Unbreakable Friendship


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Alice, "Strength",Luce,
Lucy stood outside Acme wearing her new weatherproof jacket.It felt awesome to be out of her uniform for the day and not have to worry about anything but having fun. She had planned on video chatting with her friends. These friends were spread out across the U.S. and the world. There were friends she still kept in touch with from her elementary school and middle school.

There was also local support at a kind of Clubhouse. This was a place were those who needed some extra support for the issues they were dealing with could go. No matter if they were psychical or mental. It was a peer support network and she'd made a lot of friends there. The plan today was also going to that clubhouse, but Xander called last minute to say he had today off. As soon as she heard that, everything was pushed back.

It had been so long since they could coordinate their schedules and when a rare moment like this came along, they took it. The wind blew so hard, it was tough to keep the hood over her. Rain hit the pavement. Then more and the sky opened up, it was raining cats and dogs.

"Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens." She began to sing.

"Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.

Brown paper packages tied up with strings.

These are a few of my favorite things.

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels.

Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles.

Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings.

These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes

Silver white winters that melt into springs

These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites, when the bee stings

When I'm feeling sad

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don't feel so bad"

She suddenly noticed Xander appear with an umbrella.

"Good morning." He said in a soft voice. "It's good to see you, and by the way your singing is beautiful."

Lucy lights up. "Yes. It's been too long." The thought of throwing her arms around him crossed her mind but she stopped herself. Instead she shoved her hands deep within her pockets, keeping pace with him.

".....And thank you but normally I don't have an audience."

"Have you ever thought of auditioning just to see what they would say?"

Lucy shook her head and blushed.

"I could go with you, if you really wanted to try."

"I'll sleep on it." she answered, hesitantly. The thought of going up and being judged was kind of scary but he did have a point. It wouldn't be so scary if she had someone with her. It would actually make her more confident that someone was there to back her up.

Xander lead her to his red Nissan Sentra and unlocked the doors.

"How have you been?" He was turning the engine now. The wet umbrella by his feet, he could still reach the handle.

"Busy, very busy" She answered. "I had a scare yesterday when Luna escaped. Luckily my roommate and my friend Julie helped find her."

"We found her when she was about to get run over. I grabbed her in time."

He pursed his lips. "I'm glad you found Luna but I worry about you"

"My friends were there."

He frowned and shook his head, not wanting to push the issue, then changed the subject. "Would you still like a Frappe? My treat." A chuckle escaped her lips. "Isn't it my turn to pay?" She grabbed her wallet and held it up.

"No. A gentleman pays." He turned into a Starbucks parking lot and cut the engine. He didn't seem to notice Lucy staring at him until then. They got out and before she could do anything, he playfully grabbed her wallet and held it up where she couldn't reach.

"Looks like I'll have to pay" He said coyly.

She laughed and jumped missing it by inches. "Oh come on. Give it back" He shook his head. "Not until after I buy." He said putting it in his pocket. She gave in and followed him inside. He bought two Frapachino's and lead her to the table, sat down and set one in front of her. He also returned her wallet to her.

"Your wallet, madam."

They both took a sip and then stared at each other. The girl returned the wallet to her pocket and stuck her tongue out playfully. He sticks his tongue out at her.

"I like how you are so playful with everyone. It's cute."

Lucy took a long drink and set it down with a clunk. She laughs. "Do you now?" He raised one of his eye brows. Before either of them could say or do anything else, the ground started shaking. Things dropped off shelves and broke, while other, larger things tipped. The lights came loose from the ceiling and fell, narrowly missing Xander and Lucy. Outside, cars moved. Xander grabbed his friend by the arm, and away from the glass windows, a second before they shattered. The whole building moved. A baby cried and the mother did her best to comfort them.

Tables, among other things fell over. Car alarms blared nearby. It was a common thing here but that didn't mean she liked them. In the time that she had lived here, she'd been through a few, kind of something you had to get used to living here.

Then as quickly as it started, it stopped. People asked each other if they were okay. One stood out in particular, this boy in the corner who looked to be around the age of 10. He looked terrified.

"Luce. Are you alright?"

Xander put his hand on her shoulder.

"Yes, but what about you?"

"I'm fine,"

Lucy climbed to her feet and slowly approached the boy. She was in the middle of asking how he was, when the ground began to shake one again. The agent put one arm around him and grabbed the leg of the table nearby. The boy trembling in fear made her tighten her hold and hug him. He seemed to be calmer when she started talking him through it. After several minutes it stopped, everyone checking to make sure others were alright again. The 10 year old turned to her and smiled. "Thank you ma'am" then gave her a hug. She was delighted when his mother appeared and they hugged.

Hours later they stood in front of the dorms. It was after dark and the rain continued but it was only a drizzle.

Lucy grasped the keys ready to race to her dorm room.

"Thanks. I hope we can get together again soon." .

"Me too, minus the earthquake and I'm glad you're alright." She felt him hug her gently and she returned the hug. "Please keep in touch," he said, as he released her.

"I will. Take care. Good night." With that she disappeared into the building.

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