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Unable to remember what happened, Alexis awakens outside of the castle.
".....Luuucciille...." She was the first thing that came to her mind, Her cry for help piercing the night's silence. She then brushes her bangs away from her eyes to see clearly. It was colder than an ice cream sundae, the dark sky accompanied by stars and the moon that illuminated her surroundings.
Alexis manages to reposition herself up, it took a little bit to realize that the pain had subsided, most likely while she was unconscious. However, Her head still felt like it was having a migraine. Lights flashes for a split second, still feeling nauseous and hearing incomprehensible voices, perhaps she's hallucinating but it didn't matter to her.
"H-huh..?" She was honestly somewhat shocked. She was able to move her fingers without feeling like they're about to rupture the moment she fidgets.
"Ah.. yeah! I feel a lot better now..!" she celebrates, moving her hands around and walking naturally.
"But.. huh, what happened though..?" She scratches her head, her memory was fuzzier than a puppy dog.
Suddenly, she hears a voice from afar that seems to be.. calling out to her. It was feminine, the voice was clearly distorted, almost sounds shaky but comprehensible. It gave her a rush of adrenaline. She turned to where the voice is coming from, the entrance of the Valitrina castle. The luxurious gate that firmly stands behind Alexis.
She squints her eyes to see clearly of who was calling out to her, and there she saw a familiar figure..
Lucille. She looked perfectly fine, but upon looking at her face, was her own uncontrollable fear.
Lucille's face was nothing but a gaping mouth, filled with wretched teeth that could easily rip apart flesh. Surrounded by so many holes that was seeping bile, Alexis' trypophobia has been inevitably triggered. She backs away, quivering.. and eventually running away.
Lucille hears her foot steps, and turns to the direction Alexis had fled to.
"aaAAAAAALeeEEee...XIIIiissSS!!" the monstrous Lucille sprints and leaps over the gate, going after Alexis.
Alexis then runs as fast as she can to avoid her, aimlessly wandering into the dark forest. There could be predators, there could be traps, but all that mattered to her was to get away from.. WHATEVER Lucille has become. She can hear Lucille grunting menacingly as she runs.
"Gah, i can't run forever!" Alexis speaks in her mind. She came to a halt and looks around, trying to find a place she could hide in. As she was looking around, she sees a pair of eyes peering on her, she was startled by them. The person whistles, indicating it wants her to come to whoever it is. Alexis, reluctant to do so because whoever it was, it could have been a disgusting creep or worse. But...
"AAAAAAALLEEeeeeEEXIiiiIiiisSSSS!!" Lucille was close. She had no choice but to run to the stranger. If it does turn out to be a creep, atleast she can kick butt.
She closed her eyes, anticipating Lucille's absurd noises and horrifying voice yelling for her. She waited, Lucille was definitely close by... scurrying to find Alexis.
And then... silence. It seems like.. she left.
Alexis opens her eyes, and her gaze was locked onto another's pair of eyes. Her menacing look startled Alexis but she then realizes she's not a threat. She was.. Suzy. Her friend.
Before Alexis could say a word, Suzy paps her "Ssshhhhhhh". She looks around to see if the coast is ACTUALLY clear.
"Right.. it's clear." She puts her hand down. "Now kiddo, what the hel... HECK are you DOING out in the dam... gah, DANG woods?" Suzy was infuriated, her maternal instincts are flaring.
"I-i... i w-was..." Alexis, intimidated by her outburst, struggled to say anything. She was really used to Lucille's soft-spoken attitude, not Suzy's. It was.. scary to her.
"Gah.. well, let's.. just start with... Who's her face? Lucien? yeah her." Suzy sits down on the cold grass.
"Lucille..." Alexis corrects her. She was.. still trembling. Suzy took notice of how frightened she was, and she sighs.
"......" There was an awkward silence between the two.
"Alright, alright. My bad, i shouldn't really be yelling at a kid.." Although her words didn't seem really serious, the tone in her voice was quite genuine. She looks away from Alexis.
"It's o-okay.. but what are YOU doing out here..?"
"Oh, me? Ah.. well... i just like to chill here, it's hel- yikes.. i mean, hECKA peaceful here." She looks up to the sky, it was.. beautiful. The night sky was wonderfully lit.
"Suzy, i know the bad word." Alexis squints her eyes and looks at her rather annoyed.
Suzy laughs it off, lowkey disappointed.
"Kids like you shouldn't.. really learn these words so soon." She frowns. "..But hey, i answered your question, it's your turn kiddo." she snaps her finger. The snapping was smooth as jazz, Alexis suddenly felt less tense hearing it.
"Oh, uhm... w-well.. i remember i just woke up outside of the castle, and.. i saw Lucille, she was.. frightening. I don't know what happened to her, but she's not.. HER. Her voice, her f-face, everything!"
"Huh? That thing that was chasing for you was Lucille? I didn't get a closer look at it." Suzy rolls her eyes to the left. "Sure as heck didn't hear anything." Suzy seemed... so oblivious. Alexis was surprised, Lucille's voice was audible even from afar, how was she not able to hear how loud and intimidating it was?
"Wait what? You didn't hear how freaking LOUD her groaning was?" Alexis tilted her head, utterly confused.
"Nah, i just heard nothing." She shrugged. "Y'know, now that i think of it, Lucille never makes a sound when she's all.. assassin mode or whatever you call it."
"Are you saying.. Lucille would want to assasinate me?" Alexis gave her the puppy eyes and frowned. Those.. irresistibly adorable puppy eyes.
"oH fFFrICK, No no no! I didn't mean it that way!" Suzy began to panic, she didnt know how to cheer her up, now that she's... not a little infant anymore.
"Hey, I'm sure your bird mom isn't bad, i just misspoke. Gah, i need to watch my language.." Suzy started to scratch her head harshly.
"No.. it's uhm.. fine. I understand." Alexis looked at her, her gaze filled with forgiveness.
"Huh.. well... Anyways, i juuust realized... this is way past your bedtime." Suzy stood up. "Let's get you back home, kiddo-"
"No!" Alexis clings onto her waist, wrapping her arms around her. "I don't want to... I wanna go away from it!" She pleaded. "Lucille might be there, Artemis is there... I just wanna get away for a while..."
Suzy looks at her with a very concerned look, yet.. she feels sad for the kid. "Huh, wouldn't you rather see Lucille? I mean, maybe she isn't as bad as she currently is by the time we make it there."
"Right now, i think staying along with you would be better, to be honest.." Alexis stated. Suzy was honestly not expecting her to choose that decision, but she looowkey is happy that she did.
"Okaay kiddo.. we can go to Natalie's, how 'bout that?"
Alexis suddenly felt giddy, she nods quickly. "Yeah!"
"Theeen it's settled. C'mon kiddo, get on my back!" Suzy kneels down for Alexis to be able to climb on.
Alexis then proceeds to climb onto Suzy's back, and Suzy stood up. "Whoaa.. is this how it feels like to be tall?"
"Well yeah, but i miss it when we were young."
Suddenly, Suzy sprints through the forest. The speed is overwhelming, even for Alexis. It was like.. taking off in a plane for the first time. That feel when the plane takes off into the sky and you feel like you're miles above sea level? yeah, that feeling.
But instead of having that feeling of adrenaline and anxiety, she feels.. joy. She had a feeling..a feeling that they've done this before. She even began to laugh, feeling the wind on her face as Suzy leaps over boulders and lakes. For once, she could forget about the problem with Lucille and Artemis, and just be happy. Suzy terribly wanted the kid to feel alright, and she did the right thing. She knew it'd be a good idea to give a piggyback ride, even if it might sound dangerous while sprinting. But hey, worth a shot. Her maternal instinct did the right thing.
Until Alexis started to feel... odd. It wasn't from the fast paced sprinting or the wind, but.. this feeling, this is the painful feeling. She started to cough.
Suzy suddenly stopped. She kneels down and lets Alexis get off. She turns to see her. She looked feeble, and quite frankly, miserable.
Alexis started to cough.. "Hey, take it easy.." Suzy kneels down to pat her back sternly. "Huh, been a long time since i actually pat your back, kiddo."
Alexis looks at her, confused. "H-huh..? You've never pat my back before..."
Suddenly coughing again, this time she felt something about to come out of her stomach. It was a burning sensation, definitely worse than a heartburn. She falls down to the ground on her knees, covering her mouth, trying to not let it out. But alas.
She started to vomit the black liquid. She closed her eyes to bear the pain. Suzy was appalled by this. She had no idea what she was vomitting out. Food? Ink? did she eat a pen? she is utterly CLUELESS AND WORRIED.
"Alexis, what's the matter?! you didn't tell me you were sick!" For a second Suzy was about to lose her cool, but she had to remain calm for her.
"Okay, we NEED to get you to Natalie, s-she definitely has medicine for.. whatever you're trying to put up with..."
Alexis nods, opening her eyes to see the black liquid once again. Her eyes, now red with veins. Suzy looks down on her to tell her one more thing.
"Don't make so much noise, okay? you might.. attract somebody."
Aaayyyy Continuation to the story series. Huh, maybe i should name the story series something..
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