In The Arms of You

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Chapter 16: The Visit Part 3

My grandpa, George came into the room when we entered the house. “My little lightning bug, what are you doing here and who is he?” Grandpa asked me as he entered the room.

“Hey, grandpa. I’m here because I wanted to visit you guys, Mack decided to stay home with--dad.” I said forcing the word dad out of my mouth once more that day.

He nodded his head then looked at Zach. “And him? Who is he and why is he with you?” He asked glaring a little at Zach.

“He--” but instead of Zach cutting me off, grandma was the one to cut me off. Seriously! I can explain things myself! I have a voice of my own here!

“George this is Zach, Lena’s boyfriend and Lena wanted to surprise us with this visit.” She told him. Once the word boyfriend came out of my grandmother’s mouth, my grandpa’s gaze was fixed on Zach, like a lion looking at a helpless gazelle.

“Well, you and I,” He said point to Zach and himself, “Are going to have a talk, now. Don’t want my little lightning bug to be hurt once more.”

Zach then looked at me once more, confused. “Later,” I whispered to him. He then nodded his head understandable.

“Have fun, Zach,” I said choking back a laugh. He turned to look at me once more.

“You know you’re not off the hook right, Cinderella?” He said to me. I rolled my eyes.

“Well, you’re the one who asked for it,” I said, meaning about the talk with my grandpa.

As they were about to walk off, Zach sent me a pleading look, basically wanting me to help him get out of that talk. He was scared!

I laughed right then and there, my grandparents look at me like I was crazy and with worry in their eyes. “Lena, are you okay?” grandma asked me.

“Sorry grandpa, but I want Zach to meet my friends in town, can’t you do the talk when we get back? Please.” I implored. Zach was so going to pay for this. All of this!

“Go, let them go, George, you can have your guys talk later. They’re young, let them have some fun.” grandma said.

Grandpa huffed, but let Zach go. “Fine, but we will have that talk, son.” and with that grandpa left the room.

I still stood there laughing a bit. “Go have fun,” Grandma said sending us out the door, but pulled me back for a moment.

“He isn’t hurting you, is he? I noticed the bruises on your arm. We don’t want a repeat of the last one do we?” She asked me in a quiet tone so Zach wouldn’t hear.

“No, I accidentally fell going down the stairs the other day,” I told her. I hated lying to my grandparents, but I couldn’t let them know the truth about their son, my father.

She looked at me suspiciously, but let it go. “Okay, but if he does, let me know right away.” She said with a smile.

“I will don’t worry,” I told her.

“Cinderella, you coming or not?” I heard Zach yell from his car.

“Coming!” I said and gave grandma a quick kiss on the cheek and a hug before leaving and getting into Zach’s car.

When I got into the car I buckled up and Zach turned to me. He was about to speak, but I spoke first. “I saved you from having the talk with my grandpa, so now you owe me. Actually, you owe me a lot for the stunt you just pulled!”

He chuckled. I then punched him his the shoulder. “What? Why else you bring a guy over to your grandparents’ house?” He said. I rolled my eyes.

“I could have just said you were my friend!” I told him. We were now on the road, driving to my best friend, Kyla Madison’s, house.

“I highly doubt they would have accepted that.” He said.

I sighed. “Fine, we’ll go with your plan, but what do we say when they, well my grandpa, starts asking questions to you,” I asked him.

“Like what questions.” He asked me. “Well, for the most obvious one, how long we’ve been ‘dating’” I told him. “Well, first of all, I’ve only known you for a week or so.” He pointed out.

“That’s true. I totally forgot about that.” He smirked at me. “Shut up,” I told him.

“Fine, we’ll say we met when your family came to check out the house that you guys were going to move into and we instantly clicked or something like that. Then when you moved here we started ‘dating’” He explained.

I thought it over before responding. “That’s actually not a bad plan.” Soon enough we came to a stop at a traffic light. I looked out the window to see the cemetery. This made shiver a bit at the sight of it.

I haven’t been there since my mom’s passing. I unlocked the car door from my side and got out. “What are you doing!” Zach shouted as I walked to the cemetery, completely ignoring him. I heard him get out of the car by a door slamming.

I didn’t stop walking though. I had to see her grave. I have to talk to her. She’s the only one who ever understood me. I heard Zach’s footsteps come up behind me before pulling my arm, spinning me around to face him. “What the hell was that?” He asked pissed. In his eyes, there was a sign of worry, but I highly doubt it was because of me, right?

“I have to visit her,” I said in a quiet voice before turning back around to try to find her grave.

“You could have told me, I would have pulled over into a parking lot or something.” He said from behind me. I didn’t answer, I just kept searching.

I soon find her grave and when I do, I fall down to my knees, tears streaming down my face. “Raina Wilson Mercer. Loving daughter, mother, and sister.” I read aloud. I hugged my arms around myself. “Mommy, please come back. I need you now more than ever. You’re the only one that understands what I’ve been through.” I said towards the grave.

“You only thought he was only capable of hurting you, but you’re wrong. You did it to protect us, but now that you’re gone, it’s gotten a lot worse.” I pulled my knees up to my chest and buried my face in them, hiding the tears. “Please come back,” I whispered.

I felt someone put their arm around me, pulling me close. I look up to see Zach standing there. I had completely forgotten he was there. I wrapped my arms around him, crying into his chest. “I want her back,” I said to Zach.

“I know, I know.” He said in a hushed voice. As we stood there it began to rain, but neither of us moved. “Come on, we better get out of here before we both get sick. Plus, I’d really like to meet this best friend of yours.” He said trying to cheer me up.

I nodded my head but didn’t say a word. We walked back to the car, which was parked on the side of the road. Zach opened the door for me and I got in. Once he got on his side of the car he put the heater on and we took off down the street to Kyla’s house.

I told him where to stop and he did. I got out of the car, wiping my face off a bit before I walked to her door and rang the doorbell. She opened the door and looked at me before pulling me into a hug, even though I’m still soaking wet.

“Lena!” She said to me.

“Kyla!” I told her and we laughed.

“What are you doing here? I mean I’m happy to see you but shouldn’t you be at your new house at the moment?” She asked.

Before I got to answer she looked up and saw Zach behind me. “And who is he?” She asked staring at him as if he was a god.

“I was visiting my grandparents and so I decided to visit you as well since it’s been awhile. Also, this is Zach.” I said to her.

“And why is he here?” She asked, still staring at him.

“Well, Kyla, Cinderella here need a ride after she ran from me for scaring her with a car horn and thinking I was a serial killer. Also, I’m her boyfriend.” Zach said to her. I elbowed him in the gut.

Kyla looked at me with a strange look. “He isn’t a serial killer, is he? You know how Luke treated you when you dated him and I don’t want you to have to go through that again.” Kyla said.

“No, Kyla, he isn’t a serial killer, that I know of.”

She rolled her eyes. She then pulled me down and whispered in my ear. “Well, he is cute, tell me when you’re done with him because we both know I could use a guy in my life right now.”

I blushed a bit before laughing at her statement. “Yeah, okay I’ll tell you,” I told her.

I looked at my watch, which said it was around 4:30 pm. “Zach we better get back to my grandparents’ house, you know you want to have that talk with my grandpa,” I told him with a small laugh.

“Oh wow, yeah, good luck with that Zach. Her grandpa is pretty tough.” Kyla said.

“I’ll see you the next time I’m in town again,” I told Kyla and gave her a hug before we hopped back into Zach’s car and took off to my grandparent’s house.

We soon pulled into my grandparents’ driveway.

“Good luck, Zach.”

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