Imagine the most important thing you have being ripped away from you. Then the people you love and depend on leaving and betraying you. Now imagine, in your most vulnerable state, someone enters your life, and makes everything worse........
Young Shay is on the brink of discovering the power of the female body, but confounded by the sometimes unsavoury repercussions. She is also an infamous anomaly blazing a path of destruction through a small town, bringing shame to her home and ill repute to her own name. The source of her internal trauma; the most malicious and sexually depraved man you can envision.
She is preyed upon until her fear causes her to push any possible help away, and drives her into a state of depression and suicidal behaviour. Then a hero emerges offering sanctuary; but what he doesn't know, is that she has become so tainted by her environment that even when removed from it she is the most destructive force to herself and those around her.


2. Untamed


Chapter 2

I sat in Principal Ramsey’s office as he watched me from across his desk. I refused to make eye contact.

You wanna tell me what happened Ms. Brooks?

I looked out the window as I maintained the silence in the room.

Okay, that’s fine, your parents are on their way, he says getting up.

My parents?

Yes, he replies. Violence is against our code of conduct as such you will be leaving the compound with them.

Am I suspended?

What do you think? He asks.

I don’t understand why you’re bringing them here just give me my suspension letter and let me leave.

You know very well I can’t let you leave without your parents’ written consent or physical presence.

I hate this school, I mutter.

You keep this behaviour up and you’ll no longer be attending it.

Excuse me Principal Ramsey, Ms. Brooks’ parents are here, the school secretary informs.

Please let them in, he says reclaiming his seat.

My mother cut her eyes at me before she greeted the principal. He invited them both to have a seat as he rehearsed the incident for them.

Ms. Dawson’s parents are out of town but we managed to make contact with them. She left with her driver but her parents are very upset and I can guarantee they will want a meeting with you once they’ve returned.

I was zoned out, watching the way his lips moved, or rather his moustache which practically covered his entire mouth. He was already bald on top and looked like a grey more serious Dr. Phil.

Ms Brooks.

What? I ask coming back to the here and now.

Did you or didn’t you throw a rock through Ms. Dawson’s window last night? He asked.

I was at home last night ask my parents, I say.

They knew that I wasn’t but they would rather lie than tell him that they didn’t know where I was at 1:00 in the morning.

This note was attached, he says rendering a piece of paper. Is this not your hand writing?

Nope, I say barely looking at the scrap of paper. I told you I was at home. She could have written that herself.

He retracts the paper and removes his spectacles to give them a wipe before returning them to his face.

Mr. and Mrs. Brooks—

Granger, Wesley cuts in. It’s Mr. Granger.

Certainly, he agrees. This will be her last incident here. Any others and she will be expelled and removed from the compound promptly. Do you understand?

What a waste of money, she groans looking at me. I understand.

I hope you understand what this means for you Ms. Brooks, he says.

I cross my arms and return my eyes to the birdbath outside.

This is your very last chance. She’s suspended for a week, I expect her to visit the school therapist’s office on her return. The decision on whether or not charges will be pressed will be made by the Dawsons on their return. That is all have a good day, he says dismissively.

Thank you Mr.Ramsey, Bell says before rising. Get up, she says to me between clenched teeth.

Oh one other thing, Principal Ramsey says as we’re about to leave. I’d doubt it if your daughter can pick up this pen if I dropped it in that skirt. I’d really appreciate if you could drop the hem two inches.


What the hell is wrong with you? Can’t you stay out of trouble?

The rest was rattled off in fluent Spanish. Although I could understand everything she was saying I blocked out most of it. Wesley was propped against a wall in the corner of the room.

Maybe you should have raised me better, I respond to her comment about me being a constant pain and burning embarrassment to her.

She raised her hand in an about to slap motion prompting me to speak again.

You use that hand and you might lose it, I say.

Hey, don’t talk to your mother like that! Wesley cuts in.

I roll my eyes at them as he approaches her.

Why don’t you let me handle this?He says caressing her shoulders.

Gracias, she says taking a deep breath, then they kiss and she leaves.

Minutes passed with him just looking at me; then he started pacing around a little.

You’ve really upset your mother, he finally says. I don’t like seeing her upset.

Wesley was kind of built with a bald head and blue penetrating eyes.

What do you have to say for yourself?

I twirled my fingers through my hair ignoring him as I stared at a blank TV screen.

I’m talking to you! He shouts.

Then he lurches forward and grabs hold of my face squeezing my cheeks. My heart pounded in my chest.

You’re hurting me!

Oh you haven’t started to feel pain yet, he says. Don’t make me hurt you Shay.

He releases his hold and begins to walk away. I touch my face where his hands were.

You’re grounded, he says.

You can’t ground me, I say.

Kid I can do whatever I want, he returns.

I get up and angrily go to my room. I sat on my bed hugging my knees. I felt trapped. I couldn’t stay in this house an entire week. I quickly wiped the tears that ran down my cheeks. I needed a drink.



Why’d you punch her?

Because, she was outta line and talking all kinds of mess.

Shay.......you promised you’d try. It’s been less than a week.

Shemari what did you want me to do?

You could have just walked away.

Would you have walked away?

What do you expect us to do after you get expelled? He asks a bit irritated now.

I knew you’d take their side.

I’m not taking anyone’s side! Look you’re gonna have to start trying a lot harder than you are now.

Or what?

Where the hell is all this attitude coming from?

You’re all the way out in Miami don’t pretend to know what’s going on out here.

You know I’d be there if I could.

Then what’s stopping you?

I’m an adult I have commitments I can’t just le—

Of course you do, you know what Shemari it doesn’t matter I gotta go.

We’re not done talk—

I hung up before he could finish his sentence. He was gonna call back but I wasn’t gonna answer. If I did we’d argue and he’d say I was out of control and I’d say he was just like them. I didn’t need that; I needed not to be angry with at least one of my relatives.


I just happened to look up and I saw him looking at me. He was just standing there, staring, smiling. He just wouldn’t stop. It freaked me out a little bit. I got up and went to my room and shut the door behind me. I could feel my heart racing; I started pacing back and forth across the room. Every now and again my eyes darted to the bedroom door.

 I could feel my chest tightening; I knew I really needed to calm down. My palms were sweating and I started to feel like someone was crushing me. I sat on my bed rubbing my palms on my legs and I started crying. My heart felt like it was about to explode in my chest. I just started telling myself not to be afraid. Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid.................

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