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Snowflakes in the Gathering Darkness

Short story By: Immortal Rosencroix

The beginning of a tragic series of events that follow two normal students into a realm of the supernatural.

Submitted:Sep 4, 2011    Reads: 22    Comments: 1    Likes: 2   

Gentle snowflakes were softly falling down upon the silent school building, bathing the roof in white. The only contrast to this was the dark figure of a young man sprawled out lazily on the rooftop looking up into the cloudy sky overhead. The soft breeze gently swept his unkempt hair from side to side as he dozed. Ryn let a yawn escape as he stretched and shifted to keep comfortable. As far as he was concerned, it was only another lazy afternoon. Without warning, a silhouette interrupted his view of the sky as a girl stood over him, arms firmly crossed over her chest.

"Kuromaru-san! I thought I would find you up here. You're skipping class again!"

Ryn rolled his eyes and turned away from the girl.

"It isn't like we learn anything important there. It's always the same thing. Idiot teachers and annoying classmates. Why would I waste my time there?"

Sighing, the girl moved around until she was again blocking Ryn's view.

"Because if you don't, then you won't graduate and be able to do what you want to do."

Pausing, she fully looked at Ryn. A slight layer of fine snow was beginning to cover his school uniform, and his cheeks were already red with the cold. Heaving a sigh, she shrugged off her jacket and tossed it onto his head before sitting next to him.

"Honestly, Ryn. What am I going to do with you?"

The boy tugged the jacket off his face and scrambled to sit up.

"Ari! What the hell are you doing?! Put your coat back on! You'll get sick again!"

He held it out to her, knowing that she had always been weak. It seemed that every few days she was out sick. Ari just shook her head indignantly.

"Not unless you come back to class."

"Come on! That isn't fair!"

"I never said that it was," she gave a small giggle. "You worry about me getting sick, but you're the one that sits outside for hours in the snow."

His eyes creased in concern before he reached out and pulled her into his lap.

"Wait! What are you doing?! Let go!"

Ari tried to struggle, but it only made Ryn hold on tighter as he wrapped his arms around her.

"I'm not going to be the one responsible for your death. So if your going to stay out here, then you'll just have to put up with me."

Ari stopped squirming and looked at the ground, trying to hide her red face.

"You aren't being fair."

This only made him laugh, the vibrations echoing from his chest causing her to bounce with them.

"I never said that I was."

Silence drifted down as the snow continued to fall on the two. A stray snowflake glinted off the light of the afternoon sun before landing on Ari's nose. She brushed this off and leaned back to bury her head against Ryn's chest. He looked down in curiosity before returning his gaze to the sky. The roof of the school offered an amazing view of the city and the far reaches beyond, but there was something in the horizon that made him uneasy. An unfamiliar darkness seemed to be looming ever closer, sending a chill through his very soul. He took one more glance down at Ari who had drifted off in his arms before exhaling a heavy sigh. Somehow he was certain that these lazy days were almost at an end.


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