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After I said all that stuff, I went up to the tree house. I could hear them arguing from my room and I just wanted to take in that all the information Mom said in her journals, was in fact true.
My phone went off and Ricky’s name popped up. I opened the message and read it: Athena is with me. Just a heads up.
I packed a bowl and took a high. Releasing it and replying back to Ricky: Thks man, a lot of shit happened today.
I heard someone come up to the tree house and Dad appeared. He sat down on the other chair and put his head in his hands. “How bad has your mother been drinking?” He asked as I handed him my bowl pack.
“Bad. Athena hasn’t noticed as much as I have, but she’s drinking a wine bottle a day, almost.” I replied. My Dad grabbed my lighter and took a hit.
“Where’s Athena?” He asked. Handing me the bowl pack.
“She’s with Ricky. Ricky just texted me, letting me know.” I said, I knew I could trust Dad, with where Athena was. He’s always liked Ricky and treated him like a son. “Just don’t tell Mom, she doesn’t want Athena and Ricky to get together.”
Dad shook his head. He knew that Athena has always had a thing for Ricky, I have too, but Mom just wants Athena to see other people and not just one guy. “Your mother just doesn’t want her to follow her footsteps.”
“I know, but the more she tells them not to be together, they will find a way.” I said, taking another hit. “I’m sorry we read her journals. I know we shouldn’t of done it, but we were curious with her past.”
“It’s not your fault. We should’ve told you guys sooner about my sister, but how much did you read?” Dad asked as I took another hit and handed him the bowl pack.
“We know about Mom’s childhood and that there was this ‘James’ guy. We stopped reading after she mentioned Marie being a vampire.” I sighed. “I mean Aunt Marie.”
My Dad tapped my shoulder. “I’m sorry we are now just telling you, but I went to go see her. The reason why she hasn’t been around or mentioned is that we have always feared that she would feed on you guys.”
I played with the lighter, flicking it off and on. I kinda understood where my parents were coming from, but I wish they told us sooner. “I understand, but I want to meet her. I’m sure Athena does too.”
I looked up at my father, as he pulled out his phone and handed it to me. Showing me a picture of a woman. She had long black hair and her eyes we a golden yellow. Her skin was pale, but she beautiful. I looked back up at my father. “This her?” I asked. He nodded.
“Yes. You can meet her, but I have to explain something to you kids.” He sighed and wrapped his arm around my neck. “I missed you guys so much.”
I nodded. My dad and I smoked and hung out, just like we would’ve done on a normal day, but I was glad he was back home. We needed him.
I finally parked my car at my usual place, it was were I went when I wanted to be alone. Only this time, I wasn’t. I was with the girl I loved. I turned off the engine and we just sat in silence. I looked over at Athena and couldn’t help to notice how beautiful she looked.
She held a blanket in her hands, must of been something she was working on, but they had my favorite color all over it. Navy blue. I waited to see if she was going to speak, but she kept looking down at the blanket.
“I’m glad you called.” I spoke, hoping that would get a conversation started.
“A lot’s going on.” She finally answered. She then handed me the blanket. I smiled at her. “Here, I made this for you. I figured I would give it to you.”
I took the blanket, it was soft to the touch, but it meant more to me than she knew. It was made by her, and it would be something I would never let anything happen to it.
“Athena, thank you. I love it.” I said. I wanted to kiss her, but I didn’t want her to get upset or hurt, by me. “Listen, I need to tell you something.”
I took a deep breath in. “I’m leaving.” I hurt for me to say it, but it needed to be done. I was leaving. I have been planning this for awhile, but it was something that I have been wanting to do for awhile. I had gotten a RV and was planning on traveling the world. I had managed to transfer to online classes, until I found where I wanted to be.
Her face looked hurt as I said those words. “Leaving?” She spoke. I tear stumbled down her cheek in shock. “W-Why?” She asked.
“I’ve finally managed to save up some money to travel and I’m leaving. Tonight.” Athena’s face was still in shock. It seemed she didn’t know what to say. I really didn’t want to ask this, but it slipped out. “I wanted to ask you if you wanted to come with me, but-”
“Yes.” She interrupted me, I was shocked with her answer. She answered so quickly that my mind had to remind myself what I just asked. She said yes… I wasn’t expecting her to say anything, especially not right away.
“Are you serious? Don’t you want to think about it?” I asked.
“Yes, I’m sure, but on one condition.”
“Logan has to come with us.” She said. I don’t think Logan would leave with us, but I guess it’s worth a try.
“Of course.” I paused and smiled at her. I moved my face in closer to hers and she didn’t move a muscle as I pulled some hair behind her ear. “You are so beautiful, Athena.” I said as our foreheads touched together, our lips almost inches away. “Be with me, Athena. Let’s be together.”
I leaned in and pressed my lips up against hers. The feeling never changed, from the last time we kissed. It was still as amazing as before. I felt myself starting to get hot, just from it, but I pulled away, just staring at her.
“Yes.” Athena said, smiling at me, her cheeks red from probably blushing so much. “I’ll be with you.” Once she said those words, my heart started to beat very fast.
I turned, to start the car. This was going to be a new journey for both of us. A fresh start for all three of us.
My heart was still fluttering as we drove back to my house. My dream had come true, but I still didn’t believe it was real. Ricky was holding my hand tight as he drove. I can’t believe I was agreeing to this. Leaving with Ricky, starting fresh, hopefully, my brother would come with us.
I pulled out my phone and texted Logan that I was on my way home, making sure that Mom wouldn’t freak out and get upset over what I was going to do. Even with my Dad finally home, I wanted to leave with Ricky.
As he pulled into my driveway and got out of the car and walked over the other side of the car. Ricky smiled at me as I leaned in to give him a kiss. “I’ll be right back.” I said as I headed up the drive way and into my house.
I quickly walked into Logan’s room and closed the door behind me. “Finally, you’re back.” Logan said as he sat up onto his bed. “Dad wouldn’t tell me anything until you got here.”
“Well, I’m not staying for long.” I spoke. Logan had a shocked look on his face.
“Wait, what do you mean you aren’t staying long? Athena, what’s going on?” He asked as I looked down at my phone, Ricky sent me a text.
I replied back saying to give me an extra few minutes. I took a deep breath. “I’m leaving. With Ricky. Tonight.” I said. My brother stood up and looked confused. “Look, I want you to come with us. Ricky is leaving to travel across the country and find somewhere to settle down. He asked me to go and I said yes, but I told him I wanted you to come as well.”
Logan started to pace in his room, back and forth. He stopped in front of me, trying to understand what I had just said to him. “So, you are going to leave with Ricky and never come back?”
“You want to do that now, even when Dad finally came back?” Logan asked, again. “You are sure you want to do this?” He asked again.
“I’m sure, but I don’t want to leave you behind.” He sighed and threw his hand in his hair.
“Fuck it, let’s go.” He said as a smiled showed on my face, he grabbed his back pack and started to pack. I ran into my room and did the same. I grabbed my crocheting hooks and some of my books, but I stopped when I saw the photograph I had. It was a picture of all of us, 5 years ago. My parents, Logan and me. When we were at our happiness. I threw it into the bag and packed more clothes.
My bedroom didn’t look empty, but it wasn’t the same. I grabbed my box underneath my bed and took all the cash I had. It wasn’t much, but I had saved it over time with babysitting the past 2 summers. Tossing that into the bag and opening my window.
Logan was already waiting for me and grabbed my first bag, heading over to Ricky, who parked on the side. Before I was able to get out of the window, I heard my name. “Athena, wait.”
I turned and saw my father. He didn’t come to pull me back into my bedroom, he gave me a hug and handed me two things. The family laptop and a letter addressed to Logan and I. “I love you and your brother so much. Keep in contact with me and I’ll meet up with you guys soon.”
I was confused. “What do you mean, dad?”
“I’ll explain later, but go. I’ll be calling you guys in the morning.” He gave me a kiss on the forehead and helped me out of my window. I ran over to the car and got into the back seat, as I watched my childhood home become distance from between us.
I took a deep breath and looked out the window. This path was a new one, something that I never thought would happen.
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