Hey, beautiful people, it's Peytona! Hope your day is going well. I was having a rough morning, but I'm riding the wave and hoping for the best. Pray for me.
Here's the next chapter in The Mutates. Enjoy!
...Hard Times and Hard Talks...
I sat on my cot for the longest time, replaying Samy and Tyler’s affection for each other. It hurt so much to watch them together. For the longest time, I never would’ve imagined that I had something for him. It was when we were facing those bats that I had discovered my unfathomable love for Ty. He held me so protectively and he whispered to me. He told me that he wasn’t gonna leave me and that I could hold his hand. He made me feel so... special. And then when we did venture into that cave, he had my back the whole time. The bats had gone, but I was still wary that they’d come back. And to keep me from completely losing my mind, he played tag with me and chased me around that place, tickling me and making me laugh. I trusted him to be there and he was the entire way. I was grateful for him and as a result... I fell in love with him. Sure, he was cocky at times, but he was so funny and sweet.
I sat on my cot and just thought about him whom I loved. I wished I could be with him, but he was with Samy and I would never hurt her or him just because I was selfish. They deserved each other... but I still loved him. The feather Andy had given me was intertwined with my claws. It was a beautiful barn owl feather. It had a sweet fragrance, too. I placed it on the sheets and admired it while I thought of the one I had fallen in love with.
“Lola?” Tyler called me, coming into the room with Samy behind him. My heart ached as I saw that they were holding hands and I instantly looked away, covering myself with my wings so that I could wipe my tears before they noticed. “Hey, what’s up with you, cheetah girl?”
“Nothing,” I said coolly, spreading my wings so that I could see his face. He looked concerned for me and that made my heart flutter.
“You wanna talk?” he asked, sitting on the bed and making it creak from the excess weight. “We could chill by the waterfall real quick if ya want.”
“... Sure,” I breathed, getting up. Samy was still behind him and my heart stuttered as I asked, “Samy, do you mind if I borrow him?”
She smiled toothily saying, “Sure, go ahead. Just make sure ya bring em back.”
“Sure,” I smiled slightly before heading towards the door. Tyler came beside me and wrapped an arm around my shoulder as we left the room and went to the elevator. My heart was hammering in my chest from his contact. He was so close and he smelled so good. There was just something about his scent that was sweet and it was perfect for him.
When the elevator was bringing us down, Tyler asked, “So, was that a wholehearted sure when you answered Samy or do you really plan on not giving me back?” He was smiling his cocky grin in a teasing way.
I blushed under my fur and stammered, “No, I plan on giving you back to her. You are with her.”
“Yeah,” he sighed, looking down at the ground and smiling wider. Pain wreaked my heart and I sighed sadly, suppressing more tears. “I’m lucky to have her.”
“Yeah,” I choked, fighting the enormous lump in my throat. As soon as the door opened, I shot out and ran. It didn’t really make any sense why I did that, but I just couldn’t bear hearing anymore about Samy.
“Lola!” Tyler called. “Hey, where you going?”
“I don’t know,” I thought, racing to the waterfall. I could hear him on my trail, but I was much faster than he was. I was able to recover myself a little bit before he caught up.
“Hey, why’d ya run?” he breathed, trying to catch his breath. “Aren’t you tired?”
“No,” I said indifferently, splashing water on my furred cheek. “What did you wanna talk about, Tyler?”
I heard him rustle his wings and then sit down beside me, scrutinizing my face. “Well, Andy said there was something wrong with you and he wanted me to talk to you. And... you looked pretty sad earlier, Lo. What’s the matter?”
I laughed icily when I heard that Andy had told him to talk to me. “So, you’re only here because Andy told you to talk to me, huh?” I chuckled darkly, keeping my eyes fixed on my mutated reflection.
“Uh, well, I wanted to talk to you anyway. You looked... and look pretty down. What’s wrong with ya?” he said, washing his face with the water.
“... I can’t tell you,” I murmured, feeling the lump return in my throat. A lone tear fell from my eye and landed in the pond. ... Stupid tear blew my cover.
“Lola, are you crying?” he exclaimed, turning to fully look at my face. He looked beautifully horrified. “Hey, why are you tearing up on me? What’s wrong?”
“Nothing. Please, just go away,” I croaked, fighting against the overpowering tears. They wouldn’t stop coming.
“Lola,” he sighed, wrapping me with his arms and his wings... just like before, “what’s going on?”
“Please,” I begged through my crying, “don’t hold me like this. Please, I’m begging you.” I tried pushing away from him, but he wouldn’t let me move. My face was pressed against his dark fur.
“Tell me what’s wrong, cheetah girl. Why are you crying?” he purred, rocking me back and forth comfortingly. “You can tell me. What’s going on?”
“I... I can’t,” I wept, fighting against him once again. “Please, let me go.”
“No way, José. What’s the matter?” he questioned, looking into my eyes.
It came out so quick that I didn’t have time to stop myself from showing him how I felt. “I love you,” I told him through my eyes. I knew then that he would know I wasn’t just pulling his leg.