Checkmate on the King 1Checkmate on the King 14 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Well, I'll be off then," my dad, his red orange hair toppled to the side, said. My mom said something sharp-edged in reply, but my father just pulled his canvas bag a little higher on his shoulders. Mom looked back at me worriedly, as though she didn't want my last memory of my leaving father to be their last arguement on 'pokemom rights', or whatever. But I was already gone.
"Touko?" I heard my mom call. I ignored her, pushing through various branches, finally finding what I was looking for. Cheren.
"Hey," he said casually. I fought the urge to start to bawl right then and there, but I just waved. "He's finally leaving, isn't he?" I nodded, and my best friend took my hand reassuringly.
"You'll be fine." I nodded again, this time feeling myself brighten considerably.
"Let's go exploring, Cheren!" Dragging him along the path, I stopped at a fork, unsure of what to do next. Cheren chuckled behind me. "I think the answer should be obvious, Touko." I looked back at him. I knew what he was