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The Auraless Boy

Later that afternoon.

Rikki and Suzy were sitting beneath their tree.

Rikki was leaning back relaxing and Suzy was leaning on him. She then saw Lotus and Yin walk by and she sat up.

"Oh, hey Lotus," Suzy said. This caused Rikki to sit forwards and look over. Lotus and Yin walked over to them.

"Oh, hey Suzy," Lotus said. "This is Yin."

"Hello," Suzy said with a smile.

"Hey," Rikki said with a laid-back wave.

"Hello!" Yin said in a sing-song way. "It's nice to meet you guys."

"Same here," Suzy said standing up and shaking Yins hand. "So how did you guys meet?"

"Uh…" Lotus hesitated.

"I saved her from that one boy who was being so mean to her," Yin said.

"You did?" Suzy asked.

"Yeah. I don't like it when bullies are being mean to nice people."

"You're such a nice person."

"Well… I try to be," Yin said blushing slightly.

"Did you ever find out exactly who this guy is?"

"Nope, not yet."

"What did he look like?" Rikki asked.

"Oh, tall-ish. He had a sort of brown, blond, hair. He had greenish eyes and glasses."

"Anything else? What was he wearing?"

"An orange shirt," Yin and Lotus said. Rikki looked down at his own shirt then Yin started to laugh.

"It wasn't you!" she said.

"Sorry. That was instinctive."

"You're funny. I can see why she loves you."

"Wait, you knew?" Suzy asked her.

"Naw, I just saw the way you two sit together. Only true lovers would sit like that together."

"I'm sorry Yin, but do you know what love even feels like?" Rikki asked her.

"Rikki!" Suzy said, "don't be like that."

"No," Yin said. "It's fine."

"Well do you?" Rikki asked.

"I did," she said after a few moments.

"What happened?" Suzy asked.

"I'm sorry. I don't really want to talk about it." There was a sad expression on her face.

"Oh. I'm sorry."

"Come on, cheer up," Lotus said. "You have all of these new friendships to look forward to."

"Yeah," Yin said with a smile coming back. "I guess you're right." Just then, there was a weird noise coming from the nearby bush. Rikki recognized the sound of his brothers stomach growling. walked over to the bush and reached down into it. He grabbed a hold of something and he pulled it up. It was Dan.

"What the hell are you doing?" Rikki asked him.

"I was looking for Florida," Dan said with a sheepish shrug.

"In the bushes?"

"What? She can't be at one with nature?" Rikki dropped him onto the ground.

"Dude, just get the hell outta here and go get yourself something from the snack bar." Dan then stood up.

"I was gonna check there next," he defended as he walked off.

"There's a snack bar?" Yin asked.

"Yeah. They have a lot of cool stuff, then dinner gets served a couple hours later."

"Let's go get something then, I am so hungry." They all then started walking toward the snack bar.

At the snack bar.

Yin was adoring everything that was laid out.

"Wow, there's a lot of good stuff here. How do they make the food last?" Yin said looking around. She then saw Carlyta standing there.

"Well, some of the fruits and vegetables are grown here actually," Carlyta said to her.

"That's really nice. I bet they must be really good."

"Well, try one for yourself," Carlyta said with a laugh. Yin picked up an apple and she took a bite. It was really tasty and it had the right amount of juice in every bite.

"This is…" Yin was at a loss for words.

"Good?"

"Yeah. How do you get these so good?"

"I grow them myself."

"How do you have enough for everyday?"

"Ah, now you see, that's where I come in. My Gift allows me to control the growth rate of all sorts of plants. It may not seem like much of a Gift, but when it comes to fruit-bearing plants, I can get the perfect food every time. This allows us to have nearly an infinite amount of fruits and vegetables."

"That is really awesome."

"Thank you. You're too kind." Just then Jack walked over.

"Ah, Yin, I see you've met my wife," he said.

"Mm-hm," Yin said. "The food here is really good."

"I told her already," Carlyta said.

"I see," the man said. "Well, Yin if you have any other questions, feel free to ask us whenever either one of us are available."

"I will sir," Yin said. She grabbed a chocolate bar and sat back down with Lotus, Rikki, and Suzy. "Oh, boy!" she enthused. "I haven't had a candy bar in over a month." She eagerly ripped open the wrapper and she took a bite. "Mm. I miss the wonders of chocolate."

"Why haven't you had candy for a month?" Rikki asked.

"Oh… I don't know. I guess I just haven't gotten around to getting any."

"Well don't overload yourself."

"Okay." The candy was gone with nothing left but a torn up wrapper. "That was good."

"Well save some room for dinner," Rikki laughed.

"What is for dinner?"

"Pizza," a voice said. "It's pizza again." They all looked over toward the sound of the voice. It was Aoi.

"Hey, Aoi," Suzy said.

"Hey everyone," she said with a small smile. She and Yin met eyes. "Hey."

"Hi," Yin said. Lotus gasped. "What is it?" She pointed across the room. There sitting at a table alone, was a boy wearing an orange shirt with the same sort of dirty blond hair that Lotus had described. Yin grew angry yet confident as she stood up to confront him.

"Are you crazy?" Rikki asked.

"I wouldn't," Aoi said. Yin took a step but Lotus grabbed her arm.

"Wait," she said looking closer. This boy seemed slightly different. His hair was the same color, but in a different style. The boy stood up and walked toward the exit, nearing their table. His face didn't show the same sort of arrogant smugness that she remembered, but instead it showed sadness. Yin walked up to him.

"Hey, do you recognize her?" she asked him as she pointed to Lotus. He looked at Lotus.

"No," he said quietly in almost a sad way as he put his hands in his pockets. "Should I?"

"You didn't attack her or anything earlier today?"

"No."

"Do you remember being knocked unconscious or anything like that?"

"No."

"Good. Have a nice day!" she said with a smile and she walked back to the table. "That was some other boy," she told them.

"Yeah. I could tell," Lotus said. "But he looks so similar."

"There was something off about him though," Suzy said.

"What do you mean?" Rikki asked.

"I peeked into his mind. His life has been filled with pain and suffering. Not all of it done unto him though, he's done unto others."

"So he did attack me," Lotus said.

"Yes and no."

"What do you you mean?"

"Well, it's a little hard to explain."

"I'm not sure what his Gift is, but his life has been filled with malice. Now it is just weak emptiness," Lotus said.

"How can you tell that?" Rikki asked.

"His aura," she answered. "I can sense people's aura and he… well, for some reason… he has none."

"Wait, that's a Gift?"

"No. It's just a skill."

"Wow. No aura?"

"Not even a trace."

"But I thought it was that stuff that connects living things."

"Yes and no. It's a little hard to explain, but… well…" she groaned, forgetting it. "Dammit. Just look it up."

"But how can he not have an aura?"

"I don't know. We'll have to ask him ourselves." Yin followed walked out to where the boy walked out and she looked around for him. He was no where to be seen. She shrugged and walked back to the group.

"I couldn't find him," she told them.

"That's because he's with me," Jack's voice said as he walked back to the group.


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