“Kai…” Called Keisuke as he gently shook him. “Kai, wake up. We need to go.”
Kai didn’t seem to take notice of Keisuke. As if his now brash shakes were small feathers falling one by one on top of him while he slept on his stomach. Keisuke let out an angry huff and slammed one of the pillows as hard as he could against Kai’s head.
Kai pushed his upper body up in surprise.
“What? Wha— Kei?” He called the moment he turned his face to him.
“Are you kidding me? I’m going to try that first tomorrow.”
“Forget it. We’re late, hurry up and get dressed.”
“I am dressed.”
“Okay. Please wear something else, and please don’t go to bed on your clothes. If you want to sleep in clothes fine, but not the ones you wore during the day!”
“You’ll dirty the bed!”
Kai turned back to the mattress then jumped off the bed. He had never before worried about something as “dirtying the bed.” The bed he had been used to was filthy, clothes or no clothes.
Keisuke removed his shirt and turned to Kai as soon as he heard him speak.
“Do you want to take a shower first?”
“No, it’s fine. Go ahead, I’ll make breakfast. What do you want?”
“I don’t eat.”
“Just water is fine.”
Kai shook off what Keisuke had said, then dug his shoes from under the bed. After staring at the sole, he turned to the door and hung he shoes from the tip of his fingers.
“What?” The boy responded from the bathroom. It’s like he could suddenly appear somewhere else or something.
“Hey, can we have a ‘no shoes in the house’ rule?”
“I don’t wear shoes Kai!”
“Oh! Right! Well…. No shoes in the house anyways!” Kai exclaimed as he walked to the door.
He opened it, then directed his eyes to the bathroom where Keisuke was still standing, neatly folding his clothes on top of the sink. He was standing with his back to the door, wearing nothing but his briefs. Keisuke fixated his eyes on Keisuke’s back, tracing with his stare every line in those tattoos. They beautifully covered every part of his back, and didn’t stop until they reached under his knees. Keisuke felt the eyes on him and turned his head to Kai, who immediately turned his stare away.
“Are…are you sure you want nothing but water?”
“Yes, I’m sure. Thank you.”
Kai nodded, a bit of guilt piling over him, then walked out and closed the room’s door behind him. The boy let out a sigh, then made his way downstairs. After setting his shoes down by the door, he went into the kitchen and sat on the table. After the fruit got boring to stare at, he stood up again and started looking around. The moment he found the cups, he stopped opening and closing doors and drawers and filled it up with water. He gently set the crystal on the marble and let out a sigh. After some seconds, he opened the door to the fridge, then closed it again.
“…It’s empty… great.” Kai muttered and stared at the sink..
“What’s empty?” Keisuke asked.
Kai turned around surprised to see Keisuke sitting down before his glass.
Kai took out another cup and filled it with water.
“Guess we’re both having water for breakfast.”
Keisuke let out a small chuckle, then wrapped both hands around his glass and closed his eyes the moment Kai sat before him. He whispered a couple of sentences with his eyes closed, then finally took a sip. Kai drank half the cup, then put it down and let out a sigh of satisfaction.
“You don’t have to take it that far. I did have clean water, you know?”
“I didn’t say clean, I said good. Water doesn’t always taste the same.”
“Well, to me it does, Mr.” Kai responded, then gulped down the rest of the water.
Keiuske let out a small laugh, then continued drinking his water. He stopped drinking when about a quarter of the cup was left and stood up. He took the towel he had around his neck and began drying his hair.
“Why don’t you go shower before we leave?”
“No, I think I’ll shower when I come back.” Kai replied as he picked up both glasses and set his in the sink. Kai shrugged and set the towel on his shoulders again.
The boy picked up an apple, then turned to Kai.
“I think we should go and buy other things we may need tomorrow.”
“Fine by me.” Kai replied then picked up Keisuke’s cup.
“Wait! Kai don’t drink that!”
Kai choked on the last sip of water then dropped on his knees. Keisuke hurried next to him and rubbed his back as Kai coughed violently.
“You’re okay, you’re okay! It wasn’t a big gulp, it’ll go away!”
“Shh, it’s fine, just breathe!”
“I’m tryin….” Kai replied, then began to throw up.
Yuu slowly opened his eyes the moment the sun hit his eyes. He looked down and found Tetsuo sleeping on his chest. The man let out an angry sigh and harshly pushed him aside.
“Get off.” He nagged and sat up.
Tetsuo woke up from the sudden push and lift himself up. He stared down at the mattress as he heard how Yuu dressed. He could hear him pick up his jeans, and his Shirt. He could even tell how he swung his leather jacket over his shoulder.
“Get dressed. We have work.”
Tetsuo dropped his head further, then gasped for air the moment tears began running down his face. When Yuu closed the door, Tetsuo hugged himself and started crying out loud.
Keisuke opened the door to Gethen’s office, and walked in followed by Kai. Everyone was already standing there, Tetsuo next to Maura. The rest next to their new partners and Yuu was nowhere to be found. Kai walked in and followed Keisuke, but the captain told him to stop and sit down before him.
“What’s this?” Asked Kai as he looked at the papers in front of him.
“I need you to fill those blanks.”
“For your legal adoption.”
“I don’t understand.”
“I’m adopting you, Kai.”
“…what? But why?”
“Cause all my soldier are my children. We look after each other, we’re a family.”
“But… I’m an adult.”
“You’re a year under the limit. Adult adoption is a thing, but you need to be under twenty one. That’s why I hurried to get you on my team. Any later than that, and your too old.”
“Maybe you shouldn’t have spent a whole year torturing me.” Kai nagged as he picked up the pen.
Name: Kai. No family name, no family. Address was the shop’s, phone number omitted, house number the shop’s. Fax, omitted. Kai took a deep breath, as he reviewed what he had written, then handed the paper back to the captain. The man took it, then let out a sigh.
“Kai, I have an understanding that one of your previous doctors said you had memory loss.”
“What do you remember?”
Kai swallowed in surprise, then looked straight at Gethen. What he remembered wasn’t something he would want to talk about, especially not with everyone looking right at him. Not with Keisuke looking right at him.
“Not much, just waking up covered in bandages.”
Tetsuo cleared his throat.
“Listen very carefully, Kai. My soldiers… they’re not like me. They’re of a different kind.”
“I’m sure things about them have ticked you off, Yuu’s speed, Usha’s fire, Tetsuo’s flame. Things like that.”
“My soldiers are not human, Kai. Only Maura and Dante are, and the only reason for that is that they’re exceptional at what they do.”
“They’re like you, Kai.”
“… You’re out of your damn mind, Gethen.”
“Do you know why your body is immune to most sicknesses Kai?”
“How do you even know that?”
“I hand-picked you! I wouldn’t have if I hadn’t been sure!”
“What the fuck are you talking about! It’s takes a thousand years for my fucking wounds to heal, Tetsuo’s heal in minutes! I’m not a deamon!”
“Well, not exactly. I think I used the wrong word.”
“Yeah, you used the wrong species too!”
The captain chuckled, then pulled a chair and sat before Kai.
“You think a normal person would be able to do what you do?”
“You think… than a human would be able to have a short look at Keisuke and realize what he is? You think a human can just see an angel and just… know it is one?”
Kai turned to Keisuke, finding him staring down at the floor.
“They can’t, especially not a guardian angel Kai. Some could, but you’re not one of those people.”
“But… then why are you here?”
“That’s not the point Kai.” Gethen interrupted before Keisuke could say anything else.
“If I’m not a demon…what---
“Fallen is the word.”
“…I don’t… understand.”
“Well wee says you fallen, but ya practically jumped down head first~”
Kai threw his body back, then turned to Lilith, who smiled at him in a devilish way.
“You gotta be kidding me…” He thought as he stared into her eyes. They truly resembled the ones of a snake.
Kai turned back to Keisuke, then let out a sigh. He didn’t know if he should believe what he was being told or not. Then again, if by any chance it did turn out to be true, it would explain a lot of things.
Gethen licked his lips and stood up from the chair and looked straight at Kai. When the boy looked back at him, the man shook his head.
“You don’t believe me.” The captain stated.
“I mean… no.”
Tetsuo snorted, then stretched out. Kai watched the man, then turned to Usha. She couldn’t care less, neither could Yuu. It’s as if both of them had some lack of interest in anything that didn’t directly concern them.
“What about that lighting? What do you think of it?” Gethen asked as he rested his body against the wall.
“I told you… I got hit by a lightning and now I have current.”
“So ya buy dat? You stupid kid~?”
“It’s none of my business,” Usha commented, taking Kai by surprise. “but does that really make sense to you, Kai? You get hit by a lightning and you make it out alive only to realize you have a magic current?”
Kai opened his mouth to speak, but remained silent. It always ticked him off, but fallen? Demons? They just seemed like regular people. Regular looking people who could do amazing things.
Keisuke walked up to Kai, then held his arm. The boy turned to the angel, then let out a sigh.
“We’ll start with your training in a couple of hours, but first go home and wrap your head around everything.” Gethen ordered as he fixed his jacket.
Kai stood up, then walked following Keisuke around. They said nothing until they reached the market place, where everyone else seemed to be livelier than ever.
“Why don’t you wear shoes?”
“Why don’t you wear gloves?”
“Cause it’s not cold enough, but when it is, I will. Your move.”
“I don’t touch the ground when I walk.”
“That’s nice, I don’t like shoes…”
“You sound like a drunk, Kai.” Keisuke commented in between chuckles.
“Maybe… I don’t get drunk.”
“Yeah, I know. They don’t.”
“You think I’m… that too?”
“why don’t we sit down and talk at home?”
Kai sat besides Keisuke on the sofa. The man carried two cups of tea, and put them on the table.
“You at least drink tea, don’t you?”
“When did you buy this?”
“Before I came here, I bought it two days before we moved in. It was down at the shop, brought it with all my clothes and stuff.”
“You can go ahead and ask.” Kai assured as he raised the cup to his mouth.
“… I… just… tell me what you remember exactly.”
“I was… maybe fourteen. Or however it is that ‘fallen’ shits count years. I remember being with my father and my brother. And there was this strange man. He was very tall and good looking, but there was something really weird about him. Something that… I couldn’t quite point out. He was… strange. He had such a horrifying look in his eyes, yet they were beautiful. Kind even. That’s all I remember clearly. After that… I remember the man handing my father some money, my brother was screaming. I don’t even remember his real name. Only the one Keith gave him.”
“Keith is the man that bought us.”
“… He sold you?”
“Yes… both of us for a thousand dollars or less…”
“I remember being pushed down at the floor, my brother was yelling again, but the look in his eyes was different.” Kai put the cup back on the table, then rubbed his neck. “The time my father sold us he was angry. Furious. That time, the time I had a foot against my head as it pushed me down at the floor, my brother was scared. I was… scared but I don’t remember why exactly. I mean, I’m used to being scared when I'm around him, but that time, it was horrible. I was terrified that one time. And then the pain started. I don’t know what he did, but the pain was… I passed out after only a few seconds of it. And when I woke up I couldn’t move. The blood was everywhere, my brother next to me yelling… that name he gave me.”
“My brother was Ivan. And that’s all I know him as…”
“After I woke up again covered in bandages, I realized he had ripped out a piece of my skin. A chunk… two actually one on each side of my back. And then the lighting hit me, the current in my body started. I almost killed my brother and it’s---
“Where is he now?”
“Y’see most of the times when some shit buys a person, it’s to use them for sex. Keith is used to rape us both. And it wasn’t just rape, he used to torture us both in the process. And the things he used to do to us both… they were excessive. I-we- used to wake up in a pool of blood. We’d take turns. We would both heal really fast so he could do it more often. Hell, it’s a mystery how we survived. There was a point, when he stopped touching me at all. I was relieved at first, until I realized he had taken a liking to my brother. He had stopped touching me and had only spent time with Ivan. He tortured him so bad his hair turned white. We… stopped talking after a while. I figured he was angry I got to spend the nights Keith would come home by myself. Once, I approached him, hugged him. He cried in my arms, he didn’t stop until I told him I found a way out.”
“…you ran away.”
“We both tried, but… only I managed to make it out.”
‘No! Kuzko don’t stop! Don’t stop run! Run!! Run!!’
“I always figured he’d been killed for trying to run away. He found me a few years later, I was happy to see him, but after we fought I thought he was trying to kill me.”
“I thought he hated me for sure for leaving him behind. But he was just protecting me. I… couldn’t protect him though. He died because I wasn’t strong enough to keep him safe as he had done for me.”
“Is that why you joined the academy? So you could learn to kill.”
“No. I did it because I needed to learn how to take care of myself in a way that I could do what was necessary to keep safe whoever I needed to keep safe. But… I stayed… because I realized I could learn how to kill him.”
“And you never got the chance?”
“I got plenty of chances…” Kai replied as he wrapped his hands around the warm cup. “I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I couldn’t. And deep down, I know I never will. Because I know. I know he’s not a bad person, he’s just messed up. And I know that when my brother stopped breathing, he was the one who got hurt the most. Ivan, he was such a good person…”
“…Can… I see your back?”
“I… guess. Not a big deal, not like I’m insecure about them.” Kai replied as he set the cup on the table and removed his shirt, then turned so his back would face Keisuke.
The angel gasped at the sight and gently placed his hand on Kai’s skin. The boy flinched at the sudden contact, then relaxed his body again.
“Sorry… I just wasn’t expecting the touch. Don’t worry though, it’s alright.”
Keisuke nodded and continued running his hands over Kai’s body.
“It’s funny though…. I miss him…sometimes.”
“It’s only natural you’d miss your brother.”
“…No. I meant I miss Keith. Sorry I was vague.”
Kai took his hand back, then stood up.
“You can put your shirt back on.” Keisuke stated before walking to the door. “Go back to the training ground without me, I need to go do something.”
“Ah, alright.” Kai replied as he slid his head through the shirt’s head hole and pulled it down to cover his body. “Then I’ll be going.”
“I’ll see you tonight.”
Kai took both cups and made his way to the kitchen.
“Guess tea’s no good as well after all.” He muttered as he emptied the contents in the drain.
Gethen stood in his office as he looked down at Tetsuo and Kai. Tetsuo seemed to be teaching him how to jump backwards, not like Kai was nailing any of his lands, but his pose was proper. After a couple of seconds, Usha jumped in to help. She showed him how to be flexible while landing but be firm. And then after Usha demonstrated and Kai tried, he landed on his feet. Not in a perfect pose, but Usha still clapped. Kai smiled.
‘when was the last time you did that, kid?” Gethen muttered as he watched.
The captain turned around and picked up a frame. One of a beautiful looking woman holding a white parasol with delicate red flowers painted on one of its sides. The woman wore a kimono and had her hair picked up in a ponytail. Her black hair falling gently on the side of her face and shoulders as she turned to face the camera and offered a gentle smile. Her eyes shimmered and stood out with a delicate line of black and red eyeliner that traced it. Gethen ran his hands over the picture
“when will you come back to me, Camelia?” He whispered as he let out a sigh.
The door to his office opened. The captain put down the frame and turned to the entrance.
“Eversie…” He called and walked up to the man.
He was wearing casual clothing, but in a very serious style. He had black suit pants, and formal shoes to go with his dark blue shirt under a dark gray sweater and black jacket. No tie, but shirt buttoned.
“Came as soon as I could. Had some business to take care of” the man replied as he shook Gethen’s hand.
“No, thank you so much for coming.”
“Is something the matter? Why did you call me so unexpectedly?”
The captain let out a sigh, then walked up to the window. Eversie did the same looking down at the training ground.
“The blondie trying to land a back flip from a ledge… I need you to train him.” Gethen stated.
Eversie looked around. He opened his eyes wide when he spotted Kai, then narrowed them in anger.
“This is why you called me? You shouldn’t have.”
“I’m aware, yet I did.”
“Electricity, that’s why. That boy can't even produce a single spark intentionally.”
“…You mean he can unintentially…. Under what circumstances?”
“Adrenaline rushes…. Pressure, stress.”
“That’s going to be hard to fix.”
“Fist I need you to teach him how to land, make him understand what he is.”
“You mean he doesn’t know?”
“He knows… he just didn’t believe me. And he doesn’t seem to remember much.”
Eversie took a deep breath, then turned around.
“I want to talk to him.” He stated.
“Yes, of course.” Gethen replied as he followed Eversie outside.
“See?” Usha commented. “It’s not even half as hard as you thought.”
“You’re actually nice.” Kai noted in surprise.
“Well, can’t be helped. Men are useless… You have to tell them what to do so they can stop being so useless.” She shamelessly replied as she shrugged and walked away.
“…that’s sexist… and mean…” He muttered as he watched her walk away.
“Ya’ll get used to it~” Tetsuo laughed as he playfully slapped Kai’s shoulder.
“I don’t wanna get used to it…”
Kai let out a sigh then climbed on the stall to try that jump again. The moment his feet pushed him off the ledge, Dante called his name.
“Huh?---oufff!!” Kai exclaimed as he was unable to land properly and slammed his face against the dojo mat.
“Oh sorry, didn’t mean to distract you.”
Kai pushed his body up, then stood up and turned to Dante.
“It’s fine… what’s up?”
“Captain’s calling you. He said he needs to talk to you.”
Kai shook the dust off his jeans and walked to the building. Tetsuo and Dante followed. After a while, Dante walked in front of Kai and directed him to the room where Gethen and Eversie stood talking. The three men walked inside and Tetsuo closed the door behind them. Eversie turned to Kai, who seemed indifferent about him and shook his head.
“Kai,” Gethen started as he turned to face him. “ this is Eversie. He’s an old friend of mine.”
The boy said nothing to this comment, and neither did the man. He just scrutinized Kai from head to toe, then turned back to Gethen without saying a word or changing his expression.
The gesture angered Kai. Probably even more than it should. The captain and Eversie continued talking. About schedules about who would train Kai on what days and what days were too busy for training.
“Hold on!” Kai exclaimed.
Eversie turned to Kai with a glare that cause Tetsuo to bite his lips and move away from Kai.
“Don look at me~ I barely know dis guy!” He shrugged off jerking a thumb at Kai.
Kai frowned at Tetsuo, who raised his arms up in defense and worded out a sorry.
“Do you have a problem, ‘Kai’?” Eversie asked as he turned his body to face Kai.
“I don’t need to be babysat by you. Gethen said he would train me himself.”
“Gethen is busy and it’s not up to you.”
Eversie narrowed his eyes in anger and removed his jacket. His green eyes turned blue, his aura changed and sparks began to form into electricity around his arms. Kai took a step back, Tetsuo took two.
“yabai.” Tetsuo muttered as he continued backing off.
Eversie walked closer to Kai, who backed off until he bumped into the wall. The man raised his arm slowly, blue lightning all around him, then threw it forward sending a slash of electricity in Kai's direction. The boy managed to move away. He turned to the wall to see the damage and saw how the concrete had almost shattered just like glass.
“Can you do that, boy?” Eversie growled, the lighting turning to light sparks until they completely disappeared. “No? Then I think the words you’re looking for are not “I refuse” but “thank you Mr. Deathridge for getting this man to agree to waste his time with me.””
Kai narrowed his eyes, but said nothing.
“Guess you only make that mistake once” Tetsuo thought as he stared at Kai.
It was only then that he realized Dante was no longer in the room.
“Damn.. he managed to escape!”
Eversie turned to Gethen, then picked his jacket up.
“Well then, I guess I’ll see you all tomorrow.” The man stated as he wore his coat and walked out.
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