I woke up the next morning from the sound of TV blasting. I cracked my eyes open to see the TV playing spongebob and Austin eating candy.
He looked at me. "Oh hey you're awake."
I sat up groggily. "Hi..." I yawned.
"....you're eating chocolate so early?"
"Early? It's two in the afternoon."
"TWO?! WHY DIDN'T YOU WAKE UP ME?!" I sprung up.
"Because... You needed sleep?" He shrugged.
"I have to be somewhere today!"
"Oh. Well sorry, I didn't know."
I grabbed my stuff. "Where's issac?"
He pointed to the door, I looked and Issac was standing there.
"Change of plans Riley. I'll reschedule it for another day."
"Are you sure? I was looking forward to it."
"Yeah I'm sure. It can wait." He smiled. I sighed, stressed and exhausted. Issac and Hiroki were planning to take me out in order to strengthen our bond as familiar and mistress. They feel as though it's a must, especially since I live in society and not where a goddess should normally live which is in his or her shrine.
"For what?" Austin asked.
"None of your business."
"Because it consist of matters that are only for Riley and myself."
"Why are you so serious now? What happened to Issac who used to be so caring towards me and riiii....---ide bikes together?"
"How long have you known Issac Austin?"
"Oh umm... long enough?"
"Well I'm gonna get a snack from the cafeteria."
"Okay, we'll be here. Well not like I have a choice."
She smiled at me and left. Issac hit my arm. "Ow! What?"
"Watch what you say.."
"I'm sorry.. She misses me."
"I know she does, but you can't tell her yet."
"I sense that she's very stressed out with everything that is going on now. She covers it up really well, only I can tell if she's stressed or not."
"None of your concern." He sighed. "Another reason why you can't tell her is because she hates you. Not you you, I'm talking about the austy-star you."
"She says she misses me." I said with my heart dropping a little.
"She says that, but she's one to hold a little bit of a grudge. I don't think it's a good idea yet. She hates what you did, who knows how she would react."
I sighed. "When can I tell her then?"
"Honestly... I would say a week or two before you leave."
"That's stupid. It'll be like last time!"
"I don't like it either."
"I'm back!" Riley twirled into the room. She's on a cast still and she can do this.
"I got ice cream for all of us." She handed Issac and I a cup filled with ice cream. She grabbed the remote and turned up the TV, spongebob was on... Again.
"New episodes. BORING." She switched the channel over and over again, she was about to give up until...
"STOP!" Issac yelled. Riley jumped and dropped the remote. The news was on and reporter was discussing the whole thing with me and Evelyn.
"Reports say that Princess Riley was seen storming out of McDonald's after witnessing Austin and his new girlfriend kissing in a booth of the fast food restaurant."
"The princess is at that age of jealousy and relationships isn't she?"
"Seventeen years of age, of course she is."
"I wonder about hers and Austin's relationship. They were seen spending a month and a half at the royal family log cabin in the mountains until they came back rather early due to unknown events."
In the background, they had a slideshow of pictures of me and Riley from a month ago and leading up to the current events.
"Her highness has a cast on doesn't her? I wonder what happened."
Issac turned off the tv and looked at Riley.
"I'm gonna go for a walk around."
"Are you okay?"
She said nothing and walked out of the room.
A few hours later~
Issac went out somewhere. He said something about a garden? I don't know. I wonder where Riley went. I heard the door open and in came Riley... All wet.
"Riley what the hell?"
"I went outside... And forgot to go inside as soon as it started raining." She was trembling.
"You're going to get sick!"
"So?! And your cast is wet!"
She looked down at the dirty and worn out cast on her foot, she groaned and sat down.
"Reach into my bag and grab some clothes."
"Your clothes are too big to fit me. You're tall, I'm small."
"Wear the boxers as regular shorts, it's better than being wet and freezing."
"Fine fine." She dug her hand into the bag and pulled out one of my shirts and pajama pants instead of boxers. She held them up and looks at me.
"Why not? Don't judge!"
She giggled. "I'm not. I just found them adorable."
"Wait, give me my phone. This would be a cute wallpaper." I grinned. She rolled her eyes and tossed my phone to me.
I took the picture of her posing all anime like in my pajama pants. It was so cute. I couldn't help but giggle to myself. "I'm posting this on Twitter."
"Why not?" I grinned.
A few seconds later, her phone rings. I looked at her and raised my eyebrows. "You get my tweets to your phone?"
Besides her phone ringing, my phone is ringing like crazy. A lot of people are asking about Riley and sending... Um threats.
"Death threats?" She asked.
"I thought so."
I rubbed the back of my neck. "Don't worry them. They won't hurt you because I say so."
"I know Austin, I know."
I stretched and yawned. It's almost time for bed, I didn't want to go home. I wanted to stay with Austin.
He patted the spot on the bed next to him.
"I'm not sleeping with you if that's what you're referring to."
"Well you're still recovering and I don't want to hurt you."
"Psh, I'm fine."
He went wide eyed. "Thought so."
"Mean..." He pouted.
"I'll sleep on the couch, it's fine Austin." I smiled. I laid on the couch and closed my eyes, pulling a blanket over me. Austin began singing softly to himself and I ended up falling asleep to it.
"Riley wake up." Someone shook me.
"Huh? Wh-what?" I mumbled. I rubbed my eyes and issac was standing there with formal clothing in his hand.
"We have to go. It's Laylia's birthday today remember?"
Laylia is that family friend, whom I call my little cousin, I was talking about while Austin and I were at the mall. Issac and I would go and set up for her birthday party every year. Well actually, we have a bit of making up to do. Last year, we were a bit late and she threw a huge fit and told everyone that we were the worst people in the world because we ruined her birthday. Over dramatic for an eight year old.
"Shit that's right." I grabbed the clothing he held and ran to the bathroom. If I fuck up again this year, she will never let me live it down. I came out all dressed and ready, Austin was awake and looked at me.
"Whoa. Don't you look all fancy, where are you going?" He asked.
"Laylia's birthday. That family friend I was talking about at build a bear."
"Oh it's her birthday today?"
"Well birthday party. Issac and I have to go set up and stay there the entire time."
"Meh. Alright fine, will you come back here?"
"If I'm not tired as all hell then sure."
"Okay." He grinned. I smiled and issac escorted me out of the room.
Two hours later~
"Streamers, balloons, confetti cannon things, noise makers... What else?"
"All the decorations are in check Riley." Issac said.
"I'm just making sure. You know how Laylia is."
"I know, but you worry too much. It'll be fine."
"Rileeeyy!" I heard a little squeaky voice yell. I was tackled by an eight year old.
"Oh hi Laylia." I said.
"Happy birthday, your present on the present table." I smiled. "Now can you get off me?"
"Oh sorry." She got up. "Hi issac."
"Yeah! You're dating him aren't you?"
I froze. "Um.. No?"
"Yeah you are! I saw you on the news with him, you two were kissing."
"That's not me.." I looked around the room. "That's another Riley..."
"No it's you silly!"
"No it isn't."
She scoffed. "Alright fine." She ran to join her friends.
I turned to issac. "You think there's going to be people MY age here?"
"Probably. Laylia DOES have an older brother."
That was true. Her brother, Noah is a year younger than me but he hangs with people who are older than him. He's on the football team so I guess that makes sense. I knocked and went into his room. "Hey guys."
"Hey ri. Come here and sit." Noah patted the spot next to him. "What happened to your foot?"
"Um... I fell? Landed badly."
"Ah. Well meet the guys. That's Oliver, that's Nate and Kevin." I'll admit.. They were attractive as hell. Wait Riley... You have a boyfriend who is way more attractive than these guys... In your opinion.
"Damn. You're hot." Nate complimented.
I chuckled awkwardly. "Thanks, but um I have a boyfriend."
"Who is it? Austin Lynx?" They laughed.
"Oh come on Riley, I thought you weren't a fan of his anymore. Besides, he's probably in China or something, there's no way."
"Alright, don't believe me. I don't really care." I slightly smiled. "What are you guys doing?"
"Lemme guess... Dark Souls?"
"No actually, Fallout 4."
"That's a first. Are there any girls MY age here?"
"Nope." Noah said.
"Meh. Alright then, I'll see you guys later. I'll be downstairs."
I left his room and went downstairs. I see Issac on the couch with a girl all over him, trying to flirt with him. He looked very annoyed considering the fact that the girl looks twelve or thirteen. I looked at him and smirked, he rolled his eyes and stood up.
"How long do we have..." He sighed.
"You don't have to be here you know. I doubt Laylia will notice if you left."
My phone rang in my pocket. I looked to see who it was, low and behold it was Austin.
"Hi babe." It read
I texted back. "How you doing there?"
"I should be asking you that."
"I'm good just flirting with guys."
"Riley! That's not funneh.."
"Don't do that again."
"I'm just joking Jesus. Well, I gotta go. Text you in a bit."
"Luv youuu." He texted.
"Love you too <3"
I put my phone back in my pocket and walked around the house.
A few hours later~
Laylia's mom, also known as my aunt Cara (family friend), finally announced that it was time for presents. Which means... Issac and I have three more hours until we can go home. Ugh. Help me god... There was a knock on the door, probably a late guest; I went to go answer it and low and behold... My boyfriend is standing right there... Wait. What the fuck?
"Austin? What are you doing here?!"
"I wanted to visit."
"You're suppose to be in the hospital IN BED."
"He made me drive him here." The nurse behind him said very annoyed.
"Oh god, I'm so sorry about him. I'll take care of it from here." I tipped the nurse so she can go back to the hospital. "You had to pick a mean nurse."
"Whaaat? Is it bad that I want to see my girlfriend because I miss her?"
"Only when you get a nurse who was annoyed with you in the first place for pranking her by pouring apple juice in the pee container and then DRINKING it."
"Oh come on, her face was so funny." He grinned.
"She wanted to kill you."
"Riley, can you help me op-" Laylia saw Austin next to me and went wide-eyed. "Y-... Y-... You!"
"Oh hi! You must be the birthday girl."
"You're Austin!" She squealed so high pitched. Ow my ears...
"Ouch, yes I am."
"I knew he was your boyfriend!" She pointed at me.
"Well um.. Surprise!" I chuckled nervously.
"I came by to say happy birthday and also see how Riley is doing." Austin said.
"Thank you! Oh my god this is the best present ever!" Laylia hugged me so hard.
"Laylia... You're... Choking me..." She let me go and I coughed.
"Oh sorry." She took Austin's wheelchair and wheeled him away. "Come on!"
"Wait where are you taking me? Wait! Waitt!"
I just laughed as he gets taken away by a little girl.
"So he showed up huh?" Issac said appearing next to me, scaring me.
"Oh Jesus! Why do you do that!?"
"Why do you get scared when I do that."
"Because you appear out of nowhere!"
He chuckled. I looked up towards the fireplace to see a couple of pictures of me, Noah and Austy-star. God how I miss him, me and him used to come over Noah's house and be whatever our imagination wants us to be. My hand clutched the necklace around my neck, Issac looked at me noticing something was wrong.
"You miss him don't you?"
"How can you tell?"
"You're looking at the photo on the fireplace, you're clutching that necklace Austin got repaired just for you, you're deep in thought and you only get like that when you're thinking about him."
"I'm going to the swings outside."
My aunt Sara put up a swing set just for Austin and I when we came over. We were so little that we could both sit on a swing. I swung a little and thought to myself. The Austin right now is so similar to the Austin back then, the way he acts, whenever I say something about him and he responds in a way as if he knew what I mean, he averts his eyes and does not look at me.
"Hey Riley, whatcha doing out here?" Austin said wheeling himself to me.
I stayed silent for a moment.
He responded to 'Austy'.
"I-I mean... You're thinking about Austy-star?"
It must be him. How could it not be! "Austin, what is the first thing you think about when you hear ice cream?"
"Chocolate chip cookie dough."
"Dungeons and dragons?"
"Slay the dragon and find the dungeon with the princess."
"Are you austy-star?"
I looked at him. He hesitated, I want to know.