A/N from A.C.: So.. I really like how this came out even though it's a little strange. I love it anyway, hope you do too. It will be a chapter story~
Warnings from A.C.: AU, violence, demons, OoCness, future incest, future smut, future violence
Bright crimson eyes watched from a distance as a young man walked along the barely-there path in the thick forest. The moonlight streamed through the empty patches from leaves that were long gone and the dying grass was shining a pale brown as the light hit it. Crickets chirped in the trees, with a sudden howl from a hungry wolf in the distance.
The young man, Weiss was his name, couldn't help but think that something terrible was about to happen. A chill ran up his spine, making the hair on his arms and the back of his neck stand on end. "Hello? Is someone there? Hello..?" Rustling in the forest made him jump a little and his grey eyes darted around the trees frantically. "This isn't funny..."
"Oh? On the contrary... I think it's simply hilarious." The voice was soft, having a little accent to it.
Backing against a tree, Weiss felt lost in the darkness of the woods, looking around for any sign of that voice. "Who's there..? I'm not afraid of you!"
Sparkling crimson eyes shined from the dense forest, growing brighter as they got closer, "Well, if you aren't afraid of me, you should be."
"I don't know what you are... so... so, I'm not afraid!" He raised his voice a bit, trying to prove his point.
"Not afraid? Oh, how sad..." The voice sneered, red eyes vanished from the forest only to reappear in front of Weiss. Those almost blood colored eyes were attached to what seemed like a normal, young man; shadow black hair draped around the thin face, accenting the pale skin nicely but giving it a slight... evil look. Strips of metal covered parts of the man's face, going over his cheeks, forehead, the top of his head, bridge of his nose and even his mouth. He reached forward, the moonlight that streamed down glinted on his black nails, taking a step closer to Weiss. "Come on, I'm not going to hurt you. Like you said... you're not afraid..."
Weiss stared at the long, sharp black painted nails of the outstretched hand and shook his head, "No..." He took a few steps back, "No, I'm not going with you..."
"Why not? You said you weren't afraid of me." The strange man's head tilted to the side, "You're not afraid... right?"
"I don't even know who you are... I don't know what you are..." Weiss stepped back more until his back hit the rough bark of an old oak tree. He let out a little gasp, his grey eyes staying locked on the stranger.
"My name is Nero. As for what I am... not even I can answer that, I'm afraid." His eyes sparkled in the darkness, and Weiss knew that behind the mask, he was smiling. "But I can tell you one thing, my dear little Weiss-"
"H- How do you know my name?"
Metal wings suddenly spread from Nero's back and he moved again, making the white-haired man try to press further against the tree, "We're closer than you think we are..."
"What are you talking about, Nero? I've never met you before in my life. I'd surely remember you." He gave a small nod, "I'm sure I'd remember someone like you."
"You see, Weiss, I knew you long ago... Twenty years ago actually."
"Twenty years ago..?" Those pretty grey eyes blinked and closed slowly. He shook his head slowly, head bowed slightly, "No, no... I was only three then. How would you know me? You're... you're not even that old."
A deep chuckle seeped out from behind that mask, "Trust me."
"Why? You aren't making any sense!" Weiss stepped forward and raised his head, eyes opening to focus on the thin man before him, "Why the hell should I trust you? I don't know you!"
Nero reached forward and took the other man's chin in his hand, black fingernails piercing pale flesh and drawing blood. "Oh, but you do know me. You know, Weiss, we're brothers..." The crimson eyes sparkled once more, "I bet you never knew you had a brother... We used to be so close... You never ever left my side."
"What are you talking about? I don't have any brothers... I'm an only child." The trapped man gripped Nero's wrist in his hands trying to pry him away.
"So you think," The raven-haired man laughed, "You're my brother, dearest Weiss. Whether you believe me or not. But I know you have no where to go now... That's why you entered my territory in the first place, my dear Brother."
"Of course." Nero let go of his sibling and turned around, folding his metal skeletal wings back and putting his hands on his hips. "This is my domain."
"You... live in the forest?" Weiss arched an elegant white brow and moved to stand beside the other man.
"Where else would I go? Stay in those laboratories that our so called 'parents' sent me to? I think not." He turned to look at the other man, "Why in Shiva's name would I stay there? Nothing but pain."
"Labs? Is that why I don't remember you, Nero?"
The thin man crossed his arms over his chest, "They sent me away to the labs on our third birthday."
"We have the same birthday?"
He gave a small nod, "Fraternal twins, my darling Brother." He turned his head in Weiss' direction, body still facing forward. The crimson eyes sparkled and he was smiling under the mask again. "And they broke us apart. I dreamt of you in the labs. I knew you were out there somewhere... and I knew I would find you some day."
"Why didn't I remember, Nero?"
"I am not quite sure... I assume you just forgot... But I never did." His wings twitched and he tilted his head to the side, "Are you coming with me, dearest Weiss? Or no?"