"This is what I've become," I whispered as my ornate scythe appeared in my hand. Scarlet pressed herself against the back wall, her eyes shied away from mine, and her hands trembled. She was afraid of me...I winced at her reaction, but what could I have expected?
“Hu…Hunt…Hunter?” she asked shakily, staying plastered to the wall. I nodded, laying my scythe on the couch. I took a step towards her but she cringed, so I stopped. “Why…did you…?” her voice trailed off quietly, her eyes were large pools of chocolate brown while tears streaked down her face.
“Why did I give up my humanity?” I said saddened, finishing her sentence. She nodded, finally moving away from the wall and towards me. In her eyes I could see my reflection; I wondered how just how scary I looked to her. Scarlet stood before me and slowly reached a hand toward my black feathers, a gasp escaped her lips as I moved it closer to her. When her hand stroked the feathers, she seemed to visibly calm a little.
“I gave up my humanity…because I felt like I was trapped. Trapped in the same schedule every single day; wake up, eat breakfast, go to school, come home, do homework, eat dinner and go to bed. That same thing over and over, I felt like I was going crazy…until Cain showed up. He offered me an escape from the dull routine, to transcend and become a soul stealer.” My hands pulled Scarlet close to me and I felt her shiver. I sat down and moved my wings around us, shielding her from the rooms light.
“What about me?” she whispered with her head resting against my chest, tears were still falling from her eyes. “Was I dull…just another routine?” I felt my heart thundering in my throat.
“No, never Scarlet. You were the only thing that wasn’t dull or boring. You were like a lighthouse guiding me through dark waters. I loved you and still love you more than you can comprehend.” My arms pulled her closer to me, my fingers wiping the tears from her eyes. “I was offered a chance and I took it…not ever thinking about the consequences…about those I loved and I’m sorry for that.” I rested my head on hers and sighed, it was wonderful to be back with her again. Suddenly she wrapped her arms around me and held me close, I smiled.
“When they told me you were dead…I…I…I didn’t know what to do. It was so hard without you, Hunter.” Frowning, I could picture her sitting in her room; sobbing and tearing herself apart over my death. “But your back, and for that I’m so very grateful.” She pulled away a little and looked up at me, with those eyes I could never resist.
“I’ll never leave you again, no matter what Cain says. He’s just been what he is for too long. He’s forgotten about love and friendship that humans can care. He just sees them as cattle waiting for the slaughter. But I don’t…when I saw that little girl and heard her scream…it was like nothing I had ever heard before. It was so painful Scarlet…I had to see you, to talk to you.”
She moved out of my lap and we both stood. Her eyes focused on my large scythe that rested on the couch, the glint of the blade reflected off her eyes. Did she truly understand what a monster I was now? Would she ever take me back as a friend…or even more?