Alexander woke up to the sound of his little brother screaming bloody murder he sighed wondering what had woken him up this time. He reluctantly got up and got ready throwing on a random shirt and jeans out of the closet he shared with his brother before quickly sliding into his sneakers. He noticed that Levi had already left which meant that he would need to be at the mechanics in a couple of hours to help Levi out.Alexander exited his bedroom heading towards the kitchen passing his useless father who was passed out in a chair. He walked into the kitchen where his mother was trying to hold Cameron while at the time making breakfast for the twins. "I can take him mom," he said already making a reach for the littlest of the Wilde's. His mom looked at him gratefully before handing Cameron to him. With both hands free his mom finished making breakfast quickly and wordlessly hurried off to her room so she could get ready for work, Alexander was fine with holding the baby until his mom was ready.His mother soon came back in her waitress outfit tying her hair back as she walked into the room. "Girls! You should've been ready by now I told you last night I had to go into work early today." She scolded while taking Cameron away from Alexander. The twins looked surprised but quickly recovered and pushed out their chairs running to their room shouting a chorus of "Sorry mom!" behind them. After a couple minutes shouting could be heard from their room and Cecelia the older one came running out "Mom! Lilliana took my goggles without asking and left them at the pool!" She cried as her twin came running out "I'm sorry I didn't mean to." Lilliana whimpered the nine year old's eyes were filled with tears "Can we go get them mom?" She asked trying her best not cry.Their mom shook her head "I can't I have to go to work early." She said apologetically "-But I can take you guys and then drop you off at Jennifer's," Alexander interjected before the girls got upset. Their mom nodded standing there for a moment until Alexander gently nudged her towards the door. "Bye guys!" She called out as the door closed behind her. "Alright let's get this show on the road I've got places to go and people to see." He said after his mom had left. The twins quickly ran to finish getting ready and both of them were back in under five minutes. "Come on Alexander let's go!" They said together Cecelia opened the door and they both ran out leaving Alexander to lick the door. It didn't take very long for the three siblings to reach the pool. Alexander went in with the twins who quickly left Alexander to go look for Cecelia's goggles. Alexander leaned against the wall keeping one eye on the girls and looking around at the pool's occupants. He had a feeling his soulmate was around here somewhere... yup there he was. Lucas Scott his soulmate and quite possibly the straightest guy to ever walk the earth it was just his luck that Lucas would be his soulmate. Alexander rubbed the back of his involuntarily gently rubbing the patch of skin where his soulmark was carefully hidden with his hair. It wasn't that he was ashamed his soulmate was a guy but this was not the neighborhood where one gave out that kind of information. ((Sorry this took so long!))
Alexander watched the whole thing go down sighing as Lucas started beating up the kid. It was the kid's own doing everyone around here knew not to cross the Scott's it was just common knowledge and that kid was either really high or really stupid to try and pull something. His attention was pulled away from the scene when his sisters ran towards him the missing goggles in Cecelia's grasp. "Awesome can we go now?" He asked already moving away from the wall and starting towards the exit. Lilliana and Cecelia ran to catch up with him "But Alexander shouldn't we call the police or something about the fight going over there." Lilliana said not knowing the danger she was putting her brother in. Alexander looked around making sure no one had heard the little girl when he saw that nobody was looking at them he grabbed the twin's hands and made a beeline for the exit not knowing that someone had indeed heard Lilliana.Once they were a safe distance away from the pool Alexander knelt in front of the twins feeling like he needed to give them an explanation for his behavior. "I need to tell you guys something whatever you do never call the cops on a Scott. In fact it'd be best to never talk to one ok? The Scott's have a bad reputation around these parts and you don't want to get mixed in with that ok?" He told them hoping they understood. "But one of them is your-." Cecelia began to say before Alexander interrupted her "Don't say that word. Not here at least there are some people who don't like people like means they'd try to hurt me if they knew who my soulmate was." He explained gently. "But why?" Lilliana asked furrowing her small eyebrows in confusion. Alexander shrugged "Some people are just stupid like that I guess." He said standing up "Now no more questions we've got to get to Jennifer's before Jennifer calls mom wondering where you two are."It didn't take very long to get to Jennifer's apartment building he stopped the twins at the door "Alright you two be good and help Jennifer out with your brother alright?" The twins nodded and Alexander have both of them a hug "I'll see you two after work." He told them before they headed inside. Alexander waited a few seconds to make sure they didn't need anything before heading to the shop. There was a gas station halfway inbetween Jennifer's apartment and the shop so Alexander decided to stop there and get some food since he hadn't eaten breakfast that morning. He bought a family size bag of chips knowing that Levi would probably want to share with him. He glanced at the clock in the gas station and swore. If he didn't hightail it to the shop he was going to be thirty minutes late his brother was going to kill him. After paying for the bag of chips Alexander took off for the shop running as fast as he could. He got to the shop only fifteen minutes late which was better than thirty at least. He immediately put the bag of chips into a work locker he shared with his brother before clicking in to start the day's work.
Alexander hated working on cars the smell the grease everything absolutely disgusted him but it was a good job and the owner let both brothers work there even though they technically had no experience. The only reason the owner had hired them was because he felt guilty for what had happened to their father after a freak accident in the shop. That accident put his father out of work for good after all no one wanted to hire a guy he could only use one hand. After that incident Alexander's father had done nothing but sleep, eat and sit on his chair all day doing nothing. Alexander shook his head he couldn't afford to let himself get distracted while he was working. He didn't want what happened to his father to happen to him. His family literally could not afford him getting hurt. They were still paying off his father's bills didn't need to add another stack of bills on top of that. Forty-five minutes later and he was done with the car he had been working on. He rolled out from underneath it sitting up and wiping his hands on a towel he kept nearby. Standing up he cracked his back stretching out his stiff back. Alexander looked at the clock, he hadn't realized he'd been working on the car for so long no wonder my back is sore. he thought starting to head for the break room. He needed to get the smell of grease off of his hands and face pronto. Levi was working on the engine of another car trying to figure out what the hell was wrong with it. He was about to give up and go get his brother when he heard someone ask for Alexander. Now Levi of course knew the Scott family's reputation but he didn't know what they looked like so he had no clue that the kid was a Scott otherwise he probably would've lied and told him that Alexander had the day off. But he didn't know and so he told the guy that he'd go get Alexander."Hey Alexander there's a guy outside wanting to talk to you." Levi said as he walked into the break room."Huh who?" Alexander asked confused known of his school friends had ever come to visit him at work."I don't know I forgot to get the guy's name." Levi said with a shrug."Alright I'm done with my break anyways and I'm kinda curious who else would come visit except for mom." He said already heading towards the garage. Alexander stopped dead in his tracks when he saw Lucas there in the garage. Why the hell was he here? Alexander made sure to check that no had over heard his little sister, well it would seem that someone had blabbed.Despite the fact that Lucas probably wanted to beat the living shot out of him Alexander still managed to walk up to him confidently. "I heard you were looking for me is there anything I can do for you?" He asked
Alexander nodded suspiciously wondering where Lucas was going with this. His eyes widened a little when Lucas threatened him obviously he had done something to piss him off or at least Lucas thought he had done something. "Yes there have been some unfortunate.... accidents before." He said cautiously reminded of his own father's accident. And finally it clicked Lucas thought he'd been the one to call the police. He didn't say anything waiting for Lucas to finish talking before he tried to defend himself. However he never got that chance Lucas' fist slammed into his gut. Alexander doubled over in pain before pushing Lucas away from him. "I didn't call the fucking police on your sorry ass." He wheezed holding his middle "I don't know where you got your information from but whoever said they saw me call the police was pulling you leg." He said straightening up
Alexander gritted his teeth reeling in the urge to punch Lucas in the face. Alexander knew that Lucas was wrong about him calling the police but he'd let Lucas believe what he wanted to believe it was his ass on the line not Alexan- well then it appears he was wrong now both of their asses were on the line but for different reasons. He glared at Lucas he wanted to ask where the hell was he going to get three hundred dollars from but it wasn't like he would care. He just wanted his money he didn't care how Alexander got it just that he did by Friday. Lost in thought Alexander wasn't expecting Lucas to punch him again. Once he had recovered Lucas was long gone leaving Alexander to figure out what he was going to do. Fuck what was he supposed to do? His family didn't have three hundred dollars lying around the house of they did that would solve a few of their problems like rent and food. He had a hundred dollars in savings but that had taken him weeks to save. How the hell was he supposed to get double the amount of money In that short amount of time? He sank to the ground resting his chin on his knees.Levi sensed that something was wrong when Alexander didn't come back inside the shop. He went out and was surprised to find Alexander on the ground. "Alex who was that?" Lucas asked worried.Alexander sighed wondering if he should tell Levi what happened. Moght as well he's going to find out sooner or later he thought then turned his body to look at Levi. "That was Lucas Scott he apparently thinks I owe him money and expects me to pay him three hundred dollars by next Friday." Alexander says sullenly Levi stared at him in disbelief "Three hundred dollars? Where the hell are you supposed to get three hundred dollars?" Alexander shrugged "Dunno I have about a hundred dollars in savings but it took forever to Savs that much." He told his brotherLevi shook his head "That's ridiculous I can believe your so-" He said stopping himself from saying soulmate "I mean that bastard would stoop that low just to get some cash. I know it's not much but I've been saving to and I have about fifty dollars in savings." Alexander smiled slightly "Well now I only have to find a hundred fifty." He said dryly "Come on let's get back to work. I'll find a way so there's no reason for us to get fired." He said getting up and walking back into the auto shop subconsciously rubbing his soulmark something he did when he was nervous.
Two hundred fifty that was all he was able to get. He honestly didn't even know how he managed to get that much but it wasn't enough. Alexander looked over at Levi's empty bed and smiled sadly the only reason Levi was at work was because Alexander had insisted that he'd be alright and he'd also lied and told Levi that he had the full amount. The last thing Alexander needed was for Lavi to get caught up in the shift storm that he had somehow got dragged into. He got up slowly willing time to slow down he swore he was going to be sick but he knew he had to go through with it because if he didn't.... well he didn't exactly want to think about what would happen if he didn't show up at all today. He got out of bed working out the kinks in his back while he grabbed a clean pair of pants and a shirt putting them on before heading for the bathroom across the hall. He did his business and washed his hands glancing up to look at his reflection fuck he looked awful. He had dark circles under his eyes from lack of sleep and his blonde hair was a godawful mess. If the circumstances were any different Alexander would've laughed at how horrible he looked but instead he quickly fixed himself up. He put concealer under his eyes and rearranged his hair as best as he could. He looked back up and cracked a small smile it wasn't his best look but Alexander found that he had this kind of 'I fucked someone last night' sort of look and he found that if kind of worked for him. After leaving the bathroom he walked back into his room grabbing socks and sneakers slipping them on as he walked into the main living area. He stood in the doorway watching his mom adjust her ponytail he felt a little guilty for not getting up sooner to help with the kids but he supposed that if his mom had needed help she would've woken him up. His eyes locked on the twins who were taking turns reading to Caneron from a book that they most likely borrowed from one of their friends. He couldn't help but smile he loved his family more than anything in the world and he'd do anything to make sure they'd stay safe. "Hey guys I've got to get going so I can go help Levi I'll see you tonight alright?" He said already halfway to the door "Alexander wait!." The twins cried out in unison as they ran over to where Alexander was standing "We love you." They said clinging onto him tightly "I love you guys to but you've gotta let go so I can go to work." They both let go grinning before running back to the beat up old couch to finish reading the book."Love you mom!" Alexander yelled as he stepped through the door. It didn't take very long to reach street level, he nervously patted the most in his pocket resisting the urge to check and make sure it was all there. He breathed in deeply before heading to the pool where he was hoping Lucas would be it was now or never. Alexander walked quickly until he reached the last two blocks. That's when he began to slow down, he honestly felt like he was going to be sick. What would Lucas do when Alexander told him he didn't have the full amount? He finally reached the pool stopping just outside of it. He could feel his heart beating faster and he had to force himself to calm down. Relax He told himself starting to walk into the pool. Just tell Lucas that you'll get the money by next week. You'll be fine. he told himself rubbing the mark on the back of his neck. One of these days he'd have to get it covered but right now he couldn't exactly afford a tattoo or anything of the sort so that'd have to wait. He sighed his hand falling back to the side. He could feel that Lucas was here it was something like a sixth sense or something. It didn't take long to find him and as soon as he did Alexander started walking towards him breathing deeply trying to calm his shaky nerves.
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