Chapter 7:

Meeting someone new

The World After

“Hey!” Bookmark here

I could hear a voice, a young girl’s voice. Bookmark here

“Mister, are you still sleeping.” she continued, her high pitched voice had pulled me out of slumber.Bookmark here

I slowly opened my eyes. I couldn’t open them well because it hurt every time I tried any more than a certain level. I lifted my hand and touched my forehead feeling what seemed to be a bruise on there.Bookmark here

‘W-What’s going on?’ I thought as I tried sitting up straight.Bookmark here

I felt what I was lying on, it was soft and fluffy for a hard floor. ‘I’m on a bed?’ Bookmark here

‘Didn’t gramps say he would kill me?’ I mused.Bookmark here

I turned to see a young girl, she seemed about eight years old or so. She had emerald eyes and long green hair that was braided on one side almost like she made the hair herself. Her white cotton looking dress was covered in purple splatters of paint.Bookmark here

“Wow mister, you’re finally awake!” She exclaimed excitedly.Bookmark here

“W-Where am I?” I pondered out loud. “Heaven?” Bookmark here

“Ehh? No, you’re in my house.” the girl said a bit alarmed by the question.Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

“I found you in the woods by yourself,” she explained as she pointed to a window beside my bed which revealed a large forest. “You were on the floor really injured and bleeding. Soooou, I patched you up and brought you to my house.”Bookmark here

“W-What? How long was I out for?” Bookmark here

She looked up pondering the answer to my question. “A day… or two give or take.”Bookmark here

“That bad huh?” I muttered to myself looking down at my hands.Bookmark here

“Hey, are you from Raiba mister?” she questioned, “You look like one of them.”Bookmark here

“Not… anymore.” I replied gritting my teeth due to both my boiling anger, and attempt to stop myself from crying.Bookmark here

“Ohhhh, well… what if you stay with me!?” she suggested “I need some help with what I’m doing here, and you can’t go back home. So why not?”Bookmark here

I shrugged my shoulders while I was looking out the window. “Sure.”Bookmark here

“Really?! Thank you” she squealed “Just wait right here, I’ll be right back.”Bookmark here

‘It’s not like anyone cares about me anymore.’Bookmark here

The girl was away for a while. So before she came back, I looked around the room she put me in. it was quite small (Same could be said about the bed). Its walls were covered in pink and its ceiling was white in colour. The door leading out of the room was clearly shorter than me, there was a table filled with makeup accessories (I think), and a closet that had a weird symbol on it. The floor was also covered in this symbol.Bookmark here

“Weird, I’ll ask when she comes back.” I muttered to myself.Bookmark here

Just as I said this, the room door opened. “YOOO!” Bookmark here

“H-Hi.” I sheepishly replied.Bookmark here

“Relax, I don’t bite y’know.” She seemed to be wearing the same dress as before. “FYI, Not the same dress!” She exclaimed.Bookmark here

“O-Ohhh. OK” my voice was cold and emotionless like Grandpa’s was. This was the first time I talked to anyone remotely near my age other than Rai of course, so it was quite difficult to speak normally.Bookmark here

“Geez…”Bookmark here

“Sorry, I’m not used to talking to people unless I know them, or they've tried to kill me.”Bookmark here

“Okay?” she responded a bit bamboozled “Anyway, what’s your name? I won’t be calling you mister forever right?”Bookmark here

“Oh of course” I replied “my name is Kai.”Bookmark here

“Nice to meet you Kai, I’m Kiko” she said with a big smile on her face.Bookmark here

“N-Nice to meet you too.” Bookmark here

“Mhm” Kiko responded “Rest for today ok? We’ll get started tomorrow” I nodded. Kiko seemed like a nice person. But any time I thought that, grandpa’s words would remind me the painful truth.Bookmark here

“You shouldn’t take any man’s words to heart boy.”Bookmark here

I kept thinking about what he said. I couldn’t trust anyone no matter who they were or how nice they seemed. ‘She’s a child though soo that’s gotta be an exception right?’Bookmark here

“Here.” Kiko said as she brought a tray of nectar and bread “You should eat.”Bookmark here

“did you make this?” I asked shocked that such a young girl could cook.Bookmark here

“Yup. Why, you jealous?” she replied with a gleeful look on her face.Bookmark here

“No, I’m just shocked that an eight year old knows how to make things like this better than me.” I explained, my mouth full of the bread.Bookmark here

Kiko laughed as I said this before replying, “I’m from the fairy clan.” I looked wondering what difference that made.Bookmark here

“Fairy clansmen don’t age as fast as other big Clans y’know.”Bookmark here

“I still don’t get it” I said as I scratched my head in confusion.Bookmark here

Her face was now in her palm. She couldn’t believe I still didn’t understand her. “I’m older than I look genius.”Bookmark here

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“W-Wait wait, What?!”Bookmark here

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