Crownless: The Fallen World - Chapter 10
Aires was chewing a steak with a scowl. Why? Because Hale decided to eat while on Aires’ lap. The latter became so irritated that he broke the silverware into pieces. If that was even possible…
“Hale, if you never get off of me, I’ll kill you.”
Hale faked gasp as he turned to straddle the male, “Aren’t you somewhat happy? A guy wanted to turn into a girl just for you!”
“Choke on your words.” Aires shoved a huge piece of steak in Hale’s mouth before escaping from Hale in his grasp.
Aires started to run frantically towards the room reserved for him, but it gave him the creeps. Then he sharply turned towards the room leading to Hale’s parents, opened it then locked it. The couple stirred in their sleep as they weirdly looked at the pale boy who dove under their bed.
“Deary, what happened? Where’s little Haley?”
“Don’t mention that blockhead, ma’am. He’s so into the fact of wanting to become a girl and now he latched himself onto me stubbornly.”
“Did he left his mark on you?” Hale’s father anxiously asked.
“I was glad he didn’t. I already had a lot of marks being thrown at me in the High Order.”
“Poor deary. Here, let me help you.” Hale’s mother opened the door and it made Aires screeched inwardly.
Please! Just please! I had enough trouble around me! Give me a fcking break!
“Aires… I just wanted to say that I won’t give you my mark unless you gave yours to mine first.”
“What the fck!” Aires scrambled out of the room, jumped into the window, breaking it before running off to the forest.
Hale watched the black figure running as if his life was on the line into the forest. His mother patted his back, “Are you serious?”
“I don’t know. I’ll give it more time…”
“Changing your appearance into a girl is a huge decision. You should’ve picked your gender as a girl when you’re still transforming.”
“I was just too blind with the love that I have for Mirabella… I just realized how important he became in my life. You’re right though… I should’ve picked being a girl when I had that only chance in my life.”
Hale’s mother sighed heavily as she looked at her husband with a sad smile. She turned her attention to her sulking son. “Your second chance in love was once again, a fail. It’s too late for you, you should give it up now.”
“No. Truth to be told, I only waited for Mirabella to come home and never took any steps in finding her or even planned on visiting her. I even forget about her until I heard that she came back now. My feelings from the last time I knew bursted out of my chest, swelling with warmth.” He turned to face his mother, “But in Aires’ case, I wanted to do everything just to stay beside him forever. I thought of it as only a big brother who wanted to be with his little brother. But it dawned upon me when he got comfortable and started to show emotions to others, I don’t like it at all. Call me selfish for only wanting him to only pick me, but I am.”
“Mother, I… I don’t know what to do or say. I just wanted a special place in his heart. Is it wrong for me to want that?”
“No, ghad, no, Haley. Look, I’m sorry for saying you should give up… if you’re this determined, then I should help too. This will be a one time decision, a huge decision, for you to decide.”
Hale stared down at the floor before sending a determined look at his mother. “I am.”
“Me and your father will sweep our way through the world to find the potion or any technology to awaken your dormant female pheromones.”
“Wait, what? Dormant? I thought it was killed once I fully turned into a male.”
“Yeah. If you feel like that towards Sebby, then your female pheromones were dormant. That was a relief, because without those, you won’t feel any attraction towards him in the first place and no deciding to turn into the opposite gender.”
“Will… it work?”
“Believe in yourself, Haley, just like how I believe in you.”
His mother left him standing by the window and returned to her sleeping husband.
Will it… really work?
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Aires ran and ran until he knew that he was miles away from the Grafton mansion. He spotted an abandoned cottage where plants and moss engulfed it in their wake.
The inside of the cottage was enough for a temporary shelter, there was a round table at the center and four stone chairs surrounding it. Thankfully, the table and chairs were not invaded by the plants.
Instead of sleeping, he decided to open his Holowrist to contact Axel. The screen showed a vibrating green phone, disappearing then the face of an exhausted Axel came into sight. “Uh? Sir Aires? What… wait, where are you?!”
The exhaustion in his face was replaced by curiosity and gleam as he tried to peek more at the background. Aires chuckled and showed him the scenery, without missing any angles.
“You’re in a freaking forest! Where the heck is this, Sir Aires?”
“I’m in the Grafton Estate. Anyway, I have a request.”
“Oh right. That must’ve been the reason why you called. Well… what is it?”
“I just wanted the students’ information regarding their awakened power. Please do sort it out to those who have lifestyle powers and strategists.”
“All of them?”
“All of them.”
“Roger that. When do you need it?”
“As soon as possible.”
“Alright. I’ll send it by midnight.”
With that, Aires ended the call. He checked the time on the screen, it was already 10.57 pm. The male sighed as he decided to sort his things out too for the expedition that will take place the day after tomorrow, at most.
Opening the storage function of the Holowrist, multiple items showed up at the screen in boxes and their quantities beside the name of the items.
He started to drag one item over another into the travel bag he had. While the items were being dragged by Aires, there were small bots, back in his own house, flying around to gather all the items that their owner wanted to be in the travel bag.