Steel and Spell

By Celeste Lavin All Rights Reserved ©

Fantasy / Romance

Chapter 2

It was a non-stop day of sitting in front of my computer and doing school assignments. Even when my mom brought me food I didn’t even realize she had entered my bedroom and left a tray on the desk beside me. The essays were at least more easy to do. The historical investigation was a pain in the ass. But that doesn’t mean they were actually easy to do. When it was 6 PM, I had finished the two essays and I was almost sure that my hands were with arthritis because of the damn typing. The only good thing was that I didn’t faint.

I grabbed my phone and saw if I had any notification or something.

Lucas: How you’re doing? - 3h ago

“Shit. That was three hours ago?!” My mind went instantly to the thought that he already hated me for not answering right away. Still, I made an answer instantly.

Me: I’m so sorry! I was finishing school work and I didn’t notice the message. But yeah, I’m doing fine thanks for asking😊

Not even a minute passed and he answered.

Lucas: Glad to know😉What ya doing?

Me: Resting for almost 6 hours of working non-stop. You?

Lucas: Thinking about you😏

Me: Okay, and I’m Beyoncé.

Lucas comment made my heart skip a beat, but of course he couldn’t know that...that would be really awkward. So I went for my reliable partner; sarcasm.
Plus, talking with sarcasm and sassiness was way more easy behind the screen.

Lucas: I’m serious.

Me: Me too.

Lucas: I don’t know why but I sense the sarcasm flowing out of the screen🙄😂

Me: Don’t know why Sherlock😂

Lucas: You’re too sassy when you are on your phone...let’s see if that happens in person.

I blinked at the text in my screen and typed quickly.

Me: What do you mean?

Some minutes passed and I bit my lip and decided to text him again.

Me: Lucas?

Me: Lucas, can you answer, please?

A while passed with him not answering. “He is coming, right?” My mind drifted to that thought and I laughed. “Like that would happen to me.” I thought.

My thoughts were interrupted by a message.

Lucas: Open your window

Me: What? Why?

Lucas: Do you want me to fall when I climb up?

Without even thinking I went to the window and looked outside, just to see him waving at me. My eyes widened and they were probably the size of dish plates.

“Holyshitholyshitholyshitholyshit” I started panicking.

I opened the window just to look at him incredulously.

“What?” he said with a shrug, but with a mischievous grin on his face.

“You’re kidding me, right? You can’t do this! My mom is going to kill me!” I said in half a whisper half a shout moving my hands frantically to put emphasis.

“Not if she doesn’t catch me.” he said while starting to climb.

“You’re crazy.”

I took a step back when he reached my window. He jumped and landed perfectly inside my room.

“I never said I wasn’t.” he said with a victory smile.

I still couldn’t believe what was happening. I mean, we barely knew each other! This wasn’t a romance novel where the girl’s crush has a sudden curiosity for her and then they fall in love and then there is a happy ending. The situation was crazy and unreal to me.

Or he was just worried about me, and it was as probable as the first option.

I rolled my eyes and went into the bathroom to look at myself. To say I was a mess it was an understanding. I looked like shit. I had a messy bun, pajama shorts, and a black twenty-one pilots two sizes bigger shirt. Plus, my eyes were red from looking six hours straight my computer and I had huge bags under my eyes from a lot of nights staying up late, worrying about my all-so-called future with a probable sickness. I groaned inwardly and the only thing I wanted to do was hit my head with the mirror. But I knew that wouldn’t have ended up well. I went into my bedroom just to see him laying down in my bed with his arms and legs spread wide open. I chuckle at the position and he lifted his head up. When he saw me, he gave me a crooked smile and winked.

I rolled my eyes and went to the computer.

“Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to start a historical investigation that I had to deliver last week.” I was about to sit on the chair when a pair of strong arms wrapped around my waist and lifted me up.

“No, you are not.” he whispered in my ear, his breath tickling.

Shaking all the nervousness away and the damn feelings I answered back.

“But this thing takes at least 3 days to complete and I don’t even know when I’m going back to school!” I whined like a five-year-old kid.

He put me on the floor, turned me around and put his hands on my shoulders to look at him. His gaze was just on me.

“First of all, seeing what happened today to you, you’re probably not going back to school for a long time. So that gives you plenty of time to finish it. Second of all, you’re very intelligent, you’ll manage to finish it earlier. And last, you have been working all the damn day! So stop worrying and live a little.” he said.

I glared at him. Some seconds went by and then I finally gave in.

“Fine. What do you want to do then?” I said with a bored look to suppress my smile.

He grinned and fist bumped the air.

“We’re watching a movie.” He grabbed my wrists and directed me to my bed, where the TV hung on the opposite wall.

He kicked his shoes off and placed himself on the bed beside me. I grabbed the remote control and turned on the TV. I put Netflix and waited meanwhile it was loading. Suddenly, the remote control was snatched from my hands.

“Hey! That’s not fair!” I tried to reach for it, but his arms were much longer than mine. And if I kept trying, I would have probably ended up falling on top of him. THAT would have been really embarrassing.

“I’m the guest, so I’m going to choose.” he said with a smug smile on his face.

“I didn’t even invite you.” I retorted back with narrowed eyes.

He shrugged and kept going through the movies. I rolled my eyes at the absence of a response and just kept watching the movies he passed through.

“That one!” I said pointing to one of my favorites.

“No.”

“That one looks nice.”

“No, it isn’t.”

“That movie is really good.”

“Nice try.”

I sighed and gave up at my attempts of choosing a movie. Why did he have to be so damn resilient?

“This one.” he said with a smug smile.

I looked up to the TV to see it was actually one of my favorite movies. The Expendables 3.

“Why are you smiling? Shouldn’t girls hate this type of movies?”

I turned my head to see him with an incredulous look.

“Really Lucas? I thought you were more intelligent than that. I didn’t see you as the stereotype type of person.” I said it without thinking.

He looked surprised and my cheeks turned red in embarrassment.

“I mean, umm-”

“No, you’re right. I shouldn’t have said that.”

I avoided his look and bit my lip.

He looked at me with a puzzled look.

“Still, why do you like them?” he asked, probably curious.

“My dad. We always watched this kind of movies. I remember my mom scolding my dad for showing me movies of that kind at such a young age.” A chuckle escaped my lips at the memory.

“And your dad...” he said carefully with a questioning look and a worried one mixed.

I shook my head instantly thinking he got the wrong idea.

“My parents got divorced two years ago. He left and went to live in another state. I haven’t seen him since.”

“I’m-”

“Don’t. Is not your fault.” I looked at him with a sincere smile. “But thanks anyway, it’s always nice to know you have someone that worries.” I gently elbowed him and I smiled brightly.

“I live with my dad and two older brothers. As much as I seem to know about girls, I don’t, so you’ll have to forgive me if I say things like that.” He said with a frown on his face as if he was thinking. It spiked curiosity in me but didn’t say anything. It wasn't my business.

“The testosterone in that house is strong.” he ended with a chuckle that made me laugh. I sent him a smile and nodded in understanding, saying no more in the matter.

“Okay, enough talking. Let’s watch the movie.” I said while I snatched the remote control and put play.

The movie started and I was watching it with excitement. When there are explosions and things go flying around it’s the best part of the movies. No, there’s better. The best is the ultimate fight between the good guys and the bad ones. The tension is so strong and your nerves get at a point, and you never know who is going to die.

When I turned to see him he was watching me intensely with his bright green eyes. Something, passed his eyes in a flash, like a light, but I could have imagined it.

“What?” I looked at him and tilted my head. He chuckled and shook his head.

“Nothing.” he said in a mere whisper. He scooched closer and put his arm around my shoulders.

I shrugged and rested my head on his shoulder. We kept watching the movie in silence until it finished. When the credits were rolling I got off his grasp and stood up to stretch myself and unintentionally yawned.

“You look like crap.” he said bluntly.

“Thank you for increasing my ego. I really appreciate it.” I said rolling my eyes.

He chuckled and got up from the bed.

“I’m going to let you sleep so you can look less like crap.” That earned a glare which he just decided to ignore.

He went to the window and put a leg out through it.

“See you soon, Lib.” He said in a low voice, a mischievous glint in his eyes.

I blinked and just stare at the window. “Well, that was... weird.”

I sighed and went into the bathroom.

“That went well.” I thought while brushing my teeth. I really thought that I would be a horrible mess of nervousness and babbling nonsense, which happens every time I’m in a situation where I found myself very nervous. I wasn’t nervous at all. In fact, I found myself quite comfortable around him, even though it was the first time we hung out. Did I really have a crush on him?

“Maybe you don’t like him in that way. Maybe you never did. Maybe it was just the fact that he’s really good looking that you thought you had a crush on him.” The reasoning voice in my head said.

I spat out the foamy toothpaste in my mouth and looked myself in the mirror and got to a conclusion; I didn’t like him in a romantic way.

Yes, I got nervous when he was really close to me, but I had a perfect explanation for that. First of all, I had never been in a relationship before and I was not used to being around man. Second of all, I was so terribly around boys, that if I hadn’t been drunk on Hanna’s birthday party last year, I would have still had virgin lips. And no, I’m not the kind of person that always gets wasted in a party. I had been in that state only three times, so don’t think bad of me.

With that thought in mind, I went to sleep. It was like a burden was lifted from my shoulders.

“I hope we can still be friends.” I thought while slowly drifting to a peaceful sleep.

Suddenly, I was rudely interrupted by someone opening my door and literally ran to my bed and smashed me against it.

I groaned in pain and started to wiggle my body to get rid of the weight on top of me. When I finally could move and I pushed the thing over I heard how it fell to the ground with a loud thud and cursed better than a pirate could ever do. Only someone I knew could do that. I turned over to turn on the lights and see if my suspicions were correct.

“Aria? Oh my god what are you doing here?!” I shrieked in excitement at the sight of my sister and got up in a jump to hug her. She was supposed to be across the country, studying for her career in one of the most prestigious universities in America.

“Visiting you, isn’t it obvious?” she said in an obvious tone that made me roll my eyes while she hugged me in a tight hug. She looked tired and her clothes were all wrinkled. She probably had tiring hours of flights and waiting.

She released me from her hug and looked at me in concern.

“Are you alright?” she said examining me with concern.

“I don’t know, I mean, I was just crushed by an overweight sister...” I said with one hand on my chin, making it look like I was deep in thought. She smacked me lightly on my arm and rolled her eyes.

“You know what I mean...” she said with a serious face that matched her tone.

I sighed and lead her to my bed to sit down.

“I’m alright, besides the random faintings and everything. I suppose mom already told you the doctor said I had nothing serious to be afraid of... -she nodded quickly- the thing is that they still don’t know what is wrong with me.”

She still looked worried. She grabbed my hand and we stayed in silence for a while.

“The good news is that today I only fainted once, and in doing so, I got Lucas number-her eyes widened and her mouth opened slightly- and then we watched a movie together and then I figured out that I don’t have a crush on him anymore.” I ended with a small satisfactory smile on my lips.

She looked shocked, to say the least. Her jaw was literally on the floor.

“Wait, too much information. Did you just say you don’t like him anymore?”

I nodded and smiled, trying to hide the fact I wanted to laugh at her hilarious reaction to the news.

“Now, tell me everything, slowly and detailed.” she said still trying to process the information. I had liked Lucas since middle school, so her confusion was legit.

I told her everything that happened earlier that day. When I passed out on the grass, Lucas carrying me in bride style to my bedroom, the damn essays and then finally the movie part. She didn’t utter a single word while I was speaking and I laughed occasionally because of her reactions.

“Woah. Just...woah.” she said looking at me with a grin. “Well, this shows that not always things go the way we want.” she said, but a sad look flashed her beautiful features instantly. I could be a chicken head sometimes, but that didn’t go past me.

“What’s wrong?” I said automatically and grabbed her hands. We always did this between us to show the other one she could trust her. Suddenly, her eyes seemed to water.

“Oh, don’t cry!” I said while giving her a tight hug. She wasn’t the type of girl who cried frequently. I hated when she did it though. She was one of the strongest girls I had ever met and when she cried it was because something awful happened. I waited for her sobs to stop and until she calmed down she started explaining.

“Nick cheated on me.” she said in a small voice that I almost didn’t hear if it wasn’t because the whole house was in silence.

“HE DID WHAT?!” I shouted in an angry voice that I didn’t anticipate. She put her hand over my mouth before I could say anything else. Nick and she were going to celebrate 3 years of relationship this year. The guy was decent, that’s what I thought. Still, I always thought the guy was weird, but I never thought he would do something like that.

“Shhh, mom is asleep.” After this statement, I tried to control myself. When mom woke up because someone disturbed her, it wasn’t pretty. “Besides I haven’t told her yet”.

“You beated the shit out of him, right?” I questioned her with a serious tone I never used.

“I...just wanted to stay away from him, you know? I immediately broke up with him and then I just wanted to have some peace of mind.” she said closing her now puffy and red eyes while rubbing her temples.

“That’s why you came, didn’t you?” I looked at her worried. Her eyes shot open and she started to explain herself.

“It’s not that I wasn’t worried about you or anything like that, it’s jus-”

“Hey, it’s okay. Don’t worry about me being angry with you. I understand you...so don’t worry.” I gave her my best comforting smile. She smiled back and nodded. I went to pick up my phone that was connected to the power next to me to see it was 00:26 AM. Time passed really fast and tiredness strucked me like a cold bucket of water.

My sister probably saw the tired look I had and gave me a quick good night. She left to her old room and I sat on my bed looking nothing specifically. I grabbed my phone again and unplugged it from the power seeing it had its battery full. I stood up to go to the bathroom with my phone on my right hand and started walking slowly because of all that time seated on my bed.

Suddenly, in mid-walk, dizziness overwhelmed me. “Oh fuck, not now.” I thought while looking anywhere I could grab myself to. But I was too slow. My body fell to the ground numb and I closed my eyes for the impact. Fortunately, I put my hands to make the fall less painful, but it still hurt like hell. Black spots blurred my vision, my energy was sucked away from me. My eyes fluttered closed and everything went pitch dark.

Who thought this was going to be the start of a journey where I would not be the same person ever again.

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