"Fighting is harder than it seems." I said to William as I watched him punch a wall. Since there wasn't a gym around here, I had to teach William in an alley way.
"All you do is punch and kick." William said as he shrugged his shoulders.
"That's what they want you to think. You need to know what your opponent is going to do before they do. You need to see which side is stronger, you need to learn everything they do before you can even start." I said as I circled him. William only raised and eyebrow at me.
"So I practically have to become their brain?" He asked. I nodded my head and kept circling him.
"Why are you doing that?" He asked as he kept turning his head to look at me.
"You're right handed, you rather punch than kick, and you've been working out in the past few days." I said as I stood right in front of him.
"How the hell did you know that?!" He asked surprised.
"I told you. You've got to know your opponent better than they know themselves. Its the only way you're gunna beat them." I said as I crossed my arms.
"Who taught you this?" He asked. I frowned at his question. I wasn't ready to tell him about my life, heck I don't think I'm ever going to be ready to tell anyone.
"Doesn't matter." I said. I looked away and told him to keep practicing his punching.
"You need a more steady stance." I said.
"Like hell I do." William grumble as he hit the wall again. Without him noticing, I grabbed his shoulder, turned him around, and kicked his knees until he fell down.
"What the hell?!" He yelled. He got up and dusted off his pants.
"If you had more of a steady stance I shouldn't have been able to do that." I smirked. William glared at me and rolled his eyes.
"Fine." William then got into a better stance and started to hit again.
A few hours later and it was time for me to go home. I still had to go grocery shopping and buy mom some beer.
"That's it for tonight." I said as I turned to leave.
"It's inly 5 o'clock!" William pointed out the obvious.
"I have things to do, you know." I said as I kept walking.
"Can I come with you?" He asked. I waved him off.
"It's a free country." I said a I kept walking. William caught up to me and we walked to the store in silence. It wasn't awkward or anything. In fact, it was comforting.
"What do you need here?" He asked as we got to the town supermarket.
"What do you think?" I said a I rolled my eyes at him. Grabbing a cart, I went straight for the beer.
"Aren't you underage?" He asked. Again, I just rolled my eyes. Walking down the isles, I got food that I can make that will last a while even though it's always gone in a few days.
"That's all your getting?" William asked. Looking into my cart, I saw a few loaves of bread, some peanut butter and jelly, beer, and crackers.
"It's all I can afford." I said as I shrugged my shoulders.
"What about your parents?" I tensed at that but waved it off.
"They're to busy." Was my only reply. In a way, I wasn't technically lying.
"Come on." William said as he grabbed the cart. I didn't argue and just walked behind him. He grabbed hamburger and chicken with boxes of Mac and cheese and milk and butter and loads of other crap.
"How am I going to pay for all this?" I asked. This time, William smirked.
"I'll buy you groceries in return of teaching me how to fight." I couldn't say no to that. Food is amazing and William isn't so bad to be around sometimes.
"Deal." I nodded. He helped carry the grocers home and I was thankful that mother was in her room, most likely passed out. I was glad William didn't comment about my small ratty house. I quickly out the food away and led him back outside.
"Thanks for everything." I said as I shoved my hands in my pocket. William smiled, his genuine one that makes my heart go crazy, and hugged me. Just like last time, I didn't pull away. But I also didn't hug him back but I did lean into him a bit.
"Anytime for you, sweetheart. Goodbye." William whispered in my ear. He then let go of me and walked away. I felt so warm in his embrace and almost called him back to hug me, but I clamped my mouth shut.
As much as I didn't want to admit it, that William person is slowly creeping his way into my life, and for once in my life, I was happy about it.