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Echoes of the Mirror 1.7 “Rain and Blood”
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.
When I opened my eyes, I was dismayed by the fact that I wasn’t greeted by the surroundings of my bedroom…
I was in an alleyway in the middle of the night in the pouring rain.
Checking my person, I found myself completely devoid of all personal belongings… Including my clothes.
Luckily enough it seemed that my wounds had fully healed. The giant V that was once cut into my chest existed no more.
I tried to stand up only to have my knees buckle underneath me, sending me crashing into the concrete.
Easy now Haku…
-Yeah… I know.
Aware that I was still mildly under the influence of the sedatives from earlier, I placed a hand on a concrete wall that was beside me and managed to stand.
-I need to atleast get out of here…
I raised my right hand and spoke.
“Take me to where I desire.”
I can’t… There’s still traces of mana powder in your body. It’s making it very difficult to use any of my powers.
-Since necromancy is an anti-magic of sorts I’m guessing that’s the reason why it’s so effective?
Without my phone there was no way to call anyone to pick me up… Even then who would I call?
With everything that happened so far I yearned to call the police, but with my wounds already healed and the man with glasses nowhere to be found, why would they believe me?
I walked slowly towards the end of the ally, careful not to fall again and took a look at the street sign.
-North street?! That’s all the way near the end of town!
Making my way all the way back home in this state seemed like an impossibility… I needed clothes. If anyone was to find me like this, they would call the authorities immediately and I would be the one arrested!
The hand that I had against the brick wall turned into a fist as tears rolled down my face.
Why did this all have to happen to me?!
What did I do to deserve this?!
My legs shaked as I thought in anger.
It seemed that even the sky was punishing me… My naked frail body was standing there as rain poured down onto me.
-For the love of all that is good… Will this rain-
Suddenly a bright blue circle appeared around me and the rain above me stopped in place.
The anger inside me disappeared within an instant and was replaced with awe.
“Did I… do this?”
I reached a single hand up above me and touched the rain drop.
“It’s stuck in one place… almost as if it’s frozen?”
The circle once again appeared from underneath me and the raindrop turned ice cold and solidified into a single sphere of ice.
I quickly yanked my hand away…
-What’s going on?
It’s your gate… I assume that right now it’s extremely unstable. After all, it’s an artificial gate that your body isn’t fully intune with yet…
My mind flashed to the operating table and my body fell to the ground like a sack of rocks.
I imagined myself getting cut open again in vivid detail…
Calm yourself Haku… With that gate in the state that it’s in, you’re going to hurt yourself… I’m here with you now. You have no reason to panic.
I focused on Lilly’s voice and looked down at my hands to find them shaking violently.
I stood back up onto my feet, still as unstable as before.
I took a breathe and tried to think of a way to atleast find something to cover myself…
I remembered that on the edge of town, there’s an old abandoned garage that may have something in it.
-North street… So… Not even a block away?
Nodding my head, realizing that this was the best idea, I started to make my way towards the other end of the ally.
Reaching the corner I took a look around the buildings and confirmed the fact that there was no one around.
While I wasn’t exactly in the best shape, I managed to make my way towards the area were the garage was rather quickly.
Surrounded by a few large trees was a large brick building covered in moss.
If I remembered correctly, it used to be the garage for the municipalities department a couple of decades ago… Back when Hira was a bit more self sufficient.
I made my way through a line of trees and reached the back door entrance of the garage.
I reached for the handle of the wooden door that was in front of me only to find it locked.
I took a few steps back and surveyed the back of the building… No windows on the ground floor.
-No such luck… Only the second floor has windows…
If you were in better shape I’d suggest just breaking the door down.
While it wasn’t really a joke, I couldn’t help but laugh a little… I was nervous, cold, tired, and traumatized. I was willing to take anything to lift my spirits a little.
-Yeah… If only we could…
Suddenly an idea popped into my head.
You aren’t seriously planning on trying that are you?
-What else am I going to do? I can’t use your powers, I’m not strong enough to break the door down, and there’s nowhere else secluded nearby.
Be careful. You have no idea how to control it…
I took a few steps towards the door, leaving it still a fair distance in front of me.
I thought back to Alex’s match with Itsuki… Where all of this began…
I imagined her raising her hand letting go a burst of wind.
I closed my eyes and lifted my own arm and opened my hand, still thinking of the match.
I opened my eyes and a green circle of light glowed around me.
A powerful gust of wind blew past me and blew the wooden door clean off its hinges, leaving the entrance to the garage wide open.
I smiled as wide as I could, feeling triumph in my task of recreating Alex’s attack.
I slowly walked through the threshold and found myself in a decrepit office area.
-Well… This isn’t promising…
All of the equipment inside of the room was gone... only broken desks, soggy drywall, and rotten wood remained.
The entire reason I came here was to find clothing, but nothing remained.
I clicked my tongue in disappointment with a scowl.
This is only the first room Haku… Upstairs maybe?
Taking heed of Lilly’s advice, I headed towards the door that led deeper into the building and opened it.
I was greeted by a pitch black hallway.
“Well… considering I don’t have any shoes, some light would be nice.”
At that a circle of white light appeared below me and rose off the ground settling at the height of my waist, Illuminating the area around me.
-Okay… Magic floating circle of light then… I can deal with this.
I walked through the hallway, careful not to step on anything that might cut me and made my way up a wooden staircase.
Reaching the top of the stairs I was greeted only by a very large open area with broken windows surrounding the perimeter.
-So much for that…
Maybe the actual garage has something?
-I doubt it… Looks like they packed up everything and left.
Well… Do you have any other ideas?
-No. No I don’t.
Well off to the garage with you then.
I backtracked my way back to the office area and went through another door that led to the garage.
The entire area was empty except for a single vehicle in the middle.
-I recognize that vehicle…
I walked up to the side of it and confirmed that was indeed an old grey Mitsubishi van… The same van that my father and I came here in.
-No it can’t be…
It more than likely isn’t Haku… You humans have millions of vehicles, many of the same kind.
I walked around to the back and saw that the license plate was missing.
-Well… I highly doubt that I would’ve been able to remember the number anyhow…
Tossing this idea aside, I reached for the double door hatch on the back of the van and opened it.
Laying lonely on its side was a black suitcase with a tag that read ‘Ahiga Maeda’... My father’s name.
-This… Shouldn’t be here… My dad went missing… He took the van with him!
I stood there frozen…
There was no way that this was possible…
This isn’t the time Haku. I can only imagine what you’re feeling right now… but right now we need to focus on getting you back home.
I took a breathe.
Once again she was right… While this place is abandoned, if someone heard me break open the door and came to investigate, finding me here naked would be extremely incriminating.
There’s also the fact that someone hid the van here… It was obvious that I wasn’t supposed to find it.
I pulled the suitcase out of the van and unzipped the main pocket hopeful to find some clothes.
My hands were greeted by a giant lock box that took up the entirety of the bag.
In the middle of the giant metal lid was a combination lock.
I remembered back to when I was little and thought of the PIN that my father used to unlock his phone… My birthday.
I entered in the combination and my ears were greeted with a *click*.
I opened the lid and pulled out the contents on top.
In my hands were a jet black uniform with combat boots and a coat that looked like a hybrid of a trench coat and a cloak.
My mind raced with questions as to why my father owned these and why they were locked up, but I decided to set that aside for the time being.
I placed the clothes on the floor of the van and began to dress myself.
My father was around the same size that I am now, so everything fit pretty snuggly.
Finishing putting on the pants and shirt, I buckled the combat boots and put on the coat.
-This thing nearly touches the ground! What kind of uniform is this!?
The coat itself was devoid of any markings and had an extremely heavy liner.
I assumed that’s what it was at least… I never seen anything like it.
I looked back to the bottom of the lockbox and rummaged through the remains.
-A pair of semi fingerless gloves…
I looked outside and saw that it was still pouring so I put them on.
In my hands was an extremely large handgun.
-Yeah… a Desert Eagle… I was at an airsoft store with my dad and he pointed out a replica of this.
I cradled the extremely large gun in my hand careful not to pull the trigger.
I picked up a fully loaded magazine with my other hand and looked it over.
-Yeah...This definitely isn’t airsoft… What was my father doing with this!?
Well what did your father do for a living?
I tried to trace my memories but found nothing.
-I...Don’t know… He got a new job when my mom died, but he never talked about it.
-Should I take it…? Guns are illegal in Hira…
...If it was your father’s, he would’ve wanted you to have it… After all, after everything that’s happened so far, a gun may come in handy…
I slid the magazine into the pistol and pulled the slide back.
My father took me to a shooting range a few times, but my mother threw a fit about it since I was so young and guns were looked down upon, so my dad stopped taking me.
After that we played around with airsoft guns, so I have basic idea of how to use one.
I pulled the gun up to eye level, steadied it with my other hand and aimed.
-Let’s hope I don’t have to use this…
Hahaha… A gun, sorcery, and summoning… I knew I was right to chose you… Feel like a badass yet?
I clicked on the safety and slid the gun into the back of my waist line.
-No… I feel like a highschooler that’s sick of this shit.
I threw the empty suitcase back into the van and closed the doors.
-Alright… Let’s get out of here…
Turning around, I threw my hood up and exited the garage.
Taking the long way around the garage, I found myself walking down the streets of Hira.
The rain stopped.
-A good omen maybe?
I’d stop saying that Haku… Everytime you say that something is a good omen, something worse always happens.
-You have a very good point.
As I walked down the street, I noticed that the sedatives must of worn off. I was walking with little to no problem.
-Can we teleport yet?
No...That mana powder may take days to wear off… The most I can do at this point is heal your wounds.
I stopped for a second.
-I’m going to go see Kira.
I stood in the middle of the street with my hands in my pants and looked solemnly towards the ground.
-Because I need to talk to someone… I need to tell someone what just happened… Kira and I are on bad terms right now but I really need her. I need to cry and yell right now.
Is that the best idea? Why not just talk to her tomorrow after school?
-I’m not going to school tomorrow. I just got cut up on a fucking operating table and found my father’s stuff 11 years after he disappeared. I need to talk to someone about this. I’m doing all I can not to crawl up in a ball and bawl my eyes out… If I go any longer without talking to someone I’m going to go insane and kill myself.
With that I made my way towards the west side of town.
I approached a medium sized white modern house.
I took a deep breathe and approached the front door.
-Well… No turning back now…
I knocked on the door.
Stepping away from the door, I looked towards the driveway and saw that there was no cars.
-Her parents aren’t here right now… Maybe they’re at one of their stores?
I had no idea what time it was, so such a thing wouldn’t surprise me.
I peered through the front window and saw that the lights were on.
-That’s odd… They never leave the lights on if they aren’t home.
I tried glancing into the kitchen and looked at the wall clock.
It was 2:34 in the morning…
-Yeah… Someone should definitely be home.
I knocked on the door again.
“Kira! It’s Haku! Are you home?!”
Her parents are known to go on small charity trips every now and then… They could be gone… But Kira should definitely be here.
Maybe she’s sleeping?
-With the house lit up like a Christmas tree? I don’t think so.
I went to knock on the door again but heard meowing from the window…
Looking to my right I saw Kira’s cat pawing the glass…
Something wasn’t right…
Looking closer I saw that the cat’s paws were stained with blood, leaving streaks on the window.
I reached for the door knob and tried to turn it only to find it locked…
Acting out of desperation I pulled the Desert Eagle from behind my back and clicked off the safety.
What are you doing Haku? How is that going to help?!
-Desert Eagle… chambered in 50.AE, it was originally made for taking out engine blocks. Kira’s door is steel reinforced… But I guarantee I can blow the lock.
I pointed the barrel towards the deadbolt and let loose a round.
...Then towards the knob
I flipped the safety, shoved the gun back in my waist line and put a hand to the door.
A circle of green light surrounded me and the door flung open with a *CRACK*.
I ran upstairs to Kira’s room and found her door open.
Pushing open the door I rushed into her room.
“Kira! Are you alright--?”
My eyes widened in horror…
Haku! Remain calm! Your gate is still unstable! If you don’t get your emotions under control RIGHT NOW you could easily destroy the house!
My entire body quaked…
-No… No no no no no no...This can’t be happening…
I slowly paced my way over to Kira’s bed and dropped to my knees.
In front of me was Kira dressed in her bright pink cat pajamas…
Her eyes were open and grey and blood covered her mouth.
Her right hand clutched a kitchen knife that was planted deep into her stomach and her left held her pink phone.
My eyes traced the bed that was soaked in blood in pure horror.
I grasped one of her shoulders tightly and lightly shook her.
Around me a circle started to form, crackling electricity.
HAKU! REMAIN CALM!
I kept calling out Kira’s name… but I didn’t hear a response…
My head fell to her chest as tears started streaming down my face.
I took my ear and placed it near her mouth… She was still breathing.
“Kira? Hold on Kira! Please!”
I picked Kira up in my arms and cradled her against my chest…
I looked down to see that Kira’s phone had fell onto the floor.
Her screen was on with a message open…
“To: Haku ^.^
...I just want you to know that I always loved you and all I wanted was to be with you.
None of the friends I have ever made could replace you.
This isn’t your fault. It’s mine.
You need to hurry Haku… The only thing keeping her alive is her familiar… Her prana is weak.
I rushed out her bedroom door, through the living room, into the streets of Hira.
I ran as fast as I could to the local clinic.
Reaching the double doors of the building I ran into the reception room.
A nurse stood up from the desk.
Looking towards her, I spoke in panic.
“She needs medical attention NOW! Quick! Get a doctor!”
As she ran towards the doors on the left, she yelled out to me.
“Take her to room 3A, it’s on your right!”
I quickly ran into the room and placed her on the medical table.
I grasped her hand.
“Hang in there Kira...Please…”
I heard footsteps behind me.
“This doesn’t look good… Nurse, get him out of here.”
As the doctor pushed by me, the nurse now dressed in pink scrubs escorted me out of the room and locked the door.
This was all that I could do.
I sat on a chair in the reception room and placed my head in my hands.
Hours passed as I watched several doctors come to and from Kira’s room.
Eventually, the doctor that originally had me escorted out of the room approached me.
I looked up to see a middle aged man with a comb-over in front of me.
I stood up.
“Is she okay?” I asked him, anxiety in my voice.
The man looked nervous as he looked me over.
“...Yes...She’s still near death’s door but she’s stabilizing…”
I let out a sigh of relief.
“Thank god...That’s good to hear…”
The man fidgeted in place, as if expecting me to question him.
I looked at him with confusion.
In response he handed me a clipboard.
I looked to the top page of the clipboard…
“Complete Medical File: Kira Nakajima”
The man began to speak with a certain nervousness in his voice.
“T-that file includes all of Miss Nakajima’s medical records… I can also make you a copy of all of her family’s records as well if you require it…”
-What on earth? Why is he handing me these.
“Please… There’s nothing else I can do… We appreciate the NES bringing Miss Nakajima here… But your superiors should be satisfied by those documents…”
At this time my confusion reached a climax.
“What the hell are you talking about? Kira is--”
The doctor interrupted me and began to list off information.
“--Miss Nakajima has been described antidepressants before to combat her Major Depressive Disorder… She also has been going to psychiatric therapy regularly. However, I’d also like to point out that while this isn’t the first time she’s inflicted self-harm, this is indeed the first time she has ever attempted suicide. We assure you and your superiors that Miss Nakajima will be committed to a psychiatric hospital as soon as she is fully recovered…”
-Kira...has depression? She’s hurt herself before?
“We spoke to her psychiatrist and it appears that her mental state has been steadily decreasing since several months ago. It seems that her degraded relationship with a ‘Haku Maeda’, a love interest of her’s, acted as a catalyst to her mental health…”
My eyes widened in disbelief…
-I did this…?
“...With this being said, we apologise for whatever inconvenience she must of caused you and your division during your time here in Hira and assure you that it will not happen again…”
I furrowed my eyebrows and decided to play along… It was obvious that I was NOT welcome here.
“Be sure it doesn’t… I don’t require any further documentation. Thank you for your cooperation.”
I really wanted to visit Kira and make sure she was alright, but dressed as I was, this wasn’t going to fly.
I quickly left the hospital and took to the streets of Hira and headed home.
-Kira… Why didn’t you tell me…
I thought back to the doctor and how he reacted to the way I was dressed…
“Dad...Just who on earth were you?”