Note: Listened to 'Already Gone' (Kelly Clarkson). Also, I had Lina opening Amelia's eye in the end, casting Lighting to mockingly blind her for a moment before, but the scene is similar in Fushigi Yugi when Miaka used a torch to startle Nuriko while he was asleep, so I changed it, nya~
Rustle! ... Rustle! ...Thud!
I felt the rain pouring down on my aching skin. I slowly opened my eyes as I feel that my forehead was oozing blood. I sat up. My whole body was throbbing in pain. I was covered with bruises, twigs, dirt, mud, leaves, blood and cuts. "Ow... Ow... Oww..." I managed to cry out. "Shit! That really hurt..."
I wasn't dead.
I looked up. The rain was washing the dirt off me. In the distance, the horse was still making a scene. I tried to get up, but I couldn't. I tried again and I was back on my feet. I couldn't stand up straight. My legs were wobbly.
I ran again. My legs were really numb from the mixture of the rain and the cold wind. It was like I was buried on the snow naked. It was really painful to go on. I felt a flash of pain in every step. If I don't do this now, I'll regret it later! I knew casting a spell won't help. My body was too weak to even cast a Fireball to scare off the horse. Plus, the rain is going to put it out. So I swiftly sprinted with all my might towards the violent horse.
"Gourry..." I squeaked, reaching out with my hand. My voice was croaky and wasn't loud. He didn't seemed to hear me. I tripped again. But this time I couldn't get up anymore. It felt like my whole body is glued to the ground. "G... Gourry!" I shouted, with my hand still reaching out. He looked up and saw me. He immediately ran for my aid, but he didn't noticed the horse. The horse was startled and attacked Gourry. It stood up on its hind legs and suddenly hit Gourry's stomach by its hoofs, causing the back of his head to crash against the cold, hard ground. His whole body fell with a loud thud.
The man who was controlling the horse kept saying sorry as he tried to control his horse. I just told him to get lost while I crawled over to Gourry's body by dragging myself with everything I got. "G..." I cried, trying to control my tears, "Gourry...?"
I still couldn't believe what I just saw. I didn't make it in time to save him. My trembling hands ran on his rigid body. My heartbeat was beating uncontrollably like any second it was going to burst out of my chest. I decided to shake him a little to make sure. "Gourry?" Still no response. I decided to shake him more and called out him name louder. "Gourry! Please... don't... leave me..."
No. This is not true! He can't be dead. Gourry can't be dead! Wait... blood?! Blood was slowly oozing from the back of his head. Shit! I was really worried. I placed my hands on front of him, "Reco... Recovery!" the glow on my hand was flickering like a broken light bulb. I was still weak from all the crying, running and falling. I just placed my head against his chest to sob. There's nothing I can do now. "Gourry..."
Huh? A pulse? Oh, shit! I can hear his pulse! Un-bloody-vable! He's still alive! I picked him up to carry him on my back. God-damn-it, he's so freakin' heavy! I couldn't stand on my feet properly. My legs were wobbling like pudding. But this was the first and last time that I'm going to carry his ass.
I went straight back at the Inn by feet. People inside the Inn were gasping and murmuring as I ran past them, with me piggy-backing Gourry. "Amelia?! Amelia! We've got trouble!" I shouted, when I ran in the hallway. Instead of knocking on our bedroom door, I went to hit it with my foot to kick it open.
Amelia was there, wiping her wet hair with a towel. "What troub- Oh, Gods! What-the-heck-happened-to-Mister-Gourry?!" she cried, saying everything fast.
I laid Gourry on one of the beds. The blood and water from him were ruining the white sheets on the bed. "I... I... I saw him recklessly running in the rain... and there was a violent horse dragging a carriage on the other side of the street..." I explained, then continued, "I decided to fly out the window... but I was coming down too fast and I couldn't cast a Levitation spell in time... and I stumbled on the trees, then hit the ground... I was too weak to fly to him or even cast a spell at the horse to stop it..." I hold out my hands. They were very pale and they were shaking. "By the time I was there, it was too late... The horse attacked him. His head smacked against the hard ground... Then, he fainted..." I looked at Amelia. She was crying softly. "If you cast a Recovery spell on him, he'll be alright. I know he will. I felt a pulse afterwards!"
"Why would he even run in the rain like that?! I know Mister Gourry is stupid, but he's not this stupid!" she said, holding out her hands on front of Gourry. "Recovery!" and with that, her hand was glowing, releasing a powerful Recovery spell on Gourry's head.
"It's all my fault... I told him I was more happier being with you. He knows about us," I sniffled. "He just walked out the bedroom... then, I saw him in the streets. I knew telling Gourry might hurt him bad, but I didn't know he'd be so careless and run around in the rain like that."
"Miss Lina, it's not your fault. You told him the truth. He's a big man. A big, big man! He can take that," Amelia said, still trying her best to recover Gourry.
That moment, something from Gourry made my eyes open wide. "Amelia! The bleeding on his head is getting worse! Do something!"
The glow on Amelia's hand grew bigger. "Don't worry, I th... think I've got it."
I opened my eyes. I was sitting in a very dark room. I looked all over the place. Everywhere I looked, everything was pitch black. The only thing I could see was my body.
Where am I? Wait. That's right. A horse was startled and hit me to the ground. Does this means I'm de... dead?! I stood up on my feet. I couldn't feel any pain. I was in my normal state. If this is heaven, then why was it so dark...?
"Gourry! Please. Don't be dead!" a voice echoed. Lina?
"Mister Gourry, please. You can do this!" Amelia?
But what do they mean...? I'm confused. If I'm dead, then how come I can hear Lina and Amelia's voices calling out my name? I must be imagining things...
I turned around and saw an island behind me. It looked like a happy place. It was a huge garden. A lot of beautiful fully grown trees and flowers was covering the whole place. It looks like a meadow and it was sunny. What happens when if I... go there...? It looks so happy and very inviting in there...
...I took a step forward...
"Gourry!" Lina called out. "Don't be dead! Please! I know I'm with Amelia, but don't be such an idiot and die! Please... d-don't leave..." I could hear Lina crying in the distance.
What should I do?
Footsteps can be heard on the doorway. I turned around and it was Zelgadis. His face expression was a mess. "What the heck happened to Gourry and you, Lina?!" he exclaimed.
"He got hit by a horse in the rain..." I said, "and I fell off the window and didn't cast a Levitation spell in time..."
"Oh, man! I left for a couple of hours and you two let yourselves hurt." He walked over to us and kneeled beside Amelia to help her. "Recovery," he said.
Zelgadis and Amelia worked hard to heal Gourry... but then, "Oh, Gods. The blood won't stop..." Amelia said.
Wait, blood? What... blood? I searched my body for blood. Nothing. Unless I am bleeding where Lina and the others are and I couldn't tell. I just stood there.
If I die, Lina is never going to forgive me. But this was for the best. I have no-one to spend my life with. But in the other hand, I don't really want to die. I want to live my life! I want to see Lina's smile again!
I... just... can't... die!
Everything around me started to disappear. The happy place faded away as the flowers, grass and leaves floated away and surrounded my whole body. I couldn't get away from the petals. I felt warm feeling around me. I was glowing. I wrapped my arms around my body and closed my eyes. All I could do now was let myself go...
"Huh?! The bleeding... on his head stopped!" Zelgadis exclaimed.
I got up on my feet and pushed Amelia and Zelgadis out of the way. "Owch!" they said.
I twitched my eyes open. Suddenly, I felt cold arms around me. I fully opened my eyes and saw Lina giving me a soft hug. "Gourry... you're okay..." she said.
"For a moment there, I thought we'd lose you, Mister Gourry..." Amelia cried.
I smiled in Lina's touch. I tried to get up. "Ow... My head..." I groaned.
"Don't move!" Zelgadis said, slowly lying me back down. "You need to rest for a while. You don't want your wound to open again, right?" he said calmly. "Amelia needs to heal Lina now. So I'll heal you for a little longer." Zelgadis casted Recovery spell again and I was healed. "There. Just stay in bed to feel better."
I murmured something out of my breath. "Alright. But I need to remove my dirty and wet clothes... I don't want to get sick..."
"I can help you with that." Zelgadis looked at Lina. "You also need to get cleaned up, Lina."
"Oh, right," she said, getting up and to walk out the doorway, with Amelia following her.
During dinner, we had rice, chicken and vegetable salad. Amelia and Zelgadis were eating properly. I wasn't. I was still worried about Gourry. He was still in bed.
"Miss Lina," Amelia said. "Why don't you deliver some food to Mister Gourry? He's probably really famished by now."
"Oh, great idea, Amelia," I said, stocking up food in two plates. I made my way on his room. We swapped rooms. My room with Amelia is now his room with Zelgadis because we don't want Gourry to move too much for now. I opened the door slowly. I entered the room and he was fast asleep. "G... Gourry. I brought dinner if you're hung-"
"Dinner?! I want- Owch!" he cried.
I placed the plates on the drawer and quickly sat on his bed to prevent him from moving. "Don't move, you Jellyfish-brain!"
He sighed then layed there, looking at me. "About the food..."
"Oh, yes. Here." I stood up, took the plates and places them next to Gourry. I slowly sat him up.
He had a huge bandaid wrapped around his forehead. He was healed, but just incase blood oozes out. He swiftly ate his food. "Mm! This is yum!" he smiled.
I looked at him while he was halfway devouring his food. The plate of salad was gone. "Listen, Gourry. Tomorrow, I want you to go to Sairaag."
"Uh... Why?" he asked, placing his fork and spoon aside.
"You heard me. I want you to there. There's nothing for you here."
"What about Zelgadis?"
"He told me that he'll keep searching for his cure. He doesn't need to worry about us three."
He just sat there, looking dumbfound for a moment. "Alright..."
"Yeah. So, ee... eat up... I'll get the plates later..." I stood up and walked out the doorway. I didn't bother looking back. I leaned against the walls near the door as I closed it. I fell on my butt to sniffle.
It's for the best.
The next day, I woke up. I felt no pain. I went and scratch my head with my fingers. Still no pain. Guess I recovered so fast. I wore my usual gear, which was placed near my bedside by Zelgadis. I walked towards to the lunch room and saw the other three eating breakfast. Wow. Fried fish, oven baked bread and fresh fruits! I sat next to Lina. "Good morning, guys," I said, cheerfully.
"Morning is good! Anyway, at lunch, Zelgadis said he's going to some place else. You'll be going to Sairaag while Amelia and I go to Seyruun, remember?" Lina said.
After we had breakfast, we took a rest just outside the Inn to let it all in. Lina had to remove the bandaid off my head because I no longer need it.
Zelgadis didn't waste any time. He wanted to get on with it already. "I'm going on my own now," he said.
"I'm going to miss you, Zel," Lina said, giving him a confident smile.
"You have to visit Seyruun palace," Amelia cried, "every now and then, alright, Mister Zelgadis?" her face looked so jittery, with tears overflowing her eyes.
"I will, I will. So don't fret," Zelgadis said, placing his rigid hand upon her head.
"Later, Zel," I said.
He walked away, waving his hand to say goodbye.
Time flew by quick and us three were on our way. "Sairaag and Seyruun are just minutes away!" Lina called out.
I felt like backing out, but I have nothing to lose. It was getting dark and we were nowhere halfway there. Geez. And I thought it was minutes away. Not hours away! I sat in one of the logs we gathered earlier. The three big logs encircled the fire in the middle. I stared at the fire for a while.
A tap on my shoulder made me stop staring. I turned around and it was Amelia. "Are you alright, Mister Gourry?" she asked.
"Yes. I'm fine," I said, then sighing. "I'm fine..." I trailed off.
"Sounds like you're not."
"Look, Amelia. Don't make this hard when it's already is. I'm fine and that's that. I'm tired and I want to sleep now. Goodnight!" I then got up to go inside my tent.
I cuddled up with my blanket. I couldn't hide my feelings at all. Is it really this hard to give up on something that I wasn't meant to have? Was it really worth saving? There's nothing I can do now. I guess it's just the way it is. She and I... it's never going to work...
I ended up crying myself to sleep.
In the morning, I woke up. I looked around the tent and spot Amelia is still sleeping. We were in our own tent and Gourry was alone in his. I woke up the sleepy Amelia. "Rise and shine, Princess," I said.
"Mawnin' alwehdee?" she yawned, stretching her body as she got up.
I zipped up the opening of the tent to crawl out. Gourry was there, standing in front. "'Bout the time you guys are up," he said. "Come on, let's get going!" Wha?! A sudden enthusiasm from Gourry's expression?!
We spoke no words while we traveled around the bush. Amelia was clinging onto Lina's arm. They were beside me. We hiked through the forest and saw a route. It was split in two. Left leads to Sairaag and the other was Seyruun. "Uhm. Looks like this is goodbye..." I sniffled.
"I g... guess so..." Lina said, her voice began to crack.
I suddenly hugged her forcefully. Her small arms wrapped around me. I let go off her within minutes. She went on her tip-toes to give me a slight kiss on the cheek. "You do know that I still have feelings for you, Lina. I'm still here for you if you ever need me," I said, walking away. I didn't bother facing the girls.
"I know..." she sniffled. "I'm still sorry that I didn't keep my word. You're hurt from all this and I don't want you hurting anymore. It's that... you know I love you... I love you enough to set you free. I hope you understand..."
I nodded. I couldn't get any words out of my mouth.
"We'll be seeing you sometime in the palace," Amelia said, sounding cheerful.
"I... I hope..." I managed to squeak out in pain as I kept walking.
I waited until he was out of sight. Tears finally came out my eyes. "You'll be alright, my Jellyfish-brain... Soon will I..." I whispered. Then I began crying loudly.
Amelia gave me a hug and a kiss to make me better. "Don't worry, Miss Lina... We'll see him when he visits the palace."
"Yeah..." Amelia and I linked hands and walked the other direction to go to Seyruun.
As soon as I arrived in Sairaag, I made my way to Sylphiel's home. I knocked on the door and waited. "It's... Gourry..." I said.
"Gourry-dear?" a familiar voice said. The door opened and out came Sylphiel.
"It's been a long time..."
"Wh... Where's Miss Lina?" she had to ask...
"She... Never mind her. You're the one for me, not her," I said, shakily and giving her a hug. She was slight taller than Lina.
"Oh, my. Well, welcome. Stay here whenever you want."
Hours passed, Amelia and I made it to Seyruun. She was so happy that she was home again. Explaining to her dad about my relationship with her took awhile. I was certainly not the knight in a shining armour he was expecting.
Weeks have passed and I missed the old gang sometimes. But this was it. I made my choice to spend my life with Amelia and I must deal with the results. My future now. Both of us ruling our kingdom. ...Our kingdom. I never realized that I'll ever rule one ever in my entire life.
There's nothing holding me back.
Oooh-wee. It's been... months since I've seen Lina and the others. Might as well pay the girls a visit in Seyruun now. I went down the stairs. I saw Sylphiel just outside her home. I told her that I had to get my sword cut across town. I know, I lied. But I knew she wouldn't let me go to visit the girls after I said Lina doesn't liked me anymore.
I made my way to Seyruun when... I spot a familiar face along the way. It was Zelgadis. He hasn't changed a bit. He was still a chimera. Maybe he hasn't found a cure yet. I didn't bother asking why. We just laughed and talked about things we've done for the past few months. Then we both decided to go to visit the girls in Seyruun.
"Princess Amelia and Miss Lina. You've got visitors," the maid said, just outside our bedroom door.
I woke up. Looking at the clock beside our bed, which is placed on a drawer, it's already passed two in the afternoon. I quickly got up. I grabbed my clothes which were on the floor and put them on. "Who are they?" I asked, putting my protective gear on just like Gourry used to wear. I had to wear it because I'm Amelia's protector now. It seemed uncomfortable to wear around, but I'm used to it. That way no-one stares at my flat chest.
"They call themselves... Gourry and Zelgadis."
Eagerness suddenly overcame my mind. Oh, goodie! They finally made it here! Took them long enough. "Princess! Wake up!" I said, shaking her. "Amelia!"
She didn't budge. Her legs and arms were spread just outside the blanket. I quickly had an idea. I pulled the covers away from her. Her naked body revealed. I went on top of her and flicked my forefinger in front of her sleeping face. "Aqua Create," I cast. A large amount of water appeared from my fingertip and directly splashed her face.
I swiftly moved back to dodge any sudden attacks. She suddenly flailed and sat up, wiping her face with her hands. "Whoa... freakin' hell, Lina!" she exclaimed. She no longer calls meMiss because she's my fiancée since weeks ago. She didn't hesitate one second to exclaim, 'Yes! I will marry you, Miss Lina!' when I proposed to her in front of everyone on her birthday. The Princess then sat herself on the bed, her bosom bounced.
"Geez, your boobs sure bounce a lot when you're mad..." I giggled, blushing softly.
"Do they really bounce that much when I'm angry?" she wondered, eyeing her chest and gives them a slight squeeze.
"Yeah, but anyway! Get up already, Princess! Gourry and Zelgadis are waiting for us!" I said, jumping on our king sized bed, startling the smaller girl.
"Really?! We've got to get dressed!"
"You get dress. It's not nice for a Princess to welcome guests when she's fully naked..."
When she was finished, we ran out of our bedroom. We ran and ran and ran. But I was way too excited, so I cast a spell, "Levitation!" I grabbed Amelia's hips from behind to carry her as we were flying above the staircase. We flew down the lobby, then I let her go just at the doorway of the palace. We stood at the doorway to look for the guys.
Then there they were. We saw the guys just outside the gate. The guards were blocking their path. "Amelia! Lina!" the guys called out, waving to us.
"Gourry..." I said.
"Mister Zelgadis!" Amelia said. "Guards, let 'em in!"
The guards gave Amelia a nod then let the guys in. Amelia ran straight to Zelgadis to hug him for a moment. Tears of joy came. I ran straight to Gourry to glomp him. We both fell on the ground. I was on top of him.
"I missed you, Lina," he said. His fingers tangling on my feiry hair.
"I missed you too, Jellyfish-brain," I said, smiling.