Chapter 3: Who Are You to Me?
Deathmask is almost successful in kissing the spellbound Aphrodite. But then, Aphrodite pushes Deathmask away. This has hurt him. Even so, Aphrodite doesn’t help him to stand and run away. When he sees Deathmask in the same class with him, he blushes. And also the whole class…
Another new character made by me is also presented in this fanfic. Try to guess!
The whole class has been blushing continuously. After awhile, the guys start laughing while the girls start closing their eyes… Aphrodite? He is opening his mouth widely like a dumb person.
Myuto realizes this first. He starts examining Deathmask.
“What?! What do you want to say? And why are you blushing too?”
Myuto doesn’t answer; turns to avoid looking directly into Deathmask’s eyes; and points towards Deathmask’s lower back part.
Deathmask turns his head a bit and notices quite a big hole on his jeans. Before being able to run with embarrassment, Aphrodite has come to ‘hide’ the hole with a piece of cloth from his pocket. Then, he pulls Deathmask into the art room.
“Let me sew it,” said Aphrodite.
“Do I have to explain everything one by one? I bet you aren’t that stupid. Okay, now take off your jeans!”
Deathmask blushes and starts to giggle.
“Why are you laughing?”
“Ha ha ha haha…”
“Urgh, okay then I’ll leave you! I want to help you but what you do is laughing out loud at me. Bye!”
Deathmask immediately stops laughing and grabs Aphrodite’s right arm as a sign that he doesn’t allow him to go.
“Sorry, I don’t mean to laugh. You’re avoiding me before and now you are being so kind towards me.”
Deathmask pulls Aphrodite closer to him and grabs his chin, forcing him to look directly into his eyes. Teasingly, he says, “Would you like to explain this?”
Aphrodite, seeing Deathmask’s gentleness and coolness, blushes. He averts his eyes and pushes Deathmask. “Don’t think too proudly of yourself! I….er…. I… I only want to be responsible for my act before. I’m sorry if I have hurt you. So, please let me stop blaming myself by allowing me to sew that hole. You can cover yourself with that cloth.”
Aphrodite turns back to face the wall while Deathmask is opening his jeans.
“Hello girl, could you start your job?”
After sighing, Aphrodite starts doing his job.
Meanwhile, Deathmask is looking passionately at him, actually not with the feeling of like among opposite gender, but more to a feeling from a brother to a sister…
Yeah, this girl in front of me is very much alike with my elder sister. Not only that they both have beautiful faces but also same character and talent… Often, when I made Oneechan angry, she would be harsh on me, but when she saw me in trouble, she would immediately come and help me. Oneechan’s always good to others. Yes, Oneechan behaves similarly to others too… Amazingly, this girl behaves in the same way. Ah, Oneechan… Why should you leave me that fast?
Deathmask can’t stop replaying past memories of his togetherness with his sister as he keeps on looking at Aphrodite.
Huh, why am I doing this? I don’t knowwhat’s happening but I feel as if I can see Oniisan in this guy. Oniisan always treated me kindly and with gentleness. In fact, he’s surrounded with girls because of that. Moreover, he’s so cool. I’ve always wished that I would be the only one treated kindly by him. May be I am very selfish, but I only had Oniisan who treated me well. Oniisan, I hope you are still by my side until now.
While recalling memories about his and his elder brother’s past, Aphrodite continues his work.
But then, Aphrodite, recklessly, pierces his finger with the sewing needle.
Deathmask, hearing that, immediately responds panicly.
“Are you okay? Should I carry you to the health centre?”
“No.. I I’m…”
Aphrodite has not finished his words and Deathmask has sucked his finger, trying to stop the flowing of blood.
While blushing, Aphrodite asks Deathmask, “Death..Deathmask? What …”
“I’m just trying to stop the flow of the blood. Is that wrong if I want to be nice to someone else?” said Deathmask while facing upwards to look into Aphrodite’s eyes.
Aphrodite can’t stop thinking about his elder brother. See, those eyes again. They really emit the same gentleness and coolness like Oniisan’s. Not only that, his smile and aura too…
“Hello?! Are you listening?”
“Oh, I’m sorry Deathmask. Did I just call you… Ah, forget it! Uhm, uhm, thank you for your kind act before and..er…er… oh yeah, you don’t have to worry because I’m totally fine. It’s just a small wound. Moreover, there’s something more important. The hole on your jeans should be sewed now. ” Without waiting for Deathmask to answer, Aphrodite continues his work.
Yes, she’s very alike with Oneechan.
Whatever the two little boys try to do, the feeling of missing the person they love the most can no longer be dammed. Tears start running down their cheeks.
After some time…
“Oh, now I feel that the self esteem I have built for years has scattered into pieces. Yes, I cry in front of a girl. Oneechan, it’s your fault for leaving me so early. But worst of all, if I won’t be able to get you back, why should this girl reminds me of you?” said Deathmask desperately.
“What? I’m not your elder sister! Furthermore, you don’t have to be going crazy about your broken self esteem. I think I am the one that should be insane by now. Huh, how is it possible to see my elder brother in you?! Ah, Oniisan…”
Without realization, as if being able to see his Oniisan in Deathmask, Aphrodite has come closer to him. Also, vice versa. What they do once they are very close to each other is hugging. They pat each other’s back while continuing to cry.
“Ah, I feel more relieved now. Sorry for seeing you as another person. But, I can’t lie to myself. You and my Oneechan truly have the same beauty, talent of sewing and most of all, exactly the same ways to show that you care for others even if at that time you aren’t having a good relation with that person. I’m really sorry. You are you. You aren’t Oneechan. You are..”
“Aphrodite. My name is Aphrodite. Sorry for not introducing myself. Actually, I am the one who should apologize. To be honest, when I first met you, I thought that you were a bad boy who likes to play with girls’ heart. However, after knowing you more, I think we can be friends.”
“I agree. No, wait, this means you overtly refuse me as your boyfriend? How piercing, huh?!”
“Ah, come on! I think the misunderstanding of your personal feeling has been straightened. I bet you know that you don’t see me as a lady but as a sibling of yours. Am I right, Oniisan?”
“Who would like to be your elder brother, Oneechan?”
“Okay, stop! No one will be older than the other. Siblings of same age, I suggest?”
Now, they’re laughing and hugging each other.
It seems that this will be a good beginning for the two boys until someone comes in. This person has actually peeped through a small glass window. She couldn’t hear anything but she could see very clearly the closeness of Deathmask and Aphrodite.
“Lord Deathmask, you seem to look so close to Aphrodite.”
“Then, what’s the matter. She’s my best friend, aside from Myuto. Before that, aren’t you supposed to introduce yourself before asking such a daring question?”
“Oh, I’m sorry. My name is Anthestiria.”
“Oh, now you have remembered me. Haven’t you, Aphrodite?”
“Aphrodite, do you know this girl?”
“Yes, Deathmask. She’s a childhood friend of mine.”
“Oh, sorry to interrupt. Lord Deathmask, actually I come here to tell you one thing. If you call the person next to you your best friend, then why are you calling him her? I mean, to tell your real gender to your best friend is something called as a public secret, right? If even a public secret is not told, then how can you trust that best friend of yours? I think that’s all what I want to say. Please excuse me, Lord Deathmask.”
“Hey wait, Anthestiria!! What are you trying to do?”
The walking Anthestiria stops and turns around to face Aphrodite. She says, “Em, yes? What do you want to say? Do you want to tell lies to hide the truth? Oh, I forget one thing. I have never considered you as a friend. No, I mean I don’t only not consider you as a friend, but more than that-yeah, I consider you as someone I hate. So, bye!”
Anthestiria turns around once more and walks off the art room, leaving the furious Deathmask and the hurt Aphrodite alone in the path of their destiny.
“I don’t care if it is a boy or a girl, I have had enough view of Lord Deathmask being intimate with Myuto. I have to admit that Aphrodite is very beautiful, but I won’t loose. It doesn’t matter how attractive he is, he is still a boy, but I’m different because I’m a girl. Huh, I will not lost from him anymore. My beloved Deathmask, I will surely get you! It’s show time!”
Back in the art room…
“Is this what you call as relationship between siblings? Hey, Aphrodite! Answer me now!”
Will Aphrodite be able to ‘gain back his Oniisan’? Will Deatmask ‘be reunited with his Oniichan’? And is what happened in the past between Anthestiria and Aphrodite? All those questions will be answered in chapter 4.
To be continued…