Ailish & Sonitus - Inter-age
She came to and immediately Ailish recognized the dark yet etherial landscape; Ailish was back in the heavens. She recalled a fever dream with one of the fellow gods, but the details felt fuzzy and what happened afterwards became doubly so.
Getting up from the floor the goddess found herself... not exactly heavier, but like water. Cold air hung over the organic hall, and caused her skin to tense. Wait a moment.
She glanced at her hands and found the bony appendages to be no more and replaced by a familiar appearance. In spite of the discomfort and read, a content smile came upon her face.
"Whoa. Talk about your fixer-upper." Sonitus said, as she stepped through the portal with her sword over her shoulder. It certainly looked dark and destroyed, but she didn't recoil in horror. There didn't seem to be anything around other than them. "You want to repair this...?"
She turned to Ailish, but couldn't find her. Instead there was this new figure in front of her. "Whoa..." Sonitus exclaimed for the second time, then pulled back the cloth that covered her own face.
She would be jealous if anyone beat her beauty, and now that no one was around to see her; it would only be a shame if the godess couldn't see her face. Sonitus' face had always had the scars that fire created, but scars was beauty to her people and surviving fire was hard.
Sonitus ran her hand along Ailish's face. "I'm assuming this is what you look like here, instead of that disfigured body you had at the palace." She brushed her hair aside. "What did you want to do here? My mother was unclear on the details."
The touch caused her eyes to close by some unknown jolt, and a hand to lightly clasp hers; it had been a long time since she felt such sensations, and it made it hard to think. She didn't know how Sonitunes would take, but Ailish needed this... feeling. She could only nod at Sonitunes' words as a small smile crept on her lips; all other thoughts were thrown out the window.Something has changed in her... And in myself as well.
For her time stretched on before her ruby eyes finally opened, and processed the demigod's piercing gaze. Her chest began to ache, and . Ailish's hand left Sonitunes' to caress her cheek, taking in the warmth and grooves that emanated from it.
She then stopped as the last bit of her mind brought her out of rapture. Somehow Ailish remembered the demigod's words. "I... I... don't know..." No, I do know."I haven't felt such beauty... " she trailed off again as her thoughts were jumbled on top of one another.Change the subject. Please change the subject "I remembered searching for something and then..." She still couldn't piece together what the fever dream's significance was, and Sonitunes' strange yet beautiful presence left her in silence. And that hand was still on her face.
"There's an old grove near here." She found something to focus on, but she still sounded like she was in a trance. "We may be able to find something to help with ... something."
Ailish didn't make a lot of sense to her, but her reaction to her touch was the only thing that mattered, so she held onto it as the godess rambled on. She laughed softly, when she said that there was a grove nearby. How many times had she heard those words before? Sonitus had lost count, and Eleonara had been quite different from her. It felt better when she got this suggestion from a godess, than some drunk or pumped up Ekiruru battle born.
"Oh?" She let her hand trail down her face and neck, then pulled it away reluctantly. "Let's go then."
Slowly the hand that was on Sonitunes' face turned to weave her fingers into the goddess' own, giving one last caress before they went hand in hand.
The corridors were still the same; same carved stone-like walls, same black pulsating streams that flowed benath them, same labyrinthine locks, and the same wisps. They appeared again, and they moved towards the two with wild frenzy. But Ailish would have none of that; with a wave of her staff a protective circle sprung up, and he mist was kept a distance away. A part of her felt bad about bringing her here, but they were getting close. Furthermore such thoughts were unhealthy; they'd dispel the barrier.
"Had I told you about these heavens?... Or what they used to be?" She had finally asked. They were still a distance away, and she wanted to take her mind off these other emotions. And it certainly didn't hurt to speak with her again.
She went hand in hand with Ailish, through the broken heavens. Whenever something surprised or scared her, she would clutch the godess hand tightly with her own.
It was clear that something had been here before, which made her wonder what had brought about their end and this.
"No, you haven't. Any sound coming from those lips of yours, must be worth listening too." She answered, and wanted her to tell her. It would please her mother too, if she could hear the truth when she came back. Somehow Eldarwen didn't seem that important right now though.
Ailish felt her cheeks turn red, and certain... thoughts ran through her head.
"You may not believe this now, but these lands were truly alive. Touched by perfection, and captured what it meant to just... be." The memories flushed back in. "Above and below us there used to be stars that shone like gems - each one a shining brilliant soul that we could see from anywhere. There were buildings and art that were carved out of light and instilled great things into you. Every pleasure of existence that could be felt were made into perfection, and given to all who came upon here." A smile crept on her lips, fogging whatever she had said. Her gaze returned to the shining azure eyes of Sonitunes.
"Gods, demigods, the souls that made themselves worthy of the heavens. All had walked these halls because they truly lived, and felt... As you and I now."
Sonitus listened to her speak about the broken heavens, before they broke. It sounded too good to be true, as the gods that now existed couldn't get along. If the previous gods had been able to live together, then it must be hard for Ailish to accept the new order.
"I do feel, but as anyone would notice none of that is what you describe it as anymore. Except for you, which is nice, but enough flirting for now. I wish to know, what happened to make them like this?"
She leaned her head against Ailish's shoulder, and whispered;
"I hope you don't mind me asking, but were you there when all this ended?"
"I saw it happen Sonitunes." The smile dropped as the same bitter memories surfaced. The hand that grasped the demigod's tightened. "One of the gods wanted to change my body and soul into their new realm just so they could escape... The damned Fugue was willing to throw his friends away for his own sake." Her voice was low, but there was a lingering anger that snapped at the last sentence.
"He was supposed to be the one to take care of the dead, yet he somehow made all this happen!" She gestured with her free hand all around the two. "First the dead could not reincarnate, then my fellow gods began to vanish one by one. When our leader was gone, people began to panic and fight one another. That was when we saw what would taint this realm. It started in the... grove..." She inwardly grimaced at her own suggestion she made a while ago.
Sonitus threw her arms around Ailish in a hug, to comfort her and try to calm her down. "It seems we have more in common than beauty."
She meant how they both shared a hatred for the caretaker of the dead, though not the same god. Zareth was surely as much of a plight on the universe as the one Ailish spoke of, and perhaps killing him would prevent the break from happen again. Yes, perhaps she could convince her mother to see it the same way with this new information.
She smiled mischievously, when the thought occured to her and kissed Ailish out of excitement. Eldarwen had said she trusted her, and now she could bring back truth to use against the one she hated the most.
"Oh, I'll go anywhere you want me too." She said, with her lips still pressed against hers. Hoping that she would gain even more knowledge to use against Zareth. "Did the caretaker of the dead create the taint in the grove?"
She had suddenly felt subdued when Sonitunes put her lips to the goddess' own. And what she said about the two of them made something in her unlock. In time she finally responded to the demigod's question.
"He had to." She replied, her voice sounding low, and subdued. "All this..." she gestured to the heavens again. "It all started when the dead were flooding this realm."
Sonitus wanted to get back to the palace as soon as she could, when Ailish answered her. This was great news, that could be used to turn Eldarwen against Zareth. It made her remember that she had sworn to go with Ailish, and that thinking about her mother while kissing her was rude and inappropriate.
She pulled away from the godess, and blushed. Ailish had turned from angry to something else. An unexpected reaction, as no one had reacted the same when she had kissed them before. "I'm sorry.. I.. I didn't mean to offend. Let's just get to what you wanted to show me."
"No." She smiled before kissing Sonitus back, and gently tracing over one of her scars with her tongue. "You did no such thing."
More of the wisps gathered, but they would not dare pass the circle Ailish erected. The corridors continued to gnarl at every turn, but eventually the walls settled, and an acid green glow was seen at the end. Close up the two saw an orchard that had seen better days. Everything looked not rotting but aging, unnaturally old. The trees drooped and appeared delicate. A dark purple fruit hung from the trees, though looking nothing like anyone would think.
"This should be it." Ailish she said as she plucked a fruit out of one of the branches. But opening the fruit was another matter altogether; there was no grip, nor any vulnerablility to the skin.
The purple fruit in this setting, where everything appeared twisted, reminded her of the wildlings. Her sister carried markings of her time as one. She liked eating fruit. It had been their main form of food long before the dinosaurs entered the menu. She didn't want to eat one of those however, lest she turn into a wildling.
"What are those? Surely, they can't be healthy if they grow here."
"Actually, they have a lot of faith behind them." The goddess tried to assuage Sonitunes. "There used to be... more growing out in this grove. More trees, green, there was even a river here. The trees still bearing this fruit is a testimony to their will."
The fruit's leathery skin still proved difficult to open. She tried digging into the peel, with no luck. "There's a sweetness behind this skin. Each seed tasted so... pure... Mortals likened this taste to a virginity." Success finally came, and out came these red and purple globules that sparkled like gems. Ailish held a handful out to Sonitus. "Would you want some?"
She thought it odd they'd compare the taste to a virginity, as someone with experience was better. It made her wonder what her people would have compared it too. The first blood they drew? Virginity worked better in that sense.
Sonitus wanted to trust Ailish, but the thought that convinced her was that of her mother. She'd frown and put her down if she didn't do her best. Did eating a fruit really count though? Unfortunately, it probably would. She was the forest godess after all.
"Uhm, I guess there's no harm then..." She bent her head down to Ailish hand, and ate them out of her hand. They tasted a lot better than she had expected, but the fear didn't dissipate. She'd hate to return home, looking like Ailish had last time, or worse.
Since they first met, Ailish felt nervous again; she could see her fidget at what the goddess offered. Fingers reached out to caress her face again ignoring what seeds that remained, and lightly guided her face so she could see the demigod's striking eyes. "What's wrong Sonitunes?"
Out of nowhere she felt something crush her heart. The pain was quick and afflictions were immediate; Ailish fainted into Sonitunes' arms. A hand appeared on the demigod's shoulder.
Sonitus catched Ailish, and held her against her chest. This wasn't good. That was an understatement. It was disastrous. Would the creatures attack them now? The only reason they hadn't been attacked yet, was because of Ailish's shield.
"Come on, Ailish." She whispered, over and over, but it didn't help.
The singer pulled her sword and thought about going back to the portal. It couldn't be that far. She had a vague idea of how to get there. It was then that she noticed the hand on her shoulder, and screamed like only she could, sending a soundwave towards it to throw it off her.
The mists started to close around the two like the hurricane surrounding the eye. The hand fell off, and yet immediately stood up. The index finger tapped the ground three times before snapping its digits as if an epiphany came. It balled its appendages back before pointing all its fingers at the two.
Unconsciously, Ailish's arms wrapped around Sonitunes' neck, mimicking the movements the hand was making. Then it balled into a fist again, and The goddess began to choke the demigod into unconsciousness.
The hand began moving on the ground, and Ailish reached up to strangle her. "I'm not into erotic asphyxiation." She protested, as she felt the world grow dark around her. "Why does no one listen..." Sonitus passed out.
Lights faded in and out, and they found themselves in a dark lit room. Cold iron bound the two to the walls. and no freedom of movement was given There were no wisps, no overt sense of taint, but a chill descended over the two.
"About time you came back." A baritone like envenomed honey rang in the room, belonging to a gaunt figure, draped in a bloody orange. "I was wondering if I had to drag you here myself." He walked to the still-unconscious Ailish only to steal a violent kiss from the goddess. "What did you expect to happen when you steal from me?" It was all he said before turning to the demigod.
"And you." He eyed Sonitus form. "You've certainly found yourself in a mess havent you?" The tone was serious, though it was uncertain if his lips curled into a smirk.
She smirked when she saw him kiss the unconcious Ailish. He had no right to do that. While she had stolen many a kiss herself, it was not something you did when the other was unaware.
"Depends." She winked at him. "Maybe I'll like it here?"
Sonitus began to sing, a song that would put sirens to shame, to convince him to come closer. The words were the song of Amour, and the sword responded by moving away from her and behind him. Slowly, slowly, while she tried to keep his attention by squirming sensually against the wall and singing.
"Amour Amour, Alle wollen nur dich zähmen." The sword rose from the ground behind the jailer, and floated on the soundwaves its power was tied to. She only needed to sing the last words, and it should react accordingly. Hopefully it'd work too. "Amour Amour am Ende, gefangen zwischen deinen Zähnen!"
Amour arched backwards, before coming down with force on the back of his head.
The sword did its job, and the figure collapsed on the floor. Blood seeping from his gaping wound. The skin grew darker, and the cloak grew brighter.
I bet that felt good didn't it? Why not introduce that blade to your friend?
The body made no movement, but his voice still rang.
"Why yes, it did feel good." The sword fell as she stopped singing, but she started again before it hit the ground. Amour destroyed her shackles, and she touched her sore wrists. Before she had carried the sword like any mortal would, but she was no mortal and singing to make Amour do her bidding made sense. She felt its power reverberate through the air, and it would be just as effective as if she carried it in one hand. As long as she could send her voice to the sword, it would come to her.
Sonitus stepped over the fallen, and freed Ailish. There was more than one way to use a sword, and his suggestion to introduce it to Ailish gave her several lewd ideas.
She shook the godess, and wanted her to wake up. Again, she felt like she was doing it the wrong way. Why would shaking her even work? Sonitus put her mouth against Ailish ear, and sang to try and wake her.
What's that tingling sensation around your neck? That... Tightening. Stiffening. Choking. Feeling.
One hand moved to tightly grasp Sonitus' neck. It was Ailish's. Her eyes were still closed, but there were thoughts running through her head. "Where... What happened?"
Sonitus felt as if she was going to choke and pass out again, but it didn't happen. She would have prefered it if it had. Ailish hand around her neck made her want to scream, and the recent thoughts of them together disappeared too fast.
They'd probably come back, as soon as the strangling stopped. Sonitus pulled Ailish hand away from her neck. "You fainted and we ended up here."
The uncomfortable feeling remained, though not as palpable.
"What?" The goddess' eyes open and immediately she saw her clutched hand and released it. She blinked in disbelief trying to process what happened, before her expression turned to concern. "Are you alright?"
The hand from before flew to Ailish's neck and choked her again. "It's you!" Was all she said in all her fury before passing out. Standing up, the hand balled its fist again.
Beautiful isn't she. If only she practiced what she preached.
She groaned, when Ailish passed out again. Sonitus picked her up and kept the hand at bay, creating a shield with her song. "She is. What do you mean by that though? I never thought of her as a preacher."
She contemplated if she should try making it back to the portal with an unconcious Ailish. The strangling sensation hadn't left, but she blocked it out as good as she could. She didn't even know where to go, but decided to leave the room with Ailish in her arms. Amour followed eagerly behind.
She spoke of love, yet all she focuses on is pain. She pays no heed to the feelings of others, and yet she has the nerve to deny that. To deny me.
The hand followed behind; the fingers moving erratically to keep up. A finger would snap and point, and wisps gathered, flooding with cold and screams. By chance, she caught onto the demigod's leg, and slowly started climbing up.
Sonitus raised the volume of her song, and Amour beat the hand of her leg. She didn't know the way, and it scared her, but she couldn't give up either.
"You sound awfully egocentric. What about her feelings? Who are you anyway? Why would she want anything to do with you?"
She kept the creatures at bay, for now, but the price of her power was that it was likely to draw the attention of everything with the ability to hear in their vicinity.
"Love is unselfish and surely there are others for you. For everyone."
Sonitus may fool around with many, but she knew that her heart belonged to only one and that she didn't care what happened to her, as long as she was safe. Considering everything, she was probably better off than her right now anyway.
"I think she means well, and that's what matters. I know those who loves pain. They're my people, after all."
Perhaps this will remind you.
Ailish's unconcsious form began to convulse; her eyes were still shut, but the rest was still active. Then the goddess began to cough, at first lightly, then violently, until a black syrup came pouring out of her mouth.
"Since you craved it so much woman, here! Have all the honey till you grow sick from its revelations!" The voice now was close, and the figure was trailing behind them. The bloody orange cloak a beacon in the dark.
Sonitus couldn't ignore Ailish coughing, and she didn't know the way out either. It would be bad if she died on her. She put her down on the ground, and bent down to suck the honey out. Sonitus tried not to swallow, but with that much it was hard to spit everything out of her mouth.
The song continued and Amour had her back. It wasn't the first time she'd made noise without her mouth. She ran her hands across the godess in front of her, more as an instict than anything else.
"I'll kill you, and then I'll get us out of here." She whispered, as she spat out another mouthful.
The figure came closer, and there came the sight of daggers floating beside him; dozens of them.But that was nothing compared to the broken, still-bleeding mass where the head was supposed to be.
"Do you really think you could kill me!?"
Twenty flew to bind the sword, while ten more darted at the demigod, while he walked with two daggers in each hand. He kept throwing his knives at the demigod, yet he somehow produced more to attack. Each strike making contact with her skin before one dagger was plunged into her shoulder.
"Don't know until I try, eh?" Sonitus said, and pulled the dagger from her shoulder. Her clothes was torn, but the faint shield of noise had protected her from taking any serious damage. Except for the last knife, she had barely gotten scratched.
She stood up and stumbled, uncertain on her feet. Gathering herself, the area went silent before she let out an earthshattering roar in his direction and sent soundwave after soundwave straight at him, sending wisps, objects and knives hurtling away from the both of them.
Amour got back up from the ground, and hacked at the man with each passing soundwave, trying to beat him into a bloody pulp.
Each gash turned the orange cloak red, yet he walked to Sonitus, eyes burning pink. Hands wrapped around her neck, nails dug into the demigod's flesh. A low cackle echoed from his mouth before out of the blue, the hand flew to his groin; Ailish had finally woken up - still feeling ill - and sought to help Sonitus with using that foe as a projectile.
The figure keeled over in pain, taking his hands off the demigod and focusing on his own afflictions. A pained, "Damn you!" came out of his lips.
She clawed at his hand when it wrapped around her neck, and she felt ill again. Sonitus believed that she was going to lose, when he laughed but then he keeled over in pain. Ailish had woken up, and the singer took Amour in her hands before bringing it down on her foe over and over.
"I fucking hate asphyxiation." She repeated the words, as she tried to make sure that if he came back this time. It would be as a weak puddle.
The figure fell to her strikes, rendering him motionless once more, not to mention unrecognizable.
Ailish felt relieved that the figure stopped, but it ended when the goddess resumed puking up the black honey. She keeled over and clutched at her stomach, waiting for the wave to end. She feel dizzy, dioriented, and despised the taste; drips of the treacle stuck to the corner of her mouth. She saw Sonitunes looking worse for ware, and moved to comfort her from behind; her arms wrapped around her waist as her head rested on her neck.
Sonitus kept hacking at the ground, until she was breathing heavily and sweating. That's when she noticed Ailish's arms around her waist and how she put her head on her shoulder.
The singer dropped Amour and it fell to the ground, but now she knew how to use it effectively. It wasn't by wielding it like any other sword, it responded her to her voice and its own song.
She ran her fingers through the godess' hair. "Do I get a reward for saving the princess?" Sonitus joked, and smiled tiredly.
Her tongue flicked at Sonitus' neck before dotting it with kisses. She nuzzled into her cheek inching ever closer to her lips.
"Do you?" She said innocently, before teasing the very corner of her mouth with her tongue dripping with honey.
Sonitus turned around, with a seductive grin spreading across her face. "I guess, I'll just have to take what I want and hope she does not mind."
She went for the hem of the dress around Ailish's neck, and slowly removed it.
Once more the portal ripped at Ailish's body, and found herself in the old clumsy form. "Why must this happen?" Her voice raped in frustration. For the highs and lows in the heavens, she was starting to feel good about herself again... Only one thing left to do...
Sonitus was glad to be back home, but sad to see Ailish return to her old form. She still liked her, even more now after what had happened, but this form was bordering on repulsive to her.
"I'll miss the form you take in the broken heavens." She said, and pulled her hood down over her head. She was not allowed to show her face openly. It was a strange rule, but her mother wasn't forgiving.
She wondered if her own form had changed, but without a mirror she couldn't know. Now she wanted to keep the cloth over her face, lest she found something new.
"Do you want help getting back to the palace?"
She moved her fingers around befored closing them into a fist. Unlike before, the goddess felt her movement to be more fluid, more focused, and not marred by odd quirks with the body.
"I should be fine Sonitunes." She assured her, a hand lightly caressing the side of her face. "I do have one thing left to do before I can head back. but I'll see you soon."
"I'll see you later then." Sonitus hesitated about leaving, then walked through the mourning garden and stopped. She realized that she did not know how to get back, both Eldarwen and Auctor could teleport, but she had never done it herself. They had thrown her from one place to another, never bothering to tell her how to do it.
"Auctor? Mother? I'm back. Could someone teleport me?"
She felt the pull on her and turned around to blow a kiss to Ailish, then she reappeared on a platform in a lake. It wasn't a place she'd expected to end up.
"It's good to have you back, sister." Auctor said, where she sat in front of her on the deck, with her feet in the lake and writing in a book.
She was fortunate that the figure did not confiscate the fruit from her. They were special, especially since they could counter the heaven's influence. With the skin punctured, the seeds were pouring out. She scattered the seeds out amongst the garden, hoping that a few would grow.
Now there was the trip back to Eld; she remembered the route there, or at least to the old tree. She was a mile above the planet when she felt something push against her. Oh, right... the shield... Where was the entrance again?