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A big heart filled congrats if you've made to the third and final chapter; hopefully most if not all of everything get's explained. P.R.
I don't know how to explain it. I was there but I wasn't there…it was like a bad dream that I couldn't wake up from. It wasn't life, it wasn't death, the closest thing I can figure is that it was some kind of 'half-way' point…a holding cell of sorts while the paperwork gets sorted out.
Two long weeks have passed. Ben adjusted to life as best as possible with the current physical limitations, each passing day Ben pondered if he experienced everything or it were the trauma that tricked his mind into thinking it was real. Life with limitations was the biggest change, there were, however, more important differences. He and Julie spent more time together, Gwen seemed more cautious of life, and Kevin withdrew more and more - almost making mentally distant protection for Ben.
"I will find 'em!" Kevin huffed pacing back and forth around Ben's living room, the younger watched as the older tightened and loosed both hands at the thought. "And when I do find 'em, I'm gonna make 'em pay!" his glare narrowed and along with his voice turned cold.
Almost instantly Ben snapped viciously. "Kevin. No. The last thing we need is for you to wind up in jail"
"That son-of-a-fu…" Kevin's lip curled exposing fangs "…that jackass hit you and ran off! He left you for dead…you by all rights were dead"
"I understand you're mad, I'm mad about it too, but going vigilante won't solve anything. I'm not telling you, not ordering you, not commanding you, I'm asking you not to go looking for trouble"
"Ben…how can you be so cool about this!"
"Because. Part of moving on means accepting everything that happened"
A wave of silence. Whether or not Kevin wanted to admit it, Ben was right about everything. Kevin often trusted Ben to make the right decisions, yet this was one of those few times when he couldn't fully trust what the un-official leader of the trio decided. With this Kevin turned to leave, but before he reached the door he stopped and turned his head ever so slightly.
"I'll try hold myself, for you…but I can't make any promises" silently he left, alone Ben took a deep sigh.
The day was hot; stale motionless air hung thick around Gwen and Kevin as they walked from a small store that sold specialty cookies. Gwen looked over to the raven haired teen whom seemed lost in his own little world far away from reality, there was an aura around him that she didn't like; she couldn't name it but she knew it meant something wasn't right.
"Going to tinker with your car this weekend?" she tried making small talk which only lead to a shrug from him. "Going to go see a movie?" another shrug. This is going nowhere… she thought to herself as Kevin suddenly stopped - his glare blank yet fully focused.
Kevin stood staring at a small truck for several minutes before Gwen too saw what he was looking at.
"That truck…" he finally broke his silent state taking a few steps closer before kneeling down in front of the vehicle; leaning over, Gwen studied the front end with him running his hand around visible damage. "Too little to be a telephone pole, too much to be a dog. Defined center of mass to the right half…"
"Can I help you two with something?" a taller man asked drawing the teens attention, both looked up and smiled slightly.
"Couldn't help but notice you've got some front end damage. If you want it, I've got a few friends in the body shop business that ow me a favor, they could get that buffed out for you no time flat" Kevin stood up and pointed with a slight chuckle.
"That's nice, but I think I'll keep it the way it is, you know? Gives 'er some character…"
"Say, um, if you don't mind me asking, what did you hit?"
"Oh, you know, just a deer"
"Yeah, strangest thing, just jumped right out in front me, I only had enough time to panic brake…darned thing got right up and trotted off" all three gave an uncertain laugh at the explanation.
"You want to know what's really strange…?" Kevin grinned "Ain't no deer around these parts"
"Did I say deer? I meant…"
"A person? About oh this tall?" Kevin asked holding his hand at Ben's height "…wearing blue jeans and a green jacket?"
Shit, they know…
The man instantly darted as far and fast as possible. Which would have been a good distance if Kevin didn't tackle him just past the back bumper of the truck. Unsure of what to do, Gwen reached into her pocket for her trusty cell phone.
"So you're the jackass that tried killing my friend and her cousin…boy I've got so many things I want to do to your pathetic carcass that, quite frankly, I don't know where to begin" Kevin instantly stopped but kept a firm hold on the man. Kevin, no. The last thing we need is for you to wind up in jail…Ben's voice echoed in his mind.
Seconds. Minutes. Kevin lost track of how long he kept the man pinned to the street with sirens in the distance drawing closer. The only thing he consciously remembered was the feeling of being pushed off to the side by an officer cuffing the man before throwing him in the back of the squad car.
Ben turned his attention from a word search as his cousin and friend came into the living room. The ghostly zombie like trance that Kevin was in caught Ben's attention right away.
"Kevin? What's wrong?" Ben asked sitting up easily as he could muster while Kevin sat down across from the couch and coffee table.
"We found him…" Kevin sighed keeping his glare on the floor
"Please tell me that you didn't…"
"No, I didn't. I wanted to, I urged to, but I didn't. Because moving on means accepting what happened…" his eyes raised to meet Bens as a smile crept across his face. "…besides, without me around, you two wouldn't have a ride to check out alien activity "
Ben nodded. If he ever felt proud about Kevin, this was the moment.
A/N: The man is currently serving a three hundred year - attempted murder / hit and run / assault with a deadly weapon / fleeing the scene of an accident - sentence in jail.
Ben recovered without any permanent damage. Kevin and Gwen have even started dating, Ben and Julie are now closer than ever before.