Chapter 12: A New Day
I know it has been more 6 years… But I really miss this story and I want to finish it. I'm not a quitter hahhaha.
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"Mai? Hey Mai, where were you I was looking all over for….," Valon stopped mid-sentence as I turned around to face him. Huh I guess it was that obvious that I was crying afterall.
"Hey," I whisper back weakly, trying to smile through my tears. "What happened?" he mumbled as he took up the space next to me by the corner of my parents' bed. "They were fighting again this morning, I mean usually it was just at night when they think I am fast asleep, but I guess this was a big one. Daddy did not even stop to tell me goodbye as he left for work," I said. "They will get through it, they always do," Valon said as he hugged me close, "just give it time".
"I know. I know," I mumble softly, snuggling up in his chest, "please Valon always be here with me, don't leave me". "I never will Mai, looks like you are stuck with me," Valon said as he hugged me tighter. I think that was the closest to love that a bunch of 12 year-olds can get.
Slowly, I open my eyes and stare at the ceiling. It was very weird, I didn't have a dream in such a long time and a memory of all things, I must be losing my mind…Wait a minute, this isn't my ceiling, wait where am I? What the…
Suddenly memories of last night begin rushing in; the gang, the alley, Valon and….Joey. Was I dreaming that Joey Wheeler saved me yesterday? I mean it does not make any sense! Wasn't he the one that sent them after me in the first place? I guess I must have hit my head hard, I chuckle. I hear stirring coming from the floor, shocked I move fast to check the source of the sound. That was not a good idea as a sudden sharp pain strikes around my body all at once and I groan loudly, closing my eyes and settling back into the couch.
As I slowly open my eyes and turn my head to the right, I find that the ceiling was quickly replaced by a pair of chocolate brown eyes filled with concern. Huh? I guess I am still dreaming. "Are you okay? Do need some medicine? What are you feeling now? Where does it hurt?," Joey asked the questions so quickly, that I barely caught them. "I am….umm fine," I mumble, blinking quickly, "I just feel a little soar". He visibly relaxed a little, "that's expected, just a good rest along with your medicine and you will be good," he finished, throwing me the most awkward close-mouthed smile ever. "Thank you, I guess," I say before slowly pushing myself up into a sitting position, wincing a little with every move of my very soar muscles. As I finally settle in, I glance back at Joey and he is staring back at me intensely, analyzing my face.
I clear my throat, "Where am I?" I ask. "It's Valon's apartment, we—he just wanted to make sure you were okay," Joey said, glancing at the floor before looking back at me. If I didn't know any better, I would have said that he was embarrassed. Maybe I do have a concussion after all. I nod at him and we stay there in silence for what seems like forever until the sound of Valon's voice shatters it. "Jossseeeeeeeppppphhhhhh, hey Joe would you like your favorite bunny shaped pancakes?" Valon calls in a sing-song voice as Joey blushed deeply and takes off screaming towards the source of the voice, throwing around insults.
The bickering gets louder and several uncommon (Australian I assume) insults are spat out and I can't help but laugh. Suddenly the apartment falls silent and Valon comes rushing out of the kitchen at the sound of laugh. He stops just a few centimeters away from me before he drops on his knees and shackles me in a bearhug. "Thank God you are okay. Oh, I was so worried about you!" he whispers into my ear. "never do that to me again," he demands as he slowly pulls away, still gripping my arms with his hands.
"Not if I can help it," I mumble back trying to hold back a sob "thank you for always being there for me, I don't know where I would be without you". Valon smiles softly at me before pulling me into another hug. I settle into his embrace and notice Joey staring at us, I can'tread his expression, yet I am unable to look away.
If somebody told me that I would be having a late breakfast with Mai Valentine and Valon a week ago, I would have laughed really hard and probably punched them. Yet here I am sitting at the table in front of bunny-shaped pancakes with these two very same people. Life is crazy, and I do not like it at all.
Mai and Valon were having a full conversation about something, I am not sure what, I lost track halfway. Sitting there I realized how very out of place I was, I don't belong here, and it would be better if I would just leave, my old man would have left the house by now. However, every time I looked at her, I couldn't bring myself to leave, I needed to know that she was going to be okay, you can never be too sure. I stare back down at my plate and try to stuff my face with food, feeling full for probably the first time in my life.
It took three calls for me to realize that Valon was talking to me. "Huh?", I mumble like an idiot, looking back at them. "I was just wondering if you were doing anything after breakfast," Valon said. " Oh not really, I was just going to head home," I reply back quickly. "Good because I was wondering if you could drop by Mai's apartment and pick up some clothes and necessities for her".
I stared back at him, shocked with my mouth open agape. Mai must have been just as shocked as her expression mirrored mine, "Valon what are you doing, I want to go back home, I need to go back home!" Mai exclaimed dramatically. Actually, it was pretty cute that I almost smiled. I want to die.
"I won't take no for an answer, you need to be taken care of and that can't happen with you alone at home," Valon said in a firm tone and I was sure that she is not going to be able to change his mind. Mai seemed to understand that as well because she let out a deep sigh, "fine but I will go get my stuff, I don't need help," she said looking at Valon. "I cannot be sure you are safe going home alone and I can't come with you, I'm running low on groceries and need a long trip to the supermarket," Valon said "besides I will feel better if you atleast take Joey with you".
Mai visibly froze. Since the little encounter on the couch, Mai made a point to ignore my existence, she wouldn't look at me or even participate in any exchange that involved me. It's like she was just hoping I would disappear, and at that point I hoped I could do that too.
"Better? Really Valon? Being with him will make you feel safe?" Mai spat "do you not realize that all of this happened because of him?". That was it, I couldn't handle anymore of this. I stand up quickly and make a point to address Valon and Valon alone. "I'm going home Valon, let the princess pickup her stuff alone. This is no longer my problem," I say loudly, trying to hold back my anger and turned around heading to grab my bag and stridding towards the door.
Just as I reached the door, Valon stooped. "What the hell are you doing, mate? I am trying to fix this mess up and you are not helping! Get back in here and drop her off at home and bring her back here safely. That's the least you can do," Valon whispered to me in a heated tone. "I f*ed up okay? But that last showdown in the alley was not my idea, so I have done more than enough by saving her and getting her here, it's not like she appreciates any of it!" I spit the words at Valon part in anger and part in…hurt? Why would I be hurt by any of this?. He stared at me for a long time before finally saying, "take her home and fix this". I scoff loudly, "and how do you suggest I do that, mate?".
"Just…apologize to her, okay?" Valon said exhaling loudly, "I'm going to convince her to let you take her home, so you get off your lazy ass and fill in the gaps for her". He gave me one final glance back before he headed back towards the dinner table. I stare at his retreating figure before I exhale a breath that I did not know I was holding and slouch heavily on the nearest seat.
"I wish it was that easy," I mumble under my breath, waiting for them to come.
Things are heating up, I hope they can fix it soon ;)