Life is rough. One minute your parents are proud of you for getting into a private school in Oasis Springs and another minute they’re telling you that you have to be home right after school everyday. It’s kinda hard to make friends with that time schedule!
Ever since I started at this new school I’ve had to walk to the bus stop when school ends, and each day I’m met with the same guy pretending that he isn’t staring at me. I say pretending because I AM a policeman's daughter and lemme tell you what, my Daddy taught me how to point out suspicious things, and this guy is acting suspicious. Today for example I felt him following me and when I turned around he was pretending to take a selfie! I don’t know if he has a crush on me or what but I’m pretty sure if you have a crush on someone you shouldn’t be wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses to cover your face.
Anyways later that night I ran into my Dad and decided to talk to him about it. I mean to be honest this guy was really starting to creep me out!
Harley: Daddy I wanted to tell you something.
Recently my Dad had been promoted to Senior Detective and he wasn’t home very often.
Jensen: Yea sweetheart?
Harley: Well there’s been this guy that-
Jensen: NO BOYFRIENDS!
Not gonna lie I was a little taken aback by that. I mean for pete's sake I don’t even have any friends other than Hazel!
Harley: Uh...Daddy it’s not about that. There’s been this guy that has been following me to the bus stop and watching me. He acts like he isn’t but I’m smart enough to know that he is.
My Dad went into full on detective mode at that point and time.
Jensen: What color hair does him have? What color eyes does he have? Can you guess how tall he is?
Harley: Couldn’t see his hair because he was wearing a baseball cap, couldn’t see his eyes because he was wearing sunglasses, and he was pretty tall and was definitely built.
Jensen: Would you say he was a teenager or older?
Harley: Hmmm...I would probably say a teenager considering how the little bit of face I could see looked pretty young.
Jensen: Alright sweetheart thank you for telling me this. I’ll go down to the station tonight and see if any of the guys have gotten reports about a suspicious person.
Harley: But Daddy you just got home!
Jensen: I’ll be alright, head on up to bed.
Typical way for a serious conversation with my Dad to end.
Of course I went upstairs to try and find information of my own. Hey don’t judge. No one said I was a goody two shoes all the time!
I didn’t really find anything though. I mean you can’t exactly type in “Tall built teenager that wears sunglasses and a baseball cap” on Soogle and expect to get any good results.
The station had no information at all. None of my partners had any information, I was stuck at a dead end. I hated to leave the house so suddenly and especially with Harley looking at me the way she was but I’m afraid for her safety.
I decided to go to the Chief that night and see what I could dig up.
Jensen: Chief listen, someone is following my daughter and I need help.
Chief: Do you have any information on the person?
Jensen: We know he’s a male, strong build, tall.
Chief: That could be half of Oasis Springs Highschool, Belle! You can use the computers to see if there has been any new students that have been enrolled in any of the nearby schools but don’t get your hopes up.
Well into the morning I was on the database looking at faces of young kids and trying to see if any of them matched the description. When you don’t have an eye and hair color though it really limits it. Needless to say by the time I had to leave because I couldn’t have anymore overtime I was frustrated. All I could do is put Harley on lock down. Creator forgive me because she is going to fight me hard on this.
LOCK DOWN?! Is he CRAZY?! So get this my Dad decides to barge into my room while I’m talking on the phone with Hazel and tells me I can’t leave the house! Uh, excuse me?!
Jensen: I already contacted your school principal and told him what was going on. They are fine with it and they told me to just send your Mom up there to get your work so you don’t get behind. I don’t want you leaving this house or this property. If you do you will be grounded so long that you’ll be grounded past the time I’m dead.
Harley: Dad that’s ridiculous! It isn’t like he’s attacked me or anything! You can’t keep me locked up in this house!
Jensen: Plum if I won’t! You listen to me, and you listen good. Your safety is on the line and I would rather you be cooped up in this house and mad at me than kidnapped and dragged to some unknown place! Now you WILL stay in this house!
Well jeez Dad, you didn’t have to get all mean about it.
Ha. NOT. I’m going back to that bus stop and I’m going to see if he comes out of the shadows myself! I can protect myself.
When I arrived at the bus stop it took forever for him to show up. I was starting to this maybe it was just a coincidence. I knew I would be safe because there was a crowd of people under the stop light. I heard him approach before I saw him and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared.
Before I could stop it this random guy grabbed my hand from behind and spun me around into a hug. UH. WHAT? I could feel his arms tightening around me like a giant bear hug. I was scared, boy was I scared. Then all of the sudden I felt the hot breath of a whisper on my ear.
Guy: Pretend you’re actually enjoying this hug like you know me. See that guy in front of you with the trench coat and hat? He’s being paid to spy on you and your family and his name is Tony.
Sure enough when I glanced over to the guy he was talking about, he went from standing and staring at me to frowning and walking away. My question is, how did this guy know that?
We finally pulled away and my face was hot and red from blushing. Pull yourself together Harley! It’s time to ask the questions!
Harley: So YOU’RE the one that has been stalking me!
Guy: I wouldn’t call it stalking sweet cheeks.
Sweet cheeks? I don’t know why that crawled under my skin but it did, and I bristled.
Harley: Sweet cheeks?! Now you listen here-
Guy: No you listen Harley. I’ve taken it upon myself to go rogue from my benefactor to try and help you and your family stay safe and wealthy. Your family doesn’t know who they’re messing with and it is not going to be pretty when they find out.
I was flabbergasted. I don’t even know this guys name but he knows mine and he knows where I’m from! More questions Harley, more questions!
Harley: What guy? What does he want with us?
Guy: Antonio Monty. He lives in Monte Vista and he has dirt on your family that he thinks he can use to blackmail you out of all you’re worth.
Harley: Wait what? Monte Vista? I’ve never even been there! That’s all the way across the sea!
Guy: You really know nothing about your heritage? Do you even know where your Great Great Great Grandmother Violet came from?
Is it bad if I say no? Nah Imma pretend I know. I don’t exactly trust this guy yet.
Harley: Yes in fact I do!
Guy: *sigh* We both know you don’t know. Your Great Great Great Grandmother Violet was the heir to a great fortune, larger than you can imagine. Now HER father decided to make a deal with the Reaper, so to speak, and that Reaper was Antonio Montys Great Great Great Grandfather, Sylvio Monty. Why do you think she moved away and she started this legacy you are apart of? She wanted to build back up what her father had lost. Now what Antonio has on you guys I don’t know but what I do know is he is planning on ruining the Belles family name once again if you don’t give him almost your whole fortune.
Harley: That….that’s a lot to take in and I don’t even know your name and how do I know you aren’t lying?
Mason: My name is Mason and trust me, I wouldn’t make something like this up. Your family is in some serious financial trouble if we don’t do something about Antonio.
Harley: My Dad is a part of the police! If he steps foot on this ground we could arrest him for blackmail or something!
Mason: We don’t have any evidence though. Let me work on that and you just stay safe.
I’m not sure why but that statement made me blush again. Why was he so determined to keep me safe? How long had he been watching me? All these thoughts were rushing through my head when I looked back up and he was gone.
I was extremely tired the next morning. I couldn’t show it though because then Dad would get suspicious so I went about getting my food the normal but instead I took it to eat upstairs and by eat I mean I was going back to bed. At least my Dad tried to make amends by attempting to talk to me as I walked by, but I was still angry.
That same day I disobeyed my parents yet again and went to the Oasis Springs park while everyone in the house was away. I knew Mason would be around somewhere, I could feel it.
Sure enough just as I was about to leave I saw a large frame slide in beside me on the bench and this time he wasn’t wearing anything on his face and I could see him and all his glory. And man was he cute. When I turned to look at him all I saw were piercing gray eyes and shaggy brown hair. I felt my heart skip a beat and my mouth drop open a little bit.
It was short lived because even though he was smiling he was hissing through his teeth. So feisty.
Mason: I told you to stay home!
Harley: Yea well I wanted to see you again.
Mason: Why?! I told you I would be busy and I can’t tell you how much I wanted to throw you back through that door when I saw you leave your house.
Harley: You know where I live?
Mason: Yes Harley! I’m charged with watching your every move! Your brother has someone exactly like me too! You both are the possible heirs to this legacy and therefore the most valuable!
Harley: I’m a person too you know...not just something valuable.
Mason: No I- That’s not what I meant! I know you’re a person! What I’m saying is that that is what Antonio thinks!
Harley: Oh I understand…
Mason: Harley listen to me. I’ve been watching you for a while and I’ve learned all your weird quirks and everything. Like when you are thinking too hard you squinch up your nose or when your lying your voice changes its pitch. I KNOW you and I know that you are a real person with real feelings. Why do you think I’m helping you?!
Harley: I know I’m sorry. I’m just stressed because my Dad is always gone or he’s breathing down my neck. I can’t even go to school!
Mason: I agree with him there. It’s too dangerous to go out. Who knows what could happen. You need to stay safe.
There’s that weird feeling in my chest again.
Before either one of us could get another word out Mason's face changed into an awful grimace. All the sudden I felt a warm hand wrap around my waist as I was pulled closer to him, and closer to his face. Just like last night I felt a warm breath of a whisper on my ear.
Mason: Tony is back and he’s right in front of us. He doesn’t know that I know who he is and he doesn’t know me. Pretend we’re on a date and giggle like I’ve said something funny. He’ll go away once he knows I’m here to stay and you aren’t alone anymore.
I let out a weird mix of a giggle and a cackle. I was so nervous that I didn’t even care that it sounded horrid. Mason gave me the most incredulous look and pulled me closer, we were so close together that I was practically sitting on his lap and when I looked up at him, into his face, we were so close I could smell his cologne…
He was looking down at me and I could see in his eyes what he wanted and did I want it to? What should I do? Should I-
Mason didn’t give me a chance to think, our lips came together in a sweet soft kiss and I could feel my heart about to beat out of my chest. Wait what was I doing? WHAT WAS I DOING?! I quickly jumped up onto my feet and Mason followed.
Mason: Harley I-
Harley: I-I have to go...
And I ran, I ran all the way home, all the way up the stairs and I collapsed on my bed with my lungs burning and sweat pouring down my forehead. My first kiss was with a practical stranger and when I left I could see the pain in his eyes, when I turned my back I could feel him staring at me as I ran. Ran away from him and everything that I had been told. Creator help me.