Chapter 005: The Truth About Mina
The buses rolled to their stop for the lunch and for the night as they had arrived early to their next venue. Nearly everybody included in the tour was meandering about the foreign city of Boulder, Colorado. Frank was on his way with Mikey to "casually" ask for Mina.
"Seriously Frankie, I think you should tell Bert about this, not Mina. You're the guy, you take the brunt of the yelling or whatever Bert wants to do about it." Mikey was saying they approached The Used's tour bus.
"I was going to, but she told me that she would know how to handle her cousin and that I would be safest as far away as possible when it happened." Frank replied just as the bus door flew open and the said cousin came charging out.
"You've got a lot of balls, Iero!" Bert bellowed, his expression furious beyond words, pushing Frank against the bus.
"What the fuck is wrong with you?!" Frank shouted as he pushed back on reflex.
"This!" in a blink of an eye, Bert's fist had collided squarely with Frank's jaw.
It became a full on fist fight as Frank defended himself against Bert's swings. It barely lasted a few seconds until Branden, Jepha, and Quinn, arrived at to find Mikey trying to, single handedly, separate the two rockers. The swift tussle awarded both men with cuts and bruises, each still yelling as they were pulled apart by their respective band mates.
"FUCKING BASTARD!" Bert continued and he flailed in Jepha's iron clad grip while Frank merely yelled the same insult in Branden's head lock.
"Shut up the both of you!" Mikey shouted over all the overlapping voices, he too suffered a few scrapes but he continued using a tone that even Gerard had never heard him use before. "I can't believe you shits, fighting while we're on tour? Jesus Christ! Why can't you just fucking grow up?"
It was dead silent as Mikey wheezed and took a puff from his inhaler.
"I will if Iero stops seeing Mina." Bert hissed, ceasing his struggle.
"He was the one that fucking flew at me, you were right here Mikey." Frank countered.
Mikey was about to snap back at both of them when a blood curdling scream pierced the air. At once, it seemed, Quinn had taken back to the bus to see Mina tossing wildly in her bunk.
"Branden get her medication!" Quinn called over his shoulder as he pulled Mina's slight form to one of the bottom bunks. Bert followed swiftly to see Quinn injecting his cousin in the arm. Frank watched fearfully as she convulsed mechanically and lay still in an instant. Her eyes remained closed but she was clearly crying as she began to whimper.
"What's wrong with her?" Frank asked as Bert moved closer to comfort Mina.
At this point Quinn led Frank outside once more to explain everything as Mikey had left to blow off some steam.
"I know Mina hasn't told you this, so I'm going to, it's the only way you'll understand." With that, Quinn told Frank about Mina and Bobby, how it came about, how it ended, and effects it had on her. "...She developed a memory triggered anxiety disorder because a few nights after the fact she had constant nightmares about Bobby coming back for her. She hasn't had one for a while. But I think what Bert said this morning to her, when he found out about you two, has something to do with it."
Frank's anger flared up again, "What did he say?"
"He said that you would just fuck her and ditch when you found someone else." Quinn shrugged, "It probably reminded her of what Bobby tried to do.
"That's bullshit! You know I wouldn't do that!"
"Both Bert and I know that, but he doesn't want to see her get hurt again. I mean, see it from his point of view; she's the only family he's got, he's the only family she's got."
Frank swallowed hard, trying to think of what to do next. "Should we break it off then?"
"Are you stupid? Mina got yelled at this morning, you took a beating, and you're gonna break it off? No, I say, tough it out. If I have anything to do with it, and you know I will, Bert will come around."
Feeling grateful for this positive push, Frank hugged his friend tightly, unable to put it in words.
"Who are you going out with, Quinn or me?" came a jesting voice from behind them. There Mina stood ,looking tired yet amused at the same time. They locked eyes, cerulean clashing with emerald. Quinn took this opportunity to step out of the picture, leaving the couple alone. Frank closed the space between them, nervous as to what she would say. But Mina simply closed her eyes and rested her head upon his chest, holding him close as he wrapped his arms around her.
"Okay, this is as far as this love scene is gonna go!" said Bert stamping his foot, "You can go out and hug and whatever just don't do that kissy--- AHHHHHHGGH!"
At that point Mina giggled and proceeded to make out with Frank, relishing the sounds of agony that her cousin displayed. When they came up for air she finally spoke.
"Translation, 'You have my blessing'."