Just encase some people didn't know cause I am also posting this to groups that aren't specifically 2p...Everybody in this series is 2p...Yeah XD
A young six-year-old girl sat at her desk scribbling on the handout that her teacher passed out to the class. She traced over the boxes where her math answers were suppose to go before shading them in with the side of her pencil.
"Lili," her teacher addressed her. "You're meant to answer the questions there. Not color them in."
The blonde girl growled a little under her breath as she kept coloring. "So?"
"Lili, I keep telling you, if you have a problem with any of the work, you don't have to be shy about asking me."
"I don't have problems! I can do it! I just don't wanna!"
The woman sighed at the girl's response. "Well, it's not a matter of if you want to or not."
"Hmmm!!" She pressed down harder on her pencil as her teacher's words were making her irritated.
"These are things you have to do, whether you like it or not."
"I'm going to give you another sheet, and you're going to answer the questions on them. I know you can d-"
Lili violently began slamming her pencil against her desk as she started to scream, "Shut up! Shut up! I don't wanna do it!"
She flipped over her desk, scaring the other students in the class. The other children left their seats and all huddled towards the front of the class while Lili was throwing things around and off of others' desks.
"I don't wanna do this work! Math and letters are stupid! I don't need'em! I hate'em!" she argued as she flipped another desk.
The teacher stood a good distance away from the rampaging elementary schooler. Though this wasn't the first one of her fits, the woman was still at a lost for what to do for them. The school was so prestigious and well respected. No one knew what to do with such a problem child as Lili.
Though she was just six, she was strong for her age and never held back. She had no concern for the safety of others and would use anything as her weapon. She was always so angry. She'd get mad over the simplest of things.
Calling her parents never proved to be effective. Most of the time they wouldn't even show up. It was normally her older brother who would pick her up and come to parent teacher conferences on their behalf. The boy was seventeen, but seemed to be just as bad off as his sister. He was irresponsible and seemed to care little about helping her or even her in general. It was clear to teachers and staff that Lili's family life must have been a wreck, but that still didn't help them any in dealing with her.
Lili ended up having to go home early that day. Her brother picked her up. Why he wasn't ever at school himself, no one bothered to ask.
Lili sat herself in the passenger's seat with a huff before slamming the door closed. Her brother, Vash got into the driver's side and began talking to her as he started the car.
"Aye, they said you were totally just terrorizing the class and shit."
"I wasn't terror-minding nobody!"
"Shut up! I ain't ask you! Just drive me home already!"
Though technically the boy driving Lili was her blood brother, she never thought of him as one. They resembled each other a lot, from their dirty blonde hair to their equally as bright green eyes; they just had such a huge age difference of eleven years between them. That on it's own made it harder for them to really connect with one another.
Even so, Vash was basically the one who raised her since she was born. Their parents were rarely around the house, so that left him most of the work, if he didn't want to hear her crying all of the time. You'd think that would make them closer than what they were, but they just never seemed to have developed a love for one another.
When Vash got them home, Lili jumped out of her seat and dragged her book bag behind her on the concrete driveway. She grumbled all the way to the doorstep of their two story suburban home, and then picked up her backpack as she waited for Vash to unlock the door. She buried her face into the item as he looked for the key.
"You're really impatient for a six year old, you know that?"
"I got better things to do than be standin' around wit you, loser!"
"Oh, yeah? Like what? Coloring?"
"I'll stab ya!"
As he unlocked and opened the door, he sighed, "Where'd you picked up that weird accent and slur you have?"
"What's a slur, and what's an accent?"
"Look it up."
Lili stuck her tongue out at him before running off to her room. She dropped her bag on her floor before flopping onto her cushiony bed and kicking off her shoes.
Today was one of the few days she decided to go to school, and it didn't go any better than any of the other days she went. She hated going. She didn't understand most of it. She hated the math and all of the rules in English. She felt she should be able to speak however felt natural. Most of the kids there didn't like her because they either didn't like the way she talked, thought she was scary, or didn't want to hang around the 'stupid girl' in class. Since Vash was the one to drive her to and from school and didn't go to it himself most of the time, she usually didn't go either.
Later on in the night, while Lili was messing around with the legos she spilled all over her floor to build with, she heard the usual arguing of Vash and 'that man.' that man referring to their dad. She only called him 'that man' though. For the longest, she wasn't even aware that him and 'that woman' were her mother and father. She just knew they were the adults of the house and bought the things in it.
She left her room and went to Vash's. She knew sooner or later, one of them would swing on the other and a fight would break out between the two. She liked asking Vash about them. If he won, she'd always ask him to demonstrate. Mimicking him was one of the ways she's been learning how to fight. If he lost, she'd tease him about it until he kicked her out of his room or fell asleep.
She sat on his bed and waited. They were yelling the things they would usually yell; just insults to one another. There never seemed to be any reason for their yelling. No cause or anything. They would just yell. Usually whenever they saw one another.
After a while, Lili noticed the yelling getting louder and seemingly closer. She jumped when Vash suddenly swung open his door then slammed it. He locked it right before she heard banging against it and that man on the other side.
"You damn bastard child! Open the door!"
Vash started pushing the bed towards the door. Lili hopped down and ran behind him.
That man kicked and beat at the door screaming all kinds of cuss words and other nonsense in his anger. Vash sat off in a corner to catch his breath. Lili ran over to him.
He smiled at her. "Of course."
"Cool! How ya did it?!" She held her fist up to her nose before punching two times in the air. "Did ya throw the first hit?! Was it to the face?!"
He blankly looked up to the ceiling, as his breathing was calming down. Lili looked over to him when she didn't get a response.
"What's with you?"
"...I don't know. I mean like...we shouldn't have to live like this."
She crooked her head. "Huh? What'cha talkin' bout?"
"I don't expect you to get what I'm talking about. You're only six, after all...I just want peace, you know? But I don't know how to get it."
"...You right. I don't get what'cha talkin' bout. What'cha mean by peace?"
"I don't even know myself..."
As the background noises of that man began to settle a bit, Lili stared at Vash and tried to decipher his words. Sometimes but not too often, he would get this look on his face and question his life. Lili didn't get it, but when he did this, she always felt something. Perhaps empathy. She didn't know. She just knew he was sad.
She trotted off to Vash's closet.
"What are you doing?" he questioned her.
She opened it without responding back and began searching around.
"H-hey! Don't search my closet!" She pulled out a dictionary. "O-oh...Never mind then."
She sat down in front of him and opened it. She stared down at all the words as she tried to read and make sense out of any of them.
She pushed the book towards him.
"Here!" she stated as she pointed at the pages, "Find that word 'peace' in here!"
"Uhm...Ok," he agreed as he flipped through the book. "Uh..."
"Hurry up! What it mean?!"
"Alright! Alright!...Hmm...It means 'freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.'"
"Hmmm!!!...I-I don't know all those words! Make it easier!" she declared flailing her hands around.
"Alright, uh...A disturbance is like something that gets on your nerves, and tranquility is like being calm and stuff."
"So like, that man and lady are like a distance-ance to ya?"
"That's one way to put it."
"So like...ya gotta leave then!"
"Freedom is like to leave...I think...so...peace is to leave that man and lady!"
"I guess you're right...Wait, are you trying to help me?"
"N-no! I just wanted to get what'cha was talkin' bout! I don't care if ya ain't got no peace, so don't talk like I do!"
He chuckled some before petting her head. "Ok, sis."
Lili growled at him. "Don't pet me! I'll bite ya hand off! And don't call me that!"
"You'd be cuter if you weren't always threatening people." She bit his arm. "O-oh, my god! Aaahh! I'm sorry! G-get off! Get off!"
A few days later, Lili began noticing this new scent in the house that she never remembered smelling before. She knew it couldn't have been that man or lady making the smell because whenever they were home, the smell was gone. The first time she started smelling it, she ignored it, but it's just been getting stronger. This was the second day and that smell hadn't gotten any better. She decided to go and ask Vash if he knew what it was.
She left her room and went off to his. On the way, she noticed the scent was getting more and more intense, like she was close to the source of it. When she got to his door she had to cover her nose, it was so strong. She reached for the doorknob and turned it.
When she peeked in, she saw her brother with a weird looking cigarette in his hands and was blowing smoke into the air while laughing. Lili knew what he was smoking couldn't have been cigarettes. She's smelt cigarettes before from that man, and they didn't smell like that.
"What'cha doin'?" she inquired through her hands.
"Lili! Sis! Hey." Vash greeted her.
"I told ya to stop callin' me that! What's that ya smokin'? It smells bad, so stop it!"
He snickered, "That's the smell of peace, sis."
"Stop callin' me that!"
He signaled with one of his hands for her to come over as he took another puff of the strange cigarette.
"Come here. I want to talk to you about something."
"Talk to me...? What'cha gotta talk to me about?! Ya ain't never gotta talk to me bout nothin'!"
"Stop callin' me that! I ain't ya sister!"
"Lili, I know I haven't been much of a big brother to you or even showed you that I cared much, but I want to fix that with us, ya know? Like, life is short and you gotta make sure the ones you love like...know it and...stuff...ya know?"
"...The hell is ya talkin' bout?! Is you doin' drugs?!"
"Lili. Lili. These aren't drugs, ok? Society just wants you to think they are, ya know?"
"What's a society? Ya know what? Just shut up, and make that smell go away!"
"Wait. Wait. Hold on. You're gonna make me forget what I was saying...uh...Oh, yeah! Yeah! You remember the other day when you made me look up the word peace?"
"You were right! As long as we're here, we can't have any real peace!"
"So, that's why we're moving!"
He nodded knowingly as he moved the cigarette back to his lips. "Yeah. I was gonna tell you about it...but I guess I forgot or something. Now that I told you, I guess we could leave now."
"What kind of drugs ya doin'?! We still little! We can't leave that man and lady!"
"Sure we can! It's not like they'll come looking for us. They won't care, and I'm almost eighteen. I can take care of you by myself."
"Nu-uh! You a kid! You can't take care of me!" she ranted on.
"I've been doing it."
Lili paused then looked down.
"We'll be fine. As long as like, we love each other and stuff, sis."
Lili picked up one of his shoes off the floor and smacked him in the face with it.
"Shut up! What's wrong wit ya?! Why you talkin' like that?! I don't like it! Stop it!"
He wrapped his arms around her and held her tightly.
"I love you."
Lili's eyes watered. She didn't get this affection he was showing her. There were a lot of things she didn't understand, a lot of things she didn't get, but her brother was one of the most difficult things for her to comprehend.
"S-shut up!!!" she exclaimed, choking on her own words as her body started shaking. "S-shut up..."
Early the next morning, before the sun even had the chance to rise, Vash went to Lili's room to help her pack. She was sleeping, so she couldn't really help with it. It was more like he sneaked into her room while she was asleep and started packing all of her clothes into bags, but that sounds a bit creepy, now doesn't it?
When he was done, he tossed the bag he got ready for her over his shoulder then picked her up and out of bed, cradling her. She stirred a little as he began to walk.
Sleepily, she clinched onto the front of his shirt and yawned. Rubbing her face against his chest, she mumbled, "What's this?"
Vash chuckled a little under his breath. "Just go back to sleep."
She looked up then down to the grass he was now crossing. However, she was too sleepy to ask questions or argue. Vash placed her in the backseat of his car where she stretched out then fell back asleep.
She woke up to Vash lightly pushing her arm back and forth. She blinked her eyes open before rubbing them.
She looked in front of her and saw him leaned over her, blowing out smoke as he watched her clear her eyes.
She angrily lifted her hand and smacked him in the face before sitting up and looking out the window.
"Where am I?! Why I'm here?! What ya did?! Why you stupid?!"
"Yeah, you're up," he concluded.
He moved over towards the open back door and smashed his weird cigarette on the sidewalk they were parked in front of. He sat what was left of it up front then grabbed Lili by her sides.
"What ya doin'?! Answer my questions!" She thrashed around and exclaimed loudly.
"I told you we were moving."
She calmed down as she looked around outside. All she saw were tall buildings that all looked alike.
"Eh. Why all these places look the same?"
"Hmm? Oh, yeah. I guess you're really sheltered, huh? These are apartments."
"I ain't a sheller! What's a apartment, and why we at one?!"
He carried her as he walked and explained at the same time, "An apartment is like a bunch of houses in one building. You're gonna stay here for awhile, ok?"
"I am?...Eh! W-what about you?! You ain't stayin'?!"
He smiled to her, "Don't worry. I'm coming back to get you."
"I ain't worried bout that!"
Lili yelled on for the rest of the walk about how she didn't like him, while he grinned, just nodding at her the whole time.
He entered one of the buildings and went up a set of stairs. Lili quieted down as they reached the top. He went down the hallway, and she curiously looked over the whole interior of the place. When he knocked on one of the doors, she looked behind herself to see the door and who would answer it.
A blonde man with his hair pulled back into a ponytail answered it while letting out a long breath. He looked to Vash then at her.
"Hey, man," Vash greeted him then held Lili out towards him, "Can you like watch my little sister for me for a couple weeks?"
"Dude! What the fuck?! You can't just show up at my house at eight in the morning and expect me to take in your sister out of the blue! The fuck do I look like?!"
"Uhhh...You look like...a blonde man, who probably has issues with society and following rules!"
The man sighed deeply with his eyes closed as he touched his forehead. "Rhetorical...Question. I'm not watching your sister."
"Aww, come on. It's just for a little bit while I like find a job and place for us to stay and stuff, ya know?"
"A place to stay?"
"Yeah, man. I was finally able to break away from that oppression. Total freedom! Now I just have to walk this path to peace, ya know?"
"...Uh-huh...Did you have to bring your sister with you though? She's like five or something, isn't she?"
"Of course! Freedom is the right of everyone! No matter your age, race, gender, or sexuality, man! Everyone deserves to be free, and I couldn't have true peace knowing that my sister was still in that hell! Freedom to all!"
"Alright! Alright! I'll take her! Just stop your fucking freedom speech in the middle of the damn hall!"
"Thanks, Matt!" Vash held Lili up and looked her in the eyes. "This'll be the first time we've been away from each other for so long...I'm gonna miss you, sis."
Lili head-butted him in the face, causing him to drop her on the ground and leaving him with a possibly broken nose. She huffed, picked up the bag he had for her that he also dropped, and then walked into the man's house.
"I ain't! Ya sister!"