A new understanding

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Antonio's POV

After spending the day with Rainbow, I was beginning to see her world for what it was. Beautiful. She did truly live up to her name.

Sure she had her quirks but that's what made her unique and more interesting. That's when I realize that I wasn't suppose to bring her into my world, I was suppose to step into hers and that's what I intended to do.

I made sure I was waiting for her in her puzzle room. She walked in and saw me. A smile formed on her face.

"Antonio! You're early!"

"Yes and I brought a new puzzle for us," I smiled.

"For us?" She looked at me surprised.

"I figured it was our thing," I said.

"What puzzle did you bring," she asked trying to see and I had to stop her.

"Okay first have a seat and close your eyes," I said and she did as I asked. Then I placed the box on the table. "Now open them."

She opened them and screamed, "you bought me a My Little Pony puzzle?!"

I nodded.

She picked it up and hugged it, "this is awesome! Thank you Antonio!" She got up out of her seat, came over to me and hugged me. I didn't expect that and she pulled away quickly, "sorry. I didn't mean to make you uncomfortable."

"Actually it surprised me but can I have another one," I asked her.

"Okay."  She gave me another hug and I hugged her back.  I don't know what it was about that hug but I liked it. Maybe it was the fact it was simple affection and nothing was asked in returned. Then I realized that Rain appreciates a simple gesture such as a puzzle.

She let go of me and sat back down. She opened the box and dumped out the puzzle on the table. We worked at putting them right side up. Then worked on it until it was time to go to class.  We also talked.

The funny part was I ended up burning and she laughed.  Then she turned around and burped and we both laughed.  Most girls would be grossed out but we found humor in it.

At lunch time, we sat at a table in her quiet room and had lunch together. Adrian and Morris joined us and we all talked. Rain told them about the horses and their names. They thought it was amazing and told her so.

Then we all got into a belching contest. I found out she could belch the alphabet.  I was beginning to like her world more and more.

At the end of the day, I was getting ready to head to practice when I heard yelling.  That was definitely Rain and then I heard other voices. Ella and Darcy.

I made my way to them and to my horror saw them pinning her down as Ella shoved garbage at her.  Anger boiled inside of me and I ran over, pushing her off of her, "get the hell away from her you stupid bitch!"

"She doesn't deserve to be here!  She's a freak!"  He screeched. That's all it took and I hauled off and smacked her.  They looked at me shocked. I glared at her, "I warned you."

"I'm calling my parents and pressing charges," she barked.

They got out there quickly as I helped Rain. She looked at me, "you'll get in trouble."

"I don't care. She deserved it," I said to her.

"But if they arrest you, we can't work on our puzzle and can't have lunch together. You're my friend Antonio. Please don't leave me," she said getting upset.

"Rain, I promise not to leave you," I assured her. I knew I shouldn't have promised her but right now, I couldn't bear to see her upset.  I helped her to the bathroom and checked it before taking her inside. Then I helped her clean up.

"Okay remove your clothes," I said to her.

"What?"  She looked at me shocked.

"Only to your underwear. Think of it like a swimsuit," I said thinking fast.

"Okay."  She removed her clothes and I couldn't help but stare. Knock it off Antonio. This is not the time to be thinking unholy things.

I quickly diverted my eyes and helped cleans her up. Once she was clean, I removed my shirt. She looked at me.


"You have a nice body," she answered as I handed her my shirt.

"Uh thanks," I said a bit embarrassed. She pulled the shirt over her head and I picked up her clothes. Then we went to her locker so she could get her bag and jacket. Then I walked her out to Luke but only to have cop cars pull up. Shit.

They got out as Luke walked towards us. As soon as they reached us, I handed Rain off to him.

"Antonio Grasso your under arrest for assault," the cop said as he turned me around and tried to cuff me. I let my temper get the best of me and tried to resist. They ended up putting me on the ground.

"Luke! Why are they being mean to Antonio?!"

"I don't know," he said to her as he tried to hold her.

The cop placed a knee in my back as Rain broke free and went after the cop, "you're hurting him!"

"Ma'am step back," the officer ordered her.

"No! You're hurting him," she yelled as she pushed him only for him to defend himself and hitting her. She fell back and hit her head.

"Rain!" I yelled as Luke tended to her and they cuffed me. They dragged me off the ground and to the cop car.

Luke pulled out his phone and made a call while I was taken away. I knew who was behind all this. I seethed. At this point I didn't care about me, I was more worried about Rain.

Ella would freaking pay for this.

As I sat in a jail cell waiting for my parents to show up, all I could think was how fair was this? A few minutes later, my parents arrived. The officer opened the cell, "Antonio Grasso, you're being released to your parents custody. Consider this a warning. We don't want to see you back here."

I walked out of there and went home with my parents. They didn't say much to me. I knew they were disappointed. I could see it in their face.

As soon as we got home, I went straight to my room. I laid down on my bed and heard the phone. Then I heard dad say, "what?! No I understand. I'll tell him."

Now what?

I heard footsteps and my door opened, "do so even want to know?"

"That was the coach. You've been suspended from playing any sports pending an investigation to the incident at the school."

I sighed.

"At this point, I don't even care. I'm more concerned about Rain," I said sitting up.

Dad looked at me.

"I know you're both disappointed in me but I couldn't let Ella and Darcy do that do to her. They had her pinned down and Ella was shoving trash at her while yelling at her. I just wanted to protect her," I said to him sincerely.

"Well, you're wrong in one aspect," he replied to me.

"Okay?"  I looked at him a bit confused.

"We aren't disappointed in you Antonio, we're proud of you. We're not happy you went to jail but we aren't disappointed in you for doing the right thing. Don't worry, we will figure this out."

"I just don't want to not to be able to spend time with Rain," I said worriedly to him.

"We'll figure something out," he assured me.

I had a feeling when Mr. Hardwick finds out what happened, he won't let me see Rain anymore. That thought bothered me.

How do you think Colton will react to what happened? Do you think this will keep Antonio and Rain apart?

Get ready because other characters make their appearance in the chapters coming up.

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