LIE

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Chapter 46

In the morning I was on a warpath. I rushed down the stairs with my bag on my shoulder and headed into the kitchen. The others were down there, I just ignored them. I opened the glass cabinet and took my pills out. I took one, then put the bottle in my pocket.

I speed walked out of the kitchen.

"I'm going to Indra's for the weekend." I told Jeanette and Brian when I saw them.

"For the weekend?" Jeanette questioned as she got up from her seat. I kept walking to the door.

"Hey." She called. "Stop!" She grabbed my arm and pulled me back.

"You can't go stay with him for the weekend. We're leaving Monday. Are you even packed?" She asked.

"No." I yanked my arm away from her, "and I'm not going with you."

"I know you're angry right now, but you can't-"

"Angry?! You think I'm angry?" I cut her off. "No. I'm furious! You broke my trust! That wasn't for you to tell!"

I turned around and walked towards the door.

Jeanette grabbed my bag. I tightened my hold on it. She tugged.

"Let me go!"

"Luc, put the bag down, put your pills back in the cabinet, and go pack your bags." She ordered. "You're staying here and going with us. Not up for debate."

"You're right it's not up for debate. I'm going to Indra's!" I said.

"The hell you are!" Jeanette said.

She grabbed my arm and bag, trying to separate it from me. I pulled and walked backwards trying to reach the door.

"Why won't you just listen to me?" Jeanette questioned as we struggled. I pulled on the bag.

"Don't just stand there Brian! Help me!" She called.

What?! I turned my head. He stood still in the threshold of the living room. Jason and Alexandria were watching us. Brian didn't do anything.

"Ok Luc, I'm going to pull really, really hard. So if you don't want dislocated shoulders, I suggest you let go." Jeanette said.

"I'll take that over staying here with you guys." I growled. "Liar!"

"Why are you calling me that?!" She questioned.

"Because you made me think I could trust you!" I answered.

"You can!" Jeanette said.

"I'm starting to count. 1..." I tugged on my bag.

"2..."

Brian swooped in and grabbed Jeanette, threw her over his shoulder. She let go of my bag as she dangled.

"Brian?! What are you doing?" She screeched.

He looked at me, "Luc if you're gonna go, go now." I put my bag on and ran out the door.

Third Person:

"What'd you do that for?!" Jeanette fussed as Brian put her down. He shut the door.

"I think it's best if you guys spent some time apart. He just needs to cool down. He'll be back later." Brian said.

Jeanette grumbled and rubbed her burning hands together.

Luc:

I knocked on Indra's door frantically and repeatedly.

The door flung open and Indra stood there leaning on the threshold. His eyes were dark and he looked gray overall.

"Are you okay?" I asked. "I didn't wake you did I?"

"No. I'm fine. I was already up." Indra answered.

"What's going on? What happened to your eye?" He asked as he let me in. My eye was red around the edges.

"Can I stay here for a bit?" I asked.

"Yes. But what happened?"

I groaned and turned around. This turned into a whole ordeal.

"I'm so done with Jason!" I said. "How was I supposed to know? And then! He acts all hot and cold with me like 'oh no, I'm scared of you. Oh now I'm buddy-buddy with you. Now I'm gonna snap and punch you in the face!'" I said making all kinds of voices.

"How was I supposed to know what I did and that that was why he was afraid of me?!" I crossed my arms.

Indra was following along, he sat on the coffee table while I paced back and forth in front of him.

A few moments later I was lying on the couch. He lied on the floor beside the couch.

"And then Jeanette and I got into a fight. Brian grabbed her, then I came here." I said. I exhaled.

"Wow. I can't believe Jason said that to you." Indra sat up.

"Erk..." I cringed a little.

I think I spoke so damn much he lost all the color in his body. I saw a dark vein throbbing from the side of his head and his lips were turning blue.

"Are you sure you're okay?" I asked, starting to worry. I reached over and touched his forehead. I pulled my hand away. He was ice cold.

"I think I should call Brian for you." I said.

"I don't need a doctor." He said.

A few minutes later we traded places. He laid on the couch staring blankly at the door. I sat on my knees in front of his face. I rested my head under his chin.

"Don't worry, I'm here for you." I pat his head.

There was a knock on the door and Evie walked in.

I sat up. "What are you doing here?"

"Saving you both." She said.

"What?"

"Come on, Luc. We need to leave Indra alone for a bit." Evie came over to me and grabbed me and my bag. "Let's go."

"What?! Hey!" I protested as she dragged me to the door. It was only then that I noticed the cats were missing.

Indra:

"You have to get Luc." I texted Evie when I got a free moment.

"Why?"

"I haven't had anything to drink in a few days. He came to me before I could and I need help." I answered.

"Fine."

"How did you even get here?" Luc asked as Evie pulled him. I snapped out of my frozen state as they were leaving.

"I drove." Evie answered.

"You drive too? No fair!" Luc complained.

"Dragă...I'd never hurt you. Yet today I almost broke that promise." I thought.

Thank you Evie.

Luc:

Evie groaned. "Shut up."

"He'll talk to you when he's ready." She said. I have no idea what's going on. Indra's almost dead on his couch and Evie pulled me out of there.

She pushed me into her car. She drove a Honda too.

"You could drive too. You're old enough to." Evie said.

"Yeah...but it's too dangerous for me to drive. Doctors said that and told me I should never drive." I said. My peripheral vision is sometimes bad and my reaction time is slow.

"Why is that?" Evie asked as she started driving.

"I'll tell you later." I shook my head.

"What's going on with you and your family?" She asked.

I sighed and told her everything that happened.

"I'm so sorry, Luc." She said. "I kind of see why Jason was acting so weird now." I nodded my head.

"He just needs time. And you need to show him that he can trust you again." She then said. Guess that's true.

We pulled up to my house. I wasn't angry anymore, so I was okay with going in.

"Indra will be okay, so don't worry." Evie said. I nodded reluctantly.

"Hey Evie," I called. "About my eye, it's messed up."

"Define messed up." Evie said.

I sighed and pinned my hair behind my ear. I turned to her and pointed to my face. Her face cracked.

"This is what happened the day I left." I said.

Evie covered her mouth. She hugged me tightly. "I'm sorry. I shouldn't have ignored the truth." She said. I hugged her back.

I let go of her and pulled away. "I should get going. Thanks for bringing me back."

I grabbed my bag and got out the car, hurrying to the front door and unlocking it.

My phone buzzed.

"Come see me tomorrow, please." A text from Indra said.

I put my phone away and closed the front door quietly. I looked around. No one was downstairs. I went up the stairs quickly, my footsteps echoed through the eerily empty hallway.

I looked back down the stairs expecting Jeanette to pop up, but she didn't. I leaned against my bedroom door and looked around. Still nothing. Their rooms were empty. I turned the doorknob and pushed the door open.

I stepped in and Jason was laying on my bed, dangling. I frowned and scrunched my nose.

"Hey Luc." Brian's voice said from the right. I jumped to the side and turned to him.

"What are you guys doing in my room?" I asked as I put my bag down.

I heard a clatter from behind. "We were waiting for you." Jeanette's voice said.

I looked back at Jeanette as she stood up. "Hang on a sec," I turned to Brian, "is it normal for someone's lips to turn blue?"

"No. Not at all; it means they're being deprived of oxygen." He said dryly.

"Was Indra choking and I didn't notice? Or was he having trouble breathing? I'm a terrible boyfriend!" I thought. I took a step towards the door.

"Why do you ask?" Brian asked.

"No reason." I lied. Maybe I should bring Brian over to him.

"Back to my original question: what are you guys doing in my room?"

Jeanette put her hand on the door and pushed it closed.

"We're going to have a nice and civilized talk about what happened last night and find a neutral ground." Jeanette explained as she sat down beside Jason. She pat his thigh, "sit up." He sat up.

She pointed at me, "you sit down." Ok, we're getting serious.

I moved over to the window and sat on the ledge. Brian sat down on the bed in front of me as the others turned around and moved up to his sides.

"Alright, so...yesterday." Brian rubbed his hands together in front of his lips. I tilted my head to the side slightly.

"We understand, Jason you're angry. And Luc, you're feeling betrayed." He started.

"Luc, since that aspect is my fault I'll talk to you about it." Jeanette said.

"I know it wasn't my place to tell Jason that part about your past; I know you feel I betrayed you, and I'm very sorry." She said sincerely.

I didn't say anything, just lowered my head slightly.

"You won't say anything?" Jeanette asked.

I hunched my shoulders, "I got nothing to say."

"So we'll move on to Jason." She said. I think I induced an inferiority complex in him. I don't blame him; sometimes it really does seem like they coddle me. I wonder why.

"Jason, just because we had to pour our attention into Luc recently doesn't mean we love you any less." Brian said. Jason looked away.

"That's not my issue." He mumbled.

"I hate him. He's dangerous." He spoke up. I looked at him pleadingly. "Don't say that, Jason. That was before he was medicated. You know that." Jeanette said. He stood up.

"Drop dead, Luc." Jason stormed out. Jeanette quickly followed him.

"You don't say that to someone Jason. That's-" She tried to scold him.

"Leave me alone." I heard his door close loudly.

I folded my hands and looked at Brian. He was just disappointed in the entire situation.

"Bet you never wagered for a kid with a lot of baggage." I said. It used to be the three of them. I bet it was perfect. And then I came along.

Brian silently got up and left, closing the door behind him. I exhaled slowly.

A few hours later, at night we stood in the kitchen.

"Alright. Family meeting." Brian announced. Does that include me?

I turned and began to tip toe out.

"Luc, that means you too." He said. I froze and turned around. Brian led us into the dining room. Jeanette sat at the head of the table. Jason and I sat across from each other, Brian sat down beside Jeanette.

"We're going to fix this. Before we go to Montanna." Jeanette said.

I leaned on the table. Jason frowned and tensed up.

"Jason, Luc, talk." Jeanette said.

I sat up quickly, "about what?" He clearly didn't want to talk to me and I didn't want to hear what he had to say. I couldn't control what I was doing. He should understand that.

"About last night." Jeanette sighed.

Jason shook his head.

"I have nothing to say." Jason began to stand up.

"Yeah, I'm just gonna head up and go to sleep." I said as I got up.

"Sit down!" Brian yelled.

Jason groaned and sat down. I hesitated to sit down.

"Don't be afraid Luc." He said.

"Listen Jason, you were fortunate to have an easy life. Luc wasn't. Did you really expect him to just "be okay?" Brian asked. I craned my head to the left and stared blankly at the tabletop.

"How was I supposed to know he wouldn't be? I'm not a doctor!" Jason snapped.

"Right. So you shouldn't be so hard on him. Yes, I know he tried to kill you and has attacked you, but that's over. You're just going to have to cope with that. That's why you're in therapy. To help you cope with it." Brian said calmly.

I looked down at the palm of my right hand. I clenched and unclenched it. I could vaguely remember the feeling of a shard of something pressing tightly against my palm and fingers.

I closed my eye tightly, trying to remember. It only worked as a flash. A memory: a colored shard in my hand hovering above Jason's eye. That's all I could remember. I opened my eye. Maybe I really did try to kill him.

"I know I did some terrible things," I started. "Things that made you all scared of me." Jason scowled slightly.

"Most of all you, Jason." I turned to him. "I'm sorry I didn't know. I hurt you, and tried to kill you, and I'm sorry I did. I really am." His facial expression softened.

A pounding knock sounded through the house. We looked around. Who could be at the door?

I stood up, "I'll get it."

The knock sounded again as I walked through the foyer. I looked back shortly in fear. "Please god don't let it be cops." I thought.

I got to the door and opened it.

"Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssooooonnnn!" A guy in a dramatic pose sang loudly. I heard clatters from the dining room and loud feet. I looked back. Jason and the others were running towards me.

The guy at the door jumped on me, hugging me. "Ugh," I groaned. He reeked of alcohol.

"Get away from me." I said disgusted as I pushed him away.

"Oh wait...you're not Jason." He slurred. The guy was around our age. I didn't know him, but he knew Jason.

Brian came over and put his hands on the guy's shoulders and took him away from me.

"Nick, what's going on? Where are your parents?" Brian soothed. Ok so everybody but me knows him.

"Back in 'Tannaaaaaa. I came here on my own. Not like they care." Nick whined.

"That's very dangerous, Nick. How did you get here?" Brian asked.

"I hitchhike!" He said.

I took a few steps back. Jason went over to the two.

"But why are you drunk?" He asked.

"I found a liquor store." Nick answered.

"Let me guess; you drank it." I jumped in.

"Yurrrp." He said.

This is the guy Jason wanted me to meet?

Brian began to pull him into the kitchen. "Come on, let's get you some water."

"Is it magic water?" Nick cooed.

Jason followed them. Jeanette came over to me.

"You okay?" She asked. Why's she askin that?

"Ugh." I rolled my eye. "Jason's right. You guys coddle me too much. I hate being the center of attention. Go check on Nick."

She frowned slightly. I turned and went upstairs. I surely went to sleep.

I woke up when I felt someone leaning against me. I panicked and shot up. I heard light breathing.

Looking down, I saw Alexandria sleeping. She was curled up in a ball hugging her dog tightly. Her mouth was open -- she was probably drooling too. I laid back down and went back to sleep.

In the morning when I woke up I rolled over to my right side.

"What the fuck?!" I shot up. Jason was laying on my right side. He woke up.

"Is it 'crawl in the bed with Luc day?!'" I questioned.

"Dad gave Nick my room. I was fine with that, but Nick stunk." He stated.

"Fuck." A small voice said. I looked down. Alexandria was looking up at me with those big brown eyes and smiling brightly. I zoned out. What have I done?

"What did you say?" Jason asked.

"You know what she said!" I snapped out of my head.

"Fuck." She said again.

"No, no, no!" I blubbered. Jason laughed.

"Fuck." Alexandria smiled triumphantly.

"Please don't say that around Mommy or Daddy!" I begged.

"Why?" She asked.

"It's not a good word. And I don't want to be responsible for teaching you that!" I said. "Please! I'll do anything!"

"Anything?" Alexandria asked in her cute voice.

"Yuh-huh!" I nodded.

"Kitty kitty cat!" She said. Oh that's right, she wanted to see Indra's cats.

"Okay, I'll take you to see Indra's cats." I said.

She cheered and ran out of the room.

"You know you just got extorted by a baby, right?" Jason stated. I put my hand to my face.

When he was gone I called Indra.

"Good morning. Are you feeling better?" I asked.

"Yes. How are you?" He asked.

"I'm good. Um...I have a favor to ask." I said.

"Yes?"

"Can I bring Alexandria with me when I come see you?"

"Sure. Why...?" He asked.

"I taught her a cuss word and she's always wanted to see your cats and I promised I would a few weeks ago and now I have to make good on that so she won't say it around her parents." I explained.

"Pfft." Indra laughed. "You got extorted by a baby!" He laughed more.

"Stop laughing!" I whined. "I'm being a good big brother by keeping my promise!"

"Okay, okay." He stopped laughing. "Yes. You can bring her with you."

"Ok. Thanks. We'll be over soon." I said before hanging up.

I went into Alexandria's room.

"Alright little girl, get dressed." I said.

She sat on the floor playing with her dog and rabbit. She looked up at me grinning.

"You do know how to get dressed by yourself right?" I asked. Is she old enough to know how? Alexandria hunched her shoulders.

"Okay." Should I just dress her myself or get Jeanette? I think I should let her sleep.

I got scared to undress her and then clothe her, so I just put a coat on her, picked her up and headed downstairs.

"Luc." Jeanette's voice called. I jumped.

"Hi Mommy!" Alexandria said.

I looked at Jeanette. I thought she was asleep.

"What are you guys doing?" She asked.

"I promised Alexandria I'd take her to see Indra's cats." I said.

"You aren't taking my baby anywhere. Not without me. And especially not with her looking like that." Jeanette said.

Jeanette took Alexandria and went upstairs.

A few minutes later the two came down all dressed. Jeanette grabbed her keys.

"Let's go. Can you put Alexandria in her seat?"

"Sure." I said.

I struggled to put her in the car seat. It seemed like everything was going everywhere, but I finally got it.

I huffed when I sat down in the passenger seat.

I carried Alexandria as we went up the stairs of the condo building. Indra lives on the third to last floor.

"This is a nice building. But does it really not have an elevator?" Jeanette said.

"It does; I just used the stairs out of habit." I said.

Jeanette stopped abruptly.

"You realize we just went up eight flights of stairs?" She said.

She made us get on an elevator and ride it the rest of the way.

"A little excercise never hurt anyone." I said as we got off the elevator and walked down the hallway.

I knocked on Indra's door.

"This is a very pretty door." Jeanette said suddenly.

I turned to her, "how is a door pretty?"

"The same way a dog is pretty." She said.

"But a door isn't furry." I said dryly.

Jeanette groaned. "Forget it."

I turned to the door as it opened. Indra smiled a bit. He looked normal; his complexion was normal, his lips weren't blue, and that throbbing vein was gone. I sighed with relief.

"Hello. Come in." He said.

"Hi!" I greeted Indra as we walked in.

Callie the cat and Burke ran over.

"Burke!" I cooed. I put Alexandria down and held my arms out.

He ran right past me and started climbing up Jeanette with Callie. Jeanette yelped in pain. They were on her shoulder and chest.

"Oh god." She froze.

Indra chuckled and went over to her.

"Sorry Dr. Benson- Jeanette." He pulled the two off of her. "Callie likes meeting new people and Burke just follows her lead." He put the two down. Callie sniffed Alexandria's shoes and legs.

"Kitty kitty." She pat Callie's head happily.

"Wow, there are a lot of cats." Jeanette gasped. I nodded and picked up Burke.

"Hey buddy. I missed you." I rubbed him. I went over to Indra and leaned into him, looking up at him. "I missed you too, Papi."

He smiled, putting his arm around my shoulders. Alexandria tried to pick up Callie, but Callie jumped out of her hands and ran.

Alexandria squealed and chased her.

"No, Alexandria don't run around his house!" Jeanette called.

"It's fine." Indra said. Burke hopped out of my arms and chased after Callie.

"Alright, I've seen my boys. Where's mah girl?" I asked.

"In her normal spot." Indra said as he pulled me over to the couches. Delilah was laying on the couch. Another cat was on a separate cushion beside her. I sat down on the couch opposite of the other, beside Indra.

Delilah hopped on the coffee table, then hopped onto my lap. I rubbed her. "Hey girly."

I heard a very small meow and Indra shifted. I cooed at the sight. A baby kitten laid on top of Indra's head, chewing and licking his hair. It's coat was black and gray.

"New cat?" I asked. "So cute."

"Found her abandoned on the side of the road last night." Indra reached up and gently rubbed her head with his finger. "I'll be taking her to the vet later to get her checked out."

"Aw." I said.

Jeanette came over and sat down beside me. "So you just take in strays?" She asked.

"Yes." Indra answered.

Alexandria laughed and cheered loudly.

"Mommy!" She squealed. She had Burke in her hands. I swear his face said "this some bullshit" as she ran to us. "Look! This one is missing an eye like Luc!"

She showed Burke to Jeanette. I chuckled.

"Oh wow." Jeanette said. "This is the cat you found Luc?" She asked. I nodded happily.

Alexandria put Burke on Jeanette's lap.

"Oh no." Jeanette said.

"Don't worry. He's friendly." I said.

Callie ran over and jumped on Jeanette's lap, laying on top of Burke. Alexandria laughed.

The cat on top of Indra's head started meowing loudly.

"What is it?" Indra asked.

"Have you named her yet?" I asked as I put my head on Indra's shoulder.

"I'm all out of ideas." He said.

I looked up at the kitten. She had icy blue eyes.

"Cleopatra." Not even kidding.

"What?" Jeanette said.

"What do you mean what?" I asked. "Cleopatra was believed to have icy blue eyes."

"I like it." Indra picked up the cat from his head and held her in his hands. She rubbed against his fingers. She's cute and she knows it. She closed her eyes and went to sleep.

Alexandria came over to us and stood in front of Indra and the kitten. She was totally enamored with her.

"Go on, you can pet Cleopatra." Whelp. He's stuck on it.

Alexandria smiled and scratched Cleopatra's cheek. Her paws slightly opened and closed. So cute.

"Alright you two." Jeanette started as she stood up. "We should head home. You still need to pack, Luc." She said.

"We're going out to dinner. Luc you pick somewhere to go." She said. I stood up. Indra did too.

I cleared my throat at her and gestured at Indra with my eye.

"What?" She questioned. "Oh god." She groaned as she caught on to what I was saying.

"Indra, would you like to join us for dinner?" She asked. Yay!

"Sure, thank you." He answered.

"Now let's go." She said to me. Jeanette picked up Alexandria. "Thank you for letting her see the cats, Indra." He nodded and they left.

I looked up at Indra. "So what was going on with you yesterday?"

He hunched his shoulders. "I just had a bad reaction to something I ate."

"Mmhmm." I said.

"Really. I'm fine." He said. Bad reaction my ass.

I looked at him, pouting slightly.

"I'm fine." He kissed me on the cheek.

"Oh right." I reached into my pocket. "I printed this for you." I pulled out the picture I took of us the other day and gave it to him.

He took it and smiled. "I love it. Thank you."

I smiled back at him before running out to catch up with Jeanette.

When we got back home Brian, Jason, and Nick were sitting in the living room.

Nick was hunched over, rubbing his face.

"Hey, how's he doing?" Jeanette asked. She walked over to them and sat down. I went into the kitchen and took my pills.

I then leaned against the threshold of the living room.

"Don't worry about me. I was just upset." Nick said.

Jeanette rubbed his back.

"We'll take you back to Montanna when we go." She said.

"I don't want to go back home." He mumbled. Brian and the others nodded in sympathy. Am I missing something here?

Jeanette looked up and saw me.

"What are you doing standing there? Go get packed." She ordered.

I went upstairs and into my room. I packed by throwing clothes into my suitcase and my shoes in a bag.

"There. Packed." I said to myself.

My suitcase was just a big bulge. I'm surprised I was even able to close it.

I jumped on my bed, put my earbuds in and went to sleep. I was bored; it's the best way to pass the time.

A few hours later I was being shaken aggressively. My earbud was taken out.

"Dude." A voice called. "Wake up." I don't know that voice. I opened my eye. I covered my right eye with my arm -- even though it was already covered. This sucks. Right when I start getting comfortable with showing my eye again he shows up.

"What do you want?" I asked Nick rudely. I really didn't want him anywhere near me.

"Auntie says to get dressed for dinner." Auntie? I sat up.

"Okay." I said with a small groan.

Nick was still standing beside my bed, just staring and acting all innocent. I glared at him.

"Get out!" I snapped. Nick jumped and ran out.

I sighed and went into the bathroom. I brushed my teeth, washed my face, pulled my hair into a ponytail and went back to my room. I dressed in a button up shirt and nice pants.

Third Person:

Luc went downstairs and stopped by the living room.

"Hello." Indra said from behind him.

Luc turned around. "Indra!" He grinned and hugged him. Indra smiled and hugged him back.

"Oh now you're in a good mood." Nick said, rolling his eyes.

Luc let go of Indra and looked at Nick. "I was always in a good mood."

"Luc!" Alexandria called from the living room.

Luc went over to her. She held up a pale pink headband.

"It falls off." She stated.

Brian came down the stairs.

"I'll fix it." Luc bent over and put the headband securely behind Alexandria's ears.

Indra tilted his head, looking at Luc's butt. He grinned.

"Hey!" Brian slapped him on the back of the head.

"Sorry Dr. Benson!" Indra fled to the kitchen, hiding by Jeanette.

"What did you do?" She chuckled quietly and looked at him.

Indra blushed, contemplating telling her.

"There." Luc said as he stood up.

"Thank you!" Alexandria stood up and ran into the kitchen.

"Everybody ready?" Brian asked as he went into the foyer.

"Yep!" Jeanette answered as she picked up Alexandria. "Come on boys." She head for the door with Brian. They boys followed her.

Luc leaned into Indra and whispered, "can we ride together?"

"Aren't we all going to the same place?" He asked.

"We are, but I'm not getting in the same car as him." Luc answered.

"Why?" Indra questioned.

"I'll tell you later."

The two got into Indra's car and they followed behind the others.

Luc:

It was quiet in the car; no music playing, just the sound of the tires on the highway and passing cars. I leaned over to the window and looked up at the night sky. I couldn't see the stars because we were moving too fast.

"I want to go someplace where you can see millions of stars in the sky. Not just a star and then a gap." I stated. Indra didn't say anything. I sighed quietly.

A few minutes later he started talking.

"What's going on with you and Nick?"

"He showed up unannounced and drunk." I said. I didn't want that anywhere near me.

"Oh, I see." He said.

I turned to him. "What do you 'see?'"

"You're former foster father used to drink. It was faint, but I could smell alcohol on you." I raised my eyebrow. Smell?

"So I see why you don't like Nick -- because of the drinking...and unannounced visit." He finished.

I crossed my arms and muttered under my breath. "Ain't you a sharp one."

Anyway... Olive Garden with Indra. Plus the family and plus another. When we got to the restaurant we had to wait for a bit.

Indra and I sat in the area between the inside of the restaurant and the outside of it. The others sat inside. I held Indra's hand and rested my head on his shoulder. I looked into the waiting area at the family. I scowled mentally.

"I had just gotten warmed up to showing my eye again." I stated randomly. So that's another reason why I'm pissed off.

I heard a small "oh" in the back of Indra's throat and felt his lips on my forehead.

Jeanette waved at us and told us to come on.

I ended up sitting in between Indra and Nick; which I mentally scoffed at. Saving grace, I couldn't see him -- he sat on my right.

A waiter came to take our drink orders. Indra ordered water, I ordered a Pepsi, then came Nick.

"Can I get a Corona? Or something with tequila in it." He said.

"No." Jeanette and Brian said while I rolled my eye.

"But I'm eighteen." Nick complained.

"Order a soda or water." Brian ordered sternly. Nick reluctantly ordered a Pepsi. Jason shook his head in amusement.

The others ordered their drinks and the waiter left to go get them.

"So Luc!" Nick leaned over to me. I leaned away. "I didn't get to meet you at Thanksgiving when you first came, nor the second one. Obviously. Tell me about yourself!" I looked around nervously.

"Don't know where to start?" Nick asked as he leaned back to his original spot. "Don't worry. I'll just ask a question."

Oh god.

"Where'd you go?" He asked. He suddenly jerked a little. It was obvious Jason kicked his leg.

"O-kay...then why do you hide your eye? You covered it up when I came to wake you." Jason kicked him again. I narrowed my eye in annoyance.

"Come on, he's got a pretty face. Why hide it?" Nick looked at Jason then back to me. I scooted closer to Indra.

"Flattering. But I'm spoken for." I said bluntly.

Nick threw his hands up. Indra leaned over and whispered in my ear. "He's right, you know." He leaned back.

I desperately wanted the subject to change to something other than me.

"Anybody wanna watch a movie tonight?" I asked chipper.

Jeanette looked at me, "you hate movies." I frowned at her.

"Don't be so nervous Luc. I'm just trying to get to know the new addition to the family." Nick said.

I turned to him.

"Well maybe you should stop trying!" I snapped. Nick frowned.

"Luc." Brian scolded. Indra pat my back. I sat back and hunched my shoulders.

"Nick, Luc just needs time to adjust to you. Take it easy." Jeanette smiled and nodded.

Nick nodded "okay" and left me alone.

I sighed with relief. Jeanette nodded at me. I turned to Indra.

"You have two doctors right in front of you. You should talk to them." I said to him.

Indra turned his head, almost touching our noses together.

"I'm not talking to a doctor." He said sternly. He then turned away.

When the waiter came back with our drinks he took our orders. I ordered a plate of noodles and chicken. Indra just ordered a small salad and left it at that. Watch him start picking off my plate.

I sipped from my soda.

Alexandria suddenly laughed. "Luc! Spit ice at Jay again!" Indra looked at me. I pressed my lips together, supressing a laugh.

"No. He won't be doing that again." Jeanette said. Nick looked at Jason.

"Spit ice?" He asked.

Jason shook his head, "don't worry about it."

I looked at Indra since he was still looking at the side of my head. "What he said."

The waiter brought our food. We started to eat. A few minutes into the meal Indra spoke to me.

"Can I try that?" He pointed to a piece of chicken. What did I tell you? I pushed the chicken toward him with my fork and he scooped it onto his place. He so cute and docile.

"Come on Luc! Do something funny!" Alexandria begged as she smacked the table.

"I have nothing funny to do." I said dryly.

Indra pointed to Jeanette's drink. "Are you going to eat that?" She shook her head and handed him her cherry.

"Here Alexandria, magic trick." He said.

He put the cherry in his mouth. I tilted my head. A few seconds later he took the cherry stem out and it was tied in a perfect knot.

The others stared in shock. Indra dried off the stem and held it out to Alexandria.

"You did that without hands? It's evil! Fuck that!" Alexandria said. I gasped deeply and froze completely. Jeanette and Brian looked at her.

Jason picked up his napkin and covered his face, laughing. "Looks like taking her to see the cats did nothing!" He laughed loudly. I covered my face.

"That's what you taught her, Luc?" Indra asked out loud. I looked at him as he covered his mouth.

"Shut up." I said through clenched teeth. He lowered his head.

And I sure as shit didn't teach her that.

"Luc Benson-" Jeanette was going to kill me this time.

I pointed at Jason. "It is his fault! He's the reason why I said it!"

"How is it my fault?!" Jason questioned.

"You climbed into my bed and scared me!" Indra retreated from the conversation.

Brian groaned. "Why can we never have a normal family dinner?"

When we got outside I apologized to Indra.

"Sorry that got heated. I hope that doesn't scare you off." I said.

He shook his head and chuckled, "it doesn't."

"I don't have a family, so it's nice to see some semblance of it." He said softly.

"Aw." I hugged him.

When I let go of him he reached into his pocket.

"I know you like to write, so..." He pulled out a dark wooded carving of a pencil. He held it out to me. "So you never lose your words- er...inspiration." He said. I smiled at it. He put it in my hands.

"You made this?" I asked. Indra nodded. "I had no idea you knew how to whittle." I couldn't write with it, but wood never dies out so I see the symbolism there. I dig it.

"I don't normally do it, but I found this the right time to pick it up again." I didn't exactly understand what he said, but went with it.

"I will cherish it forever." I smiled and held it to my chest.

Indra smiled too.

"Luc, come on." Brian called.

"Coming." I called back.

Indra touched my cheek and kissed me on the lips.

"See you later." He said after pulling away. I only nodded. I looked back at him as he walked around me. We parked in a separate area from the others.

I walked over to the others and sped past them. I wanted the seat in the very back of the car. I got to the car while the others were a few feet away. I leaned against the bumper. I looked at the pencil, smiling. I put it in my pocket when the others got closer. Brian was swinging Alexandria by her hands, she laughed happily.

A guy dressed in gray came out from in between the cars and accidentally bumped into me.

"Oh sorry." I said as I fell off the bumper.

The guy looked back at me. "That was my bad."

Third Person:

Luc sat back down on the bumper. A second guy in black came from in between the cars and rushed to catch up to the other man.

Luc looked at the guys as they walked. He noticed one of them had a gun is his back pocket. Luc stood up, alarmed.

He started waving his arms and pointing to the side trying to get the others to move, but they didn't see him.

The man in the gray pulled the gun out and pointed it at Brian's head. He yanked Alexandria behind him and put his arm out in front of Jeanette. The guy in the black pulled out a knife. Jason picked up Alexandria and covered her eyes.

"Give us your money and no one will get hurt." The man in the black demanded.

"Okay." Brian said slowly as he slowly reached for his pocket.

The man pointed the gun at Jeanette, "stop moving!" She jumped a little. She was trying to push the children away.

"Just give us your wallets and it'll be over!" The one in black screamed.

Jeanette jumped a little. Jason drew his foot back. "Just stay calm." Brian said as he slowly took out his wallet. The man put the gun back on Brian.

Luc slowly crept up behind the two guys. Brian handed the man in black his wallet.

"Okay. You have the money. Go now." Brian said calmly. The two began to back away slowly.

The man in black backed into Luc. Spooked, the man screamed and turned, slashing his knife, and Luc jumped. A gunshot echoed and everybody froze.

By his car, Indra turned around, concerned. He ran to the source of the sound and saw only Jeanette and Brian. She was laying on the ground, blood pooling out of a gunshot wound to the gut. He was sitting at her side applying pressure to the wound. His hands were staining red.

"Dr. Benson..." Indra called. He ran over kneeled beside Brian.

Jeanette huffed. "Ah...are the kids okay?"

Brian nodded. "Yes. I had them run back to the restaurant and call an ambulance."

"That's good." Jeanette breathed and closed her eyes.

"Open your eyes Jeanette." Brian and ordered. "Jeanette!"

Indra bit his lip.

Brian turned to him, "I need you to find Luc. He walked off."

Indra stood up and looked around. He noticed something wet on the ground.

A trail of splattered blood.

"Oh no, Luc." He muttered.

He followed the ragged arch to a gap between two cars. He dropped to his knees beside Luc, who laid on his side in a pool of blood jerking and cradling his stomach. His eye was squeezed tightly shut and he clenched his teeth together in pain.

"Luc." Indra touched his shoulder. "What happened? How bad is it?" He questioned.

Indra leaned over Luc and looked at his pained face. "I think you should roll onto your back. You're losing more blood this way."

"I...can't." Luc strained.

"I can do it." Indra said.

He gently rolled Luc onto his back. Luc tightened his arms on his stomach.

"Were you shot too?" Indra asked.

"Too?!" Luc yelled.

"Calm down." Indra said.

"But no...I was stabbed." Luc said.

Indra nodded his head. "Let me see."

He rolled up Luc's shirt. Blood stained his shirt and stomach.

"Oh." Indra gasped. Luc had a deep slash going across his stomach, starting under his belly button and ending at his left side.

"Dr. Benson." He called, worried. He pressed his hands on Luc's arms, helping apply pressure. Luc groaned in pain.

"What is it? What did you see?" Luc asked.

"Nothing too bad." Indra lied. Luc opened his eye.

"Don't lie to me!" He snapped. Luc soon began a fit of coughing. Indra bit his lip.

"What...is it?" Luc wheezed.

Indra shifted uncomfortably, "it's uh...you...uh...it's not a stab wound. You have a deep slash."

"Oh..." Luc breathed. "Am I dying? I feel like I'm dying."

"You're not dying. Let's just keep the pressure on." Indra said. He contemplated healing Luc himself but then how would he explain it?

Blue and red lights flashed and an alarm whooped.

"Luc look. The ambulance is here." Indra shook him. "Wake up!" Luc was once again pale and unconscious.

Indra stood up quickly.

"Dr. Benson!" He called frantically. Brian turned and stood up. Paramedics took over Jeanette for him.

"Is he hurt?" Brian ran over to Indra. He looked down at Luc. He kneeled and put his hand on his shoulder, shaking him.

"Get the paramedics over here." Brian ordered Indra as he pressed on Luc's arms. Indra ran over to the paramedics.

"Come on Luc. Don't give up yet." Brian said to him.

Jeanette and Luc were put in the ambulance. Brian entrusted Indra to drive everyone else to the hospital as he rode in the ambulance.

Indra:

Luc survived his surgery. Luckily the knife didn't cut deep enough to let his guts fall out. He only needed stitches. For now he was asleep. Thankfully he'll live.

I stood outside his room staring at him in his bed. I blinked and Dee appeared, reaching for Luc. I burned and growled.

"You lay a finger on him I'll fucking kill you."

Dee glared at me. They slowly retracted their arm and walked out in a black haze.

I looked at Luc again. His hand twitched.

Dee showing up here and Luc laying there put a lot of things in perspective for me.

"Hmph."

Jason:

I sat beside Luc's bed. I sighed. I hate that we're here again.

A bag of blood was hung up beside him and attached to his arm. He was in desperate need of a transfusion when they brought him in. The color in his body was coming back.

"I can't believe this. Both you and Mom are in here." I mumbled. I don't even know what's happening with her or even if she was still alive.

"I don't hate you. I didn't mean that. I shouldn't have brought up your past. But I think we should talk about that. So don't die!" I said.

"This wasn't your fault. So don't even try to go there when you wake up." I said to him.

Luc began to move. He exhaled and opened his eye. He looked around, confused.

"Hey." I said. "Are you feeling okay? Are you in any pain?"

"I'm okay. My stomach feels... tight?" Luc said in a deep and tired voice.

"I think it's because they stitched you up so tight." I responded.

Luc nodded. He turned his head on the pillow and looked at me.

"Where's Jeanette?" He asked.

I shook my head, "I don't know."

Luc sighed sadly.

"Alexandria?" He asked.

"I left her with Nick in the lobby." I said.

Alexandria didn't need to be around all this and I know Luc doesn't like Nick much.

"What about Indra? Did you bring him up with you?" Luc asked. Please, ask me anything but that.

I lowered my head as I shook it.

"What? Where is he?" Luc asked, getting frantic.

"Look maybe we should talk about him later." I said.

"Was he hurt too?!" Luc asked.

"No." I said. "He...he left!" I blurted out. Luc jerked. I gave in and told him everything.

"Once the doctor came and told us you would be okay he just took off."

Luc looked down, thinking and silently panicking.

"Maybe he just went to go get his car. I heard Brian ask him to take our car! Maybe that's it!" Luc cried.

"Luc-" I called lowly.

"No! He wouldn't just leave me. He wouldn't!" He said. "He'll be back."

"That was hours ago."

Luc's face dropped. He looked as if he was about to cry.

"I'm sorry, Luc." I said quietly.

The lines on Luc's heart monitor started to slowly spike more rapidly and the beeping became faster.

I looked at Luc. He touched his head.

"He just...abandoned me." He panted. "He...abandoned me."

"Luc." I said quietly.

He was angry and sad, and probably about to spiral. Maybe distracting him may help.

"Hey hey!" I raised my voice. He looked at me. "Dad'll be thrilled to see you're awake. I'm going to call him."

I picked up my phone and called Dad. Luc just turned and looked up at the ceiling before covering his face. He trembled. He's hurting... God Indra. Why did you do this?

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