• Twenty-Seven --- Conditions

    Pierrot's P.O.V.

    Being like that, seeing all that she suffers, sometimes, I wish I never even bit her in the first place. It's all my fault, let me burn in the pits of Tartarus for this.

    She was really looking happy the next day, she was smiling, and I even caught her whistling at one point as she walked around the castle. I was really glad that she was finally adjusting to this place, it made me think that it wasn't a dream anymore. Sometimes, she felt like my sister, though I have no idea as to why. But it felt nice, though some people would frown at that, since being in love with someone who is your sister or that you think as your sister sometimes is called incest and people hate that or find it gross. Geez, they need to grow up.

    Anyways, she followed me down the cobblestone path that led into the village, which was alive with many Darkness Denizens. They waved at us, greeting us as we passed on foot. We looked at some of the shops, and she even made me stop by a pet shop at one point.

    "Pierrot, look at him!" She pulled me by my wrist, walking to where a pure white half-dog half-wolf pup was in a cardboard box. She pet the creature's head, smiling and laughing. "He's so cute!"

    "You like animals, don't you?" I asked her, kneeling beside her as she nuzzled the pup. Her eyes were shining and she had a slight blush to her cheeks. She looked at me, closing her eyes and smiling.

    "Of course. They're all free." She said with a laugh, unaware of my erratic heartbeat. She looked at the pup. "Can I keep him?"

    I laughed to myself in my head, looking at the side of the box. I heard some of the nearby people talking, but, choosing to ignore them, I nodded.

    "I'm sure he'd be thrilled to be your pet." I told her with a smile. She picked him up, smiling.

    "How much is he?" She asked, looking around. She noticed the FREE PUPS sign on the box, looked at the pup, and hugged him. "I'll call him Azuto!" She laughed, and held out a hand to help me up. She pulled me to my feet, and we continued down the village's path.

    We turned to go towards the forest, passing in front of the Portal to the Light Realm. Kaida continued past a few feet without me, while I hesitated in front of it, looking into the purple mist inside the Portal. The sense of fear and danger leaked out of it, but, thinking it was nothing, I ran to catch up to her.

    And because of that I got us in trouble.

    I heard the hoof before I saw it, but, remembering Queen Nereza's words, I took Kaida and made her hide in a thick bush, crouching inside it with her.

    "Hey, what's wrong?" She asked. I put my index finger on her lips to shut her up, looking through the leaves. She turned her head to look, stroking Azuto on his head, nervous.

    And three seconds later about fifty horses barged out of the Portal, all white as snow. The immortals mounting them had armor, weapons, and ammunition with them, as well as mages in their midst. I noticed the crest of the Queen of the Light Realm on their shoulders.

    Some of the Denizens screamed, running into their homes. The mages pointed their palms at the houses, setting them on fire as they passed by. Kaida tensed.

    "Wait, Kaida!" I yelled, grabbing for her wrist when I saw her going to get up and run.

    "We have to put the fires out!" She yelled, and her eyes were glassy. I pulled her back down gently, but I felt guilty.

    "They're only after you." I told her, my chest in pain for some reason. "Since they don't want you... with me."

    She stared at me, her beautiful green eyes shocked. They filled with tears - she could be quite sensitive when she wanted. But that was probably because her guard was down.

    "What...?" Tears rolled down her cheeks, and she held Azuto close. The pup whimpered, worried. "But I... you're... you wouldn't... you wouldn't kill them."

    "Nor do I want to. I'm not planning a seige. I want nothing to do with the Light Realm, unless it's you. Your mother is here to bring you back, because she still holds a grudge against me." I sighed, closing my eyes. Now was not the time to be thinking of blood. "She doesn't want you near me because she... well, the Goddess gave her a vision a long time ago, that two completely unrelated children born into the Royal family were actually siblings, yet they didn't have the same mother or father. And they... they were Soulmates."

    "But..." She looked down. "Still, you're not evil, I see it in your eyes. You're not evil, not anymore... and you want to be free."

    I wiped a tear from her cheek with my thumb, looking at her softly. I mouthed three simple words to her, unable to say them out loud, and kissed the tip of her nose. I didn't pull back afterwards, just leaned my forehead on hers and closed my eyes.

    "I won't let them control you, I promise." I told her softly. "They'll never harm you."

    She surprised me, grabbing my face in her hands and pressing her lips on mine a little roughly. My eyes snapped open, but I closed them again and returned her rough kiss. I put my hands behind her head, tangled in her soft hair. She sat on my lap, her legs around my waist, her breath gaspy, but she didn't let go.

    I honestly don't know what came over her, but I didn't mind it. My face felt like if it was on fire, my heart ready to beat out of my chest, but I knew I wouldn't trade it for the world.

    She removed her lips from mine for only three seconds, because that was all I allowed her after what she said.

    "I love you too, Pierrot." She whispered, her breath husky and short. I brought her back for another kiss, holding her like I would never let go. Her heart beat in rythym with mine, fast like a hummingbird's wings, and her face was warm under my lips. She was pressed so close to me, and, forgetting our predicament, I laid her on her back, lying on top of her and just kissing her roughly. We paused for air after a moment, caught in our own world. We heard no sounds except for each other's breath, heart, and whispering.

    Her hands were shaking, like if she was holding something back. I lifted myself from her kiss to look at her, an eyebrow raised. Her entire face was red, but her eyes were sparkling and she was smiling. I bet I looked the same. And with her white hair splayed around her face like a halo, she was my own angel.

    "Don't..." She whispered, pulling me back. "Don't.." She whispered again on my lips.

    "Can we... stay, forever?" She asked, pulling back and looking at me. I smiled, brushing a strand of hair from her face. "One day... just us two?"

    "Anything for you." I told her. I don't know why, but my chest felt warm. But a second later, I realized why.

    I was really falling in love with this girl, who is supposed to be an enemy by Realm rules, but my ally by Clan. I already was, but for some reason, I kept falling. There was just something about her.

    "As long as it's for you." I told her in a whisper. If I listened to the out-of-the-blue newly found perverted voice, I'd jump her and not let her escape. But, being nice and all, I ignored the voice.

    She giggled, smiling with the little speck of blood on her cheek - I guess I cut her with my nail by mistake.

    "Your mind sure is something, you know?" She giggled again, and I bent to lick off the speck of blood so it would heal. The wound closed, but she got an odd look in her eyes, not anger or anything, but... I don't know, I can't really describe it.

    She blinked twice, looked at me, and smiled.

    I got up from off of her, sitting beside her. She looked to the sky, then sat up.

    Then the sounds that we had somehow blocked filled our ears; shouting, yelling, fighting, and crying. We both looked towards the village, the fires that were spreading. We both looked at each other, but we looked away just as fast. I mean, come on; we had ignored the current predicament, and we, well...

    Anyways, we stood up fast, biting our lips and avoiding each others eyes.

    "Don't do anthing stupid, you hear?" I ordered, running towards the village. "Stay alive, for my sake!" I yelled that last part as I ran backwards towards the village. She blushed, but she put both her hands to her lips.

    "Don't you dare die, or I'll kick you where the sun don't shine when I see you!" She yelled right back. I winced, grinned, and gave her the thumbs up as I turned around and ran into the hell.

    Now, I hadn't really fought for something I cared about as a life and death battle for a long time, so she never really saw what happened to me, but it's not something I wanted to show her, that's for sure. But hey, I was doing all of this for her, so she could be free from the chains her mother had put on her.

    Usually when I fought like this, I drank my victim's blood, but since Kaida was kind of like my own blood bank now, all other blood tasted like crap.

    Anyways, I closed my eyes for a millisecond, and clashed a sword I now held with a Light Dweller. He grunted against the weight I put on it, and when he showed an opening, I didn't hesitate to kill the bas- I mean, the - you know what, I don't have any non-vulgar names to describe him. The a*****e. So there.

    I heard a scream, turning my head to the left towards it. It sounded so damn familiar to me.

    I ran towards it, avoiding about five mages, killing two archers and one knight. I ran around the corner, stopping short.

    Kaida was on her knees in front of her mother, who was pointing a sword at her own daughter. I clenched my teeth and ran towards her.

    "You still have time to come home, my daughter." I heard Queen Nereza say with acid leaking through it all. I was almost there.

    "No!" She yelled, tears running down her cheeks as she stared at her mother boldly. "I won't leave him! I need him, and he's more to me than you'll ever be, Nereza!" She spat out her name like venom.

    Thankfully, I reached her then. I picked her up in my arms and ran off into the woods. She must have exerted herself somehow, because she passed out in my arms.

    I finished bandaging my right arm when she opened her eyes. We weren't really anywhere in particular, just a secret cave I used to go to so I could get away from the world.

    She blinked three times, opening her eyes fully and trying to sit up. She winced, lying back down.

    "You got hit on your left arm." I explained, putting a cold cloth on her forehead to help her relax. She closed her eyes, sighing. "Even with my powers, the most I could do was heal the bone and tissue. The rest is up to you."

    "I'm sorry." She whispered. "Mother found me, and I think I added fuel to her fire."

    "What happened, exactly?" I asked, taking the cloth on her forehead and passing it on her cheeks and forehead. It seemed to soothe her.

    "She found me and demanded I come back. I told her no, and she threatened to kill you if... if I didn't... do it myself." She looked away from me. "She said she wouldn't be merciful to you, so it would be better if I killed you."

    "Then kill me." I said, my arms spread out wide. She sat up fast, staring at me like I was insane. Ignoring her pain, she tackled me into a hug. I hugged her back, looking at her as she cried on my shirt.

    "D-d-don't say s-something like th-at." She cried. "I-I just... I care too much for you to d-do that."

    "You're right... I'm sorry." I put my cheek against her hair, and when I breathed in, it smelled like Moon Lotus flowers. "I'm a jerk."

    "Yes, you are." She admitted, wiping at her eyes with her hands and looking at me in the eyes. "But you're forgiven."

    "Feeling better?" I asked. She shook her head.

    "I can't stop thinking about it." She sighed, looking away.

    "About killing me? That's cold." I said in mock horror. She slapped my chest with her right hand.

    "No! I mean... about my mother wanting a war." She closed her eyes, looking down.

    "Your thoughts are dangerous." I frowned, making her look at me with a finger under her chin. "I'll distract you from them."

    I kissed her lips softly, making her sigh. She seemed a little happier.

    Odd how I could distract her so easily.