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Komorebi

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Komorebi

Post by Angel Qingying » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:33 pm

One. A shot to the head.
A group had gathered in the catacombs.

Two. A shot through the neck.
A gash on your calf.

Three. A shot – they dodge – to the shoulder. To the kidney. To the stomach.
Two lunge from the left.
You turn – unstable – shoot, clips one.
Claws on your shoulder blade.

Four. Stab through the heart.

Five.
Blasted into the wall. Something cracks.


Six.



Seven.




Eight.





Nine.

It is still. Where is the tenth?
No movements in dark corners. Flame torches flicker.

You duck. An axe flies overhead, smashes into the wall.
The ground shakes. You stumble. Wrist twists. Gun clatters to the floor.
It’s half-hidden behind the chest.
They were guarding it. It emerges. Rushes you. Knives clash.



--

Only the flames move, now.

You shuffle, injured leg a burden.

Activity had been noticed, and you’d come.

They were waiting; to repel anyone.
They had surrounded you.

Your hand touches the surface. It looks like dark wood, but is smooth, as if brushing your fingers over fine glaze.

Demons were guarding it.

Surely it must be something evil.
An artefact. A weapon.

You open the lid – it is surprisingly light. Your breath is still quietening.
There is a faint glow.

--

It is a child, long white hair resting on light grey robes; closed eyes hidden by white eyelashes. A pair of creamy wings – the source of the light – lay tucked against their back. Hands – small, as the child was young – rested near their face. They were sleeping.

--

The child continued to sleep, not stirring, until he finally reached the hotel. Now the child lay there on the bed, breathing quietly, eyes still not having opened.


It is winter. Perhaps snow will fall.

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Supernatural Lawrence Keelan » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:28 am

Just fucking great.

It's only his luck that he's saddled with a kid of all things, but there's no time to consider it before the horde makes its move and he's thrust into the fray again. It's only after, wheels spinning madly on his piece-of-shit forest green Tercel ($600 even on Craigslist and shut the fuck up no one asked you), tearing out of the warehouse district that he stops to analyze exactly what this means.

And the fact that the thing evidently isn't human, but then again, it's not like he's always been, either. "Don't suppose you want a beer," he huffs as he shoulders his way into the motel room and deposits the creature onto the still-made bed, withdrawing a zippo to ignite a cigarette almost unconsciously. "Could've gone worse, I guess."

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Angel Qingying » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:30 am

Time passes. The child continues to sleep. Raindrops roll down the window. A chill wind tears away the last, dry leaf of the tree outside, and then it’s blown away.

An hour. Another. The cheap lamp on the bedside cabinet flickers, but there are no forces at work here; simply the owner skimping where he could.

The child’s eyes flutters open, and they sit up. Their eyes are large and round and the colours much more saturated than in human eyes he’d seen. Their wings are large, and appear to emerge from their body lower than the artists of classical paintings would have viewers believe – at the base of his ribs. The wings seem flexible, as they’re being bent by the bed and the child is displaying no discomfort; perhaps it doesn’t hurt.

They look around. Right, left, gaze brushes over him but does not dwell – as if he’s part of the furniture, and not surprising – further left, further right, above, and then they seem to gain an awareness of what’s behind them; just a wall.

Then, they simply gaze ahead of them, sitting quietly.

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Supernatural Lawrence Keelan » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:15 am

Laurie gave it a two-fingered salute, not anticipating it would understand. He sat up with a groan and loped over to the minifridge, withdrawing a half-opened bag of bread, some bologna and a tub of mayonnaise. "Breakfast of champions," he said as he slapped a sandwich together and cut it in half. After a second he sliced off the crust on one and plated it, and then he grimaced, eyes drifting back to the child. "Here," he held the food out. "You got a name? You speak English?" With the... wings and the eyes and the... let's just say Laurie didn't have any expectations.

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Angel Qingying » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:36 am

They lifted both hands and let the plate rest on their palms, and then looked up at him. Their right eye was azure, while their left was a dark gold – almost amber. They appeared to be about seven years old.

ȴᶘ·ҦѲմջ.” He hears a response, both melodic and foreign, and unlike languages he knew of - and then they seem to catch themselves.

“Qingying.” Now the sound was familiar.

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Supernatural Lawrence Keelan » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:38 am

"Qingying," Laurie repeated easily, giving him a nod. He laid his hand over his own chest. "Laurie. Eat your food."

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Angel Qingying » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:52 am

“Euphemeria li Qingying,” they said, and then they used two fingers to lift the top piece of bread to look at the filling.

“What is this?” They returned their gaze to him, still holding up the plate. Their voice was soft and flowing – just a little more like a boy, than a girl - and bore the light chirp of a child.

The longer Laurie watched them, the more he was able to identify features that hinted this child, at least in appearance, may be male.

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Supernatural Lawrence Keelan » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:54 am

It was literally just bologna and cheese, good luck buddy. "It's... uh... a sandwich. Where are your parents?"

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Angel Qingying » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:21 pm

“I mean this,” he indicated the filling. Then, as if he thought he should clarify, he added, “I know this” – he pointed – “is bread.”

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Supernatural Lawrence Keelan » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:59 pm

"That's bologna, and cheese, and mayo. You're living in the lap of luxury, kid." Laurie picked up the phone. "Can I call someone for you?"

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Angel Qingying » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:28 pm

He blinked at him.
"Call? No; my parents are not here. I do not have parents." He tilted his head, frowning slightly, as if assessing the accuracy of that statement. The plate still rested on his palms.

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Supernatural Lawrence Keelan » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:35 pm

"What are you? You're not a demon. Are you?"

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Angel Qingying » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:46 pm

He shook his head. "No. I am an angel. You?"

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Supernatural Lawrence Keelan » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:51 am

"Human," he said a little too gruffly.

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Angel Qingying » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:09 pm

“Really?” He lifted his brows.

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Post by Supernatural Lawrence Keelan » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:19 pm

"Yeah, kid. Really," Laurie snorted. "An angel, huh? What are you doing, what are you doing on Earth?"

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Angel Qingying » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:45 pm

Yeah he wasn’t going to let the subject change.
“You’re different from a… from other humans.”

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Supernatural Lawrence Keelan » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:30 pm

"Every human is different from other humans. That's kind of the point."

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Angel Qingying » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:04 pm

“You don’t need to tell me that.” Blink.

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Post by Supernatural Lawrence Keelan » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:11 pm

Laurie gestured with both hands palm-up, like, that solves that problem, then. He took a swig from his beer. "Well, I'm not going to hurt you, or anything."

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Angel Qingying » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:15 pm

Head-tilt. “I didn’t think you would.
You don’t like talking about ‘different from other humans’.
Are you fully? Were you fully? Did something change?”

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Supernatural Lawrence Keelan » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:17 pm

"I was, it changed, I am again."

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Angel Qingying » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:23 pm

He brought his gaze down to the sandwich, and then back up to him.
“I fell – no, not from-” He seemed to consider how to let a human understand this.
“I took a tumble.” He appeared to realise immediately that wording was incorrect.

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Supernatural Lawrence Keelan » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:24 pm

"So you accidentally ended up on Earth?" Laurie surmised thoughtfully. "How do we get you back? I assume you want to go back home?"

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Re: Komorebi

Post by Angel Qingying » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:30 pm

“No,” he shook his head. “I don’t want to go back home.” His tone said that it wasn’t because he didn’t want to, but that he had no desire for it.

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