Chapter 8: Not waking up
I woke up before mommy as usual. I looked at the clock and I had to get ready for school.
''Mommy, wakey, wakey. It's time, it's time.'' I jumped up and down next to her but she didn't open her eyes. ''Mommy, mommy, MOMMY!'' I started to cry as I shock her shoulder. ''Mommy wake up, wake up!'' But she didn't wake up, she just laid there sleeping. I started to cry heavily and I found her phone on the bedside table. I took it and I found uncle Souls number. I called it and he answered after a ring.
''Maka, what's up?'' I heard my uncles voice.
''Mommy isn't waking up.'' I said as I cried more and more heavily.
''What do you mean Ayumi?'' He asked concerned and I heard how he started to run.
''Mommy wont wake up, she's just sleeping.'' I wiped away my tears but new once tumbled down my cheeks. ''Is mommy alright?'' I asked but I didn't get an answer.
''Ayumi, I want you to go down to the entrance and open the door for me, I'm going to be there in just a few moments.''
'Damn it, damn it, damn it! Don't tell me Maka is dead!' I thought as I heard Ayumi cry in the phone. I assured her that Maka was alright but I was more reassuring myself that she was okay. I speed down the street to her apartment and jumped out the car. Ayumi stood with the door opened and I got inside. Ayumi threw herself at me and hugged me tightly She cried heavily at my collarbone and I rubbed her back. I picked her up as I continued to assure her she was okay. We got up the stairs and the door to her apartment was wide opened and I got inside with my daughter in my embrace. I closed the door and went inside her bedroom. I saw Makas body laying on the bed without moving a single finger. Ayumi got out of my arms and ran on the bed to Maka. She continued to try waking her up but she wasn't waking up. I went over to her and up on the bed. I looked at her peaceful face and I put my head to her chest, I let out a deep sigh as I heard her heart beat. I thought about yesterday at the morning when Ayumi had told me she was always like this in the mornings. She must have went into this state because of exhaustion. I pulled away from her chest and I looked at Ayumi, she was still crying as she looked at me.
''It's alright, she's just tired, she will wake up in a few hours.'' Ayumi smiled as he threw herself at me.
''Uncle Soul, I have to get to school.'' Shit, Ayumi have to go to school! But did she really need to? She will just be worried over Maka.
''Ayumi, do you want to go to school? It's okay if you want to be home with mommy.'' Ayumi looked at Maka and nodded.
''I want to stay with mommy and help her get better.'' I smiled at her and wiped away her tears.
What happened? Why I'm I still sleeping? Shouldn't I be awake now? I have to take Ayumi to school and bake her birthday cake. I tried to move but it was useless, I couldn't move my body. I couldn't even lift a finger. I just laid there in the darkness for a long time.
''mommy, mommy, MOMMY!'' Ayumi! It was Ayumi screaming at me. I had to wake up! I couldn't afford laying here! Ayumi was freaking crying. I hated hearing Ayumi cry! I just wanted to take all her pain away. I tried to move as good as I could but I wouldn't budge. Then I couldn't hear her voice anymore, what could have happened to her? I just continued to lay in the darkness.
After what felt like an eternal I saw Ayumi a couple of meters in front of me. She wore her red silk pj with brown ponies on. Her hair was down and her look was empty. Her eyes didn't give away that radiant glow, they was like... dead, lifeless. Then suddenly a sword got pierced through the back and it went all the way through her. Her blood had splattered all over the place. Her cheeks had her own blood on and the owner of the sword got visible. It was a man with a black coat on, he started to laugh wickedly and I got thrown away from my daughter. Darkness separated me from Ayumi and I let out a scream.
''AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!'' I screamed as I opened my eyes, I could feel a hand squeezing mine and I saw my dear daughter and Soul. Soul and Ayumi had flour all over there clothes and faces. I looked at my hand and it was Souls hand, his hand squeezed mine hard and his other hand stocked my hair.
''Shush, Maka it's alright.'' Soul said stocking my hair and I breathed heavily. I then realized, his touch didn't burn me, I felt his warmth from his hand. His strong and soft hand lightened his grip around my hand and I looked at Ayumi. She was still alive, she hadn't the sword through her chest and she was alright. Tears blocked my vision and I let go of Souls hand and I threw myself at Ayumi, I hugged her tightly to my chest and let my tears roll down my eyes. Ayumi wrapped her arms around me and hugged me in return. It was exactly what I needed, feeling Ayumis warmth and the strength of her arms around me.
''Mommy, are you okay?'' She asked as her grip around me lightened.
''Yea I'm fine now.'' I let go of Ayumi and she wiped away my tears with her hand.
''Are you feeling tired?'' I looked at Soul and he looked at me worried.
''Only a little. But shouldn't Ayumi be in school by now?'' I asked as I looked at our child.
''Uncle Soul let me decide if I wanted to go to school, but I wanted to stay by your side and help you.'' Ayumi said with a radiant smile on her face.
''But why do you have flour all over your clothes.'' I stroked Ayumis hair and got some flour off of her clothes.
''You said you wanted a homemade cake and I thought since you was a sleep, I and Ayumi could make it together.'' Soul looked at me lovingly as he leaned on his arm. ''And about that cake, Ayumi, do you want to frost it?'' Soul asked as he looked at Ayumi. Ayumi flung her hands in the air.
''Yea, I'm going to write my name in red!'' I giggled at the hyperactive child as she got of the bed and speeded to the kitchen. I was going to follow her when Soul grabbed my hand. This time, it didn't burn me either.
''I forgot to tell you, I went down to you boss and you told him about your state, you don't need to work tonight.'' My eyes widened and I looked at Soul shocked.
''How could you! I need the money to feed Ayumi!'' I hissed at him as I ripped my hand back. I closed my eyes as I thought back when I had trouble just to get food on the table.
''Maka, open your eyes.'' Soul said softly as he put his hands on my shoulders. I opened my eyes and Soul sat right in front of me. He smiled softly at me as his eyes twinkled with love. ''I'm here Maka, I'm going to help you and Ayumi. I will help you get food on the table and I want to be there for you.'' Souls left hand let go of my shoulder and his right slide down my arm and he got to my hand. ''And you know why I'm here, I love you Maka.'' Soul almost whispered so only I could hear. Soul leaned in and kissed my cheek quickly. ''Now, we shouldn't keep Ayumi waiting, she's been dying to frost the cake.'' I nodded and we got out from the bedroom. I wore a light blush on my cheeks after Souls kiss. We got inside to a inpatient Ayumi, she jumped on the spot next to the chair at the counter.
''Come on! I want to frost the cake!'' Ayumi got up on the chair and Soul went up to Ayumi.
''Do you want help?'' Soul asked and Ayumi nodded eagerly. Soul stood at her side and wrapped his arms around her, he grabbed the tube with the frost and put it into her hands. She started to squeeze out the red frost as Soul held his hands upon hers. I went up to them and stood on Ayumis other side. I put my hand on her back as I rubbed it. Ayumi and Soul concentrated on the cake, Soul stuck his tongue out as he looked at the cake. Ayumi had gotten my genes on that, I had never stuck out my tongue when I was concentrated. I had to admit they looked really cute together.
Ayumi wrote 'Ayumi 6' on the cake with red frosting. It fit really well with the white cake. Soul put the tube on the counter as Ayumi jumped up and down on the chair as she clapped her hands.
''It looks so cute!''
''Yes it does honey!'' I said and let out a yawn.
''Are you tiered?'' Soul asked as he looked at me worried. I nodded and let out another yawn. ''What about we watch a movie together? In that way you will get your sleep.'' I nodded and Ayumi hurray and we got inside the living room. Ayumi decided that we should watch 'Sleeping beauty' and Soul popped the DVD on. My couch was really little so Ayumi sat in Souls lap and I rested my head against his shoulder as I had my arm around Ayumi. As soon as the movie started I fell into a nightmare free sleep.
''Maka, wake up.'' I felt a hand rubbing my cheek, I opened my eyes and I met Souls eyes. I rubbed my eyes and Soul pulled his hand back from my cheek.
''Where is Ayumi?'' I asked as I searched the room for her.
''She's asleep, we went grocery shopping and I cooked dinner for her.'' Soul said sitting on the edge of the couch looking into the depths of my eyes. ''Are you hungry? There is still some food left.'' I shock my head and got up to a sitting position.
''I'm not hungry, I'm still a little tired. I think I will go to bed.''
''Okay, I will head home then.'' He said as he got up from the couch and went to the hall. I got up and followed him, I watched him get his leather jacket on and stepped out from the apartment. Soul had done so much for Ayumi, he had baked a cake with her, cooked for her and he even took care of me. On instinct I rushed to the door before he closed it.
''Wait, I mean. I can follow you to your car if you want to.'' I said as I looked at my feet. I felt like I owned Soul that.
''Yea, that would be great.'' I got outside the apartment and closed the door. We walked down the stairs in silent but as we exit the building I spoke up.
''You know, Ayumi really do like you now.'' I said as I shoved my hands inside my jeans pockets.
''Yea, it feels good to not be a stranger around her, she's such a wonderful girl.'' Soul said and we reached Souls car. We stood at the door to the driver seat and we looked into each others eyes. Souls eyes were like liquid ruby, ruby looking into my forest green ones. I felt how Soul got closer to me and I started to panic.
''SOUL!'' Soul pulled away and looked to his left. ''Soul, what are you doing here?'' Souls fiance said as she got closer to us. Her light blue eyes met mine and she looked at me confused. I just hoped she didn't know who I was. ''Soul, who is this?'' She asked as she entangled her hand with his. Souls eyes looked panicked as he looked between me and his fiance.
''My daughter is Souls niece, I'm Maka Albarn.'' I held out my hand and she shook it.
''Maka, that name seems familiar.'' She rubbed her jaw thinking. ''Wait, Soul. Wasn't your wife’s name Maka?'' Soul froze up as he looked at me and then to his fiance.
''Yea, but you know there are tons of Makas in this world.'' Soul laugh nervously as he rubbed the back of his head. ''But shouldn't we get home? It's late.'' Soul opened the door to the driver seat and got inside but Kate stood still as she looked at me.
''Maka, would you like to have dinner with us in two week? You are also invited to our wedding.'' She smiled at me as she looked at me curious.
''Yea, that would be fun.'' I answered and Kate got inside of the car and I watched as she and Soul drove home.
'Dinner with Soul and his fiance, that would be interesting.'