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[Private] A Breath of Fresh Air

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Re: [Private] A Breath of Fresh Air

Sofia Rin | Human; Citizen

Posted on Fri May 01, 2015 9:19 am

It was heartwarming to see the happiness illuminate on Ru's face when we briefly talked about his mother. I appreciated his attempt to keep the uplifting mood, but knowing the topic at hand, it won't last long.

My eyes fixed on his mouth, ready to hear what he was going to say next which I already had an idea, but he stopped himself and my suspicion was confirmed. It was the question that has been buzzing around in his head for who knows how long, but he isn't the only one. The media did a good job keeping the investigation a mystery to the public by revolving its coverage on the lives of what once was my family. Unfortunately, that left an open door for everyone to come up with their own stories.

But his last words were what I needed to hear. Even though at times I wish I wasn't, he's right. What happened that afternoon isn't what's important, and I hate to say it but what is important is that I survived and I'm allowed to carry on my family legacy. But I'll never entirely believe that. I returned the smile and nodded my head.  Thank you, Rupert.

I don't know when or if the time will ever be right, or maybe it's never to be heard. Perhaps the media was right on their part, maybe it was best to keep what happened in that house a mystery and leave them to create theories, because it really was a mystery. It was unclear what Sage's motive was, and maybe it was best to keep it that way.

Before we continued, I wanted him to know one last thing. With both hands I rolled up my shirt, exposing my stomach scar.  He did this to me. Not only did he have to leave an emotional scar on me forever, but also a physical one.

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Re: [Private] A Breath of Fresh Air

Rupert Hemmingway |

Posted on Sat May 02, 2015 1:47 pm

I wasn't expecting Sof to suddenly start rolling up her shirt, slightly puzzled and shocked at first. Then the scar came into view and I breathed out, deflating and shaking my head. I couldn't help it. I bridge the gap between us and pulled her into another hug. I didn't know what else to do; her revelation had completely floored me. I wasn't sue how to handle it. Quote Begin Don't worry about it, what're friends for, huh?Quote End I said against her hair, pulling her in close.

I let her go slightly but kept my arm round her shoulders. My eyes drifted back down to Sof's stomach. Quote Begin I can't believe he did that.Quote End I murmured, without thinking. I met Sof's eyes again and wondered if that had sounded bad. Quote Begin I've wondered, sometimes since coming back here, if my family had stayed maybe it might not have happened?Quote End I glanced back down to the floor between us and sighed. Regret wasn't something easy. Quote Begin They cops didn't catch him, did they?Quote End I asked quietly, finally breaching into the questioning territory. As much as I hadn't wanted to ask about what had happened, that seemed important to me. Important and gut-wrenching that Sage could still be out there.

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Sofia Rin | Human; Citizen

Posted on Sat May 02, 2015 6:36 pm

I kept my head down, my eyes analyzing the little details of the scar I hadn't noticed before, I have my enlightened senses to thank for that. The faint markings that were left from the stitches, the slight indentation, and the dull stretch marks outlining parts of the scar. I normally never look at my scar for as long as I was now, I try to avoid it. Some find scars interesting because they "tell" a story, well that got that part right. But for me, it not only tells a story, it's a horrid reminder. 

My breathing started to quicken as I waited for him to something, anything. Knowing how weak his stomach was, maybe showing him the scar was a bad call. Maybe this was his last straw so now he was either going to throw up, or worse, pass out. Oh please Ru, whatever you do, don't pass out. My mind was on maximum speed as thoughts were bouncing off the walls, but everything stopped when he pulled me into him. My hands were sandwiched between our bodies and the side of my face rested against his. Right. I let out huge sigh of relief, a small smile gracing across my face.

You and me both. I pulled my shirt back down and folded my arms across my chest. As I got the hint of where he was taking this sentence, I shook my head and, without thinking, cupped the sides of his face and lifted him up so we were eye to eye. No no no no, don't you even dare say what I know you're about to say.  After a moment, I slowly withdrew my hands from the warmth of his cheeks.  There was no way anyone could predict what happened. Okay? You, me, my parents, no one. I never ever want you to feel some sort of responsibility to what happened. I exclaimed. To hear him hence the fact that he could have prevented what happened, broke my heart. The only person I thought that could have prevented it was me, so it was heart breaking to hear someone else think the same. 

They said by the time they arrived, he was already gone, and that they didn't know where to start searching. I say softly. I wondered if I should tell him about the strange sightings I've had recently, but then I just told myself it was Ben. Sometimes though, I was certain it wasn't. I decided to just keep that a secret, the last thing I wanted is for him to be even more worried.

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Rupert Hemmingway |

Posted on Tue May 05, 2015 6:58 am


Sof's sudden determination amused me when she actually physically lifted my head back up, but the smile on my face was more fond than anything else. I locked eyes with hers and suddenly realised how selfish what I'd said had been. Quote Begin Yeah, you're right.Quote End I nodded, a soft smile still on my lips, Quote Begin Sorry.Quote End She had enough to deal with already without worrying about me, and I could hear the emotion in her voice.

Quote Begin And he's never tried to make contact?Quote End I asked, softly, carefully, arm still protectively round her shoulder. I needed to know. Not out of curiosity, but my own worry. I didn't want him turning up, or even still tormenting her, beyond what the memories must have done. Secretly, I hoped the this might be like other stories common in the news. Someone goes crazy, kills a bunch of people, and more often than not, offs themselves at the end too. It hurt a little to think of Sage dead, but he obviously wasn't the Sage I knew anymore. And that way at least he wouldn't be able to hurt Sof anymore. Or anyone else, either.

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Re: [Private] A Breath of Fresh Air

Sofia Rin | Human; Citizen

Posted on Fri May 08, 2015 9:14 pm

Nope.  And to be honest, I don't think I would ever want him to. I mean, what if in his mindset I'm considered unfinished business. He had every intention to kill me right then, in the basement, with that knife, but yet here I am. If he were to find me, who says he wouldn't just kill me right away. I spoke quick, my heart pounding against the wall of my chest. The thought of Sage being within a hundred feet from me makes my stomach turn. How could I be in the same room with a murderer, my brother, and not knowing what he would do. I reflect back to the moment I returned to Index and all the times I thought I saw him, but then he vanished into thin air.

Although the possibility of an encounter had me thinking. I wonder if I would even recognize him? We were twins, close to being identical, but since he was now on the run he probably would have changed his appearance. Plus, ten years can weigh in on a person.  You know, I've wondered that if he is still out there, if he made a life for himself, like growing a family and having a job. I murmured.

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