The Reality Chapter 13:
Sasha and I went down to the cafeteria to get something to eat. We sat down at our table eating for a bit. Soon afterwards, Ren came down with Lex. They both sat down at the table and we were all quiet for a few moments. Sasha looked over at me and then over to Lex. Sasha Said. "So you must be Lex, the other returnee."
"Does it really matter if I am or not." Lex replied.
Ren grinned and said. "Do not make me hit the button again Lex."
"If I wanted to be treated like a kid with no rights I would have said so." Lex snapped back.
Ren snickered back. "It looks like one cub is going through their angry phase."
I just sat there and watched as they bickered back and forth. Lex's personality had changed a lot since I last saw him and Ren. “He is just trying to get him to behave like someone normal so he could fit in the new society.” I thought. I got pretty fed up with listening to this. I snapped when I heard Lex say. "I never asked to be brought into a world like this!"
I walked over and hit him as hard as I could. I said. "You asked to be brought here when you got yourself into a cryo-sleep. I did it too. This is not where I wanted to end up either and I made the mistake and so did you. You look down upon me and everyone because you think you’re better than we are. Well if your so god damn perfect why did you just throw the rest of your humanity away to come after me!"
The shock of the words that had left my mouth made Lex freeze in place. He had put his hand up to the place where I had smacked him. He stared at me silently. All of a sudden he had gotten up and ran away from me and everyone else. I guess he was having a rough time with dealing with all of this like I did, although I did not hate anyone that was present in this time era. Ren looked at me and motioned for me to follow him. He led me out of the hospital and towards a buggy. It looked like I was leaving and did not get a chance to even finish talking with Sasha.
I got back to the hotel and Ren dropped me off at my door. I walked in greeted by an angry Headmaster. His eyes pierced through my soul and he looked like he was going to kill me. I put my ears back along my head and stood in a submissive stance looking up through my eyelashes trying to puppy eye my way out of it. He was really making me nervous the way he stared. The headmaster spoke up. "Why is your fur paint removed from your markings and why does your face look a little puffy?"
I stared up at him. It not like he would not get the truth sooner or later. I replied. "I saw who the other pup was and it was Lex. I took the paint off so I could show him I was still alive, and that I still regret what I did many years ago. He ended up beating me up a bit before he was pulled off of me. I did get a little banged up but nothing too bad."
The Headmaster scowled at me. He paced across the room for a minute before he stopped and had turned towards me. He walked up to me and he had an evil grin across his face. He looked down at me and said. "I guess I have no choice you disobeyed me and took the paint off when you should not have. So I'm grounding you when we get back to the school you will not be allowed out of your room or have friends visit for two weeks."
I looked up at him in disbelief. "He grounded me?" I thought to myself. "He can't do that can he?" I laid myself down on the bed and let out a big sigh. It was very comfortable, and I could feel myself starting to fall asleep even though I was angry at him. Unfortunately the Headmaster did not let me. "You are not going to sleep yet Kyoga. Take a shower first and then we will go get something to eat, I am starving." He said.
I looked up at him and gave a small grunt. I did not want to go anywhere and I was tired. I just wanted to sleep after a long day. "I don't want to go anywhere. Can I please stay here while you go out? I won’t go outside of the room, I just want to sleep. It’s been a long day sir." I said back to him. I was hoping he would let me, but he didn’t.
He picked me up by the scruff of my neck and brought me into the bathroom. He stripped me down and started running water in the bathtub and not turning the shower on. He placed me into the bathtub and gave a grin. He said. "If you're going to act like a child then I'll treat you like one too. So I'm just going to give you a quick bath and then we will go and get something to eat. Ok pup?"
My jaw dropped. I yelled. "I was not acting like a child! I was just saying I was tired. You have no right to treat me like this. Just leave and I will do it myself!" I had crossed my arms tried to glare at him. Unfortunately it just looked like I was pouting. The water was up to my stomach by now as well.
The headmaster leaned over the tub and looked me in the eyes and gave a small smile. "You are acting like a child right now Kyoga. Stop your pouting this is happening whether you want it to or not, ok pup?" He put some soap on his hands and begun to wash my back. This was really awkward; no one has ever helped me wash up before, or treat me this much like a child. If I did not have the brain I had right now I probably would not mind this. So many things in this life that I still had to get used to and there was a long time to do it.
I looked up at the Headmaster and wondered how many children he had or was Misery his only child. That question could probably wait till later though. I spoke up. "I guess I was being difficult. There is just so much to get used to though from what I was used to. I need time to figure out who I am now and what I want to do with myself from here on in. It requires some a lot of thinking especially now that Lex is here with me. Even though he does not seem to care about me anymore I still care about him and I hope he will come around. Maybe I could surprise him on his birthday with something. That would probably work. Headmaster, do you know what day it is?" The headmaster replied "It is November 5th."
My tail started to wag out of control I could not contain my excitement. The Headmaster had a confused look on his face. I said happily. "Lex's birthday is on the 6th of November so tomorrow is his birthday. I know just what to get him too. I'll get Ren to help me pick it up tomorrow. It’s also Guy Fawkes Day. Remember, remember the 5th of November." I giggled at the last thing I said, even though Guy Fawkes Day would no longer be an actual day to celebrate.
The Headmaster picked me up out of the water as the tub was draining. He placed me under a device and hit the button. It was a super-sized blow drier. Within about half a minute my fur was completely dry and very fluffy. The Headmaster seemed to be looking at me in a way that was somewhat creepy but it was more a look of fondness. "Can you cut it out? Looking at me like that, it's kind of creepy." I said. I did feel kind of sorry for the Headmaster though he was away from his family all the time and rarely got to see anyone except for Misery who did not want to have much contact with him. The Headmaster had gotten me new clothes to wear and a new diaper and he changed me and put me into my clothes. This was another thing that was quite embarrassing for me; no one has ever put me into clothes before, I always did that myself. Even though it was just me and the Headmaster I could not stop blushing. I asked the Headmaster. "Why are you doing all of this for me? It’s kind of weird and stuff."
The Headmaster just looked at me and chuckled as if I asked something stupid. He responded, "Well you said that there are a lot of things that you need to get used to. Maybe letting people baby you like this will help you get used to the aspect of your age there pup. So don't let it bother you if I treat you as a cub, ok?" He patted me on the head before standing up. "Hey lets go get something to eat now. I have not eaten much today so I don't think I can wait much longer." He said walking towards the door.
The Headmaster took me to the five star restaurant inside the hotel. The hotel was owned by a man who had many resorts and different hotels around the world and who was a world famous chef. It was very beautiful inside. There seemed to be very expensive paintings and an open design for the kitchen where you can see and watch the chefs’ work. The Headmaster seemed really pleased with his meal. I had no idea what it was though all I knew about it was that it was supposed to be some foreign dish. He ended up making quite a bit of noise while eating too, which was out of character for him. I had found out from him that in the country where this dish is from, the louder you are when you eat, the more of a complement it is.
After the Headmaster finished eating we sat there and talked for a while. Mostly about school and how I was doing, and if I found it hard at all. There really was not much to talk about with him because we knew so little about each other that we did not know if we had anything in common which most likely we did not. It was starting to get late out though, and we both thought it would be best to go back to our room and get ready to sleep for the long day I would have again tomorrow.
Once we got back to the room, the Headmaster picked me up and laid me down on one of the beds and began to change my diaper and get me into my pajamas. After that was through, the Headmaster had stood up and walked to the bathroom to change his clothes. It took him about a minute before he was back. "Kyoga, I just want to let you know I'm proud of what you have accomplished in the school. Your grades are some of the best and I'm glad that you have made some good friends, including my daughter. She has changed a lot since she started talking to you." The Headmaster stated.
I had somewhat of a shocked look on my face after him saying all that. I replied sheepishly. "Thanks a lot. I have made sure to try hard in school because the rules there are quite strict. To be honest Misery was kind of just being a creepy stalker when we first met but she has changed a lot and she's a really nice person who I enjoy being around. I have not had someone say they were proud of me in quite a while either." I was rubbing the back of my head while saying this. I was blushing a little bit too, hopefully he did not notice. The Headmaster just walked over to the light switch and turned off all the lights but a bedside lamp so he could see his way back to his bed. Once he crawled into bed he shut the lamp off. He said, “good night." Right after he got comfortable.
The next morning started the same way as yesterday. Waking up to the smell of coffee, this time I was not as moody. I got up and changed quickly before pulling out the small tablet I still had from my voice box. I was opening a few applications on it trying to find out how much money the government had actually left me. Once I found out how much I had I just had to laugh. There was more than enough for me to live off of for the next 30 years as long as I did not spend it stupidly. There was a knocking on our door that signaled Ren was here to pick me up. I opened the door and sure enough it was him.
Ren and I started to walk out to the buggy. We walked through the hotel without saying much to each other. I had to break the silence. I said. "Ren before we go to the hospital there is a place I want to stop at to buy a birthday present for Lex. Today is his birthday after all." Ren just nodded as we got into the buggy and told the driver were to go. I knew today was going to be a good day whether Lex liked it or not. He was going to be happy, I just knew it. I was excited too; I could not get my tail to stop going full speed.
We arrived at the hospital about an hour later. Ren was not too happy on how much time we took up getting the present. We led the people who were moving the present for us to Lex's room. It was in a big box and it was wrapped up nicely I did not want anyone to be able to guess what it was. Once we got into the room I noticed Lex's ears perk up a bit. He noticed the big box being carried into the room. I said. "Happy birthday, Lex! I got you a present." I ran up to him and hugged him before he could do anything quickly stepping away afterwards. I continued. "You aren't allowed to open it until your lessons are done for the day though."
I heard him say something under his breath but I did not catch the whole thing and then I noticed him nod at what I said. I began to talk again. "Lex I hope you will forgive me for what I did to you and Kiara but you have to get over it. This is a new life that you get to live. You should realize that and be happy that you get a second chance that you can do whatever you want in. It’s now our time to change what we want to do unless we both want to be musicians again. It’s our choice and we get to make up our minds for a second time and get to relive our life."
Lex looked at me with eyes of regret, hatred, and a few other mixed emotions and said. "Brother. I realize all of this, it’s going to take me some time to get used to where I am right now. It’s going to take even longer for me to fully forgive you for what you did. I helped raise your son after you were gone. I should tell you the full truth. After you left and she had her baby me and her got married so I could be your sons father. We both did not want him growing up without a father."
"I understand." I said. I looked at him for a moment longer. "You two did what was best for the life I helped create and left I'm grateful to you. If you guys told him who I was and if he hated me, that is just the way things were meant to be. I loved Kiara and you. You two were my family."
A few minutes after mine and Lex's big talk we had begun our lesson. Lex must have actually studied or cared last night he was actually understanding some words and using his own voice box decently well. He seemed to have a new found hope for life in this world. And we were able to be together again. As brothers hopefully if not just friends even if he still somewhat resented me.
A few hours went by and we finished the lesson. I told Lex he could open his present now. He walked over to it somewhat curious and suspicious. He began to take the wrapping paper off the giant present. It just looked like an ordinary giant box. He opened up the box and his jaw had dropped. He ran to me and hugged me. Lex smiled and said. "You bastard, you like to make it hard to stay mad at you. This is a great present thank you so much." He ran back to the box and started pull out and setting up a drum set. I knew that he loved his drums back then as much as he loved me as his brother. Even though we were not brothers he must have felt the bond that brothers have for each other.
He had finished setting them up and looked towards me. Lex said. "Hey you have your guitar here and I now have a drum set. Let’s play a song we used to. How about your favorite song, ‘If You Could See Me Now’ by The Script?" I picked up my guitar and nodded. "Yeah let’s play it. Can you still do the rap in it because you were always better at it?" Lex nodded his head and I started up the song.
Lex began. "It was February 14th valentine’s day. The roses came but they took you away. Tattooed on my arm is a charm, to disarm all the harm, gotta keep myself strong but the truth is your gone. And I'll never get to show you these songs dad you should see the tours that I'm on. I see you standing there next to mom both singing along yeah on and on. But there are days when I'm losing my faith. Because the man wasn't good he was great he would say music was a home for your pain and explain I was young he would say." I joined in. "Take that rage, put it on the page, take the page to the stage and blow the roof off the place."
We played through the whole song it felt great to finally be with Lex again and he was happy and way to excited than he normally would be. After we finished we both sat on his bed. We had glasses of water and we were drinking in silence. Ren walked in with Sasha. My tail began to go a mile a minute when she walked in. Lex just looked at me and laughed and said. "She's way too old for you bro."
I shot him an evil look and said. "I'm not into her. I like talking to her; she is a big fan of us after all." I got up and walked over to her and began to talk to her about what she has been doing since she awoke. She is trying to become a doctor and work at this hospital so she can help anyone else they awaken more easily than what has been happening with all the depression and mental stress from it. We sat there and talked for a few hours. I did have an overnight bag with me this time because I was hoping today was going to go this well. I walked over to Ren. I said. "Hey Ren, would you call the Headmaster and ask him if it’s ok that I stay with Lex tonight? It would just be good to be able to catch up with him after all this time." Lex nodded his head and pulled out a small device and left the room.
He came back a few minutes later saying the Headmaster said I was able to. Tonight was going to be fun, I could say that for sure. I would be able to talk to Lex and get to know everything that happened after I went to sleep.