𝐨𝐧𝐞 ;; 𝐬𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐧
as heinous as it was, arisu bathed in the fear she caused others. it was nothing but a past time to her. backing people into a corner, messing around with them, and getting them to do things for her. her powers made it too simple.
"p-please! leave me a-alone! i'll do anything... just please stop!" the first year, misaki begged. she was crouched down with her hands in a pleading position.
seeing her at such mercy only made arisu feel high with exhilaration. all that begging just for her to leave.
arisu couldn't get enough.
she knew it was immoral sure, but she could care less. she needed to use her powers somehow, might as well have some fun with it. just as long as she doesn't get caught.
she put a hand to her chin, feigning thought. "that's a good idea, misaki! i should do that!"
misaki's eyes sparkled with relief, delighted to be out of danger. as she stood up to say 'thank you', arisu started vocalizing.
"ahh, ahh~" her perfectly pink lips excreted the spell that made people's knees weak, and clouded their minds. she started to approach closer to misaki, eventually encasing her in her arms. essentially 'kabedoning' her. her porcelain face was close enough to misaki that she could make out every small detail, every crevice.
her voice is so nice, misaki started to think. i could just fall a...asleep.
just a bit more.
she continued to hum her song, as the people passing by stayed blissfully unaware. and anyone who did notice assumed that the two girls were having an intimate moment in a dark alley. normal high school things.
they couldn't be more wrong. poor misaki was being hypnotized right under their noses.
arisu continued her song until misaki was fully under her control. as soon as the victim's eyes turned dull, she smirked.
"whoops, my bad"
arisu rolled her eyes as she read the paper, although a grin creeped its way on her face. she thought it was humorous that she had to learn about greek mythology. after all, being a figure of greek mythology herself made her knowledge of all that happened. in all honesty, she wasn't sure how she got her powers. her memory span only covered age 10 — present. everything else was foggy. not that it mattered, because she loved her abilities. she always got whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted. all she had to do was hum a little tune.
it was quite ironic actually. her name, arisu, was the japanese verison of alice, which means 'noble'. please, arisu was anything but noble.
her head shot up when the teacher's voice finally registered in her mind. shit.
"good to know i didn't lose you. please read the section about the hydra"
she knew all about it. of course she did.
i'm not a siren right now. she reminded herself. i'm a normal 16 year old girl. don't get ahead of yourself.
"the hydra is a serpent-like creature, born as the child of typhon and echidna. it dwelled around argos and bore multiple heads. however anyone who tried to cut off one of the heads would soon find out that two more grew in place of it. inevitably, the hydra was killed by the greek hero hercules" she read, sitting down as she finished.
"thank you. now, does anyone know the tale of hercules?"
arisu decided to drift off to sleep for the rest of the lesson.
"that's it for today, your homework is to annotate the worksheet that you received"
everyone thanked the teacher as she left, then dispersed amongst one another to head to lunch.
"ari!" runa called out, grabbing onto the said girl's arm. runa was arisu's best friend, as she called herself. truthfully, arisu didn't care much for runa. but she had to pretend that she did, because she planned to use something for runa.
she wasn't quite sure why runa clinged onto her in the first place- seeing as she was nekoma's infamous bully. all the students feared her, and often cowered in her presence. her sharp eyes glared into their souls, intimidating others to no end. runa, in contrast, was the sweet beauty. everyone loved her, guys and girls alike. her deep brown eyes and shiny brown hair were captivating in their eyes. and her angelic personality was a plus. runa was all around, utterly perfect.
arisu hated it.
but she faked their friendship for an entire year.
"hey, runa" she groaned out. runa always dismissed her dismissive behavior because of her reputation. "i need to meet kuroo during lunch for a project, so i won't be able to sit with you"
"kuroo? isn't he a third year?" runa scratched her chin, recalling the tall volleyball captain.
"i'm in the chemistry class with third years" arisu answered. despite popular belief, arisu was incredibly smart. however she didn't feel the need to take the test required to skip the second year science class, so she used her powers on the principal to help her move into a specific chemistry class. the one with kuroo tetsurou. her crush.
somehow, even the heartless arisu sasaki could harbour feelings for someone. she wasn't sure how it developed, seeing as she had no other connections with the bedhead male besides the one class they had together. but seeing him in the halls made her chest thump and her mind fuddled. she had feelings for him, and she would do anything in her power to be with him.
unfortunately, her powers weren't strong enough to make someone love her back. trust her, she's tried. she figured it was due to the fact that being in love was such a powerful emotion— one she hadn't experienced yet. she liked kuroo— but she wasn't in love with him. not yet.
it was a miracle that kuroo was the one to approach her for the project. she would've used her powers on him, but luckily she didn't need to.
"oh, okay then! i'll see you next class!" runa smiled her beautiful smile and left.
arisu hated that smile.
but she softened at the thought of spending time with kuroo. she kept this fondness internal, just to protect her notoriety.
"sasaki" a whisper came from a table at the back of the library, trying to grab the delinquent's attention. his whispers traveled to her line of hearing, and she turned to see him. her one and only crush, kuroo. "over here!'
mentally, arisu's lips tipped into a grin. "afternoon" she nonchalantly greeted.
"good afternoon! you brought your chemistry book, right?" kuroo asked, sliding her chair back for her to sit.
such a gentleman... arisu inwardly blushed. she shook it off, however. "yeah. in my bag."
the surprisingly excited third year ruffled her hair. "good! let's get started then"
these small actions kuroo did confused her. did he like her back? or did he do this to everyone? her brain stayed multitasking as she focused on both the project as well as what kuroo may have thought of her. deep down, she knew no one would bother to spare a second thought for her besides being frightened. she understood them. as much as she knew, she couldn't bear to consider the fact that kuroo didn't share the same feelings as her. so she pretended that wasn't the case, and opted to believe he liked her back.
as their study session progressed, arisu gathered a strong emotion radiating off him. on one hand it was good, because she fed off of the strong emotions of others in order to strengthen herself and her siren powers. on the other, she was quite worried. for the emotion he was feeling, was love.
love towards whom? that she didn't know. she could only hope it was her.
"call me arisu" she coldly mumbled.
kuroo was caught off guard, yet nodded. "oh— alright. anyways arisu, you're close with runa, correct?"
she looked down at her paper, hoping he wasn't about to ask what she thought he would. "um... yeah, why?"
"if i'm being completely honest, i like runa. i was wondering if you would put in a good word for me?"
arisu could hypothetically feel her heart crack. right down the middle. she couldn't speak, her mouth was shut tight. her breathing slowed and stayed heavy. was she experiencing her first heartbreak?
no! she internally yelled. it's not supposed to happen like this! i'm supposed to break hearts! i don't get heartbroken.
but if that was the case, then why did it hurt so much? why did she want to crawl into a six feet deep hole and stay there forever?
kuroo awaited her response. she needed to answer him without showing her anger.
"yes. yes i can."
this was the first time she had ever felt hurt. and frankly, she never wanted to feel it again.
i hope you eat shit.
yelling. yelling was all she heard. yelling from the principal. yelling from the parents. yelling from runa.
yelling from kuroo.
arisu had ended up in the principal's office, in a situation in which she couldn't get out of. she couldn't help it! she had been emotionally hurt for the first time, and didn't know how to handle it. but her actions were far from forgivable.
although she was a bully, she only went after people's emotions. she never physically hurt anyone. at least she had some morals. but this time, she let her sentiments get the best of her. and runa came out hurt in the end.
— thirty minutes prior —
"oh, ari!" runa giggled and waved at her friend. arisu turned to see the person she despised the most. the one who took kuroo away from her. the one who hurt her.
"runa" she disgruntledly huffed out. "meet me in the abandoned hallway in ten minutes"
she didn't pay another thought to how suspicious she sounded. all she wanted was to teach runa a lesson.
the innocently unsuspecting girl agreed, and let arisu saunter off.
runa followed arisu's orders and turned the corner to the infamous abandoned hallway, notorious for being place where couples made out. the invitation roused her, seeing as she had a crush on arisu. it was the reason as to why she stuck with her for their first year, and the reason why she was so quick to dismiss her cold behavior.
she thought arisu was about to confess to her, which is why she followed her to the hallway. her heart raced and pounded in her chest when she saw arisu waiting for her at the end, but she tried to seem calm.
runa's breath got hitched in her throat, as she approached closer. to her, the atmosphere was romantic. if you take into consideration the context of the hallway, you might think so as well. but to arisu, it was anything other than romantic.
in a flash, arisu had slammed runa against the wall. in truth, she had a thing for kabedoning girls. it was, for a lack of better words, hot.
but that was besides the point. there was a hopeful glint in runa's eyes, one that arisu desired to crush.
just as kuroo had crushed her.
she knew it was cruel. runa wasn't in control of kuroo's feelings. she didn't even know the male liked her. and in all honesty, arisu really did not want to harm runa.
but she couldn't hold back. her heart ached too much to not do anything, and she would rather hurt runa than kuroo. god forbid she do anything to him.
as sorry as she was, bottom line was that arisu was angry. arisu was angry, and jealous. she needed to ease the pain. and the only way to do that was by inflicting pain from the source of all her problems.
"kuroo likes you"
runa leaped back, not expecting that to be said. her heart dropped once she realized her crush wasn't going to utter the words she wanted her to. she didn't even know whether or not she was straight. although disappointing, she was willing to accept the girl for whatever sexuality she identified with.
"oh... does he?" runa answered, still stunned. she barely even knew the guy, after all. "that's good for him"
still muddied with her resentment to her friend, arisu kneed her stomach, and runa fell to the ground as a result. arisu placed her foot over runa's head.
"a-ari?" confused, she looked up at arisu for the answer she so desperately seeked. "what's going o—"
"shut up! just shut up!" arisu yelled. "fucking hell— shut up for once!"
she let out a large breath, before not hesitating to throw a punch at the defenseless runa below her.
runa, who was untrained in self defense, could only take the pain as the girl she loved attacked her for seemingly no reason.
by the time she had asked why, arisu burst.
"why!? because he chose you over me! the one guy i actually like chooses my friend over me??" she groaned and continued to strike at her. "i'm runa, i'm perfect and everyone loves me!" she mocked runa's voice. "you're so annoying— god! i can't stand you!"
runa's chest started to hurt. not from arisu's fists, but from the emotional pain she felt.
"wait— you like kuroo? never mind, doesn't matter. did it ever occur to you that i don't even like him back?? i don't even like men! i like you!"
the words that runa had spoke to her stuck in arisu's mind all while she was being berated by the school staff and her parents. it had never occurred to her that runa had feelings for her. perhaps that may have been why runa stuck to her throughout their first year.
guilt had begun to seep through, once she realized the weight of her actions. i'm getting expelled, my parents are mad at me, kuroo hates me, and my now ex-best friend got her heart broken. by me. her head throbbed. she couldn't handle all of it happening at once.
and so arisu stood up with such hostility that made everyone in the vicinity jump. she didn't pay any mind to it and snatched her bag, then proceeded to storm out of the room. it didn't matter anymore. she was bound to be expelled anyways. she would handle the scolding later.
she wondered why she felt so guilty, seeing as she was a siren. she was meant to cause misfortune upon others. she was somehow granted with such powers, the least she could do was use them properly. properly, as in seducing others with her voice and then using them. and generally, she never felt regretful of her actions. instead she would be proud when she saw others fall to her command. she thought she would be especially content too, due to the fact that she didn't care much for runa.
but no. the moment she retreated, arisu felt like, for a lack of better words, shit. the pleasing feeling she usually felt when she inflicted distress on people was not present, but rather replaced with guilt.
however did this mean that she would learn from her mistakes and use her powers for the better?
of course not.
at the end of the day, arisu knew she would always be the same disgusting creature that held such powers. no matter how much she tried to sugar coat it, that fact would never change.
something that most people would see as a blessing ended up breaking an innocent girl beyond repair.