In the Next Life: Rein Isaka One Shot
I’m trying to get rid of my writers block and decided to have ago at a bit of angst.
TW: Contains references to suicide. Please don’t read if you are easily affected by things of this nature.
Sitting alone in the quaint little cafe, with a cup of green tea and a very large slice of angel cake, Rein catches sight of the golden haired girl gazing forlornly out the window. Her long bangs cover her face as she nurses her iced coffee. He may not be able to see her face but her gloomy demeanour makes it obvious that she is a tortured soul. But more than anything she looks lonely, a feeling the amiable angel is all too familiar with himself.
As if suddenly aware of his intense gaze she slowly lifts her head. Her lifeless ice blue eyes meet with his, his dashing good looks making her heart flutter. But he is way out of her league. How could she be stupid enough to think that someone as handsome as him would give her a second look?
She couldn’t be more wrong, he feels strangely drawn to her. Eager to see her pained expression replaced with a bright smile. A smile he is certain would brighten up the entire room if she was able to show it.
His feet moving of their own accord, he cautiously approaches the table. An overpowering smell stops him in his tracks, the scent of impending death. She is yet another toasting candidate. Regarding humans as nothing more than part of his job, Rein never gives any thought to how their lives come to an end.
But as he watches the fragile looking woman staring vacantly into her cup, he can’t help feeling a tinge of sadness. She is still young, can it really be true that her fate has already been sealed?
Compelled by an overwhelming urge to save her, Rein flees from the cafe. One way or another, he vows to do everything in his power to stop it from happening. Even if it means changing her fate forever.
Rein’s heavy footsteps interrupt the thick silence as he trails behind the group of five demons.
“Are ye sure ye’ve got this right? And why do ye have te watch somethin’ so awful?”
Kakeru turns towards him, sending him a stern glare.
“You know as well as I do, that we have to make sure it happens at the exact time entered in the database.” His tone softens slightly as he gives the concerned angel a gentle pat on the shoulder. “Her fate was decided a while ago, albeit a very unpleasant one.”
Shiki’s violet eyes give off an eerie glow as he stands in the pitch black street.
“Humans are such a pain. And I hate those messy deaths.”
Rein’s thunderous expression is obscured by the darkness as he strides over to the surly demon.
“How can ye be so callous?” he yells, his uncharacteristically booming voice echoing in the dead of night.
Unperturbed, Shiki’s face remains perfectly neutral as he readjusts his thick rimmed glasses.
“It’s our job. And it’s only a human.”
Taking a deep breath, Rein reluctantly follows the rest of the group inside. The entire house is cloaked in darkness, the only sound that can be heard is the loud groaning of the old floorboards underfoot.
Illuminated by a small sliver of pearly moonlight creeping through the window, a familiar figure sits in the middle of the kitchen floor. The large blade she tightly clutches in her trembling hands, softly glints in the dimly lit room.
"It won’t be too long now." Haruhito mutters, rolling the small silver cross dangling from his neck between his slender fingers.
Rein watches in horror as the woman he is so desperate to save, pulls up her skirt and presses the sharp steel against her inner thigh.
"No! Don’t do it, lass!"
Satoru’s espresso brown eyes narrow, his lips peeling back into a snarl.
You idiot! It’s your job to reincarnate humans, not extend their lifespan.”
The vulnerable blonde’s eyes widen when she spots the group of men standing in the hallway.
“I remember you. I saw you in the cafe.”
Rein crouches down beside her, placing his hand over hers.
“Aye, ye looked so sad. But surely ye don’t want te give up yet. Yer still young.”
She lets out a self deprecating laugh.
“Believe me, I’ve tried. But I can’t do it anymore. After all there is no cure for a broken heart.”
Tightening his grip, Rein pulls her knife wielding hand away from her exposed flesh.
“There has te be somethin’ worth living for. A reason te get up every mornin’. Nothing is ever as hopeless as it seems.”
Shaking her head, she places the gentlest of kisses onto his cheek.
“You’re very sweet. But the person I used to be died a long time ago.”
With a sharp jerk of her wrist she manages to free herself from her potential saviour’s grasp. Sinking her teeth into her bottom lip, she stifles a scream as the cold blade cuts into her tender flesh. Her shaking form slumps over, falling into the arms of a very distraught angel.
As his warm tears cascade down onto her cheeks, she flashes him a weary smile.
“Please, don’t be sad. It doesn’t hurt anymore, I’ll finally be free.”
Rein can only watch as the colour drains from her face, the light slowly fading from her brilliant blue eyes.
“I… I heard them say you’re going to reincarnate me.”
His face draws nearer to hers, desperate to catch every last word that falls from her lips.
“Can you… Can you do something for me?” she asks, her once silvery voice barely more than a whisper.
“Of course, lass. What is it?”
“Please make sure… That when I… When I’m born again, I have a family. I’ve always wanted a family of my own…”
Her last breath echoes throughout the room, her heavy eyelids closing for the final time.
Rein carefully places her lifeless body onto the floor. A lump forms in his throat as he stares at the numerous dark red stains marring his bright white suit.
He may not have been able to save her but he makes an unspoken promise, that one day she will have the family she longed for. And the next life she lives will be a happy one.