So I am a ghost. To you, I’m a ghost. We’re all ghosts to you. We must be nothing.
"I know I should be angry at Bee, but I can’t be. I’m glad Emma had Vengeance and Order and West through all of this." He gave Amber a sad look. "All I can hope is that Bee makes things right with Emma before it’s too late."
He stopped in his tracks. “I can’t do it yet. I can’t say goodbye to her. I just want to make sure they’re both going to be okay before I move on. I can’t leave them until I know they’ll have each other’s support.”
"That’s fine…" She stepped in front of him, "It was just a suggestion that you do it before you leave." She reached up and held his cheek, "You don’t have to leave, you can stay." She looked into his eyes and stepped back. "I’m sorry." She hesitated a moment and turned, heading back towards the palace. "Let’s look for Betrayal."
"To be honest, I don’t know if I do." Looking at Amber, he asked, "Bee ran again, didn’t she?" He hung his head. "Can’t say that I blame her."
Eric released a breath he hadn’t realized he was holding. “Okay. Good,” he nodded. “At least they’re not naked.”
He walked along beside her in silence as he thought about her question. “I don’t know what I want to do. Part of me wants to stay with them but part of me realizes that I’d be miserable just watching and never being able to talk to them or touch them again.” He sighed. “I don’t know that I’m ready to say goodbye yet.”
"She did. She abandoned Emma. Vengeance and Order moved her in with them for awhile until she decided to get her own place. Vengeance helped her there too. West has been her salvation through all of it." Amber replied softly.
"Let me ask you, do you want to do this now or did you want to take some time first? Make saying good bye to Bee your last thing before moving on?"
Catching a glimpse of a strange look on Amber’s face before she looked away, he frowned. Something happened that she wasn’t telling him about. “Is everything okay with Bee? Did something happen with her and Emma?”
He stood with his arms crossed over his chest, a grimace on his face. “I don’t want to go in there either. Even if it is Emma, I don’t think that’s something I want to know…or see.” Turning his back on the tent, he scrubbed his hands over his face. “I’ve got to get away from here, though, before I go crazy. Much as I’m trying to remember that she’s growing up and that I actually like West, listening to this is driving me crazy.”
Eric started walking away from the tent, intent only on escaping the sounds of what he suspected was Emma and West getting it on in the tent. “Let’s go see if Bee’s back yet.”
"Everyone grieves in their own way. Order turned to drugs and sex for solace." She looked at him, "Do you really want to know?"
Taking a deep breath, she turned and stuck her head in the tent before pulling out quickly and returned to Eric.
"They are clothed. But they are together." She said tersely. There was a part of her that was proud that they hadn’t gotten to the sex but then she realized that this could have been the first part of their evening. Shivering she walked back towards the palace.
"Eric… what are you going to do once you’ve done this for Betrayal?" She asked taking his hand in hers and stopping him for a moment, "Do you plan to stick around and watch them?" She was worried that this was too much too fast for him.
"I’m glad he was there for her." He paused at her next statement. "Wait…but she had her mom, right?"
As they got closer to the tent he began to hear noises. Noises that made him stop in his tracks. “You don’t think that they’re…they aren’t the ones making those…that can’t be them.”
Amber looked at Eric when he asked the question before looking away, not saying a word.
Swallowing she looked at Eric.
"I am not going into the tent." She stepped back and folded her arms, "You can if you wish, but it is no business of mine."
Following Amber, he blurted out, “Wait, why would she be in West’s room? They haven’t been dating that long. You don’t think they’re…no, they’re too young for that.” He looked around West’s room, trying to see if there was even one wrinkle on the bed that would indicate the two of them had been on it.
He turned and left West’s room. “Then let’s check all those places,” he said with determination. Looking at her, he murmured, “I just want to make sure she’s safe after everything that’s happened.”
Leading the way out of the apartment, he kept up a steady stream of chatter, more to himself than to Amber. “Why would she not be in our apartment? She’s just a little girl. Where could she be? She better not be having sex.” He led Amber quickly through the palace, checking all the other places the kids could be inside before heading back outside. Scanning the groupings of trees around the palace, he spotted what looked like a tent underneath one in the distance. “Let’s check over there,” he suggested.
"They just started but they have been friends for awhile. He was there for her after you were killed, when others weren’t."
Nodding her head, it was better to keep moving and looking otherwise he would go crazy. It was better to keep him busy.
Following after him, she kept quiet, replying when only it seemed appropriate. Spotting the tent she wondered why or who would be in the tent when the cabin was not far from the location.
Walking in that direction, she heard a noise that was … suspicious and quite frankly made her falter. Hurrying towards the tent the noises got louder and louder and were definitely of a sexual nature.
Please let it be anyone other then them….. she thought.
"As much as I want to wait here for Bee, I have to make sure Emma’s okay." He turned to look at Amber. "I can’t imagine where she could be. Do you mind if we go see if she’s with West?"
"Sure." Amber stood and thought for a moment. Walking to Emma’s room, it was clear that she hadn’t been around in awhile. But where to start.
"Let’s check West’s room." She walked out of Betrayals room and down the halls until she came to Vengeance’s apartment. Taking a moment she walked through the door and looked around. The room was empty and it didn’t sound like anyone was home. She let out a breath she hadn’t realized she had been holding. Walking into West’s room, she found the bed made up and neat but no sign of him or Emma. Looking at Eric, she pondered.
"They could be together walking around, there is the library, the movie theater, the mini putt putt course, the pools…. there are just so many places a young couple could go to."
The fact they were not in each other’s rooms getting it on was a relief but still, it didn’t answer anything and with the both of them Demis, they could be on earth too.
"We should come back around dinner time to see if they come home." She suggested, in the meantime, let’s search the grounds before the house." she offered.
He walked into the bedroom he used to share with Bee and then out and into their small kitchen. “I think Bee’s been staying here. She’s got stuff thrown around in our bedroom and the kitchen has been used recently. I wonder why Emma’s not here, though. I hope nothing bad has happened.” He looked to Amber in concern. “You don’t think something’s happened to Emma, do you?”
"We can look for her if you like. I have not heard anything bad about her and… I’ve not seen here…. here." Amber watched him walk around. "Did you want to stay or look for Emma? She may be with West."
"I just had a thought…it’s something I did for her once when it first got cold enough for it in Asheville. She was sitting at the kitchen table—it was in front of french doors out onto our back deck—doing some work and I was coming in from the back yard." He smiled fondly at the memory. "There was frost on the window so I drew a heart in it with our initials in the middle and ‘forever’ underneath it. I think that’s what I should do."
Hearing Amber’s question, he walked over to Emma’s bedroom, but saw nothing in it that would show she was there. Turning around to face her, he frowned, “I have no idea. It doesn’t look like she’s slept here. Where could she be?”
"That’s perfect." Amber had sat down on the couch and looked at Eric.
"Well, is Betrayal here? Maybe they are staying on Earth? That would be unfortunate."
"This is going to be weird, isn’t it? Just waiting around for her to take a shower. I guess that’s all my options are now, though, just waiting around and watching." Eric rubbed the back of his neck and grinned in embarrassment, "You’re going to think this is lame, but I want them to be ‘Love you forever’."
He walked with her through the palace halls toward the apartment he shared with Bee. Glancing at Amber briefly when they got to the door, he closed his eyes and stepped through the heavy wood. He opened his eyes on the other side and muttered, “Don’t know if I’ll ever get used to being able to do that.”
"There is nothing lame about that, Eric. Will she know that it’s you?" She asked softly.
Walking through the door after him, Amber looked around.
"I’m still not used to it." She said quietly. "Where is Emma?"