Tenacious Sky

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Chapter 31

I watched anxiously as I sat in on Leo's practice. They were using the starting gun today and it would be the first try for Leo to actually swim with it. I was nervous for him. I knew how he felt about it. I bounced my leg as my notebook sat open on my lap. Leo sat perched at the starting board as he waited. I sat his own leg shake before the gun went off. He started on time and began swimming, although it was hesitant. I waited until the heat was over before writing down his time. It wasn't great but he started on time at least. There were a few more heats before Leo came to sit next to me with a heavy breath.

"Are you okay?" I asked quietly. He nodded as I handed him a towel. He hung the towel over his head and rested his elbows on his knees. I left him alone to decompress as I paid attention to the other heats. After his practice was over, he was still shaking slightly, but he wasn't having a full blown panic attack this time at least. Easton only shot me an encouraging look before going to the locker room. I pat Leo on the back gently before kneeling in front of him.

"Are you okay?" I asked gently. He peeked his head up from under his towel before he nodded.

"Are you sure?" I asked unsurely. He nodded before standing.

"I'm sure. A little shaken, but it's on the same level as an adrenaline rush," he assured me. I didn't believe him, and he noticed. He smiled slightly before pulling me to stand up as well.

"I'm going to change. You wait for me at the front steps. I promise I'm okay. A little more practice and it'll be like nothing ever happened," he said confidently. I didn't say anything as I made my way towards the entrance. When Leo finally came out, he looked a little sick. We walked back quietly and dropped our bags. I sat next to Leo on the couch and held his hand gently.

"You're not okay," I noted. He sighed before trying to force a smile to his face for my sake. I shook my head before pulling him into a hug.

"You know you don't have to pretend with me," I reminded him. He sighed before holding onto my arm.

"I know," he said softly as he moved to lay his head in my lap. I pet his hair as he laid there with his eyes closed.

"I've just been worrying you so much lately," he admitted.

"And I worry you so we're even," I joked.

"What would happen to us if you got caught?" He asked out of curiosity. I hummed thoughtfully as I played with his hair.

"I would have to leave, of course. I wouldn't want to be separated from you but it's bound to happen sooner or later," I said realistically. Leo opened his eyes and turned to face me. He took my hand in his and placed it against his chest.

"I don't think I'd be able to let you go," he said before faking a pout. I chuckled before pinching his cheeks gently.

"I'd pack you in a bag and take you with me," I joked back. He sat up before pulling me into his lap.

"I'll be sure to be quiet so no one notices I'm in the bag," he smiled at me in a relaxed way. I was happy to see that he wasn't thinking about the starting gun anymore. I wrapped my arms around his neck and kissed him gently.

"I love you, Leo. You're the most important person to me," I said seriously as I looked at him. He smiled as his arms went around my waist.

"I love you, too, Sky," he replied before I was kissing him again. My hands ran under his shirt before I slipped it off of him. Leo stopped my hands before pulling away with a chuckle.

"Sky, you're the most important person in my life too. Which means I won't do anything that will put your dreams at risk. You know we can't go further," he stopped me. I knew he was right, and he was always the one putting the brakes on me, but I couldn't help it. When I was with Leo, I couldn't control myself.

"Leo," I started. He stopped my words by kissing me. I wanted to tell him that I didn't care and we could be careful, but he didn't give me the chance. When he pulled away, he was smiling knowingly at me.

"I know what you want to say, but even still, you would resent me later. It's your dream to be an Olympic fencer. Spur of the moment choices could lead to long term consequences. I won't trample on your dreams for a moment of selfishness," he replied to my unspoken words. I smiled lightly before hopping off of his lap.

"It's hand to keep my hands off of you when everything you say and do makes me love you even more," I admitted. Leo chuckled and stood in front of me. He placed a gentle kiss on my head before passing me.

"I'll go down and get some snacks. You feel free to unwrap and relax. I still worry about that," he said before leaving the room. I showered and changed into more comfortable clothes before relaxing and watching movies on my phone while laying on Leo's bed. When Leo walked back into the room, he was holding two to-go boxes and a bag full of snacks.

"I just went ahead and went to the dining hall as well. I figured you're probably hungry for real food," he explained as he set the food down on his desk. I set my phone down before going to help him unpack everything. After the snacks were neatly it away, we took the to-go boxes to the coffee table and sat on the floor as we ate.

"When is the next meet?" Leo asked in between bites of spaghetti. I took a bite myself before I finished chewing it.

"We're in the home stretch of meets. After winning district, regionals, and state, the final meet is nationals. It's supposed to be held in Colorado," I answered.

"Nationals already?" Leo asked in surprise. I only nodded as I took another bite of my food.

"I'm always watching you so I didn't even realize that you were already on your final meet," he admitted.

"Will they let students outside the sport travel to different states?" I asked out of curiosity.

"The never have before, but even if they don't, I'll still find an excuse and fly to you, he promised.
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