Chapter 5:

The Shard Part ll

DelusionL!


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The cold sensation of winter wrapped me like a blanket and the same angel from my fuzzy memories appeared.Bookmark here

"Why?" little me asked them, "Why is it that I can see you?"Bookmark here

I noticed a passerby that strolled down the sidewalk next to the park hadn't reacted to the angel at all. Bookmark here

In fact, they hadn't acknowledged me either.Bookmark here

The angel kept their graceful smile. Bookmark here

It was comforting, something about their presence was alluring enough for me to fall back asleep as if I was listening to a lullaby. The snow stopped tickling my skin too; the angel had covered my shivering body with their welcoming arms.Bookmark here

And before I had fallen asleep, I heard the faint mumbling of my brother, calling for me.Bookmark here

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...Miko...Bookmark here

Kamiko!Bookmark here

The same feeling of being dropped from the sky suddenly took over.Bookmark here

"Kamiko!"Bookmark here

It was Toshiro's voice.Bookmark here

Then someone slapped my face, but I hadn't felt the anguished pain stemming from my sore cheek, for I heard someone else being slapped and a voice yelled, "AH!"Bookmark here

Oh, that voice, that was definitely Kingston. Bookmark here

I rubbed my eyes and slowly opened them. The environment was blurry at first, but it was overwhelmingly red in color. Then the decorations started appearing; wall paintings of what I presumed were demons battling one another, and others that fought powerful angels. Bookmark here

"Damn it, what was that for!" I heard Kingston right as my vision came back to life.Bookmark here

"Well, what was the slap for!" Toshiro exclaimed, "don't you hit my sister like that again!"Bookmark here

"Dude, she wasn't waking up, I just did what my people usually do when someone loses their senses," Kingston and I exchanged stares, "And look, it worked, rise and shine, princess."Bookmark here

"One time, just," Toshiro lifted a finger, "one time only, and that's it. You're not going to do this again, ever."Bookmark here

He let out a frustrating sigh and reached over to lift me up.Bookmark here

"Sorry about that, are you OK? Did you hit your head? How are you feeling?"Bookmark here

"I'm fine," I softly brushed his hand away and lifted myself up, "let's figure out where we are first and handle this mess."Bookmark here

"Yeah, about that," Kingston took one glance around, his translucent fingers fidgeted, "This is definitely the last place I expect us to be."Bookmark here

"What do you mean-" Bookmark here

"WELL WELL WELL, WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?"Bookmark here

A new voice infiltrated our ears with its squeaky, annoying pitch that only little kids would possess. Bookmark here

The three of us immediately stood up in defensive positions and glanced around to find where it had come from.Bookmark here

The room we found ourselves in mimicked those I've seen in churches; huge, may I say, with ceilings that might as well kiss the sky because the murals were towering over our presence. Candlelight gave an ominous atmosphere to this so-called mystery room as if I was inside a typical fantasy villain castle. Bookmark here

The sounds of rumbling pipes bounced off the walls and a peal of faint laughter from the distance beckoned us to approach them.Bookmark here

But before any of us responded to the mystery voice, they spoke again. Bookmark here

"GUESTS, GUESTS FROM TERRA! AND A PRETTY RUBORIAN BOY, TOO!"Bookmark here

"What did they just call you?" I asked Kingston. Bookmark here

"Don't worry about it," he replied quickly, his eyes focused on a corner, "Right now, we charge. She won't be pretty."Bookmark here

His stance was one of a confident fighter, which had me realizing whether he had studied some sort of combat skill back home. It's hard to imagine impulsion itself motivated him to run away, even if his family had direct connections to Lucifer to spare him. Bookmark here

In the end, he'd always be a fugitive.Bookmark here

"WELCOME, FRIENDS! TO LUCIFER'S LOBBY! HOW MAY I HELP YOU?"Bookmark here

"How can you help us if we can't see you?" commented Toshiro.Bookmark here

"AH, THAT'S RIGHT! TERRANIANS CAN'T SEE US! HOLD ON!"Bookmark here

At a far corner of the room, stood a lonely little person. A demon, I presumed, because there was nothing that stood there before. Bookmark here

She was tiny in comparison to Kingston, perhaps a child even. Long stockings of mix-and-match colors reminded me of lollipops and cotton candy. Her hair was a drizzly mess, strands that stuck out of her pigtails along with a pair of rose-colored glasses meant to decorate her freckled face. Bookmark here

Unlike Kingston, her pair of fangs were more obvious. Talk about a classic trait of demons. Bookmark here

"That just looks like a kid demon to me," I lowered my guard a bit, "exactly how is she going to be dangerous?"Bookmark here

Toshiro and Kingston stared at me simultaneously. Bookmark here

"Don't underestimate demons/Fallens!" they said. Bookmark here

"Alright, that's fair," I took a step forward toward the little creature. She smiled back playfully, twirling her hair and blinking innocently as if I had stayed completely oblivious. Bookmark here

"AS THIS IS LUCIFER'S LOBBY, SELECT WHICH REALMS YOU'D LIKE TO VISIT!"Bookmark here

"Huh?"Bookmark here

Out of nowhere, a huge transparent screen appeared in front of us. Bookmark here

There were a hundred, no thousands of selections to choose from. Mini monitor screens depicting a camera's perspective mimicked those I'd see in horror movies, except everything was strangely colorful for a world created by Lucifer.Bookmark here

There was a monitor screen depicting a field of flowers; another toward a fragile house sitting in a patch of uneven grass, and another at an abandoned throne meant for arrogant rulers to place their feet on.Bookmark here

I had assumed destruction and turmoil, but the scenes revealed otherwise. Bookmark here

"I- uh," I froze in thought, not realizing the demon in question had lunged at me at my left. Bookmark here

"KA-"Bookmark here

Toshiro's yell never found its way to reach my ears. No chance, we barely took a breath and suddenly our eyes were met with Kingston's, who had the kid demon slammed onto the ground. Bookmark here

Her head had crushed the floor beneath her, leaving shattered glass scattered all over them. Bookmark here

The mark of a crater beneath the broken layer of glass.  Bookmark here

"Nellie," one of Kingston's arms pointed at me, "Don't lose concentration. I guarantee you there are always tricks up their sleeves."Bookmark here

"Hmmph!" The kid demon struggled to rip Kingston's arm off her face. Bookmark here

"At least, not anyone who serves for Lucifer," Kingston's eyes illuminated a streak of vengeance as he lifted the kid demon's face and slammed it into the ground.Bookmark here

"Kingston, I think that's too much," immediately after my statement, Kingston glanced at me with a horrified look. He blinked from shock, ending the streaks on his eyes and the arms that held the little demon. Bookmark here

The kid demon bellowed out with a coughing fit. It didn't last long, for it turned into a dramatic gasp and then, uncontrollable laughter.Bookmark here

A laughter of disbelief. Bookmark here

"K-Kingston..." the kid demon raised her head from the ground, "Kingston? KINGSTON! AS IN, KINGSTON DE LEAUX! AS IN, THE WANTED RUNAWAY OF THE ROYAL RUBORIAN FAMILY! NO WAY!"Bookmark here

"You're INFAMOUS?" Toshiro screamed. His hands had made a mess of his hair from all the stress he'd collected. Bookmark here

"Now's not the time!" Bookmark here

Kingston jumped back from his position right as the kid demon turned around and lunged at him with a wide mouth. Bookmark here

She had aimed for his face with those destructive fangs. If speed and biting were her strengths, I could only imagine what those fangs will do to a person. Bookmark here

"WOW, I KNEW YOU LOOK SIMILAR TO THE WANTED POSTERS, BUT I REFUSED TO BELIEVE IT!" The kid demon slashed the air in front of Kingston, "THERE WAS SIMPLY NO WAY A PRINCE OF THE RUBORIAN FAMILY WOULD FIND HIMSELF MINGLING WITH TERRANIANS! BUT ALAS..."Bookmark here

Her nails scratched a thin layer of Kingston's skin. A streak of blood painted his cheek. Bookmark here

"I GUESS YOU'VE DOWNGRADED YOURSELF."Bookmark here

"Kingston!" Toshiro leaped forward and pushed the kid demon away from him. She had gotten too close; the strands of her pigtails had already touched the soft lining of Kingston's coat, ready to rip him to shreds. Bookmark here

Kingston fell onto his back, cracking the delicate layer of the glass floor. Toshiro had stumbled forward, his shoes squeaked throughout his attempt to stand back up.Bookmark here

But the kid demon was too fast. Right as Toshiro turned around, she bit his shoulder.Bookmark here

It was silence asides from the loud slurping of blood. Bookmark here

Kingston and I stayed at our positions, paralyzed in shock. Toshiro didn't move either, the sounds of a clogged throat urged him to scream but he couldn't.Bookmark here

"DON'T INTEREFERE, TERRANIAN," Bookmark here

The kid demon threw Toshiro across the room and licked her lips.Bookmark here

 "THE REWARD FOR BRINGING THIS RUBORIAN PRINCE BACK IS ENTICING."Bookmark here

She turned to me. I remain unfazed. In fact, I was seething. Bookmark here

"AND IF YOU GET IN MY WAY MISS NELLIE, I'LL KILL YOU."Bookmark here

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