Chapter 17 — Ringing in the New Year
Jan 1, 2003 – Orlando, FL – Florida Hospital – The Emergency Room’s Rape Trauma Unit – Kasai’s Room
“Get away from me! Don’t come near me!” Kasai screamed as Mark rushed into the room.
“I’m here buddy, I’m here. Shhh it’s going to be okay,” Mark spoke, doing his best to comfort Kasai as he wrapped his arms around him, hugging him to his chest.
“Daddy Mark, he’s here, he’s here!” Kasai screamed out.
“I know, I know. Just calm down, it’s going to be okay baby boy, it’s going to be all right,” Mark spoke, rocking Kasai back and forth.
“Is JT coming down Mark?” Dr. Tripp asked, looking around quickly.
“Yeah, he’s on his way down. I think he was getting into his chair when I left to come down here,” Mark replied.
“Just so you know, when he gets down here, do what you can to keep him calm. This is all going to explode beyond this here,” Dr. Tripp stated with a frown.
“What do you mean Andy?” Mark asked, looking over at Dr. Tripp strangely.
“Let’s just say that one of the guys responsible for hurting Kai, he has some very powerful parents,” Dr. Tripp stated as he looked down.
“I don’t care if his parents have power or not! This guy hurt my boy and he needs to be punished for it,” Mark said, shaking his head as Dr. Tripp sighed.
“I know that Mark, but I’m just saying that this could possibly get pushed under a rug somewhat and never be heard about again,” Dr. Tripp stated with a frown.
“This will be heard about until the creeps responsible are punished for what they did to him Andy,” Mark said as JT’s voice could be heard outside the room.
“Hey Jared,” JT said as he rolled into the room. “Officer, where is the person that hurt my child?”
“Ah JT,” Dr. Tripp said, motioning with his head as JT looked at him strangely.
“Andy, where I the guy?” JT asked, looking around and then back at Dr. Tripp.
“He’s right there, you just passed him,” Dr. Tripp replied, pointing at the young man identified as Jared.
“Where?” JT asked, looking around again.
“Jared’s the guy,” Dr. Tripp replied, sighing.
“What!” Mark screamed as he jumped up from where he sat on the bed and then grabbed the kid, slamming him into the wall. “You hurt him!? Why did you hurt him?”
“Mark stop!” JT screamed as the officer and Dr. Trip both tried to pull Mark off the kid.
“Get the hell off of me!” Mark screamed, holding the kid by the neck as he continued slamming the boy into the wall. “I’m going to kill him! He needs to die for hurting Kai the way he did!”
“Daddy Mark stop, please stop,” Kasai softly spoke as he cried.
“Oh baby,” JT said, getting up from his wheelchair as he walked over to Kasai and held him in his arms.
“Daddy, stop him before it’s too late. I need both of you,” Kasai said as the tears streamed down his face.
“Mark Walden, let the kid go,” the officer said, trying to pull Mark away from the kid. “Let the kid go, you’re killing him!”
“I’m going to kill him!” Mark screamed.
“Release my boy Mark!” Larry Tanner screamed, rushing into the room.
“Your boy raped our son!” Mark screamed as the police officer and Dr. Tripp tackled him down to the floor.
“Let the police handle this Mark, you’ve done enough man,” Dr. Tripp whispered into Mark’s ear. “Come on, let’s take a walk. JT can take care of Kai.”
“I’m not leaving out of here!” Mark screamed. “Not until that little bastard pays for what he’s done!”
“Andy, would you please take him somewhere and let him cool down. Once he’s done that, then bring him back,” JT suggested as Kasai cried harder in his arms.
“Are you okay Jared?” Larry asked, helping his son up off the floor.
“My—my head hurts Dad,” Jared replied, crying as he rubbed at his head.
“What’s this all about?” Larry asked, looking back and forth between JT, Dr. Tripp and the police officer.
“It’s very simple Larry, your son raped my son,” JT replied as he looked up at the man.
“What? That’s not possible, my son isn’t a fag,” Larry said, putting his hands on his hips as Dr. Tripp sighed and then shook his head.
“Excuse me!” JT snapped. “I said your son raped my son!”
“I heard what you said and it’s not possible! My son is straight, he doesn’t sleep with other boys,” Larry said, shaking his head.
“Apparently he does. He raped my son and the police officer there has the DNA evidence to prove it!” JT yelled as Kasai covered his ears.
“Daddy, please stop, don’t get angry,” Kasai softly said.
“That’s it, everyone out! Everyone get out now!” JT snapped as everyone stopped in their tracks, turned around and then exited the room. “Baby, everything’s going to be okay, I’m here with you.”
“It’s not going to be okay. Daddy Mark’s mad, you’re mad. I shouldn’t have snuck out of the house,” Kasai said as he shook his head, sniffling as he rubbed at his eyes.
“Don’t you worry about that baby, just think about something else,” JT said as Dr. Tripp came back into the room with a sad look on his face.
“I gave Larry the report, he read it for himself and now the police have taken Jared into custody. Jared told the officer who the other guys were that helped him. They’ll pick them up too and they’ll be arrested,” Dr. Tripp stated as JT looked up at him.
“Good,” JT responded as he hugged onto Kasai. “Where’s Mark?”
“He—he left. He said he needed to go home,” Dr. Tripp replied with a frown.
“Oh God and you just let him go in his current state of mind? Andy, can you stay here with him? I need to go get Mark,” JT stated as he sat back down in his wheelchair and then left the room.
Down the Hall – The Emergency Room Waiting Area
It’s the start of the new year and it feels like it’s just an ordinary day. For the start of the new year, too much crap has already happened. Lord, please don’t let the rest of the year go like this day. Sighing, I look around the area and see the woman that came in an hour ago with her husband.
I feel so sorry for the woman. She’s been sitting here, all alone, probably wondering what’s happening with her husband. Sighing, I shook my head and then looked around again. Am I being watched or what? Looking back over at the woman, I thought about how things would be if I was married right now. If I was married and my husband was brought here, I would like to be back there, where he was, while the doctors worked on him. I can sympathize with the way she feels right now, but I also know what’s going on behind those doors. She’ll just have to wait until the doctors are done working with her husband and then she’ll possibly be able to see him.
Another hour has passed and I’m sitting here, placing paperwork back into the folders where I got it from. It seems every time I try to organize these files, something happens to stop the progress on the organizing. Stopping, I felt eyes on me as I looked around to see that damn ho Vagina, oops, I mean Valgina, standing in the doorway, watching me. What the hell does the bitch want? I just know she’s going to cause problems for us while she’s here. I just wish JT could go ahead and fire her and the hospital finds someone else to take her place. It’s not like she’s been here long to have tenure or anything, he’s her boss now, he should be able to get rid of her skanky ass.
Why in the hell is she watching me like that? What in the hell does she want? Better question, why in the hell did she come here?
“Hello Valgina, is there something I can help you with?” I asked as she walked over to where I sat.
“Oh no Angela, I was just getting acquainted with where everything was. There’s no need to worry your silly little head about me,” she replied with a smirk as she looked like the cat that stole the canary.
“Look ho, don’t come down here, starting any shit with me. You haven’t started working here yet, so I suggest you step the fuck off and leave me the hell alone Vagina, oops, I meant Valgina,” I said, getting up from my chair. “If you know what’s good for you, you’d take a hint and leave from ‘round here.”
“You fucking slut! How dare you call me that!” Valgina snapped, rushing over to where I was and smacking me in the face as I dropped the folders I just sorted.
“Oh hell naw!” I yelled, lunging towards her as I pushed her up against the wall, punching and kicking at her.
“Get the fuck off of me you lesbian bitch!” She screamed as I continued punching and kicking her as she tried to get away from me, but fell into the file storage room instead.
“You started this shit bitch!” I snapped as I kept kicking her as she laid on the floor in the fetal position.
“Someone help me! Help me please!” She screamed, moving around, trying to block the kicks.
“Sorry ho, no one can help you now. You should’ve thought about that shit when you walked into the work area, bothering someone, that wasn’t bothering you!” I snapped, picking up a file box and slamming it down on top of her, knocking her ass out. “I bet she’ll think twice before bothering me again. What a way to start a new year.”
The Poole-Walden Estates – JT and Mark’s Bedroom
“Are you okay baby?” I asked, walking into the bedroom to see Mark lying face down on the bed.
“Go away,” he replied, sniffling. “Just go away, go back to the hospital or something. I don’t care where you go, just leave me alone.”
“Talk to me baby. What’s going on?” I asked, sitting down next to him as I kissed the back of his head.
“Do you really want to know baby?” He asked, turning to face me as he sat up on the bed as I slid a bit to hold him in my arms.
“Yes, I want to know Mark,” I replied, rubbing his back. “Just tell me what’s going through your mind.”
“I’m mad baby. I’m mad as hell right now!” He exclaimed, scaring me a bit. “If I hadn’t grounded him, he never would’ve snuck out of the house. If it wasn’t for me, he never would’ve been raped.”
“That’s not true Mark,” I told him as he shook his head as he cried on my chest. “You’re not responsible for what Jared and those punks did to him. You didn’t tell any of them to do what they did to him.”
“No, I didn’t tell them, but Kai never would’ve left the house to be put in that situation, if I wasn’t so hard on him,” he said as he cried harder. “It’s all my fucking fault!”
He continued crying for a few minutes and then he shot up, getting out of the bed as he rushed out of the room. In his current state of mind, I don’t know what to think about what he might do. I got up, grabbed my crutches and moved towards the door, trying to find out where he was headed.
“Mark please! Baby stop! Don’t leave this house!” I called out as I heard the front door open and then slam shut.
As I got to the bottom of the stairs, I heard him cursing, a car starts and then a few seconds later, tires were screeching out of the driveway. Hell, he’s gone now and I’m here all alone. Sitting down on the stairs, I felt the tears sliding down my face. What am I going to do now? I have a child that’s been raped, Valgina fucking Williams has returned to my life, to haunt and cause problems for me and my friends and now my husband is stricken with guilt that isn’t his own. What can I do to fix all of this?
Florida Hospital – The Emergency Room
“I don’t believe it girl, you knocked her ass out?” Tamara, one of the ER nurses asked, looking at Angela with a shocked expression on her face and then shook her head.
“Girl, I had to beat that ho down,” Angel replied, punching her fist into her hand. “You don’t believe me, that ho still in the file room, on the floor, sleeping that ass whooping off.”
“I know you’re not just going to leave her in there, are you?” Tamara asked as Angela grabbed her car keys off the desk.
“I don’t see why not. I’m going to leave her ass back there,” Angela stated as she grabbed her purse and then pulled her jacket on.
“What if someone finds her ass in there?” Tamara asked.
“They just find her ass in there,” Angela replied, shrugging her shoulders with a smile on her face. “The bitch got what she deserved. That’s been a long time coming. I’ve been waiting a few years to do that to her ass.”
“But you might get into trouble over this Angie,” Tamara said as she shook her head.
“I might, but right now, I really don’t care,” Angela said as Kevin walked up to the nurses’ station.
“Hello beautiful,” Kevin said, kissing Angela on her cheek, surprising her.
“Hello Kevin, what’re you doing here?” Angela asked.
“I thought I would surprise you so we could catch an early supper,” Kevin replied, leaning against the counter.
“I—I need to go home and change then,” Angela stated as she looked down. “It would’ve been nice if I’d known you were coming here to pick me up.”
“Are you okay Angela? Is there something wrong?” Kevin asked, looking at Angela strangely. “I thought we hashed all of this last night on our date. Are you having second thoughts again?”
“I’m fine Kevin, I just have a lot of things on my mind,” Angela replied, walking around the counter. “I’m not going out with you, looking like this. I’m going home to shower.”
“That’s fine then. Would you like me to follow you to your place?” Kevin asked, looking Angela in the face.
“Why don’t we just take my car, it would save a whole lot of trouble,” Angela replied as she and Kevin walked through the lobby together as she waved at Tamara.
For the last two hours, we’ve been sitting here, enjoying each other’s company. It’s just been the two of us, a nice steady and calm conversation, just us talking about ourselves, our dreams, our desires. There’s been no hatred, no sadness, no negative stuff, just nothing but happiness and love. I swear, he’s the guy I want to be with, for the rest of my life.
“I don’t want any of this to end Justin,” I softly spoke, kissing his lips.
“I don’t want it to end either baby,” he replied, pulling me back down as we shared another kiss.
I sat there in his lap, kissing the man I had fallen head over heels in love with. I don’t care what my mother says, I love him and I always will. There’s nothing she or anyone else can say to change this feeling I have in my heart or my soul. I love him with all of me.
“I—I wish we could make love,” I said, kissing his lips again. “I want us to be one; I crave for us to be intimate together.”
“Baby, I…” he said and then went quiet on me.
“Is there something wrong baby?” I asked, lifting his chin with my fingers as I saw the tears spilling down his face. “Justin?”
“No baby, there’s nothing wrong,” he replied, looking away from me.
“Don’t lie to me baby. I know there’s something wrong, you’re crying,” I told him, caressing his cheek.
“I’m sorry baby, I just…” he said, looking down again.
“You just what baby?” I asked, getting up out of his lap as I knelt down in front of him.
“I—I love you Nicky, but I—I don’t think what you want is possible,” he replied, moving away from me.
“What’re you doing Justin? Where are you going?” I asked, getting up and walking behind him.
“Your mother was right Nicky. You don’t need to be with a cripple like me,” he said, opening the door and then rolling out of the room.
“Justin, stop!” I screamed for him to stop, but he kept on going. “Please Justin, please don’t leave me here. Come back!”
An Hour Later – The El Valentera Restaurant
“Are you enjoying your meal Angela?” Kevin asked, looking across the table at Angela. “You’ve hardly touched your meal.”
“I’m sorry Kevin, I’m just not hungry right now,” Angela replied, pushing her dish out of the way. “I guess I have some things on my mind.”
“Are you okay Angela? You look like your best friend died, came back to life and then died again. Do you care to talk about what’s on your mind? You know I can return the favor,” Kevin stated as Valgina Williams walked up to their table.
“Well well wll, look what we have here. If it isn’t the bitch formerly known as Angela Sebastian,” Valgina said, putting her hands on her hips. “Excuse me man, what are you doing with a loser like her?”
“Excuse me? Who in the hell are you calling a loser bitch?” Angela asked, standing up from the table as she pointed her finger in Valgina’s face.
“I’m calling you a loser, you bitch!” Valgina screamed, drawing attention to herself and Angela.
“Oh yeah ho, you’re just cruising for another beat down!” Angela snapped, pushing Valgina backwards.
“Angela honey, please stop this,” Kevin said as he stepped in between Angela and Valgina and then stopped when he turned and looked at Valgina and then laughed. “Oh, you were joking right? Her name really isn’t Vagina, is it?”
“That’s Valgina. Mister, you must be out of your damn mind, being with a tramp like her. If you want a real woman, get with me and I’ll show you a real good time,” Valgina stated as she pushed Angela, moving away from the table.
“I so don’t think so lady, I prefer Angela,” Kevin replied as he turned his back to Valgina as he grabbed Angela’s hand and then kissed the top of it. “Angela, why don’t we go someplace else, it seems the atmosphere and scenery is terrible now.”
“Okay by me Kevin, I have a nicer place in mind, where we can go to get away from this madness,” Angela stated as the two of them made their way to the checkout, paid and then left the restaurant as Valgina tripped over her own feet, falling into the salad bar as she tried to watch Kevin and Angela walk out.
“Damn it!” Valgina screeched as she jumped up, brushing lettuce from her blouse and cheese sauce from her face as she followed Angela and Kevin with her eyes as they walked down the street as she got outside. “You might have gotten the upper hand on me earlier tonight at the hospital, but I’m going to whoop your ass bitch!”
“Bring that shit on bitch!” Angela exclaimed as some people on the street watched.
“I’m not in a small area now. I’m going to ram my foot up your ass, right after I ram this down your fucking throat!” Valgina screamed, swinging her purse at Angela.
“Bring it baby, bring that shit!” Angela hollered, grabbing Valgina’s arm in mid-jump as she kneed her in the stomach, punched her in the face and then elbowed her in the back, sending her down to the ground hard.
“Stop this Angela, you’re going to get into trouble for this,” Kevin stated, grabbing Angela’s hand as he dragged her down the street, heading towards her car.
The Poole-Walden Estates
The time has surely flown by and I’m still sitting here at the bottom of the stairs. The doorbell sounding, I sighed as I got up from the spot I had brooding in and walked over to the door, almost falling down, being that I didn’t pick up my crutches. Opening the door, I saw someone I didn’t expect to see, standing there, looking back at me.
“Dean, what’re you doing here?” I asked, moving back so the man could come in.
“Hi JT, how are you doing?” He asked, leaning in close to hug me and then he kissed my cheek.
“I’m not so good at the moment,” I replied, walking into the family room. “Why are you here Dean?”
“What? I can’t come visit you when I want to?” He asked, sitting down on the sofa. “Where are Kai and that man you call your husband?”
“Kai’s in the hospital and I don’t know where Mark is,” I replied as Dean slid over to me, wrapping me in his arms, holding me tight.
“What happened to Kai? Why is he in the hospital?” He asked, looking me in the face.
“Some punks from his school beat him up and then raped him,” I replied, explaining to him about everything that had happened the previous day.
“Oh my God JT, why—why didn’t you call me and tell me what was going on?” He asked, rubbing my back.
“Why would I call you Dean?” I asked as he looked at me with a hurt expression on his face.
“We may not be together anymore, but I still consider you and Kai a part of my family,” he replied just as his cell phone rang. “Hold on, hello? No, hell no, do whatever you fucking want to, I told you I was gone, so I’m gone damn it!”
“What was that all about?” I asked, watching him.
“My agent,” he replied, getting up.
“Don’t tell me you fired another one, how many is that now?” I asked.
“He makes number ten,” he replied, walking over to the television. “I just can’t find a good modelling agent that I can trust JT.”
“I see,” I said as he sat back down across from me.
“So, have you eaten yet?” He asked, grabbing my hand, holding it in his own.
“No, I can’t eat right now. I’m too upset to eat anything. I need Mark,” I replied, pulling my hand away from him.
“Why are you acting this way JT?” He asked, grabbing my hand and pulling me up as he tried to hug me.
“Are you kidding me, it’s been a long time Dean. What do you expect here, I moved on,” I told him.
“I—I know you did, but I—I didn’t,” he replied as the front door opened as Mark walked in.
“What the hell is this? What’s going on here?” Mark asked, walking into the family room to see us standing there. “I walk out of the damn house to get some air for a bit and come back and you’ve got your ex in the house, doing only God knows what!”
“It’s not what you think,” I said, walking over to him as he shook his head and then walked away. “Mark, Mark come back here!”
“Stay in there with lover boy, I don’t’ want to fucking see you. How could you do this to me?” Mark asked, stomping up the stairs.
“I—I didn’t do anything,” I said from the bottom of the stairs. “Fine, believe what you fucking want to damn it!”
“I will!” He screamed, slamming a door.
To Be Continued…