Land of Erden
I raised my head and looked up at the towering structure in front of me as I was quietly weeping under the moonlight. I could hear the sound of trickling water nearby and approached the source of the sound. A statue of a beast with wings was in the middle of a fountain. A narrow stream of water coming down from its mouth disturbs the water's tranquility below.
My gaze followed the direction of the flow and my attention was drawn towards the surface of the water. Amidst the countless ripples, I could make out a reflection. Long flowing red hair with a few strands falling right between the bridge of the nose, and neatly tucked into the right ear. Wearing an elegant white dress and an ornate blue cardigan hiding pale skin, it was a young girl. Her eyes, a shade of crimson complimenting her hair, were looking back into mine.
I was unsettled. It wasn't my appearance being mirrored on the water. Considering, the last time I looked at myself in a mirror, I was a boy. I have neither red eyes nor red hair. I was even wearing a shirt and some loose pants. My lips moved without uttering a sound, I hesitated to speak. Who would try to start a conversation with a reflection on water? It was just that. A reflection.
The absence of emotions she was showing, made me think I was looking at a portrait on water. The portrait, however, for some reason, had slowly begun to show change. A solemn tear had appeared and fallen down her cheek. Soon after, they started spilling from her eyes like a dam that had burst open.
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My thoughts were in disarray. I didn't even notice when I had started running. Only when I stopped to relieve the shortness of my breath did I notice that I was already in front of Daerin's fountain, I could see the Tower of Erden behind it illuminated by the full moon. In the middle of the fountain was Yndra, letting out a stream of water from its mouth.
I set my gaze below as I listened to the sound of water. I began to slowly close my eyes as I attempted to calm myself down, only for them to snap back open in surprise.
Ashen grey hair, a trait most common among the elderly, yet a face with not a stubble in sight. It was clearly a young boy, looking about the same age as me. He was constantly sniffling while wiping the tears running down his face.
I looked beside me to check if there was anyone else in the vicinity. Nobody. It dawned on me that what was supposed to be my own reflection was showing somebody else.
After a few minutes, the boy had also taken notice of me as his line of sight aligned with mine. The color of his eyes, an icy blue. His tears still fresh on his face reminded me of melting ice. Watching him in his flustered appearance, it gave me time to gather my thoughts.
All the emotions bottled up inside had to be let out. Never mind getting any answers, I didn't have to understand. The boy in front of me was already showing me what to do.
Tears had started to drip down as emotions that have been welling up inside me were spilling onto the cold pavement below.
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From the moment I saw her start to shed tears from her eyes, my own which have ceased, had started flowing again. And although I knew our reasons for doing so weren't the same, crying with someone had greatly eased the heavy feeling I had in my chest.
Feeling calmer, I took a good look at her again. Her clothes and demeanor might indicate nobility, but I couldn't recall any noble family or anyone else for that matter having red hair or red eyes in our city.
I thought to touch the water in hopes that something would occur and as I extended my hand towards the surface of the water, she extended hers as well. But when our fingers would get close enough to almost touch the other, I would find myself falling into unconsciousness.
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