The Shades of Fire.
The sun is finally setting, a few rays of sunshine show Alex sitting on a log on top of the waterfall, he watches the city while his face expresses nothing, for the first time in his life, Alex feels nothing, only guilt….
Alex thinks about the park and what happened when Lucia approached him.
Alex: GET AWAY FROM ME!
Alex: (What the hell is happening to me..?)
As Alex thinks, a figure can be seen behind Alex visibly approach him, creeping ever so slowly.
After a few seconds, the figure raises its arm before hitting Alex in the head, which visibly angers him.
Alex: Hey, what was that for?!
When Alex turns to confront the figure, he sees a woman with blonde hair tied up in a ponytail with a smug smile on her face.
Kenai: That’s no way to greet your great sister!
Alex: Your way of greeting me isn’t normal either!
Kenai: Aren’t you used to it yet, kiddo?
Alex: I’m not a kid anymore!
I’m an adult.
Kenai: You still have the mind of a child if you really think that way~
Kenai sits next to Alex on the log, who doesn’t want her to be near him.
Kenai: It’s been a long time since we both spent time here.
Alex: I’d like to keep it that way, I can’t stand you for a single second.
Kenai: Awwww, come on, you’re not saying that….
Kenai tries to lay her hand on Alex, but before she can attempt to do so, he pulls her hand away.
Kenai: Ouch! Hey-
Kenai was about to hit him in the head again, but stopped after seeing a change of feeling in Alex’s face, his eyes weren’t looking at her and she could see that he really didn’t want to be bothered right now.
Kenai: What’s wrong with you?
Alex doesn’t answer Kenai’s question, from there Kenai simply looks in the direction of the town, where a group of adults in the park are treating the children that Alex held, along them, Beth can be seen, treating them, trying to regain their senses, meanwhile, Rudolph can also be seen talking to a group of people, among them Caney.
Kenai simply looks over to Alex and says with a somewhat worried face the following.
Kenai: Wow…Looks like you caused a BIG problem,
I haven’t seen people this agitated about something you did in years!
What I did…
Kenai gave him another blow on the head which makes Alex react, he immediately looks at Kenai in irritation.
Alex: WILL YOU STOP?!
WHY WAS THAT?!
Kenai: You don’t look good like that.
Alex just stares at Kenai while she continues talking.
Kenai: The Alex I know wouldn’t fall down no matter what anyone said about him!
Alex: Shut up, you weren’t here when it happened.
Kenai raises a smile while pointing at a girl, Lucia, who seems to be next to Rudolph talking to Caney, this catches Alex’s attention.
Kenai: Look at the two of them, I think it’s the first time someone else supports him in defending you! Well, except for our mother.
They both stare at the group of people where they now start to see how they all stop their voices and Lucia’s stands out surprisingly.
Lucia: If it wasn’t for Mr. Alex and his family, I wouldn’t feel well!
Caney: Come on, Lucia, you shouldn’t meddle-
Rudolph: For you to ignore what your granddaughter wants to say just because she is a child shows the difference in maturity between her and the rest of you.
A few seconds pass while Alex watches Lucia and Rudolph in amazement.
Kenai: For her to defend you so much…
What did you do?
Did you threaten her?
Alex: Don’t be ridiculous!
Kenai: I’m not! That’s something you would do!
Alex: (Damn wretch.)
For your information, I simply repaired her doll, that’s all.
One of Kenai’s eyebrows raises as she slightly smirks before saying the following.
Kenai: You? Repairing a doll for a girl?!
Alex: SHUT UP! SO WHAT IF I DID?!
Kenai simply smiles and lightly taps Alex’s shoulder.
Kenai: Not bad bro, you matured even if it’s a little~.
Alex gets irritated and tries to punch her in the shoulder, but Kenai gets up in time for Alex to miss the punch and get one in the head from her instead.
Afterwards they both look at each other, Kenai with a smile while Alex with anger, still, the attention of both is caught as they see the group of people dissipate and everyone retreats to their homes, except Rudolph, who accompanies Caney to his house.
Kenai: It seems that everyone has calmed down…
We should go home with our mother.
Alex: You go ahead, I’ll stay here a little longer.
Kenai looks at Alex but after a few seconds, she turns around and starts walking towards an exit through the trees.
Kenai: If you take too long, I’ll come back and beat you back home if necessary~.
Kenai disappears into the trees while Alex looks back towards the city, noticing that Lucia is leaving with her family, but she makes a last turn to look coincidentally in Alex’s direction, where she smiles at him while he returns the same look.
I won’t let her save you again, you bastard.
At that moment, a shiver runs through Alex’s body, as he feels someone sitting next to him, someone with an aura of extreme danger.
Alex reflexively turns towards that person, but when he does, there is nothing there, only darkness, clouds and the wind.
Alex: (There it is again, that sensation….
What is happening to me…?)