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Las Vegas Or Bust : Chapter 8

Randy took his time getting back up to Dani and his two other friends. He contemplated on how he was supposed to convey this news to them. His mind buzzed with confusion, as the thought about Dani, being Ric's daughter. Dani, the girl he's known since high school, being the daughter of a loan shark? He was surprised, baffled, maybe even a little mad. Mad at the fact that she never told him. But how could she? She was never in any position to do so.

"Dani, who the hell were those people, and why did they take Randy?!" Adam yelled, Randy stopped in his tracks when he heard the Canadian's voice raise behind the closed door of Dani's apartment. He decided to stop and eavesdrop on the heated argument.

"Guys, I don't want to talk about it right now." Dani's voice cracked as sobs escaped her.

"Stop it, Adam, you're getting her upset!" Jeff interjected.

"How the hell do you think I feel Jeff?! My best friend is somewhere with three guys with guns, and we just let him go!" Adam screamed again.

"What the hell were we supposed to do?! We're the ones without the guns! And besides, I'm sure he's fine. He'll be up here soon, and everyone can stop worrying." Jeff said, trying to diffuse the conflict.

Right on cue, Randy came through the door, acting as if he weren't eavesdropping the whole time.

"Randy! What happened?! Are you okay?!" Dani sprang from Jeff's embrace and tackled Randy with one of her own. Her tears began to stain his shirt as she sobbed uncontrollably into the larger man's chest.

Adam and Jeff looked at the two, quirking an eyebrow, wondering why Dani was that happy to see Randy, and why she was hugging him. She almost never hugged him, it was a surprise.

"I'm Alright." Randy said blandly.

She pulled back to verify this, but when her eyes set on the reddish-purple bruise on Randy's cheek her eyes became brimful with tears.

"Oh my god! Randy! Why did my dad do this to you?!" She latched onto him again, her sobs becoming even more dramatic.

"Your dad?!" Jeff and Adam exclaimed in unison, nearly jumping off of the couch they were on.

"Dani, what the hell is your dad doing with a gun?! Why is he looking for Randy?!" Adam shrieked.

"Guys, you better sit down for this one..." Randy said, patting Dani's quivering back in a reassuring manner.


"So your dad would've killed Randy, if it weren't for the fact that you were his friend?" Adam verified, after hearing the half-hour explanation of Dani's father, and his initial motive to kill Randy.

Dani nodded , and let out a very long, and tired sigh, before turning back to Randy, who was now hiding his handsome and bruised face in his hands.

"Randy, I hate to say this but... I'm coming with you." Dani said defiantly, a stern facial expression getting her point across strongly.

"No, Dani-" Randy began to protest.

"We're coming with you too." Jeff added. Adam nodding his head in agreement.

"No. Dani, your dad told me specifically not to bring you, I'm pretty sure he doesn't want me getting any extra help anyway." Randy insisted.

"I don't care Randy, I know my dad, and I know what he's capable of. I don't feel comfortable letting you go on one of my dad's stupid errands alone." Dani whined, choking back any tears that threatened to spill over.

Randy sighed and buried his face into his hands once more.

"Fine, but I'm only taking Dani, you two idiots can stay behind." Randy groaned, directing his statement towards Adam and Jeff.

"My dad would probably target them first if we came back late, we'll have to bring them with us." Dani said quickly, cutting off Adam and Jeff before they opened their mouths to protest.

It was briefly silent as they all expected Randy to speak.

"How are we going to get there? None of us have any legitimate amount of money for plane tickets." Jeff broke the silence.

"We're going to have to drive there..." Dani stated. Everyone looked almost immediately at Adam, the only one of the four that had a car.

"No. Get that stupid idea out of your stupid heads, its not happening." Adam protested, as he got up from the couch in rebuttal.

"Adam! This is a life or death situation! You shouldn't have to even contemplate this!" Dani shouted in response.

"I don't care if we have to sell Jeff to get money for plane tickets! I'm not letting any of you idiots take away the thing I actually cherish in my life!" Adam shouted.

"We're not taking it away, jackass. We need to get to Las Vegas, and fast. I'm not throwing away my chance of living just for your god damned car. Now, I'm going to get those keys to that car, whether you like it or not." Randy threatened, standing up to face Adam.

"No, no, no, no, no!" Dani bellowed, stepping in between the two assertively. "This is not the time for another one of your little fights. Adam, we're taking your car, Randy, stop instigating and Jeff..." She stopped, and stared at the blank-faced cashier, sitting lazily on the couch. "... just... stop... doing stuff." She struggled, trying to find something to correct him on.

Jeff nodded slowly, not quite comprehending the woman before him.

It was silent for a few moments before Jeff spoke again.

"So when do we leave?"

"We've got three days to get from Chicago, to Las Vegas, and back. We're going to need to get as much of a head start as we can." Adam replied.

"Tonight." Dani said, sighing tiredly.

Another period of silence, before they all nodded in agreement.

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