The descention of Life's greatest source of entity and breadth had
fallen once again behind the horizon for the arrival of the silver
circle to plunder through the clouds and brighten the darkness that
was brought by the vanishing of the brilliant mass, the star, the
sun. The silver grass twinkled like starlight. The owls were out as
a many time before, scrounging the blackness to expand its paunch
with the scrawny creatures that danced until dawn.
Shizu's home released a warm yellow lighting from
behind the thick glass. There was a 'knock' that interrupted the
"Oh, right! Atikus." Shizu huffed after the door swung open,
whipping a cool breeze onto Atikus. "The notes..." He twisted
around to herd up the stairs but jolted back in a hurried, confused
manner. "Uhh, do you wanna come in?" He said out of breath. "My
parents are gone at the moment, but feel free to make yourself at
home." And with that, Shizu tore up the stairs. He dashed into his
room in hurry from the rather unexpected visitor he forgot to see
coming. Shizu shuffled through his neatly organized paper fields he
had planted on his dark wooden desk. "Ah ha," he breathed upon
finding the notes Atikus needed. Shizu whipped back around to head
for the door when he noticed the young brown haired, green eyed,
boy. His posture was relaxed amongst the frame of the door. His
light green eyes looked hazel, almost gold with the lamp's
reflection that had been resting beside Shizu's bed.
"Oh," Shizu let out softly, coming to a stop. After a moment of
silence he spoke again. "Hi." He reached out to hand Atikus the
notes he had been absent for. "Here they are." He smiled shyly.
Atikus dropped his arms from his chest. He then moved, but not for
the papers. He he staggered confidently over to Shizu and placed a
gentle hand to stroke Shizu's soft pale cheek that bursted into
flames of red heat at the touch. Nothing would come out. Shizu
couldn't speak or even move to stop him as he moved in closer. He
was stunned beyond words. The thin stack of papers fluttered to the
ground as Shizu finally moved his arms to defend himself from the
presumptuous predator. "A...Ah...Atikus..." He stuttered trying to
find the words to comprehend his friend's unusual behavior.
Atikus brought a placid hand to the other side of Shizu's face and
caressed his cheek while his other hand drifted into Shizu's pale
blonde hair. He didn't speak as he pulled himself closer to Shizu.
"Atikus...What are you doing?" Shizu stammered. Atikus wasn't that
much larger than him. He might have been able to push him away, but
something kept him from trying. "Ati-". Shizu lost himself to the
warm embrace that coated him and the soft touches that tickled his
neck and face. The gentle brushes Atikus made stroking his light
hair was so pleasant, even if the situation became so unusual and
unexpected Shizu wasn't strong enough to push him away. Atikus
still had not replied, but moved a hand under Shizu's thin pajama
shirt. His light fingers fondled the faint patterns of Shizu's back
in the most satisfying way. Neither of them said anything for the
moment. Shizu could feel himself giving in to Atikus as he was
pulled up against his friend's thin hard chest. He let out a small
noise that escaped his lips involuntarily. With a free hand, Shizu
slapped a hand over his mouth in embarrassment and could feel his
cheeks burn ever brighter. Atikus smiled at that, pulling him
tighter against him and caressing down his back and through his
hair. Shizu hid his face over Atikus's shoulder so he couldn't see
his expressions. He found his fists balled in he fabric if Atikus's
Shizu reminded himself of the situation and knew this was the wrong
way to react, but he became weak to Atikus. He should be shoving
him away and demanding reasoning for such rash actions. He should
be angry that he would do such a thing. He should be doing anything
other than what he had eventually chosen to do which was nothing.
Atikus continued down further and brought his hand around to the
front where he went to untie the bind that kept Shizu's loose
pajama pants in place. "Nuh...no..." Shizu objected, faintly trying
to squirm away without much success. "No Atikus. Please...stop
Ati...Stop..." Shizu begged while trying to twist out of his hold.
"Shizu please." Atikus beseeched. "I need you. I don't want to go
back." He whispered softly in Shizu's ear.
"Back to what? What are you talking about? Why are you doing this?"
He questioned , still trying to escape the cage that strengthened
its python-like grip.
"Shizu." Atikus breathed heavily as his legs gave in and took Shizu
with him to the ground. Atikus cradled him, resting his narrow chin
in Shizu's milky creme colored hair. "I haven't told you...I'm not
supposed to, but you have to know." Shizu stopped fidgeting to hear
what his close friend was being so strange about. His curiosity was
killing him with the silence that followed. "You see...I was
supposed to have left a year ago, but something happened back home
to keep me from returning. It really isn't much of my 'home'
anymore anyway. I haven't been there since I was 6, which was the
last I saw my twin sister Adrienne." Shizu couldn't help but notice
the evident sadness that melted with his words. Whatever he was
explaining was really hurting him. Just listening to the tone in
his voice, Shizu could feel the pain within him.
"What happened?" Shizu asked. He didn't usually dig into others
personal lives that had hard pasts, but it seemed Atikus was
explaining it anyway, might as well try to understand it.
"We were split up. We were orphans, but before Papa died, he had
worked in a science lab where they were decoding the past.
Something is supposed to happen to the Earth in the year 4739. Many
humans were taken to Charlodawn, a planet similar too Earth. The
scientists used my sister and I as tests to go back in time and
learn about the humans from years before. We were both sent to
different places in time." Shizu didn't know what to say or even
how to believe something that seemed so illogical. His mind was
tinkering with the strange idea of a friend he had known for eleven
years to have been from the far future-another planet even.
"It was supposed to be a ten year project in our part." Atikus
continued. If everything should have gone as planned, I would have
left last year, but Shizu I don't want to. I like it here. I like
being with you. You are so kind to me, almost too kind. I don't
want to go back and just be part of their little science project.
Shizu, I can't leave you. I promised."
Shizu pushed back to look at him. His face contorted with
confusion. "You promised me?"
"You were eight and you ran away from home because you got in
trouble for something silly like playing with scissors aggressively
and hated being yelled at like a little kid. Your parents were
terrified after that and I went out and eventually found you. Do
you remember that?" He didn't wait for Shizu's reply. "You were so
scared when you saw me. Once realizing it was me, you dashed into
my arms and asked me to never leave you. You were crying and made
me promise that. I stayed by your side the whole way back home and
up to today."
"You made a promise for something you knew you couldn't keep?"
Shizu couldn't help but feel slightly angered by that and it seemed
apparent in his words.
"I couldn't deny you that promise that one night, Shizu. I had to
and I knew i needed to stick with it as long as I could."
"And then what? You were just gonna leave? Just disappear? Just
"Hey, look now," Atikus said, trying to calm Shizu down. "You
didn't even remember that promise until I reminded you, just now."
"It doesn't matter." Shizu stated as he brought himself back onto
his feet. Atikus did not eve try to hold him back. Shizu stalked
over to a window that only showed Shizu's reflection in the black
of night. "You were going to leave me anyway."
"Shizu," Atikus sighed. He, too, came to his feet.
Shizu became suddenly disappointed in his friend, the right feeling
for the situation.Shizu flipped back around to face Atikus. His
face, he could feel, was still hot and his eyes blurred
momentarily. He couldn't believe the drama that was taking place.
He must be less emotionally stable than he figured.
It was clear that Atikus was at a loss for words. He parted his
lips as if to speak, but closed them again. After another moment as
the two stared curiously into one another's eyes, Atikus finally
spoke. "That's the thing, Shizu. I don't want to leave you. I love
you." His words left his lips passionately. "I love you and I would
do anything for you. I will do everything in my power to stay by
Shizu gasped in astonishment. "I don't believe you! How stupid do
you think I am? If you love me, fine. But why do you have to make
up silly stories like this?"
"Shizu, what are you talking about?" Atikus had been taken by
"You know, it just hit me. If you and your 'sister' were the only
two sent 'into the past' or whatever, than how do you explain
Mrs.Halroux, your mother?"
"She is a robot sent along with me to help raise me." He replied
"A robot? Are you serious?" Shizu didn't believe it. "If they can
send robots through time, then why didn't they just do that instead
of sending human children?"
"They needed human experience without mechanical error or
malfunctions that wouldn't be able to fix from the future."
"Fine." Shizu still couldn't accept it, though his words spoke
otherwise. "Then, how are you supposed to go back if those human
scientists on that other planet aren't even alive during 2013."
"I...I don't know. They just assured me that I would be coming back
but said several complicated things for a six year old to
comprehend at the time. I'm sorry, Shizu. I know this might sound
strange, but please believe me." Atikus's plead was a rare event,
but when it happened it was always a serious matter. Something
about him finally made Shizu believe him. He couldn't help it. He
knew the story was supernatural, but he ended up believing it.
"Atikus...I'm sorry. Okay, I believe you. What do you want me to
"What do I want you to do?"
"Yeah. You said you need me for something, right? Is there a way I
can help prevent you from going back to your original time?"