Some years back
The fishes in the tank swam around and I looked at them while I slept on my bed facing the ceiling and my head dangling at the edge of the bed. As the fishes move, so did my eyes and soon as I felt dizzy, I slid back up on the bed and closed my eyes for a mere ten seconds when I heard it again.
Things crashing down, people yelling at each other, someone crying.
My father and my mother were fighting as usually in the next room, throwing things at each other and my father abusing and kicking my mother. It has been so long since I saw them smiling and talking to each other and behaving humanely.
I missed my sister. She was in the boarding school and I was here stuck with our parent's fight. They fought just every day. In the morning, in the office, in the kitchen table, in my school, in the evening, in the restaurants, at the party, in the middle of the night as well.
This was getting frustrated for me as well. My sister knew about this and she would call me to give me the strength to keep up with them. But I was somehow happy because whatever it was I had a family. My best friend, Charles didn't even have a family. His parents ended up in bad terms and got divorced and left him with his grandmother and disappeared somewhere.
I just came back from my school and the first thing I saw was them throwing things at each other. It was never like this. We were such a happy family but since the day dad started investing in a startup company with his business partner Ms. Eliana White, things started getting downhill.
I sighed as I got up from the bed and made my way towards the door. The more I got near, the more clear the voice got and I eavesdropped purposely wanting to hear what was the topic this time.
"You said you were in a meeting. Is this what you called a meeting?" I heard my mom yelling at my father.
"You don't understand it is important to have contacts. Honey, I am trying my best to earn money for my family and you know our business tanked. I have to depend upon Eliana, to make contacts. She is just helping us," it was my dad this time.
"Helping? How is she helping us? By sleeping with you, Aaron?" my mom yelled at top of her voice and the next thing I knew was things breaking. Perhaps, she threw something at my dad. My mom was really hot-headed and she threw things when she got angry but the thing I knew about her was that she was really strong and she loved my father deeply.
They were from different backdrops and their parents didn't agree to their relationship, so they eloped. They ran away and got married and had kids, but here we are.
"Kaitlyn, listen to me. You need to calm your anger and think before you say something. We are married for so many years now, why do you think that I would do infidelity with you? I love you, Kaitlyn please," my dad seemed to be begging now.
"You know how much I love you, Aaron. I left everything for you. I left my studies, my job, my parents and even the man standing at the altar waiting for me just because I wanted to be with you but all these years I have been nothing but good to you, as a perfect housewife. I fucking cooked for you and saved for Leila's boarding school, ignoring my necessities and what did I get? My education went to gutters, Aaron but still, I never complained. I loved you, Aaron but you had to do this to me," my mother was crying now.
"Kaitlyn please listen to me. I'm sorry I lied to you because I knew you didn't like Eliana, but she was taking me to meet Mr. Cooper, and I know you know who Simon Cooper is. Yes, that real estate owner. If I had contacts with hi-"
"What is this, Aaron?"
It was a moment of silence between the two and I wanted to know what happened so, I opened the door slightly and peeped to see what was going on. My mother had a disbelieving look and her face was stained with tears as she showed her phone to my dad who looked worried and disturbed as he pulled his tie, looking uncomfortable and ran a hand throw his hair.
"You kissed that bitch. This is how you make contacts, Aaron?" my mother was now fuming with anger. Her raven black hair, disheveled as she stared at space for some minutes and lowered her hand down, staring at the ground.
"You really cheated on me," my mother sobbed while father looked out for words.
"Listen, Kaitlyn, that was a mistake. I can explain. I was drunk and I-"
"You finished everything," my mother cried and took a few steps back. My dad looked as if he was about to cry but he came forward to hug my mother who pushed him and ran out of my sight.
"Kaitlyn!" my father ran after her.
I closed the door and took a few steps back.
What was this?
What's going on now?
Does my father love someone else now?
I couldn't believe what I just saw. Every time they fought, it was either because my dad was late or forgot something but this time they are fighting over a woman?
I was a twelve years old kid and I knew what cheating meant. Did my father really cheat on my mother?
I had no idea when tears pooled my eyes and started streaming down my face when all of a sudden the door burst open and my mother walked in and went directly to my closet and minutes later she came back holding my luggage and all of a sudden she got hold of my hand, firmly.
"I know you heard everything, Keith," she sobbed. Her eyes were so sad and tears refused to stop flowing down her eyes but she wiped them using her sleeves as she looked into my eyes.
"We are leaving," she said and the next moment she pulled me with her with my luggage in her other hand. I kept my mouth shut and looked towards her bedroom where it was locked and my father was inside, banging at the door. She locked him in there.
"Mom," I whispered when she walked us to our car and placed my luggage in its boot. I saw her luggage already inside and she closed the boot shut as she pushed me through my shoulder to the back seat and pushed me inside.
"Mom," I cried this time, but she looked back at me and placed her palm on my cheek, lovingly as she withdrew her hands and closed the door, before making her way to the driver's seat.
As she got in and fasten her seatbelts, I saw my father running towards our way and before he could open the door, my mother locked it from inside as she stared at him through my window.
"Where are you going? Kaitlyn please!"
"Keith open the door!"
"Kaitlyn where are you taking Keith?"
"Kaitlyn please, I'm sorry. Please! I promise I will end everything with Eliana and we can start over. I only love you, Kaitlyn. I can't live without you! Keith! Open the door!" my dad banged at my window looking distressed but then he made his way towards my mother.
"Kaitlyn, I love you" he said and all my mother did was start the engine and looked back at me for a mere seconds probably giving me a chance to think if I wanted to leave with her but when my dad starting hitting the window she whispered "I love you too, Aaron and it is why you did this me. To us," she said and put her foot on the accelerator.
My dad ran banging at the door for some minutes, but as my mother sped up, he stopped and I looked back through the back screen to find him running back to our house, probably to get his car.
"Mom," I whispered.
"I am sorry Keith. This is all my fault. I know you two have been suffering because of us and our fights but I couldn't help it. I will never forgive your father," she cried as I looked out of the window to find her speeding up even faster than before.
"Mom, please slow down," I said getting worried by the speed. She even broke the traffic rules and lights as our car zoomed past others. She was sobbing and kept on wiping her tears using her sleeves.
"We will fly back to my parent's house. I know if I begged, they will forgive me and if they see you and Leila, they will accept us. I am so sorry dad and mom, I betrayed you for someone like Aaron! You were right!" she honked the car furiously.
"You were always right when you said Aaron is not for me," she cried and took a left turn all of a sudden. "I was so fucking blind. Everyone was right about Aaron but I remained blindly loving him while he cheated me with the woman I hated the most. Oh, I'm so sorry, Stefan, I know I made a joke of you and your family at the altar when I never showed up. You were always so supportive and kind to me but I broke your trust and now I have nothing but regre-"
"Mom!" before we knew it all of a sudden, as she took a left turn on the cliff, we were hit by a truck.
Our car took a turn, with us inside and before we knew it we were pushed out of the road to the edge of the cliff by the truck and there it was. I saw it, everything.
Our car was in the mid-air and was flying to our death. Blood pooled out of my mother's mouth as everything that happened was like a slow-motion to me. I was clutching the roof handle tightly when I saw my mother looking back at me and then it happened.
My eyes turned blind to everything that was happening as if we were struck by a lightning, the car was filled with white light and I couldn't see anything. My skin started getting hot and I thought I was dying. I could see the veins in my hands popping out and they looked red, not the blood-red, but as if there was a light inside my hand. And as I waved it before my eyes to know what was going on, a loud thud and the next moment I knew I was lying on something wet and soft, what felt like grass.
"There was a woman in that car! Call the cops and the ambulance! Oh my lord! Shit! What have I done?" I could hear someone.
My eyes fluttered open and I could feel my body aching.
"There's a kid!" I heard someone and then someone touched my forehead.
"Oh shit! He is bleeding. He must have flown out of the car by the impact of the truck when it hit it!" I heard a lady and as I regained consciousness I looked up to find people gathering over me. The truck was standing in the middle of the road and the driver, dressed in his uniform, held his head looking distressed as he looked down, standing at the edge of the cliff.
"Mom," I whispered when all of a sudden, I remembered something and I was up on my feet and yelping to the edge with people following me.
"Mom!" a distressed high pitch sound came out of my mouth when I looked down at the edge to find a car near the river bed, burning up, furiously.
"Keith!" I looked back to find my father coming out of his car as he ran towards me and looked down at the edge.
"Kaitlyn!" he screamed and got hold of me by my shoulder and pulled me to him.
"Oh my god! Kaitlyn," he sobbed as he held me in his arms and I looked back where the car, remained burning upside down in some thousand feet down the cliff while all of a sudden, my eyes began to close and I couldn't hear anything and couldn't see anyone when I lost my senses.