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[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/vfb6sii.jpg]] [font roman It was a slight relief to see that Isadora had finally relaxed a little, and Charlie just smiled a little before the explanation about her boyfriend was made. Everything just made him feel angry - this man was an absolute monster and Isadora didn't deserve that kind of abuse. He just quietly grumbled to himself while mulling over his choice words to make sure everything made sense.
[+lightsteelblue [b "Isadora, you don't deserve this - any of this. I don't care what you say, I will not leave you like this. You can't just lock yourself in this toxic relationship all because you're afraid of him hurting someone else. That's not right!"]] He was quite defiant in his speech and was definitely not backing down anytime soon. He meant everything as well, there was no way Charlie was just going to let her do this to herself. Not today - not ever. He probably would've continued if Daniel hadn't interrupted them...
His presence came as a complete shock and Charlie slowly turned himself around to meet him with an extremely sour glare. He hated this man with every single fibre of his being and just being in his vicinity made him rageful. The accusation was just met with a sneer. [b [+lightsteelblue "Fuck off. She doesn't want you here."]] He really had to fight the urge to punch him right across the face. The entire argument before him made him feel incredibly angry, and all that cowardice from earlier had seemingly disappeared. He was ready to step in...
The man's threat just made Charlie internally scoff. Good riddance - the emotional manipulation made him sick and all that combined with his frustration towards Daniel was enough to make him blow. Isadora didn't need to tell him twice - Charlie probably would've done this anyway. He stepped forward towards Daniel with his shoulders squared and an air of confidence and crossed his arms as filled in the space between him and Isadora with himself.
[b [+lightsteelblue "You need to fucking leave. You're nothing but an obvious waste of space and a fucking schmuck stealing all our oxygen. Don't you get it, pal? She doesn't fucking want you! All you do is use and abuse. Y ' know what? Why don't you just fucking off yourself, as you said before? Do us all a favour..."]] All was set loose - Charlie's tongue wasn't held anymore. He didn't particularly care what Daniel had to say next, and was quite ready to face the consequences - sort of. He had been in his fair share of fights...
[right [pic https://i.imgur.com/27rP61Z.jpg]] She really didn't want to be tested today - at least not by [i him.] The sound of his snarky voice behind her just made her huff in frustrated exasperation. [b [+salmon "Great. It's you."]] She'd say in a deadpan voice, before turning around to meet him and his dog - or more appropriately, mutt. She just wrinkled her nose in disgust at the growling dog and huffed again.
She just wanted him to leave her alone, but was definitely sure that wasn't going to happen anytime soon. He was an absolute pompous prat who thought that every single woman wanted him - Lucinda didn't have time for that at all. [b [+salmon "Here to call me out on my spoilt little attitude then? I don't have time for you - I'll never have time for you."]] She growled at him.
[font "times new roman" The woman stood there listening to the male give his reasons. So he had wanted to get to know her for who she was? He wasn't just some creep after all? Maybe she had been a little too harsh with him. When he mentioned Daniel she seemed to flinch a little bit. She knew the male could kill her, and yet she still stayed with him. She wrapped her arms around herself as she let his words sink in. Maybe there was more to this handsome creature beside her, and she had judged him too early on. She felt tears sting her eyes just then. Something she hated doing in front of other's.]
[font "times new roman" She kept her eyes trained to the distance. [#FFBBBB "I know he could kill me.. But I can't leave.. If I did it would be ten times worse for me.. He knows where my parents live, and I can't put them through that. He wasn't always like this, he had been the sweetest person in the whole world. It was like something seemed to snap though, and I honestly don't know what happened.. If I left, who knows who would be next? I can't put another woman through the abuse like me"] she breathed out. She meant it too. She couldn't let someone else deal with this kind of pain.]
[font "times new roman" It was like the male knew she had been talking about him, because the sound of his car made her look over her shoulder. [#FFBBBB "Oh God no.."] she breathed out. The car came to a halt and the male was out. He spotted Isadora and Charlie, and he stormed over to them both. [b "You haven't touched my girl have you? Isadora, it's time you come home now"] he said. He had waited long enough, and she could tell he was done waiting. She nodded lightly, reaching up and brushed the tears off her cheeks, and that's when the male grabbed her arm roughly.]
[font "times new roman" [b "What the hell? Why are you crying? Did he lay a bloody hand on you?"] he asked. A little bit of the man she used to know was back in his eyes. She shook her head lightly, and looked down. [b "You look at me when I'm talking to you dammit"] he snapped, and shook her a bit. The woman's eyes snapped up towards his face.
[#FFBBBB "I'm crying, because of you. I can't do this anymore Daniel.. I can't. The abuse it's too much, lying to everyone around me, my own parents don't know what you do to me!"] she nearly yelled. It was like a slap to the male's face, and he grabbed her other arm.]
[font "times new roman" [b "You are mine Isadora, and I'll do whatever I please to what belongs to me. You aren't lying to anyone but yourself, I've done nothing but treat you like a bloody queen, and for what? Just to have you off sleeping with some other guy?"] he snapped. That seemed to pull Isadora out of her mind state just now. She managed to get out of his grip and drew her arm back, and slapped him hard across the face. [#FFBBBB "Don't you dare call me a cheater! I'm the one who's always at home, waiting for you to get home, I can't even have a life because of you"]]
[font "times new roman" [#FFBBBB "Charlie here, is trying to help me out. So what if I choose to sleep with him? It's like you come home and treat me the way you said you do. You treat me like utter shit, and I'm tired of it. I'm leaving you Daniel. We are done.. I can't do this anymore.. I'll come by later and get my things"] she breathed out. The male stood there looking at her, and he narrowed his eyes. [b "You can't leave me Isadora. You can't. If you do I will kill myself, and when you come home, you will find my body, with blood all around me"] he hissed. That seemed to stop her in her tracks. Would he really do it?]
[font "times new roman" She shook her head lightly, and looked at Charlie. [#FFBBBB "Will you please remove him from my sight? I can't talk to him anymore.. I can't listen to him either.."] she breathed out. Her voice cracking on the last words. She had finally done it. She broke from from the man that's hurt her for years. She bent down and wrapped her arms around her legs, sobbing. It hurt to breathe, and yet she felt like a weight had been lifted off of her shoulders as well.]
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[font "times new roman" Salem couldn't believe she had wanted him to meet her in the back of the buildings. What was he to her? Some kind of asshole? Yes he was a total asshole, but he also had a really good heart as well. He wasn't about to be hidden away from the world either. He wanted to be shown off, and for any woman to be proud to be with him. Not making him feel like he needed to be hidden away from the other. He shook his head lightly as he got onto the bike, put his things into the bag on the side, kicked it into gear, and headed towards home. He had to get to Shadow anyway, and take her for a walk.]
[font "times new roman" One of the streets he pulled onto made him feel like a major asshole. Maybe she had a really good reason as to why she wanted to hide him way. He shook his head lightly, as he remembered the words of his father. [b [i "Don't let a woman make you feel any less of a man. If she wants to hide you away, and make you meet her behind buildings away from the eyes of other people, she's not worth it. She'll just end up breaking your heart. You my son are a king, and you deserve to be treated like one. Don't let anyone change your mind"]].]
[font "times new roman" Those had been the last words his father ever spoke to him, and now his father was dead. He sighed lightly as he pulled into his driveway, shut the bike off and climbed off. He was right though. The woman was ashamed to be seen with him. He wouldn't be ashamed to be seen with her. Hell he would make it known that she was his, and he was her's. She was just a stuck up, spoiled brat, and he had fallen for her pretty looks. He laughed at himself as he opened the door. Shadow was there, tail wagging happy to see her owner. He put the keys into the bowl, bent down and scratched her ears. [#b4c8ee "You ready baby?"] he asked her. The black lab barked her yes.]
[font "times new roman" He grabbed her leash, and clipped it onto her collar. He then walked out of the house, dog in tow, tail wagging the whole time. He locked the door behind him, put his keys back into his pocket and walked down the steps. The two companions walked onto the street, and Salem stopped dead in his tracks. Right in front of him was the blasted woman, and he smirked a bit. She looked lost, and that pleased him a bit. He then walked up to her, and Shadow growled a bit. [#b4c8ee "A little lost are we?"] he asked her. Shadow sat beside her owner, ready to attack at any given command.]
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/vfb6sii.jpg]] [font roman Isadora's entire monologue about how much of an asshole Charlie was and is actually hurt him more than anything else she had ever said previously, and that sort of knocked some sense into his brain. Everything she had said was true at some point and Charlie knew that all too well, but things had changed inside of him, and to see that this woman didn't trust him at all, really struck a sharp nerve inside of him.
Give her three reasons to stick around and hear more? That was going to be difficult and Charlie internally grumbled at himself, but not out of annoyance or hatred or anything like that, but out of desperation to grasp at anything that made sense. [+lightsteelblue "Isadora, I know we literally only just met today, but I know you're different from the other girls. I don't want to take that away from you and I'm sorry I tried. You have every right to hate me and I get that, I sorta hate myself too."] He tried to maintain as much eye-contact as possible through his entire speech, but that proved a little too difficult with the wounded expression on Isadora's face.
Charlie looked away and closed his eyes for a second to mull over his choices about what to say next. He really wanted everything to sound sincere and real, because Charlie truly did want to amend things with Isadora, even if they were both never to see each other again after this. Here goes nothing... [+lightsteelblue "I took you away because I wanted to get to know you a little better. The real you and nothing else. From what happened before, you were upset and I hated that. I didn't want you for anything else... nothing like that at least."] That was number-two.
He wasn't sure about his last reason. This was going to be a little too personal, and in a way, Charlie didn't want to inflict any of that pain on her again. Worth a try, though... [+lightsteelblue "And I can't leave you alone with... [i him.] Isadora..."] He lowered his voice and practically whispered so no one else around them could hear. [+lightsteelblue "That man could fucking [i kill] you one day..."] He truly meant that. It was probably a little too far-fetched, but all extremely common...
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[right [pic https://i.imgur.com/27rP61Z.jpg]] Alright. It was official. This man was an absolute jerk and Lucinda already hated him. How dare someone say stuff like that to her. Who did this person think she was? She was no whore nor uptight snob. She wasn't going to open, or close, her legs for no man just because they said so. Her mother was right...
Throughout his entire stupid monologue, Lucinda could only stare with absolute hatred and spite with a few sarcastic chuckles here and there to really shove in that she didn't care one bit. As soon as the man was about to leave Lucinda merely scoffed and just shrugged her shoulders carelessly. If he hadn't of left himself, she would've definitely kicked him out - probably banned him too. [+salmon "Alright, sir. Go give the clap and crabs to some other poor whore who's waiting for you somewhere else."] He had already left after Lucinda had said that.
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The rest of the day had gone by pretty smoothly, and Lucinda was already packing everything away to close the shop for the night. She was walking down the street now with her face still hot with anger from earlier. Just thought of him made her burn with intense anger and Lucinda just angrily grumbled to herself. She walked through a small neighbourhood and soon realised this wasn't where her house was. Her thoughts had distracted her that much that she had gone in the complete other direction. Great. She didn't want this day to drag on any longer...
[font "times new roman" The blonde was fighting with herself. She didn't want to be here, she wanted to sink into the floor, and just forget everything that has happened. She was a total fool for believing the male. What was she supposed to do? She was with Daniel in the first place, and she felt like she was cheating on him. She felt like she needed to take a long shower, and wash herself for even thinking she could have trusted Charlie in the first place. Yes he was nice to look at, but was it really worth it? Was it worth putting herself in danger? That's something she was fighting with.]
[font "times new roman" She was about to leave when she heard Charlie's voice. She looked up towards him, and she crossed her arms over her chest. She was pissed, and the more he talked, she wanted to rail into him. Tell him how she really felt, but would it fall on deaf ears? Or would he even listen to her? That's something she never had with Daniel. He wanted one thing, and one thing only from her, and she had hoped that Charlie would have been different, but the events from two hours ago proved her right. He was like Daniel, and she didn't know how to react to it.]
[font "times new roman" She let the male speak, before she sighed and uncrossed her arms. She looked down, and leaned against the counter behind her. [#FFBBBB "What really hurt was finding out that I was nothing but a conquest to you.. I thought you were different.. I thought maybe, I could get the courage up to leave Daniel, but now I know that I can't.. I would just put myself back in the same position I'm in right now.. Was that really all you wanted from me? To get me into your bed, and to make money off of a damn bet?"] she hissed. Her eyes found his, and the pain and anger showed inside of her own.]
[font "times new roman" [#FFBBBB "I'm not some bloody toy! I honestly don't know what to think right now.. I feel like I'm at a loss.. I feel like I should just walk away, and never speak to you again.. But there's something about you, something that draws me in and something that makes me want to forgive you.. I don't know if I can though.. Give me three good reasons as to why I shouldn't walk out of your life right this minute"] she breathed out. She tore her eyes away from his. She couldn't stare into those amazing eyes for too much longer.]
[font "times new roman" She was going to hold her ground on this. She wanted to know his reasons as to why she should stay. If he gave her three really good one's, then maybe she'll get the courage to leave Daniel for good. She sighed lightly, wishing she was anywhere but here right now. She stood there, wrapping her arms around herself, waiting for Charlie to give her the reasons.]
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[font "times new roman" In reality Salem was trying to get a good lay, but he wouldn't push the woman to do it. If she didn't want too, then he would pick up one of the other women in town. One of them that he's slept with before, and has been asking for him since then. He watched as she struggled with his offer. As she spoke about her mother, the male shrugged a bit. [#b4c8ee "I kinda figured you'd be one of those females. I shouldn't waste my time then"] he said. He took his change and put it into his pocket. He meant it too. He wasn't about to waste his time on this woman at all.]
[font "times new roman" He gathered up his things, and as he was about to turn around and leave was when she spoke again. He looked towards her, and shrugged a bit. [#b4c8ee "Honestly I feel like you are just saying it. You don't really mean it. Honestly, I shouldn't have wasted my time in even coming in here. If you decide you [i really] want to spend time with me, without those voices inside of your head, lemme know"] he said. He wasn't about to wait around for two hours, and meet her in the back of the building. He was better than that, and he wasn't going to stoop to sneaking around either.]
[font "times new roman" He then turned and looked over his shoulder at the woman. [#b4c8ee "I'm not gonna wait around for someone who has to let voices inside oh her head to decide on what she wants to do. Learn to live for the moment, take the bull by the horns, and take the plunge. I'm not going to be hidden, and felt like a secret. I'm not meeting you behind the building. I hope you'll realize the mistake you just made"] he said. He then turned, put his hand on the door, pushed it open and walked out into the sunlight.]
[font "times new roman" He couldn't help but feel slightly guilty for being a total asshole just then. He meant it though. If she wanted to meet in the back of the building, then she's wanting to hide him. He wasn't like that. He put his things into the bag on the side of his bike, climbed onto the seat, started it up, and kicked off. He peeled away from the small shop, and headed towards the smaller neighborhoods, and to his home. He knew he made the right choice, but would the woman realize that she just made a huge mistake herself? That's something he couldn't really ponder on, but yet he was. He sighed, and headed home trying to forget about the woman.]
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/vfb6sii.jpg]] [font roman Charlie was wallowing in his own self-pity as he stared off into the golden sky with sadness deep within his eyes. How could this of happened? Maybe he deserved this - maybe this was some fucked-up wakeup call, but the pain was too much for him to handle and all Charlie wanted to do was scream and cry out of pure anguish, but the male kept his silence and continued his gazing into the clouds with nothing but self-hatred and regret clawing away at his mind.
He wondered what Isadora was doing right now and what she was thinking. She probably hated him - she was right to hate him. He was nothing compared to her. She was everything! She deserved so much better - but that was the problem. [b She] deserved so much better, and yet, she was still dating another man completely worse than Charlie himself, an abuser capable of god-only-knows-what. He couldn't leave her like that - no - he'd never leave her like that. He had to do something...
Charlie would move away from the hood of his car and would enter the beaten-down vehicle with intent within his eyes. He wasn't sure if doing this was the right thing, or if Isadora would even talk to him, but Charlie just wanted to see her once more, hear her voice at least one more time before never seeing her again - and atone for his mistake, make things rights. He had to at least try and take her away from her asshole of a boyfriend. He started the car and made his way to the only place he could think of - the diner. He wasn't even sure if she'd be there but it was worth a try. The journey only took a few minutes...
Parking his car and slowly getting out, Charlie would face the diner. He was nervous, very nervous - and felt a little sick. He had to swallow his hesitance though and replace that cowardice with bravery. He only had one chance at this and he knew that. It took him a few seconds to actually enter the diner, but as soon as he did, his eyes would search around the scarcely populated room to search for Isadora. It didn't take him long to actually spot her and when he did his eyes would light up with happiness, relief and apologetic remorse. [+lightsteelblue "Isadora! Isadora, please, I'm - I've been an asshole and I'm... sorry."] He didn't care about anyone around them listening, all that mattered to him was apologising to the one girl he actually cared about. [+lightsteelblue "I never wanted any of this to happen. I really am sorry..."] He breathed out before pausing to wait for Isadora's reply. He hoped she'd accept... or at least humour him with pity.
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[right [pic https://i.imgur.com/27rP61Z.jpg]] She was a little taken aback at his suggestion and her cheeks would flush a bright pink as she processed this offer. This was... a little too much to take in. Was this really happening? Lucinda was never really popular with the boys and wasn't used to this kind of thing at all. She'd awkwardly smile and nervously giggle before replying. [+salmon "Wow, I... I don't know."] Her heart was hammering inside her chest and her palms were starting to get clammy... What was she going to do?
She thought back to her teenagehood and the words of her mother echoed within her head. [b [i "Some boys want only one thing, Lucy. Don't let them take it until you know..."]] But was this man really like that? She'd shake her head. [+salmon "My momma used to tell me about boys like you. I - I don't think this is a good idea."] Dammit... She immediately regretted saying that. She'd take his money and place it inside the register before handing him his change - obviously hesitating before barely shaking her head again and sighing... This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity...at least for Lucinda, it was - she doubted anything like this would happen again.
[+salmon "Okay! Okay... I finish work in about two hours and... there's an old soda machine just around the corner from here. Meet me there afterwards, okay? The backdoor leads to there."] She really hoped she was making the right choice. She could just picture her grandmother rolling in her grave and hear her mother's angry scolding... She really didn't want to regret this, not one-bit.
[font "times new roman" She was kicking herself. How could she have been so stupid? She believed something a male with pretty eyes told her. He was willing to take her away from her abusive relationship, and yet he was trying to bed her? Rose looked towards her and tilted her head to the side. [b "You know I think it was brave of you to even go with him in the first place. He might have been trying to help you get away from Daniel, and I thank God for that. What I don't like was the fact that he was trying to get you into bed with him. Greasers like him, are the kind of people you need to stay away from"] Rose said lightly.]
[font "times new roman" [#FFBBBB "Am I really that stupid though? Should I have even believed him? He's so sweet, and just something about him seemed to draw me in. I didn't know what it was, but something's there I just know it"]]
[font "times new roman" [b "I know you wanted to believe him. No you aren't stupid. You were just looking for a way to escape, maybe it's a good thing, maybe it's not. You just have to follow your heart, and see where life leads you darling. Just follow your heart"] she said lightly. That's something Isadora wasn't good with. She followed her heart once, and here she was, wishing she hadn't met Daniel in the first place, and that she wasn't so damaged to begin with. She sighed lightly and put her head into her hands.]
[font "times new roman" [#FFBBBB "Rose, I don't know what to do.. I don't want to go home, I don't know where Charlie lives.. I feel like I should talk to him, figure out why he would do something like that, to me.. I just I don't know"] she said. Rose walked over, and put her hand on the woman's shoulder and looked down at her. [b "Honey bun, all you have to do is follow your heart, and if he truly cared, and wanted to make things right, he will come and find you"] she said lightly. Sometimes Isadora wondered if Rose was born in the wrong time era. She was so wise, for being such a young woman.]
[font "times new roman" The blonde stood and hugged Rose tightly. [#FFBBBB "Thank you for letting me rant, and for listening to me. I love you"] she said lightly. Rose smiled lightly and hugged the blonde back. [b "I love you too, now go"] she said nodding towards the door. That's just what Isadora did. She gathered up her things, and went back to her car. She slid in behind the wheel, started it up and headed to the diner where she worked. She just hoped that Rose would be right, and if Charlie really did care, he would meet her there.]
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[font "times new roman" Salem watched as the woman scanned his items, talking a little about her day. He shrugged a bit, as she mentioned that he looked slightly pleased. Was he pleased? Well in a way yes he was. He had gotten under Charlie's skin, and he had met his new conquest after all. He shrugged a bit and looked towards the woman. [#b4c8ee "I guess it's been a good day for the most part. Would be better if a pretty little thing like yourself would agree to going out with me tonight, and then head back to my place"] he said with a small shrug. He wasn't meaning to sound like a total jack ass, but he hoped that she wouldn't take it that way.]
[font "times new roman" He wasn't like the other's around town. If he saw something he liked, he would chase after it. He would make sure that woman was his, and maybe just maybe he would prove it to her, and himself by making love to that woman. He hadn't made love to another woman in ages, and he just hoped that she wouldn't look down on him for that. He then rubbed the back of his neck, and looked towards her. [#b4c8ee "I know that last part sounded crude, but I'm not some asshole, I promise you that. We could just hang around my place, and talk, then see whatever happens, happens"] he said with a small shrug.]
[font "times new roman" He pulled the wallet out of his back pocket, and paid for his things. He then locked his eyes on her's. [#b4c8ee "What do you say? Are you okay with the plan for when you are off work?"] he asked, letting his words hang in the air between them. He hoped that she would agree to it, but if not then he would set his sights on someone else, and try all over again.]
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/vfb6sii.jpg]] [font roman Charlie had always resented his father for the one simple fact - his father was always a complete asshole who was hellbent on ruining his son's life. Or at least that's what Charlie thought. The entire exchange was met with Charlie's heart completely dropping into his stomach and a wave of shock and immediate guilt overtaking his body. He couldn't believe this. This wasn't happening! The one time Charlie actually started caring about another girl and his own father had to ruin it as soon as the feelings started to blossom.
He couldn't just let Isadora leave with the thought of Charlie being a complete lousy manwhore in her mind, and Charlie would follow after her while pleading with the young woman to stay with him and hear him out. [+lightsteelblue "No no, Isadora wait! He's just - he's kidding, okay? My dad's a fucking asshole and - no, don't leave! Isadora..."] She had already left and Charlie was left behind with his own self-deprecating thoughts and hatred for his old man. His face was a complete show of utter shock and upset and Charlie was glued to the floor in a stupor of sadness. He couldn't do anything but watch Isadora drive off into the distance and leave him in the dust...
That was until a sudden overwhelming feeling of anger would overtake his body and Charlie would turn to his father with fire in his dark eyes. He was filled to the brim with absolute rage and Charlie would approach his unphased father with gritted teeth. [+lightsteelblue "How fucking dare you! What the fuck - why would you say that? Are you kidding me right now?! You always fucking sit in this shitty motor-shop wondering why everyone you ever loved left you - and you do shit like this!! You're an absolute joke."] Charlie's voice was little more than an angry yell; spittle flying across the air as the young man spat his poisonous words into his silent father's face. His father stood with nothing to stay and merely huffed before turning away to return to cleaning the car. Charlie had to bite his tongue to prevent him from screaming anymore, and violently kicked over one of the paint cans beside the car before storming off to his car.
He sat on the front of his car with his arms crossed loosely against his chest, and stared off into the distant sky with sadness and regret spread across his usually smug and happy face. Isadora was more than just different and had far bypassed being a simple conquest. She wasn't any other girl Charlie had interacted with before and the young man wanted to know more about her - actually learn about her and be around her more instead of ditching after the deed was done. He had no idea what to do now and was left completely alone with his thoughts; watching the sun in the sky be swallowed up by the horizon...
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[right [pic https://i.imgur.com/27rP61Z.jpg]] Lucinda had practically fantasied for the entire day and had barely noticed the jingle of the opening door until someone would place their chosen items besides the cash register. She snapped back into reality and was about to start scanning the various items until Lucinda finally looked up and saw the person before her. It was the man of her fantasies - literally.
She was left slightly speechless at the sight of the roguishly handsome male standing behind the register and would nervously chuckle at the asked question; grabbing some of the items and scanning them as she spoke. [+salmon "Oh! Hello again."] She'd begin with a hearty smile. [+salmon "Aha. My day's been the usual; boring and incredibly uneventful. How's you? You look a little pleased with yourself."] Lucinda would say with a playful grin before all the items were completely scanned and she read out the total. She looked away and sighed for a second before turning back and smiling warmly, waiting for a response to her question. She never expected to actually see him at all today and this moment felt like her fantasies were coming true...
She half-hoped for him to ask her about her plans for after work and ask to hang around with her for the evening; that was another fantasy, though, and Lucinda knew that was going to be rather unlikely. A girl could dream though - a girl could definitely dream. ]
[font "times new roman" The whole exchange was insane. She felt slightly awkward being in the middle of it. She was surprised when Charlie took her arm, and led her away from Salem. She waved towards him, and then followed behind Charlie. The motor shop was a cute little shop. She knew where to bring her car now if she ever needed too. She wrapped her arms around herself when his father caught the two of them together. She raised a 'brow slightly at the comments. Her heart about dropped into her stomach. Was she really another conquest to the male? That's what made her slightly mad. She looked towards Charlie with ice in her eyes.]
[font "times new roman" She stopped and looked the male up and down. How could she have been so stupid? She believed that simple words, would make her feel better. The words coming from Charlie's father made her heart break a little bit. She knew then, that she was just a conquest. He wasn't trying to keep her distracted. [#FFBBBB "So when were you going to tell me? That I was just a damn conquest for you? Did you and Salem make a bet or something? I thought you were different.."] she hissed. The pain lacing inside her voice.]
[font "times new roman" [#FFBBBB "Thank you for showing me this shop, and tell your father that I won't be coming around again"] she snapped. She was hurt, and she was letting it be known. She turned on her heel and stormed back to her car. She unlocked it, slid in behind the wheel, started it up, and peeled out of the parking lot. Tears stung her eyes just then. She didn't know where she was going. She didn't want to go home, and the only other person she could think of was Rose. The only woman in her life, that understood her better than anyone. She then turned down another street, and pulled into Rose's driveway.]
[font "times new roman" She shut the car off, climbed out, and went to the front door. She rang the bell, and Rose opened the door. [b "Isa? What's wrong?"] she asked, as a look of worry crossed her face. [#FFBBBB "I was a bloody conquest! This asshole wasn't trying to help me at all.. He was trying to get me into bed with him.."] she cried out. Rose took the woman's arm and pulled her into the house. She closed the door behind her, and led the woman into the kitchen. Her mother hen showing. [b "Sit, and talk"] she ordered.]
[font "times new roman" Isadora didn't need to be told twice. As Rose made the tea she spilled everything out onto the table. Tears streaming down her face, she felt so stupid for believing him, and yet she wanted nothing more than for the male to tell her it was all a lie. She knew it wasn't though. Why would he single her out? When there had been a shit ton of people around. She looked down at her hands, letting the tears fall.]
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[font "times new roman" Salem let the words fall off his back. Charlie was just jealous because he was getting his mind straight. Yes he had talked to the woman. It happened to be one time, but he still talked to her. There was something about the red head that drew him in. He wasn't like Charlie in the least. He had a good head on his shoulders, and he had a good job working in a different motor shop out of town. He heard Charlie's father outing him, and he smirked a bit turning and watching the whole thing play out. [#b4c8ee "Karma's a bitch ain't it?"] he muttered lightly. He hated Charlie with a passion, and watching as the blonde left, he knew that Charlie deserved it.]
[font "times new roman" He sat on his bike, kicked it into gear and headed into town. He needed to stop by the small shop and pick up a few items. He would see the red head again, and that's all the mattered to him. Yes he had seen her a couple times, talked to her once, but that didn't mean he was sleeping around, making bets with people about who he could bed. He wasn't like that. At least when he was interested in someone. He parked his bike outside of the small shop and walked inside. Sure enough she was there. A small smirk passed over his lips as he walked past, and went to grab a couple things.]
[font "times new roman" When he was done, he went up to the counter, placed the bags of chips, a couple of beer's, and other little things onto the counter. He looked towards the woman and smiled a bit. [#b4c8ee "How are you today?"] he asked her. It wasn't much, but at least it was something. There weren't that many people inside the shop, and that's something he liked. Gave him more time to talk to the woman before him.]
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/vfb6sii.jpg]] [font roman Charlie was about to protest and offer Isadora to say until Salem stepped in. The sudden interruption frustrated Charlie slightly and the young man would turn to the other male with his brows furrowed into a subtle frown. [+lightblue "What's up Salem? Come to bother us as usual."] His tone was slightly sardonic and annoyed and Charlie would start walking in the other direction of the two. He didn't want to hear Salem tease either him or Isadora and just sighed with irritation at the thought of leaving the Isadora with Salem. He'd turn back around and walk up behind Isadora. [+lightblue "Nah. She's staying with me.]" And Charlie would lightly pull Isadora away from the other male.
The mention of Salem having his eye on another female made Charlie roll his eyes and chuckle. The man was just like him... [+lightblue "Yeah right. You're a heartbreaker! I bet she's some poor broker you took advantage of. You even talk to her yet?"] His tone was full of attitude and Charlie would snort with laughter at the end. The whole conversation appeared to fall silent however as Isadora and Salem spoke amongst themselves for a little bit and Charlie would step in. He felt a little sorry for making the female feel awkward and useless and would give her a reassuring smile. He didn't want her going anywhere, at least not now. [+lightblue "Nah. You can tag along with me. Catcha' later, Salem."] He'd end the sentence with a small handwave and would start making his way over to the motor-shop garage where the older man stood still cleaning the rusty car.
The older man would stare up at the approaching two and glare at them both with steel-grey eyes. [b "Charlie you sack-a-shit! Bringing another girl over, eh? How many this week then? If I catch you two in my garage I swear to the holy lord above.]" The man would angrily grumble all while still slaving away over the car. His words were ominious and threatening and Charlie would noticeably wince. The young man would start getting nervous and his heart hammered in his chest. His father had totally outed him on his usual antics but Charlie hoped that Isadora would've taken no notice. How could she though? The proof was right there in the shape of Charlie's grumpy old-man. [+lightblue "Nah, no. Just ignore him, Iz. It's nothing - come on..."] The younger man would stutter with clear worry in his voice. Charlie had only come here to refill his father's gasoline canisters!
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[right [pic https://i.imgur.com/27rP61Z.jpg]] Lucinda sat bored at the counter of the local convenience store '[i Shop 'n Stuff'] and sighed as she watched pedestrians walk past the windows without a second glance. These kind of days were always the worst and Lucinda just wished that the manager would come in and clock her off early but that was merely a wish that would scarcely come true. She just stared out the window endlessly all while at the same time peeking at the array of colourful food products stacked on the endless shelves of everyday necessities and grumbled at the sound of the clock ticking continuously in the background.
Only a few days ago Lucinda had met a peculiar man dressed in all leather with one of the most devilishly handsome faces she had seen in a long while. For the past few days, all she could really think about was him and the thought of actually getting to know him was the only thing keeping her from going insane in the endless hours of torture. She stared wistfully at the packet of cigarettes hanging on the cigarette display and wished she could just pop one of the packets open and smoke at least one - the cigarettes also heavily reminded her of the leather-clad man as well and Lucinda would begin fantasizing about him all over again. That made up the majority of her day...
[font "times new roman" The female made a mental note to murder the other woman when she got back. She shouldn't treat Charlie like that. He wasn't some piece of meat. He was a human being after all. A gentleman, and someone she felt like she would have fallen head over heels for if she hadn't fallen in love with Daniel. She snapped out of her thoughts and smiled warmly towards him. [#FFBBBB "That'll be perfect"] she said lightly. She then made her way out of the shop and out into the cooler air. Her heart was racing, and she didn't quite understand why. She wanted to trust this man, but at the same time she didn't know if she should.]
[font "times new roman" She slid into her car, started it up and clicked the radio off. She rolled the window's down a little bit, as she followed behind the male. She didn't really quite know where she was going, but at the time being she didn't care. As long as she didn't have to go home to Daniel for a little while, then that's all that mattered to her. She bit the inside of her cheek lightly as she watched the buildings change into trees along the drive. Sure enough a few minutes later, she pulled up behind Charlie, and shut the car off. She looked towards the motor shop and smiled a bit.]
[font "times new roman" This was a cute little place, and it was a hang out she would have enjoyed. She shut the car off and climbed out. She looked up towards him and smiled a bit. [#FFBBBB "Oh.. I didn't realize you had errands to run.. If you want I can just go"] she breathed out. She didn't want to keep him from doing what he needed to do. That was when another male walked up, his hands in the pockets of his leather jacket, and he smiled towards the blonde woman. [#b4c8ee "Well hello darlin' how are you?"] he asked her. He then looked towards Charlie and nodded a bit towards him as well.]
[font "times new roman" [#b4c8ee "I couldn't help but over hear. You have some errands to run? If you want I can keep an eye on your darlin' here and make sure none of the other's do impure things to her. Don't worry, I'll keep my hands to myself because I myself have my eye on a little lady"] he said lightly. He then turned to Isadora and she nodded a little bit. [#FFBBBB "I mean if needs be I can just go home. Seeing as that older gentleman keeps glaring at me for some reason.."] she breathed out. Salem just shook his head. [#b4c8ee "Don't worry your pretty little head about him. That's Charlie's father, him and Charlie don't get along"]]
[font "times new roman" That seemed to sadden Isadora a little bit. She then looked at Charlie. [#FFBBBB "All you have to do is tell me to leave and I will"] she said lightly. Salem looked between the two, and this time fell silent. He shrugged a bit as he walked away. He then looked over his shoulder and winked at the blonde. [#b4c8ee "Lemme know what Charlie there decides"] he called out. Isadora blushed a bit as Salem's words raced around her head. When he called her Charlie's girl, her heart skipped a beat. She liked that idea a lot. But she wasn't about to say so.]
[font "times new roman" She stood there with her hands in front of her, lacing her fingers together, waiting for the male to say something. Anything to break the silence that washed over them.]
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[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/vfb6sii.jpg]] [font roman Hearing about her situation, Charlie would sigh and look out the window for a second. He didn't want her to go back to that monster at all and would do anything to prevent that from happening. He felt too powerless, though, and knew the only thing that he could do was prolong the inevitable. [+lightsteelblue "You can say that again. A monster indeed."] He had to stop himself from lightly chuckling at his small statement before turning back to look at the woman.
She'd repeat his name with pleasantries and Charlie nearly blushed. Hearing her repeat his name made his whole body feel warm... The feeling was quickly shaken off and replaced with the relief of hearing her agree to his original question. [+lightsteelblue "The motor-shop it is then."] His attempt at maintaining his casualness was still going. When the other woman walked by and let the woman off for the day, Charlie nearly missed the hunk comment and only caught on when Isadora's face turned a light pink. The man could be so clueless sometimes... But the other woman's comment was answered with a wink from Charlie as soon as he finally caught on.
[+lightsteelblue "Sounds good to me. It ain't too far anyway."] His heart was hammering inside his chest also, as he scooched out of his seat and walked towards the exit. He couldn't believe he was really doing this... and couldn't believe how nervous he was. Taking women places wasn't something Charlie was a complete stranger too, and he should be used to this by now, but for some reason, this was really nerve-wracking. He waited for the woman to follow him outside before walking towards his car. He grabbed the keys out of his pocket and jingled them a little before opening the doors and hopping inside. He rolled down the windows and leaned out. [+lightsteelblue "It's only a few minutes drive. We'll be there before 'ya know it."] And Charlie waited for Isadora to do the same.
He wasn't quite sure if taking her to his father's motor-shop was a good idea, especially with the fact of his father definitely being there, but there was no other place for him to go, and his father was expecting him. He just wanted to take her away to somewhere else for a little while and spend some time with her. Charlie would quickly shake away those thoughts and start the car. He didn't need to be distracted right now.
He wasn't lying. The drive really was only a couple of minutes long. He pulled onto the curb just outside the motor-shop and parked. The motor-shop was very... rickety. The place had definitely seen better days. An old man stood outside cleaning a car with a wet rag and would look up and frown at the sight of Charlie's car. The old man was his father, but they both spent the majority of their lives ignoring each other, and that continued even now. Charlie would slowly exit his car and look behind to see the woman in her car.
The motor-shop was the usual destination for the neighbourhood greasers and that was pretty telling. It was the only motor-shop for a few miles after all. Already there were a few hanging around with their flashy motorcycles and leather jackets. Charlie knew most of them and acknowledged a few with a nod before turning his attention back to Isadora, who would also exit her car and walk towards him. The young man almost seemed embarrassed at the sight of ramshackle motor-shop.[+lightsteelblue "Welcome to my... families business."] He'd say while rubbing the back of his head and turning back to the motor-shop. [+lightsteelblue "Just gotta run a few errands. Shouldn't be too long..."]]
[font "times new roman" As the woman slid into the booth, she felt slightly better, but her cheek still stung a little bit. There was something there, something about this stranger that pulled her in. She didn't know what it was, but she wanted nothing more than to explore it. She felt so many different emotions coming from him, that she didn't understand. It made her nervous, and it kind of scared her. Was she really trusting this total stranger? Who not even an hour ago tried flirting with her? She couldn't help but wonder what would have happened, if she hadn't told him she was taken.]
[font "times new roman" As he asked if she had anywhere to go after this, she shook her head lightly. [#FFBBBB "The only place I have to go home too, is back to that monster, as Diana likes to call him"] she said lightly. She didn't want to go home, she wanted to be anywhere but there. Being inside of this small shop was her escape. Being in the small town was her escape, being with her friends was her escape, it wouldn't last long though, because sooner or later she would have to go home, and deal with the yelling, and the mental abuse, something she was growing to hate.]
[font "times new roman" [#FFBBBB "It's a pleasure meeting you Charlie, it really is. I mean, if you don't mind me tagging along for a little while, that would be nice. I think I can leave early as well"] she said. [b "Of course you can leave early doll. You've dealt with a lot today, clock out, and go with this hunk"] Diana said as she walked by. Isadora's cheeks turned a slight pink when Diana called the male before her a hunk. She wasn't going to lie though, Charlie was nice to look at, but she was a taken woman after all. A broken woman as well.]
[font "times new roman" She slid out of the booth, went to the back and clocked out. She took off the apron, and grabbed her things. Her keys were in her bag, as she walked back out to the booth. [#FFBBBB "I can follow you in my car, so that way you won't have to worry about taking me home afterwards"] she said lightly. Her heart was hammering inside of her chest. Was she really doing this? Was she really going with someone who wasn't her boyfriend? She was. She was taking the plunge so to speak. She just hoped she wasn't making a horrible choice.]
[font "times new roman" She bit her lower lip, as she wrapped her arms around her stomach, looking towards the male. He was handsome, and someone she would have gone for a long time ago. Maybe it wasn't too late. Maybe she should just end everything with Daniel, and just start healing herself. She couldn't do that though, it would make her life ten times worse, but at least she was spending time with this handsome creature, something she was looking forward too. [#FFBBBB "Lead the way"] she said softly.]
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/vfb6sii.jpg]] [font roman Charlie deeply sighed as the battered woman began to speak. He seemed to be drifting back into his concerned mind again as her words trailed off, but the small ramble suddenly hurled him back into full attention. Hearing her rather troubling plight made his heart hurt, and the female had pretty much gained nearly all of his genuine sympathies. [+lightsteelblue "You've gotta do everything you can to protect yourself, y' know. Men like him won't back down, trust me."] He'd answer. Truthfully, Charlie didn't exactly know the right words to say and was merely trying his best to soothe the situation a little bit.
The male would lean back into the wall behind him and cross his arms in thought. Hearing about her estranged relationship with her mother and inability to go anywhere else made him wonder. He didn't want to comfort her for an hour or two and then leave her still in this abusive relationship, but everything was marginally out of his hands, and the option of inviting her around his own home was a bit dubious and far-fetched. He wanted to do something productive, though.
When the other man walked into the kitchen and offered for the two to continue in the booths, Charlie would wait for the woman to answer, and followed behind. Before that, however, the expression on the woman's face as she looked at Charlie, and the pain and sadness in her eyes, made something click inside him. An overwhelming sensation of guilt and angst practically took over his body and the bet from early weaselled back into his head. He remembered his initial plans for her, and the arrogance and haughtiness plaguing his reasonings during the earlier flirting between the two, and was kicking himself mentally for being so foolish and selfish.
This woman was significant, somehow. He knew they had barely known each other for a full two hours, and first impressions might've mired her perception of him, but Charlie couldn't shake off the feeling of being almost smitten with her, an utter stranger. There was definitely something pleasant and attractive about her, something much more than sheer carnal desire.
As soon as the female suggested for Charlie to sit and wait for her in his booth, Charlie would give her a slightly puzzled look. [+lightsteelblue "You sure?"] He'd ask in a concerned tone. [+lightsteelblue "Alright. But if you need anything..."] His voice would trail off, and Charlie would merely lightly smile instead. He'd scootch back into his seat and wait for the woman to return. The entire ordeal from earlier was all Charlie could think about, and the cowardice of his actions made him feel blameworthy. He replayed the abusive scene back in his head over, and, over again until the entire memory was of him beating the woman's boyfriend up, and preventing everything instead.
When the woman returned, Charlie would look up and smile. She looked brighter and a bit better than earlier, although hints of the abuse still remained. As she introduced herself, Charlie would happily grin. [i Isadora]... her name was lovely. [+lightsteelblue "Name's Charlie. Charles if you're fancy."] He'd reply. [+lightsteelblue "You, um, got anywhere to go after this? I don't wanna, y' know, leave you here alone after all... that."] His voice was awkward again, and Charlie was unsure of what to say. Each word was true, though. [+lightsteelblue "I'm heading up to my pops' motor-shop after this, but If you want I could drop you off somewhere, maybe that'll lighten the mood a little. 'Course, you don't have to agree."] His voice would slowly return back to his usual casualness, Charlie would still bite his bottom lip with anticipation for her answer, though.]
[font "times new roman" Isadora was standing in the kitchen, filling out the order's she could. She wasn't in the mood to deal with customers. She had let that asshole get the better of her once more. Something she never dreamed of doing, and yet she did. She reached up and wiped the tears off her face, and winced a little when her cheek stung. She could hear two voices, one of them happened to be Diana, and the other a male's voice. She didn't quite hear what was going on, but that didn't bother her anyway. She had more important things to worry about anyway. That's when she heard his voice. A voice that made her heart skip a beat.]
[font "times new roman" When she looked up, she was about to tell him off, but seeing the kindness in his eyes, she bit her tongue. How could she be so cruel to someone, who took the time to talk one of her employee's into letting him back here? She bit her lip lightly as she let him speak. As he spoke about her boyfriend, she smiled a little bit. [#FFBBBB "I suppose you can say he's a coward.."] she said lightly. She didn't know why, but she felt comfortable around him. Something she hadn't felt in years. She shook her head lightly, wishing she was anywhere but here right now.]
[font "times new roman" [#FFBBBB "I'll be alright.. I just need to do what my friends have told me to do.. Leave his sorry ass, and try to heal myself.. But I just.. I can't.. You saw what he did.. How controlling he is, it's kind of hard to leave something like that, and not be scared of what's going to happen. I honestly don't have anywhere to go. My mother and I aren't on the best speaking terms, and the other's have families of their own, they shouldn't have the burden of taking me in as well"] she said lightly. She then realized she was rambling. Something she did when nervous.]
[font "times new roman" That's when Adam walked into the kitchen. [b "Isadora, why don't you and your new friend go out and sit at a booth. Get yourself collected enough to get back to work, and then finish your shift"] he said with a warm smile. The woman nodded her head a bit. [#FFBBBB "Thank you Adam.."] she then turned to Charlie, and smiled sadly. Her eyes filled with the terror and the pain she was so used too. [#FFBBBB "Why don't you go back to your booth, and I'll be right there, I just need to get cleaned up a little bit"] she said lightly. She wasn't about to wait for an answer either. She slipped past the two men, and went to the ladies room.]
[font "times new roman" She stood in the bathroom for a moment, as she looked at herself in the mirror. Everything was happening so quickly, she didn't know what to do. She turned on the water, splashed her face with cold water a couple of times, and took a deep breath. She could do this. She was a strong woman, and she was bound to make it happen. She took a breath, squared her shoulders back, and walked back out. She then made her way to Charlie's table, and she slid in across from him. [#FFBBBB "I'm sorry, I never told you my name, my name is Isadora"] she said lightly. Hoping this time she looked a little bit better, than she really felt.]
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/vfb6sii.jpg]] [font roman Charlie took the rejection with confident strides and merely shrugged his shoulders in response. He genuinely seemed to be accepting the rejection reasonably well for someone who was usually quite bold and arrogant. [+lightsteelblue "You win some, you lose some."] Charlie quoted with a charming smile. He leaned back into his booth and thoughtfully sighed. The woman had left, and Charlie was left alone at the table. Alone with his thoughts and time to think about his current options. He thought about the bet placed on himself and the woman, and whether or not proceeding was the best option. He already knew now she was spoken for, and that his chances were considerably slimmer, and somewhere inside, Charlie didn't want to hurt the woman in any way at all.
Biting at his fingernails in deep thought, Charlie would stare out the window and observe the car pull up in the parking lot. Nothing unusual. He'd look elsewhere with disinterest and continue solemnly with his thinking. The chime of the door quickly kicked him out of his mental space, and his attention was spun onto the new customer. Immediately, Charlie scarcely had a bad feeling about him. Something felt wrong. The sudden yelling confirmed his surmises as soon as the other man walked in.
Charlie witnessed the entire thing. The disturbing display of pure abuse and dominance all for the young female who clearly couldn’t defend herself. Charlie knew instantly that this wasn’t right or just. A sense of hatred and anger boiled deep inside him, and the urge to lunge at the remorseless man yelling all kinds of abuse, and beat him into a bloody pulp nearly took over. He just wanted to punch him right in the face until every tooth was smashed into pieces and every bone was ground into dust. Something paralysed him, though, and Charlie couldn't move. An unusual form of bystander syndrome? No one around seemed to be stepping in either.
He watched as the vicious man forcibly dragged the helpless woman outside and inevitably continued the emotional abuse. The yelling could be slightly heard from the inside, and Charlie felt horrible. He desperately wanted to interfere and at least do something but imagining fighting the man was one thing - actually acting on that fantasy was another. Cowardice was the simple word for Charlie's emotions right now.
He didn't manage to witness the display of physical abuse and was oblivious to that until the woman slipped in, meekly covering her reddened cheek. He didn't need anyone to tell him what happened. He wanted to console her straight away and take her somewhere else safer from here. That was a mere fantasy, however, mixed with wishful thinking and Charlie merely stayed within his booth until the pancakes were delivered. One could instantly tell the male was angry and disturbed though just by the expression on his face. He remained distracted until the other waitress spoke. Charlie would answer, albeit distantly. [+lightsteelblue "Yeah, sure. No problem."] He didn't really know what he was replying too. He felt completely useless just sitting here. He didn’t touch his pancakes at all.
After a few minutes that dragged on seemingly forever, Charlie would suddenly exit his booth and walk towards the counter. He had to do something now. Calling for the other waitress, Diana, to come back. [+lightsteelblue “Listen, you mind if I go back there and see that girl? I just...”] He’d pause for a few seconds looking for the right words to say. [+lightsteelblue “I just wanna talk, for a bit.”] He sounded sincere and genuine, and that was enough to garner him entry to the kitchens. Avoiding all distractions, it didn’t take long for Charlie to find the young female by the grill. Clearly sobbing and hidden away, looking like a pitiful mess. Charlie would situate himself a reasonable distance away from the young woman but close enough for the interaction to be personal. He didn’t want to disturb her or anything. [+lightsteelblue “Hey. You, uh, you okay? That was some intense shit.”] He wasn’t exactly the one for comforting words. [+lightsteelblue "Who even was that fuckin' freak? A straight-up coward to me. I coulda' had him."] He attempted to sound tough and confident, but one could see through that by his shaky voice and awkwardness.
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