Key Nine: Leda:
Allen, can you hear me?
The angel jerked open his eyes. He looked around in the darkness.
Hello? Who was that?
Sounded so familiar. Allen found himself floating in disjointed headspace. Felt so warm. He could just lie here forever.
Allen! Can you hear me?
The angel turned his head. Something seemed to be flashing in the distance. Wait… What is that?
Allen! Stay with me! Allen! Allen!
Who are you? There was no face.
Don’t you remember me?
He had a drunken smile on his face. No…
Oh no. Stay with me, okay? A hand smacked him in the face. Come on! Snap out of it! Hey! Hey! She froze when she heard him moaning. Allen looked ready to leap up and devour the thin air. He probably would’ve have if he wasn’t so worn out.
Harder, damn it! I have been really bad!
Oh crap! How far gone are you? She had no choice but to appear fully in his mind. Allen’s eyes widened when he saw Leda’s face.
“Leda?” he asked.
“Oh good,” she said. “You still remember me? Get it together! Stay with me, okay?” Allen had a glazed over look in his eyes.
“Is that really you?” he asked.
“Yes! Keep it together, okay?” the other angel said. Leda waved her hand in front of his face. “Stay with me! Stay with me!”
“Please hit me again,” Allen said.
“No,” Leda said. “Listen me! You have to stay together! Hold onto something that is completely you. Your crew needs you.”
“Yes. You want to escape here and go back home, remember?”
Allen’s eyes widened. That was right. The angel sat up all sore. His head began to feel fuzzy. His heart started pounding again. Allen’s breath grew heavy.
“Why… Why am I here?!” he asked. “I can’t be here! I can’t be here!” Leda grabbed him by the arm.
“Shhh,” she whispered. “Shhh. It’s okay. It’s okay.” The angel pulled him into her ghostly arms. Allen pushed her away.
“No!” he shouted. Leda blinked.
“What’s wrong?” she asked. Allen grabbed his shoulders.
“Please… Don’t,” he said. “I don’t know what I will do if you touch me.” The angel started shaking. He looked ready to throw up.
“Is there anything I can do?” Leda asked.
“No!” Allen shouted. “Just go!” The angel’s nails dug into his skin. “Go! Go!” Allen doubled over, whimpering. Leda had no choice but to leave him. Was it that bad off? She shook her head. That couldn’t be. He had to raise above. He had to. It looked like she would have to raise above for this desperate measure.
In the morning, Allen was back into floating headspace. Road lay on her side, smiling to herself. Looks like there would be another thing to do on her list.