Iâm a pawn, a piece of chattel, a toy--used and forgotten.
When youâre done with me, you can walk away with no regrets. Thatâs how my husband sees me. I try to be the best wife possible for him. After all, he took me on when no one else would. Now--heâs in debt and owes more money to the loan shark than we can possibly repay.
But, donât worry, heâs come up with a solution, itâs just not one I was expecting.
...Iâve been TRADED.
âYou sent her home with him, right?â My eyes dropped to my shoes and he growled. âTell me you didnât, Ashton. Tell me you didnât take the girl in lieu of payment.â I lifted my chin and he got his answer. âJesus, fuck.â
âI made him a deal,â I said. âI get Elena for three months, and he pays back half of what he owes.â
âHalf? Are you crazy? Does she have a golden pussy or something? She must have. There must be a good reason for this . . . insanity.â
By this point my dad had rounded the table, grabbing handfuls of my shirt, pulling me flush against him, his face was millimeters from mine as he shouted his displeasure. My fists clenched at my sides. At six-one I was a big bastard but Dad was bigger. He could take me without breaking sweat. Even so, my voice was tight when I looked him straight in the eye and replied, âHe abuses her, Dad,â the volume dropping slightly when I continued, âI don't know to what extent but she won't even look me in the fucking eyes when I talk to her. Can't make a decision on her own. Swear to Christ, she jumped six fuckin' feet in the air when I touched her hand. I have no intention of fucking her, but I couldnât let her leave with him. If I shot him down and let Brock rough him up a little, imagine what that would have meant for her. You know.â
Understanding washed through his features and he lowered me to the ground, releasing my shirt from his grip, smoothing out the crumpled material. "She's staying with you?"
"Yes." I made the split-second decision to share my plan with him. "I've only got three months to repair what he broke. It'll be tough but I'll be damned if I don't give it a try.