Teach me to dream

Chapter one~Emotions



"Hello gene starwind!"

Gene opened his eyes slowly. His mind felt clouded and sluggish. He tried to stand up only to realize he was floating out in space.

"Shit!" he yelped as he looked around himself.

It was like he was floating, but he felt as if he were standing. It didn't make sense. He lifted one foot slightly and put it back down. It felt solid beneath him, not to unsteadiness of space.

"Gene?"

'What the hell?' Gene thought trying to find out who was calling him.

"Gene.." the voice called longingly.

Gene whirled around to see..a girl?

Gene cocked an eyebrow and stared at the girl standing in space with him. She tilted her head to the side and wrinkled her small nose in dissaprovement. She looked all gray, no color in her hair, skin, or eyes. She was just..a dull gray.

"You're not much to look at." She stated.

"What the-? Shut up, what do you know anyway!" gene shouted letting his temper get the better of him.

"Much more than you, Gene Starwind." the girl said calmly.

Gene's eyes widened.

"Gene." The girl started to fade.

"GENE!"

"Wha-?" Gene asked sleepily. He looked up to see a pair of narrowed blue eyes.

"Where's the-? Where's the little girl?" gene asked slowly, looking around.

"Ugh! You make me sick!" shouted Jim Hawking. "I swear! Now your having dreams about a little girl! You are such a pervert!!"

"Hey! It's not like that!" gene shouted trying to defend himself.

"Sure you little sicko." Jim called as he left the room, slamming the door on his way out.

Gene stood up stretching his arms. He grumbled looking around for his clothes.

'Damnit, why does everyone pick on me?' gene whined to himself as he pulled on his boots.

He walked down the stairs and into the kitchen.

It was like always; melfina at the stove and Jim sitting at the end of the table fiddling on his small laptop occasionally; suzuka sitting quietly in the corner ignoring her food as usual and drinking only tea; aisha wolfing down all the food on the table. Yes, it was like always.

"Gene?" melfina said quietly. "Gene? Are you alright?"

Gene looked at her strangely before saying, "yeah. I'm fine. Why?"

Melfina blushed and looked down at her feet, aware of the eyes on her. She mumbled a simple, "just wondering." And went back to the stove quickly.

Melfina felt her cheeks grow even hotter as she felt Gene's eyes still staring at her back. She swallowed quietly and pretended to be watching the bacon.

"You know you should just watch her when she's in her chamber, she's naked in there after all." Whispered Aisha with a smirk beside him. "Then again," she continued, "you'd probably die of a nosebleed. I see how you blush around her 'chamber'."

"Shut up aisha!" Gene shouted as he pounded his fist on the table causing Aisha's eggs to fly up and hit her in the face. Gene stared for a minute then ran out the door.

"I hate you Gene Starwind!!!" aisha shrieked as she ran after him.

Jim sighed.

Suzuka shook her head slightly and sipped some tea.

Melfina looked toward the door, and smiled.

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"Hi Gene!"

'No!' gene thought wildly. 'No not again! Damnit!'

He was in space, again. Gene groaned, suddenly feeling sick. He fell forward onto his hands and knees, breathing hard, looking out at the endless sea of stars stretching below him.

"Gene. Why are you so afraid?" asked the little gray girl.

"I'm not afraid!" gene muttered, trying to sound as brave as a person could while being hunched over.

Gene slowly got to his feet, wavering only slightly.

He wiped perspiration of his forehead with the back of his hand and said, "now little girl, who are you?"

The little girl peered at him with her dull gray eyes. Gene shifted uncomfortably under her gaze until she smiled.

"I am me."

"What?" Gene asked annoyed.

The girl stared at him for a while before smiling and once again speaking, this time more slowly, as if she were talking to a slow learning child.

"I am me."

"What the hell kind of answer is that!?" he whined.

The girl smiled her small smile.

"My kind of answer." She said.

A low rumbling sound reached Gene's ears. He slowly turned around and saw..nothing.

Smiling with relief he turned back to the little girl, only to find her gone.

"Uh." Gene called nervously, "little girl? Where are you now?"

His only answer was more low rumbling. Suddenly it was as if the stars were blinking out. Darkness was consuming Gene suddenly.

"No!" Gene shouted as the darkness swallowed him.

"NO!" Gene yelled sitting straight up in bed.

Gene blinked and looked around. He was home.

'Thank god.' Gene thought happily as he put his feet onto the nice solid carpet.

He padded down the hall heading toward the bathroom when he saw something out of the corner of his eye.

"Melfina?" he called.

"Gene." Was the quiet reply as Melfina stepped out of the shadowed corner of the hall.

"Melfina? Wha-?" Gene asked taking in Melfina's sad aura.

"Gene." Melfina started, Gene could sense the urgent note in her voice. "Gene. Why?"

"Why what Mel?" he asked, genuinely confused.

Melfina leaned against the wall, then suddenly buried her face in her hands and slid down the wall until she was on the floor, and cried.

" Oh Mel." Gene said softly, crouching down to be level with her face, "Mel? What's wrong?"

Melfina moved her hands, revealing her pitiful tear stained face, and whispered.

"Gene, Why can't I dream?"

Gene looked into Melfina's sad eyes and pondered the question. Why couldn't she dream? Wait. Hadn't she been able to dream before? Had she? Gene shook his head trying to remember, then suddenly he felt guilty. He couldn't even remember a simple thing about melfina. He felt disgusted with himself.

"Oh melfina. I'm so sorry, but I don't know. But you know," he continued quietly, "dreams aren't really that big of a deal. And look on the bright side, at least you can't have nightmares."

Gene shuddered remembering the creepy little girl he'd seen in his dreams.

Melfina sniffed. "I guess." She murmured. "Yea. Cheer up." Gene said with a smile. He gently picked up Melfina and carried her to her room, where he layed her down on her bed.

"Gene." Melfina whispered.

"Hm?" Gene responded sleepily.

"I wish you could teach me to dream." She said quietly before drifting into a dreamless sleep.

Gene looked at her for a minute then smiled, tucked the covers around her then left.

On his way back to his room he paused by a window. He looked at the bright city of heifong below, then into the deep star filled sky above.

He looked away with a shudder as a small wave of dread flowed through him.

'Yea,' he thought once again remembering the little girl and her gray eyes, ' dreams weren't that big of a deal.'

Then why was he so freaked out?



End of chapter one Review please! Arigatou! ~Mandy-chan