Kenma was mid-way through explaining about your dad’s appearance at the school when the front doorbell rang and you both stopped and looked towards his bedroom door.
“Who’s that?” you asked softly.
“I don’t know?” he replied.
“Could it be Kuroo?” you asked him hopefully.
“He has a key?” he replied, “he just lets himself in usually.”
Kenma got up and walked to his bedroom door so that he could creep down the stairs and poke his head around the corner to see who it was.
“It’s a man?” he whispered, seeing the outline in the side panel of the door.
“A man?” you asked, “are you expecting anyone?”
Kenma shook his head and crept forward more then paused.
“I think it’s your father, Y/N,” he whispered in a sudden shocked voice.
“What?!” You hissed, “how did he know to look here?”
“I don’t know,” Kenma replied, “but I’m not answering.”
“Let’s go back upstairs,” you said, pulling on the back of his shirt and encouraging him to creep away.
Your dad knocked again but neither of you moved, sitting in Kenma’s room trying to be as quiet as possible lest he hear you talking somehow.
Finally, after a half hour, you felt it was safe.
“Has he gone?” you whispered to your man.
“I’m going to call Lolita to come and get me, I’m scared,” you said, pulling your legs up to your chest and snuggling into Kenma’s side.
He wrapped his arms around you and pulled you close.
“No one is going to let him get you, I promise,” he said softly as he kissed the side of your head.
“Ok,” you whispered.
You rang Lolita after that, telling her about how your dad was basically stalking you, and she promised that she would catch the bus to where you were and you two could go back home together.
As she left work, she took a detour by the police station and inquired about legal guardianship. It looked like you were going to need more protection than just a place to stay.
It was very late when she finally turned up at Kenma’s place and she rang you so that you would know it was her outside, then you came down to open the door for her.
She stepped in and you shared a greeting then Kenma came down and you all talked for a little bit.
It had only been 5 minutes that she had been in the house when there was a knock on the door and Kenma poked his head around the corner.
“He’s back,” he said.
Your blood ran cold and the hair on the back of your neck stood on end.
“Why is he so desperate to see me? Does he want to yell at me that badly?” you asked Lolita with a distressed look on your face.
“Sunshine, don’t you worry now, no one is going to open that door. Listen, I went to the police station and asked about legal guardianship if that’s something you would like? It just means you won’t have to put up with him anymore. I will happily be your legal guardian—” She would have said more except you had grabbed around her tummy and were hugging her so tight she had to stop.
“Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!” you squealed, “thank you so so much! Yes please! I would love you to be my legal guardian!”
“It would only be for a year and a bit then you’d be a legal adult but until then you wouldn’t have to worry about him.”
“Oh my god,” you said, suddenly getting emotional, “my luck has finally changed, I’m gonna be ok!”
“Of course you are, love, we won’t let anything happen to you, right Kenma?” she asked your silent man.
He nodded heartily.
“You will need to come with me to the police station though,” she said, “you’ll need to agree to the guardianship.”
“Did you even need to ask me?!” you asked with heart shaped eyes, “let’s go!”
“We’ll need to wait till your father leaves,” she said with a little pat to your head, “although I don’t know how long he intends to stay out there?”
A concerned hush washed over you all.
If he had been out there since you arrived then he was definitely committed to staying around until he had spoken to you.
You weren’t even sure what he wanted.
“What does he want?” Kenma suddenly asked you.
“I don’t even know? He can’t need anything? He never needs anything from me. When he talks to me it’s only to tell me how useless I am,” you wiped your eyes and hung your head, “I don’t want to even see him again. Everything is going so well for me at the moment. I’m… actually the happiest I’ve ever been?”
“But you’ve always been happy?” Kenma asked with confusion, to him you hadn’t changed, you were the bubbly, unaffectedly happy person that never looked sad.
“Umm… yeah… I guess happiness is just a coping mechanism for me… if I pretend that I’m happy all the time then people don’t know I’m hurt… I was hurting a lot before… but not so much now.”
Lolita’s heart broke. You said such a sad thing so casually.
“Don’t worry, sunshine, I’ll be by your side so if your dad insists on standing out there for a million hours to wait for you then he’s got another thing coming because this Lolita right here isn’t gonna just standby and watch.”
Her nostrils flared and she adjusted her glasses for good measure so she could show you her meanest face.
“You’re actually scary looking!” you said with surprise, “I’ve never seen you look scary before?”
She let her face soften and she laughed.
“Sunshine, I could never be angry with you.”
After you all waited for a little longer it was time to brave the front door and see if your father was there still.
“I’m nervous,” you said, your right index fingernail picking furiously at the loose skin on the side of your thumbnail.
“I’m here,” Lolita said, taking your hand in hers as she bid Kenma goodbye and then opened the door.
You and Kenma shared a look as you stepped out with her and then he closed the door and you stayed in behind Lolita as she walked down the steps and headed off towards the bus stop.
Expecting to hear your father’s angry voice, you braced… but it never came?