Trey spent the next 2 weeks in Karmas hospital room. He never left her side not even to eat. He'd always have someone bring him food. He couldnt stand to leave her..
Jasmine walked in one day while he was sitting in a chair, head on his legs, sleeping. She walked over to Karma to check her IV bag.
Karma looked over at Trey. She was always asleep, so when he was finally went to sleep she watched him as he sat there peacefully.
"How long has he been here?"
"Since the night he brought you here.. He hasnt left..not once"
She continued to watch him.
"Your son is very fond of him.. Megan had to wait till he fell asleep in his arms to take him home with her."
Karma looked at her, amazed. "He'll only ever sleep in my arms.."
Jasmine shrugged. "Whats can I say.. Looks like your son knows best"
Now Karma looked down at her hands, all cut up from the glass. She really didnt remember what happened that night. The last thing she can recall is throwing the glass at Damians head. Shes been out for 2 1/2 weeks, just waking up a few days ago.
"You should be okay to go in a day or two.. Your a fast healer, and already know to take it easy for a while"
Karma looked up at her and smiled. "I envy you.. You turned from a stripper to a doctor.."
"Im not a doctor quite yet.. But you could be something too.. Your more talented then you give yourself credit for.."
"I dont think Im ready to make my talents a career yet"
"Well when youre ready, you got a good man to help you.. You deserve better.. You and Ty"
Jasmine smiled at her and walked out of the room.
3 days later Karma was ready to leave the hospital. Trey carried her bag out to his car and put it in the trunk. Karma could feel the atmosphere between them was tense. And as he started to drive out of the parking lot, it almost felt suffocating. She looked at him and smiled, but he kept his eyes on the road, his face blank.
She turned back and looked out the window.
"Can you pull in here?"
Without a word he turned into the Burger King parking lot and parked his car. She looked over at him, but he was already getting out of the car and goin to open her door. They walked in and she ordered her food.
But Trey didnt get anything. After her order was up he grabed it for her and they walked over to a booth. He sat down across from her, put his elbows on the table, crossed his hands and rested his head on them.
She started to eat her food, but was very careful not to look at Trey. He was staring at her intently, and she felt weird eating.
"Whats his problem?... Wheres a screamin mob when you need one" she said in her head
She looked over to see one of his body guards standing outside. She didnt even notice they were being followed.
She slowly looked at Trey. "Wheres my phone?"
He pulled it out of his pocket and handed it to her, without taking his eyes off her. She looked down at it and felt the crack with her thumb. She waited for him to explain but he didnt.
The silence was driving her nuts. She wraped up her food and stood up.
"Im done" she told him
He just stood up and waited for her to walk out first. She couldnt wait to get in the car and turn on the radio.
He opened and closed her door, got in the drivers seat and pull out the space and continued driving. She immediately turned on the radio and started fliping threw the channels, until she came across a slow song and she let it play. When the song was over a mans low, smooth voice started talking.
"Welcome back to 98.9 Slow Jamz. Today is a special show. We'll be talking about domestic violence, and why women let themselves become victims.."
Karma quickly reached down and turned off the radio, sitting in silence again.
Almost 3 or 4 minutes later her phone started to vibrate. She took it out of her sweatshirt pocket and hit accept
"I called the hospital and they said they released you today!"
"Calm down Megan.."
"Did you go to your house yet?"
"Well it should be safe.. Your neighbors called the cops, but when they go there Damian was gone. He smashed all the windows on your car and slashed the tires. They're looking for him but they havent found him yet.."
Karma covered her mouth and crouched closer to her door.
"Dont you think that would have been more helpful when I was still in the hospital"
"Well I waited for you to wake up, but I couldnt be in there anymore. Trey made me feel soo out of place and uncomfrotable, always pacing, and rubing his temples and cursing to himself.. I couldnt stand it."
Karma looked over at Trey, then back out the window.
"So hows my baby doin?"
"He misses him mom, of course"
"Well tell him his mommy is coming to get him in like 20 minutes"
"Okay..will do.. Love you"
"Ya, love you too" she pushed end
"Can we stop at my house real quick?"
He didnt answer her and just turned down another road.
She looked down and started to play with the ring Damian gave her. Trey looked over at her hand, then back at the road.
"He gave that to you"
She looked at him, then back down at the ring, but didnt answer him.
He rolled down the window. "Throw it out"
She looked at him in disbelief.
He looked back at her, brows furrowed with an intense stair in his eyes.
Without hesitation she pulled off the ring and tossed it out the window, sending it rolling down a drain.
He rolled the window back up and they sat there again in silence.
"What else did he buy you"
She looked out at her black and white flats.
He pulled over next to a trash can. "Take em off"
She did what he said and took them off. He reached over her and opened her door.
"Throw em away"
She just looked at him. And again she reached out the door and threw her shoes in the trash. She closed the door and he continued driving.
She pulled her legs up to her chest and looked at her bare feet.
"Ill buy you new ones"
She looked at him, then back down at her feet.
* * *
They made it to her house and she saw her car. It was worse then Megan made it seem. Dents and scratches every where. Trey got out and pulled some flip flops from her bag and brought them over to her. She put them on and walked over to her car. She walked around it to see all the damage.
She looked inside and saw something on the seat. She opened the door, glass falling on her feet. She picked up the velvet box Trey gave her, and the envelope Megan gave her, with four tickets to Jamaica this winter, inside.
She walked in the house and was shocked. Almost everything was destroyed. The kitchen, table, dishes and all. The flat screen with an axe in it, almost cracked in half. Her flowers destroyed and obviously lit on fire. She went up stairs to their room and froze. On the bed were all her things, burnt to ashes. The bathroom destroyed, their pictures riped into peices. Her grandmothers jewlery scattered, some were in peices. She picked what was left of a braclet her father gave her and looked at it.
She felt dizzy and stumbled back, only to have Trey catch her.
"Come on, theres nothin left for you here"
She walked out of the room and went to Ty's room. It hadnt been touched. She grabed some of his stuff and they left her home for good.
* * *
They evetually got to Megans and pulled out front and honked the horn. She opened the door and Ty popped his head out. Karma got out the car and he ran to her. She picked him up and kissed him on the cheek.
"Hey honey!..I missed you"
"I missed you too."
Karma waved at Megan and she waved back and closed her front door. Karma put Ty down and he got in the back with his bag, while she got back in the front.
"Hey lil man. Whats happenin"
"Hey Trey" he said excitedly
Karma was in utter amazement now. Ty never was soo happy around people he just met. He hardly ever talked to Damian, especially not in an excited way.
"How was Megans?" she asked him
"Where are we going?"
"We goin to my crib lil man. We gonna stay up all night and party and watch movies"
"Can I watch a scary movie?"
"I dont know... You think you old enough?"
They sat there having their own coversation like they're bestfriends. Karma felt soo out of place, like she missed something while she was knocked out. First Trey doesnt want to talk to her, but he's happy and smiling with her son?? She just wanted this ride to hurry and be over with.
* * *
When they got to the hotel Trey carried their bags up and to his room. He opened to door and Ty went rushing in.
"Hey, you can stay in that room ova there to ya right past the kitchen" he called to him.
That night they stayed up watching movies. Trey and Ty on the big couch, and Karma laid out on the love seat. When he fell asleep Trey picked him up and put him to bed in the other room. A few minutes later he comes walking back out to the living room, and sat down.
"He asked me if I loved you, the night I took you to the hospital"
She looked at him, then she smiled.
"Hes just like his mom. He can tell when someones lying"
"He look just like his mom too"
This was true. He had the same thick, curly, mutlicolored hair, which was braided up into a little design, the same skin tone and hazel eyes. All her features, dominant in him. After a few minutes Karma yawned.
"You can sleep in my room" he told her.
She got up and walked to his room, expecting Trey to follow, but after a few minutes when he didnt, she turned off the lights and went to bed.
He slept on the couch that night. And everynight they were there. He'd sometimes walk around when Ty was gone, not saying a word, always making Karma feel unwelcomed.
One day she finally had enough of it. He would spend all day in his room. So she went in there to find him sitting on the edge of his bed, his head in his hands.
"What are you doin?"
"Collecting my thoughts"
She stood there for a minute, not really sure what to say.
"Listen Trey, if you want us to go I can call a cab when Ty gets home and.."
He lifted up his head and looked at her.
"If we're too much of a burden.."
"You aint goin nowhere.."
She just looked at him. "Then whats your problem?"
"You gotta ask?"
She was confused. "What are you talking about"
He didnt answer her. She went over and sat down next to him, but he stood up. He started to pace back and forth, mumbling to himself squeezing the bridge of his nose.
Then he stoped. "What else did he do to you.."
"What do you mean"
"What else was he doin other then beatin you.."
She didnt answer him. And in a split second he sent his hand flying threw the wall, punching a massive hole in it, and making Karma jump. He pulled it out and continued pacing.
"Tell me bout the time you broke yo arm cuz it was "closed" in a car door.."
"Or how bout the time you broke yo leg "fallin" down the stairs.."
"How bout gettin hit in the back of your head by Damian, coulda been worse, if you didnt have a metal plate back there already from gettin hit with a bat"
"Or how yo ex made you get 4 abortions 2 years ago cuz he'd rape you every night"
"How you've been in the hospital over 12 times since you had yo son moved here"
She looked at him. "Howd you find out about.."
"You didnt think I would!!"
"You've been gettin abused for years buy 5 different dudes.."
She continued to stare at him, not knowing what to say.
"You puttin your boy threw that, movin from house to house.. Lettin yourself get smacked around.."
"I do NOT! go around tryin to find guys that will hit me. Im thinkin I want to find a guy who doesnt come see me spin around on a pole everynight, but apperently every guy that doesnt go to the strip club, are the ones that will abuse me.."
Tears started to run down her face. He sighed and looked away from her.
"Please stop cryin"
He started to rub his temples. "I dont think you understand. You coulda died.. That dude wouldve killed you. They all could have"
She started to wipe her tears.
"You shoulda told me.. The first day he hit you.."
She stood up, walked over to him, and wraped her arms around his back. She rested her head on him.
He grabed her hands and squeezed them. He then losened her grip and turned to look at her.
"Was I telling the truth when Ty asked if I loved you"
"He would have told you if you were lying"
He took his hands and put them to her face, pulling his lips to hers. The kiss felt soo right, she wondered where he'd been from the very begining. She wraped her arms around his neck. The longer they kissed the more intense it got. Trey pushed Karma up against the wall. She winced.
"Oww" she said in a small voice
He put his mouth to her neck. "Sorry" he breathed
He put his arm under her butt and lifted her up as she wraped her legs around him. He carried her to the bed and gently laid her down.
"Imma try and take it easy on ya"
She smiled, grabed his face and pulled his lips to hers.
* * *