The next day, the duo arrived in Lorbenia. Lyle asked Rasha to wait outside
of the house while he went inside. She agreed, and he went to talk to his
"Lyle, we were worried," Fam admitted, "You ran off without telling us what
"Never mind that, just give us the dirt. Where were you for all these
months?" Ihrie inquired.
So Lyle told them all about his travels, giving great attention to his trip
to Arus, and the fact that Rasha was alive. He told them, "I want you to
pretend you're meeting her for the first time. If she finds out who she
really is again, she might try to kill herself again. I lost her once, I
won't lose her again."
Ihrie nodded. "You can count on us. Right Fam, Migel?"
Fam nodded as well. You can tell she didn't really want to have to agree
with Rasha, but she didn't want to harm her either. She was too gentle a
soul to try and do something that would cause great emotional trauma to
another person, no matter who that person happened to be.
"Are you sure she won't go crazy again?" asked Migel, "I mean, she is
"No, I'm not 100 percent sure. But all I know is that Rasha has no memory
of what happened, or of us. There is a chance that Sargus did something to
her in order to both protect the world from the Sinistraels and save her
life. I don't know what that is, but I am willing to give her a chance,"
Migel was about to say something, but decided against it at the last minute
when he saw Ihrie glaring. He didn't know why he let these girls walk all
over him. He'd let Rasha because he was afraid of her blasting him. But
Ihrie wouldn't do that, least she turn into a mouse again. There was just a
certain appeal to her that he hadn't found in any other woman. Maybe that
was why they'd become a couple in the past year. Well, Fam's matchmaker
scheme could have something to do with it too.
Finally, Rasha was allowed to come in. She introduced herself, and then
asked for their names. One by one, Lyle's companions gave their names, and
the party was on.
But sometime later, Rasha began to feel uncomfortable. The four had shared
such an incredible adventure together, and had so many stories to tell.
She, on the other hand, had lost her memory after the boat she was on
crashed near Arus, and her parents had been killed. Rasha could only dream
about the places Lyle and his friends had seen, and imagine the adventures
Rasha thought, 'If only I had gone on an adventure like that. I would love
to have something to brag about besides my little abilities in the kitchen,
and slight magical powers.'
Fam began telling her about the time that the gargoyle had captured her,
and Ihrie had tried to attack with her magic. "You see, Ihrie has this
curse, where she turns into a mouse whenever she uses her magic. So she
cast a spell on the demon, and poof, she became a mouse. She landed on my
shoulder, and we had the monster laughing so hard that Migel killed it
"Mouse, did you say mouse?" asked Rasha, "Please, don't do any magic in
front of me then. I'm scared of mice. I spent all last winter hiding from
the ones that snuck into the house."
"Some things never change, right Ihrie?" inquired Fam, forgetting Rasha
At that moment, Rasha began feeling twice as silly. Why had Fam said that?
Rather yet, why did she have the feeling she's seen a curse like Ihrie's
before? Could the group have come to her hometown while on their travels,
and she'd talked with them a little bit? But it seemed like it was
something much more than that, some deeper connection that she couldn't
Rasha politely excused herself, and went outside to sit on the docks. She
asked herself, 'What is going on with me? Why do I feel like these people
are important to me? Just who am I?"
Suddenly, a woman's ghost appeared. She had on a white sundress with gold
arm cuffs and sandals on her feet. Her necklace was made of round onyx
beads with some golden tooth shaped ones that were situated so that they
lay on her shoulders. But her facial features were strange, with pointed
ears, and blue eyes shaped like that of a demon. And the hair on her head
The woman looked at the girl. "Rasha, listen closely. I am Rahashina, the
Sinistrael of Death."
"Sinistrael of Death!" exclaimed Rasha, "What do you want with me?"
"I want to help you. You have forgotten yourself, and your true purpose,"
Rasha asked, "Who am I? Why have you come to me? Death has no reason to
help the living."
Rahashina's eyes fixed on the sorceress. "You are me, as a human. A hundred
years ago, I fell in love with Maxim, while I was testing to see how humans
could stand against Super Beings such as Sinistraels. It was so strong,
that I betrayed my nature to save his son. After that, I wished to be
human. It was granted, and I was born to human parents, seventeen years
"As me, right?" Rasha whispered, "But what happened to me then to make me
"My powers were still active, and my brothers came back to life. Lyle and
his friends went up against them, and you had come along, as Lyle was your
childhood friend. But once the battle was won, you thought that you could
kill yourself to stop it from happening again. Sargus refused to destroy
one who cared more about her friends than herself, so she split us into two
beings. I returned to my spirit body, and will have to petition for a new
existence again. But you were stripped of your memories and given back your
life. Now, I will help you remember who you are. It's the least I can do,
for you have shown me such a happy life as a human," Rahashina stated.
Rasha closed her eyes. She remembered the demons slaughtering her human
parents, hoping to get to her. She remembered her foster father, who died
of a disease when she was seven. She remembered her childhood with Lyle and
Meria, as well as Meria's tragic death. She remembered all of the
adventures Lyle and the others had taken her on. And she remembered how she
had given up her life, hoping to spare Lyle from another fight with the
Sinistraels. The chants for all her spells, the strength she had gained,
all of it returned to her, making her the feared sorceress once again.
* * *
Lyle went out to find her shortly after that. He saw the young sorceress
sitting by the docks, looking at herself in the water. The youth asked,
"Rasha, are you ok?"
She turned to him and smiled. "I'm more than ok Lyle. I can remember my
past. The spirit of Rahashina came to me, and told me about how she only
wanted to be a normal human. Then, she gave me back my memories. I can
remember our childhood together."
"Does that mean you remember what you said to me in Doom Island?" Lyle
inquired, "Because I wanted to say that I feel the same way about you too."
Rasha's eyes brightened. She ran towards Lyle, and fell into his arms.
Then, they kissed. That lasted a good five minutes, until they heard Fam
calling out for the two of them to come back inside.
- - - -
I'll put the thank yous up now. First, to Taito for the story. Second, to
whoever made Ruin Explorers for the characters. Third, to the many variety
sites that got me into Slayers, as I got interested in RE through watching
the ads on my Slayers OAVs. Finally, to my good friends Carolyn and Suzie,
who got me into Lufia.