Young Forever [REWRITING]

Jason McCann,
Everyone observed him as a fierce, cold-blooded criminal.
I'm not exactly like 'Everyone'.
I was told to stay away.
Did I listen? No.
I enjoy discovering the damaged ones,
the ones that need the most healing in their lives.
It's a challenge,
but I was eager to take that challenge no matter what.
Who would ever thought he would actually let me inside his isolated world and his complications.
I could've cared less if 'everyone' thought I was senseless to give in to him.
We were free, a breakaway from all the difficulties, anxiety, and people in our lives.
Did I care that he was on the run from the forces? No.
I was willing to be on the run beside him.
I wasn't just his partner in crime,
I was his girlfriend.
I was His,
something I desired to be from the first time my eyes came across his.
We were convicts together, remaining .

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19. 19 | "Exhale"

JADE

February 6th, 2011

My cell phone buzzed on the night stand beside the bed. I groaned, twirling in the bed sheets with Jason’s arm still clung around my waist. I reached my arm over to the night stand, which felt as if it was miles away. I tilted it upwards to see it was my mother calling. I slid my finger across the screen quickly. I broke away from Jason’s grip, sitting up in the bed to answer the phone properly.

“Mom?” I answered, enthusiasm spitting from my lips.

“Darling, I really need you to come back home. Now.”

Her voice sounded troubled and upset.

I scrunched my eyebrows. “Mom, you know I’m with Jason now. I’m not coming back.”

“Honey, I need you to get away from that boy. He’s all over the news. He’s a bomber, don’t you know? He’s no good for you. Your father and I are worried sick about you. Where are you? We’ll come get you.”

My eyes widened. I glanced over at Jason sleeping beside me.

“W-What do you mean he’s all over the news?” I questioned.

“Him and his friend’s bombed grandma’s funeral. The police need to know where he is. They came to our house the other day, asking about you and him. We need to know where you are, Jade.”

I pulled the phone away, looking at it. I shook my head in disbelief. I pressed speaker phone.

“Goodbye, mother.”

I ended the call, throwing my phone at the wall across the room, watching it shatter in pieces.

Jason jumped up in the sheets. His eyes were bloodshot, chest beating in fear.

“What happen, babe? What’s going on? Are you alright?” He gripped onto my arms, staring me in the eyes.

I shook my head, tears forming in my eyes.

“I’m never going to be okay, Jason! No matter where I go, or what I do, I’ll never find freedom. I’ll never get away from this little thing we call life. I just want to die.” I snapped, crossing my arms over my chest and bowing my head. Tears fell down my cheeks and onto the bedsheets.

“Aye, aye, aye, shush, baby girl. Don’t say that. Don’t you ever say that again.” Jason grabbed me up, pulling me into his lap.

I turned to him, grasping his cheeks in my hands.

“I just wish we could enjoy our little forever, together. I wish we could disappear and never come back, never be found. Change our names – call ourselves the Bonnie and Clyde of our generation, Jason. I don’t want them to find us. I don’t want the police to think this was a kidnapping and take me from you. You’re all I got. I need you.” I wrapped my arms around his neck, cuddling into the crook of it.

Jason sighed, “I can’t be too sure that they won’t find us, but I am sure that they won’t take you. I will fight for you until the day I die from a bullet to the chest.”

I furrowed my eyebrows. “Die from a bullet to the chest? That’s how you think you will die?”

Jason shrugged, “Possibly. I don’t think I deserve to live on as long as you do, baby.”

“I pray to God every day that you do.” I whispered, looking down into my lap.

Jason’s finger lifted my chin so I could meet his eyes. He stroked my face with one hand before pulling and kissing me passionately, but softly. I was hoping the moment would never end.

• • •

It’s hard to believe that this many people could fit into one hotel room. I get the fact that we aren’t a crowd of people, but this is a huge gang. I’m just lucky enough to be included on the conversations, even though I am more of a listener than a speaker. It’s just a part of my personality.

I stared at Jason every few seconds. He was so engaged, so interested. His focus was strong, which surprised me a lot. He wanted to do whatever it takes to get back at the Demon Knives. But I always believed that they weren’t his real enemies. They were just a cover up for the police. I’d never ask though. He’d deny it.

“I’d say we call this Masquerade ball off until Skylar is out of the hospital.” Derek suggested, standing up from the hotel bed.

Alex shook his head, “Heck no. If these Demon Knives want to play with fire, so be it. We’re pouring some gasoline on this. We are attending that Masquerade, whether it’s with or without Skylar. He wouldn’t want us to miss a mission.”

Mark leaned back on the couch across the room. “What exactly is the plan, McCann?”

Alex scooted up to the edge of the bed.

“First thing’s first, everyone needs to be carrying weapons. Even Jade, Jason.” Alex pointed at Jason, who was beside me, massaging my feet smoothly.

“What?” Jason’s eyes enlarged.

“You heard me. I know you don’t want to see anything happen to her. Jade could possibly be the Demon Knives bate. You never know. I wouldn’t assume that nothing will happen to her. She’s got you, but she needs her own defense, just in case.”

Jason nodded, removing his hands from my feet to jot the notes down in a black notebook beside him. Afterwards, his hands returned to my feet. I leaned back on the pillow, relaxing myself.

“Next, we go in with those dumb masks we bought from the party store. Everyone must stay in disguise. Don’t take your mask off under any circumstances, you hear? It’ll damage the mission and there’s probably surveillance cameras all over that joint.” 

James chuckled and Alex turned to give him a confused look. James eye’s widened at Alex’s facial expression.

Clearing his throat, James said, “I wasn’t laughing at the plan. I was laughing at the fact that you said, ‘all over that joint’.”

Alex rolled his eyes, “Anyways… Everyone keep a sharp eye out on Mrs. Hilton. I think this is all a scam if you ask me. Why would we need to save her from the Demon Knives? She’s practically apart of their team. After thinking about the situation more, this was probably their only way to catch our attention.”

Alex cleared his throat.

“I mean Jason’s attention.”

Jason glared at Alex across the bed. Brent chuckled at this.

Mark's phone started ringing in his pocket as he sat on the couch next to the bathroom door. He pulled it out and stared at the caller ID. His eyes widened and he stepped out of the room. 

Jason snapped his head at Luke, who was sitting next to Mark. 

"What was that about?" Jason asked. 

Luke shrugged. 

Mark walked back in, shoving his phone in his back pocket. 

"It was the hospital. Skylar is awake." 

JASON

My eyes stared around the entire room. White walls, white sheets, white bed. This place is depressing. I wouldn’t last five seconds in this place. I’d lose my mind, even though part of it is already lost.

“How have you been, Sky?” I asked, eyeing him as he shifted in his bed.

He shrugged, “Alright, I guess. Even though the nurses are hot, I hate being in here. I feel like I’m in a prison more than a hospital.”

I sat up in the chair, “Who shot you, Sky? Do you know?”

Skylar stared forward, shaking his head. “It’s hard to recall. It was quick.”

“Tell me what happen.”

Skylar cleared his throat.

“Well, I was walking to the convenience store. I couldn’t make out who the guy was. He was in a ski mask. All black outfit. I only could make out his hair. His hair was long, which stuck out from under the ski mask. It was a dirty blond.”

Hunter.” I muttered.

Skylar shrugged. “Maybe, I don’t know.”

“When did you leave out?” I asked.

“It was nine in the morning.”

There was a soft knock on the door before the knob twisted. Alex stuck his head in the room. He stepped in, closing the door behind him.

“How are you feeling, man?” He asked, stepping close to Skylar’s bed.

“I’m alright.” Skylar said, leaning back on the hospital pillow.

Alex looked over at me.

“He can’t remember who shot him?” He asked.

I shook my head. “No, but I think it was Hunter.”

Alex’s eyes widened.

“Hunter? Hunter Garrison?”

I nodded. “Yeah.”

“Why him?”

I shrugged, “Skylar said the guy had long, dirty blond hair. That’s the only lead we have.”

• • •

Unlocking the door, I walked into the hotel room. Jade was laid across the bed, reading a book titled ‘Before I Fall’. Her hair was fell past her shoulders. She had glasses on her face, which I have never seen before.

“You wear glasses?” I started, closing the door.

Jade’s attention snapped towards me. She quickly pulled the glasses from her face. Her lips curled into a small smile.

“Yes… occasionally.” She answered, biting her lip.

“Put them back on. You look beautiful, even as a book nerd.” I chuckled, stuffing my hands into my pockets.

She giggled, pushing the glasses back on the bridge of her nose. I stepped closer to the bed, climbing on it to join her. I grasped her chin, stroking it gently. She tilted her head to look at me better.

“Are you okay?” Jade whispered while her hand glided up and down my arm smoothly.

I furrowed my eyebrows.

“Why wouldn’t I be okay? I have the most beautiful girl in my arms.”

“Jason, are you hiding things from me? Like your PTSD?”

Her lips replayed over again in my head, but in slow motion. How did she know? How did she find out?

“H-How do you know about that?”

“Jason, you zone out a lot. You wake up in the middle of the night because of bad dreams. You talk to yourself. You have yet to tell me how your parents passed.”

I let go of her chin, getting up from the bed. I turned my back to her, facing the door.

“Jade, I can’t talk about it.” I whispered.

“Why, Jason? I’m your girlfriend! I deserve to know more about you!” She shouted.

I spun around to face her.

“I can’t do this, Jade! I can’t really explain this. I think about my parents. I get lost in the thought of them not being here anymore. I watched them die for god sakes! It haunts me every day. It eats away at my soul. Please. Please help me, Jade.” I sobbed

I fell to the floor, tears running down my cheeks. Jade hurried off the bed, wrapping an arm around my shoulder, sitting beside me. Her lips pressed against my cheek.

“Shush, baby. I didn’t mean to upset you.” She whispered, wiping a tear off my cheek. “I just want you to let me inside Jason. I need you to tell me things. I don’t want you to shut me out. Tell me what’s wrong, what’s on your mind.”

I looked up to meet her eyes. “I’m sorry baby girl.”

She shook her head, kissing my cheek again. “Don’t be.”

• • •

I grabbed my keys off the dresser. I walked over to Jade’s side of the bed. I leaned down and kissed her forehead. She looked up with me with those beautiful brown eyes. I grinned at her, pulling the clipboard from behind my back.

“I need you to get these things done for me. I’m heading out. I have errands to do. If you need help, Mark is down the hall or you can just call and ask me. Okay, baby?” I said, handing the clipboard to Jade.

She nodded, looking up at me.

“Now gimme a kiss.” I ordered, puckering my lips in her face.

She giggled, grabbing me by my flannel, pressing her lips against mine. Our lips moved in sync for a couple seconds before Jade pulled away for a breath.

“Don’t be out too long.” She warned, winking an eye at me.

I bit my lip, “I won’t.”

JADE

February 8th, 2011

“Jason,” I moaned as his lips tickled down my neck.

A knock on the door broke our lustful moment. Jason ignored it, continuing to kiss down my neck.

I scooted away and Jason groaned.

“I will murder whoever is at this door.” He growled, hopping up off the bed.

He walked to the door, looking through the peephole. He gasped and unlocked it quickly. He pulled the door open, rolling his eyes. It was Vanessa with Kristen and Paige standing behind her.

“Oh, God. What are you guys doing here?” I groaned, getting up from the bed.

“Well, hello to you too, Mrs. McCann.” Vanessa snapped, walking inside in her black, pump heels.

“Not yet.” Jason muttered, slamming the door behind them.

“How did you guys even get here?” I asked, pressing my hand against my hip.

“It’s called a plane, Jade. Try it sometimes – it’s quite beautiful.” Kristen spoke up.

I rolled my eyes, stuffing hands into my jean pockets.

Vanessa cleared her throat, standing up straight.

“Anyways, we are here to help. Luke called us, if you’re wondering.”

Jason furrowed his eyebrows. “You guys would be the last people we’d call. What the hell did he say?”

“He said that you guys needed help against the Demon Knives. Something about a Masquerade Ball. I mostly came for the ball, to be honest.” Vanessa said, smirking a bit.

“Do we get dresses too?” Paige squealed.

“Oh, yes! Shopping!” Jason mocked, throwing his arms up.

I laughed, shaking my head at him. I looked back at Paige, who stared at me with big eyes.

“Yeah, I guess so. You guys need masks too. We all have to stay in disguise.”

Vanessa walked up to me, “There’s something else we need to discuss, Jade.”

Her face grew cold and serious. It made chills run down my spine. Her arms crossed over her chest as she stared at me, red lips pressed in a straight thin line.

“What is it?” I asked.

“The cops. They brought us in for questioning – separately. They wanted to know about the funeral, which I didn’t attend and your relationship with Jason.” Vanessa examined her nails as she spoke, which was quite annoying to me.

Jason walked back over to the bed, sitting beside me. He leaned forward in her face.

“What did they ask you?” He cocked an eyebrow at her.

She squinted her eyes at him.

“Don’t start assuming things, McCann. They asked me if I attended the funeral. I told them know. Then, they asked about your relationship. I told them that I didn’t know much and how I tried to warn Jade to stay away from you, but she refused to listen.”

“Then what?” I asked, crossing my arms over my chest.

She shook her head.

“Nothing major. They asked Kristen and Paige the same questions. Plus, they asked us when we last seen you two. We didn’t tell them your recent location, which was Miami. We told them that we last saw you two in New York.”

I looked over at Jason. His eyes enlarged.

“You lied to the cops?”

Vanessa shrugged and nodded.

Jason laughed.

“I’m starting to like you, Francis. Nice work.”

Vanessa scoffed playfully.

“Whatever, McCann. Don’t be a kiss up.”

 I stared forward for a second before looking back up at Vanessa.

“Wait, why was this important to us again?”

Vanessa’s mouth gaped open.

“Oh, yeah! Your mother tracked your location. All the way from Miami to here, I think. The police could possibly be on their way here. You guys need to leave as soon as possible before they come busting in these hotel rooms and questioning witnesses.”

Jason stood up quickly.

“We can’t leave yet! We literally just got here and we still haven’t faced the Demon Knives. If we don’t show up at that Masquerade Ball, more trouble will fire up between our gangs.”

I threw my arms up, sighing loudly.

“Great! We’re stuck!”

Vanessa shook her head.

“No, you’re not. I can easily trick your mother into thinking that you guys are somewhere else. When you left, I did complain to her about you leaving us so she could believe me. It will be a cover-up until Saturday.”

Jason nodded fast, “That could actually work. Call her now! I’m going to call the gang together. Plus, Skylar is getting out the hospital today.”

Vanessa started digging in her purse for her phone.

“Alright.” She muttered.

• • •

“Here’s the money for the dresses. Don’t forget to take sunglasses. Don’t take them off under any circumstance, okay?” Jason ordered, slapping a stack of cash and three pairs of sunglasses into my hand.

My eyes widened at the stack of money.

“Jason, I don’t need this much!” I shouted, trying to shove it back.

Vanessa scoffed, grabbing my arm.

“Girl, just take the money. We have shopping to do!”

Paige squealed behind us while Kristen sighed loudly.

We headed for the elevator and then out the building. I drove Jason’s car to the local Los Angeles mall. Vanessa was in the passenger’s seat, texting on her phone. Paige was sitting behind me, humming to whatever song was playing on the radio. Kristen was staring out the window with her arms crossed over her chest.

“So… what’s happen while I’ve been gone?” I asked, starting up at conversation.

I reached for the volume on the radio, turning the music down. I watched Paige pout in the rearview mirror.

“Nothing much. Paige still has her online boyfriends. Kristen is still a player. And me? I’m seeing this guy named Cameron.” Vanessa said, stuffing her phone into her purse.

I glanced over at her with a cocked eyebrow.

“Who’s this Cameron guy?” I asked.

She shrugged.

“New guy at the school. He tried out for the football team, but didn’t get in. I think the coaches made a big mistake. He’s very muscular. I think he’s a well fit for the team.” Vanessa grinned, twirling her finger through her red locks.

“Well, he could try out for wrestling or track.” I suggested.

Vanessa shook her head.

“I think it’s best if he didn’t. I don’t want to be running up to a sweaty guy all the time.”

I laughed, pulling into the closest parking spot to the front doors of the mall. Vanessa and Paige hurried out the car, racing towards the building. I watched them run while walking beside Kristen. Paige won the race since she wasn’t in high heels.

“What’s up with you?” I asked, nudging Kristen in the side.

Kristen snapped her head at me and shrugged a little.

“Nothing… It just hasn’t been the same since you left. We are barely hanging out now. I know you didn’t originally want to be friends with Vanessa and I in the beginning, but we did appreciate your presence, Jade. I bet you’re living a better life now. No worries about school, going wherever you want, and being in the arms of the notorious Jason McCann. It’s freedom that many teenagers don’t get to experience.”

I bit my lip, knowing she was right. Even though I couldn’t stand Vanessa and Kristen, they were pretty fun to bond with from time to time. Paige has always been my favorite because of her soft, kind heart. But, Kristen and Vanessa made me laugh a lot also. I do miss having company other than Jason’s.

I shut them out because they couldn’t trust me. They wouldn’t let me live. I felt like I was dealing with my mother all over again. She’s never really gave me any freedom until I turned sixteen. She didn’t want me to grow up. She didn’t want me to leave her in an empty house all alone.

I think my father came back to fill the void since I’ve been gone.

“Oh my gosh, I love this one!” Paige squealed, holding up a baby blue satin gown against her chest.

“I got to try it on!” She ran off to the dressing room.

Vanessa gasped loudly a few racks away from where Kristen and I were standing. We hurried over to her.

“What’s wrong?” Kristen asked.

Vanessa shook her head and pulled out a short, strapless hot pink dress with silver stones imprinted at the top of it.

“This. Is. Gorgeous.” She muttered, pulling it to her chest to picture how it would look.

“Go try it on.” I laughed, pushing her to the dressing room.

She hurried off, like Paige, and slammed the dressing room door behind her.

“Jade, three o’clock, three o’clock!” Kristen whisper shouted to me, nudging me in my side.

I scrunched my eyebrows.

“It’s like five o’clock, Kristen. What are you talking about?” I turned to her, pulling my shades down to a bit.

“No, I mean direction. Turn to your right, but don’t look long. He’s been staring for five minutes now.”

I spun my body to my right to see a guy with long, dirty blond hair staring at me across the store. He was wearing shades as well. A smirk grew on his face as I stared at him through my black sunglasses. I looked down and turned my body quick, not glancing back in his direction for a second look.

Hold on. The hair. The smirk. It was all familiar.

Hunter.” I muttered.

“Hunter? Who is that?” Kristen asked.

“Hunter Garrison. An old friend of mine. He’s following us and I know exactly why.”

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