Gosh, it's been two months since the last post and I caused it LOL. I'm sorry for the long delay. I'm swamped with school and whatnot. Not to mention I totally forgot this existed. >.< I'll try to keep up.
Akane was just as clueless as I was. I had never seen this girl before. But yet, I have.
"Who are you? And how do you know my name? Where did Ethan go?" She interrogated as I sat up. Ethan. She knows Ethan. So that's what happened.
"Well... In a sense, I am Ethan." I blinked, trying to figure out what to say.
"My name is Erela. Ethan and I are twins. We sort of share a consciousness." I cut myself short when I saw the puzzled look on Akane's face.
"Basically... We are the same person. Just split in two. Kind of. But only one of us can be awake at once." I explained.
"I'm sorry to have startled you. It must be strange to others." I apologized then thought aloud.
"Your garden, or gardens. The place you spent so much time in." Yuki explained herself.
"I don't see why not." I smiled and stood up. I led her quietly through the castle, down a flight of stairs and out the large wooden door. I had to blink for a moment, my eyes adjusting to the bright morning over the colorful garden in contrast to the dark castle.
I held the door open for Yuki and she stepped out. I leaned against the stone wall of the castle and let her enjoy the outside air.
I had become a warm and melted mess in Setsu's arms. I enjoyed just being with him until I remembered he had said he wanted food and a shower.
"You can go shower while I make some food for us both?" I looked up at him, smiling under my mask, "I'm sure BrokenTear's clothes would fit you."
We went back inside and I showed him where the shower was, and where BrokenTear kept clothes that he didn't wear much anymore. I left him a clean towel and a loving kiss before finding myself in the kitchen.
Sorry if this post doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Trying to get back in here lol.
Thinking over Brokentear's words, I could see him doing what he'd said he'd done. This castle still felt a little sad, but I'm sure it looked better than when it was first used.
I hummed around a sip of coffee, thoughts flitting to the gardens I had seen in my travels, and then tilted my head to the left and smirked at Brokentear, mirth probably dancing in my eyes.
"Well, now we both can confidently say 'You can't judge a book by it's cover'," I mused, the words both frustrating and humorous to me. He hummed in agreement and we finished breakfast in silence for a few moments before I sat back and looked thoughtfully down at the table.
"I'd like to see it, if you don't mind," I murmured semi-quietly, playing with the white tablecloth to keep my hands busy. When there was no reply, I looked up to see Brokentear looking at me quizzically.
"Your garden, or gardens. The place you spent so much time in," I explained, wanting to get outside for even a few seconds.
I hummed while Forever giggled and dropped a kiss onto the crown of his head. We stayed like that for a few moments, me resting my head on him as the rest of the adrenaline evaporated, he seemingly happy just to be around me, when my stomache made itself known with a loud rumble.
My ears felt hot as I heard the giggles coming from him, and I drew away with a semi-embarrassed smile. "Guess that's the cue to shower and eat," I joked, which was followed by another growl from said stomach. Forever just continued to giggle, and I smiled at how young it made him seem, how full of energy.
I shook off those thoughts, because I knew exactly where they would lead, and instead occupied myself with stealing kisses from him until he was nice and gooey in my arms.
(Sorry for the long pause and how bad this is, I'm not feeling particularly creative today.)
I watched as Ethan pulled away from me and headed for the bed. He didn't look very well, and I was concerned he was going to fall before he made it to the bed. I rushed to his side, walked behind him in case he needed me. He made it safe and sound, plopping onto it, falling asleep almost instantly.
I shook my head, a smile on my face as I sad down next to him. I ran a hand over his face marveling how peacefully he looked. We hadn't eaten in awhile. Maybe I'd go down to the kitchen, bring us up some snacks. I decided to do just that, leaving Ethan on the bed.
Getting out of the room, I was able to explore a bit of the castle, and it took me a few minutes longer to find the kitchen. I grabbed a tray, found some cheese, crackers, and slices of ham. That would do just fine. Maybe I'd make us some tea while I was at it. But, I didn't know when he'd be up, and it'd get cold. I grabbed a pitcher of lemonade out of the fridge, placed it on the tray beside everything else, and headed back upstairs.
Humming to myself, I opened the door to my room, and I started to head to the bed to place the tray on the night table beside it. However, when I glanced over at Ethan, I found a woman in his place. Dropping the tray on the table, I inspected this new person more closely.
She had the same blonde hair, the same complexion, the same body structure. If I didn't know any better, I'd say she was a female version of Ethan. How could that be, though?
It was as I was hovering over her that the girl opened her eyes. My mouth dropped open, but no sound came out as I shuffled away from her.
"Ah.. Akane?" She looked to be just as confused as I was. All I could do was stare wide eyed at her as she sat up and looked around.
"Who are you?" I finally managed to get out. "And how do you know my name? Where did Ethan go?" This girl, when she looked at me, I saw she had Ethan's eyes. What, was she some sort of twin of his? Either way, I didn't think I was going to like whatever it was she was going to tell me.
"I will try my very hardest not to hurt you." Akane promised. At a loss for words, I pulled her closer to me.
Within a moment, her hands were caressing my face. She pulled me in for a kiss. It was a different kind of feeling than the usual elated one I had when kissing Akane. This one made me as if there were fireworks exploding in my chest. I felt warm and complete.
After we pulled away from each other, I began to feel light-headed. I stumbled over to Akane's bed before falling asleep.
I opened my eyes to see a familiar girl in the room standing over me. It appeared I was in her room, and I was quite confused.
"Ah.. Akane?" I spoke but the name was foreign in my mouth. I felt an odd attraction to the girl there, but it was strange.
I sat up slowly and blinked, unknowing of how to react or what to say. I was just as clueless as she was. How long had I been asleep? What was happening here?
"I don't think you'd be the type to do something as domestic as, say, gardening or something along those lines. Which is strange, because you smell a lot like a forest in summer." Yuki was thinking aloud before shoveling food into her mouth.
At the thought that she didn't take me for a gardener, I grinned. I was trying to force down a laugh but I wasn't successful in doing so. A smirk of amusement spread across my face and Yuki's face jolted into an expression of disbelief.
"Gardening certainly is something I spend quite a bit of time on, even if it is domestic. I highly enjoy it." I explained, basking in the confusion on Yuki's face.
"Before I had adopted the castle, it had looked quite worn down and dreary, rather than the inviting feeling I intended. So I began gardening, at first to liven the place up and leave for Forever and Erela to attend. However it became something I did myself."
"I feel better now." Setsu expressed to me as he wrapped his arms around my waist and rested his head on my shoulder.
"I'm glad." I smiled and pressed my masked lips to his cheek before blushing and hiding my face in his chest, giggling like a little schoolgirl.
(sorry for the shortness of this part. I'm limited on time and a bit brain dead)
"Is there something you think I wouldn't ever do?" Brokentear asked me, the question itself making me pause in my eating and lean back to inspect him, really think about him. He was sweet and sorrowful, fleetingly happy and infinitely guilty. He still smelt like summer and sweets and earth, along with something I had come to find was just him, his natural scent.
"I'm not entirely sure," I said at length, picking my words carefully, not sure what to say to something like that. "I don't...I'm just not sure. That's a very general question, there are a lot of ways to answer it." I blew out a breathe in childish frustration, eating my food absent-minded. He smelt like earth...how does someone perpetually smell like the wild?
"I don't think you'd be the type to do something as domestic as, say, gardening or something along those lines," I mused out loud, frustration forgotten in the face of my new musings. "Which is strange, because you smell a lot like a forest in summer," I said, stuffing more food into my mouth afterwards.
Said food almost came spewing out at the look that crossed Brokentears' face, something a mix between smug, confused, and amused, along with something I couldn't focus on in favor of making sure I didn't choke on my delicious food. Once I could breathe without inhaling food, I shot him a quizzical look. There was no way that Brokentear, sad, sweet smelling Brokentear would like getting down and dirty in a garden. The thought was almost comical.
I sighed in sadness when Forever asked to be put back on solid ground, but complied anyways, floating down slowly back to the balcony. I didn't want to put him back, I wanted to ingrain the joy of flight into him, until he found as much peace in it as I always had.
I couldn't stand the thought to be ground born so soon, not when there was still tension and adrenaline and the love of the sky flowing through my veins. When Forever was safely on two feet and solid ground, I leaned down and kissed him, pulling back with a content sigh.
"I'm not ready to be grounded just yet, but I won't be long," I promised, stealing another kiss before flipping backwards over the railing. Unlike the first time, I enjoyed my free fall, arms spread wide and laughter spilling from my lips, just like before. I turned to meet the sight of the ground growing closer and sprung my wings out, grunting when the updraft pulled painfully on them.
I soared up, up into the sky I loved so much, with a reckless grin still painted on my lips. It was adrenaline inducing, and yet, also peaceful. I always felt like nothing could get me if I was in the sky. Flipping and speeding and floating with the wind, I must have circled the castle 15 times before the tension finally left, and my body thumped soothingly with my heartbeat.
I landed with a soft sigh, slowly closing my wings so they could rest against my back once again. I smiled at Forever when he held out my shirt and vest and used the vest to wipe the sweat away before walking forward and resting my head on his shoulder, arms wrapped loosely around his waist.
"I feel better now,".