Hey guys! As you saw in my last update, a lot of people have been showing interest in this story. To me, it was a bit odd because I haven't updated this story in at least six years and since this story has been picking up some interest, I'm going to continue on. You'll probably notice that I've changed some things around.
I stood there, frozen, watching Galen walk off. I didn't see any blood, which I was thankful for. The crowd was quiet around me and it seemed like an eternity before anyone did something. The referee blew his whistle and the players got back on the field. As people were turning their attention to the field, I walked down the steps between the rows of seats and finally made it to the bottom. Quiet chattering was heard as the game started up again. Weaving in and out of the people standing near the railing, I finally make it down the last three steps and start walking towards the ambulance. In some ways, I was quite surprised that robots haven't taken over that and it was nice to see actual people doing something. I couldn't help but smile a bit knowing that Galen was alright. I leaned against the bumper and waited till he noticed me.
"Hey." He said as he looked over at him. His arm was covered up. I nodded my head slightly, looking at the bandage.
"What's that about?" He looked away from me for a moment than looked back.
"Nothing to worry about. They think I might have a concussion and I should go to the hospital." I bit my lip in thought for a moment. He changed the subject. Something was wrong with his arm.
"Let me take you. Your parents can meet you there." He shook his head and I frowned. "Wha-" I couldn't finish my sentence when I heard someone come around the side of the ambulance and push me away.
"Honey, are you okay?" A female voice said as I finally regained my footing. I looked at the woman who was standing where I just was. She was every bit as tall as Galen was but in the darkness, it was hard to tell.
"Mom, you knocked Chelsi out of your way." I heard the shuffling of the sheets and I saw the top of his head looking at me. "You alright?" I wanted to move and see more of him but his mom was blocking the way.
"Yeah. All good." I rubbed the dirt off the back of my jeans. I met his mom only twice and she didn't even look at me.
"Honey, we really should get you to the hospital." For no apparent reason, I was getting angry. I knew from the first time I met her, she didn't like me. It was apparent. Galen's father on the other hand, loved me. I turned back to the field and tuned out the conversation that was happening between mother and son. The game had started up again only five minutes ago and the home team was close to scoring another touchdown. Upon hearing footsteps behind me, I turned around and saw an even taller person standing next to the ambulance. I smiled a bit and now I felt a bit better knowing that someone else was on my side.
"Chelsi! How are you? Keeping an eye on my boy, are you?" His father said as he turned to face me.
"Of course. Don't I always?" From all the smiling, my cheeks were hurting. I looked over at Galen and saw him smile. He must have been thinking the same thing I was.
"Mark, I was talking with Galen and I think we should have him taken to the hospital to have his head examined. We want to make sure it is nothing serious." I saw the look Beth had given her husband. I pretended that I didn't notice anything as I was 'looking' at the score of the opposing.
"I guess you're right. We should listen to your mother." Mark had turned a bit to look at me. "Do you have a ride, Chelsi?"
"No, I came with Galen. I was going to call Ray and have him walk me-"
"No! It's to dark out and late. I know he's a robot and everything but I don't want you walking around in the dark." Galen said as he slowly eased himself off the gurney. "Take my car home. I don't like the thought of you walking home." I felt warm on the inside. If I was going anywhere, it was either Galen going with me or Ray.
"I don't like doing that to you…" I said quietly as he walked up to me. He kissed my head.
"I'll walk you to the car and get you set up." He took my hand in his and we started walking. We didn't say much to each other as we walked, just spending time in each other's company. We finally reached the car and he opened the door. I stood outside, watching him as he was typing things in. A few moments later, his towering figure stood over me. "All set." I smiled a bit.
"Thank you." We stood there for another long moment, just looking at each other. I stood up on my tippy toes and brushed my lips against mine. I felt him smile and we continued to kiss. His hands rested on my waist and deep down, I wanted him to come home with me, where we could finish this in private. But as it was getting it good, a horn hook. I let out a sigh as I looked over and saw that his parents car was right nearby.
"I'll call you later." He said quietly as he gave me one last kiss and nudged me towards his car. I laughed softly as I sat down and the door closed. The car started up as I put my seatbelt on. Once the car started moving away, I leaned back into the seat and closed my eyes. I reached over and picked up the ear piece. I dialed my home number as I closed my eyes again. It took only three rings before someone picked up.
"Hello?" I knew that voice right away.
"Hello miss. What can I do for you?"
"I am on my way home. Would you please meet me out there in about ten minutes?"
"Yes miss. I will be waiting."
"Thank you." I hung up and leaned back into the seat. I dozed off, the ten minute car ride going by even more quickly now that I wasn't staring out the window. Before I knew it, the car turned itself off and everything was quiet. I opened my eyes and rubbed my face as the car door opened.
"Hello Ray." I said as I grabbed my purse and got out of the car. I forgot about the keys and I grabbed them quickly before Ray had closed the door. "Is my mom home?" I asked as we stepped up onto the curb and made our way to the steps.
"No, she isn't." He said as we stepped into the house. I wasn't surprised a bit, even though she was home earlier in the day. Both of my parents had jobs that sucked most of their home life away. It was rare when I got to see both of them together. It was either one or the other I got to see. The lights turned on as I walked in and looked around. The living room looked like someone actually lived here, when it was only me that used anything here.
"Are we still going to the market tomorrow?" I asked as I took my shoes off at the bottom of the steps.
"Of course. You and I have been doing that for the past four years." I smiled at Ray.
"Yes, we have. I shall see in you the morning." I turned and started walking up the steps. I entered my room and sighed. It was just how I left it only a few hours again. Didn't seem that long ago. I grabbed my pjs that I wore the night before and walked into my bathroom. It was odd being alone, even though I never was really alone. Ever since my parents got their big promotions at their jobs, I was always with a robot. When I was younger, I had a nanny bot take care of me, take me to the park to socialize with other kids. As I walked out of the bathroom with my pajama pants on and a big shirt, I just realized that my parents only took me to school a few times. The rest of the time was with the robots. I remember my parents taking me to school a few times but that was it.
I moved the covers back and I sat down. I got underneath the covers as I reached over and tapped on the bottom of the lamp. When I did that, all the lights when off in the room. I moved around for a few moments, trying to get comfortable. When I did, my mind was still racing with thoughts. I turned out alright, even though most of my dominant figures in my life were robots and still is. I closed my eyes and let out a sigh. I remember the day Ray had arrived to the house. My parents had upgraded to the newest robot, like they always did. They had their own personal robots at work, so this one was for me. I was thirteen at the time and was going through a phase where I resented my parents about upgrading robots because I had gotten attached to the last one. But as time went on, I had gotten close to Ray.
I heard the tweeting of the birds and threw my pillow over my head. I knew it wasn't real early because I could hear the traffic outside in the distance. I rolled over onto my back and yawned. I stretched and sat up. I reached over for my phone and looked at it. It was close to nine in the morning. I always had a hard time sleeping in nowadays but it didn't bother me much. During the summer, I had weird sleeping habits. I noticed that I didn't have any text messages, so I got up and walked to the bathroom. I turned on the water in the shower and looked at myself in the mirror. I still had my makeup on my face from last night, since I had forgotten to wash it off. I had other things on my mind and I still did. I got into the shower and didn't take long, since I had to go to the market with Ray. I got out of the shower just as there was a knocking on my door.
"Yes?" I said as I quickly wrapped a towel around myself.
"I wanted to make sure you were awake." I heard Ray say from the other side of the door.
"I am, thank you. I'll be down in a few minutes." I finally dried myself off and was half dressed when my cell phone rang. I hurried over to my desk and picked it up. "Hello?"
"Hey." A familiar voice said on the other line. I smiled.
"Hey. How are you feeling? Does your head still hurt?"
"It's okay now. Had to stay up most of the night but I'm good now." There was something wrong with his voice.
"I'm glad. If you were up to it, maybe we could hang out for a bit."
"I'd like that. How about you come pick me up, since you have my car and everything." I laughed slightly.
"That I do, don't I?" I smiled a little bit. "I can be there in a little bit. I just have to get changed around."
"That's fine. I'll see you in a little bit."
"Yeah. I'll be there." I wanted to say 'I love you' but I didn't have the time before he hung up. I quickly got dressed, not caring what I picked out of my closet. I wasn't worried about seeing anyone I knew at the market since I was only going to be with Ray and hopefully with Galen. I walked out of my room and once I was standing at the top of the steps, I smelled the food. I walked down the steps and into the kitchen. "Everything smells good Ray."
"Thank you miss." I walked into the kitchen and grabbed a plate.
"Ray, we are going to be leaving a bit late. I have to go get Galen. He might be coming with us." I said as I sat down at the table and picked up some of the food Ray had made.
"That's fine. Shall I meet you there?" He asked as he turned around to look at me.
"How about I call you? It's closer from here to get to the market than it is from his house." He nodded as I started to eat. He was always a fantastic cook. I could cook for myself but he never wanted me to. I sighed slightly and started to eat. When I was finished, which was about ten minutes later. I put on a pair of shoes that I left near the door a few days ago. "I'll call you when we're ready!" I said as I walked out the door. I stood at the top step for a few moments, feeling the sun hit my body. It felt really nice. I walked over to the car and opened it. It felt weird, being the one picking Galen up, when it was the other way around most of the time. His address was already put in the navigation system. I touched the address and the car was already on the move. I sat back in the seat and watched as the scenery zoomed past me. Before I knew it, I was at his house. The car pulled into the driveway, where there was two cars already parked there. I got out of the car as it died down. Looking down at my clothes, I smoothed them out, even though there wasn't any wrinkles on them. I walked around the car and up the steps before I heard shouting on the inside. I was about to ring the doorbell when I stopped. What was going on? Did Galen call to get away from the fighting? I instantly felt bad as I put my finger against the bell and rang. Only moments after hearing the chiming inside the house, the fighting ceased. I stood there for a few moments, wondering if anyone was going to open the door but then, the door opened and there stood Galen.
"Hey!" I said as I smiled. I tried to look in before he closed door but I didn't see anything. I went in to kiss him but couldn't because he moved away. I didn't want to look disappointed but I didn't say anything as he leaned up against the stone structure.
"We need…to talk." He said as he ran his hand through his shaggy hair, which looked light brown in the sun. I bit my lip.
"Okay…about what?" I didn't like where this was going and we didn't even start the conversation yet.
"I think we need to take a break." After he said that, it felt like my heart stopped beating in my chest.
"W-what? Did you really hit your head hard last night?" It looked he was struggling for words. Was that the reason there was fighting?
"No, I'm fine but I think we really do need a break. Spend some time away from each other." He said to me as he looked up. I felt my bottom lip quiver as I looked away. We sat there for a few moments, just like that. I couldn't take it anymore and stood up.
"Well…see you on Monday." I turned before he could get a word in and started walking away. I heard him call out to me as I started down the street. It was going to be a long walk to the market today.