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A/N: Thanks to all my reviewers and thanks to the ones who are reading it and not leaving reviews. I hope you're enjoying it! Just to let you know some of this chapter has serious issues dealing with adult situations. (i.e. drugs, alcohol, etc.) Anyway here's chapter 21:
Chapter 21: Getting Better or Worse?
Screaming and crying suddenly comes from the room Ame's in. I jump up and run to her. She pushes me away still screaming and crying when I try to comfort her.
"Ame! It's me! It's Riku! Ame! Wake up!" I say trying to comfort her but it only seems to make things worse.
"Riku, you won't be able to wake her up like that. It's a night terror not a nightmare. She's still asleep." My Aunt Raine tells me.
"I know." I reply. "She's only had this once before and that was after Zero let her watch a scary movie when he was babysitting her." I say as I finally get Ame in my arms even though she's struggling to get free, still screaming and crying. "Ame, please wake up. It's Riku. I'm right here. I'm going to protect you. Whatever it is that's after you I won't let it get you. I love you, Ame. I'll protect you." I tell her in a soft voice. She finally calms down and jerks awake with one last scream and breaks down into tears leaning into me. "Sssh. It's alright. I'm right here. It's okay Ame."
"They… was…. after me." Ame says between tears.
"Who was after you?" I ask stroking her hair trying to calm her down.
"The dwagons." She answers.
"The dragons?" I ask. She nods. "No dragons can get to you. They have to go through me first." I tell her jokingly.
"In dream….they got you…. and came to…get me." She answers between breaths.
"Ame, there's no dragons and I'm still here." I tell her.
"Dragons come in dark." She tells me.
"Dragons come in the dark huh?" I ask. She nods still crying. "I won't let anything hurt you. You know that don't you?" I ask her. She nods. I hold her in my arms and turn her to look at me. "Ame, I promise not to let anything happen to you. It was just a really bad dream. Do you trust me?" I ask her. She nods and hugs me. "Okay well do you think you can go back to sleep?" I ask. She nods. "Okay, I'll just be in the next room."
"NO!" she screams and clings to me. "Riku stay!"
"Sssh." I say trying to calm her. "Okay. I'll stay. It's okay. Calm down." I tell her softly. I look up at my aunt to see her smiling at me. "I guess I need to stay here. I'm getting a little tired anyway." I tell her.
"I understand. What time do you have to go in the morning?" she asks.
"Well if the concert starts at five I guess we have to leave around two because we need some slight rehearsal time before the concert and I need to get back to the hotel and talk to my friends so I'd say we'll leave here about noon?" I reply.
"Alright. I'll see you in the morning." She says.
"It is morning." I say with a slight yawn, looking at the clock that says 1:30.
She laughs a little and hugs me slightly then leaves the room.
I wake up the next morning around ten and see Ame sleeping next to me. I smile slightly at seeing her sleeping peacefully now.
"Hey, Ame." I say softly as I rub her back slightly. "Ame, come on. It's time to get up."
She rolls over and opens her eyes to look at me. I smile at her. "I stayed just like you wanted me to. Now it's morning and it's time to get up." I tell her. She hugs me and sits up in bed.
"Food?" she asks. I laugh.
"Yeah." I answer and sit up myself. She starts to jump off the bed but I grab her around the waist and pull her back to the bed tickling her slightly. She laughs. "What about getting dressed little missy?" I ask her with a smile. She laughs and jumps off the bed going to her suitcase, pulling out clothes. I help her put them on and we go out to see Genis sitting in the living room watching TV waiting for breakfast.
"Morning!" he calls excitedly.
"Good morning." I reply. "Ame, this is cousin Genis." I tell her since she was sleeping most of last night when we met them.
"Hi!" she announces.
"Hi, Ame." Genis replies. "Wanna watch TV with me?" he asks her. She looks at me.
"It's alright, Ame." I tell her then look to Genis. "Nothing scary or violent she has nightmares." I tell him. He nods and takes her hand walking her to the couch. I hear my phone ring in the room I was just in and run to answer it.
"Hello?" I answer without looking to see who's calling.
"Hey, Riku." Sora answers on the other line. "You're not asleep?" he teases me.
"Oh hey Sora. No, I'm actually awake."
"Before noon?" he asks surprised still teasing me.
"Yes before noon." I laugh slightly. "What's up?"
"Well… you kind of need to come back to the hotel now."
"Now?" I ask. "Why what's up?"
"Our concert's been moved up. We're gonna perform in Triet still it's just that it won't be at five tonight." He answers.
"Okay…? So what time are we performing then?" I ask.
"One." He answers.
"But that would mean we have to leave right now!" I exclaim.
"I know. That's why I'm calling. The manager says we're leaving in half an hour."
"I can't just leave. Zero's not awake yet and Ame's…" I look up to see my aunt staring at me. "I'll call you back." I say.
"But Riku, we have to—" he starts to say.
"I know. I'll call you back in a minute." I say and hang up. I look back to my aunt. "Apparently our concert has been moved up to one which means I have to leave now because we're leaving for Triet in half an hour." I tell her.
"I see. If you have to leave in such a hurry I can watch your sister and bring her to you in Triet later." She offers.
"That would be great. I have to tell Zero though." I say and run to Zero's room. I get him to wake just enough that I explain and he goes back to sleep. He probably won't remember me talking to him but I told him. I go to the living room to see Ame. "Hey Ame, I have to leave now."
"Okay I come!"she announces.
"No." I tell her. "Look, I don't have time to get Zero and you ready to go. I have to leave now. Aunt Raine and cousin Genis will take care of you until later. I'll see you again. I promise."
"But I wanna go with you!"
"I know. You'll be okay with cousin Genis and Aunt Raine. You trust me right?" I ask. She nods. "Okay then I'll see you later today." I say as I hug her. "I love you."
"Love you too Riku." She says as she hugs me back.
My Aunt Raine takes me back to the hotel just in time to see my friends loading up the last of our equipment. I give her a quick hug and get in the bus to leave.
"So…?" Sora prompts.
"So what?" I ask.
"How was it?" Roxas asks.
"How was what?" I ask.
"Come on dude. You just met some long lost relatives or something right? How was it?" Tidus asks.
I laugh a little. "It was good I guess. It's my aunt Raine. Even though I don't have many happy memories of my past I know that she's in all of them from my childhood." I answer. Then laugh slightly remembering something she had told me. I turn to Sora and Roxas. "Do you guys know of Lloyd's pen pal?" I ask them.
"You mean the pen pal he's had since 1st grade?" Roxas asks.
"Yeah. The one he still writes to. Well emails now."
"Yeah what about it?" Sora asks.
"Lloyd's pen pal is my cousin Genis." I tell them.
"Seriously?!" They exclaim in unison.
I laugh. "Yeah and they're moving back to Twilight Town ironically enough into Selphie's old house."
"Wow. That's amazing."
"Yeah I know."
After the drive to Triet we start getting our stuff ready and our manager calls us for a small meeting. We go into our dressing room and sit down.
"You guys have done great and I hope you've had a lot of fun during this tour." He announces to us.
"Yeah we've had loads of fun!" Axel exclaims.
"Yeah!" we all agree.
"Well have you had enough fun to continue the tour for another two months?" he asks.
I freeze. Another two months?! Ame and Zero. Selphie. I promised…
"What about school?" Sora asks.
"Yeah, I mean I'd love to but I have a scholarship to Besaid Isle University. I don't want to waste it." Tidus says.
"Technically you could still use it if you're willing to do online courses for the first semester." The manager answers.
"I never thought of that. Would I have time to do my homework if we're touring?" he asks.
"Plenty of time. You have in between concerts, and the drives to and from concerts."
"Yeah. I guess I never thought of that. I'll give it a try." He answers.
"Anyone else?" He asks. "You all can take internet courses and still be on tour."
"I'll give it a try!" Axel exclaims.
"Sure, I will too." Roxas announces.
"I would but…." Sora starts to say and looks at me. "I sort of miss home." Thanks Sora. I know you understand more than anyone else in this band.
"Me too." I announce.
"Going on tour you'll be able to see the world." He tells us. "And you can still get a college degree online. Besides as of now it's only another two months."
"Come on, guys. I'm sure the girls will understand." Tidus begs us.
"It's not just that for me, Tidus. Did you all forget that I have my brother and sister to look after. They'll be starting school next month and I don't want to leave them with my stepmom for two months!"
"You said your aunt is moving close to you. They could stay with her!" Tidus announces.
"Hey when did this happen? That'd be a great idea." The manager agrees. Tidus, you traitor. You don't understand.
"She told me last night when I was at her house but I couldn't just spring that on her." I answer.
"Just mention it and see how things play out." The manager suggests.
"Fine." I answer. "I'll mention it."
"Come on! Don't be like that. You're having fun aren't you?"
"Yeah I'm having fun. We'll see how things go. We will at least have a small break in between to go back home for a little while right?" I ask.
"I'm sure I can arrange that." The manager answers.
"Then I'll see." I answer.
"I suppose I try it too." Sora answers.
I'm so happy to be going back home today even if it may only be for a little while. We have two weeks before we're supposed to return to the tour. I'll be leaving the day before Selphie starts her senior year in high school. I don't even mind that I'm going back to my stepmom's house. I'm so happy I'll get to see Selphie and help my aunt move into Selphie's old house. Things have changed in a good way in the past two weeks since that concert in Iselia. The night terror Ame had that night gave me an idea for a song that we're still perfecting. Plus Ame really likes being with my aunt and cousin. I'm gonna be in a good mood all week! Or so I thought until I actually got home.
Zero and I looked at each other questioningly when we walked up to our house. There was something different. Something that just didn't feel right. We walked up to the front porch and I unlocked the door. We stepped in to see that the house was filthy and that's an understatement. Was Emi such a pig that she hadn't cleaned the house once in the time we were gone?
"What the hell happened here?" Zero asks me.
"Your guess is as good as mine, Zero. It looks worse than before we left." I answer. "Something's not right."
"Who's gonna check on Emi?" he asks.
"I will." I sigh. "Emi?" I call into the house as I walk up the stairs to her room. "Emi? It's Riku and Zero. We're home." I announce as I walk up to her room. I knock on the door slightly. It opens a little and I see my stepmom on the floor. I turn on the light and see alcohol and white powder by her. This can't be good. I touch her slightly. Her body is cold and stiff and the room smells. I notice flies around her. I run out of the room, drop to my hands and knees and throw up. I stand up just enough to close the door again and slide down the wall hugging knees to myself as tears stream down my face.
Why am I crying about her death? I think to myself. I'm not crying about her necessarily. She didn't care much about us in the first place. It's the fact that I've once again seen my mom dead. Even if she wasn't the best mom she was still my mom. Before she got heavily into drugs and alcohol she was an okay person despite the fact that she still did drugs. After my dad got put in jail is when it got worse. And now he I am again seeing my mom's lifeless corpse. The scene from when I was six comes flooding back to my memory.
I watch with tears streaming down my face as my father continues to hit my mom afraid to say anything for fear of getting hit myself. My mom screams.
"Go back to bed!" she cries to me.
I stand terrified in my place continuing to watch. I think I know how this will end. Just like before when we go to the hospital and my mom tells the nurse she slipped and fell. I'd seen it before many times. I finally turn to go back to bed as my mom had told me even though I wants to stay. As I turn I hear a gunshot. I immediately turn back to see my mother with a gun. In an instant immediately following the first shot there's another. My mother falls to the floor. I stare wide eyed and terrified. That same scene playing over in my head.
I cry harder trying not to think of it. Then my imagine gets the best of me and I start thinking about how my stepmother would've died. In my mind I see her taking long drinks of alcohol and sniffing the powder on the floor then taking more drinks of alcohol, her nose bleeding after the second time of sniffing the powder until she passes out on the floor.
Why?! Why must I think of this?! Get out of my head! Why is this happening to me?! I ask myself in my head as those scenes alternate in my head almost like a fast forward and rewind.
"Riku?" I jerk up to see my brother in front of me. "Riku, what happened? I've never seen you cry like this." He tells me. I just hug him still crying. "Riku, what's wrong? You're acting weird."
"I'm sorry for everything." I say softly.
"Sorry? Riku what's going on? Did you find Emi?" he asks as he gets up to open her door. I stand up and grab his arm.
"Don't." I demand.
"What is it?" he asks.
"Just go downstairs and call 911. Tell them Emi's dead. She overdosed on drugs." I answer my brother. He looks at me in shock. "Go!" I demand of him. He turns and runs downstairs pulling out his phone. I walk into my room and throw myself on my bed, with tears still streaming down my face. The house was silent except for my brother's voice downstairs.
"My name is Zero Kiryuu. Um… my stepmother is dead….My older brother found her in her room…..He said she overdosed on drugs….No we've been gone for two months." I hear him talk to the operator. I take a deep breath and call my aunt Raine to tell her what's happening.
A/N: Oh my! Now what's gonna happen?! Poor Riku is having a really tough time right now. What did I do to him?! Please review and I'll put up the next chapter sooner.