Here's chapter 4. R&R and enjoy! (:
"I'll see you again soon, right? You're not going to disappear for that long again. I was getting worried," Harmony said as I stepped outside of her house.
I smiled. "No, you'll see me sometime soon."
"Okay, good." She waved from the doorframe as I began to walk back towards my house.
"Wait, Kaylee!" I heard Nash call from behind me. I turned and waited for him to catch up with me. "Let me walk you home."
I smiled to myself and reached for his hand, which he took willingly.
"I'm so happy you came this morning," he said to me.
I looked up at him. "Really? How come?"
He pulled me to a stop beside him and turned toward me. "Because now I can do this," he said before he kissed me. It had been so long since I'd kissed him. It had felt like forever since I had. Now that I was, I found my heart leaping excitedly in my chest, my head clearing. For the first time in nearly a month, my mind was clear and there was no fog there to stop me from thinking. I locked my arms around his neck as he looped his around my waist.
Reluctantly, I pulled away enough to look into Nash's eyes. They were swirling with obvious happiness. "Nash…" I started.
Nash raised his eyebrows. "Hm?"
I hung my head, wondering if I should ask him this. "Are you… are you willing to fight for my love? Keep me safe no matter what the circumstances? Love me unconditionally?" I raised my head again and met his gaze, which had gone serious.
He searched my eyes with a frown. "Of course."
"Do you promise? Swear on your life? On our relationship?"
He tucked a piece of hair behind my ear. "I swear, Kaylee. I've made that mistake once, and I'm not doing it again."
I nodded. "Okay, good." I leaned into him a laid my head on his shoulder. After a moment, I stepped out of his embrace and skipped backwards a few steps and scowled. "Something is wrong with this scenery."
Nash looked at me with a puzzled look, and then understanding took over his features. "Yeah, it's weird that Tod hasn't interrupted us yet."
I grinned. "Yeah, it is. But I guess we should enjoy this while we have it."
He stepped forward and grabbed my hand again. "I like being alone with you."
I stopped in my driveway and frowned. "My dad's car isn't here. Where could he be at-" I glanced at the clock on my phone. "Eleven o'clock in the morning?"
Nash shrugged from beside me and squeezed my hand. "Grocery shopping?" he suggested.
I shook my head and tugged him toward the front door of my house. "I don't know. Let's see."
"Do you think he left a note or something?"
"Let's go see."
We walked inside and I called for my dad just in case. I went into the kitchen and, sure enough, there was a note left on the fridge. In my father's loopy writing, it said:
Went to lunch with Brendan and Sophie. I didn't think you wanted to come. Be back later.
"My dad's at brunch with Uncle Brendan and Sophie. He won't be back until later. I'm probably going to be pretty lonely," I told Nash, hinting at the fact that I wanted him to stay.
Nash got the hint. "I don't have to go home right now."
I jumped up on the counter and pulled him toward me by his collar. "Good, because I wasn't going to let you anyway." When his lips met mine, a shiver ran down my spine and chill bumps rose on my arms, which were already covered in the thick wool of my coat.
"Aaaaaaaand the couple is back!" Tod's voice said from the entrance of the kitchen.
Nash pulled away from me, met my eyes, and then we both looked at Tod. "Is that really necessary, Tod?" I asked.
Tod shrugged. "Probably not. I just figured that now that you guys are back together, that we can all go back to how it was before," he remarked.
Nash rolled his eyes and I slid off the counter. "You didn't say it this time, Nash," I said.
He looked at me and smiled. "I haven't been able to be with you in a long time, so it doesn't really matter right now."
I stood on my toes and kissed him. It was fun, ignoring Tod like this.
Tod raised an eyebrow. "Um, guys, I also came because we have a problem," he said, as if it was no big deal. But my heart immediately accelerated and sweat prickled my under arms. This isn't fair. I just got Nash back and off of restrictions. There couldn't be another problem.
I dropped my head into my hands. No. No, no, no. This couldn't be right. "How many girls did you say?" I asked once again for clarification. Nash squeezed my hand from beside me.
"Seven. Seven girls' souls were taken to the Netherworld last night. Seven innocent souls," Tod explained.
I sighed. "My dad would kill me if I went to the Netherworld again."
Nash and Tod exchanged a glance.
"Kaylee, do you want seven innocent girls to be in eternal torture in the Netherworld?"
I shook my head. "You don't know why they were taken there?"
Tod raised his eyebrows. "No, I don't. All I know is around midnight last night a reaper stole their souls and took them there. And no one knows who they were, who the reaper was, or why he took them there."
"And when did you figure this out?" Nash asked his brother.
Tod shrugged. "Right before I came here. That's why I came here."
I ran my fingers through my hair apprehensively. "So what exactly do you want me to do?"
"Kaylee, I just need you to go there and see if Avari is behind this, okay?"
I swallow the lump forming in my throat. "Alone?"
"I can't have Nash go. He's still grounded. Plus, who knows what Avari would do to him after their last exchange?"
I sucked in a breath and held it for a moment before letting it go. "What about you? Why can't you come with me?"
"I am. Except Avari might give me an errand to do, so I won't be there for long if he does. If not… then I'll help you," he told me.
"And when do you want me to do this?"
Nash and Tod exchanged another look. "Now," Tod replied.
I chewed on my lower lip. "I… okay."
"Tod, don't make her do this if she doesn't want to," Nash spoke up.
"Do you want me to bring Mom into this picture? Yeah, no not so much," Tod snapped in return.
Nash was about to say something before I cut in. "Okay, I'll do it. Tod, let's just get this over with."
Nash groaned. "Kaylee, I don't think that's-"
I looked at Nash. "I'll be fine, okay? I'll be back. I promise."
He searched my eyes, clearly looking for some sign that I would give in to him. But, me? Give up? No such thing in my world. "Okay."
Tod took me outside my house and Nash lagged behind, sulking. Then Tod turns to me.
"Are you ready?"
I shake my head. "One more thing." I walk over to where Nash standing and wrap my arms around his neck. I kiss him lightly before looking him in the eyes.
He brushed a piece of hair behind my ear. "What if I never see you again?" he asks in a whisper.
I rolled my eyes. "I'll be back soon, okay? I promise. Just trust me. I mean, isn't this what a relationship is about? Trust?"
He nodded. "Yeah, it is. Just… please be careful."
"I will." I pull away from Nash and walk to Tod again.