By: Hazel Gower

After a while the side of the bed sank. “Fuck, bro, that’s some serious shit. What are you going to do?”

Ha, that was the big question. “I don’t know. I’m going to need help. I didn’t want to bother Mum and Dad, but I’m gonna need Mum.”

“Do you still want her?”

I sat up and snarled, “What the fuck kind of question is that? Of course I still want her, she’s mine. I just have to take it slower than I wanted.” I stared at Derick. “I’m going to give her everything, Derick. I promise she will want for nothing. I’m going to surround her with everything she could ever want, luxury, friends, family—and love.”

Derick stood. “You know I’ll support you, and Mum will love spoiling her.” He walked to the door. “I know you don’t want to hear this, but you need to go slow and build up her trust. You won’t be able to just move her in here and expect her to follow your orders. You need to give her time to get to know you. Jade is not one of your normal women, so treat her right.” He left my room, shutting the door.

As much as I wanted to get angry at Derick for what he said, I couldn’t because it was all true.



Cassie’s parents were nice, and I learned were she got her no filter—her father. He just said whatever came to mind. I didn’t think I’d blushed so much in my life and I’d definitely not had a sheltered life. He seemed like the laid back one in the relationship, were Cassie’s mother was all perfectly put together, not a hair or piece of clothing out of place.

Scott didn’t come home until after dinner. I was relieved when Derick came with him to the front door and not the wanker. Derick hadn’t stayed long and he didn’t say a word to me.

I stayed in the guest bedroom, which was the biggest room I’d ever seen. The bed felt odd, it was soft and the sheets were of a high thread count. I’d never had a bed so soft or sheets so smooth and soothing against the skin. I tossed and turned all night.

No one woke me in the morning, and when I looked at the bedside clock I was shocked to see I’d slept past ten. I’d never done that before. I was an early riser. I showered and rushed to get dressed so it wasn’t too late when I made it downstairs. When I walked into the kitchen I was surprised to see Cassie’s dad at the stove and only Cassie at the table, set with plates, knives, forks, juice and cups.

“Hi, Jade. I hope you slept okay.” I smiled at Cassie’s father. I couldn’t tell him I hadn’t. “Yes, thanks.”

“Are you hungry? Go sit down. I’m doing sausages, hash browns, bacon, and eggs.”

I sat at the table next to Cassie. I wasn’t really a breakfast person. I sometimes had an apple or a mandarin, but nothing like what was being offered. “Yes. Could I please have a hash brown and an egg?”

“Sure.” He came over with a plate filled with already cooked food.

I placed the items on the plate.

“So what are you girls doing today?”

I had no idea so I looked to Cassie. “We are going to go to the beach. It’s such a nice day. A bit cool, but still hot enough to have a dip and sunbathe.”

“Sounds good, sweetie. You can take the car. But your brother asked for it tonight.”

“Thanks, Dad,” Cassie said. “Derick and Stephan are having a party tonight we’re going too. Scott said he’d pick up Stacy and Renee. The others are meeting us there.” Cassie’s father opened his mouth but Cassie put up her hand to stop what he was saying.

“Before you worry, we are going with Scott. You know the Silverman boys.”

“Okay. Promise me you’ll call no matter what, even if you need picking up or just want to leave.”

Cassie beamed. “Promise.”

For once in a long time jealousy flowed through me. I’d never had anyone care about me enough to give me options like Cassie’s father. The love was obvious between father and daughter. I hoped Cassie knew how lucky she was to have such caring parents. I decided I would say something. I hadn’t told Cassie much about my life before moving here, just the basics like my mother died and I didn’t have any other relatives beside my grandpa and I didn’t know my own father. Cassie hadn’t pried much, she’d been more interested in what my other high school was like and my friends. I‘d tell her a little bit, enough to understand she was extremely lucky.

After eating, we changed into our swimmers. Cassie grabbed towels, sunscreen, and the keys off the hook by the front door and we headed for the car. She jumped in the driver's side and I got in the passenger, chucking the towels and sunscreen in the back. Cassie started the car and backed out of the drive and we were heading toward the beach.

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