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Chapter 3: Promise you'll come back

JORDAN


After breakfast, Grant and I dropped Eve off at school. I'd taken the day off from work so I could visit mum and my boss, Mrs. Grace was more than understanding. She'd insisted I take the next day off too if I needed more time but I'd assured her that one day was enough.

The ride back was quiet as neither Grant nor I said a word but there was wasn't awkwardness or weirdness in the silence, rather there was comfort and even though my head was turned towards the window, I could feel Grant occasionally glance my way as he tried to keep his gaze on the road in front of him.

It was always this way with him.

Comfortable, safe.

Grant Kennedy was home.

Sure, over the years there'd been almost moments with him. Exchanged glances and brushing hands, but it was Grant. And somehow, he always found a way to let me know that he was still my Grant. Still my best friend.

I was so lost in thoughts, I didn't notice one of his hands leave the steering wheel until I felt a slight poke on my temple. I jerked, startled and when I turned to face him, he was grinning from ear to ear.

"What are you thinking about?" He glanced at me for a second and then returned his gaze to the road.

"How badly you need to diet." I lied. "If you keep growing at this rate, you'll be a Goliath in the next few years."

"Haha." He smirked. "Very funny Light."

"Wasn't supposed to be a joke Kennedy." I countered as the car went down a familiar path, rows of trees suddenly coming into view. Grant said nothing for a few seconds, his eyebrows furrowed together in concentration as he tried to think of a comeback but after a few seconds, his lips broke into a smile and he shook his head.

"Only because its your birthday." He clicked his tongue and I rolled my eyes, returning my gaze to the window.

"Whatever makes you sleep at night." I told him and immediately,he placed a hand over his chest feigning hurt.

"You're so mean." He said, returning his hands to the steering.

"Only for you,Kennedy." I was trying hard to fight the grin making its way to my face but it seemed almost impossible.

"Only for me." He whispered with a smirk and the silence was back. I shut my eyes, taking in feeling of the wind in my hair and the scent of fresh green leaves that surrounded us.

"Nothing ever changes." I muttered, breaking the silence. He said nothing but I knew that he was listening.

"What if it really is me,Grant?" I asked after a while. "What if I'm the problem? What if every bad thing that happened happened because mum got pregnant? What if I was never supposed to happen? What if--"

The car came to a screeching halt almost immediately. It was so sudden that I was pretty sure if I didn't have my seatbelt on, there'd surely be some collateral brain damage. My eyes flew open and I immediately shot daggers at Grant, my nostrils flaring in a not so attractive manner but he let out a very loud chuckle and in a few seconds,he was laughing out loud.

I scowled, wondering whether I'd somehow cracked a joke I wasn't aware of.

"What the hell was that,Grant?!" I bellowed.

Yes,I bellowed.

"That was me getting you to shut up." He said as a matter-of-factly, opening his door. He climbed out and then tapped the bunker.

"We're here." He announced.

I realized then that I'd been too occupied with my anger that I didn't notice we had arrived at our destination. I pulled the door open and then stormed out. But when I did, I stopped dead in my tracks,my mouth hanging open in surprise.

I was wrong.

Everything had changed.

Grant and I found this place when we were fourteen. Grant found it if I was being straightforward, but it'd been our special place since then.

It was a little clearing in the woods completely adorned with fallen leaves from the towering trees nearby. A huge rock lay somewhat in the middle of the clearing and if you listened carefully,you could hear the pronounced running of the waterfall nearby.

But now,tiny little flowers surrounded the rock. There were flowers of different colors and patterns,I didn't know which was which as I wasn't exactly the flowers type of girl but I appreciated beauty when I saw it and the sight was simply amazing.

Months ago, I'd complained about the spot having too much of the color green and brown from the trees and dried leaves. It was really sweet that he'd done this for me.

I didn't know how long it'd taken him to put this together. Or when he had the time to look after the flowers since he was with me almost everyday.

"Grant-" I started.

"I told you I was about to make your wishes come true." His said lowly. "I wanted everything to be special." He continued. "I wanted to give you the best birthday present,Light. I wanted to give you something worth holding on to." He continued. I turned around quickly to meet his beautiful emerald eyes staring intently at me and I took a step back.

"I know how badly you want to know the truth. And I wanted to bring the truth to you." He reached for my hand. "But Light, you have to promise me that you'll come back." He continued. I starred at him and my heart broke at just how vulnerable he looked.

I didn't know what he was talking about but Grant almost never showed this side of him. I didn't want to see him like this. I didn't like seeing him this way.

"Grant-" I started.

"Promise me,Jordan. No matter what happens, no matter what you hear,Light,you have to come back." He pressed further.

"Grant, what is going on?" I raised an eyebrow,concern pushing away every other emotion I was feeling earlier. "You're scaring me." I added.

He was quiet for a few seconds,muttering to himself. I sighed.

"I promise." I said slowly. "Whatever it is,I promise I'll come back. Now,tell me." I told him. He looked at me for a while, his eyes searching mine before he spoke.

"I found her." He said so quietly, I almost didn't hear him. I raised an eyebrow. "The woman from your picture,Light. I found her. And she wants to meet you."


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