Friday night. My parents pulled out of the driveway in the van, my brother and sister in the back. I waved by, then fistpumped once they were out of sight. My siblings had been nothing but a pain in my side, and it was glad to get away from them. To tell the truth, I hated the whole world, because the world hated me. I don't know when I started thinking like that, but I've held that belief ever since it popped into my brain. It was nice to know that the Toa actually cared about me.
That's when I heard a knock on the door. I looked through the blinds to see the Toa outside. Damn it, were they spying on me again? I have got to talk to them about that.
I opened the door, and they all came in. I remembered Kopaka's words, and couldn't be happier that they were spending the weekend here. Only two things stopped me from just giving them all bear hugs. One, it wasn't my style. Two, they probably would have all given me a 'What the fuck?' look. Except maybe Gali. Maybe.
"Honestly sister, I don't know why you dragged us all here." That was Tahu of course.
Gali responded, "He was extremely hospitable to us brother when we came to this world. I doubt that many others would have acted as compassionately as he did."
Gali's compliments made me blush slightly. No one had ever stuck up for me like that before.
"What's badwrong with his face?" Lewa asked.
Suddenly, all the Toa turned to face me, and my face burned brighter.
"What is wrong with him?" Tahu asked Kopaka.
"Uh," I started, wondering how I was going to explain this without it coming out the wrong way. "Be right back," I said. I quickly went downstairs and looked up "blush" on urbandictionary.com. I came back up with the printout. "Blush: to have a sudden rush of blood to your face, as when you're excited, angry, embarrassed, defensive or perhaps in love."
"So, you were blushing?" Takanuva asked. I nodded. I saw the gears spinning in Takanuva's head, before he blurted out, "You're in love with Gali!" Whatever I was expecting, that was not it.
The Toa looked at me with faces of disgust, laughter, and happiness. I stared at Takanuva with pure hatred in my face. I was about to deny it, but the Toa interjected.
"Oh how happysweet!" Lewa yelled.
Pohatu was on his knees. "Him
and her? You've got to be kidding!" He fell over with laughter.
"That's just sick!" Tahu yelled, with emphasis on the word sick.
"Jealous are we Tahu?" Onua rebutted.
"What? No!" Tahu replied quickly.
"Brothers!" Gali yelled, "That is no way to treat Jack! He has done nothing to deserve our scorn! I apologize Jack." That's when she, and all the others noticed that I wasn't there anymore.
I was in my room, literally on the verge of tears. I don't cry much; I just usually get pissed and then punch something. But this actually hit me right in the heart. I heard a knock on the door, and heard Gali on the other side. "Jack, can I come in?"
"Sure," I mumbled, not really caring.
I heard the door open, and heard her sit on the edge of my bed. "Are you okay?" she asked.
I turned to face her. "What do you think?" I yelled. She backed away, surprised at my hostility.
"I came up here to apologize for my brothers' insolence and arrogance," she answered.
"Well, at least you care," I mumbled under my breath.
"So, are we good?"
"Yeah," I answered back. "We're good."
"Now tell her you love her!" Takanuva said, his face peeking out from behind my door.
I smiled at Gali. "Excuse me a second," I said. I got my brother's aluminum baseball bat and started beating the crap out of Takanuva. "You stay out of my life!" I yelled at him. "It's my life and I'll live it how I want!"
I went back in and locked the door. Gali shuffled in her place. "Now, here's the awkward part." I saw where this was going. "Do you love me?"
I rubbed my hand on the back of my head. "Uh, not to be mean, but no."
Gali smiled at me. "Okay. Why were you blushing then?"
"Uh, no one's ever stuck up for me like that before. I guess I was just flattered."
"Okay. Now I'm flattered that you're flattered," Gali answered with a smile.
We went downstairs, where Gali had given the others quite a thrashing. Tahu came up to me, his head hung. "Um, I'm sorry about how I acted before."
"As am I," Pohatu answered.
I turned to Gali. "Did you do this?" She nodded. I smiled. "Impressive," I said, "But look-"
"Can you forgive me?" Tahu asked.
"So, what did you say?" Lewa asked.
"Brothers!" Gali yelled. "Jack is trying to say something! Can you listen?"
"Okay," I said, "I'll answer you and Pohatu first Tahu," I said. "I do forgive you." I turned to Lewa. "Now to answer your question. I said I didn't love her. That's the truth. We're fine, we're friends, but just to emphasize, I don't love Gali. You got that Takanuva?" I asked him, giving him the evil eye.
"G-got it," Takanuva answered.
Now I let my dog in, who had been outside during all of this. She immediately rushed up to the Toa and started sniffing all of their legs. Gali bent down to give it a playful pet. Tahu and Kopaka aimed their toa tools at her. Lewa jumped and was hanging from the ceiling fan, and Pohatu and Onua picked up the couch, ready to throw it. Takanuva ran out to the garage, peeking out from behind the door.
"Woah!" I got between Tahu and Kopaka and my dog, whose name was Bullseye by the way. I turned to her. "Bullseye! Crate!" I said sternly, pointing to her bed. She slunk off, thinking she had done something wrong.
The Toa all looked at me in surprise. Lewa came down from the fan, Takanuva out of the garage. Onua and Pohatu set the couch down, and Tahu and Kopaka put their toa tools away.
"How did you do that?" Kopaka asked.
"That's my dog," I said. They all looked at me with confusion. "Do you know what a pet is?" They all nodded. "She's my pet. She means no harm. She was just curious."
All the Toa relaxed. "Bullseye!" I called, "Come here! Come here girl!" Bullseye came back out, her tail wagging in happiness at seeing the new arrivals. This time, they all bent down and petted her all over, making her tail wag. She even rolled over, allowing them to rub her stomach.
I relaxed on the couch. I wondered if keeping these guys hidden was worth it. They could be pains in the neck. But Lewa was funny, and I didn't doubt Gali's ability to keep the rest of them in line. Then and there I made the decision that I would protect these guys no matter what. I went to bed with that thought.