Crushed Collided Book 2
Crushed Collided Book 2
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For the first time in my life I saw a future for myself that included someone else. And for the first time I wasn’t afraid…until I met Alex’s dad and saw that fate wasn’t going to give me a break.
It wanted to decimate me.
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I never thought love was something I could ever have.For the first time in my life I saw a future for myself that included someone else. And for the first time I wasn’t afraid…until I met Alex’s dad and saw that fate wasn’t going to give me a break.It wanted to decimate me.If Alex ever finds out the truth, it will crush me. It will crush all of us.
No this isn’t possible. It’s not freaking possible.
I met his dad.
I met his parents both of him. Jackson was not the one in the pictures around our house. This is a mistake, I’m hallucinating, no I’m in hell!. My head is spinning. What do I do? What do I say? This is bad so fucking bad. How is this possible? I met Alex’s dad, but seeing Jackson besides Alex, it’s almost unmistakable, it’s undeniable, their full lips, dark hair and mesmorizingmesmerizing eyes. Please wake up. Wake the fuck up!
I’m going to throw up!
“Babe,” Alex strong arm is now around my waist and I realize I must be looking like a complete lunatic. Jackson has pulled himself together. The shock and recognition of me, who I am to his son gone as if it was never therethere, he holds out his hand to me, smiling warmly, like any father meeting his son’s girlfriend for the first time, but we haven’t met for the first time, and the hand he’s extending to me has been all over my body.
“It’s a pleasure,” he says, and I’d laugh at the irony of his statement if this wasn’t such a nightmare, then I realize he isn’t clarifying what Alex has said and announcing that he’s in love with me and why the hell I’m here with his son.
He’s not going to say anything.
He’s pretending like we never met, and I don’t know if I should be relieved or offended, it’s on me now, the balls in my court and I can’t speak, because how do you speak when you can’t think?!
I should tell the truth. That’s the answer, that’s what is right but what do I do, blurt out ugh, he’s not supposed to be d your dad because I’ve fucked him? How do I explain this here, at his sister’s engagement party and while Jackson is looking at me as if I’m a complete stranger. I can’t blurt it out, I can’t make a monumental decision now because that what this would be.
What I do next will be change things for everyone here. I’m trying to think but my cognitive skills have lapsed.
I take his hand, ignoring the familiarity of it, trying not to think of how that hand has held my face as he kissed me, been all over my body, inside…
“Madison,” I say calmly, feeling out of my own body as I speak. How is my voice so even, so collected, as if I’m really meeting this man for the first time?
I’m left frozen in place as Jackson lets go of my hand and turns towards Alex, enveloping him in a hug. None of that masculine side-hug nonsense, Jackson is thrilled to see his son. His fucking son! Oh god oh god oh God.
This is the family that you almost broke up. The thought slices through my brain, I’m on hot, the temperature feels like it’s been set to hell which makes senseince because this is hell.
Alex is stiff as Jackson hugs him, but then his arms slowly come up to return the hug. There’s a story there, a story I should have known from one of them. How did Jackson not mention a son, how does Alex have two dads? I know there is a difficult history that I’m not aware of from the stiffness in his back, the tense way Tiffany is looking on at them. The situation is getting more complex by the second, and I’m not here for it but I am here for it, I’m smack dab in the middle of this catastrophe.
“It’s good to see you Alex,” Jackson says, his smile broad and all for Alex. “I didn’t know you were coming.”
“I didn’t either, at least not that this was happening,” Alex says in return. He hasn’t looked at me, and I thank God, if he looks at me he’ll have to see it, he knows me, he’ll see that Madison  fucked his dad. “But now that I know, I’m so happy for you Tiffany.” He says it genuinely and she beams at him, they’re trying to mend bridges where me and their dadtheir dad and I did something that will destroy them.
“Are you staying for the whole brunch?” Jackson asks, glancing back at the room, which is steadily filling with guests.
“If that’s okay,” Alex jokes.
“Of course they are, dad,” Tiffany scolds him, nudging Jackson in the arm with the smile of a six year old princess. “I wouldn’t miss the chance to get to know Madison. And I know you don’t want to miss the chance to beat Alex in poker, yet again.”
“If I had to actually pay up every time he’d beat me, I wouldn’t have any savings left for the bar,” Alex says grimly.
I’m dizzy. This is real. This is happening.
“Well, sounds like that’s a good reason to practice.” Jackson grins at his son, still not looking at me and I’m grateful he doesn’t.
“Come on,” Tiffany says, tugging at my hand. “Let’s go get you fixed up.”
I follow Tiffany up the stairs. , Mmy head is spinning. How am I supposed to focus, how am I supposed to pretend? I have to pull it together, except I don’t know what I’ll do once I am.
How do you prepare yourself for something like this?`
I’m only momentarily distracted by looking around Tiffany’s bedroom as she whisks me inside. It’s freakin gorgeous, like the rest of the mansion. The carpet is a thick, so plush that my feet sink into it as we walk in, a cream color that is just a few shades darker than the walls. It’s like a room for a grown-up princess, from the wooden four poster bed with glossy cream-colored sheets, embroidered pillowcases and a rose-colored velvet duvet, to the rose velvet curtains that are pulled back to expose French doors leading out to a balcony and massive windows, to the gilt-framed art scattered across the walls. There’s an antique wardrobe, a vanity with expensive skin-care and makeup scattered across it, and a huge television mounted on one wall. Everything about it is sophisticated, luxurious, and expensive without being tacky, just like Tiffany herself.
She stops and turns to look at me, her lips pursing slightly. “Madison, are you alright? You look kind of pale.”
What if I told her the truth, just blurted it all out? I had an affair with your dad and he was the first man I ever came close to loving, now I’m defintilydefinitely in love with your brother. Is there any tactful way to say that?
She’d throw me out after calling me a slut, she’dll be horrified and run and tell Alex, and who would blame her? So I nod, and force a smile on my face. “I’m fine,” I manage, and it even sounds genuine when I say it. “Just a little tired, it’s been a hectic few days.”
“Well here, this should to perk you right up.” Tiffany crosses to the vanity, where I see a bottle of champagne that I hadn’t noticed before. She pours a glass and hands it to me, Oh how I want to be drunk right now but I know better. I need a clear head and a stiff tonguunge and nothing opens my lips and legs like alcohol, both which need to be snapped shut.
So I only take a sip as Tiffany throws open the closet door and steps inside—of course it’s a walk-in. I hover at the edge of it, there are’s rows of dresses, and obviously eleganantelegant and expensive shoes., Sshe pushes dress after dress aside, clearly hunting for something specific.
The gigantic closet still isn’t a distraction, my thoughts are only on them.
Father and son. I have to leave., Wwhat if Jackson is telling him everything right now, or what if Alex has some sort of sixth sense?
How could this have happened? I keep asking myself that same question over and over again as Tiffany pulls dress after dress down, tossing them over her arm. What are the odds that I met Jackson’s son while we were on vacation together in Miami?
Jackson told me we were there on business but was it family business? Aand then I meet Alex again, on the other side of the country, get a job with him, and fall in love with him? It some kind of insane cosmic joke, except I’m not laughing. In fact, I feel on the verge of hysterical tears. If this was a romantic drama, it’d be fate, but this is a horror film. This is wWhy I’ve avoided love for so long, ridiculous shit like this happens. It’s bound to fail, whether for ordinary reasons or extraordinary ones like this, it’s probably just not in the cards for me.
Tiffany walks out past me as I’m wool-gathering, dumping the armful of clothes on the bed. “You can pick any of these,” she says cheerfully “All of them should fit you. I really think this would be gorgeous with your complexion, though…” she holds up a mint lace dress, with cap sleeves, a sweetheart neckline and hem that ends just above the knees. “Or this one?” She picks up a silk halter-neck dress in rose-gold.
“I’ll try this one,”  I say, trying not to sound frantic and disappear in the bathroom. It’s equally luxurious, as the rest of the house. As I shimmy out of my own clothes and slip on Tiffany’s dress, I’m taken back to my time with Jackson, to days filled with dresses like the one I’m putting on and rooms like the one I’m in, a level of luxury that I had never really imagined until then. I thought it was all genuine, that he gave me all of those things because he loved me. He says he does still love me, he said that less than a month ago. My stomach is rolling, no butterflies but giant mutants trampling around in there.
Could Alex ever accept the fact that I didn’t just date but slept with his dad? Aand even if he gets past that, being in Alex’s life will mean seeing Jackson—maybe not regularly, but at least from time to time. It will mean I’ll never entirely being rid of Jackson or, the memories, the shame, the pain that came with our relationship. I’ll have to face it forever, and if I’m honest, live with the knowledge that his family knows exactly what happened.
Alex will never look at me the same. How could he, how do you get past your significant other screwing your parent?
How would I deal with loosing Alex?, Hhe’s the first man that the thought of loosing him makes me feel hopeless, distraught, and terrified.
I walk out of the bathroom on unsteady feet, and Tiffany claps her hands joyfully, the gargantuan diamond on her left hand glittering in the sunlight. “You look amazing, Madison!” she exclaims, gesturing towards a full-length, gilt-edged mirror on the other side of the bed. “Just look!”
I have to admit, she’s right. The color highlights my skin tone and loose, wavy hair, and when she produces a pair of strappy nude Louboutin heels to go with it, I can’t help but enjoy the feeling for a minute as I step into them. I feel elegant and sexy, and if I don’t think about Jackson, I can take some pleasure in thinking about the look on Alex’s face when he sees me in this getup.
“I have jewelry you can borrow,” Tiffany says, but I shake my head. My gold hoops and bangle bracelet will have to do, I’m not risking wearing the kind of jewelry I know Tiffany must have. I’m going to be scared enough of spilling something on this dress, which is probably worth a week’s wages even at the catering service.
“Tiffany there’s something I don’t understand. I met Alex’s parents. I met his dad.” I explain to her carefully and she smiles softly at me not in the least bit offended.
“His mom and step dad. They’re great, the time I spent with them as a child was amazing, so warm and kind., Mmy parents, I mean my dad and mom were so young and Alex’s parent’s are too but they were parental, my parents.” She stops suddenly as if cencoringcensoring herself.
“My mom and dad met after Alex’s mom and dad  of course, they were really young she wasn’t even out of high school when she had Alex. She married John when Alex was 3 and I was in my mom’s tummy . John raised Alex, he was his father until dad grew up.”  She trails off and shakes her head quickly. “They’ll come to the wedding, of course, but they’re not coming to the brunch today. Things are a little…awkward between my grandparents and Alex’s mom. They never really liked her, and honestly I think that it might have had something to do with their breakup.” She waves a hand. “A lot of that’s under the bridge, don’t get me wrong, my dad is amazing now, it just didn’t start out that way, balancing a family and work., B but he did still manage time to really be there for us, you know? Show up at school plays, ballet recitals, the works. He wasn’t one of those rich absentee dads, I don’t want you to think that. He just wasn’t a John,” she says whistfullywistfully.
She puts the brow pencil down  and straightens, turning to face me. “And it’s been my fault that my father and Alex haven’t been getting along…after what happened with Holly. He’s told you about that?” sShe asks cautiously.
I nod, not wanting to say too much. I’m terrified I’ll let something slip about Jackson. My head swims a little, I shouldn’t have finished that glass of champagne. My small breakfast is swirling in my stomach.
“It’s my fault what happened, but I’m hoping today, and the wedding, will bring them together again. Weddings are good for that, you know? Healing families, making everyone see how important just loving each other is. I really want that to be what happens as a result of Phillip and I getting married.”
Tiffany is the picture of what could be a spoiled socialite—rich, thin, beautiful, blonde. But I can tell from the way she’s speaking, from the look in her eyes, that she’s genuinely telling the truth. And it makes me feel even worse that I could be the the cause of a totally new division in the family.
“Come on,” Tiffany says, smiling. “My mom should be here by now, I’ll introduce you.”
Oh god, I think as I follow her downstairs. Jackson’s wife.
The woman he cheated on with me.
How the hell do I get out of this?