Kiss With A Fist
I had been fired.
"But Helen! Please, you can't do this to me." I tried to convince her, nearly begging her, but she wouldn't be swayed.
"I'm sorry Levi, but I can't let you work here. If anyone found out, I would lose my job. I can't do that to my family. I'm sorry." She shot me a pleading look, one that begged me to understand.
And I did. I understood, and I wouldn't hold it against her, but that still didn't change my situation. "Here's this month's paycheck. It's been a pleasure having you here. You are dismissed." And with that, I was dismissed. I got up and gave her a tentative hug before leaving.
"You're home early." Jason said as I walked in. I grimaced, not wanting to break the news to him.
"Umm, yeah. They didn't really need me today," I replied evasively. Jason gave me a look, one that said that he wasn't buying it.
"You got fired didn't you?" I ducked my head, nodding nearly imperceptibly. "How?" When I didn't answer, he frowned. "Levi," he sighed, "how did you manage to get fired?" I sighed.
"Helen /somehow/ got tipped off that I was underage. So she fired me."
"Who told her?"
"I don't know. But I guess I deserved it."
"How did you deserve getting fired?" Jason asked me incredulously.
"I lied to her. I shouldn't have lied, but then again, I had no choice."
"Lwee! You'we home!" Theo cried out, hugging my legs which made me nearly topple over.
"Hey little buddy, where's Jay?" I asked, ruffling his hair.
"He's behind you." I turned, but there was only Jason.
"Not Jason. Jay."
"Behind you," he sighed, pointing behind me at Jason.
"No, Theo, where's Jayden?"
"Oh, /Jade/ is sleeping." He was /still/ sleeping?
"No, Jade is right 'ere." I squeaked, nearly jumping out of my skin.
"Jeez Louise! Jay, you scared the patooties out of me!" I cried out indignantly.
"Jeez Louise? Patooties?" he smirked. "Where do you even get this stuff from?"
"Nice to see that /someone/ is in a good mood." I replied grumpily, completely ignoring his question. "How's the fever?" I added as an afterthought.
"Better, but my 'ead is killing me. A cup of coffee would be nice." he looked at me expectantly. I sighed.
"Okay, coffee it is. I know I could use some-Hey, wait a minute! Jason, aren't you supposed to be in detention?" I asked, slightly confused.
"Uh, yeah, but the teacher had to go take care of his, um, sick kid so we got out early." He replied hurriedly. Something in his tone was kind of off, but I was too miserable about being fired to actually pay attention.
"Oh," was all I said.
"Listen Levi, we need to talk." Jayden said to me that night. His tone meant serious business. And seeing as how he chose to talk when Theo and Jason were both asleep, just reinforced that notion.
Serious talk was not good.
Seriously not good. (Pun intended.)
"But you're already talking to me," I joked, trying to lighten the mood.
"You know what I mean." He replied in a hard voice. Uh-oh. It was even worse than I'd thought.
"'Kaaaaay, what do you want to talk about?" I asked, crossing my legs and pretending to be writing stuff down in my imaginary notebook. Jayden scowled, unamused.
"Will you please be serious?"
"I am being serious." He let out a loud huff, running a hand through his tousled dark hair.
"I 'eard about you losing the job at the daycare. I can't stay 'ere anym-"
"Oh yes you can. You don't have a choice. It was a part of our agreement; I don't take you to the hospital, you stay here until you're /completely/ healed. Remember? 'Cuz if you don't, I'll take you to the hospital to get you checked for amnesia. Or maybe alzheimer's?" I interrupted him threateningly.
"Levi! Be reasonable. It's going to take a 'ell of a long time for me to be completely 'ealed. And I can't stay 'ere." I tried to interrupt him, but he shoved his fist into my mouth, shutting me up. "'Ow are you going to support yourself and your two brothers with just one job? Especially if you 'ave to feed and treat me? Think about it. You can't do this anymore." He had a point.
Oh gosh darn it, he was right!
How was I going to support the four of us with only one job?
"So?" he asked when I didn't reply.
"Mmm!" I answered, since his fist was still in my mouth.
"Oh ew! I'm covered in your spit." Jayden grumbled, removing his hand. I snickered.
"It's your own fault. And it's okay, I've got tons of money saved up." I replied brightly.
"Yea, your university or college funds. And even if you did use it, 'ow long would it last?" Gah! What was wrong with this guy? Other guys would've loved being pampered and treated without having to pay, and here he was convincing me-or at least trying to convince me-to kick him out.
|Drew Roy||as Jayden O'Shea|
|Logan Lerman||as Jason Johnson|
|Aaron Johnson||as Ian McKean|
|Jean-Luc Bilodeau||as Josh Morgan|
|Sasha Pieterse||as Katarina Morgan|