Stockholm Syndrome

Rose Faith Davis comes from a family torn apart by the unfortunate events of a late night drive. It's taken years to overcome the loss of the one that believed in her so much. Now, she's graduated high school and is ready to take on the task that is college. She'll be moving from her small American town to the bustling city of Sydney, Australia. There's a lot of bad things happening over the sea, however, this doesn't scare Rose. She's up for any challenge, and will chase her dreams no matter what.
~Don't follow your dreams, chase them~

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19. Girls' Night Out

*A Few Days Later*

          “Hello love,” Ashton picks up on the second ring. “I’ve just been held up in the office. I’ll be at the school to pick you up in about, thirty minutes. No longer than an hour.”

          “That’s alright, jackass,” I smile. “I’m actually going out with some friends to eat at Nando’s, after a quick stop at a bookstore. They’ve released some new books that I want to get, as well as one of my friends.”

          “Um, alright. How long do you think you’ll be, love?”

          “I’ll text you when we are almost done at Nando’s. Alright, jackass?”

          He laughs, “That’s fine. Just stay close to your friends. I don’t think the guys who jumped you would jump you again if you’re in a group. Just promise you’ll be as alert as possible.”

          I sigh, “I promise, Ashton.”

          “Good. I’ll see you soon then, Rose. Have fun with your friends.”

          “See ya soon. And I will,” I bring my phone away from my ear and end the call. Then I head back to my friends where they are waiting for me at Daisy’s car.

          “So, what’s up?” Victoria asks.

          “I can go, he’s stuck at the bank doing bank shit,” I answer. “He’ll pick me up when we are done at Nando’s. So let’s go.”

          We all climb into the car and then Daisy starts it up. Then we are on our way.

          “What’s up with you and that guy?” Daisy asks. “Ashton, was it?”

          I shrug, “Nothing, really. He’s just letting me live with him because I have a shitty place before. Also, he wants to make sure my stab wound doesn’t get infected or whatever. He actually had to redo my stitches a couple days ago.”

          “He’s certified to do that?” Laurel questioningly looks at me.

          “I don’t know, and at the time, I didn’t care. My wound was open and it was in a lot of pain. He did a wonderful job and kept his promise.”

          “What was his promise?” Victoria asks.

          “To protect me and fix me when I do get hurt.”

          “He is too sweet,” Daisy gushes.

          “Anyways, back to what I was saying. All he does I wake me up if I sleep past my alarm, make me meals, let me make meals with him, and give me a credit card with a day allowance.”

          “Really? That’s so awesome,” Laurel says.

          “I know.”

          “Ever think of, I don’t know, getting with him?” Daisy asks. “I mean, he is so sweet and nice to you.”

          “I did, but not anymore.”

          “Does he have a girlfriend?” Victoria asks.

          “No, I think he would’ve told me if he did,” I slightly smile. “But he’s not as sweet as you guys take him to be.”

          “So, he’s a jerk?” Laurel pushes further.

          “I mean, he’s not a dick or anything like that. Just, a jackass.”

          The girls laugh and my smile becomes a bit bigger.

          “He’s attractive though, right?” Daisy asks.

          “Yeah, I guess so,” I shrug.

          “If he got a girlfriend, would you be alright with it?” Victoria asks.

          I don’t answer right way, thinking over how I would feel if he did bring home a girl. “I don’t know. It’s hard to think about something that hasn’t happened yet. I might, but I don’t think so.”

          “Does he have any cute friends?” Laurel asks.

          I laugh, “I’ve only met one of his friends, a boy named Luke. He’s cute, actually, would even go as far to say he’s hot. Why? You looking for a boyfriend?” I gently shove Laurel.

          “Oh, no. Just wondering,” Laurel shrugs, a light blush on her face.

          “Maybe I’ll try and hook you up with him,” I smile. “I don’t have his number, but I can easily get it.” I stop myself when I remember that he’s in the drug business with Ashton, but I’ve dug myself a hole and I have to go through with it now.

          “Oh no, you don’t have to do that. I’ve got school to focus on now. I can only do so much. Maybe when I’m really settled in and have a good plan for college.”

          “I say we make Wednesday and Saturday our girls’ day out,” Victoria says.

          “That’s a great idea,” Daisy giggles. “We can do different things each time. And it’s a great way to get to know each other.”

          “It is a good idea,” I smile. “I promised my sister I’d make some good friends while I’m over here, and I’m not about to break that promise.”

          “Did you also happen to promise her that you would get a boyfriend?” Victoria chuckles.

          “Ha, ha,” I roll my eyes. “I did not.”

          “Man, because if you did, you are living with a lovely man that could complete that promise.”

          I shake my head and sink down into my seat. It can’t happen. I can’t fall for Ashton. I refuse.

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​I love the friendships that Rose is making. I just love them! Hope you do as well. :D

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