Chapter 12 to 'Life of a Half-Roc Child'
|"... Actually, I was mistaken. There is no school or legal protocols for situations like this. Just a question before I take any action in this situation, how much do you trust Bella?"
"I-I-..." Mima tried to answer to find out she is lost for words, before she found new determination in her mind, "I trust her like she is my guardian, aunt and sibling at the same time. I have no doubts about her personality. She was alone for all her life with only her parents, which by her tone of voice, were also a bit unfriendly. I don't care that she is hidden behind pieces of cloth, I respect her choices and privacy. And I don't know, but I feel like she has a connection to me when I was younger."
"Well, if you do believe that she is that trustable and that she does have a deep connection with you, I believe I cannot stop your will from staying with her," Principal Howard said. Mima beamed with her biggest smile but the principal said, "Now hold on, don't be happy yet. I still have one more protocol for this. I might not be able to stop you, but your uncle and aunt could."
Mima's expression totally changed as she thought, OHHH F***, I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THEM!! What am I going to say to them?! What am I going to do?!
"I've called them about the situation and told them that no one knows about this except for you and I assume your best friends. They'll be coming in a week or two to check and maybe take you. For that, I can't control either. So I think you should start eating your lunch soon. About a quarter of your lunchtime has been taken," Principal Howard said.
Mima nodded and thanked him before going out the door and walking to the canteen. When she arrived, she sees that her friends were talking and James noticed her coming first.
"Speak of the devil..." James exclaimed. This earned a bash by Mima as Natasha asked, "Hey! What happened? What did the old policeman want?"
"He found out about what happened to my house and my parents. He consulted me about my reactions and wellbeing to all of this and how most people would have taken it, even with Bella taking them in. I don't know if that's supposed to be a compliment or criticism, but the main point is that he had some protocols that couldn't stop me from staying with Bella, but my uncle and aunt will come and check on me in a week with a chance they would be taking me in and that's something both I and the principal can't stop," Mima briefly explained. "I completely forgot about them..."
"This is getting pretty complicated. If your relatives don't want you with her... I have a feeling you'll strongly object to that. But it would be more complicated if Bella doesn't want to show herself if your aunt and uncle allows you to stay. Because both temporary and permanent guardianship needs paperwork that includes her personal identity. Ohh... Maybe just her land title would be enough, but there are very few departments that lenient," Terry said.
"Please, guys. I know you guys want to help me as much as you want, but right now I need to think about this alone and have to think up about what to say. They also might have mother's will, which I don't know the contents of," Mima stated.
"Well, ok then. What if we talked about something else, like... Why did you look happier than normal this morning? Have you found something out?" Natasha asked.
"Well, yes and no. Last night, Bella surprised me with a new gaming PC set for both schoolwork and recreation. I broke down asking why she was so nice to me... and found out that we do have a connection about something in our lives, but she said she'll tell me what it is on my birthday," Mima answered.
"Your birthday? That's like, two months away isn't it?" James clarified. "Welp, we need to be patient."
"Yeah, but the problem is that if my aunt and uncle take me, no one would know at all, and all her efforts will be in vain," Mima worried.
"Well, all we need to do now is just wait," Natasha said as the bell rang.
A few hours later, the final bell rang and Mima was surprised to find out that Bella was there waiting for her again. Mima said her farewells to her three friends as she approached Bella. "Hey, what got you here today?"
"Is it wrong to check on my lil sis?" Bella said while ruffling Mima's hair.
"I'm not a 5-year-old!"
"Wait, you're not?" Bella taunted.
Suddenly, a laugh voiced from behind the school's billboard for a second before it stopped as abruptly as it started. Bella went to check it out to see a teenage girl that seemed to be close to her age in human appearances. The girl didn't seem to notice for a few seconds before she looked to her side to see Bella and let out a meep. "A-a-ahh! I'm s-sorry!"
"What do you think you're doing? Don't you know that eavesdropping is unacceptable behaviour?" Bella stated angrily with a style of tone like Minerva McGonagall from Harry Potter.
Mima turned to Bella's view before laughing at how Bella lectured Leila's behaviour, "Hah! Karma is real, you know!"
"You know this girl, Mima?" Bella asked.
"Yes. Her name is Leila. She is probably the best student at school in both academic and coolness factors. The principal and teachers trust her and she goes around the school sometimes catching people breaking rules and lecturing them about it, even though on some occasions she does some wrong stuff too. I promised Leila that her hypocritical shenanigans will one day come back to her, and here she is, getting lectured by someone else," Mima explained before chuckling again.
"Why were you eavesdropping?" Bella asked Leila.
"Well... Well, I heard that Mima has a situation involving her parents and I got curious. I asked her friends about it but they won't give me a scrap of information other than it is very serious and personal. I got even more curious and wanted to know what the problem is, so I tried to spy on her. I heard from the school and community that you're called the 'hooded giantess'. Are you really Mima's sister? And how old are you? You sound young," Leila asked back.
"Spying on people is not a good thing. It is by its own right both illegal and a sin! You cannot delve into others' personal businesses no matter how much your curiosity tempts you to! As for your questions, I'm not Mima's sister and I'm only 18 years old. That's all you have to know. Now go before I conjure a killing curse!" Bella bluffed.
"Avada Kedavra! I got you first!" Leila shouted.
WTF HOW DID SHE GET THE REFERENCE! "Clever one, aren't ya?" Bella complimented.
"So, why'd you always keep your hoodie up? You do realize how easy it is for people to just pull it back right?" Leila wondered.
"On why I keep it up, that's personal. No one knows that. About people pulling it back, well... One, I don't go to the public much. Two, My hoodie is reinforced and has a lock on it only I can open from the inside. And three, after punching a taxi driver in the face and leaving a purple bruise, no one even thinks about it anymore. Although I still stayed cordial with that guy, Gary," Bella answered. But she saw Leila put up a surprised look and asked, "What's wrong?"
"Is that really what happened that night?? He's my father, Gary. A few months ago, dad came home with a big bruise around the eye and just said that he has been punched in the face and nothing else. But that night he also drank twice his fill for a day and kept falling down," Leila said before going to a fit.
"Wait... I punched him so hard he got drunk?!" Bella said before failing to contain her own laughs. "Small world huh?"
"It's amazing how a few stories, connections, or laughs can really change people's ideas about each other, isn't it?" Mima added in.
"What do you mean?" Bella asked.
"Just two minutes ago, you were lecturing Leila and shot her a half-threat, now you two are talking like the sister or best friend you never had," Mima explained.
"She a cool kid," Bella said.
"I did say she was the coolest. I heard from Natasha that Leila caught a Willy Wonka reference in a flash. Oh, and James still wouldn't give up his crush to her even though she is taken," Mima explained.
Leila blushed before shouting, "Hey! It's very unnerving to speak about me like that like I'm not here! And you don't call someone who is only a year younger than you a kid!" She pouted and the other two laughed. Then a beep sounded as Leila's mother called her to come in quick. "Oops! I need to go! Here's my phone number," Leila said as she quickly scribbled down on a piece of paper and handed it to Bella, who took it, confused.
"Why need your phone number?" Bella asked.
"You're a pretty cool introvert, ya know. Wanna hang out sometimes," Leila complimented while going in the car.
"Just because I'm reserved doesn't mean I'm an introvert!" Bella scowled.
"It sure does!" Leila taunted. Before Bella could debate back, the car moved and went out of sight.
"Cool girl, she is," Bella said.
"How many times should I tell you that she is the coolest in school?! How can I get that into your mind?!" Mima irritatingly asked.
"By saying that she's cooler than you," Bella taunted.
"B*TCH" Mima shouted.
Bella noogied her head hard and said, "LANGUAGE!"