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Elijah felt her sit town across from where he was making their meal and he felt her eyes on her. He met her gaze, but she looked away just as he did and shook her head. He dropped his eyes again to what he was doing so he didn't cut his thumb off while he cut the sandwiches into triangles like a kid.
He couldn't help a smirk of a smile come to his face at her next words and he nodded. "I just might take you up on that offer," he admitted as he handed her one of the plates, then licked some of the peanut butter from his thumb. "I can't cook for shit. Can barely scramble an egg." He rounded the corner and took a seat on the stool next to hers. He nodded a thanks for the water before adding, "I wouldn't call you a bitch, though. Spoiled, maybe. But not a bitch." He glanced at her with amusement in his eyes. He took another bite of his food. "You've surprised me too much for me to think that."
His eyes fell on the notebook clearly titled. He knew she was bound to write in it about the things she had just been through and normally he wouldn't risk it being lost or left behind, detailing the whole account of their story for their enemies to find. But he also knew that Tatum was probably dying to talk to somebody about all this, and it was better for it to be a journal than a living person. He was also starting to see that she was more responsible than she seemed.
That night, Eli stared up at the dark ceiling of the living room from the couch. He knew he could have taken the other bedroom, but as he decided before, this was the most tactical place to be when asleep. And yet he couldn't rest. He sat up slowly and turned to look down the hallway. The light under Tatum's door was finally off. He stood quietly, making his way down to the bathroom, just across the way, and splashed his face with water. He looked at himself in the mirror. Why couldn't he sleep?
His reflection almost taunted him. [i You're afraid of failure. If you lose her, you lose everything. You're whole life will have been for nothing.]
He closed his eyes tight and balled his hands into fists against the sink. After a deep breath, he left the bathroom and found himself at Tatum's door. He opened the door without a sound, just a crack. He could just make out her sleeping form, her silver-blonde hair almost glowing in the darkness on her pillows. He closed the door just as silently as he had opened it and made his way back to the couch.
Content with her safety, Eli drifted off.
[font "times new roman" Tatum looked up towards the male when he said he was going to shower. She nodded lightly and debated on going outside to get some wood. That's when he told her not to even step foot outside. It wasn't like anyone was around, and she rolled her eyes but stayed where she was. She was itching to talk to someone about what was going on. She felt at a loss, and she honestly didn't know what to do. That's when she remembered she had a note book stored away here. She pushed herself up from the couch, and made her way to the spare room.]
[font "times new roman" She opened up the closet and reached up onto the top shelf. That's when her fingers brushed against a book type item. She pulled it towards her, and when she did a lot of dust flew into her face. She started sneezing right away. When the sneezing fit was over and done with, she took the book back to the living room, and found a pen in the desk. She then sat down, and opened the book. The words [b [i Tatum's Journal]] screamed out at her. A small smile passed over her lips remembering the day she had bought this. It was still really empty too.]
[font "times new roman" She would have a lot of fresh pages to work with. She hadn't realized that Eli was out of the shower until he spoke. The smile faded as fast as it had appeared on her face. She looked towards him and nodded lightly. [#cc6699 "That sounds nice, thank you"] she said lightly. The silence was really getting to her, and she wanted nothing more than to lock herself in the room and start writing. It wasn't really talking to someone, but at least she would be able to get everything down on paper, until she got a new laptop.]
[font "times new roman" She stood with the journal in hand, and followed behind the male. He looked more handsome than he had before. She couldn't believe she was really checking the asshole out. She shook her head lightly as she climbed onto one of the bar stools and watched as he made the sandwiches. [#cc6699 "Ya know, if you ever want a home cooked meal all you gotta do is ask. I might be a spoiled bitch, but at least I know how to cook"] she said with a shrug of her shoulders.]
[font "times new roman" It wasn't much, but at least the offer was out on the table. She took the plate when he offered it to her, and she placed it down onto the counter. She then placed the journal and pen beside it. She slid off the stool and grabbed two water bottles, and placed them both onto the counter top. She would kill for a little booze right about now, but she wouldn't say anything about it. Maybe when they were somewhere else, then maybe she would think about it more.]
[font "times new roman" She sat back down, picked up the sandwich and bit into it. It wasn't much, but at least she had something in her stomach. She just couldn't wait to escape the male's watchful eyes and hopefully get her thoughts and worries down on paper.]
Anyone else might not have picked up the sound of Tatum's sobs in the shower, but Elijah's senses were trained and sharp and he tried to ignore the sounds. He didn't do this out of spite or because he didn't care, but because he knew she wouldn't want him to hear. A few moments after the crying stopped, so did the water. He was just finishing up his tour of the house and was back in the living room when she emerged again. He turned from where he was closing the blinds over the last window to see her standing there in her pajamas. It was interesting to see her in something other than her usual attire.
Having watched over her for months, he had gotten used to the idea that her sense of style was rather high-fashion- if that's what you even called it- and to see her in pajamas, even if they matched, was just odd.
He nodded at her words, tearing his eyes away. He grabbed his bag and headed for the bathroom. "I won't be long," he told her anyway, even though he knew she wasn't worried. "Don't open any windows or anything." He slipped past her and down the hallway. After he closed the door to the bathroom he got himself ready for a shower. Perhaps she was right. Maybe they were really safe here. Maybe instead of five minutes, he would take a [i ten] minute shower. Indulge himself.
He shaved the overgrown hair from his face, leaving him with a rough bit of stubble. It felt good to get that off. Then he climbed into the shower and let the hot water pour over his tense muscles. Ten minutes went by and he was out again. When he left the bathroom he was wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt. Normally he wouldn't even change out of jeans, but he felt like this place was going to be okay. At least for a night he could relax enough to not sleep in denim.
He put his bag back on the couch, feeling Tatum's eyes on him. "I'm gonna make a sandwich," he said. "You want one?" He felt like he needed to at least offer her some kind of olive branch. He wouldn't be able to live with her if it was going to feel this tense all the time. He started to work on one sandwich rather sloppily, like a man who had lived on them for far too long and was tired of making them.
[font "times new roman" When the male mentioned that she could take the room, she shrugged lightly. [#cc6699 "There's an extra room if you decide to take it. I understand your worry, but at the same time you need to make yourself comfortable"] she said lightly. She then gathered up her things and made her way to the back of the cabin. It was just like she remembered it. The room was as dusty as the rest, but she would worry about that in a minute. She dropped her things onto the floor and then went to find another rag.]
[font "times new roman" She dusted everything off in the bedroom, and then went in search of the sheets. She found them, and made the bed before she finally was ready for a shower. She unzipped her bag and started digging around. She found what she was looking for, and then carried the change of clothes along with her wash bag into the bathroom. She shut the door behind her and turned on the water. She waited for it to heat up, and she looked at herself in the mirror. She didn't look the same at all. She looked different in a way.]
[font "times new roman" I guess when you have a bounty on your head, that would change a person and the way they look. She shook her head and undressed. She then climbed into the shower a second later and that's when it all came crashing down. She finally let the tears fall. Everything changed within a few short days, and she felt like she was alone. She couldn't contact anyone, her whole life was being turned upside down. She slid down onto the floor of the shower, and let the hot water pound down against her skin.]
[font "times new roman" She spent the next twenty minutes in the shower letting it all out. When she was done, she finally pushed herself up and washed her hair and body. She then shut the water off a little bit later and climbed out. The steam in the bathroom kept it warm for a little while longer. She grabbed a towel, dried herself off and then changed into her sleeping clothes. She then made her way back into the living room and spotted the male. [#cc6699 "The shower is free if you want to shower. I think you can relax a little bit, no one knows about this place, and as you can clearly tell it's not been used in years"] she said softly.]
[font "times new roman" She then sat on the couch, and looked towards the fire place. She chewed her lip lightly wondering if it would be wise to even start a fire or not. She leaned back, and pulled her knees to her chest, resting her chin on her knees, falling silent once more.]
Tatum called the shower first, which he had no problem with. He gathered his things and watched her circle around to the side of the cabin as he continued to take in the place they would be staying for a night or two. She came back with the keys to the house and unlocked the door. He followed her inside. Just as she had said, it was extremely dusty and she sneezed. Eli tried not to find the noise cute.
He looked around the place. It wasn't huge, but it wasn't tiny, either. He was already dropping his bags on the sofa when she told him to make himself at home. While she busied herself with dusting things off to make the place more livable, Eli went from room to room, looking for easy entrance and exit points. He checked the windows as he went, making sure they were all as secure as possible. When he returned to the living room she was standing there, just finishing with her chore.
"You can take it," he said. "I'm sleeping here." He gestured to the couch. "If anyone is going to break in, I'll be able to hear it from here." He walked to the door and fiddled with the lock. It was strong enough. It would have to do. "Take your shower," he finally said. "I'll bring in the food."
They had stopped several miles back to pick up some things they could eat while being far away from pretty much everything. After the incident before, Eli did not let Tatum out of his sight even for a moment during the whole trip.
He stepped outside again to bring the items inside, locking the door immediately once it was closed again. Then he set them on the counter. He didn't put them away anywhere. He didn't want it to feel like they were moving in or anything. Then he opened the cabinets, looking to see if there were plates and cups to use. They could all use a little wash after so long of not being used, but other than that, they were pretty much set.
Listening to the shower run, he continued around the cabin, looking in every closet and drawer. This was a ritual he had learned when staying in a new place. Learn where everything is. You never know when it will be useful.
[font "times new roman" Tatum was surprised when he handed her a couple of pills from the bottle. She looked towards him and shrugged a bit. [#cc6699 "Well, we can't really go to a doctor to find out, now can we?"] she asked lightly. She popped the pills into her mouth and washed them down with the drink she had. She then leaned her head back and closed her eyes for a moment. She thought back to the last day and a half, and wondered how the hell it had gotten so fucked up, and how fast it happened.]
[font "times new roman" She was still at a total loss as to who would do this to her, but made a mental note to majorly hurt those that did. She opened her eyes and watched as the male drove through the trees, and towards the cabin. When it came into view she was more than happy to see it. When he finally parked, she looked towards him and smirked a bit. [#cc6699 "Dibs on the shower first, then you are welcome to it"] she said as she opened her door and slid out. She opened the back door and grabbed her things, and slid the strap of her bag onto her shoulder.]
[font "times new roman" She slid the hard drive into her bag as well, and made her way around to the side of the cabin. She made sure Eli wasn't following right away, and she found the key right where she knew it would be. She then came back around dangling the car between her fingers. [#cc6699 "It's going to be really dusty, and cold inside. There's firewood in the back, but the cabin does have a normal heater as well"] she explained. She walked up the front steps and slid the key into the lock, and opened the door and stepped inside. The cabin was dimly lit from the outside light.]
[font "times new roman" She walked father into the cabin, and flipped on a lamp. The light washed over the room a little bit, and she sneezed. The whole cabin was covered in dust, because no one had been here. She was surprised that the lights even worked. So maybe the Maxwell's were paying the bill, or maybe the generator was still in working condition. Whatever the reason she as glad for it. She turned and looked towards Eli before dropping her things to the floor, and a puff of dust rose to meet her. She sneezed again. [#cc6699 "Make yourself at home, I'll get everything dusted"] she said waving her hand in the air.]
[font "times new roman" She made her way to the hall closet and opened it, and pulled a wash rag out. She then went about getting everything dusted, and some of the lights turned on. It was homey as you could tell, and it would be the perfect place to stay for awhile. They would just need to get some food and water, and that was about it. It took her about forty five minutes to get everything dusted, and cleaned up. She then turned to the male and locked her eyes with his, the rag hanging from her fingers. [#cc6699 "Who gets the master bedroom?"] she asked.]
Eli listened to her answer while also reaching behind him, digging through one of his bags as he kept his eyes on the road. He couldn't help but give a chuckle, hearing what she had said to the stranger. She had a mouth on her, that much he already knew, but it was only becoming more apparent.
He found what he was searching for and pulled out a bottle of pain pills. "Here," he said, handing them over. "For your head. Let's hope you don't have a concussion."
He didn't say anything else about what happened at the restaurant, but he knew he wouldn't be able to leave her alone for long in public, even just to go to the bathroom. There were more threats out there for her than just the assassins after her.
He drove the way she instructed and in the long bits of silence, he thought about Durham. What did his once-father figure think about his sudden change of heart? How did [i Eli] feel about it? He had lost the only family he had ever known to save someone he didn't even know. He glanced over at the blonde sitting beside him, looking out the window. He had never felt so conflicted before. His path had always been clear ever since they had taken him in. Ever since...
He let out a sigh and pulled onto a gravel road that seemed to stretch on for miles under tall trees. The sun was just starting to set, but he could still see some of the sunshine through the leaves. Several minutes later and they found themselves in a clearing with a humble little cabin that looked like it hadn't had visitors in years. He pulled to a slow stop just out front, looking it over. He didn't see what most people would, like the windows cut from wood or the brick chimney that gave it character. He saw escape plans and places to take cover should it come to that.
He was relieved at how hard it was to find the place, though. The gravel road had been obstructed by greenery and almost shut off from the world. If Tatum hadn't known it was there, he might have missed it.
He clicked off his seat belt and climbed out of the car.
[font "times new roman" When he asked about doing anything rash she laughed a bit. [#cc6699 "I can see you doing something rash, just because of the fact it's me"] she said lightly. As he spoke about not letting the owners know, she understood where he was coming from. Yes it was hard, but at the same time what other choice did she have? She had to stop being so damn stubborn. She was about to speak when she saw him reaching for the door handle, and was surprised he had stopped himself just then as well, talking about not making a scene. Which was good on his part.]
[font "times new roman" [#cc6699 "You just proved my point. I'm glad you stopped yourself though, because right now I don't think I can handle anymore violence. My head is still pounding from the hit I took from Bryson or Diana"] she breathed out. Which was true. Sometimes it was a dull throb, and other times it was full on pain. She pushed through it though. She couldn't complain all of the time about something small. When he started to drive she let the silence wash over them. Silence was better than talking, at least for right now.]
[font "times new roman" That's when his question hit her. Did guys always think they owned her? She sighed lightly as she put her hands into her lap, and looked out the window before speaking. [#cc6699 "Yes they do. They think just because I have the money, they can pretty much tell me what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. I might not be the smartest person in the world, but I at least know what I want out of life. I know how to tell people no, and they don't like it.."]]
[font "times new roman" [#cc6699 "Yes he hit me, because I pushed him away from me. He was getting too close for comfort, and I could smell the booze on his breath. He told me to ditch you and to go with him. I kind of hurt his ego too, saying that I needed a man to please me in bed, and he was nothing but a boy, and that because of all the drinking he's done his dick was too little, and wouldn't be able to do the job"] she said with a small laugh. Thinking about it now, did make her feel a bit better. She hadn't meant to be a total bitch about it, but she had hurt the other's ego a bit.]
[font "times new roman" [#cc6699 "I think he had other things on his mind, rape included. The way his eyes kept scanning up and down my body... Yeah not gonna go there"] she breathed out. A shudder ran through her body just then thinking about the outcome of what could have happened. She started playing with her fingers as she tried to figure out where they were. She then rattled off directions to the cabin, and hoped they would get there in about two hours or so. They weren't that far, but the drive through the mountains might be a bit difficult.]
With brows furrowed, Eli followed Tatum out the door being dragged by her hand. "What-" he said upon seeing her face, but she shut him down, telling him to wait until they were in the car. "Rash? Why would I do anything rash?"
Her hand left his and he opened the door to climb in beside her. He noticed her immediately lock her door and he followed her eyes to the employee looking out at them. At first he didn't hear what she was saying because he was too busy studying the man. He didn't hold himself right to be an assassin, so at least there was that much. Then why was Tatum so afraid.
He shook his head, only half listening and still looking at the figure in the window. "We can't let anyone know where we are," he told her and finally turned to her. "If the odds are low of them visiting, then we can chance it." He made sure she was looking directly at him so the words sunk in. "You- [i we]- have to be completely off the radar. That means no contact with anyone. They're digging through everything they can about us right now. Trust me." He knew these guys. He had been one of them, but he couldn't tell her that. "If you make one phone call, even from someone else's phone, even to someone who hasn't heard from you in years, they're going to know." He glanced back at the window. "I have a few loyal contacts we can go see as well, but that's the extent of it. We're alone out here." He paused for a brief moment, then asked, "Did he hit you? What the hell happened in there?"
The man paced inside, pretending to wipe down tables, but he was glaring at Tatum in a way that made Eli's blood boil. Her lack of answer was enough for him and he put his hand on the handle of the car as if to leave. Then he stopped. "I'd beat his ass, but we can't make a scene if we don't want to be found," he said, leaning back and starting the car. He ignored the man from then on out and drove off. After a long silence, Eli asked, "Does that happen to you a lot? Guys just thinking that they own you?"
[font "times new roman" When Eli started to question her about the cabin, she brushed it off for the time being. She needed to pee and badly. When he pulled into a McDonald's parking lot and offered to get her food, she grinned. She slid out of the back seat and reached into the front seat for his jacket again, and slid her arms through the sleeves. [#cc6699 "A Big Mac will be perfect, thank you"] she said as she made her way to the bathroom. She spotted one of the other employee's and plastered on a smile towards him. The way he was looking at her, gave her the creeps for sure.]
[font "times new roman" She ducked into the bathroom, took care of her business and then washed her hands afterwards. When she came out of the bathroom, the male employee cornered her, and her heart slammed against her chest. [b "What's a pretty thing like you doing in a dump like this?"] he asked her. Tatum shrugged lightly as she tried to side step him. [#cc6699 "Just traveling with the boyfriend is all"] she said. Which wasn't a total lie either. She just didn't know what to call Eli just then. The male pinned her to the wall, and looked into her eyes. [b "Ditch him, and come with a real man"] he said.]
[font "times new roman" She could smell the booze on him, and she shook her head lightly. She put her hands on the man's chest and pushed him away gently. [#cc6699 "I'm sorry, but I'm not interested in what you have to offer. Plus I bet with all that drinking you've been doing, it's made your dick really small. I need a real man to please me in bed, and you my dear are nothing but a boy"] she cooed. That seemed to hurt the male's ego. He reached up and slapped her across the face. A small gasp escaped her just now, and her hand flew to her face. [b "How dare you. You have no right to talk to me like that"]]
[font "times new roman" [b "Get the fuck out of here"] he snapped. Tatum didn't need to be told twice. She ducked her head, and hurried away from the male. Her cheek red from the slap. She walked up to Eli, took her bag along with his hand and pulled him out of the building. [#cc6699 "I'll explain in the car. Don't do anything rash"] she hissed. She didn't let the male go, until she reached the car, and rounded around to the passenger side. She opened the door and slid inside. She shut the door, and locked it. She looked up to the building and saw the male standing there, with an evil look on his face.]
[font "times new roman" When Eli was in the car, she tried to distract him with talk of the cabin. [#cc6699 "So in answer to your question about the cabin, it hasn't been used in years, there's no pictures, and I'm the only one who knows about. If you'll let me, I need to let the owners know we are staying there, just in case they out of the blue show up. They aren't anything to worry about, I can promise you that"] she said lightly. She let the silence wash over them, as she turned away from the male and looked out the window.]
"I'll keep that in mind," he said, still trying to make up for his misjudgment. He didn't know what it was about this girl. He shouldn't care what she thought of him. He was a killer, after all. And yet he knew he was also soft in a lot of ways, even if he didn't like to admit it. He didn't get into the business because he liked killing. He was sworn in. The killing chose him when he was hardly even a man yet and he had built walls around himself to make up for that fact. She somehow got through them.
He would have to work on that.
Several hours passed in silence which he was thankful for. The sun was high now. Eli remained alert, looking for anyone following them, but so far he saw nothing. He checked on Tatum in the rear view mirror several times and did so again when she spoke for the first time in a while. He nodded and started to keep an eye on the signs at the side of the road. It would probably have to be a small town they came to instead of a rest stop at this point. He tried not to be touched by her telling him he needed a break.
She continued on about a cabin she knew of. This had to mean she knew they were close to it and he was rather impressed. He wouldn't think a girl like her could get anywhere without a GPS. "You're right," he said. "At least while we can, we should stay as isolated as possible. Does anyone else know about this cabin? Do you have pictures of it online anywhere? I need to know if our enemies would be able to find us."
He felt her eyes on the back of his head. "And thanks, but... I enjoy driving," he told her. And it was true. He was thankful that she seemed to truly mean what she said, though, about not doing anything stupid, so he added, "I'll let you know, though."
Soon there was an exit ramp that led them into a small town. He pulled into a McDonald's parking lot and they both got out. He walked with her inside. "Go on to the bathroom. I'm ordering a coffee," he said dryly. "You need anything?" This place was so run down and there was hardly anybody inside except for the workers so he watched her walk down the small hallway to the bathrooms without feeling tense about it.
The cashier smiled at him after he ordered and as if she was desperate for some kind of meaningful conversation in this tiny town where she probably knew everyone, she said, "You and your girlfriend on a road trip?"
"Yeah," he said, not missing a beat. It was best to let people think whatever they wanted and play into it. He took his coffee just as Tatum returned. He handed her her order and they headed back for the door.
[font "times new roman" When he said something about we don't have to apologize it peaked her interest a little bit. She wanted to know what he meant, but kept that to herself for later on. When she was done, she put the garbage into the bag, and then looked out the side window once more. When he agreed about her being a pain in the ass a small smile tugged on the corner of her lips. [#cc6699 "Well, here's the first tip on dealing with people then. Don't always assume that if they have some sort of electronic device, it's all about social media, when in reality if you just talk about it, you'd be surprised with what they use it for"] she breathed out.]
[font "times new roman" As the morning shifted into midday was when she realized she had to use the rest room, and she needed to get out of the car for a little while. [#cc6699 "The next rest stop we come too, I need to use the rest room, and you need a break. There is a cabin an old family friend owns, and I know where the hide-a-key is if you want to stay there for the rest of the day, or we can find some run down hotel, or whatever. I feel like the cabin would be a safer bet though, not as many people"] she offered. The cabin most likely hasn't been used in years. She had fallen out of touch with the friend she mentioned.]
[font "times new roman" Thinking of the word friend reminded her of Diana and Bryson, and she shuddered a bit. Was everyone out to get her now? And why? Who in their right mind would want her dead so badly? She sighed lightly as she crossed her arms over her stomach and looked towards the male driving. [#cc6699 "Also, if you need breaks between driving pull over, and I'll take over at the wheel. I promise I won't do anything stupid"] she said. She meant it too. Now that she knew the seriousness of this whole mess, she wasn't about to put herself in more danger than she already was in.]
[font "times new roman" She had a feeling he would decline the offer, but at least she laid it out on the table for him, just in case he would ever need it. She shifted a bit in the back, her legs cramping a bit. She needed to get out, and soon.]
Eli held the food back for her to take, keeping his eyes on the road, and heard the small apology when she did. He shook his head gently, but she wasn't done speaking. He swallowed hard as he listened. He had retrieved the hard drive to make the guilt go away. Yet, the more she spoke, the more guilty he felt. She shouldn't be apologizing at all.
"We don't get to apologize," he said softly, as if he had said it before a hundred times. As if it were a mantra. After a long moment, he added, "But for what it's worth, you were right. I should have just asked. I'm not used to dealing with... people."
He found her in the mirror, able to look at her for the first time since the laptop ordeal had started. "You are kind of a pain in the ass, though," he said, and the corner of his mouth came up in a small grin before letting his eyes go back to the road. By now they were well out of town. He drove with one hand and ate with the other. The heavy guilt in his chest seemed to lessen a little.
He thought about where they would go. For now, he was just driving. He knew he couldn't go back to any of the apartments he used when he wasn't on a job. His former coworkers have no doubt sweeped them all for any traces of him.
[font "times new roman" Having the male yelling at her wasn't helping matters either. She wanted nothing more than to just up and leave the car, and just leave the male behind. Even if her life was in danger. She would rather be killed than staying with Eli right now. She didn't say much as she braced herself from rolling off the back seat when he turned around. She didn't know where they were going, but didn't care. Then she heard him telling her to stay the way she was, and not to move. She would make sure she didn't. She reached up and wiped the tears away.]
[font "times new roman" She heard the back door open, and felt something hit her, and then the door closed. He was back in the passenger seat, and driving once more. She peeked her head out and saw the hard drive and her heart about leapt out of her chest. Had he really just went back to get that for her? Maybe he wasn't that bad of a guy. When it was somewhat safe to do so, she pushed the blanket down and sat up slowly. She waited until they got their food, before she spoke softly. [#cc6699 "I'm sorry.."] was all she said. She took the food he had offered her and then leaned back.]
[font "times new roman" She placed the food aside and then picked up his things and placed them back onto the seat beside her. She shouldn't have been so childish, but when it came to her personal shit, she about lost it. She turned and looked out the back window as she let the silence wash over them. She knew they would sooner or later have to sit down and talk like adults. She wasn't treating him the best, and he wasn't treating her the best. She looked towards him slowly watching as he drove. Everything was so messed up, and she wasn't making anything better either.]
[font "times new roman" She leaned forward and rested her arms across the back of the seat. [#cc6699 "You didn't have to go back there and get that hard drive.. How was I supposed to know I would be getting kidnapped, and my so called friends were hired to kill me? Everything's so messed up right now, that I'm not thinking straight.. So I do apologize for being a pain in the ass, and thank you"] she said softly. It wasn't much but at least she got what she wanted to say out. She leaned back, opened the bag of food finally and started to eat silently.]
He was surprised it took this long to start getting yelled at, honestly. And he was surprised at how guilty he felt. He'd rather die than let it show, though. He watched her flip him off in the rear view mirror, but he didn't let it bother him. What [i did] bother him was when she shoved his things off the seat, which included his own laptop full of sensitive information and a bag of guns and ammunition along with another full of clothes. He nearly crashed the car and he veered into the closest parking lot and turned around to look at her. All he got was her back facing him.
"Listen up. It's you're own damn fault for not backing up your shit." He was pointing at her like she could see him. "Your life is far more important than some [i pictures], don't you understand that?" Yelling at her was only making the weight in his chest grow. He hadn't been social like this in a long time. He stuck to his own people. He didn't know anyone like her. And that frustrated him. He put on the gas and pulled a u-turn, the tires screeching on the pavement. He was headed back the way they came, but she didn't know that.
"Don't fucking move from this car. Don't even sit up. You don't exist, got it?" He got out and left her alone for the first time in the locked car with the tinted windows. He returned moments later and opened the side door, tossing in a hunk of metal. It was the hard drive from her laptop. He slammed the door, got in the drivers seat, and started to drive again without a word. He pulled into the nearest fast food restaurant, ordered the first thing he saw for the both of them because the last thing he wanted to do was ask her what she wanted, then they began their drive out of town.
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