I could feel myself smiling in my sleep, my joy from last night was not short-lived. I like lying here with Indra. Makes me feel a bit less alone.
My sleep was interrupted when Indra sat up.
I groaned a little and opened my eye. "What's wrong?" I asked groggily.
Oh. It's Monday.
I sat up and draped my arm over Indra's shoulder and leaned against him.
"Let's stay here today." I put my head on his shoulder.
"Okay." Indra agreed.
I smiled and pulled him down with me and he laid in my arms. He put his arms around me and pulled me closer. We laid chest to chest. I closed my eye.
After a while we woke up and got dressed.
I sighed after I put my clothes on. "Maybe I should go home. To shower and get a change of clothes."
Indra called from the kitchen, "you can shower here!"
"Right. I forget that you can hear me when I'm talking to myself." I said dryly.
Indra didn't respond. I walked into the living room and looked at him.
He had pans on the stove and had flour and eggs in his hands.
"Whatcha doin, Mr. Alehanson?" I asked playfully.
"Breakfast." He held up the eggs and flour.
I nodded. Nice.
I went up to the counter and leaned against it. "I think I should go home soon."
"Why?" Indra asked cracking an egg.
"To see my parents." I said. "Remember? I ran away from them."
"I should clear things up with them." I stated.
"Why?" Indra asked again. Is he serious? He kept a neutral expression, of course.
"Because they're my parents. They're probably worried about me."
"Don't you understand that?" I asked.
"No." Indra said bluntly. I lowered my head and shook it. I dropped the conversation.
After we ate our breakfast of pancakes, I started to ask questions.
"Can I ask you about how you died?"
"I suppose." Indra answered.
"What happened?" I asked.
"I told you." He said, confused.
"No, I mean, who's "they?" Who kidnapped you?" I asked. He took a pause before answering.
"What did they want?"
"Well, we know Romania is known for vampires." He started. "They wanted to know more about them, so they decided they could create one."
I shifted my jaw to the right.
"There had been rumors of people being taken in the town next to mine. They never came back to their families. Everyone was in a panic."
"We'd never seen the people so we didn't know who to trust. Soon the came to my town."
"I was on the streets. They grabbed me and took me away."
"I was caged for two days. Then they took me out and tied me down on top of an altar."
"I fought against the ropes, but they only cut my skin, so I went numb." He grabbed his wrists.
"Then they put the knife to my throat." I looked at the scar on his throat. A fear of knives.
"The blood ran. I couldn't breathe. I was dying." He looked over to me.
"But then I came back." He said.
I looked at him with a question.
"I was nineteen years old."
"Oh..." I drawled. I guess he really is someone who looks a little bit older than they actually are.
"So what they did...it worked?" I asked.
"No. Someone stepped in. Saved me." Indra answered. "Made me in to this."
"That's not important."
"Of course it is. They saved your life." I said. He didn't answer.
I moved on to my next question.
"You've been carrying that with you for a long time, haven't you?"
"You're the only person I've ever told." He said. I can't imagine how difficult it is to hold something like that in for so long.
I looked down. Maybe that's why he doesn't understand why I feel the need to go home to my parents. He probably never saw his again.
I looked at him. "Did you ever see your parents again?"
"By the time I became a vampire my parents had already-" He stopped. What? They died?
"Nevermind." He said.
"You can tell me." I said.
"It's fine. Don't worry about it." Indra smiled at me. You know, when he smiles like that I think he's trying to keep from crying.
I reached over and took his hand. He must've been so scared.
Later in the day, I thought about my parents. We didn't exactly part on the greatest of terms, and the last time I saw them was Saturday night.
I sighed heavily when I realized I'd have to put this to an end.
"Hm?" Indra grunted after I sighed.
"Can you take me home?" I asked.
"I thought you wanted to stay here." He said.
"I do. But, you know I left my parents in a panic. I haven't seen them in a while." I explained. I sat up.
Indra nodded and stopped what he was doing. We headed to my house soon after that.
"I'll see you later, okay?" I said to Indra before getting out of the car. He kissed me goodbye then I got out.
I walked up to the front door and put my keys in.
When I got inside I closed the door and looked around slowly.
No one is down here. I sighed. But then I heard quick descending footsteps.
I walked closer to the staircase. It was Brian.
"Luc." He sighed with relief. I lowered my head.
Brian stood in front of me. "Are you okay?"
I nodded, "yes."
"Did you go back to Indra's?" He asked.
"Yes." I said again.
I raised my head.
"At work. She'll be home with Alexandria soon though." Brian answered.
"Can I hug you Luc?"
He hugged me and spoke, "I'm glad you're safe. And I'm sorry we accused you."
I didn't say anything.
Later on I sat on the stairs waiting for Mom. Brian sat in the living room. Something told me he was sitting there specifically so he could stop me from leaving again.
I leaned against the railing and held on to the thick bars.
The lock on the door clicked and it opened. Alexandria ran in.
"Daddy!" She squealed. She ran over to him and climbed into his lap.
"Hi baby." He kissed her on the cheeks. "You have fun at daycare?"
"Yes." Alexandria climbed down from him and ran off. Probably to go get food.
"Hi Brian." Mom said.
"How was your day?" He asked her.
"Not as hectic as usual, thankfully."
Mom walked off to follow Alexandria into the kitchen.
I heard Alexandria's shoes hitting the floor quickly and a small mischievous laugh.
"Alexandria! No food upstairs!"
She came into my line of sight with the Cheerio box in her hands.
She saw me and screamed happily "Luc!"
I shook my head when she threw her arms up and the Cheerios flew out and scattered on the floor.
She ran to me and ran in between my legs and hugged me.
"You're back!" Alexandria cheered.
"Yeah." I said quietly.
Mom came to us and stopped when she saw all the Cheerios. Brian came too.
"I'll clean this up. You just get those two situated." Brian said. Mom nodded and stepped over the Cheerios carefully.
"Alexandria you can sit in the kitchen and eat." Mom said to her.
"But I want to stay with Luc." She whined and tightened her grip around me.
"Go now. I need to talk to your brother." I looked up at her.
"Aw." Alexandria let me go and ran off to the kitchen.
I stood up.
"Mom, what did you do with my money?" I asked.
"It's in your room." She answered. I sighed quietly with relief.
Brian came back after throwing away the Cheerios.
"You said you wanted to tell us where it came from." He said.
I nodded and quietly muttered, "yes."
They didn't rush me.
"I used to have a job; not a very nice one." I said. "I worked as a sex worker."
"Oh." Both parents said as if it made complete sense.
"Luc," Mom reached for me. I backed up the stairs.
"It's over now." I turned and started to go up, "I need to take a shower."
After I took a shower I laid in bed. Mom came into the room and laid down beside me.
"Hi Baby." She said sweetly.
"I don't want to talk about what I said." I told her.
"Okay. We don't have to." She said. "I came to apologize to you."
"I shouldn't have opened your case and accuse you of stealing."
I hunched my shoulders.
"Seriously?" Mom said.
"It's fine. You know the truth now." I said.
She nodded and kissed me before leaving.
As the week went on I spent the days after school with Indra.
On Friday when I came home Mom stared me down.
"Luc." She called in disbelief.
"What?" I whispered.
"You look terrible." She stated. I looked off to the side; I knew where she was going with this.
"You haven't been getting any sleep have you?" She asked.
I didn't say anything.
Mom put her hands on her hips. "You and Indra need to call a time-out on the hanging out." She nodded knowingly.
"I'm fine." I said.
"You've been out all hours of the night then you'd come home early in the morning and go to school. You're not fine."
Mom pointed to the stairs, "go upstairs."
I did what she said. I put on my pajamas and got in the bed.
Indra tried to get me to sleep but I was like "nope." He wanted it, he got it.
"My Mom thinks we should call a time-out." I texted him.
"Thank god for your sensible parents." He responded.
"😑" I responded.
"What? You don't think we should?" He asked.
"Luc, you're human. You don't have stamina like mine."
"So you think." I said.
"Get some sleep, Luc." He said.
I blew air and put my phone down. In the next few minutes I was asleep.
In the morning I woke up and stretched. I felt refreshed, well-rested. My stomach growled loudly. I sighed and got out of bed.
When I got downstairs Mom was sitting in the living room.
"Finally awake?" She said. "Feeling better?"
"Yep." I answered.
I looked out the window. The sky was a dark orange color.
"What time is it? I left my phone upstairs."
"Five in the afternoon." Mom answered.
"Huh?" I drawled.
"It's Saturday." She said, calm as ever.
"I slept through the whole day." I gasped. "No wonder I'm starving." I said rubbing my stomach.
"We still have leftovers from dinner. Come on, I'll fix you a plate."
"Thank you." I said.
Weeks passed and February came. This Valentine's day, I'm going to give Indra the card I made way back when I was in the hospital. And I'll give him something else. Haven't decided what yet.
At school on Valentine's day, both Indra and Evie had a fan.
Nick nervously slid a box of chocolates in front of Evie.
"Oh, thank you." Evie said nervously.
Nick nodded nervously, then scurried out of the classroom.
A girl in our class just kept staring at Indra, so I stared at her, right in the eyes.
"Sorry. I'm already spoken for." Indra said to the girl when she approached him at the end of class.
At the end of the day when I was at home, Indra told me to meet him in the woods by my house, specifically at the tree I said looks like it's on steroids, because it has branches going everywhere.
I stood under the tree waiting for Indra to show up. I held my card for him behind my back.
A branch creaked and Indra's head and shoulders dropped down. I gasped.
"Hello, love." He said. His arms dropped down and his hands held a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates.
Indra chuckled. He held out the bouquet and box to me. I smiled and took them.
"Thank you." I said.
"Why are you dangling from the tree?" I asked curiously.
"Hm, oh. Because it's fun." Indra answered.
"Okay." I responded.
Indra chuckled again and dropped down from the tree. He landed on his feet.
I held out the card to him.
"I made this when I was in the hospital. I was scared to give it to you because we weren't dating then." I explained. He took the card.
"Bitch you fine." He read. He then looked at me. I grinned and hunched my shoulders.
"I'm sorry I don't have more for you. I don't have money." I said. Well that's not true.
"Or rather, I'm saving it for a very rainy day." I dropped my voice.
Indra looked up at the sky and looked side to side. He looked at me.
"It doesn't rain like that here." He stated. I scratched my head.
"It's a saying." I said to his poor, confused self.
"Oh." He said.
Indra pointed at my nose.
"What are you doing?" I asked.
"Did you know your nose crinkles when you're upset?" He said.
I pushed his hand down.
"I'm not upset."
"I'm just saying it's cute." Indra grabbed his arm.
"Oh." I said quietly. I folded my hands behind my back.
Indra was smiling at me, not saying anything.
"Really, what are you doing?" I asked.
"I'm courting you, sweetflower!"
I swear, I can never tell what's gonna come flying out of his mouth next.
"Well," I stepped forward and rubbed against him, "I think we'd make beautiful Scorpio babies."
Indra raised an eyebrow. "I thought you didn't want kids?"
"I don't. But this is hypothetical."
"Oh, so in this hypothetical you want kids."
"Yeah...maybe when I'm 70 and about to die."
Indra laughed. I chuckled.
"On that note, let me ask you something," Indra started with a mischievous glint in his eyes. "Have you ever had sex in the woods?"
I could see the tip of my cheek and nose turn red.
"Um no...can't say that I have." I said nervously.
"Splendid! Let me add that to your achievements list." He leaned in to kiss me.
I leaned away.
"Sorry darling. I'm not having sex in the woods." I stepped away from him.
"Aw come on!" He grinned and followed me.
"No." I whined and backed up further.
I backed up in a zig-zag pattern as he "chased" me.
"But you were all for it the other week!" Indra said.
"That was the other week!" I laughed. "Ah!" I screamed when he got close.
Indra laughed mischievously.
Soon we sat down against a fallen tree. I chuckled to myself.
"Well, if we aren't doing wood-sex," Indra started. What is he up to now? "You have to touch this."
I looked at him. Oh hell no!
He was holding a long black snake by its head in between his fingers.
"Noooo!" I screeched. I got up and backed away from him.
Indra stood up. "Come on. I wanna see you touch it."
"No!" He walked over to me swiftly.
"No! No!" I screamed and ran. He ran after me.
"Just one little poke!" He called from behind me. I ain't touching shit!
"You watch and see! That thing's gonna bite you!"
"I'll get you to touch it!" He said.
"No! Bad Indra! Heel!" I shouted.
After a minute of running I think I lost him. Then again, I was out in the open. I panted.
Something limp, slick and slimy dropped on my head and hung into my face.
The snake's eye was looking into mine. I screamed loudly. Birds flew out of their trees.
I turned around and the snake's head hit the bridge of my nose.
Indra stood a few feet away, grinning mischievously. "It's a dead snake, Luc."
I growled at him.
"Why you!" I charged at him. I wrapped my arm around his waist and tackled him.
"Fine you want me to touch it!" I grabbed the snake and held it, "then you eat it!"
I started to try to force the snake into his mouth. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't stop laughing. I jammed the front of the snake into his mouth and down his throat.
He grunted and smacked my arms.
"There you two are!" We froze and slowly turned our heads.
"Mom?" Why is she out here?
"What are you guys doing?" She asked when she saw the snake. She cringed.
I climbed off of Indra and stood up. He did too.
"What are you doing here?" I asked. Indra pulled the snake by the tail and it dropped out of his mouth. He then tossed it far behind us.
"We could hear you screaming all the way from the house. I came to check on you."
"Oh." I said. "I'm good."
She nodded and turned to walk away. She stopped and looked at me, "don't put snakes into people's mouths!" She scolded. She left.
I snickered. I turned to Indra.
"How'd that taste?"
"I've had a lot worse in my mouth." He answered.
"Do I want to know what that means?" I asked.
"Probably not." He said.
"How about this: should we go to my condo?" He then asked.
I whined because I'd have to say no. "Sorry. Not this time."
"Okay." He smiled.
We went back to the fallen tree so I could get the flowers and chocolate. Once I grabbed them Indra walked me to my house.
"I'd kiss you goodbye but you have snake lips." I said once we got on the porch. "Handle that shit."
Indra laughed sarcastically.
The next day Indra wasn't at school so afterwards I went to his condo to check on him -- like the kind boyfriend I am.
When I got there he wasn't in the living room. The cats were all just lazing around; laying on the floor, tables, and couches half asleep.
I looked to his bedroom. The door was closed.
"Maybe he just slept through the day." I thought.
I went to the door and slowly opened it, "Indra?"
He wasn't in the bed. Instead, there was a woman in his bed. She had the covers pulled over her shoulders and clenched them tightly.
"Uh..." I gasped. Who is she? And why is she in Indra's bed?
I slowly took a few steps back.
"Oh." A soft voice said.
I flinched and turned around. Indra stood there with a brown bag in his arms.
He was wearing a long coat and a white button up shirt. He didn't wear a scarf or ribbon.
"What are you doing here?" He asked curiously.
"You didn't come to school so I came to-" I turned and looked into his room, "who's that?" I pointed.
The woman was gone. I looked at Indra, he didn't say anything.
"Is that the boy you're courting?" A woman's heavy accented voice asked. The woman came out from behind Indra and looked at me. Oh god, how did she do that?! I backed up against the wall.
The woman had excessively long light brown wavy hair. She was young too.
Indra put the bag on the counter.
"Luc, don't be afraid." He said. "She won't hurt you."
I grunted nervously.
Indra came to my side and put his arm around me.
"Luc, Mother. Mother, Luc." He introduced us. The woman smiled.
I looked at her, then him.