"Mom I'm home!" I yelled as I walked into the house, closing the door behind me.
"Okay! Thanks for doing the shopping Sophie." My mom said, sitting at the kitchen table while glancing at her Taste of Home cooking magazine. My mom is always trying to find new recipes to get better at cooking. Personally, I think my mom is an amazing cook, but she doesn't agree.
I walked into the kitchen and set the bags on the counter.
"Sophie, you should start working on your homework, I'll take care of the groceries." My mom said, closing her magazine and getting up from her chair.
"Okay mom are you sure you don't want any help?"
"Okay. I'll be in my room then." I said, walking out of the kitchen and to the stairs to go up to my room.
I like to think that my room is nice. My walls are covered in posters of my favorite bands: All Time Low, Panic! At The Disco, The 1975, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and Twenty One Pilots. My room has white carpet on the floor and I have a white desk with my laptop on it along with some office supplies for when I do my homework. I have my white dresser that matches my white nightstand that sits next to my bed and has my phone charger and my teal lamp on it.
I walk into my room grabbing my laptop off of my desk and then plopping into my bed. While waiting for my computer to turn on, I text Grace.
Me: Hey! I have to tell you something but you have to promise me that you won't freak out.
Grace: Okay now tell me.
Me: Promise me you won't freak out first.
Grace: Okay I promise. Now spill!!
Me: Okay so I went shopping today and I met a guy from the Sadistic Sinners gang.
Grace: Please tell me you ignored him.
Me: Um... I would but that would be lying and my mother taught me not to lie.
Grace: Ugh. Of course you talked to him. Sophie you need to be careful he's dangerous and I don't want to lose my best friend.
Me: I know. Although he really doesn't seem that bad...
Grace: Sophie! Seriously he's dangerous have you not heard the stories!?!?
Me: Yeah I have. I won't talk to him anymore I guess.
Grace: Thank you. I just don't want a dead best friend.
Me: I know. Anyway I have to go I have to do my homework you know how my parents are.
I closed out of the texts between my best friend and I and stared at the new contact in my phone. Should I text him? What if he really is dangerous? No Sophie, he didn't seem scary earlier so it's fine. Ugh. I really want to know more about these gangs and I guess this is the only way.
I quickly typed out a text and sent it, hoping that I wouldn't regret it.
Me: Hey Travis! This is Sophie the girl from the store.
Travis: Hey Sophie! I didn't think that you would actually text me but we should hang out. How about tonight?
I stared at the text. Tonight? Doesn't that seem a little soon. Oh well I don't have anything else to do.
Me: Sure! But it would have to be after dinner though my parents would kill me if they find out I went out with a friend without finishing my homework. They're kinda strict about that...
Travis: That's fine! Just text whenever.
I set my phone down on my nightstand and decided that I should probably start my homework now. I set my backpack on my bed and pulled out my homework and all of the things that I would need to finish it.
About an hour later, I finished. I put all of my stuff away and walked downstairs to see when dinner would be done. I walked into the kitchen and nearly bumped into my dad who was just walking out.
"Hey pumpkin I was just going to come tell you that dinner's done." My dad said looking down and smiling at me.
"Okay. Thanks dad." I smiled back at him. I walked into the kitchen and got my food, then I walked into the dining room and sat down to eat with my parents. My parents do make me sit at the table with them while we eat, but it's really not that bad. I'm really close with both of my parents and I like talking with them and knowing what's going on with them.
"So how was school today?" My dad asked.
"The same as every other." I replied. It wasn't exactly the same though. I mean, I saw that guy again and I would tell my parents, but like Grace, they would flip.
"Didn't you have a test today too?" My dad asked, looking straight at me. Now he's getting more serious. It's annoying sometimes, how strict he is about my grades, but he just wants me to do well in the future and I can't go to a good college with bad grades.
"Yeah. I think I aced it too." I don't actually know if I did or not I mean I wasn't really concentrating on the test, but I did study a lot and I have gotten A's before without having all of my attention on the test anyway.
"That's good. I'm so proud of you. You're such a smart girl and you're going to go to a great college and get a good paying job and have a good life where you'll never have to worry about paying your bills." My dad smiled at me.
"Although even if you didn't ace your test, I know you tried and that's all that really matters." My mom smiled at me.
"I know. I finished my homework and I was going to go hangout with a friend now if that's okay."
"Sure honey just remember to be home by eight. It's a school night and you need your sleep." My mom reminded me.
I looked at my dad for his response and he said, "It's fine pumpkin. Just remember what your mother told you."
"Okay. Thanks. I love you!" I yelled, going out the door and sitting on the front step. I got my phone out and texted Travis.
Me: Hey! Do you still want to hang out?
Travis: Of course! Why would I not want to hang out with you?
Me: I'm actually pretty lame haha so I would get it if you want to bail.
Travis: No. Just meet me at the park on Cherry St"
Me: Okay. See you then.
I put my phone in my back pocket and started my walk to the park. Luckily for me, I don't have to drive since I only live about ten minutes away. Some people would probably drive, but I'm not too fond of driving and love walking anyway.
As I was walking, I suddenly remembered something. It's already 6:30 and the Jet Black Hearts gang come out when it gets dark. Okay, they're out and about all the time, but they rule the city at night. And I really don't want to be out with someone from their rival gang at that time. I know they can't be totally bad, but I do know that there's lots of fights between the two gangs and I really don't want to witness one.
I decided that I would leave the park by at least 7:30 so that I would for sure be home before my curfew and when it gets dark.
I got to the park and saw Travis standing by a pond, talking with a couple of guys, who I'm assuming, are also in the Sadistic Sinners gang. I'm not gonna lie, I'm feeling a little uneasy right now, but I'm not going to let that get in the way of some potential friendships.
"Hey guys." I smiled at the guys around me.
"Hey Sophie. I'm glad you came." Travis said eyeing me up and down again. He seems like a nice guy and all but I still hate it when he does that. I'm not interested.
"Hey Travis, my eyes are actually up here on my face so if you could keep your eyes there and not anywhere else on me that would be great." I told him. I'm all up for a friendship, but I don't want anything more from him.
A couple of the guys started laughing and I noticed that Josh was here too. I also noticed Travis clench and unclench his fists. Okay, so I might have been a little rude, but it should make him stop looking at me like that.
"Dude, I like her. She's funny." One of the guys said. I looked over at him and he had tan skin with brown hair and brown eyes. He was an average height and was pretty muscular.
"It's nice seeing you again Sophie, but we were all just leaving." Josh said, glaring at me.
"I wasn't leaving I wanted to hang out with you." Travis said, smiling at me. I guess he wasn't mad at me anymore.
"Oh um okay bye guys it was nice meeting you I guess." I got a couple of bye's from the guys before they were gone.
"Sophie, why did you embarrass me in front of the guys? Don't you know who I am?" Travis asked now glaring at me. And to think he was just smiling at me a minute ago.
"Well, I didn't like the way you were looking at me, so I decided to tell you. And no, I don't know anything about you except for the fact that your name is Travis and I think you're in the Sadistic Sinners gang."
"Yes, I am in the gang. But I'm also the leader, so I would appreciate you not bossing me around." Travis said starting to get louder which meant that he was growing more and more mad and this probably isn't going to end well.
"I'm sorry. I just wanted you to stop checking me out. I'm not interested in you." I told him truthfully.
"Do you have a boyfriend?" Travis asked me, raising an eyebrow and crossing his arms.
"No, but I don't see why that matters." I said confused.
"So you're single?" Travis asked again.
"Yeah, but I still don't get why that matters?" I questioned. He's kind of freaking me out.
"Then what's so wrong about checking you out? It's not like I'm hurting you." Travis said with his arms still crossed.
"What's so wrong about it is that I don't like it. I'm also starting to think that coming here was a mistake. Everyone says things about you. They talk about how heartless and evil you are and I thought that maybe you're not really that bad, maybe you have a good reason for doing the things you do."
"Whatever and I do the things that I do because I like it. I like doing whatever I want. I like having people be afraid of me. I like using that fear that people have of me to be able to make them do what I want. I like getting whatever I want. I like breaking the law." Travis said, his voice getting deeper.
"That is so messed up. Anyway, I'm leaving and don't talk try to contact me anymore I don't want to talk to you or be around you." I said trying not to show my fear. I turned around to leave when I felt myself being pulled back. What the hell? I thought to myself as I felt a hand cover my mouth.
"I already told you that I get what I want and I want you." Travis said, but he sounded so evil it was scary. I should have listened to Grace. My best friend was right and I should have kept my word instead of lying to her about talking to Travis. All I wanted was to find proof that the Sadistic Sinners and the Jet Black Hearts aren't all that bad. I refuse to think bad of the Jet Black Hearts, I don't know them, but now I know the truth about the Sadistic Sinners.
Travis was starting to drag me away when we heard a new voice.
"What the hell is going on over there!?!?" A deep voice yelled.
"Shit." I heard Travis mutter under his breath.
"Dude what the fuck! You don't fucking kidnap girls!" I heard yet another voice yell.
I finally saw who the voices were coming from. Running over and standing in front of me were the four boys that I had seen while I was walking home last night.
"Ugh. It's Travis again." The boy with blonde hair, blue eyes, and a lip ring said rolling his eyes. This boy was tall, he was the tallest of the group and he was pretty muscular.
"Dammit Travis would you just knock your dumb shit off already we're sick and tired of you." A tall guy with dark brown hair and brown eyes said. He was also pretty muscular and had some tattoos. All of the boys were wearing black skinny jeans, combat boots, and leather jackets.
"Would you guys mind your own fucking business no one fucking called you over here!" I heard Travis yell at the boys in front of us.
"No. Now would you mind letting the girl go. Look at her she's fucking terrified right now." Another boy said. He had brown curly hair and hazel eyes. Like the other boys, he was also tall and pretty muscular.
"Just fuck off." Travis said before dragging me away with him again.
"Did you fucking forget who runs this town?" I heard one of the voices from before growl. I noticed that Travis had loosened his grip on me and had come to a stop. Looking up, I saw the same guy from last night that I had locked eyes with. He looked so pissed off it was scary. You could see the anger in his eyes. His jaw and fists were clenched and he was glaring at Travis.
"You don't fucking run the town!" Travis said, finally letting go of me but pushing me to the ground, where the blonde haired boy came up to me.
"Are you okay? Did he hurt you? He didn't force you into anything did he?" The blonde asked me with a worried voice. Huh, so maybe he does care. Maybe the Sadistic Sinners are the bad guys and the Jet Black Hearts are the good guys. I mean, they still do bad things, but maybe not for the same reasons that Travis does. Plus, they seem to respect girls better.
I slowly nodded my head while the boy helped me up. I looked back to Travis and the other guy and saw that the other two members of the Jet Black Hearts were now standing beside him. I saw the guy from last night throw a punch at Travis before yelling at him to leave. Not long after, Travis was out of sight and the other three guys were walking towards me and the blonde haired boy.
"Hey, are you okay?" The curly haired one asked, looking worried.
"Yeah. I'm fine he didn't hurt me. Thank you so much for saving me. I don't even want to think about what he could have done to me. I should probably get home now though I don't really want to be out after that." I said, looking at all the boys who had saved me.
"It's no problem. But you shouldn't walk home alone it's going to be dark soon and you never know who's out there." The blonde said.
"I appreciate the offer but I bet you guys were out here for a reason and I don't want you to go out of your way for me. Plus, it's not a big deal. I go on walks all the time." I assured them.
"No. You're not going alone." The one with the black hair said with a tone that indicated that this was the end of this discussion.
"Okay. Thank you for walking me home then I guess." I smiled at the boys.
"What are we gonna do about the job though?" The brown haired one asked.
"You boys go finish it. I'll walk her home." The black haired one said.
"Wait. What's your name?" The curly haired one asked.
"Sophie." I responded looking at the boy who asked, hoping he would tell me his name. I'm pretty sure that these are the boys that Grace mentioned.
"Sophie, that's a beautiful name. I'm Ashton." The curly haired one said.
"I'm Luke." The blonde haired one told me.
"Calum." The brown haired one told me.
"And I'm Michael." The black haired boy said.
"Well it was nice meeting you Sophie. Maybe we can talk again soon." Ashton said, before turning to walk away with Luke and Calum.
"Well, I should probably get you home." Michael said, turning to look at me.
"Yeah." I said, suddenly shy. I mean I'm walking home with a stranger. Wait, no he just saved me he can't be that bad.
"You're safe with me I'm not gonna hurt you." Michael said still staring at me.
"I know. You just saved me." I said, smiling up at him. I had to look up at him since he was so tall.
"So you're not scared of me? At all?"
"Nope." I said, leading the way back to my house.
"Do you even know who I am?"
"A little. I know your name is Michael and you're a member of the Jet Black Hearts Gang. Why are you asking? Should I be afraid of you?" I asked, getting confused.
"No, no please don't be afraid. It's just that most people are because of who I am and what they've heard about me. Sophie, I'm not only in the Jet Black Hearts gang, but I'm the leader." Michael said, watching me to see how I'd react.
I just shrugged. "You said yourself that I shouldn't be afraid of you. Plus, you saved me. Although if I'm being honest, whether we met like that or not, I still wouldn't be afraid of you. I don't know you and I think that you're either not as bad as everyone says or that you have a reason for doing what you do." I told him truthfully.
We made it to my house and I turned to say goodbye to Michael before I went inside.
"Well, this is where I live. I know I've already thanked you for earlier but thank you again and tell your friends that I said thank you again too. And thank you for walking me home." I said, looking up at Michael.
"You're welcome. It wasn't a problem and you don't have to thank me. The boys and I would have done that for any girl. Travis is just a dick. And I don't mind walking you home either. I actually enjoyed it. Do you think we can keep in touch? It's nice talking to someone besides the boys who isn't afraid of me."
"Of course. I'd love to see you guys again." I said taking a piece of paper out of my pocket and writing my number on it before handing it to Michael.
"This is my number in case you or one of the boys ever want to talk. But don't try to contact me while I'm in school, I don't want my phone taken away." I warned him.
"Okay, thanks Sophie." Michael said smiling at me.
"No problem. Goodnight Michael." I said, smiling.
"Night Sophie." Michael said before pulling me into a hug. I wasn't expecting the hug, but it felt nice. Michael was really warm and I felt safe. Michael let go of me and I walked up the steps and into my house, saying goodnight to my parents and getting ready for bed. I know it's only eight, but a lot happened today and I just want to sleep it off.