Aiden could spot Scarlett in the distance as he hid from behind whatever he could find. He put his hood up to avoid detection, not losing track on his target. She walked slowly down the road with her hands in her pockets. She didn’t turn around once.
As Aiden walked along, he kept his head down and just kept moving. Chad hadn’t shown his face yet, but when he did, there was going to be answers.
Luckily the street was rather busy. People were going to work, walking in and out of various cafés and coffee shops, but not too much to block Aiden’s vision entirely. He still kept his eye on that red patch of hair right in front of him.
She turned around instantly and Aiden stopped, moving slowly into an alleyway. He peered in front and saw her getting her phone out, sitting down on a bench. What now? He couldn’t just stand there waiting for her to get up. Or worse, what if Chad showed up there? He couldn’t confront him here.
Closing his hood up, he managed to conceal his face, walking back into the street. Scarlett never took notice as he walked past, so he slipped into a nearby store. The instant heat warmed him through his hooded jacket. Without saying anything, he peered around the drinks aisle, attempting to not look suspicious. Scarlett still didn’t move.
“You gonna buy anything here, kid?” the shopkeeper asked. “I don’t allow loitering during this time.”
Aiden nodded and grabbed the nearest soft drink he could find. It wouldn’t give him as much energy as the stronger stuff, but it would do for now. He peered out at the window, Scarlett was still sitting on the bench. This time, she had her phone out. Likely making a call to Chad.
Aiden paid for the drink and got out slowly, taking a sip of the bottle. Scarlett began to get up and headed straight for him. His heart raced as she approached, but she simply just avoided him and walked past, heading down the alleyway.
That’s where she must have been going. That’s probably where Chad is. Aiden quickly downed the rest of the drink and threw it into a nearby bin, pacing quickly down the alleyway after Scarlett.
After he turned a corner, he spotted her heading towards the park, where a white car was seemingly waiting for her. She waved and Chad got out. Aiden’s fist clenched as he walked further.
The voices got louder as he walked across, and he took his hood off, attracting their attention.
“Hey!” he yelled, prompting them both to turn around. “We gotta talk.”
Scarlett stared at him with her nose crinkled. “Have you been following me?”
Aiden ignored her, walking towards Chad. “It’s not you I’m here to see.”
Chad sighed and leant against his car. “What do you want to say to me, Aiden? I’m sorry. Is that what you want to hear? I’m sorry about your dad. I’m sorry about the warehouse. Everything. There, now we don’t need to talk about this anymore.”
Scarlett looked up at Chad, sticking a bottle in her pocket. Aiden noticed and looked up at Chad aswell.
“What did you hit me with last night?” he spat, narrowing his eyes as he stared him down.
Chad turned back to him. “Look, man. It doesn’t matter now. Just go back to school before you do something you’ll regret.”
Aiden looked around at the empty park. “It’s just us here, pal. Let’s end this.”
“Scarlett. Wait in the car.”
She scoffed. “I knew I should have just drove home.”
“Just get in.”
Scarlett got in the car and locked the door, fastening her seatbelt. Chad stared on at Aiden.
“You got something you want to say, say it now.” he ordered.
Aiden smiled. “You got some nerve. Talking to me like I’m the bad guy.”
Chad laughed. “Bad guy? What the hell do you think this is? Look, I want to forget about this. You want to forget about it. Let’s just shake hands and move on.”
Chad held out his hand, nodding his head.
Aiden looked down at his hand and took it, shaking it firmly. His grip began to get tighter, and tighter.
“Aiden, you can let go now.” Chad said.
Aiden moved closer and tightened it further.
“I’m serious! Let go!” Chad yelled out.
Aiden moved up face to face with Chad, letting go of his hand. “You’re right. Let’s do this the old fashioned way.”
Clenching his fist, Aiden struck Chad across the face, sending him to the ground. His vision began to blur red as he moved closer to Chad. He grabbed his shirt and pulled him up, slamming him against the car. Scarlett didn’t move.
Chad’s face was already quite bruised, with a few grazes and cuts down the side. He spoke like he was trying to catch his breath. “Look, I’m not gonna fight you.”
Aiden smiled. “Good, that’ll make this a lot easier.” He struck Chad twice in the stomach and once more in the face, clenching his teeth. “Let this be a warning. You, Scarlett, Alistair. You don’t go near my friends. You even so much as look at them the wrong way, and we’ll be seeing a lot more of each other. Understand me?”
Chad grabbed Aiden’s arm, attempting to break free. Aiden grabbed it and twisted his hand, causing Chad to yelp out in pain.
“I said, do you understand me?” Aiden repeated.
“YES!” Chad squealed out. “I get you, now let me go.”
As Chad looked up, his face covered in sweat and blood got the fright of its life as Aiden leant down.
“Good, now do what all good cowards do and run and hide. I don’t want to see your face ever again.”
Chad got up and clenched his teeth at Aiden, not saying anything. Turning around, he got in the car and drove off within a flash.
Aiden smirked as the car disappeared along the path. He looked down at his hand. Red sparks were still emulating from it.
But who cares? Chad got the message. My friends would be safe. He’d never mess with me again. What else matters?
He took a seat on the park bench. He felt restless, like his eyeballs had paper cuts. As the sun faded in his vision, he slowly drifted.