The Hearts of Heroes

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: November 27, 2017

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“Come on, Hadyn! You’re always at home and you never hang out with me anymore.” I whine into my phone. “You can’t stay home forever.”

“Yes, I can. I’m sick.” He tells me. His voice is revealing how bad of a liar he is.

“You are not sick.”

“I am.”

“It’s me, isn’t it?” I ask. Just trying to get a rise out of him.

“Yes, Skailyr, it is you. It’s been you the whole time.” He laughs on the other side. I open my mouth in surprise, even though I know he can’t see it. “No, it’s not you. Okay, look I’m not really sick, but my mom can vouch for me… I have been really busy lately.”

“What do you mean busy?” I ask.

“Just… I’m in deep with something, and I don’t want to get you involved.”

“I already am involved, considering that I signed up to be involved when we met. You know that better than anyone. But, fine!” I say angrily, finally fed up with his excuses.

“Fine.” He answers, with a sigh, it sounded like he was going to say something else, but he didn’t, I ended the call right after he said fine.

I can’t believe him.

He doesn’t know how much I want to hang out with him.

He doesn’t know how bad I want him to just talk to me, other than just on the phone.

I like how he used to be, before he got ‘busy’. He’s never been too busy, or too sick, that he would tell me he can’t go out with me.

No, we aren’t a thing. Just best friends watching movies, walking through the mall. That kind of thing. Nothing more, nothing less… I think.

It’s been weeks since I’ve looped my arm through his, since he’s put his arm around my shoulder.

I hear a door slam downstairs and I jump up, pulling myself from my thoughts. I throw my phone onto my bed and run out of my bedroom door. I skid across the wooden kitchen floor, in my socks, hurling myself into the intruder’s arms.

“DADDY!” His things hit the floor and wrap around me when I scream.

“SKAI!” My dad yells back, spinning me. “Why do you look like you’ve been mad?”

“How do you always know that something is wrong, even when I don’t know what’s wrong?”

“Well… maybe it’s cause I’m your dad?”

“Oh, well, that could be it. Or maybe I was mad and it really shows.”

“What are you mad about?” He asks me, smiling while he shrugs his coat off.

“He’s at it again. Making excuses, not telling me the truth. I don’t know why he won’t tell me what’s going on Dad, is it really me, am I just being overly suspicious?”

“Nope, it’s just you.”

“Dad!”

“What?” He smiles.

“That’s what Hadyn told me.”

“Oh, well, I’m sorry. I was just kidding.” He looks at me with a sorry expression.

“It’s okay, I guess.” I tell him.

“Are you still gonna go out tonight? Or what…?”

“Why?”

“Because, I might have something planned for us, if you aren’t. I was kind of hoping he would turn you down, tonight anyways.” He walks to the fridge and drags out something I hadn’t noticed was in there.

“Dad, it’s gorgeous. Thank you.” I walk over to the counter where he put it down. The huge cupcake is beautiful, blue and purple flowers are scattered all on it, ‘Sweet 16, Skai’ is on top of the flowers.

“Happy birthday sweetie.” He tells me, I smile at him. “I have another surprise for you. Close your eyes.”

I close my eyes.

“Hold out your hands.”

I put my hands out. I hear him shuffling in some cabinets and then I feel something heavy in my palms.

“Okay, open your eyes.”

I open them to see a camera. Not just any camera though. It’s a Polaroid, he knows how much I love photography.

“Daddy, I love it!” I tell him and he puts an arm around my shoulder.

“Now, how about you take a picture?” He asks and I nod, I turn the camera around so it’s facing us. I snap the picture when I have the button positioned underneath my finger.

“Thanks dad.” I thank him, he kisses my forehead.

“Go get something nice on.”

“What, do I not look okay in this?”

“You look fine, but where we’re going I want you to be fancy, and I might try to be a little fancy too. Okay? Deal.”

“Deal.” I run upstairs to my room and put the Polaroid in the middle of my desk. I can’t remember the last time that me and my dad went out somewhere. He was always at work and I’m always at school, work, or with Hadyn.

My closet is riddled with black outfits.

Black shirts, black jeans, leggings, shorts, skirts, short skirts.

I flip through it some more and I see the dress I want to wear. My dark red dress that I’ve been saving ever since I found out that red was Hadyn’s favorite color.  This is the only other color that I will wear, not because of Hadyn, but because I hate bright colors. I can’t stand standing out in a crowd.

The front of the dress comes to my midthigh, but the back goes to the back of my knees. The soft blood red fabric of the long sleeves feels nice. There aren’t any shoulders to it, so my shoulders are exposed.  I step in front of my vanity, which happens to also be my desk, and brush my long hair out. The natural, dark waves tickling my bare shoulders making me shiver.

I find my black flats, I had hidden in the very back of my closet. They have a little dust on them so I blow them off and I hear a knock on the door.

“Dad, I’m dressed you can come in.”

“Okay…” He opens the door and barely takes a step in. He has one hand behind his back, his right-hand moves to his face and he starts rubbing his chin.

“Dad?”

“You’re so beautiful, Skai.” He can barely get anything out of his mouth. I laugh at his comment. “Just like your mother.”

“Thanks dad.” I say and I look at my reflection in the mirror on the vanity again. I feel a bit insecure, like I always am, just worse right now. I haven’t thought about my mother since she… well, you get the idea.

The last time I saw her, I was 13.

My older brother and I were riding with her the day that a drunk guy hit us. My big brother was in the front seat, he was about to turn 23 in the next couple of weeks, we had just come from picking him up from the airport. Leo had just been released of his first four-year contract with the military, the army, in fact. The man that run us over swerved onto our side and hit us head on. I only came out with some cuts from the glass. Leo had a few bruises and a broken nose from the impact of the airbags to his face.

I watched my mother throw her arm across to Leo’s side to try to take some of the airbags speed. The engine of the car had been pushed straight into mom. Crushing her.

Killing her.

Leo got out and helped me out of the car. I hit my head on the head rest of his seat, I had a concussion from what the paramedics told me. I wouldn’t let go of Leo until we got home, the paramedics had to check us out while I was clinging to him. He didn’t want to let me go either, we both just lost our mom.

“-ive you this.” Dad’s voice startles me from my thoughts, making me look from my reflection to his hand that he had pulled from behind him.

“Huh?” I ask. “What did you say dad? I wasn’t listening. Sorry.”

“I said: Since your mom couldn’t be here for this, she wanted me to give you this.” He opens the long black box in his hand. It’s a little thing really, black velvet. Like a ring box, only there’s a necklace in it.

The necklace is silver and it has an even shinier silver cross pendant on it. The cross has a sapphire in the middle of it. It’s beautiful.

“Dad, this is beautiful.” I pull it out of the box and he puts the box on my desk.

“You know what, your outfit looked like it was missing something.” He says.

“I know, I was just gonna look for a necklace. Or some earrings.”

“Well, to be completely honest with you, and I’m not saying this because I’m your dad, but you don’t need anything to make you more beautiful than you already are. Your mother would agree.” He smiles and takes the chain from my hand and steps behind me. I look at myself in the mirror again and see him put the necklace in front of my face and puts it around my neck.

The metal is cold, but I feel like I’m closer to my mom just a little more now. All I need now is my brother. But he’s away, far away, in one of my most favorite places. He knows that I’ve always wanted to go there.

I reach for the cross and dad puts his hands on my shoulders.

“You feel like you’re ready?”

“Yeah, let’s go.” I tell him and I put my arm around his waist while he leads me to the front door. I just realized that I don’t have my phone with me. “Dad, I need my phone. Will you go get it for me please?”

“Sure, you just head to the car.” He smiles and runs back to my room while I go to the car. He comes back and hands me my phone.

“Thanks.”

“No problem.”

He hops into the driver seat and we head off. I still don’t know where he’s taking me, but I know that if I have to dress this fancy for this place, it should be great. He’s making it sound more expensive than it probably is.

The roads are dimly lit by the street lamps, the lights flashing in and out of my vision.

“Dad, where are we going?”

“We’re going to your favorite place.”

“The Piazza?”

“Yep.” He answers with a nod.

I love the Piazza, it means plaza in Italian. I want to go to Italy so bad. Rome is beautiful and the colosseum is gorgeous. Eventually, I will go, just the Piazza is close enough. He turns into the next entrance, pulling into a parking spot.

“James’ table.” He tells the woman at the front and she takes us to our reserved table. There’s enough room for four in the booth. A waiter comes over.

“Can I get you guys anything to drink?” He asks.

“uh, yeah, I’ll take a Sprite.” I tell him.

“I’ll have a Dr. Pepper and an orange juice.”

The waiter goes off with our order.

“An orange juice dad? Really?” I laugh.

“Yeah, why not?”

“Whatever.” I roll my eyes.

Our drinks come to the table while I’m looking at my menu. I look up to see my dad smiling at the waiter.

“What’s so funny, dad…?” I look up at the waiter, it’s no waiter! I instantly get excited. I’m sure my heart is going to burst out of chest. I jump right up, throwing my menu down on the table and wrapping the waiter in a tight hug. “LEO!?”

“Baby Skai!” He yells my nickname in excitement. I feel the sting of tears now, I don’t want to cry in front of my brother… but oh well. “Happy sixteenth.”

“Oh, my God, when did you come home? Why didn’t you call me?” I turn to dad. “Why didn’t you tell me?”

“We wanted it to be a surprise, my coming home.” Leo tells me.

I can’t help but pull him into another hug, he squeezes me hard. He doesn’t know how much I’ve missed him. Well, maybe he does… he has been gone for a long time… I get out of the hug to sit down and when he sits down I ruffle his hair. He used to get so mad when I did that because it messed his precious blond hair up. He got his hair from dad, and his eyes are hazel like mine, which we got from mom.

Our actual waiter comes back out to us, got our order, came back with the food, we ate, and then left. I insisted that I leave a tip, so I left ten dollars for the waiter. On the way home I had sat in the back with Leo, because, what little sister wouldn’t want to sit with her big brother after not seeing him for three years?

When we got home I went upstairs and changed into my pajamas just to come back down to sit on the couch and watch television with Leo.

 

 

My phone buzzes while I sit on the couch leaned against Leo’s chest.

“Who’s that?” Leo asks me when I look at the screen and see Hadyn’s face on it. I slam it onto the coffee table, not really meaning to make it so loud and angry. He reaches over and grabs it, swiping it to answer the call.

“Hello?” I roll my eyes at Leo, I’m sure he could hear them rolling inside my head from how I exaggerated it. I’m annoyed until I hear Hadyn on the other end, sounding a bit worried.

“Who is this? You don’t sound like Skai’s dad.” he asks.

“This is Leo, Skailyr’s older brother. Who are you?” Leo asks him, sitting up, making me sit up too. 

“I’m Hadyn, Skailyr’s best friend. Can I talk to her?”

“No.” Leo answers him a little too quickly. I glare at him. “She definitely doesn’t want to talk right now. I just got back so…”

“Well I need to talk to her. It’s super important. Tell her to either call me or meet me at the Piazza tomorrow. Please?” Hadyn asks him.

“Alright. I’ll tell her. I’m not promising anything though.” I shake my head when he tells him that.

“And, hey, uh… Leo…”

“What?”

“Can you tell her I miss her and that I just want her to be safe on her way there tomorrow?” he pauses for a minute. “Tell her I love her.”

“Will do.” Leo answers and a stupid grin crosses his face when he hangs up.

“Leo…”

“Nope, he’s in love with you. He said to tell you he loves you Skai. Why are you so mad at him?” his eyes are wide and his teeth are showing now.

“Because, it’s my birthday and he obviously didn’t remember and when I asked him if he wanted to hang out earlier, he said he didn’t want to. He’s always busy or staying at home.”

“Maybe he’s a super hero. You know? Because, we all know how super heroes are.” He laughs when I slap his shoulder. “Maybe he’s that… oh what’s that heroes name? ... Shade, shadow?”

“It’s Shade.” I laugh. “And Hadyn is not a superhero. He’s the light of my world, but he can’t make it. He can’t even ace P.E., let alone run around saving people.”

Little does Leo know, I have been obsessed with Shade for a while, so if Hadyn was him I would know it.

But, he’s not.

He can’t be.

Can he?

Is that possible?

Yeah.

Okay, I’m just getting myself worked up.

I lean back onto Leo’s chest and fall asleep, he doesn’t even wake me up when he takes me to my room. I hear him chuckle at the sight of my room. Probably laughing at my posters of Shade.

He wears a black hoodie, and a mask that covers every part of his face except his eyes. His eyes are a piercing blue. The hoodie looks great, and the black jeans he wears… well the whole thing makes him look like part of the gang that hangs out around my neighborhood.

The only things that Hadyn and Shade have in common are the bluest of blue eyes. Honestly Hadyn’s personality doesn’t make for a superhero in my book, I mean he does have some heroic qualities to him, but not like Shade. Shade is strong, smart, and he has super powers, Hadyn is just… well… Hadyn, he isn’t really that smart and of course he can’t even make an A in P. E.  I make myself just drop the subject and go back to sleep when Leo leaves the room, closing the door behind him.

 

 

I get up the next morning and put on a pair of shorts and a white tank top. I want to go for a run, I don’t want to meet Hadyn at my favorite place, just to be angry with him even more than I already am.

I usually start my run at a good pace from home to the lake. The lake is somewhat large, so a little over two laps is a full mile. Sometimes I’ll run four laps, just to feel like I got something accomplished, but of course I don’t run the whole time. I’ve been working on getting my cardio up and getting to where I can run further, for longer.

I can still outrun Hadyn.

Speak of the devil.

I make it to the lake and I see a familiar car… Hadyn’s car. Why is he here?

“Skai.” I hear from behind me. I don’t say anything though. “Come on, please talk to me. I’ll even run with you, I have to tell you something.”

“What?” I stop running and let him walk over to me.

“I-I…”

“Spit it out, Hadyn!” I put an angry edge to my voice.

“I’m moving.”

I stop walking completely now. I don’t know what happens next, but I turn to him and before I know it my arms around his neck.

“You can’t do that. Not now. Not when you haven’t even been around me for the last few months. Hadyn, why would you move, you’ve been here ever since we were little kids.” Tears are stinging my eyes.

“I don’t know why my mom wants to move. But she just does, and now I have to go with her. Her job is going to make her go, and I can’t stay because I’m only a minor. I’m only 17.”

“So, freaking what you’re only 17? Your mom knows me, and my dad, and my brother. She could let you stay with us, surely my dad would let you stay with me- us.” I correct myself.

“I know, I already asked her about that… she won’t do it. She said she’d miss me too much.” His eyes tell me he’s hurting.

“I would miss you Hadyn…” I let the tears fall when he pulls me tighter to his chest. We stand there like that for a long while, not saying anything, not moving. I look up at him when he breathes out a sigh. I know when he’s thinking hard. “What is it?”

“I was just thinking…”

“I know.” I smile.

“What if you went with me? What if-”

“Yes! Oh, my gosh, yes, of course. I don’t want anything different.” I tell him. Getting a little bit too excited that he just asked me to move away with him.

“You didn’t let me finish, Skai.” He laughs, looking at me seriously.

“Fine.” I roll my eyes.

“What if I told you a secret… one that only you would know if I told you.” He offers me. “What if I told you that this secret is the reason why I’ve been so busy and stayed home for so long.”

I’m surprised enough to make him turn his head sideways curiously.

“What… secret?” I ask him and he realizes just how excited I’m getting over such a small thing; getting a secret from him is like pulling teeth. I gasp in realization, “You are NOT gay… are you?”

“NO, nononono, no.” He says super-fast. “You know that guy… Shade? That’s me Skai.”

“Now that you mention it… are you sure? Because the only thing you have in common with him is the blue eyes.” I smile, knowing there’s something that happened and Shade had saved me. That’s why I got obsessed with him in the first place.

“Really? Do you not believe me?” He smirks at me, I look to the lake on my right. The light shimmers on the surface of the water. “I saved you from those guys that almost killed you. They had you, they touched you Skai. I didn’t get to you soon enough. I really am sorry for that, I didn’t know he would send guys after you. I should have warned you, I should hav-”

“What are you talking about Hadyn?” I cut him off mid sentence feigning stupidity.

“Don’t act like you don’t remember, because when I got you away from there, I took you home. But when you got home before you opened the door you asked me who I was. All I told you was Shade, then you came and moved my mask off my mouth and kissed me.” He explains to me.

“Bu- y-y- that’s impossible…” I stammer.

“It is possible, nothing is impossible. Skailyr, you kissed me and you didn’t even recognize me.”

“It’s not my fault you didn’t tell me until now.”

“It kinda is though.”

“No, the only thing he has… that you have… that stands out to me are your eyes. Especially in the dark like we were in.”

“So, you do believe me….?” He laughs and I punch him in the shoulder, I know it didn’t hurt him, but he complains for my benefit anyway. “Ow.”

I laugh and he puts a finger underneath my chin and pulls it up so my eyes meet his. they’re glowing. The look in his eyes is pleading, I completely forgot his offer for me to go with him. He leans in closer and kisses me, it’s a gentle and warm one like my first kiss. My first kiss…

I had my first kiss with my best friend.

Hadyn has to be kidding, he wasn’t there.

But this kiss feels like that first one. I want more of his kiss. He knows that too. My mind goes blank when he deepens the kiss, tilting his head. I lose my mind.

Shade saved me. Shade is Hadyn. Hadyn is Shade.

Hadyn is my hero. He was my first kiss, now my second kiss. I want him to be every single kiss, I don’t care if its the third… fourth… fifth... All of them.

I don’t know what’s wrong with me, other than the fact I’m in love with my best friend.

If Leo ever found out that I’m in love with someone he doesn’t approve of, let alone know… He would kill me. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself.

“I love you, Hadyn.” I tell him. “So much.”

“I love you, too, Skai.” He looks at me and thinks. “Oh, and happy late birthday!”

Hadyn pulls out a box like dad had yesterday, only this one is a charm bracelet. The charms on it are of what I like and what he likes. The pencil, the angel wings, the sapphire heart, and the headphones are mine. His are the soccer ball, the other set of head phones, and the garnet bear are his. I smile at his gift.

“Thank you!”

“Anytime.” He answers.

We laugh and he kisses me again. This one was short, so we walk a lap around the lake. He drives me home and we run up to my room like we did when we were little. Him laughing and me giggling. Leo sees us run up and he laughs.

“I thought you were mad at him sis.”

“Not anymore. It was stupid.” I yell down the stairs.

 

 

“Sis, wake up.” Leo tries to coax me into getting up, standing at my door. “Come on, Hadyn called and wanted to know whether or not you were gonna go somewhere with him…?”

“What? He’s going today?” I ask him.

I thought he was going to be moving a long time from now, not right now. What is he thinking?

“Are you up yet?”

“No, Leo, I’m still lying in bed… just waiting for you to come and take me downstairs.” I throw my best sarcasm at him, it isn’t really good though.

“No kidding.” He tells me stepping in all the way and he reaches the bed just as I roll over to the other side. He flops down on my mattress. “So, where does he want you to go?”

“Llleeoo.” I drag his name out. He rolls his eyes at me and smirks.

“He wants you to move in with him already?! Aren’t you a little young to be going that far with him yet?” his tone makes me mad, but I still smile.

“What’s it to ya? What if he did and I accepted?”

“I would kill him, then I would make sure that you’re okay with him being gone.” He turns on his side to face me and he reaches over to attack my sides. I laugh and roll off the bed, throwing my feet under me as to catch myself. I go over to the door and I point out to the hallway.

“Out. Leo, I need to get ready to go, I would rather not have him be mad at me for being late.”

“Okay. Okay. Fine.” He whines and he leaves me to get ready to go.

I step to my closet and open the door.

“Eek!” I shriek, hoping Leo didn’t hear me, he didn’t come running, so I guess not.

Something fell out and landed at my feet. I pick up the small dark brown teddy bear. It has bright blue eyes and a note on its little collar.

 

 

Hope you love him like I love you, Skai.

P.S. he looks like me so I really do hope you like him.

-Hadyn

 

I look back at the bear and smile.

He has a black hoodie on and a mask that covers everything but his eyes. Familiar smell graces my nose, and I put the bear to my nose. It has his cologne on it. I hug it closer to my chest with one arm while I dig through my closet to pick out the outfit I want.

I decide to stop on the black t-shirt that I cut down the sides. I only cut down the sides so I could tie it together, I just wanted to see if it would look cool. Which it does.

The neckline is crew cut, because I can’t wear the kind of thing that other girls wear, shows off too much.

I pull out a pair of shorts, they’re black (of course) with dark blue spandex. I go over to my midthigh high dresser and take out a pair of, shocker… seriously…. Pink underwear and a… another shocker… purple bra. The only time I wear any other color than black.

I make my way past my bed and go to my bathroom, I don’t share my bathroom. Unless you’re Hadyn, because I’m a very personal space kind of girl. I throw my new teddy bear down on the bed, it matches my sheets perfectly. Surprisingly the sheets are dark purple, but the top sheet is different colors. The comforter is blue, purple, white, and a little bit of pink. Looks like it’s tie dyed.

I undress and get into the shower, letting the water hit my head and run down my body. It feels so good. The hot water is warm enough to sting a little, but not hot enough to burn me. I don’t know what makes it feel so good, but it does.

I think about the warmth I get in my cheeks when Hadyn puts his arm around my shoulder or… when he kissed me. He doesn’t know how happy he makes me.

I want to give him all he wants, all he needs. I don’t want to be the one to hold him back though, because he has given me all I want and need. He deserves more than me. Once we start dating, if that’ a possibility, I would hold him down, tying him to me would keep him from what he wants.

To help the helpless. To give to the ones who need him most. A hero.

But…

Without him, I am helpless.

Without him, I am in need of him.

A hero.

My hero. 

I feel selfish, but it’s the truth.

A knock on the door startles me. Why does everyone have to want to talk to me, when I finally relax, or when I’m trying to get ready for something.

“Yeah?” I ask at the door through the curtain.

“You need to get out here, quick.”

“What is it?” I ask going into panic mode. I hurry and get out, quickly drying off and getting dressed. I guess relaxing can wait a little while longer. “What’s the matter Leo?”

“Ugh… i-it’s… you have to see for yourself.” Leo tells me, making me worry some more. I never thought that I would think like this but…

What if Hadyn was saving someone and he got himself hurt? What if he got himself killed? What if I get out there too late and he dies in someone else’s arms? What if he wants to wait for me to get out so he can die in my arms? What if there was something that went terribly wrong with a bomb and no one found his body?...

The questions keep rolling through my head. I can’t think about this stuff much anymore. I finally make it out of the bathroom in record time. Rushing downstairs and accidentally running face first into a concrete wall… no, my brothers’ chest.  Wow he’s ripped. I think to myself, but that’s not why I came out here.

“Hadyn?” I can barely get the name out of my mouth. I’m too afraid of the feeling I have being right. I don’t want to be right. but the look on Leo’s face says otherwise. I am right. one of my theories was right. He’s dead. He’s hurt bad. I can’t hold the tears in anymore. I let them run and before I know it Leo rushes me into the kitchen where Hadyn’s unmoving body is lying on the table. I let the biggest sob leave my lips when I see the blood, I have never seen him bleed so much. Not even when he cut himself with his razor when my mom taught me to shave, well more like us... Hadyn had it in his head that he was going to shave too… I mean we’re best friends, right? I work on getting my tears under control, I know that someone is on the way. I know that Leo was a medic in the military, so I know that he’s in good hands until the paramedics show.

I walk over to take hold of Hadyn’s right hand. His hand is bleeding as well as his stomach and lip. His throat is slashed, only… not bad enough to kill him. I don’t want to watch as he dies. I never want to see someone I love die like my mother. Bloody and broken.

“Hadyn…” I get out and I feel a hand on my shoulder as I say his name again.

“Skai…” Dad says giving my shoulder a squeeze.

“Imissyou. Youcan’tleavemeyet. I will miss you too much if you do.” I say. Not allowing myself a breath between some of the words. I can’t hold myself back anymore. I ball a fist and lightly hit my hand against his hard, bloody chest, it’s barely moving. That’s a good sign, but right now…

Not good enough.

“Hadyn. Don’t you dare leave me. Don’t you dare leave us. What have you gotten yourself into? You shouldn’t have gone out. I asked you not to. But you insisted.” I tell him, even though I know he can’t hear me.

“S-s-k-ai…”

“Yeah?”

“I… went to… save… YOU!” he can barely get anything out, but he doesn’t move, he doesn’t even open his eyes so I can stare into their blue. “I… couldn’t… find… who… wa- was… after you…”

“Hadyn, what do you mean?” I look at him harder when he squeezes my hand. I put my head down onto the table, I don’t care if there’s blood, it’s clean right here.

He doesn’t answer me, he doesn’t move much more than giving my hand the occasional squeeze to show he’s still alive and aware.

“I miss you. I love you Hadyn, I hope you know that, and when you wake up, feeling better, you can tell me all about what happened.” I say.

I know I’m repeating myself, but I don’t care. I couldn’t care less.

Dad and Leo are looking at me all worried and sad. We hear doors slam shut and I know what it is.

“Yes. I’m gonna ride with him.” I tell the paramedics when they ask me if I wanted to ride with him in the ambulance.

We make it to the hospital and Hadyn goes into surgery. I don’t want to leave him, but I do. I can’t go with him.

I’m leaning back on Leo’s chest and I have my legs up in dad’s lap. They told me to. I wasn’t not going to take up their offer. It’s nice. I get super bored super quick, after a while Leo notices that I’m getting tired and he brings a hand to my face. He starts rubbing my eyebrows.

That’s something that he used to do when I was little, he would get tired of me and notice when I was getting tired… he would rub my eyebrows and I would fall right to sleep about five minutes later.

Mom and dad had caught on and I was asleep whenever I had nothing to do. And when they decided that it was naptime, which I didn’t sleep much. I had plenty of chores. I had plenty of homework. I had plenty of friends. Sometimes, if I was super stressed, I would go straight to Leo and he knew exactly what I wanted. They’d carry me to bed whenever I jumped into their laps. Then Leo left, and everything changed. Then mom…

I fall asleep in a matter of minutes.  

 

 

“Skai… Wake up. Come on sis, Hadyn’s awake.”

“Ugh… Just one more minute…” I whine at my brother.

“Come on. Or I’m taking you home without seeing him.”

“Leo… Fine.” I sigh and then I get up off his chest.

I walk into Hadyn’s hospital room and he looks at me as soon as I’m in there. He motions for me to come over.

“Hadyn, what happened to you?”

“I… well…” He stammers.

“You said you did it for me… to… save me. Why?”

“You were in danger his hitmen were sent to kill you. To get to you so he could get to me.”

“Who is ‘he’?” I ask him, incredulous. His face drops and I get a little worried. “Do I know him?”

“No, his name is Unea. He’s horrible. Unea’s power is too strong for me to get rid of him, I admit… but…”

“Powers…?”

“Yeah, I have some too. You didn’t know… I mean I am a superhero.” He whispers the ‘superhero’ making me look at him like an idiot again.

“What are your powers?”

He smiles at the question and I look at his eyes. They were blue, like normal, only… They’re brighter. He blinks and the brightness of them fades away.

“Hadyn, your… eyes… they’re so beautiful.” I tell him and he scoots up to sit and lean against the bed. He had raised it just then.

“Well, that’s one of the powers I have.”

“To make your eyes brighter?”

“No, to make the girls I save fall for me.” He smirks, but I smack his shoulder.

“You’re such an idiot…”

“What? Jealous?”

“No…” I trail off. “Come on, what other powers do you have?”

“Come here.”

I walk over and he grabs my hand and pulls me to sit with him. I comply and sit on the edge, but he pulls me closer anyways. I lean back on the bed and he puts his arm around my waist. He doesn’t have to say anything when I start to feel his hand heat up, it’s so warm. It feels nice, like the kind of heat that you feel when the water of the shower is hot. It isn’t too hot.

“Mmmm…” I don’t want to talk because I’m afraid if I do he might let go of me and I’ll have to leave. “That’s a power?”

“Yup, it’s nice, isn’t it?”

“Yeah, but since when do you have powers?”

“The eyes… I’ve only had those recently. The hot hands came when I was born. My mom… she’s not actually my mom. Not biologically. I have to tell ya, it’s been so hard not to tell you that I have powers Skai.”

“I’ll say. It kinda hurts me that you never told me.” I smile and snuggle closer to his chest. His arm tightens around me. “I thought you were gonna die, you know?”

“Well, Unea did almost kill me.”

“What are his powers? I mean he sounds like he has some sort of powers…”

“He does have some, but not as strong as mine. He has power over darkness.”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean, he can make it super dark, so dark even my fire can’t make it brighter.” He tells me. “What do you think?”

“I think that you should probably get your head checked.” I try to put a serious look on my face, but it doesn’t work, I bust out laughing. He laughs with me and ruffles the hair at the top of my head.

Look what a mess I’ve made myself. I can’t decide whether I’m mad at him or not. I can’t help but wonder why I never thought about myself being the favorite, the damsel to a superhero before. I want to know more, but I don’t want to press anything onto Hadyn.

He’s my best friend, I love him, I don’t want to hurt him anymore than he already is. The way he looks at me sends chills down my spine that I didn’t know even existed. Before I saw him hurt… I never knew how much I really loved him. Now I do.

He saved me, he can’t kill this guy, but he sure as hell can fight him. I don’t want a superhero though. I want Hadyn, the real Hadyn.

Not the hooded fire hands Hadyn… Shade… but my Hadyn, my best friend.

Always.

That’s what we used to tell each other. “Always.” I would tell him. “Always.” He would answer back. I’d kill to hear him say it again, it’s been so long since then.

For right now, this’ll just have to do.

I think for a while and before I know it I’m asleep. I only wake up when the doctors release Hadyn from this place.

I ride in the back of the car with Hadyn, holding his hand on the way home. Dad was already at home, he had lunch made for us. We ate, I went upstairs to my room by myself. I closed the door and slid down it just breathing in a sigh of relief. The relief is great, but short lived, when I see my Polaroid on my desk. It’s there, just waiting to be used. I pull on some pajama pants and an extra- long shirt that happens to be one of Leo’s shirts. I put them on and grab the camera.

I make sure the flash is on.

I hold it up to my face, so that you can’t see my face, if you’re in front of me. I snap a picture of myself standing in the mirror. The picture prints and I shake it out, like you’re supposed to do.

The flash and the camera itself covers my face beautifully, and I can’t help but think of the mystery this picture has in it. My flannel pajama pants make me look a little fuzzy with my light blue long tee. I like wearing colors for my pajama’s because I’m not going out into public with them. I run my hand through my hair, combing it to the right.

I almost bound to the door with camera in hand and open it up. The next right I make is where the stairs are and I stop at the top. This is a perfect view. I put the camera up to my face and I push the shoot button. It flashes and all three boys look up at me at the same time. Making me giggle. I take another picture after I pull the first out and shake them both. The boys’ faces when they saw me changed from happy to guilty, but still super happy.

“What do you guys look so guilty for?” I ask, not exactly directing the question towards either.

“We’re not guilty of anything Skai.”

“Oh yeah? You’re faces say otherwise…” I trail off and I start giggling again.

“What’s so funny?” They asked in unison looking at each other then they join me in laughing at them.  

“Nothing.” I tell them while I walk to the couch and stand behind it. “So what are we going to do now?”

“Well, it’s not like I’m allowed to go anywhere.” Hadyn tells me.

“I don’t have anything to do.”

“Same here.” Dad says then Leo agrees.

I could get everyone into the kitchen to make something… I mean, that’s always fun... right?

“Alright guys, get up, even you Hadyn. We are gonna go make something.” I say excitedly going to the other side of the couch quickly. I grab Dad and Leo’s arms and pull them up, they go straight to the kitchen while I grab up Hadyn. Hadyn slowly gets up and we make our way to the kitchen slowly.

“What are we making Skai?” Hadyn asks me. The other two looking at me, faces expectant.

“Uh… how about a chicken salad?” I ask.

“Sounds good.” Hadyn sits on the stool at the island.  

I go to the refrigerator and pull out some cucumbers and tomatoes with a pack of lettuce. The freezer has the chicken in it, so I open it up too and pull it out.

“Dad, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Leo, grab a knife and start cutting the tomatoes. I’ll get the cucumbers.” I throw out some orders.

“What about me?” Hadyn asks.

“I’ll let you sample the tomatoes and cucumbers when we get them cut up.  

 

 

BZZZZ!

BZZZ!

BZZZZZZ!

My phone buzzes on my nightstand. Glowing on the wall.

Dad had taken Hadyn home after we ate, he was tired, and he needed to be home anyways.

 

HADYN

 

I hate you, I never want to see you again.

 

I don’t want to be friends anymore.

 

By the way that things are going… it looks pretty bad for our relationship at this point. Goodbye!

 

What are you talking about Hadyn?

Are you drunk or something?

I’m being serious. I really hope you’re not.

 

Why would I be drunk? I am not drunk. I’m telling you the truth.

I don’t want to see you ever again.

 

Hadyn…

 

No. Stop there’s no sense in trying to fix what I broke.

What we had, our friendship, has been ruined entirely because I ruined it.

This is all my fault, I don’t want to keep talking about this.

 

Yes, you do, I think you do. What’s going on?

Is it this Shade stuff?

 

Yes, it is. I honestly want to not be friends if it’s going to get you hurt.

It’s obvious, isn’t it?

 

No, actually I thought you really did hate me and I thought that you were really going to leave me.

 

So you think that I want to stay with you, make a relationship out of our friendship?

 

Well yeah, I was hoping so.

I could honestly care less about how much danger I’m in.

Do you understand me? We have been best friends forever, and you have been with me ever since then… I wouldn’t change anything about it.

I would follow you to the ends of the earth just to be with you.

Just to make sure that you’re safe.

 

You really think so?

You would really do that for me?

That seems like a really guy thing for you to say.

Skai, I love you so much. Like so much, you don’t even understand it.

 

I hate you.

 

No, you don’t.

 

I know I don’t, I can’t. I love you too Hadyn.

 

I put my phone back down and go back to sleep as soon as I type his name and hit send. He loves me and there’s no denying that I love him too. My mom should be proud wherever she is.

 

 


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