|You Can't Understand
Author: avidreader127 PM
When Bay suddenly loses her hearing, her whole world is turned upside down. Emmett wants to help, but will Bay let him? Was supposed to be a oneshot, but after some persuading, it is now multichapters and a WIP.Rated: Fiction T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Bay K. & Emmett B. - Chapters: 9 - Words: 10,952 - Reviews: 52 - Favs: 76 - Follows: 108 - Updated: 08-03-12 - Published: 10-21-11 - id: 7483227
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Author's note: I suck, sorry this took so long. Haven't had much time to write.
Disclaimer: I don't own Switched at Birth.
It was strange how little she saw Daphne. Daphne who was still living in the Kennish's guest house. Daphne who went to Buckner for cooking classes. Daphne who was the star of the basketball team. Daphne who she was switched at birth with. Seemed a little weird, now that Daphne had both families and Bay had neither. But that was Bay's choice.
They hung out with different crowds. Bay was more into artsy things, while Daphne was into sports. They were on completely different paths. They most likely would never have met if it weren't for one mistake. A mistake that changed their lives. But maybe that was how it was supposed to work.
It was like any normal day; Bay, Emmett, and Maddie were sitting outside eating lunch. One difference though, Bay spotted Daphne walking by. Emmett and Daphne were hanging out a lot less than they used to. He'd chosen Bay, but it wasn't really one of those things where he had to pick a side, anyway. He just did.
Daphne usually had the other lunch hour, but for some reason she was here now.
It wasn't anything though. Daphne almost didn't see them, and when she did, they exchanged waves, and that was it.
You'd expect seeing your sort-of-sister for the first time in weeks; it'd be a bit more dramatic.
But that's really all there was to it.
The next few days, Bay couldn't get Daphne out of her head. She's been managing to just sort of forget she existed for awhile. It was simpler than she'd thought. At first, she thought maybe they'd have a class or two together, going to the same school and all, but that didn't happen. And forgetting just made everything feel easier. Like she wasn't just totally abandoning her family. It wasn't their fault. They'd tried. They really had. But Bay just hadn't felt herself there. They didn't know how to act around her all the time, and she didn't do anything to make it any less difficult.
I'm moving out. Bay signed, simply. No build up, no dramatic speech. Nothing.
What? Her mom signed. Do you really mean this?...Where are you going?
Her mom had been the only one to say anything. Everyone else was still.
I'm moving into Emmett's. There was no use trying to hide it. They'd find out anyway. And Melody was going to come over later that day and help explain.
You can't. John spoke up. You are seventeen. You are not living with your boyfriend.
I can do what I want! Bay noticed the neither Daphne nor Regina had butted in since the start of this. Same with Toby. They just watched. Daphne had accepted her relationship with Emmett. Her sudden realization that she liked him hadn't lasted long, and she'd moved on. No hard feelings between them. I'm not a child anymore. I don't have to listen to you. I'll do what I want. Maybe she's taken it a bit too far.
As long as you live in this house, you do. Her dad retaliated.
Haven't you noticed that I haven't really been living in this house recently? Huh, I've been staying in my garage. On that note, Bay stormed out, and back into her safe haven. She locked the door and dove into a new painting. Almost missing a text from Emmett, saying he's on his way over, if she hadn't left her phone in her pocket.
Taking a deep breath, Bay set her paint brush down and sunk into one of the chairs. When she closed her eyes, she wasn't worried about falling asleep and missing Emmett. He had a key to get in. Maybe when she woke up, this all would have been a bad dream.
Her phone buzzed, once more, before she drifted off. A text from Daphne that read, JUST SO YOU KNOW, I NOTICED. That was it. Bay deleted the text without a thought.
Bay regretted ignoring Daphne's text now. It was a stupid thing to do at the time, but she was upset.
She composed a quick text.
ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING?
I WAS JUST WONDERING…
MAYBE SOMETIME WE COULD…
This shouldn't be that hard. It was just a text. In the end, Bay just sent the one word. It didn't make any sense, but she had a feeling to do it now. Maybe it meant that it was time to stop hiding.
Daphne was more than a bit surprised when she saw she had a new text message from Bay. Even more surprised when it only contained one word.
Was Bay finally reaching out to her? She knew she could have done more when it first happened. But, at the time, Daphne thought it was better to give Bay space. Give her time to adjust.
She could have tried harder to stay in contact after Bay moved out. Maybe say hello to her at school. But she'd been busy, juggling school work and basket ball. There was also the possibility that Bay would want nothing to do with her.
Hesitantly, Daphne hit reply.
Daphne: WHAT'S UP? IT WAS NICE SEEING YOU EARILER THIS WEEK. :)
While waiting to see if Bay would reply, Daphne got out her books and got ready to start on that day's homework.
After a few minutes, she felt her phone vibrating in her pocket. It turned out to be her mom, not Bay, though. Telling her she'd be home late, and she was sorry.
Disappointed, Daphne went back to focusing and taking notes for History. She missed when her phone vibrated a second time. It wasn't until much later that night that, when she was going to put it on the charger, that Daphne notice there was another new message.
Bay: YEAH, IT WAS NICE SEEING YOU ALSO.
Daphne noticed the time it was sent. Nearly three hours ago. She felt really bad. What if Bay thought she was ignoring her?
Daphne: SORRY FOR NOT SEEING YOUR TEXT TILL NOW. TTYL, THOUGH.
She didn't have to wait long this time.
Bay: IT'S OK. AND YEAH, TTYL. :D
Since then, Bay had exchanged multiples texts with Daphne daily. She slowly learned how her family had been after she moved out. Daphne told her news of Toby and Wilke, and how they'd gotten a few more gigs (Emmett had left the band awhile ago). She learned that Regina had gone out on a few dates. It had hurt when Angelo first left, but Bay was over it now. Well, not "over it". More like, she just wished she'd never found out about him, so then she wouldn't feel disappointed that he left. But she was happy that Regina was done waiting for him. A lot of time had passed since they'd been together, so it was good that she was getting out.
One morning, Bay got to school early. There wasn't a reason, except that Emmett had a dentist appointment; so Bay caught a ride with Melody. And, since she was a teacher, well, guidance counselor, that meant arriving early.
Daphne, for some reason, was there also. She saw Bay and waved her over.
Hey. What are you doing here so early? Daphne asked.
Melody drove me. Bay replied, slightly nervous. Daphne had still known Melody much longer than she had, and she didn't want this to be awkward.
Daphne just nodded.
So, why are you here? Bay asked.
Neither of them really knew what to say. What was there to say?
Finally, Daphne spoke up, I've missed seeing you. Before Bay would respond, Daphne continued, I know that we talk a lot now, but it's not the same as when we were living together. Well, close to together. Life at the Kennish house isn't the same without you.
Bay didn't know what Daphne wanted to hear. She wasn't going to move back. She couldn't say that she would either. So, instead, all Bay signed was, I know. Even if she really didn't.
They saw each other in passing more during school after that.
Turns out, Daphne had been avoiding Bay. Taking slightly longer routes to classes and hanging out with her sports friends more.
Afterschool, they spent more time together. Daphne got back into her habit of hanging out at Emmett's.
It's one of these afternoons, that find Bay and Emmett curled up together on the floor with books open in front of them. And Maddie and Daphne sitting in chairs across from them.
When Bay thought they weren't paying attention, she would sneak kisses with Emmett. Before she knew it, none of them were getting any studying done. There was only so long they could look at boring school books.
Melody got home and started dinner, asking if they were planning on staying.
Sorry, Mrs. Bledsoe, my mom's expecting me home. Maddie signed, I should really get going. Bye.
Daphne? Melody asked.
She hesitated, but then agreed.
The dinner was awkward, to say the least. Melody kept trying to make conversation, but the tree teenagers weren't talking. It was one thing to see each other at school, but a completely different thing to have dinner together, and pretend like everything is the way it used to be.
Still, by the end of the night, it did feel normal.
Author's note: Please, please review. Also I think there are only going to be a couple more chapters.
Text messages are in caps. Sorry that it looks annoying. But it was the best way I could think of. Also, sorry for the bit of "text speak", but it seems more natural, and I always read it in my head as "talk to you later" anyway.
Yes I realize these last two chapters haven't been very Bemmett centric, but it needed to happen.
Another thing, as you probably know by now, this isn't canon.
Also, next chapter will probably take awhile. It's something I've had in my head since I decided to continue this story.