Sorry I never updated this story, but I got no feedback so I didn't know if anyone liked it or not! Also, I was stuck on what to write next, because I thought it was a bit too early for them to go on the adventure. I think it's because it's not a romance Rin and Len story is why hardly anyone reads it. But thank you to the two people who reviewed!
I couldn't fall asleep. I laid in my bed, just staring at the ceiling. As hard as I tried, I just couldn't. My eyelids would repeatedly droop and cover my eyes, but I would loose any sense of drowsiness I had. Maybe it was because today was a good day. After years of fighting with Rin, we finally got along again. Man, am I glad. I was worried that I couldn't ever be close to my sister again. I mean, if we were going to travel without Uncle Kiyoteru, who knows what could've happened? We probably would've killed each other once we left Uncle's place. Now, both of us could probably get farther in our training, and maybe even start heading towards Kaito's castle before our birthday next month!
Kaito, ugh. Just thinking about his name put me in a bad mood. I've never even seen the guy with my own eyes and I can't stand picturing the bastard. The thought makes me want to hurl. Why do I hate him so much? Where do I begin? Let's see, he destroyed my home village, killed almost everyone there, including my parents, made those who survived his slaves, kidnapped Princess Miku, and took over the land. The biggest asshole I've ever seen in the world. After all that's his done to me, and not to mention Rin, or whoever else he's sabotaged, I will never forgive him. All those people in our little village, dead. Left us without our parents. I never got another taste of mom's homemade soup. That shit was fucking delicious! She was even making it for dinner that night. But I didn't know I'd never eat it again! If Uncle didn't save me and Rin, we'd probably be dead right along with them. What else? Oh, yeah. Kidnapped Princess Miku, who was pretty young for any of that. Why kidnap her? She would've been way too young to be queen back then. I mean, Rin and I were only six when it happened, and the princess wasn't that much older. Maybe a year or two. And to think she's been stuck wherever Kaito has been keeping her all these years. Poor chick. She's definitely scarred for life. Who wouldn't be? But I couldn't really care about rescuing her. I mean, it's the right thing to do, but what I'm really after isn't fame or even getting the girl. What I-no, we-want is revenge. He will pay for all the shit he's done. I won't be satisfied until Kaito's head is my divine trophy.
I can't wait to kill the guy.
The blasted sun decided to blind me again when I woke up. I lazily kicked my blanket off of me and sat up, rubbing my sore eyes. According to the sundial next to my bed, I slept in way too late. It's almost one in the afternoon. How did I ever develop this sleeping pattern? It's not my fault I can't fall asleep until three-thirty in the morning. I trudged out of bed into the kitchen and found...Rin? But, she's always in her room. And she was wearing the hairpin I made her. Seeing that made the sentimental part of my heart smile. Rin was already wearing her early birthday present. I couldn't believe she was. Knowing her, I'd thought she'd wait to wear it.
She was reading a book written in some weird language I couldn't read. I headed to the fridge and got out the carton of milk. I opened up the lid and started gulping down the thing. Rin wasn't paying any attention to what I was doing, since she was so engrossed in her book. No "Good morning, my dearest brother!" or "So, the bear comes out of his cave?" She always gives me some acknowledgment, whether sweet or bitter.
"Save some for later," Rin said. "Uncle'll get mad." Sure, now you say something.
"What he doesn't know won't hurt him," I replied indifferently, not really caring.
"You're right." Hearing her say that made me nearly choke on the milk I was swallowing. Before yesterday, she would've ran straight to Uncle about me doing something as simple as drinking out of the carton. I guess getting along with her made us go back to exactly how we were as kids. We were mischievous together! Now, I won't have to worry about her tattling on every single thing I do. We'll both keep little things like that to ourselves and out of Uncle's ears.
"You alright?" she asked, turning around to look at me. By the look in her eye, I could tell she was waiting for me to say something so she could make a joke out of it like we always do.
"Yeah. Just needing to get used to our old relationship now that we don't hate each other anymore," I said smiling.
"I thought you said you never hated me, and only hated how we drifted apart, if I remember correctly," she said in her smart-nosed tone.
"Well, you never said you didn't hate me ever. I did," I reminded her. What? It was true.
Her face grew red from embarrassment, and she shoved her nose book in her book.
"Uh-huh. That's what I thought." I lightly spanked the back of her head as I passed by.
"Well, you did a good job pretending to hate me for almost four years," she quietly spoke.
"You put up a pretty good argument yourself," I replied, beaming at my younger twin. She didn't reply to that, her face was still full of embarrassment.
"Rin, did you really hate me? Ever?" I asked her. She didn't respond. "Rin!"
"What?" she asked like a spoiled preteen.
"Why should I?"
"Come on. We just stopped fighting, let's not start it again. Just answer. I'm not going to get mad." Rin sighed before she answered me.
"I did hate you. But, mostly, I was just angry with you all the time. Eventually, our fighting got so irritating that I hated it. I guess it lead to hating you, too," Rin paused. "But how you seemed to be able to stay so calm while you trained, I didn't get it. Since I hated you, I couldn't focus and had such trouble practicing my magic. I was jealous. You did so well at everything! I couldn't do a simple spell and kept blowing up my room! I wanted to be as good as you."
"Please, I'm not that good. Being a mage is much more difficult than being a swordsman. Don't be so hard on yourself." I walked back over and ruffled her hair.
"Don't even try to fight back! If one of us is going to be a mage, it's you! I'm nowhere near as smart as you are to be a mage. I'd probably blow the house up, too. I only made such a big deal out of it to make you mad." I admitted.
"But, Len, I'm still so under-skilled as to where I should be," she whined in a sorrowful way.
"And that's my fault. You said you couldn't focus because you hated me so much. I give you permission to blame all of that on me and zap me with your most powerful spell."
Rin smiled. "Thanks, Len." She got up from her chair and hugged me. I was baffled at first. I have no idea what to do! All these years she's been so mad at me she wouldn't even give me the time of day. Now, she's just as clingy to my side as she was when we were twelve. I awkwardly hugged her back, but I was smiling. It was nice to be getting along with my sister again. It was moments like this I missed the most. No matter how many times we teased each other as kids, we always laughed at each other and got over it. Now, here we are, almost eighteen years old, and still hugging like we did five years ago. The sentimental part of me was screeching, so to shut it up I tucked my head closer to her.
"Seems you two are getting along just fine."
We both turned around and saw Uncle Kiyoteru walk through the front door. He was giving us his "look." There are no words to describe it, but if anyone said he gave them "the look" everyone knew which look they were talking about. Seeing as he gave us the look, we pulled away from each other, red with embarrassment.
His deep blue tunic was all dusted up, his glasses had a coat of thin dirt on the lenses, and his white pants looked beige from dirtiness, which gave me the hint he was digging through the field again. He tries to hide it, but he never can fool me. Uncle searches through the field he found me and Rin the day Kaito attacked. I'm not exactly sure why, and Rin doesn't have any idea, either.
"You two looked like a newlywed couple if you weren't twins," he said, his "look" growing into a smirk. "Len, save it for the princess!"
"I've said how many times I could care less on saving a damsel in distress? We all know why you agreed to train us in the first place." Geez, a guy wants revenge and your uncle thinks your only doing it for the princess!
"I've heard she's not that great, either," Rin spat out.
"You're just saying that because everyone gaga'd over her was she was born," Uncle teased.
"She was a baby! Everyone was a baby in their life! She wasn't even that cute of a baby from the pictures in the town all over."
"You didn't say that when you were four. You loved Princess Miku."
"Well, she was a real-life princess like in fairytales. What girl doesn't love a princess when they're little?"
Uncle just laughed. Rin told me when we were younger she soon lost her interest in the princess. Everyone would talk about how cute and pretty and amazing she was. All the princess really did was play in her garden and get waited on hand and foot like a brat. I agreed 100% with her, despite the fact neither of us saw what she looked like, since the princess couldn't be seen playing with "peasant kids" like us. Rin got so depressed over it. That's really the main reason why I never cared for her, she made Rin feel so bad about herself. I never went through anything like that, except all the older kids would comment snarky things about me always being with my sister. Hey, she's my twin. We have that weird twin telepathy crap, and I'm older than she was. I've got to protect her.
"So, Uncle, find anything in the field today?" I asked, trying to change the subject.
"What are you talking about, Len? I wasn't in the field!"
"Really? You look like that and say you weren't in the field. Where else where you be?"
"Haha," Uncle chuckled. "I guess you caught me again."
"What do you even do?" Rin asked.
"I dig," he replied.
"For...what exactly?" I asked.
"Nothing, really. Just to see what I can find." Both Rin and I gave Uncle skeptical looks. "What?"
"You're hiding something," Rin said. Uncle sighed.
"Look," he started, as he placed his hands on our shoulders. "It's just a little hobby I'm doing. You two don't have to worry about it. You're over thinking it all."
"If you say so," Rin and I said in unison. We both turned towards each other and smiles grew in between our cheeks. We haven't done the creepy twin-speech thing in forever!
"Now, I have some good news for you both!" Uncle cheered. "Since you two seem to be getting along so well in almost four years, I think you two are ready to head out and start adventuring!"
My grin grew bigger, letting out breaths of disbelief. Really? Did Uncle really mean it? We're ready to go and seek our revenge on Kaito? I turned to Rin, and saw her face was the polar opposite of mine.
"What's the matter?" I asked her. "Aren't you excited? Uncle just said we're ready!"
"No, there's no way I'm ready at my level. I'm not skilled enough!"
"Maybe with just your bare hands," Uncle said suspiciously. I raised an eyebrow, but Rin's face grew with excitement.
"You don't mean?" she asked happily.
"Follow me," Uncle gestured by tilting his head.
Rin followed Uncle excitedly out to the little hut next to our house. It was about a story tall, but it was used for storage, so it didn't matter that it wasn't that big. As they left, I took my old layers of bandages off my right arm. I took a good, long look at all the scars I've developed over the years of training swordplay. Especially the thick, long one that started just below my elbow and went all the way up my arm to just below my shoulder. I lost a lot of blood that day. I remembered that I stayed in bed from the injury, and Rin stayed by my side the whole time holding my hand. She was crying more than I was, and she didn't even get hurt. I was about three-fifths done putting one a new layer when I heard Rin scream. My instincts told me to run to her. My heart was pounding as I dashed outside. What the hell happened?
"Rin! What's going on?" I asked, my bandages coming unraveled. Then I realizes how dumb I probably looked. She wasn't in trouble, or hurt at all! She was jumping off the walls like a kid in a candy store.
"Len, look!" She rushed over to me, holding a huge staff. It was bigger than her! It was golden, at at the top of her staff, was a giant blue orb, and surrounding the orb were two golden rings intersecting each other. Then above that, it had a final orb matching the other, but smaller.
"I'm powerful enough to use this staff! It helps control my magic and delivers more powerful outcomes! Isn't that amazing?"
"Yeah! That's awesome! But don't scream like that. You sounded like you were being murdered! I thought something happened to you!"
"Sorry, but this is amazing! I can't believe I'm ready to use a staff! I thought I was behind all this time, but I'm ready!"
"Both of you are ready to head out there," Uncle butted in.
"But, so soon?" I asked. "It seemed so sudden. Yesterday it seemed like we were nowhere close to being strong enough to go out there."
"You two will only get stronger as you travel. There's no doubt in my mind that you are ready, and that there will be obstacles to challenge you."
"It seems so soon to be going. Do we really have to leave now?"
"You leave whenever you feel like you're ready to head on. There's no rule as to when you have to."
"There's no way I could go right this second," Rin stated. "But if I was prepared, I could go tonight or tomorrow."
"I'd probably have to wait until tomorrow. Start with a full night's rest."
"You two when you feel like it. Just let me know you're leaving ahead of time."
With that, Uncle went back in the house, leaving both of us confused.
I woke up early the next day. I wasn't going to keep Rin waiting. Plus, if I slept in, we wouldn't get very far before the sun went down. I slipped on my black boots, put on my arm bracelet with 02 in red print, wrapped my tattered old scarf around my neck, and put on my mom's old gold bands for gold luck. I grabbed my sword and its scabbard and headed out to the front door by Uncle. When I walked out, Rin was there, her staff in hand. She had her bangs pushed out of her face with four white hairgrips, her hairpin in. Her dress was covered in a white cloak with a red buckle at the neck, her white knee-high boots peaking from underneath. I also noticed she was wearing our dad's old ring on my right hand.
"Seems you two are ready," Uncle said. "But before you go, I want to give you these, to remember that you'll always be a part of this little preserve all the way out here."
Uncle held out his hands, one towards me, the other towards my sister. When he opened them, he revealed earrings. One silver stud, the other was a dangling silver earring shaped like a bass clef with a blue stone. Rin's was the same, except her's were gold and shaped like a treble clef. We put in the earrings.
"They suit you both very well."
"Thanks, Uncle," Rin said happily. She gave him a hug in gratitude. I just stood there, speechless. Not because I was surprised or anything, just because I didn't have anything to say. I mean, we were leaving to go and kill Kaito. What could I say?
"Len, are you alright?" Uncle asked. I nodded my head. It's just, it seems so weird to just be leaving like this. I lunged towards my uncle and hugged him.
"I'll miss you," I whispered so Rin couldn't hear. I was the older brother, I had the sword, I couldn't let her see me act like this.
"I'll miss you, too, Len," he whispered back. We kept hugging for a few more moments, then Rin pulled on my ponytail.
"Alright, alright. You had your hug. Let's go. You don't need to act so tough all the time. Only when the time calls for it."
"I have no idea what you're talking about," I replied, trying to not have her notice I was soft. Although, it was kinda pointless, since she knows me better than anyone.
"Let's just go."
With one final goodbye from Uncle, we headed out the front door, and started our adventure before us.
Wow. This took a long time to right! But they finally get to go on the adventure and kill Kaito! Yay! Killing is fun! Kill~ing is fun. Kill~ing is fun. Sheesh, I've got chuggaaconroy's Wind Waker LP moments stuck in my head. Oh well. Thanks again to the two people who have reviewed! I really appreciate it. And thanks for waiting over a month because I thought no one liked it!