Ace C. Eos rolled up the parking lot in his blue and red Mustang.
Honking his horn, he was trying to usher his good friend Colonel out of the building so they could get the hell out of Repliforce base.
As he watched the fromnt door, he saw Alia rushing out. "C'mon Drew, we have to leave now! Were gonna miss our flight!"
"Yall two going somewhere?" Ace yelled out.
"I'm going back to Seattle. Our flight leaves in 30!"
"Drew staying with you for Thanksgiving?"
"Yeah, I just hope he doesn't expect a 4-course meal." Alia responded as Drew finally came outside. "okay Drew, lets go lets go lets go!"
"Just remember Drew, the more the merrier at my place! Just call!"
12 weeks, of hard work, day in, and day out. and 12 weeks of absolute war. And it had all come down to this.
8 seconds on the clock left. Down 20-24. At their own 30. They had been in a lot of close calls before, they just needed to win one more time.
"Axl? AXL! YOU GOOD MAN?"
He got back into focus. "Yeah man!" he said to the quarterback. "What we gonna do?"
"TRIPS HAIL MARY LEFT Y-CROSS! AXL! I GOT YOU ONE-ON-ONE MAN LETS DO THIS!"
Axl was the fastest player on the team. He had burning the DBs all day.
As they were breaking formation, Axl looked past the sideline and into the crowd.
Shit mom! Your still not there...
Alia said she had to go to Milwaukee to work on a case.
Axl went up the field, moving right towards the middle of the field.
As the other WRs crossed over him, Axl swung his hip, and EXPLODED back over to the left sideline.
The defensive backs were blown away by Axl's burst of speed. One stumbled trying to turn, and the over one completely fell over.
As Axl looked for the pass,
Wait, is that?
Alia was running through the entrance gate and almost into the bleachers, when she stopped in front of the chain-link fence.
Mom, you actually showed up!
And then suddenly, another figure showed up from the darkness.
A tall, husky man came jogging past, wrapped from head to toe is sweaters, jackets, and scarves came up from behind Alia.
Axl couldn't believe his eyes, he was stunned.
Wait a second,
Isn't that the guy,
That's the guy that came over that one time!
But-But, But That was all just a dream! THAT, THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN!
Axl noticed Alia's head was turned upward, her mouth gaping open.
Wait, what she looking at-
OH SHIT THE BALL!
The ball was just over Axl's head, and
sinking as fast as a stone.
CMON! Axl dived for it, hands outstretched. CMONCMONCMONCMONCMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNN!
The ball slipped right between his fingertips...
Axl didn't hear the final whistle, he had a buzzing in his ears. Nor did he hear the cheers of the enemy team, the final roar of the crowd, the moans of agony of his teammates. He didn't even hear his name being called to get up. He just laid on the ground, looking at the ball that was just a few feet away.
As his teammates finally lifted him off the ground, Axl finally took his eyes off the football.
And then he saw,
The man wrapped his arm around Alia's shoulder.
It took Axl a minute to realize she was calling out to him.
All Axl did was look back and stare as he was carried into the locker room.
Alia looked on panicking as Axl was taken to the locker room. "Drew, Axl hit his head when he fell. I think he has a concussion!"
"He didn't get knocked out did he? Don't worry, he's a tough kid, he'll be fine."
"He was lying on the ground for so long... I'm taking him to a hospital. Hey Drew,
did you notice Axl slowed down at the end? I think he might have torn something."
"He might have." Drew pondered. "You said he was fast, didn't think he was that fast. He going to college on a scholarship?"
"Maybe, I dont really know. Not if he keeps getting hit on the head. I gotta go check on him."
"They'll be out of the locker rooms soon."
Drew's phone rang. "Hold on, its Sigma, give me a minute. I'll be at the car."
A while later, Axl came out, only in a white muscle shirt, black shorts, and sneakers, holding his duffel bag.
"OH MY GOD AXL SWEETIE, ARE YOU OKAY?" Alia rushed towards him, giving him a big hug.
Axl didn't hug her back."Ye,Yeah mom, Ima,Ima,Ima okay." He started to look around, wide-eyed. "Where, where are you..."
"I had to park way out of the way because of the traffic, let's get back to the car, I'll take you home."
Alia took Axl's hand, and walked him out of the stadium, past the parking lot, and across the road.
Drew was leaning on Alia's black Prius. "Sigma just wanted to go over a few details-"
Drew and Axl locked eyes. Drew sensed Axl's body tense up. Uh oh. This aint gonna be fun.
Axl pushed Alia out of the way. "I,
TO STAY AWAY FROM MY MOM YOU CREEP!"
"Axl!" Alia said, shocked. "Our relationship is none of you business! Get in the car!"
"MOM! CAN'T YOU TELL? THIS GUY IS JUST USING YOU! HE SHOWS UP AT OUR HOUSE ONE DAY AND TRIES TO WOO YOU OUT! THIS GUY IS SCUM MOM!"
"Axl look, you dont know the whole story-"
"I DONT CARE WHAT HE TOLD YOU MOM! HE'S LYING TO YOU!"
"Listen kid, if you don't want me around, that's fine. But stop yelling at your mother-"
"SHUT UP! YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING, AND YOU DONT CARE ABOUT ANYONE BUT YOURSELF!"
Axl ran forward. "JUST GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE!"
Axl reached up and punched Drew straight in the jaw.
Drew's head swung like a swivel, and took a few steps back...
Axl fell to his knees. "MY HAND! MY HAND'S BROKEN!"
"Oh, you REALLY, should NOT, have done that." Drew said, casually swinging his head back to normal.
"AXL! WHY, JUST WHY WOULD YOU HIT HIM? Okay, lemme check on your hand maybe it just fractured..."
"NNNNGGG! NO!" Axl got back up to his feet. "IF YOU WANT TO BE WITH HIM, FINE! I'M GOING!"
Axl went running down the road, Alia called after him. "AXL! AXL! AXL GET BACK HERE RIGHT NOW! AXL! AXLLLLLLL!"
Alia got into her car. "C'MON DREW! WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE AXL DOESN'T HURT HIMSELF!"
Drew paused for a second. "Alia, as much as I would like to stay here and help, there is no way I can help you tonight. The boy hates me, its going to take a while to work things out. Here-" He went into the trunk, and got out his luggage. "I'll call Ace for a ride, spend the weekend with him, and come back and try to start things over with your kid. I can't be here right now, I'll only make things worse."
"Damnit Drew! Well, I guess your right. I'll call you tomorrow." Alia started her car,
and took off into the night.
Well, if anything good came out of this, Drew thought to himself as he dialed Ace's number. I heard Mrs. Eos can really cook.