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When she tried filling what was missing by making friends, by trying to fall for someone while at the same time searching for a way to meet him, she realized that it wasn't working. Soren must have had something that she couldn't find elsewhere. That something that made that loneliness go away. He was someone to talk to, that was like her, that she apparently felt like she loved. It had been hard being betrayed, and harder knowing she couldn't message him anymore for some damn reason. That meant, she could only try to find him.
The bracelet made her feel sometimes so numb inside, so desperate for needing away from the loneliness. It gave her sleepless nights, and holding onto her AI for some comfort but nothing was really soothing it. then she'd feel this...something good to distract her. She didn't get it. What was he doing, or if this was her own feelings. It all blended into one.
That one day, she found a magic spell that could bring her to where she wanted to be. It worked. She saw the back of his hair, him pulling up a hood soon enough but she couldn't let him go, even if there was a high chance it wasn't even in. She ran forward and she couldn't believe her eyes, it was him. After all this time, she found him. She didn't even know much about him as she should but she felt so much relief in her chest. It was weird to have him caress her cheek, but still somewhat comforting... She took a step back anyway.
[b [#00cca3 "Me too." ]] Aether gently smiled. He had some slight differences but they were so small that she could instantly pick him out. She end up rambling but she noticed his eyes going to her dress. Was there something wrong with her dress? She stared down at her hand that he took hold of. Soren lead her inside a shop without a question. [b [#00cca3 "Why are we going here?" ]] She stood still and SOren put a white cloak on her. [b [#00cca3 "Really? They? There's a they?" ]] She frowned [b [#00cca3 "I don't remember how I died or why." ]] Soren put the hood over her head too and she guessed it must have been really important. He was so... Her chest felt warm holding his hand. She allowed him to lead the way, all she could focus was his hand.
[b [#00cca3 "It's not just another day... I promised to be there. You did?" ]] Her eyes widened, and then she smiled to herself [b [#00cca3 "I'm glad, I thought that didn't go through either. Wait...how come you never replied to that? Or...did it not go through either?" ]] She wondered. The entrance seemed so familiar. [b [#00cca3 "Have I been here before?" ]] But the inside...wasn't.
The light turned on and the place was pretty huge. She looked around [b [#00cca3 "This place...is really cool." ]] She took a seat and couldn't stop staring up at him. She wanted touch his hair. She wanted to talk to him as much as she could. [b [#00cca3 "I used a spell to get here. I didn't think it worked but it did. But I always felt connected to you in some way." ]] She raised her wrist that held the bracelet. She knew they had a lot to talk about. [b [#00cca3 "I want to know...how did I die? How have you been? I know that you had mostly been upset and sad... Was it because of me?" ]] If he got near, she couldn't fight the temptation to run her fingers through his hair, almost as if her own hand knew what to do. It felt nice...and fluffy.
He was surprised to see that their plan had worked. She really was replying back to his messages as long as he texted her in this world. It made Soren really happy and at the same time, he really did want to be able to find her and have her get to know him again through texting.
If she was replying, that meant she really did exist. She really was here and she was okay. He smiled at the thought and was glad to see that she somehow recognized him. She remembered the day they spent in the field and she was also trying to meet him. It wasn't just one sided. She wanted the same thing. Soren smiled and would go about his day, constantly coming back and trying to see if she left a message.
On his birthday, he received a text from her and it really did make him so happy. He had a smile on his face as he thought about Aether, his eyes moving to her bracelet. If only he could see her again, holding her and hug her. He just wanted her to be beside him so badly.
After those months, it went downhill. The messages stopped coming and he felt so lonely without her. He was losing hope again, but he still visited Wonderland and the winter world. Soren tried to just bare with it, staring out into space a lot and then finding himself at bars. Ever since he turned eighteen, he was able to do things and be at different places that he wasn't used to doing before. A lot of it was mostly clubs, sometimes there were groups of people, lights, clothes coming off, and he could see why you needed to be eighteen. He would go to those clubs and girls would always come over and get to know him.
It made the ache in his chest feel numb for a while and he tried to continue finding Aether, but it was hard. He walked down the street, looking for a new thing to do, a new place to see. He heard his name and when he looked back, all he could see was a redhead. It couldn't be Aether.
His eyes went to hers and the closer he got, the more he realized it really was her. HE was face to face with her, she had grown taller, her facial features thinning out a bit more and her hair wavy. She was so much prettier than he remembered.
When she confirmed who she was, he leaned in, caressing her cheek as if he was checking to see if she was real. He kept his eyes on her and when he saw her take a step back, he pulled his hand back. Right. She didn't remember him. He was a stranger to her. It made something sink inside of him.
Her laughter. He missed it so much....how could he have gone this many months without her. [b [#F78F18 "It really is you. I'm glad you found me"]] he told her, listening to her questions. He noticed her clothing and then he looked around, his hand taking hers as he pulled her into a shop and then he grabbed a white cloak and wrapped it around her. [b [#F78F18 "You have to dress like the people in this world....or they'll find and separate us again"]] he told her, putting the hood over her head as he realized he was still gripping onto her hand. Soren released his grip.
[b [#F78F18 "Sorry. We can go now. Let's go talk at my place"]] he told her, holding her hand and walking her outside of the building towards his hideout past the bridge.
He looked back at her, still unable to believe it was her. [b [#F78F18 "I'm okay. Don't worry about my birthday. It's just another day. I did get your message though"]] he told her, stepping down stairs to his hideout. He led her inside and then the lights turned on.
Soren had expanded his hideout. It was a full house underground. There was even one room made of glass that overlooked the bottom of the ocean. He had so much time to himself that it completely looked different from what Aether remembered. If she did remember.
It lifted her up seeing she was getting messages back from Soren. He existed. He wasn't some figment of her imagination, even if her AI confirmed it wasn't. Soren, did feel all too surreal though. She could remember a few things that happened, and some of the emotions came with it but there were plenty of holes. All she knew is she must have really liked him, loved him apparently. Aether grinned and replied back, 'I do. I remember sitting by the fountain, and that day by the field were we kissed, or sparring for fun. I am trying to. I'm trying to find you too.' She hit sent
Her AI reminded him of his birthdate, and she did recall a memory of promising to spend their birthday together. She couldn't do that... She wished she could get him a gift, or celebrate with him. How old was he? She turned her head and he replied with 'eighteen.' He was older than her...
Aether tapped send. [i I hope he sees it. ] She sighed, tilting her head and then went off to do something for the day. One night, she felt something strange from the bracelet...it was a bittersweet feeling. She didn't understand it.
The month took a dive when someone she brought close tried to kill her for something she needed to try to find Soren. When she woke up, she was bandaged up, still holding onto the stone. Her friend had came over later. Aether would go back to the winter world to message Soren but every time she tried, it said 'unable to send message.' Her heart sank, and she didn't know what to do about it. She would go back and visit Epius, hoping he could help her. She was so lonely and wished she could just gather her memories already.
Once the spell was developed, she was ready to try it out. She casted the spell and end up in the streets of Avalon. Everything was so futuristic and she...wasn't exactly comfortable. The robots were taking glances at her, as if she didn't belong, and she didn't. She didn't know how to dress for this world.
The streets of Avalon were odd to her. Flying machines...robotic humanoid people and some, just robots. Their heads turned to her attire. She stared down at her own clothes. She didn't fit in here, but...that's not what she came for. Her ruby eyes were focused on one thing, and she noticed Soren's hair. She raised her voice loud to call for him, but he was walking away. Why!? Was that not Soren? She frowned, and she decided to run towards him anyway [b [#00cca3 "Soren!" ]]
He turned his head, and her heart pounded loud against her chest. It was really him. It was him! It was Soren! She actually got to see him face to face. He looked exactly as her AI tried to mimic, except this Soren was a bit taller. He stared at her, and she wondered if this was a good surprise. Aether nodded [b [#00cca3 "Yea, I'm Aether." ]] She grinned and then he got so close to her, his hand reaching her cheek, caressing. Her eyes widened, and her cheeks grew warm. She took a step back on default, not used to something like this. Ah, why did she do that. She took a step foward again and nervously laughed.
[b [#00cca3 "Sorry, it's nice to meet you again. I can't believe I get to finally see you. You're exactly how you are in my memories and pictures. I-I'm sorry for not being able to find you sooner. How are you? I'm sorry I missed your birthday. Are you hungry? Do you want to sit down and talk somewhere or..." ]] She quiet her voice realizing she was saying too much. It felt like she was meeting someone new, but at the same time very familiar. It was odd, because she wanted to live the memory of being kissed by him but at the same time, it wouldn't be the same and she couldn't do it. She decided just to smile and look at his beautiful eyes [b [#00cca3 "I missed you. ]]
The few nights that he had with her were things he took for granted. The more time he spent with her, the more he knew she was going to disappear. All he wanted was to have a firm hold on her. To be able to grasp her hand and tell her that he wasn't going to let go. He really just wanted to hold onto her those nights. What was the point this whole time of being embarrassed if they weren't even together anymore.
Soren could feel her emotions through the bracelet. It accentuated the ache he felt in his chest, further fueled the pain he felt sometimes. Was Aether hurt? He could feel cuts and the pain she felt, making his body just ache. Sometimes he had to take off the bracelet, but he didn't want to lose connection to Aether. He did his best to keep them on, occasionally going to the winter world to see if she had left him a few texts.
When he looked through his phone, he saw two messages. Soren read the messages....[i She did before?] Did that mean she didn't feel that way now? Well of course she didn't love him, she had forgotten all about him. Soren felt like maybe if he saw her, he'd scare her with all of his emotions. He had to make sure that everything was going to be okay, but that only fueled him to find her even more.
[i I hope you remember some memories that we had. Look through your pictures and believe your AI. They were all true. I'll keep trying to find you] he sent and then he would leave the winter world and head back to Avalon.
It was the day of his birthday. Nothing special. Soren was just chilling at the cafe, looking up at the dark sky of Avalon with his AI as he finished a cup of coffee. He felt sadness welling up because they promised to share their birthdays together, but just couldn't. Soren felt upset again, going back to the Winter world and then checking his messages. When he saw her happy birthday message, it put a smile on his face. She still was thinking of him. Remembering him.
He grinned up at his AI and then he looked around his house. [b [#F78F18 "Let's go eat cake? We can go into town at the restaurant"]] he told his AI, going to sit down at the table as he ordered his cake. A woman came by and sat across from him. They spoke about how he was celebrating his birthday. She offered to make his birthday special, but Soren refused. He wanted this day to celebrated alone, with only one special person there.
THe woman was persistent. A few days later, she'd watch Soren, catch him at the bars, dance with him, and get a little closer. Soren would feel lonely some days and she took advantage. Whenever he came to the winter world, he just took comfort in hanging out with her. SHe made the pain subside for a while.
Soren was beginning to lose hope. The messages were rarely sent, the thought of Aether was becoming farther away. He'd visit Wonderland, go to the winter world, but still nothing.
In Avalon, he would walk along the streets, his black hooded jacket over his head as he walked, the wind brushing it off when he heard someone calling his name. He kept walking....it sounded familiar, but it must be his imagination. His AI stopped him and then she forced him to turn around. When he looked, he saw someone with that familiar red hair. His teal eyes widened and when he looked at her, he could have sworn it was just a mirage.
[b [#F78F18 "Aether?"]] he called out, squinting his eyes as he walked towards her. He stood before her and met her ruby eyes. He leaned in and caressed her cheek [b [#F78F18 "Is it really you?"]]
Some nights, she felt emotions or pain that she knew couldn't have been hers. One night, had to be the worst of them all, striking pain that left her in bed, along with emotions that was killing her down. When she took the bracelet off, she didn't feel it but she didn't take it off because it helped her feel connected.
She stared at the glaring screen of the smart phone, after spending a long time finding the right words to use. In the end...she couldn't figure out what the right words were but, she wanted to give it a shot. She stared down at the phone for what felt like forever. She lay on her side, hung upside down, lay on the other side. Her eyes widened when she saw a text pop out 'I am him. I'm Soren. You...told me you loved me. I think I love you too.'
[i I loved him!? I told him I loved him!?] Her heart raced. He was real. He wasn't just her imagination. Soren... His name was Soren. It made her smile. She had a face and a name. She typed back. [i Hi Soren, I remember some stuff about you. I know how you look like. I hope I can meet you again, and remember more. I'm glad to hear that you felt the same way as I did before. I've always feel like I'm missing someone, I'm pretty sure it's you.' ] She hit send and realized maybe that text was too long. Damn it. She waited...and waited but all that happened was feeling this horrible sadness that overwhelmed her, and coldness.
Where...was he? How would she be able to see him? He wasn't replying. She wrapped her arms around herself, burying her face into the darkness in her arms. She tried sending another text [i 'I can feel what you're feeling. It's going to be okay.]'
She went through her tablet, looking at pictures they had taken. She still had stuff in her inventory that she never had before that she had been using the past months. A sword, a beanie and a scarf, stuff like that. She knew he existed because of these things. She spend the next month trying to figure out how to track him down, but was getting pretty hopeless.
It was his birthday. Her AI reminded her of it. She never did get a text back, but she wanted to message him anyway. She went back to that winter world and gave a quick 'Happy Birthday Soren.'
Her AI then went on to explain that he might have never even received the messages she sent. She went off into another world, she had been doing some quests there in the meantime, taking a role of a have dragon half human. She met someone there, and it kept her distracted now and then. But this time...
Who she thought really took a liking to her, turned their back on her and tried to kill her for a stone she had found. She was cut up badly, bleeding out but thanks to the sword Soren got for her, she managed to survive and kill him first. She lay on the grass, and it hurt so damn bad and she felt so damn betrayed and lonely that she couldn't stop releasing tears. There were the scent of flowers and when she looked up into the blue sky, she was drawn back in to when she was in his arms in a field, without much memory, sparks of her vanishing away. [i That's when I died...? ]
She was panting, staring at her own hand covered in blood. [i I'm going to die again.] This wasn't fair!
Luckily, someone from a nearby town spotted her and aided her.
She found some magic spells that took her months to develop properly to use to travel to the location her heart wanted to be the most. When she teleported, she found herself in Avalon. In the streets. She wore a black short skater dress. Her hair had grown longer, and this time they were in soft waves. The streets were filled with robots, and she really didn't know where to go and felt so out of her own element. She end up asking some robot [b "Do you know a guy named Soren? He's human." ] But all of them couldn't give her answers. She should have stopped to a nearby location to him. She thought she saw someone's with Soren's hair, so she called [b "Soren!" ]
He sat at the edge of his bed just thinking. How could he just sit here...he had to do something. He had to try and find her. Find out which server she was in because he couldn't be without her. It felt so lonely and Soren just didn't seem like he could take it right now. He held his breath and then he felt his chest aching, wanting her to be here. Wanting to hear her call his name, to tell him that she felt scared and wanted him to hug her.
It was sad and the more he thought about it, the more upset he got. He couldn't save her, he couldn't keep her alive, even worse than that, he was separated from her all over again. What if they didn't even see each other anymore? Would he be wasting his life going through everyday trying to find her? What would happen if he just gave up? No! Soren, you like Aether. You have feelings and need to go find her. He would look up at his AI ghost and she would tell him that he should keep looking. She pulled up the pictures of them together, at the lake, with the lanterns, and then when they were at the red trees having a picnic. It made tears spill and Soren just wanted it all back. Why did she have to die from that Reaper. He'd never forgive him.
After the next two months, he was back to work in Avalon, hacking and doing the dirty jobs. Sometimes his hacks would get him into trouble. People would chase and hunt him down. He'd get beaten, at one point he was almost killed. Somedays he'd start off going to Wonderland in the mornings, meeting the red queen and then stop by the cabin world and send Aether a message.
It got really hard to bear and when he made it back to the cabin world in the winter, he sat in his cabin by the fire, remembering when he gave Aether his scarf and beanie. She looked so cute and cozy. He would sigh and sit at the window watching the snow fall. His AI sat beside him and then she jumped and showed him a message. It was from Aether! It said her location....she was in her cabin! Soren read the message....she's okay! But she forgot. She probably didn't remember who he was and just saw his text. It really worked! His phone here.....they could communicate. He didn't lose hope!
Soren had a huge smile on his face, seeing her text. HE replied back. [i 'I am him. I'm Soren. You....told me you loved me. I think I love you too'] he sent it and then he hurried outside into the snow. Soren wore nothing but his shirt and pajamas as he ran down the street towards her cabin. He knocked on the door, his heart racing. She could be there! He knocked louder and when an elder woman opened the door "What can I do for you young man?" she asked and Soren just felt his heart sink.....of course she wasn't there.
He walked back to his cabin in the snow, rubbing his eyes that didn't seem to stop crying. He made it back to his house and then he just sat on the ground, his clothes dripping and then he just sat there. How was he supposed to find her! She was here! Here in this world....she replied. Maybe they could figure something out together the more he talked to her.
After another month, it was the day of his birthday. He was officially eighteen years old. He was sitting at a cafe in Avalon, taking a sip of some coffee as he stared blankly out the window at the dark, paved streets. His AI flashed some lights at him, wishing him a happy birthday. Soren smiled and then he just ran his fingers through his hair, feeling that familiar touch of Aether's warmth. His eyes went down to the bracelet, looking at it. He sure did feel some things somedays. Most of the time he felt sadness and confusion. Sometimes even pain. What was it? It wasn't like he was getting hurt. Maybe it was the way AEther felt right now? He wished that he could be there and pat her head again.
It was upsetting though. He was once again celebrating his birthday all alone. If only they could have stayed together a little longer.
Telling by her clothes, she knew where she was last. The bracelet around her wrist, it looked a lot like the type that couples would make over at the ceremony where that red village was at. She stared down at it. Someone made that for her. What was this lump in her throat that she couldn't get rid of? [i I'm missing something.]
[b [#00cca3 "Why can't I see what you're trying to show me?" ]] She stared down at the glaring screen of her tablet.
'I don't know.' He replied. She pressed her palms against her eyes. What now... She felt this drive to find out more. She had a plan today to stay in wonderland, but, if little sparks of moments were leading her back into another world, then maybe she should follow them.
[b [#00cca3 "I need to find out more." ]] She got from the bed. Then paused in her movement. This had happened before didn't it? When her memory was fuzzy and she woke up in wonderland-alone with little remainders of someone that she could hardly remember. Was it that same boy? With the beautiful eyes? If it was him, then why was he causing holes in her memories?
'Aether you need to stay in wonderland.' Her Ai climbed on top of her head.
[b [#00cca3 "No, I need to find more on this." ]] This wasn't the time to be playing around in wonderland.
'No, Aether you really need to stay. You might meet him.'
[b [#00cca3 "I don't who him is! How do you even know that? I stayed here before, waited for this little boy I met that I don't remember when I was little but, he never showed up again. He left," ]] She reminded.
'Aether, he didn't leave. Trust me.'
"No, I can't just do nothing this time. I have to figure this out. I need to go back." ] She took the tablet and teleported herself into the world. She walked through the castle halls, and she couldn't piece it together, but she did see new people in the castle she's never seen before. Odd... And a pig. Why was a pig around?
For the two past months, she had been trying to gather memories, trying to put it all together. His eyes, his eyes must have been teal. They must have done the ceremony. She always kept it on, finding that when she took it off, she felt less of a connection and unable to remember him as much. She had grown tired, and in tears not being able to figure it out everything or where he was, or if this was even worth it. She didn't even know how she died.
She was walking in town one day, and went through the town that had the glowing fountain. She took a seat and wished she could find what she was looking for. A memory bounced. She stared at the spot beside her. They had been sitting here. She remembered...him sitting beside her, him looking at her but she couldn't really remember his face. She patted her own head. He used to do that too before didn't he?
Tears would flood whenever she would remember something she had forgotten. What was his name... What happened? How was he like? Did he treat her well? Did they have fun together? Were they really close? Considering they kissed and she felt teary every time she thought about it...she had to assume they had been close.
Three months in, and she was in the winter world in her cabin, opening up a book. Sometimes, she'd feel a shot of emotion or coldness, heat, or pain at times that came from her bracelet, which was odd. But the ceremony would have linked their emotions, pain, to each other. It made her feel...as if he was somewhat still here. Her AI had been working on something and he transformed himself into something human. She doubly blinked, setting the book on her lap and saw the dark hair, the teal eyes. He looked familiar... [b [#00cca3 "What..." ]]
'This is how he looked like Aether. I can't hold it for long.' He spoke, but it wasn't Soren's voice, it was her AI's.
She doubly blinked, [b [#00cca3 "Really?" ]] Her voice shredded, [b [#00cca3 "I recognize him. Do you think... Do you know how he was like?" ]]
Her AI began telling her a couple of things, before Aether got a headache and he had to stop. 2 months later than that, she finally found a hidden note she set. Soren: and then his number, and location. She head immediately to the resturant and pulled out her phone that she placed for this world, that would only work in this world.
[i ' Aether. You might not remember me, but I just wanted to say hi. How are you? I really hope you're feeling much better' ]
Her eyes widened. How hadn't she found this before. Was it him!? [i 'Hi, I am ] She typed before she realized she didn't know what to type. She kept on changing her text around, until she just end up with 'Hi, I've been okay, could be better. I'm trying to remember stuff. Are you him? Who are you? I don't know what you mean, how did I feel before?' She sent it and felt regret, that maybe she should have said something more, or less. What if...he wasn't in this world anymore.
He knew he was going to be separated from her the moment that she disappeared in his arms. He just knew that things were going to end soon. He had to remember this. Remember this moment, the sunlight, the scent of the flowers, and the way she was here beneath her. This was Aether, the girl he really liked, cared for, and he would really give his life away for her. He didn't really know how else he was going to save this person in front of him.
He brushed her hair back and leaned in to kiss her, but what felt like warmth was slowly getting colder. Slowly disappearing. His arms around her didn't feel tight anymore. It was more loose, more free. She was separating from him and he couldn't stop it. He couldn't hold on. Soren began panicking, gripping onto thin air for dear life, but it just wasn't working. He did his best to try and tighten his grip, but it just wasn't working.
He balled his hands into fists and he was left with holding nothing but air. Soren just sat in the field, feeling empty. He felt so....lonely. He's never felt so lonely before and it was making him really upset. HE had no one now. No Aether.....what was the point in being here in her world? She wasn't going to be here. He could only trust in the words that she spoke when she said to meet up at the cabin in the winter world. To go to the bar. He had her phone number, but if he texted her would she remember?
Soren teleported back to Avalon, sitting at the edge of his bed with his arms wrapped around his legs. He didn't know what he was going to do now? HE had to find her again, but what if it took years? What if it took longer than the last time? He didn't really know what to do or where to start. He eventually passed out for the night, waking up in the morning feeling empty. His chest ached, the room was spinning and it just felt like there was a huge whole in his chest. What was this? Why did he feel this way? It felt really bad.
He looked at his tablet, scrolled through his pictures with her and then he found her number. Soren sent a message to her, wondering if he'd even get a reply back as he took out his phone. [i Aether. You might not remember me, but I just wanted to say hi. How are you? I really hope you're feeling much better] he left it at that and then he sent it.
His AI was sitting at the edge of his bed and staring back at him. She looked sorry, but now that she was back into a flying orb, it felt like that time when it was just him and his AI. [b [#F78F18 "Is there a way we can talk to her?"]] he asked his AI, but she just shined a light to his phone. He really hoped that it would work.
After two months, Soren was feeling really empty. It's been lonely the first month, but he was getting back into his normal hobbies. He was working as a hacker, gaining information about certain people and then getting paid for it. He would fill his mind with work so that he didn't have to think about Aether, but it was getting to him at night. He remembered the warmth he felt when she hugged him, touched him, and kissed him. He wanted that all back.
During the days, he would do missions to get money again, visiting Wonderland all over again, but the red queen was always there. He'd go to the winter world and soon enough it was beginning to snow again for the coming of winter. Soren would wait at the bar, but there just wasn't anything he could really do. The women were interested, but he wasn't. He take a few drinks, sometimes find himself waking up in the snow on the way to the cabin. IT was rough, but he still tried to go and visit those places once a day.
A warmth she's never felt before until she met him. There was something real about how he looked at her with those beautiful teal eyes, or when his arms wrapped around her, when he patted her head and gave her the exact comfort she needed. The feeling that with him, she could never grow lonely. It ached so bad knowing what was going to happen next.
[b "Okay, do that. I'll...try to do the same. "] Aether's voice cracked when she spoke, her throat raw and dry. She said it, she thought this was love. That had to be the word for it. She even shared her body with him. She stopped breathing when his eyes grew really wide. Maybe he didn't felt the same, and she couldn't blame him one bit. But it didn't matter, because it was what she thought she felt. She leaned in and wanted to kiss him, but when her lips touched, everything in her mind went blank, the reflection of sunlight dying, the scent of flowers shut off like a switch. It was painless, but she still felt this burning ache in her chest.
[b [i Initiating Re-birth ]]
[i No... ]
Images flashed over her head, the cold wind whipping at her when she was falling. A boy walking to the edge when her back landed against the pavement. Teal eyes. ]
[b [i Deleting files. ]] It began going through a number of files to delete, one by one she was forgetting things but...
[b [i Unable to delete files in AI system. Unable to Encrypt. ]]
When she opened her eyes, her head was resting on a pillow that felt familiar to her. But her eyes were blurry, and she didn't understand why until she felt the tears pour down her cheeks. Why was she crying? She wanted to cry, and she didn't know why. Did something happen?
Aether slowly sat up and looked down at her own body, dressed in what she would wear over at another world...and a bracelet. She squinted and didn't understand where she'd got it from. She wiped her eyes, and looked around the room. Wonderland. She was in wonderland.
Her AI popped up in front of her lap.
[b "Hey...I don't really know why I'm crying. But I'm okay." ] She nodded. He squeaked to her, 'Aether, I'm sorry.'
[b "Why?" ] She frowned her voice breaking.
"I didn't safe you again." Her AI squeaked to her again.
[b "I don't get what you mean... I should probably go to the castle today, and play around a bit. That was the plan coming here." ] She recalled.
'Aether no, you have to remember something! You met someone, but you don't remember. You don't remember dying and I can't show you it.'
She didn't get what he was saying. [b "I never died..." ]
'You did. That's why you're sad.'
She doubly blinked and didn't understand. He turned into a tablet but when he tried to show her the pictures, her mind went fuzzy and she got a headache that she had to stop. She remembered sunlight, and the scent of flowers, and this soft feeling on her lips. She touched her lips... Who had she kissed? She couldn't remember, and it was making her frustrated. Like she had to remember. How could she not remember...something so...something.
He wrapped his arms around her waist and just didn't want to let her go. Her warmth and how comforting she felt against him made him really happy. All he wanted was to stay by Aether's side. [b [#F78F18 "I don't want you to disappear either. I'm sorry for what I did....I just panicked and I really wanted to save you"]] he frowned, biting down on his lip and then he just tried to forget about that for now. Soren wrapped his arms around her waist and then he leaned in for a kiss.
He met her eyes and could see that she was trying her best to stay composed. It was hard for the two of them because she really was trying. He rubbed the top of her head and then he just stared at how beautiful she looked right now with the sun shining. Soren pulled her into a hug and then he heard her say she wanted to be his girlfriend and also to test the limit.
He did want to try it with her before they left, so he agreed and then he leaned in, meeting her lips once more. He returned her kisses and then he pulled her closer to him. Soren met her eyes and then he pressed his lips a little harder, letting his tongue glide in past her lips and then he let it touch hers. He pulled her in and then when he felt her hands on his chest, he felt a little nervous, but the more she said they should take their clothes off, the more he listened.
[b [#F78F18 "Okay, no one's back here anyway"]] he told her, slowly lifting his shirt off and then wondering if she wanted to take off her shirt? Soren lifted her shirt slowly and then he managed to take it off. He couldn't feel embarrassed right now, especially knowing that it was his last time with Aether. He really did want to do it with her.
HIs arms were so warm, and cozy. It wasn't the same when she was being hugged by an AI. It felt...different. It felt so right, and it was so wrong to have to part from him. [b [#00cca3 "I want to recognize you... I...memories of Leto are fuzzy. What you did was horrible, but I can't be upset right now and I don't know the situation." ]] Her head dipped down but he leaned in and kissed her. She wanted to hold onto him forever if she could. Her chest ached. They got a basket of food, and made it to the meadow.
The way he smiled melted her heart. She squeezed his hand, [b [#00cca3 "I don't want to forget you." ]] She cried, her voice cracked. She shook her head, not wanting to be crying right now. This was it, she didn't want to spend the last few moments for who knows how long or forever crying. The weather was just perfect, they sky blue, with only a few clouds in the sky that were shaped into whatever she wanted it to be. She took out a sandwich but, her chest was aching. How could she sit here and just sandwiches until she shattered in front of his eyes. She tried to picture Soren shattering before her eyes and could only guess how much it would hurt.
He looked confused... He must have not wanted that, and she could more than understand that. She bit on her lip. He wanted to be, and she wished that maybe they could have been sooner. Her eyes lit up when he said he wanted to. She hadn't been ready that night, but this was the last time she may ever see him. If not now, maybe never. Aether nodded, [b [#00cca3 "I want to try..." ]] Aether leaned in, feeling him return those soft kisses that she knew she would miss even if she might not remember him exactly. His arm went around her and she squeezed his hand back.
She released a breath when he pulled back, their eyes locking on each other for a moment before he was back to kissing her, harder, kissing her like he had last night. She felt his soft tongue lick and she parted her lips to invite his tongue in and glide with hers. She sucked gently on his lip, holding back the emotions that were making her chest ache with pain. He was here with her, warm, perfect. When her eyes slightly opened, she would see sunlight peak through . Her hands went over to his chest, [b [#00cca3 "here?" ]] She whispered in between there kisses, [b [#00cca3 "Should we do it here?" ]] She felt shy about being bare in front of him but, it was now or never. [b [#00cca3 "Soren...let's take...our clothes off.]] She whispered, She didn't know how long they really had and didn't want to waste a single second. Her fingers went to the end of his shirt to lift it up. Oh, what a nervous wreck she was inside.
He couldn't help but tear up. He was going to lose someone that was really important to him. She probably meant the world because of how different she was. She was....real. Soren didn't want her to leave, to separate and have her lose all of her memories. If he could, he'd even drain his own life force to save hers, but he knew Aether would never accept that either.
He didn't think that he could move on after her. She was the only person he wanted to be around. She was fun, sweet, pretty, and just amazing at what she did. She was so unlike anyone else and it made his chest sink just thinking she was going to disappear and forget him. It made him upset. He really didn't want to be alone for the rest of his life, let alone for another ten years, or another month. He was having so much fun with her and he enjoyed every moment.
He heard her say she'd remember him, but he didn't know. Her tears made him hug his arms around her more closely, his hands rubbing her back. [b [#F78F18 "I know. I just want you to recognize me and not think that you spent all that time with Leto"]] he told her, leaning in for a kiss. He followed her lips, tasting and trying to remember how warm and comforting she felt so close to him.
He held her hand and grabbed the basket of food, leading her out to the flowers. When he sat down, he smiled [b [#F78F18 "I'll miss you too Aether. I'll never forget you"]] he promised her and then he kept her hand in his, pulling out a sandwich and eating beside her. He looked at all the flowers and just tried not to focus on her disappearing. He didn't want to cry in front of her again.
When she spoke, Soren glanced over at her, a little confused. Did she just ask him to test the limit? [b [#F78F18 "I do want to be your boyfriend if I can. I want to"]] he told her, wondering if they really should test it. He did want to with Aether before she left. [b [#F78F18 "If you really want to. As long as you want to try Aether"]] he felt her lips press against his and then he smiled. SHe was being so daring today, getting so close so easily. She wasn't even hesitating. Soren knew the circumstances and he wanted to just spend more time with her being this close. He kissed her back softly, his lips pressing against hers and warming her up. He let his hand wrap around her more, his other hand squeezing the hand he held.
His teal eyes met her own as he pulled back and then he leaned in once more, kissing her a little harder, his lips pressing against hers, tracing her lips as he let his tongue lick her bottom lip, wanting to touch hers.
Their eyes were both filled with tears. Being alone again didn't seem like an option, being without him sounded like she was sentenced to hell. How was this any fair? Why? Why did she keep dying? [i I'm still not strong. ] She hated the thought of Soren tormenting himself everyday to find someone that he may find in ten years or never. Her throat locked up and the horror kept sinking in with each second. For the rest of her life...she may be alone, without him again. She shook her head, [b [#00cca3 "I'm not going to forget everything about you. I'm not. I remembered your eyes, I remembered some things like how I became queen. I can remember... I can." ]] She sobbed. Her AI appeared and he whined, resting against her back, wanting to help. He remembered last time, how much of data was wiped... maybe he could do something about it this time. He was programmed to protect Aether, to keep her happy and keep her company, he recognized Soren as an important part, seeing the happiness when she got when they were together.
She took every second down when he was kissing her, hoping to remember how it felt to be kissed by him. How it felt to be near him, the special scent Soren gave, the way he breathed and looked at her, or patted her head.
Her fingers went into his hair and she nodded. A picnic... She got up and thought it was a nice idea. What a good place to be, by flowers, and the water, and Soren. She squeezed his hand tightly, cuddling up against his arm. She looked up at the sky and knew it would happen again...She didn't want to leave so bad.
She clung onto Soren like a little child. She heard Bacon's oinks, and owndered if she would forget Bacon too. She felt him rub against her leg, and she bend down and rubbed her back. [b [#00cca3 "I'm going to miss you." ]]
She sat down and the food was ready. She thanked the chef and stayed close to SOren, hands still holding on, not even letting go once. She sat down with him on a picnic blanket, in this beautiful field filled with flowers. This was it... She might never be with Soren again, and who knew how much she'd remember. The wind made the trees and flowers sway, it smelled good. She leaned into Soren, hand still holding firmly. She pulled out a sandwich and took a bite. If this was it, then... She turned to Soren and them met him in the eyes, her cheeks little warm, [b [#00cca3 "Soren, I want to do it. I want to do with you. I want to test the limit...before I...go. I want to know what it's like to be with you like that, or what it's like to be your girlfriend for a bit." ]] She didn't hesitate to say it because there was no time. [b [#00cca3 "If you want to. If you think it'll emotionally hurt you more after, than...it's okay, I'm just happy to be beside you." ]] She felt afraid that she'd never get the chance.
[b [#00cca3 "Will you...?" ]] Her forehead creased, not wanting it for lust, just wanted to be with him. She leaned in slowly and brushing her lips against his, before pressing them against his softly, giving him a kiss.
He was holding her so close that she was practically pressed up against his body. IT just wasn't fair that he had to lose her like this, not after he tried so hard to find a cure. Usually if he was strong enough, he'd be able to do anything, but it just wasn't enough with Aether. He heard her say the horrible things that he didn't want to think of, but were true. Even he was starting to lose hope even if he didn't want to. For the first time in a long time, he was giving up. What more could he do in this situation? Their only hope as Leto, but he already shattered away....not, he had to say goodbye to Aether for real.
[b [#F78F18 "I'm going to look for you everyday Aether, because if I don't who will? You'll forget all about me again just like the last time and it'll be my job to find and remind you"]] he told her and then he felt the tears just build up in his eyes. [b [#F78F18 "I'll do what I want"]] he stated simply and then he hated hearing that they'd never find each other again. He will. He felt it. He felt like he was supposed to find Aether.
He had a frown on his face, his lips pressing against hers and feeling that familiar warmth a last time. HE kissed her, held her in his arms and felt his heart aching again. He felt her fingers through his hair and then he met her eyes. [b [#F78F18 "Let's go have a picnic? We can have one in the garden with all the flowers? That would be nice"]] he rubbed his eyes and sniffled a little before he held her hands in his.
[b [#F78F18 "Let's forget about this for now. You have pictures of me on your tablet. Your AI knows me, and you have my phone number. I'll try and find you in Wonderland because that's where I know you'll be"]] he kissed her cheek and then he walked with her in the castle. Soren requested that the chef make them something really tasty and to put it in a basket. He saw Bacon coming into the castle oinking as Soren smiled and patted his head. He jumped onto Aether and rubbed her leg.
When the chef finished up, he held onto the basket and waited for Aether. IT was probably going to be their last meal together and last day together. Hopefully nothing was taken away from her. He wanted her to have his sword, to be able to keep it, along with those pictures they shared. Would she really forget him?
It wasn't fair... She felt him holder that much closer and she felt terrified of not remembering anything clearly and seeing her own body scattering and raising. The tears flowed, [b [#00cca3 "You're not...going to be with me" ]] She shook her head. every day? She remembered soon enough when Epius made her swallow that. Every day, he'd look for her every day. She shook her head, [b [#00cca3 "No, you shouldn't...that would only torment you. Let me find you then...if I remember." ]] She couldn't believe she had to let him go already. It had only been a short time that she's spent with him...this wasn't fair.
He held her tighter, and she did the same thing but nothing was going to stop this from happening. She wiped her eyes and knew how much he must have wanted to save her.
She saw tears welt up in the eyes, and it killed her to see him cry. She held him, not wanting to let go, not wanting him to be crying about her. She shook her head, [b [#00cca3 "I don't want you to... I don't want you to live everyday thinking I might come back because that's not fair to you." ]]
Then there was the list of things she hasn't done with him. The list of things they could do, and the memories they could built. The new happiness she'd get when she was someone just like her, and liked her all the same. "We might never find each other again. I don't want to forget you." She sobbed, meeting his eyes and shaking his head, [b [#00cca3 "I don't want to forget anything about you. I wish... I wish I could hold on to it." ]] She felt like she couldn't breathe just from the ache of her heart.
[b [#00cca3 "No, no, you didn't let me down. You didn't let this happen. I don't..want you to see me shatter." ]] She whispered the last bit. She saw him rub his eyes and she wanted to wipe those tears for him. She buried herself into him for a second, and when she lifted her head she found his lips. She kissed them, paying attention to the shape of them, the softness of them, and how he kissed her. It felt warm, comforting, and also made the ache grow.
Aether held onto him and let her fingers go through his hair, [b [#00cca3 "I know." ]] She looked up into the sky and knew that time was running out. Only a few hours...maybe less. [b [#00cca3 "If you want to see me shatter, we can at least do a few things, right? We can, we can...have lunch together, we can see something, go on an adventure or we can just stay together somewhere, and talk." ]] Her voice broke a little, [b [#00cca3 "We can fun before then...right?" ]] Her voice meek.
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