I don’t like concerning people about my own personal affairs. I guess I can consider this vigilante thing a personal affair. Thanks to that, I decided to not see Derek because I knew the stab wound would alarm him. It didn’t end well.
Josh didn’t respond well to me coming home the way I did. He immediately pestered me about calling 911 and stuff, but I talked him out of his panic. Even so, I could see the fearful look in his eyes as he saw his big sister in pain. I tried staying strong so that it wouldn’t bother him as much. It’s not like I nearly died or something.
It was fairly easy to get the stab wound treated and wrapped up at the local clinic. I had to go to the clinic; it was cheaper, and they wouldn’t question me about my wounds as much as the hospital or elsewhere would’ve. A lot of injured gangsters ended up there, so they probably figured I ran into some gang activity or something. Sometimes I wondered if they were, well, legal, but I didn’t care much. It wasn’t like I was getting drugs from them or something. Legality doesn’t concern me as much as righteousness. It’s better to do what’s right rather than what’s lawful. If it overlaps, great. If it doesn’t, oh well.
I decided to take a day to chillax at home. Derek called me, but I didn’t answer. I didn’t want to have to lie over the phone. My voice would crack right away, and he’d be banging down my door in a minute.
However, I forgot that he usually stopped by whenever I didn’t return his calls.
After a while, there was a knock on the door. Josh must’ve ran over and opened the door because when I emerged from my room Derek was standing in my living room with his arms folded. To make matters even worse, I was wearing a tank top and shorts. He could clearly see the bandages and bruises.
“Okay, you DEFINITELY have some explaining to do, Trix.”
Well fuck. I tried playing the injuries off.
“Eh, don’t worry about it, it’s just scratches y–“
“Scratches my ass! Your shoulder is covered with thick bandaging! Why?!”
He pointed at the injured shoulder. My hand rubbed the designated spot nervously.
He stepped closer to me.
“I’m sorry I didn’t show u–“
“Don’t change the subject. What. Happened.”
My eyes glanced over at Shortstop. He was sitting on the couch as he glanced back at me. I knew he wasn’t going to say anything about the heroic stuff, and I already told him what happened, but nonetheless I nodded my head towards his room. Munchkin ran off in response.
“Let’s sit down, Derek.”
His glare didn’t break for even a second as we both sat down on the couch. My best friend gazed into my eyes as he silently awaited his answer. I knew there was no way out of this. Sighing lightly, I gave him an explanation.
“These bandages are covering a stab wound.”
“Don’t tell me your parents found you.”
So that’s what he was worried about. I could at least ease his anxiety by truthfully denying that this had anything to do with my parents.
“No, nothing to do with them. If it was, either everything here would be packed in boxes, or Josh wouldn’t be here. It had to do with a gang.”
“Gang? Which fucking gang hurt my sis?”
“Blood Princes. I intruded on their turf and paid the price. A couple of the members beat the shit outta me, and one of them stabbed me with his knife.”
Technically what I was saying was true. I definitely was on their turf, and I did tick them off. The only thing I wasn’t revealing was the whole vigilante business. Derek of course didn’t need to know that. I could tell the guy was displeased. A perpetual frown remained on his face as he gently touched my shoulder.
“You need to be more careful where you parkour next time. I’m not letting this bullshit happen to you again though. Imma call up some of my connections and get you some protection.”
“I don’t need an escort.”
“But you do need people that’ll watch your back. I’ll see if I can do anything to keep those asshole Princes in check.”
He steadily stood up and pulled out his cell phone. Before he dialed, he gazed at me once more.
“I gotta admit though, I’m glad it was the Blood Princes and not the Inferno Dragons. I don’t know what the hell turf they have, but they’ve been burning up everything ya know. If you ran into them, I’m sure you would’ve been burned to a crisp.”
He rubbed his eyes in mild frustration.
“I’m heading out now, but YOU missy better relax and let those wounds heal.”
“Yeah yeah, I’ll take it easy.”
“You better. I’ll see if I can get any information on the Inferno Dragons. I always like having a map of Downtown Haven. I don’t like seeing ambiguity like this. That usually means war, and that’s painful for all of us Downtown folks.”
“Ya don’t need to tell me that. I know damn well the kinda shit that happens.”
“I’ll check in on ya later, Trix. And Sis?”
I tilted my head in confusion. “Yeah?”
“You really need to stop getting black eyes. They make you look like a panda.”
We both laughed as he left the apartment. If only he knew.