Broken and Scarred

Homeless and no where to go, Rose has been on her own for a few years now. The LA streets are what she calls home. Until her life starts to take a ride for the better.

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10. Terrible Backstories

*The Next Morning*
I wake up tangled with Mason. Must have fallen asleep watching the movies. "Mason," I speak up.
"Mmm," he mumbles.
"Mason I'm hungry. Let's go make breakfast."
His eyes flutter open and he looks at me. "Well, good morning to you too."
I roll my eyes, "We slept together."
"I can see that. The movies must have been too much."
"And I was so tired from my rant. You know, they abused me. The people in the mafia," I whisper.
"Sshh, don't talk about it. It’s in the past. Together we are going to make your present and future great."
"I don't remember all of my time spent there. I think they tried to wash my memory of the extremely bad things."
"Let's go make some pancakes."
I smile, "Fine. I'll shut up. But if I ever remember anything, I want to tell you."
He nods, "I'll always be here for you babe."
"Babe?"
"I didn't want to keep calling you Rose. I wanted to switch it up."
I giggle. "I like it."
He slides out of bed and then helps me out, "Good. Now come on. We've got pancakes to make."
"I'm coming. I want to read today."
"You can do it in here while I do some work."
"Are you ever going to tell us what you boys do for a living?"

We start walking to the kitchen.
"Tonight. We'll tell you girls tonight since you told your story last night," he grabs my hand.
"Sounds fair."
*Early Evening*
"How come your so good at video games Rose?" Alex asks as I continue to dominate the shooting game.
"I don't know. Reminds me of my training," I shrug. "It’s not that hard anyways."
"This is playing on the hardest difficulty," James says.
"I told you you'd want her on your team," I can hear the smile in Mason's voice.
"How much longer?" I ask.
"Does it matter?" Alex asks.
"Yes it does," Kristy says. "You guys have some storytelling to do once the game ends."
"Yeah," Laurel says. "We finally get to figure out what you guys do for a living."
"And when you do it. You're always home. Or so we think."
James chuckles, "Five minutes and everything we do will be on the table."
"How?" Lily asks.
"He didn't mean it literally," I say.
"Oh."
The next five minutes our painfully slow. For everyone not playing the video game. Then it’s time for the boys to tell us their story.
"Okay," James takes a breath. "We do have a job. We do get paid for doing what we do. And what we do, is help the police catch high rate criminals."
"We didn't want to tell you because we didn't want you to worry about us," Alex says.
"We risk our lives out there. It’s only every so often we leave," Mason says. "And it’s always at night."
"Mason and I have been shot," James says. "Alex has come close."
"And you risk your lives for the safety of others," Kristy says.
"Have you seen people die?" Laurel asks.
"We have," Alex answers.
"You've saved lots of people though?" I ask.
"We have," Mason says. "Just never girls as amazing as you."
"Where were you shot?" Lily asks.
"I was shot in my side," James says. "Got a nice scar."
"And I was shot in my upper thigh," Mason says. "Pretty sick scar."
"Can we see them?" Laurel asks.
"Of course," James smiles.
These boys have one crazy job, and now I am probably going to start fearing for their lives. Great. Just great. One more thing to worry about in my crazy life I live.
*A Few Weeks Later*
I'm outside in a pool chair reading a book, of course. Lily, Alex, and Laurel are around the house playing with all the dogs, which we found out sometimes help in finding drugs. Neither has been shot, but have come close. James and Kristy are inside making cookies, or so the say. For all I know they could be kissing and letting the cookies burn. They kiss a lot now.
"Hey babe," Mason walks up next to me wearing swimming trunks.
"Sorry Mason, I'm not going swimming right now," I smile. "The book is getting way too interesting."
"That's fine, I'll swim by myself until you're ready." Then he walks over to the diving board and dives in.
It’s kind of quiet for a few minutes with only the sound of him swimming around filling my ears. "Mason," I stop reading and look at him.
"Yeah babe," he's floating on his back and has a smile on his face.
"You're like a guy out of the many books I read."
"How?"
"Well, you're handsome, and sweet, you have abs. Um, and you saved the damsel. But I wouldn't really call myself a damsel. Anyways, and you got the girl."
"Well, aren't you like a girl out of books? You're beautiful, strong in mind and body, and very sweet to me. Plus you saved girls you didn't even know who were in the same trouble as you. And you also got the guy."
"I always read books and think that can't ever happen. But then I think about how crazy my life is and realize it just could."
"You don't seem to be reading anymore," Mason stops floating and looks at me.
"You do it to me. Whenever you come near me my focus is shifted to you."
"Well then set the book down on get in."
"Maybe I will."
I do of course. I can't resist Mason anymore.
*A Few Nights Later*
"I want to talk about my past," Kristy speaks up as we have all stopped.
"Me too," Laurel says.
"I might as well talk too," Lily says.
"Alright, Kristy, you first," I smile as I lean back into Mason.
"Okay," Kristy takes a deep breath. "My parents own a little gas station in my small hometown. So they’re not famous. Anyways, I decided once I finished high school to come out here. Well, that took a different turn when my parents divorced. I had to get out of the house. I made sure I had enough money and flew out here. Three months later I was out of a job and ended on the streets. A man offered to help but it turns out he was a pimp. So, that's when I got away from him and met Rose. She saved me, and I can't thank you enough," she looks on the edge of crying.
"It was nothing. Just helping a fellow girl," I smile.
"No, it means so much more to me. You had barely anything and took me in. Without you, I wouldn't be here. I'd be with that man probably."
"You might have made it."
She shakes her head, "I don't think so. Thank you so much."
"You're welcome Kristy. You deserve so much more than you've been dealt. I'm sorry."
"Don't be. I'm stronger because of."
"I'm sorry Kristy," James brings her into a hug.
"Is it my turn?" Laurel asks.
"Yeah, go ahead," Alex says.
"Okay, um, well, where do I begin? Ah, well I've always lived in L.A. My mom and dad are just normal people who work in offices. Then one day are apartment was taken and dad sent to jail for something I don't know. Then I woke up one morning and my mom was gone. She didn't come back for a week, so I left our hiding place. Choosing to beg on the streets of a beach. Lots of people, I thought it was going to be easy. Boy was I wrong. Plus, I got so many mean looks. Without Rose and Kristy coming to the beach that one day, I was going to go to an orphanage. Something I knew was not going to end well for me. You two saved me," she looks between Kristy and me. "Thank you."
"You're welcome," Kristy says.
"We do what we have to," I smile.
"So, are you done Laurel?" Lily asks.
"Yes. Go ahead and tell your story Lily," Laurel nods.
"Okay, just a warning, I hate it. Just like Rose hates hers."
"I was a mistake," Lily starts her story. "I know this because my parents would yell at me that I was every day. My father was always drunk, from what I could tell, and my mom was always high. I would wake up in the morning and do whatever. Hide from them if they came into the room and be careful to not say the wrong things if spoken to. I guess my life was alright, I got to eat whenever and watch TV all day if I wanted. But what I really wanted was some love for the people who were supposed to be raising me."
"I'm sorry Lily," I say. "I feel ya. And I'm glad Laurel saved you."
"Me too. But anyways, back to my story. The month before they left me at the park, they started being really nice to me. It was weird, but I really enjoyed it. We went to movies, ate at sit down restaurants, and so many other family things. Then we went to the park, and when I wasn't looking, they took off. It didn't hurt knowing they'd left me. They didn't want me, so they got rid of me. Fine. They're probably dead now anyways. Serves them right. I hate them!" Lily has tears in the corners of her eyes.
"Lily, come here," I stand up. "Let it out. You need to."
She runs and jumps into my arms and bursts into tears. "They left me to fend for myself. Why would they do this to their only kid? They should have loved me no matter what."
"We are so sorry, Lily," Kristy says.
"Everything's going to be okay now," Mason says. "We are our new family now and we are going to love you like your parents never did."
"Thank you. Thank you all so much. I'm so glad I get to be with people as amazing as you," Lily sniffles.
The next thing I know, everyone has embraced us in a big hug. Just what Lily needs: love.

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