|No Longer Alone
Author: LuxUmbra2012 PM
70 days since my last update period. So sorry. Here's CH. 4Rated: Fiction T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 4 - Words: 32,826 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 01-25-13 - Published: 11-27-11 - id: 7587118
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I honestly don't know what just happened. I don't know whether all the bad things in life for me just vanished or took a vacation, but either way, I'm truly happy to be around Aeris. It's only been a week, not counting last Friday, and I'm already in much better spirits than I ever have been before. She's nice to me, granted she doesn't know much about me yet (according to everyone else) and, unlike everyone else, she treats me like I'm normal and not a monster or abomination hell bent on destroying everyone's peace of mind.
It's Friday, thank God, and school's nearly over for the day. I already know a few things about her. One: She barely moved here a few days ago when her dad got a job transfer. (Honestly, I thought she was an Army brat, but her dad retired.). Two: She had a major intolerance of anyone who even smarted off to her, which does kind of explain what happened to Lupin. Poor guy, I never saw him so livid after that. (Granted, I liked what she did. That pervert needed to be taught a lesson.). And third, I found out that she was an avid gamer. I could tell she was trying to hide it from me, and getting her to reveal it wasn't the easiest task. But I ultimately tricked her into revealing it. It was kinda of easy, considering her intelligence. Figuring her name, I asked if that was her actual name and she responded that it was her real name. When I asked if she met any sadists with a god complex, she responded that she killed one, probably figuring that I wouldn't guess that I wouldn't refer to Sephiroth. Afterwards, she seemed pretty embarrassed that I found out, and asked me not to tell anyone. I gave my word that I wouldn't, well more my honor as a Leonardo. Which then led to her asking about my family. I didn't really want to answer her about what happened, but luck was on my side as her father showed up and she had to leave, but not without saying, "See ya tomorrow!" to me.
Thankfully, no one was around. After all, she was the kind of person who would get as far ahead of everyone else here. Heh, good luck. Me and Vanessa have been holding the best grades here so far. And speaking of Vanessa, oh man is she pissed at me. Well, more so than usual. She wants to kill me. No, I think she wants me dead and my corpse scattered around the Earth in many pieces. The short version is that she has been trying hard to crush me, but fortunately, hasn't had the time, or I just remind her through my own way that I'm still here. My own way of playing and toying with her. Whether she realizes it or not, people are seeing that I'm not taking this anymore. I don't know whether I'm being brave or stupid. Probably both. But you know what, I like it!
As I was thinking earlier, today's Friday and school has just finished. Good thing summer break is around the bend so I can get to know my new friend more. So, now that everyone's gone, I can sneak over to art class and offer an invitation. I hope she doesn't see it as wrong. I'm not like those other guys, and besides, I'm too decent. I mean really, who would think of me being as low as that bastard rotting in jail? (Vanessa, for starters…).
I made my way to Aeris after everyone else dispersed to the art classroom, hoping to speak to her about my friendly invite. And so far so good. No one has seen me yet, or rather the huge grin etched on my face. I haven't been this eager in a long time. Only one more turn until I make it to the hallway outside, and the hallway is clear. Yes! Thank you, beautiful gorgeous Lady Luck, you must love me! Excitement level reaching critical! I headed for the door, nearly throwing restraint into the wind, until the door opened. Out walked Aeris, and Vanessa, and her group with her laughing! Lady Luck just gave me a troll face.
It was just then that Aeris noticed me and waved me over. She looked happy to see me, so I could take some comfort in the fact that our friendship wasn't ruined yet by Vanessa. Vanessa also turned to me, probably wondering who Aeris was waving to. When she saw me, she looked at me wide-eyed, as though she didn't at all expect me to come. Steeling myself for the eventual beating and emotional torment, I walk over and say timidly, "Hi Aeris."
"Hey Leo.", she said, not noticing that I had shied away from Vanessa," What's up?"
It was at this point that Vanessa butted in, "Not to interrupt, but you actually know this guy?"
Aeris shrugged, "Yeah, we're friends. Why?"
I knew what was coming before it happened. Vanessa nodded her head and said quietly, "Is that so? Excuse me a moment."
Vanessa then turned to me, seethed a moment, then punched me in the face. I blacked out temporarily when I fell to the floor, so I couldn't really hear what was going on. When I became conscious, Vanessa was crouching over me and said, "Well, look who's up. My, my, didn't your whore mother ever tell you to clean up after yourself? Just look at all this blood on your face. How pathetic."
She took out a compact and opened the mirror, revealing my bloody face. Immediately I panicked, and I once again blacked out, but this time there were images. My parents, laying in their bed covered in blood, a Cheshire grin plastered to a homicidal maniac, a horrible knife glistening with fresh blood.
When I woke up again, I was alone in the hall. Everyone probably left and I was guessing that the janitor wasn't on rounds yet. Then I noticed something. Aeris, who I thought was my friend, left me here. She let Vanessa hurt me. She didn't defend me.
She left me.
She left me.
She left me.
She left me!
I... feel cold.
There's a voice in my head.
Softly, sadly, but it drew me closer. I could make out the words to what the voice was singing, "Get them... make them pay... make them suffer... Rend them to pieces… Kill them… Kill the traitor."
It was a nice little melody that made me feel good, but in a way I didn't like at first, but that song… And then, I start singing it too.
There was that horrible energy again... It was even stronger than before... I could hear the sound of forced laughter coming from the entrance to the school as I saw Vanessa and her posse walk out, apparently in good cheer. Well, all except that new pink cat-girl, Aerith, I think. Eh... Who cares? In any case, she looked angry as hell. My guess is she probably found out exactly what Vanessa really is. And I also guess that she made the decision to tag along with her in order to prevent the same thing from happening to her.
Now where was I? Oh yeah! That horrible energy again. I recognize that power anywhere... It's the same power I felt all those years ago when I still lived with my parents. Although, this one was... there wasn't any evil. Just … sorrow. But it was far more than anything I've ever felt, almost more than Pantsman, that comedic do-good-er. I don't know why I can sense them, but I can, and I never questioned it further after that. But I guess it started back when I still lived with the stars of 16 and Pregnant, i.e. my parents. I wasn't all that miserable as a child, because I still had a small light within the dark hell I lived in. A friend. Before I turned seven and ratted my so called parents out to the authorities, I had a friend. He was like a brother to me, his own innocence trying to reclaim mine from the void that was the hell I lived in. His name was Tuck, Tuck Stansky. He was a great guy with unusual powers; yeah I said powers, just like Pantsman and whoever is giving off that power inside the school.
Tuck and I met as 5 year olds attending kindergarten. We were next door neighbors and yet I really didn't care much about anything or anyone, my anger focused purely on mom and dad, but he was, as I said, totally innocent, enough to sicken me at first but warm my heart as time passed between us in kindergarten. He even showed me his powers once when I stayed over with him one night. Creating a small yellow orb of concentrated energy from his fingertips and letting it float away from his hands and glide around the room. I dropped my jaw in absolute shock when I saw this, wondering how Tuck was able to do the same things I saw on Japanese shows; preferably my favorite show, Dragon Ball Z.
He was even able to control where it went, as he demonstrated this by letting it softly glide towards me. He told me it could do the same things that Pantsman's could do, making me realize that this tiny orb of concentrated power could, well, kill me in a manner I'd rather not describe right now. But it didn't do what I feared. No, the sphere softly landed in my hands. And it was so warm to the touch. I liked it. I wondered how he could have done such a thing. Truthfully, at the time, I lost my sense of cognitive thought. The warmth just became everything. I felt happy. Happy… Heh, that was a first.
It was like this for a while. Our secret meetings, the light in my hands, Tuck's smile slowly bringing back my heart, the growing friendship I developed with this pure-hearted child. I liked this for the longest time. That is, until that bastard cop killed him. Yep, that's right. Mr. "OH MAH GAWD!" killed an innocent 6 year old child, and was praised for it. You see, people who don't have power will want the power and if they can't have power then they will try to manipulate the one with power. And who better to manipulate a 6 year old boy than the boy's own poor as hell parents.
Now you know why I seem so dark. I've seen the very worst in humanity and live with it daily. No wonder we are looked down on so much by the animals of our world. But I digress. Anyway, Tuck's parents discovered his powers one day, and when they realized that they were the parents of someone who could be invincible like Pantsman, they thought that through their son, they would become invincible as well. I tried to stop them when they took Tuck for a little ride, but my own parents, who found out about Tuck's powers through me, were in on their scheme. At first, I thought Tuck would be home after a while, but when I heard my dad shouting loudly when the TV was on, I snuck inside the living room, and saw another moment that displayed the worst of humanity. Tucker Stansky was being forced into robbing a bank by his parents, who were holding hostages, making threats to kill them if law enforcement intervened in any way.
As the parents gathered the money from the vault, Tuck sat there, crying from what I could see. I could tell instantly that this was the worst thing he ever could've done in his life. Only shortly after, they wanted to prove the credibility of their threats. And how did they do that? They forced Tuck into destroying several law enforcement vehicles with his powers. With every car he destroyed, he kept sobbing on how sorry he was. I was stunned. "We're gonna be rich! Finally, raising this little bastard will be Easy Street!", my parents celebrated.
"Pantsman…please stop this… Please…" I prayed that this event would stop and Tuck could still be my friend, but that darker and smarter part of me knew that there was no way in unholy Hell that Tuck would come back, dead or alive. I just never thought what would happen next.
Pantsman really did arrive to settle the conflict, but before he could do anything, a gunshot went off. When the camera panned back to Tuck, there was a small hole in his head and he fell down on his back. I knew what that meant. I played my dad's violent video games as an outlet for my anger, so I knew he was dead. That bastard, Schwartzen-Cop. He killed my best friend and even though he was hated at first, the people of the city were grateful for him in stopping the Stansky's, even if it meant killing a 6 year-old. The fame for the televised murder is what gave him that egotistical attitude, that nothing and nobody could hurt him now since he killed a META-carrier. A META-carrier who was only six years old. My best friend...
Tuck, that innocent little boy, was gone, leaving me in the darkness yet again. But even though the shadow claimed me again, I would forever resist the evils of the worst of humanity, even though it was all I ever had known back then. I guess that's when I finally had enough since only a few weeks later, I turned my own parents in for their involvement with the robbery.
As I stood there, recollecting on the past, the pink girl suddenly came back to the school gates. She stopped in front of me, panting, before lifting her head and gasping, "Have you… seen Leo?"
Leo? Wait a minute... If he's still inside, and if the power is coming from inside... Holy crap, it's Leo!
"Yeah, he's inside. But… you should be careful. I don't know what he might do next now that-", I stopped when I saw that she had ran inside the building, ignoring my warning altogether.
It all made sense. The power rising after the girls left. Vanessa must've attacked Leo again, and I know he has been trying hard to be friends with the girl now. Watching events go by is something I do. Vanessa must've dragged her away from him. No wonder she looked so livid as they left the school. But right now… I just hope poor Leo doesn't do anything he might regret, because his power right now… it's getting pretty damn close to Pantsman's level, and that's definitely not a good sign.
I stood there, shocked at what had just happened. Vanessa was standing over Leo, having punched him in the face for no reason whatsoever. Her eyes betrayed a hateful glare in his direction, and after a good ten seconds, she spat at him, turned towards me, smiled, and came back. I was more than a little confused and angry at this point, "Just what the Hell was that!"
Vanessa motioned her head toward Leo, "What, about him. Trust me, you'll be thankful later."
My fists clenched, and I could feel my claws digging into my palms. I was trying to keep calm and not do anything too rash as I said, "And why exactly is it that I should be thankful to you?"
Vanessa scoffed, "C'mon. It's Leo. You know, Leo?"
One of Vanessa's group interrupted, "Actually Vanessa, she's new here"
Vanessa snapped her fingers, "Oh yeah, you were telling me that. I'm sorry, I should've explained."
She walked over to the still unconscious Leo, picked him up by the scruff of his neck and said, "Aeris, this is Toronto's resident freak, Leo Leonardo the Third. I'm sure you've met him already?"
I nodded stiffly. Vanessa than breathed what sounded like the sigh of a relief, "Well, it's a good thing I caught him trying to lure you away from me so that he could..." she shuddered, "Do things to you."
I eyed her with confusion, not buying a single word she was saying. I then asked, as much as I didn't want to, "What's wrong with him?"
"Well, first of all he-", She was cut off when we all heard Leo stirring from his knockout. She held up her hand as an indication to stop talking, and once more walked over to Leo. With an evil smile, she crouched over him. As his eyes cracked open, she said, "Well, look who's up. My, my, didn't your whore mother ever tell you to clean up after yourself? Just look at all this blood on your face. How pathetic."
She then pulled out a compact and opened it, shoving the mirror in Leo's face, which for some reason made him start screaming. As he wrenched his eyes shut and squirmed under that literal and figurative bitch, I couldn't help but think back to Will. How I didn't do anything. Not this time. This time, I fight back. But before I could even put one foot out, the other girls in Vanessa's gang grabbed hold of me, holding me back from helping my friend.
I struggled as best as I could, and I was about to break free when a voice next to me pleaded, "Please, just stop!"
So I did, and with a scowl I turned my head to my left to see a raccoon girl who I remembered was named Shannon. As I looked at her, I tried to roughly tug my shoulder from another girl's grasp and said, "Why should I!"
She had on a sad look, "Just, please listen to me. We don't want you to end up like him."
I looked back over to Leo, who had fainted once more, and noticed that Vanessa was coming over.
After seeing this too, Shannon said, "Crap! I'll explain later. Don't listen to anything she says!"
So, Shannon and the others let go of me and Vanessa said, "Sorry about that. Now, where was I?"
"You were telling Aeris about why Leo was so bad.", one of the group told her.
Vanessa made a noise of conformation, "Yeah, I was, wasn't I? C'mon, walk with us, I'll tell you everything you need to know about this here freak."
I did as I was told, and started walking with the others. As I did Vanessa started telling me horrible things about Leo. She told me how he was the illegitimate son of a British immigrant and an American crack whore. That they had both overdosed on morphine while he was a young boy, leaving him in the care of his perverted "Uncle". That Leo turned out no better than his parents, taking drugs, peeping into girl's locker rooms, going out of his way to cause trouble for others for his own sick pleasure.
"And that was when I knew enough was enough.", she told me as we walked down the sidewalk, "I knew that I had to keep that little shit in line. And I've been doing a pretty good job with that, haven't I girls?" I didn't believe a damn word she said. None of this shit made sense! "So, he does that?" I lied as best as I could without betraying my anger. "Gorgeous, great intelligence, and way too naive... You're just like my cousin, Aeris..." Vanessa responded.
All of the others gave off laughter that made me sick to my stomach. I turned around to glare at them, but I saw another one of them looking at me with sad eyes and shaking her head no. Then, others did the same. Deep down, I was relieved that they were all as sickened as I was by this, although that relieved feeling left when I heard Vanessa start up again, "And I've been doing all I could to keep him in check for the past decade or so. I tell ya, it's hard to wash all of this blood off my fur. Just wish that he would off himself already."
Her last sentence made me scowl at the ground. To say that I was pissed was an understatement. Here I was, hoping to get away from everything that happened in Ottawa, but now here I am, back at square fucking one!
I was gritting my teeth as we kept walking, and finally I had enough of what Vanessa had to say. Trying to make my voice sound as pleasant as possible despite my extreme anger, I said, "Hey, Vanessa?"
She stopped and turned around, "Yeah?"
"I just realized that I overshot my house.", I lied.
"Oh. Sorry." Vanessa apologized, "My story must have been really engrossing if you missed your house."
"Yes it was.", I was lied through my teeth. Literally, I was grinding my teeth while I was lying so that I would keep myself calm.
Vanessa didn't seem to notice this however, and told me, "Well, sorry again. I'll be seeing you then."
I smiled and nodded, tensing my right arm. Turning around and walking away, I looked over my shoulder to see if the group had left. They did. I then started to run to the school, run as fast as I possibly could to my friend. My anger was fueling me; everything Vanessa had said played and replayed in my mind. There was no possible way any of that was true, and every time I thought about what she did say, I felt like punching something.
After reaching the school, I stood at the gates and panted, trying to get oxygen into my lungs. I looked up again to see that I was standing next to a black human wearing a short sleeve red dress shirt and blue jeans that looked a little too big for him. He was sitting at the gate, looking curiously at me, eyebrow raised. Hoping that he could help me, I ask between pants," Have you... seen Leo?"
As soon as he said, "Yeah, he's inside. But-", I took off without another word from the guy.
I retraced my steps back to the hallway where my last class was, and my heart dropped at the sight. Leo was still on the floor, a little blood having smeared around his head. I strode over to him, hoping that I could help him up or at least regain consciousness. But... why does everything feel so cold all of a sudden? As I got closer, I thought that I could hear him whispering something that I couldn't really understand. Well, at least I know that he's awake. He's probably singing to himself to avoid getting knocked out and going into a coma.
When I got to Leo, I kneel down next to him, and said, "I'm so sorry about that Leo. I'm here now."
Although, he just seemed to ignore me. All he did was keep on whispering. I put a hand on his side, "Uh, Leo? Are you okay?"
After mentally slapping myself for asking such a stupid question, I noticed that Leo was still ignoring me. All he kept doing was mumble to himself. Getting a little curious as to what he was saying, I leaned in closer. I was more than a little disturbed when I heard that he was repeating, "Make them suffer... make them pay... Traitor…"over and over again. What the hell? Was he singing those words? Leaning back a little, I make one more attempt to get his attention by saying, "Hey, Leo. It's me. Remember? Aeris?"
That actually seemed to do something. He stopped mumbling for one thing, which I thankful for. That whispering was really starting to scare me a little. I then heard him croak, "Aeris?"
I nodded, "Yeah, it's me."
"You betrayed me, Aeris." he accused in a harsh voice, "You betrayed me and left me."
I was shocked to hear him say that, "That's not true! If it were, than why did I come back?"
"You still left me.", he told me as he sat up, "And you must suffer the consequences."
He turned around to look at me, and I gasped. His eyes had taken on a soulless look. What the Hell had happened with Leo? Before I could actually ask him that though, he lunged, picked me up by my neck and backed me into the nearby wall. My feet weren't even touching the floor. HOW THE HELL DID HE DO THAT!
I was terrified. I saw Leo as a second Will shortly after what Vanessa did to him, but now… with him holding me against the wall, lifting me off of the floor, all with a single paw, I had every reason to be afraid of him, and I didn't know what to even see him as anymore. I knew he was angry at Vanessa, but that near-soulless look in his eyes told me that whoever was close by, he would release his hate upon. And it just so happened I was the unfortunate person that was nearby him. I did have a few questions though, even as I struggled to break free from his grip. How was he this strong all of a sudden and why did he suddenly lose it just now? Judging from what Vanessa said and the malice within both of their voices, they must have some sort of intense hatred for each other. That much was obvious.
But, back to here and now. Here I am, being choked by a guy I had been around for a week, hardly knew about personally, and probably has the most fucked up life ever, now turned into a savage and near-mindless monster. I didn't understand. Why me? Why me, again?
I had to get loose from him. Whether he realized it or not, he was slowly choking me to death, and I did NOT want to meet my end here. I yelled at him to let me go. He responded with a savage and primal roar that deafened the hallways and snarled at me. His eyes…did…did they flash a different color just now?
"Goddammit, let… GO!", I screamed at him.
It earned a stunned reaction from him as his grip lessened. Using the opportunity, I grabbed the arm that held me, and twisted the skin and fur in opposite directions, a small torture prank I pull on Vincent from time to time called 'the burrito'. Leo hissed and dropped me fully. I stepped on his foot as hard as I could, knowing full well it wouldn't do much to him, but the next blow certainly did its job at bringing him to his knees as I slammed my right knee into his crotch. This was the same tactic I pulled on Eric Jacobs back at Ottawa, and I was hoping never to do it again… Was dad right?
The impact to Leo's nads seemed to work rather well. His eyes had teared up a little, and it seemed that he had a little trouble walking. Although, horrifyingly enough, he just seemed to shake it off after a few seconds. What the hell was this! He then came at me once more with a roar, paw raised and claws out. I wanted to run, I really did, but for some reason I couldn't. I was rooted to the spot, and all I could do was wrench my eyes shut, waiting for the claws to come down. But, they never did. I opened my eye a little and saw that his claws were only a few centimeters from my face. Looking at his face, he was blinking, eyes returning to normal, a few times and said in a small voice, "A-Aeris?"
His voice was cracking as he still held his position, claws barely scratching my throat. Without warning he pulled back his hand and began to whimper while putting his head down. Something told me this was the first time he ever truly let loose his rage. I guess I was just too close when it finally happened. After all, I've seen others suppress their anger for god knows how long until, one day,' boom'. Oh, and I've done it before too, granted that poor sap had the worst ass kicking a pissed off girl like me could provide. But how long was he holding back that kind of anger?
He looked up, straight back at my face. His eyes were tearing a little as he said, "I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to-"
I held up my paw, "Save it."
"But Aeris, I-"
"Listen to me.", I interrupted, "I can see you regret what happened and I'm willing to let this slide under one condition."
"What?", he asked, slightly curious.
I sighed. I knew he wasn't gonna like my condition, "What happened to your parents? I… have to know the truth."
He seemed taken aback. He then asked me in a odd combination of confused and slightly sad, "Why? Why do you want to know?"
"Because, that monster told me horrible things about you and I refuse to believe a single word she speaks ever again after today.", I told him truthfully.
I could practically feel the sadness and fear as he thought over what to do. I sighed, "Look, if you don't want to tell me, I understand. I'll just-"
"No.", he interrupted me, "You're my friend Aeris. You deserve to know."
He walked down the hall and motioned for me to follow. So I did. He lead me out into the courtyard and sat down on a bench. He indicated the spot next to him and I took it. As I did, he looked ahead and sighed," Okay, here goes. It was 13 years ago at Christmas time."
So, I told her everything. Starting from Christmas all those years ago, I told her about how their killer got life instead of the death penalty, my uncle raising me, my many long years of school, Vanessa. I spilled my guts out to her. Occasionally, she would interrupt and ask questions, like what my parents were like, my uncle, how I withstood Vanessa's attacks. Although, she did thankfully stay quiet as I told her about the murder. Heh, don't really blame her, she needs her sleep after all.
After I finished, I honestly felt... I don't really know how to describe it. I just felt... good. Like my stomach had started loosening up after all these years. I looked up at the sky with a neutral look, and took a extremely deep breath. After doing this, I looked over to Aeris, who also seemed to have a neutral look on. Se was probably still taking all that I had to say in. There is only so much that a person can take after all.
After a while of just sitting on the bench, Aeris spoke, "I'm sorry."
"About what, my life?", I asked.
She nodded, "No one should have to go through that."
I leaned forward and looked at the ground, "Nothing anyone can do about it."
"But still.", she protested, "From what you told me, you didn't deserve any of that. You don't deserve any of this."
I smiled a little, "I'm glad to hear that. I don't really think that many other people share that opinion though."
She her paw on my back, "At least you know that it's my opinion."
I faced her, smiling, "Yeah, I guess."
After that, we just sat at the bench, doing nothing. I just looked ahead, and Aeris did the same. It wasn't really an awkward silence, just silence. Eventually, Aeris stood up and said, "Well, I have to go. My dad is probably worried about me right now."
I nodded. She pulled out her phone, but as soon as she started dialing, I said, "Wait a second."
She looked at me, "Yeah?"
Suddenly, I felt uncomfortable. However, I bolstered my courage and said, "Would you mind coming over to my place?"
She gave me an odd look. Suddenly, I realized why, "Not that way though! I know you like to game, and I'm an avid gamer myself, and I have a lot of games, so I just thought I would ask."
Her apprehensive look then turned to one of amusement, "Alright, sounds harmless enough. Let me just tell my dad."
I nodded and she went back to dialing. When she finished she started talking to who I was guessing was her father, "Hey Dad. Yeah, sorry about that, I got a little sidetracked. Yeah, about that, I was wondering if I could go over to a friend's house for a while. Yes, he's a boy. Come on, you taught me too well to even think that would be a possibility. That was one time dad, I told you not to bring that up. Look, I've known him ever since I got here, and he really doesn't seem the type. Yes, he'll have family there. Yeah, I'll be home by 8. Thanks."
With that she hung up the phone and said, "Alright. Lead the way."
And I did. I was leading someone to my own home, and they weren't planning to kill me. This is a miracle. I almost killed her, but here she is, walking home with me. She must be so merciful to forgive me after that! I haven't felt like this in so long. "So what are you good at?" I asked.
Hmm…Well… It's faded. And I can see the two leaving the school, just passing the gates giving some friendly banter. So… Leo gained a friend. I didn't mean to overhear his conversation. I really should stop resting in the tree near the front. I'm surprised Leo had such a nightmarish history and I can see why he temporarily released his power. He makes me a little nervous, because that strength was insane, and I fear what would happen should his sanity and morality reach the breaking point. But despite all of that, he gained a friend. Jumping down from the tree I thought to myself of the possibility of gaining friends as well.
Looking at them leave, walking towards the sunset, I smiled. If he, who suffered a darker past than mine, wasn't alone anymore, maybe I can be no longer alone if I try. With that small hope in my head, I headed home, a brighter hope in my eyes. "Tuck, I promised I would go on. I'm gonna keep it, I promise. I know, my old friend, that you're rooting for me from the skies above. I'm gonna fight my destiny and change everything!" I then took off in a sprint, a grin on my face.
Well, people, life whacked me like a dancing banana with a baseball bat. In short, development is proceeding, but submitting the stuff is a different story... I blame Matt.
I find that offensive but me being the mature soul that I am will not. However, I must point out that at least I don't keep my partner's hanging for quite a while, like some other authors I won't mention.
D'oh... Well, I shouldn't really be getting mad at this guy. He's pretty decent in a lot of ways. So, in that case, I'm glad No. 3 is done. Sorry for the wait, so this is LuxUmbra2012 saying, "Ja'ne!" And this is MadManMatt64 saying "Read and Review"