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~Chapter 9: I Don't Want That~
(Ethan P. O. V)
I stood in a dark, desolate place. I couldn't see anything, not even my hand in front of my face.
All of a sudden, a small ball of light drifted past my head before floating before me. I stared at it curiously before taking a step forward and reaching out to touch the light. As my fingers brushed against it, it began to change.
The light now took on the silhouette of a female before changing into Mayumi.
Mayumi had her white locks loose, her black cat ears twitching a bit as her tail swung. She was dressed in a pink kimono with an aqua sash around her waist.
"Mayumi," I muttered.
At that moment, she glared and turned away from me.
"What's wrong?" I asked.
She ignored me and began walking away.
"Wait! Hold on!" I shouted and grabbed one of her wrists. "What's wrong? Did I do something wrong?"
"That's all you can do," Mayumi said, her voice ice cold.
"Mayumi. That isn't true."
"You're nothing but a mess up who cares for no one but himself."
My heart crashed at her words, and I even winced as if I had actually been physically wounded. What was going on with Mayumi? Why was she acting like this?
Mayumi yanked her wrist out of my grip and began walking away once more.
"Someone like you deserves to live alone," Mayumi said angrily.
"Mayumi!" I shouted and began running after her again.
"You do nothing but hurt others, so you should feel the pain you cause."
"No! I'm sorry! Don't leave me! Don't go!" I reached out to grab her again, but I missed, and by then, she had vanished. Now I was once again all alone in the darkness.
No. This isn't what I want. I hate this. Damn it, I don't want this!
My eyes snapped open as a gasped left my lips. My heart was pounding so hard, I thought it would never go back to its normal pace. Sweat caused the hair on my forehead to cling to my skin, and I moved it away when I ran a hand through my hair.
I glanced to my side and my panic grew worse. The bed was empty. Where was Mayumi?
I jumped out of the bed and ran out the room. "Mayumi!" I called out as I was about to head out the door.
"Ethan-kun?" a soft voice said from behind me which quickly calmed my nerves.
I sighed in relief and turned to face Mayumi. Her hair was messy from sleep, and she had nothing more than a short nightgown on.
"Something wrong?" she asked and cocked her head to the side.
I ran forward and pulled Mayumi into my arms, hugging her tight.
"Ethan-kun," Mayumi said, clearly shocked. "What's the matter? I just left to get some water."
"Nothing. It's . . . nothing," I muttered.
"If you say so," Mayumi giggled and hugged me back.
I finally released Mayumi and we headed back to our room, but as I walked by the living room, I noticed something on the coffee table. It was a black animal collar and a photo, but I couldn't see the image from where I was.
"What's that?" I asked Mayumi.
She looked at it quickly before looking back at me. "Nothing. Just stupid things from my childhood."
I nodded. "Alright."
The darkness is back. I can't take this. I don't want this.
A ball of light appeared, just like the first time. Relief washed over me, Mayumi came back. But, as I touched the light like the first time, it didn't change into Mayumi. Instead, it became Sophie.
She stood before me beautifully, her long, straight bronze hair loose. A long sleeve, dark blue gown with a low neck adorned her body. When I looked down at her arms, I realized in shock that both her wrists were trapped in shackles.
"Sophie . . ." I murmured and reached out towards the shackles to break them, but Sophie took a step back to move away from my touch.
"You hurt her too," Mayumi's voice echoed through the darkness, but as I looked around, I did not see the cat demon herself.
"What do you mean?" I growled. "I would never hurt Sophie, Mayumi! You know that!"
"But you did. You've caused her so much guilt."
"Why do you think she remains around you? Because she wants to?" Mayumi asked in a taunting tone. "She is chained to you by guilt. She blames herself for you losing your angel side. She feels that if she had chosen you, you would be much happier."
Of course I would have been much happier, but I don't care about me. As long as Sophie was happy, I didn't care if I had to suffer for the rest of eternity.
"Sophie," I murmured and reached out towards her again, but she moved away from me once more. "Why do you keep moving away from me?"
"Because she hates you, isn't it obvious?" Mayumi continued to taunt. "She is trapped because of you. Never being allowed to go free because of your selfish desires!"
"No. That isn't true!" I snapped. "That isn't true!" I turned to Sophie. "Right, Sophie? That isn't true, right?" I smiled. "Mayumi is lying, right? I don't force you to be with me, and you guilt doesn't make you stay by my side. Tell her, Sophie. What Mayumi is saying is all wrong."
Sophie stared back at me, her eyes cold. She turned away from me without saying a word. I panicked and ran forward, grabbing one of Sophie's shoulders.
"Goodbye, Ethan," Sophie muttered.
"Huh? G-goodbye?" I asked.
She nodded and suddenly, the shackles broke. Sophie looked over at me, eyes full of no emotion at all.
"Goodbye," she repeated and began walking away.
"No. Not you too, Sophie," I said and shook my head slowly. "No! Sophie!"
"See?" Mayumi said with a cruel laugh as I ran after Sophie. "Even when she finally breaks free, you chase after her selfishly, trying to chain her back up. You truly do deserve to be alone forever."
"Sophie! Don't go!" I shouted, ignoring Mayumi's words.
But, just like with Mayumi the last time, Sophie vanished before my eyes.
I fell to my knees, my heart sinking into complete darkness. No. Not Sophie too. I can't lose both of them. They both mean so much to me, I can't lose both of them! But I have!
Sophie. Mayumi. Both gone. Both left me behind . . .
But it's my fault they left. My fault completely. I hurt Mayumi so much, that's why she left, and I caused Sophie so much guilt that she finally had enough and left too. I'm a selfish, cruel man like Mayumi said. I'm going to be alone forever because of my evilness.
I cupped my head in my hands and leaned forward. I shook my head quickly. No. I don't want that. I don't want that.
Sophie, Mayumi, don't leave me!
I shouted out in agony, filling the darkness with my hurt cries. I didn't want to be alone. I needed them. I didn't want to be alone!
Again, that damn dream. Only this time, I lost Sophie.
I opened my eyes as a soft hand touched my cheek. I grabbed the hand, knowing exactly who's warmth this was. I held the hand to my face as I glanced up at Sophie. She pursed her lips and cocked her head to the side.
"Are you okay?" she asked. "You looked like you were having a bad dream."
I smiled and pulled my head up from Sophie's lap. I sat by her, her hand no longer against my cheek, but I was still holding it. I looked around the school's roof.
"Where's Mayumi?" I asked.
"She just left to get something from her locker. Don't worry, she'll be back."
I nodded. "And Stefan."
"Still in detention because of you," Sophie said, not sounding to pleased.
I smirked, remembering how I had gotten him in trouble. But, that's what he gets for putting me in detention last week.
Sophie rolled her eyes. "What's next? Expulsion?"
"Well," I said slowly.
"No," Sophie said sternly. "Stefan said the same thing and I said no to him too."
I chuckled and stood up. I looked over the whole schoolyard, that's when a noticed a flash of white run across the parking lot. I glanced down and saw Mayumi.
"What's she doing?" I whispered.
"Who?" Sophie asked and walked over to me.
We both stared down at Mayumi in confusion as she walked over and put something in a bush before running back into the school.
Sophie and I exchanged a confused glance.
"What did she just do?" Sophie asked.
I shrugged. "I'm just as confused as you."
"Should we ask her?"
"I have a feeling she won't tell us." I thought back to my dream, and fear quickly gripped me. No. That was just a dream. A really bad dream that won't come true.
I shook my head and grabbed Sophie's hand before turning towards the door that led back into the building and going inside. As we passed Mayumi in the hallway, she gasped.
"Ethan-kun, Sophie-chan. I took a bit longer at my locker than I thought. Sorry about that."
I glanced at Mayumi curiously. She wasn't good at telling lies, and it was obvious that whatever she was just doing was something she didn't want Sophie and I to know about.
Sophie's grip on my hand tightened, and when I looked back at her, I could see she was thinking the same thing as me.
"Come on. Stefan should be out of detention by now," I said and wrapped my free arm around Mayumi's shoulders, pulling her close to me. I noticed she squirmed a bit as I did this and didn't look at me. What was going on?
"You're drunk," Sophie sighed and took the cup of wine out of my hand.
"Hey. T . . . That was . . . I only have eight cups," I said, my words slurred.
"Eight cups is enough," my dearest sister said and poked my head, making me fall to the side. I laid on Sophie's couch, drunk out of my mind, but I still couldn't make the dreams go away.
They were just stupid dreams, I kept telling myself that, but Mayumi's strange behavior had me worried. What if those dreams came true? What if what was said was right? I have hurt Mayumi many times, I know. That part is true. But what about Sophie?
I glanced at the goddess as Stefan held her in his arms. They both looked so happy together. So blissful and carefree. Or was Sophie truly consumed in guilt like my dream had said?
Sophie glanced over at me and smiled. I looked away and sensed as Sophie walked over to me. She crouched down in front of the couch so she could look into my face.
"I'm guessing you won't be able to go home tonight," she giggled, the sound a beautiful melody.
I shook my head. Sophie was right. I was way to drunk to even make it to the door without falling.
She continued to smile as she placed her hand on my head. "Good thing this house has more than one guest room."
I smiled back. Am I really causing this sweet girl guilt?
Sophie helped me up from the couch, one of her arms wrapped around my waist as I placed my left arm around her shoulders. She pulled me along, so used to this that she didn't need anyone's help bringing up the stairs and to the room I would be occupying for the night.
I collapsed onto the soft bed and closed my eyes as Sophie leaned down and kissed my cheek softly. Before she could leave the room, I grabbed her arm.
"Sophie," I murmured.
The alcohol made me brave enough to ask Sophie the question that had been bothering for some time now.
"Do you hate me?" I asked. "Do you . . . Do you feel like I'm keeping you trapped."
"Where did this sudden question come from?" Sophie asked and sat on the edge of the bed.
I stared into her sapphire eyes. "Just answer my question. Are you only staying around me because of guilt?"
Sophie stared at me in complete shock. Her eyes were wide as she stared into mine, but they never wavered. She shook her head sternly, still not breaking eye contact with me.
"No," she answered. "I don't hate you, Ethan. And I stay around you because you're my best friend in the whole world and I love you."
I smiled at her words, and was happy to see that Sophie never looked away from my eyes. Now I really could believe her words.
"And I don't want you to think otherwise," Sophie finished.
I nodded. "Right."
She kissed my cheek again as Mayumi entered the room. Sophie closed the door behind her and Mayumi came over to me, laying in my arms.
I smiled. That was just a stupid dream, just like I had thought. I'll never lose my two favorite girls. They'll always be here with me.
(Sophie P. O. V)
I wonder what made Ethan ask me that question. He's never asked me a stupid question like that. Of course I don't hate him. Of course I don't feel trapped by him. And I'm not staying by guilt. I'm staying because of what I told him. I love him and he's my best friend. I mean, Ethan knows things that not even Stefan knows.
I wonder if this has something to do with what happened earlier with Mayumi. She has been acting strange all day.
What is Mayumi hiding?
(Jack P. O. V)
"Is your strength back yet?"
I nodded. Lacie stood beside me, completely quiet and still.
"Good. Then you can go out tomorrow and see her for yourself. Just, try not to make such a big scene."
I smirked. "No promises."
Ethan chapter! Yay! But, poor Ethan. Dreams can hurt so much sometimes. Please review and I hope to see you all in the next Beautiful Nightmare.