You're Mine. I Bought You.

Alexis Hunt is not your average 17 year old girl. To help her desperately poor family, she takes on several part-time jobs daily. One night, a mysterious boy snatches a kiss – her first kiss! – from Alex, saying "I'll buy you." Who is this mysterious boy that stole Alex's first kiss!?

WARNING: This story contains sexual and mature content. Please read sensibly. Based on a manga.

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26. Because I Ran Away

“I'm the bastard child you had with Christopher Crawford.” 

 

For a solid minute, everyone present froze in shock. Until now, James had convinced all of us that I was Anna's child.. 

 

James's hands were so clenched that he was practically digging into his own palms. “Well..” He said questionably, “Haven't you got anything to say? Not even an excuse or something?” 

 

I gazed at Anna. She was trembling, with her hands covering her face, trying to conceal her uncontrollable tears. “I-I'm.. S-Sorry...” She uttered through her hands.

 

My little brother let out a short breath, making it sound like a snicker. All of a sudden, he turned around and kicked the closest chair to him. It toppled to the floor with a bang. “Sorry?!” He yelled back at Anna, “If you were really sorry, then you shouldn't get pregnant and throw away the baby just because you don't want it!” 

 

“James..!” I reached out for him. At the sight of my hand, he dodged it and stormed out of the empty club. Instinctively, I ran out after him. “James.. Wait up, James!” I managed to grasp his shoulder and turn him, “Ja--” 

 

“Why was I thrown away?” He asked forcefully. His expression grew softer and sadder every second. “If she was going to throw me away, why'd she even give birth to me in the first place?” He pushed himself into my arms. His next words became muffled by my shoulder, but I heard his pain loud and clear, “They say.. They don't... Everyone.. says they don't want me.” Followed by a distressful grunt, he held onto me tighter. 

 

Gently, I placed one hand on the back of his head and wrapped my other arm around his shoulders. “You are my little brother.” I whispered, pressing my cheek against the side of his head, “Even if we aren't related, and even if you don't like it, you are my precious little brother. I would never throw you away!” 

 

I won't throw him away. I won't betray him. I will protect him. 

 

* * * 

 

“So.. Now you know, huh..” My mother sighed as she rubbed one side of her forehead. She finally began to explain to us, “Back when Christopher Crawford's wife died.. He became very withdrawn and depressed. That's when he met that woman, Anna. After a while, James was born. But.. The Crawford family relatives despised Anna and her baby. They didn't want this to appear in the news or anything, so they brutally turned her away. Even though Christopher wanted the child, the other relatives refused to let Anna stay in the house. And of course, marriage was definitely not approved.” Mom took a deep breath and reached to hold James's hand. “At the very least, he wanted to keep his son close to him. So, I offered to take the baby in and raise him as James Hunt. Alex was still only four at the time, so she had no idea what was going on.”

 

The door suddenly clicked open. 

 

The three of us raised our heads and stared at the two guests. It was Daniel and Anna. She had a bouquet of flowers cradled in her arms for mom. Her make up was also less heavy today. Just by looking at her face, anyone could tell that she's been crying and hasn't slept. 

 

James's eyes met with Anna's, and mine met with the prince's. 

 

“What do you want to do, James?” Mom let go James's hand. “James has the right to choose.. To live as my son like he has been, or..” 

 

“Mom..” I looked at her with wide eyes. I didn't want hear what she was going to say.

 

She pursed her lips, then continued, “..Or live with his real family.” 

 

Seconds passed, and James wasn't responding. “James, I..” Anna spoke but was suddenly cut off. 

 

“I don't know!” My little brother struggled to put sentences together, “Asking me that suddenly.. It's.. I don't know!” Abruptly, he brushed past Anna and the prince, and left. 

 

“Mom?” I was shocked at her calm reaction to this whole thing. When she didn't reply, I ran out the door too. 

 

 

“James!” I spotted him with Randy. 

 

Randy shut the door of his car once James was in. “Until he calms down, I'll let him stay at my place. He says he wants to.” 

 

“Ah, then.. Me too.” I began to advance to the car, but Randy grasped my shoulder. 

 

Randy strained a smile, “Uh.. Why don't you give him some time to think. You guys aren't siblings anymore.” His words knocked the air out of me for a second. “I'll call you later.” I watched as the car got smaller as it got further and further away. 

 

James and I aren't siblings.. Anymore. He is the prince's.. Step-brother. I'm not in any way related to the two of them at all. “So, miss Alexis Hunt..” Prince stepped beside me with his arms crossed, “What are you going to do?” Without saying anything else, he turned his back to me and began to walk away.

 

I didn't know how to feel about him. Can I.. Can I love him again?

 

“Um.. Prince!” He turned. Even thought I called out to him, I didn't know what to say next. “Actually, nothing.” 

 

I stood there bashfully as he came back again. His face was expressionless, and he wasn't looking at me but his voice was gentle, “You can stay at the mansion. Since you can't go back to Randy's place.” We went back home silently. Not a single word or any type of communication was made. 

 

* * * 

 

“Huh?” I shook the door knob to my room in the Crawford mansion. “It won't open.” 

 

Prince appeared behind me. “You can't use that room anymore.” 

 

“What?” I furrowed my eyebrows. 

 

“I lost the key after I locked the door.” 

 

I bit my lip. “Oh, then.. What about the other rooms?” I asked. 

 

“Not available.” He said blankly as I followed him around the house. I was beginning to think that I wasn't really welcome here. The prince stopped at a room and turned the door knob. “Why don't you come in?” He strutted inside. This was his room. 

 

Quietly, I tried to open the door opposite his room, but before I could even turn the knob, I heard him say, “That one is locked too.” Defeated, I crept into his room. 

 

It's been a while since I've been in here. His room was just as neat and posh as it was before. There were boxes on the side next to the book case. It was my clothes and stuff that were supposed to be in the room next door. 

 

In an attempt to break the tension, I began to babble, “Um.. Are you going to keep that part-time job, prince? And.. That woman, Anna.. You came to the hospital with her earlier. I was kind of surprised.” To be honest, this isn't what I want to say right now. 

 

“She just asked me to take her there.” He replied. 

 

“I'm... Sorry." I blurted out. The prince turned to face me, his expression wasn't good at all. So I cast my eyes down at the floor. 

 

“Why apologize?” He was quickly approaching. 

 

I bit my lip and answered, “Uh.. Because.. You're angry.” 

 

He was now right in front of me. It's been a while, but I knew this feeling well. My back was pressed against the door and his face was only a few centimeters away from mine. The only thing was, he wasn't charging forward. He stayed staring at me bitterly, with what seemed like fire, emitting from his body. “What am I angry about?” 

 

“About.. Um..” I was speechless. I was too embarrassed to say it. 

 

He didn't break eye contact at all. Irritatedly, he said, “You really piss me off.” 

 

I gulped. I wasn't really shocked, after all it was inevitable for him to hate me after all this, “I.. Um.. I-I don't think I should stay in the mansion. I'll lea--”

 

“What, are you going to run away again, miss Alexis?” He grabbed onto my arm and squeezed it hard. 

 

“O-Ow..” 

 

“You..!” I could tell he wanted to yell at me, but instead, he loosened his grip and lowered his head. “You don't have any other place to go to. This room should be fine.” He finally let go of my arm. He took one last glance at me before leaving the room. Once he had left, my back slid down the door until I was sitting. 

 

The prince is mad. But more than that, he's hurt.. Because I ran away. 

 

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Hey there, my lovely Beauties! How is your summer? Mine's been great, not that you really care though lol. I just wanted to take this time to say thank you so much for all your praise and support! I know I take a bit long to update and I'm not an amazing writer but there is very little criticism in comparison to the compliments.. So, I'm extremely chuffed about that! Thanks a ga-zillion! :)x 

 

ANYWAYS... What do you think will happen next? Are the prince & Alex going to make up? What will James choose? Please leave predictions and thoughts in the comments below, because I like talking/replying to you guys!

 

Whelp, good night, Beauties! xoxo 

-JennyLuRoaxe 

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