AN: Short but they will get longer. Swear
I sat in Stronghold's kitchen, staring at the breakfast Josie had made and thinking about last night. Steve had called the cops and my parents were in custody. I knew that telling the jury what they did to us would get them locked up for a while but when they get out, then what? Will they come after Matt and me? No. I won't let that happen. I thought back to the events of last night.
"He's my son." Magenta growled inhumanly and I could see her start to shift. Saphire and Matt ran in through the back when they saw dad at the front door. She healed what she saw quickly and before she could finish, I stood and walked over to where they would.
"Dad, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to.." he cut me off.
"We'll talk at home." he spat and I shrunk back, knowing what he meant. "Now, Josie, I'm going to take my kid and be on my way." he said, gripping my arm. The action was unexpected and he had grabbed a bruised area so I cried out before I knew what I was doing.
"Like hell you are Jason." Steve glared.
"They are my kids. Anne and I do what we please. Right Lash?" I flinched and nodded when his grip tightened significantly. Suddenly I looked up and I was alone with Steve. He was coming closer but there was an evil glint in his eye. I backed away until my back was to the wall.
"N-no please. Please don't." I begged. Steve could hurt me so much worse physically. I sunk down and curled into myself, hoping he would change his mind.
"STOP! What are you doing to him?" Magenta's voice broke through. I looked up and everyone was back. Steve had my dad pinned and my mom had come. Layla had her held down with vines. Matt was next to me, trying to help me up. I looked over and the glowworm had the phone pressed to his ear, talking frantically. It became harder to breath and the world faded to nothing as I slumped onto my brother.
I had woken up on a bed to Josie telling me everything was okay but it wasn't. It never will be as long as Matt and I are with them. I got up and mumbled that I was going for a walk. Josie looked at me and smiled sadly before nodding. I handed her my untouched plate and walked out, bumping into Magenta. I pushed past her and kept walking.
"Lash, where are you going?" she asked, following me.
"For a walk."
"Well I'll come-" I cut her off.
"Alone." I snapped, giving her an icy glare.
"Lash.." she gave me that look. The look that said she felt sorry for me. Fucking pity.
"Look, guinea pig," I snapped. "Leave me alone if you're gonna sit there and feel bad for me. I don't need you or anyone feeling bad for something that I don't give a fuck about anymore okay? Just, leave me alone and don't talk to me anymore." I said, walking away. My heart broke at the crestfallen expression on her face. But I couldn't turn back, so I kept walking away. I ignored her calling after me and went behind a few backyards, hoping to lose her and I did.
It was wrong of me but I couldn't depend on her. She'll see how broken I am and get tired of trying to fix me. I was helping her and myself at the same time. She'll thank me one day.