I stare at Garret, not moving. Not breathing. Not talking. A lump forms in my throat and I try to make the tears stop welling at my eyes.
Finally it happens. I break down.
Sobs rack my entire body. I bury my face in my hands, refusing to look up. All I want is to be back at home with Toad and the others. I mean, Toad practically raised me. He told me all the stories of his battles with the X-Men, and how he often went to the M.R.D. to free mutants to bring to the Brother-hood.
Until he was taken.
I still remember that awful morning when I woke up to news that he had been taken.
I immediately wanted to go find him, but Magneto told me to let it go. He was gone.
Now here I am, sobbing over a horrible lie I had told, and I'm sitting in front of a boy who thinks I'm an X-Men.
Everything is silent except me. No one speaks. Merleah puts a hand on my back.
"Rylee? What's up?" she asks softly.
I growl at her and snap at her hand. Even as a human, I act like a panther.
She snaps her hand back quickly.
"I have to go," I mutter quickly.
I teleport to my alley; my home. The girls and Garret are gone.
I sit in the shadows and curl up into a ball, drawing my knees up to my face and allowing the tears to continue.
My thoughts start.
The last thought hits me hard.
I left him. There is no going back to the only person I trust as much as Toad.
I form into a panther and scratch my face viciously with my claws. I roar with pain and scratch harder. It's a gruesome scene, but my punishment is severe. And I punish myself hard.
The scratching and biting continues until I drip with maroon blood. It stains the concrete. And my fur.
Forming back into a human, I pant hard. I was on my hands and knees, tears and blood dripping off my face and my heart pounding. Excruciating pain shocks everything, and I instantly lose conciseness.
The last thing I see is a blurry figure walking towards me.
I wake up in a cell.
"Dark Stalker?" a slightly annoying, yet warmly familiar voice asks in disbelief.
I turn with hope. "Toad!" I exclaim quietly, my voice croaky.
He's in the cell next to me. I limp to it and reach my blood-stained hand through the bars. He grabs it and holds it tight.
"Toad, you've been gone for so long," I whisper.
"I've never given up hope that you would find me," he replies. "I tried talking to one kid who escaped. He never spoke back. I just tried not to lose hope."
"I wanted to save you the day you left, but Magneto held me back."
There's a short pause as we study each other.
Toad looks famished, weak, and not himself. I can't help but notice his ribs jutting out under his skin.
"You've grown," he says finally. "Why are you covered in blood?"
"A punishment," I murmur gingerly. "I lied to the only person I trusted as much as you."
"Rylee, why do you do that? Why do you abuse yourself to the limit?"
"I- don't know." I hang my head. My dark hair has escaped from it's bun, and it now hangs in front of my face. "Toad, all I know is this: we are going to get out of here. I may be weak, but I can still teleport. Take my hand."
He grips it and I teleport back inside the mansion.
Toad falls limply to his knees on the carpet. He crawls to the fire and sits gratefully. I smile and turn to the couch.
Garret, Merleah, and Camille sit, staring at me with an unbelieving expression.
I look back at my Brother-hood friend.
They know now.
This is bad.
WOW!!!! That's long! :D