Presence of Mind and Time
The airplane was the biggest sound the heard, and the only one Alia wanted to here for awhile.
The plane was full of the regular about 30 people who worked in Repliforce and lived in her region.
And two extras.
After this morning, she had absolutely nothing to say to Drew or Ace, and just dreaded to speak to them again at the base.
Thank God that she have a really high-up position in Repliforce, or she wouldn't have had her own little room in the plane.
She had to eat breakfst, that always took her mind off of stuff.
Just OMM! thinking about "NOM!" those two OMMMNOM! made her "GARMB" "SLLLLLUUURP! GURGLE!" scraf down "NOMMMM!" her box of don- "GARB" uts and coffee "GURGLE! GURGLE!" faster than usual.
But then, when got to thinking about Axl, the fight they had after Drew left.
"Mom I read this thing! How many times have you fucked this guy in the past month?!"
"First of all, don't use that language with me, second of all, that was a long time ago, third of all, my personal life is none of your business!"
"I'm your son, I'm supposed to BE your personal life! If you said you were feeling lonely and TOLD ME you wanting to start dating again, I could get that. But you go behind my back just to suck some guys off, and you got back together with your ex-husband?"
"It doesn't fucking matter! You've been abandoning me for the last month, just so you could fuck with white Lebron and whoever the fuck else! You don't even call! ITS LIKE YOU DONT CARE ABOUT ME ANYMORE!" Axl was just about to break down, tears streaming down his enraged face.
"AXL! FOR YOUR INFORMATION, I HAVE NOT FUCKED ANYONE IN THE PAST MONTH! AND NOW, YOUR GROUNDED! GO TO YOUR ROOM!"
"NO! I'M NOT GOING TO GO TO MY ROOM! I WANT YOU TO TELL ME WHAT YOUR HAVE BEEN DOING FOR THE PAST MONTH! WHAT CASE IS IT NOW? AND BY THE WAY, WHY CAN'T YOU WORK FROM HOME? WHAT ARE YOU HIDING?"
"I'M YOUR MOTHER, AND YOUR GOING TO DO WHAT I SAY!"
"ANSWER ME BITCH!"
Alia snatched it up. It was Repliforce. disguised as a law firm that was part of their workers' cover. "WHAT?" She yelled into the phone.
"Is-Is-Is this a bad time?" Sigma answered, quite frightened.
"WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK?"
"K I'll make this short. A Robot Master is attacking in Russia. Get to the plane now. Seeya." CLICK!
Alia just stared at phone for a second. "Perfect timing Sigma, you son of a bitch." At least now she had an excuse to leave the house...
She wend to to the drawer for her keys. "I'm leaving Axl."
Axl would have none of it. "DON'T LEAVE ME AGAIN! I WANT ANSWERS! WHO THE HELL IS SIGMA? IS THAT SOME KIND OF CODE FOR THE DUDE YOUR GOING TO WHORE OFF TO TODAY?"
She turned for the door. "This conversation is over. I'll see you tonight or tomorrow. She opened the door...
Axl wouldn't have it. "YOUR NOT GOING ANYWHERE!" He grabbed her arm. "YOUR GOING TO STAY AND TELL ME-"
Axl slumped to the floor, completely out.
She stared at his body, hand over her mouth, shocked at when she had just done. She had never hit Axl in her life.
"OhmyGod Axl I'm so sorry..." She said, checking on him to see if she had left a bruise. The self-defense training Repliforce gave did pay off, but this is NOT how she expected it too.
But still, part of her felt...
rather satisfied with herself that she had shut Axl up.
He did deserve it. She thought. Being so disrespectful, and had no idea what he was talking about.
She sighed, putting his head on her knees. I understand why your angry Axl. Work has picked up exponentially, I haven't been around, and Drew being here does look bad.
I wish I could tell you why but...
She picked him up, carrying him upstairs to his room, which was no easy task. Alia was 5'9, 150lb. Axl was 6 foot, 200lb. She found herself grunting to do it.
But she did it, tucking him back into bed, and kissed his forehead. She stared at her son, combing her fingers trough his wild auburn hair. "I love you Axl." she whispered into his ear.
As she walked back downstairs she thought about her future.
Maybe after this Robot Master Episode, I'll quit Repliforce, and do something else. Or just retire altogether. She checked her watch.
"Damnit, I could be running late..." She said, picking up her pace.
As she started her car, she took one last look at her house. It'll be okay Axl, I promise everything will work itself out in the end...
"Alia?" A voiced interrupted her thoughts. "Are you okay?"
Alia just realized that she was crying in an empty doughnut box. She looked up at who is was.
It was that Ace guy. the guy that was with Drew this morning.
"GGG,CHH-RURA,ALGCAT" Ace said, finding it very hard to talk with Alia's hands around his throat.
"Drew?" She whispered.
So this is why Drew sent me to go talk to her. Ace thought. Well played you son of a bitch.
The door opened, an Drew came through.
"There you are!" She said, facing him. She had already used her self-defense training once today, lets see if she can do it twice!
"Now Alia, I want you to know that I am terribly sorry..."
"Thanks to you, my son thinks I'm a whore! You've came back into my life, and you've already ruined it. Are you happy with yourself?" She was livid. How dare this ghost of her past come between her and her son.
"I didn't know you had a kid Alia..."
"Well news flash Drew, SOME of us have actually moved on from 10 years ago!"
"I've tried to move on, that's why I've gotten out of my house and back here-"
"Trying to reconcile with your ex-fiance with the same old tricks you used back then isn't moving on Drew! Its been 10 years. Lots of things have changed, lets count them!"
She held up her fingers. "Your brother: DEAD! Your Sister: DEAD! Your Nephew: DEAD! Our relationship: DEAD! Its all in the past! Let's just focus on the present!"
She turned her head away from him "You know what? I can't even stand to look at you right now. Just get out!"
"Alia-" Drew was at a loss for words...
"GET THE HELL OUT!" She screamed.
Without a word, Drew turned for the door, and closed it shut.
Alia just fell on her bed, seething.
After a few minutes, she sat back up, cooled off. That felt sooooo good to get out. She thought, looking out the window. The sky was beautiful. Maybe it would turn out to be a good day after all. She could take care of business at work, and then fly back and take care of Axl...
"You know, even though I don't agree with what Drew did at your house, what you just said to him...
that shit was fucked up."