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Chapter 39


Something was seriously wrong with Indra. He just kept talking and talking and talking. It wasn't even in English.

Evie was annoyed with it, but she made it seemed like a normal thing with them.

In theatre arts, Indra was laying on the floor in between the chairs. He kept repeating iubee mayo or something like that.

Luc walked over to us.

He looked over and saw Indra.

Indra shot up and got in Luc's face practically screaming, "cum pot să-mi arăt dragostea pentru tine când pleci tot timpul?!"

"Whoa!" I said.

"Okay, that's it!" Evie stood up and grabbed the two by their arms. She dragged them and I followed.

"I believe at this point Luc only you can fix him when he's like this."

"So do me a favor a take a trip with him to poundtown so he can shut up about you!" She pushed them out the auditorium doors.

"You realize you just told them to have sex, right?" I asked.

"Yes. That was the intent." She said.

I don't think Luc's gonna have sex with anybody. Ever. (Not that it's any of my business.)


"Oh god. It's just us again!" I thought.

My face heated up, especially after thinking about last night. He saw me as a hot mess and held me.

I turned around to face him. He looked at me and smiled a little. The corner of my mouth turned up slightly.

"You won't speak?" Indra asked.

I shook my head. He nodded in acceptance.

I changed my mind and opened my mouth, but nothing came out. I gripped my cheeks.

"Come on." I thought.

Indra walked closer to me. He stared at me. My eye teared up and my lip quivered.

"What's wrong?" Indra asked.

I didn't answer him, just grabbed on to the front of his jacket and buried my face in his shirt and cried my eye out.

Why am I crying? I'm not sad. Well, not entirely.

I held on tightly to him. "I don't want you to abandon me." I thought. Even though I keep leaving.

I think I'm happy too. He came over and held me. Was that all for me?

Then I was moving backward and the next thing I know I'm locked in a bathroom stall. With Indra.

I raised my head cautiously.

Indra held his hands up. "I won't do anything. I just thought you'd want some privacy while you worked through this." I nodded.

I hung my head and pressed my forehead to his chest. When I felt him staring I reached up and covered his eyes.

"Sorry." He muttered.

"I should hang out with Alexandria, let her get familiar with me again. But first I should tell him and Evie what happened to me -- what I did." I thought.

When I stopped crying Indra and I walked out together talking. Well, he was talking.

"You let your hair grow longer," he said and flicked my hair. I smiled a little. I kept it up in a ponytail, I'm kind of surprised he noticed.

"You look great too; much better." He said.

"Thanks." I thought. I was blushing hard.

"Hey," he called, "will you text me?"

I tilted my head in confusion.

"Just to talk." He said.

I nodded and pulled out my phone. I started typing on a notepad and showed it to him when I was done. He leaned forward and read it.

"I need to talk to you and Evie." It said.

"Okay. Let's wait for the bell to ring and we'll grab her."

I wrote on the notepad again. "But I have to get on the bus."

"I'll drive you home." He responded.

"He drives now?" I thought.

"No." I wrote.

Indra sighed. "Okay. I'll just go get her now."

I stood outside the auditorium while Indra went in and grabbed Evie.

"No hesitation." I thought.

The door burst open and Indra ran through while holding Evie's hand. She was already out of breath.

"Let's go!" He grinned. I tilted my head.

We went out behind the art hallway. I leaned against the wall. I looked at my phone. It was 2:05. Hopefully I can type fast enough (I should have started while we were walking. Bad Luc.).

I started typing.

"Uh, I just say it? How do I?" I thought.

Evie started talking.

"What's going on, Luc?" She asked. "Do you have a throat ache?"

I shook my head.

"Mm..." She pondered.

"So what happened?" She asked.

I showed her the phone. She and Indra leaned forward.

"I scratched out my throat and was committed afterwards."

"Really? Why?" Evie asked.

I scrolled down.

"The PTSD made me crazy. They had to get me help."

Indra looked up at me. "I thought that it only took a few weeks...not months."

I took my phone back and starting typing my response. I finished and showed it to them.

"There were complications."

"How so?" Evie asked. I shook my head, refusing to answer.

"So, that's that." I wrote out.

"Hang on, that's why you aren't speaking? You can't?" She asked.

I put my phone away and folded my hands together. "I can speak...I just choose not to. Sometimes I can't as well..." I thought.

I shook my head.

The bell rang and we headed inside. I spoke to Indra as we walked back to the auditorium.

"Since when do you speak Russian?" I showed him my phone with a small smile.

"Russian?" He questioned.

I nodded.

"I don't speak Russian." He said. "It was Romanian."

"Ah, so you're from Rome." I wrote.

Indra started laughing.

"No darling. I'm from Romania. I'm Romanian." He said once he stopped laughing.

How did I not know that?

I smiled. Indra chuckled.

"He's so cute." I thought. Oop.

Can I even think that? I looked up at the side of his face. I wonder what it would be like to kiss him again.

"Luc!" Jason's voice called. He ran into my line of sight, he had my backpack.

I held my hand up.

He handed me my bag. "Mom's picking us up." He said.

Eh, okay.

I put my bag on my shoulder.

"We'll see you guys later." He said to Indra and Evie. We left and went out of the school.

When we got home Brian was sitting on the couch with Alexandria.

"Mama!" She cheered when she saw Jeanette.

"Hi baby." Jeanette smiled as Brian handed Alexandria to her.

"Hey boys. How was school?" Brian asked.

"It was good." Jason answered.

Brian looked at me. "How are you doing, Luc?"

I gave him a thumbs up.

Since I was hospitalized for such a long time, I was exempted from the work I missed. It only worked because several doctors (Jeanette and Brian included) signed off on it. One thing they couldn't exempt me from was the Senior Exit. I have a few weeks to work on that.

Alexandria pointed at me.

"Luc?" She asked.

I raised an eyebrow.

"Yeah Alexandria. That's Luc." Jeanette said. She started reaching for me.

"Do you want to hold her?" Jeanette asked.

I nodded slowly.

When Alexandria was in my arms, she grabbed the front my hair and hugged me.

"Hm. Luc!" She said.

I hugged her back. And of course, I started crying again.

"This is terrible. Why am I so emotional?" I thought as I lied in my bed, still crying.

I pulled out my phone and sent Indra the crying emoji. Why did I do that?

"You're crying again?" He responded.

"Yes." I responded.

"Want me to come over again?"

"No." I lied.

He didn't respond.

"Yes." I said.

"Alright. I'll be over in a few." He does not miss a beat.

I got out of bed and got dressed. I put on a red shirt. I noticed the shirt hugged my body; it showed the deformation a little. I put my hand over it.

"What if I just wore a jacket?" I asked myself.

"But it's warm!" Self responded.

Maybe he won't notice. Well, he's a bit sharp. Just don't draw attention to it!

I went downstairs and showed Jeanette and Brian my phone.

"Going for a walk with Indra."

"Okay. Is he here yet?" Jeanette asked.

I began to type. I showed it to them.

"Not yet. Going to wait on the porch."

"Okay." Jeanette said.

"When was the last time you took your medicine?" Brian asked.

"This morning." I typed.

"Take some now." They both said.

I grinned before going into the kitchen. I grabbed my pill bottle and a glass of water. I took out a white pill and swallowed it with water.

I waved bye to Jeanette and Brian then left. I sat on the porch.

"The sun feels nice." I grinned and looked up at it, feeling the warm and lively rays on my face. It's been a long time.

A few minutes later a silver Honda pulled up.

The door opened and Indra popped out.

"Hey Luc!" He said as he walked over to me.

I stood up.

I grabbed his shoulders and turned him around and pushed.

We walked into the woods. It smelled like dirt and tree sap.

"You look better, a lot better." Indra said. "I already said that didn't I?" He asked.

"Yeah, something like that." I thought.

"You are...better right?" He asked.

I nodded.

"Oh, good, good." He said.

"Sorry I pulled you out of what you were doing."

"I wasn't doing anything." Indra said.

I stepped up on a fallen tree and balanced myself as I walked across it. I grinned a bit. I stumbled, but I was happy to.

Indra walked by my side.

"Pari fericit." He said randomly.

I turned around.

Indra opened his mouth, then quickly closed it.

"Okay." I thought.

I turned around and jumped off the trunk.

Thankfully I wasn't crying anymore. Although, I didn't mind if it was him who sees me cry. As long as I don't start ugly crying.

"So what happened this time?" Indra asked.

I pulled out my phone.

"I think Alexandria remembers me." She grabbed my hair like she used to and was happy.

"That's great. Your family told me how close you two were." Indra stated.

"Yeah." I thought.

I looked at him. I kind of wanted to hug him. Maybe I just missed my friend.

I stopped and made a grunt from the back of my throat.

"What?" Indra stopped walking.

I could see my face turn red.

"You're crying again aren't you?" He asked.

I nodded stiffly, trying to stop it.

Indra pat my shoulder. I sighed. I ran forward and wrapped my arms around him. I felt him wrap his arms around me and his chin on the top of my head.

"This is nice." I thought.

Once I got home and Indra left, I laid in my bed smiling and thinking of him.

I remembered kissing him. Laying in his lap in the schoolyard. Once we were on our own, he kissed me. Twice.

Then I remembered the first time I kissed him. It was the night I left him.

It was late at night. He was fixing dinner and for some reason we were talking about college.

"I don't know, maybe somewhere close. Stay close to you guys." Indra said.

I looked him in the eye. "That wouldn't be too bad."

After we ate dinner Indra went to his room and went to sleep.

For whatever reason, I decided to go into his room and climb on to the bed beside him.

He turned his head, his eyes opened. I leaned over his face and craddled it before kissing him.

Now that I'm a bit older, I see now I probably shouldn't have done it without asking him. Especially with him just waking up.

"Thanks for letting me stay." I said after disconnecting our lips.

I left before he could say anything. I probably left because I kissed him. I was afraid to face him the next morning, so I ran away home.

And that was that.

I rolled over onto my side, still smiling. I think I'm in love. Ugh. That's a dangerous game.

I trust Indra and all, but I'm not sure I want to get in a relationship.

Later on that day there was a knock on the front door. I was closer so I opened it.

"Hello Luc." Mrs. Carte stood there in her suit.

I backed up. She walked in with some big Big Bitch Energy.

"Jeanette and Brian around?" She asked.

I nodded slowly.

"It's good to see you Luc." She started. "Although I wish it was under better circumstances."

Jeanette came in the room.

"Emily..." She said lowly. She looked dark, scared even.

I looked back and forth.

"Your foster parents were considered negligent in your case, Luc. I can't have that." She said.

"Is she going to take me away from them?" I continued to back up.

"I can say with certainty, Jeanette; it's not looking good for you guys."

Oh no.

I sent Jeanette a text. She saw it.

"Okay, go." She said.

I went out the door and ran down the street.

"Meet me at the school behind the trailers. Now." I sent to Evie and Indra.

"I'm not letting this happen again." I thought. I can get us out of this.

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