Final Fic Preview
Since I’ve hardly posted anything lately, I thought I’d post a little preview of my last ever fic. It’s still very rough and needs a lot of work. But hopefully I can finish it soon.
She quietly slips out of the kitchen, leaving Rein to enjoy the lively atmosphere. Standing in the vast garden of the Demon House, the heat of the afternoon sun seeps into her chilled bones.
Haruhito watches her, his usual cheerful expression is nowhere to be found. His handsome face is filled with concern as he cautiously approaches the fragile looking woman.
“Are you okay?” he asks, gently resting a hand on her shoulder.
A soft sigh escapes her lips, “I’m fine.”
Shaking his head, he wraps his hands around hers.
“You might have managed to fool Rein, but I can tell you’re thinner than the last time I saw you.”
“Only a little. I didn’t think anyone would notice.” A slight smile tugs at her lips. “I’m up to four hundred calories every day now. And I don’t black out anymore.”
Haruhito strengthens his grip, his warm pewter eyes locking with hers.
“It’s still not enough. Who knows what damage you’re doing to your body.”
Sinking her teeth into her bottom lip, she tries her best to break free from the anxious demon.
The uncharacteristically serious tone of his voice stops her in her tracks.
“There’s something wrong, isn’t there?”
Unable to bear his intense gaze she looks down at her feet.
“Well… Just a little bleeding. I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about.”
A lump forms in Haruhito’s throat as he carefully guides her over to the sturdy wooden bench in the corner of the garden.
His voice tremulous, he asks her a question, unsure if he is prepared for her answer.
“Do you want to die?”
“No, I don’t. But the thought of it happening doesn’t scare me.” She lets out a chuckle. “How many times have I heard you say, ‘It’s fate’? I’ve known for a while now that this is mine, and I’ve accepted it.”
His eyes well up, the tears threatening to fall glisten in the sunlight.
“Don’t look so sad. People die all the time. It’s not as if it’ll be a great loss when I’m gone.”
The anger building up inside him, Haruhito’s whole body shakes as he abruptly stands up.
His thunderous voice cuts through the soft chirping of the birds perched in the trees.
Aren’t you forgetting someone? Someone who risked everything to save you!”
“Of course not! But we’ve always known I’d die before Rein. He’ll find someone else and be happy again. Happier than he is with me…”
Haruhito soon realises that no matter how hard he tries, there is no way of getting through to her. With a heavy heart he turns on his heels and traipses back inside the house.
“Even if he lives for a thousand years, Rein will never love anyone as much as he does you.”
Once again she stands in front of the mirror scrutinising every inch of her body, consumed by the desire to be thin. The familiar sight of her protruding bones fills her with an odd sense of relief.
Wrapping his arms gently around her skeletal frame, tears prick at the corners of Rein’s steel grey eyes. Her ice cold body trembles as she leans into his touch, savouring the comforting warmth.
“I’m sorry, I tried. But I can’t fight it anymore.”
Rein’s thin lips quiver as he presses the softest of kisses to her hollow cheek.
“I’m ready to go now.” she murmurs, her voice devoid of any emotion.
“Aye, I know…”
His grip around her tightens, the tears he has been holding back pour down his face. He studies her reflection, desperate to catch a glimpse of the woman he fell in love with. The woman who’s smile could light up an entire room. But she is long gone and no matter how hard he wishes for it to happen, nothing will bring her back.
Shiki sits alone in his bedroom, his only source of light is the dim glow of the computer screen. Staring over his glasses, his neutral expression falters, a doleful look in his striking violet eyes. Yet another name has been added to the Fate Database. A name he is very familiar with. Surely there has to be a mistake. After checking for the third time, he solemnly shakes his head. There is no doubt, and this time no one will be able to save her.