As I woke the next morning I couldn’t help to grin as I realized that Jeff and I were completely tangled up together. I slowly untangled myself as not to wake him and made my way into the bathroom to shower. I finished my shower and threw on some sweats with a tank top and made my way to the kitchen. I was pleasantly surprised to see my parents sitting at the bar eating breakfast and was happy to join them. My dad was the first to acknowledge me, “Good morning Rocky” I looked up at him quickly to see him grinning from ear to ear and gave him a big smile “I guess y'all talked to Lance?” My dad informed me that indeed they had talked to Lance. I talked with my parents for a while about the situation with Ken. My dad was in agreement with me that Ken was not a huge threat to the family but that he was threatening the family and we could not let him get away with it. He told me that the guys were going to have to do something about it. However he thought they needed a well thought out plan and not to go after him to quickly.
I thought about what my dad was saying and realized that he was right Ken needed to be dealt with he was after all showing disrespect to our family. I just didn’t want to think about him anymore whether it was good or bad. I wanted to move on but I realized moving on meant dealing with the situation not ignoring it. I also think that last night I finally gained some respect from Lance and the rest of the guys, I was tired of them not giving me respect. Yes I was my daddy’s princess but I was not sheltered from everything growing up granted I didn’t see the nastier things that went on but I was aware they went on. I finished up my breakfast and made my way back into my bedroom.
I was greeted by Jeff as I walked in who had just stepped out of the shower. He had a towel wrapped around his waist and water droplets were still trailing down his glorious chest. I sighed as I looked at this gorgeous Adonis like man standing in my bedroom. I saw the smirk come across his face as he noticed me checking him out and he said, “Like what you see?” I laughed and in reply said, “I have seen better” He gave a small chuckle and responded, “sure you have.” I walked closer to him and whispered in his ear seductively “You better get dressed before my daddy or brother catch you” I felt his body shiver as I spoke and I knew it was not from fear of my dad or brother but because I had power over him. We may not be boyfriend/ girlfriend but we were lovers and I knew now that I had a deep effect on Jeff. Jeff peeked out in the hallway saw that the coast was clear and made his way to the bedroom he had been staying in for the last month. Jeff had basically moved in our house because he hated the “girl” his dad was currently dating.
I laid myself across my bed and wondered what I was going to do about Jeff and I. I still was under know delusion that we were in relationship so what was it we were to each other. Obviously we had some major sexual attraction to each other. Were we just friends with benefits? Ugg maybe I am just over thinking this all. I should relax and go with the flow. Deep down I was okay with not having a label on our relationship as long as I had Jeff in my bed. That made me snicker to myself because I sounded like a slut. I know I wasn’t a slut because as long as I could have Jeff he would be the only guy for me whether it was spoken or not. I was hopelessly in love with him.
Instead of heading to Oasis tonight, we decided to stay at my house and just have an easy night at home. Not to say there wasn’t drinking going on but it was a much smaller crowd. Brian and Conner were playing on the xbox while drinking beer. Steve and Jeff were playing a game of pool nursing on whiskeys. Beth and I had wine coolers and were sitting on a couch just talking about the latest gossip from school. Lance and Sandi were nowhere to be seen. Even though I was talking to Beth I kept checking out Jeff.
It was fairly quiet other then our light talking with some music playing in the background. All of a sudden I heard my brother’s voice yelling and then Sandi yelling back. I couldn’t make out what they were saying. There was some more yelling followed by the crashing of a door and then the sounds of something being thrown. I decided to get up and go check what was going on. I made my way down the hallway towards Sandi’s room where I could hear their loud voices. As I peeked in the door I was shocked when I saw Lance standing with his arms crossed with fury on his face. Sandi was crying and throwing her clothes into bags.
“What the hell is going on in here?” I asked.
At first I didn’t think either one of them was going to answer me.
Lance finally replied to me “I kicked this bitch out and she is leaving tonight” It was my turn to say nothing. What could I say? I didn’t hate Sandi but its not like we were friends either. If Lance wanted her out who was I to stop him from kicking her out? The only thing I could do was offer to find Maria and get her in here to help Sandi pack and for Marco to make sure she left. Lance gave me a nod of approval and I went off looking for Maria and Marco. I found Marco in his bedroom and told him what was going on so he made his way to Sandi’s room and prepared to watch over her packing, and leaving. Maria came in from the kitchen to help Sandi pack. I grabbed Lance by the arm and dragged him out of the room behind me. I made him follow me back to the game room. I told him to go sit at the bar and then I went behind the bar got a bottle of whiskey and a glass and placed them in front of him. I then found a shot glass and some tequila and poured myself a shot. Lance had poured his drink and lifting his glass up when I said, “Here’s to your freedom” He downed his drink and I downed my shot. Lance refilled his glass with whiskey.
I could see everyone in the room-eyeing Lance with the burning unasked question of “What’s going on?” I whispered to Jeff that Lance had just kicked Sandi out and broke up with her. Without saying anything Steve and Jeff nodded, then made their way over to the bar and sat down with Lance. I rejoined Beth on the couch and filled her in on what had just happened. She started smirking. I asked her why she had that look on her face. She responded, “Lance is so going to become a huge player” I nodded in agreement with her. I could see it happen all to easy. It really wasn’t surprising. I often thought Sandi and him only lasted as long as they did because she got pregnant and had to move in with our family.
The next morning I was a little surprised to wake up with Jeff lying next to me. I know for a fact that I had gone to bed alone. I silently wondered when he had come into my room and for that matter why he had come into my room when he had his own. The more I thought about it the more I knew that Jeff and I needed to talk. I didn’t want to keep wondering what was going on between us. It was bad enough last night when everyone noticed I had a hickey and that they were all silently questioning what was going on. Jeff was not the kind to give hickeys freely. To all the guys it was a sign of possession of claiming a girl as yours and yours only. Maybe that alone should be my answer that Jeff claimed me as his by giving me a love bite. Did I really need the words? Oh this boy frustrated me to then ends of the earth.
It wasn’t long that I realized Jeff was staring at me with a very amused look on his face. This led me to believe he had been looking at me for a while and I was just now noticing because I was so lost in my own thoughts. I was right when he asked, “Where were you Lacey? You were really zoned out. I have been watching you for like 5 minutes.” I didn’t realize how lost in thought I was until he said that I smiled sweetly at him “I was just wondering why I had Mr. hot and sexy in my bed” I figure that was a none threatening way of asking Jeff what was going on between us. I noted that he seemed to get lost in thought for a moment and then he replied “Lacey, I don’t do girlfriends you know that but let’s just say right now I want to be with you and you only and see where it goes. I can’t get enough of you and I hate the thought of any other guy touching you. I am not ready to commit to the whole girlfriend thing but I am willing to stop messing around and see if I can really be a one woman man.”
I was completely floored; those were some serious words for Jeff when it came to a girl. He wanted us to be exclusive but wasn’t ready to label us boyfriend/girlfriend. I could handle that; it was a big step for some one who was use to being a player. I wasn’t expecting him to confess his undying love for me after all this isn’t some cliché teen movie.
I finally replied by asking, “So what your saying is we are dating but not committed? While enjoying the benefits of each other and only each other in bed?” He looked at me shocked and then sheepishly nodded his head yes. I said “Okay does that mean we can hold hands in public? Kiss when ever and wherever we want?” He said “Yes I am not going to hide this from anyone and I don’t want you to hide it either. We will just say we are going to try dating each other but we are not a committed couple at this time”
I couldn’t believe I was going to be dating Jeff that was more then I had ever hoped for. I was suddenly very happy and leaned over to kiss Jeff and soon our kiss intensified and clothes came off and we were making sweet love to one another. After our love making we both got up to shower and dress for the day. Jeff and the guys had business to attend to and I was going to hang out poolside with Beth.
Beth and I spent several hours by the pool getting some sun and catching up on gossip with none of the guys around. I told her all about what had happened with Jeff and I that last couple of days and that had her giggling like the schoolgirl she was. We even talked about the whole Lance kicking Sandi out and wondered what really happened between those two to lead to that happening. All in all we were enjoying the peace and quiet but I should know it never last long. With the Santiago boys there was always trouble.
Beth and I were still sitting by the pool when I received a text message that let me know just what kind of trouble the boys were in. The text told me that the boys were fighting Ken and some of his friends. Amy the girl who sent me the text was a cute but quiet ginger girl who was my lab partner in biology all last year. I was thankful she thought to send me a text.
The first thing I did was yell for Marco and filled him in on what was happening and we headed out to the beach.
Upon arriving I saw Amy and walked over to her. She was standing on the boardwalk in front of the area of the sand where the guys were in a full on brawl. I looked around the crowd and knew by the way things were going the police had already been called and would be showing up any moment. Beth, Amy, and I stood there looking at each other then looking out at the guys waiting to see what outcome the fight would have. Marco was standing by his SUV on his phone I am sure calling my dad.
It wasn’t long before the first cop car pulled up. The officer walked up to where I was standing looked at the scene before him and reached down and radioed in for back up. The cop looked at Marco and said “Any idea why this started?” Marco just shrugged his shoulders. Like he would tell that cop anything. Eventually the rest of the officers appeared on the scene and they went about breaking up the fight. It took them almost twenty full minutes to break it up completely and when it was all said and done there were eight boys handcuffed to be carted off to jail. I walked up to the first officer and asked him if I could talk to my brother and friends before they took them off and surprisingly he agreed.
“Are y’all stupid?” I asked. “Never mind I already know that answer. I can’t believe that you guys would get in a fight with Ken and his friends. I told you two nights ago to cut the BS and be smart about this” All the boys got sheepish looks on their faces but, they also were not about to admit they had been wrong. “Call Marco when you can be bailed out” with those parting words I stalked off.
Amy and Beth were still standing where I had left them on the boardwalk and even though we did not know each other well I invited Amy to join us at my house for a drink. She eagerly accepted and with that Marco drove us back home.
I invited her to follow me into the game room upon returning to my home. I walked up to the bar and asked, “What’s your poison?” She replied “Whatever you are having” I slammed three shot glasses on the bar and filled them with Tequila while pulling out the lemons from the mini fridge and pouring some salt on my hand. I downed my shot and poured me another one. My parents chose that moment to walk in the room “What’s wrong with my Princess?” I heard my dad ask. I just downed my second shot. I started to pour my third one when I felt my dad’s hand on mine “Talk first Lacey”
“Your moron son and his friends got arrested for fighting Ken at the beach over me again. I am so tired of Ken.” My dad looked at my mom and then said “let me go put in a call to the police station and see when I can bail them out” with that he walked off for his office. My mom stayed with Amy Beth and I and asked me to pour her a shot too. I think Amy was a little surprised by the fact my mom was going to take a shot with us.
After my fourth shot I walked off and called back “ I will be back” I found my dad sitting at his desk. I flopped myself down in the chair across from him “So when can you get them?” He told me “They said to come down in about 3 hours” “Dad this has to stop. It’s ridiculous. It’s like Ken isn’t afraid of the family.” “I was thinking the same thing Lacey.” He went on “I think its time for me to step into it, instead of letting the boys handle it. This can not keep going on” I started to agree with my dad but then another thought hit me. “Dad what if you let me come up with a plan to get rid of Ken once and for all?” My dad didn’t say anything but I could see he was thinking and finally he spoke “You have 2 weeks to do something then I take over” I nodded to him to show that I understood and made my way back to the game room.
I found the girls still sitting at the bar in the game room talking about what had happened at the beach. Amy said she didn’t hear what was said she just noticed once the fighting actually began and sent me a text immediately. I once again thanked her for texting me. I filled Amy in a little on the background of the situation with Ken. I then went on to tell Amy and Beth about my talk with my dad and asked if they were up for helping me out. They both agreed. I know I can trust Amy to help with this and I felt like Beth and I may just have a new girl to joining us in our little inner circle. Often times there was just too much testosterone in the group.
“First though we party. Girls lets head to my room” looking at Amy pleased to note we were about the same size. “Amy look in my closet and find an outfit we are going clubbing”. She walked into my closet and then just stopped her jaw dropping just a bit. Yes my closet was huge and I had way more clothes then I knew what to do with. I nudged her “Don’t be scared just go find an outfit” I also began searching for something to wear. After a bit we had our outfits picked out and I found a brand new bra and panty set for Amy to wear and showed her to a guest bathroom so she could shower and dress.
An hour later we were dressed with hair and make up done and headed to meet Marco in the foyer, so he could drive us to Oasis. Amy told me on the ride to the club that she had never been and was excited to be going with me. I told her she was in for an experience. Marco parked the car and then opened the door and escorted us out of his car. We made our way to the front door and I was watching Amy’s face as she took everything in. In a way it was nice seeing everything through fresh eyes as I had become so use to it all. We walked past George at the door I greeted him with a bright smile. We made our way to the loft so I could get Amy the VIP bracelets we had so that no one would question her being in the club. The loft amazed her. I could see her eyes taking everything in. She was almost overwhelmed by it all. I nudged her slightly to get her attention and motioned her to follow me to the bar. Once at the bar I greeted Sherry and introduced her to Amy. Sherry made us a couple of mixed drinks along with a shot of tequila for each of us. Marco had taken a place on one of the bar stools and was just relaxing. I looked around the loft and noticed not to many guys were here yet, and of course the leader and the inner circle where still in jail.
After finishing our drinks we headed downstairs to the dance floor. Marco dutifully followed us and sat down in a chair at the edge of the dance floor so that he could keep his eye on me. I felt bad for him sometimes, as I realized I am always on the go so he doesn’t get much free time. I would have to talk to my dad about giving Marco a weekend of soon. We were having a blast dancing and I couldn’t believe how much fun she was turning out to be. Who knew that sweet shy girl in my Biology class was a party girl at heart.
After an hour on the dance floor we made our way back up to the loft for some more drinking. I noticed Connor was now sitting at the bar with a glass of whiskey. I sat down next to him. “So heard from your buddies?” I asked him. He looked at me funny I guess because my tone was hard and sarcastic all at the same time. “Nope they still in jail as far as I know” he replied. “Sucks to be them I guess” I said with a laugh. I had Sherry make me another drink and began nursing it when she set it in front of me. Amy was on my other side also nursing a drink. I turned to face her “So Amy you should stay the weekend with me it will be fun.” I stated sincerely. She said she would love too and began texting her mom to see if it would be okay. She soon got a text back saying that she could spend the weekend with me.
Another hour had gone by and I noticed the atmosphere downstairs stirring. I looked down to see that Lance, Jeff, Steve, and Brian had just walked in. Oh joy let the fun times begin I thought to myself. I was still pissed with those guys. I kept my eyes on the four guys as various people stopped them to talk and noted the air of power that hung around them. It was almost crazy how much power emitted off these guys. I could only imagine what it will be like, as they got older. They finally made their way up to the loft and all walked to where I sat at the bar. Jeff tried to lean in for a kiss on my cheek but I pulled away from him. I could see him give me a puzzled look. “I am pissed at all 4 of you. Why do your guys keep letting Ken get to you?” Lance replied first “What are we suppose to let him keep talking shit about you Lacey?” “Brother they are just words. It’s all right because after today I am handling Ken. He will no longer be a problem,” I stated with venom in my voice. I noted the strange looks I was getting but I didn’t care.
After several drinks I forgot all about being mad at the guys. Probably the reason they kept refilling my drink so quickly. At some point we had moved over to the sofas and I was sitting in Jeff’s lap. Stupid boy using my hormones against me, He kept nuzzling my neck and I melted like hot wax into his hands. I noticed that Amy and Steve had some heavy flirtation going, I would have to keep an eye on those two. Lance and Brian had both picked up random girls. I was still trying to get use to Lance being single. Not just single but turning into player number 1. I just want my brother happy though, so I didn’t say much. Unless he started bring the sluts back to the house then I might say something.
At some point I decided to stop drinking to avoid a horrible hangover in the morning. I never moved off Jeff’s lap though well I tried a couple of times but his arms would just hold me tighter until I relaxed against him again. Jeff finally asked me “What are you planning to do about Ken?” I told Jeff that my dad had given me two weeks to come up with a way to get Ken to leave me alone and stop threatening the Santiago Family. I told Jeff I would be using him and the rest of the boys in my plan but they were going to have me calling the shots this time.
Lance eventually joined Jeff and I on the couch with one of the many sluts hanging onto him. She was the stereotype of the dumb blonde. I found myself giving a very unlady like snort at some of the things coming out of her mouth. I felt Jeff’s body shaking under me from the silent laughter at my thoughts on the girl. Her name was Mandy, I found out as the night went on and she kept trying to talk to me about stupid stuff her high pitched whiny voice was beginning to really bug the shit out of me. After 45 minutes of listening to her I finally screamed out “Will someone shut this bitch up please” Jeff started laughing at this and I saw Lance get a very heated look telling me to piss off. Mandy began going on about my rudeness and crossed the line when she insinuated that I was nothing but a gang whore. She obviously didn’t know who she was talking to or about. I started to get up when I felt Jeff tighten his hold around my waist and stood up with me and quickly turned me to face him “baby don’t do anything stupid. She isn’t worth your time.” He was right at my ear as he said this and I couldn’t help but shiver from the hot air next to me ear. He trailed some light kisses down my neckline and I involuntarily moaned. “Let me take you home Lacey?” I nodded my head yes and then giving Mandy a pointed look clearly showing anger at her disrespect of me he looked at Lance and said, “I am taking you sister home. Next time don’t let your whore disrespect your sister or I will show you what disrespect is” I was shocked by Jeff’s words to Lance. Lance didn’t say anything just looked from Jeff to me and back to Jeff again before he finally said “Fine” With that Jeff placed a hand on my lower back and began gently guiding me out of the club to his waiting car.