Gravity Is A Bitch

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6. But she is taken

External POV:

It was already December, almost a month since Alex almost kissed the woman who has lastly been all over her mind, even her sister had noticed a change in her behavior. She was much more thoughtful and paid much less attention to those around her.

“Alex ?” Asha shouted for the third time.
.
“Hmm?”

“What’s wrong with you lately, please talk to me ?”

“Nothing Asha. I’m fine, it’s just that I’m a little busier with the exams that start next week”

“No that’s it all” Asha shakes her head not at all convinced. “I know there is something else. You look ... sad, much sadder. Is it because I’m not going to be there for Christmas?” Ask her sister knowing that if there is a thing Alex hates more than Christmas it is to spend it without her.

“Yes and there is other matter” she sighs ready to confess everything to her sister realizing that she needs to tell someone about it. “It’s .. there’s this girl I really really like” she confessed out loud for the first time, lowering her head.

“Oh. So ?” Asha asks knowing there’s more.

“And I don’t know if liking someone like her is stupid. No, I know it’s stupid. But still I do like ans I don’t know what to do, I will give evrything so that these feelings disappear like they never existed. But no matter how many times I tell myself it’s just a little crush and they’ll go away as fast as a came. I feel it in my heart every time She smiles at me. But I can’t like her and it’s scaring me Asha. I’m terrified” Her voice cracked at the end of her sentence.

“Why can’t you like her?”

“I just can’t” Alex raises her exasperated voice.

“Why ?”

“Because she already have someone she love” she shouted drawing the attention of the guards. “Because she likes someone else” She ends up in a whisper. Ashaa sighed and closed her eyes for a few seconds.

“Okay, maybe she likes someone else so what?” Alex looked at her confused. “You have feelings for her sis, that’s a fact and you can’t fight them, you know it’s lost in advance, our feelings always win in the end. I will do everything so that you can be happy in life but I can’t protect you from love, it’s a fight you will have to fight on your own and I hope you will fight for the one you love even if you don’t win you will at least lie down at night knowing you have tried. I don’t know who you’re talking about or why you like them but I know you enough to know when something you really important to you” They heard the bell ring to remind them of the end of the visit.

“You don’t understand at all” They get up and hug.

“Try to get close to her and show her everything you could offer”

“Exactly I can only offer her back unhappiness and shame. She already has everything a woman her age dreams of having Asha”

“Your presence and your love is much more than all the gold in the world because you are an incredible girl” They separate and the big sister is accompanied by a guard while Alex gets out of prison, her gym bag in hand and head for her soccer training at the school, one of those moments when she doesn’t think about blonde woman.

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Elianna sits in the stands while waiting for Alex to finish her training, it was almost 5pm.

“Pass the ball” Shouted a boy in the middle of the field.

“Elianna!” The blonde turned and saw Ryan’s grandfather approaching. “Arthur? W-what are you doing here”

“I wanted to pick Alex up”

“Why, is evrything ok ?”

“Yeah, just wanted to pend some time with her” Elianna frowns even more confused. Asking her grandson to host Alex in because her sister has been imprisoned and she has nowhere else to go is one thing but spending time with her is something else. The man was really very busy, busier than she or Ryan, Almost always out the country. To say that it’s surprising that he takes a few hours of his day just to chat and hang out with someone is an understatement.

“Okay”

“And you ?” They heard the coach whistle to signal the end of the training.

“I came to pick her up too since She don’t have a ride”

“She doesn’t have a car?”

“She didn’t want one. I sent her to see a car salesman but she said she’ll manage” Elianna turns to the brunette who was chatting with a teammate while walking towards her. “She doesn’t like it when I buy her too things. She should soon have enough to pay for a car with her cashier’s salary”

“She still works there ?”

“Yes. The supermarket is not far from our apartment”

“Alex” Cassie shout running towards Alex. “I didn’t see you in class today are you okay?”

“Yes, I had something to do and I asked for permission” Alex puts an arm around her.

“No. Stop, you’re sweating and I just took a shower”

“And?”

“And you stink” Alex falsely opens her mouth looking shocked and offended.

“Ok and what do you say about that” She takes off her shirt and tries to take Cassie in her arms. When she stepped back laughing, the little brunette had her mouth joining the ground, unconsciously she runs her fingers over the tattoo on the Alex’s abdomen on which had formed four perfect tablets and the V-Line on her stomach which disappears in her boxers. “Yes, that’s what I thought” she laughs.

“It’s not fair that you’re gay” Michael, who had joined them still dressed in his goalkeeper outfit, pouts.

“Life is not fair Mike”

“Alex stop torturing my boys and put your shirt back on right away” Mr. Scalan shouted, his coach, an amused smile on his lips.

“Immediately Coach” She turns and sees Elianna and Arthur sitting in the stands.

“Hmm. Cassie I’ll send you a message later ok?”

“Okay”

“Bye” Hi them. “See you Alex”

She greeted Arthur ans the blond who wasn’t paying attention since she had her eyes glue to Alex’s abs with a small drool on the chin. Alex notices but says nothing.

“Elianna” Alex gets her out of her dream.

“Hmmm” Asks the disoriented blonde.

“Mr. Arthur asked if you wanted to join us”

“For what ?”

“Dinner”

“Oh yeah ofcourse”

“I’m going to go talk to your principal while you take your a shower Alex” The tall man gets up leaving the two young women.

“Can you put your shirt back on please?”

“Of course I can but .... that’s more fun” Alex goes back to the locker room with a sly smile on her face. Maybe she could never be with Elianna but that won’t stop her from flirting and cherishing the little time they spend together.

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“So Alex, how’s it going at school?” The only man at the table asked.

“Good. Actually” She takes a sip of her meal before continuing “I am revising for exams that are only three days away”

“Good, you have to stay focus on school. And I wanted to ask you something”

“Go ahead”

“Would you like come work in my company after graduation” Elianna who listining to them without saying anything looking up surprised and interested.

“I don’t know, I don’t think it’s a good Mr. Arthur. Certainly working in a company like yours is a chance that does not come twice, but I think as soon as of my sister gets out, we’re going to go live Somewhere else. We may be leaving the state”

“Are you going to leave after graduation?” Elianna can’t help but ask.

“Yes, I think. I haven’t told her about it yet but I know those last years she only stayed because of me, but I think it’s the best thing for both of us to do”

“Just one month internship please. At the end of your internship if you still want you could go wherever you please. Don’t answer right away, you have more than enough time to think about it, talk to your sister”

“Okay” They finish eating and leave the restaurant together.

“It was a pleasure to spend time with you girls”

“Thank you Mr. Arthur”

“Alec, call me Arthur pkease. Goodbye Elianna” Elianna kisses him on the cheek before getting into the waiting car outside the restaurant. Alex thanked the man before going up to Elianna’s side. “We’re going home John” John, her driver started the car. “So you really gonna leave the state”

“Yes, after all, nothing keeps us here, nothing worth staying” Elianna didn’t know why but these words hurt her more than she would admit.

“I understand”

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Alex POV :

“Oh my god” Police officers put someone in a body bag then in the ambulance. Elianna puts her hands over her mouth, a horrified look on her face.

“Jake ?” She challenged the vigil that had just finished with the police officers in front of the building.

“Yes Mrs. Brighton ?” He approached us.

“What happened? Who is it?”

“It’s Mr. A Smith ma’am. Someone shot him while he was taking a shower before running” By instinct I wrap an arm around Elianna and bring her closer to me.

“Smith !?” She looked very shocked, I deduce she knew the victim. Her breathing was irregular and I could see tears formed in her eyes. She turns around and wraps her arms around my shoulders.

“Hey ....” Feeling her sob, I hold her even closer against me. “I am sorry”

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It must have been 2 AM when I went out to get myself a glass of water. I could see Elianna figure from the top of the stairs. Sitting on the couch, a cup of tea in her left hand while the other supported her head with her elbow against the leather couch. I continu down the steps and go to sit down next to her.

“Alex, what are you doing up at this late?”

“I was thirsty. What about you?” She breathes in and out loudly. “Hey, are you okay?” Unconsciously, I find myself placing a few blond strands from behind her ear.

“Yes. I just couldn’t I can’t sleep”

“Did you know him well?”

“We attended the same high school. We weren’t super close like the rest of the gang but enough to be called friends, he was mostly close to Bell since he was on the same team, he also dated Octavia for a short time before her brother got involved. And he works... worked in my company as a financial analyst” I sigh really not knowing what to say. I get up to get a glass of water. “Where are you going ?” She follows me with her eyes, a look pleading look on her beautiful face as if begging me to stay.

“I’m just going to get myself a drink. I’ll be back in a minute ok?” She nods. I come back, a glass of water in my left hand, I take Elianna’s in my right hand.

“What are you doing, where are you taking me?”

“In my room”

“No, I don’t think so” She tries to get rid of my grip, but I shake her hand a little more in mine.

“Of course, it is 2 am And you need to sleep”

“Ok. But I’m going to sleep in my room”

“No, I don’t believe you” I open my door and drag her to my bed where I sit and place the glass of water on the nightstand. “Come on”

“I don’t think it’s a good idea”

“I believe the opposite” She raises her eyebrows. I sigh before answering her silent question. “You can’t sleep ’cause you’re toi shocked and can’t stop thinking about your friend which is normal and you obviously need comfort and I ... I’m cold. I could comfort you while you keep me warm . It’s a win-win” She smiled before lying down next to me, a good distance between us.

“Okay now?” She asks, turning to me.

“Not really. I mean for you warm me up, You have to be closer. Much closer” She looks at me, hesitant. “I promise to be as wise as a nun”.

“You better be” She gets closer to me always a little distance between us. I look at her with a small smile on my face. “What now ?”

“Just little more ?” I try my luck. But I have never been lucky in life. She hits me in the stomach making us both laugh. After a comfortable silence settled between us, her grey eyes that I could barely see in the dark seemed to attract mine

“Thank you”

“Why ?”

“To make me smile”

“It’s normal. I hate to see you sad” I place my hand on hers that was between our two bodies.

“I barely know him and his death affected me so much I cannot imagine losing a loved one”

“It is unimaginable” She looks at me with a regret.

“I’m sorry I didn’t mean to ...”

“Don’t worry” Another silence. Elianna wraps her fingers around mine in a gesture of comfort. “The last time I saw my father I was almost 8 years old. In fact he was supposed to come back 5 days before my birthday. We were supposed to celebrate it together after Christmas, he did everything he could to help me forget that my mother died the day I was born. I still remember the number of days ’cause I had only 5 candies left and I wanted home fast for that than for my birthday” I laugh, a few tears in the eyes.

“Candy ?”

“Yes. In fact my father worked in a private security company since he left the army. And he traveled a lot. But each time he had to travel for more than a week, we spent the day before bé had to left, making this candy from a box of condensed milk and a coconut. He counted exactly the candies he put in a box according to the number of days he had to spend on mission plus 3 extras as margin. It was his way of promising me that no matter what mission he always to came back home before I finished the box” Elianna wiped my cheeks. “But not that time. Just 6 days before my birthday, around 4 p.m., the doorbell rang while I was playing hide and seek with Zac. I ran to open it and two men dressed in black suits stood in front the door. I was only 8 years old but I understood Why″ they were gonna say as soon as I saw them” I take a big breath to try calm down. It was the first time in a very, very long time that I have told someone about my father’s death. Asha was the and only one.

“My mother died the day she gave me life and my father just 6 days before that date. So don’t be surprised when I tell you I hate my birthday and the whole month”

“What is the date?” She asks hesitantly.

“December 18. December is the cursed month in the history of my life”

“Come here” Elianna approaches me and takes me in her arms. I breathe her sweet ans addictong scent which has the affect of calming me. I was still in her arms when she cleared her throat.

“Alex ?”

“Hmm?”

“Why do I feel like you’re not fullfiling your part of the deal ?”

“What?” I asked in a sleepy voice.

“I was supposed to keep you warm while you comforted me. But I am the one doing all the work” Our laughs and a kiss on the forehead were the last things I remember before falling asleep.

I felt like I only slept a few minutes but it was already 8:00 am when I turned around in my bed trying to avoid the light that filtered through the curtains of my window. I frown when I find my bed empty, where’s Elianna ? Was it only a dream ?

Sighing, I decide to wake up and go to my bathroom to pee and do my morning routines. Out of the bathroom I dress comfortably and go into the kitchen smelling food.

Elianna was in the kitchen singing out loud, headphones on. She had a horrible voice accompanied by well-coordinated dance steps. I can’t help laughing out loud hearing her go all out on the chorus, but she couldn’t hear me

Don’t you cry
’Cause you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more
You’ll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You’ll be here in my heart, always
Why can’t they understand
The way we feel
They just don’t trust
What they can’t explain
I know we’re different but
Deep inside us
We’re not that different at all
And you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more
Don’t listen to them
’Cause what do they know
We need each other
To have, to hold They’ll see in time

She turns to me and shouts in surprise.

“Alex!? You scared me houufff” She places her free hand on her heart.

“Sorry babe. And I am hungry”

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