Chapter 29: Unexpected
I stood there in a complete daze as I felt Ren’s lips touching mine. My eyes soon began to water and my arms soon started to shake, I tried to push Ren off of me but he held me in place against the concrete wall.
His hold on me was very firm as I tried to struggle away from him, but I knew he wasn’t planning on letting me go anytime soon. I then suddenly gasped underneath my breath as I felt his tongue wanting to enter my mouth!
Why is Ren acting this way!? Why is he being so forceful and doing this to me!?
“Tch” I then heard Ren make a painful clicking noise with his tongue as he finally let me go. He then started to take a few steps back while still looking at me as he wiped the blood from his bitten lower lip.
“Luna....” He said looking at me with regret in his low voice.
Covering my mouth quickly with my trembling hand, I couldn’t believe what he just did! The pool of tears in my eyes soon began to overflow with anger and sadness, these lips were for only Eli to touch, and no one else!
“Luna...I’m..I’m so sorry I didn’t mean to-”
Without letting Ren explain himself, I quickly dashed my way down the hall feeling like utter sh*t! I didn’t want to hear what Ren had to say for what he did or even look at him for that matter.
As I hastily made my way through the crowded halls, I could hear Ren calling out my name from behind. I continued to ignore him as I tried to stop myself from crying anymore, however seeing these missing posters of Elijah everywhere wasn’t helping, especially when his poster is right next to Priscilla’s missing poster as well. It only makes me believe in those stupid rumors, even more, I know I shouldn’t but what else am I suppose to believe at this point!?
“Luna! Please wait.” Ren said loudly with worriedness in his voice as he swiftly grabbed my wrist.
“No! don’t touch me. An don’t ever talk to me again you f*cken assho*e.” I said to him angrily as I pulled my arm away from him.
I didn’t want to make another scene again at school, but I’m so hurt and full of anger that I didn’t know how else to suppress my feelings.
“I’m sorry, okay.....I just hate seeing you like this, and I just wanna help-”
“Help!? Is this your way of helping me?! Getting into fights and taking advantage of me while I’m struggling with my emotions? If you really wanna help.....then stay away from me.” I responded with my voice trembling in anger.
Ren then looked at me with pain in his eyes as he stood there at a loss. He then looked away for a brief moment and stared at Eli’s poster, he then clenched his jaw tightly and turned himself around and began walking away from me.
I then brought my fingers up close to my lips as I continued to watch him leave. I then started to rub them lightly with my small fingers, I know I shouldn’t be thinking this right now, but...Ren’s lips were very soft and his mouth tasted like honey almost, with a hint of mint.
I let out a deep sigh and then looked at the poster that Ren was looking at earlier. It’s been so long that I’ve seen Elijah’s face honestly....and now that I think about it, we never took a picture together as a couple.
There were a lot of things we didn’t do as a couple, as a matter of fact, all Eli wanted to do was do perverted things with me. Not that I minded, but he never mentioned or brought up taking me out on a date or spending Christmas Eve together with me this year. He never even brought up how he would like to spend his future with me......did he even wanted me to be a part of his future?
The more I thought about how our relationship was, the more I felt like I was just being used for his satisfaction. My thoughts were then suddenly interrupted as I felt one of my fingers tingle a bit. I immediately stared down at my hand and noticed it was my ring finger that was tingling.
That’s right, Eli gave me this ring as a symbol of his love. There’s no way in hell Eli used me, I have to stop letting these ridiculous rumors get to me. I then closed my eyes and shook my head slightly. I have to think positive.... even when I feel like I’m in the lowest point in my life right now.
“Everything...is gonna be okay...” I said to my self quietly.
“You sure about that?” Opening my eyes wide, I turned myself around to see Alexa staring at me with an upset look.
She had every right to be mad at me after I avoided her for weeks. I’m just glad she’s at least talking to me, even if she is looking at me so angrily.
Did she possibly hear Ren and I talking earlier? I hope not, I don’t wanna talk about what happened.
“Alexa...I...I’m so sorry-” She suddenly wrapped her arms around me and pulled me in for a tight hug. The tears that were once dried up, were now replaced with a new set of tears. Though this time I wasn’t crying out of sorrow or pain, but solely out of happiness.
I’m so relieved and happy that Alexa doesn’t hate me after what happened yesterday. I just hope she forgives me with how I’ve been acting.
“You’re such an idiot Luna! Am I not your best friend?” Alexa voiced out with frustration as she pulled away from our bear hug. She then handed me the books that I dropped on the floor a while ago. I guess Alexa was there when the fight was going on, at least she didn’t get involved. I wouldn’t have wanted her to get hurt or something.
“Of course you’re my best friend! It’s just been so hard to talk to anyone since.....” I paused for a moment as I tried to say his name, but for some reason, I just couldn’t. I guess the reason behind it was that I probably won’t stop sobbing all day.
“...Since Elijah...disappeared. Look I know you’ve been going through a lot lately, but you don’t have to go through it alone, Luna. You have me, Ren and your family to help you get through this.” Alexa said as she gently held my hand.
“I know. Your right....I’m just glad you don’t hate me...”
“What? Why would I ever hate you?” She asked curiously as we began to walk towards our class.
“I just figured with how I’ve been treating you, you wouldn’t want to have anything to do with me anymore...” Just as I finished saying that, Alexa stopped walking for a moment and faced my direction. She then gave me a playful smirk and pinched my cheek with her fingers.
“Ow! What are you doing?” I said to her as I playfully smacked her hand away.
“That’s what you get for ignoring your best friend!” She responded with a giggle as she continued to walk to our classroom.
Rubbing my cheek gently, I could already tell it was turning red a little. An that’s okay, I rather have swollen red cheeks forever than not have my best friend with me.
As I walked into my classroom, I couldn’t help but notice that everyone’s eyes were now on me. I mean I know I’ve been gone for a while, but did everyone know about me and Eli?
“Luna over here!” Alexa shouted my name from across the room as she pointed to a desk that was right next to hers.
Trying to ignore the many eyes that were looking at me, I casually made my way to the desk. However, I couldn’t help but overhear some of the students talking about a party that was happening tonight.
“Umm...Alexa, is there gonna be another party happening?” I asked her as I sat myself down.
“Oh! Yeah, there is, Luke is going to be throwing another party again, apparently it’s for the football season starting I think. It’s gonna be no different from the party we went to last time, nothing but alcohol, loud music, and drunk idiots.” Alexa explained while looking through her phone.
Party, I don’t even wanna think about parties right now. Nothing but unpleasant and bitter memories. I don’t understand what people get out of getting drunk? You just become a sloppy mess.
“Hey, why don’t you come and sleepover my house tonight. That way you don’t have to stay in that messy cave of yours.” Alexa voiced out as she began to laugh a little.
“Okay, first of all, that messy cave is my room. An second of all, it’s messy because I haven’t been really in the mood to do anything lately.” I responded with a pout as I opened my textbook in front of me.
“I’m just joking, but in all seriousness. You should come to spend the night, and since it’s late start tomorrow for school. We could sleep in a little, so we could watch some movies tonight and just catch up on some things! What do you think?” She said looking at me excitingly as she tugged on my long sleeve shirt.
“I don’t know.....I mean it has been a while since I’ve slept over your place. But won’t your parents mind though? I haven’t seen or talk to them in the longest.” I asked her as we both heard the school bell ring, signifying that class is now starting.
“Of course they won’t mind, they love you, Luna. Probably more than they love me.” She responded with a playful look.
We both then laughed to one another, and then stopped once we noticed our homeroom teacher walking into the classroom. It was nice to finally be out of the house, my classwork and studies should be a good distraction from the anxiety I’ve been going through lately.
The whole atmosphere of the school still stayed the same throughout the day though. People still spreading ridiculous rumors, while others just gave me dirty looks. Is this going to be my everyday routine when I come to school now? If so, I rather just transfer to another school or something. Better yet, maybe I should just be homeschooled...
I’m just relieved that all my classes went by quickly today, and I’m even more relieved that I haven’t run into Danny or Ren yet.
Alexa and I soon walked to the back of the school. To say our goodbyes as we made it to the parking lot.
“Okay well I’ll text you later then, and you better respond this time!” Alexa said as she poked my forehead playfully, I then gave her a slight nod and a hug goodbye as she began walking towards her mother’s car that was parked in the parking lot.
I can’t believe she got her driver’s license already! I wish I could’ve been there to support her while she was taking the driving test, but it is my fault that I was ignoring her. She then waved me goodbye as she drove off, I wish she could have given me a ride. However, she did mention during the lunch break that she was still a bit scared of driving.
So I didn’t wanna add more fear to her, with having her to drive even more. I want her to get used to it a little, also gas isn’t cheap. An with her living on the other side of town, that’s a lot of driving she would have to do.
I then stood there and felt the cool winds sends chills throughout my entire body, I was waiting for one of my parents to pick me up from school. When my eyes suddenly looked at an empty parking space across the lot. Elijah would always park there.....
“Waiting for mommy to pick you up?” Coming back from my senses, I almost choked on my own breath when I recognized who’s voice that was. I felt my body grow stiff with fright as I slowly looked at the person standing right next to me.
It was Danny, he was looking at me with those bloodshot red eyes of his. His upper lip was busted a bit and his cheekbone was swollen purple. Did Ren really do this to him?
And yet despite how Danny looked, his face was calm. Almost like he didn’t have a care in the world in how he looked.
I tried ignoring him, as I continued to wait for my parents to pick me up. I hope one of them gets here soon! I held on to both of my books tightly against my chest as I stood there feeling completely uncomfortable.
“So you’re just gonna ignore me huh.....You probably already heard there’s a party tonight at Luke’s house. It starts at 10, anyone can go. Meaning that someone might show up......that person being someone whose name starts with the letter ‘E’.....”
Listening to what Danny just said, I immediately looked at him again with a surprised look on my face. He had this wicked look in his eyes as he gave me a bitter smile.
“Now I caught your attention, and why wouldn’t? After all, Elijah was a party animal when we both started high school.” He said with a laughing smirk.
“You think I’ma believe anything you have to say?” I responded with a bit of attitude. Does he really think that Elijah is just gonna show up to a party after he’s been gone for so long.....a part of me kinda hoped that he would? Yet I know deep down that it’s foolish to think such a thing.
“Think about what you want, but you’ll be surprised what could happen. Also, you might find a reason why he’s gone, a majority of people that go to Luke’s parties know a thing or two about Eli. You might even find something you probably don’t even know about him.” He continued to speak as he inched himself closer to me.
I could feel my palms sweating with uneasiness. I tried to back away from him slowly, yet what he said did catch my attention. I’m sure Eli had many people he knew when he went to these parties in the past, even if there’s a slim chance of getting a small clue about his disappearance.
I’ll take whatever I can get, but I don’t know if going alone will be a good idea...
“Well if you change your mind, just give me a call tonight. We’ll go together,” Danny said as he handed me a piece of paper.
As I hesitantly took the paper from him, I felt someone’s hand behind my shoulder. This person then suddenly pulled me behind his back as he held my wrist, I then tightly held on to the piece of paper I was holding and looked up to see it was Ren who was separating me and Danny apart.
It’s almost like Ren knows when to come in the exact moment when things get so complicated in my life.