Tenacious Sky

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Chapter 9

The week passed faster than I thought it would. With Leo looking out for me, I barely lifted a finger. I had to watch the others be coached during fencing practice and did what conditioning I could to stay in shape. After a few days, everyone got used to seeing Leo and me around each other. Leo has a panic attack every time the starter gun came out. When it did, we'd either retreat to the locker room or head to our room. I'd gotten used to the feeling of hugging him and wiping his tears.

It was time for the weekend outing with the guys. The plan was to stay at a hotel downtown for the weekend as we played around. I knew it would be a risk being around the other guys all the time, but I felt better knowing that Leo was coming too. I packed a small duffel bag before checking my ankle. It felt good as new.

"You remembered everything?" Leo asked as he slung his bag on his shoulder. I nodded. He made a move to grab my bag but I stopped him.

"I'm all better now. You don't have to keep carrying my things," I said quickly. He sighed with a tired look on his face before he took my bag from me anyway.

"I've gotten used to it. Let's go," he said, walking out the door. I followed after him to meet the others at the main gate. On the other side of the gate was a Volkswagen bus. Easton smiled when he saw me.

"Hey you made it. Leo? You're really coming too?" Easton asked amused.

"I go where my kid goes. You haven't noticed?" Leo answered sarcastically as he set our bags in the trunk. The others greeted us as we waited for one more person. So far, there were five of us. Easton, Leo, Sawyer, Nathan, Cody, and myself. Leo got in the van and sat quietly in the very back. I sighed before turning my attention back to Easton.

"Who are we waiting on?" I asked.

"Oh, my buddy Ryker. He decided to tag along at the last minute,"Easton explained happily. My cheeriness disappeared.

"Ryker is going?" I asked again. He nodded before noticing my expression.

"What, you know Ryker? Doesn't look like you get along judging by your expression," Easton said.

"He's the one who did that to my ankle," I admitted. Easton apologized before I got in the van and sat next to Leo in the very back.

"Ryker's coming," I sighed. Leo tensed before letting out a breath. He didn't say anything else on the matter. After everyone was accounted for, everyone got in the van and we took off. At the hotel, Easton picked up two room keys from the front desk.

"We can split the rooms three and three," Easton said. Leo walked up to the desk before coming back with another room key. He handed me the spare.

"You guys can figure out your own sleeping situation. My kid and I are rooming alone. I don't like sharing," Leo said monotonously.

"Okay," Easton dragged out. "Let's set our things in our rooms and meet back here in ten minutes," Easton said. We went up to our room with Leo carrying our bags.

"Whoa," I breathed as I admired the room. It was brightly lit and clean. It looked high class. The set up itself was fairly simple: bathroom, closet, tv, desk, and queen sized bed.

"There's only one bed," I noted. Leo sighed and rubbed the back of his neck nervously.

"Yeah, sorry about that. They only had this type of room available," he apologized. I moved my bag to the closet before sighing.

"We can figure it out later. For now, let's go play," I said, shaking it off. I grabbed Leo's wrist and pulled him out of the room. When we made it back to the lobby, everyone was already waiting for us.

"Let's go," Easton said happily. We went to eat lunch first. The restaurant was fairly nice.

"I've been meaning to ask, why do you call Sky your kid?" Nathan asked Leo as we ate. Leo finished chewing his food before glancing at him.

"Because he is my kid. I'm responsible for him," Leo answered. In some ways, that was actually true. Leo has completely taken over being responsible for me. It made sense. We talked animatedly throughout our meal. Well, everyone except Leo. He sat eating his food quietly. Only ever moving otherwise to wipe something from my mouth due to my clumsiness. After lunch we went to the mall.

"Easton!" Someone yelled from the center of the mall. It came from a group of girls. Easton smiled knowingly.

"I invited some of the girls from Stone Lake Academy," Easton explained. We went around introducing ourselves to them and vice versa. For the most part, they seemed like nice girls.

"Wait, aren't you Leo the swimmer?" One of the girls asked. Leo looked like he couldn't be bothered as he sighed with his hands in his pockets.

"He doesn't talk much, but yeah that's him," Ryker slid into the conversation.

"I'm Freya," she smiled at Leo. Leo didn't even budge. I nudged him with my elbow before giving him a look. Even if he was like this, he shouldn't be this way to girls too.

"Hi," he said simply before facing me.

"Let's go look around," he said before dragging me off by my wrist.

"Don't worry about him. He only cares about his kid," I heard Ryker say as we left. When we were far enough away, I pulled my wrist out of his grasp.

"What was that? She was totally into you," I asked as he turned to look at me.

"I'm not interested in girls like her," he answered tiredly.

"You don't even know her," I reminded him. He smirked before we continued walking at a leisurely pace.

"I know her type. Overly peppy perfectionist who is just interested in the fact that I swim and win medals sometimes," he said.

"You couldn't possibly know that for sure," I countered.

"It's blindingly obvious to me. I'm fairly good at reading people. I can read you like a worn out book," he chuckled.

"Hey!" I protested. He smiled before slinging an arm around my shoulders.

"Come on," he said, changing the subject.
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