These Bruises

"Que sera, you'll never guess who I saw."
I was loved. I was hurt. That was repeated when I left you. But there are two other people who I love. As a single mom with two little kids in California, my life got better. It was six years. Six years since I last saw you. Six years since those little talks. Now you can see that these bruises that I've been hiding for those six long years mean. (Second book in Little Talks duology)


35. thinking out loud

~Britta POV


That was enforced by Charlie and Justin after Justin...ya know.

This is what they were:

1) I am to stay in my room at all times. The windows are blacked out and the door and windows are locked.

2) the only main source of clothing I wear is a towel for when I walk around this hellhole under supervision.

3) I will make no noises or sounds.

4) bathroom breaks are three minutes.

5) any rules broken will result in punishment.

And many more.

There is only one punishment that was enforced if I break the rules. And that was rape. Or as they quote, "forced sex". Same thing, dipshit.

I've been here for only a day, and I've been raped twice in one day. The first time, spitting in Justin's face. The second time, I went to the restroom and apparently three minutes flew by fast because Charlie bursts in while I was peeing, threw me off of the toilet, and raped me right there in the bathroom. It was gross!

I feel gross.

They searched me for my phone, and lucky enough I didn't bring it with me to the forest. Also, they hid the clothes that I was wearing when they kidnapped me.

So here I am, alone. The only thing to do is lie under the covers and think about first world problems like I did when I was a teenager.

Well, one first world problem: I am kidnapped and practically being treated almost like a sex slave.

Another first world problem: even though I'm an adult, I still don't know what "first world problem" means. Yay me.

Well, not yay me because who knows if my family knows that I'm gone!

They probably know.

"Fuck, they know she's gone." I hear Charlie yell from downstairs. They're dumb enough to put me in the room right next to the stairs. I crawl out of bed grabbing the towel (cue the lower abdomen pain) and tiptoe towards the door. I crouch down (more pain! Ugh, it hurts) and press my ear to the small crack under the door.

"Charlie, be quiet! She's upstairs." Justin says.

"Damn it. Sorry." He apologizes.

The volume on the television was low, but I was able to hear.

"After her surprise return to Amelia Islands, 24 year old Britta Carter has been reported to have been kidnapped. Sources have told us that she was with the Florida native in her forest when she had to go to the restroom. She heard a blood curdling scream and ran over to Carter struggling against two men. The source couldn't explain the rest for she was traumatized at what she saw and broke her ankle. If you have any connections to this or have suspicious thoughts about someone associated with this, please call the police."

Suddenly, the television turned off and I heard footsteps coming up the stairs. I scramble to get up, but I rammed into the table just as they unlocked the doors and busted in.

Two more times I've been raped.

Once for making noise when hitting the small table.

Another for listening on the fact that a search party is out for me.

"Listen, sweetheart. I know you think that help will come for you, but it won't." Charlie says in my ears after the second time today. He zips his pants and walks towards the door. "If they do find us, they'll be lucky to find you...alive." He slams the door.


They've been treating me like shit already, but if I'm found, I might be...


I begin to sob.

If never thought I'd say this, but I hate my life now.

The young Britta Carter has already died, but adult Britta Carter might die soon.

A/N: I swear this was not the best chapter ever. I'm sorry I haven't updated a whole ton. I was volunteering at Great Lakes Science Center for three weeks and this is my third and last week so I've been dealing with little kids.

So I got Multiply on Monday!! I really love it! And yes, I'm on summer break. So next Monday, I'll be at Cedar Point with some friends so if I don't update anything, sorry.

So hope you enjoy the chapter (please).


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