“Ashley… you need to calm down.” John raised his hands in the air in surrender. “I know you’re hurting, I can’t say I understand your pain. I’m getting everything I’ve wanted, and to be completely truthful, I really didn’t care who it hurt in the process.” The tree branches swung, creaking with every twist. If they could reach they would hit him for me. “But this is something we can work over. You’ve addressed the things that happened. I’m listening.”
“Listening doesn’t put my family back together. Listening doesn’t stop me from breaking down at night because I miss the people who used to say they loved me no matter what. Listening doesn’t stop the fact that the people who said they would never leave me threw me away like trash. We can talk all you want, but talk means nothing when your actions don’t back you up. You think I haven’t tried to see it from your point of view? I have, and that’s what makes it worse. Cause we’re going to go back and I’m going to be the one seen as the bad guy. The crazy girl who threatened her mom’s future husband.” I shook my head holding back the tears that wanted to fall down my face. “Your game of house is a joke. But you won’t have to worry about me anymore.”
“What does that mean?”
I looked up to the sky, the rain hitting my face, crying for me.
“Ashley, what does that mean?” John asked again, taking a step closer but a strong gust of wind pushed him back.
“It doesn’t matter,” I said, looking back at John I took a step closer to him, the wind pushing him back farther with every step. “Just promise you’ll make her happy. Keep her safe, don’t let her get dragged into your supernatural mess. My dad did that for her. And if she is swept in, let her go.”
“Ash you’re freaking me out. What are you going to do. You have to think about the pack, you’re our future luna, if you die you’ll throw off the balance.”
“I don’t owe you, the pack, or anyone anything. That’s the beautiful part about it. And I never said I was going to kill myself. As much as I would like to see my sister, I don’t think she would be happy. I would hate to cause the same pain to my family that they did to me. I’m leaving in two days. Please get a hold of Liam for me. I’ll say my goodbye now, get it out of the way.” Stepping closer again, John tripped backwards, falling on his ass. “And promise me.” I said leaning forward, gazing down at him.
“Promise you?” John asked, looking up at me with fear in his eyes.
“That my mother will be safe.”
“Good.” Turning away from him, the rain cleared and the sun started to peak out from clouds. The wind had calmed and the trees lightly swayed with my step as I made my way to the car. Opening the door and climbing in I started driving my way out of the woods. I pulled out my phone and dial a number I haven’t in a while. Dad alway said as a last resort, I could always call them.
“Hello?” They asked, there was ruffling around on the other end, I might have called at the wrong time. Then again they were always doing something.
“Hi, Aunty,” I mumbled. Pulling up to the driveway I parked the car but stayed inside for a little while longer.
“Ash, are you alright?” The woman asked, franticing and I could hear more rufflingly. “Whatever it is I’m on my way.”
“Can I come live with you?” I asked straight out and there was a pause.
“Of course!!! I can finally teach you how to be a proper witch!!! Your father and his teaching is the worst. Most of all he only dipped your toes into the pool of knowledge he could have taught you! I will be right there, I’m getting into my car now. Just text me the address and I can come get you from that mother of yours.” I heard the slamming of a car door and the engine of her old dodge start up.
“Thank you.” Bringing my hand to my face quickly I wiped away the tears that started to fall as soon as she answered the phone.
“We can talk more about this when I get there, It’ll be about a day and a half. But I’ll get there as quickly as possible, okay?”
“Okay, I love you hun, I’ll see you in a little bit.” Was the last thing she said before hanging up the phone.
“You are not going to be staying with that… woman,” my mom’s lips puckered as if she had tasted something awful. “John told me what happened, we can discuss these things together as a family.”
“Fun how you’re singing a different toon now that you know John knows that you know about the supernatural world. Wasn’t it just 6 hours ago, not even that you were scared of him and waited in the kitchen for me for 8 hours straight cause you didn’t want to leave where the knives were and didn’t feel safe without me here. If that’s the reason you don’t want me to leave then maybe you should reevaluate your guys relationship instead of using me as a buffer. I am a child. I am 16 years old. You should not be using me as a source of protection from your own relationship.”
“Well now that he knows.”
“Him knowing shouldn’t change anything. Hell this entire situation is ridiculous. I’m doing this for me. I already informed dad, he said there would be no point for lawyers to get involved unless you try to fight it. And I am asking you, as your daughter, please. Let me leave without a fight. Cause either way I’m leaving, it’s just whether I ever come back that’s up to you.” I was trying to keep a neutral expression, but the excessive crying from my mom in front of me was making it hard. I wasn’t sad, I knew this would be better for me. Not only for my mental health but for my future in the supernatural world. I wasn’t going to just leave Liam and never come back. If anything I was useless to him now. When I come back, we both won’t be kids anymore. Our relationship can actually grow into something healthy.
“Okay.” My mom lowered her head.
“Okay?” I asked. “Oof.” The air was knocked out of my lungs when she wrapped her arms around me.
“I love you.”
“I love you too.”
There were footsteps running throughout the house that came to a stop at the entrance to my room. Their eyes shot to my bed that had my suitcase on it. Looking back to me with disbelief in their eyes, “is it true?”
“I’ll let you two talk,” my mom said walking out of the room.
Liam walked in and closed the door. “Did I do something? Are you rejecting me? What can I do?” He asked, placing his hands on my arms.
“I’m not rejecting you,” I said, raising my hand to rest against his face. He sighed and leaned more against it. “I’m going to go live with my Aunt.”
“You can live with me.”
“You know I can’t do that.”
“Is it John? I’ll fix it.”
“Liam,” I paused making him look me in the eyes. “I just need to get away. I’ll come back for you. I’ll stay with you. I just need this for now so I can be with you forever. Is that alright with you?”
“I already said I wouldn’t do what my dad did to my mom. If you need to leave for a while, I’ll respect your decision. I’ll give you my number, when you’re back. Call me. Or find me. I’m not going anywhere.” Placing a kiss on my lips, there was a shiver that traveled down my spine. “When will you be leaving?”
“Can I stay with you until then?”