Ana finds out the truth about Sofia and Todd's relationship, and about her own future.
After a silent dinner during which Todd stroked her knee under the table, and Ana hummed the lullaby in her head so she would feel nothing, Ana went upstairs to use the laptop Todd and Sofia had bought her. She logged in to facebook and saw that she had one friend request. It was Lezzie Lizzie, or rather Lizzie Trusset as she now learned. She accepted the request, and immediately a chat window popped up.
“Hey Ana, are you okay?” Lizzie asked.
“Yes, I am fine now,” Ana typed back.
“Lizzie….” Ana hesitated. Then she typed. “Did you get pregnant when they raped you?”
There was a pause. Then Lizzie wrote. “Yes.”
Ana’s resolve threatened to break.
“What did you do about it?” she asked.
“Well, I’d planned on keeping the baby, but then I miscarried 3 months in.”
“Oh, I’m so sorry.”
“No worries. I think it was a blessing in disguise.”
Ana pondered for a moment. “What should I do?” she typed.
“Hopefully you’re not pregnant.” Lizzie responded.
“Yeah.” There was a pause before she typed again. “Can I ask you something?”
“Sure,” Lizzie replied.
“Um, are you really a lesbian?”
“Yes I am, is that a problem for you?”
Ana thought for a second. “Nope, not a problem at all.”
“Good :) See you on the bus tomorrow.”
Ana logged off the computer and changed into her pajamas. She had just tucked herself into bed when the door opened. She tensed, thinking Todd had come to hurt her, but it was just Sofia.
“Hi Ana, how are you?” she asked.
“I’m okay.” Ana replied.
“Todd said you had a rough day at school. Do you want to talk about it?”
Ana shook her head violently. Sofia looked more concerned, but she didn’t press the issue. She sat down on the side of the bed and stroked Ana’s forehead gently.
“You’re so innocent and pure,” she murmured. “I don’t want anything to ever happen to you, my little Ana. I want you to live a happy, healthy life, the life I never got the chance to live.”
Too late for that, Ana thought. But what did Sofia mean by the life she never got the chance to live? Sofia was hiding something from her.
“Sofia, why did you move to New York?” she asked.
Sofia chewed her lip, unsure how to begin. “Do you remember Uncle Paolo?”
Ana nodded. Uncle Paolo had gone to jail when she was 10. Her mother had told her it was tax evasion.
“Well he was running a teen prostitution ring. And I was his number one best seller. He was going to start using you, Ana, and I couldn’t let that happen. My last client was Todd—he was in La Paz on business—and we decided to turn Paolo in. I was 16. Todd wanted to get married right away and take me back to New York again. At first I was hesitant, but then Paolo’s friends threatened to hurt me so I agreed. We left the next week. I told Mom and Dad that Todd was going to pay for me to go to nursing school and that’s why I was leaving. I thought everything was going to be wonderful now.”
“And isn’t it?” Ana asked.
Sofia shook her head sadly, resting her hand on her pregnant belly. “I don’t even know whose baby this is,” she said quietly. “It’s a miracle that I’ve managed to not get pregnant until now.”
Sofia had told her whole story to Ana, and now Ana decided to confess to her big sister. “Igotrapedtodayatschool,” she choked out.
“What?” Sofia’s jaw dropped. “Was it your first time?” she asked.
“Oh honey, I’m so sorry.” Sofia pulled Ana into a hug.
“What do we do about it?” Ana asked through her tears.
Sofia shook her head. “There’s nothing we can do. We can’t leave, Todd would find us and hurt us. And we can’t tell the police, because then we’d get deported…” Sofia sighed. “I’m so sorry baby. We just have to tough it out.”
Ana noded. “I think I can do that,” she said, thinking of the razor blade. And now she had two people to confide in, Sofia and Lizzie. She felt a little better, but barely. Sofia kissed her on the forehead, and then turned off the light. Ana curled up in bed, wrapping the blanket impossibly tight around her.
She fell asleep only to be awakened about a half hour later by muffled screams from Sofia’s bedroom. She heard Todd growl, “Shut up you pregnant whore, Ana will here you.”
Ana got out of bed and silently tip toed down the hall to where their door was ajar. She peered in and saw Sofia chained to the bed by her wrists and ankles. Todd had his hand over her mouth silencing her screams. His other hand was inside Sofia’s vagina, almost to the wrist.
“Please,” Sofia whispered, “don’t hurt the baby.”
Todd chuckled. “The baby is fine you fat cunt,” he sneered. He began moving his hand in and out. “Anyway, your pussy should be nice and stretched when you give birth.” He removed his hand from her mouth and used it to guide his humongous hard dick into her anus. Once it was inside, he immediately began thrusting, keeping his hand in her vagina. He put his free hand down her throat, making her gag. Tears were streaming out of her eyes as Todd ravaged her. Her body bucked and writhed with pain but she couldn’t get away because she was tied up. Her swollen belly shook with each thrust. Ana could see a large black tattoo on one side, “Property of Todd Williams”. She turned and hurried back to her room, not wanting to witness any more of this.
If Sofia could tolerate this torture and humiliation, she could to. She would be strong for Sofia.