Fear, control or love

CHAPTER 4: Aiden meets the Hunt\'s

said ” I don want the cat. I was just checking something. ” Saying this Dylan turned and left from there.

Aiden was puzzled and stared at the back of the boy. He then went back to his room praying to God he won be punished again.

Dylan went back to the office where his parents were talking to Mrs. Cecilia. He saw a boy of about 15 standing with them.

As soon as Mrs. Hunt saw Dylan, she got up excitedly and said ” Look, we have found a brother for you, his name is Liam. ”

Dylan stares at the boy who was giving him a huge smile. He was standing there as if proud of himself and looked quite confident. Dylan then imagined the weak boy Aiden and he felt he will be easy to control but not this guy standing in front of him.

He told his mom ” I don want this boy as a brother, I want someone else. ”

Mr. Hunt and Mrs. Hunt exchanged a look. Then Mrs. Hunt looks at Mrs. Cecilia and says ” Can you give us a few minutes alone? ”

”Yes Of course Mam ” By saying this Mrs. Cecilia leaves the room with Liam closing the door behind her.

Mrs. Hunt looks around the room to see if there were any cameras. Not finding any she whispers in a low voice to Dylan ” I have checked the records of the boy. He is smart and disciplined and also 15 years old so he can easily help you with your homework and can even do the other work you ask him to do. ”

Dylan shakes his head and says ” No mom, that boy is not suitable for us. He is already 15 years old and will be an adult soon. Do you think I can easily order him around? Moreover, he looked so confident. ”

Mr. Hunt thinks about it and says ” He is right Diana. We won be able to control him and it can be a problem for my political career if he decides to retaliate. I can risk that. ”

Mrs. Hunt huffs and says ” What do we do then? ”

Dylan replies ” I just met a boy Aiden. He is 10 years old and was submissive and obedient. I am sure he will follow my orders without hesitation. ”

”10 years is quite young. How will he be able to help you in your studies? ” asks Mrs. Hunt.

”Don worry about that mom, I will train him ”

”I think the younger the better, we can easily scare him and make him obey us, ” says Mr. Hunt.

”Ok then. We will talk to Mrs. Cecilia about this boy ” says Mrs. Hunt.

”Ok, Mom. You talk to her. I am going to Aiden to check something ” saying this Dylan leaves the room.

Dylan goes to the backyard and starts looking for Aiden again. He then sees Aiden sitting in a room near the window. He went towards the window and saw him engrossed in his books.

”Do you like studying? ” Dylan asks.

Aiden is once again shocked and looks up to see the boy staring at him. He just nods his head in reply to his question.

Dylan takes one of the books and starts looking at it turning the pages. He then keeps the book back and asks Aiden ” How are you in your studies? Whats your score? ”

This was the only thing Aiden was proud about so he was a bit confident. He says ”I am the highest scorer of my class. ”

Dylan seems impressed and asks ” How many years did you live in this orphanage? What about your parents? Are they dead? ”

The confidence which Aiden had a few minutes ago is instantly gone and changed into shame. He looks down shyly and whispers ” I am here for the last 2 years. M…m…my parents are in j…j…jail. ”

Dylan is surprised and asks ” Why? ”

Aiden was so embarrassed he wanted to hide under the table. He didn want to reply so was just avoiding looking at the boy thinking he might just leave him alone. But, little did Aiden know, Dylan was not someone who would care about others feelings.

Dylan insists and Aiden replies reluctantly ” They were arrested. ”

Dylan scoffs ” Thats obvious since they are in jail. I want to know why were they arrested? On what charges? ”

”F…F…For robbery, possession of d…d…drugs and child abuse. ”

” Ahhh… So you are one of those ” says Dylan in a mocking tone.

Aiden felt he was judging him and tries to explain himself ” I…I…I was never involved in those things. I…I am not a… a thief. ”

Aiden was anxious and was contemplating running away from the room but he couldn do that as he was instructed not to leave. So he just stares at his book hiding as much as possible from the strange boy who seemed to not leave him alone.

In normal cases, someone would consider a thousand times before adopting a child of such background but Dylan was nothing but normal. He was rather twisted. By now he had guessed the main reason for Aiden to be so fearful and submissive was because of his parents abuse. Moreover, he must have been embarrassed by his background and everyone would be looking down on him.

Dylan observed the small boy who looked like he wanted to run away. He smirked in triumph and thought he had hit a jackpot. He had found a perfect prey who could be easily manipulated because of his pathetic background and fearful nature. Moreover, this boy was so innocent as he was honest even to a stranger like him. Such innocent fools can be easily influenced. The more he thought about it, the more he felt the situation worked to his advantage. To him, Aiden looked like a clay doll who could be mold in a way he wants. He felt an unknown urge to control this boy. Dylan was an expert in exploiting others weaknesses and the thought of doing that to Aiden filled him with excitement. Now the only thing left was to convince his parents and Dylan knew exactly how to do that. So, he just turns around and leaves.

Aiden hears the footsteps of the boy leaving and feels relieved. He soon closes the window and decides to go rest for a while.

Back at Mrs. Cecilias office, she was shocked to hear the Hunts wanted to adopt Aiden. She was confused about what to do as her impression of Aiden was not at all good. She didn want to reveal that such an undisciplined boy lived in their orphanage as it would show their incapability but on the other hand not telling them seemed even riskier. If they adopt him and he is not to their liking, then they would surely come back and blame her. They might even stop the funding. She decides its better to blame it on the boys previous upbringing.

”Aidens background is not so healthy. His parents were arrested for robbery. They were drug addicts who abused him. So naturally, the boy is undisciplined and we have even got numerous complaints about him stealing from the other kids. I would suggest you should adopt some other child. If you are not happy with Liam, then we can show some other kids. We have a lot of capable and smarts kids here. ”

Hearing about Aidens background, Mr. and Mrs. Hunt feel disgusted. Mrs. Hunt especially despised poor people with low backgrounds. Both of them stared at each other contemplating what to do.

Finally, Mr. Hunt says ” Gives us a day to think over it. We will speak to our son and get back to you. ” He knew his son is quite stubborn and it won be easy to convince him.

Mrs. Cecilia was not happy but she couldn stop them. She gives a forced smile and says they will be waiting to hear back from them.

Mr. and Mrs. Hunt leave the office and meet Dylan as they come out.

Dylan asks ” What happened? Where are you going? ”

Mr. Hunt replies ” We will discuss this later. Lets go home now. ”

Dylan realized by now they must have known about Aiden but he still asks ” What about Aiden? ”

Mrs. Hunt scoffs ” We cannot adopt that disgusting boy. ”

Dylan acts offended ” Why? ”

Mrs. Hunt was about to reply but Mr. Hunt interrupts ” Please, lets leave from here first. ”

They look around at the people staring at them. So they sit in their car and leave.

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