Outlaws of Love

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Ch. 8 - It's Cyrus

The next morning, I woke up and took a bath, the warm water slightly easing my aching body. After getting out, I changed into another pair of clothes that Mr. Moreau gave me.

Looking into the mirror, I faintly snortled in amusement due to how big his clothes were on me.

Tip-toeing, I walked out of the room and went towards where I heard clattering noises. Mr. Moreau’s back was facing me, giving me a perfect view of the way the muscles on his upper back would flex whenever he moved his arms.

Stop staring at him again you idiot.

“What are you doing?”

“What does it look like? I’m making breakfast for us.“, he responded, smiling at the way his clothes looked on me before turning back to face the stove.

“Um...is there anything I can help with?“, I asked, my voice coming out more monotonous than I intended. But I don’t think it bothered him, because he didn’t show any reaction to it.

“Hmmm, let me think.“, he began. “I’m just kidding, I don’t need help with anything, the food’s almost done anyways. Besides that, how does your body feel right now?”

“It still hurts like shit, but I’m managing.”

“I still really think you should go to the hospital, Xia.”

“It’s okay, Mr. Moreau. I’ve been hurt more than this before and I’ve healed just fine without having to visit the doctor. I just need a few days.“, I told him, not wanting him to unnecessarily worry about me.

“Okay fine, I’ll drop this subject but in return you have to promise that you’ll tell me if anything starts feeling off.“, he commanded, making me agree.

“So what are you making, Mr. Moreau?“, I asked, my eyes filled with curiosity as I tried peering over his shoulder to have a look.

“It’s Cyrus.“, he reminded sternly. “And I’m making breakfast burritos because a certain someone currently needs a lot of food in their system, and these are really filling.”

I felt my heart warm up, clearly not used to being shown care or attention.

He finished cooking and put two plates on the table, one in front of each of our seats, and I quickly took a bite of mine because of how hungry I really was.

“Careful, you’ll choke if you rush.“, Cyrus said. “Does it taste good?”

I was too busy chewing so I just shyly nodded my head, making him smile.

Once I finished my burrito, I started drinking my water while I unlocked my phone, gasping at the amount of notifications I got. They were from mother and father, but mostly...Blaine? I wanted to know about what the asshole had to say to me, but at the same time I didn’t want to think about them right now.

“Keep your phone turned off, Xia. Only turn it on when you feel like you’re ready to answer them, or when you feel like deleting them from your contacts.“, he suggested.

“When do you want me to leave the apartment?“, I asked him, not wanting to feel like a burden.

“You can stay for as long as you want, but seeing the look on your face, I don’t think you’re comfortable with that, so I’ll help you find a place to stay.“, he answered. “Oh right, there’s a few empty apartments in this apartment complex too. I’ll get you one of them.”

“But I don’t like having people doing things for me, nor do I like being indebted to someone. It makes me feel like I’m using them.”

“You’re not using me, I’m willingly doing this for you. And who said anything about owing me money? But if it really makes you feel bad, then you can promise me something else.”

“Promise what?”

“Do your best for the rest of the school year, and work hard to become successful in the future. You can pay me back then.”

“Thank you, Cyrus.“, I muttered, my eyes focused on my lap as the room became quiet.

“When do you want to go shopping?“, he asked, breaking the silence.

“Huh? Shopping for what?”

“Well if you’re going to be living by yourself from now on, you’ll need clothes won’t you? Let’s go, I’ll bring you to the mall.”

“I don’t have any money right now, though.”

“Why would you need money? I’m paying for them.“, he said, making me sigh at the idea.

“I really don’t like the idea of spending someone else’s money.”

“Well you don’t plan on wearing the same outfit everyday, do you?”

“Mmm, I guess you’re right, but I won’t need to buy too many things as of right now because I kept a lot of my clothes in my school locker. I can just get those the day after tomorrow.”

“Why do you keep that many clothes in your locker? Don’t people keep like one or two outfits just in case of emergencies?“, Cyrus asked in confusion.

“Yeah, but I kept them in there just in case I ever felt like leaving everything behind and running away, or if it was one of those nights where I didn’t want to return home and just spent the night walking around at the park.”

“Xia, it’s not safe for a young girl like you to be spending the night outside like that! What if you ran into bad people?“, he scolded, making me laugh.

“You act like it’s safe for me to be home instead.“, I reminded. “There’s a higher risk of me getting hurt at home than there is at the park during nighttime.”

“But that would probably make your parents hurt you even more.”

“Eh, they’d still do it eventually anyways so I stopped caring.“, I admitted, looking up to meet his eyes that looked pained. “Why are you looking at me like that?”

“No, it’s nothing.“, he said before standing up. “Go get changed into your clothes from yesterday, I put them in the laundry so they aren’t dirty. We’ll go shopping now.”

He brought me to the mall and let me pick out anything, but I chose to be mindful and only pick a few important things that I’d need right away.

We were passing by the female hygiene section, where I picked out a deodorant, but Cyrus looked at me confusedly.


“Won’t you need to buy like....um, feminine products just in case?“, he asked hesitantly, not wanting to make me feel creeped out.

“It’s okay, I won’t need them. I haven’t gotten my period in the last sixth months, so I’m sure it won’t suddenly come back right now.”

“What the hell, isn’t that abnormal? Have you gone to the doctor to get that checked out?”

“No, but I will. Although I’m sure that it’s from malnutrition because I don’t really give a fuck about myself or my health.”

“Well you’ll have to start giving a fuck from now on, before it leads to something worse. Don’t let your family tear you down like this, Xia. Take care of yourself please.”

“I’ll try.“, I answered briefly, not wanting to discuss it any further.

On Sunday, I went to the Mood Lift Café for my first day of work, and afterwards, Cyrus helped me move in and get adjusted to my new apartment with the few things I currently had. Even though I felt really bad about it, he still paid the rent of the apartment for this month and the next. The apartment was actually right below the one he currently lived in, which I was somehow happy about.

That night, I decided to finally plug my phone into the charger and turn it on, immediately seeing the lock screen get spammed with texts and missed calls from the three of them.

I looked through the ones from my mother and father, laughing sadly as tears dripped down one by one from both my eyes. The texts were filled with nothing but hate and anger, them both telling me how they despise me and how much I’ll regret this in the future.

So you really aren’t going to care, even until the end, are you?

I took in a deep breath and then looked at the texts from Blaine, the words making my heart clench from both love and hatred.

B: Xia, I’m so sorry. Please let me talk to you.

B: Xia? Why aren’t you answering? Are you okay? Where’d you go?

B: Are you ever gonna come back home?

B: Please, I swear I would’ve never done any of this if I’d known about what they’ve been doing to you.

B: Sis, I’m truly so fucking sorry, at least let me talk with you for just one time?

X: Tell me whatever you have to say, tomorrow in school. I’ll wait outside a little bit before the school gates open.

I sent him the text and then clicked off of the app, not waiting for his reply. I put my phone on 'Do Not Disturb' and then laid down in bed, letting sleep slowly take over me.

The next day, I woke up and got ready for school. I wore black skinny jeans with a black turtle neck, and my Puma sneakers. I put on a cap and of course didn’t forget my face mask.

My phone rang, making Cyrus’s name pop up on the screen.

“Hello?“, I answered. “Why’d you call so early in the morning?”

“You’re going to school today, aren’t you?“, he questioned in a 'duh' tone.

“Yeah, what about it?”

“Come downstairs and get in my car, we can go together everyday from now on.”

“Nah, it’s fine. I’ll just walk. Besides, no one from school can see us getting out of the same car or else they’ll get the wrong idea.”

“Don’t worry about that. How about this, you can get off one street away from the school and then walk for the rest of the way?”

“Umm...okay fine.“, I said, caving in because quite truthfully, I knew I wouldn’t have the energy to walk to and from school every single day.

I walked downstairs and saw him waiting in his car, making me take a seat in the passenger’s side. I remained silent for most of the car ride, not wanting to converse with someone so early in the morning, but also because I was stressed about seeing Blaine in a little bit.

I was quiet, but then one of my favorite songs came along on the radio, making me hum along to the tune or quietly sing some parts. It was one of the only songs I listened to that were sad, but still managed to make me smile regardless, because it felt like it was comforting me.

Tired - By: Gavin James

I see those tears in your eyes
I feel so helpless inside
Oh love, there’s no need to hide
Just let me love you when your heart is tired

Cold hands, red eyes
Packed two bags at midnight
We’ve been there for weeks
You don’t know what could buy me
Just roll up the cigarette
And just forget about this mess

I’m waiting on the side lines
From the side lines

I see those tears in your eyes
But I feel so helpless inside
Oh love, there’s no need to hide
Just let me love you in your hardest times
If your ghost pulls you apart
And it feels like you lost who you are
My love, there’s no need to hide
Just let me love you when your heart is tired

Oh, you whisper “I’m alright”
Then I see through your white lies
And these walls don’t talk
But if they could, they’d say
“You can’t hide these secrets”
“You can’t forget about this mess”

I’m waiting on the side lines
From the side lines

I see those tears in your eyes
But I feel so helpless inside
Oh love, there’s no need to hide
Just let me love you when your heart is tired
If your ghost pulls you apart
And it feels like you lost who you are
My love, there’s no need to hide
Just let me love you when your heart is tired

I know right now you feel a bit lost
I’m gonna try hard to pick you up
But it’s a long way down
Yeah, it’s a long way down
I know right now you feel alone
And all the good things they hurt the most
But it’s a long way down
Yeah, it’s a long way down

Just let me love you when your heart is tired

If your ghost pulls you apart
And it feels like you lost who you are
My love, there’s no need to hide
Just let me love you when your heart is tired
Just let me love you when your heart is tired

“I like it when you’re like that.“, Cyrus commented once the song was over, making me turn my head and give him a questioning look.

“Like what?”

“When you’re smiling.“, he answered. “It suits you more than the scowl you always have on your face.”

“Mmm, whatever.“, I said, rolling my eyes and trying to stop myself from smiling, something I didn’t realize I was doing until he pointed it out.

Once we were one street away from the school, I reminded him and he dropped me off on the street before driving off. I peacefully walked the rest of the way and within a few minutes, I reached the front gates, where Blaine was waiting for me.

I stopped in front of him, seeing him snap his head up to look at me, his eyes red and filled with emotions I couldn’t quite decipher.

“Xia-“, he began.

“You have five minutes to say whatever it is you wanted to see me for. But if it’s about coming back home, then leave it.”

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