Chapter 17: The Seed that Grows
Elijah couldn't help but shake in fear. All color from his face drained at the sight he saw before him. Not only was Noah accompanied by Kishiki, everyone he loved that was now dead stood behind him. The real Noah. Elijah's dad. Their cold gazes burrowed into Elijah's eyes, giving him the urge to scream from both fear and sadness.
"What the hell?" Damion shakily said.
"You know, I thought of doing this the easy way. Just slice your throats while you're asleep, or have Kishiki do his signature move and rip apart your heads. But, that would be too cliche wouldn't it. Just an ordinary death. Too predictable. Now however, I have drained you guys dry of any emotion except fear. That way it's easier for your loved ones to rip you apart and not care." Noah explained coldly while pacing back and forth in the hallways.
"What the fuck is wrong with you?" Natsuki screamed at Noah. Tears streamed down her cheeks as she collapsed on the ground.
"Wrong with me? Ha! It's funny how you say that, because none of this is actually 'my' doing." Noah said, air quoting the 'my' part.
"How is it not your doing! You're the one trying to kill us! We're just kids! Can we have a normal life without you having to come in and rip it apart? Can we live like kids our age should? Not in fear of being ripped apart by someone that isn't even real?" Natsuki screamed at Noah. His cold glare rested on Natsuki's broken self, a venomous smile appearing.
"You're right. I'm not real. Neither is Kishiki. Yet, we're still able to hurt you three. Still able to kill you if we wanted. And you were never going to be involved if it wasn't for your precious Elijah." Noah evilly said to Natsuki, both their heads slowly turned to look at Elijah.
Elijah's stomach dropped into an empty pit. It began to swallow his heart and the last bit of love for the world he had.
"He's right. I should've never brought her into this. And if I never got close to her, Damion wouldn't be involved either. Yes, I wouldn't know I had a brother, but that is worth sacrificing if I know both him and Natsuki are safe. But now they're not. I fucked up.......I have to fix this."
"You're sweet Elijah dragged both you and Damion into this mess. Originally I was going to kill him, but then you two came along. Thanks to him, I now have more people to feed to Kishiki." Noah said again, his venom filled smile turning into a smile that would drive a person crazy just by a quick glance.
"He's right. You did drag us into this. We'd be safe if you never got us involved. But you did. What was your goal? To watch Damion and I get hurt?" Natsuki asked, even more tears were running down her face. Guilt consumed Elijah, his world was spinning.
"I tried not to get you involved, but you came up to me! You pushed me to tell you!" Elijah yelled defensively. He instantly regretted his remark. He was defending himself for something he didn't want to defend anymore. He wanted to let go. To give into the thing he's been fighting.
"You're a selfish asshole! This is all your fault!" Natsuki screamed at him, causing the last remaining pieces of Elijah's heart to shatter. He imagined all his heart's pieces scattering across the floor, then sinking into the floor to never be found again.
"Why would you do this?" Damion asked Elijah. His eyes focused on him with fear, but almost understanding.
"You're right. I need to fix this. And I will." Elijah said, walking in between Natsuki and Noah. He faced Noah and looked through his deep old eyes.
"Kill me. Kill me and leave them alone. I've caused enough pain in this world and I'm done being a burden. Just kill me and be done with it. We'll both get what we want." Elijah confessed as he spread his arms out to show his vulnerability.
"Elijah! Don't do it!" Damion yelled.
"You just asked me why I would do this to you. And to be honest, I just wanted some clarification. To know whether I was crazy or not. And I needed someone by my side, someone I could trust as a friend. Someone who was like the Noah I knew. Not this piece of shit." Elijah said, his eyes staring into Noah's.
"Yeah, we might be pissed that we're about to die and it's partially your fault, but I don't want you to die. You're my brother. I'm not gonna sit here and watch you get taken away from me. The last person in this family I actually trust. Don't do this Elijah." Damion replied. Elijah took a deep breath.
"Do it quick Noah." Elijah said then looking down.
"Don't!" Damion screamed. Natsuki looked up from her crying, her face showing her guilt in the insults she shot at Elijah.
"You see. Normally I would kill you on the spot." Noah started, then tilting his head some.
"But you see, that's too easy. I think I'm going to wait it out some. To let that suffer you're feeling right now intensify even more, that way when I kill you, even if it's fast, that suffer will have already taken it's place." Noah said.
"But before I go, I wanna let you in on a little secret." Noah said, then leaning in to reach Elijah's ear. He whispered something that sent chills down his spine. Noah began to walk back with his cold smile until he was next to Kishiki.
"Let's go Kishiki. We've got some waiting to do." Noah said again, then fading away with Kishiki and the relatives of his family behind him.
"I'm sorry!" Natsuki yelled, she wrapped her arms around Elijah's shoulders and began to cry into his back.
"I said things.....I.....I didn't mean....It's just.....he.....he showed me something.....something I've been trying to forget for a long time....but.....but it never seems to go away." Natsuki said, her voice muffled from her face being buried into Elijah's back.
"It's okay. We'll figure out a way to destroy Noah. And this time, we'll be better prepared." Elijah said as confidently as he could, but he felt the pain he shoved down for a while rise up so high, it hurt worse than ever before.
"Don't ever sacrifice yourself Elijah! You're lucky he didn't kill you just then! I would've fallen apart if you did. And I'm the older brother, I should be the one who's saving everyone." Damion said as he walked over to Elijah.
"I won't. I just.....wanna get through today." Elijah said, pulling Natsuki's arms off from around him. He turned around and he saw the broken looks of both Damion and Natsuki looking at him. They nodded at Elijah's remark and they each headed to their classes.