Luminaria

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Reunion

I heard the sounds of doors being closed, so I opened my eyes to see what was going on, it looked like we were making another stop before reaching our destiny. I sat up on the seat and looked around; it was a little warm on this side of the country so I took off my coat and gloves. I was definitely feeling better, still weak but better, I was gaining my strength slowly. Evan and Vincent were discussing something in a far corner, I really wanted to go over there and slap them both until one of them told me everything I needed to know. They were really making me angry.

I got out of the car and I could feel my legs slowly becoming jelly or something like that, I took a couple of deep breaths before making my way to the interior of the store, Riley, Eric, Lana and Lui were looking around buying stuff we needed. I made my way to Eric and linked my arm with his, searching for something to rely on.

“Look who decided to join” He messed my hair with a smile, I playfully punched his arm “How are you doing sleepy beauty”

“Shut up” I said rolling my eyes “That’s such a stupid human joke”

“You’re just grumpy because you just woke up” He said as he grabbed a couple of instant meals from the counter.

“Yeah that too” I said. We made our way over to Riley who was paying for everything. Eric gave her what he picked and she looked at him.

“Are you serious?” She said as she grabbed the instant meals and sighed.

“I don’t want you to be asking for my meals when you’re hungry as hell by eating those simple potato chips” He shot back.

“Trust me I won’t be asking for these” She said as she gave the short guy behind the counter the money.

“Where’s Luke?” I asked them as I saw Lana and Lui walking outside together, she had been so quiet lately, I wondered if she was still worried about her family, I could totally understand how she felt but she looked really depressed right now. I wished there was something that I could do for her but I felt so useless.

“He’s taking a nap before we hit the road again” Riley said “I offered to drive but he refused” She shook her head like she couldn’t believe it. Luke wasn’t the type of guy to rely on others; I bet he thought she was his responsibility.

“Just leave him alone” Eric shrugged “It makes him happy to drive so let him be” She gave him a death glare and punched him hard in the stomach. I just stood there watching him as Riley made her way to the door with all the bags.

“That’s what you get” I told him and slowly made my way outside as well. Lana was standing next to the Cadillac and Riley walked over to her giving her a couple of bags and then she walked over to the other Cadillac. I waited for Eric so he could help me walk over to the car. I didn´t know if I could make it without falling like a retard and I really wasn´t going to try and see.

Suddenly a shadow came out of nowhere and jumped on Lana, swallowing her, it took me a while to realize it wasn’t a shadow but a person fully dressed in black. This person had a wide back and was really tall, I had the impression it was a guy. Lana screamed as the guy dragged her away from the car, trying to cross the street in direction to the woods. Evan and Vincent instantly went into action mode, and rushed over to her, taking the guy off of her and smashing him against the ground. I was so relieved they were both there because in the very minute I took two steps in her direction my legs instantly failed me and I fell.

Vincent had the guy pinned against the floor while Evan covered Lana with his body. They both looked very upset. Something inside of me moved or changed.

“Who are you?” Vincent demanded “Who sent you?”

“He sounds like a crappy spy’s movie” Eric said as he helped me up again while Lui ran over to Lana and wrapped his arms around her. I had to admit that was true. The guy just spit some blood and didn’t move. I couldn’t help to think that maybe whoever was after Lana just found us. We weren’t really safe anywhere. Then the guy spoke.

“Get off me you giant gorilla….I know this girl” His words were sarcastic and harsh. He spoke directly at Lana “Don’t you recognize me? It’s me yogi!”

I didn’t even know why but those words broke something inside of me, except I knew exactly why. Tears were building up and the air left my body so fast that it felt like someone just punched my stomach. I pushed Eric away, I didn’t know where I got the strength to run over to where Vincent had the guy pinned down but I made it. Lana had a huge confused look on her face.

“I don’t know you” She said. It was ok; I knew that it was ok for her not to know him, because I knew him. I didn’t even have to see his face to know who this guy was. I managed to push Vincent away from him as well. The energy inside of me was boiling and when I saw his face was when I truly knew something inside of me was broken. He stood up when I got Vincent off of him and then stared at me. He looked between me and Lana for a while like he couldn’t believe it. I wanted to do so many things, I wanted to punch him, and I also wanted to hug him. I decided to go with my first option.

He fell to the floor again when my fist connected with his face. He instantly got back up and walked over to me. Vincent tried to get in the middle but he easily avoided him this time and wrapped his strong arms around me. His sweet scent hit me like a giant truck, making the tears in my eyes fall like freaking waterfalls. I hated to be crying but it was like everything I had been holding back was now coming to the surface. Everything was there: Not knowing if my father was ok, the danger we were in, my mom and then…him.

“Where have you been?” I sobbed into his chest he just held me closer “You stupid idiot” I punched his arms a couple of times not being able to deal with the pain slowly crawling up my throat “What are you doing here?” The energy was now calling my name inside of me.

“I was looking for you” He said and he kissed my forehead slowly “Impossible as it may seem I was looking for you yogi”

“Where have you been?” I was sobbing so hard that I didn’t know if he could actually understand what I was saying. “I thought you were in the human world”

He took a deep breath and pulled away from our hug, his green eyes stared into mine deeply, like trying to tell me with his soul everything his lips couldn’t put into words. Hayden looked exactly the same as the last time I saw him so many years ago, the only difference was his brown hair that was now shorter than it was before but after that everything was the same, like he had been frozen and just woke up from a long sleep.

“I was out on a mission” He said “Not on the human world…I was on a special mission sent by the King himself”

“What?” Lana and I both said at the same time. That was years ago, what could be so important that the King would ask my brother who was barely starting the unit to do it. This puzzle made less sense every second that went by.

“Don’t worry I’ll give you more details later” He gave me that arrogant smile he was so good at and for a moment it just seemed that he was never gone. Hayden looked around and gave Riley a quick smile “Hey Riley…” He slowly scanned her body making me feel nauseous “You grew gorgeous”

And for the first time in forever I saw Riley blush at a guy complementing her.

“Aren’t you going to introduce me yogi” He said but he didn’t take his eyes off of Riley. “Ow!” A hand came out of nowhere and smacked the back of his head harshly, we looked back to see Luke standing there with a disapproval look on his face. “Where have you been dude? I almost got killed by these two freaking oversized full of steroids gorillas!” Evan and Lui chuckled and Vincent just glared at him.

“I’m sorry I was too busy taking a nap” Luke shrugged like it wasn´t important and just smiled at Hayden. My brain still couldn’t process that this guy was in fact here with me. I thought I lost this guy forever.

“I should’ve known” Hayden chuckled and then looked back at me “Are you in shock yogi? Yes this is really me”

“I just…” I snapped out of my trance “I thought I lost you” He scratched the back of his head and looked down at his feet. If there was something Hayden wasn’t good at was emotional moments or public displays of affection.

“You could never lose me” He said “You’re my sister yogi you should’ve known”

“Sister?” Lana asked as she looked at both of us intently.

“Yes…” Hayden gave her his powerful one thousand volts smile “This grumpy little girl right here is my sister” Lana looked at me.

“This is our brother?” She was so confused.

“Correction” Luke interrupted “This is Maya’s brother…an adoptive brother”

“Oh…this is Hayden” She looked at him with new eyes and everybody else stared at him in understanding. Riley and Eric walked over to hug him.

“What’s up dude” Eric said and they shook hands. Riley hugged him for a little too long I must say. I didn’t want to see Eric’s expression at the moment.

“You look so different Riley” Hayden said as he scanned her body one more time. Earning another smack from Luke.

“That’s my sister you know” He said. Hayden rolled his eyes.

“I didn’t say anything wrong dude” He chuckled “Chill”

“It’s your eyes I’m worried about” Luke murmured and took a step back.

“What about me…have I changed?” Eric said as he twirled around for Hayden to see.

“Nope” It was obvious Hayden was trying to hold back his laughter “You look exactly the same” Eric frowned at that piece of information.

“What do you even know” Eric said and just walked away.

“So yogi” Hayden looked at Evan and Vincent “Who are these steroid addicts”

“Watch your mouth” Vincent said as he crossed his arms over his chest.

“Evan and Vincent” I took a deep breath “Our guardians”

“Guardians?” Hayden frowned like he couldn’t believe what I just told him “Since when do you need a guardian?”

“Since I found out the princess of Luminaria also turned out to be my twin sister” I shrugged “You know these kind of things have a big impact on people’s world”

“I can tell…” He nodded and looked down at me “So you’ve been really busy ever since I left”

“You could say” I said with a smile. I missed this guy so much, I hugged him again.

“Good” Hayden smiled back as he wrapped an arm around me “So where are we going?”

“We?” Vincent didn’t seem to like this small piece of information.

“Yeah…where my sister goes I go” He shrugged like it was the most obvious thing in the world “By the way…Lana right?” Lana nodded “I’m sorry for jumping on you; I thought you were my sister”

“I can tell” Were her only words. Vincent didn´t seem too happy to have my brother on board! Everything seemed to be happening so fast that my brain could barely keep up with everything. What was going on? There was no way to know. Now that my adrenaline was down again, like a freaking roller coaster I wiped the tears away and took a deep breath.

“Eric a little help here please” I said trying to stay on my feet the necessary time before he could get to me and help me walk to the car. Even when I asked Eric for help Evan, Vincent, Hayden and Eric all moved in my direction. Vincent was the one to get to me first.

“Still feeling weak?” He asked as he wrapped an arm around my waist and completely lifted me up the ground with one arm. Dude was strong.

“Kinda” I simply replied. I felt the air getting stuck in my throat as he carried me back to the Cadillac. He carefully put me down on the seat and sighed. “Are you sure we can trust this guy” He now murmured. I shrugged.

“He’s my brother” Was all I could say. I trusted this guy with my life, but there was no way I was going to ask for everybody else to do the same. “I trust him, but you don´t have to” Vincent stared at me for a couple of minutes and just sighed again before helping me with my seatbelt.

“Fine” He groaned “But I’m keeping an eye on him”

“Ok”

“You know…I can hear you” Hayden said from behind Vincent who just glanced over his shoulder at him. I had the feeling these two weren´t really going to get along. “And I’d really appreciate it if you took your hands off of my sister” Hayden was just standing there with his arms crossed over his chest and the silliest smile in the world; he was just trying to get on Vincent’s nerves.

“I’m her guardian” Was Vincent’s comeback.

“I’m her brother” Hayden shot back and he leaned to the side a little so he could look at me, he winked an eye and then put his attention back on Vincent. This guy was seriously messing with heavy stuff.

“Ok guys” I said. “That’s enough” Vincent gave me a quick look before relaxing and walking away towards Evan. Things were gonna get messy and I had a bad feeling about it. Hayden sat in the seat next to me and smiled at me. His eyes looked at me for the first time like they used to before he left, that just made me feel really nostalgic, it made me think about my dad and my mom.

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