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A-Note: So this was my second story, and I thought it was so much worse than my first. I loved the idea, but I rushed it. So I decided to fix it and now I totally love it! It is shorter then my other chapter fics and is really meant to be a cute soul mate fic. Hope you like the 2016 version :D also, all the chapter titles have been changed besides this one :D Please R&R.
Summary: In a past life, Joey was in love with Seto. In this life, he never had the chance to tell Seto how he felt because he lost Seto to Death. However, before Seto's soul left, Joey made a deal with a witch. Now they can have a second chance at happiness, but, it came with a price. Now, years later, they meet again. The only question is; do they want a second chance?
Chapter One: Death Is Only The Beginning….
Sometime in The Distant Past…
"Seto, I do not think we should do this." Please, do not do it. That was all I could think, over and over. Please d…he turns around, and then he does it.
The stare, he thinks it is his witty way of turning things around. He tries to make the bad seem good, appealing to my sense of adventure, as he calls it. That is how he gets me to agree with his plans. If he knew it was just a stare, the look of want in his eyes, that got me to do all these things. He would never talk to me again.
"…and that is why we should explore the Black Forest." He finishes with that smug look on his face, the one that I love so much.
Coming out of my trance, I reply. "Sure." So we continue down the path.
Today is my eighteenth birthday. For my gift, my best friend and secret love Seto, thought one last adventure before I was tied down is what I needed. I loved the idea, not only because I got to spend time with him, but also because it delays my choice. In our village it is customary that at the age of eighteen, a male must choose a bride. I have been running from this moment for five years, ever since I met Seto.
We had ventured far into the forest. Here, the grass was up past my knees, and the trees were so tall. I looked up and guessed it would take a day to climb one. The trees themselves have become so thick that their canopy blocks the sun, thus, the forest is plunged into eternal darkness; it is a mystery how small shrubs and grass still grow here. Our village speaks of a legendary witch that resides here, it is said that she possesses great power. But, it is also said that she only uses it for pain and personal pleasure. But to her, they are one and the same apparently.
"Joey, what is the hold up?" Seto said to me just before the look of shock spread across his face.
I never got to tell him my answer, before I had a chance to speak he was gone. My feet were moving before I told them to. I see him again, only this time there is something different. Seto still stares at me, but instead of making me melt, it makes me go numb. His eyes were frozen in place; they bore the look of death.
When I climb down to his…body, I pick him up into my arms. At that moment I never felt more useless. "Please, do not go…do not leave me alone…."
"Ahh…I see; this person means a great deal to you, more then he should." The eerie voice shocked me to my core, but I was too far gone to care. I only nodded not even looking up to see who this observant stranger was.
Laying my love down softly on the ground, and I look up so I can speak with this person face to face. My eyes widen in horror. The woman before me had bright purple hair with a dead leaf hanging from it, a long black robe, and bright green piercing eyes. "Are you the Witch of the Black Forest?"
Her face broke out into a grin. "So, even you have heard of my great power."
"Oh great Witch of the Black Forest, is there anything you can do to save my love? My life, the world, nothing matters without him." I put every drop of sorrow I could muster into my plea.
"SILANCE! Insolent Mortal. Beg, plead, and grovel all you wish. Those useless words mean nothing to me. I only believe what I see!"
"Huh?" Rising my head, I see a coal black eye with a dark purple pupil appear on her head.
"I see Joseph Wheeler. I see your fears, your pain, your wants, and needs. But this love, the desperation you feel for this individual…this Seto, is quite extraordinary." I awaken from the trance she had me under, and hold Seto tighter.
I just kept repeating "I won't ever leave you."
I thought it was impossible for me to feel worse, then she spoke again. "I will not revive this Seto!"
I just stared at her, my rage started to build, and the words left my mouth before I could stop them. "But I though you said what I feel for him was extraordinary? I mean you are a witch right? How can you call brag about your power so much if you cannot even bring back the dead?" I focused all of my hate at her at that moment, but when our eyes met, she made me feel so small.
"SILANCE BRAT!" her voice was strong, laced with the power she possessed. Words! She claimed they mean nothing to her, that Is what she said. But how is she unaffected by them? The power of those 6 words changed me so much. I felt as though my body, my mind, nothing that was me. Belonged in this world anymore…I belong with him.
"Silly Mortal! I will not save him, I can, but I will not." All I could do was hold him closer, clutching him, and beg him to give me the strength he once had.
"Why?" I asked fearing her response.
"It is too boring, however, there is a spell that I can do to help. But it I require a great sacrifice from you."
I answered before she finished speaking. "If it will save him will do anything."
Looking into her eyes again she did not seem surprised, I only detected joy. "I require your life."
"Take it…it means nothing to me anymore." I said not looking at her but staring down at him.
"This spell will give your love another chance. The spell will reincarnate you both, all of your memories gone, yet your souls will be connected, a commensalism relationship (1) if you will. Seto will live a life of luxury, and in this new time you two can be together. However, you will be put through more pain then you can imagine. While Seto will have more suitors after his love then you. Do you wish the risk of him falling for another?" By her questions I could tell she had no idea what love was like, I felt very sorry for her.
"As long as he is alive and happy. If it is not me he wants, then I will just have to deal with that." She seemed pleased.
"VERY WELL! I need your blood and his." As I cut both of our wrists, she let our blood drop in a vile of liquid. This liquid began to turn white as she chanted.
"NOW JOSEPH WHEELER HEED MY WARNING! YOU WILL LIVE THIS LIFE FREELY FOR SEVENTEEN YEARS, BUT, WHEN YOU STRIKE THE AGE OF 18 THE CLOCK WILL TICK AGAINST YOU. YOU WILL HAVE UNTIL THE LAST LIGHT FALLS FROM THE SKY FOR HIM TO EARN YOUR LOVE, TRUST, AND FOR YOU TO GIVE IT AWAY FREELY BY WORD OF MOUTH. OR IT IS YOUR SOULTHAT WILL BE LOST! …Oh, and Joey one final thing. Two days before said day, if you do not have skin to skin contact with him every half hour, you will get sicker and weaker until death claims you."
"WHAT! But with my memories gone how will I know all of this?" she thought for a moment.
"You will help you guide your reincarnation and Seto will guide his, I will help you two learn how to manipulate their dreams."
"Why are you helping me? I thought you only used your powers for pain and personal gain?" This was the first time I saw shock spread across her face, she seemed to think for a moment.
"I have a soft spot for the gays because them being together is natural thing, yet, it bothers most people. Thus causing them to be uncomfortable…which is painful." I just looked at her and she cracked.
"Fine! I have a thing for gay boys okay!" I smiled at her confession and the thought my new life with Seto.
Then it hit me. "Wait, Seto will not guide his reincarnation-thing to be with mine, he does not feel that way about me, right?"
She began to cackle. "Only time will tell." With that she shoved a dagger into my already broken heart.
Present Day, Two Days Before the 'Dead Line'…
The brightness of the sun woke me from the strangest dream. I was running from Him, and then I was safe in the arms of another. I opened my eyes and I found myself in a puddle of my own blood, thankfully, my fresh wounds from last night had finally stopped bleeding. With the help of the bedroom door, I managed to get up and make inside the bathroom.
I stared at myself in the mirror. My usually dull blond hair had dried blood, and whatever contents had been on the floor, in it. Looking down at my body I see his handy work, my once tanned skin is now pale, I am covered in bruises and scares in a verity of colors intertwined with my new cuts.
After a shower I got out the kit. Through months of saving and usage of computers at the library. I was able to buy and learn to conceal his masterpiece from the rest of the world. I got dressed, found my bag, and started to run…I was late again.
My alarm woke me, the boy I had in my arms was now gone. It took me about a minute to realize it was all a dream, yet, I never missed something more. I got up and got ready for the day.
Once I was in the bathroom, I stared at the reflection in the mirror. The dark circles were clearly visible under my eyes from my late work nights, but other than that I looked quite hot. After getting ready, I check my email. I had the usual fifty or so love letters, junk mail and work stuff. After reading the work stuff and deleting everything else, I left for school.
(1) A relationship of this kind is when one organism gains benefits from another without harming the individual
(2) So, what did you think? I really love the design of the Witch of the Black Forest card so that is why I used her in this fic. Hope you liked it :)