"W-what did you say!" Lavi asked angrily, as Road stared at them, her grin widening even further, until she looked like the Cheshire Cat.
"You heard me, Bookman. Allen comes alone, or I summon all the Noah here, and you all die." Road said with icy cold certainty, and an insane grin that screamed of evil. Lenalee gritted her teeth, and Krory looked around, as if to see by what routes they could escape. Allen was the only one who was still calm, because Lenalee was glaring furiously at Road, certain that she was up to something. And, in a sense, she was. But not what Lenalee was thinking.
"I-I'll do it." Allen said nervously, putting a hand on his stomach to stop himself from throwing up. The last time he had fought Road had been terrifying, and he still couldn't forget that feeling of utter, ice cold dread that filled his entire body when he fought Tyki for the first time, and realized just how horribly outclassed he was. It was like death incarnate bearing down on him, and it made him sick.
"Allen-kun! N…" Lenalee began, but Road suddenly surrounded them with candle spikes.
"Shut the fuck up, pigtails! Allen's made his decision! And besides…" She said, her voice returning to its sugary sweet tone. "If you cooperate, I promise you won't regret it. I'll reward you all beyond anything you could possibly hope for."
"What proof can you offer that you won't turn on your deal?" Allen asked. At this, Road snickered, then nodded briefly.
"Absolutely none. You have no reason to trust me. You'll just have to take me at my word this time."
"Unfortunately, Road, your word means nothing to us." Lenalee said icily. Road giggled. "I know, sweetheart. But it's your only chance of survival. You remember the last time you fought me, right, Bookman? Remember how I ripped your mind to shreds? I was going easy on you. I was having too much fun to kill you right away. It won't be nearly so easy this time."
"Relax, Lenalee, Lavi, Krory… I'll go. I suspect she just wants a little play date. Isn't that right, Road?" Allen asked politely, but she could tell that he hated her as much as the rest of them.
"That's right, Allen. So hurry up, or we'll be late for the party. Take my hand… What! I promise my hand doesn't bite." She said, implying that other parts of her did. Allen grudgingly took her hand, and followed her into the dream world.
"I see. So this is what Lavi saw that time, eh?"
"Yes. Now, in here, we have all the time in the world, but I would like to take care of business slowly, so we can reach the finale quickly." Road said in a contradictory statement, causing Allen to raise an eyebrow.
"Don't worry. You'll understand. First of all, I guess it should go without saying, but I really do love you, Allen. I know that you love Lenalee deeply, and even though I feel deeply jealous of her, I don't begrudge her, or you." Road said quietly, a blush appearing on her porcelain cheeks. Allen stepped back for a moment, shocked at this revelation. Was she being serious? Did she really love him? He knew that she had a silly, girlish crush on him… And even that was a bit over the top. But love? That was extremely serious.
"That being said, I know that the end is approaching rapidly. The final struggle will soon be upon us, and if the Dark Order remains as woefully ignorant as it is now, you will be slaughtered like pigs on sacrifice day. That doesn't have to happen, though. There is a chance to remedy your ignorance and stupidity. However, to do it, you need access to secret files whose location is known to only three people. The Fourteenth, now gone, The Millennium Earl, and I. That means that you haven't got a chance to find them… Not on your own. You need my help, but you know me too well for that. My assistance doesn't come for free."
"And what makes you think I would even consider bargaining with a monster like you? I could just look into the Fourteenth's memories and pull out the information… Just like I did with the piano."
"Normally, I would agree, but you can't access the memories anymore. Memories that you have already unlocked are yours to keep, like the piano. However, the Vatican sealed away the rest of the Fourteenth with very powerful magic. That means you haven't got a chance in hell to find it."
"How… N-never mind. What do you want, Road?"
"I want you, Allen. You have to sleep with me. Over the millennia, I've been extremely lonely, and naturally, I've filled that void with evil, sadism, and cruelty. It's time to stop, now, though. I'm sick of this God awful existence, living as a servant to the Earl, only to kill and destroy. This existence wasn't meant to be. It's time for me to die, Allen, but before I die by your blade… Yes, you will be the one to grace me with death… I want to be able to at least pretend that I have someone who loves me for who I am, and not what I am. If you can do that, I'll gladly give you all the information you could possibly need, and even aid in your escape back to HQ. I can make portals, after all."
"I don't trust you, Road. What's the catch?" Allen asked suspiciously.
"Only what I said before. You have to make love to me. I want to feel like I mean something to you. Pretty simple, right? Surely you've slept with that Lenalee girl plenty of times. I see the way you look at each other. Oh, I know it seems like a suspiciously good deal for you, but you have no idea what it's like being stuck inside the body of a child for 5,000 years!"
"A-actually… I-I don't think she even knows how I feel… And for that matter… You're that old!" Allen said breathlessly, feeling even more nervous now, if it were possible.
"Really? Well, that's stupid. You really shouldn't delay. Your lives could end at any time. With that in mind, why would you wait? And yes. I'm the oldest Noah."
"I-I can't tell her. Y-you must be wrong. She couldn't possibly like me."
"And why the hell not?" Road asked quietly, sauntering over to Allen and draping her arms around him, kissing him on the cheek, causing him to shiver. As she did this, Allen muttered something that Road couldn't hear.
"What? I can't hear you if you mumble."
"I-I'm just not good enough for her. I would be ecstatic if Lenalee loved me, but the truth is, she's just too good for me, and anyone who says otherwise is lying, or delusional."
In the next moment, Allen felt a sharp pain across his cheek, and he saw Road scowling angrily at him, her hand raised above her head after having slapped him.
"You're a moron, you know that!" She yelled. Allen looked at her helplessly.
"I-I thought you said you wanted me to love you. Why are you so intent on this! You aren't making sense!" He complained.
"I said I wanted you to make me believe that you loved me! I know perfectly well that far from loving me, you'd like nothing better than to kill me, and are probably sickened by the mere prospect of having sex with someone like me! And I'm intent on this because I know that you'll never truly be happy until you tell Lenalee how you feel! But…" Road continued, calming down slightly. "That is neither here nor there right now. I need your answer. If you refuse, then this conversation is over, and you can take your chances in open combat with me. Otherwise, pucker up."
At that choice, Allen took Road gently in his arms, and said, "I-I'll do it." Then, he pressed his lips to hers, and their mouths met in a passionate kiss. Road gasped as Allen kissed her and prodded at her lips for entrance, even as his hands moved up and down her body, feeling every inch of her, moving his hands under her blouse as she gasped and sighed along with the feeling of his cool, gentle hands. Road's eyes were still open, and she was staring deeply into Allen's gray eyes, searching for any sign of uncertainty. But either he really wanted to do this, or he just knew exactly what he had to do… She was guessing the latter. After a moment, the two pulled away for breath, and Road went to speak. But Allen silenced her with a finger to her lips.
"Shhh. There's no need to say anything…" He whispered gently, blowing behind her ear sofltly, causing her body to shudder sensually, giving him a vague sense of satisfaction, but also a strange feeling that he couldn't quite quantify, like maybe Noah weren't the monsters that he had believed them to be. If they could feel things like love, and sensuality, then they must at least have some humanity left in them. And knowing that, could he really in good conscience kill Road? She had asked him to kill her, but now, he was about to have sex with her, something that was supposed to be special, and sacred between two people who loved each other. After all that, could he really end her life so heartlessly? And what would happen to her after she died? She was a Noah, so would she go to hell, where all evil souls went? Or would she go to heaven, since she was still a child when she had awoken. It was so hard to say, and nothing was black and white like it used to be anymore.
Road's small fingers worked their way up Allen's body, moving to the front of his Exorcist coat, where she unbuttoned it, and helped him drop it to the floor. She then moved on to his vest and shirt. Her hands were shaking, now, though, from Allen's attentions, causing it to be difficult to properly unbutton his clothes. Allen shrugged off his shirt, revealing his bare chest, and his Innocence arm. He knew that he should be being more careful, but for some reason, today, he trusted Road to make good on her promise. Road brought her hands up and pushed Allen back against a wall, kissing him firmly and desirously this time as she slowly raked the tips of her fingers up and down his chest, leaving white hot trails of sensual fire all across his body. As she did this, Allen started to unbutton her blouse as well, undoing the bow that she wore around her neck, and slowly working his way down until he was at her waist, and had begun to lower her skirt. As he did this, Road brought a finger up to his face, tracing the scar along the left side, causing him to moan in unexpected pleasure as she did something unknown that caused sparks practically to fly as she did this. Road giggled at his reaction, and poked Allen's bare chest, dragging her finger down the center until she reached his navel, and circled it with her finger, leaving Allen to twitch and writhe in ecstasy, nearly exploding in his pants from some unknown force.
Finally, Road moved lower, and began to undo his pants, causing Allen to blush. She paid this no mind, though, and continued, pulling his boxers down as well, and moving her finger down his hardened cock, and grabbing hold of it, Allen gasped as she did this, never having done this kind of thing before. Road giggled and slowly enveloped his cock in her mouth, causing Allen to jerk and moan in pleasure as her tongue and lips moved up and down his shaft. Before long, he released in her mouth, and Road moved back, spitting on the floor.
Seeing Allen naked like this was getting her really hot, so she began to remove her bra and panties. Allen noticed with a start that she really did still look like a little girl. Her breasts had hardly developed at all, and… down there was… well… Yeah. He almost felt guilty doing this kind of thing with someone like Road, not so much because she was his enemy, but because the whole thing reeked of pedophilia. Even though Allen knew Road was ancient, even by Biblical standards, she looked like a child.
"Geez, Allen. Always so morally upstanding. Perhaps if I took this form?" Road asked, taking the dark skinned form that she took when the entire Family invaded the Main HQ. Allen gasped. How had she done that? It was true. She did look a bit older, now. Maybe fourteen or fifteen rather than twelve. Whatever he thought, though, he didn't have much choice. Besides, he was actually sort of enjoying this.
Does that make me a bad person? He wondered vaguely, shrugging and pushing Road against the wall, kissing her again. They had stopped for a little while, but now, they were both completely nude, and things were heating up again, and the two slid to the floor, where Road stared lustfully into Allen's eyes, and spoke. "Do it, now."
So, Allen pushed into her, breaking past her hymen in one thrust, causing Road to gasp in pain, and tears to flood her shockingly golden eyes that almost seemed to glow.
"P-please, don't mind me. Continue…" Road said, looking uncharacteristically vulnerable with tears in her eyes and an almost innocent look on her face. But he heeded her words and began thrusting in and out of her, slowly at first, but then faster and faster until he got a steady pace up, at which point, he moved his Innocence hand behind her back, rubbing gently up and down, occasionally touching her side, or her hip, and pulled her in with his other hand, kissing her warmly. Inside, he groaned, though, knowing that he was enjoying himself way too much for propriety's sake. After a little while, he felt her walls tighten around him, and Road came, mere seconds before he came as well inside her.
Allen pulled out of Road, who was breathing heavily, not having exerted herself that much in ages. She smiled sadly at Allen, tears coming to her eyes as the two of them cleaned up and got dressed again. She then looked at Allen.
"Well, I'm a woman of my word. Come over here, and hold still. Only the eldest Noah can transfer memories like this."
Allen walked over to Road, no longer feeling that he had anything to fear. And, indeed, he didn't. She put her hand on his forehead, and Allen gasped as memories flooded into his mind. Road smirked, but behind her devious grin was fear, and not a small amount of loneliness. Allen activated his Crowned Clown Edge, and started to move, but before he could, Road hugged him tightly.
"I love you, Allen…"
"I love you, too, Road…" Allen lied. Maybe it was wrong to lie like that, but if it could make her last moments just a tiny bit more bearable, maybe it wasn't so bad. Then, he brought his hand down and slashed Road as hard as he could bring himself to, causing her to shriek in momentary agony before the Dream disappeared around them, and they went back to the real world, at which point, Allen pierced Road with his Sword of Exorcism, and watched as she crumbled to dust.
Lenalee, Lavi, Krory and Miranda all looked at him. Allen didn't have a scratch on him, but the look on his face showed that he had definitely felt an emotional blow.
"Allen-kun… Are you alright? What happened? What did Road do to you?"
"Nothing. The fight was over really fast. Follow me. There's one thing we have to do here before we leave."
With that, Allen refused to answer any more questions, and led the team of exorcists to the information that Road had promised them, after which, a portal appeared that brought them back to HQ… Although, none of them were quite sure where the portal came from, since Road was dead.
A/N: Well, that's it… For now. Please read and review. I am possibly considering turning this into a full story, but I won't if you don't want me to. Please send your opinions and I will take them into consideration.