[nods] Maybe just.
[At the sound of the bell, Leo jumps up and waves at Harold—hopefully one of his new mates. He tried, to say the least.] Er, I’ll see you soon then?
Calla’s heart sank for the boy, hurting along with him, the plants around him picking up his fear and telling the blonde fairy of it. While his concentration was focused on her she willed the small clump of daisies at the foot of the wall behind him to start growing, big and strong, multiplying and getting taller so that even even if he did fall he’d fall on a cushion of soft flowers.
"I’m sure you won’t hurt me okay?" Calla said, desperately trying to get him to call down. "I trust you. Do you trust me?"
"I- I do," Leo nodded, trying to convince himself, but the voices were telling him that he didn’t even know this girl. "I want to," he said, still nodding, but the cold chill that was awhile ago in his hand began to spread to his heart. "B-but I d-don’t know you…"
"I… s-still don’t want to die," he mumbled, the knife finally away from his skin. Leo just wanted it to go away—he wanted to jump off, to never hear a single voice again, but there were still so many things he hadn’t done. He knew he couldn’t waste that, even with visions of his bloody brother permanently etched at the back of his mind, and some fog finally cleared from his head. "You… please.. please help me," he begged.
Freezing when the boy brought his hands to his face, Evelyn squeezed her eyes shut. At the sound of his voice, she opened them. She let out a breath that she didn’t know she was holding when he brought down his hands, “I’m going to come closer to you know. Okay?” she said, taking a small step closer to Leo. She wanted to help the boy, but she was unsure as to how.
"I- I might hurt you!" he shouted, his eyes now closed shut. He thought they would keep some of the memories away, but it got worse. Leo didn’t know what to do. "I… I can’t do that.. I- I don’t even know you’re name…"
With a gasp, he opened his eyes and stared at the girl. “But- but you have to believe me… I didn’t- I didn’t kill him.”
"No, it’s okay, it’s fine," Calla encouraged, moving slowly. The plants around her whispered their fear for her wellbeing but she refused to let them try to help, knowing the unknown boy was fragile enough as it is.
"Can I help? Will you let me come closer and help?"
"I.. I don’t think they-they’ll let you—" he stared, teary eyed. Leo’s head was throbbing as the visions and voices came closer, and slowly, he began to wobble.
"I- I want you to," he whispered, the knife threateningly placed in the palm of his other hand. "But.. I- I might hurt you," Leo heaved.
"Just step of the edge, okay? Just start by coming down. I can try.. try to help you." she said. Her voice was full of fear, Evelyn had never experienced something even close to this. Everyone in Pixie Hollow was happy all the time. "What’s coming back? Is someone chasing you?" she asked.
"Y-yes," he said reluctantly, bring his hands to his face. Although the maneuver was not threatening, it did become dangerous once a knife was involved. "It—I didn’t… I didn’t—"
"I didn’t.. kill… my brother…” he whispered through his fingers, finally bringing down his hands, but his face was contorted, grief painting every one of his features. “They keep t-telling me… I did…”
Calla wasn’t usually someone who walked around a lot, but the night lilies were blooming tonight and they didn’t do that very often. Her nightgown was white and pale, and fluttered in the breeze behind her when she heard a sound from near the roof. She rose to the edge quickly, using the vines and trees near the edge to help her. A hand flew over her mouth when she saw the boy on the edge of the roof and she quickly stepped off the plants, moving slowly. “Okay! Okay, I believe you! Shhhh. Shhh, It’s okay.”
"It-It’s not okay," Leo rasped, his knees knocking against the cool night. It was true—if he’d be forced to relive those horrible moments a second more, he would burst open. Living his nightmares wasn’t okay.
Thing was, he did want to get off the ledge, but there was something preventing him from stepping off it. ”I- I can’t do anything—I can’t…”
It had been a bad night for Evelyn. She was being particularly hard on herself and was incredibly weak from lack of food. Unable to do anything incredibly physical, she went to roof, hoping the fresh air would bring her back to her senses. It wasn’t until she saw someone with a knife that she got scared. Cautiously, the blonde stood and looked at the boy. She held her hands up in defense. “I won’t come any closer, I promise. Just.. Don’t do anything.” she murmured, eyes wide with shock.
"I-I can’t h-help it," he mumbled, his eyes frantic. With his heart and his ears and his fingers trembling, Leo tried with all his might to balance on top of the ledge—however, it felt like something was preventing him from doing so.
"I- I can’t c-control anything…They keep on—they keep on coming back.."
*With a small smile, Tara actually tried to remember why she found herself in the room. Yet, like the flick of a light switch, the thought came back and she clapped her hands together* Oh, yeah! Sorry… *Tara brushed her hair out of her face, an awkward chuckle leaving her lips* I was just wondering if you’ve talked to your sister lately. She’s acting a little weird.
*She shook her head, almost like she was shaking the words away* Not that your sisters weird or anything. Just- yeah.
N-no. [Leo muttered, suddenly feeling an empty hole at the bottom of his stomach. If anything happened to his little sister..] Is she.. is she being moody? What do you mean by, er weird? [There was only concern in his eyes as he spoke to Tara, and he subconsciously moved his legs to leave her space to sit. He had dropped his phone by then and was wringing his hands nervously.]
Has anything happened? [Leo flinched at his own words.] I mean, I only talked to her yesterday… but anything can happen overnight.
Oh wow that’s neat. He’s talked about you before I think, I’m not really sure…
Oh um thanks.. We’re not much alike though so I’m not so sure about that..
Hey—that’s good news. [Leo managed to say with a straight face.]
I wouldn’t let Benny around Amber no matter how hard he tried.
Cici couldn’t believe she had taken Leo up on having a movie date at home. Yeah,she’d been on dates sporadically over the year but real ones. But they did make good friendship starters so maybe this was a good way to get a new friend,she always liked making more of those. He was friendly and a bit sweet so it was great. He was fun to talk to and that didn’t always come up with all the guys at WDA. Looks can get you far but personality made friendships.
She sprung up from her and Dawson’s coach, when she heard the knock on the door. She started her jump suit as she tossed her hair back confidently before heading to the door. She opened it with a grin on her face as she took in the slightly younger boy.”Hey,Leo. Oh,wow. You got those for me? That’s so sweet.”She says as she takes in the flowers and chocolate,her face turning a bit pink.”Come in,come in.” She gestures him into the apartment.
"Er, yeah," Leo mumbled, running his hands through his hair. Clearly she didn’t expect it… So did he go overboard? Does she think he’s weird now? Does she think he’s a stalker—a little confused maybe? He held his breath as he handed it to her, his heart beating faster than usual, and sighed in relief as he noticed the nice pink touch to her cheeks. "I- I hope you like them," he said as he stepped inside. "I didn’t know what you liked, so I just got you the roses and milk chocolate." Wiping his palms on his thighs was still a clear indicator of his nervousness, but some of that melted away when he saw her smile. Surely nothing could go wrong? Two friendly faces in for a good time definitely didn’t need a contingency plan, and his shoulders relaxed as he took in his surroundings.
Certain that there wasn’t any fragile china in his way, Leo walked towards the living room with less tension than he had a minute ago. Just be yourself, he internally repeated, and without further ado, he brought out a popcorn package from his back pocket. “Should I?” he said, smiling as he raised the packet for her to see. “Or do you have some prepared?”
"No,she never went here. Which did suck but she lived in New York with my parents."
"Oh,Amber! Wow,I didn’t know she had a brother. We’re friends."
"Not surprising— Ambz is pretty much friends with everyone."
"Makes me a a little jealous, really. I wish I had more friends." [Realizing he admitted something, Leo’s cheeks turned a darker shade of pink.] "Well, uh, not that I’m a l-loner or anything.."