I had left, but I came back and I was like, 'ANDY' and then someone said he left like fifteen minutes ago. Next time!
Leo took Lisa to the only place that he could think of. He walked up the front porch of the small white house and paused. Leo gripped Lisa’s hand slightly tighter, then knocked on the door. A tall thin girl opened the door. She had short, dark brown hair streaked with lighter shades. Her eyes were a blazing blue that had once lit Leo’s world up. Her face was sharp and angular.
“June.” Leo said. “I need your help.”
Leo’s ex-girlfriend watched him through narrow eyes. “You broke up with me.” June said, her voice slightly hoarse and scratchy. “You told me that is wasn’t working.”
“I lied.” Leo said miserably. “I-”
“I know.” June said softly. “I heard that you had to take care of Lisa.” June took a step toward Leo and Lisa and wrapped her arms around Leo’s shoulders. June released him quickly, stepping back. “I’m not mad at you.” She said. “You did what you had to.”
“Are you Leo’s girlfriend?” Lisa asked.
“Not anymore.” June said. “What’s wrong?”
Leo told June about what had happened between him and Uncle Hugh. At the end, June was trying not to laugh. “You really knocked him down the porch?”
“It was scary.” Lisa said softly.
June glance at Lisa and the smile fell from her lips. “I’m sorry, Lisa.” June said.
“We needed a place to stay for the night.” Leo said. “Please, June. We need your help.”
“If you do stay, you’ll need to get up at about five in the morning.” June warned. “My parents are gone, and I don’t think they’ll like finding you here.”
“If you’ll get in trouble-” Leo began but June cut him off. “Let me rephrase that.” June said. She grabbed Leo’s hand and pulled him into the house. “You two are staying the night here and you’ll be gone by five-thirty.”
“Thank you.” Leo said.
“No problem.” June said. “If you come back again tomorrow afternoon, I may be able to convince my parents to let you stay a little bit longer.”
“Why aren’t you Leo’s girlfriend anymore?” Lisa asked. Leo’s face turned as red as a cherry and June laughed. “We just stopped talking.” June said.
“Leo can be boring.” Lisa agreed. She pulled her hand free from a stunned Leo’s and walked over to the light tan couch. Lisa sat down on it.
“She’s right, you know.” June said straight faced. Then she sneezed loudly. Lisa screamed. She jumped off the couch and ran away from Leo and June.
“What did I do?” June asked, confused. “It’s just allergies.”
“Lisa has hypochondria.” Leo said. “And how do you have allergies? It’s about thirty degrees outside. Nothing’s alive.”
“I could be allergic to you.” June pointed out. “But will it really scare her that much?”
“I’ll explain it to her.” Leo promised. He walked away from June and began to look for Lisa. He found her at the end of a long hallway, hiding in a closet. “You can come out, Lisa.” Leo said softly. “June’s not sick.”
“Then why did she sneeze?” Lisa asked. Her eyes were wide with fear.
“Because she has allergies.” Leo said in a soothing voice.
“Allergies?” Lisa asked. “Not a sickness.”
“Just allergies.” June said from behind Leo. “You won’t get sick.”
Lisa sniffled and walked out of the closet. “Promise?”
“Promise.” June said, holding out her hand. Lisa took it hesitantly and allowed June to lead her out into the living room. “Would you like to watch some cartoons?” June asked. “Yeah.” Lisa’s happy voice drifted down the hallway to Leo. He wiped a tear out of his eye as he remembered the last time he had heard June say the word ‘promise’. When she had promised to never let him go. Leo had said the thing back. “I’m so sorry, June.” He whispered. He felt like June was still keeping her promise after all the time that had passed since they had dated. “I never meant to do this to you.”
“Are you coming, Leo?” June called.
“Yeah.” Leo replied as he walked back to his sister and his ex-girlfriend.
Several hours later, Leo and June were sitting on the couch, cross-legged at either side. Lisa had her head on Leo’s shoulder. Her eyes were closed and she was fast asleep.
“You can take her to my room if you want.” June said, but Leo shook his head. “She’s fine.” He said.
June smiled. “Leo, my room’s not going to bite.”
Leo rolled his eyes. “Really?” They both laughed. “Fine. If you’re going to fight me over it, I’ll put her in your bed.” He gently picked Lisa up and carried her down the hallway to June’s bedroom.
June’s bedroom was almost identical to Leo’s, expect for the fact that almost everything in the room was a shade of blue. Leo gently put his sister down on the bed and tucked her in using one of the the blankets laying in a crumpled heap at the foot of the bed.
Leo stood for a moment, watching Lisa sleep. Then he walked back to June and sat in the same place. “Thank you, June.” Leo said. “You didn’t need to do this.”
“I know.” June said. “But you needed my help.”
“Thank you.” Leo said again. June sighed. “Leo, if all you do is thank me, we’ll never get a
chance to talk.”
“Okay then.” Leo said. “What do you want to talk about?”
“It’s just.....” June’s voice trailed off. “I’ve missed you, Leo.”
“I’ve missed you too.” Leo said. “And..... I’m sorry.”
June looked surprised. “For what?”
“I’m promised that I would never let you go.” Leo said. “And I left you.”
“I don’t care about that.” June said. “To me, you never broke your promise. You didn’t leave me for some other girl or something. You left me for your family.” June scooted down the couch and briefly embraced him. When she let go, June did not move back to the other end of the couch.
“June, your couch is here.” Leo said softly. “Your dining room table is here. But half of the chairs from the table are missing. So is the loveseat and the coffee table. What’s going on?”
June bit her lower lip. “My parents are getting a divorce.” She said quietly. “My mom’s leaving.”
“I’m sorry, June.” Leo said. They sat in silence for several minutes.
“It’s fine.” June finally said. “You can’t do anything about it.”
Leo was silent for a moment as he watched June’s face and saw a tear run down it. “You’re still my best friend, June.”
“You don’t love me anymore, do you?” June asked.
Leo slowly shook his head. “I’m sorry, June.” Leo was surprised when June punched him on the shoulder. “Ow! What was that for?”
“The apologizing is the same thing as the thanking.” June said. “Quit it!”
“Fine.” Leo said.
June sighed. “I know you, Leo. Something is wrong. What is it?”
“I think that I ruined all of it.” Leo said softly. “If Uncle Hugh has me arrested, what’s going to happen to Lisa?”
“She can stay here with me.” June said simply. “My parents wouldn’t mind if she stayed.”
“Are you sure?” I asked.
June bit her lower lip. “No.”
“June..” Leo mumbled. He felt upset that June had done so much for him and Lisa, but Leo had done so little for her.
June reached out and out her hand on Leo’s shoulder. “Everything will work out in the end, Leo. It always does.”
“For better or for worse?” Leo asked miserably.
“I don’t know.” June said sadly. “I just know that it will work out.”
June got up and walked away. She came back in a few moments with two thin, purple blankets. “Sorry I don’t have anything thicker.” She said, tossing one of the blankets to Leo. He caught it.
“Goodnight.” June said. She started to lay down on the floor.
“Wait!” Leo said. “You can sleep on the couch.”
“You’re my guest.” June said.
“You’re a girl.” Leo countered. June’s arm moved like a whip. Her blanket slapped Leo on the face. “I told you not to say stuff like that!” June said.
“I wasn’t trying to say you’re weak or anything.” Leo said. “I was being chivalrous. You know, a gentleman.”
“You’re still my guest.” June said.
“Then you can sleep on one end.” Leo said. “It’s a big enough couch.”
“No. it’s not.” June said.
“June!” Leo said.
June rolled her eyes. She walked over to the light switch on the wall and turned the lights off. Then she sat back down on the couch. She pulled her blanket over herself, and Leo did the same. “Goodnight, Leo.”
“Goodnight, June.” Leo said. Leo was about to enter the Valley when he heard something odd. A slight clicking sound.
“June, are you cold?” Leo asked.
“Y-yeah.” June said.
“Come here.” Leo said.
“N-no.” June said. “W-we aren’t g-going out anymore. Y-you don’t need to c-cuddle with me.”
“June, unless you want me to give you my blanket, come here.” Leo said.
June was silent for a moment. Then Leo heard her feet touch the ground. June walked over to Leo and sat down next to him. Leo sat up straighter and wrapped his arms around June’s shoulders, pulling her close. June rested her head on Leo’s chest, and Leo rested his head on top of her’s.
“Goodnight, June.” Leo said. He took a deep breath and closed his eyes. One, two, three. The last thing that Leo heard was June’s whispered, “Goodnight, Leo.”
Well, that's all of chapter 6, Lexus!
It's getting spicy! Though you know I don't like this little love twist that's going on, I like June's personality. She's very sweet with a bit of a twist.. it's great, I love her as a character. I KNOW WHAT SHE IS UP TO. Leo, girls are tricky, don't fall for this. I'm really excited to see where this goes! And I was going to tell you, in the third post of the chapter, it says 'I'm promised' wher eit shoul be 'I'. (:
Ha, here I am doing a little spell check for you and yet I spelled 'where it' wrong. .-.
Haha! Thanks, Lexus!
Jeeze. Are you actually up at 7:53?
Yep! I was actually up at 7, but I needed to cook breakfast.
That actually sounds really cool (and a tad bit creepy-but I've always found dolls creepy). It you can pull it off, you'd have heck of an original idea! Reply to me when you get something posted and I'll check it out! :)
Wow, now that summer is here, the bed and I are very close. I sleep in pretty late.
Hey Andy, would you mind if I post the poem 'Avalanche' that I wrote for Adelle? I will include in the author's comment that it's a poem I wrote from the novel you and I collaborate on. I really like that poem and if you don't mind me posting it, I am going to edit it a bit. Thanks. (-:
No, not at all! It's your poem.
Thanks! You're the best.
UGH. I tried to post this like two days ago and I guess it never went. Anyways, ANDY. I MISS YOU. How have you been? I have been crazy busy lately and I have had little to no time for TeenInk. I hope you are doing well. (: