Tenacious Sky

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Chapter 32

Fencing Nationals were only three days away and I was feeling the pressure. Because of my winning record so far, everyone had high hopes for me to represent the school and win the gold medal. Well, everyone except Leo. My anxiety showed easily. Every small touch, ever mention of my name, I ended up jumping. It felt like the entire school was sitting on my shoulders.

"Sky," Leo said as I was doing sit-ups in our room. I spooked slightly before looking to him.

"Hm?" I answered quickly. He sighed before coming over and laying me flat on my back. He put a hand over my eyes as he sat beside me.

"You're as prepared as you'll ever be. The more you worry, the more likely you are to make mistakes. Treat it as any other practice or meet. The only difference is the title. You need to relax, or you're going to worry yourself to death. The last thing I want is you over working and hurting yourself. Then you won't be able to compete at all," he said. I sighed and took his hand from my face.

"I know you're right. I'm just... I'm nervous," I admitted.

"I know, but you'll be fine. I promise," he smiled at me. There was a knock on the door. Leo answered it to reveal Easton. I stood and went to the couch with a glass of water.

"Sky! You have to take me with you!" Easton whined as he sat next to me and held on to my arm.

"My girlfriend... hands," Leo said as he stood off to the side and crossed his arms. Easton pouted before letting go.

"Take me to Colorado with you!" Easton begged.

"If you don't have a ticket by now, you probably won't be getting a flight or seat in the arena," Leo said to him.

"I don't have the tickets now, but I think I can get them," Easton said unsurely.

"The team leaves today. You know that right?" Leo told him. Leo was right. We had to go early to give us a few days to adjust to the air pressure change. Our bags were already packed and sitting my the door.

"Flight leaves tonight," I confirmed. Leo was going with me. With the way I'd been breathing later, the effect the wrap was having on me, the fact that I would be doing matches all day for two days in a row, and the air changes we would go through, Leo insisted to be glued to my hip the entire time.

"But I don't want to miss your big day," Easton whined like a toddler.

"Looks like you're going to miss it. Now can you leave, we have to shower and change before the flight tonight," Leo replied. Easton, stood, pulling me up with him. He hugged me tightly before letting go with a sigh.

"Do good over there. You got this," Easton said encouragingly.

"Again, hands," Leo warned him. Easton rolled his eyes.

"I'm wishing her good luck. Leave it alone," Easton stuck his tongue out at Leo. He fist bumped me before leaving the room. I sighed before stretching and grabbing comfortable clothes.

"I'll shower first," I said before going into the bathroom. After I finished, and Leo finished his shower, we headed to the front of the school to meet up with the rest of the team. It was dark as we waited under the street lamp for the bus. Leo stood off to the side with our bags as Coach Race called roll. Because Leo got the absence approved and his own tickets, Coach allowed him to travel with us under the guise of my personal manager. When the bus arrived, we loaded up and rode to the airport, to the plane that took us to Colorado.

It was early morning when we finally landed. The sky was still a dark purple from the sun that hadn't come out fully yet. As we stepped out of the airport to wait for the bus to take us to the hotel, I took a deep breath of the fresh mountainous air. Immediately, I noticed how thin the air was, and the wrap around my chest made it so I couldn't get a full breath. I wheezed slightly as I tried to catch my breath. Like always, Leo noticed. He abandoned the bags to hold my arm gently.

"Sky, you can't breath?" Leo asked. I nodded, still feeling out of breath. He rubbed my back gently as he looked around.

"Sawyer, can you help load our bags? Sky is having trouble," Leo asked him. Sawyer glanced at me before nodding. As soon as the bus arrived, Leo put me on his back and carried me to my seat. He left shortly only to return with Nurse Jackie. She sat beside me and rummaged through her medical bag before pulling out an inhaler.

"This will help you for now, but you need to stay outside and adjust your body once we get to the hotel," she instructed. I took the medicine gratefully before my breathing finally started to calm down.

"Thank you," I said quietly. She nodded before zipping up her bag and going back to the front of the bus as the others started coming in to find a seat. Leo sat next to me before putting my head on his shoulder.

"I was worried before, but now I'm really worried," Leo sighed. I smiled lightly before sneakily taking his hand in mine.

"I just need to adjust. I'll be fine," I tried to assure him. He glanced at me before shaking his head with a breath.

"You're so worrisome," he muttered.
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