Chapter 5 - Sophie
I woke up from my peaceful slumber from the sound of my ringtone ringing.
I groaned and picked up my phone
The ringing stopped
Sophie looked at the time 4:30 pm
I had some nap
Victoria called me. She was my boss- modeling job.
The only reason I worked as a model was because I was getting payed- a lot.
I stretched and rubbed my eyes which ached
Well, I did cry a river
Keefe was here
I sighed and got up to go to the bathroom
Woah. I looked in the mirror.
I cried so much my mascara was smeared all over my cheeks
I sighed again and grabbed my makeup wipes and mixed ruined face.
I sat on my couch- I didn’t know what to do.
I finished all of my housework, did all of my extra exercise. I was now in my pjs.
I really wanted to see Havenfield.
But I wanted to see Keefe.
But then again, I couldn’t.
I know I’ll be alone forever.
I looked at the time; 6:45.
I can’t wait, I’m going to see my old home
My elvin home
I lived there for eleven years
I got up and headed to my bedroom and looked for my home- Havenfield crystal.
I looked in my closet and found my old backpack.
I threw it on my bed and emptied it out. I looked at my belongings. There were my old clothes and some other elvin stuff. The only interesting thing was my home crystal.
I sighed in relief and studied it. I looked at the familiar clear crystal; I placed on my gray sheets.
I quickly headed over to my closet and stumbled as I pulled on my black shoes over my white socks
I hoped I remembered how to light leap- I didn’t want to fade.
I grabbed my crystal and held it up to the light
I took a deep breath and slowly glittered away
* * * *
I inhaled the fresh air; so much different from the forbidden cities
I gasped as I looked up at my huge familiar home
My heart felt heavy as I entered Havenfield and saw the familiar couches and my kitchen- everything was how I remembered
I saw Edaline laughing at the kitchen and Grady smiling
There’s no way their here
“We love you, Sophie,” They overlapped reaching for me
Their last words
I felt nothing.
My heart turned into lead, and it sank slowly.
It was like a rock, dropping into the unknown sea
Descending into the deep cold bottom and watching the warm sunlight evaporating from my reach.
A sob escaped from my mouth
I reached for them but they disappeared
A tear trailed down my cheek
I wiped it away and turned to the stairs; it was the first time in 4 years I walked in these halls
I climbed up the stairs, my hand trailing the golden railings
The second floor was Grady, and Edaline’s bedroom and offices
And Jolie’s room
I peeked into their room
I entered their room; the familiar aroma filled my nostrils
My eyes were numb from holding back my tears
I ran out of their room- it was just too hard. To know that they were dead, and it was my fault.
Their daughter’s fault.
They said it isn’t your fault
They said don’t let this break you
They said we love you
I slumped against the wall, letting the tears fall. But none came. I closed my eyes and let a memory come back
"Sophie?” Elwin asked coming outside of the healing center, his eyes were glassy
I straightened and tried to stand on my own but I fell
Keefe caught me
“You okay, Foster?” Keefe asked
No, I wasn’t.
Yesterday Elwin told me my parents were dying
Fitz blamed me
I have a tribunal tomorrow; its public
Mr. Forkle was disappointed
Maybe expect Keefe, Dex, Linh, Tam, Wylie and Biana
“Okay, Sophie, Grady and Edaline want to see you,” Elwin softly said, gently patting my back as I stepped forward, Keefe steadying me with his hands on my waist
“Is it okay if I come?” Keefe asked, I looked at Elwin who nodded, eyes still glassy
I entered the healing center, and a tear slipped down as I saw Edaline and Grady
Their cots were side by side, and they were twitching
I choked back a sob as I stepped at the spot between their cots
“Sophie,” Edaline croaked and pulled her head forward, I stepped closer to their faces
They were burned, head to toe
“I’m so sorry-” I started to say looking back and forth
“Sophie, stop,” Grady interrupted, his voice debilitated. “D-don’t embrace the.... guilt”
He grunted, I bit my lip stopping the sobs from decamping
“Sophie, we love you... don’t break, don’t break.... for us. It... isn’t you f-fault. S-stay happy,” Edaline’s breathing became shallow at every breath. “Please,”
“We support every you’ll make- even if it is that- Keefe. Even if it-t is Keefe,”
Grady grunted again, his breath shallow
Edaline coughed, “We love you, Sophie,”
“We love you.... Sophie,” Grady echoed
I grabbed their hands, tears streaming down my face- I let the sadness transcend me
They’re dying because of me
I’m never forgiving myself
“I love you, mom. I love you, dad,” I managed
A sob escaped my mouth
Edaline and Grady’s face twisted into something like a smile
I tried to smile back, but the tears kept coming
They wouldn’t stop
Their hands became lifeless, they stopped breathing, and their eyes stared into nothing
I dropped their hands and covered my face.
The tears wouldn’t stop
“Sophie it’s going to be fine,” Keefe said
Keefe, was here
I turned around, falling into his embrace. I let the tears soak into his tunic. I didn’t care if his tunic would be ruined.
I felt numb.
I felt horrible
When I heard it out loud; I cried harder.
This was real
I’ll never see them again
And it’s all my fault I’ll have to live like that all of my immortal life
“I’m here,” Keefe said, holding me tight, he was gently stroking my hair
“I’m here,” I repeated, not knowing what was I saying
I sighed and got up to go to my old room. I headed up the stairs to my room.
I smiled when I saw the familiar colors, and my old Foxfire uniforms
After a while of just looking around, I opened my nightstand drawer and dug threw it; under a bunch of socks, my hand grazed something hard; it was a ball. I pulled out my old spy ball.
I gasped and sat on my bed- which was so much comfy than my old one
I rubbed it with my hand
Should I use it?
Maybe I could use it to see Keefe
Yep, doing that
“Show me, Keefe Sencen,” I told the spy ball
It showed him in front of a mirror styling his hair and his eyes looked almost- glassy?
Was he crying because of me?
I saw a tear slip down his cheek and one slipped down on mine cheek
He shouldn’t cry because of me
I saw another tear slip down his cheek
I shook my head
And another slipped down Keefe’s cheek
I couldn’t take it anymore
Keefe? I transmitted.
I saw Keefe jump in the spyball. I smiled.
I did not think this through
What should I say?
Hey, I decided
I saw Keefe smile in the spy ball, which made me smile
What was he doing to me?
Hold up, I’m coming, he thought
What! No, don’t! I transmitted in panic; I stood up, ready to leave.
Why? You’re not home?
Why did I just tell him that?
Uh, I... NO WHERE!
Ouch, a little too loud, don’t you think?
I... Sorry, I transmitted
So you’re no where?
Did I just say Havenfield?
Havenfield? Okay, wait
I served the connection
Great, now he’s coming
What should I say?
I picked up the spy ball, and Keefe’s gone
Why did I even transmit?
“Show me uh, Dex Dizznee,” I decided
He’s changed so much he looked so much taller
He was in a tux with a rose; he was in front of Everglen
Problary for Biana-
“Sophie?” I looked up and there he was, Keefe, looking as perfect as ever.
“Keefe,” I said and dropped the spy ball on my bed as Keefe walked towards me
“You’re here,” Keefe scratched the back of his neck when they were a foot away
“Yeah,” I said as an awkward silence stretched between us
“So, you’re staying now?” Keefe asked, as he looked at me with hopeful eyes, but I couldn’t
“I’m sorry, Keefe, but I can’t,” I said trying to step back, but the bed was in the way
“Sophie, look I can’t live without you, okay? I just can’t. So please? I’m basically broken without you,” Keefe said, taking my hand and stepping forward. “I love you,”
My heart fluttered, and I realized how close we were standing. I could feel his breath on my cheeks. I payed attention to his breath.
His eyes were in mine
His gaze was re-building my heart
I used my other hand to gently stroke Keefe’s face
He studied me, intrigued
I put my finger to his lips, interrupting him- silencing him. He grabbed my hand that was on his lips and placed it at his heart.
“I love you, too,” I whispered, my heart was re-built
He smiled and tucked a piece of my hair behind my ear. “I can’t stop thinking about you,”
Our eyes locked like magnets. Keefe’s eyes gazed down to my lips.
My breath hitched as Keefe slowly leaned in silently questioning with his eyes
I closed my eyes and gave him a slight nodded
Nothing happened for a few moments and I think I mistook him, but just as I was about to open my eyes, I felt Keefe’s lip against mine.
I suddenly understand why people describe kissing as melting because every square inch of my body dissolves into Keefe’s. My fingers grip Keefe’s hair, pulling him closer. I set my other arm around Keefe’s neck. While Keefe laid his arms around my waist. I can feel my veins throb, and my heart explodes.
I’ve never wanted anyone this badly
I inhale Keefe’s shaving cream, his shampoo, and that extra scent that’s just... him. The most idiosyncratic smell I could ever imagine.
After what feels like hours, we break apart.
“I’m just... woah,” Keefe says, blinking as if he was daydreaming
I laughed- the first time in four years
Keefe looked down at me, grinning. “Did you know your laugh sounds amazing,”
“Well, that is probably the best thing I’ve done in like- ever,”
Keefe rolled his eyes jokingly. “Obliviously”
“Haha very funny,” I said as I rolled my eyes
Keefe pulled me closer- so close our chest touched. He leaned in and whispered. “You know, I love you very much,”
I smiled as a faint blush appeared on my cheeks and I leaned towards his ear and whispered, “I know,”
I felt Keefe plant his lips on my cheek, he slowly lets go
And he pulls me into a hug
He had his hands on my back while I had my arms on his shoulders and my hands met at the back of his neck
We stayed like that for a few minutes
I pulled away, remembering that Keefe was engaged
“What happened?” Keefe asked, his finger pressing the crease between my eyebrows
“Y-your engaged, remember?” I said, leaning into his soft hand.
“Pfft, that?” Keefe asked as he tore his hand through his hair. “Ro, will probably threaten my dad or something,”
“Or something?” I asked, as I shook my head.
“Relax, Soph, I’ll figure out something,” Keefe said cupping my face, and I relaxed at his touched- fireworks erupted all over my face
“You sure?” I asked.
“Positive” He nodded
Keefe stared into my eyes, I feel myself lose myself through his intense gaze
He put his hand in my hair and leaned in, his eyes closed, I copied him and my lips met his. Keefe’s warm, luscious lips part mine and I feel his tongue slightly against mine. I melt into the kiss as Keefe tilts his head to deepen our perfect kiss.
We pull away, but then Keefe leans in again at the same time I pull him closer. Keefe had so much momentum he fell on top of me at the same time I fell backwards and landed on my bed.
My eyes widen as Keefe’s lips smashed against mine
When I try to pull away, Keefe rolls so that now I’m lying on top of him. I give up and kiss him back.
My hands tangled up in his hair as he has his hands on my back- keeping me from getting up
Eventually, we pull away
I’m pretty sure that I’m blushing head to toe
Keefe was for sure
I scrambled up; I offered Keefe my hand to help him up, and he judiciously took it.
“I still can’t believe Sophie’s gone,” a voice said
Keefe widened his eyes and whispered: “Dex”