I could totally see Jacob as being surprisingly gentle when he becomes a dad. Like… He would hold the kid like they’re made of gold. He would think that they are the most perfect thing he has ever done in his life. He’d be the type of dad to cry once he sees his little one’s face for the first time.
I have very little memory of the last 30 minutes of my life.
Miss Grant had apparently had a productive morning. My very educated guess is that she has spent her day offloading lagging assets, playing stock market chicken with Max Lord and terrorizing overseas affiliates. These are a few of her favorite things.
She is magnificent like this. The power pours from her like a pheromone. What followed is mostly white noise.
There was a misguided attempt to return Cat’s forgotten Mont Blanc (she’s very choosy about her pens, diary)
There was some vague bitching about her ‘inner-sanctum.’
I think I may have shouted at her.
Then there was proximity. Hands. Breath. Perfume. Eyes. Lips. Almost. “Cat.”
Door. Sound. “Mom?”
“Carter.” Carter? CARTER??
I am now back in my office. There may or may not be a new hole in the wall. I will run out of paintings soon.
I had just put my son Jensen down
for a nap so I could get ready for my shift at the bar I worked at. I of course
was the bread winner in my family, providing for my son, boyfriend, and myself.
As much as I hate to admit it my boyfriend, Austin was a deadbeat. He spent
most of his time drinking or hanging out with his wannabe gangster friends,
while I worked all hours to provide for the most important person in my life,
I was just finishing up the last
few touches on my makeup when Austin barged into the bathroom. “Where in the
hell are you going?” he asked clearly drunk.
“Babe I have work in 30 minutes that’s
where I’m going.” I said calmly.
“Like hell you are!” He shouted, “the
mother of my child will not be going to work dressed like that!” He shouted
showing his disproval of my outfit, I was wearing a pair of blue jean shorts
and a cute top that showed off my cleavage, compared to what my coworkers wore
it was pretty modest.
“Austin,” I sighed “I’m not dressed
inappropriately, compared to most of the girls I work with I’m dressed very
“Modest,” he scoffed “Your boobs
are about to pop out of your shirt!”
“I’m not doing this with you!” I shouted
“I have work to get ready for now go watch tv, better yet, go watch your
tell I pissed him off but he walked away without a word and I finished getting
ready. I kissed Jensen softly on the forehead before I left so I didn’t wake
him. Then I grabbed my keys to my old truck and headed on to work.
============================================================= I had been on my shift for about an hour when a guy I had never seen before
walked into the bar. It’s not hard to notice someone new at the bar, we had
nothing but regulars there and very seldom would a fresh face come in. The
guy had jet black hair to his shoulders, eyes so blue that I swear you
could swim in them, and he was covered in tattoos, I could make out two batman
tattoos on his arms, he must have been a fan.
walked to the end of the bar and sat alone, I followed his every move, I was
mesmerized by this guy, why I have no idea. Maybe it was his eyes, or the fact
that he was absolutely gorgeous. I was broken from my trance when I heard
someone call my name. “(Y/N) can I get another Bud Light?” one of the regulars
many beers have you had?” I asked popping the tab on his beer open and handing
it to him.
near enough.” He laughed.
shook my head and walked down to the end of the bar where the new guy was
sitting. “How are you tonight sir?” I asked putting on my best smile.
“I’m good and yourself?” He
“Doing pretty good, what can
I get for you?”
“I’ll take a Jack and Coke”
“Give me just a second and I’ll
be right back with your drink.” I said turning and walking to go make his drink.
I quickly grabbed a plastic cup and filled it with ice. Next I went to the
cooler and grabbed the bottle of Jack Daniels and a can of Coke. I poured him
two shots of Jack in the cup and finished filling it up with coke and put a
straw in it.
“That’ll be four dollars” I said
handing him his drink.
“Keep the change” he said
handing me a 20 and smiling.
“Sir I can’t accept a tip
that large for one drink.” I said.
“No I insist, keep it.” He smiled.
“Sir, I wouldn’t feel right
taking that I’m sorry” I said turning and walking to the register to get his
change. I counted out $16 and walked it back over to him. “Here’s your change
“Please keep it” he said his
eyes soft and I thought there for a second I might melt. “Oh and call me Andy.”
“Well Andy” I smiled “$16 is
a hefty tip for a four dollar drink I really couldn’t accept it”
“Well then I guess I’ll just
have to put it in your jar when you aren’t looking.” He smirked.
“You sure are persistent aren’t
you?” I asked laughing.
“Persistent? No, stubborn?
Yes.” He smiled, God his smile was breathtaking.
“Well I hate to tell you but
I’m Stubborn as well and I won’t let you tip me tha—“ before I could finish my
sentence I was cut off by a familiar voice yelling my name. I turned around
slowly and there was Austin at the other end of the bar giving me a look of
I checked everyone on their
drinks and then walked out from behind the bar to see what Austin wanted. “Hey
babe” I say walking up to him.
“Don’t ‘hey babe’ me!” he shouts
grabbing me by the arm and dragging me away from the public eye. As he’s
dragging me to the bathroom hallway I see Andy watching this exchange intently.
“What do you want Austin, I’m
trying to work.” I ask irritated.
“Work?” He scoffs, “Looks to
me like you’re trying to go home with the guy at the end of the bar!” He
“You have got to be kidding
me!” I yell “I was taking him his drink and just making small talk, if I want
to make tips I have to be personable to every customer, not just those you deem
fit for me to talk to!” I turn to walk away but he grabs my arm and pulls me
“You’re done working here!”
he growls “you should be at home taking care of our kid!”
“Well if you had a fucking
job and took care of me and Jensen I wouldn’t have to work at a fucking bar and
be away from my baby all the damn time, but you don’t because you’re a god damn
deadbeat so I’m here busting my ass to provide for my son!” I shout and he
loosens his grip enough for me to slip out and walk away.
Once I get back behind the
bar I see Austin making his way out the door but I catch what he mouths to me, “this
isn’t over.” He’s beyond pissed and I know I’ll more than likely hear it when I
get home. I make my way down the bar checking on the customers making sure they’re
okay on their drinks. When I get to Andy he’s looking at me with worried eyes.
“Are you alright?” he asks
“Yeah I’m fine, nothing I can’t
deal with” I chuckle trying to seem like nothing happened.
“You don’t look fine,” he
“Really I am.” I say looking
“Not that I was
eavesdropping but I heard most of that altercation,” he said looking down, “and
I’m assuming that’s your no good deadbeat boyfriend?”
“Yes that’s my boyfriend” I sigh
“and the father of my child, although I’m sure you heard that as well.”
“I did,” he sighed, “you
know, you and your child deserve a man who will take care of the both of you
not one who makes you take care of him.”
didn’t know what to say to that, I just nodded my head in reply. Andy was right
Jensen and I deserve so much better than Austin. I’ve knew it for a while now I
just couldn’t bring myself to admit it. But when Andy said it, it was like it
finally clicked and I knew what I needed to do. I needed to get out, not for
myself, but for my son, I don’t want him growing up thinking that he isn’t supposed
to work and provide for his family.
shift ended at two o’clock I went home. When I got home Austin was gone and he
had left Jensen with his sister, Emily. Emily was asleep on the couch and Jensen
was asleep in his bassinette. I gently shook Emily awake and told her I was
home so she could go home. She nodded and got up and packed up her things and left.
Shortly after I pulled Jensen’s bassinette into my bedroom and went to sleep.
morning when I woke up Austin was still gone. I got up fixed Jensen a bottle
and fed him. Just as he finished his bottle Austin came bursting through the
front door. “Well look who it is,” he laughed “My slutty girlfriend and the kid
she’s trying to pass off as mine.”
taken off guard by Austin’s comment and had no idea what to say to that.
you don’t have anything to say?” he asks with a coy smile.
don’t because I’m doing nothing but wasting my breath on you!” I shout.
did you say?” he asked walking closer to me.
heard me!” I shouted “talking to you is a waste of time and breath!”
I know I feel a sharp pain across my cheek, Austin had hit me. He actually laid
his filthy hands on me. After that something in me snapped I grabbed Jensen and
ran to my room and locked the door. I put Jensen in his car seat and pulled my
suitcase from my closet. I started piling every piece of clothing I owned and
all of Jensen’s in there as well. I was almost done packing when I heard a loud
bang on the door. “(Y/N) I’m sorry baby I didn’t mean it.” Austin cried.
just fucking go away!” I shouted.
a few moments and he didn’t say anything so I took that as my chance to make a
break for it. I grabbed my suitcase, Jensen’s diaper bag, and car seat and
broke for the front door. I didn’t see Austin anywhere when I walked out of my
room, I grabbed my keys and went straight to my truck. I buckled Jensen in and
threw my bags in as well. Just as I was closing the passenger door and turning
to go get in myself I felt a strong force slam me against the door. “Where the
hell are you going with my kid?” Austin growled in my face.
leaving Austin, for good and I’m not coming back.” I said coolly.
hell you are!” he yelled pressing his arm into my throat, “I’ll be damned if
some whore is running off with my kid.” He pushed his arm even harder into my
throat. I was slowly losing consciousness from the force of his arm. I couldn’t
breathe and all I could think about was getting my baby to safety. Just as I was
about to black out the pressure on my windpipe was suddenly removed. I let out
a gasp catching my breath. When I looked up I saw Austin on the ground in a
fist fight with Andy. Andy had saved not only my life but my sons. I didn’t waste
a second I hopped in my truck and drove. I didn’t look back, I kept driving
until I got to the nearest hotel. Once I reached the safety of the hotel I had
one thing on my mind, Andy. He saved my life and I didn’t even get to thank
him. Hell I don’t even know if I’ll ever get the chance to either.