"Skybear! I've missed you!" My mom squealed as she pulled me into a hug. I hugged her back, thankful that she couldn't sense my trembling.
"I've missed you too, mom," I replied. My dad hugged me next before I was finally able to properly look at them.
"This is my friend, Freya," I introduced nervously. Freya smiled and shook their hands.
"Do you mind if I join you on the tour? My parents couldn't make it, and there's so much I wanted to show them," Freya asked.
"Sure sweetie! Just think of us as your parents for today," my mom replied sweetly as my dad eyed Leo.
"And who might this be?" He asked us.
"Oh, Leo is a friend of ours from Preston Hills. He's a swimmer there. I asked him to come over today because I knew my parents weren't coming," Freya lied easily.
"Nice to meet you," Leo said as he shook their hands too.
"Let's get started," Freya smiled, successfully changing the subject. We all followed Freya inside as she gave a grand tour. She avoided the classrooms with teachers as she lavishly explained the grounds.
"And what sport are you in, Freya?" My mom asked as we looked around one of the gyms.
"Oh, I'm in rhythmic gymnastics," she answered.
"So you're with Skylar during sport time as well. She always preferred fencing and I know she'll never tell me the truth, so I'll ask you. How is she doing?" My father asked.
"Skylar... she isn't the best, I'll admit. She helps a lot for the team's overall score but she hasn't placed. It actually makes perfect sense now, knowing that she prefers a different sport. But unfortunately, Stone Lake doesn't offer a fencing program," Freya answered.
"And Leo, what about your swimming? Any exciting meets happen for you yet this year?" My mom asked, trying to include him.
"I had an accident last year, so I haven't been able to participate in a swim meet yet unfortunately," Leo answered vaguely. I tried to keep the sympathetic look off of my face as I turned my head away.
"What about the classrooms? How are your grades?" My dad asked.
"Sky is normally the one helping me with the curriculum. However the classroom were closed off for deep cleaning during open house, so unfortunately we can't show you, but all classrooms pretty much look the same, right?" Freya tried to laugh it off. We went through the rest of the school with me keeping my mouth shut. After the tour, we ended up back at the front gates.
"I'm glad you're doing well here sweetie. I put some more money in your account for if you need anything. Don't forget to call us and keep us updated. We miss you," my mom said as she hugged me. I smiled lightly before hugging my dad as well. I missed them a lot, but I had a goal to complete. After they climbed in a cab and left, it was just Leo, Freya and me. I let out a sigh of relief as they're car finally disappeared. Freya chuckled as she held up a hand. I gave her a high five before my shoulders hunched. Leo wrapped an arm around my shoulders with a slight smile.
"It's done," he sighed as well.
"You two are seriously too perfect together. I officially give up," Freya joked. Leo chuckled before looking at me.
"You actually look really good in a girl's school uniform," Leo noted. I blushed as I stepped out of his touch.
"I should go change," I muttered quickly before pulling Freya with me. Leo stayed near the gates as Freya and I went back to the dorms. I quickly changed before handing the uniform back to Freya.
"How long do you think you'll get away with being a student at Preston Hills?" She asked as she took the uniform from me. Her question wasn't malicious. I could tell it was pure curiosity. I sighed and sat against her desk.
"I'm not sure. I'm going to try to stay as long as I can. I want to learn as much as I can from Coach Race, but still... I know I'm walking a thin line. If I keep passing out like I have been, I'll be discovered one day," I admitted honestly. Freya nodded thoughtfully.
"By the way, did you really do gymnastics?" She asked. I chuckled as I stood and made my way to the door. We walked out of the dorm and made our way back to the gates as we talked. Freya was surprisingly cool.
"Ready?" Leo asked as he held his hand out for me. I nodded with a small smile as I took his hand in mine. We said our goodbyes to Freya before grabbing a cab and heading back to Preston Hills.
"That was too close," Leo said as we walked back to the dorms. I nodded in agreement.
"My parents normally aren't the type to drop in unannounced. I was shocked myself," I explained. I sighed and unwrapped my chest when we got back to our room.
"I'm exhausted," I said as I plopped down on the couch. Leo chuckled before picking me up and laying me on the bed.
"Still... you did pretty well for someone who doesn't know how to lie," he poked fun at me. I smiled as he sat next to me.
"Freya did all of the work," I reminded him. He laid down next to me before wrapping his arms around me and pulling me into his chest. He pet my head gently before relaxing.
"You did well," he complimented me. We were quiet for a while as we just laid there. "I think I'm ready to try competing again. I'm doing better with the starting gun," he said.
"I'm proud of you," I said as I sat up slightly. He smiled and brought a hand to the back of my neck before pulling me into a kiss. I chuckled before pulling away and petting his hair gently.
"You did well," I repeated his words.