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Chapter 2: And We Wanted to Set the World on Fire
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After the affordable dinner was eaten and paid for, Curtis and Elizabeth drove both their son and Autumn back to their neighborhood. Night had fallen by the time the vehicle was parked in the driveway. Jackson clicked his cane against the concrete and smirked as the aura outlines of the neighborhood around him formed.copyright protection4PENANAUTiPQgW6Py

“Thank you for dinner,” Autumn told Curtis and Elizabeth.copyright protection4PENANAo5wYDTA4vM

“You’re very welcome, Autumn,” Elizabeth responded, leading her husband into the house.copyright protection4PENANAUQoe8oFlhs

            Jackson found himself at his family’s porch swing and sat upon it. Riolu leapt onto the railing that bordered the porch and stared up at the nighttime sky. Autumn crossed her arms against her chest and glared at the neighboring home just as the curtains swayed shut.copyright protection4PENANAVcle1buXik

“Well my mother knows I’m back,” she grumbled under her breath.copyright protection4PENANAwGp2E3We7r

“Sit. Let’s just swing life away,” Jackson told her.copyright protection4PENANA01hpgqNVL5

            He tapped his cane at the empty spot beside him and Autumn rolled her green eyes.copyright protection4PENANAnHiJVkVqid

“Rolling your eyes again?” he questioned with a smirk.copyright protection4PENANAKOTaRydNMl

“You have to tell me how you know I’m doing that, dude!” Autumn exclaimed, sitting down beside Jackson.copyright protection4PENANAfNnxdDX1zJ

“I… I simply just know when I say something you would consider annoying. Quoting songs is one of those things,” Jackson lied.copyright protection4PENANA6XqpGlJBL1

“Uh huh,” Autumn grumbled skeptically.copyright protection4PENANAOwQHHIfVw2

            They swung idly and Autumn continued to glance over at her home. Jackson tapped his cane against the ground and received a clearer aura outline of the porch.copyright protection4PENANAgLQDi3hg4Q

“Try not to commit murder when I leave,” he suggested.copyright protection4PENANAZbNpAtKk5w

“No promises, dude. You know how my mother is and without you… I got nothing holding me back,” she responded.copyright protection4PENANAlT3cBKURGq

“You can always come with me when I leave,” Jackson pointed out.copyright protection4PENANATWcJAvNRLS

            Autumn sighed and turned her body toward Jackson.copyright protection4PENANAIK3w9E0UY5

“My mother would never let me do that,” she told him with a sad expression in her eyes.copyright protection4PENANArjZvwAgqrW

“Let? Since when do you allow your mother to decide whether or not you do anything?” Jackson questioned.copyright protection4PENANARlS45tzSlk

“This isn’t some disrespectful comment or going to dinner with the neighbors though, dude. This is leaving home for several months… with a guy… and… stuff,” Autumn responded.copyright protection4PENANAK35Ozfszaq

“Not like I’m gonna get you pregnant,” Jackson commented, “I can’t even see what you look like. For all I know, you’re ugly as sin.”copyright protection4PENANAFBKE6gemHG

            Autumn punched him on the shoulder and Riolu turned toward her threateningly.copyright protection4PENANAiz1bD7EdZZ

“Oh you know he deserved that one!” she shouted at the Fighting-type.copyright protection4PENANAxK3DyDS1d2

            Riolu shrugged in agreement while Jackson rubbed his shoulder. He never felt comfortable disclosing that he could see in a way. He had a vague idea what Autumn looked like and she was attractive in his opinion. Jackson simply felt things would be weird if he told her about the ability he had obtained through his training with Riolu.copyright protection4PENANArSDcwKtL7b

“Okay. That comment was uncalled for. I’m sorry,” Jackson apologized, “I think you should come with me. You’re an adult; you can file for your Trainer Card in the morning when I go in to do the same. There is nothing your mother can do to stop you.”copyright protection4PENANAsqKtCoAhBA

“She can kick me out of the house,” Autumn pointed out.copyright protection4PENANAh9lkMTYEUb

“Well you won’t be living there for several months, so we have that much time to become rich and find our own places,” Jackson responded.copyright protection4PENANAGm4kzB52md

            Autumn smiled and leaned into Jackson’s sore shoulder.copyright protection4PENANAdPEYigmTyX

“Thanks loser,” she told him, “I’ll go tell her that I’ll be leaving on my journey tomorrow.”copyright protection4PENANAuP7PaTJ8yE

            She stood and Jackson figured she did not leave right away when he could not hear her platform boots pound against the porch. He stood and clicked his cane against the porch. Jackson received an aura outline of Autumn standing right in front of him. Before he could react, she leaned forward and kissed him on the cheek. She left a dark red imprint of her lips behind before hurrying off to her home next door. That door closed shut and Jackson remained on his porch, holding his free hand against his kissed cheek. Jackson noticed Riolu’s outline staring at him.copyright protection4PENANAkf1oAA0FDn

“Say anything and no Poké Puffs for you,” he threatened.copyright protection4PENANATQcyOuPbon

            Incomprehensible shouting emitted from Autumn’s home and Jackson immediately recognized it as Cassandra’s noise. Then Autumn’s shouts followed her mother’s.copyright protection4PENANA9TcgJnaswI

“Well… she told her mother,” Jackson muttered under his breath.copyright protection4PENANA7RY8gyJgem

            He clicked his cane against the porch and approached the front door. Once inside his home, Jackson discarded the cane and allowed his memory to navigate his way around. Riolu kept watch and followed Jackson up the stairs into his bedroom. The shouting next door had already dissipated and Jackson collapsed his cane, setting it on a nightstand beside his bed.copyright protection4PENANAD7cPG1kvcJ

            A knock on his bedroom window put a smirk on his face and he shot a thumb up toward Riolu. The Fighting-type opened the window and Autumn climbed inside. There was a tree growing on the Key family side yard that Autumn used to traverse the gap between her and Jackson’s bedroom whenever she and her mother would have one of their fights. Cassandra despised the tree due to this and went to great lengths to attempt getting it cut down. None succeeded much to the delight of Autumn.copyright protection4PENANASlC5ClsMOZ

“Well that went over about as well as I had expected,” she grumbled.copyright protection4PENANAvVQt362Mmg

“Why did you kiss me?” Jackson asked.copyright protection4PENANA8ZolP4n9zA

“Really dude? I just got into yet another screaming match with that she-beast I call a mother and that’s what you wanna talk about?” Autumn questioned.copyright protection4PENANASsVuxyQ0lE

“In my defense; you always get into screaming matches with your mother. You never kiss me,” Jackson countered.copyright protection4PENANAZQzQkDWmpj

“Don’t think too much into it, Jax. I was just excited about going on a journey with you and…,” Autumn responded.copyright protection4PENANADyj1U86hhF

“And you kissed me?” Jackson asked.copyright protection4PENANARa8NFFlvGH

“It didn’t mean anything,” Autumn told him.copyright protection4PENANA9GxJwSmteM

“Is there lipstick on me?” Jackson asked, turning his kissed cheek toward Autumn.copyright protection4PENANAMRl5TfeZxw

“Shit. Yeah. My bad,” Autumn responded, approaching to help clean the lipstick off his face.copyright protection4PENANAFpGNdltzQ9

            Once Jackson’s face was cleared of the evidence of Autumn kissing him, the latter sat down on the end of his bed in a huff.copyright protection4PENANAg0PNJlF6OU

“I swear to Arceus; she gets a kick out of being so damn difficult,” she grumbled.copyright protection4PENANATBMeGFuVF1

            Jackson wandered about his bedroom; setting his shoes by his bed, putting his dirty socks in the laundry basket, and finally sitting himself down on the end of his bed next to Autumn.copyright protection4PENANArkr78EsBdj

“How do you move around so easily?” she questioned, “I know I’ve asked this before; I just can’t imagine being blind.”copyright protection4PENANAKtkAh4WWaK

“Well you could close your eyes and walk around,” Jackson suggested, “But it took a lot of practice and tripping to be honest.”copyright protection4PENANAR3mDh3iMYY

            He then stood up and maneuvered around his bedroom, counting his steps in his head, and accounting for every piece of furniture. He finally stopped in front of Autumn, gently brushing the side of his leg against her knee so he could accurately locate her, and then lightly extended his hand to touch her.copyright protection4PENANAOpifxqTZ27

“And one Autumn,” he said, tapping his hand against her.copyright protection4PENANAjNADnRHjOS

“Bro, you just touched my boob,” she pointed out, crossing her arms over her chest instinctively.copyright protection4PENANA4GVqjdtCZs

            Jackson blushed and in his flurry to apologize, he backed into his dresser, knocking over a few picture frames.copyright protection4PENANAANRT3okXom

“I’m sorry! I am blind,” he exclaimed.copyright protection4PENANA4H9Flxx3Rm

“I know. I get it. Just don’t go “accidentally” groping me now that you know what they feel like,” Autumn warned.copyright protection4PENANAVV2Qmm4QY3

            Jackson saluted her and then started to feel around the floor for the pictures he knocked over. He found one and ran his thumb against the glass, frowning when this touch located the web-like cracks along its surface.copyright protection4PENANAizR9sUyMSW

“Crap,” he muttered under his breath, setting the broken picture frame back on his dresser.copyright protection4PENANA9WEjC0Q93H

            He found the second frame still on his dresser and sighed in relief when he found it unbroken.copyright protection4PENANAvYDxOZTTQS

“Had my first kiss and got to second base,” Jackson remarked.copyright protection4PENANAW8rOiUJQHB

“Okay loser; none of those counted,” Autumn responded, rolling her eyes.copyright protection4PENANANRyraar0jv

            Jackson returned to his bed, sitting on an adjacent side of it away from Autumn. She watched him out the corner of his eye and relaxed herself. She had always thought Jackson was a good-looking guy, but having him as a friend was far more important than having him as a romantic partner. Autumn felt like a huge cliché because of this.copyright protection4PENANAIPtlmilgbb

“I wish the world didn’t change so much. It would be easier to maneuver through it,” Jackson admitted.copyright protection4PENANA98jBWCvGsd

“Sometimes change is what the world needs,” Autumn responded, lying back on Jackson’s bed, “I wish my mother would change so we could get along or I wish I could change so… y’know.”copyright protection4PENANAhf4QHe09fk

            Jackson may not be able to see, but he knew there were tears building up in Autumn’s eyes. Despite how quietly she wiped them away; he heard.copyright protection4PENANAEX98jwqFNB

“Your boob felt uh… nice?” he fumbled over a compliment.copyright protection4PENANAQWKaxGM3nf

            Autumn stared at him incredulously and then laughed before turning her attention up to the ceiling. She knew what he was trying to do and despite the awkward attempt at it, he succeeded in making her feel a bit better.copyright protection4PENANAgFvlvczwmP

“Arceus, why do I love this dumbass so much?” she questioned.copyright protection4PENANAR1M196xzLl

“I can uh… get you situated downstairs if you wanna stay over?” Jackson offered.copyright protection4PENANAbChWNPDAS0

“Nah, I’ve troubled you enough. I’ll sleep in my own bed since it’s probably gonna be for the last time. Plus, I gotta get packed up for tomorrow,” Autumn responded.copyright protection4PENANAP9Flubx4HU

            She lifted her legs up and then swung them down, using the momentum to stand. She approached the bedroom window and sat on the sill.copyright protection4PENANATyVGA5M7Fy

“See ya tomorrow, loser,” she told Jackson.copyright protection4PENANAtRaKNYzqys

            He tapped his foot against the floor just in time to get an aura outline of Autumn saluting him before traversing the tree growing between their homes. Jackson heard her window slide shut and sighed.copyright protection4PENANAqoB5J6hhaY

“Well Riolu; at least it won’t just be you and I,” he told the Fighting-type Pokémon.copyright protection4PENANAc4x7K7dxfS

            Jackson quickly changed into his pajamas and lay across his bed. His hand unconsciously went over his cheek where Autumn had kissed him. He smiled to himself and closed his eyes to begin the process of falling asleep.copyright protection4PENANA5IJgtwe2WN

            Across the gap, Autumn was also changed into her pajamas and lay across her bed. Her hand unconsciously went over her breast where Jackson had unintentionally groped her. Ironically it was near her heart. She smiled to herself before closing her eyes to begin the process of falling asleep.copyright protection4PENANAvnc7tWdKdo

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