Chapter 21: Recovery
My feet touched the ground and I rolled to soften the blow on my legs. Don’t need to break them. “Why am I running?” I asked myself as I kicked off from the squatted down position that I was in.
An ice spike shot past my head. Oh god, that was way too close for comfort. I jumped up into the air and shot a fire ball at whoever shot the ice at me. A very familiar white haired friend was able to dodge my attack.
“Good try Sasuke.” He chuckled standing at the ready, but there was a trail of ice that raced from where he was standing and spread across the ground. It covered where I had to land and I ended up slipping and falling onto my butt.
“That’s cheating Shiro.” I groaned. Now my butt hurts.
“No it’s not.” He chuckled and walked over to me and held out a hand for me to take.
I took it and he quickly helped me up. “Why were we sparing exactly?” I questioned out loud.
“You were tense so I asked if you wanted to spar. Did that fall rattle your brain or something?” He asked raising an eyebrow.
“Don’t give me that look, I just don’t remember is all.” I puffed out of my cheeks like a child at him, which made him laugh.
“Come on I think I’ve distracted you long enough.” He said and patted my shoulder before walking past me.
“What do you mean distracted me long enough?” I watched him walk away from me before deciding that I needed to walk with him because I have no idea where he was going.
“You’ll see.” Was all I got out of him. The area that I’ve come to know, the little field that was hidden in the woods faded away. Shiro and I were walking into darkness. Our footsteps echoed around us as we walked. As I looked around to see if I could see anything the second set of footsteps that belonged to my friend faded away. I looked forward again to see that he was gone.
“Shiro?” I called out stopping. “Hey? Where did you go?” I asked, but I didn’t get a response. “Is anyone here?” And no answer…I’m alone.
I sighed, “How does it feel to be alone?” I jumped and flailed like a mad person. Voice came out of nowhere. “Geez, fucking chill Sasuke, it’s only me.” It was Sean. I sighed in relief and relaxed.
“You scared me, don’t sneak up on me like that.” I glared at him.
“Why did you leave? Why didn’t you tell me anything?” I stood there shocked I don’t know what to say to him. “Some friend you are, just fucking leaving me behind, your just like everyone fucking else that’s come into my life.”
“S-Sean, wait give me a minute and let me explain. I didn’t mean to just…” I lost my breath when his fist collided with my stomach.
“I don’t want to hear anything else come out of that fucking lying mouth of yours. You promised when we were kids that you wouldn’t be like others. You promised that you wouldn’t leave me.” He pushed me away from him. Anger and sadness were in his eyes. His body was tense, he was shaking, just leaving like that, it really upset him that bad. “I fucking hate you. I NEVER WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN.” He screamed at me. His words hit me like a ton of bricks.
“No, no, no no no no no no no, Sean, you don’t mean that, please try to calm down and let me explain.” I took a step towards my shaking friend but when I went to put a hand on his shoulder a crack. I pulled my hand back for just a moment and the crack quickly spread across his body. “NO SEAN!” I screamed and I went to hug him to keep him with me, but he shattered. I fell to my knees as pieces like glass fell around me. Out of the corner of my eyes I could see that they were just reflections of me. I’m so pathetic, I lost my best friend, he hates me, I’m not going to be able to face me if I ever go back. “God damn it.” I choked and punched the darkness that was under me. Hot tears formed at the corners of my eyes and quickly filled my vision. “God damn it…why…why the hell does it have to be like this?”
My tears splashed onto the darkness that was under me. I heard the rush of water coming from behind me and when I turned to see what was making the sound I was hit with a wall of water and I was lifted up off my hands and knees. It didn’t take long for my body to hit something solid. I was holding my breath. Was this a container of water? I opened my eyes and saw a blurry Sean on the other side of the glass. I pounded on it, trying to get his attention. My lungs are starting to hurt from holding my breath.
Air was starting to seep out of my nose and mouth when Sean turned around. But his brown eyes, they were dual and lifeless. I screamed but it did nothing, I’m out of air…I’m blacking out…no…not again…
I gasped and my eyes shot open. I’m sweating. The pillow under my head is damp, it must be from my sweat. My breathing is heavy, like I actually stopped breathing. I was staring at a white ceiling. There was a light ticking coming from a clock that must be in this room. Where am I? Am I home? No, no dad brought me to Amoura, I’m in Amoura…but where exactly?”
“You’re up.” A voice that I didn’t know said. I looked over to my left where the voice came from. It was a boy, well he looks older than I am. Maybe by a year or two, I don’t really know. But he looks like he has an athletic build to him. His legs were crossed and he was leaning back in the chair that he was sitting in with his arms crossed over his chest. The guy has almost a golden blonde hair that was a medium, choppy style and his bangs were swooping over his right eye but also flicked up a bit. His deep blue eyes locked with my red eyes. His eyes alone showed that he was experienced, but still had a bit of a child like nature to him. His expression that he wore on his face was very calm, but he wore a soft smile, kinda like how Shiro does when he tries to make me relax.
“Who are you?” I asked, my voice sounds raspy and my throat feels dry.
“I’m Kyo Grim, I’m actually one of your roommates. Shiro had to go get something to eat. Well I pretty much forced him to go get something. So that’s why I’m here.” He uncrossed his arms and legs and sat up before leaning forward and resting his elbows on his thighs. He had more of a smirk spread across his lips. “So I hear you’re a moon elemental. That’s what your pops told me anyways. Headmaster Kaisai I guess I should be proper even when he’s not around.” He chuckled.
“I’m Sasuke.” I smiled a little at him, “It’s a pleasure to finally meet you Kyo, though I wish it was under better circumstances,” I looked back up at the ceiling and sighed, “How long have I been out?”
“Hm…I think only like a day or two. When you got here Headmaster rushed you to the infirmary. That’s the first time I’ve never seen him use any of his elements. You look a hell of a lot like him too.” Kyo said and stood up. Damn he’s tall, he looks taller than Shiro. If I remember right Shiro did tell me he was six foot. “Here, let get you sitting up so you can get a drink. I’m sure your thirsty.” He came over and I started pushing myself up with both my arms but flinched when I put too much weight on my right arm. Before I could flop back onto the bed, Kyo had placed a hand on my back. “You can’t absorb elements through bandages or clothes right?” I shook my head and he laughed lightly, “That’s good, I’m a metal elemental by the way. Well, I’m an earth elemental, but I branch off of earth with metal.”
“There’s branches off of other elements?” I questioned looking at him let his hand slid off my back after I was sitting up. I was shirtless, but I had bandages wrapped around my chest and a lump on my right shoulder that bust have been gauze on the wound.
“Mhm,” He hummed and handed me a glass of water.
“Thank you.” I said taking the glass form him and avoiding making skin contact with him.
“Welcome.” He put his hands in his pockets and put all his weight on his left leg as he brought his right up to scratch his calf. “Don’t be so tense, your safe here. Well other than the dicks that think they’re king shit. But you just have to put them in their place. Unfortunately, you can’t get away from bullies no matter where you go.”
“Your bullied?” I didn’t for it to come out with so much shock in my voice.
“Shit, yeah, till I hit my growth spurt. But my little brother is picked on every now an’ again. It’s not that hard to put little fucks back in their place.” He laughed, “Ah, but don’t worry, if anyone tried to get to ya there’s me, Shiro, and the twins, we’ve got your back. Hell, even my little brother Jay would have your back, and his friends.” He smiled and was really relaxed, “You’ll meet Jay, Aaron, and Gil sooner or later, they like to hang out in the dorm, even though they are in a dorm by themselves.”
“Why do you think I’ll be bullied here?” I asked after taking a drink of water. Kyo didn’t seem like a bad guy at all. I can understand why he was Shiro’s best friend.
“Because you’re the headmasters’ son, and your pretty small, so I wouldn’t be surprised if people want to try and pick fights with you.” He answered pretty blunt. “And word’s already gotten around that you’re a moon elemental so that cat is totally out of the bag from the get go.”
I sighed and looked down at the glass of water. Of course it is…why would I think I could possibly keep that on the down low. “That’s fantastic…” I groaned.
“What were you dreaming about that was making you so worked up by the way? You were sweating pretty bad and breathing heavily.” He questioned.
“It was just bad dream.” I muttered.
“Do you want to talk about it? Sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone who you don’t really know yet.” Kyo offered. I looked back up at him a bit surprised. But that quickly subsided and I looked back at my cup.
“I just didn’t get a chance to tell my best friend that I was leaving.” I replied quietly, “And now I don’t know if he even remembers me anymore.” I squeezed the glass slightly and the water started to steam.
“Damn.” He leaned against the bed as he ran his right hand through his hair. “How long have to two of you been friends?”
“Since we were about four and five.” I said taking a breath and calming down so I didn’t start to make the water boil.
“If you’ve been in each other’s lives that long then you coming here wouldn’t affect his memory. Though the fact that you’ve already been gone for a month on Earth might not help.” He said tapping his finger against his lips.
“A MONTH? But you said I’ve only been out for a couple days!” I said panicking.
I set the glass down on the little counter that was by the bed and threw the covers off with my left. “NOPE, get your legs back in that bed right now. The doctors haven’t given you the okay to leave yet.”
“I have to go talk to dad, I need to go back and talk to Sean at least, I can’t leave things off like this.” I said and started to get out of bed.
“Sasuke, get out of that bed before your checked out by a doctor and your grounded for a month.” I jumped when dad just appeared. It caught Kyo off guard too.
“Can’t you use a door like a normal person, geez dad.” I said and dad chuckled.
“I had a break from paper work and I didn’t feel like walking.” Dad shrugged, “I wanted to check in and see if you were up or not.”
“Should I leave?” Kyo asked pointing at the door.
Dad shook his head, “You don’t have to.”
“Dad, can I please go back and talk with Sean? I didn’t get a chance to tell him.” I cut in.
“I’m sorry Sasuke you’re not allowed to leave Amoura, you’ve been shot, I’m not letting you go back until I feel that it’s alright. I’m not losing you.” You’ve got to be kidding me.
“But if you come with me I’ll be fine; I just want to talk with Sean. Dad, it’s already been a month for him.” I begged.
Dad sighed and sat down on the bed next to me and placed a hand on my cheek and locked eyes with me, “Sasuke, I know it’s hard; it’s hard for everyone that comes here, But I need you to relax right now and just push that to the back of your mind. Sean will be just fine, he’s with a family that cares about him.” I feel tired, maybe it’s because of how much stress I’ve been putting myself under. “Now will you lay back down and get more rest?” I nodded my head a little and pulled my legs back into the bed. “I’ll talk with the doctor and be back later with mom okay?”
“Okay.” I answered and laid back down on the bed. Dad pulled the covers back over me and ran his fingers a couple of times through my hair before kissing my forehead, “Now just get some more sleep.” He smiled down at me. I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore and I ended up falling asleep.
I woke up again later on. The sun that was coming in the window so it had to be late afternoon. It wasn’t coming in the window when I was up earlier. “Hey there sleepy head.” I turned my head as saw mom and dad were in the room with Shiro.
“Hey.” I smiled at them still feeling a bit tired, but I still sat up.
Toshiro didn’t even give me a chance to get all the way up before tackling me back to the bed with a hug. “I’m glad to see you’re okay.” He said into my left shoulder.
“Shiro, Shiro, other shoulder still hurts, stop squeezing me so tight.” I flinched a bit and he instantly let go.
“Sorry, you’ve just had me worried is all.” His face flushed a light pink as he sat on the bed and rubbed the back of his neck. I couldn’t help but chuckle from his embarrassment.
“Thank you for worrying, but I’m fine.” I sat up again.
“Don’t get yourself shot again please.” He sighed, but still had a smile on his lips.
“Yeah, because I totally planned on being shot. It was totally on my bucket list Shiro.” I chuckled, “But, I’m fine, it hurts a really bad though.”
“How are you feeling, other than your shoulder?” Dad asked and I looked over at him.
“I’m okay, I feel tired…oh, dad can I leave the hospital at least, you said before I fell asleep again that you were going to talk with the doctor.” I asked really hoping that I can leave.
“After Dr. Strife does one more session on your shoulder then yes you can leave.” Dad answered.
“Dr. Strife?” I asked and if on cue there was a knock at the door and then it opened. A woman around mom’s age walked into the room with a smile on her face. She has deep red hair that is pinned up into a messy bun and blue eyes. She has a fairly slim build from what I can tell, but she does have a lab coat on so I can’t say for sure.
“I’m glad to see your up Sasuke. It’ll make this session easier.” She greeted as she set her clipboard she carried in with her down on the counter that had a sink on it. “You, young man are very lucky that the bullet went right through and that you were hit in the shoulder and not over to the left more.” She said and filled a metal bowl with water before bringing it over.
Shiro got off the bed and went and stood with my parents She set the bowl on the little night stand that was next to the table and then started taking off the bandages, but no once did she make skin contact with me. It didn’t look half bad, but I’m sure that it’s been taken care of very carefully. It was stitched up, though it makes since that it need to be with it being a big hole and what not.
“So what’s the water for?” I questioned.
“I’m a water elemental dear, I focused more on the healing aspects of my element than the fighting aspect.” She smiled at me as she threw out the gauze and threw it away.
“Ah…” I said quietly as I watched her pull the water out of the bowl and it moved gracefully through the air and it engulfed my shoulder.
My heart pounded and I looked away from the water. It was warm on my shoulder but I was still nervous with it none the less. “Are you alright?” Dr. Strife questioned as I leaned my head away from her water and refused to look.
“Sasuke’s not all that good with large amounts of water at once.” Mom stated, “He almost drown not too long ago.”
“Well I promise I won’t let that happen, I’m just merely going to focus on your shoulder with the water, you can count on that.” She said. Her voice was kind and soft, but I still couldn’t look. I can’t even handle taking baths any more… “What hand is your dominate hand Sasuke?” She asked, I know she’s trying to get my mind off of what she’s doing.
“I’m left handed.” I answered kinda quiet.
“So you won’t have any troubles with your arm going in a sling for a little while, that’s a plus.” Dr. Strife answered.
I didn’t really say anything, “What’s today?” I asked wanting to change the subject.
“It’s Friday, so you’ll have the weekend to relax and take an easy before starting classes on Monday.” Mom responded.
“Am I allowed to leave after this? I’m not a fan of hospitals.” I said to Dr. Strife and she smiled at me.
“Yes, you’re allowed to leave after this, but I’ll need you to come back tomorrow and Sunday for healing sessions.” She said pulling the water off of my shoulder and placing it back in the bowl. I relaxed a bit now that it was back in the bowl. “Now let’s get that shoulder dried up and bandaged back up.”
“Thank you.” I mumbled looking over at her and smiling a little.
“Of course.” Dr. Strife smiled back at me then grabbed the bowl and poured out the water in the sink and rummaged through the cabinets to get out new gauze. She had dad hold the gauze in place as she started to wrap the bandage back around my chest and shoulder. “Is he going to be staying at your house or in his dorm?”
“We’ll take him to his dorm since we don’t have everything moved into the new house yet. It’ll also allow him to get to know the one roommate he doesn’t really know yet.” Dad replied and pretty much told me. And I’m guessing that I’m not going to be allowed to help move the rest of the stuff here with my shoulder the way it is. It’s weird to think that I’m going to be living here in Amoura from now on. I haven’t even see the new house either…everything just feels so rushed and it sucks. Sean’s probably upset with me for leaving.
“Come on Sasuke cheer up.” Shiro said and I looked up from my lap as Dr. Strife finished the bandages. He held out a shirt for me to take.
“I’m sorry, I know I’ve been really wanting to get here and everything, but it still hurts leaving Sean behind like that.” I said taking the shirt from Toshiro and putting it on. I shivered for a moment because of how cold the shirt was, but my body temperature quickly heated it up.
Toshiro looked away from me a little his smile fading a bit, “It’s always hard leaving the people you care about behind, but everything will be okay.”
“I know it will, sorry for being kind of a downer.” I apologized as I got out of bed.
Dr. Strife helped me into a sling and then tightened it enough so my arm was in the right position. “No remember tomorrow you have to come back in for another healing session. The point is to get you back up and running as fast as we can, you have a lot that you have on your plate with being a moon elemental.”
I nodded, “Thank you.”
“Why don’t you and Toshiro start towards your dorm we just want to talk with Dr. Strife really quick.” Mom said with her normal cheerful voice.
“Alright.” I said quietly and walked with Shiro out of the room. “Sorry again, I know that I should be happy to finally be here.” Shiro lightly elbowed my left arm.
“It’s okay, you don’t have to apologize.” He walked a bit ahead of me and got the door. When I walked out it was evening, but it looked beautiful. It was kinda like stepping into the past. There were lots of trees around and coble stone walk ways. The architecture here was beautiful, I’m not too sure how to describe but because it’s a mixture of different architecture’s.
“This place is huge.” I said looking around. It was like a really large campus. There were students that were walking around or running and goofing off. It seems peaceful. But is seems like the ages of students range here. It’s not like a high school, it almost kinda feels like it could be like a college for the range of age groups that are walking around.
“It is, there’s lots of stuff to do around here and once you get the campus down it’s easy to navigate. There’s a town that’s just outside the academy and there’s also an elementary that’s on the other side of the town.” Shiro explained to me as we made our way in the direction that I’m assuming is the direction of our dorm.
“Oh, I met Kyo earlier when I woke up the first time.” I said changing the subject.
Toshiro chuckled, “He told me, he may seem a bit rough around the edges but he’s my best friend. I’m sure you’ll get used to it.”
“Was he joking around when he said that I was going to get bullied?” I groaned a bit frowning at Shiro.
“It’s more than likely you will be called out for being the headmasters son and the fact that you’re a moon elemental got around pretty quick as well. I’m sure that Kyo told you about that.” I clicked my tongue and looked away from my white haired friend. “But, you should know that if anyone tries anything you have all of us behind you.”
“Thanks.” I looked back at him with a small smile.
“So this is our dorm.” I looked form Toshiro to the house that we were walking up to.
“This is a dorm?!” I said taken aback.
“You’ll like it, It’s awesome inside, most of your stuff is already here and we have you upstairs for your room if you don’t mind that.” He opened the door and the first thing that I hear is singing. It was a male voice, but it was beautiful. “Well it sounds like Aaron’s over.”
“Aaron was one of the kids that Kyo said that I was probably going to end up meeting, he’s one of his little brother’s friends right?” I asked hoping that I was remembering right.
Shiro nodded and I stepped inside. Right when I walked in I was in the living room. Mulan was playing on the television and the song “Make a Man out of you just finished.” The red head that was standing up must have been the one that was singing. Well I can’t really say red head, there are two in the living room with the twins. The one with the lighter red hair was the one that was standing up and had bright green eyes. He noticed that I walked in and he smiled wide.
“HI!” He exclaimed right off the bat and bounded over to me he stuck his hand out for me to take. “I’m Aaron Strife, you must be Sasuke, I’ve heard a lot about it and its really awesome to meet you!”
I looked at his hand then back at his face. He was about my height just a little taller actually. “It’s a pleasure to meet you too.” I smiled at him, but didn’t take his hand.
“Right other hand,” He said and switched so his left was the one that he was holding out instead of his right. But I still didn’t take it and he frowned a little and tipped his head a bit to the right. “ I promise I don’t bite, you can take my hand.”
“Aaron, it’s not that. He’s a moon elemental, if he makes prolonged skin contact with someone if he doesn’t have that element he’ll copy your ability.” Hale mentioned.
“I don’t mind, I’m a sound elemental if you were curious.” He still had his wide smile on his face and lightly bumped my chest with his fist then held his hand out to me again.
“Aaron, if he doesn’t want to shake your hand don’t force him to.” The boy with the darker red hair said. He was a bit soft spoken. His bangs hung over his right eye so I could only see one of his gold eyes.
“Oh wow, you have gold eyes like my father.” I stated without meaning to.
“He only has one gold eye. His left is light blue.” Aaron corrected. “He has complete heterochomia, it’s where one eye is a different color from the other.”
“I’m Gilbert Reis, it’s nice to meet you Sasuke.” Gil said with a small nod.
“How is your shoulder feeling?” Tate asked.
“It’s doing better. I have to go back to the infirmary tomorrow and Sunday for a few more healing sessions.” I answered as we went and sat down on the couch. Well I sat down on the couch and had to sit between Gil and Aaron, Toshiro leaned on the back of the couch.
“That’s a lot better than what they had to do when you first got here.” Tate mentioned and I looked at him confused.
“They put you in a tank of water, you had glass stuck in you as well and it was the fastest way for them to be able to get the glass out and heal the wounds quickly.” Hale said it felt like my head stopped.
I started to shake, I was in a tank of water… I felt a hand on my shoulder and I quickly looked over to Aaron, “Do you like the ocarina?”
“Well…yeah, but I don’t know why you’re asking me.” I said confused.
He dug into his pants pocket and pulled out a small, blue ocarina, “I can play one, guess the song I’m going to play okay.” With that he brought it up to his lips and started playing it. I instantly recognized the song.
“Zelda’s lullaby, from Ocarina of time.” I answered quickly. It was amazing how good he is with this instrument. It’s a very soothing melody…that’s why he’s playing it…he’s trying to calm me down…but he just met me…
Gil had paused the movie before Aaron started playing so the sounds wouldn’t mix together. When Aaron finished the song he smiled at me, but it wasn’t his big dorky smile that he had been making it was a bit more of a softer smile this time. “Your right. So I take it you’re a Zelda fan.” He said and I nodded.
“I’ve played a few of the Zelda games. I really enjoy them.” I answered.
We kept off the topic of my arm and whatever happened at the infirmary while I was out of it. Aaron and Gilbert were really nice and it was a nice first day. Mom and Dad came by with Kyo and his little brother Jason. Mom and Dad wanted to make sure that I was doing alright. Apparently Hale and Tate haven’t started school yet either. It’s probably because of what day we got here and it’s just easier to start at the beginning of the week instead of in the middle of the week. I just hope that things will go smooth for my first day of school.