I grinned, raising an eyebrow mischievously. "I haven't played a video game in two years. However, I do want to go on a walk first. I need a little fresh air."
"Sounds good," said Xander. "I'll get my shoes."
He went upstairs and I looked down the hallway to the front door. There, my old brown boots sat exactly where I left them, dusty, but still in perfect condition. I slipped them on and tied the laces. They were a little too big, but it felt good to wear them again. I fingered my new necklace while I waited for Xander to come back.
The truth was, I hated going outside. I didn't want to be stared at because of my hair or thinness. I wanted to be treated like a normal human, not a Mutant who had been locked in the MRD for years. Not to mention, I hadn't seen the outside world in ages. AND I had people with bad intentions hot on my trail. It scared me how much I had changed in two years.
"Ready to go?" his voice asked as he came down the stairs.
I nodded, glad to be interrupted from my thoughts. "Let's go." He opened the door for me and we set out. Taking my arm in his, we walked down the sidewalk away until we got to a very familiar, yet quite foreign, shop. I looked at the old-fashioned sign. It read, "Jensen's Ice Cream since 1932".
"This is were we went on our first date!" I realized.
The boy smiled. "Do you like it?"
"Oh, Xander, it brings back such good memories. Back when everything was just all right."
"Everything is all right now too," he reassured, following inside after me. We approached the counter and I looked down at the colorful display of cold dessert. I remembered getting a strange combination- mint and strawberry. Xander had laughed a little, but it had been really good. I decided immediately that was what I would get. The boy got the same as our first date as well; hazelnut and vanilla. We took a seat outside on a black bench and watched the cars go by as we ate.
"Thank you, Xander," I said sincerely. "This has been the best day of my life." Even still I couldn't help but notice my muscles tense whenever a person walked by or a car sped in front of us. Apparently, Xander noticed, because he took my hand and rubbed it gently.
"You're safe, Rylee," he whispered. "Don't worry."
I sighed. "It's hard adjusting back to real life. I'm not used to feeling relaxed when there are people around. Besides you, Garrett, Merleah, and Ben, of course."
"I know, love, it will take time. But you will overcome it. If there's one thing I know about you, it's that you're strong and you never give up."
We entered the house again, laughing at how I couldn't remember what the Avengers were. It had finally clicked, but it took a second.
"Benny would not be please," Xander joked.
"Well good thing he's not around then!" I replied, taking off my boots. We went to the living room and started the tv.
"What game do you want to play?" he asked. "Need for Speed, Lego Star Wars, Halo, Call of Duty."
I looked at the options, my head on his shoulder. "Definitely Need for Speed." I put the game in and we sat on the couch. "Watch your back, Mutant," I warned.
"Look who's talking," he taunted. I laughed. The game started and we chose our cars. Xander chose a bright blue Porsche and I chose a silver Jaguar with red flames. We began racing and I ran into a wall before I could hit the first turn.
"Sheesh, two years without playing makes a difference," I muttered, backing up my car and continuing on. Xander was already in the city by the time I got back on track. We raced each other until the cops arrived and then we split of in different directions to distract them. I quickly caught back on to the game and was soon in my groove again.
The race ended and we set aside our remotes for a moment.
"So, lover boy," I said, taking his hand. "Is this our first date since I got back?"
He gave me a kiss on the cheek. "I guess it is."
I grew serious. "Thank you, Xander. You have given me so much, but I have nothing to give in return."
He smiled. "I have your love, but more importantly, I have you. There was once a time I thought I would never see you again. Now look. That is the greatest gift anyone has ever given me."
I love them. XD Sorry if there are apos! I have to go to bed... .-.