Daddy's Issues

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I only call you when it's half-past five

The only time that I'll be by your side

I only love it when you touch me, not feel me

When I'm fucked up, that's the real me 

The Hills - The Weeknd  

Chapter Ten – Daddy's Issues 

"Leave it alone, Vera!" Ari kept trying to pull me back, but I turned to her and pushed her away from me. Ari went flying on the ground as I marched up to the two guys.  

"What the hell is wrong with you?" Braxton grabbed Tanner's shirt and pulled him closer. 

"I didn't do anything." Tanner rolled his eyes. Tanner should be careful, Braxton would probably fuck him up if he needed to, but he didn't. Braxton needed to back the hell up because it wasn't that serious.  

"You didn't do anything? I saw you grab her! What the fuck is wrong with you? Do you go around grabbing girls like that?"  

"Are you serious? We were playing!" I placed my hand on Braxton's shoulder.  

"I'm fine! You don't need to do anything. We were just talking, okay? I'm fine, Mr. Dixon." Braxton turned his head and looked down at me.  

"He fucking grabbed you, Vera. Look at your arm." When I looked down, my arm was a little red but it wasn't that bad.  

"It was an accident, okay? We were playing around. I said I was fine."  

"Yeah, we were playing. Are you going to let me go now? I have somewhere to be." I wish Tanner would shut the fuck up right now.  

"It better not happen again." Tanner stumbled back after Braxton pushed him away. I wanted to go off on Braxton, but I kept my mouth shut. I followed him to his car and got in the back seat with Ari.  

"Are you okay?" Ari nodded.  

"I should be asking you that." We both jumped when the door slammed. I'm not sure why Braxton was so pissed. He's the one that almost beat up a teenager over nothing. He was definitely going to hear my mouth later.  

When we got to his house, he went straight to his room and slammed the door. Poor Ari looked like she was about to start crying. I wanted to get the hell out of here, but I knew I should be there for my best friend, and I needed to curse this asshole out.  

"I haven't seen him that mad since my mom left. It was horrible." Ari whispered. I pulled her closer to me when I saw the tears rolling down her cheek.  

"It's going to be okay, Ari." I wrapped my arms around her and hugged her tight.  

"He started drinking and he was so angry. I don't want that to happen again." I felt like shit when she cried more.  

What the fuck did you do Vera? 

Ari cried while I held her until she fell asleep. I stayed with her another hour before I went to go find Braxton. I walked up to his door and opened the door.  

"What the fuck was that? What the hell are you doing?" I looked down at the glass and half-empty bottle in his hands. 

"Get out." I closed the door and walked further into his room. Braxton poured more alcohol into his glass then chugged it down.  

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