I couldn’t stand it. The disgusting hand wrapped around my waist, the stench of his breath hot on my ear, his chest against my back. The sicking laugh he made, and the laugh of his friends. I HATE IT!! It made me sick to my stomach, my fear soon turned into disgust and hatred for this scum. How DARE he touch me. What gives him the right. When he started making circles with his thumb on the exposed skin on my hip that was the final straw. I grabbed his hand and moved away from him and leaned against the claw machines at the front of the arcade. I just glared at him, who do you think I am?!
“Woh, that look makes you look hotter babe. I like a feisty girl.”
Really now, well then maybe I’ll get a little bit more feisty just for him. I just smirked and made my way back over to him, placed one hand on his shoulder and the other on his bicep. I glanced down and positioned my feet right between his and looked back up at him he had a huge smile on his face and had a look in his eyes. A disgusting look at that, we’ll see how long that look will last. Keeping my smirk still playing on my lips I nodded at him and he took that as a sign to place his hand back on my hip. That was my chance when he was leaning in to kiss me I jutted my knee up and it was a direct hit. Two seconds later he was on the ground crouching in pain. He was calling me a bitch, I just shrugged my shoulder.
“Serves you right, don’t ever touch me again. Go it!!”
Right as I was about to walk away to go look for Rei one of his friends grabbed me by my arm, and I’m not gonna lie it really hurt. When I winced and cried out saying that hurt, the guy I just kneed proclaimed that's what I deserved hurting him. Please he deserves more than just a knee to the groin.
“Really now?! Maybe you deserve more than just a simple manhandling.”
He made his way over to me and grabbed my face forcefully and he had such a disgusting look written on his face. I hated it, when I tried to look away from him he just turned my face back to him. I found his face utterly repulsive. Pimples and acne scaring all over, a huge scare on his cheek, greasy looking hair that looked like it hadn’t been washed in a month. His eyes just looked like a black hole, but he made them have this look, like hatred, disdain, and utter want. I hatted looking into those eyes so I looked away again and this time when he forced me to look back at him it hurt when I cried out him and his friends laughed.
“Why you keep looking away babe.”
He tilted his head and looked at me waiting for my answer. Are you that slow to comprehend simple human reactions and emotions. Why would I wanna look at a hideous face like that. Moron. When I looked back up at him his face twisted and changed into different emotions before he decided on one. Anger. It was pure anger not only written on his face but even in his eyes. He pushed away his friend who was still holding onto my arm and he grabbed onto it much harder I couldn’t help but wince and sink a little from the pain. To be honest I was a little scared.
“Why you little bitch. Who do you think you are.”
He raised his left hand making a motion to slap me, I used my free arm to try and shield my face. I was waiting for the impact but it didn’t come. I looked up and there was Rai holding his wrist, when the grip of his hand was gone from my arm I looked up and there was Kia. I was stunned at the sight in front of me. When the fuck did they get here!! I grabbed onto my arm, backed up to the claw machine and just dropped to the ground staring up in aw.
“You really don’t wanna do that. Especially with a beautiful face like hers.”
Even while rescuing me Kia still had time to slip in a line like that. But it made me smile a bit. He looked over at me and flashed me a dazzling smile. “That's the kind of thing I like to see.” Rei just shook his head and turned his attention back to the guy. Not only was he confused but even his friends were, after a moment when his friends were making a move towards them Rei turned to them and stated with authority in his voice that it wouldn’t be wise to take a step closer. The jerk was growing angry with each passing second.
“Just who the hell are you guys, and let go of me or you’re gonna be in a world of hurt!!”
“Oh my apologies, my name is Kia. The guy to your right is my dear friend Rei. And the little lady whom not only were you manhandling, which is very wrong and rude by the way, is our good friend Avah. You have a lot of balls to touch her. And I don’t like it. So you have two seconds from when I remove my hand to get yourself and your friends out of here before I, and my good friend here, royally hurt you. Got it.”
Kia face contorted from amusement to malice and it scared me. The look in his eyes showed that he truly wanted to hurt this guy and Rei was just nodding his head along with every word he was saying, when he opened his eyes they were completely blank. Void of any emotions whatsoever, totally different from what I normally see; curiosity, happy, amusement. Kia, his eyes normally are very playful looking, always happy, mischievous almost. But always kind, seeing these kind of looks scared me.
The guy looked dead at me and then looked up to Kia, if looks could kill he’d be ten feet under. Then he looked to Rei, with a dead look looking back at him. His friends were whispering amongst themselves, and once the words ‘D High’ came up they looked to Kia and Rei. And it was kind of like a horror story look cause Rei and Kia looked to them, and in a frightening voice Kia said; “Is there a problem with that?!” As the group was scrambling to leave the arcade mumbles of different phrases were said; ‘Forget that, I’m to young to die.’
‘The leader of D High Gang?! Scary.’ ‘Kia and Rei, deadly combination.’ Seriously who are these two?!
“Now then are you going to go easy just like your supposed friends there, or you gonna make this hard for us?!”
“I’ll go. I’ll go!! Just let me go.”
Once they let him go, he scrambled to the door and ran down the street after his friends. When Kia and Rei looked back to me I jumped a little, they really scared me. I looked at their eyes, Kias beautiful green eyes looked so sad, same with Rei. How could these two guys go from dead and malice looking eyes, to sad eyes and wondering if I’m all right. No I’m not all right. When Rei reached his hand out to me I just turned my body away from him. He looked so dejected. I got up off the ground, when I dusted off my butt I looked at Kia and his eyes where transfixed on something. I followed his gaze and it was fixed on the hand mark on my arm.
“It’s fine, it’s nothing.”
I covered the mark with my hand, and had my head looking at my feet. I didn’t know how to look at them right now and I know they know that.
“Thank you, both of you. I just….”
“Are you scared of us?! Please don’t be.”
Rei’s voice seemed so far away almost, I want to lie and say I’m not. But to be honest I kind of was, I just need time to think about something right now. When I told them that they just nodded their heads. I felt really bad, they saved me, they’re the only friends I have right now. But seeing them look like that it truly scared me. When I walked in-between them I felt their eyes following me out the door and up the road. I just need time to think about everything, my mind was over capacity and all over the place.
I felt bad, and grateful to them all at the same time. Rei, normally really nice, and sweet, and can serve back sarcastic rebuts just as fast as I can dish it. But seeing that dead look in his eyes, I didn’t like it. I’d gotten used to seeing him laugh with me. And Kia, harassing me in some form or another, although I hate when he touches me I know it’s all in good fun and he’s just playing around and having fun. How can someone with such a carefree attitude suddenly look like he could seriously hurt someone. Those weren’t the guys I know. But I knew that they were and that’s what’s scary and I don’t know how to wrap my head around it.
My life wen’t from a 180 to a 360 and I don’t know how to handle it. When I made it back to the complex Granny was in her office watching something on the television I managed to walk by without her seeing me and ran up to my room. I slid down the door an finally took a breath, I hadn’t even noticed that I was holding it in. I took my hand off my arm and finally looked at the mark, and clear as day a slightly bruised mark of a mans hand on my bicep. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect something like that to happen to me. I guess Rei was right, unconsciously speaking my thoughts to the wrong person would get me hurt, and it did.
I don’t know how it happened or when but when I suddenly woke up I was still at my front door, I took my phone out of my bag and glaring brightly at me it read 10:06 pm. I couldn’t even recall when I got back. Feeling confined and suffocated I opened my door and went out onto the porch and sat in the same place I was this morning. Leaning my head against the railing I sighed and thought, was it really this morning that I moved in my bed. It felt like the day dragged on and I have no idea why. Hearing a door open I didn’t have the energy to life my head up, to think after falling asleep but still not having any energy to do anything how odd, I looked under my arm to see the door next to mine open and the person walked out at sat right next to me.
“You know when I got back I knocked on your door, and every hour after.”
“Should I sue for harassment, cause that’s what it sounds like to me.”
“That’s the kind of remark I was looking for, but only if you want to. I won’t hold it against you. But me and Rei were worried when you left. And we’re both really sorry if we scared you.”
I looked over to Kia and he was just looking out into the night sky, a far away look in his eyes. When he turned to look at me his green eyes sparkled and he looked really sincere.
“I told you before, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared. Cause I really was, I never expected either of you to look like that. But I’m still grateful to both of you, cause I didn’t wanna get slapped. My face is too pretty to be slapped.”
“Well I’m glad you can still be sarcastic. But does it hurt?!”
I looked down at my arm with the mark, I rotated my body to face him and he just looked at it. First he looked pissed and then really sad, he reached his hand over and just glided his fingers over the bruise. It was a gentle motion, very soft. He kept muttering the words “I’m sorry, so sorry.” I told him that it’s okay, and it’s not his fault. Why would he feel like it’s his fault?! It’s not his, it’s mine for not keeping my mouth shut. I placed my hand on his and just looked at him.
“It’s okay, honestly. It’s not your fault!! So don’t blame yourself.”
“Granny told me to look after you, and this happens!! I promise you I won’t let anything like this happen again. You may get annoyed with me and push me away.”
“Hold it right there, cause no matter what I say you won’t listen anyways right. Don’t get all sentimental on me now, where’d the overly confident almost cocky, sexual harasser Kia go. Bring him back!!”
He laughed and smiled. Thank goodness, I don’t do good with sentimental things like that. And I don’t want a knight, I don’t want him to be like that.
“I’m right here!! I mean look at this face.. But I’m serious Avah, you’ll be seeing a lot of this face so get used to it. And if you happen to fall in love with me on the way, just let me know. My arms are always open.”
I shoved his shoulder and we both looked at each other and just laughed. That heavy feeling on my shoulders just went away, and I felt light again. When I looked at Kia it felt different from when I looked at Rei, I’m not sure why though. It's interesting.