I stepped inside the room, where I could see that Apollo had finally awakened.
Apollo’s eyes were fixed on the open window, it basked his face in the morning light. He looks so striking sitting at the foot of the bed, like a model.
As I approach with folded clothes on my hands, he turns his head, looks up, and catches my eyes.
He cracks a small smile, but he seems nervous. “You saved me?” he asked in disbelief.
“Kurai did.” I said with a smile. “I mean, Shinrin.”
Yesterday as he was unconscious in the restaurant, Kurai was about to leave when I convinced him to help Apollo. I know it irritated Kurai to see me helping strangers, but he helped and say nothing
I stepped inside the empty classroom. Looking at the clock 12 o’clock- it was lunchtime. I sigh in relief when I came early before the class starts in the afternoon. I left the studio to attend classes this day as Drayce dropped me by. The school has approved of my schedules and offers tutorial to me every weekend.Kurai left without another word. And Apollo… I am not sure where he’d gone, but I let Drayce look after him. He might get lost in the city or maybe someone would try to harm him since he has the ‘good and handsome’ face. Or maybe he will get into trouble and someone else might find him extraordinary with his strength. He can hurt anyone.But a Roman god who gets lost is sounds absurd for a puny human like her. And there is something worries her thinking about him. “Hi there.”What? I didn’t hear anyone came in since I closed the door before coming in the room or even opening the sliding door.
“Why?” words struck me when I heard Mairin is no longer in their singing group. It sounds impossible for her to be out since she was one of the most popular members in their group. “The management gets angry with her demands. It is way too impossible that she wanted everything she wants or else she will sign a contract to Drayce. And she left. We have no news of her whereabouts. But the only thing we know about her, Drayce didn’t take her.” It is true. Drayce did not take her. And that day she visited Drayce was the last day I have heard and seen her. The day she left Drayce’s place, she was madly blaming me for her situation. I know Mairin. She cannot accept any defeat. I was thinking she will be back to get revenge or anything that can make her good by taking me down, but where is she? Is she taking a vacation from the public? That is sound too good. “What do you think?” “
The door burst. A gnashing and a snarl came from the darkness. My heart stops. I can hear the rattle of its breath. Between the rattles were noisy sniffs and its vibration in an almost wheezy whine, then purred softly at first. What is that? “Stay still.” “Kurai?” Then the lights flooded. I could almost feel my heart over my throat. My eyes widen and my mouth fell at the sight of an enormous animal who stepped inside my room. I shudder. Indeed, it was gnarling with its large, pointed teeth. It has long legs with black claws and its body so slender that I could see the visible ribs and its skin are black. A black wild dog. My trembling muscles, my chattering lips, I tensed up. Kurai was standing over me. He fixed his eyes on the large animal, its red eyes stared to us. In a while, I can hear Apollo calling his wife’s name. The large dog stops in the middle of the roo
“Huh? Who?” I blink at him as I tried to pretend to glance around as if I was looking for someone he was referring to. What if Anubis saw Kurai just now? And why would Kurai just be gone when he can pretend to be someone else? Maybe there is no time? But at the same time, I feel relieved. “I just heard you are talking with someone?” his eyes fell on my bento. “Your bento. Looks amazing. Did someone come to deliver you your lunch?” Wow. He didn’t ask me if I’m the one who made it or if I brought this lunch. He probably heard us. “Ah, yes. Maybe that’s the one you’ve heard.” I chuckled awkwardly as my eyes fell back on my food. “Is it from your boyfriend?” I was almost choked with my food in my m
It's been three days since Kurai didn't show up. That God. Even if I pursue him, he will never answer me. I sighed. Drayce wanted me to get to the studio next week. It's overwhelming, and at the same time, I got nervous. And I recall sir Grey's conversation. Is Mairin gone for good? I've tried to contact Carii, but she didn't reply to my messages. What happened to them? Will I ever try to take sir Grey's offer? I've dreamed of that group for a long time. But somehow, I feel hesitant to join them. What Mairin will come back? For sure, they will throw me out. "Hello, Ukiyo." That voice had me out of my reverie. I looked up, and there he was. Anubis. Oh no. Not him again. Not in front of everyone in this classroom! I'll die with just the death stare of those fangirls of his. And I could feel it
A week was a blur. I finally received my invitation for the first debut music album. Nervous but I was excited. I did not hesitate to sign the contract. My going-to-be first album will have a special song duet with Drayce. A duet. I never tried to have a partner to sing a song with, even Mairin. And she never wanted to. Since it was Drayce, there will be no problem and I will be fine as long as I still have my ‘new’ voice. Everyone in Drayce’s studio was also excited and gave me a lot of encouragement and advice. They are all supportive of someone new like me.
“I missed you.”Kurai freezes.I know I shouldn't have done this. But I can’t stop myself from hugging him. The thickness of his clothes felt cozy and fluffy. And his hand wrapped around my arm, his skin is somewhat not warm or cold. It just felt nothing but a smooth surface.“What are you doing?” His voice sounded serious but he didn’t make any move to push me away.I looked up to him. Our gazes met.Kurai was so beautiful. His skin was like a white porcelain, and you can easily see a crack if it broke. Like a porcelain doll. His eyes, so dark that you can fall into the deepest abyss
“Hey, Ukiyo, what happened to you?” Drayce asked, as he wondered why I look dreadful this morning. I still made it on time in class. Lucky me, Kurai teleported me here with no one noticed us. “Nothing.” I lied. After all, I’ve been through this morning, I still can hear my voice fine. “What do you mean, nothing? Did you not sleep well?” “I sleep. But- I’m fine, okay?” I looked away, looking outside the glass closed window. I am trying to feel my new tongue and still feel weird. Having a forked tongue, I can feel like a snake. Is this what it feels to be a snake? Argh. Ridiculous. Why should I have to go on like this? Why didn’t he tell me before that most of the tongues I’ve borrowed will go rot and be dead despite of eating black pearls! And then I turned back to Drayce. He looks awfully pale and doesn’t look okay, too. “You don’t look fine as well, Drayce.” Drayce moves his eyes to me with a frowning face. “I am fine,