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Chapter 81: Resolve
(by NativeRose, added on 10 April 2008 03:19 AM)


Jacob thanked God that Lance was unarmed.
"Listen lady, if you take one more step toward Jason, I will not hesitate to blow a hole right through you!" Jacob then turned the gun on Lance. "As for you, the activity tonight gives me enough to put you in jail for a good long time. I'll do this right, though."
"What?" Lance said, trying not to appear shaken. "What you talkin' 'bout?"
"You know exactly what's going on."
"I want to know why. Why would you..." This time, Lance charged toward Jason with murder in his eyes. Jacob discharged a bullet and brought Lance down.
"Oh God," Lance groaned as he crumpled to the floor, surveying the patch of red spreading down his leg. They all heard a scream in response to the gunshot.
"Tell that girl to shut her mouth!" Lance roared. He was completely wasted, and now he had the pain to contend with. Thus, he let that most important nugget slip without really knowing what he was saying.
"Boy, you shut up!" Lynn said firmly. Then, "what are you talking about?"
"It's time this stopped," Jason said in a carefully controlled and low voice, "all I want to know is...why?" Lynn turned away with complete and utter hatred in her eyes. Unfortunately, she now faced the window. She looked out just in time to see Sariah gently put the stretcher bearing Autumn into the vehicle.
"You...you..." she was furious and couldn't get words out. "You can just go to blazes! As Jason and Jacob rushed from the house, Lynn and Lance continued to scream obscenities at them.

They raced back to the hospital, with Sariah in the back compartment with Autumn. Jacob got a glimpse of Autumn's naked, beaten form. As he turned to grab a blanket, Jason saw the anger smoldering in his eyes.
"I don't want to know what that bast...what he did to her," he mouthed to Jason. He said aloud, "It won't be too hard to get a warrant on him." Sariah did not respond, as she was busy cutting the ropes and surveying the damage. She tucked the blanket around the fragile form and turned back toward the men. Jason saw the tears in her eyes, and she noticed that his own glistened with unexpressed pain. Jason reached out and gently squeezed her hand.
"No matter what happens," he said through clenched teeth, "I'll do anything to see them behind bars...for life!"

When Autumn was safely situated in her room, she refused to tell the story.
"We have to know so we can make sure we treat..." Sariah explained gently. Abbie and Josiah entered the room just in tome to hear Autumn's tirade.
"You people think you can do whatever you want to with my body! In case you forgot, it's still my body! You all handle me like I'm nothing more than a...a...And men," she said, though Jamison had just entered behind the nurses. "they think they can just take whatever and leave us with the consequences! I hate men with a passion! They're all a bunch of control freaks who have no concern for people, especially women! They're so degrading, and guess who has to live with the shame! My body isn't my own...they have drilled into it, shoved tubes into me, pumped chemicals into it, turned my body inside out and worst of all...raped me! Just give me a lethal dose of morphine...so I don't have to feel anymore!" This was the first Jason heard, because Abbie had just called him to tell him to get there right away. She didn't explain specific details, so as he heard this angry torrent, he didn't understand it. He looked completely shocked, as did Abbie and Josiah. The nurses had some idea of what happened, but they weren't expecting a response like that!

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