Chapter 6


It's weird how Reala and I made up so quickly. Ever since, the both of us are much happier now... sort of. I feel a little awkward. I don't know what about though. It's kinda like... happiness, but at the same time, when I'm happy, I feel sad. I don't know. I think I have everything I've ever wanted except two things... One, no more Wizeman treating us like puppets, and two, Reala realizing that he's being used for it.

So anyway, we decided to go back to the Nightopia. I felt a little uneasy about going and Reala told me to just calm down. I had told him, "If we end up fighting again, the place is a jinx."

We've never been so silent to one another. Even when we hated each other. It was a little odd, and I don't think we're used to so much peace ad quiet. Speaking that Nightmare's filled with thousands and most are up all day helping sick marens, delivering newborns, working on missions, and so on and so forth.

Reala was one of the many that barely have time for anything nowadays. More and more Visitors are showing up and Ree told me Wizeman's getting a bit agressive about getting the Ideya. I hadn't said anything, since I knew it would start problems again. But, I just answered with a simple, "Is that so? Well, that sucks..."

"Hey, are you all right? You look a little lost," Reala said, snapping me out of my thoughts.

"I am," I sighed, rubbing my sore temples.

We were at the lake with the waterfall. We decided to "backtrack" and redo that day where everything went wrong. I plunged my head into the water and picked it back up. I wiped my face a little and sat next to Reala, but somewhat closer. He didn't seem to mind though.

Then I really looked at him. Poor Ree had bags underneath his eyes and they looked bloodshot.
His eyes lowered a little and they snapped back up, trying to stay awake. I felt an urge to put him to sleep somehow, but with what? Without realizing what I was doing, I put my fingers near my mouth, as if holding a flute, and I blew. A sweet, soft lullaby poured out from my new invisible flute. "NiGHTS..." Reala said, smiling sleepily at me. "That's really nice. You've got real—"

He couldn't even finish his sentence. He passed out and fell right into my lap. That didn't stop me from playing, even though I was blushing like mad. I'm not stopping until I know he's sound asleep. Before long, a small snore came from Reala, which I thought was really strange, yet really cute. I smiled down at the sleeping Reala. A long strand of jet black hair fell out from underneath his hat. Soon enough, I also began to feel a little tired. I laid back and put my hands behind my head drifted off to sleep.

"Good evening, NiGHTS."

I opened my eyes and saw Reala looking down at me, offering his hand to me. I grabbed it, and he pulled me up. "It's about time you woke up, Sleeping Beauty," Reala smirked. "There's something I have to show you."

Reala began to jump from rock to rock to get across the lake. He turned back. "Come on, NiGHTS."

I followed him. Reala didn't fly over the lake because he thought it wasn't nessessary to fly short distances. I do it because I love flying, and I can be lazy sometimes. We ran through the high, thick bushes. About four leaves flew into my mouth. Gross... "NiGHTS..." Reala said, turning back to me.
I looked at him. "Check this out. I think you'll like it..."

And he pulled the bushes back like pulling a curtain, revealing a medow that overlooked the sunset, rich green grass reaching up to our ankles and at least millions of fireflies blinking on and off repeatedly.

"OHMIGOSH!" I cried like a schoolgirl. "Reala, it's so beautiful here!"
Reala murmured something under his breath but I couldn't exactly make out what he said. It sounded like, "Just like you" or, "I want food".

"Well, what are you waiting for? Frolic!" Reala smiled.
"Not without you!" I said, grabbing his hand.

We caught a few fireflies here and there and we kept letting them go or they just escaped. I looked over at Reala, who was trying to catch a firefly. Looking at him struggle made me giggle since I've never seen him struggle before. As looked at him, I felt a little weird.

Was Reala feeling that way also?

*Reala's POV*

"Damn firefly..." I snapped as I was dramatically jumping and clapping to catch the damn thing. It wasn't nessessary but I didn't feel like flying. I heard NiGHTS giggling at me and I didn't care. I jumped once more and slipped . I felt myself rolling down and hill, faster and faster. Then I suddenly stopped and lay flat on my back. My world was spinning wildly, just like I had, only worse. "Reala, are you ok?" I heard NiGHTS call out.
"N-no..." I moaned. "Where are you?"
NiGHTS appeared in my view, but there were so many of her. "Reala, how many of me to you see?" she asked.
"...Eight," I guessed. There had to be more than that.

Before long, I didn't feel as dizzy and the world stopped spinning. I have no idea why I'm so prone to getting incredibly dizzy and/or nauseous. It's a small weakness, but I won't let that get to me. "Ugh, I feel like crap," I complained.
It's not like me to complain or whine like a little bitch but I do it when I feel somewhat shitty. I sat up and felt a burning sensation in my throat. "Aaaghh!"
I coughed up flem and spat in the grass. I could tell NiGHTS wanted to choke me senseless for doing that, but she let it slide.

I looked up at the orangish-pinkish sky. My, that's sure is a nice-looking sky. It brought a small smile to my face. I looked at NiGHTS, who was smiling as well. I sighed in sympathy and said, "I'm sorry."

She looked at me. "Hmm?"

"I said I'm sorry," I said again.

"What for?" she asked.

"...For treating you like shit in the beginning. I thought I was so damn tough to be anyone's friend, just because I'm the General. I can't believe I didn't give you a chance. I wish I could go back in the past and changed what I fucked up."

NiGHTS pulled me in for a long hug. Huh, new. "It's ok, because we're friends now," she said, looking at me. "Er, I mean best friends..."

"I know what you mean," I replied with a friendly wink.

We just stood there in the hug watching the sunset for what seemed like hours. I had just rested my chin on her head, since she's a little shorter. I wanted to fall asleep really bad. Me and this damned fatigue.

"Hey, guess what?" NiGHTS whispered.

"What?" I whispered back.

"I stole your hat."

I broke the hug and felt my head. "Wh-where'd it go?"

Then I noticed NiGHTS' hat was off. Her long silky blonde hair framed her face. "It's only fair," NiGHTS said quietly.

I walked up to her and ran my fingers through her hair. "It's soft," I said.

"You're soft," she replied and began giggling.


I tackled her while she was in the middle of a giggle. We kept rolling around in the grass. What seemed like a long time, I finally got the advantage. I sat on top of her waist and pinned her. "Whoa whoa, Ree, calm your hormones..." NiGHTS said.

WHAT THE FUCK? I quickly manuvered off of her and stammered, "L-look, it wasn't even like that! I just wanted you to take back what you said...!"

"Surrrrrre..." she smirked. "You're a horny little maren, aren't you?"

"Shut up!"

"Make me."

Now NiGHTS was really asking for it! ...But I wasn't sure what to do.

I fail.

"Oh come on, Ree. It was just a joke," NiGHTS said.

"I know, I know," I replied.

It finally became a full night sky. This is truly a night to remember. I fell in the grass. I felt so serene, so peaceful. Nothing will ever change this feeling. "Lay with me, NiGHTS," I sighed with contentment.

NiGHTS smiled and layed down in the grass next to me. "Isn't it a pretty night, right Ree?" she asked.


We layed there for about a few minutes until I noticed NiGHTS laying on my chest sleeping. I couldn't help but smile. And you know what?

This is truly a night to remember.