Crimson Fate

In a world, where gods, demons, and humans have learned to co-exist, along with many more of the supernatural, Riku Cinder Sherwood must realize his fate to protect, become the guardian of the daughter of Devil Salem Nightingale, Selene Nightingale, whilst finding his own place in life.

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8. Chapter 7

There was little to no motivation for Riku to get out of bed. He even slept ten minutes passed his alarm. The alarm continued to wail as Riku remained asleep. He felt awfully warm last night and had kicked the blankets off. His shirt had rolled up his body from his restless tossing and turning. He breathed softly laying on his side. Eventually, the alarm made its way into his eardrums. He slowly opened his eyes and blankly starred at the time. 6:26am. He let out a soft, long sigh. He rolled out of bed at the call of his mother, edging him on to finally get up. He felt lazy and just slipped on his clothes from the previous day. He groaned irritably at the sight of a slash hole in his jeans. He put on a different pair before wondering to the bathroom.

He stared at his reflection in the mirror above the sink. He rubbed his stomach, and looked down. He lifted his shirt to find his abb muscles more defined. In fact, his all of his body did. He felt stronger. While brushing his teeth, he opened his mouth wide to find his canine teeth at a sharper point. He gently polished his finger around them. He continued to marvel at his reflection until his mother shouted from downstairs.

“Riku! You’ll be late!” Riku washed his mouth out with a small cup of water and spat it out in the sink. He washed the sink out before heading down stars to slip on his shoes and taking his bag down from the coat hooks next to the front door. “You should really eat something.” Kanna’s voice came from the kitchen. Riku didn’t give it a second thought. He shook his and pulled his bag over his shoulder. “No thanks, mom! I’m not hungry!” He called back as he headed out the front door. He let out another sigh as he walked along the sidewalk. He was practically the only one that walked down these streets so early.

At least it was Friday. The weekend would give plenty of time to try and figure something out. Maybe hang out with Seth, or maybe with Embry as well. It was then that he realized, he wasn’t the only one walking this route. Selene yet again stood outside her home. The breeze blew her long, night black hair and school uniform skirt. It appeared she was waiting for something. Riku had no choice but to pass by her. He sighed. He was way too nice. He decided to speak as he walked by.

“Waiting for something?” He said quietly, trying to hide his frustration. Selene turned her head. She flashed a smile and nodded. “Yes. I am waiting for you to walk me to school.” Riku eyed her. He didn’t say a word for several moments. Just kept on starring at her with a blank expression. “Eh? Why would I do that?” he finally spoke. Selene blinked a few extra times. “Why would you? You’re my guardian.” She said again. Again with this. Riku gritted his teeth. He took several deep breaths in a row to try and contain his anger. “Why can’t you go alone? You have been walking to school alone every day.” He said, rubbing his forehead with his fingers. “That’s because I didn’t have a guardian around.” She said softly. Riku groaned and shook his head. Yeah, he was way too nice. “Fine. Let’s go.” Riku took a head start by hastily walking ahead of her. Selene bounced to face him and swiftly began to stride after him. “Hey, wait for me!” She pleaded.

Riku could feel the piercing stares of the fellow students as Selene and he walked close together. He cringed as he could hear murmurs leaving the surrounding students’ mouths. He sighed yet again. Selene looked over to him with a confused look. Riku noticed and glanced back. “What is it?” He asked. “You don’t seem very enthusiastic today.” Selene explained. Riku stopped and gawked at a large object strapped around her. “What is that?” he pointed. Selene turned and looked over her shoulder. She grinned and set her school case down and removed the sling and held it out to him. “It’s your sword. You forgot it at my house.” Riku felt his heart sink. He gasped and swiftly moved closer to try and hide it from prying eyes.

“You can’t bring that here!” Selene seemed confused about his words. She cocked her head and blinked, seeming to not understand. “You can’t bring something like that to school! It’s against the code, against the law!” Riku lowered his voice, but still maintained a concerned, irritated tone. Selene’s eyes rose. “I can’t? But how else will you get it?” Riku looked over his shoulders to see people beginning to stare. He groaned and grasped her hand and bolted off down the hall. They stopped in front of the orchestra room and he snatched the sword from her.

“We’ll have to hide it in here. Luckily they have a field trip…” Riku opened the door and walked inside. He pulled the closet door open where instruments lay. He hid the weapon amongst the taller, cased instruments. He closed the closet and exited the orchestra room, Selene at his side. He put on a horrified expression at the sight of the clock on the wall. Class started in three minutes! He began jogging down the halls, bumping into oncoming people who were weaving through the halls. They were lucky enough to barge the classroom door open just as the tardy bell rang throughout the school. Cross eyed them from his desk in the corner. He narrowed his eyes then cleared his throat. “Late, yet again. How peculiar.” He said, standing from his chair. Riku and Selene panted from their jaunt down the halls. They could feel the awkward stares from their classmates as they stood front and center in the front of the classroom. Cross walked to Riku and scanned him, rubbing his chin. “It appears you are not in uniform.” He said, rather coldly. Riku swallowed nervously. Crap. He forgot his mother had washed it that night, and he had forgotten to tack it out of the dryer.

“I…err…forgot it…at home?” Riku gave Cross an innocent smile. Riku soon found himself standing out in the halls, holding two large buckets filled with water. He sighed to himself. “Why does this always happen to me?” Ever since last night, things haven’t been going so well for him. He hated this punishment. He thought it was so stupid, just for not wearing his uniform. He knew Cross would make him continue this until at least lunch, longer depending on his mood.

The lunch bell rang and Riku was allowed to come back in. He rubbed and rolled his shoulders as the punishment was aching. He stretched his arms and rubbed his lower back. He walked in and plopped down at his desk, Seth and Embry immediately gathering around him. “Jeez. Cross sure can be an ass huh?” Seth chuckled, knowing Cross had left the classroom for lunch. “Maybe he’s become a delinquent.” Embry suggested, shifting her white beanie on her head that she always wore. “Either way, that’s the second time you showed up late with Miss Nightingale.” Seth poked at Riku with his elbow. Riku glared over his shoulders. “Bastard, the hell are you implying?!” Riku lunged from his chair towards Seth. Seth saw through Riku’s attempt and lurched back. Riku stood up to gain more length in his attempt to strike him. Seth laughed as Riku huffed and crossed his arms.

“Is it just me, or are you taller than usual?” Embry pointed out, approaching Riku. Riku raised an eyebrow and straightened himself and eyed her. Seth stood back up and stood next to him. “Hey, I think he did.” Seth used his hand to compare both their heights. Had this been another effect of the awakening of his demon? Would explain the body pain when he transformed, and the pain he felt this morning. He lifted his shoulders, pretending to not be quite so sure himself. “Staying here for lunch again? Seems you didn’t even bring one, either.” Embry said, giving him a slight pouty face with a disappointed tone. Riku sat back down into his chair and nodded. “I wasn’t feeling really hungry today.” He answered. He could see Selene stand from her chair and make her way towards the small group.

“Excuse me, I wish to buy some juice.” She said. Embry and Seth both gave her an odd look. Riku glanced at both of them, then sighed and rubbed his face. Selene blinked and starred at Riku. Riku looked up to her and rolled his eyes. “I suppose I have to go with you for that too?” Selene nodded, as if it were obvious. Seth and Embry watched then in confusion as Selene lead Riku out of the class room.

“This is getting out of hand. People obviously think we are together.” Riku crossed his arms and leaned against the wall as Selene stood in front of the vending machine to choose a type of juice. She taped her finger on the icon that showed a picture of a can of the juice she desired after slipping in a dollar. “But we are together. We’re standing here aren’t we?” She asked, bending down to reach her hand into the machine to retrieve her juice can that had rolled down from within the vending machine. Riku shook his head. “Not like that. I meant people must think we are…dating.” He said. Selene swiftly turned to him, her face red and arms flailing. “N-no! It’s not like that! How could people be so mean?!” She looked so embarrassed. Riku raised an eyebrow. He waved it off and headed back to the class room.

“Should we know something?” Embry asked as Riku sat back down into his chair. He put up his hand to indicate that he didn’t want to hear it, and wasn’t in the mood to talk about it. Seth eyed him and looked to Embry and shrugged. Selene calmly sat in her seat and opened the can of juice. She held it with both hands and eased it up to her lips to take a sip. Riku starred at her then sighed and looked out the window his desk was placed next to.

The day felt too long for Riku. All he wanted to do was get going on home. The next day would be a safe haven from what had been going on. Seth and Embry would no doubt be up to the idea of going to the mall, or hanging around at home. Even plane old relaxing sounded more than fine. He walked to the orchestra room to retrieve his sword. He sighed as he held it in his hand. He would have to find some way to hide it from his mom and grandfather. He hastily walked out the school’s front doors, hoping Selene wouldn’t find him. She’ll be mad, but Riku wasn’t in the mood. He managed to avoid her completely and made it home with ease. Except, he somehow forgot he was carrying the sword as he walked into his home.

“Oh Riku! How was school? Is that a prop for a play or such?” Kanna’s voice came from the kitchen. His grandfather sat at the table with a cup of tea next to him as he read the newspaper. Riku gazed at the weapon in his hand. Luckily, it was concealed by the case it was in. He swallowed nervously and nodded his head. “S-sure! I’m holding onto it for a friend.” He lied. He slipped his shoes off and hung his school bag on the coat hooks and jogged up stairs to his room. He put his sword under his bed in a large case that was made for an instrument. His mother had played guitar when she was younger, but grew out of it and gave it to her son. Riku put the guitar in his closet, resting it against the wall. He set the sword in the case. Luckily a full length katana fit in it. He closed the case and slid it back under his bed. He flopped on his bed and gazed up at the ceiling. “What the hell?” He muttered to himself. He rolled over and faced the wall his bed was against. He truly had no idea how he was going to cope with this. What would his family think? He was now a monster.

 

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