Ratings: PG-13 (For now)
Synopsis:I looked up through my almond hues, only to have my gaze meet with the man who was here to take me away. He wore a dark black trench coat, and he had these dark maple eyes what were lost in the smokey make up he wore bringing out the brown tint he had in his irises. He had long raven strands that fell to his chest, and those wings…they were black. He wasn’t an angel. The grim aura that surrounded him told me he spoke of death, something I feared more than anything. Why was here? What on earth had I done?
Comments: This is just something I started today. I hope you like it. Comments are appreciated :3
“Welcome.” A familiar voice said. A tall dark silhouette stood before me. His voice was dark, almost as dark as his appearance. I could hear it, his boots clanking against the rocks as he moved closer. It was almost graceful the way he walked, but my heart trembled with each step he took. I wasn’t sure who he was, or why he was here. All I knew was that he was here for me.
“Who are you?” I asked, my body becoming immobilized as the male gazed at me from above. I was on my knees, curled against the cool ground. There were trees surrounding us, but everything about this place was unnatural. The trees were dead without a leaf in sight. A river could be heard, but it sounded distant. I was cold, freezing to the bone. My heart was pounding so hard I thought it would rip from my chest.
Closer. Closer. Closer.
I looked up through my almond hues, only to have my gaze meet with the man who was here to take me away. He wore a dark black trench coat, and he had these dark maple eyes what were lost in the smokey make up he wore bringing out the brown tint he had in his irises. He had long raven strands that fell to his chest, and those wings…they were black. He wasn’t an angel. The grim aura that surrounded him told me he spoke of death, something I feared more than anything. Why was here? What on earth had I done?
“Who are you?” I asked once more, this time my voice cracking as I lifted myself off of nature’s floor. He only smiled at me and pointed to his neck. I wasn’t sure what he was referring to, but when I found a piece of glass lying close to me I could see a scar along my neck, reaching all the way around. It felt like a nightmare, or some bad dream. I had done it. I had taken the step I never thought I could. I always feared death. I never thought I’d do it, take my life. But the more I dwelled, the more memories began to race through my mind like a broken film. I had loved him, Akira Suzuki. We were friend s in high school. I found out he was cheating on me, and in a moment of despair I had smashed the mirror and slit my throat. I could still picture the way that scarlet red tainted the white tiles of the bathroom floor. Yes, I had done it. I knew why I was here. I was here to face death.
The male before me laughed, something I found incredibly insulting. My lips curved into a frown as my eyes narrowed, and I found myself throwing that glass at the other in the heat of the moment. “What’s so funny?” I screeched, getting ready to throw a punch at the man.
“You’re cute when you get angry.” He said, placing a hand on my shoulder. “My name is Aoi. Kouyou Takashima, from this day forward you are no longer part of the human realm. Your name is Uruha. See those pretty feathers on your back? I’m here to help you. It seems god and the devil couldn’t decide where to place you. I’m here to help you make that decision. It may seem obvious now, but you are going to have to go through some obstacles, and if you pass you get a trip to heaven. If you fail, you go to hell. And if you stay here, then I guess you can just get eaten by the dogs. They’re quite aggressive. Make your choice.”
As much as I wanted to hit him, I almost didn’t notice that there were wings on my back. They were a pretty white with black tips. I wasn’t sure if I could trust this man. How did I know if he wasn’t a test? He could be leading me into hell. I could only stare at him with a blank expression. I had to make a choice.
“I’ll follow you, but tell me again, who are you?” I was curious. Why was he here? Was he the devil? Was he even evil at all?
“Aoi.” He replied again, this time his smile faltering slightly. “Don’t ask so many questions. Let’s go.”
And the test began.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
“Aoi, where are we going?” I was getting tired. It felt like we had been walking an eternity. The travel had been silent. There was this expression on Aoi’s face that made him hard to read. I couldn’t tell what he was thinking. Did he know what I was thinking? I’m terrified of this world. It’s nothing like the human world. Even when we reached a town, it was like a ghost city. Nobody was around, it was abandoned.
I looked around curiously, eyes glancing around like a child. That was how I felt, like a child. I wished so badly my mother would come out and hold me. She used to hold me when there would be thunder storms and stroke her fingers through my hair. She wasn’t around, and I found a tear falling at the thought I’d never see her again. “Oh mom.” I whispered. I missed her so much.
“You alright?” Aoi asked, expression quickly becoming concerned. He stopped walking and stood in front of me, reaching a hand out to wipe a stray tear from my cheek. “We can’t stop yet. We’re in wolf territory.” He said, frowning slightly.
I forgot about that. I remember him mentioning before that we were in dog territory. We’re they monsters? If the animals were anything like the scenery they must have been bad and dark. “Are they scary?”
“Not so much scary. They hunt angels. We need to take shelter for the night. We’re going to the clock tower.” Aoi replied, sighing under breath. “Let’s try and hurry. I don’t feel like getting eaten.”
I simply nodded in response. Aoi knew much more about this world than I had, and if he said it was dangerous, then it had to have been. “Okay.” I mumbled, and I followed him. I wasn’t sure if I could trust him, but what else could I do?
We walked for another hour and the sun was beginning to rise just above the horizon. I could hear a howl coming from the east in which we were headed and my body became frozen. “Aoi, I think we need to change route.”
“Look, I know what I’m doing.” He said in an irritated tone. “We’re not far.”
It wasn’t long before I was the clock tower. A sigh of relief left my lips and we both hurried into the old heap to take shelter. It was ancient and the dust had me hacking up a lung. When I was human I had bad asthma. I didn’t think it would affect me here, but I guess I had the same body I did when I was alive.
I blinked when I saw Aoi motion for me to go to him. I crept over slowly, bringing a hand to cover my mouth to silence my wheezing. I nearly screamed when I saw Aoi stretch his wings, but my heart dropped to the pit of my stomach when he grabbed me and covered me with his wings to shelter me from the fallout. It was such a sweet gesture. I found my cheeks flushing as I buried my face into his chest and I could finally breathe again with little to no trouble at all.
“So why did you do it?” Aoi asked, most likely referring to the scar on my neck.
My body became still. “I was betrayed.” I responded monotone. “I was living with my boyfriend. We grew up together. We had a nice apartment that was close to the place we lived. I found out he was cheating on me with a guy at our work. His name was Takanori.” I began, fingers beginning to curl tightly into the other’s jacket. “I tried to let it slide and every time I brought it up with Akira he told me to stop accusing him or when I found them together he said he was going to end it. But it never happened.”
After awhile, I started losing it. It hurt, being alone. I wanted Akira to know how badly it was hurting me. It was in the heat of the moment that I killed myself. I didn’t want to. I’ve always been the weak one. I thought about death often, but then that night, I couldn’t take it anymore. I was in the bathroom, and I looked in the mirror. I thought ‘What was wrong with me that Akira couldn’t love me’? And I punched it. It shattered into so many pieces. I grabbed a shard and slid it across my throat. I prayed so badly that Akira would come for me. But he didn’t. When I woke up here, I was confused. It seems he didn’t love me. I wasn’t good enough.”
I was visibly crying now, my body shaking violently as I clutched onto the angel. I couldn’t hold it in anymore. I wanted Akira. I wanted the man I gave my everything for, including my life. I wished Aoi would magically turn into the man I loved. I just wanted Akira. My Akira.
“That’s stupid.” Aoi replied. “Honestly, Uruha.”
I could feel the anger boiling. How could he say something like that? “What the fuck did you say?!”
“When you found out about the cheating, you should have left him. You don’t need him. You could have found someone better. You’re beautiful, maybe not the brightest of the bunch, but if you were unhappy, you should have got the courage to end the relationship. No man is worth your life.”
“How the fuck do you know?! You don’t know anything!” I screamed, pushing the angel away. I struggled as he wrapped his arms around my waist to keep me in place. “Let me go!”
“You can’t run away again!” Aoi retorted. “You’re here because you fucked up! Listen to me for a god damn minute! You are worth so more than you know! Why is it so hard to see it!”
“I’m not! Akira is my everything! Without him, I’m nothing!” I cried. And then I began to grow weak. I fell against the raven, sobbing loudly as my body shook. “I’m so worthless.”
“Yeah, you are.” Aoi whispered, holding me in his arms almost like a lover. “If you think you’re worthless, then you are. I just wish you could see you’re worth so much more.”
We were both silent for awhile. I listened to Aoi’s heartbeat. It was so relaxing and I could feel myself drifting to sleep. I didn’t want to though. I wanted to know more about this man. “Why are you here?” I asked, yawning as I looked up at him.
“I slit my wrists when I was fifteen.” He replied, voice cracking. “I didn’t have the best home life. There was this boy I had a crush on at school. It took a lot to come up with the guts to tell him. When I finally did he told the other guys at school and the beat me. I wanted so badly to die then. When I went home that night, I went in my room and pulled out a knife I kept under my bed and cut my wrists. I laid there for awhile, and I drifted to sleep. When I woke up, I was told I would be the guardian angel because I was so young. I’ve been guiding people here for a long time now.”
“Do you ever miss being human?” I asked, nuzzling closer to the other.
“Sometimes I miss my Mom. She wasn’t the best, but she tried to love me the best way she could. But I can say that everything happens for a reason, and I wouldn’t change a thing.”
“Do you think that I’ll ever see Akira again?”
“I hope not. If he causes you so much pain, it’s better this way.” Aoi said, running his fingers through my hair.
“Maybe you’re right.” I said.
“Maybe I am.” He replied. “Now get some sleep.”
“Sleep sweet, Uruha.” Aoi said with a small smile, kissing my forehead gently. “The real test begins tomorrow.”