"Come on Indra, cough it up!" I snapped.
He waved his hands. "I don't have it."
I stood up and put my hands on my hips. "Well, one of these bastards took my phone. And I'm going to figure out who." I said adamantly.
Let's see... I had it during second block, then in third we left for lunch and it was gone.
"I can't just leave it somewhere all by itself." I said.
Indra sighed and stood up. "Are you sure it's not in one of your pockets?"
"Fine. Let's retrace your steps." He said.
We went back to our classes. Second semester had us together once again, so we got close.
Although...something told me they got close to me so they could keep up with whatever was happening to Luc; even though they stressed that wasn't the case. I didn't know anything really. I was getting constant updates the first few weeks, then they stopped.
I didn't tell them where he was because Luc was already angry at me and I didn't exactly know how to tell them he ripped out his own throat and was committed.
Indra and I searched the rooms. Nothing.
I sobbed dramatically. "I'm not going to find it in time." The buses were going to leave soon.
"You know, I can drive you home." Indra said.
"No," I sighed. "I'll just get on the bus."
Evie came up to us as we walked in the hallway.
"Hey guys." She said.
I waved at her.
"I take it you didn't find the phone?" She asked.
"Nope." We said.
Evie chuckled. "It'll turn up."
She stood beside Indra. I decided to check the cafeteria again.
I backed up. "I'm going to check the cafeteria again, then head to lost and found." I told the two as I back up.
"Want us to come?" Evie asked.
"No. You can go on ahead." I answered.
The two turned and started to walk away.
I bumped into a guy's chest. "Hi."
I gasped and jumped forward as I turned around.
"Hi." He said again while grinning.
"What? What? "Hi" me? Wait, "hi?!" I questioned. He nodded.
"When did you get back?" I asked. "And when did you start speaking? Should you be speaking?" I questioned.
Luc reached into his back pocket, still grinning. He pulled out a black case.
I pointed at it, "that's my phone."
Luc nodded again. He held it out to me. I took it.
"Don't tell me you had it the entire time?" Luc nodded.
"When did you get here?" I asked. He held up two fingers. Since second block? How did I not notice him?
"It's good to see you...after all this time." I said slowly and awkwardly.
He certainly changed things up a bit. He no longer wore baggy clothes, just a white collared button up shirt with short sleeves and black pants. He wore a black sleeve on his left forearm. He even looked better, healthier even. Not so thin.
Luc put his hands on my shoulders and turned me around and started pushing, making me run.
"Hey, where are we going?" I asked.
We ran around a corner and I ran right into Evie and Indra. We all fell to the floor.
Indra raised his head up, "I heard you scream!"
I sat up. "Are you okay?" Evie asked as she climbed to her feet.
"Oh yeah," I started sarcastically, "it was just my psychotic brother playing tricks on me."
I stood up. "Believe it or not, he had my phone the whole time." I looked down at Luc scoldingly.
He was staring into Indra's eyes, Indra did the same.
Evie groaned quietly and pressed her hand to her forehead.
"Luc." She called. He looked up at her. I stepped in between the two, chuckling nervously.
"It wasn't his fault...just try to stay calm." I said.
"Fine! Tomorrow I'm going batshit, but right now I'm tired and I want to go home!" She started. "Indra, take me home!"
Evie turned around and stormed away. Indra got off the floor. "Do you guys need a ride?" He asked.
"Hell yes. The buses have most definitely left." I said.
Luc stood up and shook his head. "What?"
He grabbed my wrist and pulled.
"Where are you taking me now?" I asked.
"See you later." I called back to Indra as we left.
Luc burst through the front doors of the school and I immediately heard screaming.
"What took you so long?!" Mom's voice yelled.
Luc held his hands up.
"Luc ran into his boyfriend and couldn't leave before eye-fucking him." I answered.
"Watch the language." Mom said. Luc punched my thigh. "Ow." I whispered.
"Get in the car you two." She ordered.
When we got home Luc cautiously entered. "What is it?" I asked him.
He didn't say anything.
"This is his first time entering the house since that day." Mom answered.
I looked back at Luc.
He silently yawned and stretched.
"So you got out of the hospital and came straight to the school?" I asked him. He nodded.
"Ok." I turned to Mom. "I'm going to lay down."
I started up the stairs. The guard-rail was up. I stepped over it.
There was a clatter. I turned around and saw Luc. I hadn't realized he'd followed me.
"Just step over it." I said. He did. He then pointed at it. I can't really understand him.
"Uh...are you asking why it's there?" Luc nodded.
"I guess you wouldn't know." I mumbled. "Alexandria is walking now."
Luc looked sad for a second and picked at his lip.
I would've said that he didn't miss much, but that would be a lie.
I left him there and went into my Dad's room. I laughed at what I saw.
Dad was laying face down on the bed with Alexandria walking all over him and all over the place.
She saw me. "Jayyyy!" She squealed and trotted over to me. She speaks now too.
She hugged my legs. "Hn!" She grunted.
I picked her up. Like always she pat me on the head and tugged my hair. She started to rub her cheek against mine and wrapped her arms around my neck.
"You wore Daddy out, huh?" I teased.
Alexandria giggled, "daddy! Daddy!"
Dad didn't do anything.
"Daddy!" Alexandria called again.
He raised his head, "what?" He was clearly exhausted.
"Stranger!" She yelled.
"Huh?" I turned around.
God, he's so quiet.
He looked hurt.
"What is it?" I asked. He turned around and left.
Alexandria made me put her down. She doesn't remember him.
"Haha!" Something slipped out of my pocket and Alexandria took off running.
"Hey!" I yelled. She took my phone. "I just got that back!" I took off after her.
When I got into the hallway I stopped when I saw Luc standing at the closed door of his bedroom.
"Luc?" I called. I put my hand on his shoulder.
"It's okay. There's no blood in there or anything." I said. He didn't say anything.
Makes me wonder if he can actually speak and if I hallucinated him saying "hi."
"Go in. There's nothing wrong with the room." I said.
He reached for the knob and grasped it and slowly turned it. He pushed the door opened.
It's as I said, there was no blood in the room. Anymore, at least.
The bedding had been changed as well, and the room was tidy.
Luc went into the room slowly. He sat down on his bed and got comfortable.
"Um...can you speak?" I asked. He didn't say anything, just lowered his head and looked at his hands. Guess not.
"Hey," I called, "everything will be okay."
He raised his head. His eye was tearing up. "What? What's wrong?"
"It wasn't my fault." He said as his voice broke. He inhaled and exhaled deeply. "It wasn't my fault." He repeated.
"It wasn't my fault." Great, he's broken.
Tears were falling down his face. Eventually Dad came in. Five minutes later and he was still crying, hysterical sobbing. He sat at the foot off his bed clutching the footboard. This entire situation was odd.
I was tasked with handing him tissues. Mom came in a few seconds after Dad texted her. "What happened?"
"What did you guys do to him?"
"Nothing!" We said.
Luc held his hand out to Mom. "I-I-I can't stop... I can't stop!"
I handed him another tissue.
"Why can't he stop crying?" I asked my doctor parents.
Well, he did seem sad. The two didn't have an answer.
"You...make it stop...make it stop." He begged.
"Don't you think you're gonna dehydrate if you keep this up?" I asked.
He turned to me. "I can't! Stop it!"
He looked in between Mom and Dad, "one of you sedate me!" He screamed. We jumped a little, I dropped the tissue box.
"We don't have those." Dad said.
"Luc, I think you're just finally letting those emotions in, from your past I mean." Dad stated.
"It makes sense." Mom said.
"Okay, okay..." Luc said.
"You're just going to have to work through it."
He sniffled. This was not going to stop anytime soon.
Mom walked forward aiming to hug him.
"No!" Dad and I yelled and pulled her back. Luc tensed up.
"We tried to console him, just made it worse." I said.
At least twenty minutes passed. Luc had stopped crying, but he was still extremely sad. He laid in his bed holding his hand to his chest. None of us could console him. I decided to call Indra over.
"Hi Indra, thanks for coming." Mom said.
"No problem." Yeah, this isn't his first time coming over. He even told us about what they would do when Luc was still with them.
I lead Indra upstairs to Luc's room.
"Luc?" I called before going into his room. He sniffled. Indra walked in behind me. Luc looked a bit surprised to see him.
Luc didn't move much. His face was red and his eye was puffy. I sighed quietly.
"I'll leave you two be." Jason said. He left.
I walked over to Luc's bed and took off my shoes before climbing onto the bed. I slid my arm under him and wrapped the other around his shoulders. He rested his head on my shoulder.
He sniffed quietly. I held on to him and slowly he started to calm down.
I don't exactly understand why it happened, Jason told me everything, but in a way what Dr. Benson said makes sense. Him finally dealing with the emotions of his past.
Right now, I don't care that Luc left again. I just want to make sure he's okay.
Within the hour Luc fell asleep. Guess my work here is done. I nustled my cheek against the top of his head and slipped off of the bed. I turned around and looked at him.
The redness in his face was gone and he looked like normal neutral faced Luc.
"Hmph." I grunted.
I grabbed my shoes and silently left the house.
Like a vulture, I circled the hospital.
I stopped when I saw a familiar entity staring at the brick wall.
"O Death, O Death..." I sang teasingly. I chuckled at myself.
They turned around. It seemed like they took the gloominess of this place and dragged it down to downright depressing and dark. They stared with that dead, piercing gaze.
"So, what poor sucker are you here for today?" I asked.
Even though they never spoke, I still talked to them.
"Well, if you start your business, I can just slip in and grab a few bags of blood without any heat. I suppose I should thank you, oh Deathly One." I said. I laughed.
They pointed at me, then to their lips. "Huh?" I said.
"Dee." They said monotonous.
"So you're speaking now, huh?" I said.
They then pointed to me.
"Me? My name?" I questioned. They nodded.
We never had a reason to use it around them.
I touched my chest. "Indra."
Of course, Death took an interest in me. "The Man Who Never Died." They followed me around every now and again over the years -- or maybe it was the other way around. I watched them guide souls and watch pivotal events.
"Well, how nice. Death themself is evolving." I said.
They didn't react, just turned back and stared at the brick wall.
Oh well. They'll start soon enough.
I sat on the edge of Luc's bed with picture frames in my hands. He'd woken up some time after Indra left. He sat up against his headboard. He looked tired and still sad.
The pictures were of him and Alexandria. I showed him the pictures. He was holding her in each one of them.
"Mom made sure to tell Alexandria who you were." I said.
It was clear Alexandria calling him a stranger and him realizing that she can walk now played a role in him crying.
"Alexandria doesn't remember you, but she does know you." I told him.
Luc didn't say anything.
"Back to not speaking now, I see?" I said. He hunched his shoulders.
I wanted to ask him what happened in the hospital, but I decided it would upset him.
I stood up. "I'll get out of your hair."
Luc got out of the bed and grabbed my arm. I turned around, only to be surprised by a hug. I heard him sniffle.
"I missed you too, buddy." I said quietly.