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Soren just peeked up at her and wondered what a giant Ogre was. He didn't really get the creatures she was talking about, but he tried his best to understand. His eyes kept facing her and then he nodded [b [#F78F18 "I hope I don't look like a giant ogre. They don't sound pretty"]] he laughed and then he grinned when she said she liked fried kitchen. He did remember eating it with her when they were younger. She was so helpless back then, but now....she's was so independent and knew a lot more than he did.
He watched her in her bikini and he remembered that he's seen everything before. His cheeks turned red, but he followed after her anyway. He saw the water and jumped right in, playing around and splashing with her, smiling to see her using her magic. It was cool to see her moving the water. He wanted to be able to do that too.
[b [#F78F18 "Snorkeling is where you wear a mask and you can see under water. There's a whole other world down there and it's pretty amazing"]] he told her, knowing there was a lot that she knew that he didn't know.
Siren's and Witches sounded dangerous. All of this mystical creatures that he's never seen before....that's why he liked the futuristic worlds because all you had to worry about were robots. [b [#F78F18 "Hmm, well if they try and seduce me....I'll try and defend myself....but how do I know you're not a Siren? You're here in the water and you're beautiful"]] he told her, not really thinking about what exactly he just said, but it came out anyway. He didn't want to drown though. He really enjoyed the water.
Soren closed his eyes, hearing the sound of her voice and getting a little nervous. She was so close to him and he really couldn't stop his heart from beating wildly. He tried to control his heart beating and then he focused on the flow of water. He stretched out his hands and felt the flow of water between his fingertips. He listened to her and then he could feel the current and something inside of him connecting.
He could feel the currents flowing the more he concentrated, but then he would also lose it too. He tried connecting them back and then he raised his hand, the water slowly following as it raised up as well, but then he opened his eyes and it all fell back down. [b [#F78F18 "Wow this is hard"]] he turned around, seeing how close she was and it surprised him. He fell back into the water, splashing them both as he resurfaced and laughed, swimming around and then he faced her. [b [#F78F18 "You're a good teacher. I think I'll practice more"]]
[b [#00cca3 "Are you sure? Maybe you looked like a giant ogre. I wouldn't remember." ]] Her lip quirked up, and a bubbly laugh came out. [b [#00cca3 "I like fried Kitchen too." ]]
It was unfair that he was this attractive. How unlucky she was that he would be the type to crush her emotions. Soren's teal eyes went up and down on her. Why? [i Who cares. I got permission to stare too now. ] And she did-for a few seconds before diving right into the water.
[b [#00cca3 "Well of course I'm better than you right now, because you haven't even started to learn." ]] Aether frowned. She tilted her head in question, [b [#00cca3 "What's snorkeling? Is that some water activity?" ]] [i He probably thinks I'm stupid not knowing all of this. ] Well, that was definitely one way to make herself appear dumb, when she knew she wasn't.
[b [#00cca3 "A siren or a witch? Sirens are like mermaids...some worlds only have one of them. A siren in this world is half human, half fish, but they have very sharp teeth, and they seduce, lure in people with their songs or eye contact. They drown their victims and well...feed. So if you come across a beautiful girl or boy in the water, get out of there as fast as possible." ]] She nodded, thinking it was very important. The last thing she wanted was him to drown from something like a siren if he chose to swim out into the ocean, or go on a boat.
When Soren closed his eyes, she swam around, but kept on pausing to look at him. It was easy to look at him, or get close to him with his eyes closed since he didn't know that she was staring. She came to him, whispered and felt heart speed up being this close. She gave him more time. [b [#00cca3 "Which direction? Can you tell the difference of the waves when I move and when I stay still?" ]] Her voice soft. And he jumped right into the picking it up. [b [#00cca3 "No...not yet. Just, clear your mind, focus on the water for a bit longer, without breaking concentration. It's not about imagining how it'll move. It's about feeling the currents, and controlling them. The deeper your concentration you're in, the more you'll feel this energy inside of you, and you have to push that to your hands. Our bodies are made up of water, so remember that the water in the pond is also part of us." ]] She didn't know i it would help at all, but she figured it would take a long time.
Meanwhile, her eyes went down to his pants. She remembered it pretty clearly. Her cheeks lit up. What if he opened his eyes? Her eyes widened. THen he notice where she was looking. She quickly looked away and waited until he gave up or give it a break for today. Unless...Soren really got it.
Soren did want her to remember how much fun they had as kids. She was a really close friend back then and even though they didn't spend much time together, he'd always remember the fun. [b [#F78F18 "I think I looked the same. Maybe smaller?"]] he laughed a little at the thought and remembered her saying fried kitchen. He definitely learned it from her. [b [#F78F18 "Sometimes I just think that it's better than saying fried chicken"]] he laughed, smiling as he changed into his trunks and followed her towards the waterfall.
Soren has never spend much time at a place like this. He really has never been to a waterfall this close. It was amazing to see. He held her hand and then he stared at the falling water curiously, reaching his hand out to touch it. The force made his arm swing down and then he pulled back. [i Woah]. His eyes fell on AEther, seeing her looking so attractive in that bikini. She really did have a nice figure. Better than a lot of AI's he's seen.
He followed her into the water, jumping and splashing around, resurfacing as he brushed his hair back. [b [#F78F18 "IT's much more fun to be around someone than to be alone"]] he watched her manipulate the water into a ball and then he kept watching, so mesmerized by her power.
[b [#F78F18 "You're a lot better than me"]] he thought about it and then the places he's swam in. [b [#F78F18 "I do like going to the beaches. I've tried snorkeling and that's fun too!"]] he cheered as he learned about witches and sirens. He's never seen one so he didn't really know what she was talking about, so he nodded his head. [b [#F78F18 "I've never seen one before"]] he rubbed the back of his head thinking if he did.
He did want to try playing with the magic though, so when she told him to close his eyes, he stood still and closed them. He listened to her instructions, breathing in and out easily as he calmed down to relax.
He heard her whisper and when she was that close, his heart started beating rapidly. IT was such a surprise. He tried to calm himself down again, but her voice was so smooth and clear. LIke she was the only one there. Soren tried to focus again, but it was hard with Aether being so close to him, her lips inches from his ear. He tried to think of other things, focusing on the water, feeling it around him. The motions of the current, the waterfall directing the flow. He felt it against his skin and fingertips as he relaxed.
He calmed down and focused more on the water. [b [#F78F18 "I feel the ripples, the movement of the water. It's flowing in one direction"]] he told her, wondering what else he needed to do or what this would even do. [b [#F78F18 "Can I try picking it up or what do I do? Imagine it floating?"]] he wondered, feeling a little excited.
Aether released another gentle laugh, [b [#00cca3 "I remember. I just...wish I remember how you looked like Soren. It's such a blur... It's okay, I still sometimes say fried Kitchen." ]] She believed it was her fault that he called it that to begin with.
She put on a white bikini and took the hand that he offered. She wished she would stop feeling this way, with her heart racing. [i It'll quiet down after being around him a bit longer. ] It would be bad if she started to really, really romantically liked him. It definitely would be. Maybe...it was better if they didn't go on that date. [i I don't want to get hurt. ] She thought to herself when she met his eyes. She took steps into the water, and looked over her shoulder to make sure he was following and caught him looking at her. She offered a light smile and went right into the water. It felt so nice.
She gasped when he jumped into the water, splashing her, and making her lightly laugh. [b [#00cca3 "I agree. I like having someone I can go anywhere, and everywhere with" ]] She floated on her back and as she realxed, she felt splashing. She splashed him right back and manipulated the water.
[b [#00cca3 "No, I'm not that good... I can't do hard stuff. Just mostly beginner stuff. I'm more of a swords persons." ]] Aether watched the clouds move slowly across the sky, [b [#00cca3 "Really? How come? I love swimming in places like this... A pool? Oh right, a pool. Sometimes I forget the words for certain things I'm not usually around. Oh, fun fact, AI girls don't often swim around here In some areas they believe that a woman swimming is a witch or a siren. Well, except in big cities..." ]] She didn't know if he even wanted to know but she figured he might as well learn a bit about this world if they were going to stick around it.
[b [#00cca3 "And yes, I do. I love swimming around in locations like these." ]] Aether stopped floating on her back and faced him. [b [#00cca3 "You can try. But, nothing might happen for a very long time, maybe days, so don't get too frustrated. Some people are talented in one element than another. Let's try this. Close your eyes, and...listen. Really, listen. Focus on your breathing, and listen. I'll give you five minutes of silence." ]] She waited for Soren to close his eyes, before she started counting down the seconds. She began swimming close by, glancing at him and smiled to herself. When the time passed by, she made it beside him and whispered, [b [#00cca3 "Is your mind clear? Are listening to everything. My voice should be crystal clear and loud even when I'm whispering at this point. Now...feel the water, the way it moves. Focus on how it touches your skin, the temperature, and if you notice a change in the waves when something big moves." ]] She didn't know if she would actually help him or if he really was patient enough to learn this.
It put a smile on Soren's lips when she said she enjoyed his company. Did that mean she wasn't upset with him anymore? All he wanted was for them to be getting along and not worrying so much. He saw her watching the stew cook and he stirred it well until it was ready. Soren explained to her about the goggles her wore, putting it on his eyes to show her and then he took them off and offered them to her if she wanted to try them on.
The stew was delicious. It tasted like fresh veggies and rabbit. It could use more seasoning, but it was good enough for him. He just hoped she liked it. Their stomachs were filled and when he heard her talking about the time as kids, he smiled [b [#F78F18 "You remember that? Yeah that was fun. Eating fried Kitch...- Chicken and then being so full with the rest of the town's people"]] he laughed and then he stood up to see what he'd wear.
He changed into some black and teal swim trunks and then he held her hand in his as he followed her outside into the warm sun. [b [#F78F18 "Okay. I'm excited"]] he followed her to the waterfall and then he his eyes would look at her from behind, eyeing her from head to toe in that bikini. For some reason, his mind just went to seeing all of her and his cheeks would burn red. He did his best to shake it away, but then he felt water splash onto him and he laughed. He jumped into the water beside her and felt the temperature change around him. IT wasn't too cold. Nice and warm.
[b [#F78F18 "Yeah, I think I've been doing everything alone for a long time. It's nice to have someone to share it with"]] he swam towards her and then he saw her floating on her back. Soren would splash some waves towards her and he would laugh. Then he watched her manipulate the water as she pleased with her power and he was so amazed.
[b [#F78F18 "You're so good at it Aether"]] he laid on his back and peeked up at the bright blue sky as well. [b [#F78F18 "I swim a little bit, but not too often. Especially not in an amazing place like this. Only in pools"]] he admitted, swimming towards her. [b [#F78F18 "What about you? Do you always swim outside in these nice places?"]] he asked, focusing and thinking about what she said. Maybe he could try moving the water here.
[b [#F78F18 "Can I make a ball of water like that too?"]]
[b [#00cca3 "I am just fine having your company right now. It's more than I thought I"d ever get." ]] Aether lightly smiled, and shrugged. Aether narrowed her eyes at the stew, hoping it would cook faster, so she could fill herself up. Finally, it finished. She set up the table for them, and there AI's, and got really curious about his goggles. She never seen glasses like those before. Actually, she didn't even understand what thermal heat was, but she didn't want to appear stupid, so she acted like she got it.
The stew was pretty good. She finished it all up and smiled when he agreed to learn some. [b [#00cca3 "Alright, then that's what we'll do." ]] A memory came up, of them as kids. She didn't realize she was giggling out loud until he asked. [b [#00cca3 "I just remembered when we were kids, and we filled our stomachs so much that we were laying on the floor." ]]
Aether got up, and she changed into her bikini. Her eyes fell to the hand he offered. Her heart sped up a bit. She took his hand, feeling the warmth radiating for it. [b [#00cca3 "I don't know, but don't get too frustrated, it's pretty difficult to get it right. The key is to have a clear mind, feel and focus." ]] She walked out with him, feeling the sun heat up her skin. She lead the way down the steps, and walked around to the by the water fall. [b [#00cca3 "Here." ]] Then she lightly laughed, [b [#00cca3 "Your majesty? I'm not a queen here Soren." ]] She dipped her foot slightly in the water, [b [#00cca3 "Seems fine." ]] She stepped in and felt the water surround her body. [b [#00cca3 "Jump right in, the water is perfect." ]] She smiled, and then she would splash him with water if he took too long.
[b [#00cca3 "I've been swimming alone here for a good while now, it's actually kind of nice to share." ]] She then decided to float on her back and look up into the blue sky. She tried to focus on the movement the water made, and empty her mind. Then she raised one hand and lifted a ball of water, that soon broke and fell back into the pond. [b [#00cca3 "First lesson about elemental magic, it's not meant to be used as a method to hurt someone. It's about understanding nature and how each element acts. And I do mean the elements like fire, water, air, earth-not the actual elements like H20. But... Ohhh it's so nice here." ]] She got distracted, feeling the warmth on her skin.
She swam to him, [b [#00cca3 "Soren, are you a big swimmer?" ]] She raised a brow.
He's seen many families down the street and has met many brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers. It was saddening to see all of them stay together while he went home alone for the night. There was no reason for him to step in and invade. Sometimes he just felt so out of place, but he got through it over the years. He tried to fill that void with AI's, but it just never really worked. Aether was the closest person he's had to having someone like a brother or sister or loved one. She was just like him and he was thankful he found her again. His long lost friend.
[b [#F78F18 "I think having meals together is really nice. We may not have a full family, but at least we have company"]] he smiled, feeling less alone with Aether here. Still, the two of them cooking, eating, and living together sounded like something that couples would do, but they were just becoming better friends.
As they worked together to make the stew, Soren had the meat boiling. He added the chopped veggies and let it simmer for a while. [b [#F78F18 "Me too. I hope it's okay though"]] he finished cooking it and then he poured them both a bowl and sat down beside her, taking a few bites. He remembered a few of the things she said she really liked and he'd try and get her something like that as a thank you.
He showed her his goggles and then he explained. Here in this world they were just regular goggles. He was glad she liked them because they were his favorites. Soren didn't want to ever lose these goggles because of how much sentimental meaning it had for him.
He ate with her and then he licked his lips. It tasted good to him, not amazing, but good. He took a few more bites since he was really hungry and it filled him with warmth. [b [#F78F18 "Oooh, okay. I want to learn some magic"]] he saw her finish her stew and was glad she enjoyed it. Maybe he wasn't that bad at cooking!
He heard her laughing and he wondered why [b [#F78F18 "What's so funny?"]] he asked, thinking about where they would swim. [b [#F78F18 "Let's head over. I'll go change and then we can leave"]] he let his bunny eat a few more bites and then he turned her back into a tablet and picked out some swim trunks.
[b [#F78F18 "Do you think I'll learn it really fast? I hope so"]] he smiled and then he waited for her, offering his hand so that he could lead her outside. THe sun was shining and when he felt the breeze blow, he waited for Aether, holding her hand and leading her out. He had already forgotten about the fight they had. He just wanted to relax and have fun with her. [b [#F78F18 "So where would we swim? The lake? Lead the way your majesty!"]] he laughed and followed after her.
She wasn't a stranger to witnessing families spend time together in their own homes, having a routine. [b [#00cca3 "I bet it's really nice... Do you think we'd do that from now on? Always sit and have meals together?" ]] Would they have their own home? [i That sounds too much like a married couple. ] Was it wrong for it to be like that and not be that way with each other? Well, it didn't matter. What might be wrong in one world wouldn't be wrong in another.
All veggies were chopped, here comes the unbearable act of waiting. She leaned forward and just had to watch him. Thankfully, Soren give her space to peak over. [b [#00cca3 "I forgot about the part where it has to taste good..." ]] She hoped that it sure did, [b [#00cca3 "We'll definitely hire a cook. Cooking is so much energy." ]]
Futuristic worlds were definitely not her thing, because she didn't understood much from them, but maybe with Soren's help she'd understand more. [b [#00cca3 "Alright, I will." ]] Aether smiled. He wanted to learn about being here too. She was glad they had some similarities.
The question he gave her made her come up with the perfect idea. She would definitely buy him something for his help. She listened very carefully, because she knew it would look weird if she was writing things down. Hold up. Tech!? Ho was she supposed to get that? She didn't know a thing about them. Hmm...swords, shields, weapons, cool gear. What was considered cool gear? Her eyes lifted up to his goggles. [b [#00cca3 "What kind of glasses are those?" ]] And then he answered her question. [b [#00cca3 "That's really cool." ]] She nodded. Talking to him, helped her patience.
Aether leaned in when he offered her a taste, and flinched, [b [#00cca3 "Hot!" ]] But it didn't taste bad, but it didn't taste super amazing either. It was just-good. Aether grinned [b [#00cca3 "Yea, we can do that. I'll teach magic soon enough! Basics first though, for sure." ]] She nodded. She found the plates and set them on the large table. She brought in spoons, some bread, and drinks.
Aether took a seat and ate, [b [#00cca3 "Not too bad. I actually like it." ]] She stuffed her mouth soon after, feeling pretty well satisfied. She leaned back against the chair and decided to give her tummy a break, and then she remembered something in the past. Her, and Soren, when they ate so much and just lay on the floor of the castle. Aether giggled to herself. [b [#00cca3 "Should we go swimming soon?" ]] She asked, watching her AI eat the small bowl of soup she brought over for her and his AI. She took her AI and looked at her inventory, [b [#00cca3 "What...bikini should I wear this time." ]] Aether whispered to herself, and decided to go with a white one. [b [#00cca3 "Maybe I can even teach you a bit about water magic." ]] Aethers eyes lit up.
He had to agree with her because their lives were always in danger, so having good potions on hand would be helpful in any dangerous situation like getting bitten by some wolves. He did agree they needed to relax for once and just enjoy each other's company and just do what they wanted to do for a while.
The thought of having family did make him feel an empty void in him. All he really wanted was to be able to come home to somewhere warm where people welcomed him or needed him there. He did want company, someone that appreciated his existence because it felt so much more comforting to have a reason to be here.
[b [#F78F18 "I do too. Sometimes I pass by other people or see them eating at their homes together. Most of the time, I think that it's really nice to have those people"]] he nodded in agreement. Only his AI had been there with him through thick and thin. He really did love that tablet.
Soon enough, they were in the kitchen, prepping for dinner. They had everything cut and Soren was cooking up the meat in a pot, unsure what he was doing, but he tasted everything as he went. He would glance over at Aether, seeing her chop, her long, red hair reaching down her back and that simple, white bow looked perfect on her. He saw her eyes meet his and then he smiled [b [#F78F18 "Thick and meaty is perfect. I think this is just what we need"]] he told her, looking at her veggies.
He ended up chopping the rabbit meat into little pieces, using the knife and then seeing it cut into little cubes so easily. Everything was then in the pot, simmering for a while and then he felt her beside him as he glanced over. Soren was taller than her, but he let her take a peak. [b [#F78F18 "I think we're doing this right. I just hope it tastes good"]] he told her, thinking about cooking everyday. [b [#F78F18 "You're right. I wish we could just draw what we want here....or maybe we can even hire a cook?"]] he suggested, thinking about these worlds.
[b [#F78F18 "I like the futuristic worlds, but these aren't bad. I like seeing new places, but just let me know if I'm doing something wrong or something I shouldn't do"]] he told her, not wanting to make a mistake here. She was the expert.
He wondered what she liked though. Soren wanted to get her something for helping him on the quest and thought it would be best if he searched around the town for a while. He listened to her talk about things she really liked and Soren thought it would be a great idea to get her one of those.
[b [#F78F18 "Me, well...I like technology, so mostly gadgets and electronics. I do like swords and shields though. Strong weapons and even some cool gear. LIke these"]] he pointed to the goggles on his head. [b [#F78F18 "These can see thermal heat and work at night too. But in these worlds they're just regular goggles"]] he laughed, smiling down at her and then he kept stirring. Even he was getting impatient, so he took a taste and then he offered her a spoonful, wondering if it tasted good. To Soren tasted fine. Rabbit and veggies made a good combination. It wasn't seasoned very well, but it was warm and hearty.
[b [#F78F18 "You want to swim? Can we go like in the lake by the waterfall? That would be cool! Oooh, I want to learn magic too. It's so cool when you use it"]] he admitted, remembering how she saved him with her magic.
Soren soon turned off the stove and put the pot on the counter, looking around the kitchen for some plates.
[b [#00cca3 "Potions. We need life saving potions." ]] She met his eyes and tilted her head, staring up [b [#00cca3 "And maybe treat ourselves." ]] [i I really did want that one property...but, it would be a waste. ]
[i There must be others like us, right? ] She rested her arms at the edge of the balcony. A mom, or a dad, or even just one would be enough. What was that like? What would having a sibling be like? It wasn't fair. She'd trade all of this freedom just to know what it was like. She knew what AI stood for, her tablet explained it to her. [b [#00cca3 "Maybe... I haven't either." ]] She shook her head.
Her ruby eyes widened slightly, hearing him want exactly what she wanted too. [b [#00cca3 "It really would. I hear AI's telling their family they love them all the time, and the kids... The parents raise them. At first I thought it was so weird...because the closest thing I had to that is my personal AI." ]] She definitely loves her AI.
She held her breath. [b [#00cca3 "Uh...I don't know. I think separate showers are the best." ]] Aether nervously laughed until it awkwardly died.
With a blade in her hand, and a vegetable on the cutting board, she was set to not disappoint him. Aether peaked over her shoulder and briefly met his eyes. Her heart pounded, so she quickly looked away and began slicing away. [b [#00cca3 "Thick and meaty, I'll keep that in mind... Could you come and see if I sliced them well?" ]] She shifted a little for him to grab a look.
Aether returned to her duty until she found herself looking at him when he was cutting the rabbit meat. Her body twitched as pain spiked up from her finger. She lifted her finger and frowned at the cut. Shit. She didn't make a sound, instead she just put her finger in her mouth and tried to hide herself from embarrassment. She hadn't cut in much. Aether provided him with the vegetables .
When her shoulder bumped into hers, her heart skipped a beat. Damn it. She didn't want to feel this way! Aether took a step at the side, and leaned against the counter as she watched him stir the stew.
[b [#00cca3 "Is it?" ]] He couldn't mean anything by that. [b [#00cca3 "Mmm, but cooking everyday becomes a real chore. I'm really glad to hear that. These type of worlds are my favorite. I wouldn't know what to do if you hated them." ]] She smiled, and let her eyes fall onto the stew, thinking he would find it weird if she looked at him too long. [i Maybe he might even think I'm clingy. ]
Aether nodded, [b [#00cca3 "Yea, it's not a population of a modern world but, it is considered fairly big here. The king's castle of this country is actually there. I'm not...exactly on his family's good side, so it's best we don't cause trouble." ]] She knew she'd probably have to tell that story sometime but if he didn't ask, she figured she couldn't be blamed for not saying anything.
Somehow, her eyes was mesmerized by his lips, how they moved when they talked. He's seen her, touched her for research, but kissed a girl he didn't even know and not her. [i Well, not like I want to anyway. ] Buy? [b [#00cca3 "Swords, cloaks, books, rare magic items, jewelry but only the jewelry around these worlds. How about you Soren? What are your favorite things to buy?" ]] And then it hit her. She got a great idea! What if-she got him something? Just for doing the quest with her and sticking around?
Aether pouted, [b [#00cca3 "When's the stew going to be done? I want to eat, then maybe swim, read a book or something..." ]] She was feeling a bit inpatient, glaring at the stew, wanting it to hurry up. [b [#00cca3 "Oh! I should probably teach you a bit of magic. Just to defend yourself-but maybe another day. We can relax today." ]]
He thought about the reward and couldn't help but think about what he wanted to do with that money. Sure he was friendlier with the town people and he got a cool spear, specializing in attack damage on animals, but he had so many credits. He could easily buy beach front property with that money instead of trying to build a house on his own.
[b [#F78F18 "I guess it'll be in our savings until we really need it"]] he told her, knowing he had to replenish his supply of potions and upgrade his gear like he wanted to. He did want to always stay by Aether though. It felt less lonely when he had someone that could move through the worlds with him.
Family? HE didn't know if he had a family or not, but Aether's words made him wonder so much. If he did, where were they? Wouldn't they contact them? OR were they just born into this AI world? He didn't quite know at all. [b [#F78F18 "Maybe there is more? We haven't seen or found anyone yet though"]] he thought and then he heard her last statement. She's satisfied with him there but wanted a family? Like a mom dad and sister and brother? Or a husband and a baby? He didn't know, but he did feel like seeing those families walk around for ten years alone made him want one.
[b [#F78F18 "I want one to. Someone to come home to, to give you a hug, to cook and take care of you. It would be really nice"]] he smiled and then he nodded. [b [#F78F18 "We can take separate showers or just look the other way. I don't mind"]] he blushed a little and followed her to the garden, trying to get his mind off of those creatures she was talking about. He didn't know why, but they sounded dangerous, so he didn't want to anger them.
He helped her pick out veggies and when they were in the kitchen, he would glance at Aether, his teal eyes watching her chop up some vegetables. [b [#F78F18 "Well a stew is thick and meaty....so maybe not too tiny, normal sized is good"]] he told her, asking her soon after to turn on the stove.
He took out the rabbit meat and then he started chopping them into small pieces too, using the knife slowly to not cut his fingers. WHen he finished chopping the meat, he placed it into a pot and then started boiling the meat. He would glance at Aether, seeing her so focused on chopping and then he'd smile. It was just the two of them here in this big castle. He could get to know her better and spend more time with her. [b [#F78F18 "It's much better just staying here with you. Someone can help me cook and we can work together to make this place work. It's nice. I'm glad you brought me here"]] he admitted, stirring the meat adding the tomatoes she chopped and then some veggies as well, letting it stir for a while.
[b [#F78F18 "So tell me about the town. IS there a lot of people? What are you favorite things to buy?"]] he asked, knowing she loved the fantasy types of things, but he knew nothing about them. Maybe he could use some of his reward to buy her a gift for saying thank you.
Aether nodded, pressing her lips together and then she smiled, [b [#00cca3 "We did make a lot. What we want to do with that money now... Maybe just safe it." ]] Aether shrugged, knowing she also needed to buy very expensive potions. By the looks of it, they really needed it if they were going to survive and stay around each other. The question was...would these potions work in every world. It didn't always work in all worlds.
Aether sighed, knowing he was very much right. [b [#00cca3 "I don't think I would be able to either. I don't...really remember an exact face. If they exist...I want to find them. Maybe there's more people like us Soren. Well...there has to be right? We can't be the only ones, can we?" ]] Not too long ago she thought she was the only one in the world that could do what she could do, and now there was a second person. [b [#00cca3 "I want to get answers. I want...family. Don't get me wrong, I'm super satisfied with knowing you are here. It really feels like a dream." ]]
If only she thought what she said through before she said it. Her face lit up and she would shyly glance away. [b [#00cca3 "Yea... You'd want privacy too wouldn't you?" ]] She rolled back and forth on her heels.
The view was beautiful, and it really felt like a dream with Soren beside her. [b [#00cca3 "Alright, we'll make stew. I'll help," ]] She smiled. She knew how to cook certain things, mostly stuff that involved cooking in the wilderness.
Aether watched his expression change when she mentioned the fairies and ghosts. Did she spook him out too much? Guess he she shouldn't tell him about the other monsters then...or thieves. Unlikely to happen here though. [b [#00cca3 "Soren, it's going to be okay. Very unlikely to happen here. I'll even attempt to put up the wards if that makes you more comfortable." ]] -And this is why she needed to hire people.
A gentle wind blew their way, her eyes fixated on the plants for a while. She put fruits one basket, and vegetables in the other. The warmth of the sun felt so good on her skin, but her eyes moved away and watched him. Her heart pounded against her chest, it was...weird. But she also liked how it felt. Like this surge of happiness was overwhelming her. She watched him for so long that she spaced out.
She doubly blinked, getting out of her own trance when he spoke. Aether nodded, [b [#00cca3 "Yea, I'll do that." ]] She hand him one basket and lead the way to the kitchen. [i I can't believe this. I'm alone, in a castle, with a guy that is like me. When this ever happens? ] Never. She couldn't hold her smile as she completely forgot about what Soren did to poor Kat for a while. She brought him into the kitchen, light breaking in from the windows. Guess they were going to be having this for lunch.
[b [#00cca3 "How small or big do you want me to cut them? And what vegetables would we need?" ]] She glanced him, feeling the wooden texture of the countertop, while having the vegetable basket sitting on it. Then she remembered, [b [#00cca3 "Oh, if you need to use the stove, ask me I'll turn it on. It's a bit different then stoves in the modern world." ]] Aether brought out the knifes and sliced what needed to be sliced, only hearing the sounds of nature from the open window and the sound of them cooking. It really felt refreshing...and her heart couldn't stop pounding against her chest? Why? Every time he was got to near, her heart pounded. [i Am I nervous or something? ] She frowned and glanced at him quickly again. [i Forget about it Aether. He's just going to hurt your feelings if you date him. ]
He knew that he must have hit a soft spot when he heard her talking about her ex and how much fun they probably had here. He was her 'darling'? That's what she called it. He nodded his head and smiled [b [#F78F18 "We'll be fine. Look how far we've gotten and since we beat that quest, we have so much money now"]] he said brightly.
He really didn't feel alone with Aether. She was here and she felt so real being able to move between worlds like that, or share the same thoughts. [b [#F78F18 "I don't know where they are, but if they're out there somewhere, I don't know if I'll be able to recognize them though"]] he thought and then he thought about the people that left. Maybe they made the right choice. Who wants to be in living in a war zone.
She mentioned the bath and then he smiled at the thought and nodded [b [#F78F18 "I figured you'd want the privacy"]] he thought about that night and how much he's seen. His eyes slowly moved down, but then he turned around quickly and he shrugged.
The view of the balcony was amazing and with Aether's hair blowing and her fantasy attire, she was really pretty. She was unlike any of the girl's he's seen before. He told her what meat he had in his inventory and then he nodded [b [#F78F18 "Yup, I caught a few in wonderland and never really had a use for them"]] he thought about what they could make. [b [#F78F18 "I think we can make soup, or even a stew. I've watched a few cooking videos....I think I can try"]] he told her.
He sat at the edge of his bed, thinking about the fairies and ghosts, but the more he thought about it, the more he was afraid of the unknown. Soren didn't want to stay here alone to see a ghost or have a fairy tricking him. [i Don't eat their food] he thought repeatedly and then he followed her out. He was worried he'd face something unknown.
Soren headed to the back and then he saw the garden that still had vegetables growing. He watched Aether pick out a few and then he nodded. He helped her pick out some veggies and then he put it in her bag. The weather was nice and it felt amazing to be here in nature, rather than the dark and artificial futuristic world.
[b [#F78F18 "I can cook the meat and help you chop the vegetables?"]] he suggested, offering to hold the basket as they headed back.
Aether struggled to pull on a smile, but she did put it on, [b [#00cca3 "Thanks. You went through a good number of loss to then didn't you? But...we'll be okay." ]] She didn't want to butt in and ask him what had happened because she knew it was a personal thing. Things that weren't easy to talk about.
[b [#00cca3 "You think so too?" ]] Her eyes lit up. She really wasn't alone with these crazy thoughts. But if they did have parents. Where were they? They must be in one of these worlds. [b [#00cca3 "If we have parents...then where would they be?" ]] She revealed to him more of the castle, and the bath. [b [#00cca3 "Well, they left for good reason. There was war here, and many homes were destroyed. ]]
It didn't hit her that the bath would be a problem until he mentioned it. Her cheeks warmed up, [b [#00cca3 "Yea, I do... I do." ]] She did feel a bit too shy about seeing him again. She still couldn't believe they did all that.
Aether leaned a little more into the balcony, adoring the view and how peaceful it usually made her feel. She picked up Soren taking off his armour and when he caught her, she quickly and coolly looked away. Once they were in the room he picked out, she peaked into his inventory. [b [#00cca3 "Meat, we can have meat tonight!' ]] Aether grinned and then she thought about it, [b [#00cca3 "What should we make though? ]]
Deep inside, she knew it was wrong to tease him about the fairies and ghosts, but in the case it would happen...at least he'd know. [b [#00cca3 "Fairies here are like little pixies. They're tricksters, and some might even lead you to there circle and if you eat their food, you can never leave. Well...it's almost nearly impossible." ]] She saw how nervous he looked about it. [b [#00cca3 "Just don't follow them, they won't attack. Ghosts...I haven't heard of one being able to physically attack. Most likely, you won't see one. So don't worry too much." ]] Aether smiled and took a step back to head over to the garden. He definitely sounded nervous and freaked out.
[b [#00cca3 "Sure." ]] She climbed down the stairs, and went outside out in to the back, walking further down till she saw the medium sized crop. She bended over and saw that a good amount made it. It must have been the climate. She brought out a basket from her inventory and started to pull out vegetables and fruits that were already fully grown.
[b [#00cca3 "Maybe we could make some sort of soup...or make some fries and cook the lamb. I don't know, I'm not much of a cook." ]] She sighed. Her eyes gravitated off the plants, and onto Soren. It was so surreal. Having someone like her exist, and be here. Who ever thought she'd ever see him again. It made her smile. The weather was just perfect, and it sure was beautiful. It really felt...unreal.
THe castle amazed him so much because it was still quite a sight. The scenery from outside and the only entrance was over the bridge. It amazed him on what Aether called her own home. It definitely was not the home for a single person.
She explained how it ended with her and he still felt sorry she lost him. [b [#F78F18 "I'm sorry for your loss. I know what it's like to lose someone important"]] he told her, remembering an ex girlfriend he once had. He thought about remembering images of family, but he did get a repetitive dream sometimes. HE would try and remember, but most of the time it faded away when he woke up. [b [#F78F18 "I don't like being alone either. I don't think that we started alone. We must have had parents"]] he told her, looking through the books.
He was surprised to hear that the people were no longer here. They all left, but where did they go to? A different country? This place was so beautiful. [b [#F78F18 "I can't imagine people leaving this place. It's so nice"]] he thought and then he followed her to see the rest of the house.
WHen they reached the bathroom, he wondered if they'd shower together. [b [#F78F18 "I mean I know we've seen each other before....I just thought maybe you'd like the privacy"]] he told her and then he nodded to her words. He didn't mind the large bath or doing business in a shed.
As she spoke, he was realizing that it was becoming more of a quest. He did want to help her though. He stared out of the balcony at the green, mountainous fields and felt so relaxed. At the corner of his eyes, he saw Aether looking over at him, making his teal eyes glance over and then he shrugged.
[b [#F78F18 "Let me see"]] he looked through his inventory and found some rabbit meat, carrots, potatoes, even some lamb. He showed her and then he picked out a room next to hers. She mentioned fairies and ghosts and now he was a little worried. Why did he go to places that had those? [b [#F78F18 "Wait...what happens if I follow the fairies? Ghosts? Do they attack if I'm awake?"]] he asked the obvious and was a little nervous.
[b [#F78F18 "I...don't want to be alone. I'll...um help you out in the garden if you want?"]] he asked and then he just rubbed the back of his head and then followed after her. Sure he wanted to rest, but now this ghost and fairy thing....he didn't even know what those were, but he's heard about them in books.
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