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Echoes of the Mirror 1.6 ‘Abyss’

*Authors Note*

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.

Thanks! =^.^=

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1.6

I stood in the middle of my room in the nude, looking at Kira with horror in my eyes. Her eyes dart to the floor, looking over to the lolita dress, the bra… Finally glancing over at the bed, her eyebrows furrowed. The look on her face was not one of humor… It was scary.

“Move.”

Pushing by me, she swung the covers to the side, revealing Himari underneath. As she stood there shaking, she asked the question without even turning to me.

“Did you?”

“I…”

“Don’t you dare lie to me, Haku...”

There was no way to lightly walk around this subject. I had the valuable excuse that I was drunk, but at this point, there was no guarantee that she would accept this as an answer. I could only hope that truth would somewhat justify my actions…

“Yeah... I did bu--”

*SLAP*

A powerful force struck the side of my face. As my head turned in the impact, I could see Kira’s furious face with tears in her eyes.

Without saying a word she walked towards the door.

“No! Please, Kira! Wait!”

I ran towards her and grabbed her shoulder.

“Kira! Please! Let me explain…”

Looking towards me, her teeth were clenched and the tears that were once welling in her eyes now flowed freely down her face. Forcefully brushing off my hand, she swung open the door. Before I could even try to justify the situation, She stormed out the threshold and slammed the door with force.

-This isn’t good…

As I reached for the doorknob, I felt a pair of arms hug me from behind.

“W~o~w. What’s her problem? You okay, Haku?”

Looking behind me, I saw Himari with a single eyebrow raised.

“At least she got the hint though, right?”

She looked towards me with a smile.

“Himari... Whatever happened between-”

“Well... this saves the issue of explaining things to her. Ooh! She brought food!”

Making her way to the kitchen, Himari opened the container that Kira brought and helped herself to the contents.

“That set aside, I’m really glad you accepted my feelings. I was really afraid that you would reject me since you’ve only known me for a short while… But after we finished and I told you I’m in love with you, I was really really happy you said you loved me back...”

-This... Isn’t happening...is it?

“Himari-”

“I also never gave my body to anyone before. You were my first... just so you know. So take responsibility, okay?”

Himari tilted her head with a cute smile.

-Lilly… Please tell me what to do.

There was silence.

“You look sad, Haku… Is it because I’m standing here naked and you want me? Don’t worry. I have enough energy to go at it again.”

Himari gave me a devilish grin.

-I need to leave. Now.

I walked over to the couch, picked my clothes up and put them on.

“Hmm? You don’t want to, Haku?”

My face was blank and expressionless.

“Too hungover... Gonna go for a walk and get fresh air…”

Himari tilted her head.

“Want me to come with you?”

-No. Absolutely not.

“No. I’m fine. Why don’t you go home and get some rest, I don’t think your parents would appreciate you spending the night, plus you don’t have a uniform for tomorrow.”

Himari giggled.

“Silly Haku! I live alone! Besides, I’ll just leave early tomorrow to get clothes. I can turn invisible, remember?”

Sticking out her tongue, she gave me a wink.

Without a word, I put on my shoes and walked out the door. Going around the bookshop, I walked out to the late evening streets of Hira.

This situation was beyond terrible. I couldn’t imagine any way how I could patch things up with Kira… Though the more pressing issue was Himari…

-I’ve only known her for two days now! And now she thinks we’re a couple!?

Walking into a nearby alley, I brought up my right hand.

“Obey my will. Take me to where I desire.”

My mark shone a red hue as I closed my eyes and a black smoke wrapped around me. Opening them, I was presented with the field was the field.

-Here again…

*Sigh*

I flopped onto my back and looked at the stars. This wasn’t the most pleasant place for me to be, but it was secluded. Closing my eyes, I tried to gather my thoughts.

-Isn’t this for the best?

Kira was a sweet girl and didn’t deserve to be wrapped up in this mess... If she hated me now, this would force her to stay away. This was my exact wish from the beginning.

I clenched my chest as it ached at the thought of losing her. Scowling, my thoughts drifted to the cause of this mess...

-Himari...

I didn’t know anything about her. She seemed sweet and shy when I first met her, but now she seems completely different.

-Lilly was right… There is something extremely off about that girl.

I wanted nothing more than to listen to Lilly’s take on things, but for some reason, she’s refusing to talk to me.

*sigh*

-So far this week, I’ve made a pact with a Demonica, saved my friends lives, got taken advantage of, and I devastated the girl I love… This is sure as hell the most exciting first week back to school I’ve ever had...

I found some irony in this. Hira altogether was the most uneventful place anyone could ever imagine, secluded from the rest of the world by hundreds of miles of trees and unclaimed land. Yet for some reason, it seemed that the world had spotted me, deciding to pick me up by the nape of my neck like a kitten, forcing me down an unknown tumultuous path for reasons unbeknownst to me.

-I wonder what my father would say about this…

I closed my eyes and took in a deep breath.

-Not that it matters...

My only option at this point was to ride things out and see where things go… Hopefully, tomorrow will bring better luck.

 

***

 

I found myself walking the sidewalk to school alone for the time being. Himari went home to grab clothes which was fortunate… This meant I didn’t have to deal with her and that situation until after school if I was lucky.

“Hey, Haku!”

Looking at the person crossing the street from the sidewalk perpendicular to mine, I saw Alex. My stature lightened as I found myself beyond grateful at the aspect of having her company.

“Hey, Alex!”

Giving her a smile, I waved. Finally reaching my side, she stopped next to me and tried to catch her breath. Panting hard, she looked up at me.

“Have *huff* you seen *huff* Kira?”

My heart fell. I tried my best to be optimistic about today, but obviously that was a foolish thought. I had no choice but to take the brunt of the horror that today had to offer right out of the gate.

“Not this morning, no…”

Alex’s gaze pierced my eyes... I could tell that she was seeing right through me. Steadying her breath, she placed her hands above her thighs and looked me over.

“Did you do something to her, Haku?”

*gulp*

“Well... I did see her last night…”

Raising an eyebrow, Alex began to tap her foot.

“Aaaaannnndddd?”

I had no way of avoiding this, I opened my mouth to speak and-

“HAKU~!”

Hamari, now dressed in a cute navy-blue school uniform, jumped onto my back nearly knocking me over. The look Alex had on her face now was one of deep confusion.

“Uh... Why are you and Himari suddenly so... Close?”

-Crap. I didn’t expect this.

“No reason in particular…”

Himari looked into my eyes with anger.

“What? Is there a problem telling her I’m your girlfriend?”

-Oh god, Hamari! Why!?

With this, Alex’s jaw nearly dropped to the floor.

“You mean...you two…”

Himari’s face brightened up as she nodded violently. This made Alex look at me with a strange expression I couldn’t make out the feelings of.

“You can’t possibly mean you two are an ‘item’...”

“No! Of course no-”

Himari, obviously upset by my denial, stopped me0 short.

“Why not? Kira accepted it rather quickly last night.”

Alex’s face suddenly flashed an expression of pure fury.

“Haku… What happened last night?”

As sweat started visibly pouring out of my pores, Himari took this opportunity to elaborate further.

“Kira came in last night without even knocking! Walked straight into Haku’s bedroom, spotted us naked after a passionate afternoon of us making love, freaked out, and left!”

-’Making love’!? What kind of delusional trip are you on!?

My heart yearned for Himari’s shyness back… Why she had to give so much description, I don’t know, but whatever follows will surely be terrible.

“Wait-wait-wait-wait! Alex! Let me explain-”

*BAM* *CRUNCH*

Alex delivered a punch straight to my face and broke my nose.

*THUD*

“WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU HAKU!?”

Landing on my back, blood started soaking my collar.

“You know, Haku! There is no way you can’t know now! You know Kira is madly in love you! A girl far beyond what you deserve, and you do this!? You do this to the girl that would literally do anything for you!? Unlike last time, there is NO excuse!”

I looked at the concrete, blood pouring down my face.

“If it wasn’t for the fact that you saved my life, I would break your arms and legs and make you crawl to Kira to apologize!”

Alex stared at me.

“Fix this…end it...make amends with Kira or I swear to god I’ll kill you.”

With this, Alex walked off.

-Can this possibly get any worse?

I lifted my right hand.

“Mend.”

A black smoke crawled up my arm and across my face, snapping my nose back into place and stopping the bleeding.

“That girl too? Just who does she thin-”

I looked to Himari with a sharp glare.

Don’t.

-I am not in the mood today...

Picking myself off the sidewalk, I dusted off my pants and continued walking to school. As Himari and I walked down the sidewalk, I could feel her staring at me. I tried my best to avoid her gaze, but eventually, she stepped out in front of me, blocking my path.

“How about this, Haku… To make you feel better, I’ll give you a present! To celebrate our new relationship!”

I looked at her without any enthusiasm.

“Don’t be like that! You’ll enjoy it! I’ll give it to you later, okay?”

She tilted her head with a smile to my discontent.

*Tsk*

“Whatever.”

She scowled at my words but continued walking by my side. Eventually, we made our way to the school and through the double doors... Stopping near the middle of the lockers, Himari looked at me.

“I’ll see you later okay, Haku?”

I didn’t even look towards her.

“Yeah. Bye.”

Himari’s eyebrows furrowed. Running up to me, she planted a quick kiss on my cheek before leaving with a wave.

“I’ll miss you~!”

I could feel the stares of the various students that stood around and watched this scene.

“Are... Haku and Hamari together?”

“Did you see that? In the entrance way of all places? How shameless…”

“Yeah… But look at his collar… It’s covered in blood…”

Clenching my teeth, I tried my best to tune out the whispering. Putting my hands in my pockets, I let out a sigh as I walked off to my class.

-It’s six of one, half a dozen of the other today isn’t it…?

Strolling through the halls, the stares didn’t seem to stop. I couldn’t tell if they all saw what happened on the sidewalk this morning or-

*tap tap*

-Oh god… Are they feeling confrontational today…?

Turning around, I noticed that the person trying to grab my attention was a blonde male.

“Itsuki?”

Giving me a weak smile, he pointed to my collar.

“They aren’t going to stop as long as that’s there.”

-Oh yeah… The blood…

*Sigh*

“Figures… not much I can do about it… This morning-”

“Yeah. I know. I saw it happen.”

Turning around, Itsuki pointed his gaze to a girl standing behind him.

“Ivana? Can you take of this?”

This question seemed to panic the girl a bit… But she nodded.

“Yes, I can do that…”

Walking over to me, Ivana hesitantly pulled my blazer down to just below my shoulders.

“Sorry… Just stand still for a minute…”

Pulling the cuff of her blazer up above her left wrist, her pact-mark began to shine a brilliant blue.

“Cleanse…”

I watched with a certain panic as she brought the back of her wrist up to my neck.

*Flash*

I could feel water run across the side of my neck as the girl closed her eyes and a bright light consumed the hallway.

“There… the stain should be gone now…”

Giving me a smile, Ivana brought her cuff back down and took her place at Itsuki’s side.

I grimaced on the inside… It wasn’t often that I had to thank someone… It was a rare occurrence that an act of kindness was ever wasted on me. I closed my eyes and let out a sigh.

“Thanks… Ivana, Itsuki…”

Not even responding, Itsuki just gave me a wave as he began to walk off. Ivana, on the other hand, offered a slight bow as she followed him.

-Really?

With a certain gratitude dwelling inside of me, I smiled a bit and walked to my classroom.

…...

As I took my seat near the back of the class, the bell rang and professor Reid began his lesson. Looking over to Kira’s seat, I found it empty.

-She didn’t come to school…

I took out my phone to check for any new messages, but looking at my notification bar, I found it empty. I contemplated texting her... But I can only imagine how she’d take that. I needed to be upfront and personal if I was going to tackle this situation. If I was to confront her and apologize I’d need to do it in person. There was nothing I could do at this time, so I put my head on the desk and fell asleep.

 

***

 

I managed to wake up for lunch, but even that was abysmal. Alex refused to even look at me let alone talk to me and even Himari was nowhere to be found… It was lonely. It was like the group home all over again.

I contemplated going into a nearby closet to just teleport myself home, but my credits couldn’t take any absences. Eventually, I just dumped my food into the garbage and went to the field to join my practical class. There was no reason for me to be there, but for some strange reason, the dull glares of my classmates just seemed more welcoming than the cafeteria. I made the resolution to learn more about summoning anyhow, so I guess this wasn’t the worst way to spend my time.

My mind flashed to Lilly.

-Lilly… why are you ignoring me?

Silence.

-Please? Please talk me…

*Sigh*

 

***

 

I woke up to the sound of the bell ringing. Grabbing my bag, I proceeded to leave the classroom.

“Haku! Don’t leave just yet.”

I turned to see professor Reid standing at his podium. Confused, I walked over to him.

“Yes, professor?”

He looked at me with a dull glare.

“I was told to inform you that  you need to clean up the paint you accidentally spilled in the hallway.”

-Huh? I didn’t spill any paint…

“But--”

Profesor Reid’s stature stiffened.

“Would you rather be suspended? This is non-negotiable. Do as you’re told.”

-I guess it can’t be helped.

“Yes, professor.”

I gave a bow and left to clean the hallway. Reaching my destination, I noticed there was yellow paint quite literally everywhere. The mess stretched across the ceiling, floors, and walls.

-Accidentally?! It’s everywhere!

*sigh*

I went off into one of the supply closets and grabbed everything that I needed. Luckily, it didn’t seem that the paint had dried completely, so the cleaning took by far less time than I expected. Putting back the cleaning supplies I took out my phone to look at the time.

It was dead.

-That’s strange…

I flipped it over and removed the back.

The battery was missing.

...

-That’s beyond strange. Didn’t I just use it this morning?

I let out a sigh and put it away. At least I didn’t have to worry about Himari for the time being… Though I did need to break things off with her. Walking down the hallway, I heard steps from behind me.

“Excuse me…”

Hearing a voice, I turned around to see a tall man with long black hair and glasses.

“Can I help you?”

The man smiled as he adjusted his glasses.

“Yes, are you Haku Maeda, perchance?”

-Huh?

This was beyond confusing. While everyone in town knew of me, it wasn’t often that anybody sought me out… Even then… I’ve never seen this man before in my life. Hira wasn’t very welcoming to outsiders and it was obvious he wasn’t from here. I lived here for 11 years, if he was a resident I would’ve seen him at least once. But if that truly was the case, why would an outsider be looking for me?

“...I am… What do you need from me?”

He put a hand on his chest and let out a sigh of relief.

“Thank goodness! We thought you might have left by now! Finding you then would have taken forever!”

This was extremely odd and unnerving… What the hell could this guy possibly want from me?

Realizing that I was giving him the death stare, he looked back at me with a smile.

“Oh! Sorry, I know this must be extremely confusing to you, but just bear with me. This part only takes a moment.”

“What do you-”

*BANG*

*Thud*

As I fell to the ground I could see blood pour from my chest. My vision began to blur as the man walked over to me with a pistol in his hand and slumped over.

“Sorry about that, I didn’t think that you’d come with us any other way… Don’t worry though, that demon inside of you won’t let you die.”

For the thousandth time this week, I slowly began to lose consciousness.

 

***

 

Waking up, I found myself unable to move.

“How are his vitals?”

“Stable.”

I heard two male voices communicating back and forth as I tried to desperately to comprehend the situation.

“Is the seal ready?”

“Yep. Drew the magic circle and everything. I also hooked him up with an IV drip of sedatives and mana powder.”

“So we are 100% sure he can’t summon?”

“In his current state? No. Absolutely not.”

“Excellent.”

I heard the snapping of latex gloves.

“Chances of success this time around are extremely high. This will be our first transfusion on a summoner. If all goes well, this will be the most successful transfusion yet.”

I opened my eyes and saw the man from before with a medical mask and scrubs standing in front of the cold metal table I was strapped into. I tried looking around, but I found myself unable to move my head. Beyond that, there was a bright light hanging above me shining straight into my eyes.

-Where the hell am I!?

“Ah, you’ve woken up I see?”

I tried to speak but found myself unable to. Noticing this, the man laughed.

“Yes… Unfortunately, those sedatives aren’t really good at keeping people unconscious, though they are quite effective at keeping them incapacitated.”

I watched as he moved a tray of medical tools over to the side of me… All I could feel was a crippling fear inside of me.

“Excited?”

-Excited!? What the fuck do you plan on doing with those tools!?

“Ah, yes. I can imagine you’re very confused! Why are you here? Who are we? What are we doing?”

As the man was saying this he was waving a hand around in broad motions.

“Irrelevant, unfortunately… You see, we have a job we need to carry out, and you have the job of being the 36th specimen so far…”

He picked up a scalpel and placed a single hand on my bare chest.

“Now then, Haku… Try to survive, hmm?”

-NO! STOP! PLEASE!

With this, he began to cut a V from my shoulders to my chest. The amount of blood being spilled along with the pain was immense beyond all comprehension. I clenched my teeth together and tried to scream.

“Very good, Haku!”

Looking over to his side where I assume his assistant was, he spoke.

“Will you begin the chant? I’d like to get the Gate installed as soon as possible.”

-Gate!?

I had no idea what the man meant.

“Sure.”

I began to hear chanting from the other side of the room. As the chant grew louder, the magic circle drawn around the table began to glow. The man began to hum a joyful tune as he pulled the scalpel down from the V and made a linear motion down to the point just above my groin, slicing straight through my navel.

I could feel tears run down my face with the movement of his blade.

-Why are you doing this!?

“Ah! Perfect!”

I watched as he pulled back my skin, revealing the innards of my body. My eyes widened as I wet myself… I was no longer able to control my bodily functions; I was in too much pain and terrified beyond all comprehension.

“Now let's make more room to work shall we?”

I tried to wiggle with no success as the man took what looked like a pair of bolt cutters off the medical tray.

-IT HURTS! PLEASE! WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THOSE!?

I watched as he took the cutters and slowly began to snip out the ribs from my chest. The pain at this point was so immense that I yearned to go into shock, but I couldn’t… My familiar wouldn’t let me.

-Lilly! Please! Help me! Talk to me! Why are you letting them do this!?

The man took each of the ribs out one by one, cradling them in his hand with curiosity before laying them out on the medical tray.

“Can you hand me the actuators please?”

Looking over, the man held his hand out towards the assistant out of my view. Still chanting, the assistant took and placed what looked like several multi-colored crystals into the man’s hand.

“Thank you~”

I could feel him push several of my organs to the side as he began to insert the crystals individually. As he pushed each crystal in, it felt like my innards were getting torn apart… Suddenly a strong stench hit my nostrils.

“Ugh… Nicked the intestines again! Ah, well... No matter! Let's continue~!”

Blood began to pour out of my chest and the corners of my mouth as I felt him nick several more organs with the remaining crystals. I couldn’t breathe... I was drowning in my own blood.

-Why… Why are you doing this…?

“Good! Now the fun part!”

He folded my skin back into place and began making several incisions all over my body... It looked like he was carving characters. With each painful movement of his hand, it felt like every section of my body was getting branded.

“Almost! Hahahaha! It’s working!”

The characters began to glow as the circle around me glowed brighter. I had no idea what was going on, I just wanted it to stop… I closed my eyes and cried on the inside. I had lost my ability to breath long ago and my lungs felt like they were on fire… I was nothing but a sentient mannequin at this point; a soul attached to an organic husk, subject to the mercy of those who held me captive.

How was it, I wonder, that not even a week ago I was laughing with Kira and Alex but now somehow found myself trapped in this situation so far out of my control? What could I have possibly done to make myself so hated by the world, that I needed to be subjected this hellish torment?

I found myself with the same mentality that I did at the shrine; I yearned for the sweet embrace of death. It was my thinking, that if I was to die here, I would be ferried off to another land where I might actually find happiness. Whether that would be in another life or the afterlife, I didn’t know…

Managing to make some sort of peace with my situation, I pushed aside all the pain consuming my shell of a corpse to make one last helpless plea.

-Lilly… I’m sorry If I upset you… But if you can hear me, obey my will. Take me to where I desire… grant me death… please...

I yearned for a reply… Even if it was just a ‘no’ or a word of encouragement, but I knew all too well that my cry for help fell upon deaf ears…

...

A loud ringing filled my ears as I felt myself begin to drift off. It felt like I was being submerged deep in a large pool of water. As time went on, I could feel myself being consumed by a vast amount of pressure, slowly imploding… To my surprise, I felt myself drifting off to somewhere else.

 

***

 

Opening my eyes, I found myself surrounded by pitch-black. As I got onto my feet, I realized that I was naked, seemingly unharmed. Checking over my person, the grievous wounds that were inflicted upon me were nowhere to be found.

-How…

I looked around and found that I was floating seemingly mid-air in a pitch black abyss.

*rattle*

Hearing a jingle above me, I looked up and saw several lengths of rusted chain floating above me. Upon closer inspection, I could only compare their likeness of movement to that of eels in a pond. They twisted and snaked themselves across the vast nothingness, periodically intertwining with one another.

-Where the hell am I?

Haku…

My eyes widened in horror as I heard footsteps behind me. Whipping around, I saw a smokey humanoid figure with long claws and several bright red orbs for eyes lumbering off in the distance. I whimpered as it seemingly noticed me and changed direction.

“Oh my god…”

...

As it neared me, it suddenly stopped and looked off into the distance. My breathing quickened as I saw the smoke slowly dissipate, revealing a young naked woman with beautiful long silver hair.

-What the…

Fighting the overwhelming panic building up inside of me, I began to approach her with caution… The woman slowly turned her head toward me, revealing her glowing red eyes and glistening white fangs.

-Lilly…?

I ran forward, but as I did she evaporated in a cloud of smoke. Dropping my arms to my side, I stood there, confused.

*WOooOSH*

I jumped back as one of the chains darted down in front of me. Looking up, I saw the remainder of the chains begin to follow suit… One after another the chains began to dip from the area above me into the pitch black below.

-What are those things…?

My mind desperately tried to grasp the situation at hand… Was that really Lilly I just saw? If so, are these the ‘Chains of Fate’ she mentioned? Even then… What was the creature? Where am I?

Just as I thought I could relax for a moment, the chains below slowly began to rise up and encircle me. Twirling faster and faster around me, the realm around me began to contort, taking me to somewhere else.

*FLASH*

“Argh!”

A brilliant white light consumed the area around me. Desperate to avoid being blinded, I raised a hand to cover my eyes… Seeing the light slowly begin to dim through my fingertips, I lowered my palm.

-Is this… a desert?

Looking around, I found myself someplace entirely new. Instead of pitch black, the area above me was replaced with a misty blood-red sky and a venta black sun. Feeling sand beneath my toes, I looked down to find the landscape consumed by never-ending hills of black powder. Bending down, I scooped the material into my palm and spread my fingertips, letting it fall.

-Ash…?

Feeling something brush by me, I flung myself to the side and looked towards where I was standing only to find that it was one of the chains before… Getting on my feet, I noticed that all the chains from before now floated happily around me, occasionally dipping into the ash and bursting back into the sky.

My mind couldn’t comprehend what was around me… There was no heat or cold… No breeze or wind… I was in a realm devoid of all life. I was almost certain that I was dead.

I began to walk forward into the nothingness, hoping to find some answer as to what was happening.

“Erk!”

I dropped to my knees and grasped my chest as it suddenly erupted in pain… It felt like there was something moving inside of me. Clenching my teeth, I noticed a circle of light begin to draw itself in the ash surrounding me.

-...A magic circle…?

“AAARRGGHH!

The light grew brighter as the pain in my chest grew more intense and spread through my body.

-What the fuck is happening!?

The circle began to pulsate a yellow light. With each pulse, I could feel a tug at my chest with enough force to crack my ribs.

*FLASH*

The circle flashed and I could see glimpses of someone else's memories in my head… I could see a little girl with a collar around her neck crying in a corner, electricity crackling around her as a man with cruel smile pointed a knife at her throat…

“MOMMY! *CHING* Ehhhh...”

A red mist began to spurt out of her neck as she fell to the floor lifeless… Slowly being drenched in her own blood.

“Mom…”

A tear dripped down my cheek.

-What the...

I just witnessed her last moments on earth, hearing every thought and feeling every feeling she felt.

*BOOM*

A shockwave blew back the ash around me and the circle now crackled as it began to flash multiple colors. The pain in my chest grew insurmountable as memories flooded my head and the light changed around me.

Blue… A little boy shot to death at a town park as water circled around him.

Red… A young woman being drowned at a pond as the fire at her fingertips went out.

Purple… Choking.

White… Bleeding.

Green…

Brown…

As the light circled through the colors with increasing speed, tears flowed freely down my face as I saw and experienced the final moments of several people. As the light began to fade, so did the pain in my chest.

-Why…

I had absolutely no idea what was happening… Why was I seeing these things? Where am I? What was that light? Am I dead?

“No. You’re not dead.”

I looked around me to find the voice that was speaking to me. Glancing around in panic, I noticed a hooded woman standing in front of me, dressed in white. Looking up and tried to make out her face, but found myself unable to…

“You can only see me if I will it so… Haku.”

-What?

“What do you mean?”

Her voice turned stern as she looked me over.

“I did not will this... You were not born with a gate… You should not have one…”

-I was given… a gate?

I could make out the woman thinking with a smirk.

“However… This might be… Interesting…”

The woman crouched down in front of me.

“Haku Maeda… Do you desire power?”

-What does she mean ‘power’? Who is she? What’s going on!?

I could feel her place a hand underneath my chin.

“I’ve been watching you… You made a pact with a Demonica, did you not? Abandoned in a town, hated by everyone… You prayed for a familiar and found one. Yet here you are… Still wishing for death. You are sorcerer now, by my consent or not, but surely you must want more? After all, what good will that gate do you without favor from the gods? I’m simply asking you this: If you were given the chance to obtain limitless power… would you take it? Hmm?”

My breath quaked as I tried to parse through the information given to me.

“Well?”

Considering my situation, I was in no position to refuse. If I answered her, perhaps I’d be free…

“I--”

As I opened my mouth to answer, a single chain flew past my face and struck the woman in front of me.

Leave him be. He’s mine…

I could hear Lilly’s voice echo around me as the woman in white picked herself up off the ash.

“Oh~?”

I won’t let you lay a finger on him. Go play your games with someone else.

I saw a flash of silver as Lilly landed in front of me.

“Even now, you still try to disobey my will? Will fate itself not even bind you?”

As the woman in white raised a hand towards us, Lilly spun around and grabbed me by the waist. There was panic in her pale grey eyes.

We need to leave...NOW.

Lilly darted forward through the black ash, gripping me underneath her arm. The scenery surrounding us began to fade as I heard the woman’s voice speak off in the distance.

“I’m sure we will meet again... Haku…”

As the desert began to fade, I once again found myself in the black abyss. As we came to a stop, Lilly gently set me down.

Are you alright, Haku?

She looked directly into my eyes with a sad stare.

-I don’t even know what alright means anymore! Where am I?! Why did you abandon me!?

Lilly looked down towards the area below us, guilt was written across her face.

We are in a place between the realm of the gods and your soul…

-My soul?

Indeed… I took you here…

It almost looked like she was about to cry.

You were in so much pain… So I pulled you out of reality for the time being… There was nothing else I could do. I’m sorry.

-Please, Lilly… What's going on?

She looked back up into my eyes.

It seems you were kidnapped… And whoever stole you added a Gate to your soul.

-How is that even possible?

Those crystals... Those were souls... Transmuted sorcerers… Stripped of their body and forced into a tangible form along with their gates. The ritual they were performing… It forcibly fixed their gates to your soul, disposing of the souls the gates were attached to.

-But why…? Why me!?

I do not know…

I looked at the ground and tried to process the information given to me… Between becoming a Summoner, the demon, Himari, Kira, the woman in white, the man who kidnapped me… it was too much for me to bear.

As I fell to my knees and cradled my head in my hands, I felt Lilly wrap her arms around me.

-Why did you leave?

I didn’t… I just left you alone… as you ordered…

I could feel tears stream down my face.

-Please don’t do that again.

Only if you order it.

-I do.

So be it.

With that, the world around me began to fade again, and I felt myself drift back into reality.

Discussion (2)

  1. Justice

    Haku’s life sucks. You made me care for the character a bunch. Good build there. Gross what happened to him.

    1. Virgo Silver Post author

      Haku is definitely a tragic character. Everything is his own fault in a way, but you can’t help but feel for him. I’m super glad that I was able to draw emotional response, my main goal is to have people really get a feel for the characters and who they are and be taken on an emotional trip with them. I tried my best to really let people inside Haku’s mind and get a glimpse of what it’s like to be in his situation.

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