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“DREW! HELP!!!”

Drew jerked in surprise away from the fairly interesting documentary and looked around for who had called him.

Drew’s jaw dropped open when he saw a nearly naked Sage standing in the middle of the ground on the classroom floor. Annabelle was standing a few feet behind him and was frozen in surprise.

As Drew’s classmates started whispering to themselves, he stood up and called out, “Sage?!”

Drew’s voice broke the temporary calm that had been over the class. Drew sprang forward into the fray. Sage was going to squished at this rate.

“STOP!” Every child in the room immediately obeyed the authority in Ms. Janan’s voice. But only temporarily. Drew had stopped reflexively just like everyone else in the room. Right up until Sage started walking toward Drew at least.

Then it started again. Opal had caught up to Drew and managed to bodily tackle the three closest kids at the same time. Drew punched Ricky in the face as he reached for Drew, and then shoved Marie to the side.

Then Ben accidentally kicked Sage, and the borrower went flying across the floor. Everyone froze for a moment as Sage slid over the paint splotched tile. Drew saw where the borrower was going though, and kept moving. Sage slid to stop right in front of Annabelle.

Drew was close enough to hear Annabelle say, “I told you I would squish you if anyone saw you.”

Most of the kids instinctively leaned back and gasped as Annabelle raised her foot, clearly intending to do just as she had said. Drew dived just as Annabelle brought her foot down. He heard his arm break, and felt the snap. It didn’t hurt yet, but that was going to change very soon.

He held his breath just like everyone else in the room. Since Drew was on the floor he could see Sage on the ground under Annabelle’s foot and next to his arm. He wasn’t sure that he had stopped all of the girl’s stomp with his arm.

Then Sage opened his eyes and looked up. Drew breathed a sigh of relief. Sage’s eyes met his, and Drew smiled and said, “I gotcha.”

Sage looked around again, and spotted Drew’s other hand. Sage hobbled over to it while the entire class watched. Drew realized now that something was wrong with Sage. He was a lot thinner than he used to be, which was saying something. He also seemed to be struggling to even walk even though his legs seemed to be working fine.

Sage reached Drew’s hand. Drew felt Sage slide in between his thumb and index finger so that that the borrower was now completely under Drew’s hand. Sage then looked out through the hole he had entered into.

As if a spell broke, the whole room exploded. Drew gently curled his hand around Sage hiding him from the class’s sight. He brought his now occupied hand close to his chest protectively.

“ANNABELLE CORMACK!” Ms. Janan yelled. “GET YOUR FOOT OFF HIS ARM THIS INSTANT!”

“No!” Annabelle screamed. She picked her foot up, and made as if to stomp down on Drew’s arm again. Opal tackled Annabelle before she could though.

Annabelle didn’t try to get up, even after Opal got off her at Ms. Janan’s insistence. “No! No! No! No! He’s mine! You can’t take him!”

Ms. Janan sighed and looked at Drew. “If he really does belong to her, you can’t take him Drew.”

“Yes he can.” Opal stated. Ms. Janan turned to look at him. “I’ve been keeping an eye on the registry for him. He isn’t on it. That means that whoever is currently in possession of him technically owns him. Right now that’s Drew.”

Ms. Janan scratched at her silvery hair.

“Well you would be the one to know I suppose.”

“No!” Annabelle cried out again. Everyone ignored her.

“Uhh, Ms. Janan.” Drew said. He was still sprawled out on the ground. He definitely felt the break now. Sage was clutched to his chest, hidden completely in Drew’s fist. “I don’t think my arm is supposed to look like that.”

All the eyes were drawn to Drew’s arm again.

Ms. Janan’s eyes bulged. “Oh dear. Opal, run to office and have them call an ambulance!”

Only a few minutes later Drew was sitting in the office waiting for the ambulance. His broken arm was in a sling with some ice. Annabelle was in the principal’s office. Judging from how often the word ‘expelled’ was being thrown around, Sage wouldn’t have to worry about her anymore. Opal was sitting next to him.

“Can I see him?” She asked.

Drew frowned down at his hand. He could feel that Sage was still sleeping.

“It should be his choice.” Drew said.

Opal nodded. “Good point.”

“Thanks for helping.” Drew said. “I saw how you took out those three other kids.”

Opal shrugged. “No biggie.”

A few minutes later the paramedics arrived. Drew refused to open his good hand, but let them do whatever they wanted with the broken one. They also gave him some pills that helped with the pain a whole lot more than the ice did.

His parents met him at the hospital. Drew absolutely refused to open his hand and show Sage to anyone, even when they were taking his X-rays. Drew made sure to hold Sage under the lead apron that they gave him. Thankfully the break was fairly clean, but they couldn’t put a cast on it until the swelling had gone down. So they sent him home in a sling.

Drew told his parents the whole story on the way back to their house. Everything from when Drew had first met Sage to him diving under Annabelle’s foot.

For a long time, Drew’s father and mother simply drove in silence. Drew waited for them to process it. He didn’t really want to say anything more. Sage was still safely in his hand, and that was really all that was important at that moment.

They pulled into their driveway. Before any of them got out though, Drew’s father turned and faced Drew.

“Drew.” Drew looked up at his father. “I’ve never been more proud of you than I am today. Good job.” Drew’s mother was nodding with agreement and tears in her eyes.

Drew smiled back at his parents. They got out, and Drew went straight up to bed by order of his parents. Drew noticed that unlike literally everyone else his parents didn’t demand to see Sage. That was good, because they were the only ones he would have had a hard time disobeying.

Drew laid down on his bed. Judging from Sage’s slow breathing and heartbeat, the borrower was still sleeping. Drew thought that was a splendid idea. He opened up his hand so that Sage could get out when he woke up if he wanted. He left his hand cupped over the borrower though, mainly to assure himself that Sage was okay.
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I decided that you all needed to hear Drew's side of this part as well. So here you go! Plus what happened afterwards when Sage was out like a light.

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LaEscritora Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Things are really starting to get better. ^^ Poor Drew though, that broken arm has to be painful.
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
Well, it certain doesn't feel good. :)
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YalnaoNonentity Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
I can finally breath again!
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:iconfirenze11:
Firenze11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Oh good. Breathing is kind of important.
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YouAreCool10 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Finally! Ah I'm so happy, glad Drew isn't TOO hurt, as for Sage, I'm just glad he's safe
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
I think we can all agree in that.
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YouAreCool10 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Unless you're Annabelle then you couldn't be more upset by the whole situation ;)
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Yeah, but nobody cares what she thinks.
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YouAreCool10 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Student General Artist
That is such a good point, literally Annabelle could just disappear, and I wouldn't care. XD
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Alas, that tends to be what happens when one is as self-centered as she is.
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YouAreCool10 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Yeah, that tends to happen to a lot of celebrities. *cough cough Kim Kardashian cough cough*
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
*You hear snickering coming from my general direction*
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spaderunner777 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist
YES
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
;)
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ABrandNewUser Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
So cute. Great stuff. Drew's protectiveness of Sage is one of my favourite things.
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Yeah, one can only hope they have both learned their lesson.
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CDupre Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
My heart.
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Well thanks!
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BIackR0se Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Aww so cute. I'm glad you put Drew's point of view. Great chapter! Loved the fluff!
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Thanks! They're really just a couple of fluff balls who refuse to admit it. 
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leoh18 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Student Artist
Yay again. It so heartwarming.
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:iconfirenze11:
Firenze11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Well I figure anyone who managed to truck through that whole middle section deserved some fluff here at the end. :)
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leoh18 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Student Artist
Yeah. Also glad to see Annabelle get a proper punishment.
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:iconfirenze11:
Firenze11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
She most definitely deserves that and more.
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leoh18 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Student Artist
Agreed. At least things are looking up for them. Minus Drew's arm.
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:iconfirenze11:
Firenze11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Eh, what's a broken arm between friends. :)
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:iconleoh18:
leoh18 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Student Artist
True ; )
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Jetx43682 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Awww😍 finally!!! I love this story so much X3
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
I'm glad you're enjoying it!
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nightmares06 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Teach that girl some manners
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
I know right. In a lot of ways of she was fun to write because she's just so completely and utterly spoiled. In other ways, she makes me queasy...
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