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He nodded his head, seeing that she was amazed by what he enjoyed doing. When living in a futuristic society, there were only a few things that one could do in order to rule the place. One was hacking, the other was making or designing stronger robots.
[b [#F78F18 "That's really cool Aether, you're like a super hero getting rid of all the bad guys"]] he heard her say he was cool and then he smiled up at her, glad she thought so. To him, he wanted Aether to still like him, to still admire him and look up to him like when they were little. [b [#F78F18 "I don't really know, but I've seen a lot of AIs with girlfriends and they're always together"]] he told her, then telling her that he she was his girlfriend. [b [#F78F18 "Good friends"]] he smiled and then he didn't realize why she was turning red. Maybe she was still cold?
The only relationships they really had were with AIs. They didn't really have anyone else and it upset him because he couldn't do a thing about it. It was easy to tell if a person had emotions compared to an AI. They were also good at faking it, but Soren always had a way to feel lonely even with them there.
[b [#F78F18 "I just run away because all they want from me usually is to hold my hand, maybe a kiss, but then they take me to their house...sometimes they do things...that's way out of line! I don't want to talk about it. It's disturbing because I never thought that's what it meant"]] he told her, still being very vague, but he thought that maybe Aether would get it.
He grinned at her words [b [#F78F18 "Me too. Having you around is really comforting"]] he sat back against the couch and then he laid against the arm rest. [b [#F78F18 "We can always go tomorrow. Let's just have your legs heal first. I know a dish that will make you feel good too. I saw a neighbor cooking it. It's called Chicken noodle soup!"]] he told her, drawing it on the table and then seeing two warm bowls appear.
Soren saw her facing the tablet and when she took a picture, he then held up his. [b [#F78F18 "Can I?"]] he snapped a photo and then he wrote a few words down and saved the picture. He sat down with her and offered her a bowl and put on another movie. It was beauty and the beast. He stayed a few feet away from her, but then he smiled [b [#F78F18 "If you're tired you can rest. I know your legs should be fine tomorrow"]] he patted her head again and then he looked back at the screen, eating up the warm soup that filled him up.
[b [#00cca3 "Computers can do all that?" ]] That was pretty amazing. She barely has gone on them. Aether smiled and nodded, [b [#00cca3 "I do. Only...badly ruled ones. Really? I think you're pretty cool too." ]] She felt pretty lifted to be cool by him and she wasn't really sure why.
Aether nodded, [b [#00cca3 "It makes more sense for 'girlfriend' to be a girl that's a friend. I think the version of girlfriend in the world's I visit are a lot more sweeter." ]] Her red eyes widened, and her cheeks instantly turned red, [b [#00cca3 "No, no! -Oh. Okay. Yea, we're friends." ]] She saw how much he was grinning and she sighed. It was a good thing he appeared so oblivious to her reactions.
AI relationships were pretty important since it was the only relationships she could have, but then even then. If she dated two AI's in two separate worlds, it wouldn't count as cheating. She did have some attachment to some AI's, but there was always something missing. Aether shrugged, [b [#00cca3 "Some AI's make it seem like there really is emotional connection. What kind of superficial things? How come you run away from them?" ]]
He put a smile on her lips when he said she was doing a lot, even if she didn't feel like she was doing enough. She nodded, [b [#00cca3 "Being around you makes me happy too." ]]
Guess, that meant he was older. That wouldn't help with him treating her like when she was a kid. From now on, she felt like she wouldn't feel so alone. Having Soren here made her feel like everything would be okay. Her eyes lifted up to the TV he turned on.
[b [#00cca3 "I feel the same way. It's a lot more fun to share the world together." ]] She had a feeling that things weren't going to feel dull and lonely anymore. Her eyes flickered at his, and saw how his expression changed. She liked to think she understood what he felt.
[b [#00cca3 "Then, thank you for inviting me to your home. This world is very nice...comfy to relax in. I would go skating if I could move my legs. Or go to town. It's really bright at night, and the restaurants are amazing. " ]] She sighed, staring down and then recalled that she wanted to do something. She opened her hands for her bunny to jump in again. She opened the tablet and then took a picture of Soren with her tablet, and began writing notes for herself. [b [#00cca3 "If anything were to happen again, I'll have you in here." ]]
He didn't know what her home looked like at all, but this cabin that he purchased was just the kind that he wanted. It looked really nice to him because he loved the view and liked how cozy it was here. It was worth all of his money but it wasn't like Soren was rich. If he saw that his funds were getting low, he'd just do another quest he thought was achievable.
He told her about the quests he did and which ones he enjoyed. The hacking ones were fun because they were like puzzle games. Over the years, he's figured out how to handle them really well by being on the internet. [b [#F78F18 "It's where people try to go into other people's computer to break things or steal things. I do quests to stop them or to do it to steal it all back"]] he told her, knowing it is tough sometimes. There's been a lot of times where he didn't get it and did other quests instead. [b [#F78F18 "Wow you took down kings? I think you like taking down other kingdoms. You're so cool"]] he told her, amazed she could do that. She was a queen after all.
[b [#F78F18 "Mine is just okay. It has what I need. We can always draw more things to make it cool"]] he then started playing a few card games with her as he drank his hot chocolate.
[b [#F78F18 "I guess a girl friend can be a girl and a friend. That means you're my girl friend! My friend that's a girl"]] he grinned up at her and then he wondered about her dates and then the guy that died. [b [#F78F18 "Yeah, I've been on a few dates like that too. They're nice, but in the end you can sense that they only want superficial things. There's not really an emotional connection"]] he told her, at least that's how he felt. They always felt at a distance and some of them felt so much colder than others.
He's been on a few trips to different worlds and felt attracted to some girls. They usually had red hair and were around his age, but they usually didn't really understand him sometimes. It always ended up with him just leaving. His mind was always on finding someone like Aether. Someone that felt more alive.
He finished his hot chocolate and then he nodded [b [#F78F18 "It's different with you. I can feel it"]] he admitted, sighing a little and then talking about family and caring. [b [#F78F18 "You do a lot for me. You're trying to remember and just being around you makes me happy"]] he told her, hearing that she was sixteen.
[b [#F78F18 "I'm older? I didn't know! That's so cool"]] he felt proud to be older, but when he asked her what she wanted, he heard her say him. He didn't know what she meant. Soren peeked up at her and then he heard her say that she liked the idea and then he grinned. [b [#F78F18 "Me too. I don't feel so alone anymore"]] he wiped his lips and then he sat on the couch with her, turning on the TV in the living room and just relaxing, keeping his distance like she said.
[b [#F78F18 "Me? I've always just wanted someone with me. So I don't feel so lonely....but that's why I want to stay with you Aether. You make me feel like....There's someone really there. THat can understand and really talk to me"]] he told her, his facial expression softened and he really did feel happy he had someone to share his home with. Like a visitor. [b [#F78F18 "You're my first guest here"]]
His home, was much more beautiful than hers. She could barely afford this home with the amount she gained through quests. It may be because she didn't really step into the futuristic world.
[b [#00cca3 Robot Hackers? What's Hacking? I think I heard of it, but I don't a hundred percent remember it. Sounds hard... I've taken down kings, and beat a master swordsman, and a couple of other things but... I never did get paid much. Normally when kings are taken down, I just get put through a whole load of problems." ]] She shook her head, and thought about the many quests that the system considered a 'fail' even though she didn't consider it that way.
Aether shrugged, [b [#00cca3 "My cabin isn't anywhere as beautiful as yours. ]] She brought out a deck of cards, and played along with him, while they chatted. There was so much that she didn't know about him, so much to talk about.
Her eyes widened, [b [#00cca3 "Oh. I always found that weird. Because boyfriend has the word 'friend' in it, and when you have a boy that is a friend, what do you call them? ]] The rant slipped out of her, and she went on about what word she used in place of 'boyfriend.' Aether sighed and looked down at her lap.
[b [#00cca3 "Mmm, I felt alone. It made me wonder what's the point. He was a good AI that responded well compared to the other AI's." ]] She frowned. Those next few days were tough, but half of the crying was because she felt alone and missed someone she could hardly remember.
Aether curiously listened. She only gone on dates, drinking coffee, watching a movie, maybe some kissing. Kissing kind of felt good but she normally got too nervous to reach that point often. [b [#00cca3 "Why back at their homes? What did they want? I'm surprised you didn't go on a lot of dates. I don't, because they make me nervous..." ]]
Aether nodded, and finished her last sip of hot chocolate, licking the cream off her lips. He was right. [b [#00cca3 "They don't make me happy either. I feel like I'm watching them...like watching a movie that I can talk back to. It does... I always wonder what it's like to have a mom, a dad, or a brother or a sister. I mean, ones like us. ]] Aether went back to how worried Soren looked, and how he was taking care of her.
[b [#00cca3 "Umm...you're kind of taking care of me right now, and you act like you really care. I really care about you too, I think and I hope I can do as much for you as you already did for me. ]]" Aether smiled, and began wondering how old Soren was. Was he the same age as her? He didn't look younger... Seventeen!
[b [#00cca3 "I'm sixteen ." ]] Aether smiled and then laughed, [b [#00cca3 "Well that's too bad... I'm younger than you. That's what my tablet says too. ]]
Wanted. Wanted... Did he mean stuff? Thing? Or something in this winter wonderland. She blurt out something before she could think, [b [#00cca3 "You." ]] Oh no. Oh no, no, no, no. No. [b [#00cca3 "I mean, the idea of you. Someone like me. ]] Saved!
[b [#00cca3 "But, did you mean an object or something?" ]] She met his eyes. She felt pretty content lately. She had his scarf and beanie, and him around. She leaned far back in the sofa, [b [#00cca3 "Is there anything you've always wanted?" ]]
He thought that maybe if they made a home together, it would end up being like half of it being futuristic, the other having more of an old charm. Aether liked many different things than he did, but he still enjoyed being with her. Her company was amazing to have because he didn't get the same reaction twice and she was hard to read. He knew she was just like him. He really did want to try making a home with her though. The possibilities were endless.
When he saved her from the snow, he set her down in his living room, turning on the fireplace. He wanted to warm her up because she was wearing nearly nothing and sitting in the cold. They talked about their homes and he told her how much it was. Of course it was going to be really pricey because it had such a nice view. He earned that money from doing hard tasks in Avalon. Some of them involved taking down a robotic gang or finding out who was hacking down systems. They were difficult tasks, but Soren was studying what he wanted and managed to learn a few things in detail. [b [#F78F18 "Yea, I've had to track down many robotic hackers. Take down some bad robots that ruled a part of the city....they were all dangerous, but they paid a lot"]] he told her, smiling when she said she loved his place.
[b [#F78F18 "We can even visit your cabin tomorrow if you want. If it's just near here"]] he suggested and then he saw her drawing a deck of cards. They ended up playing slap jack first and talked about their lives.
When she said she had many boyfriends, Soren wasn't really that surprised. Aether was pretty. Her shiny hair and her red eyes always caught his attention. [b [#F78F18 "I mean that isn't a friend"]] he asked and then he learned the terms for what you would call a boyfirend in her worlds. Soren wondered if she was sad. [b [#F78F18 "Did you cry when he died?"]] he wondered, thinking about sad it must have been. Well she didn't really remember him either.
[b [#F78F18 "I went on a few dates in the modern worlds. They were really nice to me....they always wanted me to go back to their homes. I didn't really understand, but when I found out I would run away. It wasn't fun"]] he shrugged and then he shook his head. [b [#F78F18 "I'm not married. I've seen a few people get married, but they look so happy together. Those AIs, anything will make them happy, I don't know why those things won't make me happy. I always see them as a family, and it just looked really nice to have. Someone who cares for you and will take care of you. It seemed nice"]] he told her, wondering what it must have been like to have something like that.
He got lost in thought for a bit until he heard her question. [b [#F78F18 "Me? My tablet says I'm seventeen. I don't really know...but I think that's right?"]] he rubbed his head and then saw his bunny nibbling on a cup of hot chocolate with hers. [b [#F78F18 "How about you Aether?"]] he wondered how old she was.
[b [#F78F18 "Is there anything that you've always really wanted in this place?"]]
Aether pressed her finger to her lip, [b [#00cca3 "I wonder how a home we create together will look like." ]] There was a spark of excitement in her. What would it be like to work to create something with someone? There were was so much new experiences that she was going to have with him, and that made her excited to live.
She shuddered. Guns were probably best to avoid right now. Depending on the world, it didn't take that long to shatter in a fight with guns. Although, in some cases, it wasn't that hard to shatter with swords either. Although, she trusted herself more with swords than guns.
The warmth of his scarf, beanie and blanket had calmed her shuddering and nerves. Everything...felt like it was going to be okay now. She took sips of her hot chocolate, [b [#00cca3 "Two hundred grand!" ]] Her eyes widened. She always had some pretty small homes, and the worlds she went to the currency wasn't that high. Her cabin here was a bit expensive to her, [b [#00cca3 "I got mine for a hundred grand. I defeated a king of a elf race, and half of that money went into that. I knew futuristic worlds missions grant a lot of money, but I was never good at them. I like your home." ]] She smiled and looked into the fire.
The sound of Soren's laugh made her feel pretty embarrassed that she had stayed in her bikini. [b [#00cca3 "We could play ne first, and then the other next." ]] She brought out her tablet, to draw a pack of cards, and then her hand movement stopped.
[b [#00cca3 "Boyfriend?" ]] Aether lifted up her head, and met his eyes. She nodded, [b [#00cca3 "I've had a lot of boyfriends." ]] She had thought he meant a boy that was a friend. Then she tilted her head a bit, in thought, [b [#00cca3 "Or do you mean the boyfriend that isn't a friend? The worlds I usually visit, we call them a sweetheart, lover, beau or darling. In that case...one. For a day. But he died by the hands of his brother. I also went on dates in modern day worlds-I think that's what you call them. "]] She shrugged and sighed.
She finished drawing the cards, as they appeared beside her. Aether blushed [b [#00cca3 "You want a family? I...never really thought about actually getting married. I've had AI's asked for my hand before, but I turned them down. What about you Soren? Did you have uh...a boyfriend? Or think about getting married?" ]] She figured he might not be as nervous around girls as her, so he could have plenty of girlfriends, ro even test the limitations removed at sixteen. She didn't really want to know about that part. Wait. [b [#00cca3 "Soren, how old are you?" ]]
He didn't know why she thought her home was odd. He didn't think her ideas or her place was bad at all. Aether's ideas were different than his and that amazed him. She liked the natural and more her style homes. Soren liked the homes that were more modern and filled with technology. He thought that they'd stay together for a while, so why not make a home together. [b [#F78F18 "Ya, then it'll have what you and I both like?"]] he smiled decided that was what they should do.
[b [#F78F18 "I am good at guns, but I'd rather not risk hurting you either"]] he told her, nodding his head. He didn't want to be the reason why Aether shattered.
When they teleported to his cabin, he looked around and tried to find her. He remembered how in Avalon she appeared somewhere close, but not exactly where he was. Soren hurried through the snow, trying to find her until he spotted her in her bikini. He hurried to her side and then he wrapped his scarf and gave her his beanie. When he brought her home, he sat beside her and watched her make hot chocolate, looking in amazement. He smiled brightly and then he took a sip and got whipped cream around his face. He thought about how she had a home close by. Why didn't he see her anywhere?
[b [#F78F18 "I bought this place for about two hundred grand a long time ago. It's easy to make money in futuristic worlds since everything is so expensive. But I like it as my getaway place"]] he told her, knowing that he did work hard on his quests to get what he wanted. He sometimes went to a school with AIs, but lately he's preferred his tablet teach him instead.
Soren warmed her up with a blanket and then he laughed as she spoke [b [#F78F18 "Well I didn't want you getting cold"]] he told her, thinking about what they could do together. [b [#F78F18 "Ooh, we could play slap Jack, or go fish!"]] he told her, knowing he's played that before. [b [#F78F18 "I would like to know more about you though. Like if you've ever had a boyfriend....or if you've ever thought about getting married. I always see some AIs with a family...and it makes me want that too"]]
[b [#00cca3 "My homes are always a little odd, so I'm not sure you'll like it too much." ]] Aether tilted her head and shrugged. She grew quiet. A home that they shared together. What would that be like? To live with someone.
Aether smiled, [b [#00cca3 "We could." ]]
Guns sounded like a bad idea. Her eyes widened, [b [#00cca3 "I thought you were good at using guns! I think...I'm going to stay away from futuristic worlds for now. It feels like there is a higher risk of dying." ]] She didn't realize it that might be because she was used to fantasy based worlds.
She teleported, and her worst fear came to life. Soren wasn't here... She was alone again. She couldn't see him around her, all she felt was the cold biting at her skin. Her fingers gripped onto the snow on the ground, ignoring her bunny jumping on her lap, trying to get her attention.
Her name was called, and she called his name back. Soren wrapped his scarf on her neck and gave his beanie. It was warm, and cozy, like him. Aether took his help, wrapping her arms around him, helping her gain body heat.
Aether grew comfortable on the sofa. She still shuddered and sneezed now and then, but she felt a lot more warmer and toasty with the fire and the clothes. She knew she was inside now, but she didn't want to remove his scarf or beanie yet. He wouldn't leave her... She smiled. [b [#00cca3 "I won't leave you either." ]] She watched him take off his coat, still dressed so warmly. Aether stared into the heat of the fire, when she felt a warm hand pat her head. Only Soren ever did that to her,
Aether nodded, [b [#00cca3 "I'm okay now." ]] Her body was calming down and the shock was wearing off. She opened her tablet, and lifted her head and met his eyes. [b [#00cca3 "I'm glad you found me. I was about to look for you too. Hmm...really? So, that's where we went, Avalon. The same thing happened there? I guess that means it'll always happen." ]]
She drew hot chocolate for them, with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Aether stared down at her tablet for a second, wondering what could her tablet turn into her for this world. Where was this world? She checked through and realized that she's been here, she had a home here. Aether smiled and saw the options her bunny could turn into, in this world, she decided just to let it remain a bunny but in white.
The hot chocolate tasted sweet, warm and amazing. She exhaled, and listened to the music that followed, just at the right volume. [b [#00cca3 "I have a home in this world too." ]] She nodded about the hot chocolate. Soren sat down on the floor and talked about his own. Her eyes would direct to each door, and thought the deck was nice. [b [#00cca3 "It's a really nice home. Really? How much work did it cost you here? Mine is smaller than this. I don't really cook much either... I just draw it, unless there's some kind of quest, activity points, or my tablet tells me to do for the day." ]] Her tablet did make her do homework which was a pain in the ass. She had an option to go to a physical school too, but she normally preferred a hands on experience.
He wrapped a blanket over her shoulders, and she hugged it closer to her body, [b [#00cca3 "Thank you." ]] Her cheeks were already red from the cold, but his words made her pretty embarrassed. [b [#00cca3 "I...Well...I was still thinking. I was about to change but you distracted me." ]] That seemed like a somewhat good answer. She really enjoyed the hot chocolate, and by now she calmed down.
[b [#00cca3 "Do you want to play a game? Maybe a card came or a board came-have you heard of those? We can talk more about each other too," ]] She suggested. She really felt comfortable here.
He did have a few homes in secluded areas. Some he drew from scratch, others he bought or worked hard to get. He liked homes that fit the area. It did make him fit in if he wasn't trying to hide himself either. [b [#F78F18 "I can't wait to see some of the places you have too. Since we'll be together, maybe we can find a cozy place we both like too"]] he liked the idea of having someone else's input also. Aether's home in Wonderland was amazing and inspired him as a kid to try new ideas.
He thought about her homes and new they would probably be the exact opposite from his. He was excited to see. [b [#F78F18 "If you're around I'll definitely make sure you're nowhere around my aim. I wouldn't trust myself if I lost you because of that"]] he shook his head and then he watched his AI getting along with hers. Maybe they were comfortable around each other now.
WHen they both teleported to the snowy area, Soren was in his cabin, looking around and not seeing Aether at all. He grabbed some comfy clothes and then he headed outside, the cold wind and falling snow covering the area. [b [#F78F18 "Aether!"]] he called out, walking down the streets and trying to get a sign of a red head anywhere. He ran up and down the streets, passing by other cabins until he spotted a girl in the snow in her bikini. Just like when he saw her on the bridge in Avalon, she looked so worried and afraid.
Soren hurried up to her and then he heard her call out his name. He saw her in her bikini and then he wrapped his orange and black scarf around her neck, along with his black beanie with an orange puffle at the top of her head. He lifted her into his arms and then he carried her back towards his cabin, helping her inside and then setting her on his couch by the fire. [b [#F78F18 "I won't leave you again"]] he told her, turning on the fire as he took a seat beside her, taking off his coat. He was left in a black knit sweater and jeans as he sat beside her.
He patted her head [b [#F78F18 "You feeling okay?"]] he asked, wondering if she was hurting or was too cold. [b [#F78F18 "I was afraid I lost you, but I was determined to keep looking. I knew you'd be somewhere around here like when we went to Avalon together"]] he smiled when she spoke about hot chocolate.
Soren grabbed the remote and turned on his stereo, playing some music as he looked over to see her drawing. They had hot chocolate before them and when he saw the cup, he smiled, shifting to sit on the floor in front of her.
[b [#F78F18 "Thanks. It looks so warm and cozy"]] he took the cup and then he took a sip, getting some whipped cream on his lips as he licked it off slowly. He peeked up at Aether and then he smiled [b [#F78F18 "Well this is my cabin. There's a bedroom, the living room, bathroom, and a nice deck to see the lake. There's a kitchen too, but I haven't really cooked anything much. I bought this place not too long ago"]] he drew a blanket and then he wrapped it over her shoulders. [b [#F78F18 "You shouldn't be wearing a bikini in the snow"]] he laughed, just joking with her.
Maybe they had a couple of things in common. [b [#00cca3 "My homes are located in secluded areas too. Well, there are some that aren't but my favourite ones are secluded," ]] She smiled thinking about the many homes she created or bought. Although, they were expensive to buy. [b [#00cca3 "I want to see more of your homes... I wonder if they look like mine."]]
Guns weren't her best friends. The pain from her tail was wearing thin when she talked to Soren. It kept her mind away from the throbbing and made her smile to hear more about a person like her. Aether nervously laughed, [b [#00cca3 "Some do but some never respawn. But I guess if it happens to you too then maybe I'm no horrible... I hope" ]] What if she would accidentally shoot him? Definitely avoiding the use of guns.
Their AI have matured. She hadn't tested if Soren's AI would bite her but she didn't really want to.
In a cabin, alone, with Soren? She's never been with a boy AI long in a room or well almost anyone. Has Soren allowed a lot of AI's around him? Did he get interact a lot with AI's? Was he going to find her strange? Would he expect her to behave like an AI? [i You're going to do this. ]
Aether said all that to herself before a cold breeze and temperature bit at her skin. Her teeth chattered and all she could see was pine trees and more snow, a lake.
[b [#00cca3 "Soren?" ]] Nothing but a wild wind could be heard. Her body was stiff, in pain of the cold and the horror that the must have split. He was gone. She panted and felt reality drown in on her. Her bunny jumped on top of her lap, offering to turn into a tablet to help her warm herself. But she was lost in thought.
Alone... Again. It could be years if not ever if she saw him again. [i I don't want to be alone. I don't want to be alone! ] she kept screaming in her head. Wanting to cry. Her eyes turned red and tears were threatening now that she was alone. Maybe he was still here? She released a few tears. Maybe she needed to find him. But her legs hurt and she could only twitch her toe. Maybe a sled would help? She could look around like that.
In the silence, she heard her name and his voice. She lifted her head and saw his face. She cleared her eyes. The weight on her shoulders lifted. [b [#00cca3 "Soren." ]] Her voice gentle in relief. She felt a scarf wrap around her and a beanie on her head. She blushed but was relieved and wanted to cry because she was happy to see him. She wouldn't though, not in front of him.
The way he looked at her reminded her of how a worried parent from TV would panic when they were looking for their kid. This time, she didn't care because someone cared about her.
[b [#00cca3 "I'm okay. I'm really glad to see you, thought you...were gone again." ]] She wrapped her arms around him and again, forgot she could change clothes cause she was still trembling from the fear if never seeing him-or it could have been entirely because she was freezing to death. With Soren's help, she was on the sofa, by a warm fire. She had her bunny turn into a tablet and change herself into a big warm dark red sweater and a pair of leggings and fuzzy songs. She kept the scarf and beanie on. She sneezed and looked over at Soren. Feeling embarrassed for needing his help so much. [b [#00cca3 "Thank you...a lot. I was really cold." ]] And scared. She stared at the fire, feeling the heat on her skin and her body still trembling a bit from the cold.
She couldn't remember feeling this before. Wanted, cared for... This felt like a new feeling. Sure she got it with AI's too but not strong like this. [b [#00cca3 "I didn't scare you too much that I would be gone did I?" ]] She wanted to stop being so down and worried, so she thought of something. She always tried to cheer herself up.
[b [#00cca3 "Hey, why don't we get our selves some hot chocolate and play some quiet music? I can draw the hot chocolate out ]]" she smiled and brought her tablet but her hands were pretty numb and shaking a bit but she manage to draw them hot chocolate. The she looked at his cabin and realized how cozy it was.
He saw her closing her eyes and then he kept a smile on his face. He really did want to go to a cabin with her and just have her relax and heal. The thought of going to the snow and staying at his cabin with her would put a smile on his face, but he didn't know how Aether would feel about it all. He really wanted to spend some time with her though and have her getting used to him being there.
[b [#F78F18 "I like small places too, but most of the homes I made are in very secluded areas. Like the beach, the snow, in the forest....actually I like having nature around me too, just with less AIs"]] he thought about it and wondered what her homes looked like.
He explained to her how he was used to using a gun. In Avalon and other futuristic worlds that was the weapon people carried. It varied from intense guns to lasers, to tazers and creative ones. Soren's played with a few of them, but even he had his favorites. [b [#F78F18 "I've killed a few AIs too. They respawn anyway, so there's nothing to worry about"]] he looked at his bunny eating with her bunny. At least they were getting along. He remembered when his AI bit her, but now it looked comfortable.
He gave her a potion and then he sat beside her, seeing her legs slowly heal. Soren showed her the map where his cabin was and then he hoped that she wouldn't mind just staying with him.
He nodded his head and then waited for her to count down, reaching out to hold her hand in his. When he hit the teleport button, they both disappeared and ended up in the snow. Soren was in his cabin in just his trunks. He put on a pea coat and had a scarf and boots on. He looked around the area, not seeing Aether and remembering this was just like when they were kids.
[b [#F78F18 "Shit"]] he muttered to himself as he headed outside. [b [#F78F18 "Aether?"]] he called out, running around the streets and the area. He was looking for her, but he couldn't find her. He ran down the ramps closer to the frozen lake until he saw a girl in just her bikini in the snow. He ran up to her [b [#F78F18 "Aether! Thank god"]] he moved towards her, wrapping his scarf around her neck and then putting a beanie on her head. He lifted her up into his arms, remembering her legs were still healing and then he made a run for it towards his cabin.
He entered inside and then he sat her down on the couch by the fireplace. He added some wood and turned it on, seeing the flame light.
For a moment, Aether closed her eyes and remembered what her cozy cabin, by a fire felt. She loved the way it felt on her skin, and seeing the snow outside, but there was always something missing. Always someone missing. She smiled and met his eyes, and nodded, [b [#00cca3 "My favorite types of homes are small cozy ones surrounded by nature. It would be nice, and I could definitely relax there." ]] That was definitely the spot she wanted to be right now.
Aether leaned in, the interest showing her eyes, her lips parting. She didn't know too much about futuristic worlds. She never did very good with them and they had such strange items. Like a floating flying machine. She didn't get how somethings o heavy could go up into the sky. Yet, magic made perfect sense to her.
[b [#00cca3 "I'm pretty bad with them. I mean I can shoot, but I've killed AI's on my team before...by accident." ]] She shuddered. She really wasn't the best when it came to wars with guns. She was more of a warrior than anything else. It put a smile on her face to see her AI eat an apple with Soren's. They were getting along, that was good. She did remember Soren's AI biting her though. Aether winced, feeling the spark of pain from her fin. She changed it and realized the problem of travelling to her home.
Aether lifted her head and saw a potion. He knew how to make them too? Or maybe he bought them. There were a few magical worlds that used potions. Or did they have that in the futuristic ones too? She shrugged, and jugged it down, hoping it wasn't poison.
[b [#00cca3 "Thank you." ]] She looked down at her legs, and knew she shouldn't expect she'd pop up back to hell the next second, but she saw her legs were healing at a steady pace, and she knew that by the end of the day she'd be at full health.
Soren offered her the location of the cabin. Aether nodded, [b [#00cca3 "Okay." ]] Aether tilted her head, [b [#00cca3 "Why wouldn't I be?" ]] Was there something she didn't know? Oh but wait... for the night? As in together? Alone? She never had shared her home before, besides when they were kids. She just nodded over and over again, and knew she had to suck it up because she didn't want to be alone forever.
[b [#00cca3 "Ready Soren? Okay, on the count of three, we'll hit teleport. "]] She felt sick. What if she lost him? They must have teleported once before and been okay...so it should work this time. [b [#00cca3 "3, 2, 1.]] She hit teleport and the world shifted around her, until she was sitting down on snow, in a bikini. She should have throat this more through. But first, she looked around in search for him. [b [#00cca3 "Soren? ]]
He didn't want to leave her side because he didn't know what would happen. If there were anything they couldn't do, it was that. HE didn't even want to risk teleporting because he might not end up in the same place as her anymore. That would be a nightmare.
Soren managed to help her beneath the ocean, his arms around her and then he carried her to shore, feeling her hold onto him as well. He set her down and let her rest, sitting beside her and feeding her an apple. He thought about the cabin in the snow and thought it was a good place for her to rest by a fire and seeing the lovely view of falling snow and a frozen lake.
He peeked up at her and then he nodded [b [#F78F18 "You do? Ya, I love watching the snow fall. It's cozy to be wrapped up in a blanket by the fire. I bet you can rest that way and we can figure out what to do from there"]] he suggested, wanting her to get better.
He didn't think she was a scaredy cat, he only thought that it was okay for her to be afraid. He was always scared, but he just didn't show it and he remembered how Aether used to cry a lot when they were kids. He grinned when she declared him as her knight again and then he told her how pretty her eyes were. He saw her look away and then he stood up onto his feet.
[b [#F78F18 "I think I'm okay. I've been to a few futuristic worlds, so I've needed to use them before. I like them"]] he told her and then he looked at his bunny, seeing it eating an apple with Aether's. He saw the condition her legs were in and he frowned [b [#F78F18 "I'll carry you. But first, drink this"]] he held his bunny, revealing his inventory and then he pulled out a potion, giving it to her.
[b [#F78F18 "I carry some around with me just in case. Take it and hopefully you'll feel better"]] he smiled and then he thought about going to her world and then his. They both didn't know how to go to her world. He looked through his library and didn't see her world. [b [#F78F18 "I don't see it"]] he frowned and then he waited for her to drink up the potion and then he looked down at the map. [b [#F78F18 "Here's my cabin. Let's both teleport there for the night and just relax. If you're okay with that?"]] he asked because he knew they didn't want to separate, but he also didn't know how Aether would feel about spending the rest of her night with him in his cabin. It would just be the two of them and she did like her distance.
[b [#00cca3 "Agreed. I don't want to be apart either." ]]
For a few seconds of being dragged into the deep depths of the ocean, she believed that they would be apart. There was no way, she was going to let it separate them. Aether fought hard enough that she disabled her legs. It hurt, but she felt that it was worth it, especailly when Soren came to help her out.
A cabin...by the snow. She smiled, [b [#00cca3 "I have one like that. There's something nice about being by a cozy fire and a cabin, watching winter outside. I would love to go. I bet your cabin is a bit different from mine."]] Aether stared down at her tail, feeling it still throb and regret not packing her personal carrying inventory with her. She didn't think she would be injured in wonderland.
She bit into the apple, finding it tasted really good. Aether frowned, he didn't believe her about not being scared. If she asked for him not to treat her like she was a kid, then she felt like she needed to make sure she didn't look or sound scared.
Aether pat his shoulder, and saw him bring up a small smile. [b [#00cca3 "Then as queen, I declare you my knight," ]] Aether smiled abit more and leaned back, with her arms still holding her up.
Aether nodded, [b [#00cca3 "I do. Really? Mine?" ]] She doubly blinked and blushed when he grinned like that. Aether glanced off, wanting to hide her nervousness.
Her eyes lit up, [b [#00cca3 "Are you really good at using a gun? I mostly stick to worlds where I can use swords, or magic. So, my favorite is swords. It would be helpful to have someone around that can use guns... " ]] She nodded, thinking about the missions in some worlds she couldn't a hundred percent complete because her skills weren't up to par with guns. So, she'd give up on it.
[b [#00cca3 "My house? Oh...yea. We could teleport there, and then teleport to your cabin? I only need to pack up my inventory." ]] She let her hands out and noticed her bunny had been sharing an apple with Soren's bunny. Her bunny hopped into her hand and she changed her fin into legs. Her eyes widened in horror, seeing her legs mostly in pixels. It...really was bad.
She lifted her head up to Soren, frowning, [b [#00cca3 "Would it be okay if you carried me?" She hadn't really heard of wheelchairs. Just...until we get to my house and I can grab the potion. ]] Then she realized, she didn't really know how to share her own personal world to Soren. She frowned, and glanced over at him. [b [#00cca3 "Soren... I don't know how you'd be able to go into the world I created. Can you check if it's in your library?" ]] She opened up her library, and into her own personal tab. Aether hadn't come up with a name for the world yet, so she just named it her name. [b [#00cca3 "If you can't enter it...then, that means I need to go there on my own quickly and come back." ]] But she feared that they'd be sepereated that way.
She shook her head, [b [#00cca3 "Forget it, I won't go. I'll find another way to heal myself quickly. I don't want to risk the chance of separating. ]] Her chest became heavy and felt terrified at the idea of separating again.
He didn't want to be by himself anymore and with Aether, he could end that. It wasn't like he hated being alone, just being with someone else like you was so much better. You have company, someone to talk to and understand you. He liked being with her because she reminded him of that time when he was happiest.
At least she wanted to stay with him too. All he wanted was to be able to stay at her side and be her knight. He always felt like her falling from the building was his fault. Maybe he could make it up to her somehow. [b [#F78F18 "I have all the time in the world. I just don't want to be apart from you"]] he admitted, seeing her get drawn into the ocean. If anything happened to Aether again, he'd be alone, another ten years until he actually found her! He didn't think he could wait that long.
He brought her back to the shore and helped her lay back, adding a lift to her tail so she could rest. [b [#F78F18 "We can just go somewhere else for a while. Maybe to someone's house. I have this nice cabin in the snow. We can go there until you're better?"]] he also suggested, also having something that sped up his healing, but he would go wherever she wanted.
He stayed at her side, letting her take a bite of the apple and then he shook his head. [b [#F78F18 "It's okay to be scared when you're all alone. I think it's normal"]] he sighed and told her that he felt like he failed her. He felt her hand on his shoulder and then he ended up lifting a small smile from her words. [b [#F78F18 "I want to be"]] he ended up smiling at her laugh and then he told her a little about himself. To his surprise her favorite color had something to do with him. [b [#F78F18 "You like them? I'm glad you do. I really like the color of yours too. Your eyes are pretty"]] he grinned, thinking about a favorite weapon.
He always did see AEther eating fruits. Wonderland must still be one of her favorite places. [b [#F78F18 "I like using a sword. But a gun is cool too. I used it a lot in Avalon. I've used a few things to save myself"]] he thought about how she was injured, his teal eyes looking at her tail.
[b [#F78F18 "Should we go back to your house. I want you healed up"]] he took a bite of an apple and then he stood up, dusting the sand off. The beach wasn't as pleasant as he thought it would be. It ended up getting Aether hurt. [b [#F78F18 "Just let me know if you want me to carry you or help you okay?"]]
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