“What happened, Scott?” She asked, tilting her head as she stared up at him with a worried expression. What had she missed?
Scott averted his eyes at her question. He stared out at the open air behind her head with an apathetic expression, even though he was breaking inside. “Jean passed away a few months ago on a mission.”
“Aaaaw was someone worried?” She giggled and smiled, crossing her arms. “Did you think something bad happened?” This wasn’t as amusing. She could have left him worried that she was dead or injured. That she definitely didn’t want.
Scott shook his head with a light roll of his eyes, even if it wasn’t noticeable. “Of course I was worried.” However, at her next question, he started to frown a bit and suddenly became very rigid. “Well in light of recent events, I did think something bad happened.”
She sighed and smiled, hugging him again. “It’s okay,… You’re welcome. I know they happen more than they should but there are some things you can’t help.”
“I know.” He nodded a bit and let go of her again. “You’re safe and that’s all that matters.”
“Situations meaning a matter of life and death, Scott. I wouldn’t abandon you. I promise I won’t.” She knew what that felt like and she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Especially to him. She’d never be able to hurt him like that. “So you have my word, Scott.”
“Situations like that come a lot more frequently than they should, Bri.” His words were a bit harsh, even if he didn’t mean them to be. He just sounded hurt; on edge. It was the same way he’s been talking to everyone since Jean died. But he quickly calmed down and relaxed again. This was Bri. He shouldn’t act this way in front of her. “Thank you.” With that, he reached forward and gave her one more short hug.
“I swear. Unless situations arise and I am unable to tell you goodbye,… I swear, Scott.” She smiled and stood back, biting her lower lip as she looked down at the ground. Had he really missed her that badly?
Her words made Scott’s heart sink a little. He knew that it was reasonable. Sometimes things happened. You couldn’t control it. But the utter possibility that she would disappear again without his knowing shook his brain. “Okay.” He whispered before getting a hold of himself and nodding. “Okay. That’s all I can ask.”
Scott was a great deal stronger than the small demigoddess and she could feel her back pop wit the hug. She didn’t say anything though. She was simply glad she had Scott back and wasn’t going to complain. She liked him too much for that.
After a moment or two, Scott pulled back and smiled down at the Brunette. “You’ll tell me next time you leave, right?” He would be lying if he said that he would be okay with her leaving again. He wouldn’t be. There were few people he had left, it seems. Few people who truly understood him. And he clinged to them. But this was her life, and she should be able to go out and enjoy it. He just wanted her to be happy. But he didn’t want her to leave without a goodbye.
“Yeah but it would have been alot better with you around.” She said softly. Bri smiled up at him and hugged him tightly around the waist once more, biting her lower lip. “I missed you Scott.” Her voice was softer now,… More serious. “I missed you so much,…”
“I doubt it.” Scott shook his head with a grin. He was a bit of a fun sucker. He doubted that he would have added anything positive to her experience, but that’s just how he viewed it. “I missed you too.” He squeezed her tighter, as if he wasn’t going to ever let go. “You have no idea.”