Tenacious Sky

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Chapter 20

"I'm just saying, Sky doesn't have to rely on you alone," Easton said at breakfast the next day. Leo sighed as he set his fork down.

"You're talking way too much for something that isn't supposed to be talked about. And like I said before... I like it that way. I've been handling everything fine on my own," Leo answered. I could see he was clearly annoyed. Easton knowing about me irritated him to no end. They had been talking about me like I wasn't right next to them the whole time. It was starting to irritate me too.

"Can we talk about something else?" I pleaded. Easton smirked as his attention went to me.

"So you two are a thing now?" Easton asked. I blushed as I looked at my food. I should've just let them talk.

"I don't know," I said at the same time Leo said yes. I looked at his serious face as we got locked in a staring competition.

"After all that talk yesterday, you two still haven't figured it out?" Easton asked.

"It's complicated... we're not in a position to date freely," I tried to explain.

"Why not?" Leo challenged me.

"I didn't come here to date. I came here to fence," I said simply. "Now stop. Try talking about something that appropriate for public, or I'm going to stop talking to you altogether," I threatened. He sighed before he smirked and ruffled my hair.

"You're cute when you're annoyed," Easton smiled. Leo hissed in a breath before he clicked his tongue at Easton. Easton just stuck his tongue out at Leo before he went back to eating.

"Anyway, we need to have a meeting in our room tonight to come up with a game plan and rules. No offense, Easton, but I don't trust you," Leo smirked at him. Easton only smiled back.

"I'm not surprised," Easton replied. I sighed and pushed my plate away. I grabbed my bag and stood.

"I lost my appetite. I'm going to class," I muttered before walking away. It wasn't long before both boys were following behind me. Easton said his goodbyes before he left for his classroom. Leo sighed and plopped into his seat when we reached the classroom. I watched as he closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose. I could tell he was at his wit's end with Easton, but there was nothing I could do at the moment. I placed my hand on his arm and gave it a light squeeze. For now, we would just have to wait. I moved my hand off of his arm as he looked at me. I could see that he was getting stressed out. Easton being closer to me was causing him problems too.

"Our meet is out of town this weekend. I'm not sure if they'll let you off campus, so I'm saying this in case you're not there. I'll try to be extra careful," I said, trying to change the subject.

"You'll be traveling with your team, rooming with them, changing with them... you'll basically be with them 24/7. I'll figure out a way to come along," he said quietly. Jason came into the classroom and we started our lessons. After class, we had general gym, but because of our upcoming meet, the first team fencers were excused for extra practice. I tried to focus on getting faster and smarter.

"Great job today," Sawyer said to me after our practice ended. I sighed as I took off my helmet.

"How do the away meets normally work?" I asked him out of curiosity. He thought for a moment as he unstrapped his gloves.

"For this one, we'll ride in a bus to the city. We normally stay in hotels and room up together. The bus takes us to the venue once for practice then for the actual meet. Afterwards, there's normally some kind of team dinner, then we come back," he answered.

"Has anyone from the school ever tagged along?" I asked as I undid my own gloves. Sawyer hummed thoughtfully.

"It's possible. Some students have come along to support other sports. It really depends on when the meets are held. Obviously, no one is allowed to miss school for it unless it's an important meet. Other than that, if there's room on the bus and they don't have their own practice, other people can come. Why? Is Leo coming?" Sawyer replied knowingly. I felt my cheeks grow hot as I put my gear on the rack.

"He is my personal manager," I lied. Sawyer chuckled as he set his own gear on the rack.

"Honestly, I never thought I'd see the day where Leo was close to someone again. We were actually friends before his accident. Afterwards, he shut everyone out. I'm glad to see that you two are friends. Maybe things will start going back to normal for him," Sawyer admitted. Sawyer and Leo used to be friends? I could see it as a possibility. Sawyer was a nice guy. He was very laidback and easy to get along with. Sawyer pat my shoulder gently before heading to the locker room. I was deep in thought when I felt a hand on my shoulder.

"Your practice ended?" Leo's voice pulled me out of my thoughts. I looked at him before I nodded and followed him to the locker rooms. I couldn't shower because Sawyer was in there, so I just grabbed my things and headed to my room with Leo. After a long shower, I left my chest unwrapped. The wrap was putting more and more pressure on my chest. I tried to leave it unwrapped if I could these days.

"Sawyer said that if there's room on the bus, you can come along," I said to Leo as I came out of the bathroom. Leo was sitting on the couch with a book in his hand. He glanced as me before setting his book aside.

"I know," he replied as I sat next to him. "I've gone to a few meets before. I'll ask for a weekend pass and tag along. Then I'll get a separate hotel room like we did last time. It'll be safer that way. Plus, I've noticed that you try to keep the binding off if you can help it lately. Is it giving you problems?" He asked. Leo was very observant. I didn't think he would've noticed. I nodded quietly.

"It's not a big deal, I've just been trying to keep the pressure off of my chest," I tried to brush it off. Leo looked like he didn't believe me.

"We should go to bed soon," Leo changed the subject anyway. Thankfully, he dropped it for now.
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