You don't have permission to post in this thread.
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.
How bad she wanted her memories back. It wasn't right to have her own memories, a piece of her life taken away from her just like that. [b [#00cca3 "I've been trying... I've tried everything I could think of. But nothing full made me get my memories back. You don't know what it's like chasing after emotions, and only small glimpses. I missed out a lot, and it's not right. I can't give up trying to get it all back. I still didn't get everything back from when we were kids. I wish I remembered you." ]] She ran her fingers through her hair and had to glance away. She knew there was so much she didn't remember and it frustrated her so much.
Bacon was comforting... She didn't even remember Bacon-not really, but she was a good pig. [b [#00cca3 "Yea, we should. She misses you." ]] Aether than frowned. If the virus killed her than why did Soren have to kill anyone? It wasn't making much sense. She'd ask later, she was already struggling to take things in.
[b [#00cca3 "I don't know...I still felt alone even if I couldn't remember. I'd give anything to remember. At least you know why you're upset, or feeling a certain way. I still don't know why certain things make me upset, or why some things make me happy, or why something is familiar." ]] It wasn't her fault, she knew that. She wished she could have done more to stop this from happening.
She couldn't believe this. How was being more than one person normal? She had this disgusted look on her face. As many girls as they wanted... Ewe. [b [#00cca3 "Do I look like I'm a girl who would ever find that acceptable to them? Please, I have high standards. That's so gross." ]] She shook her head.
He answered her question but not exactly. Again, something she didn't know if she wanted to know yet, but eventually. [b [#00cca3 "Oh, okay." ]] She tilted her head slightly [b [#00cca3 "Isn't that just a friend?" ]] She wasn't sure about how she dressed, but she hoped that it fit this world enough so that she wouldn't look out of place. She lit up when he told her she looked good. [b [#00cca3 "Thank you." ]] She looked down at her clothes and back at him and smiled.
She felt warm inside when he held her hand, but that cooled when she saw exactly what he was getting into. This...was not okay. This was a death sentence. She had been to one of those in fantasy worlds and that was not under her own will. Oh it was horrible, she made it out alive but it didn't matter cause they still try to kill her after.
[b [#00cca3 "You already got something rare, me." ]] She fluttered her eyelashes, hoping her words would work. She started to debate if she should knock him out in the head and drag him out to stop him from doing something so stupid on his own will. Her eyes widened, [b [#00cca3 "H-hunted!? Are you a slave or a prisoner or something? I can help you get out of it." ]] She nodded feeling the need to do anything to make sure he got out of danger. She even pouted, but all she got was this smile that made her heart pound and a pat on the head. She rubbed her own head after, why is he still...
[b [#00cca3 "Soren, don't go." ]] She tried to hang on but he went on ahead and stepped into the ring. She felt sick. Her eyes followed the sword he pulled out. Wasn't that? Did she!?
She nearly jumped when the robot fired. When he fell back her heart pounded hard against her chest. No! It was going to hurt him! She ran forward. Security stopped her from going past but Aether wasn't haven't it. She pushed through, and when that didn't work she went underneath and went forward. Just then, Soren had sliced the robots neck open. He was...brutal. The robot fell and she felt so much relief but her heart was still pounding hard against her chest. This... This feeling was something she didn't understand. She had just lost someone...and she definitely wasn't recovering.
He came back and she heard everyone cheering his name. He's done this often... Still, her jaw was tight and she was a mix of awe and also anger. [b [#00cca3 "I don't care. You scared me." ]]
He didn't know if he could get her memory back or not, but he really did want it back. All of the precious time they spent together would have just been forgotten if she didn't remember. All Soren wanted was to have things like how they used to be. He nodded his head [b [#F78F18 "I really do want you to remember me, but it's okay if you can't Aether. Don't force yourself. This happened last time to, but we just ended up spending more time together"]] he smiled and then he showed her his hideout, wondering how Bacon was doing.
[b [#F78F18 "You think so? I miss her too. She was such a great pig. Maybe we can visit her sometime"]] he suggested and then he suddenly changed moods when she brought up the fact that she had a boyfriend already. He told her about how he killed someone because Epius said that it would save her, but it didn't end up working out. [b [#F78F18 "You did die by a virus. Epius said there was a way, but I didn't do it right"]] he stated simply and then he just didn't want about Leto.
[b [#F78F18 "You didn't leave me. We couldn't do a thing. I was just the one left alone with all the memories"]] he listened to her apologize, but it really wasn't her fault at all. IT was something they couldn't control.
At the store, she had her clothes and when the two guys left, he told Aether about how it was normal here. [b [#F78F18 "They can be with as many girls if they want to as long as the girls agree. It's different here in Avalon. People have many partners"]] he told her, listening to her ask if he had more than one partner. Soren has been spending time with more than one girl, but that didn't mean it was anything official. [b [#F78F18 "No. I don't have a girlfriend right now"]] he told her, thinking about it. [b [#F78F18 "I think of it as a boyfriend or girlfriend. Someone you invest time into spending together and staying together"]]
HE saw what he wore and she looked attractive. She's grown much prettier in the last few months and ever since she died, Soren couldn't help but feel like he wanted to test out the limit with her again. IT was this arousing feeling that he tried to shake off because of how pretty she looked. [b [#F78F18 "No. It looks good"]] he told her, taking her hand in his unconsciously as he walked with her into the building on the corner. It led into an arena and then he stood at the end with her, looking around.
When Soren said it was his turn, he looked down at Aether's worried eyes. [b [#F78F18 "I've been doing this Aether. I get some really rare things when I win"]] he told her, shaking his head because he's been scheduled. [b [#F78F18 "I can't back out of this. I'll get hunted down"]] he told her, before they called his name to enter the ring after the last fight.
He saw her pouting and then he had a small smile on his face. He remembered how she used to do that sometimes. He reached up and rubbed the top of her head slowly. [b [#F78F18 "I'll be okay"]] Soren then headed into the ring in the center.
He stood in the middle, seeing another large robot on wheels stepping in. THe bell rang and he began fighting it. He pulled out the sword Aether gave him and he swung it around, cutting off the robots limbs. IT fired lasers and Soren tried to dodge, but then it would hit him with projectiles. He'd fall back and hit the cage, but when he opened his eyes, he saw the robot taking aim. He quickly ran behind him to doge the fire and then he rammed his sword through the back of the robot. The robot started sending out waves of electricity. IT sparked and began moving slowly and more finicky. Soren took it to his advantage and then he ran quickly towards him, using his sword to slice his neck open. SOren then reached in and pulled out the wires, making the robot shut off and fall to the ground.
The crowd was cheering his name, letting it be known that he was a regular here. He stepped out of the ring, wiping the sweat off of his forehead and then he made it back to AEther's side. [b [#F78F18 "See. I told you I'd be okay"]]
It was a long shot to think that there was a chance to get her memory fully back. [b [#00cca3 "I know... It would be a miracle if I could get it all back. Yea, I guess that's the only way." ]] What if this kept happening? It didn't feel fair to be robbed out of her own memories after she died. His home was amazing, and seeing the castle like room really put her mind back to a few memories of being in the room with him. Right, Bacon. [b [#00cca3 "I think she missed you. She was looking around everywhere when she saw me, as if she was expecting someone else with me." ]] She felt bad for the pig.
She shouldn't have said that. Maybe she should just tell him the truth but she couldn't make herself to have him really mad at her when she told him that it was a lie. So, she kept her mouth locked about it. She'd figured this out along the way. She told him she sacrificed someone but really, it was out of her own choice to. It was just to survive and she end up winning. But... Her eyebrow rose, [b [#00cca3 "You...You killed someone? They were trying to kill me? You said I died by a virus though..." ]] She couldn't really remember there being someone else.
For an hour-was that the last time they were together. [b [#00cca3 "You make it sound like I made a decision to leave you. I didn't... I-I'll...we'll see. You will, I just-need time for everything. I'm sorry Soren...I don't remember what I said before or what we promised. If I promised other things, I'm sorry if I don't keep them." ]] That's why she didn't want to be too near to him yet. She didn't know what her past self did or said to him, everything that they went through. And she hated how he said 'left me' as if he was trying to make her feel guilty or play victim.
He released her hand too...
She bought a few clothes at the store, and these two guys were talking to her, saying odd things. She was unsure if this world had the same definition of 'date' as some others, unless they really meant date two people at the same time, that was just damn weird. Then-they confirmed her thoughts. No, not two, they wanted her to three time. Hell no.
Aether got back to Soren and she raised a brow. What? [b [#00cca3 "What do you mean more than one partner? How is that even possible? That's gross. Only old gross fat rich men have more than one person and those people are not doing it mostly on their own will." ]] She shuddered. Wait...hold it. Did he find that normal? Huh, deja-vu. Did they talk about this before? She couldn't remember. [b [#00cca3 "Do you have more than one partner? What does even partner mean. Does that mean just sleeping around or something?" ]] She had many questions, but the question she wanted answered first was-if she looked okay.
Soren hesitated, paused and said 'great.' She looked down at herself and 'um....great' didn't sound all that great. She bit down on her own lip, [b [#00cca3 "Did I wear something wrong?" ]] She found him taking her hand, and it made her smile. She followed him, curiously looking up at the buildings and what was around. This world was so strange that...if she were alone she would be so lost. They stepped at the front desk, and she saw robots. Robots...kind of freaked her out. She stayed a good distance from anything that was human sized and robotic. She followed Soren and they were on the moving ground.
Eventually, they came across a cage and people sitting down watching. She looked at the cage and saw someone hacking off a robot. Well, it wasn't far from what happened in the fantasy worlds. Looks like this wasn't all so civilized either. [b [#00cca3 "I never understood why people cheer for someone nearly dying." ]] She shook her head and then her head quickly turned, her eyes widening.
[b [#00cca3 "What!? No!" ]] She held onto his arm [b [#00cca3 "It's dangerous. You could get killed, and I can't help you. Don't go. You don't really need to do this Soren." ]] Plus she didn't want to stand here alone with robotic things and oddly dressed people. [b [#00cca3 "Why don't we...go somewhere else? Do something else." ]] Those arenas were a death sentence and worlds she came from, only slaves or prisoners were thrown in there. She wondered if this world even had slaves. Why was Soren doing this willingly!? She held onto his hand tightly, and decided to pout because it worked on some people.
He couldn't really explain what hacking was to her exactly, but he did his best. All he wanted was for her to remember him as a person. They've spent so much time together, so much time getting to know one another that it wasn't fair that she just forgot about all of it. It made him really upset to hear she did forget. It was like his heart just crumbled inside. The only person that really understood and knew him didn't remember anymore.
Soren didn't think that he could bring her memories back at all unless he could hack into whatever controlled the people living in this world now. [b [#F78F18 "I don't know Aether. I don't know how I would be able to get that back for you. I just think it's best to remind you"]] he told her, frowning at the thought of her not being able to remember all of their memories together.
He gave her a tour of his home and he showed her the different rooms. Soren showed her the castle room with the waterfall and then he asked about Bacon and Pyrin. It did make him happy to hear that Bacon was doing okay. Maybe he should visit her sometime. [b [#F78F18 "I'm glad she's doing okay. She really has taken a liking to you"]] he smiled and then he looked upset when she mentioned that she had a boyfriend.
Soren frowned and felt like it wasn't fair. He's been trying so hard to try and be her boyfriend and yet here she was, having a boyfriend already within the months that he wasn't with her. It made him really upset. After all that time spent with her, he was just a friend?
He was frustrated because now that he could see her, feel her and have her here, he just had to start all over from square one. He heard about how she was able to get here using her magic thanks to Epius and he realized that she really did kill someone. Was it someone that was alive? He wasn't quite sure, but she was here, so it worked. [b [#F78F18 "I know. I killed someone to try and save you, but it didn't work. I don't want to go through that unless I have to"]] he admitted and then he frowned.
[b [#F78F18 "I got to be your boyfriend for all but an hour before you left me. I don't want to be your boyfriend if you have someone else. I want to be your only one, like how we promised back then"]] he told her and then he released her hand and led her towards the city.
When they were at the store, he looked through the clothes, picking out what he wanted. He found a new jacket and he paid for it, looking around and then waiting for Aether to pick what she wanted. When she finished, he saw her head to the fitting rooms and then when she came out, he saw two guys talking to her.
He slowly approached them and then he listened in on their conversation. When Aether responded, it sounded so familiar. So Aether.....he missed her. He saw her approach him and then he nodded [b [#F78F18 "People in Avalon tend to have more than one partner. It's normal here, unlike your worlds"]] he told her, his teal eyes looking at her from head to toe. She looked really attractive in her futuristic dress that he couldn't take his eyes off her. Even her beautiful red hair looked amazing.
[b [#F78F18 "You look....um.....great. I like it on you"]] he told her, nodding his head as he peeked outside, seeing it begin to rain. [b [#F78F18 "Come on, I have something to do. I have to make it before noon"]] he told her, taking her hand and then walking out of the shop towards another building around the corner.
Soren entered through the double sliding doors and then he walked with her inside. There was robots at the front desk and then Soren approached them, showing them his ID. WHen they were let inside, they moved down an elevator that opened to what seemed like an arena. There was a a square shaped cage in the center, robots and Avalonians all around the arena watching a battle take place in the center.
There were large screen TVs all over the room, showing the battle going on. One person in the center was fighting what seemed like a robot machine of some sort. The person had blue hair and was using an axe, trying to cut off the robots limbs. The crowds were cheering and everyone up on their feet. Soren walked towards the railing and then he looked back at Aether. He saw the schedule and noticed that he was coming up next. [b [#F78F18 "I'm after that guy"]] he simply told her.
She didn't get the full picture of what hacking was. [b [#00cca3 "What kind of things?" ]] She leaned in, and her head fell down. She stared down. Of course he couldn't. How could she ever hope to get her memory back by magic-or even hacking. She nodded and then gently smiled [b [#00cca3 "Of course. I really wish I could get it all back, but I don't think I ever will get all of it will you?" ]] Her voice weakened at the end. She didn't want to start over, she wanted to just remember and go from wherever happened last when they were together.
[b [#00cca3 "Okay, sounds like a plan." ]] She saw the rooms he had it was amazing, all of it but when she saw the room that looked like a castle...it brought a few memories back. She tired to recall them. She remembered laying down in bed with him. [b [#00cca3 "Ahh, we did. Oh yea, that's where we had breakfast. Sure, umm, Bacon and Pyrin are best friends. Pyrin protects Bacon all the time." ]] It was good that she knew this much information, that she knew that Bacon was his.
She saw how his expression shifted when she said she had a boyfriend. Maybe she shouldn't have said that. She shouldn't have panicked like that but she couldn't tell him that she was lying now. He would get even more mad. Besides...she couldn't possibly match up to what she was like when she remembered everything right now. Soren made her heart pound against her chest, and so nervous that...she couldn't possibly. He hadn't taken it off either... [b [#00cca3 "I want to remember you too, it's not like I don't." ]] She saw that frustration but, what could she do.
The truth of that story was a bit more complicated. She had killed the guy that she liked so much but that was only because he was trying to kill her, and she had never even intended to in the first place. She had left him there, she wasn't a hundred percent sure he was dead because she passed out but, she was pretty sure he was dead. Aether nodded, [b [#00cca3 "It did...it was horrible. I never want to go through something like that again." ]]
She frowned, [b [#00cca3 "You said, you didn't get to be my boyfriend...but now you say you were? I-Soren...I...it's new and...he's in a different world anyway. Not that serious." ]] She took hold of his hand and he still looked upset. [b [#00cca3 "Nevermind...what?" ]] He never did answer it. He released her hand, and she stared at it, feeling bad, and this sinking feeling in her chest. She shouldn't have done that, hold his hand without thinking. She followed him along to the shops, putting the hood over her head. She didn't even know where to start. She end up taking a liking to this cloak like jacket, long and leather, She picked out a black dress, and a pair of black boots. It looked pretty neat. She picked out a few other things she could wear. She went to buy it when they asked for a chip or a card. She tilted her head and had no idea what that was. Her AI came forward and helped her out to buy it, and then Aether saw the price on this thing. Whoa, things were more expensive in these worlds than the others.
She went to go and change since Soren said she couldn't be seen in other world clothes, and her shoes and everything underneath was still out of this world. She changed and as she was about to came to Soren, this human AI came forward to her, and started talking to her with his buddy, complimenting her. It made her smile a little. [b [#00cca3 "Thank you." ]]
[b "Would you like to go on a date with the two of us?" ] One asked.
Aether raised a brow and didn't really get it. Two? What? She glanced over to Soren, wanting just to get back to him at this point. [b [#00cca3 "Uh...I already have a boyfriend." ]]
[b "That's okay with us." ] He shrugged.
She doubly blinked, [b [#00cca3 "Ewe, well that's not okay with me." ]] She scoffed and went over to Soren, [b [#00cca3 "Did you just hear what they asked? People are weird here." ]] Then she remembered. She smiled and pointed at herself [b [#00cca3 "How do I look Soren? Is this okay for this world?" ]]
Everyone had to make a living and with Soren, he had to do that by his hacking jobs. He made a decent amount of money for whoever he worked for, but he really didn't care too much about that. All he wanted was to be able to find some useful information as well. He's scored some data about reapers once time, or even on the mainframe of the city of Avalon, but nothing that really led him to why him and Aether were experiencing certain things.
When he tried to tell her about hacking, he could see the confusion on her face. Of course she wouldn't understand, she didn't understand it the first time either. He nodded to her [b [#F78F18 "Exactly, a world isn't a computer. I can't hack something that I really live in, but I can hack certain things that control our world. I don't know if I can help get your memory back though"]] he told her and then he remembered hacking into a file that controlled how the power system on the city of Avalon worked. He even hacked something that controlled an AI once.
[b [#F78F18 "I'll take you to a few stores and you can pick out some clothes that you want"]] he told her, showing her around his hideout. He showed her the rooms, how normal and futuristic it was and then he showed her his room in the castle with the view of the waterfall to a hot spring bath.
He smiled [b [#F78F18 "You made me stay there. Sometimes we'd even sleep in the same room and eat our breakfast on the balcony. Oh Epius....let him know I said hi and thanks"]] he remembered him. [b [#F78F18 "Oh, are you taking good care of Bacon? Is he still getting along with Pyrin?"]] he asked, walking with her into the room to the balcony, but when he said he wanted to protect her, he was surprised to hear her say that they could be something else. What?
THen she mentioned she had a boyfriend and Soren felt really upset. How could she have gotten a boyfriend? After all they've been through together. After all they've done! He tried not to get mad, but then she kept contradicting herself and it was making him confused. [b [#F78F18 "I haven't taken it off either. I want you to remember me Aether!"]] he sighed in frustration and then he just shook his head. HE shouldn't be getting this mad when she was here and clueless.
She sacrificed someone? Killed them? She probably asked Epius how to find him. He didn't think Aether would kill, especially if she didn't remember. [b [#F78F18 "It must have taken a lot"]] he told her and then when she said she thought they were together, he frowned. [b [#F78F18 "I was your boyfriend. But now you have a different one"]] he told her and then he headed out, feeling her hand just grab his. It felt instantly warm, but he was upset. He stopped and faced her [b [#F78F18 "You're not disappointing me. I'm really happy you found me. I just.... nevermind"]] he walked off and released her hand, heading towards the exit as he looked over at her.
[b [#F78F18 "Let's go"]] he led her to the city, going into some clothing shops and letting her look around. He found himself a new jacket. It had black and an orange cuffs. It looked really cool so he bought it and waited for Aether.
It did interest her, but what he did didn't sound like a 'good' thing to do to someone. Although, she didn't knew the situation or missions he took. They could have been to save someone or lives. She was a little too worried about asking what kind of missions he took in case they weren't...always for good reason. She had this image of Soren in her head, and she didn't want to ruin it yet.
Then he lost her about hack the world. It made her tip her head and stare at him in confusion [b [#00cca3 "What do you mean created for us? You can't hack a world, it's not a computer." ][ She laughed. Although there were files about the world that she hadn't opened...and she never really wanted to. She was lost about hacking into the world thing, but she nodded just so she could get over it. She looked back down at her own clothes.
Aether smiled, [b [#00cca3 "Okay, I don't know anything about how to dress here, so it would be a big help." ] ] She found his hide out really cool. She got up and followed him, seeing different rooms. There were so much technology that she wasn't always sure what he did with them. There was always clean edges, and she wasn't that fond of it but when she went into the room that looked exactly like one of the rooms in the castle-she was amazed. [b [#00cca3 "Wow, this looks exactly like-wait, did you go there?" ]] She couldn't exactly remember. [b [#00cca3 "Soren...about what you said hacking stuff, the world and stuff. I don't know what hacking really is but, it sounds like magic. Is there way to use it to get my memory back?" ]]
She could only dream. She had tried memory potions and magic but it only did a bit, and only around things that were related to a memory. She actually overdoes on that once...that was a mistake. The underwater cave... she paused for a second. She remembered swimming underneath that underwater tunnel with him. She must have showed him that hideout under the castle.
[b [#00cca3 "It really looks like it." ]] She laughed [b [#00cca3 "We can go there sometime. I just came from there. Epius helped me get here." ]]
She couldn't believe it. She fought a reaper and saved him. That did sound like something she would do. [b [#00cca3 "Really?" ]] She giggled [b [#00cca3 "Well you make it sound amazing." ]] She wanted to stay here with him. She wanted to grow close to him, to learn more about what had happened. She met his eyes and she could tell that what happened hurt him. She always felt that ache in her chest, when she thought about him, always feeling like she missed something. She'd cry and she didn't even know why she was crying.
What he said was sweet. [b [#00cca3 "Awe, Soren. Yes, we were kids but, you don't have to be my knight. We can be something else now, and we'll find out what that is." ]] She hated thinking that he would feel the pressure to protect her and not being able to. He was leaning in and oh how she wanted to know what it would feel like but she felt worried about him being disappointed. Then...she saw his expresion shift. He did not look happy. Oh, why did she say 'boyfriend' when she didn't even have one.
[b [#00cca3 "Because I want to be with you. I-it's nothing. He's nothing...it's just one of the worlds that's all. No!" ]] Now she was getting upset. She frowned and narrowed her eyes [b [#00cca3 "I have never taken off this bracelet. Not even when you were in pain. I kept it on and I'm going to keep it on. I don't want to forget about you. This is the way I want to live!" ]] She raised her voice defending her decision to finally making it. [b [#00cca3 "I sacrificed someone I cared about and one of their family's life to get here. Sorta-anyway." ]] She did...manage to cure that person.
She faced him and met his eyes [b [#00cca3 "I missed you too. I wished I did remember more, I really do. I...I thought we were together? You weren't my boyfriend?" ]] She doubly blinked, thinking this whole time she had been nearly engaged to him. She took his hand without thought, almost as if it was something she had done plenty, [b "Soren...don't be mad. The memories I have of you...just from the memories I recall I started to really like you. I don't want to...disappoint you because I'm not the same. But, you know you should probably ask me if I want to come instead of dragging me there. Where are we going...? ALthough, I'll go wherever you go." ] She nodded.
He wondered if he should tell her about what he did. He felt like it was deja vu again about getting to know her and it made Soren really sad she didn't remember anything, but what could he do? She was practically a stranger....but she was so close! He just wanted to hug her, hold her, and wrap his arms around her and hold her tightly.
He explained how he used the internet to hack into other people's computers and steal important information, pictures, and accounts. He knew he could be a bad guy if he wanted, but he usually chose to work for someone with good intentions. Soren then told her about the reaper, about how they always tried to separate them and kill off one so that they'd never find each other again.
[b [#F78F18 "I can't really hack them. I can't hack the world that's being created for us....just things in the world. I think they're the type of people that can hack who is in or world and what they can do"]] he thought about it and then he looked at her clothes. [b [#F78F18 "I can go with you tomorrow to help you get some outfits"]] he said as he watched their AI's get acquainted again.
He took in a deep breath and looked around his hideout. [b [#F78F18 "Sure....come on, I'll give you a tour"]] he offered, walking with her around his hideout. They passed his living room. His gaming and hacking room. There were so many electronics everywhere, lights, and minimalistic furniture. Soren stopped by his room and opened the door. THere was one room that was futuristic, another room had the old castle feel, it looked exactly like a replica of his room in AEther's castle. WHen you walked towards the balcony of that room, there was a waterfall going to a small hot spring inside of what looked like an underwater cave.
He showed it to her and then he smiled [b [#F78F18 "I sort of missed your world"]] he admitted and then he heard her talking about people she fell for. Did that mean she fell for someone else? She didn't love him anymore?
[b [#F78F18 "You wanted to keep us together so you fought him. You saved me. I'm really glad you're back though Aether. You've always been so smart and able to do amazing things"]] he smiled and then he told her that she shouldn't stay here with him. That it was dangerous and he didn't want her to suffer through that kind of death again. His teal eyes met hers, remembering the day they slept with each other, how she just shattered in his arms. It still made his chest ache so badly.
[b [#F78F18 "I want to protect you....because I always have. Since we were kids....I'm supposed to be your knight and you're the queen of Wonderland"]] he told her, seeing her cheeks red as he leaned in to ask if he could kiss her. WHen she said not yet, he understood that she still didn't remember him, but when she said she had a boyfriend, he held his breath and frowned. SHe had a boyfriend? When did this happen? WHy did this happen? HE thought her attention had been on him this whole time? Trying to find him. HE didn't think she had a boyfriend in between.
He felt his chest sinking again because now what? SHe had someone.....he lost. So why was she here? Why did she need to see him? He tried not to show her how upset he looked, but then he saw her look up at him [b [#F78F18 "We are friends Aether. WHy would you stay here? Why would you want to be around me when you have a boyfriend? You can just take off that bracelet and throw it away. You can forget about me and live the way you want? Protected and safe. Your boyfriend will be happier that way too"]] he told her, walking back outside to the living room. He's always wanted to be her boyfriend and now he couldn't. So then why was she even here? GOing off on a whim? IT was pointless if she was already happy.
[b [#F78F18 "I really missed you. So much. It hurt me so much when you died in my arms and it hurts that you don't remember me. It makes me even more upset though that I still couldn't even be your boyfriend"]] he mumbled the last part and then he looked at the clock. [b [#F78F18 "If you're going to stay here, let's go get you some clothes. THere's also an event today that I want to join in and win some money from so you'll have to come along"]]
[b [#00cca3 "A hacker...? How?" ]] She didn't really understand, but it probably had to do with the fact that she didn't know too much about technology. She listened to what he told her, trying to put it together. The reaper, how they were trying to solve it but in the end it didn't work out. She didn't get exact details but she figured she'd remember that in time or she could ask him sometime later. That was odd...there was more like them, and they didn't want them to be together. She didn't even understand how they could be in the same world and still not be together. She needed to read up on this...
[b [#00cca3 "So...you're a hacker, can't you hack them back or something?" ]] She titled her head, not sure how that worked.
Clothing mattered...got it. She had to do some shopping. [b [#00cca3 "I guess...I have to shop." ]] She sighed. They could travel too, it made her nervous thinking about that there was nowhere they could go to keep them away. She's never had a problem follow her onto another world before.
[b [#00cca3 "That's...kind of scary." ]] She brushed her hair back and saw her AI hug his. He must have remembered them a lot better than she did...
His home sounded really cool. Her eyes widened [b [#00cca3 "really, you can fit all of that here? Can you show me around. I want to see the bath too." ]] She nodded, curious of it all. A castle like room... That sounded really cool.
[b [#00cca3 "It's not your fault. It did, but you must have felt worse." ]] She shrugged. Her fingers curled, feeling a pang of anger and sadness in her chest. She didn't think she could get over seeing him with a blade to her chest. [b [#00cca3 "Yea...I made it alive. I suck at choosing the right person to fall for." ]] She lightly laughed, hoping to just move on from it.
Aether nodded, [b [#00cca3 "I remember you staying with me until I was gone. I...shouldn't have fought that reaper than." ]] She leaned far back and stretched out her legs [b [#00cca3 "At least, I found a way back to you. The me that remembered everything would have wanted that, so...I did my best." ]]
She couldn't believe what she was hearing. Staying away from him after all she did to get here? She wasn't about to do that. She nearly died again, and she had to kill the person she really had strongly felt for. But...what did she expect. He wanted that stone to safe someone, and would have done anything to safe his family, even kill her for it, not wanting to risk that the stone would work after the first use.
[b [#00cca3 "Good job of what?" ]] She frowned, [b [#00cca3 "Of course I have to safe myself. I don't know anything about doing better than you. I'll try harder not to. I know now that there's something after us" ]] She didn't feel like it was Soren's job to protect her, watch over her or anything. [b [#00cca3 "Why? Why do you want to? I mean...it's nice to know someone wants to protect me. That's what family's do. Apparently, people will kill anyone if it meant to protect their family." ]] Her head dipped forward and she sighed.
Aether's cheeks warmed. [b [#00cca3 "Yes...it was nice." ]] Kiss? He was leaning into her and her heart was pounding. Kiss him!? She liked how it felt in her memory but... [b [#00cca3 "I-not yet. I'm sorry." ]] She turned her head, [b [#00cca3 "I have a boyfriend." ]] Why did she say that!? She wanted to kiss him! She wanted to find out how that felt like with him again. Her AI turned his head and squeaked loudly, asking her 'what do you mean you have a boyfriend!' But she wasn't retracting it. She didn't want him to be close and then not meet any of his expectations of her because she couldn't remember. What if he kissed her and it didn't feel the same, and change his mind about how he felt? What if...she was completely different than she was when she was with him last time with him.
She dared to glance back at Soren for a second before looking away [b [#00cca3 "But...maybe we could be friends first, at least until I pick up more of my memory? I'll be staying around you so...I won't be back to that world in a while and might have to dump him anyway." ]] What the hell was she saying. Her AI was glaring at her with his bunny eyes, and hands on his hips. He turned to Soren's her Ai and shook his head, telling her [i 'My human is not the brightest of them all. She likes Soren but-' ]
Aether picked up on and picked him up and shut his mouth [b [#00cca3 "Shush." ]]
He pulled her aside and then he gave her a white cloak to wear while she was here. He didn't want to take any chances of anyone finding them and then poisoning Aether all over again. It really did make him happy to see her. He missed her so much and in truth, he just wanted to wrap his hands around her, hug her....and just kiss her like how they did before.
Soren led her to the cafe for some hot chocolate as they spoke for a little, but the more he looked around, the more he wanted to just speak with her in private. He didn't want to draw any attention to himself and he sure didn't want someone coming after them. He finished his cocoa and then he held her hand in his, bringing her to his hideout.
Soren sat on the couch with her and then he thought about it.
[b [#F78F18 "Maybe someone tracked it down. You know...like a hacker. Like what I do"]] he thought and then he tried to explain more about what they researched in her castle home. He told her about the reapers, keeping them all apart, and he tried to tell her about how they were different. They weren't AI's....but they were more human than anyone else around that showed the same emotions and made the same face.
He tried to tell her about how the reapers could tell who they were were if they weren't wearing the right clothing or fitting into the world. They didn't like having two non AI's together for some reason.
[b [#F78F18 "They can travel like us too"]] he told her, seeing their AI's just hug and squeak to one another.
Soren sat with her [b [#F78F18 "Yeah I changed it up a little because I wanted more space to put some of the stuff I enjoy inside. LIke the arcade....I even have a little part of the hideout underground with a bath like waterfall. Even a small room that was like a castle. I kind of wanted to combine the worlds I visited and what I liked"]] he told her, hearing that she worked really hard to use her magic to come here.
[b [#F78F18 "I can feel your pain and emotions too. I'm sorry if they hurt, I just had to fight off some bad robots sometimes. I also felt it hurt too Aether. Are you sure you're okay? It wasn't long ago"]] he told her, watching her ruby eyes and he felt so overwhelmed. He really did want her to go back to how they were before the reaper.
[b [#F78F18 "You did fight the reaper, that's why you were poisoned. You tried your best to find a cure, but we just couldn't. I stayed with you until you disappeared"]] he sighed, frowning at the thought. He then came to the conclusion that he really needed to protect her right this time.
WHen Soren said he didn't want her to be with him, he heard her reply back loudly. [b [#F78F18 "Aether....I know....but I haven't been doing a good job. YOu always end up saving yourself or doing something better than me. I don't want you to disappear again"]] he frowned and then he just let out a deep sigh. [b [#F78F18 "I know you can take care of yourself, but I always want to do that"]] he admitted and then he held her hands in his.
Soren faced her and then leaned in slowly. [b [#F78F18 "Do you remembering kissing you? Can I kiss you right now?"]]
She had one more thing that Soren gave to her. It was only a white cloak to cover her up but still... It meant something to her. She knew that her sword, and a few things had came from him. She always used the sword, and it always helped her feel like she was not entirely alone, and made her feel a little more brave and safe with it. She had always carried her on her back for the moral support.
She took a seat in the coffee shop with him. She would keep looking around with how different things were. The interior had such clean lines. But her eyes always fell on Soren. She couldn't believe she got to see him in person. See him move, see him talk. This is what he was like. Aether smiled gently [b "Okay, let's talk." ] She nodded. She stared down at the hot chocolate for a bit before taking a sip. It tasted pretty good. She saw how much he was smiling and it kept her smiling too.
When they got to his hideout, she found his entrance familiar but not the hideout itself. She took a seat and listened all he had to say back. He missed her... She wondered what stories they had that she couldn't remember. Her eyes lit up, when she heard that he got her texts, about his birthday. [b "Oh... I wonder why our texts wouldn't send through." ] She frowned, still trying to put things together. He kept on saying they...
[b "Who is they? I was killed? Murdered?" ] She raised a brow. How the hell did she let that happen. She thought he sounded a little...nuts. Paranoid even. Well, if she remembered it would have shaken her up too. Alive? She tilted her head and doubly blinked, looking a bit puzzled [b "What do you mean alive? ] Now he really did sound nuts. [b "Why aren't we supposed to be together. That doesn't make much sense... I remember dying the first time now but not all of it. And, apparently I died a second time too. Is there people really after us? Can they travel different worlds like us?" ]
She took another look around the space. She had... [b "I do remember sitting with you on a couch in Avalon. It really does look different" ] Her AI sat on her lap and when he saw Soren's AI he gave his Ai a big hug back, squeaking to her and having a conversation.
Aether nodded [b "I did. Actually, it took me months to develop. I...went through a lot to make it work. You did? I hope you didn't feel when...nevermind." ] She shook her head. Then she remembered [b "You got hurt real bad one time, I know you did, I felt it. What happened..." ]
She followed her urge to touch his hair, and she noticed him closing her eyes. He looked...relaxed. So, she kept running her fingers through his hair, and was reminded when laying in bed with him and touching his hair in his sleep. [b "Mmm...it does." ] She withdrew her hand. She listened to him about how he had been doing.
How she died sounded horrible. A virus had killed her. A reaper, she thought those were myths, who would have ever thought. [b "I should have fought it, the reaper. I should have done more. I wish I had. I remember laying on a field with you, it smelled...really good, and you were kissing me. I remember I was trying to kiss you- and then I blacked out." ] She remembered something more than that, being bare with him but, they couldn't have, and she was too shy to ask.
Aether smiled and peaked over to see his face [b "I won't go. I'm even stronger now and now I know that I have to be on my guard." ] Then he said something that upset her. Stay away from her. She stood up [b "No! I spend months trying to find you, getting my memory back. I'm not staying away from you. It's not your job to save me Soren. I'm not a child...you're not responsible. And, I'll take care of myself. I'll be fine. We can do this together, we can stay togehter this time. I can get my memory back." ] The question was...did she want to remember how she died exactly. That won't be fun but...remembering him would be worth it.
Even Soren was feeling a huge emptiness in his being right now. Not only was there a huge hole in his chest from when Aether died in his arms, but everyday just felt like there was always something missing. He didn't get what it was, or why it hurt so much, so he tried to just move on from it. Everyday he did his best to just keep his mind on other things, but it was really hard. Not only did everyday chores bring about his memories with Aether, but the fast few months being without her really felt lonely.
Soren tried everyday, visiting Wonderland, the winterworld, messaging her and then trying his best to come everyday. It was all a struggle and the main fact was that the last time this happened, he had to do that for ten years. He didn't think he'd last another ten....it was wasting his life away from spending everyday searching for something you could find so easily.
She as so different, so special to him. She felt true emotions and he could never tell what she was thinking at all. That unpredictability was what he liked. Not to mention the fact that Aether really was attractive.
When he saw her on the streets, he couldn't believe his eyes at all. How was this real? It didn't take her ten years to find him and it also was weird that she found him even though he was searching for her everyday. He felt so much relief to see her safe, well, and alive. He wanted to hug her, but the moment he touched her and figured out she was real, he had to pull himself back. She didn't really remember him at all. He couldn't force himself because she was going to run away again. This was the old AEther. The Aether that he met for the first time again back in Wonderland. He knew she was really nervous about things. He had to take it slow.....but he just couldn't. He was so happy.
But when he saw her clothes, he pulled her into the store and equipped her with a cloak that covered her in Avalonian clothes. He met her eyes and then he led her to the coffee shop as he took a seat at the table with her. [b [#F78F18 "We're here because I want to talk to you"]] he told her, sitting down across from her and then ordering them both a hot chocolate. He faced her, a smile on his face because he hasn't seen her in such a long time. Just having her here already made him so filled.
[b [#F78F18 "I missed you Aether. I got your texts, but when I tried to send another one, it just didn't work. I don't know why. Maybe they've already caught onto us or maybe they're watching. You were killed by them Aether. Apparently people like you and I aren't supposed to be together. You know....people that are really alive. We're special and the people that killed you already did it twice. We need to be careful"]] he told her, looking around his room.
That's right, the last time she was here, he was only a child. His room was that of a child's. Now that it was more spacious he had room for all of his knick knacks, guest rooms, and entertainment rooms. He looked back at her [b [#F78F18 "You have been here before. When you were younger. I changed it up a little....to fit my age"]] he told her, seeing her eyes just on him. Was she amazed she was finally meeting a person her AI told him about? He looked at his AI and it turned into a bunny. She went over to her AI and gave him a hug. They haven't seen each other in a long time either.
WHen Aether said she used a spell, his eyes widened [b [#F78F18 "Really? THat's why you got here really fast. It worked! I have my bracelet too. I've felt the way you've been feeling also AEther"]] he walked towards her and felt her hands through his hair. Soren closed his eyes and then he remembered how comforting it felt. How right Aether's hands felt. He smiled and then he met her eyes. [b [#F78F18 "Does it bring back memories?"]] he asked, taking a seat on the couch with her as he decided to tell her how he's been.
Soren described how much he missed her, how lonely he was, and how he's just been working again. He tried everyday to find her, send messages and somehow they went through. He told her how she died and the reapers and how they managed to get to this point. Maybe something will trigger her memories back. Maybe she'd love him again somehow and remember.
Soren held her hands in his, remembering the castle, then them having picnics together. [b [#F78F18 "I know it's been rough. You and I have had it rough, but you're here and I'm not going to let you slip out of my hands again"]] he said determined, not wanting to fail again and have her killed. [b [#F78F18 "But Aether....you should stay away from me. I always failed to save you and I only bring trouble when you're with me"]] he told her.
All posts are either in parody or to be taken as literature. This is a roleplay site. Sexual content is forbidden.