Chapter 19

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"Yuri, what happened?" Otabek asked eyes full of concern once the boy had calmed down.

"Um, it doesn't matter. It's stupid."

"You were crying. It can't be that stupid. Do you want me to call Levi? Would you tell him?" There was something in Otabek's face Yuri couldn't identify.

"No. I don't want to see him. Ever. He- he cheated on me. I guess I'm just really gullible to believe someone could love me huh?"

"Don't say that. It's not true for one."

"Why'd you come by?"

"The court is ready to move forward with the trial date. They took a body scan of you before your surgery, they had to scan your head anyway but a court officer came by telling them they had to do the rest. They want you to come as a witness in court. They won't say what they found."

Yuri sighed rubbing his eyes,"I didn't want them to for a reason. I don't want to go court either. I have to? Don't they have enough?"

Otabek sighed, "They'll just order you to testify or you could come willingly. Do you want them to go jail?"

Yuri frowned, "I have finally come to terms with the fact that they were never going to change and that they hated me. That makes it hard because I still feel like if they don't go to prison and I go live with them again then everything would be OK even though I know it's a lie."

"You know if you let them, Victor and Yuuri could be the parents you wish you had had."

"No, it's not the same. I didn't grow up with them, I don't even know how much they know."

"They're going to know soon enough. The court date is set for three days from now on Friday."

Yuri groaned and lay back on his bed staring up at the ceiling, "How am I supposed to understand them? I can hear but I'm still learning how it's supposed to sound coming through the implant."

"They'll give you an interpreter. You won't be going in deaf Yuri. The interpreter will tell you everything they say."

Yuri sighed, "Fine, I don't have much of a choice anyway."

Otabek smiled, "I don't know if it means anything but I'll be there to help."

"It doesn't but thanks I guess."

***

Yuri's palms we're sweating his parents were not even ten feet away and had that cold look Yuri knew came before a beating. He swallowed looking away.

"Yuri Plisetsky please come to the witness stand," the judge called.

Yuri nervously got up ignoring the translator, he could hear that part just fine with his implant. He sat quietly and took the oath. The prosecuting attorney came first and winked at him.

" Yuri, how about we start with an easy question. Did your parents beat you?"

"yes," yuri's hands twisted in his if they thought that was easy this was got to be a long day.

"And may I ask how they beat you?"

Yuri looked down playing with the hem of his shirt, "Well, um, when they were sober they'd leave bruises in places people couldn't see."

"And when they weren't?" the prosecuting attorney asked gently.

"They'd throw things at me. They hit me harder and weren't as careful. Sometimes I couldn't go to school for a week and once they sobered up they'd shove my head in cold water trying to get the swelling to go down."

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