Why Do You Keep Doing That?
Chapter 5: Why do you keep doing that?
“Okay we’re home now can you explain to me what is going on?” I asked my parents as so as I shut the door behind the four of us.
“Son relax and do your homework and we’ll talk about it after dinner.” Dad answered quickly.
“But you said that we would talk about it more when we got home and we’re home now.” I mentioned.
“How about I try and answer some of your questions so your parents can have a break?” Toshiro offered as I glanced over at him to see him smiling at me.
I sighed a bit. “Alright…thank you for trying to help Toshiro.” I said a little slower then usual to make sure that I didn’t say something stupid and get scolded for saying it.
“Smart choice of words Sasuke.” Dad commented and mom giggled a little as the two of them went into the kitchen.
“I guess we’ll go upstairs.” I stated to my white haired companion as I slipped off my shoes and wandered to the stairs and went up to my room.
“You have a nice house.” He commented.
“You should be complementing my parents about the house not me. But thanks.” I said tossing me bag by my desk. “Sit where ever you want. Sorry about the mess. I need to clean at some point this weekend.” I pulled out my chair and plopped down into it. “So how exactly did you get here from this “other world” you said you were from?”
Toshiro laughed a little, “The other world is called Amoura. I came here with your father actually. I don’t know how to create portals between the two worlds yet.”
“So now portals are involved? What are you a magician or something on top of being an elemental? What are elementals? I mean I know the legends behind them from fairy tails but that’s about it. Mom and dad never told me much about their past.” I stated. “Well it would probably help if I ask them about how they met and what not, but at the same time I will more then likely get “I’ll tell you later son.” From my father considering that’s how he get’s out of talking to me.” I mentioned trying to mimic my father’s voice when I repeated what he always says to me.
“I know it’s not really my place to say this, but maybe your parents were avoiding telling you about how they met because it involves them being elementals.” Toshiro offered.
“I hope you boys are doing your homework as you talk up there.” My dad beckoned up the stairs.
“We are.” Toshiro and I said in unison. Then we both dug into our bags and pulled out some homework.
“But, even with what happened when I was little my parents still could have told me about it.” I commented.
“I really don’t know what to tell you Sasuke. I’m sorry.” He apologized.
I sighed and looked down at my homework that I had pulled out of my bag. “I shouldn’t be taking this out on you. You didn’t do anything. We just met today. I’m sorry for just throwing all this out at you.”
“Sometimes it takes someone you don’t know to be able to talk about something that’s been bugging you. Ya know?” Toshiro mentioned.
I nodded and agreement, “Your right, thank you for that Toshiro.” A silence fell between us as we worked on our homework. I could hear my parents talking to each other down stairs.
“So question for you. Why would you enroll in a school here if you’re already have your powers and have lived in Amoura?” I asked.
“Well your father figured that it would be easier for me to walk around the school grounds with him having to be the substitute principal at this school till the actual principal is ready to come back.” Toshiro explained.
“Oh that’s right, I completely forgot that Mr. Wolfe had knee surgery and dad was covering for him. He had it a few weeks before school started.” I muttered.
“Headmaster didn’t tell me a lot of the details so I didn’t really know that. He just wanted an extra set of eyes at the school just in case elementals did show up while he was covering for the principal.
“Boy’s dinner’s ready.” I mom called to us from down stairs.
“Okay.” I yelled back and stuck my pencil in the crack of my book and stood up.
Toshiro pulled a book mark out of his bag and place it in the book before closing it and standing up himself. We headed down to the kitchen and sat down with my parents at the table. We were having Mac and Cheese, but not the normal craft mac and cheese. My mom makes it from scratch and adds chicken and veggies in with the macaroni and cheese. Dad handed the large spoon to Toshiro first since in our house the guest always goes first then it goes clockwise around the table from there. If it’s just us it usually starts with dad since he sits at the head of the table and then goes to mom then to me.
Mom and Toshiro were talking and I stayed quiet as I at. “Why are you so quiet Sasuke?” Dad finally asked me.
“Will you answer my questions?” I questioned my father right back.
“After dinner son.” He replied.
“It’s always later.” I mumbled.
“Sasuke you know I don’t like mumbling.” Dad commented with a sigh.
“Why is it always later. Something that’s this important and you keep saying later or after this or after that.” I spoke up and mom and Toshiro fell quiet.
“Sasuke stop making a scene.” Dad said looking at me with a monotone expression on his face.
“I’m not making a scene I’m making a damn point.” I stated glaring at him.
“That’s enough Sasuke.” He ordered.
“No it’s not enough dad. You’ve been like this ever since I got into that damn accident when I was little. And when I asked why I was getting picked on or why I feel so different from other kids you have always told me I’ll answer you later Sasuke, I’ll tell you a secret later son. It’s always the same with you. Why do you hide things from me? You’re my father, the least you could have done is tell me I was an elemental. You knew I was. You know so much more then I ever will. I don’t know what I am because you and mom kept it from me. Do you think I’m thrilled that I feel like for my entire life I feel like I’ve been living a lie? That I could know what I am could have made friends that were like me?” I snapped.
“SASUKE THAT IS ENOUGH!” Dad yelled over me.
I felt knots in my stomach and they were moving into my throat. They felt so tight it was as if they were trying to choke me. I stood up from my seat and kept my eyes on my barely eaten food. “Can I be excused…please?” I felt my voice crack a bit and didn’t wait for an answer from either of my parents I left the table.
“Sasuke…” I heard Toshiro say quietly as I passed him leaving the kitchen and skipping every other step to get to my room as fast as I could. I felt hot tears run down my cheeks once I stepped into my room. I gently closed my door behind me and gripped onto my shirt.
My chest hurts…it hurts so much…I made my way over to my dresser and got a pair of gym shorts out of my dresser. My quick short breaths and blurry eyes made it difficult to focus and try to calm myself down at the same time. I took a few shaky deep breaths to try and calm myself down as I shut the drawer. Grabbing my towel from the end of my bed I wiped my eyes and wandered to my door.
I opened my door and my father was standing in front of me his hand raised ready to knock on the door. It was looking in a mirror, well a mirror that aged me about ten to fifteen years and grew my hair out a bit and changed my eye color to gold but that’s beside the point.
“Hey…dad…” I greeted pulling my eyes away from him and looked down at the corner of my doorframe where the wood meets the floor.
“I’m sorry for snapping at you. It was wrong of me to do so. A lot has happened today and your scared and confused about all of it. Your right, I really should have been more open to answering your questions and not just brushing them off. I’m sorry for that.” Dad apologized.
I looked back up at him shocked. Did he really just apologize? And why didn’t I have a recorder for this??? “N-no it’s fine. I was pushing it. The entire thing was my fault.” I shook my head.
His hands lightly landed on my shoulders and he pulled me into his chest for a hug. It’s been a while sense my father has embraced me. I was a bit shocked. “You have every right to want to know more son.” He said and held me out at his arms length. “Go take a shower and try to relax a bit.”
“Okay…” I said quietly looking down at my feet.
“I’ll let you go take a shower now son.” He said and I felt his hands slide off my shoulders but one of his hands slid itself under my chin and lifted my head up to look at him. “Let me tell you something someone that I admired told me a long time ago.” He placed his free hand over my heart and his other hand let go of my chin and I continued to look up at him. “When your minds a mess and you feel lost, listen to your heart. It will always show you the way and guide you back to the light, even in the darkest of nights.”
“Are you sure that someone said that to you and you didn’t just get it out of a book?” I asked him raising an eyebrow.
He chuckled and messed up my hair. “I wish you could have met Jaden. I think the two of you would have gotten along really well.”
“What happened to him?” the question just kind of slipped out. I didn’t mean to ask about it.
“I wish I knew son. One day he just disappeared. I haven’t seen him since I was young.” Dad answered his expression fell from a soft smile to a sad, small frown.
“Oh, well maybe he’ll show up again one day. If he was a good friend then you should know who it is even if he looks completely different right? Didn’t you tell me that when Hale and Tate had to move away that best friends always find each other again?” I said trying to cheer him up. It was hard seeing my father sad like he is.
What I said brought a smile back to his lips, “Ya know Sasuke sometimes you act older and wiser then you are.” He messed up my hair once more then turned on his heels and headed down the stairs. “Go take a shower.”
I what? I’m only sixteen. I’m still going through puberty how the hell can I possibly be wiser then what I am? Heck I haven’t even had my first kiss yet. I was just repeating what he told me when I was little. Meh whatever it’s time to shower.
The cool water helped me relax from all of what happened today. “Do I even want to ask questions after this?” I questioned myself quietly as I finished drying off and changing into my gym shorts for the night. I grabbed my clothes from today off the floor and rested my towel over my shoulders then went back to my room.
“You’re leaving?” I asked Toshiro as he was putting his book back in his bag.
“Yeah, I still have some homework that I have to get done and I should get back to the dorm before it gets too dark.” He answered zipping up his bag and standing up.
“You live in the dorm?” Well that was a stupid question.
He turned around and with a smile gave me a slight nod. “Yeah, the dorm’s not as good as the ones we have at Elemental Academy back in Amoura, but I’m here to help out so I think I can manage.”
“It’s not a very exciting name for an academy now that I thin about it. Couldn’t they have come up with a cooler name?” I pouted a little.
Toshiro chuckled at my reaction, “Well think about it, what school really has an exciting name?”
“I guess your right.” I agreed shifting my weight over to my left.
“I’ll see you tomorrow at school Sasuke. Have a good night.” He put a hand on my shoulder and I instantly shivered from his touch.
“Why do you have to be so freezing?” I asked rubbing my arm to warm it back up.
“Your base is fire I think you can handle my chill just fine. Just heat yourself up more when I touch you then you won’t get cold.” He smiled and waved once again as he went down stairs.
“Night.” I called after him then went to my room to toss my clothes in my hamper and put my towel back on one of the posts at the end of my bed to let it dry the rest of the way.
I plopped onto the bed and sighed heavily. “Passing out sounds good right now.” I mumbled into my blanket.
There was a knock on my doorframe but I didn’t bother to flip around to see who it was. “Yeah?” I asked turning my head so my cheek was again the blanket and whoever was at the door could hear me.
“Sweet heart do you want to talk about anything?” It was mom.
“I’m sorry for yelling earlier at the table. I didn’t mean to upset you if I did.” I apologized finally deciding to flop over onto my back and sit up.
“You were upset you had every right to say what you said.” She came over and sat down next to me. Her dark burnet hair was pulled back into a bun and her red eyes were as bright as ever. “We should have told you about your powers after you got into that accident.” She brushed some of my bangs out of my face. “I guess we were just so shocked that you couldn’t remember about being an elemental even though you were so excited about it that we just could never find the words to tell you.”
“I was really upset about it earlier. I know I shouldn’t have been. You two were doing your best you could. I realize that now. But mom, why does dad always kind of just brush my questions off and say that he’ll answer them later?” I questioned. This was something that I just couldn’t bring myself to ask dad himself. I figured that I wouldn’t get a straight answer out of him.
“Your father never really had his parents around when he was younger. Him and his little brother discovered their abilities at a young age. I think it was around the same age you figured out your powers actually. So they were taken to Amoura soon after.” Mom explained.
“But why wasn’t I taken there then?” I blinked at mom.
“We were planning on moving back to Amoura, but shortly after we made the decision you got into that accident. We had one of the doctors from Amoura come here and see what they could do, but amnesia is something that can’t be cured that easily. That’s why instead of going to Amoura we stayed here.” She continued.
“But what about now?” My questions wouldn’t stop. Amoura just sounded so interesting. It was as if I was hearing an old fairy tail, but the place was real.
“We were planning on it, but this time I’d rather discuss it as a family rather then just between your mother and I.” I jumped when I heard my father speak up. How long was he standing there listening to our conversation?
“Why didn’t you two just live there in the first place? Your both elementals and you’re the headmaster of the academy there.” I commented.
“There’s a number of reasons.” Dad said.
“His best friend fell in love with a girl here and your father didn’t want to let him live alone here since the rules of Amoura specifically state that human’s are not allowed to live among elementals.” Mom stated.
“And even though we are both elementals and there was a higher chance of you being an elemental it didn’t necessarily mean that you were going to end up being an elemental yourself.” Dad added on.
“Wait, I’m confused, what does that mean?” I blinked confused about what he meant.
“I think that I’ll answer that one tomorrow son. It’s late and you should head to bed. You do have school in the morning.” Dad said.
“Did you finish your homework?” Mom asked.
“Most of it.” I answered with a sigh.
“Then make sure you get up early to finish it son. From this point on your going to be helping Toshiro and I find other elementals while we are still here. I’ll have Toshiro explain more to you about it tomorrow.” Dad pushed himself off the doorframe and came over and moved my bangs out of the way and kissed my forehead.
“Alright fine.” I frowned. So much for getting questions answered. Now I just have even more then before that I want answered.
“Good night honey.” Mom gave me a hug and I hugged her back.
“Night mom.” I said as I let go of her so she could stand up and follow my dad out. She turned off the light and closed the door behind her.
“Ugh.” I fell back onto my bed. They’re right. I should just go to bed. It’s been a long day. I sighed and pulled my legs onto the bed and crawled to my pillow, got under my blanket, and closed my eyes.
“Where am I?” I muttered to myself looking around the dark room that I was in. “Should I stay here? Or should I start walking?” As if on que I felt my foot move forward and I started walking. “I’m bound to find something or someone while I’m here right?” I continued walking for what felt like ten to fifteen minuets till I saw a light in the distance.
A smile spread across my face as I picked up my pace to a jog and then a run. I ran into the light and looked around. Everything around me was kind of fuzzy but I knew where I was. I slowed down to a walk once again and slowly came to a stop. I was in my back yard. I looked around. “I got it daddy.” I looked to see where the child’s voice came from and a four-year-old little boy with black hair and red eyes struggled to push the door open.
“Here let me help.” A man with the matching black hair to the little boy’s and golden eyes chuckled as he helped push the door the rest of the way open.
“Thank you daddy.” The boy smiled wide and ran out of the house. He ran past me and I watched him pick up a blue ball that was by the swing set that was in the yard. He started running back when he tripped over something and the ball went flying the opposite direction towards the bushes.
“You okay Sasuke?” The father asked the boy.
It was my dad and I from when I was young. “I’m okay daddy.” I looked back over at my little self and a big goofy smile was spread across my face as I got up and ran to the ball. I heard something rustle in the bushes. There was something in there. But I can’t remember what. The little me picked up the ball and whatever was in the bush lunged out at the little me.
“Sasuke!” I heard my dad yell.
The little me was backing away. It was a raccoon that was out in the middle of the day. “Get away.” The little me choked out. The thing kept inching closer to the little me. “I SAID GET AWAY!” I screamed and threw my hands in front of my small body and flames came from my little hands and shot towards the raccoon.
The raccoon screeched and quickly ran away. The four-year-old me looked at my hands and started to cry. Dad was over to me so fast I don’t even remember him running past me. “Daddy there’s something wrong with me.” Was this the first time I used fire? Did I just watch another memory?