~Curtis Fall/Gyren Zylar~
I tensed up. My mission to get Meridan back to normal was a success using hypnotism. However the brat Flute insisted on being his friend. How much was his devotion? Friends made someone weak.
Friends dragged an otherwise successful person down. I thought Meridan learned that. Through torture and endurance tests, and trials in general had brought the family together.
And my younger brother let his foolish thoughts about friends go to his head. When we got home, he would be properly trained and entered into the gang.
Perhaps he could take out Flute’s annoying dad out for his entrance. That would make it a lot easier. It was time to make sure he exited the school.
I woke up at five and snuck out of bed. I headed towards Meridan’s common room despite what Tann had said. I couldn’t resist going to see Meridan.
I heard a lone scream from the Cha commons, so I headed towards their tower.
I could hear no one else awake but… “You monster! What are you doing?!” Crrr-rack! The sickening sound of a bone broken vibrated through the air.
“You rubbed me the wrong way. And you didn’t say sorry for bumping into me Christopher… Perhaps I should just- I don’t know, kill you. But I guess breaking your right arm is satisfying enough.
” The voice sounded eerily like Meridan.
“Over here, blockhead! What are you trying to do to that kid?!?!”
“Entertain myself Flute. Are you going to get in my way again? Should I finish the job?” So it was Meridan…
“Well don’t you go throwing your weight around like that! I don’t care what you think!” I angrily shouted. Christopher gasped in pain and sunk to the floor.
“And that makes me not want to be your friend!”
“What does friend mean to you?” For a second I forgot about what I was doing. His icy hair and eyes made him look cruel. An ice warrior of sorts.
“It means… someone I can protect! Someone who protects me! A comrade! Someone who this belongs to!” I threw the bracelet at him. It was a moon.
“What does this mean?”
“Do you actually want to hear?”
“Or I can kill him, idiot.” points to Christopher who was currently whining in the corner.
“The moon stands for someone who doesn’t start as a particularly open person to bonds.
However, if someone is particularly nice to them, like a sun would give the cold moon light, the moon would give it to others and be kind.”
“That’s cheesy and stupid. And I don’t plan on reflecting light. If that’s meant for me, what about the other two?” He was actually considering asking me. Surprising.
Usually I was the one questioning.
“Comet, for something hard to reach that glows with talent that has broken off from a bigger star, or community and carries the bitterness with it. Pluto for a small planet but still a big heart.
“That’s even more dumb. Fine I’ll leave this-” gestures distastefully to Christopher. “Trash alone. Don’t follow me moron.
” He left out the window, my shock amassed by the sudden screech of an announcement.
“Thank you.” said Christopher gratefully.
Everyone else woke up. The reason told was ‘attempted murder of Christopher Kant a fellow student.’ I clenched my teeth and fists.
“To make an announcement, following Christopher’s almost murder, we will banish Meridan Zylar from the premises of the school. If seen, he is to be reported or killed instantaneously.”
“I won’t allow that!” I yelled.
“We will also be forced to remove you soon due to your knave actions, such as going after the almost- murderer, and causing conversation instead of reporting it.”
“What!?!?!? I won’t stand for this you geezer!” I just realized I was calling the headmaster names but I frankly didn’t care I was so on a fuse.
“He’s still my friend! I’m not getting banished because of- mmmrrrrrr. Kieran! What did you cover my mouth for?!”
“Because you’re a fool. I trusted you to not talk to him. To not actually take his side. I. Don’t. Trust. You.” The words stung like a blow to my heart.
“Can we be more reasonable you two? Not fight?” Asked Cade nervously.
“I’m fighting?!?!” I roared. “I’m defending him and myself! Whose side are you on exactly?!”
“Yours you pea-” She stopped herself. Cade looked like a frightened cornered animal now that her anger had vanished. “I’m on your side Flute.” She continued softly. “Even when you can’t see it.
We’re here for you. Even if Meridian isn't, that doesn’t mean you have to despair.” I finally dropped off my top shell and began crying. It seemed instantaneous, like a waterfall of tears.
“I’m-I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have yelled. But he’s gone!” Kieran forcefully grabbed me by the shoulder again and steered me away.
“You chose to go after him. Than do. But don’t bring me or Cade into this.”
“If that’s how you like it.” I stomped out the door after him.