Chapter 14 Piecing herself together
A week after her family's memorial service and funeral, Avery was back at the cemetery by herself. She was standing in front of her family's graves once again. None of this felt real. Their death didn't feel real even though she was still standing over their graves.
A part of her is still in mourning while another part is slowly becoming acrimonious. Her family was just taken away from her, just like that.
After their burial, she told herself that she will avenge each and every one of them. Their deaths couldn't just be in vain.
So she decided to go back to the chambers after she wraps up everything here and start her training to unleash her powers. No one was going to mess with her or her family and friends ever again.
Silent tears were streaming down her cheeks while she tried wiping them off. She placed a single flower on each of their graves. "I miss all of you very much. All of you have been a part of me for so long and someone just took you away from me- how could they do this to me and yo-" she choked on a sob and slowly crouched down, burying her face between her knees, sobbing really hard.
She looked back at their graves wiping off her tears. She continued, slowly standing up on her feet, "I'm really sorry that I wasn't there to protect you. I'm grateful for everything you've done for me. I love you all and I want you to know that whoever did this to you will pay. I'll see you again next time." she slowly turned around and started walking away from their graves. Sadness was written all over her face. She hugged herself while walking out of the cemetery.
She just kept walking, feeling physically and emotionally drained. She walked for a while, which felt like minutes, hours, days? and she found herself at the beach. There was no one where she was, so she sat on the soft sand just looked at the waves.
Looking at the waves somehow made her think about everyone who was missing. There was no trace of them, not a clue, nothing. They were just gone. She kept looking at the bracelet that Oliver gave to her and she got saddened even more because she had no idea what to think about his disappearance and everyone else's.
She saw someone's figure slowly walking to where she was. She looked closely because it was getting dark and she recognized it. It was her boyfriend walking towards her. She stood up from the sand turning to him.
In a surprised tone, she asked. "Brad, what are you doing here? How did you find me?"
"My boyfriend radar was beeping too loud, I just had to come and see if you were alright." he replied with a chuckle.
She had a faint smile on her face. "Really? Why do I find that hard to believe?"
He smiled back with that gorgeous smile, followed by a chuckle. "Well, I think that's because it is hard to believe. To be honest with you, when it comes to you, my senses are very strong. I can feel your presence wherever you are."
"What? Really? How come?" she was very surprised.
"I don't know why my senses have grown so much towards you, but this feeling started when I first developed true feelings for you. It felt like I was instantly drawn to you and now I can feel your presence wherever you are. It's just unexplainable because I have never felt like this towards anyone before." he explained and a small smile appeared on her face. "What is it?" he asked.
"Nothing... I just liked hearing that." she replied softly then slowly wrapped her arms around his waist.
He wrapped his arms around her as well. "There's one thing that frustrates me though. "he suddenly said.
She looked up at him while still in his arms and asked, "what is it?"
"I can't read your mind. I know what everybody else is thinking, but not you. I don't know why, but somehow I don't know what's going on in this beautiful mind of yours, but then again the mystery is good. At least there's one person who can actually tell me how and what they feel, instead of knowing it already." he explained looking down at her.
"Wow, I'm learning a lot about you today. Don't worry, I'll tell you everything you need to know about me." she assured him with a small smile, hugging him again and he nodded.
He smiled as well, wrapping his arms around her too. "Are you okay though?"
"Not really. I feel so empty Brad." she said truthfully.
He didn't say anything, he just listened.
She continued, "I can literally feel my pain on my chest, but my whole body feels numb. I just feel like I'm slowly fading away and I don't know how to make it stop. I just want to know why is all this happening to me."
"You have no idea how much I want to take your pain away. Seeing you in so much grief breaks my heart, really. I feel like sometimes we want to find reasons why some things happens to us and the truth is, sometimes random and horrible things just happen. We may or may not be able to prevent them, but we can always find ways forward."
In a calm, sad tone she replied, "Every time I try to find a way forward, another tragedy strikes. How long do I have to do this? Someone always comes and takes away the people I love. This pain has finally become unbearable and I feel suffocated." she sadly replied.
"Montgomery..." he trailed off, not knowing what to say to her.
"I think I need to get away for a while. I need to exhale and sort out through this pain, confusion and grief. I need to heal Bradley and I don't think I can do this here where all my loved ones died." she confessed.
He gently pulled her back, then held her hands. In a worried tone, he asked, "You want to leave?"
"I do, but then again I'm reconsidering it because there's school, there's Casey and there's you. I don't think I can leave all of you behind. I honestly don't know what to do."
"Don't leave yet, Montgomery. I know being here will be hard for you, but at least finish your junior year, then, your senior year. After that you can go away for as long as you need. We might be supernatural beings, but we also need an education and a job eventually, to get by."
"Yeah... that's true. You're right hey." she replied, but a part of her thinks she needs to escape reality for a little while.
Sarcastically, he replied. "Yeah I know, I'm always right."
Avery chuckled, "Your modesty just went out the window."
They hugged again and walked out of the beach, heading to Casey's house in his car.
Ever since they came back from the Chambers, his parents have let him have a little freedom to drive himself wherever he wants to go without sending a guard to look out for him. His time away from home made them realize that he was mature and old enough to take care of himself. They didn't need to hover over him so much.
When they arrived at his uncle's house, Casey and her parents were glad to see him with Avery because she left in the morning without telling anyone. She needed some time to herself so she went to the orphanage first, then the cemetery and lastly the beach.
"Sweetheart, are you okay?" Casey's mom asked hugging her.
"Yeah, I'm okay, thanks for being concerned Mrs. Huxley." she replied hugging her back.
Once she pulled back from her they went inside the house and sat in the living room while Casey brought snacks to the table.
"I have to tell all of you something." she started off.
"Tell us bestie, what's on your mind?" Casey asked.
"I've decided to move back to the orphanage." she threw that statement at them.
"Whoa, Ave, why?" Casey asked surprised.
"I need answers Bestie, I need to know why and who did this to my family. I need to find Oliver, Michelle, Brianna and the others. I also need to piece myself back together and figure things out on my own. I had a lot of time to think today and everything that's happened have given me a clear direction on what to do. If I'm going to be everyone's saviour, then I need to find myself and my purpose. No one needs a broken teenager to lead them." she explained wholeheartedly.
"I understand that but-" Casey wanted to raise an opinion but her dad cut her off making her see reason.
"Avery is right sweetheart. She needs time to figure things out on her own so she can make clear and honest decisions."
"No dad, dont encourage this. I can't let you do this on your own Ave. You're my bestfriend and I want to help you, but living alone at the orphanage won't help."
"Bestie, I know you mean well, but staying there will help me come to terms with things. I know you want to help me Bestie and I appreciate it because I'm always going to need your help. When I get stuck, you're the first person I'll turn to, I promise."
"Montgomery, what about the mess at the house, what about food? How will you take care of yourself without an income? Have you thought this through?" Bradley asked her.
"I've been living at the orphanage for half of my life, I know how and where everything is. I know where Mrs. Welch keeps her money in the house. I have her insurance records and so forth. She didn't treat me like everyone else, but surprisingly she trusted me with filling in documents for her and paying her insurance policies every month. Those were the errands she made me run. So thankfully I can be able to claim some money and fix the house with it and also take care of myself." she explained.
"You really thought this through huh?" he asked softly and she nodded.
"I appreciate that all of you are so concerned about me, but I'll be fine. You can visit me anytime and I'll do the same. Plus, we go to the same school, so we'll see each other as often as we did." she assured them. "I'll also come and see you Mr. and Mrs. Huxley." she assured them with a smile.
"We know you will sweetie, we're just sad to see you go, but I know you'll be okay." Mrs. Huxley said.
They all gave her warm hugs before she left. Bradley offered to drive her back to the orphanage.
"You didn't have to walk me all the way to the door, but thank you."
"Well, the gentleman in me wanted to." he joked making her chuckle.
"I should head inside, it's getting pretty late. You should also head home. I don't like the fact that you're by yourself and not with one of your guards. It makes me feel a little on edge."
"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to worry you. I'm heading straight home after this, don't worry."
"Please do. I'll see you at school tomorrow. I think we've missed too many days of school. We should get back on track before we get kicked out."
"I totally agree with you. Well, goodnight Montgomery, I'll see you tomorrow."
"Bye Brad." she replied hugging him and he hugged her back.
When they unhooked their arms from each other, he held onto her hands, not letting go.
"It's hard letting you go. I guess a part of me is worried about you living alone in a house full of blood spattered everywhere. Don't you want me to help you come and clean it up?" he asked in a worrisome tone.
"I already cleaned some of it, besides, not every room has blood all over it. I just have to clean up the mess mostly, but I did the majority of the work when I came here this morning. So please stop worrying so much."
"Okay, I'll stop worrying for now." He assured her.
"Now go, I want to see you get inside your car safely." She said to him.
He kissed her forehead, then they slowly pulled apart. He walked to his car and waved goodbye at her. She did the same and he drove off. She walked inside the house and locked the door behind her.