- Kidnapped again
Today I wasn’t in the best of moods. Mainly because Noah was still mad at me for kicking Rowan out I thought I had covered things up well. It turns out that he could see past my bullshit.
At times like this, I wish that we hadn’t pretended in front of Noah. I know that we thought we were protecting him. That we were giving him a happy childhood. All we did was deceive him.
Now he has it in his head that we were once in love and that we can be again.
I don’t know how to tell him the truth without breaking his little heart. I don’t know how to tell
him that everything he believes about me and Rowan is a lie.
My biggest fear is that he’ll hate us for lying to him if the truth comes out. Then again we can’t continue like this. We can’t continue with him believing that there is a chance for me and Rowan.
I sigh and get out of bed. I had gone back to sleep after Noah left for school. As the days progress,
the bigger I get and the more tired I feel.
Dragging my feet, I head to the bathroom and take a shower. It still doesn’t take away the fatigue
from my bones. Deciding on a dress, I put on a white spaghetti strap dress with blue flowers on it.
It reached just above my knees and showed my belly. Since my parents now knew the truth about
my pregnancy, it was time to stop hiding it.
Not in the mood to do my makeup, I opt for just concealer to cover up my dark under eyes.
I leave my room and get downstairs just as my doorbell rings.
I was really not in the mood to see or talk to anyone. Not when I was feeling like shit.
I open my front door and wish that I hadn’t. Travis was standing on my door step looking
I go to close the door, but he stops it before I can slam it on his face.
“Please Ava” he begs tiredly.
“What do you want?” I ask, my voice cold even to my own ears.
It was really funny how much my voice automatically changes nowadays. I don’t even put any
effort in it. It just grows cold and unattached. As if I was speaking to a total stranger.
“Can I come in?” he asks.
“Fuck No! Speak what you came here to say and leave”
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t curious about why he was here. The last time I saw Travis was
when mother revealed the truth about how I came to be a Sharp.
I see him hesitate and my curiosity gets stronger. Travis has always been arrogant and assured. To
see him this nervous in front of me was intriguing.
“Get it out already! I don’t have all day” I snap after a few minutes of him being quiet.
I was starting to question why I even gave him a chance to speak. I should have called the police
on his sorry ass.
“I was wondering if you could talk to Nora and Theo” he finally speaks, but it was so low I had to
straining to hear him.
“Sharp Corp. They’ve gone after us. Making almost all investors who are in their contact to drop
our company” he says brokenly. “The company is sinking, Ava. We are losing investors, customers
and funds” (2
I sigh. If I were being honest, I thought mom and dad’s threat was just that, a threat. I didn’t really
think that they would actually go after the Sharps for what they did to me.
If there is anything that Travis loves more than anything, it’s that company. It was and is his pride.
and joy. To have him here, basically begging me to help him means he has reached the end of the
road. It means he has tried everything and talking to me is the last and only resort.
“You have to know I don’t really care if that company sinks or not” I state, folding my hands across
He looked tired and worn out. Like he has been burning both ends of the candle.
Letty hasn’t mentioned anything about this to me. Then again, I told her never to speak about
Travis in my presence.
“Please, Ava. I beg you. We’re family”
Hearing that word has my hackles up. Bringing the familiar angry burn.
“Family?” I scoff. “How are we family, Travis? If I remember correctly you cut me off. You said I
was dead to you and renounced me as your sister years ago. Then you went and proved just how
I cut him off. I don’t want to hear a thing from his damn mouth.
“Every time you took Emma’s side, every time you treated me like trash. Every fucking time you.
laughed when Rowan tore my heart to pieces because I hurt you precious sister, did you consider
me you family? What about the times you said I deserved the pain I was going through? Or when
father and mother ignored me like I didn’t matter? What about all the time you all shunned me?
Was I still your family?
He doesn’t say anything. But what is there to say anyway? He knows the truth. He didn’t consider
me family back then. To him and the rest I was nothing but an unwanted nuisance. One they
would do anything to get rid of.
“So tell me, if you didn’t consider me your family back then, what makes you think I’ll consider
you my family now? Whatever you are trying to do by playing the family card with me won’t work”
My eyes pierce his. I used to note the difference between us. Travis and Emma didn’t look alike,
but by just seeing them you could guess that they’re related. I on the other hand looked nothing
like any of them. That should have been the first clue that I wasn’t one of them.
“Let’s be honest, you’ve never cared about me. The only reason you’re here is because you think
you can use me, but I won’t let you. Go home, Travis and don’t ever darken my doorstep again.”
With that, I push him away and slam the door hard. I lean against it breathing hard. Its quiet for a
few minutes before I hear his car start up and speed off.
Feeling the need to escape the house, I take my car keys. I was just leaving when I notice the
clothes Rowan bought. I take them. Planning to pass by a shelter to give them away.
Within minutes, I’m on the road. My mind was all over the place. First with Rowan and now Travis.
The audacity they had to think that they could just walk into my life and demand things. The
thought that everything can be easily forgotten was completely delusional.
If Rowan wasn’t Noah’s dad, I would have demanded he stay out of my life completely. Everything
that I do. I do with Noah’s interest at heart. I’ve been tempted so many times to take Noah far
away, but the love he has for his father stops me every time. 3
I’ve wanted to move far away from here, but I know that the move will hurt Noah. Rowan thinks
Noah loves me more. He just doesn’t realize that he loves him just as much.
Sporting an ice cream shop, I decide to stop. The front was packed so I park at the back instead.
A little comfort is what I need right now. I’ll eat some ice cream while I try to clear my head.
I get into the dainty and cozy shop and order myself a big bowl of ice cream. I usually can eat any
flavor of ice cream, just as long as it’s ice cream, but on the days I’m feeling down and need
comfort, I go for plain vanilla.
My mind wonders to Travis. I’m not sure about how my parents are going about everything. I’m not
the revenge type of person. I usually just let karma do her thing because the way she fucks people
up is on another level.
I’m on the fence about the revenge thing. Part of me wants to see them crash and burn. The other
part just wants to let everything go and just forget they exist. Does it make me evil that the bigger
part wants to see them in pain? That it wants to see them suffer?
I finish my ice cream and leave still as conflicted as I was when I entered the place. Maybe talking
to someone will give me some clarity.
Deciding to go see my therapist I head towards my car. I don’t get near it though because someone
grabs me and covers my mouth and nose before I can scream. Within seconds, everything
disappears and I fall into darkness.