Things were different after that day, I watched Aden’s behaviour closely and I was surprised I didn’t figure it out before. He cringed at minor noises, he was afraid to be alone in a room with older men, like with Avery, Ryder or even Will. It scared me at how broken he looked, like he was expecting a blow at any moment. I also noticed how he watched over Rosie, how he barely let her out of his sight.
I don’t know what to do, do I tell Will? Do I tell the state so this won’t happen to other children or put a stop to those who are already going through it?
I sighed twisting in my bed as I looked up at the ceiling. What do I do? Avery knows and he’s pushing me to tell someone, whether it's the state or my brother, he doesn’t care as long as another person knows.
My heart started to speed up at the thought of Avery, how his strong protecting arms comforted me. How he wouldn’t let anything or anyone hurt me while he’s by me or the smile that made me blush, like now when I thought about it. Avery has yet again relaxed me even when he’s not physically here.
A smile creeped on my lips as I remembered the feel of his touch and I drifted off to sleep.
“Wake up!” Rosie squealed as my bed shifted and started bouncing.
“Rose...” I laughed catching her in my arms.
“Come on Vally, were going to Lux’s house.” She told me wiggling out of my grasp.
“Okay, okay. I’m up.” I said quickly throwing my blankets off me and picking out my clothes.
“Hurry.” Rosie giggled. She didn’t need to tell me as I was excited to see Avery...again. I smiled brushing my hair quickly.
“Valarie!” Will shouted from somewhere in the apartment.
“Huh?” I asked as I straightened the only dress I had. It was a light purple with crystals on the bodice and sleeves, it hung down right above my knees as it flowed around me.
“You need to eat before you guys leave.” He told me looking through the cupboards for something.
“Its a birthday party Will, I’m sure food is provided.” I laughed.
“I know but...”
“But nothing besides there is nothing here to eat, we’ll pick up stuff on the way home alright.” I told him shutting the cupboard from behind him, “Rosie, Aden lets go.”
“I can’t believe you’re making me go.” Will groaned as he held the door open for me.
“I told you, you didn’t have too,” I shrugged, “only if you wanted to eat something.”
“Right.” He muttered sarcastically.
“Do I have to go?” Aden asked coming up behind a bouncing Rose in her party dress.
“No, you don’t if you don’t want too.” I told him and Will smiled.
“See ,I’ll take him out somewhere and everything will work out. You two go have fun,” Will told us quickly pushing out the door.
“Nevermind.” Aden said panicked as he ran to me. Will looked dumbstruck as he assessed the situation.
“Alright,” He said slowly closing the door behind him as we made our way to the car.
I’m seriously worried about him, he won’t even be alone with his own brother who would rather die than hurt him.
As I pulled into the already packed driveway Rosie squealed in excitement before I could even put the car in park. I laughed because I probably would have done the same thing if I hadn’t been the one driving.