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He shook his head, not really thinking about it. [b [#F78F18 "Well I wouldn't. I'm just saying some people do. It's nothing bad here in this world"]] he tried to tell her because people here were already used to it all. [b [#F78F18 "I've tried it before....with two...but I wasn't in a relationship or anything. It's really not a big deal...it's just people feel lonely sometimes"]] he admitted to her and then he rubbed the back of his head. He wasn't sure if she still liked him or not.
He told her about how to kill the robots, but when she said she'd remember that, he smiled [b [#F78F18 "Yeah, if you need help, I'll help you out too"]] he smiled and then he thought about ways for her to remember. [b [#F78F18 "If you want to remember, we can visit those places and see if it'll help, or we can just try and enjoy each other's company for a while. I kind of want us to get back to where we used to be"]] he paid for their meal and then he walked with her outside.
Soren used the station to bring his bike as he saw it appear from underground. He sat on it and waited for Aether as he zoomed through the city towards his home. [b [#F78F18 "I have some at home. I like to take bubble baths too"]] he had a smile on his face as he stepped off of the motorcycle.
When he led her inside, he showed her to her room and then he laughed [b [#F78F18 "It's not a beast. It's a machine. You can control the machine though with buttons and knobs"]] he told her and then he smiled [b [#F78F18 "You haven't. You'll always be Aether to me"]] he told her and then he allowed her to do whatever she wanted.
[b [#F78F18 "Do you? Well just letting you know, we have bathed together before. We've done a lot of things actually, but I want you to be comfortable. We can always do something later. We can try playing some games or watch a movie"]] he suggested and then he tried to think of somewhere pretty. [b [#F78F18 "We can go see the lanterns too. They're really pretty"]] he told her and then he let her have some space as he headed towards his own room to shower as well.
Aether squinted, not seeing how he could enjoy something like that. That was too much... [b [#00cca3 "You mean...you would do stuff with three different people? If your telling me that it could feel really good than you'd already personally know." ]] She couldn't imagine doing that... She blushed already when she had one person around. She end up wondering if Soren had actually kissed two or more people at the same time in the same place. Oh god. She tried to shake it out of her head.
She hoped she would be able to help herself survive around here. Maybe some practice was needed... Aether nodded, [b [#00cca3 "Got it. I'll remember that." ]] The food was pretty good, and she's never been to a restaurant like this before. It almost felt like a date... She didn't know which of her memories were actual dates. She wished that she could just instantly remember them.
[b [#00cca3 "Yea, I guess we can but I really want to remember. I know there are memories in there that I wouldn't want to forget." ]] She frowned and ran her fingers through her hair. She lifted her head again and watched him pay for everything. It was odd because she always paid. She got up and thought about having a nice bath with bubbles, or scented ones, or colorful ones. She saw it on her tablet once, but never travelled to the more present worlds to get it. [b [#00cca3 "Do you know where I can get that? Can we get those?" ]] She always liked nice long baths in a big bath. She glanced back at Soren and let out her hand, and he end up taking it. She smiled to herself, and saw him smiling too. It made her heart pound.
She walked with him and would keep glancing at buildings and signs wondering what each had inside. Bars, restaurants, apartments, library, strip club? What's that? Hotel-wow that was a big hotel. She's never seen one that big. Everything was just so huge. Soren caught her attention again. She watched him go to this station thing, and she walked closer. And all the sudden, a bike thing appeared, it looked really cool. She saw an image of something like that on her tablet before too.
[b [#00cca3 "That's so...cool!" ]] She beamed. Soren put a helmet in her hands. How did she put this on? She watched him first before putting it on. An interference popped on the screen, telling her the temperature, speed, and a couple of other things. [b [#00cca3 "There's a tablet in the helmet!" ]] She was amazed. She saw him get on, and wondered how safe that thing was...but oh how she found Soren attractive on this bike thing. [b [#00cca3 "Okay." ]] She got on and wrapped her arms around him. When he hit the gas, she was surprised by the speed. She hung onto him tight and was so amazed.
They arrived to a bridge. She got off and took the helmet off, [b [#00cca3 "That was so cool! How do you ride this beast? I want one." ]] Accidently calling it a beast...she wasn't sure if it was alive though like the robots here. She walked with him inside and let him lead the way. The room that was like the one back at her castle... [b [#00cca3 "Really? I don't seem like I have changed to you?" ]] She hoped that he might still like her. Aether nodded and wondered why she had to lock the door. Would he try to peak or something? [b [#00cca3 "I feel pretty safe around you. I want to talk to you but...a bath would be nice. Can we do...something tonight? Later at night... Like maybe go somewhere, a park or somewhere fun, or pretty?" ]] She would glance off a little because she adored the idea hanging around with him.
He shrugged [b [#F78F18 "I'm not sure, but sometimes it could feel really good if you're lonely. Usually people that are in that kind of relationship just want to do those for fun"]] he told her and then he wished that she remembered more of him because he really did want to be able to hold her hand, see her looking at him like how she used to. IT was going to be hard starting off as friends again.
He told her about how to fight, using her sword to cut open the robot. [b [#F78F18 "They'll fight back, but that's the easiest way to kill them"]] he told her and then he looked down at his food and decided to eat it slowly, feeling really content. He liked this restaurant and even though Aether didn't really remember him, he was happy to be on little date with her even if she didn't know it.
[b [#F78F18 "We can try to relive some memories together, but we can always make some new ones too"]] he didn't want her to feel like she had to do this with him. He just really wanted her to be able to enjoy spending time with him again.
[b [#F78F18 "Let's head back home then and we'll try some quests tomorrow"]] he told her, paying the bill and then he heard her talking about shampoo and bubbles. [b [#F78F18 "If you really want to, then yeah, you can make the hot spring fill up with bubbles"]] he laughed and then he saw her looking at him and thinking. What was she thinking about? He didn't know, but when she reached over and he saw her hand, he held onto it and then he had a smile on his face.
He held her hand and then he led her back towards his hideout. [b [#F78F18 "Hey check this out. This will get us there faster"]] he walked over to one of the stations, input his code in and motorcycle appeared in front of them. IT was jet black with orange strips moving down the body. He took out his helmet and then he gave her one. [b [#F78F18 "Just wrap your arms around me and I'll take you back to my place"]] he smiled and got onto the motorcycle and then he waited for her. WHen she grabbed on, he started the motorcycle and they zoomed all the to his hideout.
Soren drove fast on the streets, heading towards his home and when they drove over the bridge, he parked he would look back to see if Aether is doing okay. WHen they arrived, he headed inside with her and then he walked with her towards the castle room that had a balcony. [b [#F78F18 "Ya just make yourself at home. I know you feel like we just met, but I still feel like you're Aether. So just let me know if you need something or feel like you have to talk. I'm here. You can always even lock your door if you need to"]] he wasn't sure what to tell her because he didn't really know how far along she was with getting used to him.
[#00cca3 "I don't know how that would ever work. Kissing one person and then kissing another?" ] She shook her head. She couldn't imagine kissing one person and then kissing someone else. She knew she needed to remember more of him. She already felt close in a way. She glanced off and nodded, [#00cca3 "Yea... Well...sort of." ] She ran her fingers through her hair, feeling like they were just a bit more. She still felt reminded about what she felt for him, just didn't know why exactly.
It looked like she needed to know more about to fight in this world. [#00cca3 "And...they don't attack you will you heck off their neck? Just to be sure." ] He made it sound easy but she didn't think it was as easy as he made it sound. The restaurant was pretty nice, the food tasted pretty good, ands he was with Soren who she had dreamed for so long. She saw him glancing at her and it made her a bit shy.
An obstacle...with a time limit. She squinted her eyes, [#00cca3 "That sounds more stressful than fun. But if you want to do it, I can give it a shot." ] She nodded about the potions and was starting to think that maybe he was right. [#00cca3 "You may be right, I'll do it then. Maybe we can relive some moments." ] She gently smiled and ate her food, when Soren offered a fried shrimp. She doubly blinked and opened her mouth and ate it. It tasted...good! [#00cca3 "Yummy." ]] She smiled and remembered sharing food with him when they ate, passing a spoon or a fork full to each other, after he just used it... Soren said they had done plenty.
[#00cca3 "I am a bit hungry." ] She laughed and the sound of a bath in the castle room sounded perfect. [#00cca3 "I would love to do that. These worlds have those scented shampoos right? That would be nice, or bubbles." ] She smiled to herself, thinking about how nice that would be, [#00cca3 "You could-" ] But then she grew quiet. You could join? She couldn't believe she nearly said that. She couldn't be naked in front of him. Hold it... Had he seen her nude? Her eyes widened at that thought and she stared down at herself and then back at him. Had he!? He couldn't have but, Soren said they did a good amount. Did that good amount involve seeing her bare body? Oh hell no. Did she see him? She tried to snap out of it, whacking her head a little.
[#00cca3 "Okay, you look tired too. Let's head back to your place? I'll take a bath, and maybe go down memory lane? Using that magic drained me nearly out." ]] She suggested and finished her food and was sad to see it all off her plate. She smiled at him [#00cca3 "Thanks for the meal." ] When he was ready to go, she would get him and stretch out her hand to hold his hand almost as if she's done this a good amount before, but was hesitating to really take his hand.
[b [#F78F18 "When I grew up I thought I'd only have one as my girlfriend, but after living here....I've seen a lot of people make it work with two or three. I mean...it's not really what I want though"]] he told her, especially not for long term, maybe just for company or fun.
After they went to the park, he thought about how they were pretty much starting fresh and not continuing from another relationship since she didn't really remember. [b [#F78F18 "I know. We'll start off as friends. I mean, you feel as if I'm a friend at least...right?"]] he wondered, unsure how to really figure out where to start. If she agreed, they could start from there again. The thought made Soren a little sad, but at least Aether was here again with him.
He told her about how he's been trying to get strong the past few months because he hated how he always let her down and couldn't save her. If he was strong enough to protect himself, maybe he could protect her better. [b [#F78F18 "So what you do is slice the robot open usually around the neck and then pull the wiring out. That usually does the trick"]] he told her, bringing to the restaurant and then sitting across from her as he looked through the menu. He ordered is food and couldn't help but look over at Aether. She really has gotten much prettier since the last he saw her.
[b [#F78F18 "We can try an obstacle one. They usually put a ton of obstacles in front of you and then you have to get through them under a certain amount of time"]] he explained and then he thought maybe she'd want to go back to those places to regain her memories. [b [#F78F18 "Ohhh so you've been taking potions. Sometimes it helps the memory to see places that are familiar with the people sometimes. But if you want, we can always explore somewhere new"]] he suggested and then he looked down at his food as it came.
He took a few bites and enjoyed the taste. He ate a few pieces and then he offered her a fried shrimp. He held it up to her lips and let her try before popping a fry into his mouth. He smiled [b [#F78F18 "Eat as much as you want. I know you're hungry. THen we can head back to my place and you can use the bath and the castle room if you want. You must be tired from everything today"]] he told her, feeling a bit worn out from the fight as well. He kind of wanted to just relax at his home, maybe sit on the couch and watch a movie again.
She scoffed [b [#00cca3 "Of course I would be but..." ]] She looked back at his eyes, not wanting a lie from him form about what she was going to ask next, [b [#00cca3 "Be honest, did you grow up thinking you would have two or three or more AI's as your girlfriend?" ]] She waited and hoped he would tell her the truth. She knew that AI's always had stuck in their ways unless it was part of a story. Soren wasn't an AI, but who knew if he still liked that idea.
He went off somewhere she couldn't go. She had questions... She narrowed her eyes and then raised a brow when he said it was just a club. [b [#00cca3 "What kind of club?" ]] One way or another, she would find out, if it was by Soren or some other method. Although...it would be a good long while before she turned eighteen. Her birthday wasn't until summer and spring hadn't arrived just yet.
again, Soren wasn't telling her about what they did together. She kind of wanted to know, but at the same time, she hoped he hadn't expected that from her now-whatever they did. Especially if it was... They couldn't have though. Her head dipped down, staring down at the ground, [b [#00cca3 "Oh...okay. I do want to know eventually. I don't want everything that had happened to be never remembered by me. Mmm...I know that. To me, it's like we just met-or like an old friend that is super familiar." ]]
Who know if she would ever be like how she was with him back then. For all she knew, she was much different than the girl he met at that time. What if he didn't like who she was now? She didn't even know if she liked him a load as she must have before. But there must have been a reason she had.
What he said made her smile. [b [#00cca3 "I know that feeling. I always try to get stronger to help. We are on our own often, aren't we." ]] She sung her feet and waited for another answer. Her fingers curled. He wanted to go on more dates with whoever he was with right now. [b [#00cca3 "Yea, right. Why wouldn't you..." ]] When she turned her head, she noticed him looking at her. She looked away and spoke how she had felt. She smiled, and then her stomach growled. Great.
[b [#00cca3 "How do I get inside?" ]] If she needed to stay around here, she needed to be able to protect herself. The last thing she wanted was to be dying again. The restaurant was pretty nice, and looked like only the crazy wealthy could afford, richer than king and queens. But, she did grow up in older time worlds.
He did... [b [#00cca3 "I get that. It couldn't have been that bad could it." ]] She picked out what she wanted and saw him smiling at her. It was odd to have him pay for her, but this time she decided to accept it and smiled to herself, [b [#00cca3 "Okay, this once." ]] She rested her chin on the palm of her hand and was leaning in forward, listening to every word that left his mouth. He was so...attractive. He had such a nice voice and from what she could remember they had a lot of fun.
[b [#00cca3 "I've done assassination and fighting quests before. Those are fun. Yes! That sounds like it'll be a lot of fun. An...obstacle? What's that?" ]] She bet things were different here. She did want to get her memories back but the mention of going back to those places, going back to the world where she died made chills go down her spine. She always felt uneasy there now. [b [#00cca3 "Maybe but I have gone there before and I did collect some memories but not enough memory potions in the world could recover it. Trust me, I went a little memory potion crazy." ]] She laughed, remembering how that affected her for a while, [b [#00cca3 "I could remember fifty digit numbers but for the life of me I couldn't remember too much about you. I think my brain nearly exploded." ]] Aether froze up a little seeing a robot waitress. Robots...kind of freaked her out. She relaxed, and saw the food right below them. Hmm... She took a piece of calamari and it was pretty good but-it wasn't the same taste she normally ate. [b [#00cca3 "Not bad." ]] She nodded and end up stuffing her mouth.
He thought about how it was naturally that way and it must have been in her worlds. Naturally here it was this way and people didn't seem to have a problem with it since it was normal here. Even Soren could tell that it was rare here to have a single partner but he didn't want to tell her that. He smiled [b [#F78F18 "I know Aether. We promised. You even gave me an adamant answer about it"]] he laughed, remembering when she told him that in the winterworld.
He went into the bar and didn't realize she couldn't. After he made it back outside, he tried to tell her what was in there, but then she was catching onto his lie. [b [#F78F18 "Nope. It is a club"]] he told her, walking with her soon after to the park. He felt a little embarrassed talking about what they did. He didn't want to scare her off if he told her they tested the limit. HE wanted her to like him for who he was, not by the memories he forced onto her. He didn't want her to think she just had to be with him because the old Aether did.
[b [#F78F18 "You don't have to know what we did AEther. THat was in the past. Right now I just want to focus on spending more time with you again. I don't want you to feel like you're forced to be my girlfriend or anything because right now, we're not"]] he told her, wanting her to realize that it wasn't like how it used to be.
[b [#F78F18 "I just wanted to get stronger, to be strong enough to help the people I wanted to help. To be by myself because I knew I would be"]] he told her as they sat at the park. [b [#F78F18 "More dates? I mean...if I wasn't doing anything, why not? It gets lonely"]] he told her and then he ran his fingers through his hair. He ended up staring at her facial features and then looking at her lips. He missed her, wanting to hug her, but he didn't know what this Aether would think.
He glanced off and then he heard her say something he felt all the time. [b [#F78F18 "Me to. It feels really nice to have someone that cares about you too"]] he admitted, soon hearing her stomach. Soren laughed a little and then he held her hand in his. [b [#F78F18 "With robots it's easy. They are controlled by circuits inside. If you can get inside, you can turn them off by breaking those circuits"]] he told her, leading her to the restaurant.
WHen they arrived, he sat down with her. [b [#F78F18 "I've made mistakes and worked for the wrong people before"]] he told her and then he looked through the menu. Soren ended up getting some fried shrimp and fries. When Aether looked up at him, he just smiled at her [b [#F78F18 "Of course I'd pay. I'm inviting you out Aether. Plus you're the one who went through all of the trouble to find me. I'm really grateful"]] he grinned and then he ordered his food through the screen.
[b [#F78F18 "Let's see. I do mostly hacking quests. There's always obstacle quests, assassin quests, and fighting ones. Do you want to join me on one? We can try an obstacle one together"]] he suggested. Soren thought about how he could get her memories back. [b [#F78F18 "I think if we want to bring your memories back, we'd have to go back to the places where you and I spent time together. Like in the snow world or back at your castle. I think that's the best way"]] he told her, seeing a robotic waitress serving their food.
Aether shrugged, [b [#00cca3 "I didn't think you would. Well, naturally it would be that way." ]] She nodded. She would never agree to be with anyone who wanted to two time or even more. She felt worried when he went in there, and then he walked into a bar she couldn't step into. It wasn't really fair...She raised a brow when Soren said he didn't know what made it special. There had to be a reason. [b [#00cca3 "If you say so..." ]] It didn't matter anyway. [b [#00cca3 "You're not lying to me are you?"]] She had to just check.
If only she remembered more about what they had done in the past, so she felt she had to depend on his memories to fill in those blanks. A lot? Her cheeks warmed. What did a lot mean? What did past Aether do with him? She remembered kissing him, and she remembered being shy to take off her shirt but...did she? Did she take off that shirt? Did she take off anything else? [b [#00cca3 "Oh...Okay." ]] Her voice meek. [b [#00cca3 "But why won't you tell me more?" ]]She glanced back at Soren's body and felt a shot of nervousness. What did she do with him.
They end up at a park. [b [#00cca3 "You did? I wish I could have seen you sooner. I do remember some things and you weren't weak." ]] She remembered sparring with him and it had been fun. It was a pretty fond memory since it was one of the view she remembered. [b [#00cca3 "Hmm... Did you want to go on more dates with...whomever?" ]]She asked, nearly all of her not wanting him too. Her eyes followed where he was looking at-a family. Still, she wondered what it was like to have one of those. What was it like to have a mom, or dad, or brother or sister? To grow up with one? Her AI felt like her family since he helped raise her.
[b [#00cca3 "I want to know what that's like."]] She sighed. She turned her head back and saw him looking at her clothes, her lips following up to her eyes. Her eyes widened, and she quickly looked away, not sure if she was supposed to see him looking at her like that. [b [#00cca3 "I'm not the best with a gun... I already have a sword-yea that one, but I don't really know how to fight robots." ]] Then her stomach made this awkward sound.
[b [#00cca3 "I'm not..." ]] Her voice faded out. She looked at his hand and then took it, and let him lead the way. It felt odd holding someone's hand, but she felt this warmth in her chest. [b [#00cca3 "Recently? Have you ever?" ]]
She kept looking around and eventually they stepped inside somewhere. There lots of lights, and fish tanks... She hardly went to futuristic places, so she wasn't used to these sorts of interior. She sat down and she looked back at him. [b [#00cca3 "Why would you pay for me?" ]] She doubly blinked. There was a digital interference on the table, that told them what was on the menu. Her AI jumped on top of it to turn it on, since Aether was clueless. She looked at it, [b [#00cca3 "Whoa, it's like a tablet." ]] She looked through but didn't get some of these names. She picked calamari and a soup. Her eyes lifted up and saw a couple of people in other tables, looking all pretty close to each other. This girl kissed one guy and another was holding her hand. It was weird.
[b [#00cca3 "So, Soren, what kind of quests are there to do?" ]] She wondered, and then held her eyes on his, [b [#00cca3 "Or maybe you can help me gain back my memories by doing things we used to." ]]
Her memory was such a treasure, he really wished he could find it and get it back to her. He wanted the old Aether back, the one who knew him, spent so much time with him, and loved him. He really missed that Aether. He felt really happy she found him again, but he was going to try and see if he could at least get back some of those precious memories for her.
They talked about the castle and the ball. How he always wanted to help her get the castle to be filled with people. She really wanted that and he wanted to give it to her if he could. The more they talked, the more it felt like the same Aether, she just wasn't as close to him as her old self. Her mindset, personality, and features were the same. It was just her memory missing.
[b [#F78F18 "Three? No. I wouldn't like it. Besides you and I decided that as long as we dated, we'd be the only one the other sees"]] he told her, before heading into the ring to fight. He had already forgotten what it was like to have someone care about you. Soren was getting used to being alone again, fighting for himself and doing what he wanted.
He brought Aether to the skyscraper and then he thought he shouldn't tell her what was in that bar until she was older. [b [#F78F18 "I don't know what makes it so special"]] he lied. He knew why it was eighteen and older. WHen he reached up for the clouds, he looked back at her and then he noticed her looking at him. They made it down and then he told her about what they did, unsure how much she remembered and unsure of how he should put this.
[b [#F78F18 "We did....a lot. I mean...we kissed, made out....and got a little intimate. BUt that's all I'm saying"]] he kept quiet after that, not sure if he should tell her they tested the limit. HE led her down the street past some shops and as they relaxed at the park, he met her ruby eyes. [b [#F78F18 "I got a skill to be invulnerable to status effects, like shocks or burns. It's really useful in this world with all of the robots. Although, I think it's only in this world"]] he thought to himself and then he tried to think about her other questions. They were getting personal.
[b [#F78F18 "Um...I've been trying to look for you. I'd go to Wonderland and the winterworld everyday. I tried to get stronger, increase my skills and learn to fight better. I didn't want to disappoint you when I found you again"]] he admitted and then he shook his head [b [#F78F18 "I don't have a girlfriend right now. I've been on dates, but no one official"]] he told her, glancing off to see a family playing at the park.
His eyes looked at her clothing again and would drift to her lips, her eyes, and then he would glance away again. [b [#F78F18 "You can use a gun. Or a sword. We can go shopping for weapons if you want....but that sword I gave you...is fine"]] he heard her stomach and then he laughed a little. [b [#F78F18 "Come on, let's get some food"]] he stood up and then he offered his hand again to her before leading her to the restaurants.
[b [#F78F18 "I'm not a criminal....well it depends. I haven't done anything bad recently"]] he told her, walking into a small building. The decor was filled with lights and fishtanks. It was blue everywhere as he sat at a table for two. It was a restaurant that had different kinds of seafood. He sat across from her. [b [#F78F18 "Order anything you want. I'll pay"]]
If only she remembered any of it. [b [#00cca3 "That would be nice... We were planning to really do it huh. I wish we could have." ]] So much had happened in that Castle, and she figured she must have told Soren all about it, why it was empty and that she lost someone.
What he was saying about more than one person being together was such an odd concept to her. That did not sound right to her. [b [#00cca3 "Definitely not. I definitely wouldn't. Would you like it if I had three boyfriends?" ]] She had to ask figuring he couldn't possibly be okay with that if he liked her before.
It made her scared when he was fighting out there, without being able to step in in case things went wrong. He got her away from the robocop, and she glanced back at the bar while they walked toward a skyscraper. She didn't really know where they were heading at the time. [b [#00cca3 "If it's just that, then why can't I go in? I've seen people do that before." ]] They end up on an elevator and arrived up at a very high building. She was starting to reaper some things, like falling.
Soren's hand would reach out to the clouds, and she remembered raising her fingers up in the air and jumping to touch the limit of the sky. They did that together... She met his eyes and frowned, She always felt like she had missed someone. This building wasn't making her feel the best... She took his hand after, going into the elevator with him and then leaning her back against the elevator wall. Her eyes curiously looked up and down at him. She could tell why she would be attracted to him, but she still needed to remember more why she liked him.
Soren was being pretty vague. Learning...could do? She tilted her head [b [#00cca3 "Like what? What did we do Soren? Did we...make out and stuff or even more than that?" ]] But they couldn't have tested the limit, right? She followed him the shops, some things caught her attention, because she didn't know what some things were-or well a lot of things. She end up sitting beside him on the park bench. She swung her feet back and forth and leaned in. [b [#00cca3 "What skill did you get from that? What have you been doing for the past months? Do...Do you... You said you didn't have a girlfriend but did you? Do you like someone?" ]] She had to ask.
She glanced around and realized she didn't know much about this world at all, besides it was high tech. [b [#00cca3 "Soren, how do I protect myself here? I can't use magic here can I?" ]] Her stomach made this unsettling sound. She was hungry. Her cheeks burned. How embarrassing. She hadn't eaten yet today. She sure hoped he didn't hear it or think it was her. She thought about a few other things like what he did back then.. [b [#00cca3 "Wait...are you a criminal here?" ]]
They had both planned to have a ball again because back then, Aether felt like it was her fault the castle wasn't lively anymore. Sure they didn't have the ball, but they were able to fill the castle with some wonderful people. Soren nodded to her [b [#F78F18 "YOu always did want to bring the castle back to it's full potential when it was filled with visitors. I wanted to help you too, but then we only had a short amount of time"]] he told her.
He tried to explain to her that people had more than one significant other. People here were even married to more than one partner. It didn't bother him at all, but ever since he made promises with Aether, it did bug him to have someone else if he couldn't have Aether. [b [#F78F18 "You don't have to. If you see people walking around like that, that's why, but it's all up to what you want Aether"]] he told her before going into the fight.
After he won, he noticed that Aether's mood changed. He walked with her down the street, but when he heard her asking him questions, he shook his head. [b [#F78F18 "No one's forcing me. I just want to get some rare things"]] he admitted and then he smiled at her words. If only she came to spend time with him, want him to be her boyfriend again. He wanted that.
As he walked with her to the bar, he didn't realize he had left her alone. Soren stepped back out and then he helped her escape from the robocops. He thought about what he could tell her. There was a reason it was eighteen and older and he knew why. [b [#F78F18 "It's just....a lot of drunk people and people partying"]] he told her, walking with her towards the skyscraper.
Soren led her to the top and then he walked towards the edge, remembering where she was pushed off. It must have been one of those reapers separating them again, but he would look up at the sky and reach to touch the clouds. Soren told her that it was the place and that he was tired of being lonely. He wanted it all back. She didn't remember though and she really wanted to. [b [#F78F18 "I know. Something is always missing"]] he told her and then he thought maybe she just didn't want to be at the place she died.
HE nodded and led her back down the elevator, walking with her across the street. He wasn't sure where to take her since it didn't seem like she wanted to go anywhere. [b [#F78F18 "Well we'd do more than kissing. We were both learning to see what we could and couldn't do since we've both never done anything like that before. It was nice"]] he told her, walking past a few more shops and tall sky scrapers. Soren walked with her into an open park and then he just sat down on one of the benches to take a small rest.
She never even knew they planned to fill the castle. That must be why the castle was more filled, and with life. She never really understood her reasoning behind hiring people. [b [#00cca3 "A ball...does sound nice. We never really did get to fill the castle full then." ]] That plan had been cut short. She knew they haven't even been together for that long, but so much had happened within that short time span.
Having more than one girlfriend or boyfriend just didn't make any damn sense to her. It was so weird. [b [#00cca3 "How do they stay together if they all have different people? They can't stay with twenty different people in the same house, can they. I just don't get it." ]] She shook her head. She struggled to attach to one person, forget about adding one more in the mix. Besides, she didn't think she could bear watching someone she was with go with someone else.
Watching him fight had her heart racing. That fear being lost again was weighing down on her. Soren was in a cage she couldn't get through, if anything had happened... [b [#00cca3 "Still... Why do you do that? Whose forcing you? Does this world have slaves too?" ]] She was still filed with a bit of anger from being ignored and feeling that fear. She caught a glimpse of him smiling when she said she wanted to spend time with him. But what else was she here for? She didn't come to Avalon for sightseeing or anything more.
He walked into this bar, and she couldn't step inside. What was so great about it that she couldn't step inside because she wasn't eighteen? She end up arguing with some robot and eventually Soren came in, wrapping her arm around her waist, and she nearly pulled away not realizing it was him holding her until a few seconds in. Her eyes widened when he used this weird device that electrocuted it. She followed him, [b [#00cca3 "What's in that bar that's eighteen and up?" ]] She asked, and then she nodded, [b [#00cca3 "I'm okay. ]] Where were they going? She stepped in the elevator and felt this was familiar. She didn't like tall buildings... It made her too anxious, and a little dizzy, but she followed him anyway. They reached the top, and she didn't even want to stand, she wanted to sit.
Soren had to walk by himself toward the edge because she wouldn't even dare to. Ring bells? This couldn't have been where she died the first time did she? She did remember it, -well besides who pushed her. [b [#00cca3 "Uh...It does. This isn't where I died the first time, right?" ]] She dared to take a step forward, and remembered which edge she fell, how scared she was when she was little falling,
She lifted her head when he spoke. [b [#00cca3 "I...I wish it could be but, I don't even know what it used to be. I only have few little moments I remember. Me too... I always felt like I missed you. I tried to fill up feeling alone but it never did really work. I couldn't make enough friends to make it better." ]] Her forehead creased, and then she looked out more into the view again. IT was a cool view, and she remembered jumping up.
[b [#00cca3 "Can we...go somewhere else?" ]] She had to ask. She stared at the edge again, and remembered seeing Soren at the edge of the building when she had made impact with the ground for a brief second. He didn't...push her, but who? She looked back up at Soren's eyes, still not believing he was real. He wasn't a dream. Aether doubly blinked, her cheeks warming, [b [#00cca3 "Soren...Did we ever do more than kissing?" ]]
It was upsetting to hear that she will probably never remember everything. He really wanted her to. Even those small moments like holding hands and kissing for the first time. When he brought her to the fountain and when they just slowly started to like each other. To him Aether was always special because of how different she was, but he felt like the world just wouldn't allow them to be together.
They went to the shops and he watched her pick out some clothes. She looked really attractive in them, especially for a girl from a different world. She fit right in with her outfit and her brightly colored hair. He told her about the fact that he was supposed to help her organize a ball at the castle, but when she didn't remember, he frowned. [b [#F78F18 "We can always visit. Yeah, I wanted to help you fill the castle again"]] he told her.
When they walked to the arena, Soren told her that it was normal but he couldn't really explain how. He's never had more than one girlfriend...but there were many relationships like that here. [b [#F78F18 "They just all stay together mostly. All of them are fine with it"]] he told her.
After he fought in the arena, he equipped his prize and then he smiled when he glanced back at Aether. She didn't take his hand and he wondered why she was mad? He did this all the time. [b [#F78F18 "Don't be worried. I can take care of myself too Aether"]] he assured her and then he walked with her down the streets, wondering if there was any place she wanted to see or if she wanted to go somewhere else. When she said she wanted to spend time with him, he had a small smile on his face. Maybe she really did want to spend time with him.
He ended up walking with her to the bar, stepping inside and forgetting the age limit. When he passed by a few people dancing on poles, he took a seat. He relaxed back a little [b [#F78F18 "How do you like this place?"]] he asked, looking back to see no Aether. Where did she go?
He walked towards the exit and when he saw her with a robocop, he wrapped his arm around her waist and pulled her behind him. [b [#F78F18 "This was a mistake"]] he reached behind the cop and used a taser to immobilize him. He did the same to the other robot that was the bouncer. When they were stunned, he walked with Aether further down the street until they reached the tallest building in Avalon. He took her to the elevator and met her eyes. [b [#F78F18 "You okay? I forgot....I guess that place is....eighteen and older"]] he rubbed the back of his head and then he watched them move up.
As they reached the top of the skyscraper, he walked with her towards the edge. [b [#F78F18 "So what do you think? Does it ring any bells?"]] he asked, feeling the breeze just blow over them as he looked at the sky. They were so close to the clouds again just like when they were kids. [b [#F78F18 "I just....want things to be how they used to. I'm tired Aether. I'm tired of being by myself"]]
[b [#00cca3 "I don't know...I don't think I'll ever remember everything. I hope so." ]] She wished she understood the glimpses she got of her own memories and the emotions she felt. There wasn't too much that she knew about Soren. It felt surreal. Like a dream, where she met someone in the dream and they seemed all too familiar, and they were the best of buds but she never knew why or who they were.
Blending in was important, so she hoped she picked enough outfits to last for a while. She shook her head, [b [#00cca3 "It's okay. I...distant myself from that world for a while because there was some bad memories, and it felt weird...like something was missing. But we can still do a quick visit." ]] She nodded. The ball? They planned a ball? [b [#00cca3 "I didn't even know we planned on that." ]] She frowned, wishing she remembered something like that.
Aether didn't get why he was laughing about her having high standards. [b [#00cca3 "How would you know?" ]] Did she mention to him this before? Maybe she had, or maybe she did something that she didn't remember. What he was saying wasn't making much sense. [b [#00cca3 "How could you be with three different people in every second, and give each of them the same amount of attention and want to have a future with them all at the same time?" ]] She just did not get it.
It made her a bit too happy to know that Soren liked how she looked. She never felt that happy when someone liked her looks before... She heard him laugh when she tried to play 'cute' so she can safe his ass and not result to bashing him in the head so he'd be too out to go into a fight. But being hunt down-that did not sound good. He went off and she felt dead worried for his life-or more so separating and him losing the last copy of their memories. He came back and she was definitely not happy. She couldn't smile. [b [#00cca3 "I am scared for your life. Do you always do reckless things? ]] Hold up. She always did reckless things. Still, it was important information she needed to know. She noticed him trying to take her hand but she just brushed him off and followed him.
She didn't know what in the world he got but he looked happy about it. Aether shook her head, [b [#00cca3 "I'm not really interested in Avalon, I just want to spend time with you." ]] She replied and end up following him, still mad but didn't know where else to go besides follow. He stopped by at some entrance. She looked up and saw 'bar' in the name of it. A bar? Why did he want to go there? She was just about to step in with him, when her face smacked against an invisible wall and she had to take a step back.
'Restricted Area. Age requirement: 18+'
It appeared only for her, her AI turning into a tablet showing her more information but when it came down to it, it was just telling her in the long form that she couldn't get in unless she was eighteen. Hold up. Soren was eighteen!? She was still...sixteen.
[b [#00cca3 "Soren!" ]] She called, [b [#00cca3 "I can't go in there." ]] But he had already went in, and it wasn't like she could step in. A robot came to her, and told her the same thing, that she was not allowed-unless a parent or guardian went with her-which of course she didn't have. She went into bars before in other worlds, what was so special about this one?
[b [#00cca3 "Why can't you just let me through you stupid piece of shit." ]] She mostly cussed to herself, at the wall and at the robot.
"Verbal abuse detected" It said.
[b [#00cca3 "Oh please, that wasn't verbal abuse. Verbal abuse would be I will break you piece by piece, which I will if I'm really annoyed." ]]
"Death threat detected, Calling authorities." It started flashing blue and green lights.
Aether's eyes widened. What did that mean? It started making a loud sound to alert everyone. Now-she was freaking out. [b [#00cca3"Uh..." ]] She looked back at her Ai who turned back into a bunny.
[b [#00cca3 "What do I do?" ]]
Her AI raised up and stuck on her face, [i 'Run.' ]
Where!? She planned on taking out her sword and hack anything that tried to get her. A cop car already got there, and someone stepped out, speaking out "What is the problem?"
[b [#00cca3 "I...I was trying to get in, and it said I was using verbal abuse but I didn't." ]] She tried to explain.
The report than played the recording of her voice saying 'Verbal abuse...' to 'annoyed.'
She shot a look at that piece of hunk of junk. [b [#00cca3 "I didn't mean it." ] She kept on trying to explain and it looked like it would take a while before she could get out of this.
He really did want her to regain her memories back because all of their experiences really built their relationship back then. Aether was so shy and timid sometimes, but she was cute and was able to be independent and protect herself. He really did like that about her. All of the picnics they had, the time spent together made Soren feel really sad because she kept forgetting them. This place kept making her forget and he'd never forgive them for it. That's why he was always extra careful when it came to his life because he knew that if he lost it, no one would remember anything.
[b [#F78F18 "It must be really hard. It's hard on both you and I, but I can help you remember AEther. Maybe if we.....just spend more time together...and be careful, we'll be able to get through this"]] he thought, knowing that they did learn a lot by being together. They just had to blend in the world and not run into any reapers.
[b [#F78F18 "We can go back to your world if you want. Maybe make that ball happen in your castle sometime"]] he told her, remembering their dreams. It upset him that he couldn't make it possible, but he'd try anyway.
When she spoke about having more than one he laughed when she said she has high standards [b [#F78F18 "You do Aether. I know you have high standards"]] he laughed, remembering how easily she made out with Jace and how she looked at LUke. He told her what he thought a boyfriend or girlfriend would do and then he thought about it. [b [#F78F18 "Well you want to kiss them and hold them, want to be with them every second. Maybe like you're attached or want to have a future with them"]] he wondered, mostly just thinking about it.
After she was dressed, they headed to the arena where Soren was going to fight. He heard her say that he had something rare and she wasn't wrong. Her fluttering eye lashes made him chuckle a little, but he still had to go and fight. He always did.
He fought with the robot in the ring and used his sword to cut open the metal sheaths, exposing the robot's wiring. When he managed to cut through, he pulled on the wires and had the robot on the ground. The crowd cheered and then he stepped out and met up with Aether again. He told her he'd be okay, but she looked really upset. [b [#F78F18 "Don't be scared. You and I have fought a lot of things. Things scarier than that"]] he told her, reaching down to hold her hand in his and then he walked with her outside. Soren stopped by the counter and the woman gave him a rare skill. He equipped it on and then he smiled, looking back at Aether and then giving her a smile [b [#F78F18 "So now that we're together, did you want to see Avalon? Or did you want to just spend some time with me?"]] he asked, leading her out of the street and then he was walking along the sidewalk with her, stopping in front of a bar and then stepping in.
The bar was only for eighteen and older, so when Soren walked in, he didn't realize Aether couldn't.
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