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Echoes of the Mirror 1.5 “Ramifications”
In this particular series, it should be noted that there is a heavy focus on sexual themes, violence, and traumatic events.
These are meant to challenge the main character's views on the world and his relationships.
That being said, If your someone who's okay with that, I'd really appreciate it if you want to check it out and leave some feedback.
I felt prodding on my cheek.
“Hey…” Said a girl’s voice I didn’t recognize.
The prodding continued.
“Is he ok?” I heard a voice as that sounded a lot like Kira’s.
“Yeah...He’s fine.” The unknown voice replied.
“He coughed up blood…” Said a voice that sounded like Alex’s.
“That’s normal. He pushed himself too far before he got prana.” The unknown voice replied.
“H-hey! W-what are you d-doing to him?!” a voice asked that sounded like Himari’s.
I felt a hand slide up underneath my shirt.
“Hmm? Oh just a little motivation…” The unknown voice replied.
I felt a warmth against my chest as the hand continued up my side.
“T-thats indecent!” Alex’s voice shouted out.
I suddenly felt something warm and wet against my neck.
I heard Kira’s voice stammer out something along the lines of ‘s-s-s-stop!’
The warm wetness continued up to my ear lobe and ended with a sharp pinch.
“Oh come on Haku… I know your conscious…” The voice whispered in my ear.
I suddenly felt a hand move down my stomach as I felt finger tips in my waist line.
The girls in the room started stammering uncontrollably.
I opened my eyes to see an unknown girl who looked about my age sitting on my legs.
She had long silver hair with fierce grey eyes that looked alot like a cat’s.
She was wearing a dark dress and had a giant metal collar on her neck that looked like an oversized shackle.
She smiled mischievously revealing two sharp canines.
If I had to guess she was probably 5’5 with an--
“They’re a bit under a C if that’s what you wanted to know Haku.” Said the girl with a smirk as she laid on top of me.
It was like she was reading my mind.
She laughed as she propped her head up on her hand on my chest.
“So Haku...are you trembling in fear yet?” She asked.
“Who’re you?” I asked still dazed and confused.
She let out a *sigh*.
“You really are a bit slow on the uptake aren’t you?”
I stared at her with the same amount of confusion as before.
She furrowed her eyebrows.
Is this any better Haku?
“Ding-ding-ding.” She replied twirling a finger in the air.
“Congratulations, you win prize for probably the second densest guy in the world...”
“Who’s the fir--”
“Anyhow welcome back to the land of the living Haku. So. What was it like?” Lilith asked.
“Please be more specific.”
I thought back to fighting the demon.
“Overwhelming…” I replied.
Lilith seemed satisfied by this.
Lilith looked at me obviously annoyed.
“You just met me for the first time… And this is the response I get?”
I had no idea what she wanted me to say.
“At least call me pretty, or overwhelming or something!”
I looked at her and tilted my head a bit.
“Yeah… I guess your kind of cute.”
Lilith made a pouty face.
“It’s the name that throws it all off though… How about Lilly?”
Drawing some sort of satisfaction from my suggestion, the now-named Lilly smiled fiendishly.
“A nickname already~?”
Before I could respond, Alex grabbed the small length of chain connected to the back of Lilly’s collar and yanked it, removing the body that sat on me.
“Enough of that! You.”
Dressed in nothing but one of my dress shirts was Alex, who pointed her gaze towards me.
“What was that?”
I had a hard time distinguishing Alex’s tone of voice from furious or concerned.
I wanted to answer, but my mind was still pretty foggy and I had a hard time trying to decipher what it was exactly that she wanted me to explain.
Lilly picked herself off the ground and proceeded to answer for me.
“He just regained consciousness, why don’t you tone down your arrogance and be a little more descriptive of what exactly it is that you want to know, hmm?”
Lilly’s arms were folded across her chest, whether she was trying to be conscientious of my current state or was just angry at Alex’s forceful removal of her from my person, I didn’t know.
“The field obviously! I know your his familiar, you mentioned that… What I want to know is how he managed to use a high level manifestation technique and slaughter a greater demon in a matter of moments!-”
Alex was clearly unable to wrap her head around the events that unfolded in front of her eyes.
“-Mantle manifestation takes years to master! Even then, Haku never studied summoning! Though what I want to know the most, is how he managed to take down a powerful demonica single handedly that would of taken the entire town to take down! The only way a person could ever do such a thing is if they made a pact with a--”
Lilly flashed her fangs as she said this, her eyes glowing a slight red hue for a moment.
Alex’s face switched from one of confusion to one of horror as she looked down to me.
“No… Haku… please tell me you didn’t!”
I averted her gaze.
Kira, dressed in the pyjamas that she left here spoke up.
“That night… the fork on the road... “
Her eyes widened in horror.
“Haku… did you go beneath the shrine?”
I tried to speak up but couldn’t find the proper words to condone my past actions.
Alex confirmed my actions as her arms went limp at her sides.
“My grandmother vaguely mentioned it… the demon sealed in this town…”
Alex then directed her eyes, now widened in realization, towards Lilly.
“That makes you…”
“It seems I haven’t properly introduced myself…”
At this everyone, myself included looked towards the demonica.
“I am the first wife of Adam, father of man… Queen of all demonica who serves as the god to the land of hollows. My name is Lilith. If you have doubts, bear witness to the chained collar around my neck, for that is my crown.”
Lilith lightened her stature and turned towards me.
“Impressed?” She said as she gave me a wink.
The room went silent.
The faces on Alex and Kira were expressionless.
I could see them trying to parse through all the information given them.
It only seems realistic that they were given a pill that was hard to swallow.
I was their friend for years, and to know that I made a pact with a demonica must have weighed heavy on their conscience.
Alex finally spoke.
“I need more time to think about this… Until then we can’t let anyone know about this…”
Her voice had a certain level of determination in it.
“Despite the fact that Haku made a pact with a divine demonica, it still doesn’t change the fact that Haku is a dear friend. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said that Haku’s intervention saved us all from death.”
Kira who had a look of worry across her face voiced her agreement.
Hamari, clothed in nothing but the largest sweatshirt I owned, finally spoke.
“Haku saved my life… His pact-spirit doesn’t change my view on that...”
The fact that she spoke without her stutter stunned everyone in the room.
“...Though… It’s already late… we need to get home before the townspeople start investigating what happened at the field, otherwise they’ll be suspicious.” Finished Hamari with outstanding foresight.
“That’s true. Trying to get home dressed the way we are though will definitely raise questions though…” Alex stated as she bit the tip of her thumb.
“I’ll just spend the night here. I already have a change of day clothes, and my parents already knew I was probably going to end up sleeping over.” Kira pitched in.
-That leaves the rest of the girls...
“Lilly…” I began
“Do you have enough power to send the girls home?”
Lilly smirked at this.
“That demon you devoured left me with enough power that I should be able to use my magic without restrictions for a while.”
“Excellent… Think you can transport them to their rooms without catching anyone’s attention?”
“If you order it.”
With that a black cloud of smoke swept past Alex, Himari, and Lilly leaving empty spots where they once stood.
Kira and I were the only ones left in the living room.
There was an awkward silence.
“I have alot on my mind Haku…”
I stared at the floor.
“That night… Was the night you made the pact?”
Kira’s face looked distraught.
“....Why didn’t you just go to the clinic Haku?”
“I didn’t go because I felt bitter… bitter that I’m not like everyone else. At that point… I didn’t care if I died.”
Kira was taken back by this.
She held her hands to her chest and looked off to the side.
“Why did you hide all this from me?”
I felt guilty… But I stayed resolute in my mentality.
“Because these are my problems and mine alone.”
Kira took this answer as well as a someone would take a kick to their chest.
“They were never only your problems Haku…”
Kira layed on her side on the couch facing away from me.
“When will you ever see what’s right in front of you?”
I opened my mouth to answer, but I couldn’t find the words.
Unable to cope with the situation at hand, I walked into my bedroom and shut the door.
Leaning up against the threshold I slid down the door and hid my face between my knees.
Tears rolled down my face.
I can only imagine how terrible of a person she thinks I am.
Even after I dragged her into my bullshit, I still can’t find the power within me to admit my actual feelings.
Why is it that even now I can’t just tell her how I feel?
I hugged my knees tighter.
I don’t think that’s the way to look at it Haku…
I buried my head deeper into my knees and tried to ignore Lilly’s voice.
You don’t have to answer…
Just listen… From someone else's point of view.
I tried to tune out her voice, but found myself unable to.
I think the real question here Haku, is why you can’t accept her feelings?
Adam was a lot like you.
Always thought from his perspective.
I think that girl understands you better than you do.
If I had to guess, I’d even say she always knew your feelings.
This is the second time I believe, that she has fully offered herself to you since you’ve become my master.
The problem here Haku, is that you won’t accept her.
No matter how many times you reject her, she will always come and try to bear your pain with you…
She doesn’t want to hear your ‘feelings’ for pushing her away…
She wants to know when you’ll stop pushing her away…
But what do I know?
After all… I am a demon.
With this the voice in my head went silent.
Lilly’s voice didn’t respond.
-I’ll talk to her tomorrow.
I opened my eyes and caught glimpse of the morning sunlight through my window.
I went to move my legs but felt a heavy weight on my body.
Glancing down I notice a rather human shaped lump under my covers.
What would Kira be doing in my bed?
Was this her trying to convey her feelings more aggressively?
As I took a deep breath and grasped the top of my covers with a single hand, I noticed the lump beginning to move.
I was frozen in fear.
The covers peeled back and before me was...
Stretching her arms over her head, comfortably seated on top of my body was a completely naked Lilly.
Her mouth opened wide and revealed her glistening sharp canines.
She put a single hand on my chest and used the other one to wipe the sleep from her eyes.
All words escaped me.
Lilly tilted her head to the side, her eyes still half closed.
“Is something wrong Haku…?”
-Yes. Yes indeed. Something was very wrong.
Lilly looked around confused.
-WHAT’S WRONG IS THAT THERE IS A NAKED FAMILIAR STRADLING MY BODY FIRST THING IN THE MORNING!
Lilly looked down.
She looked back up.
“Oh… What about it?”
“What do you mean ‘what about it’!? WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?”
“Waking up obviously.”
Full heartedly deciding that getting into a verbal debate first thing in the morning was a terrible idea, I pushed Lilly off to the side and proceeded to the far side of my bedroom and put on underwear.
“You don’t have to do that you know… It’s not like you have school today. You could have just laid in bed and slept in if you wanted to…”
I glanced behind me to spot Lilly laying on her side on my bed making absolutely no attempt at covering herself.
“That’s not the issue here and you know it!”
Lilly tilted her head slightly.
“Please... Put. On. CLOTHES!”
She stuck out her tongue and hid herself under my covers.
Just because you don’t want to sleep in doesn’t mean I don’t want to…Do whatever you want.
I proceeded to get dressed.
Actually wait...No...It was warmer when you were in here with me. Come back to bed.
-Like hell I will! Why are you manifested anyways? I never summoned you!
I saw part of her face poke out from underneath the covers.
The queen of demons is powerful enough to do this amongst other things…
-Queen of demons my ass… You’re more like a puppy!
I could hear her giggle from underneath the covers.
Tremble before me mortal.
I put on the comfiest sweatshirt and jeans I owned and left the room with a *Sigh*.
Looking to the couch in the living room I saw it vacant.
Kira must have left.
I pulled out my phone and glanced at the time.
It was already noon.
-Sleep in!? The day is already almost over!
Stop exaggerating. It’s a Sunday…
Banter set aside, I was concerned were Kira went off to.
It was my full intention to talk to her today and she was nowhere to be found.
Thinking about it a little harder however, I realized she must be helping her parents.
Sundays were busy times at the market.
I plopped myself down on the couch and leaned my head back.
-Why do things always have to be this difficult?
You’ve put off Kira for how many years and you’re wallowing in self-pity now?
-Shut up. You said you were going to sleep.
It’s cold and you won’t stop thinking. It’s very distracting.
-Like I can help it!
I thought about hanging out with Alex or making lunch, but I had completely lost my drive to do anything today.
I settled with watching TV to kill time.
This was the hardest, most complicated week of my life and I barely had any time to enjoy time to myself…
Not that ‘by myself’ was a term I could use anymore…
I waited for a minute to see if Lilly would have a snappy comeback for me.
Taking this as a good omen, I relaxed a bit and blazed through several episodes of some drama marathon they had on TV.
Just as I decided I’d change the channel to something more entertaining, I heard a knock at my door.
I walked over to the door and opened it.
In front of me was Himari wearing a black and blue elegant lollita dress.
“Umm… Hi Haku.”
I was confused as to why she was here, but I decided that hanging out with Himari was much better than whatever it was that I was currently doing.
“Oh. Hey Himari, come on in.”
She walked in and proceeded to take off her shoes.
“I thought you might be hungry so I brought over some food…”
Looking to her arms, I saw her carrying a fairly large bento box and a few large elegant bottles of something I couldn’t make out the name of.
“Do you like curry?” She asked me with a nervous look.
“Oh yeah. Thank you.”
We walked into the kitchen and she set the contents of what was in her arms on the counter.
She seemed to be in a fairly good mood.
“You okay Himari? You had a rough day yesterday.”
She looked towards me with a smile.
“Mhm. Thanks to you.”
I slightly tilted my head to the side a little confused.
Deciding not to prod the thoughts in her head, I just accepted this.
“Oh. Himari, any news on what’s going on in the town due to the events yesterday?”
She shook her head.
“Nothing really eventful is going on. The ordinary townspeople are confused, but the main families are still investigating the matter, so I don’t know much.”
While what I really wanted to hear was ‘Oh, they just dropped it altogether’ I accepted this particular news with a certain enthusiasm.
No one was going on a witch hunt to see who slayed the demon, so altogether this must mean that while people are indeed confused, the matter wasn’t important enough to cause a mass inquiry.
“You seem relieved Haku!”
“A bit. This isn’t the ideal news, but as long as people aren’t trying to track me down I’ll take anything as a good omen.”
Himari nodded her head.
“Well you’re safe for now, so why don’t you sit down, relax, and eat?”
I was a little taken back by Himari’s somewhat forcefulness, but I couldn’t deny the fact that I was starving.
Relaxing and enjoying her company didn’t seem that bad of an idea either.
I sat down on the couch and watched as Himari took dishes out of my cabinets with surprising accuracy.
I found it odd that she knew the locations of almost all my dishes, but with how long I was out yesterday, it wouldn’t surprise me if the girls went into the kitchen and made themselves food while they waited for me to regain consciousness.
After all, they did shower and help themselves to my clothes… So why would they draw the line at the fridge?
Himari returned to the living room with plates of food, 2 glasses, and a bottle of the liquid she brought.
She put a plate in front of me and poured me a glass of the liquid.
After she sat down in front of her own plate we clasped our hands together.
“Thank you for the food!”
Helping myself to the food, I realized how delicious it actually was.
“Wow! This is really good Himari!”
“Thank you! This is the first time I made this dish, I also tried adding oysters as well.”
It seemed like a weird combination, but I couldn’t deny that the taste was wonderful.
Feeling the need to wash down the food I ate, I took a glug from the glass in front of me.
It had a strong taste and bitterness to it, but it was sweet.
The food was so good I couldn’t help but to have more.
During the course of that time, I had several more glasses of the liquid she brought.
Looking over to Himari’s glass, I noticed that she only had half a glass.
Noticing this, Himari looked over to me with a smile.
“Oh, don’t worry Haku. You can have as much as you’d like, I’m a lightweight so I have to pace myself slowly.”
I opened my mouth to question what she meant by that, but all that came out was a garbled mess.
“Yeah, it’s definitely a strong sake...Took some difficulty acquiring it too, but I figured you’d probably appreciate it considering how eventful yesterday was.”
Slowly piecing together what happened in my mind, I realized that it definitely wasn’t a fancy juice I just had.
“Feel a little more at ease Haku?”
I nodded my head with a strange and spastic bobble.
Laying down her eating utensils, she slowly approached me on all fours on the couch.
Before I knew it, she was pressed against me, her body weighing me down.
“You know Haku, I never got a chance to thank you for saving my life.”
I opened my mouth to respond, but she put a finger to my mouth as she took a small sip from my glass.
“You don’t need to say anything Haku, why not forget things for a little while and have some fun with me?”
As she said this, she slowly rubbed her body against mine.
-I like fun. Fun is good…
At that moment I couldn’t think of anything else but the girl in front of me.
Haku… Are you inebriated?
I heard a slight voice in my head. Though I couldn’t quite think of what ‘inebriated’ meant.
I felt Hamari slowly kiss up my neck as she continued rubbing on me.
If you continue this Haku, chances are you will greatly regret it. What about Kira?
My mind briefly flashed to my friend.
It wasn’t like we were together, so what did it matter what I did with other girls?
You aren’t thinking clearly Haku…
Your actions will have ramifications…
I felt a warmth against my lips as I felt Himari’s tongue slip against mine.
-Leave me alone… This feels good…
I felt a hand slowly undo my belt and pull my pants and boxers down.
Is that truly what you want Haku…?
I saw Himari stand up for a brief moment to remove something from underneath her dress and toss it to the side.
As she got back on top of me, I felt a warm wet feeling near my nether region.
She lowered herself slowly onto me and wrapped an arm around me as she made a lewd face.
-Why wouldn’t I?
I heard a slight moaning from Himari in my ear as I watched her body slowly bob up and down.
So be it…
I felt Himari’s mouth grip onto my neck and her grip tighten.
As her rhythm increased, the only thing I could think of was how great this felt.
My eyes were greeted by pitch black.
I looked around through blurry eyes and could make out a brief depiction of my room.
I stood up out of bed and immediately dropped to the floor.
My stomach was in complete disarray and my mind felt foggy.
I slowly got up and paced myself along the wall trying to fight this overwhelming feeling of vertigo.
Making my way from my bedroom, the living room, and eventually the restroom, I collapsed onto my knees and emptied my stomach into the toilet bowl that was in front of me.
I felt better by small amount.
Finishing whatever business I had left in the bathroom, I headed into the living room and flicked on the lights.
The couch was a complete mess and dishes were left on top of food trays.
Glancing over to the kitchen I noticed several empty bottles tipped over on their side.
Picking up one, I glanced at the label and noticed it was sake.
My mind was in complete confusion…
-Was this what Himari brought over?
I thought back to when Himari came over and couldn’t remember anything past me eating.
Looking back towards the bottle I vaguely remembered having a couple glasses of its contents, though I didn’t remember it being alcohol… I generally tried to stay as far away from the stuff as much as possible. I was notorious for being a complete lightweight.
Noticing something across the living room, I went over to pick it up.
In my hands were lacy black panties.
My confusion at this point reached a climax.
-Lilly… What happened here?
I heard no response.
Panties in hand, I decided to go into the bedroom and ask her directly.
Flicking on the lights, I noticed an elegant lollita dress on the floor along with a bra.
I walked over to my bed and peeked underneath the covers.
Presented before me was a completely naked Himari laying on her side sleeping soundly.
While I couldn’t say for sure, I came to the conclusion that it was highly probable that I slept with Himari.
A terrible revelation indeed.
If it was the sake, then I do have a solid excuse at least…
What time was it?
I picked my phone off the nightstand and unlocked it.
It was only 6:37 PM…
I also noticed I had a couple messages in my inbox.
Opening the first message from a number I didn’t recognize, I was presented a picture of Himari and I laying in bed with her head across my chest making a <3 with her hands.
The second message was from Kira.
“Just got out of work… sorry I left without warning today, I’ll bring you back some dinner from my house! Should be there in about 20. =^.^=”
-When was this sent!?
“Message Received: 6:13 PM”
With that I heard my front door open…
“Hakuuuuu! Where are you?”
“Oh there you are Hak--”
I turned around to see Kira staring at me with wide eyes.
Her face was stoic and her hands were trembling.
There was absolutely no way I could avoid this...