ENTER THE DEPTHS
Artist: We Came As Romans - Song: We Are The Reasons - Word Count: 2164
As Arianda slept she dreamed... dreamed of many things. Whether they were to come or had not. Many, many, dreams passed through her mind while she laid on her chair. There was even one time where her thumb ended up in her mouth for only a split second. Anyone could tell that the Demon was well asleep; that she had gone into the land of dreams. Her mind wandered... it drifted. The travel in this world of madness was endless. While not all of the dreams were important, she always flitted through all of them in her sleep; somewhat systematically. However, she has always had dreams that were so ridiculously vivid she has believed that they were visions of some sort. What visions were they off? Why did she see them so often? Why?
Of these surreal visions she had seen so much... much that she feared, much that she dreaded. So much that she somehow knew was going to happen and ultimately ruin her... There was so much conflict in herself, in her mind, that she couldn't always bare it. It was too much sometimes... in general, Arianda's mind was definitely in a state of perpetual madness; something she can't always control. And these thoughts, these dreams, she had in particular were among the worse.
The dream always started off with nothingness, darkness, the void. However, it would always soon shift to Ceal and Arianda just living their lives in the Demon world. Living happily and in content; naught to worry about. The dream had always started on such a positive not for Arianda. Nothing bad was happening, everything was fine. However, it was always in the view of a person looking in; a third person perspective. She was never watching from her own eyes; she would always be watching from a window or from a doorway. She was never at her own perspective; never knowing why. She thought it was just the strange dream world she had some times encountered in her sleep. However, they were NOTHING
Such a beautiful scene this was... What might the scene be? Why, it was one of Arianda and Ceal cooking a cake. Well, Arianda attempting to cook a cake. The cake did explode after Ceal had left the room, but, the entire room was covered in "cake." Normally, Arianda would've laughed at seeing this. But, she had seen this dream more times than she has ever wished to; she knows what's coming.
After that exploding cake from her dream came many other nice dreams that Arianda loved to see; even though she knew what was coming. What was she seeing exactly? Well, there were all the times Ceal and Arianda performed certain "acts" at their home in the demon world. Arianda would always watch things that would make her heart go aflutter with her love for Ceal. Hell, her feeling of love was so strong Henrex could probably feel it when he finally came downstairs. While he would have no idea who it was directed to, he could feel it from Arianda. However, he may not be able to sense the rest of her emotions.
Generally, the dream starts to go sour after she sees all of the nice things with Ceal. So many things that make Arianda absolutely ecstatic. It always gives her the want to see Ceal and jump her bones for a little before having a loooooooooooooooooong cuddle session. But, she never woke up at that point. The dream did not improve again either. It always went terrible... it always caused her to wake in a cold sweat.
Finally, the dream had started to go downhill, it started to break. The dream was starting to break from its large amount of peace. What may it be turning to now? Well, it's turning into Arianda's mini-hell that resides within the deepest parts of her mind. All the things she dreads reside there, hiding from the light; hiding from everything that could take advantage of it. During her sleep were the times that mini-hell could emerge and wreak havoc upon her mind. It was always when she was sleeping so peacefully and when Ceal was not around. It always left her a mess for a good while afterwards. Unfortunately for Henrex, he would have to experience it first hand; with no experience to why this happened.
The dream... had changed finally. The landscape? She didn't know it, couldn't describe it. What happened? That part was what haunted her completely. And it was about to burst in front of her mind's eye. Arianda and Ceal seemed to be in battle, battling... something. That something was about to make a fatal blow to Arianda; one that would probably have caused her severe pain if not death. At the last second, before Arianda could prepare herself for the blow; a completely different blow was had. Ceal had rushed in front of her and had taken the blow front on; a hole in her torso. Arianda caught her and was so angered that she went into some state that Arianda did not recognize and she murdered the opponent before Ceal could expire. Arianda rushed back to Ceal, in a completely different shifter form as well. The form actually had boobs, wore a skirt, stockings, boots, and had her same cloak but, longer. Arianda knew this was her, especially after how she was wailing for Ceal.
She watched on as they seemed to exchange words. Arianda could hear that Ceal's voice was shaky. Arianda was trying to heal the wound in some way, DE aging, whatever she could. But, she couldn't heal it; she couldn't save Ceal. She heard a single phrase before the dream ended. The phrase came from Ceal, and Arianda had no time to respond. A single phrase came from Ceal "I love you Arianda... never change..."
Arianda had no time to reply, the words about to leave her mouth as the shine from Ceal's eyes faded and she seemed to pass on. Arianda could do nothing else as tears fell from her eyes. The tears fell onto Ceal's face, blending with the tears she herself was shedding earlier. Arianda tried to convince herself that it wasn't real... but, it was...
A scream of rage emitted from Arianda in the dream as she put Ceal down lightly and turned to face enemies that were watching this. She yelled at them, telling them to come at her. Her heart was broken, her mind; shattered. She had nothing else to her... all she had was her scissors and herself. Suddenly, Arianda had gone berserk in the dream and had started to destroy everything. Suddenly, Arianda snapped awake. Her eyes were livid. Her feet, which were still in her shoes, slammed to the ground and she yanked her scissors from their position and the edge of the blade was pointed directly at Henrex. He would be able to tell that the killer intent she had was not directed towards him, but, there was so much of it that the feeling may be overwhelming.
However, it wouldn't last for long at all. Arianda blinked her eyes and saw she was pointing her scissors at Henrex. She cursed and let them slide out of her grip; gouging themselves into the floor. She fell to her knees and was staring down at the ground. Even Henrex would be able to feel the emotions coming from Arianda, but, they didn't exactly seem edible currently. They seemed more like they were about to lash out at anything that came close to Arianda; as if they would kill anyone who tried to touch her. Her emotions would be a mixing pot of confusion to Henrex. She looked so vulnerable currently, yet, so prepared to kill anyone or anything. A single tear fell from the blonde girl. The tear dropped onto the floor with a surprisingly loud noise. Arianda slowly stood up and then looked at Henrex. Her eyes, well, they weren't as manic as they were early. She exhaled softly, and shakily and spoke at Henrex."I-I'm sorry for pointing my S-Scissors at you... I woke up from a rather harrowing Nightmare... I think it was fake... I hope it was fake..."
She cleared her throat and then focused her gaze on Henrex. She wasn't sure if the man was scared out of his skin or not; it was hard to tell. She looked at the mask he had put on and walked over. She undid some of the straps; wanting to take it off. She had no idea why he had to wear so much just to cover the scars. It's not like such a thing was abnormal in the demon world. To try and calm herself she touched her hand to the scars on his face and attempted to use some of her aging to reverse a patch of the scars. She had no idea whether it would be effective or not. Whether it worked or not she soon removed her hand and then thought about hugging Henrex. She didn't know why she felt like doing so. She sighed softly and then moved away from Henrex. She would have the mask in hand if he didn't take it from her. She looked at Henrex, her face still showing obvious uneasiness."So... I guess we should find more people to sate your demonic hunger... there's no point in just letting you starve until you are driven mad. And, please try not to murder them like you did last time. While it's fun, such people are assets."
From her speech one could tell she was not trying to talk about the subject, or why she reacted like she did. She wasn't one to randomly share her mind; especially with someone like Henrex. She didn't trust him just yet... that and she wasn't sure what to think of him anyways. She was also hoping her actions didn't scare him. She did not need Henrex to be shitting his pants. She walked out of the room, leaving her scissors embedded in the floor. She went and grabbed a chocolate bar from the fridge and devoured it in a couple of seconds. Something to calm her nerves a little. She walked back into the room and ripped her Scissors out of the floor. She stared at the whole and spoke; seemingly to herself."I hope Taichou doesn't try to fix this... I would rather she not strain herself..."
Arianda sighed and then looked at Henrex, wherever he might be standing, and she gestured for him to follow her. She yawned softly and then went to another secret door. What might this lead to? Well, not another torture room. She didn't have much room for that, okay she did. This one was something that Arianda liked to keep hidden from Taichou and anyone else who entered her house. What may it be? Well, it was a place for a portal. A portal to the Demon World to be exact.
Once both Arianda and Henrex were down at the bottom of the area and had arrived at the room that held the portal. A green energy was emitting from the far side of the room. Arianda kicked open the trapdoors and exposed the swirling green portal. Arianda grinned at Henrex and spread her arms out."Time to go to the Demon World Henrex! Don't worry about the miasma, you're half demon, it won't affect you. Even if it does, I have some spells to help. Also, we won't be thrown into any bad areas. This portal is directly linked to my palace in the Demon World. I have better tools for helping you with your demon-self better."
Arianda would not wait for Henrex to say anything. She would grab onto his wrist and pull him through the portal. It would lead directly to the foyer of her palace. She stretched her arms out again and grinned at Henrex. "Welcome home, Henrex!"
She grinned and extended a hand towards him. This was to either help him up or as an offer to guide him. It was now time to get to the bottom of Henrex's powers. She was gonna help him and, eventually, he would help her. She stood there and waited. Now, did he have the will to follow through with this and keep himself from going mad? Or, would he fall to the madness and end up feeding Mana with such delicious lunacy? Only time would tell and, frankly, Arianda had gotten really tired of Mr. Time hiding shit from her.