Chapter 3.56 – Grandpa

“How fast can you get here?” asked Ryan in a near panic.

“I’ll be there in 20 minutes. I’ll make a couple of phone calls on the way. Don’t worry Ryan.”

“Thanks Grandpa,” he said relieved that he was so calm.  He hated calling him, but he was closer, living in Newcrest. Plus, his dad was still recovering and wouldn’t have been calm anyway.

Reagan had simply fainted when she saw the blood. He hadn’t touched Archer other than to make sure he was still breathing. His pulse was strong. He knew he wouldn’t be out long. Then he’d called his grandfather.

Ryan didn’t know how bad Archer was hurt or what he would do when he came to. His ribs hurt pretty damn bad, so he wasn’t in any shape to defend himself or Reagan, who had passed out and was still in a heap on the floor next to Archer.

Reagan began to stir as Ryan walked over to check on her. “It’s gonna be okay Rea,” he whispered as he helped her up, and bit back groan.

He led her into the living room, away from Archer’s still body, and made her sit on the couch. “Stay here, Grandpa’s on the way. I’m going to get you a blanket and something to relax you, you’re shaking.”

Ryan couldn’t help but notice the massive bar as he took Reagan to the couch and his eyes rolled all on their own. Why did everything he had have to be bigger and better? He grabbed a bottle of Asshole Archer’s most expensive bourbon and poured Reagan a healthy shot.

“Here Rea, drink this. It’ll take the edge off. It’s just Bourbon. A good one, but it’ll still burn going down.”

He watched while she shot it like a pro, then grimaced at the burn. “He’s not …?” she asked softly. He figured she was afraid to ask before downing the shot.

“No. He’ll be fine. Probably needs stitches and he’s gonna have a helluva headache.” And will be pissed as hell when he comes to, added Ryan in his head. “I need to go check on him. You stay here.”

Ryan got back to the hallway just in time to hear Archer groaning. “Stay still!” commanded Ryan. “You have a gash in the back of your head and probably a concussion to boot. Your lucky that bottle was empty. My grandfather’s on the way, so don’t try any shit.”

“Fuck you,” growled Archer as he attempted to get up anyway, then decided to lean against the chair instead. “What’re you still doing here anyway, and where is Reagan?”

Ryan stood there with his arms crossed, glaring at him. “To make sure your scummy ass was okay. Thank you very much. And Reagan, she’s coming with me. Don’t try to stop it. When Ben gets here he’ll take you to the ER so you can get stitched up and checked out.”

“No fucking E.R., BASE has a doc on staff. Give me my phone and I’ll call them.”

“No fucking way. Ben can call after we’re gone.”

“What do you think I’m going to do shit-head?”

“Who the fuck knows. I don’t trust you for one second,” snapped Ryan.

“That’s bullshit and you know it,” barked Archer, “I would never hurt Reagan.”

Reagan, walked in, likely having heard them yelling at each other. “Then why didn’t you stop? You just kept on hitting him!” she said.  It nearly killed Ryan to hear the pain in her voice.

Archer let out a breath, messaging his head. “I’m sorry sweetheart. All I could think was that he was going to take you away. You know, you don’t have to do what he says Reagan.”

Before anyone could respond, there was a knock on the door and everyone jumped and held their breath. “It’s just Grandpa,” said Ryan and opened the door. Ben walked in, along with Sofia and another man.

“Who’s that?” asked Ryan, not recognizing the man with them.

“Dr. Crowley, this is my grandson Ryan,” said Ben, “Ryan, Doc Crowley, the BASE physician.” Ben eyed Archer, “I didn’t figure Archer would want to go to the hospital.”

“Well, son-of-a-bitch,” said Archer and looked at Ben curiously. “How did you know?”

“It’s a long fucking story and you’re not worth my time,” snarled Ben.

Doctor Crowley walked over to Reagan. “Excuse me honey, I need to get over here and see what kind of damage you did to this guy.”  Without another word, he bent down and began to examine Archer.

Sofia pulled her away from Archer and into her arms. “It’s okay now baby,” she said to Reagan as if she were speaking to a small child. Then she looked at Ben, “I’ll take Reagan to our house in her car. Ryan, you can go ahead and go back home now. Ben’s got this.”

“You heard my wife,” said Ben, glaring at Archer, “my granddaughter is going with her. And I don’t want any fuckin’ lip outta you. Not now, not everGot it Kendall? If she decides you’re worth her time, then you can talk, otherwise you’ll have me to deal with.”

Ryan looked at his grandfather shocked. When did Grandpa become a bad ass? he wondered. Now he was really curious about the story he was talking about. When this shit storm was over, he definitely planned to ask.

Ryan bent over to pick up Reagan’s cell phone where it fell on the floor. It hurt to bend down and he involuntarily winced in pain.

The doctor looked up at Ryan. “Let me check you out too, son. I want to make sure you don’t have a broken rib.”

“I’m fine,” protested Ryan and handed Reagan her phone while he clutched his sore ribs. It had 15 missed calls from him. Ryan had been panicked when he arrived because she hadn’t answered, which was part of the reason he lost his shit so quick. Plus … Archer.  That asshole alone made his blood boil. He has never been anything but trouble for Reagan.  She was damn lucky he wasn’t dead.  Hell, they both were.

“No Ryan,” said Ben. “Let him check you before you go. I don’t want the wrath of your father coming down on me, or your grandmother,” he said and winked at Sofia.

Sofia grinned affectionately at her husband and hugged Reagan tighter. “Do you have your bag ready sweetheart?” she asked.

Reagan nodded. “It’s in the guest room.”

“I’ll get it,” said Ben. “You two go ahead and get in the car. Archer and I have some unfinished business to deal with.”

Archer glared a Ben before speaking.  “Reagan,” he said defiantly, “Baby I’m sorry. I just wanted you to stay so I could take care of you. I love you and would never hurt you. You have to believe that.”

“I said no fucking talking to her!” shouted Ben, “All I have to do is make one phone call … so don’t test me.”

Ryan watched as his sister walked over to the asshole sitting on the floor. “It’s okay Grandpa,” she said softly while looking at Archer sitting there fuming, “I’m sorry too. But I can’t stay. I have to sort everything out and I can’t do that here, not anymore.”  Then she turned to Ryan. “Thank you Ryan.  Tell Rosa I’m sorry for bringing you into this.”

“Come on sweetie,” said Sofia and gently guided Reagan towards the door, “We need to get you home.”

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55 thoughts on “Chapter 3.56 – Grandpa

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  2. Yay, glad to see Sofia and Ben. Good thing they could sort out this mess and that Reagan is finally getting away from there. ^_^ I’m ready to kick Archer’s controlling butt out of her life and I hope she is, too!

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    • Yes. Sofia and Ben to the rescue! ❤️ Good to see Ben hasn’t gone soft later in life! I wonder if Ben will tell Ryan about his crazy past.

      Couldn’t agree more that Reagan needs to ditch Archer. Ben did leave that choice up to Reagan. Although it was very clear how he felt about it. Of course, no man is ever good enough for your children or grandchildren regardless.

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  3. I can’t believe Archer STILL won’t give it up even with the girl’s grandfather telling him to. Talk about in-laws who hate you (if he ever made it that far to marriage). If you love the girl, you want to be respectful to her family. 🙄🙄🙄 No bueno, dude.

    Reagan! Why is she being so nice to Archer? The guy is unhinged. She shouldn’t give him any hope but she is! Gah! 🤪

    Can’t wait to see Evan. Let’s hope they can work it out. This gen feels like it’s heading to the end. Bring on the nooboos and a fresh start!

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    • Archer was pissed at Ben … and is used to getting what he wants when he wants. He has a lot to learn about being in a relationship apparently.

      Reagan… she probably feels guilty for hurting him and it spooked her that he might have been dead. She did give him a sliver of hope which wasn’t good at all. He for sure won’t give up now. 🙄

      We are getting close to the end. But it’s still a few chapters away. Nooboos! Haha! I can’t wait. ❤️

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    • Thanks! It was short but a lot. 😬 Ben and Sofia. 😍. Ben’s still a tough old man. He’s in his 60s now. He was sooooo mad at Archer. I suppose it could’ve been worse. But he didn’t want to have to explain the fight at the hospital anymore than Archer did. Archer owes him. So he’d better stay away unless Reagan says okay. He did leave it up to her as much as he didn’t want to.

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      • Well, she needs to learn to take responsibility for her life and actions and that is the only way. She is in therapy for the rest.
        Archer seems like he is in the same spot as Reagan, while she gets all the compassion from everyone, even though she really screwed up all the time, Archer gets the cold shoulder for basically the same things. Where Reagan just readily handed over the reigns of her life to anyone who would take them, even watching them steering it straight into an abyss, Archer went the exact opposite way and got too controlling.
        He is not that hard to figure out, so Reagan should have known she is still too weak and vulnerable to stand up to him, write him a note and leave while he was still not home, that way it would not have escalated. Sure that is not what many of us would do, but we are not broken like that and know how to stand up for ourselves.
        So, no, still no Archer hatred here. Not even for him hurting Ryan, which is a big NO-NO, but a fight is a fight. For that Archer would have probably gotten a bottle to the head from me as well. 😉
        Ben and Sofia save the day again. 🙂 Aww.

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        • She does need to begin to stand on her own two feet. Hopefully she is learning that and won’t let anyone else keep making decisions for her.

          Archer went into it with his eyes open. Reagan’s are finally being opened. Maybe that’s why they are getting different treatment. But then blood is thicker than water too, so her family is going to take up for her. Hopefully she has learned a lot from her mistakes though. Family or not.

          Archer loves her. But he wants to own her. He can’t do that. He has to let her go and hope she returned to him, but he wasn’t willing.

          Ben and Sofia. The coolest grandparents ever. ❤️

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  4. I loved seeing Ben come to the rescue here! And Ryan being so surprised 😂

    Did not love Archer still being a dick buttttt it’s expected 😂 Reagan was way too nice to him, but she’s always been so kind hearted and trusting… maybe a little too much for her own good 😬

    Why do I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of Archer? 😉

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    • Ben and Sofia! 😍😍😍 Love them still!

      Archer was an ass. I’m sure he didn’t appreciate being threatened and was testing Ben. Reagan was too nice. But you’re right, that’s just how she is. She needs to grow a pair though! 😂😂😂

      Well, probably because Reagan let him believe there was still a chance. 😱

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  5. “You know, you don’t have to do what he says Reagan.”
    Yes yes, Rea, you only have to do what uncle Archie tells you C:

    Besides that, I agree with Mal, any other person would have called an ambulance xD

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  6. From the very beginning I thought Archer was a control freak. His temper reminds me of Mickey. I believe Been will be having a long talk with Mickey. Archer needs some serious help.

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  7. Woo!! Badass Ben finally made his appearance! Archer needed to be reminded that he’s not the only tough guy to walk on this earth. D
    Oooh, and some of the comments reminded me of a thought I had a couple of chapters back: I really hope Reagan isn’t pregnant with Archer’s child. Because if he’s like this now, if they have a child together I bet nothing could keep him in check. :/
    Aaaand I’m all caught up! ^_^ This was intense! Can’t wait to see what’s coming next! 😀 ❤

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  8. Badass Grandpa Ben! 😍. I think Ben put Archer in his place … for now anyway. We’ll see if he stays away. Oh my! Pregnant with his kid would be terrible! I hope not! Talk about more complicated! Poor Reagan! It was a bit intense. More, hopefully lighter chapters to come. 😈😇

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  9. Alright, I’m glad this was sorted out before it could escalate to a level where Archer actually did something bad (well, you know, except that whole little murder thing!)

    HAI BEN!!
    /pinches cheek (guess which one)

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  10. I’m very glad that Archer isn’t dead.Things would have gotten messy and I’m pretty sure Ben would just coming in and be like ”Alright let’s bury him”.lololol.Jokes aside, Reagan really dodged a bullet, and I sure as heck hope Archer understood the situation.

    I mean, she broke a bottle of wine in your head, and she was so afraid to leave she needed, like, three other people in the room, to make sure she would be able to do so? I hope Archer stays away, and the next time he tries anything anywere like *this* Reagan has already got up on her own to feet and can cut his temper very quickly.

    Ugh. The men in her life need to learn comucation tecniques. Just beating each other like they’re some animal battling for the female sure isn’t helping Reagan.(And I hope they can see that NOW, after she had to break down the fight herself.)

    If he comes back for Reagan, then I sure hope they file for some restraining order.Archer needs to *chill* and not just grab Reagan by the hair and bring her to his cave like some cave-man.

    I sure as heck hope Reagan cuts his ties with him. Girl, if you still think he’s someone worthy of your trust, then you need to work on what you think ”friends” do.

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    • Yes. It would’ve been big time bad if he had died. She needs a lot of support, but I hope now she’s going to be able to begin to stand on her own and face off against him if needed.

      I think she and hopefully Ryan, since he actually started the hitting part, learned a lesson .. finally! It could’ve been really nasty.

      Archer isn’t good for her. She’s beginning to understand and should definitely cut all ties with him. He probably won’t make it easy though. 😱

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  11. Excellent Chapter. Loved seeing vintage bad ass Ben.
    Ben mentioned all he would have to do is make one phone call…Me do wonder who that phone call would be to. hehehehehehe. Still though….I don’t think we have seen the last of him…

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    • Yes. We probably haven’t seen the last of Archer. Sadly he probably doesn’t have enough respect for Ben. He’s too young and still very much a badass himself. Really though, Reagan is the one he will pay attention to so I hope she grows a backbone.


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  14. What a way to find out your grandpa is a… well, Ryan’s right. A badass. Ben was dealing with the situation in a very superior way and I love him for that! Sofia, too. It’s remarkable that they came together. Such a sign of trust. But also part of the show, I guess. Ben couldn’t be the biggest comfort in that situation, it would have destroyed his impression. So he needed Sofia to come with him, as emotional support for both him and Rea (and Ryan, I guess)

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    • Ben is indeed a badass! Lol. I’m so glad he was the one Ryan called. Poor Cole would’ve freaked out and made things worse. And Sofia, yes, Ben needed to stay in badass mode so Sofia was the perfect softness that Reagan needed.


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