Tenacious Sky

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Chapter 5

Our deal was this: as long as it didn't interrupt my fencing practices, I would be stuck like glue to Leo. Apparently, his panic attacks could be random at times outside of the pool too. I didn't dare ask what happened. I was already pushing my luck just being able to stay here. On top of Leo keeping my secret, he also promised to help me stay out of trouble. Our deal ended with me getting dressed in my uniform early to follow Leo to his morning swim practice.

I sat on a dry bench as I watched the swim team go back and forth with laps in the pool. Easton noticed me about halfway through the practice as the second group started their laps.

"Sky? What are you doing here?" He asked confused. I had no answer for him. If I said I was just looking, it would be weird, and it wouldn't explain my future visits.

"Sky is my personal manager now," Leo said as he walked over dripping in pool water. I had to admit, both boys had nice bodies. They were toned and muscular but lean with broad shoulders. Although, Leo was taller than Easton and had more definition in his legs. I cleared my throat and looked away from them when I realized that I had been staring.

"What? Is this your way of bullying the new kid?" Easton asked defensively. Leo scoffed as he rolled his eyes.

"We made a bet and he lost. Sky is my kid now, and your laps are about to start," Leo explained. I had to admit, personal manager was a great excuse. Easton looked to me for help, but all he was met with was my apologetic eyes. Easton sighed before walking away as Leo sat next to me. I grabbed the extra towel beside me and handed it to him.

"I have to admit, being around all these guys in nothing but Speedos makes me slightly uncomfortable when they're just standing out of the water like that," I said for the sake of conversation. Leo sighed and leaned back against the wall.

"We're redoing the rules of the room when we get back today," he changed the subject.

"I figured as much. But I guess it turned out to be a good thing that we have most of the same classes together," I replied.

"This is already giving me a headache," he sighed. I perked up as I checked him over carefully.

"What's wrong? Are you unwell?" I asked, worried. He shook his head.

"We have free gym today instead of sports period. I'm not exactly sure what we'll be doing, so just stick close," he warned.

"I'm done with practice so I'm going to shower and change. Meet me at the front," he said before he walked to the locker room. I sighed and watched him disappear before I headed to the front of the building. The sun was just starting to rise. I sat on the front steps of the building as I waited.

"Yo, Sky!" Someone called from behind me. I turned to see Easton jogging out of the building. He came and sat right next to me.

"Hey Easton," I said before I went back to resting my chin against my knees.

"What the hell is going on? You're Leo's manager now?" He asked. I released a heavy sigh.

"It just sort of happened that way," I muttered. I didn't feel like giving Easton a more detailed lie. I wasn't that great at making stuff up on the spot.

"So what? You're just going to let him bully you like that?" He asked as he slung an arm over my shoulders. I sat up and looked at him seriously.

"He's not bullying me," I answered honestly. Easton's arm was thrown off of me before I was pulled to my feet by my wrist. The owner of the hand belonged to Leo. He didn't look angry or upset or anything as his attention turned to Easton. His face was completely emotionless.

"Don't touch my kid," Leo said before turning his attention back to me.

"Let's go," he said before dragging me along behind him. After getting to the bottom of the stairs, he let go of my wrist to stick his hands in his pockets.

"Easton's not a bad person, you know? He's actually really nice," I said coolly. Leo sighed as he shook his head.

"If you plan on making it through the semester at least, you shouldn't let people touch you so freely. Something could go wrong and you'll be caught easily. I don't mind being the bad guy," he explained.

"But you touch me all the time," I muttered. He stopped abruptly and turned on his heels to face me.

"That's because I know your secret. They don't... but they will if you keep this up," he replied. I didn't think he actually heard me. He took a deep breath and relaxed slightly before he turned back around.

"Let's go. We still have time to get breakfast before class," he changed the subject. We walked along the path to the main building.

"You seem very uptight all the time. I think that might be part of the problem. Maybe if you would just relax sometimes-"

"Your job is to stop the attacks if they come, not to diagnose me," he cut me off. I settled for keeping my mouth shut. I would just have to consider Leo a tightly wound screw I wouldn't be able to get out of the wall.

We ate breakfast quickly before heading to our classroom. It seemed that almost everyone was already in their seats.

"Leo, I see you've gathered a shadow," a soccer player, Ryker, approaches us as we sat in our seats. Leo didn't say anything. Instead he got out a book and began reading.

"Ryker, leave him alone," someone warned him. He chuckled.

"What? Girly Sky has already latched himself firmly to the biggest loner on campus. Why can't I say anything?" Ryker asked as he reached over to pinch my cheek. Leo slapped his hand away before he could touch my face.

"Don't touch my kid," Leo warned. The room grew silent as if hearing Leo's voice for the first time. I suddenly got the feeling that having Leo on my side would help me as much as harm me.
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