave her though, he’d promised his best friend, Tansy’s brother he wouldn’t hurt her and he stand by her, not tom mention it was painfully clear Tans was still devastatingly in love with Collin. He was fully aware that if he tried to leave her, his friendship with Kaleb would be over and so he forced himself to stay, secretly hoping Collin would come back so that she’d go running back to him.

Lux really did care about her though, so much so he blamed himself for not being able to make her happy, he tried everything, but she was always miserable. She exhausted him to the point where he’d purposely drug her to get a damn break from her bitchy attitude and her constantly being drunk. She completely drained him, yet somehow he couldn’t help but find himself addicted to their misery.

Reed had never once been a cheater, it’d never even crossed his mind. Sure all his other friend, that happened to be girls were beautiful. Lauren was the girl next door kind of beautiful and she didn’t even realize it, Baylee had a younger glow that made her absolutely stunning, and there was no comparing Candie to any of them she was easily the most beautiful. But, temptation had gotten the better of him. He’d been looking for Candace so they could go home from a long night of partying, when he’d found her she was alone and he’d fallen for her games.

He woke up the next morning and snuck out of the room feeling shitty. He didn’t regret sleeping with her, he regretted liking it. Before he knew it, they were sneaking around fucking every chance they got. It didn’t matter where they were the school bathroom, between the bookshelves at the library, and even a few times in the with Tansy after she’d passed out drunk. He told Candie every time was the last time, but she was magnetic and he found himself going back to her every time and he hated himself for doing it. It wasn’t like Candie was just some girl she was Tansy’s best fucking friend, the two did everything together, hell they even showered together. He was no better than Nena when she’d come between Kaleb and Donnie, he was the new fucking Nena and he couldn’t stop himself.

The worst part about it was he knew he should just break things off with Tansy, eventually Kaleb would get over it. What he wouldn’t get over is finding out that his best friend was fucking his little sister’s best friend. It was all a big fucking mess and he was the cause of it. He couldn’t break up with Tansy because as sick and twisted as it was, it was her misery that made him stay he was addicted to the fight, yet Candace made him feel everything that never would. He’s got the best of both worlds and as selfish as it sounds he’s not ready to give that up, because for the first time in his miserable life, he’s the one in control and he likes it.

Last night had been a complete disaster. He’d gone home yesterday to check on his little sister, only to end up in a fight with his mother, she’d chased him out of the house threatening to shoot him. He’d hoped the Everett’s party would get his mind of things. He’d made out with Tansy for a good hour or so until she was drunk, then he’d disappeared upstairs with Candace. Next thing he knew there were police sirens and lights outside. When he’d got outside, the cops were pulling Collin and Kaleb apart and the look on Tansy face made it clear what had happened and he nearly lost it. He wasn’t sure what had come over him, he felt jealous despite the fact he’d literally just been fucking her best friend.

He was pissed, more so that Collin was threatening his twisted little love triangle. Him and Tansy had made quite a scene when they’d started fighting, but he didn’t stick around long, because he was in no mood to fight with her or Kaleb. So he’d taken off and stayed out all night. He’d gone to a club got fucked up and went home with another girl. He’d spent the night having awful sex with some girl who he was fairly certain was a few years older than him. Eventually though he’d slipped his clothes back on and head back to the Everett’s because he’d rather face Tansy and the rest of his friends then his own family. Only when he got back to the house, he walked around back and sat down on one of the chairs lighting himself a cigarette as he watched the sun come up.



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Character Portrait: Candace Carmelo Character Portrait: Tansy Everett Character Portrait: Reed Luxington Character Portrait: Dontae Carmelo
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Candie had always hated herself. Sure, she looked confident on the outside and no one but Donnie really knew how much she tore herself apart, but the fact of the matter was that she hated everything about herself, and honestly, it was hard not to when all your life, you've been told that everything bad that's ever happened to you was your own fault. Because you'e too damn pretty for your own good.

It was what her father used to say, that everyone wanted her so much, it was impossible for her not to destroy everything she touched and she hated that it had turned out to be true. She hated that, even though he'd been gone for two years, everything he'd ever said and done to her would follow her the rest of her life. She hated herself for being such a slut, for the way she used and abused people, even if it was all she knew how to do because it was all that had ever been done to her, and every time she slept with another guy, or girl, or whoever, no one ever saw it, but it only got worse.

Still, she couldn't stop herself. Because, even if fucking around was only destroying her and her reputation, it was her own fucked up way of finding love without any of the risk. The problem was, it never lasted. No one ever stayed. Her reputation had gotten so well-known that guys only ever talked to her to fuck her and it was ruining her, making her feel like she was worth nothing more than sex. She'd fucked every decent guy in her school and half the girls too, just because she could, and every once in a while, when one of them wanted to stick around and be her "boyfriend", she'd fuck with their head and screw it all up because she couldn't handle being in love. The thought of being in love terrified her. Her father had told her he'd loved her, and look how that had turned out.

Candie had never hated herself more in her life than she had in the past two months though. Even on nights when her father or her mother's boyfriends whispered horrible things in her ear that made her feel like she was the cause of all the shit in her life, she'd never felt so completely awful. Probably because, even though she wholeheartedly believed everything they told her, part of her had known somewhere, that, even if a lot of her fucked up life was her fault, she was still a victim.

This time though, she wasn't innocent. Not even close. This was all her. She was fucking her best friend in the entire world's boyfriend. That night, two months ago, she'd been feeling particularly low because her mother's latest boyfriend had cornered her in the kitchen and touched her, whispering things to her that had sounded eerily similar to her father. She'd gone to that party wanting to lash out at someone so, first, she'd fucked Tansy's brother, and then, later, once she was good and drunk, she'd fucked her boyfriend as well.

And she had yet to stop. Her and Reed had been going at it every chance they got for the past few months, shamelessly fucking everywhere they could, even going to far as to go at it in the same room as Tansy after she'd fallen asleep. And not just Reed either, she'd been sneaking around with Kaleb still too.

It was horrible, she knew it was, but she couldn't stop herself. She felt like absolute shit about it because Tansy was the only person in the world she loved as much as she loved Donnie. She'd seen what her relationship with Collin had done to her. She should want Tansy to be in a healthy relationship with a guy that treated her good. She should be happy for her.

Still, a selfish part of Candie that had never been loved wanted to steal it from her, so it was this part of her that continued the games while the rest of her suffered through the guilt of what she was doing, trying terribly hard not to hate herself but failing miserably. Afterall, she'd become exactly what her father had said she would. Nothing but a slut who's pretty face ruined lives.

Of course, no one saw this guilty, remorseful side of her. All they saw of Candie was their fearless, bitchy friend who liked to play games, drink too much, get high, and have way too much sex. To everyone but maybe Donnie and Tansy, she was nothing but a superficial bitch that you really had to learn to love, seeing as she wasn't exactly the most heartfelt or warm person in the world.

The night before had been equal parts beautiful and disastrous. Beautiful, because she'd gotten to play her head games again, which always made her feel good, disastrous because, just before going to the party, she'd let her mother's boyfriend pin her down and use her for the fourth time that week. It had gotten to the point where it was getting hard to hide from Donnie, but she knew she had to. She was terrified of what would happen if he knew that, while their father was gone, the rape had never really stopped.

After that, she'd gone to the party, intending to get ridiculously fucked up. She'd spent a good portion of it doing just that, drinking everything anyone put in her hands, popping any pills she could find, and smoking anything that could be inhaled before spending some time dirty dancing and making out with a thin blonde girl for a while.

Eventually, someone had pulled them apart and Candie was so fucked up she hadn't even realized that, when they came for her, she was in between, not just the girl, but a guy as well. It had turned out to be Lux, dragging her up the stairs, into Tansy's bedroom so they could be alone and she'd gone willingly, loving the way he made her feel, especially when she was high.

They were up there for a while until sirens and police lights interrupted them and Lux left her, running off to make sure Tansy was okay and she watched the fight take place out the window, feeling awful for half hoping they'd break up so he could be all hers before he took off and she'd sighed, heading over to the bed and laying down.

Candie had been asleep up there for an hour and a half until she woke to someone rolling over her, kissing her neck. She'd woken from a nightmare of her father so, of course, waking to find someone still kissing her like that, she'd panicked, and the fact that they slapped their hand down over her mouth to keep her from screaming only made it worse.

However, she soon calmed down with she realized it was only Kaleb, covered in lipstick, shirtless, eyes wanting her. Reed still hadn't come back, so she'd fucked Kaleb in Tansy's bed until she was so tired, she rolled off him and fell asleep. The last thing she remembered before blacking out completely was him telling her he had to find Nena before pulling on his jeans and slipping out the door.

When she finally woke, she was alone, wearing nothing but her bra and panties and she sat up with her back against the headboard, pulling her knees to her chest as she lit a cigarette and glanced around at the mess she'd made of Tansy's room. The picture of the two of them in a silver frame on her nightstand seemed to glare at her in a way that only made her feel more guilty so she pushed the frame down on it's face before standing with a deep sigh.

She pulled her thigh-high, now torn fishnets back on before tugging her tiny dress down over her head and grabbing her heels, dangling them on her fingertips as she slipped from the room, heading down the stairs. In the picture frames in the hall, hung pictures of Tansy as a child with her friends, a lot of them including her like the one upstairs, making her stomach turn as she passed them, feeling like a shitty person.

She could see Kaleb around the corner, but she really didn't want to face him so she ducked out the back door, only to find Reed sitting outside with a cigarette, making her sigh and roll her eyes as she brought her own cigarette to her lips, dropping her heels. "Have fun last night?" She smirked, sitting in a chair next to his, knowing he'd had a crappy night because he'd caught Collin and Tansy, she'd seen the fight, but she didn't care. She wanted to be a bitch because he'd left her and she'd be lying if she said she wasn't a little bitter about the fact that it had been for Tansy. "For future reference Casanova, it's a bit of a mood killer when you take off in the middle of fucking a girl to check on your girlfriend." She smirked like she didn't give a shit, blowing out a breath of smoke.




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The past several years of Donnie's life had been exhausting at the very least. He'd had to divide his time between his girlfriend Nena, who was demanding as all hell and really didn't get along with Candie at all, making sure his mother didn't try to kill herself, and keeping Candie from going totally off the rails.

He felt like the glue holding his fragile little life together and honestly, that's what he'd always been. The glue. Not just at home either, but in his social circle that's what he was too. He was the one who kept them all together even when things fell apart and they all thought they hated each other so much, they'd never speak again.

He was there for both Tansy and Collin when they crumbled, maybe not exactly as a shoulder to cry on, but someone to make sure the two of them didn't get themselves killed. He was there whenever Candie was harassed by a guy who thought she owed him something just because rumors at school painted her as easy. He was there when Lauren tried to kill herself and wound up spending two month in in-patient.

He was always there to calm the storm and keep them together. That was his job. He was the responsible one. The one who made sure that, while they all had wild, dirty, wrong fun together, no one got killed or hurt in the process.

He fucking hated it. It was what he'd been doing since the day he could talk, taking care of others before himself. It was exhausting, and he wasn't sure how much more he could take before he cracked, and then what? If he fell apart, where would that leave everyone else? They'd kill each other before the week was up, he knew that. That was why he had to keep it together. Because, if he didn't it wouldn't just fall apart for him, it would fall apart for everyone he cared about. He could feel himself becoming bitter with it every time he had to pull his friends apart when they started fighting. It was driving him nuts.

Then the cherry on top of the sundae. Nena, his girlfriend, whom he'd loved like fucking crazy, shocked the hell out of them all by leaving him for Kaleb. One night, they were fucking, doing lines of coke off his nightstand. The next morning, the was a note lying in the left over powder that said nothing but "I'm sorry." That night, at another of Kaleb and Tansy's parties, she'd been sitting on Kaleb's lap. The message had been received loud and clear.

That was the first night he'd lost it, nearly beating Kaleb to death before Lux managed to step in and pull him off and he'd slipped out back where Lauren was sitting, smoking a cigarette. He knew what he was doing was wrong because he knew Lauren had feeling for him he could never return, but he'd been so pissed and fucked up on whatever he'd taken at the party, he'd taken her upstairs to the bathroom where they'd done more coke and he'd fucked her.

After that, he didn't touch her again, but he felt like shit because he never apologized or explained himself and he knew she liked him. The girl had just gotten out of the hospital for trying to kill herself for fucksakes and he'd taken advantage of her feelings for him out of revenge on Nena.

It was hard, after that night, to go back to being the moderator, so he got lazy and slipped up. Tansy and Kaleb had had another party they night before and he'd been out back chatting with Lauren, not really bothering to head inside, knowing Kaleb and Nena would be in there somewhere and he couldn't even be in the same room as either of them anymore.

Because he was outside, he'd seen Collin and Tansy and, instead of doing what would keep the situation under control and pulling them apart himself, he'd had Lauren tell Kaleb because he knew Kaleb would yell at her and that would take the situation out of control completely. Not long after Kaleb pulled them apart, Lux was outside as well and that was when Donnie had left, irritated with the sight of his friends fighting. He'd slipped inside, grabbing a bottle of whiskey and downing half of it on his way upstairs to find a quiet room.

Nena cornered him in the hallway halfway up. She was fucked up, he could tell, but she was all over him, trying to apologize, telling him she loved him, and he'd kissed her when he knew he shouldn't have before finally managing to pull himself away from her and slip the rest of the way up the stairs.

Donnie ended up passing out before the cops even finished clearing the house. He'd slipped into Tansy's parents room and was asleep before he ever even hit the sheets, too tired to deal with his friend's bullshit for the night, deciding he'd let them work it out themselves and the best thing he could do for them at the moment was stay out of the way and keep from doing anything that would make it worse. Like running back to Nena and fucking her like he wanted to.

When he woke, the sun was coming up outside the window and he walked over with a sigh, glancing down at the front yard. He rolled his eyes when he saw Tansy and Collin out front, knowing he had to break that up before it got out of hand. Collin had a way of controlling Tansy. They all liked Collin as a friend, but they didn't like him with Tansy, because that was when he got destructive so, since their break up, they'd been trying not to shut Collin out while at the same time, collectively, as a group, working to keep Collin away from Tansy. As bad as they could all see she was hurting from it, the one thing they all seemed able to agree on was that Collin and Tansy as a couple were bad news.

Donnie sighed, lighting a cigarette before slipping down the stairs and pulling the front door open wide before they could run off anywhere, leaning in the doorway with a smirk, looking them over as he took a drag off his cigarette. "Enjoy your beating last night Collin?" He grinned, raising an eyebrow. "Or are you craving another one?" He said casually, like he hadn't just blatantly threatened him, taking a drag off his cigarette. "I could do it for you, or maybe Lux, or Kaleb, I'm pretty sure any one of us would be happy to fuck you up, so go ahead, take your pick." He smirked, eyes landing on Tansy like he just realized she was there. "Unless, you know, you came for something else?" He asked, raising an eyebrow, blowing out a puff of smoke.

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Tansy was fighting with herself, her words were frozen in her throat. She wanted to go on that walk with him, but she had a feeling if she did she wouldn’t come back for a long time. That’s how it used to be, they’d be gone for days at a time, no one would know where they were, she didn’t even know where they were or who was touching her. His eyes were burning into her like daggers for an answer.

“Do you really think it’s a good idea?” she breathed weaker then she mean to. She hated what he did to her, even after six months it was like he’d never even left.

“I think we’re a good idea.” He said with a wicked smirk that made her shiver as he ran his thumb across her bottom lip and on the inside she was screaming at herself to push him away, but he was paralyzing.

Before she could give him the answer that he wanted and that she’d have given him had they had a second longer alone, the door opened up and Donnie leaned in the door way looking them over and she was silently relived that someone had come to her rescue, because she knew Donnie well enough to know there was no way in hell he’d let her go, even if he had to drag her kicking a screaming back into the house.

"Enjoy your beating last night Collin? Or are you craving another one?" He grinned as he spoke casually taking a drag of his cigarette and Tansy couldn’t help but smirk at his sarcasm. "I could do it for you, or maybe Lux, or Kaleb, I'm pretty sure any one of us would be happy to fuck you up, so go ahead, take your pick." he smirked and Tansy held his eyes when he glanced to her, like he was just noticing her, typical, she thought rolling her eyes as she glanced back to Collin who looked completely pissed that he’d been interrupted. "Unless, you know, you came for something else?"

It was silent for a moment and the tension between them could be cut with a knife. Collin’s whole body was tensed like he wanted to beat the shit out of Donnie and she bit her lip terrified that he might. Collin was a complete psycho path when it came to Tansy. In fact there was a time, before they’d dated when Collin had still just been her friend, he had been the nicest out of all the guys in their group. But, there was just something about Tansy that made him crazy, the two of them together were dangerous.

He grabbed her jaw roughly then and kissed her hard and she couldn’t help but kiss him back. If he’d have kissed her five seconds before Donnie had opened the door, they’d have already been gone. His lips traced her jawline and she had to bite her lip to keep from crying because she knew exactly what he was doing and it was painful. He paused at her ear and she froze.

“I know you still love me Tans.” He whispered. “I’m not the one keeping us apart babe, its them.” He said before pulling away and walking down the path and leaving her there. She took a step forward like she was going to go after him and stop him, but she felt Donnie’s eyes burning into her back and that’s what made her stop, she let her eyes follow Collin as he disappeared down the street before she turned back to face Donnie.

She pushed past Donnie, felling that familiar heat she’d always felt between the two of them, it was more faded now then it was when they were kids. She’d always ignored it, because Don was off limits even if she liked him, it was her best friends twin brother. That was practically written in girl code, it had to be. She made her way up the stairs, turning right back into the cold bitch she was, before pausing and turning back to Donnie.

“I swear to fucking God Tae.” She said using her nickname for him, she refused to let anyone else even his own sister call him that, because as far as she was concerned she’d started calling him it and it was reserved for her only. “If you tell anyone about what just happened. I’ll rip your fucking dick off.” She smirked holding his eyes letting him know she was completely serious. She glanced up the stair case like she debated on whether or not to really go upstairs, before heading back down the stairs and pausing in front of him. “Where were you last night?” she breathed crossing her arms in front of her. “You wanna get high and talk about it?” she asked causally, because if she was being honest sure she thought he was gorgeous, but she’d never thought of him as anything but a friend.

“Unless of course you’d rather go fuck Lauren.” She shrugged, because Lauren had told her not to tell anyone and Lauren wasn’t one for spreading rumors or telling about her love life, but she’d ran straight to Tans and told her what had happened. Lauren had always liked Donnie, in the cute school girl kind of way. Tansy bit her lip. “Your call.” She smirked stealing his cigarette, before running up the stairs hopping he’d follow because she needed someone who wasn’t her brother or a girlfriend to talk to and get her mind off of what had just happened.



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Reed stayed outside, smoking for a while. Before he finally lit a joint and took a hit off of it, his headphones around his neck, playing his typical rock music. He was sober for the most part which was bringing out his anxiety. His chest was heavy and he was feeling particularly guilty about fucking some random girl. He’d really lost himself, turned into someone else completely when he was around Candie. He was bad, but he had to admit he loved the rush of being with her or maybe he loved her. He wasn’t entirely sure yet all he knew was he was in over his head.

The one thing he was completely certain of was he didn’t want to lose Candace, because for the first time in his entire life as fucked up as their relationship was she made him feel like he wasn’t completely worthless, she made him want to actually fight and try harder and that scared the shit out of him. He knew it was wrong to think of her like that, he was supposed to be Tansy’s fucking boyfriend, he was supposed to be better than Collin and treat her better, but he’d gone and fucked that up.

He had so much on his mind, he pressed the joint to his lips hoping it easy his mind as he picked at the chipped black nail polish on his nails. He ran his fingers through his hair as he heard the door open behind him and he didn’t have to look to know who it was. He’d grown up with his friends and they were easy to tell apart, easy to pick out in a crowded, and even easier to feel the energy shift when one of them was near. He knew Candie’s energy better than even Tansy and so he knew it was her who’d dropped her heels and sat down next to him.

"Have fun last night?" She smirked and he glanced to her with a shrug. "For future reference Casanova, it's a bit of a mood killer when you take off in the middle of fucking a girl to check on your girlfriend." she said blowing out a breath of smoke and he raised a brow.

He knew deep down under her selfish bitchy act she had to care that when shit hit the fan she might lose Tansy, hell he was terrified not of losing Tansy though, he was scared of what Kaleb would think. Kaleb had let him move in when he had no place to go and he felt like he was completely betraying him, yet still he didn’t care enough to stop.

“Yeah, thanks. I’ll try not to worry about my girlfriend next time.” He smirked back as he held her eyes. “But, don’t act like you didn’t find someone else to fuck babe.” He raised a brow. “I’m sure you didn’t miss me too much, maybe for the first five minutes.” He shrugged, taking another hit off of his joint. It was silent for a moment before he finally spoke again “We really got to stop this Candie.” He finally breathed although the comment was nowhere near convincing. She’d be able to read right through him, he didn’t want to stop fucking her.

He’d probably fuck her forever behind Tansy’s back if it meant he got to stay friends with everyone, keep Tansy out of trouble, and be happy himself. That however was all wishful thinking, it was only a matter of time before someone caught them and their little affair was over and that thought of that honestly pissed him off. With Collin trying to get back in the picture, he knew he’d try and get any dirt on them, to win her back, he was relentless.

Lux wrapped an arm around Candie’s shoulder and pulled her close so her head was resting on his shoulder as he kissed the top of her head. It didn’t matter who saw them like that, because no one would think anything of it. If anything they’d think Lux was comforting her, their group was so close that it wasn’t unusual for Kaleb to kiss Baylee or Lauren and it mean nothing or for Tansy and Candace to make out in a game of spin the bottle for everyone else’s entertainment. They’d honestly been through so much together it was crazy that from the outside looking in people probably envied their friendship.

“Then again.” he whispered. “I don’t really want to stop.” He sighed as he rubbed her back gently loving the way she set his whole body on fire even through her clothes.




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“Yeah, thanks. I’ll try not to worry about my girlfriend next time.” Lux smirked back, every bit as sarcastic as her, and she just rolled her eyes with her own smirk, bringing her cigarette to her lips. “But, don’t act like you didn’t find someone else to fuck babe.” He said and she just shrugged. They all knew how she was. Even if she tried to deny it, she doubted he'd believe her. “I’m sure you didn’t miss me too much, maybe for the first five minutes.” He shrugged, and she just let it fall silent between them, because the truth was, she had missed him.

There was something about him that made her feel good, and not the fake good she got from cheap sex with strangers or even Kaleb, but really good. It was a feeling that scared her, but also one she, selfishly, wanted to belong to her and only her, not Tansy or any other girl. However, she wasn't about to admit any of that. She wasn't even ready to admit it to herself let alone out loud so she just stayed silent until he spoke again. “We really got to stop this Candie.” He finally breathed and she just smirked because she didn't even have to look at him to know that was bullshit. He said the words, and he believed them, but he had no intention of following through with them.

Still, she knew he was probably right. What they were doing was way past wrong and she was risking losing Tansy over it, and maybe even the others too because hell, she could be the next Collin, they'd all band together with Tansy, against her and that was terrifying because her friends were really all she had. They were all that kept her sane. She wasn't sure what she'd do if she lost them.

Candie was about to shrug and tell him casually that, if he wanted it to be over than it was over, even though she didn't want to stop either, but he wrapped an arm around her shoulder, pulling her into him so that she had her head leaning on his shoulder. He kissed the top of her head and she closed her eyes, biting her lip, glad he couldn't see her face because she felt like pure shit after everything that had happened last night from her mother's boyfriend to fucking Kaleb and just the simple touch of his arm around her somehow made her feel a little less like the biggest back-stabbing whore in the world.

“Then again.” He whispered and she listened. “I don’t really want to stop.” He sighed as he rubbed her back gently, sending sparks of electricity through her she'd never felt with anyone else. Two months ago, before they'd started fucking, sitting there talking like that, just letting him hold her a minute wouldn't have bothered her in the least bit, but everything between them was different now. Even if it was just sex, the very fact that they'd gone from being nothing but friends to intimate changed things.

And Candie wasn't used to the guys she fucked treating her decently. She wasn't used to curling herself into someone's arms and just sitting there smoking a cigarette without them expecting her to put out and it freaked her out a little because she liked it and she knew she couldn't. As long as what was between them was just sex, she could handle it. She'd had sex more times than she could count. Hell, she'd fucked teachers to get A's. It wasn't the fucking that bothered her, it was the soft, simple moments, because she knew those were the moments she could get addicted to. Those were the moments that would cause her to freak out, lock herself up, and destroy everything.

So, even though it felt incredibly good, Candie just sighed and stood, walking over to the edge of the patio, eyes scanning the yard as she took a long drag off her cigarette, trying to shake the sparks of electricity still lingering on her skin or the feeling in her chest that made her desperate for him to really touch her.

"My dad gets released today." She breathed, not bothering to turn to look at him as she said it, knowing that, for the first time in ages, her voice didn't sound strong. She sounded scared, because honestly, she was. Even if she knew he couldn't see her, she didn't put it past him to do it anyway, just to terrorize her.

She knew Lux wouldn't know everything so he'd think he understood her fear, but he wouldn't really get the full extent of it. Sure, her friends knew her father was in prison, because it was a little hard to explain to people she'd seen every day of her life ever since she could remember, that one day, her father was just gone. They knew where he was, but they thought he was there simply for abusing her, beating her around. Only Tansy and Donnie knew the full story.

After a second, Candace shook it off, refusing to let herself crumble just because he'd wrapped an arm around her and held her. She was Candace Allegra Carmello. She didn't have a heart, and everyone knew she didn't give a fuck about anyone but herself so she just turned back and looked him over with a smirk, bringing her cigarette to her lips. "So, since you've decided to ignore you conscience, how about we get out of here and find somewhere we can pick up where we left off?" She asked, raising an eyebrow with a smirk, flicking her cigarette away.




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Donnie could tell Collin was pissed, but he wouldn't attack him. Sure, he was fucking crazy, but he wasn't an idiot. If he attacked him, he'd have, not just himself, but Lux and Kaleb on his ass in a second. He wasn't that dumb. Honestly, he hated having to cut Collin out they were even though he knew it was for the best.

Collin had been just as close at the rest of them at one point, but Tansy had changed him completely, and he knew they couldn't let him back in as long as he was still this person. They were all fucked up, but he was past that. He was just flat out crazy and Donnie knew if they let him back in, Collin would be the reason one of them finally got themselves killed doing the stupid shit they always did. It was just a bad feeling he had and, when it came to judging trouble, Donnie was almost never wrong.

Donnie just rolled his eyes as he grabbed hold of Tansy and kissed her, taunting her and trying to get her to turn against them for him, and for a moment, he was afraid she would because their group couldn't lose Tansy. Candie, for one thing would finally lose it, Lux would flip too, and Kaleb wouldn't rest until he'd hunted her down and dragged her ass home. If they lost Tansy to Collin, it'd be a hundred times worse than the loss of Collin. There'd be a gaping hole in their once complete, already unraveling, circle.

After Collin was gone, Tansy finally returned her attention to him before pushing past him, into the house and he sighed as she paused and turned back to him. “I swear to fucking God Tae.” She said, making him raise an eyebrow, knowing if she was using that name, she meant business. “If you tell anyone about what just happened. I’ll rip your fucking dick off.” She smirked and he just chuckled under his breath as he placed his cigarette between his lips and crossed himself. He wasn't an idiot. He knew when he should and shouldn't tell Kaleb or Lux shit and this fell under the shouldn't. If anything had happened, it would have been a different story, but Collin had left and the situation had been defused, bringing it up to Kaleb or Lux would only reopen the box of shit they'd tried their best to close after the fight last night.

“Where were you last night? You wanna get high and talk about it?” She asked and he just shrugged. “Unless of course you’d rather go fuck Lauren." She shrugged, making him wince because he honestly felt like shit about that. He hadn't meant to use Lauren the way he had. She wasn't exactly a "good girl" or a saint, but her and Baylee were the girls in their group that weren't raging bitches and pretty much the only ones you could count on to have a legit conversation with. He hadn't meant to take advantage of her "crush." He'd just been super fucked up and pissed. “Your call.” Tansy smirked, pulling him from his thoughts as she stole his cigarettes and bolted up the stairs.

Donnie rolled his eyes and took a drag off his before flicking it away and laughing, heading up after her, figuring he'd rather spend the rest of the day getting high and talking to her than he would at home with his drunken depressed mother, knowing it was bound to be a hell of a day at his house, seeing at it was the day his and Candie's father was finally released. In all honesty, he should probably find Candie and force her to go home with him, spend the rest of the day in his room hanging out with her so he could be there for her, and keep an eye on her, making sure she was okay, but he pushed the urge to do the right thing aside. He just wanted to get high with Tansy and not be the caretaker for once, even if he knew that today of all days was probably one of the worst to decide to hang up the hat.

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Tansy slipped into her bedroom the place was a complete disaster and she rolled her eyes irritated. She should have locked her door, she pulled her shirt off over her head and tossed it away. She heard Donnie come in but she didn’t bother to rush and get dressed, her bare back facing him, her window wide open, because she didn’t really give a shit if someone could see her. She grabbed one of Lux’s old Metallica shirts pulling it on, not bothering to put on a bra, she slipped on a pair of ripped up jean shorts over her fishnets.

She didn’t acknowledge him just yet, in fact she pretended it was just her in the room alone and it was scary how good she was at completely ignoring people. She flipped on her radio not bothering to check what CD she had in her stereo. The Music started as she walked over to her nightstand grabbing her pack of cigarettes and lighting a new one taking a drag, before she stood the silver frame with a picture of her kissing Candie’s cheek up right again. Finally she turned her attention to Donnie as she sloppily made her bed, before sitting down on top her purple cheetah print comforter.

“Well are going to come sit down?” she asked holding his eyes, with an attitude that pissed most people off, but she’d had that kind of bitchy attitude for so long now that she didn’t even realize that she sounded like a complete ass hole anymore.

While she waited for him to come and sit down she opened her nightstand and pulled out her flask, her dark purple nail polish, and a zip lock bag full of already rolled joints. She set them on the bed before taking a long drink from the flask, pushing the drawer closed and offing the flask to him with a smirk. She put out her cigarette on her nightstand next to the million other burn marks making it clear that he nightstand doubled as her ash tray. She light a joint resting it between her lips as she started to pain her nails that familiar dark purple color or Dark Angle color that she’d been painting her nails since her freshmen year of high school. Her nails were never unpainted and they were never any other color.

“I’m not blaming you or anything…but had you ben there to pull Collin and Kaleb apart, the cops wouldn’t have been called.” She shrugged, not bothering to look up from painting her nails. “Bad night to decide to take a day off from being Mr. Fix it.” She glanced up to him with an arrogant smirk. “Not only that, I missed you holding my hair back last night.” She said returning her attention back to her nails, like they were more important than him. She was incredibly good at multitasking so while she was painting her nails, she could take a drag from her joint and blow out the smoke without ever having to remove the joint from between her lips, all the while being hyper aware of Donnie’s body language.

Her and Don had a lot of history, he was her best guy friend and he always had been. She could tell him things that she couldn’t tell Kaleb, I’m aside from him being more responsible and always taking care of their group of friends, he was the guy version of Candie. She always got the best of both worlds with them when she need a guy’s opinion she had Tae, when she needed a girls night she had Candace. But, Donnie had always been there to hold her hair back when she was throwing up or pulling her away from guys at clubs, thinking for her when she couldn’t think for herself because she was too fucked up. There were things that he knew about her that even Candie didn’t know, like when her and Collin were together and she’d missed her period and thought she was pregnant, but it had just been a false alarm.

It was crazy to think about all the times he saved her ass and she honestly felt bad for him, because it was just her shit he was dealing with. He was dealing with everyone, trying to keep all his friends in check when they stepped out of line. That much was obvious when he’d come to her rescue just a few minutes ago, putting Collin in check, when everyone else out doing their own thing somehow he found a way to be everywhere at once. She finally pulled the joint from her lips and started blowing on her freshly painted nails.



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She didn’t stay sitting next to him for long and he knew why. She got up and walked a ways away from him and he sighed and stood up then to. It was frustrating that she would let herself feel and he knew that’s what it was. The moment he showed her any kind of touch that wasn’t meant to end in sex, she pulled away from him, she’d shy away like she was afraid if she felt something other than just want what she felt when they were having sex that she might like it and if she let herself like it she’d just end up getting hurt and that irritated him, because he wouldn’t hurt her. Things would be far from perfect, but he’d never leave her.

"My dad gets released today." she breathed and even with her back facing him he could hear the confidence in her voice falter and he raised a brow. It was like Candace Carmello, the girl that all the guys wanted and all the girls wanted to be, to falter in any way.

He didn’t blame her though, according the stories he’d heard from her and Donnie, their dad had been abusive and that was the reason he’d been sent to prison. It was agonizing to think that he father, the man who was supposed to put her on his shoulders and love her, had abused her and made her unable to trust. He knew how she felt though, for the most part, his mother would beat the shit out of him when he was little for no reason at all and his father would simply shrug it off like he had deserved it.

"So, since you've decided to ignore you conscience, how about we get out of here and find somewhere we can pick up where we left off?" she asked pulling him from his thoughts finally turning to face him as she took a finally drag off her cigarette, a smirk on her lips like her father being released didn’t bother her when it clearly did.

He sighed running his hands through his hair, finishing off his joint before flicking it away. He wasn’t entirely sure where they could go. If they went to his house and his mother caught them, she’d kill him literally. Her house was obviously off limits and every one of their friends was inside, even if they were careful there was no way they could get away with it. There only other option was the house in the woods that they’d all turned into their hideaway when there life got too hard to handle or the place that they had crazy parties at when they couldn’t find anywhere else to party. It wasn’t really a house more like a small abandoned shed in the woods, big enough to fit two old couches Collin had managed to get.

“Alright.” He smirked “We can go to the woods?” he said, but didn’t bother to wait for her answer as he walked up wrapping an arm around her waist and slipping around the front of the house with her.

The walked for a while, talking about nothing and everything all at the same time. He loved that when the two of them were alone he could actually talk to her, not just make crud jokes and be an ass hole like all his friends expected him to be, It wasn’t like that with Tansy. When he was alone with Tansy they were either fucking or sleeping they never just talked. Eventually they made their way through the trees and when they got to the place he paused and pulled her close.

He slid a hand into her hair and kissed her hard, loving the way his entire body pulsed with heat. He slipped his tongue past her lips deepening the kiss, before pulling away. “We could talk about your dad…if you want.” He breathed against her lips. “It’s not good to keep it all suppressed babe.” He said honestly, but he already knew she wouldn’t go for it, she wasn’t that kind of girl.



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Candie watched him contemplate where they could go, and honestly, it didn't matter to her where they went, as long as it wasn't her house. She'd known all her friends for years, but she'd never even had Tansy over to spend the night. Not only was she afraid of the guys seeing her shitty home life, but she wouldn't bring any of her female friends into that house if you put a gun against her head and ordered her to.

She couldn't let the shit her father and her mother's boyfriends have been doing to her for years happen to her friends. She was a bitch, and oftentimes cruel, but she would never wish that kind of shit on even her worst enemies. Besides, with her father being released, her mother would be a disaster and if they ran into her boyfriend, she was afraid something might happen that would clue him into what was going on in her house. Her place was out of the question.

"Alright.” He smirked, pulling her from her thoughts and she smirked back, glad he'd agreed because she wasn't about to spend the rest of the day alone, knowing her father was out there somewhere, but she'd much rather spend it with Lux than Kaleb or some random guy. “We can go to the woods?” He asked as he hooked an arm around her waist, and she let him lead her around front, not bothering to object, because the woods sounded perfect.

They walked for a while and she went through her last few cigarettes while they talked about nothing in particular. It was nice to just chat with him, but she was careful to keep the topics light, not wanting to get into anything heavy. She was sober, and particularly frazzled because of the idea of her father being released, if the conversation got too heavy, she was afraid she might falter.

Finally, they got to the shed and he pulled her close, making her smirk as he kissed her hard, kissing him back just as hard, loving the way his lips set every inch of her body on fire. He slid a hand into her hair and she grabbed his shirt, pulling her body against his, enjoying the taste of his lips and the way they seemed to take away all her problems. Before it went any further though, he pulled away and she raised an eyebrow, holding his eyes. “We could talk about your dad…if you want.” He breathed against her lips and she turned her head away from him. “It’s not good to keep it all suppressed babe.” He said and Candie shook her head.

Honestly, telling him everything wouldn't hurt, she knew that. He wasn't going to gossip or use it to hurt her in some way, or any of that bullshit, that wasn't really what she was afraid of. She just didn't want to get too close to him. If she let him in, she wouldn't be able to get him out again and, when shit finally hit the fan and she lost him, it'd kill her. She didn't want to talk about her personal secrets, she wanted to fuck him and forget them.

Besides, she wasn't totally sure she could say it out loud. The only reason Donnie knew about her father was because of the night she'd stabbed him. Tansy knew because, during all the court bullshit, she'd locked herself in her room, refusing to open up for anyone, even Donnie. Not knowing what to do and hoping she could help her in ways he couldn't, Donnie had told Tansy. She'd only ever said the words out loud a few times in her life, to Donnie and her mother that night, and then to the police. It had been horrible and she wasn't sure she could do it again. She didn't even know where to start, and she didn't think she could get her lips to form the word rape without completely falling apart.

"I can't." She finally breathed softly, shaking her head, as if to shake the thoughts from her mind before turning her attention back to him, pulling herself back together. "We came here to fuck, not talk, remember?" She smirked, pressing her lips to his hard again, pulling her body tightly against him and slipping her fingers up under his shirt, tracing small circles along his waist, hoping he'd just drop it, because she was afraid of what might happen if he kept pushing. Either she'd crumble and spill everything or completely explode and lash out at him for no reason.




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Donnie followed her up to her room, raising an eyebrow at the mess of the place, knowing someone had used it to fuck at the party the night before. He leaned against the wall, not bothering to hide the fact that he was watching her while she changed before sitting on the bed across from her when she sat. Collin had fucked her up, he could see it even just sitting with her there, it was like there was pain behind everything she did, even something as simple as painting her nails and lighting a joint.

Honestly, he hated that he'd let Collin ruin her so badly. Not that he was particularly at fault, but he just felt responsible for his friends, always had. That was his life, he was there to keep them sane, together, and alive, and when he couldn't do anything to stop one of them from getting hurt, it drove him crazy, so he took her situation with Collin more personally than he probably should have. He should have done more to try and protect her, but he hadn't.

Donnie reached for a joint, lighting it as he watched her painting her nails the same color she'd been painting them her entire life. Everything about her was like a mixture of beauty and tragedy, it was how they all were, broken and fucked up, and yet still lively and beautiful, but to him, there was something more intense about Tansy's beauty that he liked and he was never able to over look when he was in a room with her.

They'd been friends for years. More than friends, they were closer than that because, just like the way everyone knew there was something special about her friendship with Candie, and Lux's with Kaleb, there was something special between them too. They could talk. Really talk. When he didn't know what to do, it was her he went to, because sometimes taking care of everyone got a little overwhelming, sometimes he couldn't reach Candie no matter how hard he tried, or felt like shit for slipping up and letting someone get hurt, and it was her he went to. Even if she had a tough, bitchy exterior, he knew better. She cared about everyone just as much as he did, he could see through her, because, along with protecting them, seeing into people was what he was good at.

“I’m not blaming you or anything…but had you been there to pull Collin and Kaleb apart, the cops wouldn’t have been called.” She shrugged, and he winced as he took a hit off his joint because he knew that. Hell, if he had pulled Collin and Tansy apart in the first place instead of sending Lauren for Kaleb, the fight would have never even happened because, while she would have been pissed at him, he was one of the few people Tansy would listen to. They all did because they all knew that, if something was going on that was bad enough for Donnie to put a stop to it, then it really shouldn't be happening.

“Bad night to decide to take a day off from being Mr. Fix it.” She said, glancing at him and he just shrugged. He'd been doing that a lot lately, picking the worst possible times to take a break, like sitting with her at that moment when he should be with Candie or his mother. “Not only that, I missed you holding my hair back last night.” She said and he just smirked and rolled his eyes, taking another his off his joint.

"Hey, I've got a lot of you little shits to baby sit, give me a break, I get it wrong sometimes." He smirked, not exactly willing to admit that he'd pretty much purposely blown it off last night because he'd been too preoccupied trying not to think about Nena inside with Kaleb. "Besides, nothing would have happened if you hadn't been fucking Collin." He stated matter-of-factly, not in a judging way, just in a way that let her know that he didn't like the idea of her and Collin together and that she had to be more careful around him. "You should find some time later today or tonight to see Candie though." He finally breathed, taking another hit off his joint. "Our dad gets out today, so she's probably not in the best shape." He sighed out a breath of smoke, holding her eyes, knowing he should leave to go find his sister, but not wanting to.

Because honestly, while he knew she'd be having a hard time with it, so was he. He'd been hurt too when his family fell apart, but people always seemed to over look that because Candie had been the main victim in the story and he was so good at stepping up, taking control, being responsible, and pretending he was okay. But the fact that his father was getting out made him want to just take one moment in two fucking years to worry about his own feelings for a change and not anyone else's. So, even if it was selfish, what he felt like doing was being there with Tansy where he wasn't expected to be anyone's hero or shoulder to cry on, so that's what he was going to do.

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She went back to painting her nails and she could feel his eyes on her, making her smirk as she finished up her other hand, before raising her fingers to her lips to blow on them. She put the cap back on the nail polish setting it on her nightstand.

"Hey, I've got a lot of you little shits to baby sit, give me a break, I get it wrong sometimes." He smirked and she just laughed under her breath because it was the truth. "Besides, nothing would have happened if you hadn't been fucking Collin." she raised a brow at the boldness of his statement and her smirk dropped. "You should find some time later today or tonight to see Candie though. Our dad gets out today, so she's probably not in the best shape." He sighed and she did to.

He was right, she needed to go spend time with Candie, but she also knew Candie well enough to know that when she was ready to talk she’d come to her. Tansy hated pushing her to talk about the things her father had do to her or the situation in general. There were only two people in the entire world that Candie ever fell apart in front of and it was her and Donnie and she knew that was another reason her and Don were so close. She loved Candace and she hated seeing her upset, but sometimes she wasn’t exactly sure how to get through to her, the same way she knew Candie had a hard time trying to help her with her fucked up love life.

They were all so fucked up, which was what made them so intriguing to everyone in their school. She let it fall silent between her and Donnie for a long moment as she lend against her head bored. She turned her eyes out the window for a long moment as she finished her joint before adding it to the collection of her trashed room and turning her attention back to Donnie.

“She’ll talk when she’s ready, you know that.” Tans breathed with a shrug. “I’m not going to bring it up, the same way you’d be wise to keep your fucking comments about Collin and I to yourself.” She spat. “And I’ll make sure to keep you and Nena’s kiss last night on the stairs to myself.” She said holding his eyes.

She knew it was a harsh but she didn’t give a shit. She’d been looking for Lauren…or maybe Baylee last night when she’d seen them kiss, before she’d stumbled outside and found Collin. She wasn’t sure what it was that drove her absolutely insane about Nena and Donnie being together. Maybe it was the fact that Nena was always calling her damaged goods or maybe it was the fact that she thought Don could do a hundred times better than that skank whatever it was, she knew when she’d seen them kiss last night it had pissed her the fuck off and she’s honestly forgotten about it until Donnie had decided to blame last night on her and she’d got defensive, despite the fact that it had been her fault.

“You’re still in love with her.” She said leaning forward, tauntingly her words were like venom, and they could cut you down and make you feel like shit. “And, I’m still in love with Collin.” She said lying to herself, because she wasn’t in love with him, she was in love with the way he made her feel. “So don’t tell me who I should be fucking Tae and I won’t tell you who to kiss.” She shrugged.

She figured he’d leave, because when she got mean and said cruel things, people tended to walk out on her. She was used to being alone in that sense she was good at driving people away and making them hate her. She lend back against the head bored then and lit herself another joint. Turning her eyes back ot the open window waiting to hear her door slam.



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There was a part of Lux, that even though Donnie was her brother, Lux envied him. He knew everything about her all her darkest secrets and everything she was willing to tell him because she didn’t want to let him in. Donnie knew her imperfections and the reason she was so closed off the same way Collin knew every fucking thing about Tansy. Even when he had what he wanted he still didn’t have them, they weren’t entirely his, because a hug part of Tansy belonged to Collin a part she’d never get back and she could never give him. Just like there was an even bigger part of Candie that was completely shrouded in darkness. Everyone had secrets, but he could see behind her smile and slutty act there were secrets that she should have to carry all on her own.

He watched her debate, like for once she might actually let him into her world. He knew better then to get his hopes up though, maybe if she’d let him in it would finally give him that push he needed to leave Tansy and fight for only her. He already knew that she was playing games with him, she’d play those games till she got bored or they got to close then she’d be done with him. He’d watched her do it since they were kids. That was why he hadn’t left Tansy because after she was finished fucking with his head, he have someone just as fucked up as him to go back to. If she just let him in though, he knew it wouldn’t be as easy for her to play with him and let him go.

"I can't."She finally breathed and he held her eyes, because her voice had been soft and that wasn’t like her. It frustrated him that she wouldn’t let him in, but he wasn’t going to push her because he didn’t want to lose her. "We came here to fuck, not talk, remember?" she smirked and he nodded, matching her smirk.

She kissed him then and he knew the kiss was to shut him up, to change the subject and he just kissed her back. He placed a hand on the back of her neck holding her in the kiss. She slipped her hands up under his shirt, tracing small shapes along his waits making him groan softly against her lips. Her touch was like heroin to him, it was addicting and felt incredible. He’d become used to blaming the way her touch felt on the drugs that were constantly in their system. This time though, he couldn’t blame it on the drugs or the alcohol because he was sober and so he was forced to realize that for the first time since they’d started their fucked up relationship everything he felt with her was real.

He pulled away from her then and laced their fingers together “Then we don’t have to talk about it.” He said holding her eyes, with a smirk, before he led her inside the shed.

There were empty beer bottles, broken bottles, and cigarette bottles scattered along the floor. Pictures of the nine of them through the years taped on the walls, some of just the guys and some of just the girls. The place held so many memories.

He shut the door before reaching out and grabbing Candie and pulling her back to him. He pushed her up against the wall slipping her shirt off before pressing his lips to hers and kissing her hard. He wanted to make her forget about all the shit she was going through, the stuff she wouldn’t tell him, and about her father’s being released. So he kissed her like he was kissing away her pain. He desperately wanted to make her feel the way he could never make Tansy feel, like she was the only girl that mattered to him. He wanted to make her feel like she was worth more than just a cheap fuck.

He lend body against hers, his lips left her moving slowly along her jawline and down her neck. He slipped a hand past her pants rubbing between her legs as he brought his lips back to her, slipping his tongue past her lips and kissing her deeper.



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As she kissed him, part of her was fighting to tell him everything, because she'd known Lux since she was a kid, she knew he was a good guy, and he would never intentionally break her heart. She wanted to let him in because she knew, if she did, if she gave into the feelings she wouldn't admit she had for him, he could give her what she'd been searching for in other guys for years. He could really love her, in a way she'd never been loved. It wouldn't be the fake love of all the others she'd slept with, or the twisted love of her father, it'd be real.

But that was exactly why she couldn't let him in. Because, even if it was all she'd ever wanted, it'd destroy her. It'd never last. No matter how much he promised her it would or told her he loved her, there'd always be that monster in the back of her mind, waiting for it all to blow up in her face, begging her to beat him to the punch before she got her heart broken, causing her to fuck up what they had together, and leaving her with no one to blame but herself.

She couldn't let him in, because the instant he realized just how impossible it was to love her, he'd stop wanting her and she wasn't done with him just yet. She'd have to give hi up eventually, because he was Tansy's and at some point, it'd get harder for her to resist letting him in, but she didn't want to just yet because she was greedy and selfish. She wanted to hold on to the way he made her feel for as long as she could until it became impossible to go on the way they were. Then she'd end it.

Eventually, he pulled away from her and laced their fingers, making her grin, glad he didn't push her to talk, because it was tempting, but she was also afraid of what would happen if she did. “Then we don’t have to talk about it.” He said holding her eyes, before he pulled her inside and she let him.

He closed the door behind them and she stepped away with a sigh, looking over the pictures on the walls as he did so before he grabbed hold of her and pulled her back to him, making her smirk. He pushed her up against the wall and suddenly, he was all that mattered as he slipped her shirt off before kissing her hard. Candie kissed back, her entire body on fire already, and they hadn't done anything but kiss yet.

She'd had a lot of sex, but the way just Lux's kiss made her feel was better than even the hottest sex she'd had with anyone else. The way he kissed her, made it impossible to think about anyone but him, wiping all the bullshit from her fucked up head and actually making her feel normal for once, instead of like a broken window, shattered into a thousand pieces, completely useless, and only capable of hurting people. The way he was kissing her made her feel whole, and she couldn't get enough, she never wanted it to end.

His leaned his body into hers and she rested her head against the wall behind her as his lips started to move along her jaw and neck slowly, closing her eyes. She wasn't sure anyone had ever made her knees weak the way he did, but she couldn't help but like that he could make her desperate for more so easily. He slipped a hand past her panties and rubbed between her legs, making it hard to concentrate on kissing him as he brought his lips back to hers.

Candie moaned deeply as he touched her and kissed her, driving her wild, making her want him so badly it hurt. She reached out, desperate to have his bare body against hers, pulling his shirt off and tossing it away before wrapping an arm around his neck and bringing him closer, moaning again softly as their skin touched, loving everything about him.

Candie ran her hands along his shoulders and back, enjoying the tingle in her fingertips that came from touching him before flipping them swiftly with a wicked smirk so that he was against the wall. She moved her lips from his, tracing his jaw slowly before moving down his neck and then along his chest, heart pounding faster with every kiss, feeling high as hell, even though she was as sober as a rock.




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"She’ll talk when she’s ready, you know that.” Tansy responded and he just shrugged and sighed because he knew she was right, he'd never force Candie to talk to him if she didn't want it, because he knew she wasn't that kind of girl. Still, he did know that she was terrified of being alone, so, even if it seemed like she'd rather be anywhere else in the world, he knew that, sometimes, just having company meant the world to her.

“I’m not going to bring it up, the same way you’d be wise to keep your fucking comments about Collin and I to yourself.” She spat, making him raise an eyebrow. He knew it was a touchy subject with her, and he hadn't meant to offend her, but Donnie never meant to say half the things he did, he just kind of said what he was thinking. “And I’ll make sure to keep your and Nena’s kiss last night on the stairs to myself.” She said and he winced and looked away, remembering the kiss all over again now that she'd brought it up.

“You’re still in love with her.” She said leaning forward, and he knew she was taunting him because he'd pissed her off, so he did his best to pretend her words didn't affect him. “And, I’m still in love with Collin.” She said and he rolled his eyes because that was bullshit. If she loved him, she would have gone with him earlier when he'd interrupted them and if he loved Nena, he wouldn't have walked away from her after kissing her. “So don’t tell me who I should be fucking Tae and I won’t tell you who to kiss.” She shrugged and he raised an eyebrow, watching her sit back.

"Fine." Donnie spat, standing like he was going to leave, but instead, he pulled her to the edge of the bed and leaned down over her, placing a hand on the back of her neck and kissing her hard. It was stupid, he knew he shouldn't have done it. He'd kissed her to be a sarcastic dick about what she'd said about not telling him who he could kiss.

He'd meant to kiss her, pull away, and then walk out, but the moment he had, he couldn't make himself stop, her lips were intoxicating and his kiss quickly went from spiteful and angry to deep as he slipped his tongue past her lips and kissed harder, mentally hoping she'd push him away, but also wanting her to pull him back into the bed with her, because he couldn't make himself stop and, he hated to admit it, but he wanted more than he should.

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Tansy had heard Donnie say something, but she hadn’t really heard what he’d said. She felt him stand up and she let out a silent disappointed sigh, because he was just like everyone else. She hated Collin for being right, he was always right, the voice in the back of her head making her insecure, making her second guess everything she did. He’d told her once, that he was the only one who would ever put up with her shit, the only one who wouldn’t walk out on her. She took a drag off her joint before flicking it away.

She was unaware of how close he’d gotten until he pulled her to the edge of the bed ripping her from her thoughts. Before she had the chance to realize what he was doing, he lend in placing a hand on the back of her neck and kissing her hard. She was shocked, but at the same time her head was reeling and her whole body was tingling and hot, like it used to be. At first his kiss had been rough and meaningless, but almost as suddenly as she’d realized how incredible it was, so had he.

He slipped his tongue past her lips kissing her deeply and she couldn’t help but kiss back, leaning into the kiss even and moaning deeply against his lips. He’d completely taken her breath away with the kiss and her heart was beating so fast and so loud that she was scared he’d hear it. Every ounce of her wanted to pull him back to bed with her, but it was wrong. He was her best friends brother, her best friend and she knew she shouldn’t feel that way kissing him it wasn’t right. As soon as she realized that the kiss turned from pleasurable to dangerous and she shoved him away standing up quickly, struggling to get her breathing under control. She shook her head like she wasn’t entirely sure what to say and now she wasn’t sure whether or not to trust him it was all so fucked up.

She had a mass of confusing thoughts. Reed was her boyfriend but she didn’t love him and Collin was her addiction but she couldn’t be with him and Donnie was her best friend, but that kissed proved that there was something between them. She couldn’t handle it not right now. Without a word she slipped out of the room quickly and down the stairs. She felt someone grab her wrist and spin her around, but she shoved them off quickly only to realize it was Lauren as she yelled after her.

She ran down the street, desperate to get away from him and everyone else so that she could be alone. The kiss had scared the shit out of her, because while it had been short, it had just proved that she wasn’t really in love with Collin like she thought she was and without that she wasn’t entirely sure who she was anymore. Not to mention, she just couldn’t be with Donnie, he was off limits.

She wasn’t sure how long she walked, but it was a long time and her feet were starting to her, because she hadn’t even thought to put shoes on and she knew what she looked like in her oversized shirt, barefoot in fishnets with no shoes. She sighed a she sat down on a bench next to an old man and for the first time she realized she’d ended up in the park and she pulled her knees to her chest wanting so badly to cry, but refusing to let the tears fall. She wanted desperately to call Lux and tell him she was sorry for everything and beg him to come sit with her, but he still hadn’t come home and he hadn’t bothered to call her and tell her where he was, nor did she have her phone with her. There were moments like the current one where she really missed having Reed around and she sighed trying to pushed all of the mixed thoughts from her head.



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The way he felt with her was incredible and he never wanted it to end and the idea that it might have to one day was frustrating. He could honestly feel himself falling harder and harder for her every time they were together and while he wasn’t willing to admit it, that didn’t mean it wasn’t tearing him up on the inside that to her he was nothing more than a pawn in her game, but it was better than nothing.

He smirked as she moaned, loving what he was doing to her. She broke their kiss but only to pull off his shirt. She ran her hands over his shoulders and his back making him shiver at her touch. His skin burned and tingled everywhere she touched. She flipped them swiftly so his back was facing the wall and he couldn’t help but smirk as he let her take control for the moment. Her lips moved along his jaw and down his neck and he closed his eyes, letting himself only focus on the way her lips were the perfect drug on his skin. Her lips moved along his chest making him groan deeply.

He both hated and love what she could do to him with just a touch, let alone what she was doing to him with her lip. The world could be ending just outside the door and yet he’d never even know, nor would he care. What they had was beautiful in the most tragic and twisted way possible. They were the definition of what young love should be, he’d look back on the things they did together when he was old and he wouldn’t regret a single minuet spent with her and he knew that’s exactly how it should be.

He grabbed a fistful of her hair and pulled her lips back to his kissing her deeply, while his other hand unbuttoned her pants before backing her up to the coach and pushing her down as he slid his pants off, followed by pulling hers off and lend in close kissing her and slipping his tongue past her lips. Before sitting and pulling her into his lap. His hand fingertips slid up her back unclipping her bra and tossing it away before flipping her smoothly and quickly onto her back. he kissed down her neck and moved his lips across her chest before working the rest of the way down her body, making his lips linger for a second to long everywhere he kissed to drive her crazy finally he slid of her panties and kissed the inside of her thigh no longer able to wait.

They fucked for a long time and it was better than any other time they’d been together, because they weren’t worried about making it quick or making sure they would get caught. Sure they might get caught but it was unlikely seeing as when they all came out to The Woods it was as a group and they were all together. They didn’t do it as much anymore because things weren’t as simple. Not only had they not had to worry about getting caught they were both sober and he knew the moment he rolled off her he was in love with her and that was dangerous. He knew he could never admit it, because the second he did she’d run.

He’d pulled her to his chest when they’d finished, outside it had started to rain. They had no blankets and the windows on the old shed were broken out, so he held her tight to keep her warm, eventually he’d turned them so they were both lying on their sides, so his body was blocking any breeze. His eyes traced every inch of her face and he knew she probably didn’t even realize how beautiful she was and it wasn’t just her face, it was all of her. Every broken and shattered piece of her young heart was the most beautiful piece of her and it all made her whole. He wanted to lay there with her forever, naked and listening to the rain. It was silent, but it was comfortable and for the first time in a long time he wasn’t worried about all the shitty stuff that had happened to him in his life. He was focused on her.

He kissed her forehead tucking a piece of her dark hair behind her ear, before he let his fingertips trace her bare skin slowly. “You know I’m not going anywhere, don’t you?” he breathed.




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Candie smirked against his skin when he groaned, loving that she could make him feel the same way he made her feel, every inch of her body dying to get on with it as he grabbed her hair tightly in his fist and pulled her back to his lips, making her grin wickedly as she kissed him. When she was with someone she wanted to fuck, she wasn't used to letting them have control. She was used to being the one in control, but something about him made her knees weak, and she couldn't resist him. She liked that he wanted control. It made her heart race.

He kissed her deeply and she kissed back, desperate for him and the feeling he gave her that made her high and took away her pain. He unbuttoned her pants before backing her up, and she smirked up at him as he pushed her down onto the couch, watching him slide his jeans off and letting him do the same to hers. It only took a second before his lips were back on hers against, but it felt like an eternity, and when he kissed her, she kissed hard as he sat and pulled her into his lap.

He slipped his fingertips up her back, sending a shiver through her body at his touch as he took her bra off and tossed it away before flipping her onto her back. Candie arched her back into him as he started to kiss her neck, tilting her head back, loving the way his lips felt on her skin as he kissed his way down her body, driving her crazy with how slowly he was moving, making her head spin, needing him so badly at that point, it hurt. Finally, he slipped her panties off and kissed the inside of her thigh and Candie moaned, arching her hips against his lips, desperate to get started.

They spent a while out there in the woods fucking before he rolled off her and she let him pull her to his chest as she caught her breath. Somehow, this time had been different than the rest. They were sober, she was emotional, and they were alone. It was less about the heat and rush of sneaking around behind everyone's backs and more about needing each other.

He held her tight while she caught her breath because it had started to rain and, even despite the heat they'd created with what they'd just done, it was cold out there, in the shed with no blankets and broken windows. He moved them, so that they were both on their sides, facing each other, with him on the outside of the couch and her on the inside, the back of the couch against her back, his body blocking her from the chill of the room.

His eyes traced the lines of her face as she watched him and she sighed, closing hers, hating the way he was looking at her but she knew she could never have him. He was Tansy's. And not even just that, but even if he left Tansy, she'd been fucking Kaleb just as long as she'd been fucking him and she knew it'd drive a wedge between them that would make him hate her.

He kissed her forehead before tucking a piece of hair behind her ear as his fingertips ran along her skin slowly and Candie bit her lip and closed her eyes, leaning her head forward, resting it on his chest with a soft moan as she focused on the tingle and heat of his fingers on her skin. “You know I’m not going anywhere, don’t you?” He breathed and she sighed, kissing his skin softly and pulling her body closer to his as she stayed where she was against his chest, letting it fall silent between them a minute.

"Don't be stupid Lux." She breathed against his skin. Honestly, she didn't want the moment to end. She wanted to lay with him intimately like that forever, but she couldn't. She couldn't let herself fall in love with him. "Everything ends." She whispered, biting her lip hard. "We'll have to eventually too." She shrugged like it didn't bother her and rolled over, so that her back was to him, mentally trying to convince herself to get up and leave.




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Donnie was relieved when she kissed him back and then moaned, meaning she was feeling what he was feeling, and he wanted so badly to lean in so that she had to lay back while he crawled over her, but he didn't. He didn't stop kissing her, but he didn't make any further advances because it was up to her. Sure, she was kissing back, but there was a world of difference between kissing and sleeping together. If she wanted him in her bed, she'd pull him down and he'd go willingly, but only if she wanted it.

Eventually though, she pushed him away and stood, shaking her head and looking at him like she'd just taken the biggest shock of her life, and honestly, now that he wasn't kissing her, that's how he felt too. Kissing her shouldn't have felt that good. It should have been awkward or weird, not as natural as breathing. It shouldn't have set his body on fire. He shouldn't have been so ready to jump into bed with her and he knew that could only mean one thing.

There was something more than friendship between them they'd never noticed. He wanted so badly to reach out and grab her, pull her back into his lips and feel that spark again, but she took off before he'd even realized what was happening and he let her. Mentally, he kicked himself for kissing her because he knew he'd just fucked up what they had. Now, they wouldn't know how to act around each other whereas, just seconds ago, they were as comfortable as brother and sister.

After she left, Donnie sat back down on her bed and smoked another joint before slipping downstairs. Lauren was in the kitchen making breakfast with Baylee at the counter, talking with her. Kaleb and Nena were in the living room. Frankly, he didn't feel like being around any of them. He definitely couldn't sit in the same room as Kaleb and Nena, and, after kissing Tansy the way he had, he wasn't in the mood to sit in the same room with Lauren, pretending he didn't notice the way she got all smiley every time he came around.

So instead, he just slipped outside, walking down the street, having no idea where he was going. Home maybe? His mother probably needed him, she was always needing him for something. However, he didn't feel like taking care of her and catering to her demands. He didn't feel like doing anything but kissing Tansy again, but now she'd taken off on him and he had no idea where she was so that was pretty much shot to hell.

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Tansy had sat in the park until it had started to rain then she’d started walking again, ignoring the fact that she looked like a drown rat and she was shivering. She found herself standing outside Collin’s house. Tracing her lips with her fingertips, wanting desperately to kiss Donnie again and feel that incredible intoxicating fire. It made sense the two of them, yet she refused to go down that road. There were too many reasons they couldn’t be together and not enough reasons for them to be together.

It was a bad idea to go to Collin she knew that, but she was feeling particularly shitty. Not only had she kissed Donnie back but she’d liked it, Lux still hadn’t come home or even tried contacting her, and to top it all off she’d cheated on him twice in the past twelve hours and she just wanted to be with someone who would fuck her and make her forget. She made her way up the steps to his door raising a balled up fist to know on the door, but before she had the chance Collin opened the door, shirtless a cigarette hanging from his lips as he looked over her with an arrogant smirk.

He didn’t bother saying anything and neither did she, he moved and she walked into the house. It was silent perusal. His father was never home and his mother had died when he was a kid. He made his way up the stairs expecting her to follow and she knew she should leave, there was an energy that had shifted, that honestly scared her, but she was sober and weak with emotions and she followed him up the stairs.

They’d fucked for hours, till she was sore and they’d gotten so high that at one point she wasn’t even entirely sure where she was. He’d done exactly what she’d needed him to do, make her forget and make her feel incredible. When they were finished she rolled off of him still high of her as his lips moved along her shoulder blades. She thought about asking him to take her somewhere, where no one could find them. However, then she’d thought about Candace and the fact that he father was being released and she might need her.

So eventually without so much as an explanation she’d got dressed in her still dripping wet clothes and headed for the door. Not before Collin grabbed her and told her she wasn’t going anywhere and she just rolled her eyes shoving him off before managing to get out of the house and heading back down the street towards her house. She was too high to hear what he was say and instead just flipped him off and continued walking.

When she finally got home, she felt sick and had to lean over and throw up in the bushes, before whipping her mouth and slipping inside. Her stomach ached and she suddenly couldn’t remember the last time she’d eaten but she didn’t give a shit. She had light bruises that covered her body for her and Collin’s rough sex, her eyes were dilated and cloudy making it clear just how fucked up she was. She felt someone shaking her, realizing it was Lauren and she shoved her away harsher then she meant to.

“Kaleb!” Lauren yelled and Tansy winced because her voice sounded incredibly annoying and her head started pounding.

“Fuck Tans.” Kaleb breathed and she glanced up to him with a wicked smirk. “Were you with him?” Kaleb’s body tensed and Tansy just laughed. “Damn it.” He spat, running his hands through his hair.



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"Don't be stupid Lux." she breathed and he sighed, because he knew he should have just kept his mouth shut. He’d meant he was there for her in general, but that wasn’t how she’d taken it. "Everything ends. We'll have to eventually too." she whispered with a shrug before turning her back to him and he sighed.

He didn’t understand why things had to be so fucking complicated. They were still kids, yet they were all dealing with adult situations and somehow it just didn’t seem fair. They should be able to live and be free yet, they were having to hid secrets and make other people happy, they were walking on egg shells and it was tiring. He hated how right she was though, he’d avoid Tansy all day and he knew he should get back to her, but all he wanted to do was lay there with Candie and fall asleep with her.

He kissed along her shoulders, letting his lips linger for a long moment before finally pulling away and sitting up. He slid his pants back on followed by his boxer, the rain had let up and the sky was starting to darken. Silently he was glad they didn’t have school tomorrow, but he knew there’d be another party and he wasn’t sure he wanted to go and face Tansy or watch Candace get fucked up and fuck some other guy that wasn’t him, but he had no choice.

“You probably right.” He sighed, but his words were a little more bitter then he meant them to be. “we should get home, before people wonder where the two of us have been all day.” He shrugged. “Plus I’m sure Donnie’s worries about you, with your father’s release and everything.” He shrugged like it didn’t bother him what had just happened.

Most of the time Reed was a really good guy, until you pissed him off and then he turned into a raging asshole, with an appetite for revenge. He knew it wasn’t really Candie’s fault she was just protecting herself from the world, yet he still could help but want to spend the night touching and kissing Tansy just to make her jealous, just to make her want to fight for him, but he doubted she would and that pissed him off even more.

He waited for her to get dressed before the two of them headed back to the house. Surprisingly the house wasn’t full of drunk teenagers or blasting music yet, then again it wasn’t late enough yet and he didn’t bother waiting for Candie before he slipped around the back of the house, thinking it’d probably be a good idea if they didn’t go inside together. He sat down lighting a cigarette deciding to wait before he went inside.



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Lux kissed along her shoulders and Candie closed her eyes with a soft moan, letting him, loving the way his lips felt on her skin. He paused, lips lingering on her shoulder for a moment before sitting up and she sighed, staying where she was, with her back turned to him as she listened to him pulling his clothes on, wishing she wasn't so screwed up she couldn't let herself love him. She hurt people all the time, but for some reason, she didn't want to hurt him, even though she knew that's what she'd end up doing.

“You're probably right.” He finally said bitterly and Candie winced but didn't say anything because she knew she'd deserved it. It wasn't fair of her to expect him to fall head over heels for her, while she kept him at arm's distance, but that was what Candie did to people. “We should get home, before people wonder where the two of us have been all day. Plus I’m sure Donnie’s worried about you, with your father’s release and everything.” He said, shrugging like they hadn't just had an intimate moment, only for her to fuck it up. Like they'd just spent the day having casual, meaningless sex.

After that, Candie decided it was probably best not to say anything, because she could tell his was pissed and she didn't want to start a fight, she was too tired and sober for that shit. So, instead, she just got up and got dressed before walking back to the house with him, standing out front while she watched him walk around back.

There wasn't a party going just yet, but she knew, with there being no school the next day, it was only a matter of time before people started showing up and she sighed and slipped inside, grabbing a bottle of whiskey from the kitchen and taking a long drink before heading into the living room.

Kaleb, Lauren, and Tansy were there. Tansy looked monumentally fucked up, and Kaleb looked pissed, meaning Tansy had been with Collin and she rolled her eyes and plopped down onto the couch, taking another long drink of the whiskey just as Donnie walked in. "See what happens when you decide to stop babysitting, Donnie?" She smirked bitchily, raising a brow and taking another drink from the whiskey.




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Donnie walked for a while before finally deciding to head home, but only to check if Candace was there, even though he knew she probably wasn't. She tried to avoid their house as much as possible, and he honestly didn't blame her. Her and their mother didn't get along because their mother made a point of blaming Candace for everything that had happened to their family.

So he wasn't too surprised to find that she wasn't there. However, it didn't end up being a quick stop to check like he'd hoped. His mother had been in the living room on the floor. One of her eyes was black, there was a needle on the floor next to her, and she was sobbing, clutching a picture of their father to her chest like the love of her life had died and he sighed, wishing that was the case, because what had actually happened had been so much worse.

Being Donnie, he couldn't leave her like that so he'd headed over to her, kneeling in front of her. He placed a hand on the back of her neck and talked to her, trying to get her to tell him who'd blackened her eye, but she wouldn't stop sobbing long enough to talk and her eyes wouldn't focus on him so he pulled away, figuring he'd give up, but she'd reached out and grabbed his hand. She held onto him so tight, her knuckles were white and her sobs became more frantic so he sighed and used her iron grip on him to pull her to her feet.

She was weak-kneed and he practically had to carry her to her room, finding her boyfriend sitting there on the bed, rubbing bloody knuckles, making it clear he'd been the one to hit his mother. Her boyfriend didn't bother him as he tucked his mother into bed and placed the picture frame back in her hands, but once she was safely in bed, he turned his attention to him.

He managed to kick him out of the house after some fighting, receiving a punch in the face that resulted in a split lip, and he knew the guy would only come back later, but for the moment at least, his mother could have some peace. After that, he crushed a few sleeping pills into some food, forced her to eat a little, and sat on the edge of the bed with his back turned to her, smoking a cigarette while he waited for her to fall asleep. He was afraid if he left her awake, she'd OD on something or try and kill herself. She'd done it before.

Once she was asleep, Donnie finally left again, rubbing his sore jaw from the punch her boyfriend had managed to land as he made his way back to Tansy's. He wanted to avoid her and what he'd done, but he couldn't. Donnie was a lot of things, but he'd never been a coward. He had to face her, and clearly the kiss had upset her, so he had to apologize. He had to make it clear to her that he hadn't meant to upset her and that, if she didn't want it to, it wouldn't happen again.

So he just lit another cigarette as he slipped up the porch stairs and back into the house. He rounded the corner into the living room to find Lauren, Kaleb, a very fucked up Tansy, and Candie in the back on the couch, drinking. She spat something bitter at him, but he just rolled his eyes and flicked her off before glancing at Kaleb. "She okay?" He asked, choosing to ignore the fact that it was clear she'd been with Collin because that wasn't his main concern at the moment. "She didn't OD did she?" He asked, placing a hand on her shoulder and turning her to face him, looking her over, trying to determine if she was lethally fucked up or just super out of it.

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Tansy was pretty fucked up and mentally she knew she had to get out of there before she said something that would really hurt someone, but before she had the chance it was no longer just her Lauren and Kaleb. Baylee had joined them along with Donnie and Candie. She didn’t want to deal with any of them, especially not fucking Donnie. Kaleb kept trying to get her to admit that she was with Collin and it was pissing her off.

"She okay?" she heard Don ask and she just rolled her eyes, like she didn’t believe he really cared. "She didn't OD did she?" he asked placing a hand on her shoulder and spinning her to face him.

She glared at him, she was to fucking pissed off and high to censor herself. Of course she wasn’t really mad at him, she was mad at Kaleb for chasing Collin off, made that she’d given into Collin and let him have control, and more than anything mad at herself for having feelings for her best friends brother.

She shoved his hand off her shoulder grabbing a fistful of his shirt pulling his lips to hers and kissing him hard in front of everyone. She heard the back door open and she had the worst feeling in the world that it was Lux, but she didn’t pull away, because with the drugs in her system it only made the kiss that much more intense. Kaleb grabbed her roughly ripping her away from Donnie and pinning her against the wall and she smirked wickedly.

“What the fuck!?” she heard Lux yell and she could tell he was pissed and she glanced to him with a taunting smirk, because she could do anything but be a vindictive bitch and that’s all she ever was when she had a taste of Collin.

“Are you out of your fucking mind Maddie?” he brother spat and she knew he was irate, he never really called her by her middle name unless he was really pissed at her. “What was that?” he said holding her eyes and she shrugged.

“Why don’t you all ask Donnie, I’m sure he’d love to share.” She said glancing to Donnie with a dangerous look in her eyes.
She shoved Kaleb off her then, headed towards the stairs, but not before pausing in front of Lauren who’s eyes were watering like she was about to burst out in tears. Tansy took the forgotten cigarette from between her finger tips and took a long drag off of it, blowing the smoke out the corner of her lips.

“Don’t looked to shocked baby.” She smirked walking past her friend and up the stairs towards her room.



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Reed had sat outside for a while smoking, he was expecting the house to be alive with drugged up, drunken teens an minuet, but before that he heard yelling in the house and he raised a brow. It was Kaleb. He sighed running his fingers through his hair as he stood up heading inside just in time to see Donnie and his fucking girlfriend kissing. He felt his blood pressure rise and his body tense. He always got so mad seeing her with other guys, despite the fact he was cheating on her with her best friend or the fact that he didn’t actually love her. Selfishly he just wasn’t ready to give her or Candie up.

“What the fuck!?” he yelled irritated, but he didn’t get an answer and Tansy had said to ask Donnie, before spitting venom in Lauren’s direction. Finally she disappeared up the stairs all together.

He wasted no time grabbing Donnie roughly and shoving him against the wall roughly, centimeters from his face. He wanted to beat the shit out of him and he would have, no matter what his explanation was, but he could feel Candie’s eyes on him and it was her brother, he could bring himself to do it and he stepped away.

“Don’t ever fucking touch her.” He spat, before running his fingers through his hair and slipping out of the room. He debated going up stairs to get an answer from tansy, but in the end he knew it would just end in a fight and as pissed off as he was at the moment there was a good chance he’d hurt her.

He hated what Tansy and Candie did to the guys. They drove them to fighting, beating the shit out of each other all the time. In fact the two of them were the cause of most the fights. Donnie and Kaleb had gotten into it over Nena and their friendship had been wrecked, Tansy had fucked up their relationship with Collin and now maybe with Donnie, he wouldn’t be surprised if Candie wasn’t secretly fucking Collin or even Kaleb and the thought of that got to him so badly he punched the wall in the kitchen over and over until there was a hole and there was nothing left to punch, his blood covered his knuckles as he rested his forehead on the wall trying to get his temper under control, before he wasn’t taking his anger out on a wall.



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Candie stayed on the couch, watching as everything unfolded before her, escalating quickly. When Tansy kissed Donnie right on the lips, she couldn't help but sit up straight, jaw dropping. What the fuck? She knew she had no right to be pissed at Tansy. Hell, she'd been fucking Kaleb for the past two months, but she couldn't help but girt her teeth tightly together. As much as she loved Tansy, and as much as she knew she deserved a good guy like Donnie, she knew Tansy would only destroy him.

Honestly, Tansy was her best friend in the world, a sister to her, and she loved her to death, but, just like herself, she had a bad habit of smashing everything she touched. Donnie had one head case on his hands already with her, if you added Tansy, between the two of them, they'd fucking tear him apart. Suddenly, she was pissed as Tansy stormed out of the room, taking a second to taunt Lauren before doing so.

Candie stood, fully intending on following after her and giving her a mouthful of shit and maybe a good hard slap for kissing her brother, but suddenly, Reed had Donnie against the wall and she froze, watching them, afraid he'd actually hit him. Candie had never seen Lux so riled up, and she had to admit, it drove her crazy that he was so jealous of Donnie, because it meant that he cared about Tansy and she was just reminded that she wasn't the only girl in his life, she wasn't even the one he could get into fights over. She was the one he was fucking on the side and had to hide from everyone.

Thankfully, Lux backed down before he hit Donnie, storming out of the room and she sighed, figuring he'd gone after Tansy. She placed a hand on Donnie's shoulder, making sure he was okay before glancing at Lauren and then Kaleb. They were all just standing there, like they didn't know what to say before Kaleb started in on Donnie and she didn't want to hear it. She slipped out of the room, stopping when she found Lux in the kitchen, his back to her, a hole in the wall in front of him.

Candie raised the whiskey to her lips, finishing it off before letting the empty bottle slip through her fingers, shattering all over the floor, making her presence known. "Fuck Reed, I don't think I've ever seen you so upset." She spat with a roll of her eyes, knowing he was pissed and if the hole in the wall was any indication, she probably shouldn't be bitching at him, but she'd just drank an entire bottle of whiskey and watched her best friend kiss her brother. "Think they're fucking?" She taunted, leaning against the wall next to her and lighting a cigarette, knowing if a kiss had gotten him that pissed, the idea that she was fucking Donnie behind his back would drive him wild.




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Tansy just shoved his hand off her shoulder and he sighed and rolled his eyes before she grabbed his shirt and, even before it happened, he knew what was coming. She kissed him hard on the lips, and as much as he wanted to, he couldn't pull away and neither did she. The entire room went dead silent for a second like no one knew what to think before Lux screamed something and Tansy was pulled roughly away from him by Kaleb, leaving him standing there, realizing what had just happened. Fuck.

Kaleb was screaming at Tansy and she said something sarcastic back that he didn't quite hear, because he was still thinking about the taste of her lips and the fact that she'd just kissed him in front of everyone. Kaleb would murder him, and not just that, but so would Lux. Tansy slipped out of the room then, taunting Lauren before Lux lunged at him.

He pinned him against the wall, looking like he was going to hit him, and he could see Candie just off to the side, body frozen, looking simultaneously pissed and horrified, knowing she was afraid Lux would hit him and pissed that Tansy had kissed him. Shit, none of this would have happened if he hadn't have kissed Tansy in the first place and freaked her out. Lately, he just couldn't seem to stop fucking up.

“Don’t ever fucking touch her.” Lux finally spat, surprising him by backing down and Donnie just watched him go. There was another second of silence before Kaleb shoved him hard and Candie slipped out of the room. Kaleb started demanding to know what the fuck had just happened with his sister and Lauren stood behind him, holding Baylee's hand so tight her knuckles were white, looking like she was going to cry.

Don was about to do what he normally did, calmly putting out the fire by lying and telling Kaleb Tansy was just fucked up and being a bitch, it hadn't meant anything, but just then, Nena came into the doorway, leaning there, watching Kaleb scream at him and he was reminded that he owed Kaleb nothing. In fact, he was kind of glad he was pissed.

So finally, he shoved Kaleb away. "Fuck off Kaleb, you're the last person I have to explain myself to." He shouted, shooting a pointed glance at Nena, reminding him that he'd swiped his girlfriend right out from under him before pushing past him and Nena, charging up the stairs to talk to Tansy, knowing he probably shouldn't because they were both worked up, but he had to find out just what the fuck was going on inside her head. One second, she was charging out the door, terrified of the way their kiss felt, the next, she was kissing him hard in front of everyone.

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Tansy was complete fucking wreck once again, by the time she got up to her room she had a raging temper and she really pitied the person who tried to come yell at her. She was completely unpredictable and dangerous with drugs in her system and the things Collin had said to her when they’d been together only fired her up that much more. She’d made the mistake of telling Collin that Donnie had kissed her and in return Collin had told her some really nasty things about Donnie, that she couldn’t help but believe, because she had to believe everything he said. During their two years together he’d practically brainwashed her and that was why she always went back.

She cut four lines and quickly lend in and did all of them, despite how royal fucked up she already was. She ran her finger across the nightstand collecting the left over powder with her index finger and rubbing it on her top gums. Her head was on fire, she room around her was moving and she felt her whole body set on fire.

She went to her window, hearing laughter outside, when she saw kids she recognized from school walking down the street towards their house, carrying cases of beer and she smirked, knowing she’d caused so much drama it was bound to be a good party. She couldn’t think of anyone but herself and selfishly she wanted to see Collin again, in fact she wanted him to pick her up and she wanted to leave with him. She grabbed her phone and sent him a quick text asking her to come pick him up, knowing there was no way in hell Kaleb would let her go. She was fairly certain after what had happened last night and what Reed had just seen it was only a matter of time before he finally fucking gave up on her.

They didn’t love each other, Tansy wasn’t stupid. All they had in common was the fact that they really liked sex and drugs. She didn’t want to be alone and at the time he’d thought he could handle her wild, recklessness. They were honestly only together now, because they were both terrified of being alone and it was easy to fall back on each other, which is why neither of them had ended it. She knew she’d pushed him to his breaking point now, because while he may not love her they still cared about each other they were friend before they were ever boyfriend and girlfriend and so it hurt that she could fucking be faithful, the same way it would hurt her if she found out he was fucking around on her.

Tansy felt like completely cutting loose. It had been agonizingly long since she’d really been bad and she was sick of trying to be better while Collin wasn’t around. That wasn’t who she was, she was reckless and dangerous with or without her ex-boyfriend. She wasn’t that innocent party girl anymore who only knew how to give hand jobs in the bathroom at clubs, she’d never be that girl again and she didn’t want to be.

She locked her bedroom door quickly, before going over to her stereo and changing the music before flipping it on and turning it up loud enough to drown out everything else. The song started and she smirked as she kicked empty bottle out of her way making a path to her closet, she lit a cigarette as she went through her clothes, she pulled her hair into a ponytail and slipped on her long dark brown wig, that made her look completely different all together, Collin had always liked her better as a brunette. She smirked at the thought as she looked herself over in her full length mirror, it honestly didn’t even look like her and she probably hadn’t worn that damn wig that reach to her hips in a good year or so.

The brown hair made her look less like a seventeen year old, it gave her more edge, made her look a little kinky and sexy actually and she kind of liked it. She slipped a short, tight purple dress the clung to every bit of her tiny frame. The side were cut out showing off her porcelain skin. The dress pushed up her boobs showing way too much cleavage and it barely covered her ass. She slipped on knee length socks over her fishnets, before sitting on her bed and pulling on her black Creeper shoes. Finally she quickly fixed her makeup, lining her bright hazel eyes with thick black liner and finally putting on a glossy coat of black lipstick. She smirked at her reflection in the mirror because for the first time in what felt like ages she felt like herself again.

She made her way to her bedroom door unlocking it and swinging it open only to find Donnie standing in her door way and she smirked up at him like she hadn’t just kissed him in front of everyone. She had a taunting look in her eyes like she was daring him to do something to her, in all reality, she wanted him to shove her up against the wall and fuck the crazy out of her, of course she doubted her could, Collin wasn’t even that good.

“Can I help you?” she breathed, not bothering to let him answer as she pushed past him, turning back to him blowing him a kiss, like she didn’t plan on coming back.



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Reed was only worked up about the situation because Donnie had won once a fucking again and he was never going to get a break. He felt like he was always fucking competing with Donnie. Not that he’d ever admit that. First it was with Lauren, he’d asked Laruen to the prom last year because he’d honestly kind of liked her, she’d gone with him only when he was about to ask her to be his girlfriend, she’d told him she liked Donnie. Then when he started seeing Candie, he knew he’d never know as much about her as Donnie did even if he wanted to, because she wouldn’t let him in like that. Now he was probably fucking his girlfriend and that was his breaking point.

He heard the shattering of glass behind him, before he heard the front door opening and a bunch of chatter from the teens that had started to file in from outside and he was suddenly aware that he didn’t want to fucking be at a part where he had to pretend everything was okay.

"Fuck Reed, I don't think I've ever seen you so upset." he heard Candie’s bitter harsh tone come from behind him and his whole body tensed. They’d been on the verge of a fight since back in the woods, they’d been distant on the walk home and now after what had just happened they were going to get into it, because he was way to pissed to let her harsh words go. "Think they're fucking?" she taunted lighting a cigarette as she lend against the wall next to him.

He wanted to let it go, for her sake. He really tired, but he was too strung out and he wasn’t even high. He knew that there would be no one there to stop him if he got too rough with her, because now the house was decently full and Kaleb and the rest of their friends would be too busy getting fucked up. It didn’t take long for the house to fill up completely after the first few kids.

He turned to her then grabbing her roughly a hand on each of her upper arms as he slammed her up against the wall roughly. He was holding her so tightly he knew it’d leave bruises, he glared at her, his eyes were dark. It was silent for a long moment like he was really trying to stop himself because he knew once he got started she’d probably never talk to him again, but eventually he gave into his rage and went off on her.

“I really hope so.” He spat, centimeters from her face. “Because then you fucking brother will be too preoccupied violating my girlfriend to worry about your psychotic ass.” He spat harshly holding her there so roughly, that if she tried to move she’d end up breaking her arm. “Then the only person you’ll be able to talk to is me and I might actually know more about you then your favorite sex position.” He hissed. “Your just like her you.” He spat referring to Tansy “It’s a no brainer why you two are best friends, because all you know how to do is destroy everything you touch.” He shrugged finally releasing her go. His fist collided with the wall right next to her face, causing his other fist to start bleeding.

“I fucking love you Candace.” He admitted shaking his head like there was absolutely no pointing in admitting it, because he was convinced she didn’t give a shit and even if she did she wouldn't believe him, because she wouldn't let herself believe him. “But that doesn’t matter because, even if I were to ruin my friendship with Kaleb and hurt Tansy, you would care.” He said holding her eyes.

“Because everything is just a game to you.” He spat harshly before taking her cigarette from between her lips. “Fuck off.” His accent particularly thick when he was pissed, finally her turned and heading for the door.



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Candie smoked her cigarette as she watched him struggle to contain himself and around them, the house filled with kids for the party she'd already figured was going to take place. By the time he turned to her, the few kids had quickly multiplied, filling the house quickly. He grabbed her arms roughly, slamming her into the wall so hard, it knocked the wind right out of her and caused her teeth to clash together hard, a burning pain searing it's way down her spine. She was no stranger to being knocked around so, right away, she knew his grip on her would be useless to try and slip without breaking a bone, if she could anyway, she was too busy trying to breathe again to worry about making an escape.

“I really hope so.” He spat, and it was clear she shouldn't have opened her mouth, but Candie was pretty much a professional at pissing people off. She never missed an opportunity. “Because then your fucking brother will be too preoccupied violating my girlfriend to worry about your psychotic ass.” He spat and she winced because his words were harsh. “Then the only person you’ll be able to talk to is me and I might actually know more about you then your favorite sex position.” He hissed, making her turn her head away, jaw clenching to hide her pain.

“You're just like her you know.” He spat and she knew he meant Tansy. “It’s a no brainer why you two are best friends, because all you know how to do is destroy everything you touch.” He shrugged and that's when he released her, but she was too worked up to run off like she should have, and he punched the wall next to her head suddenly, making her jump because she hadn't been expecting it.

“I fucking love you Candace." He said, shaking his head sounding like he was at the end of his rope with her bullshit. Like he just didn't know what else to do to break through to her, and she couldn't blame him. She'd duck away from him every time he touched her gently the past two months and change the subject every time the conversation got heavy, refusing to get close to him because it scared the hell out of her.

“But that doesn’t matter because, even if I were to ruin my friendship with Kaleb and hurt Tansy, you wouldn't care.” He said holding her eyes and she winced visibly at that one because that wasn't true. She cared about him, hell, she might even love him, it just scared her and she didn't know how to handle it because, unlike him and Tansy and Donnie, she'd never been loved. “Because everything is just a game to you.” He spat harshly before stealing her cigarette. “Fuck off.” He hissed, turning to leave and Candie's jaw clenched, pissed at the way he was talking to her, like she was out to get him.

She knew, even if she told him she wasn't trying to hurt him, he wouldn't believe her, because that's what Candie did to guys. She hurt them just because she felt like hurting someone, but Reed was different. He'd been her friend before they'd ever started fucking. She didn't want to hurt him, she just didn't know how not to.

"Fuck." She hissed under her breath, letting herself get angry, before going after him, grabbing him arm and whirling him around to face her, slapping him hard across the face. "Fuck you Reed, I'm not trying to hurt you!" She spat, shoving him hard, frustrated with him for not understanding even though she knew it was her fault. She hadn't let him in enough for him to understand.

She grabbed his arm, pulling him through the house before shoving him into the bathroom so they could be alone, turning to lock the door behind them. Before saying anything, she pulled a back of coke from her pocket, dumping it onto the sink, knowing she was going to have to be fucked up if she was going to tell him what she was about to, even if it'd only make her more bitchy and cruel. She cut it quickly and did several lines, enough that her nose started bleeding before wiping it and whirling back on him.

"You want to know why I'm so fucked up?!" She screamed, taking a step closer to him, so that they were inches apart, everything about her dangerously angry, hands shaking, because she was about to tell him things she hadn't so much as said aloud to herself in two years. "Trust me babe, you don't want to know, but I guess since you asked so fucking nicely, I'll clue you in." She breathed, tone low, dark, wanting to spit it at him, to make him understand how completely messed up she was.

"For eight years, my daddy fucked me." She spat darkly before pulling away with a roll of her eyes. "So excuse the shit out of me if I'm a little too psychotic for you Reed." She hissed before turning away from him and walking briskly from the bathroom, wanting to be out of there because she'd just let him see one of the darkest parts of her and she wasn't about to stick around and see what his reaction was. Now, she just wanted to get massively high and have some really rough, meaningless sex, doing what she did best and running off to fuck someone when she didn't know what else to to.




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Donnie could hear Tansy's music from outside her door and he stood there a moment, debating going in. He knew he should probably walk away. She was fucked up out of her mind, so trying to talk to her wouldn't really get anything done at the moment. It'd probably only make it worse. Still, he couldn't turn away. He wanted to know exactly what the fuck was going on with her, why she'd kissed him like that downstairs just to spite her brother.

Before he could decide whether or not to go in or turn away, the door swung open, revealing Tansy, dressed to party, making him realize that the house was suddenly loud with the sound of people downstairs, partying, just as someone turned on music that blasted it's way through the whole house.

“Can I help you?” Tansy breathed and he rolled his eyes at her attitude. Clearly, he shouldn't have come after her. Talking to her would be a complete waste of time in the mood she was in. Still though... He didn't have to talk to her... Donnie's eyes raked her over before she pushed past him, heading for the stairs, pissing him off as she turned back at him and blew him a kiss, acting like she could just fuck with people and there'd be no consequences whatsoever for her.

He reached out then, grabbing her wrist harder than he'd meant to and pulling her back over to him, slapping her hard across the face before he even realized what he was doing, wanting to knock her down a peg but feeling like shit the second he'd done it. Afterwards, he didn't even hesitate, just pressed his lips to hers hard, backing her up against the wall, holding her in the kiss tightly, letting her know with his lips just how much she frustrated the shit out of him.

His hand came up and rubbed the inside of her thigh roughly, smirking against her lips, wanting to get her worked up, knowing it was probably a bad idea, seeing as they were in the middle of he hallway, but not caring, just rubbing harder. He pulled away then suddenly with a smirk, taking a step back and looking her over. "You can't just use and taunt people Tansy." He spat before turning away and slipping down the stairs.

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It was clear where she was headed because she really only got that dressed up to go out with Collin and that was the only thing she had on her mind. Collin’s head games, getting fucked up, then waking up not knowing where she was or who the hell she’d been with. Only before she made it down the stairs she felt Donnie’s electric touch on her wrist.

He pulled her close before slapping her across the face and she had to admit it caught her off guard, but she wasn’t at all surprised. He’d slapped her so hard in fact that her head had whipped to the side, she turned back to look at him with a smirk on her lips, only he pressed his lips to her. She could taste the frustration in his kiss and it made her heart race, she loved pissing people off just to get a rise and the fact that she’d pissed him off so bad she could taste it only made her want to push him more. She knew then she’d be the death of him if they continued what they were doing.

He held her in the kiss so tightly that she couldn’t pull away, not that she really could if she wanted to, the drugs made pulling away impossible. He back her up into the wall causing her to moan, into the kiss. His hand came up rubbing the inside of her thigh roughly, causing her to let out quick, desperate breathy moans like they were already fucking, but she couldn’t help it his touch was driving her crazy and she wanted more.

He pulled away then taking a step back and she bit her lip as his eyes raked over her, still reeling from his touch. "You can't just use and taunt people Tansy." he turned away from her then and headed down stairs and her jaw literally dropped.

She was fairly certain, no guy had ever walked away from her once they started kissing, let alone touching the way he was touching her and that pissed her the fuck off that for once she’d been played. She let out a frustrated yell before she ran down the stairs taking them two at a time, she paused at the bottom of the staircase before spotting him. If he wanted to play games, he challenged the wrong girls and she was about to make him wish he’d never played her like he had.

She grabbed him roughly spinning him around to face her before shoving him with all her strength against the wall, pinning him there with her body. She pressed her lips against his hard and she could feel eyes on them and she didn’t give a sit who saw them at this point she was so high off adrenaline and his touch, that loosing Reed or getting slapped by Candie didn’t even cross her mind. Not to mention with her long brown hair, it would take people a good few minutes to even realize it was her, if they noticed at all.

She ran her finger tips along his chest, before slipping her hand past his jeans and then his boxer, it didn’t matter that they were surrendered by people they knew from school or that Kaleb or even Candace could be watching. She pulled away biting his bottom lip as she did. She was pretty positive he was in shock simply because none of her friends had seen how completely bad she actually was. She pressed her lips to his neck, before pulling away all together, though leaving her hand down his pants as she held his eyes.

“You’re playing games with the wrong girl.” She threatened in a dangerous tone, finally she pulled her hand out of his pants and grabbed the nearest girl, shoving her against the wall and kissing her roughly and she didn’t hesitate to kiss back, because she was so wasted. Tansy rested her hand on the girl boob, while her other had grabbed the girls ass, before she pulled away, stepping back in front of Donnie. “I can do whatever the hell I want Tae, I’m the mother fucking queen.” She spat before she heard someone clear their throat.

She felt an arm around her waist and she honestly had forgotten until that moment that Collin was coming. He pressed his lips to her cheek, but she couldn’t pull her eyes away from Donnie, she was waiting for him to call her bluff to finish what he’d started earlier and she almost wished Collin hadn’t showed up. Collin led her towards the door.



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Reed was ready to accept that he’d finally lost everything yet again. He was convinced that he would just ditch town, drop out of school and never have to see Tansy’s lying ass again or face Candie’s cruel games. He didn’t have to lose to Donnie and he didn’t have to deal with his shitty parents again. Hell it was actually the perfect plan. He’d made it to the front door before Candie grabbed him and pulled him back through the house. He wasn’t entirely sure why he didn’t just pull away and continue out of the house, but when she pushed him in the bathroom door and locked it, then cut lines of coke, he was intrigued and raised a brow as he lit himself a cigarette. Finally she turned back to face him and he just watched her.

He was able to tell how strung out she was, whatever she was about to tell him had her stressed that much was painfully obvious to him and he suddenly felt shitty for having pushed her to telling him, for his own selfish reasoning, but he just watched her and kept his mouth shut.

"You want to know why I'm so fucked up?!" she screamed and he winced, because he could her the painful strain in her normally cool confident voice. "Trust me babe, you don't want to know, but I guess since you asked so fucking nicely, I'll clue you in." she breathed and he tone suddenly darkened and he knew what she was about to say he wasn’t going to like.


"For eight years, my daddy fucked me. So excuse the shit out of me if I'm a little too psychotic for you Reed." she admitted and he winced closing his eyes and sighing as she bathroom door slammed.

He wasn’t exactly sure what to say to her. He couldn’t tell her everything would be okay or that he was there for her because he was pretty sure she’d heard that her whole life she didn’t need another person in her life giving her a pity party. She need someone to fucking love her and so far he’d done a really bang up job of that forcing her by threating to leave to open up about something she was fucked up over. He sighed running his fingers through his hair as he sat down on the edge of the bath tub. He debated on going after her, she probably didn’t want to see him, then again the thought of her getting high and fucking some ass hole because he’d brought up painful memories didn’t exactly sit well with him.

He owed it to her to go after her and keep her from doing something stupid. He finished his cigarette before flicking it away and slipping out of the bathroom. He paused when he saw someone kissing Donnie in the hallway, before he realized it was Tansy and he just rolled his eyes, because he couldn’t bring himself to care enough to stop her from destroying herself, not tonight.

He searched for her for what felt like hours, but in reality was probably only fifteen minutes until he found her talking to some guy he vaguely recognized from the football team and he rolled his eyes walking over to her and pulling her away from the guy not bothering to offer him an explanation, he kissed her hard before she had the chance to get away or say anything. He wrapped an arm around her waist closing the space between them.

“I’m sorry babe.” He breathed against her lips. “But I can’t love you if you don’t let me in.” he said holding her eyes. “I don’t want to fix you Candace, I just want to know you.” He said honestly pressing his lips to hers and kissing her again. “If you don’t want to talk to me tonight, that’s fine, I deserve that.” He said releasing her and taking a step back. “Just don’t run from me, your still the fearless Candace Carmello everyone hates to love.” He smirked. “Just because he have some fucked up skeletons in your closet doesn’t mean you’re not the same girl to me.” He shrugged lighting a cigarette. “I don’t know how else to make you see that.” He sighed.



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Candie pushed through people roughly, wanting to get away from the bathroom as fast as she could in case he was following her, needing to fuck her nerves away, and it didn't take Candie long to find someone. It was never hard to find a guy that wanted to fuck her. So, before she knew it, she was talking to one of the football players she vaguely remembered fucking before.

She was leaning against the wall laughing at everything he said, knowing it'd draw him in and it was obvious it was working because he placed a hand next to her head and leaned in closer to her, lips near hers as he continued to talk. She reached out, fingers running along the waistline of his jeans as she laughed coolly at a joke. It was scary how easily Candie could go from being a total wreck to dazzlingly intoxicating. One second, she'd be on the verge of tears, the next she'd have you dangling on her every word, it was her defense mechanism, seducing and fucking people was how she coped, it gave her something to do to keep her mind off all the bullshit in her head.

Clearly, he liked what she was doing, because his body leaned ever so slightly closer to hers, and Candie was about to slip a hand into his jeans and kiss him when someone pulled her away and she didn't have to look to know who it was. She knew just by the heat between them as he pulled her away that it was Lux.

He kissed her hard then, slipping an arm around her waist, and even though she was pissed, freaked out, and a complete disaster, she didn't push him off. She should, she knew that, because if anyone saw them, they'd be fucked, but it felt good to have him kiss her and know he still wanted her after what she'd just told him. She'd never admit it, but part of her had been afraid to tell him because she'd figured that, once he realized just how broken she was, he wouldn't want her. He wouldn't see her as strong anymore, he'd see her as a victim and he'd pity her.

“I’m sorry babe.” He breathed against her lips and she was so emotionally frazzled, she nearly started crying. “But I can’t love you if you don’t let me in.” He said and she bit her lip and looked away. "I don’t want to fix you Candace, I just want to know you." He said before kissing her again and she leaned into him, kissing back.

“If you don’t want to talk to me tonight, that’s fine, I deserve that.” He said, letting her go and Candie just sighed. “Just don’t run from me, you're still the fearless Candace Carmello everyone hates to love.” He said with a smirk. “Just because you have some fucked up skeletons in your closet doesn’t mean you’re not the same girl to me. I don't know how else to make you see that.” He said, lighting a cigarette and she bit her lip hard, drawing blood as she looked away, holding back tears.

"Fuck, Reed, you don't want me." She breathed like she was trying to convince him. "I'm not going to stop hurting you and frustrating you." She shrugged, taking a step back, shaking her head. "I can't, I'm too fucked up." She said honestly, like she was begging him to not want her, because she didn't want to hurt him the way she knew she would and she didn't want to end up hurt later, down the road when people found out about them and everything went to shit. "You should just go find Tansy, and I'll do what I do best and fuck anyone that smiles at me." She shrugged, pulling herself together with a sigh, lighting her own cigarette and taking a long drag.

She wasn't sure when shit with him had gotten so complicated and heavy, but it was pissing her off and frustrating her. She just wanted to go back to two months ago, when they were having hot sex in public places, trying not to get caught, not worrying about the future or trying to figure out if they loved each other, only concerned with the incredible rush that came from doing something they shouldn't be. Now they were in over their heads with him trying to get her to confess to loving him and her trying to push it down and pretend she couldn't feel it, and it made what they were doing that much harder.




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Donnie didn't make it very far down the stairs before he felt her grab him again and he only smirked as she spun him and pinned him to the wall with her body because it was clear he'd gotten the reaction he wanted out of her. He'd worked her up only to play her and it had clearly pissed her off, meaning it had worked and he was glad, because for once, she was getting a taste of her own fucking medicine.

He knew Tansy well though, she didn't take too good to defeat, so he knew what she was doing. She was going to taunt him right back, and he knew he had to keep it together or he'd give her what she wanted. She kissed him hard, and he kissed back, fisting a hand in her hair, not really caring that she was his sister's best friend or that they were in the middle of the party, because she was intoxicating.

Her fingertips ran along his chest, making him smirk before she slipped her hand into his jeans and he grinned wickedly against her lips, not bothering to stop her as she kissed his neck before pulling away and holding his eyes. “You’re playing games with the wrong girl.” She threatened before taking her hand from his pants and he just rolled his eyes, watching her make out with some girl before pulling back and standing in front of him again. “I can do whatever the hell I want Tae, I’m the mother fucking queen.” She spat and he just raised an eyebrow.

Collin was behind her and he rolled his eyes, watching as he started to pull her towards the door before going after them. He wasn't just stopping her because of all the hot making out they'd just done, hell, even if he hated her guts, he'd have gone after her because he was still Donnie. He still had to make sure she didn't get herself killed, and it was highly likely that, with Collin, as fucked up as she was, she'd do just that.

So he grabbed her wrist and pulled her out of Collin's grip, knowing it'd upset Collin, but also spotting Kaleb nearby and knowing that, if things got bad, as much as they hated each other, Kaleb would help him out because they both knew keeping Collin away from Tansy was more important than their rivalry. "Where the fuck to you think you're going T?" He asked, raising an eyebrow with a simple laugh, like he thought her attempt to leave with Collin was cute. "You're not going anywhere with him, and he's going to get the fuck out of here right now." He spat, holding Collin's eyes, raising an eyebrow, practically challenging to hit him, ready to duck if he threw a punch.

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She knew she wouldn’t get far and that was the idea, she wanted to start drama, because when things like her kiss with Donnie earlier confessed her and was out of her control. She liked to cause problems that she could control. She knew Collin would explode the moment Donnie laid a hand on her, the same way she knew Donnie would try to stop her and it would be a domino effect after that.

Donnie grabbed her wrist, grip tight and she smirked as he pulled her away from Collin. For the first time that night she’d actually looked at him and noticed his split lip and the bruises and she knit her eyebrows and her features softened, she worried about him. There was a lot about Donnie that she didn’t know, but she just choice to ignore and pretend she knew. That wasn’t the first time she’d seen him without bruises one minuet and then the next minuet covered in them and it made her wonder. Just as quickly as worry had crossed her face though it was gone when he opened his mouth and she remembered why she was pissed off at him.

"Where the fuck to you think you're going T?" he raised a brow and he body tensed at the way he laughed at her, like she was little girl trying to steal cookies from the cookie jar and it pissed her the fuck off. "You're not going anywhere with him, and he's going to get the fuck out of here right now." He spat straight at Collin clearly challenging him and people around them stopped what they were doing waiting in suspense.

Tansy was suddenly scared for Donnie’s life. She’d seen Collin almost kill men who looked at her the wrong way let alone refused to let her go with him. When they described Collin Bryce as a psycho path they weren’t using the word lightly, hell brother was in prison for murder and his father was always gone doing God knows what. In all honesty, she was surprised Donnie was taunting him because Don was usually the one defusing the bomb, not standing in the middle of the fucking room waiting for it to explode.

She winced when Collin grabbed her wrist roughly and pulled her behind him. Stepping in front of her and standing dangerously close to Donnie, his whole body tensed, the dark smirk on Collin’s face made her shiver. Everything seem to go silent and she was suddenly hyper alert of how loudly her heart was beating. She flicked her eyes to Donnie practically begging him to back down. It felt like an agonizingly long moment, before Collin grabbed a hold of Donnie roughly slamming him into the side of the house, so hard that she winced, like she’d felt his pain.

“Lay a hand on me, I’ll beat the shit out of you.” He breathed darkly. “Touch her again, I’ll fucking murder you Dontea.” He smirked pulling something from behind him and the way the light caught it made it dangerously clear that he had just pulled a gun on Donnie and her heart nearly stopped. He flashed it in front of Donnie’s face making a clear threat and she unfroze instantly.

She grabbed Collin’s arm then and spun him around, kissing him roughly and he wrapped the hand with the gun around her waist and she tensed when she felt the cold metal against her skin. She’d never meant for it to go that far and she realized just how stupid she was for getting involved with him again and how much worse he’d gotten since they’d broken up. She heard one slow loud clap, causing her to pull away and glance down the steps of the porch where her brother stood looking more pissed then she’d ever seen him.

“Congratu-fucking-lations Tansy.” He spat harshly making her wince and Collin just pulled her close. “Just let her go Donnie, if she’s stupid enough to play her games and try and get you killed then she’d definitely stupid enough to take off and get herself killed.” He hissed and his words hurt.

Her and her brother didn’t always see eye to eye, but he’d always been her big brother her best friend and she’d pushed him so far that he’d given up on trying to save her, the same way her parents and even Reed had and it really fucking hurt. Collin whispered something in her ear that she didn’t really hear, but he started leading her down the steps and past her brother and she’d never seen him so disappointed and disgusted. She glanced back at Donnie hoping he’d stop her, because now all she wanted was someone to stop her, but everyone was so feed up with her bull shit and her sick obsession with Collin, they’d had it.

The week had been a dangerous adrenaline filled, drug induced battle with her emotions. She felt dead inside all over again and when she was sober, she was thinking about the way Donnie’s lips felt on hers. She desperately wished someone would come find her, but it was impossible, she doubted anyone even knew where she was, hell she didn’t even know where she was.

She woke up, head pounding in a fifthly apartment, to the sound of a scream kid. There was some kind of dark Marylin Manson-esk music that filled the silent. She was naked and next to her there was another girl naked, the two of them laying on an air mattress. She’d definitely fucked the girl she could remember that and she could remember another guy that wasn’t Collin touching her. She went to wipe her nose wiping away dried blood, before she lifted her hand to fill the caked on blood on her head. She wasn’t even sure when she’d hit her head.

Her arms were covered in track marks, from how many times she’d shot up over the past week and she was surprised she was even still alive. She stood up grabbing what looked like Collin’s shirt slipping it on and suddenly feeling deathly ill. She stumbled through the apartment, nearly tripping over someone asleep on the floor as he shoulder hit the wall.

“Fuck.” she breathed leaning heavily against the wall, she didn’t make it to the bathroom, before she threw up and heard someone laugh, she glanced up to see Collin, leaning on the wall across from her like he found it amusing how sick she was. A little kid who looked no older than six ran past her and she knit her eyebrows.

“Last night was fucking brilliant Tans.” He smirked and she clenched her jaw as she watched him raise the beer bottle to his lips and take a swig, before she heaved again, throwing up again. “Thought I lost you baby, I thought for sure I killed you last night. You OD’d on me, you were crying about your fucking brother and Donnie, shot you up to shut you up.” He shrugged like it wasn’t a big deal. “You stopped breathing, so I gave you an adrenaline shot.” He said and she felt him wrap and arm around her.

“Collin, I want to go home.” She breathed, biting her lip on the verge of tears. She held his eyes and he pouted a lit as he tucked a strand of her now dark hair behind her ear and she suddenly realized she wasn’t a blonde and she wasn’t wearing a wig, he kissed her forehead.

“Baby, I missed you.” He breathed. “I’m just trying to get us back, listen last night was too much alright. I’ll ease up, just stay with me. Okay.” He spoke softly and she nodded feeling trapped. "Turn around." he ordered with a smirk and she listened, hearing him unzip his pants and she bit her lips so hard to keep from crying that it drew blood.



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He was still feeling pretty stupid for admitting he loved her and if she rejected him which wasn’t uncommon for him and his history with girls, he could just blame it on being fucked up in the morning and they could just go back to being [i]really[i] good sex buddies. He had a growing doubt just by the way she looked that she wasn’t going to give in not that it surprised him. Just like Tansy she didn’t know what she wanted. He honestly didn’t blame her though, because he’d thought he wanted Tansy and then he’d got sick of her and she probably figured he’d to the same with her, but somehow it was just different when they were together.

"Fuck, Reed, you don't want me she breathed and he blew out a breath of smoke holding her eyes. "I'm not going to stop hurting you and frustrating you. I can't, I'm too fucked up." she took a step back and he made no attempt to step forward, he stayed where he was watching her. "You should just go find Tansy, and I'll do what I do best and fuck anyone that smiles at me." he let out a breath of smoke as she shrugged, lighting her own cigerette.


He let silent fall over them for a moment as he smoked his cigarette. The party behind him was loud but he was only focused on her. He hated that she was right, not about wanting her, but about her hurting him. He’d do the same to her, just to get back at her for hurting him. In fact now that he was thinking about it he wasn’t sure if he loved her, because he wasn’t entirely sure he actually knew what love was. His parents didn’t love each other, He didn’t love Tansy. In fact the only couple he’d ever know to be in love was Collin and Tansy and they’d just destroyed each other.

He suddenly realized how much he’d fucked up by telling her he loved her, because it only complicated things. Love destroyed a person that much was clear. Donnie, Nena, and Kaleb, Tansy and Collin, Candie and her father; they were all perfect examples of what love did to a person and he didn’t want that to happen to them. He could feel his anxieties creeping up on him, he’d been sober for too long and it was getting to him. He was a nervous wreck when he went to long without drugs, a paranoid mess with OCD. He refused to let Candie see him like that, because they’d she’d just call him a freak like everyone else who’d ever seen him. He figured it was probably best for him to leave, she’d made up her mind.

“You’re probably right.” He finally breathed taking one last cigarette, before flicking it away and he thought about telling her that he couldn’t go find Tansy because she was probably fucking her twin, but he figured there had already been enough drama for the night and maybe it would make her jealous to think that he was with Tansy and he kind of like the thought of her being jealous. He lend in then and kissed her cheek, letting his lips linger before pulling away. “Have fun tonight.” He said giving her a sad smile before disappearing into the crowed.

He’d taken a full bottle of Vodka from the party and walked the empty streets by himself. He didn’t want to go home, but he wasn’t exactly wanting to sleep in alleyway, so he went home, tossing the empty vodka bottle away as it shattered and he hoped he could just sneak in. Only his door was locked and in his drunken stupor he’d broken in and unfortunately for him his father was home. Which had ended in his father beat the living shit out of him for coming home drunk and breaking the window to get in.

He’d stayed in his room then, not bothering to come out, not matter how frustrated his parents were with him. When Monday had finally rolled around, he didn’t show up to school and he was glad no one knew where he lived aside from Kaleb. He’d spent a whole week hiding inside his house, because he looked like he’d been in a deadly car accident and he was pretty sure he had a few broken bones. By Friday thought, he just looked beat up. The black bruises had faded to a lighter color, the swelling had gone down and he’d only added to his wounds, by taking the lighter to his arm over the past week, because he was pissed for letting his dad treat him like shit and for once again letting girls walk all over him.

Kaleb had texted and called him a million times, so had Lauren, and Candie and even Baylee. However there were none from Donnie or Tansy, which only pissed him off the much more. He hadn’t text anyone back, so for all they knew he could be dead. His door opened up and he glance up from painting his nails black.

“How you feeling?” his sister asked, setting down a cup of water and some pain pills on his messed up nightstand. His room was a mess, mostly because his father wasn’t letting him out of the house and he couldn’t get any fucking drugs and his anxiety was driving him crazy.

“That depends Rach…how do I look.” He spat harsher then he meant to and she just sighed before reaching out and grabbing his arm slipping it over and slapping the burn marks that had started to scab over on his arm, he pulled his arm away quickly. “What the fuck.” He glanced up to her irritated.

“Stop being a depressed little Emo boy, wasn’t that why dad paid for all the therapy?” she said holding his eyes. “Thought you were over trying to kill yourself Reed?” she sighed and he just rolled his eyes.

“It’s cute that you actually think I was going to those therapy sessions.” He smirked and she smirked back. That was the darker side of Reed that not even Kaleb knew about, he’d tried several times to kill himself. He never cut deep enough or never took enough drugs though.

That was part of the reason he always wore dark clothes and painted his nails or wore black eyeliner, because it just proved how fucked up he was on the inside. Only when he started hanging out with Kaleb, he’d gotten better, because he’d moved in with Kaleb and wasn’t living everyday with his shitty parents. Then when he’d started dating Tansy she kept him trying to keep her from killing herself to try and kill himself. After getting the shit beat out of him and everything that had happened had just pushed him back into his old destructive ways.

“Your boyfriend and some girl are in the living room, they brought the homework you missed this week.” She smirked and he rolled his eyes. “I’ve never seen mom so nice.” She laughed. “But, she said you better get your ass down stairs.” She shrugged before disappearing out the door.



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It was quiet between them for a minute as Candie smoked her cigarette, refusing to meet his eyes, terrified of what he was going to do or say. Part of her was hoping he wouldn't give up. That, despite how stubborn and impossible she was being, that her kiss her and force her not to duck out of loving him so easily. Still, as much as she didn't want to lose him, there was another part of her, the part that had been pushing people away to protect herself for years, that wanted him to just walk away.

It would hurt, and she'd honestly miss him, even if she wasn't willing to admit it, but she could feel herself falling for him more every second they spent together. If they kept going, she'd be head over heels in love with him before she'd even realized what had happened and, when someone finally found out and they fell apart, it'd hurt a thousand times more than watching him walk away now.

She had to let him go. Not only for herself, but for Tansy, and his friendship with Kaleb, and her relationship with Donnie. If their secret got out, Tansy would hate them both, Kaleb would hate him for hurting his sister and for fucking her, and not to mention, Donnie, Lux, Nena, and Tansy, would all hate her for fucking Kaleb because their was no way her thing with Kaleb would be kept quiet once her thing with Lux was revealed. Kaleb would be jealous and pissed and let it slip. The only people she'd have left would be Baylee and Lauren, but Lauren would probably side with Donnie and Baylee was easy to convince. She'd end up just like Collin, pushed right out of the group all because she'd gone and acted like a slut.

She couldn't end up alone. She'd rather have to pretend there was nothing between her and Lux for the rest of her life than end up alone. The thought was absolutely terrifying. She'd lose too many people for loving Lux and she wasn't sure she was willing to do that. If they were forced to just be friends, at least he'd still be in her life.

“You’re probably right.” He finally breathed, pulling her from her thoughts and Candie glanced up at him, not totally sure why, despite everything she'd just thought, that his agreeing with her had hurt. He walked over and kissed her cheek and she closed her eyes, biting her lip, forcing herself not to beg him to stay, even if the thought of him being with Tansy drove her crazy. “Have fun tonight.” He said before walking off.

Candace spent a good half hour standing there, smoking, hating herself, and trying to compose herself before having to go back to the party and pretend nothing had happened. Eventually, she finished smoking before slipping into the crowd and the rest of the night was a blur. She got massively fucked up, doing line after line of coke, doing what she did best and slutting around.

She sat on the couch with another girl, a group of guys around them, watching her touch and kiss the girl for their amusement, their hands in each other's panties. Eventually, Donnie dragged her away from the group, but she'd managed to slip him again and made her way upstairs, ducking into Tansy's parent's room only to find Nena and Kaleb fucking.

Nena being the kind of girl who wanted everyone to think she was classy, but no one believed for a second, instantly rolled off him and slipped her clothes on, heading into the bathroom, embarrassed. Candie shot Kaleb a wicked smirk and the next thing she knew, they'd given Nena the slip and were fucking out in the shed in the backyard where no one would find them.

The rest of the week pretty much sucked. Tansy was M.I.A, as was Collin, making it pretty obvious they were together. The group got together once or twice after school and Candie didn't miss the fact that Lux hadn't shown up, not only to that, but school all week. She broke down the second day and called him, but he wouldn't return her calls.

Without Lux, she pretty much just spent the week fucking Kaleb, going at it in the bathroom at school or at his house when Nena was busy with cheer. When he was too busy with Nena, she tried to find ways to occupy her time so she didn't have to go home. She went shopping with Lauren, and spent the night at Baylee's only for her and Baylee to get too drunk and end up fucking as well. She felt like total shit, because she couldn't keep herself from doing things that would fuck up her friendships.

After their night together, Baylee kept crying and swearing she wasn't gay, begging Candie not to tell anyone and Candie had assured her she wouldn't before finally going home for the first time in a week, figuring Donnie would start getting on her if she didn't soon. It was easy to pretend the only reason she didn't want to go home was her mother's hatred, but Donnie wasn't an idiot and her mother's latest boyfriend wasn't exactly discreet about fucking her, so she knew it was only a matter of time before he found out. If she could just stay away, not only would he not be able to force her into sex, but Donnie would never find out.

Back home, Donnie's car wasn't in the driveway, but she sighed because her mother's boyfriend's was. Hopefully, he was too preoccupied with her mother to notice she was there, so, with a sigh, she slipped inside. Thankfully, the living room and kitchen were clear and she could hear moaning coming from her mother's room, meaning they were together and he wouldn't bother her. At least not for a while.

Candie slipped upstairs and changed, throwing her bag down onto her bed before heading back down to the kitchen. She managed to have a half hour to herself, but, before long, her mother's bedroom door opened and her whole body tensed as her boyfriend slipped up behind her. She just continued to stir the food she was making on the stove, pretending she didn't feel his hands reaching around to rub her thighs or his lips on her neck.

Her eyes landed on a knife not far away in the counter, and Candie lunged at it, whirling around and lashing out. She managed to slice him across the cheek, and he cursed, but he just looked at her as she held the knife between them, his eyes going dark. Before she'd realized what had happened, he reached out and grabbed her wurst holding the knife so hard, she dropped it, wincing in pain as he backed her hard into the corner where the counters met.

He smirked, swiping the spoon from her other hand and sticking it in his mouth while he held her eyes, tasting the food she'd been making. "Mmmm." He taunted and Candir tried to keep herself from looking terrified, knowing he was going to hurt her for attacking him. He held her tightly as he reached over and pushed the pot she'd been cooking in off the burner, running the metal spoon back and forth through the flame, getting it red hot while he glared down at her with a wicked smirk and she started shaking.

Before she could try and get away, he spun her swiftly and grabbed her hair, using it to bend her forward over the counter, slamming her down onto it hard. He kicked her feet apart so her legs were spread before pulling her dress up and pressing the hot spoon down on the inside if her thigh, placing a hand over her mouth to keep her from screaming. The pain was excruciating and she knew it'd leave an ugly mark. "Try that shit on me again, and I'll scar that pretty little face of yours." He spat, and Candie couldn't stop the tears from running down her face as he pushed her panties down, tossed the spoon away, one hand grabbing her hair again so she couldn't move, the other undoing his jeans.




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Donnie knew challenging Collin probably looked stupid to everyone else, but he wasn't afraid. Everyone always underestimated Donnie because he was the "responsible" one, so they rarely saw him fight, but when he did, he was terrifying. Collin was a good fighter, but Donnie knew he could take him if he had to. Besides, if he couldn't, Kaleb would step in before he got his ass kicked. All he knew was that, he couldn't let Tansy go with him. She'd be dead in a week. He didn't want to hurt him, because part of him missed the old Collin, the guy who'd been his best friend the way Tansy and Candie were best friends,but now he was just fucking crazy when it came to Tansy and he couldn't let her get killed.

Collin yanked Tansy away, stepping around her and glaring at him, but Donnie just held his gaze, refusing to back down. Finally, Collin pushed him into the wall and Donnie was ready to slip his grip when he saw him reach behind his back and knew he better stay put. If Collin had a weapon, the second it looked like Donne was going to fight back, there'd be a knife in his gut or a bullet in his head.

“Lay a hand on me, I’ll beat the shit out of you. Touch her again, I’ll fucking murder you Dontea.” Collin said, pulling a gun on him and Donnie just sighed, hating that he was about to have to talk his former best friend down from shooting him.

Donnie wanted to tell Kaleb to fuck off and go after her, because Collin was dangerous, but he couldn't. Not if Collin had a gun. He'd get himself killed. He had to let her go, no matter how much it sucked to do so, knowing he was going to blame himself if she got hurt.

After that, he spent the rest of the party keeping his friends in check. He was in no mood to party or have a good time, but after losing Tansy, he didn't want to leave either, he had to make sure the others were okay at least. It wasn't hard or anything, he had to comfort Lauren who was drunk and sobbing about Tansy kissing him, and it was uncomfortable, but she'd been in the hospital for attempting suicide before, so he knew he had to at least listen or she might get really bad.

After she'd passed out, he'd found Candie on the couch, practically fucking a girl for the entertainment of some guys and rolled his eyes, pulling her away from them, intending to drag her outside and make her sit with him on the patio until she was ready to leave, but she slipped his grip, and, at that point, he was too tired to go after her. Instead, he'd gone home because he was done playing the responsible one. He just wanted to sleep off the guilt he felt at letting Tansy get away.

Tansy and Collin had been gone for a week. He went to school, like he was supposed to, but afterwards, he went to Collin's and Kaleb's everyday, hoping maybe they'd come home, only they never did. He called her a thousand times, but she never picked up, and it was driving him nuts that he didn't even know if she we okay. He needed to hear from her. He needed her to call him or come home, because, if she was dead or hurt, he'd never forgive himself.

Candie was rarely home, but that wasn't exactly unusual for her, seeing as she hated their mother. When he went home at night, he had to take care of his mother, either by making her food, bringing her drugs, or breaking up a fight between her and her boyfriend. He was always breaking up their fights and half the time, he managed to get him out of the house, the other half, he got his ass kicked.

He avoided Nena and Kaleb all week, save for when he stopped by Kaleb's after school to check for Tansy. Eventually, Nena had managed to corner him in the school library and they got into a pretty intense make-out session that had her panties down around her ankles and his hand under her dress, but before it went much farther, she let out a moan that was a little too loud and, thankfully, they were caught by the librarian and forced to rush out of there.

After that, he avoided her extra carefully, because he was pissed and hurt that she'd left him for Kaleb, but for some reason, he couldn't resist her. He wasn't sure if she was just playing games, or genuinely wanted to get back with him, but she didn't seem to be having any trouble with Kaleb, so he didn't bother hoping maybe she'd break up with him and come back to him. He wanted to be done with her. She was demanding and a bitch half the time. She wasn't good for him.

By the end of the week, Donnie was out of his mind missing Tansy, needing her to come home. He couldn't stop thinking about kissing her or the fact that she might be dead and it was driving him insane. It was the middle if the day, but Don was sitting in a bar, phone in front if him. He'd called Tansy at least thirty times in the last hour, but she'd yet to pick up, so now he was just staring at the black screen, taking drinks of his beer and hoping like hell she'd call.

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After Collin was finished with her, he’d laced his fingers with hers and pulled her close. He told her things like how in love with her he was and how it was just the two of them, all they had was each other. He sounded completely insane and she was honestly terrified. Everything he said was a lie, but a very convincing lie. There were a select few things that really scared Tansy and Collin was one of them. She managed to slip into the apartment’s rundown bathroom, locking the door behind her. Collin slammed his fist against the door yelling at her to let him in but she just ignored it.

She’d never felt so stupid in her life, she’d been so willing to do whatever Collin wanted when they’d been together, it was sickening. Now that she’d been away from him for so long, everything he made her do was exhausting and the fact that he’d almost killed her last night made her realize just how fucked up their relationship was and she knew she had to get away from him. She turned on the shower, slipping off his shirt, before stepping in. The water was freezing cold, but her body was so numb and exhausted she didn’t even notice.

She wasn’t exactly sure how long she sat in the shower, curled up her legs to her chest crying, but finally she reached over and turned the water off. When she stepped out of the shower she wiped the fogged mirror, gasping when she saw her reflection. Someone had really dyed her hair dark brown and she hated it. Her eyes and cheeks were sunken in, bruises covered her body. She looked sick and she assumed she hadn’t eaten at all in the past week, which didn’t surprise her, because she honestly couldn’t even remember what day it was or how long she’d been away with Collin, hell she could have been gone a whole year and she wouldn’t have even known.

She slipped out of the bathroom, the apartment was dead quite. Collin was asleep on the couch a cigarette still burning between his fingertips. It didn’t take her long to find her panties and the dress she’d worn the night she’d left with him, she didn’t stick around to try and find her shoes. She slipped out of the apartment and practically ran down the stairs. She walked for a long time, until she finally started recognizing streets and buildings. Eventually a police officer stopped her and against her will forced her to go with him.

He’d question her for a good hour asking her over and over again who she was and who had put the bruises on her, she’d given him some shit story about how she’d run away from home and got roughed up a bit, he didn’t seem to want to buy it, but he had no choice when Tansy refused to give him any more information and he told her she was free to use the phone. She wasn’t exactly sure who she should call no matter who she called, they were going to either be pissed and yell at her or completely ignore her phone call. Finally she’d decided Donnie was her best option and she’d dialed his number.

He’d answered almost immediately. “I’m at West Manchester, police station.” She breathed into the phone and it was obvious by just the sound of her voice how emotionally and physically exhausted she was. “I need you to pick me up,” she paused “By yourself.” She practically ordered before hanging up the phone not want to her him yell at her or have to explain herself. She made her way over to one of the chairs sinking down into it, groaning softly because her body ached so bad even to sit.

She knew what the police officer had suspected, because she looked like a drug addict, prostitute maybe even worse. She looked like she hadn’t eaten in weeks and the new dark color of her hair made her look even paler and more sickly then she was. Yet, somehow even as awful as she looked, she was still beautiful and she hated herself for that, she didn’t deserve to be pretty. She pulled out a cigarette from the pack of cigarettes she’d stolen from Collin on the way out and lit it, despite the clearly placed no smoking sign.



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Reed didn’t want to go down stairs to face his friends. There had been a reason he hadn’t gone to school all week because he looked like a fucking disaster. He didn’t so much mind Kaleb seeing him, because Kaleb knew how his father was and knew that his mother hated him, but the girl with him whoever it was he could guarantee had never see him so fucked up, despite the fact he looked a lot better now than he did a few days ago.

He figured it was Nena with Kaleb, then again Nena didn’t really like him and she was always trying to get Kaleb to stop hanging out with him and he figured that was the reason Donnie and him had stopped being such good friends. The girls in their group had a way of controlling the four of them. If it was Tansy downstairs, he’d need to pull her aside and talk to her because he felt like shit, he’d been avoiding her for the past two months, to be with her best friend, so like always he blamed himself for being the reason she was probably fucking Donnie. He hope it wasn’t Candie, because he wasn’t entirely sure he could face her looking the way he did or having to explain the second degree burn marks up and down his arms, from the constant flame of his lighter of the past week.

He heard his mom call his name as finished wrapping his arm with a bandage, to avoid questioning for the moment. Finally he sighed and limped his way down stairs and into the living room where his mom was serving Kaleb and to his surprise Lauren tea. His mom glanced up, before quickly glancing away from him like she couldn’t stand the huge fucking disappointment her son had turned into. He heard a loud gasp bring his attention to Lauren who was now standing up looking over him one hand covering her mouth.

“Lux…” she breathed trailing off. “What the hell happened?” she breathed walking over to him and Kaleb joined her raising a brow and he glanced to his mother who was shooting him a you-better-lie kind of look and he sighed running his finger through his hair craving a cigerette.

“You know.” He shrugged. “Can’t keep my mouth shut when I should.” He spat bitterly. “couple guys jumped me on the way home last weekend.” He shrugged like it wasn’t a big deal.

“Well, now that we’ve lured you out of your bat cave and you seem alright.” Kaleb smirked looking him over. “You gotta come home with us.” Kaleb sighed and Lux knew there was more to it, then him just needing to go hang out with them.

He nodded and was the first to slip out the front door. He didn’t want to wait around for him mom to object. He didn’t know if he could stand to be in that house another minuet without drugs. When they’d finally got back to the house, he’d nearly flipped shit when he’d heard that Tansy had took off with Collin and Kaleb had just sent her to her death. In fact Lauren had been the one to fill him in on everything and it honestly sounded like their little group was hanging on by a thread. Him and Candie weren’t the only ones with a fucked up secret.

Cee Cee, we need to talk. I’m at Kaleb’s when you get a chance. he texted her figuring she probably didn’t give a shit and she probably didn’t want to see him but it was worth a try. He sighed as he sat down on Tansy’s bed, which had a clear view of Donnie and Candie’s house.



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When he was done with her, her mother's boyfriend stepped away, pulled his jeans back on, and took the food she'd been making, dumping it onto a plate before slipping back into her mother's room. Candie stayed there for a second, bent over the counter, crying before sliding to the floor and pulling her knees to her chest. Her entire body hurt and she knew she was covered in fresh bruises, because she could feel them, but that was nothing compared to the pain of her inner thigh where he'd pressed the spoon.

Candie sat there, lighting a cigarette even though she was crying so hard, it was almost impossible to smoke it. She wasn't sure how long she'd been sitting there, but eventually she heard her mother's door open again, causing her to jump, terrified that he was coming back for more. It was her mother who came around the corner though, raising a brow and bringing the cigarette between her fingers to her lips when she saw her huddled there on the floor.

"What the fuck are you doing here?" She practically spat, looking her over. "Shouldn't you be off somewhere, getting pregnant?" She hissed, rolling her eyes before heading over to the fridge. Candie stood slowly, her entire body aching as she forced herself to stop crying, leaning against the counter, watching her mother. "Not that I really care, but, just out of curiosity, what is it you're wining about?" She asked, not even turning to look at her as she pulled the milk out and smelled it before making a face and putting it back.

"Craig." She spat the name if her mother's boyfriend, watching as her shoulders tensed a moment before whirling around, slapping her so hard across the face, her nose started bleeding.

"What about him?" She hissed, grabbing her jaw and forcing her to look at her.

"Nothing." She finally breathed and her mother smirked and released her, slipping back into her room, leaving her standing there. On the counter, her phone beeped and she sighed, grabbing it and reading the text from Lux. She grabbed her jean jacket, slipping it on to hide the bruises on her arms before dabbing some makeup onto the one forming under her eye from her mother's slap and slipped out the door. She glanced at the house one more time before pulling herself together and heading next door to Kaleb's.

She walked around back and went in the back door to avoid seeing Kaleb. She could hear him and Lauren talking in the kitchen so she slipped down there, peeking around the corner to see if Lux was with them. He wasn't, so she slipped up the stairs, glancing in the rooms as she passed them before finding him in Tansy's room, on her bed. He looked about as horrible as she felt and she sighed, walking over and sitting next to him.

After what had just happened with Craig, she felt like crap, and if anyone else had asked her to come over, she wouldn't have, but she hadn't seen Lux all week and, even if she didn't want to admit it, she missed him. She was honestly craving his touch because it was the only thing in the world that could completely obliterate her pain and, at the moment, she was in a lot of it. "What do you want Lux, finally decide to miss me?" She breathed, glancing down at her hands, realizing she still had blood on them from cutting Craig, rubbing it away quickly.




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Donnie sat there, staring at the phone so long, mentally willing it to ring, that when it finally did, he was sure he'd imagined it. Still, he didn't hesitate to pick it up, praying it'd be her, hating that his heart was racing at the thought of finally having her on the phone. He needed to hear her voice and know she was alive, and he knew if it was just another telemarketer, it's piss him off.

“I’m at West Manchester, police station.” A voice believed and he sighed in relief because it was her. Her voice sounded raw and exhausted, but she was alive and wanted his help. “I need you to pick me up. By yourself.” She ordered and hung up. Donnie wasted no time, he put his money on the bar, grabbing his keys and taking off.

On the way, he stopped for McDonalds, figuring she hadn't eaten in a while because he knew how Collin worked. He'd probably driven her right into the ground, keeping her so high that she hadn't even thought about food. Honestly, he understood her attraction to Collin and her inability to refuse him. He had the same issue with Nena. It had nothing to do with actually liking the person, it was just hard to forget the first person you'd ever loved, making it hard to let go.

He was more pissed at Collin then he was at her, with her, he was just relieved she was alive and it was him she'd called. He'd been assuming the worst all week so, at this point, nothing else mattered but getting her home safe. Hopefully Kaleb wouldn't be too hard on her, she'd probably had a hell of a week. Shit, she'd called him from a police station.

When he finally got there, he told a brunette lady who he was looking for and she pointed him in the right direction. He found her by the phones, and he could tell just by looking at her, he was right. She looked like she'd had a pretty intense week. "Hey." He breathed, pulling her in for a hug because honestly, she had no idea how glad he was to see her alive. "Come on, there's food in the car, let's get you home okay?" He sighed as he pulled away and kissed her forehead, leading her outside to his car.

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Tansy sat there for a long time, getting looks from everyone who walked by. Some of the looks pitted her like she was an orphan, while others were judgmental and it took everything in her not to open her mouth and spite some sarcastic comment every time someone shot her a look. She was too tired though. Exhausted actually, more then she thought she was. The past week was catching up with her quickly and to keep from falling asleep she picked at the black chipped nail polish on her nails.

It felt like forever that she’d been waiting there for Dontae to come pick her up. She’d even convinced herself that he wasn’t really coming and she’d be better off just going to find Collin, because he’d pretty much convinced her that no one could take care of her like he could and no one cared about her like him and she hated that she believe him.

"Hey."he breathed and she glanced up just as he pulled her up and wrapped his arms around her. She kept both the palms of her hands on his chest, her jaw clenched because being touched, like he was actually relived to see her almost hurt. "Come on, there's food in the car, let's get you home okay?"He sighed and she did to as he pulled her towards the car and as much as she wanted to pull away and tell him she could walk by herself, she couldn’t, because she was too worn.

She slipped into the front seat of the car and sat there in silence. Despite her not eating she wasn’t really hungry, any apatite she may have had, she’d lost waking up next to that girl and being fucked by Collin that morning. He started the engine and she turned her eyes to the window.

“Tae, I don’t want to go home.” She breathed, her voice was strained and every time she talked her throat burned. She knew it was raw from all the alcohol she’d drank. “Let’s just drive and park somewhere.” She said glancing to him. “Kaleb will just scream at me and I can’t deal with that, right now.” She said honestly and it felt weird, because she was never that weak when she talked to anyone. She stood up for herself, welcomed fights with her brother even, but not this time.



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Reed was fairly certain she wouldn’t come over. She was probably pissed off at him for leaving her alone that night. He should have just stuck around, then Tansy probably wouldn’t have just up and left. Then again when she had her mind set on something there was no changing Tansy’s mind. He sat there for a while smoking through a few cigarettes before he finally heard the door open behind him, but he didn’t bother to turn around to see who it was he didn’t have to.

She sat down beside him as he lit yet another cigarette taking a deep drag from it, feeling that unmistakable heat between them that he loved so much. It was magnetic, like nothing he’d ever felt before and he fought the urge to lean in and kiss her or pull her down on top of him to the bed and spend the rest of the day showing her how much he’d missed her. She he’d only been a-wall for a week but it felt like years since he’d seen her.

"What do you want Lux, finally decide to miss me?" she breathed and he breathed out smoke glancing down to her franticly rubbing her hand, but he didn’t ask just flicked his eyes back to the window letting it fall silent for a moment.

“I didn’t finally decide to miss you Cee Cee, I’ve missed you like fucking crazy.” He said simply glancing to her, pressing his cigarette to his lips. “I just decided that we should talk about what happened at the party. I wanted to apologize for ditching you.” He shrugged, wincing from the pain in his collar bone that he was pretty sure his father had broken again, not that it healed properly in the first place. “It’s been driving me crazy wondering who you hooked up with that night.” He said honestly



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It was quiet between them for a moment, so Candie took the second to light herself a cigarette, taking a long drag and blowing the smoke back out with a sigh. She'd missed Lux like crazy, and all she wanted was for him to kiss her and touch her and make her forget all the bullshit she was always dealing with in a way only he could, but she wasn't about to ask. Not only because she couldn't bring herself to admit to missing him, but she didn't know how to tell someone she needed them. Honestly, she was afraid to say the words out loud. She'd never even let Donnie know how much she needed him because she felt like, if she said it aloud and made it concrete, somehow, with her luck, it'd fall apart.

“I didn’t finally decide to miss you Cee Cee, I’ve missed you like fucking crazy.” He finally said and she took another drag off her cigarette, glancing away when he called her CeeCee because that was the nickname Donnie had always used for her when she felt like shit and he was trying to comfort her. “I just decided that we should talk about what happened at the party. I wanted to apologize for ditching you.” He shrugged, and she just sighed and shrugged liked it was no big deal. “It’s been driving me crazy wondering who you hooked up with that night.” He said.

Candie winced, knowing she couldn't tell him she'd fucked Kaleb that night. Kaleb was his best friend, and she didn't want to ruin their friendship, knowing she was already well on her way to ruining her own with Tansy for what she'd done with Lux and her brother. She'd dug herself a hole so deep, there was no getting out of it, but that was what Candie did. She intentionally destroyed everything good around her because she didn't feel like she deserved happiness.

Candie just shrugged and sighed. "Well there was this one girl on the couch, but other than that, I don't really remember." She breathed out a breath of smoke, taking another drag off her cigarette. "I got so fucked up, it was kind of a blur." She shrugged and stood, heading over to the window and flicking her cigarette out, watching her house next door from where she stood, with her back to him. "Is that all you wanted?" She asked, turning to face him, raising an eyebrow.




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They went out to his car and, once she was in the passenger seat, he slid into the driver's seat and took off, heading back towards her house, thinking he'd call Kaleb to let him know he had her and she was okay, but changing his mind. She'd asked him to come alone for a reason, clearly she didn't want anyone to know anything, so he'd just take her home and let her tell Kaleb whatever she wanted to tell him.

“Tae, I don’t want to go home.” She breathed and he sighed as he glanced at her briefly. She sounded worn and he understood why she didn't want to go home. Kaleb had practically kicked her out of the house last time she'd seen him and they'd all been frantically searching for her everyday for the past week. Not only would Kaleb most likely yell at her, but everyone would ask her a thousand and one questions she probably didn't want to answer.

“Let’s just drive and park somewhere. Kaleb will just scream at me and I can’t deal with that, right now.” She said and he nodded silently with a sigh, making a turn, away from their houses. The soft hum of the radio playing was the only sound in the car for a while as they just drove, but it wasn't uncomfortable. It was actually kind of nice, just driving with her for a while.

After some time, they were no longer in town or anywhere near it. They were pretty well into the countryside and it was beautiful. He pulled onto a little dirt road that was actually a fairly long driveway, and followed it all the way up to a small farm house, with an old-looking barn sitting not far away. He stopped, cutting the engine and glancing at her. "My grandparents used to live here." He shrugged. "When they died, it went to my mother, but she hasn't touched it in ages. We can stay here tonight, or however long you need if you want." He sighed, glancing at her.

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She let out a relived sigh when he turned away from the direction of their houses. If he hadn’t have listened to her and just took her home, there was a good chance she’d get in a fight with Kaleb and call Collin again and leave for good. She didn’t want to be with Collin that much she’d decided after waking up and not knowing what had happened to her over the past week or the fact that he’d admitted to her that he’d overdosed her and hadn’t bothered to take her to the hospital. He was just hoping she’d wake up and that scared the shit out of her.

They drove for a long time and she watched as the city buildings slowly faded to grassy landscapes. She couldn’t remember the last time she’d been to the countryside and she’d forgotten how beautiful. Her body ached the more she started to relax and the more she realized she was safe with Dontae. She was glad he didn’t ask questions, because she didn’t want to get defensive and attack him like she knew she would if he started in on her. He turned down a dirt road and they drove for a while before he stopped in front of a small farm house with an old barn nearby and she sighed. She had to bite her lips to keep from falling apart because she’d been on the edge of completely losing it since he’d picked her up. He cut the engine and she could feel his eyes on her.

"My grandparents used to live here." she listened keeping her eyes out the window. "When they died, it went to my mother, but she hasn't touched it in ages. We can stay here tonight, or however long you need if you want." he sighed.

She didn’t bother to answer him she just slipped out of the car, because anything she said would only come out mean and bitter. She made her way to the front porch she sunk down onto the porch swing pulling her knees to her chest, resting her head on her knees. She took a deep breath, closing her eyes and letting it back out. Around her everything was quiet and she desperately wanted Dontae to interrupt her silence because she was letting everything Collin had said to her tear her up.

She heard his footsteps coming up the stairs. “Do you have a smoke?” she breathed hoping he’d say yes because she need something to calm her nerves.



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Reed wasn’t exactly sure what to do about him and Candie. He was still fighting the battle between needing Candie and not wanting to give up Tansy. He was so fucked up about the whole situation, he needed to pick on or the other but he couldn’t. Even as he sat there with Candie, he really didn’t give a shit what Tansy was doing and he knew that wasn’t fucked up. If he was being honest, he kind of hoped Tansy would run off with Collin for good and make his mind up for him. Then there would be nothing standing in his way of being with Candie.

"Well there was this one girl on the couch, but other than that, I don't really remember." he glanced to her as she took a drag off her cigarette and he sighed. "I got so fucked up, it was kind of a blur." she made her way over to the window then flicking her cigarette out and he sighed running his fingers through his hair. "Is that all you wanted?" she asked turning to face him and he held her eyes.

He didn’t understand why she had to be so fucking difficult. It was like he could see the pain in her eyes, like she actually needed him, but there was no way in hell she’d ever tell him that and it killed him. Maybe if she actually admitted it to him, it would give him the push he needed to fight for them. As much as he wanted to be to believe that she might actually be falling for him, he still wasn’t for sure. Candace had such a bad reputation of playing with guys that this could easily just be another one of her fucked up games. He’d already stupidly let her know that she meant more to him then a fuck buddy and he wasn’t sure how much more he could give her, before she finally showed her true colors and proved to him that it was just another one of her games. All he knew was she was confusing the fuck out of him.

He got up them and crossed the room to her, grabbing her wrist and pulling her close. He pressed his lips to her, placing a hand on the back of her neck and kissing her hard. It didn’t matter that Kaleb or Nena or anyone else might open the door. He didn’t give a shit. He kissed her hard, feeling that familiar flame that he’d missed over the past week and despite the short amount of time, it had felt like years since he’d kissed her. He pulled away then and took a step back.

“Yeah, that’s all I wanted.” He breathed, holding her eyes.