I blinked with slight shock when he lay his head in my lap, a slight blush cropping up onto my cheeks, but the sweet smile he conveyed with his eyes pulled me from my shock, and I smiled back at him just as sweetly, quietly pleased that he'd be so comfortable with me.
He reached up with closed eyes, and though I mourned the loss of his attentive eyes, the feel of his fingers on my skin more than made up for it. It was feather-soft and teasing, but conveyed a lot of joy and light, happy to hear what I said. The smile twitched when his hand dropped to my collarbone, and I felt my heart jump and squeeze painfully.
With a smile and quick motion of my arm, his hand was caught in my own, and I lightly kissed his fingertips before settling our hands on his chest, right above his heart. Feeling a little dazed and bold, I ran the fingers of my other hand through his hair, softer than even an angels wings.
I was enjoying having him around, and having the burning sensation he brought with the slightest touch, and enjoying the peace I felt here. I drifted into the alternate reality and felt along the shadows until I discovered the new presence, the one that had Ethan's attention. I shifted my focus to the boy in my lap and smiled peacefully, not caring one bit at the new arrival. Forever was a bigger priority anyways.
"Thank you" Brokentear said softly, and I felt my heart squeeze and shutter at those words. I didn't deserve them, not when I was the reason we were in here to begin with, not when my curiosity had put Brokentear and myself in jeopardy. Angel always said I was too curious for my own good.
'Angel' My heart twisted and flinched even more at the thought of her, and I looked around the room, hoping that my Angel wasn't here, even though I knew that she wouldn't be. I focused on our surroundings and scanned the area, still feeling uncomfortable, but for multiple reasons. Brokentear probably didn't even realize it, but he'd been momentarily disappointed when he'd seen me, as if I wasn't who he'd wanted to see, and for some odd reason the thought hurt.
Still, I didn't convey these thoughts in neither action nor accidentally through my eyes, nor through my voice when I spoke. "What is this place?" I questioned, wanting to know where I'd brought us. When Brokentear looked pained by the question, I shook my head and turned away, following the stream of light on the floor to the door. "Never mind," I chirped, pushing in false cheerfulness, "Let's just get out of here and find the kitchen, I'm still hungry"
I turned to the male behind me with an over-exuberant smile and tugged lightly on his hand, hiding the mature woman I am behind the childish-kid I looked like with ease.
(I apologize in advance if this post sucks. I had it all typed out and then my phone decided it would be a cute idea to erase everything I had typed. And I was so proud of it, too. t(;-;) I'm quite angry right now. LOL)
After revealing her name, Akane started to head over to the castle doors. I allowed my fingertips to touch where she had kissed me. I blinked twice as I watched her walk with a confident sway to her hips. The aura about her was much different to me but similar to Yuki's. Akane was a strange one to me and I wasn't quite sure of what to make of her yet. But I think that's why she was so fascinating to me.
She only paused to look at me after placing her hands on the door handles. I caught up with her then spoke, with a subtly cautious tone, "Akane. I feel it's only fair to tell you that once you step foot in this castle, you may not be able to leave."
After a moment, she tossed her head back to let out an airy laugh. Mocking my concern for her as she stepped inside.
"Okay well, I guess I'll show you around now that your fate has been decided." I mumbled, feeling a but intimidated by her.
We had entered the castle through the back door and now had somehow ended up in a library setting. I only vaguely recognized it. Erela rarely entered this room, and being not much of a reader, it was only to dust and keep things tidy.
I gestured to it with a slight grin, "this is the library, Akane." I glanced around to see that we were the only two present in the large room. I found myself sitting on the edge of a table, sniffing a red rose this time that had been placed in a vase. It wasnt wilted in the least so I imagined that it must have been freshly picked.
"What do you know? There's some kind of love in this hellish place." I mumbled a thought aloud.
"Please believe me when I say that I would not lie to you, not for anything or anyone. You really are an angel in disguise, and I'm quite pleased to tell you so."
Setsuna was winning me over and over and over again. I could feel his sweet words wrapping around my heart and taking it away to a far wonderful place. He was stealing me and I didn't mind one bit.
Speechless, I just fell on to his lip with a nervous chuckle. I rested my head on his thighs and looked up at him with a soft smile. I hoped that he could see it in my eyes.
"I... wow..." I tried to come up with something but I was so dazed by his romantic nature and charm that my mind was entirely blank. I closed my eyes and reached up, touching his face with my fingertips and running then down his jawline. I hoped that somehow my affection and emotions were reaching them from my touch. My hand fell and rested on his collarbone. My skin was on fire and tingled with something strange but I felt that I enjoyed it.
A voice echoed in my mind. It sounded familiar. A lot like a woman who had loved me quite a long time ago. She sounded ever so calming and concerned, but with that playful edge that she never lost. Upon hearing the voice all I wanted to do was hold her in my arms and never let her go. Never let the cruel hands of death ever touch her again.
Orange. An orange light tinted the darkness as the voice spoke once more. I wanted to hear her voice forever. Even if it meant keeping myself in this dark place. In this place that was devouring me alive. My skin crawled as it felt like sharp claws were digging down my spine. I could feel blood trickling from my mouth.
But it didn't matter, as long as her voice was around.
"Focus. Light. See? The dark isn't so bad when there's hope for light. It's not suffocating, not drowning, not trying to pull you under, because the light keeps it at bay. Come on, don't you want to see what's on the otherside of the light? Don't you want to see life again?" Her voice was so soothing but it was pleading me to open my eyes and return to life.
And though I longed to stay here, I opened my eyes to see Yuki crouched in front of me.
"Can you get up?"
I answered her with a grunt as I picked myself up. The world around me was still slightly swaying but at a rate I could handle. My entire body felt heavy.
I looked down at her, feeling mentally upset that Yuki was the voice I heard. Not my beloved Alyssa's.
Still grateful, I met Yuki's eyes, "thank you." I spoke softly, feeling so drained and weak.
"I think the better question is, who might you be?" the blonde boy replied as a grin broke out across his lips, pulling his lips back to expose his pearly whites. "I might be called Ethan. Or I might not be. Though I'm almost certain that I am."...
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"Yuki!" someone seemed to shout. Ah, that was the noise, my name. I turned around, still feeling uncomfortable in my skin, to see Brokentear frozen and collapsed on the ground, looking sick and weak. I don't think I'd been this terrified for someone else in a long time. I ran to him, panic racing through my veins, and cursed when I saw he was trapped in his head.
"Brokentear," I called, shaking his shoulder. No response, at least, not from him. The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end, and goosebumps appeared on my skin. I felt like we weren't alone, and when I turned, I saw I was right. Eyes, multiple sets of glowing eyes, though I saw no bodies to go with them, surrounded us, watching with a sick glee and bruning hatred.
"Brokentear, brokentear," resounded around us, each pair of eyes seeming to say his name. I crouched protectively next to him and growled, and got a chorus of cracked laughter in return.
"Leave us," I hissed, turning so I could meet every set of eyes, "None of you are welcome here." I got another chorus of laughter for my effort, all of it sounding like nails on a chalkboard, but they dissappeared, though I got the sense that they were still among us. Turning back to Brokentear, I looked at how he seemed to be in pain, and felt my heart clench.
"I'm sorry," I murmured, cursing my curiousity. He didn't react, and I did the only thing I could do in this situation, seeing as I couldn't carry him. It had taken a lot of effort simply to pick him up and spin him around, much less the energy it would take to carry him out of here. So I did the one thing that had kept me sane so long ago. Cupping a hand in front of his face a careful distance away, I let the necessary energy flow to my hand, a small flame growing in my hand until it could be seen above my fingertips.
"Brokentear," I called again, "Focus. Light. See? The dark isn't so bad when there's hope for light. It's not suffocating, not drowning, not trying to pull you under, because the light keeps it at bay. Come on, don't you want to see what's on the otherside of the light? Don't you want to see life again?" I coaxed, forcing false cheefulness into my voice. I scanned his face, and a smile lit up my face when he blinked. "Can you get up?" I asked.
Poison. He couldn't breathe normally because of a poison that had been curable long ago, though the method of which to fix it was one I could not recall. He looked nervous now, probably not used to explaining the mask to someone. It was a shame, had this been a different time, he could have been cured as soon as it had happened. Ah, but I digress. I did the only thing I could, because pity was not something anyone wanted. I made an attmept to make hime blush.
"Probably just as well," I said, and watched in dark amusement as his eyes widened and he looked both hurt and stunned. I hid a grin and continued, after all, I had no intentions of making him hate me.
"You rival the most beautiful angels now, as you are, and I'd hate to have to compete for your attention without it. That mask may seem like a curse to you, but I see it as a good thing, because it keeps others away who would steal your attention, and I'm quite the jealous type." I told him, sincere in every word I'd said, and I watched in amazement and amusement as he went still then exploded in the reddest blush I had ever seen, watching it light up his entire face and sink below the shirt he wore.
At the look in his eyes, embarrassed and unbelieving, I smiled. "Please believe me when I say that I would not lie to you, not for anything or anyone. You really are an angel in disguise, and I'm quite pleased to tell you so." I said sweetly.
(I hope this is okay. It's just so much fun, making Setsu tease and Yuki a savior in disguise. Anyways, welcome back Cheri-chan, and nice introduction DA-chan.)
"Why hello there. Who might you be?"
A female voice caught me off guard and I turned my attention from a white rose I was admiring to look at her. Long lashes rimmed ocean blue eyes. She had long curly silver hair. Her style was a bit provocative.
I raised an eyebrow, walking to face her. She was shorter than me. She had a coy smile played on her lips as I approached the fence separating us.
"I think the better question is, who might you be?" I responded, but then my grin widened at the thought of having someone to talk to. So I replied, "I might be called Ethan. Or I might not be. Though I'm almost certain that I am."
(Sorry there's not much here. DNA, I'm a little brain dead right now. I hope you can turn this out.)
"Catch me if you can~" Yuki sang after turning the tables on me. She had spun me around literally. I was now facing the door as Yuki took off into the forbidden room.
I felt myself lose my breath. What evil things lurk in this room were not to be messed with. Who know what they'd do if disturbed.
I followed quickly to find her frozen in place. I kept running to her though it felt like I was getting no where. Like I was running in place. Disorientated, I lost my balance. The world was saying side to side. I felt nauseous. My jaw slammed against the hard concrete floor. My chest felt heavy as I struggled to keep my breathing calm. Though it was getting shallower and shallower by the moment.
I watched helplessly as she appeared to be getting farther away. I soon realized that my vision was going blurry. I felt something cold crawl up my body.
"Yuki!" I shouted but it faded like a whisper. The cold feeling stung me as it enveloped me. I was shaking involuntarily but it was my only movement.
Engulfed in some strange sensation, I felt like I was drowning. Just trying to keep my head above the water after swallowing knives. My heart was pounding but I felt my blood rushing out of my body.
Giving up, I felt like there was so escape.
(Here you go Ally. Just make up something that'a attacking BrokenTear. It can be the feelings or really anything honestly haha XD)
As Setsuna asked about my mask, he made himself comfortable which seemed to be something I couldn't bring myself to do. I blinked for a moment, trying to unscramble the words jumbled in my head about my mask.
"It's something that happened to me when..." I wanted to say, 'when I died', but I never really did die though that's what it felt like. In my mind I always referred to that moment as my death. I remembered the tall trees looming over me with their mocking spindly branches. Reminding me that even the 'safe' haven that was my natural home was dangerous. I shuddered at the thought before continuing.
"... When BrokenTear found me, there was some sort of drug in me. There still is. Which makes me unable to breathe in normal air." I paused, my eyes flickered around the room nerously.
"The cure is unknown still, because the poison is fairly new to the world." I explained, "I... I spend a lot of time looking for cures but I've yet to find anything that works. Without the mask, I end up on the verge of death."
The memory of nearly suffocating myself lingered in my head for a bit. I remembered my breath escaping me. My sight going cloudy as my hearing became void. My heart had skipped and pounded so fast and roughly against my chest, trying to revive me. I shook the thought.
"I wish I could breathe again..." I thought aloud but then remembered Setsuna was still here, listening and I blushed.
"So that's what happened..." I bit my lip under my mask.
(Sorry that I don't post as fast as I should. >.<)