JUSTICE

Creed Brothers, Book one

A new series coming out January/February 2018

This is unedited and subject to change if the need arises.

Copyright@K.C. Lynn

PROLOGUE

Justice

Fourteen years old

“Justice, man, wake up.”

My eyes spring open at the frantic whisper and shake of my shoulder. I stare into my best friend’s face, his eyes wild with panic. They glow in the shadows of the room that we share in this hell we call home.

“What is it?” I ask, my voice sounding as groggy as I feel.

“Brax is gone.”

Dread tightens my chest, restricting my breath. I shoot upright and look at the bed next to the door to find it empty. The scrap of material we get to use as a blanket lies on the floor.

“Did you see anything?” I ask.

Knox shakes his head. “I didn’t hear a thing either. I just woke up and saw his bed empty.” Guilt hangs thick in his voice, mirroring the one coiling in my stomach.

Braxten is two years younger than us and we have taken it upon ourselves to watch over him. The three of us met in this group home months ago, each of us dumped here by the state within weeks of one another. We were taken from one nightmare and brought to another.

“We need to find him, man,” Knox whispers, his tone urgent. “Hobbs was seriously pissed earlier at the shit he pulled at dinner.”

Brax is a prankster, even at the worst of times. It’s his way of coping with shit. Tonight’s prank against Hobbs though was to deflect the attention off one of the other kids who was about to get smacked around for spilling his milk and shattering his glass.

Hobbs is one of the leaders and the biggest asshole of them all. He’s a sick son of a bitch who gets his kicks by hurting others. I remember the first time I fucked up and the beating I received. It tightens my gut further, thinking about Brax and what he could be enduring.

Jumping from the bed, I pull on my jeans from the day before then my dingy shirt. Knox and I both move for the door but discover it’s locked.

“Bastard!” Knox seethes. “He knew we would come for him.”

He takes a step back, ready to kick it open but I stop him, my hand landing on his rigid shoulder. “We can’t. Jones will hear us and then we’ll never get to Brax.”

“Then what the hell do we do? Time’s wasting. Who knows what that asshole is doing to him right now.”

My attention shifts to the bedroom window. We move quickly, our eyes scanning out over the five acres of land the house sits on.

“There.” I point to the barn where the door has been left opened a crack, light spilling out into the darkness.

“Figures,” Knox grits, his jaw locked tight. “No one will hear him scream out there.”

The thought fuels the fear gripping my chest. “We’ll go out this way and climb down the trellis,” I tell him.

As far as the leaders think, all the windows are secured with an alarm system. Except for this one. We figured out how to disconnect ours and cut the wire weeks ago, knowing one day this time would come. Or maybe one day we would even find the perfect moment to escape.

I slide open the window and crawl out first, Knox following close behind. Some of the plastic trellis snaps beneath our feet but otherwise we make it down with minimal noise. My bare feet hit the hard gravel, biting into my skin. Ignoring the sting, I walk lightly until I hit grass. Then we bolt, our feet pounding the rough earth as we head for the barn.

It isn’t long before we hear Braxten, his cries of pain assaulting our ears.

“Shit!” The curse spews from Knox as he pushes himself harder, passing me by in a blur.

I fight to catch up to him, grabbing his arm. “Hold up. We need to see what we’re dealing with before charging in there.” My warning is nothing more than a breathless whisper, my heart pumping wildly in my chest.

We slow our approach, cautious as we peek through the crack of the wooden door. What we find has my bile rising in my throat and fury surging through my veins. Brax wrists are bound by leather reins as he hangs from a whipping post, a noose wrapped around his neck. He’s stripped naked and faced away from us, his bare flesh raw from the riding crop that Hobbs holds.

“How does it feel, boy? You’re not such a big shot now, are ya?” He cracks another lash against his bare ass. “I’m going to show you what happens to cocky little bastards like yourself.”

Horror slams into my chest when Hobb’s reaches for his belt. An enraged roar rips from Knox and he charges inside. I follow after him, knowing there’s no time for a plan.

Knox swipes a shovel off the ground, his quick feet never faltering. “Motherfucker!”

Hobb’s spins around just as Knox winds back and swings, slamming the end of the shovel into his face.

Blood sprays from his nose as he drops to the ground. “You bastard!” he bellows, rolling to his knees.

My feet are quick as I run at him from the side, kicking him in the face. His head snaps back, another howl of pain tearing from his chest. Warm blood coats my bare foot but I don’t hold back and deliver another, a dark rage slipping over me from all the pain he’s inflicted on others.

My foot cranks back relentlessly, showing no mercy. That’s until he manages to grab my ankle and pulls my foot out from under me. I hit the ground hard, the breath shoving from my lungs.

“You’re going to fucking pay for this,” he seethes, struggling to his feet.

Knox brings the shovel down on the back of his head, knocking him out cold. Blood seeps out from beneath his face, the crimson color spreading into a large pool.

Oh shit.

Knox and I make eye contact, our thoughts reflecting the other’s. Brax’s groan breaks the connection and puts us in motion.

Knox removes the noose around his neck while I kneel in front of him, reaching for his pajama pants that he was stripped of.

“Brax, man, we’re here. Everything’s gonna be okay,” I assure him.

He lifts his head, revealing a black and blue face. His cheeks are stained with tears and dirt, while one of his eyes are swollen shut. “He got me in my sleep, Justice,” he chokes out. “I never even heard him comin,’”

I swallow past the burn in my throat and gently put my hand on his shoulder. “It’s all right. We’re getting out of here.”

Knox works on untying his wrists and I get him dressed. When the last restraint is removed, Brax falls to his knees, crying out in pain.

Knox drops down next to him, helping me hold him up. “What is it? What hurts?” he asks.

“It’s my whole body, man,” the words are delivered through a choked sob. “Everything hurts.”

Before either of us can say more an alarm pierces the air.

Panic thrashes through my veins. “Shit. They know we’re gone. We gotta move, now!”

Knox throws one of Brax’s arms around his shoulder while I throw the other one over mine. We move quickly, running from the barn and dragging Braxten with us.

Eventually, we find a clearing far enough away from the property but remain hidden in the fields. We sit Braxten down, mindful of his beaten and bruised body. Knox stays with him while I run back a little ways, making sure no one followed.

When I see no sign of anyone, I head back to the others. Braxten hugs his knees to his chest, his face buried to hide his tears.

Knox sits quietly next to him with his arm around his shoulders, his face grim. “Anyone?” he asks.

I shake my head. “No but it’s only going to be a matter of time. We have to keep moving.”

“And go where?” Brax asks, lifting his face.

I shrug. “Anywhere is better than here.”

“Come on, Justice. We have no money. Hell, we don’t even have clothes,” Brax sniffles. “What the hell are we going to do?”

“We do whatever necessary to survive,” I say, looking into his weary eyes. “We can’t go back. Look what almost happened to you. Hobb’s is most likely dead and they aren’t going to believe a bunch of homeless kids. Who knows what we’ll face next. The system has fucked us long enough. Living on the streets is better than where we’ve all been.”

They both remain silent but I see the look in their eyes, the same knowledge I have burning in my mind and heart.

“I say we make a pact right here, right now. We do this on our own. No more hits, no more pain. We watch out for one another, take care of each other.”

“Like family,” Knox says.

I nod. “Like family.” My eyes search theirs in the quiet dark. “Are you with me?” I ask, putting my hand in the middle.

Knox doesn’t hesitate. “I’m in.”

We wait, both of our eyes shifting to Braxten who still looks scared.

“We got you, Brax,” I promise. “We’d never let anything happen to you.”

He places his beat up hand on ours. “Family. Forever.”

***

That day we made a pact and became more than friends.

We became brothers.

For the next year we lied, stole and did whatever necessary to survive. Until our travels brought us to the Mississippi Delta. There we hid out on a farmer’s land, seeking shelter on a rainy night. The owner was a lone man named Thatcher Creed. He was the first adult to ever show us any kindness. Instead of calling the police when he found us, he took us in and raised us as his own.

Thatcher Creed gave us something we’d never had but always longed for.

A real family.

 

 

 

 

72 Comments

  1. Kamya Vyas

    I just completed reading Justice and I am speechless!!! Godd! K.C u r amazing! And I can’t even describe how ur writing and description makes my heart flutter ! Can’t wait for ur other books dear💓

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  2. Hailey

    I am so in love with this book. Knox is like Cade. Justice is like Jackson. And Braxton if like sawyer. I cannot wait for this series💗💗💗

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  3. Hailey

    I just read this book and it’s FUCKING AWESOME !!!!😩😩😩😩 everybook is so addicting I cannot wait till Braxton’s story ughhh 💗💗💗💗💗

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  4. Jessica

    I think I commented already…but I love these creed brothers already! I can’t wait to see what you got in your pretty head kc lynn I’m too excited!

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  5. jackie woodland

    OMG can’t wait to read…

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  6. Lisa Casey

    Omg OMG love this book… I cannot wait to read it xx

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  7. Judy Satur

    💞🎉Amazing ! I’m hooked..❤

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  8. Jess

    Oh wow! I just cannot wait for this series! This sneak peak was just wanted need I am loving it as usual kc lynn!

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  9. france

    Awww excitement is what i feels right now.im sure its gonna be another fantastic book from K C..👏👏👏👏👏😍😍😍

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  10. Fran

    Oh my god. I can’t wait. My heart was racing just reading that.

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  11. Juli

    Can’t wait!! As usual you rock!! So excited!! ❤😊

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  12. Angela

    I absolutely love your writing. I buy anything you publish!!! Can’t wait for the Creed Brothers!!! 💙💙💙

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  13. Anonymous

    Always a genius..! Can’t wait 💓

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  14. hailey

    Will this book be like unlawful justice ? And will these books come after the ones that are already on “what’s to come” ? And omg I loveeee itttt 💜💜💜 you have the best books EVER ! Forever my favorite author !!! 💗 And do you have any release dates yet ?

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    • authorkclynn

      Hi Hailey,

      No this story won’t be like Unlawful Justice except maybe for an odd instance here and there.No release date yet for Justice. My plan is by the end of the year. I just released Fighting with Honor, a Men of Honor Novella, a few days ago. Then I have my Rom Com coming out this summer. THEN it will be Justice’s turn. 😉

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  15. Tracey

    Look forward to reading this series x this little taster has me wanting to read more

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  16. Leslie

    Amazing. That’s what you are. <3

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  17. Kia

    Wow. This sounds great. Cannot wait for the release x

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  18. Kia

    Wow. This sounds great. Cannot wait for thw release x

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  19. hailey

    Will this book be like unlawful justice ? And will these books come after the ones that are already on “what’s to come” ? And omg I loveeee itttt 💜💜💜 you have the best books EVER ! Forever my favorite author !!! 💗

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    • authorkclynn

      Hi Hailey, race does play a very small factor in this but no, this story and series is nothing like Unlawful Justice.

      The first book will come out this fall. ❤️

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      • hailey

        Omggg thank you and will the other books on “what’s to come” will they come out before this one or is it yet to be determined ? I cannot wait for these books I’m literally checking this site everyday 😂 Your the best !!! 💗💗💗

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  20. Ingrid Paiz

    Excuse my language…..
    HOLLY SHIT! Am hook I can’t wait!
    I wanted to cry for the boys!!!

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  21. Carmen

    WOW….ANOTHER GREAT BOOK FROM YOU …..CAN’T WAIT! YOU SERIOUSLY ARE A WORD SMITH BECAUSE EVERYTHING YOU WRITE IS ASBOFUCKINTUTLY FABULOUS LOL!!

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  22. Barbara

    OMG I can’t wait for this series. I so enjoyed MOH.

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  23. Theresa

    OMG I need this one now… Looks like another amazing series. WOW cannot wait for this

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  24. Anonymous

    Wow! I’m in tears with just the prologue! I can’t wait! Thank you for sharing this with us 😊

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  25. Candice

    Wow….what a prologue….can’t wait to read this series. I can see how the Creed men are going to steal our hearts😍😍

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  26. Natasha Mahadeo

    My heart just broke for Brax. I can’t wait to get to know all these boys. Knox is still my favourite….

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  27. Anonymous

    This is going to be an amazing series. Cant wait 😀

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  28. Maria Cruz

    Oh my gawd! These boys…. just stole my heart. Can’t wait to read.

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  29. Crystal Kerns

    OMG!! I can’t wait!!

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  30. Jen Raftery Ritter

    🙈😭💙 My heart. I’m already in love!!! Can’t wait for these stories and this bond of brotherhood that is sure to be EPIC!!! KC, just adore you! I know these boys and Thacher will have my heart!! #KCLynnFangirlForLIFE

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  31. Jennifer Beckwith

    OMG!! I love it!! Especially since it is set around the Mississippi Delta!! Mississippi girl here!! Can’t wait to read!! Awesome as always!!

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  32. Melissa McCarty

    OMG, I cant wait !!!!

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  33. Anne Marie

    Omg!!! I cannot wait for these books! You never disappoint!!

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  34. Anonymous

    Creed brothers, I don’t know what to say Kc Lynn works wonders .I can not wait, got a feeling these brothers are going to be a force not to be reckoned with.

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  35. Louise cooper

    I want them now!!!! so can’t to read these books 💋❤️❤️❤️

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  36. Heather silkowski

    Wow 😍😍 I’m in love with all 3 of them already. I can’t wait for these books xx

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  37. Elaine Ozuna

    I’m so ready for the Creed brothers!!! KC I can not wait for their stories!!!😍😍😍

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  38. Karen

    Fuck yeah i think these guys are going to pull on out hearts strings .. 🖒💙💙

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  39. Karua

    I am sure this is going to be as heart melting to me as the MOH KC!!! This prologue really does leave me in anticipation of these brothers’ story, and therefore I so cannot wait!!!! ❤️💙❤️
    Pls dont wake me up till its release-day 🙄😭

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  40. Cheri

    You know it’s good,when it brings tears to your eyes and it’s only the prologue….

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  41. Jessica

    This is going to be amazing! Can’t wait to read it!

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  42. Effie Tsapogias

    OMG…..when will this becready for us to read, KC you have done it again

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  43. Brenda Travers

    OMG, this sounds so good. I can’t wait to meet the Creed Brothers. ❤️I can already tell this book will get you right in the feels.

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  44. Maribel Ferrer

    Oh my goodness!!! I have tears in my eyes already. I can’t wait!!!

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  45. Yolanda

    I can’t wait to read this books..

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  46. Kimberly Sparks

    OMG. This sounds amazing

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  47. Perla Hurtado

    OMG !! Increíble … thank you !!

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  48. Anonymous

    Wow!! I’m so exited, this is amazing!!!

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  49. Analia Almonte

    Omg can’t wait for read it!!!! Patiently waiting 😑😑😑😑😑

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  50. Sharon

    Heart pounding in my chest, can’t wait to meet these men

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  51. Sharon

    Heart pounding, can’t wait to meet these brothers

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  52. Tara Smith

    Oh my! Tears in my eyes girl. I can’t wait for these guys and their stories.

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    • Sharon Barksdale

      Heart pounding in my chest, can’t wait to meet these men.

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  53. Tami

    Wow this is going be awesome!

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  54. Ashley

    Omg!! Just when I think I could not love another series more you give us the Creed brother!!

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  55. Mirna

    Gimme, gimme, gimme!! Can’t wait!

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  56. Jamila

    I can’t freaking wait for this!!!! Fall is too far away😱❤️

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  57. Anonymous

    OMG!!! I can’t wait!!!😍😍

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  58. Suzanne Bolton

    Awww, can you say goosebumps 😘😍📕
    I want this book now please 😍

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  59. Leeann Jardine

    Sounds like another fantastic series!! Have read every book KC has written and love each and every one!! Can’t wait!!

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  60. Myra

    Wow?! Wow.. I’m on pins and needles, their leading ladies are in for it..just wow?!

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  61. Bunny Frye

    Omg! Now I really can’t wait to read them!

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  62. Ashina

    OMG i cant wait 😀

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  63. Anonymous

    Oh my heart!! These boys – LOVE THEM ALREADY

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  64. Denise

    Oh the feels!!!!

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  65. Lisa Marie

    Oh wow… what a beginning. . I think we are gonna LOVE these boys… so glad it’s coming this year!!!

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  66. Jennifer

    I Can’t Wait!!!😍😍 But my heart is broken a little from reading!😢 Sounds so good💜💜💜 You are amazing hun!!!

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  67. Tasha

    So can’t wait for this series kc Lynn you are a writing machine lol 😗

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  68. Layla

    WOW!!!! I already have goosebumps reading this prologue!!! I have no doubt this is going to be one hell of an amazing series!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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