Okay, before I start apologizing for not putting up another chapter last week like I said I would let me say that it was NOT MY FAULT! I got my computer taken away for performing scientific semi-chemical experiments on my little brother. Before I continue let me just point out that there was no permanent damage and all pain inflicted was completely gone in less than a half hour. So it was a very unfair punishment but it is over now and I got it revoked early for good behavior. Alright, back to normality. So I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT IT IS CHAPTER 20 ALREADY! I literally feel like I JUST started writing this and it is already on Chapter 20! I do not know whether that makes me happy or sad. I do not foresee an ending any time soon so no worries about that. I hope that you guys have liked the story so far and I want to thank everyone who has reviewed since the beginning. Also, I updated my profile a few days ago because it was really lame before. So check that out because it has a lot more info about me now. So, enjoy the chapter and please remember to leave a review!
I paced back and forth in my room, too anxious to sit still. I was waiting for my tutor to come and collect me for my lesson and I was terrified that he would notice that something was wrong. I did not want him to know about what had happened earlier in the day for many reasons. I did not want him to know that I had gone out alone. And more importantly I did not want him to find out that Alexander had been the one to save me.
Before I had time to think of what to do there was a soft taping on the glass of the mirror. I turned towards it, knowing that there was no way out now.
"Good evening Mary-Alice." He said with a smile as he slid the glass of the mirror open.
"Good evening." I managed to say quietly as I stepped towards him. I didn't know how he would find out, but I knew that he always had his ways. I had never been able to hide anything from him before.
We made the journey to his home fairly silently and my fear slowly began to go away. Of course there would be no way for him to know. I tried to reassure myself that if he already knew, he would have said something about it by now.
I took my place standing next to his organ as usually but when he came over he did not sit down.
"Oh no, my student." He said. "Not today. Today we will be working on your playing." He motioned for me to sit on the bench in front of the organ. I slowly sat down.
"Any particular reason?" I asked.
"You haven't gotten a chance to play since you arrived here." He said as he sat next to me on the bench. "You need to keep practicing if you want to improve."
"But Monsieur, I play the piano not the organ." I pointed out. "They are very different." He smiled and nodded in agreement.
"Yes, that is correct." He responded. "But I would like to teach you this. It is my favorite and I would love for you to learn."
"Of course." I said. He put a sheet of music in front of me and told me to play it as best I could. It wasn't a terribly difficult piece but it was odd playing and having a sound other than the piano come out. It wasn't a bad thing just quiet different.
Throughout the piece he would interject small instructions telling me to go slower, faster, quieter. I did not mind them but suddenly they stopped. About halfway through the piece he became completely silent. It wasn't a satisfied silent, it was a silence that scared me. I continued playing but started paying less and less attention to the piece and more to any sound and movement he was making; there were none.
Suddenly he grabbed my arm, forcing me to stop playing. I was startled and I looked up at him. He was staring intensely at my hands. It confused me for a moment before I looked at them. My sleeve had rolled up a bit exposing my black and blue wrist. I had forgotten about it. It certainly hadn't gotten any better, if anything the colors had become darker. He picked my hand up carefully as if it were about to shatter into a million pieces.
"What happened?" he asked quietly.
I shook my head slowly. "I-I'm not sure…"
"Do not lie to me Mary-Alice!" he said a bit louder.
I hesitated before speaking. "I was out walking." I said very quietly. "And there were these people." I twisted the word, too disgusted by them to even comfortably call them that. "And they tried to…" my voice trailed off before I finished the sentence. By the way his expression hardened and his eyes flared I knew that I didn't need to. "But I got away before they could. But one of them grabbed my wrist to hard and it left that." I said motioning to my injured wrist.
He didn't speak for a few moments. He hardly even moved, he remained as still as a stone. "How?" he asked through clenched teeth. "How did you get away? If there was more than one of them how could you even manage to?" I didn't meet his gaze as I answered.
"Alexander found me." I said barely above a whisper. "He was walking by and heard me yelling. He got me away from them and then brought me back here." Nothing happened for a moment. It seemed like the world stood still but in reality it was just my world. There was not a sound or a movement. Then he shot up.
"Him!" he roared. "He was with you!" He was angrily pacing the room in huge steps. I raced over to him and grabbed on of his arms with both of my hands.
"No!" I said. "No, I was alone. I left here alone! He had already been out and when I yelled for help he heard me!" He stopped walking and turned to face towards me, anger laced into every word.
"Why would you go out alone?" he yelled, refocusing his anger on me. That was better; let him be angry at me. It was a thousand times better than him being angry at Alexander.
"I'm sorry." I said. "I know I shouldn't have but I wanted some time to just think. I hadn't been out of here in so long and I wanted to be by myself. It seemed like a good idea at the time." I said, my voice become quieter at the end.
He groaned, obviously not sure what emotion to be feeling. Anger towards me, hatred towards Alexander, or both. He took a deep breath and spoke again, this time he was calmer. "Mary-Alice you have no idea, do you? No idea what would happen if I lost you?" I was taken aback by his question and I didn't answer, knowing that he wasn't done. "Mary-Alice I need you to be more careful. At least go a few weeks without me having to save you or find out that you needed saving. God, and that boy." He spat the word. "Of course he was the one to save you. Of course it just had to be him! But I can not even be mad because if he hadn't been there… I don't even want to think about that." He pulled his hands through his hair. He took me by the shoulders and crouched down so he could talk to my face. "Mary-Alice I need you to understand. This does not change anything. My mind has already been made up about him and you can not keep seeing him. I am grateful for what he did but god Mary-Alice, I still hate him. Hate him with everything I have. Do you understand?" he asked me. I knew this time I would have no choice but to respond.
"Yes, I do." I said simply. I knew that this wouldn't change anything. I hadn't thought for a second that it would. But I still knew that I couldn't just not see Alexander.
He sighed. Whether it was in relief or just because he was tired, I did not know. "Alright Mary-Alice. Enough with me yelling. Were you hurt anywhere else?" he asked. I knew better than to lie to him and say no so I told him about my head and my shoulder.
The next half hour was spent with him trying to fix everything, even what wasn't fixable. I sat still and quietly, knowing that arguing with treatment would just be a waste of breath. The evening ended with him playing a few songs on his organ with me listening from the couch and me falling asleep to the sound of his music. I assumed that he carried me back to my room because when I woke up I was in my own bed.
A really short chapter but I really wanted to get one out quickly. I am pretty busy tomorrow but my finals start on Wednesday so that means a lot of days with only about an hour of school which means a lot of extra time! I will see what I can do about getting another chapter up soon! Don't forget to check out my new profile and REVIEW! Thank you!