I’m Not Scared #2

“Peter?” Peter snapped back to the present and saw his mother’s worried gaze, “Are you alright?”

“Y-Yeah,” Peter replied shakily, heart still beating fast.

Her worried look quickly melted into a loving and reassuring gaze, “We’re here, sweetie,” she said, softly.

Peter nodded and looked out and saw the house.

Peter swallowed, “We’re going to live here?”

“Yes,” His mother looked out toward the house, then back at him, “Don’t worry, it’s only temporary arrangement.”

Peter nodded numbly, not at all reassured. His mother was the first to leave the car but he quickly followed, making sure to slam the door shut on his way out. It had never really closed properly without force, he learnt that years ago when everything was stolen.

They made their way through the untrimmed jungle of a garden toward their doom… ‘Stop being so morbid,’ he mentally scolded himself.

His mother knocked lightly on the door and waited. The door opened, not a lot just enough for them to see half the face of a teenager. A teenager that seemed unnaturally pale but to Peter, what really stood out was the blood red eye that seemed to be highlighted by a thick line of black. ‘He looks just like that… that,’ Peter thought utterly shocked at the resemblance, ‘No,’ he shook his head, ‘That monster was taller.’

“What do you want?’ the teen asked coldly, eye narrowing, giving off a very hostile feeling.

"Hey, Adam,” Peter’s mother greeted the teen, ignoring his hostility, “You remember me, your Aunt Leah?”

The door opened fully and the teen, no, Adam scrutinized them both. The eyes softened, “Hey Leah, uh… who’s this?” He asked, motioning to Peter.

“Oh,” his mother laughed sheepishly, “This is your cousin Peter,” She looked at Peter, “Peter this is your cousin Adam.”

Peter waved awkwardly; he never was good at meeting new people.

“Come in then,” Adam smiled, motioning for them to come, “Mother’s in the kitchen, Leah.”

They parted ways after they had all made their way into the hallway, Peter followed Adam and his mother went to the kitchen.

“Follow me,” Adam said without looking at him, “I’ll show you where you’ll sleep.”

“…kay,” Peter replied.

The silence was awkward, Peter was unsure of how to even talk to this teen. This was how it was for the whole walk. It was a very long walk; there was a lot of stairs. ‘I wasn’t aware it was even this big,’ Peter thought in awe, taking in the very spacious hallways, ‘It looked so small on the outside.’ Soon enough Adam finally stopped, that’s when Peter found out he was bunking with him. ‘Well I don’t really need my stuff right now,’ he thought, ‘I’ll go get it later.’

Peter sat down on bed nearest to the door and pulled out his game boy from his pocket.

“What’s that?” Peter looked up to find Adam standing close, head bent very close to his face, looking intently at his prized possession.

“A Game Boy,” Peter said, flicking the switch, rousing the handheld from its slumber. The game title ‘Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons’ popped up onto the screen. “Do you want to have a go?” Peter asked him, trying to be polite.

“Uhh… Sure!” Peter pulled Adam down onto the bed beside him and handed him the handheld.

Adam soon learned the basics and went off on the adventure…

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