Chapter Seven: The Half of it All Part Four
“Thank you so much for telling your parents that you are safe with me, Luna,” Marley exclaims happily.
“Your welcome?” I slowly say confused at her excitement.
She looks at me and smiles widely before taking my hand and walking quickly to where I have to jog to stay at her speed. I try to tug her to stop her from walking so fast. The girl just continues to speed walk so I come to a complete stop, hoping she will stop too. She almost continues before realizing I have come to a stop. She looks at me confused and tilts her head to the side.
“Hun. I just got out of the hospital. We have to walk slow, or my breathing is going to start acting up.” I explain to her as nicely as possible.
It’s not her fault that my body acts the way it does so I’m not going to yell at her about any of it. I am going to try and do what my father asks of me, but it will take time to finally be able to come around to the people in this town. Especially with the way, everyone seems to act in this town.
“I’m sorry Luna. I didn’t mean to.” She says as her face drops in disdain.
“Hey, it’s ok. We just need to take our time getting there. Please don’t call me Luna. It’s a bit weird, can you just call me Mia?” I ask her politely.
“I’ll get in trouble if I call you that around other people. I can call you that when we are not around people and formalities are not in question though. Is that ok?” she asks in return.
“Yea. That’s fine with me.” I tell her with a shake of my head.
I am starting to hear the term Luna a lot more than what I had when I got to this town. I’m scared to know what the name Luna really meant in this town. Answers though are needed; I was frightened with everything that was happening. From the boys always being around to the feelings that are beginning to bloom within me. Things are beginning to become a bit too much and are scaring me.
“Where are we going again?” I ask one more time.
“To the packhouse. They want to explain some things to you. They can’t do that with your family around.” she clarifies softly.
“Hmm.” I hum in acknowledgment.
She never said who ‘they’ are, but I have a feeling that I know who ‘they' are. I itch the bottom of my chin softly before putting my hands in my pockets as I walk next to Marley. We walk in silence as we cross the street and start walking on the next block. I stare at the sidewalk as we walk wondering what this little meeting would entail. From my peripheral vision, I catch Marley side glancing at me once in a while but never say anything as we continue to walk down the streets. I look up and see the park where I found the boy up ahead and nod to myself slowly.
“Luna?” Marley asks out of the blue.
“Yea?” I ask, making sure I bite my tongue, so I don’t correct her on the name thing again.
“Please don’t leave Deadwood,” she whispers.
I furrow my eyebrows and almost stop walking at the sudden request not to leave this forsaken town. I continue to walk alongside her, but keep my mouth shut not knowing how to respond. This town just is not cutting it for me. I mean my family is going to be leaving soon anyway. There is nothing I can do to stop the move. Even if I wanted to follow Marley’s request, my father's job was already being placed in another town in a couple of months. He’s going to make us move no matter what anyone says. However, a request like this from someone I don’t know is honestly a tad bit on the weird side. Nonetheless, I did not know how to come to a nice answer, so keeping my mouth shut would be the best.
An awkward silence takes over when I don’t say anything, and I move my eyes trying to focus anywhere else but the girl next to me. I grit my teeth trying to figure out a way to start another conversation to dismiss the previous request. However, dismissing that request does not seem like the right thing to do. I sigh slowly and then a thought comes to mind.
“Hey, Marley I didn’t ask earlier, but do you go to school?” I ask her as we turn down the street where the park is.
“Yep. I’m just not in any of your classes.” she giggles.
“We are just going to have to keep the story that you are.” I chuckle. “My parents will kill me if they find out I lied about that.”
“Secret is safe with me Luna,” she promises.
I see the large house up ahead and remember it from the night I brought the boy back to his mom. I stare up at it as we walk closer to it, still a few houses away from it. Marley seems to be skipping now as I watch the area around me. I see a couple of people giving me the stink eye from across the street, but I try my best to act as though I could not see how they are staring at me. A tap on my shoulder makes me turn to Marley as I give her my full attention. She points to the front of the very large house that sits across the road. I see a couple of kids running around the house and playing before heading toward the back of the house.
“This is the packhouse?” I ask her as we begin to cross the street.
“Yes, it’s where we have the major meetings of the town, and we have activities that happen here,” she says.
“You have all those activities here?” I ask her incredulously as we step onto the porch.
“I mean, look at this place, Mia. It could fit more than just the town’s families in it,” she laughs. “Mia, we have some activities that happen here in the back. Not all activities take place at the packhouse,” she tells me as she calms down, patting my shoulder before grabbing the door.
“You go first, Mia.” She opens the door to let me pass first.
“I’m not leaving anytime soon Marley,” I whisper to her as I pass her into what looks to be the living room.
Marley does not say anything to my comment, but I can see that she is a bit happier than before. I let my curiosity take me away as I begin to look all around the living room and the other room that I can see attached to this room seems to be a huge dining area. My eyes widen at the huge table that lays in the other room and I turn back quickly to Marley.
“I told you we could literally fill this house up with more than just the people that live in this town,” she exclaims laughing.
“I did not think you meant that literally,” I whine at her as I take my seat on one of the couches.
“Marley, did you bring her?” someone asks.
More like Colton asked. My eyes widen slightly as my heart begins to frantically throb as it waits for something. I stiffen as I see Caden and him enter the living room and their eyes meet mine shamelessly. I could have guessed that it would have been them who told Marley. I should have known. I look to where Marley should have been by the entrance but now where she had stood was vacant. I roll my eyes at the actions of that woman. Traitor. I almost scoff out loud but realize my childish actions before turning my attention to two out of three of the triplets. I try not to make it obvious that I was curious about where the third was as I try to keep my eyes from wandering around.
“He’s out doing errands. We wanted to ask you yesterday, but you did not seem to want us at the hospital. How are you feeling?” Colton asks as he sits comfortably across from me.
“I’m doing ok. I’m just glad not to be in the hospital, honestly. I hate hospitals. They suffocate me.” I sigh while playing with my fingers.
“It’s for your own good though. You had all of us scared for a moment there.” Colton replies again with a tone I can quite decipher.
“I didn’t mean to scare anyone,” I apologize. “Why were you guys there? How did you all even get in without being related?” I ask curiously as to why the three boys were in my bed a couple of days prior.
“That’s the reason we asked Marley to bring you here. We need to talk.” Caden says finally joining the conversation.