So, The Boy in the Dungeon did awfully—no reviews to date. But I can't stop writing, I don't know why. Maybe it's in my blood. Anyway, I don't think that I can live without writing. So unless someone tells me to stop, I'm going to keep posting stuff. Tell me if I'm so awful that it's not worth the bother, OK?

And, also, Serio Rei is Persona before the ESP tricked him, if you don't know that already.

Disclaimer—Tachibana Higuchi owns Gakuen Alice. I don't know who owns the nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but I'm pretty sure I don't.


'Is there darkness in the outside world, Sensei?' Rei asked.

'Hmmm…Oh, yes.' Izumi replied absently.

'But I wanted it to be light outside all the time.'

'But then how could you sleep?'

'I don't know. I don't want to sleep when I go outside. Ever.'

Izumi smiled. 'You'll have to sleep, Rei.'

'Why?'

'Because your brain needs to rest.'

'But when I go outside, it'll be so wonderful my brain won't want to rest!'

'Outside is amazing, but if you die because you don't sleep, then you won't get to see what it's like.'

'But, Sensei, I don't want to die!'

'You won't die if you sleep enough, Rei.'

'OK…but I don't want it to be dark. I want the sun to shine even when I'm sleeping.'

Izumi laughed. 'But the sun is hot, and you won't want to be hot all the time.'

'I still don't want it to be dark.'

'It's never this dark, Rei.'

'How come?'

'The moon is there. It's round, and sometimes it looks gold, and sometimes silver.'

'Is it there all the time when it's dark?'

'Well, no.'

'Then it'll still be dark some of the time, right, Sensei?'

'No. There are stars.'

'Stars? What are they?'

'They're balls of gas like our sun, Rei, only they're thousands of millions of miles away.'

'How come we don't get burnt?'

'Because they're so far away. They look like diamonds.'

'Diamonds?'

'Like twinkling silver glitter, then. And they're so beautiful. It looks like someone's spread glitter over the sky sometimes. They sparkle, and some even wink at you. '

'I like stars. I like them better than the sun.'

'I thought you would.'

'Sensei, is there a song about stars?'

'I can't think of one in Kanji, not right now. But there's a very famous English song. I don't know whether you'll understand the words, but it goes like this:

'Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are'

And Rei, for the first time since Izumi had met him, smiled.


So, reviews, please? Constructive criticism is appreciated.