Chapter 26: Missing
“I should probably call Alexa also,” I said to myself as I began to call her number.
Alexa didn’t even let the phone ring twice as she picked up my call immediately.
“Luna!! You got your phone back!!?” Alexa yelled out with excitement on the other line.
“Haha yeah, I just got it this morning. Luckily for me, I was able to keep the same number!”
“Oh my god! Finally, it was so boring with you not having your phone! Don’t lose it this time alright!”
“I know, I know. I won’t, but hey there something I need to tell you!” I said to Alexa a bit shyly, I knew I could trust her with anything I had to say. So I decided to tell her what happened last night.
“What! What happened!?” She asked with eagerness in her voice.
“Okay, but you have to promise not to tell anyone!” I said to her with a serious tone.
“Well, obviously I’m not gonna tell no one! Now tell me, girl! What happened?!”
“Alright, well.....last night, Elijah came over and we-”
“YOU GUYS HAD SEX?!?” Alexa bluntly said out loud.
“How do you know!? I haven’t even told you the full story yet!” I answered back flustered.
“Luna, just by you putting the words ‘Elijah’ and ‘last night’ together in the same sentence. Explains it all, now tell me! How did it feel!?”
“What! You know I’m not answering that!” I said to her feeling bashful.
“Aww, why not! I’ll tell you how It felt for me when I lost my V-card!”
“Oh my god! I don’t wanna know about your sex experience, it’s gonna be too embarrassing to hear! And I wouldn’t know how to explain how I felt last night. But what I do know is that it only made me fall in love with Eli more.” I explained to her honestly.
“Yeah, I know what you mean. When I lost my virginity with my boyfriend, it made us really close and it made us just wanna be together 24/7.”
“Yes! That’s exactly how I feel right now! I called him earlier, but he wasn’t answering so I think he still sleeping probably.”
“Well try calling him later, and how are you feeling? Because I know when I woke up the very next morning, my body was in pain and very sorry.”
“Alexa, my body is completely sore, and some parts are just in pain still.”
“Yeah I figured, but don’t worry. Just give it a day or two and you’ll be fine.”
“Yeah, I just need rest. Hey, have you-“.
I stayed talking on the phone with Alexa for hours, that I completely had lost track of time. Once I hung up the phone, I looked out my window and noticed that the sun was starting to set! Did I really stay on the phone all day practically!?!
Rubbing my temple lightly, I began to look through my phone. Elijah hasn’t called me almost all day, he hasn’t even opened my text message either. There’s no way he’s still sleeping, so why hasn’t he tried to contact me?
“Luna! Can you come to the living room real quick!” My mother said yelling throughout the house.
Without even answering her, I opened my door and made my way to the living room. I saw my mother sitting down next to a woman, as I walked closer to the couch I realized it was Elijah’s mom!
“Hello, Miss Red,” I said to her kindly as I nervously sat myself down across from her. Believe it or not, I never knew what her first name was. My mother and father just always told me to call her by her last name.
“Hi Luna, it’s been a while. I can’t believe how much you’ve grown over the years.” She said faintly with her small voice, I couldn’t help but notice her face looking uneasy as she gave me a light smile.
“Yeah, I guess it has,” I said shortly as I looked at my mother.
“Sweetie, there’s something important that we need to tell you.” My mother voiced out as she gave me a difficult look.
I was beginning to worry with fright as I tried to stop my hands from shaking. Do they know what Eli and I did last night!? No, there’s no way! But what if there’s a slim chance!?
“Luna, the reason why I came here today is that there’s something I need to show you.” Miss Red said while pulling out a paper document from her purse.
“Honey, remember what you told me this morning about Elijah talking to you about who his father is.” My mother said nervously as she continued to look at me.
“What? What are you- Oh! Yes! Yes, I did say that it completely crossed my mind!” At first, I was so confused about what she was talking about, but then I remembered that I made that story up so she would stop questioning me this morning!
“Well, this is the first time I ever heard about Eli wanting to know about his father, but I’m afraid....he doesn’t have one.” Miss Red said with a broken voice as she handed me the documents with her trembling hands.
“What? What do you mean he doesn’t have a dad?!” I knew this whole time that Elijah never liked talking about his family, in fact, he never really mentioned about anyone in his family. Not even his mother, and I just assumed that his father either had left him or that he passed away? It was never my place to pry into his business, I also knew that it just made him uncomfortable if I brought it up.
“I never wanted to hurt Elijah or lie to him in any way, I just...I just..wanted to...” Miss Red couldn’t finish what she was trying to say, as she was choked up by her on tears. I watched as the clear wet drops came running down her cheeks. My mother soon came to her for comfort, as my mother and I watched her sob with sorrow.
“Umm...Miss Red, what are you talking abo-“. As I took the papers from her I got a glance at the documents that were right in front of me. My heart immediately stopped beating for a split moment, everything around me was moving so very slowly as I kept re-reading the same words in front of me.
“Adoption.....papers,” I said in a low whisper, I could feel my whole body shaking with absolute shock! I couldn’t believe what I was reading, it didn’t seem real!
“Elijah....was adopted?” I asked both of them as I placed the documents down on the table. I wanted answers, I needed to know what was going on!
“Sweetie, we never tried to hide this from you or Elijah. As a mother, all we want is what’s best for our children. We-”
“Does Eli know!?” I said loudly with disgust as I ignored what my mother was trying to say. How can they both keep something that serious from Eli for 18 years!?
“Luna, calm down. There’s a reason why she wasn’t able to tell Elijah the truth from the beginning.” My mother responded with a serious tone.
“What? What could be more important than this?!” I said with annoyance as I felt myself growing impatient.
“Luna, please let me explain the reason why.” Miss Red responded as she wiped the tears from her face. I sat there completely still and gave her a faint nod as I began to listen to her carefully.
“Elijah was only 2 months old when I adopted him, the whereabouts of his parents are still unknown. All I was told was that he was found abandoned in a basket, floating down a river. I didn’t care to ask any more questions, all I wanted was to give him the love that he deserved. However, as the years went by I noticed that Elijah never cried in front of me. Not even as a baby did he cry as much as other newborns did, in fact. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Elijah smile at me the way he smiles at you when you were both children. That’s when I knew how to make my son happy, just by even saying your name in front of him. I could always see his eyes shine with excitement, something that I as a mother couldn’t do. With each passing year, the distance between my son and I grew. It was coming to the point where I would be lucky to run into him once a week in the house since he mainly spends the majority of his time here. I didn’t mind at all, because I knew that he was happy here. However, when he comes home, he doesn’t try to talk to me when I try to converse with him. Nor does he even try to look at me, and I feel like I failed as a mother trying to raise him...I tried numerous times to tell him that I wasn’t his real mother, but I don’t think he would have cared at all if I told him. An that broke my heart even more just thinking about it, I’m not sure if Eli sees me as a mother but I will always see him as my son.”
As I listened to Eli’s adopted mother explain everything, I couldn’t hold in my emotions that were desperately wanting to come out of me. My whole body was shaking with grief and my eyes were beginning to water, hearing how Eli was found made me so sad that my heart couldn’t take it. How can somebody just abandon their children without a care in the world!?
“I...I still don’t understand why you’re telling me all this?” I said with my voice beginning to crack with uneasiness.
“Because when your mother called me about Eli talking to you about wanting to know who his father is. I knew it was time to tell him, however.....I haven’t been able to see him these past 2 weeks. An when I try calling him, he never picks up, but what I do know is that he comes over here a lot to see you, Luna. That’s why I want you to be the one to tell him because I can’t do it. It will only make Eli hate me forever probably....”
“Don’t say that! I’m sure Eli does love and care about you, how can he ever hate you when you’re the one that took care of him all these years? I just think that Eli has a little trouble when it comes to showing his affection towards people. But I’ll make sure to talk to him about it, it’s just going to be a bit uncomfortable and a little emotional for me when I try to explain it to him.” I said to both of them with sorrow in my voice, I then looked down at the papers that were right in front of me and placed my hands on top of the documents.
“Thank you so much, Luna, you have no idea how much this means to me. Is Elijah already here though?”
“Huh? What do you mean if he’s here?” I said to Miss Red while giving her a confused look.
“Well, my son’s car is parked just across from your house, so I just assumed that he was already here? Elijah never tells me where he’s at or what he’s doing with his life. So I always worry about him, thank goodness for your mother and father though, they always call me to let me know that Eli is always here with you usually.”
“Of course, I think it’s about time you and Eli talk-”
As my mother and Miss Red talked, I slowly stood myself up and made my way to the windows that were next to the front door. As I peeked out through the blinds, both my eyes grew wide with disbelief. Elijah’s car was right outside! Why is it out there!? I thought he left last night?
I quickly pulled my phone out and began to dial his number again, however, the ringing in my ear never stopped until it went to voicemail. So I kept calling him over and over, hoping that he will answer, but with every call, I was making it made me grow more and more worried! He’s always answered my calls usually, so what’s going on?!
“Miss Red! Did Eli go home last night?!” I asked giving her a worried look as I approached her.
“No, I don’t think so. I came home very late last night and I didn’t see Eli’s car anywhere. I just figured he was here last night or that he was spending the night at a friend’s house? Why, what’s wrong Luna?” Miss Red said while she stood up from the couch, she then pulled out her phone and began to dial a number.
“Sweetie, what’s going on?” My mother asked me with a worried expression.
“Eli...he’s not answering any of my calls or texts. His car is right outside our house but he’s not even here...Mom! What...what if something happened to him!” I said to her with panic in my voice as I gripped the phone tightly against my chest.
“He’s not answering my calls either! He wasn’t home all day today, I thought he was over here this whole time?! Luna, please tell me when was last time you saw him?” Miss Red said loudly as she continued to dial Eli’s number.
“I..I saw him leave...last night. But I didn’t see him get into his car since I was in my room ready to go to bed. So...so I...I don’t know.” I know I shouldn’t be lying, especially right now! But the truth wouldn’t be any help either since I was asleep when he left.
“Was he acting strange or a bit unusual sweetie?” My mother asked as she began to call my fathers number.
Now that I think about it, Eli has been acting very strange this whole week. It was as if he was growing distant with everyone around him, and whenever I brought up his birthday. It was as if it was the most disgusting thing in the world for him to hear.
Everything was starting to make sense, something was troubling him this whole time. Yet he never wanted to talk to me about it, why? Did he not trust me enough?! Were we not close enough for him to open up his problems with me!?
I was starting to feel empty with worriedness. The anxiety within me was starting to overcome my whole body, not being able to hear Eli’s voice was starting to break me down emotionally! I felt weak and utterly alone as I watched Miss Red continuing to call Eli with a worried look on her face, as well as my mother who was busy talking on the phone with my dad, explaining the situation.
“I’m sorry, but I have to go! I need to know what’s going on! I’ll call you if I get a hold on him.” Miss Red said with panic in her voice as she quickly waved goodbye to my mother and me.
I watched as she closed the door behind her, I then made my way to the window again and saw that she was looking through Eli’s truck that was parked outside. Did he forget to lock his doors also!? However what happened next shocked me even more, Miss Red pulled out something underneath the passenger’s seat of his truck. Right in her hand, she was holding Eli’s phone, I felt myself choke with the air that was around me.
I felt like I was no longer breathing right as I ran towards my room!
“Luna! Please wait, don’t -”
Slamming the door behind me, I blocked out everything that was around me, I didn’t wanna hear anyone, not even my mother who was frantically knocking on my door! I just wanted to hear Eli’s voice, I wanted him to tell me that everything is okay. That he’s okay and to not worry.
“Eli...where are you?” I said to myself feeling breathless as I felt the tears leaving my eyes.