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He didn't understand why she was so embarrassed of crying. It felt so real. Real, raw emotion that was portraying that a person really felt sad. He understood why she was upset, so he didn't care if she cried. It was just something natural that people did. He saw her crying and holding her close made him feel like he was able to comfort her more and calm her down. He heard her talk down about herself, but he didn't really get it at all. He really didn't think it was a bad thing.
He rubbed her back and then he kissed her forehead, [b [#F78F18 "I told you Aether, it's really okay. I don't care if you cry or break down, this is serious and it's going to be even more weird if you didn't cry at all"]] he frowned and then he watched her at least smile up at him. He wanted to see her smile more, knowing he could at least lift up her mood when he could.
Soren walked with her inside her room and then he used his AI to change into some shorts and a shirt. When he sat down at the edge of her bed, he faced her, laying on his side as he heard what she said. Did she really want to kiss him again? His eyes widened at first, but then he nodded and then he leaned into her. He faced her ruby eyes and then he leaned in slowly, holding her hands in his. When he closed his eyes, he pressed his lips against hers and then he kissed her softly, meeting her eyes once more.
He shook his head [b [#F78F18 "You're going to be my girlfriend soon. Whether you want to or not, I'm still going to ask you"]] he told her, leaning in to kiss her lips again, unsure if she wanted him, but he did it anyway.
She always crashed and burned so easily. At least, she felt like she did. With the tears and the embarrassment of Soren having to see her cry. A part of her wanted to tell him to leave her be so she could cry but, she was too emotionally drained to get upset and didn't really want to yell at him for something that wasn't his fault. She felt his arms around her, having him comfort her. Only her personal AI had ever really comforted her. She shook her head, [b "I am. I get upset about things so easily." ] She whispered.
She hung to Soren, feeling so weak and so scared. She sat back eventually, and noticed him meeting her eyes. She didn't know how he was okay with breaking down. It was probably really turning him off about being with her. [b "It isn't but it's no excuse to break down like this. I promise I won't do it again." ] At least not in front of him. She nodded [b "I think I'll be okay." ] Probably not... She watched him lean in, her eyes widening a bit and then she felt him kiss her forehead. He was...sweet.
She managed a slight smile. She got up and head over inside, using her AI to change into a night gown. Soren...what if she never got to kiss Soren again. What is she forgot him. She crawled into bed and waited for him, wandering if he'd come in. It felt weird sharing a bed...but she didn't want to lose sight of him. She stared back at him. [b "Soren...can we kiss again." ] She said quietly, getting as daring as she could possibly be. [b "I want to do what I can before everything...if anything happens." ] She felt like she had to accept her fate but every time she got close to thinking about it, she felt like panicking.
Her fingers searched for his, to hold his hand, finding some comfort in it. Her Ai snuggled into her neck, and it also calmed her down. What if she...lost her mind before it even took her away, or she forgot him before all then? [i Don't think about it. ]
[b "I'd be a horrible girlfriend wouldn't I... I'm such a child." ] She sighed, whispering mostly to herself.
He really did want to do whatever it took to save Aether. He wasn't going to lose the girl that he met as a child. The girl he instantly clicked with. She was everything that he knew and he wanted to stay beside her. Her personality, her unpredictability, and just the fact that he never knew what she was thinking was something he clung onto.
When she spoke, he sighed a little and could understand where she was coming from, but if it came down to the fact that it would be Leto in order to save her, he would do it. He frowned and then seeing her look so panicked and afraid. It upset him to see how she was so scared. The reason was the reaper, but they couldn't face something that powerful again. He didn't want to risk it, so they just had to lie low for a while and try and make things work out.
Her tears made him upset. He wanted to stop them from flowing. He wrapped his arms around her, trying to comfort her, but it didn't seem to be working. He let out a deep sigh and then he shook his head [b [#F78F18 "You're not weak Aether. Everyone has weaknesses. If you need to let it out, I'm here to listen Aether"]] he looked down at his food, taking in small bites, but he wasn't really that hungry at all. He held his breath and then he looked up at her ruby eyes.
[b [#F78F18 "If you want me to, of course I will. If you need to break down you can Aether. It's not an easy thing to go through especially with so much at risk. It's understandable. I also want to make sure you're okay"]] he leaned in across the table and then he pressed his lips against her forehead. [b [#F78F18 "Come on, let's just head inside and you can relax. Let's not try and think about this too much"]] he tried to tell her. Tomorrow he'd see if Epius has something else in mind. If they really couldn't do this....Soren only knew one way to save her.
He was really thinking about sacrificing Leto... He had done nothing to them and pushing her own fate on someone else seemed a horrible thing to do. [b [#00cca3 "No, it isn't but that doesn't mean I have the right to push my fate on someone else that doesn't deserve it." ]] She shook her head and ran her fingers through her hair. She felt a rush of panic hit her. She didn't want to be apart from Soren, she didn't want to forget or vanish. What if they just asked Leto? No... No, she couldn't ask that.
The emotion took over, and he hadn't left. She couldn't hold it anymore, the tears were flowing out and she felt horrible. Still... Still she was such a crybaby. She heard his voice, feeling patting on top of her head and listening to her AI also try to calm her down. She didn't know what other method they could possibly use. She sat back down on the chair, and held her face up with her arms but also covered her eyes. What now, what now?
Aether raised her head, [b [#00cca3 "No! We can't do that to someone. Soren we can't... I guess I'll just hope Epius finds another way."]] She breathed out. Unsure of what to do... She saw the food below them but wasn't feeling so hungry anymore. [b [#00cca3 "I'm sorry, I'm always so...weak."]] She whispered, hating how she cried. That's why she had wanted him to step out so she can safe herself the embarrassment. [b [#00cca3 You should eat. " ] She let her arms drop and rested her head on her arm, looking out and staying quiet. He didn't want to lose her...either.
As she was lost in her thoughts, she decided, [b [#00cca3 "Soren...sleep with me tonight. Promise I'm not going to breakdown this time." ]]
He could see her enjoying the view and when she would glance over at him, Soren would have a smile on his face. HE really did like the way she looked at him and it was one thing to be in her world, in her area instead of his. This was the place Aether really liked to be in and he enjoyed staying at her side. He was going to do whatever it took to heal her back to normal.
When he told her about what Epius said, he could see the emotions take her over, the sadness and panic in her eyes. Was she thinking of the worse case scenario? HE really was going to make sure they found someone. Even if it meant he was going to be a bad guy, he was going to do it. When she looked confused, he shook his head [b [#F78F18 "How is it not fair? It's not fair that someone is trying to take your life away!"]] he tried to tell her, but he could see she was really freaked out by this. THey needed to figure out something, but she didn't want to sacrifice anyone.
Whoever this new guy was, maybe he should be the sacrifice for them to stay together. HE'd always come back somewhere else anyway. At least he thought so from meeting Aether again. When he hugged his arms around her, he could see she was letting out her tears. HE understood she was scared and it was the reason why he wanted that reaper to hurt him instead. HE couldn't stand seeing Aether afraid like this in a world she built for herself.
[b [#F78F18 "I know. I'm scared to be separated from you, so I'm going to make sure we find a way to fix this"]] he looked down at her and then he patted the top of her head, letting her let out as many tears as she wanted. He looked out at the view and let out a deep sigh. [b [#F78F18 "We'll ask Epius if there's any other way. If not....I really do think we're going to have to do something about Leto because I'm not losing you"]]
"It is..." Aether gently smiled, staring out in the view, and taking a seat. She liked how happy he looked when he was staring out into the view. She never thought she could share this view with anyone again, but, here Soren was. The bad news came in like a tsunami, the emotions overflowing. This was it. She was never going to see Soren again, she was probably going to forget him. What if she never came back? What if she really did die this time?
She couldn't kill someone, drop her own fate on someone else. "What?" Her jaw dropped a little, "Soren, you can't sacrifice someone innocent. That's not fair." She shook her head. Even if she'd rather pick the two of them than this stranger but that wouldn't be right. She was getting far too upset. She hadn't released any tears yet buts he wanted to, and she didn't want him to see her cry. "Figure out what... The other solutions are 80 percent myth. I don't know how we'll figure this out...and you don't know if I will. I'm don't want to..." Her lips waivered. She wanted to cry so bad but she didn't want to cry right here in front of his eyes.
She shook her head, figuring she need time alone, but he wrapped his arms around her waist and she couldn't stop the tears from flowing. She covered her face with her hands, and kept wiping her tears away, "I'm scared Soren..." Her voice muffling in her hands. She leaned into him and felt so lost and cried quietly. [i You're such a baby. You're embarrassing yourself. Stop crying! ] But she couldn't, it just kept going and going and she didn't know how to make the tears stop. She didn't want to be alone again, she didn't want to make Soren feel horrible when she vanished either. This wasn't fair. Her AI kept petting the top of her head, while he sat there, squeaking to her, speaking to her mentally.
[i ' I will help you Aether. We will find a way. It's okay, you'll be okay. Soren said he'd help. ] He'd keep trying, hating to see her cry, wanting to take care of her like he always had. Aether hung onto Soren back, holding on tightly and pressing her face against her chest this time. She could cry like this for a good while.
When she brought up the food to her room, Soren followed after her onto the balcony, holding some of the food for her as he set it down on the table. He sat across from her and then he wondered if she was feeling okay. He was really worried about her and he didn't want her to be struggling so much for their sake. It was unlucky that she was the one that was poisoned. Soren wished it was him instead so she didn't have to go through all of this.
[b [#F78F18 "This place is beautiful. We can even see the waterfall and mountains from here"]] he told her, looking out and then pointing to the view. He smiled and the he ended up telling her about what Epius told him. They needed to sacrifice a person that could travel between worlds. Didn't that mean someone like them? Where could they find one? Would he have the guts to even do such a thing? For Aether, he really would.
[b [#F78F18 "I know you can't Aether. I think....I can"]] he told her, looking back at her and seeing her tears. It made him really upset because he didn't want to see her crying at all. Soren frowned as she spoke, and he shook his head. [b [#F78F18 "We still have time AEther! We'll figure this out somehow"]] he tried to tell her, but then she would look away. [b [#F78F18 "You're not going to die. We'll fix this!"]] he frowned, seeing her slowly begin to hide away from him.
[b [#F78F18 "Aether....let's just try and think about this"]] he asked, seeing her whisper. She wanted to be alone? But he really wanted to be with her. [b [#F78F18 "But....Aether"]] he called out, walking over to hr side and then wrapping his arms around her waist. He really wanted to help her somehow. He didn't want her to be afraid. He was going to do anything to cheer her up or make her feel safe.
[b [#F78F18 "You won't be alone. I'll find a way to fix this"]]
Aether brought up a tray of food up to her bedroom. She opened the balcony door, there was a small table outside of the balcony where they could eat. So, she set it up there. She turned her head to Soren's voice. She nodded [b "I'm fine. Just...not sure if I'm hallucinating sometimes. " ] She shrugged. Ahh, she hoped they figured out what she needed to sacrifice too. If it was an animal, then so be it. That would be the best option. [b "We can eat by the balcony, we can eat while having a great view." ] She smiled brightly and walked closer to him, seeing him sit down.
He was frowning... Why was he frowning? She smiled to know that Epius figured it out...but then. The blood drained out of her face. What... What? She held her breath and nearly felt her eyes water. How in the world would she be able to do that!? She sat down on the chair by the table and her head dipped forward. So...it was for certain now. She wasn't going to be with Soren anymore. She was going to shatter, forget him...and be alone again. Her heart was pounding hard against her chest.
Her voice broke, [b "We can't... I can't sacrifice someone innocent, someone like us. I can't do that." ] She shook her head. She doubly blinked, trying to hold back the tears, [b "I'm not going to be with you anymore... I'm going to forget you. " ] She met his eyes and then looked away.
[b "We won't see each other. What if...What if I'm permanently gone, what if this virus makes me really die?" ] Her lips waivered feeling the fear sink in deep. Her fingers curled, feeling terrified, wanting to scream. She hid her face in her hands. [b "I'm only sixteen, it's not fair." ] What now? Should she go back to Epius and demand for another cure even though she didn't know how he could possibly get one.
[b "I need to be alone..." ] She whispered, wanting to cry in her bed and not have Soren here or see her.
He wouldn't have it any other way. He agreed that they were dating because they really did narrow it down to the fact that they were going on dates, so they were dating. It wasn't official yet or anything, but he did want to be her boyfriend as soon as she was okay. He told Leto they were and when he smiled and said it was cool, he wondered if he really believed it was cool.
Aether answered his questions, making him sigh as looked up at Leto. He didn't want to tell the man their whole back story. All he wanted was for him to stay as long as he needed and then leave. They didn't know where he was from, what he was really doing here, or how did he even find this place. It was a little suspicious, but Soren did his best to pass it off as they were tired. He looked at Aether and noticed that she getting a little irritated.
He told her he'd help her, unsure if she really wanted his help, but he noticed she didn't really want to talk to Leto anymore. Once Leto was shown to his room, he followed Aether up after grabbing their food. He stayed in her room and then when saw Epius, he listened to him and frowned at the news. Where were they going to find a sacrifice?
He thought about it and remembered Leto.....but he couldn't harm someone he just met. He needed to talk to Aether. So when she came up, he helped her with the trays and then he sat at the edge of her bed. [b [#F78F18 "Are you feeling okay Aether?"]] he wanted to make sure before he sat down.
[b [#F78F18 "I spoke with Epius. He told me that we need a sacrifice for the cure. It has to be someone like us. That can travel between worlds"]] he told her, frowning and then then he took the tray, taking a bite of the stew the chef had made. [b [#F78F18 "I know it's hard to find one of those, but I really want to help you. Leto might be someone that can fit what Epius says, but I don't know how you feel about that"]]
It was great to hear that Soren agree that they were dating. It made her smile a little too much, so she tried to contain herself after.
"Oh cool," Leto managed a smile, "Was it recently?"
Aether shrugged, [b "Yes and no." ] She wasn't too sure about him, but she hadn't been sure about Soren either. Soren had even gave her this horrible feeling when she saw him, and he turned out to be fine. Maybe Leto was okay too...
She wasn't feeling the best... Leto frowned, "Is there any way I can help?"
Aether shook her head, [b "No, it's fine. Help me?" ] She raised a brow to Soren. He made her sound like she had this horrible illness that was going-oh wait. It kind of might just kill her and than revive her and possibly forget him again. She sighed, not wanting to be treated like she was helpless. She heard Soren's whisper and she gave a quick nod. [b "Yea, we can bring up dinner. Leto, I can show you to a room, go right there after dinner, okay?" ] She got up and waited for him to get him.
He instantly got up, "Thank you, thanks a lot for letting me stay."
She didn't know how he got here in the first place. This place had never been on the map, even when there was people here, just because it was meant to be one of the locations a person would stumble upon or have to search to find.
Aether shrugged [b "Just don't cause problems and don't go outside." ] She walked up the stairs and picked a room and opened the door for him, [b "You can stay right here. Don't roam around after dinner, or I'll have to kick you out." ] She then looked back at Soren [b "I'll go get us the food, meet me in my room." ] She head downstairs, her AI curiously looking at Leto on the way.
Epius had found Soren, but wondered where Aether was. "I found some new information. Pass it on to Aether," Epius spoke and glanced over at Leto and stared at him, "Who are you? Step away, this is a private matter." He waited till Leto was out of sight. He then leaned in and Epius was quiet, "In order to cure Aether, a scarifice is needed but not just an ordinary one. A sacrifice of a human that can travel between worlds. I don't think we'll be able to find that... I'll keep looking but you'll need to tell her the bad news because I won't be able to do it."
When Aether was looking so skeptical about meeting this guy, Soren stepped in to try and help out. He didn't really know if this man was trouble either, but he must have been here for a reason. They couldn't just close the door and leave the guest outside. These were reasons why he opened the door once more and spoke to the man. When he saw his watch transform, Soren didn't know if they should even be talking with him anymore. It was odd to think that a person like him just would show up at their doorstep as if he had been stocking Aether.....wasn't this a place she created on her own? Soren couldn't even spot anything on his map that would lead to this place. How did this man get here?
He saw the man touching Aether's shoulder and then she mentioned that she's seen him in Wonderland with her before. She's never mentioned this guy before. Maybe he wasn't anyone important? He listened to him and explained about the festival they went to in a little more detail, but felt that his experiences with Aether should be more private.
When he heard something horrible happened, was he talking about Aether and him? When she disappeared? He wondered what he meant by same. LIke they were all three non AI's?
When he asked, he heard Aether say they were dating and he nodded, wanting to make that clear to the guy. [b [#F78F18 "Yeah, we're dating"]] he told him, wondering if he knew what that meant. He kept asking about them and Soren wondered why he wanted to know. Maybe Aether's gut was right and they shouldn't be doing this right now. [b [#F78F18 "We met at the festival in Wonderland...but I think that's all we can talk about for now. Aether isn't feeling well. You can head upstairs to rest for the night, but I'm going to help her now"]] he told him and then he leaned into Aether.
[b [#F78F18 "Are you okay Aether? We can head up to the room and you can just rest. We can even bring up dinner"]]
Aether stood a good distance from the guy, even as she was sitting. She didn't know him, and she didn't know if he was trouble. Aether sighed, it didn't seem like Soren was going to remember where he saw the watch. It must have been somewhere much more futuristic though. Aether end up chatting but felt pretty suspicious just because he was like them, and she had a virus in her and she wasn't sure if this was real.
He touched her shoulder and she saw a young boy in wonderland with her, telling her not to throw a rock. Odd... She backed up and frown. huh, how could she had forgotten that? It didn't seem like...it was a memory but it must have been. Leto listened to them explain how they met, but Aether left it vague to 'In wonderland, at a festival.' Aether doubly blinked when she looked back at Soren. Not remembering how she met Leto at all.
"We met in wonderland too. But, something horrible happened, and we were separated, I'm sure that's why Aether doesn't remember anything."
Aether raised a brow. Just how often has that happened to her? Did she have two accidents? How could her kid self be that reckless. She rubbed her head [b [#00cca3 "I don't remember any of that... The same thing happened with Soren. I remember a bit about Soren." ]]
Leto's eyes widened [b "Really? So the three of us are the same. Isn't that great?" ]]
Aether nodded slowly.
"Are you two..." His voice trailed on, looking back at the two.
Aether blushed a little, not knowing what to call their relationship. [b [#00cca3 "I'm... I'm dating Soren. Right?" ]] She looked at Soren to make sure he wanted to say the same thing.
Leto narrowed his eyes slightly and tilted his heads "Really? When did you two meet up again?" He asked and Aether frowned. So many questions, she just wanted him out, until she was sane again.
He did want her to relax because the entire day was spent with her being really stressed out. He saw her smiling and Soren really did love her smile. She looked adorable most days, but her smile made her really attractive. He really did like it. They were playing the piano and Soren actually had someone that could listen to him play and give him an honest opinion. She wasn't an AI, so any kind of criticism he got was going to be real.
He played the songs he really enjoyed and she praised him, making him really happy. He soon heard the door and then he walked towards the door and looked up to see the tall, male with the blonde hair. He could see that Aether was on guard, but he didn't really know why she was so afraid. IT wasn't until he saw his watch and when the door closed he faced her.
[b [#F78F18 "Maybe I remember seeing it somewhere, but I can't pin point it"]] he told her before letting Leto in and then heading into the kitchen. He took a seat beside him and when his focus went on Aether, he wondered if there was a reason he was so focused on her or if he liked her.
When the two had their conversation, he was sad to hear that he was staying the night. Why? Didn't he have his own place to stay? The more he talked to Aether, the more he didn't really like where this was going. He then touched Aether and when she said she saw him, he narrowed his eyes. She said she didn't know him? When did they meet? Did they have a history?
Soren looked at Leto and let Aether explain how they met and he would fill in the details. He basically told him about Avalon and Wonderland. Then he looked back at him [b [#F78F18 "Where did you two meet?"]] he wondered, raising a brow.
It felt like Soren knew what to do and say to make her become more relaxed. She smiled, staring down at one of the keys and tapping it [b [#00cca3 "I can tell you do." ]] She turned her head and really liked the expression he had on while he playing. She was at peace, until there was someone at the door.
Instantly, she was on guard. Who knew who this person was, or if she was going crazy. She stood back and had her sword on her back, ready to pull out in case things went south. She nodded, [b [#00cca3 "It did change... Avalon? You think he came from Avalon?" ]] Her throat locked up. She didn't know if she wanted to meet this guy. She didn't know if he was dangerous or not. Or...maybe he was just like Soren...
Aether let Soren open the door, staying back and narrowing her eyes. He flashed a smile [b "Thank you." ] He stepped in and smiled gently at Aether but Aether kept narrowing her eyes, making sure he wasn't going to do anything. She walked into the dining room, took a seat and decided to let Soren handle it.
Leto frowned, [b "Oh... Are you sick?" ] He met Aether's eyes.
Aether shrugged [b [#00cca3 "Maybe, maybe not." ]]
[b "Actually, Aether can I talk to you for a bit later? I don't think you remember me, but... I want to tell you something important." ]
She shrugged, [b [#00cca3 "Maybe later." ]] She didn't know this guy. She stayed right close to Soren, staying real close. The chef was just finishing making dinner for them.
[b [#00cca3 "Will you be staying the night?" ]] Aether asked.
"[b "If...tha's okay." ]
[b [#00cca3 "Fine but...you can't leave the bedroom until morning." ]] Aether stated and felt a bit of pain in her head when Leeto reached out to tap her shoulder. She backed up, and an image popped up of a young boy in wonderland, blonde. She...never remembered this before. She doubly blinked, [b [#00cca3 "I think...I saw you. I don't know. I lost some of my memory from when I was a kid..."
[b "When did you two meet?" ] Leto looked back at the two.
He knew they were risking a lot staying together, but if they weren't together, he knew she'd probably in trouble without him. He couldn't have her hurting her own self. If she disappeared, then what? He could possibly never see her again! He frowned and shook his head [b [#F78F18 "I think it's the other way around"]] he stated, unsure if she'd be upset because he said that, or if she'd think of him differently. He just wanted to be at her side, to not lose that friend
When they were both sitting down at the piano, just relaxing and playing songs. Soren showed her how to play a few songs and then he would listen to her try and play them back. She looked determined to be as good as he was and he didn't doubt it. Aether could be good at anything that she did if she really wanted to. He showed her another song, seeing her play and then he laughed when she started pressing random keys as he played his song.
[b [#F78F18 "THanks! I really do like playing the piano"]] he admitted and then he saw her get up and head to the door. When he followed after her, looked up at the guy with the fancy watch. He was much taller than Soren, but he couldn't really tell if he was a good or bad guy. WHen he saw the door shut, he looked over at Aether. [b [#F78F18 "I don't know who it is, but something's not right. HIs watch...I've seen it in places like Avalon...but then it changed....like our bunnies"]] he told her and then he opened the door again.
Leto? He looked like he wasn't going to harm anyone, but when he looked at Soren and then back to Aether, he wondered what he was thinking. He saw the jaguar and kept his AI behind him in his back pocket. When he heard AEther, he nodded and looked at the male. [b [#F78F18 "You can come in. We're about to have dinner soon"]] he said, seeing that he looked really excited to see AEther more than anything and that part made him wary.
[b [#F78F18 "Don't bother Aether though. She's not feeling very well. Let's have a talk at the table"]] he led Leto into the dining area and then he took a seat across from him, leaning into Aether [b [#F78F18 "It'll be okay. I can talk if you want. YOu can step in only if you want to"]]
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