Chapter 28:

Chapter 28 [The Night That Snow]


"So, what just happens here?" Stephanie exclaimed causing me and Li to jump as we were surprised by the sudden appearance of Stephanie. Bookmark here

"Don't do that!" Li said then gently smack Stephanie biceps.Bookmark here

"Ouch" Stephanie yelp.Bookmark here

"Well, you deserve that," Li said.Bookmark here

My eyes fall downward looking at the plastic bag that Stephanie carrying. Stephanie notices my gaze and raises the plastic bag upward.Bookmark here

"I got it!" Stephanie said.Bookmark here

"What do you get?" I ask.Bookmark here

"Fried chicken!" Stephanie said excitedly.Bookmark here

"What?" Li and I both said at the same time.Bookmark here

"You know since we didn't get the turkey or any chicken so I went to KFC and got us a bucket of fried chicken," Stephanie said.Bookmark here

"I mean even if we get the turkey, do you know how to cook it?" Stephanie said Li and I both shrug our shoulder.Bookmark here

"Good point," Li said.Bookmark here

"Well care to tell me what happens because I just heard someone screaming?" Stephanie ask.Bookmark here

"Let me tell you a story about a selfless heroine that saves the day," Li said but was interrupted by me.Bookmark here

"Stop it,"I said nudge Li elbows with mine.Bookmark here

"Fine...Lina valiantly saves a young girl from getting crushed under a Christmas tree." Li said nonchalantly.Bookmark here

"Wow, wait how strong are you?" Stephanie puzzled and keep pressing my biceps.Bookmark here

"Stop that, I'm not that strong and it wasn't that heavy anyway," I said, Li and Stephanie raise their eyebrow and looks at each other than look back at me.Bookmark here

" 8-foot Christmas tree with a weight of 70 pounds is easy to lift up," Li said.Bookmark here

"I do a lot of squats. Come on let go home we got what we need" I said.Bookmark here

Christmas decoration such as snowman, twinkling light, and Santa life-size doll fills the street as we pass by the many apartment and shop near our own apartment. In corner of my eyes a black cloth flutter even though there is no wind blowing, I turn my head and saw nothing, thinking nothing of it I begin to walk again.Bookmark here

Reaching our apartment, we enter the front door and walk upstairs to our apartment, where we open the door to our apartment. I was amazed by the 5-foot gorgeous Christmas tree in the corner of our living room, wow the tree guy works fast and there a note on the table.Bookmark here

Thank you for saving my daughter,
I hope you enjoy the tree.Bookmark here

"Thank you....?what a minute, I forgot to ask his name," I said aloud.Bookmark here

"Whose name?" Li ask.Bookmark here

"The tree guy," I said.Bookmark here

"I think it starts with T, Todd? Turne? Tesla? hmmm" Li think aloud.Bookmark here

"Let just go with Todd, Thank you, Todd," I said.Bookmark here

"I'm gonna go ready the food while you guys decorate the tree," Stephanie said.Bookmark here

"Yes, ma'am," Li said, salute toward Stephanie and dash off to her room after she places the grocery on the counter.Bookmark here

"Do you need any help?" I ask.Bookmark here

"I will be fine," Stephanie said.Bookmark here

"If you need any help call me," I said then start walking to my room where I keep my art stuff.Bookmark here

Closing the door behind me, I finally can relax my own body. The feeling of being in your room is something else,  it feels like I was safe to be who I am, no eyes watching me or no one judging me. I walk to my messy desk filled with a stack of paper and many types of pens and pencils with some of the brush that I used to paint.Bookmark here

I begin moving the stack of paper until I reach the color paper underneath it, then moving the color paper to the center of the desk causing the CB radio to revealed itself from underneath of the stack of paper.Bookmark here

I move my hand to reach the scissor but accidentally push my draw book off my table and onto the floor, I click my tongue in annoyance and reach down to grab the drawing book. I raise the book off the floor and accidentally opening it, the page flip to a drawing of Haru and a crow perched on his head, I draw when I was in high school.Bookmark here

Where are you right now? are you cold out there? Are you eating right? this question popped into my mind as I stare at the drawing I made of Haru.Bookmark here

I sighed and closed the drawing book, placing it back on the desk. I grab the stack of color paper and a scissor then move to my bed where is take a seat at the edge of it.Bookmark here

I flip the color paper and begin cutting it, I repeat this process for a couple minute and head out of my room.Bookmark here

When I enter the living room, li and Stephanie are arguing about something. I scratch my head and walk toward Li.Bookmark here

"You can't put that on top of the Christmas tree," Stephanie said, both of her hand on the side of her waist.Bookmark here

"And why not?!" Li said her eyebrows furrow.Bookmark here

"Because you supposed to put a star there not Ryan Gosling picture!" Stephanie argued.Bookmark here

"Ryan Gosling is my star!" Li response back.Bookmark here

"Well, not my star!" Stephanie said.Bookmark here

"Then who are your star?" Li asked.Bookmark here

"Benedict Cumberbatch and that, not my point, my point is we should put a star-shaped decoration, not out personal star," Stephanie said.Bookmark here

"Fine! But I still want to hang Ryan Gosling picture on the tree" li said.Bookmark here

"Fine!" Stephanie said.Bookmark here

"Fine!!" Li said, then she took off the Ryan Gosling picture and place a star on top of the tree.Bookmark here

I facepalm my self and shake my head at the ridiculousness of the fight. I walk toward Li and unfold my cut color paper, revealing a snowflake paper that I made.Bookmark here

I hang the snowflake on the tree and help Li hang the rest of the decoration.Bookmark here

I quickly lost track of the time as I was helping Li when I look outside the sun has already begun to set and orange color hue fill the once blue sky.Bookmark here

"It's ready!" Stephanie call.Bookmark here

I look toward the kitchen, Stephanie standing in the archway holding a plate of Fried chickens, Stephanie smile brought it toward the dinner table, she then serves the food on the table.Bookmark here

Li and I finish our what we were doing and head toward the dinner table, we both sit, joining Stephanie at the dinner table.Bookmark here

"Ta-dah!" Li exclaim and clicking a button her hand, causing the Christmas tree to light up.Bookmark here

I and Stephanie clap our hand together while the light on the Christmas tree twinkle at the corner of the room.Bookmark here

"Let's eat," Stephanie said after clapping her hands.Bookmark here

We all enjoy the meal and the talk we had with each other sometimes we share a story from when we were kids after we eat, we move from the dinner table to the couch watching Christmas special movies on the flat screen tv.Bookmark here

Snack bags were open on the coffee table and we each eat our own snack with a side of whiskey while watching the movie.Bookmark here

"What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? Do you want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary" the man on the tv said.Bookmark here

"That stupid no one can give someone a moon" Li complained.Bookmark here

"Actually you can if you have a superpower," Stephanie said.Bookmark here

"Not possible, no superpowered alive in the history ever had that enough power to give someone a moon, the most powerful person that ever been recorded is the superhero Aegis" Li retort.Bookmark here

"Well you never know, the world work in a mysterious way," Stephanie said.Bookmark here

"Can we stop debating about superpowered and watch the movie?" I said.Bookmark here

"If you can choose a power? What power you would choose?" Li said.Bookmark here

"Telekinetic that would be awesome also I don't have to stand up everything I want to grab the remote" Stephanie said.Bookmark here

"I would choose super speed, no need to pay for a ride in the city," Li said.Bookmark here

"Girls?!" I grunt, li and Stephanie start giggling.Bookmark here

Ring, Ring.Bookmark here

On the desk a smartphone screen lit up, vibrate and letting out a ringtone of someone calling. I saw Stephanie arch her body forward grabbing the smartphone off the table, she stands and answers the phone while walking toward the kitchen.Bookmark here

"Stephanie speaking," she said, I managed to hear before she move away.Bookmark here

"Can I ask you a question?" Li ask me.Bookmark here

"go ahead," I said.Bookmark here

"I always see a picture of a guy you draw in your sketchbook, who is he?" Li ask.Bookmark here

"Just a guy I know" I lied.Bookmark here

"Just a guy you know? More like a guy you stalking, I always see that guy in your sketchbook, is he like your dream guy or something?" Li said.Bookmark here

"He more than that, can we please talk about him and enjoy the movie?" I said.Bookmark here

"Sure, fine, I won't touch the subject," I said.Bookmark here

We both went back to watching the movie but I can hear Stephanie voice getting louder in the kitchen.Bookmark here

"Do you want me to be there?" Stephanie said.Bookmark here

"Are you sure?, I can take the next flight to reach there?" Stephanie said.Bookmark here

"I know but— yes, yes, I love you too," Stephanie said when she ends the call.Bookmark here

Stephanie walks into the room and says "I'm going to head to bed early". Her eyes teary and you can see the forced smile on her face.Bookmark here

Stephanie walks into her room and closes the door. I turn my head toward Li and she did the same thing, we nod at each other and then we both stand up from the couch heading toward Stephanie room door.
I knock on Stephanie door while Li is standing beside me, Stephanie doesn't answer. I go ahead and open the door revealing Stephanie wiping her eyes with her hands.Bookmark here

"What going on? Are you okay?" I ask.Bookmark here

"Brandon dad—just passed away" Stephanie wept.Bookmark here

I and Li both rush toward and embrace her with our body, Stephanie return our embrace but she couldn't hold herself from crying anymore. That night seems the longest night that Stephanie ever felt, she cry and sob without non-stop.Bookmark here

I glance toward the window as I was in group hug comforting Stephanie and I can see snowflake fall piece by piece, tonight could have been a truly beautiful night if not for the terrible news.Bookmark here

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My leg dangle from the side of the metal container, the salty cold breeze blew my face with force but I didn't care, it not the cold that grabs my attention but it the bottle of pill I'm holding, I look at it for a while and clench it with my fingers then i store it in my pocket.Bookmark here

"Rider, can you hear me? "Cindy's voice came from the earpiece I wearing.Bookmark here

"Clear as the driven snow," I said to the earpiece with built-in microphone.Bookmark here

"Speaking of snow, it very rare for Lunarhaven to snow, must be a Christmas miracle," Cindy said.Bookmark here

"Your right," I said and held out my hand to catch one of the snowflake falling, it falls to my palm and begins to melt from the warmth of my body.Bookmark here

"The ship is inbound, can you see it?" Cindy ask.Bookmark here

I look at the distance and managed to see the silhouette of the cargo ship in the distance.Bookmark here

"Let's begin the assault," I said.Bookmark here

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