Whew! My sophomore year of high school is done. Summertime here I come and to make it even better today is my 16th Birthday! I have the whole summer to hang out at the beach with my friends. I walk out to the student parking lot and see my twin Lance and our friends hanging around their cars. I make my way over and stand next to Lance. My brother and I both have sparkling blue eyes with jet black hair, the biggest difference in us is our gender and Lance never let’s me forget he is my big brother by 10 minutes. I guess I should tell you a little about my twin although his story could be its own book. Lance already has a criminal record for petty crimes that he is very proud of, most of his crimes have been committed with our friends Steve Sutton and Jeff Gambino, a very, very sexy guy with short black hair, emerald green eyes, and a gorgeous body. I might have a slight crush on Jeff. Currently Lance has a live in girlfriend, yes at 15 he got his girlfriend pregnant and her mom kicked her out so my parents let her move in because they couldn’t stand the thought of Santiago blood living on the streets. I don’t dislike Sandi but she and I come from two different planets, I was raised as a Mafia Princess and she was from the poor side of town.
I glance around the group and smile as I see each of my friends, Steve, with his blonde hair and green eyes; he is about six foot and very muscular, Beth on the other hand is petite with ash blonde hair and hazel eyes. Currently Steve and Beth are dating and in my opinion they make a very cute couple.
I am currently dating Ken Everett. Ken is tall, muscular, and a football player. He is two years older than me. Ken and I have been dating about 6 months and sometimes I am not sure why we are together he does not like that my family is linked with organized crime, but at the same time I think he gets a secret thrill from it. I also get the impression sometimes that Ken wants more from me then I am willing to give to him at 16.
Tonight there is to a big party for my brother and I. My uncle Tony flew in from Chicago and plans to take us out to dinner then back to our house on the beach were my parents have once again gone overboard in giving us a birthday party complete with a DJ.
If you haven’t figured it out, already, the Santiago name has lots of power across the United States. My Uncle Tony runs the family business from Chicago, but my family lives on the gulf coast of Mississippi. My parent’s love story can explain that.
After, my dad graduated from high school he came to Paradise with Uncle Tony for some fun on the beach. One night they were at the beach when my dad met my mom Rene, and fell instantly in love. My mom was only 16 when they met and they spent 2 blissful weeks together before my dad had to return to Chicago. After his return to Chicago my mom discovered she was pregnant and she was struggling with calling my dad to let him know. In the meantime my dad could not get my mom out of his head and knew that he was expected to attend college but all he wanted to do was be back in Paradise. It eventually came down to my dad traveling to Paradise to ask my mom to marry him without knowing she was pregnant. To make a long story short, they did get married, they moved to Chicago for my dad to finish his schooling and in May 1996 my mom gave birth to twins a boy Lance and a girl named Lacey. When Lance and I were 3 my parents moved us back to Paradise. My dad is an attorney and with his family connections, he set up his own law practice.
At the restaurant that night we were assaulted by the press because the FBI just made a big announcement about investigating my uncle and dad for criminal activity. We were all very relieved to get back to our house where the press could not get through the gate and enjoyed the birthday party.
The best part of the night was when Lance and I received our big birthday presents from our parents. Lance was presented with a 2012 Escalade, while I received a 2012 Lamborghini. Talk about some sweet rides. Lance and I both had to take our cars for a spin around the neighborhood.
Summer was kicking off with a bang there was only one problem I had, something was going on with Ken. I began noticing that he was more possessive of me when we went to parties. I also noticed he was trying to talk down to me and control me. It was seriously beginning to piss me off, just who did Ken think he was, not mention he had been pressuring me to have sex with him. I wasn’t one of those virgins who was going to wait until I was married but I was going to wait until it felt right and with Ken it didn’t feel right at all.
We had gone a beach party and I was talking to some friends when Ken came up to me and told me he was ready to go. I told him ok. As we were driving back to my house he kept going on and on about how I was flirting with Jeff and that he did not like him. He told me he did not want to see me with Jeff any more. I told him he was being silly and that Jeff was one of my brother’s friends. Things seemed better by the time we got to the house. A couple of night’s later we had gone to Beth’s house and again Ken told me he wanted to leave. So we left and walked over to the beach we were walking along in silence. I was thinking to myself Ken had some serious issues to work on if he was jealous of my friends. Then out of the blue Ken said, in a controlled but almost scary voice, “I told you to stay away from that guy and you just wouldn’t listen. ” Ken was in my face and grabbing my arm pretty tightly and I will admit I was a bit scared. I asked him to let go that he was hurting me but he kept holding onto my arm even tighter it seemed and told me that I was his girl and he didn’t want to see me flirting with any more guys. I was starting to panic and I could not get away and just when I thought I was helpless and was stuck; Jeff showed up. He calmly asked Ken to let me go which at first Ken didn’t seem like he was going to but then he released me and started saying something to Jeff about butting out of business that had to do with him and on and on it went until Jeff and Ken were out on the sand fighting. Jeff finally knocked Ken out and came over to ask me if I was ok, and all I could do was shake my head I was shaking from the fear that had built up in me.
Jeff pulled me toward him and I was in his arms when Lance came up and Jeff pulled away and him and Lance talked for a few moments in private then Lance came towards me and took my arm and said “Come on let’s go home” Lance had sent Jeff back to the party to get Sandi. Lance and I went straight to my room and Lance rolled me a joint and lit it for me. He began ranting and raving that he was going to kill Ken and I told him “NO” I just want to forget all about it. Lance didn’t want to let it go, he kept talking about going after Ken. Jeff was not helping matters either because he felt the same way Lance did. It was sweet how much both of them wanted to take revenge on Ken for treating me badly but I was torn between wanting my own revenge and just wanting to forget the whole thing. After awhile Lance and Sandi went to bed and Jeff stayed with me and we talked. I told him thank you over and over. I asked him if he would sleep in my bed that night and just hold me so I could feel safe. I remember lying there that night with Jeff’s arms around me and how safe I felt. That morning when I woke up Jeff was gone. That upset me but I could not figure out why. I got out of bed and jumped in the shower. I was not too surprised to see my parents waiting for me in the kitchen. I knew Lance had told them what had happened. My dad wanted me to press charges against Ken or call Uncle Tony and have him do something about it, and I told him no I just wanted to forget it all and never see Ken again.
I later asked Lance if Jeff was still around. Lance looked at me strange. I realized I better not say anything else or I would have to explain that I asked Jeff to sleep in my bed last night. I could not figure out why I was so upset about Jeff leaving but I chalked it up to the fact that I was looking at Jeff as my hero.
I spent that whole day in my room basically vegging in pjs and watching stupid movies. I didn’t want to talk to anyone or see anyone just yet and I had a lot of thinking to do. One thing that kept going through my mind was the fact that I was not going to let Ken’s stupidity have any lasting impact on me. I would toughen my attitude and whatever else it took. After all I have been around organized crime my whole life and I have seen how they act, I could do it too.
Eventually my mom and dad came to visit me in my room and said that due to the incident with Ken, I was going to have to deal with a bodyguard going everywhere with me. I was very pleased when I heard that my guard was going to be Marco. Marco has grown up with Lance and I. Marco is 19 years old and stands 6’4” and weighs a good 295. He is like all muscle, no doubt he works out daily and he looks like a tough guy. However Marco is my sweetheart, we always have got along really well as friends and love play flirting with each other. I knew some girls were going to love the eye candy that was assigned to guard me. I also knew that with Marco it wouldn’t be all serious that there would be fun to have possibly lots of fun with him around!
Marco came by my room about an hour after my parents left and joined me in a movie night. I was so thankful for Marco being there with me so I had someone to talk to. I couldn’t understand why Ken had flipped like he did and why he thought something was going on with Jeff and I. It also got me thinking about why Jeff showed up at the beach last night. Was Jeff following me? I asked Marco was Jeff following me last night on orders. Marco smiled a little and nodded yes and then told me that Lance has had me followed any time I am alone with Ken.
That moment was when I decided to go for a drastic makeover it was time to look and act badass I was no longer going to be the spoiled mafia princess. I smiled sweetly at Marco and told him I needed his help. He started laughing and said “Lace, whatever you are up to heaven help us all but you know I will help you so tell me what you need.” I told him starting tomorrow he was going to train me in the gym, I wanted to spend the rest of the summer working out, training to fight whatever he could teach me. I wanted to be just as qualified as any boy in the gang. I was going to get the respect from the boys that I deserved.
Marco, has turned me into a fighting machine, well maybe not a machine but let’s just say I can survive a fight with him so I should be able to handle just about anyone who messes with me. Marco and I have been very careful not to let anyone know about my training, as I want everyone to be surprised when I use it at just the right time. Its been a little hard keeping it from Lance, I don’t know how many times he has almost walked into our home gym and caught Marco and I training. We usually play it off as us messing around or me just staying in shape for living in a bikini for the summer.
I am swimming laps in the pool currently with Marco sitting poolside watching me. I can’t help but smile the last few weeks have been fun with Marco by my side. Tonight we are going to party at Oasis and I cannot wait. I am ready to get drunk and dance till my feet want to fall off. Beth is on her way to my house now so that we can get ready together; Her and Steve broke up at the beginning of June so she and I have been enjoying the single summer life together. Tonight we plan to dress to kill for the club and maybe pick up a couple of guys for some innocent fun.
Beth arrives and we begin doing each other’s hair and make up to perfection. Then we head to my closet to find our outfits for the night. Beth chose a simple black party dress with the back cut out for her attire for the evening. I was having a little harder time deciding what I wanted to wear. I finally decided on a strapless fire engine red bodycon dress it fit all my curves just the way it was suppose too. I grabbed a pair of black heels to wear for the night. Beth and I looked at each other and let’s just say we were hot. We would not be lacking dance partners tonight at the club. Marco was waiting outside my bedroom door and when he saw me he groaned. I asked him why he was groaning and he said the way I was dressed was going to make his job as bodyguard really hard tonight. I laughed and said it would be an epic night and there would be no worries.
Entering the game room, I am pretty sure you could have heard a pin drop it got so quiet, then there were a few whistles and damns from the guys who were there. Steve walked up to me and slung an arm over my shoulder and was like “Lacey you are looking hot tonight” I told Steve to keep it in his pants because he wasn’t getting any from me. That is when I heard Lance come in the room “Hell NO! My little sister is not going out dressed like that” I rolled my eyes ready for a big fight with my twin but Marco intervened and told Lance to lighten up and remember that he was there as my bodyguard and that nothing would happen to me. Marco gently led Beth and I to his waiting car so that he could escort us to the club.
It doesn’t matter how many times I go to Oasis, I always get a thrill of being able to walk past the long line and just walking right into the club with no questions asked. You see those waiting in line looking at you most wondering just who is that VIP. I grab Beth by the arm and make our way to the bar we order an orgasm and take them in one shot. I then tell Marco to order us each an Alabama Riot and bring it to us on the dance floor. Beth and I immediately start dancing swaying our hips to the beat already pumping through the club. Its packed on the dance floor. Marco hands us our drinks and then looking all body guardish just stands to the side of us on the dance floor. Beth and I begin dancing with each other while nursing our drinks, at the same time trying to scope the crowd out for hot guys to dance with. We did manage to find a few guys to dance with but then our drinks were empty and I needed to go to the bathroom. I signaled Marco that I need to go upstairs to our private loft. I knew most of the guys were up there partying. It usually was better they didn’t mingle on the main floor. They all had quick tempers. Our room upstairs had Italian leather furniture, a couple of pool tables, a private bar and of course private bathrooms. Marco used his key card to let us in and I asked him to grab me a Cosmopolitan while I went the bathroom. I kicked my heels off in the bathroom and did my business, washed my hands and found Marco with my waiting drink. I danced my way over to the glass that looked out on the main dance floor and begin swaying to the current song playing. After a couple hours at the club I had a good buzz going and was dancing like crazy. I had made several trips back down to the main dance floor but Marco finally told me I had to stay upstairs before there were problems. So here I am dancing by myself in the loft and Beth has ditched me to dance with some guy downstairs. I finally decided to have some fun; I had Marco lift me on top of the table and started doing this very seductive dance. I couldn’t help to notice that I had quite a few of the guys attention, but the one who surprised me the most was Jeff. He sat there on a couch drinking a whiskey with almost a blank look on his face but his piercing green eyes never left my body. I smirked and begin dancing even more seductive just for his eyes. Lance finally had enough of the attention I was gaining and picked me up off the table and plopped me down on a sofa. He had placed me on one close to Jeff so I slid closer to Jeff until I was almost in his lap. I leaned over and whispered in his ear “I know you liked my little dance” He didn’t say a word but I did get a smirk. I went on to whisper “maybe one day I will give you a private dance” I saw the first hint of emotion cross his face first shock closely followed by lust then just as quickly his face was blank again. I immediately jumped up and went to the bar getting a refill on my drink.
“Marco can I please go back down to the dance floor? Its so boring up here.” I pleaded.
“No my sweet Lacey, you are to drunk and I do not have the energy to fight off the many guys pestering you” He answered me.
I began pouting. Sometimes I wondered about these boys, for teenagers they took life to serious. I know they had to be serious when it came to their “work” however they need to let loose too. I wanted to dance and I looked around the room to see who was worth dancing with. I was really disappointed by so few choices. If Steve was up here in the loft I would have danced with him but he decided to go downstairs for a little while. I saw Lance and Jeff talking on one of the couches. I could always attempt to get Jeff to dance with me but something tells me that Lance would freak out. I thought to myself do I really want my brother to ruin the buzz I had going right now, and decided I didn’t. Instead I made my way towards them and sat down in between them on the couch, being sure I sat closest to Jeff. I listened to Lance and Jeff talk for a while but it was boring talk to me. I eventually found my back pressed up against Jeff’s side and my feet in Lance’s lap and felt my eyes growing heavy. This party maybe over soon if I don’t get some excitement. I finally had enough and walked over to Marco and told him I was ready to go home. He took me by the hand and led me out of the club and into his car for the ride back to my house.
I asked Marco to follow me to my room and hang out with me for a while especially since I was still enjoying my buzz. I put in the movie Fast and the Furious because I love me some Vin Diesel and snuggled up to Marco to watch the movie. At some point I got up and retrieved my weed stash and pulled out a joint to smoke and offered some to Marco. Now that we were home for the evening he was off duty and could relax with me. After getting sufficiently high we began goofing around with each other and at some point Marco began tickling me. I was begging him to stop and when he finally did I realized that he was hovering over me. We stared into each other’s eyes for a moment when I noticed his eyes dart to my lips and I instinctively licked my bottom lip. Next thing I knew Marco’s lips came crashing into mine in a slow but sensual kiss. It was only natural to kiss him back and I felt him ask for full entrance and I gave it to him and the kiss turned into a more heated kiss. Finally we broke apart from this kiss.
“Marco not that I didn’t enjoy that kiss completely but I don’t think we should be doing this.” I whispered to him.
As he got up he replied “your right, my main concern is protecting you not making out with you” I don’t know why but that gave me the giggles. We talked for a few more minutes and he decided to go to bed. I decided to head into the kitchen and grab a snack before I headed to bed myself. I was surprised to see Jeff standing in my kitchen when I got in there. We said hi to each other and as he stood by the sink drinking some water I kept checking him out. I couldn’t help myself he was standing there completely shirtless and I was couldn’t help wondering what his well-toned abs would feel like under my hands. I mentally slapped myself and noticed him smirking at me.
“Like what you see Lacey?” he asked me in a deep lustful voice. I still am not sure when I got so bold but I smirked at him and told him “I always like some good eye candy!” He kept look at me intently and then moved closer to me and leaned into my ear and I could feel his warm breath on me sending chills down my body as he whispered “and I enjoyed watching your hot dance tonight”. I almost moaned, how crazy is that. I would have backed away but I realized Jeff already had me backed up against the counter and I had nowhere to go. I wasn’t sure in that moment what I wanted, I don’t know if I wanted him to kiss me until I forgot who I was or if I wanted to run and lock myself in my bedroom.
My decision was soon taken away from me when Jeff leaned down and kissed me, crashing his lips into my mine in a hungry, needful kiss. One that I couldn’t help but respond too. I slipped my hands around the back of his neck burying my hands in his hair and I felt his hands go down to my waist and he lifted me up onto the counter never breaking the kiss. He moved in between my legs and then trailed his kisses down my neck and I couldn’t help myself at that point I did moan. He pulled back and looked at me and I could see the lust in his eyes, as we were both breathing heavy and then his lips crashed into mine again. I felt shocks of pleasure traveling through my body as we continued to kiss. I am not sure how long we were in the kitchen making out before I made him stop. I all of a sudden had a fear of someone in my family come into the kitchen and catching us. It was like my brain had completely shut down while I was kissing Jeff. I smiled at him sweetly and whispered, “I think I am going to go to sleep now. See you later Jeff” I hopped down off the counter, looked back over my shoulder to see him staring at me funny. I smiled, turned back around and with a little extra sway in my hips went to my room.
As I lay in bed waiting for sleep to take over I couldn’t help but smile in the dark. Kissing Jeff was like the most exhilarating experience of my life so far. The way his kisses made my body feel so alive was mind blowing. I couldn’t help but wonder if that was how he made me feel just from kissing what would it be like if we were to actually have sex, shoot it might kill me, in a good way of course. I wanted to talk to someone about what had happened with Jeff but I knew Beth would accidentally blab and Sandi tells Lance everything and I sure couldn’t go to my mom. Finally I realized I could talk to one person and just leave out the name of who I was talking about at first, I would talk to Marco in the morning. I knew that despite us kissing tonight that Marco would always be my friend and like another big brother. It’s also not like Marco and I meant anything by the kiss we shared, we just got caught up in the moment.
I didn’t wake up until noon the next day; I immediately showered and slipped on a bikini. I headed to the kitchen for a snack and then went to set up poolside for the rest of the afternoon. Today was going to be a lazy day for this girl. Marco joined me and I knew now was my time to talk to him as no one else was around. I began telling him about my kitchen adventure last night of course leaving out Jeff’s name. Marco was smirking when I finished my story and said; “Tell Jeff I said not to play with you or I will hurt him” I was stunned how did Marco know it was Jeff. It took me a few moments to be able to say anything “What? How did you know that?”
“I saw how you two were looking at each other in the club last night. It’s also not the first time I have noticed him checking you out. I am your bodyguard remember. Lacey, be sure you want to go down this path; first your family isn’t going to be 100% supportive. Its not like they will black ball the guy, they just know him too well. You know his status as a player. I guess I am just saying don’t go into anything blind or with delusions of changing him”
I sat and thought about what Marco was saying, and I truly got where he was coming from with all that he had said. I couldn’t imagine a serious relationship with anyone at this point Ken had kind of turned me off that idea for a while. Not to mention a serious relationship didn’t fit with my new image I was trying to project. I made up my mind right then and there whatever happened, happened. I was not going to stress over any of it. I finally smiled at Marco and told him “Thank you for talking with me. I don’t know what I would do with out you” It was then I noticed Lance, Steve and Jeff coming out to the pool. It looked like they were going to swim for a while. I can’t say I would object to seeing Steve and Jeff without shirts on. Nothing like a little eye candy to brighten your day. I saw Marco give me a knowing smirk and I returned the look. I couldn’t wait for summer to continue. I just had a feeling that things were only going to get better and I had more adventures awaiting me.