Axel and I walked our way to the street that we lived on. The walk wasn't that unpleasant as we continued our descend towards our homes. “what is that?” Axel said as he looked pointing out into the distance.
I looked to wear he was talking about. There in the distance was the blue and red lights flashing in and out into night. I gulped, it was police car and whats worse? The fact that it was right infront of my house. I rushed to the house, in full panic, I ignored the cry coming from Axel as he also tried to run besides me. This couldn't be! What the hell brought this on to the point where the police needed to be involved? Who called the police? Why did they call them?
As I got nearer I seen my fathers hulking figure being pressed against the police car from a police women as she is placing a police cuff on his wrist.
“Hey!” I yelled at her. The women looked shocked as she snapped her head to look at me.
“Whats going on?” I asked her, bewildered that my father is being arrested.
The lady answered me in calm voice. “This man is being reported for child neglect and the use of drugs.” I felt my stomach drop. “What?” I said to her, not fully comprehending on what she was saying. The lady didn't repeat herself as she ushered my father into the car. Once he was inside the lady turned to me once more. “Are you Hayden Foxglove Rye by chance?” She asked me, her tone gave me an impression that she meant business.
“Hayden, whats going on?” Said Axel as he got nearer.
That's what I want to know to but instead of answering to Axel, I told the lady that it was my name.
“Perfect. Now we don't have to go on a man hunt then.” The lady said, she pulled out her walkie talkie thing and said something into it before turning to me once more.
“I called for back up. They are coming down to get you.” She said to me informatively.
I didn't say anything to her. The sickness kept on growing in me with each passing minute. The lady knelt down to my eye level and gave me a brief smile.
“Don't worry hun. You're not going to be in trouble. We just need to make sure that you are ok.” She said to me reassuringly. “In the meantime, I am going to stay here with you until back up arrives and explain the situation to them and we go our separate ways ok?”
I still didn't say a word to her.
“In the mean time, I think it would be best that you would please pack up some stuff during the wait, hun.” She said to me.
I nodded once more and began to walk towards the house but I felt a presence right behind me. “I'm going to help.” Axel said right behind me. I shook my head at him, “No, you're not. You're going home. Let me deal with this.” I didn't want him to come into my house and see more wreckage in there. Not after when he heard stuff about my father.
I opened the front door but immediately closed and locked it right behind me before he could mutter out another word. The house was still in shambles, I ignored the pain of stepping on broken glass bottles and made my way to the room. Once there, I began to cry a bit. Not from the physical pain but from the mental pain, all these emotions kept on rushing through me as I tried to wipe the tears out of my eyes and began packing. I didn't know where I was going but I bet I might not like it because my only family member that I have is taken away from me. The first things that I pact up was some of my clothing, then I made my way to the bookshelf and packed some of my artist sketchbooks as well. The last thing that I packed up was my mothers sketch books. After all that was done, I made my way back down to the front of the house and unlocked the door and stepped outside to await my fate.
During my absence another police car was waiting for my arrival, the driver was forty something looking Asian male and he was standing right next to the car while talking to the female cop from earlier. Axel on the other hand was sitting on my porch but he immediately turned my way once he heard the door behind me shut and locked. His expression was unreadable in the dim street lights that omitted light but I could tell that he was not happy.
He stood up as soon as I began walking down towards the police officers. I really didn't want to go where they were taking me but I felt that I had no choice in the matter. The male cop stopped talking to the female cop as soon as he spotted me coming their way.
“Hayden, my name is police officer Chun and I am here to take you to a foster home.” Officer Chun said professionally as he extended his hand for me to shake. I took his hand and shook it once before letting it drop. He frowned as he spotted the bandages on my hands but soon kept his face mask with no emotions as he stepped to the side and opened the back of the car for me.
I stepped inside the small police car with belongings at hand and officer Chun closed the door for me. Once I was situated I looked out of the window and saw that Axel was not there anymore. I felt a big stab of guilt when I saw him gone but I quickly dismissed it as not something important even though it is.
Officer Chun got into the car and began driving to our new destination as I continued to stare down outside of the window.
What has become of my life?