Phew! Finally that cheeky blue locomotive is leaving me alone long enough for me to write chapter 5!
I do not own TOME or it's characters.
“Ouch! Alright, alright cool your tail, Miss High and Mighty!”
Kirbopher had almost dropped the bag of cat food when his cat scratched his foot trying to be noticed. She was obviously very hungry. Kirbopher tipped some kibbles into her bowl and placed it on the ground.
“Here you go, Your Majesty.” he grumbled sarcastically, then left the cat to her meal and went to the living room. He put his shoes on and picked up a bag from the corner of the room.
“Oh man, he's gonna love this.”
It's been three days now since now since Flamegirl found Alpha in the ally that rainy evening, and things were progressing...well kinda slow. That's to be expected though. This wasn't gonna be an overnight fix. Especially after what that poor guy must've gone through all these years. It was probably gonna take weeks, months, even years to sort out. Heck Alpha may NEVER get over it.
After what he went through he deserves something that will make him smile. Kirbopher thought to himself as he left his apartment and went down one flight stairs to Flamegirl's apartment. He knocked on the door and waited. The door opened revealing Flamegirl still in her dressing gown.
“Oh hey Kirb, you're early.”
“I did say I'll come back early didn't I?”
“Yes, but I didn't think it would be THIS early.” said Flamegirl. “I'm actually glad you're here though. Could you watch Alpha while I take a shower?”
“Sure. How is he anyway?” asked Kirbopher.
“Still a bit nervous. Said Flamegirl sadly. Then whispered;
“You should've seen him when he spilled some hot chocolate yesterday after you left. He looked like I was gonna murder him.”
Kirbopher let out a low whistle.
“Wow, that bad huh?”
“Yeah, forget nervous, that poor boy is utterly traumatized.” said Flamegirl.
“I can't say I blame him.” said Kirb sadly as Flamegirl invited him in. “I mean just seeing your own mother die right in front of you, would really mess you up.”
Kirbopher and Flamegirl walked into the living room and see Alpha sitting on the sofa.
“Hey dude, how's it going?”
Alpha just looked at the floor nervously. Flamegirl walked up to him.
“I'll be right back okay?” she said kindly then left the room.
Kirbopher and Alpha were now alone.
Kirbopher shuffled his feet awkwardly.
“So....you settling in okay?” he asked hoping against hope that it would spark a conversation, but Alpha merely shrugged. “Okaaay, erm, hey I got you something. I never use it anymore so I thought maybe you'd like it.”
Kirbopher put the bag down and pulled out a black slightly battered Nintendo Gamecube.
“I'd have gotten you something more recent, but sadly with our income we can't ever hope to afford it.” said Kirbopher, sheepishly rubbing the back of his head.
Alpha's eyes seemed to sparkle briefly as he gazed at the games console. This had to me the first time he laid eyes on one of these puppies in years! He stood and cautiously walked up to the machine and looked like he was about to touch it but then moved his hand away.
“Dude, it's not gonna bite you.” laughed Kirbopher. “Here, I'll show you how to set it up.”
Soon enough Kirbopher got the Gamecube hooked up to the TV and was now starting up Super Smash Bros. Melee. After showing Alpha the basics and letting him get used to the controls they started some VS matches. Kirbopher was shocked to find that despite the fact that Alpha was very new to this, he just couldn't seem to win against him.
“How the hell are you so good at this?!” he cried. Then when Alpha won once again he banged his head against his controller. “Oh god, I've created a monster.”
“I...I'm sorry.” whimpered Alpha.
Kirbopher looked confused at first but then face-palmed.
Aw crap, I said the wrong thing didn't I?“Don't apologise, buddy. You did nothing wrong. Just forget I said anything, okay?”
Alpha seemed a little confused but he nodded and they continued with their game until Flamegirl came back in.
“Wow, Kirb where did you dig up this old fossil?” she asked staring at the Gamecube in amazement.
“I had it since I left the orphanage.” said Kirbopher with a smirk. “They said I could take one thing with me and since the other kids rarely used this thing anymore, well...”
“I see.” laughed Flamegirl. “So that's where it went. Hey Kirb could I talk to you for a moment?”
“Err, sure. Hey Alpha have a cruise on Classic Mode for a bit. I'll be back”
Kirbopher followed Flamegirl into the Kitchen.
“So, what do you want to talk about.”
Flamegirl sighed and folded her arms.
“You once told me that you had some connections with other people?”
“You make it sound like I live a double life or something.” laughed Kirbopher. “Joking aside, what about it?”
- - - - - - - - - - -
Flamegirl was dashing about trying to get ready. It has been a tough week. Alpha was still having nightmares almost every night. She sighed remembering how his screams would wake her at about two or three in the morning and she would have to sit with him until he eventually went back to sleep. It had now gotten to the point where he was scared to go to sleep and no amount of reassurance seemed to ease him. Flamegirl's sleep pattern was pretty disrupted now, but she didn't blame Alpha. He couldn't help it. All she can do for now was be supportive, and hopefully the nightmares will decrease over time.
Right now though, Flamegirl was focusing on something else. She was going to take Alpha out for awhile. His feet had healed well, so she had him try on his new high tops so that he could break them in. This was going to be the first time Alpha left the apartment since he arrived and it was already looking like an impossible task.
“I...I don't want to.” Whimpered Alpha.
Flamegirl sighed sadly. She wished she could let him stay inside a bit longer but who knows when Kirbopher would be able to make another arrangement.
“I know, but we don't really have a choice right now. Some people are coming to....arrange something, and we're only going to be in the way. Flamegirl held Alpha's hand comfortingly. “I promise, nothing is going to happen to you. Just stay close to me and you'll be fine.”
Alpha hid his head under his hood, something he started doing whenever he was scared.
“Besides, we still need to buy you some thing, or you're gonna be bored silly.” added Flamegirl giggling slightly.
With a bit more persuading, Flamegirl was able to get Alpha out of the apartment. They were now walking down the streets and as usual received dirty looks from pretty much anyone they walked by. Flamegirl was of course, used to it, but Alpha was shaking like an earthquake. His eyes darted about as if looking for someone.
“Erm Alpha, I know you're scared but you're kinda cutting the circulation to mr arm.” said Flamegirl with a pained look on her face.
Alpha had been squeezing her arm as if it were his lifeline. He quickly let go, obviously realise how hard he was gripping it.
“I...I'm sorry!” he cried, looking more scared than ever.
Sensing a panic attack, Flamegirl quickly reassured him.
“No,no, it's fine. It's okay. No harm done.”
Alpha stared at Flamegirl for a moment then looked down at his feet.
After walking a bit more Flamegirl found a cafe which wasn't there before.
“It must've just opened.” said Flamegirl with a shrug then saw a sign at the window which made her heart leap.
“Finally! Someone with decency!” cried Flamegirl happily and went inside Alpha following close behind. A young waitress with blonde hair greeted them.
“Good afternoon. Please take a seat. I bring you your menus momentarily.”
Flamegirl found a place to sit. It took a little coaxing to Alpha to sit down too. After a couple minutes the waitress returned with the menus.
“Here you go. Have a look through and see what you like.”
“Thank you.” said Flamegirl. “I thought I'd never meet someone as nice to hybrids as you.”
The waitress blushed slightly.
“Well the manager thinks that how you lot are ultimately treated is, in his words; utterly disgusting. I for one agree with him. You should be treated like any other human being. What's a few extra body parts?”
“Awwww, you're gonna make me cry if you're not careful.” laughed Flamegirl, trying to keep it together. “Can't be easy for business though.”
The waitress shrugged. “Not really, but haters are gonna hate right? So what do you two fancy?”
Flamegirl picked out a plate of blueberry pancakes with whipped cream and a large strawberry milkshake. The waitress tried asking Alpha what he wanted but he just hid his head under his hood.
“Just get him the same as me.” said Flamegirl with a small smile.
The waitress nodded and wrote on her notepad.
Soon enough Alpha and Flamegirl each had a generous plate of blueberry pancakes and a glass of strawberry milkshake each. Alpha ate all his pancakes and drank half of his milkshake. Flamegirl was impressed. This was actually the first time he cleared his plate. After the meal Flamegirl went up to the counter to pay while Alpha stayed at the table.
“No offence, but your friend seems really shy.” the waitress pointed out as she accepted the money and put it in the cash register.
Flamegirl sighed sadly.
“I'm afraid he's been through a lot. I'd rather not talk about it.”
“That's fine.” said the waitress. “None of my business anyhow. Just know that you and...Alpha are welcome here anytime.”
“We appreciate that, thank you.”
Now Flamegirl and Alpha were walking down town a bit more. There were plenty of clothes shops, music shops and more cafes but they had made it very clear that hybrids were not welcome. Flamegirl knew that if they were going to buy anything, they would have to go to the next town. Flamegirl usually just walked of course but she wasn't sure if Alpha would be able to make the journey. They were gonna have to take the bus. After the last incident she was a bit nervous, but she couldn't let it show because that would make Alpha nervous and he was already as terrified as it is.
“Alpha, we are going to need to take the bus now. Will you be okay with that?”
Alpha looked a little shaky at the idea.
“I...I don't know.”
“How about we give it a try?” suggested Flamegirl. “If you really don't like it I promise we'll get off okay?”
Alpha seemed to be mulling over for a second then nodded.
So Alpha and Flamegirl went to the nearest bus stop. And sat on the bench.
“You promise?” asked Alpha looking at Flamegirl, nervousness clear in his eyes. Flamegirl just smiled and held his hand.
After a few minutes the bus came and stopped in front of them. Flamegirl hesitated at first but when Alpha gave her a concerned look she shook off her fear and stepped onto the bus. After paying for both tickets she took Alpha who was getting a really nasty stare from the bus driver and they sat right at the back. This way if they were going be more flying produce, she'll know about it. The bus moved on making Alpha jolt slightly as he suddenly gripped Flamegirl's hand. She gladly accepted it and squeezed back. Alpha probably didn't know this but holding his hand was actually a huge comfort for her.
“It's probably been awhile since you've last been on a bus huh?” she said trying to keep her voice steady.
Alpha gave a small nod. “Y...yeah.”
Flamegirl smiled then looked out the window. She watched the other passengers in her peripheral vision. She could feel their glares on them and for the first time in years she felt uncomfortable.
“Err...are you okay?”
Flamegirl jumped, she hadn't expected Alpha to speak first. “You....you were shaking.”
“I...I'm fine Alpha. Don't worry about me.” she said giving him her sweetest smile.
She went back to looking out thee window. Trying to keep the memories of her last bus trip out of her head.
I can't wait 'til this is all over. She thought to her self.