It felt like the school day would last forever but alas, it was finally over.
I texted Sophie when I got home and told her that if she still wanted to come over she could now.
"So where were you!?" I heard my mom demand before I could even go to my room.
"What do you mean? I came straight home after school" I replied utterly confused as to what she was referring to.
"Arabella Rose, You know what I mean." She states giving me a serious look and I knew I was in deep shit even if I didn't know what for. "We got a call from your school today. Your first day and you were already over half an hour late to class" she finally reveals after I furrowed my eyebrows in confusion.
So that's why she's so upset.
Honestly I had forgotten all about that.
"Mom I got lost, I'm sorry" I say as sincerely as I can but I mean it was only half true.
"Really Arabella, for 30 minutes!?" She disputes still skeptical.
"Yes mom, it's a really big school and my first day was stressful enough and now my own mother doesn't even believe me, as if I didn't feel like a loser having to explain to everyone who was looking at me crazy when I finally showed up to class that I got lost.." I trailed off looking down, hoping for sympathy.
"Okay honey it's not that I don't believe you, I just.. I worry about you sometimes" she tells me clearly feeling guilty and I want sigh a breath of relief. "Are you okay?" She asks me and I nod my head hesitantly, still looking down.
"I'll be fine I guess" I tell her. "Can I go to my room now, please?" I beg looking at her with sad, pleading eyes.
"Yes, of course, go.You clearly had a long day so I'll let you off the hook today" she says and I smiles at her.
"Love you mom" I say kissing her cheek before heading to my room.
"Love you too" she calls out as I'm walking to my room.
Once I was in my room, I FaceTimed Sophia to tell her to stay home seeing as how it probably wasn't a good idea for her to come over anymore.
"Hey girlie, I'm leaving my house right now, just give me a sec" she tells me when she answers my call.
"No, stay where you are. Change of plans. My mom was pissed when I got home because the school called about us being late so it's probably not a good idea for you to come over today" I inform her.
"Aww that sucks, they called my parents too, so annoying. Anyways, what are you gonna do about.. ya know, your little problem?" She inquired lowering her voice at that last part.
"Ike is not a problem and yes I named him." I tell her. "Anyways I.. I'm just gonna have to find a place for him, maybe I could keep him in my closet..." I pause thinking about if that was a good idea or not. "Do you think it would raise any suspicion if I looked for one of those reptile pet store cages.. I mean that should probably suit Ike no?" I ask unsure of what to do for a pet dragon because I don't think anyone has ever had one before, that I know of anyways.
"Nahhhh. I mean if anyone asks questions just tell them to mind their business and fuck off" she says and I roll my eyes. "Okay fine, you could also tell them that you're thinking of getting a pet lizard or whatever but you wanna be prepared first"
"Yeah that's smart. Okay so I'll go to the pet store tomorrow" I tell her. "In the mean time, I think I'm gonna keep him in my tub. Because like what if he needs water.. also it's my private bathroom that no one goes in so that's really convenient" I realize.
"Yeah that is, okay well that's awesome." She says. "Now that we've got all that situated, we can think about the bigger issue at hand" she proposed.
"And that is?" I ask in confusion.
"Where the hell did he come from?" She points out.
"Ohh.. right, yeah I guess that's still kind of a mystery" I presume letting it sink in.
"Exactly! And if I've learned anything from watching TV, it's that teenagers solve mysteries, because apparently that's what you do in high school" she jokes and I roll my eyes.
"Right of course, why would we focus on trying to graduate when we could instead solve an impossible mystery about a mythical creature" I say, my voice full of sarcasm.
"Okay but in all seriousness, don't you wanna know where Ike came from?" She implored.
"Ugh of course I do" I sigh. "But with that being said, I wanna know a lot of things because obviously the fact that Ike is real raises a lot of questions. I mean clearly this is bigger than just him." I state. "And if I'm being honest... this might sound a little crazy" I pause, "but I feel like maybe I was meant to find him... what if he came to me?" I pose. "My whole life I've never really felt 'normal' so maybe this was the universe or whatever, whoever.. trying to tell me something. I don't know maybe that's weird.." I trail off feeling stupid for admitting that.
"No I totally get it, sometimes I feel the exact same way." She says with a reassuring smile.
"Okay good, because I was feeling pretty embarrassed for a second there." I tell her sighing a breath of relief. "Anyways, what I'm trying to say is, just like how this dragon came to me, maybe everything else will come to me as well. I'm sure I'll eventually find out where he came from, but in the mean time I'm just gonna chill out and relax, I have other stuff to worry about" I say leaning back on my bed.
"Yeah, you make a good point." She agrees.
"Alright, I'm gonna try to get Ike in the tub before someone barges in my room to disturb me. I'll talk to you later Soph, love you" I tell her.
"Alright, love you Bells" she says before we hang up.
I had left the front pouch of my book bag slightly open the whole day so that Ike had air to breath but now I can just unzip it fully to take him out.
"Hey little guy, how are you doing there? You tired of being in there all day?" I ask him as if he's actually gonna talk back to me. Honestly at this point, I wouldn't even be surprised.
He doesn't say anything though.
"Well I'm gonna get you a new home okay, but in the meantime are you gonna be ok in my tub?" I ask but clearly not expecting an answer.
I'm basically talking to myself at this point and I'm pretty sure if anyone saw me right now they would have me committed because this is bordering on the line of insanity.
Then again people do talk to their pets, I mean usually their pets aren't mythical creatures but same difference.
Once I get Ike situated, I get ready to change my clothes, starting with the necklace I've worn everyday since I was a little girl.
My parents gave it to me when I was a baby I'm pretty sure. They always told me to wear it because it was special just like me... whatever that means. Irregardless, I like to wear it because my parents gave it to me so it makes me feel at peace and it's really pretty. It's also my favorite color, blue.
As I'm about to take off the necklace, I hear a knock on the door and for some reason it sent me into defense mode.
All of a sudden, I felt my whole body heat up, especially my hands and it seemed like blue fire was coming out of them...
Correction: blue fire was definitely coming out of my hands.
What the hell!?
Since when does that happen?
Also my necklace was glowing blue...
Okay I have to stop this now.
I closed my hands into a fist hoping the raging energy inside me would mellow before I do some serious damage. It seemed like it was working but then I took a look around my room.
My wall was on fire.
It wasn't a big fire but still...
And to make matters worse there was still a knocking at my door.
"Bella open up, it's Judah" I hear Judah call out from the other side of the door.
"Okay, just give me a sec" I call back as I look for the water bother I always keep in my bag. "Got it" I whisper to myself when I find it.
I quickly throw the water on my wall to put out the fire.
My wall looks a mess now but at least the fire is gone.
I'll deal with that later.
I opened the door for Judah before he could say anything else.
"Hey what's up?" I ask trying to be causal and unsuspicious.
"What took you so long?" He asks clearly suspecting something was up.
"I was uhh, trying to take a shower, self care and hygiene and all that ya know.." I ramble. "Anyways, you're really disturbing my peace and relaxation time with your negativity" I tell him hoping he'll get off my case.
"Right. I don't even have time to deal with your weirdness. I just wanted to say thank you I guess for being so cool about me and Sophie earlier" he smiles. "That was really sweet of you and it kinda makes me think we should've told you earlier so I'm sorry we didn't" he apologizes and I swear that's probably the most sincere I've ever seen him.
"Oh well you're welcome" I shrug hoping he'll finally go away.
I mean don't get me wrong, I love my cousin. He's basically my brother and one of my best friends truly.
But like.. I'm trying to hide so much shit right now and this is really inconvenient timing for him to get all mushy on me.
Any other time, I would gladly welcome it and probably ask him why he didn't tell me sooner because I still can't believe he and Sophie really thought I'd have a problem with them dating. But I can't get into that tonight.
"It's not that I wasn't planning on telling you, I just thought you'd be upset, I don't know" he pauses. "I know you guys are really close and I didn't want you to feel betrayed or hurt like I was trying to steal her from you. I just care about you and I'm sorry.." he started trailing off and I interrupted him.
"Judah I get it. I'm not upset at all and I appreciate you saying that, I care about you too, so we're all good?" I ask hoping that will be the end of this conversation, I feel so bad because I did mean all of that but this is just really bad timing.
Judah really would choose today of all days to be sweet, I swear every other day he will tease me and annoy me but not today..
"Yeah, we're good. Come here" he says wrapping his arms around me tightly. I hug him back obviously and give home a couple pats on the back.
"Alright well I guess I'll let you get back to your self care now weirdo" he says when we pull away. There's the Judah I know and love.
"Thank you" I say relieved because he's starting to walk away.
"Whatever weirdo" he says laughing as he walks away.
"Love you too" I call out.
"Yeah yeah, love you" I hear him say as I shut my door.
Okay, now what am I gonna do about my wall?