JUSTICE PROLOGUE, CREED BROTHER’S BOOK ONE

JUSTICE

Creed Brothers, Book one

A new series coming out fall/winter 2017

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 fills 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.

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

Jumping from the bed, I pull on my jeans from the day before then my shirt.

Knox and I both move for the door but find it lock.

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

He takes a step back and is about to kick it open but I stop him, my hand going to his 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 from 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.

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 sensitive skin. Ignoring the sting, I walk lightly until I hit grass. Then we bolt, our feet pounding the cool 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 flees from Knox as he pushes himself harder, passing me at lightning speed.

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 but a breathless whisper, my heart pumping double time.

We approach with caution, peeking 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 in 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 send 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 that,” 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 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 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 him straight in the eye. “We can’t go back. Look what almost happened to you. Hobb’s is most likely dead and they aren’t going to believe us. 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 cops 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.

 

 

 

 

66 responses to “JUSTICE PROLOGUE, CREED BROTHER’S BOOK ONE

  1. Layla

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

  2. Jennifer

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

  3. Lisa Marie

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

  4. Leeann Jardine

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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 🙄😭

  7. 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.

  8. 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!!

  9. 🙈😭💙 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

  10. 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😍😍

  11. Carmen

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

  12. 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 !!! 💗

    • 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. ❤️

      • 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 !!! 💗💗💗

  13. 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 ?

    • 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. 😉

  14. Angela

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

  15. france

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

  16. 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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