Chapter 4:

Chapter 2: The Pink Bunny in the Forest

Radiant Prism - The Goddess of Chaos and a World With You [Short]

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“Be safe out there, ma’am.”Bookmark here

A knight said as he waved me off. I turned back to the tall walls of Radiant City. Everything in me wanted to disappear and never come back… but I promised Maxwell that I'd live here when he passed on.Bookmark here

“…It’s finally getting dark.”Bookmark here

I looked up to see the burning sun hiding behind the horizon. This was a sight I’ve grown to love. As the night cleaved in, I heard a loud clicking noise coming from behind me.Bookmark here

“Wow…”Bookmark here

When I turned to look at the city, the lamps around it lit up with holy spectrum. The spectrum flow in the sky that I noticed this morning was lit up. Dancing above us were colors representing different spectrums. It showed that they harnessed the elements and are using them all day and night. Even the Radiant Kingdom lit up in a bright white haze.Bookmark here

“…It’s time to get home.”Bookmark here

I whispered. Bookmark here

The sight was marvelous, but I still wouldn’t want to live here if I had the choice. I slowly made my way back home. As I ventured into the field, I could see the factories tolling away as their lights were still on. Spectrum was flowing from it at high rates. However, the farms weren’t lit up; it was resting time for them.Bookmark here

Eventually, in the distance, my cabin came to view. Thankfully, no beast came out to attack me as I casually made my way back home.Bookmark here

I was able to let my guard down for the first time today. When I approached the door, I pulled out my key and opened the door. Inside was nothing special; a small kitchen, a living room, and a small bedroom on the side. Perfect for just me.Bookmark here

“I’m home, Maxwell.”Bookmark here

I announced as I walked into my bedroom. I set my katana on the wall.Bookmark here

“No fried green tomatoes, but… I do have broccoli… and maybe…”Bookmark here

After making a broccoli soup, I sat at the table and finally relaxed. It was fine… not much seasoning other than a little bit of pepper. My cooking skills were nothing special. As long as I enjoyed it, it didn’t matter how it tasted.Bookmark here

“This is nice…”Bookmark here

As I stirred my spoon in the soup, I thought about everything. I wanted my life to be simple, but after coming here and entering the city, it seemed that was taken away momentarily. I decided that after I helped Jade with her investigation, I would make sure to never step foot in Radiant City again.Bookmark here

“That was good…”Bookmark here

The fire behind me crackled, the outside nightlife chirped, and everything was… pleasant. After finishing my meal, I calmly washed the dishes. In the sink, I gently scrubbed the pot and plates. It was only me in this isolated space. As if I walked into a realm where other people didn’t exist, I was… in heaven.Bookmark here

I never make more than a portion size for myself. If I cooked anymore, then I would get bored of it and not finish the rest. When everything was in order, I looked about the place for a bit before stepping outside. The moon was bright, and it reminded me of the forest.Bookmark here

“…Maxwell.”Bookmark here

His name still hurt to mention, but because of him, I was alive today. Without his sacrifice, this sight wouldn't have been possible for me.Bookmark here

“I’m not just living for myself anymore… but for you too, Maxwell.”Bookmark here

When I first stepped out of that forest, everything was new to me. It was like I walked into a new world… but in reality, I was on the same planet. I was still on Prism.Bookmark here

As I thought away, the wind blew a nice chill as it made my long hair dance in the moonlight. As I closed my eyes and let the wind take me in its arms, I heard a noise not native to the elements.Bookmark here

“Ngg… Mhhh..."Bookmark here

From the distance, but near the forest, I heard a strange sound. Cautiously, I walked down my wooden steps. The noises were getting louder as I waded my way through the bushes. After a bit of searching, I found something remarkable…Bookmark here

On the edge of the forest, near my cabin, was a girl clad in a white and green school uniform. With a red ribbon, crème white skirt, and fancy boots, she looked out of place in this forest. Her bright pink hair and eyes full of starlike wonder caught me off guard. With that bright pink hair and coy exterior, she was lying down on her stomach with her eyes brimming with excitement as she watched something remarkable to her.Bookmark here

“Oh…”Bookmark here

It was nothing but a blue butterfly, but the way the moonlight broke through the trees and cast its wonderful light on her heightened the experience for me. Her uniform must be getting dirty, but she seemingly didn't care. Her feet kicked about as she was mesmerized by this tiny creature.Bookmark here

“Zoooom… zoom…”Bookmark here

Strange noises were coming from her lips and it… brought a smile to my face.  As if she was so innocent that the childlike wonder was still brimming within her. Watching her poke at this butterfly and it not fly away, soothed my heart, and took away the stressful morning I had.Bookmark here

“Mr. Wings. I’m going to call you… Mr. Wings from now on.”Bookmark here

When she spoke, her voice was timid and as soft as a pillow. It was the kind of voice that one could listen to and fall asleep to. As if every syllable was made to soothe my soul…Bookmark here

“Wow… hehe. Yuu Yuu really do like things like this...”Bookmark here

She laughed, and it caused me to smile and unconsciously chuckle too.Bookmark here

“Oh?!”Bookmark here

She stood up, causing the butterflies and any other little creature around her to scatter. Here in the blue moonlight, we caught eyes with one another. She had bright short pink hair and hot pink eyes that only added to her unique charm. She sported a sailor uniform that I’d never seen before. It was white and green with golden buttons, but the white was now a mix of brown from the dirt. Momentarily, she wiped her hand on her white skirt, smearing the dirt there as well.Bookmark here

“Oh… sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you.”Bookmark here

I put my hands up as I spoke. She reminded me of a bunny as she gazed at me with caution. Her eyes were soft, and that only made me want to calmly speak with her. Bookmark here

“Ah… I live just over here in that cabin nearby. I heard a noise and… found you, that’s all.”Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

Not a word was uttered from her as she watched me with prejudice. Occasionally, she would look over her shoulder too. Bookmark here

“Hey… I’ve seen you before, haven’t I?”Bookmark here

I saw her during that bombing earlier in the day. But before I could mention that she shifted her gaze away and rushed off deeper into the forest. She was fast, just like a pink bunny. My mind raised back to the orphanage once again. My chest grew heavy as she vanished into the forest.Bookmark here

“Ah…”Bookmark here

I didn’t expect her to take off like that. The fatigue of the day finally started to get to me too. The temperature was getting colder as the wind blew just a little harder. I tapped my hip and turned around. With a stretch of my arms behind my back I concluded...Bookmark here

“Well, that’s one less person I’ll have to deal with, I guess...”Bookmark here

Instead of thinking more about it, I made my way back home. I removed my jacket and shorts and got into something more comfortable. It was a dark dress I made a few years back. It had holes that I had to keep repairing, but I still liked it. The rest of the night was uneventful, and when I got tired, I lay in bed…Bookmark here

“Alright… I have to be up earlier than usual tomorrow.”Bookmark here

I closed my eyes, inviting the night terrors to assault my mind.Bookmark here

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