Author Notes: Um.. Hello! -bows- I hope you enjoy this, the story is shounen-ai/slash EikexHomunculus so if anyone doesn't like that then they can use the back button. Oh, and present time is written in Eike P.O.V while flashbacks are in third person. I hope you enjoy this..
Disclaimer: I do not own Shadow of Destiny/Memories. I'd just be happy with a Homunculus plushie.
Prologue - Red Eyes...
England - Day: Unknown, Year: Unknown, Time: For the third time! It's unknown.
I stared down into my reflection - it had been several years since I woke up in this town alone and memory less - nothing concerning my appearance had changed since those many summers and winters. I still looked like someone in their late twenties, not a single grey hair to mix with the blonde or a wrinkle nearby my eyes.
What being has decided to torment me with this void of unknowing? To leave me without my past and age, is it watching me? Seeing my life as some sort of television show to laugh at?!
My foot came down into the puddle, breaking the image into a dozen different Eikes. At least I know my name, perhaps I can find my old life through it, there can't be that many Eikes in England, can there?
The café in front of me beckons its customers inside and out of the rain with a warm, welcoming light, I should know that it works, already the urge to sit down and have a cup of something has come upon me. I have at least enough money for one thing.
A young girl is sitting at the counter, charcoal hair pulled up in two tight ponytails, she looks harassed and ready to spray weed killer into the cakes. She forced a cheerful smile onto her freckled face and bowed her head.
"What do you want to order?" The girl's voice was loud and clear above the hubbub of the customers, every single table was full, am I going to have to stand outside of the rain while I have my drink? Oh well….
"I'll have a cup of tea, please." She nodded and got to work, humming a sad tune. My eyes scanned the crowded room, taking in each person's appearance. Most of the people in here were business men and women taking a short tea break while a few school children sat around one table, trading flashy cards among their hot chocolate's steamy air. There was one person that caught my attention the most, a man who looked as if he had barely left adolescence sat in the far corner, a pair of sunglasses - who wears sunglasses when it's raining? - perched on his porcelain nose, a large black cap rested on his head, concealing the colour of his hair. It wasn't his clothing or features that drew me in but the very air around him, the stranger had an aura of intrigue and danger floating above and around.
"Here's your tea!"
"Ah, thank you." I picked up the take-away drink, wincing at the sudden burning feeling against my hand. Moving the cup backwards and forth between my hands, I moved towards the entrance, dodging the tables and chairs.
"Would you like to sit down with me?" The voice! It didn't sound human! The man I had been staring at earlier was standing on tiptoes next to me, whispering the words down my ear, his gloved hands wrapped around my own. Before I could move away and run out the door, I was forced into a chair at the corner table. The strange creature sat down next to me, blowing on his own cup of tea, the smell of strawberries rose up in the steam. Up close I could see that the weird man was actually quite feminine, in an anime or manga way.
"What is your name?" Still the unearthly, echoing voice, I swallowed. Perhaps this demon - or whatever it was - wanted some company instead of my soul?
"Eike. Eike Kusch."
"Well, Eike. My name is Homunculus, not that there's much in a name." The hat he was wearing flopped down slightly and he pushed it back up with a long dainty finger, I didn't respond to his strange sentence and he frowned slightly, moving his face away to take a delicate sip of his drink.
"Does the name not seem familiar to you?"
"N-No, should it?" Homunculus sighed and ran his finger around the edges of the cup, not reacting at all to the hot ceramic.
"Oh dear… This isn't good at all, I've been looking for you all this time and now… I'll just have to use what I have." He turned to face me again and pulled off the sunglasses.
"Now do you remember?"
A pair of luminous amber red eyes that were almost glittered like a jewel stared at me, he was going to steal my soul! Or eat me!
"I'm sorry, I have to g- oh!" While I was escaping, my foot became twisted up in the chair's legs and pulled me and the table down, tea stained the floor.
"Hmm- what the-? S-Sir!? Are you alright?!" The girl at the counter appeared at my side, a wet mop held high above her head for some reason, then Homunculus loomed over me, sarcasm dripping from his muttered words.
"Oh Eikey, Eikey. You poor thing."
Their mouths brushed together for the last time, but still the electricity that had brought them together raced through both of their bodies at the mere brush of their lips against each others. Eike wrapped his arms softly around his little demon, holding back tears. Homunculus moved a few millimetres away, even that short distance was too far.
"I'll find you again. I promise, Eike." They kissed again, the smaller of the two holding on to Eike's green jacket to keep himself steady as a single tear dripped down his cracked face, the stone's life force dripping down with the tear.