Chapter 6 – We Might As Well
A bright yellow taxi pulled up in front of what appeared to be a mini mansion. Serena handed the driver some money and he drove off after getting her bag out of the car for her.
"Daddy" Reenie said happily and Serena walked inside to the elevator. She walked in and pressed the level 15 button. She just looked at Reenie until the lift stopped. She went to get off but realized it wasn't her floor.
"Serena?" a friendly voice said as Serena looked up and saw none other than Seiya. She couldn't believe she was seeing him. She gave him a hug quickly whilst still holding onto the child.
"What are you doing here?" Serena asked curiously as he smiled brightly at the child.
"Hey little one" Seiya replied before turning to Serena again. "We've actually been recording an album. Our princess has sent us here to live life a bit, she says after all we've done for her we deserve a break"
"That's great news" Serena answered
"What about you?" Seiya asked curiously, "I see things have been good for you and Darien" he pointed towards Reenie.
"They have, it's been amazing. She's been amazing." Serena whispered back to him as the elevator stopped and beeped. "It was good to see you"
"You too, we're in number 65 so if you ever need to chat or hang out we can always do that" Seiya answered, giving her a friendly kiss on the cheek, he then gave Reenie one too. "Bye munchkin"
Reenie giggled as the elevator door closed and it continued upon its journey to the fifteenth floor. It was another few minutes before it reached the required floor and when it got there, Serena walked off holding her child and bag over her shoulder. She stood and paused to herself to try and remember what apartment she was looking for.
'Ah 76' she thought to herself as she walked up the corridor. She found it and fumbled in her pocket for the keys.
I don't know your face no more
Or feel your touch that I adore
Upon finally letting herself in she dropped her bags at the door way, and closed the door behind her. Reenie whimpered a little, but at Serena's quick hush the child quieted herself.
"Darien?" Serena called from the door way. She walked in past the halfway to the door and her eyes opened up at how beautiful the apartment was. The wall facing the beach was made of glass so you could see everything.
To her left side was the bathroom. The other side she assumed must have been the bedroom. She knew Darien was home she'd spotted his car keys on the bench. So she walked over to the bedroom and opened the door quietly.
What she was greeted with wasn't a sleeping Darien. She squealed slightly as tears started to well up in her eyes. For spread out on a chair close to the bed was a set of female clothes and she knew very well they weren't hers.
"Darien?" Serena said firmly as she saw the man asleep in the bed. She sat on the bed beside him and gently tapped his shoulder trying to wake him. When she woke him she look down at him "What's going on here?"
Darien's face seemed to drain of all color. "Um…"
"Darien" Serena said on the verge of tears. Reenie just looking on idly.
"Daddy?" Reenie answered chipping in.
"Morning Sweetie" a feminine voice came from the bathroom as a beautiful brunette stepped out in almost transparent night gown. "Who are you?" the girl demanded.
"I think I should be asking you the same question" Serena said firmly. "I'm his wife"
The girl looked at Darien and then Serena and than the child. "His wife?" She repeated.
"Yes wife! We are married, who are you and what are you doing in my husband's bed?" Serena answered turning from Darien to the women.
"My names Kelsey" Kelsey replied grabbing some clothes and getting changed. "Darien, you never told me you had a wife"
"Huh I what?" Darien asked confused. Serena couldn't believe what she was hearing.
"I'll catch you later" Kelsey replied as she skipped out the front door leaving Serena staring after her. It wasn't long before Serena sat on the bed her head in her hands. She couldn't make out what she'd just witnessed. Darien sat up and went to hug her, but she pushed him away fiercely.
"Leave me alone!" Serena answered getting to her feet. "How could you do this to me?" she was now crying. Darien hated it when she cried. "How?!"
"I don't know" Darien answered, "Last night was a Awards convention, I don't remember anything"
Serena rolled her eyes. "How could you not remember anything Darien? You've just destroyed my trust in you how can you do that to me? How can you do this to Serenity? You're her father you're supposed to setting an example!"
I don't know your face no more
It's just a place I'm looking for
"Ser…I" he stuttered but she just turned her back on him, she walked out into the main room and grabbed her things and slammed the front door. Leaving Darien standing in the main room as the door slammed. Serena leaned against the door and began to cry.
The pain tearing through her was unbelievable. She felt so betrayed, so torn and alone. Holding Reenie in her arms she knew she had to be brave for her daughter. Reenie sensing something was wrong hugged her mother tightly.
"Mommy?" Reenie asked as her mother looked at her. She smiled at her mother and moved her hand to her face to wipe away the tears her mother had been crying.
"Thank You sweetie, come on lets go home" Serena answered picking up her things. She smiled at her daughter. She walked into the elevator and pressed a button. Upon reaching the desired floor. She got off and walked up the hall until she came to a door.
Engraved on the front was the number '65'.
As the door opened Serena smiled briefly at the man, he opened his arms for her and brought the two inside. Once inside Serena saw Taiki and Yaten. Both looked awfully concerned about the young woman.
"Serena what happened?" Taiki asked curiously as Seiya took Reenie to allow Serena to sit on the sofa. She just sat there silently. Not even being able to look them in the eyes.
'What did I do to deserve this?' Serena thought to herself as she felt Yatan's arms drape over her shoulder and pull her close.
"Come on Sere, what happened?" Yatan asked eagerly. Serena was like their own princess too and they didn't like seeing her hurt.
"D-D" Serena started looking between the men and then back at Reenie. "Darien"
"What did Darien do?" Seiya asked as he bounced Reenie on his lap playfully and she began to giggle.
"He, h-had a girl in his room" Serena whispered quietly. They could barely hear what she said.
I don't know your thoughts these days
We're strangers in an empty space
"Can you repeat that Serena?" Taiki asked gently, she nodded and repeated what she'd said just before, but after repeating it she broke down in tears. It just hurt her so much to think of what she had just witnessed, he just lied to her when she asked him what happened. Claiming he forgot. How could he forget her and Reenie?
"Oh Serena" Yaten answered pulling her into a very deep hug. "You're welcome to stay here as long as you need. We can also put you on the next plane home, if you'd like to go back home to Tokyo. We will come with you"
"Mommy?" Reenie asked concerned as the four of them watched the woman cry. The tears she cried were from pain and none of them liked to see her in pain. "Mommy!" Reenie squirmed her way out of Seiya's grip and onto the floor. She helped herself up and clumsily walked over to her mother on the opposite sofa lounge.
"Serena look!" Seiya answered thinking Reenie mustn't be a regular walker. Serena looked up, her eyes wet with tears, and she couldn't help but smile through the tears as she watched her daughter walk to her. Once Reenie reached her, she smiled and tapped her mother's thigh.
"Mommy?" Reenie asked curiously, Serena picked her up and held her tightly. Serena didn't want to let the child go. She loved her so much.
"Oh Reenie" Serena whispered into the child. The three star lights watched and shed a tear as well. Their princess deserved so much happiness.
"Let's go home?" Taiki suggested. "It would be nice to see everyone again"
"IT would, how does that sound Serena?" Seiya asked the young woman. She looked up and nodded.
"I should probably let mom know I'm on my way home" Serena whispered looking down at the floor. She felt like she'd failed. She'd seen the future this was not how it was supposed to be.
I don't understand your heart
It's easier to be apart
Darien sat in the main room of the apartment. His head was ringing; he could not remember a single thing. The last thing he remembered was accepting his award and the next thing was Serena standing over him.
'What have I done?' Darien thought to himself as he found himself looking at a picture of him, Serena and Reenie. He began shedding a few tears. "What have I done" he kept repeating to himself.
"Serena?!" he whispered to himself as he got up and walked around the apartment. His mind going a million miles an hour. He wanted to chase after Serena, but by the time he'd gotten outside she'd already gone down the elevator. He couldn't sense her anywhere near by, he wanted to desperately hold her close. He wanted to explain what happened. He wanted to know what happened himself. He knew Kelsey was the only one who could answer that question. He picked up the phone and began to dial Kelsey's number.
Serena sat at the airport with the three lights. Each one of them had a coffee and a pair of sunglasses on. Yaten had gone off to get some ice cream whilst the whored of girls that were following them had calmed down a little. The paparazzi were going crazy over Seiya holding Reenie. Serena didn't care about the paparazzi at the moment; everything was falling apart in her life.
Yaten came back a few moments later with a mint flavored ice cream in a cup for Reenie. Reenie's eyes lit up as she sat on Seiya's lap with the small cup and a spoon in Seiya's hand feeding her.
"Taste good munchkin?" Seiya asked, watching the little child gobble up all the ice cream she should. It left a huge mess on her face but it was cute. "You're just like your mother" he teased.
Serena smiled briefly; it had caused her to laugh at the thought a bit. She knew it wouldn't be long before she'd be home again, with her family. Although she would have to explain to them all why she was back. But she knew she'd get through it all. Serena looked at the ring on her finger. She grabbed it off her finger and threw it in her bag.
"Flight 923 United Japan Airlines – Tokyo departing from Gate three now, would all passengers please make their way to gate three please" the voice over spoke. They all sighed; it was going to be a long flight home.
We might as well be strangers in another town
We might as well be living in another time
We might as well, we might as well, we might as well
Darien just stared at Kelsey in disbelief as she recounted everything happened the night before. Tears streaming down his cheeks, moreso every time she attempted to place her hand on his leg and rub it.
He couldn't believe what he was hearing; he had done the wrong thing. Something that had caused him to lose the most beautiful thing in the world to him. His family. He felt so alone. More alone than before now that he knew what it felt like to have a family, it had been take away.
But he knew deep inside he had no one to blame but himself, it was his own fault. How could he be so stupid? He looked out the window in a daydream as Kelsey continued to go on.
.:Serena?:. He attempted to call using a telepathic link, he'd been taught at a young age. He'd never used it to contact Serena before, but he thought it was worth a try. He'd give anything to speak to her and explain what happened.
For all I know of you now
For all I know of you now
For all I know of you now
For all I know
"Perfect, the plan is going in perfect order before we know it Crystal Tokyo will be ours" a voice whispered from the darkness followed by an evil laugh.
Keane – We Might As Well Be strangers