“Dad, What are you doing here?”
I asked shockingly as I made sure to distance myself from Eli, approaching my father with confusion, I was a bit excited to see him! It’s been so long, I haven’t seen my father in months so I’m glad...I just wish it was in different circumstances. It feels too awkward to smile at the moment...
“I could ask you the same thing. What are you doing outside the house at this time of night? And what the hell do you two boys think you’re doing in front of my house at this late hour?!”
My father yelled at all three of us, I know this wasn’t what my Dad expected to come home to. But it’s not like it’s my fault that things ended up this way!
“Mr. Collins, sir, I...I didn’t mean to cause a disturbance. Things just became really complicated and I apologize for my actions. Luna did nothing wrong...it was just a whole misunderstanding, sir.”
Ren grunted out his words in pain as he tried to explain the situation to my father, he was struggling to stand on his feet and his body was wobbling a bit as he tried to gain his balance back. Elijah must have hurt Ren really badly if he can barely stand up, he even had his hand covering his left eye and I could see a bit of blood leaving his mouth. He had a few scrapes and cuts over his face as well. Did Eli really do this to him, why!? Ren did nothing to deserve this... if anything, I wish it was Eli who had the busted bloody up mouth after what he did with that skank at the party! Ignoring Eli’s gaze, I stood next to my father. However, I could feel Elijah’s intense glare at me...almost as if he was wanting to drag me away from everyone.
“How do you know who I am?”
My father asked Ren with a questionable stare, he then pulled out a rag from his jacket and offered it to Ren to clean off the blood from his mouth...
“Dad, this is Ren...you’ve seen him a few times. He’s helped out a lot at fixing the front yard and taking care of my mom’s flowers over the summer, remember?”
I began to explain to him, though it shouldn’t be a surprise that my dad doesn’t recognize Ren. He is always working so it’s not like he’s going to remember who I hang out with...
“Ren? Oh! I’m sorry my boy, I didn’t recognize you. It’s been a while since I’ve last seen you.”
While my father spoke to Ren, I decided to take a quick glance at Eli who was just standing there, being absolutely quiet, not caring what was going on in front of him. Our eyes met for a brief moment and all I saw was pain and guilt in those light blue eyes of his. I then shifted my eyes to his knuckles, they were bloody and scraped. I’m not even sure if that’s Eli’s blood or Ren’s? I hate seeing him like this! It seemed that Eli caught noticed of me staring at his knuckles because he immediately shoved his bloodied-up hands inside his pockets...
“Well, Ren... I think it’s best if I drive you home. I can’t let you drive with those types of injuries.”
My father kindly suggested as he placed his hand on Ren’s shoulder...
“Oh, no sir, that’s very generous of you but I’m fine with driving back, it’s not as painful as it looks. Luna, goodnight and...I’ll talk to you later.”
Ren replied as he waved me and my Father goodbye. Though deep down, I knew all too well that Ren was lying...he’s hurting. He could barely walk straight without having to limp his way to his car. I wish I could help him and apologize for tonight, I feel absolutely awful. But if I offered my help...it’ll just make things worse between Eli and me.
“Elijah, I think it’s best if you leave as well.”
My father said while glaring back at Eli, though I was stunned when Elijah spoke back to my father in such stubbornness!
“Not until I talk with your daughter,” He said with intimidation.
“Luna, get in the house. It’s way past your curfew already.”
Ignoring Eli’s words, my father patted my upper back with his hand as he told me to get inside. Giving him a faint nod, I began walking towards the house. Not once did I turn back to look at Elijah as I closed the door behind me. Letting out a deep fresh breath of air, I calmed myself before leaning against the door. I’m so relieved and thankful that my father is here so he could have Eli leave because he would have never left if I was the one telling him...
Making my way around the living room, I walked up towards the window and lightly opened up the blinds to see what my father and Eli were doing? All I saw was Elijah’s head looking down and my father’s hands resting on his shoulders. I wonder what they’re talking about? I hope Eli didn’t tell him that we’re dating....or that we were. I don’t even know where our relationship stands at this point? All I know is that my parents can’t find out that I’m dating, they’ll ground me for life until I’m like eighty! They still think I’m too young to date, especially since they’re not around to supervise me...
As I continued watching them, I coiled up my fist nervously against my chest as I watched Eli raise his hand towards his face rubbing the inner corner of his eyes with his fingers. Is he crying!? Or is he just frustrated and angry with himself for what he did to Ren? This is driving me crazy not knowing what is going on!
I was then taken off guard when Eli looked back and locked his eyes with mine! Staring back at him for a brief moment, I could see that his eyes were full of sorrow and regret. Swiftly closing the blinds, I turned myself around not wanting to look at those eyes of his anymore. No, I won’t give in...I won’t forgive him. I can’t...
“Why do you make things so hard, Eli...I can’t bring myself to hate you no matter how much I want to....because my heart would just never allow it...it’s so aggravating.”
Mumbling out my words in heartache, I held back my tears once I heard the front door open! Seeing that it was my father, I quickly walked towards him as I felt my anxiety building up. I really wanna know what they were discussing, but...
“Where’s...Eli?” I asked anxiously.
“I sent him home, he seemed very upset. Did something happen with you two and that other boy?”
He asked closing the door behind him before staring back at me.
“Huh? He didn’t tell you anything?” I asked nervously as I looked away...
“He didn’t explain much, but he really wanted to speak to you. Luna, what I saw Eli do to that boy name Ren earlier...made me really upset with him. However, I know that Elijah would never start a fight without there being a reason. So, is there a problem with you and Ren? Did he do something to you for Elijah to act up like that?”
Father asked worriedly as he took off his jacket, setting it down on the couch...
“What?! No...it’s the other way actually...it’s...Eli, who I have the problems with...”
I said as I lost myself in my own words as my mind started to replay everything that has happened tonight.
There was really no point in hiding what I was feeling, that everything was alright, that everything wasn’t as bad as it seemed to be. When in actuality it was...covering my face with both my hands, I instantly bawled! Feeling my cheeks getting wet, my vision grew blur, though a sudden warmth soon came over me! It was my Dad, he had wrapped his arms around me, pulling me into a tight embrace. I haven’t realized just how long it’s been since I last hugged my father...never knew I could miss him this much.
“I’m sorry sweetie, you don’t have to talk about it if you don’t want to. I’ve been away too long from you and your mother these past few months and I’m so sorry for that. I love you both very much, so no more crying, okay. I’m sure whatever Eli has done he feels horrible about it. So give him a chance to speak when you’re ready, alright.”
My father said as he tried his best to comfort me, trying my best to wipe my tears away I couldn’t stop my nose from sniffing. So I gave my father a light nod before taking a step back and giving the best smile I could pull off. The last thing I want is for my Father to worry, he just got home and I’m sure he’s exhausted from work...
“Okay, no more crying. It’s time for you to go to bed already, it’s way past midnight and I know you have school tomorrow. I may be way a lot but that doesn’t mean your mother doesn’t tell me what’s going on with your life.”
He explained in a light playful laughter as he walked toward the kitchen...
“Okay...Dad, thanks for coming home early. Mother and I missed you a lot, goodnight.”
I said before making my way down the hall.
“Goodnight, it’s good to finally be home...”
I heard him say before shutting the door to my room.
Changing into my pajamas, I tucked myself into bed. Reaching over my nightstand, I was about ready to turn off the lights when a sudden realization occurred to me! I forgot to text Alexa what happened! She’s probably worried sick about me?! Picking up my phone, I turned it back on and was bombarded by the many missed calls and text messages that I received from Eli!
“He called forty-two times?!”
I said to myself flabbergasted as I went through my history calls. I don’t even wanna get started in going through the text messages. It’s already gonna be difficult to fall asleep with what happened tonight and reading his texts is only going to make it harder for me.
Ignoring his messages, I began to text Alexa what happened. I made sure to skip the whole Eli kissing another girl, I think it’s best if I don’t say anything of the matter. I’m already feeling shitty enough as it is and knowing Alexa, she will only make it worse. It’s bad enough Ren knows about it, he saw it happened. I really need to apologize to him when I get the chance, but I wonder if he’s upset at me...I feel like it’s my fault that he got badly injured.
After I was done messaging Alexa, I turned off the lights and rested my swollen eyes. I’m dreading the thought of going to school tomorrow, but it mostly has to do with the fact I’ll have to face Eli. It’s not like I could avoid him if I wanted to. Damit! Why can’t I just die in a hole, that way I never have to talk to him again! Trying not to think about him anymore, my eyes became heavy and I could feel myself drifting off into a deep slumber...but I was still able to feel the painful cracks dwelling in my heart.