- Chapter 13 | My Weakness
A N A S T A S I A
THE SIRENS BLARED into the night sky as the cops began closing into the tracks.
After telling everyone to run, I began making my own way back to my car.
Brooke and Clay still haven’t left but I see Clay in the driver seat looking around and once he spots me, the car roars to life as he speeds towards me.
Once he get close, the car skids to the side as he throws open the passenger side door and holds his hand out for me without stopping the car.
Although the car has was slowed down slightly, I still had to push myself to run faster so that I could jump. I reach my hand out, latching onto his arm as he helps pull me in.
Once I’m safely inside, I reach out with my right hand and pull the door closed as he presses harder on the accelerator, speeding down an alleyway.
Luckily, the majority of the cops were coming from the side that the Rueben’s gang was on so I think that mine should be safe.
Most of the Royal Reapers know how to lose the cops in a high-speed car chase anyways and I know that from experience.
There was one police car following us, but Clay was able to lose them.
“Where do you want to go?” Asks Clay. He’s still speeding down alleys so we don’t get caught.
“Home base.” I reply as I take my phone out of my front pocket.
The moment I touch the screen to turn it on, I see an abundance of messages from my mom asking where me and Kai are. She’s probably so worried right now because she knows I never take Kai out with me at night.
I quickly send her a text letting her know that we’re both safe and that Kai won’t be home until tomorrow.
It wouldn’t be wise to bring Kai back home in case anyone from the Crimson Ghosts are following us even though I doubt they are since the cops were just on everybody that was at the tracks.
After stuffing my phone back into my front pocket, I turn in my seat to look back at Kai who is sitting next to Brooke.
“Asia…” He begins to say when he sees that I’m looking at him, but I don’t let him continue before I cut him off.
“What were you thinking?” I ask and it looks like he was about to reply when I say, “You could’ve been killed today because of what you did.”
Kai looks down at his lap before I hear him quietly say, “I’m sorry.”
I close my eyes and pinch the bridge of my nose as I take a deep breath to calm myself. I feel like I’m on the verge of yelling because I’m so upset that he didn’t listen to me and almost got himself killed.
I’m even more mad that now, Rueben knows of him. He may not know the relation that Kai has with me, but he could definitely tell that Kai is someone I deeply care about. Someone who could possibly be my weakness.
And that scares me, because Kai truly is my biggest weakness.
Knowing Rueben, he would do anything to get me. Even if that means killing the people I love…
“I know you are Kai, I do. But you’ve got to understand that you can never do that again.” I tell him. He needs to know that what he did was careless.
When I see him not his head, I continue, “Next time, you need to listen to whatever I tell you to do. Actually, no. There won’t be a next time because you will never sneak into my car again. Do you understand?” I ask and he doesn’t reply.
“Kai, look at me.” I say and he slowly raises his head, looking me in the eyes as I question him again. “Do you understand?”
“I understand.” He says and I nod my head before turning back around.
Once Clay gets past the guards and through the gates, he pulls the car up to the front of the base that really just looks like a mansion.
Once we all get out of the car I turn towards Kai who’s looking up at the mansion in amazement and smile before pulling him into a tight hug.
“I was so worried.” I say as he hugs me back. Pulling away, I say, “Don’t ever do that to me again.”
I was about to turn around so that we can get ready to go inside when he pulled me back into a hug and began rambling.
“I’m so sorry, Asia! I know you told me to stay in the car but then I saw you fighting and I got worried that something was going to happen to you, so I just got out and started running towards you when some guy started chasing after me… Then some other guy who looked way meaner than the one chasing me grabbed my arm and wouldn’t let go and…”
He seemed like he was on the verge of tears by the way his voice was cracking as he told his side of the story so I stopped him. “Kai, look at me.” I said and he did. Just as I expected, his eyes were becoming watery.
“I’m not mad at you. Yes, I’m upset that you didn’t listen to me when I told you to stay in the car but that’s because you had me so worried. I can’t lose you, Kai. The guy chasing after you was doing that because I told him to protect you and you had run off towards all of the danger.” I told him.
“I want to be strong like you, not weak.” He tells me with a determined look in his eyes.
“You are not weak, Kai…” I say and I was about to tell him how strong he is when he cut me off.
“I am weak. When that guy grabbed me Asia, I couldn’t get away from him!” He says loudly while sounding frustrated and I understand the feeling of helplessness because of my past.
“You may not have gotten away from him at first, but eventually you did. Right?” I ask since I explicitly remember Kai kicking that man in his crowned jewels.
“Yea, but I still couldn’t get away until Brooke and Clay helped me.” He says sadly and I sigh.
“Kai, you’re only 7-years-old. It would be hard for any kid without enough training to take on a grown man.” I tell him because it’s the truth and I don’t want him thinking less of himself because he couldn’t get himself free of that mans grip.
“Can you train me then?” He asks, looking up at me with those puppy dog eyes that get me every time.
“Yes, Kai. I will train you.” I say smiling and his eyes brighten.
“Thank you! Thank you!” He yells, practically jumping up and down in excitement.
A small laugh escapes me before I say, “If I’m going to train you, there’s one thing that I want you to always remember.”
“What is it?” He asks as he calms down and looks at me curiously.
“In weakness, there is strength.”