Crownless: The Fallen World - Chapter 13
The fire crackled from the exploded car, the people panicked as they scrambled outside. They remembered that Hale and Aires was about to leave with that very car to go to the High Order, they frantically tried to extinguish the burning fire which was unusually inextinguishable.
They also searched for a body around but it was futile. There were no traces or any of the sort to know what happened to the two. Hale’s parents broke down and the atmosphere was now filled with grief.
The fire in the forest that was caused by the explosion was slowly spreading out, leaving a lot of charred trees. There were also many fallen trees in a weird and peculiar way, it was a long trace until it lead into a figure with tattered clothes, a serious burn at its back, and blood oozing out of its injuries.
The figure seemed to be protecting something in its embrace, never letting it go. There was a slight movement as a small head emerged out of the figure’s shoulder before breathing out heavily.
Hale whimpered as he was squeezed tightly by the taller male. He was kind of furious for suddenly being tackled heavily and it might result in heavy injuries to Aires. But he didn’t know that the disaster already inflicted a lot of injury to the male who was embracing him.
After catching his breath, he patted Aires on his back to make the male get off of him. But he felt a squishy and thick hot liquid, Hale gulped before he lifted his hand from Aires’ back just to see the blood on it.
“Oh my god! Aires! Aires! Oh my god! Wake up! SEBASTIAN! WAKE UP!!!” He shook the male vigorously as fat tears filled his cheeks. “SEBASTIAN!! FCKING WAKE UP THIS INSTANT! Don’t leave me!”
The sobs coming from the smaller male stirred Aires from his unconscious state, but he was still so weak. His arms around Hale, who was thrashing around, loosened.
Hale thought that Aires died thus he cried louder than ever. Suddenly, he felt two weakened but warm hands cupped his face, “Calm… down… not… dead.”
Since Aires was weak, he let his forehead rest on Hale’s. His eyes slowly giving up to the extreme lethargy and his hold on Hale was getting loose too. Hale’s quivering body held Aires’ hands then pressed it firmly on his cheeks as he sobbed and hiccuped.
“Sebby…” He choked out.
“I’m… glad,” The weakened man answered, unconsciously caressing Hale’s face that gave a tint of pink on the smaller’s cheeks.
“G-glad for what?”
“You… safe…” That was where Aires slipped out and collapsed on Hale’s body. The smaller carefully wrapped his arms around the male’s shoulder blades, avoiding the taller’s injuries and a huge, serious burns on his back.
Thinking about what happened, tears cascaded down again on Hale’s cheeks. He also regretted being furious towards the action of the male in his arms. Hale shakingly reached out to open his Holowrist to contact his parents.
Once he gave a distress signal, he caressed Aires’ head and gently combed the male’s black locks while crying. He can’t help but press a loving kiss on Aires’ shoulder, softly feeling the warmth and the hard muscles of the male, listening to the soft but struggled breathing of Aires.
He buried his face in the crook of the injured man’s neck as he cried again, wetting it with warm tears. He painstakingly waited for help while feeling the male in his arms, battling for his life.
Even when help arrived, Hale never left Aires’ side, always held the unconscious male in his arms as he sobbed more.
The people retrieved a hovercar because Hale didn’t have any plans on letting the male go. When they tried prying Aires away, Hale was having a panic attack as he cried furiously, calling out Aires’ name.
Hale’s parents were in a great stress because of their son. Indeed, how will they treat Aires when Hale never wanted to let go of the former?
Fortunately, Aires woke up that time. His trembling hands held the crying Hale’s hands as he rested his heavy head on his shoulder, “Never knew… you were this… of a crybaby…”
“Sebby… Sebby… Seb,” Hale hiccuped as he gently touched Aires’ nape, playing with his hair.
Aires, in his weakened state, pressed gentle and soft kisses on Hale’s shoulder, “Everything… will be okay… I promise to… be back.”
Hale lifted Aires’ head to see his eyes, that fluttered to keep himself awake. Aires smile was strained as he pressed a soft kiss on Hale’s forehead, “Sleep… rest…”
The smaller nodded, leaning on Aires’ body to seek for warmth, hearing the soft thuds of the larger male’s heart. His eyes slowly closed as he was too tired from all his episodes earlier and his non-stop crying. When Hale’s breathing were even, he shakingly sighed and groaned, “Get him… off me… and treat me… before he wakes up.”
The guards nodded their heads before they carefully got Hale off from the injured man’s body. When the smaller male got off, the doctors pushed their way into Aires to quickly treat the injured male.
It was a long process to Aires who forced himself to stay awake but gave up as he slept, face down.
4 long hours had passed since the incident. Aires was covered with bandages as he slept with even breathing which was a relief. Everything was already treated, his serious burn was bandaged and the injuries he obtained from the impact were also fixed and covered.
Hale opened his eyes, his bedroom door came into view. He jolted up as he stumbled out of his bedroom, finding Aires with heavy panting. His heart ached when he still can’t find Aires in the rooms.
His body shivered at the thought of Aires being dead, he cried loudly once again. A maid carrying a tray found Hale crying on the carpeted hallway. She set down the tray to softly talk to the panicking male, “Young Master, Lord Aires is in the basement.”
“Why is he in the basement?! Is.. is he dead?!” He screamed as new tears fell down on his cheeks.