Chapter 28: Closure
My mother then gave me a shocking look, as if she couldn’t believe what she was hearing. I couldn’t either honestly, but this is the first step of me being strong.
“O-Okay! I’ll be sure to call the school tomorrow morning then.”
She said sounding happy, I then look at her eyes and noticed that they were beginning to water up almost. She then shifted her eyes away as she exited the room.
I guess it’s been hard on my mom too lately, I mean not only has she been dealing with my depressed behavior, but she’s also been dealing with her best friend as well. I’m sure Miss Red is taking this really hard just as I am. Even though that’s not her real son, she raised him as if he was her own.
I should probably drop by and see how she’s doing one of these days. Drinking what’s left of my tea, I prepared myself to go to bed. Luckily I took a shower in the morning today so I won’t have to wake up too early tomorrow. If there’s one thing I hate most, is having to rush and not being able to take my time.
As I covered myself with the sheets, I laid there on my bed in complete silence as I looked out my window and watched the stars light up the night sky. An for the first time since Eli has been gone, I fell asleep without tears in my eyes.
“Sweetie, are you sure you want to go to school today?” My mother asked me once again for the third time as she pulled up by the front of the school that morning.
“Yes mom, I’m sure. Besides, I can’t afford to miss any more school days.” I said to her as I threw my backpack on.
“Alright then, be sure to call me though if your starting not to feel well, okay love.” My mother then leaned in and gave me a quick peck on the cheek as she waved me goodbye.
“I will mom, don’t worry so much okay. I’ll see you later after school.”
I responded to her as I stepped out of the car waving back. I then watched her drive away from the school grounds until I could no longer see her car.
As much I hate being here at school today, I have to at least make an effort to finish high school! I then slowly took in a deep fresh breath of air and tried to calm my anxiety down.
I then turned myself around and faced the school buildings that would be my life for the next four years until graduation. As I got closer to the front gates of the school, I couldn’t help but feel like everyone was watching me.
Paying little attention to their stares, I began walking towards that hallway that would lead up to my locker. Though as I passed through the many students, I could hear them chattering to one another very quietly so I couldn’t hear...
“Hey isn’t that Eli’s girlfriend, I thought she dropped out of school?”
“I don’t know? But she looks too plain and boring to have been with someone like Eli.”
“I heard that Elijah ditched Luna and eloped with Priscilla.”
“I wouldn’t doubt it, they were a cute couple last year.”
“Did you know that supposedly Elijah was the actual murderer for those girls a few months ago?”
“Oh, That’s why he been missing! It makes sense for him to be a runaway then, he always did have this killer look in his eyes whenever he will look at you.”
“So I guess Elijah dropped out of school and moved to a different state, it must suck for Luna being dumped like that huh.
“Shh! She’ll hear you, you idiot!”
As to be expected, I knew when I came back to school. I was going to have to deal with the crazy rumors, but I didn’t expect to hear people gossip so early in the morning. I’m not sure if I could deal with this every day? As I finally approached my locker, I took out the books that I needed for that day. I just want to get to class peacefully without there being any more problems.
“Hey, you! Where the f*ck is Eli at?!”
Recognizing that voice I turn myself around quickly and saw Danny walking up towards me at full speed. His eyes were full of anger and his presence was also very scary. He then stopped right in front of me, and if looks could kill I would have probably been gone long ago by his death stare.
“I...I don’t know...”
I said quietly with my voice trembling with fear, why is he asking me, as if I know where he’s at? If anything I’m more clueless and confused than anybody!
I then felt a cold breeze fly right past me, followed by a big bang. I jumped in surprise but mainly in pure fright. Danny had punched the locker right beside me with such force, causing it to echo throughout the halls. Which only attracted more student’s attention towards us.
“Cut the f*cken bullsh*t! I know you were the last f*cken b*tch to have seen him! Now tell me what you know or I’ll f*cken-”
“Danny! Dude relax, she probably doesn’t know what really happened. You’re making a scene!” Eric quickly said as he tried to pull Danny by the shoulder.
“Are you f*cking kidding me, this c*nt is the main reason why Elijah stopped hanging out with us so much. I know she did something to him! And I’m gonna f*ck her up if she doesn’t start talking!” Danny yelled out with anger in his voice as he shoved Eric out the way.
My body was beginning to shake again, I’m afraid...I’m scared of what was going on around me, the massive crowds that were forming around us, the threats that I was receiving from Elijah’s so-called friend.
I couldn’t do anything but hold my books tightly against my chest, I could feel myself trembling with my anxiety, I was starting to lose myself again, it was becoming harder and harder to breathe almost!
“Get the f*ck away from her!”
Hearing a familiar voice coming down the hall, I turned my head towards the person coming towards me.
“Ren...” I said in a low whisper.“Leave her alone, or I’ll be the one f*cking you up, Danny!” Ren responded back to Danny’s threat as he stood right in front of him.
However, Danny didn’t even bother to say anything back as he just went for the first punch! I knew that Danny had lost his patients, and needed to take his anger out on someone. I mean he hasn’t seen or heard anything from his so-called ‘best friend’ in weeks probably. So, of course, he’s blaming me for it.
Expecting Ren to get hit, I closed my eyes instantly! A sudden flashback soon replayed in the back of my head as I remembered the fight between Ren and Eli. I don’t want Ren getting into trouble anymore because of me!
“Ren!” I yelled out his name with worry as I re-opened my eyes slowly. An what I saw completely shocked me, Ren was beating the sh*t out of Danny! It was like back then almost, except this time it was Danny who was on the ground while Ren was the one throwing the punches this time!
I looked at Ren for a moment and saw that he had the same look that Eli had when he was beating him. Ren was fighting him out of pure hate and disgust, but if he doesn’t stop now. I feel like Danny’s life will be in danger! I know I shouldn’t care for Danny’s well-being after what he said to me, but I’m just too nice for my own good I guess.
Dropping my books on the floor, I immediately wrapped my arms around Ren. I then noticed that Eric was trying to stop Ren from hitting Danny as well!
“Ren! Stop it! Please stop!”
I yelled out with anger and fear in my voice as I held him tightly. However he wasn’t stopping as he kept beating Danny’s face, I could even hear Danny’s painful cries leaving his voice.
I knew I had to get him off! Or else he really will kill him, I then quickly looked around us and saw so many students just cheering and recording with their phones! Are you serious, why isn’t anyone helping? Why haven’t they called for a teacher! Is this really how people are? Does no one care what happens in the end?!
I can’t take this anymore! So I buried my head against Ren’s back and tighten my hold on him and began to tug him off of Danny with all the strength I had. An yelled out one more time!
“REN STOP IT! YOU’LL KILL HIM! PLEASE JUST STOP...ELIJAH GET OFF OF HIM!”
Silence soon came over me, and as well as the crowd almost. I couldn’t believe what I just said, I was stunned with disbelief that I said his name out loud. However, it made Ren finally stop, though I’m not sure if he stopped because of me begging or because I called him by Eli’s name.
Ren suddenly said with seriousness in his voice. He then grabbed my arm and began pulling me down the hallway where many students were looking at both of us.
I couldn’t help but look down and just follow wherever Ren was taking us. I then looked at his knuckles that were now tainted red, they weren’t as bad as I thought they were. Then again I didn’t look to see how Danny’s face was, and I didn’t care anymore about him. I just wanted to get out of there!
Ren finally stopped walking and placed me against the wall. He then stepped back and ruffled his hair with frustration.
“Luna.....who did you call me back there?” He said in a calming voice, but his face was far from looking calm. He looked really upset, angry almost.
“I said, Ren....” I responded to him as I averted my eyes. I knew he heard me say his name, but I just didn’t want to bring it up.
“No...I heard you call me a different name.” He voiced out calmly again, though this time it sounded forced.
“Well you heard wrong, I said Ren-”
“Dammit Luna, do you think I’m f*cken deaf! Why can’t you just forget about him already!” Ren yelled at me with anger in his voice, he then ripped off Elijah’s missing posters that were on the wall and threw it on the floor.
“He’s gone Luna, he gone and he’s not coming back! You have to accept it already! It’s been two f*cken months already! No one has heard from him, no one has seen him. He’s not here anymore Luna, you have to move on with your life already!” Ren said sounding annoyed with anger as he expressed what he was feeling.
“It’s none of your business Ren! Just leave me alone, and stop getting involved with what I do in my life!” I said to him with tears in my eyes, as much as I would like to live a normal life, I feel like it’s too late for me. Elijah has taken almost everything from me, my first kiss, my first love, and my virginity. He took it all and just disappeared right in front of me!
So how can I just forget about him that easily!? When I’ve known him my whole life, how can I just pretend he never existed!
“You don’t know anything about me or Eli! You don’t understand what I’ve been through! What I have given up-
Suddenly I was pushed back against the wall and felt something soft being pressed up against my lips. An for the first time in my whole life, someone else other than Eli...was kissing me.