Crownless: The Fallen World - Chapter 27
This time, enormous icicles plundered the ground. The white fog already reached the 4th floor of where Hale was and he could only see the top part of the high floored buildings. He didn’t know what to do with his current ability. He wanted to go down to see how Aires was, to at least know that he was safe.
He opened his Holowrist with trembling hands as he dialed Aires’ number. It rang and rang, every second that passed made him crazy. He never ended it, hoping that Aires will eventually pick it up.
His eyes started to mist when it was suddenly picked up, “What happened?”
A familiar deep voice laced with concern entered his ears as tears already cascaded down his cheeks, wetting the adhesive bandage on his right cheek. Even though he couldn’t see his face as the screen was covered with white, it was painful in the eyes, but hearing his voice was relieving.
“Hale, what’s wrong? Hey, don’t cry. I’m safe, and we will be going up there at any moment. Wait for us, okay?”
Hale nodded as he wiped his cheeks, “How did you know I was crying?”
“I can see you.”
He scoffed, smiling subconsciously, “How come?”
“Maybe it’s one of the perks of having a huge ass energy in my body,” His chuckle became such a sweet melody to Hale’s ears.
“Also, ‘we’? Did you have someone with you?”
“Yes. Oh, the icicle rain stopped. We’re going up now.”
“Be careful, okay? I don’t want to be here alone.”
“You can be with the people though.”
Hale brought down the thick window protector Aires installed and sat down on the sofa after he cleaned the shards off, “It won’t be the same.”
“Same? Well… it’s true that you won’t be having someone to nag. Your stress level will go down by ten folds.”
He smiled through the screen, but he didn’t know that Aires couldn’t see him as he carried the child in his arms while walking up the stairs. He saw the huge number 4 on the wall, “Hale, we’re in the 4th floor now.”
That urged Hale to stand up and retrieved their bought ingredients. He also packed the excess sandwich that they left earlier here, grateful that it was in the refrigerator. He went off to meet them eagerly.
Aires laughed when he took a glance at the screen.
Hale was now in the corridor of the 5th floor when he saw a man carrying a child in his arms. He ran to them with vigor and to also check Aires if he got injured anywhere.
The smaller man stopped when he heard a second voice, laughing after he realized he still haven’t hung up, “Who is this boy?” His voice echoed in Aires’ Holowrist too, which made him chuckle.
Hale hanged up first, now looking at Aires with curiosity in his eyes.
“I still haven’t asked his name. He fainted once he was in my arms,” Aires tightened his hold around the child, just enough to be secured in his arms. The child stirred in his sleep as he wrapped his thin arms around Aires’, his small hands tightly clutched his black sweater.
Hale watched as the taller man soothed the child with his soft and gentle touch. He didn’t know why he has this huge smile on his face.
“We’ll leave once when this boy woke up, is that okay with you?” Aires’ voice was sweet and gentle, afraid waking the child up from its deep slumber.
He nodded as they walked towards their room.
Hale was eyeing the bowl-shaped cloud from the room, a strong gust of wind slapped the thick window and failed to even scratch it. The cloud was still, the bowl-shaped swirled as it continued to approach the ground. He estimated that it was 1 kilometer above ground now.
Then he saw yellow flashes within the swirl. Blue dots appeared in his dark gray eyes; he leaned, and his forehead and nose touched the glass.
He was too absorbed in observing that he hadn’t noticed how Aires scrambled his way to catch the running boy. The taller used a sandwich to lure the little child that stopped and eyed the food with hesitance.
Aires took the opportunity to lock the struggling boy in his arms to bring him in the bathroom.
“Aires, look at that! There were lightnings mixed in the swirling cloud! It was-” He stopped when he couldn’t see Aires anywhere. He glanced around the whole room, “Did he go out? But why didn’t he informed-“
His words were cut by a scream from the bathroom. He hastily opened the door and saw Aires bathing the little child in a tub full of bubbles. The taller man was drenched too as he tried to wash off the shampoo from the boy’s white hair.
“Noo!!” The child screamed again as Aires tickled him. He puffed his cheeks when he couldn’t see the bubbles anymore as it was being sucked by the drain.
Now wrapped in a thick white towel, the child ran off and was buck naked upon exiting the bathroom, leaving the towel on the doorway.
Aires, once again, ran to catch the child with clothes in his hands. Hale watched them, amused by the fact that Aires was smiling as he playfully caught the child, dressing him in a winter suit. Aires changed too, only in a black turtleneck, black pants, black boots and black fur coat. Too much black, mate.
“Come on! We have to get out of here. We wasted a lot of time playing around,” The taller hoisted the little child who instantly tightened his hold on the older.
“Where did you get such cute children clothes?”
“Uh… I brought your old clothes that you left in my house. I thought I should return it to you.”
He ignored the antics of Hale and gave him the goggles the child used as he mumbled sweetly besides the child’s ear, “Close your eyes, okay? I’ll definitely make you safe.”
The child complied as he latched himself in the older’s body, feeling safe and secured by his warmth.
Hale shook his head at Aires as he wore the goggles, giving him a new vision of the world.