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Chapter 53

No one ever knows what to do when you're in love. I surely don't, but sometimes you surprise yourself.

Since Brian was home he let Alexandria stay home from daycare so they could spend time together.

While they hung out I laid on my bed on a call with Jason. I laid on my stomach propped up on my elbows with the phone on my pillow.

"You buried in work? Is it too much for you?" I asked lowly. We spoke in the "low gravely tone like we just woke up" tone. For some reason.

"Yes. But I can handle it. If Dad can do it I can too." Jason responded. He actually sounded dead. He doesn't do medical classes yet, just normal classes like in highschool.

"How long has it been since you slept?" I asked.

"48 hours." Jason answered. "Mari keeps telling me I'm gonna die before I become a doctor."

He chuckled.

Yeah, he and Mari are a thing now. I think they have a totally "aw how romantic" story in a way.

Here's how it goes: a boy and a girl meet at therapy sessions. Boy pines, girl is oblivious. Boy has to leave for a long period of time, i.e. college. Girl realizes her feelings and follows boy in her car all the way to his campus.

See we found out Mari lived in her car and was almost at her last straw, so Jason and her live together in his dorm room -- they have to sneak around. The good thing about his college is that he could choose if he wanted a roommate or not.

Now we're all just praying he doesn't get her pregnant. Especially Brian.

"How's Mari?" I asked.

"She's good. She got a job at a café not too far from campus." Jason said.

"That's good."

The door opened and a pitter-patter sounded.

Alexandria climbed up onto my bed and wiggled under my arm and laid on her stomach. I chuckled.

"Let me guess. Alexandria." Jason stated.

Alexandria started laughing.

"Hi Lexi." You could hear the smile in Jason's voice. "How's it going?"

"Jason!" She called loudly. "I make a lot of friends in daycare!"

"Tell me about them." Jason said.

"You sure you have time?" I asked.

"Jenny is from Chayna!"

"China." I corrected.

"Max is like Luc! Mommy says he has two people in him!"

"Mixed." I mumbled.

"Tiffany has red hair! It's like a leaf!" Alexandria squealed.

"And Milly has cats like Indra!" She finished. I nodded my head like he could see it.

"Indra's back in the picture?" Jason asked.

I didn't get the chance to say anything.

"He and Luc kiss a lot!" Alexandria exclaimed. She giggled.

"Oh..." Jason said lowly.

"Where's Daddy?" I asked Alexadria to distract everybody.

"He's seeking." They're playing hide and seek.

The door creaked. I turned my head. Thank god. Brian chuckled at us.

"What are you guys up to?" He smiled.

"Jason's on the phone!" Alexandria told him.

"Hi Dad." Jason called.

"Hey Jason. Keep studying." Brian said. Alexandria climbed out from under me and stood up, jumping up and down for Brian to pick her up.

"Of course." Jason groaned. I snickered. Brian picked up Alexandria and bounced her in the air.

"I'll talk to you guys later." Jason said.

He hung up.

"What's next? You abandoned me down there, Alexandria." Brian said. I laughed a bit and rolled onto my back.

"I wanna stay with Luc!" Alexandria declared.

"Okay." Brian put her down on my side. She wrapped her arms around me.

"Luc I know you haven't eaten, so I'll fix lunch." Brian said. "A late lunch." He said.

I nodded, "thanks."

Brian left.

"Luc? How does a phone work?" Alexandria asked. Hang on, let me think.

"Well. The phone gives and takes little tiny waves that go to the wooden poles you see outside, and that travels all the way to the person you're calling." I explained. I think that's how it works; I don't spend my day thinking about it.

"Ohh." Alexandria cooed. I smiled.

"Come on. Let's go spy on Daddy." I said.

We got up and silently headed downstairs.

Brian had his back to us and had a glass of water on the island counter. I turned to Alexandria smiling and put my finger to my lips. We tip-toed to the counter at sat down with out backs against the wall.

I slowly peeked up. Brian still had his back turned and was cutting up sandwiches. I reached for the glass slowly and grabbed the middle of it. Silently lifting it, I pulled it slowly back to me and ducked behind the counter.

Alexandria and I silently high-fived. Brian's feet shuffled.

"What?" He whispered.

Alexandria started to snicker. Brian's head poked around the corner, level with mine. He was grinning.

"Got you." He said.

Alexandria screamed and ran off while laughing.

Brian took off after her.

Someone knocked on the front door, then the doorbell rang. I got up to open it.

When I opened it I wanted to shoot myself in the head. Of course, I don't have a gun. Nick was on the porch with a bacpack on his back and two suitcases.

"Oh, you're still here." He pointed out dryly.

I slammed the door in his face and turned my back to it.

Brian was walking over with a curious face.

"Did I just hear Nick?" He asked.

"Nope." I said innocently.

"Yes!" Nick said muffled.

I rolled my eye. I reached back and locked the door.

"Luc, open the door." Brian scolded with a roll of his eyes.

I unlocked the door and opened it, then stepped off to the side.

"Ah..." Nick grinned big as he walked in. "Was your house always this big?"

"Nick, what are you doing here?" Brian asked. Oh I wanna hear this.

"You try living with an old woman. I can't sneeze without Jane Todd getting on me." Nick answered.

"Did you hitchhike again?" Brian asked.

"Yes Uncle. I did." He said.

I crinkled my face. Can't believe he's here again.

I rolled my eye again and left. There goes my good day.

Alexandria came into my room after a few minutes and crawled on my lap.

We hugged.

"Why do you hate Nick?" She asked when she let go.

I rubbed her head, "don't worry about it."

I rubbed my nose on her's while smiling, "go eat. Daddy went through the trouble of fixing lunch."

Alexandria grinned and hopped off of me and ran out of the room.

After she left Brian knocked on the open door.

"Hey, Luc," he said. I looked at him. "You doing okay?" He asked.

"Yes."

"You're scowling." He pointed out.

"No I'm not." I said defensively.

"Are you okay if I give Nick Jason's room?" Brian asked.

I huffed, "you're asking me permission to let someone live in your house?"

Brian shifted and leaned on the threshold. "I've found that you avoid questions when you're angry. If you don't want him here you can just say so."

"I don't care." I said.

Brian sighed and walked away.

"Oh." I heard him say as he came back in. "Jeanette told me about you and Indra wanting to go to dinner with us."

"We can do it Saturday. Your Mom will be off." He said.

"Okay." I said dryly.

Good. At least something good has come out of his vacation.

"Are you kidding me?!" I hissed a few mornings later. Brian looked at me.

"What? I'm still in highschool. Gotta get that diploma." Nick said to me. Brian and Mom enrolled Nick.

"But why does it have to be at my school?" I thought.

I scoffed and walked out the front door. I got in the car and pouted to myself.

Third Person:

Indra waited for Luc by the front of the school. Once Luc arrived and went over to him they wrapped their arms around each other and went into the building.

Nick was behind Luc looking around.

"Wait I don't know where I'm supposed to go!" He called to Luc as he walked away with Indra.

Luc intentionally ignored Nick and left him to hang. Nick groaned in defeat quietly.

"Who are you? Was that Luc Benson you came in with?" Alexandria's babysitter Margo asked when she approached Nick.

"Yes?" Nick said.

"Are you new? Do you need help with that schedule?" Margo questioned.

"Yes." Nick nodded.

Margo pointed, "third floor, this floor, third floor again, then trailers. Just follow the numbers and letters outside the hallways."

Margo flipped her braided hair behind her shoulder and walked away.

Nick looked at the schedule again. He started walking.

Luc:

"Who was that?" Indra asked curiously as we walked to class.

"Ugh. Just Nick." My personified headache.

"Who?" Indra asked again.

I laughed and pat his chest, "you met him before. The night of the incident."

"Oh," Indra put it together, "he's the one you hate."

I nodded. There was a pause before Indra started speaking again.

"So why is he here now?" His confused face is so adorable -- which is probably why I'm so calm while talking about an irritating subject.

"He ran away from home. Again." I said.

"Why?" Indra asked.

I stood on my toes and kissed him on the cheek.

"You're such a child sometimes. Let's get to class." I said as I grinned.

No more Nick. Just me Evie and Indra.

"Evie!" I called. "How's it going?"

She turned to us. "Not too bad."

Indra sat down in the middle seat, I sat on his right.

I stared at the two, grinning.

"What're you doing?" Evie smiled back at me.

"I just love you guys." I beamed. Indra hung his head and chuckled. Evie blew me a kiss.

During the middle of the class reading Macbeth, Indra slid down in his chair with his arms crossed. He'd fallen asleep.

I stared at him, smiling because he was so cute. He kind of looked like a kid.

"Wait," I thought. "Is Indra younger than me?"

I stared at him for a long time. "Nah."

I jumped when I heard a voice, "Indra. What does Banquo represent before Macbeth goes to kill Duncan?"

I turned forward. The class was looking at him. I looked back at Indra.

Indra didn't open his eyes or even flinch. "His conscience." He mumbled simply.

I turned back to look at the teacher. She looked completely defeated. I chuckled quietly and decided to drag it out.

"Was it right?" I asked her.

"Yes." She nodded hopelessly.

Funny thing is, Indra went back to sleep and the teacher didn't bother him again.

Score 1 for us!

It's not like Indra to sleep in class. Maybe Alec was keeping him up.

In second block Indra was a little more energized. He didn't sleep, he just sat in a chair and stayed there.

I sat down beside him.

"You okay?" I asked.

"I'm fine." Indra responded robotically. He just stared ahead. I stared suspiciously.

"Hey isn't that Nick?" Evie's voice asked.

I turned. "Oh god." I groaned lowly.

Nick was walking in with Ms. Bitch. Of all the people he could have found, he found her.

"Why are you looking at me like that?" Nick asked once he was in front of me. "I have this class too. You would've have known that if you hadn't abandoned me."

"Just because we're in the same class does not mean we have to be within the same breathing space with each other. Go over there." I snapped.

I'm stressed out and it's not even nine o'clock yet.

"Fine by me." Nick said. He walked off.

Margo scoffed. "Why are you so mean to him?"

"Because he's annoying."

"That's it?" She snorted.

"That's all I'm going to tell you." I stated.

Margo rolled her eyes.

"Don't stress him out." Indra chimed in suddenly. I couldn't agree more.

Margo turned and left.

I whipped around to my darlingest.

"Brian is a go for dinner." I said. Indra nodded his head.

"What was all that?" Evie asked.

"Ugh. She and I got into a fight, never liked each other since." I explained.

Evie snickered and sat down beside Indra. He is not with us at all; he just sat still.

"What's up with him?" Evie mouthed.

"I don't know." I mouthed back.

I looped my arm through Indra's and held my arm.

"Hey Indra." I looked up at him.

"Hey Luc." He responded.

Evie tilted her head, watching us.

"Darlin? You sure you're okay?" I asked smiling, hoping he'd tell us.

Indra shifted. His face had a realization, it was almost worrisome.

"Why is your face making that face?" I asked.

"I'm hungry." Indra sighed.

I smiled and put my head on his shoulder, "good thing lunch isn't too far away."

Evie moved into my line of sight. "No Luc. He's hungry."

When the realization hit I slowly leaned away from Indra. I leaned far away. I'm so dumb; Indra doesn't need to eat. Is that why he was lethargic?

Evie took over. "Why haven't you eaten?" She asked quietly.

Indra only sighed in response.

"I can't just check out. This is something I need to help him with." I thought.

I touched his elbow.

"Indra, it's not good to not feed yourself. You already did that once and you weren't feeling good." I said.

Indra didn't say anything.

I looked at my arm, then held it up to Indra's face. Both he and Evie pushed it down. I frowned, "okay."

"We're in the middle of class." Evie said.

My eye widened and I looked around.

"Aha...I forgot." I laughed humorlessly.

I looked at Indra. A vein appeared on his temple, reaching up to his eyebrow. Oh he's getting worse.

He looked around frantically. Indra breathed rapidly in a hiss-like manner.

"Oh uh." I thought.

Evie tried to soothe him.

"Maybe we should take him somewhere hidden." I suggested. Evie looked at me.

"There are cameras everywhere." She said.

"Not in the bathroom." I shook my head.

"I can't just leave you alone with him." She responded.

"He can control it." I said cockily. I looked at Indra, "you can control it, right?"

He looked at me briefly. "I have to get out of here." He said roughly as he got up and hurried out.

"Oh, wait." I said as I got up and followed him.

"Luc don't go!" Evie called.

When I got out to the corridor Indra was gone.

"Parking lot." I whispered.

I ran through the corridor. I hope I can catch up to him. I ran down the staircase and out the side door. When I reached the parking lot I heard Indra yell in frustration.

I looked around and saw him throw his head back.

I ran over.

"Are you in pain?" I asked.

"I keep dropping my keys!" He shouted angrily. I flinched. I dove down and picked up his keys.

"Are you okay to drive?" He looks like he's about to lose it.

Indra took the keys from me and rushed to his car.

"Hey!" I called.

I ran to the car and jumped into the passenger seat.

"Luc-" Indra slammed the door shut.

"Go back inside." He ordered.

"No. I'm not leaving you alone." I said adamantly. As much as he might hate it, he needs my stubborn ass right now.

"Go back now." He said.

I grabbed my seatbelt and turned to him, "you gonna make me?"

Indra stopped ordering me around and started the car.

He drove kind of fast, but we got there in one piece.

When Indra opened the door to the condo the cats meowed and scattered. Some went into the bedroom, others went into the bathroom.

Indra sat on the couch and hid his face in his hands.

"What are you doing?" I questioned. Indra didn't answer. I threw my hands up and went into the kitchen. Getting blood for my boyfriend. Totally normal.

I opened the refrigerator. My stomach dropped.

"Indra where's the blood?!"

I turned around. He hadn't moved.

I looked in the freezer. Empty.

"Where's it?" He's going to get worse!

I tore through the cabinets, even the oven, looking for a blood bag. There were only pots and pans, cutlery and dishes.

"Okay." I gave up and went over to Indra. "There's no blood here."

"I know."

"You know? You need it!" I said.

"I know." Indra repeated. "But I gave the bags back; since you hate where they came from."

"Yeah but I never wanted you to hurt yourself dummy!"

Indra rubbed his face and shook his head.

I sighed and sat down in the armchair.

"What do we do?" I asked. If it comes down to it, would he want to drink from me? Would I be willing to offer myself to him to help?

I shrinked back. I'm scaring myself.

Indra huffed a little and swayed side to side.

"What do I do?" I thought.

"Indra, you should go back and get some blood."

"I tried a squirrel this morning." Indra stated suddenly.

"And that didn't help?"

He shook his head. He then laid out on the couch and ran his fingers through the front of his hair.

"Why are you doing this to yourself?" I asked.

"Because I wanted you to continue to love me." He answered. "I saw how you looked at me when I showed you the refrigerator."

"That was a normal reaction. I'll get used to it -- your diet, I mean. You don't need to do this for me."

"If you did, wouldn't a part of you hate it and resent me for it?" Indra asked.

"I love you just as you are, I couldn't hate you. Just as it took me some time to get used to you as a person, it'll take me some time to get used to you as a vampire." I said.

I went over to him and sat on the floor beside him. I touched his hand gently.

"So please, help yourself out. Get your blood back."

Indra looked at me softly. He then turned over his hand and held mine.

"Thank you, Luc."

He sat up and stroked my cheek.

"I'll go now. Stay here." His hand left my cheek. He was just simply gone.

Five minutes later Indra came through the door with five blood bags in his arms. He headed into the kitchen. I turned to the couch.

What have I gotten myself into now?

Indra came over and sat on the couch. I crawled up and sat beside him.

"Are you feeling better?"

"Yes."

I put my head on his shoulder. "Don't do something like that again."

"I won't." Indra responded.

The next day I avoided Nick up until the end of fourth block. He wanted to know where I went yesterday. I told him to back off, but he wouldn't.

"Don't you think someone will catch you?" Nick asked.

"Shut up." I said.

I walked out of the trailer with him close behind me.

"You always brush people off; you brushed Uncle off yesterday when he talked to you about it. So what really happened?" Nick asked.

"Here's another brush off: go back to Jane Todd." I said.

"Hell no." Nick said.

"I'd rather live with my uncle and the guy who hates me rather than be in the same state as my parents and in the same house as the woman who watches me like a hawk." He said.

I rolled my eye, "just be glad you got a better house when you did."

"What's that supposed to mean?" Nick asked.

"Hey!" Nick grabbed my shoulder and pulled me back.

"Don't fucking touch me!" I yelled.

"Should we stop them?" Evie asked Indra. They stood off to the side watching us.

Third Person:

"Answer me!" Nick demanded. "Since you know everything, one-eyed Willy, tell me."

Luc scoffed. "You just had to come down here and ruin everything -- just because things aren't perfect in Nick's little world, you have to uproot someone else's life."

"My life isn't perfect!" Luc knew exactly what Nick's life was. "I know you're missing an eye, but you aren't completely blind! So just one time just see things from my point of view!"

"That implies that I can stick my head that far up my ass." Luc retorted.

"God. I'm sick of you!" Nick pushed Luc.

Luc pushed him back, then punched him with a crack sound following.

Nick screamed in pain and Luc shook out his hand.

"That sounded like it hurt." Evie stated.

Indra walked towards the two, "it did. He dislocated his jaw."

Nick stood up, seething at Luc. Luc growled at him.

Indra grabbed his jaw, "Luc," he snapped it back into place then stood in between the two with Nick screaming behind him. "Relax."

"Don't try to speak." Indra told Nick.

Luc walked around Indra and left via the student parking lot. Indra sighed after Evie told him to let him cool off.

Indra:

I took Nick up to the front of the school to meet with Dr. Benson.

"What happened?" Dr. Benson asked with his arms out. He noticed the big bruise on Nick's jaw.

"Luc punched him. Dislocated his jaw. I relocated it." I explained.

Nick walked past Dr. Benson, waving him off as he tried to look at him and got in the car.

"Luc? Where is he?" He asked. What?

"I thought he was with you?" I asked.

"I haven't seen him..." Dr. Benson drawled.

"Oh..." I groaned. Where did he go?

"Indra!" Dr. Benson called. I looked at him. "When did you guys last see him?!"

"He left. After the fight he took off!" I explained.

"And he's not in the school?" Dr. Benson asked.

"No." I shook my head.

"Did you see which way he went?"

"No." I answered again.

Dr. Benson scowled at me, got in his car and drove off.

I went back downstairs and went to my car. Evie had already left, looking for Luc on her way home. She told me he was no where to be seen on the roads near the school.

I went to Luc's house. Dr. Benson hadn't arrived yet. Maybe he was searching the streets for Luc. I didn't see Luc on the roads either. I jumped up to Luc's window and looked into his room. He wasn't there. I then went to the front door and rang the doorbell and pounded on the door.

"Luc! Are you here?" I called loudly.

I called his phone and texted. No answer.

I got back in my car and drove to the hospital. Maybe he just went to hang out with his Mom.

I used the elevator to get up to the surgical floor. I went to the front desk.

"Excuse me." I called to the lady sitting there. "Has Luc Benson come through here?"

"Who?" The lady asked.

"Then, where is Dr. Jeanette Benson?" I asked.

"She's with a patient. You can wait over there until she's through." She said.

"Luc can't wait that long." I thought.

I rushed away from the desk.

"Hey! You can't go back there! Come back!" The lady called loudly as I ran to a different hallway.

I went to an elevator and hit the button. The elevator doors opened and I rushed in. I hit up one level. I think that's where patient rooms are.

When the doors opened again, I was right. The patient rooms are here. I got out and searched the rooms for Dr. Benson.

I saw her coming out of a room.

"Dr. Benson! Dr. Benson!" I called.

She turned to me and looked very shocked.

"Indra?" She said.

"Hello." I said.

"What are you doing here?" She asked.

"Have you seen Luc?" I asked.

"Not since yesterday... Is he alright?" Dr. Benson asked.

"He's not in the hospital is he?" She asked about to panic.

"No, no, no." I said waving my hands.

We sat down in a corner and I told her everything that happened.

"It's only been an hour since he's gone missing...can I put a policeman on him?" I asked.

"No. You can't file a missing person report." Dr. Benson said. "Not yet, at least."

"But-"

"I know you're worried. I am too, but I know Luc. He just needs some time. He'll come back eventually." Dr. Benson said.

I sighed. I just want to know where he is, that he's safe.

For whatever reason Dr. Benson let me stay with her for the rest of the day. I was sitting up in the gallery watching a surgery.

I jumped when my phone rang. I was disappointed. It wasn't Luc.

I answered. "Evie?"

"Did you find Luc?" She asked.

"No." I sighed in defeat.

"It's been hours! It's dark out! What if he's hurt?" She said.

"I'll check his house again." I said before hanging up. I left the hospital in a rush. Can't believe I sat there for hours. But Luc is probably feeling better now. Let's just hope I can find him.

I knocked on the front door of the Benson house. Dr. Benson opened the door. He didn't look happy to see me.

"Um, did Luc come back?" I asked.

Dr. Benson shook his head, "no. I'm calling the police soon."

I whimpered a little.

"Go home Indra. It's late." He pulled out his phone and closed the door.

I stepped back and got in my car. I put my forehead on the steering wheel.

"Goddammit Luc." I sighed. Where is he?

I finally went home. I let out a long sigh. Delilah pranced over to me and rubbed against my legs. I stooped down and rubbed her back.

I went into the kitchen after a minute or two and opened the cabinet full of cat food. I scooped up the kibbles and dropped them into the bowls on the opposite end of the condo. The cats all flooded over and started eating.

"Sorry I was late guys." I said. I left them to their meal and went into the bedroom.

I rubbed my face as I walked over to the bed. How did he escape us? I put my phone on the nightstand.

I dropped onto the bed and instantly heard a scream. I screamed and a person sat up.

I sniffed.

"Indra!" Luc's voice said.

"Luc!" I threw my arms around him and squeezed him tightly. "I'm so glad you're okay. You had us all worried!"

I let go of him and turned on the lamp.

He lowered his head. "Sorry." He whispered.

"What happened? Have you been here the whole time?" I asked.

He nodded his head sadly.

"I just hid in the woods until everyone left the school." He said quietly.

"Then I came here and turned off my phone then fell asleep." He finished.

I sighed and hugged him again.

"Why do you let Nick get to you like that?" I asked after letting him go.

Luc didn't look at me.

"Is it because you see yourself in him?" I asked.

"Don't you dare compare me to him!" Luc shouted. I leaned back.

"We're nothing alike!"

"He gave up on himself! I didn't! He became an alcoholic like his father! I didn't become like Chet! I got out and got better!"

"He just weak and pathetic." He finished.

"Luc," I called softly and grabbed his hand, "yes. You got out. You got better. But Nick didn't. You're right, he gave up on himself. He feels alone when he shouldn't have to. Instead of hating him, you should help him. Help him get better and help him with his problem. I know you can't stand him because he reminds you of Chet and he's detrimental to himself, but you should want to help him because you're better than that."

Luc looked away for a second.

"Will you at least try?" I leaned forward into his eye line. He thought about it for a second.

I know all this hurts Luc. But maybe if he can help Nick, he can feel a little bit better too.

"Luc?" I called.

He looked at me. He nodded. "Fine. I'll help Nick."

I smiled at him.

Luc smiled a little. "Is it okay if I stay here for a couple of days? I just need to figure out how I'm going to do things."

I leaned over and grabbed my phone. I held it out to Luc.

"Call your parents. Tell them where you are." I said.

Luc took the phone. He dialed on the keypad and put the phone to his ear.

The phone rang for a few seconds.

"Hello?" Dr. Benson's voice answered.

"Hi...Brian." Luc answered with a raspy voice.

"Luc where are you? Are you safe?" Dr. Benson asked.

He and Luc talked.

I'm glad Luc has found a family that cares about him. One that worries about his safety and well-being. I hope that remains the same for him.

"Okay. Bye." Luc said.

"He said I can stay, just not past Friday. He didn't seem all too happy about the arrangement." He said. I pressed my lips together. Dr. Benson seemed pretty angry at me. I may have ruined any chance Luc and I have together.

I smiled and ran my fingers through the front of his hair and kissed his forehead. I held him to my shoulder.

"I'm glad everything's all right." I told him. "Might as well enjoy us for as long as we have left." I thought.

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