MAIA CROFT SELF PARA #003
Location: Grand Hall When: Friday night at the Welcome Dinner
TWs: mention of assault, assault, violence, mention of death
Maia was on edge, as her family learned that the entire school knew she went to juvie and that somehow they even knew that her mother had sent her. Keeping her head down once they mentioned it, but lifting her head only slightly to check Natalia's reaction, who was keeping her poise and her attention on the defaced mascot. However, it was clear in Natalia's eyes that she was horrified that this information was just shared with the entire program along with their parents and families. It wasn't quiet for long, as Camari seemed to be shocked by this revelation as well. Hearing her aunt speak up, her words directed towards Embry. "Em... is that true?" She asked, clear shock and disappointment in her voice. However, Embry didn't offer a response, he kept his head down not sure what to say in response. That was enough of a confirmation to Camari. "You allowed that woman to put my niece in juvie? For what?" Camari was clearly upset, however she didn't raise her voice.
The use of words towards Natalia caused Emmett to react. "Watch how you speak about my mother. She put her in there because your niece is a delinquent who deserved to go to juvie... better yet jail." He snapped in return and Camari scoffed in reaction.
"A delinquent? I'm impressed you know such big words." Camari responded before turning her attention to Natalia. "You send her to juvie for God knows what, meanwhile your son doesn't know how to respect his elders." She sneered.
Natalia sat there, keeping her eyes on the mascot as they spoke, her chest heaving up and down as she felt anger surge through her. "She vandalized my home and was acting out. Maybe if her mother had raised her bett---" before she could even finish her sentence, she was cut off by Embry saying "Natalia..." warning her to not continue, however it was too late. Maia's eyes darted to Natalia in clear distaste at the mention of her mother, but remaining silent.
"What?" Natalia said in defense to Embry as she saw the looks she got from both Camari and Alexis.
"Her mother had just passed, and you think that her vandalizing your home had to do with how her mother raised her? Are you that clueless?" Camari challenged.
"Clueless? I didn't see you jumping at the chance to take her in."
Maia felt a lump grow in her throat at Natalia's words, not really knowing how to react to that. She was aware that she was unwanted, but it was something else for it to be discussed as she sat there, feeling like some kind of stray dog. "Natalia." Embry interjected once more, warning her in a stern voice.
"If I knew that her father and you would be so incapable at caring for a child, I would have taken her in. But you seem to forget that legally she was his responsibility and he didn't seem to object that... unless there's something I'm unaware of Embry. Were you trying to abandon your only child unbeknown me?"
"No, I wasn't." Embry immediately answered.
"So, then how did you allow her to be put into juvie over something so trivial?" Camari answered.
"Trivial?" Natalia cut in, bewildered by the adjective. "She embarrassed me during our gala, one with our clients. It was anything far from trivial. She clearly needed to reflect on what she had done."
"I'm speaking to Embry." Camari said to Natalia, her eyes not leaving her brother.
Embry sat quietly as Natalia huffed at the dismissal and just then Maia heard as the mascot began talking about Jackson and his secret, her mind leaving the conversation and suddenly feeling the urge to find Jackson immediately at the insinuation that was being made about his parents. Her concern taking over, feeling like her heart was going to burst out of her chest with worry for Jackson and without second though she rose up from her seat and began looking around the room to spot Jackson but before she could look any longer, she heard Natalia speaking to her.
"Where are you going?" Natalia asked sternly. "Sit down." She ordered, there was still much to speak about.
Maia disregarded what Natalia said, only looking at her for a moment before she stepped away from her seat.
"Maia." Natalia warned her once more. "Sit down. I won't say it again." She repeated, however Maia didn't heed her warnings, instead she continued to look around the room and before she knew it, Emmett stood in front of her and grabbed her from her shoulders to stop her.
"Are you fucking deaf? She said sit down." He said as he forcefully sat her back down.
"Emmett, what the fuck?!" Alexis snapped at his sudden action while he took his seat again.
"She wasn't listening." He defended as he fixed his jacket.
"You don't fucking grab her!" Alexis retorted.
"Alexis, mind your volume." Natalia said as she cleared her throat hoping people weren't paying attention, Alexis scoffing at her response.
"Are you going to send him to juvie too? That could be classified as assault." Camari said indifferently.
"I have to leave." Maia interjected before getting up again, ignoring Emmett's attempts, causing Emmett to stand back up again.
Maia glared at Emmett before looking at Natalia. "What the fuck do you need me here for anyways? Huh? What? You guys are all talking for me anyways. Doesn't make a difference if I leave."
"We need to figure out a plan, you going to juvie is already out, but telling people that I put you there... it's unnecessary. It's easy to at least get rid of that part."
Maia let out a scoff of disbelief at her words. "You were the one who put me in there. You want me to cover for you? Why would I? What have you done for me so that I would owe you loyalty like that? Because of you, I had to see my fucking pictures from juvie blasted on a projector. And now you want me to save your pride? You're fucking delusional." Maia spat.
"What has she done for you?! She gave you a life you could never even dream of! What an ingrate." Emmett said as he walked up to Maia once more. "How dare you speak to her like that." He said as she gently shoved her shoulder. "You belong in the streets, in the slum where you came from and my mother gave you a life of riches."
"Emmett." Embry warned as Emmett shoved Maia.
"You put your hands on her one more time young man and---" Camari was cut off by a SLAP, the sound of Maia's palm hitting the side of Emmett's face and just then, Embry leaped up to grab Emmett who looked like he was about to return the action.
"Have you lost your mind? There are people here." Natalia scolded Maia.
"He just shoved her Natalia, and your only looking at Maia? Are you serious?" Embry said aggravated.
"This fucking bitch just hit me, let me go!" Emmett shouted as he tried to get out of Embry's grip and almost immediately, Embry dragged Emmett out of the main hall with Natalia following the two of them.
Maia, Camari and Alexis watched as the others left and Camari got up to approach Maia to check up on her, however Maia was already scurrying off to find Jackson, not processing what had just occurred. Her main concern was to find Jackson ASAP.