I take a sip of my hot chocolate and grin at it's deliciousness. My dad sits next to me, and just smiles. We are watching a nice family movie that I haven't watched since I was a little kid. Those were the best kinds of movies.
The roses given from Lux are in a vase on the table, with some ice cold water giving it nourishment, along with the artificial light. My dad sips his coffee, reading the paper casually as I am abiding by my mother's punishment.
I hear the soft opening of the door, but I ignore it as I watch the movie. Just then, I see my mom's figure appear from the hallway. She looks better than she has ever looked, and a heavy weight has looked as though as it has been lifted off of her shoulders.
"Hey Rini, hey Darien," she greets softly, smiling.
"Hey mom!" I smile, looking up at her.
"Hey Bunny," dad smiles as well.
"What are you guys doing?" she walks into the living room as a blanket drapes over her shoulder. I notice her hair is all messed up one side, and as she stretches, I hear alot of her bones crack, meaning that she probably barely moved at all during her sleep.
"Just a kid movie," I reply. "Do you want some breakfast, mom?"
"Yeah, I am a bit hungry," she mumbles, rubbing her tummy with a bit of pout in her lips.
"I'll make you something," dad offers as he stands up.
Mom frowns a bit, but then her expressions softens. "Are you sure? ...I don't want to put you through that trouble."
"It's nothing," dad tells her, walking into the kitchen to whip up some food.
Mom sits beside me, and wraps an arm around me. "Oh, I love this movie." She starts to relax, but then notices the roses. "Who are the roses for?"
"Lux visited you, but you were sleeping."
"Oh..." she doesn't say anything.
A few minutes, dad comes back out with a plate of food.
"Here you go," he hands her the plate.
"Thanks," mom grabs the plate as dad sits next to her, a bit close. But my mom doesn't seem to notice.
"So what have you guys been doing while I was asleep?" she questioned, eating with a hungry lust in her eyes.
"Just watching TV... eating. The usual," dad replied, rubbing his hands as they became cold.
"How boring..." she mumbled with a pout. "How about we go out to eat somewhere?" she questioned with a glint in her eyes.
"Really?" I question with a raise of my eyebrow.
"Yeah... It'd be boring in here, wouldn't it?" she stretches her body, and I could see some of her bones protruding. "Besides, I want to eat something exotic..."
"Are you serious?" dad asks.
"Yes, I am." she huffs with a pout of her lips. "Come on, let's get ready." she says, walking away to her room.
I look at my dad with a look of confusion. "Is she okay?"
"It's best to just not ask," he mumbles.
"Mmkay..." I mumble uneasily.
"Where do you guys want to eat?" mom questions as she walks beside me. "We could have Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Indian... whatever you guys want."
"Are you okay, mom?" I question her with a bit of uneasiness.
"I'm fine, Rini," she smiles gently. "What makes you think different?"
"Nothing..." I turn my head around. "Well... we should all settle on something, don't you think?"
"Yeah, I suppose," she shrugs. "Darien, what do you want?"
"Me?" he looks a bit surprised at the sudden question. "In all honesty, I don't mind what we eat. You can choose,"
Mom pouts a bit, but then decides. "How about Italian? I've been in an Italian mood nowadays..." she strokes an imaginary beard. "What do you guys think?"
"Yeah," I agree.
"Sounds good to me," dad smiles.
"Perfect!" mom puts an arm around my shoulder protectively. "Rini, do you need anything? Anything at all?"
"No, I'm good." I tell her.
"Are you sure?" she questions once more.
"Yes," I reassure her.
"Mkay..." we walk down the bustling streets.
We entered the Italian restaurant and set our stuff down, waiting for a menu to be given to us.
"So Rini, how is school going for you?" mom asked as I sat beside my dad, and she sits on the opposite side.
"It's good," I smile. "I'm making all A's."
"That's good..." she breathed a sigh of relief. "I was worried..." she trailed, but didn't finish what she was saying.
"Worried about what?" I questioned, but she didn't answer.
The waiter handed us are menu, and the three of us skimmed over it.
"Rini, get anything you want, okay?" mom smiled at me.
"Are you sure?"
"Yes. Darien, get anything you want as well," she smiled at dad.
We quickly ordered something, got our drinks of water, and waited patiently for our food to arrive.
"Are you sure nothing is wrong, mom?"
She sighed, as if annoyed by this question. "Look, Rini. I'm fine. What happened yesterday was in the past, and... I'm over it, okay? It..." she stuttered, lowering her head. "I was just stressed out. It's nothing to worry about, I'm completely fine." she attempted a smile, but it was not very convincing to either of us.
"So Bunny," my dad started as he uneasily cracked his knuckles. "Within a month or so, I will be leaving to go back to France."
My mother snapped her head a bit with widened eyes. "W-Why?" she questioned with a heavy voice.
"They are needing me badly. If I don't go back, there will be some unhappy people." he lowered his head as well, as if telling mom that was hurting him.
"Oh..." she whispered. "Well... At least they appreciate your services, and what you do." she murmured, flashing the fakest smile she could muster. I could notice that she was shaking a bit.
My dad didn't say anything. I just sat there in an awkward silence, feeling like screaming at them to make up.
We got our food a few minutes later, and we just ate in silence.
"Rini," mom started. "How's Momo?"
"That's good." she drinks the water. I sighed heavily, leaning against my father's shoulder. Why couldn't they just make up?
I looked at my mother, and could see that she wasn't feeling so well. I looked at my father, and saw that he, too, was not feeling so well. My eyebrows furrowed in frustration and anger.
It looks like I have to resort to drastic measures.
After eating at the restaurant, I decided to just walk around the park. Rini walked further ahead of us, so Darien and I stayed behind.
"So... you're going back to France?" I asked in a small voice.
"Yeah," he murmured. "They are desperately needing me back."
"I see..." I whispered. Inside, it hurt me. I didn't want to lose Darien. I had just decided to give him another chance, and now he was leaving me. Could I make him stay? Or would he not want that.
"I'm sorry about last night," I told him, not meeting his eyes.
"Why are you sorry?" he looked at me with creased eyebrows.
"I just... freaked out and took out all my emotions and all my anger out on you. When you don't deserve that."
He chuckled a bit, but it was bitter. "It's none of your fault. You've just kept all your emotions bunched up, untold. It was only a matter of time before they released. In any event, crying relieves stress and people feel better after crying."
"I'm not talking about that." I looked at him. "I said... I told you that I hated you. I'm sorry... I never meant to say any of that. I was just angry... and just..."
He gently took my hand, and I gasped in shock. "Don't be sorry," he whispered.
I hesitantly took my hand back. I was still kind of scared to get close to him.
He sighed, and we continued to walk. "Why didn't you report Damon to the police? Why did you let him abuse you all these years?"
I took a deep breath. The last thing I wanted was to talk about Damon. "There wasn't enough evidence to support my claims. He turned off the cameras, none of the employees knew about it. Besides... he provided me with money that helped me."
"At the cost of your body," Darien said with disgust.
My eyes saddened.
"I should've killed that bastard..." he muttered.
"You would've gotten arrested!" I told.
"I don't care! He should pay for treating you in such a filthy and inhumane way!" The fire in Darien's eyes made me blush, and I quickly looked away.
"I was scared, okay?" I told him truthfully. "I was scared he would find a way to bribe the court of his innocence. I was scared he would... I was just scared of him. I was scared of his control over me - that's why I didn't tell." I murmured.
Darien sighed, weaving a hand through his hair. "If you can't do that, then at least get a restraining order. I don't want that son of a bitch anywhere near you."
I smiled a bit at his overprotectiveness of me. It was a quality that always made me feel safe around him.
"About that night..." Darien started. "I... I am telling the truth." he looked at me with innocence and pleading in his eyes. "What happened that night was all my fault. I fucked up your life... You were right last night," he laughed bitterly. "It is all my fault. It seems like people I get close to end up getting hurt..."
"Darien, I was just angry. I didn't know what I was saying," I said in his defense.
"Yeah, but it was still the truth." his eyes were saddened. "You are living this horrible life because of me. I don't expect you to forgive me, but if you give me the chance, I want to make your life better for you."
My heart beat faster at his words, and I quickly looked away. He stopped walking, and pushed my face so that I was looking in his eyes. He brushed over the scar on my eye gently with his thumb, and just by doing that, his eyes welled up as if he were ashamed. "I'm sorry..." he cleared his voice.
"You were drunk-"
He just chuckled. "By your defensiveness, I guess it is safe to assume you are giving me another chance?"
"I just..." I took a deep breath. "Can I tell you something?"
He nodded, and listening intently.
"That night that you were drunk... That night you hit me... I was scared of you." I whispered quickly, and didn't meet his eyes. "I was scared because I hadn't ever been hit before, and when you did that, it just reminded me of how much power you had over me. I became scared of that power, so I ran away. I was scared that if I stayed with you, you would..." I wiped away the tears that fell down my face. I hated crying. I felt so weak at the moment
Darien just stayed silent, as if he were in shock of this revelation.
"I'm not as strong as you think I am. I was scared... I was weak, so I ran away from my problem. And now, here I am, crying because I'm still scared you might do something to me, still scared that I'll be hated by the person I once loved... still scared." I quickly wiped away the tears.
Just then, I felt myself being pulled in a tight embrace. Darien clutched me tightly, and put his hand at the back of my head.
"I'm sorry I made you feel like that." he whispered in a choked voice. "That's the last thing I've ever wanted you to feel."
I didn't make any move to hug him back, but it was comforting and nice to be enveloped in someone's arms. It made me feel relaxed and at ease.
"You are one of the strongest girls I know, Bunny. Don't ever think you are weak," those words soothed my ears. "You had every right to feel that way, and you don't deserve a guy like me. You deserve someone better, who wouldn't ever make you feel this way."
I lightly hugged him back, but he quickly released me. He wiped away the tears in his eyes, and just smiled at me.
"Maybe... maybe we can become friends again." I brought this up. "Maybe we can start again..."
Darien smiled, even though I saw the hurt in his eyes. "I'd like that alot."
~Few Days Later~
"So let me get this straight, you want us to help your father and mother get back together?" Raye questioned me. Lita, Mina, and Amy sat around her on the sofa while I sat on the other side.
"Yes," I told her with a fierce look in my eye. "I'm getting sick and tired of my mother and father avoiding one another! My mom has come to tolerate my father these days, but ever since he told her he was leaving, she's been avoiding him! I know my mother loves my father, and now that she's let all her stress, anger, and emotions out..." I sighed. "I just want them back together!"
"Is your mother doing alright?" Mina questioned uneasily. I could see the guilt she felt, I could see the guilt that all the girls felt, for abandoning my mother and letting her suffer.
"Yeah, she seems to be doing better..." I whispered.
"Well, Rini," Amy started. "I agree with you that your parents love each other, but how are we going to get them together? Love is not something that can be found within a month,"
"Technically, they're already in love." Lita told, drinking her tea. "They are just blinded by other emotions to really truly realize it."
"Then we have to make sure that they realize they're in love! Bunny deserves the best after being with us through our high school years!" Raye explained.
"But how will we do this? Darien says he will be leaving in a month," Amy restated this fact.
"Amy, do you know who you have in this room?" Mina questioned. "I am Mina, the goddess of love! I can make a flower fall in love with a rock," she tells with a voice of triumph. "And, I will make Bunny fall in love with Darien within a month. Within that time, Darien will realize that Bunny feels the same as he does, and he'll stay with her!"
"But how?" Amy once again questioned.
"Amy, please. Just let me work my magic. I will make them realize their feelings even if I have to lock them in a closet for a week!"
"That's a bit too drastic, isn't it?" Lita questioned nervously.
"No, it's not," she replied with a straight face.
"So you can make my parents get back together?"
"Hah!" Mina laughed. "I can do better than that! I will make sure that they love each other so much that they will be having se-" Raye quickly shut off Mina's mouth so I couldn't even hear what she was going to say next.
"Mina!" Amy scolded. "Rini is in the room!"
Mina just waved her off. "Well, I believe it's time we start Operation Love!"
"So, what do you have in mind for Operation Love?" I questioned her.
"Okay," Mina sat down. "We need to make sure that Bunny and Darien will be alone for a couple of nights. You can't be with them, Rini,"
"I can say that I'm staying over at a friend's house,"
"You can stay here at my temple, Rini, while we monitor what's going on."
"You want to monitor what's going on?" I raised my eyebrow.
"We'll have to make sure they go out every night. To some fancy restaurant where they can talk." Mina said.
"Well, they can also stay at home and talk; since my mom doesn't have that job, she can come home earlier." my hands grip when I remembered that job. If I ever saw Damon, I would probably punch him.
"Well, we have to make sure that it would be a romantic setting around them." Mina murmured.
"You can always cut off the power to my mom's apartment, and have a candle light setting," Raye murmured, as if remembering a candle light setting of her own.
"Very good idea!" Mina wrote that down. "Have no fear, Rini! All of us girls will plan a date that will have your mother falling to her knees for Darien!"
I smiled. I just prayed that this would work. I prayed my mom and dad would be happy again.