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[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.
[font "times new roman" The female cocked her head to the side, when she heard the flirting in his voice. She wasn't about to fall for it, she might as well make it known that she was a taken woman. [#FFBBBB "I don't know what you are aiming to get, but you shouldn't flirt with someone who's in a relationship. I'll get your pancakes, and be right back"] she said as she wrote it down onto the pad. She then slid the pen behind her ear, and turned on her heel walking off. Her heart was hammering inside of her chest. She was kicking herself right then. She should have just taken the bait, and flirted back, but she wasn't like that. She was the loyal type, till the very end. She sighed lightly when she placed his order.]
[font "times new roman" [b "Isadora? What's wrong lady? You look upset?"] her friend asked. She let out a small sigh, and nodded towards Charlie's booth. [#FFBBBB "He just tried flirting with me, and I kind of shot him down.. I'm with Danny, and yet I loved the attention just then.. I just don't think it's right to flirt with someone as handsome as he is, when I'm dating Danny"] she admitted. The woman crossed her arms, and narrowed her eyes. [b "You are still with that greaser of an ass? Honey, you don't need to be treated that way, you can do so much better, and that hunk over there, girl I would be all over him"] she said smirking a bit.]
[font "times new roman" The blonde knew her friend was right. But what was she supposed to do? She couldn't stop now, and yet she wanted too. That's when the door chimed and she called out. [#FFBBBB "Welcome to Mel's, take a seat and I'll be right there"] she called. That's when she heard Danny's voice. [b "What did I bloody tell you about working in this place? You shouldn't be here, you smell horrible every time you come home, and I hate it. You need to leave this bloody dump, and now"] he snapped. Isadora spun around, some blonde curl's escaping and falling into her eyes. Her heart hammering inside of her chest seeing him. She could tell he was pissed, and she didn't like it.]
[font "times new roman" [#FFBBBB "Danny please.. Don't do this. You know I love my job. I'm not leaving"] she said. This was the first time she was standing up to him. That didn't please him at all. One look was all it took, and she was walking around the counter and he grabbed her arm, and pulled her out of the diner. [b "What did you just say to me? You know damn well, you wouldn't be the woman you are without me. You can finish your shift today, but after that, you won't be working here anymore."] he hissed. He then pulled his arm back, and slapped her across the face. The blonde's hand flew to her stinging cheek, and tears filled her eyes. She didn't dare speak. She watched as he climbed into his car, and sped off.]
[font "times new roman" She knew her cheek was red, and she didn't have a way to hide it. She slipped back into the diner, and she found Scarlett. [#FFBBBB "Will you please take my tables.. I can't be seen in public right now.."] she breathed out. The woman nodded lightly. [b "If I were you Dora, I would get out of that relationship and now"] she said. Isadora couldn't. She was too weak. She watched as her friend took the order of pancakes, and syrup out. [b "Sorry doll face, Isadora's all caught up right now, and asked me to bring you these. If you need anything, just ask"] she said, placing the plate onto the table, along with the bottle of syrup. She then turned and went back into the kitchen.]
[font "times new roman" Isadora was standing over the sink sobbing. Scarlett walked over and touched her shoulder gently. [b "Honey, why don't you go home? You shouldn't be here. I'm not talking about going back to Danny's, but your mother's place"] she said softly. The blonde shook her head a bit. [#FFBBBB "I can't.. Momma's pretty much disowned me because of Danny.. I just can't do this anymore.."] she sobbed. Scarlett wrapped her arms around the woman, and let her cry. [b "Honey, you need to get out of that. I know it's going to be hard, but you need too"] she said softly. Isadora nodded, knowing her friend was right, but she just didn't know how too. The two split up, as she took over the grill, making sure to keep herself hidden from the prying eyes of the pubic.]
[left [pic https://i.imgur.com/vfb6sii.jpg]] [font roman The road rumbled as the beat-down Muntz brisked downtown for the local small diner, a handsome young man, mostly slandered as the small-town pretty boy by the locals, in the driver's seat. This was the usual morning ritual for the male, a small trip down the diner for a stack of steamy-hot pancakes with extra syrup, but this time Charlie had something else in mind, and it wasn't breakfast.
A few weeks beforehand, Charlie had been hanging around with his usual group of troubled friends, a greaser gang of uncontrollable misfits, and decided to brunch down at Mel's for the afternoon. The hour of eating the same syrup-drowned pancakes as always went on, and as usual, the howls of laughter from his zealous buddies continued to disturb the once peaceful ambience until one of them had spotted a young female at the back of the counter. She was a beautiful little thing to the group of delinquents, a blonde-haired bombshell Charlie had pictured in his dreams once-upon-a-time, and her appearance was immediately pointed out by one of the boys in the gang as soon as she was seen. [b "Oi, Charlie. Bet ya' can't bag that sweet broad by the end of the month."] And with that, Charlie thought [i game on.]
The drive was merely a couple of minutes long, and Charlie had already pulled into the parking lot before the radio had even switched songs. The young man would adjust his usual outfit, a leather jacket with a maroon shirt underneath and a pair of washed-out jeans, and would approach the diner with an air of unbreakable confidence. Charlie had spent most of his high school years wooing the girls of his classes and had usually succeeded, each one only an extra notch on his bedpost, and the dirty habit had stuck with him into adulthood.
Pushing through the entrance and mentally picking out a booth for himself, Charlie would approach one of the waitresses. [+lightsteelblue "Hey, doll. Ya' know that one blondie who works here? Mind if you send her my way?"] With a subtle smirk, Charlie would leave for the chosen booth and scootch into the seat closest to the window, a menu in-hand at an attempt look as casual as possible.
For the few minutes Charlie's mysterious target wasn't there, Charlie would fiddle with the assortment of shakers on his table. Only a couple of minutes later and the woman was right beside him ready to take his order. A flicker of nerves shot through his body as he heard her voice speaking directly to him, and the young male had lost his track of thought for a few seconds before turning on his usual boyish charms [+lightsteelblue "Sure thing, baby. I'll have a stack of pancakes with extra syrup."] A bit of light flirting, nothing unusual for the male at least. The tiny conversation would remain normal until Charlie switched on his flirtatious side. [+lightsteelblue "Lookin' pretty good today, huh. I must be one of the luckiest men around, having such a pretty-face take my order."] A small wink to flavour the quote.
Charlie had never met this woman before and had barely seen her once, and had never truly heard her voice up until this moment. He knew absolutely nothing about her. She was a complete and utter stranger. Charlie had been through this shtick a hundred times before, and his motive was never pure or innocence. Today was no different. She was a simple bet and nothing else to him, and Charlie felt no conflicting emotions. This moment, though, somehow felt different, as if deep down inside somewhere, Charlie was secretly hoping for a different outcome. He didn't know what and didn't try searching himself for the answer, instead, focusing on the interaction at hand and getting to the endgame.]
[font "times new roman" The sound of the alarm blaring sent the woman scrambling to turn it off. She slammed her hand down against it, and silenced it. She looked over at the form in bed, and she let out a small sigh. She was kicking herself for not turning it off sooner. She slowly untangled herself from the sheets, and her feet hit the cool, wooden floor, and she shivered. She found her slippers, and slid her feet into them. She then grabbed her robe, and slid her arms through it, and wrapped it around her. She then made her way out of the room quietly, and to the kitchen. She knew the male would be up soon, so she needed to get a move on for breakfast.]
[font "times new roman" The blonde went about finding what she needed, and then pulled out the bowl of eggs. She started cracking them one by one, and putting them into the frying pan. She then started the bacon, and sausage as well. She put the coffee on a moment later. She sighed lightly as she looked out the back window. She was surprised that she was still alive right now. After last night, she seriously thought her life would have ended. Maybe it would have been better that way. She loved the man to death, but was it really worth the pain? Something she didn't want to think about, but did.]
[font "times new roman" She went about getting breakfast made, and as soon as she was plating it, was when the male walked in. [b "Something smells amazing"] he said walking towards her, and gripped her around the waist. She froze as she looked out the window. [#FFBBBB "I figured you'd want a warm breakfast this morning"] she said softly. [b "I would love too Isadora, but I have to get going. No one wait's for the boss anymore"] he said, as he looked down at her. [b "Look at me"] he spoke out. The sound of his voice made her turn her head towards him. [b "You are a beautiful woman, don't make me do what I did last night"] he said, and kissed her.]
[font "times new roman" The kiss wasn't like normal, it wasn't loving like it used to be. It was demanding, and controlling. When he pulled away she nodded lightly. [#FFBBBB "I won't.."] she breathed out. [b "Good girl"] he said, and grabbed a piece of toast, put some egg on it, along with bacon and sausage as well. Then he was out the door. She sighed lightly, glad he was finally gone. She put her hands onto the counter, trying to steady herself. Her heart was hammering inside of her chest, her head spinning, and she wished she hadn't agreed to move in with him so soon. They were still new at being a couple, and she was regretting it.]
[font "times new roman" She cleaned up the kitchen and looked down at the dog sitting there waiting for his breakfast. [#FFBBBB "You understand, don't you baby?"] she asked lightly. She then put the rest of the eggs, bacon and sausage into the dog's bowl. He might as well be a little bit spoiled, since Daniel wouldn't do it. She sighed lightly as she made her way back to the bedroom, and found something to change into. She was working at Mel's today, and wouldn't be home till late that night. Perfect, maybe then Daniel would be in bed, and she wouldn't have to deal with him.]
[font "times new roman" That was nothing but wishful thinking on her part. She found her uniform and pulled it out, and placed it onto the bed. She cocked her head to the side and looked at herself in the mirror. She looked pale, and looked sickly. She tore her eyes away from herself, and got changed. She pulled on the black jeans, and light pink t-shirt. The only thing she really enjoyed about the whole uniform. She didn't bother doing her hair anymore, because no one would see it. She then placed the ugly looking hat on top of her head. She then found her skates, and carried them to her car.]
[font "times new roman" She threw them into the back seat, went back inside to brush her teeth, and then she was ready for the day. The slight bruising under her eye couldn't be hidden well. She sighed lightly wishing she had something more she could use, but it was pointless. She made her way back outside, slid into her car, started it up, and pulled out of the driveway. She rolled the windows down, to let in some fresh air, and headed into town. The only place she could feel normal, at least that's how she looked at it.]
[font "times new roman" She pulled into Mel's parking lot, parked in her normal spot and shut the car off. She sighed lightly as she sat there a moment longer. She then climbed out, shut the door behind her and locked it. She slipped in through the back, clocked in, grabbed an apron and walked out to the front. [b "Good morning Isa!"] came the voice of a bubbly red head. [#FFBBBB "Good morning Diana, how are you?"] she called back. [b "Doing pretty good. There's a male in the corner, he had asked for you the moment he walked in. I don't know who he is"] Diana said. Isadora raised a 'brow slightly. A customer asked for her?]
[font "times new roman" That was kind of strange. She wasn't going to complain though. She grabbed a note pad with a pen and slid it into her apron. She then spotted the male Diana had been talking about. He wasn't that much older than she was. She wasn't going to lie either, he was nice to look at as well. She walked up to him, and stopped at his table. [#FFBBBB "Is there something I can help ya with darling?"] she asked, as she pulled out her notepad and pen. She stood there and waited for the other to speak, and give her his order.]
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