Author Notes: Um... Hello! -bows- I hope you enjoy this, the story is EikexHomunculus slash, so if anyone doesn't like that then they can use the back button. Oh, and present time is written in Eike POV 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 at my reflection. It had been several years since I woke up in this town alone and memory less, and 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 had decided to torment me with this void of unknowing? To leave me without my past and age? Was it watching me? Seeing my life as some sort of television show to laugh at?!
My foot came down into a puddle, breaking the image into a dozen different Eikes. At least I know my name. Perhaps I could find my old life through it. There can't be that many Eikes in England, can there?
The café in front of me beckoned its customers out of the rain and inside with a warm, welcoming light; I should know that it works, already the urge to sit down and have a cup of something had come upon me. I had enough money for one drink.
Every single table was full, was I going to have to stand outside in the rain while I drank my drink? Oh well…
A young woman stood at the counter. Her charcoal hair was pulled up in two tight ponytails. She looked 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 woman's voice was loud and clear above the hubbub of the customers.
"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 amongst the steamy air of hot chocolate.
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, with a pair of sunglasses – who wears sunglasses when it's raining? – perched on his porcelain nose. A large black cap rested on his head and it concealed 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 sensation against my palm. Moving the cup back and forth between my hands, I went to the entrance, dodging the tables and chairs.
"Would you like to sit down with me?" That voice! It did not sound human!
The man I had been staring at was standing on tiptoes next to me, whispering down my ear. His gloved hands wrapped around my own. Before I could run away and go 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 words and he frowned slightly, leaning down to take a delicate sip of his drink.
"Does the name not seem familiar to you?" he asked.
"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 almost glittered like jewels stared at me.
He was going to steal my soul! Or eat me! I was out of here!
"I'm sorry, I have to g– oh!"
As I made my escape my foot became twisted up in the chair's legs, pulling 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, and sarcasm dripped from him as he said, "Oh Eikey, Eikey. You poor thing."
They kissed for the last time, and still the electricity that had brought them together raced through their bodies at the mere brush of their lips. Eike wrapped his arms gently around his little demon, forcing himself to hold back tears. Homunculus moved a few millimetres away, but even that short distance was too far.
"I'll find you again. I promise, Eike."
They kissed again, the smaller of the two holding onto Eike's green jacket to keep himself steady. A single tear dripped down his cracked face, the stone's life force slithering down with that droplet.