Loving Colt(7)

By: C.A. Harms

Maddison’s giggles abruptly broke free, and I looked up once again to find Colt and her having a miniature food fight. I couldn’t help the laugh that escaped me. I covered my mouth quickly, looking at Ann in horror. Her poor kitchen looked like a war zone.

She waved her hand in the air. “Oh honey, this is nothing. Last Sunday Colt and Mikey had an egg toss in the kitchen.”

Colt chuckled as he wiped a smudge of strawberry glaze off the tip of Maddison’s nose. “Mikey started that one, Momma. I told him to toss underhand. He went all major league on me and pulled out the pro pitching stance.”

Ann was now laughing so hard she held her stomach. “Yes, but the look on your face when it splattered across your chest was the best part of the whole day.” Tears ran down her cheeks as she continued to laugh heartily.

“Messes can always be cleaned up, but those memories will last forever,” she said as she looked at her son in admiration.

My phone ringing in the other room had me rushing for it. I didn’t even take the time to look at the number. I was so caught up in the happiness of the moment that I hit send and brought it to my ear, my eyes still glazed over.

“Hello,” I laughed in greeting.

“Where are you?” I could hear the heavy anger in Seth’s voice. I also instantly picked up on the fact that he was drunk. “I asked you a question, Alex. Answer me. Where the hell are you?”

My chest tightened and my eyes filled with tears. Fear ran through me, causing my hands to shake.

“Leave me alone, please.” I pleaded in a whisper.

He laughed a demented, evil laugh. “Yeah, that’s not gonna happen. You’re mine, Alex. We can do this the easy way. Just tell me where you are, and I’ll come and get the both of you. You went home to your parents’ house, didn’t you?”

“No,” I cried out. The trembling in my voice only made me feel weaker. “Please just leave us alone. It’s over, Seth. Let it go. Just stay away from us, leave us alone.” I was begging now, but I couldn’t help it. I just wanted it all to stop.

“Listen here, you bitch.” The phone was yanked from my hand before I could register what had happened.

Colt held my phone, and the anger pouring off of him was intimidating as he listened to Seth’s words.

“Who the hell is this?” He seethed into the phone, and his nostrils flared as he listened to the voice on the other end of the phone.

I could only imagine the things Seth was saying to him. I suddenly felt sick, as my stomach tightened. He had to be filling Colt with all sorts of lies. My stomach continued to twist and turn as my throat burned.

The lurch in my stomach had me rushing down the hall. I reached the bathroom just in time, emptying my stomach as the tears fell heavily down my cheeks.

Chapter Five


It took everything I had in me not to smash her phone against the wall. The asshole on the other end of the line who was continuing to bash her only made my anger harder to handle.

I had just barely met Alex and Maddison, but I knew the garbage this asshole was spewing was a bunch of shit.

“Listen to me, you sorry son of a bitch. I don’t know who the hell you are. I do know that you seem to have a negative effect on Alexis, so that places your worthless ass on my shit list. Your best bet is to do as she asked and leave her alone. If not, you better bet the outcome is gonna be one you aren’t gonna like much.”

I hit end and turned off her phone. I never took the time to hear his reply, because I had to get to her. She looked so terrified and lost at the moment she turned to face me, when I took her phone.

When I found her kneeling on the bathroom floor, it nearly broke my heart. The moment I touched her back, she scurried off to the side of the tub and tucked her knees in tightly to her chest. Her body trembled as she sobbed uncontrollably.

“Colt, what’s happening?” My momma whispered from the door and I waved her off. She held Maddison tightly and walked away to distract the little angel.

I gave Alex a few quiet moments before I made another attempt to reach out to her.

Steadying my voice as much as possible, I tried to soothe her with words. “Alex, I’m not gonna hurt you. No one is gonna hurt you. You’re safe here.”

She shook her head without looking up, and my chest tightened even more. Just thinking about what this beautiful girl had gone through felt as if it was gutting me slowly.

“I’m not safe. I’m an idiot. I did this. I put us in this situation. It’s not going to change. It won’t go away.” She whispered through her sobs.

I inched just a little closer and sat on the floor in front of her. Without touching her, I tried to reassure her that what I said was true.