An hour after returning to my suite, I got a knock on my door. I expected Rose or Lissa, maybe even Dimitri or Christian to beat the snot out of me. What I didn't expect was a sobbing Aqua. As soon as the door was open, she was hugging my waist and crying into my chest. Her hair was a mess. Her face was covered in tears and snot. There was a suit case in the hall.
"Can I move in for a little bit?" she asked, sniffling. I hugged her.
"Of course. As long as you want to." She squeezed me and I was starting to have trouble breathing.
"Aqua, honey, loosen your grip, please," I weezed.
"Sorry." I grabbed her head between my hands and made her look at me.
"Me and Alex are getting a divorce," she said in a monotone. "We fought, and we're done." I hugged her again.
"I feel like this is my fault," I whispered.
"It's not," she said firmly, and, even in her current state, she sounded like a true Queen. "I loved you first, and I should have married you." I smiled.
"I loved you first, and I should have flirted with you first, instead of Rose."
"Yeah, how'd that work out for you?"
"Not very well. My second love is getting married."
"You don't say." She laughed weakly.
"I say." I pulled back, sitting her down on the couch and taking in her stuff.
"Do you think Frankie'll still think of me as her mommy?" she asked as I sat next to her. The afternoon sunlight (it was 12pm in human time, 12am in vampire time) filled the room. I looked down at her, the light casting a depressing shadow over her face. I wiped her face.
"Of course. Nothing will never change the fact that you're her mother and she is your daughter."
"I guess." She leaned her head on my shoulder and I stroked her hair. Someone started banging on the door, and for a second I thought it was Alex, until I heard Lissa and Rose yell, "Let us in!" I got up, giving Aqua a kiss on the head before going to open the door for them. As soon as I opened the door, they were running to Aqua's side.
"It'll be okay," Rose soothed, hugging Aqua. They both had their arms around her, making a very tight vice that no normal person, Moroi, or dhampir could get out of. An Aqua, on the other hand... But she didn't want to get out their embrace.
"Everything will be fine," Lissa cooed, kissing her hair. I just stood aside to give them a moment.
"What did I ever do to deserve you guys?" Aqua asked, eyes shooting to me for a half second before going back to Lissa and Rose.
"None of this is your fault. You can't help who you fall in love with." Rose rolled her eyes. "Trust me." Aqua chuckled and kissed both of their cheeks.
"Yeah, you're living examples of that. You fell for my cousins, of all the knucklheads in the world."
"And you fell for Adrian Ivashkov," Rose retorted, eyes narrowed.
"Hey, I'm right here!" I exclaimed.
"I know right," she said. I rolled my eyes and scooted Rose over, sitting in the space I'd made.
"No need to be so petty," I said, an arm going around Aqua' waist. Her blue eyes went unfocused and she stopped moving and blinking all together. I panicked, shaking her and calling her name.
"She's in Alex's head."
"Just because their marriage is broken doesn't mean the bond is." I sighed and watched her, waiting for her to snap back into it. When she did, she shot up, running to the door.
"What's wrong?" I asked, running after her. I caught her arm and spun her around. "What's going on?"
"Frankie's having an asthma attack. Alex panicked, that's why I got sucked into his head." She shook me off and was out the door and bolting down the hall in seconds. Rose, Lissa, and I ran after her, and we got to the suite in time to find her running out of the door carrying Frankie, who was weezing like there was an anvil on her chest.
"Breath, honey, breath," Aqua told her, trying to sound calm, but there was a panicky edge to her voice. We ran after them. There was no sign of Alex. Rose was ahead of us, me behind her, and Lissa behind me. Aqua, of course, was in the very front.
"Help!" Aqua yelled when we were in the medical clinic. "She's having an asthma attack!" Paramedics came running with a stretcher, and I laid her down on it. They wheeled her off and I tried to follow, but they told me to stay here.
"Is she okay?" I heard Alex asked from behind us. We turned and saw him just running through the door.
"They just took her back. They won't let me back. Where the hell were you? I thought you were right behind me? Where was her inhaler? Where were you? Were you even watching her?" Aqua just kept nailing him with questions, stepping foward with each one.
"I was getting Frankie's stuff, her inhaler was on a shelf, I was calling for divorce papers"- Aqua flinched -"and no I couldn't watch her, she was in her room."
"Why was the inhaler up on the shelf when I put it in her room? You couldn't have brought her into the living room to do whatever she was doing?"
"She was watching TV."
"You could have brought her into the living room and told her to keep quiet. She's four. She knows how to do that," Aqua said, throwing her hands up in exasperation.
"Okay, I messed up. We all do. You of all people should know that!" I stepped foward, pulling Aqua back.
"Calm down before you do something stupid," I said, stroking her hair. She took deep calming breaths and started to relax one tense muscle at a time. At that moment I wanted to start screaming at Alex for everything that'd happened today. But I didn't. I wanted to, but I didn't. There were way more important matters to attend to. Dimitri and Christian burst through the door a minute later.
"What's going on? Is she okay?" Dimitri asked us.
"She's in the back. She had an asthma attack and they won't let me back," Aqua said, a tear rolling down her cheek. They hugged her and told her everything would be okay. We all went to sit in the waiting room, Aqua in my lap, Rose and Lissa on either side of us, Dimitri and Christian next to them, and Alex next to Christian. You could tell we were all nervous. My leg was shaking, as well as Chris and Dimitri's, Aqua was biting her nails and fidling with the fabric of her dress - she still hadn't changed out of it - Lissa and Rose were looking around the room aimlessly, their eyes connecting every few seconds, and Alex was shaking his leg and running his hands through his hair obsessively.
"Francheska Montego?" the nurse called. We all shot up. "Parents first." Alex and Aqua looked at each other breifly and then walked up to the nurse.
"How is she?" Aqua asked.
"She's stable, but we want to keep her over night for observation." They both let out huge breaths at the news.
"Can we go see her?"
"Of course. She's in room 25." Aqua let out a wry laugh.
"That's how old I turned today."
"Don't- Thanks." They headed back and we all had to sit there and wait ten minutes before we were let back.
"You are all here for Fancheska?" the nurse asked.
"Yes," Dimitri said.
"You all can go back now. Don't put her under too much stress." We stood up and went back, Rose and Lissa clutching Dimitri and Christian's hands. When we entered the room, she was sitting upright in the hospital bed, her brown hair ruffled and curly.
"Stop fighting!" she exclaimed, looking back and forth from Aqua to Alex.
"Are we interupting something?" I asked. All three heads shot to us at the door.
"Um, no," Aqua said, giving a forced smile.
"Okay," I said, eyeing her before going to her side.
"Do you love mommy?" Frankie asked, blue eyes on me. I blushed and hesitated.
"Yes, I do," I said finally.
"Do you love Adrian?" This was pointed toward Aqua.
"Yes," she said.
"But you love daddy, too?" she asked. Aqua looked at me and I nodded, knowing her answer.
"Yes, I do," she said, eyes down.
"Do you love mommy?" She was looking at Alex.
"Yes," he said. "But she loves Adrian more. I suppose as long as she's happy, I'm happy." He smiled at Aqua, a friendly smile and nothing more.
"Truce?" Aqua asked, reaching a hand out.
"Truce." They shook hands, both smiling. Frankie smiled.
"Don't mind us," Christian said. Frankie laughed and stretched her arms out to hug Chris, Dimitri, Rose, and Lissa.
"How're you?" Rose asked, planting a kiss on her temple.
"Cool. Light-headed, but cool," she said. We laughed.
"How's your boyfriend?" Lissa asked, putting her her chin in her handslike she was looking for some serious gossip.
"We're having some problems," she said with a sigh, like it was really putting stress on her. "He's been ignoring me lately. Where did I ever go wrong?"
"I'm sure he's just preoccupied," Rose said, rubbing her back soothingly.
"I guess," she sighed. I laughed and pinched her cheek.
"He still likes you. Who couldn't with your cuteness?" She laughed and swatted my hand away.
"Make me," I challenged. She smirked and pinched my cheek, but much harder than I had, to the point where it actually hurt.
"Okay, I'll be quiet." She stuck her tongue out at me, which I returned. Everyone laughed.
"Okay, kids, stop before I put you both in the corner," Aqua said.
"He started it," Frankie proclaimed, pointing at me.
"Can we just agree that you both started it and move on with our lives?" Rose asked, shaking her head and laughing.
"Agreed." Chris ruffled Frankie's hair.
"I'm happy you're okay, kido," he said, kissing her forehead. She hugged his neck and kissed his cheek.
"Thanks, Chrissy." He groaned and shook his head.
"Don't call me- You're welcome."
"Hey, guys," I heard Tasha's voice at the door. (A/N She's not homicidal! Yay!) "How're you?" She hugged Frankie.
"Good. I've been better, but good."
"That's good." She looked at Aqua and me, my arms around her waist from behind. "Am I missing something?"
"Alex and Aqua are getting a divorce." They averted their eyes. "Adrian and Aqua are together." Tasha smiled.
"I had a feeling you'd get together eventually," she said.
"You what?" everyone exclaimed.
"Please. I've known they loved each other since they were both little. It was so obvious." Alex laughed awkwardly.
"If we're being honest, I've known since we bonded."
"Speaking of the bond..." Aqua said awkwardly. "Its' going to be pretty awkward knowing everything each other is thinking." She raised her eyebrows suggestively and Alex's cheeks turned bright red.
"There's only one way to end a bond. And that's not really a good way." Aqua 's face went deathly pale. The only way known was for one bondee to die and come back without the help of a Spirit user.
"Well, I've actually been thinking..." She was meek about expressing what she was thinking.
"And," she looked around, "I think that if one of us dies, and then becomes bonded with someone else, it'd be more... I don't know, there'd be a greater chance of success."
"That's actually a pretty good theory. It might just work."
"But who would Alex bond to? Lissa can't, because she's already bonded to Rose," I said, remembering how insane Avery'd been. "And bonding with me'd be just as awkward. And it'd be the same with Hanna, because of Jesse." Aqua looked at me.
"That's the thing. Alex isn't the one dying. I am." This caused a huge arguement between everyone.
"No way. Not a chance," I said.
"I agree, we don't know if this will work or not," Alex agreed.
"But it's the only way to get rid of the bond," Rose argued. "At least, it's more full-proof than the other way."
"I think it could work, when you look at what we know about bonding," Lissa interjected. "If dying and coming back without Spirit breaks a bond, and dying and coming back with Spirit bonds someone, then shouldn't a bonded person dying and coming back by another Spirit user other than their bondee break the original bond and then form a new one?"
"But it's too risky. I can't risk her life like that."
"I think she should do it," Frankie said. She'd been quiet since the coversation started. "I mean, it sounds logical." I still baffles me to this day how smart that girl is.
"See? Even the 4-year-old agrees," Aqua said, then grimacing when she realized how bad that sounded. "Never mind that."
"You're not doing it, end of disgussion," I said.
"And since when do you dictate what I do?" she snapped, eyes narrowed at me.
"I'm not trying to dictate what you do, I just don't want to lose you when I just got you." She frowned and shifted weight.
"And you know my healing isn't perfect," I added. "There's a chance I might not be able to save you."
"Try. Please? Just... try. I'm begging." I sighed.
"Okay. But not yet. Not until my healing is somewhere near perfect." She grinned and hugged me.
"I promise nothing will go wrong," she whispered.
"You better be right."
"Oh, I know I'm right." She smirked.
"Can we please get away from this subject of conversation?" Tasha, who'd been very quiet, asked.
"So, what about them Patriots?"
Hey guys! How're you? This was just kind of a filler chapter, showing how Aqua and Alex become just friends and how they're going to solve the bond problem.
Adrian: (slurred) Hey, Ash. How's it (burp) goin'?
Me: Adrian, you're drunk.
Adrian: Hells yeah!
Aqua: Sorry, he got out off the house.
Me: Yeah, I see that. Here. (Gives Aqua pain meds) He'll need these tomorrow morning.
Aqua: (groaning) I know.
Adrian: (slurred) I want some peanut butter!
Aqua: You can have peanut butter when we get home.
Adrian: Peanut butter? Who ever said anything about peanut butter?
Aqua: The magical banana said you want some.
Adrian: Then it must be true! Let's go get some peanut butterrrrrrrrr! (Runs/stumbles home)
Aqua: Again, I'm sorry about him.
Me: It's cool. Just keep him occupied with that peanut butter. (winks)
Aqua: (blushes) Will do.