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Re: To hit the rock bottom (UC/CC, Adult, Pt.11, 05/2/2012)

Post by secretk » Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:07 pm

keepsmiling7: Can you blame her? That's all her family says to her. In this chapter Maria will try to help her, but we'll see if she will be able.

Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it.

Also as usual many thanks to ArchAngel1973 for beta'ing my story.




Chapter 11

Tess

I thought that Kyle is a cute boy that just wants to be my friend. And now we are here in front of my house and he is ... kissing me? How the hell did this happen? All this time he was telling me how he wants to 'know' me and how I can trust him. And now he is here kissing me, although he has girlfriend. And I thought that he was different. I thought that he could be my friend, just like Max is. Max might be a criminal, he might troublesome, but he knows how to respect the women. Kyle is like everyone else. He wants only one thing - sex and since his 'precious' and 'beautiful' girlfriend won't give it, he uses me. He's so unbelievable. I know that I'm not that attractive. I know that I'm not that popular for the guys, but is he for real? I pull away from him fast and slap him in the face.

"Don't come near me!" I warn him and walk away.

"Tess, let me explain!" He yells, but I close the door and leave him standing outside in the dark.

"You're late!" Ed tells me. Of course my day wouldn't be over if I didn't have a good and 'entertaining' conversation with this ... individual.

"I was with classmates - he had homework to do." I answer him and go to my mother. He returns to the hall, sits on the couch and continues watching some football game.

"Hey, honey. How are you?" She asks me. How am I? One word - pissed at all males in this world. Well, all except Max. He is a good friend.

"Fine. I'm hungry. Is there anything to eat?"

"Yes, there is a baked fish."

"Mom, you know that I hate fish."

"Ed wanted it. You know that this is his favorite meal." And apparently he's more important than me.

"Emily, give me another beer!" I hear his annoying voice. Of course he's so lazy he can't even do that on his own. My mother of course gets a beer can from the refrigerator and quickly gives it to him.

"Here, honey!" she tells him and you would expect that he'd at least smile. Well, he doesn't! Ed is a sick bastard!

"Emily, get out! I can't see the TV because you're in front of it!" And that's how my mother returns to the kitchen. There is no 'Thank you', no smile, no nice words. I wonder why she loves him so much.
* * *

Maria

This morning I woke up with a mission - to find Isabel's retarded brother and put some sense in his head. I can't waste more time. Yesterday she just mentioned that she wants to die. What if she decides to do it? No, I can't allow this. So speaking of Michael, I see him in the Garden of Eden and of course he is not alone - he is kissing the cheerleaders' captain Daisy. What does he see in her? That will remain a total mystery for me. Not that I care a lot. It's his choice who to date. I guess he doesn't need a girl with a brain. It's much easier to be with easy chicks that sleep with everyone who asks them. So I decided to interrupt his sweet date with Barbie and to give him some advice.

"Hello, Michael." I tell him and I can tell that he's not really happy to see me.

"What do you want? Isabel is not here and I don't know where she is." He answers and continues putting his tongue in Daisy's mouth.

"As surprising as it sounds, I wanna talk to you." That line definitely brings his attention to me and he actually makes an eye contact with me for the first time in this conversation.

"I am kind of busy. Is it urgent?" Busy? Like hell!

"Well, I don't know. Let me think ... Hm, I think that pretty much everything is more important than making out with Barbie in the schoolyard in front of everyone." Michael starts laughing and Daisy acts like she is offended.

"Hey, I have a name and it is not Barbie." I couldn't hide my urge to laugh at her. She is so stupid.

"True, but Barbie suits you more. You are beautiful like Barbie and have about as much of a brain as the doll has."

"What?" She asks surprised. God, please help her! Put her out of her misery. Give her a brain! Please!

"Forget it. The fact that you didn't understand what I just said proves that I am right."

I push Daisy aside and stand right in front of Michael.

"Fine, I will talk to you." He makes eye contact with Daisy and tells her to leave him with me.

"So what do you want?" He asks me.

"To talk about Isabel." I answer him and he sighs.

"Isabel?" He asks me like he doesn't even know a girl with that name.

"Yes, Isabel. You know, your sister." I tell him and sit beside him.

"Ha ha ha. You are so funny." He tries to offend me, but he doesn't know how big a mistake he's just made.

"You are so stupid." I get up and stand right in front of him so that I can see his eyes when I tell him everything that I planned last night.

"OK, just skip the compliments and tell me what you wanna say to me." Finally something smart comes out of his mouth.

"I want you to stop thinking with your lower head and to try using your brain. I understand that it is not that easy, but still. Your sister needs you more than ever."

"Oh, please, stop the lectures! My sister made a mistake and she's the one that should pay for it." Did he just say that? I swear I could kill him!

"So you won't do anything to help her?" I raise my voice.

"Why do I have to help her?" Why should you? Ok, another stupid comment, I will slap you!

"I don't know, maybe because she is part of your family." I tell him sarcastically, but apparently he's not that smart and can't understand what I'm saying.

"So?" Did he just ask me this? That's it. I can't take it anymore. Fast enough, I slap him hard across the face. "Hey!" He shrieks and covers his cheek.

"'So?' That's the only thing you can say? You are unbelievable. You know some day in the future, you will make a mistake and I am sure that she will help you. Do you know why? Because she loves you." I tell him and walk away, but he grabs my arm and stops me.

"Who do you think you are?" He asks me and I can see that he's angry. "To come here and tell me what to do? It's easy for you. You're not the one who'll have to take care of this baby. The only thing you'll do is hug Isabel and tell her that everything will be all right. I'm the one who'll have to take this burden."

"You know what. Forget that I even tried to talk to you. You're so full of yourself!" I yell back at him. Two can act that way.

"I am? No, Isabel is the selfish bitch who decided to sleep around and got pregnant."

"Really? Did you ask her how she got pregnant? Or you were just too busy watching hockey?"

"Well, no, Maria. I didn't ask her, because unlike you I know how we make babies - by having sex."

"Oh you're so funny. Did you ask her if she wanted it? Did you consider the fact that maybe there is something more? Do you think that your responsible sister would just sleep with anyone?"

"I don't care!" He tells me and turns back to watch Daisy rehearse her cheerleader routine.

"You don't care? You know, your sister has always said that you're pig, but I wanted to believe that you just have a hard time because of your father's death and everything. Now I know that she is right. While you're busy telling me how difficult your future would be because of Isabel, she is the one that is in a difficult situation. Do you understand me? It's not in the future, it's now!" I shout loudly! "Did you know that she’s considering abortion? Did you know that she wants to die? No you don't know that because you've never asked her how she feels. You were just too busy trying to figure out how you feel. And I thought that Isabel needs you and your mother. I guess she was right, her family won't help her."

"Wait! My sister wants so kill herself? She can't do that to me and mom!"

"Really Michael? She can't do that to you? How many times did you show her that you love her? Does she know it? Because right now she thinks that she disappointed you and your mother. Right now she thinks that you don't want her and you're ashamed of her."

"Ashamed?" He asks me and lowers his head, because he knows that I'm right. "Are you sure? Because this is serious!"

"Oh and you think that I don't know this? Why do you think that I interrupted your makeout session with Barbie?" I ask him and he smiles at me.

"You know, Barbie really suits her!"

"I know. Please talk with Isabel. Tell her that you'll help her! Please!"

"Maria, thank you! I didn't realize how serious this is."

"Don't mention it! I'm doing it for her. She's my best friend."

"Can you tell me who the father is and how this happened?"

"I can't tell you. You should talk to her, but believe me when I'm telling you that you don't know the whole story. It's her secret and I can't tell you more." He nods in agreement and I'm relieved. I really hope that it's not too late and he'll help her.
* * *
Kyle

I couldn't sleep last night. I kissed Tess! That's like a huge problem. For one minute I managed to blow my chances to be friends with Tess and to jeopardize my relationship with Maria. I don't what possessed me. How the hell did this happen? One minute I'm talking to her and we're joking like friends, the next I feel my tongue in her mouth. The worst thing is that she got it all wrong. I didn't mean to disrespect her. The first thing that I plan to do today is to talk to her. I look around and see her in the yard talking with Max.

"Hi guys!" I tell them and Tess doesn't even bother to look at me. I guess she's still really pissed. "Tess, can I talk to you for a minute?"

"What do you want?" She tells me and Max looks at me with questioning expression.

"Please give me five minutes!" I plead with her.

"Guys, I'll leave you alone!" Max interrupts and nods at me. I answer him back with a nod and a smile, reassuring him that I'll work things out.

"OK, fine, you have two minutes! What do you want?"

"I wanted to apologize to you. I disrespected you and I'm really sorry. Look, all I wanted was to kiss your cheek, then you turned around and my lips met your lips and one thing led to another and ..." Do I ramble? I definitely have this feeling.

"And you put a tongue in my mouth! Admit it! All you want is sex and since your good for nothing girlfriend is not capable of giving it to you, you decided to use me!" What is she talking about? I've never thought about having sex with her. However, now that she mentioned it, I'm not sure if this is such bad thing. I mean she is beautiful and I ... Crap! Why am I thinking about Tess in that way? She is my friend! I have a girlfriend and her name is Maria.

"No, Tess! You got it all wrong!" Fine, partly wrong. I do want to have sex and if she offers I'm not sure that I'll be able to resist, but that won't happen, because she doesn't like me. In fact she hates me.

"So what were you saying?" She interrupts my thoughts. She checks her watch and tells me "You have one minute!"

"Look, it happened too fast and I can't even explain how it happened, but I assure you that it won't happen again. All I want is to be friends." I hope that this works. I see her face and I can't even tell what she is thinking. You know what 'poker face' means. Right? Well, she is showing me this face right now and I can't figure out if she'll forgive me or not.

"We can't be friends, Kyle. Just leave me alone!"

"Tess, please! Don't act like this! All I want is to be friends."

"And nothing more?"

"Nothing more!" I reassure her and see her smile. Whew, that went well. Then we hug each other and she kisses me on the cheek. I try to do the same, but she stops me.

"Hey, we don't want to have another incident. Right? So, from now on, I'll be the only that will give you kisses." Why does that sound good to me? Too good actually.

"Hello, little bear!" I hear someone behind my back and in instant I realize that it is Maria. Yes, that's right - my girlfriend, the one that I love. Right?
* * *
Maria

After I talked with Michael, I headed to school and I saw something that is starting to bother me. Tess and Kyle are together all the time. Well, not all the time, because apparently he finds some time for me, his girlfriend. It's not that I want him to be with me all the time. I have no problem with him spending time with his friends. I have a problem with who his friends are. He knows that I hate Tess and yet he is here hugging her. That bitch wants to take my boyfriend from me. I won't let her do this to me. No, I won't allow it and I know how I can keep it from happening. He wants sex, so I'll give it to him.

"Hello, little bear!" I tell him and interrupt their sweet hug. Yes, I know that I can be pain in the ass. Today I'm in this mood. So sue me!

"Hey, how are you?" Kyle hugs me and kisses me. Well, now you know how to understand who his girlfriend is and who his friend. Tess rolls her eyes, but I don't care.

"Ok, lovebirds, I will leave you alone!"

"It was about time, bitch!" I answer her.

"Watch your language, stupid doll!" Did she just say that I'm stupid? I'm ready to slap her, but Kyle's voice stops me.

"Girls, stop. Tess, please leave me alone with Maria."

"Only because you are asking me!" She says and walks away.

"Only because you are asking me!" I repeat imitating Tess. "God, I can't stand her."

"She is not that bad. You just don't know her." He tries to convince me and kisses my temple.

"Trust me! I don't wanna to know her. I mean, she is crazy."

"Oh, come on! I think that you might be friends." Ha ha ha. Kyle you are really funny today.

"Friends? When hell freezes over."

"OK, let's change the subject."

"Good idea, I don't wanna waste my time talking about this mistake of nature."

"OK, enough. Stop it!" He tells me irritated.

"Why are you defending her?"

"Because we are friends." Unfortunately. That much I know, but I wonder if he defends me the way he does for her.

"Yes, friends." Ouch, that comment was wrong. Now he'll begin to explain to me that I'm unnecessarily jealous.

"What do you mean?" Oh, he plays dumb.

"Nothing. I just can't understand how you can be friends with that devil. Anyway. I wanted to talk to you about something else." I'm trying to focus his attention on me, not on the gerbil.

"Yeah? What about?"

"You know how we were talking a month ago about you and me ..." I start nervously.

"We talk all the time about us. Be more specific." He interrupts me.

"Well, you know, about how you want to take our relationship to the next level."

"Aha ..." He says without even watching me. Wasn't he supposed to be thrilled? After all I'm doing this to satisfy his needs. I turn around and realize that he's watching Tess speaking with Max. I turn his head to me.

"So I am ready."

"OK." He tells me and shrugs his arms.

"OK? I am telling that I am ready to have sex with you and you are saying OK?"

"I am sorry. I just zoned out." You mean you just watched your 'just friend' talking with another man. Huh, the problem is more serious than I thought.

"Yeah, right ... So what are you thinking?"

"About what?" Is he for real?

"Kyle, did you hear me?"

"Yes, yes, I did. I am just tired. I didn’t sleep well last night."

"So ...?"

"So, OK, we can meet tonight." He answers and I start jumping, because I'm really happy. I know that after tonight he won't even think about Tess.

"I guess we will have to be at your house, because my mother won't be happy to be our witness." Yes, my mother would freak out and kill me and him the minute she realizes what we're doing.

"I guess. So I'll wait you at my house.” God, I'm so happy. I've waited a long time for this time." He finally shows me that he's thrilled.

"Yeah, me too!" So, I need to prepare myself, because tonight I'll lose my virginity and I don't want to have problems like Isabel.

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Re: To hit the rock bottom (UC/CC, Adult, Pt.12, 12/2/2012)

Post by secretk » Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:34 am

keepsmiling7: Maria indeed tries to be good friend. As for Michael, he might listen to her. Well, the moment when one of the partners decide to use sex to keep the other, I think that the relationship is doomed.

nibbles2 : Yeah, I think that Maria handled Michael pretty good. Unfortunately she's teenager and they tend to be naive at moments.

Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it.

Also as usual many thanks to ArchAngel1973 for beta'ing my story.

Chapter 12

Sorenson

For the last month all I have thought about was the conflict between Isabel and Tess. I know that these girls are not that bad. I know that if they try to understand each other they might become even friends again. I know it. And then yesterday I heard that Isabel is pregnant. When did the world become so complicated? Why is it possible for a kid to be pregnant? Let's face it - Isabel is not old enough to be a mother, but that doesn't matter, because nature doesn't care. Nowadays there is nudity everywhere - in the music clips, in the movies and series, in the books, even on the streets. The kids think that they know everything about sex, but is that the case? Are there people that actually try to explain to their children what kind of responsibility it takes to have sex? Or maybe they see it like fun and pleasure and nothing more. If there was a proper sexual education at school then maybe there wouldn't be so many young girls getting pregnant.

Who knows? We all know that we're not protected from mistakes and errors. One perforated condom, one forgotten pill, one drunk night and sex without condom and the opportunity arises. And if we are out of luck, we receive the 'good' news - there is a child. What worries me more is the reaction of the other kids. They don't even realize that every one of them might be in Isabel's place. In fact they have no guarantee that some months later they won't face the same position. They think that they're old enough to have sex, drink and have fun, but the moment they hear that someone has a problem, they react like this is some game - some good scene from a famous movie. They don't realize how serious the situation is. Sometimes people don't realize how cruel they can be.

I'm walking in the passageways, wondering how I can help her. I pass through an empty room and hear someone crying. I stop to see who it is and to ask if there is a problem when I see Isabel crouching in the corner. I enter the room and approach her.

"Isabel, are you OK?" I ask her. I know that she's not alright, but I have to start somehow.

"I will be." She answers me and wipes her tears. She tries to convince me, or maybe convince herself?

"Look, I heard ..."

"That I'm pregnant?" She interrupts me. Yes, she is right, there is no need to be nervous and to ramble. We all know the truth, so it's better to go straight to the point.

"Yes, and I wanted to ask you if you need anything."

"Anything? The only thing that'll help me is a time travel machine. Do you have one?" She tries to joke, but I know that deep down she feels powerless.

"Well, I'm not a scientist, so I can't help you with that." I play with her. We both know how serious the situation is. There is no need to sit here and cry. That won't change things. In fact I prefer to distract her a bit. We can't deny that she has a problem, but that doesn't mean that she should be depressed. Actually she needs to clear her head, to think things through and make the proper decision for her.

"Unfortunately. Do you know someone?"

"Nope, but I can ask around."

"Good." She tells me and gets up. "Let me know if you find something."

"I promise I will." I assure her.
* * *
Tess

This day started really weird. I mean the whole conversation with Kyle was like surreal. Should I believe him? Is he sincere? I doubt it. I mean what could he possibly like in me? And the whole how he wants to be just friends and nothing more? Oh come on! All men are like Ed. They know only one thing - how to use the women. I can't believe that I almost fell into his trap and believed him. My only male friends are Max and Jessie. Well, actually they are all my friends, but that's just a small detail.

I'm walking around at school in an attempt to find Max. I told him some time ago that I would go to the ladies room and he was supposed to wait for me in the schoolyard. Well, apparently it was too difficult for him to stick to the plan because I couldn't find him there. So now I am walking around trying to find him.

"Thank you for everything, teacher!" I hear some known female voice and turn around to find out where it comes from. What a surprise. I see Isabel and Sorenson talking to each other in private.

"Don't mention it, Isabel. You know you can always count on me!" Well, well, how nice is this teacher. What a friendship! Kind of weird! Don't you think? Wow, wait, it becomes even more interesting. Isabel hugs him really tight. Whoa. Are we allowed to do that? I think not.

"Thanks a lot! I don't know what I would do without you!" Really? Isn't that too much? How close are they?

"Isabel, you don't mean it. I mean you have friends, you have your family, me. We all will help you, no matter what you decide to do." Oh, so he is planning to help her. Is this just a friendly suggestion or something more? I mean we know that Isabel got knocked up, but no one bothered to ask who the father of this baby is.

"Thanks a lot! My family just flipped out. Only you and Maria have offered your help!" She tells him and kisses him on the cheek and I can tell that he doesn't mind at all.

Well, I think that now we have an answer. Sorenson is the father. That's the most logical explanation. He tried to defend her. She is his favorite student and he apparently has no problem helping her raise a child. Who would do that if this kid is not their? Whoa, this day just got better. This news will be a blast. The virgin Isabel Guerin has a relationship with a teacher and the result is an innocent kid. A story to die for.

* * *
Michael

I've waited all morning for the lunch break so that I can talk to Isabel. On the one hand, I want to apologize to her and try to calm her down. She needs to know that I'm with her. That's the only that’ll make her forget about killing herself. On the other hand Maria told me something that really bothers me. How she got pregnant? Who is the father of this kid? How and when did this happen? As far as I know she has no boyfriend. I can't believe that I didn't ask her that. I was so busy accusing her of being irresponsible. Since my dad's death I am the man of the house.

My father had an incurable gall bladder cancer. When they found it, it was too late - he was in stage 4 and there was no chance for an operation. I remember that day like it was yesterday. It was 2 years ago. For the last few months he was feeling some weakness, he started to get tired faster, but he always thought he was just getting old. One day my mother told him to go the clinic for some tests just to be sure that there is nothing wrong. Two days later the doctors told us that he has a growth in the gall bladder.

He was planned for urgent surgery that lasted less than we expected. The doctors confirmed that it was malignant. Unfortunately it had spread beyond the gall bladder and it was inoperable. They basically told us that his time has come. He lived one month more. The day that he died he wanted to talk to me in private. I guess he perceived that he was getting worse and that he wouldn't survive the night. He made me promise him that I'd take care of my mother and Isabel. He told me that they'll be my responsibility.

I was so scared. I was a 14-year-old boy who liked to play around with friends. I didn't even know the meaning of this word. When I found out that Isabel is pregnant I was pissed. Pissed at her because she is pregnant and at me because I didn't prevent it and didn't keep my promise to take care of her. It was easier to take out my anger on her than to try to find a solution. I wasn't ready then and I'm not now, but I have no other choice. Maria is right. I am worried about my future, but the problem is in the present and Isabel needs me.

"Maria, I swear he was really awesome!" I hear my sister talking to her best friend.

"I'm glad. See, now you have two people that you count on!"

"Three!" I interrupt their conversation and Maria smiles at me.

"I'll leave you two alone!" She tells us and nods at me.

"What? Maria, don't go!" Isabel tries to stop her, but Maria doesn't listen to her and instead she goes to her boyfriend.

"Well ... " I sit down beside her.

"That's weird!" She tells me.

"What is weird?"

"You and I talking without arguing. Although we just started so ..."

"Isabel, I know that lately I haven't shown you how much I love you, but you should know that I really do. I'm just not good at that."

"At what?" She asks me and I find it difficult to explain it to her.

"At showing people how much I care about them. I'm not that nice and sensitive and ..."

"Michael. Don't worry! I mean it doesn't mean that since I'm your sister you're obligated to love me." She tells me and I finally realize how hurt she actually is. I come closer her and hug her tight.

"Isabel, don't say that. I love you. You're my twin sister. You're part of me. I know that I act like a jerk but I promise that this'll change."

"You know, it's not necessary. I mean I don't want to force you to do something that you don't want."

"What? If I don't love you, who will? You're my sister, my family, my blood. I might act like a jerk sometimes, but you should know that you can count on me for anything."

"Thanks, Michael. I really appreciate it. I know that I caused serious problem for you and mom and I swear to you that if I could, I would go back in time and change it, but I can't."

"I know that you can't. We have to deal with it and I promise that we will."

"And mom? She's really angry."

"We'll talk to her."

"We?" She asks me surprised. Am I really that bad? I mean my own sister doesn't expect my help and my support. How sad is that? I was so busy mourning about my father that I pushed away my own sister.

"Yes, we. What? I'm telling you that I'll help you."

"Sorry, it's just weird. I mean what is with the change?"

"You have to thank Maria. That girl is really scary." I tell her and we both start laughing. Well, I really owe her my behavior change. She is the one that opened my eyes. That girl knows how to argue with me and how to shut my mouth. I have to admit it.

"Well, that's why she's my best friend."

"You're lucky to have her." Well, that went well. Now it's time for the difficult questions. "Isabel, I need to ask you something."

"What?" She tells me and her smile disappears. I'm sorry, sis, but I need to know.

"Who's the father?"

"Michael, that's not important now. He doesn't want to have anything to do with me and he won't be part of my life." She answers me and I can see that she’s avoiding my eyes. Maria was right. There is something more and she doesn't wanna tell me.

"Isabel, trust me! You can tell me the truth. Who is the father?"

"You don't know him."

"OK, how did it happen?" I can see that she doesn't want to tell me, so I try to change the conversation and start it from somewhere else.

"Is it important?"

"Isabel, I can see that there is a problem and you don't wanna tell me something. I can't help you if I don't know what the problem is. Please talk to me! Don't be afraid!"

"Michael I ..." She starts and I can see the tears in her eyes. God, Isabel what happened to you? Why was I so blind? How did I miss this? I grab her hand strongly and comfort her. "It was at the teachers' party. Maria and I found some tequila and we tried it. After a while both of us were drunk. Kyle found us and took her to the ladies room and I was alone for a while. The next thing I remember is I was at the gym with someone. I was so drunk that I couldn't see his face, I don't know who he was. I don't remember him, but I remember how I felt. Do you understand me?"

Do I understand her? She practically tells me that she was raped. Someone abused my sister. No, I don't understand that. I'm mad. I'm furious. Who was the bastard that took advantage of her? I want to find him and kill him with my bare hands. I hate him for everything that he did to her. And I hate myself for being so selfish. Now I know how she feels and like Maria I want to slap myself.

"Isabel, I'm so sorry for everything. I don't know if you'll be able to forgive me. I should've asked you, I should've known that under normal circumstances you wouldn't do this. I was so selfish and so ..."

"No, you had a right. I was the one that got drunk, I was the one that let someone to use me. It is my fault. I was the one that danced and looked sexy with my short skirt. I was the one that flirted with every male there." What? I can't believe that she said this to me.

"No, no ... Yes, you made mistake and you got drunk, but you're not responsible because some bastard likes to use people. It's not your fault. Do you hear me? As a free person you have the right to choose your clothes, to choose how to dance."

"It's not important." She tells me and shrugs her arms.

"No, it is. You can't be ashamed!"

"But I am." She yells at me. "I am. I feel dirty and used and pregnant. I didn't plan this. My first time was with someone that I don't remember, someone I didn't choose and I didn't like. And now I am expecting a child. How am I supposed to be a mother, Michael? How? I'm a kid! What should I do? Abortion? Can I kill my child? The baby is not guilty. The baby shouldn't pay for my mistakes. I am so confused. And everyone here thinks that I'm the school slut!"

"Fuck them! Why do you care what they think about you? We'll get through this. I promise you that we'll be fine. You have me, you have Maria. Everything will be all right."

She just hugs me tight and we sit like this for minutes. I can't and don't wanna pull away. I know that she needs me. We needed this. I know that I'm supposed to think about her, but I'm filled with rage. I want to find that bastard and make him pay. I swear that I'll find him and he'll regret for everything he's done to my sister.
* * *
Maria

After lunch we have physical education with Kivar. I still wonder why I saw Kivar talking with Isabel. What does he want from her? I have my doubts, but I need to be sure before asking her. At least I convinced Michael to talk to her. I see her approaching me and she's happy and smiling. That's what I'm talking about.

"Hey, how did it go?"

"It was OK. Thanks a lot. He told me that you were the one that opened his eyes. I'll always be grateful."

"Hey, what are friends for?" I'm happy that he saw my point. Isabel has always said that he's just a jerk, but I think that he just doesn't want to open up to people. After the death of their father, he shut himself off and isolated himself. Sometimes I think that he's rude because he doesn't want to attach to someone. It's painful to lose someone that you loved so much. If you are not attached to anyone, there is no danger of being hurt. I get it, but I don't think that it's reasonable. I hope that he'll change for Isabel's sake. At least this way something good will come out of this disaster.

"Hey, girls, stop talking and start playing!" We hear Kivar’s voice.

"Ugh, sometimes I can’t bear him." I complain. Most of the students say the same stuff about their teachers.

"Yeah, me too." She tells me and start playing with her hair. I can see that something about Kivar bothers her and I really hope that it's not what I think it is.

"Ok, Maria, it is your turn." Kivar shouts and I prepare myself to throw the ball, but I couldn't give it enough height. I'm just not that good at it. Besides, it's not fun at all. Trying to get a ball through a hoop. It's so boring.

"Not good, Deluca. Come on, I will help you." He comforts me and stands behind me. I try to throw again and he's helping me to push my body so that I can throw it higher. It really is a small touch, but it makes me feel uncomfortable. He's touching my breasts. I look around and realize that no one is paying attention. Nobody saw it. I walk away and some other girl takes my place and he's doing the same thing. He uses his job to molest girls. That's so disgusting. And the saddest thing is that no one finds this wrong. How sick is this world if the girls don't think that we should stand up for our rights? How blind we are if we think that it's normal for some man to touch us?

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Re: To hit the rock bottom (UC/CC, Adult, Pt.13, 19/2/2012)

Post by secretk » Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:42 pm

keepsmiling7: Michael needed his wake up call and he got it. Unfortunately the circumstances weren't nice at all.

Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciated it.

Also as usual many thanks to ArchAngel1973 for beta'ing my story.

Chapter 13

Max

I'm sitting here in my home and trying to study. Of course you won't believe me. I know it. I am just not that good at math. Or maybe it is no good for me. Who knows? The point is that I need something better than an F, so that I can join the school soccer team. Tess is here, trying to 'help' me. I would say that she has another reason to be with me. For one, she doesn't wanna go home because Ed is there and we all know that she avoids him. She usually hangs around with me, Jessie and Kyle, but today I have to study and Jessie is busy probably doing some job for Nicolas. That leaves Kyle and as I saw the looks they exchanged this morning, I doubt that she wants to be alone with him. That's why she is stuck with me and I can tell that she’s really trying to not interrupt my studying session, but it doesn't work.

"So ..." She starts saying something, although I'm reading the math book.

"What?" I ask her, a bit frustrated. For the last 60 minutes she has talked to me about 50 minutes of the time. As a result I'm still reading the first page of the book and I have to learn another 30 pages. How can I do that if she is bothering me all the time?

"You're so worked up. Chill out!" Chill out? She is my best friend, but sometimes I want to make her shut up. That's just an irritating female habit.

"Don't tell me to chill out. It's 7 p.m and I still haven't learned anything. You know I need to sleep too."

"I'll help you." She answers me with a smile and takes the book from my hands and puts it away.

"The way you've helped me for the last hour?" No need to do that. I can do it on my own. Actually it's hard to talk a lot and not say anything, but I can try. At least I'll be interested in my conversation with myself.

"Hey, I did help you."

"How?" I ask her and she tries to come up with something, but I guess it's really hard.

"Well, I ..." I smile at her face when she realizes that the only thing she's done the past hour is distract me.

"See? Now, please leave me alone, so I can study."

"I can't do that." Yes, I know, Ed. Her mother is at work till 10 p.m and she doesn't want to be alone with him. I get it, if I was able, I would offer her my home, but I can't. I live in a small room and there is only one bed and it's for me.

"OK, then sit here quietly and let me study."

"Why do you care so much? I mean you've never been interested in studying, nor in math."

"I want to join the soccer team." I give her the same answer like the tenth time today.

"You can play in the park with the other boys."

"It's not the same."

"Why is that?" Hm, I start to say something to show her that I'm getting annoyed, but I realize that she actually has a point. That's an interesting question and I haven't thought about that. Why do I want to play soccer at school?

"Well... First, at school I have a teacher that can help me improve my skills. Second, the boys at school play fair and so I don't worry that I might get seriously hurt. Third, playing soccer is what I like the most in school. And last, but not least ..."

"Yeah?" She laughs at me.

"You know that I came here because I wanted something more than living in a small town where the only job I can find is at the cheese factory. For some reason I forgot about that and I went in the wrong direction. Now I have a chance to do things better and playing soccer is something that really inspires me. It's the only thing I can do. I suck at everything else. That's where I am good and I wanna be one of the best. Do you understand me?"

She blinks numerous times with a blank expression. I can just feel that she'll start laughing at me for my naivety. Instead she hands me the book.

"I'm glad that you found your passion, Max. I'm not that good at math, but I know enough so that I don't fail. So ... I have the following suggestion. I'll stay here for the night and we'll study."

"And where are you gonna sleep? You're not planning to take advantage of me, are you?"

"What?" She shrieks. "Max, don't be ridiculous. I love you so much, because you're not trying to get into my panties."

"That's because you don't wear any." She slaps my head.

"Watch your mouth or I won't help you. As for your question. Well, mister, we won't sleep. You need to study, so I'm gonna make some coffee."

"Fine, we have a deal!" I agree with her and start reading, but she interrupts me ... again.

"Oh, I forgot to tell you the news." I frown at her. She just can't help it.

"What?"

"I think that Isabel's unborn child is from Sorenson."

"What?" OK, I have to admit that for the first time this evening Tess actually has said something interesting.

"Yes, I saw them today - hugging and talking sweet. He assured her that he'll help her raise the child."

"Wow, so we can be safe by saying that she's not boring at all. I mean an affair with a teacher?"

"Yeah, pretty bold. Although kind of stupid - pregnancy at 16 years. Not fun at all."

"Tell me about it. When I have to watch my brother, I'm usually irritated. Imagine if you have to do it all the time because it's your son."

"Oh, no, no, too early for this. Anyway, tomorrow morning I'll talk to Carlos. This affair should be known. I mean that's illegal. What if Sorenson tries to take advantage of some other girl?"

"Yeah, because that's what interests you. You just want to make Isabel miserable."

"Well, I want some fun. You have a better suggestion?"

"No, I don't, but please make me some coffee and come back here, because I need to study."

"Ok, I promise that'll be silent for the next few hours." She tries to assure me, but I have a problem believing her. "Oh, I know why you want to play soccer - because of the sexy cheerleaders." See, I told you. She just can't sit quiet for more than one minute.
* * *
Isabel

We're eating in total silence. This week that's something normal. My mother is still pissed at me and as a punishment she doesn't even talk to me. I look at Michael desperately because I can't take it anymore. I prefer to hear her yelling, I prefer to take her anger, instead of this being ignored. It just hurts knowing that my mother doesn't even want me anymore. We finish eating and she starts fixing the table. I try to help her, but she pushes me away. It makes me cry. She doesn't want to have anything to do with me. She's already disowned me. I start crying and that doesn't go unnoticed by my brother, who comes to me and hugs me.

"Relax, everything will be all right." He tries to calm me down, but that won't help me. Nothing will ever be all right. Not after this. Everything has changed.

"It won't be. I get that she's mad at me. I just want her to talk to me, to tell me how much she hates me ..."

"Hey, she doesn't hate you. She's just ..." He tries to find a word describing my mother's situation without hurting me. Soon he realizes that it's not possible. "Look, I'll try to talk to her. Just give me some time."

I nod and he goes to the kitchen. I move closer to the door, so that I can hear what they are talking about.

"You know, you're hurting her." Michael tells mom.

"She disappointed me. I trusted her and she just did this. I'm ashamed of her." I hate to be the one that hurt her.

"Mom, I know that you are mad. I know that we have enough problems already, but she didn't plan this. She didn't want it either. And she can't change it."

"Don't make her a victim." She's right, I'm guilty for everything. I've done something unforgivable.

"I'm not saying anything. All I ask is that you talk to her. This... doesn't help you or her."

"Michael, your sister screwed up her and your future. And you're telling me that I should consider her feelings?" My mother yells at him. Her face gets red. She's really pissed.

"Look, all I'm saying is that we can't change what happened. We need to face it."

"Since when did you start to defend her? I thought that you can't stand her ..." My mother asks surprised.

"Well, she's my sister and she's hurt. I might not show her how much I love her, but that doesn't mean that I'll let someone else treat her like this. Even if it's our mother." I never expected that from him.

"When did you become so wise?" My mom asks with a smile. For the first time today I saw her that way.

"Somewhere between knowing that my sister has had sex and that she is pregnant."

"Well, at least something good came from this. Now, you're defending her. And just days ago you two were arguing all the time." Well, I would prefer other reasons to fix my relationship with him, but no one asked me.

"You know people say that everything happens for a reason. After dad died, this family has been slowly falling apart. You are so busy working that we don't see you. Me and Isabel weren't getting along."

"You know that I'd love to spend more time with you, but I can't." Mom tries to justify her actions, but she doesn't need to. We both know that she's doing this for us.

"Mom, no one is blaming you. I'm just saying that we all know that it won't be easy. I mean it's already difficult enough for us, but we can manage. We can do it."

"How, Michael?" She raises her voice. "How? I work 10 hours a day and still don't earn enough. How will we take care of a baby?"

"I can work too, you know." Michael says to her, but I can't allow it. It's my mistake and I should pay for it.

"You can't do it!" I tell him. "I'm the one who should work. I'm the guilty one."

"You have to watch your baby. It's your responsibility." He justifies his motives.

"Look, Isabel, your brother has a point. No matter how old you are, being a mother is a not an easy task and you'll need to focus on your baby."

"Well, then, it's decided." Michael claps his hands. "Now, I think that it's time for family hug."

"Before that, I want to say something. Mom, I’m really sorry. If I were able to change it, I would. I can't. I know that it'll be really hard for us, but I don't think that I can abort my baby. I'm not sure that I'm able to kill my baby. I promise you that I'll try to make your life easy and will try help you however I can. I know that you can't and won't forgive me, but I need you to at least pretend that you don't hate me."

"Isabel, you're my child. Sooner or later, I would have forgiven you. Parents love unconditionally and you'll find that out soon." She tells me and the three of us hug each other and stay like that for a long time. I just don't wanna let them go. I feel safe this way. I feel relieved. At least I know that they don't despise me.

My mother starts doing the dishes and Michael and I go to the hall.

"Thanks for not telling her how I got pregnant."

"It's not something she should know. She'll get sick if she finds out. That's our secret."

"Thank you, Michael. Thank you for everything!" I hug him tight.

"Hey, I might be more close to you now, but that doesn't mean that I'm gushy. Enough hugs for today. I have a hockey game to watch."

"Some things will never change." I smile at him and he throws a pillow at me.

"You can watch with me if you want." No, thank you!

"No, I'll go to my room. I have to study."

Well, today wasn't that bad. I reconciled with my family. I know that they won't forget my mistake that easily, but now at least I know what I'll do. I'm keeping this baby. I know that it'll be hard, but I'm sure that I'll manage. With my family and Maria, I'll be fine. I'm going to be a mother.
* * *
Maria

I'm about to lose my virginity to the boy that I love. He's assured me numerous times that everything will be all right, but I'm quite nervous. I mean this will be first for both of us. I really want everything to be OK. I have to admit that I have been a bit hesitant until I saw him with Tess today. Not that I'm insecure or anything like that. I'm sure that he loves me, but that girl is like a snake. She can easily trick him into doing something that he doesn't want. Besides she's an easy chick. Not that I know from a certain source, but I assume that. She is that kind of a girl, her only friends are boys. There has to be a reason for that. I personally think that she pleased or pleases Max and Jessie. That's the only reasonable explanation. Unfortunately right now Kyle is vulnerable because I'm not willing to be intimate with him and he might go the wrong direction if she's convincing enough. I can't allow that and I won't. That's why I have a mission tonight. I'll seduce him and make him realize that I'm the perfect one.

I just hope that everything will be fine. I don't want problems. With Isabel being pregnant, I'm kind of paranoid. I don't wanna share her fate. I mean, don't get me wrong. She's my friend and I love her a lot and I don't want to laugh or anything, but we should be realistic - she's in a difficult position. I'm trying my best to help her and I'll continue doing that, but I don't need to be like her. I don't know what I would do if something like that happened to me.

I picked the perfect outfit. I'm wearing a sexy skirt and top that shows enough to make him want to see more. I wanted to be provocative enough tonight. I'm in front of the door and after seconds of hesitation I knock on the door.

"Hey, you're early!" Kyle tells me. I check my watch and I can see that I'm just 2 minutes early. I guess I'm not the only one that is nervous here.

"So what? Bite me!" I answer and he laughs. We enter the house and he walks me to his room. I look around and see that he's decorated the bed with white roses. Usually in all movies you can see red roses, but he's used white because those are my favorite flowers. Isn't he adorable? He even put some candles on the desk.

"Kyle, this is just ... amazing." I hug him and we kiss each other passionately. My boyfriend did his best to make me feel comfortable and although I'm a bit nervous I'm sure that this night will be the best of my life.

"Well, for you the best." He tells me with a smile, but I can see that he's nervous like me. He's biting his lips and is playing around with the ties of his shoes.

"Well, I guess this's our moment. I mean we're about to go to the next level of our relationship."

"Are you sure?" He asks me and I'm surprised.

"You've wanted this for the past 3 months. And now when I'm ready you're asking me this? Are you having second thoughts?"

"No, I just don't wanna rush you into something that you're not ready for." He's the best guy ever. Even now when I offer what he's wanted the most, he tries to be a gentleman and considers my feelings. I move closer to him and start removing his shirt. He deserves a reward and I don't wanna keep him waiting.

"Don't worry! I know very well what I want." I do know. I want him. I love him and I don't wanna lose him.

He caresses my face and kisses me. Then I move closer to him on the bed. He run his hands over my stomach and gives me small kisses on the neck. Then he removes my top. I stretch my hand and unzip his pants. With fast movements, he has now only his shorts and I'm happy to see my boyfriend wearing nothing but pair of shorts. He does look hot this way. We're both in his bed, wearing nothing but underwear. I kiss his neck while he's trying to undo my bra. He moves closer to me and starts whispering something in my ear.

"I love you, Tess!"

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Re: To hit the rock bottom (UC/CC, Adult, Pt.14, 27/2/2012)

Post by secretk » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:53 am

Hello, I'm sorry for the delay, but last night I was at birthday/Goodbye party of my best friend, so I had no time to update the story.

keepsmiling7: Yeah, there is progress on the Kyle/Tess field, but there are still some rocks on the road :wink: . Yeah, what happened to Isabel will bring a lot of battles.

Also as usual many thanks to ArchAngel1973 for beta'ing my story.

Chapter 14

Jessie

I can't believe that Max turned me down. I knew that it wouldn't be so easy to convince him, but I didn't think that it would be so hard. I thought that our friendship would be sufficient. I guess I was wrong. Now I have to deliver the bad news to Nicolas. I'm sure that he won't be pleased at all. I just hope that he won't take it out on me. I'm not guilty for Max being so stubborn and obsessed with his ideas of reforming. I give him a month or two. After that he'll realize that we're destined to live this way. We're not accustomed to going to school, being good students, etc. That's just not for us.

So here I am again in Nicolas's place. As usual I'm carefully checked and investigated for any kind of threat that you might think of. I guess when you're in this kind of business you get a bit paranoid. After all we all have our enemies or competitors. The only difference is that when you're a criminal, your competition tends to be much more dangerous. Having someone like Nicolas as a friend is something really good. Nicolas as an enemy is something that I don't want. I'm surprised that Max crossed that line and decided to turn against him. I bet that sooner or later he'll regret it.

"Look who is here ..." Nicolas laughs.

"Good evening!"

"Do you have some news for me?" He asks me and takes a sip from his glass of tequila.

"Yes, I do." I tell him and sit on the other chair. This makes me a bit calmer.

"Did you manage to convince Max?"

"No, I wasn't able to do it."

"Too bad for you. Without Max we have no deal." He tells me and signals his bodyguards to walk me out of the place.

"Look ..." I try to stop him. "I think that he needs more time."

"He needs more time or you need it?" Good question. I have no idea how, but I need to do my best to convince him to let me back in the gang.

"Look, Max can't be convinced easily. He's really pissed at you."

"That's not my problem. It was your job to talk to him." He tells me and prepares a cigar to go with his drink.

"Well, it kinda is. You pissed him off and now he doesn't wanna have anything to do with you." I try to not sound too harsh, but that's the truth. It's his fault.

"Are you trying to tell me something?" He asks me and lights up his cigar.

"All I'm saying is that right now he hates you because you attacked him. Max has his pride you know. He's not the forgiving type. Right now he's really determined to stay away from you and it'll take a lot more than one talk to convince him."

"Like I said not my problem."

"Yeah. You know there is a way that we can both win something of this situation." I don't even know what I'm talking about, but I have no other choice. I'm ready to offer him anything.

"What do you have in mind?" He asks me and continues smoking.

"Give me some time. Sooner or later Max will realize that he needs money and you can help him. Right now he's not interested, but I'm sure that after some time he'll get over this and will come here pleading you for some job."

He takes another sip of his drink, looks at me and a little smile appears on his face.

"Well, Jessie, you're lucky that I'm in good mood. I’ll give you one month. If you succeed, then both of you will be part of my gang again. If not, well you can say goodbye to your dreams of working for me."

"So... we have a deal?" I ask him, relieved. At least I bought myself some time.

"Yes, we do." He answers and shakes my hand. "I really wanna believe in you, Jessie. So please don't disappoint me!" He warns me and shows me his gun. I know that he's dangerous, but like I said I can't afford pissing him off. I have one month to convince Max and I'll do my best.

"Don't worry! You can count on me! Listen, can I ask you for favor?"

"What? You know I'm generous person. I have a big heart and like helping my friends." He says to me. Big heart? Generous? Yeah, right! He doesn't do anything just like that. He always wants something in return.

"Can you loan me some money? We have some problems at home and I really need some cash."

"Well, we can do something about that. How much do you need?"

"500 bucks." I answer him.

"Only 500?" Well, yeah, I don't wanna owe him too much. My situation's difficult enough. I don't need more problems with him. I saw what he did to Max. I have to be careful.

"Yes, 500 is sufficient." He reaches his pocket and gives me the money.

"Here!"

"Thank you!" I tell him and head to the door, but his voice stops me.

"I didn't say that you can walk away. You didn't think that it would be that easy, right?" See, I told you. He doesn't give his money just like that. He wants something.

"Is there a problem?" I ask him worried.

"There will be. If you don't do what I expect you to!" That doesn't sound good at all.

"You know that I'll do whatever you want! You can count on me! I told you already."

"Good. Then I'll contact you soon for your first job." He tells me and I'm frightened. What does he have in mind? I hope that it won't be something difficult.

"Fine, I'll expect a call from you." I nod and walk away. I hope that everything will work out the way I want it.
* * *
Maria

"I love you, Tess!"

Kyle's words echoed in my head. I can't believe this. I so want this to be some dream. My boyfriend, my best friend is having sex with me and has the nerve to call me Tess. I just froze in front of him for some time. The whole day I've imagined how magical this night would be. I thought that it was going to be something special. You know - something intimate between two people loving each other. I could not have been more wrong.

He's currently giving me kisses on the neck. I can't believe him. He didn't even realize what he just said. I pull away from him.

"Maria, are you all right?" Am I OK? Seriously?

"No, Kyle, I'm not." I get up from the bed and start putting on my top. A tear appears on my face.

"Look, Maria, don't worry if you're not ready. Maybe it's not the right night for this." He tries to hug me, but I walk away. He's such a hypocrite.

"Kyle, don't touch me!" I shout at him.

"Maria, what did I do?"

"What did you do? You try to sleep with me while you're obviously fucking someone else!" I explain to him and push him to the wall.

"What are you talking about? Sometimes I don't understand you at all!"

"You don't understand me? You're an idiot! I hate you!" I yell back and slap him in the face.

"You hate me? For what? I've always been nice to you!"

"Really? Yeah, you've been so 'nice' to me. Which makes me hate you even more!"

"Maria, calm down! Tell me what I did. I just said that I love you and you just flipped out!" He told me that he loves me? Wow, I guess my name is Tess and I've forgotten it.

"No, Kyle, you just told 'I love you, Tess!'" I shout. "Yes, that's right. You called me Tess." The smile on his face disappears and he tries to comfort me, but I push him away. I don't wanna his pity.

"Maria, I'm really sorry. It was just a mistake."

"Mistake? Kyle, please stop being a prick! At least have the nerve to tell me the truth. Admit it, for God’s sake!" He embraces me from behind and whispers in my ear.

"Please, believe me! I didn't mean that. I didn't even realize that I said Tess instead of Maria until you told me."

"And you think that makes it better? You obviously think about her while having sex with me for the first time."

"Look, Tess and I are friends. She doesn't even wanna be friends right now." He trails off and starts talking to me about her like I care.

"Kyle, just shut up! I don't care! Did you hear me? I'm not interested in your affair with that bitch!"

"Maria, let me explain you!" Kyle pleads with me.

"No, Kyle! There's no need. What do you wanna tell me? You know I thought that you loved me. I thought that this would be our night. I thought that we'd be happy being together, making love. Well, I guess I was wrong. While I was planning how to make you happy, you apparently were thinking about someone else."

"No, Maria, don't be like that!" He grabs my arm and stops me.

"Like what? Hurt? Proud enough to not allow you to make fun of me? Smart enough to know when to walk away?" I push him harder and start punching him in the stomach. I'm so angry at him for lying to me and at myself for believing him.

"Maria, Maria ..." He tries to stop me, but there's no point. Finally I get out of his room and pass his dad in the hall. Kyle tries to follow me, but I close the front door at his face. And he doesn't try to come after me. Well, I guess he eventually got my point.

I walk to the park and sit in silence. Now I can cry without worrying that someone might try to stop me. I can't believe that I was so stupid and naive. I thought that if I had sex with him, I wouldn't lose him. I was so blind that I didn't even see the signs. He's all the time with Tess. It was inevitable that he would fall in love with her. I used to think that she's the one that follows him, but I can see now that he's the one that prefers her over me. Sex wouldn't help me. I was going to do the stupidest thing in my life. I was about to give my virginity in an attempt to have a guy that wants someone else.

I loved him. I really loved him and I still love him. I'm hurt, I'm broken, but I still have feelings for him. I wish that I could close my eyes and make everything go away, but I can't. I just can't. I have no words to explain what I feel right now. I'm sad and hurt because the guy that I love likes someone else. I'm angry because that someone is Tess. And finally I'm pissed at myself for loving such a prick. I gave him my heart and he broke it into small pieces. He was my friend and now he's the one that hurt me. I won't forgive him ever, but that doesn't mean that I can forget it easily.

How fast things change. This morning I was happy having a guy like Kyle. I used to thank God because I thought that he is such a good boy. And now I hate the moment I decided that I liked him. I was so stupid in my imaginative war with Tess. I guess she won and not because I wasn't good enough, but because Kyle likes her. It's not important what I'm doing or will do, the important thing is that he loves her. He's just told me this. I guess sometimes love is indeed like a war. Granted, we don't get visible wounds, but that doesn't mean that we don't get hurt. The scars are engraved deep inside us, in our heart and only time can heal them.

* * *
Kyle

I can't believe that I did that. How could I have been so stupid? You can't forget your girlfriend’s name. That's unforgivable. Why the hell did I say that? I don't love Tess. Right? I mean she is cute and funny and a good and loyal friend, but I'm not in love with her. I mean that kiss was just something minor and unplanned. I meant to kiss her on the cheek, not on the lips. Yeah, I'm pretty sure that I don't have feelings for her. Then why would I say something like that? I wasn't even thinking about her. OK, I did think about her, but it was because I was feeling guilty.

See, Maria's been my best friend since I can remember. I met her for the first time in kindergarten. At the beginning we were like cats and dogs, but after some time we called a truce. Since then we have been nothing but supportive to each other. When my mother died in a car accident 2 years ago, she was my rock. She was the person that helped me move forward. We were together all the time and somehow she grew on me and last year we decided that we could work as couple.

At the time I thought that was the definition of love. Maria was this special person that didn't care how messed up I was. She showed me that no matter how hurt I am, life goes on and I'll always have two choices - either to let life beat me or to fight back. She showed me that no matter how depressed I am, I can still find the good in people, I can still find a reason to laugh, I still have to live and move forward. I'll always be grateful, but lately I'm not sure that she's the one for me. I don't wanna hurt her, but I can't be with her just because she wants it.

"What's up, son? Do you have a problem with your girl?" I hear my father's voice.

"You could say that ... I kind of screwed up ..."

"Don't worry!" He pats on my shoulder. "Give her some time. She'll forgive you."

"I doubt it." I sigh. If I were her, I wouldn't forgive me.

"Well, then it's her problem. You're still young. You'll find another one." He tells me with a smile on his face and prepares a new glass of tequila. I'm pretty sure that this isn't his first one this evening. And he came home just 30 minutes ago.

"You don't understand. I really care about her. I don't wanna see her hurt!"

"Eh, son, there is no way to not hurt someone in your life. Sometimes your own happiness depends on someone's misery." I know that he's right, but Maria is not just someone. She's my best friend and I really appreciate everything she's done for me. She was with me when he was too busy with his own grief.

"Dad, I know that we can't have everything and all that crap, but we're talking about Maria, you know, my best friend."

"Wasn't she your girlfriend?" He asks me and I realize that his glass of tequila is already almost empty. As for the question, what am I supposed to answer? I mean I screwed up big time, she won't forgive me. I'm not even sure that she'll want to be my friend.

"She was my best friend long before she turned into my girlfriend." I explain to him.

"Well, then you'll either have your girl back or you'll have to find another best friend." He tells me calmly and prepares another glass of tequila.

I watch him really close. I know that everybody has a different way of grieving, but his approach is not something that I like. He used to drink one or two glasses of tequila every night after dinner. Now, he might skip dinner, but he won't skip the drinking game. Half a bottle every day. I tried to help him, but he doesn't wanna admit that he has problems.

"Yeah ... Thanks for the help." I tell him sarcastically. For him it's really easy. In fact everything has been easy for him since he found his way of dealing with problems - drinking tequila. For the rest of us however, the world doesn't work that way.

"Do you want?" He asks me pointing at the tequila bottle when he pours another glass of tequila. I guess for him tequila is like water and he is really thirsty.

"No, thanks. I don't wanna drink." And I'm not allowed to do it. I'm still a minor, but he doesn't remember that. Sure, if you ask him in the morning, he'll tell you that he has a 16-year-old son and he's not allowed to drink. But then he'll be sober. In the evening though he starts his own drinking game - that's his way of filling the void in his heart, his way of grieving for my mother.

It was really difficult in the beginning. I was 15 years old and I wasn't prepared to be raised by a single parent. Soon I realized that I'm like an orphan because my dad stopped talking to me. He had major depression back then and that left me alone, well not exactly because Maria was with me and she helped me. She was so sweet and caring. That's how I fell in love with her. She showed me that my mother would want me to be happy. My father though took another path – drinking, and he's getting worse every day and I can't do anything about it. He doesn't wanna hear me. I used to stay awake all night making plans how to help him, but I know that this mission is impossible. The only way is if he admits his problems and right now I don't see that happening.

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Re: To hit the rock bottom (UC/CC, Adult, Pt.15, 04/3/2012)

Post by secretk » Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:47 am

keepsmiling7: Yes, Michael and Isabel have to grow up fast, if they want to cope with this situation. Sometimes life sucks. At least now Isabel knows that someone supports her. It still will be difficult though.
As in Kyle's defense, he didn't do it on purpose. Not that make the things better, but he's confused teen.

nibbles2: Yeah, we never know how some hurtful things might help us in the long term. We will have to wait and see how this will be for Maria.

Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it. Thanks also to ArchAngel1973 for beta'ing my story.

Chapter 15

Maria

So it won't be such a surprise for you that I couldn't sleep last night. In 5 minutes I lost my best friend and my boyfriend. The truth is that I'm pissed and I don't know who to blame. Tess for being the usual bitch, Kyle for being too stupid to like her or me. I was blind, I didn't wanna admit that something was going on between them. It took me one hour to do my makeup and cover the puffy eyes. So much crying doesn't bring anything good. I know, I know. I'm pathetic. I know that I shouldn't care. I should move on. I know it. My mother would tell me the same. The problem is that Kyle was my first boyfriend, he was my best friend. We were closer that I have ever been with Isabel. And now I'm alone. Because he prefers some blond vulgar bimbo. I guess people are right. Nothing lasts forever.

I'm here at school, praying to not see Tess or Kyle or anyone else, because I swear I'll explode and it won't be pretty. Instead I'm going to talk to Isabel. I can see that something is bothering her and I'm pretty damn sure that it's related somehow to Kivar. Isabel was raped a month ago. After that I have seen her on numerous occasions arguing with Kivar. The same Kivar that tried to have a good feel of my boobs. What are the odds? I can gather two and two. I'm sure that you can do the same. I guess he took advantage of her and he's the father of her child. I need to do something. This is a lot more serious than my love problems. Besides I need something to distract me.

So I approach Isabel and I'm getting ready for an interrogation. I have to know the truth. I know that it's hard for her, but she can't bottle up everything inside of her. Besides if Kivar did this to her, then he has to be jail, not in school bothering her.

"Hey, chica!" I hug her. "How are you?"

"Fine." She smiles at me and I can tell you that she's genuine. Thank God that at least for her this is a good day.

"Ok, spill! What made you so happy?"

"Michael talked to me." I hope that he behaved this time. "Thanks a lot, Maria. I don't know what I would do without you!" She hugs me again. OK, I guess Michael did talk to her like normal human beings do.

"I'm confused. What do I have to do with Michael?"

"He told me that you spoke with him ... "

"More like I yelled at him ..."

"Yeah, anyway. It worked. He apologized and he's fully supportive. He even talked to mom. And now we're facing this problem as a family."

"I'm so glad for you, chica. I knew that eventually they'd come around. You share the same blood. You're part of them and they're part of you."

"Wow, Michael told something like that too. I guess now you two are like twins, without the DNA."

"Me and Michael?" I start laughing. "No, girl. He just heard what I'm saying for once."

"I guess. I was surprised when he came to me and told me that he'll help me. You know I was happy that my family has my back, but I was also ashamed." Why does she feel so guilty is beyond my mind. It shouldn't be her responsibility. That scumbag Kivar raped her. He's the guilty one. That reminds me that I need to ask her about that, but first I need to tell her again that she shouldn't feel like that.

"Iz, you're not the one that should be ashamed. Ashamed should be the parents of the bastard that did this to you."

"Maria, it's not like that." She answers and lowers her head. I guess she’s crying again. In moments like this, I know that my problem is nothing. I mean I could survive cheating. Being raped and pregnant is something else entirely. I don't know what I'll do. Poor Isabel. Why is life so unfair? "He might've taken advantage of me, but I was the one that got drunk and I'm the one that will have this child and raise it on my own."

"What?" I shriek, surprised. Don't judge me. I was against abortion, but then it wasn't my decision. I just thought that maybe she would give it up for adoption or something like that.

"Yes, you heard me right. I'll raise this child. My mom and Michael will help me. I just feel guilty, because they'll have to work additional hours, so that we can have enough money."

"Are you sure?"

"Yes, I'm sure. I can't abort. I just can't ..." She shakes her head showing me her disapproval of abortion.

"OK. How about giving it up for adoption?" I ask her about this possibility. I know that it sounds horrible, but this might be better for her. At least this way she'll be able to study and have a career.

"No, Maria, I can't do that. That’s worse than abortion. I can't just abandon my child. It might be a result of rape, but that doesn't mean that I should throw him away." She yells at me.

"Hey, that was just a thought ..."

"Just don't mention it!" She interrupts me. "This child is not guilty. He can't pay for my mistakes."

"I know, I'm just trying to find some perspective for you." I try to justify my behavior.

"Some perspective for me? Look, I know that it seems easier to give the baby up for adoption and to continue studying and living like he doesn't exist, but I can't do it. It's just selfish. How will this kid feel when he finds out that his parents didn't want him?"

"He'll understand. It's not like you'll do it just to have some fun. I don't know, maybe it'll be better for him."

"No, it won't be. Do you know why? Because no one feels better, knowing that their parents don't love them. The parents are the ones that love unconditionally. If someone takes that away from you, what's left? No, Maria, the kid might have a more secure life, more money, two-parent family , but no one can love him the way I will because it's my child, it's my blood and it's part of me and if I give him away, part of me will die."

She's right. My mother was year older when she got pregnant with me. My father, her boyfriend at the time told her that he'd be with her, that he'd support her, so she decided to keep me. Then 3 months before I was born, he just disappeared and left her alone with me. I know that he was scared, I know that it wasn't easy for him, but I'll never be able to forgive him because he just left me and my mom. My mom's never treated me bad, she's never even suggested that I'm a burden for her, but I know that this is hard for her. She didn't have a normal life that a teenager should have. She's still alone and hasn't found someone that loves her. She once told me that this doesn't matter to her because she has a lot more - me, that I'm her treasure that she'll be always proud of me. I know that she doesn't regret her decision, but still sometimes I feel guilty. Because of me she couldn't have the life, she wanted so desperately. Then I feel rage because of my father. He led her on and then walked away the moment she needed him the most. I will never forgive him.

"You know, you're right. I admire you. I wouldn't be able to do it. You're a strong girl, Isabel Guerin."

"Thanks, Maria. I'm afraid too, but I know that I can count on my family."

"Don't forget about me! I'll be with you whenever I can!"

"Thanks a lot, girl!" We hug again. I'm really relieved that there's some hope for her. Then again, I remember that I have to ask her something. It might not be the right time, but that question will always hurt her. It's better sooner than later.

"Iz, I need to ask you something!" I say seriously and see her smile fading away. "Did Kivar rape you?"

"What?" She starts laughing, but I can see how nervous she actually is. She plays with her hair and avoids making eye contact with me. I guess I hit the jackpot. He did it. "Maria, how do you come up with such ridiculous ideas?"

"Isabel, you can tell me the truth! Did he do it?"

"Of course not."

"Then who did it?"

"I told you I don't remember." She says to me and then tries to change the subject. "Come on, we have to go!"

"How can you be sure that Kivar didn't do it when you don't remember who it was?" I ask and see her face go pale. I know I'm right. She remembers very well who did it and for some reason she doesn't wanna tell me.

"Maria, he's a teacher! He wouldn't do something like that." She tries to reason, but I don't buy it. I mean, he tried to touch my breasts in front of the entire class. Somehow I think that he's capable of a lot more when he has no witnesses.

"Isabel, I know that someone from this school raped you. And I know that you remember very well who he was. So, why don't you cut the crap and tell me who he is?"

"Maria, please stop ..."

"No, I won't! Why are you so afraid? That bastard has to be punished!"

"Look, just leave it alone!" She shouts at me and walks away.

"OK, I'll ask Kivar then!" I yell at her and she stops and turns around to face me. I can see the fear in her eyes. It's him. I have my confirmation. That jerk did this to her. I can't believe it. I hate him, no I despise him!

* * *
Isabel

Maria is close to finding the truth and I don't know how to stop her. She's cool and loyal and everything, but she's too stubborn. When she decides something, no one can change her mind. She won't surrender that easy. I know that she won't ask Kivar, but that doesn't mean that she won't try to do something. I acknowledge that she's just being a good friend and she's trying to help, but she doesn't know how dangerous Kivar might be. I have to stop her before she does something stupid.

"Hey, how is Sorenson in bed?" Tracy interrupts my thoughts. What's she talking about?

"Shut up, stupid bitch!" Maria defends me.

"O, come on, Maria! Don't tell me that you're not interested in Sorenson’s bed skills. Or maybe he did you too." Tess comments and starts laughing.

Maria comes near Tess and grabs her hair. Oh oh! This's getting serious. I know that Maria hates her, but I didn't think that it's that bad.

"Look girl, shut up. The only slut here is you. So how about you keep your mouth shut and disappear?" Maria adds. Tess turns around and gets free of her.

"Don't talk to me like that!" Tess answers her.

"Or what?" Maria asks. God, I've never seen her act this way.

"You don't know me, girl. You're so out of my league!"

"No, you don't know me. I was nice to you only because you're a friend of Kyle’s, but guess what? He's not my friend anymore, so I don't care." What? What happened between Kyle and Maria? Why don't I know about this?

"Oh, so he finally broke up with you. I should congratulate him." Tess laughs at Maria and she slaps her in the face.

"I'm sure that you can do a lot for him, but guess what? You're only good for one thing - sex. So go fuck him. I'm sure that soon he'll be bored because you can't do anything else!" Wow, I see Tess' face getting red. She slaps Maria. And Maria answers back. Oh, no, girl fight. This is so not good. I try to stop Maria, but I can't.

"What's happening here?" I hear Kyle's voice. Yeah. I would like to know that too. Maria and Tess break it off and Kyle stands between them.

"Oh, Kyle, don't act surprised. Your girl is trying to be like me. It doesn't suit you, girl!" Tess explains and Maria raises her hand to slap her, but Kyle grabs it.

"So now you're gonna defend your bitch?" Maria asks.

"Maria, don't make a scene. Let's talk in private. I'll explain everything!"

"No, Kyle, there is no need. Go play with this gerbil here. I don't wanna talk to you, I don't wanna see you! Do you hear me?"

"Maria, don't be like that!" Kyle pleads.

"Leave her, dude. Don't you see? She's crazy." Tess interrupts them. OK, so I guess Kyle and Maria are no longer friends and aren't dating. And somehow Tess is the reason. At least that's what Maria thinks.

"I'm crazy?" Maria yells at her. "Look girl, just shut up! Look around, no one is interested in your opinion. How about next time before spreading false rumors and laughing at people's problems, try to think about yours? Did you hear me laughing at you because your mother lives with a man that likes to beat you?" Maria adds and we hear a lot of gasping. They’re gathering a crowd with their fight.

Tess just looks at Maria and I see a tear in her eyes. I know that Maria is pissed for some reason, but she crossed the line. She shouldn’t have said that.

"Maria, come with me!" I interfere. "Leave it!"

"No!" I hear Tess' voice. "Don't ever mention that!"

"Or what? Who do you think you are? You can talk about Isabel's problem, you can laugh at her, but I can't! No, girl! This is war! I won't let you walk around here and act like a queen!"

"I do what I want!" Tess answers back. God, this is getting out of hand.

"Well, that makes two of us, baby. Because I won't shut up! Next time you hear something about me, Isabel or my friends, walk away and look at your bruises! Do you hear me?"

I guess Tess snapped at that because the next thing I see is Tess pushing through Kyle and punches Maria in the face. Maria falls on the ground and Tess tries to kick her, but Kyle stops her.

"OK, both of you, enough! Maria, you have no right speaking to Tess like that."

"Don't tell me what to do, jerk!" Maria answers and slaps him in the face and he covers his red cheek.

"Maria, this is something personal!" Kyle tries to reason with her and he's right.

"And Isabel's pregnancy is personal too, but that didn't stop her. So here is news for you. I won't stop either!"

"Look, bitch, Isabel brought this on herself!" Tess argues back. "I'm not guilty of having such a stepfather, but she had unprotected sex on her own."

"No, I think you're right. Because no one stands you and no one loves you!" Maria yelled back. "That's why your mother doesn't stop him!

I pull Maria aside and whisper. "Maria, that was way out of line. You can't tell her that! I see that you're upset. I see that you're angry because Kyle prefers her, but that doesn't mean that you can offend her. It's not easy to live like that."

"Look, Isabel. I know that it's not easy, but I don't care. Do you know why? Because she doesn't come here for support. She didn't say 'you know I have problems, but I'll be glad to have you as friends'. No, she just uses this for an excuse to do whatever she wants. To hurt you, me and everyone else. I have news for her. Everyone has problems! Everyone! She's not the only one and the world doesn't revolve around her. If she wants me to respect her, she'll have to respect me! And since she was so brave to take my boyfriend from me, I don't see how I should be friendly to her."

"Maria, it's not about being friendly. It's about being human! You crossed the line. This is really personal."

"And your being raped isn’t?" She asks me.

"She doesn't know that, but we know that her stepfather beats her. Please don't do this! Don't become such a bitch. Be the better person! Don't do this!"

"I can't believe that you're defending her after all the problems she's caused you."

"Look, Maria. She’s going through a difficult time. I know that eventually she'll come around. I'm just giving her time. Please do the same!"

"No, Isabel, you might be naïve, but I'm not. This bitch needs someone to teach her how to treat people and I promise that she'll get what she deserves." Maria answers me and walks away.

What a change! I know that Maria is feisty. I know that she doesn't have problems speaking her mind, but I've never seen her like that. I know that she hates Max, Tess and Jessie, but boy she usually just ignores them. I guess after her fight with Kyle something made her flip out. I hope that soon she'll come to terms with it because this is unhealthy for her. She should just leave them alone.

"Isabel?" I hear the school secretary's voice. "Come with me!"

"Why?"

"The director wants to talk to you and Sorenson about something!"

Great, now he knows that I'm pregnant too and he thinks that Sorenson is the father. Ok, I take my words back. I hate Tess, and well done, Maria.

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Re: To hit the rock bottom (UC/CC, Adult, Pt.16, 11/3/2012)

Post by secretk » Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:15 am

keepsmiling7: Yes, Isabel has a lot to process and think. And Maria, well she tries to be friend and helpful, we'll see how that will work. As for Tess, she loves to make problems, but really she's not a devil :wink: .

Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it. Thanks also to ArchAngel1973 for beta'ing my story.

Chapter 16

Sorenson

So here I am, standing in the director's office in silence. He told me that we need to discuss something important, but not before someone showed up. Who will that someone be? I sit on the chair, but I tap with my fingers. I'm getting nervous, I have been sitting here for 5 minutes and it starts bugging me. He doesn't joke as usual, he just looks me with a serious expression on his face. What's going on? I open my mouth in an attempt to ask something when I hear the door open. I turn around and see Isabel entering the room. The director shows her the other chair and she sits beside me.

Maybe he wants me to help her with this pregnancy. It's understandable. She needs our moral support. The kids at school don't make it easier for her. Especially Tess and her friends. It's good that he's worried about her.

"So, I guess we can start." He still has his serious expression.

"Yes, Mr. Jackson. What's going on?" I'm asking him anxiously.

"There are some rumors at school, Mr.Sorenson." Yep, we're here because of the pregnancy.

"What about?" Isabel raises her eyebrow and I can see the she's worried about something. She asked so low that I doubt that the director heard her.

"Did you say something?" He asks her.

"OK, just tell us why we are here." I interrupt.

"First, I want to know if Isabel is pregnant." He asks. A tear appears in Isabel's face and she lowers her head.

"Yes." She barely says.

"I didn't hear you!" The director raises his voice. God, why is he so hostile towards her? Aren't we all allowed to make mistakes?

"Yes!" She answers clearer this time.

"OK, then I guess the other part is also true." The other part? What other part?

"What do you mean?" She asks him, calmer this time. I guess she knows that other part, because she doesn't seem so nervous now.

"About the baby's father." OK, why I am here? He's just interested in the gossip about her pregnancy.

"No, this is not true." She answers positively.

"I guess I can walk away. I don't see why I'm here anyway." I get up, but he stops me.

"Actually, there is a reason. See, according to the students here, you're the father of this child."

"What?" I shriek. How the hell did they come to that conclusion?

"That's not true!" Isabel states.

"Of course it's not true." I add convincingly.

"Then who is the father?" Did he just ask that? I mean, that's something personal after all.

"That doesn't concern you." I answer instead of Isabel.

"Well, well, are you sure that you're not the father?"

"Yes, I'm pretty sure. I know when I've had sex with someone and I didn't do anything with Isabel besides talk because I'm her teacher." I answer abruptly. This man might be my boss, but he just crossed a line here.

"Watch your language, Sorenson. Is that how you teach your students to behave?"

"Well, at least I'm teaching them to defend themselves. While you show them how to disrespect people."

"Look, I have to check this out. I can't have teachers that take advantage of the students here."

"He's not the father." Isabel speaks again. "Can I go now?"

"Not before you tell me who he is."

I try to defend her, but this time she does it and I gotta say I'm impressed.

"Look, Mr. Jackson. I'm a free person and can have sex with whoever I want. I don't need to respond to you, nor do I need permission from you to do it. Now, I'm pregnant. Who is the father is my concern, not yours. The only thing that bothers you is if Mr. Sorenson here is the father. He's not. So, I guess we covered this."

"How can I believe you?" He asks her then.

"There is no need to believe me. Do you have proof that he's the father?" She asks and he shakes her head in answer. "The only thing you’ve got is rumors started by Tess Harding, the girl that hates me by the way. The way I see it, you can't blame Mr. Sorenson for anything except being human and treating me well."

Jackson remains speechless. Wow, I've always thought that Isabel is this shy girl that lets people mistreat her. I guess this is not the case. Maybe she bears Tess's behavior because she was her friend. Seeing her talking to the director this way, I could say that I admire her. She knows how to defend herself and her rights without offending her opponents. That's a very good skill.

"Then I guess we settled this. Now, I have to go. I have classes to attend." She says and walks away.

"You're lucky. I guess she really likes you seeing the way she defended you." I can't believe the nerve of this guy. He still insinuates that I'm the father.

"Look, you heard her. I had nothing to do with her. Leave me alone!"

"Sorenson, I'll find a way to prove this and then you'll have to leave. I won't allow you to jeopardize the school's name."

"What? I've done nothing wrong, so good luck proving something that didn't happen." I open the door and turn to face him for a last word. "Don't talk to me about the school's name, because we both know that this school is not the best in the city." With that I walk away frustrated and content at the same time. I thought that Isabel is too naïve, but I guess she does have a backbone.
* * *
Kyle

I can't believe that Maria acted like that. I know that she's feisty. I know that she doesn't have a problem defending herself, but that was so out of line. Sure she doesn't like Tess. She never did, but she's never offended her that way. It's one thing to say that she can't stand her and a totally different story to tell her that it’s her fault she gets beaten up. I guess it's my fault. God, I screwed up major.

After the argument, I find Tess in the schoolyard. I know that she's crying. She might look all tough and strong, but she's vulnerable like everyone else.

"Hey, are you all right?" I ask her. She tries to walk away from me, but I stop her.

"I'll kill her!" She yells at no one particular. I can see her red eyes.

"Calm down!" I hug her, but she pushes me away.

"What? So now you're defending her? You’re taking her side?"

"No, Tess. I don't take sides and I don't play games. I just think that you two are wrong." Well, I know that she'll be furious, but that's the truth. She's not the angel here. Although I have to admit that Maria wasn't so good either. They both crossed the line.

"Oh, please. Cut the crap! Your girlfriend will pay!" My ex-girlfriend ...

"She's not with me anymore."

"That's right. That's why she is in such a bitchy mood."

"Tess, stop it! Why do you need to call each other bad names? Maria is not a bad person, if you give her a chance ..."

"Give her a chance? When hell freezes over! Look, Kyle, just go to her. Hug her, be with her. I don't care! Just don't tell me what to do. She has no right to talk about Ed."

"I know, you're right. She crossed the line, but you shouldn't talk about Isabel's pregnancy and to say that Sorenson is the father ..."

"He is ..." She interrupts me.

"Really? Did you see them having sex?" I snap at her.

"He hugged her!"

"So? I just hugged you. Does this mean that I had sex with you?"

"No, but ..."

"There is no but here, Tess. I care about you. I like you, but you need to know something. When you told everyone about Isabel, you hurt her. The same way Maria hurt you today. So you're no different than her."

"Isabel deserved it. She hurt me too. She told everyone my secret!"

"No, Tess. She didn't tell anyone your secret. She told Topolsky. If everyone knew, do you think that they would be so surprised today when Maria yelled it?"

"What do you mean?" She asks me.

"That maybe Isabel tried to help you. The way I'm trying to help you now."

"No, no one wants to help me. They all want to hurt me."

"Even Max?" I ask her.

"He's different." She shrugs.

"No, Tess! He's not different. We want to help you, but you won't let us! Open your eyes before it's too late!" I try to reason, but she just doesn't wanna understand me.

"Just leave me alone!" She then says to me and walks away.

I hesitate for a moment. I want to stop her, but there is no point. She needs to be alone and think about what I just said to her. I don't know why it's so difficult for her to accept someone's help, but she needs to learn. OK, I talked to her and now it's Maria's turn. I find her on one of the benches at school. I come closer to her and just as I open my mouth, she says to me abruptly.

"What do you want?"

"I wanna talk to you. You know you were too rude back there."

"Kyle, just don't do that!" She answers back and looks me in the eyes. I can see that she was crying too. Why do these girls do that to themselves? I'm sure that they can be friends. They're not so different. They are both good with words, they both just won’t shut up, they are both loyal friends and have no problems saying what they mean.

"Maria, please! I know that you're hurt ..."

"Yes, I'm hurt, Kyle!" She interrupts me. "I'm hurt because my boyfriend told me that he loves someone else. What do you expect me to do? To tell you 'I'm very happy for you, Kyle! I wish you all the happiness, you two.' I'm sorry, but I need time. You lied to me! I was ready to give you my virginity and you told me that you love her! Her of all people! The girl that I hate the most. The girl that I've asked you so much about and you've always denied that you liked her! You betrayed me, Kyle!"

"Maria, I'm sorry. Look, I know that it's not easy. I was a jerk, but I'm really sorry. I want us to be friends. I'm sorry that I like her. I really am."

"Kyle, you're like all other men. Look, we all hate to hear the break up talk. Do you know why? Because of the 'I want us to be friends' speech. That's impossible!" She yells at me.

"We were friends before everything. In fact you're my best friend!"

"No, we were friends. Then you decided to lie to me! And now I can't trust you!"

"So you are hurt because I lied to you and not because I don't like you?" I ask her an innocent question and she just slaps me in the face for the second time today. What did I do?

"Don't tell me that you're disappointed! Yes, I liked you, Kyle. OK, I still have feelings for you, but I won't be with you ever again! You lied to me. If you were man enough and you had told me that you like someone else, I might have been able to forgive you eventually. But you were a coward. You didn't admit that you like someone else. If you hadn't said 'I love you, Tess!' we were going to have sex although you don't like me. How fair is that? Tell me, is this what friends do?"

"Maria it’s not like that!"

"No? Do you know how important the first time is for a girl? Do you know how I would feel if I knew that I was with someone that didn't even love me?"

"Maria..."

"Kyle, look, you just burned the bridge between us. Nothing will ever be the same. We can't be friends. I might be able to stop hating you, but I can't be your friend."

"Maria... please. I didn't want to hurt you. In fact I wanted to protect you..."

"To protect me? How? By lying to me?" She asks. I didn't see it that way yesterday...

"You loved me and I thought that you'd be happy if your first time was with someone that you like."

"No, Kyle, I'll be happy if my first time is with someone that I love and I know that they love me."

"Maria, please forgive me!" I plead. I know that I hurt her, but I had no intent to do it. It just happened. Doesn't that count?

"Kyle, do me a favor! Don't pretend to be my friend. If you were, you would’ve been honest with me! Now go with your friend Tess and console her when her step-daddy beats her!"

"Maria, don't make jokes about that. This is really serious! Don't act like that!"

"Kyle, I don't care about you or her! Don't try to give me advice, don't try to talk to me, don't try to be my friend. I don't need your pity! Just get the hell out of here!" She pushes me away. What a temper! And I thought that Tess was pissed. I guess Maria can be mad too.
* * *
Sorenson

I can't believe that Jackson just accused us of having an affair. What's going on in this school? How someone came up with such an idea. Well, actually Isabel said that it was Tess, so I guess she had this brilliant idea that I'm the father of the Isabel's baby. God, sometimes that girl is really difficult to bear. She doesn't even realize what type of problems she might cause. She thinks that this is same sort of funny game.

"Sorenson, I was looking for you!" Topolsky says. I can see that she has been running in an attempt to find me. What's up with these people?

"Well, I'm here!" I answer her calmly.

"Is it true that you had an affair with Isabel?" Seriously? She wants to know that? And I thought that only the kids like to gossip. Well, I can tell that the women love that too.

"Yes, we're lovers." I answer her sarcastically.

"What?" She asks me, surprised. She doesn't even realize that I'm screwing with her.

"Yes, you know I wanted to become a teacher so that I can have sex with the sexy students that are 15 years younger than me. I also wanted some adventure you know? That's why I wanted to sleep with a minor. After all it's rape according to the law. And besides I didn't want it to be a secret, so I knocked her up. I did it on purpose. I'm getting older and I wanted to have a baby. And Isabel was perfect for this."

"Are you serious?"

"Why wouldn't I be? I mean what's so strange in a normal 31-year-old man having sex with minors and getting them pregnant? That's just so typical for us. We love to do it."

"Sorenson, stop ..."

"What? I thought that you're interested in my motives."

"Don't joke about it!" She judges me. Really? Because I don't joke about having an affair with a student. I'm laughing at her brain capacity. I don't wanna be rude, but you have to have some real problems to believe such stupidity.

"Well, then what should I do? Cry? I'm sorry I'm so stupid, I don't know how to have protected sex with adults, so I decided to use a teenager to teach me. Too bad that she didn't know too, so yeah we ended up like this."

"Grant..."

"What?" I snap at her. Enough with the games. I think that she got my message.

"Please be serious. Is it true?"

"No, Kate, it's not true. Unlike what you all think about me, I'm not some pervert! I don't sleep around with teen girls." I yell at her. How she can doubt me?

"I'm sorry. I just wanted to be sure. I didn't want this to turn out to be true."

"You didn't want?" I ask her and start laughing. "That's not the right answer. You should know me well enough to not believe them in the first place."

"Grant, I'm sorry. I just got worried." She pats my shoulder and tries to calm me down, but I get away.

"Don't talk to me! You know sometimes I wonder who is worse - the kids like Tess that spread rumors or the adults like you that believe them." I tell her and walk away.

I can't believe that she and Jackson thought that this might be possible. It's one thing to show some concern about Isabel and it's another thing to point me out as some abuser. I can't believe them. I walk furiously to the schoolyard and I clash into someone.

"Watch out!" I hear them saying and realize that it’s Maria. It seems that she's pissed. Maybe she has some problems too.

"Maria, I'm sorry. I didn't look where I was walking."

"No problem, teacher! Are you all right?" Do I look that bad?

"Yes, everything is fine." I assure her.

"I heard what they’re saying about you." Great, now she'll try to defend her friend and tell me that I'm a jerk.

"What are you talking about?"

"About you and Isabel. Only Tess could come up with such stupidity!" She laughs and I'm relieved. At least someone here is sane enough to not believe everything they say.

"Well, there are people that believe her."

"I didn't say she's the only one stupid here." She shrugs.

"You don't like her too much?"

"Don't like? Try hate her. Anyway I didn't wanna talk about that."

"Really? Because I'm sure that you asked me about Isabel." What's she up to?

"I think that I can help you." She smiles at me. Help me?

"What do you mean?"

"I can prove that you're not her child's father." She’s got me, I'm intrigued now.

"How?"

"I know who the father is!"

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Re: To hit the rock bottom (UC/CC, Adult, Pt.17, 25/3/2012)

Post by secretk » Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:27 pm

Hello all, sorry for the delay, but RL could get in the way of my muse :oops: .

Thanks all for the feedback!

nibbles2: It's real fun to write Maria. I'm a lot different than her, but I liker her style too :wink: .

keepsmiling7: Actually the sicko is Kivar. Sorenson was just joking with Topolsky, because she doubted him. Yeah, it's not easy for Isabel at all.

HypnotiqBlueEyes: Thanks. Yeah, it's not easy for Isabel and Tess is making it worse. I'm not going to defend her though, but yeah it's true that Tess has her problems too. Liz will entry the story soon and yeah it will be interesting to see how Tess would react.

Thanks also to ArchAngel1973 for beta'ing my story.

Chapter 17


Max

So I had to talk to my dad before classes and I got to school a bit late and apparently I missed something very crucial - the argument between Tess and Maria. The gossips here spread really quickly. People are saying that the reason for the heated conversation was because Kyle cheated on Maria with Tess. Somehow I doubt that. I mean sure he and Tess are friends, but I'm sure that’s all. Anyway people are also saying that Maria slapped her and talked about her stepfather. Is she capable of that? I know that the girl has a big mouth, but I always pictured her like a dog. You know, they bark, but don't bite without a pretty good reason. So I approach Tess, who is sitting in the Garden of Eden on her own.

"Hey, friend, what's up?"

"Nothing." She says without even looking to me. She's either pissed or really depressed. The way I see it, I think it's the latter.

"Right." I say and sit beside her. "You know you can talk to me. I know that I seem stupid, but I have my qualities."

"Is that so?" She turns around and smiles at me. I can see that she's been crying.

"Yes, for example I can tell you stupid jokes or I can laugh like a retard or I can expose my stupidity in front of everyone so that they prefer me over the circus." I answer and start tickling her. She smiles, but soon she grabs my hands and stops me.

"She hurt me." She tells me and gets again serious.

"What did she do?" Was she brave enough to talk about Ed?

"She told me the truth." What truth?

"Tess, don't do this. Don't let her win."

"She already won. She knows that no one loves me." What? That Maria girl was way out of line. How can she say that?

"That's not true. I love you. Your mother loves you. Kyle ..."

"Don't talk to me about him. This is his fault."

"What do you mean?"

"He wants to be my friend. He tells me that he likes me." She tells me like this is the biggest crime in the world. What's so bad if someone likes her?

"Isn't that good?"

"No, Max, it's not!" She yells at me. "I'm tired of hearing people telling me that they love me." She grabs a rock from the ground and throws it far away with all her strength.

"Tess, you have to learn to let people help you." I know that she has problems trusting people. It took me two hours to explain to her that I didn't rescue her from those boys so that I could sleep with her and manipulate her, but just because it was the right thing to do. I might be a lot of things, but I wouldn't hurt a girl. Yeah, I might've threatened Isabel, but I wouldn't hurt her physically.

"No, Max! I don't want help!" She shouts back.

"Even from me?"

"You're different!" That's her favorite expression. She always says that I'm different. And I'm sure that I'm not. I'm far from perfect. Most parents would be terrified if their children even talked to me. And yet she prefers me over some good boy like Kyle.

"Tess, I'm not different. It took a lot of effort to convince you to trust me. Face it! You just don't wanna open up to anyone else because you're afraid that someone might hurt you."

"That's not true!" She says to me and laughs. "I just don't need more friends than you and Jessie."

"Tess, you know what the bad thing is when you have a best friend?" I ask her and she shakes her head. "They can tell when you're not telling the truth. Right now I know that you're lying to me. You don't trust people!"

"Max, just leave it!"

"No, I won't. It's not healthy for you!"

"Fine!" She yells. "Yes, I don't trust people! Are you happy now?"

"Yes. Do you know why? Because you just admitted that you have a problem. Now, you need my help to resolve it."

"Max, cut the crap!" She tells me and slaps me slightly on the head.

"I'm serious! Promise me that you'll try to let Kyle in."

"I can't!" She answers me.

"Why?" I ask her and she looks at me really seriously like she's ready to kill me with just her eyes. Thank God she's not an alien and has no powers. Otherwise I might be dead already.

"He kissed me." Hm, so Kyle did cheat on Maria with Tess. And I thought that people don't tell the truth through gossip. At least not the real truth, you know without the additions that makes the story more interesting.

"So? I thought that when someone kisses you and likes you, it's normal to let them in, not the other way around."

"He can't love me!" Again that crap! Of course he can!

"I think that he can feel however he wants to feel. You can't stop him!"

"Max, you're not that stupid! He just can't!"

"Why?"

"Because ... Because ... he can't! My mother doesn't love me enough to prefer me over Ed. My fucking mother. Thanks to her I'm in this world. If someone loves me, it should be her! But no she wants Ed! She doesn't care about me! Don't you get it! How I can believe that Kyle likes me, a boy with no problems, a sure future, a good family, and good looks? It's just impossible!"

"And yet he kissed you!" I point out.

"That was a mistake!" Ungh, this girl can be blind when she wants to.

"So he just shoved his tongue in your mouth by mistake?" Somehow I doubt that.

"Yes, he wanted to kiss me on the cheek, but I moved my head and he kissed my lips." That sounds like the cheap storylines on Spanish TV novellas or soap operas.

"That doesn't explain the tongue!" I try to prove my point.

"Well ..." Oh, she’s blushing. Yes, she is, her face is getting redder by the minute.

"So you liked it!" Tess likes Kyle. I'm happy for her. She deserves to feel like a normal girl. And Kyle is a good guy. Well, he did kiss her while he was with Maria and I'll have to talk to him about that, but overall he's fine.

"Max, shut up!" She pats my head.

"Admit it!" I move closer to her and start tickling. She tries to escape, but I hold her tight.

"Fine, I like him, but I'm terrified." This girl is hopeless. I'll have to teach her some things. We hear the ringing bell and head to the school. We have a math exam. The same one that I tried to study for last night. Let's hope that I'll get something different than F.

* * *
Maria

"You know who the father is?" Sorenson raises his voice and without even realizing it I put a hand over of his mouth.

"Shh ... It’s not safe here. We have to go somewhere else." I don't want Kivar seeing us.

"What?" He asks me, surprised. Then he looks around and I can see that he realizes what I mean. "It's someone from this school. Right?"

"Yes, but I can't say more here. I have a plan so we can prove that you're not the father and I need you to do something for me."

"What's the plan?" Oh he's nosy. Unfortunately I can't tell him because Kivar might hear it.

"No time for that. Just give me your phone number!" I need to know that I can call him if something goes wrong. With Kivar you never know.

"What? Maria, you're acting really weird. What's going on?"

"Nothing, I just need your number. I'll call some time later today." It's kinda the truth. I will probably need to call him this afternoon. I can't trust Kivar and I know that he's capable of anything, so if I want to be safe, I'll need a safe exit strategy. Sorenson hesitates for a minute, but then gives up and writes down his number on a paper. I take it carefully, so that no one sees it.

"Are you sure that this is the only thing you need?" He asks me. Well, I can't exactly tell him what I plan to do. He'll try to stop me and I can't afford arguing with him right now. This has to stop. Kivar should be kicked out of this school and I'll take care of it.

"Yes ... yes, I'll talk to you later today, when it's safer." I answer him and leave him alone.

I have a mission – to find Kivar, to use my charm to seduce him and then to expose him. Yeah, I can imagine what you're saying. Yes, it's dangerous, yes it's quite a risk and, yes it might not work, but I don't have a choice. This prick should be punished. Right now I have some privileges and I can use them in my favor. Kivar, be ready for a surprise!

"Good morning, Deluca!" He tells me with a big, fat smile. God, I hate him. Damn pig!

"Good morning, teacher!" I answer back. Be ready to lose, idiot! I have a trap for you!

"I heard that you and Tess made quite a show some time ago." Well, yeah, pervert. I guess you really like to watch two young girls fight. I bet it gives you a good rise.

"What? No, it wasn't that big of a deal."

"Right." He answers and nods at me. Can you imagine it? I mean this guy has no shame. For God's sake! He raped Isabel, got her pregnant and yet he continues flirting with the schoolgirls. And that's exactly what I'm gonna use.

"You know I wanted to talk to you!" I move closer to him. I don't want some bitch like Tess hearing us and blowing off my plan.

"Really?" I see the smile in his face and the way he looks at me, I think that he plans to have fun with me. Ungh, people like him are disgusting.

"Yes, see, we both know that I'm not that good at basketball." It's true. That's not my sport. Well, actually I'm not into sports at all, but he doesn't need to know that.

"I think that we can find a way." He tries to act like a good person and teacher offering 'help'. And to think that there are girls who actually would believe him. Well, granted, I would've too if I didn't know that he is the one that abused Isabel. That makes it kinda impossible to believe him.

"Really? I'd be extremely grateful to you!" Yep, this way I can show the world how much of a scumbag you are.

"How about tutoring?" Tutoring? Does he mean tutoring or 'tutoring'? I bet that he means something else, but I'll play the game.

"Yes, that would be helpful. Can we do it today? I don't have the time and ..."

"Of course, girl!" Girl? That's definitely no way to speak to one of your female students! Anyway I smile politely because I don't wanna expose myself. He has to think that I really need tutoring and nothing else.

"Okay, what time should I be here?" Straight to the point. I don't know how much time I can bear without exploding and punching him in the face.

"Here?" He asks me, surprised. Oh boy, he has something else in mind. Relax, Maria! That's why you wanted Sorenson's number.

"Yes, we need a basketball court. Right?" I can play dumb. In fact I'm sure he likes it that way.

"Yes, but we can't use this one."

"Why not?" What? Let's see what he has to say about this.

"With this story between Isabel and Sorenson, we should be careful. We wouldn't want the students to think that there is something between you and me." Of course, why would they think that? I mean you're such a polite, sweet, and nice teacher.

"I mean you know not everyone is like Sorenson. I wouldn't take advantage of you. You shouldn't be worried about that!" He's a real hypocrite. Yes, he's nothing like Sorenson. I guess now I know what his interest is. He is a perverted voyeur who takes pleasure in molesting young girls. People like him should be in jail or something like that. That's just sick.

"Yes, thanks." I force the smile on my face again. God, I think that soon I will have pain in my face muscles. It's just so hard to smile at someone that you wanna castrate. "So where are we meeting?"

"How about the park nearby?" Okay, that works for me. It's not that far from where I live and I can escape if something goes wrong.

"Works for me!"

"Then, we'll meet there at around 4 p.m.". He tells me and walks away. Thank God! I was gonna explode at any minute. It's just difficult to be around him knowing what he's done to Isabel, but I have no other choice. He has to pay!

So I have 4 hours to prepare myself for real battle. That bastard won't surrender easily, but I'll make him admit everything.

* * *
Jessie

As usual I decided to skip some classes today at school. I mean don't get me wrong, but this is so not for me. I have to say though that I liked the fight between Tess and Maria. Well, the little I saw, because by the time I got there, it was almost over. Kyle had apparently done what he could, so that they don't kill each other. The guy must be lucky. Tess and Maria are really good looking. Well, Maria might not be so experienced, but I guess that doesn't bother him. Yep, it's a boy's dream to watch two hot blondes who are fighting over him.

Anyway, I'm not in his position, so I don't care. I have other problems to worry about. Well, not exactly problems, because after all Nicolas did lend me some money, so now I don't need to go to work, which is cool. What I need to do is to give it to my father and assure him that this is my salary. I haven't been at work for more than 15 hours this week. I hate it. I don't wanna wake up 5 am so to go to some crappy place so that I can earn a few bucks that barely cover our expenses. Working with Nicolas will give me a lot more. I can provide the family with a nice meal for once. I can buy my mom some nice dresses for a change and make her feel happy.

"What are you doing here, Jessie?" My father interrupts my thoughts. Well, now is the time to give him the money. I hope that he'll be content.

"Nothing, they gave me my weekly check, so I wanted to give it to you." I explain and give him the money Nicolas lent me.

"Only 500? That won't be enough! What have you been doing instead of working?" What? I bust my ass to find this money and he tells me that this is not enough.

"You know that I work part-time there. I have to go to school." Not that I go there very often, but he doesn't know that.

"I told you to leave that crap! It's just a waste of time! You need to go to work, to provide this family with money for food, not to study. Don't you get it? There's no point in studying, we both know how you'll end up. Like me. Then why are you bothering go there?" He asks me. I know he's right. School's not for me. I'm bored there.

"I know, but I have friends there. I don't wanna spend all my time working in that crappy fabric factory." That's half true. I don't go to school very often and I don't have a lot of friends there, but I prefer it over working in that place.

"Jessie, do you think that I like it there?" He raises his voice. How should I know if he likes it? Do I care? No, I just wanna to continue my arrangement with Nicolas, so that I won't need to work like that.

"I don't know. Do you?"

"No!" He shouts and I jump a bit because I didn't expect such a strong reaction. "I don't like it, but I have no choice. This family needs money to survive!"

That's great dad, but why should I care about that? I'm your child also. I'm still a teen and I want to be dealing with teen stuff, not working like crazy in a stupid fabric factory.

"I know dad, but I also need to go to school!" Well, basically I need to have some time off from work and school is a good excuse. Besides sometimes I like it there. I can meet Max and Tess and be a normal teenager. I really need this time off from work.

"Why do you need it? Don't you get it? You can't learn nothing there. That place is not for people like us! There is no point being there when you can be at work earning money for this family!"

"And what if I don't want that kind of a job? What if I want something different for me?"

"Jessie, cut the crap. We both know that you're not good at anything. There is no point being at school. Look son, I might've wanted a lot of things, but I don't get them, because this is not how things work in real life. Just forget about this bullshit and follow my lead!"

Follow his lead? This means working in the fabric factory my whole life. I don't want that. I want something more from life. I'm tired being the man of the house. Don't you get it, Dad? I don't want what you have. I don't wanna admit that there is nothing more for me out in the world.

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Re: To hit the rock bottom (UC/CC, Adult, Pt.18,11/4/2012)

Post by secretk » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:58 am

Hello all, I'm really sorry for the delay. I just got stuck and have some problems with my muse. I hope that soon I will be inspired to continue the story.

Thanks for the bumps, to be honest I didn't expect it at all.

keepsmiling7: Well, yeah problems are all around. Kivar is not done yet, but soon this problem will be resolved. You'll have to read to see how :wink: .

HypnotiqBlueEyes: Thanks for the bump.

Tiffyjenn : Thanks for the bump. On a side note I like your avatar :).

Here is the new chapter. I don't know when I will be able to post the next one since this Sunday is Easter in my country, so I'm not sure that I will have time to write. Also my muse is not well behaved. I got stuck at writing something, but I hope that it will be back really soon.

As usual thanks ArchAngel1973 for beta'ing my story.

Chapter 18

Maria

So time has come. It's 4 p.m. and I head to the basketball court to meet Kivar. God, just the thought of him makes me shiver. He's a world-class pig, how could he do that to Isabel? How could he do that to any girl? Why are there are such cruel people in this world? I have to do something. I have to find a way to show the world what a scumbag this idiot is. I need to do it for Isabel and all the other girls that might be his future victims. I'm scared, but I'm also determined to stop this bastard. I hate him. I want him to pay for what he's done. I don't know how, but I have to come out the winner today.

"Maria, I see that you're already here." He tells me with a wide smile. It's like he's enjoying his time alone with young girls, like predators that attack their victims for food. I'm wondering how I didn't see it before.

"Yes, I am." I answer and pretend to be happy that he's about to 'teach' me how to play basketball. I force a gentle smile on my face.

"Good, then let's start!" He says to me calmly and still smiling. He's disgusting.

I leave my sweater on the bench and reveal the shorter top I’m wearing. I can see he's happy about the view. Of course he is. After all that's what he looks for. Naive and beautiful young girls, so that he can take advantage of the situation.

I throw some hoops, he "tries" to help me and educate me by touching my boobs more than he's allowed. I don't know how much I can take. I know why I'm doing it - to prove to everyone that he's the sleaze that hurt Isabel. On the other hand, I'm starting to worry. I look around and no one is here. What if he tries to do something to me? No, I can't let that happen. That's why I took Sorenson's number. Right? Besides, I'm not drunk, he wouldn't try something with me. Oh God! What if he does? No, no ... There is no need to think about that. Everything will work out.

"Maria, is everything okay?" He asks me. Fuck, he sensed that there is something wrong.

"Yeah, everything is peachy, teacher. I'm just tired. That's all ..."

"Yeah, you know I am too. I think maybe we shouldn't do this ..." Oh, no, he tries to escape ... I can't let that happen ...

"But I need that grade ... "

"Look, Maria, it’s dangerous here. Someone could see us and with all the talk at school about Isabel and Sorenson, I don't want to put you in the same position ..." Oh, I can't believe the nerve of this guy. He's worrying about me? He's the one that did this to Isabel and yet he’s trying to act like the nice sensitive guy who’s trying to protect me. I hate him!

"But ... there is no one here ... And I promise you that if someone sees us, I will tell them that it was just coincidence. I won't do that to you, teacher. I only want your help!" I try to sound as convincing as I can. How the hell did this happen? How did I get caught in such a situation? Maybe this was a mistake, maybe I have to agree with him and ... just go home. Yeah, that's right, that's what I'm gonna do.

"So what do you think?" Oh fuck! I didn't hear him! What does he want now?

"What?" I ask.

"I suggested that maybe we should go somewhere else, you know a place where no one familiar would see us!" He answers me with a smile.

"You know, maybe you're right. We wouldn't want someone to see us and start talking about us. Maybe I should just go home." I tell him and try to stay calm. I head off to the bench to get my sweater, when I feel his strong hand grabbing my arm. I turn around and can see his big red eyes. He's still smiling, but something in his eyes screams at me to get away. And I want to, but I can't because he's holding my arm.

"I thought that you needed that grade. Come on! Everything will be fine! No one will see us there!" That's what I'm afraid of. He wants to take me to some shady place where no one will witness what he's gonna do to me. Oh my God! He's gonna do to me what he did to Isabel. No, no ...

"Really, it's not that important!" I answer calmly and try to pull away, but he’s still holding my arm and I can't run away.

"Come on!" He tells me and in the next minute I'm on his bike riding to somewhere that I don't know. I so want to close my eyes and realize that this was just a bad dream. But it's not ... It's really happening.
* * *
Isabel

God, everything is just out of control these days. Like I didn't have enough with being raped and getting pregnant. Now the whole school thinks that I'm a slut who slept with her math teacher. And the worst part is that Sorenson could lose his job because of this. I stayed late at school because I wanted to talk to him and tell him how sorry I am. I know that it's not a good idea, because if someone sees us together, that will just prove their working hypothesis that he's the father of my baby. Oh, I wish he was the father. He would at least help me take care about this baby. He would at least take responsibility for his actions. I can hear him in his office and I knock on the door.

"Yes ..." he answers and I open the door. "Oh, hello Isabel." He says with a smile after he sees my face.

"Can I talk to you for a minute?" I ask him nervously. The guy must hate me. I jeopardized his job and his career. Everything he's worked and studied for.

"Of course! Come and sit!" He motions to the chair sitting opposite to his and I close the door behind me and sit.

"I want to apologize to you for everything that happened today. I'm really sorry ..."

"It's not your fault!" He interrupts me. Could he be any more gentle and nice?

"I promise you that I'll tell everyone around here that you're not the father of my child and there is nothing going on between you and me." I assure him, but he just looks at me with a wide smile. He's not even mad at me and I just can't understand why.

"Isabel, we both know that this is not your fault. If someone told the principal that, I guess it would be Tess." Damn right, teacher. I'm sure that Tess was the one to tell him that interesting story. I might not be well known or beloved in this school, but the only person here who hates me with a passion is Tess Harding.

"You're probably right ..."

"I will talk to her. This can't go on forever, Isabel. She has no right to do that." I know that he's right, but I can't hate her, she was my friend and I know that she's going through some rough times.

"No, there is no need ..." I shake my head.

"Isabel, this is not about you and her anymore. This is not some girl to girl argument. She's hurting people. She's spreading lies about you and me and that might cost me my job. This is getting serious and she's crossing a line here." He's right, but I give her some slack. I know that it's not easy for her to live that way with a monster. I'm sure that she has her reasons for doing this to me.

"You don't understand ... It's not easy for her ... She lives with a monster and she can't help it. I'm sure that eventually she'll come around, she just needs time ..."

"You're a real friend, Isabel." He tells me. "I talked to Maria today."

"What for?" Why would Maria talk to him? She couldn't possibly believe the rumors. Right?

"She told me that she knows who your baby's father is." What? I didn't tell her anything. What's going on here?

"Yeah, I told her ..." I can't deny what she's told him. He might suspect something. I will just lie to him and tell him some story about a teen from a different school. That would work.

"Well, she told me that she has a plan that can help us prove that I haven't been with you." Oh no! What is she planning to do? She did ask me about Kivar. What is she planning to do? What if Kivar does something to her? Oh no, Maria why would you do that?
* * *
Sorenson

The moment I mentioned Maria, Isabel started getting worried. Her face changed its color about ten times in the last minute. She tries to stay calm, but I'm pretty sure that something's bothering her.

"Isabel, is there something that you want to tell me? Something about the father?" Maria wanted to talk to the father. I guess her friend is worried that he might do something to her.

"I ..." she says a letter or something, but then she breaks down in tears. What's going on here exactly?

"Isabel, you can count on me ..." I try to comfort her. I stand up and move closer to her and rub her back.

"I have to tell you something ..." She composes herself after a few minutes. She brushes away the tears from her face and takes a deep breath. "I was raped."

"What?" I shriek the moment I hear the word coming out of her mouth. She was raped? When, who, how? I have so many questions and the most important, what's Maria up to? Is she in danger too?

"Yeah, it was at the teacher's party ..." She was raped by someone from this school?

"Who?" is all I ask. I'm still too shocked to compose a whole sentence.

"I can't tell you that ..." She barely says aloud so that I can hear her and she breaks down in tears again.

"Isabel, look at me!" I demand and cup her face. "Does Maria know who raped you?" I ask and she simply nods. This is more serious than I thought. I didn't have to allow Maria to go on such a mission. What if he hurt her too? "Isabel, you need to tell me who did this to you ..."

"No, I can't. He ... he ... he threatened me ..."

"Isabel, this guy might be with Maria right now. You have to tell me who he is. Maria might be in danger ..."

"Maria!" she screams. She just realized what's happening here. Her best friend is so desperate to help us that she got herself in real trouble.

"No, we can't let that happen!" She cries. "We have to stop him!"

"We will, but Isabel you need to tell me who did this to you." She stops for a moment, wipes her tears and looks me seriously. "Kivar, Kivar did this to me." Kivar? I knew that someone from this school was the father, but not for one moment did I think that it might be a teacher. Kivar took advantage of her? I can't believe that bastard! Playing a teacher here to satisfy his sexual needs and frustrations. He's a world class pig.

"Okay, we need to help her! Do you have any idea what she might have in mind?" I ask her. We know that it's Kivar, but we still don't know where Maria is or what she has planned. She took my number, but she has no cell phone and I don't know how to reach her.

"Maybe she's not with him!" Isabel hopes. Me too.

"If she's not with him? Where else would she be?" I ask her then. It's a good start. We need to believe that there is a chance to save her. We need to hope that she's not with him and that everything will turn out to be fine. Isabel has gone through enough, there is no need for another student to have to go through the same hell.

"Let's go to her house!" she suggests and I agree in an instant. What else can we do. I gather my things in a hurry and make sure to take my cell phone with me. Just in case Maria calls me I want to be sure that I'll be there to pick up the phone and help her.
* * *
Maria

After a 20 minute drive, he stops the engine and I'm wondering where we are. I haven't been in this neighborhood and I wouldn't even know how to get home from here. Damn! What did I get into? I was only trying to help Isabel and now I'm God-knows-where with no one other than Kivar, the man that likes to take advantage of innocent girls and rape them. And I put myself in this situation.

"We're here ..." he tells me and doesn't take his eyes off me. Pervert!

"Where is the court?" I ask him. I try to stay calm and not piss him off in the process. He's scary enough as it is.

"It's in the yard. Come on!" He tries to push me to enter the building. I know that it has a yard, but I'm sure it doesn't include a basketball court. I won't take another step inside, no I have to run. I prepare myself to do just that, but then I feel his hand around my back.

"Come on!"

"No, I have to go home. It's getting late!" I try to reason here. "My mother will be worried about me!"

He doesn't answer, he doesn't shake his head, he doesn't nod, he just grabs my arm and pushes me inside. I can't fight him, he's much stronger than me. I try to scream, but he puts a hand over my mouth and whispers in my ear. "I wouldn't do that if I were you!"

I simply nod and let him to take me into his apartment. What could I do? He can knock me down at any minute and I won't be able to escape. I need to find a phone, I need to call Sorenson. I need his help. I need him. Why was I so stupid? I knew what he'd done to Isabel, why did I risk so much by being alone with him? I hear him locking the door. What does he want from me? He's gonna rape me, he's gonna do to me the same thing he's done to Isabel. No, no ...

"I have to go ..." I say to him. He doesn't answer me and goes to the kitchen I assume. I look around, but I don't see a phone around here. He has to have one. Right? He comes back a minute later.

"Sit down! Get comfortable!" He tells me then. Is he for real?

"I want to go home!" I scream then. I can't take it anymore.

"No, you don't!" He smiles at me. Is he crazy or what?

"Yes, I do ..." I demand.

"No, you're a little slut that wants to get laid!" He screams in my face.

"I want go home!" I break into tears. "Let me go!"

"No, I won't. You are all the same!" What is he talking about?

"What? I just want to go home. The only thing I wanted was to have a chance for a higher grade in physical education. That's all!" I scream in his fucking face.

"No, you came to me with your short skirt and tight top and you tried to seduce me. You're a tease like everyone else, like your friend Isabel. You all want the same thing, but when you get close to get it, you chicken out."

"You're crazy! I don't want anything! You raped my best friend, you monster. You should be in jail!" I answer back. He tries to put the blame on us, when he's the sleaze that took advantage of the girls at school.

"No, you little sluts have been looking for it! You tease and then expect nothing to happen! You play around, you flirt, you dance like no one is around you, you sway your hips to a good beat and then you expect me to just watch?"

"Look, pig!" I shout at him. I can't take it anymore. "We smile, we dance and we have a good time like everyone else. We don't flirt with you and we sure don't want to do anything with you. Do you understand me? WE DON'T WANT TO BE WITH YOU!"

"Well, too late for that. I know what you wanted to do. You wanted to set a trap, so that you can help your precious friend. For that you'll get what you deserve. You won't go until I say so!" He tells me and leaves the room.

Oh my God! He's gonna rape me! He's gonna ... rape me. He's gonna do to me what he's done to Isabel. He's gonna hurt me. I have to escape. I have to run away. I need to find the key. I look around, but I can't see it anywhere. I have to do something. He won't be gone for too long and I can't fight him back. I can't stop him. I have to run away, I have to find a way. I need to find a way. God, please help me!

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Re: To hit the rock bottom (UC/CC, Adult, Pt.19,18/6/2012)

Post by secretk » Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:11 am

Thanks to all of you for your comments and bumps.

Indeed my muse start working. It's slowly, but hey it's better than nothing :wink: .

keepsmiling7: Yeah Maria has good intentions, but this doesn't mean that it didn't get dangerous for her.

lilah: Thanks. In this part you will see what will happen with Maria :) .

HypnotiqBlueEyes: Thanks. My muse is working, so I have about 7 chapters after this one, but they will need some beta first.

Yeah Isabel is making progress and that's good for her. Maria is a good friend, but that might endanger her life.

Oh you'll be happy to know that after about 6 chapters Liz appears :wink: . I already wrote that part.

Here is the next chapter and as always thanks to ArchAngel1973 for beta'ing my story.

Chapter 19

Isabel

I still can't put my thoughts in my head to get a clear picture of what's happening here. Maria might be somewhere with Kivar and we don't have much time to stop him. I quickly get in Sorenson's car. He starts the engine and drives away really fast.

"The first thing we need to do is to see if Maria is at home." Sorenson tells me and I nod. He doesn't see me, because he's driving so I give him verbal confirmation.

"Yeah. We'll ask Ms. Deluca."

"Isabel, it's important to not tell her about Kivar." He explains to me and I wonder why.

"Why? She has the right to know if her daughter is in danger." I argue with him. I can't lie anymore. As it seems sooner or later everyone will find out the truth.

"Isabel, the important thing is to take care of Maria. We don't even know if she's in danger. She might be at home or somewhere with friends. There is no need to panic her mother. It won't help us. We need to act quickly and as covert as possible." I nod at him. It does make sense. I mean her mother will probably freak out if she knows that her daughter might in such a situation. I hope that everything is fine and that she's not with him right now. I don't want her to get hurt like I did.

"Fine, but ... "

"Isabel, don't worry! We'll help her!" He tries to make me relax, but I can't. I know how fast he can hurt her and I don't want us to be late. I know how powerless I felt when he was holding me in the corner. I know how nobody was there when I needed them. I know what that feels like.

"And what if we are late? What then?" I shout at him. He doesn't look at me, he doesn't know what to say to me. He's thinking the same, he knows that we might not be able to help her. He knows that it might be too late.

He pulls the car over, we get out of the car and he comes closer to me. He cups my face and says "Are you ready? I know that it's not easy for you, but we need to do everything that we can."

I just nod at him and go straight to Amy Deluca - Maria's mother. She's talking to some neighbor on the street.

"Hey, honey. How are you?" She asks me, when she spots me on the street.

"Good. Hello Ms. Deluca!" I answer back. I shiver, I can't control myself. How am I supposed to ask her about Maria without telling her that her daughter might be in danger right now? I take a deep breath and remember what Sorenson said. She might not be with him and there is no need to worry her mother unnecessarily.

"What brings you by?" She hits me with a question that I don't know how to answer. What do I tell her?

"I couldn't find one of my notebooks and I was hoping to ask Maria if she's got it by mistake." There it is. I was able to compose a lie. I hope that she buys it.

"Oh, Maria is not here. She told me that she's meeting some friends. I thought that she was with you." Fuck. I know well that we don't have other friends at school. She's with him.

"Well, I had to stay home. I had something to take care of. Thank you, Ms. Deluca!" I tell her and rush back to Sorenson.

"So?" He asks me and I shake my head no. Where can they be?
* * *

Max

After the day at school I go into the billiards hall to play a few games and blow off some steam. To my surprise I find Jessie there with Nicolas talking about something and I'm pretty certain that I know what that something is.

"Well, well, look who is here." I hear Nicolas's voice.

"Yeah, what a surprise!" I say mockingly.

"What are you doing here? If I were you I would be more careful." Nicolas tries to intimidate me, but I know him well. I've seen him more that once or twice talking like that to someone else and I know how to protect myself.

"Well, it's a free country, Nicolas, so back off!" He comes closer to me and whispers in my ear.

"Watch your mouth. You wouldn't want to end up hurt." He tries to walk away, but I stop him and whisper in his ear. I know how to play that game, Nicolas. You taught me.

"I don't think you would do that to me."

"Why not?" He laughs at me.

"First of all there are too many people here and even if some of them are your friends, I need only one witness. Second I know enough about you, Nicolas. You wouldn't want to give me a reason to screw you. Would you?" I sit down at one of the tables and wait for his answer. His smile vanishes and I can see the rage in his eyes.

"So you're going to betray me?" He asks me then.

"No, see that's the problem. When you threatened me you stopped being my mentor and I have no respect for you, so no, I won't betray you, but I'll do whatever it takes to make you leave me and my friends alone!"

"You're in no position to do that!" He's right. I'm not. I'm alone and he has an army behind him. All I have is knowledge and I will use it if he doesn't give me another option.

"Really? Try me, Nicolas!" He doesn't answer me. Instead he storms off and leaves the bar. Jessie follows him, but I grab his hand.

"What are you doing?" I ask him.

"Act, Max. I told you, I need money and the only way to get it is to work with Nicolas." Jessie, you're going down, bro. He's no good. Why don't you get it?

"That's not the only way and you know it!" I argue back.

"Oh so you're suggesting that I should work and bust my ass all day for a few miserable bucks? No, thank you!"

"Jessie, you'll get in a trouble. Don't you remember the last time we were in jail? Do you want that? Do you?"

"I'm not that stupid. I won't let that happen again!" Oh, he's so sure. He believes that he won't go down that road again.

"It's not about intelligence. It's about luck! Sooner or later, you'll end up in jail and believe me it won't be good."

"Is that why you won't work with him again?" How many times do I have to tell you, pal?

"No, Jessie, I won't work for Nicolas ever again. He pulled a knife on me. I won't work for him. Look, we've been given a second chance, don't blow it off!"

"Fuck off! You're a coward, Max!" He shouts at me and leaves the billiards hall. Well, I tried to talk to him, but he doesn't wanna hear me. He's so blind, so determined to be partnered up with Nicolas. He just doesn't see the danger and I hope that he'll be lucky enough.
* * *

Maria

Kivar made it clear to me that his intentions are to have sex with me and I can't escape, but at least I can try to call Sorenson. He went to the bathroom. I guess the sleaze want to be clean before raping me. God, why did I do this? I storm quickly around the apartment in an attempt to find a solution, to come up with a plan, something that will help me to get out of this situation. And then finally I find it. He has a cell phone. I memorized Sorenson's number. Somehow I knew that I would need him, so I take the phone and dial the number quickly.

"Hello?" He answers back in seconds.

"Sorenson, thank God!" I sigh. I try to not speak too loud. I don't want that douche to hear me.

"Maria, where are you?" He asks me then.

"I'm at Kivar's place. You need to help me, to call the police or something. He's gonna rape me!" I panic, I know it.

"Can you tell me how to get there?" He asks me and I realize that I'm fucked. I don't know this neighborhood. I don't know how I got here. I was shocked when he took me.

"No, I don't know ... I don't know ..." A tear falls down my face. I'm doomed. They can't get here on time.

"Maria, calm down, we're coming to get you. I'm calling the police! Try to slow him down. OK?" Slow him down? How? "Maria?" He repeats my name, because he doesn't get an answer from me.

"Yeah, please hurry! I can't fight him. I can't!"

"Maria, relax! Everything will be all right! Find something that you can use against him. A knife, scissors, you know something that you can use as a weapon." Yes, he's right. Why didn't I think of that? Because I'm a moron. That's why!

"Thank you. I ... I have to go! He'll be out soon and I have to find something."

"Ok. Maria, everything will be all right!" He reassures me and I hang up the phone. I need to find something and I need it to be fast. I hear him stopping the shower.
* * *

Sorenson

I disconnect the connection with Maria and quickly dial Topolsky's number. She's usually still at school at this time. She could tell me Kivar's address and I hope that he's given the right one. That's our only chance to help Maria. The phone's been ringing for a minute now, but no one picks it up. Fuck! I dial it again. No result.

"What are we gonna do?" Isabel is asking me. What am I supposed to tell her? We know that he's gonna hurt Maria and we can't do anything about it.

"Everything will be OK ..." I pat her shoulder.

"No, it won't! He'll hurt her! He's cruel. He's mean." I see her shaking her head. She's reliving what happened to her a month ago.

"Isabel, don't think about that! Everything will be all right! Everything ..." I'm interrupted by the ringtone of my phone. I react quickly and answer it.

"Hello?"

"Sorenson?" I hear Topolsky's voice. "Thank God that you called. I'm so sorry about everything. I shouldn't have blamed you, I know that you're not that kind of human ..." Oh she's rambling and I so don't need this right now.

"Look, I'm not calling about that." I cut her off.

"No?" Please don't waste my time!

"No, I need you to give me Kivar's address!" I cut to the chase. We have no time. I don't know how much time Maria will be able to buy.

"Why do you need that?" She asks me. Wow, I really don't wanna discuss this with her.

"Just give me the damn address!" I shout into the phone and Isabel jumps off her seat. Great, I managed to spook both women. I'm telling them to stay calm and yet I panic too. We have no time and I can't think straight.

"Ok, fine, I will give it you. God, what's going on with you?"

"Look, I have no time for chitchat. OK? Just give me his address. That's it!"

I wait two minutes before she finds it and tells me the place where he lives. That's it. I dial the police's number and tell them where to go. They will probably be there first, but Maria will need us to be there for her, to help her, to hug her.

"Is she gonna be all right?" Isabel asked me then. She's been in shock for the last 10 minutes.
* * *

Isabel

When Maria called Sorenson to tell him that she's there with Kivar, I got scared. I was drunk that night, but not enough to not remember him, to not remember his hands touching my body, his scent on my skin, his thing inside me. Sometimes I wake up at night because I see him in my dreams. I still feel the pain I felt there. I hate him, but I have to see him every fucking day. I have to tolerate him whispering in my ear, threatening to hurt me again. And now ... now he can hurt Maria too, my best friend, the only one who's trying to be my friend, the one that has my back, the one that will support me. I can't let that happen to her. I just can't. I don't want her to suffer because I won't know what to for her, how to help her. I know that it's selfish, but this's all I can take. I can't take her being hurt by him. I can't be around her knowing that she has the same pain because of the same son of a bitch.

"Is she gonna be all right?" I ask him when he finishes his conversation with Topolsky. I need him to tell me that she'll be all right, that he won't hurt her.

"We'll do whatever it takes." He tells me and tries to give me a smile, but he fails. He thinks the same as me - we might get there too late to do anything.

"Will it be enough?"

"Let's hope it will be!" He tells me and pulls the car over. We're in front of his house. We're here, we need to move fast and help her.
* * *

Maria

I found a knife in the kitchen and I'm preparing for a battle that I've never wanted to face in my life. I don't know what I'll do, but I need to do something. I need to slow him down, the police are here. I know it. Sorenson won't let me down. He will help me.

"Well, I'm ready, doll!" He tells me with a smile. He's a disgusting pig. I don't know how many girls he's hurt, but I can't be the next one. I won't be. Right?

"Don't come near me!" I say and show him the knife.

"What do you think you're doing? Put that knife down!" He laughs at me. He laughs at me. He's a monster.

"No, I won't. I won't let you hurt me!" I shout at him.

"Hurt you? You want this, just like I want it!"

"No, I don't. And Isabel didn't either!" I answer him back. He comes closer to me and steps back, but at one point I know I've reached the wall and I don't know what to do next. I still have the knife in my hand.

"Right, you're all whores. You're wearing those short skirts, move sexy just for nothing? You're challenging me?" With one step and he's right next to me. He reaches for my hand to take the knife, but I move fast and shove it in the air.

"Don't you dare touch me!" I scream in his face. "You're sick! Do you hear me? You're nuts! I don't want you! DO YOU GET IT?" I ask him, still holding the knife in my hand.

"There's no need to shout! No one will help you! You look like a hooker." He laughs at me. I'm a hooker?

"Well, yeah, I had to have your attention somehow and I knew that the only ones that you're interested in are hookers because no normal woman would like you!" I don't know where that came from, but I have to slow him down. I have to do whatever it takes, so that the police will get here and arrest him.

"Don't you dare talk me like that!" He raises his hand to slap me across the face, but I remind him that I have a knife. He moves closer and I know that he'll grab my hand, so I do the only thing that comes into my mind. I hit him hard in the balls, he deserves it. He kneels down in the corner and I run in the other room. I don't know how much longer I can do this, but I have no other choice. The keys are in his pants, so I can't take them.

After few minutes he composes himself and comes after me.

"You'll pay me for that, bitch!" He shouts at me. His face is red. I can see the anger in his eyes. He's a monster.

"You deserve it you son of a bitch!" I shout back.

"Don't play smart with me, girl! You know what's gonna happen next. It's inevitable. You want it, I want it ..."

"I don't want it!" I interrupt him.

"Then why did you ask me for help? Why did you come here with me?"

"To prove to the world what a pig you are. To tell everyone that you raped Isabel, that you're the father of her child!" Yeah, that was my plan. It didn't go that well, but that was my only intention.

"Don't be dumb, girl! You can't do anything, just like your friend wasn't able to stop me."

"No, I called the police. They're coming! They're gonna get you and put you in jail, where you belong!"

"You didn't!" He tells me calmly, but I know he's worried. There is no smile on his face now. Who is the dumb ass now?

"Yes, I did!" He comes closer to me and in one second he takes the knife from my hand and whispers in my ear.

"Well, in that case, I better get the party started so I won't sorry that I missed my chance with you." He kisses my neck and I want to stop him, but he's stronger than me. Where are the police? Why aren't they here? Why? Where's Sorenson? He promised me that he would help me! He promised me ...

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Re: To hit the rock bottom (UC/CC, Adult, Pt.20,23/7/2012)

Post by secretk » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:43 am

Hello all! Sorry for the delay, but yeah real life, busy at work and summer - vacations season. Here is the next chapter.

keepsmiling7: Yeah, my muse returned for a brief moment, but sadly now real life is busy and I have no time writing. Yeah it's good that someone wants to help Isabel, because she needs all the help she can get.

HypnotiqBlueEyes: Thanks for the bump. Yes, soon Liz will be in the story. I was looking forward to reach the point where I can include her in the story and made it as fast as possible.

Here is the next chapter and as always thanks to ArchAngel1973 for beta'ing my story.

Chapter 20

Maria

Kivar's hand moves under my top tank and tries to reach my breast. I take a deep breath and pray that I will wake up and this will turn out to be one fucking nightmare. In that moment I hear someone knocking on the door. Kivar stops for a moment and turns his head, but after a few seconds hesitation he continues to molest me.

"Kivar open the door! I know you're in there!" I hear Sorenson's voice and I can breathe again. He's here. He will help me.

Kivar doesn't stop and doesn't even bother to answer Sorenson.

"Kivar, open the door or I'll make the door open! It's your choice!" Sorenson shouts. Kivar doesn't stop. He reaches to take off my top when I hear some noises outside. It sounds like Sorenson is kicking the door. After a few kicks, the door is open and he comes near Kivar and punches him in the face. It's then that I realize that he's not alone. Isabel is with him. She moves closer to me and we hug each other. Now I know what she felt that night before he took advantage of her. I know the fear she had. We both break into tears and neither of us pulls away. We need each other more than ever.

"I was scared!" She tells me.

"Me too!" I try to smile, but we both know what might've happened and we both know that we will never forget this.

At that moment I see a police officer coming into the room. He breaks Sorenson and Kivar apart.

"What's going on here?" he asks us then.

"He tried to rape me!" I blurt out and point at Kivar.

"That's not true!" Kivar defends himself. "She's lying. She attacked me." What is he talking about?

"I tried to defend myself!" I answer back and we start arguing until the policeman stops us with his whistle.

"Enough!" he tells and then he looks at me. "What's your name?"

"Maria ..." I mumble back. I've never been interrogated.

"Maria what?" He asks me coldly. Policemen scare me.

"Maria Deluca!" I answer him clearly this time.

"How old are you?"

"16 ..."

"And what's your name?" He asks Kivar. He tells him his details then.

"How do you know each other?"

"I'm a PE teacher and she's one of my students." Kivar answers before I even have the chance to open my mouth.

"And what’s a student doing here in your house?" How can I explain this?

"She came here to threaten me!" Kivar blurts out!

"That's not true!" I demand.

"It is. She came here and attacked me with one of the knives from my kitchen." The policeman looks around and sees the knife on the floor. I hate that pig.

"Is that the knife?" He asks and Kivar nods in agreement.

"Well, you're a minor, so ..." He starts talking, but I interrupt him.

"He's lying. I didn't come here to attack him. I came here because he brought me here to rape me!" I shout at the officer and he looks at me in shock.

"Oh, please! Cut the act! I didn't do anything to you." Kivar tries to play the victim here.

"Right, like you didn't do anything to her either!" I answer back and point to Isabel who is still crying. The officer goes to her and asks her if what I'm saying is the truth.

"He raped me ..." Isabel barely says, but Kivar cuts her off.

"That's not true!" God, I hate that liar.

"Look, officer. I'll tell you the truth. That blonde over there" he starts and points to Isabel "is pregnant from this teacher over here" he continues and points to Sorenson. "They've had an affair, the whole school knows it. The principal wants to fire him, so Maria who is Isabel's best friend by the way, tried to make me look like the guilty one."

"Is that true?" the officer asks me then.

"No. Yes, we are best friends and yes, the school thinks that they’ve had an affair, but that's not true. He raped her, impregnated her and now he’s tried to do the same to me." I shout. The officer goes to Isabel.

"Can someone verify that you were raped?"

"Well, I'm pregnant."

"That's not enough!" he explains to her. "Did you file a complaint against him?" Isabel shakes her head giving him negative answer. "Did you go to the hospital after the incident?" She does the same thing. "Well, then you can't prove that he raped you. I'm sorry, but there is nothing that we can do."

"What about me?" I ask then.

"You all know each other, we can't be sure who is telling the truth and who isn't!" He answers me and walks away. I can't believe the nerve of that guy. It was all for nothing. I see Kivar smiling at me in a way that tells me "I won!". Isabel is devastated and I screwed up. I was that close to being raped and I can't prove anything. What's going on with this country? I need to be raped, so that a rapist can be put in jail. I can't believe this. I just can't.
* * *
Sorenson

The police didn't believe us, but I still have hope that the principal might help us. Right now Isabel, Maria, Kivar and I are in his office.

"What's the problem, Sorenson?" Mr. Jackson asks me.

"Why am I here?" I hear Kivar asking. He knows very well why he is here.

"Kivar, don't play innocent here!" I retort back.

He starts telling me something, but in that moment Maria is trying to stop him and we end up all three of us arguing. Jackson puts a hand on his desk and makes us all shut up.

"Enough! What's going on here?" The principal asks me then.

"Kivar is the father of Isabel's baby ..." I simply say. Jackson stops for a second, turns around and checks with me and her and then I see his jaw open.

"Is that true?" He asks Kivar.

"Of course not. They were having an affair that ended badly and now they want to make me the guilty one." I can't believe that he supports that story.

"That's not true!" I answer back.

The director comes back to his place, looks around in silence and then asks me. "Why is she here?" It takes me a moment to realize that he's asking about Maria.

"Kivar tried to rape her!" I explain to him.

"That's a lie!" Kivar explodes and shouts in my face. "She set me up! She's Isabel's best friend, of course she'll back up their story."

"No, he tried to rape me!" Maria interrupts in that moment. So far she was silently sitting on one of the benches with her head down. She didn't even want to look at him. I could tell that she was very nervous about doing this. Now, she's like a hurricane. She comes near Kivar and start punching him in the chest. "You're a sick bastard that likes to molest the girls at school!"

"Maria, watch your mouth!" Jackson tells her. I can't believe this guy. She's telling him that one of his teachers is taking advantage of the girls at school and all he’s worried about is the words that she uses. Not that I support her language, but she has the right to act that way. That prick might've raped her.

"Don't tell me to watch my mouth!" She practically shouts at the principal and he looks at her surprised. "Don't look at me like that. Do you have children? Do you have a daughter?" she asks him and he nods. "Well, how would you feel if he tries to do something to your daughter?"

"Maria, calm down!" He tells her then and pulls her away from Kivar.

"Don't tell me to calm down! Don't fucking tell me to calm down! He tried to rape me!"

"She's lying. I haven't done anything to her!" Kivar continues to tell his made up story.

"Yeah, because I stopped you!" I tell him and see Isabel. She hasn't said anything at all during the confrontation. I couldn't imagine how difficult it is for her. She's in the more difficult situation. She's a teenage soon to be the mother of a child that wasn't planned by a father she didn't choose.

"Jackson, they're talking bullshit. He had an affair with Isabel, he got her pregnant and now they are trying to put the blame on me. I won't pay for mistakes that are not mine!" Kivar plays innocent and I gotta tell him he's a good actor.

"I'm sorry, Sorenson, but you have no proof. I mean he's right, you all three of you win in this situation." What is he talking about?

"Win?" I hear Isabel's voice. "What do I win? I'm going to be a mother! Do you think that this is something I wanted?"

"Well, that's your problem, not mine!"

"He raped her! Your teacher raped a student. That's your problem!" I repeat the truth again. Why is it so hard to make him open his eyes?

"Oh, stop it already! When did I rape her?" Kivar asks then.

"At the teacher's party!" Isabel mumbles.

"Yeah, right ... At the party where I saw you drunk dancing with Sorenson!" Kivar comments and I see Isabel's head down. She indeed was drunk that night. And she indeed danced with me, but that's all.

"Is that true, Isabel?" the director asks and she nods.

"Well, then there is nothing more to discuss. Sorenson you're fired!"

"What? No, I'm not!" I answer him. He can't fire me. I haven't done anything wrong.

"Yes you are. You've slept with a student. That's a crime. You're happy that I won't call the police." Is he demented or something?

"I haven't slept with her. You have no proofs!"

"Well, she is pregnant. What more do you want?"

"Can you prove that this is my baby?" I ask him and he shakes his head. "Well, then you can't fire me." I head to the door and Isabel is following me.

"What about me?" I hear Maria's voice.

"What about you?" Kivar laughs at her.

"I'm sick and tired of this school. Do you hear me?" Maria shouts at Jackson. He tries to stop her, but she continues talking. "You support criminals here. Max Evans and Jessie Ramirez should be in jail, but they are here trying to 'study'. This scumbag here raped my best friend, molests half the girls at school and touches their breasts and tried to rape me and you sit here and do nothing. You're full of crap!" With that Maria storms out of his office and I see Isabel going after her. She was out of line and Jackson will suspend her at the very least, but she was also right. Kivar shouldn't be here.

* * *
Kyle

I'm with the secretary waiting for some documents when I see Maria, pissed off and storming out of the principal's office. Right after her is Isabel who's definitely crying. Last, but not at least I see that Sorenson and Kivar were there too. I ask Bianca what's going on.

"Hey, what's going on there?"

"Nothing serious, boy!" She tells me, but I know that she likes to gossip, so she just needs a little push to spill the beans and tell me what I wanna know.

"Really? Look, you know that Maria and I are best friends?"

"Well, then ask her!" Yeah, I would if she was talking to me. She's still pissed at me because of Tess and I couldn't blame her. She's right. I hurt her badly, but I wanna know what's going on with her. I never wanted to lose her as a friend. I know that I'm asking a lot and she needs time to forgive me, but I can't leave her alone. We've been best friends since forever and I can't lose her. I just can't.

"Well, right now we're kinda arguing about some stupid things. It will pass, but I can't ask her. And I want to help her!" I answer her with a smile in my face and eyes that pleads with her to give up.

"Fine, but don't tell anyone!" She agrees, but warns me and I nod in agreement. "Well, according to Maria Kivar did something to her." What?

"What do you mean by something?"

She gets up from the chair and whispers in my ear. "Well they say that he touched her." Touched her?

"You mean that they were making out?" I ask surprised. Maria is not the type of a girl who will try to be with a teacher and not a teacher like Kivar.

"Well ... kinda ..." she answers me vaguely and continues working. "Look, talk to her!" Good advice, but she wouldn't want to do that.

"Yeah, thank you, Bianca!" I tell her and leave her alone.

"Hey dude, what's up?" Max asks me.

"Nothing!" I answer harshly. "Look, I'm sorry, I'm just not in the mood."

"What's going on?" He asks me, concerned.

"I have to go and find Maria. I need to talk to her!" I explain to him and leave him at school and go out into the schoolyard. She should be there somewhere. She goes there when she's upset.
* * *
Maria

I need to breathe some fresh air, so I go to one of the benches at the back of the school. I can't believe that everything I had gone through last night was for nothing. I can't believe that Isabel will still have to see that bastard every single day reminding her of what he's done to her and reminding me what he would've done to me.

"Are you okay?" Isabel asks me. I smile at her and pull her close for a tight hug.

"I have to ask you that." What happened to me yesterday is nothing compared to what she's suffered because of that scumbag.

"Maria, I really appreciate what you've done for me, but please don't do that again. Don't risk your life like that."

"I know. You're right. I wanted to help you, but I failed. I'm really sorry, girl. I'm sorry that you have to put up with that every single day."

"Hey, we both have to do that. We have each other! We'll deal with him." She smiles at me. "You know yesterday I was paralyzed. I didn't know what was going on. I wanted you to be okay, but I also remembered everything that he's done to me and Maria and I realized something. He can't hurt me anymore. He already did that. There is nothing more that he could do to me, except hurt you. All that time I was scared of him because I was alone. I didn't tell anything to anyone because he threatened to rape me again."

"Oh, honey!" I can't believe that she went through this by herself. I wipe the tears from her face.

"I kept my mouth shut and you ended up hurt!"

"Isabel, this is not your fault. It's mine. I made that stupid mistake, not you!" I try to explain to her.

"Maria, you wouldn't need to do that if I had told you the truth. I get it now. I can't hide anymore. I need to move on with my life. I can't let him win and I won't. I don't know how, but we will beat him, we will stop him from hurting other girls like us." I'm glad that she wants to live again, but what we can do?

"Isabel, you know that I'll help you no matter what, right?" I ask her and she nods and smiles at me.

"Maria, thank you for everything!" We hug each other tight and wipe each other's tears. It's then that I hear someone clearing his throat. I turn around and see Kyle.

"Can I talk to you?" he asks me and Isabel leaves us alone.

"What do you want?" Right now I hate every fucking male in the planet. My father left me, my best friend and boyfriend cheated on me and Kivar tried to rape me, so no I don't wanna talk to him.

"I heard something and I want to know if it's true." What has he heard?

"What?"

"Did you sleep with Kivar?" He blurts out and I want to slap him. I can't believe that he actually asked me this. I'm so shocked that I don't know how to answer him. "So it's true. And you went crazy on me for kissing Tess when you slept with a teacher behind my back. I guess you and Isabel are the same, you really like the teachers. I hope that you won't end up pregnant like her!"

That's it, I won't take this anymore. I slap him across the face so strong that I can see my hand print on his cheek.

"Oh, now you'll act all offended. I can't believe you, Maria, and I felt guilty about hurting you. I guess everything you said to Tess the other day was just an act." Yeah, defend her, pig!

"Listen to me very carefully, dick! I didn't sleep with Kivar. He tried to rape me! Do you hear me? He tried to rape me and yes, he did rape Isabel. Now get out of my face before I kill you. Go to your fucking slut Tess that you like so much. Leave me alone!" I scream at him and realize that everyone has heard me and one of those people is Michael.

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